Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Beauty, POSHGLAM







Experimental Beauty: Coconut Oil for Dieting, Moisturizing & Wellness

Trader Joes Coconut Oil Experimental Beauty: Coconut Oil for Dieting, Moisturizing & Wellness

After years of hearing raves about Coconut Oil for everything under the sun. I did some research, started consuming it and using it everywhere…it’s a lot lighter than I thought it would be and I found this fun post online for 52 ways to use it.

  1. Eat a spoonful when you need an energy boost.
  2. Use it as the base for a homemade body scrub.
  3. Use to condition your wooden cutting boards.
  4. Use as a super conditioner on your hair (apply to dry hair, leave in as long as possible and then shampoo as normal).
  5. Use as a styling agent if you have really dry hair. Just rub a tiny bit on your palms and apply to your hair and style as normal.
  6. Keep a little container in your purse for lip moisturizer.
  7. Add a spoonful to your dog or cat’s food. CO is great for our furry friends!
  8. Replace nasty, unhealthy vegetable oils in your cooking and baking with CO.
  9. Make healthy Magic Shell ice cream topping.
  10. Use it for oil pulling (learn about oil pulling here).
  11. Use a tiny dab on your underarms for a natural deodorant.
  12. Use coconut oil instead of shaving cream.
  13. Add to your bath tub for a moisturizing soak (a drop of peppermint oil is wonderful!).
  14. Use as a makeup remover.
  15. Use it to help sooth chicken pox, shingles, or other rashes or skin irritations.
  16. Use it to treat athlete’s food, ringworm, or other fungal or yeast infections.
  17. Take a spoonful with your vitamins to help improve absorption.
  18. Spread a thin layer on cuts or burns to speed up healing.
  19. Take up to 5 spoonfuls per day for improved thyroid function.
  20. Add a spoonful to your smoothies for extra nutrition and flavor (here, here, and here).
  21. Use on the delicate tissue around your eyes to help prevent wrinkles and sagging.
  22. Use as the base for homemade toothpaste or lotion.
  23. Use in place of massage oil.
  24. Use on your baby’s diaper rash or cradle cap.
  25. Use to help reduce visibility of stretch marks or to prevent stretch marks.
  26. For nursing mothers, use coconut oil on your nipples to prevent cracking and irritation.
  27. For nursing mothers, consuming coconut oil will help increase your milk flow.
  28. Apply to bee stings or bug bites to soothe and heal the wound.
  29. Women can use in the nether regions to relieve yeast infections, dryness, and/or discomfort.
  30. Eat a spoonful with each meal to improve digestion.
  31. If you’re prone to nosebleeds, coat the inside of your nostrils with coconut oil regularly.
  32. Helps soothe and heal hemorrhoids.
  33. Take to helps reduce or eliminate migraines.
  34. Use as the base for homemade vapor rub.
  35. Mixed with peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, or tea tree oil makes an excellent insect repellant.
  36. Mix with baking soda for a non-toxic “Goo Gone”.
  37. Use to help detox the body during a cleanse or fast.
  38. Use as a metal polish, but always test a small area first.
  39. Use as a leather moisturizer.
  40. Season your cast iron pans.
  41. Use to oil your pans and baking dishes instead of pan spray.
  42. Got gum stuck in your hair? Try using coconut oil to remove without cutting your hair.
  43. Use instead of WD-40.
  44. Use as a personal lubricant (not safe with latex).
  45. Take a spoonful to help with heartburn, acid reflux, or indigestion.
  46. Use as a natural sunscreen.
  47. Mix with a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice and use as a furniture polish (always test a small area first!).
  48. Mix with butter and toss your popcorn in it.
  49. Use on cracked or rough heals to help smooth them out.
  50. Massage into your nails and cuticles to help strengthen them.
  51. Use as the base for homemade chocolate candy (like peanut butter cups).
  52. Take a couple spoonfuls every day to help overall immune function.

– via Delicious Obsessions

This stuff is great! I am a fan of the Trader Joes formula. My favorite use is for weight loss & daily hair smoother. Wanted to share this quick beauty blurb with you in hopes that you too, will discover some wonderful uses for Coconut Oil. #Enjoy

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Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Atlanta, Beauty, Celebrity, Fashion, POSHGLAM







Opinion Poll | Originally Jan 5. 2011 #Throwback | Inclusion, Or No? How far has the industry Come?

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Estee Lauder adding Joan Smalls to its beautiful roster in December helped end 2010 on a hopeful note for the beauty and fashion industry. It’s no secret that diversity has long been a challenge on the runways and within magazine pages. Although make-up campaigns became increasingly more diverse in the last decade, celebrity faces like Halle Berry and Beyonce dominated for black women. Black models, including Jessica White for Maybelline, were not nearly as prominent. On the other side of the counter, Caucasian models were not overwhelmingly outnumbered by celebrities.

The true exception, when it comes to prominently featuring models of color in a context in which the mainstream industry actually pays attention, has been Iman Cosmetics. In 1994, she launched Iman Cosmetics precisely because she spent so many years of her top model days mixing foundations to match her rich complexion. She has since featured a bevy of ethnic beauties that are still pleasantly arresting in the make-up aisles. I was quite excited to see the gorgeous face of my friend, model Nichole (Robinson) Galicia, in the early campaigns. Of course Fashion Fair, Flori Roberts and Posner, among others, were always ahead of the game but Iman’s impact was greater because she was an honorary member of the industry elite. For her to make such a statement turned heads and made headlines.

But, to its credit, Estee Lauder has long stood out from its mainstream peers precisely because it has always favored models over celebrities. And, in regards to its spokesmodels of color, Joan Smalls was very much preceded by Liya Kebede. Even still, the Joan Smalls addition is wonderful news, especially on the heels of Estee Lauder signing its first Asian model Liu Wen. The face of beauty has long been multicultural but the mainstream fashion and beauty industry just began waking up to this in the 21st century in a major way and they are still moving at a snail’s pace for too many.

This struck me quite strongly when I visited Dakar, Senegal over the holidays to attend the Africa Fashion Awards. Although cultivating the fashion industry on the Continent, particularly in regards to designers, was very much the topic, I could not help but notice the beautiful Senegalese women who represented all that the industry says they want everywhere I went.  Tall and thin is the norm in Senegal for both women and men. Needless to say, flawless skin is also common.

Yes I know it takes more than height, proper weight and flawless skin to make a model. Personality is also a huge factor. Aerin Lauder, senior vice president and creative director of Estee Lauder, told Vogue.com “When we pick someone to represent the brand, it’s about her personality, too. It’s not just the face.”

But personality is very tricky because it’s very subjective as well. Like beauty, personality can also be in the eye of the beholder. Suppose someone makes a culturally insensitive statement or gesture and a model points it out, does she become less personable?  Is she now difficult to work with?

Sometimes we really don’t know. This industry is so not an exact science but one thing is certain: diversifying the faces of beauty that we see will help bridge the gaps. The more we see reflections of the world and not just one idea of beauty, the more comfortable we all become with the world of hues that’s our reality.

As we nestle into 2011, the fall shows are just around the corner.  Of course we never know if the message is getting across until we see the runways and the pages of our favorite magazines. In 2009, French Vogue disappointed greatly with its blackface spread with Dutch model Lara Stone and, last year, blackface photos of Claudia Schiffer shot by Karl Lagerfeld surfaced. And, of course, the runways were not nearly diverse enough. Hopefully 2011 will not unleash similar disappointments.

I know that I am not the only one ready to celebrate the beauty of all women and not just a European standard of beauty that hasn’t quite mastered its disappearing act. It’s a new year and we have plenty of reason to believe that, in 2011, we will continue to see the beauty and fashion industry move even closer to embracing us all.

Pop culture critic Ronda Racha Penrice is a veteran freelance writer and the author of African American History For Dummies. Her work about race, history and culture appears regularly on theGrio.com plus she serves as the Atlanta Editor for UPTOWN Magazine, which targets affluent African Americans.

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Monday, February 10th, 2014

Beauty, POSHGLAM







Sex Symbols And How to Embody Their Female “SWAG”

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MarilynM Sex Symbols And How to Embody Their Female SWAGWhen we think of legendary sex icons, our minds are automatically directed to figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Betty Grable, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, and more modern day women such as Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Eva Mendes, Salli Richardson and the lady that made the 80’s—Madonna.

Those bitches! What is it about the aforementioned that makes men crazy? Is it their beauty? Their bodies? Their talent? Nah. What makes men crazy, is the “it” factor. They say, (whoever “they” is)… that you’ve either got IT, or you don’t. So what exactly comprises “IT”?

Sophia Loren once said, “Sex appeal is 50% what you’ve got, and 50% what people think you’ve got.” Maybe you’re reading this with a raised eyebrow, and that’s part of the problem. Blending in might be what makes you feel comfortable, but don’t get it twisted—even the most demure of women have the IT-factor, and certainly stand out.

The level of sex appeal you exude doesn’t start in the mirror—as much as this has been pounded into your brain. It’s in the way you carry yourself—a quiet confidence that will instantly spark his interest. It’s about the way you move…walk…sip your drink. Keep in mind that menEva Mendes Sex Symbols And How to Embody Their Female SWAG are very visual beings, and your body language speaks volumes without you ever muttering a single word.

Smile a lot; make eye contact—but never stare. If you see a guy in the distance that you are interested in talking to, make eye contact, smile, and look away. Continue whatever conversation you are in the middle of, then discreetly make eye contact once again, and again, look away. Now he has the “okay”. We must remember, it takes a lot of guts to be a guy. Working up the nerve to talk to a girl is not the easiest thing. Everyone fears rejection, especially men. With this simple gesture, you are telling him it is okay for him to approach you, without making you look desperate or overly interested.

Just like you, guys like to be around girls that are easy to talk to, but who listen and who seem interested in what they have to say. If he cracks a joke—laugh! Guys love a laid back and positive atmosphere. Don’t delve into deep personal details or bitch/complain right off the bat. No one likes a Debbie Downer, and trust me, the last thing any guy wants to listen to (or anyone for that matter) is a sob story. Let him warm up to you, and likewise, you to him.

Follow his lead. Allow him to be the man, but at the same time, don’t dumb yourself down or become overly giddy. Never try too hard, and never put it all out there (this rule also applies to the way you dress). Make him work a little bit! The key is to always to leave him wanting more. Even if you think he is comparable to Brad Pitt, let him chase you! Guys love a challenge, so give him one.

Keep up on your appearance, but above all, mind your inner-swag. If you walk in like you own the place, you will. It’s like having a fantastic secret with yourself, keep ‘em guessing! The “IT” factor is simple really—allow yourself to shine from the inside out, and he will see you for the diamond that you are!

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Beauty, Fashion, POSHGLAM







How to deal with A Jealous Bitch

Mean Girls Christmas How to deal with A Jealous Bitch

Many of you: POSHGLAM Gals, being the Smart sophisticates you are, the Fashionable dressers and Glamorous beauty queens, have experienced at some point in time, A JEALOUS BITCH. Well, here’s a foolproof way to put her in her place:

Rid Yourself of All Malice — Don’t tell her anything, make sure she can’t get her hands on your business, or your man.

Put her in her place — Doll yourself up and wait for a snarky remark, then jokingly accuse her of being jealous.

Self Improve — The only cure for a jealous bitch is…more jealousy, maybe she’ll get fed up enough to crawl into a hole and die.

Pray for Vindication — Afterall envy is a sin that CAN’T be rewarded.

Get to Know Yourself — You’re not surprised, are you? You have a lot going on, take it as an ego boost.

Thank GOD – It’s better to be enviable than to ENVY.

Get Real — Maybe she’s not as jealous as you think & you have some personal development to do. Yeah Right?

Forget about her — She doesn’t exist…tell her!

Last but not least — Maybe her jealousy stems from admiration, love your enemy. Her catty publicity is making you famous!

Whatever you do, don’t let her see you sweat. You’re strong and don’t have time for little girl games. If you have it flaunt, those who don’t envy!

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Beauty, Fashion, POSHGLAM







Moments Missoni | Chevron Blogging is the New Black

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“When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” – Harley Davidson

Living life on the wild-side, who can really keep track? Leaving the story telling to the haters is a great way to leave out juicy details and create angst among adoring fans. You know the drill, shut-up! Let me tell it. Branding is for stiffies and prose is for style but a real Momma Missoni blazes her own trail. Overly antiquated knock offs of the quintessential Italian Heritage staple could never compare to the effervescent utilitarianism of the classic chevron prints synonymous with M.
Moments Moments Missoni | Chevron Blogging is the New Black
All its forms and interpretations create Missoni Moments, debuting the carefree online diary as a window to the Missoni soul. Composed first of all of colour, secondly of words and images that become suggestions, stories, tales. Their history comprised into Missoni Moments a la mag published in collaboration with style bloggers, industry photographers, creative illustrators, ornate artists and vamp video makers. It’s about creativity, movement, originality and the spirit of the present, real time.

Five themed sections – Stories, Visions, Making Magic, Now On, The Place To Be – have names that recur as a leitmotif on the brand’s social channels (Instagram, Twitter), which will always be present on its pages. This is the leitmotif of an uninterrupted conversation with users that finds space within the site, as all contents will be open to comments, in a continuous dialogue that always sparks ideas and inspirations.

It talks about fashion, people, friends, art, creativity and lifestyles, and the contents will always be new and integrated with the online boutique. The graphics of the magazine, designed in collaboration with YOOX Group and with a “handmade” look, evoke the stylistic essence of the Brand. It is like opening a door and entering the world of Missoni, characterized by curiosity, warmth, art in all its forms, from the most conceptual to the practical side represented by craftsmanship. It is a world that finds beauty even in the smallest things, in the unexpected juxtaposition of colours, forms and thoughts, and in the natural elegance that comes from feeling at ease, without strained interpretations.

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