Coral Dress for Springtime

Shabby-Apple-Coral-Dress_6Coral is one of my favorite Spring and Summer colors. This reddish shade of orange is a great pop of color. It pairs well with blues, greens, yellows, and whites. This Tea Time coral dress from Shabby Apple is perfect for dressing up or dressing down. It is also available in green, but the coral color really caught my eye.

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Wrap dresses are an essential part of any women’s wardrobe.[/pullquote]Wrap dresses are an essential part of any women’s wardrobe. They are appealing for all body types, and they are an ideal for a formal gathering, or casual night out with friends. With a faux wrap dress, you have the traditional elements of a wrap dress in a tie-free design. You can just slide it on, and go. I love the faux wrap style of this dress with the colorful ribbon tie at the waist.

shabby apple tea time coral dressIn addition to the color and the wrap style, I also love the sleeves. Have a little extra jiggle on those arms? These sleeves are just long enough to disguise your arms, but not too long for the warmer weather. The fabric of the dress, a polyester/rayon blend, was soft but not flimsy at all. I’m wearing a size 8. Paired with a blazer, a cardigan, a denim jacket, or on its own, the Tea Time coral dress is a winner for pretty much any occasion.

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Why You Should Know Your Health Numbers

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Know-Your-Health-NumbersThere are five health numbers that we all should know and have checked on a regular basis to give us key insights into our health. They are: weight, waist size, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Why should you know your health numbers? When these numbers are not at the recommended target levels, it can put you at high risk for boat load of health issues. Heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, stoke, impaired vision – just to name a few. Sometimes you may not even experience any symptoms or warning signs. As the saying goes, when you know better, you do better. Knowing your health numbers can help you take charge of your health and make needed adjustments to improve your health.

Know-Your-Health-Numbers_08 Know-Your-Health-Numbers_01If you’re a Sam’s Club member, most club locations offer free health screening each month. Since I tend to not go often but spend a lot of time at Sam’s Club when I do go, I decided to take a trip on a day when the health screenings were taking place. The free health screening tests for blood sugar, cholesterol, risk ratio, blood pressure, and body fat percentage. There was very little wait, and they even had a really cool kiosk that also checked your blood pressure, weight, and vision. I played around with that until it was my turn to have my screening done.

Know-Your-Health-Numbers_05Knowing my health numbers gives me an opportunity to know in advance if there are any health concerns I need to address. Normally I wait until my annual physical with my health care provider to get my cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose checked. But knowing that I can stop by my local Sam’s Club location once a month for free to know my numbers is a great perk of having a membership. I have high cholesterol hereditarily so that is a number I always like to keep an eye on, and high blood pressure and glucose levels are also in my family history. Between doctor visits, I can monitor and track of my numbers on your own, which will me better manage my health.

My health screening revealed that my weight, body fat percentage, and blood pressure were all above the recommended target for a woman of my height and age. I already know that this is something I have to constantly work at. I have been out of commission with gout over the last couple of weeks, and it’s amazing how just a few weeks of being sedentary can result in a rise in blood pressure. The goal is to get active again, and better monitor my diet so that I can speed up my weight loss since I seem to have hit a major plateau.

running with a dogThe Healthy Living Made Simple magazine that Sam’s Club members receive always has some great tips and tricks for living a healthier lifestyle. The March/April 2015 edition had an article on training for long distance running, which is something I plan on starting now that warmer weather has arrived. I love to run, and find that not only does it have heart benefits, it also has mental benefits. I’ve gotten some great ideas and released some mental stress while on a run – its really therapeutic. Even though my longest run has only been an 8K and I have no intentions on running any race longer than that, the article shared some great tips for runners of all levels.

5k, running, race, runnerNow that I know Sam’s Club offers this service, I plan to make some changes to my daily regimen and head back to Sam’s in May for the next free screening. If you would like to attend one near you, here’s more information on next month’s free health screening.

When was the last time you had your health numbers check? I’d love to hear what you are doing to get or keep those health numbers where they should be!

Good Fat: Where You Want Some Extra Padding

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Fat is so in right now — if it’s in the right places. Unfortunately for many of us, we often have too much fat where we don’t want it, and not enough where we do want it. However, there’s a solution growing in popularity around the U.S. that enables us to have fat relocated from one part of the body to another. This procedure, called fat grafting or fat transfer, has been around for a long time, but medical advances in recent years have made it more successful — and more popular — than ever. Here’s where people are transferring that fat.black woman with curly hair smiling

The Butt

The butt is arguably the hottest spot for grafted fat right now, thanks to a few celebrities whose names I’m sure you can think of. According to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of buttock augmentation procedures rose a whopping 86% from 2013 to 2014.

womens buttThis fat grafting procedure, like others, starts with liposuction to remove fat from one or more areas of the body where it’s unwelcome, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs. Then, the surgeon purifies that fat using a special process that improves the quality and viability of the transferred fat. Some surgeons use a centrifuge for this process, but more are swearing by the Puregraft® system, which studies have shown leads to high survival of the fat cells.

Then the surgeon injects those fat cells into different areas of the buttocks at various depths. It’s a fairly artful process that is performed with the patient’s goals in mind. Most want a rounder, higher butt for a voluptuous hourglass figure.

The Breasts

Some surgeons are now offering breast augmentation through fat grafting. Instead of using silicone or saline breast implants, this treatment boosts the size of the breasts using fat alone. A lot of women like the natural look and feel this creates, plus the results are lasting, whereas implants will eventually have to be replaced. One downside is that fat can boost the breasts by only about 1 cup size. For some women, this is enough.

woman smilingFat can also be used along with breast implants to provide better soft tissue coverage. Surgeons say it can create nice volume in the upper part of the breasts, and it can even be used for breast reconstruction patients who have had a mastectomy.

The Face

Transferring fat to the face has long been an option, but the techniques are now getting so good that many surgeons are recommending the procedure quite frequently. As a person ages, the fat in his or her face naturally diminishes. This is most visible in the cheeks and lips, which are plump in childhood, but often thin and flat when we’re older. Plastic surgeons can now inject fat or synthetic gels called dermal fillers to restore that volume.

women smilingFat grafting is also becoming very popular as a complement to facelift surgery, which lifts skin and underlying tissues but hasn’t traditionally restored lost volume. According to the website of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Hubbard, who specializes in facelift surgery in Virginia Beach, fat grafting “is one of the biggest advances in facial cosmetic surgery in decades.”

The site goes on to say that fat grafting is now done routinely with facelifts, to address the volume loss, flattening, or hollowing that occurs with aging.

The Hands

This is a lesser-known option for fat grafting, but it’s proven to be a useful technique for making the hands look more youthful. Just as people lose fatty volume from the face as they age, they lose it from the hands, too, sometimes creating a bony or sinewy look. Many older patients feel that even if they’ve maintained a youthful look on their faces, their hands can give them away. Fat injections are a relatively simple solution.

holding handsThere’s also a small demographic of people, namely brides-to-be, who use this procedure to improve the look of their hands for the perfect “engagement ring selfie.”

So there you have it — fat isn’t all bad. It turns out that it can be really useful, as long as you know where to put it.

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Should You Use Leave In Conditioner?

Using leave in conditioner is sometimes viewed as an ‘extra step’ after shampoo and conditioner. You may feel that there is no need to apply a leave in conditioner if you have already applied a traditional conditioner. But should you use leave in conditioner? Here are some reasons why you should, especially if you suffer with dry hair.

Traditional conditioners usually are dense or contain heavy oils that can weigh the hair down, which is why most manufacturers will instruct you to rinse the conditioner out after a few minutes. Leave in conditioner, on the other hand, is designed to be left in the hair. It is usually lighter and less dense, but still provides the hair with additional moisture. Because it is left in the hair, it also can provide protection against environmental damage like sun exposure. A good leave in conditioner will also provide extra slip to make detangling easier, and elasticity during the styling process.

leave in conditioners, why use leave in conditionerWhile some styling products may contain the same ingredients as a leave in conditioner, applying leave in conditioner before applying styling products adds additional moisture. If your hair is think, dense, and/or highly porous, it is harder to maintain moisture levels, so a leave in conditioner is a great way to add that additional moisture your hair needs. Most leave in conditioners are light enough that they can be used as daily moisturizers as well.

Here are some of my favorite leave in conditioners! Just click on the links to learn more about them and to purchase. I also talk a little more about all my favorites on my YouTube channel, so check that video out as well; I embedded it right into this post for easy viewing.

Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave in Conditioner, 8.5 Ounce

Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream, 16 Ounce

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Leave In Conditioner, 8 ounce

Alikay Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner

Natty Naturals Natty Moist, 12 ounce 

Entwine {AFRODISIA 9} Exotique Leave-In Hair Potion, 8 oz.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detagler 8oz

Tree Naturals Rice Flow and Shea Leave In Conditioner

Its Yours Hair Co Leave In Conditioner

Koils by Nature Moisturizing Shealoe Leave In Conditioner

Senica Naturals Senk Conditioner and Hair Lotion

Stylemakers With A Cause Campaign Supports Beautiful Kids

PopNod Stylemakers With A Cause Media - FINALPopNod launches the Stylemakers With A Cause Campaign, which begins today and runs through April 30th. The first-of-its-kind online campaign brings together 10 of Washington, DC’s top bloggers to curate Spring fashion picks from favorite stores, share stories about their causes, and raise money for charity. Jonna, creator of Naturally-Glam.com, is excited to amongst these bloggers, raising money for Beautiful Kids – an organization dedicated to supporting children who suffer from alopecia and finding a cure. “It is important for us to help amplify the stores of impact for these amazing charities,” explains Stephanie David, founder and CEO of PopNod. “Through this campaign, we hope to inspire others to help change the world while they shop.”

PopNod Featured Bloggers - FINALPopNod members can shop over 1,000,000 fashionable items from popular retailers on PopNod’s website and iPhone/iPad app. A portion of every purchase supporting the campaign is donated to the 10 participating charities.The PopNod community includes over 100 major retailers, including Forever21, Ann Taylor, Nordstrom Rack, Oakley, and ASOS, as well as emerging brands including Need Supply Co. and Revolve.

PopNod is teamed up with lead partner South Moon Under, and contributing partners Skullcandy and Collective Habit for the Stylemakers With A Cause Campaign, all of which have passion for giving back to their communities. The campaign partners will be providing rewards and giveaways for supporters throughout the month. The campaign will culminate in a celebration event co-hosted by PopNod and South Moon Under at South Moon Under’s Mosaic District location(2905 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031) on May 14th. “We are excited to be teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers and fashion brands for this important campaign.” David admits, “Our goal is to show that youcan do good and feel good byhelping someone in needwhile you shop. Every little bit counts –you can make your impact.”

1002895_699465156733901_1917350494_nSign upon PopNod to shop items inspired by real people and real stories, and support Jonna’s Stylemakers With A Cause Campaign. My StyleStory Hello April + Spring Giving, I share my spring picks from the PopNod site, and how easy it is to support Beautiful Kids as they support children with alopecia. Share this campaign with others by tweeting or posting this link: http://bit.ly/stylemakers-supportbko! The more people who join Jonna’s cause, discounts and prizes will be open to just those who are supporting her cause. Join Jonna in this Stylemakers for a Cause Campaign!

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