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9 Things You Can Do To Help You De-Bloat

In fitness, Health on September 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Either your clothes shrunk or you might actually be bloated.  Have no fear because there are several things you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you reduce bloating.

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You ever have those times that no matter what you do, you feel a little bloated?  Perhaps you have over-indulged in you favorite foods or maybe you were away on business and you don’t have access to what you normally eat so you eat what is available only to end up feeling like Professor Sherman Klump.  In most cases, there is nothing to fear because even those with the healthiest of eating habits and lifestyles can have this experience.  Below are several tips to help you gain some relief from occasional bloating.

Warm/Room Temperature Lemon Water.  When you wake up first thing in the morning, head to the kitchen and have yourself some warm water with fresh squeezed lemon (half of a medium to large lemon in 8 ounces of water).  This wakes up the digestive system and will help move waste right along (wink).  Want to get the most juice out of your lemon, pop it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.  Also, consider adding fresh ginger to your lemon water as ginger is great for it’s de-bloating properties as well.  Read about the additional benefits of lemon water here.

Lower Your Salt Intake.  Generally speaking, lowering your sodium intake is one of many important steps to take to help decrease your risk for hypertension, headaches  and other health concerns.  But a diet high in sodium also causes your body to retain water so it’s a good idea to find other spices to season your food with.

Increase Your Fruit And Vegetable Intake.  Before you raid your refrigerator and throw out anything that isn’t a fruit or vegetable, there are some things to consider.  When buying fruits, choose fruits that have the combination of being lower in sugar alcohols and high in water such as blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and oranges.  Papaya and pineapple are also great fruits to eat because they have the enzymes bromelain and papain which help to de-bloat.  When it comes to vegetables, reduce the consumption of bulky and cruciferous vegetable such as kale and broccoli which can cause gas and bloating and instead choose veggies like baby spinach and zucchini.  When it comes to meat, keep it lean which is often easier to digest.

Drink Water.  This seems obvious but many people do not drink enough water which leads to dehydration.  Aside from headaches, skin problem and fatigue, dehydration can make bowel movements more difficult and even close to non-existent, thus causing gas, bloating and puffiness.  It is recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water (approximately half a gallon) a day for optimal benefits.

Increase Your Fiber Intake.  But slowly that is.  We all know that fiber is beneficial because it helps to keep you regular.  However, too much fiber at once can do more harm than good by actually causing painful bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.  The recommended amount of fiber is 20-25 grams a day.

Spice It Up.  Adding spices to your food not only makes it more flavorful, but can also help you to de-bloat.  Certain spices such as tumeric and cayenne contain properties that are anti-inflammatory as well as aids in digestion and banishes gas.  Consider adding one or both of these spices into your warm lemon water for healthy digestion.

Consider Reducing Dairy.  For many, dairy can cause a many digestive problems (lactose intolerance).  From cheese to ice cream, consuming dairy products can cause gas, diarrhea and general discomfort from the inability of one’s body to break down lactose.

Take A Probiotic.  Probiotics can be a good remedy for bloating because they help maintain the balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut.

Go To Sleep.  Sure you have a lot to do but sleep deprivation has many adverse side effects.  Aside from brain fog and irritability, sleep deprivation increases the hormone cortisol which increases belly fat so make sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night.  Find out more about sleep deprivation here.

If you find yourself experiencing prolonged bouts of bloating, seek help of a medical professional for diagnosis.

 

These 7 Ingredients Can Help Fight Acne

In skincare on September 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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Having a breakout is never a fun thing.  Whether it is periodic or a regular occurrence, breakouts are the kiss of death.  Sure, having acne is terrible when you are an awkward teenager but what about when you are a full grown adult?  In your career?  On the dating scene?  Advancing toward the next milestone of your life?  In a perfect world, adulting would never include fighting acne.

But it’s not a perfect world and adult acne is a real thing.  And while some people may think focusing on your looks is vain and self centered, those struggling with adult acne know better.  Oftentimes, there is an embarrassment and shame as well as the physical and emotional scarring that is overlooked.

To cope, some acne sufferers may just chalk it up to breakouts being their lot in life and just move on.  Depending on the severity, some may suffer depression and never leave the house while others will spend time and money undergoing treatment.  The latter is always an option in the fight against breakouts but there are also over the counter (OTC) options that can help you in the war against acne.

But wait.  With all of the OTC options that exist, how do you know which brand to choose, let alone which ingredient to choose?  Continue reading to get the 411 on several pimple fighting ingredients.

Benzoyl Peroxide.  An old school acne fighting ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, which is perfect for whiteheads, kills the bacteria that causes acne and keeps pores from being blocked.  Found in concentrations between 2.5% and 10%, it is best when used on a continual basis.  Proceed with caution because it can be drying to the skin and cause redness.  Paula’s Choice CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment.

Glycolic Acid. This popular alphy hydroxy acid which is derived from sugar cane is a master at exfoliation and skin clearing.  Having the smallest molecule, it is able to penetrate the skin to help with concerns such as acne, blackheads, dullness, scarring fine lines and wrinkles, helping to reveal smoother, brighter skin.  Helps with whiteheads.  Mario Badescu Glycolic Gel.

Light Therapy.  This kind of treatment uses different colors (blue and red) of visible light to treat acne.  Red light, which stimulates collagen, not only treats anti-aging but helps with inflammation and helps to reduce oil production.  Blue light is an anti-bacterial and helps to reduce the appearance of pores and active breakouts.  Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment.

Salicylic Acid.  A beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid is an anti-inflammatory that treats whiteheads and blackheads.  Performing like Drain-o, salicylic acid dives past oil and gunk to get down to the pores to clear them out and dissolves the cement that holds the sticky cells together.  Although salicylic acid is found in most acne treatments, it does not kill bacteria.  Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil.

Sulfur.  Another ingredient that wages war against the bacteria that causes acne, sulfur can be used to treat mild acne.  It is keratolyic – meaning it dries the skin and makes the epidermis thinner.  Sulfur helps to reduce oil and has anti-microbial properties.  Helps with whiteheads and blackheads.  Dr Dennis Gross Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask.

Niacinamide.  Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide has multiple benefits for the skin, helping with the appearance of enlarged pores as well as fine lines and wrinkles.  It can also help brighten the skin and help reduce redness.  Fights whiteheads blackheads.  The Ordinary, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.

Retinoids.  If you are looking for a product with an ingredient that addresses multiple concerns, retinol might be for you.  A derivative of vitamin A, retinol is anti-aging in that it helps with fine lines and wrinkles.  As an exfoliator, it helps refine skin texture and pores as well as helps to speed up cell turnover to reveal new skin.  Retinol is also an anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce oil production.  You may experience drying if you have dry skin.  Use at retinol products night and use a sunscreen during the day.  Treats whiteheads and blackheads.  Differin Gel.

On My Radar: Weekly Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Roundup

In beauty, jewelry, lifestyle on August 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm

On My Radar is a roundup of all the things I love, discovered, and that have piqued my interest this week that you should know about.

Discover one product to exfoliate both your scalp and body, cut down your clothes drying time in an eco-friendly way, learn how to build your social capital and more this week On My Radar.

Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub $38.  Dry, itchy scalp be gone with this luxurious, creamy scalp and body scrub.  Use this as a pre-wash to prep your scalp for your shampoo and conditioner or use it as a body scrub to reveal smooth, silky, radiant skin.  Key ingredients include sugar to exfoliate, probiotics to balance scalp/skin and coconut oil to nourish and moisturize.

Dr Dennis Gross SpotLite Acne Treatment Device $52.  Reduce menacing pimples fast with this compact, FDA cleared treatment device.  By using medical grade blue and red LED light technology, SpotLite reduces inflammation and other symptoms related to breakouts such as scarring.

Alexis Bittar Armor Cuff Bracelet $195.  Be art in motion with this beautiful sculptural cuff.  Big and bold, this rose gold tone cuff will create the ultimate fashion statement this season.

Grove Collaborative Wool Dryer Balls $15.95.  Eliminate the need to buy dryer sheets and cut down your drying time with these eco-friendly wool dryer balls.  Hypoallergenic and reusable (lasts 1000 loads), these dryer balls help to eliminate wrinkles and make your clothes soft and fluffy.

Safavieh Bar Cart $397.79.  Stock your adult beverages in style with this beautiful chrome framed bar cart, making this an elegant addition to your home decor.  If alcoholic beverages aren’t your thing, this cart serves a multitude of other uses such as a plant holder, bathroom organizer, book shelf, bedside table or even a coffee bar.

Never Eat Alone And Other Secrets To Success One Relationship At A Time $17.  Master networker Keith Ferrazzi discusses the importance of building relationships with people to foster mutual respect and success.  Reaching out to others before there is a need, mastering social media, building your social currency and your brand are some of the key attributes of those who are successful and are covered in depth this must have book.

Not Getting Enough Sleep Can Affect You In More Ways Than You Think

In lifestyle on August 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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Remember back in the day when you had to take a nap in pre-school?  Or when your mom made you take a nap – in broad daylight?  Being forced to take a nap or go to bed for the night was the worst thing your young mind could imagine.  All you could think about was what you thought you were going to miss by being sleep.

As adults, although no one is forcing you to go to sleep, there is still a FOMO mentality.  There is so much to do, so much to see and so many places to be that it’s a wonder we get any sleep at all.  Demanding work and school schedules, family responsibilities, full social calendars and entrepreneurial pursuits keep us going for hours, sometimes days on end.  Add to that the “#grinding” mindset or the “sleep when you are dead” mentality as well as our accessibility to technology and non stop social media engagement, a good night’s rest isn’t always at the top of our list of priorities.

Add to that our societal conditioning to think that sleeping is for lazy people which can make one feel like a loser for needing some downtime.  The truth of the matter is that sleep is very healthy.  Deep, restorative sleep heals, restores, and resets.  It keeps us looking beautiful and reduces accident risk and brain fog.  Conversely, not getting enough sleep can have negative effects on our health.  Sleep deprivation affects melatonin production, and can cause weight gain and increase the risk for chronic diseases.

The Relationship Between Sleep Deprivation And Melatonin Production.

Melatonin is a hormone that is made in the pineal gland and controls your sleep and wake cycles.  Production begins to rise mid to late evening after sunset and tells your body that it is night time.  Melatonin also controls other hormones in the body as well as the circadium rhythm which is your internal body clock.  Remaining awake well into the late hours of the night/early morning with regular lighting and the blue light from cell phones and computer screens interfere with melatonin secretion and makes the body think it’s still daylight  which can cause you to have trouble sleeping.

The Cycle Of Sleep Deprivation And Weight Gain.

Everyone has had those days of being tired at work.  For whatever reason, your eyelids are heavy and you are desperate to stay awake.  What do you do when this happens?  You reach for soda, coffee, or some other sugary snack – anything to help you make it through your day.  But wait – it doesn’t stop there.  You get off work, skip that soulcycle class, grab some take out and go home to get some other things done. You don’t go to bed until after midnight, only to get up at 5 or 6 am to do it all over again, thus repeating this sleep(less) and poor eating pattern for days on end.

When you are fatigued, you not only have less physical activity but you make poor food choices.  In fact, studies have found that “a sleepy brain not only responds more strongly to junk food, but also has less ability to rein that impulse in” (1).  How does this relate to weight gain?  The simple explanation is that sleep deprivation affects your metabolism which becomes slower when you don’t get enough sleep.  Everyone knows that low metabolism equals weight gain.  The not so simple explanation:  during sleep, our bodies secrete hormones to regulate things like appetite and glucose.  Three main types of hormones become affected when you don’t get enough rest:  ghrelin, leptin and cortisol.  Grehlin is the hormone that tells you when to eat and when you are sleepy, you produce more ghrelin.  Leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating and when you are tired, you have less leptin.  More ghrelin + less leptin equals more weight (2).  Lack of sleep also raises the stress hormone cortisol which increases your appetite as well as belly fat.  Cortisol is not all bad.  In fact it is necessary but in adequate levels and not before bed.  Sleep deprivation and stress cause cortisol to be secreted in large amounts and doesn’t have the opportunity to decrease.  This also leads to insulin resistance. (3).

The Relationship Between Sleep Deprivation And Chronic Disease.

Chronic diseases are increasing because of numerous lifestyle factors, including poor sleep.  Some of these diseases include:

  • Diabetes.  Remember insulin?  It’s the hormone that regulates glucose processing and promotes fat storage.  Fat storage leads to weight gain which is a risk factor for diabetes.  Glucose is the carb that cells use for fuel and when you get less sleep, you process glucose more slowly.
  • High Blood Pressure/Heart Disease.  Less sleep can cause more stress which can elevate blood pressure to unsafe levels.
  • Low Immunity.  Chronic fatigue can negatively impact the immune system.  When you have compromised immunity, it can affect your ability to fight off infections (4).

Here are 6 things you can do tonight get better sleep:

  • Be Consistent With Your Sleep Schedule.  Go to sleep and wake up the same time every day, even on the weekends.  This can be especially difficult for those who are shift workers, flight attendants, those who travel for work and even new parents.  The most important thing is to be purposeful and strategic about your sleep schedule and set boundaries with those around you to ensure you get the 7-8 hours of rest that you need.
  • Keep It Cool.  We all know how difficult it is to fall asleep or stay asleep when you are hot.  Be sure to lower the temperature before bed to help you remain comfortable.
  • Power Down/Unplug Before Bed.  Surfing the internet, texting and scrolling through social media can make you anxious and keep you awake instead of putting you in a relaxed state before bed, thus affecting your sleep.  Put your phone on silent and begin to power down an hour or so before bed.  Consider reading or meditating during this time.
  • Consider Using White Noise.  The gentle hum of the air conditioner or the steady sound of rain outside can lull you into a deep sleep.  Don’t have access to a clothes dryer or rain is not in the forecast?  Download a white noise app like White Noise Deep Sleep which can help you feel calm and block out unwanted noises.
  • Keep Your Sleep Space Tidy.  Do you ever feel anxious when you have items scattered throughout your room?  Clearing your space can help to clear your mind which can lead to you being able to fall asleep easier, faster and deeper.
  • Avoid Caffeine for obvious reasons.

What are some ways you ensure you get a good night’s sleep?  Share your ideas below.

Sources:

(1) How sleep loss adds to weight gain.  https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/06/how-sleep-loss-adds-to-weight-gain/

(2) Sleep and weight gain    https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/lack-of-sleep-weight-gain#2

(3)  The stress, Cortisol and weight gain connection  https://www.restartmed.com/cortisol-and-weight-gain/

(4) Sleep and disease risk  http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-and-disease-risk

 

Beyond The Strands: Why You Need To Add A Scalp Exfoliator To Your Hair Care Routine

In hair on August 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Think your regular shampoo and conditioner is enough?  Think again.  Scalp exfoliation is a thing and should be a regular part of your hair care routine.

You might be someone who considers themselves to have a good hair care routine and on a consistent basis you shampoo, condition, treat, moisturize, style and repeat.  You may also get regular trims (and color) as well.  While you may have this effective routine on lock, you find that there are times when your routine and styling products aren’t giving you results like before.  Your hair seems unresponsive:  more dry, less shiny, and your scalp flakier than usual.  Not liking what you see, you start searching for possible solutions and come to the conclusion that maybe you just need new shampoo and conditioner or a new hair oil or serum.  Sure, that may solve the problem temporarily but did you ever stop to consider that what you need is a scalp exfoliator?

When you think about it, a scalp exfoliator serves the same purpose as one that you would use for your face and body.  And like our face and body which becomes dry, flaky, dull, and congested with product buildup, dirt and debris, the same thing happens to our scalp.  When that happens, our beloved hair products don’t work as effectively.  Also, with more frequent use of dry shampoo and co-washing which can lead to scalp build up, it makes even more sense to exfoliate.  Healthy hair follicles mean healthy hair and when done regular basis, scalp exfoliation provides much needed stimulation which encourages cell turnover, increased blood flow, minerals, nutrients and oxygen – all the things your scalp needs to promote healthy hair growth.  Removing product build up on the scalp will also allow treatments and products can penetrate the scalp to do their job, thus making your hair look, feel, and perform better.

Try one of these exfoliating masks, scrubs, shampoos or tools once a week and be sure to use extra care is you have a sensitive scalp.

Kiehls Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment $20.00

IGK Low Key Cleansing Walnut Scrub $36

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt $53

Phillip Kinglsey Exfoliating Scalp Mask $30

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo $42

L’oreal Ever Fresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub $9.99

Aveda Pramasana Exfoliating Scalp Brush $20

On My Radar: Weekly Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Roundup

In beauty, fashion, lifestyle on August 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm

On My Radar is a roundup of all the things I love, discovered, and that have piqued my interest this week that you should know about.

This week it’s all about products that keep your skin glowing, invisible bust coverage that can possibly solve your low cut/strapless clothing dilemma, a stylish way to drink on the go, and a more efficient way to get your workout on.

Nars Illuminating Loose Powder $28.  An ethereal glow is at your fingertips with Nars Illuminating Loose Powder.  Created in the cult classic, universally flattering shade Orgasm, this powder is soft, silky and blendable.  Apply directly to wherever you want to glow or mix into your favorite lotion, body butter or foundation.

Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Toner $28.  This purifying toner is great for those with normal, sensitive, combination and oily skin.  Natural salicylic acid helps to control oil, reduce breakouts and minimize the appearance of pores.  Grape seed polyphenols provide antioxidant protection while grape water and rose water calm and soothe the skin, leaving it radiant, smooth and refreshed.

Brassybra $35.  Goodbye duct tape and hello to breast tape that actually works – even if you have a larger bust line.  Brassybra, a disposable adhesive breast tape, provides invisible support where and when it matters the most.  Made with Second Skin Technology which is a 97% cotton based material with elastane, Brassybra is like a second skin that promises to be invisible, breathable and waterproof – yes you can even go swimming!  Even more exciting is that unlike other products which stop at a D cup, Brassybra goes up to G(DDDD).

Soma Brew Bottle $40.  Coffee and Tea lovers rejoice!  Take your pour over coffee, cold brew or loose leaf tea on the go in this sleek, beautifully designed bottle.  The Soma Brew Bottle is as durable as it is beautiful with a leak proof flip lid, stainless steel filter and double walled borosilicate glass, all to keep your beverage contained, hot and delicious.

Trtl Travel Pillow $29.99.  Sleep comfortably while traveling and say goodbye to the nodding head that often comes with sleeping in an upright position.  This ergonomically correct travel pillow has internal ribs that provide head and neck support, is smaller than traditional u-shaped travel pillows and is machine washable.

Powerblock Sport 24 Dumbbells $159.  Be done with multiple pairs of dumbbells in your home gym with the Powerblock Sport.  The best in downsizing and multi-tasking, these dumbbells come in multiple weight ranges that are adjustable anywhere between 3-90 pounds per hand.

8 Eye Creams To Help You Look Brighter, Smoother, and More Awake

In skincare on August 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

It’s no secret that everyone wants to look younger and more awake, especially when it comes to the under eye area.  Lots of time and money is spent looking for makeup, concealer in particular, to hide a multitude of concerns such as lack of sleep, puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and darkness.  The secret is not always in the makeup but in your skin care routine in the form of an eye cream.

If you use some form of moisturizer for your face, you might be the type to use that same product under your eye, if you even pay attention to that area.  The truth is, the skin around your eyes is the most delicate and sensitive of all the areas of your face (think tissue paper vs construction paper) so what you use should be specifically formulated for that area.  The under eye is also thinner and has no oil glands to replenish the delicate under eye skin so it is prone to show the first signs of aging.  Other contributing factors to under eye aging include improper removal of eye make up, rubbing, squinting and other environmental aggressors.  A good eye cream and healthy life style choices can help.

When shopping for an eye cream, look for those formulas that contain peptides, hyaluronic acid, retinoids, anti oxidants and optical diffusers.  Your eye cream should have a consistency you like, preferably be fragrance free (avoids invitation) and have good absorption.  Formulas that come in pumps are best as there is less exposure to air and light which degrades the product.  If the product does come in a jar, be sure to use clean hands or spatula to apply product.

SkinCeuticals Eye Balm With Triple Age Defense $82.  This rich emollient cream is great for those with mature or aging skin around the eyes.  Contains vitamin A & E and helps with collagen production, lipid replacement, and hydration.  Dimethicone helps to smooths under eye skin and makes for smoother concealer application.

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM. Gel Cream $36.  This cooling eye cream is perfect for revitalizing eyes first thing in the morning.  It addresses the concerns of firming and hydration and also targets the upper eyelid.  Key ingredients include red algae for hydration and anti-aging as well as peptides for plumping.

Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum $60.  This powerhouse eye serum addresses multiple concerns of the eye area.  Powerhouse ingredients of copper and black tea ferment create a smoother, radiant appearance under the eye while the Shaba Complex of niacinamide and edelweiss stem cells diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  COQ10 provides anti-oxidant protection.

PCA Skin Ideal Complex Restorative Eye Cream $87.  Target multiple signs of eye aging with this scientifically backed eye cream.  Optical diffusers instantly brighten while peptides help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and niacinamide helps with tone and strength of the skin.

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum $88.  This fast absorbing formula contains 3 forms of retinol which helps to stimulate collagen production and strengthens the eye area, creating a firmer, more toned look to the eye area.  Marine kelp extract brightens the eye area.

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream $18.  Lightweight and fast absorbing, this eye cream contains the key ingredient of hyaluronic acid which is highly effective at moisturizing and smoothing.  Aloe vera helps to calm and sooth the delicate eye area, making this eye cream perfect for daily use and prep for concealer application.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream $19.99.  A gel-cream hybrid, this eye cream is cooling, hydrating and fragrance free.  Key ingredient hyaluronic acid boosts moisture and locks it in all day.  It also smooths the skin under the eye without leaving an oily residue behind.

Dr Brandt No More Baggage Eye De-puffing Gel $42.  Banish the look of puffy, tired, aging looking eyes with this advanced de-puffing eye gel.  Quick acting, apply this in the morning to smooth and depuff.  The apricot color provides brightening to help you look well rested, caffeine helps to tighten and the peptides will plump and hydrate.

Why Backpacks Are The Ultimate Style Accessory.

In fashion, style on August 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Remember back in the day around this time of year the excitement you felt when it was time to go back to school shopping?  It was the time you got to refresh your wardrobe with new clothes and cool footwear.  You also got to purchase new school supplies such as pens, pencils, markers and notebooks to give you a fresh start with your scholastic endeavors.  And what better way to hold all your school supplies than to get a cool new backpack – the ultimate back to school accessory.

Backpacks have long been associated with the necessity of carrying school supplies and  outdoor activities such as camping and hiking but have now evolved into stylish must have accessories.  And while you may or may not be in school as an adult, backpacks are highly functional and a great alternative to regular purses, tote bags and briefcases.  Backpacks give you hands free navigation while on your way to wherever, taking you from work to play.  And, unless it’s mini sized, backpacks fit everything you need to get you through the day – laptop/tablet, keys, comfy shoe alternative, a book, and lunch.  Also, because they are a functional style accessory, like shoes and watches, you can have more than one.

No longer only available in the standard colors of black, green or navy canvas, there are many styles, colors, fabrics and details to accommodate your lifestyle and personality.  Check out these smart sophisticated styles which are sure to take you places.

Forever 21 Houndstooth Satin Backpack $24.90.  Once reserved for suits and shoes, this houndstooth pattern is a great look for the fall.  The front flap and top zip closure are accented by gold tone hardware.

Aldo Acareria $60.  The chevron pattern, grey animal print motif and gold chain zipper are the details that make this backpack a standout and will complement any outfit you wear.

H&M Bag/Backpack $79.99.  Perfect for those who want options because this backpack also converts to a bag with the handles that can be concealed.

Eloquii Modern Backpack $99.90.  This stylish backpack features cruelty free PU material which looks like just like leather.  The front zip pocket gives easy access to items like your keys and phone while the double zipper round top closure opens wide for easy storage and access of your other belongings.

Matt & Nat Kiara $160.  This beautiful full sized, round structured backpack has feet to prevent rolling, and a nice sized handle for carrying.  A great vegan option with adjustable straps, this backpack has a smartphone pocket for storage so you wont have rummage through your bag looking for your phone.

Furla Woman’s Candy Backpack $172.  Add a little fun to your day with this cute candy colored mini backpack.  Glossy PVC and gold tone hardware are the accents that make this backpack a must have.

Calvin Klein Sage Backpack $258.  Sturdy pebble leather exterior with silver toned hardware, this backpack has two interior slip pockets and 1 interior zip pocket to make storage easy.

Michael Kors Rhea Medium Studded Leather Backpack $358.  Everyone needs some stud action whether its on a shoe, jacket, bracelet and yes a backpack.  High shine gold tone studs/hardware and two top zippers will give you the storage edge you deserve this season.

Hayworth Distressed Backpack $898.  Made of the finest Italian leather, this distressed oversized backpack features a stud trim, braided straps and interior zip and slip pockets.

On My Radar: Weekly Beauty, Fashion, And Lifestyle Roundup

In beauty, fashion, lifestyle on August 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm

On My Radar is a roundup of all the things I love, discovered, and that have piqued my interest this week that you should know about.

Peter Thomas Roth 24 K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches $75.  Firm, lift, calm and brighten in one step with these gold, anti-aging eye patches.  Perfect for when preparing for an event or even before work, these luxurious patches deliver 24k gold, collodial gold, hyaluronic acid, hydrolized collagen, and caffeine which helps with hydration and reduces puffiness.  Great for all skin types.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm $34.  Cleanse and nourish your skin at the same time with this amazing cleansing balm.  Perfect for all skin types, this cleanser removes all forms of makeup, including waterproof.  Because no greasy residue left behind, there is no need for a double cleanse.

Rag & Bone Army Cheetah Low Top Sneakers $275.  No footwear collection is complete without animal print.  Update your sneaker game and any outfit you wear with these super cute cheetah print sneakers.

Mango Leather Envelope $59.99.  Show up in style with this envelope clutch.  Made of bovine leather, this clutch is large enough to hold all of the items you need for a night out but small enough to not feel like you are carrying luggage wherever you go.

Aveleda Vinho Verde $6.99.  This medium dry white wine is crisp, light and delicious.  Perfect for a mid day snacking on the balcony and is also a great base for adding your favorite juice for a refreshing spritzer.

Hadley Cheese Knives, Set of 4 $48.  Elevate your flatware collection and serve delicious cheeses (and wine) to your friends or yourself with these beautiful imported handcrafted cheese knives.

Jonathan Adler Canaan Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Set $298.  “Is it modern art or a luxe pastime.  Let your guests decide.”  Decorate your space and change the face of a classic game with the impeccable craftsmanship of this Canaan Marble Tic Tac Toe set.

These Peels, Scrubs, And Exfoliators Will Keep Your Skin Glowing All Year Long.

In skincare on August 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Caution:  Increased use will make your skincare absorb better into your skin, making you even more amazing….

We are constantly bombarded with images of our favorite celebrities and their beautiful, glowing skin.  Sure, this look is achieved with the help of their go-to makeup artist and their arsenal of glow inducing products.  But before the makeup is applied, much attention is given to a celebrity’s skincare routine, whether it is in the form of trips to their favorite skincare professional with state of the art tools or the use of at home treatments.

Then there is you.  Wondering if your skin can be that amazing- especially if you have some skin care concerns.  The truth is yes your skin can be that amazing and there is easy access to great products.  When you feel like your skin needs a daily glow, the enviable radiance before a big event, or you just need to banish uneven texture, dark marks, red spots and hormonal breakouts, you can still head over to your dermatologist’s office for treatments which may include post procedure down time. The other option is reaching for at home solutions in the form of peels, scrubs, and exfoliators  to deliver amazing results.  Whatever you choose, be sure to be consistent, follow the directions and use your sunscreen.

Cane & Austin 30% Miracle Pads $88.  These peel pads are ideal for turning up the cell renewal process.  Key ingredients include glycolic acid (resurfacing), vitamins A, C, E, (lighten, brighten, tightening) and salicylic acid (clears pores) which work together to banish breakouts, reduce the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation and refine the look of pores.  COQ10 provides powerful anti aging protection.

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator $38.  This oil free, clay based exfoliator will help improve texture, tone and clarity, making your skin soft and luminous with salicylic acid and oligosaccharides (moisturize, resurface).

Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash $8-$60. More like a mini peel, this facial wash is perfect if you want to cleanse and treat in one step.  Gentle enough for daily use.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive Exfoliating Mask $42. Great for all skin types except sensitive, the organic fruit hydroxy acids and raw cane sugar will help to get rid of discoloration and makes the skin smoother and brighter.

Mario Badescu Almond And Honey Non Abrasive Face Scrub $15.  This super gentle facial scrub contains finely ground almonds and honey and sweet almond oil to gently buff away dead skin cells and nourish and hydrate your skin.

Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder $65.  This water activated enzyme powder turns into a creamy foam, gently buffing away dull, pore clogging dirt to reveal smooth glowing skin.  Key ingredients include Tatcha’s proprietary Hadesi 3 complex of antioxidant green tea which aids in skin detox, red algae which plumps and moisturizes and rice which exfoliates.