Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Strecth Mark and How to Prevent It

Strecth Mark (Striae gravidarum) probably the skin problem wich most woman feas during their pregnancy. Stretch mark usually showing up in the later half of pregnancy. The strecth mark majority will be on the lower abdomen but they can also be found on the thighs, hips, buttocks, breasts and arms of women.

There's not much you can do to prevent it, because there are many factor that you should know contribute to strecth mark :
  • Family (If your mom or sister has them, guess what?)
  • Weight Gain (Rapid or excessive will make these worse.)
  • Nutritional Status (Well hydrated and healthy skin stretches better.)
  • Ethnicity (African American women get them less.)
Stretch marks occur when skin grows too fast for its fibers to handle. These can tear, leaving violet-colored marks. To help improve your skin's elasticity, you can rub your belly several times a day in a circular motion with creams or oils that contain cocoa butter, vitamin E or sweet almond oil.

Once the baby is born, you can treat stretch marks with StriVectin-SD, perhaps the most well-known product for marks.

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Autumn/Fall 2008 Hairstyle Trends

Autumn/Fall 2008 Hairstyle Trends

Fall 2008 hairstyles. Straight from the runway the hottest hair trends for Fall hairstyles. For this fall there are alot of different looks and hair trends that graced the runway. The bob is once again the hottest look for the season. While some other popular looks are boho waves, the mushroom bob, blunt bob, chignon, sleek ponytails, braids, natural looks, face framing layers and much more. Here are the hottest styles to been seen in for fall 2008.

The Fall 2008 Hairstyles

The Bob for fall is once again turning heads. For this season its taking a turn into shapes of the mushroom ,blunt bob styles as well as layered looks.

Mushroom Bob

Blunt Bob

Layred Bob

For styles away from the face make sure your looks are kept tight and sleek for the chignon, braids, as well as sleek ponytails.



Sleek Ponytails

If you really want to create a new look you can try the asymmetrical shag or pixie cut.

Asymmetrical Shag

Pixie Cut

Natural styles are very popular for fall with natural short cuts ( works best on natural African American hair textures) natural and tight curls and all one length styles.

Natural Short Cuts

Tight and Wild Curls

All One Length

For little and subtle hair trends forFall 2008 go with the pinned style, fringed bangs, boho waves or face framing layers.

Pinned Style

Fringed Bangs

Boho Waves

Face Framing Layers

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fashion for Spring and Summer 2008 from Japanese Designers

Junya Tashiro

Junya Tashiro (born in 1974) is a Japanese fashion designer based in Fukuoka City who creates women's clothes, mainly dresses and skirts, as well as handbags and fashion accessories. He often uses natural fabrics such as linen and a basic, earthy palette. Visit his website for a glance at his works gallery.

Hiroko Koshino

Hiroko Koshino (born 1937, Osaka) is an established designer based in Japan, a graduate of Bunka Fashion College (1961). At the time she was a colleague of Yohji Yamamoto and Kenzo Takada, all future Tokyo fashion leaders. She showed in Paris and at Alta Moda in Rome. Her designs are based on the traditional clothing, the Japanese kimono, following its aesthetics of volume and layering. Her daughter, Yuma, followed her footsteps and this year has presented her signature spring/summer collection at Tokyo fashion Week.

Yuma Koshino

Other very interesting designers that showed at Tokyo Fashion Week were Kohji Annoura, Naomi Yamamoto, Norio Surikabe and Toru Kato among many others. For more on this matter check the official Japan Fashion Week website

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Chanel Runway in Paris Fashion

Paris Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2008-2009 Chanel Runway. Straight from the runway the looks and fashions for Fall and Winter 2008 -2009 featuring Chanel designs. Rhianna was even present at the event and looked stunning as always. You can view all of the fashions below.

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Fashion show in Macao

A model walks the runway during the 08-09 autumn-winter collection fashion show in Macao on July 22, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

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How to eat healthy on your summer holiday

We give you nutrition and safety tips for eating in the car, at the campground, at the cottage or on the beach.

By Daria Locke
(with files from Erin Mills)

Getting good, nutritious meals while on vacation is not always easy – but not impossible. This summer, when travelling to the cottage, campsite or beach, or on a long road trip, remember that simple is always better. Here are some tips for healthy and safe eating away from home.
In the car
Car trips are a popular summer pastime for many Canadian families. But even though meals on the road may not be on schedule and may require more planning and ingenuity than home-cooked meals, you don't have to sacrifice your health.

To avoid falling into the fast-food trap, keep healthy drinks and snacks in the car. Kid-favourite treats that travel well include pretzels, bagels, apples, bananas, baby carrots, granola bars and trail mix with nuts and raisins (or any dried fruit). Keep a stocked cooler with lots of ice packs inside your car. You can haul out the cooler at a rest stop or park, which typically have picnic areas. It's an opportunity to stretch your legs – a good idea to prevent blood clots. If you're on a long trip, you may still have to stop at a restaurant for a full meal. The trick is to stick to salads and grilled (not fried) items. If burgers and hot dogs are the only items on the menu, avoid sauces and mayos that add extra calories. And ask for the salad dressing on the side.

Living on the road and mostly out of a cooler – even one stocked with healthy choices – doesn't mean you won't develop a sweet tooth. Go ahead and indulge but limit yourself to – at most – one junk food purchase a day, and steer clear of trans fats. Look at the label and make sure your choice has zero grams of trans fats.

At the campsite
Campfire cooking can be lots of fun, but it can also pose a challenge to your health regimen, so preplanning is key. As soon as you arrive at the campsite, find a source of water that you can boil for drinking and cooking. Pack healthy alternatives to camping classics, such as turkey or veggie dogs, instead of filler-heavy beef hot dogs. Instead of prepackaged hamburgers, bring homemade burgers made with freshly ground chicken, turkey or extra-lean beef. Pack whole grain breads and sandwich staples such as peanut butter and jelly. Low-fat, whole grain muffins, whole grain cereal (for example, homemade granola) and fresh fruits make great breakfast items on a camping trip, and they are easy to prepare. Buy lots of fresh vegetables to have with your meals.

There's no need to skimp on flavour – pack your favourite spices from home in snack-size sandwich bags (this will keep them fresh and save on space). Spices, dried herbs and garlic powder can be added to basic dishes.

If dessert is a camping tradition in your family, you don't have to give it up. But try this healthier alternative to the rich s'mores favourite: Wrap a small piece of dark chocolate, half a banana and half a marshmallow in foil, roast the packet over the fire for a few minutes, grab a spoon and enjoy.

At the cottage
Whether you're at the cottage for the entire summer, or just a getaway weekend, keeping mealtimes simple and healthy will make your vacation that much more enjoyable.

Make a list of grocery items you'll need (to avoid overbuying) and pick them up in advance. It's one less thing to worry about once you've arrived. (You'll have to skip the ice cream or pick up the lower-fat variety somewhere nearby.) For fresh veggies and fruits, stop at a local farmer's market.

If you're renting the cottage, find out what appliances it has so you can plan your meals accordingly. If the cottage has a barbecue, you're in luck; you can make easy nutritious meals on the barbie. Choose lean meats such as chicken or turkey – or local fish – and grill them with summer vegetables such as peppers and zucchini.

Keep lunchtime simple with tortillas or sandwiches made with whole grain bread and filled with low-fat deli meats such as turkey. Egg and tuna salad are also good choices, as long as you use a limited amount of low-fat mayonnaise. An array of seasonal sliced fruit is also a great summer treat.

For snacks, keep items that the kids can fix themselves, such as cheese and crackers, prewashed and cut fruits and vegetables, and granola bars. These snacks can easily be packed in a knapsack before you go on a hike.

At the beach
Nothing beats a lazy day at the beach in the summer. A portable picnic is the easiest way to enjoy a good meal while basking in the sun and sand. But pack it with care: use an insulated cooler and put in ice packs, which prevent drips and cross-contamination. (If you use loose ice, store it in sealed containers.)

Place perishable foods, such as luncheon meats, poultry and oil-based salads, in separate containers. Store raw meat products at the bottom of the cooler to prevent dripping on the ready-to-eat items. Keep the cooler out of the sun, either under an umbrella or a tree.

Have a selection of snacks such as nuts or trail mix on hand; the kids will be hungry after playing in the water and sand all day. Don't bring sugary candies and fruit snacks to the beach, though; they're not very healthy and bees love them.

For drinks, freeze bottles of water and 100 per cent fruit juice boxes the night before going to the beach. You can use them as ice packs in your cooler before drinking them (they should still be cold by the afternoon).

Don't plan to have leftovers: throw away whatever remains of the prepared food after your day at the beach. You can keep condiments like ketchup and mustard because of preservatives in them, but remember to refrigerate them when you get home.

If possible, bring picnic items that don't require dishes or utensils so you don't have to haul back dirty dishes (and you're not adding waste with disposable dishes and utensils). Be sure to bring some soap or hand sanitizer to wash your hands with before you eat.

You can't beat this thirst-quencher or its calorie content. To make it a little tastier, add some sliced lemons, limes or other fruits to the pitcher and stick in the fridge. The extra zing will make for a refreshing summer beverage.

Iced tea
Make your own iced tea from regular tea bags. Add some pieces of lemon and honey to sweeten it.

Smoothies are a great alternative to fruit juices. Combine fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and bananas in a blender along with some ice for a refreshing summer beverage the whole family can enjoy. Store smoothies in a vacuum bottle to bring along to the beach.

Pop alternative
Mix club soda with fruit punch or orange juice. This pop alternative contains less sugar but is still refreshing.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Fashion Style of the Day

White is one of the best summer fashion trends that can be worn year after year. For 2008 summer fashion wearing white can be a class look for both men and women. White goes with everything and works wonders if worn by itself. Pair white this season with black, red and yellow for great summer looks. You can wear white with stripes as well as flowers and other prints for chic and sexy look. For a wonderful party this season a white summer dress is a classic way to look fun and beautiful.

Trends in 2008 summer dresses. There are many different summer dresses and styles that are popular this season. Colors such as white, yellow, and navy are a must while styles like tribal prints, pencil silhouettes, maxi length dresses, and bubble hems are also trendy.

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