The Importance of Hats for Sun Protection: The Brim of the Matter

We all know that a hat protects you from the sun, but

did you know for

every 1 inch of brim to your hat = a 10% lower risk of skin cancer to your face!

Ditch the baseball cap, look for brims that go all the way around the hat. Bonus many hats now offer added UPF protection, the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating system measures the UV protection provided by fabric.

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Siggi Bucket Boonie Cord Fishing Beach Cap Summer Sun Hat Wide Brim for Women UPF50+

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Simplicity Women’s Summer UPF 50+ Roll Up Floppy Beach Hat with Ribbon

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Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Shapeable Outback Sun Hat – Sun Protective

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Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Fairway Golf Hat – Sun Protective

Indigo: An Ancient Skincare Ingredient Given New Life!

Geisha have been in the know using soothing, calming, and healing ingredient Indigo for centuries!

This is the color that is called indigo in the Japanese traditional colors, a group of colors in use since beginning in 660 CE in the form of various dyes that are used in designing kimonos.  The name of this color in Japanese is ai-iro, which means indigo color.  In fact, during the Edo Period, the Samurai warriors wore a layer of indigo-dyed cotton beneath their armor to help skin wounds heal, earning the color the nickname “Samurai Blue.”

It is also widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for Psoriasis!

I know when you think of indigo you think of the rainbow, visible color spectrum (ROY G. BIV -Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Indigo and Violet) or demin jeans (the dye used to color jeans comes from indigo!)  Denim is a tone of indigo Crayola which resembles the shade of indigo used in denim. Crayola created this color in 1993 as one of the new 16 colors.

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Get Real Denim Suds Soap

India is believed to be the oldest center of indigo dyeing in the Old World. It was a primary supplier of indigodye, derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria, to Europe as early as the Greco-Roman era. The association of India with indigo is reflected in the Greek word for the ‘dye’, which was indikon (ινδικόν). The Romans used the term indicum, which passed into Italian dialect and eventually into English as the word indigo. The country of El Salvador has lately been the biggest producer of indigo.  The same indigo dye is contained in the woad plant, Isatis tinctoria, for a long time the main source of blue dye in Europe. Woad was replaced by true indigo as trade routes opened up, and both are now largely replaced by synthetic dyes.

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I’m Fabulous Firming & Lifting Cream

Indigo has anti-inflammatory benefits!  Wild Indigo extract stimulates beta endorphin release and provides relief for sensitive skins.

Tatcha’s Indigo Skincare Line

ESPA Repair and Restore Intensive Serum

Remedy Olivamine Skin Repair Cream

KOSE SEKKISEI SUPREME Revitalizing Cream and Lotion

Yes, the same plant that gives your jeans their characteristic hue turns out to be an under-appreciated! It has been known to be particularly beneficial to those with dermatitis and eczema.

Jeffrey James Botanicals The Creme Hallelujah

Huang Qin Gao Ointment (ShiZhen brand)

Pure Life Soap, Wild Indigo Shampoo and Conditioner

Indigo is added to many black hair dyes to enrich the black and give black hair that beautiful blue shine.

Auromere Ayurvedic Soap, Lavender-Neem

Kama Sutra Feel More Sexier Pheromone Body Lotion

Dita Von Teese Burlesque Star to Launch Lingerie and Perfume!

Hang on to your knickers!

Dita Von Teese aka The Queen of Burlesque is launching a lingerie line and perfumes on HSN! From the vintage-inspired lingerie sets ($25 to $45) to the fragrances ($75 a bottle).  “I thought HSN would be the perfect way to introduce my brand to the American woman, because my goal with these products is to bring glamour and refinement to women at an affordable price,” she said.  And she did just that by hand-picking eyelash laces and mixing scent notes in Paris herself, all while making sure the prices remained reasonable. Von Teese also wears all of the pieces she designed alongside those from her own very famous collection of lingerie.  “I spend exorbitant amounts of money on lingerie when I go shopping in Paris, and I think these pieces can really stand their own against the most expensive lingerie in the world,” she said. “I’m really proud of that fact.” And she has every right to be! Dita Von Teese’s American debut will be available on HSN and hsn.com starting April 23.

The seductive new scent is apparently an inviting combination of orange bergamot, pink pepper, Lapsang Souchong tea, magnolia, and raw amber. “I love the smoky smell of the Lapsang Souchong tea, which we combined with ambergris to create a voluptuous scent,” Von Teese said in a statement about Rouge.

To create her Old Hollywood-inspired scent. “I often thought about the great women that I admire like Marlene Dietrich or Hedy Lamarr—those sexy, glamorous, iconic women, and I couldn’t imagine them ever smelling like fruits or candy,” she said. “I wanted something that speaks of wanting to be grown-up, a sophisticated woman who is in charge of her life.” Von Teese’s scent is a seductive blend of Bulgarian rose and peony, with undertones of spicy Bourbon pepper and smoky wood.

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Ballet Chic!

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Tea rose pink, putty, nude, white and creams (now with Black Swan even black) bring me back to childhood and my ballerina obsession.

If you are as inspired as I was by all this ballet couture here are some a few pointers on how to wear the look.
  • Choose a v-neck or scoop top that is very fitted.
  • Pair it with a skirt that is loose and flowy – one with ruffles works wonders
  • Wear the skirt at your natural waist! This is important ladies, this will create that ballet silhouette. If you wear your skirt too low, it won’t look right.
  • Wear heels of any kind. T-strap, pumps, peep-toe, any kind will do, just be careful if you choose to wear flats. Wearing ballet flats will be to literal and might end up looking costume-like. You want ballet-chic, not an actual ballerina! Heels of any height will work and you will be suprised as you stand in the mirror how much it instantly changes the outfit to contemporary and how great it will make your figure work.
  • Try a long necklace.
  • As for hair: wear it any way you like, as long as it isn’t a bun (again you don’t want to look your going to Halloween as a ballerina, you want ballet-chic). My favorite is down with waves, or half up.

 

Leg Warmers:
Pointelle Cream - leg warmers with knit lace trim & buttons, legwarmers

Pointelle Cream – leg warmers with knit lace trim & buttons, legwarmers

Ballet Flats:

Repetto Ballet Flats - always a classic

Repetto Ballet Flats – always a classic

 

Bloch Luxury Steel Ballet Flat

Bloch Luxury Steel Ballet Flat

 

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Wrap Sweaters:

Alice + Olivia Open Stitch Drape Wrap Around Sweater

Alice + Olivia Open Stitch Drape Wrap Around Sweater

 

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Tulle Skirt:

Anthropologie - Karinska Tulle Skirt

Anthropologie – Karinska Tulle Skirt

Down East Basics Women's Tulle Layered Skirt - London Fog

Down East Basics Women’s Tulle Layered Skirt – London Fog

 

Fitted Top:

Eileen Fisher - Ballet Neck Top in Cotton Interlock

Eileen Fisher – Ballet Neck Top in Cotton Interlock

Neiman Marcus - Oats Cashmere Fitted Scoop-Neck Sweater, Black

Neiman Marcus – Oats Cashmere Fitted Scoop-Neck Sweater, Black

Jewelry:

 

Nordstrom - Majorica Round Pearl Stud Earrings

Nordstrom – Majorica Round Pearl Stud Earrings

Zales - 1/6 CT. T.W. Princess-Cut Diamond Solitaire Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver

Zales – 1/6 CT. T.W. Princess-Cut Diamond Solitaire Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver

Kenneth Jay Lane Tassel Necklace

Kenneth Jay Lane Tassel Necklace

 

Make Up:

Essie

Like Linen

Like Linen

 

Yogaga

Yogaga

Ballet Slippers

Ballet Slippers

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Desert Twilight Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Desert Twilight Eye Palette

 

 

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Honeysuckle Pink

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Honeysuckle Pink

Nars Cosmetics Blush in Sin

Nars Cosmetics Blush in Sin

 

 

 

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