Winnie Harlow! Proud of the Skin She’s In…..NYFW Excitement Indeed!

16 Feb

Yes, she was on America’s Next Top Model!  However, it is so much more than that! WinnieHarlowAMTM

Canadian model Winnie Harlow has risen above of all critics that fashion cannot change!  Or ONE cannot be accepted!

I am so happy that the door has been open even wider for this beautiful lady.  Her skin condition Vitiligo is not stopping her; its the one thing that makes her beautifully unique!

Winnie Harlow Presented as New Desigual Face for the Spring-Summer 2015 Campaign "Say Something Nice"An encouragement to young girls, that the stigma to go under a microscope of certain beauty and size rules don’t always apply.  So the box “are you different?” can be checked proudly!

Winnie shares that her childhood consisted of ridicule and bullying.  Her resilience persevered, where today you have a stronger, more confident 19 year old young lady!

Winnie’s Instragram followers are proof, displaying photos of her everyday life…that it is OK to be different and shares to the those unaware to look beyond the  Vitiligo. Her thoughts below in her YouTube video.

Desigual has gotten it right!  Winnie Harlow is part of their SS 2015 campaign and setting the bar high!

You may recall Michael Jackson had the skin disease and Tamar Braxton, who also has it – often talks about it on her show, The Real.  We are seeing examples of it with everyday people.

As we become more educated, we will become more conscious of our reaction.  Winnie has been inspirational in that change!  She was on the NYFW runway this week!  Doing her thing and looking absolutely FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would love to see Winnie in a Dove Campaign and show the industry even more that uniqueness is so beautiful <hint>!  I would love to hear what you think?

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To see more beautiful photos of Winnie and her day to day ……..or just to be so inspired like me, go to her Instagram page:  WinnieHarlow

Healthy Smoothies! I’m Hooked!

9 Feb

Hello everyone!  Hope your year is going well!  For me, my focus has been on taking care of myself – by eating right and doing exercise on regular basis.   So lately, I have been trying to find ways to eat correctly, including getting my nutrients.

So I’ve heard about having a smoothie daily with all your favorite vegetables and fruit; it can be a wonderful experience; but you have to be dedicated!  I always thought that it would be a lot of work!

smoothielfmWith my Costco® shopping list; I started last week and I am definitely hooked!  I know you may say  “Where have you been?” Well, I am saying I am here now! OK! :)

I do see a difference, I’m no longer craving for snack foods.  I’m making healthy smoothies every other day, for lunch and sometimes dinner; all based on YouTube guru, Michelle’s great ideas.

She inspired me to also make the most beautiful looking and very tasty smoothies.  Here are some of the veggies and fruits that I have used so far:

Avocado – Banana –  Blueberries – Broccoli –  Cantaloupe – Chia Seeds –  Grapes – Honey – Kale – Strawberries –  Spinach –  Pears  – Pumpkin Seeds –  Almond Milk – Cranberries – Coconut and Yogurt.

A smoothie is a blended and sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit, vegetables and in special cases can also contain chocolate or peanut butter. 

In addition to fruit, a smoothie can have crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or contain syrup and ice ingredients.  People love the  milkshake-like consistency because it is thicker than juicing – by adding also milk, yogurt or ice cream. 

However, for the health conscious person these items can be used: Soy milk, coconut water, almond milk, coconut milk, whey powder, green tea, herbal supplements, or nutritional supplement mixes.  The calorie count can be high, so it is suggested to be a meal replacement.

Next is smoothie bowls….?…watch her video; with so many, many ideas!  Thanks Michelle for the delicious looking video!  If you have any great recipes, please share!


Here’s other suggested Instagram sites for smoothie ideas!   http://instagram.com/smooth… – http://instagram.com/simple …  –  http://instagram.com/befits… http://instagram.com/befits…

http://instagram.com/livera…  –  http://instagram.com/drinkt…

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Michelle has been on YouTube since 2-4-2012 with 1,500 subscribers!! If you would like to contact her, her e-mail address is invisiblechyrsalis@yahoo.com and her Instagram: http://instagram.com/anneem83/

Susan Hanover Designs – Jewelry by Susan Hanover

25 Jan

 

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You ever have a necklace that you just love!

Each time you wear it, you just get so many compliments, that you so, so glad you chose it!

Well, the piece of jewelry I’m so crazy about is designed by Susan Hanover!

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Letia Mitchell wearing susanhanoverdesigns

Her designs were being showcased at an event I was attending at The Cornelia Spa, Surrey Hotel in New York City!

So chic; with such flare! I’d immediately purchased it!

Susan Hanover’s jewelry collections are amazing and I had hands on review of her designs, all so unique… yet beautiful.  I am now in the process of eyeing her cuffs, so I’d decided to let you see also!

 

Here is a susanhanoverdesigns’ cuff showcased in an Essence magazine photo shoot starring Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Jennifer Hudson.

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Take a moment learn about Susan and view the susanhanoverdesigns’ e-shop; there is something for everyone!  With Valentine’s Day approaching, there are really some great gift and hint ideas; like these Raindrop bangles and more!

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Also check out the susanhanoverdesigns ad campaigns on the site; the featured cuffs are indeed like architectural pieces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d also learned that Oprah Winfrey listed susanhanoverdesigns earrings as one of her picks for 2013 Favorite Things for O Magazine!  So exciting!

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Incentives and trunk shows are also available, please contact Susan Hanover Designs for information.  Phone: (516) 570-0116  Email: Susan@SusanHanoverDesigns.com .  Necklace photo by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design, Jennifer Hudson photo by Artia Chic and Raindrop bangles photo by susanhanoverdesigns. 

Be Inspired! Essential Oil Benefits!

25 Jan

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As you know at the beginning of a new year, you set goals and thinking about making some changes here and there!  One of my changes was to up the ante on taking the time to relax!  Recently; I ‘ve been taking the time to enjoy massage oils, which is helping my aching muscles and giving me the best sleep EVER!!!  Often you would pick up a massage oil or lotion; smell and think of relaxation!  However, there are so many different oils; which can be beneficial!

There is some importance of having pure oils in your bathroom or kitchen cabinet.

There’s a reason these thicker liquids have been used since ancient times from head to toe.  If you wanted to know some more about many different oils, listed below is a guide!  You will be surprised of the benefits of each oil; as well as how to mix them properly for your next “I did it myself” beauty recipes.

First, base or carrier oils should make up the majority of your recipe because they have intensive hydrating properties. Then top that off with a treatment oil that targets specific ailments (like dry skin and swelling).  My treatment oil was Arnica for swelling; while another was Lavender for relaxation.

Finally add the kicker — a few drops of an essential oil that’s high in fragrance and potent in beauty benefits. If you’re mixing these recipes at home, always make sure to discuss with your doctor and do a test patch first to avoid any adverse reactions.  In one quick trip to the health-food store, you could be well on your way to smoother skin and shinier hair.  At the very least, you’ll know which claims to believe when walking down the beauty aisle.

By all means, also do not forget to plan to treat yourself to a massage by a professional if you can!  When going you will be so proud of yourself on how knowledgeable you are and can request the type of oils you prefer!

BASE OIL BEAUTY BENEFITS

Argan This oil is packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it a great moisturizer for hair, skin, and nails. In its natural state, it has a warm, nutty scent that complements any “I did it myself”  hair recipe.

Avocado Rubbing down in avocado oil can give you the same omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that you get when you eat the delicious fruit.

Coconut Naturally coconuts are packed with protein, vitamin E, and fatty acids that can be absorbed into the skin easily. It also has antibacterial properties. The oil is solid at room temperature, making it easy for travel and a good base for your “I did it myself”  lotion recipes.

Grape seed For women with acne-prone skin, grape-seed oil is one of the best picks because of its astringent properties. It naturally contains linoleic acid, which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s quickly absorbed into the skin (and hair) and delivers antioxidants deep into the cell tissue.

Jojoba Jojoba is naturally similar to human sebum. Therefore women with oily skin and scalp can benefit the most from a moisturizer with jojoba to help regulate the epidermis’s natural production of oil.

Olive Antioxidant-rich olive oil is the ideal “I did it myself” -recipe ingredient for women with dry skin and eczema. This heartier liquid is also a good choice for women with aging skin because of the vitamins A and E.

Sesame Bacteria doesn’t stand a chance against sesame oil. For centuries, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to counteract high cholesterol and viruses. This should be your go-to base oil to remedy skin irritation like wind and sunburn.

Sweet almond Almond oil is a natural way to clear dead skin cells. You can apply the elixir to get a more even skin tone and remedy dark spots. However, take note that almond oil should not be used by those with nut allergies.

TREATMENT OIL BEAUTY BENEFITS

Aloe Vera We know you’ve heard of aloe vera gel and juice, but the plant also comes in oil form. This thick formula can be used topically to remedy dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis along with other types of skin irritation.

Arnica If you frequent the gym, arnica should be in your workout bag. The fragrant oil will help improve circulation and take down swelling, bruising, and pain. It’s a natural relaxant for sore muscles.

Carrot Seed The beta-carotene and vitamin A in carrot seed oil help stimulate cell growth and detox the skin. You can also slather it on to protect your skin from environmental damage (UV rays, pollution) as well as to keep moisture in.

Castor Jamaican black castor oil is celebrated for its hair-growth abilities. This specific type has an ash included that gives it a dark brown color. The oil is very thick and can be used to seal in moisture for coarser hair types.

Evening Primrose Eczema sufferers have probably heard of the moisturizing effects of evening primrose. The fatty acids found naturally in this liquid are proven to help soothe itch and inflammation.

Rose Hip Expectant mothers, this one’s for you! Rose hip has vitamin C and lycopene to gently rejuvenate skin and help maintain elasticity, making it a great remedy for stretch marks.

Tea Tree In recent years, tea-tree oil has become popular for its infection-fighting power. Acne, nail fungus, dandruff, lice, and insect bites can all be alleviated by a tea-tree poultice because it naturally kills bacteria.

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ESSENTIAL OIL BEAUTY BENEFITS

Calendula Acne-prone skin can benefit from a mix made with Calendula oil. It can reduce redness and swelling, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighter. You can also use it to minimize under-eye bags.

Chamomile Azulene is the main component in chamomile that helps calm the skin. It’s a key ingredient to soothe irritated areas like psoriasis, spider veins, acne scars, eczema, and sunburns.

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus is a healing herb that has been used in Australia for centuries in wound care. The fragrant oil can also be handy as an all-natural insect repellent.

Geranium Geranium is a powerful anti-aging oil. It has astringent properties, which can tighten loose skin. It also has antioxidants that help encourage cell turnover, meaning you’ll have fewer wrinkles to begin with.

Jasmine Your skin will benefit from jasmine’s ability to improve elasticity. It’s definitely one to include in brightening skin concoctions and can be used to fade stretch marks and acne scars.

Lavender One of the most recognizable essential oils, lavender can do much more than help you sleep. Massaging an oil tincture including lavender into the scalp can curb hair loss and help with headaches, too.

Peppermint Pack a bottle of peppermint oil on your next camping trip to soothe the itch of poison ivy or other allergic reactions. You can also apply a few drops of the oil to the face (mixed with a carrier oil) to clear the sinuses or soothe a tension headache.

Rosemary In aromatherapy, rosemary is used as an energizing scent to clear the mind. When used on your skin, it can stimulate blood circulation to soothe aching muscles and ease the joint pain of arthritis.

Thyme Studies show that thyme can be an effective natural solution for acne. Its antibacterial properties stop pimples before they can fester into a larger breakout. Mix a few drops into a bottle of witch hazel for an oil-clearing toner.

Ylang-Ylang Ylang-ylang has been used for decades to protect strands against salty ocean water, and it can also promote hair growth and thickness. The oil also a stress-relieving scent that works well in any “I did it myself” massage oil recipe.

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Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!!

22 Dec

What a wonderful time of the year!

It’s that time of the year we take stock and show appreciation to those who are important to us!

So it’s with these thoughts in mind….to all my readers, I wish you a joyful Holiday season!   Enjoy!!!!

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North Pole Mini Cupcakes
Every kid dreams of visiting the North Pole for the holidays, so turn sprinkled mini cupcakes into a snowy wonderland with a striped straw through the side and a simple “North Pole” tag. By Ashley Rose, Sugar & Cloth, photography by Jared Smith Photography .  See other ideas at Food Network

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Jill Heller’s PureThread Pop-Up Shop ……..Leni Penn!

23 Nov

purethreadJill Heller, a Fashion entrepreneur, sustainable stylist and founder of PureThread that works effortlessly and passionately in introducing the best in a healthier way.

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Jill Heller, Pure Thread (m.)

One of the ways, is having a Jill Heller PureThread Pop-Up shop!

So a few weeks ago, I’d attended one in Bedford NY, Westchester County.

PureThread gives the platforms and the opportunity to find great brands, but actually meet face to face and engage about an owner’s passion in their work!  About 20 different international and local brands were showcased.

I told Jill, this was like I was in on a secret clue; that led me to great treasure finds and landing with such excitement to be there!  This is where I also met two beautiful ladies, Brit and Susie Ankari!  Mother and daughter team, who are the owners of Leni Penn.

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Brit Ankari (l.), Susie Ankari (r.) ; Leni Penn

 

Leni Penn specializes in making vegan/vegetarian friendly faux leather tote bags, as well as high end vintage pieces that have been recreated and modernized.  American made and more importantly, for every tote bag sold – a backpack is donated for a child in need or a purse for a working mother in need!

Every woman needs a go to bag, which can hold everything that you need and yet be stylish. Everything! There could not be a color, style or design you could not find in Leni Penn’s collection.  So I opted to do something different, not the typical selection of a brown, black or even tan!  I decided to be daring and fell in love with Metallic Silver Python tote bag!  Yes, I know – so different for me but I went for it!

Unfortunately the style was not available at the The PureThread Pop-Up shop – it had to be ordered.  Waiting anxiously; it just arrived a couple of days ago and said now I can show and tell; it’s absolutely beautiful!  Roomy in side and is going to be used definitely for this weekend, then again and again!  I LOVE it!

Metallic Silver Python Leni Penn Tote Bag

Metallic Silver Python Leni Penn Tote Bag

To Jill, this opportunity was the best!  And thanks…….Leni Penn!

For my readers, if you are interested in knowing more about Jill Heller, PureThread’s Brand Directory; which features Leni Penn – info is below!

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Jill Heller’s project The PureThread is a consulting company with expertise in designer and sustainable fashion committed to inspiring posititve change in the fashion industry! www.thepurethread.com    www.lenipenn.com

 

 

 

Photos of Jill Heller and Pure Thread logo belong to Pure Thread®.  Leni Penn photo courtesy of Leni Penn Instagram.  Leni Penn tote bag photo, courtesy of Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®   

 

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Naomi! I’ve learned…….

17 Nov

“It’s all about personality. Boy, have I learned that during my career! Over the years, my personality has most likely caused me to miss out on some jobs and opportunities, but I also know that my strong personality has helped me secure a spot on some of the biggest runways in Paris, land major magazine covers, get hired for international advertising campaigns, and experience lots of firsts as a black model. It’s my personality that has set me apart from other models and land big campaigns — everything from Prada and Dolce & Gabbana to Dunkin’ Donuts and Milk.”

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The beautiful Naomi Campbell was the first black model to appear on the cover of TIME magazine, French Vogue and Russian Vogue as well as the first British black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue. The runway was her domain as she showcased the collections of top designers, including Chanel, Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior and Versace. http://www.naomicampbell.com

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