Monthly Archives: November 2013

#OOTD OD!

 

 

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Fanatic Fashionistas,

Are you a social media fanatic? Is your every life’s milestone documented on your TWITTER, FACEBOOK, and INSTAGRAM account? Well, this topic is just for you!

Have you seen this sign embedded before words: “#”? Yep. The HASHTAG. According to the urban dictionary, the hashtag is a means for people to search for any topic you’re probably talking about. Take for example on Twitter, you wished to talk about the weather. You can go ahead and type: “So loving the #weather for today.” If someone surfs around Twitter and searched for the word “weather,” your Tweet would appear. Amazing right?

In light of the Hashtag, have you seen #OOTD on Instagram? OOTD is an acronym for Outfit Of The Day. Believe me, it’s already people’s habit! They would take a photo of themselves and type “#OOTD” and it’s fantabulous! I just love seeing people’s get up every day! It tells so much of who they are, what they are doing with their life, their beliefs, and their whole personality!

It’s wonderful! Definitely a rave! All you have to do is scroll through Instagram and voila! It’s like a fashion show!

So what are you wearing today? Let’s see you’re OOTDs!

The Real Cinderella In Manolo Blahnik

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Fashionistas…

It is such a crying shame if you do not know Sarah Jessica Parker. Why, of course, we’re talking about the actress who brought to life THE Carrie Bradshaw! Whether this maiden plays her alter ego or just her plain self, we all know that her persona—her mere existence—is an endowment to the world of fashion!

Who could ever forget her array of stunning, elegant, and classy high heels? Fifteen years ago, this Sex and the City deity has started flaunting these to-die-for stilettos and they are all Manolo Blahnik—her fairy godfather, whose works got all women from different walks of life drooling to have at least a pair! Oh, how I would kill for those!

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Now to make things more fairy tale-lish to this quirky charmer, Manolo Blahnik decided to team up with her and bring to life her very own shoe line! They have baptized their dreamy brain child as SJP and signed an exclusive partnership with Nordstrom. The line will be available next year and they’re all within the price range of $200 – mid $300.

What’s great about this shoe line is how SJP values comfort. She perfectly understood the price everyone pays for beauty in the form of pumps and stilts that’s why apart from the style and the optical pleasure this line brings, it aims to transport women’s soles to wonderland. Interesting, right?

The line also ambitiously wanted to deviate from the norm of neutrals. That’s goodbye white, black, and brown! Sarah wanted navy blue and mauve and other nontraditional colors to take the spotlight and redefine neutral. So adventurous that it’s stylish!

Well, we’re all waiting for it, aren’t we? 2014 is near and here’s another thing to look forward to!

XOXO,

Nikki ♥

26 heathiest foods on the planet

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Ola Fashionistas!

Just because I love and adore you…

Just because when you are “breathtaking,” is doesn’t mean you’re sick…

Just because we want you as splendiferous inside, as well as outside…

…I discovered this amazing person that is also in a dedicated quest for eternal charm! Read through it and feel the amour!

Don Ward

http://www.innerglow.ca/26-healthiest-foods-planet

The 26 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

The following is a “healthy food hot list” consisting of the 26 foods that will give you the biggest nutritional bang for you caloric buck, as well as decrease your risk for deadly illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Along with each description is a suggestion as to how to incorporate these power-foods into your diet.

01. Apricots
The Power: Beta-carotene, which helps prevent free-radical damage and protect the eyes. The body also turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, which may help ward off some cancers, especially of the skin. One apricot has 17 calories, 0 fat, 1 gram of fiber. Snacks on them dried, or if you prefer fresh, buy when still firm; once they soften, they lose nutrients.

02. Avocados
The Power: Oleic acid, an unsaturated fat that helps lower overall cholesterol and raise levels of HDL, plus a good dose of fiber. One slice has 81 calories, 8 grams of fat and 3 grams of fiber. Try a few slices instead of mayonnaise to dress up your next burger.

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03. Raspberries
The Power: Ellagic acid, which helps stall cancer-cell growth. These berries are also packed with vitamin C and are high in fiber, which helps prevent high cholesterol and heart disease. A cup has only 60 calories, 1 gram of fat and 8 grams of fiber. Top plain low-fat yogurt or oatmeal (another high fiber food) with fresh berries.

04. Cantaloupe
The Power: Vitamin C (117mg in half a melon, almost twice the recommended daily dose) and beta-carotene – both powerful antioxidants that help protect cells from free-radical damage. Plus, half a melon has 853mg of potassium – almost twice as much as a banana, which helps lower blood pressure. Half a melon has 97 calories, 1 gram of fat and 2 grams of fiber. Cut into cubes and freeze, then blend into an icy smoothie.

05. Cranberry Juice
The Power: Helps fight bladder infections by preventing harmful bacteria from growing. A cup has 144 calories, 0 grams of fat and 0 fiber. Buy 100 percent juice concentrate and use it to spice up your daily H20 without adding sugar.

06. Tomato
The Power: Lycopene, one of the strongest carotenoids, acts as an antioxidant. Research shows that tomatoes may cut the risk of bladder, stomach and colon cancers in half if eaten daily. A tomato has 26 calories, 0 fat and 1 gram of fiber. Drizzle fresh slices with olive oil, because lycopene is best absorbed when eaten with a little fat.

08. Raisins
The Power: These little gems are a great source of iron, which helps the blood transport oxygen and which many women are short on. A half-cup has 218 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber. Sprinkle raisins on your morning oatmeal or bran cereal – women, consider this especially during your period.

08. Figs
The Power: A good source of potassium and fiber, figs also contain vitamin B6, which is responsible for producing mood-boosting serotonin, lowering cholesterol and preventing water retention. The Pill depletes B6, so if you use this method of birth control, make sure to get extra B6 in your diet. One fig has 37 to 48 calories, 0 fat and 2 grams of fiber. (Cookie lovers – fig bars have around 56 calories, 1 gram of fat and 1 gram of fiber per cookie). Fresh figs are delicious simmered alongside a pork tenderloin and the dried variety make a great portable gym snack.

09. Lemons and Limes
The Power: Limonene, furocoumarins and vitamin C, all of which help prevent cancer. A wedge has 2 calories, 0 fat and 0 fiber. Buy a few of each and squeeze over salads, fish, beans and vegetables for fat free flavor. See also: Beneficial Bytes: Lemons and Limes.
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10. Onions
The Power: Quercetin is one of the most powerful flavonoids (natural plant antioxidants). Studies show it helps protect against cancer. A cup (chopped) has 61 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber. Chop onions for the maximum phytonutrient boost, or if you hate to cry, roast them with a little olive oil and serve with rice or other vegetables.

11. Artichokes
The Power: These odd-looking vegetables contain silymarin, an antioxidant that helps prevent skin cancer, plus fiber to help control cholesterol. One medium artichoke has 60 calories, 0 fat and 7 grams of fiber. Steam over boiling water for 30 to 40 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice on top, then pluck the leaves off with your fingers and use your teeth to scrape off the rich-tasting skin. When you get to the heart, you have found the best part!

12. Ginger
The Power: Gingerols may help reduce queasiness; other compounds may help ward off migraines and arthritis pain by blocking inflammation-causing prostaglandins. A teaspoon of fresh gingerroot has only 1 calorie, 0 fat and 0 fiber. Peel the tough brown skin and slice or grate into a stir-fry.

13. Broccoli
The Power: Indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane, which help protect against breast cancer. Broccoli also has lots of vitamin C and beta-carotene. One cup (chopped) has 25 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber. Don’t overcook broccoli – instead, microwave or steam lightly to preserve phytonutrients. Squeeze fresh lemon on top for a zesty and taste, added nutrients and some vitamin C.

14. Spinach
The Power: Lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that help fend off macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness in older people. Plus, studies show this green fountain of youth may help reverse some signs of aging. One cup has 7 calories, 0 fat and 1 gram of fiber. Add raw leaves to a salad or saute with a little olive oil and garlic.

15. Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage)
The Power: Brassinin, which some research suggests may help prevent breast tumors, plus indoles and isothiocyanates, which lower levels of estrogen, make this vegetable a double-barreled weapon against breast cancer. A cup will also give you 158mg of calcium (16 percent of your daily recommended requirement) to help beat osteoporosis. A cup (cooked) has 20 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber. Find it in your grocer’s produce section or an Asian market. Slice the greens and juicy white stalks, then saute like spinach or toss into a stir-fry just before serving.

16. Squash (Butternut, Pumpkin, Acorn)
The Power: Winter squash has huge amounts of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which may help protect against endometrial cancer. One cup (cooked) has 80 calories, 1 gram of fat and 6 grams of fiber. Cut on in half, scoop out the seeds and bake or microwave until soft, then dust with cinnamon.

17. Watercress and Arugula
The Power: Phenethyl isothiocyanate, which, along with beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, may help keep cancer cells at bay. One cup has around 4 calories, 0 fat and 1 gram of fiber. Do not cook these leafy greens; instead, use them to garnish a sandwich or add a pungent, peppery taste to salad.

18. Garlic
The Power: The sulfur compounds that give garlic its pungent flavor can also lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, lower blood pressure and even reduce your risk of stomach and colon cancer. A clove has 4 calories, 0 fat and 0 fiber. Bake a whole head for 15 to 20 minutes, until soft and sweet and spread on bread instead of butter.
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29. Quinoa
The Power: A half cup of cooked quinoa has 5 grams of protein, more than any other grain, plus iron, riboflavin and magnesium. A half-cup has 318 calories, 5 grams of fat and 5 grams of fiber. Add to soup for a protein boost. Rinse first, or it will taste bitter.

20. Wheat Germ
The Power: A tablespoon gives you about 7 percent of your daily magnesium, which helps prevent muscle cramps; it is also a good source of vitamin E. One tablespoon has 27 calories, 1 gram of fat and 1 gram of fiber. Sprinkle some over yogurt, fruit or cereal.

21. Lentils
The Power: Isoflavones, which may inhibit estrogen-promoted breast cancers, plus fiber for heart health and an impressive 9 grams of protein per half cup. A half-cup (cooked) has 115 calories, 0 fat and 8 grams of fiber. Isoflavones hold up through processing, so buy lentils canned, dried or already in soup. Take them to work, and you will have a protein packed lunch.

22. Peanuts
The Power: Studies show that peanuts or other nuts (which contain mostly unsaturated “good” fat) can lower your heart-disease risk by over 20 percent. One ounce has 166 calories, 14 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber. Keep a packet in your briefcase, gym bag or purse for a protein-packed post-workout nosh or an afternoon pick me up that will satisfy you until supper, or chop a few into a stir-fry for a Thai accent.

23. Pinto Beans
The Power: A half cup has more than 25 percent of your daily requirement of folate, which helps protect against heart disease and reduces the risk of birth defects. A half-cup (canned) has 103 calories, 1 gram of fat and 6 grams of fiber. Drain a can, rinse and toss into a pot of vegetarian chili.

24. Yogurt
The Power: Bacteria in active-culture yogurt helps prevent yeast infections; calcium strengthens bones. A cup has 155 calories, 4 grams of fat, 0 grams of fiber. Get the plain kind and mix in your own fruit to keep calories and sugar down. If you are lactose intolerant, never fear — yogurt should not bother your tummy.

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25. Shellfish (Clams, Mussels)
The Power: Vitamin B12 to support nerve and brain function, plus iron and hard-to-get minerals like magnesium and potassium. Three ounces has 126 to 146 calories, 2 to 4 grams of fat and 0 fiber. Try a bowl of tomato-based (and low fat) Manhattan clam chowder.

26. Salmon
The Power: Cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel, anchovies and cod are the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce the risk of cardiac disease. A 3-ounce portion (cooked) has 127 calories, 4 grams of fat, 0 fiber. Brush fillets with ginger-soy marinade and grill or broil until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Highlight! Highlight!

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Fashionistas,

Highlighting and contouring is a mainstay in celebrity and red carpet makeup techniques. The reason being, a highlighted face looks as if it has perfect lighting on it, no matter the angle. It allows you to define your bone structure while minimizing flaws and it gives you a simply glowing complexion. Most women who’ve heard of highlighting, but have to try it, think it’s out of their skill league. Not so Dearies! It’s actually simpler than it appears. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll use it for special events and be able to do it quickly for your everyday makeup routine too! Here’s a tutorial with step-by-step instructions on the basic highlighting techniques. You’re welcome, I know ♥

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Blush Up: Start by blushing up your cheeks with your standard blush brush. Don’t forget to smile as you apply, to make sure you get the apples covered. A subtle pink is a good way to go for most skin types. If you’re used to using a deeper, redder, blush you may want to switch it out for highlighting.

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The Bronze: This is sort of the meat and potatoes of your contouring efforts. The color bronzer you choose is very important. If it’s too tan, orange or has sparkles in it, you’re going to be looking at something totally unnatural instead of something totally right on. Pick a bronzer that has a cool undertone. By “cool” I mean to say it lacks that orange-y terracotta color so many bronzers have. It might sound complicated, but once you get to the store and start looking at your choices, you’ll see what I mean. Think “cool” as opposed to “reddish-orange.” Use an angled medium sized brush to apply the bronzer lightly to just underneath your cheekbones. You’re essentially creating a shadow that will naturally highlight the contours of your cheeks. Next, apply bronzer to the outer edges of your face, near your jawline, hairline, etc. Remember, start with a light touch and add more later if you think it’s necessary.

Drawing lesson: Bronzing comes in two parts. The second of which involves defining your nose. Take a small eye shadow brush and dip it in the bronzer, tap off any excess. Now draw a thin line down on each side of your nose. Start at the bottom edge of your eyebrow and draw a straight line to the tip of your nose. Take the same brush and apply bronzer underneath the bottom of your lip, this will make it more prominent. Take a bigger eye shadow brush and use it to blend the lines on your nose, without erasing them. Finally, use an eyebrow pencil (preferably a light brown) to draw on the outside of your lips, as if you’re lining them with lip liner. Just a thin line as close to your lip line as possible, without going on your lips. Use the sponge at the bottom of the pencil or any other makeup sponge to blend that line.

Conceal: Use a concealer on a stiff, thick blending brush to apply highlights to your face. It’s all about the placement here. Think of the top of your cheek as an invisible triangle, apply the concealer from the bottom side of your nose to the upper area under your bottom lashes and outward to the edge of your cheek. Repeat on the other side. Now do the same with the area of skin underneath your nose and above your top lip. Do it at the bottom of your chin. Finally, use the same technique to add some concealer to the center of your forehead, blending in circles as you apply.

Thin Cream Line: Take your lip brush and dip it in the concealer. Draw a thin line down the middle of your nose. Use your finger to blend the line.

Illuminate: If you want to add a finishing touch, some highlighting illuminator on your cheekbones is just the thing.

Voila! You are highlighted!

XOXO,

Nikki ♥

The Romper/Jumper Do

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Fashionistas,

What do Alexa Chung, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Moss have in common? The label “style star” is an understatement on their resumes! These women set trends like no one’s business. They also share one other thing: embracing jumpsuits and rompers on red carpets and in their personal street style. It was back in 2010 when this trend first started to make the scene, and recently it’s cropped back up in a big way.

It’s our job to let you know the cycle of fashion, and when one piece has a recurring go-round, we pay attention. Of course, its frequency isn’t the only thing that recommends this easy piece. Rompers and Jumpsuits are extremely versatile. Not only can they work for day with a blazer and a belt, they can be jazzed up for night with tights, heels and statement jewelry. Because they don’t require separates coordination, they’ll do in a pinch when you’re short on time, too.

So here are some Stylinspirations your eyes can feast on! Share your take on this sweets!

XOXO,

Nikki ♥

Caramoan Islands

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It is not easy being stuck in an exotic island. It could also not get any more complicated than being fastened helpless in a place surrounded by water and mystery. Your friends speak highly of the place: that Caramoan Island is a virgin paradise…untouched…unharmed…yet, you wonder, “will you be able to say the same?”
All there is to know is that you are in the Philippines. Yet, the country is not supposed to be this way! It should be filled with the hustle and bustle of the city! There should be business! There should be traffic! But Technology is nowhere to be seen! Instead you are situated in the center of Eden: calm and in perfect balance with your yin and yang. You are witnessing nature at its finest.
You feel all your inhibitions slowly slipping. You tried to take in your lungs the salty scent of the nearby sea. Why, you have never seen a sea so cerulean like the eyes of a god staring right into your soul. Pinching yourself, you now doubt, are you still alive?
You peered at the depths of the ocean…you see the beginning of life in the form of fishes. Yes. Fishes varying in color—teasing your senses, playing with your fancy. You see corals: a textured rainbow in the deep blue. Your trance cannot end. You still need to taste whatever ambrosia this place has to offer.
Caramoan is just one part among the 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines. Its white sand is just one among the millions surrounding the country. You feel you have seen everything presented to you by the heavens above. You forget the life you left behind. You are at peace.
You do not know how long you will be staying here. You do not know, as well, if you shall be salvaged. The only thing you know is that if this is a nightmare, it is one you wish to stay in eternally. Caramoan. Felicity. Ecstasy. Nirvana.
Will you still strive to leave and abandon this dream?
XOXO,
Nikki

Bamboo Aphrodite

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Hey there Fashionistas!

It’s all about the attitude these days! The spunk! That look the screams, “I am independent, I am artsy, and I.am.BEAUTIFUL!” What can best exude that confidence other than this black Aphrodite Top? This exquisite piece of beauty can be worn in 3 different ways: a beach cover up, a flirty cocktail dress, and a tunic top to compliment a crazy jeans or leggings. It also comes in a variety of colors: Ink Black and Eggplant, for the conservative; and Garnet and Fungi for the adventurous.

Now let’s talk about those leggings. It’s all around Tokyo, Japan and is slowly becoming a worldwide trend! Its eccentricity will definitely accent the Ink Black Aphrodite mini dress by creating a feast of colors for your eyes!

To complete your bohemian/hipster/elegance-with-a-twist look, top it up with a cuff from Fiona Paxton and a feisty boot from Giuseppe Zanotti. The cuff will ignite the whole get-up with its golden, dazzling number and the boot will give you a good towering advantage over everyone!

This combination works well together, that you don’t need to tap that person in front of you to get their attention: they’ll simply look to admire!

XOXO,
Nikki