Monthly Archives: December 2013

Holiday Movie Marathon

Star Cinema Theater Victoria BC Canada

Star Cinema Theater Victoria BC Canada

Fashionistas,

When I was a kid, a part of our Christmas & New Years traditions were to sit around the TV set and watch Christmas-related NY-related movies to our hearts’ content and feel all gooey inside. But somehow along the way, that feeling is gone and I blame it incessantly on the kind of holiday movies (and movies in general) that we have been forced to watch. Blame it all on Hollywood, because they just don’t make Christmas movies the way they used to anymore. So here’s a round-up of my favorite Christmas movies while growing up:

A Christmas Carol (2009). In this movie adaptation of the  nCharles Dickens novel, Jim Carrey plays the three ghosts as well as Ebenezer Scrooge.

The most famous scene is when a lifetime of memory is condensed into a stunning 12-minute scene, as the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge what he gave up in pursuit of wealth.

Batman Returns (1992), composed of a star-studded cast, is a flamboyant parody of Christmas movie conventions, with The Penguin, played to perfection by Danny DeVito, schemes to become Mayor of Gotham City and crooked businessman Max Schreck played by Christopher Walken was described as “Gotham’s own Santa Claus.” The best scene for me was when Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman gets Batman, played by a stoic Michael Keaton, exactly where she wants him – under the mistletoe.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) is my second Tim Burton film on the list. This stop-motion animated classic about a Halloween takeover of Christmas is quite the visual feast, which is something you have come to expect from a Tim Burton movie.

Home Alone (1990) remains one of my all-time favourite holiday movies. Macaulay Culkin was simply adorable as the kid who was left all alone over the holidays, left to deal with burglars in his home. The scenes where he invents various contraptions to shake loose the burglars always blow me away.

The top 2 on my list are romantic comedies that will melt the hardest of cynics and create a fodder for the hopeless romantic.

While You Were Sleeping (1995) is an unorthodox yuletide romance, as Lucy saves a commuter she’s got a crush on, pretends to be his fiancée while he’s in a coma, and then falls in love with the man’s brother, Jack.

Love Actually (2003) is a hodge-podge of romantic stories that are all connected to each other. My favorite scene is when the awkward Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) waves to say hi to the secretary he has fallen in love with, only to belatedly realize how ridiculous that gesture is. So there you have it!

These feel-good movies will surely rouse the ChristmasNewYears spirit. There is nothing like watching a couple of these flicks during New Years Day together with family and friends.

Enjoy! XOXO,

Sexiness ~ Flaunt that Goddess in YOU

Maxi Mermaid Dress designed by Nikki Babie

Maxi Mermaid Dress designed by Nikki Babie

Fashionistas,

Sexiness, as I have relentlessly campaigned, is solely not physical. And if ever we are to translate sensuality to measures, dear, I must say it is always subjective! You are desirable if you are yourself. Exude that inner confidence! Wear your true colors! Flaunt that goddess in you!

Sadly, not everyone can adapt to this mentality easily. There are personal restraints and hindrances that we need to overcome still. That is why we are here to help. Girls help fellow girls in need, yes, fashionistas love their kin.

Now, for the curvacious-figured woman who wants to push the limit of style and attraction, following some simple tips may help you wow others with your fashion flair. Know what works best for you and incorporate the latest styles into your existing wardrobe for a fresh look and feel.

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While curvy women had only a few chic, elegant choices in attire not so long ago, today is a great time to shop for plus size fashions! Retailers who specialize in this market aren’t interested in relegating your fuller figure to the background, but want to help you stand out in the fashion crowd. Size matters and by that I meant the fuller, the sexier!

The Bamboo Jersey Aphrodite designed by Nikki Babie

The Bamboo Jersey Aphrodite designed by Nikki Babie

While fashion magazines sometimes seem to contradict themselves, as well as changing trends from season to season, once you identify your personal style, you’ll feel much more comfortable and confident in what you wear. You’ll also be able to avoid trends that you know aren’t flattering to your body and embrace styles that make you look your best. Your best plus size fashion tips may differ from the curvy woman next to you, but by dressing in clothes that fit and flatter you perfectly, you can be a true blue fashionista!

Love yourself more!
XOXO,
Nikki ♥

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Peeper Keepers

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Oh Fashionistas!

If you’ve ever dealt with dry scaly eyelids, you know just how uncomfortable they can be. What a troublesome lot! Occasionally the condition can also be unsightly, particularly if the thickened skin is difficult to conceal. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to deal with this issue. But as they all say, prevention is better than cure! Bust the problem at its earlier stage!

What are the symptoms?

It’s not just the obvious dryness and scales that define this annoying condition. You may find yourself dealing with a number of other aggravating symptoms too, including itchiness, discoloration of the skin, swelling, and soreness. It’s not a guarantee that you’ll deal with all of these problems if your eyelids are dry, but depending on the cause you may find that your eye feels quite irritated.

There are a few different conditions that can cause dry eyelids. The most common is known as eyelid dermatitis or eczema. This is quite similar in appearance to atopic dermatitis or contact dermatitis on other parts of the body. Eyelid dermatitis manifests itself as an allergic reaction to something that has direct contact with the eyelids. The reaction may be caused by any number of products, including cosmetics, hair dye (the ingredient p-Phenylenediamine is usually to blame), shampoo, cleansers, food that you eat, and eyelash curlers particularly the nickel metal body and grip.

Though some of these culprits may seem a bit surprising at first, they’re actually not so unusual.

It’s not uncommon, for example, for an individual to eat something, neglect to wash his or her hands and touch the eyelids at some point. Shampoos and other cleansers that touch the face can easily irritate the eye area, as can cosmetics. Most of the substances that cause irritation to the eyelids are transferred by the hands, and since the skin in this area is so thin, it’s important to exercise caution and avoid touching the eyes with unwashed hands.

Managing your dry scaly eyelids is important because your eyelids are delicate and damage to them can lead to problems with your eyes. It is a good thing that this condition and discomfort is easy to treat. Washing your hands frequently and not touching the eyes or face is a good start. Removing makeup every night before going to sleep is another. Giving solution to this condition however requires caution since any harsh products could cause irritation or damage to your eyes. But it also important to get a diagnosis from your physician before treating yourself – for example, using eye cream in blepharitis would not be helpful.

When dry skin occurs anywhere else on the body, the first line of defense is usually moisture – and lots of it. Applying a hydrating lotion can make a big difference in the skin’s condition, supplying it with the vital moisture it needs to renew and recuperate. However, the skin around the eyes is different. It’s thin and delicate, and therefore it requires specialized treatments and care. This is why companies manufacture creams and gels formulated especially for the eye area. However, moisturizers may not be helpful for eyelid conditions like seborrheic dermatitis. In order to effectively treat your eyelids, you need an official diagnosis so you can treat the underlying condition that is causing the scaly lids. Following your doctor’s advice may be the best thing you can do to care for your eyelids. After all fashionistas, there might be some things that are left to be cured further. We care for you this way 🙂

Don’t leave your peeper-keepers drying out like prunes! Certainly you would not want to have that effect on your eyes that would make you seem older. This may be a small area of your face that we are discussing but these matters! As I have repeatedly emphasized, being beautiful does not depend on how you look alone. It considers the health behind the beauty.

Say beautiful, fashionistas!

XOXO,

Nikki ♥

Dazzling Parties

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One of my greatest passions in life is to ENTERTAIN! Dazzling parties, mind-blowing ambience to match that, and one hell of an outfit to top the night of all nights! My ultimate goal is for all of you, fashonistas, to have the greatest time of your life even if it meant your next morning would be a disaster ♥ Seriously though, I have here my secrets laid down: all the reasons why my unforgettable parties, even the last-minute-ones, executed to a tip-top success!  Read through and hopefully I can pass on the crown of being a carousal-queen-extraordinaire!

1.            An Aura-full of Ambiance!

A sentence filled with the letter A? YES! Because the party has got to be nothing more but A-Class!!!  Make the place sexier by dressing it up with tons of tea-light candles whenever and wherever possible!

Include the bathroom and the garden area! Turn the lights off or keep it dim.  A great recipe for mystery and appeal!

2.            Too Comfy to Mingle

Tall, stand up cocktail tables cloaked in sheer, lustrous, fabrics create a comfortable ambiance. There is nothing more than your guests mingling at a level where they can stare at each other eye-to-eye.

3.            Play That Funky Music!

Loosen up the place and fill the air with a pleasing tune. For great music choices to make the party roll along just as fine as the night, check out one of my favorite sites to buy music: Nikki Beach is a famous St. Tropez bar and has great choices!  Prep up and create your romantic soundtrack when that handsome prince approaches you!

MMMORE  few more music choices

True (hey brother) … Wake Me Up (wake me up)  ...Lani (Sunshine) & ( Every Little Thing) … Tattoos (Mary Me)  Trumpets (tattoos) .. Shiver Shiver (Walk The Moon) … 1975 ( The 1975)  Chocolate (The 1975)…  I can Lift A Car ( walk the moon)

Here’s a tip: At the start of the party, keep the music loud enough for them to hear what they have to say to each other, and then turn it up as the night goes on!

4.            Do the Drinks!

The wine connoisseur that I am, you would think that I would settle for nothing more, correct? Of course not, honey! I looovvve the rich taste and the sensation of a good cocktail in my tongue! I usually serve some “cocktail du soir” with hors d’oeuvres then move on to wine served with plates of fresh, luxurious cheese, charcuterie yummy bread toasts, olives, and nuts. don’t forget to have non-alcoholic beer & champagne available for the designated drivers.

5.            Dinner…..Anyone??

Skip dinner! Serve succulent easy-to-eat appetizers all night and keep your guests chattering the night away!

6.            Mischief Galore!!!

Last item on the list!!! Parties are all about having fun, isn’t that right? That’s the reason why you cooked up an affair in the first place! So do whatever it takes! Hide the keys, throw in the bubble bath! Enjoy the night to your heart’s content!

XOXO,

Nikki ♥

Igniting the Flame

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Fashionistas

I know for a fact that we, women, are like this: when a man asks for or creates distance or space, it’s tempting to try to resist it and grab on tighter. Honestly, that plan actually only backfires.

That’s because people naturally tend to want to run away from that which is running to them. He’ll feel like you’re forcing closeness, and your man would want to be out of it. What you would need to do instead, is to create an emotional attraction between the two of you in order to reconnect

I have here some tips:

1) Allow him the space he needs and take some space for yourself

That means you take all that energy and attention you’ve been putting into holding the relationship together and instead redirect it towards your own life: your friends, your hobbies, whatever makes you happy.

When you do this, something magical happens.

First, you feel empowered over the situation so that your emotions do not overtake you.

Second, men often move past their own doubts and fears in their own time when given space (a few hours or days) to do so.

2) Shake things up a little to create interest and excitement for both of you Attraction and love happens in a man most of the time because of newness and unpredictability.

If things have fizzled out with a man you had a close, connected relationship with, you can jump-start things by injecting new and unpredictable things into how you relate with him.

So, if you normally have the same weekend routine, mix it up. Come up with something different and interesting to do. Pick a sport that you can do with him, go out and meet new people together, explore different ways to be intimate together, plan a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go to. And if you are together all the time, spending time apart as in step two creates newness and unpredictability, too.

If things are stalling in your relationship with a man but you used to feel very connected to him, this is actually good news for you. That’s because you already have all the ingredients you need to re-light the fire of the relationship.

If he was physically and emotionally attracted to you before, you can inspire the same level of closeness again.

All it takes is keeping the emotional attraction strong by giving him the space he needs and creating fresh opportunities to keep you both excited about your time together.

Stay in love everyone!

XOXO,

Ooh La Lolita

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Ohayou Fashionistas!

That would be “good morning” to you in Nihonggo. If you are wondering why the sudden shift to the eastern language, it is because you will be reading on today’s blog one street fashion that had swept the streets of Harajuku.

Japan is well known for a fashion sense beyond compare. Oh, we love them alright. I lived in Japan for a year. The Japanese people are the epitome of innovation, experimentation, and all out confidence! They wear whatever they want to wear and with that kind of virtue, their culture had given birth to a whole new breed in fashion that is forged all around the globe.

One of these trends would be the Lolita Fashion. To put it simply, Lolita Fashion is all about elegance and spunk. This subculture was born from the inspiration of the Victorian Era and the Rococo period. That’s right: petticoats, stockings, headdresses– the grandeur of m’lady and milord’s everyday life.

The trend started in 1970 and had ever since loved and fancied by both young and old. It was so popular that specialty fashion boutiques all around the world such as Milk and Pretty, Pink House, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, and Metamorphose temps de fille, were never enough to sustain the general public. Outside Japan, the Lolita fashion can be seen at concerts and anime conventions throughout North America, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, France, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the rest of the planet. The style is not mass marketed outside of Japan, though small stores have emerged, including “One Day in Paradise” in central Melbourne, Australia. Talk about a worldwide invasion!

Not only that, bands from all over the world had created a musical genre intended for the citizens of this movement. It is a whole new revolution! The Lolita Fashion also gave way to androgyny as cross-dressing and flamboyant costumes, hairstyle, and makeup are not limited to the female enthusiasts. Truth be told that the prettiest lollitas were men!

The Lolita fashion had indeed made it big and had branched into different genus. So which kind of Lolita would you like to be?

Classic Lolita

This kind of Lolita is more mature and focuses on Rococo, Regency, and the Victorian styles. It is the median between the dark gothic Lolita and the sugary sweet Lolita. This is considered more cosmopolitan with its small and intricate patterns and muted colors on the fabric. It uses basic Lolita silhouette and sometimes defies into A-Lines and Empire waists. Intricate designs on jewelleries can be observed but the overall feel of the look maintains its simplicity as it is considered less whimsical and more functional.

Punk Lolita

As the name suggests, this type of Lolita fashion integrates punk concepts into the whole ensemble. Tattered fabric, safety pins, screen-printed fabrics, plaid, androgynous hairstyles, and the likes! Common footwear includes boots and oxfords with platforms. A splash of color here and there and you get this type of Lolita fashion which is known for its do-it-yourself nature.

Princess Lolita

The look is inspirited by the European aristocratic style. The Princess Lolita is accented by a tiara and a Rococo bustle back skirt.

Ōji Lolita

Oji’s literal translation is “prince” and as the name suggests, this type of Lolita takes its roots from the Victorian male fashion, particularly the young men. This genre includes blouses, shirts, knickerbockers, knee-high socks, and newsboy caps. Hooray for the fact that this is not limited to just men. This is one fashion that is so flexible that it knows no gender.

There are a lot of other forms of Lolita genre that has yet to be named and honestly it doesn’t end just yet. As long as there are individuals fond of visual experimentation, this particular style will continue to evolve. Nevermind the eccentricity of the whole look! After all, we dress according to our whims, and their fancy is much more curious than ours. Why not take that leap as well?

XOXO,

Nikki ♥

Himalayan Pink Salt

This blog written by Don Ward www.innerglow.ca
I discovered that there are 84 different salts required for a properly balanced body. Salts are electrolytes which enable all cells to work. They also control osmosis in the body, which allows cells to take in nutrients and expel waste products.
I learned that our standard table salt is potentially harmful simply because it is only one form of sodium, sodium chloride. This salt increases water pressure in the body cavity, which puts pressure on organs and vessels through out the body. Sea salt generally contains seven or more salts, but the propensity for pollutants is off the scale. To collect sea salt, you boil off the water and the salt condenses. Unfortunately, so do all the petrochemical pollutants in the water as well…
Then I discovered Himalayan Pink Salt! This salt is mined from under the Himalayan mountains, and hasn’t been exposed to all our industrial pollutants, as it is 350,000,000 years old. Not only that, but it contains all 84 salts needed for a healthy body, in the same ratio as our bodies require! That’s no coincidence.
I don’t usually recommend a particular brand of any product, but in this case I suggest buying SALT of LIFE brand, as they go to great lengths to make sure no explosives are used in the mining process, as that would contaminate the end product.
The reason I myself first tuned in to the importance of proper sodium intake, was that I found myself suffering with stomach issues which are commonly diagnosed as acid reflux. Conventional theories suggest that the problem is from too much acid production in the stomach. But research shows that hydrochloric acid production peaks at about 30 years of age, then declines every year after. Since I am many years past 30, excessive acid wasn’t likely my problem.
What I learned in my research was that acid reflux is caused by too little acid in the stomach, which allows a bacterium -H. Pylori- to migrate to the stomach as the acid levels drop. The bacteria do not cause the problem, they are a result of the problem. The real problem is a lack of stomach acids.
Here is how it works: You have hydrochloric acid in the stomach, or HCL. Then you have salt, or NaCL. When you have salt in the body, the body processes it by removing the Na molecules from the NaCL, and attaching a hydrogen molecule H to the remaining CL, forming HCL. So acid-reflux happens when we are sodium deficient, not from excess acids.
Since introducing Himalayan Pink Salt to my diet, my digestion has improved, and I find I am rarely dehydrated. I simply salt my food to taste and I am good to go. In liquid form, it makes a wonderful rehydrater during strenuous workouts, as it replenishes all those valuable electrolytes lost from sweating.
Now is the time to experience the Truth On Salt for yourself…