Saturday, April 21, 2018

Wedding Braids for Summer

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HAIR BRAIDS FOR SPRING & SUMMER WEDDING



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I've been in love with hair-braiding since spending a whole summer learning the "art" many, many years ago.  Hair braids can be sexy and sophisticated as well as conservative or romantic but they look especially sweet at weddings and for spring and summer brides.

After researching the latest PINS on Pinterest---I've pinned and posted the following braid styles (along with a source code for instruction by my fellow braiding Pinsters) to help you achieve the perfect, romantic style for your 2018 nuptials.  


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Friday, April 20, 2018

2018 Body Conscious Swimsuits

Body Conscious Swimsuits 2018

Flattering Summer Swimsuits

With summer on its way, we've been thinking about swimsuits and beachwear that compliment and flatter most body types.  If you're going to have a great time while wearing a swimsuit, we feel it's ultra necessary to have the perfect style---a swimsuit or beach cover that not only makes you feel beautiful ---but one that is also comfortable, flattering and forgiving ---without all the decorative bells and whistles---and these are our picks for 2018.

THE TANKINI

This type of suit is ultra flattering for most body types and an extremely comfortable swimsuit design that gives you the feel of a two-piece bikini without having to worry about "not" having six pack abs for the beach or poolside.


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THE MODERN "MODEST" BIKINI

This is our favorite bikini style because it's classic and vintage and it gives you that extra coverage and body support that you're looking for in a bikini.  High waisted swim briefs and reinforced tops look especially fabulous on women over a certain age and really curvy women.  You don't have to worry about how you look ----and you don't have to worry about it falling off and revealing more than you want to show off.


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And our personal favorite retro-swimsuit....

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Best To Age Naturally?

Why It's Best To Age Naturally...

Say No to the Knife!

I was watching a new movie on Netflix last weekend ---One that had some of the most beautiful women of the 80's and 90's in the main cast ... most of whom I didn't even recognize...

I grew up fascinated and in love with lead actresses like Mira Sorvino, Meg Ryan, Courteney Cox, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Diane Lane, etc...all of whom are either approaching 50 years of age or a little older...

Imagine my grief and shock when I had to double check the credits to make sure that "Courteney Cox"---was actually "Courteney Cox"...I couldn't believe my own eyes...


Granted, she's not 29 or even 39 anymore but THIS?  She's basically unrecognizable to someone who, in the past, could pick her out of a crowd of a thousand brunettes with similar features...At 54 years old....the old Courteney is lost forever...

I've loved Meg Ryan since her soap opera days and I've seen every movie she's ever done a hundred times...Imagine my sadness when photos like the ones below began to surface...


You've got to be kidding me. Why would someone so beautiful, no matter what her age, opt to go under the knife, for these kind of results?  Even with natural wrinkles and slightly saggy skin...Meg Ryan is still Meg Ryan...After viewing these new photographs (post plastic surgery) I'm not sure who she is (physically) anymore...Meg Ryan is only 55 years old...



Jennifer Aniston is 48 years old and will turn 49 in February....She's not too far behind Courteney and Meg...but for some reason, she continues to look amazing....



Mira Sorvino will be 50 this September but she still looks like Mira Sorvino to me...



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Shorter Hairstyles Are Coming Back in 2018

Short Hairstyles Make A Comeback in 2018-2019

Sexy Shorter Hairstyles for 2018

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I'm sure you've noticed that almost every woman you see in Hollywood has an incredibly long hairstyle these days.

A lot of women have literally gone to "great lengths" to grow their hair much longer than ever before---and those who can't achieve this kind of hair growth have resorted to purchasing lace front wigs and human hair extensions to get the styles that we see everywhere--and sometimes it's impossible to tell the difference because wigs have come a long way in the last 10 years.

We can't say that we were at all disappointed to hear that shorter hairstyles will be making a huge comeback in the years to come because shorter hairstyles are definitely easier to take care of and can be a lot more fun!  

Shorter hair can take years off your face as well as hours off your beauty routine and we find that a well done pixie or shorter shag cut makes for an effortless, healthy, cool and sexy look on just about any woman and any face shape.

We've been trolling Pinterest for the latest short styles and we've added some of our very favorites here for you and your stylist--- should you decide to make the change sooner than others.

BLUNT CUT SHAGGY BOB

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This hairstyle is definitely one of our very favorite looks as it incorporates a blunt-cut bob with a longer-layered shag for a less conservative and sexier bob cut.  This cut can also handle light to extreme highlighting and/or coloring as the layers are long enough to really show off and bring out several different tones of color---and your hair is still long enough for an "up-do", braids, hair jewelry, combs, clasps, etc...

This style has multiple variations and can be worn a little longer or a little shorter if you prefer.  It's also a good cut for "growing your hair out" because it's so versatile and can go from natural day to glamourous night time styles so easily.

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BLUNT CUT BOB (INVERTED)



This "Blunt Cut Bob" is our second favorite short hairstyle as it's very versatile and can be worn a number of ways.  A lot of times the cut is stacked and a little shorter in the back which gives you a modern "inverted" style with more volume and thickness---while the lengths are left a little longer in front.

This cut is perfect for thinner hair and fine hair types and highlights and/or coloring look beautiful all the time. This hairstyle is a little more conservative- as it doesn't quite have that "shaggy-sexy" look but it's still a lovely and modern style for women today of all ages and comes in many different variations.

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SHORT PIXIE CUT

We also adore the "Pixie Cut" in shorter and longer variations. Getting a Pixie can be a very brave decision for some but once you try it, we think you'll love it.  This cut looks great on most and it's really easy to maintain if you dare to have it all chopped off.  It's also short and stylish enough for day and night and can really help to show off and accentuate your best facial features. It's also one of the most popular styles for those in Hollywood---ready to make a fashion statement!


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WAVY-CURLY LAYERED BOB




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Last but not least, we love the layered curly bob (whether blunt or inverted) for sexy and easy to care for spring and summer hair that gives anyone a lot of volume and bounce.

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It's always fun to try new styles with your hair and shorter hairstyles can be really sexy too!  Just be sure to keep your layers a little longer if you want to experiment with a different "up-do" and/or hair braids for even more fun and versatility.


PS- We have incorporated parts of this blog into our new website blog and will continue to add posts on both so please follow us there at:  NATURAL BEAUTY BLOG!

We hope to see you there!

Lisa & The Team


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Julie Vino Wedding Gown Creations Spring 2018

Wedding Gowns Spring 2018

Wedding Gowns for Spring 2018


In 2008, Julie Vino established her own unique styles in wedding gown and evening dresses in Jaffa-Tel-Aviv, Israel.  The 2018 Spring line has a lot of brides and wedding fashion junkies really excited!


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tips For Weight Loss That Really Work

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drink water-16 oz 1/2 hour before all meals-you'll eat fewer calories throughout the day and lose 44% more

eat eggs for breakfast-you'll eat fewer calories for next 24-36 hours-

if you don't eat eggs-any good source of high protein will do the trick!

drink coffee- preferably black-coffee---it has tons of antioxidants-and will boost your metabolism by by 4-11% throughout the day and increase fat burning-10-27% overall.

drink green tea-it's full of powerful antioxidants which enhance fat burning-with a small amount of caffeine ---the two mixed together work harder to burn more fat...

cut back on sugar- check your ingredients for sugar content

eat less refined foods-  white bread-white pasta--if you do eat--eat with high fiber foods

try a low carb low fat diet

use smaller plates and eat meals with a salad fork...

keep a food/exercise diary

keep healthy food around to snack on---fruits, popcorn, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, baby carrots, celery

brush your teeth after dinner---you'll be less likely to hit the fridge for midnight snacks

eat spicy foods- they boost metabolism and reduce appetite

do some aerobic or weight lifting activity- low weights---lots of repetitions

eat more fiber, fruits and fresh vegetables

chew your food more slowly- this alone will help you consume less calorie and increase the production of hormones linked with weight loss

get good sleep

eat more protein-you'll eat 450 less calories daily

don't drink your calories
(sugary drinks/soda may account for the rise in obesity and diabetes type II)

limit eating out because you just never know what the calorie/fat content is--

eat whole-single ingredient foods

try eating 4-5 "small meals"  a day

opt for chicken and/or fish over beef during a diet

eat standing up

when in doubt---eat an apple and one banana---keeps you feeling full and focused

Do you have any easy weight loss tips to share?

If so please share below in comments!



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