Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lip Color for Fall




Hello,  September is only a few days away ! The summer has been  the most special! Weather has been  lovely and one can get lost in day dreaming and relaxing. It will be hard to see the season come to an end.  
 The up side to the end of summer
is a welcoming in the fall's  cool climate and a change in your wardrobe! It may be time to shop for a new  lip color as well! I found these photos that highlighted a pretty deep red lip !

What do you think???











Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Benefits of Mango's


Hi sweet friends! Eating healthy is the best thing you can do for yourself!  In making a commitment to myself to eat better, I became aware of how my body responded and how my mind reacted so positively!   Feeding your body and mind good food and thoughts will create a wonderful way to begin each day!
Today I found the benefits of mangoes!  A  delicious fruit, and so great for skin. Love them cut on a  salad and tastes yummy  with chicken and avocado!  Check out the benefits!



Health Benefits:
1.  Prevents Cancer: 
Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.
2.  Lowers Cholesterol: 
The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff)
3.  Clears the Skin: 
Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. 
4.  Eye Health: 
One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
5.  Alkalizes the Whole Body:
The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.

6. Helps in Diabetes: 
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood.  The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also have a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
7. Improved Sex: 
Mangos are a great source of vitamin E. Even though the popular connection between sex drive and vitamin E was originally created by a mistaken generalization on rat studies, further research has shown balanced proper amounts (as from whole food) does help in this area.
8. Improves Digestion: 
Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.
9. Remedy for Heat Stroke
Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm to the body. From an ayurvedic viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted when visiting equatorial climates is because the strong “sun energy” is burning up your body, particularly the muscles.  The kidneys then become overloaded with the toxins from this process.
10. Boosts Immune system 
The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.

man holding mango  at Real Food for Life.com
Facts and trivia:
  • According to some, more mangos are eaten fresh than any other fruit in the world.
  • Originated 4,000 plus years ago.
  • Biologically a close relative with other flowering plants like cashew and pistachio.
  • Originated in sub-Himalayan plains.
  • In India where they are most heavily grown and eaten, mangos are known as “safeda.”
  • There are over 1,000 different varieties of mangos.

Nutrition by the Numbers
One cup (225 gms contain) contains the following. Percentages apply to daily value.
  • 105 calories
  • 76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
  • 25 percent vitamin A  (antioxidant and vision)
  • 11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
  • 9 percent healthy probiotic fiber
  • 9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
  • 7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
  • 4 percent magnesium

mango cut properly at Real Food for Life.com
How to Prepare a Raw Mango Fancy Style
1. Hold the mango on its side and cut down on either side of the central seed. You will end with two big “halves” plus the central seed.
2. Place each half on the cutting board with peel facing down and cut the exposed flesh in a horizontal and vertical pattern, taking care not to cut deep through skin.
3 Then invert the whole half to push out the cubes as shown in the photo above.
Mangos for the Skin:
Externally: 
Just blending up the mango and applying to the face is fast and easy. Mangos contain beta-carotene, which is converted by your body to vitamin A. That and vitamin C are crucial to skin self-repair.
Follow this link to see a more complete recipe: Mango Mud Mask. This has all the benefits of mango plus the exfoliating benefits of oatmeal and almonds.
For a less serious treatment of this mud mask, you can watch me making my own at…Randy’s Homemade Mango Mud Mast
Internally:
When eaten, mangos help resolve all skin problems including pimples. Extract the large pit or seed from green mangoes. You can eat this seed raw or cooked, or try a recipe like this Cucumber-Mint-Mango Lightness.



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Blue Street Fashion



Summer Blue!   On the street, at home or at the office
Many love the calm color just as we love a beautiful blue sky.
How many shades of blue can there be??? 















Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beauty



The Sign
of a beautiful
person is
that they always
see beauty 
in others

Have a  beautiful summer day!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Feminine Soft Style


Bonjour mon ami!  Are you enjoying the lovely summer weekend? With all the chaos going on in the world.  I relish peaceful days more and more.It brings me to thinking about the feminine mood and softness when dressing for day or night.  The ultimate goal is to have serenity and peace of mind and it begins with your closet in the morning and ends at the end of the day, falling onto your pillow for sleep.Hopefully to enjoy lovely dreams! 

Make it a feminine day!














Monday, August 4, 2014

Freckles- Remedy



Good Day Mates!  Too much sun these days? Are freckles  showing up on you face and body. I happen to love freckles, however, many who have them would like some help and information for lightening those lovely specs.
So here you go! These of course are home remedies! 

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Here are the top 10 home remedies to get rid of freckles.

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a highly effective ingredient for treating freckles as well as brown spots. Lemon juice has skin lightening properties that will nicely bleach the dark spots on your skin.
  • Apply fresh lemon juice on the affected skin and gently massage the area. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this twice a day.
  • Another option is to use a lemon scrub. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle one-half teaspoon of sugar on it. Gently scrub your skin with it for a few minutes and then wash your skin with water. Do this once or twice a week on a regular basis.

2. Sour Cream

The lactic acid present in sour milk can help a lot to get rid of freckles. It is particularly useful for those with sensitive skin.
  • Apply some sour cream on the affected skin and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Instead of rinsing it off with water, you must gently wipe it off with a soft tissue or a towel. Then apply some moisturizer. This remedy will not cause skin irritation or dryness. Do this at least once daily until the freckles go away.
  • Alternatively, you can rinse the affected skin with sour milk daily. If you do not have sour milk, use yogurt.

3. Honey

Honey is excellent for fading freckles because it contains enzymes that help lighten skin pigmentation. Plus, being a natural humectant, it is great for moisurizing your skin.
  • Mix honey and water and heat it slightly in a microwave. Apply it on the affected area and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Finally rinse the area thoroughly with warm water. Do this daily for a several weeks.
  • You can also make an herbal mask by mixing a little wheat germ with warm honey. Apply this mask and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse the area with warm water and then wash it again with cold water. Repeat two to three times a week for a couple of months. This is one of the most effective home remedies for freckles.
  • Another option is to make a mixture of honey and yogurt, and apply it on the freckles for 30 minutes daily until you get the desired results.

4. Papaya

Papaya juice is another effective remedy to get rid of freckles. Papaya contain papain, a kind of enzyme that can help lighten freckles.
  1. Apply fresh papaya juice directly on the freckles using a cotton ball and gently massage the area.
  2. After 10 minutes, rinse the skin with cold water.
  3. Do this once daily for at least for a few weeks or until you are satisfied with the results.

5. Onion

Onions also can be used to remove freckles and brown spots due to their sulfur content which has exfoliative property. For best results, use red onions.
  • Cut one red onion into thick slices and rub the slices gently on the freckles twice daily. Continue this remedy until the freckles fade away.
  • Another option is to grate one red onion, extract its juice and apply the juice on the affected skin twice a day. For best results, add one teaspoon of vinegar to the onion juice. Repeat this remedy daily for one or two weeks.

6. Buttermilk

The bleaching property of buttermilk can also help lighten and fade freckles. In addition, it will make your skin smooth and supple.
  • Simply apply buttermilk over the freckles, leave it on for 10 minutes, and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeat twice daily for several weeks.
  • Another option is to make a thick paste of powdered oatmeal and buttermilk. Apply this paste on the affected area, leave it on for about 30 minutes, and then wash it off with cold water. Do this once daily until you get positive results.
  • Alternatively, mix one tablespoon of buttermilk with one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Girls Luncheon



Bonjour!  Weekend is approaching and I've been thinking about  a summer lunch! A Relaxed time with girl friends, maybe in my yard or an outdoor cafe! 
Possibly a little shopping and finish up with a great lunch!
It's one of my favorite things to do !

Enjoy your weekend!!