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Tis the season of parties! Deciding what to wear during the holiday is no easy task. Whatever your traditions, it’s always nice to look and feel your best for the occasion. We’ve got some great new styles for the holidays and new years eve!

Mademoiselle Lace Dress, Sapphire Blue (Women’s Plus Size) – Flatter your curves in our Mademoiselle Lace Dress. From cocktail parties to formal or evening events, this special occasion lace dress will have all eyes on you.

Bianca Ruched Dress, Plum (Women’s Plus Size) – It is always nice to pick a stand-out outfit to mark the occasion. You’re sure to receive compliments as the Bianca Ruched Dress hugs your every curve. With a subtly sexy peek-a-boo neckline and draped cold shoulder sleeves.

Whimsy Wrap Dress, Pinot Noir (Women’s Plus Size) – For those holiday themed parties try the Whimsy Wrap dress in pinot noir. It’s flirty, flattering, and functional!

Kiss Me At Midnight Skirt, Moonbeam (Women’s Plus Size) – Our metallic Kiss Me At Midnight Skirt will make a fashion statement, wherever you go. This eye-catching midi-length skirt can be worn day or night. Pair it with some booties and a tank for daytime and some heels and a blouse for date night.

Lumiere Lace Dress, Silver Lining (Women’s Plus Size) – Illuminate your wardrobe in our Lumiere Lace Dress. Scalloped metallic lace flatters your curves, while a solid ruched waistband draws the eye inward. You’ll be sure to turn heads at your next special occasion in this stunning sheath style.

Happy Holidays!

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How To Burn Calories Taking A Hot Relaxing Bath.

We all know taking a relaxing hot bath can be what the doctor order. But what if, it was truly beneficial to potential weight loss and preventing type 2 diabetes? Would you forego a nightly run and hot soak instead?

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If you were on the verge to forcing. yourself out on a run, wait for minute because a tub might be just as powerful, as exercising in relation to your fitness. Dr Steve Faulkner, a researcher at Loughborough University, says it could actually have similar benefits to exercise–helping to save you from type 2 diabetes.
He explained to The Conversation that, though a warm bath has usually been relaxing, it is best lately that technology has started to discover how ‘passive heating’ can improve health.Dr Faulkner and his team have investigated the effect a hot tub has on blood sugar manage and the variety of calories burned. They actually took a look at worried 14 people each indulging in an hour-long soak in a bathtub run at 104 ranges Fahrenheit as well as heading out on a hour’s cycle.
The  exams have been designed to elevate core body temperature by means of simply one degree, in order to assess what number of calories were burned in every consultation. Though biking did burn extra energy, they determined that a warm bathtub used up as many energy as a 30-minute walk.’The usual blood sugar response to both situations was similar, however top blood sugar after consuming become about 10% decrease while individuals took a warm bathtub compared with once they exercised,’ Dr Faulkner reports.

He also defined that the anti inflammatory houses of exercise are important for our immune systems and help us combat illnesses: ‘This suggests that repeated passive heating may additionally make a contribution to decreasing continual inflammation, that is regularly a gift with long-term diseases, along with type 2 diabetes’.
So, take off the ones shoes–in reality, take off the whole lot and head upstairs.

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Going Vegan, Is Not Just For Food, Anymore….


March 06, 2017 Shared from the blog page of http://www.beautybakerie.com

If you’re a beauty enthusiast, then chances are you’ve heard of vegan makeup. While certainly the essential alternative for those following a plant-based diet, vegan makeup products offer incredible benefits that all makeup users can appreciate. 

We’ve asked top health-conscious makeup artists and bloggers to share their opinion of vegan makeup and all of its many benefits that may just convert you to the makeup that cares. 


For those trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle, vegan makeup products offer a way to extend their healthy commitments into more areas of their life. DeChantell, vegan and founder of Living Well with DeChantell, realized that veganism is more than just the food she eats and loves that she can support this statement with her favorite vegan lip gloss and nail polish. “As I became more educated in my vegan journey, I figured it was time to progress in other areas of my life because it is essentially a lifestyle.” 

In addition to being free from animal-derived ingredients, many vegan products are gluten-free which is essential for those who suffer from celiac disease and other skin conditions. According to makeup artist and editor at the Foundation Fairy, Sandy Taylor, the lack of harmful, toxic ingredients like parabens in vegan products also appeals to those without health or diet restrictions. “(Vegan/gluten-free makeup) gives peace of mind knowing that the products they are using are natural and healthy” says Taylor. 


As you may already know, vegan products not only offer safer ingredients for one’s physical health, but they can also offer something for one’s conscience.

Vegan makeup specialist Christine Heggestad from Living Clean with Christine made the switch to cruelty-free products after discovering the mistreatment animals endure in labs. “As I became more and more committed to animal welfare and rights, I realized that wasn’t just conveying the importance of the “spay-neuter” cause. Learning how animals were treated in labs to test health and beauty products I realized I couldn’t be part of that any longer. It’s horrifying.” 

Luckily for those who want to promote animal welfare, more and more companies are choosing to make their products cruelty-free without animal testing, according to Ben Williamson, a spokesman from PETA


Vegan makeup products tend to leave out the harsh ingredients found in non-vegan makeup which has proven to be quite beneficial for many people. “I strive to live as naturally as possible, so this is another reason I love using vegan and gluten free makeup. Oftentimes, they include ingredients that actually benefit your skin/complexion,” says Heggestad. 

Sandy Taylor, for example, has witnessed the change in her clients’ skin after transitioning to vegan products. “(Vegan)/gluten free products simply work and don’t trigger any symptoms. Others who have transitioned into vegan products noticed that their skin looked more healthy than before. This may be due to vegan products being natural and nutrient-rich,” says Taylor. 

When it comes to combining values with beauty, vegan makeup leads the way. In addition to being ethical and non-toxic, many vegan makeup products are also packaged in recycled material. 

“I specifically look for vegan makeup when purchasing products because you feel better knowing that it makes a global impact,” says DeChantell. 

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The Chicest French Beauty Secrets To Obsess Over

DO: You Obsess over skincare?  “I love shopping in French pharmacies,” Lancôme creative director Lisa Eldridge tells Hello! “They have an Old World charm about them and are full of amazing skincare products.” Stacked with fragrance-free formulas that focus on skin health, these pharmacy  brands are a must-have for celebrity makeup artists. Micellar water, which works to cleanse skin and remove makeup, dirt and impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture barrier, is the hottest item from France since Ladurée macarons. “These waters are great for sensitive skin, especially for models or celebrities who tend to wear a lot of makeup,” she says.
Cleansers to give your skin the Parisian glowBioderma Sensibio H2O, $25, bioderma.ca; La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, $20, laroche-posay.comDON’T: Share your secrets“For a French woman, beauty products are like a private secret, it’s very intimate,” street-style star and author of bestselling book Love, Style, Life Garance Doré tells Hello! “[The shade of lipstick] you wear is the kind of personal detail you maybe tell your best friend, but no one else.” In addition to guarding the identity of your beauty products like they’re rare gems, French women tend to use the same products year after year. “I’ve used the same products for years,” Garance says. “It’s very French, I suppose, to develop a signature look and have a sort of consistency.”To read more articles by Hello Magazine, please visit us.hellomagazine.com

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Psst, I Got Something To Tell You….


secrets to beautiful skin

Secrets to beautiful skin. Lately my focus has been on how to achieve a beautiful complexion. I’m not interested getting age spots, skin discolorations or wrinkles. Looking worn and tired is not an option. I never talk about my age, because I believe that you should always keep them guessing and most of all, you should always try to look your best. So the question is, how do you keep them guessing?

secrets to beautiful skin

Wear sunscreen. This is your best defense against future skin damage. SPF needs to be applied on a daily basis, even on cloudy days because the sun’s harmful rays are still present. No matter what age you are, protecting your skin should be a priority because no one wants a dull uneven complexion.

Eat healthy. You know that old saying, “you are what you eat,” well it holds true when it comes to your skin.  A diet rich in antioxidants will surely help to give you a glowing complexion. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

Be healthy. Getting enough sleep and regular exercise also goes a long way to having great skin. While exercise increases circulation and brings great nutrients to your skin, having a good night’s rest allows your skin to regenerate.

Keep a simple skin care routine. With so many creams and cleansers on the market it can be really easy to want to try everything, but keep in mind that different ingredients can cancel each other out. When you find products that work for you stick with them for a while to get the best results.  I’m always tempted to change up my routine and I always need to do my best to remember that it takes time for products to work. Creams which contain Retinol are great for fighting the signs of ageing. So give them a chance.

Invest for the long term.  I keep promising myself that I’ll start going for regular facials, but either I’m too busy or I don’t have the money or I don’t trust a new cosmetician to touch my face. Receiving the Microderm 360 kit from Kelley West was a huge coup. If I’m going to be honest, I am starting to see the first signs of ageing. While I can’t afford expensive lasers and other similar treatments, I can now easily get the same results at home and frankly, I’m over the moon. My skin has never felt softer and never looked better!secrets to beautiful skin

Of course, not everyone was born with perfect skin but maintaining a healthy and (relatively) stress free lifestyle, coupled with a simple and consistent skin care routine, will go a long way to having glowing and youthful looking skin.

What are some of your skin care secrets?

*For more secrets to beautiful skin follow me on instagram and pinterest*blogger*I am a Brand Ambassador for Microderm 360images courtesy of Photo Dollar Club, Microderm360 and my own.*

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As far back, as I can remember, I have always loved fashion and beauty. My late mother, Margo Elle, was highly instrumental in introducing me to different styles and trends, to achieve a desired look. I would watch her take her 33mm camera and photograph the sunset and sunrise. Or picking up falling leaves from the trees in the park, to compare the array of colors within the leaves. The idea being, to creatively blend colors and patterns in a way to accentuate the beauty of individual style. Much like the article I read in http://www.thezoereport.com; where it celebrates one’s ability to boldly standout through sharp expressive colors and style. ~Hope Elle~


Shop The Seasonal Trend Anyone Can Work Into Her Wardrobe

While some trends can prove intimidating for the faint of fashion heart, bold color is one that’s reliably chic and looks good on everybody. Whether you gravitate toward cool blues or fiery reds, incorporating one (or more) punchy hue into your look is an easy way to enliven classic silhouettes and timeless staples. Experiment with color blocking via these nine perfect pieces from NET-A-PORTER.

To continuing reading this article visit http://www.thezoereport.com

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The Ayurvedic Cleanse

​If you’re anything like me, you desire to try many diets (or as I like to call it “Nutrition Transitions”) to properly detox your body; to better incorporate food consumption, designed to heal and strengthen your body can be rather confusing. I was reading this article from http://www.thezoereport.com, and found myself relating to every aspect of it. There’s truly more to detoxing and healing your body through home fresh cooking, than meets the eye. But so worth in the end, and your body will love you for it. ~Hope Elle~

What’s An Ayurvedic Cleanse? One Editor Finds Out The Hard Way

by Erin Nicole January 26, 2017

Above photo: Getty Images

What Is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda—essentially a holistic approach to health—is known by many as the sister science to yoga, and its origins date back thousands of years in India. In Ayurvedic tradition, everything we know and experience is made up of five elements: earth, wind, fire, air and space. Each human being has a unique composition of these five things, known as their dosha, and according to Ayurveda, keeping them balanced is what keeps us healthy. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that anything natural can be medicinal—as all matter contains the five elements—but that nothing is more healing than food. Gwyneth Paltrow  has been known to embrace it as a means of detox—and that’s about the best endorsement any centuries-old practice can get here in the 21st.

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The specific take on Ayurveda I’ve decided to try is called The Layer, a 10-day program hosted by one of my favorite fitness movements of all time, The Class by Taryn Toomey. Simply put, the goal is to reset: to eliminate common irritants from my diet, cut out bad habits and optimize the whole mind-body package for best health.

Preparation For The Cleanse

To gear up, I join my brave fellow Layer initiates, all women, all in their 30s to 50s, at the home of instructor Natalie Kuhn. She gives us each a box of goodies that contains the following: Minerals de Mer Body Soak, a tongue scraper, Moon Juice probiotics, turmeric, cayenne pepper, magnesium supplements, vitamin D supplements, chlorophyll supplements, a body scrubbing glove and Aloha Protect Tea. It also contains a booklet with a day-by-day breakdown of the program—what to eat and when to eat it, recipes for suggested meals and instructions on when and how to tongue-scrape, bathe, do belly rolls and take supplements.
I’m immediately overwhelmed. I had thought this would be easy, but the recipes look intense (I can’t even cook macaroni and cheese!), and I recognize almost none of the ingredients. All are alcohol-, gluten-, caffeine-, meat- and refined-sugar-free for the first half of the cleanse, at which point fish and eggs join the list of verboten items. Natalie senses my discomfort (read: panic) and tells me I can find almost everything on the list at Trader Joe’s, and that I don’t have to make every recipe. I can pick the ones that seem easiest and stick to them. Still, she insists that cooking aids in the mindful self-care portion of the program, so I commit. 

After the meeting, I head straight to the grocery store, determined to start by making four or five of the recipes in preparation for the week. TJ’s indeed has a lot of the ingredients, but not all of them, so I move on to Sprouts, where I wander around like the lost KFC-eater I am, all the while feeling as if I’m being punked by Portlandia. By the time I finish foraging, it’s 6pm and I’ve been to Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods and Target—twice.

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

The Cleanse, Days 1-5

Natalie is right. I love the cooking, even if it’s incredibly time-consuming. I put on Fleabag and haphazardly chop vegetables for hours, slicing my finger only once in the process. However, nothing I make turns out as I think it’s supposed to—my seed bread doesn’t in any way resemble actual bread, my chia pudding is a milky mess and my sweet potato soup is chunky due to a blender breakdown. Still, I’m not deterred. I’m determined to do this—it’s my personal, small-scale Everest.
Each day is meant to begin with tongue-scraping, a busy-girl’s dry brushing (with the glove, while showering), a hot water, lemon, turmeric and cayenne drink, the vitamin D supplements, the chlorophyll supplements and a belly roll. I do well with all of these except the belly roll, which I forget the first day and never remember thereafter. (Note: This is a mistake, as the belly roll is meant to relieve you of—ahem—excess air, of which you have plenty when on a diet of mostly vegetables.)
Now, I have a confession to make: I survive only three hours without coffee for the entire program, which makes me feel like a failure, but I have to get through my workday somehow and I’m not yet enlightened enough to do so without my morning caffeine. For the first eight days it’s my only setback—the rest of the time, I exist on my hardcore, home-cooked foods and I’m able to (oddly easily) shun office sweets.

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The Cleanse, Days 6-10

At this point, I believe you’re supposed to feel better than ever. I do not. My brain is foggy, even with my cup of coffee in the morning, and particularly in the afternoon. My theory is that it takes longer than five days to detox from sugar and all the unhealthy chemicals our bodies are addicted to, so I press forward.
Here’s the kicker, though. My stomach is the flattest it’s ever been (flatulence aside). Or, to rephrase for accuracy, my stomach is now flat and it has never before been so. I didn’t embark on the cleanse to lose weight, and I don’t think that’s what’s happening. Rather, I have a highly irritable digestive system, and for the first time in my life, it’s calmed by the gentle, whole foods I am consuming.
For most of the program, I’ve been staying in at night to avoid temptation, but by day eight I need to get out. Once I’ve broken free of my monastic existence, the glasses of wine my companions are drinking look like a mirage in the middle of a desert, and with their enabling I break down and order one—my second setback. Apparently, it’s easier for me to give up sugar, meat and processed foods than it is for me to give up caffeine and alcohol. I don’t know how to feel about this, but meh. Gwyneth I am not.

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Photo: Getty Images

The Aftermath

To be honest, I’m relieved the cleanse is over for one major reason: ease of life. Cooking complex recipes for three meals a day is exhausting. Also, the brain fog made writing tough, and writing is, you know, how I make my living. I do sense that this is the way I’m supposed to be eating all the time, which makes it feel like a strange thing to abandon in favor of a return to the poisons I regularly ingest.
To that end, what I take away from the cleanse is more life-changing than what I’ve gleaned from any similar program. After 30-some-odd years of never cooking for myself, I now do so several times a week and I love it. I have a whole pantry full of healthy ingredients I didn’t know existed before, and while I still can’t pull off anything from Amanda Chantal Bacon’s cookbook (who can?), I’ve mastered quite a few soups, curries and other vegetable-based dishes. For someone like me, I’d say that setting yourself a home-cooked-meal challenge is the thing to do, with bonus points for the healthful and detoxifying qualities of the food.
To aid you in this endeavor, try the Forks Over Knives app or, for cheaters, Purple Carrot meal delivery (which qualifies as cooking, the busy-girl way). I also highly recommend The Layer—the support group and guidelines are immensely helpful, educational and inspiring. Plus, Natalie tops my list of the best people on the planet, and her energy is healing, infectious and energizing, all of which you’ll need as you embark on this 10-day journey. Check back here for details on upcoming cleanses. ~The Zoe Report~