Women’s Fashion Ponchos Get Sexy This Summer

Ponchos have come down from the high plains and back into high fashion on to the catwalks this season.

Women’s fashion ponchos featured strongly on the catwalks this season.

Gone are the heavy, horse-blanket style ponchos of yesteryear, replaced by delicate fabrics and sexy styles that complement every body. Fashion ponchos hide a multitude of sins.

Whether you choose silky, sheer and sexy, or embroidered ethnic style, the poncho can be adapted for all sizes and all occasions.

Your fashion poncho can be thrown over a pair of jeans for a chic, casual look, or dress it up with a glittery brooch over your favorite little black dress for night time style.

The hot fashion trend straight from the catwalk was the shabby-chic boho-style fashion poncho, ornamented with embroidery, beads and sparkles. Or the casually elegant cashmere poncho, perfect with your favorite jeans.

Ponchos also come short and long this season. The chic little shrug-style poncho clasped or tied on the shoulder in soft knits and delicate lace was featured by many European designers for spring/summer. Also featured were longer, asymmetrical fashion ponchos in a rainbow-bright display of colors and patterns.

Whatever your look for this summer, there is a women’s fashion poncho to suit.

3 Breast Reduction FAQS You Must Ask Your Surgeon

Beauty is something that is cherished by every woman in the world. It’s a dream of every female to look beautiful and to have a beautiful body as well. We all know that breasts play an integral role in enhancing the beauty of a woman. Ideal breasts are neither too small nor too large in size.

Do you have excessively large breasts? Do you wish to get them small by any means? If yes, then keep reading.

Breast reduction treatment is performed to expel excess skin and tissue to get an ideal appearance in proportion with your body, and also to reduce the stress related to excessively large bosoms. In this surgery, skin and tissues are expelled, the nipple/areola is repositioned higher on the right area.

Here are top FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about breast reduction surgery that every woman must ask her surgeon before getting the treatment.

  • FAQ #1 – Will There Be Any Scars After The Treatment?

There’s no major surgery in the world that doesn’t gives scars, and this surgery to reduce bosom size is no different. However, it’s important to know that in what area these scars will appear. Scars of this type of surgery are situated around the areola, straight down to the crease underneath the bosom and in the overlap itself. They’re in a shape of an anchor or key. The scars are unnoticeable and can be effortlessly covered with clothes.

However, when the bosoms are revealed, the scars will be noticeable. The good news is that there are methods that leave shorter or fewer scars, but more or less there’ll be scars on your bosoms after this treatment.

  • FAQ #2 – Will The Patient Lose Sensation In My Nipples/Areolas?

There are a few rare cases where the sensation in the nipples can disappear are the operation due to nerve damage. If this occurs, then there might be some issues during intercourse or breastfeeding. Around 20% patients have reported a slight change during breastfeeding, which includes loss of sensation in the nipples.

You need to keep in your mind that there are a few risks with any surgery. Some issues like skin loss, muscle or nerve injury, excessive bleeding, any sort of infection, slow or poor healing, extreme scarring, or changes in skin sensation. However, these can be prevented easily by simply visiting the best cosmetic surgeon, who is known for his amazing skills and outstanding results.

  • FAQ #3 – What’s The Ideal Age To Have This Surgery?

Development of a woman’s breast can proceed into the mid twenties. If breast reduction surgery is done before this time, then there is a possibility the surgery would be redone in the future. Moreover, it might be hard to adjust in accordance with the surgery amid teen years. Hence, numerous experts won’t recommend this type of a cosmetic surgery, if a female is younger than 18 years old.

Unraveling the Mystery of Teeth Whitening Techniques

A beautiful smile is priceless. Great looking teeth can help boost your self-esteem and make you appear younger. For that reason alone tooth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in dental offices today. Tooth whitening can help lift discolorations that result from excessive coffee, tea or wine consumption. Whitening can remove natural or artificial discolorations from you teeth. The best news? You don’t have to be a millionaire to get your teeth whitened. In fact, there are products available to fit just about every budget.

Tooth Whitening Gels and Toothpastes

Gels and toothpastes that whiten your teeth are the least expensive choice when it comes to teeth whitening. A tube of toothpaste will cost you less than $10 is most cases. Most tooth whitening gels and toothpastes contain hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide helps brighten your smile by bleaching teeth. The higher the concentration of hydrogen peroxide, the better the product will work. Teeth whitening gels generally work better than toothpastes. Most teeth whitening toothpastes don’t actually contain active ingredients that help whiten your teeth. However they will help remove daily stains that result from food consumptions.

Bleaching Strips

Bleaching strips and other products that whiten teeth like Crest white strips are another affordable and easy way to brighten your smile. “White strips” as they are called usually help whiten teeth without the hassles associated with trays full of gel. Most of the time all you have to do is apply the strips roughly 30 minutes two times every day. These products tend to work fast, with results evident within one to two weeks of daily use. Some people start to see results within the first couple of days of treatment. You can wear strips while bathing, watching TV, driving to work or even reading the morning paper.

Some people using strips may experience tooth sensitivity. If this happens you can reduce your applications to once per day. Normally this is a temporary side effect that will stop once you discontinue using the white strips. Tooth whitening strips will only help remove discolorations on the surface of teeth. Thus if discolorations are the result of other factors you may need a more aggressive tooth whitening procedure. Of course the results of teeth whitening are not permanent, that is of course if you continue to drink coffee, tea, smoke or engage in other activities that discolor teeth with time. Fortunately however you can usually apply a touch up treatment at a later date to combat future discolorations.

Bleaching Teeth

Bleaching is one of the most popular ways to brighten your smile. There are multiple bleaching choices available on the market, including use of gels containing hydrogen peroxide. You can also opt to have bleaching done at a dentist’s office. Your dentist can make a custom tray that fits your mouths impression. That way the tray will fit more snugly on your teeth and the bleaching may be more effective.

You can also purchase a product from Direct White that offers the same high quality bleaching a dentist would. This service creates custom bleaching trays for you and guarantees the same results you’d get from your dentist in 4 days or less. This product is much less expensive than a trip to the dentist. The bleaching gel in these professional strength products contains 10% solution of carbamide peroxide.

Laser Tooth Whitening

Laser tooth whitening is often considered a top of the line cosmetic treatment for bleaching teeth. Your dentist will have to perform this procedure. The procedure itself involves application of a clear bleaching gel to your teeth. A special light causes crystals in the gel to absorb energy coming from the laser light. This in turn penetrates your tooth enamel resulting in whitening. Usually this procedure takes two or more hours to complete. Laser tooth whitening is not an inexpensive choice however. The average cost is roughly $600, but may be more or less depending on multiple factors. Laser treatments usually also have to be repeated once or twice every year. So unless you plan on making a hefty investment, this may not be your best choice.

Surfrider, Saving the Earth One Moment at a Time

Who is Surfrider? Surfrider is a non profit organization that was founded in 1984 by a group of environmentalist surfers, their ultimate goal is to help keep our world safe and clean from ocean to ocean. The roots of this visionary group began in Malibu, California and have become a global movement inspiring over 50,000 members to preserve the beauty and quality of our beaches and oceans worldwide.

This non-discriminative organization strives to maintain a healthy and open relationship between the natural eco systems and the free and public use of these waterways and beaches, keeping a low impact effect while allowing the enjoyment of swimming and surfing without limitations. Surfrider believes in educating our youth of the effects that we have on our environment through research, and enforcing conservation and activism.

The difference between the Surfrider organization and others is that the members are composed of surfers, swimmers, divers and others whose lives are centered around the oceans, these people are immediately affected by the conditions of these natural eco systems and thus are extremely passionate about their cause. How would you react to someone dumping their trash in your driveway? Or along the sidewalk that you jog on? Of course your response to this would be quick and thorough, because the problem would be directly affecting your life.

Surfrider is committed to their cause achieving many accomplishments over the years, they won the national Renew America Award for their efforts nationwide to clean-up the coasts, won the approval of the federal BEACH act in 2000 to require a uniform national water quality monitoring, as well as winning the second largest clean water act suit in American history back in 1991, against two pulp mills in Humboldt County that were charged with over 40,000 violations of the law. This group backs their convictions and follows through.

Surfrider is a supporter of other ecological organizations as well, determined to help our earth to maintain its natural beauty and eco systems, Dot Eco is an active group composed of entrepreneurs, scientists, celebrities and others who are able to use their wide range of influence to promote the protection and conservation of our planet. They have backed the Dot Eco initiative to establish the .eco top level domain. This new initiative will donate over 50% of domain registration proceeds back to fund scientific initiatives and research in climate change, ocean analysis, economic policy, and other environmentally-related areas. Surfrider supports any and all who adamantly believe in this and strive to continue with their cause, keeping the planet safe. We only have one home let’s keep it healthy for the generations ahead.

True Beauty: Honor the God or Goddess in You

Extreme makeovers are all the rage these days, with botox injection parties, and reality shows. Plastic surgery is on the rise. Many people are trying to match the extraordinary measures actors and actresses go through to look perfect on the screen. These are shortcuts taken to try to create happiness with a scalpel, a diet, or an implant, and they don’t fulfill their promise. Beautiful people are not automatically happy people.

Diva-dom, god-ness, is just a way of expressing the goal of the human quest-to attain the highest expression of the beautiful being you are is not about sex, or perfection, and you can’t get there via technology. It’s a growth process, a transformation of self through awareness and learning. It’s about meaning, and being real. It’s an emotional and spiritual walk, and it requires faith fueled with liberal doses of loving kindness.

Every day, I have the delight and privilege of loving Richard, my husband, a real, human, fallible man. We’re about the same age, he’s losing hair, I’ve gained weight. But, after almost 20 years, we have fused our hearts and souls, if not our personalities. He clearly loves me, though I often frustrate him, and I am grateful for his presence in my life on a daily basis. Our sex life is lovely, thank you, even if it doesn’t match movie fantasies. We laugh together, we share the struggles of daily life together, and the thought that he might die before I do fills me with dread. All the buffed up male models in the world couldn’t replace my very own, live and kicking, formerly red-haired leprechaun. It took me 37 years to find him, and I’m not about to replace him with so-called “perfection”.

My friends and I are no more perfect. We can be cranky, we occasionally carelessly hurt each others’ feelings, they don’t always say the right thing. But, we are here for each other when we’re really needed, we do our best to be caring and kind, and we forgive each others’ imperfections.

Perfection, particularly media perfection, is highly overrated. Clients come to my psychotherapy office every day in considerable emotional pain because their lives aren’t “perfect” enough. They feel inadequate, dissatisfied, hopeless and frustrated because they can’t attain life as they see it on the big screen. I have to break the news that those people up there have problems in their real lives, too, and refocus my clients on accomplishing normal things that work for them..

All the face creams, cardio workouts, healthy diets, Prozac and meditation tapes in the world aren’t going to make their lives, their bodies, or their mental state much better. Life is not about remaining young and photogenic. It’s about growing your soul.

The only way I know to develop my soul is through feelings. Awe at natural phenomena (the star-lit heavens, a centuries-old redwood, the gorgeous flowers of the Mandevilla vine at my gate) stretches it, making me yearn and aspire. Human relationships bruise, batter and comfort it, teaching me resilience and humility. Love urges my soul to blossom and glow, compassion causes it to blur at the edges, and so I learn to accept others as they are.

The humans in my life are not the narcissistic, self-absorbed “beautiful people” of the screen. We’re ordinary, real, imperfect people, like you-the ones who really keep this country and the world going. Together, we work hard at life, trying to be our best selves, taking care of our families and each other, and striving to bring our personal ethics and aspirations alive in the world. We come from numerous backgrounds and religions, we don’t always approve of each other’s decisions, but we care for each other the best we can. We struggle to be less self-indulgent, more compassionate and understanding. We try to resist the fads, the manipulations of advertising, the con artists who prey on our weaknesses. We survive through government administrations we don’t agree with, through natural and unnatural disasters that take our loved ones and possessions, through fads and fancies that are often unhealthy. From each event, we learn, we stretch, we recover, we process the emotional aftermath, and we move on. These life events are the soul’s workout, and though we may groan and complain, we can feel the growth eventually.

Today, an elder of my church, a man in his late 70s, pretty physically battered and a bit stooped over, proved to be one of the most forward-thinking of the whole congregation. Life has beaten him up a bit, but it has not passed him by. His spirit glows radiantly. Have you ever seen an elderly person like that? One whose wisdom shows in his or her eyes, and whose love is not flamboyant, just there in a gentle query about your health, or a brief touch that calms and reassures. The spirit that shines from within them is true beauty, and it can’t be bought in a jar.

The miracle is, that each of us has the total capacity to achieve this perspective, this fullest embodiment of the highest expression of soul, even as our bodies wear out and crumble.

Here’s a visualization to help you access the god or goddess within, your inner wise person:

Picture a person of seventy or more-just the kind of elder you admire, the one you would like to become. Financially secure, in good health, surrounded by people who care, good friends and family… active with lots of interests… Introduce yourself to this elder, and notice your names are the same… this is you, later in life… Make an agreement with this ideal older self that you will get advice about what decisions you need to make as life goes on, to live to a healthy and happy state of being. Continue your conversation as long as you wish, and ask what your elder’s secret is for living to such a lovely old age.

Once this contact is established, you can check out your decisions regularly by using this wise mentor within. For example, how does this inner counselor react to your life choices? At that advanced age, will you look back on what you’ve done and think it was worth it? Does your wise self approve? Does he or she think your choice will last? What is the difference between what’s important to you, and what this inner counselor regards as important?

All the experiences of your life, especially the difficult ones, have taught you valuable skills-using what you’ve learned in life to help yourself and others can create meaning out of pain. Buddhist teachers note that poisonous plants and venoms become healing medicines with careful processing. Every trial that you face has something to teach you and can become a source of wisdom-this inner counselor will help you access what you know.

It is a very effective tool to help you look at your own life and your decisions from a different and valuable perspective. The decisions you make today affect the rest of your life, and you are ultimately the only person to whom you are accountable and for whom you are responsible. Every new decision is truly a new life’s resolution.