Friday, February 22, 2013

what is your acne telling you?

hello to all my beauty queens,
I recently came across an article on how the Spots in different zones on your face correspond to different problems going on in your body. So, with this “map” as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and not only make the unsightly zits vanish but also treat the underlying health problem in time. i have yet to try one 'cure' out to see if it works as i don't have any
pimples right now. I will definitey make sure i do, and see how accurate it is for me.
Remember, all of us are different!

i didn't write this post, i simply copied + pasted it from the beauty gypsy!
She has amazing make up tips and tricks
 Pretty awesome, right? .
Try it out: here is how to decode breakouts in the basic areas.



1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.

3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.

4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!

6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.

7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.

Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system— Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!

Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!

So the next time you break out or notice dark under-eye circles, look to your face map!! chances are your skin is probably trying to communicate on behalf of the internal organs. However, do remember that, as with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermotologist for a proper prognosis. This is just a general guide to head you off in the right investigative direction – just because you break out between the brows doesn’t always mean you have a bad liver!
 
[[ Rica xOx ]]
 

Friday, February 01, 2013

winter fashion xx

Winter is coming here full force, and i am dreading every minute. Chicago was recently hit with a couple inches of snow, and that alone was a nightmare. Luckily I got a car cover for the new car, so while every other car was dirty and salty -- i was shining because I had it detailed the day prior ;] anyway, so we all want to look our best, but it’s just so hard to bundle up and still score high in the looks department..

so instead of forfeiting style for comfort, i wanted to share my best kept secrets on items of clothing i have always been thrilled about wearing throughout these harsh winter months. drum
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winter accessories ;;
hats, gloves, scarves -- i used to dread all of these as a kid when my mother made me wear everrrryy single thing you can think of. I felt like the kid in a christmas story who couldn't put his arms down, lol these days, i am obsessed with hat, glove, and scarves sets. i have a nice soft set in white, red, and purple. below is a picture of 40 different ways you can tie a scarf -- i have done probably 40% of the suggestions they have listed...some are too 'grandma'ish ;)

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sweaters ;;
Every closet requires that one sweater that scores an A+ in comfiness, looks, and warmth. i copied +  pasted a picture of my two favorite sweaters i have that im obessed with. this first one is pretty light. it's good to work out in. i also really love it for in the fall when i have to run errands as i throw leggings and my uggs on, && im ready to go. the second sweater much more heavier. this one is awesome for being on the go, keeping very warm, but also very easily manueverable. 
uggs;;
these are my current go to pair to wear when running out of the house. they're warm, stylish, and keep the snow out of my ankles/feet! in chicago, thats almost inevitable! it took me a while to hop on the ugg bandwagon because i used to think they were so ugly, but i can tolerate black uggs and leopard print ones like i have pictured below. the whole sequince and sparkle idea isn't really my thangg.

blazers;;
if you get lucky, you can wear just this out on a nice chicago day;; dont count on it though. i like this because i like clothing that is long-sleeved with a slight stretch that conforms to your body. This way, if you throw a blouse on underneath, there is no bulk. below is a blazer i guess i'd call it that i really want. i have so many skirts, dress pants, etc that would look nice with it. you can do it up nicely mainly -- wouldn't know how to wear this casually. any suggestions?



leggings ;;
leggings have always been a favorite to us ladies. the other day i went to Stratford mall in Bloomingdale, and saw 'sweater leggings' these ones below in the picture are ones i would wear lounging around the house, or on a day of running errands. i also don't like the way she matched them either. i did however go out and find a similar pattern but the colors were black, white, and dark gray so that can be much more easily suitable to match with other items.




leg warmers ;;
okay these are my #1 favorite winter accessory to wear. i love me some leggings! i have just about every color you can think of.. a whole drawer dedicated to them and my leggings. i like to wear them with my boots over leggings as pictured in the second image.







 

miscellaneous accessories;;
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aren't these fuckin awesome!? i want them soo bad. i wonder how thick the bottom sole is. does any one have these? share some intel !!

i will look up some reviews on them, and see how warm they really are, how it feels to walk in them, etc. If all signs point to yes, i will most definitely be adding these to my collection.

The website on the bottom of the image sells them, i am unsure if any other more well known companies sell them as well-- if any one knows, do tell.












I want these soooo bad. Definitely adding them to the wishlist. I saw them on pinterest though... does any one know of a store/company who sells a pair similar to these pictured?? please tell me.
i have to have these by winter's end !!!





Who ever came up with this idea is genius. i have so many shoes i hate wearing no socks with. its like wearing gym shoes with no socks to me...im sure you all can relate. therefore these would work perfectly for heels that i'd wear pants with. i have a few pairs this would suite well.











My absolute favourite textures that are winter appropriate are leather, flannel, velvet, knit, faux fur... what i can pass on are tweed, sequins, shearling...not my thing. i really enjoy watching the women of downtown chicago dress their winter finest. the outfits below are from my www.polyvore.com account and pretty much what i see downtown on a daily basis.







i would love to have just ONE of those outfits!! everyone in a cold state, stay warm!! every one in a warm place, fuck you!!!

xox rica




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