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Health Beauty Life Magazine is mailed free of charge and without obligation to the waiting room and reception areas of health care professionals and leading hair salons nationwide. Please enjoy this issue with our compliments. Since launching our inaugural issue in fall 2010, we’ve continuously produced print and digital publications that embody the spirit of health, beauty and life in quarterly collections showcasing celebrity, food, beauty & fashion, health & fitness, travel and lifestyle. In this issue, you’ll find exclusive conversations with super-star Nicole Scherzinger, celebrity dance champion Mary Murphy and cultural icon Dr. Ruth Westheimer, three remarkable women who entertain and inspire with their beauty, their grace and their wisdom. To fuel your culinary endeavors, we’ve included a tasty selection of healthy dining destinations, easy to follow recipes, and high protein snacks. As usual, we’ve included additional pieces that recognize game-changing individuals from the world of health and fitness, fresh fashion trends and the beauty secrets of the stars. Our popular “In a Day…” travel section features the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia…Please join us on a sun-up to sun-down adventure that captures the elegance, charm and vibrancy of our extraordinary neighbor to the north. We know you’ll be inspired by our special feature showcasing LocksofLove.org, a hard working non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who suffer long-term medical hair loss. Finally, whether you’re reading this in your favorite salon, waiting to see your health care professional, or enjoying our virtual magazine online, we wish you, Health, Beauty and Life.
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Meet Wade and Danielle, the creative couple behind this Vancouver-based wax seal inspired jewelry line.
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By: Kerri-Lynn Swanson Kiki Gee Photos: Allen Carrasco and courtesy of Vancouver Park Board
DAY IN VANCOUVER Think you know Canada just because you Netflixed Strange Brew last weekend? Forget hockey pucks, maple leaves and all the other typecasting. The coastal seaport of Vancouver in British Columbia is full of surprises offering visitors breathtaking natural surroundings and limitless attractions and activities. So join us as we cross the border and head to the Great White North for an action-packed day exploring the unknown in Vancouver!
Capilano Suspension Bridge Stanley Park Robson Street Gastown Chinatown Yaletown Granville Island Kitsilano VanDusen Botanical Garden
Climb to New Heights: Capilano Suspension Bridge Jumpstart your day in North Vancouver by visiting one of the city’s top attractions: The Capilano Suspension Bridge. Perched 230 feet above the Capilano River and spanning 450 feet, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is quite literally the most uplifting nature walk one can take. Those brave enough to walk the walk are handsomely rewarded with jaw-dropping views of a west coast rainforest and a sense of the history of the area. Be sure to check out the totems dotted around the park grounds placed there in the 1930s by the First Nationals to share their stories. Since the original structure’s construction in 1889, many more attractions have been added to the 27-acre park. The Treetops Adventure offers a tree house experience for tourists to make like the Swiss Family Robinson and explore the Douglas Firs from up to 100 feet above ground. Or, park visitors can partake in a guided nature tour to learn more about the park’s natural surroundings. The most recent addition to the park, CliffWalk is not for the faint of heart. On this tree-enclosed adventure, travelers wind through narrow walkways from the granite cliff face of the Capilano River to previously unexplored areas of the park.
Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge: CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
3735 Capilano Road North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1 1(877)985-7474 www.capbridge.com
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Get Closer to Nature: Stanley Park Built in 1888 and spanning over 1,000 acres, Stanley Park is a major Vancouver landmark attracting an estimated 8 million visitors each year. Once home to several indigenous tribes, the park has evolved to become one of the top tourist attractions, offering everything from biking and rollerblading paths to an impressively substantial aquarium. Some of the mandatory must-sees in the park:
Canada’s first and largest aquarium boasts a wide array of marine life including sea lions, dolphins, sea otters, Harbor Seals and Beluga whales. In fact, the song “Baby Beluga” was inspired by a whale at the Vancouver Aquarium!
Along the park’s perimeter, the Stanley Park Seawall boasts a 22-kilometer path for pedestrians to run, bike and rollerblade while soaking in the scenery of the park.
Say “fore!” Stanley Park even offers golf fans an 18-hole pitch and putt golf course.
Horse-drawn carriage rides:
For those who would prefer not to travel the park by foot, there are horse-drawn carriages to transport park-goers in style.
With its lustrous green forest surroundings, Stanley Park is a haven for hikers to explore and sightsee. Nature lovers flock to this Vancouver destination for an afternoon of outdoor bliss. If it’s a clear day, look for views of Grause Mountain in the distance to the north.
For the little ones, the Children’s Farmyard houses goats, chicken, geese, rabbits and pigs.
Shop ‘Til You Drop: Robson Street Get ready to shop ‘til you drop once you hit Robson Street. As Vancouver’s premiere shopping destination, Robson Street boasts three blocks of everything from large brand names to unique boutiques and everything in between. Some Canadian-based stores worthy of scoping:
LUSH Handmade Cosmetics 1020 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6E 4A9 Offering a complete range of luxurious, ethical and indulgent bath and beauty products made by hand with fresh, organic ingredients, LUSH Handmade Cosmetics offers its guests an intoxicatingly indulgent shopping experience.
Roots Canada 1001 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6E 1A9 One of Canada’s most iconic brands, Roots Canada boasts high quality leather bags, handbags, purses and briefcases that are handcrafted from premium Italian leather.
Aritzia 1110 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6E 1B2 A women's fashion boutique that offers beautifully designed clothes that are on trend, high quality, and good value, Aritzia is a must for the ladies looking to kick their wardrobe up a notch.
Plenty 1107 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6E 1B5 Offering plenty of internationally renowned labels, exclusive lines and their own coveted in-house designs, this shopping destination also offers three other locations throughout Canada. For a store directory or to learn more about Robson Street, visit www.robsonstreet.ca.
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Explore History: Gastown
Eastern Charm: Chinatown
Once you’ve hit your fill of retail or maxed out your credit card--whatever comes first-- head to Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood: Gastown. Established the same year that Canada became a nation, Gastown was declared a National Historic Site in 2009, making it a popular stop for history-hungry visitors of Vancouver.
Just next door to downtown Vancouver lays the city’s famous Chinatown district, one of the largest historic Chinatowns in North America. Established by Chinese immigrants in the 1890s, it is home to some of the oldest and most fascinating architecture in the city. The Sam Kee Building, located at 8 W. Pender Street, is one of the most interesting buildings in the city. Only 4’11” at its narrowest point, it is considered by The Guinness Book of World Records to be the world’s narrowest building.
Be sure to stop by and say hello to Gassy Jack. This statue was named after John 'Gassy Jack' Deighton (the nickname came from his talkative, aka “gassy” nature) who built the area’s first saloon. Gastown's most famous (though nowhere near oldest) landmark is the steam-powered clock on the corner of Cambie and Water Street. The clock, originally built to cover a steam vent in the 1970s, whistles every 15 minutes, signaling the time to passersby. In an effort to provide visitors more insight to the history of Gastown, there are historic plaques hung throughout the neighborhood detailing facts and information on the 19th century buildings. Besides the historic architecture, Gastown also boasts a colorful art scene. Art galleries and native art boutiques are sprinkled throughout the streets of Gastown making it easy for visitors to see or take home some of the city’s finest art.
Not all of the beautiful architecture in Chinatown involves buildings. Just around the corner from the Sam Kee building is the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. As the very first Ming Dynasty Scholars Garden to be constructed outside of China, it features meticulously landscaped grounds that are beautiful and calming. The gardens were designed to enhance the surrounding views of the city. It is a great place to sit and relax before continuing your journey throughout the city. Just east of Main Street, you will find one of the most unique and unexpected landmarks in Chinatown. At 207 Union Street, what was once the location of a Vie’s Chicken and Steak House, is now a shrine to Jimi Hendrix. His grandmother, Nora, was a cook at the restaurant and legend has it that people could hear Jimi practicing his guitar in the evenings if they walked by. Nowadays, a simple, but authentic shrine is set up in honor of the late, great musician.You cannot leave Chinatown without trying their dim sum – it is the some of the best you will find outside of China! Check out Kam Wai Dim Sum for an authentic taste of this Far East treat famous throughout the city, but be prepared to wait. It is not unusual for there to be a line out the door!
Kam Wai Dim Sum
249 East Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1T5
The Hip List: Yaletown No one neighborhood in Vancouver better reflects the city’s urban revival than Yaletown. This one time industrial district is now home to the city’s trendiest scenes, from food to fashion and even real estate. Warehouses have been converted into trendy residential lofts and restaurants and bars make old loading docks some of the hottest spots in town. Here, you can mingle with the stylish residents and visitors at the Zagat-rated Opus Bar in the Opus Vancouver Hotel. Enjoy a cocktail and listen to tunes spun nightly by local DJs before heading off to discover the many bars and restaurants that make Yaletown so popular.
350 Davie Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5V6 If the bar is not your scene, don’t worry! There are many lowkey ways to enjoy all that Yaletown has to offer. Sit and enjoy the view and some fresh-shucked oysters at Rodney’s Oyster House or mingle with the neighborhood residents and enjoy a bit of people-watching at Urban Fare, a gourmet market that is a favorite with the locals for picking up a freshly made meal or shopping for hard to find foods and condiments.
Urban Fare Gourmet Market 177 Davie Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Y1
Go Local: Granville Island An island in the middle of the most populous city in Western Canada, Granville Island is home to a number of different restaurants, shops, galleries and more, tempting travelers with its vibrant mix of places and people. The hottest spot on the island? The Public Market! Open seven days a week from 9 am to 7 pm, the Public Market offers hungry visitors a taste of local cuisine. Boasting an array of fresh seafood, produce, baked goods and more, this Granville gem is the perfect pit stop for stocking up on seasonal eats and gourmet goodies. Foodies will love chatting with the merchants for expert advice while perusing their offerings.
Visit the Capilano Public Market: CAPILANO PUBLIC MARKET
1661 Duranleau Street Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3 www.granvilleisland.com/public-market
Kitsilano It does not take long to realize why Kitsilano, or “Kits” as it is more commonly known, has some of the most expensive real estate in the city. Just minutes from downtown and surrounded by breathtaking views of the city and surrounding mountains, anyone would find it easy to call this place home. Kitsilano Beach is a popular spot for residents to enjoy the sand and surf or even the pool. Kitsilano Pool is ideally situated along the shore and not only is it the only heated saltwater pool in the city, it also has the distinction of being Canada’s longest pool. At 150 yards, it is almost three times longer than an Olympic size pool and definitely worth checking out!
Kitsilano Pool 2305 Cornwall Avenue Vancouver, BC V6J 5L1
If wet hair isn’t your thing, you can take a stroll east and check out Vanier Park. The largest and most famous of the 15 parks in Kits, it not only offers splendid views any time of year but is also home to the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre, The Vancouver Museum as well as the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
Vanier Park 1100 Chestnut Street Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
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The 2010 Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver. Some facts you might not have known about the Winter Games: •
Vancouver is the most populous city to ever host the Winter Games.
The 2010 games were the first to hold the opening ceremony indoors.
A number of the venues were located at sea level, a rarity for the Winter Games.
Over C$150 million dollars went into renovating BC Place Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies were held.
The 2010 Winter Games marked the first time that the energy consumption of the Olympic venues was tracked in real time and made available to the public. Energy data was collected from the metering and building automation systems of nine of the Olympic venues and was displayed online through the Venue Energy Tracker project.
Go Green: VanDusen Botanical Garden More than just a plot of land flaunting a few flowers, the VanDusen Botanical Garden enchants its visitors with countless species of plants. A fairytale-like oasis, the garden is a great place to get a breath of fresh air (or get lost in the hedge maze). The grounds also boast a Garden Shop, Seed Collectors Store, and even a library of 5,000 plant-related publications for those with a green thumb. Tours are offered April through October if you want to ensure you donâ€™t miss a thing during your visit to the garden.
Visit VanDusen Botanical Garden VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN
5251 Oak Street Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1 www.vandusengarden.org
Itâ€™s easy to make 24 hours disappear in the blink of an eye when in Vancouver. So if you have the time to stay a bit longer, visit www.tourismvancouver.com for more travel tips, hints and ideas!
First Nations are one of three distinct aboriginal groups in Canada. Intrinsic drawings of masks, animals and nature can be found all over the city in the distinct style of the First Nations people. From the beautiful totems in Stanley Park at Brockton Point, to the pieces of art displayed all around the city, the influences of the First Nations on the local culture are unmistakable and unforgettable. As one of the four original nations in the Canadian constitution, they have worked hard to become a mainstay in the politics and culture of the city. In fact, the 2010 Olympic Games, hosted by the City of Vancouver, marked the first time the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized indigenous people as an official partner in hosting the Olympic Games; Four Host First Nation was an official partner for both the 2010 winter games and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
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Questions with Dr. Ruth
As an esteemed college professor, dynamic radio and talk show host, author of 36 (and counting) books and the recipient of countless awards, Dr. Ruth Westheimer has achieved a long list of groundbreaking accomplishments throughout the span of her illustrious career. Today, as a household name, what she is best known for is pioneering the way we talk about sex, making it ok to converse about the birds and the bees and as an authority on all topics sexual.
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At a time when talking about sex was considered taboo, Dr. Ruth refused to shy away from the topic, trail blazing a new outlook and creating open communication on topics once limited to just hushed whispers. Recently, we had an opportunity to get together with Dr. Ruth for some frank conversation about her, dare we say, titillating path to where she is today.
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Tell us about your journey and what led you to become a sex therapistâ€Ś It was by chance while working in public health at Planned Parenthood and attending Columbia University. When money ran out on a government project I was working on, I needed to find a job. I was offered a research position in New York, which I accepted and was eventually promoted to Director of Research. I used the data about issues relating to sexual activity from following hundreds of patients to obtain my Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family from Columbia University Teacher's College. This was at a time before abortion was legalized. I began teaching sex education but realized I still needed further training. I applied and was accepted to New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center where I had the opportunity to study under Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan, a renowned sex therapist. I later worked in the program as an Adjunct Professor and have also taught at Lehman College, Brooklyn College, Adelphi University, Columbia University and West Point. (She just recently ended her teaching career as an Adjunct Professor at Princeton and Yale where she taught every year for six years). At this point, I possessed both a clinical and academic background. In 1980, I started a radio program called Sexually Speaking, which played after midnight on Sundays. On the program, I would answer questions and talk about any and all issues relating to sexuality. I did this for 10 years. I went on to television with the Ask Dr. Ruth Show on Lifetime where they have now aired over 450 television programs. I never thought I would be a sex therapist, but I have no complaints. I have a wonderful career. When they started teaching sex education in New York public schools, I smiled and said to myself "I told you so." Because of many people like me, not just me, there are less unintended pregnancies. There are still too many and we have to continue educating. Iâ€™m now 83 and I still conduct lectures at a wide variety of institutions including Planned Parenthood centers, universities and some pharmaceutical companies.
We can only imagine that you must be the center of attention at every cocktail party you attend. Are you constantly being approached by strangers with intimate questions? Certainly. And I smile sweetly and if I can give a fast answer, I do. If not, I tell them to come to my office.
Any secrets for keeping your relationship spicy outside of the bedroom? Keep boredom out of the bedroom and out of your lives. Be inventive and new, and not just for Valentine’s Day. Text, send flowers or do something out of the ordinary. I wrote a book called Dr. Ruth's Top Ten Secrets for Great Sex: How to Enjoy it, Share it, and Love it Each and Every Time, which addresses how to pay attention to your relationship and create the element of surprise.
How do your children and grandchildren feel about your unique profession? In general, I keep my professional life separate from my family life, which keeps children and grandchildren out of it. Though they all know how I make a living, I let the parents talk to my grandchildren about issues relating to sex.
As a lifestyle magazine, we feature our fair share of cooking segments. Is there any truth behind libido-boosting foods? I do not know of any truth or research about chocolate and all these things having an effect on libido. But, if black olives get you excited, I want you to eat them at least once a week. If it works for you to think about ice cream, then do it. The brain is the best ingredient for a great sex life.
Where can your fans catch you now? My website (www.drruth.com), Twitter page (www.twitter.com/askdrruth) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/drruth) are all great places to catch up with me.
You have authored an impressive list of books! What is your top seller and why? Sex for Dummies. At first, I was hesitant to write it thinking I don’t talk to dummies. I talk to intelligent people. But, after looking at Windows for Dummies, I saw the benefits of being able to address specific subjects in short paragraphs so you can read what is of interest or relevant to you right now. The book also offers a bit of humor and some illustrations and is available in 17 languages and multiple editions.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your career? It’s wonderful to be Dr. Ruth. I am approached in restaurants or other places where people will tell me that they have seen me here or there or are following me on Twitter. This is what keeps me going and reinforces the idea that one shouldn't "retire but to rewire."
Your profession centers around an intimate and often controversial subject. How have you managed to block out the nay-sayers you have encountered along the way? I am lucky to be so well trained and to choose my conversations wisely. There are so many controversial issues from abortion to homosexuality. I would not go on a debate because nothing can get accomplished. For example, many believe that only parents should teach about sex; I don’t disagree, but I continue to do my thing. And we don’t know the etiology for homosexuality, but any homosexual couple that walks into my office is treated with the same respect as anyone else. If others don’t agree, that’s fine and I move along.
If you could give our readers only ONE piece of relationship advice, what would it be? Don’t take your partner for granted. Be grateful and cherish your relationship.
By: Greg Root & Kristen Turner Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Ruth Westheimer
The ulTimaTe women’s guide To sexual healTh In Sexually Speaking, celebrated sex expert and therapist Dr. Ruth and top gynecologist Dr. Amos Grunebaum join forces to cover everything you’ve ever wanted to know about women’s health, from finding a gynecologist to planning or avoiding a pregnancy to having a happy sex life at any age. You will discover: • The Top Ten Ways Your Gynecologist Can Help Your Sex Life • A complete road map to your sexual anatomy, menstrual cycle, and hormones • What every woman should know about STDs, fibroids, and vaginal and other cancers • Essential information on issues related to every stage of a woman’s life, including pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause • Advice about enhancing your sexual pleasure—and more
Sexually Speaking by Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Amos Grunebaum, M.D., and Pierre Lehu Hardcover • 978-0-470-64335-8 • $19.95 Available in print and e-book formats Available wherever books and e-books are sold, or visit: www.wiley.com/buy/0470643358
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n a society where products are mass produced and frequently replaced, dynamic design team and married couple Danielle Wilmore and Wade Papin are offering consumers something worth holding on to. Pyrrha (pronounced peer-ruh) is a unique Vancouverbased jewelry collection fashioned using wax seals as inspiration to imprint historic and meaningful designs onto necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and other accessories. We caught up with the inventive duo behind the brand to find out how they are putting their stamp on the world, one seal at a time.
Making Their Mark
Making their Mark
Inspiration for Pyrrha struck when Wade and Danielle stumbled across a box of 19th century wax seals. Wanting to bring new life to their ancient findings, the couple came up with a jewelry line that would give permanence to the seals. After much trial and error and a complete disregard to the rules of how jewelry should be made, the couple developed Pyrrha out of their home in Vancouver.
We always knew that there was a constant glut of massproduced overseas factory made jewelry and we did not want to be a part of that.
Wade and Danielle share, adding, “The line is unaffected by the tides of fashion because the pieces have more depth of meaning to the eventual owners than a trend can provide. Our pieces are worn every day and kept as personal talismans.”
From their original talismans to cufflinks, every piece in the line is cast in reclaimed sterling silver, 14k gold or bronze from 19th century wax seals. Each of these unique pieces of jewelry feature insignia rich with meaning culled from heraldry and is handmade in their Vancouver studio. Danielle and Wade also find imperfections endearing as they offer a glimpse into the piece’s past. “Our first piece in this line was a ring that Wade still wears every day: The Duke. It’s made from a large seal from Luxembourg that is full of royal imagery – knight’s helmets, swords, crowns, etc. It’s full of cracks and the border is very uneven which is exactly how we found it on an old envelope,” Danielle shares.
Seal of Approval
With the seal of approval from A-list celebs like Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Piven, Pyrrha’s popularity in the press has catapulted the brand’s demand to new heights. Miley Cyrus was shot for numerous magazine covers, including Elle and Glamour, wearing her Cross wax seal necklace. Twilight’s Taylor Lautner has been photographed many times in his Love + Friendship necklace. And Reese Witherspoon was so enamored with her Venus necklace that she asked them to design wrap gifts for her movie Penelope.
With over 300 seals in the collection, it allows everyone to have their own favorite and celebrities are no exception to this rule.
"There are a few pieces that seem to speak to many different types of people, like the Carpe Diem or the Love Conquers All (for obvious reasons), but often someone will just fall in love with a piece because of a meaning that they connect with. We feel like we learn a little bit more about our customers when we see what piece they have chosen,” Wade and Danielle describe. With its cult-like following, celebrity fan base, creative designs and equally unique story, Pyrrha has become a media magnet. Pyrrha can be spotted on TV shows including Weeds, Sons of Anarchy and CSI while Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue and Marie Claire are just a handful of the publications that have featured the brand.
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A Sustainable System From the jewelry itself to their in-house recycling philosophy, Wade and Danielle take their environmental and social responsibilities seriously. The entire line of jewelry is crafted from recycled and reclaimed 14k gold, sterling silver, and bronze. To ship the products, they use biodegradable plastic bags and transport the purchases inside of old, used film reel canisters. The brand practices eco-friendly marketing by printing on certified FSC or recycled paper using only biodegradable ink. As a business, they take every step possible to recycle or reuse their materials whenever possible.
In our whole organization, we use as much reclaimed and recycled material as possible. We use all reclaimed metal for the casting of the jewelry because we feel it’s a waste of resources to pull metal out of the ground when it can now be reclaimed from tech sources,
the couple explains adding, “When you think about it, it’s quite amazing: Mining 20 tons of ore is required to produce enough gold for a single ring!”
In addition to their eco-friendly business practices, the brand is also a longtime supporter of Animal Acres, an animal sanctuary saving animals from the cruelties of stockyards and slaughterhouses while teaching humans about compassion toward all creatures. The couple’s animal-friendly ways also extend to their personal lives.
Treasure Troves Pyrrha is available for purchase worldwide at stores like Fred Segal and Liberty of London. Purchases can also be made on their website, pyrrha.com, or at their flagship store in L.A.: Pyrrha - Los Angeles 8315 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 424-4807
By: Kristen Turner Photos: Courtesy of Pyrrha
“The way we decide what to put into our bodies is just an extension of how we think humans should treat the world: Tread as lightly as possible and have some respect. For some, this means riding their bike to work and for us it means being vegetarian,” Wade and Danielle comment. “We also just love animals! A lot of our promotions benefit animal charities like Animal Acres in Acton, CA and the Humane Society.”
“In Greek mythology, Pyrrha and Deucalion repopulated the earth by throwing the “bones of their mother” (stones) over their shoulders, and the stones that Pyrrha threw became women. When we named the company, we thought this seemed fitting as our raw materials (metals and gems) came from the earth and the story of the myth carried a strong image of female empowerment. Our design process is heavily influenced by mythology, and the name of the line links it directly to symbolism and story-telling.”
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hef Harley Darnel is no stranger to the kitchen. His family has been involved in the restaurant and hospitality scene in Canada for generations and he knew at an early age that he wanted to jump right in to the restaurant business. After becoming the youngest kitchen manager at Vancouver’s famed PJ Burger & Sons restaurant, he was fortunate enough to be invited to attend classes at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary as well as the famed Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, CA. Chef Darnel has worked as a Corporate Executive Chef, responsible for overseeing kitchen operations for several high-profile restaurant groups, becoming a sought-after expert in his field. As Corporate Executive Chef for Dencan Restaurants, including Rockford Wok Bar & Grill, Chef Darnel introduces visitors to what he calls his “West Coast with woks” style of cooking.
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Rockford Wok Bar & Grill’s menu offers a unique mix of international flavors with fresh, local ingredients and custom-made 100,000 BTU woks. Favorites such as Rock Salt Chili Prawns and Black Pepper Beef are not to be missed and all of their fish is fresh-caught and local. Rockford Wok is a proud participant of Oceanwise, a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program that supports the use of sustainable seafood. From the tantalizing dishes to daily drink specials and a warm sense of hospitality, Rockford Wok Bar & Grill is a great choice any night of the week. With six locations across Canada (and more on their way), Rockford Wok is one of Canada’s fastest growing restaurant chains. Check out rockfordgrill.com for hours, locations and menus.
Banana Leaf Halibut Makes: 4 servings Prep time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
4 – 6 oz. portions of halibut 4 – banana leaves Shiitake vinaigrette (recipe below) Mushroom stock (recipe below) Papaya salsa (recipe below) 1 – lemon, cut in wedges Black sesame seeds Salt and pepper to taste
Fingerling Potatoes: 16 oz. fingerling potatoes, sliced lengthwise 1 tbs. canola oil Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Seasonal Vegetables: 16 oz. assorted seasonal vegetables 2 tbs. canola oil 1 tbs. minced garlic 1/3 cup chicken stock Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Take a banana leaf and place a fresh piece of halibut in the middle. Season the fish to taste with kosher salt and pepper and top with some of the shiitake vinaigrette. Fold each side of the banana leaf towards the middle lengthwise. Next, bring both ends toward the middle and secure with a bamboo skewer being careful not to pierce the fish. Repeat the same process for the remaining three pieces of fish. Next, add enough mushroom stock to a large oven-proof skillet to cover the bottom and come up about ½ inch. NOTE - Use two small skillets if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan. Place the wrapped halibut filets in the pan over high heat and allow the stock to come to a boil. In the meantime, prepare the potatoes. Toss sliced potatoes with canola oil; place them in a metal pan and season to taste with kosher salt and pepper. Place in the oven and check back on the halibut. Once the mushroom stock begins to boil, cover the skillet and add to the oven with the potatoes for eight minutes. For the vegetables, begin by blanching the veggies in boiling water for thirty seconds. While the vegetables blanch, add oil and garlic to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add veggies and cook an additional minute and remove skillet from heat until the fish is cooked. Once the fish is ready, place the skillet over medium high heat, add chicken stock and season with salt & pepper; allow veggies to cook while you prepare the fish and potatoes. Remove the potatoes from the oven and plate them. Next, place one banana leaf on each plate and remove the skewer. Remove veggies from heat and add them to the plate, leaving the chicken stock behind in the skillet. Finish by topping each piece of halibut with some papaya salsa, black sesame seeds and a lemon wedge. Serve Immediately.
4 oz. fresh shitake mushrooms, coarsely chopped 1 tbs. canola oil 2 tbs. soy sauce 3 cups water Place stock pot over medium high heat. Add one tablespoon of canola oil, then add chopped mushrooms. Allow mushrooms to brown, stirring occasionally. Once browned, add soy sauce and scrape up any bits of mushroom at the bottom of the pot. Add water and bring mixture to a boil. Cover and simmer for two hours. Strain the stock to remove mushrooms.
For Shitake Vinaigrette: 8 oz. braised shitake mushrooms ¼ cup rice wine vinegar ¼ cup toasted sesame oil ¼ cup chopped scallions Sesame seeds
In a small bowl, add oil and vinegar and whisk to emulsify; add scallions, sesame seeds and shitake mushrooms. Stir to combine and set aside while you prepare the fish.
Papaya, diced 3 tbs. red onion, diced ½ jalapeno, seeded and diced ¼ red bell pepper, diced 2 tbs. olive oil 1 tbs. rice wine vinegar Add oil and vinegar to a bowl and mix to combine. And papaya, red onion, jalapeno and red bell peppers and toss to combine.
Enjoy! Actual recipes on this page provided by Health Beauty Life Magazine™
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Chatters Salons of Canada Credits:
By: Kelly Taggart Photos: Allen Carrasco
Chatters Salons hit the scene in British Columbia in the late 80s with nothing more than a few styling stations and very modest retailing. By the 1990s, the demand for products and services swelled considerably as customers experienced a new sense of self-awareness. To accommodate, Chatters expanded their existing salons and launched a surge of new salons. Today, nearly 100 salons span 7 provinces with a mix of corporate and franchise locations making Chatters the largest provider of beauty products in Canada, and an industry leader known for its top-notch service. While touring the Great White North, we stopped by to visit our friends at Chatters Vancouver Park Royal and witnessed some makeovers, well, in the making. James Bisgrove and Peter Downie, both stylists and educators for the popular and high-end chain, joined us.
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James, a 30-year industry veteran from Victoria on Vancouver Island, found himself in the beauty industry quite literally by accident. A previous career in construction was short lived due to a mishap that crushed his wrist. Canadian Workers’ Compensation offered retraining and, in time, a career in hair was born. James is offering his model, Natalia, an all-new look. Her washed-out color needs refining and her overgrown length desperately requires some shape and volume. James starts the new look with the color, offering some freehand highlights to break up the solidness of Natalia’s all-dark hue. Instead of using traditional foils, he hand paints random pieces taking great care to use a light hand and avoid the roots, which offers a more free-flowing placement. He explains that with richer shades like this, he wants to avoid an overly streaked look. After processing until the desired result emerges, James rinses out the bleach and cleanses using ENJOY Sulfate-Free Shampoo. ENJOY Instant Reconstructor is worked through, allowed to penetrate for a few minutes and then is rinsed before towel drying. Opting to cut the foundation before the color is complete, James starts with a blunt line but uses a razor to soften the edge. He removes several inches of old, damaged length using short strokes while he works his way all the way around Natalia’s head. “I design hair to fit the shape of the face,” explains James.
I tend to do a lot of razor work, but I do mix it up a bit using a lot of different tools. The choice really does depend on the technique or the look I want to achieve. A lot of hairdressers are afraid of the razor… frightened that the hair will be frizzy.
Many times I find that they are using the wrong technique on the wrong type of hair or the blade is simply too dull.
The interior of Natalia’s hair is point cut with shears to give it a bit of movement. After a loose sectioning, strands are elevated and chipped into. James then carves into the hair with an almost notch effect around Natalia’s face to add volume but keep her fine hair from frizzing. He keeps the current length of the fringe, but diffuses the ends so it is broken up and less solid. All through the top, James adds some slide cutting for texture where needed and then softens the ends by slicing through the last inch or two with a razor.
Now that the cut is complete, an overlay of color is applied, processed and rinsed, blotting with a towel to remove as much moisture from the hair as possible.
Color for hair is so much about lighting and the cause and affect when different light hits it.
Because it’s so concentrated, only a small amount of ENJOY Volumizing Mousse is worked in at the root before blow-drying. James opts to use boar bristle brushes, which help add shine as well as volume. Working in sections, he lifts the hair up and rolls the brush several times to create a bend. He applies tension on the hair while placing the nozzle of the dryer almost directly on the strands wrapped around the brush. When each section is dry, the hair is left wrapped around the brush so it can cool while he works on other sections with other brushes. After all sections are dry and the hair is cooled, the brushes are removed and the hair is finger-styled into place, finishing with a fine mist of ENJOY Hair Spray. The end result is a very curvy shape with lots of volume, rounded movement and soft, natural brown color. A smoky effect brings out the warmth of Natalia’s eyes, making them a focal point then completes the look with a softly hued and understated lip. Makeup artist: Christine Wiesendahl
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Alluring Alterations Stylist, colorist and educator, Peter Downie has been doing hair for 22 years. He started his career as an apprentice, and after meeting and befriending Ken Fisher, the president of Chatters, he was hired about 13 years ago. “Chatters has been a really great company to work with and for,” says Peter, “as they’ve sent me all over the world for education. I’ve been to Germany, Spain, even the States. I honestly believe that constant learning makes us better hairdressers.” “A turning point for me early in my career was discovering that the people that come across as difficult have simply had bad experiences with their hair. I find that becoming more educated and fine-tuned in our craft, we do a better job and work harder to make that person happy. It’s very rewarding to make someone feel good about themselves, especially if they’ve had unpleasant experiences before.”
My absolute favorite part of what I do is seeing it all come together. That’s why makeovers, especially challenging ones, are so gratifying.
Peter darkens Amy’s regrowth just slightly and places foil where he feathers a lighter and slightly darker tone on the same section of hair. He alternates light to dark on one section and dark to light on the next and so forth. After processing, the foils are removed, the color is rinsed out, and ENJOY Sulfate-Free Shampoo is applied before rinsing and towel drying. Peter blow-dries the hair then opts to balance out the ends and blend the root into the mid-shafts with one more application. The desired result spans from a medium color at the root and transitions to lighter coppery ends with some insets of gold beige. After rinsing the color, lathering up with ENJOY Sulfate-Free Shampoo and conditioning with ENJOY Hair Mask, Peter moves on to the cut. To minimize the size of her hair, he removes much of the bulk revealing Amy’s face in the process. Using scissors, he wet cuts the perimeter, removing damaged ends and then creates a side fringe while framing Amy’s face. After drying the hair and using channeling shears, he applies concave texturing to eliminate the weight. Removing this bulk leaves a more slender and sculpted look providing Amy with a balanced amount of hair.
Stylist: Peter Downie
ENJOY Thermal Spray is misted onto large sections of hair, which are each twisted and wrapped around a large, tapered curling rod or wand. Peter holds each section in place a few seconds to set the curl and then releases. He moves on to the next section, alternating the curl direction in back, but rolling sections away from the face in front. ENJOY Hair Spray is misted over the top for long-lasting hold. The end result is corrected color with unmistakable warmth and a versatile cut that provides a better shape. It can be worn smooth for a slightly scooped out appeal or loose and piecey for a fun and playful vibe. Couple the new hair with a bold cat-eye effect and the makeup completes Amyâ€™s pictureperfect look.
Before ENJOY Sulfate-Free Shampoo ENJOY Thermal Spray ENJOY Hair Spray ENJOY Hair Mask (From Left to Right)
Chatters Salons offer a variety of hair services, including cutting, coloring, texturing and styling. Chattersâ€™ salon pros are continually educated on the latest trends and techniques in order to bring consumers hair fashion straight from the runways. For more information about Chatters Salons, please visit www.chatters.ca.
A La Jolla based personal nutrition and fitness coach, Minh Nguyen, is an expert at concocting raw-fusion culinary creations and whipping his clients into shape with tried-and-true exercise moves. His whole-body approach to wellness focuses on techniques to take control of your health while finding balance through proper exercise and nutrition habits. We met up with Minh to feast on one of his most popular pre and post-workout recipes and learn some quick and effective toning techniques. If you are trying to practice cleaner eating or are after a sleeker physique, keep reading. A few minutes with Minh might just be the ticket to a healthier (and hotter) you!
By: Kiki Gee Photos: Allen Carrasco
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FIT IN MINUTES
WITH MINH Getting a good workout doesnâ€™t have to take hours or a fancy gym membership. In fact, Minh showed us a quick and effective full-body routine that takes just minh-utes to complete and can be done anywhere. Get it tight and get it right with no excuses with his easy to follow moves:
Exercise ONE: Medicine Ball Burpees: Holding an exercise ball out in front of your body, lower into a squat position. Jump while simultaneously lifting ball above head. Upon landing, using the ball to support you, go into plank position by jumping feet back with hands on the ball underneath your shoulders. Jump feet back in to starting position. Repeat 12-20 times or up to 1 minute until your heart is pumping and your body feels warm.
Exercise TWO: Lunge with Overhead Press
Exercise THREE: PliĂŠ Rows
Defines Back, Quadriceps and Thighs
Tightens and Tones Tush and Shoulders Secure an exercise band underneath the middle of your right foot with one end in each hand. Lunge backward with your left foot and as you step back up in starting position, raise arms up and push band up above head, parallel to ears. As you step back in to starting position, lower arms back down and repeat. Repeat 12-20 times or until muscle fatigue. Switch legs.
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Have an exercise buddy hold onto the middle of an exercise band or secure it around a steady object. Hold onto the ends of the band while lowering body in a pliĂŠ foot position, squatting and pulling band in toward your sides using a row-like movement. Return to starting position and repeat 12-20 times or until muscle fatigue.
Exercise FOUR: Push Up to Side Plank
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Works the Chest, Arms and Core Get into plank position on your hands and lower yourself into a push-up. Lift up and raise right arm toward the ceiling while twisting body to the side into a side plank pose. Lower into starting position and repeat 12-20 times or until muscles fatigue, alternating sides.
CHILL OUT & GET LOOSE Pigeon Pose
Sitting on floor, bend right knee outward with right foot in front of your body and extend left leg back. Lean forward to gently rest your body onto floor or out in front of you for a deep hip stretch. Switch to other side. On all fours, suck in core and round the spine up (like a scared cat). Release and arch back, sticking your booty out, stretching your back from both sides.
Sit on a mat with knees on the floor. Lower your tush to rest on top of your ankles. Lower upper body to rest on top of thighs while extending hands out in front of your body for a gentle resting pose.
With hands on the floor and feet planted on the floor behind you, create a triangle-like position with your body, stretching your calves, back and hamstrings.
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MINH's PROTEIN BITES
When it comes to ridiculously tasty raw-fusion creations, Minh is on the ball. A quick, healthy and delicious snack, Minh’s Protein Bites are the perfect portable pick-me-up for busy bodies. They are so simple to make and ideal for on-the-go, making them a fresh alternative to the slew of ho-hum energy bars you can find at the grocery store. And because they are packed with clean, nutrient-rich ingredients, these dense cookie dough-like treats only taste sinful. Pop one in your mouth before or after your workout or savor them for dessert (they really are that good). Feel free to change up the ingredients to come up with your favorite flavor combinations.
INGREDIENTS 2 CUPS COOKED QUINOA OR OATS ½ CUP CAROB POWDER ½ CUP COCONUT FLOUR/FLAKES ½ CUP DATES, PITTED 2 TBS COCONUT NECTAR 1 TBS COCONUT OIL ¼ CUP CHOCOLATE CHIPS 2 SCOOPS PROTEIN POWDER (MINH USES FIT 365™) WATER, AS NEEDED MACA, CINNAMON, COCONUT FLAKES, CAROB POWDER TO TASTE
DIRECTIONS Transfer quinoa or oats to a food processor adding dates, carob powder, coconut flour and protein powder one at a time, pulsing between each ingredient to combine. Add coconut nectar and coconut oil to moisten. Pulse to combine. Water may be added until cookie dough-like consistency is achieved. Stir in chocolate chips or any other mix-ins you like (raisins, dried banana or other fruits are some of Minh’s favorites!) Use a cookie dough/melon scoop to make bite size balls. Using your hands, roll into ball shapes and gently coat with maca, cinnamon, coconut flakes, carob powder or any other toppings of your choice. Protein bites can be stored in the refridgerator in a resealable bag or plastic container.
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Turns out your Sour Patch Kids habit isn’t the only hazard to your chompers. In fact, some fillings used to treat cavities could be harmful to your health and the environment. Located in Encinitas, California, LaytonDental prides themselves on providing what they have coined “environmental dental.” Since 1986, LaytonDental has practiced metal-free dentistry, eliminating the health hazards associated with mercury fillings. We caught up with Dr. Grant Layton to find out what it takes to meddle with metal for a safer experience at the dentist’s office.
Mercury Rising Chances are if you are over 40 and you have a crown in your mouth, it was because of a mercury filling that cracked your tooth. But not all of us make the connection. Dr. Layton educated us on the dangers of leaving mercury fillings in the teeth.
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Dr. Layton explains, “From the day a Mercury filling is placed, it leaks and then it corrodes. And when it corrodes, it expands and breaks teeth in the same way freezing water expands and breaks rocks and mountains crumble. It is a fact that mercury fillings leak, corrode and crack teeth.” Dr. Layton recommends replacing your Mercury fillings before they break your teeth.
Mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive metal. It’s more toxic than lead. It’s a liquid and evaporates like water, which is the gas that escapes from your fillings.
Alternative Metal LaytonDental has developed a proprietary protocol for a quick, easy and, most importantly, safe mercury removal. The technique practiced by Dr. Layton isolates the tooth during the removal process, creates a strong air flow with a super vacuum to maintain the patient's separation from the metal and its gasses, and properly disposes of any metal. “When mercury fillings are removed, it can be a toxic experience because a lot of mercury vapor is released and patients can inhale the vapor or swallow the mercury,” Dr. Layton informs. Before starting the procedure, Dr. Layton applies a local anesthetic to prevent the patient from experiencing any discomfort. Next, a shield is placed over and around the patient’s tooth to keep any mercury from getting in the mouth. A big vacuum is used for suctioning any mercury vapor, keeping the patient and the entire office safe. Once the mercury filling has been removed, Dr. Layton then fills the tooth with a tooth colored porcelain composite. By carefully filling the tooth cavity and bonding the porcelain to the tooth, Dr. Layton ensures that the new filling won’t be in danger of leaking. The end result is a safer filling and more natural looking set of pearly whites.
About LaytonDental LaytonDental is a San Diego dental practice dedicated to high quality, up-to-date methods of general and metal-free dentistry. Their solutions create beautiful, natural looking, strong teeth, designed to enhance any smile and are proven to be long lasting. Dr. Layton also makes every attempt to create a healthy, biocompatible result. The LaytonDental name represents a philosophy that has driven the founder, Grant Layton D.D.S., for more than 25 years. The entire LaytonDental team places a top priority on showing their dedication to their patients with excellent patient care. They also educate those who are interested in good sense and good science, and achieving the best possible dental health.
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If you have a metal mouth, you would be wise to see Dr. Layton. Visit his website at laytondental.com.
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THE PORTRAITS OF THE FALLEN MEMORIAL Honoring the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Sherry Moore (second to left) and artists
ince October 2001, the United States and its brave service members have been fighting for our great country and all of the freedoms we hold so dear. The media has been reporting on military activity in Afghanistan and Iraq for so long that many of us tune it out. With the origin of the conflict a world away, it is easy for civilians to forget the price our country and our people pay every day. Our troops will never forget, and their honor and commitment to this country have never wavered; they stand proud, ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for people they will never meet. In the past 10 years, more than 6,338 men and women have been killed in active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. During this time, many of us have lent our support in a variety of ways to our troops overseas. We wear yellow ribbons, send care packages and well wishes during the holidays and thank every soldier we see. But what we all want to do as a nation is heal and find peace. One community of California artists are helping us find a way to heal by honoring our heroes one portrait at a time.
The Beginning Around the same time as the conflict began thousands of miles away, artists Eva Andry and curator and Army veteran Sherry Moore met at an event in Venice Beach. At this event, Eva had a display of portraits she had painted of various fallen soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan as her response to the war. Sherry was the curator at the Los Angeles Veterans History Museum and offered to put all of Evaâ€™s portraits on display. They worked together for several years until Moore moved forward with the current directive to have all of the California fallen painted leading to a permanent memorial. It was in this service that Sherry found a way to not only honor these brave men and women but to also provide an artistic medium to bridge the gap between todayâ€™s military and civilian families. A veteran herself, Sherry attended University of Southern California (USC) through a program for disabled veterans, earning her Master of Public Art Studies. In May 2010, with conviction and determination, Sherry launched The Portraits of the Fallen Memorial to not only commemorate the fallen but to provide education, hope, understanding and healing to our country.
Artist: Caryl Christian Levy Soldier: Specialist Carla Jane Stewart Glendale, CA While Sherry was a student in Public Art Studies student at USC, she asked Caryl to be the chair of her thesis committee. Caryl, who eventually became a good friend of Sherry’s, was one of the first artists to be invited to do a portrait for the memorial. She was matched with Carla Jane Stewart from Glendale, CA. After spending time getting to know Carla, Caryl cast her likeness on the small canvas, adding gold leaf around the edges of the painting to give a precious and exceptional feel to the painting to express how precious and exceptional Carla was to those who knew her.
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Caryl Christian Levy is an artist and Public Arts professional in Los Angeles, CA. As the former Director of Research and Special Projects in the Gayle Garner Roski School of Fine Arts at USC, Caryl spent many years teaching undergraduate and graduate courses throughout her tenure. Since 2004, Caryl has focused her studio work on re-interpreting inherited hand-made artifacts and fabric histories created by her grandmother in the early 20th century. Her current body of work titled “Vestment Series” explores images of domesticity, sentimentality, grief and the every day within the backdrop of American regionalism. For more information on Caryl, check out www.cmcfinearts.us.
Artist: Jill Sykes Soldier: Lieutenant Commander Keith Taylor Orange County, CA Jill was one of the artists who had a connection with the soldier she was given by the curator. Lieutenant Taylor was a supply officer who was not in a combat zone when he perished; this just happened to be the same position held by her daughter-in-law. Contrary to what is intended, this type of connection can sometimes make it much more difficult to create a rendering of the soldier because of the emotional connection. After several versions of the portrait, Jill presented her canvas to Sherry Moore in November of last year.
Jill Sykes was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she attended the prestigious Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and The Academy of Art / Lone Mountain College in San Francisco where she studied with Gordon Cook, among many other reputable artists. She spent many years as a graphic designer and illustrator for film and business. Over time, she found herself focusing on painting, specifically abstract expressionism, which is a world away from the structure of graphic design. She currently works with oils and printmaking and her works can be found in exhibits across the country. Jillâ€™s son currently serves in the Navy and has been deployed overseas.
Artist: Slade Smiley Soldier: Specialist Timothy D. Watkins
Slade Smiley was one of the first participants in The Portraits of the Fallen Memorial, producing one of the original six canvases. The Watkins family was also the first family that the memorial had the honor of meeting during the commission of Timothyâ€™s portrait. Although no real connection between Slade and Timothy was made at the time of the pairing, Sherry and Slade soon learned from Rob Watkins, Timothyâ€™s father, that it was possible that Slade and Tim could be found together at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood where Rob performed regularly as a ventriloquist.
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Although best known for his plethora of memorable moments on Real Housewives of Orange County, Slade Smiley has been practicing art most of his life, sketching and drawing throughout his childhood. His penchant for painting took a back seat for many years as he dabbled in several business ventures but decided to pick up a paintbrush as a serious artist again three years ago as a way to give back. Most of Slade's paintings are given to local charities across Southern California to auction off or sell to generate proceeds for charitable causes.
The Future The Portraits of the Fallen Memorial has a mission to tell the story of those who serve our country with the painting of fallen soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are developing a traveling exhibition that will address issues of patriotism, why one volunteers to serve, and to tell the stories of these fine American heroes. The long-range vision is to transfer the portraits to tile for a permanent memorial to honor our fallen heroes. The Portraits of the Fallen Memorial invites you to be a part of their current mission to paint the remaining 578 California fallen heroes who gave their lives for our country and to ensure there will be a permanent memorial where all Americans can come and pay their respects to these brave men and women. As Sherry Moore so eloquently states,
Let us always remember. Let us never forget.
For more information about how you can help, visit www.portraitsofthefallenmemorial.org.
By: Kerri-Lynn Swanson Photos: Allen Carrasco
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BUNS OF STEEL HEART OF GOLD With more than 14 million copies of Buns of Steel sold worldwide, Tamilee Webb is much more than a household name: She’s a household icon. Her easy to understand, no-nonsense approach to health and fitness and the idea that it can be achieved at home has won her a worldwide audience that embraces her idea of fuss-free exercise routines that produce amazing results. Although Tamilee remains dedicated to personal health and fitness, she is just as dedicated to spreading the word about animal rescues and the benefits of adopting homeless pets.
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Tamilee began her career in personal training and fitness early on, attending California State University Chico and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and a Master of Arts degree in Exercise Science. While on a school break, Tamilee took her very first aerobics class in San Diego. She was immediately met with an overwhelming demand for her class and it was not long before she was filling up several classes daily. After graduation, Tamilee held several industry-related jobs, all of which would have a significant impact on her future role as a fitness guru. While working at a health spa, Tamilee wrote her first exercise book, The Original Rubber Band Workout. It was not long before Tamilee’s energetic personality moved her in front of the camera as the star of her very first video, Buns of Steel. The video was an instant hit, and several soon followed. In 2010, the entire collection was re-released on DVD, introducing Tamilee’s fitness philosophy to a whole new generation.
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By: Kerri-Lynn Swanson Photos: Allen Carrasco
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Ever since the success of her first video, Ms. Webb has been a major presence in the world of personal fitness and training. She has also published several successful workout books including Workouts for Dummies and Tamilee Webb’s Defy Gravity Workout Book. Her work has not gone unnoticed by her peers. Tamilee has been awarded Fitness Trainer of the Year by IDEA Health & Fitness Association in addition to her many awards for outstanding achievements in the field of personal fitness.
What is Holly's Garden? Holly’s Garden is a non-profit animal rescue founded more than three years ago by long-time dog lovers Susan, Will and Cathi. They are a small breed rescue focusing on abandoned dogs in need of rehabilitation and medical care. They also routinely provide medical and behavioral assistance to dog owners in the hopes of discouraging owner relinquishments, including assistance to homeless people in caring for their dogs so that they do not have to abandon them. Aside from becoming guardian angels for unwanted dogs, they are also their advocates. Once the dogs are ready to find permanent homes, Holly’s Garden ensures that the dog is a perfect fit by evaluating the potential owner to make sure that the dog will be compatible with the owner’s lifestyle and expectations. They also perform a home check every time to ensure that the animal will be placed in a safe and loving environment. Be sure to check out hollysgarden.com to read inspirational stories, view adoptable animals or make a donation.
Isabella Cinderella No matter what you find Tamilee doing these days, you can be sure she will be accompanied by Isabella Cinderella, Izzie for short. Her (almost) four-legged friend has been a fixture in Tamilee’s life since adopting her years ago from Susan and the wonderful people at Holly’s Garden. Always an animal lover, the moment she came across the photo of Izzie on petfinder.com, it was love at first sight. She contacted Holly’s Garden right away and learned all about Izzie’s amazing journey. Found abandoned at an animal shelter with a badly injured front leg, she was rescued by Susan and her crew and given immediate medical attention. Although they were not able to save her front leg, she was an otherwise healthy loving dog who was ready for a new home!
Izzie & Friends These days, Izzie’s calendar is just as well coordinated as her owner’s. Aside from being Tamilee’s travel companion, she is also a trained therapy dog that regularly goes and visits various children’s hospitals. And if that wasn’t enough, she will also be the star of her very own T.V. show Izzie & Friends with the help of co-host Tamilee. Featuring entertaining and inspiring stories from some of Izzie’s amazing four legged friends, they hope to help spread a positive message and show everyone the love and dedication rescue and shelter dogs can provide!
Susan and furry friend
Contrary to popular belief, animal shelters, animal rescues and the Humane Society are three separate entities. They are not one in the same; each one performs very specific (and very different) duties and are each regulated by their own rules, policies and timelines. Animal shelters, most often referred to as “the pound”, is where most stray or relinquished animals will end up. The Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization that receives no government funding or grants and is fully supported by donations and services fees. The mission of the Humane Society is to promote the humane treatment of animals, to prevent cruelty to animals, and provide education to enhance the human-animal bond. Although they do provide animal services in some areas, the primary focus for the Humane Society is NOT to rescue, rehabilitate and place animals in loving homes. The sole purpose of an animal rescue IS just that: To rescue animals. Most animal rescue organizations are small, non-profit organizations that function solely off donations and adoptions fees, much like the Humane Society. But that is where the similarities end. Animal rescues receive far fewer donations than the Humane Society, although they are responsible for taking care of a larger number of animals.
We are the willing, led by the unknowing, who are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much for so long with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing. -Anonymous
Why animal rescue?
In fact, many of the animals that end up at private animal rescues are taken from animal shelters when they are deemed “RESCUE ONLY” due to trauma, neglect, abuse or red listed for euthanasia due to lack of room at the shelter. The reality is that more than 7 million domesticated animals will be brought to a shelter this year and a disheartening 4 million dogs will never leave. There are thousands of hard working and dedicated people across the county just like Susan, Will and Cathi who donate all of their free time into saving these animals. For Susan, the message is quite clear. “We don’t want to be doing this. We just can't stand by and watch this travesty that man has created. We want to see people taking responsibility for their pets. We (humans) need to understand that an animal is a commitment that should not be taken lightly.” So, if you or anyone you know is considering adding a furry companion to the family, first determine if you are willing to make a life-long commitment. If adding a four-legged friend is in your future, consider adopting from your local animal shelter or animal rescue rather than purchasing from a pet store or internet breeder.
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FACT In order to provide a
home for all of the animals that are homeless today, each person would need to adopt 7.5 dogs.
Dr. Tess Mauricio
WINTER SKIN CARE TIPS FROM AMERICA’S FAVORITE DERMATOLOGIST
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Treat it right all winter long with these seasonal secrets from America’s Favorite Dermatologist, Dr. Tess.
Banish Hot Water
Use a Humidifier
While it might feel good to soak in a scorching hot bath after a few hours out in the cold, your skin prefers lukewarm water. Hot water saps your skin of moisture and can leave you with dry, scaly and itchy skin. Stick to a quick shower instead for the most skin-friendly bathing option.
As the winter months roll by, your skin often requires extra moisture. Kick your moisturizing up a notch by swapping out your summer pick for something more potent.
With the heater running full blast in your car, home and office, it’s no wonder your skin feels more like sandpaper than silk this time of year! Place a humidifier in your home to add more moisture to the air and, ultimately, your skin.
Seek an Expert’s Opinion
Help Your Hands
Overwhelmed by all the skincare options available to you? Don’t know what will work best? Eliminate the guessing game and consult an expert who is trained to prescribe skincare remedies tailored to your specific needs. Problem solved.
While winter weather is harsh on skin in general, the chilly temperature takes its biggest toll on your hands. Show them a little TLC by investing in a rich hand cream and slather up a few times a day.
By: Kiki Gee Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Tess
CATCH DR. TESS on the Filipino Channel as she hosts RSVP, a half-hour weekly talk show where she and co-host, Giselle Tongi, explore current issues and events.
Visit rsvptalkshow.com for more information.
DANI'S STORY EXCLUSIVE
Nicole Scherzinger By Kristen Turner
From her new role as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor and the release of her album, Killer Love, Nicole Scherzinger is taking the entertainment industry by storm. We caught up with the former Pussycat Dolls lead singer on the set of her shoot for The Beauty Book to talk about everything from her musical inspiration to her childhood nickname.
By: Kristen Turner Photos: Darren Tieste & prphotos.com
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Photo: Darren Tieste Stylist: Douglas VanLaningham Hair: Clyde HaygoodMakeup: Carlene K Location: Concrete Loft. Los Angeles, California
Nicole strikes a pose to benefit brain cancer research for famed photographer Darren Tiesteâ€™s labor of love, The Beauty Book.
ÂŠThe Beauty Book for Brain Cancer by Darren Tieste / CPi. Published by Tieste Inc, November 2011. Available for purchase from www.thebeautybook.org or where all books are sold. For donations please visit headrushwisconsin.org
Q+A Tell us what your fans can expect to hear on your new album, Killer Love. How is the music different from what you have done in the past? Killer Love is a lot more personal to me. Fans can expect everything from dangerously fun dance anthems to rock pop tracks. These will be songs that make you feel good but come from a very personal place from me. It’s hopefully an album that fans can really relate to, especially if anyone has gone through change. I really opened up on this one.
What do you enjoy most about your new role as a judge on The X Factor? My favorite thing is to mentor the contestants. I'm very passionate about what I do and I am honored to be able to help artists be the best that they can be and achieve their dreams. It's my way of being of service.
What is it like to work alongside strong personalities like Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid?
With the release of your new album and your new role on The X Factor, when do you find time to rest? What do you do with your downtime?
I'm honored to be alongside my new X Factor family! They inspire me to want to be better so I can beat Simon :)
I don't get much time off, to be honest, but I like funny movies and really nice dinners.
Tell us about your experience on Dancing with the Stars.
Describe your involvement with The Beauty Book.
It was amazing! I really grew as a person. Now I know how to do a mean Argentine Tango and I made a great friend and brother out of it - Derek Hough. I'm so grateful for my experience. It added to my life as a person and an artist. It made me more well-rounded. It also made my family very happy as they are huge fans of the show!
It was an amazing experience because it was a great cause. I took these pictures to lend my support to a great cause. I was honored to be a part of such an extraordinary experience.
Tell us about your new single, "Don’t Hold Your Breath."
What is your favorite song(s) to perform?
It’s a song about letting go. If you've ever been in a relationship where you feel like you've lost yourself, it’s about letting go, and coming into a new self and empowering yourself. Letting go of the fear.
I loved performing "Poison" and "Hate This Part" acoustically recently. And "Don't Cha" is always fun to get the people feeling good.
You have worked with some amazing artists (Sting, Akon, Ne-Yo, to name a few). What advice have they given you? Actually I just worked with 50 Cent on the set of my video "Right There" and he was so encouraging and supportive and reminding me that I got this far for a reason and to take it and own it.
Which artists inspire you? What can we find playing on your iPod? Adele, Prince - just saw him in concert and blew my mind - and I'd love to write with Bruno Mars.
You paid your own way through college, majoring in theatre and acting, while studying dance… Have you always had such a strong work ethic? Yes, my family mainly knows one thing, work. It was in my blood, and I love that. It’s made me who I am today and made me appreciate everything I have so much more. It makes it all sweeter.
We heard that your nickname growing up in Hawaii was Hula. How did you earn that title? Actually, I was born in Hawaii but grew up in Kentucky and because I was probably one of the only Hawaiian girls growing up there is how I got the nickname.
We have to say, you have great hair! Any secrets? My Hawaiian and Filipino heritage! Thank you to my family. Honestly, when you have so much work done on your hair, don't wash it as much. The natural oils protect your hair and it doesn't get so dried out.
What’s next for you? I'm excited about my cameo role in Men in Black 3 coming out next year. And as of this year, keep locked in on @nicolescherzy.
The vision and creation of famed photographer, Darren Tieste, The Beauty Book is a photographic compilation of the biggest celebrities, musicians and top models with the mission to raise awareness and bring support to those with brain cancer. 100% of the proceeds from the book will go to the prevention and treatment of brain cancer. Specifically, The Beauty Book benefits the Sydney Neurology Oncology Group (SNOG) and HEADRUSH, a volunteer-run, grassroots organization based in Madison, Wisconsin whose mission is to significantly improve the future of brain tumor research, treatment, and survivorship.
By: Kristen Turner Photos: Darren Tieste ÂŠThe Beauty Book for Brain Cancer by Darren Tieste / CPi. Published by Tieste Inc, November 2011. Available for purchase from www.thebeautybook.org or where all books are sold. For donations please visit headrushwisconsin.org
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Darren with Ed Westick
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ASHLEY GREENE Tiesteâ€™s inspiration for the book came after he lost a dear friend to brain cancer in 2008. She was only 35 years old. Combining his talent with the outpouring of love and support from A-list celebrities like Brooklyn Decker, Paris Hilton and Nicole Scherzinger, the concept for The Beauty Book was born.
THE MAN BEHIND THE CAMERA
Although procuring some of the busiest names in Hollywood was no easy feat, the payoff was well worth the struggle. The thick, glossy 260-page publication is so much more than just another coffee table book, it is a step toward ending brain cancer.
Australia-born Darren Tieste has shot for large corporations such as Samsung, Shangri La Hotels and Haagen Daaz as well as most major publications (Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire to name a few). His work can be viewed at
To purchase The Beauty Book, visit: thebeautybook.org.
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Q+A Clyde Haygood: Hollywood’s Mane Man Recognized as one of the top hair stylists in the beauty, fashion, entertainment and advertising industries, Clyde Haygood is among the most sought after professionals for styling the stars. He has worked alongside many of the top photographers and his work has been featured in countless magazines including Vogue and W as well as TV shows like American Idol and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Victoria’s Secret, Diesel and Emporio Armani are just a few of the brands who have called on Clyde to work his magic on various advertising campaigns. We were lucky enough to catch up with Clyde between takes on the set of Nicole Scherzinger’s shoot for The Beauty Book. From his incredible talent to his infectious passion for his work, it is easy to see how Clyde Haygood became the man behind some of the most famous manes.
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What celebrities have you worked with? Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Shakira, and the Kardashians - yes, all of them! And of course, the lovely Nicole Scherzinger.
Hometown: Dallas,Texas: The land of getting your hair did!
Describe a typical day.
Wake up between 4 and 6 am. Get to set, event, or client's house. Create something gorgeous and on to the next booking! Some days I'll have between three to five different jobs. Run, run, run! Music videos can sometimes shoot up to 20-plus hours. So I do my best to make sure that I (hopefully) have a day off the following day (though it rarely happens)!
What inspires you?
My biggest aspirations are art and fashion. I love using unexpected materials in hair, and fashion plays the most major role in deciding the styles I create.
Favorite hair trend: What is your specialty?
Styling! I love developing and creating hair looks for special events, photo shoots and artists.
What is the best part about your job?
Meeting all different types of people. I'm so fortunate that in my career, I get to travel and each day is a new adventure.
Describe your clientele:
I consider myself to be the luckiest guy when it comes to my clientele. Everyone is pretty much a joy to work with. Most of my clients are way loyal. So I've had relationships with them for years. This lends to a trust that is irreplaceable.
Anything goes! It's all about individuality and making your own personal statement.
Favorite ENJOY product:
I'm crazy about the sulfate-free shampoos and insist all my clients use them to protect the integrity of the hair to preserve their color. I can't live without the Conditioning Spray for combing out the hair without weighing it down. It's like silky water. Dry Wax is mind-blowing and my personal favorite for styling my own hair. I use it to keep hair in place instead of hairspray or gel when doing groomed, glamorous hairstyles, such as Veronica Lake style waves. This is also a must for boys. No guy should be without it. ENJOY Dry Wax, ENJOY Conditioning Spray, ENJOY Sulfate-Free Shampoo (From Left to Right)
Clyde on the set of The Beauty Book styling Nicole Scherzinger
Favorite HBL product: The Thermal Spray is like no other. It holds my sets from dawn â€˜til dusk. I use it to get that perfect, bombshell Kardashian hair. Spray Mousse at the roots is perfect for adding lightweight lift. Also, the Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner are great for healing damaged hair.
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Describe your experience working on The Beauty Book:
As an artist, I'm always looking for new ways to give back. It was FATE that this amazing project practically landed in my lap. I got to work with unbelievable artists while collaborating with the brilliance of photographer Darren Tieste. We would have three to four hours with each person to come up with as many looks as possible. Some upper essence brought all talents together to create "MAGIC". I am so blessed this project came to me, and so proud to be a part of such a worthy cause!
Credits: hbl Thermal Spray, Hydrating Shampoo Hydrating Conditioner, Spray Mousse (From Left to Right)
By: Kiki Gee Photos: Allen Carrasco & prphotos.com Stylist: Douglas VanLaningham Location: Concrete Loft. Los Angeles, California
Hair: Clyde Haygood Makeup: Carlene K
BookReview By Kelly Taggart
The Boy with Pink Hair As the tale goes, The Boy with Pink Hair was just born that way, with a cotton candy-hued mop, the likes of which no one had ever seen before. Life was not easy being so very pink. There were always adults that stared, small children that giggled and some kids that were just plain mean. He soon discovered that by having a best friend who truly appreciated his uniqueness and loving and supportive parents, he could do just about anything. The Boy with Pink Hair is a sweet and endearing tale that teaches both acceptance of others and the importance of embracing one’s own uniqueness. This must-share read offers a powerful and long overdue message to kids and adults alike. With fun, colorful and appealing characters and retro-feel illustrations, this heart-touching publication makes an ideal gift for children or all ages. Published by Celebra Children’s Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), The Boy with Pink Hair retails for $17.99 in the United States and $21.00 in Canada.
Perez Hilton is a celebrity blogger who writes about the world of entertainment. Since launching in 2004, his website perezhilton.com receives more than 200 million hits a month and is one of the most visited sites in the world. Perez is also a strong supporter of equal rights and is working on being the change that he wants to see in the world.
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From Perez Hilton, blogger extraordinaire, comes a wonderful children’s story about a brave little boy whose difference makes a difference.
I wish, when I was young, I had a book as touching and beautiful as this to teach me about the journey of self-acceptance. Lady Gaga
…it’s a wonderful way to tell our children it’s important to celebrate each other’s differences and the things that make each child unique and special. Gloria Estefan
…a beautiful story about dignity, self-esteem, and the importance of parents’ unconditional love. The social healing process begins when we focus on these values when we raise our children. Ricky Martin
Foxy Fringe Styles
Turn up the heat this frosty winter season with the addition of foxy fringe to impart a youthful vibe and enhance any length or style of hair.
Kelly Rowland This heavy, straight across fringe with the wavy length adds a chic feel to Kelly’s ‘do. This look is great for anyone with a longer or heart shaped face.
Dianna Agron Dianna’s longer side-swept fringe goes perfectly with her short textured bob.This look draws attention to her eyes and is easy to style.
Try blow drying bangs to the opposite side and then back and forth from side to side to create volume.
Leighton Meester Leighton has updated her look by adding a short-to-long texturized fringe. This gives her a fresh look and frames her face beautifully.
By: Tawny Pierce
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Locks of Love Ponying Up If hair is the frame to your face, Locks of Love is an organization dedicated to helping children put their best face forward. Understanding that our hair plays a critical role in self-esteem, this public non-profit organization provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The foundation offers so much more than just a simple hairpiece; Locks of Love restores self-esteem, boosts confidence and places smiles on the faces of children affected by hair loss.
Locks of love story When Locks of Love first started out, they were connected with a for-profit wig business in Florida. In 1997, the organization branched off on its own path as a non-profit by obtaining its 501 C3 and appointing a volunteer Board of Directors to begin running the charity as a separate entity from its retail counterpart. This project was led by Madonna Coffman, a retired cardiac nurse with a strong background in non-profit work in the surrounding area. Having suffered from Alopecia herself and 15 years later going through the same heartbreaking process with her 4-year-old daughter, Madonna was passionate about helping others suffering from the disease. Describing coping with her daughter’s disease as ten times harder than her own experience, she became personally vested with the Locks of Love mission and took on her work for the organization full time. Locks of Love has come a long way since its modest beginnings when Madonna housed a garage full of hair donations and bins of mail. Today, Locks of Love is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, and they use a manufacturer renowned for their high quality prosthetics. The foundation supplies hairpieces to all 50 states and Canada making significant strides toward its goal to help every financially disadvantaged child suffering from long-term hair loss. Locks of Love has been featured on countless TV shows like The Today Show and The View and in various national publications such as USA Today and Glamour magazine. One constant from the start is their mission to “return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children.”
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Cutting for a Cause Locks of Love is devoted to helping every child suffering from medical hair loss, no matter what the cause. However, Alopecia is the leading cause of hair loss, followed by treatments for cancer, among hairpiece recipients. The hair prostheses provided are custom-made from donated ponytails and would retail between $3,500 and $6,000. Locks of Love provides them for free or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. For children suffering from long-term or permanent hair loss, these prostheses are unique to synthetic hairpieces as they provide a vacuum seal for a perfect fit so the child doesn’t have to worry about their hair sliding or falling off. For children with short-term hair loss, usually related to chemotherapy treatments, they are usually given a synthetic hairpiece as they can be provided quickly and worn during regrowth. Children under six are also usually provided synthetic hairpieces to avoid quickly outgrowing their custom vacuum-fitted hairpiece.
Parents with a child in need of a hairpiece or those who would like to nominate a child can apply online. Once a child is accepted into the program, the manufacturing process begins. A molding kit and instructional DVD are sent to show parents how to make a plaster cast mold of the child's head. From this mold, a plastic fitting cap is made. This custom fitting cap is what provides the vacuum seal function. The child is able to choose the color and length of the hair they would like as well as the skin tone color of the silicone base. Each prosthesis requires between 6 and 10 ponytails and each strand of hair is hand injected into the silicone base up to 150,000 times. Once the prostheses are provided, each child may style it to complement their facial features. Children ages 6 to 21 can reapply for a new prosthesis every 18 months.
Acts of Hair-oism Donate Hair Guidelines for acceptable donations: • Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable. • Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid. • Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist. Locks of Love is not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process. **If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out, it is fine to donate. • Hair that is swept off of the floor is not usable because it is not bundled in a ponytail or braid. • Hair that is shaved off and not in a ponytail or braid is not usable. If shaving your head, first divide hair into multiple ponytails to cut off.
The Joy of hair
• Locks of Love cannot accept dreadlocks. Their manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair. • Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches. • Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails. • Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.
How to Volunteer
Create your own Locks of Love event or become a participating salon! Visit their website for more details and to download a registration packet.
Make a Financial Contribution
Check and credit card donations can be made by visiting the Locks of Love website and filling out the contribution form.
• 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece.
Please Note: • Shorter hair will be separated from the ponytails and sold to offset the manufacturing costs. Although the shorter hair cannot be used in the hairpieces, it still greatly helps to reduce costs. • Gray hair will be accepted and sold to offset the manufacturing costs. • Colored hair is not usable if it is colored over bleached hair. • Complete donation guidelines and submission information can be found on their website.
Learn more about Locks of Love by visiting LocksOfLove.org.
By: Kristen Turner & Greg Root Photos: Courtesy of Locks Of Love
When did you first get involved with Locks of Love? I developed Locks of Love in 1997 when my daughter developed Alopecia. At the time, the foundation was part of a for-profit organization. I made it into a charity, and in 1998, we had less than five children who received a hairpiece. Today, we deliver 350-400 prostheses per year, not including the synthetic hairpieces given for temporary or short-term hair loss.
Tell us how Alopecia has affected your life. I developed Alopecia in the 1980s, presumably with the tools one would need to deal with this. But I was devastated. I didn’t know why it happened; I had no history of illnesses. My hair was falling out and it was very traumatic. I recovered over a period of about 19 months and struggled with it on and off for ten years. But when it happened to my daughter, I felt even more helpless. There was nothing I could do to stop it. Alopecia is a very frustrating disorder; you never know when it’s going to go away or come back. I wondered how my daughter would endure the stares and the comments. She chose to never wear a prosthesis and instead wore a bandana for six years. It’s a very personal decision but fortunately all of her friends accepted this choice. Once her hair had grown back and reached waist-length, she cut it and donated it. Right after that, she lost all of her hair again and continues to struggle with Alopecia. It was ten times harder going through this difficult time for me as a parent. When it happened to my daughter, I got the message that something needed to be done.
Describe a typical day at Locks of Love. Our phone never stops ringing. I frequently work evenings and weekends and even then we are constantly receiving phone calls. Volunteers-about 25-30 of them- show up first thing in the morning to work in the mail room, opening mail and sorting hair donations or in the computer room inputting donor/recipient information and processing certificates of recognition for the donors. Local residents often stop by to drop off their donations in person. Our full-time staff of six is small but efficient. They are busy all day putting together applications, keeping applicants and donors informed, scheduling and organizing interviews for TV, radio stations and other media, and coordinating the volunteers. Without the volunteers, we would never be able to handle the volume.
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What is the best part about your job? What is the most difficult part of your job? Best part is the thank you notes and pictures that the families send us after their child gets the prosthesis. I’m a volunteer and that is my paycheck. Children are so resilient. Before they receive their prosthesis, they might be reclusive. They don’t want to go to the movies or the mall. But once they receive their new hair, they are so happy and they bounce right back. Adults might not be able to adapt and change as quickly. The most difficult part is reading the letters that come with the applications and hearing about the trauma that these kids are living with day to day. They are left out of their peer groups and bullied. They don’t want to stand out or have different things. So when they are left out, it is so devastating to them. Some are even suicidal. They have to mature beyond their age to be able to deal with the hair loss. It breaks the heart of the parent and I empathize with them, but I also know how I can help.
What is the focus/goal of Locks of Love for the future? We are very heavily involved in research to find a cure for Alopecia. We recently awarded a $1 million grant to Columbia University and $1.2 million to the University of Miami where they have two of the top pediatric dermatologists and a team that focuses on Alopecia. My goal is to put Locks of Love out of business. I want there to be a cure so these kids won’t ever need our services.
If a donor does not want to cut their hair or doesn't meet the donation requirements, what are other ways to contribute? Spread the word. There are 5.2 million people with some degree of Alopecia and we would love to help more people. Everyone has a hairdresser they can tell about Locks of Love. And we also take monetary donations.
Can you share one of your favorite Locks of Love memories? That’s tough because we’ve had so many wonderful moments. We just completed our third annual summer camp where we invite kids to spend the weekend bonding with other kids that have lost their hair. They are able to meet other kids dealing with the same problem and by the time Sunday rolls around, they have come out of their shell and feel so relieved. Those are happy memories. My daughter, at only 12 years old, was interviewed on The Today Show. When Ann Curry asked her “What if your hair never comes back,” she responded that she would not give up hope. Every child suffering from Alopecia should have this same hope. That moment changed my daughter and significantly lifted her self-esteem.
Are there ways for salons, dermatologists, cosmetic dentists, or cosmetic surgeons to get involved with Locks of Love? Tell your clients/patients about Locks of Love. In the beginning, all of our referrals came from hairdressers. Salons can send their information to us online to receive a window decal signifying they participate with Locks of Love. Many salons help promote our service by providing a free cut/style to donors. As far as medical offices, once we started attending medical conferences, the physicians started referring their patients to us. Even elementary school nurses can help by referring families of children with hair loss to Locks of Love.
Anything else you would like to add? If you know someone who clearly has a problem, maybe they don’t know about Locks of Love. Just that one child can get help by speaking up.
Cut & Style
Angel del Solar, Artistic Director for hbl and ENJOY Professional Hair Care, is known in the professional salon industry for both setting and forecasting trends. This winter, this seasoned cut and styling genius predicts a much-needed shift in the tide and offers his advice to keep you looking stylishly in vogue.
By: Kelly Taggart Photos: Allen Carrasco and prphotos.com
Short Story For shorter hairstyle trends for women, Angel declares that the Pixie is still â€œit.â€? Today, the sides and back are short and neatly cut, keeping strands close to the head and trimmed above the ears. The top of these impish coifs, however, is noticeably longer with a subtle sense of androgyny.
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To create a softly slicked look for the ladies, consider a nickel-size amount of ENJOY Straightener or HBL Straight and Style to tame any natural texture. Blow dry while moving the length on top from side to side using either a Denman or vent brush depending on how much control is needed. Work through a small amount of ENJOY Shine and Smooth or ENJOY Creamy Pomade while finger styling the top into place. Finish by directing hair back or add a slight side part and mist over the top with ENJOY Shine Spray. For men, this look is also popular (but with deeper parts) using ENJOY Styling Gel, ENJOY Strong Holding Gel or more ENJOY Creamy Pomade.
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Medium and More For those women transitioning from a Pixie, Angel suggests allowing the length to grow all over and taking it into a short, layered bob. Otherwise, mid lengths are moving past the classic bob and are opting for more tousled and slightly flicky finishes. Meanwhile, women with longer lengths have retired the Lob (long bob), and have gone instead into even more length with medium layers that start no higher than the cheek (including bangs) and reach downward. Try either HBL Spray Mousse or ENJOY Volumizing Mousse, depending on how much volume and lift is desired, and work with round brushes to achieve a soft, sultry amount of body. Piece through with ENJOY Creamy Pomade or rough it up a bit with ENJOY Texture Spray for a piecey, slightly undone finish. Also consider adding large waves through the ends using a flat iron, rolling sections away from your face in front. When it comes to elegant styles, Angel suggests going retro with a well-polished classic, soft, but glossy waves and sultry side parts or sophisticated up-styles that are low and centered in back.
The look of hair today is all about health and shine...
“It’s essential to keep your hair trimmed and to keep it protected and well-conditioned. I suggest deep conditioning treatments once a week using ENJOY Hair Mask or HBL Hair Masque allowing the product to really penetrate the hair and moisturize.
ENJOY Conditioning Spray is a great tool for detangling but it also helps seal and protect hair that has been colored. Leave-in conditioners are always a great idea for added protection and the ENJOY Hair and Skin Treatment Oils (regular and intensive) condition while giving styles a healthy luster.”
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Spend five minutes with Mary Murphy and you will see what has landed her a judge's spot on So You Think You Can Dance. Her passion for dancing and her zest for sharing the art with others is so contagious, you can’t help but want to jump on the Hot Tamale Train with her! We had the opportunity to spend the day with the “Queen of Scream” and we had to agree with her fans… There is just something special about Mary Murphy.
Dancing Her Way to the Top Born in Lancaster, Ohio, the always athletic Mary Murphy spent her childhood and teenage years engaging in a range of sports from basketball to football but track and field was her favorite. She competed from junior high school through college excelling at the 400 meter and later went on to obtain her degree in Physical Education from Ohio University. Post-graduation, Mary moved to Washington D.C., where she landed a position as a trainee at a dance studio. Mary quickly developed an affinity for this graceful art. After a trip to the United States Ballroom Championships in New York City, she was hooked. Having decided that dance was more than just a summer job, Mary sought out some of the best dance instructors to begin her training in competitive dance. Her search for a dance partner brought her across the country to sunny Southern California, where she later opened her dance studio. “I ended up going back to Ohio about two times and by the third visit, I just never went back,” Mary says.
It wasn’t long before Mary and dance partner, Manfred Stiglitz, started competing in Europe, representing Austria as the national champion. Mary commuted back and forth to England leaving her life and dance studio in California behind. Despite the promise of placing in the top six in the world, Mary and Manfred eventually parted ways when Manfred gave Mary an ultimatum to move to England for good or dissolve their partnership. She decided to return to her San Diego studio and the rest, is as they say, history.
Mary went on to build an impressive list of accomplishments with various partners including the Southwest Regional Dance Tournament, the Saint Louis Star Ball and the International Grand Ball. With partner Bill Milner, Mary made the U.S. Open Standard final in an unprecedented six months' time. Finally, in 1996, Mary Murphy and partner Jim Desmond made the final of the U.S. Open American Smooth and won the U.S. Open American Nine Dance.
I wasn’t the most talented person. It took a lot of perseverance and determination.
After retiring from competitive dance, Mary shifted her focus toward her dance studio. Today, Mary organizes one of the most successful dance competitions in the world, the Holiday Dance Classic that happens the second week of every December in Las Vegas, NV, and the Hollywood Dancesport Championships the first weekend in November. She frequently serves as a judge in some of ballroom's most reputable competitions, including the U.S. National Ballroom Championship. And, of course, she can still be found on Champion Ballroom Academy's expansive floor passing on her enthusiasm and love of dance to her students.
Queen of Scream In 2005, while being screen tested as a judge on Dancing with the Stars, fate took its course and landed Mary in another TV role. Mary was offered a role as judge/choreographer on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. By the third season, Mary was made a permanent judge alongside producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe. Those who have tuned in to So You Think You Can Dance know why Mary received the nickname, the “Queen of Scream.” Her emotional commentary and vocal antics coupled with her enthusiasm for dancing have been her distinguishing characteristics over the past nine seasons. And while there have been plenty of numbers that make her scream, there have also been a handful of dances that have brought tears to the judge’s eyes. “The number that touched me most was the number on breast cancer choreographed by Tyce Diorio. It did receive an EMMY© and it was simply amazing.” In addition to So You Think You Can Dance, Mary has also appeared in the movie Something to Talk About, working as a dance double for Julia Roberts, and Dance With Me, starring Vanessa L. Williams.
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A Ballroom for Champions In April of 1990, Mary opened the doors to Champion Ballroom Academy, San Diego’s premier dance studio. For over a decade, Champion Ballroom has won top studio awards in many major competitions while providing practical dance instruction to people of all levels. When asked what inspired her in the creation of Champion Ballroom Academy, Mary shares, “I was dreaming about having my own studio and what I had seen in the last few years and what would be the best conditions for high level ballroom dancing.”
Whether you have never tried dancing before or are an advanced dancer, their friendly, patient and experienced team of instructors-many of which who are competitive dance champions- is dedicated to helping their students polish their dance skills and have fun in the process.
Champion Ballroom Academy Offerings: • Nightclub dances such as Salsa, Swing, Lindy, and Argentine Tango • International Latin: Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive, Samba, and Cha Cha American Rhythm Dances: Bolero American Rumba, Swing, Mambo • American Smooth Dances: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz • International Standard: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, and Quickstep Champion Ballroom Academy also offers special lessons for engaged couples looking to add some style to their first dance as husband and wife.
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Champion Ballroom was my field of dreams,
Mary says adding, “If you build it, they will come and man, did they ever!”
Champion Ballroom Academy also offers special lessons for engaged couples looking to add some style to their first dance as husband and wife. We have a lot of people that like to come for their first dance, learn a specialized choreographed number and then lay it all out on the dance floor,” Mary says.
And for those looking to dance their way to a firmer physique, the studio also offers a popular Core Rhythms class developed by Latin Dance champions and ideal for whittling the waistline. As a San Diego business owner, Mary does her part to give back to the community. About five years ago, Mary launched “Chance to Dance,” teaming up with the local San Diego school district to bring dancing to the classroom. Her vision with the “Chance to Dance” program is to make dance a regular part of the students’ curriculum which results in not only exercise, but exposure to culture and the arts as well. Many of these children would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue dance as many of the students come from impoverished neighborhoods. Mary offers up her time, expertise and dance studio to teach the teachers everything from the foxtrot to merengue and they in turn train their students. “What I love about the program is that we get the teachers involved and not just the gym teacher. It could be the principal, the vice principal, the supervisor… Everybody at the school has the chance to dance.” Visit www.championballroom.com for more information about Mary’s dance studio or check out www.marymurphy.tv to stay connected!
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Subdued Sexy Strands Styles
This season, the stars are going au naturel by playing up their natural texture. These bedheadchic locks are easy and effortless to style and are head-turning hot.
AnnaLynn McCord AnnaLynnâ€™s disheveled waves bring maximum volume and a playful feel. Great for naturally wavy hair, this style is easily enhanced by adding waves and curls in varied sizes.
Kat Dennings Natural waves can provide a soft, glamorous look with little to no effort, like Katâ€™s carefree curls.
Lean head forward with your hair facing the ground, and slowly diffuse dry. The less your hands touch your hair, the less frizz you will have.
Drew Barrymore Drew makes tousled waves appear sophisticated with her polished style. The center part works great for someone with longer face framing layers or styles without bangs.
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MAKINGUP Mary Murphy
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Hairstylist: Eva Esparza
ith a busy schedule that includes her role as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance and running her own dance studio, Mary Murphy relies on a no-fuss but mega-glam look. Lucky for you, we spent the day at Pearl Salon in gorgeous La Jolla, California, where we got the secrets to making up Mary Murphy.
Flawless Face To achieve Mary’s close-up ready complexion, makeup artist Doris Lew-Jensen started by applying Luminess Air foundation, an organic, water-based, ultra-light airbrush makeup to clean skin. This provided a finished but not made-up appearance while adding some color to Mary’s complexion. Next, Doris applied a blue-neutralizing cream-based concealer under her eyes to cover any darkness, an orange highlighter under the eyes to make the eyes pop and finally, a pink-toned concealer over her freckles. She then dusted on two shades of powder: One colorless powder to use under the eyes and on the eyelid to help prevent the eye shadow from creasing and the concealer from moving and a warmer tone powder to warm up the skin and set the makeup. Using earth tones to bring out Mary’s eyes, Doris started with a gold highlighter color starting at the lash line and worked her way up onto the eyelid. Next, Doris applied a neutral brown shade around her eyes and into the crease. Black eyeliner in a winged shape was added to define her eyes. To soften the liner, Doris created some drama by applying a black shade onto the corners of her eyes using v-shaped strokes resulting in a smoky finish. Then, Doris filled in her brows and extended their length to elongate and draw attention to her eyes, noting that the brows are what frame the eyes. So it's very important to give them the right shape. A strip of false eyelashes and a generous coating of black mascara using a zig-zag technique added just the right finishing touch to Mary’s eyes. Focusing on her cheeks, Doris swept on a soft pink blush. For the lips, Doris advises applying lip liner starting at the center of the edge or just beyond the outer edge of the natural lip shape for a fuller look. Finally, she used a warm golden color lipstick layered with a gold color lip gloss to perfect her pout.
Hot Tamale Tresses To create va-va-voom locks like Mary’s, Pearl Salon hairdresser Eva Esparza first cleansed and conditioned with ENJOY Sulfate-Free Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner. She then applied ENJOY Conditioning Spray to damp locks to detangle and provide extra moisture to Mary’s hair. Next, she applied hbl Straight & Style to smooth and straighten Mary’s naturally curly strands. Using a round brush and working in one to two-inch sections, Eva blow dried Mary’s hair after applying hbl Spray Mousse to each section first. Once dried, Eva used a curling iron working in one to two-inch sections to create additional shape and movement. ENJOY Creamy Pomade was used on the ends to perfect her style before finishing with ENJOY Hair Spray to ensure a long-lasting look.
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One-Sided Glamour Styles
From retro to modern, these Hollywood starlets show off a one-sided look each in their own unique way.
Jenny McCarthy Jenny wears a classy pinup-like look with her ultra-light blonde hair pushed in front of one shoulder. The larger curls give a sleek, shiny finish to her style.
Hilary Swank Elizabeth Banks Elizabeth rocks a retro Hollywood look by wearing a deep wave through the front side of her hair. This look is soft and timeless.
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Hilary brings a modern twist to this look by going with bouncy, tousled tresses on one side and slick and sleek on the other.
Prior to styling, section hair in a deep side part, and then place all hair off to one side. In twoinch sections, apply a thermal styling product to hair and then curl with a 1 Â˝ inch curling iron, keeping all hair in front of one shoulder. Finish with a light mist of hair spray to keep curls in place all day or night.
Part workout, part hangout and 100% fit to f latter. . .
SuperChic Simple Styles
Add a chic touch to a simple style like these smart starlets. These looks make it easy to have eye catching locks with little effort so anyone can recreate and rock these styles.
Gwen Stefani Gwenâ€™s unkempt bun adds a chic twist to an otherwise simple style. The imperfection of the look is what makes it work.
Kate Beckinsale Kate shows how wearing a ponytail can be more than a lazy â€˜do. By bringing extra volume to the front and loose curls to the ends, this look is classy and simple.
Nicole Kidman Great for a girl on the go who still wants to be fashion forward. Nicole wears this simple, loose braid and makes it look elegant.
To keep your natural texture, let your hair air dry before braiding. This will create movement and volume throughout the braid.
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Alicia Keys This funky braid is exceptionally easy to recreate because it can be as messy as you like (in fact, the messier the better). Alicia still looks stylish with this disheveled look.
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