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umans are creatures of habit. Most of us follow daily rituals -- the same breakfast, the same hairstyle, the same workout – because it feels comfortable. Until suddenly, something changes. You’re no longer happy with the face you see in the mirror, or with the frozen meal you heat up for lunch every day. Maybe you yearn to be stronger, more flexible, or simply more grounded. When you feel the urge to change your routine, don’t let the opportunity pass. Let this be the year you start a healthy makeover of your habits. We asked Richmond’s health, beauty and fitness experts to share their best advice for launching your new life. We hope you find inspiration in this special issue of “Belle’s Little Black Book. “

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Lifestyle Makeover . . . . . . . 7 Workout Makeover. . . . . . . 10 Mental Makeover . . . . . . . . 15 Uplifting Makeover . . . . . . 18 Skin-Tighting Makeover. . . 19 Hair Makeover . . . . . . . . . . 22 Creative Makeover . . . . . . . 24 Nutrition Makeover . . . . . . 27 Skin Makeover . . . . . . . . . . 29 Do-Good Makeover . . . . . . 30

Publisher: Lori Collier Waran; Belle’s “Little Black Book” Writer: Melissa Scott Sinclair; Belle’s “Little Black Book” Art Director: Joel Smith; Sales & Distribution Director: Dana Elmquist; Advertising Designers: Kira Jenkins, Chris Mason; Business Manager: Chris Kwiatkowski; Contact for more information: Little Black Book is a free publication produced by Style Weekly. One copy per person. Little Black Book may be distributed by authorized distributors only. Style Weekly, 1313 East Main Street, Suite 103, Richmond, Va. 23219; (804) 358-0825;; Copyright © by Style Weekly Inc. TM 2012. All rights reserved.


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Lifestyle Makeover Y

ou wake up one morning and know it’s time for a change. Not anything as simple as eating grapefruit for breakfast; we’re talking about a major life makeover.

Where do you begin? Karen Nickolaou, a certified lifestyle educator at South River Compounding Pharmacy, has some advice to get you started. The first and most important step is to have a positive attitude, Nickolaou says. Consciously clear out the negative thoughts in your head and replace them with messages of love and encouragement. “Truly loving yourself the way you are right now, and getting into the mindset that the reason you are making this change is to nurture and take care of yourself, is the secret to making a lifestyle change work,” she says. Then, discover your motivation. “If your motivation is to appease someone other than yourself,” Nickolaou says, “then you will probably keep running to temporary fixes and never get permanent results.” Instead of focusing only on your appearance, think about how you want to feel. Be consistent. Shoot for five to six days of controlled eating and exercise patterns, followed by one to two days of relaxation. Finally, never give up. “Understand that there is nothing temporary about being healthy,” Nickolaou says. “Accept that it is something you are going to have to work on the rest of your life.”


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Workout Makeover T

he treadmill beeps as you set the timer for 30 minutes, just like you do every Monday and Thursday. You feel virtuous you exercise! But doing the same routine every time isn’t producing results. If you’re bored with your workout, or yearning to start fresh, try these tips from local fitness experts. Lara Kotlikoff, ACE certified personal trainer at Pump Custom Fitness: Set specific goals. Lose 10 pounds? Too vague, Kotlikoff says. Choose SMART goals – the acronym stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound – and write them down. Examples include how many pounds or inches you want to lose or gain per week, or the number of days each week you’ll work out. Shake up your workout. “If your workout is boring you, think of how boring it is for your body,” Kotlikoff says. Try some new equipment in a TRX suspension class or a kettle bell class. Or work out in a different environment than you typically do.  Get a trainer. If you have great intentions but lack follow-through, you might need a personal trainer. A trainer will hold you accountable and also teach you proper form and new exercises. Bronwyn Conway and Alex Gibson, co-owners of Local Barre: Share your sessions. Ask a friend or family member to join your routine or take group classes with you. The benefits: motivation and consistency. 

Choose a holistic workout. While you probably have your own definition of “fitness,” Conway and Gibson say, everyone can benefit from a regimen that includes stretching, intensity, energy and relaxation.


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eeling a spiritual and physical slump? Yoga is a proven remedy for both. You walk out of class with a clear mind, refreshed spirit and limber limbs. “When you choose to practice yoga, you are choosing to change your life,” says Garland Hume, co-owner and director of Bikram Yoga. You’ll first see your health improve, then your self-confidence, and then even your personality. “You start to appreciate how great and glorious your life is at every moment,” Hume says. So why is it so hard to stick with it? Hume has some tips to help you commit. “Set realistic goals for yourself and stick with them,” she says. When Hume began Bikram yoga – the practice done in a 105to 110-degree studio -- her only goal was to stay in the room. Once she was able to endure the heat, her goal became practicing twice a week, then five times a week, then doing teacher training. Keep learning. Go to seminars, Hume says. Read books. Learn about the health benefits of postures. “When you learn something new about a posture or your practice,” she says, “you can’t wait to get in the yoga room to try it out.” Involve your friends and family. Hume suggests recruiting a yoga buddy or treating your friends to a class. “It will come back to you,” she promises.


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Makeover If a full facelift seems daunting, but minor cosmetic procedures just aren’t doing enough to improve your appearance, you have a third option: the Micro-Mini Lift invented by Dr. Michael Godin. Dr. Godin developed the lift specifically for people in their 40s and 50s who want to tighten loose skin along the jawline. “You’re basically doing what you’re doing in a regular lift through a smaller incision,” he explains. That incision is hidden in a crease next to the earlobe and behind the ear, instead of extending in front of the ear and up to the hairline. The Micro-Mini Lift produces noticeable results with about two days less recovery time, on average, compared to a traditional facelift. “This offers younger patients improvement for early sagging in the neck and jawline – not perfection, but improvement,” he says. Having the procedure doesn’t prevent you from getting a full facelift later. Dr. Godin practices on Libbie Avenue and is also the director of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery at the VCU School of Medicine.

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ou feel like you’re 25. Your neck says you’re 55. Many women think there’s nothing that can be done about wrinkled skin on the neck, short of surgery. Now, there’s a new option.

In March, Dr. Gregory Lynam of Richmond Surgical Arts introduced Richmond to the new, non-surgical Ultherapy device. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to lift and tighten loose skin on the forehead, neck and under the chin. “It’s really the only product that does what it does,” Dr. Lynam says – and it’s the only FDA-approved device for neck tightening. Unlike Thermage, which heats from the surface and may burn the skin, ultrasound spares the skin and penetrates deeper, Dr. Lynam says. Best of all, he says, no topical anesthesia is required, and “there is no down time whatsoever.” He should know; Dr. Lynam and his staff have had Ultherapy done themselves. Results usually are most pronounced two to three months after the procedure. Dr. Lynam recommends Ultherapy for people in their 30s to 50s who have noticed laxity of their brow, face and neck skin, but aren’t yet ready for surgery: “For the people who need a little bit of help, it’s great.”


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Hair Makeover T

he great thing about hair? It grows back. So why does a dramatic new hairstyle feel so permanent?

Jessie Menz-Crenshaw, owner of La Bella Hair Studio, suggests a two-step approach to a hair makeover you’ll end up loving. 1. Ask yourself this question: Do you want your friends to have a major reaction when they see you? From there, you can decide how dramatic you want your change to be. 2. Look for pictures of styles that speak to you. “People think stylists hate seeing pictures,” Menz-Crenshaw says, “but it is actually a great way to communicate.” Once you’ve collected several photographs, similarities will jump out. “Does every picture you tore out have bangs?” she asks. “Does every blonde bombshell speak to you?” Bring your pictures to your stylist, and go for it.

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Creative Makeover W

eary of the stress of running her own company and going through a divorce, Jenni Kirby needed to do something new. She signed up for a mosaics class – and that small decision changed her life. Kirby found peace and release in the simple act of creating. One of her first projects was a wild, safaripatterned lamp base – “my divorce lamp,” she jokes. When Kirby would wake up in the middle of the night feeling sad, she found solace in working on the intricate design. Kirby now owns Crossroads Art Center, which displays artists’ work and offers art classes. Feeling that urge to explore your creative side? It’s easy. Start out with a drawing class, Kirby suggests. If you enjoy it, you can advance to painting. For those who insist on sticking to stick figures, Kirby recommends the mosaics class she teaches at Crossroads. She patiently coaxes even the most timid to create vivid designs. At the end of the three-night class, which is offered year-round, her students each leave with a hand-decorated flower pot. It just might be the first step to a more creative life.


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Nutrition Makeover B

rittany Mullins once ate like most of us do – some Easy Mac here, a few chicken nuggets there. Then, by making small changes to her diet and exercising, she lost 20 pounds and never looked back. She’s now a holistic health coach and healthy living blogger at Mullins offers a few fresh tips for making over your diet. Keep a mobile food journal. A good first step to better nutrition is keeping a food journal. You’ll be surprised to see how much you’re really eating in a day. If you don’t want to carry a notebook, go digital and use your smartphone to record what you eat. Mullins recommends the MyFitnessPal app. Drink half your body weight -- in ounces – in water each day. It’s hard to remember how much water you’re supposed to be drinking, so try this useful shortcut. Drinking enough water maintains the body’s fluid balance, Mullins says, and also keeps you from mistaking thirst for hunger. Skip the processed food. Stick with nutritious, whole foods, Mullins says. They’ll keep you satisfied while eliminating the junk that’s added to processed foods. Prep, prep, prep. “Prepare your meals in advance and keep nutritious snacks on hand,” Mullins says, “so that when you come home from work ‘starving,’ you are less likely to eat junk.” Stop skipping meals -- especially when it comes to breakfast, Mullins says. “Skipping meals just sets you up for overeating later.” Try one of the recipes on her blog, such as the Green Elvis Smoothie or Tropical Overnight Oats.


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Skin Makeover R

eady for a dramatic skin turnaround? Here are some recommendations from Daniella Tsamouras, a licensed master aesthetician and owner of Spa310 who is also chairwoman of the state board for barbers and cosmetology.

Begin with a MicroPeel, Tsamouras suggests: a three-step clinical procedure that combines dermaplaning, a chemical peel and cryogenic therapy. The MicroPeel reduces the appearance of a variety of skin imperfections, including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and dullness. The result is dewy, glowing skin. Tsamouras recommends two series of four to six procedures per year. To keep that glow, add a vitamin C antioxidant to your skincare regimen. Tsamouras’ “all-time favorite product” is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. This product protects against photoaging by neutralizing free radicals and stimulating collagen synthesis. The result is youngerlooking skin. “Finally, always wear your sunscreen,” Tsamouras says. Her current favorite is Jane Iredale’s Powder-Me SPF dry sunscreen or body, face and scalp. It contains natural ingredients such as titanium dioxide and sun-dried clay, and comes in three shades to match your skin tone.


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Do-Good Makeover A

makeover’s something you do to yourself, for yourself. But sometimes the best way to make over your life is to do something for others.

One place to start is FeedMore, a nonprofit that works to end hunger in Central Virginia. It encompasses the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen. FeedMore needs 250 volunteers every day to run its programs. One of the most important – and most rewarding – jobs is delivering meals to the homebound along 92 delivery routes in 14 localities around Richmond. The time commitment is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a weekday, twice a month. If you work full time, why not get together a group of volunteers from your company to prepare meals in the kitchen or sort donations at the food bank one morning? And if you can’t commit to an ongoing volunteer position, sign up to help for a few hours at an annual fundraising event. Whatever your schedule, you can find a volunteer opportunity to match it, says FeedMore Volunteer Director Sudeshna Das-Menezes. “It’s actually just making the commitment,” she says. “You have to commit to it.” The rewards will be greater than you ever expected.

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