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Copyright © 2013 Virgin Islands Daily News 9155 Estate Thomas St. Thomas, V.I. 00802 Advertising Manager Scott Hollinsworth Phone: 340.714.9141 eMail: SHollinsworth@DailyNews.VI Writers & Photographers Teddi Davis teddidavis@gmail.com Metro Creative Layout & Design Rose Fensel, Sunset Design The Virgin Islands Daily News is owned by Times-Shamrock Communications

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WomenToday Introduction ................................................. 4 Sterling Optical ............................................6 Juggling a family and career ........................ 8 Natalie Nelson, PLLC ................................. 10 Sugar Mill Veterinarian Center .................. 11 The Palms at Pelican Cove ......................... 12 Take control of your finances .................... 14 Getting back into the swing of things ........ 16 Forever Flowers ......................................... 17 Cardow Jewelers ....................................... 18 Building a business wardrobe ................... 20 Silk Greenery ............................................. 22 Local Color ................................................ 23 Caribbean Hematology/Oncology .............. 24 Calcium and Vitamin D .............................. 26 JDNatlady’s Creations ............................... 28 Strength training tips ................................ 29 Natural Food Grocery & Deli ...................... 30 VI Etiquette and Leadership Institute ........ 31 Losing weight ............................................ 32 Island Empire ............................................ 33 L&C Milliner ............................................... 34 Time management tips .............................. 35 Health Care Connection ............................. 36 Reduce risk of diabetes ............................. 38 Facts about pregnancy .............................. 39 Fibromyalgia .............................................. 40 Journeys Spa ............................................. 41 Career pointers for young women ............. 42 Tips for female entrepreneurs ................... 43 Diamonds International ............................. 44 Bad beauty habits ...................................... 46


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WomenToday It’s time to shine the spotlight on dynamic ladies of the Virgin Islands hriving businesses — from retail shops to medical practices to hospitality-based enterprises — reflect who we are as a people. Due to many talented, tenacious women, the overall view of successful Virgin Islands establishments is both powerful and provocative.

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The nurturing spirit of women influences every aspect of life in the islands. From medical care to legal expertise to entrepreneurship and the operation of non-profit organizations, more and more women have taken their proper place in the driver’s seat. Indeed, women have gone well beyond traditional roles as nurturers to achieve enormous success — and they have done so selflessly. With those thoughts in mind, the 10th annual issue of Women Today has been created to give recognition to ladies who are making a positive difference. This special Daily News supplement also has been designed to give you a chance to get to know these amazing women from all walks of life.

Jazmin Townes, Carvelle Rogers, Judith Whitley, MSN, FNP, CNM, Monique Poleon, Desaree Stevens, and Aleena Rieara (not shown), are the caring staff of female professionals at Health Care Connection.

Take, for example, the story of seasoned educator Lisa WynneMagnuson. A former foster child and ward of the state, Lisa beams with pride when talking about her difficult childhood and how she was able to persevere in spite of the hardships she endured. Today, as founder of The Virgin Islands Etiquette and Leadership Institute, Lisa focuses on teaching children’s etiquette, developing leadership skills, proper dining, resume writing, composing a hand-written ‘thank you’ note — and so much more. In addition to learning good manners and how to behave properly in a wide array of social situations, students at The Virgin Islands Etiquette and Leadership Institute are trained in good grooming habits, proper dress for job interviews — all in a dynamic and friendly state-of-the-art setting.


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2013-2014 Welcome to the 10th annual edition of WOMEN TODAY “As an adult, I take comfort in knowing that everything happens for a reason and that God never gives us more than we can carry,” said Lisa. Her classroom facility is located in Fortress Storage Mall, St. Thomas. When it comes to health care geared toward serving women, residents of St. Thomas and St. John have come to rely on Judith Whitley MSN, FNP, CNM, and the caring staff at Health Care Connection. In 1995, Judith established Women’s Health Care. Five years later, she and Dr. Scott Hartshorn joined forces in order to provide full family services. Today, patients are served at two convenient locations: Paragon Medical Building, St. Thomas and The Marketplace, St. John. Said Judith, “I focus on prevention; it’s so important to be proactive about your good health.” She praised the friendly upbeat staff at Health Care Connection for their professional, caring attitude. Hospitality is vital to life in the Virgin Islands and on the island of St. Croix, Julie Printy, general manager of The Palms at Pelican Cove, leads by example. In addition to hosting vacationers with pride at the welcoming one-of-a-kind seaside resort, The Palms at Pelican Cove has garnered a reputation as the ‘go to’ location when it comes to hosting successful fundraisers. “We are always ready to lend a helping hand. We embrace the non-profit organizations,” said Julie. Currently, the hotel is preparing to host the ‘Best Dance Party Ever’ on November 16 to benefit the Women’s Coalition. Please take the time to read more about Lisa, Judith, Julie, and all the dynamic women featured in the pages that follow. As an extension of this tribute, give an extra nod of encouragement to these ladies whenever your paths cross. Frequent the enterprises where they work and donate to the causes they support. Let them know how much you appreciate what they do. After all, where would we be without Women Today?

Seasoned educator Lisa Wynne-Magnuson is founder of The Virgin Islands Etiquette and Leadership Institute.


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Year after year, Sterling Optical is voted Best Eyeglasses in the V.I. rom a national perspective, Sterling Optical reached an important milestone, celebrating 100 years in business. Established in New York City in 1913, the firm is one of the largest and most successful retail optical firms on the mainland — with 125 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands. Locally, for the last seven years in a row, Sterling Optical has been voted Best Eyeglasses in the Virgin Islands by readers of the Virgin Islands Daily News. Owned and operated by Joel Mahepath and his wife, Dr. Lisa Adams-Mahepath, Sterling Optical first was established on St. Croix in 1997. A second locale opened on St. Thomas in 1999. The Mahepaths —and everyone on staff — focus on caring for island residents’ needs by providing fine quality products and services at value prices. More than a decade ago, the Mahepaths set up the Adams-Mahepath Scholarship. Awarded annually, approximately one dozen local students each become the beneficiaries of $1,250 in college scholarship funds. Selection is based on grade point average, a completed essay, and an exemplary record for community service. Each year in early August, a ceremony takes place honoring all winners. Said Dr. Adams-Mahepath, “We believe education is the key to a bright future. We are both very education-oriented.” A native of St. Croix, Dr. AdamsMahepath attended St. Patrick Elementary School and St. Joseph High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and received a

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The award winning Sterling Optical firm has provided 100 college scholarships to date doctor of optometry degree from Pennsylvania College. “We are very family friendly,” said the doctor. She sees patients of all ages from youngsters to seniors. “We have a large, loyal customer base. We consider that a true blessing.” One of the couple’s shared beliefs is that corporations should be socially responsible. Since 2002, the AdamsMahepeth scholarship fund has provided a continuing legacy honoring social responsibility. “Actions speak louder than words. My husband and I believe in giving back to the community,” she said. Coincidentally, as Sterling Optical celebrates 100 years in existence nationally, Sterling Optical of the Virgin Islands has reached a milestone, donating 100 college scholarships to deserving students on St. Thomas and St. Croix. To date, those funds have exceeded approximately $250,000.

Dr. Lisa Adams-Mahepath assists Pastor Jackie Kambui of the Frederiksted Church of the Nazarene in Williams Delight.


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Tips for women juggling family and career The days when single income households were the norm are long gone, as nowadays both Mom and Dad must work in order to make ends meet. That reality has left many women juggling the obligations of motherhood with the obligations of a successful career. Such a juggling act is seldom easy, and many mothers find themselves neglecting one obligation for the benefit of another. The following are a few tips to make balancing work and family a little easier. esponsibilities. While the days of the single• Shar Sharee the rresponsibilities. income household may be a thing of the past, many of the conventions of those days remain. Women may still feel the responsibility to cook family meals, clean up after the children and make it to all of their children’s sporting events or other school-related events. But those responsibilities should be shared so women can ensure they’re giving both their careers and families the attention each deserves. Devise a schedule where both parents tackle such responsibilities equally so each parent knows when they have some wiggle room. For example, if your husband routinely cooks on Tuesdays, then you know you won’t need to rush home on Tuesday night and you might be able to stay at the office a little later to work on a project or catch up on work. Such sharing and scheduling can considerably reduce the stress of juggling a family and a career. er cise dail y. Juggling a family and a career • Ex Exer ercise daily is often stressful, and stress can have a very adverse effect on your health. Women with high stress levels are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease. But the American Psychological Association notes the positive impact of exercise as a means to alleviating stress, citing studies that have shown that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than people who are sedentary. It’s easy to become irritable when stressed, and no mother wants to be irritable in the presence of her children. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine is a great way to alleviate the stress of juggling a family and a career, and you can even incorporate your family into your exercise routine, going for nightly walks after dinner or playing with your children in the yard. y inv olv ed with yyour our child’ • Sta Stay involv olved child’ss school. Many mothers find staying active with their children’s school is a great opportunity for them to bond with their kids and keep

abreast of developments at their school. Such involvement can be minimal, such as attending a monthly luncheon with kids or agreeing to be a chaperone on one or two class trips per year. Such events are typically scheduled months in advance, so you should have ample time to arrange a break from the office without neglecting your professional responsibilities. or k-fr om-home policies. As technol• Tak akee ad advvantage of w wor ork-fr k-from-home ogy has advanced, many companies have become much more lenient with regard to employees working from home. If your company allows you to work from home, even if it’s only once per week, then take advantage of that offer. This can provide more time with your kids, it will likely save you money on childcare, and you are certain to appreciate the opportunity to skip your daily commute,

More and more women are finding ways to successfully juggle family and career.

even if it is only once a week or a couple of times per month. • Plan ahead. Looking ahead is another way to make juggling a family and a career easier. Plan meals in advance to cut down on preparation time when it’s your night to cook. This can involve placing foods in a slow cooker in the morning or preparing part of the meal in advance so it’s ready to go in the oven the moment you arrive home. Another way to plan ahead is to look at kids’ school schedules and plan trips during the school year when school won’t be in session. A three-day weekend is a perfect opportunity to plan a getaway to a nearby locale where the whole family can relax and reconnect. Juggling a family and career is not always easy, but there are ways that today’s mothers can raise a happy family and still have a successful career.


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Busy attorney, wife and mother Natalie Nelson Tang How, Esq. says ‘balance’ is her key W

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hen asked how she is able to handle a busy work schedule, nurture her family and be a community activist, attorney Natalie Nelson Tang How said, “The key is ‘balance.’ God comes first, then family, then work.” With a smile, she added, “I really enjoy what I do. Everything fits together. I make choices. It’s not all about money. Quality of life is important and I enjoy my life to the fullest.” A proud graduate of the St. Croix Central High School class of ’84, she received her B.S. in sociology in 1988, cum laude, from Mercy College, N.Y. In 1990, she received her M.S. in International Studies Long Island University, N.Y. In 1992, she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida College of Law and in 2000, she received her certification in Labor Relations/Contract Administration Studies from Cornell University, N.Y. Licensed to practice law in Superior Court of V.I., District Court of V.I., Supreme Court of V.I., Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, she established her private practice on St. Croix in 1999. A general practice, her specialization is in labor, employment and civil rights. The firm handles everything from real estate closings to contracts, personal injury, and criminal cases. continued on page 11

Attorney Natalie Nelson Tang How has been in private practice since 1999.


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Dr. Stacia Jung’s love for pets is reflected at Sugar Mill Veterinary Center “Y our pet’s health is our passion.” That’s the motto at Sugar Mill Veterinary Center. Inspired by her love for animals and for the community of St. Croix, veterinarian / owner Dr. Stacia Jung opened Sugar Mill Veterinary Center in December 2008. The Inn at Sugar Mill — St. Croix’s only stand alone pet boarding facility — opened in May 2009. The dynamic facility provides a comfortable, clean, safe place for dogs and cats to vacation when owners travel. The doctor completed her undergraduate studies at Boston Dr. Jung poses University. She has an M.A. in cultural anthropology and a Certificate in African Studies from Columbia University. She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After gaining work experience at places such as the Humane Society of New York, Dr. Jung moved to St. Croix in 2004. She

Natalie Nelson Tang How, Esq. continued from page 10 “I wear two hats as an entrepreneur as well as a practicing attorney,” she said. “I am a business woman and am responsible for all aspects of this office. It’s not just about hanging up a shingle. It’s my responsibility to keep everything on track.” With that in mind, she praised her staff for the excellent work they do. “Maria Franklin has been with me for 13 of the 14 years since she opened the practice. She stays in control and knows my style.” In addition to her commitment to confronting labor and employment issues affecting employers and employees throughout the territory, Natalie is dedicated to protecting the civil and due process rights of working men and women. Also, she has worked in broadcasting, hosting and producing talk radio and TV programs on timely topics. In her personal life, she cherishes quality time with her family whom she credits for being her greatest source of support. “My husband, Lincoln, is the one who encouraged me to open my practice,” she said. Natalie and Lincoln are the proud parents of two sons.

brought with her a keen understanding of the need for controlling animal overpopulation. For two years, she was employed as Associate Veterinarian at Island Animal Clinic. She then created an onsite low-cost spay / neuter program at the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center and successfully spayed/neutered close to 3,000 animals in less than two years. She served as parttime staff veterinarian / executive director at the center from Nov. 2007 through Oct. 2008. Today, SMVC encompasses her vision for combining a holistic approach to pet with her staff. wellness in a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facility. Dr. Jung lives with her five indoor cats: Tang, Annabell, Oscar, Pearl, and Sinbad. Two of her dogs are named Kaija and Farley. She has a family of outdoor feral cats, too. Also, her cat Emmit and two dogs, Gypsy and Lester, reside at SMVC, assisting her at work each day.


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Rush Liburd and Julie Printy welcome you to The Palms at Pelican Cove re you looking for a fun place to get way from it all with your special friends — without breaking the bank? General manager Julie Printy has a great idea for you: plan a long weekend at The Palms at Pelican Cove. Coming up on Saturday, November 16, the resort is hosting the “Best Dance Party Ever.” What a great opportunity to enjoy a fabulous night out with your favorite girlfriends. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. By the way, this event will benefit a great cause: the Women’s Coalition. Why not make an entire weekend out of it? Julie advised that special packages are available — including hotel room, airfare, and event tickets. Room options include singles and doubles, as well as penthouses with optional multi room adjoining suites. Special activities happen at The Palms at Pelican Cove seven days a week. Sunday brunch includes live steel pan music with Pangea. Every Monday is Caribbean night with a sumptuous West Indian buffet and live entertainment featuring Mocko Jumbies, fabulous fire dancers Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies, limbo dancing and more. Adding to the festivities, locally made jewelry and handcrafts are available from vendors throughout the evening. The sprawling beachfront property at The Palms at Pelican Cove offers eight acres of relaxing space and a quarter mile of official ‘Blue Flag’ white sand beach. Just offshore, Long Reef is teeming with marine life — offering some of the best snorkeling in the Virgin Islands. The freshwater pool is an ideal place to swim and play.

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The Palms at Pelican Cove resort on St. Croix offers fun-filled getaways and special events Dining room manager Rush Liburd and the dedicated staff will work together to see that every meal is memorable — whether you dine at the Mahogany Bar or in the dining room by the water’s edge. Referencing the upcoming dance party, Julie emphasized, “There is nothing like The Palms for a party.” How true! She added, “This will be ‘the last hurrah’ before season. It’s perfectly timed for a fun weekend getaway.”

The Palms at Pelican Cove is an official Blue Flag beach. The property offers the highest standards regarding water quality, safety, environmental management and education.

Penthouses at The Palms at Pelican Cove provide optional multi room adjoining suites.

The pool at The Palms at Pelican Cove offers an inviting place to relax.


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Address your financial concerns and take control of your finances The roles played by women have changed dramatically over the years. Modern women now wear many hats, one of which is money manager. That’s true for women managing their personal finances or those overseeing their family’s finances. But managing finances can be intimidating for anyone, regardless of gender. Oftentimes, a careful assessment of your attitude toward money is a great way to make the process of managing your finances a lot less stressful. A great first step when managing your finances is to identify any concerns you have about money. Being able to pinpoint the particulars will help you develop a plan of action. For example, if you want to invest in stocks but don’t know a bull from a bear market, acknowledging this shortcoming can help you learn the necessary facts to get started. Once such concerns have been addressed, you’re likely to feel more comfortable and confident about managing your money and can start taking steps to do just that. el y and vvalue alue yyour our str engths. Embracing • Think positiv positivel ely strengths. your strengths, even if those strengths have little to do with money management, can help you gain control of your finances. Perhaps you are not a financial whiz but your networking skills have left you with a vast network of friends and family in various professions. You may be able to use those connections to gain access to experts in the financial field who can guide you through the questions you may have. our cur inancial status. Feigning igno• Know yyour currrent ffinancial rance is not the way to get started. It is important to honestly assess your financial situation so you can effectively handle those finances going forward. Take stock of your income, expenditures and what you have in savings. Keep abreast of any changes in your accounts and stay current with issues that may play a direct or indirect role on your finances. our concer ns. Talk to other women in similar situations. You • Get talking about yyour concerns. may find that you share the same concerns. Discussing common concerns or financial strategies can help you in your own endeavors. or king, ev en if it’ y part-time. A study by the Women’s Institute • Continue w wor orking, even it’ss onl only For a Secure Retirement found that a college-educated 25-year-old female will earn $500,000 less than a male counterpart in a similar position over her lifetime because of sporadic employment associated with caring for family, including children and aging parents. That worries many young women who have previously thought about taking time off from work to raise families. Even if you may want to scale down your work schedule, you may not want to completely remove yourself from the workforce so you can remain in touch and current. • Consult with an estate planner planner.. The earlier you start the better off you will be with regard to planning for the future.

Addressing financial concerns is a good first step toward controlling your finances.


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Girls’ Weekend On St. Croix! There’s no better place to relax than The Palms at Pelican Cove. Book rooms with your best friends and remember the slumber party nights! Truth... or DARE?

Every Tuesday—Ladies Night Specials • Happy Hour Everyday


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Getting back in the swing of things – Fitness tips for women looking to be more active

Working out with a spouse, friend or coworker can help motivate women attempting to adopt a more active lifestyle.

Modern women have a lot on their plates. Women with families often must balance the considerable responsibilities of life at home with the demands of a full-time career. Women’s health is too often sacrificed at the expense of their dueling responsibilities to work and family, and that can lead to numerous problems down the road. Women who want to get healthier need not fear that their new devotion to a healthier lifestyle will take some of their focus away from their families or their careers. In fact, women who feel better physically often find it easier to juggle family and career than those who don’t make time for exercise. The following are a few tips to help women become more active so they can better handle the increasingly difficult balance of work and family life. o it alone. The buddy system can be • Don’ Don’tt ggo employed in many avenues of life, but it is perhaps most effective with regard to adopting an exercise regimen. Exercising with friends or even your spouse can motivate you to commit to exercise, as you won’t want to let your exercise partner down. Your buddy also can help motivate you on those days when you really don’t feel like exercising. ace dail y activity • Embr Embrace daily activity.. When you’re becoming active again after a long hiatus from physical activity, you don’t want to dive in too heavily and risk injury, but you do want to commit to being active on a daily basis. Being active every day does not necessarily mean you have to spend 60 minutes on the treadmill every morning, but stay active even when you aren’t necessarily exercising. Go for a walk after dinner or take the stairs up to your office instead of the elevator. Take periodic breaks from your desk, walking to get a glass of water or walking just to stretch your legs. er cise yyou ou will enjo y. Far too many people have attempted to become more • Find ex exer ercise enjoy active only to ultimately abandon such efforts because their exercise regimens bored them. Finding physical activity you enjoy is a recipe for success, whereas you’re far less likely to embrace a fitness regimen if you find it boring or repetitive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults get at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, every week and some muscle-strengthening activities that focus on all the major muscle groups on two or more days per week. Those guidelines are not very restrictive, allowing women to tailor their workouts around activities they enjoy. y on top of yyour our pr ogr ess. If you are used to balancing work and family, then • Sta Stay progr ogress. chances are you are adept at monitoring various things all at once. Your physical fitness is no different. Keep a diary of your workouts and your diet, and write in how you felt each day. This diary can help you find out what works for you and what might not be working. Give yourself time each week to monitor this progress and make adjustments as needed.


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Proprietor Gigi Quetel has been nurturing Forever Flowers for 23 years

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n Frenchtown, Forever Flowers is alive with the spirit of celebration. Whether the occasion is a birthday, anniversary, holiday, wedding or thoughtful surprise, proprietor Gigi Quetel and her staff are skilled at arranging bouquets and centerpieces. You also can create your own a la carte gift baskets. Forever Flowers carries gourmet treats, jellies, teas, chocolates, handmade truffles, balloons, fluffy Teddy bears — and greeting cards, too. This year, Gigi’s friendly enterprise received four Best of the V.I. Blue Ribbons for Best Retail Flower Shop, Best Wholesale Flower Shop, Best Gift Baskets, and Best Florist. In addition to nurturing her thriving business for more than two decades, Gigi has been married to husband, Stanley, for 29 years. The couple has three children. Those acquainted with Gigi are aware that she lost a considerable amount of weight. Today, she is a successful Herbal Life distributor and wellness coach. Information and quality products are available at her shop. Forever Flowers invites customers to drop a business card in the container at the checkout counter. Each month a winner is chosen to receive a free bouquet. It’s one of many store promotions created by Gigi to keep things fresh and exciting.

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The ladies of Cardow Jewelers help to make shopping a memorable experience henever you ask St. Thomas residents to recommend a reputable jewelry store, the answer you hear with repeated enthusiasm is “Cardow Jewelers.” 2013 marks the 12th year in a row Cardow Jewelers has taken top honors for “Best Jewelry” according to the Virgin Islands Daily News Best of the V.I. readership poll. What an impressive record! A bright and shining star in the Virgin Islands retail history books, Cardow Jewelers has been a St. Thomas landmark since 1954. Founded by the late William ‘Bill’ Dowling and his former business partner Claude Caron, the name was formed from the first three letters of each gentleman’s surname. From day one, exceptional ‘blue ribbon’ customer service has always been a driving force at Cardow Jewelers. The team responsible for consistently pleasing shoppers includes dedicated sales associates — many of whom have been on staff for a decade or longer. The popular enterprise has continually provided exquisite jewelry and adornments along with first class personalized service while offering substantial savings of 40 to 60-percent below U.S. retail. Keenly in tune with the tastes and desires of its ever-widening customer base, Cardow introduced

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The award winning shops at Cardow are showcasing exclusive ‘Island Jewelry’

the Commemorative Virgin Islands watch for men and women. A Cardow exclusive, each limited edition timepiece is inscribed with a unique model name and is individually numbered. Keeping the excitement going strong, Cardow just recently unveiled another brilliant exclusive: ‘Island Jewelry.’ Pieces are available in rose gold, 14k gold, and sterling silver. Selections include attractive pendants, rings, earrings, and bracelets — cleverly depicting the islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. What timeless tropical keepsakes to enjoy for yourself and to give as gifts to the special ladies in your life! You will find Cardow stores on Main Street, Crown Bay Center and at Cyril E. King airport. The toll free number is 1-800-227-3697. For additional information, stop in the shop nearest you, go to www.cardow.com or call 776-1140.

The friendly, professional sales associates of Cardow Jewelers are happy to be of service and include, left to right: Cornelia Adams, Rita Moonsammy, Hadiya Casimir, Norckzia Castro-Fulgren, Melinda Williams, Nicole Osbourne, and Justina Bernard.


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Building a business wardrobe The transition from college student or stay-at-home mom to full-time professional requires a number of changes. Those changes include updating your wardrobe to give it a more professional feel. Clothing that’s acceptable for a jaunt to the store or a night out may not be appropriate for the office. Just what constitutes a professional wardrobe has changed over the years, and the guidelines for such attire are no longer as firm as they once were. But it still behooves a woman to add some classic, professional pieces to her closet. While skirts and pantyhose may no longer be mandatory, dressing conservatively and cleanly in an office environment is always a safe bet. In order to achieve a wardrobe transformation without breaking the bank, the fashion experts at Marie Claire advise adding separates to build around a base suit. Find a suit that is flattering to your figure and make it a workplace staple. Then purchase coordinating pants, sweater sets, shirts, another skirt, and accessories that can be mixed and matched with elements from the suit to create different looks. If your budget allows, purchase another suit in a different color so you can continue to build wardrobe possibilities. When selecting base pieces, opt for neutral colors of tan, gray, black, and blue so that these items can be worn repeatedly without being noticed. Accessories and blouses can offer pops of color when necessary. A nice handbag or pair of shoes can quite easily add color to an otherwise monotone ensemble. When selecting items from the rack, look for those that fit well but aren’t too constrictive or racy. Inquire with your new employer’s hiring manager or human resources department to find out if the workplace has any restrictions on wardrobe. There may be employee guidelines, particularly in certain industries, such as law or education. If no such restrictions are in place, keep skirts to knee-length and avoid particularly low-cut tops. Save more revealing items for nights out with friends. Many employers have adopted dress-down days as perks for their employees. Although you may be invited to dress more casually, avoid dressing for a day at the beach or hanging around the house. Opt for trouser-style jeans that are free of rips and embellishments. If athletic shoes are allowed, make sure they are clean and not the pair you wear while tending to your garden. Avoid graphic T-shirts that feature potentially offensive or suggestive messages. In more conservative companies, dressing down may be opting for khakis instead of suits. It is important to know the difference. Women who are adding to their wardrobes can include these all-time business staples. • Classic black pump shoes • Crisp, button-down white shirt • Fine-knit sweater in a bright color • Camisole or shell in a neutral color to wear under blazers • Cardigan in black or white that can be worn over tops or dresses • Fitted, sleeveless dress that can be paired with a suit jacket or cardigan • Straight-hemmed skirt in a neutral color • Flat-front black, gray and tan pants • Neutral-colored rain jacket Over time, women can add to their wardrobes as budgets allow and they learn more about what is acceptable at their places of hire.


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Toni Jackson is a true leader in the wonderful world of tropical decor S

ince opening the doors to Silk Greenery Home more than two decades ago, dynamic entrepreneur Toni Jackson has lovingly nurtured what once was an intimate silk plant shop into a sprawling Mecca of sought-after home furnishings and accessories. Even her most loyal customers may not be aware that Toni holds a Master’s degree in counseling. Trained in pathology and audiology, she once worked as a speech and hearing therapist in Kentucky. After relocating to the territory in 1980, she initially made her living as a guidance counselor. Years later, she made the leap to business ownership. Today, the 7,200-sq. ft. showroom at Silk Greenery offers homeowners, villa managers, and hoteliers a vast array of quality items at value prices. Everywhere you turn, dining tables are attractively set, beds are beautifully made, inviting room vignettes are spotlighted, kitchen and bath accessories are showcased, and outdoor furnishings vie for your attention. What a feast for the eyes!

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Store manager Joan Cook of Local Color deeply appreciates her loyal customers ocal Color shops on the waterfront and in Havensight carry tropical clothing and accessories designed to brighten your world. The popular boutiques also feature bags, backpacks, carryalls and luggage by Kipling. When it comes to footwear, you will find Crocs in styles for every occasion under the sun — and the stars. That’s right. Local Color has ‘dress’ Crocs as well as a host of casual looks. You will find everything from flattering sun hats to very reasonably priced jewelry at Local Color. In other words, “Local Color has you covered — in style — from head to toe.” Store manager Joan Cook is known for creating displays that make shopping at Local Color great fun. A resident of the territory for 25 years, Joan advised that she has worked in retail on both St. Thomas and St. John. Said Joan with a warm smile, “We really appreciate our loyal customers. They are a very important part of our store’s dynamic. We are so fortunate.” All savvy customers are sure to be delighted with news that exciting new lines are being added to the mix. Said Joan, “We are looking forward to expanding with fashions from Ocean Drive, Vintage Havana, and Surf Gypsy.” She added, “By the first of the year, we will be carrying these lines in juniors’ and ladies’ sizes.” Joan praised the dynamic women working at Local Color. “We have such a great staff. They make the stores go ‘round.” At Local Color, gift certificates are available in all denominations. That means you can give special friends and family members the joy of fun shopping excursions.

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If you have the impression that Toni is constantly ‘reinventing’ the business, how right you are! Said Toni with a knowing smile, “It’s always a challenge to keep ahead of changing trends.” She added that with the evolution of the Internet, it was vital to make sure the latest technology worked in her favor. A visit to the store’s web site — www.silkgreeneryhome.com — emphasizes this business definitely is in step with today’s shopper. In her personal life, Toni is married to attorney Frank Jackson. Said Toni, “I have been so proud and happy to be able to travel with my husband to some intriguing places.” She explained that Frank recently was named an international boxing judge with the WBO. As a result, the couple has had the opportunity to visit far off places such as Budapest. “I loved visiting the flea markets there,” added Toni. Ever with an eye for decorating, she found herself delighted by the selections of Demijohn jars on display. Toni further commented that Frank has judged boxing matches here in the Virgin Islands for many years. She and her husband are the proud parents of a grown son, Marcus, who currently resides in New Jersey. Oh, by the way, Silk Greenery Home still offers enticing selections of silk plants, florals, and trees.

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Condon Richardson, M.D., and her husband founded Caribbean Hematology and Oncology Center on St. Thomas and St. Croix eeply committed to providing superior care for patients, Condon Richardson, M.D., and Rabindranath Bachan, M.D., founded Caribbean Hematology and Oncology Center on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The skilled husband and wife team designed two welcoming state-of-the-art facilities in order to accommodate patients’ needs, while carefully considering comfort, convenience, and individualized quality of care. At Caribbean Hematology and Oncology Center, services include the evaluation and management of adult and pediatric cancers and blood disorders, chemotherapy treatment, bone marrow biopsies and more. Whether you are a local resident or you have a friend or family member visiting from off-island, the center is pleased to provide the finest medical treatment available. The first friendly face you’ll see when you walk through the door on St. Thomas is receptionist Cherry Webster. Also adept at making patients feel at ease is oncology nurse Cheryl Blackmore, In addition to the skilled, upbeat staff, thoughtful touches abound throughout the spacious facilities which include the waiting area, exam rooms, and infusion suite. Look

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At Caribbean Hematology and Oncology Center, services include the evaluation and management of adult and pediatric cancers and blood disorders, chemotherapy treatment, bone marrow biopsies and more.

for attractive artwork, home decor accents, and floral arrangements designed to provide a sense of welcoming and peacefulness. The practice recently expanded to serve St. Croix. It offers a chemotherapy suite designed for ultimate patient privacy. Additionally, the St. Croix facility offers the professional services of Donna M. Phillip, CFm which means that patients in need of prosthetics no longer need to fly to St. Thomas. Patricia Cabrol, PT, MSPT, CLT, a licensed physical therapist, sees patients by appointment. Dr. Richardson completed specialty training in pediatrics at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York and completed subspecialty training in hematology and medical oncology at Montefiore Medical Center at the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. In addition to operating Caribbean Hematology and Oncology Center, Drs. Bachan and Richardson have maintained an association with Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Center since that facility opened in 2006. The physicians also have admitting privileges at Roy Lester Schneider Hospital. Caribbean Hematology and Oncology Center is located in the Foothills Professional Building, Suite 106. The St. Croix offices are located at Beeston Hill Medical Center. In private life, Drs. Richardson and Bachan are the proud parents of threeyear old son, Sanjiv.

Oncology nurse Cheryl Blackmore, receptionist Cherry Webster, and Condon Richardson, M.D., welcome you to Caribbean Hematology and Oncology Center.


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Calcium and vitamin D are important for your body throughout life

Consuming enough calcium and vitamin D can help a woman’s body stay healthy as she ages.

Calcium and vitamin D are frequently touted for their ability to improve bone health. While consuming foods rich in vitamin D and calcium is especially important for aging women, both vitamin D and calcium also help to keep the body strong and vital at any age. Calcium and vitamin D help fight bone loss, and not just in older women. Younger, active women need it to prevent stress fractures and other bone injuries. A 2008 study reviewed the health of 5,000 female U.S. Navy recruits, and those who did not take additional calcium and vitamin D were 25 percent more likely to suffer a stress fracture. A stress fracture is a small fracture of a bone caused by repeated physical strain. Gymnasts, runners and even marching soldiers can suffer such fractures even if they are otherwise healthy. Calcium is also needed for other parts of the body. The National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center says calcium is necessary for the heart, muscles and nerves to function properly. It also helps blood to clot. Furthermore, pregnant women need ample calcium in their diets in order to supply calcium to a growing fetus. Calcium and vitamin D work in conjunction. Although a balanced diet may provide enough calcium, many times high levels of salt and protein in one’s diet can increase calcium excretion through the kidneys. Also, people who have an intolerance to lactose may not be getting the calcium they need. Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium. Without vitamin D, a woman cannot produce enough calcitriol, impairing calcium absorption from her diet. In turn, the body will take calcium from stores in existing bone, weakening them and preventing the formation of strong, new bone. Women who may have been deficient in vitamin D and calcium can develop osteoporosis and other bone-loss conditions as they age. Thanks to osteoporosis, half of all women over the age of 50 will have a fracture of the hip, wrist, or vertebra during their lifetime, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. A drop in estrogen at the time of menopause can contribute to bone loss. Drinking large amounts of alcohol, maintaining a low body weight and smoking can each cause osteoporosis. In order to maintain bone and body health, there are certain dietary intake recommendations regarding calcium and vitamin D. Adults under age 50 should consume between 1,000 and 1,300 milligrams of calcium and roughly 600 IU of vitamin D daily. Calcium can be found in dairy products as well as in salmon, shellfish, brazil nuts, dried beans, and green, leafy vegetables. Vitamin D is found in fish, eggs and fortified milk. Vitamin D can also form when the body is exposed to sunlight. Even as few as 10 minutes of daily exposure to sunlight can produce vitamin D.


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Aquannette Chinnery of JDNatLady’s Creations serves as an inspiration to all o say that Aquannette Chinnery is a woman of countless talents is sheer understatement. At one time a high fashion model, Aquannette also was a celebrated Virgin Islands’ news anchor. From an academic aspect, she completed undergraduate studies with a B.S. in chemistry at the young age of 18 and went on to graduate from M.I.T. Today, in addition to working full time as an assistant attorney general for the V.I. Department of Justice, Aquannette also is a highly accomplished entrepreneur with a fascinating background in art, fashion and broadcasting. As proprietor of award winning JDNatLady’s Creations, she has successfully introduced to the islands exquisite lines of culturally inspired handmade soaps, lotions, custom jewelry, and natural hair care products. Almost immediately after opening the doors two years ago, readers of the Virgin Islands Daily News honored her business with a Best of the V.I. blue ribbon award. This year, JDNatLady’s Creations took home top honors for Best Soaps. “Everything I sell is made by me, from scratch, including the lotions,” said Aquannette. “All products are made locally, with love.” No wonder, JDNatLady’s Creations is enjoying an ever-widening customer base. The workshop, located in Fortress Storage Mall, is open each Saturday, except when Aquannette sets up shop at local events. To further accommodate shoppers, JDNatLady’s Creations now accepts credit cards. In her personal life, Aquannette is the proud mother of two adult children.

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Strength training tips for women Weightlifting has long been an activity associated with men. When asked to describe a typical weightlifter, many people would likely begin describing a man. However, more and more women have recognized the benefits of strength training and its impact on long-term health. Studies have shown that increasing muscle mass can reduce a person’s risk of diabetes and help that person, regardless of his or her gender, maintain a healthy weight. But many women are understandably hesitant to begin lifting weights, fearing they may lose their feminine figures or simply because they’re fearful to visit the section of their gym dominated by musclebound men pumping dozens of pounds of iron. Though beginning a weight training regimen is rarely easy for males or females, the following are a few strategies women can employ to get their strength training off on the right foot. • Establish goals. Strength training is similar to any undertaking that requires effort: Without an end goal in mind, your efforts are likely to be fruitless. That’s because goals help you stay on track by giving you something to strive for. Without that, you easily can lose interest and your training will suffer as a result. Strength training goals will evolve over time as your body changes and grows accustomed to weight training but have some initial goals. If you want to bench press a certain amount of weight after a certain period of time, work as hard as you can to make that a reality without putting yourself at risk of injury. If you want your strength training to give your body a more toned look, then monitor your progress in the mirror. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t meet your initial goals, especially if you have never before included strength training as part of your routine. If you don’t meet your goals, reflect on your workouts to see if there is anything you might have done differently. If you feel you could have done something differently to be more successful, make changes going forward. If you come up empty after careful reflection, then chances are your routine is just fine and positive results are bound to come. • Embrace consistency. Consistency should be your friend when strength training. It’s easy to skip a workout after a long day at the office, but sticking to a consistent workout schedule is almost certain to produce positive results. Skipping sessions and only working out

sporadically will make it hard to get into a good rhythm, putting your goals in jeopardy and increasing your risk of injury. Stick to a consistent workout schedule and don’t go long stretches of time ignoring certain muscle groups while working out others. Work out each muscle group equally, avoiding the temptation to exercise only those muscles that others can see. Consistency also comes into play with regard to technique. Book a session or two with a personal trainer (many gyms provide free consultations to new members) to learn the proper form and technique for various strength training exercises. Improper technique can lead to injury or discomfort. If at any point a strength training exercise is making you uncomfortable, stop the exercise immediately and speak to a trainer or your physician to determine if there’s anything you should be doing differently. • Build strength in your upper body. Upper body strength can help women protect themselves against osteoporosis, a disease of the bones that results from bone loss, which weakens the bones and makes them more susceptible to fractures. The National Osteoporosis Foundation notes that roughly half of all women older than 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis and that women lose as much as 20 percent of their bone density in the five to seven years after menopause. But upper body strength training strengthens muscles in bones in your arms, upper back and shoulders, decreasing your risk of poor posture, a problem commonly associated with osteoporosis. Lower-body strength training is important, too, but weightbearing exercises like running, walking and using an elliptical machine may prove adequate at strengthening your lower body. • Don’t overdo it. While strength training should play a pivotal role in your workout routine, you don’t have to overdo it. Two to three days of strength training per week are enough to produce positive results and reduce your risk of developing health problems like diabetes, cardiovascular disease or osteoporosis. In addition, taking breaks between strength training workouts gives your muscles time to recover while reducing your risk of injury. Women can benefit from strength training just as much as men. But women beginning a strength training regimen should take steps to ensure they’re performing the exercises correctly and doing so in a way that will provide optimal results.


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Sherrie Davis is proprietor of award-winning Natural Food Grocery and Deli ounded in 1975, Natural Food Grocery and Deli has evolved in symbiotic harmony with the ever-increasing popularity of health-oriented items. The well run enterprise has been a consistent Best of VI winner since 2002. This year, four blue ribbons were awarded for Best Vegetarian Products; Best Nutritional Products; Best Herbal Supplements; and Best Vegetarian Food. Congratulations is in order for proprietor, Sherrie Davis, and her knowledgeable staff. At the popular enterprise, you will find selections of quality vitamins, herbs, teas, body building supplements, bulk organic grains, seeds, beans, nuts, gluten-free items, diabetic foods, macrobiotic foods, aromatherapy candles, massage oils, books, incense, snacks, fair trade coffee and chocolates, gifts and more. In the deli, fresh soups and salads are prepared daily. Natural Food Grocery and Deli is home to the “Original Veggie Burger.” Try the new Smoothie menu featuring drinks made with fresh coconut water. You also will find organic biodegradable cleaning products, quality health and beauty products, and dog care items — all produced with the greatest respect for Mother Nature. Initially a member of the staff, Sherrie had the opportunity to take over as proprietor in 1984. “I always wanted to own a health food store,” said Sherrie. “It’s all I ever wanted to do.” Deeply devoted to the philosophy of the business, Sherrie believes strongly that health food stores contribute to the overall good of the community. A firm believer in practicing what she preaches, Sherrie recently lost 50-lbs. and credits items such as Macro Greens for helping her to achieve her weight loss goal.

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Lisa Wynne-Magnuson founded The Virgin Islands Etiquette and Leadership Institute o matter how well children do academically, nothing can take the place of self-esteem and confidence. That is where The Virgin Islands Etiquette and Leadership Institute comes in to the picture. Founded by Lisa Wynne-Magnuson, The Virgin Islands Etiquette and Leadership Institute focuses on developing dining etiquette and leadership skills, resume writing — and so much more. For more than a decade, Lisa taught at Ulla F. Muller Elementary School. Today, she devotes her full attention to the institute. Trained in children’s etiquette and business etiquette, Lisa earned her certification from the Etiquette and Leadership Institute in Athens, Georgia. Said the effervescent entrepreneur at a recent class with ten high school students in attendance, “Today, you will learn to dine like a diplomat.” Each eager student became engaged in learning the ‘dos and don’ts’ of proper table manners. With great enthusiasm, the group repeated, in unison, three vital rules: Respect! Consideration! Honesty! A former foster child and ward of the state, Lisa spoke openly about her difficult childhood and how she was able to persevere in spite of the hardships she endured. “As an adult, I take comfort in knowing that everything happens for a reason and that God never gives us more than we can carry,” she said. In addition to group classes, Lisa teaches professional business protocol, modeling 101 and pageantry preparation.

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Women must work harder than men to lose the same amount of weight

Women must blend diet and exercise to successfully lose weight.

It’s widely assumed that men and women lose weight differently. Diet product advertisements tend to suggest that all men have to do is give up sugary drinks or bread and the pounds will fall off. Women, however, do not see such immediate results. But is there any truth to the assumption that women have a harder time losing weight? That depends on who you ask. In his book, “The Complete Guide to Walking,” Mark Fenton quotes a study that found women who tried to lose weight by cutting their caloric intake by 500 calories per day didn’t lose as much weight as women who dieted away 250 calories and walked away 250 calories. That’s because the walking toned and built muscles. Muscles, it seems, are the key to more efficient weight loss. Men tend to have more muscle mass than women, who have a greater percentage of body fat and about half the amount of muscle mass than a man of the same size. The higher fat percentage plays a role in pregnancy and nursing, and tends to be concentrated for women in the hips and thighs. Experts say it is more difficult to lose fat from these areas than the stomach, an area where men tend to gain weight. Information found in the study, “Sex Differences in Exercise Metabolism and the Role of 17-Beta Estradiol,” by Mark A. Tarnopolsky, as published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, says that the estrogen in a woman’s body predisposes her to store and retain fat more readily than a man. Women also oxidize more lipids rather than carbohydrates and protein during exercise. As a result, women will have to work harder to lose weight at the same rate as men. Even when exercise is factored in, a woman’s body may still store fat and attempt to slow metabolism in an effort to preserve body fat for reproduction. The way the female body is programmed to hold on to fat and the fact that women have less testosterone and do not produce the same level of muscle mass as men (muscles help to increase metabolic rate) are the main reasons why women may have a harder time losing weight than men. There is another factor that may play a role in weight loss as well. Men have a 25 to 30 percent greater lung capacity than women because males are taller and more broad-chested than females. This means that when women and men are exercising side-byside, men may have an endurance advantage because they are breathing in more oxygen. Women may feel more winded and tire more easily when exercising, particularly if they are not conditioned for it. This may shorten workouts for women. Just because there are physical differences between men and women that can affect the rate by which both sexes shed pounds, that doesn’t mean women are incapable of losing weight. Increasing exercise in addition to cutting calories will help speed up metabolism. By building lean muscle, women can help their bodies more actively shed pounds.


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Meet Rosalee H. Gage, general manager of Island Empire at Grand Galleria aised on St. Croix and educated in Arizona, interior designer Rosalee Gage relocated to St. Thomas with 30-years of experience in design. She began her professional career as a landscape designer. When interior design transitioned to include outdoor living, Rosalee’s focus shifted toward indoor / outdoor space design. Said Liz Hall, proprietor of Island Empire, “Rosalee’s background and expertise made her a natural choice as Island Empire’s Grand Galleria store manager.” Rosalee has been the recipient of several awards stateside for high levels of design innovation. Liz emphasized that Island Empire is proud to have Rosalee as part of its Caribbean Living Design Team and to offer her experience, passion and creativity for your home design projects. Count on Rosalee to help you choose ideal items for island living. Be sure to experience the all new Bed and Bath by Island Empire. What an ideal place to select gift items! Shopping joys include selecting all natural bamboo sheets in exquisite colors that offer the softness of comparable 600-thread count sheets, at very reasonable prices. You also will find quilts, rugs, durable hospitality grade tableware, functional furnishings and accessories including lamps, decorative fans, and more.

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Jonice Hughes and her great staff make L & C Milliner THE place to shop or more than fifty years, St. Thomas shoppers have relied on L & C Milliner for quality, savings and first rate personalized service. Seven years ago, the celebrated business changed hands and long-time employee Jonice Hughes took over as general manager. Step into this spacious and welcoming department store today and you will be greeted warmly by Jonice and her loyal staff. Rely on L & C Milliner to carry everything from fabrics of all types, patterns and colors to quality fashions for men, women, and children. Indeed, when it comes to ‘one stop’ shopping, you have come to the right place. By the way, skilled staff members will be pleased to cut all your fabric selections to order. For the students in your family, L & C Milliner carries uniform needs and accessories as well as the latest style backpacks from name brands such as the sought after Adidas line. For the ladies, check out displays of linen dresses and attractive ensembles. By the way, you can count on Jonice to keep the shop well stocked with exciting selections of handbags and purses, as well as flattering hats. From flattering fashions to great looking accessories, L & C Milliner has it all. As always, L&C Milliner is the place to find brand name undergarments, hosiery, sleepwear and more. For gentlemen, be sure to look for handsome shirts and pants — many are made in the USA. L&C Milliner is conveniently located on Seventh Day Adventist Street.

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Time management tips for working moms The responsibility of raising a family while maintaining a career is never easy. Working moms often wish there were more time in the day to spend with their families or get more done at the office. While there’s no way women can add a 25th hour to their days, there are ways to manage your time more effectively so you can get around to doing those things you never seem to have the time to do. • Get a head start. Perhaps no time of day is more hectic for a working mother than the morning, when she must get ready for work while getting the kids ready for school and ensuring they have a good breakfast. Some moms even drop their youngsters off at school. That’s a lot of tasks to tackle before you even sit down in your office to answer the first e-mail or listen to the morning’s first voicemail. To make mornings less frantic, get a head start the night before by laying out the next day’s clothes for you and encouraging your kids to do the same. Preparing lunches, packing a gym bag and even setting the coffee maker can all be done the night before to save you time and make mornings more relaxing. or k ov er the w eek end. The weekends • Catch up on w wor ork over week eekend. are a time when many working mothers look to unwind, but spending an hour or two catching up on work on a Saturday or Sunday morning is a great way to make the week a little less hectic. As the week progresses toward the weekend, set aside certain tasks that aren’t urgent but can be easily addressed in an hour or so over the weekend. This frees up time during the week to tackle larger projects and might even allow you to leave your office earlier on weekdays. epar en cook meals in ad • Pr Prepar eparee or ev even advvance. The days of yore when mom cooked all the meals are largely a thing of the past, as nowadays both parents tend to share cooking duties. Moms can cut down on the time it takes to serve up family meals on weeknights by cooking meals in advance. Think of dishes you can prepare on the weekends and then freeze until you’re ready to serve. Or purchase a slow cooker that slowly cooks your meal all day while you’re out and about. By the time you and your family arrive home at night, dinner will be ready and you will have more time to relax after a long day. or k. Sharing your workload pertains to both home and the office. At • Shar Sharee the w wor ork. home, don’t feel like you have to be a superhero capable of handling all of the household tasks like cooking, cleaning and walking the dog on your own. Share these responsibilities with your spouse and even your children when they’re old enough. At the office, don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to your coworkers or ask for favors from coworkers who might be able to help. Managing time effectively is of paramount importance for working mothers. Learning to do so effectively can make for a better personal as well as professional life.

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At Health Care Connection, Family Nurse Practitioner Judith Whitley believes focusing on prevention is key n 1995, Judith Whiley, MSN, FNP, CNM, established Women’s Health Care and in 2000, Dr. Scott Hartshorn became a partner. Expanded to a full family practice, it was renamed Health Care Connection. Today, HCC serves patients at two attractively appointed locations on St. Thomas and St. John. From early childhood, Judith knew she wanted to help people. Her father was an oral surgeon in Buffalo, New York and during her high school years, she worked parttime in his office. She graduated from the University of Miami, received her master’s degree from the University of Florida and then became a certified nurse midwife at San Jose State University in California. Building relationships with patients has always been part of her working style. Said Judith, “I consider it my job to work closely with my patients — and to focus on prevention,” she said. “It is so important to be proactive about good health.” She advised that despite guidelines for pap smears having changed, annual exams for women are essential to good health. “I want to express how very proud I am of our staff,” said Judith. “They are all so caring.” She emphasized that although the atmosphere at the practice is relaxed and friendly, confidentiality is key. “Our staff truly cares about our patients, “ she said with obvious pride in her voice. She added, “Everyone here knows confidentiality is essential.” In addition to family medical care, HCC offers stateof-the-art cosmetic services such as Botox. Also, Health Care Connection is certified as an MRO — medical review officer — offering general employment, DOT drug screenings and more. Health Care Connection provides immunizations for all ages including teens and adults. “We also do driver’s license exams and surgical clearance testing,” said Judith. A proud mother, Judith shared that her son, Zachary, recently completed his studies in New York and now is working as a master electrician on St. John.

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How women can reduce their risk of diabetes Millions of people across the globe are living with diabetes, a chronic disease in which sugar levels in the blood are high. The side effects of diabetes can be serious, and some people might become very sick even before they are diagnosed, while others may need to make drastic lifestyle changes upon diagnosis in order to avoid more dire consequences, including death. Though diabetes does not discriminate based on race or gender, women should know that certain things can elevate their risks. Birth control pills, for example, can increase a woman’s blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. Elevated blood sugar levels are a symptom of diabetes or prediabetes, a condition when blood sugar levels are high but not high enough to indicate diabetes. Prediabetes can eventually develop into type 2 diabetes, and recent studies have shown that prediabetes increases a person’s risk of heart disease. According to the American Diabetes Association, women going through menopause may also have elevated blood sugar levels thanks to hormonal changes. So what are women concerned about diabetes to do? Though there’s no way to prevent type 1 diabetes, which is most often diagnosed in children, teens or young adults, women can take steps to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. ease yyour our lean • Incr Increase muscle mass. A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that increasing muscle mass can reduce people’s risk of developing prediabetes. This is significant for women who may avoid lifting weights in favor of cardiovascular equipment like the treadmill or elliptical machine. Though cardiovascular exercise can burn glucose as well, it’s still important to build lean muscle by including some strength and resistance training in a workout regimen. ry extr eight. According to a 2001 study • Don’ Don’tt car carry extraa w weight. from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, overweight people are 20 to 40 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people with healthy weights. If you are carrying extra weight, a combination of diet and exercise should help you shed pounds and lower your risk for type 2 diabetes as a result.

ace w hole gr ains. In a separate study from • Embr Embrace whole grains. researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, whole grains were found to protect women against diabetes. Women who ate two to three servings of whole grains per day were 30 percent less likely to have developed type 2 diabetes than women who rarely ate whole grains. Whole grains should be consumed in place of refined carbohydrates, which can cause blood sugar levels to swing rapidly. Carbohydrates are refined to increase the shelf life of certain products and improve taste. During the refining process, nutrients needed to utilize the sugar are removed. Foods that contain refined carbohydrates include white bread, white rice and pretzels. And as noted by the United States Department of Agriculture, it’s safe to assume grain products are made with refined grains unless the packaging notes they are made with whole grains or whole wheat. ood night’ • Get a ggood night’ss sleep. People who fail to consistently get a good night’s sleep may be increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes because a lack of sleep can make them more resistant to insulin. A 2012 study from researchers at the University of Chicago published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that sleep deprivation hinders the ability of fat cells to respond to insulin. The fat cells of study participants after they were deprived of sleep needed nearly three times as much insulin to regulate blood sugar as the cells needed on a typical night’s rest. That dogged resistance to insulin over time can allow sugar and cholesterol to accumulate in the blood, increasing a person’s risk of diabetes and heart disease as a result. Though the National Sleep Foundation admits sleep needs vary depending on a person’s age and those needs are impacted by an individual’s health and lifestyle, many experts agree adults need somewhere between seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Diabetes is a potentially deadly disease that can negatively impact a woman’s life in a variety of ways. But there are many methods for proactive women to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes so they can live fuller, healthier and happier lives.


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Simple facts about pregnancy Women who have just learned they’re pregnant are about to embark on a whirlwind adventure. When that adventure culminates with the birth of a child, the family dynamic as you know it will change dramatically. Women who are entering into pregnancy for the first time typically have a long list of questions concerning what to expect in the weeks and months ahead. Fear, anxiety and uncertainty about which pains and pangs are normal and which are not are common. Pregnancy is a learning experience for the mother and all involved, and many falsehoods surround pregnancy and add to feelings of insecurity. Debunking some of the more common myths surrounding pregnancy can provide some peace of mind to expecting mothers and their families. Skip that cof cofffee? Many of the prevailing pregnancy myths tell pregnant women what they shouldn’t do in order to keep their fetuses healthy and safe. It is well known that alcohol and cigarette smoke can have adverse effects on a developing baby, but what about that morning cup of joe? It is always good to err on the side of caution, but assuming everything is toxic to the child may have you walking on eggshells. Many doctors agree that drinking less than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day is safe and will not risk a preterm birth or contribute to low fetal birth weight. Pa y attention to teeth Pay Health exams and blood tests are routine for pregnant women, and new mothers may think they have everything covered with regard to their health. But one thing pregnant women seldom give much thought is dental health. During pregnancy, increased acidity in the mouth increases the risk of tooth decay. So can vomiting associated with morning sickness. The Mayo Clinic advises that high levels of progesterone and estrogen can affect the bones and ligaments that support the teeth, causing teeth to loosen. Hormonal changes can also lead to bleeding gums and gingivitis. Although dental health may not come up in routine prenatal exams, it is important to stay current with dental appointments during a pregnancy. Super smell In addition to physical body changes, pregnant women may notice that their sense of smell has improved. Scientists hypothesize that this improved sense of smell helps keep pregnant women from eating small levels of toxins that may not be dangerous to an adult but could potentially prove

harmful to a small child. Whether this is true or not, strong odors can complicate feelings of sickness. This is something to anticipate while pregnant. Mor ning sickness Morning Not every pregnant woman will experience morning sickness, and the name is a bit of a misnomer. According to Pregnancy Statistics.org, about 75 percent of all pregnant women experience the unfortunate side effect of morning sickness during the What to expect during a beginning of their pregnancy is a mystery to pregnancy. These feelings many women, particularly of nausea and uneasiness those who are pregnant for may not be reserved for the first time. the morning, either. They can occur at any time of the day. In many cases, as the pregnancy progresses and hormones level out, symptoms of morning sickness abate. Gr owing ffeet eet and mor Growing moree A woman’s stomach is not the only thing that will grow during her pregnancy. Pregnant women often witness their bra and shoe sizes increase during a pregnancy. Hormones ready the breasts for lactation, causing swelling of the mammary glands and increased blood flow to the breasts. The medical advisory board of BabyCenter.com says it’s common to go up one or two cup sizes, especially when a woman is pregnant for the first time. The breasts also may feel itchy as the skin stretches, and stretch marks can form on the breast skin. The feet also can grow while pregnant. Ligaments loosen to help with the birthing process, and this can affect ligaments in other areas of the body, including the feet. Feet may flatten and stretch out on the sides from added weight, and the resulting loosening of ligaments can cause a change in shoe size. Pregnancy can be a miracle and scary at the same time. Getting the facts helps reduce some of the fear and anxiety many expecting women feel during a pregnancy.


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Get the facts about fibromyalgia syndrome

Many women find that massage therapy alleviates their symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Characterized by widespread pain with no apparent cause, fibromyalgia is a condition that has had many people scratching their heads and desperate for answers. Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome where a person has long-term bodily pain, particularly tenderness in the muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but some theories suggest it may stem from physical or emotional trauma or abnormal pain responses in the central nervous system. The U.S. Library of Medicine states fibromyalgia is most common among women ages 20 to 50, although it can be present in men as well. AfricanAmerican women are more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia than Caucasians and other races. However, Caucasian women report significantly more pain over sufferers of different ethnicities. Doctors are unsure why this is the case. Symptoms of fibromyalgia are largely painful “tender points” over the body. Painful areas generally occur in the soft tissue on the back of the neck, shoulders, chest, and lower back. Pain may radiate out from these areas and can be a deep ache or a shooting, burning pain. Depending on the individual, pain may begin in the morning and ease up with daily activity. It may worsen at night. The pain may escalate when the weather is cold or damp or the person feels anxious and stressed. In addition to pain, fatigue and depression are associated with fibromyalgia, and these symptoms may stem from interrupted sleep patterns due to the pain. Other symptoms can include migraine headaches, difficulty concentrating, irritable bowel syndrome, and reduced ability to exercise. Sexually active women may experience pain during intercourse, and menstrual cramping may be more intense. WebMD says roughly 5.8 million Americans are affected by fibromyalgia, while approximately 443,000 Canadians are believed to have fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia treatments vary depending on the individual. Treatments for the condition typically involve medications and selfcare. Exercise and alternative treatments also may be tried. Here is a look at some of the more common fibromyalgia treatments. • Analgesics: Pain relievers are the first line of defense against fibromyalgia. Reducing pain can make activities tolerable. If over-thecounter pain relievers are ineffective, a doctor may prescribe a stronger medicine. • Antidepressants: Doctors may use a combination of antidepressants to help promote sleep and take away the pain of fibromyalgia. • Anti-seizure medications: In some cases, drugs that are used to treat seizure disorders have been effective at relieving pain caused by fibromyalgia. • Pregabalin: This drug, marketed under the name Lyrica(R), is the first drug approved by the FDA to treat fibromyalgia. • Lifestyle changes: Reducing stress, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly can help alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia. Also, consuming a healthy diet and reducing caffeine intake may help. • Alternative therapies: Some people find that massage therapy, tai chi, yoga, and acupuncture promote relaxation and can relieve symptoms. A 2010 report from CNN says fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to treat and only 35 to Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects millions of people, a majority of which are women. Those with widespread pain should visit a doctor to develop a course of treatment.


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Journeys Spa is an award winning health, beauty and relaxation destination aintaining good health by exercising, nurturing natural beauty and taking time out to relax are important aspects in the lives of today’s women. Under the leadership of spa director Phaedra Mitchell Journeys Spa was, once again, voted Best Spa in the V.I. by readers of the Virgin Islands Daily News. In fact, year after year, the popular enterprise wins the blue ribbon. Congratulations to Phaedra and her skilled staff. Nestled on the lush grounds of Sugar Bay Resort and Spa, this attractive two-story enterprise features premium salon services, skin care, body treatments and complete spa packages. The full service facility offers everything from hair styling, cuts and color to manicures and pedicures, massages, body wraps, waxing and more. “We have added new aromatherapy treatments, “ said Phaedra. She further explained, “We have added a poolside chair massage as well as poolside reflexology at the new pool gazebo.” Commented Phaedra with a warm smile, “I am passionate about wellness and beauty.” Hair salon manager and stylist Lori Hefner has been part of the award winning team at Journeys for many years — making hairstyle dreams come true for delighted clients. The fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment and exercise classes in a sparkling environment.

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Hair salon manager / stylist Lori Hefner and spa director Phaedra Mitchell


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Career pointers for young women starting out While the job market appears to be on the mend, recent college graduates know they need to go the extra mile in order to get a foot in the door of their desired profession. And according to a Legal Momentum analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, young women with college degrees may face an even more difficult battle than their male counterparts. The earnings disparity between men and women of similar qualifications has long been known and can be traced to a host of factors (for example, men tend to earn degrees in more lucrative fields than women), but women are also facing lower employment rates than men, despite holding an advantage in educational attainment. In analyzing data on women between the ages of 21 and 30, Legal Momentum found that 30 percent had a bachelor’s degree, while just 23 percent of men in the same age bracket had a bachelor’s degree. Young women aware of such figures should rightfully be concerned. While there may be little recent female college graduates can do to address those concerns, there are steps they can take to improve their chances of landing a job in their chosen fields. ience. Any experience in your chosen field, regardless of how small your • Get exper experience. role might be, is potentially valuable experience. A willingness to tackle any task and get a better grasp of the industry will stand out to a prospective employer, especially if you are currently working as an intern with no promise of a full-time position come the end of your internship. The more you can learn about the industry you hope to work in, the more attractive you become to prospective employers. aid to tak nship after gr aduation. Many young • Don’ Don’tt be afr afraid takee an inter internship graduation. people think internships are only valuable while they are in college. But an internship after you have graduated can be just as valuable, especially in an ultra-competitive job market like the one today’s graduates have found themselves in. Even if the internship won’t earn you a dime, it’s a chance to get your foot in the door and gain experience. Many companies are more inclined to consider past or current interns for full-time entry level positions than they are outside candidates. Don’t be afraid to expand your job search to internships even if you already earned a college degree. Such opportunities might just prove your best chance to get your foot in the door. • Volunteer olunteer.. Volunteering is a great way to give back, avoid the stir craziness that can accompany unemployment and put something positive on your resume rather than a big gap. In addition, volunteering can be a great opportunity to meet people and do some networking. A fellow volunteer might work in your field or know someone who does, and this person or persons can prove an invaluable resource for a young person just starting out. y ffocused. ocused. A job hunt can be exhausting, and it’s easy for a young unemployed • Sta Stay person to grow disillusioned about a process that seems to rely so heavily on randomness. But studies show that young women are already facing an uphill battle when looking for a job, and allowing yourself to be discouraged will only make that hill more steep. If you are truly passionate about your field of study and devoted to finding a job within that field, then your chance will come if you remain patient and continue to focus on your job hunt.


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Strategy tips for female entrepreneurs Starting a business is no small task. But as the 21st century progresses, more and more female entrepreneurs are embracing the challenge of starting their own businesses. Though each entrepreneur has his or her own motivation for starting a business, the chance to be your own boss and turn an idea into a successful business is a driving force for both male and female entrepreneurs. The continued success of female entrepreneurs has shed new light on just how successful female entrepreneurs can be. The following are a few tips for women looking to start their own business. • Seek out a mentor mentor.. Many female entrepreneurs have blazed the trail you are about to embark on, and such women can prove an invaluable resource as you begin your journey. Find a female business owner you can connect with and ask her for any advice she can offer. She might not be able to help you with any specifics regarding your business, but she can very well share stories of what you can expect as a woman setting out to start her own business. usiness plan. As unjust as it • Hav Havee an airtight b business is, a stigma about women in the workplace still exists in the minds of some professionals. This means women must be especially diligent and detailed when creating their business plan. One helpful hint is to act as if you are pitching yourself. Look at your business plan and ask if you would invest in yourself. Ask yourself the questions you would ask a fellow entrepreneur if he or she approached you with the same business plan you just developed. There’s no harm to be done by using every resource at your disposal, especially your own business savvy and experience. inance the b usiness entir el y on yyour our own. Unless your • Don’ Don’tt expect to ffinance business entirel ely business is going to be especially small, you’re going to need capital to start your business. If you think you can finance the business on your own, you might want to reconsider. A business loan or investors can help you plan for the unexpected. If you attempt to go it alone, open your business and then find you need a business loan, the lending institution might find your brand has already been damaged and is less likely to succeed. That can make it harder to secure a business loan. Though it’s possible to finance your business entirely out of your own pocket, it never hurts to partner up with a bank or a handful of investors. y on yyour our support system. Many women with business experience might • Rel Rely feel they need to prove something to themselves when starting their own business and need to do so entirely on their own. While that’s great motivation, underestimating the value of your support system, including your spouse, children and even your mentor, is a mistake. Rely on these people who all want you to succeed, and turn their support into extra motivation.

The chance to be your own boss and turn an idea into a successful business is a driving force for both male and female entrepreneurs.


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Veda Hodge-Cognette skillfully manages Diamonds International on the waterfront iamonds International is world-famous for quality and value. On St. Thomas, for the last nine years in a row, readers of the Virgin Islands Daily News voted Diamonds International No. 1 for Best Diamonds. How did it all begin? In 1986, Diamonds International opened the doors to one single duty free jewelry store on St. Thomas. Since that time, the thriving company has grown exponentially. Today, Diamonds International is one of the largest jewelry retailers in the world with more than 100 shops. The firm’s impressive network stretches from its New York City headquarters to Mexico and as far as north as Alaska. Renowned for delighting customers with a dazzling selection of exquisite gems, designer brand jewelry and prestigious timepieces, perhaps the most invaluable element of Diamonds International is the confident, knowledgeable, fully trained staff. With many unique shops throughout St. Thomas, the dedicated store managers at each Diamonds International location are vital to the ongoing success of the firm. One such talented individual is Veda Hodge-Cognette. On staff for more than 11 years, Veda moved in to her first management post in 2007. She has been store manager at the prestigious waterfront locale since 2012. “I am a people person. I love what I do and customer service is my passion,” said Veda enthusiastically. Leading by example, she advised that whatever is happening, it is always important

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Appropriately, Veda’s sparkling personality adds to the ambience of Diamonds International to ‘go that extra mile’ for shoppers. “Our customers always deserve to have a great experience,” she emphasized. Grateful for the opportunity to advance within the company structure, Veda expressed sincere thanks to proprietors Wendy and Abe Taripanni. “I also have to say ‘hats off’ to all my coworkers for a job well done,” she said. Additionally, she praised Human Resources manager Karen Hassen for acting as her mentor. “We are all team players. We work hard to make Diamonds International a success,” Veda said. In her personal life, Veda is active in the ministry. “I love ministering to young ladies,” she said. With pride in her voice, she advised that both her parents live on St. Thomas and are ministers of the gospel. Veda has been married to Alixson Cognette for the last five years. The couple has a 15-month old son, Joshua. Additionally, Veda is the mother of a grown daughter. She has one granddaughter and is looking forward to the birth of her first grandson in January 2014.

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Bad beauty habits that hurt your skin and hair Looking good and feeling healthy are top priorities for many women. In addition to spending hours researching the latest beauty regimens and spending thousands on products that promise everything from turning back the hands of time to making hair thicker and more resilient, women could be engaging in a few habits that may be doing more harm than good. According to a recent survey from YouBeauty.com, a majority of women say they spend anywhere from $5 to $15 per month on beauty products, not including skincare products. But are those efforts fruitful? Here are some common beauty faux pas that women likely want to avoid. ub bing skin: Dermatologists say the skin naturally sheds • Scr Scrub ubbing dead cells, so for most people it is unnecessary to use harsh exfoliants or scouring pads to rid the skin of dead cells. In fact, exfoliating the skin too much can cause irritation and excess dryness over time. Try to exfoliate your face and body no more than twice a week, advises the American Board of Dermatology. Even those with oily skin should scale back, as exfoliating too frequently can actually cause oil glands to produce more oil. Use an easy hand when exfoliating to avoid redness. • Popping pimples: Both women and men are guilty of popping pimples. It can be quite difficult to resist popping a pimple that has sprouted in the middle of your face, but doing so can cause irritation and spread bacteria, and you may end up getting more blemishes as a result. If you cannot resist popping the pimple, cleanse the area first, use a warm cloth or steam to help bring the blemish to a head and use tissue-covered fingers to apply gentle pressure. Then use an antibacterial cleanser to clean the area again. apping w et hair in a tow el turban: Gathering wet locks • Wr Wrapping wet towel together and twisting them into a towel is a recipe for damage and breakage. Wet hair is more delicate than dry hair, and it can stretch or break more easily. Gently squeeze hair dry with the towel and then use a detangling spray to make it easier to comb out knots. Putting hair too tightly in elastics and wearing them for long periods of time can result in thinning of the hair or a condition known as traction alopecia over time. eup tools: All of those brushes, wands and applicators need to be • Failing to clean mak makeup routinely washed with a mild cleanser and allowed to air dry. Otherwise, they become harbingers of bacteria and even mold. You can risk infection if you are using a dirty brush near the eyes or nasal passages. yer ing pr oducts: You may have a relative beauty arsenal tucked into your medicine • La Lay ering products: cabinet, but while these products may work well on their own, there is no way to know how they will interact. Less is more when using different beauty serums. Experiment with each item separately to gauge skin reaction and if an allergy is present. • Poor washing habits: Some women fall into bed at night without washing makeup from their faces. While this is alright once in a while, it may lead to irritation or blemishes over time. Surprisingly, too much washing of the face can be just as bad, especially if you are soaping up in the morning as well. You could be stripping your face of helpful oils at the start of the day, when skin needs added protection from the elements. Stick to washing your face at night so it can naturally restore itself while you sleep.

Washing your face too much can be counterproductive. Excessive washing can strip skin of necessary oils.


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