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Some of our guest writers for this issue: Cari Caraway is the author of the blog, The Oil Dropper.  She is a wife  and mother of 3 boys…these 4 are the LOVES of her life. She loves  essential oils and staying healthy.  She doesn’t love cooking, but wants to, so, she is learning about healthy  eating and organic food.  http://www.theoildropper.com/      K. Paige Engle is a worldwide traveler, speaker and owner of Paris by  Paige, a small group travel company specializing in Paris and France.   Her travel insights are unforgettable, humorous and practical.  Paige  has traveled to more than 20 countries and 300 cities worldwide.  An  advocate for children learning foreign languages, Paige can be reached  at www.parisbypaige.com  Contact Paige today to book the tour of  your life.       Chris Falk is an avid biker, runner and endurance athlete, who  competes in races throughout the year. He has completed several  Ironman triathlons and the Leadville 100 and has a large collection of  Heatsheets® souvenirs in his basement. Before taking the helm at  Heatsheets®, Chris founded Cadence Advisory Partners, a consulting  firm focused on the operational,  financial and management needs of  middle market businesses around the  country and he has more than 20 years  experience advising companies as an investment banker and corporate  attorney.  http://bikeandarrows.com  Dave Gilbertson was born and raised in Wisconsin.  Gilbertson was driven to  the large city life and moved to California in 2005.  Gilbertson having been in  the fitness industry since 1998, immediately began pursuing his passion of  fitness in Los Angeles.  While in Los Angeles, Gilbertson transitioned from a  career in sales for Krav Maga, the official self defense and fighting system of  M a y   2 0 1 5  | 3                                                                                                           Your True Colours 


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the Israeli Defense Forces, became a certified Krav Maga instructor.  Gilbertson became dedicated to  Krav Maga and has owned fitness clubs since 2007 while teaching all over the world.  Gilbertson has  even trained celebrities.  He has owned multiple fitness clubs throughout the U.S. and is on the Board of  Health and Wellness for Southern California Universities.  While maintaining such a vast variety of career  achievements Gilbertson created and founded 3 Elements Lifestyle. www.3elementslifestyle.com    Marta Rapkis is the founder and owner of Kalina Naturals. My  company specializes in all‐natural handcrafted soap and body  products made with botanical ingredients found in nature, without  synthetic chemicals or commercial preservatives. At Kalina Naturals,  you will find a wide selection of natural products that are safe and  toxin‐free. These products will hydrate, nourish and protect your skin,  leaving it feeling silky, moisturized and well conditioned. I carefully  select ingredients for best quality and only use essential oils for scents.  For more information please visit kalinanaturals.com. 

Katie Rustin loves gardening, sewing and DIY.  She uses  recycling as her creative outlet, and then inspiring others to do  the same.  She strives to make the world a more fun place by  showing others how to take ‘unloved’ items and giving them  new life.  On her blog she shows the reader how to take thrift  store finds and turn them into a completely new garment.   http://www.duckinyellow.com    Karen Scott is always cooking up something, whether it’s in the  kitchen or in the lab. This native of Pennsylvania is the CEO and a  Formulating Chemist for Vangaleen’s Natural Potions, a targeted  natural hair and skin care line. She keeps her passion for people and  nature at the heart of her endeavors. She began her career as an  environmental chemist in the state of New Jersey. As an entrepreneur  more than fifteen years she has consistently worked to make a  positive difference in the lives of others. She is a contributing writer  for the ‘Navigating Natural Blog’. Karen strongly believes, “Ingredients  matter, what you put on your body is just as important as what you  put in your body.” When not working on new projects for Vangaleen’s Karen enjoys traveling and as you  may have guessed cooking.  Stop by http://www.Vangaleens.com and see what new healthy Potions she  has cooked up for your hair and skin.    

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  All contents of this magazine are the opinions of the individual authors. 

In this Issue:

May 2015 Your True Colours Media LLC 

No part of this magazine may be reprinted without written permission from  the editor.  Editor in Chief:  Carolyn Bendall  Managing Editor:  Marie Pizano  Vritti Designs uses local artisans and organic materials to better the economy in her native India and helping the environment.

cbendall@fashionacademy.biz TABLE OF CONTENTS Monthly Columns:  Contest of the Month:  Purad’or Hair Products   9  YTC Life Image – 31 Day Challenge  11 Wellness by Kally Efros  ‐  What Do You Do in the Summertime?   29    Your True Colours Transformations…63  Cool Skin Tones/Warm Skin Tones  ‐ Ted Cortese, Hair Color  67  Your True Colours Reviews:  Trendage   69

Meet Katie Rustin, she takes something  old and makes something new. 

Chris Hill:  A Blend of Country & Rock with Some Memphis Blues by Carolyn  Bendall   101  Articles  30 Day Fitness Challenge by Dave Gilbertson   12  Safe Travel for Women by K. Paige Engle   21 

Dave Gilbertson has provided a  complete tear out sheets for you to  start the challenge.  Keep up with us on  Facebook,  https://www.facebook.com/yourtruecol oursmagazine 

iSHARE Agency Spotlight: “The Mule” by Sherri Henley   23 Natural and Fine by Karen Scott   27  Post‐Partum Care with Lavender Essential Oil by Cari Carraway    31  Why Enhanced Visibility While Biking    37 

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The Flip Side of Temperature Control:  Heatsheets & Warm Weather Events by Chris Falk   51  Sock of the Month Club?   55  Making A Difference in India:  Vritti Pasricha   59 Designs by Zubiate   71  From Concept to Garment: Theresa Onwuka   77  The Lottie Doll Story by The Knowledge Tree   87  DIY Skirt:  Walking on Sunshine by Katie Rustin   89 Aromatherapy for Beauty by Marta Raptis   93  The Summer of 1968:  A Cultural Look at Fashion & Jewelry by Melinda Lewis   95  Chris Hill: A Blend of Country & Rock, with Some Memphis Blues 101 Credits for Cover Photos:  Courtesy of Needle Point Woman & Theresa Onwuka 

Revisiting our first Spotlight Artist, yes, he is  a certified Disney artist!  http://www.artbympm.com/ 

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From the Editor’s Desk  We are celebrating our one year anniversary this month!  We have been doing the  magazine for one year this month.  I can’t believe the year has flown by so quickly.  We  have had writers from Russia, Ecuador, The Netherlands, and all over the United States.  We have featured designers from Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Ecuador, England, the  United States, and Germany.  We have introduced new products to you, Zao Makeup from France; Sleep  App; several skin care companies; clothing with its own heat; jewelry from unique sources; and many  others.  We introduced you to several entertainers, Shantell Ogden, Angela Efros, Anna Kaelin, Lily  Rubio, Jill Dyson, Brian Wells, and the a capella group, DeltaCapella.  We have spotlighted some  wonderful artists.  We have spotlighted great bloggers and humorists.  We dedicated issues to  weddings, National Humor Month, Eco‐friendly clothing and products, and various other subjects.  We have introduced you to our great monthly columnists, Kally Efros who brings you wellness each  month; Melinda Lewis who takes us back in time to explore jewelry; Debra Norwood who brings us  laughter knowledge and Sherry O’Connor who gets to talk to the celebrities.    We thought it would be fun to let you know what the best of the best has been over the last year.  The most read issue:  The November issue featuring children’s clothing from Issosy in England.   http://issuu.com/yourtruecolours/docs/ytc_november_2014  The best cover: The April issue featuring Karen Couture’s silk wardrobe.  http://issuu.com/yourtruecolours/docs/april_2015  The issue that had the most time spent reading it:  The October issue featuring Clothing by Desiree  in New Zealand.   http://issuu.com/yourtruecolours/docs/your_true_colours_october_2014  The issue that was shared the most:  The June issue featuring the students of the University of  Fashion’s students in Canada.  http://issuu.com/yourtruecolours/docs/ytc_june_2014  The most read articles of all time:  5 Reason to Wear Vintage Jewelry by Melinda Lewis   http://issuu.com/yourtruecolours/docs/ytcfeb2015/46  http://issuu.com/yourtruecolours/docs/ytcfeb2015/46  Magnolia & Vine: Direct Sales by Chuck & Sherry  Caza  http://issuu.com/yourtruecolours/docs/april_2015/26  Using Humor to Overcome by Beth Usher  Thank you for a wonderful year!!!!!  Let’s have fun with the next one!!  Thanks,  Carolyn Bendall

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Life Image – 30 Day Fitness By Carolyn Bendall THIS MONTH’S LIFE IMAGE GOAL FOCUSES ON FITNESS.  We challenge  each of our readers to print out the following pages put together by  Dave Gilbertson with 3 Elements Fitness out of Thousand Oaks CA,  USA.  A personal trainer, Gilbertson appeared on our radio show and  talked about fitness and how to achieve success.  So many of us get started and then don’t follow through.  I wanted to put together a 30 day challenge  that wasn’t so challenging that one would give up on following through.  If you do something for 21  days, then it becomes a part of your day.  That is how long it takes for a new habit to be formed.    Join us on this 30 Day Challenge and watch our Facebook page to keep up with me as I go through this  30 Day Challenge myself.  I have already found a place near our home to do the 30 minute walking.  I  need to get a jump rope, I will do that right away.    This is a fitness challenge, with a nutritional challenge.  Start by emptying out the things in your kitchen  that just don’t belong.  You know what they are, all the junk processed foods.  Now, in some cases that  box of macaroni and cheese is a matter of budgetary restraints.  So, what we want you to get rid of right  now are the sweets and chips and anything in between those two!  You can do it!!  And, no binging on  them to get rid of them is NOT acceptable.  Gilbertson gives some more guidelines for your nutritional  needs.  So, for the first part of the 30 Day Challenge for the nutrition, just get rid of the junk.  We aren’t asking  you to ditch all sugar and flour in the house; 99.9% of you won’t do that anyway.  So, let’s take baby  steps.  Now, to replace those junk processed foods let’s add apples and oranges.  For that salty taste you  crave, peanut butter or pimento cheese on celery.  You can make it through those two things, right?  Now, set aside the time of day that you are doing to do the fitness challenge, and ‘Like’ us on Facebook  so that you can watch our progress and others’ progress!   https://www.facebook.com/yourtruecoloursmagazine 

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3 Elements Lifestyle defies the normalcy which has become “going to the gym”. WE CHANGE LIVES 3 Elements Lifestyle is about helping to build a better you from within. We utilize the three core elements: FITNESS, NUTRITION, RECOVERY 3 Elements developed a core set of movements utilizing upper body pushing and pulling, lower body pushing and pulling, core and lots of conditioning. The development and creation of these three important core movements were a result of years of research. We are an established health and fitness facility which has certified trainers to guide members through each functional fitness workout wherein assisting in the achievement of their personal fitness goals. The business at 3 Elements Lifestyle is a family. Our staff are supportive of members goals in going that extra mile to assist members in reaching their personal best. 3 Elements Lifestyle creates a supportive health conscious community. The 30 Day Challenge The reason 3 Elements Lifestyle created The 30 Day Challenge was to bring fitness to the next level for its members. Many times, a kickstart to one’s health is what it takes in order to see where they stand and what their possibilities are for improvement. Thirty days is not a long time when you think about it. It is four weeks, one month, or seven hundred-twenty hours. If that is how long it takes to change a life for the better, we figured why not change someone’s life...one day at a time. We are talking about ridiculous results here. This is not your typical lose five pounds in one week diet and exercise plan. The 30 Day Challenge was created to improve fitness and health at any level. In the Beginning Participants of The 30 Day Challenge arrive to 3 Elements Lifestyle excited. Day one is the day in which goals are set. 3 Elements Lifestyle team members take special care to appropriate measurements and conduct the body fat analysis of each 30 Day Challenger. Afterwards, 3 Elements Lifestyle gather 30 Day Challengers on the gym floor to test the ability levels with a series of exercises. 3 Elements Lifestyle developed six movements to measure an individual’s muscle balance or imbalance as a whole. Some people use upper body muscles more than lower body muscles in their everyday life and vice versa. The movements people use are to make us stronger in everyday life. The 30 Day Challenge exercises focus on a core set of movements utilizing upper body pushing and pulling, lower body pushing and pulling, core and lots of conditioning. Mastering core movements like these allows us to venture through our everyday life with less risk of injury while picking up our kids, carrying the groceries, lifting a 50 lb. bag of dog food from the trunk, and even hiking.

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The Challenge Begins A 3 Elements Lifestyle trainer calls out to the 30 Day Challengers to gather round. The intensity in the gym begins to build. 30 Day Challengers have been measured, weighed in and analyzed. In hand, each 30 Day Challenger holds a manual for the thirty day journey. A 3 Elements Lifestyle trainer explains to the excited Challengers it is now time for warming up and then they will be partnered with someone in the group for the six exercises. The warm up and Challenge begins. As the trainer calls out different warm up exercises to the group of Challengers, the heat of the gym rises. The Challenge Is Set In Motion Now that each Challenger is ready to be put to the test, the trainer explains each of the six core tests. Each core test has three levels. STABILITY

STRENGTH

POWER

Stability Stability level is for beginners or Challengers who have injuries are new to working out or just a little nervous. Strength Strength level is for Challengers who have been working out regularly but still need some form correction and would like to improve even more. Power Power level is for serious athletes who really want to take there abilities to the NEXT level. Each Challenger takes turns cheering on their partner on the first day of the Challenge. A Challenger’s goal is to achieve a high a rep with each exercise. Once a Challenger has tested their ability level on each of the exercises, they set a goal for themselves for the end of the 30 Day Challenge.

Support Emails are sent out during The 30 Day Challenge to each Challenger. Manuals, self help videos and recipes are provided for the thirty day journey of ridiculous results. 30 Day Challengers are offered unlimited access to 3 Elements Lifestyle during The 30 Day Challenge. Each Challenger sits down with a trainer for one on one goal setting and is required to keep a workout journal as well as a food journal. 30 Days of Work & Goals Throughout The 30 Day Challenge, 3 Elements Lifestyle staff check in with the Challengers on a daily basis to ensure their goals are on track and they are continually making the progress they initially sought out to achieve.

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Nutrition Before sending the Challengers off into the world, a 3 Elements Lifestyle trainer sits with them to discuss their nutrition for the next thirty days. 3 Elements Lifestyle offers a custom designed meal plan for Challengers to guide themselves through the 30 Day Challenge. The trainer takes the time to answer questions and make suggestions to accommodate anyone’s individual needs during the nutritional presentation.

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THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE FOR YOU Day One Weigh yourself on day one only and day thirty only. Perform warm up exercises for a minimum of ten minutes to get you heart rate going. Begin a self evaluation with each of the six exercises. Remember the levels Stability, Strength and Power are in place to help you determine where you currently are. Once you decipher this, use it to build your goals on. Don’t go easy on yourself and at the same time, do not push yourself beyond your capability.

WHAT TO DO

YOUR 30 DAY TRAINING PLAN

The Challenges (Week 1-4) *10 min. Jump Rope Aim for 45-60 Revolutions per 30 sec 30 seconds on/off *Hold Plank position as long as possible 1 min rest in between each hold (3x) *5 Min Sprinting 20-30 yards Fast as possible walk back to start Immediately sprint again Repeat for 10 min

WEEK ONE

WEEK TWO

WEEK THREE

WEEK FOUR

Monday/Wednesday 1. Push Ups 2. Front Squats w/ Body Weight 3. V-Ups 4. Mtn. Climbers 5. Lunges 5 rounds/25 min each exercise 5x 30 seconds work 30 seconds rest

Monday/Wednesday Repeat Week One Increase reps each round! Jump Rope: Increase reps by 10 every 30 sec

Monday/Wednesday 40 sec work 20 sec rest Jump Rope: 15 sec on 15 sec off (10 min)

Monday/Wednesday Increase reps more than week 3 Give it your all

Tuesday/ Thursday Prison Style Workout 8 reps, 7 reps, 6, 5,4... 1. Pull Ups 2. Single Leg Hip Bridge (Each Side) 3. Burpee 4. Handstand Push

Tuesday/ Thursday Repeat Week One with better form Sprinting same as Week One

Tuesday/ Thursday Repeat each rep at a slower pace Increase Sprinting to 10 min

Tuesday/ Thursday Complete each exercise at a increased level Sprint the same as Week Three

Friday Rest

Friday Rest

Increase jump rope reps by 5 every 15 sec of work

(Levels = Stability, Strength, Power) = (Down Dog Push Up, Feet on Box Push Up, Handstand Push Up)

Friday Rest

Friday Rest

Saturday 30 min jogging/ walking Recovery run Remain consistent slow steady pace

Saturday 30 min jogging/ walking Recovery run Remain consistent slow steady pace

Saturday 30 min jogging/ walking Recovery run Remain consistent slow steady pace

Saturday 30 min jogging/ walking Recovery run Remain consistent slow steady pace

Sunday Active recovery 30 min walk outside. Do not elevate heart rate

Sunday Active recovery 30 min walk outside. Do not elevate heart rate

Sunday Active recovery 30 min walk outside. Do not elevate heart rate

Sunday Active recovery 30 min walk outside. Do not elevate heart rate


Do It!

Living The 30 Day Challenge Fitness It is important to exercise on a consistent basis. It is not necessary to repeat the same exercises from the first day of the Challenge. Change your exercise routine up each time. Doing so will keep your workouts exciting. Exercise for a minimum of an hour each time your workout. Ensure that you take the time to stretch and warm up in order to get your heart rate up during your workout. Nutrition Don’t try to complicate your diet. Eating is really simple and delicious. Look at food in four categories protein, veggies, carbs and fats. Calorie counting is not important. Keep your diet raw and simple. Do not consume processed foods. If you cannot pronounce it, do not eat it. Eat three proportionate meals a day and a snack in between each meal. How much should you eat? Look at your hand. The size of your palm including width equals one meal worth of protein. The size of your closed fist equals one meal worth of veggies. If your hand were cupped to gather water in it, that is equal to one portion of dense carbs. This means the amount of water you could hold in your cupped hand, not a heaping amount up to your finger tips. Your thumb is equal to one fat portion. Please visit our friends Precision Nutrition for a link with more assistance and information to the hand plan. Men and Women should be on a different diet.

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Men can calculate the following for each meal: 2 palms of protein 2 fists of vegetables 2 cupped hands of carbs 2 entire thumbs of fats Women can calculate the following for each meal: 1 palm of protein 1 fist of vegetables 1 cupped hand of carbs 1 entire thumb of fats

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Recovery Exercise is important. Nutrition is important. Taking the time to rest and recover is very important. Keep on a regular workout schedule as well as taking the time to let your body rest in between. Don’t workout every day of the week. Give your body a day or two of rest. Resting does not mean being lazy. On the days you don’t workout, stay active with errands or a walk, keep moving. Allow yourself ample time to sleep as well. Recovery is an extremely important part of being healthy and fit. Have an amazing Challenge! Welcome to best 30 days of your life!

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Wellness: What Do You Do in the Summertime? By Kally Efros WHEN I WAS A KID, I REMEMBER LOOKING FORWARD TO SUMMER WITH GREAT ANTICIPATION.

I HAD THREE MONTHS OF NO SCHOOL.  I lived out in  the country and summertime meant lazy days and  lots of exploring.  I rarely wore shoes. We climbed  trees and ran in the ditches by the fields.  We  helped with the family garden, took family  vacations, camped, enjoyed longer days, swam,  slept out on the trampoline, built forts, ate  homemade ice‐cream, went on picnics, watched  fireworks, played baseball, and enjoyed all the  adventures my young mind could imagine.  I remember lying on the grass, the trampoline, or up in the  treehouse watching the clouds go by and listening to the different sounds of the birds.  It was a time to  explore and get bored.  But most important, it was a time to own my world – my back yard.  I was the  queen of my realm on some days and on others I was a pirate exploring the desert sea for adventure.  Somewhere in those tween years and early teens, I grew up and had more responsibility.  Summers got  shorter and I found myself looking for summer jobs.  At 18 years old just after graduating high school, I  remember climbing the fort with my boyfriend saying goodbye to our childhood and contemplating the  future.  This summer would be different and our lives would be forever  changed.  We had graduated from high school.  My boyfriend and I  would be going our separate ways; different colleges and different  paths.  Suddenly, we felt as if we had to act as adults and be serious.  Lately it seems that summers have gotten even shorter.  The days seem  to be busy with camps, activities and commitments.  I find myself in  August wondering where the long days of summer disappeared to.  I  don’t see my kids lazily exploring the adventures of our backyard.  As a  young mom, I didn’t want my kids to fall behind in school so I joined the  ranks and got “summer workbook” school work for my future Einsteins  to be busy with.  Schools began giving reading assignments to be  completed over the summer.    

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Your True Colours What does summer mean to you? Summer is an important time for both rest and  play.  It is just as important for your healthy  mental state as it is for the children.  There is a  time and season for everything.   Humans have  historically lived according to the seasons.  Living  with nature and going with the flow of nature  helps us to thrive.    The fall is a time of gratitude, gathering the  harvest and recognizing blessings.  It is the season  to finish the chores and transition to winter. 

Winter is time to turn inward and slowdown.  It is a good time to contemplate.  It is a season of shorter  days.  It is also a time to celebrate and honor your heritage.  Many cultures see winter as the season to  clear out the clutter, especially as you approach the New Year.  Winter is ruled by yin energy, which is  restorative and restful.  One should slow down, rest and relax.  Spring is the awakening as we transition to the summer.  In nature we see the earth waking up.  It is  time for new projects and ideas and the sowing of seeds.  It is a good time to take stock of your physical  health.  Summer is the season in the northern hemisphere where the sun  is the hottest and the days are the longest.  It is a season of light,  fun and a time to enjoy the outdoors.   Summer is the fire  element and is ruled by yang energy.  It is a time to re‐connect to  your passion.  Yang energy is fiery, active energy.  Summer is the  time to get things done with all the extra energy the season  brings.  Allow yourself to be more active.  Connect with the earth  for grounding and balancing.  It is natural for us to have a strong  connection with the outdoors in summer and walk barefoot in  the grass, or want to be near or in the water.  This is how I  naturally spent my childhood summers.  Life felt more balanced  back then.     Balance the extra summer energy with more fluids.    Eat lighter meals and enjoy the bounty of fresh  fruit and vegetables.    Have fun in the summer and find time to do some extra activities.  Don’t over  schedule boring work projects or if you have kids, don’t over book them either.   Summer work projects  are okay as long as they don’t overshadow fun.  Studies show consistently that rest, relaxation and fun  improve your health.  So tap into your inner child and play.  Even if you have a regular job, you can still  take time to play by utilizing your weekends and the longer days.   

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Wellness:  Summertime (Continued)  Enjoy greater physical activity,  especially activities you can enjoy  outside like bike riding.  Go to the  beach or a lake if you can.  Go  camping and sleep under the stars.   Find a new trail to hike.  Play games  with the family or with your friends.   Read a new book.   Tour your own  region or city.  You don’t always  have to leave town to have a  vacation.  Pick up a new hobby or  learn something new.   Go on a  picnic and play Frisbee or catch.   Camp out in your own back yard.   Roast marshmallows.   Sit out on the porch and watch the world go by.  Take a day off and just be lazy,  many people have coined the phrase “staycation”.  Turn your phone off and be on vacation in your own  home.  Let’s not forget about the value of a personal or family vacation.  Whatever your budget, find a way to  work in some time off.  In our early days, camping was a  wonderful inexpensive way to vacation.   The family  vacation is a great opportunity to make memories that  last a lifetime and to explore the world around you.   These days, families can be so scattered and busy with  school, work, and friends that time together as a family  gets pushed aside.  The family vacation is a great time to  reconnect and strengthen those bonds.  Whether you stay home or go on a vacation, have fun  and be active.  Walk barefoot in the grass.  It turns out  that that is actually a very healthy activity.  You’re not a  kid anymore and you can explore the world, not just your  back yard.   Renew yourself this summer.  Really enjoy your summer!   Connect to the magic and energy of summer in many  ways.   You’ll be glad you did.   

Photo credits:  Kally Efros; and  photostock , criminalatt, Naypong, artur84 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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May 6: hCG and Weight Loss, Is It Just Another Fad?  We'll give you the scoop on hCG so you can see if it  is just another fad or might be useful for weight loss.  There are a ton of fads out there and even some  scams with hCG.  May 13:  Book Review ‐ The Heart of the Matter by Dr. Darren Weissman   A Simple Guide to  Discovering Gifts in Strange Wrapping Paper. How do you access your authentic self in order to have a  fulfilling and meaningful life?  We'll introduce you to a simple but extraordinarily powerful tool called the  See Feel Hear Challenge that will inspire you to easily transform reactive patterns of behavior and  negative ways of thinking into a profoundly balanced and healthy lifestyle of your own conscious design.  May 20:  America's Castles   You don't have to go to Europe to see great castles, America is dotted with  castles and extravagant homes.  May 27:  The Digestive System   One of the keys for good health is a healthy digestive system.  Digestive  complaints cost Americans $50 billion each year in medical bills and absence from work.  It is fairly easy  to correct.  Tune in and find out how. 

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Safe Travel for Women Abroad By K. Paige Engle TRAVELING WORLDWIDE FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE IS INCREASINGLY POPULAR AMONG PROFESSIONAL WOMEN.  EACH TRAVELER SHOULD KEEP THE FOLLOWING TIPS IN MIND:  Research Your Destination  Safety and security are crucial when traveling domestically and  internationally, so researching your travel destination is key.  Besides the  location, it is important to be familiar with cultural attitudes towards women, especially women  traveling alone.  It may be necessary to secure a male traveling companion in some parts of the  world.  Hotel Awareness  Be sure to pick a hotel in a safe neighborhood and/or near your meeting place or visiting office.  I always pick a hotel based on the activities that I will be doing during my trip.  Obtain essential hotel  information and ask if they have a women‐only floor.  I also pack a small rubber door stop in my  suitcase.  As a precaution, never reveal your hotel information (especially your room number); even  to business contacts.   Meet them in the hotel lobby or restaurant.  Travel Documentation  It is important to have all of your travel itinerary  information printed and/or saved on your mobile  device.  Be sure to have a valid passport and /or  visa for travel and keep a copy with you at all  times or in the front desk hotel safe.  Having a  backup will make it significantly easier to replace  if it is lost or stolen.  Finances  Always travel with a small amount of local currency and a credit or travel card if you are traveling  internationally.  Be sure to alert your banking institution of your travel itinerary and the countries  you will be visiting.  I have had the pleasure of being in Hong Kong and having my card denied  because I did not inform them, and let me tell you, the long distance call to my local bank from  Kowloon was not cheap.    As a reminder never place all your valuables in one location, better yet, leave them at home.  I  always advise my clients to carry either a money belt, neck pouch, pocket scarf or pocketed  camisole.   These accessories make all the difference. 

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Pack Light  My number one  rule with  traveling is to  Pack Light!  Dress  conservatively  and like a local.   A little internet  research on the  latest fashion  trends can go a  long way.  Wear  minimal and  inexpensive  jewelry.  Wearing  a wedding ring  can be a good  idea (even if you  The Seine River at Sunset by Paige Engle  aren’t married).   In some cultures  men are more respectful if they think you are married.  Being professional and comfortable is  paramount with traveling.  Awareness  Safety should be your primary concern at all times when traveling.  Be aware of your surroundings  and pickpockets.   Watch your alcohol intake and be aware of your drink if you go out to pubs and  bars.  Never leave your drink alone.  It is advisable to avoid illegal drugs!  Stay healthy and check the  status of the local drinking water.  Take a guided small group tour if you are traveling alone; it is a  great way to meet new friends.  Keep your wits about you and appear confident.   Communication  Be sure to stay in touch with the office, family and friends back home.  E‐mail and Skype are  fantastic low cost options as most hotels offer free Wi‐Fi to hotel guests.  Carrying an International  telephone with calling services or an exchangeable SIM card will make this easier.   It may cost little more, but having a designated guide, driver or interpreter can make your travel  experience a breeze.  If this is not a viable option, attempt to have an assigned contact in the  destination.   Shy away from posting your whereabouts on social media like Facebook and Twitter;  “checking in” at a location and/or restaurant is not suggested.    

Travel safe, travel often and remember ……Paris is always a good idea!

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iSHARE Agency Spotlight: “The Mule” By Sherri Henley AT ISHARE AGENCY, MY FOUNDING PARTNER, CHERYL MALIK AND I ARE GRANTED THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH A VARIETY OF ENTREPRENEURS, BUSINESS OWNERS AND PROFESSIONALS.  ONE OF THE STAND ‐ OUT ADVENTURISTS IS MELVIN MCCOY, A /K/A THE M ULE .  Join me as I interview* iSHARE featured client,  Melvin McCoy about his upcoming #MuleWalk…  Sherri:  Q:  Melvin...Why are you called, "Melvin The Mule?”  Melvin:  A:  Melvin The Mule is an easy way to associate the MULE and the man and is a social media  friendly name, I hope!  Sherri: Q:  What inspired you to create "The Mule?"  Melvin: A:  On a visit to Oregon, I was invited on a hike and listened to a lady complain about her  inability to carry hike loads anymore. After a brief discussion, I puzzled why, with the amount of people  that hike, hunt and carry loads in the field, there wasn't some product to address this issue. From that  trip, I started brainstorming and the rest is, well…you know….  Sherri: Q:  Tell us about the capacity of "The Mule." 

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Melvin: A:  The MULE allows a person, man or woman to double the amount of load in weight and  volume that they can carry in the field.  Sherri: Q:  How many walks have you taken with The Mule, how long, when and where?  Melvin:  A:  I walked from Newport Beach, California across the continental U.S. to Cape Henlopen,  Delaware at the Atlantic Ocean in 1992‐93. It took 8 1/2 months of walking.  Death Valley, California was  7 days and 6 nights of walking…I recently walked from South Houston, Texas to Baton Rouge, Louisiana  which took 1 month in 2014.  Sherri:  Q:  Are you walking for a cause, and if so...what is your cause?  Melvin:  A:  My cause is twofold:  1. Raising awareness and support for Veteran's causes. 2. To launch our crowdsource fundraising Kickstarter campaign to begin production of the MULE for consumer use and purchase. Sherri:  Q:  How did you become an iSHARE Client and why?  Melvin:  A:  I became an iSHARE Client by referral to raise awareness of the MULE online.  Sherri:  Q:  How can someone give to your cause?   Melvin:  A:  Donations will be accepted online once the #MuleWalk starts and the Kickstarter campaign  goes live. Supporters can choose any of more than a dozen rewards ranging in price from $5 and up.    Sherri:  Q:  Can someone buy "The Mule?”  Melvin:  A:  Yes. Part of the Kickstarter rewards is preorders of the MULE from our initial production run.  Some MULEs can be ordered in custom colors and part of numbered series.    Sherri:  Q:  What is your long‐term goal for "The Mule?"  Melvin:  A:  My long term goal for the MULE is the widespread introduction and use, worldwide of the  product, especially in the third world. I believe it will be of extreme utility in an affordable, rugged,  repairable and useful product for the field.  Sherri: Q:  How can people find The Mule online?  Melvin:  A:  Visit my website at www.themule.com and follow me @melvinthemule on Facebook,  Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Instagram ‐ #MuleWalk  Sherri:  Q:  When do you plan to walk again?  Melvin:  A:  Sometime soon in 2015.  Visit my website for information about the upcoming #MuleWalk  iShare Agency is bringing experts together for project management, brand development and speakers  bureau.   Founding partners, Sherri Henley and Cheryl Malik established this global agency in 2014  growing to over 20 experts. iSHARE Agency is the pinnacle of expertise for your project, brand, speaking  career or speaker selection, start to finish.  Contact iSHARE Agency at 5865 Ridgeway Center Pkwy, Ste  300, Memphis, Tennessee, 38120 – 901.820.4469 – info@ishareagency.com

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Natural and Fine By Karen Scott

HI, I’M NATURAL AND FINE. SOUNDS LIKE THE OPENING TO A TWENTY STEP PROGRAM.

THE REALITY IS, DEALING WITH FINE NATURAL HAIR IS A STEP BY STEP PROCESS. Motivation, because you have to be ready to do the work.  Time, because there is no quick fix.   Patience, because results don’t happen overnight.  Re‐evaluation because not everything you try will work for your  hair.  Fine hair is a classification of texture which also includes medium and  thick (coarse). Hair texture is defined by the individual strands. The diameter of the cuticle is the  determining factor as to if the hair is thick (coarse), medium or fine. Now this is not to be confused with  thin hair which refers to specifically to density. Although, both can have similar problems and  vulnerabilities. Fine refers to the number of hairs per square inch. This outcome is usually but not always  influenced genetically. A complete understanding of hair is much more detailed including other traits  like curl pattern and porosity and don’t forget combination hair which is also common. For our purposes  the focus is fine hair because it makes hair more vulnerable and difficult to style and from my  experience maintain. To the left is a visual of  hair strand texture:  Fine hair is delicate and depending on your  curl pattern can also be dry. This hair  texture, believe it or not is quite common.  Dealing with it can be a challenge without a  proper maintenance program. Styling,  managing and maintaining the health of fine  strands is a learning experience.    Okay now, let me clarify, I am not an expert.  I am a work in progress. As I wrote in a  previous reflection;  Tight Curlz: A 

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Transitioning Love Story, “Hair care is a personal journey,  an intimate relationship that is developed over time.”  Frequently we get caught up in the “grass is greener on the  other side” syndrome when it comes to hair. Don’t get me  wrong. Its fine (laugh here). I’ll even add. It’s beautiful  when we compliment each other. Then there is also the  misconception about good hair. You know what I mean, so  and so has good hair. I like remind myself what grandma  always said, “All hair is good hair if it’s healthy.”  So let’s  make that our goal, healthy hair. 

Some Common Challenges for Fine Hair: smaller diameter makes it weaker and lacking the kind  of additional support of medium or thick (coarse) textures   more vulnerable to the environment, harsh products and daily manipulation  easily weighted down by products  more prone to breakage  lack of volume  frequent frizz  hard water can dry and damage strands  difficult to style, limp and lacking body and bounce  moisture is your friend and foe  easily susceptible to chemical and heat damage  stress  I’m sure you have some challenges you’d like to add, but you get the point. So now that we have  glanced at the dark side of fine hair…time to move toward the light.   There are some aspects to caring for fine hair that provide a healthier outcome. Perhaps even improve  your current hair dilemma.  A commonly overlooked step, consulting a health care provider. When dealing with hair difficulties it’s  important to rule out health issues. Genetics, vitamin and mineral deficiencies are a few things that may  also contribute to changes in hair quality. For example, when getting blood work done, inquire about  vitamin and mineral levels. In some cases even the slightest change can have an impact. Your levels may  be in range and your hair may still react to the difference. It is also important that when you are making  major changes to your diet or adding supplements you first discuss this with your health care provider.  So what to do? Where to begin?   Start a hair journal. Include enough information for a clear indication of what doesn’t work for you. 

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Steps to healthier fine hair:  ‐ Hydrate ‐ drink plenty water, it keeps hair and skin hydrated. Try giving your hair a spritz of H2O  (water) before bed. Add moisture to the air with a humidifier. It may be a choice between hydrated  hair or frizz, choose hydrated.  ‐ Sleep  ‐ Ditch the chemicals ‐ when you change the natural structure of your hair with stripping chemicals it  becomes weak. A real deal breaker for fine hair.  ‐ Eating a balanced diet makes your hair vibrant.  ‐ Use Natural products on hair and skin  ‐ Protein ‐ Yes, you need protein after all hair by definition hair is a protein filament that grows from  the follicles. How much needs to be gauged by how your responds.   ‐ Biotin ‐ is thought to strengthen hair shaft adding additional protection for fine hair and absorbs  stress.  ‐ Shampoo only when necessary, try co‐washing to remove debris and condition the hair. When using  a shampoo make sure it is natural and gentle and doesn’t strip the hair of its natural oils. Dry hair  leads to breakage. 

Herbs cleanse the scalp, stimulate circulation, nourish and strengthen the hair follicles. They are beneficial for all hair types especially fine hair. They can be included in a diet as well as a nourishing   hair rinse. Also look for them in the products you use for your hair. Consider Nettle, Basil, Rosemary,  Lavender, and Horsetail.   

Mucilage: is also found in herbs, it adds conditioning and slip; detangling properties that aids in the manageability that fine hair needs.

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Flax seeds Chia seeds Slippery elm

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Handling hair use care to avoid tangles and breakage. Embrace protective hair styles. Minimum manipulation is key. Comb hair from ends to roots to avoid tangles and knots. Refrain from using  brushes.  Fine Tune as necessary… changes in life cycle and keeping healthy hair involves periodic fine tuning to maintain a healthy balance. 

This next point may make you pause and call me  luny, because I am. Incorporating the lunar cycle  into your hair routine might be something you  want to try. Why, because it works, it does for me.  Faster growing and thicker hair by the lunar  calendar is something that has been used for  centuries. My favorites to check are Farmers  Almanac and the OM Journal.   These are some things I learned along my  continuing hair journey. My hair is healthy, dense,  Natural and Fine!   

Keep in touch, let us know what works for you. Sources: Plonka PM, Handjiski B, Michalczyk D, Popik M, Paus R. Oral zinc sulphate causes murine hair hypopigmentation  and is a potent inhibitor of eumelanogenesis in vivo. Br J Dermatol. 2006;155:39–4. [PubMed]  Sivasothy, A. (2011). A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care. In: The science of black hair: A comprehensive  guide to textured hair care (pp. 50‐54). Stafford, Texas: Saja   Publishing Company llc.  Tenney, L. (1992). Today's Herbal Health (6th ed.). Provo, Utah: Woodland Books.  image credit: iStockphoto.com  image credit: wix.com/freestockphoto  image credit: iStockphoto.com  Disclaimer: The information contained on this article is intended for expanded knowledge purposes only and is not  a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. 

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Post Partum Care with Lavender  Essential Oil  By Cari Carraway I FOUND SOME INTERESTING RESEARCH THAT DISCUSSED  HOW DURING THE POST  PARTUM PERIOD LAVENDER  ESSENTIAL OIL MAY BENEFIT  AND SOOTHE THE NEW  MOMMY .  B EFORE I START THIS NOT SO PLEASANT  SUBJECT OF EPISIOTOMY  CARE I WANTED TO MENTION THAT I GET ASKED ALL THE TIME IF ESSENTIAL  Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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CHILDREN. I always refer everyone back to their healthcare provider, nurse midwife, or obstetrician so 

they can discuss alternative options, if someone is looking for a natural and alternative treatment.  I was recently researching essential oils on pubmed and came across a research article that took a look  at support with lavender essential oil, after a very common procedure is done during delivery, which is  called an episiotomy.  An episiotomy is where, an incision is made in the perineal wall to help ease the delivery of the newborn  so that the mother’s perineum does not tear during the forceful pushing and delivery. I had three of  these, with each of my deliveries. OUCH! I was thankful to not tear, but were these ever tender and sore  for about 7‐10 days. Typically you are given ice packs and OTC pads which have witch hazel and lots of  other chemicals to help ease the discomfort, along with numbing spray. I didn’t start using essential oils  until after my 3rd son was born so I wasn’t able to try what this article suggested but I found it very  interesting and wanted to share this information with you.  You can find the research article that discusses healing advantages after an episiotomy with lavender  essential oil here. 

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This is the abstract from PubMed: Episiotomy is the most common perineal incision in obstetric and midwifery. Nowadays alternative and complementary methods such as Aromatherapy using essential oils are established as an alternative therapy. This research was carried out to assess the effect of lavender oil in wound healing. This randomized control trial was conducted on 120 primiparous women with singleton pregnancy, without any acute and chronic disease and allergy who had undergone normal spontaneous vaginal delivery and episiotomy. They were randomly allocated in case and control groups. Case group received lavender oil and controls received povidoneiodine. Incision sites were assessed on the 10th day postpartum. 25 out of 60 women in lavender group and 17 mothers in control group had no pain (p = 0.06). There was no significant difference between two groups in surgery site complications. However, redness in lavender group was significantly less than controls (p < 0.001).   This study suggests application of  lavender essential oil instead of  povidone‐iodine for episiotomy wound  care. 

Soothing Naturally Using lavender essential oil in the post‐ partum period may be a great option  for this temporary issue.  It got me  thinking that it would have been nice  to have a more natural way to help  ease this discomfort when I went  through this. I currently use a spray  bottle with essential oils for lots of  things around my house for the people  in my house. What if you added some  organic witch hazel along with organic  aloe vera (both known for their  soothing properties) and some Young  Living lavender essential oil  

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(because this is my preferred brand)?  You could then use this natural version in place of the other OTC  treatments most post‐partum momma’s are given to help ease this discomfort of an episiotomy during  the healing period?

Post Partum Soothing Spray Start with an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and add:  2 oz. Purified Water  3 oz. Witch Hazel  1‐ 1/2 oz.  Aloe Vera Gel  10 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil  Spray on perineum as needed or after voiding. 

Post Partum Cooling Pack Did you ever use an ice pack after delivery? Icepacks can of course help numb and reduce swelling to the  perineal area and for me and were very comforting. You could prepare ahead of time, an essential oil  infused cooling pack for when you return home. Use the same recipe as the “soothing spray” and pour  over an infant diaper, place in a freezer bag and freeze. Apply as needed. Brrrrr, but Aaaah all at the  same time.  I’m guessing the above recipe would make maybe 4 or 5 cooling packs. 

Whenyou try this, I would love to hear how it works! Wishing you a more comfortable recovery after your little one arrives.  This is my obligatory disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and they have not been evaluated by the FDA. My blog may contain some affiliate links to help support the continued education from this blog.

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cramps of this heat‐related injury can easily be dismissed as the effects of endurance running, whether a   full marathon or just a few miles. This makes post‐race self care as important in warm weather events as  in cold.  For the most recent example of the havoc heat can wreak on the human body when it comes to  endurance events, look to the 30th Annual L.A. Marathon on March 15 of this year. While L.A. is usually  warmer than most places, this year’s race day saw record highs over 90 degrees, well above a typical  balmy California spring Sunday.   When the forecast began to climb as the weekend drew closer, the L.A. Marathon bumped the start  time up by half an hour to let runners cover as much ground as they could before high noon. Heatsheets  sent reminders to race officials that the blankets can be flipped to deflect some body heat as well as a  social media blast to inform racers of Heatsheets’s dual use.   Despite all that, the unseasonably high temperatures still took their toll on several runners,  demonstrating just why most races aren’t held in the middle of summer.   When most people think of Heatsheets, they think of runners using Heatsheets blankets to stay warm  after a race. But when reversed – shiny side out – they are effective tools for deflecting sunlight to allow  the body to cool more rapidly post‐race. And under our starting line campaign, Heatsheets capes and  blankets can be effective to keep runners from overheating before exertion even commences in the  starting corral.   All athletes, from the  serious to the  amateur, should  always take care to  prevent injury.  Temperature‐related  conditions from  dehydration to heat  stroke to hypothermia  are among the most  easily‐prevented so  take care this summer  to keep cool and  listen to your body  when it comes to  performing outdoors.  

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Making a Difference in India VRITTI PASRICHA IS BUILDING A BUSINESS IN INDIA THAT IS ECOLOGICALLY FORWARD AND BUILDS INCOME FOR WOMEN WHO FIND IT  DIFFICULT TO WORK ALL DAY IN A FACTORY AND  HAVE THEIR CHILDREN TENDED DURING THE  LONG WORK DAY.  Vritti Designs consists of 

various textiles and non‐textiles products  under Dhaani (textiles and ready to wear  clothing for men, women, and children), Potli  (various facets of India and traditional Indian  art in form of handicrafts), and Ida (a wide  range of certified organic products‐ Cereals, Pulses, Baby Food, Spices, Snacks, Dry Fruits and Ready to  eat products).  In her factory in Mumbai, India, Pasricha directs the various artisans that work on her projects.  For her  scarves alone she uses block printing, hand dying, Ajrakh Print, digital print, and hand weaving.  For that  variety of methods, she utilizes the best in each field which then requires that her scarves are sent to  various parts of India for completion.    Pasricha worked in the garment corporate sector and in the factories.  She realized that many chemicals  are used in the process  of making garments;  and each chemical  affects human being  health and the  environment.  So, in  May 2012, she decided  that she would do her  own part by bringing  organic and/or eco‐ friendly practices in  this industry within  India.  Taking the extra  step to support  handloom weavers and  other artisans for their  own livelihood and the  

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result also supports Indian artisan heritages.  Her fabrics that utilize the organic and eco‐friendly  methods include Khadi fabric (Cloth that is primarily  woven from Hemp and may also include silk, or wool,  which are all spun into yarn on a spinning wheel called  a charkha.), handspun yarn, weaving done by hand,  nettle from the Himalayan range.  The artisans work  individually, and then return the finished project.  In  some cases, the item may then go to another artisan to  apply the next step.  As in the case of a hand woven  fabric that then has hand sewn embroidery work  applied.    There are some projects that require a machine, digital  prints on modal or wool; which are then sewn by  women who are experts in that art.   

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Your True Colours Making a Difference in India  (Continued)  She has an Etsy site for some of her  pieces for individuals that would like  to make purchases.  Though, most of  her business is from the USA, New  Zealand, Australia, and Canada.   Designers from Australia and the  United States contract her for the  production of their designs, or to  provide the add‐on embroidery.  She  also takes wholesale orders for  boutiques.  www.vrittidesigns.com  

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THE NETWORKING GROUP, TALK SHOPPE, HELD IN MEMPHIS TN, HELD A MONTH LONG ONCE A WEEK  SEMINAR ON THE HOW TO’S FOR SEEKING A JOB.  One of the classes 

was on image.  Two students  from The University of Pheonix  were chosen to receive a  makeover.  Lisa  McGhee, who is  striving to be in business  administration needed color in her look.  Marva Ballard, designer for MG Ballard Designs, outfitted  McGhee in a tunic and pencil skirt with a ruana wrap in a burnt orange to complement her Warm Tawny  skin tone.  Multiple necklaces and a coordinating wrist cuff from Permier Jewelry completed the  wardrobe fix.     McGhee’s skin is flawless and she wears very little makeup, Carolyn Bendall, makeup  artist  used Your True Colours  lipstick in  Playful (a copper brown) to give her lips a hint of color.    Kosandra Weaver, hairstylist at Gould’s Spa and Salon in Collierville TN, treated McGhee to subtle  highlights in her dark brown hair to add  dimension.  She then used a flat iron to create very tight curls  that would hold a few days with hair spray.    Weaver also waxed McGhee’s brows creating an open eye  and a more polished look. 

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David Loggins, who is preparing to enter the real estate field, needed a more business‐like image.  Carolyn Bendall, Image Consultant, took him to Jos. A. Bank  (Oak Court in Memphis TN), to create an easy to care for look.   To truly spotlight his Cool Violet skin tone, Bendall chose a blue  plaid tailored‐fit wool sportcoat.  A fine line purple Traveler  spread color shirt with a Signature paisley tie.  For the flair of  fashion a navy blue vest and a silk pocket square was added to  the ensemble.  Simple black Traveler plain front khaki’s in black.   Bendall showed a Traveler button down collar shirt that would  match the jacket; and a golf polo shirt that could be worn for a  more casual look. 

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Hair color is just as important when in relation to  one’s skin tone as makeup and clothes.  Cool  Blondes, Cool Brunettes, and Cool Reds can all be  highlighted with warmer colors, but the overall color  should always be warm.  Hair Color by Ted Cortese  http://www.divacolourstudio.com 

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Warm Skin Tones Warm skin tones have a bit more difficult  time with adding cool highlights.  For warm  blondes it may look like gray.  It takes a skilled  colorist to know how to balance the base  color and highlight color when mixing warm  and cool.  Warm Tawny’s do not have a  ‘blonde’ on their chart (in layman’s terms).    Hair Color by Ted Cortese  http://www.divacolourstudio.com 

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Your True Colours Reviews: Trendage What a fun new website!  Want to see what the outfit will  look like before you purchase it?  Trendage allows the  customer to go through various styles and put together  the complete outfit.  The outfit to the right is the one that  I put together.    You can purchase the outfit from the website, taking you  to the stores that each piece originated.  Your total is  presented after you are finished with the outfit.  The only  drawback that I saw was that this was the only model, but  they are just getting started and it is a fun way to shop on  line.  Their choices are limited at this time, too.  Men can also make their own choices, with a male model.   

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DESIGNS BY ZUBIATE ARE POLYMER  CLAY CREATIONS WITH UNLIMITED  POSSIBILITIES .  The designer will create 

custom pieces using colors that you  request.  They will be creating our  official jewelry for our upcoming  CourageMakers conference.  Have school colors you want to wear  on game day, let the designer know  the colors you need and she will  create your one of a kind piece.  Due to the time needed to create the  individual pieces, allow at least two  weeks for production and one week  for shipping.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1 654014271488491/ 

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From Concept to Garment: Theresa Onwuka NEEDLE POINT SHOP IS A LIFESTYLE BRAND CONCEIVED BY THERESA ONWUKA.  IT IS DEFINED BY HER LOVE FOR AFRICAN CULTURE AND F ASHION . Onwuka focuses  in the creation of contemporary ready‐to‐wear clothes in African print,  distinguished by the use of high quality prints and embellishments to create  timeless pieces that transcend seasons.  She caters to the personal style needs  of her clientele of varied ages, who seek to be effortlessly stylish, elegant and comfortable in their  clothes.  Founded as a hobby in 2006, Onwuka relaunched Needle Point in 2010 with the opening of its flagship  store in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. Onwuka’s passion is making women look amazing in her timeless pieces.  According to her, "It's all about adding that touch of effortless chic to every piece."  Onwuka is quite spiritual and feels inspired by God with the ideas that flow through her creative  prowess.  Prayer brings her closer to the inspirations that are around her in nature and man.  She begins  by imagining the new creation in her mind.  For the Cruise 2014 line she had wanted to include linen,  and took that to the images in her mind.  The next step is to put that image onto paper, to be turned  over to the in‐house pattern‐maker.  The sample  is then created in her size.  As she wears the  garment she notices whether there are some  slight changes that may need to be created,  working closely with her pattern‐maker during  this step is key for making sure the structure of  the garment will make the possibilities come to  life.  The corrections are made, and the sample  adjusted; then another evaluation of the piece.   When Onwuka is completely pleased and the  pattern‐maker agrees with the viability of  structure of the garment the pattern is created.  Fabric choices for the collection is then  determined.  Followed by the printing on the  fabric and final details involved.  The production  phase is carried out in Onwuka’s own factory that  has increased from a staff of 3 in 2011, to a staff  of 13 going into the 2015 seasons. M a y   2 0 1 5  | 77 

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The model is chosen after the collection is finished.  She has to fit the story/look of the collection.  When  the runway models are chosen, the same criteria is applied because Onwuka feels that the model’s  personality must come out on the stage and in the photos through the garments.  The garment then  works in tandem with the model to relay the real look and feel of the line.  Every line has a trait that sets them apart from the others within the market, and NeedlePoint is no  different.  Onwuka consistently uses Ankara (block African print) that is usually embellished with beads,  semi‐precious stones, and crystals.  The beadwork is manually done with time spent on a piece ranging  from 5 to 40 hours.  The pieces are timeless and will keep the wearer in style for years to come.

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The Lottie Doll Story Posted by Knowledge Tree  on Apr 14, 2015 CHECK IT OUT! KNOWLEDGE TREE HAS SOME AMAZING NEW DOLLS WITH A STORY ALL THEIR OWN!  Lottie dolls are award winning “Positive Role Model”  dolls with “age appropriate body shapes.” What is  unique about these dolls? What makes them so  different from any other doll? Lottie has a ‘childlike’  body developed by British academics; she doesn’t  wear make‐up, jewelry, or high heels. Best of all, she  can stand on her own two feet – an invaluable life  skill for all girls, big and small. Each set has her own  story of adventure. Whether she is attending the  Winter Ball or throwing down in Karate class, Lottie provides a positive role model for all who play with  her. 

Lottie’s Key Features*: Child‐Like Body Lottie’s body is based on the average  proportions of a 9 year old girl, developed  alongside academics in the areas of child  psychology and nutrition. Lottie represents a  healthy view on body image, and is a  positive role model. 

Age Appropriate Lottie is all about doing many of the  activities a real child her age would do, and  is not concerned with growing up too  quickly. Lottie doesn’t wear make‐up, high‐ heels or jewelry. 

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Relatable #justlikeme Lottie wears the kind of clothes that kids wear in real‐life, whether that is pretty party dresses, hard‐ wearing clothes and boots to get muddy outdoors, sportswear or fun dress‐up costumes! Lottie is doing  all the activities that ‘real’ kids do; be they ‘girly’ activities like ballet, or imaginary tea parties, getting  muddy outdoors, being sporty and active, as well as robot‐ building projects, to stargazing and fossil‐ hunting. Imaginative dress‐up play too, whether as a Queen or a pirate or superhero. Lottie represents  all the positive, different facets of childhood, without limitation. 

Tactile Fabric and Hair Lottie’s hair is made from premium quality Saran, which has a wax component and a silky texture which  means it does not tangle or knot. Lottie’s clothing is composed of tactile fabric, with great attention to  detail, and has Velcro fastenings, easy to dress and undress. 

Bendable Knees Lottie encourages children to be active and  outdoorsy, she has bendable knees, and ball  socket hips and arms. Lottie’s head can move from  side to side, and Lottie can do the splits, all of  which help for gymnastics, karate and playing with  friends. 

Awards Lottie has won 19 International awards, including 5  Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards.  *Information pulled from www.lottie.com

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DIY Skirt: Walking on Sunshine! By Katie Rustin

WHEN I WOKE UP THIS ONE PARTICULAR MORNING, IT WAS RAINING, OVERCAST AND JUST GROSS OUT .  I had plans to make  Superman capes with Little Buddy and have a fun adventure  outside.   Guess that  wasn’t going  to happen...  At about 3, I  walked  outside and  it was  absolutely  beautiful. My  yellow  flowers were  wide open  and happily  soaking up  some  sunshine. I ran inside to find something to remake.   Something yellow, something yellow, something  yellow…  I settled on this men's yellow shirt. It is made of cotton with a little bit of texture.  I knew I wanted to make a skirt so I chopped off the top of the shirt.

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And then sewed the flaps on the bottom  together. 

I sewed over the raw edge at the top.

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When I cut the shirt, it wasn't a straight line. You have to  make a straight line or the skirt will pucker weird on the  side. You really need to make a line from the top to  almost the bottom. I didn't and it was weird puckering so  I had to go back and change 

I pinned this skirt about 6 different ways because I couldn't  figure out what to do. Do I want pleats? Do I want an elastic  waist??? I'll try elastic? I grabbed this 10cent roll of elastic  that I purchased at a Church Yard Sale forever ago.   *Church Yard Sales are my favorite because they always have TONS of craft/sewing supplies and they are always  very well priced. The people are generally really nice too 

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Instead of putting the elastic at the top, I offset  it. This will give the waist band a ruffled look.  *Hopefully*

I always pin in halves. Pin the middle of  the front. Then the sides, then the  middle in‐betweens. When sewing  with elastic, be patient. 

The yellow and white flowers still look  so pretty so I paired this yellow ruffle  skirt with a white top.  To see more Do It Yourself projects  from garage sale finds go to  http://www.duckinyellow.com 

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Aromatherapy for Beauty By Marta Raptis

BEAUTY IS MORE THAN SKIN DEEP. WHAT YOU EAT AND DRINK, HOW YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY AND HOW YOU CLEANSE YOUR SKIN ALL AFFECT YOUR GENERAL WELL BEING . To ensure that you face the world  looking as good as possible might mean examining what you eat and making changes to help your skin  from within. This means drinking lots of water, herbal teas, eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and  whole grains. Eliminating or reducing salt, alcohol, fried foods, red meat and sugars will also help the  skin retain its natural glow. It's also vital to get plenty of fresh air and sufficient exercise, avoid smoking  and reduce stress to aid in having healthy, beautiful skin.   Once your skin care has been tackled from the inside, it's time to consider how essential oils can be used  to improve complexion and help with specific skin conditions.   Essential oils have been used for beauty purposes for centuries. Scientific research has shown that  certain essential oils, such as rose, neroli, lavender and frankincense, stimulate the regeneration of  healthy new skin cells. Some essential oils are rejuvenating to the skin, restore vitality and regulate  capillary activity. Therefore, it is worthwhile to incorporate them into your skin care routine.  

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Normal skin ‐ If you have more or less normal skin, you can use almost any essential oils in your skin  care products. Although you might want to avoid the spice oils as they may cause you skin irritation.  Some recommended oils for you include: chamomile, rose otto, rose absolute, lavender, geranium,  neroli, rosewood and palmarosa.   Dry and sensitive skin ‐ If you suffer from dry and sensitive skin, the best essential oils for you to use in  your skin care products are: geranium, rose geranium, rose, sandalwood, chamomile, neroli, ylang ylang,  palmarosa and patchouli.  Oily and combination skin ‐ If you're looking to balance your oil and/or combination skin, look for these  essential oils in your products: lemon, bergamot, juniper, lime, geranium, cypress, rose geranium,  mandarin, orange, sandalwood, neroli, cedarwood and lavender.  Mature skin ‐ Mature skin can benefit from essential oils such as: rose, neroli, frankincense, myrrh,  patchouli, lavender, palmarosa, geranium, rose geranium and sandalwood.   Eczema or dermatitis ‐ If you suffer from these skin conditions, you might want to look for these  essential oils in your skin care: bergamot, cedarwood, geranium, lavender, chamomile and sandalwood.  So when you're looking for new skin care products to add to  your daily routine, try to find ones with some of the essential  oils mentioned above according to your skin type and you will  have the added benefit of aromatherapy when you cleanse,  exfoliate or moisturize. Make sure the products specify that actual  essential oils are used as the synthetic fragrances do not provide any aromatherapy benefits at all.  

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The Summer of 1968: A Cultural Look at Fashion and Jewelry By Melinda Lewis 

THE SIXTIES MAY CONJURE UP IMAGES OF THE HAIGHT-ASHBURY, HIPPIES, ROCK & ROLL AND FLOWER POWER, BUT BOTH FASHION AND JEWELRY WERE MORE THAN AN EXPRESSION OF TUNING IN, TURNING ON , AND DROPPING OUT — AND FAR MORE THAN JUST HIPPIE BEADS, HEADBANDS AND AFGHANI FASHIONS . IN FACT , THE ACTUAL HIPPIE MOVEMENT INVOLVED A SMALL FRACTION OF FOLKS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY . UNREST In 1968, the country had experienced the terrible loss of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. The  civil rights movement was in full force. Protests, such as that held by the “Yippie” movement, in August  of ’68 (during the Chicago Democratic National Convention), shocked the nation.  These events  challenged the moral fabric of the country and were far from the 1967 peaceful ideals shared during the  “summer of love.” A SEARCH FOR NOSTALGIA In the midst of chaos covered by the media, fashion quietly turned to  nostalgic inspiration for clothing and adornment. The mini‐skirt faded in  popularity as skirt lengths fell, and the maxi‐skirt, similar in length to  that during the Edwardian period came into fashion. A longing for  romanticism was expressed by Victorian lace, Edwardian silhouettes,  and big hats. Exoticism was explored by Eastern and Indian influences  and a desire to reconnect to the country’s roots was reflected in the  jewelry and fashion with elements borrowed from the Native American  culture and the Wild West. Even 1920s nostalgia was given a name with  the “Deco” revival movement spurred by the publication of historian  Bevis Hillier first book on the subject: Art Deco of the '20s and '30s. THE FASHION SILHOUETTE   Chain and pendant 1968, by  The fashion silhouette varied as the 1960s represented a time of self‐ Napier ‐‐Swarovski's "Designer  of the Year" award.  expression. The late 1960s did adopt elements of the counter‐culture  style, the mini still had its presence, but fashion also offered an  abundance choices. The paradigm to be self‐expressive by defining individual style was  omnipresent.  Loungewear, Turkish pajamas, Napoleonic collars, jumpsuits, tunics worn as dresses or  tops, were just some of the fashion styles present during 1968. Women’s fashions ranged from  extremely feminine to decidedly sharp and angular. The miniskirt most known for the sixties 

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Mosaic plaids became a staple for most  American women  in rich color tones  Pre‐Inca costume ring, c.  accented by long pendant necklaces  1968‐1969 by Napier  such as those created by Accessocraft.  featured in Vogue.  Floral coat dresses were accented with  Rhinestone Cocktail Ring, c. 1960s by Napier  large geometric earrings and wrap  dresses in faux suede displayed an abundance of fringe. Where a  ruffled blouse covered the neck and chest‐‐earrings and large rings dominated the accessorizing.  Delicate crepes called for large dramatic earrings against sleek hair. The iconic set  by Trifari called L’Orient made its way to complement the fashions of the East.   JEWELRY TRENDS  1968 was the year of the bracelet, followed by giant earrings and  fantasy necklaces. Multi layers of golden chain bracelets, some  adorned with babbles, were a go‐to‐fashion accessory. Coro and  Monet, in particular, filled the fashion editorials with thick linked  accessories, and proponents of the Napoleonic fashions favored  chain bracelets as the perfect accessory.  Plastic jewelry was still popular when worn with mod paisley prints  such as those made by Sant’ Angelo displaying a laminated three‐ dimensional design or a simple single‐layer design incorporated  into a large hard resin cuff.  However, the background pallet for  plastics was not always a spectrum of color to sport a large  fabulous piece; as exampled by a simple, clear Hattie Carnegie  “armband” in an early 1968 fashion editorial.     Over‐sized bauble‐style earrings and bracelets in mixed‐metal  tones by Robert Originals made a fashion statement and reflected 

Flexible link bracelet, c. 1960s by Napier. 

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Summer of 1968 (Continued)  Hair designs moved away from big hair and hair pieces to a cleaner  silhouette while occasionally allowing the wild hair of former years  should the fashions call for it. This sleeker, kempt look allowed for large  fantasy earrings to embolden the frame of the face.    Fantasy necklaces by such jewelry icons Stanley Hagler, Gripoix, and  Kenneth J. Lane made a lasting impression and are greatly sought after  by collectors today. However, when the fashion called for a necklace,  long chains or chains and pendants were commonplace.    In summary, 1968 was a year of reflection, romance and the beginning a  transition. The country was ripe for change, peace and romantic  nostalgia and fashion started to pave the way toward a new era..   Melinda L. Lewis is the author of The Napier Co.: Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry, Life By Design Publishing, 2013. As a jewelry historian, she has been involved with the online vintage costume jewelry community for the last 14 years, with a focus on The Napier Co. over the past 11 Original Fantasy Rhinestone  years. http://www.vintagejewelrycollect.com Necklace, c.1960s by Napier 

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Our lineup for May:  May 4: Karen Scott, Vangaleens:   May 11: Musician, Chris Hill  May 18: Author, Manuela Melton, The Old Ones  May 25: No Show, Memorial Day  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bendall 

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Chris Hill: A Blend of Country and Rock, with Some Memphis Blues By Carolyn Bendall Photos Provided by Chris Hill CHRIS HILL IS SON OF A MUSICIAN, AND GREW UP IN MEMPHIS AROUND MUSIC.   Hill is 28 years old, owner of  his own remodeling  company, and carries the  title of musician.  Sports dominated his young  mind until at the ripe old age  of 12 a band at church  needed a bass player.  Hill  was self‐taught on the bass  guitar, so he joined the Praise  Band; playing bass and  singing backup.    By age 16 he had mastered  the guitar, too, and was now  the lead singer of a rock  band.  This band took him to  restaurants and bowling  alleys.  And, prepared him for  his own band at age 18, Page  13. Where he now was writing his own songs.  Page  

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13 covered songs, and played Hill’s original songs, which landed  them the opportunity of a lifetime, a spot on MTV’s Spring Break  special in Cancun Mexico.    Following his Father’s advice, “Don’t put music out until you have  something you are really proud of,” Hill maintained his standards  within the rock band.  No cussing in the songs, and uplifting  subjects led him to bigger opportunities.  His style developed with  a bit of contemporary rock melded with Christian rock, and hint  of Memphis blues.    “I write music because I want it to relate to everyone,” Hill says about his writing style.  Staying true to  the ‘no cussing’ he writes touching love songs now.  His CD that he waited on putting together because  of his Father’s advice, is named A True Story, because that is what it is…his true story through song.  When asked about the single that would be released from the CD, he confessed he turned to social  media to make that decision.  Asking his Facebook followers what their favorite song was on the CD that  should be released proved fruitless.  Each person listed several songs rather than just one, leading to a  tie for several songs.  So, he is still contemplating which song will be the release!  He has just traveled to  Nashville for a concert  there, and has a trip to New  York City planned, with  more cities coming.  He has  already booked a 5 city  Festival Tour in the  summer.  That remodeling  company that was his main  source of income has now  turned him into a  contractor where he  contracts out the work that  needs to get done.   Definitely a sign that his  music career will soon be  his main source of income,  following in the footsteps  of his father.  Connect with Chris Hill on  Facebook. 

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it’s not for sissies A MEMOIR BY MARIE PIZANO According to Marie Pizano, the word “no” is not in her vocabulary. She simply says, “I Can” and “I Will”. Her memoir, From Barefoot to Stilettos tells the story of her life thus far, from her childhood days of living on food stamps, gangs and double-dutching on the streets of south-side Chicago to surviving a life changing accident, moving to Memphis and living a trophy-wife life, dealing with the mean girls, the monster-in-law, panic attacks, becoming a mother, to her postdivorce years and defeating the odds of building an entertainment powerhouse, all while rediscovering herself, her life, and her power. Through explorations of her own past and present tense, Marie reflects on how the sum of her trials and triumphs shaped her into the empowered woman she became during her incessant quest to find her “yes.” ... http://frombarefoottostilettos.com/

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Classics from Needle Point Woman, Chris Hill new on the country/rock scene, and a 30 day fitness challenge.

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