Friday, February 20, 2015

Can Fashion Week Cause Eating Disorders and Poor Body Image?

Another Fashion Week has come and gone.  But could this bi-annual event have long-lasting negative effects on how average women view their bodies, or worse, plant the seed for an eating disorder? 


How thin is too thin?/IBTimes
The weight debate has raged on for years amongst fashion industry insiders, feminists and fashion spectators, and some designers have admirably refused to hire rail thin girls for their runway shows. In a bold step, Israel recently enacted a skinny-model ban and requires both female and male models working in the country to have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 18.5. As reported by the IBTimes, that means a model who is six-feet tall must weigh at least 136.5 pounds and a model who is five-feet, eight inches must weigh at least 119 pounds.

According to Stanford psychologist Dr. Megan Jones, also Chief Science Officer of Lantern — an innovative mobile tool that helps prevent the onset of eating disorders and other emotional health issues — many eating disorders begin with modest attempts to lose weight that can quickly spiral out of control.

Dr. Jones, who survived an eating disorder she developed as a college student, says that aspiring to be as skinny as the fashion models who grace the catwalk during Fashion Week can cause many teenage girls and young women to adopt thinking patterns that put them at great risk for future body image and eating control issues.

So could you be at risk for a “subclinical” eating disorder without even knowing it?  Here are six warning signs Dr. Jones shared with Everything She Wants (consult a medical doctor if you think you have an eating disorder.):

1. You describe fat as a "feeling."

2. You eat a limited variety of foods or become a vegetarian to restrict food intake.

3. You avoid eating meals or snacks when other people are around.

4. You constantly calculate the amount of fat, carbs or calories you consume.

5. You feel ashamed, disgusted or guilty after eating.

6. You dream of having the body attributes of friends, models or celebrities.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Treats for Your Sweet, Last Minute Gift Ideas

Champagne and chocolates are nice. But to help you think outside the heart-shaped box this Valentine's Day, here are a few unique sweet treats for you or your Valentine.


Palais des Th├ęs Sweet tea sampler set ($29) features five tubes of yummy whole-leaf tea including green, black, and rooibos varieties with indulgent flavors such as chocolate and vanilla.


Whether you're going on a romantic date or planning to paint the town red with your girlfriends, I Smell Great (from $28) eau de parfum and scented water mist, soft body whip, reactive lush lip and hair fragrance will do exactly what the name suggests. You'll smell great thanks to playful scents like Candy Crush, Beach Babe, Wild Honey and Angel Cake.


Nubian Heritage's Patchouli & Buriti Collection ($4.49-$12.99) includes bar soap, infused body butter and bath, body & massage oil.  The scent is sweet, spicy and uplifting to the senses. Patchouli essential oil is known in aromatherapy for its beneficial effect on oily or maturing skin and hair. And the Amazonian beauty secret, Buriti oil (“the tree of life"), has long been prized in the Amazon for its nutrient-rich fruit.  Buriti oil’s high beta-carotene and vitamin E content supports the skin’s natural collagen production, and hydrates and calms the skin.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fashion Jewelry Spotlight: Bee Charming's Statement Pieces

Everything She Wants recently discovered the eclectic costume jewelry line Bee CharmingWe love the semi-precious beaded bracelets with inspirational phrases like "Power and Integrity" and “Self Esteem” attached on a gold-plated tassel. 

Bee Charming's inspiration bracelets.
Founded by jewelry designer Lisa Snitkoff in 2001, Bee Charming’s trendy aesthetic was inspired by her “love of fashion, vintage jewelry and the beauty of different cultures--bringing all of that into today's style.”

The New York City-based line also features braided and woven statement necklaces, vintage friendship bracelets, semi-precious stone Buddha bracelets, and kitschy handcuff necklaces and bracelets that open and close (perfect for a playful Valentine’s Day).

Bee Charming is available online and in select catalogs and U.S. boutiques.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Weekend Detox with Oil Pulling Oral Oil Detox by GuruNanda

On Superbowl Sunday, most of us will load up on chips and dip, nachos, pizza and other calorie-filled munchies. But you can offset some of the toxins you accumulate from poor dietary habits and the environment with oil pulling--an ancient Ayurvedic practice based on the idea that self healing can be achieved when the three mind-body types known as doshas (Vatta, Pitta and Kapha) are balanced. 


Doshas are derived from the five major elements of air, water, fire, earth and space, and they express unique physical, emotional and mental characteristics. 

Dating back more than 5,000 years, the practice of oil pulling removes toxins which themselves are oil soluble. Oil pulling is most effective when a pure and dosha-balanced oil is gently swished in the mouth for a required period of time.

We received a sample of GuruNanda pulling oil (oral oil detox) ($14.99), which pulls toxins and harmful bacteria via the salivary glands.  This alcohol-and-artificial-color-free proprietary blend of organic sesame, sunflower, coconut and peppermint oils is formulated to maximize the benefits of oral detoxification.

Here's how to use GuruNanda pulling oil:

  • Shake well and place 1 tablespoon in the mouth. Gently swish, pushing the oil between the teeth for up to 15 minutes. If necessary, start with a smaller amount of oil and gradually increase pulling time.
  • Spit oil into the trash (not the sink). Brush teeth thoroughly afterwards.
  • Use daily. Results may be seen in as little as six weeks. Reportedly, the oil makes your teeth whiter and your breath fresher, and it can improve your overall health, including increased energy, weight loss, clearer skin and pain relief.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Spring Break Beauty Product Picks and Essentials

Winter is just getting started, but my thoughts have already turned to spring. And visions of a tropical getaway to Miami, Rio or Maui are dancing in my head. So here's a short list of Everything She Wants' must-have beauty picks and essentials to help you prep for and to bring on your next spring fling.


1. For a few weeks, I've been using the collagen boosting Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum (and masque) in tandem with Eminence's Stone Crop Hydrating Mist, illuminating Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum and nourishing Facial Recovery Oil, and my skin texture has a renewed youthful glow. The anti-aging products are good for all skin types, absorb quickly and are packed with effective, natural ingredients and antioxidants.

2. Dry feet aren't sexy nor are they sandal-ready. And Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy has done wonders on my coarse, cracked heels. The ointment will also intensely moisturize and rejuvenate any part of your skin that needs new life.

3. Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant comes in six fragrances and is the perfect lightweight protection for carefree resort days spent lounging on the beach or poolside.

4. Beauty starts from the inside out.  Before your getaway, strengthen your hair, skin and nails with Nature's Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin & Nails multivitamin infused with argan oil, 5000 mcg of biotin per serving, antioxidants A, C and E and hyaluronic acid.

5. Made with a gentle blend of honey, brown sugar, Tahitian vanilla and sweet nectar, I Smell Great Wild Honey hair fragrance delivers on its name. It also gently conditions and adds sheen to your hair. While you're on vacay, use it between workouts and spa treatments.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jennifer Lopez Stars in The Boy Next Door and She's Fab at 45

Jennifer Lopez looks better than ever.  With a sexy new movie, The Boy Next Door, opening this weekend (we are so there), her current stint as a judge on the ever-entertaining American Idol, and her memoir, True Love, to promote, J. Lo is also busier than ever.

But who are we kidding? This post is just an excuse to share a few flawless photos of the stunning actress and entertainer, who in our opinion is a much flyer girl at 45.

Love the top knot and the lace, tea-length Christian Siriano skirt paired with a sleek black top.
J. Lo is one hot mama in this skin-baring ensemble.
Va va va voom. This is not your average little black dress.
We're not a fan of fur, but J. Lo still looks red hot in white.

Photo credit: Wire Images

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A sneak peek at Meow Parlour, New York City's first cat cafe

Come for the cats and stay for the cookies. Founded by pastry chef and entrepreneur Christina Ha and her assistant chef Emilie Legrand, Meow Parlour is the city's first cat cafe, and it introduces a business model already popular in Europe and Asia.

Guests and potential cat parents pay a fee of $4 per half hour to play and co-mingle with the resident kitties (all cats are available for adoption through Kitty Kind). Assorted macarons and cat-caricature cookies are available at the neighboring Meow Parlour Patisserie, also owned by Ha.

Everything She Wants checked out the cafe when it opened in December 2014. See a sneak peek below, and reserve your play date today.






Photos by Tracy E. Hopkins