Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Get 30 Percent Off Marika Magic Slimming Capri Leggings

Somehow we missed the memo that you're supposed to get in shape before summer. Since that ship has sailed, we have high hopes for fall fitness.  To help us get motivated and moving,  Everything She Wants was gifted a pair of Marika Magic Slimming Capri Leggings ($55). With Fashion Week just around the corner, we will wear the popular leggings to the gym this week and get our long overdue yoga or Zumba on.

Marika Magic Slimming Capri Leggings./Photo courtesy of Marika

The cotton/spandex blend has a power mesh lining along the thigh area and contour seaming for a slenderized and snatched silhouette. For a confidence-boosting workout ensemble, you can pair the capris with one of Marika's tummy control tops for extra support. Or rock them with your fave oversized top for a casually chic street wear look.

To help Everything She Wants' readers get physical this fall, Marika has offered a special 30% off your entire online purchase through August 31, 2014.  Just enter the coupon code, MM30 at checkout.

Monday, August 25, 2014

To Douche or Not to Douche? Feminine Hygiene Tips

We're not sure we ever referred to our nether regions as a "hoo hoo," but the name of the new feminine hygiene product, healthy hoohoo, certainly grabbed our attention. And this is a sensitive topic to begin with, since most women don't want to admit we aren't always so fresh and do clean down there.

To douche or not to douche? That is the question. Photo credit: Dailymail.co.uk

But the fact that old standbys like Summer's Eve and Massengill have been stocked on drugstore shelves for eons proves there's still a demand for feminine products.  The problem is that douches, harsh soaps and cleansers reportedly throw off your vagina's natural pH balance, which makes the environment more favorable for bacterial growth that can cause infection.

Even worse, bacterial infection caused by douching can increase your risk for endometriosis, pregnancy complications, cervical cancer, and pelvic inflammatory disease.

So healthy hoohoo is here to offer a healthier and safer alternative. This "natural feminine intimate cleanser" is pH balanced and fragrance, sulfate and paraben free. It comes in wipes for on the go, a foaming cleanser and a gentle wash. The products were created by Stacy Lyon, who was inspired after she discovered all of the harsh detergents, dyes, parabens and synthetic fragrances contained in most mass-marketed intimate cleansers and body washes. And reducing the amount of chemicals women are exposed to daily is a step towards better overall health.

The products contain aloe for moisturizing and skin conditioning, green tea for cleansing and detoxification, cucumber extract for skin conditioning, and pomegranate extract for anti-bacterial and skin conditioning. We especially like healthy hoohoo wipes. They're light and refreshing, without an overly sweet fragrance and they come in handy at the gym or anytime you need a quick freshen up.

But remember that having a mild odor down there is normal, and doctors recommend that cleansing with a mild soap and warm water will do the trick. However, if you notice a strong scent, this could be a sign of infection and you should see a board certified gynecologist. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

End of Summer Sale on Aerosoles Sandals Styles

Haven't you noticed the cooler, crisper temps?  That means the fall season (our favorite) is approaching.  And we can't wait to see what fab flats, boots and booties Aerosoles has in store.  But before you pack up your summer footwear, here are two trendy Aerosoles sandals you can easily rock from Indian summer into early fall.

Everything She Wants took Clothesline for a hike across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Clothesline is a great every day sandal, currently on sale!

Clothesline is a practical yet stylish every day gladiator sandal that is so comfy we walked a couple miles across the Brooklyn Bridge and back in our black pair.  The flat, faux leather sandal also comes in white and tan, and features a series of straps and a zipper front, giving it a casual yet fashion-foward vibe.  Chlothesline is stacked with Aerosoles comfort features – from the cushioned insole to the flex diamond pattern sole. 

Enlighten sandal, only a few pair left online but check stock at your local Aerosoles store.

We can't wait to wear the two-inch, raffia-covered wedge, Enlighten (on sale and in limited stock online), to Fashion Week in New York City in a couple weeks.  We were gifted a pair in an eye-catching olive green faux leather upper, but it also comes in black. The popular wedge features contrasting straps that crisscross over each foot into a side buckle.  Sounds super cute, right?

Like Clothesline, Enlighten features a cushioned footbed, sueded sock and Aerosoles signature Diamond Flex Soles, which are engineered for  maximum comfort flexibility by absorbing impact and dispersing friction with every step.

In September, get ready for a preview of Aerosoles fall lineup.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

How You Can Shrink Fibroids Naturally with Food and Herbs

When I found out I had uterine fibroids* nearly a decade ago, they were small and inconsequential. But over time, my fibroids quietly grew and I started to get a lot of unsolicited questions about my “baby bump.” 
That’s the sneaky thing about these non-cancerous tumors (more than 99 percent of fibroid cases are benign.) They can grow slowly, rapidly, or remain the same size. They range from pea-size seedlings to bulky masses that distort the shape of the uterus. Now my biggest fibroid is a whopping 12 cm, about the size of a grapefruit.
According to The Mayo Clinic, 3 out of 4 women have uterine fibroids sometime during their lives. African-American women are at an increased risk and suffer the most complications from fibroids.
African-American women are at a higher risk for uterine fibroids.

While the cause of fibroids is unknown, their growth has been linked to an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, and heredity.  So if your mother or sister has fibroids, you’re likely to develop them, too.
Although some fibroids shrink on their own, especially after menopause, when they’re huge like mine, most doctors recommend surgery--either a myomectomy to remove the fibroids or a hysterectomy to remove the uterus, with the possibility of removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

But before you opt for the ER, why not consider a natural alternative?
Natural health practitioners believe there are natural ways to prevent and shrink fibroids, and ease sometimes debilitating symptoms such as heavy and prolonged periods; frequent urination; constipation; and lower back pain. Here are some of the options recommended for shrinking fibroids naturally.
Hormone-balancing foods
Research shows there’s a relationship between diet and developing uterine fibroids. Eating foods that are high in fiber helps to significantly decrease estrogen levels, which in turn may cause the fibroids to shrink.
In Healing Fibroids Naturally: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Care, Dr. Allan Warshowsky recommends a diet rich in fruits, dark leafy vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and cold-water, deep-sea fish like salmon and tuna.
Women with fibroids should reduce or eliminate red meat, dairy products including eggs, wheat and gluten, soy, alcohol, and foods high in sugar, caffeine and saturated fat from their diet.
Detoxifying herbs
Herbs like milk thistle, chasteberry (vitex), burdock, yellow dock, red clover and artichoke help the liver detox, balance hormones, and reduce excess estrogen and inflammation.
Other herbs effective in treating fibroids include black cohosh, Siberian ginseng, Echinacea, goldenseal, red raspberry, licorice root, motherwort and dong quai. But women experiencing heavy bleeding should avoid dong quai, as it could increase blood flow.  The herb is also not recommended for nursing or pregnant women.
Castor oil packs
Naturopaths believe placing a warm castor oil pack prepared with hexane-free castor oil and a white flannel cloth (both available in health food stores) over your abdomen several times a week is another effective method to shrink fibroids and relieve pain. While relaxing with the pack, this is the perfect time for meditation and positive visualization exercises to reinforce the desire for optimal health.
Exercise
Research suggests exercise also combats fibroids. Aerobic exercises like walking, running, swimming and dancing stabilize insulin levels and help prevent hormonal imbalance. Eastern disciplines like yoga and tai chi stretch, tone and increase the flow of energy (chi) to the pelvic organs and hormone glands. And weight training improves muscular health and strengthens the muscles that support the uterus.
If you have fibroids, Everything She Wants wants to hear how you manage them naturally? And check out a blog I came across that chronicles one young woman's quest to shrink her fibroids naturally.
(*Portions of this post originally appeared on the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Wellness Today blog.)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

What Hormones Do to Your Skin and How Skin Inc. Can Help!

With age comes wisdom and hopefully a shift from the turmoil of your teens and insecurity in your 20s to more self-confidence in your 30s, 40s and beyond.  But feeling more comfortable in your skin emotionally, doesn't necessarily mean that your skin isn't literally going through changes physically.  


According to WebMD, after age 30 women lose one percent of our collagen per year. And as women approach or enter menopause (usually somewhere between 40 and 58), estrogen decreases and so does the body's ability to produce oil and retain moisture, and dry skin becomes more common. 

So what's a girl to do?  

Skin Inc.'s customized skincare solutions help women create their own fuss-free skincare regimens to target your skin's problem areas, including hormonal skin. The curated range of paraben-free products includes nine serums, two cleansers/exfoliator, one multi-tasking mask and one moisturizer.

Everything She Wants experienced the products firsthand during a press event at Manhattan's luxe The Spa at Trump Soho, and emerged from an indulgent facial looking and feeling refreshed. Here are the three Skin Inc. products prescribed for my hormonal and stressed skin (each product is then blended in a single bottle in the color of your choice, to create a potent daily serum called My Daily Dose):

Renew: Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is a natural cell revitalizer – it activates the production of energy in cells, helping to renew cell functions and increase the absorption of nutrients in skincare products – slowing down the aging process for more youthful skin.

Repair: French Pine Bark
Extracted from the bark of French coastal pine, this super anti-oxidant is 350 times more effective than Vitamin C and 170 times more powerful than Vitamin E. It is combined with EGF, a protein found naturally in skin that increases DNA synthesis and cell growth that moisturizes the skin and reduces the signs of ageing skin.

Reinforce: Ceramide
Contains four different types of Ceramides to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier. This prevents dehydration of the skin and protects it from external stimuli such as chemicals, dry air and UV rays. This serum can also be used to relieve the symptoms of eczema.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Back-to-School Women's Shoe Trends from Harley-Davidson

We know, these are the three dreaded words no student (or teacher) wants to hear--back-to-school (but it's music to most Moms' ears). But a pair of new shoes will certainly make the transition a little easier, so here are some fashionable footwear styles, including gladiator sandals and colorful cowboy boots, from Harley-Davidson Footwear that will put a spring in your step from late summer into early autumn.  That's right, Harley-Davidson doesn't just make boots for bikers, anymore. And get this, new for fall the expanding brand has a collection of work-ready flats.


Brightly colored leathers, ornate embroidery, uniquely distressed treatments and just enough H-D attitude combine to create the Western Collection, featuring Emma-Lee Tan, Emma Lee Blue, Loreley Green, and Jesse Black (not pictured).

Each season, H-D Footwear does a limited run of sandals, including Leoine, a strappy gladiator sandal. Check a H-D store near you to see if it's still in stock.

These Denna flats are perfect for work or play and have a cushion sock lining for extra comfort.

Photos by Everything She Wants




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Healthy Summer Snacks and Sweet Treats

To help you pack some healthy snacks for your next picnic or outdoor party, here are a few of Everything She Wants' new summertime snack faves.

NatureBox

NatureBox is a monthly subscription box that will deliver delicious, healthy sweet and savory snacks to you at home or at work.  Each month, subscribers select five full-size bags of gourmet snacks or you can opt for a surprise box of goodies. We were gifted a three-month NatureBox subscription and always looked forward to getting our delivery. Among our favorites are the dehydrated 'Big Island' pineapple; whole wheat figgy bars (they come in blueberry, strawberry, lemon and raspberry); and honey crunch crisps.  New items are regularly introduced, and subscriptions range from $15.95 to $19.95 per month.

Palais des Thes XL Iced Tea Bags

Palais des Thes XL Iced Tea Bags makes iced tea easy. You don't even need to heat the water, and the tea bag's long cord makes it easy to remove from the pitcher one the tea has steeped. The line of all-natural XL tea bags come in four signature blends flavored with fruits, flowers and spices; each one is identified as sweet, refreshing, fruity and uplifting. Each bag makes 16 oz of tea (use two for a quart-size pitcher). Individual packages of six XL tea bags are sold for $12.50 and the Selection of Summer Teas Box is $29 (16 bags; 4 of each).


BARE All Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips

BARE All Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips are a unique kind of all natural snack crafted from top quality Nam Hom coconuts from Thailand. They're baked and not fried, gluten-free and made with seven ingredients or less (that you can actually pronounce) and never contain artificial ingredients. The coconut chips are available in five crave-worthy flavors including Simply Toasted, Show Me the Honey,  Chocolate Bliss and Sea Salt Caramel. BARE also specializes in apple chips and dried fruit snacks.