Saturday, February 25, 2017

Spring Break Workout Tips: Get a Brazilian Carnival Queen Body!

Even if you can't travel to Brazil for Carnival, you can get a toned Brazilian bod that will rival any Carnival Queen. As Rio de Janeiro gears up for 2017’s festivities, long-time Rio procession dancer and Notthinghill Carnival Queen, Juliana Campos, tells Everything She Wants how she keeps her body fit and toned.

“You don’t need a gym and fancy equipment to raise your metabolism, burn fat and tone," says Campos, an exercise coach and fitness expert. "Doing a workout at home with household objects and your favorite music can build that perfectly toned Brazilian figure."




WARM UP

Choose some great music - preferably with a Brazilian drumbeat – and dance for 15 minutes. Then do 100 star jumps.


CARDIO RESISTANCE

Sofa steps: Make the sofa your best friend, but for exercise, not to lounge about on! Holding a litre bottle of water in each hand, step up onto the sofa and lift the bottles of over your head. When you step down, go into the squat position, and repeat the whole procedure 3 x 10. Finish with 20 seconds of star jumps. 

Chair press ups: Place a chair in front of you with its back securely flush with the wall.  Then placing your hands the width of the chair seat and assume the press position, and press up and down 3 x 10. Again, finish with 20 seconds of star jumps. 

Mountain climbing: Either on a chair or on the floor, keep your hands at shoulder-width. Then, with a straight back and legs, bring your right knee towards your right elbow, and then the same with your left, just as if you’re climbing a mountain. Repeat 3 x 20, and finish with 20 seconds of star jumps.  

Chair squats: Placing a chair behind you, stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms parallel to the floor at shoulder level. Sit down and get up again, all the time keeping that straight back. To get up, you should use your quads and your abs – not your back. 3 x 10 and finish with 20 seconds of star jumps.  

Walking lunges: Walk like a duck around your house, with your knees almost touching the floor. Keeping your spine very straight, make sure you do 30 lunges with each leg. Finish with 20 seconds of star jumps.  

Kick-out squats: Squat down with your feet hip width apart and kick back with your right leg, and then the left. Repeat 3 x 10 and – you’ve guessed it! – finish with 20 seconds of star jumps. 

Stretch: Always end your workout by stretching all your muscles properly.


DIET TIPS

Juliana is keen to stress that achieving and keeping a "Carnival Queen body" isn’t all about exercise – it's just as important to think about what you eat, too.
  • Before your workout, she recommends having a black coffee with a teaspoonful of coconut oil stirred into it. This will speed up your metabolism and do wonders for your workout. Also, drink lots of water while you’re training – you need to keep hydrated as well as flush out waste products. 
  • Eat light, lean and clean – salads with plenty of olive oil for example. Fish is great, but Juliana’s mantra is “meat’s a treat for twice a week." Avoid junk food, butter, fried food and sugary drinks. When you go out for dinner, politely ask the waiter/chef that you like your food light, lean and clean. 
  • Eliminate butter and salt from your diet, ask for lemon on the side, and add a little bowl of olive oil for flavor. Sometimes it’s good to relax a bit and "cheat" on the weekend. Have a little of what you fancy – a pizza or burger, for example – but no more than half a portion. 
  • For a healthy, antioxidant-packed snack, try Juliana’s favorite ‘Acai in the Bowl’ recipe. It's made with pieces of banana and tastes like ice cream.  Yum!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Taraji Wears Edgy Hair and Reem Acra at the SAG Awards

Actress Taraji P. Henson dazzled in designer Reem Acra and made a powerful plea for unity as her film Hidden Figures took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

She also slayed with a “chic but edgy undercut style” created by celebrity hairstylist Tym Wallace.

"When thinking about Taraji's look- wanted to focus on her inner beauty and personality. Her versatility and command of any screen translates -- from Empire’s ‘Cookie Lyons’ to Hidden Figures’ "Katherine Johnson’,” explains the stylist.


Photos by Tym Wallace

Exclusively for Everything She Wants readers, here is a step – by – step guide to help you recreate Taraji’s flawless hairstyle:


2) Next, section the hair and blowdry with an Olivia Gardner round brush and fav tool, Dyson Supersonic hair dryer.

3) Once dry, section the hair to create an edgy undercut with Wahl Clippers.

4) Next, create large waves using the Harry Josh ProTools Ceramic Styling Iron. Bonus: Add a little pop with custom-colored Indique hair extensions using Pravana color system.

5) After letting the waves set, brush out downward using a small Mason Pearson brush.


Voila, effortless beauty!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Winter Skincare Tips for Ethnic Skin from 303 Face I Body

Winter weather is harsh on your skin -- often leaving you with dehydrated skin on your face, chapped lips and brittle cracked feet. Not a pretty picture. But there are steps you can take to keep your skin supple and moisturized. To help you get a summertime glow, even during a snow storm, Everything She Wants chatted with 303 Face | Body founder Marci Lundy about her products and her winter skincare regimen.

Everything She Wants: What motivated you to start your own skincare business?

Marci Lundy: After moving to Colorado from Southern California in 2010, my skin was screaming for moisture!! Although beautiful, the state of Colorado leaves your skin horribly dry. The products that I used in California were a no-go here in Colorado. I took the knowledge that I already had about shea butter and aloe vera and began creating body balm blends, as well as doing a lot of homework on a myriad of oils and butters. Over the course of a year, I began testing the products on both my husband and I, making products for friends in exchange of their honest feedback.

ESW: What is the significance of the name 303 Face | Body?

Marci: The ‘303’ in 303 Face | Body is the main area code for Denver, Colorado, where I currently reside. I thought it was very fitting, because that is the birthplace of my idea to begin the company. 303 Face | Body was the ultimate winner after an assortment of name changes. Originally the name was.. get this.. 303 Dolls Face and Body, by Montage by Marci. Hah! That was because I was incorporating my photography company into the name of the skincare line. 

I also wanted people that used products from 303 Face | Body to be referred to as 303 Dolls, which ultimately I do refer to them as that, and occasionally use that as one of the companies hashtags. As far as marketing, labels, and sensibility, I figured simplicity was best, and as the company gained popularity, I felt that 303 Face | Body was the best name.

ESW: When it comes to ethnic skin care, what are a few of the most important ingredients black women need for our skin?

Marci: Moisture. Moisture. Moisture. Shea butter and aloe vera are so valuable in keeping skin supple, free of dryness, and helping to radiate our skin's natural glow. Drinking a sufficient amount of water is very important of course, but if you’re not also proactive in making sure to moisturize your skin on the outside with nourishing butters and balms in a consistent skincare regimen.. it will show.




ESW: Your photography is showcased with your product shots on Etsy. How long have you been a photographer?

Marci: My dad bought my first camera at age seven, and the rest is history. The ability to capture a structure, flower, or something as simple as a crack in a sidewalk in a way that others may never have noticed prior to seeing your photography is just as rewarding as being able to offer someone a skincare moisturizer that will heal a persistent skincare issue they’ve had. The last ten years, I’ve been an active freelance photographer. I take countless photos every day; it’s simply in my blood.

ESW: Please give my readers a few winter skincare tips and which of your products can be used to achieve the best results.

Marci: Moisturize everyday, all through the day.. hourly! If you’re checking your Facebook or Instagram feed, you can take the Everything Balm by 303 Face | Body out of your purse and have a mini self care session of moisturizing in a snap. 

Dry and cracked winter lips are an absolute nightmare. Make sure you’re free and clear from that negative experience by having the Icy Lemonade Lip Creme by 303 Face | Body in tow at all times. 

While temps are cold and winds are brutal, start and end your day with a consistent skincare regimen. The Poppy Block Soap by 303 Face | Body for washing your face, and Euca-Visage Eucalyptus Gel for after face washing moisture. 

Lastly, make sure not to overlook your body just because its covered in layers of clothing during the winter! The Hot Stone Therapy Bar and Fusion Face + Body Oil from 303 Face | Body will ensure that your skin stays undeniably soft during the wintertime and beyond.




ESW: Where can people purchase your products?

Marci: I'm on Etsy. You can also find 303 Face | Body products at 303facebodyorganics.com. And I’m currently in the process of working with boutiques in New York and Florida. One of the most delightful gifts for me in launching this company has been the ability to share and introduce 303 Face | Body products to others. 

We should all feel our best and most confident in our own skin, and this natural skincare line is meant to heal and nourish skin so that foundation and powder are no longer needed. You can comfortably be free of any sort of cover up. There is also a brow moisturizer that helps strengthen and thicken brows.. it's all about, “Pure. You.” That is the companies slogan.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Get Ready for Flu Season with Chloraseptic Sore Throat Relief

Just in time for the holiday season, it's also cold and flu season. Yay! And if you're on the fence about the flu shot, there are tried-and-true drugstore remedies like Chloraseptic®, the #1 sore throat relief, that we count on every year for relief from nagging symptoms. 




Chloraseptic® lozenges and sprays provide fast-acting relief for sore throats and mouth pain. But the rest is literally up to you. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to stay healthy and germ free during the holidays from Chloraseptic® expert Maria M. Mantione, Associate Clinical Professor at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Services.

  • Stay home: The holidays mean parties and gatherings – and many people attend even when they are sick. Do your best to avoid others who are sick – and if you have a cold, stay home.
  • Get some fresh air: Ventilate as best you can if the weather allows it. During the winter months, we are more likely to stay indoors. When weather permits, open up your windows and let some fresh air in.
  • Be prepared: Have Chloraseptic® throat lozenges on hand when you travel. The air on airplanes is very dry – which can cause a sore, scratchy throat. Chloraseptic® lozenges are a great way to keep your throat feeling great.
  • Rest up: Many people drink more alcohol around the holidays – and that can worsen the quality of your sleep. Being well rested is a great way to prevent colds from making you sick. And try not to over indulge in alcoholic beverages.
  • Sanitize everything: Wash your hands and wipe down surfaces that many people touch – like keyboards, doorknobs, telephones and elevator buttons. Use hand sanitizer – but only if you can’t wash your hands with soap and water (the only way to get rid of all types of viruses).




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty, Jewelry and Fashion Picks Under $50

After a stressful election season, we can all find comfort in more than a little retail therapy. And getting a great deal makes shopping even more fun. So as you continue your Christmas and holiday gift picking, here are a few custom jewelry, beauty and fashion finds under $50.




1. 

Nothing says holiday gift quite like an engraved or monogrammed piece of jewelry. That's why we love Brook & York custom rings and necklaces (from $46). The rings come in a variety of styles and are available in silver, gold and rose gold. Necklaces are also available in tortoise, blonde marble and black marble acrylic. All of Brook & York's beautifully crafted jewelry is born in the USA.




2. 

Holiday hair, we do care. Available exclusively at Sephora, Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture’s Scent & Shine Oil Collection ($26 each), offers a trio of silicone-free and antioxidant-packed lightweight oils, each with a distinct, signature fragrance. Each product in the line provides different benefits geared toward your styling needs and texture of choice.

Choose from:
  • Brassica Seed Oil to smooth & silken heat styled hair
  • Coconut Oil to add shine and protect against humidity
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil to hydrate extra dry hair and scalps.

Each oil will refresh styles in between full washes with their subtly scented formulas and give a conditioning and shine boost for dry, thirsty hair. Perfect for wet or dry styling, each oil can also be blended with other products for a personalized treatment that meets your specific hair needs. The line is cruelty-free, and contains no paraben, sulfates, phthalates, artificial colors or fragrance, mineral oil or alcohol.





3. 

'Tis the season to sparkle. And girls of any age will just wanna have fun with a Hard Candy makeup gift set (from $9.88) that includes the Walmart exclusive brand's best lip glosses, eyeshadow palettes, blushes, makeup brushes, and more.






4. 

Women love shoes, and usually have a closetful. But most men will wear the same pair until there's a hole in the sole. Well, here's a game changer in the men's footwear marketplace. Every season, King & Stone presents subscribers with a highly-curated selection of on-trend designs to choose from. 

The company delivers four pairs of shoes per year (one pair per season) for a simple monthly subscription rate of $25. When the new season drops, all subscribers have to do is pick the style they want and their new shoes will be manufactured and shipped. Subscribers may skip a season or cancel at any time. The brand's mission is simple. "We make it easy and affordable for men to look great all year long without the hassle," says co-founder Shaun Rosenstein.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Give Thanksgiving Dinner a Plant-Powered Health Reboot

If you're like us, you're the only one at the Thanksgiving Day table who doesn't eat turkey, ham and forget the pigtails and sauerkraut (it's a Baltimore thing).  To make matters even more complicated, we recently stopped eating dairy and sugar products (goodbye mac and cheese and pecan pie). 

But thanks to the new cookbook, 28-Day Plant Powered Health Reboot: Reset Your Body, Lose Weight, Gain Energy & Feel Great (out January 3, 2017), by registered dieticians and social media superstars Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez, vegans and vegetarians like us can prepare and bring our own yummy, plant-based recipes to the Turkey Day grub-fest. With any luck we might even inspire our families to eat healthier all year long.

Everything She Wants: How can we give Turkey Day a "plant power" boost?

Jessica and Wendy: Holidays and healthy don't have to be mutually exclusive. We are big proponents of adding vegetables to every holiday dinner, or any meal. In fact, we recommend that our clients make about half of their plates vegetables. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to experiment with things like greens (think collards and kale), roasted sweet potatoes, winter vegetables like squash (this roasted acorn squash recipe almost melts in your mouth) and Brussels sprouts (you'll love our blackened parmesan Brussels sprouts recipe).


ESW: What is the hardest thing about doing the 28-Day Plant Powered Health Reboot

Jessica and Wendy: We have worked with hundreds of patients and clients in the form of nutrition education and one-on-one counseling. This opportunity has given us a good understanding of what the challenges are when it comes to healthy eating. At the end of the day, if it's too complicated, expensive, and bland, people aren't going to do it. This is the reason why we made our health reboot super simple and customizable. The recipes are also full of flavor and don't require countless expensive ingredients. Everything has been paired down to the absolute essential flavors and ingredients. The only way someone wouldn't succeed in this meal plan, is if they didn't spend the time actually preparing and cooking the recipes (which is minimal).

ESW: How do you help people overcome preconceived notions about eating healthfully?


Jessica and Wendy: One aspect is perception. In our experience, many people see healthy eating as a foreign concept that doesn’t include foods that are culturally relevant to them. Through our work, we aim to show people all of the fun and creative ways whole foods can be prepared, and make it a point to consider culture, cost, flavor, and nutritional quality. 

*This interview originally appeared on Codeblack Report.

Natural Hair Care Tips from Actress T'Keyah Crystal Keymah

You may recognize her from the '90s sketch comedy show In Living Color, as Bill Cosby's daughter on Cosby, or Raven-Symone's Mom on That's So Raven. But T'Keyah Crystal Keymah is just as recognizable for her trademark twists.


Everything She Wants chatted* with the natural hair pioneer via email about how her hairstyle choices affected her career, her product picks and her book, Natural Woman/Natural Hair: A Hair Journey.

Everything She Wants: Back in the ‘90s not many black actresses wore their hair natural. Were you overlooked for roles because of your hairstyle?

T'Keyah: Sure. I missed out on things because of my hair (which no one knew how to style at first, so I did it myself). I even had casting directors suggest that I "do something with it." Gratefully, I worked steadily enough that I was never tempted to trade my twists for more opportunities. [But] I've always been fine playing characters that don't wear their hair naturally. I just take issue when a character's hair symbolizes poverty, ignorance, or ugliness. To that end, I, regrettably, had my hair pressed for a role that was less than Image Award worthy. Ruined my hair, but I made my little point.

Everything She Wants: Tell us about your natural hair book.

T'Keyah: Thankfully, the climate has changed drastically since my early days in television. I'm very proud that so many women credit me as their natural hair inspiration. [And] I'm working now on the second edition of my book, Natural Woman / Natural Hair (out in January 2017). It will have new styles and incorporate the things I’ve learned, some from fans of the book, since the first edition.

Everything She Wants: What are your favorite hair products?


T'Keyah: I like hair products that are free from chemicals, dyes and mineral oil. As I say in my book, everyone should experiment to judge which products work for you. I keep a small bottle of olive oil in my cabinet, as well as tea tree and rosemary [oil] for my scalp, but I always moisturize with a water-based product before locking moisture in with oil.



*A portion of this interview originally appeared on Codeblack Report.