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.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Halloween Treats for Furry Friends and Families at PetSmart

Pet parents can treat their cuddly kitties and pampered pooches to festive Halloween costumes, toys and ghoulish goodies from PetSmart. Participating PetSmart stores even have some wickedly fun family activities planned. Check out the Halloween highlights awaiting you and your furry friends.

Gracie loves her PetSmart Halloween treats./ESW
Monster mayhem hits PetSmart

Monsters are making a big appearance at PetSmart this year, with an entire collection dedicated to these colorful adorable monsters. The Thrills and Chills Monster Mayhem collection features toys, beds, costumes and accessories. Pets can play with a monster flattie toy, sport a monster pet costume that features an adjustable hat and slip-on furry “legs,” or curl up in a three-eyed ghoul monster bed.

Amplify their look with Pet Expressions

Ideal for pets that would prefer not to don a costume on Halloween Night, PetSmart Pet Expressions provides temporary, non-toxic, pet-safe chalking, stenciling and feathering services, available in PetSmart Grooming Salons*, giving dogs a delightful dose of Halloween style. Choose from Halloween and seasonal stencils such as a pumpkin, ghost, turkey or glow-in-the-dark feathers.

Raising spirits in-store with your pet 

Spirited furry friends and families are invited to trick-or-treat, take photos and more at PetSmart stores Oct. 22 through Oct. 23, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. local time**.
In addition to the pet-friendly activities and giveaways, kids can trick-or-treat and decorate a trick-or-treat pail. 

Wicked Cute sweepstakes

Through Oct. 24, submit a photo of your pet in costume! Fans will decide the winner. Visit PetSmart’s Facebook page for more details and the Official Rules. 

*All services are subject to availability. Colors may vary by salon. Available to puppies 12 weeks and older.
**At participating stores. Check with your local PetSmart for details and availability.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

New Saks OFF 5th in Brooklyn, Win a $100 Gift Card!

We love to shop.  And we especially love to shop in Brooklyn. So Everything She Wants was thrilled to be invited to the grand opening of the new Saks OFF 5th store in Sunset Park at Liberty View Industrial Plaza (entrance on 31st Street, next to Micro Center). 


Shoes and more shoes at Saks OFF 5th./Everything She Wants
The location is a little out of the way if you don't have a car, but taking a Lyft from downtown Brooklyn will only set you back about $10, and it's well worth the trip!

To experience the "thrill of the hunt" firsthand, we were gifted a $200 Saks OFF 5TH gift card, and we spent several hours perusing the racks at the 31,000 square foot former warehouse space stocked with more than 800 designer brands for men, women and kids. 

The standout "Meet Your Sole Mate" shoe section has 7,000 pairs of on-trend women's shoes. Although we didn't come home with the fab pair of Vince Camuto over the knee boots we tried on, we did scoop up a cognac Cole Haan leather tote ($119, original price $250), a trendy red and black plaid boyfriend shirt ($35, original price $60), and a few other goodies.

To celebrate the Brooklyn store's opening, the first 50 shoppers to arrive each day through Sunday, October 16 will receive a sweet treat that may contain a golden ticket. Winners can exchange the golden ticket for a $100 Saks OFF 5TH gift card. 

For additional OFF 5TH shopping benefits, customers can sign up for the More! program on saksoff5th.com.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How Much Baby Weight Should You Gain During Pregnancy?


If you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you know that Kim K. has had a rough week. You also know that Blac Chyna is expecting a baby girl with Kimmie's little brother, Rob. 

But here’s a head-scratching detail. The blushing bride to be, who currently stars with her on-again-off-again boo in their spinoff reality show, says she wants to gain 100 pounds during her pregnancy. “Imma tear it up, then Imma snap back,” she told US Weekly as she snacked on chips. 

But why? 

Pregnancy should not be used as an excuse to eat all the junk food you want. “Too much weight will increase the risk of pelvic floor disorders and postpartum and later in life,” a Los Angeles-based Ob-Gyn told Us. And binging on sugary and salty foods can also put you at serious risk for gestational diabetes. 

Besides, according to the National Institutes of Health, a woman of average weight should gain only 25 to 35 pounds during her pregnancy. So as Wendy Williams would say, it appears Blac Chyna is being less than smart. But maybe she can snap back. 

What do you think?  Is 100 pounds too much baby weight?