Monday, July 27, 2009

For Girls-Young or Old-How to Deal with Summer Time Skin

Celebrity Dermatologist, Dr. Jessica Wu
By Laura Medina
Celebrity dermatologist in E! Entertainment, EXTRA, VH1, and numerous shows, networks, and press, Dr. Jessica Wu, was kind enough to step out of her busy medical practice, momentarily, to offer sage advice and hope.

Whether you’re a tween suffering from the indignities of pimples and blackheads in the sticky, sweaty humid Deep South or the mother whose damage has been done, Dr. Wu reassures us any damage can be fixed and healed.

It’s never too late or too early to start taking care of your skin. Besides, pampering your skin is fun, relaxing, and invigorating!

I received a lot of questions from moms, very sweetly concerned about their pre/pubescent daughters suffering from the awkwardness of adolescent-induced acne and those wonderful blackheads popping up all over the place.

Dr. Wu is here to empathize and help.

A summer time routine of washing with a salicylic acid cleanser, toner, and acne cream or product can keep those nasty pimples at bay.

For those suffering from the embarrassment of blackheads and large pores, she recommends seeing a dermatologist to check, in order to establish a practice of a good skin care routine.

You’ll never know, she or he might prescribe Tazorac, a retinoid, to control large pores and minimize blackheads.

Since the Back-To-School season is also one of the hottest and the muggiest time of the year, it is one of the busiest times of the year for Dr. Wu.

Sympathizing with her self-conscious teen-aged patients and their image-concerned parents-and their stressed-out wallets and purses, Dr. Wu suggests Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Pink Grapefruit Wash to counteract those pesky blackheads. Not only is it effective and financially-friendly, it smells good, too.

If your daughter happens to have after-school sports or lucky enough to join the soccer team, the basketball team or the cheerleading squad or just energetically fortunate to do both sports and cheerleading, Dr. Wu advises simplifying her active routine by using Olay Daily Facial Wipes between classes and practices. She, herself, uses them after exercising in the gym.

By the time school starts, your daughter will be ready to face the world with confidence.

Ok, you got lazy about your skin, slack off using sunscreen until now, neglected your face for years and now, the damage has done. What to do?

Dr. Jessica Wu also gives hope to those who had been bad.

For all those tan addicts out who fried themselves under the sun and gotten Crow’s Feet for it, Dr. Wu reassures those that Botox can heal and improve those solar sins.

Botox, if done by a well-trained dermatologist, is well-known to prevent and heal Crow’s Feet, frown lines, and smile lines.

Other than not squinting or smiling, injecting Botox relaxes the muscles, softens the appearance, opens up the eyes, and stops the deepening of lines.

These all add up to a natural, normal appearance which Dr. Wu suggests.

The regiment is easy to maintain. All you have to do is go in every four months to reverse the damage.

If Botox is not your thing, there is another alternative, Juvederm.

What is startling, Dr. Jessica Wu, herself, conducted the clinical test trials for Juvederm and fell in love with it.

“Wonderful, I use it myself.”

She can’t get over how smooth and how natural it feels. Most importantly, how natural it looks.

However, Dr. Wu is quick to point out you can’t use Juvederm and Botox together at the same time on one spot.

She strongly suggests do not use Juvederm on Crow’s Feet. Stick with Botox.

As for those suffering from age or liver spots and moles, Dr. Wu explains they’re caused by the sun and any mole needs to be checked by a dermatologist.

She also quickly warns people not to pick at blemishes anywhere between your eyebrows and above your nose bridge.

Dermatologists call this area, “The Triangle of Danger.” Whenever you pick at it, you unknowingly invite bacteria and germs into a spot that is very close to the brain, causing a brain infection.

Leave it alone and run to a dermatologist to take care of it.

Let’s face it. In the dog days of summer, right before you return to school or just graduated, your sweat glands are working overtime when you least need it.

Dr. Wu’s latest Botox treatment can keep you cool and calm.

By injecting Botox into any area of the body that sweats the most, you can save yourself the embarrassment and the laundry bill by keeping you completely dry for six months, then mostly dry for another nine months to a year.

A real wardrobe investment.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Target makes Hollywood Hip Available

$29.99 Purple and Black Totes
Back-to-School and that transition into Fall is just around the corner and it's in the middle of a hot, sticky Summer with the Dog Days of Summer falling into place.

Need to freshen up your wardrobe but Fall clothes are a little smothering right now and too warm and too expensive for August and even the Indian Summer of September-what to do?

With Target's new accessories collaboration with Jaye Hersh, the super cool owner of Intuition, the hip, go-t0 boutique for Hollywood's hottest celebrities, their new line, HollywoodIntuition bridges that gap between Summer's heat and Fall's more somber cool.

Need a really great bag that can carry all your Summer essentials of gel, sunblock, flip-flops, and magazine then use it again for textbooks, heavy duty makeup, and notebook?

For $29.99, HollywoodIntuition tote bags in fashionable deep purple and reliable black can do all of that.

$16.99 Reversible Floppy Hat in Brown/Gray

This free-wheeling Sixties-Hippy inspired Floppy Hat provides more than sun protection from Summer's harsh UVB/UVA glares in gray. In turn it inside-out, you'll get a Brown Bohemian Hat putting you in a deeper romantic mood for Autumn's falling leaves. Two looks in one for a reasonable.

The HollywoodIntuition Line can really stretch your Summer closet into Fall.

A set of 5 Mixed Media Necklaces for $14.99 and a set of 6 Mixed Media Bracelets for $9.99

Jewelry is always a good fallback for spicing up a stale warbrobe and it's entirely seasonless.

If you want a consistent Hippy style year around, it never hurts to invest in these hip but timeless pieces such as the Mixed Media Jewelry in the HollywoodIntuition.

At five necklaces for $14.99 and six bracelets for $9.99, mom and daughter can split them up, mix them up, and pile them on, making a Summer outfit ready for early Fall and Back-To-School at a very low cost.

$29.99 Tote with scarf and $14.99 Hollywood and $14.99 Aviator Sunglasses

If your tastes fall into Old Hollywood than Young Hollywood, you can bring out your Inner Grace Kelly without the Hermes budget by getting this class tote that includes a subtle print scarf then top it off with a pair of Hollywood sunglasses. All for a under $50!

$16.99 Printed Scarf and $16.99 Ruched Scarf

If Lindsay Lohan is more your "thang" then Grace Kelly, this ruched scarf in deep purple can make your basic tank top up-to-the-minute since ruffles are very big right now and also into the Fall.

$12.99 set of 4-in-1 Faux Snakeskin Pouches

If you're the girl-around-town, dashing from class/work to bar/social function, Target's new collection with Jaye Hersh is for you.

Keep the ruch scarf and the fun, funky jamble of the Mixed Media Jewelry on, just switch the workhorse roomy totes for these super styling pack of 4 pouches as clutches then you'll have a new and different look for a couple of nights out.

$14.99 Hollywood Glamour Necklace

With your a Hollywood Hipster with a tight tank and skinny jeans or a little black dress woman ready for any cocktail soiree, this chain-link necklace can play both teams, making the Hollywood Hipster tougher chic or giving a cocktail dressed socialite a splash of soignee, this is the go-to necklace for any style tribe.

Jaye Hersh's new collaboration with Target, their HollywoodIntuition makes her eye for what every Hollywood hottie and diva wants, more accessible to their fans and admirers who appreciate the little things, making a woman sexy and approachable while transforming the ordinary school girl into a diva for the upcoming school year, all within a school kid's budget.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Gridlock Jeans Stopping You in Your Tracks

Whether you're stuck on Wilshire Boulevard or Sunset Avenue in traffic or blurring by during the rush hour, you can't help but noticed this intriguing billboard for the aptly named, Gridlock Jeans.

But, what everyone is buzzing about is this, "What is Gridlock Jeans?"

There's more to Gridlock Jeans than the name itself.

The "lock" in Gridlock Jeans are actually interlocking back pockets that are interchangeable.
If your wardrobe budget only allows room for one pair of great fitting jeans but you have a jam-packed social calendar.
These removable back pockets come in suede, chains, leather trims, zebra/cheetah prints, and hip embroideries. They automatically refreshes your jeans in nanosecond.
By snapping, buttoning, and zipping them, you can fool everyone that you have a closet full of designer jeans. Nobody knows you only have one pair of jeans.
Even if you're a busy professional in a conservative workplace and you only have room for one pair of jeans for the weekend, these forty different designs of back pockets give you mileage.
You can do an old switcheroo, wear the plain jeans for day and carry the pockets in your purse.
When you arrive at the club or the bar, swap on a pair of back pockets then you're ready to rock.
Just because their specialty are interchangeable back pockets, doesn't mean their limited to only one cut of jeans.
They come in the skinny cut, straight leg, the flare, boot cut, cigarette cut, bell bottoms and skinny overalls for all different types of bodies.

They didn't skimp on quality. The jeans and the pockets are constructed from high quality and chemical-free denim. Easy on your wallet and on the environment.
Paris Hilton, Annalynne McCord, Courtney Cox, Haylie Duff, Eva Mendez, and Shanna Moakler are already big fans of this practial hip line.
Of course, Kitson on 115 South Robertson Blvd. and H. Lorenzo on 8660 W. Sunset Blvd. are the first to jump on this sensible trend.
Now, you can trick people you have a closet full of designer jeans but that's your secret.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer Styling, Don't Sweat It!

Sweating out how to be stylish without being soaked in perspiration?

Level 99 Denim is here to the rescue.

Their current Summer Collection and arriving Fall 2009 Collection are spun out of a combination of durable but lightweight linen, chambray, and sweat-evaporating lyocell.

Plus, lyocell imparts a lustrous sheen. A subtle sparkle for evening.

This babydoll mini Cowl Neck Dress, above, is a great double-hitter.

Pair this with Level 99's white Kaliegh Cargo Jeans and you got yourself a snappy new outfit.

Soft as silk but breezy as air, it's no sweat, simple chic!

Level 99 Denim has you covered for Summer without breaking a sweat.

Most of their Summer jeans collection are in chambray, the lightweight cousin to the more heavy duty denim like these dressy shorts.

The biggest hits out of the Summer Collections are these Kaliegh Cargos. They all have sweat-evaporating lyocell woven into their jeans.
Another great feature about Kaliegh is the efficient and cost-saving hem-tabs. You can pull and fold the hems up or down then secure them with a snap button to keep them in place.
Dress them down and dress them with heels in indigo Chambray for clubbing or in gunmetal for the work.
If you have a positively hectic party season during the Summer, get it in white. Pull it down with jeweled flip-flops for the bar then pull it up in the sand.
Those snap-buttons save you tons of money from the tailor shortening or lenghtening your hems all the time.
Need a cool jacket for those cool nights and blazing hot days?
The Pattie Jacket has you covered, easing from cold to hot, especially if you're in the plane.
You can never be too young or too trendy to wear Level 99.
Still reminiscing about that jean skirt in "The Preppy Handbook"?
Trying to locate it to recreate that vintage look?
The Joy is the revamped version of the classic jean circle skirt.
A great additon to your polo shirt and pearls. Great for any age, from elementary to Baby Boomer.

Need something Summery yet office-appropriate?
The Boyd Trouser in nautical-friendly light-blue and in office-proper gunmetal gray is a great wardrobe addition.

These Cole Capri Jeans in airy chambray and sweat-soaking lyocell makes you Eighties sharp for the dog days of Summer.

Want to be a tight femme fatale without being smoldering in heavy-duty, thick denim?
These razor-sharp Julie Cuffed Skinny Trousers keeps you "Bon Chic, Bon Genre."
Do it retro Eighties Stylish by topping it off with a lightweight tank top and pearls or keep it classy in a short-sleeved striped sailor tee.
The Julie Trousers are a great transition from Summer to Autumn.
Level 99 keeps you chic year-around.