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Fashion, Style, and Professional Impression in Hong Kong

Private Home Sale – Kids Clothing and Accessories

Hello!  A dear friend of mine is hosting a private home sale of THE most adorable kids clothing you can imagine.  If you or anyone you know is looking for unique clothes for the tiny tikes, please refer to the below flyer.  Cheers!

For an appointment and additional information, call Mel: 9757-0617

Children's Clothes and Accessories

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Nutritional Expert Weighs in on Hong Kong Lifestyle

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing nutritionist Chrissy Denton, owner of Bebe2Be for the scoop on the services she offers, weight loss, and prenatal dietary advice.

http://www.bebe2be.com/Nutrition(2056269).htm

Contact: chrissy@bebe2be.com

1. What services do you offer for clients who want to make a major lifestyle change?

We offer a range of nutritional services tailored to each client’s lifestyle and personal goals.   Our services include weight management, sports nutrition, pregnancy nutrition, family nutrition, body composition analysis as well as corporate seminars and workshops.

2. As a nutritionist, you must see all kinds of unusual weight loss strategies.  What advice do you have for in-active women 35-45 years old who want to adopt a healthy diet to lose weight?

    There are many crazy diets in the media these days that convince women to consume an unhealthy eating regime.  Healthy weight loss is achieved by choosing healthy food options that will be maintained over a long period in order to prevent the weight gain or ‘yo yo’ effect.  Exercise is equally important and should be done in conjunction with a healthy diet.

    3. Do you have specific nutrition advice for women who have just become pregnant?

    It is important to maintain a balanced diet during the entire pregnancy, ensuring that you get all the important nutrients that your baby needs.  In the first few weeks some women may lose their appetite due to morning sickness and nausea but overall your body doesn’t need any extra calories for the first six months of the pregnancy.    There are some unsafe foods to avoid during the pregnancy such as soft cheeses, pate, and raw seafood’s such as oysters and sushi and of course no alcohol and limited caffeine.   Folic acid should be taken for the first 3mths of pregnancy and some may also need a vitamin D supplement right up to after the birth.

    4. Do you offer nutritional services for children?

    Yes, we offer nutritional services for children of all ages.  We help parents deal with fussy eaters, offer a variety of snack/recipe ideas as help children with allergies/food intolerances, eating disorders or those dealing with overweight or obesity.

    5. What do you think is the one major dietary mistake people in Hong Kong make each day?

    I think people in Hong Kong tend to go with convenience and chose foods that are ready-made because of their busy lifestyle.  Most people believe that it is cheaper to eat out than cook at home which is very untrue.  Education is the key and by simply showing people basic recipes and how to cook on a budget this would dramatically improve their weight control and overall health.

    Filed under: Health, Healthy Eating, Hong Kong, Losing Weight, Pregnancy - Healthy Eating, Pregnancy Foods, Prenatal Health, Uncategorized, , , , , , , , , ,

    Necessary Evil of Beauty: Nutrition & Supplements (5)

    Being healthy and well-nourished is the most beautiful look I can imagine… and there is no shortcut to a healthy diet.  Being thin does not equate to beauty.  I see tons of skinny women who just look awful.  True health is visible by a person’s smell, posture and bone/muscle shape, complexion, hair and nails, body weight – not to mention the cognitive abilities, longevity, quality of life, etc.  I think carbohydrate free diets are terrible on the system and your body, though I’m not an expert.  I have, however completed an advanced certificate in nutrition and know a diet composed 50-60% carbohydrates, 20-30% healthy fats, and 20-30% lean protein is the way to go… and that the quantity of what you eat is critical.  No matter how balanced your diet, if you overeat, you’ll gain weight.  To help keep your weight in check, aim for making 50% of your breakfast fruit and at least 40% of your lunches and dinners vegetables.  Fill in the rest with whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats and you’ll be feeling and looking beautiful.

    Once you get used to limiting your intake of processed foods, you might not love the taste of excess salt, sugar, and saturated fat.  But, we are animals after all and sometimes nothing tastes better than some good ol’ butter, steak, cream, or fried chicken.  So live by the 80/20 rule to keep your internal health and outward beauty in check:  80% of the time you eat like an angel while 20% of the time you enjoy food as a normal person with friends and family without over-thinking.  Case in point – Thanksgiving and other such holidays.  It’s just one day – so eat what you love.  Then, for the next 4 days eat sensibly and take an extra walk each day.

    In addition to a balanced and varied diet, supplements will keep you looking 42 when you’re 50.  It is a good habit to start early in life to maximize the benefits.  While supplements are wonderful little things, I hate taking them, finding a place to put those bulky bottles, and the aftertaste.  Necessary evil, right?  My personal daily intake includes the following: calcium with vitamin D, essential fatty acids [EFA] for omega 3-6-9, a powerful multi-antioxidant, high quality multi-vitamin, flax seed sprinkled on my breakfast oatmeal, occasional psyllium husk, probiotics, and the odd fitness supplements I also take such as CLA, BCAA, and electrolytes – if I’m exercising in the heat.  See your doctor or consult the staff at GNC about the supplement options available.

    Eating well will keep you looking and feeling your best.

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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dear Friends – just a quick note to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.  Let us be thankful for all we have and consider those among us who are less fortunate.  It is a time for sharing and appreciating.  It is also a special day for eating – so be sure to enjoy all of the food and festivities today without guilt or consequence.  Elastic pants were created for a reason… so eat, drink, and be merry today!

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    Necessary Evils of Beauty: Hair Care (4)

    I admire the beauty of a healthy head of hair… often found on girls too young to be influenced to change themselves yet.  I still remember my mother’s sad look when I changed my locks from their natural strawberry blonde to blonde.   The blonde was fresh and fun… a bit more cosmopolitan, but lacked the youthful shine and health from the natural state.  Regular salon conditioning, gentle brushing, and nice products restored luster and health to my hair and it is nearly all back to my natural red.  I hope other women will treasure their locks as their most valued accessory, as it is the only one to be worn every day.  The time, cost, and patience are necessary evils to ensuring a gorgeous and healthy mane.

    Women generally struggle with their hair.  The color, texture, shape, frizz, curl, dryness, hair loss, etc.  I’ll say this up front – the best thing I ever did for my hair was read “The Hair Bible” by Philip Kingsley, a world-renowned trichologist who has worked with celebrities for decades.  http://www.philipkingsley.com/ I talked with him not too long ago about my own hair issues… the man knows his stuff.  The most important points I took away from our conversation and his book:

    • Use his Elasticizer product regularly – a before shampoo treatment
    • Do not use the incorrect shampoo and conditioner for your hair type
    • Do not brush your hair unless absolutely necessary
    • Never brush wet hair – use a particular type of wide-tooth comb
    • Nourish your hair with conditioning treatments and scalp treatments on a regular basis
    • Your diet strongly affects your hair
    • Avoid tying your hair back into elastic bands whenever possible to prevent a receding hair line and breakage

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    Necessary Evils of Beauty: Drink Tons of Water (3)

    Hello and welcome to the third entry in a week-long series of posts about often over-looked beauty ‘secrets’.  Drinking water should have been the topic on day #1 … and it’s not really a secret, but it is a habit which will significantly affect your body and mind in terms of functionality, beauty, health, skin care, digestion, circulation, body weight, etc.  It’s dramatically important.  I view large water consumption as a necessary evil because most people cannot stand drinking water – the taste, texture, temperature, etc… but we absolutely need water to survive (and look beautiful of course!).

    How many glasses of water did you consume this morning when you woke up?  How many glasses of water did you drink last night at dinner?  Begin your day tomorrow by drinking a large glass of water as soon as you get vertical, and then drink another glass at breakfast.  Buy two extra-large bottles of water each day (or refill for eco-friendliness) and make an effort to drink one before 2pm and the other before bed.  As a challenge with a wonderful reward,see how you feel and how youthful and soft your skin is after drinking only water for two weeks; cutting out all caffeine, alcohol, juice, milk, soda, and tea.  If that is too tough, just cut out caffeine, alcohol, processed juices, and soda for two weeks and consume only decaf tea/coffee, milk, fresh juices and water.  You’ll feel fantastic once the raging caffeine-withdrawal induced headache finally subsides on day four.  🙂

    We are supposed to drink water, and it has worked well for our species… so keep it up and try to consume fruits and vegetables with high water content as well.

     

     

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    Necessary Evils of Beauty: Proper Exfoliation (2)

    Hello and welcome to the second post in the ‘necessary evils of beauty’ – a 7-day series to discuss a few over-looked, yet influential beauty habits.  Today’s topic deals with a common complaint of many women (and men): dry, bumpy, pinkish skin often found on the backs of the upper arm, tush, thighs, etc.  The answer is proper exfoliation, a process of either mechanical (scrubs) or chemical (peels) dead skin removal which facilitates moisture absorption, provides a youthful and radiant appearance, and smooths the texture of body and facial skin.
    It’s surprising how few women exfoliate their curves for soft, supple skin.   We, as a gender, spend an exorbitant sum of money on high heels, Spanx, lip gloss, hi-lights, and fancy panties… yet neglect to dedicate just 1-2 minutes every other day to keep our body and facial skin smooth and healthy.  Removing the dead cells will allow the young and healthy skin to glow… and your expensive facial serum will be much more beneficial when it is absorbed directly into your healthy cells instead of sitting on the old skin.  Well-groomed women know this is a critically important process to include in their shower and skin care regime.  Plus, smooth and healthy skin is so much sexier than anything else you could possibly wear!  😉

    What You Should Know About Facial Exfoliation:
    • Be extra careful with the delicate skin of your face.
    • It’s easy to overexfoliate. Talk to a good esthetician about the product and frequency that is best for your skin. Your should be especially cautious if you have sensitive or aging skin.
    • Be careful not to overdo microdermabrasion. It can make thin, aging skin even thinner if you get too many treatments too quickly.
    • Don’t overexfoliate, especially in summer or in very sunny climates. You’re making it easier for your skin to be damaged by the sun.
    • Never use body scrubs on the face. They’re too rough.
    • Be very careful with peels. Don’t get one peel and then go somewhere else to ask for another. You can remove too much of your protective layer and end up exposing the living dermis. Again, be careful about going out in the sun afterwards, or doing it in summer.
    • Never wax if you’ve had a peel recently. It might expose raw, living skin, which will have to scab over to heal.

      What You Should Know About Body Exfoliation:

    • You can use a body scrub once or twice a week with no problem.
    • Body brushing every morning is a gentle way to exfoliate — and wake up!

    (Above tips from http://www.about.com)

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    Necessary Evils of Beauty: Facial Threading (1)

    Hello Friends – I will write a blog each day for the next week about the necessary evils of beauty.  I’m referring to the habits of women (and men perhaps) who truly know how to maintain their looks, and have the time and money to do so.  I’ll start with facial threading….

    I was just 16 when I told my best friend that her make-up powder was getting caught in her heavy facial hair.  Whoops!  She was sweet enough to forgive my trademark brutal honesty, but as far as I know, never actually removed her cheeky fuzz.  I suffer from the same problem, as do many women.  Although I’m very fair and blond, fine fuzz loves to grow on my cheeks, chin, lip, eye brows, etc.  We are animals, after all and this is completely normal.  However, there is no excuse for a well-groomed woman to be hairy.  Sorry, but facts are facts.

    I endure a painful process each month to have my entire face threaded, which leaves it completely smooth for even make-up application and an overall more flattering appearance.  In contrast with waxing, threading looks very natural and does not leave patches of baldness on your brow and lip area.  Although slightly more expensive and time-consuming than waxing, it is more gentle and eliminates the chance for skin removal, burns, and scaring.  Threading is an ancient skill not available in all salons, and a talented therapist will help provide the fastest and pain-free experience.  Book an appointment with Betty Leung at the Mandarin HK, show up sans make-up, and just know you’ll be a bit red afterwards.  ‘Tis the price of beauty my dears.  If you cannot bear the thought of threading, take care to prevent heavy powder build-up on your whiskers and know that direct sunlight is not your best look.  😉

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    For the love of cable-knit

    Marilyn Monroe effortless in a cable-knit sweater

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Marilyn understood the power of a simple sweater.  What a fox!

    My most recent and easy-to-wear closet obsession: the cable-knit sweater.  I was recently in the US for a long break and delighted in purchasing a “women’s chunky cable cowlneck” cotton sweater for just $69.50 from Lands End Canvas (www.landsendcanvas.com)… and honestly, what feels better than soft cotton?  Sure, I could have paid more for a luxe version at Lane Crawford, but why pay a premium for a comfy weekend staple that begs to be cozied up with a book or on a walk with the pooch?  Now that I have my cream-dream of a sweater, I have noticed cable-knits on trend watch-lists, in store window displays, handbags and scarves… and along with this classic, a ton of East-coast throwbacks to the early 90’s are floating around… Tretorn shoes, tartan skirts, pleated chinos, and braided belts.  I half-expect French-braids and twists to come back any moment.

    So, back to the cable knit.  Wear it loose, wear it effortlessly, and keep in mind the knit pattern is the most visible in light colors.  My preference – soft grey, pale pink, light lavender, baby blue, or classic cream.  Pair this closet essential with just about anything for a timeless and comfortable style… perhaps with tan loafers, minimal jewelry, and great undergarments for emphasizing the few curves visible in a chunky sweater.

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    Cold Water Showers

    Dear Friends,

    While watching the news this morning, an author declared that one common habit practiced by those who rarely fell ill was a cold water shower.  Brrrrrrrrr!  Arctic espresso!  But, in the words of one of my pilates instructors, “Beauty is pain!”  Just look at the fair and lovely Finnish who practice alternating sessions in the brisk cold with hot saunas.  I’m going to try this invigorating and bracing habit… starting off hot and finishing off with a splish-splash in the chill for the following health benefits:

    Benefits of Cold Water Showers

    1. Improves blood circulation
    2. Relieves depression
    3. Keeps skin and hair healthy (and shiny)
    4. Strengthens immunity
    5. Increases testosterone
    6. Increases male fertility
    7. Increases energy and well-being; reduced stress

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