the little things

    Belts, shoes and accessories can provide the third color when putting together new outfits.  These items also help pull different styled pieces together and maximize your natural beauty. Belts are all the rage right now and they are a wonderful way to change the look of an outfit or create a new look.  

    Every woman can wear belts.  Choose a low-slung wide belt if you have narrow or straight hips.   Low slung narrow belts work better for those who have wider or curvier hips.   If you have great waist definition wear belts of any width at your waist proudly. Do not spend much money on belts.  What is in vogue any given season may be completely out next season.   So, buy a couple in this season’s trendy styles and colors.   If they are still in vogue next season…what a bonus!

 caring about you,
Carin g Hansen

a new week…a new you!

    It’s Monday morning and you can’t seem to find a thing to wear.  It’s the end of the summer…you are tired to your summer outfits, but it is still too warm to beginning pulling out the cooler weather  garments.    

     This is the time to get creative!   Try putting some individual pieces together that you haven’t before.  

     Mix, mix mix…you can do it successfully with just a little effort.  Try doing things in “threes”.  Three solid colors, or two solids and a print that pull the solid colors together.  You can even do a solid and two prints but make certain the prints have either colors in common or the style of print (geometric, floral, polka dots, etc.).  Generally it is best not to put the two prints right next to each other – but feel free to experiment.

     Take an hour this evening and HAVE FUN!  I challenge you to find five new outfits in your closet.

caring about you,
Carin g Hansen

Why Organic Part II

    Reading the ingredient list on organic skin care products and organic makeup can be like selecting from a menu of wonderful, mouth watering fruits, vegetables and edible flowers at your local restaurant.  When storing these products you should treat them as you would fresh produce.  Keep them in either a cool dark place or refrigerator  to extend their life.  If you notice a product has an odd smell you should discard it.  However, if it simply separates leaving oils sitting on top you can stir it up with a plastic spoon and feel completely confident using it.

    For convenience you can just keep it in the cupboard with the rest of your personal products, but be aware that if you have a product that you are not using regularly, it may spoil before you reach the bottom of the jar.

    If you experience any kind of an adverse reaction to an organic skin care product or makeup you should immediately discontinue use just like a non-organic product.  Even though a product is organic you can still experience an allergic reaction to one or more ingredients in the formula. 

    There are great certified organic lines available.  They range in cost from moderate to expensive depending how exotic the ingredients are.

Why Should I Go Organic?

  Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it needs to be fed good food just like all the internal organs of your body.  Years ago I had a doctor put me on the “Stone-Age Diet”.  It was a diet where I was to eat everything as close to its original form as possible.   Of course it included lots of fresh fruits and vegetables – but when it came to cooked food I was to boil, bake and grill versus fry or cover with rich sauces.   The idea behind the diet was to help my body heal by making digestion easier. 

  The same thing applies to your skin.  If you have overly dry, extremely oily or dull lifeless skin you need to feed it with products that are easy to “digest”.  By using organic skin care products and makeup your skin is receiving essential oils, vitamins and minerals without having to work through added ingredients like artificial fragrances or colors and preservatives.

  If you are fortunate enough to have wonderful healthy skin using organic skin care  products and makeup will keep it that way.

  Either way you are a winner! 

  …more on this tomorrow.
  caring about you
  Carin g Hansen

Bridges 2 Beauty Helps Maximize Natural Beauty

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