Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bye-Bye Cellulite!


Hate cellulite? Don't waste your money getting treatments and buying anti-cellulite creams and capsules.. They won't help.  Eat these food and thank me later. :)

While anyone fat, thin, young or old can suffer from cellulite, ageing does tend to increase the visibility of cellulite due to the loss of elasticity and thinning of skin. Therefore, try eating foods rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) which can help to strengthen skin and keep it supple and elastic. Avocados are a particularly rich source of EFAs, as well as being high in many essential nutrients.


Bananas are a rich source of potassium, which is helpful for reducing cellulite in many ways. Firstly, potassium helps to reduce water retention which can be a leading cause of cellulite. Furthermore, potassium can help to support the lymphatic system and ensure it works efficiently at circulating fluid and cleansing the body of impurities.


Eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is one of the best ways to detox the body and reduce the appearance of cellulite, and papaya is a particularly good choice of fruit. Papaya is not only rich in potassium - one of the most important nutrients when it comes to battling cellulite - but it is also high in antioxidant beta-carotene, which can help prevent damage to body tissue.


One cause of cellulite is poor circulation, so eating foods such as ginger that boost blood flow can help to improve its appearance. As well as being good for circulation, ginger is also good for detoxification and strengthening the lymphatic system, which can help with the circulation of lymph fluid and toxins that can accumulate in fat pockets under the skin, contributing to the bumpy appearance of cellulite.


To help keep skin firm and taut and disguise the appearance of cellulite, try adding some vitamin C to your diet to help boost your skin's collagen levels. Berries are a particularly good source of vitamin C, as well as being extremely high in the antioxidants necessary for fighting toxic waste, which can slow down the lymphatic system and accumulate in cellulite-prone areas.


Another top food for keeping the skin in good condition is oily fish, which is high in skin-strengthening omega-3 fatty acids. As an added bonus, the fatty acids present in oily fish are also good for reducing inflammation and boosting the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, making them a good choice for keeping cellulite at bay.


Whole grains are packed with fibre, which is an essential for keeping your body running smoothly. Fibre helps speed up the process of detoxification and clear out waste products that can build up in your system, often leading to cellulite. Eating whole grains also helps to keep the heart healthy and boost circulation to cellulite-prone areas.


Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale are rich in an antioxidant called lutein, which research has shown is good for helping the skin to retain its moisture and elasticity and increase its lipid levels - all good news for those suffering from cellulite. On top of this, leafy greens are nutrient-rich and are good for the circulation and detoxification.


Asparagus is another food with circulation-boosting properties. On top of this, asparagus is a great stress reliever due to its abundance of folic acid, which can help to stabilise a stressful mood. As prolonged levels of stress can increase fat storage on the body, adding foods such as asparagus to your diet can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.


A sluggish lymphatic system is one of the primary causes of cellulite, so those wishing to reduce its appearance should try boosting their intake of cranberry juice, which is noted for its abilities to cleanse the lymph system. This powerful juice helps to emulsify stubborn fat deposits in the lymphatic system so that they are more easily flushed out the system.


CHEERS!!!



Source: Yahoo Health


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Miss Dior





Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence stars in the new DIOR campaign.  Yay or Nay? 


Friday, February 21, 2014

Voguely Van's Recipe Of The Week: Chicken Pot Pie

Surprise your friends and loved ones with this uber simple yet super yummy dish… 










It's warm, delicious, homey.. A food for the soul-- This is what i call my "comfort food.." ;)


Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small shallot, finely diced
  • 1/2 of a medium onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup carrots, sliced into coins
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • About 3/4 lbs. chicken, diced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 or 3 cups fresh spinach
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • Fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter and saute the shallot and onions. Once the onions start to brown (maybe after 3-4 minutes), add the carrots, celery, and chicken. When the chicken starts to brown and burnt bits start to collect at the bottom of the pan, stir in the 2 tablespoons of flour.
  3. Add the chicken broth, and a pinch or two each of salt and pepper. Also add the spinach and stir, letting the stew simmer and thicken.
  4. Transfer your stew to two oven-safe bowls, dividing evenly. When I made this, I placed my puff pastry directly on top of the bowls. The puff pastry didn’t rise as high as it normally would, which I believe had something to do with the dough touching the stew directly — so on my next batch, I cooked the puff pastry on a baking sheet separately, and then placed the cooked puff pastry on the stew afterwards.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, until the puff pastry has risen and turns a golden brown. Garnish with fresh parsley.
Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 2

ENJOY!!!




Recipe and Photo Credits: Sweetsonian


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What To Wear On Valentine's Day : Casual To Glam

Okay, we all have different plans on Valentine's and dressing up for it is not as easy as it seems. Here's a guide what to wear on the 14th from the most casual clothes for lunch, shopping and movie to glamorous dresses for dinner and clubbing…



More Tips:


1. For cold weather, layer clothes..  Opt for Solid-colored blazers and cardigans so you'll look polished. A denim jacket during the day and black leather jacket in the evening can't go wrong either. 
2. Wear a light-scented perfume. Keep it light and fresh. You don't want your date to feel nauseous.. lol! 
3. Keep fresh mints and breath sprays in your purse so you'll have fresh breath (Read: KISSABLE) all day and night. 
4. Whatever kind of date you have on  Valentine's, make the most of it and enjoy. You don't need the fanciest dinner or the most expensive gifts-- it's that special someone by your side that makes it all worth it. Go create beautiful memories together! 

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!


Source: Nasty Gal


Vera Wang Fall 2014























From wedding dresses to grunge pieces, Vera Wang can do no wrong. 


Source: VOGUE.COM


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