Your Favorite Summer Drinks Here!

It’s hot. It’s summer. I want to get out of here!

As you can tell from my recent posts, summer for me is ‘get-away’ ‘vacation’ and ‘recharging’ time.

I just feel like get out of the city and enjoy the sun and outdoor as much as I can and explore the unknown.

Unfortunately, this year is a little busier than usual for me, so I can’t go far. (sigh…)

But, at least in the weekend, packing up with some DIY favorite drinks and have a little party with close friends around a pool seem like a natural thing to do.

summer cocktails from pinterest.com

summer cocktails from pinterest.com

Here are some cool drinks you can enjoy anywhere this summer!

1. Frozen Dark and  Stormy

Spicy ginger beer shines in this grown-up slush.

2. Strawberry Daiquiri 

Sweet strawberries are even better with rum.

3. Mojito Slushies

Add the lime juice, agave, mint leaves, lime zest, and rum to a blender. Blend until smooth. Fill the blender to top with ice and blend until slushy. Pour into glasses, garnishing each with a sprig of mint and a lime slice.

 

4. Fruity Punch

A mixture of quava juice and orange juice topped with lime soda. Awesome taste!

 

summer drink

pic from pinterest.com

5. Watermelon Sangria

Looks like watermelon is on demand this summer. Put watermelon, moscato, rum, lime juice and zest, and sugar in a blender and work it until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled. Garnish glasses with lime slices and serve.

Try these refreshing summer drinks this weekend! And let us know what your favorite summer drink is in the comment!

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4 Tips for Your Most Important Body Part

Which body part you consider most important?

I guess it’s no brainer.

It’s your brain.

The older we get, the better we have to take care of our body.

And yet, we don’t really think about taking care of our brain which is probably the most important part of our body.

taking care of our brain

Women have become more and more of ultimate multi-taskers, and it takes a toll on our brains.

Recent news reports also say that stress might cause women’s brains to age more rapidly. More reasons to hate stress, right?

Debbie Edmunds, the owner of H.O.P.E. Psychotherapy of Houston says,

“The brain is the only organ that to date cannot be grown in a lab or transplanted, yet it is often the most neglected. When it isn’t functioning in a healthy manner, our lives suffer. So having a healthy brain is paramount to mental, physical and spiritual health.”

Also, the president of Women’s brain Health Initiative, Lynn Posluns confirms,

The latest research confirms dementia develops faster in women than in men, women are more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s, and not just because we live longer.”

Women’s brains are more vulnerable to other problems associated with cognitive function as well.

Not to mention, women are twice as likely as men to have Alzheimer’s and dementia. Yikes.

It’s obvious we have to take care of our brain now, pronto.

So here are tips we can use to keep our brain active, strong and healthy.

1. Eat right

brain-foods

Our brains consume a great deal of our bodies’ overall resources. The foods we eat directly impact the brain’s ability to function at the highest level.

Eat poorly, and your memory, attention and focus will suffer.

Nuts, greens, fish, whole grains, poultry, fruits and vegetables, and olive oil have been linked to better cognitive function and a lower risk of Alzheimer’s.

Also they deliver more omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and B vitamins to both the heart and brain.

Processed foods and sugars don’t provide a continual flow of nutrients, especially B vitamins, so let’s stay away from them as much as we can.

2. Exercise

Twenty(20) percent – that’s the proportion of blood flowing from the heart that goes to our brains.

Exercise increases heart health, which in turn ensures your brain gets the oxygen and nutrients it needs. Perform exercises that increase cardiovascular health, such as aerobics, yoga, or fast walking.

yoga

Dr. Ron Petersen, director of the Mayo Alzheimer’s Research Center, also cites exercises such as “150 minutes a week of brisk walking” and staying intellectually and socially active.

In addition, the National Stroke Association estimates that up to 80 percent of all cases can be prevented by exercising and not smoking, as well as by maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

3. Challenge Your Brain

Like any other part of our body, the brain needs exercise. Though it benefits from physical exercise, the brain also needs mental challenges to keep it engaged, challenged, and sharp.

Any activity that requires deeper thought or increased focus/attention is ideal.

Play cards. Do a crossword or sudoku puzzle. Play memory games that are easily downloaded as mobile applications or go the old-fashioned route and buy a memory board game. There are myriad ways to stimulate the 100 billion neurons in your brain.

Challenge yourself mentally on a regular basis.

And, thinking on the bright side matters too: Negative thoughts can hinder your brain’s ability to think straight and form memories, according to research from King’s College in London.

4. Meditate

meditation

Meditation reduces anxiety, helps with addictions, and improves concentration and attention.

If you have a few minutes in the morning or evening (or both), rather than turning on your phone or going online, see what happens if you try quieting down your mind, or at least paying attention to your thoughts and letting them go without reacting to them.

If the research is right, just a few minutes of meditation may make a big difference.

“You’re never too young to start looking after your brain health,” experts say. So, let’s take care of our brain and have a brain-healthy day everyday!

***all images are from pinterest.com.

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More to make your brain healthy:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/02/09/7-ways-meditation-can-actually-change-the-brain/#4ec16edf7023
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/women-brain-health_n_3899555.html
https://www.yahoo.com/health/early-signs-of-alzheimers-disease-found-in-112519622602.html
https://www.yahoo.com/health/this-is-what-happens-when-you-stop-exercising-113355357618.html
http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/815527/brain-games-a-great-defense-against-alzheimer-s-1

Go Bold This Fall 2015!

Fashion events/shows come in a year or two seasons ahead of time. It’s hard to follow the fashion that ahead for normal people. What IS actually trending this season, fall 2015?

1. MAKEUP

Black eyeliner, cat eyes, and red hot lips. And, BIG on natural beauty.

fall fashion 2015 makeup

fall fashion 2015 makeup (image from harpersbazaar.com – link below)

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup/g5499/best-makeup-runway-trends-fall-2015/

http://www.fashionisers.com/trends/fall-winter-2014-2015-makeup-trends/

http://herfashion.net/fall-winter-make-up-2014-2015-best-fashion-trends/

2. ACCESSORY

Scarves are huge in fall 2015.

fall fashion 2015 scarves

fall fashion 2015 scarves (images from pinterest.com)

http://fallwinterfashiontrends.blogspot.com/2014/08/winter-2015-scarves-fashion-trends.html#.VfnZTZeVV9k

From huge folding bag to waist bag, everything anything goes for handbags this fall. Not to exclude unique/weird extravaganza ones.

fall fashion 2015 handbags

fall fashion 2015 handbags (image from fashionisers.com – link below)

http://www.fashionisers.com/trends/fall-winter-2014-2015-handbag-trends/

http://www.popsugar.com/fashion/Fall-Bag-Trends-2015-Runway-37066238#photo-37066238

For jewelry, dangling long earrings, long necklaces, and over-statement necklaces were the most common kinds. Meaning? Go big and bold.

fall-fashion-2015-earrings

fall-fashion-2015-earrings (images from elle.com – link below)

http://www.elle.com/fashion/trend-reports/news/g26777/spring-2015-accessory-trends/

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/fashion/2015/02/24/Best-of-New-York-Fashion-Week-fall-2015-trends/stories/201502240018

3. OUTFIT

Statement pieces and Fur. Overall coats.

fall fashion 2015 coats

fall fashion 2015 coats (image from fashionisers.com – link below)

http://www.fashionisers.com/trends/pre-fall-2015-fashion-trends/

http://fallfashion2014.com/

http://www.hercampus.com/school/conn-coll/fashion-week-fall-2015-most-noteworthy

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There you have it! What is your favorite trend this fall 2015?

What is your favorite this fall?

Be your own fashionista who leads this season!

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Quick Beauty Tips #4 for Professional Women

Our PinKixxes are always on the move and cramp as much as possible into their schedule everyday. So here are our easy breezy beauty tips #4 for busy professional women. All tips are from professional makeup artists and skincare experts, and most of all, you can follow these tips without wasting your time at all. This time we gathered information about face only. Ready? Go!

FOR TIRED EYES:

Ah~~~ How many times we get up with red or puffy eyes? Try blending a creamy concealer onto your lids and into the inner corners of your eyes before you apply any eye makeup. This will give your shadow a base to stick to and conceal any redness. Just a light application will have you looking well rested, even when you’re not.

Long, fanned-out eyelashes also instantly make eyes look well rested. Try this wide-awake tweak by makeup artist Jessica Liebeskind: Using mascara, sweep middle lashes upward toward brows; inner corners, toward nose; and outer lashes toward temples. Always choose black — darker hues offer the most definition. And skip lower lashes; undereye smudges make you look wiped out.

quick beauty tips for professional women

quick beauty tips for professional women

TO GET RID OF CROW’S FEET:

It’s okay even if you don’t have a peptide-pumped eye cream on hand. To tighten skin, tap lip balm onto the area around your eyes. The deep moisture keeps skin smooth. Avoid balms made with petroleum; it can cause foundation to cake.

TO MAKE LIP COLOR STAY PUT:

Apply lip primer or concealer, and then line the lips with lip liner that is a similar shade as the lipstick, which helps reinforce the color and finish off with your lip stick or color. Matte lips last the longest, but if you are choosing a hydrating gloss or top coat of gloss, then make sure to press the color onto your lips before applying the last coat.

quick beauty tips for face

quick beauty tips for face

TO ERASE WRINKLES:

Cover your face with a towel soaked in hot water for 10 seconds, then spread on a thick layer of cream or a moisturizing mask. “The heat swells pores, allowing the line-plumping ingredients to sink deep into skin,” says FITNESS advisory board member Howard Murad, MD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California at Los Angeles. Cut and place pieces of plastic wrap over cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead to seal in hydration, and remove and tissue off after a few minutes.

TO FAKE A GORGEOUS GLOW:

Mix one part foundation with one part liquid illuminator, and then use your fingertips to massage it all over your face. Top it off with a dusting of a light-reflecting shimmer powder.

There you have it! Quick and easy, right? Try them next time.

Now, let us know what your favorite quick beauty tips are in the comment. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

 

Easy Beauty Tips for Professional Women #3

The older we get, the more serious we become about our careers, families, love life, and more – which forces us to juggle the demands of life. The resulting stress produces spikes in cortisol, which can cause temporary hair shedding, which we do not want to see happening. Not to mention, our hair gets dry more and more everyday. What to do, what to do… So guess what. Today, we are going to talk about how to treat our hair to be healthier and shinier. Easy breezy tips. Here we go!

DRY HAIR:

Dryness is the most common complaint for hair. Most pros say it’s time to start using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, even if your hair doesn’t feel that dry. “In our thirties, we start to lose lipids in our scalps, similar to what is happening on our faces, so we need to up the ante on moisture,” says Chelsea Scott, founder of the TruHair product line. Other pros agree it’s time to start hydrating, if for no reason other than to establish good habits before your dryness issues start.

thinning hair? here are hair treatment you can do!

thinning hair treatment for women over 30: image from pinterest.com

FRIZZY HAIR:

Due to lack of moisture in the air or excessive pollution, your hair tends to become frizzy. Naturally, such hair becomes extremely difficult to manage. To treat frizzy hair, deep condition them at least once a week. Shampoos, conditioners and serums work great to control frizzy hair. But they spoil the quality of hair in the long run. Regular use of artificial shampoos strips your hair of natural oils, so go for these DIY home-made treatments instead of using shampoos all the time. Slightly heat coconut oil and apply it on your hair as a hair conditioner and moisturizer. Massage gently throughout. You can leave it in overnight or condition with a heat cap if you are pressed for time. Coconut oil also provides shine. You can also use a hair mask made with one egg yolk and olive oil or wash your hair with baking soda and rinse with vinegar. Women with especially curly and kinky hair will love it!

HAIRFALL:

“Hairfall can occur due to constant exposure to pollution and the harmful UV rays of the sun. Sometimes, not following a proper diet can also aggravate the problem,” says dermatologist, Dr Swati Srivastava. To treat hair loss, massage your scalp with coconut hair oil twice a week, to stimulate and moisturize your scalp. Since stress can also trigger hairfall, meditate or practise yoga or exercise daily.

hair treatment with coconut oil

DIY hair treatment with coconut oil: image from pinterest.com

OTHER IDEAS

Another tips is to buy a grownup brush; no more raking through strands with a plastic comb. “Brushing your hair is key. The whole 100-strokes-a-day idea went out of vogue for a while, but it’s back because there is a benefit to regular, therapeutic brushing,” says Nunzio Saviano, owner of an eponymous salon in New York City. “As we age, hair follicles shrink and eventually die. So now is the time to stimulate them with vigorous brushing, which keeps them healthy longer.”

Try using a small boar-bristle brush since natural hairs don’t tug on and break strands, and stroke your hair in every direction—“forward, backward, side to side”—for a minute. If your hair is straight, brush daily; if it’s wavy or curly, do it before shampooing.

So, how about you? What do you do when your hair feels dry or thinning?Please share your clever hair treatment tips!