Cheers to Independence Day & Shopping at Hagerstown Premium Outlets

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I am a self proclaimed shopaholic. And when I think of Independence Day, I take time out to appreciate being an American and anticipate the backyard barbecues and fireworks.  But, I also think about all the amazing end of the season and pre-season retail sales! I had the pleasure of partnering with Hagerstown Premium Outlets, a Simon Center yesterday to check out all the weekend sales they’re having and share my shopping experience live on Twitter, Periscope and SnapChat (Angelica Talan).

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Photography by Lani Furbank. Kate Spade New York Tote Bag 60% Off at Hagerstown Premium Outlets.

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Photography by Lani Furbank. Kate Spade New York Tote Bag.

Most of the stores are offering 50% off their already significantly reduced merchandise. My two favorite stores Coach and Kate Spade New York are offering 70% off of all handbags! These are deals you can’t beat! I found this amazing carry-all tote bag originally retailed at $495 for less than $100!

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The kids corner is offering amazing door busters at Gymboree and Janie and Jack and sales such as buy 2 get one free deals at Carter’s.

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Photography by Lani Furbank. This Ann Taylor necklace is 70% off and the Banana Republic Dress is 50% Off at Hagerstown Premium Outlets.

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Every store at Hagerstown Premium Outlets is offering plenty of discounted items for their summer clearance sales! There is something for everyone in your family here! From the athlete to the cook to the fashionista to the kids, you don’t want to miss! Check out my Tastemade City Guide Video Recap here and to plan your trip and learn more about Hagerstown Premium Outlet, visit their website by clicking here. Stay up to the minute by following them on Facebook and Twitter. Have a wonderful Fourth of July and Happy Shopping!

{This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Hagerstown Premium Outlets, a Simon Center.}

20 Things to Do in Washington DC with Kids

 

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Visiting DC With Kids?

Washington DC is one of the most family friendly cities in the US. Our nation’s capital offers family friendly attractions such as world-class museums, monuments, historic sites, outdoor recreation and live entertainment. Best of all, most of these sites are free and open to the public. Here are my Top 20 Things to See and Do in DC with Kids:

1. National Postal Museum: suitable for all ages including infants. Explore the history of postal mail beginning in the colonial times to today. The museum is loaded with interactive exhibits including a spot to make postcards and have them addressed, stamped, and mailed for free. The museum is home to two airplanes that hang from the ceiling, two stagecoaches including one that the kids can sit in, a big rig and an old train car, both of which you can sit in. Old-fashioned postal mail is actually a really fun place to begin your child’s tour of DC!

2. Tour Union Station for Tourism Trinkets & For Lunch: Union Station is a historic train station that’s part shopping mall, part tourist destination and is also home to the newly added Greyhound Bus Station. This Beaux Arts-style train station is a bustling transportation hub, with the Red Line Metro, Amtrak, and Virginia and Maryland commuter trains making stops daily. It features three concourses: The top two house more than 100 shops and eateries, and the lower one features a food court and movie theater. In the marble foyer at the front of the station—an enormous and gorgeous space with 96-foot vaulted ceilings offering plenty of space to stretch your legs and let your little runs run around and expend some energy as well. Pick up a brochure at the visitors’ desk and take some time to explore the building. Afterward, ride the elevator downstairs to the food court and grab lunch at one or two of the many food vendors available or visit Chipotle or Shop House inside Union Station on the first level.

3.Tour the Capitol Walk through the Hall of Columns, the Rotunda, and the old Supreme Court chambers, then head upstairs to the House and Senate chambers. From the visitors’ gallery, you can watch a bill become a law in person—see bills being debated, votes being counted, and speeches being given. Note: Congress is on recess for the month of August. Tickets are free but available only on a first-come, first-served basis at the Capitol Guide Service kiosk on the sidewalk on the Capitol’s southwest side (near the intersection of First Street and Independence Avenue, Southwest). Ticket distribution starts at 9 AM.

4. US Botanic Garden (245 First St., SW), one of the Smithsonian’s treasures is only a short walk from Union Station and the Capitol. It’s a year-round greenhouse and conservatory that will inspire you and your little travelers to imagine that you’re inside a jungle or on a trip to the amazon. There are over 26,000 plants organized in collections throughout ten climate-controlled rooms. In warm weather, stroll through the two outside gardens: Bartholdi Park (just south of the conservatory, across Independence Avenue), which is anchored by a large fountain, and the National Garden (just west of the conservatory), which includes rose and butterfly gardens, the First Ladies’ Water Garden, and an outdoor amphitheater.

5. Bureau of Engraving & Printing See real money being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC! This is a fun tour for all ages. You will see how U. S. paper currency is printed, stacked, cut and examined for defects. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing also prints White House invitations, Treasury securities, identification cards, naturalization certificates, and other special security documents. Tours are offered every 15 minutes and last about 45 minutes. Tickets aren’t required during the off peak season (September through February), just line up at the entrance on 14th Street when you want a tour. Tickets, which are free, are required during peak season (March through August) and can be picked up at the ticket booth on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8 AM on the day you wish you visit. I recommend sending one person in the morning to get tickets for the entire family while the kids are entertained another way. Tickets go fast, so plan to get there early.

6. The National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave., NW), is home to more than 2,000 animals. The giant pandas are the National Zoo’s most compelling feature. And the elephants, apes, reptile center, cheetah station, the Asia Trail—with sloth bears, clouded leopards, fishing cats, red pandas, and more—are all highly recommended. One of the best zoos in the United States and it’s FREE!

7. National Museum of Natural History is one of my favorite “musts” for kids of all ages. It houses thousands of specimens in exhibits, including birds, gems, fossils, mammals, ocean life, and more. In the rotunda on the first floor is a life-size African male elephant, and upstairs is the famous Hope Diamond—both of which shouldn’t be missed. The butterfly exhibit features a live butterfly pavilion that you can stroll through and see and touch the butterflies up close and personal. Admission to the museum is free, but the butterfly pavilion has an admission fee for children 2 and older. It is totally worth it! The Q?Rius Exhibit. Q?rius is a new way to connect science with everyday experience. It’s a first-of-its-kind interactive and experimental environment — part lab, part collections vault, part DIY garage, part hangout, and all fun.

8. National Air and Space Museum is my family’s absolute favorite Smithsonian museum. Within its 22 exhibition galleries are items such as the 1903 Wright Brothers plane, a V2 ballistic missile from the Cold War, a full-size Hubble Space Telescope vehicle, and the space suits worn by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on their visit to the moon. You may also want to check out the Albert Einstein planetarium or the IMAX theatre for a very special show. The museum is free.

9. The White House Visitors from around the world come to Washington DC to tour the White House, the home and office of the U.S. President. Built between 1792 and 1800, the White House is one of the oldest public buildings in the nation’s capital and serves as a museum of American history.

10. The National Building Museum is also on my top 3 favorite museums for kids. The Build, Work, Play is amazing!

11. The Monument is one of the most popular attractions in DC. It is the tallest structure in the District of Columbia. Take the elevator up to the highest level and have a look at DC from the birds eye view. An elevator takes visitors to the top to see a spectacular view of Washington, DC including unique perspectives of the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and the Capitol Building. Sylvan Theater, an outdoor amphitheater located near the base of the Washington Monument, is a popular venue for a wide range of events including free concerts and live theatrical performances, commemorative ceremonies, rallies and protests.

12. The Tidal Basin is a man-made inlet adjacent to the Potomac River. Visitors are drawn to the area because of its beauty, especially during cherry blossom season in late March and early April. Tidal Basin Paddle Boats are available to rent on the eastern shore. A small concession offers hotdogs, a few sandwich options, drinks and snacks. Walking paths surround the area and visitors are free to picnic along the shore.

13. The Lincoln Memorial an iconic landmark on the National Mall, a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln. The Memorial has been the site of many famous speeches and events since its dedication in 1922, most notably Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

14.The Jefferson Memorial The Jefferson Memorial is one of the most popular attractions in DC and is located on the Tidal Basin, a dome shaped rotunda surrounded by a grove of trees making it especially beautiful during Cherry Blossom season in the spring. From the top steps of the memorial, you can see one of the best views of the White House. During the warmer months of the year, you may rent a paddle boat to really enjoy the scenery.

15. The Franklin Delano Rosevelt Memorial The Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington D.C. dedicated to the memory of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and to the era he represents. The FDR Memorial is one of Washington DC’s top attractions and honors Franklin D. Roosevelt for leading the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. This impressive park-like memorial is spread over 7.5 acres and features four outdoor gallery rooms depicting the 12 years of FDR’s presidency.

16. The MLK Memorial One of the most prestigious sites remaining on the National Mall was selected for the memorial for Martin Luther King, Jr., adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. It is the first major memorial along the National Mall to be dedicated to an African-American, and to a non-president.

16. Guy Mason Playground & Recreation Center located at 3600 Calvert St., NW in the family friendly neighborhood of Glover Park. This playground is brand new as of Spring 2015 and it offers infant swings, musical instruments, slides, a state of the art, modern day steel “tree house”, hammocks, rope structure and more.

17. Georgetown Cupcake is the leading destination in DC for gourmet cupcakes. Parents and kids alike stand anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to get their hands on these freshly baked delicious treats.

18. The National Arboretum is a 446-acre living museum 2 miles from the Capitol: gardens, collections, bonsai museum, herb garden, azaleas, flowering cherry trees, and the original columns from the Capitol. Seasonal weekend tram tours and guided tours by appointment.

19. Washington Harbour & Georgetown Waterfront Take a stroll along the boardwalk and take in the nation’s iconic scenery – watch the boats, see the views of the Kennedy Center, Watergate, Key Bridge, and across the water to Virginia. Enjoy the spray and splash park in the summer time and the ice skating rink in winter.

20. The National Harbor &  The Capitol Wheel If you’re not afraid of heights, you’ll feel like you’re sitting on top of the world when you experience National Harbor’s most iconic attraction, The Capital Wheel! As you soar 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront, you will marvel at the incomparable views. Sights visible include the White House and Capitol, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery, City of Alexandria, Prince George’s County and the lush parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.

6 Tips for Shopping & Saving at Hagerstown Premium Outlet

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Summer is officially here! The Fourth of July weekend is just a few days ahead, now is the perfect time to rack up some amazing end of the season bargains and save a few bucks on a few upcoming seasonal pieces. Hagerstown Premium Outlets is my favorite retail outlet in the DC area and this Thursday, I’ll be headed there to get some amazing deals!

Here are 6 Tips For Shopping Outlets and Getting the Best Bang For Your Buck: 

1. Make a List. Take a really good look at your closet and write down your top must have items. Have a look at clothes that you no longer enjoy wearing. Consider donating them or hosting a clothing swap for those items so that you clear space for your new finds.

2. Create a Budget. You can really save yourself a lot of money by having a budget and sticking to it. I find it helpful to appoint an approximate price tag to every item on my list.

3. Wear comfortable clothes and stylish, but comfortable shoes. Wear clothes that are easy to put on and take off so that trying on clothes is fun and relaxing. Wear comfortable yet stylish shoes to compliment the look of every outfit you try on.

4. Don’t Rush. Take your time. Really enjoy the shopping experience. Set enough time aside to try on each item and to think about how it fits into your current wardrobe.

5. Snap pictures of yourself in the outfits that you like. Consider using Snapchat and invite your friends to vote on the items you’re considering.

6. Shop the perimeters of the outlet mall first. Just like shopping for groceries, most of the best finds are on the outside corners of the outlets. High end designer brands and some of the highest quality items are located there.

Please join me this Thursday, July 2nd between 12 Noon and 4 PM as I shop Hagerstown Premium Outlets and takeover their social media channels. I’ll be reporting LIVE on Periscope and Snapchat (Angelica Talan) as well as live tweeting on both my Twitter account and the Hagerstown Premium Outlets account. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook by clicking here and here. I’m so excited to host this social media takeover!  Check back on Friday, July 3rd for a Recap of all the fun and deals available at Hagerstown Premium Outlet!

Ken Paves You Are Beautiful Luxury Hair Care Products Available at Walmart

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I was introduced to the runway looks of celebrity hair created by uber famous hair stylist, Ken Paves on Oprah, almost a decade ago. I remember buying his clip in hair extensions after seeing his collaboration with Jessica Simpson. So, when I found out he created an affordable line of luxury hair care products, I was beyond excited to try them! I have been searching for products for my entire family. I am very brand loyal and discovering a brand that would benefit everyone in our family meant the world to me. I was searching for products that could moisturize and tame my daughter Ella’s wild and frizzy hair. Her hair has different textures. The front part of her hair is very dry and frizzy, while the back is silky, wavy and soft. I also wanted a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for myself that would eliminate the dryness that comes with tightly curled, kinky hair.

The Ken Paves You Are Beautiful™ hair care line was born from Ken Paves’ nearly 20 years as a celebrity hair stylist and beauty industry expert, and his belief that every woman should have access to salon-quality hair care products. The product assortment ranges from shampoos and conditioners for different need states to styling products. The hair care line is meant to inspire all women, everywhere, to celebrate and enhance their natural beauty with affordable, luxurious hair care products that provide solutions for the most talked-about hair care concerns. Ken Paves You Are Beautiful™ is made with pure, plant-based ingredients and 100% essential oils, without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, neurotoxins, aluminum, glycols or synthetic fragrances and dyes. The Ken Paves You Are Beautiful™ line is made with 100% essential oils which serve as a natural fragrance, no synthetic fragrances are added.

The products smell, look and feel amazing to the touch! I took Ella to our hair salon to have her stylist wash, condition and style her hair with the products from the Smoothing Line including: Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, Thick Conditioning Mask, Detangling Thermal Protectant Spray and the Repair & Nourish Shine Serum today! Even Ella’s hair stylist was impressed with the quality and especially the zen inducing fragrance.

Ella and I both fell in love with Ken Paves’ new haircare collection for Walmart at first try. Everything is luxe, efficient, affordable and looks great in your shower. Taking good care of your hair doesn’t have to be a long and expensive process. You Are Beautiful™ covers everything from frizz and dryness, to detangling and repairing.

The 18-product collection includes shampoos, conditioners, a thermal protection spray, relaxing balm, volumizing mousse (which is also great for men) and more for all hair types and lengths. Prices range from $13 to $19. Available at Walmart and Walmart.com

{Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.}

Lip Smacker: The Perfect Lip Gloss for Little Girls

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IMG_2717 As child, I can remember the first time my mom bought me my first set of lip glosses. I was seven years old. I can remember the smell and taste of each and every gloss vividly. They were by Lip Smacker and they were deliciously flavored and scented in all of my favorite yummy treats which included: cream popsicles, cotton candy and even my favorite soda pop, root beer. Reflecting on these happy memories, I thought it would be a great idea to partner with Lip Smacker and include their flavored lip gloss and lip balms in the goodie bags for my daughter Ella’s 7th birthday party last month. Lip Smacker is the ultimate premiere lip gloss for little girls because it offers the perfect amount of shimmer and isn’t too sticky. It’s also very long lasting (if you don’t lick it off), it has the most delectable flavors of any other brand in the market and has vibrant eye catching packaging. I’m such an admirer of Lip Smacker because it reminds me of my childhood and because it’s incredibly moisturizing and now I get to share these products with my daughter and all of her friends. 

{Special Thank-you to Lip Smacker for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own.}

Meatless Monday: My Fave Vegan Cookbooks

 

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I’ve been going meatless several days a week over the last three years. Everyone can benefit from a good cookbook, but once you become a parent you really realize how essential having a few recipes on hand at all times can be. You never know when you’ll need to whip up a meal in a flash or when you’ve somehow gotten yourself into hosting a last minute play date (something I’m always finding myself getting into). I thought I’d share all of my favorite vegan cookbooks that provide healthy, nutritious and very tasty eats for everyone in my life. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does!

TenMarks Math: An Awesome FREE Summer Program For Kids!

 

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Ella enjoying TenMarks Summer Math Program.

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My daughter Ella is graduating the first grade in a few weeks. And she really enjoys learning all year long especially during the summer when I become her teacher and she gets a break from the hustle and bustle of school. But sometimes I run out of creative ideas for how to keep them engaged and excited about what they’re learning, especially with math. I was happy to discover a free online summer math program geared for students from first grade through those learning algebra 2 and geometry. (I wish I had this program available to me when I was growing up!)

Did you know that research shows that students lose 2-3 months of grade level math equivalency over the summer? This of course then impacts their readiness for the next school year.

TenMarks is an educational program by Amazon that’s designed to be fun and entertaining and keep your child from losing the Math skills that they have learned. TenMarks won the 2015 CODiE Award for Best Math Instructional Solution. The program is personalized & tuned for each child’s individual learning needs, based on a summative end of year assessment.

The TenMarks Summer Math Program is a national program that provides students a personalized course tuned to their individual learning needs, based on a summative end-of-year assessment. With the Program, parents can encourage students to use screen time in a productive way over the summer, whether at home or on-the-go. Data from 2014 showed that the TenMarksSummer Math Program helped reverse summer learning loss for over 69% of participating students—in just 8 weeks, with one-hour of use per week, students tested at the beginning of the program and then again at the end of the program averaged 11% increase in scores.

Ella was excited to try this new program especially since math is her favorite subject. The site is very easy to navigate. And my favorite part about the program is that the apps are downloadable on all of your portable devices and available through both the Apple iTunes store and the Amazon app store. We go on a lot of short road trips throughout the summer and being able to encourage learning while on the go is amazing!

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I like that you can actually avoid the summer educational slide with this program. It’s very simple to use too! You can create a profile for each child. They receive a screen name and password of their own. Each program is customized to each child’s individual learning requirements. In addition to “feeling smarter”, Ella says her favorite thing about the TenMarks Program is the rewards system. And I love it too because it’s also customizable and I feel I can reward her with even more educational experiences!

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Fun Facts about the TenMarks Summer Math Program

  • The program is available today and runs through August 31, 2015.
  • It is FREE for every family in the United States!
  • Parents can visit http://summer.tenmarks.com for more information and to sign up.
  • The TenMarks Math for Students app is available for tablets on iOS, Android or Fire OS.
  • The TenMarks Summer Math Program is for students completing grade 1 all the way through Geometry & Algebra 2. The program starts with a diagnostic assessment it uses to automatically create a personalized summer curriculum. This assessment reviews concepts from the previous year and then introduces concepts for the year ahead.
  • The program adapts with targeted interventions for real-time learning assistance.

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{Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by TenMarks via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of TenMarks or Momtrends.}

Workout Review: Solidcore

Instagram @AngelicaTalan (Still smiling after surviving my first ever Solidcore Workout--note the sweat)

Instagram @AngelicaTalan (Still smiling after surviving my first ever Solidcore Workout–note the sweat)

Instagram @AngelicaTalan My friend Cheryl joined me for my second class at Solidcore.

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My friend Cheryl joined me for my second class at Solidcore.

Solidcore: The hardest workout of my life!

When I saw the “coming soon” sign in the Solidcore window near Ballston Mall in Arlington last winter, I was determined to try a class. Having tried just about every “trendy” workout known to woman, I wasn’t intimidated by the description listed in several articles and dozens of Yelp reviews as “the hardest workout in DC”.

Solidcore is the first studio in the DC area (with locations at Ballston & Mosaic District for the northern Virgina set) to offer the Lagree Fitness Method, a high-energy, low-impact, full-body workout done on a spring-loaded pilates machine called the MegaFormer. The classes are small (about a dozen students per class), the instructors are positively motivational and the sound system amplifies the latest club anthems and classics. The class is an electrifying combination of pilates, barre, yoga and body sculpt infused with a ton of sauna like induced perspiration! You will burn hundreds of calories in this class!

The Solidcore workout consists of an insanely intense mix of isometric, cardiovascular, endurance, resistance and strength training exercises. With such moves as the French twist, palm springs crunch, the saw, serve the platter, tree hugger, walk the plank, plank to pike and escalator lunges along with “traditional” exercises like squats, shoulder press and tricep extensions you are certain to burn up those calories, build solid muscles and sculpt your body from the inside out. I have only been there three days this week and I can already feel and see the difference!

The workout is indeed intense. However, if you’re used to doing Tabata or Bikram Yoga, it may not exhaust you the way that some people feel afterward. I found it highly invigorating and the best part about it is, you will live and you will feel stronger afterward.

The price may seem expensive at $37 per class. However, when you compare that price to what your standard box gym charges for personal training sessions or small group training and measure the results that you receive from this class versus the standard, run of the mill traditional weight training and the choice becomes more clear. Solidcore isn’t trendy. Solidcore is here to stay. We are lucky that we are one of the first major cities to have a studio. Solidcore has redefined fitness and the owner/founder Anne Mahlum is a new fitness hero to me. I can’t wait to meet her one day!

For more information about Solidcore, click here.

{This article reflects my own personal experience. I was given one complimentary class and I purchased a package of my own to write a full review}.

Sanctuary Cosmetic Center’s Dr. Rostami’s Anti-Aging Tips

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The Sanctuary Cosmetic Center is a new medical beauty spa for local plastic surgeon Dr. Soheila Rostami, who studied ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery and the University of Maryland before moving into oculo-facial plastic surgery. The 4,000-square-foot center opened last month on May 8 in Tysons Corner as a venue for surgical and non-surgical skincare treatments.

Aging can change skin’s appearance as early as your 30th birthday or by later in midlife, depending on your beauty routine and habits. There are a multitude of  ways to make your skin look younger, brighter and fresher. Dr. Rostami of Sanctuary Cosmetic Center offers some of her best anti-aging tips:

Dr. Rostami’s Anti-Aging Tips
What should busy stay-at-home or career moms do immediately/start immediately to jump start or revitalize their anti-aging regimen?
When it comes to anti-aging, both men and women should start with neuromodulators such as BOTOX and Dysport. These injectibles temporarily relax the muscles responsible for creating wrinkles, thereby reducing forehead, crow’s feet and other fine lines. There is nothing out there in the industry at the moment that can compete with the power and ease of neuromodulators in seeing instant results in aiding in anti-aging. Starting early with neuromodulators is much more acceptable today in helping to age gracefully.
What’s the number 1 way to protect your skin from aging prematurely?
Protecting your skin from prolonged sun exposure is the number one way any one can protect themselves from premature aging. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it also is the first to show signs of aging. When choosing a sunscreen product, it is important to make sure that the main ingredients include titanium and zinc oxide. These ingredients are sun blocks rather than sun screens – meaning they actually protect the skin by creating a barrier between the sun’s rays and the skin’s surface.
What are the 3 products every woman should have right now?
Every woman, and man, should have three particular products in their beauty repertoire. The first must-have is a resurfacing product. Such products contain vitamin A – most commonly known as a retinoic acid or retinol – which help the skin to regenerate itself thereby eliminating dead cells and revealing newer, younger skin. The second must-have is a pigmentation controlling product. These products can contain coffee bean and soy bean which correct skin tone pigmentation due to age spots and acne scars. The third must-have is any product whose main ingredient is vitamin C. Vitamin C’s anti-oxidant potency lies in its ability to recreate collagen. To get the most bang for your buck, try pharmaceutical grade vitamin C products.
Besides the face, how can someone protect the not-so-commonly thought of areas like arms and legs?
Our arms and legs are also big indicators of aging and most people, unfortunately, forget to treat those areas until there is already significant signs of aging. Thanks to modern technology, there are now non-invasive procedures that can be done in as little as 30 minutes, spread over a few months time, with zero pain and down time. High radio frequency and ultra sound machines can now treat those forgotten larger areas like the arms and legs. Results can reveal tightening of the flabby skin under the arms and around the knees through increasing collagen levels.

{This is a sponsored post courtesy of Sanctuary Cosmetic Center. I was gifted products in exchange for this post.}

Questlove Headlines VinoFest DC This Saturday, May 9th

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Did you know that Washington DC residents drink more wine than any other city in the United States? That’s according to VinoFest.  Now thanks to Vinolovers, the District has a chance to show its stripes at the second annual VinoFest DC on May 9th at Storey Park.

Here’s the rundown

  • WINE: Sip and share. The general admission ticket grants you the chance to taste a variety of wines, including local vintages made in neighboring Virginia, classic wines from regions like France and California, and few lesser known places, like Romania.
  • MUSIC: Get your dance on. VinoFest DC will be a full day of live music, headlined by QuestLove—the official Vinofest DJ. Other artists: White Ford Bronco, Black Masala, Trouble Funk, Alison Carney, DJ Adrian Loving, DJ Neekola, and DJ Hazzard.
  • FOOD: Get ready for fab. Local chefs will be showing off their small bites, and it wouldn’t be a DC event without a few choice food trucks! Graze among the likes of Dirty South Deli, Swizzler, Red Hook Lobster Pound DC, Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, Straw Stick & Brick Delicatessen, Snocream Company, Gouter, Puddin’, Timber Pizza, MilkCult and Chaia Farm to Taco. Can’t handle wine all day? No worries–you can also pair your dishes with a hand-crafted cocktail.
  • CHARITY: Drink up, feel good. Proceeds from VinoFest DC benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic, DC Central Kitchen, and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. So cheers to you, do-gooder!
  • GET SOCIAL: Follow the fun with the hashtag #VinoFestDC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see photos, videos and updates of the event.

#FOMO yet? Get your tickets now–general admission, VIP tickets (think two more hours to party, more wine, more food), and specially-priced options for designated drivers are still available.

{This is a sponsored post in collaboration with VinofestDC.  I’m a huge fan of this event and will be in attendance! Please join us!}