Health, Fashion, and a little of the Random.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Let's Get Healthy! (Part one)

Alright, first off, I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while.  School and my job take up most of my time in a day -_-
Basically, this post is going to be about different health habits that will make you healthier, and your skin will reflect that.
Let's start off with some basics.

  • It's likely that you aren't getting all of your vitamins a day, so make sure you take a multivitamin in the morning.  This will help you greatly.  You will feel healthier and you'll get sick less often.
  • Stop drinking soda. Seriously, it's disgusting the arguments I hear about why it's "good for you."  The carbonation in soda dehydrates you, and so you receive almost no hydration from soda.  Moreover, it contains many sugars and other substances that will make you over-all less healthy and become more tired over time via crash.
  • Drink tea.  This is much cheaper than soda, it has many more good effects for your body, and it will end up tasting better.  At first, drinking unsweetened tea will be disgusting, but your body will soon make it taste good because it's better for your body (this is simple biology).  Tea has antioxidants to help you not get sick.  It has calming properties that help with stress.  It has natural caffeine that won't make you crash, will give you a boost, and also will help with stress.
  • Get enough sleep.  Need I explain?
Now for some intermediate topics.
  • Avoid weight loss programs (yes, all of them).  Seriously, you can do this on your own, just make an affirmation.  The basics are as follows.  Avoid unnatural sugars.  Sugars in things such as milk are naturally occurring sugars, these are OK.  Eat non-processed foods.  An easy way to tell if it's processed is to look at its fiber value.  The more fiber it has, the less processed it is.  Fiber = healthier weight (you poop out more bad stuff).  Exercise by doing things such as running.  Things such as weight lifting burn muscle, not fat, avoid them.  Just eat less, as in, don't sit down at the TV and start eating ice cream, chips, popcorn, etc.  Only eat what you'll need to eat, maybe have a little snack at times.  Stop watching as much TV, get off Facebook, whatever gets you away from starring at a screen will get you up and more active, meaning a healthier weight.  And once again, make an affirmation.
  • Eat more fiber.  You can get this in a lot of grains, also, a whole apple contains 100% of your daily fiber (a large apple).  This will keep more of the bad things out of you instead of in you.
  • Hungry? Eat something such as whole wheat bread, an apple, some vegetables, drink some milk, have an egg.  Or, drink tea, the caffeine in tea will suspend your appetite.
I'll discuss the advance topics in the next post, as they will take up much more space.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fall Fashion (Part 2)

Alright, so it took a while, but here's the next post in my latest series for you guys!
I'll get right off the bat.


This is the best time of the year to break out those nice brown or tan colored shoes.  Be it boots or the classic man's dress shoe, these shoes always do wonders in fall.  Brown shoes really blend in with the landscape and really complete the fall look.  Hiking boots can be pulled off for style if done correctly in this season too.
Another great shoe that works well is the black shoe.  You want to make the shoe compliment the rest of the outfit, not stand out, and that is why these dark colors work best during the fall.  Generally speaking, you want your shoes to match with your shirt.  This will make your style look more "full."
There are a few things you want to avoid in relation to shoes during the fall.  First off, avoid glossy or shinny shoes.  You don't want to draw too much attraction to your feet.  It's better to draw attraction to the whole portrait that is you by giving yourself a decent base.  I have these lovely felt-topped, black dress shoes that do wonderful for fall.  They are really easy to make compliment my whole portrait without drawing attention to themselves.  Another thing that should be avoided is white or bright colored shoes.  These shoes will not fit in with the fall color scheme, landscape, and hopefully not the style you'll be wearing in the fall.


This is a fun subject right here.  In fall, scarves are one of the best accessories that you can wear.  You usually want the the scarf to compliment the shirt, but this can be done by contrast or by similarity (in terms of color). I suggest going to shop and just trying on different scarves with different outfits.  Scarves usually add a lot to the current clothing being worn, and it'll make you look much more fashionable (I hope, if not then you're doing it wrong!).  There are many different ways you can tie the scarf around your neck as well.  I advise you to go look online for a guide about different scarf ties, it's sort of like a tie in some aspects.
In terms of belts, it's best to wear dark colored belts.  Like before, shinny is bad.  What's amazing in the fall is usually a belt that's faded leather.  Trust me when I say it can look amazing.  Try to get your belt to match with your shoes.
For various jewelry around the neck and wrists, all I can say is try not to be shinny.  I've said it before, but I'll say it again, shinny is bad.  The color, however, is more versatile for these sorts of things, and so, such as with the scarves, experiment.
The last accessory that I'll cover is the bag.  Usually, the bag that you have should last you through the seasons if you planned right, but I'm going to still go over a couple of things.  The color of the bag should be dark, save khaki.  The size of the bag is dependent on you, but I suggest that it not be a backpack.  Don't shop at Fossil, they're way overpriced for pieces of sh**.  Faded leather is usually good for a bag, but it can really be any material.  Think of the bag as another frame of your portrait.  You want it to make the portrait more noticed, in a good way.


Jackets in the all are absolutely amazing.  I think that any sort of jacket/ sweater/ sweatshirt really completes the fall look (along with the shoes).  Let's start with an essential: the pea coat.  If you don't know what this is, then you'd better find out fast.  These coats are amazing.  Generally speaking, they cover most of your outfit, so it's good to have them in a dark color.  Be careful to not get anything too gaudy as well.
Now that we've covered one of my favorite articles of clothing ever, I'm going to talk about the three types of jackets I've listed in general terms.
Most of the jackets you want to where should be dark in color.  They all will reveal only the collar area of anything that you are wearing underneath.  A white dress shirt (the man's little black dress) should usually suffice for what is visible underneath the jacket.  However, we can get more creative.  If you can pull it off, you can where a nice plaid underneath it, or stripes.  For the rest of us that can't do that as easily, you can where other solid-colored shirts underneath with a nice color, or those mini check dress shirts (I mean the ones with really small checks, they can look really nice under a jacket).The color of the shirt underneath should be complementary to the jacket, or at least a noticeably different color.
Another thing that can be worn under the jacket is a scarf.  The scarf should blend in with the jacket and cover up to at least half way up your neck.  A thick scarf looks really nice here, but save the wool for the winter.  If you have thinner scarves (which are actually just plain marvelous in the fall) then make sure you make a bulge in that color spot where the scarf and the jacket meet.

That's all I have for now, my brain is beginning to die (as usual).  Until next time, good luck! :D

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fall Fashion (Part 1)

First off, I'm sorry for the wait on my next post. I've been getting rather busy lately, so if I don't post as much, it's because of that. Don't worry though, I won't leave you guys :D
So today, after looking around and seeing a lot of, well, un-pleasurable fashions, I decided to write a post about fall fashion. So, let's begin with colors!

That right there is a little thing that I found that should help you understand the fall color scheme a bit better. The colors that you where should be more faded and seemingly blend in to the fall landscape around you. Unlike summer, there is less emphasis on where bold or bright colors to stand out. No, fall, like winter, is more about blending in.
Moreover, the colors you where should match the weather. If it's sunny, then you should wear colors that are slightly brighter, such as the yellow on the bottom of the chart. However, if it is very overcast and is raining, then you should wear colors that are darker, such as the grey in the left corner. I hope you get the idea. You really want to blend in with the landscape, that's what will make you look best.

Alright, let's talk about individual articles of clothing now.

Unless it is sunny, I would suggest staying away from shorts, they usually look very out-of-season. However, if you do choose to wear shorts, remember the color scheme, and make sure it blends in.

Khaki’s are alright here. The colors of the khaki pants should try to match the color of the fall leaves that have fallen.
Jeans work well in fall as well. The jean color can be dark or light, depending on the weather. I would avoid pre-torn jeans here, but if you where them, I suggest having minimal tears around the knee's to fit in with the fall landscape. Faded jeans work surprisingly well in fall because they fade in well with the landscape.

Long sleeve and short sleeve shirts both work in fall, just make sure you follow the color scheme. Plaid often works well too, as long as the plaid doesn't have any colors that are "out of character." I would avoid graphic tee’s the make too much of a statement, but that might be just because I dislike graphic tee’s.
There are some common ways that you can wear shirts in fall. Because of the color scheme, you also don't have to worry much about clashing (unless you're REALLY bad, ahaha), anyway, you can where a regular shirt under a plaid button-up shirt (Make sure you button up the plaid shirt somewhat, otherwise you'll look very out of character). You can also reverse that, if the shirt is plain, and it looks pretty good. If you have any fleece textured shirts, those work quite well in fall.

There'll be more to this guide, and obviously, there's so much that I just don't have the time to cover, but if you have suggestions, feel free to post them :D
Also, Remember, off-white is the only good white in fall! (Save some combinations such as sweater vests.)
Sometime in the next two days I'll post about shoes, accessories, and jackets. I might get some pictures up as well.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Basics: Healthier Skin. (Second Half)

Yesterday I talked about the things that my dermatologist friend taught me, and so today I will talk about some of my own knowledge on achieving healthier skin.

  • Antioxidants.  I'm sure you've all heard this word before, but I'm not sure if all of you know what it means. You can look them up online for a long definition.  Basically, an antioxidant is something that goes into your body and bonds with free radicals.  In short, they're vitamins.  Vitamins belong in your body, not on your skin.  You can look it up and websites will tell you that it's good to put antioxidants onto your skin.  This is advertising.  Instead of spending extra money for something that has "antioxidants for healthier skin" (And by the way, retinal A has been associated with skin cancer when applied on the skin.)  The first step for healthy skin is too make sure you get all of your daily vitamins.  I suggest taking a multivitamin.
  • The next thing for healthier skin is yet another eating habit.  Stay away from anything that's carbonated.  Carbonated drinks dehydrate the body and, in the long run, damage the skin because it keeps the skin from getting enough water.  I suggest drinking only things such as waters and teas (unsweetened.)  Milk doesn't do anything for your body when you grow older because It uses the calcium it gives in digestion, making it practically water with fat, some vitamins (multivitamin can replace that nourishment) and protein (which is unessential after you're done growing).  The second thing is sugars.  Stay away from unnatural sugars such as high fructose corn syrup.  These are all very bad for your body, and not only will make your skin less healthy and more bloated, but it will make you feel drowsy constantly.
  • This is the last of eating habits, I promise.  I don't have to worry about this one much because I'm pesceterian (vegetarian but eat fish and dairy).  However, the only meat I eat is salmon because it is the most healthy meat that you can eat, and is the tastiest.  Basically, stay away from bottom feeders and pork.  The reason for this is because all of the toxins in their body get stored up in their fat.  Well, you're saying, "that goes away, doesn't it?"  It doesn't.  The toxins from the fat are released into your body when you eat any of the animal's fat, making you feel drowsy.  It is incredibly unhealthy and, if you have acne, will make your acne much worse.  If you don't have acne, you may feel as if you are starting to get it if you eat too much pork and bottom feeders.  It also is related to high blood pressure, early deterioration of the kidneys, and a bad heart.
  • Now I'll move on to something that's not eating habits.  This is  big one.  Don't get stressed.  Now I know this seems like an insane thing to try to do because everyone gets stressed.  However, it's actually very easy to keep from getting stressed.  Meditation.  You can look up a guide online or whatever, but I'm going to cover the basics here.  The first step is to close your eyes and start breathing slowly, count to 3 on the inhale and to 6 on the exhale.  What this does is clear your body of air pollutants and lowers your heart rate.  Next, with each breath try to relax a different part of your body, start with the legs.  Let your entire body relax and feel as if you're sinking into nothingness.  Next you must relax your brain.  Every time a thought comes into your head just pass it away, reject it, try to have nothing in your head.  Imagine yourself in a peaceful spot, perhaps a meadow, or a sunset beach. Be in that peaceful spot, don't let anything distract you from being this.  After 20 minutes or so, you should be completely relaxed and free of stress.  It will also help prevent stress.  I will not go over all the harmful effects of stress (distress) here, but I will just say that it creates a hormonal imbalance which results in oily and more acne-prone skin, as well as skin that looks patchy.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep and keep your pillow clean.  Having a clean pillow will prevent the dirtiness of your face from building up and rubbing back on .
  • Use a facial masque every week or so, you'll be amazed by the affects.  I'll go over how to make one most likely later this week.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables, come on.
  • Don't drink, smoke, etc.
  • Stay away from processed foods (hint, the more fiber it has, the less processed it is)
  • Last one.  Fiber is one of the best things for your body in the world.  Don't deprive yourself, it'll help you look much more healthy, and will help keep you from being overweight (huge benefactor).
I can't think of any more of these on the spot, so I guess that'll be all for today.  I think I was going to tell you all something else as well, but I've forgotten now.  Happy reading!

I'd actually love to hear your guy's opinions and knowledge as well, so feel free to write to me at  You can also comment.  Remember, I'm still taking requests for things to write about (:

The Basics: Healthier Skin. (First Half)

I talked with my friend a little while ago who is a dermatologist (one of my professions of interest) and so I thought I'd share some knowledge with you that I learned from him, along with some of my own knowledge.  I'll start with what he taught me.
  • Don't buy rinse products.  Basically, things like the Nutragena Acne Wash.  The reason for this is because these products don't stay on your skin.  Because they do not stay on your skin, they have very minimal effect.  You'll believe it's working though, and it becomes a placebo, hence buying more, good reviews, etc.  Instead, buy products that will stay ON the skin.  A very good combination to help with acne and not by any sort of prescription medications is Clearasil (because of the salicylic acid) and benzyl peroxide.
  • If you're going to buy a prescription medication for acne, go for a more natural approach.  Although they work, products like oral antibiotics and Acutane are very harsh for the skin as well.  The problem with oral antibiotics is that it also kills many helpful bacteria that is in your body.  Acutane is just very harsh on the skin.  Although this will greatly help with acne, it will leave you with very damaged skin in the long run.  Natural acne medication are things like using vitamins and topical solutions that won't damage the skin, or at least not nearly as severely as the other products. A vitamin pill like A&D taken twice a day will greatly help in repairing skin, fighting off acne, and keeping the skin healthy so that zits do not appear as often.  You don't have to worry about overdosing on this too, although it is 400% of your vitamin A and D a day, the OD percent is 800%.  Moreover, the vitamins are water-soluble and so you would have to take it in a very short period of time, otherwise you'll just pee out the extra.  The second thing that I find to work incredibly well is a topical antibiotic.  Because this is applied onto the skin, there's no risk of having it kill off the helpful bacteria in your body, moreover, it only kills the bacterial infections that are essentially acne.  Make sure you ex foliate before doing this though, that way your pores are open for cleaning.
Alright, so I know that was basically just a post about acne, aside from learning that rinse products don't work, but it's all very important. Just make sure you take your other daily routines for good skin, such as wash twice a day, all that good stuff.  Treat it like a delicate flower. 
That's it for today, I'll post my basic knowledge tomorrow, but I'm too tired right now, ahahahaha.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Oral care, pictures and more!

Ok, first off, I'd like to post up the pictures that I promised you guys from last post!
I'll just put down the pictures according to the steps from last post.
Just got out of the shower, got a warm sweatshirt on.

This is the gel that I use.  You can get it at your local salon for about $12.

That's the amount of gel I use most of the time.

Gel in hair, time to go to sleep.

3.  Sorry, no pictures of me sleeping
That's the product I use when I wake up.
It's the generic version of the Chi Silk Remedy.

This is one drop of it, but it's actually a bit too much.

The finished product! :D

Alright, so there's the pictures to go along with the post from 2 days ago, as promised :D
Now on to oral care.  This is going to be a very simple topic, but it will help you get better breath and whiter teeth cheaper!
The brush:
This is very simple stuff.  When you brush your teeth, give it a good effort.  Brush all your teeth evenly, making sure you get that small point where the gums meet the teeth.  Keeping this area clean will greatly attribute towards better breath.  Moreover, don't just brush and then rinse your mouth out.  Brush, rinse the tooth brush, brush, rinse the tooth brush, brush, rinse the tooth brush and then just spit.  Most of all, for better breath make sure that you BRUSH YOUR TONGUE! This will result in whiter teeth, much better breath, and many less cavities.  The last tip about brushing is the time you brush at.  At night it doesn't matter as much, but in the morning, if you're a coffee or tea drinker, brush your teeth after you drink the coffee or tea, this way you prevent some of the staining of the plaque on your teeth.
The next step is flossing.  I won't really go over this much, just make sure you get ALL of the space between your teeth and gums.  This will help your breath.
You can use mouthwash here, but I tend to not.
The final step is the really easy, cheap way to get whiter teeth.  At night, after you've brushed your teeth, put a small amount of hydrogen peroxide into your mouth.  This is a mild bleaching agent for your teeth.  DO NOT SWALLOW!  Anyway, rinse it around and leave it for about 5 minutes before spitting it out.  This will help kill harmful bacteria in your mouth as well as helping you with getting whiter teeth.

If you are very concerned with your teeth being whiter, there's one more thing you can do about once a week, and that is to brush with baking soda and salt.  Baking soda and salt are mild adhesives that will help grind off all of the plaque on your teeth.  Remember, it's the plaque that's stained, not the teeth themselves.  Afterwards rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide and spit, there's no need to keep it in your mouth this time.

That's it for the basic oral care here.

A few things before I go, updates, what not.

I am accepting requests now.  If there's something you would like to learn about or know, just comment on this post, or my following posts and I will do my best to take a day to write about it.

And an update in fashion in Seattle:
At Urban Outfitters, there's a CARDIGAN WALL :D

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hairstyling tip #1 Straight and textured style.

Alright, so today I'm going to present to you a very easy hairstyling tip that I do very frequently if I don't have much time in the morning.  This is really great for on-the-go.
1. In order to pull this off, you must shower at night.
2. After your shower apply a very small amount of gel into your hair, probably an amount of gel that's about the size of a quarter.  The amount of gel you use, however, really depends on how much hair you have.  I have very thin, blonde, medium length (the back goes just a bit under my ear lobes, then I have a section in the front that goes in front of the ears a bit and curves upwards into the bangs which go down to my eyebrows) hair, I use a little over a thumbnail's worth of gel.  Anyway, now that I've confused you, let's go on to step three.
3. Go right to sleep, sleep when your hair is wet.  The key hear is that you use your pillow as a styling tool.  Sleeping on your hair naturally makes it flatter, and the gel helps keep that straightness.  Also, when you stir in your sleep, you create some texture.
4.  When you wake up you'll be thinking that I am a fib, however, this is the final part. You can use anything like this, but I use a product called Chi Silk Infusions. This is a great product, I only need to use ONE drop of it every time I use it, so it'll probably last forever, and you can get the generic brand of this product at sally's for only $8.  Of course if you have longer hair, use more.  Anyway, put a small drop of this product into your hand and then rub your hands together really well. Next, just rub your hands on top of your hair, making downward strokes like you're pulling the hair down with the palms of your hands.  I'd start where there seems to be the largest amount of "bed head," and then move on from there.  The general rule is "bed head," top, bangs, sides, and then the rest in the back.
5. Congratulate yourself on a one minute hairstyle that's very malleable for any other styling, semi-protected from eat because of the gel, and natural looking!


H&M has just confirmed that its next designer collaboration will be with Lanvin! The collection for both men and women will be designed by Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz, and menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver. It is to go on sale in the US and Canada November 20 and the rest of the world on November 23 in around 200 H&M stores worldwide.
There will be 30 pieces and 15 accessories for women, and 25 pieces and 10 accessories for men.

I finally got a battery for my camera, so I'm going to charge that over night and start using pictures with my posts as well.  I'll post pictures of the steps of this hairstyle as well.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Helpful tips for hair and skin cont.

As promised, I will now continue to give my hair care tips.
Alright, here we go.
Let's first talk about shampooing.  First off, make sure you get a shampoo that is right for your hair, I use the John Frieda-- Sheer Blonde series because it helps protect my hair from damage, it moisturizes it well, and it all around makes my hair look better.  However, I have not noticed it changing the color of my hair at all (I'm a natural blonde). I shampoo once a day.  There are, however, a lot of sites that will tell you that this is bad.  I have found that it actually greatly depends on the TYPE of hair you have.  I am going to give a few examples.
If you have fine hair, then it's most likely your hair doesn't look too oily, but also doesn't get too dry.
If you have thick hair and it does not get oily very quickly, then it is advised to shampoo only once every two days.  If you shampoo more than this, your hair can get very dry because of a lack of oil.  This makes the hair look damaged.
If you don't know if you have oily hair or not, here are some general rules to follow:
Because curly hair is a result of the oi to become oily quicker.  Because of more oil in the hair than most people, it is good to shampoo daily so thatls not traveling down the entire hair strand, it is likely that you have non-oily hair if you have curly hair.  Shampoo once every two days if this is the case.
If you have naturally straight hair then your hair probably has more oils in it and you should shampoo once a day.
If you exercised, you should shampoo.

Let's move on to conditioner now.  Again, make sure you get a product that is right for your hair.  Some of you won't even have to condition though.
If you have very thick hair then I advise against conditioning.  The reason for this is that conditioners usually coat your hair in something to make it more manageable or softer, smoother, etc.  This is bad for people with thick hair because the conditioner builds up on the hair and makes it look very flaky and damaged.
Now, if you have frizzy, thin, and/ or naturally drier hair, then I advise using a conditioner.  The best way to apply the conditioner is to put it on your fingertips and really work it through your hair.  Afterwards, leave it in for at least five minutes.  It's best to leave it in for longer if you can.  When you're done with your shower, just rinse it out.

When you rinse your hair out for the last time before you get out of the shower, rinse it with the coldest water you can bear.  This does two things.  First, if you used conditioner, it keeps more of the conditioner in that helps keep the hair more soft and shiny. Secondly, The cold water dries in your hair much better.  If you use hot water to rinse, the way it evaporates creates more tangled and frizzy hair after a shower!

A few things before I'm done with this post:
Damaged hair can not be repaired, all the products lie, but a good way to make hair look healthier is to put mayonnaise and the yellow part of an egg into your hair and leave it as a masque.  The general rule is to leave it in for about 15-30 minutes.  Make sure it dries.  I wouldn't do this more than once a week, but it really helps put all the moisture back into your hair, giving it a fuller, smoother look.

That's all I can type for now, ahahah, I'll post more tips for hair and skin and also good fashion finds that I find after this.  I HOPE THIS HELPED!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Helpful tips for hair and skin

Alright, so I'm going to start with a couple of tips I learned to keep healthy skin.  I am a fair skinned male, I don't know if that makes any difference.  Anyway, here we go.
Make sure you exfoliate your skin at least once every three days.  I have bad acne, and so I do so every day.  It works very well, the acne is almost invisible now.  Baking soda can work well to exfoliate, but don't do that ver often! It is very hard on your skin.
When shaving (if you shave) you can use soap instead of shaving cream and it will work just as well.  This can save you some money.
It may not seem to make much difference, but buying a decent pore toner will really help make your skin look much smoother.  You don't need to use much of it, just twice a day using a cotton pad.
If you're prone to dark circles under the eyes, one of the best thing you can do is eat more fruit.  However, you can still use a simple dark circle remover which will help the rest of the way.
On eating habits, I found a few things that really help.
Don't eat too much vitamin E, it is fat soluble and so extra vitamin E will stay in your skin and make you look more bloated.
Green tea works wonders for making the skin look much clearer and radient.  It also helps remove the black circles under your eyes.
Don't eat too much sugar, it contributes to making the skin look unhealthy, however, a small amount will make the skin look slightly more radient.
Of course, make sure you get enough fruits and vegetables, they help a lot to give good looking skin.

The last part is a few habits too help your skin.
Try not to touch your face much, this will help prevent zits from appearing on the skin.
Shower before you go to bed, that way less chemicals get on your pillow and on to your face.
Try to sleep with the back of your head on the pillow, this will help prevent uneven wrinkles on the face.
Wash your face twice a day.
DO NOT use too many products that remove oil from the skin, your body will respond by producing MORE oil and you will have more zits.
ABOVE ALL make sure you use a decent moisturizer daily, such as Aveeno.

I will post hair care next, and other tips as I learn.  Good luck!


Alright, so I found that I am going to make this blog a fashion/ short story blog.  These are just two of my greatest interests, hence.