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Time To Get SocialπŸ‘‹ 

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A number of studies confirm that taking part in social/support groups can make us healthier and live a lot longer. For example, this ongoing Harvard study, considered one of the world’s longest studies of adult life, having started in 1938 during the Great Depression, has some pretty convincing  evidence.  

“It turns out that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they’re physically healthier and they live longer than people who are less well connected.” -Dr. Robert Waldinger.

Attending weekly church services or spiritual groups has major benefits to living longer and decreases chances of becoming depressed. Dr. Harold Koenig at Duke University has conducted several studies on the benefits of attending spiritual services and says positive emotions such as forgiveness, gratefulness, and altruism create a powerful and positive immune response to our physical and mental health.   

“It is Likely that the immune function is influenced by spiritual well-being.”

 -Dr. Harold Koenig

 Older adults 65 and over can benefit joining senior clubs or going to a bingo night. Longevity increased just as much as some exercise studies published in the British Medical Journey. 

According to another study out of Harvard of 56,436 female medical school students 55 -72 years of age-- showed isolated individuals were less responsive to a hepatitis b vaccine than those who had close ties to family and friends. 

Even more interesting news------ weekly support groups for women struggling to become pregnant prove beneficial! Alice Domar, PhD, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School studied 184 women seeking to conceive. The women attended support groups were more than twice as likely to get pregnant. It worked so well; the controlled study of women dropped out to join the groups.

Staying Social Health Benefits


Can You Mend A Split End?  
NO. NO, you can’t

Young woman with a confused face

According to New York Celebrity hairstylist Francky L’Official, it’s not possible to save a split end.  

“You can smooth them by “pasting” them back together with serums and oils that stay put until you wash your hair again, but the only way to get rid of a split end is to cut it off, or stop them before they get worse."

 Trimming split ends

1.Trim your ends every couple of months. A split end that has gone untrimmed can travel up the hair shaft. The higher the split end, the shorter the hair cut to fix it. 

2.  Use a weekly conditioning treatment with strengthening ingredients. I am a  HUGE fan of anything with coconut oil, and we use organic coconut oil religiously. SOOOOO many studies have shown the benefits of using coconut oil in the hair, and it may even strengthen hair so much the hair will start to grow back.   

                   Lifestyle of Beauty's FAVORITE MASK
COCO Hair Mask Organic

3. Avoid drying out the hair Wash it every other day especially, if you blow-dry or curl your hair using heat-protective products.  Before blow drying use a thermal heat protectant. 

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4. Most importantly, don’t forget what you’re eating and drinking. Proper hydration is key, and not only will your hair look shiny your skin will too. Drink at least half your body weight of water a day and eat a well-balanced diet high in protein. These two tips are essential for strong and healthy hair.  

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A Woman's MUST Haves........  According to the legendary fashion designer Oscar De La Renta  ❤πŸ‘„☺

Oscar De La Renta is a fashion designer renowned for his timeless and elegant designs. He has designed clothing and accessories for women for several decades, and his collections are known for their sophistication and glamour. Here are some of the must-haves by Oscar De La Renta for women:

A Great Romance: “There is nothing more wonderful than being madly in love”

Oscar De La Renta Wedding Dress
 Self Confidence:  “Be the designer of your own destiny” 
                           Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Oscar De La Renta

A Confident Walk:  “You have to walk like you have three men behind you” 

                       Red Dress Oscar De La Renta Dress

  A Cause to Support: “If you rest, you rust” 

Oscar De Le renta non profit

A Healthy Lifestyle: I always say: To be well dressed you must be well naked. πŸ€“Oscar De Le Renta quote  Curiosity: “One can never be over dressed or over educated.”                              Oscar De le renta reading a book 

Her own sense of style:   When a woman falls in love with something so much that she wants to buy it to wear, it is at that point and that point only that it becomes fashion. Oscar De Le Renta Tribute death

Why You Should Add Witch Hazel To Your Cleansing Routine 

Witch hazel has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries by indigenous people in North America.

The plant was named "witch hazel" by early settlers in the United States who observed Native Americans using it for medicinal purposes and believed it had magical properties. 

Over the years people seemed to forget about this magical plant until in the 19th century, the therapeutic benefits of witch hazel were discovered by American botanist and physician Dr. Charles Hawes. 

He observed that witch hazel extract had powerful astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that effectively treated various skin ailments. 

He developed a steam distillation process for witch-hazel twigs, which led to the creation of a product called "Hawes Extract." This product was sold in Essex, Connecticut, by a druggist and chemist named Alvan Whittemore with enormous success. 

The popularity and consistent and powerful results of these products led to witch hazel becoming a common ingredient in many over-the-counter skincare products today. 

Here are some ancient proven reasons why you might want to consider using witch hazel:

1.   Soothes skin irritation: Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe skin irritation and inflammation. It can treat conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and razor burn.

2.   Cleanses skin: Witch hazel is a natural cleanser that can help remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin. It can be used as a toner to help tighten pores and reduce the appearance of blemishes.

3.   Reduces swelling: Witch hazel can help reduce swelling and inflammation. It can treat swollen feet, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids.

4.   Treats acne: Witch hazel has antimicrobial properties that can help prevent acne-causing bacteria from growing on your skin. It can be used to treat acne and prevent future breakouts.

5.   Relieves sunburn: Witch hazel can help soothe sunburned skin and reduce redness and inflammation.

6. Heals bruises quicker 

7.  Reduces Under-Eye Puffiness: Witch hazel can reduce puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to shrink blood vessels and reduce swelling.


The perfect clutch is essential for every girl's wardrobe

It gives the impression that you're carefree and don't have "much baggage." A clutch holds only the necessities-wallet, sunglasses, lipstick, cell phone, and credit cards. It doesn't overwhelm an ensemble the way a tote or satchel might.

Style setters like Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss are super-fans of the adaptable clutch, pairing it with everything from denim and tailored shorts to sleek and fancy dresses.

Kate Moss Leopard Jacket and yellow clutch

Victoria Beckham all black with clutch

What is the perfect clutch? 

Definitely, a clutch that can go from a hot date night to a low-key, casual Friday. 

The good news: virtually any daytime clutch becomes nighttime simply by adding a swipe of bright lipstick and stilettos. Try to avoid bags with a lot of noise ex. Studs, chains, and sequences. These clutches usually are design features that are solely for evening bags. Choose a bag that's simple in style and color. 

Think of the kind of bag you would wear to a black-tie event or an evening dinner.

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