Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Beauty and Health Tips to Make You Feel Great About Yourself

It's important to know that being happy with yourself isn't all about looks. However, at the same time, when you look good, it can often help you to feel good. Making yourself look good on the outside can also require you to take care of your body, so improving your looks can help you to feel healthier too. If you want to feel great about yourself both inside and out, there are some beauty and health tips that you can follow to achieve it. Start by taking a look at the following tips to help yourself look and feel amazing.


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Move Your Body Every Day


It's not always easy to remain active on a consistent basis. Things get busy, and it can be especially hard to exercise regularly if you work in an office job or are largely stationary all day. But making the effort to move your body more can really help you if you want to look good and feel great. Exercise releases endorphins, which help to lift your mood. Plus, it also helps you to manage your weight and stay physically healthy. Even if you can only move a little bit each day, it can help to make you happier.


Take Care of Your Teeth


You might not spend that much time thinking about your teeth. But if you want to smile more, and look and feel good while doing it, your teeth deserve your attention. The least you should be doing is keeping your teeth healthy with good oral hygiene and visits to the dentist. Some people also choose to have cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening. These treatments can help you to feel really good about your smile. If you're shy about your smile or even ashamed of what it looks like, giving it a makeover can help.


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Build a Skincare and Haircare Routine


Some people have a routine for caring for their skin and hair that they have had for a long time. Others might not have one to speak of, or might be thinking about making a change. If you don't have a routine that works for you, finding the right products and practices can make a big difference to the health of your skin and hair. It's also a great way to focus on self-care, even if it's only for a few minutes a day. It's something you can do for yourself.


Eat a Balanced Diet


What you eat affects both what you look like and how you feel. It's not just your weight that your diet can affect. It can also affect the general health of your body, your skin and hair, your energy levels, and your moods. Eating more indulgent foods might make you feel good, but eating "healthier" foods can help you to feel good both physically and mentally. Make sure your diet is balanced if you want to feel good both inside and out.


How you look can influence how you feel about yourself, but taking care of your body can also help you to look good.





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Monday, January 24, 2022

Unexpected Ways to Minimize the Signs of Aging

We all want to look our best as we age, but sometimes the signs of aging can be difficult to prevent. Crow's feet, wrinkles, and fine lines are just a few of the telltale signs that we are getting older. While there are many products on the market that claim to minimize the signs of aging, not all of them work as well as we would hope. In this blog post, we will discuss some unexpected ways to reduce the appearance of aging and look younger than ever!

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Stop Dieting

Most people are already aware that what they eat has an impact on their skin. In fact, improving your diet is one of the best ways to get glowing skin. But have you considered how constantly fluctuating weight can affect you? Yo-yo dieting can not only make you look older, but it can also have a negative impact on your health. When you are regularly gaining weight and then losing it again, your skin keeps stretching and it will lose its elasticity over time. Our skin already loses elasticity as we get older and that's why we get wrinkles, but yo-yo dieting can add to this effect.

So, if you want to protect your skin and be healthier, you need to find sustainable changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle. That way, you can maintain a healthy weight instead of fluctuating all of the time.

Get Your Teeth Whitened

Another way to look younger is to get your teeth whitened. Yellow teeth can make you look older, so if you want a brighter smile, consider getting your teeth whitened. Teeth whitening is a quick and easy procedure that can give you dramatic results in just one visit. You will also find that when you have a brilliant smile, people's eyes are drawn away from the other small details, like crow's feet, for example. All they can focus on is your bright, youthful smile.

Check Your Medication

One of the most unexpected ways to reduce the signs of aging is to check your medication. Many medications have side effects that can age you prematurely but a lot of people are completely unaware of this. This happens because the medication causes collagen loss and can make the blood vessels more prone to rupturing. Some medications also dry your skin out a lot. If you are taking any medications, ask your doctor if they could be causing wrinkles or other signs of aging. There might be a different medication available that doesn't have these side effects.

Alternate Which Side You Sleep On

Do you usually sleep on your left side or right side? If you're like most people, you probably sleep on the same side each night. But did you know that this causes wrinkles?  When you sleep on the same side each night, you are putting all of the pressure on one side of your face. This can cause wrinkles to form over time.

So, if you want to reduce the signs of aging, try sleeping on your other side occasionally. That way, you're not putting all of the pressure on one area and you're giving your face a break.

These unexpected ways to reduce the signs of aging can make a big difference without the need for expensive creams.


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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Femme Luxe Spring Dress Haul

For today's post I have another Femme Luxe* fashion haul.  This time it's all beautiful dresses dresses just in time for Spring, which is hopefully right around the corner.  
I have been doing lots of knit wear hauls from Femme Luxe and other companies, so it was nice to have a little less to wear for a change and look forward to warmer weather.  
It seems like we've had snow on the ground for over a week now is a week now, so planning beautiful spring and summer outfits has been a fun thing to do. 
Everything in today's post is a solid color. I am a huge fan of prints, but sometimes it's nice to have something that is just a solid color because they really do make a great blank canvas for adding different jewelry and accessories too.  
It really does seem like the sky is the limit with those types of items and they are also very flattering, as well, because you don't have to worry about the right stripes or the size of floral patterns, et cetera.

This first dress is going to be lovely for spring and summer. It is a very snug fitting white ruched strapless dress and is it in a size UK 6.  The fit is great, and this is definitely form fitting and super sexy.  
The ruched knit dresses from Femme Luxe are definitely a big favorite of mine since they are just such versatile and comfortable pieces. 
They look fabulous on their own but also work as a blank canvas to add all kinds of different jewelry and accessories.  I like that this dress stays in place because it's so fitted and it has a little bit of extra elastic at the top to keep things nice and secure, as well. 
I also like that the ruching is even all the way around. I always think that rushing is very flattering.  
For spring and summer I think the little white dress is a great warm weather take on the little black dress.




Another one that is very pretty for spring and summer is this pastel pink spaghetti strapped dress which also has ruching and is also in a size UK 6.  
This dress is shorter than the white midi dress in today's haul.  If you're looking to show off your legs this is definitely a great option. I'm only 5' 2 so if you're taller this will be showing even more leg, of course. 
The fabric of this dress was just so soft, stretchy and comfortable.  
For this dress I wore it with a nude bra, so I would suggest a nude underwear for this and the white one, of course. 




I am a fan of this darker color.  I think that this green ruched dress would be great for all year along.
This one is also in a size UK 6.  The fit is super comfortable the fabric is so slinky and stretchy. 
This dress ties behind the neck, so you can somewhat adjust how deep you want to be neck to be, which I find really cool.  
I think this would be a very lovely dress to wear out for dinner and and hopefully I'll have some occasions to wear this out in about very soon.  
This dress is on the longer side.  I think this is what I've described as a middle length or perhaps a little bit longer on me because I am only 5' 2" tall, after all.  
I think especially gold accessories would look very fabulous with this emerald green dress perhaps something like a gold statement necklace would really make the color stand out.




And lastly, we have this white dress that hooks up the front and has long sleeves.  This is also in a size UK 6.
I found this to be a little bit larger in the hip area on me, but I suppose I could run a stitch down the side if I wanted to take it in a bit.  
The fabric does not really have any stretch and the way you get this dress on and off is to hook and unhook all of them down the front of the dress.  The shoulders have shoulder pads.  The sleeves were a little bit long on me but that is okay because I just scrunched them up and you can also fold them under.





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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

8 Adaptations of A Christmas Carol to Enjoy - 2021 Edition

RACKHAM, Arthur (1867-1939). Selling Scrooge's Things, Illustrations for Dickens' A Christmas Carol, 1915
 The following are adaptations of A Christmas Carol to enjoy this year, and/or look for in the near future. In other words, these are the adaptations that I, William Mortensen Vaughan, the Webmaster of DickensianCarol.com am enjoying this year, and/or hope to enjoy SOON!

1. A Honeymooners Christmas Carol, starring Jackie Gleason

As a teen, I heard of Jackie Gleason, and I knew he was considered an excellent comedian, but I never watched "The Honeymooners." I had never heard of their adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which premiered November 28, 1977, until this year, when I noticed that it was going to be released on DVD, and I pre-ordered a copy. 

I'm glad I did! This is a unique, funny, nostalgic look at this classic. It's framed as a charity play directed by Jackie Gleason's bus-driving character, Ralph Kramden, in order to curry favor with his boss. Ralph's boss is played by Gale Gordon, who played various roles in film and television productions starring Lucille Ball, including "Life With Lucy," Lucy Calls the President [Jimmy Carter], "Here's Lucy," and "I Love Lucy." By the way, Jimmy Carter is not listed among the credits for Lucy Calls the President, but his mother, Lillian, plays herself.

The theatrical adaptation doesn't have any ghosts. Four actors, including Gleason, play five roles. Gleason plays Bob Cratchit. His character's wife, Alice, plays Bob's wife; his wife's best friend, Trixie, plays their daughter. Trixie's husband plays dual roles: Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge. A Town Crier and six Christmas Carolers also appear.

My favorite seen is back in the Kramden's Brooklyn, New York apartment, where I caught my first glimpse of an ice box, the precursor of the refrigerator. Although I have heard of ice boxes since I was a child, born (and raised primarily) in Utah, I have enjoyed the convenience of electric refrigerators all of my life, and had never actually seen one until I caught a glimpse of one in this film, which was released in 1977, when I was fifteen years old. 

2. Humbug: The Unwinding of Ebenezer Scrooge (A Science Fiction Adventure) (Claus Universe Book 4). WhisperSync enabled on AudibleAudible and Kindle

This legible, audible, and/or read-along adaptation is a modern, American take on Charles Dickens' classic novel, featuring androids and fashionistas in California. I bought the Audible and borrowed the Kindle version so I that I can follow along. I find this is the best way to enjoy books. That way, I can listen while I'm painting the side of my house, or doing other things, and, if I don't quite "catch" something, or I want to know how it's spelled, I can look at the Kindle version. With the magic of WhisperSync, the Kindle version scrolls along automatically as the recording of the narrator's voice reads the book out loud. I love it!

3. Spirited, starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds

As of October 30, 2021, the status of this production, on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), has been updated to "post production," and it's scheduled to be released in 2022.

This musical should be an epic adaptation. In addition to Will Ferrell, who played Santa's human Elf in Elf, and is currently among the Top 500 people listed on IMDb; and Ryan Reynolds, who, as of November 25, 2021, is listed as #6 among all of the people listed on IMDb - this film will also feature Aimee Carrero, who provided the voice of Elena in Disney's "Elena of Avalor." She's only listed among the Top 5,000 people on IMDb, but, since approximately ten million people (dead and alive, including gaffers, etc.) are listed on IMDb, that still puts her among the top five percent of the top one percent. To put that in perspective, Lucille Ball (see above) died in 1989, but remains among IMDb's Top 5,000.

4. Humbug, starring Ice Cube

The status of this film hasn't been updated on IMDb since May 8, 2017, and no year of release is projected. Ice Cube is the only actor listed on this film's IMDb page. I fear it has gone the way of Rust, albeit more quietly. Ice Cube is also among IMDb's Top 5,000.

5. A Christmas Carol (audible) narrated by Hugh Grant 

This audible adaptation was released December 21, 2020, and is "included" for "free" with an Amazon Audible Membership; it costs approximately $8 to $14. I haven't heard it yet, but look forward to it. Hugh Grant is another member of IMDb's prestigious Top 5,000.

6. Marley, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Bill Condon, and featuring music composed by Stephen Schwartz

This musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol is scheduled to be released in 2021! Unfortunately, it's status on IMDb hasn't been updated since October 29, 2019, and remains "announced," so I have my doubts about whether or not it's going to be released this year. While we're waiting, we can still watch Disney's previous adaptations, "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1983); and A Christmas Carol (2009), which features the voices of Jim Carrey, another member of IMDb's prestigious Top 5,000.

7. A Christmas Cop, starring Daniel Stisen as Detective Sergeant Nils Scroogesen

The status of this film hasn't been updated since March 9, 2020, the week CoViD-19 changed our lives forever. Since that time, it's status has remained "Script," and no year of release is posted yet, on IMDb, so I have a feeling that this production has also quietly gone the way of Rust.

8.  A Christmas Carol: An Audio Advent Calendar, produced by the Merry Beggars at Relevant Radio

I had heard of Advent Calendars, but this is the first Audio Advent Calendar I'd ever heard of. Actually, I saw an ad for it on Instagram. They've been posting a portion of their audible adaptation of A Christmas Carol every day for three weeks already. It requires a free membership to log into their website. You can listen to any or all of the previously posted audibles in this series. They send you an e-mail notification each time they post another.

In this radio drama, complete with background music and sound effects, as well as a full cast, the Merry Beggars create a fictitious evening (spread over a month, in real time) in which Charles Dickens delivers his first public reading of his novel, A Christmas Carol, at the Victoria Theatre, on December 24, 1843. In reality, A Christmas Carol was first published on December 19, 1843, and every single one of those first 6,000 copies was sold by Christmas Day that year. However, the framework for this audible adaptation is anachronistic as well as fictitious, because Dickens didn't read any of his books publicly until December 3, 1844, when he read The Chimes at Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. His first public reading of A Christmas Carol was at the British Consulate in Genoa, in 1845. Also, the Victoria Palace Theatre wasn't opened until November, 1911.

Suspending belief in order to enjoy this adaptation is, in my humble opinion, well worth it, though. It's one of the most delightful adaptations that I've ever heard!

Blog post by William Mortensen Vaughan

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Femme Luxe Haul

I have another Femme Luxe fashion haul* post today.  Things are much cooler here in Virginia these days, so a few of the items in today's haul are great for cold weather.   
I cannot believe that 2021 is almost over and as usual, there were things I wanted to do to prep for the holidays and I haven't gotten around to it, but how about you guys?   We started the process pulling out our Christmas decorations a little late this year but we're still slowly working on it.  One thing we like to do is change out our dishes to our seasonal ones. It's always fun to have a particular theme for the particular season and Vaughan and I are both very much into dinner dinnerware and glassware.

This first item I'm wearing is in a size small and it is this green knit sweater that's rather long like a tunic length, almost like a dress except that it has these really high slits on each side, so I decided to wear them with a pair of high waisted leggings that I already owned, but this could also look great with something like ripped jeans for women.  The green is refreshing color to wear during the fall and winter if you're getting tired of all of the dark tones and neutrals. 
The knit is soft and comfortable and it's not super thick option.  If you wanted to make it a little bit warmer, I think this would be a great one to wear with a turtleneck or maybe a thermal underneath.  
This is something that I would wear for lounging around the house or out and about.  
The fit of this top is oversized, I would say, which I know is still very popular in fashion these days. 
I guess because there's just nothing much as comfortable and comfortable and easy to wear then a relaxed fit knit item.





I'm wearing this black ruched dress in a size UK 6, and it's rather a snug fit but I think that's more of a preference, perhaps. 
This dress has the ruching detail in the front so you can cinch it shorter if you want and tie it into a bow or leave it as long as it goes. 
The fabric is not too thin and feels pretty substantial, it also does not seem to be transparent.  
You really can't go wrong with a classic little black dress, so if are are in the market for one, this could be a good option. 
The dress has a tighter neck at the top, there are no buttons or zippers, so the dress is just pulled on over your head, so keep that in mind if sizing can be an issue for you because this is totally just a stretch dress.  
As always a simple black dress is such a favorite of mine because there's so many ways to change up this look it would look just as great with heels as flats and you can wear any type of jewelry you want to belt hats scarves and other accessories to really make the look your own.




I'm wearing this green jogger set in a size UK 6. The fit is pretty good.  The waist of the jogger bottoms is a little bit more on the snug side,  but I was still able to get them up over my hips. 
The hoodie has double pockets on the front and it's nice and soft inside, as well as bottoms. 
The shade of green is lovely, especially for fall season. It reminds me of my favorite colors for that season.  
Some of my favorite jogger sets are from Femme Luxe, if you're in the market for that kind of casual wear in particular they are definitely a great place to check out they have so many great color options and cuts and styles.  This one is more like a classic jogger style.  
Sets like these are a favorite of mine to wear, especially around the house during the winter season like the weather we are in now.  There's just not much else out there that is as warm and comfortable as an nice jogger/lounge wear sets.  
I just added a black long sleeved T-shirt that I already had in my wardrobe so I was extra warm and comfortable for this look. Femme Luxe always has the best women's loungewear sets!





*items were gifted

Friday, December 10, 2021

Nitrile Exam Gloves - Offering Allergy Free Protection

Nitrile gloves have provided a solution to the long standing problem of latex gloves being allergic. They are not only flexible, durable and comfortable, but also offer better resistance to chemicals. Read on to know more about nitrile gloves and why they are perfect as examination gloves.

Hygiene is a necessity in the medical profession. Since the doctors or any of the medical staff working in a hospital or clinic come in contact with all kinds of patients, there is a high probability of catching infection. Direct touch can be detrimental both for the patient as well as the doctor. Hence, gloves are necessarily used in a medical setting. Gloves have now been used for a long time. Latex Gloves were the earliest gloves that came to be used for the purpose or examining of patients for their features like good protection, ample flexibility and so on. But many people were not comfortable with the use of latex gloves. It was found that a substantial number of people suffered allergy from latex. Hence, began the search for gloves made of a different material that could be as good as using latex for medical purposes.

Nitrile gloves were thus developed and they are now used largely for many other purposes too apart from examination. It is a good alternative to latex gloves, though both have their own pros and cons. The biggest advantage of nitrile gloves is that they do not cause the kind of allergy that latex causes. Hence anyone can use them comfortably. They have all the basic features that make them appropriate for medical use. They are flexible enough for a nice fit and the texture of the gloves is good for a better grip both of which are necessary for a glove which should rest perfectly well on the hands for working comfortably. Hence, they can be used to hold the medical equipments conveniently during examination. Due to the textures inside the gloves, there is no need for any powder though there are powdered nitrile gloves available as well. They offer good protection and hence, meet all the essential requirements for use in medical processes.


In fact, in some ways they are better than latex gloves as they are more durable. Another important feature of nitrile gloves, which is better than latex gloves, is that it has a high chemical resistance to latex. Latex can react to chemicals; nitrile offers better protection in processes that require exposure to chemicals and also has a greater tolerance of temperature range. For this reason, they are also used in the automotive industry as it resists automotive fluids and chemicals better than any other gloves.

One disadvantage of Nitrile Gloves is that it is a little expensive as compared to the latex gloves. However, they are still used on a large scale due to the benefits and owing to the fact that there are no other alternatives to nitrile. No material has all these essential features that make them fit to be used as examination gloves. Nitrile exam gloves are available in all sizes and they fit the hands well. The material provides further flexibility for a snug fit. There are disposable nitrile gloves available too, which are used for medical purposes as there is a need for greater hygiene. They are used just once, which gives the user more protection. Nitrile gloves are indeed a great product with all its salient features and are irreplaceable.


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