Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fashion Help for Summer Wine Vacation

Hi She She Me,
I'm headed to Sonoma/Napa this summer. I've never been and am not sure what to wear for a week long trip. It's so expensive to go, I need affordable, fabulous options. I'll be with my family and want to fit in with all the other wine folks. Please help!!

Well, darling girl, you're in luck since I happen to live very near the Napa Valley, so I know all about the crazy weather here and can definitely help in the wardrobe department!

As a general rule, June is very mild here in the Bay area, with the weather warming up in July and getting nice and toasty by August and September. As for the Napa Valley area, it is usually a bit warmer there than in San Francisco, because it is further inland. The evenings can get cool, however, so I would always keep a light sweater or wrap handy.

As for wine country style, follow the KISS rule (Keep It Simple Sweetie!). I would opt for classic style. For day wear - touring the vineyards, lunch at the local bistro, etc. - a classic sheath dress or sundress paired with comfortable yet stylish sandals is a great choice. As for accessories, less is more. Understated earrings, necklace or bangles, and a great pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes. Finish with a capacious bag for toting your girly necessities: sunscreen, lip gloss, water bottle, etc.

Another option is a comfortable skirt paired with a sleeveless sweater or top. Knee length or just above the knee is best - shorter tends to be a bit uncomfortable for stepping into and out of vehicles, and longer is just frumpy. Again, simple accessories - you don't want to overpower your ensemble. One great accessory is a silk scarf that is large enough to cover your head if you happen to be lucky enough to be cruising in a convertible, or even if it just gets windy in the vineyards. This same scarf can be loosely tied at your neck instead of wearing a necklace, or it can be tied around the handle of your handbag à la Grace Kelly for a distinctive style.

Try to choose separates that can be mixed and matched to extend your wardrobe, that way you won't need a completely different outfit for every single day. This saves on packing space as well as the wardrobe budget! Also, I usually pack light in the accessories department, because these are the things I like to pick up as souvenirs in my travels. A great pair of earrings, an amazing bracelet, a great wrap or scarf. Then, every time I wear this particular item, I am reminded of my wonderful vacation!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kick Off Spring With a Gorgeous Smile!

Spring has officially sprung! To go with the longer days, spring also brought with it longer wait times at your favorite sidewalk cafe and the dreaded (or loved!) tradition of spring cleaning. This year, instead of cleaning parts of your home no one will ever see, why not take a closer look at the one part of yourself everyone notices right away: your smile.

According to the periodontists at New York City’s The Diamond Schlesinger Group the start of spring is a busy time in their office, full of patients seeking a smile makeover in time for the summer months. Dr. Greg Diamond says that if it’s a smile makeover you want, a trip to your periodontist may just be what the doctor ordered. The “cardinal” signs of periodontal disease that everyone should be on the lookout for are bleeding gums, puffy gums, receding gums, loose teeth, and chronic bad breath. Not exactly a pretty picture.

“More than one in three Americans over the age of 30 have advanced gum disease, which is the number one cause of tooth loss,” says Dr. Diamond, dispelling the myth that only “old” people need to see a periodontist. “Luckily, treatment methods don’t live up to the hype, either. Thanks to advances in laser technology, we can treat gum disease with very little pain in almost every patient.”

So, if you’ve been unsuccessful at getting that “perfect” smile, no matter how many times you whitened your teeth, it’s probably time to get to a periodontist.

If you fall into any of the following categories, then make haste, because as Dr. Diamond and his partner, Dr. Mark Schlesinger explains, you are at high risk for gum disease.

  • Pregnant women are at high risk for periodontal disease, which has been shown to threaten unborn babies. Hormonal changes wreak havoc on the gums - a fact especially dangerous during pregnancy. About half of all pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis. Some go on to develop advanced periodontal disease, which has been known to affect the health of an unborn baby. Periodontal disease during pregnancy has long been linked to preterm and low birth weight babies and preeclampsia, but a recent report for the first time directly linked pregnancy gingivitis to a stillborn child.
  • Doctor’s Orders: Women who are pregnant, or who are planning to become pregnant, should include a periodontist on the list of doctors they visit to help guarantee the safest pregnancy and healthiest outcome possible. But, Dr. Diamond warns, since hormonal fluctuations aren’t exclusive to pregnancy women are at high risk for periodontal disease at other stages of their lives, too. “Young women going through puberty and women who use oral contraceptives are also at an increased risk for periodontal disease. They should incorporate periodontal care into their health care routine in order to avoid losing teeth and developing other health problems as a result of advanced gum disease.

  • Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. As if there aren’t enough health-related reasons to abstain from smoking cigarettes, the American Academy of Periodontology says the use of tobacco products is one of the most important contributing factors to the development and progression of periodontal disease. Smokers are much more likely than nonsmokers to have deep pockets between their teeth and gums, which are often the hallmarks of gum disease, as well as loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth. Since smoking is known to “mask” symptoms, smokers often don’t exhibit the telling signs of gum disease, making it even more important for them to see a periodontist.
  • Doctor’s Orders: Dr. Diamond and Dr. Schlesinger hope the threat tobacco products pose to oral health strengthens smokers’ motivation to quit, but those who continue to smoke absolutely must see a periodontist regularly to avoid major complications from gum disease. “Tooth loss is generally the result of damage done to the tooth’s supporting structures, and there is no one cause of damage to the gums more significant than tobacco,” says Dr. Schlesinger. “Smokers require the ongoing care of a periodontist, which offers them the best chance to detect fun disease in its earliest stages, and to salvage as much of their oral health as possible."

  • Gum disease and systemic illnesses go hand in hand. The relationship between periodontal disease and systemic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease is profound. Those with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than those without it, and periodontal disease also makes it even more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar. In addition, the gravity of the link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease led leaders of both specialties to join forces. In recent concurrent issues of The American Journal of Cardiology and Journal of Periodontology cardiologists and periodontists were called on to assist one another: cardiologists are being asked to look into their patients’ oral health and periodontists are asked to inquire into their patients’ heart health.
  • Doctor’s Orders: Dr. Diamond and Dr. Schlesinger are adamant that patients with systemic illnesses, most notably diabetes and heart disease, take their oral care very seriously. “These patients in particular cannot afford to neglect their gum health. It’s important that they act as advocates of their health and rather than wait for a referral, if they haven’t already received one, make an appointment with a periodontist themselves,” urges Dr. Diamond.

Even if you don’t fall into one of these categories, your mouth can use periodic once-overs from a periodontist to ensure your smile FAR outlasts this season’s harem pants.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Trendy Eyewear Picks for Him and Her

Trendy Eyewear Picks

Your glasses
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