Friday, June 26, 2009

Summertime protection for mom and baby -- inside and out

(ARA) - Whether you're relaxing beachside on vacation, picnicking in the park or strolling through the neighborhood, warm weather offers many opportunities for outdoor fun. However, these activities can lead to dehydration, sunburn and fatigue if you're not careful. Barbara Dehn, women's health nurse practitioner and award-winning author, offers tips to keep mom and baby safe all summer long.

“Mom and baby both need extra protection in the months following birth, especially during the summer season,” says Dehn. “By following a few simple guidelines, the entire family can enjoy summer outings and activities together."

Dehn suggests protecting yourself and your little one with these tips:

Practice sun protection -- If sun exposure is unavoidable, don’t forget to shield yourself and your little one with a hat and sunblock to guard against powerful UVA and UVB rays. Make sure to use a baby-safe sunblock with a high SPF that has no artificial colors or unnecessary chemical additives.

Stay nourished -- It is important to maintain your overall health, especially in the heat. Sufficient hydration is essential because a lack of fluids can cause heat exhaustion and improper digestion. Moms should also increase their intake of foods that are high in protein as well as those that contain natural liquids to improve energy and emotional state, and prevent dehydration. Best bets include dark green vegetables, juicy fruits, eggs and almonds.

For babies who are using infant formula, you can choose one that is designed to support your baby's natural defenses and digestive health. For example, Similac Advance EarlyShield is specially designed to support your baby’s developing immune system. It’s the only formula that has the EarlyShield blend of prebiotics, nucleotides and antioxidants -- nutrients found naturally in breast milk.

Refocus and recenter -- Summertime is meant to be carefree. Allow yourself some alone time to unwind. Have your partner or a friend watch the baby so you can focus on yourself. Keeping a journal is a simple way to organize your thoughts and help examine your emotions. Help baby relax, too. Set aside time to give your newborn a massage. Massaging enhances the emotional bond with your baby, improves sleep patterns, aids with digestion, boosts immunity, helps fight disease and calms your baby.

Rest up -- Hot temperatures during the summer months can cause fatigue. Nap time is not just for your little one. Force yourself to drop chores and nap while the baby does. Use a lavender-scented eye mask to get maximum rest and awaken refreshed. For baby, start a consistent bedtime routine as early as possible. Sing lullabies, read books, give a warm bath or rock in a rocking chair to help trigger bedtime.

Following these simple tips will help ensure a safe and happy summer for both you and your baby. For more information, visit

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dress for success and comfort at work

(ARA) - Wondering what to wear at the office as the temperature climbs this summer? Fashion experts at The Art Institutes have some words to live by when dressing for success at your workplace.

"There are many ways to incorporate summer's hottest trends into your office wardrobe without compromising your professional credibility," says Marlise Vance, senior instructor in Fashion Merchandising at The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati. "Using color, accessories and patterns can bring a summer feel to your work ensembles, even if the pieces themselves are traditional office conservative. A bright tank or cami under a jacket, a colorful patterned skirt or fashion-forward shoes can make a big impact."

"Black is never out of style," says Stephanie Taylor, academic director of Fashion Marketing and Management at The Art Institute of Charlotte. "A great idea is to pair a black suit with fresh colors such as lime green, hot pink or yellow."

Some of the hottest trends this summer include a more do-it-yourself kind of attitude. "The big trend this summer is that there is no big trend. Instead of going out and buying a trendy new outfit, recycle and reuse the clothes you do have," says Taylor.

As part of this do-it-yourself kind of season, however, there are essentials every woman may want to purchase when dressing for the office.

"Accessories are an essential part of the dress code, and summer can be a good time to try a new scarf or bracelet," says Thomas Liddy, apparel design instructor at The Art Institute of Portland.

Cardigans are another great buy.

"Women want to invest in a great cardigan this summer," says Mike Watson, Fashion Marketing and Management instructor at The Art Institute of Charlotte. "A cardigan is great because you can wear it over a sleeveless shirt or dress, and then take it off when you leave work."

He adds, "If I had to tell women to buy one thing for the summer, I would tell them to buy a white skirt or pants."

"Think about your overall look throughout the day," says Patricia Crockett, Apparel Design instructor at The Art Institute of Portland. "If you choose to wear a lower-cut top or camisole underneath your blazer, ask yourself if you'll really wear the blazer or sweater all day. If the answer is no, choose another top that will complement your outfit and look work-appropriate on its own."

What's underneath your outfit also is crucial to your being dressed for success.

"Appropriate undergarments are essential," says Julie Hengle, academic director for the Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design programs at The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati. "There is nothing less professional than an unsuitable foundation piece."

Common sense goes a long way, she elaborates. "Though it should go without saying, it bears repeating and reemphasizing: There should never be an occasion in the workplace when your co-workers can discern anything about your underwear. If you want to be taken seriously and judged for your work, not your wardrobe, then make good choices in proper undergarments."

"What you wear to the office in the summer should always be one step removed from what you wear to an after-work event such as a date or cocktail party," says Vance. "That means there should be something you either add, such as trendy accessories like jewelry or shoes, or something you can remove, like a jacket or sweater."

Along with the essential "Dos" come absolute "Don'ts." According to the fashion experts at The Art Institutes, one should follow these rules in the office, no matter how high the temperature climbs outside:

* No tube tops or halter tops.

* No flip-flops or gladiator sandals.

* Never go braless and be careful not to show too much cleavage.

* No minis: Skirts should fall at or below the knee.

* Don't go sleeveless -- cover bare arms with that cardigan.

* If you wear open toe-shoes, make sure you have a pedicure.

* And, men: Never go sockless.

"Make sure skirts are office-appropriate, which includes length," says Crockett. "Because women bare their legs in summer, skirts should be closer to the knee. In winter, skirts can be shorter because women wear dark hosiery underneath."

For men, there also are appropriate ways to transition to warm weather summer attire.

"Men obviously have fewer options than women when it comes to changing their wardrobe for summer time." Watson says. "But what they can do is change from dark, heavy clothes to light clothes. For more fashion-forward companies it is perfectly acceptable to wear short-sleeved European dress shirts to work."

Liddy adds, "If your office culture allows jeans, pair them with a lightweight blazer. Ties can also be worn more loosely to achieve a great summer look."

No matter what, both men and women should "resist the urge to dress down for summer," says Liddy. "Save the strappy sandals for evening and the sports sandals for the weekend."

To learn more about The Art Institutes system of schools, visit

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bright Ways To Deter Sun Damage

(NAPSI)-On the one hand, exposure to the sun's rays induces the production of vitamin D in the skin, promoting calcium absorption and even protecting against the development of cancer. On your hair, however, sunlight can have a dulling effect.

Here are hints to help you take advantage of the sun's healthful properties while saving your hair and skin:

• Skin Protection: Overexposure to UV radiation can cause sunburn and some forms of skin cancer; however, it can also cause direct DNA damage and affect the immune system. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that melanoma cases on the scalp or neck are twice as deadly as melanoma elsewhere on the body. To help protect against scalp burning and peeling, use a scalp product with SPF such as Nioxin Scalp Shield Sunblock with SPF 20. This product is carefully formulated to protect sensitive scalp skin, blocking UVA and UVB rays, and it doesn't clog pores or leave a sticky residue.

• Hair Protection: Exposure to summer elements can take a toll on your hair, which can lead to color fade, dryness and cuticle separation. Use a clarifying shampoo regularly to eliminate buildup of oil, chlorine and salt water. Additionally, try using a daily leave-in conditioner before heading to the beach or pool. Hair is porous like a sponge and will soak up less water if saturated with conditioner.

• Hair Color Protection: UV rays can destroy melanin and color molecules in the hair, causing it to dry out and fade…a frustrating experience for those concerned about making color services last. To help protect against damage and safeguard your investment, use styling products that contain UV filters for added protection and moisture. Shine-enhancing sprays can also add sheen by creating a glossy surface that reflects light.

For more hair care tips and tricks, visit your hair care professional for advice that is suited to your lifestyle.

You don't have to let the sun take the shine out of your hair if you heed a few hints.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nordstrom Rack to Open at Buckhead Station in Atlanta, Georgia

/PRNewswire/ -- Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) , a leading fashion specialty retailer, announced it will open a 38,000-square-foot Nordstrom Rack, a unit of the company's off-price retail division, at Buckhead Station shopping center in Atlanta, Ga. in spring 2010.

"We're excited about the opportunity to open our doors in Atlanta at Buckhead Station," said Scott Meden, president of Nordstrom Rack. "We hope customers will give us a chance to earn their business at this outstanding new location."

This will be the retailer's second Nordstrom Rack in the greater Atlanta area joining Nordstrom Rack at Mall of Georgia Crossing in Buford, Ga. The company also operates several Nordstrom stores in the area, including a store at Mall of Georgia in Buford, and Phipps Plaza and Perimeter Mall in Atlanta.

"We are delighted Nordstrom Rack will be opening a store at Buckhead Station," said Jeff Olson, CEO of Equity One. "Nordstrom's reputation for high quality merchandise will serve as a great consumer magnet, benefiting the existing tenants in the center tremendously."

Buckhead Station is a 234,000 square-foot shopping center located at One Buckhead Loop adjacent to a full interchange of Georgia Highway 400 in the city of Atlanta. In addition to Nordstrom Rack, the center is occupied by a strong line-up of retailers including TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Toys "R" Us, Bed Bath and Beyond, DSW and Ulta 3. The upscale Buckhead community is home to numerous high-rise office buildings, hotels, shopping centers and two regional malls.

Nordstrom Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores and at 50-60% off original Nordstrom prices. Nordstrom Rack also offers an incredible selection of brand-name apparel, accessories and shoes for the entire family--from many of the same hot vendors carried in Nordstrom stores--purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack, with most at savings of 30-70% off.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

6 summer wardrobe essentials every woman needs

(ARA) - Are the warm rays of the sun inspiring your inner fashionista? Summer is the perfect season to jazz up your wardrobe with fun and fashionable items that make you look great. But how do you know where to start in a fashion world that offers endless possibilities?

When it comes down to it, there are some things that every woman should have in her wardrobe. Here are the top six items that will make you look like you stepped out of a fashion magazine this summer:

1. Sunglasses
A good set of shades is an essential that is fashionable and functional. Helping protect your eyes from the sun's harsh rays, sunglasses can also provide a fun summer look. What types never go out of style? Some options with fashion-longevity include aviator glasses (also known as pilot shades) that have metal frames and reflective lenses, as well as over-sized options often seen on celebrities.

2. Shawl
Having a fun colored wrap or shawl can serve multiple purposes throughout the summer. For example, pashmina-style shawls offer a look that is appropriate as a shoulder wrap at a wedding, but also could be tied around the waist as an impromptu cover-up at the beach. Are you chilled? It can add a bit of warmth. Is it too sunny? It provides protection from sunburn. Really, it provides style and function for just about any situation summer can throw at you, plus it's small enough to be stashed away in a bag if not needed.

3. Pearl necklace
Pearls are the quintessential summer accessory for many reasons. They remind us of the water and are produced by nature, plus, they are the traditional birth stone for June. The best part of having pearls in your wardrobe is their versatility -- they add style to your ribbed tank and jean outfit or jazz up your black dress for a night on the town. Want to truly add some summer pizzazz? notes that pearls in fun colors like pink, gold, blue and lavender are popular during the summer season, as well as unique shapes like baroque, drop and keshi Tahitian pearls.

4. Strappy sandals
Whether heeled or flat, show off those toes with a great pair of strappy sandals. Open shoes look great and help keep your body temperature down during hot summer days. Colored leather straps are popular and stylish during the summer season, but you can also find options in natural woven materials. Having a couple pair isn't a bad idea -- maybe one flat and one high-heel, or one casual and one dressier. Whatever route you go, you'll be sure to get use out of these the entire season.

5. Earrings
Earrings bring focus to the face and enhance a person's eyes. That's why so many people feel "naked" if they don't have earrings on. For summer, opt for pearl or stone earrings -- or better yet, a combo of both. According to, Akoya Pearls are very popular for use in jewelry because of their consistently round shape. Studs, drop-downs and drop-downs with diamond accents are all great summertime options. When the sun hits them, your face will sparkle with true style.

6. Wide-brim hat
A good hat can be a great addition to your favorite summer dress and also be your best friend on a sunny day at the beach. Wide-brimmed hats are popular during the summer time because of their style and how they protect the face from wrinkle-inducing rays. A straight, stiff brim often made from natural fibers like raffia or straw provides a more formal, tailored look. Flexible, shapeable brims often made of cotton or linen have a more casual feel.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Skin Products Made by Clarcon Due to Bacterial Contamination Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced June 8 that Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Roy, Utah, is voluntarily recalling some skin sanitizers and skin protectants marketed under several different brand names because of high levels of disease-causing bacteria found in the product during a recent inspection. The FDA is warning consumers to not use any Clarcon products.

Consumers should not use any Clarcon products and should throw these products away in household refuse. Analyses of several samples of over-the-counter topical antimicrobial skin sanitizer and skin protectant products revealed high levels of various bacteria, including some associated with unsanitary conditions. Some of these bacteria can cause opportunistic infections of the skin and underlying tissues. Such infections may need medical or surgical attention, and may result in permanent damage. Examples of products that should be discarded include:

Citrushield Lotion

Dermasentials DermaBarrier

Dermassentials by Clarcon Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer

Iron Fist Barrier Hand Treatment

Skin Shield Restaurant

Skin Shield Industrial

Skin Shield Beauty Salon Lotion

Total Skin Care Beauty

Total Skin Care Work

Findings from the FDA’s recent inspection of the Clarcon facility are particularly concerning because the products are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases. The inspection uncovered serious deviations from FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements.

Health care professionals and consumers may report serious adverse events (side effects) or product quality problems with the use of this product to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, fax or phone.

--Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 and mail to MedWatch, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
--Fax: 800-FDA-0178
--Phone: 800-FDA-1088

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Hair's Colorful Past 100 Years

(NAPSI)-Whether you perceive beauty as an art or a science, you might be surprised to learn that modern hair coloring can trace its roots back to a young French inventor and chemist, Eugène Schueller.

In 1909, Schueller founded "The Safe Hair Dye Company of France"-later renamed L'Oréal. With this in mind, here's a look back at some of the biggest milestones in hair trends over the past 100 years:

1900-1909--During this time, hair was worn under hats by most women, and styles were simple. In 1907, Mr. Schueller launched "Auréale," the first safe hair dye. With this revolutionary invention, a new chapter in beauty began. For the first time, women could color their hair with consistent and safe results.

1910-1919--This decade welcomed the birth of modern hairdressing. Women began working in the industrial sector and the war imposed a somber style. In 1918, the number of hair salons in Paris-the epicenter of fashion and beauty-more than quintupled, from about 300 to more than 2,000.

1920-1929--Short hairstyles were still in vogue. In 1925, multiple coloring products became available, allowing men and women to change their hair color on a whim. Some favorites of the decade included L'Oréal D'Or, the first bleaching product designed to give hair a sun-kissed look, and lmédia, an ultrafast hair dye.

1930-1939--Supershort cuts were quickly replaced with long, luxurious hairstyles, and Hollywood stars like Jean Harlow influenced millions of brunettes to change their shade to glamorous blond. Hair coloring became a true mark of glamour, and the introduction of the first modern-day shampoo, which L'Oréal introduced under the DOP brand, allowed women to keep their tresses looking lovely.

1950-1959--Without the constraints of war, glamour became popular again and women wanted their hair to look stylish even while completing household chores. Hair was teased, sculpted, waved and set. In 1952, another revolutionizing product, L'Oréal's Régé Color, became the first hair dye to be used in hair salons and sold to the public for at-home use, dramatically expanding the hair color market.

1960-1969--ANYTHING went when it came to hair: long, short, styled, rebellious and beyond. To keep any hairstyle in place without a stiff and sticky finish, L'Oréal's Elnett fine mist hair spray-a favorite still today-became available for sale in 1960.

1980-1989--Women's lives became increasingly active, as more women entered the workforce than ever before. Hairstyles reflected the control of their busy work life and social schedule. Cuts were precise and grooming followed the "power" culture. The L'Oréal-Stu Stu Stu-Studio Line was at the forefront of hair-styling and introduced the first aerosol hair mousse. Sales of styling products rose dramatically as men and women looked to create their own individual style.

1990-1999--This era welcomed a more natural-looking hair color and products attempted to match the highlights and low lights that nature provided. Diacolor, tone-on-tone, covered the gray with a shade that was closer to the natural hair color.

2000 and beyond-Hairstyles today reflect a desire for individuality. There are more styling tools, gels, waxes, pastes, sprays, mousses and products formulated specifically for curly, straight, frizzy, wavy, dry, color-treated or damaged hair to help people achieve a desired look. Since the turn of the century, L'Oréal has developed products for use in salons or at home to help men and women achieve the style they want. This year, the company celebrates its 100th anniversary, and has come a long way from the first permanent hair dye to a range of hair care, hair color, cosmetics, skin care and fragrance products. To mark this milestone, the company has launched a limited edition 100th anniversary Elnett hair spray, available exclusively at Target while supplies last. For more information about L'Oréal, visit

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Business of Fashion … Issues & Answers Part II

Thursday, June 4
7:00 -9 p.m.

W Hotel – Buckhead
3377 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Back by popular demand, the Atlanta Fashion Incubator presents its second Issues and Answers Forum for the Atlanta Fashion Industry Entrepreneur. Come hear a diverse group of Atlanta’s renown and emerging fashion entrepreneurs share the struggles and accomplishments of their journey and discuss the viability of Atlanta’s burgeoning fashion industry. Notable and up-and-coming fashion designers and other community members interested in the development of Atlanta’s fashion industry are invited.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Looking better helps cancer patients feel better

(ARA) - For Nancy Lumb, one of the hardest parts of having cancer was dealing with the appearance-related side effects of treatment.

"I never cried when I was told I had breast cancer or had to tell my mother and husband," says Lumb. "I only cried when I started to lose my hair. Cancer has a way of robbing you of your femininity."

Enhancing a woman's self-confidence,by giving her the support and tools she needs to manage her changing appearance during cancer treatment provides renewed hope. It gives her the strength she needs to face her treatment and recovery with greater confidence. When women look better, they feel better.

A survey by Look Good…Feel Better -- a national public service program that helps women cope with the appearance-related changes of cancer treatment -- and Harris Interactive found that 86 percent of women in treatment credit looking better with feeling better.

"Now we want women to inspire others by sharing their stories," says Louanne Roark, executive director of Look Good…Feel Better. "We know our workshops have had a tremendous impact on women around the country, and we want to share those encouraging stories with other women.”

The organization, which has helped 650,000 women since it began 20 years ago, is launching a national search to find five women who have been touched by cancer and want to share their stories as a way to help others. These women will be honored as the Women of Hope is Beautiful.

Women affected by cancer can visit to submit their stories of hope, strength and determination. The organization is encouraging entries -- such as essays, poems, pictures, or videos -- that share a personal story of coping with cancer and the impact of the Look Good…Feel Better program. The five women selected will receive a trip to New York and a complimentary makeover. They will also be honored at the organization's annual black-tie gala.

As Lumb explains, "I discovered that I can look as good as I did before I got sick, maybe even better." To read more about her experience or share your own inspiring story, visit

Look Good…Feel Better is a collaboration between the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association., and is dedicated to improving the lives of women, men and teens undergoing cancer treatment by offering advice on how to cope with the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other forms of treatment.

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