Sunburn relief

-Sunburnt_neck_and_shouldersClick on the top title to open and scroll If you want pretty, youthful skin, careful sun protection is a must. Avoiding sunburn is also vital for preventing skin cancer. Even with vigilance burns still happen.  You can get “caught” in expectedly sunny situations or stuck outside a little too long. Even in this day and age there are people who insist on going to venues with no shade on hot days. I have had to leave more than one party under protest to avoid second-degree burns. If your skin is fair there is a short window of time you can spend in bright sunlight before burning, no matter how strong your sun screen.

To avoid sunburn:  ( Image: Wikimedia Commons)Hydroprptide.jpg

Use SPF 30 or higher. I prefer at least SPF 50 with added antioxidants. Use enough sunscreen. The recommended amount is a shot glass for your body and at least a quarter sized dollops for your face. If you spray your sunscreen spray it heavily and rub it in. I use a spray every day from shoulders to toes.

If you are sensitive and sunscreen bothers you try a nonchemical sunscreen.

I use a spray which is a mix of advanced chemical sun screens and anti-oxidants on my body and a non-chemical sunscreen on my face and décolleté.

Carry sunscreen with you if you are spending the day outside.


Here are a few favourites:

Fake Bake Sol


If sunburn does happen learn how to treat it. It is a burn so bathe in cool water. Aspirin or Tylenol may make you feel better.  And you can also apply HydroPeptide Soothing Serum: Redness Repair and Relief.  It contains calming peptides and botanical stem cells to help reduce redness, hydrate, soothe, and promote a more even skin tone. According to its creators, “A Leather Leaf Powder Puff stem cell also promotes an even skin tone, minimizes redness and enhances a natural glow while strengthening the skin’s own defense system, while blueberry extracts promote an elastic and smooth texture by delaying collagen breakdown.”

HydroPeptide Face Lift: Advanced Ultra-Light Moisturizer contains a mega-dose of multi-performance peptides that, according to the company, “reinforce skin’s defenses while thoroughly protecting against environmental stressors by restoring firmness and visibly improving the appearance of wrinkles & age spots.” The blend of a dozen antioxidants with powerful peptides is impressive.  Studies show that peptides are effective at stimulating collagen and elastin for improved skin tone and firmness while reducing fine lines. The bonus is that many women don’t experience the irritation they do from other anti-aging skin care ingredients. This can be important to women with sensitive skin or skin irritated by solar over-exposure.

Serious burns over a large area that has blistered, or skin that has blackened in any area needs prompt medical attention.



Expert tips for rainy weather hair

rainyClick on the top title to open and scroll  Hurricane season has begun so get ready for challenging hair days. Rain and humidity can make hair frizz and flop. Celebrity hairstylist Paul Warren of the Art Department has tips to help hair look good on even on damp days. Paul used René Furterer products to help hair behave.

Here are Paul’s top tips:

Make sure your hair isn’t too dry to begin with. If your hair has a proper amount of moisture, humidity can’t penetrate into the cuticle (outer layer of hair shaft) to make your hair expand and frizz. Daily use of René Furterer CARTHAME no-rinse day time moisturizing conditioner will not only provide hair with instant hydration, but UV filters will also protect hair from harmful rays that can leave hair dry and brittle.  (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Don’t fuss over perfecting your blowout; let your hair be a little less “done.” This idea is akin to “easing into the turn,” the turn in this case being the elements. The less fussy the style is, the less obvious it will be that you got caught in the rain when your umbrella blew inside out. I love the way the KARITÉ leave-in nourishing cream softly controls rebellious hair, making it easier to style. A small amount applied to hair lengths of either dry or damp hair will make all the difference.

Try a lo-fi updo or braid – the less polished the better. One or two drops of René Furterer KARITÉ leave-in repairing serum before styling or after blow-drying is the perfect solution to manage hard-to-style, lackluster locks. This intensive treatment provides long-lasting nutrition and conditioning. It even helps to prevent split ends!

Get a good haircut, especially those of you with curly hair. The better the cut, the more chances you have for your hair to look fantastic no matter what Mother Nature brings your way. And to help keep frizz at bay, use René Furterer LISSEA leave-in smoothing fluid. It provides protection from humidity as well as from the heat of blow-dryers.

DolceDolce tips:

If you wash your hair every day on wet days, don’t. Instead just restyle. Freshly-washed hair can be harder to manage in very humid weather.

Have a busy day and it is raining heavily? Consider a braid. All types of braids are very trendy and your hair will look neat and tidy all day.



Trend alert: how to wear shorts now

lacetopshopClick on the top title to open and scroll  Everyone loves shorts for summer, and designers are no exception. Shorts were a huge runway trend in the summer collections. Lace shorts like the ones seen at Nina Ricci and Dolce&Gabbana look sweet and sexy. We also like short-shorts in Ikat prints like those seen at Helmut Lang.  Here are a couple of pairs we think capture the trend and won’t blow your beach budget.

Trendy high-waisted white corded lace shirts from Top Shop, $76.

2b bebe Tie Waist Printed Shorts on sale for only $20.



Vitamins for your hair

AvivaClick on the top title to open and scroll  Pricy supplements intended to help slow hair loss or make hair thicker is a hot celebrity beauty trend. It is not surprising as fasting, harsh chemicals, stress, and aging can all lead to hair loss and thinning.  So, can supplements help hair to grow thicker and fuller? It is not an easy question to answer. Scientists and doctors don’t all agree on the effectiveness of supplements.

Experts agree a healthful diet is essential for healthy hair.  For healthy hair eat lean protein, whole grains, legumes, fresh fruit, and vegetables. Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, black cod, eggs, and nuts, all contain fatty acids that are beneficial to hair and skin. You need plenty of Vitamin C for your body to make collagen. Citrus, red peppers, berries, papaya, and kiwi, as well as broccoli, are all good sources of C.

Harsh chemicals, high heat exposure, or constant tension from tight hair styles or hair extensions can all damage hair and even cause hair loss. Treat hair gently.

Sudden or accelerated hair loss should be reported to your doctor as it can be the sign of a more serious issue.

Hair thickening shampoos, masques, and conditioners with ingredients such as caffeine and wheat protein can help hair to look thicker and help it to resist breaking.

For women who want more help for thinning hair, but who don’t want to go the pharmaceutical route, there are supplements. Supplements for thin hair and nails are not new but they have grown more sophisticated and expensive. Recently, I tried a sample of Aviva Hair Revitalizer Dietary Supplement. It is part of a system that also includes hair care products which I have not tried at this time.

Aviva Hair Revitalizer Dietary designed to help strengthen your hair follicles so they will continue to produce healthy hair. It contains a combination of ingredients that studies have shown strengthen hair. Here are a few of the highlights from the very comprehensive and exotic formula.

Aviva contains Silica from bamboo. Silica has been a favourite hair helper of dermatologists as well as alternative practitioners for years.  According to Aviva, “Research shows that silica strengthens hair, and is known to prevent certain varieties of hair loss.” They also state that, “Bamboo extract is the richest known source of silica – an essential element for maintaining the integrity and health of the skin and hair, and combat premature aging.”

Another interesting ingredient in the formula is  He Shoo Wu (Fo Ti). This is an herb that has been in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for many years to treat hair loss and greying. It is also part of “longevity” medics used in TCM.

Aviva also contains an herb from Ayurveda medicine called Ashwagandha.

Biotin, Boron, Selenium, and Zinc are supplements that have been used to treat thinning hair for decade. They are all in Aviva with a host of other vitamins and botanicals.

Does Aviva work? And is it worth almost $60 a month or $48, if you buy a 90-day supply? That is hard to say.  You can find other hair supplements that cost as much and more. And there are others that contain the key ingredients used to treat thinning hair for much less. I cannot find conclusive independent evidence to support the price or claims, but women with great hair love these supplements.  Several of my close friends swear by these types of supplements and regimes, They tell me they are the only thing that helps their thinning hair.  I have had good experiences with products containing Silica, Selenium and Chinese herbs. Aviva’s formula has “all the right stuff”.  When it comes to supplements, it is a matter of personal preference and results.

My advice is if you are interested and your hair needs help, pick a supplement you can afford and try it. The proof will be on your head.





Beat a summer cold

ColdClick on the top title to open and scroll  Spring and summer colds are miserable. I caught one recently on a plane home from New Orleans. I was sick for two weeks.  Nothing will cure a cold but taking Cold–Eeze at the first sign of one may help you shorten its duration and reduce the severity of the symptoms. 

Cold-Eeze quick melt uses a combination of Zinc Gluconicum, Rosehips, and Echinacea to strengthen the immune system and fight cold infections. There are studies to support the effectiveness of Zinc.

Find it online and at drug, grocery, and big box stores.



Smelly sports clothes solution

sportsudsClick on the top title to open and scroll  Working out and breaking a sweat is great for your health and your figure, but it can be hell on your laundry. After a while it can be impossible to get odors out of fabrics, especially the new high-tech sports fabrics. SportSuds are the solution. This “green” non-toxic, biodegradable, and septic-safe laundry soap gets the smell out of stinky clothes. It is unscented so there is no odor “cover up.” I tried it and it works. It left my fancy Sweat Betty yoga clothes and Capezio leotards fresh and soft. It worked just as well on my husband’s golf shirts. It is very good on all fine synthetics that tend to hold onto soil and stains.


Must have beach reading

deardaughterClick on top title to open  Jane Jenkins has spent 10 years in prison for the murder of wealthy, socialite mother. Now she is finally free, thanks to the efforts of her lawyer and a legal technicality. All she wants to do is disappear and find out what really happened the night her mother died.

Jane has no memories of her mother’s murder.  She woke up next to the corpse and a shot gun. It was well known that Jane and her mother did not get along. That, and Jane’s scandalous reputation as a party girl, was enough to convict her on circumstantial evidence. Jane desperately needs to know what happened that night. But to find out, she needs to unravel the secrets of her mother’s past.

Once free, Jane ditches her lawyer and sets out for her mother’s home town in South Dakota. To travel undetected by journalists intent on following her, Jane disguises herself.  She masks all traces of her former blond bombshell persona behind layers of ill-fitting clothes, glasses, and an awkwardly-cut brown bob. 

Dear Daughter is a clever mystery with unexpected plot twists and plenty of red herrings. It is also amusing full of wry observations. The author, Elizabeth Little, is a clever writer.  She defines her characters with subtle, deft strokes. As the narrator, Jane Jenkins’ sly self-deprecating wit kept me chuckling even through the darkest turns of events.

Elizabeth Little knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats, engaged and off-balance. Dear Daughter is an addictive summer read. You will finish it and crave more.




Time for sparking rosé

smsparkingrose61Click on the top title to open  It has never been cooler to drink rosé in warm weather.  The pale pink wine is riding a surge of popularity. . Rosé has always been my summer libation of choice.  I like it icy cold. I even served on ice, just as it’s enjoyed on the Rivera. I also adore sparkling rosé. It is perfect summer drink – festive, light, and refreshing.

Recently I tried Berlucchi Franciacorta Rosé.  This Italian sparkling wine is produced in the “metodo classic Berlucchi Franciacorta Rosé Franciacorta DOCG – Italy. The sparkling wine is festive, with its beautiful salmon pink colour. The flavour is well-balanced with berry notes and a crisp finish.

Berlucchi Franciacorta Rosé is delicious as an aperitif alone or in a cocktail. It also pairs well with light summer food.

Sparkling rosé and Aperol

Aperol is an Italian “bitter” aperitif that is sweeter but similar to Campari. It is made from an old secret recipe, and contains a blend of bitter orange and herbs. It is popular served in spritzers with sparkling water. It is light and perfect before a dinner on a sultry night. Serve this drink in champagne flutes or over ice.

Chill the Aperol and sparkling rosé.

Fill the glasses 1/3 with Aperol and top with rosé.

Garnish with a tart berry