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One too many cocktails, not enough exercise, rich food and a generally fabulous Spring Break doesn’t have to set you back for months of misery and unnecessary “dieting.”  The good news is you can bounce back from the binge and get back on track with tips from celebrity Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Lauren Rashap.

1. Skip breakfast. If you haven’t gotten on the Intermittent Fasting (IF) fat burning bandwagon…what are you waiting for for?  “Studies show that it slows aging, helps maintain ideal body weight and reduces the risk of age-related diseases,” shares Rashap. There are many versions of IF, but the one she promotes to her clients is what she calls, “Feeding Window, Fasting Window.”  According to Rashap the concept is rather simple:  “Eat all of your meals within a 10-12 hr window. That way you body has time to digest your meals, and use fat instead of a constant flow of glucose for fuel.” Once digestion is complete, about 10 hours after the last meal, the body enters into “detox mode.”

2. Meditate and loose weight! Really???? Studies show that mindfulness meditation may reduce the risk of obesity by 50 percent. Rashap shares that a daily meditation practice of only 2-5 minutes has a “profound effect on the mind and body in reducing anxiety and aging. In 4-6 months of meditation practice, telormerase activity (one of the measures of longevity) goes up by 30%.”  Rashap teaches specific mantras and mindfulness practices proven help to manage overeating and reduce cravings!

3. Sweat at the cellular level.  Rashap recommends the deep detox and calorie burning power of infrared sauna (Sauna Bar and Bulletproof Labs are two of her Los Angeles favorites).  “Infrared differs from sauna therapy in that its light frequencies penetrate at the cellular level to detox tissues from everything from toxins to heavy metals,” she explains, adding that one can burn up to 600 calories in as little as one 30-minute session. Read more of this story »


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Renowned makeup artist Sammy Mourabit has sued global fashion powerhouse LVMH for $10 million for reneging on its promise to make him Artistic Director for its brand Make Up For Ever.  Mourabit, a top celebrity makeup artist, was set to start work on January 1, 2018, had received a multi-million-dollar contract from LVMH which was abruptly canceled during a phone call in October 2017, without compensation.

In a prepared statement Mourabit said, “I was instructed to give up all of my clients, so when I began work on January 1, 2018, I would be entirely associated with Make Up For Ever and LVMH. This position of Artistic Director was the culmination of 30 years of working with the best in the business and a dream come true. When the job did not come to fruition not only was I disappointed, but my career suffered after turning down 12 months of work because of my contract with LVMH.”


No matter our politics, most of us regarded Barbara Bush as a true First Lady.  The wife of one president and the mother of another, Mrs. Bush’s beauty was always defined by her honesty and generosity.  With no fillers, Botox, or plastic surgery to enhance her natural beauty, she rarely went out without a colorful lip and a beautiful smile. The Washington Post referred to her as “the antithesis of of glamour and excess,” saying, “She endeared herself to many with her droll frankness, boasting about her trademark triple-strand faux pearls and joking about her prematurely white hair.”

An early advocate for AIDS awareness (during a time in which the disease was horribly stigmatized), family literacy, and racial equality, Mrs. Bush was a pioneer in many issues.  Bill Clinton called her “a remarkable woman.”  “She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like,” he said, adding, “Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.”  Barbara Pierce Bush passed away on Tuesday, April 17th at the age of 92.