Thursday, March 29, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Events

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 7 Tips for Relaxed Hair!

Yes, we said it, relaxed hair.  Of course there's an abundance of tips and tricks out there for ladies rocking natural hair, and we totally endorse whatever makes you and your head happy.  But, we also want to acknowledge those who like the relaxed look and show it can be long, and healthy, too.

Here are some tips to help out.

1. Don't over commit.
Relaxing the hair is fine, but just like having natural hair, you have to take care of it.  Getting relaxers too often can be overly stressful on your hair and cause damage.  You may want to keep the straight look as long as possible, but there are various ways to get around the new growth urging you back into the salon chair.  You can braid the hair while wet for a wavy look, or do roller sets to give yourself some variety.

Spread out your relaxers as long as possible.  With regular washings and alternative styles, you can make it an extra few weeks.  Give it a try!

2. Condition, condition, condition!
If your hair is exposed to chemicals--relaxer, color, etc.--you are exposing it to dryness as well.  To keep damage at bay, use a protein conditioner, like Nexxus Emergencee as well as a moisturizing conditioner, like Hair by Tippi Shorter Smoothing Conditioner.  These products, and others like them will keep your hair from breaking and protect it from the damage it could encounter.  Leave-in conditioners are great too, so be sure to have one in your arsenal.  

When conditioning, be sure to separate the hair into sections to apply, and even comb it through.   This will ensure you don't miss any spots!

3.  Have tea time.
Relaxed hair, and even natural hair, can often experience unwelcome shedding.  There's a cure.  Pour about a cup of black tea over your hair after washing.  Rinse the tea out, then condition.  Black tea has caffeine which stimulates the hair follicles, but also strengthens them to keep the hair from shedding.  It may sound strange at first, but surely it's worth seeing the results!

4. Dry on cool or warm settings, rather than hot.
Many of us are ready to get on with the hair care process and if you're washing it at home, this is usually the case.  Sure, the hot setting on your dryer will work faster, but it is not safer or better for your hair.  After applying your leave-in conditioner, let your hair air dry for a while before applying the blow dryer.  Then, you can use a lower setting, and minimize the heat exposure to your locks.  It may call for a bit more of your time, but again, it's worth it.

5. Minimize and protect heat exposure.
As just mentioned, you want to use lower heat settings when blow drying.  When styling with hot tools like flat irons or curlers, you should not only use a ceramic-made tool, but protect your hair with a heat-guarding product as well.  Silk Therapy by Biosilk is a great option, and again, we love the Hair by Tippi Shorter brand.  These products will protect your hair against heat damage, and make it stronger.  Also, limit your use of hot irons.  If you find rollers hard to sleep on, pin curls are your friend!  They give the same kind of curl and you can sleep easily.

6.  Don't get too product-happy.
Sure, we've given you some suggestions on products to use and endorsements of our faves, but you never want to apply too much of anything to your hair.  Too much can weigh the hair down and block the hair shaft.  This stunts growth and makes the scalp unhappy.  Look for light products and absolutely avoid products with alcohol in the ingredients.  It will dry your hair and can counter your conditioning. Check ingredients before you buy!

7.  Know your hair.
Knowing your own hair is probably the most important tip we can provide.  Maybe your hair doesn't respond well to any chemical, regardless of the way you take care of it.  Or, maybe natural is not for you, and a relaxer is helpful to your hair health. Never feel pressured to style one way or the other, but make your style a priority.  We all have our own look, so take the time to figure it out and go for it.

We also highly recommend having a stylist who makes hair care and healthy hair a priority--not just styling.  Having a great stylist will make things easier for you when taking care of your hair at home.

Hopefully these tips will be helpful to you, and if you have others, please share them!  All the best with your healthy hair journey.

**We want to give a special shout out and thank you to Ms. Bukola Bello for contributing some of these wonderful tips.  She's not only a great legislative lobbyist, but she has fabulous, healthy, relaxed hair!

Monday, March 26, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Gives

God Save My Shoes!

Of course women and shoes have a strong, unique relationship, and if you think about it--men and shoes do, too!

So, to help support a great cause, Soles 4 Souls, and a cool documentary about women and shoes, we want you to LIKE our post about our favorite pair of shoes on the God Save My Shoes Facebook page.  The more likes and posts, the more money  donated to Soles 4 Souls.

Here's more details on each:
God Save My Shoes is a documentary in progress about the relationship between women and shoes.  We are extremely excited about this feature; the shoes, and the women contributing their stories to the piece.  Celebrities and women around the world are a part of this film.  It's going to be amazing!
Check them out on Twitter.

Soles 4 Souls is a shoe charity, recycling shoes for those in need.  Many of us take our fabulous shoe closets for granted and hardly stop to think of people who'd love--or need just a couple pair.  Soles 4 Souls has 2 other divisions, Clothes 4 Souls and Hope 4 Souls, which all work to help alleviate poverty.  Here's more on their mission and how you can help!

Don't forget to LIKE...and share!!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 6 Exercises Crazes!

We are all about fitness, nutrition, and optimal health here at B.A.F.F.L.E.D., so we have to share some of the great options out there for staying fit.  Of course eating right is important, but physical activity is just as critical.  It's good for your heart and lungs, and cardio keeps those unwanted calories at bay.

Check out these options for staying fit, along with our benefits of Yoga!

1. Spin Classes
This vigorous workout is a great way to burn calories and keep muscles toned.  Done on exercise bikes in a fitness studio, the heated temps and high speed are perfect for knocking off the calories you need, quickly--be ready.

2. Zumba
Fun, fun, fun!  This option lets you dance to some of your favorites with friends and workout class members.  Your instructor provides a routine to popular dance song, and you do the rest.  

*Warning:  You may break into your routine randomly when hearing your Zumba song.

3. Pilates
If you love core workouts and keeping your abs strong, this is a great option for you.  You can do these exercises in the gym with others, or in the comfort of your own home.  This is a great option for someone who travels!

4. Crossfit
Crossfit also works the core muscles through strength-building exercises.  This workout is common in police and firefighter training academies, but is great for anyone looking to challenge their body and endurance. It is a wonderful choice for upper body building. Classes are available across the country, and we definitely recommend taking this one with an experienced trainer.

5. P90X
This is one of the older options on the list, but no less valuable.  As a matter of fact, P90X is no joke!  If you are looking to build muscle and toning, consider P90X.  The 90-day program provides creative workouts, and promising results.  It's definitely a challenge, but worth it!

6. Pole Dancing
Yes, pole dancing.  It may be more lady-friendly, but this fun choice is a great workout!  At first thought, it may seem risque, but the exercise, strengthening the arms and abs, is the result of fun times in the gym with girlfriends.  Flirty Girl is a national gym hosting pole dancing classes, but many local gyms offer the course as well.

Have others to share?   Let us know!

Enjoy getting fit!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy-

March is National Kidney Month.  This month, the National Kidney Foundation is working to make sure you know the ins and outs of kidney health and how to keep your kidney in top condition.  

Over 26 million Americans suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease, with about 83,000 patients awaiting transplants.  Kidney conditions have a greater impact on minority groups of the population, because of their unfortunate link to Diabetes and high blood pressure.  However this does not limit the condition to these groups.  Kidney disease can impact anyone. 

What do they do?
Kidneys regulate the body's salt, potassium, and acid content, while also removing waste.  The stress of the organs is major--they have a big job.  They also produces hormones for other organs, controlling blood pressure and calcium metabolism.  

Warning signs of kidney disease include, but are not limited to:

  1. High blood pressure.
  2. Blood and/or protein in the urine.
  3. A creatinine and Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) blood test, outside the normal range. BUN and creatinine are waste that build up in the blood when kidney function is compromised.
  4. A glomerular filtration rate (GFR) less than 60. GFR is a measure of kidney function. See your doctor to get a better understanding of this one. 
  5. Frequent urination, particularly at night;  It can also be difficult or painful.
  6. Puffiness around eyes, swelling of hands and feet.
  7. Serious fatigue.

For more information on early detection, check out the Kidney Early Evaluation Program.

If you are interested or in need of transplant information, consult the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Remember kidney health is important to us all, so be sure to do what you can to keep yours in the best condition.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Highlights of March~

March may be almost 1/2 over, but there are some pretty important things happening during the month.

As you already know, March is "Music in Our Schools Month".  Here's a few other things you should know about, too.

1.  Women's History Month
Women's History Month was born out of International Women's Day in 1911.  Since then, the recognition has flourished and the appreciation hasn't stopped.  By 1987 Congress lengthened what had become a week long celebration, to the entire month of March. This ignited projects like the National Women's History Project and the later opening of the National Museum of Women's History in Washington D.C.  Women's History Month provides awareness about the achievements of womankind and the progress the gender has made. 

For more info, click here.

2. Kidney Month
Many unfortunate physical ailments have a month to focus on the daily attention we all need to give our health.  Kidneys are no different.  The National Kidney Foundation has been working hard to spread the word about kidney health and warning signs for chronic kidney disease.  The kidneys are a critical part of optimal health, and require just as much attention as other major organs.

We will have more on Kidney Month later this week....stay tuned.

3. National Nutrition Month
This is a great pair to Kidney Month.  Not only can you learn more about your kidney health, but overall nutrition for a long life.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a bundle of tips and tricks for nutritional living.  Sponsoring the 2012 Get Your Plate In Shape campaign, they are leading the charge on eating right, and promoting exercise for a healthy life.  

The Academy is encouraging you to:
-Make 1/2 your plate fruit and veggies
-Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk
-Make at least 1/2 your grains whole
-Vary your protein choices.  Eat seafood twice a week and include more beans in your diet.

These are just a start to optimal health.  Here's more!

4. National Craft Month
We love creativity here, so we must acknowledge National Craft Month.  This month highlights the artistic talents of those able to do amazing things with needle and thread, paint, metals, and a plethora of other tools.  

If you have a craft you've been putting to the side, here's the time to bring it back to life!  Check out these resources to get you started.

5. Red Cross Month
The American Red Cross takes the month of March to remind everyone about the importance of helping others.  Because of natural disasters and occurrences we can't always control, the Red Cross is on hand to assist people in their time of need.  President Franklin Roosevelt designated March as Red Cross Month in 1943, as a response to the needs resulting from World War II.  The tradition of helping our communities has lived on ever since. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Music

March is "Music in Our Schools Month"

Music in our schools enriches education. It is critical to keep music and other performing arts alive and well in our educational institutions. Music programs give students a means for sharpening their talents and allow them to nurture natural creative skills. Music provides education and discipline to students--a must these days with the challenges we face in our neighborhoods.

Across the country, many organizations are focused on keeping music in our schools. Organizations like VH1 - Save the MusicMusic in Schools Today and MENC: The National Association for Music Education give ways to donate time and money to make music and other performing arts fixtures in our schools.

Some of our faves...
The Music Bloggers' Association of America provides a nurturing network for music industry bloggers, promoting services and programs for members.  Da Internz, a Chicagoland producer duo, have been doing major things lately from producing the "Dance" hit by Big Sean, as well as the buzzworthy Rihanna/Chris Brown duet--"Birthday Cake".  Check out their YouTube Channel and go "Behind the Beat"!

Please take a moment to visit these sites, and your local schools to see what you can do to help.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 7 Books for Every Fashionista-

We've mentioned some great books to grab before, but this list is especially for the fashionista.

Whether you like tangible books or e-versions, these are must-haves!
1. The Fashion Book, by Phaidon Editors
This fashion encyclopedia is a basic necessity for learning your fashion history, key designer names, and all the fundamentals of the fashion industry.  Vogue considers it the "Fashion Bible".

We love this book!  It is adorable on the outside, and has all the necessaries for women to learn on the inside.  With tips including how to order wine, fix things with limited tools, and dress for certain occasions, this one is a great how-to for the fabulously fashionable lady!

A long-awaited selection, this book puts together the many principles of Fashion Law we've discussed here and share with some of our Fashion Law Family.  Fashion Lawyer Charles Colman is also featured in a chapter. 

Deluxe gives inside perspectives of fashion giants like Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Chanel.  You get the story on how these labels came to be, and some which almost didn't.  The inspiration for aspiring fashion designers is wonderful. 

5. The Little Black Book of Style, by Nina Garcia
Love this one!  Not only does this book offer great fashion tips and style savvy, but also amazing illustrations.  It is a joy to read this piece.  Nina shares her life as well as her love and outlook on fashion.

6. Coco Chanel:  An Intimate Life, by Lisa Chaney
The life of this fashion icon is more telling than anyone would realize.  Take a journey into her story, and find out just how the Chanel empire came to be.

7. A.L.T:  A Memoir, by Andre Leon Talley
A selection by a gentleman closer to the fashion industry than almost anyone else.  Andre shares his experiences and insights, giving us a first-hand glimpse of the fashion world from one of its pillars.  

Surely there are plenty of other great fashion books out there.  Let us know which ones you like!

Monday, March 5, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Chicago Fashion Foundation Scholarship Event~

The Chicago Fashion Foundation is one of our favorite organizations.  It has a great mission and does wonders in the City--focusing on fashion, scholarship, education, and networking.  

Check out their event this Wednesday!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Celebrates

Chicago's 175th Birthday!

Today we celebrate the birthday of a World-Class City--Sweet Home, Chicago.  To continue the celebration, we are sharing our B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago feature, for dining and entertainment musts across the city, along with 175 reason to love this great place.

Share reasons you love Chicago, and enjoy all it has to offer, including a 4-Star Panel today at the Chicago History Museum.

Happy Birthday Chicago!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Cares

Rock the Red Pump with the Red Pump Project!

March 10th marks National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and the Red Pump Project is ready!  This Chicago-based organization has ambassadors across the country and lead the charge in HIV/AIDS awareness.

On March 24th, the organization is sponsoring a fashion show, hosted by comedienne Kim Coles!  Like their other events, this one is sure to be fabulous.

For more information on the event, click here.

To get in the know on HIV/AIDS facts and figures, check out their reference page.  You can never know too much about something so major.  

Keep up with the Red Pump on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr!

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