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Mark your calendars! Vancouver Fashion Week returns March 18th – March 24th. The 6-day event is touted as the fashion mecca for the most innovative designers. Style inspiration from international award-winning fashion designers from over 30 countries. VFW expects more than 20,000 fashion enthusiasts; including celebrities, stylists, models, industry insiders, trend-setters, media, buyers, and aspiring designers.

Photos courtesy of VFW.


VFW starts the week off with a gala that is not to be missed. The main events begin on Wednesday, March 19th. Tickets for the six day fashion feast are $30.00 for double show passes to $300.00 for all-access passes.

Jamal Abdourahman Vancouver Fashion Weeks founder and producer states ” We are so excited to showcase more than 80 designers from 30 countries this upcoming fall/winter season. ” We strive to identify undiscovered designers by providing an accessible and internationally reputable platform for designers to showcase their work.”

A partial list of this fall/winter 2014 season designers include:

Argentinian designer Gabriel Lage

Peruvian designer Noe Bernacelli

Peruvian designer Evolét- by Jercy Gutierrez

Korean designer Soojin Lee

Vancouver-based designer Stephanie Hung of Nina Tan

London-based designers Nadia Mustafa and Zehra Mustafa of Nadia + Zehra

Other confirmed designers come from Brazil, Japan, Portugal, Demark, United Kingdom, Australia, and Zanzibar.


About Vancouver Fashion Week

Vancouver Fashion Week is a bi-annual event that will take place at the Chinese Cultural Center at 50 East Pender in Vancouver. With 80 international designers and more than 20,000 attendees, VFW brings designers, buyers, and media together to celebrate creativity and new trends in fashion.

VFW’s media partners include: BC Living, NICHE Magazine, and L’Officiel Ukraine. VFW’s exclusive Ukrainian partner, L’Offciel will provide live coverage from the runway. As a part of the L’Officiel family, L’Officiel Ukraine features opulent topics such as personalities, fashion, art, and lifestyle while elevating the image of Ukraine on the international stage.

Other sponsors include Hasselblad, Fashion Seoul, Shopstyle Canada, and many more. For more information, please visit VanFashionWeek.com. Like us on Facebook.com and join the conversation on Twitter.com.


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UNTOLD, The Newest Fragrance from Elizabeth Arden


Your Story. Your Journey.

The Signature Fragrance of the Modern Woman

There is an untold story behind every modern woman who is thriving in her life’s journey.  She owns every experience she’s had, every decision she’s made and is blossoming into a woman of many facets.

Whether it’s dreams she has yet to share, secrets she has yet to reveal, or ambitions she has yet to declare, there are countless facets to every woman.  While some of these facets are apparent on the surface, others remain hidden, only to be discovered over time.

The world never sees all of her, but can only steal a glimpse at a time. In those few fleeting moments you see her genuine smile, vibrant energy and effortless grace, but her story remains unrevealed… untold.  Celebrating the sophistication and intrigue of the modern woman, Elizabeth Arden announces the launch of its new fragrance UNTOLD.

The Fragrance:

Feminine. Sophisticated. Luxurious. Modern. Sensual.

Since 1922, Elizabeth Arden has been crafting fragrances as part of the brand’s holistic approach to beauty. Past classics like Red Door, 5th Avenue and Green Tea keep delighting women around the world and now, with UNTOLD, the brand is introducing a luxurious and modern rendition of a sensual floral composition.

In developing UNTOLD, the perfumer masterfully brings together the highest quality ingredients to capture the different facets that, together, make the modern woman intriguing.

“I wanted UNTOLD to be a harmonious balance of the many facets of a woman, which, for me, is the source of genuine beauty,” says Clement Gavarry, IFF perfumer. “I imagined her sometimes adventurous, sometimes romantic, yet always equally confident,” he adds.

Each note in the fragrance was selected to evoke a characteristic of the UNTOLD woman:

Vibrant: Sparkling Pink Pepper fused with crisp Bergamot expose her vibrant optimism and joyful spirit.

Unpredictable: Playful, fruity accents of Pear and Blackcurrant Bud LMR* evoke her unpredictable ways.

Refined: Delicate Gardenia petals and intoxicating Egyptian Jasmine LMR[1]* reveal her romantic and sophisticated femininity.

Mysterious: Nuances of Patchouli Heart LMR* and Sandalwood hint at her mysterious aura.

Sensual: Heated Ambers cascade over the caress of hypnotic Musk unveiling her magnetic sensuality. Lingering in the air is the unforgettable essence of her presence.

The Packaging:

The breathtakingly beautiful bottle of UNTOLD Elizabeth Arden is the embodiment of the multi-faceted, versatile nature of the modern woman. Just like the woman, the bottle is made up of many facets, which make it radiant and elegant.  Due to its subtle curvature, the bottle takes on an appearance that is strikingly different at every angle, just as a woman delights those around her with a new side to her at each moment.

The UNTOLD Elizabeth Arden Collection:

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray                                                   $79.00 (3.3 fl. oz./100 ml)

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray                                                   $59.00 (1.7 fl. oz./50 ml)

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray                                                   $49.00 (1.0 fl. oz./30 ml)

UNTOLD Body Cream                                                                     $45.00 (6.8 oz./200 ml)

UNTOLD Shower Gel                                                                      $38.00 (6.8 fl. oz./200 ml)


Where to Buy: Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide and ElizabethArden.com.


*LMR= Laboratoire Monique Rémy. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.’s in-house, natural facility situated in Grasse, France, that specializes in extracting natural raw materials through a craftsmanship technique. Therefore, productions are rare, fine and represent the best quality in the marketplace.

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The Children’s Action Network’s Annual Holiday Fundraiser

Last week Sarah McNamara attended the Children’s Action Network’s Annual Holiday Fundraiser at the private home of Kelly Wearstler to celebrate Miracle Skin Transformer’s brand new shade of Lip Rewind: LOVE. With every purchase of the limited edition shade LOVE, Miracle Skin Transformer will donate $5 to the Children’s Action Network in effort to find loving families for waiting foster children.


At the event Sarah recorded a special message for you to share the LOVE!

More About Children’s Action Network:

Children’s Action Network (CAN) uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life. CAN is currently dedicated to finding homes for the more than 107,000 children in the United States who are waiting for an adoptive family and improving outcomes for the more than 500,000 children in foster care.

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The Holiday Gifts that Women Want Now!

Did you know that we’re in the midst of a sexual revolution? LELO has collected data from a Global Survey as well as some external sources of info, they have established that now more than ever, women are seizing control in the bedroom like never before, and are not afraid to get what they want!

So now, to celebrate the recent launch of our Dare Me and Indulge Me Pleasure Sets of hand-picked LELO items, we present to you our latest infographic that details what women want in 2012, the year ‘Vanilla’ turned ‘Grey’ – enjoy!


The Gift Set for Exploring Shared Fantasies

Indulge your senses to their fullest with this most luxurious pleasure set by LELO. Combining the Intima Silk Blindfold with Tantra Feather Teaser you will take your passions to the most insatiable heights, teasing out pleasure before sharing sensations with the Noa™ Couples’ Massager. Worn by women when making love, it brings the most amazing pleasures to both partners, where the prelude is surpassed only by its climax.

Contents: Noa™ (Waterproof, USB-Rechargeable Silicone Couples’ Massager with 6 modes), Intima Silk Blindfold (100% Silk), Tantra Feather Teaser (Down-feathers with metal/acrylic handle), Gift Card, Satin Storage Pouch.


The Down Feather Teaser for Seductive Strokes

 Share the light touch of exquisite pleasure with LELO’s Tantra Feather Teaser, the perfect way to titillate and tease your way to ecstasy. Combining luxurious down feathers with a polished metal and acrylic handle, it offers a stylish invitation to your many soft, sensual, and seductive trysts ahead.

LELO is the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products. Launched in 2003, LELO is famous for transforming the look, feel and function of how personal massagers are perceived, bringing a new level of luxury to products of this kind.

Applying the same commitment to quality, design and innovation across all product lines, LELO’s unique portfolio now extends through bedroom accessories, personal massagers known as Pleasure Objects, massage oils, soy massage candles and a premium line of silk intimate apparel.


The Gift Set for Exploring Shared Fantasies

 Dare to explore your ultimate fantasies with this sensual pleasure set by LELO. Including the soft-tasseled Sensua Suede Whip and Etherea Silk Cuffs, you can add an even more exciting dimension to foreplay with Luna Beads™ Noir. Creating subtle yet pleasurable vibrations that respond to movement, LELO’s seductive take on the world’s bestselling Ben Wa balls are perfect for foreplay and beyond, bringing the wearer amazing sensations previously only ever dreamt of.

Contents: Luna Beads™ Noir (2 x Premium Ben Wa Balls (28g) with Silicone Harness), Etherea Silk Cuffs (100% Silk and Suede restraints) and Sensua Suede Whip (Soft tassels with metal/acrylic handle), Gift Card, Satin Storage Pouch.

For more information about LELO please visit: http://www.lelo.com

All photos and information is provided by LELO.

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Turn your passion for natural skincare, spa products and loungewear into your own business with Seriluna. The Seriluna business plan is simply based on the “social selling” model of direct sales, similar to the stylish Stella & Dot jewelry company. However, instead of selling jewelry, sell the gift of wellness and beauty to stressed out and overworked women who are seeking more balance, relaxation and beauty in a fun, congenial, cozy, spa -like environment. How do I start?


If you’re social, interested in wellness and skincare, love helping others, and want a career with the flexibility to fit your lifestyle and schedule, then Seriluna could be the perfect fit for you. As a Seriluna Skincare & Spa Consultant, you’ll make an impact on the lives of others by providing much needed stress relief as well as helping your friends and family avoid the toxins in standard, store-bought skin care products. Plus, you’ll be able to work from your home on your own schedule, while making money doing what you love.

Simply go to www.seriluna.com and select “Join Us.” Then choose either the Basic or Deluxe Seriluna starter kit ( the Deluxe kit contains a broader line of products). The kits contain everything you need to get your business off the ground including full-size product samples, brochures, order forms, and other valuable promotional materials. You’ll even get your very own ecommerce website to share with your contacts. You could be an overnight ecommerce mogul!

Why work with Seriluna?


Be a part of an exciting ground floor lucrative business opportunity.

· You’ll have flexible hours—you design your own schedule.

· Earn generous commissions between 30% and 40% on your sales.

· Earn residual income as your team grows and flourishes.

· Promote your business with a personal website that we will set up for you—enjoy up to three months free, and after only $10.00 per month.

· Direct your clients to your personal website, as well as use it to enter orders, order additional samples, and supplies.

· There is no inventory to stock and manage and no credit card fees to pay.

· Seriluna will be there every step of the way to support and help you set up your business.

· Choose from our comprehensive starter kits that allow you to launch your own business within days for as little as $99.00 or $199.00.

· Fast-Start Bonuses are an incentive to jumpstart your earnings right away!

 Please visit Seriluna.com for more information.




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Jennifer Landa MD – A4M Conference – Female Sexual Dysfunction

Jen Landa, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD and Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Orlando, FL. As a top selling author and advocate for women’s health, Dr. Jen leads the American Academy of Anti-Aging sexual health module and lectures both, nationally and internationally, educating doctors and patients about hormone imbalance, sexual dysfunction, nutritional supplementation and the treatment options available for optimal health and wellness. Dr. Landa is board-certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and an advanced Fellow of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. Before pursuing preventive medicine, she practiced medicine as a board-certified physician of obstetrics and gynecology. She is also spearheading a Sexual Health Certification that will cover women, men, and homosexual/transgender sexual health.

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Scholar on aging argues people can now live to 1,000

This article was written on October 4, 2012, by Angela Wang, a contributing writer for The Daily Princetonian.   The article is posted at: http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2012/10/04/31380/

Some people alive today will live to be at least 1,000 years old, according to Aubrey de Grey, a leading scholar in the study of anti-aging methods. In a lecture Wednesday, de Grey presented research-based support and an ethics-based argument for a near future in which aging no longer exists and people live forever.

The seminar, called “The Science and Ethics of Eliminating Aging,” was sponsored by the University’s Center for Human Values and chaired by bioethics professor Peter Singer. De Grey presented his research on anti-aging therapy, promoted his vision for a world in which humans do not experience the negative effects of aging and evaluated the benefits of and objections to this future society.

De Grey is currently the chief science officer of the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence Foundation, a non-profit devoted to anti-aging research that he founded, and editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Rejuvenation Research.

In an interview before the seminar, de Grey said he hoped to use the lecture “to educate people that the defeat of aging is both feasible and desirable.”

De Grey began his presentation by defining aging. He said his foundation does research on ways to limit damages done to the human body by natural metabolic processes and that he hopes the research will allow them to identify a physical state in which one could perpetually “look and feel and function like a young adult.”

There are seven specific types of damage aging does to the body, de Grey noted. Although solutions to these have not been reached, he described a scientific breakthrough his group achieved several months ago; a study they had performed showed increased viability of cells in a culture, which he said could have implications for stopping the damage that causes cardiovascular disease.

De Grey then described the feasibility and societal benefits of successful development of anti-aging technology. He said his research suggests a “50-50 chance of developing these therapies within the next 25 years to a level of sophistication that will confer … robust human rejuvenation.”

On a slide comparing two pictures, de Grey simply summarized his views on the positives and negatives of anti-aging: one of young people at play labeled “Fun” and another of a sickly senior citizen labeled “Not Fun.” Therefore, he argued that everyone — from biologists to journalists to ordinary citizens practicing advocacy — should work to achieve successful anti-aging solutions.

Finally, de Grey suggested that a society in which people live indefinite life spans would have a higher quality of life. He noted that critics argue that indefinite life spans would lead to overpopulation and that living forever might not be desirable. However, those are not reasons to halt research into anti-aging solutions and those are ethical questions best decided by future generations, he said.

“Even if we did have a problem [arising from anti-aging development] and humanity had a choice to make … that’s a choice humanity of the future is entitled to make for itself rather than having that choice imposed on it by our not choosing to develop these therapies,” de Grey said.

After de Grey spoke, visiting deputy director of the Institute for Science & Ethics at Oxford and former University professor Bennett Foddy responded by asking whether people should be allowed to live on after getting to a certain age in good health. He pointed out that the world has a set carrying capacity and suggested that society may need different ethical standards for people who choose to undergo anti-aging treatment.

The lecture was held at Friend Center as part of a series called the “Ira W. Decamp Bioethics Seminars.”

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Anti-aging pill being developed

Published: Sept. 29, 2012 at 3:48PM  http://www.upi.com/Science_News

LONDON, Sept. 29 (UPI) — A British doctor says anti-aging drugs that can lower the risk of diseases such as cancer and dementia, as well as wrinkles, will soon be available.

Linda Partridge, a geneticist at University College London, told The Daily Telegraph drugs tackle the cause of those diseases — age itself.

“One obvious approach in trying to deal with the very rapidly increasing incidence of age-related diseases is to tackle the underlying aging process itself, because it is the major risk factor,” Partridge said.

Because the treatments tackle aging of the body itself, they could also preserve other traits, such as muscle strength, hearing and the condition of the skin, Partridge said.

However, living forever is not the goal of the drug, Partridge said.

“We are not talking about immortality, we are trying to get rid of that period of ill health that people get toward the end of their lives, to hold off age-related disease for longer,” she said. “I think it will come in gradually, I hope in my lifetime.”

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A black and white issue

This article is written by Poppy Brady on September 16, 2012.  It was originally posted at: http://www.voice-online.co.uk
Less than four per cent of images in dermatology databases involve patients with darker skin.

CONCERNS: Less than four per cent of images in dermatology databases involve patients with darker skin

THE CREATION of a groundbreaking database to help diagnose skin conditions on darker skinned is being pioneered by staff at the University of Birmingham.

An alarming number of diseases in dark skin people are being missed or misdiagnosed simply because image banks used by doctors and dermatologists across the UK are predominantly made up of images of white skins.

Dr June Jones, a senior lecturer in biomedical ethics at the university, has joined forces with the Channel 4 health awareness show Embarrassing Bodies to encourage more people from ethnic backgrounds to upload images of skin conditions on to the programme’s website.

According to Dr Jones, less than four per cent of images in dermatology databases used by medics currently involve patients with darker skin – and this could prove fatal if serious conditions are missed.


“I am passionate about equal health care for everyone but at the moment we are not equipped to offer this as image banks are not truly diverse, so many people are at a disadvantage” Dr Jones, who is also college lead in religious and cultural diversity explained.

“For example a condition like ringworm can look completely different on white skin, as the skin reddens, making the condition clearly visible.”

“Doctors and medical students have little opportunity to learn about how skin conditions in people with darker skin tones, which means there can be a delay or a mistake in diagnosis.”

She attributed financial constraint as the primary factor. “There is no overt racist factor in all this. I think it’s a result of financial cuts over the years, for example hospitals losing medical photographers who were able to record vital medical conditions. Since the West Midlands has one of the most ethnically diverse populations it’s really important that we lead the way here and train our doctors to provide equitable health care for all,” she added.

Interestingly, three volunteers with varying degrees of skin colour were ‘made up’ by the university’s medical effects artist Julia Hyland, of the History of Medical Unit to present with examples of ringworm, a meningitis rash and melanoma, a skin cancer.

All the trainee medics spotted conditions on the white skinned volunteer quickly and easily, but had trouble diagnosing those on dark skin. An example of ringworm was dismissed as ‘dry skin’ while most of the students completely missed a cancerous mole on the volunteer’s ear.


This was all filmed for Embarrassing Bodies, a TV series which aims to raise health awareness and de-stigmatise embarrassing medical conditions.
Dr Jones added: “Thankfully skin cancers are less common on darker skins, but sadly the outcome can be far more serious if it is simply not spotted early enough. Missing or misdiagnosing conditions is potentially fatal.”

She said she was keen to connect with community groups in the West Midlands to spread the word about the importance of the public contributing to the database and welcomed the chance to talk to groups.

Full instructions on how to upload an image are given on the Embarrassing Bodies website and are checked by a consultant dermatologist.

Ideally, people who submit examples should have had the condition already diagnosed by their doctor.

Any group wishing to talk with Dr Jones can contact her by email: j.jones.1@bham. ac.uk
For further details visit: http://www.livefromtheclinic.channel4.com/case-videos/lftc2e2skindatabase

Posted on: 16/09/2012 10:13 AM
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Schick Quattro For Women brings back the Nostalgic game MASH!

Mansion, Apartment, Shack, or House? Remember the nostalgic game MASH from your childhood? Schick® Quattro for Women® has brought it back!

Schick® Quattro for Women®, the first brand to design an innovative, high-performance, four blade razor for women, has partnered again with Alloy Entertainment for season two of the hit web series Dating Rules From My Future Self (https://www.facebook.com/DatingRules)! As Dating Rules From My Future Self gives its lead characters dating advice from themselves ten years ahead.

Schick® Quattro for Women® wants to give you a chance to see into your romantic future with the interactive dating-themed game “Dare to MASH” on the brand’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/schickquattroforwomen).

Find out your romantic fate! And as a bonus, now through August 25th everyone that plays instantly receives a coupon for a future Schick Quattro for Women purchase! We would love for you to join in and share this news with your fans.

Like Schick Quattro for Women on Facebook to play or follow us on Twitter (@QuattroforWomen Hashtag: #DaretoMASH).


Photos and information provided by Lippee Taylor.



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