Archive | August, 2013

Balancing activities like wearing high heels could lead to wiser purchasing decisions: study

27 Aug

By Tracy Miller / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 26, 2013, 12:48 PM Comment Pat Carroll/New York Daily News An excuse to wear your stilettos to the grocery store? Being off-balance leads us to make more balanced purchasing choices, researchers found. They might pinch your feet, but wearing high heels can also help you pinch pennies, a new study suggests. Being a little off-balance when making purchasing decisions whether it’s wearing heels to the mall or tipping back on two legs while you shop online helps you make more balanced choices, according to researchers at Brigham Young University. The reason?
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/spend-smarter-shop-high-heels-study-article-1.1437264

Study: Wearing high heels causes long-term foot damage, “clawing of the toes”

The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Marketing Research, found people focused on balancing were more likely to buy a 42-inch television for $450 than a bigger, more expensive model or a smaller, cheaper TV. The researchers concluded that people should be aware of how physical elements can influence the buying decisions they make. “We need to sit back for a minute and consider, ‘Is this really what I want, or are the shoes I’m wearing influencing my choice?'” study co-author Darron Billeter said in the news release. “We need to be more aware of what is influencing our choices.” More information This article from Psychology Today takes a look at impulse buying .
Source: http://www.newsday.com/news/health/want-to-spend-less-shop-in-high-heels-study-says-1.5965849

Want to Spend Less? Shop in High Heels, Study Says

We think that the large muscle strains that occur when walking in heels may ultimately increase the likelihood of strain injuries, Dr. Neil Cronin, one of the studys lead researchers, told the Times. The damage for heel- wearers is not eased by switching to sneakers or flats, according to the study, because that only increases the risk of injury by forcing the foot into a new position. The repeated wearing of high heels is widely known to increase the risk of such conditions as osteoarthritis, hammer toes, bunions and corns, but doctors said the damage could be happening in areas beyond the legs, such asthe back, and in areas and ways not immediately evident, such as the heart. Inflammation inside your body can happen anywhere. It can happen from wearing shoes, Little, who was not involved in the Australian study, told ABC News. When we put your foot into a shoe, it has nowhere to go but to bind the toes. Homing in on the point, sky high heels researchers in England last week also released a study, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Journal , that found wearing high heelscould lead to flat feet,as it canweaken the tendons that support the arch of the foot, leading it to fall, which causes pain and can make it difficult to walk.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/01/high-heels-high-danger/

3-D Scan Reveals Foot Damage by High Heels

They hope the PedCAT 3-D scanner will transform the treatment of foot and ankle problems often caused by wearing high heels. The new scanner allows us to clearly see how the foot and ankle looks and functions inside shoes fully weight bearing, Andy Goldberg, a consultant orthopedic surgeon at the hospital, said in a news release . Patients can stand in the scanner wearing their shoes or barefoot while hundreds of 2-D X-rays are taken of their feet. The images are then combined to create a 3-D image from every angle in just 60 seconds. While there is an established connection between high heels and foot pain, this is the first time the effect of shoes on feet can be seen in real time.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/08/27/3-d-scan-reveals-foot-damage-by-high-heels/

High Heels, High Danger?

Using revolutionary 3D scanning technology, researchers at North Londons Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital have created an image of a contorted, misshapen female foot in a high-heeled shoe. For the first time ever, the animation, which was compiled from hundreds of 2D scans of patients feet, allows doctors to see the effects of wearing high heels in real time, providing irrefutable evidence of the long-term damage caused by wearing such shoes. In a press release for the study, consulting orthopedic surgeon Andy Goldberg says that instead of looking at isolated X-rays of a foot and ankle from one angle, the PEDCat 3D scanner lets doctors see how the foot and ankle function inside shoes fully weight bearing. This will help us treat patients earlier to prevent long term problems, and influence the design of new and better footwear in the future, says Goldberg. In the above animation, Goldberg further explains the grisly effects of prolonged high heel-wearing on the feet, including intense pain and fixed clawing of the toes (which is like elf feet, but in reverse ). For many years, Goldberg adds our feet have had to fit into someone elses ideas of someone elses ideas of our shoes rather than making shoes to fit our feet, and that paradigm has to change. Food for thought next time youre shopping for heels that the TSA would classify as lethal weapons .
Source: http://www.salon.com/2013/08/27/study_wearing_high_heels_causes_long_term_foot_damage_clawing_of_the_toes/

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How Kim Kardashian is getting her body back: Five small meals a day, daily exercise and flattering monotone outfits

22 Aug

It is a Swedish-Danish co-production with Cosmo Film. In early October Tre Vanner will also start production on Mastermind, a heist film about a criminal about to pull off a big bank job with some of the best criminals in Sweden. The director and cast will be announced shortly. Genre-wise its more kind of Headhunters than Snabba Cash, Tre Vanners head of film Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro told ScreenDaily at Gothenburgs Way Out West festival, where Snabba Cash III Life Deluxe was world premiering. Wikstrom Nicastro is producing both The Boy With The Golden Trousers and Mastermind. Tre Vanner is gearing up for the Swedish release on August 30 of Life Deluxe through Nordisk Film.
Source: http://www.screendaily.com/territories/europe/tre-vanner-outfits-with-golden-trousers/5059301.article?blocktitle=EUROPE-PRODUCTION-NEWS

8/21/2013 11:24 AM ET | Filed under: Music Minute Fashion Smashion Cher Still Got It Cher ‘s style wouldn’t be nearly as outrageous or fabulous if she had never met Bob Mackie! The designer was the mastermind behind many of the singer’s most iconic stage outfits, so its only fitting that the longtime partners in fashion crime would reunite for what many think will be Chers farewell tour. Mackie gushed about dressing the Womans World diva , saying: “Its not like dressing a regular person its like dressing a crazy goddess. Sometimes shes an Egyptian goddess and sometimes shes a biker chic goddess.” Thank goodness Bob is a designer whos Strong Enough to tackle that!! This time around Mackie is planning on creating 20 outfits for Chers tour, and no need for backups! The designers logic is as follows: When you change that many times, you dont wear any one thing for very long. And its not a big dancing operation here. We cant WAIT to see the “crazy goddess” outfits Mackie prom dresses 2010 creates!
Source: http://perezhilton.com/cocoperez/2013-08-21-cher-bob-mackie-reunite-farewell-concert-tour-costumes

Carefully put together: While the outfit was an appropriate choice for the ceremony, it was also carefully chosen to flatter Kim’s post-baby body While the outfit was an appropriate choice for the ceremony, it was also carefully chosen to flatter Kim’s post-baby body. Black’s slimming qualities are famed, and keeping the same colour throughout the outfit added to the svelte look. The sheer cardigan covered her arms – a typical problem area for many new mothers – while allowing a suitably modest glimpse of flesh. The high heels lengthened her legs, a quality enhanced by the pale tone of the straps which did not chop her off at the ankle. Modest but flattering: Black’s slimming qualities are famed, and keeping the same colour throughout the outfit added to the svelte look The new mother kept her hair simple and layered to flatter her softer look. Following her pregnancy Kim has stuck with her usual styling team who take instruction from designer Nicola Formichetti. ‘Kim’s hips, bum and bra size are still larger than normal for her, so Nicola is dressing Kim head to toe in monotone colours, like she wore on Kris [Jenner’s] show, and using detailed tailoring to show off her post baby assets,’ a source told Look magazine. ‘The price tag for Nicola’s designs , as well as two assistants, comes in at around 10,000 per week.’ New m,other: While her first priority is bonding with her baby daughter, seen here beneath a shawl, Kim has also been focusing on her diet and exercise At two months postpartum, experts would not expect Kim to have lost all her baby weight.
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2398456/How-Kim-Kardashian-getting-body-Five-small-meals-day-daily-exercise-flattering-monotone-outfits.html

Insanely High Heels: 12 Pairs That Are Absolutely Worth Falling For

12 Aug

(Source: CNN) (CNN) – When most women put on a pair of high heels, they’re thinking about fashion and not their feet. High heels may look good, but what they’re doing to our feet is anything but pretty. “High heels can cause stress fractures, tendonitis, all types of bone spurs, and encourage bunion and hammertoe formation,” said Dr. Jacqueline Sutera. It can also affect other parts of the body.
Source: http://www.live5news.com/story/23074687/high-heels-causing-health-problems

Scroll down for video… Still got it: Sharon Stone showed she is still the femme fatale of Hollywood as she strode through an outdoor mall in Los Angeles, California on Thursday The Basic Instinct star was at The Grove shopping mall as the guest of honour at the final stage of the Kiehl’s Ride for amfAR event. The cause no doubt provided the actress an incentive to reach the end to the motorcyclists who have been riding for nine days from Seattle to raise money for AIDS research. Tasked with collecting the donation from the cosmetics company, Sharon made sure to dress very business-like while still putting her sexy spin on her look. Putting in the work: The star has been working hard in the gym and proudly showed off her muscles Sharon donned a tight black high-waisted skirt with a black high-necked mesh top which revealed her black bra.
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2387372/Sharon-Stone-turns-footpath-catwalk-sky-high-heels-sheer-amfAR-event.html

Never mind that high heels come chock full of baggagetheyre hard to walk in, they pinch our feet, they force our bodies to contort in ungodly (and often detrimental) ways, but yet we wear them anyway. READ: Bye-Bye Blisters: Love Your Shoes and Wear Them, Too Interestingly, our perception of whats acceptable for a heel height has changed massively during the past decade. In the early 2000s, a three-inch heel was considered high, while now, most women dont balk at a shoe that teeters on a five or-six-inch heel. And while a plethora of fashion reports have asserted that heel heights may have reached their peak (probably because, topping out at six inches, theres nowhere to feasibly go but down), that doesnt mean women are any less enamored with sky-high heels. In fact, a New York Times story that ran earlier this summer looked at womens love for designer shoes, and noted that many are more than willing, it seems to shell out hundreds upon hundreds of dollars to own a pair of status shoes from heel-masters like Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo , and Manolo Blahnik, as well as those designed by a glossy new guard of It shoe designers such as Charlotte Olympia and Tabitha Simmons . So, why this adoration for heels?
Source: http://magazine.foxnews.com/style-beauty/insanely-high-heels-12-pairs-are-absolutely-worth-falling?intcmp=HPBucket3

The Suri Effect: How sales of little girls’ high heels have skyrocketed thanks to Little Miss Cruise’s mini-me style

Rusty Katz is the manager of childrens shoes at Lesters, a chain of childrens department stores in New York . He says he cant keep wedge and kitten heels for little girls in stock because theyre so popular. Girls love shoes, Katz said. Good Morning America caught up with Katz when visit here he showed Sara Berman and her 8-year-old daughter, Talia, some Steve Madden wedges. He called them falls hottest trend. Skechers Under Fire for Daddy$ Money Sneakers Roughly half the styles in Steve Madden Kids spring/summer collection have an elevated sole, and the shoes are in great demand at Gap Kids and Target stores nationwide.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2013/08/high-heels-for-girls-trend-raises-concerns/

High Heels for Girls Trend Raises Concerns

‘Girls want to emulate mom more, and parents are letting kids experiment with dressing up more,’ he explained. On trend: Brands including Steve Madden Kids (left, $54.95) and GapKids (right, $11.99) have jumped on the bandwagon, producing kids-sized footwear that resembles adult styles Copycats: ‘Girls want to emulate mom more, and parents are letting kids experiment with dressing up more,’ explained Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at NPD (left, wedge sandal for $48.95; right, kitten heel for $49.95) Katie Holmes echoed that sentiment when she defended her daughter’s fondness for heels. ‘She, like every little girl – she loves my high heels,’ the actress told Access Hollywood in November 2009. ‘They are actually ballroom dancing shoes for kids. I found them for her and she loves them.’ The craze for kid-sized adult fashion extends beyond the shoe closet; indeed, last month Burberry launched a Mini-Me collection featuring exact replicas of adult clothing. ‘You’re basically giving the green light to going full speed on to womanhood’ But some, including Dr Shari E Miles-Cohen, senior director of the Womens Programs Office at the American Psychological Association, have claimed that letting young girls dress like adults sends the wrong message.
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2383631/The-Suri-Effect-How-sales-little-girls-high-heels-skyrocketed-thanks-Little-Miss-Cruises-mini-style.html

Best Demi Lovato Hairstyles

5 Aug

Like the blue-tinted fishtail side braid she rocked in her Teen Vogue spread, Lovato is always game for something new, different and exciting. She always follicle fabulous, but through it all, she remains uniquely Demi. Weve picked out some of the Heart Attack singers most memorable coifs of the past year and change. Check out the Best Demi Lovato Hairstyles below! Shaggy Layers As Lovato promoted her 2013 album Demi, she showed off her more natural locks.After a years worth of damaging dyes, root-ripping extensions and constant changes, she rocked a utilitarian, unfussy shag with tons and tons of layers in early 2013.Its a rich brown shade, with a rugged, choppy texture that totally flatters her face shape.Its refreshing to see her go messy, unkempt and rocker chick with her strands.
Source: http://popcrush.com/demi-lovato-hair/

Celebrity Hair Through The Years

We really love their hair. Choose your icon and try her ‘do! by Glamour Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, Harry Langdon/Getty ImagesGo Sleek: The Supremes’ lead http://www.chicemma.com/ singer, Diana Ross, was a hair chameleon. For her short, sleek style, apply a smoothing serum, or use a curl enhancer for her amazing volume, like the model’s above right. See more: 14 Seriously Cute Hairstyles for Curly Hair Central Press/Getty Images, Mark Leibowitz Go Easy: To get Joni Mitchell’s fringe and swingy, carefree hair (also seen backstage and on half of Hollywood!), apply thickening spray, then blow-dry For more music icon-inspired hairstyles pick up the August issue of Glamour on newsstands now, or download the digital edition.
Source: http://shine.yahoo.com/beauty/fresh-hairstyles-try-inspired-favorite-music-icons-173000702.html

Fresh Hairstyles to Try Inspired by Our Favorite Music Icons

Her flawless, pin-straight middle-parted mane topped off her hippie image. Cher’s influence is clear as the quest for straight hair and ironing tools’ popularity continues . 6. 1970s: The ’70s brought us disco, skates, feminism and Farrah Fawcett. The striking “Charlie’s Angels” actress was arguably best known for her famous feathered layers. The frosty style is still sought after fifty years later. Need proof?
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/celebrity-hair_n_3696685.html

Musikfest hairstyles: Braided Ponytail

Black hair art is the way we black people manage our hair, she said. Hair and fashion trendsetters including Solange Knowles have inspired women to reclaim the braided look. There are several variations of braids and a sea of style possibilities with or without using extension hair. Styles called box braids, tree braids, Havana twists and Senegalese twists are among the most popular looks with extension hair this summer, Chindo said. Women are taking them to great lengths, wearing their braids or twists down their backs or longer. However, Chindo noted, long hair is not the most ideal in the summer heat. Bouffants, oversize buns and a number of creative up-dos that get the hair off the neck can be worn to keep women cooler yet stylish.
Source: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2013/08/04/1-more-black-women-embracing-natural.html

More black women embracing ‘natural’ hairstyles

3. Braid the section towards the back of your head while still staying slightly off to the side, leaving the end of the braid undone. Going too far one way or another will make the braid lay awkwardly in the pony. Dont fret if you have to do this step more than once to get it just right. 3. Gently gather your hair and the braid into a ponytail and secure with an elastic band. 4.
Source: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/musikfest/index.ssf/2013/08/musikfest_hairstyles_braided_ponytail.html