Beauty // May 19, 2014

Beyonce may have “woke up like this” but being cute isn’t as easy for everyone else. Knowing how to correctly apply your makeup, keep up with trends and do it all flawlessly is time consuming. Here are some helpful beauty hacks that will both save you time, and help you put your best face forward.

1. Use Mascara as Eyeliner

In a pinch and only have mascara? Your mascara can also double as eye liner. Take an eyeliner brush and dip it into the mascara. Apply the mascara to the the eye just as you would a gel liner and add some drama to your makeup look.



2. Depuff with Green Tea

Suffering from a few late nights? Reduce under-eye puffiness and redness with green tea. Soak green tea bags in warm water to seep and then refrigerate until cold. Squeeze out excess water and place on eyes for five to ten minutes. The antioxidants and caffeine in the tea will reduce reduce redness and tighten skin.

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3. Use Advil to Zap Pimples

Got a surprise pimple on the day of a big event? Don’t bust out the concealer, use Advil to zap it. Pierce or cut a gel capsule and apply directly onto the affected area. The anti-inflammatory medicine used to treat aches and pains will reduce any redness and swelling caused by unsightly blemishes.



4. Use Toothpaste to Whiten Nails

Are you a nail-color addict? We have all been there where that beautiful dark red has left our nails stained and no amount of nail polish remover can get it out. So how can you change from black to pale pink? Use toothpaste to get stains out of your nails. Apply a small amount of whitening toothpaste to each nail and sit for about five minutes before rinsing off. Do this three times a week for nails to look whiter and brighter.

Bonus: You can also make your own whitening paste by combining 2 ½ tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide.



5. Baby Powder as Dry Shampoo

Late again with no time for a shower but have greasy hair? No problem! That neglected bottle of baby powder is just as effective as any dry shampoo. The absorbing powder will soak up oils that collect in your roots. Sprinkle and massage powder into the roots and blow dry to absorb on the go.



6. Make Your Lipcolor Stay All Day

Hate a great lipstick that is gone before lunch? Make sure your lipcolor stays all day, and has a flawless finish with translucent powder. After applying lipstick, hold a tissue over your lips and lightly dust on some translucent powder over the tissue. This will help set lipstick to last all day.




7. Hand Sanitizer To Combat Shine

Got a mid-afternoon shine? That hand sanitizer in your purse could come in handy. Rub a small amount on shiny areas of your face, especially the T-zone. Besides the alcohol in the hand sanitizer which dries up excess water, there are also other ingredients similar to silicone that smooth like a primer and give your skin a protective coat that lock in moisture, reducing shine.



8. Remove Makeup With Vaseline

Out of makeup remover? Vaseline works just as good as the best cleanser. Put a small amount of Vaseline on a washcloth or cotton swab and rub on to remove stubborn eye makeup, lipstick or mascara.




9. Use a Spoon to Get the Perfect Winged Eye Liner

Want to get the perfect winged look with your eye liner? Use a spoon to help guide you like the photo above. Hold the straight part of the spoon against the outside corner of your eye and trace the line upwards. Take the round end of the spoon and place above your eye and trace until the lines meet. Fill in and smudge to get the perfect winged shape in no time that is even on both sides.


10. Get Soft Lips With a Toothbrush

Your toothbrush can do more than just clean your teeth. It’s also a great tool to exfoliate your lips. Moisten your toothbrush and rub lightly in circles on lips to exfoliate and remove dead skin. Regular exfoliation ensures super-soft lips.


What are your ultimate beauty tips? Leave us a comment or tweet us @MadeWomanMag!

Published in Beauty

Relationships // May 19, 2014

This is for all the women out there that want it all (myself included): a thriving career, close friends and a fulfilling relationship with a “special someone.” But what’s the problem when you have everything at your feet and the “world is your oyster?” There are simply not enough hours in the day to enjoy and dedicate yourself to everything.

I was inspired to write this piece based on my own personal struggles to have it all. A few years ago, after just moving to LA, I had a few pieces of the puzzle: a promising relationship and a brand-new masters degree from USC—but I didn’t have many close friends and I was just on my way to building a career path.

Fast forward a few years later, and today, I have everything in spades. That promising relationship turned into a marriage, budding friendships turned into close friends and my career became more focused with every step. Granted, I am still working out the ins and outs of how to have (and enjoy) it all, but here are a few tips that have helped me and my marriage along the way.

1. Set Clear Goals and Communicate Them

One of the most important pieces of my life is my relationship with my husband. He is one of my biggest supporters when things are great (and when things go south in other parts of my life). Balancing a demanding career and a relationship (or marriage in my case) means open communication. We frequently discuss what’s happening at work and our goals. I know where he’s headed at work with both his short and long term plans for himself and he knows the same about me. We tell each other what’s going on and during periods of high work volume or unique opportunities, (like a networking event) we allow each other time to take advantage. Frequent communication and discussions make us a team in both home and career.

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2. Keep a Calendar

Juggling so many activities, events and dates is difficult, but making and keeping a clear calendar is key. I have a work calendar of course, but a home calendar is just as important. This way, both of us know when we have a dinner, late meeting or other event without getting flustered at the last minute over a forgotten commitment. A calendar is also a great way to keep track of your goals and check up on progress. If things are super hectic, (especially if you have kids too) you can use Google’s calendar which you can share with your honey.

3. Make a List

I am a big list maker. I love them! Grocery lists, shopping lists, travel lists, to-do lists, it’s part of my process and organization. Make a list of your projects, pending items, goals and specific tasks. Organize them by priority level and due dates. Include items that mean extra time at the office. If you know that you have to put in extra work time one weekend for instance, you might need to schedule your grocery shopping during the week to be able to spend your remaining free time with your partner. Making a list also helps you keep things in perspective and be realistic about your time commitments.

4. Set Work Limits

If I didn’t force myself to “unplug” from work, I would end up working 24/7. After spending too many anxiety-ridden weekends worrying about work, I have learned that you have to disconnect and take a breather. My husband and I have a rule not to check work emails past a certain time at night (or even if I slip up and do, I make a point of not responding until the next work day). Get into the habit of sticking to your “work hours,” whatever those might be and really allowing yourself to enjoy something else.

5. Schedule Dedicated Time

Be it a nice dinner or a day a beach, set dedicated time to appreciate your significant other and make sure that you are only going to be doing that one thing during this precious time. At dinner, don’t check work emails, and at the beach, logout of Facebook. Enjoy what’s in front of you and make the most of moments designated for family, friends and loved ones.

6. Work on Projects Together

As a counterpart to dedicated time, I also like to align my goals with those of family and friends. Chances are, your partner (and maybe even your friends) want to be involved in all the cool things you’re doing. Invite them to a networking event or include your partner in your passion projects.

7. Allow Yourself to Grow

As more things are added to your to-do list, and as commitments grow, it’s also important to know that no one is perfect and everything might not get done each week. There are plenty of weeks where my to-do list is neglected in favor of a movie night on the couch—and that is OK. Allow yourself to make mistakes, learn what works best for you and your boo and where your priorities are. But most of all, invest in things that make you happy. After all, living a fulfilling life is the end goal. Learn how you can get there by experimenting and trying different things.

What are you doing to balance your home and work life? Leave us a comment or tweet us @MadeWomanMag!

Published in Relationships
Friday, 28 February 2014 22:07

Entertainment | Oscar Night Recap

Entertainment // March 10, 2014

I don’t know about you but I found last night’s Oscars immensely entertaining. Host Ellen DeGeneres eased the audience with her unique brand of humor, interacting with them, even serving A-listers delivery pizza and tweeting selfies with the likes of Meryl Streep and Bradley Cooper. As you can imagine, the resulting frenzy broke Twitter for a few minutes.

But the big winners of the night were arguably some of the most hard-hitting and memorable nominees of last year. Taking home the most coveted spot of the night was 12 Years A Slave, the amazing story of free African-American man, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery and had to fight to regain his freedom in a pre-Civil War America. The film won the award for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as earning newcomer Lupita Nyong’o the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.

12 Years A Slave wasn’t the only film that swept multiple award categories last night. Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey, who plays an HIV positive man working to find proper medical care and acceptance in the heart of Texas, earned he and co-star Jared Leto, Oscars for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

The film also scored the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Award winners Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews said they only had a $250 budget and had to showcase the transformation from sick to healthy with only makeup.

Another film that won multiple awards was Gravity, the space adventure drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, where the stars face their own demons as well as the fight for survival. The film won the awards for Best Directing, -- making director Alfonso Cuarón the first Latin-American director to win this honor-- Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Score. Basically, if you want to experience a movie that is going to push the boundaries on visual effects and sound, this is the movie to see.

Following the accolades of critics, frontrunner Cate Blanchett won the award for Best Actress for her role in Woody Allen’s film Blue Jasmine, adding to her Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA awards for the role as well.

Disney fans can also rest easy, as fan and critic favorite film Frozen, won the awards for Best Animated Feature as well as Best Original Song for “Let It Go.”

Other notable awards included Spike Jonze’s modern story of love and technology Her, which took home the award for Best Original Screenplay, Italian film The Great Beauty, which took home the award for Best Foreign Language Film, and 20 Feet From Stardom, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

Noticeably absent from the awards was fan-favorite 70's era American Hustle, as well as the greed and debauchery themed Wolf of Wall Street, which both had nominations in a number of categories, but did not take home any Oscar wins.

Which were your favorite films this year? Did you agree with the award selections? Tell us your thoughts in the comments or tweet us at @MadeWomanMag!

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Business // October 7, 2013 

So you’ve got your blog or website up and running, and are posting regularly on Facebook and Twitter. But, if you’re not on Pinterest, you might be missing the boat. Pinterest has garnered substantial attention as a major traffic referrer and purchasing powerhouse. The visually-oriented community consumes photographic content in order to inspire direct purchasing (33 percent of users buy directly) and traffic. An active Pinterest community can take your little known blog or site to the next level.

Pinterest allows users to collect photos (pins) from around the web or those already uploaded to Pinterest from other users and organizes them onto “boards.” Imagine the bulletin board above your desk and how you would pin up photos of outfits, quotes, great photos or articles for reference and inspiration. The same idea has now moved to the web in the form of Pinterest. Here, you can group all those great recipes, outfits, your favorite quotes, artwork or any other category you might be interested in.

Pinterest, although only launched in 2010, grew to see more than 10 million users in 2012, a significant amount more than Facebook or Twitter saw only two years after launch. The site has also clearly become a hotbed for female interaction with more than 80% of users being women. The most popular pins include crafts and DIY, fashion and food. If there are people blogging about it and taking great photos, there is a rabid Pinterest community clamoring for more. So if you’ve decided to take the plunge and get your blog started on Pinterest, here are some tips to get you started:

Optimize your profile

Start with the basics. Make sure you fill out all of the information in your profile, including verifying your website. Make sure your “About” section describes your brand and your website succinctly, and make sure to use your targeted keywords because this is indexed by search engines.  Upload a photo. For a major brand or business, a logo will work, but for an information website or blog, a headshot of the founder makes is more personable.

Develop Your Voice

When creating boards, make them specific and targeted to allow users to be able to determine exactly what kind of content is on your board. Instead of just one board for a generic topic like “fashion,” make a few boards that describe different types of fashion or explores different styles. You can have a board for street style, one for great shoes, stripes, and other trends or similar themes.

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Pin Your Own Images

This is one of the most important part of your Pinterest strategy, because this is what is going to drive people to your website to view your content or your products.  Make sure all of your content has great images to accompany it and if you have your own photos, watermark them with your logo or website. You can go a step further and also put a text overlay with the title or topic of your article or post. If you don’t have access to Photoshop, you can use a free service like PicMonkey.

Develop Inspirations

Pinterest is a great way to tell a story about your brand, the motivations and personality of your website or blog. Connect with major themes and align them with your brand’s goals. Have a board of inspirational quotes. If you have a fitness blog, try doing a board of great outdoor hikes. Create boards that are going to be aesthetically pleasing, but also connect in some way to your target communities.

Take time to connect

Just as you put in effort to read and comment on other people’s blogs, take time to follow interesting people in your community. Network with them by liking, repining and commenting on their pins to develop and build relationships.

How are you developing your Pinterest community? Tell us in the comments below!

Published in Business

Lifestyle // December 30, 2013

This story was originally published on The Los Angeles Post.

Instagram has hands-down reigned the social media world in the past few years, its position solidified with the acquisition by Facebook, the release of the iPhone5 and the addition of video functionality.  Of course you’re following all of your Facebook friends and even a few big names, celebrities, and possibly a few bloggers, but Instagram has allowed a whole new wave of amateur and professional photographers to blossom. From art, culture, style, food and more, here are some of the must-follow people to follow on Instagram... besides your little sister and Rihanna.



1. @Instagrafite

With the uptick of street and graffiti art, we love this visually dynamic virtual gallery showcasing the best street art. Billboards, walls, signs, and even the occasional semi-truck somehow are transformed,giving your inner-art enthusiast a daily shot of awe. We also love that the photos are tagged on the map, so you can visit the pieces that make the grade in your area. Street art tour, anyone?



2. @chrisconnolly

We love diving into the world of mobile developer and all-around web-guy-turned-iPhone-photographer Chris Connolly. Shots of nature, portraits and simple city fixtures become things of beauty in his hands. Chris makes us want to grab our iPhones and start taking pictures of anything and everything.



3. @share_food

Foodies everywhere rejoice when @share_food posts a new photo. Food porn to the extreme, follow to find delicious and beautifully photographed treats like portabella cheeseburgers, chocolate tarts, colorful sushi and more. This is a must-follow account because you can tag your own photos with #sharefood and if your own photo is featured,  it could be viewed by over 62K followers.



4. @OscarPRGirl

Need an injection of style and the latest trends? For an inside look at what’s hot, a must-follow is Erika Bearman, the Communication Director for Oscar de la Renta and her fabulous style envy-inducing photo of outfits, behind-the-scenes, events, swag and more.

Just like shopping, there’s always something new and we are all for living vicariously through Erika’s fabulous life.

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5. @BarackObama

Run by our President’s social media-savvy staff, this Instagram account is full of personal photos of President Obama as well as inspiring shots from around the country on the campaign trail and following his work.



6. @paulscheer

Who doesn’t need some daily dose of humor? Spice it up with this hilarious stream from writer and comedian/TV Paul Scheer who turns ridiculous street sightings into comedy gold. Just be careful not to LOL too loud at work.



7. @dvl

We love the visually stunning photo magic that can only describe the photos posted by usability consultant Dustin Vaughn-Luma. Epic black and white shots, nature’s glory and priceless moments frozen in time abound in his shots.


8. @alifewortheating

Because your life wouldn’t be complete without more stunning photos of food, we’ve added @alifewortheating to our list. Run by self-proclaimed foodie and traveler Adam Goldberg, his photos document his culinary experiences. We love his accessible style and following along in long form with updates to his blog and other social media profiles.



9. @Charitywater

Combining stunning photos with social good, this nonprofit organization made of list of top Instagram accounts to follow for a dose of feel-good and kindness brought by shots of their efforts to bring clean drinking water to communities in developing countries.



10. @kevin

Although he’s no Tom from MySpace, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom made our must-follow list for those that want to stay in the know on the latest of Instagram and some cool behind-the-scenes snaps. However, mostly we just like his lavish, jet-setting and glamorous beach photos. If only we had thought of Instagram.

Share with us! Who are some of your favorite people to follow on Instagram?


Published in Lifestyle
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:33

Review: Lean Body Bra by Capo Nata Apparel

Health // August 26, 2013

For a woman, being well endowed is both a blessing and a curse. Although many may think it’s just a case of “the grass is always greener” and say they would kill for a pair of DD’s, I would gladly trade mine in.

Sure, I can get great cleavage in anything, but good luck finding a bra that both fits and doesn't look like a giant tarp, or a reasonably cute bikini with decent support. Added to our busty woes is the inevitable sports bra dilemma. As my buxom sisters will attest, most sports bras just don’t do the trick, and running without proper support can be uncomfortable or downright painful. Many of us resort to other measures, including wearing more than one sports bra (eek!) or opting for less jiggly exercise.

This dilemma is what sparked professional Hollywood stuntwoman Natasha Hopkins to create her sportswear line Capo Nata Apparel. The jewel of her collection is the answer to every busty woman’s problem: the Lean Body Sports Bra. I had a chance to try out my own Lean Body Sports Bra and experience the difference firsthand. It’s markedly different because it is more of a sports bra corset than a run-of-the-mill sports bra that cuts off below the bust. The Lean Body Sports Bra consists of breathable and support material around the bust with supportive cups and a non-breathable neoprene fabric around the midsection. At $125 (a bit steep, but worth it!), its different from other sports bras due to its patented and tested materials.

The result of these features is a combination of incredible back and bust support that also targets stubborn midsection fat by heating up the area with the non-breathable neoprene fabric. The results are very noticeable: you sweat, a lot! The Lean Body Sports Bra is a great addition to my workout regimen. My back pain and discomfort from certain exercises was relieved and my midsection tighter after repeated use.

However, I do caution users to make sure to get the correct size for their body. Call or make an appointment before purchasing. The Lean Body Sports Bra fits similarly to a wetsuit and can be as difficult to get on. Make sure you are comfortable sitting, have a full range of movement and can bend easily. Otherwise, this makes sitting exercises like biking and certain weights a little more difficult.

In the end, I highly recommend the Lean Body Sports Bra to any woman who has suffered from back pain or lack of support while exercising. It’s also great for anyone who wants to target their midsection during their workout.

Published in Health

Health // July 29, 2013

Ahh, smoothies. Who doesn’t have a huge Pinterest board dedicated to healthy “belly busting” smoothies? (No, just me?) Smoothies are a great low-fat way to start your day, a delicious pick-me-up after a workout, or a guilt-free treat at the end of the day. I love collecting new recipes, trying different combinations and reading about the benefits of certain ingredients. But how do you get started? What stuff do you pick to put in your smoothies, and what is healthy? If you aren’t a wiz at mixing up perfect drinks, don’t worry. Here are some smoothie tips to get you started:

1. Avoid the Sugar Rush

We all love the sweet taste of Jamba Juice, but be careful. Those smoothies taste so good because they mix in ice cream, frozen yogurt and plenty of other sweeteners, which add a lot calories from sugar. Instead of adding those ingredients, try a mix of frozen and fresh fruit (the riper the better) to add natural sugar and sweetness. If you simply must have some extra sweet in your smoothie, try adding some natural raw honey (which has great added health benefits) or some stevia.

2. Give It A Boost

Any smoothie base can pack an added punch with the addition of veggies. I will often add a few handfuls of spinach or kale, or a mixture of both, to my smoothie along with chia or flax seeds and spirulina to pack in some extra nutrition and a serving of veggies in the morning. These keep me fuller, boost metabolism and cell health and provide added nutrients. Don’t be alarmed at the color: adding spinach, kale and spirulina will turn your smoothie a murky dark green, but I promise it will still taste delicious.

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3. Serve It Up

Keep track of how much you are consuming -- many recipes make enough for 2 two or more servings. I typically have an 8-ounce smoothie in the morning for breakfast. But you can grab a portable water bottle and drink up throughout the day.

Admittedly, I have developed a smoothie formula and pretty much stick to it. It consists of spinach + 2 types of fresh fruit a handful of frozen fruit + almond milk + natural juice +chia + spirulina. Since I have the smoothies for breakfast, the veggies, fruit and protein kickstart my day and keep me plenty full until lunch. But there are so many different recipes out there that can aid in your specific health goals. Here are some of my favorites:

Tropical Paradise Detox Smoothie:

With pineapple, mango and raspberries, this smoothie will make you feel like you’re on vacation! It is also perfect for summer, as the tropical fruits are more plentiful and riper in-store. It’s full of antioxidants, powerful inflammation fighting properties, and coconut water with replenishing electrolytes. The combination is perfect after a workout or at the end of the day. Of course, you can add some chia or flax seeds and have it for breakfast as well.

1 cup ripe pineapple

1 mango

1  cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)

½ cup natural orange juice

1 cup coconut water 


Power Green Smoothie:


This smoothie is one of my absolute favorites and is the basis of most of my smoothies that I make during the week. You can use just about any fruit here, but this recipe has some that will taste great and pack some vitamins to kick off your day. The secret here is the greens. I usually prefer spinach to kale, but I decided to go with a combo here to get all of their added nutrients: Calcium and vitamins A, C, and K and even iron. Add that to the vitamin C-rich fruits kiwis and strawberries, and Vitamin A-rich peaches for a complete nutrient boost. Green tea adds antioxidants without any extra calories, and the almond milk and chia seeds add hunger-fighting protein and much needed Omega-3s. Spirulina, is a natural algae (yes, like that green stuff) and has a lot of amino acids, which help to restore and repair cells.

1 cup spinach

1  cup kale leaves (stems removed)

1 peach

2 kiwis

1 cup strawberries

½ cup almond milk (natural or vanilla if you prefer extra sweetness)

1 cup brewed green tea (chilled)

2-3 tsp chia seeds

1 heaping tsp spirulina powder


Ultimate Energy Power Smoothie:

If you need a little more pep in your smoothie, here’s a recipe that will do the trick. Packed with protein and fiber, this smoothie will keep you full and going strong. This smoothie is also great as a light dinner or after-workout snack.

1 cup strawberries

½ cup rolled oats

½ cup natural almond butter (can use natural peanut butter)

1 Tbsp raw honey

1 cup almond milk

2-3 tsps flax seeds


Antioxidant Supercharge Smoothie:

We all know that antioxidants are good for you, and here’s why: Antioxidants nullify potentially harmful waste products produced by cells known as “free radicals.” These little buggers float around your cells and can potentially cause damage to cellular structures and processes. Antioxidants help eliminate free radicals and have been linked to helping prevent cancer and heart disease. They also have been linked to anti-aging processes and other health benefits. This smoothie is jam packed with antioxidants found in berries, green tea and pomegranates.

1 cup blackberries

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

1/2 cup pomegranate juice

3/4 cup brewed green tea (chilled)

1-2 Tbsp chia seeds


Power C Smoothie:

Skip pounding the vitamin C supplements when you feel a cold coming on and drink one of these Power C smoothies once a week to keep your immune system going strong. Vitamin C is also linked to lung function (important to note if you live in a smoggy city like LA). Additionally, vitamin C is an antioxidant and is important in the normal functions of the body. Taking a supplement is good, but getting nutrients through food guarantees the maximum amount of absorption by the body. This smoothie is chalk full of vitamin C with kale (one cup has 56% your recommended amount of vitamin C) and some of the highest sources of vitamin C including strawberries, oranges and kiwis. Add some natural orange and guava juice with flax seeds to boost your immune system, metabolism and regulate hydration.

1 cup kale

1 cup strawberries

1 orange

2 kiwis

1/2 cup orange juice

1 cup almond milk

2-3 Tbsp flax seeds

These recipes all have great benefits and will supercharge your nutrition. But there are countless other great ingredients and recipes out there including other fruits and vegetables that can meet your specific health needs. Evaluate when and why you want to start drinking smoothies. Is is a meal replacement, to help lose weight, to get extra nutrients, or a quick snack after a workout? Take a look and see what types of foods will serve you best and make your own great-tasting combinations.

What are your favorite smoothies? Tweet us your questions or tips @MadeWomanMag!



Published in Health

Lifestyle // July 1, 2013

This story was originally published on The Los Angeles Post.

Instagram has hands-down reigned the social media world in the past few years, its position solidified with the acquisition by Facebook, the release of the iPhone5 and the addition of video functionality.  Of course you’re following all of your Facebook friends and even a few big names, celebrities, and possibly a few bloggers, but Instagram has allowed a whole new wave of amateur and professional photographers to blossom. From art, culture, style, food and more, here are some of the must-follow people to follow on Instagram... besides your little sister and Rihanna.



1. @Instagrafite

With the uptick of street and graffiti art, we love this visually dynamic virtual gallery showcasing the best street art. Billboards, walls, signs, and even the occasional semi-truck somehow are transformed,giving your inner-art enthusiast a daily shot of awe. We also love that the photos are tagged on the map, so you can visit the pieces that make the grade in your area. Street art tour, anyone?



2. @chrisconnolly

We love diving into the world of mobile developer and all-around web-guy-turned-iPhone-photographer Chris Connolly. Shots of nature, portraits and simple city fixtures become things of beauty in his hands. Chris makes us want to grab our iPhones and start taking pictures of anything and everything.



3. @share_food

Foodies everywhere rejoice when @share_food posts a new photo. Food porn to the extreme, follow to find delicious and beautifully photographed treats like portabella cheeseburgers, chocolate tarts, colorful sushi and more. This is a must-follow account because you can tag your own photos with #sharefood and if your own photo is featured,  it could be viewed by over 62K followers.



4. @OscarPRGirl

Need an injection of style and the latest trends? For an inside look at what’s hot, a must-follow is Erika Bearman, the Communication Director for Oscar de la Renta and her fabulous style envy-inducing photo of outfits, behind-the-scenes, events, swag and more.

Just like shopping, there’s always something new and we are all for living vicariously through Erika’s fabulous life.

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5. @BarackObama

Run by our President’s social media-savvy staff, this Instagram account is full of personal photos of President Obama as well as inspiring shots from around the country on the campaign trail and following his work.



6. @paulscheer

Who doesn’t need some daily dose of humor? Spice it up with this hilarious stream from writer and comedian/TV Paul Scheer who turns ridiculous street sightings into comedy gold. Just be careful not to LOL too loud at work.



7. @dvl

We love the visually stunning photo magic that can only describe the photos posted by usability consultant Dustin Vaughn-Luma. Epic black and white shots, nature’s glory and priceless moments frozen in time abound in his shots.


8. @alifewortheating

Because your life wouldn’t be complete without more stunning photos of food, we’ve added @alifewortheating to our list. Run by self-proclaimed foodie and traveler Adam Goldberg, his photos document his culinary experiences. We love his accessible style and following along in long form with updates to his blog and other social media profiles.



9. @Charitywater

Combining stunning photos with social good, this nonprofit organization made of list of top Instagram accounts to follow for a dose of feel-good and kindness brought by shots of their efforts to bring clean drinking water to communities in developing countries.



10. @kevin

Although he’s no Tom from MySpace, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom made our must-follow list for those that want to stay in the know on the latest of Instagram and some cool behind-the-scenes snaps. However, mostly we just like his lavish, jet-setting and glamorous beach photos. If only we had thought of Instagram.

Share with us! Who are some of your favorite people to follow on Instagram?


Published in Lifestyle

Health // July 1, 2013

You eat right and workout frequently, thinking that it should be enough to keep you healthy. But then your friend tells you about her very stringent vitamin regimen and shows you the 15 bottles she picked up from GNC. You begin to rethink your diet. In today’s ever growing health-conscious landscape, nutrition is one of the largest (and most hotly debated) areas of health and fitness. There are a lot of questions out there, and there are likely many questions surrounding the confusing information about vitamins and supplements. Which are right for you, and which are effective?

The answer is that there is no easy answer (shucks). But you can start to figure it out for yourself by taking a look at your diet, which is the foundation for all of your nutrition. The reality is our nutrient levels are already pretty sufficient because many foods are fortified with nutrients. If your diet consists of the recommended servings of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and lean protein, a multivitamin may not be necessary and could possibly be harmful if there is too much of some vitamins in your system. Plenty of cereals and grain products are nutrient dense to ensure that we are getting the necessary vitamins.

On the flip side, if you aren’t getting a good, balanced diet, you could have some vitamin deficiencies. But which supplements should you consider? Here are some of the most common supplements up for consideration.

Vitamin C:

We all pop some when we feel a cold coming, on, but should we be taking a Vitamin C supplement? Research shows that an extra dose of Vitamin C is recommended in areas with poorer air quality (*cough cough* Los Angeles), but if you are eating Vitamin C rich foods like strawberries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes and various other fruits and vegetables, you are probably getting plenty in your diet. A little extra Vitamin C now and then is fine, but too much can cause gastrointestinal disturbances and formation of kidney stones. 

Calcium/Vitamin D:

Important especially for women, Calcium and Vitamin D are critical for bone health and function. Calcium is found in dairy sources and leafy greens, so if your diet needs an extra boost of these sources, a Calcium supplement taken with food is beneficial to support bone and joint health. Women should also get about 15 minutes of sun daily to help the synthesis of natural sources of Vitamin D and help absorb Calcium ingested through food or a supplement.

Vitamin E:

Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant in the body, neutralizing toxic free radicals and is an important factor in eye, joint and neurological health. If your diet is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids from fish, then you can skip this one, but if salmon or other fish is not on the menu at least twice a week, a Vitamin E supplement to get the recommended daily dose could be considered.

Vitamin K:

Vitamin K helps with blood clotting and healthy bone metabolism. You can find Vitamin K in your green vegetables and plant oils. So if your diet is green-rich, you’re on the right track. If you are lacking in the leafy stuff, you might want to consider a vitamin or multivitamin to supplement your daily intake.

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Probiotics:

Probiotics aren’t exactly a vitamin, but this is an important supplement to consider. Essentially, your large intestine is populated by millions of bacterial colonies that live symbiotically with your gastrointestinal system. When we get sick or take antibiotics, all of the flora in our stomachs gets flushed out as well, making room for bad bacteria (like from that questionable taco from the taco truck at work) to wreak havoc on our system. Taking a regular probiotic or eating natural yogurt can help regulate gastrointestinal issues like bloating, cramping, frequent gas and irritable bowel symptoms.

There are a whole host of other supplements and vitamins that you can find that claim to cure and help with anything from weight loss to acne, but buyer beware that most of these supplements are not regulated by the FDA and their claims can be spurious at best. The best bet is to eat a nutrient dense diet. However, if you think your diet is lacking and could benefit from an extra dose of vitamins, make an appointment with your doctor or a nutritionist to craft a plan that fits your health needs and your personal goals.

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Published in Health
Friday, 14 June 2013 01:16

Style | Best Nail Looks for Summer

Style // June 17, 2013

The temperature is going up, the skirts are coming out and you’ve completely updated your look for summer. Don’t stop with just your wardrobe. Here are some hot new nail trends to try so you can be summer ready down to the smallest detail:


1. Nude Nails

One of the biggest nail trends seen on the NYFW runway for 2013 was nude nails. From tans and browns to blushes and barely-there peaches, this look gives off a fresh polished vibe. Nude nails are also great accents to nail art; we love a basic nude manicure with glitter tips or an added pop of color. Nude nails are perfect for a versatile summer look and can look great with a summer dress or colored jeans and a tank.

Favorite Shades:

OPI - Mimosas 

Butter London- Yummy Mummy 

Deborah Lippmann- Fashion


2. Matte Nails 

Forget shine, gloss and glitter, one of the biggest trends continuing into summer is matte nails. Today’s best matte looks have a satin finish and slight sheen that creates a unique statement. There are plenty of matte polishes in every color, but you can also just as easily get the look with any number of matte top coats that will turn your favorite lacquer into matte finish. Matte colors also can serve as a great foundation for nail art that incorporates both matte and glossy polishes into one look.

Favorite Shades:

OPI- Russian Navy

Essie -Matte About You TopCoat

Zoya Mod Mattes Collection - Lolly



3. Textured Nails 

Who doesn’t love a little texture? This summer, go the extra mile and take your manicure into 3-D! Add some jewels, dots, hardware or embellishment to just one nail or on the tips for a wow moment. Some of the biggest trends for the summer include the caviar manicure in a number of colors which add an instant glam to your look. You can also try a textured look with Zoya’s Pixie-Dust polishes, which give the feel of a sand-art effect, or a “velvet” polish like with Sally Hansen’s new Fuzzy Coat line in a variety of wild shades and combos. Try these textured looks with a simple accessories, so that they can take center stage.

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Favorite Shades:

Ciate Caviar Manicure- Black Pearls

Zoya PixieDust - Godiva

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat - Fuzz-sea



4. French Twist 

It’s time to rethink your clear and white tipped idea of the classic French manicure. This summer, update this trend with new colors and dimensions. Play up your favorite colors by adding black tips to a colored nail, colored tips to a peach or nude nails or adding metallic tips. Or reverse the whole trend and try a half-moon manicure instead, giving a different color to the base of the nail. The combinations are endless, and we are loving them all. For summer, experiment with shades like pink and coral, blue and aqua or try an ombre effect with different color tips.



5. Neon Nails 

Lastly, neon is a trend that we are seeing on the runway, and across our favorite fashion blogs. Our favorite neon nail trends include pops of neon in nail art with nude and black nails as well as ombre nails including neon colors. We love this look at the pop of color with a neutral ensemble.

Favorite Shades:

American Apparel Neon Nail Polish - Neon Yellow

China Glaze- Pink Voltage

Illamasqua Nail Varnish - Electric Lilac


What favorite nail trends and colors are you trying? Share your manicure photos with us and tweet us at @madewomanmag with your thoughts!

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