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Saturday, March 31, 2012

God Save My Shoes

If you have EVER said "I have to have those shoes" you have to see this film.

Director: Julie Benasra
Producer & Executive Producer: Thierry Daher 

God Save My Shoes is a documentary film about the relationship between women and shoes.  No one can really determine what triggers that desire but from a shoe lover's point of view, the film was very well put together exploring this wild side in us, women.  The film explored a historical, cultural, psychological, sociological and sexual  perspective  "the fiery emotions that shoes cause on most of us (and on quite some men)"  all over the world, the passion, the fetishes, desires, comfort and discomfort that shoes arise. 

What women are capable of just to have THOSE shoes.  This is a must see film especially if you have ever said "I have to have THOSE shoes"  If you have to have them you have to see this !!!! Although it is geared towards a female audience, it can also be enjoyable to men.  

Before I even begin and before I forget, FUNNY STORY - If you ever run into Benasra or Daher, make sure you ask them how they got Fergie to participate in the film. 
Moving on.  My favorite topic was the subject of empowerment.  Do we wear heels because it makes us feel more empowered to do what men can do? I have my own opinion - ! what's yours?
High heels are nothing but an object of seduction; the mere fact of being women makes us desirable by men, however, we increase and accelerate that desire by wearing a good/sexy pair of shoes..and we know it!! shoes change our figure the instant we climb on them; our bust and butt are lifted, our personality and attitude change, we go from girly mode to sexy/yes-I-am mode.  
High heels are NOT comfortable.  I loved the description given by Baroness Von Neumann about the "...get me in the car, seat me in a restaurant and don't make me get up" shoes and those you can not wear "unless there is a wall to lean on" - I have a few pairs of those because they are cute!!! 

Have you ever been to the New York City Meat Packing District?? here's a glimpse... look at the ground you walk on! you can't!!! you are literally on your tippy toes in order to avoid the heel to get caught on the ridges and I have seen millions of time.  So my boyfriend carries me across, that is perhaps why we do not visit the area that often.  Wow this is great insight.  
Anyway, I wish I could go into more detail but this is something you must see for yourself.  We all have a relationship with our shoes, we give them names, describe each and every pair differently (even if it is the same work pump or summer wedges), buy or wish we could buy the same shoe in different colors or a backup pair, and of course the famous pair that your feet can only stand for the amount of time it takes you to get from any chair to the car until you find the flip flops you left under the seat OR that pair that you purchased because they were soooooooooo cute or on sale but soooooooo uncomfortable that you have not worn. 
I love all my shoes, my collection now nets 94 pairs and counting.

The film took three years to make and it had over 100 hours of production which were cut down to 70 minutes (yes, that is a lot of editing).  Featured celebrities such as burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, Paris opera ballerina Marie-Agn├Ęs G illot, and Baroness Von Neumann.   Also had the great account of knowledge from the fashion historian Valerie Steele of the FIT in New York, Toronto museum curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, women’s marketing expert Mary Lou Quinlan.When asked at the Q&A session, director Julie Benasra and producer Thierry Daher gave us some inside information that the film took a different direction from the original idea but the change was for the best.   When asked what sparked the idea, Benasra interestingly answered that women and shoes was something that always fascinated her and  she has always been intrigued  by the subject and admitted that her shoe collection increased by 20 pairs to a total of 60 from making the film.  

I unfortunately missed an essential part of the film, perhaps it was too late at night and my brain was still processing the subtitles from a statement made in French when Kelly Rowland gave important piece of information as to the title of the film.  Why GOD Save My Shoes?  so at the after party at the Pop Pub on University Place, I asked Daher the question why the title and found a little disappointing that he answered "because it fit"

The film has already been seen in France and Spain and will be showing in several film festivals and events across the United States then will go to Russia and Korea among other nations.
Again, if you have EVER said "I have to have those shoes" you have to see this film.
Thank you DSW for an amazing experience at the Quad Cinema, I was very happy (and proud) to be a shoelover especially after the wonderful shout out Daher gave you before the film to which I must agree, "YOU TRULY CATER TO SHOELOVERS"  and to think that I won the tickets to the premiere for posting my Hi-Tec Women's Sabi Hiker Boot, but in reality I cannot live without them they keep my feet fresh and young even after a long hike during the day so I can climb on those sexy/personality changers at night ;) 

I had had a very long day!! at the end of the night, the shoes I wish I could save were these:

Yes, boot shaped beer mugs
Good luck with the next step of the film "make money off of it" (Daher).

P.S.: It was raining when we were leaving the Pop Pub (the after party) my boyfriend is a gentleman and went to get the car, while I waited, I saw a girl walking quite strange, I thought to myself, perhaps her hot shoes are killing her, as she walks by me, I can see blisters on the back of her feet, (hopefully you can appreciate it in the picture).  I asked if I could take a picture and she agreed.  She could not stand alone, she found support in her companion...that just proves.... women and shoes <3

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Beauty Basics


Cosmetics make you feel together. Proper application is the key to the look you desire. Using the right products and the right application. My you look georgeous.

Avoid Infection with Clean Makeup BrushesIf you’re like most women, chances are you take pains to find and use the right products for your face. If that is indeed the case, do you take the same pains with your makeup brushes?

Be Sure Your Foundation is Right for You star
Finding the right foundation can be tricky, but making the right choice can make you look like nature blessed you with flawless looking skin.

Bridal Makeup - How to Find the Best Makeup Artist star
Find out how to choose a fantastic bridal makeup artist for your special day. Make sure you look your best!

Cosmetics Without Animal Testing - Cruelty Free star
Many of us that wear cosmetics or personal hygiene products such as deodorant, mascara, foundation and lipstick are often unaware that animals are used during the testing phase to ensure consumer safety. If you happen to think this cruel practice is truly beneficial, be prepared to be shocked.

Fall Makeup Trends star
This Fall, makeup is anything but boring! Read on to find out this seasons hottest trends

Fall Makeup Trends star
Fall is here! Learn what colors and what looks are in this season.

Is Cover Girl Mascara the Best Drugstore Mascara? star
When asked what make-up item they couldn’t live without, most women agree on mascara. And it's good news that the best drugstore mascara can rival any high priced competitor. Here’s what you need to think about when looking for the best drugstore brands.

Professional Makeup Tips star
Applying makeup correctly is something every woman should learn. You don’t need to spend hours applying makeup in order to have a professional, but natural look. With a small amount of practice you can be out the door in five minutes or less.

What Age Should Kids Start Wearing Makeup? star
Today, it seems like kids are pushed more and more and allowed to be young and innocent less and less. It's one thing to play dress up and its another when your child feels the need to look beautiful by wearing makeup before they hit puberty.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Body Sculpting/No Surgery Liposuction


Ultracavitation, also known as liposuction without surgery, is a non-invasive (no surgery) for shaping the body and eliminate cellulite achieved highly satisfactory results in volume reduction and cellulite from the first session.

The Ultracavitation consists of applying low frequency ultrasound, generating micro bubbles in the fat cells. The technology of low-frequency ultrasound can treat selectively causing it to rupture fat cells without damaging surrounding tissues. This system is very selective, ensuring that the goal is the subcutaneous fat and no other.
How Does Ultracavitation Work?
Cavitation is a physical phenomenon based on the effect of ultrasound in liquids, causing the creation of micro vacuum repeated large due to the rapid oscillation of pressure changes. Ultrasonic waves converge on the treatment area and accumulate at one point causing the cavitation effect, which leads to the breakdown of cell membranes of adipocytes allowing the release of their contents (triglycerides), these fats are metabolized released through a natural physiological and metabolic processes, will be evacuated by venous and lymphatic pathways and finally eliminated in the urine

How Many Sessions are Needed to See Results?
From the first session, you will decrease your measurements. Research has shown that most patients require 6-10 sessions to achieve optimal results. This will depend on the size of area to be treated and the desired results.
How Often Can I Have Ultracavitation Therapy?
Ultracavitation therapy can be performed up to 2 times per week, safely.

Why is Ultracavitation Treatment Different From Other Treatments?
Liposuction does not treat cellulite. In fact, liposuction causes existing cellulite appear more prominent. Ultracavitation treats cellulite directly and the accumulation of fat, promoting smoother skin and reducing fat in selected areas. Ultracavitation does not require hospitalization, general anesthesia or recovery time

RF Skin Tightening:
Today, we no longer need to go under the knife just to have tighter and smoother skin, thanks to new technology available in the form of RF or Radio Frequency.

For the first time, we can now offer clinically-proven, professional Skin Tightening treatments in a simple “walk-in walk-out” treatment with no client downtime.
RF system is ideal for treating lax skin, cellulite and localized fat deposits. It tightens and tones the skin and improves overall skin laxity on the face, neck, arms, hands, thighs, buttocks and tummy.
Tri-Polar RF Skin Tightening treatments are the most effective, safe and easy way to help you look and feel your best. The effects are visible from the very first treatment.

RF energy has been successfully used in aesthetic medicine due to its well established safety and efficacy profile. RF Skin Tightening treatments painlessly deliver heat in the deep and superficial skin layers simultaneously, without damaging the epidermis. Overcoming the limitations of both mono-polar and bi-polar RF energy, new tri-polar system delivers immediate visible improvement and long-lasting results by augmenting collagen regeneration and accelerating fat metabolism. This makes it an ideal choice for both skin tightening and improving cellulite appearance, as well as reducing excess fat deposits and, body sculpting.

A gentle alternative to surgery, it has been clinically proven on all skin types to regenerate collagen and accelerate fat metabolism and clearance. A typical treatment course consists of 6 to 8 sessions, each taking between 20 ( Eyebrow Lift) to 90 minutes (Full Face), depending on the size of the area being treated.

It can also be used as a preventative treatment for skin that is starting to show the signs of aging. Radio frequency Skin Tightening will give immediate lifting and tightening effects as well as longer lasting tightening within 3-6 months when new collagen has been produced. In addition, active acne is improved through the heat suppressing sebaceous gland activity. RF will also improve the blood and lymphatic flow. This helps with a better oxygen supply and greater toxin clearance reduce the effects of aging

How to Choose a Shoe Size

Surprisingly I have been approached with this simple question many times and we all think we know our shoe size...but haven't we all seen young ladies wearing gorgeous pumps with all that room in the back of the foot.... you can fit a whole new foot in there.  (-am guessing they're borrowing mom's shoes... no joke!)  

Choosing the right size can make a HUUUUGE the difference between loving a shoe and hating a shoe.  If it is too small, it is going to cause foot pain, and who would want to walk around in shoes that hurt?? if it is too big, it is going to be uncomfortable, unbearable, unstable and heavier. 

So how do you know your size?? It's very easy simply MEASURE your foot, first the length then the width... Lay down a piece of paper (tag the paper on a flat surface to prevent it from moving), place one foot firmly onto the paper and trace the outline of your foot.  And yes, when you buy your shoes, the best way to choose your size is either by taking the measurement along or by trying the shoe and press your finger on top of your longest toe. If it hurts, then it is too small for your feet and if there is much space, then it is too large. Walk around wearing the shoes and if you are comfortable, then that is just your size.   

*Evening is the best time of the day to measure the size of your feet, because your feet are bigger after all of your daily activities.