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“I can live only wholly with you or not at all. Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together – Be calm – love me – today – yesterday- my life – my all. Oh continue to love me – never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.

Ever thine
Ever mine
Ever ours”

-Ludwig van Beethoven

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If ever there were a fashion fairytale, you’ve come to the right place.  This sexy backless satin dress — shot at the hôtel de crillon in Paris for Ulyana Sergeenko’s Spring-Summer 2013 couture collection —  will have you falling into fashion bliss headfirst . . . Along with the exquisite cream-colored jeweled bustier top { a personal favorite and must own}, rhinestone Jimmy Choo heels, a gorgeous blush hued beaded clutch,  perfectly finished off with Elie Saab couture, it is… simply put, beauty unmatched.

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Vibrant and so delightfully sunny, a bright coral is perfection for these mid-april days, perfectly paired with a sexy nude or white top, it’s the perfect color — happy and beautiful.  Spring is the time to wear all of the wonderfully bright, bold, and feminine colors that have been locked away all winter in your closet. Have some fun, it’s finally Spring!

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Hello Hello!  Spring has sprung, and just in time for my upcoming birthday soirée! Let me start the festivities with some serious fashion eye candy. This post is already one of my favorites, featuring the blushing hues of light pink and creamy white adorning the hopelessly chic and whimsical feather clutch (shown above) by Kate Spade. Blush — symbolic of purity and love hopelessly beautiful and feminine.  J’adore . . .

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Said to be a fairytale told in dresses — How I love Paris and all its beauty, the whimsy of a city filled with romance, fashion, exclusive Laduree macaroons {found only in Paris,} dozens of flower markets piled high with exquisite pink peonies, chandeliers for days,  cozy cafes  and the pure romance of Spring, like no where in the world. . .

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Although this is a MUCH less glamorous post than usual, I think there is some highly relevant and important beauty information.  I always knew that the once-monthly spots that overtook my chin were the result of not-so-stable hormones. However, it introduced me to a whole new (actually old) science of face mapping, which is pretty much the key to unlocking the mysteries behind problem skin.

Face mapping, which is fast taking centre stage at most clinics nowadays, combines Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine with cutting edge dermatologists’ prescriptions to explain how certain parts of your face are connected to other areas of your body. Put simply, think of your face as a map and blemishes as X’s on that landscape. Spots in different zones correspond to different problems.  So, with this “map” as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and not only make the unsightly zits vanish but also treat the underlying health problem in time.

Pretty awesome, right? Try it out: Here is how to decode breakouts in the basic areas.

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1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.

3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.

4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!

6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.

7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.

Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!

Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!

So the next time you break out or notice dark under-eye circles, look to your face map: your skin is probably trying to communicate on behalf of the internal organs. However, do remember that, as with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermotologist for a proper prognosis. This is just a general guide to head you off in the right investigative direction – just becuase you break out between the brows doesn’t always mean you have a bad liver!

After a whirlwind week, very much looking forward to a few days of repose, and {as the days magically become longer} even more so, for the fresh early spring afternoons when the pretty & flirty summer whites that have been waiting patiently in the back of the closet, will see the sunlight once again — lacy hemlines, sexy sheer tops and romantic skirts — all too perfect for moments spent lost in daydreams . . .

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