Health & Beauty
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The holiday season means lots of traveling, lots of hanging out with loved ones, and lots of food. That leaves no time for exercise and you likely won’t find kale chips between the ham and cookies at your holiday potluck. We would never suggest you miss out on family time to hit up the gym or ask that you sacrifice yummy carbs and sweets. That just isn’t fun! But we do have a few easy tips to keep you feeling healthy during the holidays.
1. After big meals, take a big walk. Taking a walk after a big meal feels amazing. It aids digestion as well as easing the guilt you feel after that second piece of pie. Get in some extra bonding time with loved ones (and loved pets!) by taking an after dinner stroll.
2. Pedal to presents. If your gift shopping destination can be reasonably biked or walked to, try that instead of driving. If you don’t mind shopping in gym clothes, jog there. Having shopping as an end goal is a great motivator. Choice between elevator and stairs at the mall? Take the climb. The little things add up.
3. Watch what you drink. Alcohol equals dehydration and the calories in alcoholic drinks add up fast. Even if you aren’t taking in the liquid holiday spirits, it’s easy forget about water with all the cider, soda, and eggnog available at parties and get togethers. Drink water: you’re skin and body will appreciate it. And if you are imbibing, you’ll avoid a hangover the next day.
4. Pay attention to your skin. Cold weather dries out skin and traveling by plane can do the same. Water is important (can’t say it enough!) but sometimes you need more. A great moisturizer helps with dry skin on the face and don’t forget chapstick to keep lips mistletoe ready.
5. Avoid excess. Holiday treats are delicious. It’s unreasonable and no fun to avoid sweets and buttery things altogether, but avoiding excess is as simple as storing sugar cookies in a cabinet instead of on the counter. Out of sight, out of mind really works here. Ever not feel full until you stand up? Before going for seconds at dinner, wait a little bit. Your brain might take longer to realize you’re full than your stomach. Avoid excess and you’ll enjoy all the holidays have to offer while avoiding the guilt that sends people flocking to the gym come January 1st.
And of course, just enjoy yourselves! No health tip will ever beat relaxation and a lack of stress!
Today we launched our first-ever holiday gift guide catalog completely curated by 10 of the most well-known bloggers/tastemakers online! Each blogger chose their favorite Taigan products to provide you with the best, most inclusive gift guide possible so you can complete your holiday shopping with ease! Click the photo below to check it out:
Here is the complete roster of our fabulous trend setters:
1 – Coco + Kelley (Gifts for the Fashionable Woman)
2 – Into the Gloss (Gifts for the Beauty Guru)
3 – Sous Style (Gifts for the Foodie)
4 – The Love List (Gifts for the Collector)
5 – Guerreisms (Gifts for Men)
6 – Mrs. Lilien (Gifts for the Jewelry Lover)
7 – Camille Styles (Gifts for the Hostess)
8 – Elements of Style (Gifts for The Home Décor Enthusiast)
9 – Habitually Chic (Gifts for the Book Lover)
10 – Senior Editor at Traditional Home Tori Mellott (Gifts for Children)
Not only can you access this gift guide here, but you’ll also be able to find it on all of Taigan’s social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+), Taigan.com and on all of these bloggers’ social media outlets.
Once you take a look, we’d LOVE to get your feedback! Enter our Taigan Holiday Wish List Pinterest contest ending December 3. Go ahead and make your own gift guide for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree on Taigan. It’s as easy as that! Look below for complete details:
Happy holiday shopping! Let us know what’s on your holiday wish list so far!
If you’ve ever felt slightly envious of that friend who discovered her signature scent as a teen and hasn’t strayed since, then read on. You might not have committed to ‘the one’ yet – that perfume which people inextricably associate with you – but there’s still time. Here’s how to find your failsafe fragrance… (Image from The Glitter Guide.)
There are five scent families for women: fresh, floral, citrus, woody and oriental, and which one suits you will depend largely on your skin chemistry. Find out what works and what doesn’t by applying a spritz or two and then give the perfume time to settle. Fragrances evaporate in layers – with top notes disappearing after 10 minutes and the base notes emerging after a few hours – and can smell quite different on your wrist to how they did on the tester strip. Once you know whether sweet, fresh or intense smells agree with your skin you’ll have narrowed down the search significantly.
Skin type is the second important factor. Dry skin (almost universal at this time of year) doesn’t hold top notes very well, in which case you’ll require a much more powerful and potent fragrance for longevity. Luckily heavy, evening-ready fragrances are having a moment right now, so seek out notes of amber, patchouli and white musk that will linger on into cocktail hour.
Check out the range of perfumes on Taigan.com to find your signature scent. Here are just a few of our favorites:
1. Omniscent by Yosh, $110; 2. Ginger Ciao by Yosh, $110; 3. Odin No. 2 Perfume Owari, $125; 4. Fair Verona Eau de Parfum, $150; 5. Arunima Eau de Parfum, $135; 6. Kai Eau de Parfum, $75; 7. Tocca Eau de Parfum Florence, $68; 8. Aquarian Roses Pure Perfume, $265
Juice cleanses are an easy way to boost your health and immune system, but figuring out how to do it right isn’t as simple as it should be. We spoke to David Kirsch, whose eponymous line of juice cleanses has quickly become a favorite amongst the health conscious and first timers.
We get David Kirsch drinks from Maxwell Aesthetics, a well-curated shop (online too!) that focuses on renewal. In addition to some of Kirsch’s most popular products, they carry everything from NeoCutis restorative creams to the SkinCeuticals Age Defense System. To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month, they’re donating 10% of shop proceeds to the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk. If that’s not a good excuse to get a juice cleanse going, we don’t know what is.
Click through for our Q&A with David Kirsch to find out how to cleanse right.
Click here to purchase David Kirsch’s juices on Taigan.
After Fashion Week in New York, London, and Milan, Paris Fashion Week is wrapping up tomorrow. No matter where, fashion week means long days and late nights, sumptuous food and maybe even a drink too many. Can you explain why a juice cleanse would be a great antidote? Super Charged Greens looks especially appealing.
The Super Charged Greens is actually not a full cleanse, but it is included in the 5 Day Detox. The three cleanses we offer are the 2 Day Cleanse (Tune-Up), the 5 Day Ultimate Detox and the 7 Day Cleanse. Whichever one you choose, cleanses are a very effective tool to stop the cycle of bad eating that you doubtlessly indulge in during Fashion Week. The science behind a cleanse is to eliminate toxins in your body – when you’re not eating or drinking properly, or you’re drinking too much, your body becomes a reservoir of things that are unhealthy, and you want to clean it out.
Can you tell us the story of how David Kirsch juices came to be?
I’ll be honest with you – my cleanses came as a response to other cleanses on the market. There were so many people talking about doing the “Master Cleanse,” just having liquids for a really long period of time, and I thought to myself, “That’s really not healthy, and, it’s really not as comprehensive as it should be.” So, I made the 48 Hour Super Charged Cleanse, which contains top colon, liver and kidney cleansing antioxidants like acai berry, milk thistle and cranberry, and added fiber, appetite-suppressing Chromium Picolinate, and energy-boosting Vitamin B-12. The Ultimate 5 Day Detox Kit shocks the body for two days to get rid of toxins, rest your colon, and clean out your liver and kidneys. On Day 3, you start probiotics, having two shakes a day, and you start the Super Charged Greens. Both of these cleanses came as a response to products that were already out there, but just weren’t comprehensive enough.
It’s become quite trendy to do a multiple day juice cleanse/fast, but it seems like you recommend a more moderate approach–adding a juice to your diet everyday. Can you explain how David Kirsch drinks are meant to be used?
I strongly recommend adding an A.M. Daily Detox every morning. Using the health benefits of red wine grapes, ten different berries, Lycopene, Resveratrol, and Pycnogenol, this immensely rich source of antioxidants works to remove toxins, disarm free radicals and reverse damage to the cells and skin. It’s the perfect way to start your day – you’ll have done something good for yourself before you even step out the door. I also recommend having the Super Charged Greens every day. These greens replace the fruit that people often snack on and overdo, and the greens you eat every day may not have the nutrients you need because they’re not prepared properly so they aren’t as nutrient-rich as they should be. The greens, fruit enzymes and vegetable enzymes are meant to supplement the nutrients you may not be getting in your daily diet.
What are the benefits to adding your juices to our diet? What can we expect?
You can expect to have better energy, achieve greater body function, and perhaps weight loss if done in conjunction with exercise.
Finally, what’s your favorite juice?
Definitely my A.M. Daily Detox. It’s just an amazing product, good for everyone, and it should be taken every single day.
Summer is winding down. By all accounts, summer vacation trips are winding down as well. But this time of year is actually my favorite time to sneak away. Crowds are smaller, prices are better. If you find yourself planning a late summer / early fall trip, here are 10 travel essentials to help in the packing department. What I like about them, aside from their beauty and functionality, is that they all work together. And in keeping with the â€œprices are better” theme, they're also all under $100. Go on, indulge.
â€œThe Crew” by Claridge + King | $88
Throw it on over leggings or jeans. Pair it with ballet flats or boots. Another reason why I love this versatile piece? It rolls up like a burrito to take up little space in your luggage.
Fouta Multi-Stripe Wrap by Scents and Feel | $69.50
I'm a huge fan of packing an oversized scarf when traveling. You can use it during cool mornings and evenings. Scarves are also great as an accessory to change the look of an outfit from day to day.
Green Garnet Earrings by Adesso | $60
Dark green is a great neutral, especially for fall. I like these natural earrings because they're casual with just enough elegance.
Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings by Cicada for Her | $60
Sometimes we wake up and want to go neutral from head to toe, other mornings we crave color. So when packing for a trip, it's a good idea to take options for both. These pink agate earrings are definitely for those days when you wake up ready to go!
Wrap Around Cuff by IMPERIO jp | $60
Less is more in a lot of ways. This cuff, made of organic Kenyan wood, easily stands on its own.
Monogrammed Cosmetics Case by Grace Hayes Linens | $85
Adorable case to safely carry the pieces of jewelry mentioned above.
Molton Brown London Travel Set by Absolution |$45
Most hotels these days come equipped with decent bath & shower gels, but just in case, it never hurts to carry your own. These travel-sized bottles are made for the job.
â€œPrelude to a Kiss” by Woo Skincare and Cosmetics | $16
You'll undoubtedly chip a nail, so it's best to pack a small bottle of nail color for touch ups. A subtle pink is always in season.
â€œCall Me A Cab” 29 by Lydia Mondavi | $25
I know a lot of the colors above are neutral. Don't be neutral with your lip color.
â€œEscape” by Absolution | $45
Whether on a road trip or simply sitting underneath a beach umbrella this book, presenting global sanctuaries to escape the day to day, will leave you even more in love with travelâ€¦ And planning the next spot you'll run off to.
For more travel essential ideas, visit my complete list by clicking here.
Happy Shoppingâ€¦ and late summer/early fall Traveling!