Monthly Archives: February 2013

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12 Teeth Staining Foods, 12 Teeth Whitening Foods

February 28, 2013

Ever wonder what foods can dull your teeth? How about ones that can make them brighter? I’m a little dental hygiene obsessed, so thought I could share some wisdom via Marc Liechtung, DMD, inventor of Snap-on-Smile and principal in Manhattan Dental Arts, a New York-based practice that specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Below, his “Dirty Dozen” (rule of thumb: any food that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too), and another 12 that can whiten that smile too:

Tips to keep your smile bright

12 Foods That Stain Your Teeth

1. Black Coffee and Black Tea
— The darker the drink, the more staining that can occur. So try adding a little extra milk to lighten the color and reduce the staining effect.

2. Wine
—Both red and white wines if taken in excess will stain your teeth. Although red stains, white wine’s acidic composition actually etches tiny grooves in your teeth making them more porous and more easily stained.

3. Colas and Sports Drinks
—These actually promote staining by other foods because they are so highly acidic.

4. Berries
— Blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, cherries and other berries, although excellent for your overall health, can stain your teeth. So, if you’re crazy for berries, be sure to rinse out your mouth thoroughly with water after each indulgence.

5. Beets
—Now here’s a vegetable that could put a powerful stain in your t-shirt, so, like all foods that stain, moderation is called for with this one.

6. Sauces
—Soy sauce and tomato sauce, as well as other deeply colored sauces, are believed to have significant staining potential.

7. Juices
—Grape, pomegranate and cranberry are highly pigmented and can cause staining. So, if you must imbibe, try rinsing your mouth out with water or drinking juices through a straw, thereby bypassing the fronts of your teeth

8. Pickles and ketchup
—These acidic foods are good at opening up the pores of your tooth enamel allowing for easy staining.

9. Balsamic Vinegar
—While great on a salad, causes havoc to your teeth. If you must, try it on lettuce, which has a natural ability to provide a protective film over your teeth.

10. Candy
–Sweets contain teeth-staining coloring agents. If your tongue turns a funny color, there’s a good chance that your teeth will too.

11. Curry
—Although great on Indian food, this yellow-staining food flavoring can be harsh on teeth. So make sure to rinse thoroughly after indulging.

12. Popsicles
—Did you ever look at your tongue after you’ve finished your fruity, sugary pop? Not only does it color your tongue, but also your teeth. Plus, it has added double whammy negative effect produced by all of that sugar. So, limit your intake and rinse with water after finishing.

12 Foods the Whiten Teeth

1. Apples and pears
increase salivary production which flushes away stains over time.

2. Pineapple
acts as a natural stain remover.

3. Carrots
contain vitamin A which is needed for healthy tooth enamel.

4. Cauliflower and cucumbers
also help to increase salivary production the natural way to flush away stains.

5. Green vegetables like broccoli, lettuce and spinach
contains iron which helps form an acid-resistant film or barrier that can protect the enamel on your teeth.

6. Shitake mushrooms
help inhibit bacteria from growing in your mouth.

7. Onions
help reduce bacteria that cause tooth decay.

8. Cheese
is rich in protein, calcium and phosphorus, all of which can help safeguard the acids in your mouth.

9. Salmon
provides calcium and vitamin D, nutrients needed for healthy bones and teeth.

10. Poppy and sesame seeds
help scrub away plaque.

11. Ginger
acts as an anti-inflammatory to support healthy mouth tissue.

12. Basil
is a natural antibiotic that reduces bacteria in the mouth.

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Morning Effects.

February 27, 2013

Asos Oui/Non rhinestone bracelets

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Elbow Room at Barclays Center – Brooklyn

February 26, 2013

Elbow Room Barclays

Elbow Room



If you’re a massive basketball fan residing in New York, I’d predict you will at some point end up at The Barclays Center (if you haven’t, you should see a game there — the arena is pretty sick). And if you find yourself in a position needing comfort food (team not so hot that day?), make a pit stop at Elbow Room, a haven for the mac and cheese enthusiast. Don’t confuse it with typical stadium-eating fare though — they give a gourmet spin to the traditional dish with 12 masterpiece varieties.

Elbow Room varieties

As you can tell, I didn’t hold back. With choices like Mushroom Mac (crimini mushroom, spinach, Vermont gruyère, crispy shallots), Margherita Mac (San Marzano tomato, housemade mozzarella, and fresh basil), and Lobster Mac (lemongrass, ginger, and roasted red pepper), why would you?

Mushroom Mac

Each dish was decadent and the greatest part about the ones I tried was you could taste every fresh ingredient (and they are fresh: artisanally crafted cheese, locally-grown organic veggies, Maine lobster, and 100% grass-fed beef…depending on what you order) that all come together in a medley of complimenting flavors, all thanks to their genius Chef Luis Ulloa.

Margherita Mac

Lobster Mac Salad

For some reason, I was not expecting the Lobster Mac salad to be one of their cold dishes, but if you’re not one for cold pasta (not I), opt for the traditional or margherita. You can ease your way into the more adventurous ones. The rest of you seafood-loving foodies can dive right in. All the recipes though are clearly well thought-out, from presentation to inventive blends of ingredients. Considering their prices ($6-$12), there’s almost no excuse not to try a different take on a favorite classic dish.

And note, you don’t actually have to attend a game to eat here (and they also have locations in Newark and on Flatbush Avenue), but once I go back for the next time my Bulls are in town, you can bet I’ll be right back here for seconds.


Meal: Dinner
Price: $
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ** (It’s not a big place, so it’s somewhere to make a pit stop or visit during half time)
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Over and over again.

Restaurant Info:
Elbow Room Barclays

Barclays Center
614 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Get the Look: Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars 2013

February 25, 2013

Who knew the way to an Oscar winner’s hair is as close as the drugstore aisle. Hairstylist Mark Townsend used Dove products on the newly-minted Academy Award winner for Best Actress for her red carpet look!

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is a dream to work with, she is so unbelievably fun and inspiring,” said Townsend. This is how he explains how to get her stunning red carpet hair:
– “For her Oscars hair style, I started by applying a few drops of Dove Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum to her damp hair and combed through. This serum is loaded with natural almond and coconut oils to give the hair extra moisture and shine.
– Next, I added a large dollop of Dove Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse to her hair and blow dried with a large round brush.
– To give the hair texture and shine I added a nickel size of Dove Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum in my hands and then raked through the hair. Then, I took random pieces from each side and loosely twisted them and pinned them together at the back of the head with eight bobby pins in crosses.
– Then, I took the remaining hair and gathered it into a loose playful bun and finished as always with Dove Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray.”

And PS, you can get her understated manicure from the drugstore too:

Jennifer Lawrence mani

Lawrence paired her pale Dior Haute Couture dress with COVERGIRL’s Outlast Nail Gloss in Forever Frosted! If you don’t lover her enough already, watch her post-Oscar winning Q/A with the press. She’s too adorable!

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Get the Look: Kelly Ripa at the Oscars 2013

Kelly Ripa at the 85th Academy Awards red carpet. Ian West/PA Wire

Elizabeth Arden global makeup artist, Rebecca Restrepo, said she wanted to give Kelly Ripa something different than her usual, accentuating her blue eyes. “Her dress was sweet and classic and I wanted to give it a little more edge for the occasion.” Here the products she used to achieve her look:


Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Sweet Pink
Ceramide Cream Blush in Nectar


Beautiful Color Smokey Eyes Pencil in Gunmetal
Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara in Black


Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Rosegold

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Get the Look: Stacy Keibler at the Oscars

Stacy Keibler

Elizabeth Arden makeup artist, Matthew VanLeeuwen, was inspired by 20s beauty when he was doing Stacy Kiebler‘s makeup for the red carpet. “I wanted it to be simple and sexy, with just the right amount of smolder.” Here’s how he got her look:

Elizabeth Arden products


-Prep skin the PREVAGE Anti-Aging+ Intensive Repair Daily Serum then apply Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup in Toasty Beige
-Warm cheeks and forehead with New York in Bloom Pure Radiance Bronzing Powder in Warm then layer Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Sweet Peach high on the apples of the cheeks.


-Swipe Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Bone all over the ye, smolder in the crease, layer Shimmering Copper and Sugar Cube on the brow bone and inner corner of the eye.
-Line eye with Beautiful Color Smoky Eyes Pencil in Smoky Black and finish with two coats of Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara on curled lashes.


-Line lips with Beautiful Color Lip Pencil in Taupe
-Finish with Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Cameo with a touch of Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Precious Petal.

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