Simply Sore or Something More? 4 Conditions Affecting Leg Health

March 27, 2014

Have you ever noticed your shoes fitting more tightly if slipped on later in the day? Or looked at your legs in the mirror and done this?

Sometimes your gams simply may not look or feel as good as you want. A salty dinner, prolonged sitting, a long day on your feet … occasional tweaks to diet or route can leave you feeling temporarily puffy or sore.  But if it happens often, it may also be the sign of a larger medical problem. If your legs fall into the “repeat offender” category, keep reading. We’ve rounded up some of the more common causes of leg swelling & pain, as well as tips and treatment info, to help you get informed.


1. TIRED, ACHING LEGS

Quick Facts

  • What happens – Legs feel sore after long periods of either sitting or standing.
  • Worsened by – a sedentary lifestyle, long periods of sitting or standing, age, diet, smoking, obesity
  • Improved with – exercise, diet improvements, not smoking, graduated compression stockings

 

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The Full Scoop

Do you sit or stand for long periods of time and find that your legs hurt or feel extremely sore? You may have tired, aching legs syndrome. You’re not alone though – over 60% of adults regularly experience leg aches, and for many of them the pain is so intense that it interferes with their daily lives. The root of the issue is poor leg circulation. These aches occur as a result of your body’s constant fight to push blood up to the heart while sitting or standing. Normally your lower muscles help force the blood upwards by squeezing your veins, but if you don’t change position there’s not much you can do.

Luckily, as long as your leg aches aren’t the result of an underlying condition (consult your physician if you’re worried), there are some simple solutions. The first is to punctuate your day with small 5-10 minute breaks. If you’re standing, rest your legs for a bit. If you’re sitting, take a short walk around the office or peddle your legs in your chair like you’re riding a bicycle. The second is to wear compression stockings. Graduated compression legwear is tight at your feet and ankles and looser as you move up, which helps squeeze the blood upwards throughout the day. If the pain is almost unbearable, rinsing your legs in cold water can provide you some relief by causing the vessels to shrink and pulling the blood into your core. Maintaining a diet that is balanced and low in saturated fats can also help to ensure your vessels remain unblocked and elastic. Try your best to keep cholesterol at a low, but don’t completely cut it out – in small amounts it helps your body deal with changes in temperature.

 

2. VARICOSE VEINS

Quick Facts

  • What happens – swollen veins, often in the legs which cause pain and discomfort
  • Worsened by – age, sex height, pregnancy, standing for long periods of time
  • Improved with – sclerotherapy, varicose vein lotions, graduated compression stockings

 

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The Full Scoop

It’s amazing just how prevalent venous disease is – in fact, it affects approximately half of the U.S. population. The root of this problem lies in the valves within leg veins. These tiny but powerful mechanisms operate one-directionally; opening to let blood through & closing as blood pumps upward towards the heart. When standing for long periods of time, prolonged pumping against gravity can begin to impair the valve’s functionality causing blood to pool in the lower extremities & veins to stretch and become enlarged. When this happens, the valves relax and can’t completely close. The heart has to work harder to circulate the blood in one direction…and more blood continues to collect. It’s a vicious cycle! This venous insufficiency (weakened valves) often results in bulging, twisted veins in the legs, also called varicose veins. Circulating blood becomes even more difficult during pregnancy because there is twice the amount of blood in your body. We’ve even heard stories of pregnant women with varicose veins all they way to their abdomens. Chronic venous insufficiency, in which the valves are damaged or dysfunctional, usually follows deep vein thrombosis and other related conditions.

Most of the time, varicose veins are reversible only with a visit to the doctor’s office. The most well known medical procedure is sclerotherapy, in which the doctor injects a salt solution into your varicose veins. The salt solution aggravates the lining of the blood vessels causing the walls to stick together and the blood to clot. This blocks off the vessel and the scar tissue eventually fades away. The side effects, which include minor itching for a couple of days and some bumpiness of the skin, are mild and fade away within 3-6 months.

An interesting alternative to this sclerotherapy is varicose vein lotion that includes herbal extracts like horse chestnut seed or witch hazel. However, there is a bit of controversy surrounding these products – do they actually work? Studies have shown that the horse chestnut seed extract works, but many customers who use lotions with the substance have noted that while they have seen the appearance of their skin improve, it wasn’t a big difference and especially did not work well on the larger veins. If you’re more inclined to use a simple and foolproof approach, compression hosiery offers a great alternative. They force the vessels to shrink and valves to close, promoting healthy, unidirectional blood flow as well as pain reduction. Compression stockings, while they work therapeutically, are also a great aid in preventing varicose veins before they occur. A healthy diet and regular exercise is also essential for maintaining unblocked and elastic veins throughout life.

 

3. EDEMA

Quick Facts

  • What happens – swelling
  • Wornsened by – long periods of standing, physical inactivity, pregnancy, high altitudes, heat
  • Improved with – hydration, low-sodium diet, graduated compression stockings

 

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The Full Scoop

How do we define edema? Well, it’s just a fancy word for swelling that takes place in the body. This swelling can occur for different reasons – allergic reactions, fracturing bones, eating lots of salty food, etc. Swelling that occurs in your limbs is known specifically as peripheral edema, and occurs in places like your arms, hands, but most commonly in the legs and feet. The severity of the swelling can vary depending on location.

The lymphatic system in your body controls and drains non-blood fluid called lymph, which normally bathes your tissues to keep them healthy and rich with nutrients. In edema, the lymph builds up because it isn’t drained quickly enough…which can transform your ankles into CANKLES.

Because the lymphatic system works in tandem with your blood’s movement, poor circulation often causes edema. For this reason (just as in leg aches and varicose veins), staying in the same position for long periods of time or being pregnant can make lymph pool in the ankles and feet. Swollen feet can also occur at high altitudes or on a hot day. Because your muscles naturally help move fluids in the body, being physically inactive can compound the effects of a slow-moving lymphatic system. A regular exercise regimen can work to strengthen muscles & improve the efficiency of fluid movement.

Diets that are high in sodium and low in water often lead to more swelling and fluid buildup. When you eat lots of salt, your body tries to retain as much water as it can to compensate. This can lead to problems like ankle swelling, bloating and puffy eyes. (TIP: Never eat ramen before picture day!)  By constantly drinking water, your body can flush out excess salt and maintain healthy lymph. A diet that is full of vegetables with high water-content like cucumbers, spinach, and sweet peppers can also help you get hydrated without taking out a glass.

In conjunction with a good diet and exercise, support stockings offer leg massages to promote fluid movement, which helps deal with amassed lymph and prevent the buildup from happening again. Looking cute while cutting down leg swelling? Yes, please.

 

4. DIABETES

Quick Facts

  • What happens – Veins harden and blood pools in lower legs
  • Worsened by – physical inactivity, high-sugar diets, smoking
  • Improved with – regular exercise, avoiding sugars

 

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The Full Scoop

Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body has trouble processing sugars. One of the effects of diabetes is the hardening of veins and arteries, including in the legs. Because of this, the veins lose your elastic quality and struggle to push blood back to the heart. The veins can become partially or completely blocked, resulting in a higher likelihood of blood pooling and blood clots. Diabetes and deep vein thrombosis are closely related. Yikes! Hardening occurs faster when combine with physical inactivity and smoking.

Both Type 1 (genetic) and Type 2 (acquired) diabetes patients experience this discomfort in their legs, and this can be alleviated with – you guessed it – compression stockings.  They will do some of the work in forcing the blood through your hardened veins and arteries. Another way to reduce pooling of the blood is to elevate the feet to a height above your head while you’re sleeping to lessen the resistance of the fluid going from leg to heart. Lastly, since Type 2 diabetes is preventable, having a diet that has a low glycemic index (which basically means it doesn’t affect blood glucose levels) will greatly increase your chances for better health and happiness later in life. Some great superfoods for diabetics include kale, whole grains, berries, and sweet potatoes. A delicious and diabetic-friendly Mediterranean lunch is hummus, turkey, tomatoes, cucumbers, low-fat feta, and olives rolled up in a whole-grain wrap!

 

The common remedy across all of the above conditions? You may have noticed … 1) a healthy diet, 2) regular exercise, and 3) compression legwear …. All contribute to the prevention of many health issues. Whether seeking to stop swelling, avoid achiness, combat diabetes, or fight unsightly veins, proactively incorporating these three things into your daily life can maintain a healthy heart and blood vessel system.

Still unsure whether leg health is something that should be of concern to you? Try this brief self-test. If you check “YES” to any of the below, compression may help.

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Holiday Fashion: 4 Tips for Creating a Festive Outfit

December 23, 2013

Glitter, fur, and velvet … tis the season! Dazzle friends and family at your upcoming holiday event with these 4 festive outfit tips.

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Your tree shouldn’t be the only thing that glitters and shines.This time of year is the best time to show off all your favorite bling, whether it be metallic accents on your shoes, or an heirloom brooch.

Start with a basic velvet dress, paired with RejuvaHealth Sheer Floral Thigh Highs. Holiday parties are a blast, but we spend so much time on our feet. Our lace-look stockings are more than just a pretty accessory. All those hours standing wont seem so bad, if your legs feel great.

 

Dramatic jewelry makes holiday fashion so much fun.

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Art deco inspired jewelry, from Anthrolopologie

These fabulous pieces are available at Anthropology.com. Go look take a, they have a gorgeous selection. Maybe you’ll even see something that would look great on your wishlist (hint, hint).

 

If you’re going to put together a phenomenal outfit, you have to consider hair and makeup too. A great hair-do might not have to cost a fortune either. When we need hair inspiration we head over to Twist Me Pretty.  Abby has a Hairstyle Gallery, filled with tutorials, for styles you can do yourself. A little practice is all it takes to master some really pretty braids. It’s amazing what a little hairspray and a couple bobby pins can do.

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Fishtail Up-Do, on Twist Me Pretty

 

Now that you’ve got your hair covered, take a look at these holiday makeup trends. Be daring, try that lipstick shade you’ve been hesitant to try. A fun idea is to let the professionals do your makeup, for a change. Sit down at a MAC, Stila, or Lancome counter and let a makeup artist pick products and colors for you. They’ll show you how to wear new colors and even how to apply it. Having someone else do your makeup is such a treat!

For the holidays we love a simple smoky eye and dramatic lipstick. These two products are all you really need.

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Urban Decay, Naked Basics and Smashbox, Be Legendary Lipstick in  Vivid Violet

This eye shadow palette has all the essentials for creating flattering looks on a variety of skin tones. Deep plum lipsticks are so pretty and easier to wear than you might think. Pucker up and swipe a bold new shade on your lips. It’s the little things that sometimes make you feel like a million bucks.

Now go get fancy. Have fun with textures and deep jewel toned colors. Start with cute RejuvaHealth stockings and your sure to look amazing and feel great too.

Happy holidays!

Fall Fashion 2013

Cooler weather doesn’t have to mean boring outfits. Fall fashion can be so much fun. It’s time for sassy scarves, cozy sweaters, and gorgeous colors. What’s best is, there is truly no better time of year to show off your fun fashionable tights!

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One simple (and cost-effective) way to refresh your wardrobe for fall is to incorporate some funky new accessories & a fresh pair of boots. We’re loving the fringed edges on the black scarf, seen above. Wear it with jeans and a tee or your favorite sweater dress. For some fun new scarf wrapping ideas, check out Scarves Dot Net. They have over 50 how-to’s on tying scarves!

Boots are a favorite in the RejuvaHealth offices. While knee high boots make a great statement, short boots look awesome with jeans and pants. Buckles add a fun element and are sure to garner compliments. They go easily from office casual to weekend adventure.

If you sometimes shy away from wearing shoes with a heel for fear of leg & foot strain, it may be time to give heels another chance. We find that much of the discomfort associated with wearing heels can be alleviated when paired with compression stockings. RejuvaHealth brand knee highs make perfect boot socks. There’s no reason to choose fashion over comfort when you can have both. Another great way to alleviate discomfort is by choosing a shoe or boot with a wider heel since wide or stacked heels can lend better balance. Here are some fun options, by Steve Madden.

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Raygun Boots, by Steve Madden $229.95 and   Resqued Boots, by Steve Madden $159.95

A timeless fashion staple, it comes as no surprise that leopard’s back in fashion for fall 2013. This season incorporate it into your wardrobe with a great accessory. Accessories are a great for adding fun prints to your outfit without feeling too flashy. Don’t feel like you have to limit this wild print to purses though. A leopard scarf or cardigan will go with tons of outfits too! Take a look at these funky spot-inspired options.

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N.Peal – Leopard Print Cashmere Scarf, Claire Vivier – Spotted Pouch, Sheriff & Cherry – Animal Print Sunglasses

We can’t talk about fall fashion without mentioning this season’s jewel toned color palette.  Chunky knit sweaters aren’t only fun, but cozy too. When shopping this season, we challenge you to reach for a color you wouldn’t normally try. Thank goodness we don’t have to choose just one color from the Pantone Fall 2013 color chart, because we want them all! Take a look at all the colors of the season and find bold new ways to mix and match. Some of them may already live in your closet.

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Rag & Bone – Cara Pullover, Aeropostale – Sheer Knit V-Neck, Reiss – Round Neck Sweater, Tibi – Chevron Top

 There’s no reason to let grey sky make you a drab dresser. This is the best time of year to pull out your bright colored sweaters and exciting prints. We’d love to see how you pair your RejuvaHealth stocking with fall outfits. Show us your best combos on our Facebook page!

 

 

 

 

Trick or Treat – Halloween Outfit Ideas & Costume DIYs

October 24, 2013

Cinnamon and spice fill the air and candy is tempting us everywhere we look. That can only mean one thing … it’s time to start thinking about what to wear on the 31st!

Whether you’re prepping for a party, taking the kids door-to-door, or just passing out candy, it’s hard to turn down that free pass for playing dress up. Why not indulge your inner child and have fun with it?

If you’re in need of some inspiration, a great witch costume can be relatively effortless. We love that it can be created from clothes you already have in your closet (once topped with a pointy black hat, of course) and reinvented year after year. Witches come in all shapes, sizes, and styles so channel different personalities by going spooky & mean one year and charming & sweet the next. Take the Hocus Pocus trio for example – pretty, kooky, funny, and spooky all rolled up in one!

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How to achieve it?

For an all-out wicked look, check out what Refinery 29 did for their interpretation of The Wicked Witch of the West. (Hint: this glam witch’s wild wavy locks were achieved with a unique DIY technique that includes hangers).

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If you prefer to forgo the spooky look & instead keep things understated and pretty, here are a few pieces from around the web (pun intended) that may help get you started.

 

Hat

A pointy black hat is a witch staple – but you can make it even more fun by using it as an opportunity to express your personal style. Create your own version in slate grey or purple or add silk flowers, polka dots or spider webs for added texture. However you decide to put it together, be sure to customize it and make it your own. We love this adorable floret version from U-Create, complete with a full DIY guide so you can recreate it at home.

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Green Lipstick

Give your witch outfit a hint of the ghoulish with a swipe of green lipstick. Quicker to apply than a full green face and easier to wash off at night’s end too.

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Mehron Lipstick, Urban Outfitters

Tights

Tights are another easy way to add unique detail & texture to your outfit while keeping you warm for trick-or-treating. Striped tights are an easy go-to, but we also love these fantastic skeleton thigh highs for the occasion. If a more sophisticated witch look is what you desire, the RejuvaHealth Sheer Dot Thigh Highs would certainly do the trick! They’ll also help ward off tiredness and swelling that can come with all that walking …

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What will you be for Halloween? Tell us by commenting below or sharing your ideas on our Facebook fan page.

 

Summer Style Picks: Compression Stockings for Wedding Season

July 18, 2013

Now that we’ve celebrated Moms, Dads, The Fourth, and Grads, it’s time for the second most wonderful time of the year. That’s right; we’re knee deep in wedding season and while you’re busy getting a pedicure, finding a date, booking a flight, and wrapping the perfect gift, we’re coming out with new ways to make sure you look and feel picture perfect until the very last toast.

 

Daytime Diva

Daytime weddings are a classic mix of pretty pastels, bubbly champagne, flowery speeches and lots and lots of standing: stand at the church, stand for pictures, stand in the buffet line, stand as you greet your best friends third cousin’s aunt. To ease the pain, we suggest pairing the Medi Sheer & Soft Compression Thigh Highs with a lovely mint dress, a classy clutch and the most adorable earrings we’ve ever seen.

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Pictured: Flowy metallic mint green one shoulder dress, Gold Kate Spade Clutch, Mint Rose Earrings, Essie Sheers Nail Polish

 

City Celebration

Always a Bridesmaid and never a bride? At least you won’t have to share your piece of the cake, or worry about anyone stepping on your new shoes as you dance the night away in a pair of Medi Comfort Compression Stocking Thigh Highs in Ebony. The silicone lace band is both flirty and functional ensuring a no slip grip for sophisticated comfort. Wear them with a sleek one shoulder dress in a deep purple and a funky clutch for that trendy evening wedding downtown.

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Pictured: Purple One shouldered dress, Black Pumps, Black pleated clutch, Diamond Cluster Dangle Earrings

 

Dreamy Destination

Saying “I do” Aloha style? More and more weddings are taking place beach side in exotic destinations now a days which means more and more opportunities for fun floral prints, dresses in lighter fabrics, loose lush hair, and sheer stockings. As a guest its all about fun and relaxation so pack a sweet summer dress, floral pumps, a statement necklace, and a pair of RejuvaHealth Sheer Dot Compression Knee Highs. Take your pick, we now have them in four delightful summery colors sure to please even the pickiest of brides.

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Refreshing Orchid hair clips , Ruffled Coral Sun Dress, Floral Closed toe Platform Pumps, Glittered clutch bag

Red, White, Renewing, and Blue! Compression Stocking Outfit Ideas for 4th of July.

July 2, 2013

 

The Fourth of July is so close we can practically smell the BBQ, hear the fireworks, and feel the warm summer sun. No matter how you choose celebrate this Thursday, we have outfit options to take you all the way from your red, white, and blueberry pancakes to the fireworks grand finale.

The approaching holiday weekend offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate freedom, feel renewed and still be fashion-forward in sheer summer-friendly styles.

 

Party Polished

So your holiday plans have you at the annual family BBQ for a day of comfort food, endless rounds of horseshoes and croquet, and more cousins than you can count? Try a fresh polka dot sundress with strappy sandals, nautical themed accessories, and a pair of the Medi Open Toed Sheer and Soft Thigh Highs and you have the perfect blend of patriotic and polished.

 

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The PacificPlex Polkadot Sundress is a sweet and sassy hint of vintage that accentuates in all the right places. We love the breezy cotton fabric for summer.

Pair with these Simple braided sandals from Modcloth, the perfect understated accessory.

Anchors away with this nautical themed necklace from Etsy.

Top it off with this cute roomy striped tote from Michael Kors and you really can take it all with you.

 

California Casual 

If your idea of a festive Fourth takes you out and about to the early morning parade or late night fireworks show, keep chic and comfy in relaxed boyfriend capris, a sweet polka dot blouse, ultra-feminine lace cardigan, and a pop of red accessories paired with our brand new Sheer Dot Knee Highs in Buff.

 

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These relaxed Boyfriend Capris by Citizens of Humanity will work with just about anything

But we especially love it paired with this Swiss polka dot top

Layered with the Lace Panel Cardigan by Mango if you’re going to be out after dark

Go anywhere in style and comfort in the Red Canvas Slip on by Toms

Accessories can take an outfit to the next level, step it up with these adorable Floral Earrings and eye popping Tory Burch Tote

 

Beach Babe

Skipping the soirees and headed to the beach or pool side for some fun in the sun? Try this figure-flattering swim suit with a breezy white cover up and simple shorts, embellished flip flops, and navy polka dot tote. Layer on a gold beach themed necklace and some sassy shades and you’re ready to go.

 

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Make them stop and stare with an eye catching Red Bandeau swimsuit with built in tummy control.

Stop for lunch or stroll the board walk in these simple Structured Cotton Shorts, a Breezy Cotton Cardigan, and Comfy Wedge Flip Flops. Classic yet sophisticated neutrals keep the focus on your awesome accessories.

Evoke retro beachside glamour with this delicate gold sea inspired necklace, and face framing Rose Gold Cat-eye Sun Glasses.

Store your wallet, keys, cell phone, lip balm, sun screen, and anything else you can think of, in summer style in this Navy Polka Dot Beach Tote with braided rope handles.

Not quite ready to bare it all beachside? Prepare for the bikini body you’ve always wanted with the Solidea Silver Wave Anti-Cellulite Shorts. The shorts are knit with three dimensional Silver Wave technology that banishes cellulite and helps drain excess fluids so that you can both look and feel your best.

 

Summer Solstice – Fun Facts & Summer Style Picks

June 21, 2013

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Did you know that today is the longest day of the year? In the US and many other parts of the world, the sun will shine longer today than any other day. It’s known as Summer Solstice and has been celebrated around the world since anyone can remember.  So, in honor of the first day of summer, we thought we’d offer up some interesting facts about Summer Solstice- ones you can share over dinner with your loved ones or use to impress your friends on Facebook.

  • Today the sun will not set over the North Pole meaning the polar bears will be extra groggy come tomorrow afternoon.
  • Solstice comes from Latin and literally means “sun stand still,” fitting if we don’t say so ourselves.
  • Even though it’s the first day of summer we wouldn’t recommend heading to the beach just yet. Due to thermal inertia is takes some time for the ocean to “heat up” from the cold winter days- wait until mid-July for the real summer warmth to set in.
  • The reasoning for the longer day of sunlight is that the sun actually reaches its highest point in the sky- pretty neat if you ask us.
  • Solstice was traditionally celebrated by dancing around bonfires. Today, it’s often celebrated because it marks the beginning of hunting season and the start of BBQ weekends.
  •  Although there’s no way to know for sure, many historians & astronomers believe Stonehenge was constructed specifically for today’s celestial occurrence. Apparently the monument is built in conjunction with the solstice alignment.
  • If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere today is actually the shortest day of the year. This is due to the Earth’s orbit of the sun and its current angle. No worries though, you can still celebrate by taking advantage of the extra darkness and getting plenty of rest & relaxation. Yes… we’re a little jealous ;-)

 

So, with it being the longest day of sunlight you know what that means- you should have plenty of time to accomplish everything you need! Just kidding, we all know that even though we have the sun on our side, that doesn’t mean our bodies are up for the challenge. Do what you can and remember to try and sleep in a little later tomorrow. Today may be filled with more daylight, but with that comes the shortest night of the year… Eeek!

Lastly, don’t forget that with summertime comes the hot, steamy sun. You may want to use the extra time today to stock up on summer compression wear as the warmer days will be here before you know it. A popular summer pick amongst our customers are the Medi Sheer & Soft Thigh Highs in the open toe option. They’re comfortable & breathable, and work great with summer dresses & sandals. Looking for something with a little more spunk? Consider our new Sheer Dot Knee Highs in buff; they’re quickly becoming a favorite for summer business attire.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June 10, 2013

What do you get the guy that has everything? You know him … He’s the one who runs straight to the store and purchases exactly what he wants the moment he sets his eye & heart on it.  Whereas shopping for mom can often seem easy (just dash out & grab the shoes she “casually” mentioned last Sunday dinner), our favorite men make us a work a bit harder in the quest for the perfect gift.

To help you avoid the pre-dad’s day guessing game, we put together a few of our favorite gift ideas below. Hopefully these suggestions will help you avoid that dreaded 30 minute conversation about his 1920s tackle box with the broken handle. Sure he probably needs a new one, but who wants to replace the old family heirloom?

For the outdoorsman:

 

  • JCrew Wallace and Barnes Camp Shirt – Functional and hip, this cargo shirt is great for hiking, but also suitable for a casual dinner.
  • Prana Men’s Stretch Zion Short – These shorts have plenty of give and dry quickly, making them perfect for an all-day outing.
  • L.L. Bean Waxed Cotton Packer Hat – An easily packable hat that protects the head in a variety of climates.
  • CEP Progressive Outdoor Compression Socks – Perfect for hiking and trekking, these socks aid endurance and contain silver ions to reduce odor, a major plus in the outback!
  • Keen Gypsum Mid Hiking Boots – Made for long lasting durability, these boots keep the feet dry and have excellent traction.
  • REI Nalgene Water Bottle – Completely BPA free, this water bottle features a wide mouth and loop top design so the lid never goes missing.
  • Suunto Clipper L-B NH Compass – This compass clips to your watchband so it is easily accessible during all times.
  • REI Waterproof Binoculars – Let him catch a glimpse of the approaching bear before the others, you know he loves being the hero.

 

For the world traveller:

  • 1,000 Places to See Before You Die – A must have for any traveler looking for an expedition off the beaten path.
  • Tumi T-Tech Inflatable Neck Pillow – Give him the rest and relaxation he needs on that extra-long flight.
  • Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses – Protect his eyes with these sleek sunglass. They’re fashion forward and will still remind him of the good ol’ days.
  • Boom Renegade Headphones – Get him a pair of headphones that are comfortable on the ears and ensure easy listening on his iPod.
  • RejuvaHealth COOLMAX Socks – Essential for travel, these compression knee highs are made from a comfortable microfiber blend and come in a versatile color that won’t cramp his style. In addition, the graduated compression will have his legs ready for action immediately following the flight.
  •  Tumi Electric Adaptor – This convenient travel accessory makes charging electronics in 150 different countries a breeze. Even better, it comes with a sleek carrying case.
  • Soft Reusable Earplugs – Packaged in a set of three, these noise cancellers will come to the rescue when the passenger sitting next to him happens to be a 6-month-old sick baby.

 

 

For the golf guru:

 

  • Puma Looper Fitted Golf Hat – Upgrade his style and dapperness with this sophisticated hat that’s sure to have him feeling like a million bucks.
  • Nonnie Wallers Solid Chocolate Golf Balls – Satisfy his sweet tooth, and have him impressed with your creativity. This gourmet chocolate box features 18 chocolate delights in dark, milk, and white chocolate variations.
  • Callaway Vintage Hybrid Headcover – Keep his driver and other clubs top notch and he’ll be the one thanking you after his hole-in-one.
  • Allen Edmonds ‘Muirfield Village’ Golf Shoe – Reminiscent of the traditional saddle shoe, these have all the old school charm without sacrificing comfort.
  • Nike Golf Balls - Don’t make a mistake and forget one of the easiest gifts. We all know he seems to “loose” them on the green more and more these days.
  • CEP Progressive Golf Socks – Available in three different colors, these compression knee highs can help him secure his stance and stable his swing, as well prolong his leg endurance throughout the 18 holes.

 

Unsure whether you can put together an entire package of goodies by yourself? Consider outsourcing to siblings, family members, and other friends. By collaborating with others, you can put together a larger themed gift from the strategic combination of your individual purchases. The lucky guy will surely know a lot of thought was put into his big day. Enjoy the festivities and remember regardless of the outcome, the most important part is spending the day together!

How to Avoid the Cellulite Blues this Summer

May 17, 2013

I swear bathing suit season comes around sooner with each passing year. In an effort to leave my board shorts behind on my next trip to the beach, I’m working on boosting my defenses against my cellulite earlier than usual this year. I’ve discovered there’s quite a collection of foods that help banish cellulite and leave skin with a smooth baby’s bottom feel. Who would ever say no to that?

See below for some suggested foods:

Bananas- Potassium, potassium, potassium. A great water reduction food, bananas help support the lymphatic system rid the body of excess fluids and water weight. An excellent choice during that special time of the month too.

Cranberry Juice- I could drink cranberry juice every day for the rest of my life, but if you’re not as big of a fan as me that’s alright too. Just try adding some water to kick that extra bite or maybe consider using it as the base to your evening cocktail. Cranberry juice shows those fatty deposits who’s boss by helping flush out toxins built up in the lymphatic system.

Whole grains- Give me more FIBER! Whole grains are packed with fiber to help the body speed up the detoxification process and exposing of built-up waste in the body.

Fish- Stock up on fish and get your dose of omega-3 fatty acids. Not only will the oils make your skin look smooth and silky, but they’ll also aid in inflammation reduction. Consider adding some salmon to your next salad.

Berries- The key to the berry is it’s an excellent source of vitamin C, which can help keep skin firm and battle unwanted cellulite buildup. Load up on berries by adding them to your morning smoothie or slicing a few for your yogurt snack.

Asparagus- Work week got you stressed? Or maybe life in general is making you a worrywart? Asparagus’s folic acids help curb the stress and stabilize your mood, a big plus when trying to rid the body of cellulite. Too much stress hinders the body’s ability to excrete waste and causes fat storage in all the wrong places.

Leafy Greens- We’re talking spinach and kale here, I don’t imagine a salad full of iceberg is going to do the trick. So stick to the darker green leafs that are nutrient rich and help the skin retain its moisture.

And my personal favorite… drumroll please

AVOCADO- So your skin is starting to realize the effect of gravity, but your soul’s not ready admit you seen quite a few blue moons? Consume more avocados and soon enough you’ll have everyone fooled- who knows the local postman might even mistake you for your thirty-year-old daughter. Avocados are rich in essential fatty acids which keep the skin strong and elastic. Cellulite flourishes under thinning skin so remember essential nutrients, like those found in avocados, and you should be able to keep cellulite at bay.

 

Avoid the Cellulite blues

Not quite ready to go out in public sans cover-up? Consider upgrading your typical workout pants to Solidea’s Silver Wave Legging or Capris to help give you that extra boost in courage. The garments are specially designed to help curb cellulite build-up and aid in the reduction of fluid buildup. Wear them a couple of workouts and I bet you’ll be reconsidering that new suit with the cute ruffled bottoms.

Join the pledge to come out from under the towel and show off your legs this swimsuit season! I promise you won’t regret it- a little hard work and dedication goes a long way.

 

Mother’s Day 2013 Gift Ideas – Treat Mom to Rest, Relaxation, and HealthyLegs!

May 8, 2013

Not sure what to get Mom this Mother’s Day? Don’t worry, there’s still time to tell her how much she means to you.

Moms are always taking care of others so why not remind her to make some time for herself? We love the idea of putting together a spring-themed pamper package made entirely from items geared towards rest & relaxation. She’s always telling you that you do too much and need to take some time out for yourself. Here’s your chance to turn the tables and really emphasize how much you appreciate her and all that she accomplishes. Sure the daily phone calls to say hello and see what you had for lunch can be somewhat overzealous at times, but you know a cheerful “howdy” from Mom is guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day.

For this Mother’s day, instead of running out to grab her a gift card that’s she’s sure to spend on your brother Johnny’s lunch, put together something that clearly says “This is for all you do and it’s all about you, Mom!”

We scoured our brains and put together a list of some essentials we think would make a thoughtful gift, or at the very least, get your creative juices flowing so you can create a similar gift that’s just as wonderful, for your Mom.

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Consider a summery-beach-style rattan bag, stuffed to the brim with all the necessities for a relaxing day at the spa or hanging poolside at home. Venture to your local shopping center, preferably one that has a few different stores to choose from and round up the following:

  • Oversized Beach Tote to hold all the goodies.
  • Gel eye mask to soothe puffy swollen eyes and give mom that extra wink of sleep:
  • Massage and Spa pack, which includes an assortment of lotions and scrubs, &even a massaging brush to help mom carry out the home leg treatment.
  • Comfortable & cute new sandals for mom to throw on after primping is complete.
  • Support Pantyhose that will help keep her legs feeling great long after they’ve been pampered, plus they’re stylish too.
  • Add a final touch with a personal card handwritten to Mom- Hallmark has them too, but you can always say it better.

No more procrastinating. Remember …. just as Momma always said, “You can do it!”

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