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study melanoma breast cancerA recent study published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science found that women with breast cancer have an increased risk of developing melanoma and women with melanoma are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer. This is the first time researchers have explicitly advised doctors to monitor breast cancer patients for signs of melanoma, and vice versa.


In 2006, Ivis Febus-Sampayo noticed that the small mole on the right side of her face looked a bit darker. Within weeks, it appeared to protrude. “I thought, ‘This can’t be skin cancer!’- I’m of Hispanic heritage and olive-skinned,” Febus-Sampayo recalls. Living in the Northeast, she rarely went out in the sun, and didn’t wear sunscreen. But due to her history of breast cancer, she had the mole evaluated anyway. “I was extremely surprised when my pathology results showed melanoma. I was devastated.” Luckily, the melanoma was caught and treated early.

The Foundation recommends that high-risk patients undergo an annual full-body skin screening by a physician. And self-exams are just as important, coupled with the practice of rigorous sun protection methods. Performed regularly, self-examination can alert you to changes in the skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer. For instructions on how to perform a self-exam, visit

hair twists bunAs the bun become the new fall trend, why not mix it up with a funky twist.  Philip Pelusi and his Tela design team, created a sexy, chic look for over thirty models at the Kati Stern’s Venexiana Mercedes Benz fashion week show.

Wanna try this look?  Below are step by step tips to create this great look- perfect for a night out or the office.

  1. Make a side part and take three inches of the hair closest to the front and pin to the side.
  2. Take another three inches from the crown of the head, right behind the section of hair you just marked off and pin that to the side as well.
  3. You should be left with two sections of hair on both sides of your head.
  4. Take the hair from the right section, and twist hair into a low ponytail, you should go from your temple to the nape of your neck. 
  5. Take the hair from the left section, and do the same but make sure you keep hair on an angle.
  6. You should be left with 2 “rolls” on each side of you head.
  7. With the hair in the low ponytail, you should coil pieces together and allow them to fold into each other, just use pins to hold hair in place.
  8. Take the top section from the crown of your head and twist that piece loosely like a rope and pin it to your head.
  9. Take the last section of hair and fold the hair into the rolls with your finger and pin all loose pieces with your finger.

gluten free dietEydi Bauer suffered from undiagnosed chronic health problems for over 20 years. She experienced joint pain, fatigue, bloating and intestinal problems, menstrual irregularities, depression and anxiety. It took a serious health crisis before she got to the cause of her problems. At the age of 34, after years of working with all types of doctors with no success, she was finally diagnosed correctly with celiac disease.
As soon as she went gluten free, her health was restored.
Gluten is the protein commonly found in wheat flour and it’s in most popular foods in the all American diet. One person in every hundred has celiac disease. One out of three will show antibodies against gluten, indicating their immune system is reacting to wheat and flour products. Gluten intolerance can cause serious damage to the human body.
More and more people are waking up to the fact that some of the most common foods we eat can be hazardous to our health. Even Oprah went on a gluten free diet this past year.
But is it the right thing for you to do?
Dr. Eydi Bauer, now a holistic doctor and chiropractor for 14 years in Mendocino, California, is author of the new book Life After Bread. She says, “Gluten intolerance is a serious and widespread nutritional problem that is causing an incredible array of health problems in America. It is also largely unrecognized by the Western medical establishment.”
Dr. Bauer says that people with gluten sensitivity can experience a wide range of symptoms of pain and inflammation. Gluten intolerance can cause back and joint pain, stiffness, headache, fatigue, digestive distress, arthritis, skin disorders and itchiness, anxiety, depression and other psychological problems.
But simply going on a gluten free diet may not be the right course of action.
“The critical step,” she recommends, “is to order a stool sample, deliver it to Enterolab (, and find out if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance.”
If you do have celiac disease, then going gluten free is now easier than it has ever been before. Over 1,300 gluten free products are now available on supermarket shelves in the United States. There are alternatives to most common favorite foods including breads, bagels, beer, pasta, cereals, and even cakes, and other mainstay foods you are accustomed to.
You do need to make sure that you maintain proper nutrition but you will quickly find that becoming gluten free may give you relief from pain and discomfort, increase your strength and restore your vitality.

To get  Eydi Bauer’s book Life After Bread, click here.

Photo by planetka

Photo by planetka

Planning that perfect beach wedding?  Before you get ready to say “I Do”, make sure you have all the logistics figured out. 

Minoo Hersini, Creative Director at Au Ciel Design Studio, gave Marvelous Girl several great tips to ensure your stellar beach wedding runs smoothly:

  • Research locations. Inquire about the rules and regulations of the particular area where you will tight the knot. Based on those regulations and your budget, make your guest list.
  • Send a “Save The Date” at least 9 months in advance and request a response two months prior to your wedding.
  • Make several copies of all your documents, passport and photo IDs (at least two).
  • Ensure all requirements are indicated in your contract such as the permit for the location, limitations in regards to the number of guests, décor, sound, alcohol, food, chairs, canopies, etc. Also, try to have witnesses present if possible. Public beaches require permits and are usually limited to a certain number of guests. Private beaches also require permits, yet, the owners usually give you more leeway.
  • Watch out for the weather! Always plan for rain and thunder even though that type of weather is not expected during that time of year.
  • Plan for transportation to and from your wedding location.
  • Be on site at least 3 to 5 days before. You will have enough time to verify all details and if needed, you will be able to rearrange certain aspects of your wedding.
  • Buy fancy flip-flops for your guests if your wedding is directly on the beach. You are not expected to provide travel and accommodation for your guests. If they accept your invitation, the expense is usually considered as your wedding present, however, the bride usually provides accommodation for the bridal party.
  • Lastly, the ideal situation is to rent a house by the beach. Therefore, you will be able to utilize the beach for the ceremony and the house for the reception.

For more information about Minoo Hersini and Au Ciel Design Studio visit

bad engagement photoYou may have thought awkward family photos were funny, but there’s something even funnier:  Awesomely Bad Engagement Photos

If you recently got engaged then you have to check out this website.  It might just make you rethink that upcoming photo shoot.

To visit the website, click here.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Freddie Prinze baby girl charlotteSarah Michelle Gellar and husband Freddie Prinze Jr. welcomed a baby girl this weekend.   Charlotte Grace Prinze was born on Saturday, Sept. 19.  

Gellar’s rep said, “The family is over the moon.”


Cristal Camden, Jayde Nicole, Holly Madison, Kelly Carrington

Cristal Camden, Jayde Nicole, Holly Madison, Kelly Carrington

If you wanna help raise money for a great cause, you’re in for some fun with Bowling For Boobies!  The annual fund-raising event aims to help provide monetary assistance to local women who are experiencing financial challenges as the result of fighting and living with breast cancer.

This year you can make a difference and be part of the 5th Annual Bowling For Boobies East Coast vs. West Coast battle for the chance to bowl with The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin: 

Date:  Oct. 27, 2009
Time:  6-9 p.m. PST/ 7-10 p.m. EST
Place:  Jillian’s Hi-Life on Universal City Walk, Los Angeles, Calif. and Strikes Bowling Lounge, Philadelphia, Penn.

If you’d like to play, sponsor or simply donate to this boobilicous event, click here.

best mineral powderI used to be a big fan of Bare Escentuals mineral powder because of its easy application and great coverage.  But, then I began to experience dryness (even though I have oily skin) and more lines around the eye area.  After speaking with beauty specialists I learned that  the product was known to exacerbated  the look of pores and wrinkles!  — terrible for the middle-aged women the company was targeting.

So what now?  I loved the coverage of a mineral powder but didn’t want the chalky look of Bare Escentuals.  I wasn’t ready to completely give up, so I decided to try Sheer Cover – which you may have seen on infomercials.  To my surprise the product was great.  It eliminated shine and had great coverage, but didn’t dehydrate the skin.  In fact, the intro kit even included an SPF-15, anti-aging moisturizer to be worn underneath the power.

Apparently Sheer Cover blends with your skin’s natural oils for perfect coverage.  The product is 100 percent natural, infused with skin soothing botanicals, natural sun protection and anti-oxidant green tea to help protect your skin from the visible signs of premature aging.

If you too are committed to your mineral powder but need more hydration, try Sheer Cover ($29.95).  You may just be converted.  To learn more and/or purchase the product, click here.

emmy dress trend sweetheartSo many actresses were wearing sweetheart necklines at the Emmys last night:  Jenna Fischer (pictured), January Jones, Kate Walsh, etc.

If you’d like to get the red carpet look for less, eDressMe has a huge selection of evening gowns that are very similar to those worn by television’s leading ladies last night.

The black Badgley Mischka evening gown pictured is available on for $825.   Just visit

runway hair tipsThe bun was the hot hairstyle on the runway during Fashion Week.  A chic bun is a great style for any hair type, any event and any outfit.  The only issue is keeping the bun to stay put. 
Celebrity hair stylist, Philip Pelusi and his Tela design team created chic little chignons for Caroline Seikaly’s Mercedes Benz fashion week presentation at Tela Design Studios.
The secret, according to Philip Pelusi, is to spray the length of your hair/ponytail with holding spray before twisting your hair into bun.  The hairspray gives texture to the strands, allowing them to be easily manipulated.  Most people spray the bun after, when they are already have the hair pinned and set, this is a much less affective method in keeping the hair to stay in place.

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