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Fashion, General

Miami Swim Week

Fall is here, as the leaves are changing color and the weather is getting colder. We're taking advantage of this less busy time to prepare for the seasons to come by working on exciting, chic new designs for next year's collection and tweaking the colors and fabrics we're going to use. We're also in the process of expanding our sales team, updating our website, and finding the most ideal boutiques and showrooms for our designs. We're making changes based on the feedback we've received from both our current vendors and customers. It's so exciting to see our pieces on display in several high end resorts, and we're doing everything possible to provide the best service and quality to our current vendors. While we're looking towards the future and deciding which direction to take our company in, I can't help but think back to everything we did this past summer....

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UPF Fabric vs. Ordinary Fabric

When it comes to UPF fabric and sun protective clothing, there's one question I get all the time: don't my clothes already protect me from the sun? The disappointing truth: not really! While most fabrics do provide some level of protection, their UPFs are not all equal or as high as you may think. I didn't know this either, until I witnessed a friend get a sun burn on her back after playing tennis in the sun despite wearing her cotton t-shirt for protection. It turns out a variety of factors can impact the UPF of your clothing. The average UPF of a cotton or linen  t-shirt is about 5, which means it allows 1/5th of the sun's rays to penetrate your skin, enough to cause a sunburn or lead to skin cancer. To my surprise, most of the lightweight and breathable summer clothes I owned, such as my silk kaftans...

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General, Lifestyle

Is Your Mental Health Affecting Your Skin Health?

As a mother and new business owner, I am constantly trying to create balance in my sometimes unbalanced world. Juggling my family life and my new business, especially while it is still in its infancy, is both busy and stressful.  With my days starting early and ending late, sleep and rest have become a luxury rather than a necessity. This juggling act is not unique to me, as it is what millions of women face every day. This struggle to find balance and manage stress is affecting all of our overall wellness, including our skin health.  Exercising regularly, eating a balanced meal full of veggies and fruits, and staying out of the sun are essential components of a healthy lifestyle. While these three practices are proven to reduce the signs of skin damage and other forms of aging, the emotions we feel and our overall mental health can have an...

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Foods For Your Skin

According to dermatologists, what you eat can have as significant an impact on your complexion as any skincare products you use. While skincare products can expose your skin to chemicals, eating healthy and including these specific nutrient-rich foods in your diet is a natural way to keep your skin looking and feeling good. Some foods can even help your skin build up a natural barrier against harmful free radicals found in the sun’s rays. Tomatoes, green tea, kale, and yellow and orange vegetables all have nutrients in them that will help protect your skin from the sun. The lycopene found in tomatoes (especially cooked ones) improves the skin’s natural SPF levels, and the carotenoids (antioxidants) in yellow and orange vegetables (such as carrots, peppers, and pumpkin) can help decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Kale is widely known as one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, which...

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General, Lifestyle, Travel

Summer 2017

With the Labor Day weekend and the end of summer fast approaching, I took a moment to reflect on everything that has happened this summer and what it has meant for me both professionally and personally. This summer brought with it new beginnings and opportunities, as well as some calm, tranquil moments to reflect on the changes of the past season. My family and I just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Greece where we visited the historic sights in Athens, soaked in the Santorini sunsets, and enjoyed the authentic, beautiful landscapes of Crete. The genuine people, fresh foods, ancient ruins, architecture, and majestic Mediterranean Sea were all breathtakingly beautiful. Although travel with kids can sometimes be hectic and challenging, I did my best to find moments where I could sit quietly and reflect on what's around me, the gratitude I felt in my heart for the present...

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General, Lifestyle

Ali Hendi M.D. Interview With NBC4 Washington | Melanoma Monday: 4 Things You Should Know

Dr Ali Hendi, Co-Founder of luminora™, was recently interviewed by NBC 4 Washington. In his interview with NBC 4, Dr Ali Hendi spoke about keeping safe from the sun, and skin cancer prevention. It is estimated that one in five Americans will get skin cancer, making it THE most common cancer. Skin cancer cases outnumber breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer combined! The most common skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma is slowly growing and rarely fatal. It grows within the skin and typically does not spread (metastasize). The second most common skin cancer is Squamous Cell Carcinoma, which can be fast growing, and has the potential to spread. However, melanoma is the deadliest and accounts for the majority of deaths from skin cancer; luckily it accounts for less than one percent of all skin cancer cases. UV exposure from the sun, or tanning beds, is a known carcinogen that accounts for the most preventable...

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Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel

My journey to luminora™

With the launch of luminora™ fast approaching, I’m constantly being asked “how did you make the leap from being an attorney/wife/mother to becoming a fashion designer?” My answer: While design is an important aspect of my new business, and a great creative outlet, it is only a small piece of the puzzle I’m privileged to work on daily. My biggest challenge is finding ways to create a business that is innovative, socially responsible, and serves a greater need for women all over the world. I also don’t see myself as a fashion designer, but rather as an advocate for health conscious women who value freedom, self-expression, authenticity, and cultivation of joy through travel and new experiences. As a wife to a skin cancer surgeon,  with a passion for traveling to beautiful sunny destinations, and a love for exercise and the outdoors, I found that my lifestyle was in conflict with...

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