New Must Try Skin Line: Source Vital

Happy Motivational Monday Everyone,

For Motivational Monday, I want to educate viewers of Lady Code to search for natural alternatives for their traditional beauty products. Many brands contain parabens and toxic chemicals which enter our blood stream and endocrine system through our skin causing a range of health problems like cancer, neurological disorders and even learning disabilities in children. Isn’t it crazy to think everyday products like lip gloss, shampoo and lotion are not regulated by the FDA while some are even linked to cancer!? Although they may contain the word “organic” or “natural” not all the ingredients truthfully meet our definition of the word. Have no fear, there are many websites that allow the consumer to research beauty products like Skin Deep or Think Dirty to make educated decisions in this industry.

However, last month, while attending the Indie Beauty Expo, one company in particular really stood out for me, Source Vitál Apothecary, whose roots date back nearly 30 years, way before natural and organic products were popular in the skin care world. Fascinated with their approach to skin and beauty, I decided to interview and investigate this modern-day apothecary brand. Source Vital is a safe alternative to the traditional skin and beauty brands that contain harmful ingredients and I highly encourage you explore their products.

Their Story

Founders and day spa owners, Jerry Pope and Brea Gratia sought products for their spa which contained naturally-derived ingredients that were proven to work. Unable to procure products that met their high standards they set out to develop the products themselves. From the beginning, their goal was to create a connection between mind, body and spirit linking to the beauty industry. Launching with an eye balm, the end result is a combination of 100% pure essential oils (sourced from all over the world), botanicals plants and seaweeds, working in synergy to deliver visible benefits for the skin.

Their Ingredients

To this day, Souce Vitál continues to use only natural ingredients, never using chemicals or toxins in their formulas. Honoring the founders’ initial mission, Source Vitál continues to use only plant-based ingredients which embodies the holistic approach they are trying to create. Furthermore, they strive to utilize earth and sea derived elements which the body easily recognizes to help rebuild and strengthen our bodies.

Their Mission and Vision

Through the creation of natural products for “the skin, body, mind and spirit” they want to make the world a happier, healthier and more peaceful place to live, while creating “holistic health one bottle at a time.” The company firm believes that our natural world contains vital products such as essential oils, seaweed and plant extracts, which we can use for therapy. They have seen benefits ranging from clear skin to increased overall well-being and even a calm mind. I personally experience a sense of calm when use their Tranquil Multi-spray.

Must Try Products

Since learning about Source Vital, I have been experimenting with their products and have fallen in love with them, my favorites being:

  1. The Tranquil Multispray made from lavender and chamomile to release tension and stress.
  2. The Lemongrass mani/ pedi cream made with 100% pure essential oils and shea butter and beeswax.
  3. Deozein Natural Deodorant made with essential oils, mineral salts, and algae. The great thing about this deodorant is that it does not contain aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, aluminum chloride or other toxic chemicals, nor does it stain your clothes.

Please consider checking out Source Vital and they story and products online! Watch the video below to learn more!

 

Love and Light,

Char ❤

 

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Leading with Confidence: Zoey Sage, the Hot New Designer We all Need to Follow!

Lady Code had a chance to sit down with a hot new designer on the Miami Scene, Zoey Sage, creator of the clothing line Zoey Reva. At the young age of 21, she has already been featured in big-name magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Women’s Wear Daily. She even participated in the Underground Fort Lauderdale Show where she was the youngest designer alongside renowned designers like Nicole Miller.

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Zoey’s shirt was even featured in Vogue!

Early Beginnings

From a young age, Zoey knew she wanted to do something in fashion. Her mother in fact owns a Miami Model Agency, so fashion was coded in her genes. Originally wanting to be a stylist like her fashion inspiration Rachel Zoe, she would help her friends put together their outfits. Along the way, she realized she was tweaking designs, altering the waist and even the colors.

She then decided to design a capsule collection which launched online last year, immediately gaining recognition from Women’s Wear Daily.

Know your girl, know the customer you are targeting.”

Trial and Error

Although her line has gotten major recognition, Zoey had to learn a lot through her mistakes. She started this project on her own, without knowing the market or the clothing industry, quickly realizing that sizing, garments and inventory were all requisite elements of the learning curve. Sage stated it would have been beneficial to have a mentor to show her the ropes. In fact, she now wants to share what she has learned with other young designers saying, “This is 24/7, which is a lot of work. It’s not glamorous, but it is rewarding. The most exciting part is seeing the clothes come to life on a runway or in a photoshoot. It is knowing that you created something.” Other aspiring designers need to know what they will be facing.

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Her Success

Zoey is adamant about her vision. She ventured into design knowing exactly what she wanted. Sage states, “Know your girl, know the customer you are targeting.” When asked about her target audience, she says “It’s not about age, it’s about attitude. Our look is targeted to the effortlessly fashion forward. Super chic, very feminine. It can be day or night wear with our transitional pieces.”  Zoey also made it clear that her credibility helped her saying “credibility is everything.” I think we can all agree with that.

Age is NOT a Thing!

Today, it seems like we always acknowledge someone’s age when they achieve success early in their life but in Zoey’s case “age is not a thing”.  When learning that she was the youngest designer at the Underground Fort Lauderdale show, she was genuinely shocked stating, “I’m always the youngest. People assume my age would be an obstacle, it wasn’t. It is all about talent and creativity, not about how old I am.”

Let’s all take a minute to absorb that shall we. Your age shouldn’t be an obstacle or a defining attribute. Zoey is 100% right by saying you are defined by your talent or creativity. It is about your dedication, your work ethic and personality. We should not allow ourselves to be defined by age, height, hair color, degrees or any other external factors that people tend to use to label people.

People assume my age would be an obstacle, it wasn’t. It is all about talent and creativity, not about how old I am.”

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What’s Next?

The future is bright for this young designer. Currently, the Zoey Reva team is working on their new collection and revamping their social media. “People want to know you. If they relate to you, they like you.” says this quick wit designer. By showcasing who they are through social media outlets, Zoey Reva plans to take the clothing industry by storm. Zoey says that future collections are full of endless possibilities ranging from kids, to swim to commercial. However right now she wants to focus on “this” making it the best that it can be. “What’s the rush?”

Check out this super cute video below:

Make sure to follow Zoey on her social media:

Instagram: @zoeyreva

Facebook: Zoey Reva

Website: www.zoeyreva.com

Love and light,

Char ❤

@Charvontratt

Motivational Monday: “Better Woman Better Earth” With Honey and Sage

Two weeks ago, at the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas I had the opportunity to speak with Nova, the founder of Honey and Sage©, about prompted her to launch her company. Honey and Sage is dedicated to helping woman with the tools to care for themselves.

While training to be a Midwife, Nova began to see a discrepancy between the soon to be first time mothers and the mothers who already had a child. They were tired, stressed and overwhelmed. Nova reflected that she too felt that way and wanted to create a tool kit for women. Guided by her mantra “Healthy Women lead to a Healthy Country,” her goal is to create a community for women made up of women.

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I was so taken with Nova and her business partner, Sarah, and how their company specifically serves women, I knew I had to interview them for Lady Code. They both exude such beautiful energy, posses extensive knowledge about health and wellness and the compassion for helping women thrive in their life and in motherhood.

When asked what we can do to empower women, Nova responded “Modeling self- care”. I believe in leading by example and in order to empower other women to change the world, we first must take care of ourselves. When we take care of ourselves, we remind other women they have the ability to empower themselves. This allows them to “take a step back to do their best and honest work.”

Among the many beautiful Honey and Sage products, I was curious to find out which were Nova’s favorites.

Nova’s Favorites:

  1. Smudge Spray
  2. Herbal Steam which has rosemary, calendula, rose and lavender, which opens pores allowing the herbs to enter your system, leaving you refreshed and nourished.
  3. Holy Wellness Cozy Tea which includes organic herbs and spices like cinnamon, cacao shells, ginger root and chicory root which is known to help you relax.

My personal favorite is the Holy Wellness Tea- Divini-tea. Made with coconut flakes, cinnamon and cacao this tea is perfect in the evening when trying to relax and begin my night. I mix it with a bit of honey and I can’t stop refilling my cup.

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The beauty of Honey and Sage doesn’t stop there. They have a line for women going through pregnancy and postpartum in addition to oils and salt scrubs. They even offer monthly subscription boxes for women known as Sage Woman, Holy Wellness. For women going through their period, they offer a special kit known as Moon Time.

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Nova and Sarah have done such a great job creating a community for women. They have gatherings and retreats for women to connect with one another, to empower each of them to practice self care. Sometimes, there are lessons or lectures at these gatherings, but for the Spring Equinox, they even had a tea party. You can sign up for future gatherings here.

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I want to motivate everyone to practice self care and love. After meeting these to glowing individuals, I took a step back to examine whether I was honoring my body and health. There motto is “Better Woman Better Earth”! Lady Code is all about honoring women and empowering them to do whatever it is they set their mind to. Today, I want to empower the #Ladycodearmy to lead a healthy day and life for you, your sisters, friends and children.

Make sure to follow them on Instagram

Love and light,

Char ❤

Meet Fern Olivia: The Most Motivating, Genuine and Loving Woman.

Happy Motivational Monday Lady Code!

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas, an exhibition where independently owned makeup, skin care and bath and body companies come to promote and grow their product. To say I love Dallas is the understatement of the year. The people there are absolutely lovely and the people who attended the expo are compassionate, hard working and beautiful individuals.

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Meet Fern: The Founder of Ajai Alchemy 

The Expo started on Tuesday and as my mom and I rushed into the elevator I happen to notice a woman standing next to us, she had beautiful energy and a warm smile. Later, I learned that this bright soul was Fern Olivia, an internationally recognized motivational speaker and teacher on the power of self love, yoga, and holistic lifestyle practices.

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Originally  a former Finance professional and Biomedical Engineer, Fern was diagnosed with the auto immune disorder, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid disease in 2008, making her feel “sluggish and bloated” which only added to the insecurities she felt when younger.

Being bullied from a young age, Fern felt as though she had little self worth., which was furthered by a string of verbally abusive relationships. She says “I was always feeling that I was weird, picked last in gym class, the boys never had crushes on me.” In fact, this made her “unworthy of being beautiful.” This view of herself lasted until her late twenties until she found the courage to leave a six year abusive relationship and leave her corporate finance job. It was after this jump that she found her true self, beauty and now she is “shining”. 

The journey she took to gain this confidence included:

  1. Finding yoga
  2. Realizing she had a “purpose greater than being a hamster in a cubical”
  3. Stopped doing something that she thought she had to do because her parents wanted her to do.

Being born with certain gifts, she could always feel other people’s emotions and her heart would break when she saw others being bullied. She knew she could help people and decided it was time to stop working at an unfulfilling desk job. Fern has helped coach and empower woman of all ages on self-identify, confidence and healing their bodies. She left her job and moved to California where she founded Ajai Alchemy, an organic essential oil fragrance brand formulated to assist with hormone balancing.

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“Rituals are habits made holy.” -Fern Olivia

Since starting her company, she has seen her own self-confidence improve and recognized that so many women are ready to make the jump in their own lives, they just need a coach. Fern has become a mentor, guide and teacher. Her advice: “women need to hear, I see you, you’re beautiful”. A message which Lady Code aims to spread among all women. We have to empower one another, not compete against each other.

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Ajai are charged fragrances with each scent made with the intention to activate your own inner power. They are made with 100%  Organic ingredients and recycled, eco-sustainable packaging to lower your carbon footprint.

You can connect with Fern on social media:

web: www.fernolivia.com

instagram: www.instagram.com/fernolivia

facebook: http://facebook.com/yogawithfern

email: fern@fernolivia.com

Please check out the video below to learn more about this lovely soul and spirit and do not forget to follow this empowering woman as she changes the world.

Happy Motivational Monday everyone!

Let’s get social- follow me on Instagram and Twitter @charvontratt

Love and light,

Char ❤

Lady Code is traveling to the Indie Beauty Expo

Happy Motivational Monday,

Did you know that the products you put on your body are just as important as the food which you eat? People do not realize that everything that you breathe, eat and digest are all processed through your liver. We have to be just as conscious about the makeup, skincare and other products which we use on our bodies as the food we eat.

This week, Lady Code is traveling to attend the Indie Beauty Expo where we will be discovering natural and independent brands. The mission of this expo is “to provide a platform to recognize, showcase and celebrate independent beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands.”

I am so excited for this adventure where I can learn about these natural boutique brands and share them with you. In fact, I will be traveling with my mom, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, a national expert in all things wellness.

Make sure to check Snapchat and our Facebook and Instagram page where I will be sharing live clips of this event.

In the interim, make sure to check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep to see how safe your makeup and skincare brands really are.

Have a great week!

~Char ❤

Happy Earth Day

 

Hello everyone and Happy Earth Day!

This post is serving as celebration for one of my favorite days, Earth Day, along with you weekly Motivation for Monday!

Today, I had the honor to interview the inspiring Elizabeth Tran, founder of Teens Go Green. It is a non-profit which she started when she was twelve years old as a way to educate the youth about excessive waste production and help them get involved in helping and protecting the environment.

Teens go Green works with one of my favorite non-profit organizations; Clean the World. Elizabeth is partnered with Orange County Environmental Protection Division, and Green Works Orlando. Some of the events which she produces include the pageant Miss Miracle which she recycles pageant trophies which would have been discarded otherwise, along with Eco-friendly fashion shows to raise awareness and help get others involved. 

 

 

During our interview, Elizabeth shared some of her advice to help others go green which includes:

  1. Being green is more than a trend, it is a lifestyle choice which influences what you wear, what you eat, how you live and interact with the environment.
  2. Elizabeth recommends Unplug electronics that you do not use all day. In fact, 52% of the energy we use is wasted. She suggests unplugging your toaster when you are not using it.
  3. Be consciousness about what you are wearing. Elizabeth was wearing a garment from Consumer Against Toxic Apparel(CATA), an affiliate with Silver Needle and Thread. They make sure that all their clothes are certified organic or made from natural fibers. It helps the environment and even your own health ensuring that are manmade chemicals and toxic do not go into your skin nor the environment. The fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to toxins in our environment, including Chromium 6 which is in polluted waters everywhere.

Please watch the video below to be inspired by this wonderful woman.

Remember to check out www.teensgogreenglobal.org to learn more about how you can help make a difference in our environment.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Love,
Char ❤

Body Positivity For Motivational Monday

Happy Motivational Monday everyone,

Today’s post is all about body positivity and being happy with yourself.

It is important to love your body and truly understand it’s unique needs. In a day where social media reigns supreme, it is easy to understand why body dysmorphia is on the rise. Many social media bloggers will brand themselves according to their type of eating like Vegan or Paleo or cupcake lover. Women need to understand and embrace that every single person is unique and so are their dietary needs. Instead of trying to be like someone else, be yourself and really tune in to what makes you feel good.

Two women the same age can thrive on different lifestyles, diet and exercise. The key is listening to your own inner voice and wisdom and not get distracted on what the internet or a blogger or a movie star says. The other issue with social media is that it embraces the unattainable perfection. It just doesn’t exist.

Love your body inside and out for the incredible machinery and gift it is. Feed it well with love, care and good food that resonates on the inside. Stop comparing yourself to others because you will never be someone else only yourself.

Lady Code is a place to empower women, whether that be to eat healthier, have a positive outlook, inspire makeup and fashion styles, but mostly to LOVE themselves.

Please watch the video below which inspired me for this post.

I am implore everyone reading this to STOP thinking about what they don’t like about themselves or what they wish they could change and START thinking about what they love about themselves.

This theme perfectly ties in with Lisa Opie’s un-retouched campaign for her swimsuit line, Vizcaya Swimwear. In this recent photo shoot, Lisa wanted to promote body love or what she is referring to as #PerfectlyImperfect!

A special “Thank you” to Dr. Elizabeth Trattner for helping with this post.

Happy Monday!

Love Char ❤

Thursday Treats for Someone Sweet with Char

Hi everyone, 

I am currently swamped with homework and  overwhelmed with 8 hours of math alone. However, I wanted to take the time to share a recipe with you. Eating healthy has always been a big part of my life, limiting the number of treats I could eat. But, over the holidays, I made this cake with my mom. Everything in this cake is good for you and is loaded with anti-oxidants and healthy fats.

Image courtesy of Instagram:@dreliztratts
Image courtesy of Instagram:@dreliztratts

 

Lemon Raspberry Cheezecake.

I used a silicone heart shaped pan from IKEA. Whatever you choose as your mold, make sure it is silicone as your dessert will slide right out. I have quadrupled the recipe because the mold was so huge, but it served about 25 people.

Coconut Layer:

  • 4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed
  • 1 cup cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 and 2/3 cup coconut cream
  • 1 cup organic rice malt syrup
  • juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries

Raspberry Cream Layer

  • 4 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil
  • 4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed
  • 4 cup coconut cream
  • 2 cups organic rice malt syrup
  • 2 packets of thawed pitaya for color

Coconut Layer

1. Using your food processor, blend the cashews until completely smooth. As smooth as possible.

2. Add the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut cream, rice malt syrup, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy. If it isn’t sweet enough add more rice syrup or a touch of stevia.

3. Fold in the raspberries and pour mixture into your silicone mold. Freeze for a few hours or, until set. Raspberry Cream Layer –

1. Using your food processor, blend the cashews until completely smooth.

2. Add the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut cream, rice malt syrup, thawed pitaya and raspberries.

3.Blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour mixture over the top of the coconut cream layer, and freeze until set. When ready to serve, flip it over, and top with extra raspberries.

Chocolate Syrup

  • 1 and 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup brown rice syrup

Mix all ingredients with a whisk and carefully pour over chilled cake. It should set up immediately from the cold. Put in freezer to solidify the chocolate sauce.

Note: Please remember that this recipe was quadrupled for size. The mold I used was huge and needed a lot of volume. You can safely cut this in half and make two separate 8×8 silicone mold cakes. Extra silicone cupcake holders are excellent for surplus ingredients. Don’t forget to freeze on a level surface for a straight line otherwise the cake will freeze lopsided. Also, make sure you leave the cake out at surface temperature for about an hour from the freezer. Use a knife in hot water to cut.

Please follow me @Charvontratt for more healthy treats and motivation.

Enjoy this special Thursday treat.

 

Lots of love and sweetness,

Char ❤

 

Meet Miss Pakistan World 2017: Ramina Ashfaque

Ramina Ashfaque is a recent Broadcast Communications graduate of Florida International University. After being crowned Miss Pakistan World 2017 in November, Ramina will be going on to compete in several international pageants including Miss Earth 2017, where she will be representing Pakistan. Ramina has held several pageant titles prior to her current title, including Miss Florida World. She is committed to the March of Dimes Organization in Florida in which she is an active advocate and volunteer. Ramina is on the path to fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. She also wants to be an advocate for changing the way people think, by showing her supporters what it is to be a modern woman, and appreciate the Pakistani culture while still becoming successful in the world of film, fashion, and modeling. Ramina is striving to open the minds of people with conservative backgrounds, such as her heritage, and she appreciates her platform because it gives her the ability to spread her message! 

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Quick facts…
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Current City: Sunrise, Florida
Hobbies: Traveling, exercising, modeling
Favorite food: all food 😀
Favorite movie: Bridesmaids
Three words that sum you up: Goofy, Ambitious, Loving
Song you have on repeat right now: Koshish- Teddi Pagg
Dream job: Actress
Beauty product you can’t live without: Concealer
 
Favorite quote: “Dream big, work hard, and stay humble”

 

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Being Miss Pakistan must keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?  I just got a job as the Media Director for Cricket Council USA, so I will be delivering coverage from cricket games, making documentaries, etc. This was a job I was hoping for since I started college and getting into sports broadcasting. After my day at work, I am usually running errands for the upcoming international pageant I am competing in, in Taiwan next month. Then I go to the gym and work out, and then this weekend I am flying to Philadelphia for a music video with a Pakistani artist. There is always something going on!

What has been the highlight of being Miss Pakistan so farIt was such an incredible feeling to be able to accomplish ONE of biggest goals, to be able to represent a country and I am truly humbled by the opportunity. I competed in this pageant last year but placed second runner up, but I came back harder and stronger because I believe persistence is the key to tackling any of your goals. Knowing that I am going to be competing in Miss Earth 2017 was definitely the highlight after winning Miss Pakistan World.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time? I never used to drink water, but ever since I started to I have noticed a HUGE difference in my skin hydration.

Growing up, who was your inspiration? My inspiration has always been my mother. She is the strongest, smartest, most supportive woman I know. She came to America with nothing and went to the University of Nebraska and got her Masters in Chemistry. I admire her for how hard she has worked to get to where she is and how much work she puts into our family. She can handle anything thrown at her and she inspires me to be the best person I can be.

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Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying? I think a lot of us have been victims of bullying. Bullying is something that the bully him/herself probably have gone through themselves and is a coping mechanism going through tough times. Just remember, YOU are not the problem. We all have to stick together and you shouldn’t go through it in silence, you should always speak to someone about it. I am a believer in women empowerment, and as women we also have to stick together and only then we can can kick butt!

Tell us about your platform: I have been committed to the March of Dimes organization in Florida in which I am an active advocate and volunteer. The March of Dimes is an organization that began the premature research initiative which funds research for the causes of prematurity. I decided to team up with this organization because I had once lost a sibling to prematurity, so I wanted to contribute in any way I can to raise awareness for this cause.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? There are many ways to get involved because we have many charity events that you can volunteer at. We have annual runs and charity auctions for the organization.

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? I don’t get much free time but when I do, I love to spend time with my nieces and nephew, they are everything to me. But if I am not spending that free time with friends or family, I schedule photoshoots because it is something I really do enjoy.

What is your go-to makeup look? I have tried so many name brand foundations and I can’t seem to find one that I love, so I keep going back to my Loreal infallible Pro-Matte. Then I use my go-to concealer which is the Maybelline dark circle eraser (I swear by this one even though its drug store brand). Next I take my Anastasia contour kit and do a quick contour, use my Makeup forever eyeliner, and end it with MAC whirl lipstick. It only takes my 10 minutes.

What is one thing you can’t live without? My family. EveryTHING else can be managed!

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants? The hardest part is trying not to compare yourself to the other smart and beautiful women, but I do not do that anymore because I put out the best version of myself, and pray for the best.

What is the best part about competing in pageants? The best part is meeting so many goal-oriented women and being surrounded by positive energy, that we can relate to. I always make wonderful friends at every single pageant. I love these girls.

What is the best advice you have ever received? This might sound cliché, but it is that if there is something that you are truly passionate about that makes you happy, the best decision for you will always be to pursue it. In our lives, we tend to consider outside factors like what people will think and whether it will stick or not, but at the end of the day your happiness should be your main priority. It is never too late to pursue your dreams. Learn to be comfortable and confident in your own skin and success will follow.

 

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Keep up with Ramina: 

Instagram: @Ramina_ash

Facebook Fan Page: Ramina Ashfaque

 

Motivational Monday: Holiday Travel Wellness

 

Happy Motivational Monday everyone,

I am currently in the middle of studying for all of my finals, so in my place, my mom is contributing  this article about staying healthy while traveling during the holidays.

Staying Healthy Travelling During the Holidays

By Dr. Elizabeth Trattner

“As both a physician and a germaphobe, flying can strike fear into my heart. Needless to say, I have come up with several strategies that help me not to get sick when travelling. I share these tips with my patients who travel for a living or for leisure.

First and foremost: if you are a female get several scarves and put them in a plastic Ziploc bag in your purse. I always travel with a several scarves so I don’t have to touch dirty door handles. Also, scarves are great for keeping your neck warm on an airplane and even to loosely wrap around your nose and mouth while flying. Not only do you look chic when flying, but you keep yourself clear of germs. They are also great to roll up behind your back for lumbar support in uncomfortable airplane seats.

Several days before  you fly, begin to take vitamin c. Try and take this the entire duration of your trip. Take elderberry chews with you and take them every 4 hrs while travelling to keep viruses at bay. Keeping hydrated is a plus and hot tea that is decaffeinated not only keeps you hydrated but the warm steam keeps nasal passages open. Try and avoid coffee or colas as they can actually dehydrate you and make you more susceptible to disease.

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For jet lag, have some tea when you land and most importantly, expose yourself to daylight to assist in adjusting your circadian rhythm to your new time zone. If necessary, you can always take a small dose of melatonin the first night you arrive and the same upon your return. Also, take a brisk walk outside to adjust your body to the climate and time zone.

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For circulation issues, do not wear tight clothing on the plane and allow yourself legroom under your chair instead of stuffing items in front of you. Try and stretch every 20 minutes in your chair and if possible walk around the airplane.

Finally, take some ginger candies with you to avoid airsickness. I always travel with ginger candies. They help with dry throat, bad breath and airsickness. Nothing is worse than throwing up on an airplane, so be conscious of what you are eating and drinking the night before to avoid any adventures with a barf bag on an airplane. You can also pinch acupuncture point p6 on your wrist. Take 3 fingers on your wrist crease on the inner side of your arm. Squeeze your hand and 2 tendons will appear. If you push between the tendons, it will help with nausea!!  If you regularly get airsick, try buying sea bands from the drugstore and put them on before you get on an airplane. These bands utilize the acupuncture point  p6 incorporated into soft wristband.”

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Happy Motivational Monday everyone!

~Char ❤