Try These Tasty Red Meat Substitutes

While many may find red meat irresistible, there are a few long term studies that have recently been concluded, and these prove that eating too much red meat, especially if it is processed, is likely to shorten your life. However, if being a vegetarian does not appeal to you, there are still plenty of other tasty red meat substitutes that you can start to incorporate into your diet.

While fish and meat are often grouped together, fish contains significantly less saturated fat than meat, and is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which benefit a number of different areas in terms of health. While some fish may not feel like a substantial substitute for red meat, there are others that can most definitely hold their own. Salmon, whether you grill, smoke or bake it, is a hearty and flavorful fish, while the mild flavor of rainbow trout is ideal for those who do not usually like seafood. Halibut is another versatile fish, as is Sablefish, also known as black cod, which is known for its incredibly buttery texture.

Even the most avid meat eaters should really be taking a break from eating meat at least once a week, but if you still want a protein that is substantial, tofu is a great option. Tofu can easily replace the meat in just about all of your favorite recipes, whether you cook up some crispy nuggets or some Chinese sweet and sour or an Italian dish of spaghetti and meatballs.

Free Range Chicken
While chicken is lower in fat and calories than most red meats, you need to be aware of where the chicken has come from. If it has been raised in a farm that freely uses antibiotics in order for their animals to grow faster and bigger, which is extremely common in the poultry industry, then this meat will definitely not be good for your health. While free range, organic chicken may cost more, the price is worth paying, as not only will the meat be better for you, but it will also be far tastier, and packed with more vitamins and minerals. Chicken is one of the most versatile meats out there, and can be cooked in so many different ways, whether it be in a curry or as a roast.

Pork Tenderloin
While many may believe that pork is packed with cholesterol and fat, this depends on the cut of pork that you choose. Instead of opting for bacon, try cooking up a pork tenderloin, as this is a lean meat that is low in fat. It is also extremely easy to cook, and can simply be left slow cooking all day, along with some vegetables, so that you can enjoy a hearty meal in the evening.

Red meat is a favorite of many, but, if you know that you are indulging in this slightly too often, now is the time to change your eating habits. Whether you substitute it for a hearty fish or a cut of organic chicken, these red meat alternatives will give a huge boost to your overall health.

Skin Care for Better Makeup Application

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Skin care and beauty go hand in hand, because if your skin is in its healthiest state, not only will you need to use less makeup, but you will also achieve a much more flawless finish. From prepping your skin beforehand to enhancing your natural glow, keep these skin care tips in mind the next time you are applying your makeup.

Prep Your Skin
Whether you are off to work in the morning or heading out for a night on the town, your makeup will always look its best if your skin has been properly prepared beforehand. In order to truly start with a blank canvas, you need to first cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser, before applying a toner to rebalance your skin’s pH level, as you want your skin to be at its best before applying any makeup products. Next, apply your serums, eye cream and moisturizer, before applying a primer. While a primer is not essential, this will give your skin some extra nourishment and hydration, while filling in any fine lines and wrinkles and acting as a base onto which your makeup can grip.

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Don’t Forget Your Lips
Your lips are likely to be an important focus when applying makeup, but the skin on the lips is often neglected, making it important to prep your lips just as you would your skin. The best way to do this is by giving your lips a quick exfoliation, applying a gentle lip scrub in circular motions, before leaving it to rest for a few minutes. After rinsing this off, you will notice that your lips are so much softer and smoother, and a layer of a nourishing lip balm underneath your lipstick will help to keep them moist for the rest of the day.

Clear and Brighten Puffy Eyes
Rather than applying layer after layer of concealer to any under-eye dark circles, there are a number of ways in which you can naturally eliminate puffy eyes, making the rest of your makeup application much easier. The quickest way to do this is by performing a simple facial massage, rotating your ring fingers in the corners of your eyes near your nose in order to relieve any congestion, which is often the cause of puffy eyes. If you find that this is a frequently reoccurring issue that you have to deal with, then you should begin to look into the cause of your under-eye circles, whether this may be allergies or your sleeping position, and then work to change this.

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Clean Makeup Brushes
If you do not thoroughly clean your makeup brushes once a week, as well as give them a quick clean after each use, then it is likely that you are transferring bacteria onto your skin each time they make contact with your face. There are many brush cleaners available that are most definitely worth investing in, and not only will this make a difference to your face, but it will also make it much easier to achieve a more professional makeup finish.

There are many ways in which your skin care practices will have an impact on the way in which you apply your makeup, and you should ensure that the two of these are always supporting each other as much as possible. From cleansing your skin before and applying any makeup products to knowing how to de-puff your eyes rather than needing to use layers of concealer, these skin care tips can really help when it comes to makeup application.

Recommendations for a Productive Sick Day

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With flu season well underway, many people will be finding themselves under the weather and needing to take one of those precious sick days. While you may feel as though this will put you way behind, there are actually many ways in which you can go about having an extremely productive sick day.

Fluids and Nutrients
While you may not feel like eating or drinking much, your body still needs to function, and your immune system needs to be able to battle whatever may be ailing you. In order to be productive while you are feeling sick, you need to keep your body constantly supplied with fluids and nutrients. Whether this means keeping a pot of soup bubbling on the stove or spending a few minutes juicing a day’s supply of oranges, stock up on fluids and nutrients early in the day so that you can spend the rest of the day focussing on productivity.

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Reading a trashy novel is not the most productive way to spend your sick day, but catching up on a few professional business books is a great way to learn something new. Whether you already have a stack that you have been meaning to read, or quickly download a few interesting titles onto your tablet, these types of books will help you to further your own professional development, and may even fill your head with fresh inspiration for when you return to work. You could also spend some time catching up on industry news, whether this means that you buy a few issues of trade magazines or read several articles online.

Documentaries and Educational Videos
Rather than binge-watching Netflix the entire day, spend your sick day watching a documentary or an educational video on a topic that you want to learn about in more detail. From short business talks on YouTube to longer, inspiring documentaries, this will take your mind off of being sick, and provide you with plenty of motivation to get back to work.

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Tidy Up Your Inbox
There are some people that have managed to master the art of keeping their email inbox tidy and well-organized, but if you are not one of these people, then spend some time doing so on your sick day. However, make sure that you do not actually start responding to emails, unless it is something urgent, as you need to give your body the chance to recuperate. Simply work on tidying up that inbox, creating folders for different categories, as this will help to boost your productivity in the future.

If you are hoping to make the most of your sick day, then make sure that, in addition to keeping a steady supply of nutrients and fluids around, you also have your smartphone, tablet and laptop within easy reach. However, if you begin to feel sicker at any point during the day, then take that as a sign that your body, and mind, could really do with some down time, and just sit back and relax, no matter how difficult this may be for you!

New in Men’s Fall Fashion

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The fashion industry experiences a whole array of new trends each and every season, and menswear is no exception. From the hottest fabrics to the most stylish designs, this is what you can expect to see much more of in men’s fashion this fall.

Duffle Coat
As is expected, fall fashion shows feature plenty of outerwear, and the most popular coat shape for this season was, without a doubt, the duffle coat. While the duffle coat may have originated in army barracks, this style has been beautifully updated for fall, with many designers putting their own unique spin on this classic design, such as the sleeveless version from Maison Margiela, and the Coach duffle coat that features a plasticized fabric.

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Earthy Tones
Many believe that the recent menswear trend for earthy tones was started by Kanye West’s Yeezy collection, and while there are plenty that consider his collection to be nothing more than a headline-grabbing stunt, there is no denying that it kicked off a few new trends in the industry. While navy, dark green, and black are always popular colors in the fall, this season sees copper, russet and sand take center stage.

Rather than thick scarves, neckerchiefs dominated the runways at Paris Fashion Week, as well as in other European capitals, from London to Milan, making this quite the European trend. The most stylish of the neckerchiefs were created from a cotton and silk mix, and featured bold colors and vibrant prints, adding a pop of vitality to any look.

Tailored Tracksuits and Funnel Necks
While Burberry may have been the first brand to pair together a tracksuit top underneath a classically tailored garment, this look has been begging to burst into mainstream fashion for many years, and it now finally has. This is the perfect example of the unique type of look and silhouette that can come from mixing high and low fashion, and can be seen from designers such as Reiss, AMI, Lanvin, and, of course, Burberry. When these tracksuit tops are worn underneath a coat, they create a funnel neck look, which is another hot style that takes the rollneck revival to the next level.

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Slouchy Trousers
Tight, fitted trouser styles are now a thing of the past, with men swapping them for slouchy trousers this fall. While a wide pair of flares may not be for everybody, there are several designers out there that have created loose-fitting wool trousers, and even though they feature an elastic waistband, they bring looks together extremely stylishly. From Hermes to Bottega Veneta, make sure that the pair that you choose still incorporates plenty of tailoring in order to stay true to a luxury aesthetic.

Menswear has become so much more exciting in recent years, and the trends for this fall show just how far the industry has come. From bright and bold neckerchiefs to keep you warm, to tailored tracksuits that perfectly pair together high and low fashion, these looks are all worth experimenting with for this season.

I Dream of Wrinkle-Free Aging

While aging may be an inevitable part of life, this does not necessarily mean that you have to deal with wrinkles and fine lines. By stepping up your anti-aging efforts from now, your dreams of wrinkle-free aging could very likely come true.


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In addition to UV rays, the sun also emits infrared radiation, and studies carried out over recent years point to the way in which IRA is able to penetrate the skin even deeper than UV rays. However, just like with UV rays, IRA creates free radicals within the skin, which damage cells in many different ways. The best way to neutralize these free radicals is through the use of antioxidants, as they provide free radicals with the electron that they are missing, meaning that they no longer have to attack skin cells in order to acquire this electron. Vitamin C is the very best antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals, but try to ensure that the product that you use also contains vitamin E, as this helps to stabilize the vitamin C, keeping it potent for much longer. You should also be incorporating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, as these are packed with a whole range of skin-boosting antioxidants.

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Sun Protection
Studies have shown that UV rays from the sun are responsible for up to 80% of skin aging, meaning that if you want to put a stop to the development of fine lines and wrinkles, you need to put a stop to the amount of sun exposure that your skin receives. There are now many different options out there when it comes to choosing a sunscreen, and you are bound to be able to find one that works for your lifestyle. For those who use skin care products, whether it be lotions or creams, that already contain an SPF, this may be sufficient, but you need to ensure that you apply a thick layer of it onto your skin in order for your skin to be fully protected. Otherwise, your main choices lie between a chemical or a mineral sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens create a chemical reaction, turning UV rays into heat and then emitting this heat from the skin, while mineral sunscreens sit on the surface of the skin, deflecting UV rays away. Each will have their own pros and cons, so look into these carefully before making your decision.

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Keep It Clean
Your skin comes into contact with so many pollutants on a daily basis, and it does not take long for these to cause your skin to begin prematurely aging, bringing about deep wrinkles far sooner than you expected. From air pollutants to the bacteria that surrounds you every day, each of these can degrade the skin’s collagen supplies, as well as blocking future collagen production, and, without this protein, the skin is not able to maintain its firm and tight appearance. The best way to prevent this is by ensuring that your face is always kept clean. This means regularly cleansing it every evening, as well as doing a deeper cleanse, whether this may be professionally or at home with a facial mask, on a weekly basis. You should also be exfoliating a couple of times a week, and taking steps to minimize the number of unclean surfaces that your skin comes into contact with.

Wrinkles are a part of aging that everybody dreads, but these are not inevitable. By using effective products and keeping your skin protected from the sun from as early on as possible, you really will be able to enjoy wrinkle-free aging in the future.

I Dream of Flawless Skin

A smooth and flawless complexion is a lifelong dream of many, but, with a little bit of dedication, you can soon turn this dream into a reality. From making the correct lifestyle choices to using the very best of skin care products, these steps will lead you to the flawless skin of your dreams.

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Personalized Daily Skin Care Routine
Truly flawless skin can only be achieved through the use of an effective daily skin care routine, but, since everybody’s skin is different, your skin care routine should be tailored to your individual skin. This means that you need to first identify your skin type, be it normal, combination, dry, oily, or sensitive, and then do some research into the various ingredients that are best suited to your skin type. When it comes to putting together your skin care routine, cleansing is always an essential first step, followed by the use of a toner to re-balance your skin’s pH level, which cleansing usually disrupts. You can then begin to apply your skin care products, beginning with the lightest and working your way up to the heaviest. This will usually mean serums, followed by an eye cream, and then a moisturizer, but, again, each product should be chosen based on your skin’s specific needs.

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Healthy Lifestyle Choices
While you may think that you already take the best possible care of your skin, it really does not matter how many quality products you apply if you are still making the wrong lifestyle choices. Smoking, drinking and drug use will soon lead to everything from breakouts to a dull complexion to premature aging, while chronic stress, which causes the stress hormone cortisol to constantly run through your body, will do the same. A sedentary lifestyle will also lead to multiple skin issues, whereas those who begin to exercise on a daily basis will quickly notice a healthy boost to their complexion. One of the most important healthy lifestyle factors is diet, as processed foods, that are high in sugars and other unnecessary ingredients, will hugely detract from your complexion. The best way forward is a largely plant-based diet, with plenty of whole foods and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Recognize Bad Habits
If you have already been following all of the above steps but still find yourself suffering from seemingly random breakouts or moments of redness and sensitivity, then it is likely that you have some bad skin care habits that you are not aware of. Pressing an unclean cell phone against your face multiple times a day is a common one, and can be easily avoided by wiping down your phone a couple of times a day. You should also ensure that your pillowcase is frequently cleaned, as is your towel, as both of these can quickly transfer bacteria to your skin. Your hands are another part of your body that touches numerous unclean surfaces throughout the day, and if you tend to usually place your hands on or near your face, then this is another habit that needs to be stopped.

Many people dream of flawless skin, but it does take some effort to achieve this. While it may seem like hard work at the beginning, this dedication will soon pay off, making your dreams come true.

I Dream of a Clean and Clear Complexion

For those who have to frequently deal with issues such as pesky pimples or raging breakouts, it can often feel as though a clean and clear complexion will only ever be a distant dream. However, with some hard work and dedication, and by following each of these steps, you will soon be able to show off the complexion of your dreams.

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The Most Effective Cleanser for Your Skin
Using a powerful cleanser can go a long way in bringing about a clear complexion, but you need to put some effort into choosing the very best cleanser for your skin. There are so many different cleanser types out there, but each will have their pros and cons, and it is worth looking into these. While foaming cleansers may be great for oily skin, they are too drying for dry or sensitive skin, with lotion-based cleansers being more suitable instead. If you suffer from frequent acne breakouts, a medicated cleanser may be what you need. You also need to keep the season in mind when picking a cleanser, as your skin naturally produces more oil in the summer, and is drier in the winter, so your cleanser needs to help balance this out.

Dietary Changes
While dietary changes are a common component of many long term detox programs, those that are not participating in a detox program should still make some dietary changes to benefit their skin. Studies have shown that there are extremely strong links between acne, as well as other skin issues, and certain foods, making it important to take a close look at the foods that you are eating if you are struggling to clear up your complexion. Refined carbohydrates are one food group that quickly lead to the production of more oil, which then clogs up pores and leads to breakouts, while dairy is known to contain particular hormones that send oil production into overdrive. When it comes to the foods that you should be eating more of, these include colorful fruits and vegetables, salmon and other oily fish, and green tea, as all of these contain components that reduce inflammation within the skin.

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Detox Programs
Your body is exposed to various toxins all day long, whether this may be from the pollution all around you on the streets or from that cup of coffee that you drink each morning. While the body is able to naturally eliminate toxins, the amount that it needs to process in this day and age can often become quite overwhelming, leading to a build-up of toxins whose only escape route is through the skin. To prevent this from happening and to support your body’s natural detoxification processes, you need to clear this toxin build-up, and then maintain this afterwards. There are so many different detox programs out there, from juice cleanses to longer term programs that aim to overhaul all unhealthy life choices.

While some people seem to be able to enjoy a naturally clear complexion, others can only dream of doing so. However, while it may take more effort for some, this will most definitely pay off in the long run once you bring your dreams of perfect skin to life.

The Best of Boston Fashion Week

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Boston Fashion Week was initially founded in 1995, and was originally intended to increase the vitality of the local fashion industry. More than 20 years later, this annual fashion celebration is still going strong, and has been a significant part … Continue reading

Do’s and Don’ts on Broadway

Attending a Broadway show is an iconic New York experience that everybody should do at least once in their lifetime. However, for those planning to see a performance for the very first time, make sure that you are aware of all of the important Broadway do’s and don’ts beforehand.

Don’t Bring Food With You
Most theaters sport a concession stand at the entrance, allowing theater-goers to buy beverages and candy to bring to the show with them. While it may be tempting to sneak in a larger meal, this is not only considered to be rude to the rest of the audience, but also disrespectful to those performing, as the sounds and smells of your meal will be incredibly distracting. For those that missed the pre-theater special at their favorite restaurant, wait until the intermission, as you will be able to purchase a few snacks to tide you over until the end.

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Do Arrive on Time
Arriving late to a Broadway performance will likely mean that you will not be able to access your seat until the second act, meaning that you will miss the entire first act. Theater doors usually open around 30 minutes before curtain, and if you are sitting in a center seat, it is vital that you arrive at this time, in order to avoid having to climb over everybody else. For those that have an aisle seat, it would be best to wait until about 15 minutes before curtain to make your way to your seat, otherwise you may have to repeatedly stand in order to let those with the center seats pass through.

Don’t Talk During the Show
While a quick whisper to the person sitting next to you is perfectly acceptable during a performance, having a louder conversation is definitely not. While you may be desperate to share your theories on upcoming plot twists, the rest of the audience around you most likely does not want to hear this, and would much rather watch the show in peace, making it important that you refrain from talking.

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Do Dress Comfortably
Many choose to dress up when attending a Broadway show, but there is actually no strict dress code, meaning that you can wear anything that you want, although this is often different for opening night performances. While this is not an invitation to turn up in some tiny shorts and a pair of flip flops, it is important that you dress comfortably, so that you can focus on enjoying the show. You must also keep in mind that many theaters also turn up the air conditioning during performances, so you may want to bring a warmer garment with you for the show.

No matter what type of Broadway show you choose to attend, these guidelines will still apply. From using your seat number to work out when to arrive, to knowing what to wear, these tips will help you to make the most of your next Broadway performance, and give you an idea of the Broadway etiquette that is required of you.

New York Luxury Shopping Guide

With sprawling iconic department stores and extravagant high-end flagship shops, it is no surprise that New York is known for being a shopper’s paradise. From the old-school decadence of Fifth Avenue to the big-name designers on Madison Avenue, this luxury shopping guide highlights the very best retail therapy that New York City has to offer.

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Madison Avenue
Considered by many to be the most lavish shopping area in all of New York, Madison Avenue is lined with flagship stores from the biggest designers, with names ranging from Vera Wang’s Bridal House to Ralph Lauren to Prada to Jimmy Choo. In addition to being filled with the most tempting of goods, each boutique here also boasts extraordinary architecture, such as the Ralph Lauren store that is located in a stunning renovated mansion.

The Meatpacking District
The Meatpacking District earned itself the status of being quite the edgy neighborhood a few years ago, and it did not take long for a number of big-name designers to open their doors in the area’s renovated butcher shops. From Stella McCartney to Alexander McQueen to Christian Louboutin, there are some luxury boutiques here that are definitely worth exploring.

The quieter counterpart of SoHo, Nolita boasts a range of up and coming designers that produce the most exquisite products. These one-of-a-kind boutiques make for quite a thrilling shopping experience, as each store focuses on high fashion garments, but with an emphasis on individuality. Designer names that you will find here include Jil Sander and Derek Lam, while some boutiques worth stopping off at include Saja, Vince, Poppy and Sigerson Morrison. You will also find several boutiques here that stock some exquisite homeware pieces, from ceramics to luxury textiles.

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Fifth Avenue
Running north to south all the way through Manhattan, the most luxurious section of Fifth Avenue, which is considered to be the very heart of Manhattan retail, can be found from 14th Street to 59th Street. There are a number of iconic mainstays to be found here, from the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store, which is considered to be somewhat of a New York institution, to the world-famous Tiffany & Co, to the massive Louis Vuitton flagship store to Versace, Chanel and Dior. In addition to Saks Fifth Avenue, there are a couple of other high-end department stores here, including Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel.

Lafayette Street – SoHo to NoHo
Lafayette Street is quite distinct from the rest of SoHo, and this section of it is known for being the best place in the city to find the finest of antiques, especially when it comes to furniture. Gallery 440 is where you will find furniture from high end European designers, while Alan Moss Studios, as well as Elan Antiques, boasts one-of-a-kind antique pieces, both domestic as well as international.

When it comes to luxury shopping, there is no better city to turn to than New York. From the opulent flagship stores that line Madison Avenue to the one-of-a-kind antique finds at Lafayette Street, New York is a retail haven that offers the ultimate shopping experience.