If you’re planning on hitting the beach or the pool a lot this summer, don’t forget to bring protection: Your hair conditioner.


Making a summer fashion statement isn’t solely wrapped around your waist as a sarong while wearing the trendiest swimsuit.

0610_summerfun_waterdmbLooking for exercise this summer? Wake up at 5 a.m., throw your running shoes on, stretch and pound the pavement around your neighborhood. Yes, that’s right. Five o’clock in the morning.

More people are going under the needle for minimally invasive surgeries

trends in surgeryFrom high heels to hair products, everyone is trying their best to look good on a budget — even when it comes to cosmetic surgery.

According to a national procedural statistics report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), minimally invasive procedures such as Botox were up 5 percent from 2007 to 2008. The top five surgical procedures of 2008, according to the ASPS, were breast augmentation, nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery and tummy tucks.

During harder economic times, more patients might not be able to afford the more permanent surgeries, but they are still finding a way to get that beauty fix using minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. The top five in 2008 were Botox that can diminish facial fine lines and wrinkles, hyaluronic acid fillers to plump the lips or soften facial creases, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion, a skin rejuvenation technique.

Dress your little black dress up or down for holiday parties, New Year's Eve and other special events.


Holiday Office Party

This black dress by Mossoni is found at The Porcupine
in The Village at Wexford. Add black tights and a bag for
a sophisticated look. All accessories on this page can
be found at The Porcupine.

New year’s Eve

Go glam for 2010 with an updo and a simple clutch. Long, striking earrings and a cool cuff complete a show-stopping style that is fun and confident.

Dress by Mossoni Dress by Mossoni

Necklace and ring by VSA, Virgins Saints and Angels
Silver purse by Lockheart
Black heels with bows by Stuart Weitzman

Silver star earrings by Ben Amun; Pave cuff by Jill Jacobson
Clutch by Franchi
Black-and-silver pumps with open toes by Cynthia Vincent

This black sleeveless dress by Robin Jordan, New York, is available at Palmettoes in the Sea Pines Center and is paired with a gold-and-black checked jacket by Anthracite, New York. A black jacket with ribbon design by Anthracite, New York will keep you warm outside during a chilly night. Then once at your party, you can take the jacket off to reveal the classic, sexy black dress underneath. Find all items on this page at Palmettoes.
This black sleeveless dress by Robin Jordan, New York, is available at Palmettoes in the Sea Pines Center and is paired with a gold-and-black checked jacket by Anthracite, New York. dress by Robin Jordan
Gold hoop earrings by Selina King, Hilton Head and New York
Gunmetal mirror Calf shoes with heel by Via Spiga, Italy
Baroque pearls by Karen Carroll, Hilton Head Island and Atlanta
Black satin pumps by Claudia Ciuti, Italy

How to Stay in Shape Like the First FamilyTHE NEWLY INSTALLED FIRST FAMILY IS YOUNG, vibrant and inspirational for millions of Americans to get active. What are some of the Obamas’ favorite fitness activities and how can you stay in shape like the newest residents of the White House?

The first, and perhaps biggest, step is to make time — to get up and to get moving. The president and first lady show that even with a very busy schedule, you can find the time to stay fit and healthy. Make a date on your calendar to work out and keep it. Participate in a variety of activities to keep it interesting and work out with a friend or family member so you can motivate each other.

Tips to Staying Fit All Year LongLosing weight is challenging. In fact, only 28 percent of people vowing to lose weight were successful, according to one study from the United Kingdom. Dedication and a few healthy tricks learned from the pros can be the key to successful weight loss.

Nutritionist, personal trainer and health educator Cynthia Sass believes that traditional diets of low-calorie — and often low-taste — foods can leave dieters feeling  hungry and unsatisfied. In her New York Times best-selling book “Flat Belly Diet,” Sass offers several easy guidelines to help you stick to your weight-loss goals to become healthier and happier.

Sleep is critical to total health and wellness and apnea can be resolved through treatment

How did you sleep last night? Before you answer “On my back” or “Curled up in my 1,200 threadcount Egyptian cotton sheets,” you may want to give your answer deeper thought. Believe it or not, it could save your life.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 70 million people in the United States are affected by a sleep problem – more than 40 million of whom suffer from a chronic condition.

Fortunately, more and more people are waking up to the fact that sleep disorders can be serious, and potentially lethal, conditions. “Sleep medicine is new to this country,” said Susan Fennell, founder of Island Sleep Lab, an independent diagnostic clinic for sleep disorders on Hilton Head Island. “People are just now recognizing the importance of sleep.”

Jack LaLanne: More incredible & inspiring than ever!

Jack LaLanne: More incredible & inspiring than ever!He is a speaker, author, inventor and, indisputably, American’s premier physical fitness expert. Born in 1914, Jack LaLanne has been spreading his important message of health & fitness and inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds, around the world, for almost a century. Today, at nearly 94 years of age, LaLanne shows no sign of slowing down, but is more active and passionate then ever. In addition to working out every day, both he and his wife, Elaine – whom he adores, are running a successful company (BeFit Enterprises), speaking publicly, authoring new books and much more. All those concerned with health & fitness seek Jack’s expertise and input, but, according to this incredibly energetic and innovative icon, often called the “Godfather of Fitness,” this wasn’t always the case.

Pick Up the WeightOne of the most important components of any exercise or weight-loss program is resistance training. Resistance/strength training involves performing specific exercises, using either machines or free weights, to help improve muscle strength and endurance. Most weightloss seekers tend to ignore strength training and devote the majority of their training to cardiovascular exercise.