Monthly Archives: February 2013

Spa Day: JeJu Sauna & Wellbeing

Today I’m writing my post from the spa! Yes, the spa! I learned about this little piece of heaven from a dinner with Boris Kodjoe. Yes…..I said Boris Kodjoe!  I won a dinner with him through an auction I attended for the Frank Ski’s Kids Foundation almost two years ago.  Three of my lucky girlfriends and I enjoyed a lovely dinner with great conversation with Boris and Frank Ski. We talked about everything and came across the subject of spa treatments. Boris told us about JeJu Sauna, an authentic Korean bathhouse and spa located about 30 minutes north of downtown Atlanta. He made it sound so amazing that I had to check it out for myself.  Let’s just say, I now visit what I call ‘my little slice of heaven’ once a month.

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The entry fee is $25 for 24 hour access to the facilities!  You can spend the night in their sleeping quarters and they have a restaurant on site.  They also have free wifi so you often see people surfing the web on their laptops or tablets.

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They have 7 different saunas of varying temperatures that each have their own holistic properties.  There’s the Gold Room which helps with nerve and anxiety conditions.  The Charcoal Room helps withdraw toxins from the body.  The Red Clay Room aids in healing overused muscles and the Jewel Room which improves overall mood.

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JeJu Sauna

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Inside the Gold Room

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Inside the Jewel Room

You can receive other services for a fee.  They have wonderful massages in which they stretch your sore muscles and they walk on your back to get to those deep back muscles. Their reflexology foot massage is a must!  In the bathhouse, you can soak in the various pools or get a body scrub with a massage.  Your skin will feel like a newborn when you’ve had one of their body scrubs!  Lastly, women can get a hip bath. What is a hip bath you ask?  This is a treatment to aid women in cleansing and removing toxins from their lady parts.  It is recommended right after menstruation.  It also aids in vaginal contraction which is recommended for women postpartum (shrink it up).   You basically sit on what looks like a chair with no center.  A pot filled with ancient herbs is heated up under your lady parts and you are then covered with a cloak that seals in the heat. You sit there between 30-45 min sipping green tea and chatting it up with your neighbors. I know it sounds a little out there, but you feel really….tingly afterwards.  Plus, I feel like a lost 2 lbs from all the sweating.

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 If you’re in the Atlanta area or planning a visit, treat yourself to an all-day spa event a JeJu. You can check out their website for more info: www.jejuspa.net. Well, enough talk. I’m off to get my massage :-)

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd 

Shoe Review: Guess Leopard Pumps

Welcome to my second edition of the Shoe Review.  This week I’m featuring an old pair of shoes that I had pretty much forgotten about but decided to dust them off once I saw they were back in style.  This is exactly why it’s so hard for me to get rid of stuff in my closet because it will undoubtedly come back in style and I would have wished I hadn’t gotten rid of it.  Much to my chagrin, the pointy toe pump is back in style.  I was really favoring the round toe, platform pump moment but I do like how the pointy toe shoe does elongate your legs.  These Guess pumps are actually pretty comfortable.  They do lack any type of cushion in the ball of the foot but the forefoot is actually pretty wide before it tapers at the toe.  I still would not recommend this shoe for any great length of time but they are fine for a nice dinner (but skip the dancing).

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Doctor’s Recommendation:

Ball-of-foot comfort:  :thumbup:

Heel comfort: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Tightness: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Heel Sturdiness: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Overall Wearability: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd

What I Wore: Army Stripes

The weatherman lied.  It was supposed to get up to 60 degrees today but it only made it to 49 degrees.  Needless to say, I was a little ill-prepared for the dreary weather with my lightweight parka but fortunately, I was inside most of the day.  This outfit is a perfect example of what I call “The Anatomy of an Outfit”.  It’s essentially just basic separates with a statement piece.  It’s a great formula to utilize when trying to put together an outfit.  Army green is sort of my new neutral.  It goes with everything that khaki does, but it’s just a little bit cooler.  The outfit featured in this post could have gone all the way preppy with a blazer, but adding the army parka with a statement necklace transformed it to an edgier look.  Hope these tips help :-)

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Parka: Wilster (Nordstrom). Top: Marshall’s. Skirt and Earrings: Target. Boots: Hunter. Bag:  Louis Vuitton. Necklace: Anthropologie. Watch: Michele. Bracelets: Fab’rik, Topshop.

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd

Oscars 2013: My Top Red Carpet Looks

 

I just absolutely love award season!  It’s a fashion addict’s dream and the Oscars are like our Superbowl!  The Oscars 2013 red carpet did not disappoint.  There were so many great looks that I’m hard pressed to pick just one favorite.  There were also some great trends like the metallics seen on Stacy Keibler and Halle Berry and the white seen on Charlize Theron and Zoe Saldana.  The stars really did dazzle so let’s get right to it!

The Metallics

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan

Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab

Halle Berry in Versace

Halle Berry in Versace

Hot Whites

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille

 

Pop of Color

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Regal in Blue

Robin Roberts in Marc Bouwer

Robin Roberts in Marc Bouwer

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Quvenzhane Wallis in Armani

Quvenzhane Wallis in Armani

Beautiful Ball Gowns

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Jennifer Lawrence in DiorJennifer Lawrence

 

Shimmery Nudes

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

FLOTUS

Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan

Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan

 I really felt that Naomi really rocked that asymmetrical neckline beautifully.  It would be hard for most people to pull that off, but she did so in a fabulous way.  Halle and Stacy were gorgeous as always.  They both have such amazing bodies and they know how to accentuate them with their dress choices.  I’m loving Charlize with the pixie haircut.  She looked so statuesque in the fitted white gown with minimal jewelry.  Zoe, I felt had the most interesting dress on the red carpet.  I just could not take my eyes off of it.  You would think with the detailing on the bodice plus the belt that the dress would look to busy, but it was actually pretty amazing.  The dress had a bonus with a gray and black finish on the train…..genius!  I was so proud of Robin Roberts attending the Oscars looking fabulous and strong and little Quvenzhane was absolutely adorable!  Jennifer Lawrence looked beautiful in her ball gown, but the diamond chain cascading down her back was the best part of her entire look.  Jessica Chastain perfected the old Hollywood glam look.  The nude, figure flattering dress with the red lip reminded me of Jessica Rabbit (in a good way).  And of course, what a pleasant surprise with Michelle Obama presenting the best picture award smoldering with her hot bangs and shimmery dress!  Well, I can’t wait to tune into Fashion Police to hear them weigh in on all the stars.  I have a feeling they’re going to go with Jessica Chastain for Best Dressed, but I’m still favoring Zoe Saldana.  What was your favorite red carpet look?

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(All photos courtesy of wonderwall.msn.com and enstarz.com)

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd

Friday Fashion Quote

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I love this quote!  Have a fabulous weekend!

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd 

What I’m Digging: Statement Earrings

I was perusing my usual stack of fashion magazines and one thing that caught my eye were the bold statement earrings on the models and celebrities. What is really great is that these earrings once reserved for more formal occasions are now being worn with casual, everyday outfits adding a touch of glam to a day look.  There are also a lot of affordable options from brands such as Forever 21, Ann Taylor, and Lulu Frost for J. Crew.  So add a little sparkle to your outfits with a fun, bold statement earring!

J. Crew

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Anthropologie

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Forever 21

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Ann Taylor

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Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd 

Shoe Review: Two Birds Pump by Seychelles

Welcome to my first shoe review! As a foot and ankle surgeon and self-appointed shoe expert, women are often asking my opinion about what shoes I would recommend.  So I decided that every week I will review a pair a shoes that I either own or I am considering purchasing.  I will rate the shoes by a rating system I have created that targets the most important factors that make a shoe comfortable. 1) Ball-of-the foot comfort. 2) Heel comfort. 3) Tightness. 4) Heel sturdiness 5) overall wearability (can the shoe be worn for >4 hours comfortably).  The shoe will be graded by  :thumbup: with 5  :thumbup: being the highest rating.

The first pair of shoes are what I have considered a good ‘work heel’.  They are the Two Birds Pump by Seychelles.  I love the two-tone brown colors because they compliment so many outfits.

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Doctor’s Recommendation:

Ball-of-foot comfort:  :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Heel comfort: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Tightness: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Heel Sturdiness: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Overall Wearability: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd

What I Wore: Caramel and Cream

Do you ever get fashion inspiration from food?  Well, I do.  It has been chilly in Atlanta recently and it made me want to cozy up with a warm drink.  I gave up coffee many years ago but every once and a while I like to have a Starbucks caramel macchiato.  I decided to save myself the 260 calories and use the idea for an outfit inspiration.  The camel coat is a beautiful Italian wool beauty I scored years ago at SYMS when they were going out of business back in Pittsburgh.  Remember that store?  I’d loved it dearly and so did many others.  The Pittsburgh store was due to close earlier than it did but do to a vast amount of petitions, it stayed open for almost a year later before it finally closed its doors.  Well, I hope you’re finding ways to stay warm in these final few weeks of winter.  Hang in there.  Spring is right around the corner :-)

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Coat: Rodel S.P.A. Italy. Top: Victoria’s Secret. Skirt: Talbots. Boots: Cole Haan. Necklace: Ann Taylor.  Sunglasses: Tory Burch

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd

Gel Manicures: Are They Safe?

As an orthopaedic surgeon, I was never able to maintain a manicure because it would chip after one day of surgery.  I always envied ladies with beautifully manicured nails.  There is something so feminine and polished about a woman with beautiful nails.  Then I heard about gel manicures that promised a no-chip manicure for up to two weeks!  I thought “Finally! I can be a girly-girl too!”  My experience with these manicures has been a positive one so far.  Then I began to hear horror stories from people I know about botched nail jobs, weakening nails, and even infections.  So I decided to do some investigation to determine if these manicures were safe or not.

Source: michelessalon.net

Source: michelessalon.net

During the process, the nails are prepared in the same fashion as a regular manicure.  Then they are brushed with alcohol and a setting liquid.  A base coat is applied followed by two coats of color, and then a top coat.  The nails are cured in a UV light lamp between each coat.  After the final coat is cured, the nails are wiped with alcohol and the manicure is complete.  The advantage to this process is that your nails are already dry at the completion of the manicure and you don’t have to worry about messing them up on the way out of the door.

Source: becomegorgeous.com

Source: becomegorgeous.com

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Source: emilyrecommends.com

The removal process consists of soaking the polish off in acetone.  Cotton balls soaked in acetone are placed on the nails and the fingers are wrapped in foil, or alternately a finger sponge can be used.  Soak times vary depending on the type of gel polish used (OPI, CND, Gelish).  After, the nail polish is soft it is removed with either a wooden or metal pusher.  The nails are then buffed and filed.

Source: trendyhands.com

Source: trendyhands.com

Source: uvnailpolish.com

Source: uvnailpolish.com

Now. Is this safe? First, the skin cancer risk.  Due to the novelty of these manicures, there is not a lot of scientific literature on the risk of skin cancer from these UV lamps.  In 2009, the Archives of Dermatology reported two women developed non-melanoma skin cancer on their hands.  The one woman had 15 years of UV light exposure and the other women used UV light eight times in one year.  The nail industry says that visiting the salon every two weeks exposes you to the equivalent of just two extra minutes in the sun every day, according to a study cited in ABC News.  Just to be on the safe side, if you’re going to have the manicures you should protect yourself with sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. The Rodan & Fields Anti-Age Shield is an ideal product for protecting your hands.  You can also use fingerless gloves.  Also, try to find a nail salon that use LED lights instead.  These lights dry faster and use less UV radiation.

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                                 Rodan and Fields Redefine Hand Shield Balm

 

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Source: uvnaillamps.com

The removal process can put nails at risk of weakening and infection.  The acetone can weaken the nails up to 50% and the scraping with the metal pushers can lead to breaks in the surrounding skin where a Staph infection could occur.

Source: linearcanvas.com

Source: linearcanvas.com

So with all of this information, am I going to give up my beloved gel manicures?  Honestly, probably not.  I will, however, protect myself with the hand shield, use the LED lamps, and get them less frequently.  I hope this information can help you to be an informed consumer.

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd

                       

 

What I Wore: Black and Gold

Often when I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to wear, I’ll start with the shoes and work my way up.  It has become a reliable method for determining how to a wear a statement shoe.  You know how sometimes you get a bright or printed pair of shoes that look so good in the store and then you bring them home and don’t know how to incorporate them in your closet?  Well, building an outfit around the shoes can be helpful.  I tend to wear a monotone or muted color palette so the shoes will stand out.  Yesterday I wanted to wear my ‘Dorothy’ shoes so I chose an all black outfit with gold accents so the shoes would pop.

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Coat: KLS for Baby Phat.  Dress: Talbots.  Tights: Hue.  Shoes: Gianni Bini.  Necklace and earrings: Vince Camuto.  Handbag: Marc Jacobs.  Sunglasses: Chanel.

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd.com