Skinkcare 911: What to do When a Skincare Disaster Erupts Before a Party

It’s something every woman fears: Waking up on the day before or day of a big holiday party with an unsightly skincare emergency. How many women have cancelled an invitation because a cold sore erupted? How about cystic acne on your chin that appears New Year’s Eve? While neither of these are “life threatening” conditions, for a woman, they might as well be. There are solutions. Dr. Manish Shah is a Denver Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. As a father to girls, he can relate to these skincare 911s and shares his expertise on what can be done to mitigate various conditions.

Problem: Cold Sore

Solution: Dr. Shah offers cortisone injections to patients who want to look better faster. “Very diluted cortisone into the cold sore, this can bring the inflammation down quite rapidly,” he says. If you are afraid of needles, call your doctor and ask him/her to call in a prescription for Valtrex, Famvir, or Acylovir, Dr. Shah says. You can pick up Abreva, an over-the-counter medication. If you can’t make it to the pharmacy, you can try some old-fashioned remedies: Visine will help take the red out. You can also use a cold compress and Tylenol or ibuprofen.

Problem: Allergic Reaction

Solution: The first thing you need to do is stop eating or using whatever is causing the allergic reaction. If the reaction happens a few days before an occasion, Dr. Shah recommends using hydrocortisone cream twice a day and taking Allegra, Claritin or Zyrtec which are longer acting and less sedating than Benadryl. Try a whole-milk compress for 10 minutes twice a day. For allergic reactions, use the hydrocortisone cream and then cover up redness by canceling it out entirely. The opposite of red is green, so apply green tinted concealer on the red area. The combination will create a flesh-toned hue. A good quality tinted moisturizer naturally has green/yellow undertones and also provides moisture to dry skin. “If this type of reaction is something you have never experienced before, go immediately to your dermatologist,” says Dr. Shah.

Problem: Cystic Acne Breakout

There are some people who use a lancet or small knife to cut into a cyst and fish out the clogged part of the pore. “Cutting open a cyst is extremely risky. You not only run the risk of getting an infection, but you also run the risk of scarring, as in a permanent skin indentation or protrusion,” says Dr. Shah. And what if you cut open a cyst but can’t squeeze out the root clog? You don’t know where the root is or how deep it resides inside your skin. You can’t even be 100% confident that you will be able to completely remove the hardened plug of the cyst. If any remnants of the clog remain, the cyst is likely to get re-inflamed and come back even worse. It’s also not exactly good to cut open skin and dig around and squeeze the wound. Doing so will only make a bloody mess, increase the chance of skin scarring, and prolong the time it takes the cyst to heal.

Solution: Here’s a secret that many a supermodel or actress use: Steroid shot. Dr. Shah explains that, “when we discuss treating acne with cortisone or “steroid” shots, we are referring to the process of gently placing a very dilute quantity of a “glucocorticoid” steroid into the cyst. Glucocorticoids are a class of steroid molecules that are naturally produced by our bodies and have numerous functions including the regulation of human metabolism, immunity, and inflammation. They have very potent anti-inflammatory effects, so they are often used to treat inflammatory diseases in medicine. They can be formulated as creams to treat skin rashes or as pills to treat systemic disease. They can also be injected directly into local areas of inflammation such as in arthritic joints and inflamed acne cysts. Within one or two days of injection into a cyst, the steroid will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement.” 

Problem: Puffy Eyes

Solution: The key to reducing the puffiness of puffy eyes is having something cool applied to them. “A cool compress or cooled cucumber slices applied for 5 to 10 minutes can constrict blood and lymph vessels,” says Dr. Shah. You can also use cool tea bags, which contain tannins that will help reduce swelling. And since puffy eyes can be caused by a high salt diet or alcohol, try to cut out both before an important occasion.

Problem: Sunburn

Solution: Take a cool bath or shower. Set the water to a cool temperature that’s just below lukewarm and relax for 10 to 20 minutes. The temperature will ease the pain, and the water will stop your skin from becoming as irritated. Repeat as often as you need to. Avoid using soap, bath oils, or other detergents as you bathe – they’ll irritate your skin and possibly make it even worse. If you have blisters forming on your skin, take a bath instead of showering. The pressure from the shower might pop your blisters. When you get out, don’t rub your skin dry with a towel. Instead, let yourself air dry, or pat the towel over your skin in small, gentle movements. Apply cold compresses to your skin. If you’re not in a situation where you can bathe, or you’d just prefer not to, you can instead apply cold, wet compresses to your skin. Dampen a washcloth or other piece of fabric with cold water and lay it over the affected area for 20 to 30 minutes. Re-wet it as often as you need to. Apply aloe vera to burned skin. Using the pads of your fingers, gently apply the aloe to your sunburn. Don’t “rub it in” all the way, like you might with a regular lotion. Leave it a bit goopy and moist on top of the burn – this helps prevent the skin from drying out and becoming more irritated. Reapply as often as necessary. Treat inflammation with cortisone cream (optional). Cortisone creams contain a small dose of steroids that can work to reduce inflammation to your sunburn.

Problem: Too much filler

The Solution: Dr. Shah suggests doing fillers no sooner than 1 month before a big event to allow time for healing and touch ups. One of the reasons Dr. Shah leans toward hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane is because they are easily reversed with Hyaluronidase. This product dissolves and degrades the Restylane, Juvederm or Perlane so as to reverse the results of the initial injection. It’s a great insurance policy when choosing a practitioner. Make sure yours has it at his/her disposal. Most patients find the immediate results of soft tissue filler treatments very satisfying. If an undesirable result occurs, your treatment provider should be able to discuss and carry out all of the treatment options. Removing the effects of a “filler” treatment can be difficult. This is why any filler treatment needs to be done carefully, conservatively and only by very experienced and Board -Certified Specialists. Hyaluronic Acid based dermal fillers have the additional benefit of being partially or completely reversed with time or with the injection of a commercially available enzyme known as Hyaluronidase.

About Dr. Manish Shah

Plastic Surgeon Colorado | Dr. Manish Shah, M.D. | Denver

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!

Dr. Shah is a past Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center based at Denver Health Medical Center, the Rocky Mountain region’s only academic Level I trauma center. He is a past Chief of Plastic Surgery at Denver Health Medical Center. He also maintains a private practice in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery on the Dry Creek Medical Center campus (DTC/Denver) and up in the Aspen Valley (Basalt – in the office of MDAesthetics – Tim Kruse, M.D.).

Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Building Babies’ Brains

3 indoor activities to encourage fun and education

(Family Features) Being stuck inside with a baby during the colder months can leave even the most seasoned parents feeling a bit stir-crazy.

Consider these activity ideas from Ann Fisher, an award-winning teacher at KinderCare, that you and your baby can do together no matter the weather or where you’re traveling. Because these ideas involve materials you likely already have at home, that means you can entertain baby without going out to buy new toys or materials.

“The important thing is to show your baby how excited you are to teach them something new,” Fisher said. “You just have to be down at their level and make lots of eye contact. Talk to your baby about what you’re doing and ask questions. It’s OK if they can’t answer you yet – it’s all about the interactions you have while you’re exploring and learning together.”

1. Explore a world of smells.

Spicy cinnamon, sweet vanilla, crisp mint – your pantry is probably already stocked with tantalizing scents that can help your baby learn about the world. It’s easy to grab a couple spice jars and introduce your baby to new smells right in your kitchen.

Take an empty spice jar (the smell typically lingers) and hold it under your baby’s nose. Choose plastic instead of glass so your baby can play with the jar after taking a whiff. He or she may be captivated by all the new smells, and you’ll be putting old things to good use – it’s a win-win.

Safety tip: Make sure the jar is big enough that it won’t end up in your baby’s mouth, and always keep a close eye on him or her.

2. Reuse all those old boxes.

Turn any empty cardboard boxes lying around the house into a brain-building activity for your baby – it’s never too early to start playing pretend.

Whether you make a box fort to explore together, a maze for crawling through or a make-believe drum set, your old cardboard boxes are full of imaginative possibilities for play.

When you’re all done, it’s easy to break the boxes down and either store them for next time or recycle them.

3. Bring the outdoors in.

Snow, sand, dirt – wherever you live and whatever the weather is like outside, you can let your baby dig with his or her little hands right in the comfort of your home. All you need is a bucket and some extra wipes for the inevitably messy fun.

Getting down and dirty lets your baby practice fine-motor skills and explore with his or her senses. Just scoop a few small shovelfuls of (pesticide-free) snow, sand or dirt into the bucket and bring it inside for your baby to play with. Adding some “homemade” sandbox toys like a big spoon and spatula can make the game even more fun.

To keep cleanup easy, consider laying down a sheet of cardboard or a plastic tarp on the floor.

For more activities you can do with your baby any time of year, visit KinderCare.com/blog. (Family Features)

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KinderCare

5 FANTASTIC Festive Season Entertaining Must-Haves

It’s that time of year again… with fall in the air and the festive season on the horizon, it’s time to prepare for the upcoming festivities!

We’ve put together some of our favorite festive season entertaining must-haves.

Spiced Ghee Sampler Pack from Pure Indian Foods
www.pureindianfoods.com

Ghee is a cornerstone of Indian cooking that makes every dish truly authentic tasting. Indian ghee is a rich clarified butter that is often used as a substitute for vegetable oil. One of the many benefits of using ghee to cook with, beyond its amazing flavor, is that it can remain stable at higher temperatures. The organic, grassfed ghee sampler pack contains one 1.1 oz jar of each of the following 6 unique flavors that can be used in a variety of dishes this holiday season: Digestive Ghee, Garlic Ghee, Herbes de Provence Ghee, Indian Dessert Ghee, Italian Ghee and Niter Kebbeh. The package includes everything you need to get cooking right away: a detailed description of each spiced ghee, benefits of the herbs and spices used, and recipes. Both 1.1 oz jars and 7.8 oz jars are available online at www.pureindianfoods.com.

BAO Cultured Sauces
https://baofoodanddrink.com/

Add a healthy, flavorful twist to your holiay table! BAO Cultured Sauces add an extra flavor boost to your sauce, salad dressing, marinade and more. Packing a powerful dose of flavor and nutrition, the BAO Cultured Sauces 6 Pack includes Bao-B-Que, Sour K’Chup, Original Hot Sauce, Chipotle Hot Sauce, Mango Hot Sauce, and Jalapeno Hot Sauce. Fermented foods are usually rich in umami, the deep earthy flavor that makes you want to eat more. BAO is a blend of briny, tart, spicy, and umami…and a little goes a long way. 1-2 tablespoons is usually enough! Each bottle or jar of BAO is packed full of organic ingredients and vibrant probiotic bacteria. All BAO products are gluten-free, certified organic, vegan and fermented. https://baofoodanddrink.com/products/mixed-sauces

BAO Cultured Vegetables
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Fermented food, such as BAO Cultured Vegetables, is full of flavor and is a great addition to salads, pasta, and holiday spreads! BAO Raw Slaw is available in 7 flavors, including Red Beets, Pickles, Giardiniera, Green Slaw, Spicy Slaw, Tangy Slaw, and Sour Pickle Relish. Whether served on top of your favorite salad, or as a healthy side, BAO Cultured Vegetables add tangy depth and flavor! Each jar of BAO is packed full of organic ingredients and vibrant probiotic bacteria. All BAO products are gluten-free, certified organic, vegan and fermented. https://baofoodanddrink.com/products/bao-raw-slaw

TrayCups® Party Plates
https://traycups.com/

Party problem, solved! Tired of having one hand holding a plate of nibbles and the other hand carrying your beverage, but no way to enjoy either? With TrayCups Party Plates, one hand is all you need to hold and pair your favorite foods and beverages. The options are endless! These integrated tray + cup plates are perfect for any social gathering this holiday season. The Disposable Clear TrayCups serve as a stand-alone party plate, and are made from eco-friendly recycled food grade plastic, and can be recycled after use. Team Colors TrayCups® are also available. TrayCups® are 100% made in the USA with pride. https://traycups.com/

“I attend several soirees a month and am always struggling with how to socialize and enjoy food & beverage at the same time.  The TrayCups Party Plates is the answer.  They allow me to keep one hand free which is awesome in a social setting.  They also decrease the risk of spills and messes.” ~ William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

All-Purpose Cleaner from GAIA Natural Cleaners
https://www.gaianaturalcleaners.com/

Be party ready – naturally! GAIA offers an all-purpose cleaner that packs enough punch to clean any room, while leaving them smelling fresh and wonderful! Most importantly, this all-purpose cleaner is safe to use in a household teeming with children, pets, and yes, holiday guests! Made with only natural, environmentally responsible ingredients, and pure essential oils. Use anywhere in the house – just spray and wipe. Four scents are available, including Lavender & Lime, Lemongrass, Grapefruit & Tea Tree, & Mint (Spearmint & Peppermint). https://www.gaianaturalcleaners.com/store/p1/All-Purpose_Cleaner.html

The Shaker33 is a Game Changer in the Cocktail Game!

InFluentials, we want to introduce you to the latest innovation in Cocktail Shakers – the Stainless Steel Shaker33. With its BPA-Free, stainless steel design, Shaker33 is revolutionizing the art of mixing drinks.

We’re excited to share a few features of Shaker33:

Stainless Steel Shaker33 Cocktail Shaker

  • Made of lightweight acrylic and finished in stainless steel
  • Shatterproof BPA-free Tritan™ plastic
  • 24 oz. large format to enable large cocktail batches to be mixed at once
  • Leak-proof featuring an easy-to-open, lockable lid with a Dual Flow strainer for a slow or quick pour
  • Low condensation- chills drinks, not hands
  • Non-slippery and one-handed mixing capability
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • MSRP $39.95
  • Shaker33 is available at Shaker33.com

According to James Nelson, Technology Editor of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, “The Skaker33 is revolutionary.  The packaging is stylish and captivating and definitely makes for a great gift.  Shaker 33 is easy to handle and is perfect for making one perfect cocktail or many with a single use.  Skaker33 looks great when stored in the bar area awaiting our next use.  Shaker33 is a definite game changer in my cocktail game.”

MUST-HAVE Festive Season Travel Essentials!

With festive season travel plans in full swing, make sure you are familiar with the ChargeHub V2 vehicle USB port and the JumpSmart jump starter from Limitless Innovations.

The ChargeHub V2 is a 3-in-1 Vehicle Emergency Multi-Tool with charge, break, and escape features to flee from the car in the case of an emergency.

ChargeHub V2

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  • 3-In-1 Vehicle Multi-Tool features (2) USB ports to charge, a glass breaker and seat belt cutter
  • Charge: 2 USB ports power most USB devices at a fast, up to 2.4A using SmartSpeed Technology through the vehicle power socket
  • Beak: The zinc alloy casing is robust and tungsten steel tip glass breaker works easily and efficiently to break tempered glass windows (*please note the ChargeHub V2 is not designed to break a windshield, laminated glass or plated glass)
  • Escape: The concealed, yet razor-sharp seat belt cutting feature cuts through safety belt
  • Available in 5 colors
  • MSRP $ 29.99
  • Available at www.limitlessinnovations.com

JumpSmart is a practical essential everyone should have in the car, especially while traveling to that whimsical festive season destination! The JumpSmart is a single 3-in-1 high-powered unit that includes a jump starter, a flashlight, and a power bank to charge your devices when desperate times call for desperate measures.

JumpSmart

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  • 4-Mode, 1100 Lumen LED Flashlight with 150m reach
  • Jumper cables with 10 built-in safety features, safety check lights and sounds
  • 10000 mAh/ 37000 mWh Lithium-Polymer battery
  • 5V/ 2.4A USB Port utilizing SmartSpeed Technology
  • JumpSmart Includes: Jumper cables, heavy-duty case, car and wall charging adapters, protective sleeve
  • MSRP $119.99
  • Available at www.limitlessinnovations.com

Cars to Consider for 2019

Purchasing a new vehicle, while exciting, can be a burden for many shoppers. A variety of options and considerations for each make and model can turn the decision-making process into a stressful situation.

To help make that part of the car-buying process a little less difficult, consider these podium finalists for Motor Trend’s Car of the Year, Truck of the Year and SUV of the Year. Each finalist is evaluated using six criteria: safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence and performance of intended function.

These podium finalists offer a multitude of benefits, each with its own strengths, for car buyers shopping in the new year. Learn more about 2019 cars to consider at motortrendawards.com.

Sporty and Stylish – For a fun yet serious sedan, the Genesis G70 features punchy powertrains that support an agile, sporty chassis wrapped in classy exterior styling with strong graphics and a well-appointed interior. As the first sports sedan from Hyundai’s luxury line, this sleek model packs power.

Excellent Efficiency – Cruise the roads with 50 miles-per-gallon efficiency in the Honda Insight, a smartly packaged hybrid featuring thoughtful style and storage solutions, plus seamless and silent adaptive cruise control performance. With lane-keeping assist that rates among the industry’s best, its smooth ride competes with luxury vehicles while combining efficiency and style.

A Craving for Variety – If deciding between vehicle models is causing fits, consider these options from Volvo. For a fresh, modern interior with comfortable seating, the S60 sedan and V60 wagon deliver all-round performance with base 2.0-liter turbos, meaning you don’t have to pay extra for power. Or, for stylish appeal with a familiar turbo-four engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, the XC40 compact crossover provides quick acceleration and spirited steering response.

Electric Excitement – Power and torque don’t go by the wayside with Jaguar’s I-Pace, the maker’s first electric car and first all-electric SUV which boasts about 200 miles of real-world battery range. Add the adjustable ride-height for added off-road capability and one of the most original automotive designs in years, and this set of wheels can have you riding in unique style.

Rethinking an Iconic Ride – Configured to equally suit the ambitions of the off-roading newbie and expert alike, 2019’s thoughtful, thorough rework of the Jeep Wrangler features significant tech updates for the American original.

Time for a Truck – Featuring a new design, cylinder deactivation and an automatic trailer light test, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado offers more versions, more space and more options. Rear bumper corner steps and three cargo hooks at each bed corner deliver functionality, while a smooth High Country 10-speed automatic transmission makes for a smoother ride for truck buyers.

Go Ahead and Haul – If you’re in the market for a workhorse truck combined with plush luxury and tech-forward thinking, the GMC Sierra fits as a versatile cargo-hauler. This truck differentiates itself with the MultiPro tailgate, adaptive ride control and a carbon-fiber bed. The powerful drive of a 6.2-liter engine combined with a 10-speed transmission and overall body control while towing makes this truck a key asset for long-distance hauls.

Work or Play – The best-in-class styling of the Ram 1500 – sophisticated and well-executed without going over the top – packs an interior outfitted with the tools needed for activities ranging from fun to function. A 48-volt mild hybrid system saves fuel while coil-spring dampers and an optional air suspension provide a luxury car-like ride. (Family Features)

SOURCE:
Motor Trend

Reese Witherspoon and Dr. Brené Brown Speak Out on Women in the Workplace

7,500 Women Gather in Austin at Pivotal Time for Women In America

Reese Witherspoon speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Reese Witherspoon speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Just days after women played a key role in the 2018 midterm elections, 7,500 women gathered in Austin for the 19th annual nonpartisan Texas Conference for Women, headlined by Reese Witherspoon and Dr. Brené Brown.

With the growing focus on women in the workplace, as a result of the #MeToo movement, a 2018 study that revealed that progress has stalled for women across all levels of corporate America, and other developments, this conference has become a key forum for discussing and advancing women in the workplace.

Dr. Brene Brown speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Dr. Brene Brown speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Dr. Brené Brown, researcher and #1 New York Times bestselling author, discussed the critical role of courage in women’s personal and professional lives today. “Women have this idea that they are supposed to be a certain way in order to be successful, but true success comes from self-acceptance because that allows you to be vulnerable, authentic and imperfect, which takes great courage,” she said.  

This nonpartisan, nonprofit event is part of the largest network of women’s conferences in the country that attract an estimated 40,000 women a year in Texas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and California. Themed “The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice”, the conferences offer access to some of the most successful women in America and more than 100 experts who share practical skills and strategies related to business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development.

Keynote speakers Marjorie Clifton, Nina Shaw, Renata Quintini, and Tyler Haney during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Keynote speakers Marjorie Clifton, Nina Shaw, Renata Quintini, and Tyler Haney during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Other keynote speakers included Shawn Achor, bestselling author and speaker on happiness and success, and Nina Shaw, entertainment lawyer and a founding organizer of Time’s Up.

“This event continues to be Texas’ pre-eminent event for women, and it is a privilege to see so many strong, motivated women supporting each other each year,” said Carla Pineyro Sublett, President of the Texas Conference for Women Board of Directors. “We are proud to support this dynamic community of women through this annual conference and all of our year-round resources.”

The Texas Conference for Women is generously sponsored by Liberty Mutual InsuranceRackspace; TargetCisco; DellRetailMeNotUnited AirlinesUSAAVisaAccentureApplied MaterialsArmAT&TCharles SchwabEquinorHarvard Business School Executive Education; IBMMary KayOraclePhillips 66QualcommHEBTexas Beverage AssociationDeloitteDickinson Wright PLLCExpress ScriptsExxonMobilHuston-Tillotson UniversityKate SpadeMerckPaula’s Choice SkincarePlanviewSilicon LabsTokyo Electron (TEL)UnitedHealthcare; and media sponsors Austin American-StatesmanKVUEOutdoor Advertising Association of Texas; and The Texas Tribune.

To learn more about the Texas Conference for Women, visit www.txconferenceforwomen.org.

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Forget ‘Wine Rules’:  4 Unconventional Wine Pairings for Guys

Think wine is stuffy? One American craft winemaker is on a mission to change that.

Have you ever looked at a wine list and wished it told you what the wine tastes like? Have you ever wanted wine connoisseurs to stop swirling and sniffing, and just take a big sip? Well, you’re not alone. And American craft wine, The Federalist, and Dan Dunn want to do something about it.

Dunn — media personality, former Playboy wine and spirits columnist and author of American Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites and One Man’s Blues — is on a mission in the name of all things craft to take the stuffiness out of wine, make it more approachable for men, and let people know it’s not about the glass you drink it out of, it’s what’s in it that matters. Better yet, buck tradition, ditch the fancy stemmed glass and grab a rocks glass.

“Bourbon barrel-aged wines are trending right now, and they are a great gateway for guys who typically drink craft beer and bourbon,” says Dunn.

Forget everything you’ve heard about pairing wines with Brie and apples, he says. In the man’s own words, here are Dunn’s pairings with two things American guys are interested in: Elvis and meat.

1. With Elvis’ Christmas Album

Few endeavors make me happier during the festive season than listening to Elvis’ Christmas Album while sipping on The Federalist. I’ve got the pairings down to an art form. Here are a few:

“Here Comes Santa Claus” with the Honest Red Blend. Like Jolly Ol’ St. Nick, this North Coast California wine is timeless, big, red and revered. Don’t get naughty and lie to Santa, or he might not leave you a bottle of this delicious blend of merlot, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon.

“White Christmas” with the chardonnay. Like Elvis’ voice, it’s silky smooth and has big, rich fruit flavors.

2. With a big, juicy burger

After all those festive season meals, guys really get a hankering for a burger. Think of a great hamburger as you would a classic artist such as Paul Simon. Both are something special on their own, but when paired with the right partner — be it a robust cabernet sauvignon or a spindly, curly-haired tenor from Queens — well, that’s when the real magic happens. Alas, Simon and Garfunkel called it quits a long time ago, but I’m happy to report that cab and burgers are still making beautiful music together.

3. With pork

The pig is indeed, as Homer Simpson once put it, “a wonderful, magical animal.” You should know going in, though, that pairing with pig is a delicate dance. You’re looking for subtlety here. Swinging around a bombastic red or a too-tart white can easily drown out the natural sweet and salty flavor of ham or the delicate middle notes of roast pork. A lot depends on how it’s been prepared.

For smoky roasted pork, a popular dish around the festive season, you can go with a little richer, heavier red — say, cabernet sauvignon — but try the same thing with a honey or maple-glazed ham and you’ve got a mouthful of clash. For sweeter preparations, think mid-bodied reds like a bourbon barrel-aged red blend, aged in charred bourbon barrels for 6 months, delivering a finish as smoky as it is smooth.

4. With lamb

Lamb is most often associated with Easter. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, eh? There promises to be plenty of lamb in the offing over these festive final weeks of the nothing-if-not-extraordinarily interesting year that was 2018. No matter how it’s cooked — grilled, braised or roasted — that rich, savory meat demands robust red wine at its side, like a nice zinfandel, with its larger-than-life berry fruit character. (BPT)

RECIPE: “Rose Del Deserto” Italian Holiday Cookies

Author and expert Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn is delighted to share this traditional Italian holiday cookie recipe.

If you’re looking for a dessert this holiday, try the amazing recipe for Rose Del Deserto (Desert Roses) cookies.

Eating healthy is an extra challenge during the holidays, but it doesn’t have to be that difficult with Paola’s improved version of the classic Mediterranean diet, which she aptly calls The Mamma Mia! Diet.

Enjoy the recipe with warm wishes for the holiday season ahead.

ROSE DEL DESERTO (DESERT ROSES)

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 10 minutes
Yield: about 35-40 cookies

INGREDIENTS
130 g (⅔ cup) granulated sugar
120 g (4.3 oz ) unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
240 g (1 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
5 g (1 teaspoon) baking powder
Pinch of salt
180 g (1 cup) chocolate chips
200 g (7 oz) approx., cornflakes (like Special K) or similar
Powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350 °F). Cream the butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and the vanilla extract. Then mix the flour and the baking powder together in a small bowl. Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and stir in the chocolate chips. Roll teaspoon-sized balls of dough in a bowl of cornflakes. Place the cookies, well-spaced (about 3-4 cm), on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar on top, just before serving.

Note: This recipe makes about 35-40 cookies. If the dough is too sticky, add one or two spoons of flour. You can substitute chocolate chips with other ingredients such as raisins, for an even healthier snack. Store in a airtight container. You can also store the baked cookies in the freezer; before serving, let them thaw at room temperature and then sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn is an Italian pharmacist, researcher and food writer. Cooking, eating healthy food and staying active have always been her life-long passions. She has a cooking blog Passion and Cooking, and contributes to several international magazines. She has previously published in Italy Love is Eating, focusing on Italian culinary culture.

Paola Palestini is a biochemistry professor at the Medical School of the University Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Recently, Paola has been actively involved in the promotion of the principles of a healthy diet through conferences and in collaboration with several magazines. She is the author of seventy-six scientific articles published in international journals.

THE MAMMA MIA! DIET
Written by Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn and Paola Palestini
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Folio: 100 Honorees To Be Feted at Celebration Luncheon on December 6 in New York City

Folio:, the publishing industry’s go-to source for news, business intelligence and peer-to-peer networking, is pleased to unveil its 2018 Folio: 100 Honorees. Each year, an elite group of media professionals are selected to represent the best and brightest minds in magazine and digital media today.

The 2018 class of honorees includes: Hearst Magazine’s Troy Young, National Geographic’s Susan Goldberg, Trusted Media Brand’s Kari Hodes, Adweek’s Jeffrey Litvack, Meredith’s Tom Harty, New York Times Magazine’s Gail Bilcher, and more.

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“The Folio: 100 is a veritable who’s who in magazine media,” says Folio: Content Director, Caysey Welton. “These are the folks who are changing the face of our industry, across every sector and every discipline. Their leadership, creativity, vision and entrepreneurial spirit is truly inspiring.”

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Honorees will be recognized at a Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Yale Club in New York City from 12:00 – 2:30pm. To register for the luncheon, click here.

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