Taking care of your skin with the right products and a rigorous regimen is just half the battle to obtaining a gorgeous complexion. Don’t be confused here: I am not implying to slack off on your skincare regimen; it’s as important to take care of your skin topically as it is internally. Here are my top three skin sins to throw away and get you on track for that healthy glow we all crave.

#1 Skipping Sunscreen 
Hey sun goddesses, listen up! The best, if not one of the most important steps, to keep your skin from getting wrinkles, dull, saggy, and dehydrated. To highlight the obvious that we all have been told, studies have proven that overexposure to harmful UVA/UVB rays leads to skin cancer. Recommended use when in direct sun is to reapply a SPF 30 sun screen spray every 30 minutes. Daily protection is recommended even when not in direct sunlight too – either in your moisturizer and/or foundation.
#2 Smoking 
You’ve heard it over and over again. Do you want deep lines, uneven/blotchy skin tone? Smoking attacks every cell in your body. In fact, every decade of smoking results in a perceived extra 2.5 years of age, according to research published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Don’t smoke. Period.
#3 Junk Food 
You are what you eat. Actually, there is truth to this old saying. Eating junk food causes your insulin levels to sky rocket which leads to an increase of oil production (breaking out!). When you replace junk food with good fats like avocado, nuts, and peanut butter, you are less likely to breakout. These healthy fats also provide healthy vitamins and nutrients to your body, hair and nails. Try it. Check out Total Beauties top 9 picks for the best and worst foods for your skin!

Alexis Bittar


I’ve been obsessed with the jewelry designer and visionary Alexis Bittar ever since my Mom purchased a pair of his earrings from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago http://www.mcachicago.org over ten years ago. His use of lucite catapulted him into jewelry design stardom and his impeccable taste and desire to stay ahead of the curve have earned him a place in high fashion and street wear alike.

In the past few year Alexis Bittar has chosen accomplished, eccentric, beautiful and aging women(yes aging!) to represent and be the ‘faces’ of his jewelry line. These amazing ads have been splashed across the pages of ELLE and Vogue alike.  The most recent ad campaign features two of my favorite comedians, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, the women from Absolutely Fabulous! Thanks to Alex New York Magazine The Cut’s Alex Rees for breaking the story http://nymag.com/thecut/2012/01/ab-fabs-edina-patsy-front-bittars-new-ads.html. As I was flipping the pages of the October Bazaar, I came across this two page spread and just about screamed out loud!

Green comes from the chlorophyll of plants; is the color symbol of sociology; green is the widest spectrum visible to the human eye; associated with relaxation and soothing; internationally it is the color for safety; in Japan, green is the color symbolizing eternal life; Dark green is associated with tradition; trustworthy and well balanced, like the color of our money; light green is associated with trendy, whimsical and lively.

Going “GREEN” has so many different meanings and dimensions to the term, although we always associate the phrase with consuming less, recycling more and finding solutions for the sustainability of the planet.

Here, we’ve featured some things that are green inspiring to us.

What are some of the things that inspire you?