With the holiday season quickly approaching, we all know food and drinks are at the forefront of every event. This also means overindulging, which can lead to weight gain which ultimately leads to the failure of your new year’s resolution to lose weight. What about making a change this holiday season to mindful eating? This does not mean you need to miss out on your favorite holiday food, enjoy them but be mindful of what and when you are eating.

Here are 4 ways to help you control your weight while still eating the food you want to enjoy this holiday season:

With the announcement of major design houses like Gucci, Hugo Boss, Armani, Yoox, Net-a-Porter going fur-free, it is evident that cruelty is no longer en vogue. Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri stated that “Being socially responsible is one of Gucci’s core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals.”  A huge step in the right direction in an industry built on the art of the show and not so much on the social responsibility that comes with it.

Designers like Stella McCartney have been fur-free for years. As the daughter of THAT McCartney, she has always held true to her beliefs and exuded a cruelty-free lifestyle. Her line has thrived, and early on understood that consumers in today’s market wanted to be socially and environmentally responsible.

With major players like these taking the charge of keeping cruelty out of fashion, it is reasonable to believe that fur will be a thing of the past. As it should. There’s no need to traumatize you with the abhorrent realities of animals that are used in the fur trade. There are enough sites that do that. The hope is that the growing popularity of luxury brands will set the standard for all that is fashion will come to terms with their role in social responsibility, that animals being exploited for the sake of fashion, or beauty, for that matter, will come to an end.

With advancements in technology and textile production, there really is no reason to be subjecting animals to the cruel end they face in the name of fashion. Synthetic materials can be dyed, treated and construed as the feel and look that realistically mimic the look of fur, minus the cruelty.

Real or Fake?

The Federal Trade Commission gives the following advice when authenticating that your purchase is cruelty-free—or not:

  • Separate the fur and look at the base. Fake fur usually has mesh or threaded backing, while real fur usually is on a backing of skin or leather.
  • Look at the tips of the hairs. The tips of faux fur don’t taper (unless they’ve been sheared or cut, tips of animal fur taper to a fine point like a sewing needle or pencil).

One of the reasons that I was so attracted to Pevonia Botanica, is the compassion they have for animals. I have always been conscientious as to where my fashion has been sourced, so it only made sense that I was that diligent regarding the beauty products that I used. Pevonia products not only boast some of the latest science on the market regarding skincare, but they are also cruelty-free. I mean, did you really need a bunny to tell you not to put skin cream in your eye? I didn’t think so.  Social and environmental responsibility should be the metric that we hold our choices to in the marketplace.

To live the most ‘beauty.full’ and authentic life; be mindful of your choices and embrace compassion on all fronts.

Exercise is Medicine. An initiative by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)  focusing on prevention; this plan showcases that regular physical activity can decrease the risk of developing and hopefully reduce symptoms of chronic diseases. Studies show that half of adults will be obese by the year 2030. Obesity and physical inactivity are an underlying cause of increased risks of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. This is a staggering amount of people. We must promote the importance of daily activity and help decrease risks of disease; its time to show our younger generations the importance of healthy lifestyles.

Did you know? Pevonia will donate 3% of all profits in the month of October to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Go Pink with Pevonia today.

A woman’s beauty routine is everything. It’s what helps you feel good both inside, and out. When you look good, you feel good. Pevonia believes that beauty cannot just be measured by one particular aspect; beauty is more than just a pretty face. It is spiritual, mental, emotional…beauty is a well-rounded characteristic we all possess because we were each uniquely, wonderfully made.

Your beauty routine helps define you. What you wear, how you style your hair, how your skin feels, make you feel like…you. …but what if the world as you knew it, changed in an instant? What if the routine that helped you feel your most Beauty-Full-Self was forced to change due to a life-threatening illness? That’s exactly what happened to Caitlin Kiernan, and it happens to 1 in 8 Women that will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of a lifetime.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I had the opportunity to speak with Caitlin Kiernan, beauty editor, and author of the new book ‘The Pretty Sick’ to learn more about how she dealt with trying to feel Beauty-Full, even with the challenges of fighting Breast Cancer. Kiernan’s new book, ‘The Pretty Sick’ is a guide to help women being treated for cancer, and those in remission, feel beautiful with tips and tricks she acquired in her battle with Breast Cancer.