"Sex appeal is something that you feel deep
down inside. It’s suggested rather than shown. I’m not as well-stacked as
Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, but there is more to sex appeal than just
measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just
as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain." –
Audrey Hepburn’s view on sex appeal is highlighted in
Stylist Magazine’s autumn-winter edition, Purple
Rain. Each photograph, taken by John-Paul Pietrus, captures the "womanliness" as well as the sex appeal of model Polina who simply stands/ poses in the rain. Styled by Alexandra Fullerton,
Polina, wear’s this fall's trend of purple hues in design's by Alexander McQueen, Cavalli, Chanel, Christopher Kane, Jimmy Choo, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent –
just to name a few. Polina’s lavender
dipped hair is done by hair stylist Claire Rothstein and her make-up is done by
Adam de Cruz. (Joanna, 2012)
Fashion Gone Rogue's Joanna recently highlighted the beautiful editorial, Une
Journée à Paris, which marks Harper’s Bazaar China 36 years of publication – "...the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar China
travels to Paris for a story featuring classic style. In front of Yin Chao’s
lens, Miao Bin Si showcases retro style in luxe designs from the likes of
Lanvin, Mugler, Dior Haute Couture and Elie Saab styled by Fan Xiaomu and Gugu
as she explores Paris with special guest Didier Grumbach. Super glam hair and
makeup by Bon and Wang Qian perfect the sophisticated ensembles." (October 14, 2012)
Alisa Burke's creative painted pumpkins is a great home decorating idea for the fall. Unlike, the usual painted pumpkins that are Halloween themed, these pumpkins are bright and fun; they could easily be a part of the home throughout the season, and not just a mere Halloween decoration. What do you think?
Click here, for more pumpkin painting ideas from Alisa Burke.
"The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale
portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David
Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw,
unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the
courage and spirit of so many brave young women.
Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the
age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an
exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing. The mission is three-fold:
raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast
cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars,
faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths
in young women ages 15-40. The SCAR Project participants range from ages 18 to
35, and represent this often overlooked group of young women living with breast
cancer. They journey from across America – and the world – to be photographed
for The SCAR Project. Nearly 100 so far. The youngest being 18 years old.
Although Jay began shooting The SCAR Project
primarily as an awareness raising campaign, he was not prepared for something
much more immediate . . . and beautiful: 'For these young women, having their
portrait taken seems to represent their personal victory over this terrifying
disease. It helps them reclaim their femininity, their sexuality, identity and
power after having been robbed of such an important part of it. Through these
simple pictures, they seem to gain some acceptance of what has happened to them
and the strength to move forward with pride.'" (The SCAR Project)
Get The Facts:
What are your Risks?
Although, breast cancer is not a disease that is seen within my family, I am still at risk. As the SCAR Project has stated, "breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths
in young women ages 15-40," and I am 23. Furthermore, I am an African-American woman. What are your risks? Here are some of the facts about who is at risk for developing breast cancer.
1. Women: Simply being a woman is the main risk factor for developing
breast cancer. Men can develop breast cancer, but this disease is about 100
times more common among women than men.
2. Ladies 15 Years of Age and Older: Although, your
risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older, about 1 out of 8
invasive breast cancers are found in women younger than 45. However, about 2 of
3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.
3.Individuals With Inherited Gene Mutations: About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are
thought to be hereditary, resulting directly from gene defects (called mutations)
inherited from a parent. The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer is
an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
4.Women With a Family History of Breast Cancer: Breast
cancer risk is higher among women whose close blood relatives have this
disease. Having one first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with
breast cancer approximately doubles a woman's risk. Having 2 first-degree
relatives increases her risk about 3-fold. However, overall less than 15% of
women with breast cancer have a family member with this disease. This means
that most (over 85%) women who get breast cancer do not have a family history
of this disease.
5.White & African American Women: Overall, white
women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than are
African-American women, but African-American women are more likely to die of
this cancer. However, in women under 45 years of age, breast cancer is more
common in African- American women. Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women
have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.