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Skin care

According to the American Skin Cancer Foundation, around 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86% of melanomas are related to exposure to UV radiation from the sun. In Britain, malignant melanomas are responsible for 2,000 deaths every year. While moderate exposure to the sun is essential for a vitamin D boost, it is important to take adequate precautions to enjoy the glorious sunshine safely.

Be head smart

Always have a broad hat at hand to protect your neck, ears and face from burning when the sun is strong. A cap or visor won’t cut it – they may shade your eyes and forehead, but they won’t shield your scalp or other vulnerable parts of your upper body.

Shade your vision

Sunglasses are a summer essential. In addition to protecting the thin and sensitive epidermis around your eyes, they also help avert any potential retina damage that can be caused by glancing at the sun with naked eyes. They don’t need to be expensive designer models either – there are plenty of cheaper, own-store brands that block UV rays (just check the label states 99-100% UV protection before purchasing).

Dress for the occasion

Defend other body parts against sunburn by covering up with light, cool clothing that won’t make you overheat. Make sure the weave of the fabric is tight enough to block out the sun – popular beachwear fashion like sarongs and wraps are often too flimsy to provide suitable protection.

Factor up

Don’t skip sunscreen. SPF15 blocks about 93% of UV rays, and is adequate for most adults on a hot day. If you are fair or freckled skinned, buffer your increased vulnerability to burning by using a higher SPF. Don’t scrimp either. Apply a minimum of two tablespoons to protect all exposed areas of your body, and reapply regularly, especially if you sweat a lot or take a cooling swim.

Time your sunshine

Try to stay in the shaded areas when the sun is at its most intense and harmful – generally between 11am and 3pm, depending on where you are in the world. As a simple rule of thumb, the sun is safer when you cast a shadow that is equivalent or greater than your actual height.

Self examine

Early detection is crucial in the successful treatment of skin cancer, so make a habit of checking your skin often for any irregularities. Consult your doctor immediately if you have any moles, freckles or areas of skin that change in colour, shape or size. It may well be nothing to worry about, but it’s not worth risking.

React right to sunburn

If you do get burnt basking in the sun, gently sponge the affected area with cool water, and then apply a calamine or after sun lotion. Over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, will help reduce inflammation and curb discomfort. Avoid any further exposure to the sun until your burns are completely healed. If extreme swelling or blistering occurs, seek medical attention as soon as possible.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | formal dresses online australia

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Sewing for Superheroes helps brave kids

Sewing for Superheroes
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Sometimes, kids need superheroes – someone who’s going to swoop in and kick the bad guy’s butt.

That’s never more apparent than when they’re lying in a hospital bed and the villain is cancer or diabetes or pneumonia or another health issue that they’d like to hit square in the face. Biff, bam, pow!

Dozens of brave kids will get capes to save the day, thanks to Sewing for Superheroes, a charity created by Sioux City fashion entrepreneur Joi Mahon.

“Even if you don’t know how to sew, come help out,” she said. “There are helpers there so you can’t mess it up.”

The charity sewing project is part of her second annual Sewing Holiday, which features classes for all skill levels in everything from embroidery, quilting and fitting to embellishments and fiber art.

While three-day event registration costs $395, community members can enter for free to sew superhero capes from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, 300 Third St.

The capes will be donated to UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network, which cares for more than 21,000 kids each year.

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To participate, crafters can leave their fabric scraps, sewing machines and scissors at home.

Springs Creative, a textile manufacturer based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, donated about 400 yards of fabric for the sewing kits, enough to make 200 capes, while Baby Lock has outfitted the entire event with 150 sewing machines. Four are dedicated to making the capes.

There will also be an option to pick up cape-making supplies and instructions to complete the project at home and mail it in.

Last year, more than 350 skirts were made for sick kids through Skirting the Issue, a month-long charity sewing project started by Liz Evans and Elizabeth Evans. The bloggers behind Simple Simon and Co., whose husbands are brothers, had a special booth set up during the event.

Mahon, who is a McCall Pattern designer, author, online instructor at and spokes-designer for Baby Lock, initially planned on making pillowcases this year, but Anne Holmes, director of the Children’s Miracle Network, made a special request for capes since the local organization claimed 2016 as the “Year of the Superhero.”

“We’re looking at all the different ways people can be superheroes because we think our kids show a lot of superhero bravery,” Holmes said. “We think our doctors and nurses make heroic efforts every day and we think our donors do the heavy lifting by providing their muscle and their money to help us help make some miracles.”Read more at:celebrity dresses

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A trend to dye for: This season eye catching swirls of colour see Hippie culture get a high-fashion makeover

An era defined by free love, music parents hated and an “if it feels good, do it” attitude, sixties Hippie counter culture is back. Sartorially, this was a movement bound by self-expression so what was the number one garb for elite nonconformists? Tie-dye, of course. With its roots in ancient forms of “resist-dyeing”, the free-spirited tinting technique reached peak popularity in the 70s followed by a short stint in the 90s thanks to a surge in youthful rebellion and do-it-yourself style. But, just how has the capacity to tie, twist and dye become a trend frontrunner in 2016?

This season, tie-dye print gets a high-fashion makeover with a grown-up take on pastel-hued swirls and bursts of colour. One of the most elegant offerings came from Altuzarra who worked with tonal-greens, rich oranges and yellows inspired by the designer’s Spanish heritage. Tie-dyed in saturated colour, the silhouettes retained maturity with crepe skirts cut high to the waist, midi-length dresses and their signature thigh-baring split.

This more considered approach wasn’t for everyone though with some designers sticking to tie-dye’s imperturbable roots, albeit with a high-fashion twist. For Valentino, jacquard coats, cargo jackets and flares were swathed in khaki and burnt range tie-dye with a collection stirred by the wild plains of Africa. For Max Azria though, 70s skate and surf culture took the reins with board shorts, tie-dye knits and multi-coloured bucket hats oozing West Coast style.

Tie-Dye is a great alternative to habitual summer prints such as florals but to avoid looking like you’ve just stepped out of a time warp, there are a few points to consider. Wear it sparingly, one item at a time as like many other patterned trends, it’s important not to go overboard. Source one key piece, such as a top or skirt, and make sure the rest of your outfit is neutral – you want to avoid clichéd surfer vibes and little goes a long way with this one. Don’t be afraid of colour either and be sure to embrace tie-dye’s psychedelic heredities; for something a little chicer opt for pieces that contain shades within the same colour family. This season, it really is a case of do or dye.Read more at:plus size formal dresses | formal dresses canberra

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