The plethora of vitamins on the market reads like the alphabet- literally from A- Zinc. Do we, as women need to guzzle 50 a day to be healthy? How do we make heads or tails from what the media tell us?  And at what age do we need certain vitamins? Here’s your guide to vitamins at every age according to Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. an NYC anti-aging physician who has been called, “The Stem Cell Guru.” Dr. Calapai has been testing vitamin levels throughout his career. Each of his patients receives a blood test to find out what they are deficient in.

In a perfect world, all of our nutrient needs would come from the best source: Food. However if your diet isn’t text book perfect then take your “nutritional insurance” a.k.a. a multivitamin, suggests Dr. Calapai.  “Research shows taking a well-balanced multivitamin throughout your lifespan helps fill in nutritional gaps in your diet.”

In your 20s and 30s
• Calcium: These are the decades to bone up, as in, maintain your bone mass. Dr. Calapai recommends adults aged 19-50 years take 1,000 milligrams of calcium, daily. If you don’t receive enough calcium from your diet, you may need to take a supplement containing elemental calcium. Elemental calcium refers to the actual amount of calcium in a supplement that's available for your body to absorb—the rest are compounds making up the supplement. But when supplementing your calcium, read the labels carefully, cautions Dr. Calapai . “For example, if you buy tablets such as calcium carbonate, each tablet contains 1,250 milligrams of calcium,” he says. “Unfortunately, only 500 milligrams is elemental calcium.”

• Vitamin D: The reason we're severely lacking vitamin D nowadays, much more so than even our parents were, is because we're missing out on the number-one source of vitamin D: The sun. "Vitamin D is a pro-hormone made in the skin upon exposure to sunlight, and production of it is rapid and robust," Calapai says. "Within 10 to 20 minutes without wearing sunscreen, people make between 10,000 and 20,000 IU. But because of widespread sunscreen use, total sun avoidance, and our increasingly indoor lifestyles, our vitamin D levels have fallen drastically." Dr. Calapai says, “Take at least 2,000 IU per day year-round. And although you technically don't need to supplement on the days that you know you'll be outside when the sun is high, it's just easier to take it every day than to try to remember when and not to."

• Folic Acid: For women in their childbearing years, folic acid is recommended if you’re planning on conceiving anytime soon. “You should take it before you get pregnant to ensure your levels are high because low rates of folic acid can cause a number of birth defects,” says Dr. Calapai.  “The recommended dosing of folic acid is 400 micrograms per day if you are age 14 or older.”

• Iron: Iron is another key consideration for menstruating women. “Iron deficiency commonly occurs in pregnant women, causing anemia, which can result in fatigue and weakness,” says Dr. Calapai . “Iron enables red blood cells to carry oxygen and deliver it to body cells.” If you’re pregnant and not getting your daily 27 mg. of iron from sources such as iron-fortified cereals and eggs, then look for it in a supplement containing 16 to 20 mg, or speak to your physician about iron supplementation specifically.

In your 40s
• Calcium:  Beginning at age 19 and continuing until age 50, women should consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily, according to the Institute of Medicine. This is also the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, for women above age 19 who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Once you turn 51, the RDA increases to 1,200 milligrams. As long as your daily diet provides enough calcium to meet your RDA, you probably don’t need a supplement unless it’s under the advice of your health care provider. *Note: Never take more of a calcium supplement than is recommended. It could lead to kidney problems or renal failure.

• Vitamin D: Recommendations for vitamin D intake in your 20s and 30s (as explained above) still apply in your 40s. If you are unsure how much vitamin D you actually need, ask your doctor about taking a vitamin D test. 

• Folic Acid: Pregnant? Up your daily intake of folic acid to 600 mcg. To meet this need, women should continue taking a multivitamin containing 400 mcg of folic acid throughout their pregnancy.

• Iron: As in your 20s and 30s, be sure to get 27 mg. of iron daily if you are pregnant, whether through your diet or a combination of diet and supplements. Non-pregnant women should aim for 18 mg a day of iron.

In your 50s
• Multivitamin: It’s time to switch to multivitamins designed for adults 50 years and older, says Dr. Calapai. “These multivitamins have significantly less iron than multivitamins for younger women, he says. “For example Centrum Forte for women up to the age of 49 years has 10 mg of iron per tablet and Centrum Select 50+ designed for those over 50 has only 4 mg of iron per tablet, but has additional vitamin B12 to reflect changing nutrient needs.”  

• Calcium: For women over 50 years, Dr. Calapai recommends bumping your calcium intake to 1,500 mg. daily.

• Vitamin B12: “Your vitamin B12 needs increases after 50 because the gastrointestinal tract does not absorb vitamin B12 as well as a younger digestive tract,” says Dr. Calapai.  He advises those older than 50 get 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B12 daily, mainly by consuming foods fortified with vitamin B12 or a supplement containing vitamin B12.

In your 60s
While the overall needs are similar to those in your 50s, check your multivitamin again to be sure it’s meeting all your nutrient needs because newer health issues such as eye health and heart disease might be manifesting. “Some multivitamins contain key antioxidants such as lutein which may protect against age-related macular degeneration, and lycopene, which may help prevent heart disease,” says Dr. Calapai.

Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.
Anti-Aging Physician and "The Stem Cell Guru"

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy. Proclaimed as the "The Stem Cell Guru" by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer's, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson's.

Dr. Calapai started his practice in New York City in 1986 and for over 25 years he has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM, where he offers health and medical advice. He has a show on Saturday morning 8-9am andSunday evening from 6-7pm. He has consulted with numerous high-profile individuals including Mike TysonChris Noth, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham's, Donal Logue and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

Dr. Calapai received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he consults in Manhattan with practices on Long Island, in East Meadow and Plainview. He has appeared on News12 and in the pages of 25A Magazine and Social Life Magazine.

He is the author of E-books Heavy Metals and Chronic Disease, Reverse Diabetes Forever! Seven Steps to Healthy Blood Sugar, Top Ten Supplements You Can't Live Without, and Glorious Glutathione. Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website, www.drcal.net
Photo from a party I hosted at the Dina Collection in Beverly Hills, CA

With all the intense things happening in the world today I find it hard to find the enthusiasm to blog about fashion and beauty topics when a lot of it just seems so frivolous. The struggle of #firstworldproblems - I take a look at what is happening around the world and I get lost in my emotions, paralyzed by sadness that I can't justify blogging the same way I use to...

I find myself engulfed in the stories about conflicts taking place around the world - ethnic bigotry, senseless acts of violence, responded by pretentious behavior and even more disheartening intentional acts of violence. The world is bleeding from the seams - violence, brutality, death, suffering, injustice, racism, hate, bigotry, killing, disrespecting and dehumanizing one another when small populations live in communities that complain about petty bull shit. I ask myself why is the gap so wide? And what can I do to make a difference? Especially with my privilege?

Just yesterday, during a meeting, world events and community events where discussed and the question was asked, "Are things really worse then 100 years ago, or are we just more informed because of the internet, social media and its widening access." Brutal acts of violence blanket humanity's history, is it just in our nature - our human defect - BUT can we reprogram ourselves?

When I see videos of glamorous Haute Couture fashion show taking place in Rome, Italy and the praise of its superficial display of wealth I can't help but experience unsettling emotions. How can we celebrate exhibitions of impractical standards when so many people are suffering and social unrest is exploding? Yes, their work is beautiful, the coordination of the production is massively impressive and for 15 minutes people forgot about how awful life can be - BUT who is it helping? CAN we transform these platforms that we LOVE into a mindful fashion community?

I confess, I am child of privilege AND I've been proud and ashamed by it. TODAY, I am grateful for my universal blessings that so many are not so lucky. Honestly, I've never truly felt fulfilled by wealth and I choose NOT to participate in ignorance. I can't blog the same way anymore, my eyes are open and my heart is hurting. I just want to wrap the world in love and take faith in the GREATER GOOD. But I have no idea where to start other then through my talents. First, I've had to learn to embrace who I am and where I come from.

Now that I am in acceptance, how can I do more with this BLOG to have a truly profound impact? What I want for the Stylist Handbook - is to not just talk about fashion and beauty but my LIFE! The true struggles that go beyond first world problems - I want to go on a journey and learn how to style a mindful lifestyle. The challenge I face, we all face - is to adapt ourselves from a place of conspicuous consumption to conscious consumption. For me, I know I have the gift of communication and marketing, so I want to explore that better and search for ways I can be of service while remodeling myself to be mindful and practice conscious style.

I welcome recommendations, advice and resources. I will share my experience, heartbreaks and failures while I do my best to make progress. You can either join in positively or harden yourself by participating negatively. Because no one is perfect and that is okay! Just don't give up on learning to love yourself, wherever you come from!

Have you ever heard of beauty line Sulwhasoo?

I was recently introduced to Sulwhasoo at the Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, and before I start sounding off about their products as I continue to test them out I wanted to give you the facts and share my facial experience with you. As part of a promotional event I received a complementary facial and makeup application. However, I found out that one can get FREE facials from Sulwhasoo once they become a customer. More on this later!

After the facial I was seriously impressed and wanted to know more about the brand and try my best to absorb as much information as possible from my esthetician and product specialist Claudia. What stood out the most was how amazing I felt after the facial and for the rest of the day. By combining herbal medicine and holistic application I could honestly feel the impact. As for my skin, it looks better and I finally received the Gentle Cleansing Oil which I ordered online and just started using it.

I love how it gets all my makeup foundation off, but it does't take off my eye makeup. It seems to remove impurities from my pores but time will tell how well it works and I feel like I need to use a complete system for it to fully work how it's designed. More on that again later, as I work on testing and building this skin care routine for myself I will share my results. For now let me educate you on this unique beauty line, Sulwhasoo!

What is Sulwhasoo?
Time-tested holistic skin wellness regimen drawn from Korean Herbal Medicine.

Who started Sulwhasoo?
The driving force behind Sulwhasoo's unwavering commitment to Korean Herbal Medicinal Skincare began with the company's founder, Suh Sung-whan. As a young boy living in Gaeseong, Korea, a city known for quality ginseng, he mastered the insight and know-how to find the best ingredients while helping his mother and her Camellia Oil business. Wholeheartedly believing in the healing powers of Korean Medicinal herbs, he dedicated his life to finding new and innovative ways to use these herbs in skincare.

Why is Sulwhasoo for mature skin?
In Korean Herbal Medicine, it is believed that the body undergoes internal changes every seven years. At each milestone, energies within the body change. Historically at the age of 35, vital energies begin to taper and fall out of balance. As vital energies diminish in the body, the skin becomes prone to dryness, dehydration, and significantly more vulnerable to the aging process. Sulwhasoo, the first science-based Korean luxury medicinal skincare system co-developed with Kyunghee University of Oriental Medicine, blends indigenous medicinal herbs through traditional Korean methods, drawing on the ancient wisdom of the "Sang-Seng" philosophy to balance inner energies of the skin that contribute to a nourished, healthy complexion.

GinSeng Cream
When did Sulwhasoo begin?
Since 1967, Sulwhasoo has made groundbreaking success and is gaining global popularity to this day. In 2004, Sulwhasoo advanced into Hong Kong, a city famous for its glistening nightscape and global name brand boutiques. Here, Sulwhasoo was ranked as Top3 Steady Sellers thus securing its position as a high-end luxury skincare brand. In 2010, Sulwhasoo made its North American debut, entering Bergdorf Goodman, the most luxurious department store in New York. The Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream was selected as "BG Best Pick" garnering many fans in a city named one of the fashion capitals of the world. In 2012, Sulwhasoo expanded to Singapore's Tang department store. One of the brand's all-time best sellers, First Care Activating Serum, was ranked #1 in sales and has become a must-have item not only in Singapore, but throughout Asia and the United States.

What are the ingredients Sulwhasoo?
All of Sulwhasoo’s ingredients are natural ingredients native to Korea and raised through a meticulous process on our very own Amorepacific herb farm under the most excellent conditions. These are some key ingredients of Sulwhasoo that make Sulwhasoo so beneficial and effective.

Ginseng naturally grows only in the Far East and the ones from the Korean Peninsula are considered the best. Ginseng is a very sensitive plant that is highly affected by the nature of the soil it is cultivated in. It is very valuable and precious with many wondrous efficacies. In Korean history, young ladies in noble families would bathe in ginseng water before their wedding to refine their skin bright and pure. They also enjoyed fresh-drawn ginseng tea to prevent freckles and fine lines. Saponin is known for its effect in increasing level of immunity, regeneration, anti-aging, and antioxidant effects. The reason why Korean Ginseng is more famous than others is that it has twice as many types of saponin and about 40% more content with excellent effect. Sulwhasoo uses a 4-year old Ginseng, which known to have the highest saponin content. Sulwhasoo created matchless material after a long research on Ginseng.

Sulwhasoo also researches on the effect of Ginseng’s various parts, such as its leaves, fruits, and roots to apply into the products. Also, Sulwhasoo adopts cultivation methods that can maximize the effect of each part of Ginseng such as outdoor culture for the root and water culture for the leaf and stalk. It also has the greatest producing and processing methods. Compound K from steamed and dried red ginseng is an obtaining anti-aging ingredient, and Ginsenoside F1 from White Ginseng peeled and dried by sunlight or hot-air is an outstanding whitening ingredient.

Jaumdan is Sulwhasoo’s original formula that fills the Yin energy to repair dryness and the common formula applied to all products of Sulwhasoo.

Solomonseal treats dryness and improves skin resilience.

Rehmannia promotes circulation, treats age-spots and dullness, and increases hydration.

White Lily refines and brightens skin.

Chinese Peony makes your treatment anti-inflammatory.

East Indian Lotus moisturizes and promotes circulation, and restores healthy skin.

Courtesy TonyOdisho.com
Ostia Products are formulated with gentle, natural ingredients to maintain the beauty and health of hair for men and women—in the salon and at home. formulated with gentle, natural ingredients, all Ostia Collection products are free of sulfates, paraben, sodium chloride and alcohol, and made in the USA. Their additional features, such as heat protection and B5 protein, make them great for both natural hair and extensions. Whether you’re looking to enhance your style with fuller hair, or want health-conscious hair care products, you will find it with Tony Odisho

WHO is Tony Odisho?

Tony Odisho
President and Founder of Tony Odisho began his career in Rome Italy where he studied cosmetology at Marelena. The young and ambitious Odisho immigrated into the United States determined to bring the best beauty practices from Europe, and he was promptly hired by L’Oreal Professional to work as an educator and color expert.

Following this, Tony Odisho opened his acclaimed Chicago salon and spa, Exsalonce, in Roscoe Village. Tony’s reputation as a master extensionist and businessman landed him an executive position for a major hair extensions brand. In 2009, Tony Odisho decided to create his own line of extensions that met the demands of his own salon and he created Tony Odisho Extensions.

With a decade of industry experience behind him, master/celebrity stylist Tony Odisho has developed his own hair extensions and hair care product line based on client and stylist input.

WHAT are the products?

The Beautiful Hair Kit from the Tony Odisho Ostia Collection includes everything you need to get salon results at home — Gentle Moisture Shampoo, Intense Conditioner, 3-in-1 Mist and Detangling Paddle Brush.

The Gentle Moisture Shampoo does more than just clean. This sulfate free, low lathering cleanser nourishes and replenishes dry, damaged hair.

The Intense Conditioner nourishes your hair. This nutrient rich moisturizer is both a daily conditioner and a weekly deep conditioning mask.

The 3-in-1 Mist is the power of three detangles, adds shine and protect. This vitamin-packed mist leaves hair soft, healthy and manageable without adding weight or buildup.

The paddle brush is a Tony Odisho Ostia Collection client favorite! Our brush is made with the highest quality of mixed bristles that are strong enough to detangle your hair but gentle enough in creating a silky smooth style. Great for both wet and dry hair and a perfect complement to the 3-in-1 Mist.


Animal Behavior believes individual actions can have global effects, both environmentally and socially. By using sustainable materials and socially responsible practices, our goal is to create a shift in the fashion industry towards more thoughtful and responsible way of doing business.

Animal Behavior: the scientific study of the ways in which animals interact with one another and the environment.

Animal Behavior is inspired by nature to protect nature. Each collection is influenced by a critically endangered species in an effort to increase awareness and contribute to the protection of these animals’ natural habitats. 

Inspiration: Amur Leopard (panthera pardus orientalis)

With less than 40 individuals remaining in the wild, the Amur Leopard is considered the world’s rarest cat. This magnificent creature faces threats such as loss of habitat, insufficient prey, poaching, illegal trade, and conflict with farmers in the Russian far East and Northeast China.

The Amur Leopard is the inspiration behind our first collection. 5% of sales will be donated to Panthera.org to support the mission of reducing their endangerment and preventing their impending extinction.

Savanna Jacket (Black), Canopy Top (Amur), Cub Short (Black) 
Savanna Jacket (Ivory), Rosette Top, Cub Short (Ivory) 

Locally Produced

98% of all clothing purchased in the U.S. is imported. Every component of Animal Behavior's garments, from zippers, buttons to labels, are made within a 10 mile radius in Los Angeles, CA. 

Nocturnal Dress

Nocturnal Dress


The garment industry creates 2 million tons of waste every year. animal behavior utilizes a well thought out design, development and production cycle. By doing this we are able to reduce waste that is created from excessive sampling and over producing.

90% of all textile waste is recyclable. Animal Behavior's garments are produced using surplus materials, creating a second life for these left over fabrics.

In order to counter the environmental impact of shipping, we donate to carbon offset programs for every shipment sent. 

Socially Responsible

With every purchase made, Animal Behavior will donate 5% to Panthera.org in hopes of reversing the Amur Leopard's endangerment and extinction. 
Halloween in Bangladesh

Halloween or Hallowe'en; a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening"), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It initiates the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows' Eve revolves around the theme of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death."

According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related "guising"), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although most no longer require,abstinence from meat on All Hallows' Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.

Source: Wikipedia

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