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Thigh Reduction Options

  Thigh Lift Options: Skin Tightening vs Surgery Last weekend Leigh and I went to one of our favorite workout spots in Houston. We exchanged grimaces and a couple smiles as our minor muscles burned with the nuanced moves in the Define Body barre class. I’m slightly masochistic. So obviously I thought it was amazing. A day later we felt. the.burn. I could barely sit down without my quads screaming. Since the tops of my thighs felt like they went through a boot camp, I was pretty proud of the day’s workout and happy with the shape of my thighs. But what happens after losing a lot of weight? Like a …

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Best Hair Removal Options

Hair Removal: Getting to the Root of the Issue Hair removal is a redundant chore that takes up time, energy and money, but it’s a beauty routine that’s been with us for centuries–they were sugaring in Persia in 1900 BC–and continues to grow (pun!) in popularity. With the thought of bikini-clad vacations dancing in our heads, we’ve examined options that make this task easier, cheaper, or all of the above. Here are the main ones we consider or have tried. We’d love to know which one you prefer? Have any stories you want to share? Let us know in the comments below.   Waxing What it is – You’re familiar …

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Mommy Makeovers and Then Some

The Mommy Makeover and Other Post-Pregnancy Options In our recent Girl Around Town Beauty Poll, we heard loud and clear that pregnancy–and the post pregnancy body–might be the significant life-change that inspires our readers to go under the knife. Let’s consider just some of what’s happening to the female body surrounding childbirth: hormones pumping to loosen the skin and joints, a budding body growing within and pushing skin to the extreme, and of course breasts expanding(!) and deflating In thinking about what the female body goes through during and after pregnancy, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to consider getting some outside help at the hands of board-certified plastic surgeons. Popular options …

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You Look Marvelous: The Girl Around Town Beauty Poll

Lounging poolside in Palm Springs this fall for a bachelorette weekend, our conversation turned to who had had Botox. (Surprisingly, more than I expected!) Some of the answers came from friends who I didn’t think would have given the treatment much thought, nor did they look like they’d had anything done. Which is the ideal, am I right? This led me to wonder- who is doing what, and who is planning for more in the future. We polled readers and friends from coast to coast and the answers are in! It seems that moisturizer is a girl’s best friend and that everyone is jonesing for regular facials (hello, gift idea!), but …

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Adara Medical Spa- Pamper yourself, Houston

What to do in Houston: Adara Medical Spa On any given day we find ourselves checking out the reflection in the mirror for new wrinkles, examining that extra jiggle in the midsection or cursing spider veins. Or maybe that’s just me. Instead of being overwhelmed by the list of upgrades we’d like to make on ourselves, why not mosey on down to the Museum District to indulge in some pampering at the hands of Adara Medical Spa? On my visit to the med spa, I was treated to the Adara Signature Facial,  and the options for self-beautification only started there.  From products to procedures, the medical spa caters to beauty-seekers. Caddy corner …

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Gallery Beat December 2014

By Karina Schroeder NYC Gallery Beat It’s been a hectic few weeks with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas ahead of us. Take a break from all the shopping and social obligations to treat yourself to the amazing art in NYC right now: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs The Cut Outs is the largest and most expansive exhibit ever from Henri Matisse’s paper cut-out collection. The artist began this body of work in the 1940s, during some of the last years of his career. What began as small, simple paper-and-scissor pieces, later morphed into entire murals of cut-out works. The exhibit features about 100 of Matisse’s cut-outs, plus related drawings, prints, illustrated …

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CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop

CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop

By Leigh Evans CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop is the place to get your shopping done this holiday season. True to form I have once again procrastinated on my Christmas shopping. I’m currently staring at a ticking clock nearly debilitated due to the length of my list and the short three weeks until Christmas is upon us. That is one reason I am beyond excited about the all-new CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop happening this Sunday, December 7th at Silver Street Studios. Packed to the brim with gifts galore from 25 of our favorite boutiques from around Houston, the pop up shop is set up to be tons of fun + …

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Get ready for Thanksgiving, but skip the turkey neck

Gobble, gobble, ban the neck wattle: surgical and nonsurgical neck treatments to be thankful for by Mary Cunningham Jaw envy, do you have it? When I watch “The Good Wife,” I find myself checking out Julianna Margulies’ killer facial angles. So as Turkey Day approaches, I can’t help but play up a pun on that little neck wattle that drags some of us down. From my work writing for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, I’ve learned a few ways that aesthetic procedures- both surgical and nonsurgical- can banish this obnoxious wattle. A conventional neck lift is a procedure that ranges from minimal incisions and liposuction to remove fat, to …

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Gallery Beat

by Karina Schroeder Fashion, culture, and history! Open your mind to drastic new visions of them all. Here is the latest New York Gallery Beat. Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection This special exhibit is dedicated to the revolutionary Cubist art movement of the early 20th century. Leonard A. Lauder donated his collection of Cubist art, the best in the world, to the Met in 2013. This is the first public display ever of his collection. From the Met’s website, Cubism “destroyed traditional illusionism in painting and radically changed the way we see the world.” Lauder’s collection includes 81 paintings, collages, drawings, and sculptures from four of Cubism’s most prominent …

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A History of Plastic Surgery

A History of Plastic Surgery by Mary Cunningham This fall I fell in love with Cinemax’s new show, The Knick, which revolves around cutting edge surgeons in downtown New York at the fictional ‘Knickerbocker Hospital’ in 1900. Beyond loving a cast that is easy on the eyes, Steven Soderberg’s directorial talent, and Cliff Martinez’s score, each episode intrigued me, as I relished seeing what “modern medicine” looked like at the turn of the century. The show’s creators seem to delight in illuminating procedures and techniques that feel both antiquated extremely revolutionary. One of the more shocking yet accurate story lines highlighted a nose reconstruction to repair one of the devastating side-effects of …

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