National Security Expert and Citizen Soldier Executive Producer Wendy R. Anderson Joins RL Leaders

January 12, 2017

RL Leaders announced today that national security expert Wendy R. Anderson has joined the company as the Managing Director - West Coast. She will lead operations that connect the most creative minds from the entertainment industry and emerging technology experts to national security professionals, to apply innovative solutions to our nation's most pressing security challenges. "There is no greater exemplar of the power for good that creativity offers the national security community than Wendy Anderson," said RL Leaders founder John Rogers. "The depth of her experience on national security issues, combined with her successes in, and ties to, the entertainment industry, make her a natural fit for our team. We are absolutely thrilled to have her." Anderson brings more than 20 years' experience in defense, foreign policy, homeland security, and intelligence to RL Leaders. For nearly 15 years, Anderson served in a variety of senior...

Brella Brella LLC introduces The Brella™ - a customizable weather protection wearable

January 11, 2017

Ever use rain gear that restricts the upper body and arm movement? Find it clumsy and inconvenient to carry bulky rain gear or umbrella in case it might rain?  Ever wear expensive rain gear but the water runs down and soaks your neck and back?  Problem solved  -   The Brella has arrived. The Brella is an outdoor, high quality, waterproof garment that protects the head, neck, shoulders and upper body to the waist.  It gives you total freedom of movement and extension of your arms and upper body.  No restrictions regardless of the activity … and it has a small storage footprint. The Brella allows you to customize the fit around your waist, side, neck and head, and increases peripheral vision.  The Brella weighs 7 ounces, is 100% polyester with a waterproof membrane, is water proof (W/P) rated at 10,000 m2H2O and breathes at 10,000 g/m2/ 24hrs (MPV). The Brella can be used by active...

Industry Pioneer, StringWorks, Celebrates 20 Years of Serving Musicians Worldwide

January 17, 2017

The year was 1997, and the internet was still deep in a process of self-discovery. In a move that began as more of an experiment, founder Todd French launched the initial StringWorks website – hoping to find a new way to connect musicians to high quality stringed instruments. French, a cellist with an impressive resume that includes the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Opera, took a close look at many instrument lines, but found them to be lacking. He eventually realized that StringWorks would need to design its own line of instruments, in order to pair affordability with high quality craftsmanship, exceptional sound, beautiful appearance, quality tonewood, ease of playing, and specifications meeting or exceeding those set by the National Association for Music Education (formerly the MENC). "I envisioned an impeccable product line that could meet my very high standards. Fine instruments that would be as affordable as they were exceptional,”...

Grovestone Opens First Retail Location in Champaign

January 11, 2017

A dream has come alive in Champaign for Loui Liagridonis, who proudly announced the opening of his first olive oil store, Grovestone. The Liagridonis family has been producing olive oil for many generations in Greece and previously sold their ultra-premium olive oils only in Europe. The family’s ancestors used olives as their main source of fat because they thought animal fat was unhealthy as the barbarians subsisted off of it. The health and therapeutic benefits associated with consuming olive oil were first mentioned by Hippocrates, the Greek “father of medicine,” who used olive oil to treat his patients. Olive oil was named “liquid gold” by Homer because exporting it generated trade potential with other Mediterranean regions. The olive tree has been a symbol of wisdom and peace for Liagridonis’s ancestors. At the ancient Olympic Games, every winner was presented with a simple olive wreath fashioned from a branch cut with a gold-handled...

UNIQUE BOOK OFFERS FRESH LIFE ADVICE FROM MOTIVATIONAL TRIO

January 13, 2017

proudly announces the release of their highly anticipated book for high school and college graduates, Cigarettes & Bad Decisions The S*** I Wish I'd Known. The book, compiled by authors Darren “Koffee Black” Cudjoe, Tha'Wann “Hollow Tip” Mallard, and James “MrJackBrickhouse” Mallard, delves into a collection of life experiences that showed them the way to a better, more prosperous life. Cigarettes & Bad Decisions The S*** I Wish I'd Known was written to offer genuine advice and information to help young adults make better choices as they move into the world of solo responsibility. Each chapter of this powerful, funny, and awe-inspiring book offers short, yet transformative stories from each individual author. “We wanted to offer a collection of experiences and perspectives from three unique individuals who survived the pitfalls of life that were put before us during our...

KERACOLOR TAKES HAIR COLOR INTO VIBRANT NEW TERRITORY WITH COLOR-ENHANCING CONDITIONER LINE

January 12, 2017

Keracolor introduces Color + Clenditioner, a revolutionary new non-lathering conditioning cleanser which deposits color pigments to vividly colored or pre-lightened hair, taking the “cowash” into vibrant new territory in the hair color market. The six shades, from blue to pink to silver, are formulated with the same pigments as direct dye hair color, allowing “wash and go” color enhancement, color maintenance in between salon visits and customizable, buildable vibrant haircolor without damaging bleach processes or high commitment. Launching March 1, 2017, Color + Clenditioner is an alternative to color-depositing shampoos, which tend to dry out already-stressed colored hair. Combined with the power of Keracolor’s beloved Clenditioner conditioning cleanser, Color + maintains existing vivid hues, enlivens and hydrates dull hair with on-trend vibrant shades and allows users to play with color without the commitment. It also delivers “buildable"...


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What is a “mommy makeover,” and when should a mother have one?

April 11, 2017

Many women spend their younger years taking great care of their bodies. Understandably, many are proud of the way that they look. They’re healthy and fit. However, when a woman becomes a mother, many of the results of that work are at risk of being lost. A woman’s body can be changed by the experiences of pregnancy and breastfeeding in many ways. The breasts often shrink dramatically, and may also sag. The abdominal muscles may separate, so that the tummy looks “pooched,” and fat may also be gained in this area. Many women also have a C-section scar, which may be too obvious after healing. Unfortunately, many of the changes caused by motherhood can’t be fixed through exercise and healthy eating. The only way to reverse these changes is through cosmetic surgery. For many women, a few different procedures are needed in order to restore the body to its former shape. Fortunately, women don’t need to go under the knife several...

Can I exercise away my tummy “pooch” from pregnancy?

March 11, 2017

One of the most common concerns that women have about pregnancy is that it will permanently change their bodies. The tummy is a particular area of concern. A flat tummy is highly prized, and many women worry that pregnancy will create a permanent “pooch” in their bellies, making it difficult to achieve that lean look again. What does pregnancy actually do to the abdomen? While a woman is pregnant, the two sides of her rectus abdominis (the “six-pack muscle”) separate from each other. These two sides of the muscle are connected by a thick piece of connective tissue. (This is what creates the groove that you can see running down the center of a fit person’s belly.) As the two sides of the muscle are pulled apart, this connective tissue gets stretched out. Doing core workouts during pregnancy doesn’t prevent the muscles from separating. In fact, this can make the separation worse. When the abdominal muscles are active, the tension...

Can fat grow back after liposuction?

February 11, 2017

Many people who have liposuction for body-contouring wonder how long the results will last. Can they expect to enjoy their new bodies for years? Or is this a “quick fix” that will soon be gone? To understand the answer, it’s important to know a bit about fat. People are born with all of the fat cells that they’ll ever have. These cells don’t divide to make new fat cells, like most cells in the body do. That means that when fat cells are removed, they’re gone for good. No new fat cells will be formed in the area where liposuction was done. However, that’s not the whole story. Each fat cell contains a certain amount of fat, but that amount can change, meaning that the fat cells can change in size. When you gain weight, your fat cells get larger, and when you lose weight, they get smaller. Although the number of fat cells in the area that had liposuction will be reduced, there will still be some fat cells there. If you gain weight...

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