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Hugrz boot coversNot only can you change the look of one pair of boots with Hugrz boot covers, but you can also keep your legs warm in colder temps. These boot covers look great with short boots, pulled up on tall boots, or pulled up on your legs to make your short boots look tall! They offer over 20 different styles in materials such as faux fur, wool and velvet. Perfect for travel, they also make a great holiday gift. Prices start at $30.

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Dr. Brian Maloney from The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery answers a reader’s question about fat-transfer procedures.

Dr. Brian Maloney from The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic SurgeryQ: I’ve heard mixed reviews on using your own fat (instead of a filler) to replace volume in conjunction with cosmetic procedures like facelifts. What is the current status of the fat transfer procedure?

A: Twenty years ago, fat transfer was very unpredictable. Many times, the fat would reabsorb and the effects were lost. Over the past 10 to 15 years, medical research has identified the challenges while refining the process and the tools that we use. The result is that fat transfer today is much more predictable and long-lasting for most patients. The additional plus side to fat transfer continues to be the fact that the procedure utilizes your own tissue which is not “foreign” to your body.

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Publisher Sherri Adair, sporting her 'stache for men's health awarenessBest Self Atlanta publisher Sherri Adair explains the serious issue behind the fun of the Moustache Dash race. 

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, and one in six American men will be diagnosed in his lifetime. Despite those scary statistics, prostate cancer has an extremely high cure rate if detected early. The missing link? Awareness.

It’s so wonderful to see everyone come together during October to wear pink ribbons and talk about breast cancer. Even pro football teams are sporting ribbons on their helmets. Now that it’s November, we need to extend that same widespread awareness to diseases that are equally devastating to men. We wear pink to promote women’s health, and in November we’ll dash with a ‘stache for men’s health!

The moustaches-in-November idea originally began in Australia with the movement called Movember, which has spread worldwide. Men begin growing moustaches on November 1 to become walking billboards for men’s health issues. Movember is the inspiration for the first annual Moustache Dash, our race on November 9. Partnering with sponsors Georgia Urology and Big Peach Running Stores, we invite you to come out to Town Brookhaven and join in the moustache fun. Men are encouraged to grow their own, and everyone is welcome to the free, stick-on ‘staches that will be provided. Face painters and temporary tattoos will also be available on race day, so you’ll have plenty of options to show off your Movember spirit.

The day includes a 5K and a 1-mile fun run, and in addition to moustaches, participants will get long-sleeved T-shirts, awards for the winners in each age group, and the chance to compete in the moustache contest. The categories are Best Real Moustache, Best Faux Moustache, and Most Spirited Moustache Dash Team, so don’t be afraid to get into the moustache theme! Use #MoustacheDash to tag your race-day photos on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word about this fun event.

At the end of the day, we hope moustaches will be an instant reminder for everyone who sees them: a reminder for men to get tested, a reminder for women to support the men they love, and a reminder for all of us to unite in spreading awareness.

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Kiss my Face Sport Treat Mint Lip BalmThe new Kiss My Face Sport Treat Mint Lip Balm, SPF 30, protects sensitive lips against UVA and UVB rays while also moisturizing with shea butter and vitamin E. Even if you are slathering sunscreen all over your face, chances are you may forget about your lips, but not with this option in your pocket. Keep your pucker safe from harmful UV rays by swiping on this lip balm with SPF. This little stick is also water resistant, gluten-free and paraben-free. Made with no artificial colors or flavors, the Kiss My Face Sport Treat Mint Lip Balm is infused with peppermint for a cooling finish. $3.49



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Alpha Hydroxy AcidsAlpha hydroxy acids are natural acids derived from fruit and milk sugars, and they help exfoliate skin. Make sure you know how they can help and harm your skin.

Pro: In high concentrations, available through in-office dermatology treatments, alpha hydroxy acids can reduce the appearance of fine lines and scars with effects that can last two to five years.

Con: You may experience flaking and redness for some time after the treatment. You also may be more susceptible to sun damage, so keep wearing your sunscreen.


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Keisa Leprell Davis, an Atlanta life coach from Be You Be Now, offers her advice on how to get rid of guilt.

Keisa Leprell Davis from Be You Be NowQ: How can people overcome their guilt?

A: As a life coach, I help people overcome their guilt by acknowledging it and learning how not to repeat it.

Q: Are certain personalities more prone to feelings of guilt?

A: If you are human, you are prone to feelings of guilt. Most often, people who live each day to higher standards are the ones who experience a greater amount of guilt. They strive to be the best and try hard to avoid making mistakes.

Q: Who can you talk to about guilt?

A: A life coach, counselor, spiritual leader or someone you can trust.

Q: What is the best way to get rid of guilt?

A: Recognize that you are human and not the only one who has had to face it. Identify what you did to cause the guilty emotions and which of your moral standards you violated, and then learn from your mistake.

Q: What is a positive affirmation someone can use to help deal with guilt?

A: First, know that you are not controlled by your past actions and believe that bad actions can turn into good. Then, tell your guilt it can no longer live in you. Do something nice for yourself or those you have hurt. Make a purposeful effort never to repeat the same mistake again. Keep a journal of the progress and positive things you are doing now in your life.

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The Sewing Studio in AtlantaIf you want to learn to sew on a machine but aren’t sure where to start, check out the beginners classes at The Sewing Studio. You can let your artsy side out instead of scratching your head over the thought of a bobbin. Bring in your own machine and learn exactly what to do to create an artsy pillow cover, a stylish cooking apron or even a cute handmade bag. Your creativity can run wild once you get the basics down, and if you want to learn more, continue on to the intermediate classes.

Details: The Sewing Studio, 5309 Peachtree Blvd, Atlanta, GA, (678) 694-1960,


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Natalie Elliott, Atlanta sex therapistNatalie Elliott, an Atlanta sex therapist, offers her advice on embracing and improving your sexual self.

When we talk about being our best selves, sometimes our sexuality is not considered in the self-improvement plan, but becoming your best sexual self is a goal worth striving for. Many have found that when they take the time to focus on improving their sexual selves, they gain confidence as well as self-esteem, which enhances other parts of their life as well. Here are five tips to help you become your best sexual self.

  1. Embrace sexuality. Sometimes due to upbringing (especially here in the South), some people feel embarrassed by sexual issues and sexuality. The first step to becoming your best sexual self is to acknowledge that you would like to be a better sexual individual and partner. This can simply be accomplished with a self-declaration to work on enhancing your sexual knowledge and skill.
  2. Educate yourself. Sex is a skill that is learned over time. There are many books, tapes and CDs that can help you develop this pleasurable skill set. Work on honing your skills.
  3. Explore old issues. Sometimes people don’t move forward on their sexual journey due to a negative past sexual experience. Don’t allow your past to dictate your future, especially in sexual matters. Sex can be fun. Sex can be healing. Sex can add value to all aspects of your life by decreasing stress and increasing happiness. If the past is keeping you from enjoying this part of life, explore it and do the work to fix it.
  4. Expect to have a great sex life. Expectation of greatness will change the way you approach sexual experiences, which in turn will change the way you experience sex. Try it. Great sex is waiting for you.
  5. Seek help if needed. There are some who have extenuating circumstances regarding sex such as painful sex, trust issues in a relationship or sexual dysfunction. Don’t suffer alone, and don’t go quietly into the darkness of a sexless life. Fight to be the best sexual person you can be! This may involve talking with your doctor or seeing a sex therapist. Talking to someone about your sexual functioning can be intimidating and even embarrassing, but the rewards can last a lifetime.

The sexual self is a viable part of the total human being. Many people underestimate the need to work on the sexual self as part of developing the whole person, but sex has a laundry list of benefits that impact the physical, emotional and even spiritual being. Start working on your sexual self today.


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On November 3, the 13th annual Afternoon in the Country will bring chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants alongside local farmers to provide delicious tastings of food, wines and microbrews. The event takes place in the gardens surrounding the Inn at Serenbe and will also include live music, a cake raffle, hayrides and a silent auction. A portion of ticket sales benefits Georgia Organics and Wholesome Wave. If you miss out this year, make sure you save the 2014 date: Sunday, November 9, 2014.

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Jason Morris, DPM, FACAS, from Primera Podiatry, Laser & Foot Spa answers a reader’s question about avoiding nail fungus.

Dr. Jason Morris from Primery PodiatryQ: How can I avoid embarrassing nail fungus?

A: With more people getting pedicures and being exposed to damp, sweaty environments where nail fungus (onychomycosis) proliferates, prevention is key. Nail fungus has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., and I warn my patients that they need to protect their feet with diligence. Using an FDA-registered dual active antifungal/antibacterial nail polish can be an affordable insurance policy against nail fungus.

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