When we talk about fashion designers Venezolana one of the most prominent, inside and outside the country, Nicolás Felizola. Nicholas know for years and I have seen its development and each of its facets, all developed with excellence.

Nicholas is chameleonic throughout his life has worked in many professions. Lawyer, painter, singer, photographer, goldsmith and designer, Nicolas today enjoys international fame by being named King of the Red Carpet for “Miami Lifestyle Magazine”. And this Saturday will be delivered to the “Victoria Puig de Lange International Style Award.

Her dresses have been worn by Patricia Manterola, Chiquinquirá Delgado, among others, making every time they remain on the list of best dressed at each event.

Nicholas is a simple man who loves and knows how to enjoy life for whom the physical and spiritual harmony is very important. These feelings are expressed in each of his creations Haute Couture. His last Spring-Summer 2012 collection Cinetique expresses the love that he has for art. Nicholas Tell us about your new collection: In Cinetique inspire me kinetic art, this artistic movement is based on the aesthetics of the movement of reality. Kinetic art originated in Paris, by great masters, including two Venezuelan Carlos Cruz Diez and Jesús Soto is. This collection also take the opportunity to pay tribute to kinetic art. Cinetique inspired you in your collection only “Prive”? I have not taken the cinetismo also my other creations;

One of the specialties of Nicholas are the wedding dresses. These are exclusive and unique for that special night in the life of a woman designs. All its famous clients have used these unique creations in their marriage. In fact Nicolas is so Vanguard that three years ago a wedding dress design equal to the new English princess, Kate Middleton. What other items are working? My fashion line is extensive. I wallets, sunglasses and accessories. Also, I have a line for men my collection “Uomo”. Men’s suits are made in Italy in one of the most prestigious houses of knights, who works for the same Brioni. Use of Australian wool fabrics with decreasing temperature ten degrees.

The lines of his men’s suits are classic, but with modern touches that give their designs today. Throughout his career Nicholas has been the recipient of many awards such as: Tiffani for their designs Fashion Week Miami, Zanetti Murano in Italy, Award Universal experience in Mexico, Americas Young Magazine Fashion Designers, Forbes Magazine, among others. And this Saturday will be delivered to the “Victoria Puig de Lange International Style Award.

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I have rarely seen a blue so intense and so deep. It was a rare eye dark blue. But it was the natural color of the eyes of Eva Ekvall. Despite his advanced disease her beauty remained intact. And the beauty of her eyes was something special.

I met Eva in a Hospital bed in Houston. Medical colleagues of my ex-husband informed him that a Venezuelan beauty queen was at the Hospital with terminal cancer. I did not know Eva. She was born a year before I was Miss Venezuela, the 15 of March 1983. She was crowned queen with only 17 years of age in 2000. What I did know is that she was a journalist and had fought a battle with cancer a year before. That I learned from Facebook. It is amazing how social networks pulls together people.  I think I felt a kind of a sisterhood with her because belong to this privileged group of women who have been fortunate and proud to represent Venezuelan women in international beauty pageants. So, I decided to find out more about her and her case.

Eva discovered during her pregnancy, leave a two-year-old “Miranda”, a nodule that he thought was caused by the mammary glands in preparation for lactation. It eva as a good communicator who loved being informed attended breastfeeding classes during gestation and learned that could occur nodules. I consult with people lactation consultants and advised that massaged. I eagerly prepared to breastfeed her daughter, which it was impossible because of the pain it caused him. He gave up and throw in the towel. I opt for the bottle.

Over the months the nodule increased size and skin texture change. In February 2010 he decides to consult a doctor, exactly five months after the birth of her daughter. To this date begins his courageous fight against cancer. With verve and determination I steeled himself and faced chemotherapy, radiation and a double radical mastectomy. All with the determination to defeat the enemy and prevent them from returning. During these months I get it step by step its tour operating rooms, hospital rooms, doctor’s offices and found the lens with its reality. A distant reality that was used, where each photo showed the perfection of an extraordinarily beautiful woman and always tidy. Mostro here because of drugs without hair and swollen.

Breast cancer survivors manage to get the chair narrator news Televen. It becomes an active twitera. And with her husband and daughter he faces a life full of promise. However, three months after remission and in his first visit after discharge, they announce you that you have a new type of breast cancer in the unaffected breast. I confessed that refused to reality and avoid treatments until her psychologist made her reconsider. Seek help in alternative medicine and came to Houston, a city where he died on December 17, 2011. Eva is remembered as one of the most beautiful women who have gone through the national competition and the first non-Christian queen to win the crown, she he called himself a Buddhist. Eva married radio producer John Fabio Bermúdez in September 2007,

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The beauty of Eva Ekvall led to the coveted crown of Miss Venezuela in the year 2000. The following year almost rises with the crown of Miss Universe obtaining the position of third finalist. An enterprising and hard working woman who after the scenes went to finish her career as a journalist and serves as a news storyteller.

Just married and with a beautiful newborn girl everything was shining in her life. However, fate had had a surprise that changed his life. In February 2010 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. There he began a new stage in learning to value his life even more. A stage that he decided to share with friends, family and friends.

For Eva, although she did not expect this news so early in her life, she knew this could happen. His Grandmother Paterna died of cancer of Mama and his paternal Aunt has suffered twice. Eva’s cancer appears at the most beautiful and exciting moment in a woman’s life. It is during the pregnancy of your daughter that the first nodule feels. However, she thought it was a mammary gland. A normal symptom is that stage.

Eva how do you finally discover Cancer? I had my daughter and breastfeed her for a little over a month. I could not but because it was difficult and painful. At the end of breastfeeding notice that the protuberances did not go down, on the contrary they increased and the texture of the skin in the zone change. I thought it was mastitis. As my daughter’s Baptism approached in Margarita, she decided to see my doctor and they gave me the exams that gave the result. When I returned from Margarita they gave me the terrible news. One of Eva’s admirable things was that in the midst of this storm she decided to help the Senos Salud Foundation so that her story would serve to help other women who were living their same experience.

Roberto Mata, a renowned Venezuelan photographer, proposes to accompany and photograph each step of this process of survival. At the time they had no idea that it would result from this experience. At the same time, Eva opened an internet mail account where she was reporting the progress of her illness. It is like this little by little and at the end of this nightmare gives the idea of ​​the book “Out of Focus”. A form of chronology of Eve’s experience where a woman of extraordinary beauty, a representative of the Venezuelan woman decides to show herself under a stark reality; where there are no colors, touches, photoshops … just a reality. The reality of giving a battle to life.

In October 2010 Eva Ekvall gets a perfectly healthy ballot. As every Cancer patient has to return to checkup every three months, until he graduates and check every six months and then every year. Eva continues her anchor life of the Televen Newscast in Venezuela. It is dedicated with more illusion to the care of its family. And start a life full of fortune with a Book that promises to be a living testament.

What happens then Eve? I’m going to my first follow-up appointment after cancer and they found that I have a new type of cancer. At first I denied the reality. Then I made my decisions little by little. Today I understand that there are many alternatives and I decided to try some of them. That’s how I ended up here in Houston.


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I decided to start with something very basic, but extremely important throughout our lives: Skin care. Above all, it is important to teach our daughters at an early age how to protect and care for their faces. The face is our cover letter. And her skin says a lot about who we are; if we smoke, we take, we unveil, we take sun and if we give him pampering.

This procedure is performed by specialists called Endodontists. Dr. Mauricio Ceballos is one of the most recognized specialists in the field. Doctor Who are Endodontists? We are specialized dentists to perform routine cases or much more complex procedures that go until endodontic surgery. We are also trained to diagnose oral or facial pains that have been difficult to pinpoint.

I started very young to take care of the skin of the face. Without knowing why, from the age of fifteen it was very important for me to cleanse my face every night and to get a moisturizer. Today I thank God for that intuition.

From that time on cleaning my skin progressed not only as a routine of simply washing the skin, I understood that it was important to thoroughly clean the makeup before going to bed and moisturize the skin to feed it. Never go to bed with make-up. The skin needs to breathe and nourish itself. As part of the cleaning routine I recommend exfoliating the skin at least twice a week. It can be with an exfoliating cream or with exfoliating soaps. The latter can be used at bath time. Exfoliate the skin removes the dead cells that accumulate on our face and dull the skin. It also helps eliminate nasty blackheads. Once or twice a week, consume and use a moisturizing mask. In addition, to be able to relax for the fifteen minutes that the treatment requires, these masks return the shine to the skin. It is especially important for people who have parched skins.

I will not deny that I abuse the sun in my youth. And pay for it. However, protecting myself from the sun from the age of 25 and applying nutrition treatments and skin discoloration have yielded positive results. It is important to use sunscreen daily or use a base that contains at least SPF 25 protection. It is even more important to use sunscreen during the summer and when you go to sea. The protection should be reapplied after each bath. And wear hats or visors. Never expose your face to the sun. Although it seems incredible, using makeup during the day is important. In the era we are living in, where we are exposed to ozone and multiple contaminants, the makeup offers a protective layer to the skin.

A good reason to quit or not to quit smoking is never to want to stay young. The cigarette helps premature aging. Observe how the skin of smoked does not shine, has a different color and is more shoddy than other people of the same age. I will not tell them not to take, but everything in moderation. Excessive alcohol intake is to blame for the unpleasant sachets under the eyes. We are what we eat, that is very true. Drink water. The body is composed of 60 to 70% of water and we have to clean the system, when cleaning it shows on the skin giving it more shine. Water is part of the nutrition of the complexion. If we water the woods as we will not do with ourselves.

Also, we have to be aware of ingesting all the nutrients necessary for our body and skin: Vitamins and Minerals. As well as the natural oils that give elasticity to the skin.


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We all want to have a shiny, smooth, healthy, hydrated and silky skin. Skin care begins at an early age and consists of attention to many aspects in our daily routine. However, the most basic and simple aspect in obtaining a resplendent skin with elasticity is the adequate consumption of Water. As simple as that!

Water makes up 70% of the human body and is necessary to carry out multiple biological functions, such as nutrient transport, regulation of body temperature, metabolization of food, cleaning of the body, among many others. The human being loses about two liters of water daily with sweat, respiration, urine and other biological processes.

The need for water consumption varies according to the person, age, sex, physical activity and region where one lives. More physical activity causes a need for more water consumption. Also, in hot climates it requires more water consumption due to more water loss through sweat. Apart from water consumption, we must consider that dry climates also affect the appearance of the skin, causing dryness. This can be noticed in people living in these climates. Often they have dried skins that look more aged than people of the same age who live in humid regions.

How do we know how much water we should drink? If we lose about two liters of Water a day, we must replenish that same amount or consume at least 3% of body weight per day. We have to remember the factors that increase water loss to increase water consumption. However, consuming excess water is also bad, since excess of it in the body dilutes the sodium, potassium and magnesium, minerals needed in various functions of the body. Also, excess water in the body can cause hyponatremia, which is the loss of salt in the body which can result in hypertension.

So a good way to measure the need for water in your body is according to the condition of your lips. If your lips are dry, there is a high possibility that you are not consuming enough water. If your lips are dry, your skin should also have water deficiency. And just as the earth cracks in the drought, in the same way cracks the skin causing wrinkles, often premature. In the same way that water is indispensable for the functioning of the body’s functions, its consumption helps reduce the risk of many diseases according to the American Dietetic Association such as: colds, kidney stones, breast cancer, cancer of the colon and cancer of the urinary tract.

When accounting for our daily Water consumption, we must take into account other sources that contain Water. Fruits and vegetables are good sources of water. We also take into account when counting the glasses of Water that we take a day, the consumption of tea, soft drinks and juices. And of course we always take into account the quality of Water that we consume. Clean and safe water. Water consumption definitely improves the appearance of your skin.

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Fat has become an epidemic, especially in the state of Texas. Which is among the first twelve states of this country that has more than 30 percent of the adult population obese.

Fortunately today there are several surgical procedures that ensure weight loss with success from 50 to 77 percent from six months to two years after the procedure.

We speak with Dr. Jorge Leiva who is a specialist in these three procedures. Doctor Leiva what is the difference between these three procedures: Gastric Bypass is the most effective and decreases the Tamayo of the stomach and alters the absorption of nutrients in the intestine. The gastric sleeve also decreases the capacity of the stomach and contributes hormonally diminishing the appetite and finally, The Adjustable Band also decreases the capacity of the stomach. But it is the least effective and used today.

Which do you recommend? All three as I said are effective. Fortunately, patients today have much access to information via the internet or specialists in the field. They also have the recommendation of family and friends who have the experience of the procedure. That is why in most cases patients already know what procedure they want and we help them make sure they make an informed decision. I prefer the Gastric Bypass and the Gastric Sleeve over the Gastric Band. The latter requires more maintenance by the patient.

Who are the ideal candidates for this procedure? Anyone who is over 100 pounds or 50 kilos overweight. Also, the “Body Mass Index” (BMI) is used, which is calculated by dividing the weight by squaring (kg / m2). This calculation classifies the weight in terms of what is healthy or not. People with a BMI over 35 are candidates for this procedure. Although health insurance requires a BMI of over 40.

The success of these procedures is observed in two ways: the first six months with a loss of 50% of excess overweight. And a 70 to 77% loss of excess weight in two years. The most important success is the safety of the operation, with minimal complications and no mortality. How long does the operation last? These three procedures are performed with laparoscopic surgery with minimal invasion. The sutures are 1.5 to 2 cm. These last for 50 to 90 minutes and the patient can return home the next day.

Once at home the patient should be active, walking frequently with minimal rest in bed. The person can return to work and start activity without weight for ten or fifteen days. But you must wait six weeks to start more demanding and heavy physical activities. Dr. Jorge Leiva is a specialist in General and Bariatric Surgery.


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In this world we are living “nothing is impossible”. Everything can be achieved !. We can have the body we always sound or change any aspect of our face that we do not like.

Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardazshian and even Pipa Middleton have fashioned the backside. Not only the great, but also the well-formed and attractive. Gone is the fashion of super skinny women. Today we greet the curves; more breasts, but breasts. Yes! If you want to have a bigger but attractive back, this can be achieved with a surgical procedure called “Brazilian Butt Lift”.

We talked to Dr. German Newall about this new procedure. Doctor can explain what the Brazilian Butt Lift consists of? The Brazilian Butt lift is a procedure in which fat is injected into the buttocks to enlarge and / or change the shape of the buttocks. This procedure is accompanied by liposuction from where the necessary fat is obtained.

So with this procedure we have more than one benefit? If, with this procedure, fat is removed from areas where it is left over and it is injected into the buttocks, achieving the desired voluminous effect. In turn when you inject the fat you are given the shape you want.

Generally the most common areas where fat is removed are the waist, abdomen, hips and legs. Many times, even when performing liposuction of the abdomen, a liposculpture is done that leaves the abdomen with that marked appearance that is only obtained with many abdominal exercises.

Also, this fat is often used to inject it into the face. Achieving thus more voluptuous lips or filling the cheeks, returning that youthful effect that is lost with the years.

Doctor and as soon as the recovery time? As with any surgical procedure, rest and no strenuous exercise or exertion are recommended until after six weeks.

These procedures are less risky each day. Even with anesthesia, many advances have been made that make it less risky than before. This Brazilian Butt Lift procedure can totally change a person’s body. As Dr. Newall explained, in a single procedure the person can get rid of extra fat in unwanted areas. In turn this same fat can be used to round off our derriere and rejuvenate the face. Also, you can get a flat and defined abdomen that you only get with hours of exercise and proper diet.

Despite the wonderfulness of these procedures it is recommended that once performed maintain a healthy diet and perform exercises. This will help them keep the surgery done. Like everything if we surrender … those results can be lost.


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Healthy, long, hard nails are attractive in women. Especially because it makes us see the longer hands. But sometimes it is very difficult to achieve it by taking care of our hands.

Did you know that doing the Manicure frequently is one of the many causes of nail thinning, causing them to break or open? Many things we do to maintain extreme care of our body or coquetry are sometimes harmful. Just as washing your hair very often is bad, exposing your nails to the manicure process, where you use ketones, polishing and limes is bad. Sometimes the weakness does not look quickly, but over time you notice it. If you keep your nails well cared for and in spite of that, you often break or open, think about it and give the Manicure a rest. My recommendation is that the Manicure should be done every two or three weeks if possible. In this way the exposure to these harmful agents are less frequent. Also, let the nails breathe, from time to time do not paint them lúcelas the natural.

Do not eat your nails and above all do not use your nails as a hardware tool. Now, food, nutrients, vitamins and minerals are basic in nail health. Although there is genetic predisposition in the health of the nails, attention must be paid to the external and internal aspects that affect them. Other external aspects that affect the health of the nails are: the cold, the heating, much exposure to soap and detergents, lack of hydration; and although they do not create much exposure to water in frequency and duration.

One of the health problems that is most reflected in the nails is Anemia. The lack of iron affects our entire body since hemoglobin is responsible for transporting the nutrients to the organs. Once the nails do not get the necessary nutrients the nails will break. But the most important thing is the lack of vitamins essential for the health and quality of the nails. Among the B vitamins, B12 and Biotin are essential for nails. Also, folic acid, vitamins A, C and D.

The nails are formed by Keratin Protein, of course Keratin deficiency, the impaired nail is imminent. Therefore, we must have a diet rich in Proteins. Once we make the necessary corrections to improve the health of the nails we have to wait for about 3 to 6 months, which is the time it takes for the nail to complete its growth and regenerate itself completely. Because the nails grow very slowly 4 mm a month.

Finally, did you know that your nails speak? Your nails betray like your Health, not only the condition of them are indicative of deficiencies in our body or external excesses but also can indicate how your Health is. Have you ever wondered why the doctors check our nails? They can determine certain health problems through them, problems such as respiratory, anemia and many other conditions.


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Beauty in the Winter

The changes of Stations dictate changes in our routine that we have to take into account and apply to maintain the beauty and health of our skin and body.

Our lips are the first to be affected by the low winter temperatures. During these three months drinking water is not the only thing that will help us. It is even more important at this time that we use lip moisturizers. The lip moisturizer should not be heavy, but an easy to be absorbed by the skin. For people suffering from allergies are advised to refrain from using them with fragrances, allergic reactions can worsen dry lips.

The other thing we tend to neglect is our feet. Many think that because they are not going to see there is no need to get a pedicure. And it is not like that. If you neglect your feet in winter it will cost you much more to make them visible for spring. It is recommended that you do Pedicure every six weeks during the winter. Also, you can soak your feet in warm water for fifteen minutes and then remove dead skin special utensils for it. Do not recommend leaflet that rather encourages the increase of hardness.

When cleaning your face, avoid soap or skin cleansers that contain soap. This will dry the skin. I recommend that you use cleansers with creamy bases that help hydrate the skin. And with as much cold as it causes us to enter the shower and give us a hot bath that lasts a lot … error! The worst we can do, this depletes the lipid layer of the skin that is the one that maintains the moisture of the skin. That is why they have two alternatives: to give baths more cuts with hot water or that are not hot. An average temperature.

How cold! Hands always in sight and working for us, are also very affected by the cold. Using gloves is more than a need for cold and fashion. Keep your hands protected from the cold to prevent the skin near the nails from hardening and breaking. Also, the cold weakens the nails causing them to break or open. At this time is when we must use moisturizing creams for hands. Preferably it also has sun protection. And speaking of sun protection do not believe that because it is not Summer and we are not exposing ourselves to the Sun we should not use protection. Always our skin is exposed to sun damage. In the same way as in the summer it is necessary to use a humectant with sun protection, also in the winter. Never leave the house without applying it with or without makeup.

And as we enter the makeup, the foundation that we must use in the cold has to be cream-based and not dust. We have to keep the skin hydrated and it also looks better. It is even recommended to use humectants that have color instead of foundation. As for hair, Winter is a time to darken our hair a little. Not much but it’s a good idea to download two or three shades of color that we usually use. Why not, it’s a chance to change the look a little!


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More and more the advances of science are allowing it to be possible to rejuvenate without having to go through the knife. Radio Frequency is the new technique that improves the condition of the skin and also improves the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This treatment is ideal for all people. But the best results are seen in people between the ages of 30 and 50, when signs of vexing begin to appear. Also, it is effective on light and dark skin.

Radio Frequency emits hot waves to the dermis, which is the deepest layer of the skin, without damaging the epidermis, emitting heat to the muscles and all layers of the skin. This heat stimulates the production of collagen, which causes the skin to contract. The final result, which can be observed immediately or in 24 hours, is a brighter and more tight skin, as well as an obvious reduction of the bags and wrinkles. These results improve even more with the passage of the weeks, when the increase of the production of collagen improves to daily the condition of the skin.

Radio Frequency is a “non-invasive” procedure. It can be done practically as a skin cleansing routine. This takes half to an hour. Like a facial the radiofrequency can leave the face a little red. But you can go back to regular activities and even work out of treatment. However, there are people who experience bloating, this usually lasts 24 hours and some people can last up to a week.

What is recommended is to use sunscreen after Radio Frequency. Also, sunbathing or tanning beds should be avoided for two weeks after treatment. Radio Frequency does not hurt. The only thing that feels is a little warm. But this should not be harmful or painful. If the temperature of the appliance is very high, inform the person who is giving the treatment. Radio Frequency should be performed in six to ten treatments over a period of 6 to 8 weeks. Then a treatment should be done at the maintenance month. Although Radio Frequency improves the overall appearance of the skin of the face, the areas where the results are most impressive are the following: The forehead, in addition to seeing the skin tighter, eyebrows are raised, which offers a youthful appearance .

The appearance of the lower part of the eyes improves by removing the bags and raising the cheeks. Also, it is noted on the cheeks closing the pores. In the area of ​​the mouth and jaw the skin is tightened avoiding what is called the sad face. And the best part is the improvement of the neck, correcting Gallina’s neck. Another of the positive aspects of Radio Frequency is the improvement of cellulite. But this is the subject for the next article.