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Be good to your skin and see the benefits

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by Latisha Lewis Price// Warmer weather means brighter sunrays and more attention is needed for your skin. Sunscreen One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. When protecting your face from the…

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What is beauty?

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By Elaine Stevens//   What is beauty? Is it a joy forever or an ephemeral quality that Hollywood craves, depending on what’s hot and what’s not? Beauty is dictionary-defined as a “combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or other traits that pleases the aesthetic sense, especially the sight.” What if one is blind, does that mean there is no beauty? Perhaps an ideal of beauty only exists in the…

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Spring fashion: from the runway to your closet

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by Brenda Blount//   There may still be a chill in the air, but on the runways of New York, Paris and Milan, the 2016 spring fashion shows have come and gone. Let’s take a look at what trends will translate from the runway to your closet. Here are my top five fashion trends for spring 2016, and we’ll start with my favorite: White shirt The white shirt, which, dear…

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Do you have an ugly baby?

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by Ryan Giles//   Did your business make a profit last year? If so, did it make as much as you would have liked? If not, don’t beat yourself up. In fact, most small and medium businesses did not make a healthy profit in 2015. As business owners, we invest our blood, sweat, and tears into our business…and it becomes our baby. However, we have to look in the mirror…

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Life’s Lagniappes

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by John Folding//   We are always looking for ways to make our lives a little easier. That’s why “how to” books and “life hack” videos are so popular — they lure you in with provocative captions and titles. That’s why classic helpful hinters like Heloise are so popular and are an inspiration for this column. Each issue, I give a few hints on how to make life a little…

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Home Color Trends

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Ready, set, refresh!   Spring has always signed newness and change, so it’s time to put on a new interior look for 2016. If color changes will be your design instrument of choice to make a big difference without chewing up a lot of cash, take a look at what the experts say will be the best hues this year.   Modern interior decorating color trends mix classy black, white…

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A Woman’s Retirement Concerns

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By Suzie P. Sawyer//   Investing for retirement can be a challenge for anyone, but women, in particular, face many unique challenges when it comes to building a proper nest egg. According to the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, one-half of all American women work in low-paying jobs that don’t offer retirement benefits. Women retirees typically receive only one-half the average pension benefits that men receive. This means a…

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Maintain a healthy business by keeping it fit

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By Chantell Barkum-Casey//   It’s that time of the year again! The new year brings a time for new beginnings, lifestyle changes, and if you’re like most Americans, a new start on health and fitness. However, as entrepreneurs, when thinking about health we rarely consider what it takes to keep a business fit. To help ensure longevity for your business, try these easy tips:   Pay attention to the symptoms…

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Married Entrepreneurs Beth and Tony Swigris: Keeping L-O-V-E at home and in business

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By Elaine Stevens//   They met and worked together for a South Florida restaurant group in 1991. Today Beth and Tony Swigris are their own restaurant bosses in Gulfport, Mississippi. The 21-year married entrepreneurs operate two popular downtown eateries: Tony’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and SeaGrapes Wine Café. “You have to love this business,” says Beth, “because you definitely bring it home, to the kitchen and living room—and you go to…

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2016 Spring Trends – Pantone Style

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by Mallory Fitzgerald//   If you’ve never heard of Pantone or its colors of the year, well, it’s about time. Pantone is a company that is described as the world-renowned authority on color. Every year they reveal their color of the year, and then it is translated into every aspect of retail and fashion, including makeup! 2016 is the very first year that two colors have been named as “color…