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  • "Beauty Broker" Melinda Farina, seen here with the HSFT luxe tote


    Melinda Farina loves to help people. Aka the Beauty Broker, Melinda founded her health and beauty consulting business, "Integrated Aesthetics" in 2004. She connects her clients with the best doctors and experts in their fields, like plastic surgeons and cosmetic dentists. With her degrees in dental science and psychology, her brains are as impressive as her beauty. She studied extensively under top cosmetic Dr. Rosenthal of New York City where she learned much about consulting and working with patients first hand. "I would study my patients and take inventory, from looking at their health histories every day to what surgeries they had and who did them. It was so interesting to me...." Her own consulting business has since grown to three international businesses and keeps her on the move. We were thrilled to have Melinda take some take to talk with HSFT about what inspires her and how she like to Have Some Fun...

    What is your personal mantra or Mission Statement?

    I live by the “Golden Rule”, Do Unto Others… I actually even tattooed it on my left forearm. I always put myself in another person's shoes, listen thoroughly to and try to fully understand them before I act. I never treat another as I wouldn't want to be treated. Making people feel loved, comfortable and included is my thing. It's something that is not practiced often enough, unfortunately. This is one thing that I will be sure my children grow up practicing. Also, Be Original. The only way to true success is practicing originality- people want authenticity not a copy or hacked version of another person’s hard work and creativity. Always be one of a kind!

    What inspires you? 

    The ability to change a person's life for the better. The reason I started my company was to help people. Both men and women come to me usually when they're feeling at their very worst. Having the ability to guide them through a reinvention process and watch them walk away with their heads held high - that is exactly why I do what I do, day after day. Nothing more gratifying than being the orchestrator of such a beautiful process. It is the one driving force that pushes me to become better and expand my services year after year. 


    What do you value most in life?

    My mind and my heart. I place a lot of value on being a woman who thinks deeply and loves deeply. A beautiful mind and a huge heart can take you anywhere in life. Never underestimate the power of these two things. 


    Do you use any daily disciplines or practices to energize you? 

    Early to bed early to rise - and no processed junk food. I lead an organic lifestyle through and through! Good rest and healthy living will always keep you young and energized. I always make sure that I put aside ME TIME- spa days - steam room at the gym, ocean time with no electronics in sight. Your body speaks to you- if you take the time to listen to it and address its needs-you will always feel your best. I take 4x yearly trips to Italy for work and family. The Amalfi Coast just simply revives me! In the past two years or so I have also practiced "toxic elimination" toxic people, toxic habits, toxic environments- GOODBYE. I won't allow it. Constant cleansing of these things are necessary- especially living in NYC!


    What is the most valuable advice you've even been given or words of inspiration you live by?

    "Let Cooler Heads Prevail"- brilliant words handed over to me by my brilliant older brother. He is an uber successful business man. I am a business woman- and as women, sometimes we allow our emotions to guide us and speak on our behalf. I have learned to stop reacting out of emotions and take a few days to think about a situation before addressing it. There is always truth in facts and numbers. Presenting facts and making solid factual points, strategically and systematically is the wiser path to choose. Reacting out of emotions automatically makes you the weaker counterpart- no matter how RIGHT you may be. Stop, breathe, think- and always let cooler heads prevail. You will thank me for this one!

    What helps you Have Some Fun Today - each and every day?

    My core group of brilliant friends. We constantly bounce brilliant business and travel ideas off of one another- all of my friends are wickedly creative and innovative- we truly enjoy each others company. My family and my adorably hysterical nephew, who always does and says the funniest things. I am also so lucky to work with world renown surgeons and specialists that have become some of my closest friends. We laugh so much day in and day out, they're wonderful people! Laughter is life. When I am around the people I love, I am always donning an ear to ear smile. I just couldn't do it without them! 


    Written and contributed by Rebecca Doubek...

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  • HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - It's the simplest of Beauty Secrets, but we often underestimate how important a good night's sleep is on our body and our well being. 

    "One of the most crucial anti-aging tools is sleep," says Integrative health coach and nutritionist Lisa Rado of RADO Nutrition. She tells her clients that stress is a huge deterrent in getting quality sleep and that often our bodies adapt to chronic, low grade stress in our everyday lives. She recommends a specific blend of supplements and vitamins to clients based on their individual issues.

    Check out 5 more reasons you need get more rest... 

    1. Be Happier and Have Some Fun Today

    Your mood and overall "experience" in the course of your day is most impacted by having good, restful sleep. You simply will not Have Some Fun Today when you've had a bad night's sleep. Experts agree the ideal amount of sleep is 7-9 hours each night. Clinical research shows we are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression when we are not sleeping long enough. Good sleep, good vibes. Good vibes, good day. That's how you HSFT

    2. Glowing & Radiant Skin

    It's called beauty sleep because it makes you glow! A recent study in dermatology found that people who consistently log 7-9 hours each night had a better reaction recovering from ultraviolet light exposure on their skin. They also showed fewer signs of aging. Drink plenty of water. Get your sleep. That's the secret... 

    3. Your Body Needs a Re-boot

    So much is happening internally when we rest. Our body re-sets and recalibrates. "Proper sleep is the magic hour for everyone. This is when our body repairs, rebuilds, restores and refuels on a cellular level for the next day," says Lisa Rado, of RADO Nutrition. She says that when we fix and restore good sleep, it's a game changer for the body with how we manage stress, fatigue and overall health. 

    We create a molecule that strengthens our immune system while we are asleep. Our blood pressure and cholesterol lowers. Cellularly and muscularly, our bodies are rebuilding and getting charged up for the day ahead. Sleep is also the way our body regulates and controls our appetite. When our sleep patterns are off and irregular, it can mean weight gain and other health issues. One study of 500 participants that was conducted over 13 years found people who frequently slept less than seven hours a night were 7.5 times more likely to be overweight! It really reeks havoc with our natural systems when we don't get the shut eye our bodies truly need. 

    4. Kick More Ass 

    We are more focused and energetic after a full night's rest, so there's pretty much nothing we cant 't do. We retain information better, learn and listen better, and generally are more productive. We look better and feel better when we get good sleep. And we definitely can make time to HAVE SOME FUN TODAY! You can't conquer the world when you're "ass-dragging" tired.

    5. A Better Booty Call

    Getting a enough sleep is actually crucial for our sex drive. Both men and women create testosterone when they sleep, and when you're not getting enough rest, it lowers libido. So if you wanna get jiggy with it, make sure you've got a date with your pillow (our HSFT pillow is perfect!) for at least 7 hours every night. 




    Written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who loves a good night's rest...

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