My Trip to Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Those of you that know me know I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE animals....ALL animals!!

And those of you that dont, well I'm letting you know now. I adore animals...ALL animals!!

So it was very exciting to me to be able to visit an animal sanctuary recently in Pennsylvania.

I had first heard about the Indraloka Animal Sanctuary when I saw a video that was circulating on Facebook about a poor little sweet pig named Jeremiah.

This poor thing was rescued from someones backyard after someone called the authorizes upon seeing it out in the frigid bitter cold.

The emaciated little pig struggled to breathe as blood poured from his snout, and yet his eyes were filled with hope.

Under filth-encrusted sores and protruding bones, he wanted to live...just like you and I.

He was named Jeremiah, “God will lift him up.”

Jeremiah, fighting to live.
Jeremiah, fighting to live.

The humane police officer heroically rescued him from a living nightmare on Thursday night on February 20th, but did not know if he was rescued in time. The vets warned that the damage might be too great.  Jeremiah might not survive.

He got worse before he got better.

Vet visits, medicines, feeding his broken body by hand and even by syringe, and praying for his survival.

Long-term pneumonia left his airways so scarred that blood and mucus spewed from his nose as he battled for air.

Painful ulcers on his feet and legs from being forced to live in his own filth caused his legs to swell unnaturally.

They feared that even if he survived he most probably wouldn't be able to walk again.

And yet, throughout all of it, Jeremiah fought for his life.

Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Jeremiah

Eddie Traffic, is another young pig who on the morning of December 23, 2013, jumped from a slaughter-house bound truck in the midst of heavy I-80 Parsippany, NJ traffic.

The terrified pig waited on the highway with cars roaring by for four hours before help arrived to take him to a safe home and a new life.

Eddie Traffic
Eddie Traffic

I had the awesome pleasure of meeting these two gorgeous gentle souls, as well as many other of the animals wondering happily and freely on the property. 

Horses, goats, sheep, chickens, cats, and cows, many pigs, and even a peacock.

There is something so beautiful about seeing animals roam freely, under the sun, breathing the fresh-air. 

Animals are no different than us. 

We all want the same things. ...sunshine, fresh air, a kind, gentle hand to give us belly rubs, to be told we are special and beautiful.......and some 'treat's.

Located in Mehoopy, Pa., Indraloka is an all species animal rescue and provides “heaven on earth” to more than 150 animals who have nowhere else to turn. 

They educate the community, especially children, on ways in which we can better care for ourselves, others, and the environment all while helping animals in need.

They are always looking for 'volunteers' and it is a beautiful way to spend the day with your children, so make sure you bring some treats with you. The pigs love bananas and apples, and so do the horses.

They could also use donations and DeeVa Beauty was happy to make a small one.

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It was a 2 1/2 hour trip each way for me from North NJ, but it was worth the drive to meet the animals......and my beloved, forever in my heart...Jeremiah, who has had made a miraculous full recovery and is up and about walking and playing and making new friends.

Jeremiah, you truly have been 'lifted up by love' ♥ .............and I am still swooning from our 'kiss'!!!

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http://www.indraloka.org

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A BOUDOIR SHOOT?....you know you want too!!

BOUDOIR:

A woman’s dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room.

A boudoir session can be the best gift for the love in your life ...or just for yourself.

Just imagine a little black book that reflects the beautiful, confident and sexy side of you.

Boudoir portraits are for all women of any age, shape, and size and ‘beautiful’ or ‘sexy’ doesn't just fit one mold.

We are all beautiful and sexy in our own way. Having confidence and believing in yourself is what makes fantastic pictures. Don’t keep putting it off till you are the‘perfect’ weight.

Hey, curvy looks best in this type of photography anyway.. (and in real life in my opinion!)

Boudoir is for all age ranges and personality types. Whether you are softly feminine, a naughty devil, or a sultry, glamour diva, boudoir is for ALL women.

But let’s face it; most people don’t enjoy having their photos taken. So you can imagine how that discomfort must increase when they decide to do a boudoir shoot in their underwear. Never fear, I am here to give you a few simple tips on preparing for your boudoir shoot.

First of all, Boudoir has gained a reputation for being trashy or common but this isn't true.

Boudoir done right is sexy, tasteful, and very sensual......... as it should be.

Boudoir does not necessarily need to mean lingerie shots or showing a lot of skin, and your photographer will be able to make you look sexy in even a pretty dress or sweater, exposing not to much.

Your boudoir session is all about having fun, getting glammed up, dressed up, letting your hair down and forgetting about little insecurities.

Treating yourself to new lingerie and beauty treatments before the session is a definite excitement and confidence builder!

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How to prepare for your Boudoir shoot

Do your nails and toes. It’s a good excuse for a spa day. Get a good mani/pedi.

Chipped polish is not sexy.

Your nails don’t have to be long, just a nice manicure. Color is optional. It’s usually best to stick with a color that’s fairly neutral, so it doesn’t clash with any of your outfits.

But if it is your personality to love bold colored nails…go for it!!

Hair. It’s best to have a cut you like and to be mindful of your roots. Make sure you have timed your appt with your stylist correctly. Depending on your hairstyling, this could be either the day before or directly before your photography session.

Don’t change your style or color right before a session.

If you tan, the most important thing is an even skin tone. But don’t overdo!

You will not feel sexy with a painful sunburn!

Do apply lotion.

By keeping your skin super moisturized, you will create a natural glow to your skin.

Please make sure you exfoliate your skin...all over from face to toes...a day or two before.

Get a professional eyebrow waxing...also a few days prior, not the day before.

Shave your legs and take care of your bikini area.

You may not be exposing this area…. but YOU will feel sexier, and THAT will show in the photo.

If you normally work out or are active, you know what activities will help you to feel sexy and lean. Do that the day before, but not the day of. Your muscles actually swell after a heavy workout.

Schedule your session taking into account your ‘cycle’ .

You will feel sexier without your monthly visitor.

If you’re worried about your mid-section, watch what you eat and drink.

There are certain foods and drinks that can cause bloating so try to avoid those for a day or two before your shoot. Limit your sugar and salt intake. Salads and fish a few days prior.

Limit your carbs....pasta, bread ...as these retain water.

It is good idea to have a little something in your stomach before the session.

Also, if you want a glass of wine/champagne to relax you, you really need to eat a little.

What to Wear to Your Boudoir Shoot

Don’t wear any tight clothing especially underwear. These will leave pressure marks in your skin and they take awhile to disappear.

The best thing to wear is a but­ton down shirt so your make-up and hair will not be messed dur­ing wardrobe changes. You can slip in and out easily.

Arrive with a clean face with no makeup on.

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What to bring to your shoot

Everybody has different tastes in lingerie and this can be very personal to some people.

Always bring what you are comfortable wearing as being confident and comfortable has a big affect on the outcome of your images.

Look at magazines to see what you like. Go through your closet and your friend’s closets!

What does your partner like? What do you like about your body?

Use lingerie and other clothing to show off.

Treat yourself to some pretty lingerie.

You will probably never do anything like this again so really make an event out of it. Treat yourself to some beautiful lingerie. Not only will this make your photos more interesting, it will boost your confidence, making you look your best. Be sure to try the lingerie on beforehand, and maybe bring a friend with you to the dressing room that will be totally honest.

Plan on three or four outfits changes for a two hour session. (Discuss this with your photographer before hand)

  • Corsets
  • Killer push up bra
  • Boy shorts
  • Stockings/garter belts
  • High Heels
  • Men’s white shirt
  • Shawls
  • Bikinis
  • Brides tiaras, veil, wedding lingerie
  • Gloves
  • Fishnets
  • Hats
  • Jewelry
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Bring extra shoes

Bring the appro­pri­ate shoes to com­plete an outfit but also pack extra shoes.

You never know what may occur with shoes in regards to the heel.

Fur­ther­more, if the shoes hurt halfway through your session then have an alter­na­tive option avail­able with you.

But remember...stilettos..stilettos...stilettos.

Nothing makes you feel or move sexier than a sexy high heel show.

Hair and Makeup

Unless you know how to do camera-ready make-up on yourself, then professional make-up for your boudoir shoot is a must! Having the hair and make-up stylist is a fantastic experience, and it is nice to be pampered, especially if you are going out afterwards!

Makeup can be as natural and fresh, or sexy and smoldering as you wish.

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False Lashes!!

You may think they look somewhat fake in real life and you may feel weird wearing them.

However, in the photos they make a HUGE difference. You actually don’t really notice them in the pictures, but you will notice their effect. They accentuate your eyes. These are a must-have.

Trust me…they will make you feel glamorous and sexy!!

Most women will have never seen themselves styled; posing in beautiful lingerie, hair and makeup done, so you have to be prepared to see yourself in a different light.

Arrive early

Pack your costumes, lingerie and any props the day before. No rushing around at the last minute packing your bags.

Leave the house early the day of the shoot. You do not want to arrive fran­tic and stressed from deal­ing with traf­fic for these emo­tions may carry over into your pic­tures. You want your images to relay a pos­i­tive energy not a stren­u­ous facial and body expres­sion. Your body should be relaxed and not tense.

Some boudoir photographers will allow you to bring a friend with you to your shoot. Be sure you ask your photographer to find out their policies. You could also ask about boudoir parties.

HAVE FUN!!!!!

A boudoir shoot is about YOU!!

Enjoy it to the fullest. Embrace the glam­our behind it and chan­nel your inner sen­sual diva mak­ing the pho­to­graph a com­plete success.

As the client, you have full control over how much skin you do (or do not) want to show off.

You can bare as little or as much as you wish, remember, a good photographer knows how to hide your flaws.

You will of course be a little nervous about your photo shoot. Most women feel a little trepidation when they are thinking about their boudoir session because this is something that is completely out of their comfort zone.

You will start with some easy poses. This will help you relax and gain confidence. As your photography session progresses you’ll do more elaborate posing. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. You can be as tame or bold as you wish.

Don't be nervous.

I promise you, you will look FABULOUS. Your insecurities will melt as you get in front of the camera. This is your time to feel sexy so you need to relax and have fun! Nervousness and lack of self-confidence will show up on your photos. Just remind yourself that no matter how you THINK you look, you will look amazing in the end. Again, your photographer knows how to hide your flaws.

Do push yourself to go a little bit outside of your comfort zone during the shoot.

Some girls think they will stay totally covered up during the entire shoot. Of course, you can if you want. But many girls, once they are in the swing of it and having fun, decide to get a little naughty. I’m not talking about totally nude or anything, but maybe a hint of nudity. You want your photos tasteful and classy, but some of the best shots come when you let down your guard a little. And remember, your photos would never be posted without your permission.

Lastly, you’re mental ATTITUDE! It will show in the photos.

THIS is the key to good Boudoir Photography.

You have to feel good about yourself.

You have to feel sexy.

You have to trust your photographer.

Need some ideas on how to pose??

Just Google

Old Hollywood pinups or Gil Elvgren,the great American ‘pin up‘ artist or just go on Pinterest and type in Boudoir.

Remember these words as you pose:

tease,flirty, playful, sultry, sexy, glamour, sensuous.

Look at this as a once-in-a-lifetime investment.

Most of you will never do anything like this again so the photos you receive from it will be a keepsake that should last forever. How fun will it be to show your daughter/granddaughter (when their older of course!) how beautiful you looked and what a nice gift you gave to your husband!

I’ve never met a lady who said, “Gee, I wish I didn’t get gorgeous, sexy photos of myself taken!”

I had a blast when I did mine, and I would do it all over again in a heart beat. If I could do it every month I would...hey, there is so many different outfits, lingerie, shoes, and jewelry to choose from.

So treat yourself to a confidence boosting shoot today that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

It is empowering ...and you will look at yourself differently when you see how gorgeous you are.

No matter who you are doing this boudoir shoot for, deep down it is really for YOU!!

They may be going to someone else, but the experience itself is ALL yours.

Have fun, tease, flirt…. and WORK IT!!

Interested in doing a shoot??? YAY!! ...Just get in touch with me!

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All Makeup on this page done by Deirdre Mahon of DeeVa Beauty

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Photographer credits:

Al Ojeda

Diego Molina

Marjorie Raggo

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WINTER SKIN WOES

Skin a little to dry and flaky this time of year?

Moisturize for the skin to replenish, hydrate and protect. Choose those that contain plant-based moisturizers using natural oils and butters like shea butter and jojoba oil with essential fatty acids (omega 3 fatty acids). These ingredients penetrate the skin far better than man-made emollients made from petroleum derivatives.

Moisturize at night with natures most perfect oil. Extra virgin coconut oil has been used for centuries by people all over the world and is nature’s oldest and most popular moisturizer. It keeps the skin strong and supple, preventing sagging, wrinkled skin. It protects from free radicals and prevents dry skin, blemishes, heals and repairs, and is known to reduce liver spots. Do not limit the use just to your face. It can be applied anywhere on your body, heels, hands, cuticles, elbows, etc.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a key ingredient for beautiful skin. Most people are seriously lacking in these fats that are vital for vibrant, healthy looking skin.

Eczema, dry skin, cracked heels and premature aging are all signs of Omega-3 deficiency. Omega-3 fats prevent dehydration in the cells so that the skin cells are strong and full of moisture. Fish oil and Alaskan wild salmon are good sources of Omega-3. If you are a Vegan, you can use hemp, linseed and chia seeds.

Give your skin extra care during the winter when dry air can dry out your skin, and cold windy weather also depletes your skin of moisture.

Consider running a humidifier to increase the moisture in the air.

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