Friday, August 10, 2012

Beauty Will Rise - Baytown Sun Write up

Food star gives voice to human trafficking

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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

A local celebrity is using her fame, and the earnings that her celebrity status has provided, to give a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves.
Dorothy Strouhal, who has made regular appearances on the hit TV show “Great Day Houston” following a successful run on the Food Network’s “Worse Cooks In America,” is putting her money where her mouth is when it comes to reaching out to America’s lost children.

Strouhal, a commercially successful make-up artist before venturing to the other side of the camera, started a charity called “Beauty Will Rise,” which helps local facilities that take in children who have been victimized by human traffickers.
“It’s an epidemic out there,” Strouhal said. “The level of human trafficking that is going on in the Houston and eastern Harris County area is beyond what anyone could be lieve.”
Strou hal said her involvement came when she was in a courthouse a few months ago, and she saw a child she found out was an underage prostitute.
“It broke my heart, because I knew she didn’t choose that for herself,” Strouhal said. “God just put that little girl in my heart, and I started to find out just how bad the problem was.”
The problem was worse than she could imagine.
The 13th Amendment, passed in 1865, was meant to abolish slavery in the United States forever. But the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are enslaved in the nefarious world of human trafficking each year. They are used as sex slaves and often raped multiple times a day by adults who are willing to pay generously to have sex with a child.
Strouhal said on average, these victims are only 12 to 13 years of age, and those involved in the sexual exploitation of children are sophisticated criminals who have found a lucrative business in this heinous crime.
Thanks to the Internet, business is booming.
A quick search on Craigslist and found several sites in the Houston and Baytown area, and one in Anahuac, that used code words such as “kiddie play,” indicating young children might be available.
Sadly, there are few resources to help America’s own children who have fallen victim.
Federal grants are primarily directed to international victims or adult victims of human trafficking. And the majority of state child welfare systems do not allocate funds to programs for children caught in the sex trade.
Strouhal calls them the ‘lost children.”
“Some victims end up in youth detention centers, others are placed in temporary shelters or sent home, which is usually not a good thing,” Strouhal said. “Others get a second chance, and go to places like Freedom Place.”
Freedom Place is a state licensed rehabilitation center that works specifically with under aged American girls, ages 10-17 that are recovered from sex trafficking. Freedom place has a contract with the Houston court systems that any girls brought in charged with prostitution have the option of facing trial of prostitution, or going to Freedom Place.
For most, it’s a no brainer. Sadly, according to records of the Houston court system, some choose to fact trial, and many find themselves back on the street, in the hands of the same traffickers that lured them into prostitution.
Strouhal’s charity focuses on bringing awareness, funds and supplies to the facilities that work with these children.
“It costs about $300 a day per bed to run Freedom Place,” Strouhal said. “Our goal is to help meet their needs, with cash donations, products and services that help these children know there is a better life for them, and that there are people who love them and want to give them a second chance on life.”
Strouhal said there are a few facilities in the area that help recovered children, but Freedom Place offers so much with so little.
“They provide daily individual therapy, equestrian therapy, physical activities and on-location services like medical and dental treatment,” Strouhal said. “Because they’re licensed by the state, they also have to have a psychologist on staff. This is a safe haven for these girls, and it is the only licensed facility by the Department of Family Protective Services in the state of Texas.”
Strouhal is planning a large fundraiser in September, and hopes to bring members of industry and business together to help her charity provide Freedom Place with items for the girls they serve, especially hygienic products that take a large part of the facilities budget.
“My goal is to help provide them with the basic needs, and get the word out to folks that these children are out there,” Strouhal said. “I can’t go home and look at my own 14 or 17-year-old daughters anymore without thinking how blessed I am with them, and how hard those girls out there have had it. They’re in my heart now. I just want to help put them back together.”

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Truly Natural Beauty Tips and Tricks

Big day coming up? Follow these inexpensive and simple tips and tricks to maximize your natural beauty from the inside out!

Tip #1) Do NOT drink the night before! If you do, make sure you have 3x the amount of water to alcohol you consume. 

Why? Here are several ways your body( and especially your face) will respond the next day:
  • The whites of your eyes and your skin will be more "yellow" due to dehydration. 
  • Your eyelashes will clump together and look smaller and less full due to dehydration.
  • Your neck/chin area and your midsection will retain water and make you look swollen.
  • Your eye skin will be more sensitive/swollen and your eyes will be more likely to sting and water throughout the day, especially if you wear contacts.
  • Your lips will absorb lip color very quickly and look more "dry" and you will have more "lip wrinkles". 
Tip #2) DO exfoliate!

Try baking soda! Here are several ways this inexpensive household essential is also a beauty essential:

  • Because it is gentle and natural you will not damage the pores on your face when you use it. You can use it every day before bedtime after your regular face wash before you use toner. How to use it: Leave your face damp after washing and then gently scrub around the baking soda for 1 min, wash it off, then you are done!
  • The baking soda will gently take off the outer layers of dead skin cells leaving your face fresh, bright and beautiful!
  • Another advantage to using the baking soda is that you will not be spending a lot of money on a new product that could make you break out. Because there are no artificial colors, preservatives or fragrances, you don't have to worry about stressing your skin. 
  • Add a little baking soda to your toothpaste when you brush! It whitens your teeth without damaging the enamel or making your gums sore or sensitive!
  • When you are done brushing your teeth, use your clean toothbrush to gently exfoliate your lips as well. This will also help your lips to not be dry or chapped and your lip color will stay beautifully!
Tip #3) "Beauty Sleep" has that name for a reason!

Yes, the ideal number of hours is 8+, but when you are planning a big event, who can stick by that? If you have to cut corners on sleep, try these tips to maximize your sleeping hours!

  • If you can sleep from the hours of 10pm-2am, you will feel more rested than if you get any other fours hours of sleep. Sleeping from 4am to 8am won't cut it!
  • Lights OUT! The darker it is, the better your body will be able to shut off and truly rest. 
  • Turn off the TV! Even though you may fall asleep easier, you won't rest better. Your brain will still be aware of the noise and light in the background and you are much less likely to get that deep, dreamless, much needed sleep.
  • Have trouble winding down? Take a warm bath-not shower, bath-about 30-40 min before you need to be asleep. As your body cools off after the bath you will become more relaxed and it will be much easier to drift off into sweet sleep. 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Mascara!! What kind of lashes do you want? BIG? FAT? LONG? BOTH?

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

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