Month: March 2013

I love stories like this – it reminds me that happy endings exist in different forms.

Eatocracy

Last Sunday was just an average morning for Anna Kaye MacLean. Her sister, 7-year-old Arianna, had slept over at her house the night before and seemed to have woken up in a good mood — which is not always a given for a child with autism.

After determining that Arianna’s mood was stable enough for a day of fun activities outside the home, MacLean and her husband decided to take Arianna out to lunch, with a bonus visit to the Easter Bunny afterward. They decided to eat lunch at the Chili’s Bar and Grill in Midvale, Utah, where a beautiful thing happened — and went viral.

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The Clarisonic

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(Here is my Clarisonic! The little brush is the deep pore cleansing brush, the big brush, which is attached, is the body brush. I love the Aveeno face scrub -I use it regularly in the morning. I use the OXY product at night with my Clarisonic. This way, not only am I taking off my makeup, but I’m protecting my skin against acne. The Neutrogena toner was inexpensive, and is an awesome, easy, addition to my daily skin care routine)

The Clarisonic is  the best purchase I have made for the year 2012. I bought the Clarisonic in September of 2012, and I must say I am still avidly using it & still in love with it!

I did not take before and after pictures, but I can tell my skin has improved by leaps and bounds. I have always been into skincare. I have used a variety of facemasks and washes, but with the Clarisonic, I do not use them as much, since I feel like I may be over working my skin if I do use a plethora of other products. Also, I am seeing such great results–why mess up a good thing?

I purchased my Clarisonic from Amazon.com (using my prime account). I paid around $180 for the full Clarisonic, which has 4 speed options, and a body brush. I know you can purchase it at Ulta, Sephora, or a variety of other stores (but why would want to pay $220, when you can buy it online for $40 less?).

I recently purchased replacement brushes, which were a tad pricy ($18 a brush). I bought the deep pore cleansing brush. Prior to using the deep pore cleansing brush, I used pore strips, and like most of my pore strips, they were grossly filled with blackheads & whiteheads. After using the brush for two to three weeks, I used a pore strip, and there were virtually no whiteheads or blackheads on it! I was actually a little annoyed that I had wasted a pore strip!

If you’re considering buying one I would go for it. I personally think I’m saving money, since I’m not wasting money on other products, or buying deep cleansing face cloths (which I used religiously to take off my makeup, prior to the Clarisonic).  Also, I feel like my toner is more efficient in helping even out my skin tone, and I feel like my drug store acne medicine is actually being absorbed by skin.

I hope this was helpful.

P.S. Here is an  Amazon link to purchase the Clarisonic!

P.P.S. If you have any questions/comments about which Clarisonic to purchase or general skin care questions or comments I’d love to read them or attempt to answer them! Do you have a Clarisonic? Do you love it?

Love the Artist

I love people that use artwork to make the world a better place.  Whether it’s a young straight man painting a house rainbow colored to support freedom of love, or another young man attempting to educate the masses on a, media stigmatized, peaceful religion. We often forget to praise those who do the smallest things to help make tomorrow a little brighter for everyone else.

I want to dedicate this post all of the artists- whether they are writers, painters, photographers, producers, videographers, etc., for helping bring change through the small victories.

Love.

The Cinnamon Tea with Honey Diet

I, like most women, am my harshest critic. I am constantly trying to keep up a diet, or trying to lose weight, while not doing the best JOB eating healthy. Although, I do make smoothies almost every morning, the rest of the day, I’m either on the right track, or far from it.

I recently learned about a diet that does not INVOLVE much dieting: the Cinnamon Tea w/ Honey Diet.

The elements of the tea are SIMPLE:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water
  2. After the water is done boiling, reduce the heat and stir in  1-2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon.
  3. Let it simmer and stir it occasionally over the next 10-15 mins over LOW heat.
  4. Remove it from the heat, after it has cooled, place honey in the mixture (do not place honey in the hot mixture– only when fully cooled!)
  5. Stir it vigorously
  6. Drink  a forth or  half of it before bed (last thing you drink)
  7. Wake up in the morning, stir it vigorously
  8. Drink 1/4 or half of it on an empty stomach the next morning

My opinions on how the diet works:

First off, Cinnamon is an appetite suppressant.  Naturally, after drinking the tea, I’m not that hungry. I, literally, have to remind myself to eat! Reminding myself to eat, is NOT something I do regularly. I usually have to remind myself to STOP eating, because I’m always munching on something!

Second, I felt thirsty throughout the day. I’m horrible about consuming water, but I can definitely tell when my body craves water. All through yesterday, I was craving glasses and glasses of water.

Third, I naturally ate smaller portions.  I was just full sooner, and I could not eat any more, without feeling uncomfortable. Usually, even if I feel uncomfortable, there is this mental thing where I still want to eat because everything is so yummy, and everything I ate last night was extremely yummy, but still — I just had to stop.

I’m not sure how the honey works into the tea, but if you google the recipe, you’ll see that it’s always there, so it must have some effect. I’m happy with the way things are going so I will continue this “diet.”

If you try it, let me know how it affected you? Pay attention to your mental states about food! Cannot wait to hear about your experiences!

P.S. I thought I would leave you with a little bit of information about the health benefits of Cinnamon:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
  • Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body. (My mother is indian, and claims this as cinnamons most important quality!)
  • Cinnamon has antifungal properties, and it’s been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.
  • Cinnamon can reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
  • Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  • Honey and Cinnamon combined have been found to relieve arthritis pain.
  • When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
  • Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
  • Cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
  • Cinnamon has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches or relieving migraines 
  • Cinnamon can also help stablize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss). A couple of dashes in your morning tea or cereal is all it takes!

Unfortunately, I cannot back up the above with proof or scientific evidence, but I do feel like cinnamon has a plethora of great qualities.  Cinnamon is a readily available spice, which can be bought extremely cheaply, so why not try it out for yourself — you have NOTHING to lose, unless your allergic!  As you’ll see on WebMD: Cinnamon  has virtually no side effects!

OOTN: Flapper

I recently went to a 1922 Great Gatsby themed Casino Night.  Dressing up was optional, but I absolutely love themed events &  I had all of these items laying around, so yeah —  I, obviously, dressed up! I always like to stay more conservative when dressing up for Graduate school events. I’m at an age in life where your actions and attire speak about you as an individual. Dressing conservatively, can still be cute and this is a perfect example. The only part of my body which is exposed are my arms. I want my classmates and future coworkers to take me seriously when we are in class and/or working together in the future. I think upholding certain characteristics, even when you’re having fun, is key to branding yourself.

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The dress is from Urban Outfitters ($50)

The tights are fleece lined from TJ Maxx ($10)

The shoes are Nine West ($60)

The headband is from Target ($8)

The feather is from Ann Taylor’s Outlet Store ($4)

The Pearl Necklace is from Forever21 ($5)

The Pearl Bracelet is from from a set of bangles from Forever21 ($7)

Beauty Blogger and Vlogger: The Copyright Edition

There is an incredible amount of stuff on copyright infringement on the internet. There is so much stuff on the subject that the sheer amount makes me want to gamble with my luck and use my own moral compass.

Unfortunately, following my own moral compass is a ridiculuously bad idea (I have law school to thank for this redirection). I was thinking about doing a series for the beauty vlogger and blogger about their blogs/vlogs and making sure they comply with the law.

Paying attention to the copyright laws is such an important aspect of running a successful blog/vlog. It is important, since most of you bloggers and vloggers would love to make blogging a full time job (which trust me it can be — I have a brother successfully conducting in the affair).

Although, not being educated on copyright law (17 U.S.C. §106) & fair use (17 U.S.C. §107) at the beginning  is okay (I’m not saying this in a positive way), since you probably only have a few viewers or a few hundred viewers– I suggest you familiarize with the law sooner than later. As your blog/vlog attains popularity and starts developing into your “cash cow,” others will not be amused  by your ability to use their work to make you money. Sooner or later you will either be fined by the company or forced to entertain a lawsuit (which is extremely expensive way of dealing with an issues).

I will start the series next week. Do you have any specific questions?  I would love to focus the blog pieces around areas you’re interested in.  Remember, this piece and other pieces are my own opinions, and I’m not a lawyer nor am I holding myself out to be lawyer! I am simply a law student, who is obsessed with social media!

Enjoy!

Are you a YouTube Star?

(I am not a lawyer & the statements below are NOT meant to be taken as legal advice!)

Are you a YouTube star? Do you plan on being one?

As many of you may know, YouTube is an amazing way to get yourself seen and heard to the masses. Big labels and production companies are well aware of a YouTube channel’s ability to garner fans and a stable amount of viewers (due to the ability to “Subscribe” to channels).

Unfortunately, I have this gut feeling that many of the successful channel’s, which are getting amazing opportunities to design their own shoe lines, or help promote certain brush brands, are under contract, & although the contracts seem very enticing and appealing, they are actually very one sided. By one sided I mean, the YouTube artist is on the losing end, while the production company or the corporation is on the winning end.

If you’re going to sign a contract for more than a year ( if the opportunity will last more than a year, DEFINITELY get it in writing), you should talk to a lawyer. You should also talk to a lawyer, if you consider the amount contained substantial or if the product could be viewed numerous times or through varying modes of media.

As stated before most of these contracts are one sided. I recently read this off of WestLaw and found it to be incredibly helpful:

      [An] entertainment company that wishes to engage talent on a new media production will attempt to acquire the maximum of rights for a flat fee (subject to the requirements and rights contained in the applicable union agreements). . . . [An] attorney must negotiate all of these deal points (royalties, reuse, compensation for exploitation through other mediums, gross/net-revenue definitions, payment terms, audit rights, etc.) and include them in the final agreement. In both cases, union and nonunion talent, creators and their representatives must think through the potential for future revenue streams and assess how their contribution should be valued. In many cases, the talent and/or creator will likely wish to remain involved should the program move from the Web to other media platforms, such as television, or a sequel be developed. © 2013 Thomson Reuters. No Claim to Orig. U.S. Govt. Works.

I know all of this must seem like a bunch of legal jargon, but  the main point is hiring a lawyer, although may seem expensive on the front end, will actually garner you more rights and more opportunities to collect profits from your artistic work. Also, if a company is going to use your fan base to sell their products, you should have the ability bargain the provisions of your contract fairly, with provisions that are favorable towards you, and that help you remain loyal to your fans.

I’m now going to end this post with videos from some of my favorite YouTube Channels!

Enjoy!

Bethany is a perfect example of a YouTube star. She has a following and some of her videos have more than a million views. Her fans trust her, and I feel as if her ability to influence her fans is incredibly strong. 

Chriselle does an amazing job with each video.  Her success as a YouTube star has, in my opinion, lead to more faithful blog viewers, as well as helping expand her business as a stylist.  

The Men’s Suit

Hugo Boss Suit

Shirt = Saks (French Collar Shirt) 

Tie = Vineyard Vines

Belt = Brooks Brothers

Suit= Hugo Boss

Shoes = Cole Haan

The blue shirt allows him to wear the brown dress shoes, and it makes his suit appear navy, as opposed to black. 

OOTD

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I had about 30 minutes to get ready for class this morning & it’s about 35 degrees outside!

(Not shown) I wore orange/tan Coach boots with my outfit, which I purchased from Ross for $120 (the year before they sold for $350!)

Jeans = Uniqulo

Plaid button down= RUGBY (2010 for $15 at Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets)

Gray Cardigan= Tommy Hilfiger ( 2012 Tanger Outlets $20 or $25)