Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dove Hair Launches Poetic Tribute to Curls, "Love Your Curls"

I've been wearing my natural hair for five years and its been one of the best decisions I've made for myself. Throughout the years, I've had my ups and downs with wearing my curly hair, especially in this Miami heat. And then a couple of months ago, I saw the Dove video with the little girls who didnt feel so proud of their hair either which made me think of my daughters and what I was really teaching them about embracing their hair. 

You may remember earlier this year, Dove Hair revealed that as few as 10% of women feel proud of their curly hair and only 4 out of 10 little girls with curly hair think their hair is beautiful. These findings inspired the Dove Hair: Love Your Curls campaign and film launch, which encouraged women to celebrate their curls and inspire future generations to do the same. Launching today is Dove Hair's new Love Your Curls book, a poetic tribute to curly hair, inspired by thousands of curly stories, photos and messages that poured in as a result of the campaign.

Dove Hair's Love Your Curls book, written by best-selling author, Taiye Selasi and illustrated by award-winning illustrator, Annick Poirier, is inspired by the stories and photos of real women and is intended to represent and inspire curly girls of all ages. Available to download as a free digital e-book, Love Your Curls is also customizable. Each download at Dove.com/loveyourcurls allows you to create a self-written dedication, a personalized poem and watercolor portrait for a curly girl in your life. The non-customizable version will also be available for download at Amazon.com, iTunes.com and Play.Google.com.
Dove Hair has also created a run of special-edition hard cover copies of the Love Your Curls book that will be made available to select partner organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Additionally, educators are encouraged to apply for a free hard cover copy at Dove.com/loveyourcurls.
Download, dedicate and share Dove Hair's Love Your Curls e-book to inspire the next generation of curly girls. Visit Dove.com/loveyourcurls to create a personalized version and share it on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest with #LoveYourCurls.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Top 10 Places to Visit in St.Augustine, FL


Last week I had the absolute pleasure in visiting the gorgeous St.Augustine, FL. Being a Florida native, I had no idea that St.Augustine is the oldest city in the United States and it felt great to know that this city is right here in Florida. Our amazing host's from Florida's Historic Coast made me feel so welcomed and they showed us an awesome time and I secretly did not want to leave.  

St.Augustine has an endless list of things to do and I've compiled a list of the top 10 great places to visit while you're in St.Augustine...

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

#TechTuesdays | CurbStand Valet App Launches on Android

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Android users rejoice!

CurbStand, the first and largest valet parking network for consumers and operators that offers         interactivity, seamless mobile payments and on-demand services, today announced that it has launched on the Android platform. Timed to the launch, CurbStand will be offering first-time           Android app users free parking by way of a parking credit/promo code: Android. This development gives even more drivers access to the pioneer valet parking app.

CurbStand is able to offer such on-demand add-ons, including 'Request Car' – its newest feature that allows the user to notify the valet attendant for car pick-up, as a result of its ever-expanding network of partnerships with parking operators and businesses across the U.S., especially in cities like Los Angeles and Miami. Other CurbStand markets include: Ft. Lauderdale, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Boston and Denver. 

CurbStand continues to add numerous new valet locations at top restaurants and other businesses, having amassed more than 400 stands with the addition of 5-10 new locations each week. CurbStand already serves as the preferred valet service for various celebrity events, including two of socialite Paris Hilton's parties and the Bel Air wedding of a "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" family member. The Company has also introduced the convenience of valet parking to popular destinations and events including Runyon Canyon in L. A. and South Beach in Miami.

To learn more about CurbStand's services, visit CurbStand.com. The free Android app is available for immediate download in the Google Play store.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Casio G-Shock Debuts The "Man in Camouflage" Series





Casio America, Inc. reinforces their G-SHOCK Master of G line this Spring with the Man in Camouflage series, revealing three new watches. The three camouflage printed timepieces within the Man in Camouflage series include the GW9300CM-1 MUDMAN, the GW9400CMJ-3 RANGEMAN, and the GF8250CM-2 FROGMAN. 

Each of the technologically advanced and durable watches demonstrate the toughness that G-Shock is known for as well as an updated modern style and feel. The collection boasts a number of technological features showcasing the toughness of the watch – Shock Resistance, 200 M Water Resistance, Tough Solar Power, Countdown Timer (24Hr), World Time (48 Cities + UTC), and 4 Daily Alarms + 1SNZ. 

The GW9300CM-1 MUDMAN is Mud Resistant, offers a Digital Compass, Thermometer, Moon Data, Multiband 6 Atomic Timekeeping allowing for self-adjusting time anywhere in the world, Full Auto EL, 1/100 Sec. stopwatch (1000Hr), 12/24 Hr Formats, Mute Function, in addition to a tough carbon fiber insert band. 

The second offering in this series, the GW9400CMJ-3 RANGEMAN, is Mud Resistant, has a Digital Compass, Altimeter, Barometer, Thermometer, Sunrise & Sunset Data, Time Stamp (40 records), Multiband 6 Atomic Timekeeping, Full Auto LED (Super Illuminator), and 1/10th Sec. Stopwatch (24Hr) as well as a rugged carbon fiber insert band. 

The GF8250CM-2 FROGMAN, the third timepiece rounding out the collection, has Tide/Moon Graphs, Full Auto EL Backlight, Data Memory (10 Log), 1/100th Sec. Stopwatch (24Hr), 12/24 Hr Formats and is ISO200M Water Resistant The timepieces in the collection vary in price range. 

The GW9300CM-1 MUDMAN will retail for $350.00 USD, the GW9400CMJ-3 RANGEMAN for $450.00 USD, and the GF8250CM-2 FROGMAN for $530.00 USD. The Master of G – Man in Camouflage Series is now available through select department stores, fashion boutiques, key jewelers, gshock.com and the G-SHOCK NYC Soho store.

Photo credit: Casio America 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Event Buzz | Slow Food Miami's "Snail of Approval" Tasting Party



Slow Food Miami, the local 100% volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to “planting a fresher future for our children,” will hold its 4th Annual “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party on Friday, April 24th from 7 – 10PM at The Miami Beach Botanical Garden.  Attendees will join Ambassador for the Evening, Emmy award- winning journalist and WSVN’s 7 NEWS’ Belkys Nerey, and celebrity guest host and judges, soon to be announced.

On Miami’s "Freshest Night Out," guests will enjoy bites from South Florida’s farm-to-table best and hand-crafted cocktails courtesy of 2012 Snail of Approval Award Winner GREY GOOSE Vodka; specialty wines provided by Stellar Wines; great brews from local brewmasters; non-alcoholic refreshments from Daddy Brews and Whole Foods Market – South Beach, all in the sublime tropical beauty that is the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased at freshestnightout.brownpapertickets.com. Event proceeds will benefit Slow Food Miami’s Edible Garden Program.


Tracy Wilson Mourning presents Honey Shine Inc.'s 13th Annual "Hats Off Luncheon"


Honey Shine Inc.'s Founder and Philanthropist, Tracy Wilson Mourning, presents the 13th Annual "Hats Off Luncheon" on May 6, 2015 at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132.

Honey Shine’s “Hats Off Luncheon” allows its “Honey Bugs”, through poetry and dance, to showcase the influence the organization has had in their lives. Proceeds from the event allow Honey Shine Inc. to continue enriching the lives of Honey Bugs by supporting workshops, field trips and Camp Honey Shine. This year's theme is "The Wonderland of Sisterhood" with an afternoon of entertainment, charity and culinary delight.

Thelma Gibson is this year's honoree for her decades of ground breaking service, especially in the realm of women's rights in South Florida. Celebrity DJ, MC Lyte will be this years emcee and hosting is Kalyn James.  To purchase tickets please visit www.honeyshine.org 


Watch Honey Shine Inc.'s Mission Video below:




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New App Alert | PARTYOLOGY


Partyology (www.partyology.com) launched yesterday and it offers the first mobile app to design, plan, and shop for a party from start to finish, combining both inspiration and retail shopping in one place. Now available on iOS and soon-to-be available for Android users, Partyology helps users discover and save the best creative party ideas from across the web, and in a flash find and purchase unique party goods for every type of get-together. Instead of long-drawn-out searching through websites and stores to create and shop for the party you want, Partyology is your one-stop single app to do it all. 

Partyology was not created by party planners, but rather by two busy women with demanding careers, families, and social calendars who craved an easier way to plan everything from major parties to simple get-togethers. 

“There are so many events that take place over the course of a year – whether bridal or baby showers, kids’ birthdays or retirement celebrations, holiday gatherings or simple dinner parties,” said Dr. Barbara Edelstein, co-founder of Partyology and a leading women’s radiologist in New York City. 



Partyology finds and categorizes the best content from around the web, providing users with a clean, image-driven layout to effortlessly scroll through and find anything they need. The app includes thousands of images for party themes, d├ęcor, favors, flowers, food, cocktails, and more – with ready-to-buy invitations, decorations, party snacks and desserts and an incredible, curated array of party supplies from top retail partners. Easily search for specific keywords, or filter images by category, gender, type of party, and more. Partyology users can set up a personal profile and create multiple collections to easily save and organize ideas by event. Every image can also be made a favorite, and shared via text, email, or social media.  

Partyology is the first app to combine shopping and inspiration! The app has two big differentiators from other apps – the content you see has been curated by a team looking for party-specific photos in a variety of party-specific and themed categories. With other apps searching, there are often a few odd-ball images that don’t always match your search, but Partyology takes the time to only show you items related to your specific party search. Only Partyology’s team can add new content, so you only get the best results! Additionally, and the biggest differentiator, is the one-click purchasable content! Anything with a pink shopping cart is for sale! Partyology wants to make sure that you see items to inspire the look of your party, along with items to purchase to make that party a reality – all in one location!

Partyology is now available, free in the iTunes store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/partyology-best-party-planning/id971330748?ls=1&mt=8). For more information, please visit www.partyology.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lane Bryant Debuts #ImNoAngel Campaign



Being a curvy woman, I'm excited to see campaign's like this that celebrates women of all shapes and sizes. Lane Bryant, the nation's leader in fashion for women sizes 14 to 28, is excited to announce the brand's revolutionary Spring Campaign, #ImNoAngel. Debuting nationwide today, the #ImNoAngel movement invites the world to celebrate women of all shapes and sizes by redefining society's traditional notion of sexy with a powerful core message: ALL women are sexy

The provocative #ImNoAngel campaign conceptualized by creative agency- Laird+Partners, kicks off with a series of TV advertisements and photographs taken by famed photographer Cass Bird, starring top industry models Ashley Graham, Marquita Pring, Candice Huffine, Victoria Lee, Justine Legault and Elly Mayday, dressed in the brand's incredibly sexy, beautifully designed Cacique lingerie. Styled with a naturalistic approach by Kathryn Neale, each image personifies the notion that sexy doesn't come in one form; sexy is unique, real, and personal for each and every woman. 

The #ImNoAngel hashtag was created as a headline provoking all to come together in redefining the ideals of sexy with the hopes of igniting a significant revolution. In conjunction with the national advertising campaign, Lane Bryant invites anyone and everyone to join in the movement with a selfie that showcases their own idea of sexy. Using "#ImNoAngel" - written in lipstick on a mirror- all are encouraged to share their images across the brand's social media channels as well as through their own personal channels. 

"Our '#ImNoAngel' campaign is designed to empower ALL women to love every part of herself. Lane Bryant firmly believes that she is sexy and we want to encourage her to confidently show it, in her own way," said Lane Bryant CEO and President, Linda Heasley. 

Find out more at www.lanebryant.com, and join the conversation with the hashtag #ImNoAngel Facebook: www.facebook.com/lanebryant Tumblr: http://lanebryant.tumblr.com Instagram & Twitter: @lanebryant

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