First Date Etiquette
Apr30

First Date Etiquette

 I think we can all agree that first dates will always have a certain level of awkwardness. A lot of things can play a factor in how uncomfortable or how relaxed a first date can be. There are definitely some guidelines that should be followed on first dates for both men and women, and that’s what I’m here for.  Recently I have been lucky enough to go on quite a few first dates. Some were great, and some were, um let’s just say, mediocre. After the great dates, I thought about why I did have a great time. I thought about the conversation we had versus the conversations on the dates that left me less than pleased. I began to take mental notes of the good, the bad, and the embarrassing. Location:  I found that the location of a first date plays a huge part in its success. The location of a first date needs to be a place that allows for conversation. That’s the point of a first date, right? You want to get to know the person that you may have a possible connection with and that’s hard to do when you are both starring at a movie screen. One of my favorite first dates took place in a very cliché coffee shop. But it allowed for us to ask questions about our lives, make each other laugh, and get to know each other on a more personal level.  One of my first places took me out to breakfast, which I thought would be a pretty decent first date location. Until I learned it was a buffet style bar, which actually caused a lot of awkward scenarios. I did not know my date very well, and our conversation was continuously interrupted by having to get up to get more food. Even awkwardly standing at the food bar with little to no conversation, while trying to balance my plate full of French toast, was making the date very tense. It’s just a good idea to go somewhere that you and your date can stay seated, with no interruptions. More intimate is always the way to go. Save the breakfast buffet for your friends. Attire:  This can get a tad tricky. Definitely do not just throw an outfit together last minute because you want to make that lasting impression, and the first look at your stylish ensemble may just do the trick. But in the same sense, BE YOURSELF. I am a firm believer in being yourself on dates, clothes and all. Don’t try to be something you’re not, and don’t get out of hand and go overboard. Above...

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Revive and Thrive! – Ways To Spruce Up Winter Skin
Apr29

Revive and Thrive! – Ways To Spruce Up Winter Skin

Our skin takes a beating because of the frigid temperatures and constant coverage during the winter. Now that Spring/Summer is upon us there are numerous affordable products in the market that will help bring your skin back to life. ColorBlind Magazine has compiled a list of some “must have” skin care products to rejuvenate your winter skin, especially since warm weather is here! Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Scrub Something we all have to remember to do is cleanse your face daily. After winter, your skin is left with dry patches and this scrub works wonders. There are different scents as well for the scrub, but we have a preference for the superfruit scent! Garnier The Radiance Renewer  This product does exactly what it says, renews! This is more of a gel-based product and does not leave your skin feeling dry like most cleaners because of its low dose of salicylic acid. After applying you will feel your skin strengthen immediately. Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Daily Moisturizer Moisturizing your skin is just as important and cleansing it. This product not only will keep your skin moisturized throughout the day, it will also help fight UV Rays. Preventive care is essential in keeping your skin looking great. Eucerin Smoothing Repair – Dry Skin Lotion  Although a lot of moisturizes cater to just your face, Eucerin will rejuvenate the skin on your entire body. Its special formula strengthens your skin so that moisture can stay locked in.  A benefit of this lotion is that it doesn’t leave you with that nasty, greasy feeling after application! Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub Now, we can’t neglect our lips ladies. They are skin too! This lip scrub is not only delicious, but the sugar and sea salt in the lip scrub exfoliate your dead skin, leaving your lips looking and feeling great. It’s just a bonus that this company sells all organic products and doesn’t test their products on animals. Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Treatment Mask Listed on the 2013 Best of Beauty for Allure magazine, this 10-minute mask does everything from improving your skin tone to treating those pesky dark spots. Apply one of these masks once every few weeks, and you’ll notice a great difference in your skin tone. Jergens Natural Glow Lotion For those of you worried about loosing your sun-kissed color this winter, this lotion is perfect for you. While keeping your skin moisturized, it adds a nice, natural tan to your skin. There are lotions available for a wide array of skin tones and it’s affordable too! These are just a few of our favorites to repair what...

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Modern Muse: The Humble Titan – Viola Davis
Apr15

Modern Muse: The Humble Titan – Viola Davis

She wears red The names are read, and the list includes some of the most respected of her colleagues Only hers is called; she wins Viola Davis jumps a little in genuine and humble shock as she goes up toward the podium in disbelief for winning Best Actress at the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for her incredible role as Ailbileen in the 2011 film The Help. Broadway Bound Viola Davis was born August 11, 1965 in Saint Matthews, South Carolina to a hardworking family comprised of her parents and three siblings. The Davis family soon moved to Cedar Falls, Rhode Island, where her father did all he could to provide for his family as a horse groomer. The environment in Cedar Falls exposed a young Viola to the realities of racism by the predominately white residents. She is quoted saying, “We grew up in abject poverty. Acting, writing scripts and skits were a way of escaping our environment at a very young age.” In 1988, Viola attended Rhode Island College and later, attended the Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York after earning her theater degree in Rhode Island. Her official Broadway debut came in 1996 with the production of Seven Guitars by August Wilson. The next Wilson production was in 2001, entitled King Hedley II, and Viola won a Tony Award for her craft. The zeal to create inspiration through acting only made her look to another stage: Hollywood. Film Phenomenon: The Humble Titan By the early 2000’s, Viola Davis moved on to television with appearances on shows such as City of Angeles and Law & Order, in which she played a serial killer. “I’ve had backlash playing a serial killer,” Davis stated to a newspaper “…Anthony Hopkins didn’t, but I did…I have to follow my heart at the end of the day.” The previous criticism failed to slow the efforts of Viola Davis for her next project in the 2002 film, Antwone Fisher, alongside Denzel Washington and Derek Luke. This role helped her to continue her longevity in film starring in several other projects such as Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005), Disturbia (2007) , Doubt (2008), which earned her an Academy Award nomination for the first time, Law Abiding Citizen (2009) and Eat Pray Love (2010). Viola’s defining moment came when she starred as Ailbileen for the 2011 drama, The Help. “And this is what was fascinating to me about ‘The Help’; they were ordinary people who did extraordinary things.” Modern Muse Mostly… Viola Davis is a Modern Muse mostly because of her humbleness combined with using acting, either on Broadway or on...

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No Doubt About Gwen Stefani

Written by: Jessica Wilson, Contributing Writer for ColorBlind Magazine  Modern Muse: The Harajuku Queen- Gwen Stefani The beat kicks in for the intro “Oh I’m just a girl…” she sings Then, because it’s just in her to be so ‘rad’, she invites P!nk on the stage to help her sing; Gwen Stefani creates an electrifying musical performance of “Just a Girl” with band No Doubt and P!nk at the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. No Doubt and Its Leading Lady Gwen Renée Stefani was born on October 3, 1969 in Fullerton, California and only wanted to “…get married and have babies…” like her mother. But with a supportive set of parents and three siblings, she became creative during high school, especially when one of her brothers, Eric, began playing with his newly formed band named No Doubt, based around ska styled music. The group featured Eric Stefani as the keyboardist, John Spence as the lead singer and Tony Kanal as the bassist. Gwen’s fascination for ska music grew, and she became a vocalist for the group, forming strong bonds with everyone in the process. Tragedy struck when Spence committed suicide in December 1987 and left the band in discourse. The same year, Gwen began dating Kanal, a relationship that lasted seven years. “My brother did everything,” the blonde would later admit “…’I’m just the sister.’ And then after that I was ‘Tony’s girlfriend.’ And that was good enough for me. I never really had any ambitions or goals or dreams.” By the 1990’s, No Doubt changed its sound to fit grunge styled music, and Eric Stefani left the band to pursue another career opportunity. Gwen and Kanal also ended their relationship, and he exited the band as well. Gwen triumphed despite these obstacles; her energy was used to pen No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, which sold more than 16 million copies, and featured hits such as “Just a Girl” and “Don’t Speak” during 1995. By 2002, Gwen ventured into a duet with rapper Eve for “Let Me Blow Your Mind” and won a Grammy in return. No Doubt went on to win more Grammys for chart-toppers “Underneath It All”  and  “Hey Baby” straight from their album Rock Steady (2001) “I was a different person before I started to write..” she later confessed “When I realized I could be a songwriter and that people would listen-that was when I started feeling good in my life.” On January 1, 2002, Gwen wed long-time beau, Gavin Rossdale, in London. The Harajuku Queen With success and ambition in tow, Gwen Stefani premiered in her debut acting role as 30’s actress, Jean...

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