#nowplaying — Overturing the Mix — (Clint Mansell vs DJ Dassit vs Mind the Gap — Christo Leone Remix)

Friday, August 9th, 2013

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Mind the Gap has to be my favorite a capella group of all time. This co-ed choir takes creative vocal risks and finds new ways to draw the audience in. With that in mind, I sincerely invite you to listen to this wonder remix of their song “Requiem.”

This is the creation of chance, luck, and pure awesomeness. If you or someone you may know can fix this up a bit more, please let me know! I love this song, but would love to hear it improved as well.

Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here’s one …

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Video from TED.

A little kindness goes oh so far.

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

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The perpetual wait at the bus stop.

Or in this case, it was the street car. There was a sizable crowd waiting for it as well, and of course it was running late. Luckily, I found a railing I could lean up against as I wore my sunglasses to avoid any sort of contact with anyone. Granted, headphones would have worked better.

Then, she came. With an appearance that would make everyone question her sanity, a woman came up the ramp dragging a rolling suitcase behind her and carrying a bucket full of flowers on her arm. She walked past the crowd, read the sign of posted times, and somehow made her way back to me.

“Hmmm.” She groaned at me while looking through my shaded lenses.

Concerned and confused as to what I could have possibly done to upset her, I replied. “What?”

“Do you ride the street car at this time very often?”

“No.”

“It just gets so packed. See those people? They’re going to have first priority. If you see just down there, that’s another stop. I’m going to go over there and wait. But who knows, maybe all of these people are waiting for the other street car!” She didn’t walk to that stop right away though, she wanted to make a new friend instead.

Relieved that I didn’t upset her from doing absolutely nothing, I continued to talk with the woman. In the few minutes I spent with her, she opened up to me about how she was married to the perfect English gentlemen and how they spent 19 years together. Unfortunately, he had passed away a few months ago which also led her to a financial hardship. Despite the fact this woman had, and still was, enduring a lot of heartbreaking experiences, she had one of the most at ease faces I had ever seen. She never asked any questions about my past, but thankfully rambled on about hers.

The street car finally came, signaling the end for our conversation. The woman then reached into her bucket and pulled something out. “Here, take a sprig of mint. Have some joy.”

I accepted her gift and felt quite touched. As I walked away I wished her good luck. This surprised her and I could tell she felt the same way. She then continued on down the sidewalk to the next stop with her suitcase close behind.

Though I will probably never see that lady again, I feel as though she taught me a valuable lesson. I had immediately judged her, yet she completely surprised me and made me a little happy. How wrong of me to have done. In my defense though, there are a lot of questionable characters around and you do have to be selective to avoid harassment or even worse. But I suppose it is nice to let down your guard every now and then to be nice to someone. For even the smallest act of kindness could completely change someones day.

And we all could use more kindness.

My lipgloss is poppin’ Kanye West.

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Face, body, hair: my summer regimen.

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

It’s summertime. Meaning that it is very warm out, I’m more likely to go swimming or do some other activity that will make me sweat, and I do not want to worry about putting on too much make up when going out. Especially during this season, less is best. This is when we all start to get our tans on, which compliments showing off a more fresh and clean look. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite daily regimen products.

FACE

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As of this moment, I am very obsessed with using Guerlain products. This luxury cosmetics brand offers a variety of wonderful skincare and color products to choose from. After cleansing my face, I like to put on the Guerlain Abeille Royale Day Cream for normal to combination skin. Made from bee products, this cream works to fix and correct any signs of wrinkles while providing the perfect amount of moisture to help increase the skins firmness. What is best about this cream is that it is NOT oily. After putting it on, my skin immediately absorbs it and feels so refreshed. Since I’ve been using this, I have not broken out with blemishes at all and have noticed a tremendous difference in my skins texture and firmness. Also, I love the scent of the cream. Though it may be a little spendy, it is beyond worth investing into something like this for your face. I mean, it is your face for crying out loud!

After applying the cream, I like to use the Guerlain Terracotta Four Season Bronzer in shade 03 Natural Brunettes. Guerlain is most known for the beautiful packaging it’s products come in, and this bronzer is definitely gorgeous. This bronzer works best compared to most others, such as Bare Minerals, because it does incorporate four colors to be used all year. The idea is to use the top two colors during the winter months, and the bottom two during the summer. I find that blending them all together creates a great, natural look for my face. This is something that I definitely put on every day. Then, I dab a tiny drop of the Terracotta Sun Shimmer Highlighting Blush in Sunny Pink right about the apples of my checks, barely on the t-zone, and slightly on my eye lids. This will add a little pink to your face in a very natural, not overdone way. It also blends perfectly with the bronzer to help create a very complete look. To finish it off, I apply some of the Guerlain G Noir Mascara. This mascara very long lasting and has a peptide formula to help lengthen the eyelashes. Not to mention, it comes in an awesome bullet-style case with two mirrors that flip open.

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If I decide that I want to amp up the look a little more, I definitely incorporate my favorite lipstick ever.  Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet in 37 L’Exuberante has to be my favorite shade of pink ever created. Not to mention, this lipstick has great staying power and continuous color vibrancy. And for the eyes, I love to use my NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Santa Monica Blvd (not shown). Since this is a white eyeliner, I like to apply it to my waterline to create a bubbly eye look. This eyeliner is truly awesome as it does stay on all day and keeps its color very well.

BODY

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Since I am a redhead and do tend to burn quit often, I need to make sure that I use good lotions to help protect my skin for after the sun. Recently I discovered Hawaiian Tropic’s After Sun Moisturizer. I absolutely love this has it has helped stopped my skin from peeling, provides great hydration, and even has an amazing scent. The lime coolada smells phenomenal and definitely stays on all day. Even if you’re not burnt, I still recommend using this all summer long as your go to body moisturizer.

 

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For a great fragrance, I love to use my Jo Malone London’s limited edition of Osmanthus Blossom. This is the perfect white flower scent that mixes perfectly with anything fruity and/or floral. I find that this mixes well with the lotion that I use, and with Jo Malone London’s Nectarine Blossom and Honey, Blackberry and Bay, and Wild Bluebell.

 

HAIR

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Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk is something that I swear by. This hair milk not only is idea for hydration, but also provides exception frizz control. I love how it smells, I love how it works, and it’s something that I always make sure to have in my bathroom cabinet.

Make sure to take good care of your face, body, and hair during these hot times. Definitely do not neglect on drinking enough water and applying sun screen! Again, these are just a few of my favorite products and are definitely the ones that I do apply to myself daily during the summer. Stay tuned as I will make a video of how I apply my make up and such for all of you here soon.

Pizza in Portland

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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As wise person once said, “pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at suppertime. When pizza’s on a bagel, you can eat pizza anytime.” Though that may be the jingle for Bagel Bites, and it most certainly does not need to be on a bagel, I am a firm believer in the power and beauty of this life-changing and culture creating cuisine. If it wasn’t for pizza, where would society be today?

There truly is no other dish that is acceptable to consume at any and all points of the day. When going out for meals with a group, it tends to be the only thing that everyone can agree on eating. So, essentially it brings others closer together. Not to mention that nothing mends a broken heart, or an empty stomach quite like your own personal pizza pie. In fact, this amazing delicacy has even inspired my musical selection to the extent that two of my favorite songs are about it. For instance, “Pizza Butt” by MC Chris and “Gimme Pizza” (the slowed down gangster version) by the Olsen Twins.

To say the least, I am madly in love with pizza. In order to prove my love to the world, I took it upon myself to explore some of the pizza places that Portland, OR has to offer and share such experiences with you.

 

 

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PIZZICATO

My rating: *****

Of all the pizza chains I have frequented, this one has NEVER done me wrong. The selection it has to choose from it superb, the food is always great, and it uses MASSIVE pepperonis. The staff is always friendly to the extent where a girl working there once threw in a free slice for me (BONUS POINTS). Though it may be a bit more money to eat there, it offers great vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. I highly recommend eating here as I have yet to find a reason not to.

 

 

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PIZZA SCHMIZZA

My rating: ***

Probably the best way to describe this place is “meh.” I mean, the pizza is okay, but it’s definitely not the greatest. What is cool about this place is that it does have a “Pub and Grub,” where it acts as more of a bar too. The downfall with that is it also happens to be where the MTV Real World Portland cast worked, and I definitely wasn’t the biggest fan of that season. For the quality of the food, I feel that it is a bit overpriced. However, I do like the fact that they offer meal options and such. Not to mention, for the most part I have enjoyed the service I received. During my last visit to Schmizza, the guy helping us realized that he knew me and gave my friend and I a discount. So, that was cool.

 

 

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SIZZLE PIE

My rating: ****

In regards to taste, this has to be my favorite pizza place. There are a lot of great options to choose from, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad food experience here. The food is beyond reasonably priced, and it even offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. For decor, this place has it nailed. I LOVE the Sizzle Pie sign and the comparison to the food pyramid painted on the side of the building. In regards to service, I really enjoy the people and atmosphere at the E Burnside location. But the last time I went to the W Burnside location, the girl working the front counter clearly hated being alive and wanted everyone to know that. Not that her bad attitude affected the quality of my food, but she still made me not want to go back. I mean, obviously I will but only after a decent amount of time has passed (this was a few months ago too). If it wasn’t for that girl, I would have given this place five stars.

 

 

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HOTLIPS

My rating: ZERO STARS! WORST PLACE ON EARTH!

I’ve never had Hotlips pizza, and I never will for a variety of reasons. First of all, Hotlips should be spelt Hot Lips. Idiots. Second, I was going to go and try it one day until its delivery driver tried to kill me! I was INNOCENTLY crossing the street, thinking about pizza, when I came across an intersection. There was not a stop sign for the street I was on, meaning I had the right of way to walk. As I stepped off the curb, out of nowhere a Hotlips truck ran a stop sign and came at me full speed. Thankfully, I was able to dodge it but clearly was turned off from eating it. I sent a tweet to its Twitter account about what had happened, which went COMPLETELY IGNORED just like that stop sign. It’s very apparent that Hotlips doesn’t care about civilians or about handling bad public relations issues such as this. Ignoring the fact you almost MURDERED someone in cold blood does not make everything better, Hotlips. At least when I met Anthony Jeselnik backstage at his Portland show and he had Hotlips pizza on a table, he listened to me when I told him not to eat it. We kicked that crap on the ground!

 

Though I clearly have not covered all of the amazing pizza joints that Portland has to offer, I hope this helps with your future dining decision making. Stay tuned as I follow my stomach to more places, I’ll make sure to keep you filled in.

Tattoos limit the type of work you’re allowed.

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Recently, a former British reality contestant created much social uproar when she made statements regarding judging parents and children based entirely off their names. Katie Hopkins, who appeared on the third season of the UK version of The Apprentice, has been making a career off appearing on television shows and engaging in debates that pertain to many sensitive subjects others wouldn’t dare to comment on. Most of her “work” evolves around the appearances of others, employment, and social classes.

While doing some research on Hopkins’ past, I stumbled across this video of a debate she engaged in about tattoos and employment. I found this to be quite interesting, as I do live in place where nearly everyone is tattooed and employed. Though the video was a bit long (posted below), I felt that it did strike up some good points for consideration. Are tattoos appropriate for the work place? Depending on the location, does the public judge others based off of their tattoos? Are people with tattoos limited to certain types of work?

Hopkins states that someone with tattoos is the type of person who is “just looking for attention, [and] who hasn’t managed to find a way in their life [to do so] through conventional means.” She also goes on to say that tattoos are not a personal art form, but rather are public.

Katie Waissel states that tattoos are a form of body art, in which she is proud of hers as they mean so much to her. She also goes on to say that she enjoys the art of tattoos and references to celebrity tattoo artists as inspiration.

Overall, I felt Waissel’s arguments on this debate were rather weak. It was beyond apparent that Hopkins dominated the debate and Waissel was not an evenly matched contender. By using claims such as “I have friends [who] work…” instead of relating to her own personal experience, she lost credibility. It also worked strongly against her when she got defensive over talking about her tattooed wedding ring instead of emphasizing how awesome something like that is. Though I understand her marriage may have been going through a tough time at that moment, she could of used something like that as leverage for her argument.

The most disappointing thing about watching this debate was how Waissel did not verbally represent the tattooed community very well, despite what the voter poll showed. Her lack of ability to be outspoken and positive on the matter did add validity to Hopkins arguments. Again, the debate was not evenly matched. However, the network could have done a better job finding someone who would not have been intimidated by Hopkins.

Personally, I do believe that tattoos can be a beautiful form of body art when treated as such. It is truly fascinating to see the types of creations that tattoo artists come up with and how astounding it looks on someones body. However, I do not think there is any class or “art” behind getting a tattoo to simply fit in for a trend or to try to prove how tough you are. When abused as such, tattoos are not a form of body art but are instead distasteful. In regards to employment,  I do know that there are people who work in all industries in all sorts of high (and low) positions who do have tattoos. Bottom line, I do think that Hopkins was wrong as statistics and facts would prove so.

What do you think? What are you thoughts and feelings about the matter?

Goodbye my friend.

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Dear Paige,

 

A week ago, some really unsettling news got around about you. Something about how you had passed away and were no longer with us. This was very shocking to hear about, I had to call a few friends just to make sure this was real. Even though you may not physically be able to read this, I wanted to take a few moments to let you know how I feel.

 

Please know that I am not mad at you. I know you did not do this out of a selfish respect. If anything, I understand. As odd as it may be to say something like that, I know you did not truly mean to hurt anyone or probably even yourself for that matter. I am sorry beyond words can express that you were that sad. I am so sorry that you acted in this way and this happened to you. You truly deserved so much better out of life than you received, I hope you know this.

 

When I was first told about your passing, it was hard for me to cry. Immediately, I started thinking about all the things you and I used to do. Obviously, I had to laugh. We were hilarious together. I will never forget about all the random prank phone calls we did, all the outrageous videos we used to watch together, how we used to run around outside screaming for no reason at all, how we used to do dolphin kick underwater with our legs spread, the flip turns we did in front of people with our suits wedgied, all the slow turtles we stole together, all the neighborhoods we left our mark on, the countless trips to the spheroid,  just everything. I can’t forget you. If it wasn’t for you, there is so much about life that I would have never experienced. Thank you for always being there for me, regardless of how serious or ridiculously needed your presence was. Just thank you, thank you for the memories.

 

Our friendship started and developed during such a monumental time in both of our lives, and I’m so thankful to have had it. Though I do get very sad thinking about you now, your existence brought much joy to my life and those around you. I truly hope you are in a better place now.

 

I will love you always.

 

Lauren

Bill Nye, call me maybe?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

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Stumbled across what we believed to have been Bill Nye’s phone number, so I called it. I just wanted to check in on Bill Nye and make sure he is doing okay. Bill, if you see this, please call me back!