Archive | December, 2012

Trends to take into 2013

27 Dec

We know which fashion trends need to be forgotten in the new year, but which ones are we just not over yet? Keep reading for the best fashion/beauty trends to spill into 2013.


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This ultra feminine style flatters every shape and can be found in dresses, skirts, tops and even coats! This look will be around well into the spring.


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This trend has been here for a few years and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Don’t limit this to your outfits, try this trend on your nails as well!

Captoe shoes

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A variation of colorblocking, and one of 2012’s safer trends, captoe is here to stay, just a little bit longer.

Skater dresses

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For some odd reason, this trend didn’t truly emerge until late fall, and it’s still having its moment. Don it in black now or rock a bright hue that’ll work in the spring.

Of course, 2013 will bring a new crop of trends but these few will get you started with


Wednesday Wisdom

26 Dec

Pretty is what you are, but beauty is what you do with it

Delicious or Nutritious? Sushi Time

26 Dec
Tuna roll (brown rice)

Tuna roll (brown rice)

In fear of getting a meal I didn’t like, I went ahead and started off with a Tuna roll in brown rice. Excellent. My satisfaction with this Japanese go-to,  helped ease my disappointment on the next portion of my meal.

Soft shell crab

Soft shell crab

I was extremely impressed by my first taste of Soft shell crab, so I figured I’d try again. Eeekh. The definitely tricked me by giving me two small crab legs, two sweet potatoes?, two fried green veggies with a side of chips. So instead of soft shell crab I really just had a tempura medley. Not impressed.

Teriyaki bento box, salmon

Teriyaki bento box (salmon)

Their Teriyaki bento box came with salmon, rice (I subbed brown for an extra dollar), shumai and my choice of sushi roll – I went with salmon avocado. The salmon and acovado didn’t quite go together like eel and avocado but it was still pretty decent. Their salmon teriyaki was really good. A nice sized portion and enough teriyaki sauce to drizzle over my brown rice.

I love that the portions were so generous, and that brown rice is an option. I wish that they’d done a better job with their soft shell crab.

With brown rice options and an attempt to add veggies to a fried delicacy, Sushi Time is generally DELICIOUS and somewhat NUTRITIOUS.

Have a chally jolly Christmas

21 Dec

Roughly 78% of Americans identify with the Christian faith, and so for most of America, December 25th is a big enough deal. For the remaining 22%, Christmas is just another federal holiday that means a day off from work!!

Just because you don’t celebrate the birth of the most famous man to ever walk this earth, doesn’t mean you can’t make the best use of this Christmas holiday! Keep reading for suggestions on how to enjoy your day off while others celebrate.

Django Unchained hits theaters Christmas Day

Django Unchained hits theaters Christmas Day

Go to the Movies
This is pretty common for Americans Jews, order Chinese food and go to the movies because well, no one else will be there! This year see Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s Western film about a slave (Jamie Foxx) who is promised freedom if he helps a bounty killer (Christoph Waltz) capture the murderous Brittle brothers.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe 2nd annual Christmas Eve show

Nuyorican Poets Cafe 2nd annual Christmas Eve show

Take in some culture
A place like the Nuyorican Poets Cafe gets REALLY crowded on a regular night, but on Christmas Eve most of the Nuyoricans are probably at home with their families. Check out the Got no tree slam on December 24th for a nice evening of poetry with your fellow “non-believers”.

Get that money
If your place of employment is one of the few that DON’T close go to work and make some money!! It is just another Tuesday after all right? For you this’ll either be an easy day as you’ll have minimal actual work to do, or a great opportunity to make overtime if your company permits.

Casinos offer cheap rates during Christmas

Casinos offer cheap rates during Christmas

Make (or lose!) that money
In addition to the movie theater, another venue that never closes is the casinos. On Christmas hotels  tend to be cheaper and practically empty. Head out to Atlantic City or Las Vegas for the cheap casino night.

Host a party
Okay, so technically I guess it is a “Christmas party” if you’re hosting it on Christmas eve but really, it’s just another excuse to see your friends and eat/drink. Make cool cocktails, serve hors d’oeuvres, and invite everyone you know that isn’t busy wrapping last minute gifts.

Someone else’s holiday is never a reason for you to feel left out, no matter how big or fun it may seem. If a mainstream holiday doesn’t apply to you, don’t sweat it. Either treat it as a normal day or find ways to take advantage of the opportunities that may come to you due to others preoccupation with the holiday.

Olivia Culpo brings Miss Universe title to USA, ending 15 year losing streak

20 Dec
Olivia Culpo Miss Universe 2012

Olivia Culpo
Miss Universe 2012

In her DEEP v-neck red velvet Christmas-inspired gown, 20 year old Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe last night at the 61st annual Miss Universe 2012 pageant. Culpo competed against women representing 88 other countries and territories including 1st runner up Janine Tugonon. This is the eighth crown  for the US, more than any other nation, ending a losing streak that has gone on since Brook Lee’s 1997 win. US territory Puerto Rico has a total of five crowns.

Olivia Culpa Miss USA 2012 Miss Rhode Island 2012

Olivia Culpo
Miss USA 2012
Miss Rhode Island 2012

Olivia Culpo, who hails from Rhode Island, was crowned Miss USA 2012 in June after winning her first beauty pageant ever, Miss Rhode Island 2012. The middle of five children, Culpo was brought up in a musical family in Cranston, RI. Culpo began studying cello in second grade and has performed with various ensembles including the Boston Youth Symphony and has performed at Boston Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. Culpo is currently in her junior year at Boston University. Culpo takes the crown from Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes.

Having served from September 12, 2011 to December 19th 2012, Lopes is the longest reigning Miss Universe in the pageant’s 60 year history. Leila Lopes became the fourth African, second native African, and the first from her native Angola to ever win the Miss Universe title. Lopes spent her year as a national ambassador championing for HIV/AIDS awareness, specifically the discrimination people with the disease encounter, and showing the world that there is more to the continent of Africa than poverty, hunger and disease.