Archive | May, 2013

Summer style must have: The crop top

30 May

There’s nothing like a little piece of the 90s working it’s way into our lives, whether it’s on the small screen or in our closets. Crop-tops are back in a big way and the best thing about the trend this time around? There’s a crop top to suit everyone. Here’s how to work the look according to your personal style:

If your belly is your trouble spot

Hiding something? Show just a sliver of skin

Hiding something? Just show a sliver of skin

While being in tip-top shape may mean you’re willing to bare your full tummy – belly button and all – more to love might require more modesty. Rock a crop with high-waisted bottoms to minimize exposed skin.

If you’re style is more subtle sexy

Avoid drawing TOO much attention in subtle hues and solids

Avoid drawing TOO much attention in subtle hues and solids

Stick to a basic black crop top to avoid being too flashy. Pair with another simple solid like a black or white bottom. Not into showing too much skin? Go with a long sleeve crop top – but make sure it’s lightweight! – or balance your exposed skin up top with a long skirt or pants.

If you’re cute and girly

Show your sweet side in feminine colors

Show your sweet side in soft hues

Don your crop in a light summery color like mint or coral. Pair with a skirt of similar material and glam shoes. Be sure to incorporate neutrals elsewhere in the outfit to tone down the brights.

If you’re super trendy

Mix, match, and layer to keep up with the latest trends

Mix, match, and layer to keep up with the latest trends

You can do like Solange Knowles and pair your printed crop top with a printed bottom. Or you can layer your crop over a cami, or under a sheer top. Like mixing prints, be sure the layering pieces coordinate with the patterns on the crop.

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Six new shows to tune into this summer

29 May

Once upon a time summer meant your favorite TV shows were on vacation, so you had two options: go out and have fun or watch reruns until September. Now that networks premiere  TV shows year-round there’s another option if your social calendar is less than robust. Depending on which regular season series you’re missing, here are a few summer series to help get your fix for the next three months.

If you miss How I Met Your Mother, watch:

Camp

campShot in Australia, Camp follows counselors and campers at Little Otter Family Camp. Rachel Griffiths stars as Mackenzie Greenfield,  a newly single camp director searching for summer paradise while coping after her husband leaves her for a younger woman. (Wednesdays at 10pm on NBC; premieres July 10)

If you miss Scandal, watch…

Devious Maids

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From Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and Housewives star Eva Longoria, Devious Maids follows a group of maids — played by all-stars Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Judy Reyes (Scrubs), Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace), Dania Ramirez (Entourage) and Brianna Brown (General Hospital) —  working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Like  Housewives, the series kicks off when the ladies turn to each other for support following the death of a fellow maid. (Sundays at 10pm on Lifetime; premieres June 23)

Mistresses

MistressesBased on the UK hit television series of the same name, Mistresses tells the scandalous story of four girlfriends each on their own path to self-discovery. Savannah “Savi” Davis (Alyssa Milano), Karen Kim (Yunjin Kim), April Malloy (Rochelle Aytes) and Josslyn Carver (Jes Macallan) find support and guidance with each other as they get involved in hot and illicit affairs and brave their turbulent journeys. (Mondays at 10pm on ABC; premieres June 3)

If you miss Modern Family watch…

The Fosters
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Executive-produced by Jennifer Lopez, the drama stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum as Stef and Lena Foster, a lesbian bi-racial couple who raise an ethnically diverse blended family together. (Take a second to process that if you must). The hour-long drama addresses the contemporary  family issues that stem from having a non-nuclear family arrangement, hopefully they handle the issues better than Glee(Mondays at 9pm on ABC Family; premieres June 3)

If you miss The Apprentice watch…

Whodunnit?
ULYSSES, DANA, SHERI, LINDSEY, KAM, RONNIE, SASHA, GILDART JACKSON, ADRIANNA, DON, DONTAE, MELINA, CRIS, GENO

This Clue-esque reality series tests 13 amateur sleuths’ deductive skills over the course of nine episodes, as they work to uncover who among them has committed a fictional murder in the glamorous estate they’re staying in, Rue Manor.  A new crime is presented each week and failure to solve the crime will lead to a player’s demise, until only three are left. In the final episode, one player will unmask the killer and take home the $250,000 prize. (Sundays at 9pm on ABC; premieres June 23)

The American Baking Competition

american_baking_competitionjpgBased on British series The Great British Bake Off , 10 amateur bakers compete with their sweets to win $250,000 and a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster to create their own cookbook. Jeff Foxworthy hosts. (Wednesdays at 8pm on CBS; premieres tonight)

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Wednesday Wisdom

29 May

True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington

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Wednesday Wisdom

22 May

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Beyonce’s “Grown woman” leaks!

21 May

Summer can commence – Beyonce’s much anticipated  full length track “Grown Woman” has FINALLY leaked!!!!!!!!!

Beyonce Performs Grown Woman in Paris for the first time

Beyonce Performs Grown Woman in Paris for the first time

Bey’s been teasing the single since early April and fans have anxiously been putting her one minute Pepsi commercial on replay while waiting for the real deal. Now the Beyhive has access to the full 5 minutes and 13 seconds of  “Grown Woman” a single which seems to serve as Bey’s latest self-empowerment single.

In the song Mrs. Carter discusses how she’s matured over the years, learning who she is and what she wants. She eventually veers away from just talking about how she’s evolved into a “grown woman” and explains that taking ownership of her own sexuality is part of being a “grown woman”, all over an uptempo West African rhythm and the sound of screaming fans in the background.

Ready to hear the song it’s entirety? Look down, it’ll get you so excited!