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Fashion MISTAKES to Avoid

Top 8 Fashion Mistakes to Avoid
Throughout the course of fashion there have been some mishaps that somehow read as fashionable. People always say that those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it, and there are some trends that should NEVER be repeated. Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more of these ridiculous trends resurfacing, so the point of this article is to educate the masses on what fads should never see the light of day ever again. Here are my Top 8 fashion atrocities. Keep in mind, like any rule, there are exceptions, BUT VERY FEW.


Dale of Norway Lid Leg Warmers

Dale of Norway at POPSUGAR Shopping

Legwarmers with heels- Keep this fad in the past! Not only is it not fashionable it is not practical! I think we all can agree people tend to wear heels more often when there isn’t 10 feet of snow and ice on the ground, and leg warmers are knit tubes that insulate your legs, so wearing these when its warm out is silly. So unless you’re a ballerina or dressing up like Olivia Newton John for Halloween, DITCH THE LEG WARMERS.

Jean skirts and Ugg boots- Gross. I know tons of women wear this combination because its “comfy.” No. I’m just going to come out and say it, it looks cheap. It looks like you didn’t put any effort into how you look. Don’t get me wrong I advocate comfy and making beauty look effortless, but seriously, this looks like you tried putting effort into your look and failed.

Fish Net Shirts- I am ashamed to admit, I owned one of these when I was a rebellious teenager, but these only read as trashy. Now if your style revolves around the Goth substyle then a well place fishnet shirt is appropriate. These were HUGE in the 90’s because of the Rave subculture, and you can still wear one to a rave but not on the street, it will read as cheap.

Lace Gloves- Madonna was the person who started this fingerless lace glove fad  in the 1980’s and it should remain in the 80’s. Again if your personal style revolves around the Goth or Lolita subcultures then these gloves would go great, but otherwise leave it for your next costume party.

Elephant Bells- Some of my younger readers might not know what elephant bells are so let me explain. Elephant Bells are pants that were worn in the 1970’s. They were shaped like bell bottoms, but instead of a gradual flare at the bottom of the pant they had a DRAMATIC flare extending downward usually from the knee. THESE ARE HORRIBLE. Luckily most fashionable people have chosen to forget or ignore these but just the other day I was in the mall and a women was wearing a paisley, neon colored elephant bell pants. Horrible.

Oily Hair- Yuck. During the grunge movement of the 90’s people paid a lot of money to look poor. Unfortunately, I side effect of this style was not showering. Let me speak for society when I say, THAT’S DISGUSTING. I have no problem with hairstyles that are traditionally not washed ie. Dreadlocks, but people walking around with stringy, obviously dirty hair, it will read as more than cheap.

Tribal Band Tattoos- Another popular trend in the late 80’s and all throughout the 90’s was the tribal arm band tattoos. We all know at least one person who has one of these. Like clothes, tattoos styles and designs go in and out of fashion and the tribal band was quite obviously a fad from the 90’s. Now if the tattoo means something, which I would risk to say 80-90% of these tribal bands don’t, that’s okay.  I know these aren’t just a piece of clothing you can throw away but tattoo artist these days have awesome methods of either covering up or removing tattoos. Cover it up with something meaningful and not what’s in.

Platform Flip Flop- Yet another horrid trend from the 90’s, platform sandals are nothing short of tacky. There is NO exception to this rule.

If you think of anymore obvious mistakes fashion has made LET ME KNOW!

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A Happy Birthday Tribute to Lady Gaga!

Within my previous years attending The Art Institute of Colorado, I have gained somewhat of an obsession with Lady Gaga. There was actually a three month period before her concert in 2010, when every project I created in school revolved around this amazing woman. FCF wants to wish Lady Gaga a wonderful, eventful, safe and exciting birthday.
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Below is the paper I wrote in September 2010 for my English Composition II class about the amazing woman named Lady Gaga. Enjoy!
Lady Gaga
By: Marissa Lundeen
Class: English Composition II
Teacher: Heidi Pope Werner
Abstract
Lady Gaga, also known as 2010’s queen of pop, has stolen hearts with her strange fashion and unspoken choice of words; but these characteristics have also pushed potential fans away. In 2008, controversial rumors sparked about Lady Gaga’s gender. Images and videos claim proof that Lady Gaga was born and may still be a hermaphrodite. Other views claim Lady Gaga purposely made her private area look larger as a publicity stunt. Whether she is in fact a hermaphrodite; fans claim it would make no difference in their love of her. After viewing countless interviews, videos, and articles of Lady Gaga from birth to present day, research will determine if she is in fact a hermaphrodite or if all is rumor.
Lady Gaga has shown the world that it is okay to be different. She states that she has always felt different as a young girl growing up. She wants to give her fans and the world the motivation to be who they are no matter what others think. Whether Lady Gaga has stolen your heart with her out of control fashions, or if she has made you sick with her blunt opinion, come on an adventure through the twenty-four year old life of 2010’s queen of pop.
“She wore a platinum blonde wig and a red American Apparel outfit so tight it could trigger a yeast infection,” (Herbert, 2010, p.58).
Before the world knew Lady Gaga, she was once called Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Stefani was born March 28, 1986 in New York, New York (Ace, 2010). Her parents Joe and Cynthia Germanotta were founders of the internet based Italian Immigrant stock. Their market had just set off in 1990, this business gave the Germanotta family of Stefani and her little sister Natali a comfortable atmosphere (Herbert, 2010, p.10).
By the time Stefani turned four-years-old, she was playing the piano by ear and sang along to songs by Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper (Herbert, 2010, p.13). When asked by Ellen DeGeneres in an interview, “What’s the best Christmas gift you have ever received? My father bought me a four-track-task-cam-recorder, when I was about eleven years old, and it was this really, really simple mechanism that I could just sit at the piano, and hook up a mic and record by myself” (Nemedia, 2009, 6:00). Young Stefani would sit in restaurants with her family beating the bread sticks like drum sticks (Herbert, 2010, p.13). It was within these few years when Joe and Cynthia realized Stefani was born to entertain.
At age eleven, Stefani began school at an all-girls Convent of the Sacred Heart Institution in New York. This Catholic school cost $23,000 a year, which included piano, dance, and drama (Herbert, 2010, p.15). Stefani later admits, “I went to a lovely school and I got an incredible education. And I actually think that my education is what really sets me apart, ‘cause I’m very smart. I don’t know that my schooling was conductive to wild ideas and creativity, but it gave me discipline and drive” (Herbert, 2010, p.16).  The girls who attended school with Stefani would describe her as the center of attention. Her friends would say, “No matter what she was wearing, even zipped up to her neck in a parka, she looked naked.” Her fashion sense was becoming aware (Herbert, 2010, p.17).  When Cristina Civetta went to school with Stefani she would describe her as, “a straight-A student, who wore her skirt to her knee, as we were supposed to, and knee-high socks.” Cristina, now a New York writer and fashion designer said she was so shocked when she saw Stefani perform as Lady Gaga. She was in a coned bra and little hot pants. Cristina said, ‘Damn, you have changed!’ But when she talked to Lady Gaga, she found that she hadn’t changed at all…she was still one of the nice girls (Herbert, 2010, p.19).
Stefani was thirteen and she had written her first song called, “To Love Again.” Her mother began taking her to New York nightclubs for open-mic nights. Stefani describes her mom as super cool. “She’d help me sign up and perform, and then when I got to college, I started gigging.” Her mother would say, “You’ve got to play clubs, you’ve got to do amazing, you’ve got to fail, you’ve got to get standing ovations and need to be booed off the stage” (Herbert, 2010, p.24).
At age seventeen, Stefani was accepted into New York’s Tisch School of the Arts. This school specialized in film, drama, and dance. She did theatre in high school and theatre in college. Whenever she did pop performances, people would say she should do theatre, but when she would audition for musicals, they’d tell her, she was too pop. Stefani dropped out of college from frustration. She said, ‘Fuck it! I will do whatever I want to do.’ She started playing at the Lower East Side club, then all over New York (Herbert, 2010, p.28).
It is said that convent girls go wild, really wild. In New York 2005, Stefani was not working toward any goals in her life. She was living in a little apartment trying to make it on her own. She was working as a burlesque singer and had started using cocaine. She would work on her hair and make-up for hours alone and on cocaine. She isolated herself when she was high, just her music and her drugs. When her friends finally came over they asked her if she had been doing this alone. Stefani admitted, “Um yes, me and my mirror” (Herbert, 2010, p.33). At this point, Stefani realized she had a problem. “It’s from my coke years…2005 was where it began, and I thought I was going die. I never really did the drugs for the high- it was more the romanticism of Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger, and all the artists that I loved. I wanted to be them and I wanted to live their life, and I wanted to understand the way that they saw things and how they arrived at their art. And I believed the only way I could do this was to live the lifestyle, and so I did” (Herbert, 2010, p.33).
Stefani’s father Joe was appalled to see what had come of his daughter in just a year on her own. He looked at her and said, “You’re fuckin’ up, kid.” Stefani looked at him and thought, “How does he know that I’m high right now?” (Herbert, 2010, p.36) Stefani showed her respect for her father by saying, “If somebody walks up to me and says, ‘You’re a nasty bitch, and I hate your music and you’re talentless,’ it means nothing to me. Nothing. But if my father says it, it means a lot (Herbert, 2010, p.37). I was completely mental and had just been through so much…I do not want my fans to ever emulate that or be that way. I don’t want my fans to think they have to be that way to be great. It’s in the past. It was a low point, and it led to disaster” (Robinson, 2010).
Once Stefani got back on her feet from her wicked past, she met a burlesque dancer that would show her to fame and glory. Collen Martin, aka Lady Starlight, a rock and roll DJ, go-go dancer, performance artist, and fashion stylist. In 2005, Lady Starlight started playing gigs with Stefani downtown in clubs such as, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Bitter End (Snow, 2009). “I actually never really thought of it like that (performance as art) until I started working with Lady Starlight…One day she was like it’s not really a concert and it’s not really a show. It’s performance art. What you’re doing is not just singing…it’s art, And once she pointed out to me what I was already doing I just started analyzing that more and researching to try to take it in a different direction” (Snow, 2009).
Stefani was now nineteen; she had met L.A. Reid, the chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group. Reid heard Stefani singing in the hallway next to his office; soon afterward he signed her to Def Jam Recording. Reid did not hesitate to sign Stefani onto Def Jam Recording for $850,000. Def Jam dropped her after only three months, due to their lack of understanding each other and the fact that the tracks she produced with Def Jam had no immediate response (Lara, 2010).
Stefani found her rainbow after the storm with Def Jam Recording, soon after she met the singer and producer of RedOne. RedOne met Stefani through their management, New Heights. “Actually, at the time I started working with her she had just got dropped from her record label. My manager called me and said, ‘You have to meet this girl-she is the most incredible artist.’ If someone is good, it doesn’t matter to me if that person has a deal. The first day we worked together, we came up with a song called ‘Boys Boys Boys’ and we just clicked” (Herbert, 2010, p.41).
Through RedOne, Stefani was introduced to Akon; her future partner in the song “Just Dance” (Herbert, 2010, p.45). The CEO of Interscope-Geffen-A&M; Jimmy Lovine, convinced Akon to sign Stefani to his own label, Kon Live Distribution. During this time Stefani’s appearance was changing, she went from a brunette to a blonde and her clothing became more provocative. When songwriter and classical pianist, Rob Furari met Stefani in 2006, Furari helped Stefani find the right sound for herself as a new break through artist. “We were working one day in the studio, and Queen’s ‘Radio Ga Ga’ came on and I was like, you are so Radio Ga Ga. So Gaga became her nickname” (Herbert, 2010, p.54). From that moment on Stefani answered to no other name then Lady Gaga. Through her producer and ex-boyfriend Rob Furari, Lady Gaga met Vincent Herbert. Vincent immediately knew she had potential, so he signed her to Streamline Records. “Even back then, she was famous for showing up for work in her undies” (Herbert, 2010, p.65).
Lady Gaga realized through a difficult audience that sex sells. “I had new material and I had on this amazing outfit…so I sat down, cleared my throat and waited for everyone to go quiet. It was a bunch of frat kids from the West Village and I couldn’t get them to shut up. I didn’t want to start singing while they were talking, so I got undressed. There I was, sitting at the piano in my underwear. So they shut up…but the truth is that unless you were in the audience in that very spontaneous moment, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s, like, I took my clothes off, so sex sells, right? But in the context of that moment, in that neighborhood, in front of that audience, I was doing something radical” (Herbert, 2010, p.49).
Lady Gaga and Lady Starlight preformed at the Lollapalooza annual music festival in Chicago. Within this performance Lady Gaga explains she had a blast, although it was nerve-wracking. They had many technical difficulties on stage. This was not a performance that she likes to remember so fondly. But if anything, she loved the sea of hippies that were not expecting what they saw, and she loved the shock art aspect of it. Soon after her performance at the Lollapalooza she admits she was arrested. “I was outside the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and this policeman came up and told me my hot pants were too short…they weren’t really pants at all, but he got upset and I got a citation. All people will have seen is this half-naked girl on the street yelling, ‘it’s fashion! I’m an artist!” (Herbert, 2010, p.61)
Gossip columnist, Gagalyte Perez Hilton attracted attention to Lady Gaga and basically introduce her to the public. She gave Perez plenty of material with her music, strange appearance and cropped outfits to expose her (Herbert, 2010, p.59). “When she released ‘Just Dance’ in April 2008, that kind of music wasn’t played on the radio. Now it’s everywhere. She made pop music exciting again, in a way that I, as an intent observer of pop culture, haven’t experienced since Madonna. Exciting and dangerous, she plays by her own rules,” Said Perez. He also claims that Christina Aguilera was copying Lady Gaga before she was introduced to the public (Vigilant, 2009).
Throughout the few years of Lady Gaga performing with Lady Starlight, she would reference Lady Starlight as “my girlfriend.” Lady Gaga admits she has always been bisexual, but her love for women has only been physical, not emotional. Her only serious relationship was with her heavy metal drummer, Luke. “The first love of my life used to drive me around in an El Camino. It’s watermelon-green with a black hood, and he has long, jet-black hair and he looked like half Neil Young, half Nikki Sixx… the way that he talked about his car…and the way that he stalls the gas when he’s turning the corner…that’s my guy! I like guys like that, guys that listen to AC/DC and drink beers, and buy me drinks just to show me off at the bar by the jukebox with their friends” (Herbert, 2010, p.64). Lady Gaga dated her former producer Rob Fusari. In 2007, he sued her for $30 million dollars for unlicensed employment agent, claiming he co-wrote some of her hits (Strauss, 2010, p.69). Lady Gaga was seen on July 26, 2010 dating musician Luc Carl (Moore, 2010, p.14). Knowing that Lady Gaga only dates men, but has physical attraction to woman may have struck the claims of her being part male and part female. Lady Gaga’s manager was asked if within the song “Poker Face,” the verse “Bluffin with my muffin,” has anything to do with these hermaphrodite rumors. He said her sexuality is bisexual and has nothing to do with the rumors (Marikar, 2009).
A hermaphrodite is a child born with both male and female genitals. Lady Gaga has pictures and videos claiming she is a hermaphrodite. Although there are many testimonies of this rumor, it happens to stay a rumor due to her lack of confirmation. During her show at the Glastonbury festival in England 2009, Lady Gaga was videotaped getting off a motorcycle and showing a large bulge protruding from her underwear (Housebird, 2009). Lady Gaga’s manager claims the bulge could have been from a bad angle, her undergarments, but not a penis. He said this rumor is completely ridiculous (Marikar, 2009).
Supposedly, Lady Gaga was interviewed after the Glastonbury festival and said, “It’s not something that I’m ashamed of, just isn’t something that I go around telling everyone. Yes. I have both male and female genitalia, but I consider myself a female. It’s just a little bit of a penis and really doesn’t interfere much with my life.” The reason she hasn’t talked about this issue is because it’s not a big deal to her (Gossip, 2009). Whether one may want to believe this statement or not, there was no actual interview footage, or sources next to this quote of Lady Gaga saying these words, only typed statements on random websites showing that this quote was completely fabricated.
Lady Gaga makes fun of the rumor during a concert. She states, “You know somebody asked me very recently a very strange question…they said Lady Gaga do you have a dick? And I said yes I do and it’s much bigger than yours” (Anne, 2009). Within an interview with Barbra Walter, Lady Gaga was asked, “There is this strange rumor that you are part man and part woman…true?” Lady Gaga quickly replies, “no. At first it was very strange and everyone said that’s really quite a story, but in a since I portray myself in a very androgynous way and I love androgyny…I like pushing boundaries” (Asheedald, 2010).
In her 2010 Telephone video, after the officers take her into jail one officer states to the other, “I told you she didn’t have a dick” (Line, 2010). Many people and fans believe that within this statement from one officer in the video to the other, Lady Gaga was trying to tell her fans that these rumors are un-true. In the video Alejandro, there is significant footage of tight revealing clothing showing that she has nothing, but female parts.  Websites claim that Lady Gaga uses photo-shop, airbrushing, and other computer alterations within her videos to make it seem like she has only female parts (Relative, 2010). During an interview Lady Gaga was asked, “Do you have a penis?” She replies, “My beautiful vagina is very offended by that question.” The interviewer asked, “So you have a vagina?” Lady Gaga then ignored her interviewer and moved on to another question (Grindhouse, 2009). Snopes.com notes that no one of either sex that has been intimate with Lady Gaga reported that she had any surprises (Mikkelson, 2010). With that information I do not agree with the rumors, Lady Gaga is called “Lady” for a reason.
Throughout her life experiences she has found a meaning behind her music and fashion. The main message of her album The Fame Monster is that she is willing to do anything to obtain fame (Vigilant, 2009). Her first hit single. “Bad Romance,” which came out from her album The Fame Monster, was iTunes number one download within two days (Purves, 2010, p. 141). Within this song the verse, “I want your ugly, I want your disease, I want your everything, as long as it’s free, I want your love…I want your drama, the touch of your hand. I want your leather-studded kiss in the sand.” With this verse Lady Gaga is seeking love in a wrong and sick manner. Within this video her eyes, ears, and nose are covered showing that she is a prisoner and a sex slave, but likes it. She knows that fame is ugly, but she still wants it. She knows the music industry will hurt her and treat her badly, but she still wants it (Vigilant, 2009). This song and video has the most symbolic messages that this website claims to have ever analyzed. It has steps within the lyrics in order to obtain world-wide fame. Bad Romance serves as a symbol of MTV’s description of the music industry (Vigilant, 2009).
When first watching ‘Alejandro,’ one would wonder why gay Nazi soldiers are being raped by Lady Gaga. First of all this song has a deep spiritual meaning from the Catholic church to the gay community. The video opens by a funeral procession revealing that something is dead inside Lady Gaga and it seems to be the love of Alejandro. Alejandro may have been a gay man she couldn’t be with, a man she is cheating on with Roberto and Fernando, or even God.  In the video she is giving the sign of blessing and benediction, which is a gesture from Catholicism for those who are considered Holy. She is then seen wearing a robe containing an inverted cross and she is hiding one eye. With her covering one eye she is showing a sign of Luciferian priestess, which is a sign of Illuminati control or loyalty. The symbol on her robe is of an inverted cross, this comes from the “Cross of St. Peter,” a request to be crucified upside down because he was unworthy to be put to death in the same manner as Christ (Vigilant, 2009). She is then seen swallowing her rosary, showing that she is trying to obtain godhood on her own. Before Lady Gaga, music fans were subjected to a creative drought. Once she came into the picture she gave music fans painful flashes of symbols leaving them with a feeling that something was wrong with her act, but still they can’t stop listening to her (Vigilant, 2009).
Not only does Lady Gaga have a meaning behind the music she writes, but also the garments she wears. With the most resent of her garments, was the one she wore to the 2010 VMAs, in which no other artist has dared to wear. The meat dress she wore was designed by Franc Fernandez. This dress was made by actual meat and was cut and fitted to fit her body. For the cost of the meat put into this garment was a total of $45.00. Her reasoning behind wearing this dress was to show her devastation to her fans who are gay and the governmental oppression on them. She feels that the government is being un-fair to the gay community, by not giving them the same rights as a man and woman. Lady Gaga recently spoke for the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell proposition. This was for the LGBT and SLDN community to gain the right to serve in the US military. She was disappointed that this act was repealed by our senators, but says she will keep fighting and won’t give up (Hausof, 2010).
With her meat dress she admits she never meant to offend anyone who is vegan or vegetarian, but this dress was worn to show what she believed in for human rights. She stated, “Pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.” This dress did light off PETA. They said, “Meat is the decomposing flesh of a tormented animal who didn’t want to die, and after a few hours under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh it is and likely be crawling in maggots – not to attractive, really” (Ganz, 2010). With her meat dress some websites proclaim it’s similar to the painting “Incarnation” by the artist Mark Ryden (Clott, 2010).
Lady Gaga is one of the most inspirational artists of 2010 (Asheedald, 2010). She has arrived into the public from out of nowhere. One can say she might be an alien, considering she claims she doesn’t drink water during her performances because she wants her audience to not see her as an ordinary human. No matter what one may think about this amazing woman, she will always do what she wants not caring what anyone will think of her. She wants her fans to leave her show not loving her more, but loving themselves more. With this said, take her as she is because she isn’t going to change for nobody.
References available upon request.

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Pikolinos Sustainable Eco-chic Footwear and The Maasai Project

Pikolinos is a shoe and accessory brand known for creating handcrafted, naturally dyed products that are both comfortable and stylish. Founded in Spain, the company has received ISO: 14001 certification that assures its environmental sustainability through the use of recycled materials, minimization of wastes, and treatment of leather in natural ways without the utilization of chrome. Recently, the eco-chic brand has launched their new Maasai Project Collection. Shoes and handbags are individually embroidered by women of the Maasai Tribe in Africa, one of the world’s most endangered tribes as declared by the UN.
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Olivia Palermo in Kenya with Members of the Maasai Tribe Photo Credit: Johannes Huebl
Leather pieces are distributed to villages of the Maasai Mara in Kenya and Tanzania where the 1600 Maasai women involved embroider them with vibrant beads in traditional ethnic motifs. Once ornamented, the pieces are sent to Spain to undergo the final stages of production and are then distributed for sale. In exchange for their efforts, the Maasai women receive fair wages that enable them to support their families and community. The result is 1600 families with steady incomes that can be used to purchase necessary food and medicine. In addition to fostering economic independence, the project has also allowed the Maasai to purchase their own land and prevent its expropriation. Education has also been bolstered by the establishment of a school for 200 children.
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Olivia Palermo showcasing Pikolinos’ Maasai Project Collection
Pikolinos has chosen Olivia Palermo, a New York based fashionista, as the project’s ambassador. Palermo has recently visited Kenya where she met members of the Maasai community, experienced the embroidery process firsthand, and posed with the community for campaign photos that now grace the pages of our favorite fashion magazines. The photos can also be viewed in the collection’s look book HERE.
This is Pikolinos’ fourth year collaborating with the Maasai community on a sustainable marketing project meant to remind both consumers and fellow industry members that “another wold is possible” in which industry can be transformed into a system for bettering the quality of life for struggling communities.
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Pikolinos: Authentic Maasai Design

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Best Spring Break Places

Spring Break is something that every college student looks forward to. It is time to let loose, to be with friends, and to celebrate that you have almost made it through another year. It is also the time for students to experience new places that they’ve not seen before. Are you thinking about your next destination? There are several different places that would be great for all you spring breakers to visit and really experience something totally different during your break.
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Nevada- Las Vegas, Nevada is a place that everyone should experience. It is a fun place with something for everyone to do whether you enjoy the bar scene, visiting different tourism sites, or just relaxing by the pool, there is a tremendous amount of things to do in Las Vegas.
Florida- Another place that is close by and affordable is either Miami, Florida or Fort Lauderdale. Both of these cities in Florida have wonderful beaches and a great night life. The beach is breathtaking and can take an worry away.
Here is a list of fantastic places to visit for Spring Break!
Cabo San Lucas
Information- http://www.cabosanlucas.net
Cancun
Information- http://www.visitmexico.com/en/cancun
Jamaica
Information- http://www.visitjamaica.com/Default2.aspx
Las Vegas, Nevada
Information- http://www.vegas.com
Puerto Rico
Information- http://welcome.topuertorico.org/index.shtml
South Padre Island
Information- http://www.sopadre.com
Ocean City, Maryland
Information- http://www.ococean.com
Anywhere with warm weather is perfect for Spring Break. Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, South Padre Island, and Ocean City are wonderful places to go. The most important part of it all is to come back with an awesome tan, and stories to remember for a lifetime.

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Fun Facts About Omega 3?s

I know some of us take vitamins, including myself. But one that happens to be my favorite would be: Omega-3. Omega-3′s have so many benefits and are found in some of your favorite foods. Some of the benefits are: lower risk of heart disease, protect against: depression, cancer, and arthritis, contains DHA and EPA which have the best health benefits, reduces inflammation and slows plaque build up in blood vessels, can lower blood pressure and contribute to healthier skin and hair. Omega-3′s can be found in: walnuts, spinach, salmon, halibut, and scallops to name a few. Start incorporating this AMAZING fat into your diet because we ALL know that in order to get rid of fat, you have to eat fat (the healthy ones of course).
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Tips and Tricks to Make You Better at Life

Stuff just happens. I want to share some tips and tricks on how to successfully make it through a regular day, and avoid the lemons life sometimes throws at your face. I am not promising life will be better, but hopefully you will be more prepared for it. I hope some of the things I’ve learned can help you save time, effort, stress, and spend more time on things that matter…like being fabulous!
Save time in the dressing room! If there’s one thing I gained from ever meeting my stepmother, it’s the easy way to find jeans that fit. All brands of denim fit differently, but you can find approximately the right size by placing the folded waistband around the diameter of your neck. If it fits snugly and comfortably meets at the back of your neck, the jeans should fit.
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After I put in some time working for a tailor, I suggest washing jeans a few times before taking them to get hemmed. They tend to shrink lengthwise, and it’s not our fault they end up too short when we get home after you washing them!
When your stomach hurts, laying on your left side and rubbing your stomach in clockwise circles may help.
Vodka is great for many more things than getting shwaisty pants. Invest in a squirt bottle and spritz clothes with 1 part vodka 2 parts water to get out funky smells. Vodka is also a great stain remover from fabrics and upholstery. Let it hang and air dry before wearing it so you don’t smell like a bar. A splash of vodka and a sprinkle of sugar in vase water will make flowers last longer, and soaking razor blades after shaving will prolong life as well. You can even use the left over cheap stuff from last night to make a slushy ice pack with half vodka and water in a Ziploc bag for those mysterious bruises.
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When you want something to be cold faster and you put it in the freezer, did you know if you wrap it in a wet paper towel, it will get colder even faster?
Coat oil stains with baby powder or dawn dish detergent overnight to remove stains.
In anticipation of warmer weather on the way, the best way not to look too scantily dressed on a hot day is to have more coverage on top when wearing short shorts, and longer shorts when wearing a skin-bearing top—Just a tip from yours truly. Another way to tastefully show some skin is to pick one area and accentuate it, either shoulders, chest, back, stomach, or the legs. Pick one, two AT THE MOST, but not all of the above. Yikes.
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Dress from ShopBop
When traveling, immediately unpack clothes you don’t want wrinkled and hang them in the bathroom when you shower. The steam will loosen wrinkles from clothes and they will be ready to wear.,/p>
Pressing #9 when you get a call from a telemarketer will put you on the “do not call” list. This is a very useful tip from my telemarketer friend himself. I have not gotten the chance to try this one out but you try it and let me know!
You know when you try to pull out your trash bag sometimes it suctions to the sides and seems to weigh 20x more than it should?! Drill a few holes in the bottom of the trash can…but in the center where it is slightly higher in case the bag leaks.
Use dental floss to make perfect cake cuts…but don’t use the minty wax kind!
When an important Microsoft Word file gets corrupted, don’t panic! You can save it by opening it in notepad.
Putting smelly shoes in the freezer kills the bacteria that make them stink. Learned this one when I found my roommate’s boyfriend’s shoes in there.
When microwaving your food, arrange it in a circle with a hole in the middle so there isn’t a cold spot in the center.
Try opening a banana from the end without the stem. Imagine a cartoon monkey holding a banana. Just pinch it and pull down! It’s so much easier and doesn’t mush the top in!
Use empty prepaid Visa & Amex gift cards to sign up for trial offers and never get charged!
To get the best fit, buy clothes with at least 2% lycra and it will keep its shape all day. No saggy butt, saggy knees, or stretched out T’s!
Do you know of any weird little tricks that I don’t? Put it in the comments, I’d love to hear it!

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Ryan Gosling’s Break from Fame

After seeing the Notebook, Drive and Crazy Stupid Love, I’d have to agree with the rest of America, Ryan Gosling is definitely one of my imaginary boyfriends.
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According to a source, he has recently decided that he needs a break from himself as much as he assumes the audience does. “What! NO!!!” Is what every woman in America is saying while facing “delay Ryan Gosling withdrawal!”
Ryan has compared his journey into fame to the slow death of a lobster:
“I don’t know what to say about fame. I’ve been doing this since I was eight, so I can’t really say that it came out of nowhere. But I can’t say that I saw it coming, either. My friend’s grandmother would soak a lobster in vodka, get it good and drunk before she put it in the pot to cook it. Then she’d turn the heat up real slow. That lobster never knew what hit him. That’s how it’s kind of gone down for me. Except in my story, I guess I’m the old lady and the lobster.
…Fame has a weird effect on people. The experience of fans recognizing you puts them into some kind of trance where they think they know you but they don’t. They start sharing with you, and it gives you this intimacy that’s very rare.”
It seems Ryan Gosling made his commitment to fame without knowing it and now he feels trapped. In the same interview where he announced he needs a break, he also said he is worried that the public might not understand his decision.
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Ladies, don’t get to upset that you won’t be seeing your sexy imaginary boyfriend, Ryan Gosling, for a while. The film Only God Forgives is expected to be released in May 2013. Within this film, Ryan plays an Englishman named Julien who lives in Bangkok. During the making of this Muay Thai movie, Ryan spent three months in Thailand training for his martial art scenes. The film is being produced by Nicolas Winding Refn, the same producer for the film, Drive.
Ryan is ecstatic about the new role. When asked about his martial art scenes he said, “These guys were training me how to fight, and suddenly in the scene I’m going to beat them in the fight and they’d say cut, and then I’d get direction from them on how to beat them up again? It just seemed like bullshit…In the script, he’s kind of invincible, but in the movie, I don’t think I land one punch on anyone. It’s just having my ass handed to me the whole time…and it’s more realistic.”
We at FCF want to wish Ryan Gosling a very relaxing time off during his break from fame and we look forward to seeing his new film Only God Forgives.

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Army Wives New Season

Army Wives season 7 just started with season six ending leaving people on the edge of their seats. Season 7 opened with a tragedy, making viewers wonder what is next for the Army Wives’ cast. The show also recently added a few new Army Wives to give the show a brand new edge. This show is definitely award winning in my book.
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Army Wives is a show that can make you laugh, cry, and feel happy all in one hour. It is a show that makes wives more aware of how great friends can help you through life’s biggest triumphs. It also help people in the world understand what army families go through day in and day out.
The show started in 2007 and continues to air on Sunday evenings on lifetime. Army Wives tells the story of four women and one man who all have a common bond of being military spouses living on an active military post. The show has evolved over the years and there has been many military families who have come and gone throughout the show, but these five people remain to be friends. I think this show is great way to end a wonderful weekend.
Which Army Wife are you? If you watch Army Wives, take a fun quiz to figure out which character you are most like HERE, and come back and share!

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Masculine Fashion Goes Feminine

Men’s Fashion Becoming More Feminine
The report is in and this season’s trend for men is…Femininity. I bet that got your attention. This doesn’t mean men should start wearing dresses, this is more of a design element trend. Throughout the facets of design there are some widely accepted rules when designing. For example, harsh lines tend to be more masculine and softer, curved lines tend to be associated with femininity, or pink tends to be a girl’s color where blue tends to be a boy’s color, things like that. Well after perusing this awesome site called Shopstyle.com, trying to think of something to write about, I noticed an overall trend surfacing within the industry. In recent past seasons, the megatrend was supposedly androgyny, but only for women’s fashion. Men have finally started to follow that trend with slight tweaks to styles that radiate a slight feminine energy. These two points illustrate exactly why today’s male fashion is starting to lean towards femininity.
1. Lines- As I discussed earlier, lines are something that can create a “gender” for the clothing. The blending of harsh masculinity and soft femininity creates this new unisexual fad. For example, the Burberry trench coat pictured below has a perfect blending of these lines. The shoulders are squared and harsh, giving masculinity to the garment, but the soft torso lines that lead evenly roll into the waist and then out again to form the hip lines, which is very feminine. Giving a male any kind of figure other than that of an inverted triangle or a square will be dubbed as feminine.
Many garments seem to be trying to shape men’s figures into something other than their naturally given or accepted figures.


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Click to shop McQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Off-white Washed Leather Hybrid Biker Jacket

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2. Print/Color Experimentation- Men’s fashion has for centuries been the epitome of boring and conservative but, in this day and age, the guys are tossing out their boring grey garments and trading them in for bright, vibrant and eccentric colors and prints. This was indeed seen in the 1970s but it was so extreme that it was almost obnoxious, today’s prints have been paired properly with muted and fashionable colors. Women’s clothes, on the other hand, have always included color and print, which allowed them to customize their wardrobe. This was when women only cared about what they wore. But now that the mindset has changed, men are adopting some basic fundamentally and traditionally feminine characteristics, BECAUSE today men also view their clothes as a priority.


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Road Trip Tips!

Summer is approaching fast and that means one of my favorite things in the whole world…VACATIONS! Even though I graduated and I am no longer participating in the academic “summer break”, I’m not quite ready to give up the feeling of summer vacation just yet. So, as many people know, I love to travel. I could go anywhere. But probably my favorite traveling experiences come from Road Trips. I actually just took the first road trip of the vacation season this last week and, after many, many road trips, I have a few helpful tips to making the most of your wayward expeditions.
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Get good sleep the night BEFORE- One of the biggest wastes of time, in my opinion, is not taking advantage of the time you have while driving to a new location. Very rarely are you forced to sit for 12 hours with your peers or family. Sleeping makes road trips longer and more boring, contrary to popular belief. Get involved with each other and create memories as a group.

Make Stops- Other than the much needed “bathroom stops”, make stops for things that interest you. For example, on the way to New Mexico (my road trip) we stopped at a place we passed and had never seen before called Devil Mountain. This mountain in Colorado was quite possibly the creepiest thing we saw on the trip, but regardless of how entertaining it actually was, I can now say that I have been to Devil Mountain in Colorado. It is definitely these moments that make a road trip a road trip. This is the advantage driving has over flying, you get exposed to so much more.

Try local restaurants- Road Trips are all about experiencing things that you normally don’t and we know that almost every town, no matter how small, has a McDonald’s. But for the sake of your experience and, frankly, your health, stop off at the local restaurant that looks family owned. Sometimes these places have the best food on the planet. If any of my readers are fans of the show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”, this is what they do. Make your dining experience similar to that. Then later on write a review or blog about it.

Music- Picking the right music is essential, otherwise the trip will seem like the longest road you’ve ever traveled. Not everyone is into the same things but creating playlists with mixtures of music keeps people interested and involved. A little side tip, songs that everyone can sing along to work out awesomely. Songs like, “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey or any Disney song ever written can make for a fun car ride for everyone.

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