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The Best of the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017

Each year during the Cannes Film festival guests of the festival, including donors, researchers and celebrity spokesmen for the organization gather for the one of the big ticket festival items, the annual AmfAR Gala, one of the largest charitable events of the year. 

Weekly Rewind

Hey again guys,

Can you believe we’re already half-way through the first month of 2016!? Geesh where does the time go.

So getting back to one of my original features of the blog, I thought it would be a good time for a Weekly Rewind to catch up on all the happenings of the past week and some.

So, here we go.

Instagram

I haven’t been to busy on the ‘gram lately as my life has not been all that crazy with my least favorite season in full swing.

The Blog

As promised I have made a conscious effort to be more active on the blog and to work on building this experience into one worthwhile.

il_340x270.896902427_gk3pCan you believe it has been one year since I decided to take the plunge and begin this blog!?! I celebrated this milestone with an extra special #FunFactFriday by sharing a few personal fun facts.

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  • An important #FunFactFriday about the importance of Blood Donation in honor of Blood Donation Awareness Month and sharing a few interesting facts for any of you who would be interested in getting involved.

TV

  • On Demand Tv is In – with streaming services killing the nominations at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards. Ratings numbers are through the roof and Netflix, with a line-up of more than 20+ original shows due out this year alone, and let’s not forget Hulu and Amazon Tv doing their thing, cable may soon be obsolete. Hint, HBO has already gotten onboard with the idea of being a solely streaming service.504412260-actress-taraji-p-henson-poses-with-the-award-for-best.jpg.CROP.rtstoryvar-medium
  • Taraji P. Henson’s won big at the Golden Globes becoming the third African American Woman to win the Award for BEst Actress in a TV Drama;
  • Shameless is back and well – more shameless than ever with more crazy off the wall antics and plot lines than one can even begin to imagine!
  • Elle‘s Women in Television honors some of the hottest names on the small screen right now, Taraji, Viola, Priyanka, Olivia (Wilde), Julia.

Music

  • Sam Smith won the Golden Globe award for Best at the 73rd Annual award show celebration.coa16_thumb.jpg
  • For all you Music Festival fans the official Coachella Artist List is out and tickets are already on sale!govball2016_content-block.jpg
  • Festival junkies rejoice as the 2016 Governor’s Ball artist list is out!
  • Music Superstar David Bowie passed away this week at the age of 69 after a battle with liver cancer. May his talents and music will always live on. bowie_aladin_sane_1000px

Media

  • The Revenant finally took up speed at the top of the box office list last weekend beating out Star Wars: The Force Awakens which had sat at the top since it’s December 18th release. This momentum could only see improvements after Leonardo Di Caprio’s win at the Golden Globes – and now 12 Oscar nods, including Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), and Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy), but this is an exceptional hold.2015-12-16-1450300622-8118374-Star_Wars.png
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens has fallen to the third place in this weekends box office listing but this comes after 5 weeks running strong and in the wake of The Revenant‘s big wins and nods. That however has no effect on it’s earnings though as the film has hit $1 billion overseas and is aimed at grossing ~ $2 billion worldwide, so no worries!Jennifer-Lopez---InStyle-Cover-2016--01-662x903.jpg
  • JLo keeps it young and fresh on the February cover of Instyle magazine and tells of some of her secrets to her continued youth, happiness and success.
  • With all the controversy and debate around #BlackGirlMagic – from Elle‘s (maybe ill-advised feauture article “Here’s My Problem with #BlackGirlMagic” by Dr. Linda Chavers and Ashley Ford’s rebuttal “There is Nothing Wrong with Black Girl Magic” for the same publication), to the twitter comments and “conversations”, Essence magazine chose to emphasize the hashtag’s significance to Black culture by highlighting some of the awesome black girls who are currently being great!

p.s. don’t miss Amandla Stenberg with her #BlackGirlMagic on the cover of Teen Vogue.

Health

  • January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Get Educated. Get checked. Know your family history. Protect your eyes.

Tech

  • Twitter users now able to view periscope videos without leaving app. So yea for catching up on all the cute videos in the world you love to see.

Fashion

  • So finally those Hedi Slimane rumors can be put to rest – earlier this year the rumor mill was abuzz with news that Creative Director for the Fashion Houe, Saint laurent was leaving the company – however that has since been debunked.
  • Stella Mcartney celebrated with her Pre-Fall 2016 bash where celebrities were out in their numbers, and featured live performances by Pink and even Johnny Depp, showing off his musical chops;

News

  •  There was a new twitter movement trying to convince all French individuals to wear yamakas in a show of solidarity against anti-semitism. _87717939_rabbibel
  • Jason-3, a U.S. – European Satellite has launched from California and will measure the shape of the global sea surface to an accuracy of better than 4cm. It will also track currents, tides, winds, wave heights, and will help forecast the intensity of storms. But with a new mission of also maintaining the reference data-set on sea-level rise as a response to continued Global warming. Thus far it shows the world’s oceans to be rising at more than 3mm per year!

Around the Web

  • This week, January 11th marked the recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This day served as a reminder to the world about the statistics surrounding one of the most notorious illegal trades. 12400921_1028972977124708_2089694580176667454_n
  • You can now fly to Europe for less than $200 using Icelandic airliner Wow Air. Created by a former Silicon Valley techie all flights connecting to several major European cities go through Iceland. You can now take that Euro trip without breaking the bank. Your options for flying out of the U.S. and Canada are still pretty limited as flights only leave from Boston, Washington, Toronto and Montreal, and now Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • Happy 52nd to First Lady Michelle Obama!michelle-collage

Shopping/Sales

Neiman Marcus Last Call – ectra 20% off all sale prices

Express – $20 off every $80 you spend, with code :1030

Forever21 – Extra 30% off sale with code: EXTRA30

Gap – 40% off your entire purchase with code: LNGWKND

The Limited – 40% off full price items and extra 60-70% off sale

J. Crew Factory – extra 50% off clearance with code: EXTRA50

A Look Ahead

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Tomorrow, January 18th marks the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday. The federal holiday is marked as a day of remembrance of the late religious and civil rights leader’s legacy and contributions to American History.

Hope you guys are enjoying the long weekend, and hope you have a fulfilling and productive week.

Hugs and Sunshine,

Livi.

#FunFactFriday – Saving Lives

Today’s #FunFactFriday is a pretty important one. We are discussing the importance of Blood Donation, and how this simple act of kindness affects those in need of your contribution – whether physical or monetary.blood-test

Fact #1 – The month of January is designated as National Blood Donor Month and is celebrated in order to help educate about blood donation and raise awareness about the need for more donors.

Fact #2 –  Blood donation is one of the most common forms of “Living Donation” (compared to kidney or bone marrow). Why is it important? Get the facts down below (⇓).

Fact #3 – You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason.

  • Some people give blood because they were asked by a friend;
  • Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day;
  • Some believe it is the right thing to do
  • I comes with the health perk of a free mini physical. They check
    • Pulse
    • Blood pressure
    • Body temperature
    • Hemoglobin
  • Plus, there’s cookies!

Fact #4 – To be eligible, you must:

  • Be in good general health and feeling well*
  • Be at least 17-years-old in most states, or 16-years-old with parental consent if allowed by state law;
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
    (Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18-years-old and younger and all high school donors.)

Fact # 5 – Several other factors affect you ability to donate blood. Some of the most important ones are:

i.  If you are sick or have a temperature above 99.5 F, you may not donate.

ii. Immunization/ Vaccination status – Acceptable if you were vaccinated for influenza, tetanus or meningitis, providing you are symptom-free and fever-free. Includes the Tdap vaccine and HPV Vaccine (example, Gardasil).

certificate-of-immunizationWait 4 weeks after immunizations for German Measles (Rubella), MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), Chicken Pox and Shingles; 2 weeks after immunizations for Red Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Polio (by mouth), and Yellow Fever vaccine; and 21 days after immunization for hepatitis B as long as you are not given the immunization for exposure to hepatitis B.

iii. If you ever received a dura mater (brain covering) transplant or human pituitary growth hormone, you are not eligible to donate. Those who have a blood relative who had Creutzfeld-Jakob disease are also not eligible to donate.

iv. If you had hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) caused by a virus, or unexplained jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin), since age 11, you are not eligible to donate blood. This includes those who had hepatitis with Cytomegalovirus (CMV), or Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), the virus that causes Mononucleosis.

n.b.You may only donate if you had jaundice or hepatitis caused by something other than a viral infection, for example: medications, alcohol, gallstones or trauma to the liver.

 v. HIV/AIDS Status -You should not give blood if you have AIDS or have ever had a positive HIV test, or if you have done something that puts you at risk for becoming infected with HIV. Theses high risk behaviors include:

  • the use of intravenous drugs, steroids or anything not prescribed by your doctor
  • are a male who has had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977;
  • have had sexual contact in the past 12 months with anyone described above
  • received clotting factor concentrates for a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia

n.b. You should also not give blood if you have any possible signs or symptoms of HIV/AIDS.

vi. If you have had an STI such as syphillis or gonorrhea, it is suggested that you wait 12 months after completing treatment to donate blood gonorrhea. Chlamydia, venereal warts (human papilloma virus -HPV), or genital herpes are not a cause for deferral if you are feeling healthy and well and meet all other eligibility requirements.

vii. Piercings – Persons with piercings (ears, body), or have undergone Electrolysis are acceptable donors as long as the instruments used were sterile or single-use equipment. It is recommended however that these individuals wait 12 months if there is any question whether or not the instruments used were sterile and free of blood contamination. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis.635830547718462767-281708311_51137-Tattoos-Piercing-Sign.gif

viii. Tattoos – A tattoo is acceptable if the tattoo was applied by a state-regulated entity using sterile needles and ink that is not reused. Cosmetic tattoos applied in a licensed establishment in a regulated state using sterile needles and ink that is not reused is acceptable. You should discuss your particular situation with the health historian at the time of donation.It is also recommended for these individuals to wait 12 months after a tattoo if the tattoo was applied in a state that does not regulate tattoo facilities. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis.

ix. Travel Outside the U.S. & Immigration – to determine your exposure to diseases such as malaria (spread by infeted blood and mosquito transmission), endemic to Africa, Asia, Central and South America, or ebola  (spread through bodily fluids), endemic to regions of Africa. If you have traveled or lived in a malaria-risk country, you may be required to adhere to a waiting period before you can donate blood. The deferred periods are: malaria_distribution_2000

  • Wait 3 years after completing treatment for malaria.
  • Wait 12 months after returning from a trip to an area where malaria is found.
  • Wait 3 years after living more than 5 years in a country or countries where malaria is found. An additional waiting period of 3 years may be required if you have traveled to an area where malaria is found if you have not lived a consecutive 3 years in a country or countries where malaria is not found.

Persons who have spent long periods of time in countries where Creutzfeld Jacob Disease -“mad cow disease” is found are not eligible to donate. This requirement is related to concerns about variant Creutzfeld Jacob Disease (vCJD). You are not eligible to donate if:

Somewhere in The Blue Caribbean Sea

On this day, forty one years ago, the islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique became an independent tri-island state! One of the first Winward and Leeward Islands to become a sovereign state.