Weekly Rewind

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Image by Artist Megan Hess

     Its’s officially Monday and the start of the last week of the month of April! Yikes! Where did the time go? Yet another week has come and gone in the blink of an eye. You know what that means….it’s time for another weekly rewind. This week there’s been a lot of ground to cover…download (4)

     The month of April is National Autsim Awarness month! It’s a month dedicated to continuing the conversation and educating the community about autism. On April 2nd, World Autism Day, President Barack Obama made a proclamation from the White House recognizing it declaring that “everyone deserves a shot at opportunity.” The day celebrates the work of advocates ad family members and serves as means to promote inclusion and acceptance.

     This week on April 22nd was the annual commemoration of Earth Day 2015. There were forums and conversations about the state of our natural habitat and the effects of our daily activities on the planet we call home.

Hands on a globe --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis
Hands on a globe — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

     In light of this year’s celebration, head on over to my post about the history of the day and some suggestions on how we could “Go Green” in our every day activities.

     This brings me to a few articles I read on the environmental impacts of the fashion and cosmetic industries, and brands working to change the game. Check out Glamour magazine’s article in their April issue as well as the short movie Unravel, by filmmaker Meghna Gupta who follows the path of hundreds of pounds of discarded clothing all the way to see what really happens to our discarded or “donated” garments.

     In keeping with the spirit of Earth Day and limiting waste I tried my hand at a new recipe using overly ripe bananas. Stay tuned for Chocolate Banana Nut Bread recipe inspired by ABC’s “The Chew” host Michael Symon.testicular_cancer

     This month is also Testicular Cancer Awareness Month which coincided with the Testicular Cancer Awareness Week which began on April 1st. Be sure to check out the coming post on this disease.

Instagram

     If you follow me on the ‘gram you have been getting a fair dose of my OOTD and my lion’s mane. I need to get to work on posting them on here. No??IMG_20150423_140751

     Also on there a quick nail change inspired by Scandal’s Olivia pope and Essie polish in sweetie pie.

TV

GreysAnatomyMainLogo     No More McDreamy? Did Shonda Rhimes just commit television suicide killing off Patrick Dempsey’s character on the critically acclaimed medical soap drama, Grey’s Anatomy?! Yelp! Only time and the ratings will tell..but in other Grey’ news…the rumor mill is buzzing with why Dempsey was ultimately ousted – and let’s just say Ms. Rhimes is not here for any of that sass! As Ellis Grey would say “… the carousel never stops turning.”

     With Fox’s Justified now off the air with the close of it’s final season and we have bid adieu to Sons of Anarchy, what will be next for the network? Sigh. Only time will tell as we wait for the new season of Empire
(*sic!* I know my guilty pleasure!) Hmm..Backtstrom isn’t bad either…DailyShow

     It’s official John Stewart’s last day at the helm of The Daily show will be August 6th as announced by the host who held his post for the last 15 years. His replacement? South African hottie and funny man, Trevor Noah! OH how I look forward to this next chapter!

     New hottie in the mix on Scandal? What is Liv to do? Oh my!?! This father/daughter dynamic is really a slippery slope… sigh –10358249_900084116690235_1312475181_n

     TvLand’s newest project, Younger, based on the life of a forty year old starting over as a millenial in New York City; starring Sutton Foster, Hillary Duff, Debbie Mazar, Nico Tortorella and Miriam Shor; has been picked up for a second season.

     And does anyone know what’s going on with single ladies? The show once my addictive summer fallback premiered quietly and has hardly made any major noise? Do any of you know what’s going on?

     Media

     Jay-Z has officially launched Tidal to mixed reviews and wavering welcomes. It is still left to be seen how things shape up but best of luck to the rapper who is known for being quite business man.

Music

      Rihanna released yet another single of her upcoming album, James Joint, in commemoration of 420. Check out the latest on youtube. Also check out her song off her animated film’s soundtrack, Dancing in the Dark.

     New artist on my playlist? Sammy Johnson. I love his sound which oddly has a touch of a West Indian or Jamaican vibe. His lyrics are amazing and the vocals… mind blowing! 

     Also check out Martin Garix Feat. Ed Sheeran, “Rewind Repeat it“.

     As a sucker for a great R&B track I can’t get enough of this Usher and Chris Brown track, “All Falls Down“. Have you guys heard it?

Fashion

    apple-watch-prices-650-80      Apple launched it’s fashionable newest addition, Apple Watch including the three above options and an all metal link option, (which takes a whopping NINE hours to cut!) and features tech and craftsmanship from some of the worlds top watch makers. The watch in gold has already been seen on the wrists of celebrity high rollers like Beyoncé and Karl Laggerfeld whose watch was a one of a kind design.miu-miu-blog

         Miu Miu has joined the ranks of Miami Design District’s Fashion elite by opening up it’s new location joining the brands Fifth Avenue, New York City and Champs Élysées  line up. The brand’s new home a two-story, Roberto Baciocchi-design is neighbored by he likes of Loewe, Maison Margiela, and Valentino, in the tropical Miami neighborhood.huishan-zhang-F

     Barney’s debuted a Met Gala Themed capsule, by Chinese designer Huishan Zhang.  The designer fused Chinese culture with Western fashion concepts most apparent the a four-piece capsule collection inspired by this year’s Costume Institute exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass. He used the color red, the dragon motif, and China’s lucky number eight, even incorporating a dragon motif on the tank dress, all of which are a nod to his homeland.Rosario_Dawson_split_embed

     Rosario Dawson launches clothing brand, Studio One Eighty Nine, with her longtime friend and business partner, Abrima Erwiah, at Opening Ceremony. The concept for the brand was inspired by a 2011 trip to The City of Joy, Congo, and is an online platform dedicated to promote and foster African culture and African-inspired content through creative projects. It also supports empowerment of women and encouraging their financial freedom through their craft.

     Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of actors Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, lands her first fashion shoot for Australian Magazine, Oyster

News

2015-04-27 18.30.08     After a devastating 7.8 earthquake rocked the nation of Nepal leaving more than 4000, including Google executive, Dan Fredinburg, dead and several others lost or trapped beneath the rubble, my prayers go out to the families of all those lost or missing.

     The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile has erupted, spewing ash and lava up to 1000m (3300ft) into the air causing more than 3,000 people to be evacuated from the volcano’s vicinity. 

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     With only 1 male of the Northern white rhinos left the endagered species hunted by poachers for their tusks believed to have medicinal capabilities in some Asian countries; are now under 24 hour security. The male and two surviving females are kept in a protected reserved heavily guarded by military as these are the last remaining means of the species’ survival.

     A state of emergency has been called in Baltimore, Maryland as protesters continue to clash with law enforcement following the death of a 25 year old man while in police custody.

In Heyuan, Guangdong, China; called the “Home of Dinosaurs “; construction workers found 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs, 19 of which are still in tact. Since 1996 over 17, 000 dinosaur egg fossils unearthed in the area and the local area museum holds the Guinness Book of World Records for Largest Collection of Fossilized Eggs, (2004) with over 10, 00 eggs in it’s gallery! Wow! awesome stuff!

     Native Amazonian tribe, Awa-Guaja faces hardship due to habitat depletion. According to Brazil’s National Indian Foundation, the Awa-Guaja’s way of life is being threatened by relentless loggers who are illegally encroaching on their land, the tribe had never really had contact with the outside world but as their home continues to be destroyed they are being forced to adapt to a harsher and unfamiliar world. Will this be the end of yet another aboriginal people?

Shopping/Sales

     FTD Flowers online – Up to 50% just in time for mother’s day (alos, see their groupon)

     Clinique – Free 7 piece gift with $27 purchase (double win!)

     Asos – 10% of a full price purchase of $125

     Sheinside – 33% off sitewide

     The Limited – extra 10% off with a jewelry purchase

     Banana Republic – 40% off markdowns, special pricing (up to 40% off) on select full price items

     Wine.com – 15% off wine sets or gift baskets (yet another fun idea for mom!)

Around the Web

     There are quite a few intriguing things buzzing about this week. Here are just a few of the interesting posts that blew my mind!starbucks_hz

          Loyal Starbucks patrons received a gift from the coffee gods this week after the Seattle-based coffee company’s point-of-sale computer system suffered an outage that affected stores in the U.S. and Canada on Friday afternoon and evening. The outage made big news as baristas around the country, unable to ring up transactions, started giving away coffee at no charge. The company announced that it would be closing early to tend to the problem. Doors were reopened by Saturday morning and systems corrected…so coffee feigns – no more free coffee. 🙁

     This past Friday, ABC aired the exclusive Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner’s since it was first revealed he was in the process of a sex change. Jenner admitted he never wanted to hurt any of his family members, especially his estranged wife or any of his children, including his step children. He also admits to now truly be happy and at peace. All the best to him in finding his happiness.150401161814-sculpture-van-gogh-ear-1-super-169

     Art meets science when artist Diemut Strebe and stem cell scientists grew a clone of Van Gogh, the tortured Dutch artist’s left air, yes, the same one he cut off, by using stem cells generated from tissue donated by a Van Gogh relative in a bioreactor over the course of a year. Still unsure how I feel about this.

     Taking a look at the week ahead, how can anyone not help but be excited about the most expensive boxing match – none other than the highly anticipated bout between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, which has the sporting world and all the net ablaze with predictions, bets and overall enthusiasm for the fight of the year! pacmay21

     I’m also looking forward to some of the predicted April/May showers and the fresh spring blooms that come along with them. I love the tulips in my neighbors window boxes!MILLY-for-Kohls-DesigNation-Spring-2015

     Also look out for more fun posts on one of the latest fashion collaborations after Lilly Pulitzer for Target sold out in less than 24 hours – Milly for DesigNation at Kohl’s. Previews for the collection look AH-MAZ-ING – and the prices? Can’t be beat!

     I’m also excited to get into some blogs for springs hottest trends for beauty, hair and fashion and take in some of the early summer previews. Let’s not forget the White hose Correspondent’s Dinner and The Brooklyn Artists Ball which took place also, look out for reviews of both as well including a lil something new coming to the blog.

     Stick around to find out more. What do you have in mind for the week ahead? Let me know.

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