Thursday, October 25, 2012


"...Your actions [should] inspire others 
to dream more, learn more, 
do more and become more..." 

- John Quincy Adams

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sex Appeal

"Sex appeal is something that you feel deep down inside. It’s suggested rather than shown. I’m not as well-stacked as Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, but there is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain." – Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn’s view on sex appeal is highlighted in Stylist Magazine’s autumn-winter edition, Purple Rain. Each photograph, taken by John-Paul Pietrus, captures the "womanliness" as well as the sex appeal of model Polina who simply stands/ poses in the rain. Styled by Alexandra Fullerton, Polina, wear’s this fall's trend of purple hues in design's by Alexander McQueen, Cavalli, Chanel, Christopher Kane, Jimmy Choo, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent – just to name a few. Polina’s  lavender dipped hair is done by hair stylist Claire Rothstein and her make-up is done by Adam de Cruz. (Joanna, 2012)    

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Day In Paris

Une Journée à Paris
Fashion Gone Rogue's Joanna recently highlighted the beautiful editorial, Une Journée à Paris, which marks Harper’s Bazaar China 36 years of publication –  "...the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar China travels to Paris for a story featuring classic style. In front of Yin Chao’s lens, Miao Bin Si showcases retro style in luxe designs from the likes of Lanvin, Mugler, Dior Haute Couture and Elie Saab styled by Fan Xiaomu and Gugu as she explores Paris with special guest Didier Grumbach. Super glam hair and makeup by Bon and Wang Qian perfect the sophisticated ensembles." (October 14, 2012)

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkin Painting

Alisa Burke's creative painted pumpkins is a great home decorating idea for the fall. Unlike, the usual painted pumpkins that are Halloween themed, these pumpkins are bright and fun; they could easily be a part of the home throughout the season, and not just a mere Halloween decoration. What do you think?

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Friday, October 5, 2012

The Scar

The SCAR Project:
Breast Cancer Is Not A Pink Ribbon 
"The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.

Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing. The mission is three-fold: raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in young women ages 15-40. The SCAR Project participants range from ages 18 to 35, and represent this often overlooked group of young women living with breast cancer. They journey from across America – and the world – to be photographed for The SCAR Project. Nearly 100 so far. The youngest being 18 years old.

Although Jay began shooting The SCAR Project primarily as an awareness raising campaign, he was not prepared for something much more immediate . . . and beautiful: 'For these young women, having their portrait taken seems to represent their personal victory over this terrifying disease. It helps them reclaim their femininity, their sexuality, identity and power after having been robbed of such an important part of it. Through these simple pictures, they seem to gain some acceptance of what has happened to them and the strength to move forward with pride.'" (The SCAR Project

Get The Facts:
What are your Risks? 
Although, breast cancer is not a disease that is seen within my family, I am still at risk. As the SCAR Project has stated, "breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in young women ages 15-40," and I am 23. Furthermore, I am an African-American woman. What are your risks? Here are some of the facts about who is at risk for developing breast cancer.

1. Women: Simply being a woman is the main risk factor for developing breast cancer. Men can develop breast cancer, but this disease is about 100 times more common among women than men.

2. Ladies 15 Years of Age and Older: Although, your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older, about 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers are found in women younger than 45. However, about 2 of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.

3.Individuals With Inherited Gene Mutations: About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, resulting directly from gene defects (called mutations) inherited from a parent. The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer is an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

4.Women With a Family History of Breast Cancer: Breast cancer risk is higher among women whose close blood relatives have this disease. Having one first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer approximately doubles a woman's risk. Having 2 first-degree relatives increases her risk about 3-fold. However, overall less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a family member with this disease. This means that most (over 85%) women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of this disease.

5.White & African American Women: Overall, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than are African-American women, but African-American women are more likely to die of this cancer. However, in women under 45 years of age, breast cancer is more common in African- American women. Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.

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