Sunday, January 29, 2012

Big Deal


Everyone has an opinion
on the latest image captured of President Barack Obama and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer who peevishly wagged her finger in the Presidents face at an airport.

Some found Brewer's behavior disrespectful and boorish - the " boorish behavior from Arizona's top official...comes at the expense of Arizona's national reputation and image" (Arizona Daily Star, January 27, 2012). Others supported the governor's position - George Will, a conservative, sarcastically refers to Brewer's behavior as a "big deal" on ABC this week (to watch, click here, fast forward to 15:55, and press play).

However, the President genuinely saw no harm in Brewers behavior - "President Barack Obama said in an ABC News interview...'I think it's always good publicity for a Republican if they're in an argument with me... But this was really not a big deal...Last time we met, she wasn't fully satisfied. But, you know, I think this is a classic example of things getting blown out of proportion'" (Allen, January 26, 2012).

What do you think? 
Disrespectful or No Big Deal? 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Get the Picture

Get the Picture?

According to more than one million individuals in the United States (U.S.) are living with  HIV/AIDS, while globally 33.4 million are infected by the disease. Since, "the first cases of ...AIDS were reported in the United States in June of 1981" (,  one would think that by now - decades later - more people would be aware of the disease and would take preventative actions; yet, this is not the case. Surprisingly, one in five living with HIV is unaware of their infection. 

In an attempt to raise awareness numerous AIDS campaigns have been launched; some of the campaigns have received mixed reviews (below).


 Aids Makes Us Equal (France).
Not even Superwoman/Superman is safe. Advertisement (France)

Don't Loose Your Head: AIDS Awareness Ads (Germany)
The text in the ads states that,
“It’s easy to loose your head when you’re horny.”

Adolf Hitler (Germany)

Cut and Paste Ad 

Although, the ads (above) are controversial, I think they are perfect in raising awareness; with such vivid images it's hard not to get the picture. The ads have a shock factor that make teenagers and adults alike stop and think. While, other ads that are not as bold can share the same message (below), they may not have the same impact. Personally, the vivid images seen in the ads above grabbed my attention - so much so that I decided to write this post.  

Youth Aids Advertisement

  • Visit Enter your ZIP code and you'll get a list of HIV testing sites, including those that offer free HIV tests.
  • Call 1-800 CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
  • Text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) and you'll receive a message in reply that lists the nearest testing locations.
  • Contact your state or local health department.
To learn more about HIV visit To find out more about Youth Aids and their partnership with ALDO,click here

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ricci 2012

Nina Ricci’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection is gorgeous; it’s full of style and grace. Highlights of the collection include: "high waisted floral print pencil skirts with boxy little jackets, flared skirts, tops done in guipire lace, and dainty cardigans."(Chernikoff, September, 30, 2011) 

One of the more striking items of the collection is the woven hats. However, the most endearing item in Ricci's collections is the sunglasses; they stuck out to me like sore thumb. Click here to see more! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Fishtail Braid

 The fishtail braid is not as hard as some may think; personally, I thought it would be so hard to do after seeing pictures of the seemingly complex design in magazines, on catwalks and the internet. However, with a few tips from the Beauty Department and a couple of tries I got the process down without breaking a sweat.

It really is easy. If you have not tried the fishtail braid yet you must; it is a great alternative to wearing a regular ponytail or braid. Try it!

 The Technique

The Technique in Action
Watch the video for helpful tips

The Potential Results 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The New You In The New Year

It's a new year and -  for a lot of women - it's time for a new you; bikini season is fast approaching and a new you that is stronger, leaner and healthier is worth investing into this year. The key to getting stronger, leaner, and healthier is strength training; however, you must do it right. "Reap the benefits  [of lifting weights] while warding off injuries with these tips" (Hamilton) provided by Women's Health Magazine in their September 2011 issue. 

1. Don't Skip Your Warm-Up

You wouldn't launch into an all-out sprint the second you stepped onto a treadmill, so you shouldn't jump into deadlifts the instant you hit the weight room. Working cold stiff muscles can lead to sprains and tears. To decrease the risk of injury you should start your work-out with a dynamic warm-up. Click here for some of the best stretches to start your work-out. 

2. Be Aware of Your Form 

Experts agree that proper form is the single most important factor in injury prevention, yet many women don't give it a lot of thought - especially when they're in a rush. If you are more aware of your form then you are less likely to have a sloppy form, which can lead to injury. 
Trainer Robbi Shveyd, owner of Advanced Wellness in San Francisco says to think S.E.A.K.:
a.) Stand straight  (head over shoulders; shoulders over hips; hips over feet), b.) Eyes on the horizon ( looking down encourages your shoulders to round and your chest to lean forward), c.) Abs tight ( as if you were about to be punched in the gut, but without holding your breath; this helps stabilizes your pelvis), d.) and Knees over your second toe (women's knees  have a tendency to turn in because of the angle created by wider hips, says Joan Pagano, author of Strength Training for Women).  

3. Don't Stress Out Your Shoulders 

It may sound crazy to you, but women who lift weights can have less stable shoulder joints than women who don't lift at all; however, you should not be discouraged. Modify your moves (e.g. when doing an overhead press you could use dumbbells instead of a bar) and be sure NOT to extend your elbows more than two inches behind your body. 

4. Be Aware of Opposing Muscle Groups 

Many women have strength imbalances, which can make them more prone to injury; sometimes they're the result of your lifestyle (e.g. if you have a job where you hover over a desk all day can tighten and weaken your hip flexors while your glutes become overstretched and inactive) and other times they're caused by by not working both sides of the body equally. By being aware of opposing muscle groups you will be less likely to neglect them. To help with working opposing muscle groups you should mix up your routine - for every exercise that works the front of the body be sure to do an exercise that targets the rear.  

5. Don't Do Too Much Too Soon

If your do too much too soon your body may not be able to handle it; it's okay to work till your fatigue but it's not okay to work till your exhausted. You should practice a three-step progression. According to Pagano you should first learn to do 15 reps with proper form with only your body weight; once you have learned that then you can add weight. Second, stick to one set with light weights for two weeks or until you feel comfortable with the move. Finally, when you can complete nearly all of your reps with proper form , add another set or more weight ( increase weight by roughly 10% each time). 

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