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Taylor Swift Time Travels on New Album

October 30, 2014 - Author: steph

Taylor Swift has been going through a change since the popular crossover album “Red” moved her to the Billboard pop charts. She once stated that the felt like she had to pick a lane, and the new album is confirmation of the lane she chose.

On “1989” Taylor does something new by revisiting something old. The sounds of the 80’s are definitely here on tracks like “Welcome to New York” and “How You Get the Girl.” She manages to stir up the synthetic sounds of the 80’s as she abandons her signature guitar on most of the album.

The tracks were produced by heavy hitter Max Martin, and he appears to be a perfect fit for the direction that Swift was headed in. Most critics would agree that she could have continued down the same path that the “Red” album lured fans on. She already had a successful formula. All she had to do was duplicate this. It was in iconic 80’s pop star fashion that she changed directions and tried something new.

Taylor Swift strikes while the iron is hot. The “Shake It Off” single rules the radio. The “1989” album has more catchy songs designed for heavy rotation on radio. I picked up the album for Marnie Bennett and can’t wait until she hears “Out of the Woods”.

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Turns Out There Are Sodas That Are Actually Healthy

October 29, 2014 - Author: steph

Soda has long been criticized for causing obesity, illness and general malaise. While this may be true of most of the name brand sodas we know so well, there are actually some sodas on the market today that are not so bad for your health. They may actually be good for you! Can you believe that Susan McGalla, no more Pepsi for you.

First, there is Steaz Sparkling Green Tea. Like other popular sodas, this one does contain your daily dose of caffeine, but there are no unhealthy sugars or bad corn syrups found here. There aren’t even any calories! Next, there’s Reed’s Light Extra Ginger Brew. If you like ginger ale, this soda pop’s for you. Ginger has a natural calming effect on the gut and digestive system, so this soda’s especially great for when you’re feeling a little under the weather and want something fizzy. Finally, try Virgil’s Root Beer for an all-natural alternative to your regular root beer. This one does not have any additives, flavorings or dyes.

Other sodas like Coca Cola and Pepsi are bad for your health for several reasons. First, they contain large amounts of refined sugars. They also contain genetically modified organisms and other scary chemicals that cause horrible side effects like headaches and upset digestion. Many diet sodas have even worse side effects. These sodas should be limited or eliminated from your diet all together for optimal health.

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Printing Guns Can Get You Arrested

October 28, 2014 - Author: steph

Back when 3D printers became mainstream concerns of the dangers seem to have been washed away with all the massive potential. Since then the technology has become much more affordable and people are using 3D printers for all sorts of applications. From medical purposes to simple enthusiasts, 3D printing has found ways to improve lives.

One of the big concerns that came up in a discussion I had with Sultan Alhokair was the possibility that someone could use it to print something dangerous. Something could be printed like a knife, a bomb, or a gun. Recently a Japanese man has done exactly that and fabricated designs to print five guns. Two of the ones he made are functional and capable of firing real bullets.

Unfortunately he released the models and instructions on how to make these guns on YouTube before his arrest. This could lead to those designs getting into the wrong hands. Hands that could use and improve this technology for criminal purposes. The idea of equipping a militia cheaply with mass produced guns is a terrifying one.

The man has sentenced Friday, October 24th and received two years in prison for his actions. He was arrested last May. He currently resides in Japan, a country who is strict in its gun control policies. So it’s surprising that he would take such a risk and blatantly advertise it online.

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Land of White Horses by Holly Kehrt

October 22, 2014 - Author: steph

The latest photo I’m in love with is the Land of White Horses by Holly Kehrt. Something that I can’t even imagine how she was able to capture. The truly brilliant photogs like Terry Richardson just find a way to make the moment matter so much more than anyone realizes.

So that this piece of time has been preserved. Something that will never age, and that can showcase everything that it means to be alive.

Check out the original photo on her page here, to see what I’m talking about.

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Dolce & Gabbana Winter 2015 Fashion Show Was Sort of Hit and Miss

October 17, 2014 - Author: steph

Checking out what I need to wear, and trying to avoid outfits that are going to send me back to the chiropractor. This winter, Brad Reifler and I are going for comfort, instead of something that’s going to squeeze the life out of you, as though your organs were in a tube of toothpaste.

But this winter, I’m not super impressed with what Dolce & Gabbana had on show earlier in the year. Fashion lines are announced quite far in advance, and so this video came out in February. But I’m just getting around to my winter fashion interests now.

Only seeing a couple things here that I could envision myself wearing:

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Gene Simmons’ Daughter Sophie Launches Fashion Line

October 16, 2014 - Author: steph

Sophie Tweed-Simmons is well known for her curves, and for embracing diverse body types. But now, she’s taking the practice a step further by launching her own fashion line. The clothing will feature a wide variety of sizes, and is meant to be all inclusive.

Meaning, the brand will create designs that are meant for healthy body types. Women with curves, athletic women, and plus size women as well. All will be covered under the brad’s identity, and Sophie has intended this to be an opportunity to provide high fashion for sizes and body types that are often ignored by the fashion retailers at large.

Interesting to see if this takes off, Sam Tabar definitely thinks it’s enough to make a dent through name recognition alone. Sophie definitely already has the advantage being Gene Simmons’ daughter. We’ll see how things turn out when the line starts showing off their first designs soon.

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Beauty After Breast Cancer: The Kickstarter You Need to Support

October 15, 2014 - Author: steph

There are a plethora of great ideas for unique photography books on kickstarter. However, none are quite as important, or thought provoking as Beauty After Breast Cancer. Big thanks to Marnie Bennett for actually sending me the link to this project, where I’m definitely going to be donating.

The project was created by Katelyn Carey, and is planned to showcase women in different stages of breast cancer treatment, and recovery. To accurately depict their bodies throughout the long journey that they are going to be facing.

This is one of the coolest ideas that I’ve heard of in a while, and you have to check out the kickstarter here. Please donate if you can, everybody! This will help out a lot of women who are going through some of the most traumatic times of their lives.

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