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Fresh Friday 1/31

The GQ Cover Story: Bradley Cooper Is A-List Now, Bro

You know the guy who once made playing jerks look too easy? Well, he’s now an international box-office draw and Oscar nominee. (Speaks French, too!)

Photograph by Peggy Sirota
 

Oahu, Hawaii: Speeding down the side of a volcano in a rental-car-colored Chevy Cruze, Honolulu spreading out like a sun-glazed mirage beneath us. Bradley Cooper is eating a salad and driving at the same time. A little white dog noses out into the road in front of us, then retreats. “Can you imagine if we just ran over that dog?” Cooper says, eyes bright and blue, like they’ve been plugged into an invisible outlet. He’s wearing a white Philadelphia Eagles baseball cap, navy blue shorts, flip-flops. In the Cruze with him, you feel the amiable presence of all the on-screen characters he’s played—Phil from The Hangover, say—who might good-naturedly joke about ending a small dog’s life. Who’d probably break down in real, unfeigned tears if it actually happened. Anyway, he swerves in plenty of time. Then sets aside his salad.

Cooper has been here for the past couple of months, starring as a military contractor in a new, as-yet-untitled Cameron Crowe film with Emma Stone and Bill Murray and Danny McBride, living in a temporary apartment, and marveling at his good fortune. We drive for a while, then emerge from a tunnel to see Kailua Bay, all glittery and green in front of us. “Isn’t this beautiful?” Cooper asks. It is. 

Just last night, Cooper and David O. Russell got on FaceTime to wrap the final bit of editing on American Hustle, their follow-up to Silver Linings Playbook, the screwball romance that provided Cooper with an Oscar nomination and, more or less, the career he’s suddenly in the midst of now, far from the trenches of monster movies and made-for-TV fables and B-list romantic comedies in which he played characters with names like Faceman and Demo. He’s got a sideline in antic dreamers these days: In American Hustle, based on the real-life Abscam FBI operation of the late ’70s, in which the bureau employed two con artists to help bring down a number of dirty congressmen and other assorted government o∞cials, Cooper plays Richie DiMaso, an FBI agent burning bright with ambition and self-delusion. David O. Russell has a skill, unique among modern filmmakers, for exalting and adoring people at their worst. And Cooper, it turns out, is wonderful at this, too: playing guys who are ruined but five minutes from realizing it. Guys who want to make it so badly that they undo themselves trying. DiMaso talks as fast as he thinks slow, but you sort of love him for it, and this is because of Cooper—at 39, he has become a master of indignity, hilarious to the degree that his characters have no idea that they’re funny at all. 

Cooper parks the Cruze outside a café he likes in Kailua, a few blocks from the ocean. On the way into the restaurant, Cooper—who grew up just outside Philadelphia and has an actor’s eye for the mannerisms of others—points out that I walk like I’m from Philly, too, with a kind of exaggerated limp (guilty, on both counts), and for a while we talk about home. They seat us in the back, under some palm trees, just off the street. Out past the curb there’s a man covered in filth, ranting in the road. “I felt like I was back in Philly,” Cooper says, laughing, watching the guy head down the street. We start talking: about Cooper’s childhood, which was idyllic as childhoods go; about his early days acting in New York City, sweating it out in commercials for Spanish cell phones and in bit parts on shows like Sex and the City; about finally coming to Los Angeles. 

Here in Hawaii, where the blue of the sky seems to come right down to the pavement, it’s all a little incongruous, going back through this stuff—the time before Bradley Cooper was Bradley Cooper—and you can tell he’d rather be hours into the future, in civilian mode again, talking after the interview. (One clue: “I can’t wait to talk after we have the interview,” he says.) His past couple of years, ever since 2011’s Limitless proved that he could be a box-office draw sans Wolf Pack, have been the type of years that guys with bit parts on shows like Sex and the City don’t get to have: awards, famous and/or model-y consorts—Renée Zellweger, Zoe Saldana, and current girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse, to name three—prestige directors, saying “no” a lot instead of leaping to say “yes.” 

He’s made it to the other side. But now he’s waiting for the rest of the world to realize it. “‘People aren’t going to give it up for you right away,’” Russell says he told Cooper just recently. “They’re going to be like, ‘Well, wait a second, you get to be this guy in this comedy and have these girls, you know, different girlfriends you’ve had, and you’re an actor with great depths and substance and awards consideration? Not so fast.’ ”

Cooper would like it to be that fast. But in the meantime he’ll make due, narrate the story of his past life one more time. He’s just begun to tell me about Alias, the J. J. Abrams show that brought him out to California for good, when he notices the filthy ranting guy is back and zigzagging our way. 

Cooper stops midsentence—the first thing Jennifer Garner, his Alias co-star, ever said to him was “Do you want a cookie?” but we will never find out the rest of this story—and interrupts himself.

“I think we’re going to fucking get in a fight, bro.”

Aside from the drug-enhanced novelist/stockbroker/corporate raider he portrayed in Limitless, Cooper has probably never played a guy as smart as he is in real life. At Georgetown, where he graduated with honors, Cooper wrote his thesis on Nabokov’s Lolita, remembers shedding actual tears in the campus library reading Romeo and Juliet, and still speaks with an eerie recall of and sincere affection for the other writers he read in the English program there. In the backyard of the café, I watch him, moved to something close to joy, recall his first encounter with Paradise Lost. 

“Milton, bro? Milton. Fuckin’—that was the end of it. Motherfucker’s 57 or whatever, blind, dictating it to his fucking daughter-nurse—Paradise Lost? I mean, I just couldn’t… That poem fucking killed me. Satan? That character was un-fucking-believable. I could taste him in my mouth, dude, reading that. I really, really, for some reason, connected with that poem.”

It probably helped that he was out of the Irish Catholic home he grew up in. His father, who died in 2011, was a stockbroker; his mother worked for the local NBC affiliate. Cooper’s love of cinema comes from his dad, a guy who, if not for the place and time he came from, might have ended up a lot like his son did. “He had to carry a knife to fucking school, so he just wanted to get the fuck out of there and make money,” Cooper says. “In another world, my father would be doing the same thing I’m doing.”

After Georgetown, he moved to New York and worked nights as a doorman at the Morgans Hotel while he studied acting at the New School with celebrity-whisperer James Lipton. He skipped his graduation to “get fucked in the ass by Michael Ian Black” in 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer—his first-ever film role—and, that same year, landed a supporting role on Alias as Will Tippin, a journalist but more fundamentally the best, most understanding friend and possible romantic interest that Jennifer Garner could ever have. 

Alias was an education; it also nearly ended Cooper’s career before it began. His part, full of promise at the beginning of the series, grew less substantial as the show progressed: “I would only work three days a week. And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, ‘Ugh.’ And then next thing you know, I was like, ‘I want to fucking kill myself.’ ” So against the advice of nearly every single person he knew, and despite having exactly zero future jobs lined up, he asked to be written off the show. “J.J. was like, ‘Okay.’ He probably would’ve fired me, anyway.”

Two weeks later, he tore his Achilles playing basketball and spent the next year on a couch, swallowing Vicodin, watching the Tour de France, and fantasizing about quitting acting altogether: “At some point, you have to come to terms with The business just doesn’t want you, you know what I mean?”

But he healed, and then, in 2004, he got cast in Wedding Crashers. “A fucking tyrant” is how he describes the character now. His very own Satan, from Paradise Lost.

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Cooper has attempted many, many different characters on-screen—film agents, community-radio-station DJs, geologists, novelists, cameramen, child psychologists—but to this day he is primarily known for just one of them: Sack, from Wedding Crashers, Rachel McAdams’s shotgun-toting fiancé, a frat bully with emotional-vulnerability issues. This character type, a villain in that film, recurs in Cooper’s subsequent movies, most famously as a hero in The Hangover, in which Cooper—playing a more warmhearted though equally retrograde Sack—became an inspiration to millions of men, some significant percentage of whom are on the Las Vegas Strip right now, behaving badly. 

Back then, whether by intention or happenstance, Cooper was putting together a catalog that detailed a universally recognizable species of American manhood: khaki-clad, open-shirted, bestubbled, improbably charming. He has sported more cargo pockets and worn more nylon, usually in the form of track pants, than any other male actor in the history of cinema. For a while on-screen, Cooper seemed less aspirational—yet another movie star we admired from a distance—than simply someone we knew or had once met, possibly at a fraternity. (This, perhaps, was never exactly true: “I’ve just never seen him as a frat boy,” his American Hustle co-star Amy Adams says. “I understand how people could perceive that. But he’s a very soulful person, a very open person. I think that people can mistake a sort of laid-back quality for that frat thing.”) 

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Fly Friday 1/31

It’s Back….Fly Friday Kickoff 2014

Fashion Friday: Peter Pilotto for Target

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Today’s Fashion Friday post comes from our sponsor, Moda Dossier. We’re so excited for this collection we cannot handle it. The pieces are a great way to add high fashion to any work or interview outfit, without breaking the bank.

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On February 9th 2014, during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week frenzy and a mere 5 days before Valentine’s Day, Target will be launching their Peter Pilotto For Target capsule collection. Much like the 3.1 Phillip Lim Collection, it’s been well worth the wait and looks damn good. One couldn’t imagine that kicking off that Spring wardrobe would be such a spectacle of pure graphic illusion with a feminine touch.

“The starting point was swimwear, and we were very happy that we could do it first with Target. We found it exciting to build the looks around that category. That was the idea that there are all these pieces in swimwear like rash guards and tops that you build an outfit around,” Christopher De Vos , one-half of the dynamic designing duo behind Peter Pilotto, dished.

The refined, flirty, geek-chic feel behind the collection makes it the perfect go-to option for Spring soirees and  Coachella parlaying alike. We can’t seem to get enough of the whimsical skirts or structured go-to office blazers. Luckily, most of the wardrobe separates and accessories for the collection fall under an $80 price point and for international fans, the collection will be available on Net-A-Porter this go round so no need to worry about spending an obscene amount of money for it on Ebay.

For the full collection, check it on on Refinery 29

Fly Friday 1/31 (Bonus)

Sleek and Fierce Workwear

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Work Wear Staples for Your Personal Style

OK ladies, it’s a new year and that means it’s time to revisit your wardrobe and make sure it is reflecting the “you” that you want to put out there. Not sure what your “look” is? Here are a few style profiles to choose from with some staples for each. Happy shopping!

Preppy Sophisticate

Preppy Sophisticate

The White Button Down: Steffen Schraut Avenue Fashion Blouse in White

The Tote: Tumi Villa Luca City Tote

Studs: Majorica Simulated Pearl Earrings

The Sweater: Collection Cashmere Mini-Cable Sweater

Flats: Argenta by Sigerson Morrison

Pants: Theory Wool Pants in Black

Sleek & Fierce

Sleek and Fierce WorkwearThe Statement Necklace: Layered Flat Disk Necklace

Staple Pieces with Visual Interest: Dorothy Perkins Black/Stone/Orange Pencil Skirt

The Structured “IT” Bag: Givenchy Sugar Small Antigona Bag

Fierce Shoes for Every Occasion: Leather ankle boot ‘Levinia’ by HUGO

Head Turning Outerwear: Maje Depayser Belted Wool-Blend Cape

Polished Professional

Polished Professional

The Classic Necklace: Tiffany Beads Necklace

The Sheath Dress: Black Halo ‘Eddie’ Sheath Dress 

Throw over anything blazer: Smootha Blazer

The Pump: Troy Black Patent Leather Pumps

The Skinny Belt: Narrow Belt with Buckle

The Satchel: Vivienne Westwood Women’s Medium Apollo Patent Black Bag

 Funky & Refined

FunkyandRefinedBlazer with Visual Interest: Minimum Penny Blazer 

Patterned Skirt: H&M Pencil Skirt

Pop of Color: Strappy V-Neck Cami

Funky Shoes: Avelli 4 by Rachel Roy

Sassy Shades: Prada Sunglasses

Dialed Up Jewelry: Tinley Road Green Beaded Torsade Chain Necklace

Creative Techie Cover: Brighton Wave iPad Folio

Fly Friday 1/31 (Bonus 2)

Brave the Polar Vortex

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Everyone keeps talkin’ about a Polar Vortex here in New York. Being from upstate, I just call it winter. We haven’t had a chill like this in some time, so I see everyone’s point. There is a big bum rush to be sure you have cozy socks, a fun hat and the absolute commute necessity – a chunky scarf. We turned to the fashion experts at Moda Dossier to give us the scoop on winter weather must-haves.

Let’s face it, when old man winter shakes that head of his, you know we’re in for something less than amazing. One of the worst things to deal with on a cold day, is not being well equip with all those winter accessories that ensure our warmth. After all, who wants to deal with frost bite, freezing their tail-feather off or numb fingers? No one, which is why we thought we’d venture out to find you some of the best, most pocket friendly and hautest winter accessory picks.

Bundle Up - Moda Dossier Hats Picks New

+Dope Knitted Beanie$38Brian Lichtenberg Black Feline Beanie$48Kate Spade Stud Bow Knit Hat,$78Lauren Ralph Lauren Greek Fisherman Pyramid Hat, $42;  Marc by Marc Jacobs Cable-knit wool-blend beanie$78Woolrich John Rich & Bros. Serenity beanie hat, $101MICAEL Michael Kors ‘Tech’ Knit Hat$37 Tucker + Tate Cotton & Cashmere Beanie$16

Bundle Up - Moda Dossier Scarf Picks

Kate Spade New York Map Scarf, $128Steve Madden N-Solar$24;  Charter Club Cashmere Scarf$95;MICHAEL Michael Kors Double Printed Rochelle Knit African Animal Small Infinity$60Topshop ‘Cobweb’ Infinity Scarf, $32Chan Luu Cashmere and silk-blend scarf$195;  Nordstrom Zebra Print Scarf$28; Chelsey Houndstooth Colorblock Infinity Scarf, $58

Bundle Up - Moda Dossier Gloves Picks

Kate Spade Pyramid Bow Leather Gloves$128 Plush Fleece-Lined Scandinavian Print Texting Mitten$48Carolina Amato Fingerless Knit & Leather Gloves$95Tory Burch Cable and Leather Gloves,$150Marc Jacobs Cashmere Ribbed Mitten, $55; Betsey Johnson Pretty Kitty Fingerless Glove, $29.98

Be sure to follow Moda Dossier on Facebook and Twitter for more tips!

The PR Girl Toolbox….

14 Apps Every Entrepreneur Needs in 2014

 
 
 
Entrepreneurs are known to be the masters of efficiency, right? The secret? We don’t do it alone. Besides having an amazing team to support our endeavor, we also utilize cutting edge apps to keep us on our A-game. (When you’re heads down building a business from scratch, your time is extremely valuable.) With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the top apps that will help any entrepreneur take 2014 by storm.

Faster is better.

In our app rundown, lets first focus on efficiency — a necessity for the entrepreneur that is constantly juggling various tasks. The faster you can access information and execute, the faster you’ll build your company. 

1. TrackMaven: This app streamlines your ability to monitor data on your competition, without going through the hassle of consulting multiple sources. Filter the marketing activity you want alerts for and erase all the extra white noise.

2. EchoSign: There’s no longer an excuse to delay the closing of a deal (You never know when Mark Zuckerberg will call with that $3 billion dollar bid.)  This Adobe app allows you to electronically sign documents easily and securely. It also records and stores each document’s history, so you have automatic audit trails — saving you the time and trouble of backtracking in case the need arises.

3. Free Wifi Finder: A definite game-changing app for the entrepreneur and tech guru who needs to be plugged in 24/7. In the early stages of a startup, every situation and opportunity is high stakes and you can’t afford to allow a poor Internet connection to get in the way of your company’s success.  

Related: 4 Hot Tech Startups to Watch in 2014

4. Uber: This app never lets us down.  For any on-the-go entrepreneur, this service is essential to ensure you always have a way to get to that last minute meeting — even when every cab in the city is full.  

5. MobileDay: For those frequent occasions when you’re too busy to be sitting in the office, use MobileDay to coordinate all of your in-person and conference call meetings. With this app, you can dial in automatically, email with participants and even get directions to your meeting place. 

6. Skitch: Screenshots are second nature in the business world these days, but it’s a tedious task to make notes directly on them. Enter Skitch. A product of the ever popular, Evernote, this desktop and mobile application allows you to get directly to the point through different annotations, shapes and sketches.

7. FedEx Office: This mobile app is one of the most helpful on-the-go apps for entrepreneurs. Easily send files, documents or photos through the app to your nearest FedEx location to be printed or made into a beautiful presentation. You can even upload files directly from Box, Google Drive and DropBox.

Related: Building a Productivity App? Learn These 5 Productivity Methods. 

Get a Life.

Optimizing efficiency at work can be difficult enough but figuring out how to strike a work-life balance can be even harder. The good news? There’s an app (or seven) for that.

8. Hukkster: Looking for work attire but need to spend less due to a limited budget? No time to browse the sale racks? Let our app Hukkster do the dirty work for you and track your most coveted products so you can easily get your hands on the items you want, the moment they go on sale.

9. Hinge: Single and no time to mingle? Hinge is a great app that allows you to scope out other single men and women in the area based on your personal network. 

10. Power 20 Fitness Trainer: Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to stay fit, yet exercise is essential to staying energized and focused. We love the Power 20 Fitness Trainer, an app that provides 20 minutes of body weight movements you can literally do anywhere — in your apartment, a hotel room or even the office.

11. Venmo: is the perfect app for nights out with friends.  Don’t waste quality time doing math on the back of a napkin. Simply link Venmo to your bank account and then easily exchange cash virtually with friends anytime, anywhere.

Related: How to Fund a Startup When Your Bank Account Has Seen Headier Days

12. Mint: An entrepreneur probably knows a thing or two about managing finances, but it’s always good to be able to easily access information about personal cash flow. Mint allows you to record expenses, create budgets and manage savings plans, all from your phone.

13. Pocket: As entrepreneurs, we’re full of great ideas, so much so that they hit us when we least expect them. Enter Pocket, a phone-based bookmarking app which can save all types of content – anything from a lengthy article to a work report — to all your electronic devices.

14. Unroll.me: There is nothing we hate more than a crowded email inbox. Thankfully, Unroll.me was created to fix that exact problem. Simply sign up with your email address and let Unroll.me find all of your subscriptions for you. Then easily scroll through and unsubscribe from the ones you’d rather never hear from again.  You can also make sure the right emails break through all the noise. 

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/231028#ixzz2rzUzH8gm

Is IPS Ending Fighting Charter Schools? Our Interview With IPS Supt. Ferebee On That Change, Snow Days, Improving Achievement, His “Listening Tours” And Tech HS Basketball

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ips logonew ferebee headshotIn his most extensive interview since becoming IPS Superintendent, Dr. Louis Ferebee signaled a new day in how the city and state’s largest school district deals with the potential for more charter schools. Appearing on Afternoons with Amos, Ferebee talked about his and IPS’ support for House Bill 1321 which provides IPS an opportunity to allow charter schools to operate inside existing IPS schools.  Under the bill which was approved by the Indiana House, over fierce objections by Democrats, including Democrats from Indianapolis, IPS would house charters, provide services to those schools and the academic achievement of those charter students would be included in the academic achievement and state “A-F” grades for IPS.  In the interview Ferebee signaled that he is willing to work with and cooperate with charter schools.  A sharp reversal of the adversarial position against charters taken by the previous IPS School Board and former Supt…

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AirBnb Anyone?

i AirBnb, do you?

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Back in 2012 my roommate was planning to take and extended holiday trip. Since she was going to be out of NYC for more than 2 months, she AirBnb’d her room. That was the first time I had heard of the service. They came a took pictures of our apartment and a few months later we were graced with very pleasant visitors from Denmark and Japan.

Airbnb started back in August 2008 in San Francisco\ as a service that connected travelers with folks who wanted to rent out their properties. Airbnb has a secure payment platform and a fair system of guarantees and insurance so that both landlord and renter are protected in the case of damages, no-shows, misrepresentations and other things that tend to go wrong in these situations. Listed properties actually get up to $1 million in insurance for each booking.

I thought it was a really cool concept, so the following year when my boyfriend and I decided to take a “get the hell out of NYC for a bit” trip we looked to AirBnb for an affordable place to stay in Los Angeles. We ended up booking a cute Bungalow in the Echo Park Neighborhood that cost us $70/ night and totaled $190 after taxes and the cleaning fee. This was a huge break considering staying anywhere conveniently located in LA can cost you more than $190 a night!

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 12.09.25 AM Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 12.10.22 AM Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 12.09.49 AM Last year during my trip to Paris and London I wanted to use AirBnb to cut costs but unfortunately my mother just couldn’t comprehend the concept of paying to sleep in someone else’s house and in their bed.

 

In a few weeks however, my boyfriend and I will be headed to Puerto Rico and after scouring the travel sites we decided on beachfront studio apartment that was listed on AirBnb. The place cost us $80 per night so our total came to $370 after taxes and cleaning fees. Most of the locations we were looking at ran $150+ per night!

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 12.17.10 AM Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 12.17.01 AM I always check the reviews of a place before I book. I not only check the reviews about the place but I look into it’s convenience, ease of parking, and comments about the neighborhood. Most of the time you can find rates cheaper than the ones I mentioned, I just prefer to rent entire apartment rather than rooms.

 

For me, another plus about using AirBnb is that it qualifies as a hotel/ travel expenses on my new Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. As you might recall, one of my 2014 goals was to maximize my rewards points. So I’m raking in 2 points per $1 for my AirBnb stay.

AirBnb is also a good side hustle option. If you have an empty extra bedroom or sleep over at a significant others place fairly often, you could consider renting your place out, provided your landlord isn’t vigilant about those things. AirBNb is so successful that it has met opposition here in NYC. Landlords are upset because tenants are basically running a hotel out of their apartment and officials are upset because they feel like it’s eating into taxes.

Air BNB is great but before you run over to book here are a few precautions.

  • AirBnb will deduct the money from your account at the time of booking.
  • Depending on the renter, you could be charged an additional security deposit.
  • This is not a hotel and there are no check in counters, most of the time you have to arrange a way to get the keys from the owner.
  • Your room will not be cleaned daily.
  • Recent concerns of discrimination have been raised as homeowners reserve the option to accept or reject your reservation.

So tell me. Do you AirBnb? What has been you experience with this relatively new concept?

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

 

So you all know I started this weight loss challenge sometime ago and since then I’ve been pretty on beat until the holidays (I believe that’s everyone’s sin). However I’m back on track and a friend introduced me to this awesome Banana Smoothie.  Since I’ve kicked the habit of my coffee intake per day, this smoothie is quite a pick me up full with protein, vitamins, fiber and natural sweetners. I tried it one day and now I’m hooked…get hooked too, here is the recipe…ENJOY!

Quick Chiquita Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

 Time:
5 Minutes

Serves:

quick Chiquita Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

 

Almonds, cooked oatmeal (I substitute it for dry oatmeal), bananas and yogurt meet up in your blender for a power breakfast. Drink this Banana Oatmeal Smoothie before your morning exercise routine and you’ll have the energy you need to get through your workout.

Ingredients:

  • 2   whole Chiquita Bananas (best with brown flecks on peel)
  • 2   cups Ice
  • 1/3   cup Yogurt – preferably Greek yogurt flavored with honey
  • 1/2   cup Cooked oatmeal (substitution dry oatmal)
  • 1/3   cup Almonds

 Also if it’s too thick you can add 1/2 cup of almond milk…YUMMY!

Instructions for:

Quick Chiquita Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

Pour all ingredients in blender pouring ice in last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until smoothie thickens.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

Calories 380; Total Fat 15 g (Sat 2 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 4 g, Mono 8 g); Cholesterol 5 mg; Sodium 35 mg; Potassium 690 mg; Total Carbohydrates 53 g; Dietary Fiber 9 g; Total Sugars 19 g; Protein 12 g. Percent Daily Value: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin B6 25%; Vitamin C 20%; Vitamin D 0%; Calcium 15%, Iron 15%.

Love Life…Do Good…Live Well!
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Blue Eyes…

How to Wear Blue Eyeshadow (For Black Women)

 Even our First Lady is doing it!


We’ve been told for years that blue eyeshadow is “not for us.” Granted, blue can be a pretty pronounced hue when it comes to makeup, but there are several ways that Black women can wear the shade without looking gaudy or just plain silly. Don’t believe the myth, ladies. Just follow these tips for wearing the best blue eyeshadow for your skin tone so you can look your best, day or night.

Blue Eyeshadow for Black Women

Lighter-skinned women look great with blue eyeshadow that has tinges of lavender or purple. This is because many women with butter, vanilla, or goldenrod skin have cool undertones, and other shades on the cool side of the color wheel, including purple, look great against light skin. Pastel blue eyeshadow or purple-blue eyeshadow is appropriate for the workplace (especially if you wear a nude lip), and you can add primer, more shadow, and black liner all around your eye for a pretty night-time look.

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1. Blue Eyeshadow #72, about $19 from Makeup Forever
2. Kiddie Pool Eyeshadow, about $17 from Urban Decay

If you have mocha-colored skin, or your complexion is the same shade as cinnamon or honey, go with a blue eyeshadow that has a yellow tint. Chances are you have warm undertones, and look great in orange, red or peach clothing, so yellowish-blue eyeshadow belongs in your makeup bag. A cobalt shade of blue, or a powdery blue shade makes a pretty addition to your evening look, and will make your eyes pop. If you have cool undertones, a grayish blue eyeshadow is an option, too. Just be sure to use a yellow or nude eyeshadow right underneath your brow so that the gray won’t appear so dull and your complexion won’t look washed out.

Rated R Medium Purple Blue

Rated R Medium Purple Blue, about $32 from NARS

A blue-plum or aqua shade is best for dark-skinned Black women. Chocolate and cocoa tones will look especially attractive with bold blue eyeshadow; the contrast between rich brown skin and vivid blue is striking. Sweep a coat or two of the shadow on your lid, almost like an eyeliner, if you’re wearing it during the day and don’t want to bring too much attention to your eyes. For the evening, cover more of your lid with the shadow, or combine your aqua blue eyeshade with one that has flecks of silver for added shimmer. A nude blush and some lipgloss will complete the look.

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1. Azure Eyeshadow, about $13 from Bare Escentuals
2. Atlantic Blue Eyeshadow, about $5 from NYX

For Obama, An Address Focused on What’s Achievable

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WASHINGTON (AP) — No longer about bold ambitions, this year’s State of the Union address will focus more on what’s actually achievable.

For the White House, that dose of realism is aimed at avoiding a repeat of 2013, when a long list of unfulfilled policy goals — including gun control and an immigration overhaul — dragged President Barack Obama down like an anchor. Tuesday’s prime-time address will focus instead on redefining success for Obama — not by what he can jam through Congress but rather by what he can accomplish through his own presidential powers.

He is expected to announce executive actions on job training, retirement security and help for the long-term unemployed in finding work. All are part of the White House focus this year on boosting economic mobility and narrowing the income gap between the wealthy and the poor.

Another action Obama is expected to announce is the…

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