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Chloe Spencer
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Article by Chloe Spencer Most of us would agree that love is the primary purpose of every human being on this Earth. Love is universal. But is love expressed the same by everybody? Love is actually spoken in different languages. Dr. Gary Chapman, author of "The Five Love Languages", has identified the five universal love languages through years of study and counseling couples: Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, and Quality Time. Do you do the dishes for your partner but never feel appreciated because he or she never offers to do them? Maybe your partner buys you gifts instead. Or perhaps your partner feels you don't kiss or hug them enough, but you say "I love you" on a regular basis? We tend to express love in the ways we like to receive it...but your partner may express and want to receive love in a different way. Everyone has a primary love language, while some may have two that are equally important. Many people will also have a secondary language; while not as important as your primary, it still ties into the way you show and need to receive love. The key to a successful relationship is discovering your love language as well as the languages of your loved ones. This applies to your partner, your children, your parents, other family members and your friends. Being aware of another's love language and vice versa can vastly improve your relationship with them, as you now know exactly how the other wants to be loved and can consciously express love in each other's languages. So what do the love languages mean? Below is a short description of each love language from the 5lovelanguages.com website: Words of Affirmation Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten. Physical Touch A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, and thoughtful touches on the arm—they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive. Acts of Service Can helping with homework really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most wants to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter. Receiving Gifts Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous—so would the absence of everyday gestures. Quality Time In Quality Time, nothing says “I love you” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there—with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby—makes you feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed activities, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful. So how do you tell which one is your primary language? Just think of it this way...if you were to largely decrease one of the love languages in a relationship, which would make you feel most un-loved? If he or she spent very little quality time with you? If he or she barely kissed or hugged you? If he or she hardly ever said "I love you" or other affectionate words? If he or she rarely did things for you such as chores around the house? If he or she never got you any gifts? For most people, one will stand out among the others as most important. Remember, this will also be the way you usually express love towards others. If you are having a hard time figuring it out, take the official quiz to find out what your love language is. If you can't tell which are your loved ones' languages, ask them to take the quiz too. If one is speaking Spanish and the other is speaking French, while both is saying "I love you", neither can understand the other. It's not just about finding out another's love language, but making an effort to learn their language and speak it fluently to them. It will take time, since we are so used to expressing love in the ways we have naturally our whole lives. But every language can be learned. Lasting love requires effort, patience and understanding. And most of all, realizing the other's happiness is just as important as your own. You should both feel equally loved by each other. The key is to first discover which love language you speak, so you may truly understand what love means to you. Once you understand how you perceive love from within, you can then understand what love means to those around you. The door is then opened to the greatest secret to love: loving another not how you want to love them, but in the way they want to be loved. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at Lip-Sticking
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Article by Chloe Spencer Valentine's Day is coming up, in just a week. Many of you I'm sure are done with your V-Day shopping, but some of you, I'm also sure, are still pondering over what to get your special someone. It's easier if he's your fiance or husband, but what if he's your boyfriend and you haven't been with him long enough to know what kind of gifts he'd like? Well, I have a solution, because I, too, have suffered from the I-have-no-idea-what-to-get-him anxiety before a holiday or birthday. I wrote an article, Gifts For Men, on a website I built on men's fashion. The website isn't quite finished yet, but the article is, and I'm very willing to share it with you in this time of need! Gifts for men are easy to come by, but hard to pick out! You can read my detailed list of the best gifts for men, confirmed by a man of taste and style, including suggestions such as the best brands and styles, and their price ranges, if you click the link in this paragraph. Find out how to buy cologne that your man will personally love, learn what type and brand of wallet to buy him, how to shop for clothes for him, and more. Now that you have your gifts sorted, and hopefully a card (or even better, a handmade valentine), the question is, what are you going to wear? If you have made the V-Day plans or your man has, you can pretty much guarantee you're going to be going out to dinner at some point. Hopefully to a very nice place. So, naturally, you'll want to wear a dress. Red and pink are popular colors for this evening, and so is black. If you want to be unique, go for a color like magenta, maroon, violet or plum. If you want to be classical go with red or black, or if you want to be fun and flirty, go with pink. Now, the style of dress depends on where you are going. If you are going to a ritzy restaurant, go with an elegant dress, but if you're going out dancing afterwards, then make sure you wear something you can dance in AND look good, so probably a dress that's a bit shorter and flowy. If you're going to a play or opera or something of that sort afterwards, it's recommended you wear a dress knee-length and longer. So, where to shop? Well, it depends on your budget for the dress. If you have a budget of $100 or less then go to your local mall and look around the stores. If you have a high budget, go to the designer stores, or online if you don't have any designer stores in your area. One of the best dress brands is Herve Leger, famous for their bandage dresses, which create a very flattering figure. For an alternatively lower-priced dress that still looks elegant, try Rachel Pally, or if you're looking for a dress with glitz and glam, try Bebe or Guess. And as far as shoes, go with heels on this romantic occassion, in a color that compliments your dress. If you're wearing a red dress for example, my opinion is to not wear red shoes, too. Instead, if you're wearing gold jewelry, wear gold shoes, or if your dress has some silver on it, wear silver shoes with corresponding jewelry. That way, your dress stands out, and you don't look like one red blur. If you want your SHOES to stand out rather than your dress, wear a simple one-tone dress, and great shoes (which of course you already knew!). A great brand for super hot heels is Jimmy Choo, or for cute Valentine shoes look at RED Valentino, or for more affordable shoes, go to a store like Aldo at the mall. Now that you have your gifts, card, dress and shoes all planned, all you need now is to go out and buy them! Or, of course stay in, and order them online. Ah, the beauty of technology! So go and get on with it! Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Lip-Sticking
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Article by Chloe Spencer First off, let me explain what Ugg Boots are to those who may not know. Ugg Boots are suede boots with a rubber sole, shearling lining and sometimes a shearling cuff. They are pretty much as un-shapely as possible for a boot, and the average length sizes are mid-calf or below the knee. They were popularized In Australia by male surfers where they were created, and were introduced in the U.S in the 70's as a fashionable boot for women. Nowadays, most teenage and college-age girls own at least one pair of Ugg Boots, if not several. But they may not all be made by the actual "Ugg" brand. These suede and sheepskin style boots became so popular that stores and brands all over the nation began to make their own style of these boots; for example, Wet Seal sells "Ugg-style" boots for only $15, made of faux suede with a faux shearling or fur interior. Whereas Ugg sells its boots for $100 and up, on average $200. Ugg boots nowadays are all different sorts of colors, shapes and styles, but the original boot was a plain, tan, suede boot with the white sheepskin interior. If you look at the boots Ugg sells today, along with the original style boots, it sells all sorts of new creations including hot pink or sequined boots, as well as cable knit boots, ski boots, heeled boots, slippers, sneakers, sandals, etc. Ugg even sells scarves, hats, gloves, and other such accessories--becoming not only one of the biggest winter boot sellers in America, but one o f the biggest shoe sellers in America in general. I myself own 2 pairs of Ugg boots, after going years wearing my faux-Uggs for $15, and let me tell you, I'll never go back. After slipping my foot into my first real Ugg boot, then and there I swore to myself I would never go back to my cheapies. I'm sure you've heard, but just so you can see it in writing, Ugg boots are THE most comfy and warm boot ever made. Girls go wild for these boots, and they have definitely become a fashion statement over the years. I remember my younger years wishing I could afford I pair of "real" Uggs, constantly looking at the label on the back of each girl's boots that walked by to see if they were wearing actual Uggs or not. If they didn't have the signature brown "UGG" label on the heel, I felt better that I wasn't the only one without the real ones. Now I am a proud owner of 2 pairs! And they are my go-to boots for about every occassion I can get away with wearing them (Note: Beware of wearing them on a day when it's just not cool enough: your feet will sweat like crazy!) I'm sure you've also heard people talk about how "ugly" Ugg boots are, especially men. It's true, men tend to hate these boots, but many, many girls think they look "cute" and "stylish". And if it's worth anything, my boyfriend thinks they look cute on me! In fact, I think they look very cute, especially with jeans or leggings. So I don't pay any mind to what some may say about them. But let me tell you, the majority of girls LOVE them. Besides, who are we to care so much about impressing men anyway! Hmph! So, you may be thinking, well my daughter has a pair of Uggs, or maybe, my neice wears Uggs, so would I look stupid wearing them? The answer is no. Uggs are worn by all ages today--from stylish 5-year-olds (with rich parents, in my opinion--kids grow fast!) to 60-year-old women or older. Yes it's true that the majority of Ugg wearers are from 15 to 30 years old, but that doesn't mean that you can't wear them and look stylish (and enjoy their extreme comfort and warmth!) like anyone else. Ugg makes all sorts of styles of boots, and there's no doubt that you will find a pair (or 2 or 3!) that suit you. There are other brands that make boots similar to traditional Uggs that aren't $10, in fact, there are many. EMU and Bearpaw, to name a couple of those ranked second-best. Although Ugg is my number one reccommended brand of suede/sheepskin boots (as many would also say), these brands do make very nice Ugg-style boots. Other winter boots that I would reccomend are those made by The North Face, which make good snow boots (as traditional Ugg boots are in NO way meant to get wet--they will stain as soon as a drop of water hits them!) and so does Sorel. Hunter Boots is also a very popular brand of boots, but they tend to be only rain-style boots, but sometimes with lace-up or fur trim styles. Speaking of avoiding water stains on your Uggs, I HIGHLY reccommend you coat your boots with a water-resistance spray before wearing them at all. I stained my first pair by coming into the house with them on, drinking a glass of water and spilling some onto them. I had not sprayed them yet with the water-resistance spray yet, so they were ruined forever--hence the fact I bought another pair! You can buy this type of spray at most shoes stores and nice department stores, and Ugg also sells their own water and stain repellent. So be sure to remember to do this before wearing them at all (after trying them on of course)! Usually the directions tell you to spray each boot all over from a foot or so away, and to do a second coat about a half hour later. Your boots will be ready to wear the next day after drying all night. Ugg does however sell waterproof boots, meant for snow. They have large rubber lug soles and are made of waterproof pebbled leather and canvas, with shearling interiors and cuffs. These boots are made... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Lip-Sticking
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Article by Chloe Spencer Undies, underwear, underpants, panties, knickers, briefs: whatever you call 'em, we know we're all talking about same thing. Have you ever thought about who the heck even came up with the idea for undies? Where they originated from, and why? Well, it's exactly a normal thought. But then again, after glancing at the title of this article you felt a strong urge to click on it… So! Obviously you are interested in learning all about the piece of clothing we wear around our crotch and bottom! I bet I have quite an interesting crowd here... Well, I can't talk myself, I was the one who sat down at my computer, pondered over what to write about and instantly thought, "Undies!" So let's start at the beginning. And I'm not talking about Tarzan wearing a loincloth. Well, maybe it did start there. In fact, it did! Back when Man (or should I say Woman, I'm tired of all this "Man" business since the beginning of time) first started to use tools, we began the trend of wearing loincloths made of animal skin to cover our reproductive organs. Later, the Ancient Egyptians, as well as Ancient Greece, Rome, and Japan, were known to still be wearing loincloths, depicted in drawings and mosaics, although no longer worn as an outfit by itself by anyone with any class. Strutting around in just your undies was in fact a great way to get attention, but in perhaps more of a negative way. These first real undergarments were often made of wool, leather, or linen; or silk if you were royalty or very wealthy. King Tut was buried with 145 loincloths. Why? That is an excellent question. He was also buried with an array of jewelry, jars, and furniture, probably all goodies to take with him into the Afterlife. He was also buried with 400 statues of servants whose purpose was to clean said undies in case the Afterlife didn't have enough undie-servants. Well, at least we know he never had to suffer that unfortunate event of having to put on a dirty pair of undies from the laundry basket. Later on, undies got HUGE! And I don't mean popularity-wise, I mean women started to wear HUGE UNDIES! I'm not talking 'bout so-called "granny panties" by the way, the high-rise briefs made famous in the movie Bridget Jones' Diary. Medieval women in the 16th century started the trend of wearing undergarments that jutted out from body with reed or willow rods to give their skirts a fuller shape. This was called a farthingale. Men then got jealous of women's ability to create an illusion of a more flattering body shape, so they created the codpiece and stuffed it so their crotch housed a conspicuous bulge, smugly thinking they were creating an optical illusion of well endowment. Women just chuckled to their selves as the men trotted about with a loaf protruding from their pants, misty eyed from laughing tenderly at how adorably stupid men were. It was so dear. During the early 19th century, the union suit was born, which later evolved into long johns quite like we know them today. This huge undie suit conveniently housed a flap in rear for easing toilet trips, especially if you had to go urgently. I hate it when that happens, when you're forced to hold it in the car or a bus or in line somewhere until you're about to burst into tears. And in that suit before the butt-flap was invented I can't imagine the distress of being in a stall doing the "toilet dance" with your legs desperately crossed as much as possible, while furiously trying to rip off that damned suit. The early 1900's brought about the beginning of women starting to ride bicycles and become more athletic, which spurred the invention of the more practical "bloomers", putting an end to the every day use of restrictive corsets and bustles. But bloomers still weren't exactly "sexy". So when did this idea for underwear being erotic come about? It was actually the 1920's flappers who were the first to popularize the first "lingerie" (which is just the French term for underwear) in the U.S, which were pleated chiffon and satin panties. But by far more scandalous than anyone had ever seen were the thong swimsuits taking the Brazilian beaches by storm in the 70's. Which actually sparked the creation of thong underwear in America, which in turn brought thong swimsuits onto U.S beaches just recently. So here we are, back to baring our bottoms to the world whilst galloping around like gorillas. Well minus the galloping around like gorillas part. That was just for visual effect. Although, some so-called "lingerie" of today which I call "pointless random pieces of stuff covering absolutely nothing", would have us hanging our heads in shame if looked upon by our ancient cousins. Some so ridiculous such as the horrific string suit that consists of 2 spandex strings that go over both shoulders and meet in the crotch area to a panty if you can even call it that! It's so ludicrous I don't even want to go on typing any more about it because the harder I try to explain this abomination the worse of a job I do and the more of a weirdo I seem for trying to explain such a contraption and what the hell it is and why it even exists! I don't know why, just to clear things up. And what is a garter really for these days? Oh yes, look at the beautiful random feather strapped to my leg. Now I know, garter belts were originally worn to hold up stockings and attach to a corset to hold it in place, which later turned into a tradition for brides to wear, but when and why did it ever evolve into a random sparkly feathery thingy teens wear to Prom and on those days when, you know, you just wake up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at Lip-Sticking
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Guest post by Chloe Spencer Many young girls, teenagers and young women suffer from eating disorders. The most common are Anorexia and Bulimia--which have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness (American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 152). And over 24 million people are suffering from an eating disorder in the U.S. (The Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders, “Eating Disorders 101 Guide: A Summary of Issues, Statistics and Resources”). In a list of case studies on a Harvard webpage for students, I found a case study about a twenty-year-old woman called Brenda, who was Anorexic, becoming Bulimic in later years. I encourage all women (and men too) to read this case study as if it was about your daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, or close friend. My goal is to increase awareness and encourage all of you reading this to take action and inform the young girls in your life about eating disorders. And to check up on your friends and family, especially the girls and women, who are so commonly affected by these disorders. Brenda is in her junior year of college, and throughout her adolescent and teenage years, her dream has been to be a professional ballet dancer. But to achieve this goal, she feels she must be very thin, and has been restricting her weight since she was a girl. She says her instructors told her repeatedly she was too fat, and so she became obsessed with her body image. She started to diet harder, even though all her friends told her she seemed very skinny. This starving of herself is what is diagnosed as Anorexia. Anorexia is dieting so strictly that one becomes starved and extremely thin, to a point of danger to one's health and ultimately life. With her obsession with being told she was fat at her weight of 100 pounds, Brenda would diet so much and then get so hungry, that she would binge and purge. Binging is losing control of one’s hunger and eating large amounts of junk food, such as ice cream, candy, cookies, cake, greasy foods, etc. Then purging usually follows, which is forcing one-self to throw up all the food they just ate because they feel guilty and don’t want to gain weight. This is what defines Bulimia; binging and purging. This cycle of bulimic actions continued in the same pattern, and repeated itself for many years, until now when Brenda is concerned about not starting her menstrual cycles at twenty-years-old, and is afraid about not being able to have a child in later life, so she reports to her clinic. It is very fortunate Brenda has reported to her clinic, for she could have died if these behaviors continued for much longer, either from starvation, heart failure, organ failure, suicide, or other medical effects. The effects of being Bulimic for the period Brenda was, already has impacted her very negatively. It is very hard to treat Bulimia and it takes a long time to return the victim to a healthy state. According to EatingDisordersOnline.com, from the constant purging Brenda’s teeth are most likely rotting in parts of her mouth, and she might have a stomach ulcer or a rupture in her stomach or esophagus. She also might have an abnormal amount of fluid in her intestines or other disruptions in her bowels. She’s likely to be severely dehydrated, and her heart might be beating irregularly, which is very dangerous and could lead to a heart attack. And most disturbing of all, Brenda could have become so depressed because of her disorder that she could have committed suicide. 50% of people suffering from eating disorders suffer from severe depression as a result (Mortality in Anorexia Nervosa. American Journal of Psychiatry). And 60% of all suicides are committed by people suffering from major depression. In America alone, a person commits suicide every 15 minutes (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). If you know anyone that could possibly be Anorexic, Bulimic, or depressed, sit down with him or her and talk to them. It's often hard to tell if someone is Bulimic, whereas someone who's Anorexic will be severely skinny. So watch for suspicious behavior after meals, and signs of binging and purging. Only 6% of Bulimia sufferers receive medical treatment (National Eating Disorders Association). Be there as a support, and take action. Almost everybody suffering from an eating disorder can recover FULLY with medical help. ...You may just end up saving a life. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Lip-Sticking
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Guest post by Chloe Spencer Working out is no longer just for personal health and fitness. It's become a trend. Something that is considered "cool" or "in". Especially in big cities like LA and New York, where fashion is a much bigger deal than in small country towns. Speaking of fashion, there are even designer work-out clothes for going to the gym in, that cost hundreds of dollars! Top designer clothing to exercise in! That's how "trendy" exercising has become. Yoga, spinning classes, jogging down the street, using the machines at the gym; these have all become places to be "seen" at, and "seen" doing. Dressed in your Bebe or Ralph Lauren work-out clothes of course. Oh and perhaps along with your little dog too! That is considered even extra "stylish". What happened to exercising for your personal health, you may be asking? I'm asking the same question. At least in bigger cities, where being cool or looking good ranks higher for many individuals rather than being healthy. Some of you perhaps have never experienced this around you, but after living in a city like LA, where I moved to around 3 months ago, it's everywhere. And common enough that most LA dwellers would look at me funny for writing a blog post on the topic. Why did this trend develop? Or rather, how did exercising become only for social status or to follow a trend, for so many people? Media today has had a big influence on being skinny, or sexualizing the image of a woman jogging down the road in a sports bra and short shorts. And of course, the majority of women today feel more pressure to be "sexy" to men than in any other era. And perhaps, exercising became cool like shopping at Whole Foods--not necessarily for the health food, but rather because celebrities do it, it is expensive and it is considered an elite grocery store. It has become a trend, especially in California, to be a health food fanatic. Again, people are following this more like sheep rather than the individual who wants to just be healthier for their own benefit. Below I embedded a video that really shows what the media has done to us women on the topic of beauty and self-esteem. It was so powerful and really hit home with me. Maybe it will with you too. It made me want to make sure my future daughters, whenever I have them, don't get brainwashed by the media like many of us sadly have. This story I read where I found the video above is definitely an article worth reading. The part about the eight-year-old girl and her perception of beauty forced onto her by her mother was so unbearably sad. I cried. This article and this video are definitely a wake-up call. This post has turned out rather different than it started! My primary message has entirely evolved also. It was originally about exercising for the right reasons and to promote a healthy physically-active lifestyle to the young ones in your life. But it has evolved into something much, much deeper. And this is also for ourselves, not just the young girls and women we influence in our lives. Women and girls everywhere, don't base your idea of beauty on imgaes in the media. Watching that video above almost made me feel less beautiful seeing the perfect bodies and faces of the models on bilboards in the beginning, but I stopped that false idea in its tracks and reminded myself of reality. All of those photos on those ads are not photos of real women. The women are covered in professional make-up, they are completely airbrushed, and digitally re-touched and designed, so much that in the end, the woman in the photo is not even real. It is a digitally-created image of a woman. Remember, you are beautiful, in all of your own ways, as is every woman. And most importantly, you don't need a man to tell you this. YOU know this. You know this, deep down with all your heart. And if you've let a man (or woman!) bring you down about your looks before, like most of us have, don't ever let that happen again. Because you know how amazing you are. And he or she doesn't, obviously. Or, they do. And they are jealous. Something that is extremely important to remember: when someone is attacking you emotionally, it's because of them, something that made them mad or upset that day, or that they are insecure about themselves, or jealous of something about you. This is ALWAYS true. I went through a phase where my self-esteem became very low. I decided what I would do was to write a list of all the things I love about myself. I bullet-pointed all my external features I loved and why, as well as my internal qualities. Every time I started to feel down, I would pull out this list and read it out loud to myself. I instantly felt 100 times better, every time! I recommend this to every girl or woman who feels down about herself at all at any time. You're not alone. We all experience these feelings. But now that we know why, let's get to the root of this and stop this pressure to be "perfect" (there is no such thing!) and stop bringing ourselves down by comparing ourselves to other women (and a lot of the time to FAKE images of women on billboards and magazines!). Love yourself. And not until then can you love life. Remember this ladies! This is my most important message to you. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2011 at Lip-Sticking
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Guest post by Chloe Spencer You may be thinking, in regards to the title, how in the heck do milkshakes keep the doctor away? Well, maybe not in literal terms, but when referring to the newly launched non-profit, Milkshake, communities in third world countries and in places suffering because of disease or disaster all over the globe are helped through all sorts of different causes using this new site. Charities on Milkshake also include causes to help the environment, abused animals, and people making a difference. I love eco-friendly shopping and discovering new creative causes, and I came across Milkshake after it was mentioned to me by a friend. I took a liking to their site and what they were doing, so I got an interview with the founders, and I incorporated all their answers into an article to share with all my readers on Lipsticking. So, what is Milkshake? Milkshake is a company that finds all sorts of eco-friendly and charitable products and causes and lets you know about them by featuring them on their website, or you can sign up for their daily email newsletter including great green finds that give back. On their site, I discovered many cool items for good causes that caught my interest. For example, watches made from wood that partners with American Forests and plants one tree for every watch purchased, and bracelets made out of used car tires with beads stitched onto them handmade by the women of Umoja, Kenya -- all proceeds go towards their village schools and maintenance. Milkshake is basically going out and finding great causes and products that help our environment and our less fortunate, and delivering them to you -- basically doing all the work, research, as well as going out and meeting with the charities to determine their legitimacy. All you need to do is check your email every day. So who is behind all this goodness? The founders of Milkshake are Pam Caffray and Amy Jurkowitz, who together created the idea and website, and launched Milkshake in January, 2011. Why did they call the company Milkshake? Because milkshakes are GOOD. Simple as that. And their aim with Milkshake is to bring you everything GOOD. All while maintaining a fun approach that entices readers to take part in doing good while discovering fun new products, awesome vacations that are for good causes, or great food ideas for the bettering of our planet. Pam and Amy's plans for Milkshake are big -- they aim to have a Milkshake daily email in every country and have millions of readers. They want Milkshake to form a foundation that donates to the charities and causes they feature, and eventually have a Milkshake award to present to companies they believe made an admirable difference. Milkshake is still in its baby stage, undergoing its launch just two months ago, so help out by promoting this great creation and take part by subscribing to their daily email. Every email will feature a new product, restaurant, storefront, travel destination, cause, or person, that give back in some way, almost always linked to a cause. In each email, after the featured find will be a call-to-action button, that you can click to get directed to the actual cause to learn more and get involved. You can check out Milkshake and subscribe to their daily email on their homepage at www.getmilkshake.com. Milkshake is also on Facebook, where they feature regular giveaways of their favorite finds. So if you like free stuff that saves our planet and helps our struggling communities, be sure to check it out at www.facebook.com/getmilkshake! I asked the founders a last question at the end of our interview; what advice they would give to those wanting to go green but feel it is too expensive. They answered, "More than going green, we are encouraging readers to 'go good.' It is our responsibility to take care of the planet for future generations -- and this goes far beyond creating environmental sustainability -- we must also find a way to sustain our communities. This is what Milkshake is all about -- the connectivity of GOOD. Right now some companies, products, travel-based businesses have a social conscience and care about giving back to the greater good. But in time, we feel this way of thinking will be incorporated into most everyone's ethos. There is no better feeling than giving back, and the philanthropic lifestyle is here to stay. Plus it is not expensive at all to give back -- in fact it does not have to cost anything to integrate giving into your daily life -- you can volunteer, be an advocate or donate things you no longer need to be recycled for good. But if you do want to buy, Milkshake can help you discover products and lifestyle solutions that give back at various price points; a beautifully handcrafted $7 bracelet made from rubber tires to benefit the development of a village in Kenya, or switch to a different granola bar to enjoy delicious organic ingredients AND support tree planting initiative. It is all about choice -- and all of these little tidbits can add up to a world of GOOD!" Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at Lip-Sticking
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by guest blogger, Chloe Spencer Winter is finally here! For many this is very unfortunate, but with the cold weather and snow comes winter fashion, which adds some excitement to this freezing season. Many of you may be thinking, "What? Winter clothes, exciting? No way." But there are many adorable and sexy items that are trendy only during the winter season. Cute hats, stylish scarves, furry mittens, UGG boots, puffy jackets, long coats and ear muffs should have all come back into your daily wardrobe. Your last year items may bore you, and you probably want new winter items to show off these holidays. So the question is, what's in for winter 2010-2011? The styles on the runway are fur, military, minimalism, leather, lace, thigh high boots, trench coats, aviator jackets and boots with fur/shearling. But not necessarily are you going to follow the high-end fashion trends exactly if you live in for example, somewhere like Madison, Wisconsin, like I do. Winter fashions there are not exactly of runway quality, but more jeans and NorthFace fleeces. So to be trendy but not outrageous at the same time, all you need to do is find a happy medium between this season's hot key trends, and your comfort zone. Many stores feature the new looks, but with items not quite as extravagant as seen on the runway. Try stores like H&M, Charlotte Rouse, and Forever 21 for more affordable versions of the D&G, Chanel and Burberry hot items. Don't live somewhere where you can easily access stores like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors? Shop online. My favorite designer shopping website is ShopBop.com, and it provides free delivery and return shipping. So just remember to keep your winter wardrobe up to date and stylish; get rid of those mothball-smelling old coats and scuffed up snow boots, and feel gorgeous while keeping warm at the same time. Feeling beautiful isn't about what exactly you're wearing, but how you feel about yourself and the feeling you get by wearing the clothes you have on. If you're feeling frumpy in your too many layered sweaters, you're going to feel a little down and show less confidence on your face. You want to exert confidence and beauty, and even in winter, you can--though you may have thought in the past it was impossible to look sexy in all your winter clothes. Hopefully now that has changed, and you're ready to become the winter wonderland vixen you know is within you. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Lip-Sticking
News reporters are almost always perfect with their pace, wording and pronunciation. But, they do occasionally slip up. And sometimes when they do, they mess up bad (see second video below). While it's bad news for them, it's good news for us, because it's hilarious! There are many funny news reporter blooper videos out there, but I decided to pick out only the 6 funniest videos on Youtube. These will definitely cheer you up if you've ever made a bad blunder while talking to someone important or attractive and it has haunted you since! Think of how these reporters must've felt afterward! Note to viewers with kids watching: some videos have swearing and sexual references. Reporter turns ghetto in 3 seconds! Worst slip-up I've heard by far! Beware of leaping lizards. Standing in just the wrong spot! Standing under a bird infestation...with your mouth open?! "Cockroach Paranoia" Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at Lip-Sticking
by guest blogger, Chloe Spencer We all know Lady Gaga, and we all know her outrageous fashion sense. Some of her outfits are really creative, some are just plain weird, and some are downright horrible. Maybe she does it for the publicity, (maybe being most definitely), but some of the things she wears have just gone too far and have reached the "god-awful" point. Her ten worst fashion disasters fit into one of the following two categories: either shocking or laughable. My only comment on this: disgusting. I can't figure out whether she's Santa or she fell into a bird's nest. What the...? No tape does not count as a bra. Ok, her boobs are on fire. And did her pants catch on fire too? Because I can't see them. Don't wear fur, wear Kermit the Frog. One of Santa's reindeer escaped...and it's wearing nothing but plastic. This is going to give me nightmares for a long time. A viking stripper? You know that noodle from your pool that went missing?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at Lip-Sticking
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Being a young, female entrepreneur, and speaking at conferences, usually as the only woman on the panel, has been challenging. A lot of times, the men are loud speakers, they interrupt, and they jump into answering questions before you can even open your mouth. Coming to the panel as a 19-year-old girl with a virtual pet blog I made when I was 14, makes it hard to stand out among this crowd. That's why speaking at BlogHer, at 16 years young, was the best, first conference experience I could have asked for. There were 4 other women bloggers on my panel; women I felt comfortable with and, with my age and shyness, was acknowledged by. It was a great atmosphere for my first speaking gig. From there, it got harder; speaking at sessions with all men for the most part. But, I got words in at each one, and I'm still speaking at conferences today. Just last month I moderated at SES San Francisco, on a teen entrepreneur panel (again, all males, who were very successful and very much tech geniuses--it's hard to shine next to blindingly bright lights). Coming up this month, my dad and I are running an SEO session at BlogPaws West 2010. My dad, Stephan Spencer, is an official SEO whiz; but I know more than the average blogger, so I'm confident I'll manage to get a few tips in, to work along with his expert advice. See what I mean? Young and female is tough. But I'm a tough girl, and I'll keep fighting for that limelight. I plan to start a new company, soon, that I hope will take me far and do fantastic financially. I'm just waiting for that lightbulb idea to pop up, like for NeopetsFanatic.com did back in 2006. Now that I'm following that climb to success, I plan to turn ChloeSpencer.com into a popular personal blog and vlog, not just a press site, as it is now. So yes, I'm a small girl with big dreams. But aren't we all, inside? And somehow, we ambitious driven women always find a way to break through, to shine brighter than we had ever imagined. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at Lip-Sticking
Chloe Spencer is now following The Typepad Team
Sep 2, 2010