Thursday, January 28, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Fast Fashion: Major Must-Haves for the Fabulous Fashionista

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Of course all you Fashionistas out there know there are certain things you just can’t live without. Well, B.A.F.F.L.E.D. has put together a must-have list of the things necessary to get by. Obviously these are just bare minimums. The list could literally go on and on.

1. Every fashion-savvy lady must have a “face bag” at the core of her arsenal. This bag includes all her make-up needs, for days at work and nights on the town (foundation or tinted moisturizer, mascara, lip gloss and a variety of eyeshadows will get you through). The foundation of this bag is not actually foundation, but skin care essentials. A face wash to fit your skin type, toner and moisturizer are absolute musts for putting your best face forward. As for the bag itself, anything with compartments is perfect; just be sure the bag is travel ready.....for when it’s time to pick up and go!

2. After getting your face is ready, hair is next. A ceramic flat iron is also a must-have and is multifaceted beauty tool. Flat irons not only straighten, but can also be used for curling and waving. Ceramic plates are gentle on the hair, and irons containing tourmaline provide even safer heating. A solid flat iron will never let you down.

3. Face...check. Hair....check! Now, what to wear?! All Fashionistas must have a LBD....yes, a little black dress! Ms. Coco Chanel made these dresses staples in the women’s fashion industry and a necessary in our closets. With so many styles and variations, from business to pleasure occasions, there’s no reason not to have one.

4. Step out! Once you’re all dressed and set to go, you have to cap things off with amazing shoes and a durable purse. Although every Fashionista obviously has a range of shoes in all styles and colors, basic black, brown and gray shows are a must! In addition to these basic shoes, which also can translate to events of all types, you must have a durable bag. Sure a designer bag is nice, (and usually comes with a lifetime warranty!) any strong bag with ample space and compartments is the cherry on top of every fashionable look. Grab a bag for everyday and be sure clutches and evening bags are not too far back in the closet.

Ready? Set? Go, girl!

Stay tuned for the Smooth Gentlemen Must-Have list coming soon!

Monday, January 25, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Government


Do We Expect Too Much From Our Leaders?


Leader \ˈlē-dər\ is defined as (1) a person who has commanding authority or influence (2) a party member chosen to manage party activities in a legislative body.

Of course this person is also seen as an exemplary citizen, someone who goes the extra mile, book smart and street smart. They’ve been a follower, where they learned how to lead, and as many would say, they “know better”.

Knowing better usually includes being morally sound, but over the last few months, we’ve found a number of our leaders, whether political or just social, proved to not be as coveted as we've held them to be. From Senator John Edwards to Tiger Woods, it appears our “leaders” are not only “regular people” like the rest of us, but maybe even a tad less morally sound than we thought. Understandably, there is trouble in balancing power, fame and morals. This is especially the case when so many treat you as more than human. Not feeling invincible can be hard to counter.

Do we hold our leaders to too high of a standard? We know they are just like us; they come from among us, but are they more susceptible to mistakes? Why do they succumb to the pressures?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Sports

More Than Just A Victory On the Field




Congrats to the New Orleans Saints on winning the NFC Championship and heading to the Super Bowl! After a time of distress in the Big Easy, and overcoming Hurricane Katrina, a hard-earned trip to the big game is just what this city needed.

Who Dat!

Go Saints!

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Legal Battles

A New Look On Professional Sports


The NFL has found itself facing the highest court in the land, as hat maker American Needle has challenged the football league’s exclusive contract with Reebok for all its league clothing needs. Before the Supreme Court, the NFL has claimed itself to be a “single entity”, with all the teams being components of one unit. On the contrary, American Needle argues each team is its own single entity, with each having their own right to market their intellectual property. NFL intellectual properties include the league logo, individual team logos, uniform designs, and video footage at league funded events (e.g. Games, TV shows, etc.).

The critical nature of this case is one which could change the nature of professional sports forever. If the NFL is granted immunity from breaking antitrust laws, similar to MLB, professional sports would see a decline in sponsorship variety. Antitrust laws prevent entities from reducing competition in the market, ultimately making room for all entrants. If leagues are able to prevent individual teams from joining forces with entities of their choice, the merchandising we see today could even become monotonous, leaving all the demand on 1 producer. Sponsorship across the board would be impacted, as many stadiums, scoreboards, and hockey ice are riddled with advertisements. Giving leagues the power to control the business dealings of their teams could put the ball in a whole other court.


Would you consider professional sports leagues as single entities? Do they not all need each other to produce their commodity of athletic entertainment? Could leagues preclude some contracting types and not others?

Let’s keep an eye on this case to see how the score comes out.

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Cares

Let Us Not Forget!



After the terrible earthquake hit Haiti, we are all compelled to come together and do our part. Let's not let a land in distress go by the wayside.

Text “HAITI” to "90999" and a $10 donation will be given through the State Department to the
Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill. Check this out (http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/disaster_haiti) to verify!

**Special shouts out to George Clooney and his star-studded cast of volunteers for their heart-wrenching telethon, Hope for Haiti Now. The show aired this past Friday evening, and collected millions for the cause. You can also donate via the telethon's website or download the songs from the show on
iTunes.

Hope for Haiti Now
https://www.hopeforhaitinow.org/Default.asp

Thursday, January 21, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Talent


Hot Talent!


B.A.F.F.L.E.D. is all for recognizing hot talent. This time, the spotlight is on a Chicago-area musician, Tung Fu. For over 10 years, Tung Fu's been making his music from the ground up, doing everything from writing to producing and rapping.

Check out the talent of Tung Fu for yourself!

www.myspace.com/tungfu
www.youtube.com/tungfu1983

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Seriously?

The sadness of the earthquake in Haiti has brought sorrow to the entire globe. Service unions have come from a range of countries to help ease the devastation of the land.

So in such a time of distress, why would anyone want to shed further negativity on an already tough struggle? In the wake of restoration, radio personality Rush Limbaugh shared his unfortunate sentiments for the outpouring of care heading toward Haiti.

Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday that he "wouldn’t trust that money donated to Haiti through the White House Web site would actually go to the relief efforts. He said Americans don’t need to contribute to earthquake relief because they already donate to Haiti through their income taxes."

Seriously, Rush?!

Consider us appalled, irate,.....and B.A.F.F.L.E.D.

Monday, January 18, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Remembers

The Dream Lives



Today we remember and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With every action, every speech and every word, Dr. King challenged us to put his dream into action. He directed us to see one another, not for the color of our skin, but for the content of our character.

Never stop dreaming B.A.F.F.L.E.D. readers, and make your dreams real.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Cares


Fashion Fixes Everything!

Even in a time of misfortune, fashion is still a remedy for everything. Fashion Delivers, a charitable organization which delivers clothing to needy families is joining forces with industry heavy-hitters to send lightweight clothing to the people of Haiti.

The organization is sending everything from underwear to t-shirts and shoes in order to help the 1st independent nation of the Caribbean get back on its feet.

Now that's service in style!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Shop the Year Off Right!



What to buy, what to buy...???
Ok folks, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now behind us. With a slew of gift cards in our wallets and possible Holiday gift cash, the market has some key items we should be looking for during the month of January.


January is the perfect month to buy holiday items. The beginning of the year provides cheap holiday items at clearance prices, allowing stores to make room for their 2nd quarter stock. It’s also a good time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day gifts, especially with major sales in electronics, clothes, and jewels.

January is also the perfect month to update your home. Furniture is sold at it’s lowest prices in the beginning of the year. Start the year fresh with a fresh look at home. Bed and bath linens, rugs and appliances should all be on your shopping list.

Make the most of this new year while sales are still hot.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Do Your Part!



After the terrible earthquake hit Haiti, we are all compelled to come together and do our part. Let's not let a land in distress go by the wayside.

Text “HAITI” to "90999" and a $10 donation will be given through the State Department to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill. Check this out (http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/disaster_haiti)

Sunday, January 10, 2010


What Stardom Does

Over the last 6 months, we’ve lost a number of stars to harsh conditions. From Michael Jackson to Solange Magnano, and now Brittany Murphy, we have to wonder what’s happening in Hollywood.

Michael and Brittany stand out at this point; because of Brittany’s recent death and the similar way they passed. As we all know, MJ dealt with prescription drug issues, and was given an IV cocktail under shady supervision. He went into cardiac arrest and succumbed shortly after. Brittany died after a cardiac arrest as well, and had prescription drugs found in her bathroom upon investigation.

Many are straight B.A.F.F.L.E.D., as we are here, about the sad demise of so many stars as a result of prescription drugs. It appears the shine of being a star is so much more than we see it to be. Michael Jackson performed tirelessly since the age of 5 and dealt with ridicule for most of his life. Brittany also dealt with issues, as she incurred weight/body image problems for most of her years on the scene.

Despite the amazing talent and the millions who love them, we tend to lose stars because of the instabilities they face within themselves. Michael and Brittany are far from the first, but is there any way to make them near the last? Do we invest and require too much in superstars? Why? They’re people like you and I....right?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Green

Alternative Ways to Recycle and Save,
By M., Contributing Editor
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Here is a handy link to pass along; 5 things you should always recycle: http://www.recyclebank.com/recycling/recycling-101/399-5-things-you-should-always-recycle

In addition to that, another thing that you should recycle is food; and there are many fun ways to do so... I will list a few below:

COMPOSTING



Composting is a great way to not only manage food waste and keep it out of landfills; it’s also a great source of fertilizer (for all you gardeners). All it requires is a little space in your yard, and some elbow grease (actually, it isn’t that hard to take care of).

Here is a little something to get you started: http://vegweb.com/composting/

VERMI-COMPOSTING



This is a specialized form of composting in which you feed your food scraps to worms in a box. Now some people might be grossed out by worms ( I don’t know why), but they are the easiest, quietest, and frankly, most useful pets one could have. Like regular composting, its all natural, and is a great source of fertilizer. The only catch is that worms are, for the most part, vegeterians, so no leftover burgers and steaks for them!

Guide to vermin-composting: http://onlinegardening.blogspot.com/2007/07/vermicomposting-compost-made-by-worms.html

EAT LESS MEAT (or at least organic meat)



This one might be difficult, as yes, meat can be delicious and does have its benefits. However, the ways in which meat is mass-produced in the United States is not only cruel, inefficient, unhealthy and messy; it is also super wasteful. We feed cows way more corn and grain than we feed actually people, and to add to that, we need to feed them antibiotics so that they don’t become ill and die from being fed grains (meds that people could use!). Farm animals, through manure and gas emissions contribute tones of methane and nitrous oxide, which happen to be two of the major greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change. Just not eating meat 2 days a week can make a difference.

HOBOES



Nah, just kidding (although feel free to give a homeless guy a sandwich instead of cash if you are so inclined)

Hope these tips go to good use!

Monday, January 4, 2010


New Year;No Resolutions.

Each year, as the December weeks wind down we start to hear the rumblings of “New Year’s Resolutions”. The funny part is, we all know, after mid-January, early February at the latest, some of these “resolutions” will be put on the shelf until the upcoming mid-December conversations.


So why continue making resolutions just because it’s a new year? Why not just set daily goals and throw the monthly calender out the window? Making short term goals as the stepping stone to long term ones can sometimes the better road to results. It’s an easier contrast to overstating or overcommitting ourselves for an entire year. Who knows what can happen in the meantime; things change, people change, circumstances change. Really, the only promise we have ahead is change and we might as well get used to it!


Surely we all have some sort of resolution or goal on deck for this year, whether it’s new year related or “I just need a change”-based. Should they really be short term goals, or personal requirements to not be pushed aside in a few weeks? Are your eating habits and personal care where you want them? Do you get enough sleep? Are you making sounds business decisions? How do your personal finances look? Is your wardrobe in need of an update? It is 2010, you know. Are you going to find ways to do more with less. Do some things need to be tended to whether it’s January or not?!


What are some resolutions you’ve made in the past? Have you stuck with them? Do you have any resolution alternatives? Are you a goal-setter? Does it have to be a new year to make a personal resolution?


Lots to think about so early in the year, huh?!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Business


Indulge Your Sweet Tooth!

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. loves, loves, loves baked goods; from cookies to cakes and brownies a sweet treat is always a delight. We also like to promote those businesses doing big things.

Now, no matter where you are, you can get the same homemade taste of your favorite treats.
Treats by Teresa is an amazing made-to-order bakery with all your childhood and adult life favs! Custom cookies, wedding cakes, anything you can think of, Treats by Teresa is your place for the very best.

Check out this amazing bakery, right at your fingertips.
Eat up!
http://treatsbyteresa.com/index.html

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year from B.A.F.F.L.E.D.!!!



May 2010 be a time of blessings, fulfillment, motivation and excitement.
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