Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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

A Chicago Shopping Event--

Check out this fabulous fashion event, and get started on your holiday shopping!

Thursday, December 1st!

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Health Benefits to Drinking Tea~

Tea is the second oldest beverage known to us after water, and it has almost as many benefits.  As we turn to hot tea to keep us warm in these chilly months, remember these benefits when making your beverage choices.

1. Tea aids in digestion.
Green tea particularly, is essential to healthy digestion.  It is a natural diuretic, and helps flush your system of toxins clogging passageways.  Green tea blocks cholesterol absorption and leaves nutrients essential to health and energy. 

2. Tea helps keep your teeth healthy.
Rinsing with black tea helps reduce plaque formation and the production of acids which cause tooth decay.  Another ingredient in black tea, tannin, has been known to fight bacteria, causing decay. Black tea can stain your pearly whites, so keep green tea as an option, or rinse with water after your black tea rinse.

3. Tea helps fight cancer.
Because of tea contains antioxidants which fight free radicals in the body, it is known to help prevent cancer as well.  The lack of pollution in the body contributes to keeping cancer cell growth at bay, and a healthy immune system.

4. Tea helps reduce heart disease and stroke risks.
Tea keeps arteries smooth and clog-free, therefore the risk blood clots and cholesterol blockages pose leading to heart disease and strokes, is reduced.  Hot tea is especially helpful, as warm/hot water is good for helping clear the esophagus and intestines.  

5. Tea helps fight weight gain.
Not only do most teas not have calories (without sugar or milk, of course), but they help boost metabolism and provide the energy needed to burn the calories you get elsewhere.  Taking in even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing 1 pound per week--so tea is an optimal beverage choice for the weight conscious ...especially after the holidays.  It's also a great substitute for sugary carbonated beverages.

Consider adding or increasing your tea intake.  The benefits are endless!  For more tea suggestions, click here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Careers

Improve the Economy; Share the Employment

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. is in the business of jumpstarting the economy. As promised, we will keep posting jobs across the nation to help get America working. Please feel free to send along any postings you have or know of, or note them in the Comments section below.

Let's keep this going and help one another!


Associate Attorney - Swarovski

PR Account Executive - No Limit Media Consulting

Designer - Threadless

Corporate Internship - Walgreens

Cultural Affairs Program Director - City of Chicago

Brand Integrations Director - NBC Universal

HR Analyst - Target

Styling Intern, Men's Fashion - Gilt Groupe

Media Relations/Journalism Intern - Arena Football League

Market Research Analyst - Technomic Affiliates

Attorney - Walt Disney

Digital Media Manager - Starz

Human Resources Recruiting Internship - Verizon

College Marketing Representative - Warner Music Group

Strategic Partnerships Coordinator - American Film Institute

Human Resources Advisor - BP

Assistant United States Attorney - U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs

Fashion Design, Fashion Studies Faculty - Columbia College

Senior Financial Analyst - NBC Universal

Fashion Buyer - Target

Corporate Attorney - Northern Trust 

Market Research Manager - Robert Bosch

Journalism Intern - NBC Universal

Trial Attorney - Farmers Insurance Group

Market Insights Manager - Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Legal Intern - Chanel

Human Resources Manager - Sears

Friday, November 25, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Shopping

Shop Small Business for the Holidays

Of course the major retailers are having all the sales you can think of, but what better way to shop than to support businesses in your neighborhood or owned by friends?!

While checking out the deals in your sale papers, brick and mortar stores, and online, also be sure to check out some of our favorite small businesses.  You can even join White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in "Small Business Saturday".  

You won't be sorry, and if you miss out....well, shame on you!

May Vora Jewelry - There's Only One

Bon Bon Vie T-shirt Collection

Thursday, November 24, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Celebrates

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We hope this message reaches you happy, healthy, and ready to eat a great meal with your loved ones.

Enjoy this day and be sure to give thanks for all you have.

We're absolutely thankful for you!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Questions for a Fab Fashion Student ~

M: I have known MK (as she likes to be known) for about 5 years, and first met her when I was wandering the streets of Seoul. She is a good friend of mine and has taught me a lot about fashion, Korean culture and cooking. She was happy to talk about some of her experiences in the study of fashion design.  V & I posed some questions her way, and she was gracious enough to share.

 MK is a graduate of Bunka Fashion College and a native of Seoul. She currently lives in the New York City area and is currently attending Parson's, studying fashion design. She is passionate about fashion, animals, and music. 


B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Blog:What did you do prior to attending Parsons? ?What led you there?

I studied fashion design at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, Japan for two years. I dreamed of being a fashion designer since I made Barbie clothes when I was 8 years old. It took me a long time to go but finally I was able to make it and I graduated.

BB:Describe your personal fashion/style.

MK  My style is mannish and avantgarde. I wear what I want to wear, and I don't follow others' examples. I      insist on my own style. Many people are curious about my style so they always ask me where I got my clothes or the brand name. I think I'm good at coordination.

BB: What is your most treasured experience as a fashion student?
MK: The most treasured experience I have as a fashion student is reaching to be a fashion designer, learning new things and getting new information. Also being able to showcase my potential ability in fashion design.

BB: What are your plans after graduation?
MK: I will work as a fashion designer, but before that I will get an internship. I will try work at a bridal brand or couture. Even though my style is totally different than those, I like creating beautiful gowns, such as evening dresses or wedding dresses.

BB: What advice would you give aspiring fashion students?
MK: If you decide to be in fashion, don't give up no matter what. It might be tough and stressful, but don't forget you that are reaching to your goal. You need to be strong and patient also enjoy it!

Thanks a zillion to MK for answering these questions and giving us an inside her fashion school experience!


Monday, November 21, 2011

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

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. friend Oh Hells Nah has gone occupy crazy (in a good way!) and is promoting another type of  economic occupation: that of holiday shopping. Sure, it would be easy to mosey on down to the local Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy and do all your shopping in one go, but there is something to be said for procuring your presents from small businesses and supporting your community. Let's be realistic: millions of people will be going to those big box stores, and there is nothing we can do to stop that. However, we can still make a difference and support or local businesses and encourage our friends and family to do the same. But enough from me; she makes a better point that I can.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

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

Thanksgiving with Swish Dreams!

Family - Charity - Skating!

One of our favorite organizations, Swish Dreams is having a great skating party this month.  It's not only a fun time, but for a good cause!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Styles Inspired by Michael Jackson

In the wake of the guilty verdict in Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial, we found it appropriate to pair our love for the King with our love for fashion.  

Today, we're highlighting the styles Michael left us with, which will be staples in our wardrobe for years to come.  For these, we thank the "Man in the Mirror".

1.  Aviators
Michael started rocking these in the early 80s to complement shiny outfits.  He made them cool for everyone--not just pilots.  

2. Military-Style Jackets
It's nothing to see a military-styled jacket on the scene these days.  
Because of the way MJ wore them in the 80s, we see them now showing up everywhere.

3. Sequins
 Speaking of shiny, no one wore sequins like Mike.  Whether his glove, socks, or jacket, his dance steps and voice weren't the only things lighting up the stage.

 4. The Fedora
Another fashion fave.  This hat was borne fashion fame along with the Moonwalk on Motown 25, and we haven't looked back.  You can jazz up almost any look with this haute hat.
5. The Suit
Smooth white, dapper red, hat-topped, or not-so-basic black, Michael Jackson had a way with making a suit just a bit more than 2 or 3 pieces.  


Michael Jackson took style to the next level his whole life....and his style lives on today.   

Rest in Peace, King of Pop.

Friday, November 11, 2011

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

Thanksgiving with Swish Dreams!

Family - Charity - Skating!

One of our favorite organizations, Swish Dreams is having a great skating party this month.  It's not only a fun time, but for a good cause!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Honors

Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps!

Established in 1775, the United States Marine Corps is today celebrating 236 years of excellence.  As America's first line of defense in any battle, long-time protectors of the President, and United States Embassies in all other nations, the USMC has maintained its title as "The Few, The Proud".

Latin for "always faithful," Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what.

Marines take their pledge and oath to protect our nation very seriously.  Equipped with the highest and most scrutinizing training of any armed force, this elite group produces fierce fighters and model citizens.

For more info on the USMC, visit them on the web.

Happy Birthday Devil Dogs!

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. For Men

It's Movember!

Move over November, it is now Movember.  Check out this amazing cause for fighting prostate cancer.  A government affairs colleague of mine is leading the charge.  Helping him contribute to the cause is a must!

Here are the details:

It’s Movember, the month formerly known as November, which is dedicated to growing moustaches and raising awareness and funds for men’s health. I have joined the movement and will be donating my upper lip to the cause for 30 days. My moustache (Mo) will spark conversations, and no doubt generate some laughs; all in the name of raising vital awareness and funds for cancers affecting men.

Why am I so passionate about men’s health?
*1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
*A man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 2.2 minutes
*1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
*24% of men are less likely to go the doctor compared to women

Please support my efforts by making a donation at http://mobro.co/SmoothStache35.
You can even write a check payable to “Movember Foundation”, reference my name and Registration Number 2375278 and send it to: Movember Foundation, PO Box 2726, Venice, CA 90294-2726

We only have a month to grow Mo's and raise awareness and funds, so please come along for the ride.

Funds raised will help make a tangible difference to the lives of others. Through the Movember Foundation and their men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, Movember is funding world class awareness, research, educational and support programs which would otherwise not be possible.

For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having please click on the links below:

About Movember
Prostate Cancer Foundation Research
Global Action Plan

Thank you for donating at http://mobro.co/SmoothStache35 and for helping me change the face of men's health. Go the Mo!

-Sean Rapelyea

Movember is a registered 501 (c)(3) charity, donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Fashion Blogs for the Petite Fashionista~

First and foremost, we must give credit where credit is due.  I was introduced to some of these sites by the amazing blog, Pretty Shiny Sparkly, and appreciate the links, as well as the revelation  of people looking alive for the petite fashionistas on the scene!

As a 4'11" lady, I am glad to see recognition of fab women who do not have long legs, but do have great style and are fashion savvy.  

Here are the tops!!
Self-explanatory and is the crux of so many other petite fashion sites.  You can check out this site and join the network...sharing fashion tips, stories, and of course, style photos.

This site focuses on bringing the best petite fashion, style, and shopping blogs into one easily accessible spot, in the hopes other petite ladies can find good fit in a standard-sized world.

This site is full of fab fashion pics, a shoe collection, and great fashion videos.  Definitely a must-click for little fashion lovers!  The blogger is a photographer, so the pic collection is top notch!

This site is perfect for the fashionista who sometimes has troubles finding those selections with the right fit.  You're not a sample size, but you will still look fabulous in anything you come across....this site is for you!

In the words of the blogger, this blog is about my experiences and challenges faced while building a wardrobe of pieces that actually fit and flatter. More importantly, I'm hoping to seek suggestions, tips, and feedback from the community of petite ladies out there.

Love it!

Wendy's site is not only about fashion, but has a passion for issues like social justice and overcoming struggles.  Her passion is clear in her pictures, and her initiative and heart are amazing.  Stop by the blog, and enjoy!

Since this is a midwest blog, we were extra excited about it!  Since starting her site in 2007, this fab blogger has done amazing things on the fashion scene.

On her site she muses about her inspirations, forecasts future trends, features up and coming labels, and writes about her experiences as a fashion student trying to break into the industry. She loves that blogging has given so many unique individuals a platform to voice their fashion views.

Cheers to my fellow ladies of short stature ;)

Monday, November 7, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

Diabetes is a disease affecting million of Americans.  Often called, "the Silent Killer", diabetes is  a group of diseases, characterized by high blood glucose levels, resulting from the body's deficiency in producing insulin. 

In many instances, diabetes can be controlled through proper eating habits and exercise.  As greater efforts and funding is put into diabetes research, we can get closer to combating its prevalence.  Diabetes can often be genetic, or based on one's diet, but it really can affect us all.  Notable people outside the fighters in our inner circles living with diabetes include
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Halle Berry, Patti LaBelle, Bret Michales, Jay Cutler, Nick Jonas, Drew Carey, and Larry King. 

Each year, awareness about diabetes sparks during the month of November, largely through the efforts of the American Diabetes Association.  This amazing organization actually puts together efforts all year long, in pursuit of a cure for such a crippling condition. 

This year, they've highlighted 4 ways to get involved in Diabetes Awareness Month:  Share, Act, Learn, Give!
Share - Show your support on Facebook.  Take the pledge and share the message with others. We have!

Act - Find out what's going on to fight diabetes near you, click here and get involved!

Learn - Follow the Diabetes Blog for updates all month long.  They'll be sharing research updates, dieting and exercise information, and everything you need to know about fighting diabetes.

Give - Support the Diabetes Research Tool.  Purchase Gifts of Hope and have proceeds go to continued diabetes research.  See, everyone can get involved!

For more information, check out our 2009 and 2010 homage to fighting diabetes,  the ADA website, and Diabetes for Your Life.

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

The Evolution of the Business of Fashion: Models 
By Julie Zerbo of The Fashion Law

Ford Models co-founder, Eileen Ford, recently spoke about the evolution of the modeling industry, and she is definitely a trustworthy source as Ford is one of the most renowned agents in the world! Ford said: "Well, modeling has always been a business. But it was not the way it is today where models have clothing lines. Look at Kate Moss. Back then, models were stars, but they were not at all commercially successful as brands because nobody ever thought of using them that way, except maybe CoverGirl."

Ford has such an accurate and extremely relevant perspective.  The key to the business of everything these days, including the business of fashion and the business of modeling, is branding! It seems that more than ever brands are first and foremost selling their brand and secondarily, they are selling their products. When you buy Hermes, you are buying old-world luxury and quality. When you buy Tom Ford, you are buying sex appeal. When you buy the Row, you are arguably buying the essence of the Olsen twins; and please note, when I say this I am not downgrading their brand because the quality and the design is impeccable. However, these two girls are, above all, amazing branders and they have been from their days with Wal-Mart. They aren't worth over a billion for nothing! 

It’s no wonder why the use of branding stands out big-time in the world of fashion and modeling. Models faces are everywhere, and this is what Ford is getting at. Models aren’t just selling couture anymore. They are selling themselves and then, they are selling clothes, the Hotel Bel-Air, Moet, and BMW’s.

The original supermodels (Cindy, Linda, Christy, Claudia, Naomi and Kate) just did not permeate our culture in the 1990’s like models do now. Brands certainly existed then. Cindy was known for her mole. Claudia was known for her striking resemblance to Brigitte Bardot. Kate was known and still is known for the heroin chic look. In this way, it’s much the same today. Freja Beha Erichsen is the cool girl. Gisele is known as the return of the sexy model. Charlotte Free is known for her pink hair. So, what has changed? These girls are taking their brands a step further. They are not just walking the runway or appearing on the cover of Vogue. They are actresses, singers, authors, fashion designers, stylists, the faces of their own lines, and this has turned modeling into an even bigger business than before! 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a Burberry advertisement

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley starring in Transformers: Dark of the Moon    
Abbey Lee Kershaw on the cover of Deutsch Vogue

Abbey Lee with her band, Our Mountain
Erin Wasson walking on Balmain's show in Paris  
Erin Wasson in an advertisement for her clothing line with RVCA

 *Special thanks to Julie for a great contributing post!  Check out The Fashion Law for more!

Friday, November 4, 2011

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

What's Going On With the NBA?!

After a whole summer and now into the fall, the NBA is still in lockout status.  Both sides have met somewhat regularly during the past few months, and progress has been made toward getting teams back on the court.  The main issue at this time is the distribution of Basketball Related Income (BRI)

BRI has been a major point of contention during labor negotiations, and seems to be the biggest piece hanging in the balance.  As it stands, the players want 52.5% of the split if the restrictions on the luxury tax remain strict.  With relaxed luxury tax restrictions, the players are comfortable with 47%.  Luxury tax is the charge placed on the total payroll of a team to the degree it exceeds a predetermined threshold.  The owners, on the other hand, want a 50-50 split.  It is this big piece keeping the agreement at bay and negotiations currently at a halt.  On the upside, progress has been made on determining the actual luxury tax level.  

As of today, there has been no communication on an upcoming meeting.  The last meeting didn't end so well after the league refused to move from their 50-50 stance.  Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the NBA Player's Association, was reported to have quickly left the room, ending negotiations instantly. 

Despite the sides seeming so far apart, yet so close, possible scheduling ideas have been floating around, giving fans--and players hope for at least an abbreviated season.  Some of the ideas include:
  • Taking the regular season later into May
  • Expediting the first round of the playoffs, playing more games in fewer days, like the later rounds
  • Having somewhere between 70-75 games....this, of course, is if something can be settled very soon
  • Owners have asked arenas to keep dates in April open...a glimmer of hope
Players and owners are hoping for a resolution better than what they experienced in the 1998-99 season when only 50 games were played, players shot poorly, and the season was packed into just 89 days.  At least this time around, players are keeping busy overseas, in "lockout leagues", and mini tournaments.  

Here's hoping something comes of all these talks very soon!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

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

If You Know Better, Do Better!

This age-old cliche, like many others, is true beyond belief.  Today's society is seeing some troubles like never before.  We all know it, so what are we doing about it?

Often, we look to our civic leaders and legislators to fix problems, but they cannot do it alone.  Simply voting at the polls is not enough.  You have to vote with your actions.  Some of the main issues in our world today could be diminished with a little consideration for our neighbors, and some extra efforts on our parts personally.  Who can't do something to help?  We all can in some way.

It's tough and unfair to rank our social woes, but some of them include things like underfunded education programs and school districts, a lack of pro bono work---and not just by lawyers, but in every field, and limited resources in areas needing them most; mental health care, law enforcement, drug rehabilitation, social services, just to name a few.

I firmly believe education is the foundation of everything, and it is clear a majority of teachers are doing the best they can with what they have.  But, as a community, we can all do more.  From volunteering at schools, to helping out neighborhood children with homework or in extra-curricular activities, we paint a better picture for our future and the generation who will care for us one day.  

Mental health is another sensitive issue, as many find it taboo.  To be clear, it is not.  Mental health is the core of our coping skills and can have a drastic impact on our everyday life if not properly cared for.  We must take our mental health seriously, and know seeking professional help is not a negative thing.  Optimal mental health contributes to reduced crime, better test scores in school, lower instances of domestic violence, and a host of other positives.  For more on mental health and its importance, click here.  

As I conclude this public service request, I ask for your input on what can be done, nationally and locally, to change the outlook of our communities as a whole.  While you think, I'll share these links with you of amazing organizations doing their part to make a difference.  Join them!

Got more?  Please share!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Ways to Diversify Your Law Degree

These days, we might have to be creative in how we use our legal education.  The economy is in a state many of us have never experienced, and things in general are changing faster than ever.  So, if you are open to spicing up your law life, and making the most of today's career outlook, these tips might help you.  

There's more to law than just court (however important!)

1. Stick with what you like!
You may not be working 9-5 in the area you dreamed of, but you do not have to abandon it.  Embrace it!  If you find yourself to not be in the legal field you though you would be, stay connected to the area in other ways.  Take part in the area when you aren't doing your regular job; volunteer, make contacts in the area, take on pro bono projects, and stay up to date on what's going on....in case it does become your day job in the future.

Also, if you are not licensed to practice, this may open some other doors.  You can use your legal training to do non-licensed legal work.  Be careful in the projects you choose, but don't let a license define your "lawyer" status.  

2. Master what you do.
Ok, so you're doing something you may not have planned on, but you must still make the most of it.  Although you have to keep your interests close to you, it's important to gain as much expertise in what you are currently doing as possible.  Someone will treasure the experience, and you never know where the expertise will lead.  

Many don't realize the diversity a law degree brings.  It's not just training on laws and substance, but a particular way of thinking we can use pretty much anywhere.  Make the most of where you are, and use it to your advantage.

3. Share your interests.
Whether it's what your legal heart has always desired, or what you fell into, again--make the most of it.  You can keep up on the area by reading news and subscribing to blogs.  And, you can even share your perspective by writing your own pieces, or commenting on others.  Be social in the field.  Join social network groups with similar interests and share information.  When you talk law with others, everyone benefits.

4. Join groups and organizations.
This one lends itself to #3, but expands to the live aspect.  Joining bar associations, or groups centered around your general interest can keep you up on what's going on and allow you to build a network in your topic of choice.  As an example, for the fashion lawyers out there, joining IP-related bar organizations, or local fashion groups is a good way to make connections and get your name out.  You never know who will need your expertise and you'll enjoy the work at the same time!

5. Prioritize growth.
Many of these tips can be done from behind your computer, but limiting it to just those limits your growth as a lawyer.  Getting out there and meeting people is just as important as reading and writing.  Making growth a priority is the best way to get the most out of those years of law school, long nights, and compromised sleep.  Keeping professional growth as a priority makes you more marketable as an attorney, but also as a person.  Consistently make plans for growth, and reevaluate as much as you can.  As often as things change, you have to be ready to change, too!

We hope these tips were helpful to you.  Please feel free to share more.  And if you're not a lawyer, you might like these!

Happy lawyering!

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