Thursday, January 31, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

What’s in a Name?!  More about Trademarks…

Those of you prepping to start a fashion or beauty brand, or are in the early stages of market presence, must be conscious of trademark compliance issues.  Many brands have found themselves in trouble for use of similar naming or product presentation.  Knowing better should help you avoid these situations. 
The fundamental element in trademark analysis is the likelihood of confusion on the part of consumers.  As we learned with the Louboutin v. YSL case, the way you dress your brand in the market will be what consumers use to indentify sourcing.  Protecting this is everything. 

We’ve talked a lot about trademarks before, but a few reminders never hurt.  To start, we want to recall the benefits of trademarks:
·      They never wear out.  Think about Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and more.  Those trademarks have crossed centuries!
·      With reasonable care, they can be a perpetual asset.  They become more valuable with use
o        Over-saturation can become an issue with exclusivity, but price will be the main way to keep certain buyers out.  You want everyone to know and recognize your brand.  Place it where you can. 

·      They cannot exist or be protected apart from actual use because, without use, the mark cannot perform its function of identifying the products or services of a particular source and differentiating them from the products or services of others.

Things elements will be helpful to you in choosing and protecting your mark, but infringers, pushing counterfeits and knockoffs will find ways to get around it.  Here’s what they will lean on:
·      Abandonment, which is legally determined by 2 years of nonuse by the owner
o   If you are consistently presenting your line or collection in the market, this won’t ever be an issue
·      Naked licensing
o   This happens when licensing goes unsupervised.  A person or entity with the permission to use your trademark has abused their privilege, and lean on the fact they have a license. 
  *Be careful and thoughtful in what you include in the license for use!  You always want people wearing your mark in the right way. 
·      Failure to police the mark
o   This is getting easier for owners and harder for infringers.  With social media being such a major part of marketing and promotion, owners should be vigilant about where they are placing their mark.  The more places it appears by you, the better.  What becomes tough is the scope of the internet and its wide reach. Policing your mark across the entire world wide web can be a challenge, but it is so necessary to protect yourself.  Using Google Alerts can be very helpful. 
·      The mark is invalid
o   A mark can be considered invalid if the paperwork has not been filed, fees haven’t been maintained, or it was registered fraudulently.  Remember, the best marks are used in the market and gain recognition prior to applying for federal registration.  You can use the “TM” in the corner, or well-positioned place on your mark to alert others it is protected as your brand identifier. 
o   Be certain you have able legal counsel around to help you with filing and keeping your mark in good standing.

Hopefully these tips are helpful to you.  Stay tuned for reasons federal registration is good for your brand.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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

Top 10 Things to Know About the NBA Team Sale--

In the last few weeks, NBA fans and analysts have been watching every step of the Sacramento Kings prospective sale to a Seattle-based investment group.  This could obviously resurrect the Supersonics, who left Washington state for OKC and became the Thunder.

There are a few things you should know about this sale.  Here they are:

1.  The Sacramento Kings were born as the Rochester Royals in 1945, joining the NBA in 1948.  They later moved to Cincinnati, then Kansas City, where they became the Kings.  It wasn't until 1985 when they arrived in Sacramento.  The team has been owned by the Maloof family since 1999, who once owned the Houston Rockets.

2.  Last week, the Kings were officially sold to the Seattle-based group, headed by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer.  The sale price was $525million and is still awaiting approval from the the NBA Board of Governors.

3.  The Seattle Sonics were owned by Howard Schultz, the owner and founder of coffee giant, Starbucks.  He sold the Sonics in 2006 for $350million.  The new owners took them to Oklahoma City.

4.  Seattle lost their beloved Sonics, partially resulting from local politics between city elected officials and team ownership.  Talks over a new stadium failed and the Sonics were no more.

5.  Chris Hansen has secured a workable deal for a stadium, so the issues Schultz had--paramount to losing the Sonics--shouldn't be present this time around.   

6.  Team ownership in general is prospering.  Because of the rise in DVR use, games are the few programs viewers just don't miss.  They record the reality shows, and watch the games.  This puts more money in owners' pockets, as advertising and television deals are stronger because of the guaranteed viewership.  Additionally, athletes are becoming brands of their own, with endorsements in industries other than sports.  When athletes show up in areas outside of sports, it brings those consumers back to the sports market.

7.  As a result of last season's league lockout, shares for owners are on the incline.

8.  Seattle has been touted a better fan base for an NBA team.  The region was immensely supportive of the Sonics when they were there, and compared to Sacramento, they will have much more attention solely on them.  In Cali, the Kings have to compete with 3 other teams in the same league.  Basketball doesn't have this conflict in Washington.  

9.  Sacramento Mayor and retired NBA player Kevin Johnson is doing all he can to keep the Kings, including work on a finance package for a new arena.

10.  LeBron James doesn't like it.  His sentiments, especially after being brought to the forefront, could be shared by other players as well.

We will absolutely be watching this deal step by step.

More to come...

Monday, January 28, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

Ideal Parties!

Have a party or event you need decorated in style?  Of course you do!  

Check out Ideal Parties.  You can follow them on Instagram: IdealParties and Facebook at!

Your event will never look better.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Spotlights

Vau've Davis of Official Anais PR!

When it comes to public relations, Official Anais is a must-have.  V (because we love "V" names) has done an amazing job putting her clients in the right settings, promoting and perfecting their brands, but also--and most importantly, giving back to the community.  She was even recognized by Black Celebrity Giving as 2013 Best Non-profit PR and Event Planning Firm.  This was no shock, though.  

She works hard 7 days a week, and often without rest, keeps her promises to all those needing her talent.  Vau've shared more about her than her PR's what she had to say:

How did you come up with the name Official Anais?

My name is Vau’ve Anais Davis, as our motto states, "Build your BRAND, start a LEGACY", I found including my name in my company would be the start to doing so. You gain great branding strength with including parts of you in the things you do.  

What made you want to create a PR firm?

I've always been deemed as the "connector", and public relations are ALL about relationships. I love to connect people/clients with resources to help them build their brand. I also wanted to provide an opportunity for writers to start on their journey to building their own legacy by giving them an opportunity to write in the field of their interest.

What is your target client base?

I work most with entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits.

What inspires the work you do?

I'm inspired by those who work hard and produce RESULTS. I'm inspired by my mother who did whatever it took to make things happen. I'm inspired daily by those who give back. I'm inspired by growth. I'm inspired by a passion to leave a legacy. I'm most inspired by those who I bless; I truly feel that God has me here to be a blessing to people in various ways.

What sets your firm apart from the others?

Our purpose truly sets us apart, thankfully as an entrepreneur; there is room for everyone to create their own lane. Unlike the Corporate world where there are set guidelines to follow. My firm is much different than other public relations firms because we are passionate and very hands on. We pride ourselves in our professionalism, positive community engagement, and passion to help build brands.

My work ethic and my giving spirit set me apart from many, within and outside my field of work. Both can take you a long way in business.

What else is going on in your life in addition to Official Anais?

I'm looking to further my personal brand in 2013. Official Anais is just one facet of the "Vau've" brand. Timing is key. I've been approached with some different projects that I think may help me develop my personal brand. My personal brand is rooted in community service, but I will be branching out. I've been invited to blog, co-host a radio show along with a few other things. I'm excited. In PR we often get so caught up with our clients we can sometimes lose sight that we too have a vision.

What are some of the tools you use to build brand recognition?

I've found great success in hosting events to build brand recognition for Official Anais PR and clients. I also look for "out the box" ways to meet that objective without going off course. It can be through various mediums given how the dynamics of PR/media are constantly changing.

Have you encountered any legal issues with your firm?

No, I haven’t (knock on wood). Lol

What's next for Official Anais?

We just won the Black Celebrity Giving Annual Award for best "Non-Profit PR and Event Planning Firm”. This was truly a surprise to find out we were nominated among fellow PR professionals who have been working in this field 20 plus years. I see it as an affirmation that the work we do has reach and it’s recognized. 

I’m looking to expand Official Anais PR into a greater platform for those looking to expand their brand. I’m always looking for creative ways to build brand awareness.  We will definitely continue to network out of state and out of the country.

 When people think about Official Anais, they should think of...?

Official Anais PR is a firm that uses blessings to be a blessing. Whether you are in a corporate lane, an entrepreneur etc., there is NOTHING that says you have to limit your spiritual gifts. Official Anais PR encourages everyone to use their time, talent or treasure to give back. Some say YOU can’t eat by always ‘feeding’ others but we strongly believe God is a provider. The more you use your blessings (resources, talent, brand) to bless (help, encourage) others the more you will find your vision will manifest.

Vau've is awesome, and we're so excited to see what she brings us in 2013.  We'll be watching and participating for sure!

Stay connected to Vau've all across the web:

Facebook: OfficialAnaisPR

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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

Celebrate National Blood Donor Month

By Contributing Editor, Dulcinea Hawksworth

January is National Blood Donor Awareness Month. And while we just wrapped up the biggest gift-giving season of the year, it’s a great time to consider giving just one more.
“The biggest reward from donating blood is knowing that your gift of life is helping someone spend more time with family, friends and loved ones," Ann McKanna, VP of Marketing and New Business Development at Heartland Blood Centers said. "Patients of all ages, from premature babies to the elderly, are receiving blood transfusions every day at community hospitals"
Heartland is a not-for-profit blood center, which serves 47 hospitals in a 12 county region including Joliet and its surrounding areas. January is the highest transfusion month of the year as patients who can delay their non-emergency surgeries and treatments often do so until after the holidays.   
In celebration and observance of National Blood Donor Awareness Month, all donors who give blood at Heartland Center or mobile locations during the month of January will receive a $10 Target gift card.
Additionally, Heartland has incorporated incentives to promote ongoing donations.
"We've introduced a new program in January, The Warm Hearts Club, which recognizes repeat donors for their level of commitment," McKanna said. "Donors earn points based on their donation procedure and frequency that can be redeemed for online store rewards"
Upcoming Blood Drives in Joliet:
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 19: Bill Jacobs Chevrolet, 2001 W. Jefferson Ave.
  • 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Jan. 29: First Midwest Bank, 50 W. Jefferson Ave.
  • 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 30, Will County State's Attorney's Office, 121 N. Chicago St.
Because blood has a limited shelf-life, blood donors are needed continuously to ensure that inventories do not drop below anticipated transfusion levels.
“Our challenge is making sure our blood donors know we need them to donate blood regularly - not just in times of crisis," McKanna said. "Our hope is healthy community members will make a commitment to becoming a regular blood donor and help us keep the local blood supply at adequate levels throughout the year."
If you need more good reasons to get out and donate, consider these facts from America’s Blood Centers: 
  • Someone needs blood every two seconds.
  • About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.
  • One pint of blood, (the average donation size), can save up to three lives.
  • 43,000 pints= the amount of donated blood used each day in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Thirteen tests (including 11 for infectious diseases) are performed on each unit of donated blood.
  • You cannot get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood.
  • Much of today's medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors.
  • A person could be forced to pass up a lifesaving organ, if compatible blood is not available to support the transplant.
  • Giving blood will not decrease your strength.
  • The actual blood donation usually takes about 10 minutes. The entire process – from the time you sign in to the time you leave – takes about an hour.
Who Can Donate:
All healthy members of the community are invited to share their good health through blood donation. Individuals must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health. All potential donors are screened on-site before donating .
There are several additional blood drives in surrounding areas through the end of the month. Click here for more information.
Heartland’s Joliet Donation Center is located at 121 Springfield Avenue. To schedule your appointment call 1-800-7TO-GIVE. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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

Top 5 Beauty Products You Can Make at Home!

Ladies, have you ever been standing before your make-up and realize you have too much of one thing and not enough of another?  Do you need something instantly, but are supposed to be 10 minutes from running out the door?   And someone is rushing you?  Well, we have some great solutions for your troubles, with all the answers right inside your cabinets!

1. Face mask
If you need a face mask in a flash, or aren’t sure which brand to buy, make your own!  With a mixture of baking soda and water, you can create a face mask which will not only clear pores, but soften skin as well.  Add 1 part water to 2 parts baking soda (or to a consistency of your liking) and apply to your face evenly.  Let stand for about 10 minutes as rinse off.  Your face will feel great!  You can also use this as an acne spot treatment to dry out troublesome blemishes.

Egg whites make great masks, too!

2. Dark spot treatment
The face is sometimes left with dark spots after blemishes or other harsh encounters.  Vitamin C is great for this, and if you have a cleanser with the ingredient, you’re on the right track!  But, if you don’t, you can use lemon juice.  Put a dab of lemon juice on a cotton ball or Q-tip and apply to the spots.  The vitamin C will help get the tone of your skin even again.

3. Bronzer
If you’re out of bronzer, or just want a different look, mix cinnamon and baby powder to create your own.  It’s quick and easy, and you can control the pigment to your desire.

4. Lip gloss
This one is a fashionista fave for sure.  We all love lip gloss, and now we can make our own!  If you have some spare eye shadows…and we know you do…add them to Vaseline or Aquaphor to create the color you like.  The shadow will give you the perfect color, and the Vaseline or Aquaphor will give you moisture.  What more could you ask for?!

5. Rose Water Toner
If you have roses around which are nearing the end of their life span, use the petals, mixed with hot water as a toner!  Let the mix sit for 20 minutes, and not only get clearer pores, but a make-up setting tool as well. 

*Other quick beauty tips we love:
Always wash your face with warm water, and rinse with cold.   The cold closes your pores and lock moisture in.  You can also rub an ice cube over your face for the same result.

Exfoliate at least 1x a week.  Twice is better, but not much more.  The granules in exfoliators remove dead skin, leaving the skin soft, but too much will be too harsh.  Remember, the skin on your face is quite sensitive.

Protect with SPF, minimum 30.  Even if you don’t live in the warmest climate or have tanning in your daily schedule, you still need protection from the UV rays of the sun.  Most moisturizers have SPF in them these days.  Make certain yours does.

Pat your moisturizer on as much or more than you rub it.  It helps the skin absorb it better.

Love what you see in the mirror.  You’re the only you we’ve got!           

Thursday, January 17, 2013

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

Are You Fighting a Cold or the Flu?
Holistic Tips for Keeping Healthy
By Contributing Editor, Dulcinea Hawksworth

With cold and flu season currently in full swing, it can be challenging to keep illness at bay for yourself and your family. Even those who get a flu shot have no guarantee of not getting sick. More and more, people are seeking out natural alternatives and additional things that can be done to keep healthy.  
Peter Harvey of Eastern Healing, 2531 Division St., Suite 101, in Joliet takes a holistic approach to the overall health of his patients.

"Chinese medicine is pretty much the grandfather of holistic medicine in how we approach the body," Harvey said. "We take a look at everything; you as a person, all signs and symptoms of what’s going on including factors like environment, stress, climate and diet. 
"We figure out what’s causing it, then we make suggestions along all those lines to help you live better."
The first step is to look at nutrition.
“The first thing we always recommend to people is eating a specific kind of diet that is very high in all types of vegetables in every color of the rainbow, this includes fruits and a lot of garlic," Harvey said.
Harvey is a NCCAOM-certified, licensed acupuncturist and a trained herbalist with a master of science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM).
Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizes a combination of nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, exercise, and massage, with much of its focus on prevention and the balancing of overall health.  Maintaining a healthy immune system is a cornerstone of well balanced health and is one of the best ways to avoid catching a cold or flu virus. 
“Chinese herbal formulas are great for cold and flu symptoms," Harvey said. "Some of the herbals that we use have antiviral and antibacterial properties to them."
Harvey creates tinctures designed specifically to strengthen the immune system as well as different cold and flu herbal formulas for his patients. He said they approach colds and the flu differently.
“If someone has a high fever, you want to cool it down, vent the heat out of the body, give them cooling herbs; versus someone who has a cold you want to do the opposite you want to chase the pathogen out of the exterior of the body so we use warm acrid type herbs for that,” he said. "It is important to remember that both cold and flu can go into the lungs and lead to secondary infections like pneumonia if left untreated."
In addition to treating the infection with herbs and food, Harvey reccomends acupuncture.
“We recommend some acupuncture too because it helps treat a lot of the secondary symptoms, like clogged sinuses –it helps your breathing a little bit better,” he said.
Following are Harvey’s recommendations for things that you can do at home to boost your immune system and get through a cold or flu if you do get sick:
  • Take a couple thousand milligrams a day of vitamin C, cod liver oil, and a good probiotic. These are all really good for strengthening your immune system throughout fall and winter.
  • Stay away from dairy, orange juice, and sugar in your diet. Sugar retards the immune system and dairy creates phlegm, which is a host for bacteria and can lead to a lot of other problems. Have the orange instead of the orange juice.
  • Drink a lot of water, a lot of green tea, and honey which is really good for coating the throat.
  • Increase your intake of mushrooms - like shitake and maitaki mushrooms, which increase healthy cell activity.
  • Get a lot of berries into your diet, they are loaded with phyto-nutrients and chemicals that really protect you and strengthen you.
  • If you start to feel like you are getting sick and you have other people in the house with you, especially babies or younger kids who you don’t want to get sick, boil a pot of water with a little bit of vinegar in it. Bring it down to a simmer adding a little more vinegar as the level drops down. That will sanitize and kill viruses in the air.
  • Make a simple tea with a few slices of fresh ginger and a cup of water along with the white part of a scallion (chopped). Boil it all in a pot for a few minutes and drink it as a tea. This is a good way to start warming up the body and getting rid of the chill. 
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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

MLK & AKA: An Endless Commitment to Service

84 years ago today, our world changed.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born and changed the world forever.  King made endless sacrifices, taught all who would listen, and effected change in the greatest ways.  He organized communities in every city he lived-- Birmingham, Memphis, Chicago, and more-- while setting an example for all those watching. The King changed the struggles of America, and showed us what true love, dreams, determination, and strength are about.

Today we honor Dr. King.  We not only admire his work, but his dream of love and service to one another.  Reach out to someone today, and keep the dream alive.  Share yourself, your talents, and strive to make a difference in the world around you.  Not just today, but everyday.  He did.

"Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Today we also honor the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  As a proud member of this premier organization, I am always excited to honor the sisterhood which means so much to me.  Ms. Ethel Hedgeman Lyle at Howard University in 1908, and 19 other leading women, started what has become more than a young girl's dream, but a fixture in our communities.  AKA has personified sisterhood, service, education, and leadership-- day after day for 105 years.

This organization set the tone for later sororities to come, and continues to be a beacon in communities across the globe.  We thank the 20 Pearls (founders) for their example, and do our best to continue living the purpose.

Skee-Wee Sorors.  

Monday, January 14, 2013

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

Fashion Delivers Delivered...Again!

Fashion Delivers recently held a PopUp shop of donated new fashion for Staten Island Sandy victims.  In their true form, Fashion Delivers made a hardship look and feel amazing, turning the darkness of a tragedy into a spirited event.  

From their press release--

On Saturday, December 22nd and Sunday, December 23rd Fashion Delivers joined forces with Movement Church of Staten Island, Third Day Mission, and Tunnel to Towers Foundation to provide Staten Island victims of Hurricane Sandy with a pop-up shop of new apparel and home goods, giving them a chance to select free items just before 
Christmas. An extensive network of elected officials, community supporters, companies and 150 volunteers also pitched in to help 3,000 people in need have a better holiday with nearly $6 million worth of donated new merchandise.

“We were founded in the wake of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina seven years ago to help people in need with new products donated by the fashion industries,” said Fashion Delivers Chairman Allan Ellinger. "This event was the culmination of our experience supporting people who have 
lost their homes and belongings. We are proud to offer a way for the fashion industries to step 
forward and help people start their road to recovery with dignity.”

More than 100 companies -- including industry leaders Armani Exchange, Hanesbrands, Burlington Coat Factory, G-III Apparel Group, Uniqlo, ABS by Allen Schwartz, Skechers, Ben Sherman, Nine West, The Jones Group and many others -- donated approximately $6 million worth of new products (more than 250,000 items) for Staten Island victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“This event really proves that fashion has a heart,” said Fashion Delivers Executive Director Gail Garramone. “Our industries provide the necessities and the niceties that help people start a road to a better life, whether they have survived a disaster or are simply living with the daily challenges of poverty. This has been our single largest event, and we will continue to support communities that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

The idea for the pop-up event came from Trade Show and Event Producer, Charles Garone, after seeing a Facebook post late November, stating that Hurricane Sandy victims are in desperate need of many things, but not old clothes.

“The post was so touching, that I immediately contacted my friends at Fashion Delivers and volunteered my services to set up an event before Christmas. It was a huge undertaking in such a short amount of time, but I knew with the support of the fashion industry and the Staten Island community, we would get this accomplished.”

This event was a great example of the fashion industry's compassion in helping one of the communities hardest hit by Sandy.  We continue to work with Staten Island and other NY and NJ communities to help Sandy vicitims rebuild their lives. 

Check out these great pictures from the event!  We appreciate Fashion Delivers for sharing the news.  Keep it coming!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Biking isn't Just for Warm Weather

Even though it is the middle of winter, plenty of people are still using Chicago’s rapidly growing bike infrastructure. In addition to that, the city has been receiving national attention for the new protected lane on Dearborn (complete with a bike traffic signal) which will make it even easier for those of us who choose to use our bikes as year-round transportation. To be fair, we all know it can get pretty cold here and to some being outside for extended periods of time while the “Hawk” (not the hockey team, but the frigid winds many Chicagoans are familiar with) is swooping around is unappealing, to put it mildly. Nevertheless, winter biking can offer a number of benefits, as long you take a few things into mind. 

Keeping Warm-  Only you know how much cold you can tolerate. That being said, realize that once you start riding, the physical activity will warm you up pretty quickly. Keep in mind you might start sweating as well, so if you know you are a heavy sweater and you plan on doing winter biking, make sure you dress warmly, but not too warm. A number of offices these days have shower facilities as well, so if you have that available to you, you should have little problems as long as you have a change of clothes with you. 

Staying Safe- Although you should always use standard bicycle safety measures, (helmet, reflectors, obeying the same traffic rules as cars) winter biking can offer a few other challenges. Ice and precipitation can be unpredictable in cities like Chicago which can lead to slippery and precarious roads. Keeping the pressure on your tires a little lower than usual can give some added grip. They type of tire does not matter that much, but if you would like the extra security, there are special winter bike tires you can buy that provide superior grip (they are a little pricey though).

Fill Up your Tank- This is related to the “Keeping Warm,” but maybe not how you think. You want to make sure to have sufficient energy to keep you going, but make sure you hydrate yourself properly as well. Since you will be wearing clothes that are made to trap in heat, you will likely start sweating as you ride. Even though it is cold, your body still needs to cool itself off. Make sure to eat something before taking a ride as well, even if it is just a small snack. 

There are a lot more things to consider, and I would suggest you check out the excellent winter biking guide on the REI website for even more tips. If you keep yourself safe and warm, winter biking can provide a great way to keep fit and save money during the winter. It can also be a cool way to see the city in the wintertime and check out the new bike lanes popping up all over the place. With the mayor’s ambitious plan to make Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the US, it looks like cyclists will have more and safer ways to traverse the city! 

*Remember, if it gets below 0 or becomes too windy, seriously consider taking transit or another way. Bikes are great, but be smart about road safety and temperature. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

Fashion & Beauty!

Do you have a fashion line people need to know about?  Are you the brains behind a beauty brand consumers are missing out on?  

Share your info with us!  Send us your brand info (links, photos, and contact details) to us to be posted on our upcoming directories.  

There's no better way to get your name and brand out there, and keep it in motion, than to share the word with others.

Can't wait for your contributions!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Shares

Our Favorite Posts of 2012!

We really enjoyed getting these to you, and hope you found them useful and entertaining as well.


Fashion Law
The Ladies of Fashion Law - It was SUCH and honor to do this piece!

Model & Labor Matters - ft. Stand Up for Fashion

Fashion Law in the U.S. Senate

The Battle at Red Sole: Louboutin v. YSL

So You Want to Get Into Fashion Law?

Why Fashion Law?

Legal Issues in Fashion Shows

Top Trends in the Fashion Industry

Style tips for the workplace

Men's Fashion tips for warm weather

Books for the Fashionista

Black history through fashion

Shoe sites to follow

Alysse Dalessandro of Ready to Stare

Current Black History contributors you should know

Courtney Vines of Coco Rae Cosmetics

Nikki B. of Grey Matter Photo

Rachel Gadson of I.L.A.

Music Has No Color

Interview with a BOSS, Cameka Smith

Health & Beauty
Foods for healthy hair

Products for healthy hair

Beauty Mistakes

Tips for relaxed hair

World AIDS Day

Things you should know about diabetes

Health benefits of dark chocolate

How to keep your abs in check

The latest exercise crazes

How to keep your kidneys healthy

How to care for your heart

What to know about breast health

Philanthropy & Community
Swiss Dreams - Youth Education & Sports Camp

Red Pump Project

What you should know about domestic violence

The Truth About Infringement

Stop Online Piracy Act

Why we need stronger gun laws

Legal issues for Etsy sellers, Part 1, by Elspeth Crawford

Legal issues for Etsy sellers, Part 2, by Elspecth Crawford

Tips for ex-offenders

Fundamentals of entertainment law

Protecting privacy in a world of publicity

Things to know about trade secrets

Tips from lawyer to author

Thriller Turns 30

God Save My Shoes

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

Small Business Favorites

Perception is everything, by Eric Butts, CPA

And don't forget a couple of our favorite features - B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago & Tuesday Tops!

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