The Psychology Behind the Colors in Your Home

The Psychology Behind the Colors in Your Home
The best, and admittedly, trickiest part of interior design is mastering the language of color. Each color evokes a different vibe into a space depending on the tint, shade, or tone of the color used. For example, light colors will make a space seem large and airy, and darker colors will make a space seem warm and a lot smaller than it actually is. If color is something that overwhelms you, go halfway with it. Instead of choosing stark white, choose a white with blue or green undertones. If you are looking for a daring and bold color that demands attention, red is your answer. Red heightens the senses and evokes romance, passion and sometimes anger. The later is why you shouldn’t sleep in a bedroom with all red walls. A good way to incorporate red into your home is...
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Scratching the Vinyl Surface

Scratching the Vinyl Surface
In HBO’s new series Vinyl , we are exposed to the raw and gritty world of the record business. We learn how labels make big coin, while artists make nothing. We learn how shady deals are made every day to keep records on the radio. We see the peak of Rock & Roll as well as the birth of Punk and Hip Hop. We hear the explosive sounds that captured the United States during the 1970’s. So, without further ado, let’s throw on the record, drop the needle and crank up the volume. Meet the man with the golden ear and silver tongue, Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale). He owns American Century Records. The year is 1973 and the place is New York. He is steps away from selling his label for millions of dollars but runs into a bit of...
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Tips for Textured Hair

Tips for Textured Hair
For all you beautiful textured haired ladies out there, we asked award-winning AVEDA Texture Artist Lisa Vann for some pro tips on our most asked questions. What is good advice for someone who is trying to go from straight (continuously flat ironed or previously relaxed) hair back to their natural curl? LV: Getting weekly conditioning treatments in your favorite salon. Conditioning treatments give hair added moisture, which can help create a great curl set that will last through the week. How do you add shine to hair that is feeling dull and dry?   LV: There are many shine product that you can use to finish your style to keep your hair from feeling dull and dry. My favorites are  AVEDA Brilliant Humectant  Pomade or Jojoba oil. Other great products you could try are; Ted Gibson Shine Lotion , Bb...
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10 Signs You Have Real Friends

10 Signs You Have Real Friends
My father always told me “if you have only one good friend your whole life, you are a very lucky person.”  With today's technology, it has made it pretty much impossible to lose contact with any one you have met along your journey. Therefore most of us have made many friends. Friends from our childhood, friends from collage, friends from different states, even friends of friends! However, it makes real genuine friendship even harder to find. In my case whether I like it or not, my real friends, are some of the biggest assholes yet most amazing people I have ever met. Check out these 10 signs to see if you have found some real friends as well.     As real friends you only speak to each other in full blown sarcasm. "I'll never be nice to you, get...
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5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Movies

5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Movies
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Some people love it and others hate it. Whether you will be spending your night with someone special, a group of friends or just a tub of ice cream and a bottle of wine…here are some movies to make you feel all those terrific and terrible Valentine’s Day feels. Manhattan (1979) Isaac is a middle aged, twice divorced writer that resides in New York. His current girlfriend Tracy is beautiful, intelligent and also a teenager. Despite their brilliant chemistry, Isaac dumps Tracy and begins to date his best friend’s ex-mistress, Mary. When he realizes he’s made a big mistake, he comes running back to Tracy in hopes that she’ll forgive him. Woody Allen’s Manhattan lets us reflect on all the ups and downs we’ve all had in relationships and also reminds us that...
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Top 5 Ways to Eat your Feelings on Super Bowl XXXXX

Top 5 Ways to Eat your Feelings on Super Bowl XXXXX
The Hawks had a good run despite its tragic end. We can look back fondly on Baldwin’s one handed snag against Minnesota, Rawls’ 209-yard game against San Francisco, and Lockett’s unexpected rookie year. Does Cam Newtown’s record breaking season and smug pearly white sneer sting? Yes. But I’m here to let you know that the Hawks will fly again, the Broncos could upset the Panthers, and if all else fails, you can still eat your feelings. Here’s how: 1. Artichoke Dip @ Yard House : Who doesn’t love the Yard House? This spacious, swanky sports bar is equipped with over 100 craft and imported beers on tap plus a menu that’s stacked. Eat your feelings 101: Get the Lobster, Crab & Artichoke Dip. The creamy four cheese blend comes with chips and baked pita will halt your tears for at...
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Alcohol vs Cannabis

Alcohol vs Cannabis
It is safe to say that alcohol has been culturally celebrated for years as the go-to substance for enjoying social gatherings, liquor courage, relieving stress or to feel good. But how many times have you woken up after a night of drinking and felt useless the entire day? You have zero motivation to get out of bed, be social, be productive, and your mind is so clouded that even thinking seems painful. Besides there being multiple health concerns in relation to drinking alcohol, including addiction, the most concerning is that on average 88,000 deaths a year due to alcohol poisoning ( CDC ).  There are alternative options to fulfill desired needs that alcohol can provide. Cannabis offers the same stress-relieving qualities but without the countless toxic chemicals and hangover the next day. The stigma behind cannabis consumption still exists. You may...
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5 Ways to “Romance” Your Home

5 Ways to “Romance” Your Home
February is the month of love. As cheesy as it sounds, it really is. Post-Christmas shelves are stuffed with cartoon valentines, and bright pink and red candy packages. Oversized stuffed bears and heart stationary spilling out of the aisles. A different way to approach this season is to head to the flower market or your favorite artisan candle store and stock up. Enjoy this season by simply having a delicious home cooked meal on a table covered with candles and Frank Sinatra cooing in the background. Small touches like these create the most romantic, intimate setting. Here are five ways to add romanic touches to your home this month: Flowers: An easy and subtle way to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day is with fresh flowers. Though really, a great way to brighten your home any day of the year...
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Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her
We have the guide to make Valentines Day shopping fun and easy. Find her personality type below and get inspired to surprise her with something new this year.   The Health Conscious Lady 1. Victoria's Secret //   Sport Essential Gym Bag   $89.50 If your lady throws all her clothes and gym accessories in a reusable tote, you are going to change her world with this bag. The Sport Essential Gym Bag has different compartments for her shoes and two mini zip pouches for her jewelry and dirty laundry. It’s machine washable and will carry all her must-haves for the gym. 2. Tory Burch // Fit Bit Bracelet $175 If your lady is part of the fit bit craze, then she’ll appreciate this thoughtful gift. Although she has a busy life and enjoys her daily workout sessions, she wants...
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10 Spots For A Romantic Getaway

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and everyone is surely busy planning the most romantic date for their significant other. If you have a bit of money to splurge and some spare time to spend, a Valentine’s Day getaway with your partner is in order. If you wish to make the upcoming day of hearts memorable for you and your partner, here are some of the most romantic destinations that you can head to. Santorini, Greece Can you imagine anything more romantic than watching the sun set over the blue waters of Greece from your own private villa? In this island, you can bike, wander around Oia where you can enjoy the stunning views of the ocean, sky and the volcano, go wine tasting, enjoy a mud bath and shop— just some of the things that every woman’s dream...
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Workout With A Discount

Workout With A Discount
It’s Monday, 5 PM, and you just got off work. The last thing you want to do is workout doing the same thing over and over again. I get it. It’s boring. After taking all the classes, overplaying the same Spotify list, and meeting everyone there is to meet at the gym, it can get repetitive. Who needs more of that? Freeze your gym membership and hop on the Groupon train. Ten dollars for one month of unlimited yoga? Yes, please. There are so many choices it's hard to pick just one. If you’re in the mood to change up your gym routine, go to new places, and meet new people then these workouts are definitely for you. Cappy’s Boxing Gym 2609 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144 The deal: One month unlimited for $75 ($140 value) Warning: slipping a...
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Must Have Apps for Dog Owners

Must Have Apps for Dog Owners
Having a dog is similiar to having a child. It can be a lot of work, but the love you feel for best friend is unconditional. Whether you have a free or busy schedule, having extra help never hurts. Check out this list of must have mobile apps for your dog from finding it friends to chilling it out.  PUPPY LOVE DoggyDatez (free)   Socialize with other dog owners who are also out walking their dog. You can be good by “marking your territory” to see who is close by or you can get feisty by taking over other’s territory. BarkBuddy (free) Maybe you want to find a long term love for you pup. Search local single puppies looking for a home. It provides full profiles of the eager loving dogs so you can browse to find the perfect match....
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Let Them Eat Seattle (Chocolate) Cake

Let Them Eat Seattle (Chocolate) Cake
Who doesn’t love a special occasion; a reason to celebrate? A sheet cake that says “we love you” with red frosting roses. One single candle atop of fluffy tundra of buttercream. The off tune singing ceases and what do you wish for? More cake, of course. There’s layer, bunt, fruit, cup, devil’s food, angel’s food, king, carrot, cheese, coffee, Funfetti, ice cream, and perhaps most well-loved of all: chocolate cake. Where will you be on National Chocolate Cake Day? I know what Marie Antoinette would say. The only looming question is, can you have your cake and eat it too? Check out these Seattle spots and find out for yourself. Salty's Salty’s World-Famous White Chocolate Mousse Cake w/ raspberry coulis Known for the fresh seafood and sweeping view, Salty’s on Alki is clutch for special occaisons, date nights, or just...
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When You Whip It Good

When You Whip It Good
Have you ever been in a car accident? According to the National Safety Council , statistically you will have a total of three to four accidents in your driving lifetime whether it's your fault or another driver's. There are about 10 million auto accidents each year, from parking lot scrapes to multi-car pileups. Even though you may walk away without injury (or at least it feels that way), some symptoms can take weeks or even months before they manifest and start to become noticeable. Regardless of the type of accident and amount of pain experienced initially, all impacts warrant a second look. Any body part that is jarred or thrown forward unexpectedly beyond its normal limits can sustain stretched ligaments and even tears. The ligaments supporting the head and neck are especially vulnerable to this because even though your body...
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5 Cooking Ingredients with Everyday Household Uses

5 Cooking Ingredients with Everyday Household Uses
There are two types of items we keep in our pantries: those items we use daily which we buy in bulk; and those other items we use less frequently but still insist upon having on hand. Each type of item comes with a limited shelf life, so an easy way to finish off unused or over bought products is by using them as household items. For example, to remove stains and odors from your carpet, exfoliating your skin, or polishing your silver. Baking Soda: Besides making fluffy buttermilk pancakes or flakey biscuits, that box of baking soda sits in the same spot on your shelf month in and month out. But did you know if you poured ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar down a clogged drain, it would unclog it? You can also soak your...
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A Night at The Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

A Night at The Opera: The Marriage of Figaro
When attending a comedy, you can expect some laughs. Most importantly, you know that although negative events may transpire, a happy ending is awaiting the characters. Seattle Opera 's The Marriage of Figaro is full of tricks, lies and lust all wrapped up neatly in a great comedic bow. The stage direction by the brilliant Aidan Lang gives the audience a unique perspective on this hilarious story. This is a marvelous show for first timers or veterans of any opera house. Be prepared to laugh and try your best to solve the mystery as the thick web of deceit is spun. There are many twists and turns in The Marriage of Figaro . Without divulging many secrets and going into too much detail, the general plot is as follows. Figaro is a valet to Count Alamaviva and will soon wed Susanna, the maid of the wonderful Countess...
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10 Inspirational Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

10 Inspirational Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Alanta, GA and grew up to be a Baptist minister, social rights activist and historical known as the leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He fought for equality. He fought for African Americans. He fought for the economically disadvantaged and he fought for victims of injustice. Dr. King, Jr. was an advocate of nonviolence and fought through peaceful protest. His first major civil rights action was the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 that began due to the arrest of Rosa Parks that refused to sit in the back of the bus. He was chosen as the leader and official spokesman for the 381 days protest that placed a severe economic strain on the public transit system and downtown business owners. In the end, Martin prevailed and segregation on the Montgomery...
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4 Ways To Have A Hot Buttered Rum - Seattle Style

4 Ways To Have A Hot Buttered Rum - Seattle Style
Hot, steamy, creamy, strong, deep, and dark… yes, you guessed it, I’m talking about hot buttered rum. The centerfold of the unofficial national holiday “Hot Buttered Rum Day,” this boozy holiday tradition was celebrated on January 17th, but we decided to expand this delicious holiday. It is a perfect excuse to dodge another day of grey skies and engage in a thirsty love affair with rum. Want to make a Hot Buttered Rum extra steamy? Turn up Steve Raible and get down on these locally devoted tips: 1. Mix it up at home with Harvey’s Mix up your hot buttered rum in the plush comforts of your own kitchen. You can find plenty of recipes online, by my personal recommendation for a quick fix is Harvey’s Hot Buttered Rum Batter . Harvey Hudson first created his special butter rum batter...
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5 Foods for Gorgeous Skin and Hair

5 Foods for Gorgeous Skin and Hair
As the saying goes, “beauty starts from the inside out” and it couldn’t be more true. If you’re looking for healthier skin and hair, products aren’t the only things that help. Many times the source of skin or hair issues comes from what we are consuming. Read on to find our top 5 foods to add to your diet for gorgeous skin and hair. Blueberries Rich in antioxidants these berries can help protect you from premature aging. So add half a cup to your morning yogurt or cereal and keep your skin looking young. Avocados Packed with healthy monounsaturated fats - “the good fats” - which are key for producing healthy hair, skin and nails. Avocados also contain antioxidants, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and folate and contain “nutrient boosters,” which aid the body to absorb nutrients from other foods. If you’re...
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10 Signs You're 30

10 Signs You're 30
It was determined by society a while back that the 30's are the new 20's, but the reality is that your body and mind don't feel the same way. Whether you have hit that age or an old soul, here are 10 signs you are in 30's or at least feel that way. When your hangover lasts two days instead of two hours. Things start happening earlier ... like going to bed and getting up. Acronyms. WTF - you don’t get them. LOL You work out twice as hard but your body only shows half of the results. You care more about your future then your social life and how “cool” people think you are. Dating... You are no longer looking for Mr./Mrs. Right Now. You want the right one for life. Your "squad" becomes smaller, but your friendships become closer. ...
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