De-Bloat Before You Boat

De-Bloat Before You Boat
Can we please throw out the fact that Memorial Day totally crept up on us once again? The idea beach partying and showing off the bod seemed like it was months away instead of only two days. Now we sit unprepared for the weekend ahead, trying out to figure the quickest way to get in perfect shape. Well, you may not get exactly where you want to be, but luckily we have some last minute ways to get toned up. No plain old squats here, we are in crunch time. Let’s lift those booties, bulk those arms, and sculpt those legs for an unforgettable weekend, you procrastinators. Stomach and Legs Leg raises, leg raises, leg raises. Not just any leg raises - hanging leg raises. This is a fool-proof method to get that tummy tighter in a shorter amount of...
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Priceless Home Improvement Projects To Do Before You List

Priceless Home Improvement Projects To Do Before You List
So you've decided you want to sell your home. The first thing you did was create a monster list of items you always wanted to do to your house but never got a chance to. Just to make sure you're not going in the wrong direction, you check in with a few of your friends to hear what they recommend. Low and behold, each and every friend had a different opinion of what you should do to prepare your house for market. Now what? The truth of the matter is you are going to need professional help on this one. Here are some recommendations on how to go about completing this task. Find a real estate professional you can trust. Use social media to ask your friends who they've worked with and if they had a good experience. Don't hire...
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A Paradiso Paradise

A Paradiso Paradise
USC’s Paradiso combines electronic music with nature at the gorgeous Gorge Amphitheatre. There is really nothing comparable to that mainstage view. Blooming into its 5th year, Paradiso is now squaring up with festivals like Electric Forest, Hard Summer and Tomorrowland with amazing stage production, carnival rides, art installations and a plethora of performing artists. So, if you are gearing up for Paradiso 2016 , make sure to check out these featured artists. Bassnectar No stranger to this scene, Bassnectar has been highly active since his first album was released in 2001. His music has been described as amorphous and ever-changing. Bassnectar is what you could easily call dubstep but it is really much more than that. Elements of hip hop breaks and groovy melodies are always working behind the heavy dripping bass sounds. His set will be one of the...
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Geometric Designs is Easier Than You Think

Geometric Designs is Easier Than You Think
When you think of decorating with geometric designs you may have some flashbacks to 70s interiors, but geometric designs can be used for just about any style and room. Here’s a few suggestions that we are loving this season. Cad Lounge Chair This modern classic lounge chair is the perfect example of a timeless piece that displays geometric designs in a classic way. Great for an office, living room or placed near a window in a bedroom.  WallSmart Hand Printed Lines Wallpaper Adding a single wall of wallpaper to a room can really create an interesting focal point. Case in point this hand printed lines wallpaper. The interesting design makes it look like a one-of-a-kind art piece.  WallSmart Arch Wallpaper Of course you can always amp up the geometric intensity with wallpaper that is meant to catch your eye, like this one with a repetitive yet harmonious...
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A Taste of Thailand

A Taste of Thailand
About once a year I undoubtedly crave the unsettling anticipation you might get walking a small mountain road in the Andes or jumping off a cliff into the warm bath water of the Caribbean Sea. It’s the idea of the great unknown, new perspective, and reminder that the world is bigger than your cubicle; it’s travel and this year’s hunger for adventure took me across the Pacific to Thailand. Why Thai? In Thailand there is something for everyone. The Northern historical city of Chaing Mai is the place for a more isolated, traditional Thai experience with a laid-back atmosphere, temples, and animal sanctuaries. Bangkok is bustling with people, parties, and excitement until well into the early morning. The Southern islands have pristine beaches, clear, teal waters, plus some of the best diving in the world. Getting around either by domestic...
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Mic Check: J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar

Mic Check: J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar
What classifies as good hip hop these days? Is it the repetitive hooks and choruses? Lyrics that are dominated by violence, drugs, alcohol and women? Or singing the same sad ol’ autotuned song time and time again? No. Real hip hop seems to be sitting in the shadows lately. Although motifs like sex, drugs, alcohol and violence are present in all hip hop, in great hip hop these subjects are not simply thrown at you and they are not the primary focus. They are details of stories. Stories that give birth to thoughts. Thoughts that inspire and connect with you in some sort of way. That is what good music, of any genre, is all about. Two MC's who are doing exactly this are J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive from start to finish is...
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Flavor of the week: Seattle Strawberry

Flavor of the week: Seattle Strawberry
Strawberries are not exotic. They aren’t a part of the latest food trend. They aren’t as summer nostalgic as blackberries or good for muddling like raspberries. But as one of the most popular flavors of all time… It’s not so bad being a strawberry. Whether you like ‘em traditional with rhubarb, pickled or reinvented, we got you covered. Here’s our list about where to get your fix for National Strawberry Month – best enjoyed with a very expensive glass of champagne. Berry Boozy Strawberry Fields Clever Bottle Stop at this slice of sophistication amidst Belltown’s bar row for your daily dose of class. Strawberry Fields is more than just the double-A side with Penny Lane. Try strawberry infused tequila with citrus and pink sea salt. More refined than its sister drink, the margarita, but just as fun to be around....
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Review: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Review: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
by Scott Mindel The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is the original Jazz Fest started from an intimate setting to now over 150,000 attendants on a single day. The festival started in the 70’s and the first year had an attendance of about 350 people and a lineup that included Duke Ellington, Fats Domino and Clifton Chenier. While jazz is still the focus; it has grown into a more traditional music festival with that New Orleans flavor. Whether you’re a lover of Jazz or not, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a place to see bands from jazz and blues, folk, African beats, church hymns to some of the largest bands out today. The vendors offered an amazing array of foods from crocodile sandwiches to their most popular jambalaya and unusual crafts vendors throughout. The 12 stages...
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Must See Summer Flicks

Must See Summer Flicks
With the coming of summer we welcome not only warm weather but also new movies. When you need a break from the sun or the classic Seattle summer rain, duck into a theater near you and check out these upcoming summer movies. Enjoy. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Release Date: May 20th Once again, parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) must battle the Greeks who have moved in next door. This time they are the unruly ladies of Kappa Nu. They are young, they are attractive, and they are scary. The couple’s best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo) join in the fight and also call in reinforcements from their ex-neighbor, Teddy (Zach Efron) and his fraternity brothers. Will they be victorious in shutting down Kappa Nu or will they only make the girls angry? Free State...
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Charlotte Tilbury at Nordstrom

Charlotte Tilbury at Nordstrom
A rock star in her field, Charlotte Tilbury is well known for being the go-to make-up artist of the most well known celebrities and an innovator in the beauty field with cosmetics and skin care. Her dream to make every woman feel empowered and beautiful with make-up started at the young age of 13 when she put on her first lipstick and got attention like she never had before. Her story is inspiring and her positive attitude is contagious, when I asked her how she overcomes obstacles, she answered, “You have to train your brain to get out of a negative thought, wake up every day with crazy visualization and think in a limitless way.” Her power of positive thinking and making her crazy visualizations reality has really set her apart as a make-up artist. After 22 years of traveling...
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Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War
It's May, and any Marvel fan knows that typically means the ushering in of a new summer blockbuster from the acclaimed studio. This year’s hero of focus is Captain America in the new installment to his trilogy. Even though the film bares the Captain’s name, it truly feels more like an Avenger’s piece than anything. That’s not a bad thing in this case. While The Avengers: Age of Ultron fell a little flat, Captain America: Civil War picks the franchise up by its bootstraps and breathes new life into it. Marvel spawns off some new heroes as well that may pick up their own movies (stay for the post credit features to see what’s to come.) Civil War picks up nicely where Winter Soldier left off. After the Avengers defeated Ultron, Thor and Hulk are nowhere to be found. Hawkeye...
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Movie Review: Keanu

Movie Review: Keanu
Opening date: April 29, 2016 Score: 4/5 What does George Michael, a kitten and a violent street gang all have in common? Well nothing really, except they all somehow coexist in the new movie, Keanu starring everyone’s favorite comedic duo, Key & Peele. After five amazing seasons of the Key & Peele Show , Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are heading to the big screen in their first starring role as a duo. While there have been sightings of either of the two in other movies, fans have been longing for them to get a shot at their own full length motion picture and they won’t be disappointed with what transpired. Keanu does what most recent comedies featuring two leading actors of the comedy space ( Daddy’s Home, Ride Along, Get Har d) all fail to do - creating comedy...
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A Smoking Pen

A Smoking Pen
You’ve seen them. They’re becoming ubiquitous. Sports events, concerts, bars, the designated smoking area outside your office, even your aunt’s house. If you don’t use portable vape cartridges, chances are you probably have a friend, family member, or know someone who does. Portable cannabis vaporizer cartridges are without a doubt one of the most popular cannabis products sold on the recreational market. Factors such as convenience, discreteness, value, and flavor have led to exponential sales growth over the past year. Somewhat similar to the idea of the nicotine “e-cig,” cartridges come pre-filled with concentrated cannabis oil. They attach to a battery operated vape “pen” which generates heat and produces vapor. Due to their small size and lightweight, cartridges are preferred for on-the-go use when you can’t access your usual smoking set up or just need to exercise more discretion. The...
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Metropolitan Fashion Week: Seattle Farewell Show

Metropolitan Fashion Week: Seattle Farewell Show
Photos by Vivian Hsu An exotic, unique show in Seattle, Metropolitan Fashion Week not only showcased local designers but brought in artists from other states and around the world. Gene Juarez Salons & Spas paired all the make-up and hair to match the essence of the designer’s collection. Eduardo Khawarm had a vision to combine fashion and costume designers in one show at various iconic venues that are memorable and elite. His shows have taken place in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Vegas but this will be his last here in the Emerald City. Below are the highlights of the thrilling evening. Marilyn Monroe Hand Painted Dress The drawing of the well-known iconic movie star, Marilyn Monroe, intrigued the audience. As the model twirled in the canvas gown you could admire the classic black and white colors used to paint the...
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Amazon Video Is A Prime Time

Amazon Video Is A Prime Time
Netflix forever changed how we watch movies and TV and for years it dominated without competition. Now other companies like Amazon are challenging the Netflix reign. They have recently upped their game with access to a wide variety of original series and major motion pictures through Amazon Prime. The original $99 a year service included free shipping as well as free streaming of video and audio. Now with Amazon video , users can stream all the series and movies they want at a cheaper price than Netflix. With this new deal Amazon sure seems to be chomping at Netflix’s feet. So if you are interested in the amazon hype, check out these three original Amazon series. The Man in the High Castle Did you ever wonder what the world would look like if Nazi Germany had won World War 2?...
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Spring Refresh the Look of Your Home

Spring Refresh the Look of Your Home
Spring has our stylists excited. Not only is it the perfect time to refresh your home’s style, but it is also a time when we see a lot of new trends emerge for the warmer months ahead. If the idea of pulling these new looks together seems a bit daunting, let our designers help. This spring we are launching dezignable's new home stylist service that is similar to fashion subscription services but rather than getting a box delivered to your door, you receive a personalized design board of your room, a shopping list of products where you can easily purchase products via email as well as a discount on all products and free shipping. Here’s a sneak peek of one of the styles our designers are working on right now in anticipation of the spring launch. All Environment Living Summer creates...
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Marimekko for Target

Marimekko for Target
Just in time for summer, the Finnish fashion brand, Marimekko , is collaborating with Target to bring us happy prints to add to our life this summer. Each print has a story and history to it dating back to the 1960s. Their designs are bold yet timeless and the company thrives on the importance of function and quality. You will find elaborate imprinted pieces you can use outdoors or indoors for your everyday life. Oversized Beach Tote – $19.99 The trip to the beach will be much more colorful and full of life with this oversized bag. There are two interior pockets to zip-up and protect your small personal belongings and a magnetic closure on top to keep the bag together. You will feel like you are going on a special trip with this bright, eye catching tote. Bamboo Serving...
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3-D Fashion Florals

3-D Fashion Florals
Printed florals? That was so last year. If you want to find fashion that literally stands out, try this floral "prints" that pop so much, they appear 3-D. There is nothing dated about this floral trend, it is the future of fashion. Designers are finding new ways to surprise us! Pick a favorite and celebrate the season of lively, colorful, futuristic prints. Anna – Karin Karlsson // Rose Rouge Flower Embellished Sunglasses $565 These sunglasses are not only a statement but can go from fun in the sun to totally chic. Romantic red roses against the black acetate frames offer a classic color combo to a very trendy design. Rock your bright red lipstick and cat eye for a playful retro look.   Jimmy Choo // Glittered Ankle Strap Pump $1,495 Jimmy Choo will win you over in a heartbeat....
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Inside Imagined Futures at Pivot Art + Culture

Inside Imagined Futures at Pivot Art + Culture
Imagined Futures celebrates the final frontier. Space has captivated hearts and minds since the beginning of time. It presents endless conquests and opportunities of discovery. If what lies beyond the clouds has ever interested you, then you’ll love Imagined Futures . This exhibit can be broken down into five sections; historic material, science fiction, fine art, artifacts and the Voyager One project. The exhibit’s curator, Ben Heywood, provided me with a detailed tour through each part. Ben hopes that although these five sections are different, they can all fuse together to give attendees an inside look into space and also invite them to conceive the inconceivable. We begin with Wernher von Braun. He was a leader in the German rocket science program. After World War 2, he was relocated to the United States where he developed the rockets that launched...
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How To Style A Bar Cart

How To Style A Bar Cart
A piece of Mid-Century, Hollywood decor that has wheeled itself back into the hearts of stylish hostesses and become a centerpiece of elegant home entertaining in these past few years is the `bar cart’. The sweet romance of cocktail hour inspired by movies like Breakfast At Tiffany’s and The Seven Year Itch , has resurrected itself in the modern living room taking party guests out of the kitchen to gather around this beverage dispenser that’s so much classier than a margarita machine! It’s not just a convenient drink-pouring station. The bar cart has so much decorative potential, it can easily become the talking point of any party, attesting to your taste for gracious entertaining via the crowd-pleasing lubricant that gets any social get together humming alcohol. Stock the cart with all bar necessities, dress it up in your own creative...
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