INSTAGRAM 101 - HOW TO CREATE CAPTIVATING CONTENT

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Want to step up your instagram game? Create a flawless feed with the below tips.

Make a plan

Decide what you want your feed to be about. Pick themes you like or a specific signature style to stick to and keep your feed consistent, don't get hung up on trends. Choose quality over quantity and create engaging posts that are athestically pleasing and relevant to your target demographic.

Create Beautiful Content

Use The Grid Feature to help position the camera and create pleasing compositions. Our eyes love symmetry, so try to create a balance between elements in the photo.

Look for natural lines- they give the picture direction and naturally draw your viewers eyes along the photo. Diagonal lines create a sense of movement

Keep your scene simple and pick one focal point where you want the viewers eye to focus. Look for strong colors, lines & shapes, contrast between these helps outline focal points.

 

Utilize Photograph editing apps

Free apps VSCO and snapseed are two popular and user-friendly options that allow you to adjust and edit elements such as contrast, colors, perspective and add filters. Try not to over-edit as this can create distorted and unnatural images.

Rookie, offers advanced functions, including shutter speed and white balance controls, which can keep colors accurate in your photos, or try iphone app, Camera+, which offers a stabilizer to combat shaky hands and keep pictures sharp

 

Practice makes perfect

Take a lot of photos - It’s rare to get a picture just right on the first try, so take multiple snaps of whatever you’re trying to capture, you’ll quickly notice that one or two are already better than the rest. Look for angles, elements you like and keep them in mind for future photography

 

Drive the conversation with creative captions

Encourage engagement with questions and tags. Use popular hashtags  and be sure to geotag photos to help other users discover you

Some feeds we love @mzskin + @dybrkr

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JACKIE'S INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER: WHAT'S IN MY BAG?

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Hey guys, Jackie here!

Today, Friday September 15th, I had the pleasure of taking over the @3dprmarketing Instagram account. As a part of my takeover, I thought I'd give you all a glimpse of the top 10 items in my work bag!

1. Michael Kors Wallet | 2. Urban Decay NAKED2 Palette | 3. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation (Beige) | 4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil (Medium Brown) | 5. Nature Addicts Apple Raspberry Fruit Sticks | 6. MZ Skin Cleanse and Clarify Mask - Dual Action AHA Cleanser and Mask | 7. Covergirl Advanced Radiance Pressed Powder (120 - Natural Beige) | 8. Maybelline New York Lash Sensational | 9. RUMI X - Your Words Shorts | 10. Kiwami Greens Matcha Pack

HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK 2017

It may only be September, but it's never too early to plan for what's next! We got the ball rolling on this year's holiday season on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, by once again hosting our exclusive, annual Holiday Lookbook event! This year's collection featured unique goods and services ranging from functional to fabulous, with amazing gift ideas for women, men, and children! In case you missed it, here's a quick recap with our Holiday Lookbook highlights and top picks for this year's hottest Holiday gift items:

 

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

Influencers @cheatdayeats and @cy_eats took to their Instagram stories to share their exciting Southern Wicked Lemonade tasting experience with their followers

Influencers @cheatdayeats and @cy_eats took to their Instagram stories to share their exciting Southern Wicked Lemonade tasting experience with their followers

What's a party without some booze? To kick off this year's Holiday Lookbook, we had the Southern Wicked Lemonade team on-site to offer their array of organic sipping cocktails, featuring moonshine, vodka, and vodka/gin blends. Sweet to the taste and warm to the palette, Southern Wicked Lemonade is "Potent Enough for a Man, But Made for a Woman”!


HAPPIEST AT THE HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK

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Looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member that likes to travel? Look no further than Happiest Tee! The insanely soft luxury tees from Happiest Tee allow you to celebrate your favorite destinations in both style and comfort. Where's your happy place? (Ours is at the Holiday Lookbook, but we don't think they have one for that... yet!)


TOO MANY CHRISTMAS COOKIES? GET FIT AND FEEL GOOD WITH RUMI X

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RUMI X brings to its colorful clothes a philosophy of wellness, with the entire range of products being made from sustainable sources, such as recycled plastic bottles and coffee grounds, in an effort to reduce waste and pollution. The RUMI X mission to preserve the environment compelled the level to seek out the most advances eco-technology to create the high-quality performance wear that makes up the collection-- the result is breathable, flattering sportswear and everyday apparel that will keep you feeling good this holiday season, without compromising an eco-conscious mindset!


THAT HOLIDAY GLOW, THOUGH!

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Oxygenetix took full advantage of the beautiful makeup counter space at EZ Studios and showcased their breakthrough line of foundations and moisturizers by color-matching lucky attendees! Their unique, light and breathable formula is sure to keep your skin glowing all Holiday Season long!


CHA-CHAING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Model and Influencer, @alyshagrace (middle), shows off her bag of goodies while posing in-between the power couple behind Cha-cha Chic, Cathy Garcia (left) and Jim Tiberia (right)

Model and Influencer, @alyshagrace (middle), shows off her bag of goodies while posing in-between the power couple behind Cha-cha Chic, Cathy Garcia (left) and Jim Tiberia (right)

Keep it fun and festive this Holiday Season with zesty clothing and accessories from Cha-Cha ChicTheir latin-inspired tees will help you forget the winter weather and make you feel like you're on a tropical holiday getaway! 


'UNLEASH’ YOUR HOLIDAY CHEER WITH PELUCHES

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Make sure you don't forget a stocking stuffer for your furry friend! Peluches have an elastic bungee cord that clips right to your dog’s collar so that it never leaves their side. That way they can play with their bouncy BFF, even when they’re all by themselves. (They also make one doggone comfy pillow!) In addition, for every toy purchased, Peluches will spread the holiday cheer by donating one to a homeless shelter dog in need!


That's a WRAP! 🎁 Hope to see you next year!

 

HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT SHADE OF FOUNDATION FOR YOUR SKIN

Have you ever noticed how a certain shade of lipstick can make your eyes pop while another leaves you looking washed out? This effect is due to the cool or warm undertones found in your skin, these are the dominant colors that lie below the skin’s surface. When selecting a foundation it’s important to not only consider skin color but also match these undertones in order to create a flawless finish that gives you a natural looking glow.

Undertones can be Cool (pinkish or bluish), Warm (yellow or golden) or Neutral which is a mix of both. You can have the same skin color as someone, but a different undertone. One easy way to check is to look at the veins on your forearms – blue veins indicate a cool base while greenish veins indicate a warmer yellower base. Another clue can be found in the way skin reacts to the sun – warmer tones tend to tan while cooler skin is prone to burns.

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Once you’ve selected a few shades that match your skin color and undertones, test them by dabbing some swatches of foundation on your jawline to find the perfect fit. The correct hue should disappear right into the surrounding skin. Don’t be afraid to mix shades to get the right balance - our skin changes season to season so having a few options to blend is essential for achieving a flawless foundation finish year round.

Choose an oil free foundation with SPF to protect skin from sun damage and avoid blemishes. The Oxygenetix Foundation range is our pick for a long-lasting finish that allows skin to breath.

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Fox News Magazine 8 Signs You've Met Your Soulmate and Not Just a 'Life Partner' sharepin 8 Signs You've Met Your Soulmate and Not Just a 'Life Partner'

In his famous novel "Anna Karenina," author Leo Tolstoy wrote the following about one of his character's feelings for his beloved: "He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began."

What better way to sum up how it feels when you meet your perfect match? In today’s dating world, we find ourselves sifting through all sorts of different people and experiencing an array of relationships with the goal of finding that one person who we truly feel we're one with.

Not just anyone can fulfill you the way your soulmate can, says Dr. Carmen Harra, a relationship expert, psychologist, and author of "The Karma Queens' Guide to Relationships." "Your soulmate makes you feel entirely whole, healed and intact, like no piece is missing from the puzzle. A life partner, on the other hand, can be a great supporter and companion, but is limited in their capacity to enrich your spirit," she says. So, how do you know if you’ve truly found your perfect match? Here are eight indicators: #1. You feel secure and protected. As Harra says, "Your perfect match will make you feel like you have a guardian angel by your side, regardless of your gender." That means men, too, should feel protected by their woman. A person who plays on your insecurities and fears, whether consciously or subconsciously, is not your soulmate. #2. You can’t imagine your life without him (or her).  When you’re not together, do you feel incomplete? If you’ve found your perfect match, you can’t imagine being without this person, and you’ll do whatever it takes to keep them in your life. It’s often hard just being apart for short bouts of time. READ: Why an Attractive Woman Has a Big Effect on Your Memory #3. You might have a flashback. Perhaps when you first met this person, you felt like you’ve talked before, or that you already knew each other. "You might even feel an odd sense of déjà vu, as if the moment in time has already taken place. Soulmates often choose to come back together during the same lifetime," says Harra. (In this case, she means you might have even crossed paths before, but timing was not yet on your side.) #4. It’s intense. When you’re in a relationship with your perfect match, it will be more intense than normal relationships. The passion and emotional intimacy will feel stronger. It can be more intense on bad days, too. "During these negative episodes, soulmates will communicate the right way and will take into consideration each other’s issues and emotions to reach common ground," says Harra. In other words, it’s a good thing that you fight instead of holding back feelings. READ: 10 Tips For a More Satisfying Sex Life #5. You just get each other.  Soulmates can finish each other’s sentences, and they know what each other needs, says Harra. "Soulmates develop a sense of empathy towards each other. They can pick up on one another’s needs, feelings, and what’s bothering them without even asking or having the other express it." Furthermore, soulmates are also mentally inseparable. (Ever pick up the phone to text your love only to have them text you at the same time?) #6. You see the world through the same set of eyes. You see eye-to-eye on everything from parenting style to spending habits, and from diet to intimacy. And when you disagree on something, you agree that you disagree. #7. You laugh at the same stuff. If you can’t make it through a Will Ferrell movie without wetting yourself, but your partner doesn’t crack a smile, chances are you’re not a good fit. A study published in the Western Journal of Communication found that 75 percent of happy couples laugh together at least once a day, with many self-proclaimed happily married couples citing humor as a significant contribution to their married life. READ: Rev Run Reveals His Three Silly Secrets to a Happy Marriage #8. Your love is more than love. It’s unexplainable. Describing what it’s like to be with your perfect match and how your soulmate makes you feel is just difficult. As Harra says, it’s a tenacious, profound and lingering emotion, and mere words don't do it justice. Even describing the feeling as "deep love" can still seem insufficient. Source: http://magazine.foxnews.com/love/signs-youve-met-your-soulmate-the-one-truly-in-love?intcmp=hphz1

Not just anyone can fulfill you the way your soulmate can, says Dr. Carmen Harra, a relationship expert, psychologist, and author of "The Karma Queens' Guide to Relationships." "Your soulmate makes you feel entirely whole, healed and intact, like no piece is missing from the puzzle. A life partner, on the other hand, can be a great supporter and companion, but is limited in their capacity to enrich your spirit," she says.

So, how do you know if you’ve truly found your perfect match? Here are eight indicators:

#1. You feel secure and protected.

As Harra says, "Your perfect match will make you feel like you have a guardian angel by your side, regardless of your gender." That means men, too, should feel protected by their woman. A person who plays on your insecurities and fears, whether consciously or subconsciously, is not your soulmate.

#2. You can’t imagine your life without him (or her). 

When you’re not together, do you feel incomplete? If you’ve found your perfect match, you can’t imagine being without this person, and you’ll do whatever it takes to keep them in your life. It’s often hard just being apart for short bouts of time.

READ: Why an Attractive Woman Has a Big Effect on Your Memory

#3. You might have a flashback.

Perhaps when you first met this person, you felt like you’ve talked before, or that you already knew each other. "You might even feel an odd sense of déjà vu, as if the moment in time has already taken place. Soulmates often choose to come back together during the same lifetime," says Harra. (In this case, she means you might have even crossed paths before, but timing was not yet on your side.)

#4. It’s intense.

When you’re in a relationship with your perfect match, it will be more intense than normal relationships. The passion and emotional intimacy will feel stronger. It can be more intense on bad days, too. "During these negative episodes, soulmates will communicate the right way and will take into consideration each other’s issues and emotions to reach common ground," says Harra. In other words, it’s a good thing that you fight instead of holding back feelings.

READ: 10 Tips For a More Satisfying Sex Life

#5. You just get each other. 

Soulmates can finish each other’s sentences, and they know what each other needs, says Harra. "Soulmates develop a sense of empathy towards each other. They can pick up on one another’s needs, feelings, and what’s bothering them without even asking or having the other express it." Furthermore, soulmates are also mentally inseparable. (Ever pick up the phone to text your love only to have them text you at the same time?)

#6. You see the world through the same set of eyes.

You see eye-to-eye on everything from parenting style to spending habits, and from diet to intimacy. And when you disagree on something, you agree that you disagree.

#7. You laugh at the same stuff.

If you can’t make it through a Will Ferrell movie without wetting yourself, but your partner doesn’t crack a smile, chances are you’re not a good fit. A study published in the Western Journal of Communication found that 75 percent of happy couples laugh together at least once a day, with many self-proclaimed happily married couples citing humor as a significant contribution to their married life.

READ: Rev Run Reveals His Three Silly Secrets to a Happy Marriage

#8. Your love is more than love. It’s unexplainable.

Describing what it’s like to be with your perfect match and how your soulmate makes you feel is just difficult. As Harra says, it’s a tenacious, profound and lingering emotion, and mere words don't do it justice. Even describing the feeling as "deep love" can still seem insufficient.

Source: http://magazine.foxnews.com/love/signs-youve-met-your-soulmate-the-one-truly-in-love?intcmp=hphz1

Dominique Bistro’s Brunch, West Village, NYC

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Dominique Bistro’s Brunch, West Village, NYC

June 2, 2016

I just adore Dominique Bistro. It’s a small French place on the corner of Christopher and Gay Streets in the West Village with tall windows allowing in the light and a noise level where I can hear myself think.

 

I returned recently — as their guest — for brunch. I started with a mimosa, my dining partner had a bellini. We shared three delicious entrees each made with cage free, organic eggs.

I don’t normally like eggs Benedict as I find the hollandaise way too rich. But the sauce “choron” served atop the smoked salmon eggs Benedict ($18) had the addition of tomatoes making it so much less rich that I lapped it up.

My least favorite entree was their croque monsieur ($12) withcooked ham and gruyere on organic bread with a side of mixed green as it was a bit dry and ordinary. What I loved and highly recommend is the duck hash ($18), a dish of shaved duck and diced potatoes with huge meaty chunks of lardons topped first with poached eggs and then arugula.  I’d go back for that anytime.

We also sampled a sweet entree, which we indulged in as our dessert. The homemade waffles ($15) topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries, was finished with a huge dollop of chocolate mousse.

 

- bonnie

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Source: http://www.biteofthebest.com/dominique-bistros-brunch-west-village-nyc/

What's It like at an Early Totally Sober Morning Rave?

Daybreaker is changing the way we rave. 

by Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Irving Plaza is packed, wall-to-wall. Women in neon tank tops and guys in windbreakers sway and shake as Snap!'s '90s classic "The Power" blares from the speakers. "Heyyy! Ho! Heyyy! Ho," shouts a toned woman with pink hair and a spandex top, as she directs the room to break into the Butterfly and Sprinkler. "I'm seeing a lot of love!" yells a guy onstage, hyping up the mostly twentysomething crowd. Wearing a tight muscle t-shirt with his hat to the back, he's Marky Mark reincarnated.  Welcome to Daybreaker. Founded by Radha Agrawal and Matt Brimer, the morning rave began in the city in 2013 as an alternative to obnoxious and elitist nightlife. "Over a late-night falafel in Williamsburg, we mused over an idea. An idea about dancing before the day broke with people we love. About cultivating a community that values wellness, camaraderie, self-expression, mindfulness… and mischief," the friends say. "At Daybreaker, we dance our faces off before work and feel gloriously healthy doing so." It's caught on. Daybreaker has expanded to 11 cities, with events across the country as well as in Paris and London. So what's a morning rave really like? Well, first off, it's early. For a night owl like me, getting up was the hardest part. I set my alarm clock for 6:00am for a May event (and 6:10am and 6:15am, just to make sure I really woke up). Daybreakers can start as early as 7:00am. Okay, I'm here. At a regular nightclub, now would be the time to head to the bar or--if I'm lucky--someone's getting me a drink. Not here. Daybreaker is completely alcohol and drug free. No wake and bake, kiddos. However, they do serve water and healthy juices. I help myself to an organic coconut water and settle for a spot near the rear of the room.  Partygoers are mostly women and from the looks of it, and a lot of people have come in groups. Friends, coworkers and one couple who can't stop making out while a Prince song plays. Some committed to dressing along the '90s party theme--think fannypacks and retro shirts--while others are wearing their work clothes.  The energy is kept high with spontaneous "moments" like live horns, drummers and professional dancers. The best part about Daybreaker is ther are no rules. Dance, pump up your cardio or stand creepily in the corner (like me). It's all good. Everyone vibes to the music and there's zero judgement. Unlike every other party, no one is distracted trying to look cool or take selfies. In fact, I don't see one, single cell phone out.  “We often live routine lives. It’s a wink to your day,” Radha says about Daybreaker. “It’s a place where you can get loose and let your freak flag fly.” Around 9:00am, the freaks start to disperse from the dance floor. It's time to get to work, school and whatever routine--until the next one. A girl in front of me slings her backpack on her shoulder as we walk out. "This was so awesome," she says to her friend, wiping sweat from her face. "I really needed this." Get your tickets to Daybreaker here.    Source: http://www.oxygen.com/very-real/what-its-like-to-go-to-an-early-morning-totally-sober-rave

Irving Plaza is packed, wall-to-wall. Women in neon tank tops and guys in windbreakers sway and shake as Snap!'s '90s classic "The Power" blares from the speakers.

"Heyyy! Ho! Heyyy! Ho," shouts a toned woman with pink hair and a spandex top, as she directs the room to break into the Butterfly and Sprinkler. "I'm seeing a lot of love!" yells a guy onstage, hyping up the mostly twentysomething crowd. Wearing a tight muscle t-shirt with his hat to the back, he's Marky Mark reincarnated. 

Welcome to Daybreaker. Founded by Radha Agrawal and Matt Brimer, the morning rave began in the city in 2013 as an alternative to obnoxious and elitist nightlife. "Over a late-night falafel in Williamsburg, we mused over an idea. An idea about dancing before the day broke with people we love. About cultivating a community that values wellness, camaraderie, self-expression, mindfulness… and mischief," the friends say. "At Daybreaker, we dance our faces off before work and feel gloriously healthy doing so."

It's caught on. Daybreaker has expanded to 11 cities, with events across the country as well as in Paris and London.

So what's a morning rave really like? Well, first off, it's early. For a night owl like me, getting up was the hardest part. I set my alarm clock for 6:00am for a May event (and 6:10am and 6:15am, just to make sure I really woke up). Daybreakers can start as early as 7:00am.

Okay, I'm here. At a regular nightclub, now would be the time to head to the bar or--if I'm lucky--someone's getting me a drink. Not here. Daybreaker is completely alcohol and drug free. No wake and bake, kiddos. However, they do serve water and healthy juices. I help myself to an organic coconut water and settle for a spot near the rear of the room. 

Partygoers are mostly women and from the looks of it, and a lot of people have come in groups. Friends, coworkers and one couple who can't stop making out while a Prince song plays. Some committed to dressing along the '90s party theme--think fannypacks and retro shirts--while others are wearing their work clothes. 

The energy is kept high with spontaneous "moments" like live horns, drummers and professional dancers.

The best part about Daybreaker is ther are no rules. Dance, pump up your cardio or stand creepily in the corner (like me). It's all good. Everyone vibes to the music and there's zero judgement. Unlike every other party, no one is distracted trying to look cool or take selfies. In fact, I don't see one, single cell phone out. 

“We often live routine lives. It’s a wink to your day,” Radha says about Daybreaker. “It’s a place where you can get loose and let your freak flag fly.”

Around 9:00am, the freaks start to disperse from the dance floor. It's time to get to work, school and whatever routine--until the next one. A girl in front of me slings her backpack on her shoulder as we walk out. "This was so awesome," she says to her friend, wiping sweat from her face. "I really needed this."

Get your tickets to Daybreaker here. 

 

Source: http://www.oxygen.com/very-real/what-its-like-to-go-to-an-early-morning-totally-sober-rave