Disney Spends Millions to Make Hospitals Less Scary for Kids

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Disney has always been a magical brand but they have a magical new cause! The media behemoth is using their famed “Imagineers,” the engineers behind Disney’s theme park designs, to re-invent hospital layouts so that they are less intimidating for the children staying there. They have pledged over $100 million for this global initiative.

Disney plans on incorporating their famous characters and stories into the hospital rooms and hallways to help ease stress, which can cause even more psychological and emotional damage to an already ill child. Interactive technology and customer-experience training are two of the biggest elements of the new plan and the first hospital to get the Disney treatment will be the Texas Children’s Hospital.

Spring Has Sprung! The Top Must-Have Fashion Trends 2018

Written by Samantha Skinner

Spring time is upon us and with it comes many different fashion trends that follow. When it comes to this, you want to make sure that you’re also the best dressed one showing up to the party, as well.

Here are some of the best and top must-have fashion trends for the year so you can stay one step further when it comes to being fashionable and chic.

The 80’s are Coming Back
You probably didn’t see that one coming, but the 80’s are making a comeback when it comes to the spring fashion trends you’re likely to see. Think wide shoulders, suede and cinched waists that follow. The 80’s had some pretty cool things with it, so you can expect to come up with something unique and original with many of the fashions.

Sneakers, Sneakers, Sneakers
We all love a good game and now you can wear your sneakers with just about anything that you’re wearing for the day. You can benefit from a good look with the sneakers and your jeans, or sneakers and that skirt and be daring when you pair them with a cute tennis dress.

Large Belts
Large belts are also in fashion and with them comes the need to wear them with bright colors and beautifully large buckles. They can be paired with a long shirt, jeans, a dress or anything else that you can think of.

Pencil Skirts
Pencil skirts are back by popular demand this spring, though they really didn’t lose out on anything before. They’re still just as beautiful as ever when it comes to wearing them out to a party or to a business meeting, you can have both.

Sportswear
Sportswear is something that is not only comfortable, but also fashionable. It is turning into a fashion statement come spring time. The jumpers, track suits and more are there to use when it comes to putting them on and heading out for a good time when the weather warms up a bit more.

Denim, Denim and Even More Denim
If you thought that denim was in back then, just look at it now! This season many of the denim made jeans, dresses, skirts and more are going to have denim on denim with them. This is a big leap of faith since we are unsure of how the world is going to take this denim craze once again.

Of course, you could also go with something personalized, something specifically designed for you and one of a kind with Creationz From a Dove, so you will stand out this spring and look beautiful.

Happy Spring!

Marriage Tips with Dave & Kimmie: Change

If there’s one thing that we can’t prevent in our relationships, it’s change. Change is a word that some folks embrace and others don’t. The type of change needed in a relationship can greatly enhance or detract from the substance and quality of it. Chances are, that if you’ve found that you have the same problems at year 10 versus year 1, there’s been an unwillingness to accept change somewhere. Change becomes more difficult at later portions of life. This is because sometimes we get set in our ways. Its often more difficult to have a willingness to change after one has become “set in their ways.” Throughout our marriage, we’ve undergone various changes from our geographic residence, to new jobs, and onto inner things like ways of thinking, or even ways of spending.

Change combined with growth can be amazing. This is because growth has a way of causing us to change for the better and rewards that relationship in return with new realizations and vibrations. Faith can also play a big role in a marriage’s phases of change. When we get a better vantage point of how God sees us, and how we are expected or commanded to treat our spouse, it will help to create a compass, which calibrates our movements if we truly desire to please our spouse in a divine way. But we’d say look at it this way; you and your spouse are beautiful pieces of artwork being continually edited on the canvas of life. We are always being painted and refined, with new colors, refreshing accents, seasonal filters, and dark overlays. Until we can accept each other’s life process, we won’t be able to fully embrace what it means to embrace change.

Our lifetime vow demands that we do. No one said that the journey would be easy. But we are a team of two, against the world. Let’s endeavor to always change for the better.

“You Create the Marriage of Your Dreams”

New York Tech Startup to Pre-launch Schools Security and Communication App Come Spring 2018

Varsity Maps, a New York Tech Startup, is proud to announce their mobile app “Varsity Maps.” At the moment, most schools in the US have no means of ensuring adequate security and easy navigation. This has led to insecurity and confusion, especially for new students and staff members. Varsity Maps makes it easier to navigate the campus by helping the user search for buildings, locations, events, room numbers, and equipment. It also helps to improve communication between students and staff and comes with an alarm feature to alert campus security of an emergency. Varsity maps is set for pre-launch, spring 2018.

For more information, please visit www.varsitymaps.com.

“Varsity Maps is the solution to the many of the security and communication challenges we currently have on campuses and other schools. Now, anyone can search for a location on campus and get quick and easy direction. No more wandering about looking for an event on campus, no more asking scores of people for direction and yet you can’t get to your destination. Our app is efficient, interactive, and provides complete security for campus staff and students. Now, education can be more fun,” said Mike Morris – Director of Business development, at Varsity Maps.
The three main features that will make Varsity Maps one of the best startup techs that will transform the educational sector includes:

Easy Navigation – With the app, anyone can search for locations, buildings, room numbers, and events, and easily find it. This will help make campus navigating less confusing, thereby increasing productivity.

Better Communication – Communication is key in every campus and school environment. Varsity maps offer tools that allow staff and students to share information about campus closures and classroom changes, and highlight evacuation areas in real-time.

Safety And Protection Of Staff And Students – Varsity Maps comes with an alert feature that makes it easy to alert school security of an emergency; be it a fire, accident, or even a violent breakout. Once school security receives the alert, they are immediately provided with the location of the incident, which can save valuable time.

Protecting The Future Of Our Children
Our children need to be protected because they are the future. An application like Varsity Maps provides the perfect tool to ensure adequate security in campuses, through effective alert and response. The Pennsylvania State University shooting and the recent Wake Forest University campus shooting is a reminder of the sad security situation in the institutions of learning. Varsity Maps is an effort to combat violence and sexual assault in the education system and institutions of higher learning with the use of modern technology.

The Instagram Model Who Isn’t Real Takes Over the Internet

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

We know when we go on Instagram that there are going to be pictures that aren’t real. Many of the people we see on social media are “fake” in some way, as in having tons of Photoshop, editing and filters. Shudu, who boasts over 65k followers on Instagram, takes it to a whole new level. In fact, she’s not a real person at all. She was created by a London photographer, Cameron-James Wilson.

As Shudu’s page rose to popularity, people began to question if she was too perfect, since she looks to have absolutely no flaws. Since being outed, Wilson has updated Shudu’s Instagram bio to read, “World’s First Digital Supermodel.” While stunningly beautiful, Wilson’s decision to create her because of “the big movement with dark-skinned models” is very problematic. Many social media users have asked the question as to why he wouldn’t just commission a dark-skinned model for his shoots instead of just creating one. Also, his thoughts imply, in a sense, that black people are trendy, which dangerously strips away their humanity.

What are your thoughts on Shudu?

Finding The Best Makeup Brushes For Your Look

Written by Lauren Thomas

For beauty mavens (and anyone who wears makeup on a regular basis), it’s a fact that a great makeup brush can be the difference between smooth sailing and a total disaster during your morning routine. The best brushes offer a comfortable grip, smooth bristles, and full coverage when used in combination with powder or liquid makeup. But with all the options out there, it can be hard to settle on a great set of brushes to make your mornings easy. That’s why the team at Reviews.com researched and tested leading brushes to create a buyer’s guide to help readers find the best matches for them. They recommend looking at a few key factors the next time you’re in the market:

Softness is an obvious first choice. Nobody wants a scratchy brush poking you in the face as you try to apply blush, right? Test out the feel of the brush lightly against the back of your hand to ensure it’s comfortable.

Fallout is an important indicator of performance. You want a dense brush that sheds bristles as little as possible. Tug lightly at the end of the brush to see how much fallout there is. You might be surprised, as higher prices don’t necessarily indicate higher quality in this respect. High-end brushes may shed just as much as cheaper options, so beware!

Check out the comfort of the grip. Many brush manufacturers are getting fancy with the color and shape of the handle of their brushes, but don’t let pretty designs fool you. Keep in mind that double-ended brushes might seem helpful, but can actually end up smudging your makeup as you go. And rubberized “gummy” handles may pick up lint and hair (not to mention tons of makeup) wherever you keep them.

Application quality, of course, is key. A makeup brush should facilitate a smooth, streak-free layer of product, regardless of whether its gel, powder or liquid. And while most consumers can’t go out and test all of their makeup brush options, buyer guides like this one from Reviews.com can help inform your decision.

Ultimately, the price and brand name of a brush doesn’t necessarily determine how well it will perform. After comparing 70 different brushes and hand-testing the leading options, they found that their finalists spanned a variety of price points from e.l.f’s $1 – $12 offerings to Tom Ford’s $47-$115 line. There are great options out there for every budget and every type of beauty enthusiast. For more information you can check out the full guide here: https://www.reviews.com/makeup-brushes/

Still not sure about investing in a great set? Cosmopolitan has a great intro to the 12 essential makeup brushes to have and their functions.

The Best Advice Mark Cuban Has for Entrepreneurs

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Mark Cuban, serial entrepreneur, billionaire, and judge on Shark Tank, has always been “life goals.” The no-nonsense man is smart, forward-thinking and hard-working. And along the way, he has always been open about the road to his success and has given great advice on how to make it as an entrepreneur/business owner. Here, we rounded up some of the best advice Cuban has shared over the years:

1. “Don’t follow your passion.” “Or, if you have been able to have some success, what was the key to the success? Was it the passion or the effort you put into your job or company?” He suggests looking at how you are already spending your time and “follow your effort” instead of your passion.

2. “Work harder and smarter than most people in the businesses.” It seems simple, but more often than not, people try to take the easy way out instead of seeing something all the way through.

3. “It doesn’t matter how you live. It doesn’t matter what car you drive. It doesn’t matter what kind of clothes you wear.” No matter how much money you make, living beyond your means is guaranteed to get you in financial trouble.

4. “Rather than trying to convince people you are the best, let the quality of your work do the talking.” This goes back to working hard. Show people your success instead of just telling them.

Here Are 3 of Our Favorite Women Directors

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Woman directors have been taking over Hollywood the last few years and 2018 shows no signs of slowing either. Here we highlight three of our favorites that have made a big impact on the industry:

1. Patty Jenkins – Wonder Woman (2017) – Jenkins set records as Wonder Woman became the highest grossing film directed by a woman, surpassing Mamma Mia! Jenkins has already signed on to direct the sequel to our favorite female superhero film.

2. Ava DuVernay – 13th (2016) – DuVernay has been making waves in Hollywood as a director for a while. 2014’s Selma earned her the title of being the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe. 2016’s 13th, a daunting look into the American prison system, made waves with its Netflix debut and earned an acclaimed 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

3. Angelina Jolie – First They Killed My Father (2017) – While a talented actress, Jolie has solidified herself as a talented director as well. Jolie’s movies usually have a strong political message, i.e. In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken, and First They Killed My Father is no exception. It’s been said that the movie is her best work as a director yet, and has already won her some awards.

Big thanks to these women for help forging a path for other woman directors. It will be interesting to see what these women tackle next in the years ahead!

This Sneakerhead Turned His Passion Into His Paycheck

Written by Abner Jackson III

Alex Johnson is a sneakerhead that turned his passion into a paycheck and started his own business. Alex started his own business XanderCustomz and has his own sneaker brand The Xander Collection. The Pontiac, MI native is a young entrepreneur and one of the best at what he does.

 

Tell readers about Xandercustomz and how long have you been in business for?

I’m a sneaker customizer based out of Pontiac, MI. I’ve been doing shoes since 2015

How long have you been a custom sneaker designer for and did you take any specific training to become one?

I’ve been doing shoes since 2015 and I pretty much started customizing shoes in my dad garage. I was playing around never had any specific training, I just learned from the years of me doing them.

What is your biggest accomplishment in your field of work?

My biggest accomplishment that I’ve made is now I have my own sneaker brand (The Xander Collection) and I’m looking forward to having them in stores very soon.

What is your favorite shoe to design and why?

My favorite design of my custom sneakers would have to be the Air Jordan 11 BHM (Black History Month) Collab with Jc Customs. Cause it feels good to do a shoe Dedicated to the culture.

What current items are your best sellers?

Custom Air Jordan 11 “Royal blue”

If you could give any entrepreneur/ business owner any advice about starting a business, what would it be?

Stay consistent and stay hungry. Never give up

What is unique about your business?

That I can make any color sneaker you may need for any occasion. Things you cannot get in the stores.

Tell readers about your Xander Way Promotional Tour and are you going to do one this year?

The Xander Way Promotional Tour was crazy lots of love and support from the cities I visited. I want to do a bigger tour this year and take it to the west coast

What habits helped make your business successful?

Being hungry and just getting my name out there. I’m a very consistent person. I also feel like I have to make it happen.

Do you design anything else other than shoes? If not have you thought about designing other items.

At this time just sneakers, maybe in the future I’ll get into clothes.

Where do you see your business in five years from now?

To have my own store front where you can bring your kicks in. Have them customized and also teach sneaker customizing classes.

Thank you again for your time and letting our readers get to know you. Please let everyone know how you can be reached ( twitter, IG, FB, websites, etc.)?

( Instagram) @Xandercustomz ( FB) Xandercustomz (Website) www.xandercustomz.com

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Clothing Designer Roosevelt Broome IV

Interview by Dominique Bancey
What’s your name?
– “Roosevelt Broome IV”

How old are you?
– “22”

What is the name of your business?
– “Rich Apparels.”

When did you begin working towards said business?
“Rich Apparels began as a hobby. I remember sitting in my room on a group chat with two of my friends at the time and they were persistent that I should create something for my 30 thousand followers. After a couple of hours of thinking, I decided to create my first ever Rich Apparels t-shirt. I remember it was a black shirt, with a black/white floral print with the word ‘RICH’ in the middle. After creating my first Rich Apparels shirt, my cousin and I went Downtown and had a mini-photoshoot and once I placed the shirt online, to my surprise, my followers loved it!”

How long have you envisioned starting it?
– “Starting a clothing brand was an idea that I always had. Back in High School, I would experiment with many different styles to test boundaries and set trends of my own. I would shop at thrift stores for jackets, flannel button-ups, jean jackets, etc and I would rip them up myself or add patches to create them into a fashionable garment. Then when I would go to school, my classmates would ask “Hey Roosevelt, where’d you get that jacket from?” Happily, I would let them know that I created it myself but purchased the pieces from the thrift store.”

Have you always wanted to become an entrepreneur? If yes, why?
“I knew at an early age that I wanted to do something artistically whether it was being a clothing designer, an acting, a singer, etc. I still plan on pursuing those ventures however I am starting with my clothing brand Rich Apparels to be a stepping stone.”

How would you describe being an entrepreneur?
“Being an entrepreneur is rewarding. You have to maintain tough skin in order to be in the industry of entrepreneurship. You have to accept failure as a learning experience and challenge yourself to step away from your comfort zone and test boundaries. In the fashion industry, in particular, there are so many individuals out there creating clothes and you have to think “What exactly sets you apart from the rest?” and “What is my purpose?” Allow those two answers to propel you and inspire you to never quit.”

What pushed you to  start this business?
– “The necessity for diversity. I wanted my clothing brand to have meaning and purpose. I want my brand to exude and embody empowerment and diversity. For example, for my last collection “Revolt”, I had shirts such as ‘only want you’ and ‘savage’ alongside a male crop top with the word ‘masculine’ across the front- I wanted to show that men can be vulnerable and masculine at the same time. I use Rich Apparels to speak out for topics I deem necessary and important to discuss. My slogan of my clothing brand is the “the t-shirt for any occasion” I want to show my existing customers as well as my new customers how to dress up or down a Rich Apparels t-shirt.”

What would you say has been the most difficult thing so far in being an entrepreneur?
– “The most difficult part in being an entrepreneur/fashion designer is relevancy. Things are changing constantly and there is a ton of pressure on keeping up with the trends and grasping people’s attention and keeping them engaged. With my brand Rich Apparels in particular, I think I have gained enough of people’s’ attention to keep them engaged in wanting more pieces from my future collections. Once individuals recognize your growth, hunger, and consistency for success and recognition, oddly enough, your buyers recognize that and will buy into your business. Anyone can start a business, however, not many businesses maintain longevity and that is what I am striving for.”

What would you classify as the best part of being an entrepreneur?
– “The best part of being a fashion designer is inspiring individuals. There are times where I want to completely put up the white flag and give up however, I will have someone message me on social media or telling me face to face how much my clothing brand has inspired them to start their own business or the positive impact my brand has had on them. I want to continue the path of inspiring generations before and after me, to take those dreams and mold them into your reality. Sometimes our biggest competitors are ourselves and once we overcome that and our fears, opportunities are endless.”

Would you advise others to become entrepreneurs as well? And why?
– “Absolutely! I believe that every single person in this world has a gift/talent in some way that could contribute to their entrepreneurship goal and could bring something radically different to the business world. At times, we battle “What would people say or think about this idea?” and people end up talking themselves out of possibly changing the world. This world is filled with dreamers and thinkers who are so creative however they should be pushed into putting their ideas out there in the world.”

What would you say to someone who is thinking of starting their own business?
– “To anyone who is wanting to start their own business, my advice would be to take your ideas and run with them. When starting your business, always think of your purpose- Why am I starting this business? What do I hope to accomplish? Who am I trying to impact? Once you discover your purpose, everything will fall into place. I am always pushing my best friends as well as people I encounter to always push yourself beyond to what you can think. There are no limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence and imagination. Limitations only exist if you force them upon yourself within your mind.”

Finally, tell us what to look out for as it relates to your business and any other information you would like to contribute.
– “A lot of people think I have reached my goal of getting my clothes into stores doing, doing countless number of press and doing fashion weeks, however, people have not even seen the half of what I want to accomplish. Only my three best friends know my ultimate goal. I will share my ultimate goals once I have achieved them but in the meantime, I am constantly setting new goals for myself each and every day. In 2018, I myself as well as my brand are taking a shift in a different direction. Next year makes 5 years for Rich Apparels which means growth so I will just say everyone needs to buckle up because it will be quite the ride.”

As Mr. Roosevelt Broome IV stated, being an entrepreneur is a difficult task, but you have to be aware of what you want and the impact you want to have on others. I think it is safe to say that there is much to look out for at Rich Apparels.

If you are interested, you can check out Mr. Broome’s clothing like at richapparels.bigcartel.com and his Instagram is soberichs.

Until next time.