Showing posts with label A Dash of Staph. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A Dash of Staph. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When You Realize Your Relationship Is Over


My good friend from Virginia, whom I've known since we were in diapers, has been trying to make his marriage work for quite some time now. But, when I asked him about his progress last week, he told me about the moment he finally realized his marriage was over. He and his wife were discussing their annual family vacation, and it finally sunk in. He just couldn't envision a future with her anymore, because she was a ghost of her former self. He had also changed, they no longer fit together.

It's a lesson, I've come to realize myself. What initially seemed like a perfect fit, sometimes turns out not to be so perfect - and it's ok. Relationships are investments and like every investment, you nourish them and watch them grow. But sometimes, they can't withstand the weather and they wither and die. Sure, you had hopes and fantasized about what would have been, but when all those dreams are dashed, it's time to set sails to your next destination.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Happy Fourth of July my darlings! What are your plans for this weekend? I'm going to celebrate with my mom and Alex later today, and then spend the weekend with a good buddy of mine who flew in from Virginia. This apple pie recipe seems fitting, since nothing else is more American!
 
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Friday, June 27, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Overworked)

How to make homemade lox. It's a simple, time consuming process, but well worth it.

My in-depth feature article about the Western Bays of Long Island, read it here, darling!

I bought this dress for a wedding I attended last week, it fits like a glove.

Best smokey cat eye makeup tutorial, and it's so simple to do.

How to get Grace Kelly hair at home.

Flight of the stingrays. What an amazing video!

This girl has such amazing style, I'm in awe of her.

The best Final Jeopardy response ever!

8 ways to improve your morning routine.

Adorable kitty flats for the summer.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Long Island Press Conference

Hello my darlings! I know, I've been MIA for quite some time. However, it is with good reason, I've been interning at the Long Island Herald, so that leaves me minimal time for blogging. I haven't forgotten about you though, I miss you guys to pieces. I will return in the next few weeks with more regular postings. Meanwhile, here are a few pictures of a press conference I attended a few weeks ago, featuring Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Nassau Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, and a few other Long Island legislators. Read the article Brian Croce, editor at LI Herald, wrote in regards to the press conference.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Interning At The Long Island Herald

I just completed my first full week as a Long Island Herald intern, whoop, whoop! The staff is super nice and helpful, I feel completely at home already. On Tuesday, I covered my first event, which was located on Freeport's Nautical Mile, a picturesque little stretch in Long Island, full of seafood restaurants, bars and piers. I'm in the process of writing my first feature article for the paper, I can't wait for it to be published.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bienvenue Summer!

Although summer doesn't officially arrive until June 20, as far as I'm concerned, as well as millions of Americans, Saturday is it. I'm dusting off my bikini and will be heading to the beach with my cousin and his buddies. One of his friend's is an aspiring chef and will be bringing some delicious summer fare for a fun picnic. I hope he brings lambi!
I can't wait, after a grueling semester in grad school, I just want to relax and loosen up a bit. Picnic at the beach sounds heavenly! Are you going anywhere this Memorial Day weekend?
The meaning of Memorial Day has gotten lost over the past few years, relegated to a three day weekend for short vacations and lounging at the beach. However, It's importance has not been lost on me. So, here's to the brave men and women who made it possible for us to enjoy those carefree days and to those who continue to fight for our freedom thousands of miles away. I salute you all!

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Would You Go See A Movie Alone?


Why is the thought of going to the movies alone so terrifying? Don't get me wrong, I understand the anxiety. After all, movie theaters are the epicenter of relationships, usually swarming with couples, young and old. So, it can be quite unnerving showing up without an entourage or at the very least, another person.

During my undergraduate studies, a classmate of mine was so shocked when I told her that I had a penchant for going to the movies alone. To me, it was just something I had been doing for as long as I can remember. To her, there was a stigma attached to the act because going to the movies alone was solely reserved for sad lonely women, spinsters.

I'm comfortable doing most things alone. I think it's so important to teach yourself how to function without the support of another, especially in situations in which having another presence is usually the norm. People often praise those capable of effortlessly navigating different social situations but I think there's also something so endearing about those individuals who are comfortable with all the silence.

I used to try this little trick during uncomfortable situations: I would allow myself to feel every anxious feeling that arose and worked on finding some comfort within them. Sometimes it would work and I would find  little ways to abate those anxious feelings and sometimes, it would not. However, those times it did work, I would feel a sense of victory, like I had solved one of life's little mysteries.

I'm curious, does  the thought of going to the movies alone make you cringe? or do you consider it a brazen act of empowerment?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

Hello my darlings, I just wanted to wish you all a happy and safe Easter weekend! I'll leave you with this brief history of Easter traditions
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Smile Brilliant Review

 
I've been trying to whiten my teeth with over-the-counter whiteners since I was a teenager so when the director of marketing of Smile Brilliant, an at-home professional teeth whitening system, contacted me to write a review about the product, I jumped at the chance.

Still, I was apprehensive. Did I accept their offer too soon? What if it didn't work?

Since I would never recommend a product to you that I knew was ineffective. The only way to silence those thoughts roaming around in my head was to just test it. And test it, I did.

The guarantee: Smile Brilliant is so confident you will be happy with their product, they offer an industry leading money back guarantee.

When the kit arrived at my house the instructions were fairly simple to follow:

1. Remove battery shield on back of the high intensity LED accelerator light
2. Remove clear plastic disc in order for LED light to work
3.Continuously twist pen cap (about 40 times) until whitening gel surfaces
4. Apply whitening gel onto surface of your teeth
5. Apply insert trays as instructed
6. Activate LED light and place on surface of trays (leave for recommended time 20-45 mins or longer)
Did Smile Brilliant live up to its promise?
Results:

The taste of the whitening gel was minty, not off-putting like most drugstore whitening agents I've tried in the past. Furthermore, I experienced zero teeth sensitivity, that's a huge plus for me.

I tried Smile Brilliant for just five days and I was pleasantly surprised by the results. My teeth seems whiter and shinier. See for yourself!
 
I took the photos on my cellphone with the flash turned off because I didn't want the glare to alter the color of my teeth. It seems to have whiten quite a bit.
Giveaway:
 
If you'd like to try Smile Brilliant, here's your chance. The company has offered to let me host a giveaway on Perception in Print! All you need to do is subscribe to Smile Brilliant Promotions to enter. Good luck my darlings!
 
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P.S. I did not get paid for this review. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Finally, It's Spring!

It's beginning to thaw ladies and gents. And it's about time, this winter seemed like the longest and harshest winter in winter's history.

A toast: to blue skies, blooming sunflowers, rays of sunshine and warmth, dear God the warmth!

Spring, I can't express how happy I 'am to see you!
 
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Stressed)

I'm so excited about the next book from "The Black Dagger Brotherhood" series. Yes, I love vampires and I'm not ashamed! I can't wait to read this beneath the covers, with my flashlight, like the geek that I am.

The truth about the seasons. I'm so ready for that little sliver portion of spring.

I just ordered these Posh Ankle-Strap flats. Can't wait to wear them!

I'm looking forward to trying this neighborhood restaurant, the menu is quite tempting!

New York, New York! I love these stunning cinemagraphs by Jamie Beck

Bacon scented alarm clock, what a way to wake up!

Yes, folks, happy is in and doesn't seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. What an infectious video!


I would bathe in a vat of this intensely decadent hot chocolate.

This confused little darling had me in stitches.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Why We Should Not Ban The Word Bossy

Have you heard of the Ban Bossy campaign?

Well, the Lean In Girl Scouts along with Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, have enlisted the likes of BeyoncĂ©, Jennifer Garner, Arne Duncan, Condoleezza Rice among other prominent figures to encourage people to stop labeling girls as "bossy."

Here's their argument:

"When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead. "

 This ranks as one of the silliest and retrogressive movements I've encountered in quite awhile. 

We would be doing girls a disservice by banning the word "bossy." We constantly encourage them to be confident, outspoken, resilient but wait, let's shield them from criticism.

Rather, we should embrace the word "bossy." Criticism builds character and encourages girls to pursue their goals with the same unabashed confidence as their male counterparts. "Bossy" girls run the world because they grow up to be COO's of multi-billion dollar companies, like you, Sandberg.

Let's relax a bit, Sandberg, and extinguish that feminist torch of yours, at least for a little awhile.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How To Handle Your Partner's Weight Gain

So, your significant other has packed on the pounds. You want to figure out a way to tell him that it's about time he sheds the weight but you're afraid of hurting his feelings. What to do?

Tread lightly as weight is a very sensitive issue. Do not, I repeat to do not pester him to lose weight because it will only create dual frustration and resentment. Remember, he's your equal not some child you need to control. In essence, you are not responsible for his wellbeing. However, you can encourage a healthier lifestyle by stocking the fridge with more nutritious options. You know how the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water...

If your partner refuses to make his health a priority, you have two choices. Either you learn to accept him or leave.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

First Kiss

Is there anything sweeter than the anticipation of at first kiss? It's awkward at first but as soon as your lips meet all the tension just melts away. And then, it's just, yes!

Filmmaker Tatia Pilieva captured the magic of the first kiss in her short film, where she enlisted 20 strangers to kiss on-camera for the first time. It's both awkward and exhilarating. Take a look!

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cheating


I was talking to one of my classmates the other day and the conversation quickly turned to relationships and cheating. Specifically, the allure of cheating.

Why do some people cheat on their partners? My theory is because they are ensnared by the thrill of eluding detection. The fear and excitement most people feel before cheating ultimately leads to...you guessed it,  more cheating. Some people figure if they could get away with it once, they might get away with it a second time, a third and so forth. So it becomes this endless cycle of wanting to recreate that euphoric feeling, even if it involves getting away with something that is morally reprehensible.

Here are just a few other reasons why people cheat:

1. They need the attention, for some, cheating is like sustenance for their self-esteem.

2.  Their current relationship is lacking in the sex department.

3. To keep up appearances. You heard me! some people feel the need to prove something they are desperate to believe about themselves.

4. Impulse control issues.

5. They're concerned primarily with their own interests. What's that condition called again? oh yes, being selfish.

6. Lastly, they're just plain bored.

Would you ever cheat on your partner? have you ever considered it? weigh in.

In case you're interested, common facts most people don't know!
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