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September 2014



10 Days of San Gennaro with Verizon Droid Mini

Written by , Posted in New York

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(taken with the Verizon Droid Mini Front Face Camera)

One of the season’s most anticipated festivals in New York City is the San Gennaro! It was for 10 days for fun, food and more food! Thousands of people from all over the world will pack Little Italy for food, fun and an amazing celebration of Italian culture. I was happy to go and see all the festivities. It is just in my neighborhood so I could walk there and enjoy all the awesome events.

With over 20,000 Instagram photos over the past 10 days, I had a few to add to the pile as well. The Droid Mini is small, fast and mighty. The battery life was great and the camera was outstanding. I was able to access the camera in a quick swipe and with just one hand.  I am an Android user and found that the Droid Mini was packed with a lot of features like a really loud speaker, great coverage and numerous apps available.  I look forward to visiting again next year!

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Taken with the Droid Mini Camera with IG Filter

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Taken with the Droid Mini Back Camera no Filter

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Taken with Droid Mini Back Camera with VSCO filter

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Big thanks to Verizon to letting me experience the Droid Mini for the San Gennaro Festival!


Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants, this year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.

Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, an 11-day event featuring religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day when a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church through the streets that comprise Little Italy.

“This Feast of San Gennaro holds a special place in the place of Italian people everywhere,” says Joseph Mattone, President of Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. “It is a festive period of faith and redemption, a time for remembrance and reconciliation, and a time for celebration. The delicious food, the free musical entertainment that reflects Italian-American culture and heritage are all there. The Feast brings the world to Little Italy and Little Italy to the world.”




September 2014



MIRACLE DOGS: Rescue Stories by Liz Stavrinides @miracledogs

Written by , Posted in My Dog Jacob

Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters each year, and unfortunately roughly a third of these pets are euthanized due to lack of space. In MIRACLE DOGS: Rescue Stories (St. Martin’s Press; on sale 10/7) author and professional pet photographer Liz Stavrinides celebrates and honors the rescuers and the dogs whose lives they’ve saved through her impeccable photography and heartwarming stories, while raising awareness to animal rescue and pet adoption in America.

On sale during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month, MIRACLE DOGS features celebrity rescue pet owners, including Hoda Kotb, Lance Bass, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Chevy Chase, rescue organizations and everyday families, showcasing both the canines’ and their owners’ incredible bravery and compassion. A poignant tribute to man’s best friend, each story offers a compelling narrative detailing the dog’s journey to its new home, some to look forward to include:

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  • The story of Wyatt, an assistance dog who helped a young boy with autism communicate with the outside world
  • Uplifting stories from organizations like The Gentle Barn, which is home to 130 rescue animals who once they are rehabilitated help to heal abused children
  • Stories similar to that of Fiona’s who was found blind and starving before finding her loving family


Liz Stavrinides has combined two of her greatest passions, animals and photography, into a successful career. After stints in the culinary arts and real estate, Liz has been a professional photographer since 2011, focusing most of her work on animal rescue.

She also volunteers her services to nonprofit rescue organizations. She resides in La Quinta, California with her rescued pups. Visit her website: http://miracledogsphoto.com/ for more information.



“[A] heartwarming collection of stories and portraits of 50 amazing dogs and their loving owners…sure to inspire a trip to the local shelter.”Publishers Weekly

“[An] uplifting and inspirational book…essential for dog lovers and those who are active in rescue as well as animal photography fans.” — Library Journal


Miracle Dogs demonstrates a truth that lies at the heart of all rescue stories: That sharing a home with an animal—especially one that’s been forgotten and left to the fates—can enrich even the most glamorous and well-lived lives.”

—Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Dogs


“Each touching vignette captures and radiates the simple, profound and enduring joy of sharing our lives with dogs.”

— Nick Trout, bestselling author of Tell Me Where It Hurts and Dog Gone, Back Soon


Miracle Dogs is an uplifting, inspirational collection that will make you want to rescue a dog (or forty).

If you have never experienced the undying gratitude and unconditional love of a shelter dog for his new family, take one look at these photos and read these stories. The wagging tails, goofy smiles and furry hugs say it all.”

—David Rosenfelt, author of Dogtripping


“After finishing Miracle Dogs, I’m still struggling to decide who was rescued by whom. Through masterfully warm photography that accompanies each perfectly pitched rescue story,

Liz Stavrinides superbly conveys the dichotomy of the world of canine rescue — is it the dog or the human custodian who ends up on the rescued end of the leash?”

Steven Wolf, author of Comet’s Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life


“There has probably been as much written about dogs as any subject on earth, and yet no book has managed to really capture it, until Miracle Dogs. Dogs are beyond words. It’s more than the loyalty, unquestioned love, companionship, devotion, innocence, purity of spirit, and boundless joy when you come through the door. It’s more than making you feel special when you don’t, or curling up next to you when you need to be curled up next to. Miracle Dogs perfectly encapsulates what dogs mean to us, and how we connect to them.”

—Bill Persky, Emmy Award-winning director, screenwriter, producer, and actor



September 2014



Not All About The Women: NYFW – Darkoh SS15 @darkohmenswear

Written by , Posted in New York

Around this time of year all eyes are usually focused on women’s fashion but Darkoh is one of the few gems of a show to highlight the gravity of menswear. This season “the brand will introduce a smart and trendy ready-to-wear suit line made out of the finest natural cloth, for the young generation of active men,” Darkoh states.

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On Monday, September 8th at the Loft Studio 450 she proved to do just that. Ruling over a male-dominated branch of designers and tailors Joyce Darkoh has shown the power of this young brand. From the incredible color range of powder pink to sodium white and the blatant display of exquisite craftsmanship in each suit this line has me convinced that Darkoh has it going on.

I love a well dressed guy.  Here are some of my favorite looks from the show:

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September 2014



Lassie and Pets Best Present Insurance Policies to Newly Adopted Pets

Written by , Posted in My Dog Jacob

Lassie Helps Pets Best Present Insurance Policies to 2 Newly Adopted Pets

Pet insurance agency sponsors FIDO Friendly’s nationally recognized pet adoption tour 


BOISE, Idaho (Sept. 16, 2014) – In recognition of Pet Health Insurance Month in September, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading pet insurance agency, recently had help from television legend Lassie while presenting Pets Best pet insurance policies to two newly adopted pets during the Get Your Licks on Route 66 pet adoption tour.


Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best, has a long-running history with Lassie, as he presented the iconic canine with the first pet insurance policy issued in the United States 32 years ago.


Lassie and Dr. Stephens made an appearance during a Sept. 14 adoption event at the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills, California, the third stop on the Get Your Licks on Route 66 pet adoption tour. As a reward for supporting the adoption event, the first two families who adopted a pet that day were given one-year pet insurance policies. The Pets Best BestBenefit accident and illness policies were purchased and donated by FIDO Friendly.


The first pet insurance recipient was an 8-year-old mixed breed dog named Chopo, who, after spending a year at the shelter, happily went home with his new family. The second recipient was a black domestic shorthair kitten who is still unnamed but now has a place to call home.


“Pets Best is dedicated to improving the lives of pets across the nation by helping their owners afford the high costs associated with increasingly complex veterinary treatments,” Dr. Stephens said. “As a pet-focused organization, we take pride in supporting events that play a valuable role in promoting pet adoption.”


In an effort to raise awareness about shelters and pet adoption opportunities across the country, Pets Best has joined the Get Your Licks on Route 66 pet adoption tour as the official pet insurance sponsor. The annual tour is put on by FIDO Friendly, a pet-focused travel and lifestyle publication. The tour kicked off on Sept. 12 in Riverside, California, and it ends in Kansas City on Oct. 19.


The sixth annual Get Your Licks on Route 66 tour will make its way across the country, stopping in 16 cities to bring awareness to pet adoption. Each event will take place at a local pet adoption site, and the public is invited to join the festivities. Pets available for adoption will be featured at each event for the public to meet and interact with.


Greg Sims, president and chief operating officer of FIDO Friendly, and Susan Sims, publisher of the quarterly magazine, developed the idea for the annual tour six years ago.


“It occurred to me that while we traveled with our dogs to review hotels and destinations, there might be something we could do while we were going from city to city on behalf of homeless pets,” Susan Sims said, adding that the couple has two adopted shelter dogs, a Labrador retriever named Junior and a boxer named Jake. “I often thought shelters endured a stigma of housing ‘throw-away dogs’ and that if you wanted a purebred dog, you would need to connect with a breeder. Both of our dogs serve as examples that the stigma associated with shelters is far from true.”


Actress, best-selling author and animal lover Danica McKellar serves as the event’s official spokesperson this year. McKellar, best known for her role as Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years” was recently seen competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” McKellar made a special appearance at the Los Angeles Animal Services East Valley Shelter on Sept. 13 in Van Nuys, California.


Brandon McMillan, host of the popular CBS show “Lucky Dog,” was also in attendance at the Sept. 13 event. McMillan and his crew filmed a segment that day at the shelter for an upcoming episode of “Lucky Dog.”


In the past five years, the tour has helped more than 2,000 pets find their forever homes. To learn more about the tour dates, visit www.getyourlicksonroute66.com. People who visit this website and make a donation of $10 or more to the tour will receive a free, one-year digital subscription to FIDO Friendly and a “Leave No Dog Behind®” bumper sticker.


“With the help of our sponsors, we will continue this life-saving tour every year to help shed light on the plight of homeless pets,” Susan Sims said.


About Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC

Dr. Jack L. Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best, founded pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981 with a mission to end euthanasia when pet owners couldn’t afford veterinary treatment. Dr. Stephens went on to present the first U.S. pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Pets Best provides coverage for dogs and cats. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best team with his passion for quality pet care and his expert veterinary knowledge. He is always available to answer questions regarding veterinary medicine, pet health and pet insurance. The Pets Best team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Visit www.petsbest.com for more information.


Pet insurance coverage offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates that has been providing life, health, disability, medical stop-loss and specialty insurance solutions to groups and individuals for over 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit: www.ihcgroup.com. Additional insurance services administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Prime Insurance Company. Some existing business is underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut. Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own products.

Pets Best is a proud member of the North America Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).

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About FIDO Friendly

National quarterly dog magazine, FIDO Friendly is the Travel & Lifestyle magazine for you and your dog. Now in its 14th year, each issue includes hotel and destination reviews, adoption stories, health and wellness topics and the latest trends. FIDO Friendly is the only magazine dedicated to the travel and lifestyle for you and your best friend and the one magazine, your dog will thank you for! Leave No Dog Behind.®




September 2014



The Stars Align for @MelodyEhsani x @Reebok

Written by , Posted in Los Angeles

I am dying over these the latest MExREEBOK collaboration shoes!!

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Go Melody! Do YOU girl!
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I  have been laying low on Social Media lately because of my latest project for Fashion Week and also my soaping biz... but i MUST have these. I have set an alert on my calendar to get these as soon as they drop next week!… YAY!

They come in two classic Reebok silhouettes with a touch of M.E. signature flare. I am dying for the high tops. The Constellation Pack is everything. :]

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They come out in 7 days!



September 2014



Great Gift Idea: Snacking Soaps from HK Artist Ation Yeung

Written by , Posted in WorldWide

Shun Kee Soap Bakery (順記肥皂餅家) design by Ation Yeung

Shun Kee Soap Bakery design by Ation Yeung. This soap collection is designed as Hong Kong souvenir. The design concept is originated from Hong Kong style food and soap. “Soap” is a daily necessity but it usually in dull appearance and shape. Designer, Ation Yeung, who is born and raise in Hong Kong and he love HK foods very much, thus he mixed with soap and Hong Kong style food together to be a soap collection with fun, practical and environmental friendly principal. In this collection “Shun Kee Soap Bakery” shows us the most popular Hong Kong style foods, included Mini Egg tart, Pineapple Bun and Put Cha Ko etc…
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How fun! Always down to support a fellow HK artist, soaper and foodie! 

Check out the soaps on his store here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShunKeeSoapBakery

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