Posts Written On December 12, 2011

The Sea Is All I Know

Directed and written by Jordan Bayne, The Sea Is All I Know is an extraordinary story of love in the face of death. It’s an honest portrait of a family coming to terms with their relationship to death. When estranged couple, Sara (Melissa Leo) and Sonny (Peter Gerety), come to the aid of their dying daughter (Kelly Hutchinson), the experience sends them spiraling into spiritual crisis and brutal heartbreak. In the end, an act of selfless love renews their lives and transcends their loss of faith…and even death itself.

The Sea Is All I Know

I recently had the opportunity to see the film, which immediately zooms in on the lives of the characters during one of the most emotionally harrowing scenarios life could present. It shows how the love between a man and a woman can be united by their love for their family. It is intimate, gripping and heart-wrenching, with raw and powerful performances from Leo, Gerety and Hutchinson.

We got to hear from director and writer, Jordan Bayne, and Oscar award-winning actress, Melissa Leo, after the screening (Leo had actually been sitting behind me, sniffling away with the rest of us during the film).  We learned that Bayne had written the movie with Leo in mind for the role of Sara. Kelly Hutchinson, who bares a striking resemblance to Leo, was recommended for the role by Peter Gerety. Most amazing, is that the beautiful sea shanty which had a way of tying the movie together, was written by Bayne.

Jordan Bayne and Melissa Leo at Q&A session

This was an beautiful film, which I recommend you see if you have the opportunity, but I do suggest you bring some tissues with you!

Film Trailer

xoxo, Olisa

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We were Featured on Top International ‘Ego-Blogs’ via @ranDOMogul

Here is a snippet from our friends at Wear Gold Wear Sunscreen – Fellow Blogger Dominique… 🙂 Thanks girl! 
 
Ego – Blogger |ˈēgō| blägger
noun ( pl. egos)
Form of web site narrative based on an individual or group of users who produce an ongoing recount based on their self-importance and online popularity
The blogger(s)’ popularity does not necessarily translate beyond their online presence
Said blog has a strong online fan base who frequently check for updates
“what we do is we take photos of ourselves and we post them on the internet. Now a lot of you may be thinking that this is a very strange and even narcissistic concept but the fact is that these kinds of blogs are getting bigger and bigger. I feel like the demand on these kinds of blogs relies on the concept of reality. people are hungry for real inspiration, we don;t want to rely on the magazines to feed us with the amazing editorials with beautiful models wearing extremely expensive clothing. We want to see this on real people. We want to see what people around the world are wearing and most importantly we want to see them in clothes we can afford” – Andy
Here are a few international Ego Bloggers that have a strong following, check them out
Andy – Style Scrapbook : Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Katja – Katjusha Dawai : Berlin, Germany
Cheyenne Davide  – Yeah It’s Shyy : London, England
Lily – Bleed For Fashion – Vancouver, Canada
Yvonne, Olisa, Bella, June, Craig, Tanya – HeyDoYou – New York, Toronto, LA
Jay Strut – Satisfashion : Toronto
Kheira – La Chro De Mode – France
Michelle Bombchell – bombchell – Atlanta, Georgia
It’s no secret that ego bloggers are taking over, whether you agree with their blogging techniques or not. Andy also offered up some tips on how to gain a strong following. Seeing as how she dropped out of a promising university program, picked up and moved to Amsterdam in order to pursue her dream in fashion, found herself unemployed in a foreign country and managed to kick start her career through an original blog concept, I’d definitely take her advice.
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Woof Woof for @OpenChime

Whether looking for a dog walking service, selecting a groomer, finding a kennel or seeking a dog trainer, the amount of services available to pet owners can be overwhelming.  Previously, pet owners may have gone online, searched for the type of service they need and then had to make dozens of calls to find pricing and details.  Now there is an easier and faster solution as OpenChime.com today announced that its free service is available to help pet owners find the perfect partners.

OpenChime can connect pet owners with local service providers of any kind and with over two million vendors in its database, it is easy to find anything that might be needed, from dog walkers and groomers, to vets, pet sitters and pet door installers. As OpenChime can provide access to vendors anywhere on the globe, the service can be a valuable tool for owners that might be taking their pet on a trip and need to find services in their destination.
Consumers looking for pet services are utilizing OpenChime to find local vendors and resources.  Once a user submits a request for service via a simple form, OpenChime finds the local providers, contacts them and has they then send the consumer a personalized response with more information about their services and pricing.  The average user will spend less than 60 seconds on the site submitting their request and can save as much as 75 percent off the vendors’ highest price.  By having access to multiple bids, the consumer saves money and time.
“We understand that pets are part of the family and owners want to find the best people and places to help, so we are proud that OpenChime.com is now available to help make the process easier, faster and less expensive,” said Erden Kiciman, founder of OpenChime.com.
For companies and individuals that provide pet services, OpenChime can be an easy way to reach potential customers.  Professionals and companies that secure business through an OpenChime lead pay OpenChime.com a commission.  Because OpenChime understands that every business is different and has unique financial concerns, the company allows each vendor to choose a commission that they think is fair, anything from 0 to 100 percent.  By operating on the “honor system” and allowing vendors to choose the commission paid to OpenChime, the company is showing that it trusts its vendors to be fair and reputable – the same traits that consumers will seek.
In June 2011, OpenChime received seed funding from Lightbank, the Chicago investment firm started by Groupon co-founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell.
OpenChime, based in Chicago, IL, is a free online service that helps people easily connect with local service providers of any kind. From plumbers, maids and gardeners, to scuba instructors in Mexico and hot air balloon rides in California, no matter what the consumer needs, OpenChime can help them find people who can help. Users simply input what they need and OpenChime handles the rest: finding businesses, contacting them, and sending you their personalized responses in one clean email. For business owners, OpenChime is an innovative way of securing new clients who have an immediate need for services.  Please visit www.OpenChime.com for more information.
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New Movie: Young Adult Starring Charlize Theron

Young-Adult

Last week, I got the chance to go to the Young Adult premiere in Hollywood. The stars of the Paramount movie include Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, and Patton Oswalt. IMDb describes the movie as:

“Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now married with kids.”

This is a must see movie! I’m a huge Charlize Theron fan and this movie made me love her just that much more. The plot line isn’t like every other movie involving love where there’s a disgustingly repulsive “happy ending” THANK GOODNESS. I think if I say much more i’d probably end up spoiling the movie. I will say there are a bunch of hilarious, memorable quotes from the movie i’ll never forget. Take a peak at the trailer below.

Young Adult comes out in theaters Friday, December 16th! Hope you love as much as I do!

xo, June 🙂

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