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Spring is in full swing, Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means? It’s time to get ready for ESSENCE Festival®! This year makes it extra special, while I’ll be attending again as my fourth year – I’ll also be celebrating a very special milestone in my career and I’ve partnered with State Farm® to share the celebration with you! This year, I’ll be celebrating FIVE YEARS as a entrepreneur and publisher of DivasandDorks.com! Can you believe it? Five years ago, I took the leap of faith to walk away from my 10+ radio career to pursue my passion of style & technology and I haven’t looked back since.
I’ll admit, the road to entrepreneurship hasn’t been easy, but it’s been well worth it. I’ve had my fair share of doubt and moments where my confidence wasn’t at it’s best. Through it all, it’s been a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, but I think I’ve finally found my groove. Some of my greatest accomplishments include attending the 2012 London Olympics, traveling across the country as a professional speaker, working as a television correspondent and more. They say, the moment you choose a job that you love, then you’ll never have to work a day in your life. I’m finally living my dream daily and found a groove that was meant for me.
To celebrate, I’ve partnered with State Farm® and we want to know how you celebrate your life milestones for your chance to win a trip to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival® in New Orleans. Want to enter? It’s easy! Share moves on Instagram using the hashtags #StateFarmGroove and #ContestEntry, for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival® in New Orleans. These moves should be inspired by special moments that make you want to get up dance. Weddings and Graduations, are just a few milestones that’ll make me show off my groove moves – what about you? Check out the two-step entry process below!
How to enter:
First, upload your photo/video to Instagram using #StateFarmGroove and #ContestEntry in your description.
Second, upload your photos through the official #StateFarmGroove website.
One lucky (1) winner will receive the following:
Round-trip coach airfare for winner and one (1) guest to New Orleans
Four (4) nights, five (5) days hotel accommodations in New Orleans
Two (2) tickets per night to the ESSENCE Festival® concerts in New Orleans
Two (2) VIP Experience tickets (tickets to various VIP events provided by the ESSENCE Festival®)
Transportation to and from the New Orleans, LA, airport
The winner will appear in an ESSENCE and State Farm video on ESSENCE.com
See you in New Orleans!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own.
If you’ve been reading DivasandDorks.com for a few years, then you know how year after year – AT&T has been leading the change to educate and advocate against the dangers of distracted driving. As a matter of fact, AT&T has invested thousand of man hours and dollars in programming events, research and even partnering with Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile to spread the message that when it comes to multitasking while behind the wheel – It Can Wait.
AT&T has expanded the It Can Wait campaign from a focus on texting while driving to include major smartphone driving distractions like tweeting, snapping selfies and checking email from behind the wheel.
[Must Read: “It Can Wait” Battles The Most Deadliest Days Of The Year]
New research from AT&T shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net, and surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat. 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. While texting and emailing are still on the top of the list for distracted driving activities but now Facebook tops the list, with more than 25% of those surveyed admitted to using the app while driving.
AT&T is using the survey findings to help drive awareness of the dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel, and to encourage life-saving behavior change. AT&T’s working with social platforms and will launch a nationwide virtual reality tour this summer to show smartphone users that there’s no such thing as safe driving while using a smartphone. Twitter has even jumped on board with AT&T to share messages about the dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel.
Samsung, Bose and Google will support the immersive tour experience, which will be delivered through Samsung Gear VR, with premium sound from Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. Google Cardboard will make it possible for people to use their own smartphones to see the 3D virtual reality program.
Since 2010 the “It Can Wait” program has helped drive awareness of the dangers of texting while driving and has inspired more than 6.5 million pledges not to text and drive.
[Must Read: Take The Pledge #ITCANWAIT]
This next chapter in the fight against distracted driving is dedicated to spreading the word about the dangers of texting, snapping selfies, checking Facebook and Twitter from behind the wheel – No smartphone distraction is worth a terrible accident, or worse – losing a life.
To help spread awareness about the new leaders of distracted driving, DivasandDorks.com has teamed up with AT&T to give away an amazing It Can Wait prize pack which includes a Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, selfie stick, Beats By Dre Pill and more (EST value: $1000). Enter for your chance to win below and help spread the message that when it comes to using your smartphone while on the road, “No ___ is worth a life” – It Can Wait!
This sponsored post & giveaway is brought to you by AT&T – It Can Wait and Distracted Driving.
I’m beyond thrilled to partner with ESSENCE Magazine and Lincoln Motor Company to take the Journey Through The City contest nationwide! Are you an aspiring fashion stylist or designer and ready to take your fashion-inspiration to the next level? Do you have a passion for photography and love sharing your your vision through your lens? Are you a music and entertainment fanatic and want to share your gift of expression with the world?
Share your story and describe your personal journey for a chance to win a surprise dream day through New York City, Washington DC and Atlanta! Discover how you can enter for the chance of a lifetime experience below!
I’m so excited to be partnering with ESSENCE Magazine and Lincoln Motor Company for the exclusive opportunity of a lifetime! If you love fashion, photography or music and entertainment, ESSENCE Magazine and Lincoln wants to make your dreams come true with an experience unlike any other. We want to give you a chance to share your story and win big and entering is as easy as 1-2-3.
o Tell ESSENCE how your city inspires you and your style!
o You could win a dream experience in NYC’s hottest fashion scene and meet a celebrity stylist!
o ESSENCE and Lincoln invite you to share your story for a chance to win a surprise dream day, chauffeured in the all-new 2016 Lincoln MKX and introducing you to one-of-a-kind experiences in New York’s fashion industry.
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Are you loving the Apple watch yet? It’s been seen on celebrities and tech enthusiasts everywhere and the reviews are in! According to the “CrowdFlower Apple Watch Social Data Study,” 55% of Apple Watch consumers (and potential consumers) are loving the new gadget, while 45% have tweeted a less-than-positive response.
To conduct this study, CrowdFlower [www.crowdflower.com] — a data enrichment platform that collects, cleans, and labels big data sets — analyzed more than** **30,000 individual tweets about the Apple Watch since its launch on April 24. Other notable findings include:
WOMEN MORE ENTHUSED THAN MEN
* 64% of women expressed positive feelings toward the new gadget, while men are less enthused at a 53% overall approval rating. (Sentiment about the product has slumped a bit since its official announcement, when almost 74% of women and over 56% of men were excited and intended to purchase it.)
‘VARIETY OF APPS’ IS MOST-LOVED FEATURE
* By far, the most-loved element of the Watch are the variety of apps, which were cited 56% of the time when discussing its positive features. Specifically, Apple Watch owners tweeted in large numbers that the “health and fitness apps” are very useful and accurate.
How would you like a chance to win an Apple Watch of your own? We have a special Apple Watch giveaway – just in time for Mother’s Day!
Show mom that you will love her till the end of time with the new smart and stylish #AppleWatch valued at $749!
What you’ll win: 38mm Stainless Steel Case with Soft Pink Modern Buckle
Follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram today and look for the above giveaway graphic all day long and get access to enter the special contest before anyone else!
*** UPDATED 5/10/15 ***
Disclosure: This is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.
Don’t you love it when functional accessories also express your personal style? That’s why I’ve become a huge fan of the OtterBox brand of smartphone protection. Gone are the days of drab, monotone cases of old, everything is anew with bold and electrifying prints, colors and more! The latest installment of brilliant Symmetry designs comes OtterBox Brazilian Pop by fashion icon Nina Garcia.
The new OtterBox Symmetry Series is now available in a limited edition design created in collaboration with Project Runway judge Nina Garcia. Garcia brings her style and fashion industry expertise to this fashion-oriented case. Protection no longer comes at the expense of style with ‘Brazilian Pop!’ – a runway-ready blend of designer fashion and premium protection.
Inspired by Brazilian street art, ‘Brazilian Pop!’ was created exclusively for Nina’s Quarterly.co box. Quarterly is a box subscription service whereby influencers and celebrities, including Nina curate items and goods to send their followers and fans each quarter. The ‘Brazilian Summer #NGQ03′ box taps into this theme and ‘Brazilian Pop!’ reflects the movement, exploding with color and patterns.
The OtterBox Brazilian Pop Symmetry, is a vibrant mixture of tonal colors that is a welcome design into an ever-growing world of smartphone accessories. The mix of prints, colors and graffiti-like optical illusion stands out among what’s considered fashionable smartphone accessories. If you’re crazy about the tribal-trend like I am, you’ll absolutely love this stylish and protective case.
The OtterBox Brazilian Pop Symmetry case includes an inner rubber case, surrounding the power button, volume buttons and charging ports while a hard shell exterior protects the rear of the phone. The raised beveled edge protects your smartphone screen, making a two-layered combination of intuitive protection. That’s multiple layers of protection in one all-inclusive design!
The ‘Brazilian Pop!’ designer iPhone 5s cases and GALAXY S 5 cases are available to subscribers of the Nina Garcia ‘Brazilian Summer #NGQ03′ box and for a limited time on otterbox.com for $49.95 while quantities last. How would you like to win your own OtterBox Brazilian Pop case for the iPhone 5s or GALAXY S5? Follow DivasandDorks on Instagram for your chance to enter this EXCLUSIVE Giveaway today!
Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Absolute LoJack. However, all opinions are my own.
A laptop is stolen every 50 seconds. Just a little after 4am this morning, my friend’s 50 seconds of violation showed up. Her laptops were stolen. No it wasn’t during an over night home invasion, a thief watched as she packed her luggage in the trunk of her car for a 6am flight and waited until she went back inside to steal her things. “I noticed the trunk of my car was open and my suitcase, my laptop and my extra bag were all missing. Within 10 minutes of me leaving my car, someone stole my belongings, both my personal and business laptop and my sense of peace!” After speaking with my friend about the ordeal and failed assistance from the police, all I could think about is how happy I was that she was safe, but how horrible she must’ve felt knowing that someone planned on violating her this morning.
Personal theft is real and more rampant than ever. More and more adults, students and children carry more than one personal computer, tablet or smartphone at any given time. You would never want to be in my friend’s situation and seeking assistance and solace from an unfortunate situation like this – fortunately with Absolute LoJack you don’t have to.
This past weekend, I participated in the Absolute LoJack Challenge in which I was challenged to go #DigitallyDark by giving up the use of my laptop for an entire 48-hours. The challenge was a healthy way to unplug from my usual 7-Day work week and I welcomed the break from starring at my computer screen with open arms. There were times in which I did want to quickly check email or update a status via Facebook using my MacBook Air but I resisted the urge completely. Although my feelings yesterday were nothing like the feelings that my friend encountered today – it made me realize just how much we are attached to our beloved smartphones, tablets and computers – more than ever before.
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Absolute Software is offering Divas and Dorks an exclusive offer. You can get TWO years of the Absolute LoJack standard subscription for the price of ONE. (That’s a savings of $39!) How much do you value your personal electronics filled with sensitive information, important data, cherished photos and more. If you value your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer more than $39 – visit absolutelojack.com/challenge for more information on Absolute LoJack products and to redeem this exclusive offer.
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If you’ve ever wanted to go to SXSW or enjoyed this week’s coverage of the SXSW experience, I’ve got a surprise for you! SXSW is known for it’s super swag bags and I was lucky enough to score not one, BUT TWO iPod Shuffles during this week’s fun with Chevy. Guess what! I want to give them away to one luck DivasandDorks.com reader, and why not give them to you!
ENTER TO WIN AN IPOD SHUFFLE FOR YOU AND A FRIEND!
Winning is easy! Follow @DivasandDorks on Twitter, Facebook and check out the full list of all this week’s SXSW Coverage, from the videos, photos and links below. I’ll be randomly selecting a winner and shipping these new iPod Shuffles off to one lucky winner soon!
Visit any one of these posts and COMMENT for your chance to win…
It’s the season of reflection, new beginnings and love! Discover what happens when a man falls in love with artificial intelligence. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world. Warner Bros. pictures has partnered with Divas And Dorks to promote the upcoming nationwide release of the film, HER. Check out more on the film below and how you could win a “HER” Movie prize pack below.
Synopsis: The film follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
Director: Spike Jonze
Screenplay: Spike Jonze
Producers: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay
Executive Producers: Daniel Lupi, Natalie Farrey and Chelsea Barnard
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson
(Hollywood Movie Money is a free admission voucher to see the film redeemable nation wide starting 01/09 – Thursday., 02/06 in any theater excluding AMC Theaters.)
NOW PLAYING IN SELECT THEATERS STARTS EVERYWHERE JANUARY 10