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A Chic Holiday Gift For Him That Jimmy Fallon And J. Crew Approves!

November 20th, 2015 by Tech Staff

If you’re looking for a quirky stocking stuffer gift to take your man’s style to the next level, J. Crew has the perfect gift for you.

Jimmy Fallon, the host of “The Tonight Show,” had a vision for something that would take his style to the next level, so he whipped up a prototype and approached J. Crew with an idea: an iPhone case and a pocket square in one.

Pocket Dial


And thus the limited-edition Pocket Dial was born —because carrying your phone in your pants is so 2014. And since one pocket square is never enough, J. Crew even created interchangeable extras (the Pocket Redial) in classic patterns that are at home in any suit pocket. But you won’t just look good, you’ll feel good too: All of the net proceeds benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a Kenya-based charity that protects Africa’s elephants from ivory poaching and extinction.



How does the man in your life balance his tech and style?  Would this be a new gift you’d like to give this season?  Share your thoughts below!

New Facebook Feature Helps Ease The Sting Of Updates from Your Ex

November 19th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Looking for a way to distance yourself from social media updates from your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend?  Facebook wants to help!  

Facebook is rolling out a new set of features on the mobile app that’ll help you “weed out” the amount of updates you see from your exes and vice versa.  Instead of blocking or unfriending them, you can now be a sneaky and slowly ween yourself apart online.  Discover more the new Facebook breakups features coming to mobile devices soon, below!


Facebook breakups


With one fail swoop and change of your relationship status Facebook will give you the option to magically reduce the number of updates, photos and videos visible.  Additionally, this Facebook breakups feature will give you the option of automatically untagging or limiting the visibility of posts and photos with an ex. You can either go through each post one by one to decide whether to untag yourself or get rid of all tags in one clean sweep.


Facebook breakups


The feature will also allow you to limit the updates your ex may see about you. You can choose to hide your posts from that person, so they will only be able to see those posts that you share publicly, with mutual friends or those that you have tagged them in.


After years of requests from users in the community, Facebook has decided to offer options other than “unfriending” and “blocking exes” to make the transition a whole lot easier. Ending a relationship in the age of Facebook breakups will always be complicated, but this new feature may be just the option you never knew you needed to make it a friendlier experience online.
Are you friends with your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife on Facebook?  Have you ever “unfriended” or “blocked” an ex after a breakup?  Share your thoughts below!

Upgrade To Clearer Vision With Xperio UV Protection Lenses

November 19th, 2015 by Christen

Growing up, I’ve always had crisp and clear 20/20 vision.  Ironically, I was also the kid that desperately wanted to wear glasses since I was in the 4th grade.  Back then, there was something so studious and chic about wearing glasses and even though I didn’t need them, I wanted to wear glasses bad.  Fast forward 20 years later, after starting the blog and spending 10-12 hours staring at a computer screen, I noticed my eyesight wasn’t what it used to be.  I needed glasses, and I needed them fast.



After years of wearing a variety of prescription reading glasses and sunglasses I thought I experienced the pinnacle of clear vision should be. That is, until I learned about Xperio UV polarized prescription lenses.  Xperio UV polarized prescription sun lenses virtually eliminate blinding glare so you can see the outside world with sharper color and greater depth.  Xperio UV polarized prescription sun lenses aren’t just ordinary sun lenses either. They help you see more no matter if you’re staring at a computer screen in the office all day or playing sports outside, providing excellent clarity of vision all while protecting your eyes with a superior quality lens.


glasses collage


Recently, I got the chance to ship off a pair of designer prescription sunglasses for the Xperio UV polarized lens treatment.  After a few weeks, my sunglasses were returned with a certificate of authenticity & guide on caring for my new and improved shades.  Not only were the polarized lenses a complete upgraded vision experience but they also eliminate 100% of blinding reflective glare, they’re practically scratch resistant and offer maximum UV (SPF 50) eye protection.



xperio uv



If you need an upgraded vision experience, check with your optometrist today.  Your Eyecare Professional offers a wide range of sun lenses, but Xperio UV lenses offer maximum UV protection, scratch resistance and cleanability, while delivering superior vision indoors and out. Want to learn more?  Connect with Xperio UV on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube today or visit them online at online.


This post has been sponsored by Xperio UV however, all opinions are my own.

Jumpstart Your New Year’s Resolution to a Happier and Healthier You With Walgreens!

November 16th, 2015 by Christen


The holidays have always been a time where I assessed my health, wealth and relationships.  I try to monitor my weight just so I can truly enjoy all the great food and desserts for the holidays – AND to get a jump start on my new year’s resolution. Luckily, Walgreens and The National Urban League has teamed up to spread awareness and prevention measures to help everyone live happy and healthier lives – just in time for the holidays.


I’ve Partnered With Walgreens To Usher The Wellness Tour To NYC!


New Orleans Photographer Frank Aymami


Last month, I checked out the Walgreen’s / National Urban League Wellness Tour in New Jersey and I got a first hand experience of the importance of early detection that instantly snapped me into reality. After a series of quick tests and measurements, I was stunned to learn that unhealthy eating habits and stress caused me to gain TWENTY POUNDS + a host of elevated health concerns! I knew, leading up to my visit that I hadn’t been practicing healthy habits, but I had no idea the repercussions that it had on my health.


Walgreens Wants To Empower Communities To Take Back Their Health

Through my Wellness Tour visit, I was able to detect the spike in my blood pressure and BMI vitals early and make some serious lifestyle adjustments towards a healthier new me! In just a few weeks, I’ve been able to shed almost FIFTEEN POUNDS and I’m feeling more energized and refreshed than ever before!



Many people my age never make preventative doctor or hospital visits, until it’s too late. Over the last eight years, The Wellness Tour has administered more than 570,000 health tests valued at $12.8 million in communities throughout the United States. These no charge health tests are vital in the quest of early detection and empowering communities with knowledge and resources for the prevention and early detection of today’s leading chronic diseases. It’s your life, your health and early testing now could make a world of difference for you later.

Discover more from The Wellness Tour and connect with Walgreens by visiting

Dove Celebrates Curly Girls Everywhere With The Most Adorable Emojis Ever (+ Find Out How To Download For Free!)

November 10th, 2015 by Lifestyle Staff

Curly girls and Naturalistas rejoice! Dove has unveiled the world’s first curly haired emojis to shake up & break the smartphone stigma of straight haired emoticons.  In a move that’ll allow women and girls blessed with curly locks to fully express themselves – Dove has created a wide assortment of adorable emojis and we love them for it!

dove curly emoji


The Dove Love Your Curls Emojis campaign weren’t simply conjured out of a cute idea.  Multicultural women for years have had a sense of digital oversight and lack of representation of beauty and style in the media.


“By offering curly hair women and girls?emojis?representative of their hair, Dove continues its commitment?to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, and?not anxiety.”  – Philip Heimann,  General Manager [Ogilvy & Mather Paris]


The Love Your Curls launch follows a recent study which found that just 4 in 10 curly haired women in the US found straight hair to be beautiful, choosing to identify with characteristics such as smooth, sleek and shiny instead.

dove emojis

The new range of emoji characters come in a variety of shades and styles and is a huge step in celebrating the beauty of all diverse women no matter their hair color, type or curl pattern.  Want to get these beauties on your smartphone or tablet device?  The Dove Love Your Curls Emojis keyboard works with all of your favorite apps: iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Kik, Viber, email, and more! The Dove Love Your Curls emojis are available for download on the App Store and Google Play today!

The App Every Entrepreneur Needs To Score The Best Workspace On The Go

November 9th, 2015 by Christen

As an entrepreneur, I spend roughly about 200+ days on the road traveling for work and play.  Getting critical work done on the go,  usually meant tracking down the nearest coffee shop to score caffeine and wifi.  Sometimes I’ve been lucky, but oftentimes the “Where’s the wifi” game didn’t always lead to the out of office productivity I needed.  After searching long and hard to find a space to work in, I’ve walked through doors that looked more like standing room only nightclubs, rather than work-friendly workspaces.  That’s until I discovered the best app for entrepreneurs that’s helped me score the best workspaces on the go – say hello to the WHA app.




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What’s WHA?  (Not to be confused with WhatsApp) WHA is short for Work Hard Anywhere and it’s kinda like the Yelp for hardworking creatives, freelancers, and entrepreneurs who work beyond the corporate cubicle.  As seen on Entrepreneur and Yahoo – WHA uses geolocation to identify what cafes and coworking spaces are around you, and then gives you the lowdown on whether or not there’s decent wifi, parking and seating. In other words, if time is money, this free app is worth its weight in gold for freelancers and other professionals on the go.


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The beauty of this app is that it isn’t limited to retail coffee shops or open locations with wifi.  The WHA tipping feature lets visitors leave relevant bits of information for one another, like drop-in rates for coworking spaces, operating hours for cafes and other need-to-know info. So the next time you find yourself traveling or exploring someplace new, you can work smarter than before with an app that keeps you in the know.  Get it for free in the iTunes App Store today & sign up to discover when the WHA app will be available for Android users here.


How do you find places to work on the go?  Share your tips for finding great workspaces below!

[Exclusive] Questlove Rocks Detroit With The Martell Vanguard Series

October 26th, 2015 by Christen

Questlove Martell Vanguard Series Detroit


On Sunday, October 25th The House Of Martell invaded Detroit as Questlove of the legendary band, The Roots, rocked a jammed-packed crowd on the second stop of the exclusive Martell Vanguard Series at The Garden Theater in Detroit.


Martell Vanguard Series Detroit


The House of Martell, currently celebrating 300 years of crafting fine Cognacs, has partnered with award-winning musicians The Roots to debut The Vanguard Series, a collection of curated events throughout the country. The Martell Vanguard Series highlighted an evening of great food, fun and of course the exceptional Martell portfolio of speciality drinks.


“What makes The Vanguard Series such a special partnership with Martell, is that we are able to combine the art and craftsmanship behind our music along with our favorite cognac,” –  Questlove


Martell Vanguard Series Detroit


Questlove, the multi-instrumentalist, DJ, music journalist, and record producer, best known as the drummer and joint frontman (with Black Thought) for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, took to the turntables to entertain the Detroit crowd with music mixes from music’s elite including Mary J. Blige, Beyonce and more!


Curated with the help of a Detroit based Martell Council, including designer Rick Williams, hip hop artist Black Milk and celebrated Chef Bell – Questlove ushered guests on a journey through the best in food, art and music all night long. Throughout the six-part series, fans of Martell will experience live concerts and culinary events and will have the opportunity to taste and experience the Martell portfolio like never before. Each event will also feature local ambassadors from each city, inventive cocktails and specialty food pairings.

Questlove Martell Vanguard Series Detroit


Just before experiencing another one of Questlovle’s legendary DJ sets in Detroit, I got the chance to sit down with him to discuss his craziest Detroit memories, smartphone apps, his dream collaboration and more!  (You won’t believe what Aretha Franklin, the late great Proof of D12 and a late night New Year’s Eve drive have in common!)  Check it out the story and more below!




Didn’t get to catch the Martell Vanguard Series in Detroit?  Don’t worry, the exclusive Martell Vanguard Series hits the road and will be heading to Chicago and Atlanta soon!  Want to learn?  If you’re 21+ – get social with Martell Cognac on Twitter or Instagram today and visit Martell online at #ChooseBetter


DISCLOSURE:  Although the content has been sponsored by The Network Niche Influencer Network & Martell, all thoughts, photos and opinions are my own.

[In The Community] I’ve Partnered With Walgreens To Usher “The Wellness Tour” To NYC!

October 23rd, 2015 by Christen

As a huge champion of Duane Reade / Walgreens health and wellness initiatives, I’m thrilled to help spread the word about The Wellness Tour (coming to a city near you soon).  Walgreens and the National Urban League have joined together for the ninth year for The Wellness Tour community outreach program dedicated to providing free preventative and early detection health services to at-risk communities.  Discover how you can score over $100 in critical health screenings for you and your family below!


The Wellness Tour


It’s no secret that heart disease and cancer are among the leading causes of death for African Americans.  The National Urban League and Walgreens wants to do something about that by offering adults 18+ free health tests, (valued at over $100) measuring key health indicators that include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, visceral fat, real body age and more. This quick and easy 20-minute testing and consultation concludes with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staff discussing results and tips for creating healthier living habits.


All for FREE!  (your insurance is not billed.)


Over the last eight years, The Wellness Tour has administered more than 570,000 health tests valued at $12.8 million in communities throughout the United States.  The Wellness Tour is making it’s way to the Tri-State area and you could benefit from a heading to your local Walgreens location soon.  Discover the closest Wellness Tour stop coming your way HERE.


The Wellness Tour

Walgreens and the National Urban League want to empower individuals with the knowledge and resources for the prevention and early detection of today’s leading chronic diseases. Together Walgreens and the National Urban League are committed to providing urban and at-risk communities access to valuable health tests that deliver key insights and assist individuals in the pursuit of happier and healthier lives.

Grab your girlfriends and join me, Tuesday, October 27th in Jersey City at The Wellness Tour and participate in a day of wellness at Walgreens.  Discover more of what’s in store for The Wellness Tour as it rolls to a city near you by visiting  It’s your life, it’s your health and testing is absolutely free!  See you there!

Tuesday, October 27th



2395 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Jersey City, New Jersey 07304


Disclosure:  This previous article has been sponsored in part by Walgreens and The National Urban League, however all thoughts and opinions shared are unbiased and based on my personal view. 

Watch Out Etsy Fans, Amazon Handmade Is Now The Most Addicting Shopping Experience Online

October 9th, 2015 by Christen

What if Etsy, Homegoods and Amazon had a baby?  In case you didn’t have enough choices for amazing personalized gifts and accessories, you can now add a new outlet of shopping greatness just ready to fuel your shopaholic tendencies.  There once was a time where you had to choose between finding  unique gift from Etsy but waiting forever for shipping or finding a nice gift elsewhere online that offered lightening fast shipping.  Now Amazon Handmade wants to combine shopping for personalized products with the best shipping found online and it’s going to be the death of shopaholics’ wallets everywhere!


amazon handmade


Amazon launched the new addition to their site earlier this week. The new Amazon Handmade shopping place  includes 80,000 items from about 5,000 sellers in 60 countries. Amazon Handmade already has some of the most amazing products located within six categories: home, jewelry, artwork, stationery + party supplies, kitchen + dining and baby.  Just like on Etsy, you’ll be able to find those quirky homemade goodies on the site in addition to the super artisanal goods.


Amazon Handmade shopping


Etsy brings in about $2 billion a year in sales and is by no means a small business, but when compared to Amazon’s $75 billion dollar business it could spell DOOM for the Etsy brand. But when it comes down to Amazon’s global presence, it could mean a whole lot more traffic for budding makers and artisans everywhere. Whether you’re looking for that perfect charm for your charm bracelet, custom party invitations, or a new piece of furniture, Handmade is making it easier to shop online products from hand-picked artisans.



Chances are, you’ll be Netflixing and chilling or Amazon splurging tonight – why not get a head start on your holiday shopping and check out Amazon Handmade


Instagram Giveaway: Enter To Win A Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Watch This Weekend! #Contest

October 2nd, 2015 by Christen

You know we at LOVE a good gadget giveaway!  This time, we teamed up with a few other chic geeks for an AMAZING Apple iPhone 6s AND Apple Watch Giveaway!  Want to learn more? Well keep reading for details…




Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re hosting a super duper giveaway!  Fight Like a Girl and celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness with our Rose Gold Apple Giveaway. You read right, you can enter to win the new smart and stylish Rose Gold Apple Watch sport and iPhone 6s this weekend!


PRIZE DETAILS: (1) 38mm Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport w/ stone band + (1) Rose Gold Apple iPhone 6s (Value: $1,048.00 +tax)
You know there’s a catch, right?  You have to be apart of our Instagram community to be eligible to win!



FIRST, you must follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram

SECOND, tag two friends in the comments who would love to win the iPhone 6s + Apple watch sport in Rose Gold.

LASTLY, click the photo to find the next person in the loop for even more chances to win!!


Check out Instagram to enter today – the contest ends Sunday, October 4th at 7pm (EST).

Rose Gold iPhone 6s instagram loop giveaway



Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport

Good Luck!!!


[UPDATED] Contest closed 10/4/15

[UPDATED] 10/5/15: Congratulations @JustBeHappy86 you’ve won our Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch sport giveaway.  




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