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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).

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Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport

Good Luck!!!


Now Hiring: And We’re Looking For A Few Trailblazing Superstars!

October 2nd, 2015 by Christen

Do you love style, technology, fast cars or travel?  Are you looking to expand your footprint in new media, build your brand or learn how to start a blogging business of your own? We’re expanding and looking for a few trailblazers to join the team.  Read more details and discover how you can join the Divas And Dorks team!


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We’re looking for all sorts of superstars who love to learn, grow and join the Divas And Dorks family!  If you love tech, style, beauty, celebrity fashion, social media, entertainment, cars, travel and think you’ll be a good fit – let’s talk!


If you’re an experienced blogger or editor interested in working with amazing brands, attending exclusive events and building a brand of your own – we want to work with you!  We have a few amazing opportunities for self-motivated students, writers and managers in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Detroit (we even have freelance opportunities for writers worldwide.)  Think you have what it takes to join the Divas And Dorks team?  Apply below!




Divas And Dorks, LLC is now hiring and looking for the next media trailblazers in technology, automotive, travel and more! If you think you’re a good fit to join this amazing team, apply today!


We’re Judging You: Discover The New Yelp-like App For People

October 1st, 2015 by Christen

There’s a saying, “never judge a book by it’s cover.” but in reality, we’re all judging someone in some way, for some reason.  We can already rate restaurants, hotels, movies and more online and now there’s an app to judge humans too!  Meet Peeple the Yelp meets Facebook app that allows users to assign reviews and one – five star ratings to everyone you know.  (Exes beware, it’s the app you’ve all been dreading!)


If Facebook, LinkedIn and Tinder had a baby – it would be Peeple.  In essence, it cuts down on all the researching and snooping that you’re doing on Facebook, Google, Instagram and Twitter and it gives you the real deal ratings on people based on their interactions with others.



But what about the possibility of getting slandered or bullied online?  Peeple has you covered.  Apparently there are a few rules and regulations in place to ensure people are open and honest as possible. To sign up for a Peeple account, you must be 21 or older, have an established Facebook account and you must make reviews under you real name. In order to add someone new to the system, you must have their telephone number and be able to affirm that you know the person via a personal, professional or romantic nature.

The app will be available on iOS and an Android version is on the way soon.  What do you think about rating friends, family and associates using the Peeple app? Would you have the guts to do it?  Share you thoughts below!


How To Use The Starbucks App To Pre-Order Drinks (And Get Your Caffeine Fix FASTER!)

September 23rd, 2015 by Christen

“Just waking up in the morning, gotta thank God…” and grab my iPhone to place my caffeine order for the day… That’s right, Starbucks has just rolled out the Starbucks mobile order feature via its app nationwide and coffee lovers are rejoicing!


The mega coffee chain has just rolled out its mobile app feature called Mobile Order and Pay nationwide, allowing customers like you and me, the ability to preorder and pay for food and beverages before they get to the store, bypassing the line completely. Although the app had a soft launch in Portland in December and other areas of the country earlier this summer, it is now available at more than 7,400 stores in the United States.


starbucks mobile order


Using the iOS and Android app, customers are able to order items from the full menu, customize orders and pay through the app. In areas like New York City where there may be multiple locations nearby, the app will allow you to choose the location most convenient for you.  (and just in case you’re in a new city and can’t locate the closet Starbucks shop the app does it all for you in a snap!) Simply download the Starbucks app (if you haven’t already *sips pre-ordered White Chocolate Mocha*) and click the “ORDER” tab in the top right corner to create your order in full.


starbucks mobile order


Although you can’t schedule a pickup time, the app does estimate a time when your order should be ready, and counts down until your order is complete.  Personally, I love interacting with my favorite baristas from time to time, but the new app feature is a God-send AND super convenient for a few different situations. You’re in a rush or you’re running late. You’re ordering for multiple people (rejoice, interns!). You have young kids and standing in a long line with them sounds like a nightmare. You can’t/don’t want to talk or smile at anyone.


Say goodbye to human interaction and hello to to your quickest caffeine fix forever! (I think it’s a fair trade off, don’t you?)  Are you a Starbucks app user?  What do you think about the new app feature and how it’s revolutionizing the way we customize and order on the go?  Sound off in the comments below!




Watch @maryjblige, @kerrywashington and @TherealTaraji Groove It Out In New @AppleMusic Commercial Directed by @AVAETC [VIDEO]

September 20th, 2015 by Christen

How much black girl magic does it take to convince you that Apple Music is the next big thing in streaming?   Apple is banking on four to be that magic number. Earlier tonight, Apple Music debuted a super cute and nostalgic commercial that set Twitter and Facebook ablaze.


Apple Music MAry J. BLige


You know just how much fun it is to hang out with your girls and listen to music, now imagine that excitement multiplied by TEN! That’s how wild it would be if Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson showed up at your door for a fun girls night in. Now imagine if the evening was orchestrated and captured by acclaimed director Ava Duvernay and you’ve got Apple Music’s vision loud and clear.


Apple Music Commercial
Check out the amazing ode to #BlackGirlMagic and ode to a good old fashioned girls night in via Apple Music below.






What do you think? Is a commercial starring your favorite girlfriends (in your head) enough to make you want to shell out $9.99/month in Apple Music service? Sound off below!

Home Depot Illustrates How To Create Your Dream Closet At Essence Street Style Block Party

September 14th, 2015 by Christen

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post by The Home Depot. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are unbiased and based on my personal view. The Home Depot hired me to write share my experience at the 2nd Annual Essence Street Style Block Party.

It’s New York Fashion Week again!  That special time of year, where we celebrate all things stylish and fashionable to come.  But what’s an amazing wardrobe without the proper closet to call home?


Home Depot Closet Chic



Home Depot redefined closet chic while illustrating just how easy it is to create and accessorize the closet of your dreams from Home Depot. With the help of creative designers and husband/wife duo Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason of Aphro Chic, style fans of all ages discovered design essentials and ideas to transform any living space into an oasis of modern, soulful style.


Home Depot Closet


By simply adding paint and a few amazing accessories, you can re-create an amazing Home Depot closet chic design, just like this one, by Aphro Chic.


Home Depot Closet Chic


Over 15,000 men, women and kids celebrated New York Fashion Week by visiting the ESSENCE Street Style Block Party in Brooklyn’s DUMBO Park. Style fans entered to win mystery giftcards valued up to $200 to go towards re-designing home closets of their own and more.

Discover how to build out a custom closet of your own plus many of the amazing accessories and connect with the great team at Home Depot on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by visiting

Back To School Gift Guide – Essentials Every PARENT Needs Now That Kids Are Back To School

September 8th, 2015 by Christen

Back To School Parents Gift Guide



The unofficial end of summer has come and gone and now parents everywhere are celebrating today, as most kids of all ages have now gone back to school!  We’ve polled our favorite back to school parents and super seasoned seniors for approved back to school essentials that every PARENT needs! From preparing your babies for their first day at school to sending your college freshman off to their first day off to college – you now have your home back and you’ll find the best gifts in our Back-To-School Gift Guide: Parents Edition below!


Apple TV

Apple TV

Apple TV: If your kid or spouse is invested in the Apple universe — he or she owns an iPhone, iPad or Mac, or already has lots of movies, TV shows, and music on iTunes — Apple TV is a better choice than the Roku. And even though it’s coming up on its third birthday, Apple is keeping its box fresh new channels every few months, including Watch ABC and FX Now, HBO Go, and HBO’s standalone subscription service, HBO Now. Better yet, it’s price is now down to $69.


Epson Expression XP-420

Epson Expression XP-420

Now’s the perfect time to get your home office back to tip top shape!  Perfect for upcoming school papers and projects, the Epson Expression XP-420 is a printer, scanner and copy machine that boasts a compact chassis with folding paper trays designed to minimize clutter in a busy workspace. Beyond the “small-in-one” design attributes, mobile professionals will appreciate the cloud-printing updates that can queue print jobs from a phone or a mobile browser. Whether you’re shopping for a small office’s multitasking machine or looking for a personal printer that won’t drain your savings on ink cartridge refills, the XP-420 is worth your investment.

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Apple iMac 5k Retina

There’s no better time like the present to invest in a new home computer for you and the kids.  Like the Mac Pro, the new iMac with 5K Retina display is a highly specialized product, not intended for everyday mainstream computing. One might even call it the iMac Pro, and for casual web surfing, social media, and even gaming, the less-expensive non-Retina version will do just fine.

Apple iPad Air 2

Apple iPad Air 2

Now that the most reading- and writing-friendly options are out of the way, we can dig into tablets could be used for work, but mostly lend themselves to the moments when you just need to kick back and relax. The Apple iPad Air 2 is high-end tablet with performance to match. There’s also the smaller iPad Mini 3, if you’d like a more portable option, but either model works great for surfing the Web, gaming, and streaming video. There are comparable Android models available (highlighted in the next two slides,) but if you’re comfy and cozy using iOS, picking the Apple tablet is an easy decision.



Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Galaxy Note5 is a stunning upgrade to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note line – more powerful and more personal than ever. Inspired by the design legacy of the Galaxy Note5, it ergonomically fits in one hand with a narrower bezel and curved back. The flat screen is great to write on and the curved shape makes it easier to use the phone with one hand.

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Moto 360 Watch

The Moto 360’s been out for over a year, but it costs less than before and still does most of what other competing Android Wear watches do. If you have an Android phone and are looking for a smartwatch, this is still a good budget pick.




Logitech K480 Bluetooth Keyboard

Do you use your phone or tablet as an impromptu computer? The all-new K480 is designed to toggle between any three Bluetooth-enabled devices, be they Android, iOS, Windows or anything else. A built-in tray lets you stand most tablets and phones. It’s not as elegant as some dedicated iPad keyboard cases, but it’s far more versatile for home use, and — at just $50 — not too pricey.


Just in case you’re looking for more options, check out Best Buy’s Deal of the Day for the latest tech deals and unbelievable prices! Shop Online at


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Now that you have a list of tech deals perfect for you or your favorite back to school parent this year, which of these amazing back to school deals are you going to take advantage of this week?  Share your back to school shopping plans in the comment section below!


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Create DIY Furniture With These Over Sized Lego Blocks For Your Home

August 28th, 2015 by Christen


Recently, I found myself assisting other New Yorkers construct skyscrapers, small sheds and bridges connecting a small metropolis of LEGOs inside of New York’s Highline park. At the time, I was so excited to build with all white LEGOs and thought the idea of adults constructing with building blocks was childhood fun too good to limit to kids.

If you’ve ever found yourself reminiscing on the wonder and joy you experienced building with Legos as a kid – I have good news for you!  EverBlocks are the toys (and building accessories) of the future.


Everblock table


These large-scale modular building blocks are like giant Legos meant for more grown-up applications, like coffee tables, dividing walls or even home bars. And just like the tinier bricks of our youth, they can be assembled and disassembled with relative ease.



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EverBlock offers a full-size block (think: a foot-long version of the classic Lego brick) a half-size block, a quarter-size block and a smooth-top finishing cap block. The full size features eight “connector lugs” that interlock with the bottoms of other blocks. To avoid disastrous toppling over, EverBlock recommends aligning blocks over seams between blocks for more stability.


Everblock bar


At just four shapes and sizes, these giant blocks certainly aren’t a replacement for the thousands of elements in the Lego range. But at such a large scale, just a few blocks do the work of hundreds of tiny bricks and ignite DIY furniture creations of epic proportions!

Can you imagine the creations you can construct with these blocks?  I’m already planning on creating some sort of entertainment area, office furniture, doggie play area and more!  What are you looking forward to creating with Everblocks in your home? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!



This Designer Wearable Is Every TechStyle Dream Rolled Into One!

August 26th, 2015 by Christen


High tech goes high fashion with the Case-Mate Rebecca Minkoff Notification Bracelet. This wearable keeps you connected to your smartphone and notifies you about things that matter most, right on your wrist.

So keep your phone out of sight and your bracelet front and center. You’ll never be “fashionably” late for work or class again!

Rebecca Minkoff tech bracelet

Stay connected even when your smartphone is in your pocket or purse. This chic, eye-catching jewelry wearable bracelet gently vibrates when you have an incoming call or text.

The jewelry wearable is specially designed to connect to your iPhone® via Bluetooth to discretely alert you of calls and texts. Just download the companion app and select up to 25 contacts whose notifications you want to receive.  Go from day to night in style. With a battery life of up to 30 days per charge, this fashionable wearable is perfect for your busy lifestyle.


Rebecca Minkoff tech bracelet

Key features include:

• Call and text notifications
• Bluetooth® connectivity
• Long-lasting battery
• Fashion-forward design


Featuring a gold link and black enamel studs, Rebecca Minkoff’s signature design adds instant chic to any outfit. Available for $120 online at  (Just in case you want to get this diva an early holiday present!) What do you think about the bracelet – is this the ultimate style meets tech accessory for you? Share your comments below!

Discover The Best Secret Apps To Love Your Self(ie) Over And Over Again…

August 25th, 2015 by Christen

best apps for selfies


Creating the perfect selfie is one of the most coveted social media moments that everyone wants.  Sharing the perfect selfie online can contribute instant profits and even instant fame. Don’t believe me, just ask Kim Kardashian – who has just become the queen of Instagram (over taking Beyonce) to become the most popular person on the photo-sharing app with 44.1million followers.  What is she famous for again?  Selfies.  (I mean, she wrote an entire book about selfies for goodness sake!)


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No matter how many selfies you snap or share there’s always new apps and photo editing secrets to improve how you share your best assets online.  Check out a a roundup of the best apps for selfies to love your self(ie) all over again below!


facetune selfie app



FaceTune – Let’s face it! Every selfie won’t be post-worthy, but it can be with FaceTune!  This app lets you airbrush your way to flawless greatness…and as one of the top selling apps on iTunes – it’s no secret why this app is #1 on our list! Professional photographers and graphic designers constantly photoshop models to perfection, and now so can you! Without the expensive price tag or complicated tools, Facetune gives you the ability to retouch and add artistic flair to selfies and portraits with ease, from the convenience of your iPhone. (Download FaceTune in the iTunes App Store.)



Photofy selfie app


Photofy – Photofy is one of my favorite apps that I use weekly!  It’s a super-easy photo editing app for personal users and businesses that combines all the features you need in one app: Filters, Light Effects, Photo Mirror, Fit (Insta-size photos to square for easy sharing to Instagram), Text with 90+ free fonts, Meme editor, Collage maker with over 70+ free layouts, and the world’s largest collection of overlay content (40,000 graphic elements).  (If you’re a Blogger, entrepreneur or marketer – Photofy is must have for creating great content on the go!) (Download Photofy in the iTunes App Store.)



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best apps for selfies selfie app afterlight


Afterlight – Looking for a power packed app with more features than you can handle?  The Afterlight app comes equipped with 128 frames, 74 filters, 78 textures and a host of cropping/editing tools that are sure to create an impressive selfie no matter what! What makes Afterlight unique?  Afterlight has Fusion filters, allowing you to mix tools, filters and textures to create your own personal filters, making each photo as unique as you! (Download Afterlight in iTunes App Store)



best apps for selfies colorsplash selfie app


ColorSplash – If creating striking photos and playing with colors is your thing, then the ColorSplash app is for you.  Color Splash lets you quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color.  Use your finger as a brush to “paint” sections of your image black and white, or to bring back the original color. (Download ColorSplash in the iTunes App Store)



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best apps for selfies Visage Lab HD Pro



Visage Lab PRO HDIf you were to download just one beauty app, Visage Lab PRO HD would be it!  Visage Lab PRO HD is a professional beauty laboratory for your facial photos. Remove pimples and wrinkles, outline the eyes and whiten the teeth in seconds, with all operations made automatically! After automatic enhancement has been performed, you can compare the before and after photos to evaluate the changes. Finally, share your enhanced photos with the world via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail or save it to your photo album. (Download Visage Lab PRO HD in the iTunes App Store)


Of course photo-editing apps aren’t essential to loving your true self.  After all, too much airbrushing eliminates what makes us unique and beautiful in our own way.  These are just a few of my favorite photo-editing apps that’ll get you excited about loving and sharing your best self(ie) online over and over again.  Did I miss any of your best apps for selfies?  Share them in the comment section below!


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