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Uber Drivers Are Judging You…And It Could Cost You Your Next Ride

March 26th, 2015 by Christen

During  a recent uber trip from Harlem to LaGuardia Airport, my driver stops in front of the Delta departure terminal, turns around and says “I’m a new uber driver, please give me a 5-star rating and I’ll give you one back!” I smile, nod and quickly exit the Toyota Camry to catch my departing flight.  Sometime between TSA and my flight, I re-rehearse our conversation in my head and realize, “Wait, did I just get rated by my uber driver???”

 

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If you’ve ever used Uber, you’ll know that after every ride passengers are prompted to give the driver a rating–five stars for a perfect score, less if the car got lost, the driver was rude, or if there was a funky smell as soon as you got in. One thing I bet you didn’t know however, is that those Uber drivers you’ve been rating are rating you right back!

During a recent Florida trip, one uber driver explained “What Uber want is for people to respect the driver, and for drivers to respect the customer. We go above and beyond,” he said. “They can give us a low rating. It can go both ways. That way, we can police each other.” Uber also admits that its drivers can refuse to pick-up low-scoring passengers.
An Uber user who ended up on the blacklist told CBS how she got up there: “I asked the driver what was going on. And he basically told me I had a really low Uber rating: Under three out of five.” No, she wasn’t overtly rude or difficult with drivers to deserve the score, she simply chose to work on her phone rather than chat during her ride: “I feel really judged for being blacklisted for not being really friendly,” she said. Any passengers who manage to get a really low scores allegedly could be banned from using the service, or given a temporary cooling-off period.

 

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If this news surprises you, you’re not alone. Until now finding out what your passenger rating is hasn’t been easy, but the next version of Uber’s app will clearly display the information. For now, you can find out your rating by sending a request to Uber, or by asking your next driver your customer rating.

New to Uber? Want to sign up for your first Uber ride? Click HERE! Want to learn more? I’ll be sharing tips on how you can improve your Uber customer rating and improve your chance of timely Uber pickups soon!

 

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7 Spring Cleaning Hacks That’ll Iyanla-fy (FIX) Your Life

March 24th, 2015 by Christen

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG…

Spring always inspires a fresh start, but in today’s busy, connected lives it can sometimes be difficult to find the time to re-organize and recharge. It’s not like we have Iyanla Vanzant to hold our hand during the springtime purging process, but these spring cleaning tips will help you de-clutter and greet spring refreshed and ready to go:

1. Follow the 80/20 rule.
The 80/20 rule suggests people only actually use about 20 percent of the stuff they own. When deciding what to keep and what to toss, ask yourself what items you would replace right away if they were ever lost or stolen – this will help you discover your 20 percent.

[MUST READ:  Clean Your Closet By Selling Your Clothes Online ]

2. Donate – and schedule a pickup. 
Everyone knows that part of purging involves the “donate” pile, but many people never get these items out of their home. Schedule a pickup online to make sure the donating part gets done.

3. Use vinegar on practically everything.
Once you’ve taken stock of your belongings and are ready to get cleaning, vinegar is a wonderful all-purpose cleanser. One easy hack is to tie a bag of vinegar around your showerhead and let it sit over night to easily clean up grime and gunk. You’ll find doing this also improves the water pressure too.

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4. Coffee filters and cola make great cleaners, too.
Coffee filters can be used to dust off television screens in a pinch. Cola? You can actually use that to clean the toilet – pour in the bowl, let sit for an hour, flush and you’re done.

5. Do a digital purge as well as a physical one.
From your desktop to the photos on your phone, your digital clutter could probably use a good scrub. Take an hour or so to get rid of duplicates and any files you don’t need – then empty that recycle bin.

6. Cut your digital waste.
Your physical space may be in order, but what if your digital world is still an absolute mess? One way to get rid of digital clutter is by cutting recycling, donating or tossing personal devices you no longer want or use.

[MUST READ:  Got Digital Clutter? 3 Ways To Spring Clean Your Digital Life]

7. Update your passwords.
Secure your accounts with new passwords that include upper and lower case letters and numbers. Have trouble remembering them all? Consider a password manager that stores them in an encrypted database for you.

These spring cleaning tips and tricks should make your annual spring cleaning a little bit easier without taking up too much time – leaving you ready to tackle whatever the rest of the year will bring.

Spring Clean Your Closet By Selling Your Wardrobe Online

March 19th, 2015 by Tech Staff

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Spring cleaning will be here before you know it, and we’re here to help you get a jump on it right now. Go through your closet and pull out those pieces that kinda fit, but not really. Upgrade your space and wallet with sites that are built especially for you to sell your clothes with ease.

It’s time to sell your fashion goodies for the good of your closet and your wallet.

 

Twice

If you don’t have the time or interest in posting your items piece by piece, you can box up your entire closet purge and send it to Twice. They’ll send you a prepaid shipping label and a selling kit, then you just send them your items. Their shopping pros go through your pieces one-by-one and look at the brands, wear and styles to give you an itemized price list for the pieces they’ll accept. You can get paid in any number of ways — check, PayPal, Venmo or even a Target gift card. If you’re not digging the deal, they’ll ship your clothes right back to you.

 

Poshmark

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Poshmark is kind of like a Craigslist for clothes. Right from the app, you can post a picture of your item and list the details: size, brand, fit, etc. Fill in the original price and the listing price, then boom! You’re up and running. When you sell an item, Poshmark takes $3 for sales under $15 and 20% for anything over that. They’ll give you a pre-paid shipping label, but unlike Tradesy, they don’t send you something to ship your item in.

 

 

 

ASOS

 

ASOS is a regular haunt for fashion junkies. Their styles are diverse and perfectly funky. In their Marketplace, you can shop right from other ASOS lovers’ online boutiques or start your own. With your ASOS boutique, you’ll get an Account Manager to help you manage your sales as well as coverage from ASOS themselves. If you have enough to start a boutique from your own closet, great! If not, get one going with friends. You pay $30 for your boutique each month as well as 20% commission on sales, but if you’re a regular closet purger, it may be worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

Tradesy

With Tradesy, you can sell any item in your closet that’s in good condition. They make the whole process super simple. Just upload pictures of your item and its information. With that info, Tradesy will give you an idea of how much your item might sell for on the site.

Then, you post your item and the magic happens: First, they’ll clean up the main image of your item to make it look the best it can by eliminating the background and balancing the colors. No #whiteandgold, #blackandblue issues here. When your item sells, Tradesy will send you a bag for shipping. All you have to do is drop it in the mailbox. They take 9% of your sale as a fee.

 

Now that you have a few options for your next fashionable closet cleanse, you can get started towards your closet Spring Cleaning today!

What are some less than fashionable items that you’re looking to shed from the winter?  Share your stylish spring cleaning goals in the comment section!

 

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How Digit Money Saving App Has Saved Me Hundreds Without Having To Do A Thing

March 18th, 2015 by Christen

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If you’ve ever searched for the ultimate money-saving hack – then you’ve found it here!  I’ve always searched for ways to save money (without the agony of being responsible and depositing saving account funds myself).  If only there was a way to save money without feeling like we have to take extreme measures by doing things like skipping meals or not going out with friends ever again. Actually, there is a way, and it goes by the name of Digit.

 

Money saving app

 

Digit is a free online service that automates your savings in a way that you won’t realize you’re saving. Digit first links up to your bank account, reviews your payment history and predicts your income and cash flow. After Digit’s system understands how much you spend every day and how you try to manage your money, it calculates all your possible daily savings opportunities. Everyday, Digit takes out small amounts of money (anywhere from $5-$50) that you may not have realized you didn’t need or use. After Digit takes out the dough, it puts that cha-ching into your savings.

 

Digit

 

The whole idea behind Digit is that you’re saving little by little on the daily without feeling like you’re restricting your normal use of money. So you’re still buying your lunches, groceries and gas, but you’re saving too! Your savings stash goes into your personal FDIC-insured Digit account. Digit doesn’t store your password or go through your savings. The account is entirely yours with no minimums and no fees.

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Digit always checks in with you and lets you know how much it’s been able to save for you via regular text messages. But if a particularly rainy day hits, just text the word “Withdraw” and your money will be in your pocket by the next business day. Sounds like we’re all going to need a bigger wallet.  Ready to get started? Digit and earn $5 when you share this money saving app with others HERE.

 

Do you struggle to save money these days? What will Digit help you save for?

 

Verizon Celebrates The Potential Of Us With DivasandDorks.com #PotentialOfUs

February 19th, 2015 by Christen

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As a little girl, I never imagined that my love for style and technology would lead me to where I am today.  In celebration of Black History month, Verizon Wireless has kicked off it’s “Potential Of Us” initiative highlighting the accomplishments of diverse digital trailblazers from around the country.  Including the Bronx Academy of Promise – where six students from the Bronx entered the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, they never imagined their hard work and dedication would pay off as much as it did. Discover how they accomplished their life-changing feat and created history Here.  Verizon highlights digital leaders making a difference in communities, not just by celebrating black history but by creating history.

 

 

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Verizon Wireless even shows a behind the scenes look at how I created the digitial lifestyle site based off the need for a hub that combined style and technology.  In addition to DivasandDorks.com, Verizon follows me as I mentor  young girls and women to help them get involved with technology from a young age. Check out the story behind DivasandDorks.com and what fuels my passions below.

 

 

 

What’s your passion? Music? Science? Fashion? Sports? Whatever moves you, Verizon can help take it to new heights. Explore more exclusive content and keep coming back for updates showing you how technology can help power all your passions with VerizonWireless.com.

Verizon X Revolt TV Rocks NBA All Star Weekend With “Above The Rim” #PotentialOfUs

February 16th, 2015 by Christen

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This weekend VerizonREVOLT TV joined forces for NBA All Star weekend NYC to bring some of the biggest names in music together for an exclusive and unforgettable concert experience. The concert was the foundation of the REVOLT TV nationally televised special combining top performances with compelling stories of NBA athletes and their connections to music and technology. Uniting Verizon’s use of innovative technology with the revolutionary brand that is REVOLT, Verizon kicked off an immersive atmosphere connecting with consumers’ passion for music during an epic music moment in NYC.

 

[Must Read:  Verizon Celebrates The Potential Of Us With DivasandDorks.com]

 

The “Above the Rim” show featured explosive performances by Elle Varner, Bridgette Kelly, Questlove, Raekwon and more! I got the chance to catch up with my favorite performers backstage before the show to talk everything from technology to All Star Weekend survival and so much more!

 

Check out the Above The Rim experience:

 

 

 

 


Did you check out the NBA All Star Weekend excitement this weekend? What were your favorite moments of the weekend? Share your thoughts below.

Succeed At Last-Minute Style This Winter With Dryel At-Home Cleaner

February 14th, 2015 by Christen

 

 

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During a recent trip to California, I was invited to attend the NAACP Awards and after glow and had no idea what to wear.  I had only packed for two other events and didn’t have time to go shopping (let alone find a dry cleaners in the area.)  With no time left, I needed to find a laundry mat with a dryer and find one fast! As a Dryel Ambassador, I always pack cleansing cloths and a dryer bag with me at all times.  Not only does it come in handy when you need it, the bag also doubles as a soiled laundry bag that you can use when you’re on the go.

 

 

Dryel

 

With one spin of the dryer, Dryel’s quick steam cleaning made my dress look and feel fresher than ever.  Without any fading or fraying the gentile cleaning technique was comparable to a dry cleaning PLUS it was quicker and cheaper than a typical dry cleaning bill!  Thanks to Dryel, this all day look took me from a mid-day LA brunch to the NAACP Awards Show and after-party all night long.

 

Dryel

 

Dryel is the at-home dry cleaner that uses the power of steam to clean and deodorize clothing – all in your own dryer. The patented Dryel cleaning system truly fits my on-the-go lifestyle! From last minute travel, to dressing for a special occasion Dryel quickly refreshes and renews clothing in as little as fifteen minutes. Dryel safely and thoroughly cleans clothes, protects colors and preserve shape without using any harsh chemicals.
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Not only is Dryel is easy to use, it’s also cost effective and is necessary for the last-minute style moments.  Repeating styles on clothes look newer, longer, with no fading, shrinking or stretching. It’s an absolute must-have for any traveling girl on the go and you can find Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner at retailers like Walmart and Target today!  Want to learn more about how others use Dryel to save the day? Get social and connect with Dryel on Facebook and Pinterest today.

Create Your Own DIY Marble Case For iPhone Or Any Smartphone

January 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

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If you love unique smartphone cases that protect your coveted devices stylishly, but object to paying upwards to $50 and $100 for mere plastic – I’ve found the DIY project for you to try out this weekend!  While pursuing Ebay.com, I found DIY blogger Aimee Santos of Swellmayde, and discovered a pretty cool DIY Marble case tutorial that’ll cost you just a few dollars and could make a great personalized gift for others too.  I plan on trying out variations of this smartphone case DIY project this weekend …and so should you!

Check out the step by step instructions below:

 

DIY Marble case

 

Materials:

- marble print contact paper

- craft knife

- metal ruler with cork back

- pen

- clear cell phone case

Steps:

1. Place your cell phone case on top of the backside of the contact paper. Trace around it.

 

DIY Marble case

 

2. Cut out the cell phone shape using your craft knife. Use the metal ruler for the straight edges. Be sure to find a metal ruler with a cork back to be safe (the ruler should not slide around as you are slicing). 

 

DIY Marble case

 

3. Peel off the backing of the contact paper. Then, carefully place the sticky side of the cut contact paper onto the cell phone case. Press well to prevent air bubbles. 

 

DIY Marble case

 

 

4.  That’s it!  You now have a creative and stylish smartphone case that doesn’t cost you a ton of cash!

 

DIY Marble case

 

 

Are you inspired by this stylish DIY project?  Would you like to see more on DivasandDorks.com?  Share your thoughts below!

 

 

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Watch This: Light Girls – Documentary W/ Christen Rochon|Full Episode

January 21st, 2015 by Christen

 

 

LIGHT GIRLS DOCUMENTARY

 

When I was asked to be apart of the follow up to the critically-acclaimed “Dark Girls” documentary – I felt completely honored to share my two cents as a brown girl living in a light vs dark world. Produced by the legendary Bill Duke, I joined Keke Wyatt, Erica Hubbard, Lisa Raye, Chante Moore, Kym Whitley, Essence Atkins, Claudia Jordan, Raven Symone and more featured in Oprah Winfrey’s new ‘Light Girls’ Documentary which aired on OWN kicking off the #Selma50 celebration and Martin Luther King Day (January 20th) earlier this week.

 

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From the creator and director of the critically acclaimed documentary Dark Girls, award-winning filmmaker Bill Duke continues the conversation on colorism with Light Girls.  Sharing the untold stories and experiences of lighter-skinned women, Light Girls dives deep into the discussion of skin color, preference, privilege, pain and prejudice.  The documentary features interviews with Russell Simmons, Soledad O’Brien, Diahann Carroll, India Arie, Iyanla Vanzant, Michela Angela Davis, Kym Whitley, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and more.

While I can’t identify with the plight of the dark skin girl or the light skin sista struggle, I felt the duty to share my insight in hopes that it incites a different perspective on the colorism conversation in America (specifically in the youth of America.)  Did you catch the much-talked-about “Light Girls” documentary that aired on OWN?  View the full episode below…

 

 

After watching Light Girls, what are your thoughts?  Is this just another documentary or do you believe that these conversations on colorism are past due?  Share your thoughts below.

 

[Divas And Forks] McDonald’s – Our Food. Your Questions.

January 20th, 2015 by Christen

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Have you ever wandered what makes McDonald’s french fries so darn good? I mean, they’re borderline addicting!  Well McDonald’s has opened up the dialogue with customers like you and they’re answering questions about their food online!  Want to know the secret to what makes McDonald’s food America’s #1 fast food chain?  Check out the video and connect with McDonald’s online today!

 

Looking for the answers?  Check out an in depth look at McDonald’s fries and ingredients here.  Still have more questions?

Why are the fries so good?
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How do you make your fries?
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What kind of oil do you use to cook your fries?
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.@McDonalds is still answering your questions about their food. Why are their fries so good? Does @McDonalds use real potatoes in their fries and hash browns? Have more questions? Send to them and tag me. #ad

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