Greetings, from Team USA here in London for the 2012 Olympics! (Honestly, I still can’t believe I made it — wanna know why? Follow me on Instagram to find out.) The entire city is a buzz with Olympic action, from my arrival to Heathrow Airport up until my arrival to my hotel here in Hammersmith — the Olympic excitement is in the air. Make sure you keep up with all my Olympic coverage on the Samsung Global Blogger site (below) as well and DivasandDorks.com daily.
My first stop today is the Samsung Global Bloggers Suite where I got my hands on my new Samsung SIII smartphone as well as an abundance of Samsung swag. Since the next few weeks will be extremely busy, I think I’ll sit back for a minute and check out the SIII and put it to the test.
Did you know that Samsung is the official sponsor of the 2012 Olympics? Check out a few of your favorite Olympians from Team USA using some the cool features of the Samsung SIII smartphone below…
Are you checking out the Olympics this year? Who are some of your favorite Olympians and which games are you looking forward to watching?
One thing we can say for sure is that, Michelle Obama exudes her class and elegance globally. No matter what location she’s in, you can clearly see her regal nature, and know that her position must be significant (though you’d have to be living under a rock to not know our FLOTUS on site). Mrs. Obama headed to the 2012 Olympic games where she has already started attending some of the most fascinating, and coveted of the events. Everyone is just waiting for their chance to hug her or receive a handshake, including the athletes themselves.
Michelle first attended a royal event at Buckingham Palace. The event was a Pre-Opening Ceremony reception hosted by the Queen herself. When you’re a person of high stature such as our First Lady, you can wear pieces from collections before they’re available to the public. Michelle wore a 2013 J. Mendel Resort Embroidered Jacket, as well as chiffon pleated skirt from the designer as well. She then went on to cheer in the stands(next to previous 3- Olympic title holder Dominique Dawes) for Serena Williams at the London Olympics Team USA Tennis Tournament. She rocked a Tracy Reese combo frock, with a polka dot sweater. She also attended the USA vs France game, in which the Dream Team were victorious and hugged NBA baller, Carmelo Anthony while wearing a more casual gray sweater, and khaki pant ensemble.
It is with great pride and excitement that I announce that I have been selected as one of four bloggers in the US to represent Team USA in London, England during the 2012 Olympic games! IT’S TRUE! As one of the selected Samsung Global Bloggers, I will be heading overseas to London next week August 2nd for two weeks, brining you all the latest Olympic news and excitement from the epicenter of it all!
A while ago, I shared that Samsung Mobile launched a worldwide search in 14 countries to find the best video bloggers to send to the 2012 Olympic Games. (Check out my video here.) Winners were selected based on a variety of abilities, including reporting & unique on camera presence. Encouraged by sporting icon, David Beckham and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, hundreds of potential bloggers submitted videos in hopes of winning and guess who’s video landed her a wining spot on Team USA?
I am so excited and proud to win a coveted spot on Team USA as a Samsung Global Blogger and can’t wait to share each and every interview, social, sporting and Olympic experience with our DivasandDorks.com readers daily. In addition to sharing my experiences on DivasandDorks.com, make sure to stay connected via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for up to the minute Olympic updates. Stay tuned for my Olympic experiences to be shared online on SamsungGlobalBloggers.com, MSN.com and more in the next few weeks.
Catch all the Olympic action starting today – The Opening Ceremony, titled “The Isles of Wonder”, will kick off Friday night in London at 9pm (that’s 4pm EST) on NBC.
Samsung is searching for curious, imaginative and motivated people to join them in London for a once in a lifetime trip to experience the London 2012 Olympic Games.
If you’re chosen, you’ll get to experience the biggest sporting event of the year firsthand. You will search out the best London has to offer during the Games and share it with the world via video, photos and written entries on specially created blogs. You’ll provide a unique insight into the London 2012 Olympic Games as it dominates life in London through the summer.
Ready to explore and share your experiences during the London 2012 Olympic Games? Just submit a video (up to 2 minutes in length) telling Samsung why you would be great at finding and sharing the best stories in London during the London 2012 Olympic Games. IT’S THAT EASY!
Since the contest ends next week – June 22nd, you should probably head over to Samsung.com for complete rules and details on how to enter!
CHECK OUT MY VIDEO ENTRY BELOW:
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Eddie The Eagle through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Eddie The Eagle, all opinions are my own.
Be tenacious, don’t take no for an answer, fly like Eddie The Eagle. Who knew that the feel-good story about an unlikely Olympian could be applicable to anyone that’s ever had a dream? During a recent advanced screening of “Eddie The Eagle”, I’ve discovered how inspiration can arise when you least expect it and how an unbelievable quest can become achievable with the right frame of mind.
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”
– Pierre de Coubertin / Olympic Games Founder
Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
If you love great movies with a loveable “under dog” storyline, Eddie The Eagle is it! Actor Taron Egerton will have you laughing and cheering from your seat leaving you wanting more and more.
Eddie is an excellent example of courage under fire. Even while everyone counted him out and didn’t believe in him, he believed in himself and ultimately made a believer out of everyone. There are plenty of times where I’ve allowed self-doubt to hinder me from becoming my best self. After viewing the movie, I’ve learned that sometimes you have to take a stance and don’t allow other’s opinions to sway you from becoming the best you can be. It’s a movie with unbelievable heart and positivity that’ll truly leave you feeling hopeful about endeavors of your own.
Discover what makes this movie a hit by connecting with Eddie The Eagle movie on Twitter, Facebook and in theaters February 26th.
Disclosure: The following promotional giveaway and content has been sponsored by State Farm®.
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.
Let’s get ready to rumble! I recently got my hand on the Samsung Galaxy S6 (Thanks to the good folks at Verizon Wireless) and I have been excited to check out the uncanny similarities (and differences) between the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6. As an early android adopter (I was the captain of team Android and even scored a cool trip as an ambassador to the 2012 London Olympics) I’m always curious to see just how competitive Apple and Android devices can be. (Honestly, this is a healthy competition, that at the end the consumers win!)
We’re all about our smartphones and how they enhance our day-to-day activities, so you know I can’t wait to share my favorite user experiences with both devices, but until then, check out this head-to-head comparison and my first impressions of the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 below.
Displays: Great Meets Greater
- Galaxy S6 – 5.1-inch QHD flat panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 577 pixels per inch (ppi), Super AMOLED display
- iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 pixels, 326 ppi, LED-backlit IPS LCD
Both screens can get incredibly bright; however, the fact is the Galaxy S6 takes what the iPhone 6 display is good at: brightness, contrast and colours and cranks it up to a whole new level.
Internals: Let’s Talk Performance
- Galaxy S6 – Samsung Exynos 7420 – CPU: Quad-core 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz CPUs; GPU: Mali-T760, 3GB RAM
- iPhone 6 – Apple A8 – CPU: Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone; GPU: PowerVR GX6450, 1GB RAM
Smile For The Camera: Camera Specs
- Galaxy S6 – 16 megapixel sensor, F1.9 lens, OIS, autofocus, LED flash – 4k video recording. Front: 5 megapixel sensor, F1.9 lens
- iPhone 6 – 8 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens, DIS, Focus Pixels, dual-LED flash – 1080p video recording. Front: 1.2 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens
The 4k video feature on the Samsung Galaxy S6 is really appealing (especially since I’m trying to step up my YouTube game) But I’ll admit, using my iPhone to film is incredibly easy and has great picture quality as well. (I think a quality comparison test is in the works soon…)
All About That Bass: Speaker Comparison
Sounds come through loud and clear with both bottom facing speakers (however, they don’t compare to the HTC front facing speakers). Don’t expect too much in the bass department though. If you’re all about that bass, there’s a wide assortment of Bluetooth speakers for that.
Everyone knows that the iPhone 6 will cost you a pretty penny, but did you know that (without contract) the Galaxy S6 is priced even higher:
- Galaxy S6: $699 (32GB), $799 (64GB) and $899 (128GB)
- iPhone 6: $649 (16GB), $749 (64GB) and $849 (128GB)
These are just a few of my initial impresions and I can’t wait to follow up and give you more of my thoughts and experiences with both the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 soon! Do you have an iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6? Share your thoughts! Love it? Hate it? Drop your comments below and let us know!
Align Probiotic at Duane Reade #DRAlign
DISCLOSURE: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study forCollective Bias and their client.
Can you believe that within the last two weeks, I’ve traveled in Northern Ontario for an ATV excursion (almost died), took in the sights of Toronto, hosted a party in NYC, got a haircut, rock climbed and took in a salsa class! Clearly I have a lot going on in my life and sometimes I most of the time, I don’t make healthy choices like eating right or working out at the gym. I can’t be the only one that let’s life take control every once and a while and that’s why I decided to grab a box of Align from Duane Reade to combat any unwanted digestive issues.
Did you know some of the worst digestive problems can be caused by neglecting your body’s needs on a regular basis? Ailments like heartburn, lactose intolerance, constipation or even ulcers are never welcomed and seem to happen at the worst possible time. (Last year, I found myself in the hospital twice on the two worst days possible… my birthday & just hours before I left for the 2012 London Olympics) But you can do something about your health while on the go with Align probiotic supplements.
Having a secret weapon against unwanted digestive issues is always easy with a quick stop to pick up Align from Duane Reade. What is Align you ask? Align is a digestive care probiotic supplement that gives your body a boost of good bacteria for healthy digestion. Specifically, Align is a daily probiotic supplement that naturally helps* fortify your digestive system with healthy bacteria 24/7** build and support a healthy digestive system and maintain digestive balance. Common issues such as diet changes in routine travel and stress can disrupt your natural balance of good bacteria. Probiotics are good bacteria essential for many vital body functions including healthy digestion. For more about probiotics check out DuaneReade’s Give me five… facts about probiotics.
After about two weeks of use, I can proudly say that Align probiotic has definitely been beneficial to my digestive health and over all well being. I plan on continuing to use Align to assist in my digestive care. Want to find Align probiotic at your neighborhood Duane Reade store? You can see my entire path-to-purchase shop in my Google+ album here. Also, be sure to look for the display in store now where when you buy Align and get free Metamucil to try as well. You can find more Proctor & Gamble product tips and specials here. For more information on Duane Reade visit them online and connect with them immediately on Twitter and Facebook today.
I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study forCollective Bias and their client.
Last year (which was technically only 10 days ago) – I had the great pleasure of teaming up with Verizon Wireless for their #My2012Moment celebration campaign. I had the opportunity to meet and interact with many visitors from around the world – all with one goal in mind – to ring in the new year with over a million friends, family and more in what many call the crossroads of the world – Times Square.
We chatted about everything from accomplishments to milestones and everything in between that made many #My2012Moment for everyone. Some of #My2012Moment (s) definitely included: (Click here for the entire #My2012Moment list…)
- Attending the 2012 London Olympics
- My first ever Parisian escape to Paris, France
- Being Named “Best In The Blogasphere 2012” by Black Enterprise
…and even becoming the host for Verizon’s New Year’s Eve celebration video on New Year’s Eve was beyond a doubt one of my favorite moments of 2012 and it closed out the year with a bang!
Want to check out the #My2012Moment experience from Times Square? Check out the video in it’s entirety below…
What were some of your favorite moments of 2012? What are you looking forward to the most in 2013? Share below…
It’s true! This year has had truly been an amazing year of highs (and even higher highs) for DivasandDorks.com. From going to 2012 London Olympics to speaking at the National Black MBA Conference and everything in between. While looking forward to a better year than ever before – 2013, we can’t help but to look back at our favorite moments of 2012. Check out below to discover why this has been an unbelievably phenomenal for DivasandDorks.com.
Black Women in Music / Black Women in Hollywood
Thanks to Lincoln & Essence Magazine, we had the chance to rub elbows, talk tech and mingle with some of your favorite starlets, musicians and Hollywood celebrities. Kelly Rowland, Nene Leakes and more checked out the new 2014 Lincoln MKZ during Essence’s Black Women in Music, Grammy weekend in California. Just a week later, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross supported and uplifted fellow thespian sisters during the Black Women in Hollywood event during Oscar weekend in L.A.
In The Press – Essence.com, RollingOut.com, BlackEnterprise.com, TheRoot.com, Pose Magazine
This was an incredible year for DivasandDorks.com in the press. As a contributor for Essence.com, I was featured in RollingOut & Pose Magazine highlighting the business behind the blog. BlackEnterprise.com even interviewed an unconventional mentor, (my mother) to reveal the secrets behind successful mentor/mentee relationships. Before the summer was complete, TheRoot.com listed DivasandDorks.com as one of the best blogs of 2012.
Induction in Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top Of The Blogosphere’s Best
One of my favorite moments by far included kicking off this year’s Black Bloggers Month as being revealed as the first inductee in the 2012 Blogosphere’s Best for BlackEnterprise.com.
Kayaking in the Pacific Ocean
During an exciting west coast excursion with Toyota, I had the best time camping and even kayaking, (yes, I really kayaked) in the Pacific Ocean all by myself.
Diva, Dork and Actress?
This year marked a year of firsts in front the camera, as I starred in Ford’s Escape To New Orleans web series and Samsung’s SmartTV informercial series.
Panelist, Host & Keynote Speaker
“When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” – Michelle Obama
This year has been filled with a lot of hard work, blessings beyond belief, and I was more than excited to share my experiences as a speaker/host/keynote speaker at the Financial (App)titude seminar, Style Bloggers of Color Conference, National Association of Black MBA, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Tom Joyner Family Reunion.
Mentorship & Inspiring Young Lives
As an active mentor for The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in NYC and host of D&D’s first “Social Girls Night” – we at Diva And Dorks believe in investing & encouraging young women to pursue their dreams, passions and more (and because of those beliefs, the Divas and Dorks Foundation was officially formed.)
Global Ambassador at the 2012 London Olympics
As Samsung’s official ‘Global Ambassador’ – I was privileged to represent Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics. I got the chance to meet Olympians, take in a few of the Olympic games and experience all the unique sights of London, England.
Last Train To Paris…
For the first time ever, I experienced a dream getaway to Paris, France from the United Kingdom (during the Olympics). The Effel Tower, The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysée all were seen and conquered by the diva!
Divas Love To Travel & Love Their Cars!
This has been an amazing year of travel and automotive adoration on DivasandDorks.com. So much so, that our sister sites DivasOnDestinations.com and DivasDriveInHeels.com were born and slated to launch January 2013!
Here’s to a wonderful 2012 and an even better 2013!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!