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Relax, Renew And Recharge During NYFW! #NYFWRRR

September 11th, 2014 by Christen Rochon


Is it just us or does NYFW suck away all of your energy too? The NYFW madness has just begun and we’ve been running to fashion shows, hopping in and out of cabs, waiting impatiently for the trains and just as quickly as it began, it’s now almost over.

Since we’ve survived another hectic fashion week we’ve decided to reward everyone for their hard work.  We’re bringing our Relax, Renew and Recharge event back with AT&T and this time, we’ve moved closer to the fashion week action – just steps away from Milk Studios in Chelsea NYC.

This year, we have some amazing prizes and gift bags for all our hard-working NYFW friends and we can’t wait to catch up, talk shop and Relax, Renew and Recharge from all the fashion week excitement this season!

Relax, Renew & Recharge with INGLOT & AT&T

RELAX with an evening of free blow-outs, makeovers and beauty consultations by the world’s leading beauty brands. RENEW with a little “retail therapy” – complementary INGLOT gift cards for shopping during the event. RECHARGE from NYFW by tweeting for a chance to win AT&T smartphones, gift cards and more than $1000 in prizes!

Join Christen of, Ty of and Kela of for an evening of pampering, networking and more!

Did you miss our last #NYFWRRR event?  Relive the experience here and don’t forget to reserve your spot for an amazing celebration of Fashion Week Survival below!  See you there!

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Go Behind The Red Carpet At The SXSW Film Festival With AT&T #ATTSXSW

March 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Disclosure: As the author, I have been compensated to share experiences found throughout SXSW 2014 including unique AT&T SXSW activations in Austin however, all opinions are my own.


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Every March, creatives of all stripes gather in Austin to witness, share and inspire the visions that will galvanize the filmmakers and ideas of tomorrow. SXSW Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drives the entertainment and media landscape, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition.
A nexus of discovery and collaborative energy, SXSW Film celebrates the art and business of the possible.Winding down my SXSW experience, I got the chance to check out a variety of film screenings and premiers in Austin.  One of my favorite premieres had to be the family-friendly comedy… BAD WORDS.

SXSW Film Bad Words


Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut with the subversive comedy, BAD WORDS. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year old who finds a loophole in the rules of the National Quill Spelling Bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of ‘Homeland’), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.  The movie also stars Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn and Phillip Baker Hall.  Check out some behind the scenes moments as we talk to the stars about SXSW, BAD WORDS the film and more.



Live Music, Interactive Concerts And More At SXSW Music Festival

March 13th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Disclosure: As the author, I have been compensated to share experiences found throughout SXSW 2014 including unique AT&T SXSW activations in Austin however, all opinions are my own.


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SXSW Music festival is in full swing. With major concert headliners like JAY Z, Kanye West and more – if you love good, live music then Austin is the place to be.  Armed with the LG G Flex by AT&T, I got the chance to see why Austin is known as the “live music capital of the world” first hand.  Check out some of the great live performances and AT&T’s Mobile Movement fun in the video below.



For more information on the SXSW Music Festival, visit  Get the jump on listening to the bands that will be performing at SXSW 2014 by tuning in on your mobile device or desktop to SXSWfm at
SXSW 2014, the world’s leading music industry event, continues to present the most eclectic mix of musical performances from over 2,000 regional, national and international artists at the nighttime music festival as well as exploring the future of the music industry during the day at panels, talks, the Trade Show, Music Gear Expo, and other conference activities at the Austin Convention Center. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career-building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. For more information on every aspect of SXSW, visit

Uncovering SXSW Interactive With AT&T #ATTSXSW

March 12th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Disclosure: As the author, I have been compensated to share experiences found throughout SXSW 2014 including unique AT&T SXSW activations in Austin however, all opinions are my own.

The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival returned to Austin and armed with the LG G Flex from AT&T, I uncovered some of best that the conference and Austin had to offer.

SXSW Interactive


The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival returned to Austin from Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event featured five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.


From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today. SXSW 2014 was huge!  From the sessions, the networking, the evening events, the 17th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards, SXSW Accelerator, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, SXSW Create, the Digital Creative Job Market, cross-industry conversations with attendees from SXSW Film and SXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver.  I had a great time uncovering what Austin had to offer during SXSW Interactive and I can’t wait to see what’s next during SXSW Film and SXSW Music.

Lady Gaga Rocks The Mobile Movement With Vice And AT&T

March 11th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Disclosure: As the author, I have been compensated to share experiences found throughout SXSW 2014 including unique AT&T SXSW activations in Austin however, all opinions are my own.


The news is out! Lady Gaga rocked The Mobile Movement With Vice and AT&T last night in Austin!

— Motherboard (@motherboard) March 11, 2014


Created by AT&T in collaboration with VICE’s Motherboard, the three-day interactive showcase celebrated young innovators by elevating mobile innovations to new heights. Guests experienced apps in amazing new ways, enjoy indoor and outdoor entertainment, networked in the AT&T lounge and experienced interactive musical performances.

The Mobile Movement


The Mobile Movement


The Mobile Movement


Culminating the final night of the three-day experience was an interactive film screening, VIP reception, musical performance by DJ Shadow, Machine Drum and Reggie Watts.  Check out more photos of Lady Gaga from inside The Mobile Movement event below.

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The Mobile Movement


Wondering why Lady Gaga is in town?  The five-time Grammy Award winning powerhouse brings her unique voice and talent to this year’s SXSW joining an impressive roster of past SXSW Music keynote speakers including music legends like Lou Reed, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen.  As the first SXSW Music female speaker in 15 years, Lady Gaga name will be on everyone’s lips during SXSW Music festival — and we saw her first at The Mobile Movement with AT&T.

The Mobile Movement

Just in case you’re in Austin and can’t get enough of Lady Gaga, you can check out her keynote  Friday, March 14th at 11am in the Grand Ballroom of the downtown Hilton Austin (the keynote conversation will be led by John Norris of Fuse and is open to those with SXSW Platinum and Music registrations or Artist Wristbands.) You can also check out her live performance with Doritos on Thursday night at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin.


Moto X – The Underrated “Mid-Range” Phone [Review]

November 6th, 2013 by Analie

Moto X - The Underrated Mid-Range Phone [Review] - Motorola Google Company LogoIt’s been a while with the Moto X and now I’m ready to talk about it. Let me say that I was one of the first naysayers (not aloud though) that thought, not that the phone would fail but that it would have regular sales. In my mind I thought that was great for Motorola. Due to the less than stellar specs on paper, I didn’t see why this phone would be  a big seller or the popular kid on the block. I knew it would be good for those fashionably efficient consumers. I told you about it back then HERE.


I’m glad to say that I was wrong. Terribly wrong. Let me start off with the ordering process. I shop online often so I didn’t think I was going to get excited about placing another online order. It’s like shopping for shoes or a dress. Pick a couple of colors and a size, a few clicks and boom. But here’s what reeeallly happened. I sat there for about an hour contemplating all these color combinations. I didn’t know what to do. There doesn’t seem to be many options, but trust me there are more than enough. I can promise you that if you’re looking for a new phone and you take a visit to the Moto Maker site, even if you’re not planning on getting a Moto X, you might think twice about it and you also will have some fun with color combinations (there are some exceptions to that of course).

The Moto Maker is exclusive to AT&T right now. You can try the Moto Maker by Motorola here.

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Without your personal touches, the Moto X isn’t loud or obnoxious. It’s has a nice screen size, a comfortable curved design and simplistic on all counts. When choosing colors, you can go as crazy or simple as you want. But I found it nice from Motorola how they had it so simple.


I guess they were trying to go simple with the specs too. Nothing too crazy, won’t scare the normal consumer and speak in a language consumers understand. That’s how I took it anyway, talk about easy notifications, a quick way to activate the camera, and representation of yourself on your smartphone’s design.

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Look and Feel

I actually ordered my phone with a violet backside, and it came pink. That was the one time I didn’t want a pink phone (oh life’s ironies). I contacted Motorola’s Moto x support ASAP and they were beyond helpful with beginning the process of returning the phone. I decided not to return the phone and stay with the pink Moto X. Just keep in mind that I contacted them the same day, your order and return experience may be different due to timing and situation details).


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I obviously like the look of the phone since it’s in one of my favorite colors, (pink back side, white front and red accents). Girly phone all the way. There is no branding on the front of the phone. I didn’t realize how nice that would be.

The phone feels great in hand. Not too heavy and the curves fall into all the right places of my palm.



The Moto X has great viewing angles. Something I didn’t expect from this phone since the display is 720P. So that is also great. The display has rich and crisp color. I have to use the display at a brighter setting than I use other Android phones, but that’s no biggie.

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Software Experience

Now, don’t get upset with me Android fans, but it has been a while since I have used stock Android (Nexus devices, Google edition phones). All I kept thinking when I started using the Moto X was: “Wow, that’s smooth!” The fluidity of the Moto X (near stock) Android Jelly Bean 4.2 (let’s hear it  for the Android 4.4 KitKat update that’s coming–woohoo) OS was great. I forgot what it was like to have the lag of bloatware. It’s not that I hate Android skins, I guess I didn’t miss them.



Moto X Features

What I mean by near stock, is that the Moto X has a few tweaks from Motorola’s notifications, a few customization features that  differentiate it from stock Android. Like many out there, my fave feature was the Active Display. Motorola is breaking new ground with this Active Display. It’s by far one of the most innovative features I’ve seen. It really makes your smartphone, well, smart.

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Active Display on the Moto X

For those who don’t know what Active Display is, it’s basically a way of your Moto X showing you notifications only when you need them. How does it do that? When you pull the phone out of your pocket, it shows you icons for the notifications you have right by the “unlock” lock.  To preview the notifications you tap the icons. You can swipe unlock the notifications. If you have multiple notifications, you get to unlock the latest ones.

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You don’t have to worry about Active Display killing your battery life, since Active Display isn’t on when in your pocket, when the Moto X is faced down and when on a call. I thought that was all babble, but battery life has been great with Active Display.

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Motorola Assist

This is Motorola’s version of “Profiles” but heightened. I didn’t get to use these often, but when I did, I had a new found appreciation for the “Assistant”. I love her. She can help me anytime. Motorola Assist takes Touchless Controls to a whole new level. For example, it recognizes when you’re driving and alerts you of incoming calls and messages. It even asks you if you’d like to pick up the phone. Needless to say I was feeling all special and high class. That’s great coming from an inexpensive “mid-range” phone. Don’t worry, it won’t read all your messages out loud. You can choose what notifications you;d like.

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Moto X Camera

Most of you already heard about the Moto X Quick Capture feature for the camera. It requires twisting your wrist a couple of times to open the camera app. You then touch the screen to take a pic (hold down the touch to take multiple pictures).

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The camera quality on the Moto X was poor at first, but Motorola sent a software update quickly to fix that. The pictures aren’t the best on the Moto X, but for what I use them for (mostly social media sites), they are perfectly fine. The Moto X did surprisingly well in low-light settings (must be that ClearPixel technology they were talking about). Took me a while to get used to swiping from the left to get the menu and swiping from the right to get to the gallery though (just a minor learning curve). I found myself trying to activate other phones with Quick Launch maneuver. Believe it or not, you might get used to it.

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Call Quality | Carrier Service | Battery Life

As you know I frequent New York City all day and night. When testing out call quality, the other party said they could hear me clearly, but they could also hear the background noise quite well.

As always AT&T 4G LTE doesn’t fail me in the city. Pair the 4G LTE service alongside great battery life and you know it’s a good thing. I rarely had to pull out my battery pack to charge the Moto X. The few times I did, it was after a long day that meant 13+ hours of heavy use. I have multiple social media apps running and I snap pics of everything (even if I don’t share them).

You can check AT&T’s coverage of your area HERE.

You can check AT&T’s smartphone plans HERE.

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Moto X for You?

Besides the fact that you can custom make a Moto X, the Moto X definitely feels like a personal phone. Its assist features and simple navigation / activation maneuvers help you interact with it on a personal level. At the introductory price of $99 (with contract), it’s a great and inexpensive option to other luxury phones. Don’t overlook the Moto X because it’s not the best phone on paper. Think of the everyday use and situations, and you will see how the Moto X fits the bill perfectly. From battery life, to the custom look, to the helpful features, the Moto X sounds more appealing than many other phones on the market now. It’s not the standout phone, but it can stand out once you customize it. Great package deal all around.


Today Is National Drive 4 Pledges Day #ITCANWAIT

September 19th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Over the summer, we’ve urged our readers to re-evaluate their act of texting while driving.  Months ago, many of you learned about the dangers of texting while driving and the devastating aftermath that one moment of bad judgement can cause.   Here’s a roundup highlighting this summer’s #ITCANWAIT campaign:

May 28th 2013 - Texting While Driving Causes “100 Deadliest Days” #ItCanWait

July 2nd 2013 - Put Your Skills To The Test With The Texting While Driving Simulator Online

July 12th - Texting & Driving Isn’t Just A Teen Problem…Take The Pledge & Spread The Word #ItCanWait

August 12th - Think Before You Send That Next Text… #ItCanWait

On Sept. 19, It Can Wait, cell phone carriers and advocates will team up to take the movement to the next level. Join us on this nationwide day of action and help us encourage every driver to make a personal commitment not to text and drive – and recruit others to do the same.   Today is National Drive 4 Pledges Day and on this day, we’re asking friends, readers and supporters to spread the word in three easy steps.


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1.  Join the cause and spread the word.  (It could save a life!)  Join #ItCanWait and @ATT for Drive 4 Pledges Day! Take the pledge to never text and drive again at


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2.  Show your support by updating your avitar for the day.  Add an It Can Wait Twibbon to your social media avatars to show your support via


#ItCanWait Hand

I’ll be spreading the good #ITCANWAIT word via hand all day in honor of Drive 4 Pledges Day!


3.  Lend a hand on INSTAGRAM.  Get on Instagram to share the It Can Wait message by writing #ItCanWait on your hand and sharing the photo along with why you’re taking a stand against texting and driving.


That’s it!  In seconds your voice can become a powerful tool to shedding light on a too common issue that’s killing people everyday.

The numbers don’t lie: Texting and driving is a life-threatening epidemic.

  • Texting and driving makes you 23 times more likely to be in an accident
  • More than 100,000 texting-related accidents every year result in injuries or deaths
  • 90% of teens say they’d stop texting and driving if a friend in the car simply asked them
  • 97% of teen drivers agree that texting and driving is dangerous
  • 75% of teens say that texting and driving is common among their friends
  • 43% of teens admit to texting and driving
  • 49% of adult commuters admit to texting and driving
  • 77% of teens say that adults tell them not to text and drive, but do it themselves “all the time”

If you can convince one person to take the pledge and they can convince another, this epidemic can easily be eradicated — but it starts with you!  Take the pledge and join the #ITCANWAIT movement today!


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Disclaimer:  This post has been sponsored in part by the “IT CAN WAIT” program which focuses on educating people – especially teens – about the dangers of texting and driving. The message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait.  For more information visit

Think Before You Send That Next Text… #ItCanWait

August 12th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the impactful television commercials and social media messaging behind the “It Can Wait” texting and driving campaign.  Not only has AT&T, Verizon, Sprint & T-Mobile championed this message through television commercials, radio and social media channels – they’ve recently released a documentary online that highlights the danger of how one text being sent at the wrong time could horribly impact your life forever.

From One Second To The Next

The launch of a new 35-minute documentary, “From One Second to the Next,” highlights the aftermath of texting and driving in a very unique way. Directed by acclaimed film maker Werner Herzog, the documentary focuses on the stories of four individuals who have been involved or caused a texting and driving accident.

In the short film, Herzog expands on the stories he tells through the 30-second “Texting & Driving … It Can Wait” spots launched in May.  By giving voice to the individuals who caused the accidents and the many people whose lives have forever been changed by them, Herzog shows the devastating aftermath that can be created when a driver turns their attention to a single text.  The documentary is available on

“When you get a message while driving, it’s hard not to pick up your phone,” said Herzog. “With this film, we want to help make people more aware of the potential consequences of that action.”

Since my involvement with the “It Can Wait” earlier this summer – not only have I taken the pledge to cease texting while driving, but I’ve also personally encouraged family members, friends and colleagues to do the same.  Missing a text isn’t worth an expensive traffic ticket or deadly accident.  Trust me – IT CAN WAIT!


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Disclaimer:  This post has been sponsored in part by the “IT CAN WAIT” program which focuses on educating people – especially teens – about the dangers of texting and driving. The message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait.  For more information visit

The Big Surprise Found at Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores

July 19th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores Divas And Dorks

Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores

Did you know that with Best Buy Mobile’s customer promise, you’re guaranteed to top quality phones with expert and unbiased customer assistance? Recently, with the upgrade announcements & rumors from major players like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint & T-Mobile – I was curious to see how Best Buy Mobile stores would roll with the ever changing smartphone punches. So I recently stopped by one of the Best Buy Mobile specialty stores in Miami, to look into the possibility of upgrading my additional line smartphone. The staff there were knowledgeable and friendly & offered great advice for getting the biggest bang for my buck! See at Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, they don’t earn commission on what they phones, plans and features they sell – so you get an unbiased, expert opinion everytime!

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So of course when I walked in inquiring about upgrading my phone, I received expert advice & even was offered a trade in offer that I couldn’t refuse. What’s great about this discovery? These deals happen everyday and I had no idea! Did you know that those old phones you keep in a drawer somewhere could be worth cash? Get a Best Buy Gift card when you trade it in at a participating Best Buy Mobile specialty store location – and if you have a newer working phone, you could get up to a $200 Best Buy gift card. Learn more and find a participating Best Buy Mobile specialty store:


Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores Divas And Dorks

Talk about a surprising experience! Now you can grab up those smartphones that have been sitting around your home & head to your local Best Buy Mobile specialty store near you. Best Buy Mobile specialty stores are found locally in malls or in your neighborhood shopping centers, and are focused on mobile devices and accessories. Shop for the latest smartphones and tablets from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, from all the top brands, along with stylish accessories to suit your lifestyle. The staff is highly trained, yet non-commissioned, so they can help determine the right phone for you, as well as compare plans across the carriers. They can set up and activate your new phone, transfer your contacts and data and set you up with the complimentary Walk Out Working™ program. To find a Best Buy Mobile specialty store, go to


Disclaimer: The review has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Texting & Driving Isn’t Just A Teen Problem…Take The Pledge & Spread The Word #ItCanWait

July 12th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Texting & Driving isn’t just a teen problem… more and more adults do it everyday!  The lid hiding the misconception of texting and driving has been uncovered, and the fact is there are more adults who text and drive than teens.  So what does that mean to you?  That means that there are more seasoned, commuters on the road who believe that they’re capable of  texting while operating a motor vehicle and putting more and more people in danger now than ever before.

Earlier this year, AT&T released the results of its latest commuter survey which showed 49% of commuters admitted to texting and driving versus 43% of teens. These findings finally dispelled the myth that texting and driving is predominantly a teen problem, when in fact, commuters are more guilty of it.


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While there are impactful psa commercials on tv & celebrities like Gabby Douglass and Demi Lovato bringing light to the #ItCanWait campaign, many people still do not realize the dangers that texting while driving can cause.  That’s where you can help!  You now know that texting and driving is wrong, so why not spread the word?


Here are TWO QUICK and easy ways you can spread the word, take a stand and show support.

Step One:  Take the #ItCanWait pledge.  “I just took the pledge @ now NO TEXT IS WORTH THE RISK. #itcanwait”

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Step Two:  Use your social media channels to spread the word & show that you’re publicly taking a stand:

It Can Wait Twibbon


Your next text shouldn’t be your last.  Add your own #twibbon today to show that you support the #ItCanWait Movement.  Join AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and other champions of the movement today!


This post has been sponsored in part by the “IT CAN WAIT” program which focuses on educating people – especially teens – about the dangers of texting and driving. The message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait.  For more information visit



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