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Uncovering SXSW Interactive With AT&T #ATTSXSW

March 12th, 2014 by Christen

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.

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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.

Re-Discover Detroit With Divas On Destinations #DearDetroit (Video)

December 2nd, 2013 by Christen

Detroit is a city that has had more than it’s fair share of political drama, economic turmoil and a modern-day Exodus that will go down in history.   But America’s great comeback city is so much more than it’s well known home for Motown music and great American-made automobiles.  As a born and raised Detroiter, I wanted to highlight just a few of my favorite things that makes the Motor City so special, starting with the largest parade of cars that brings out enthusiasts from far and wide (also known as the Mardi Gras of cars) – the Woodward Dream Cruise.


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Detroit may be known for a lot of things, but after viewing each episode of this series hopefully you’ll learn how great the city really is – and re-discover “Dear Detroit”


Want to learn more about the city of Detroit?  Do you have an amazing #DearDetroit experience that you’d like to share?  Connect with Divas On Destinations, Chevy and Detroit online and follow the conversation using #DearDetroit via Facebook or Twitter below. 


@VisitDetroit  @DestinedDivas  @Chevrolet



Check out for weekly installments of the “Dear Detroit” web series all month long.  The “Dear Detroit” series has been made possible by Chevrolet and the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.   All views, opinions and experiences expressed are my own.

Ding! You Can Now Use Your Approved Electronic Device During Takeoff

November 1st, 2013 by Christen



There used to be a time, where dirty looks by flight attendants to last minute smartphone users were always evident moments before flight takeoff.  The rule was that once the airplane door is closed, you were off your phone, period.  Although there were many passengers who refused to abide by the rule, it appears that the rule is now changing for the better.

Airplane travelers will soon be able to watch videos and play games with their electronic devices throughout their entire flight — and not just above a certain altitude — the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday in a long anticipated announcement.

But don’t expect to be chatting on your cell phone. A ban on using cell phones for voice communication remains in effect.


Until now, passengers in the United States were prohibited from using the devices until their plane rose above 10,000 feet. The timing of the changes will depend on individual airlines, but an FAA statement said it expects “many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.”

“Each airline will determine how and when this will happen,” FAA administrator Michael Huerta told reporters at Reagan National Airport.

Discover which airline is leading the way allowing you to use your electronics during takeoff at

Girlfriend Adventures With Essence Magazine (Ep 4) #GirlfriendAdventures

July 29th, 2013 by Christen


Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve tackled the rock wall in Brooklyn, learned some salsa moves AND stepped up our game in the kitchen – so our next stop?  High flying adventures at Trapeze School New York!

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What is Trapeze School New York?  Trapeze School New York (TSNY) is dedicated to making flying trapeze available to anyone who seeks inspiration, challenge, fitness or just a couple hours of unique fun. Located atop Pier 40 at Chelsea Piers, TSNY offers flying trapeze classes for all levels (first-timers and beginners welcome) as well as intensive multi-session workshops for more advanced flyers.  girlfriend adventures

Remember that Sex And The City Episode? (SATC Season 6 Episode 82 to be exact…) – let’s face it, if you’re a woman and a writer in New York, chances are you’ve experienced at least one Carrie moment in your life… and this was my moment…

Carrie Bradshaw Trapeze



Check out the entire experience via Essence Girlfriends series below…

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Girlfriends Adventures w/ Essence Magazine (Episode 2) #EssenceGirlfriends

July 15th, 2013 by Christen

Summer In The City

Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve already gone salsa dancing, so our next stop?  Indoor rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders.

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What is Brooklyn Boulders?  Brooklyn Boulders is New York City’s only fully dedicated rock climbing gym and one of the East Coasts’ largest.  With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and a dedicated and skilled setting staff, Brooklyn Boulders offer both a premium training ground for advanced climbers and a variety of climbs for the total beginner.  So whether you’re a seasoned 5.13 climber or just found yourself interested in trying something new, come to BKB and find what you’re looking for. (Located at 575 Degraw St. in Brooklyn – visit for more info.)

Check out what happens when we take on the rock wall for the first time at Brooklyn Boulders in Brooklyn, NY.

For a behind-the-scene look at all the up the wall action, visit our travel channel at



Check out more of our NYC Girlfriend Adventures all month long on

Gogo, Monster & More At Engadget + Gdgt NYC (Video)

July 12th, 2013 by Christen

Gogo, Engadget + Gdgt LIVE in NYC



Last month, I got the chance to hang out during the Engadget + Gdgt Live event in NYC.  During the event, I got the chance to check out Gogo’s amazing ultra lounge, Instaprints & spin the win for some amazing prizes.  I  joined hundreds of tech and gaming fans for Engadget + Gdgt LIVE in NYC for up close & personal tech fun. Engadget + Gdgt Live is the only nation-wide tech event series that connects thousands of real people with the top brands in technology. During the event, held in SoHo we kicked it in mobile lounges packed with the latest tech from from Samsung, Monster, Gogo and more!  Check out my entire experience on their blog and the event experience featuring an interview with Monster Ambassador Tyson Beckford below: Youtube Video Interviewing Tyson Beckford below via YouTube. 

Check out the complete recap on Gogo’s blog at Gogo, Engadget + Gdgt LIVE in NYC.

About:  Gogo® is fast becoming everyone’s favorite part of flying. By allowing travelers to get online, in air, Gogo keeps them connected to life. Using exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on all domestic AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights and on select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways flights – as well as on thousands of business aircraft – bringing the total to more than 6,000 Gogo equipped aircraft to date.

Back on the ground, with 400+ employees in Itasca, IL and Broomfield, CO are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with us at, on Facebook at on Twitter at

Calling All Divas – And Has Arrived!

January 2nd, 2013 by Christen


IT’S OFFICIAL!  After experiencing a full year of travel and automotive adventures – the dream of expanding the team, brand and family of online infotainment is here. and has FINALLY arrived!




Created in January 2013 to fill a void that existed in print and new media – a celebration of men & women who enjoy the latest in haute style, automotive news and entertainment. the web’s first lifestyle automotive hub online, for women, by women. As a driving source of everything automotive that’s important to women, we are the authority in automotive news, entertainment & more for women interested in purchasing, maintaining or upgrading their vehicles.



Women buy 52% of all new cars sold in the U.S., influence more than 85% of all car purchases and are the fastest growing segment of buyers for new and used cars. All told, women have full or partial say over a staggering $80 billion worth of spending on cars.  Isn’t it time to discover a new spin on the auto news that matters most? is a safe and reliable source for expert automotive advice, research with the style that you can handle.







Created in January 2013 to fill a void that existed in print and new media – a celebration of men & women who enjoy a unique outlook on travel and entertainment. the web’s first lifestyle travel hub online, for women interested in exploring the world from as close as her backyard to as far as she’s willing to journey.




 With aims to share the unexpected truths about travel, is an open forum for travel experts and novice alike to celebrate adventurous living experiences and more online.  Grab your passport and toothbrush and get ready for a wild traveling time with


We’ll keep you updated with news for both sites on Facebook and Twitter, but if you’re looking for in-depth news regarding our traveling and automotive adventures definitely check out both sites daily!


Before You Pack: Style Tips for Fierce & Fabulous Holiday Travel

December 20th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

For a lot of us the holidays brings air travel. And while there’s no reason you can’t use the concourse as your personal runway, it’s helpful to keep in mind that travel is not always easy and bit of practicality in your wardrobe could save you a lot of headaches in the longrun. Follow a few simple tips and you’ll breeze through the airport in style (and comfort.)

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Supermodel Heidi Klum keeps it comfortable while traveling in flats.

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Flats are ESSENTIAL!
Most of us don’t run on the treadmill in heels. So when your flight is delayed 2 hours and you have 10 minutes to get from concourse A to concourse F, you’re not going to suddenly become proficient in running in Louboutins. Flats offer maneuverability when you have to dodge those airline carts and race to catch your connection. Plus, they’re an easy off, easy on solution to the disrobing we now call “security.”





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Scarves add versatility and style to any travel ensemble.



Stay Warm. 
Maybe it’s an effort curb those cold germs that become so prevalent around this time of year. Or maybe it’s so the people in business suits don’t over heat. Whatever the reason, the airlines seems to be keeping planes at crisp North Pole temperatures. It’s hard to hold onto to holiday cheer, when your hands are too cold to hold anything.

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Selena Gomez keeps it casual while traveling in a sweater, scarf, leggings and flats.

Scarves are a great way to add warmth without adding excessive bulk. There’s a quick, easy way to accessorize and offer style and function.

But if you don’t want to go the scarf route, jackets are the way to go. If you can help if avoid the huge winter coats that call to mind adjectives like a abominable and fluffy. A well cut peacoat or a sleek leather jacket will keep you toasty on those freezing flight and ensure fashion fabulousness. Because who doesn’t want to look good when they fly?


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Actress Paula Patton stays warm donning a peacoat at the airport.

If you check it, pack a back-up.
I’m always amazed by how much an great packer can get into a carry-on. Seasoned travelers can get their entire lives in a suitcase small enough to fit under their seats. If, however, you’re not one of those people and you’re forced to check your bag, make sure you pack some essentials in your carry-on. A change of clothes when your checked bag is in Boise and you’re in Boston might just save you from a Clark W. Griswold melt down.

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Kim Kardashian travels incognito, yet comfortable in leggings…

Leggings will fit perfectly in a side pocket. And you can always stuff a spare pair of socks and an extra top in your laptop bag. Knowing you won’t be stuck in the clothes you came in can make a world of difference in your mood as you watch everyone else’s bags circle on the carousel.

Unless you have a friend with a G5 plane, you’ll be traveling with the masses. But that doesn’t mean you have to look the part of the weary traveler. Function within style is a must for those cramped airplane seats and the long waits in the terminals. Airports can be dreadful. Airport style doesn’t have to be.

Happy Travels!


The Twelve Diva Days Of Christmas Holiday Giveaway WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

December 17th, 2012 by Christen

As we come to the end of one of our most successful year’s yet, we’re so happy to share in the giving spirit of this holiday season by announcing the winners of one of our biggest promotional giveaways ever!


Over $2,000 in cash and prizes in this year’s Diva Days Of Christmas giveaway and with fabulous prizes from our sponsors: Case-Mate, Plantronics, Boy Meets Girl USA, XBox, Windows, HTC, Windows 8, Lane Bryant, Sears, Fabulous Furs, Sprayground and General Motors.




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Thank you to all our loyal readers that entered, shared and supported Divas And Dorks in 2012!  We can’t wait to bring you exciting promotions, giveaways and more in 2013!


Avoid The Daze Of Typical Gift Giving With The HOLIDAZE Collection!

December 14th, 2012 by Christen

If you’ve gone through countless gift guides, gift lists and still come up short with the perfect gift for that special person in your life, then you could be in the holiday gift daze.  Discover what celebrities, professional athletes and more already know – Spraygound gifts are where it’s at!  Get out of the holiday haze and gift-giving daze with Sprayground’s newest collection.  The Holidaze Collection features a class of rogue Deluxe backpacks and Weekender duffel bags.  This holiday season Sprayground introduces three new backpack styles; the Wild, the Have a Nice Day and the High Life.  A trippy selection of backpacks sure to fill your winter with cheer!




This release of backpacks comes complete with three new Weekender duffel bags.  Each Weekender duffel bag matches one of the newly released Deluxe backpacks.   The Weekender is the perfect travel companion for those short stays, and comes with a separated shoe compartment.

Sprayground teamed up with hip-hop artist Mod Sun for the Holidaze campaign, the perfect figurehead for a tripped-out good time.



Each backpack offers maximum functionality; velour laptop sleeve, tablet sleeve, sunglass compartment and a hidden stash pocket.  Built in cushioned AirMesh padding gives each user ergonomic carrying support.

Limited quantity releases have made Sprayground bags a hot commodity, some fetching up to five times the original price in the after-sale market.  The “Holidaze” is now available on and at top sneaker boutiques worldwide.


Like what you see?  You could win you very own HOLIDAZE collection piece in the Diva Days Of Christmas giveaway today!  Enter now!






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