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Move Over GoPro! The Graava Captures And Edits Videos Automatically

August 10th, 2015 by Christen

Love capturing the fun but hate editing videos? If you’re anything like me, then you have countless videos on your camera and smartphone just waiting to be edited.  I’ll admit, I hate editing videos but there’s a new camera that may turn that all around.

 

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Meet Graava!  Graava is a new type of connected camera for a time when videos are the way we share our experiences – it’s smart enough that you’ll alway want it with you and small enough that it can. Smaller than a pack of Tic Tacs, the device was designed by Max Burton and his team at Matter Design. The device films at Full HD and automatically identifies the best moments to create video clips ready to watch and share on social media without requiring manual uploading and editing by the user.

 

 

How Graava Works:

Brilliant Auto Editing: Graava uses built-in sensors — image sensor, microphone, accelerometer, and GPS and can also pair with 3rd party heart rate monitors — to identify the best or most exciting moments while you are filming.

Social Sharing Feature: Using the Graava app, you are able to select your social media channels for a particular video clip and the app will automatically set the right time for it and publish with the touch of a button – so, for example, you have a 6-second clip for Vine or 15-second for Instagram.

Sync Footage From Multiple Graavas: The device knows when you are shooting a video with more than one Graava camera by comparing data from the onboard GPS and your phone, so if your friends also have a Graava, it can take footage from multiple perspectives and compile one video for you.

Sync Audio With Video: Select your favorite song and Graava will edit the video to match the beat of your music.

Wireless Charging: You never have to hassle with wires again, simply drop your camera on the wireless charging mat after a day of shooting and your footage is sent to the cloud

Film Longer: Graava shoots continuously for up to 3 hours on a single charge

Graava is now available for pre-sale purchase at discounted pricing of $249 and with a standard retail price of $399. Graava is slated to start shipping in early 2016. To learn more and pre-order Graava now at a discounted price go to getgraava.com.

A camera that automatically records, edits and shares videos may just change the way share our favorite memories forever — and I’m all for it!  What about you?  Are you willing to explore a new mobile cam like Graava in the near future? Share your thoughts below!

Holiday Recovery: Five Ways To De-stress After The Holidays [Video]

December 26th, 2014 by Lifestyle Staff

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There are plenty of ways to relax after the hustle-and-bustle of the holidays right at home. If the holidays left you with tired feet and an aching back, consider these quick and easy tips on how to de-stress after you’ve spent all December preparing for for the season.
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Break out the yoga mat, bubble bath and board games!  There are plenty of ways to decompress and de-stress after the holidays have come and gone.  Check out the video below to discover five ways to de-stress after the holidays:

 

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 How do you de-stress after the holidays? Do you veg out on Netflix or get a jump start on a new fitness routine? Share how you recover from the holiday hustle and bustle below.

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How To Host A Stress Free Holiday Dinner Party At Home [VIDEO]

December 18th, 2014 by Lifestyle Staff

Now that we are officially counting down the days until Christmas, it’s time we start prepping our homes for our friends and family to arrive. But gone are the days that we are all slaving in the kitchen cooking Christmas dinner for hours the night before, just to fall asleep on our guests the next evening.

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[Must Read: 3 Budget-Friendly Ways To Get Your Home Holiday Ready At The Last Minute]

Watch how Digital lifestyle expert, Christen shows us how she’s getting her adorable New York apartment ready for dining with her besties. Watch the video below.

[Must Read:  How To Get Away With Stress Free (Last-Minute) Holiday Shopping]

Now that you’ve got a few tips on how to host a dinner party (and help you through a busy holiday of hosting duties) are you ready to get ready to the holiday hosting fun with family?  What are your plans for the holiday season?  Share your favorite holiday ideas and tips below.

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How To Prepare For A Holiday Girls Night Out With Coca-Cola [Video]

December 15th, 2014 by Christen

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The holidays is all about celebrating life, reconnecting with friends and making the most out of this glorious time of year.  There’s no better time to create special moments with family and friends and I make it a point to get together with my special girlfriends as much as possible during this festive time of year.  Preparing for a holiday girls night out is as easy as 1-2-3!  Check out a few of my favorite ways I prepare for a holiday girls night out with Coca-Cola in the video below (… Huge pin curls? CHECK! Eyebrows on FLEEK? CHECK! iPad? CHECK!… I’m about that Girls Night Out life!)

 

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How do you prepare for a glam night out with your girls?  Share your favorite girls night out tips and tricks below…
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How To Survive New York Fashion Week (VIDEO)

September 5th, 2014 by Christen

Can I be honest here… New York Fashion Week is exhausting and unless you have a plan, you’ll wear yourself out by day 2!  (After six seasons of Fashion Week fun, trust me.. I know some things…)  Between the Lincoln Center shows, off-site shows, backstage interviews, lounges, parties and more – fashion week overload is much more than just a notion, it’s a reality.  That’s why I teamed up with my girls Kéla Walker and Ty Alexander for a stylishly fun video sharing our favorite tips for surviving New York Fashion Week.

 

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With over 20-seasons of collective fashion week experience, we have tips and fashion week advice that even the most seasoned fashion editor could appreciate, and we’re sharing our words of wisdom with you.

If you’re a new blogger, style writer or just want to be in the midst of all the New York Fashion Week action but don’t know where to start.  This video is for you.  Check out our tips for surviving fashion week below.

 


Are you heading out to New York Fashion Week this weekend?  If you spot us at any shows, don’t forget to say Hi (and let us know if there are any additional tips you think we needed to add to this video!  We’re all going to get through this thing called fashion week together! LOL)

Did you grab tickets to our upcoming New York Fashion Week meet up?  Grab tickets here and we look forward to seeing you next week!

How To Survive New York Fashion Week (Video)

August 29th, 2014 by Christen

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It’s that time of year again, the time when fashionistas far and wide travel to the epicenter of all things fabulous and fashionable in New York – it’s New York Fashion Week.  It may just be seven days on a calendar, but as anyone in the industry will tell you, it feels way longer than just a week. midnight deadlines, traffic jams, it’s a whole lot of stress.

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From finding out where to snag the best food, how to keep your phone from dying and more – we’ve got the tips and tricks you need that’ll help you survive New York Fashion Week like a pro!

[Must Read: Tracy Reese On How She Preps For New York Fashion Week]

 

Fashion Week isn’t for the week and as veterans in the game, my girls from Digital Sorority – Kéla Walker and Ty Alexander are getting ready to take on New York Fashion Week with a vengeance.  Are you a Blogger looking for a few tips and tricks to NYFW survival?  Are you a fashion lover looking for an inside-view with designers or a behind-the-scenes look at the models?  Let the countdown begin as Digital Sorority takes on How To Survive New York Fashion Week…

[Must Read:  Tips To Surviving New York Fashion Week]

 

Check out the teaser video below and let us know what you’d like to see from this season’s fashion week fun in the comments section below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Want more?  Make sure you subscribe and check back next week for a behind the scenes look at celebrity sightings, designer previews, parties and all things Fashion Week related!

 

Make Summer Memories Count With Magisto Movie Maker App

July 25th, 2014 by Christen

NEWS FLASH: The summer is quickly flying by and so are those amazing summer memories that you’ve captured on your smartphone. Why not do something cool with all your amazing photos and videos (I mean besides uploading them to Instagram) and create awesome videos with the press of a button?

Say hello to Magisto!

This summer, I’ve been using my new favorite video app Magisto, to do just that.  Like magic, Magisto turns your smartphone photos and videos into an amazing montage of memories with music, video transitions and more.

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Magisto makes things simple with two large buttons that let you either start shooting a new video or jump straight to your Gallery to sift through existing videos.  If you choose to shoot a new video, Magisto jumps to its in-app recorder, which allows you to switch between front-facing and rear-facing cameras. Each time you start and stop recording, your new clip will be saved for use. You can see what clips you’ve recorded, and easily delete any that you don’t want to include in your final compilation video. Once you’re done recording, you can hit Next to begin selecting any other media you might want to include in your final edit.  The video picker interface lets you look through files in your media library. All you have to do is pick the items you want to include in your final edit and let Magisto find the interesting parts to edit together.  Magisto gives you 12 different themes to choose from. There are specialized themes for holidays, as well as more general themes like Street Beats and Sentimental. Each theme comes with a few different soundtrack options, or you can upload your own music for random use throughout your movie.  Finally, when you’re done with all your files and settings, you can upload your video to Magisto’s servers for editing.  Check out one of my first Magisto edited videos HERE or discover the latest video I created and uploaded to Instagram below…

 

 

If you sign up for a free Magisto account, you can only upload up to 16 video files, and 5 photos for your final movie, (which is limited to 60 seconds). There’s a drawback though. As a free user, you can’t download your edited movie to your phone. You can only share your masterpiece movie via a link to your video via YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and e-mail. (You can tag people in your videos if you connect your Facebook account) But in order to share to Instagram, you’ll have to upgrade to a premium account which is $4.99/ month you can pay $0.99 per movie download.

So if you’re like me and keep tons of photos and videos on your smartphone and no time to sift through and edit them all, you need to check out Magisto to keep your memories forever!  Download Magisto today for your Apple or Android device via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon stores.

Do you use photo or video editing apps on your phone? Which smart apps do you use for editing and keeping memories fresh for the summer? Share your thoughts below.

Austin Uncovered: I’m Heading To SXSW 2014

February 17th, 2014 by Christen

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Every year, an oasis of new media thinkers, music lovers and film fans migrate to Austin, Texas for an amazing week of learning, entertainment and more – this is known as South By Southwest.  The SXSW 2014 festival hosts over a week of entertaining keynotes, sessions, film premiers and concerts and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

 

Just what am I looking forward to at SXSW 2014?  

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There are tons of sessions for entrepreneurs, techies and social media savants to choose from.  Just a few of the Interactive sessions I’m excited to learn from highlight Black Social TV talks and even tackle the subject of the Black Twitterverse jumping into the Startup life and being a real woman in a new media world.  I’m beyond excited to catch up with friends and make new connections during my SXSW Interactive experience in Austin.

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“JIMI: All Is By My Side” starring Andre (3000) Benjamin as the iconic Jimi Hendrix.

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One of the most entertaining moments of SXSW take place during many of the first look film screenings.  This year, I’m looking forward to attending the screening of the Jimi Hendrix biopic, “JIMI:  All Is By My Side” starring Andre (3000) Benjamin as the iconic Jimi Hendrix. With celebrity lead talks from the likes of Mike Myers, Tilda Swinton, Jason Bateman and more – the film sessions and screenings will be another huge highlight of the entire SXSW experience.

 

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Prince performed at SXSW last year…Who knows who the headliner of SXSW 2014 will be?

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While I’m not exactly certain what new music and musicians I’ll discover this year, I will say that the likes of Prince, Jay Z and others have graced Austin during the SXSW festival and this year is sure to be no different.  I mean, last year I literally bumped into Macklemore while in the city streets of Austin and a year later he’s one of music biggest stars to date!  With performances by NAS, SchoolBoy Q, Bridgette Kelley and Slaughterhouse already scheduled the surprise performances will only heighten the musical expectations for the year. The SXSW music festival of shows will definitely be the grand closing of my Austin experience and I can’t wait to see what musical experience it holds.

 

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“Austin Uncovered”

Can’t make it to Austin for SXSW this year?  Don’t Worry!  Catch all the SXSW fun and get a unique Austin experience with “Austin Uncovered”. The “Austin: Uncovered” web series highlights all best that SXSW has to uncover, plus the best in food, sights and entertainment that you can find in Austin all year long — and it’s hosted by me! [Sponsorships Available]

 

About SXSW:  The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features 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. The SXSW® Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drive entertainment and media, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition. South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference, the world’s leading music industry event, offers attendees the opportunity to explore 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. At night, the absolute best mix of musical performances from over 2,200 regional, national and international acts take place at the SXSW Music Festival. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career-building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. SXSW Music is now in its 28th year.

 

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…

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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 BrooklynBoulders.com 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 DivasOnDestinations.com.

 

 

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

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