Monday, November 30, 2015

Secret Mean Stinks Announces First Ever Nice Scholarship!

Hello my amazing beauty lovers and fashionistas! I am actually posting this a little late, but there is still time to apply: 

I wanted to reach out to you about something that is very dear to my heart. With school having so many ups and downs these days. It is truly scary to see that there is still so much bullying taking place. With the rise in technology, it of course has been taken to another level. There are however campaigns and foundations that offer incentives to help bring awareness to bullying and they also sometimes come with something positive that will help. I really believe that you will be inspired to join Secret and their Mean Stinks movement to bring an end to girl-to-girl bullying with their first-ever Nice Scholarship in honor of October’s National Bullying Prevention Month.

As the importance of empowering young girls continues to grow and is a hot topic in politics, media and everyday conversations, Secret Mean Stinks realizes that no one can make change alone! Today, they are announcing the brand’s first-ever Nice Scholarship to celebrate the students who stand up to girl-to-girl bullying through the nice words and actions they share every day.

Three standout high-school students who are making a positive impact on their friends and peers will win a $10,000 scholarship each toward their college education in support of their efforts to make the world a nicer, bully-free place.

For more details on the scholarship contest and how to enter, please see below! I would love for you to share this on social media and bring more awareness as well as give the opportunity to students who want to spread nice and win an amazing college scholarship for all of their hard work. In any tweets or posts, please include this hashtag: #ChainofNice!

Here's all the deets for this scholarship: 

How to Enter to Win the Secret Mean Stinks Nice Scholarship

Students must be 17 or older to enter, and winners will be chosen by a panel of sponsor-selected judges based on the following judging criteria:
·         Purpose and Support: Exhibits a good understanding of the issues of girl-to-girl bullying and supports it with examples that he/she has witnessed or endured personally (25%)
·         Organization and Logic of Idea:  Develops a sound plan to end girl-to-girl bullying in his/her community or school; this can be something he/she has already executed or a plan he/she will execute in the future (45%)
·         Leadership and Results: Articulates ways in which his/her plan has impacted his/her community. If the plan hasn’t been executed yet, describes ways that he/she will measure success (20%)
·         Grammar and Spelling (10%)

Submissions will be accepted today through Dec. 14 on and the winners will be announced and recognized for their efforts at the start of 2016 on and via Secret Mean Stinks’ social platforms.

This is such an amazing opportunity for to promote something positive and make a difference as well as win a scholarship for school. Please spread the word and Good Luck! #Meanstinks 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Celebrating 30 Years With The Miami City Ballet!

It is a very special time as the 2015-2016 season of the Miami City Ballet opens with a series of programs that are truly stunning! This of course being the company's 30th year anniversary only makes it all the more special. I am so excited to bring you the info on what you can expect this season, including a new version of George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream...... 

The performance schedule is MCB’s most ambitious yet, with masterworks from the company’s strong George Balanchine foundation side-by-side with such leading modern choreographic voices as Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Justin Peck and Liam Scarlett, all performed to live music provided by the distinguished Opus One Orchestra. 

So without further delay, here is all the information on the upcoming performances as described by the Miami City Ballet

Program One: 

Program One opens the season with Swan Lake, George Balanchine's one-act version of the most famous of all ballets, set to Tchaikovsky's most dramatic an evocative score. This program also features the return of the audience favorite Viscera, a rhythmic and intensely physical work created on MCB by Liam Scarlett, widely considered to be England's most promising new choreographer; and Fancy Free, Jerome Robbins' and Leonard Bernstein's breakthrough World War II ballet - the story of three sailors making the most of their 24-hour shore leave in New York City, and the basis for the hit musical On The Town.

Program Two: 

Program Two showcases three choreographic masters; George Balanchine, Peter Martins, and Twyla Tharp. Balanchine's La Source, set to Léo Delibes' exquisite musical score, enchants audiences with its re-creation of 19th Century French ballet elegance. Barber Violin Concerto is the company's first work by long-time Artistic Director of New York City Ballet, Peter Martins. This thrilling company premiere is set to Samuel Barber's romantic Violin Concerto, one of the most alluring and widely performed concertos of the 20th Century. And MCB is happy to celebrate Twyla Tharp's 50th anniversary as a choreographer by reprising her signature work In The Upper Room - a study of modern dance's power and energy juxtaposed with this finesse of the classical tradition, set to Philip Glass' driving postmodern score. 

Program Three: 

Program Three further broadens the horizons of MCB's dancers with two additional company 
premieres including Justin Peck's breakout ballet Year of the Rabbit, choreographed to music from Sufjan Stevens' 2002 electronica-influenced album Enjoy Your Rabbit. The second premiere is one of Paul Taylor's masterpieces, Sunset, performed to the haunting music of Elgar and illustrating the complexities of love, camaraderie and separation experienced by six soldiers and the young women they leave behind. Closing this spirited program is Bourrée Fantasque acclaimed as one of Balanchine's most charming works. This is big, vibrant, joyful ballet is set to the sparkling music of Emmanuel Chabrier - C'est Magnifique!

Program Four: 

Program Four brings MCB's landmark 30th anniversary season to a crescendo with an unprecedented new production of Balanchine's magical full-evening ballet, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare's timeless tale of love, magic and iilusion, set to ravishing music by Felix Mendelssohn- including the famous Wedding March - is imagined as a reflection of the South Florida region by two international artists with ties to Miami: Michele Oka Doner for original costumes and sets, and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney for dramatic direction. 

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

A true Miami City Ballet tradition, The Nutcracker will be featured in all four venues with its magical holiday sets and perfect story that is perfect for the whole family. Performed to the magical music of Tchaikovsky, it is one of the best part of the holiday season! 

With the season having begun at the end of October, you can get all information on the performances including tickets and showtimes on the MCB site: as well as your local box office of the four venues that work with MCB: Adrienne Arsht Center for the performing arts, Broward center for the performing arts, The Kravis Center for the performing arts and the Artis-Naples. I hope to hear your thoughts on the upcoming performances and I will review a couple of my favs, so stay tuned! Have a fabulous season.... Xoxo