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Friday, November 24, 2017

Disney-Pixar’s "Incredibles 2" All-New Teaser Trailer & Poster


Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” is just less than seven months away! An all-new teaser trailer, poster and image from the film are now available:

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.


RISING SON -- Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) is left to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life, giving him an opportunity to bond with his younger son, Jack-Jack, whose superpowers are emerging—much to Dad’s surprise. Directed by Brad Bird and produced by John Walker and Nicole Grindle, “Incredibles 2” busts into theatres on June 15, 2018.


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Adult Acne: Which Product Option is Right for You?


There are so many acne and breakout busting treatments on the market. It’s common to get a feeling of product overload. Dr. Margarita Lolis, a Board-Certified Dermatologist in northern New Jersey who takes a holistic approach to treating skincare issues, breaks down the list of common products to consider using with the benefits of each. Hopefully this menu of options will clear some confusion.

Go simple on cleanser. People who are prone to breakouts may use a cleanser with salicylic acid triggering excessive dryness which only increases oil production leading to a breakout cycle. Gentler products that are appealing to all skin types such as Cetaphil or CeraVe are great options because they don’t strip away moisture and soothe the face.

Exfoliate weekly. They key here is not to be too harsh. You want to gently rub product into your face in circular motion then rinse with luke warm water. There are new products available with charcoal an ingredient which does a great job controlling oil in acne prone skin. People with sensitive skin should opt for an exfoliating mask which is less irritating.

Soothe with serums. Acne prone skin needs moisture not oil. Serums that address acne without compromising moisture are a great bet. Serums penetrate the skin quickly making them a great option for nighttime healing as you sleep.

Try skin oils. You can add drops of vitamin C oil, argan oil, or vitamin e oil to your serum or directly onto your face after cleansing which is like a vitamin boost to skin. This will address acne scarring helping them heal quicker.

Don’t skip moisturizer. Many people who are prone to breakouts want to skip moisturizer because they think their skin is oily enough. The reason skin is producing oil is because it is lacking moisture. Moisturizers with Hyaluronic acid draws water from the atmosphere and keeps skin hydrated. This is great for all skin types. You cannot go wrong with more water in the skin.

Consider a peel with a pro. Chemical peels are a great option for skin that has scarring and Hyperpigmentation. While there are at home, do it yourself options available I have seen many people harm their own skin with peels. You really want to work with a professional as not to make matters worse. People often think a burning sensation means it’s working so they mistakenly leave peels on for too long and hurt themselves.

Balance skin with a toner. I like toners because they do a nice job of clearing away dirt and make-up, shrinking pores, and restoring skin to its natural pH balance. Witch Hazel is a simple no fuss astringent found at any drug store which works wonders on acne or break out prone skin.

Do a mask every week. You want to choose “detoxifying masks” featuring ingredients like, charcoal, clay, sulfur. You may want to alternate between a more soothing mask one week and a treatment mask when a breakout first occurs. Another option is using a soothing mask on the cheeks and then a clarifying mask on the chin and jawline.

Spot treat and refrain from picking. We touch our faces approximately 25 times per hour. It’s hard to be conscious of it. When we have a breakout, we may sit at our desks or behind the wheel picking away. It is a habit that spreads bacteria and leads to scarring. Getting a prescription level topical spot treatment is key because many are designed to work immediately which lessens the need to pick.

Ultimately, when in doubt see your dermatologist who will assess your skin and the many factors that may be causing acne. Oftentimes dermatologists will outline a treatment regimen that is more customized to you considering age, skin type and lifestyle.


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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Disney-Pixar Coco Film Review: Magical and Emotional


Film Summary

Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.


MY THOUGHTS:

In this film, Disney/Pixar takes you into a magical adventure through a traditional celebration of Mexico's "Day of the Dead", a holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Disney/Pixar's "Coco" brings the Land of the Dead to life and many of these scenes will bring you joy, music, and tears.

Miguel learns about a music contest and decided to try out. His grandmother heard about this and became furious and broke his guitar. During the Day of the Dead celebration, Miguel sneaks into the burial chamber to "borrow" the guitar. As he strummed the guitar, Miguel is magically taken into the world of the afterlife. He is then determined to find Earnesto Dela Cruz, who he thought was his uncle from the past. Along the journey, he made friends with a Hector who claims to know Ernesto Dela Cruz.




The near-ending scenes were really quite emotional and a tear-jerker. There were tears as well as laughter in the audience. The humour of some of the characters provided a balance with laughter throughout the film. I aksed my 9-year-old son what he thinks of the movie and he thought it was a bit 'dark'. The antagonist is usually a twist and not who it seems. It was quite interesting how Pixar surprised us with the storyline.

I'd say it's one of the best animated films of the year!


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Infographic: Which States Tend to Send Kids Only Holiday Cards

The holidays are quickly approaching. Some people have already ordered their personalized holiday cards to send out. A couple of weeks ago, I had a fun family holiday photoshoot session with a client. They wanted a fun photo for their holiday cards this year, so we decided to do something like a pillow fight theme and wearing pajamas. I did some photo post-processing and really love the result.


Now, I want to share this interesting infographic (courtesy of Minted.com) about which States use Minted cards featuring children only as well as percentage of holiday cards that feature three or more kids. Check it out below.





Also another interesting infographic for those who have pets:






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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mural by Sir Peter Blake Unveiled at West Hollywood Elementary School

Sir Peter Blake serves as honorary President of The Arts Club and is widely known for the iconic album cover he created for The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – The Arts Club, London, and West Hollywood Elementary School unveiled today a large-scale mural envisioned by world-renowned British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake, as part of The Arts Club’s ongoing community engagement and outreach program. The Arts Club, which provides a meeting place for people interested in arts, literature, and sciences, plans to open its first U.S. location in West Hollywood in 2020 with a multipurpose gallery space for art events, educational programs, and exhibitions that will be free and open to the public. The Arts Club also pledged to contribute $1 million dollars total over the next 10 years to support the presentation and expansion of the arts in West Hollywood following the proposed club’s opening.

The Blake-designed mural is a collage of more than 80 works submitted by first through fifth grade students following an invitation to illustrate themes such as diversity, creativity, and innovation, and then interpreted by Sir Peter. It was painted on-site by local artist Debi Cable. Students who participated in the program joined with parents, community leaders, and local artists on November 17 to celebrate the unveiling of the public artwork they helped inspire.

The Arts Club was founded in 1863. It served as an important hub for the creative arts in the 19th century for the likes of Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope, two of its founding members, as well as luminaries such as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, James McNeill Whistler and more. Today, the club resides in Mayfair, London, and its permanent art collection as well as rotating exhibition program remains an active part of its identity.

As part of its growing mission, The Arts Club has sought to cultivate partnerships with local organizations in and around its future outpost. Leading these efforts has been the Club’s executive director, Alice Chadwyck-Healey, who says: “I was fortunate enough to meet Principal Pannell of the West Hollywood School on one of my early visits to the West Hollywood neighborhood and was immediately struck by his obvious passion for, and support of, the arts. We look forward to working closely with the School on a long-term basis. Philanthropy, education, and engagement with the arts are critical components of The Arts Club's DNA, and we are excited to kick off our long-term support of the arts in West Hollywood with this project. As our honorary President and a long-time member of the Club in London, Sir Peter Blake was the perfect artist to collaborate with on this initiative.”

Sir Peter Blake, 85, is a one of the best-known British artists of his generation and a contemporary of such lauded artists as David Hockney and Richard Hamilton. He was a prominent figure in the pop art movement in the early 1960s and 70s, and is widely recognized for the iconic album sleeve he created for The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. Sir Peter Blake, 85, said of the project, “I am pleased to have worked on this very special project for the West Hollywood Elementary School. Seeing the creativity of all the children involved was such a joy and I hope the resulting artwork, which I developed using their original ideas and creations, will brighten up their school days and serve as a reminder of their vast imaginations.”

About Sir Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake (b. 1932, Dartford, U.K.) is a British painter, sculptor, draughtsman, and printmaker. He is known as one of the leading figures of British pop art. Blake studied at Gravesend School of Art before being accepted into the Royal College of Art, London, where he studied alongside other artists such as David Hockney, R.B. Kitaj, and Joe Tilson. Upon graduation in 1956, he began to appropriate pop culture icons and advertising imagery to create homages to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley, and professional wrestlers. His iconic ‘Self-portrait with Badges’ (1961) in the Tate Collection shows Blake holding an Elvis album and dressed in American jeans, Converse shoes, and baseball badges. In other works, he composes assemblages of found objects with humorous allusions to art history and childhood fantasies. In 1967, he designed the well-known album cover for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in his distinctive style of collage. He continues to be associated with the music world by designing album covers, including the alum art for Band Aid’s single "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

After completing his National Service with the Royal Air Force, he received the Leverhulme Research Award to study popular art and traveled through Europe in 1956-57. Blake’s first one-man exhibition was held in 1962 at the Portal Gallery, London; solo shows followed at the Robert Fraser Gallery, London (1965) and at Leslie Waddington Prints, London (1969). His first retrospective exhibition was held as early as 1969 at the City Art Gallery, Bristol. Subsequent retrospectives were held in 1973 at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, touring to Hamburg, Brussels, and the Tate Gallery in 1983. In 1994, he was made the Third Associate Artist of the National Gallery, London. Blake was elected as a member of the Royal Academy in 1981 and knighted in 2002. In 2007, the Tate, Liverpool, held a major retrospective of his work, which toured to the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao, Spain, in 2008. In 2010, Lund Humphries published Peter Blake: One Man Show, a comprehensive monograph of the artist’s work by Marco Livingstone. Sir Peter Blake lives and works in London.

About The Arts Club
The Arts Club was founded in 1863 by Charles Dickens and Lord Frederic Leighton in order to provide a haven for those who had professional or amateur relationships with the Arts, Literature, or Sciences, and it has provided this hospitality and friendship ever since. In 1896, the Club re-located from its original home on London’s Hanover Square to its present 18th-century townhouse at 40 Dover Street, affording its members a comfortable and impressive base in Mayfair. It has survived two world wars, including a direct hit on the building during the Blitz of 1940.

In the course of its existence, the Club has included amongst its members many outstanding figures in the history of Art, Literature, and Science, including: writers such as Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Thomas Hughes; musicians such as Paolo Tosti, Charles Halle, and Franz Liszt; and artists such as Frederic Leighton, Walter Sickert, John Everett Millais, Auguste Rodin, and James McNeill Whistler. Today, the principal areas of interest amongst the current members are art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, photography, science, theatre, and media. It proudly continues to be a hub for creative and entrepreneurial patrons to come together to meet, exchange ideas, dine, and participate in the thriving cultural arts and events programming. The Club's art collection remains at its very core, highlighting international trends, as well as maintaining a focus on British-based artists. The permanent collection includes work by Tomas Saraceno, John Baldessari, and John Stezaker, which sit alongside both the Club’s historic collection and a series of temporary exhibitions that change throughout the year.

About Debi Cable
Debi Cable is a Los Angeles-based artist known for her hand-painted fluorescent murals and immersive, architectural environments enhanced by her signature Blacklight & 3D Glasses. Cable is a former resident of the downtown Los Angeles Brewery Art Colony, and a co-founder and curator at Pershing Square’s Art Squared Gallery. She also serves as the Burning Man Regional Art Director for Los Angeles. . Her work has been featured at music and art festivals around the United States, including Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Beyond Wonderland, and has installed major works at the Playboy Mansion Halloween events, as well as the Beverly Hills and Lancaster Museum summer residency.
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New Trailer and New Film Stills from Disney's "A Wrinkle In Time"




From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.


Directed by Emmy(R) winner and Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” stars: two-time Academy Award(R) nominee Oprah Winfrey, Oscar and Emmy winner Reese Witherspoon, Emmy nominee Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa and introducing Storm Reid, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis and Emmy nominee Chris Pine.

Produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer, the film also boasts an impressive creative team featuring some of the most talented artisans working today, including: Tobias Schliessler, ASC as director of photography, Naomi Shohan as production designer, Oscar(R)-nominee Spencer Averick as film editor, two-time Academy Award(R)-nominee Paco Delgado as costume designer and four time Emmy(R) nominee Ramin Djawadi as composer.
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YochiYochi 3-in-1 Safety Harness Giveaway (5 Winners)



The YochiYochi 3-in-1 Safety Harness can be used as a walking harness, portable high chair, and cart safety strap. $135 TRV Giveaway!




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