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Video: StreetThread Queen Andrea Installation

Queen Andrea was hired by Mohawk Group, the largest US manufacturer of designer carpet and flooring, to create “street art” inspired carpets using her own art as graphic motifs for carpet tiles. This collaboration included an exciting large scale time lapse video of her mural collage work, which was built into a 30-foot long wall in the Mohawk showroom at the prestigious NeoCon tradeshow in Chicago. Check out the video by clicking the image below…

StreetThread: Queen Andrea Installation from Leap on Vimeo.

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She’s Got Sole: New Balance 574 Womens “Rugby Pack”

New Balance 574 Womens “Rugby Pack”

After the release of the New Balance 574 men’s “Rugby Pack” it was only right the footwear manufacturer gave the ladies a little love. The simplistic, yet colorful, releases in the women’s “Rugby Pack” feature four collegiate colorways on an all canvas upper. Outside of the academic inspired colors, each sneaker sports tongue seals inspired by Rugby team logos. I can’t front, the 574 is my favorite NB silhouette. These sneakers have been my go-tos for a while and its about time I put my current pair to rest.

The sneakers are now available at retailers including  New Balance online store. I suggest you beat me there because for $70 USD I may buy a couple replacement pairs.

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Ask MISSter Simms – Should I Take His Last Name?

Keeping your last name

How strongly do you feel about keeping your last name?

Dear MISSter Simms,

I have been dating my boyfriend for two years and recently we’ve been talking about getting married.  The problem is it’s super important for him that I take his last name.  His reasoning is that taking his last name will make us feel more like a family and show my devotion to him.  Not taking his name wouldn’t cause him to think twice about marrying me, he says, but it would really hurt his feelings.  Now, before meeting my boyfriend I had zero intention of changing my last name when I got married for various reasons, one being that I have a very strong connection with my father’s family.  I feel like changing my last name will damage that connection.  However, I really love my boyfriend and don’t want to do anything that would hurt him.  Is there any way to make both of us happy?

Iron Maiden

Dear IM,

Now as a dude, I can relate to your boyfriend.  I too want my future wife to take my last name.  Why?  Uh…because that’s the way it’s been for bazillions of years.  But is that a particularly good reason to want my girl to take my last name?  No, and neither are the reasons your boyfriend is spouting out.  If he thinks having the same last name will make you guys feel more like a family, then maybe he’d consider taking YOUR last name.  And if he’s worried about you not being devoted enough to him, you might want to explain how shelling out tens of thousands of dollars for a ceremony, signing a legally binding contract with him, giving up your privacy and independence, and possibly bearing his children are all much stronger signs of devotion than changing your last name.

Clearly you don’t want to change your name, and you shouldn’t have to.  Caving in and taking his last name is not the way to go because it’ll set up expectations later on down the road that you may live to regret.  Instead you could somehow convince him to take your last name; or you could compromise and add his last name to yours, which a) allows you to keep your last name b) might make him happy since you’d also have his last name and c) will make you sound like some upper crust debutante; or you could just keep your own name, especially if you feel like it’s something you can’t live without.

Need relationship advice?  Send your questions to ronsimmsjr at gmail dot com and you might be featured on the next installment of Ask MISSter Simms.

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Video: GIOGO NAILWAY – International Nail Art Day 2013 #INAD

If you were like us, this past weekend you were enjoying some time off.  But the rest of nail art loving ladies, were celebrating International Nail Art Day.  It was a great day for nail art on Instagram — lots of photos of fun manicures.  The GIOGO girls also got in on the action and created an episode of Nailway to commemorate the occasion.  Check it out below…

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M.I.S.S. Techcessories – Break Up With Your Ex With BreakUp Text

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Breaking up is easier to do than ever before.

Have you reached your one month limit with Johnny and need to break things off?  Good news!  You won’t have to meet him in person, give him a call, or even write him your own text to end the relationship because there’s an app for that:  BreakUp Text. BreakUp Text asks you a series of simple questions about your relationship and generates a break up text for you.  No need to waste time thinking of something heartfelt interspersed with plenty of cute emojis.  Instead you can have the app tell your soon to be ex that you ran into your favorite professor from college, he’s now divorced, and you’ve fallen in love with him…or that you were eaten by a bear.

BreakUp Text is available for download now in the iTunes App Store for 99 cents.

 

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