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M.I.A. “Bad Girls”

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Woo hoo! New music from M.I.A.! It’s been a minute since she took some time off and had a baby but M.I.A. is back in full effect! You can take a listen to her track below - I listened to it once and I’m already hooked and it’s going to be playing on repeat.

This version of the tracks surfaced in December as part of a Vikki Leekz, an M.I.A. mixtape (a play on Wiki Leaks).

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The Danja-produced version below - it sounds a bit more polished.

The interweb is abuzz with rumors that M.I.A. may join Madonna on stage during the Super Bowl Half-Time show this Sunday to perform “Give Me All Your Luvin’” a song with Madonna, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj.

I find it interesting that Santigold and M.I.A. released tracks within weeks of each other. When Santigold first came out lots of people compared her to M.I.A. but I never really got it - I thought Santigold had a very distinct sound that was different from M.I.A’s. I was surprised to see Santigold’s “Big Mouth” - her recent first track/video from her new album where now I feel like comparisons are warranted. Not only did she have a similar sound but the whole look of the video screamed M.I.A. I hope that the comparisons stop there and Santigold finds herself again for the remainder of the album. And, I hope that M.I.A. takes it up a notch and keeps progressing - we shall see pretty soon… M.I.A.’s video for “Bad Girls” directed by Romain Gavras debuts this Friday, February 3. Stay tuned!

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Empower Comfort Grip Kettlebell with DVD Review

Empower Comfort Grip Kettlebell with DVD
I once tried a kettlebell workout at home but I didn’t have a kettlebell so I used my free weights. It wasn’t the same thing. I knew that I was missing out on the workout so I didn’t do it anymore - until now. Empower Fitness was kind enough to send me a sample of the Empower Comfort Grip Kettlebell to try out and I’m so glad that I’m doing this workout with the right tools!

I love that Empower is a fitness company that designs products by women, for women. The products are ergonomically designed for a woman’s body and thought about how women’s goals and fitness needs are unique are put into each product.

The kettlebell is much more than a weight - so much of the workout comes from stabilizing the kettlebell. Empower Comfort Grip Kettlebells are made with a soft touch plastic shell for added comfort and a wide grip handle for smooth, controlled moves. What I love most about this Kettlebell workout is that it’s actually a full body workout. Going into it, I thought the workout would be mainly for my arms but I felt the burn in my legs and core as well.

The Empower Comfort Grip Kettlebell comes with a DVD with workouts by fitness instructor Gin Miller. The DVD has three separate workouts totaling 45 minutes - you can do them consecutively or just one if you’re short on time. I was amazed how quickly I broke a sweat. I did all three workouts in a row but I’m glad that I have the option to do just one or two if I don’t have time or if I want to combine different workouts. The Kettlebell also comes with a boot camp style workout guide if you want to workout without a DVD.

I opted for the 8lb Kettlebell since I already had 3lb and 5lb free weights at home. It was a bit heavy at first but I pushed through and was able to complete the workout with the 8lb Kettlebell. I’ve started training for a half-marathon but so much of marathon training is not just running, but strength training. I’ll definitely be keeping the Empower Comfort Grip Kettlebell in my weekly fitness rotation.

The Empower Comfort Grip Kettlebell comes in three weights: 5lb, 8lb and 10lb. You can purchase the Kettlebells at the following retailers:, Duckwall-Alco, Dunham’s, Fred Meyer, Jewel-Osco, MC Sports and Modell’s.

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Fashion Meets Music: Lana Del Rey

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The words “Gangsta” and “Nancy Sinatra” rarely crossed paths until a little known Elizabeth Grant appeared on the scene last summer with her eery video and song for Video Games.

Fast forward about six months and she’s hot on every one’s lips, crowned to be music and fashion’s latest muse. Her style is very reminiscent of 60s glam models, but feel refreshed, and dare we say it again, gangsta.

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The sixties have been a major influence on the Spring/Summer trends, as well as showing up on the Haute Couture runways of Dior and Gautier. Del Rey embodies this trend both with her voice and fashion sense.

Her highly anticipated Born to Die is set to release today, and reviews seem to be mixed. Some say that she’s pop music’s glaring beacon of hope for the overly saturated autotuned airwaves, others say she’s but a manufacturing of the industry’s thought on what’s hot next. Regardless of what others say, we believe you should check it out and come to your own conclusion.

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We know this, whether you are a fan of her music or not, you will undoubtedly notice her style. Her sixties hair and makeup paired with large hoops and custom jewelry (did you see her BAD ring?) are a nice juxtaposition which clarify exactly why she refers to herself as a “gangsta Nancy Sinatra.” Come this summer, I bet we’ll see lots of jean cut-off shorts, crop tops, lolita sunglasses and flowers in hair. Just make sure you’re hair is perfectly coiffed - no frizz, smooth long waves, focus your makeup on the eyes (it’s all about that eyeliner!) and keep the lips nude. Put it all together and you’ll be Born to Live.

Lana Del Rey’s album Born to Die will be available January 31st.

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She’s Got Sole: Supra Valentine’s Day Vaider

Saint Valentine’s Day is just over two weeks away, so you know what that means! Its time for us to get our last minute scramble on for that perfect gift. Its 2012 so chocolate, flowers, and bears a played out. Let’s take a step in the right direction this year. Literally.

Supra recently dropped its Valentine’s Day Vaider. The sneaker’s upper is a canvas and TUF combination. The white midsole with red pinstripes gives a nice break from the all red upper. There’s even a gold embroidered heart and arrows on the heel for all you lovers out there. The same graphic is printed on the shoe’s insole.

The V-Day edition Vaider is already popping up on shelves across the globe, including Berlin’s Solebox.

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M.I.S.S. Beauty Tip of the Week: Beth Ditto x M.A.C.

It was only a matter of time before singer Beth Ditto joined forces with M.A.C. Cosmetics on their next limited edition makeup collection. Ditto who is known for her unconventional style and larger than life persona is following in the footsteps of previous M.A.C. ambassadors like Nicki Minaj, Cyndi Lauper, and Lady Gaga.

Unfortunately, M.A.C. isn’t unveiling images of the collection until later this month. This is some black ops stuff y’all! You can expect the new line to be available this June. If the range of products is anything like this preview, it should be funky and fun and not to be missed.

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