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SOCIAL MEDIA DAY!

No, it wasn’t my birthday! Although, interestingly enough, it is my HALF birthday…

Obviously my love and obsession and addiction to social media have led me to become a daily reader of Mashable.com, the social media blog of sexkitten Pete Cashmore. When Mashable declared June 30th as the first annual Social Media Day, with the alpaca mascot (most social farm animal, obvi), I unabashedly signed up to attend the OFFICIAL MASHABLE MEETUP at The Mean Fiddler in New York. A meetup is essentially a meeting-up of tech nerds, those who blog, and massive amounts of city folk who debate over which smart phone best suits an individual’s needs. The only time when the “15 second blackberry delay” in conversation is completely acceptable, if not expected. In other words, A MEETUP IS MY MECCA.

Imagine my delight when the glorious Dan Chiz (VOTE FOR HIM) and I ran into not one, but TWO fellow BU students, holding our own in the NY. WE EVEN MADE IT ONTO THE MASHABLE FLICKR AND FACEBOOK PAGES! Gah!

Immediately after the glory of the Mashable meetup, Dan, myself, and 2 new socially medial friends headed to The Pierre (yes, as in THE Pierre, classic 60s charming hotel, where Don stays when he’s demeaning Betty). The Pierre’s bar/ lounge, Two E, was hosting a Sangria Social, with drawings for a free carafe every half hour, and just proof of a #SangriaSocial tweet led to a free glass! Turns out, one of the hosts of the evening, @tineey ALSO happened to be a BU grad! We were SO there.

We also got to meet the enchanting Sabrina Chapman, PR guru for Jon Valdez, and the beautiful Nora Walsh, who does PR for The Pierre! We each got our free glasses, and then I WON A FREE CARAFE, thanks to my shhhhnaaazzzzzzyyyy business card getting selected by the charming Miss Walsh in the drawing. The Sangria was delicious, by the way, and the atmosphere in Two E was definitive Sixties Swank.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the Sangria Social, for me, was the FABOOSH Jon Valdez selecting moi as THE STAR OF HIS SOCIAL MEDIA STYLE VIDEO. Not really, but Jon Valdez is the creator/ writer/ editor of his blog, Orange Juice and Biscuits, and Mashable rated him one of the top 5 best bloggers to follow 2009! I was honored to be in the presence of such greatness.

Donning the Social Media Day sticker I stole off the wall at the Mashable event (pictured above), watch me make an absurd fool of myself around 1 minute and 40 seconds, and check out how social media does style on Orange Juice and Biscuits!

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Forever21 on B’way

No, it’s NOT a musical about unfair wages for cheap trendy clothes! IT IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT.

As a young girl who likes putting together an outfit before I walk out the door, working with a college student budget makes attempting to be fashionista rather challenging. So yes, certainly, from time to time slash ALWAYS I can appreciate the allure of the Forever21 retail chain of glory that touts blatant designer knockoffs and costume jewelry that turns your fingers green or falls apart by the time sequins and studs are out of style anyway.

If I want to try out the Oxford shoe trend, for instance, why would I invest in designer duds, when I could wreck a cheap-o pair that results in relatively the same effect?

I’ve been excited for quite some time, then, for the new Forever 21 in the middle of Times Square (in the old Virgin Megastore building), mere BLOCKS from where I intern. I could see many a lunch break wasted roaming the bowls of cocktail rings.

Imagine my delight when I got to go to the GRAND OPENING at 10am on Friday, June 25th! This was no average grand opening. IT WAS A PEP RALLY EXTRAVAGANZA OF APPROPRIATELY OUTRAGEOUS 21ST BIRTHDAY-LIKE PROPORTIONS!!!

Approaching the black velvet ropes, the first 1,000 guests got $10 gift cards handed to them. AND THEN. WHEN YOU WALKED INSIDE. THERE WAS THE ENTIRE STAFF. CLAPPING. AND CHEERING. WITH YELLOW NAMETAGS. AND THEY HANDED YOU THESE CANVAS SATCHELS. WITH TANK TOPS INSIDE. AND ON YOUR WAY OUT THE DOOR YOU GOT AN ALUMINUM WATER BOTTLE. AND IT WAS JUST. JUST…. FOREVER21 DAY IS THE BEST DAY!

okay, so I got REALLY excited.

I now have an official stance on all those “labor laws” and “slave wage” rumors that always seem to come up when I walk in the door post-excursion, and I’m holding a trademark fluorescent yellow plastic bag with a secretive psalm on the bottom: the stance is that: LOOK. IT’S A RECESSION. IF I CAN GET A BREEZY BEACH DRESS FOR $13.50, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT I AM GOING TO BE WEARING THAT DRESS TO THE BEACH! Hrrrrumph.

This store is 4 stories of AMAZING GLORY and all o y’all can enjoy spending $300 too much on that silk romper, cause this poly-blend should be more than sufficient to romp around in at my age.

Summer Cardio Workout Playlist

Cups up! Raise yo teacup to the glory of how EPIC Jo’s been looking, and now, finally, SECRETS REVEALED.

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Getting your a** up and over to the gym can be the hardest part of a workout. The second hardest part is finding the right music to get you amped and ready for battle.

I like to think of my workouts as preparing for war. Get energized. Get pissed. Hold grudges. Psyche yourself out. Get cocky. Say motivational phrases to yourself over and over again. Look at pictures of people’s bodies you admire. Listen to music that riles you up.

Every couple ‘o’ months I switch up my playlists, but right now- this is what I’m listening to:

Hello, Good Morning (feat. T.I. & Rick Ross)- Diddy

Hella Good- No Doubt

Fergalicious- Fergie

Going Back to Cali- Biggie

Wait a Minute- Pussycat Dolls

Beep- Pussycat Dolls

Rock that Body- Black Eyed Peas

Ride- Ciara (feat. Ludacris)

Go Girl- Ciara (feat. T-Pain)

She Wants to Move- N.E.R.D.

Imma Be- Black Eyed Peas

Telephone (feat. Beyoncé)- Lady Gaga

Money Honey- Lady Gaga

Fame- Lady Gaga

Lapdance- N.E.R.D.

Ego (feat. Kanye West)- Beyoncé

If U Seek Amy- Britney Spears

Good Life- Kanye West (feat. T-Pain)

Stronger- Kanye West

If Rap Gets Jealous- K’Naan

Sex, Love, & Money- Mos Def

I have a short attention span, so I usually end up skipping to the next song before the one I’m listening to is over… but that’s for me to work out with my therapist.  Fergie, Gwen Stefani, The Pussycat Dolls, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Ciara, and Britney Spears all have siiiiiiiick bodies, so listening to them motivates me to look as smokin’ hot as they do.

I like to get a few long, good cardiovascular workouts during the week. It often looks something like this:
10 minutes on the stairmaster (2 minutes single step, 1 minute skip each step, 1 minute right side, 1 minute left side- repeat)
30 minutes intervals on elliptical machine
10 minutes intervals on treadmill
10 minutes on stationary bike.
Switching up machines prevents me from getting bored and promotes muscle confusion.
Lace up your sneaks and prepare to SWEAAATTTT. Love to feel  burn. Relish it. EGG IT ON. Tell the pain, YOU WANT MORE. GET CRAYYYYYZYYYY!!! Pump it up. xxoo

SUMMER in my favorite concrete jungle

I’ll be interning ALL OVER New York this summer, and am WILDLY excited for all of the opportunities and experiences to come- check back for exciting posts soon.

Bubby: A Jewish Gma. MYYYY Bubby: Had a Blackberry before I did...

Inspired by the beautiful post before this, I thought I’d compile a list of rando shiz I’m personally AMPED for this summer!

Though I don’t really DO sports, Lakers-Celts: THAT I CAN GET INTO. Excited to see how it plays out, especially since I am so conflicted as to which team I want to take home the victory.

my conflicting interests...

AND OBVIOUSLY, I am beyond amped about the release of JoJo the FABULOUS’s new album, spending time and make believe money w the other BU interns throughout Manhattan, weekends in the sun, poolside reading and eating, and fresh fruit. HAPPY SUN SUNNY SUMMERTIME EVERYONE! B)

I want in on this TEA pahhhtyyy!

AND WITHOUT FURTHER MALARKEY: WE BRING YOU THE FIRST POST FROM MY FAVE NEW CONTRIBUTING BOSTONIAN!

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The Celtics’ UNFAIR/TRAGIC/GROSS loss to the Lakers tonight pushed me into a dark depression, the kind of which can only be cured by: blogging about summer.

The hottest season begins on June 21st, and besides gettin’ ready to release a new album (!!!!), I am super pumped for a few things.

June 13th- THE BLOOD IS TRUE.

My favorite show, True Blood, is coming back to our televisions this summer! That means more suspense, more sex, more… Skarsgard…

and I mustn’t forget the two foxy fellas next to him…

Btw… they now have the “True Blood’ official drink for sale.  http://www.trubeverage.com/ I wanna try. Do you?

June 11-South Africa vs. Mexico kick starts the 2010 FIFA World Cup in S.A.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

Soccer is the most beloved sport in the world, which may be reason enough to call it “The Beautiful Game”. Watching a variety of cultures come together bonding over a common “goal ;)” will be surely spectacular. It’s hard to believe four years have passed since the last World Cup! I am FULLY, HIGH-KEY jealous of anyone who will be in S.A. during these monumental festivities. GO USA

White nail polish/ Bright nail polish:

I  feel icky when I don’t have my nails and toes done, and this summer is the perfect time to have fun with colors and BRIGHT whites.

Nothing else seals the deal on a sexy outfit like a fresh bold mani-pedi.

Y.A.S. (Yoga and Spinning)

Like a lot of people, I am trying to get in tip-top shape for the summmmaaaa. I switch up workouts whenever I can to keep things interesting, (i.e. not fall asleep on the elliptical machine) so I am going to try to include this in my regiment. YAS (Yoga and Spinning) is essentially an hour and a half of torture, broken up into two (somewhat-less-torturous) 45 minute sessions: 1st spinning, then yoga. The intense unforgiving 45 minutes on the stationary bike may or may not leave you BEGGING for someone to give you a mat so you can contort your body into a pretzel, anything to get your mind off the pain from spinning. At least, that was my experience the three times I’ve taken a class there in Venice, CA. Now that I am a bit more fit though, I WILL be testing my prowess yet again. I WILLLLL CONQUER YOU Y.A.S!

Tanning on the beach:

Giving up my membership to the tanning salon will surely cause me some separation anxiety, however, I must save my skin, and be kind to my wallet. Since I will be spending a majority of my summer in SoCal, I’ve decided that it is silly and dumb to bake in a tanning bed. Instead, I’ll wake up a bit earlier, slap on some s.p.f. and head to the beach to walk, clear my head, write, relax, and soak up the sun; naturally. What a novel idea. If you have access, I encourage you to do the same. I think it’ll do us all good;mind, body, and soul 🙂

So… I’ve gotta know: WHAT’S SWEETENING YOUR COFFEE/ FLIPPING YOUR SWITCH/ TUCKING YOU IN AT NIGHT/ TURNING THAT FROWN UPSIDEDOWN/ BUTTERING YOUR MUFFIN THIS SUMMER?

xx

jo

alice. alice. everywhere!

go to forever21.com for the complete look bk

go to forever21.com for the complete look bk

Check out the complete look book of Forever 21’s cool Twist line’s Alice in Wonderland season.