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7 WALK ABOUT 8 CULTURE CLUB + meida + music + tv +peace of mind this month lori talks to us about practicing forgiveness

9 go out Orlando sponsored by yelp 13 oh the places you’ll be shown joanthan woodard is giving us the step by step adventurers guide.

15 techno-town our newest section! mary seay explores the tech side of Orlando from space ships to comic books. this month its all abou the spirit in the sky.

32 Features Patricia Valery SPRING COLLECTION Make Up Artist: Dezara’e Raque’l Leto www.modelmayhem.com/DezArt Model: Brandi Hines Stylist: Katie Reynolds for

16 BEAUTY

Etoile Boutique

stephanie fills us in on an eternal secret - make up forever!

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17 Writings from a Modern Existential Bokonon Objectivist

Etoile is a retail clothing and

(407) 895-6363 accessories boutique that specializes in handmade,

mark dodds is back with some new views for you.

rare and one of a kind items

40 JACKIE C IS OVER IT 41 CAROLINE KNOWS 42 HOROSCOPE 43 THE BAROMETER

hope is to promote local,

for men and women. Our handmade and under-the radar designers and artists.

22 STYLENOIR exclusive! stylenoir teamed up with brink to show us what’s happening across the pond. from the hottest London Fashion Week shows to fabulous London street style. does not disappoint. 20 destination unknown brink explores four different lifestyles in different areas of the world. from scotland to portland, we’re learning about new music, new ways of life and what’s happening in other peoples lives.


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ED LETTER

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Welcome to the April edition of BRINK! What you are about to read is a jam packed edition of BRINK! We’ve got the usual suspects Jackie C and Jonathan Woodard back for more of their outlook on current happenings. Plus, new material from Mark Dodds and Mary Seay! The culture club section is booming with insight on music, TV, movies, spirituality and more. Plus, Stephanie is talking to the ladies about Make Up Forever and Caroline is telling the ladies all about sexy behavior in “Caroline Knows.” This issue also features a fantastic collaboration with London based Stylenoir. We teamed up with the fashionista’s from overseas and they supplied some fantastic imagery from London Fashion Week and current London Street Style. If that wasn’t enough, we took a trip (in our minds) to Scotland, Nashville, LA, and Portland and discovered some great new music and insights from those regions. To cap it all off, we take a look into the world of Patricia Valery and her amazing spring collection. We hope you enjoy and find something insightful from this issue. There is so much happening in Orlando right now, so get out there and enjoy your city beautiful! We’ll see you next month! Kyle M Menard Editor-in-Chief 5


TRIBUTORSCONTRIBUTORSCONTRIBUT Jackie C.’s professional career has led her through TV news, film and Reality TV production, and social work. She holds degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Film, and continues to work as a writer and producer by night, while holding down a “normal” day-job. She’s been an on-again/offagain O-town resident since the age of seven and resides on the East side of the metro area, which she lovingly refers to as “Upper-middle-classsuburban Hades.” She can be found hanging out anywhere there’s fresh air and trees, good beer or free wi-fi.

Jonathan Woodard is a musician/educator who lives in the artsy borough of Boston known as Jamaica Plain. He can be found regularly at various local haunts, in which people thinks he works there. He spends his time away from his beloved Celtics working in his band Lono and watching far to many movies. He enjoys fine wine and cheeses. Please feel free to send any threats, concerns, propositions, jokes, barbs, banter or any other form of correspondence to: woodardlovesyou@earthlink.net

My name is Stephanie Crisan and I live a fabulous life in New York City. I am currently an Advertising and Marketing Communications major at the Fashion Institute at Technology. I am a certified makeup artist and a cosmetics fanatic. There is nothing I love more than a little retail therapy at my neighborhood Sephora.

Caroline St. Clair is a marketing brand manager and spends the weekends scouring thrift stores, hanging out in the backyard with friends, and dj'ing at venues around town. A talented listener, she has earned the unofficial role of "therapist" to many of her friends by analyzing and offering frank advice on their relationship issues. Caroline St. Clair lives in downtown Orlando with her Chihuahua-mix, Gibby, four cats and two pet chickens.

I’m Patrick Johnson and I live in Orlando, Florida. I enjoy the entertainment business, particularly the animation film aspect. Working on a degree in advertising from International Academy of Art & Design. Three words to describe myself - hardworking. Alphamale. Jackhammer.

Hello, I’m Katie B. I like to go to the movies, watch good TV, go to comedy shows with Brandon, read good books, read comic books when I have the time. Ya know, typical nerdy stuff. Oh and I also really love to cook!

Mark Dodds, self proclaimed street philosopher and cloud-envy-ist. Rather be drinking, rather be reading, but mostly ends up sleeping.

Mary Seay talks too much, about all things kitsch, art, memes, trend, gossip and geek. Now she’s spreading her rabble-habit to the printed page. Just try to hang up on her this time! Ha! 6


Walkabout

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WHO THOUGHT WALKING AND SHOPPING AROUND THE CITY BEAUTIFUL COULDN’T BE DONE? From what you may already know to what you may have missed, check this out. This week Mary heads over to the Antiques District in College Park. The discoveries made are a far cry from antiques, but 100% percent worth making the trek to this fab area of town. Orange Ave (Ivanhoe Row/College Park) 32804 Oldies But Goodies There are several fun antique stores along Ivanhoe Row, but Oldies But Goodies is a secluded gem, brimming with baubles, collectibles and vintage fashion finds; truly a treasure hunter’s paradise. I challenge you not to drool all over the extensive jewelry and handbag collections in the back. Actually, go ahead, because Barbara, the owner, is a friendly, fabulous woman who loves to give a good deal. If you’re looking to match accoutrements to an item you already have, she’s got great taste and is sure to help you pick out the perfect piece. There are so many sparkly, beautiful, “ooo! I love that!” things to find it’s both easy and fun to wile away a few hours here. Hurry in for the 20-25% moving sale, because Oldies But Goodies will take its treasures to Mt. Dora in June!

Rock N’ Roll Heaven For those interested in different oldies but goodies, cross the street to Rock n’ Roll Heaven, a music store so cool I have my doubts the planet could boast any better. It’s hard not to set up a cot when you get inside, because with decor as funky and electric as the tracks they sell, you’ll want to live there, right next to the KISS light-up poster, the various cardboard cut-outs and what may be an animatronic Elvis head. The record aisles stretch on with Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Hard-to-Find collections like an infinite optical illusion. I squeed like a rabid fangirl over the indie CD selection, while old school cassettes line a wall leading to a back room full of movie and TV soundtracks. I’m debating if the staff has psychic powers, because with only the slightest info or by humming a few bars, they know just how to find what you want, and anything not in stock - which might be a paradox here - is a quick order away. 1814 N Orange Ave MSat 10am-7:30pm Sun 11am-4pm rock-

1907 N Orange Ave

White Wolf Café When you enter White Wolf Café, you’ll think you came to Ivanhoe Row just for this charming, intimate eatery. The warm antique decor feels like walking back in time, but the fresh, savory food is all now and all yummy. White Wolf serves a diverse menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. If you’re stopping in for a social drink, check out the extensive beer and wine list, then kick back and enjoy nightly live music. Guys, it’s a prime spot for a date night, too, just sayin’. White Wolf Café infuses your dining experience with such a satisfying ambience you’re sure to come back for seconds. 1829 N Orange Ave whitewolfcafe.com M-F 7am-9pm (Fri 10pm) Sat 8am-10pm Sun 8am-3pm Twisted Bliss For a sweet snack, you’ll find nothing better than Twisted Bliss ice cream, italian ice and gelati. Housed in a blue building with a sidewalk order window, they serve a kaleidoscope of flavors in Flower Child, Momma and Poppa sizes. Tie-dye themes begin with the disco ball in the kitchen and extend to the cement patio camouflaged in vivid rainbow swirls that tickle the eyes like homemade batches of Creamsicle, Thin Mint, Pomegranate or Kool Aid tickle your taste buds. Try the gelati first, which is a twist of soft serve ice cream and italian ice. A spoonful of this sugar is bliss, indeed.

Heather Handmade Goods It’s fun to immerse yourself in all varieties of antiques, but what about pretty modern things made by a talented local artisan? That’s where the boutique Heather Handmade Goods comes in. This quaint shop is clean and uplifting like a breath of fresh air, with custom crafted clothing and all sorts of imaginative fabric gifts. Owner Heather Long, who is also the designer, uses patterns that are whimsical and enchanting for everything from totes and pillows to shoes and clutches, or choose a fabric of your choice for a personal touch to your new favorite thing. It’s an effervescent place that offers perfect, one-of-a-kind gifts for you or someone special. 1817 N Orange Ave Tues-Fri 10am-5pm heatherhandmade. blogspot. com

1807 N. Orange Avenue twistedblissicecream.com M-Th 12pm-8pm Fri-Sat 12pm-9pm Sun 1pm-6pm

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er twittnd arou do Orlan Last month BRINK received a super awesome email from Antique Orange. We went over to their site, checked it out and were really impressed. Tons of news and coverage, especially on local entertainment happenings. Introductions to new bands, performers and artists plus tid bits of Orlando happenings, foodie love and sporting events. Its in your best interest to take a minute and go antiquing at Antique Orange. www.antiqueorange.com

Pulse of Central Florida Central Florida’s resource for entertainment, shopping, food, music, fashion, people and more.

http://pulseofcentralflorida.com/

this is a great blog to check out for what is really going on in orlando. not so much national happenings and national news. more like people making things happen in orlando, places making their mark in orlando and parties happening in orlando. a great resource to check for pictures if you missed an event or wish you had been somewhere else. plus, fun interviews with local orlando folks and information on incoming celebrities in orlando. check this out before you head out anywhere else in town, you may find something surprising.

@jby789 Just realized I lost about 17 Stickies with article ideas and shopping lists when my old Mac got reformatted. @FloridaFilmFest FILM SWEET FILM so many movies so little time! Get organized w/ the #FFF2010 film guide, download here http://ow.ly/1paOP @Lady Ballers #NBA Fact: On Dec. 13th, 1983, Detroit defeated Denver 186-184 in triple OT. It’s the highest single-game pt total in #NBA History @lauraetedesco @foraoisee I just said a few days ago that I love any place that serves drinks in mason jars! @LipstickMixtape Star Wars Adidas??: Dude get outta town…. I don’t know how I feel about them yet… I mean, though I love a freash a... http://bit.ly/ @Othankheaven117 has a case of the mean reds.

@Social_Citizen Dear Zyrtec: You’re not helping me at all today! Did I do something to upset you? #allergiessuck @LaPrensaLatin We’re a new restaurant concept that taps America’s love for the sandwich AND America’s exploding Hispanic population. @GinaSICKO two custom crew medallion orders + fresh new earring and necklace designs...back to the lab. @_happygolucky_ so true RT @donster2910: I love how the correct portions of food are considered “snAck size”. @christawatson I love that no one in my company ever asks me for advice on using twitter... I mean why would they? #justsayin 10


go out ORLANDO

food

Luma 290 S Park Ave Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 599-4111 lumaonpark.com/ “The concept is amazing and so is the food! The menu by chef Brandon is constantly evolving but remains consistent, innovative and unique. The ingredients are top quality and the flavors pop out from each menu item. You can literally close your eye, place your finger anywhere on the menu and you will have an awesome dish. Can’t wait to go back!” - Steve P., Orlando http://www.yelp.com/biz/luma-winterpark#hrid:n_i1pvbTtCDib_HDZa1s0Q

fish.com

Winter Park Fish Company 761 Orange Ave Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 622-6112 www.winterpark-

“Yumsters! I am very critical of most restaurants in Orlando due to being over exposed to quality dining in NC and NYC, so I rarely give out five starts. WP Fish Company deserves 6! The food is wonderful... Be prepared to enjoy well cooked fish made with love.” Tiffany W., Orlando http://www.yelp.com/biz/winter-park-fish-company-winterpark#hrid:qgUUFlEYH ZUuZ4DTp9c5CQ Downtown PourHouse 20 S Orange Ave Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 425-7687 www.downtownpourhouse.com

Orlando Brewing 1301 Atlanta Ave Orlando, FL 32806

“The Pour House is a sport bar/pub located on Orange Avenue. Once you walk into the double glass doors you won’t be coming out for awhile. We came hungry and the Pour House was ready to deliver. I definitely can’t wait to go back.” Shanick A., Orlando http://www.yelp.com/biz/downtown-pourhouse-orlando-2#hrid:nsYQVNL3xyTJYppKzvyR4Q

nightlife Stardust Lounge 431 E. Central Blvd Orlando, FL 32885 (407) 839-0080 www. stardustorlando. com/

(407) 872-1117 “They brew organic beer in a warehouse directly behind the bar! The beers here are good; ridiculously good. There is everything from their Miami Weiss which may be the lightest they have, all the way to a traditional barley wine that will make you forget that you are in a warehouse district of Orlando.” Aaron F., Orlando http://www.yelp.com/biz/orlandobrewing-orlando#hrid:iI3SHk_0bjbSH WnvNMLpWA

shopping

“This is one of Orlando’s hottest, trendiest and most original places to enjoy good friends, good music and good drinks. Tucked into the basement of Post Parkside, this ultra-chic, retro lounge has become a favorite.” Leslie W., Altamonte Springs http://www.yelp.com/biz/stardustlounge-orlando#hrid:AuXtpNT04KxKq XS9fEYn7g Sip Bar 724 Virginia Dr Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 894-4747 www.sip-orlando. com

Etoile Boutique 2436 E Robinson St Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 895-6363 etoileboutique.com/ “I love the idea of this store. Katie has over 100 vendors who create handmade art, clothing and accessories and she features their items in her store... All of the prices are dynamite!” Jeff O., Orlando http://www.yelp.com/biz/etoile-boutiqueorlando#hrid:NcHY-Et6AnCXQaJ-_ iveJw

“This is the new goto bar in my neighborhood. Creative concoctions: The drinks are on-par with some of the best mixed bevs you would get in any big city. They also offer nosh-y treats like dips, salad and sandwiches.” Suzanne S., Orlando http://www.yelp.com/biz/sip-bar-orland o#hrid:3kSdi6gqfNb94C1POr8VWg 9


call me kate T

HE PAST FEW YEARS have introduced the world to a few notable singer/ songwriter female British exports. The names Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Adele have all become household names on this side of the pond. Through Grammy noms, hard partying ways and trips to rehab America was introduced to these female ingenues. However, one notable English songstress slipped through the crack in the foundation. Kate Nash released her UK number one album, “Made of Bricks’ in 2007 to hardly any fanfare here in the States. If you were lucky enough to hear her infectious single “Foundations” than you may have been hooked and bought the album. If you didn’t buy the album than you may have heard one of Nash’s pop gems “Skeleton Song,” “Pumpkin Soup,” and “Merry Happy” in your favorite Forever 21 shop, favorite TV show such as the now departed “Privileged,” the BBC America comedy “The Inbetweeners” or on your favorite local radio station “WPRK 91.5 FM. Now, we all get a second chance to redeem ourselves and jump on the Nash train. Her new single “Do Wah Doo” has everything that was in her debut single back in 2007. Catchy lyrics, fun harmonies, brass instruments and that English inflection that is unique to Nash. The video is just as much fun as the song with Nash as an envious flight attendant that is disgruntled over the attention her fellow colleague is receiving. The video is low budget (as most videos seem to be these days), but this is the way you do a low budget vid. You own it. Fun and easy costumes, some great backdrop, get some extras, add in a cheeky dance number and voila, video is made. If you’re a fan of music that makes you happy, I recommend stopping at your nearest music store/digital retailer and picking up her new album, “My Best Friend Is You” when it drops on April 20th. www.katenash.co.uk www.myspace.com/katenashmusic 8


UPCOMING notable RELEASES April 6 8Ball & MJG, ‘Ten Towes Down’ A Weather, ‘Everyday Ballons’ Dave Barnes, ‘What We Want, What We Get’ Black Francis, ‘NonStopErotik’ Black Prairie, ‘Feast of the Hunters’ Moon’ BoDeans, ‘Mr. Sad Clown’ Solomon Burke, ‘Nothing’s Impossible’ Charlie Boy, ‘Catch Me at Relays’ Chapman/Whitney: Streetwalkers, ‘First Cut’ Charlotte, ‘Medusa Groove’ Cheap Trick, ‘One on One/Next Position Pleas’ Bing Crosby, ‘Centennial Anthology’ Darkthrone, ‘Circle the Wagons’ David Bowie, ‘David Bowie’ David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, ‘Here Lies Love’ Doves, ‘Best of’ Downchild, ‘I Need a Hat’ Jakob Dylan, ‘Women and Country’ Earth, Wind & Fire, ‘ Raise!/Powerlight’ Fleetwood Mac, ‘Perfect in Every Way’ Gotan Project, ‘TANGO 3.0’ Vivian Green, ‘Beautiful’ Hacienda US, ‘Big Red And Barbacoa’ Merle Haggard, ‘Out Among The Stars/A Friend In California’ Jeff Healy, ‘Last Call’ Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, ‘I Learned The Hard Way’ Jonsi, ‘Go’ Bobby McFerrin, ‘VOCAbuLarieS’ Slash, ‘Slash and Friends’ April 13 Jeff Beck, ‘Emotion & Commotion’ Bison B.C., ‘Dark Ages’ Black Sunshine, ‘Black Sunshine’ Busy Signal, ‘D.O.B.’ Cam’ron, ‘Mixtape’ Jason Castro, ‘Jason Castro’ Child Abuse, ‘Cut and Run’ Coheed and Cambria ‘Year of the Black Rainbow’ Daddy Yankee, ‘Mundial’ Deep Purple, ‘Live at Long Beach 1976 (2CD)’ Natalie Merchant, ‘ Leave Your Sleep ‘ Jo Dee Messina, ‘Unmistakable’ MGMT ‘Congratulations’ Nortec Collective Presents: Clorofila, ‘Corridos Urbanos’ The Ocean, ‘Heliocentric’ Sightings, ‘City of Straw’ Tallest Man on Earth, ‘The Wild Hunt’ Taproot, ‘Plead the Fifth’ War of Ages, ‘Eternal’ Woe of Tyrants, ‘Threnody’ Yu, ‘Before Taxes’ April 20 Anarbos, ‘The Words You Don’t Swallow’ Cypress Hill, ‘Rise Up’ Roky Erickson and Okkervil River, ‘ True Love Cast Out All Evil ‘ Jonny Lang, ‘Live At The Ryman’ Meat Loaf, ‘Hang Cool Teddy Bear’ Kate Nash, ‘My Best Friend is You’ Rufus Wainwright, ‘All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu’ Sevendust, ‘Cold Day Memory’ April 27 Bullet for My Valentine, ‘Fever’ Melissa Etheridge Fearless Love Hole, ‘Nobody’s Daughter’ April TBA Christina Aguilera, ‘Bionic’ Drowning Pool, [Untitled] The Radio Dept., ‘Clinging to a Scheme’


GUILTY

PLEASURE: Something you shouldn’t like, but like anyway (see Celebrity Apprentice)

Now in its ninth season, the Celebrity Apprentice is once again gracing my TV screen weekly, and I am happy about that! This season boasts a colorful collection of D-listers trying their hand at various business tasks to raise money for charity. On the flip side, there is plenty of Trump-inspired name calling, D-list celebrity manicured finger pointing, and enough vicious verbal attacks to write a book. I’m already seeing some stand out celebs in the mix, like Cyndi Lauper, Bret Michaels, and Darryl Strawberry, but in the end, my money is on Sharon Osbourne. The Celebrity Apprentice airs Sundays at 9:00pm on NBC. by PATRICK T JOHNSON

getting lost It was never meant to turn out this way. I don’t get into shows. I allow them to entertain me for 30 minutes, maybe an hour, and I move on to other things. It was about two years ago, as I was sitting in my cable-less apartment, that I joined Netflix and added LOST to my queue. Why? Well, I was curious to see how a show about a plane crash was still going strong for four seasons while maintaining a constant stream of oh so intriguing buzz. In went disc one and my life had changed. I discovered TV can draw me in, involve me, and abuse my mind to no end, all of which LOST does. Now in its sixth and final season, the show has a new story-

telling medium (as each season does) that further adds depth to characters, complexity to story lines, and grey hairs to my head. With every episode, there are questions... Questions that I need answered! And I’m being fed answers, in fragments, from one of those cute little baby spoons. While frustrating (and fun), I have full faith in the writing team, which is the best in the business. They have created a story that has evolved six times over, and most importantly, one that makes sense! I’m eagerly awaiting the surprises in the last seven episodes before the series finale of LOST on Sunday, May 23. ABC Tuesdays @ 9pm by PATRICK T JOHNSON 12


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places

you’ll be shown! by

jonathan

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o this month’s general tent has hitched up on the land of “travel”, a most welcome distraction with the newly sprung spring we so discussed last month. (See Brink vol 1, issue 5. “I am March Madness and You Can Be Too!!!”- Mngmt.) Being a man in the profession that I am, I often find an open opportunity to travel during this most welcoming of months. That lovely “Spring Break” where the student body migrates to any varied number of locals to engage in a litany of horrible acts that would only be befitting to the height of our new Roman excess. I, for the most part, have swayed far and clear of being one of the vast to infest your fine State with the nonsense y’all have to endure. However, from this vantage point we deal with crazed collegiates 3/4 of the year so I can sympathize. However this is not about such grumblings, this is about exploring our world! Adventure, intrigue, tan lines and hangovers!!!! We’re it not for these fleeting gimps in to another world, would we truly appreciate our own humble dwellings? Who knows… all I know is that if you’re going to go out there in that cruel, cruel world do so in style and a spirit best spent with the explorative mind of our fore fathers. Wide-eyed in possibility of what lies around the bend. Your first course of flight is destination, always. I’ve always allowed myself to fall face first into adventure through a pragmatic meansi.e. weddings. These are a good means of an excuse, not the best (just for the thrill of it would be a resounding number one) but an adequate way to get yourselves the hell outta dodge and make mess of someone else’s

reality. You can often find yourself in rather weird situations with locals you’ve never thought existed outside of your favorite movie. Hell- I even spent a week in Harrisburg, PA just for the hell of it. You know what I learned? Harrisburg sucks. Good people, but the place is just rotten. (Lesson from that trip: “Scrapple” should be outlawed and bowling is best played with copious amounts of beer and good friends.) Secondly: transportation. First- buses are right out. Far to confining and as a result you will fall victim to any given person’s smallest problems with anything that may attack your senses in any form. Car’s are cool, but require far more preparation and self-responsibility than one should be looking for in terms of recreation. (Proper maintenance of the vehicle, rations of drink and snack, a serious stack of precisely chosen music and of course the right company). Also- crossing stateliness is always a tricky endeavor and one small town’s police force can be the derailment of anybody’s good times. Planes- now this is ideal. Aside from TSA shenanigans, this is perfection- every terminal has at least two bars, stewardesses can be cordial if charmed and cabin pressure masks any true sign of being intoxicated until you land. Once on a flight to Vegas, I was perched in the very last row of the plane- I struck up a rather nice repartee with the flight crew who grew accustomed to handing me a scotch whenever I poked my head around the corner. Good stuff. My favorite means, however, just might be the train. Yes it takes forever, but in what other way will you have the expedient means of getting somewhere all

the while taking in our great country through a window of it’s oldest form of mass transit. There’s a dying romance to the rail- and they have “snack” cars, chuck full of munchies and stocked nips and malty suds. Plus, the in and outs of passengers creates a nice change of scenery and ease dropping potential. Thirdly: Arrival and excursion. I am adamant that I have someone to pick me up upon arrival and cart me around. Not in a needy way, but in a tour guidish manner. I always try and go places where I have someone who’s deeply rooted in the interior workings of where I am taking roust. You see things you’d never really see before, at least things that aren’t on some readily available tourista guide. I never would have been to Champagne’s in Vegas, had it not been for my dear friend Amber. This place was astounding- it was certainly a Mos Eisley type joint with all sorts of freaks and what nots, complete with a karaoke machine ripped from the Phantom of the Paradise. The underbelly. Same could be said for Dirty Dog Saloon in Scottsdale, which thanks to my boy Remy exposed me to the most borderline display of debauchery that I was left wondered if there was a strip club within a general radius, because this was nearly the same thing, but a saccharine substitution. Certainly lived up to its name. In closing- get out there, but not just to go- to explore… to experience the other side of the coin. Beaches are fun, but looking under rocks for hideous creatures may be more fulfilling, and the stories certainly are better in the end. I could share more, but that’s for another time and now- I’ve got some more exploring to do…. [] 13


Practicing Forgiveness What is forgiveness? It is completely releasing any anger, guilt, resentment, pain, sorrow, etc. in regards to ourselves, others and/or a situation. We have all heard it said before: “forgiveness will set us free.” When we forgive, we let go of the burden of carrying painful feelings and emotions. We make a pact that we are no longer holding onto that which needs our forgiveness. Although we go through life, feeling hurt, disappointed, confused and/ or sad by someone’s words and/or actions, in most cases it was never another person’s intentions to hurt you. Most of the time, people in general would never hurt anybody on purpose. It is healthier to think, everyone is doing their best. Also, when we look for the best in others

we will typically get their best. Now, it is also just as important to extend this same awareness for ourselves. We too are doing our best. It is extremely vital to forgive ourselves for anything we did or didn’t do. Take responsibility and let it go. Don’t keep punishing yourself. Don’t hold on to one tiny detail and let it define the whole of you. We are the only species that punishes ourselves more then once for a mistake. No other species punishes themselves more than one time for anything. So start now, realize what you may have done differently and then let it go. Forgive yourself, forgive others and move on to a brighter and happier life. Say silently to yourself: I forgive, I let go, and smile! Peace be with you.

References: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard “Destined to be one of the most significant contributions to spiritual literature in this century.” Dr. Wayne Dyer -- Wayne Dyer’s E-Newsletter



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Spirit in the Sky 2:38am on Monday, February 8, I sit in my car

parked along US1 in Titusville, preparing to view a Shuttle launch. A half-full soda bottle in my empty passenger seat reflects the streetlight’s corona, eclipsing two bags of almonds. When making the trek, it’s best to stock up for a several-hour wait. Parking fills up quickly in hotspots like Kennedy Space Center and Space View Park in downtown Titusville, as well as “parking lots” otherwise known as front yards. Popular options are costly; KSC tickets run $39 per person while other lots charge around $20 per car. Since I’m broke a tight squeeze along the curb compensates, and who cares because it won’t get me any closer without hitching a ride across the Indian River on a gator’s tail. Wind blasts through yellow caution tape outlining a marshy embankment along the roadside. Several people brave the cold to claim prime viewpoints and set up camera tripods, but most stay warm in cars. Despite the distant 4:14am liftoff, a part of me feels called to suffer with those outside. This mission of the Shuttle Endeavor transporting the Tranquility module to the International Space Station is important, but the launch itself is especially significant because unless one of the four remaining day launches gets scrubbed, tonight is the last night launch ever in the history of the Shuttle program. Columbia heralded the Shuttle’s maiden voyage on April 12, 1981. Discovery will sign off on September 16, 2010, but none of the last four launches take place at night when viewing is best. That’s not to knock day launches. I witnessed a morning launch in the Shuttle program’s infancy: the engines’ fiery eruption, the phoenix rising high and my father lifting me on his shoulders as if to give me a closer view. A day launch stole my heart, but a night launch stirs the soul. One shines with hope, another in somber darkness. The metaphor stings because tonight’s tiny speck of Endeavor resembles a silent specter of a bygone era, the faint lights across the canal like Charon’s lantern drifting along the river Styx. The Shuttle’s 2010 decommission did not initially derail NASA’s manned

space exploration. The Constellation program and its Ares rockets waited in the wings. The White House’s February budget proposal scrapped that, and many fear Constellation’s collapse could devastate the Space Coast. Yet we can’t give up, because a six year gap between the Apollo program and the Shuttle gave people similar concerns and equal, if not worse economic woe. Florida politicians are working on recovery efforts, although it wouldn’t hurt to contact and encourage them, hint, hint. I choose to hold out hope, no matter how fragile it seems. With a glance at my car’s clock, I note T-minus 30 minutes. It’s time to quit hiding and face the inevitable. Once outside, I greet others who’ve taken the same last-minute leap. Forming a united front, we face Endeavor like a 21 gun salute. Small talk starts to prevent teeth from chattering, and I meet a young Vietnamese woman on vacation with her husband who decided to see the launch on a whim. It must be exhilarating for someone who lives so far

gets the finger. This majestic now is what matters. As its luminosity fades into the stars, the rumbling propulsion bears an epic twinge of electric guitar. I turn to ask my friend how she liked it but suddenly there are too many people between us for her to hear me. I have to leave immediately to make it to work by 9am, but I’m desperate to get her opinion. I try to push my way through the crowd, but when she turns I see the faint sheen of her tears. Smiling, my chest a bit tight, I instead head for my car. I have my answer. The hour drive home whizzes by unseen. I’m too consumed with how my life up to this point has encapsulated an era the future cannot replicate. We’ve been privy to a full orbit of imagination and accomplishment that has helped shape our cultural consciousness. Freedom, discovery, the influx of the technological age: will our potential be grounded, too? Glum thoughts travel to the Shuttle missions left on NASA’s schedule. Discovery is up at 6:21am on April 5. May 14 sees Atlantis rise at 2:28pm, Endeavor at 7:51am on July 29, and Discovery takes the final bow at 11:57am on September 16, 2010. I encourage every BRINK reader to see one. Even if you’re reading this column on April 4, be spontaneous and make the short drive to Titusville, then take State Road 50 home to bypass tourist toll traffic along 528. What’s a bit less sleep with a mental souvenir and timeless story to tell?

With a glance at my car’s clock, I note T-minus 30 minutes. It’s time to quit hiding and face the inevitable. away to have this chance. I guarantee her she made a good decision. “You’ve seen one before?” she asks. “Yeah. It’s amazing.” My smile is bittersweet. “You’ll remember this for the rest of your life.” We bond until a man beside us monitoring NASA’s AM 1240 and 1350 radio stations says we’re down to one minute. The crowd’s excitement is electric. We shout the final countdown and gasp in unison as blinding light splits the horizon like dawn and Endeavor rises. Someone to my left jokes about the apocalypse, but I see a different grand finale: heroes who face the barrel of a shotgun but ride out anyway. Endeavor’s spectacle transcends the moment. Whether grounded or in zero gravity, finality

When I finally return to my place at 6am, I linger outside, searching the clear black sky. The Shuttle is long gone, and although the cold sneaks up it brings a smile to my face, a fresh reminder of this special journey. Freezing and fighting sleep, I witnessed what true triumph is, what it once was, and in our collective memory, what it will always be. We salute you, Space Shuttle. Thanks for a great ride. Visit spacelaunchinfo.com/faq.html or www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/ main/index.html to plan your SpaceShuttle excursion. 15 []


MAKE UP FOR

E V E R !

by Stephanie Crisan

This month BRINK focuses on other destinations, so as I talked to our awesome Editor-in-Chief about ideas for an article I was thinking of my favorite makeup brands based out of other countries – Make Up For Ever was the first to come to mind.

I feel it is no secret that I am a dedicated user (and fan) of Make Up For Ever. I have referenced the brand and the products in many of my previous articles because I truly believe them to be some of the best cosmetic products

on the market today. Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph founded Make Up For Ever in Paris, France in 1984. Before that, Sanz was a painter turned makeup artist specializing in fashion and stage makeup. The line was originally created with other makeup professionals in mind - especially those working in the field of fashion, dance, and theater. The makeup was so highly regarded by industry professionals that it was brought to the public through Sephora stores everywhere. The line now includes over 1,400 fantastic products including; flawless HD (high definition) foundations and primers, to-die-for HD cream blush, an incredible array of eye shadow colors, pigments and liners, amazing

lip products, and a copious collection of fabulously outrageous false eyelashes. In America, the line is exclusively sold at Sephora stores or on www.Sephora. com. There is currently only one Make Up For Ever boutique location in the U.S., which is in New York City (a favorite spot of mine in fact). The products are a tad expensive but, in my opinion, they are well worth the extra money. They last a long time (both on the skin and off ď Š) so, in the end you may actually save money while looking fabulous and FLAWLESS doing it! www.makeupforever.com/

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Writings from a Modern Existential Bokonon Objectivist. by MARK DODDS

It’s 2010 and the world is still turning (ugh) and new ideals and ways of thinking are popping up more and more. Which one is right? Where do you stand? Who do you listen to? What forma do you follow? What’s yours? Who knows, who cares, but here are some ideals I have found to be true and some ideals I just made up to trick myself into getting up in the morning. Society is bound on functionality. It doesn’t matter what religion you are or anti-religion you are, if your parents raised you at a Starbucks counter or raised you behind a dumpster - life is horrid. We get sucked into this sort of instrumentality where our worth is purely determined by the kind of school we go to, the job we have and the bills we pay. Maybe get hitched and pop out a kid in between, rinse, wash and repeat. This vicious cycle is disturbing and daunting and we all feel it everyday: the absurdity of the world. Kierkegaard said, “anxiety is the dizziness of freedom”, meaning everyone is alone in their actions and responsible for them. This creates a feeling of simultaneous dread and elation. It isn’t enough that life is just absurd and everyone is pez-despensing xanax, but along with everything we have people from every direction telling us what to believe, why we are wrong for not believing in their beliefs, and how we can live our lives better. I wouldn’t mind having a bible thrown at me if it told me why I was here, why my electric bill is always high and why flat-front chinos are always such a bad idea. When science or religion tries to make sense of life’s meaning, they always end up short. People want to be real, they want to be themselves and have some sort of harmonics with life around them. They want to follow what works for them and don’t want any sass for it. You know, being a individual. Being individual, having passion and authenticity is important to living a real life, yet all this is under attack by the everyday functionality of society; religion, science and anything that tries to cover up this absurdity we live in. There is never just one way or one perfect philosophy in dealing with anything. There are some noble truths, some existential concepts, golden rules and biblical morals, all these are tools to carve your foundation of your own existence - Philosphy/ Religion a la carte, if you will. Overcome these anchors institutions put on you, move past the collective mentality of organizations, be true to yourself and do what it is you have to do to make sense for yourself and your relationship with the world.

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super

GALACTIC Galactic G Skate Shop on E Harvard Street in the Antiques District of College Park is more than just a skate shop. With all the different brands, styles and sizes, you will never set foot in a mall again. For one, it’s a sneaker head paradise. With over 500 styles of sneakers, it’s nearly impossible to walk in and think you’ll just get one pair. More so, Galactic G has everything from Nike and Adidas to Osiris and Vox. Hundreds upon hundreds of styles literally line the shop. If you’re in the market for new kicks, Galactic G is the ultimate destination. With new kicks placed nicely on your feet, take a look around and soak in the retail heaven. This shop has everything from super rad t-shirts and hoodies to belts and bags. From bright neon colors to basic black and whites, the spectrum is in full affect on apparel, accessories and skate supplies. This is the place to go for a little local retail love and Galactic G does not disappoint. It’s out of this world. Galactic G Skateshop // www.galacticg.com 334 East Harvard Street // Orlando, FL 32804-5550 (407) 895-0410 // 10am-8pm M-S 12pm-6pm Sun

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DESTINATIoN UN KNO WN

This month BRINK was on the trek for discovery. Its fascinating to look into other peoples lives and see how they live. it all started with nashville and before we knew it, la, portland, scotland and the above feature from london was all waiting to be explored and discovered. read on for some insightful pieces on music, marathons and moves.


oh nashville.

Rebecca Correia is an anomaly. I’ve honestly never met anyone like her. Some musicians sing while others write, some play instruments while others make melodies. Rebecca does it all. She sings, she writes and then she breaks out any instrument she can get her hands on and plays it like it a musical veteran that’s been in the biz for 60 years. Originally from a small town in Massachusetts (where literally everyone knows her name) she has now settled nicely into Nashville, Tennessee. We took a minute and spoke with Rebecca on what she’s up to now and where she’s headed. BRINK: Hi Rebecca! Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to in Nashville. Rebecca Correia: I’m playing a local singer/songwriter hang out called Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork and Franklin, TN. These rooms have a laid back feel and are ideal listening spaces. Also, making plans for some new recordings. I’ve been able to work with some very talented musicians here... the talent in Nashville is incredible and inspiring! B: So you’ve been playing all over the country lately, LA, NYC, and of course here in Nashville, what are the crowds like and how do they respond to your music? RC: The crowds that I perform for range from young to old, female & male, full of spirit, ready and eager to listen and be moved by my musical stories. B: What are some of your favorite places to play? RC: I’ve been performing shows at Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork and The Bitter End in NYC. These rooms have been host to legendary talent and I’m honored to be able to perform on these stages. Both these venues are ideal listening rooms. B: That’s great. The Bitter End is major, congrats! There’s a video of you circulating on the net singing Alicia Keys, is she an influence for you? RC: I am a fan of many musical styles R&B, Pop, Soul, Country, Folk, Classical etc.. If the delivery of the song is done well I’m going to enjoy it and be inspired by it. Yes, Alicia Keys is inspiring to me. I also find inspiration from Sheryl Crow, Jeff Buckley, Frou Frou, Ne-yo just to name a few. B: Great, so what’s next for Rebecca Correia and where can we find more info on you? RC: I’ll be touring in the north during the summer months and recording. Visit rebeccacorreia.com for the inside scoop!

LIFE in LA LA land This past weekend, I accomplished a goal since moving here to Los Angeles from Orlando several years ago; to run in my very first marathon. And what better place, then my new hometown? As a car-obsessed city just like Orlando you are always rushing from Point A to B without noticing much of the anything in between except maybe the bumper of the car in front of you. So for me, the marathon was a chance to see the heart of the city literally from the ground up and notice things I might not have; had I been whizzing by in my car. And thats a good thing because even though traffic moves slowly here, the landscape can change quicker than sending out a tweet! The hot restaurants, clubs, & boutiques transform so much that it can be hard to keep up. And for those obsessed with a ‘sighting’, you know seeing a celebrity, well that can be practically a fulltime gig in itself (and is for a lot of people, think Paparazzi) But I digress, I’m not suggesting you go run a marathon (all though its a cool goal and all), but I would say take the time to slow down, get out of the car & really experience your own back yard. You might be surprised to find a cool farmers market, coffee shop, or park you might not have noticed be-

BY scott moore

fore as you drove by. I learned so much about the City of Angels on the 26.2 mile journey that thread itself through so many unique neighborhoods and blocks from downtown LA through the heart of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Brentwood & finally ended up beachside in Santa Monica. And two other pluses to ditching the car? Its absolutely free and you get some exercise to boot!

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Frankie goes to…Florida

by FRANK MILLER

With U.S television still a dominant force on the opposite side of the Atlantic, Scottish ‘cultural ambassador’ Frankie Miller recalls his days working in the summer of 2004 in Orlando. The hit TV series ‘Glee’ has recently found its way to Scotland. The founder of the club manages to sum up my ‘work and travel adventure’ to the U.S.

‘Glee by its very definition is the opening up to joy.’

Where else but Orlando could a closet homosexual attain validation? San Francisco maybe, but if an entire economy can be created at the hands of a two fingered mouse; surely this home of endless vitamin D could open up the mind of a Scotsman seeking to express himself. It worked. Six years on from my trip to the United States, I am about to perform in my third consecutive musical with a local theatre group. I have yet to get to the level of performing Single Ladies on a football field. I am happy however to continue in the process of ‘opening up.’ There can be much in the way of criticism towards what many see as a commercialised swamp. In my eyes, the levels to which the imagination can go, is on display in the most successful museum of all time. Walt Disney brought forth his ideas for generations to enjoy. What better

way to inspire than to demonstrate the American dream in action? If the Sunshine State can impact upon a man on the opposite side of the Atlantic, this only goes to show how deep the joy of your life runs. If anyone uses the word ‘shallow’ in the context of describing Orlando, tell them the story of Zack Bonner. Here is one male who is going beyond what Jackie C described as ‘Funlando’ guys. Runner up for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award, this twelve year old is being honoured for his response to Hurricane Charlie in 2004. Ironically, this is the year I worked in the now closed Virgin Megastore within Downtown Disney. The response by this youngster equated his being considered on a par with a human rights lawyer and Nobel Prize Winner. From collecting supplies in his ‘little red wagon’ for those affected by the 150mph winds (Big Issue Scotland, January 2004), his efforts have led to walks across the States to raise awareness of the 1.3 million homeless children living in the richest nation on earth. His ideas of ‘Zack Packs’ (rucksacks filled with toys and comics for youngsters affected by homelessness) has had the simplest, yet profound of affects. A charity spoke of how a child smiled for the first time upon opening up his ‘pack’. For his efforts, the Floridian recently visited Scotland for the annual awards ceremony which honours those who do inspiring deeds. The eventual winner was a man responsible for the co-ordination of relief as part of DOC (Disaster Emergency Committee) which includes work on the recent earthquake hit Haiti. The work of Zack demonstrates how valiant the upcoming generation can be when faced with such insecurity in the world today. Such an imagination surely stems from a reclaimed swamp where eternal sunshine produces the most spotless of minds. 22


Ascetic Junkies

We’re a group of musicians - usually 5, sometimes more - from Portland, OR. We play folk, pop, bluegrass, and other genres with the live energy of punk, or whiskey. We got started two years ago when Matt and Kali moved from Boston to Portland and gathered up some of the first people they met to flesh out songs they had written and recorded for their first album (One Shoe Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 2008). Since then we’ve toured the west coast, gotten a whole lot of people to dance and come up on stage to play a tambourine or a shaker, played a couple local festivals (one for thousands of people, and one for about ten, though that one was in the largest room we’ve ever been in), got threatened with a law suit by Shel Silverstein’s estate, signed onto a local record label, got 80% engaged, and self-released an EP (Don’t Wait for the Rescue Squad, 2009) with two new tunes and two remixes by local Portlanders. It’s been a good couple of years. Right now we’re feverishly trying to record a new full-length in Matt and Kali’s basement, stairwell, bathroom, and bedroom. We’re pretty sure it’s going to sound pretty different from the last album, but we can’t tell how yet. In the mean time, if you want to buy or download anything we’ve recorded so far, go to http://theasceticjunkies. bandcamp.com and name your own price (including “$0”) on either of our releases.

Portland

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Culture Club

beyond

GOOD & EVIL


LAST MONTH OUR MENTION ON STYLENOIR STRUCK UP A MONSTROUS INFATUATION WITH THE STYLE ICONS OVER IN LONDON. IN FACT, IT PRODUCED A WHOLE DAMN SPREAD. READ ON AS STYLENOIR GIVES BRINK READERS THEIR TAKE ON THE WORLD OF FASHION, STREET STYLE AND LONDON FASHION WEEK. IF YOU DON’T KNOW STYLENOIR ALREADY, THEN TAKE NOTE NOW. STYLENOIR PRODUCES THE MOST OPINIONATED, GRITTY & MALEVOLENT CONTENT IN THE ONLINE FASHION WORLD. THE BRANDS MISSION IS TO MAKE READERS THINK FOR THEMSELVES AND QUESTION THE VALUES AND THE PEDESTRIANIZED NORMALITY THAT SEEMS TO COAT THIS PLANET. BEING NAMED “FEARLESS,” “THE FUTURE OF FASHION ONLINE” & “THE POSSESSOR OF THE MALEVOLENT,” IT IS NO WONDER THAT STYLENOIR IS ATTRACTING THE LIKES OF DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TOPSHOP AND VITAMINWATER. TAKING A DARK VIEW ON THE WORLD GIVES SN THE ATTITUDE AND DEPTH, YET WITH A SATIRICAL SIDE TO ARTICLES. CREATING ITS OWN TAKE ON CULTURE THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN REPLICATE. BRINGING FORWARD THE STORIES AND CONTENT THAT OTHERS OVERLOOK, FORGET WHAT LINDSAY LOHAN HAD FOR BREAKFAST, OR KATY PERRY’S LATEST OUTFIT, THAT STUFF SUCKS. WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW IS THE “PROBLEM WITH BLOGGING” OR WHY “DEATH’S COLOUR OF CHOICE IS NOT BLACK”, BOTH RECENT STYLENOIR ARTICLES.

BUT THATS THE POINT, SN COVERS THE ISSUES THAT WILL SPARK DEBATE, CREATE CONTROVERSY AND CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE THINK. EVEN JUST INSPIRE THAT ONE PERSON PAST THE LATEST CELEBRITY MONOTONOUS CRAP. IN SHORT STYLENOIR IS IN PART WANTING TO CREATE AN EXPERIENCE FOR ITS READERS THAT WILL IMPROVE AND INSPIRE THEIR MINDSET. DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, FORGET GOOD AND EVIL, THAT PARADIGM WAS BROKEN BY MAN ALONG TIME AGO. WITHOUT CHAOS THERE WOULD NEVER BE PEACE, WITHOUT INSANITY NEVER BOLD IDEAS AND WITHOUT IDEAS SUCH AS STYLENOIR, NEVER PROGRESS. READ ON TO SEE THE STYLENOIR SHOW REPORTS, STREET STYLE AND FABULOUS PHOTOS FROM THE AUTUMN WINTER 2010 COLLECTIONS AT LONDON FASHION WEEK. THAT’S RIGHT, YOU GET TO SEE IT ALL SIX MONTHS BEFORE IT EVEN COMES OUT. TO CHECK OUT STYLENOIR IN MORE DETAIL, DON’T FORGET TO VISIT THEM ON THE LINKS BELOW! STYLENOIR MAGAZINE WWW.STYLENOIR.CO.UK FOLLOW STYLENOIR ON TWITTER @STYLENOIRMAG PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT - ROSIE FOS 25


STYLENOIR SHOW REPORT BRYCE AIME AW2010 THAT’S IT, NO MORE SECRETS, BRYCE AIME IS OUR FAVOURITE LFW DESIGNER AND WE DON’T CARE IF YOU ALL KNOW IT. HE HAS CONTINUED TO IMPRESS OUR TWISTED MINDS WITH HIS IMPECCABLE TALENT AND OUTSTANDING CREATIVITY OVER THE PAST YEAR AND TODAYS SHOW WAS THE EPITOME OF EVERYTHING WE WANT FROM FASHION. THE WHOLE COLLECTION WAS AS AGGRESSIVE AND SINISTER, YET STILL AS SOPHISTICATED AS WE HAD WISHED. AN ABUNDANCE OF BLACK, FUCHSIA AND GOLD ZIPS CREATED A CONCISE AND HEAD TURNING SHOW. THE WHOLE EVENT SEEMED TO BRING OUT THE MALEVOLENT SIDE IN ME, MAYBE IT WAS THE STRUCTURED ARMOUR JUXTAPOSED AGAINST THE EGYPTIAN INFLUENCED MUMMIFIED LEGGINGS. MAYBE IT WAS THE WARPED SOUNDTRACK WHICH WAS FORCEFUL YET HORRENDOUSLY PLEASING ON THE EARS. ALL I KNOW IS THAT THE BRYCE AIME COLLECTION IS THE BEST WE’VE SEEN FOR A VERY LONG TIME, EVERYTHING JUST SEEMED TO FIT PERFECTLY TOGETHER. OUR FAVOURITE APART FROM THAT GORGEOUS BOX DRESS HAD TO BE THOSE MUMMIFIED FUCSHIA AND MONOCHROME LEGGINGS THAT CONTINUED DOWN TO COVER THE HEELS OF EACH MODEL. WITH THE COLLECTION BEING NAMED “EGYPTOLOGY” IT WAS CLEAR TO SEE THE INFLUENCES AND INSPIRATION FROM THIS ERA COMING THROUGH IN EACH AND EVERY PIECE. TAKE NOTE OF BRYCE AIME, THERE REALLY IS NO COMPARISON.


LONDON FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE


LONDON FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE

EACH OF THE FOUR MAJOR FASHION CITIES HAVE THEIR OWN UNIQUE TAKE ON FASHION AND STYLE. IF LONDON STYLE STANDS FOR ONE THING IT HAS TO BE AN ECLECTIC, CREATIVE AND INDEPENDENT LOOK. FROM STARS SUCH AS JANET JACKSON, PALOMA FAITH & LITTLE BOOTS TO THE ‘IT PACK’ SUCH AS JODIE HARSH(PICTURED) AND DAISY LOWE, LFW NEVER DISAPPOINTS IN THE VALIANT, INDEPENDENT STYLES THAT CONTINUE TO EMERGE. IMAGES TAKEN @ SOMERSET HOUSE, BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL TENT.


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STYLENOIR SHOW REPORT BELLE SAUVAGE AW2010 MAYBE BELLE SAUVAGE NEED TO CHANGE THEIR NAME TO SAVAGE. BECAUSE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE COLLECTION WAS. JUST AS AGGRESSIVE AS IT WAS DARK. THE PERFECT COMBINATION. THE FIRST THING THAT CAME TO MIND WAS THE ICONIC FILM ALIENS. THE HAIR FOR THE WHOLE SHOW SEEMED TO REFLECT THE SHAPE OF THE ALIEN’S ARMOURED HEAD AS WELL AS LEATHER PIPING DRAPED OFF THE SHOULDER, THERE WAS REALLY NO MISTAKE THAT INFLUENCES WERE FROM SCIENCE FICTION AS WELL AS SOME EERIE SENSE OF MALEVOLENCE. MATTE LEATHER WAS A VERY WELCOME RE-OCCURRING THEME ALONG WITH CHIFFON AND STRUCTURED LINES THAT CREATED THE SENSE OF SOFT ARMOURY. ONE OF OUR FAVOURITES FROM THE COLLECTION HAS TO BE THE PLAYSUIT COVERED IN A MONOCHROME PATTERN ADORNED WITH SKULLS AND BATS. APART FROM THE MONOCHROME PATTERNS, ABUNDANCE OF LEATHER AND GOLD ZIPS, A PALETTE OF RICH COLOUR EMERGED INCLUDING FUSCHIA, AQUA AND YELLOWS. THIS MIGHT HAVE CREATED AN UPLIFTING SEGMENT TO THE COLLECTION, BUT FOR SOME REASON IT MANAGED TO RETAIN THE SINISTER AND TWISTED FEEL THAT THE WHOLE SHOW CONTAINED. IN SHORT THE BELLE SAUVAGE AUTUMN WINTER 2010 COLLECTION WOULD BE THE PERFECT ADDITION TO STYLENOIR’S WARDROBE. IN FACT, WE’RE THINKING OF MAKING IT UNIFORM AT THE OFFICE.

WWW.STYLENOIR.CO.UK


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Most people think they need to move to New York or L.A. to ‘make it’ in the fashion world.

Local independent designer Patricia Valery actually left NY and found a comfortable place in Orlando from which to run her fashion biz. Over the past five years Patricia has made clothing for Tori Amos, The Dresden Dolls, The Ramones, and many other musicians and performers. Recently she’s removed herself from the music scene to focus on her latest muse: a collection of designs based on natural fibers, earthy colors, and classic style. When asked about the inspiration behind this new collection she replied, “The music industry is just too big and artificial. Everyone sees everyone else as a commodity and everyone always has their hand out. I really wanted to get away from that. Ironically, it was a trip to Music Row in Nashville that made me realize it. The mountains, the old timey buildings, the overall essence of Tennessee let me step outside the box I’d created for myself and just start over.” Though she has a degree in apparel design, she’ll tell you ‘practice, practice, practice’ is the best way to learn how to sew and design. A good work ethic is helpful too. Since she started her business back in 2004 it’s been a fulltime job. She even extended her efforts to selling the patterns she creates on the side. Patricia is also well traveled. While designing she often looks back on her childhood growing up in South America for inspiration. She combines this with her memories of youth spent in the Midwestern U.S. and a few years experience around the Blue Ridge Mountains for a chic and unique Americana look that is folksy and quaint. Modesty is a prominent theme in this eightpiece spring collection. Her reliance on browns and tans and complete avoidance of black almost brings to mind the sepia color pallet associated with Depression Era imagery. Simple lines and minimal fabric usage were key concerns as less is truly more in today’s economy. When she’s not designing Patricia likes to pursue amateur photography and play the piano. She also has a boxer/Jack Russell mix puppy named Bobby that keeps her pretty busy. The spring 2010 collection can be found online at http://patriciavalery.etsy.com or locally at Etoile Boutique and Modern Grace Boutique. make up by: Dezara'e Leto model: Brandi Hines accessories provided by: Etoile Boutique

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Charlotte jumper: $50


Emily jacket: $128 Olivia camisole: $60 Lillian shorts: $68


Cheryl floral dress: $78


Anabel one size for all top: $22 Lucy cargo skirt: $50


Jennifer dress: $52


Lindsey country dress: $60


JACKIE C IS OVER IT Advertising Gone

by jackie c

B e z e r k ! I

really love Pink Floyd, but they were wrong. Teachers aren’t just another “brick in the wall.” In fact, they probably take it from The Man more than most of us. However, judging by the moves made in both Orange and Seminole County Schools last month, if The Man has his way, educators will soon be just another brick, another finger on the arm of consumerism, pushing junk food, electronics and athletic equipment in the classroom. I’m now having visions of Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller, “Pepsi... Doritos... anyone... anyone...” Yes, most of us expect to see advertising in many places, like this magazine, for example. I expect to see ads when I open it, they help pay for its publication, and I don’t mind it because if I wanted to avoid them, I could decide not to read it. Overall, I get to view a cool mag for free with little inconvenience. Now, imagine going to a high school football game, and instead of seeing a Tim Tebow-esque bible verse written in a student’s eye black, you see a corporate ad. (I bet good, ole’ Tim never thought his innocent idea to promote Jesus would now be used to push potato chips.) I don’t even have kids, but I know if that were my kid, I’d be mad as hell since the school has just pimped my kid out for a buck and reduced a person of value to a mere billboard. So, that’s about how I felt after Orange County Schools just mentioned this as an option to bring in more funding. Welcome to the 21st century, where our children have become commodities and corporate manipulation is a part of the curriculum. According to WFTV, Orange County just became the first school district in the country with its own advertising

department. (Box of Pandora, lid open.) Now, most of you who realize that our world revolves around advertising are probably wondering what’s so bad about this. Our schools need money, right? So why can’t they plaster logos all over everything (buildings, textbooks... our kids) and take in some dough? Since I would need many more pages than this to explain, I’ll give you a glimpse. Let’s take a little trip to Colorado Springs. (Yey! I love mountains!) In 1998, School District 11’s director of school leadership, John Bushey, sent a memo to principals letting them know students needed to consume 70,000 cases of Coke products in order for the district to receive the full benefits of it’s exclusive agreement with Coca-Cola. “Allow students to purchase and consume vended products throughout the day,” said Bushey according to the Center for the Analysis of Commercialism in Education and confirmed by an article from Time Magazine. Even after the memo, the district didn’t meet it’s contractual goals, failing to receive the money they thought they’d be getting from Coke. All Bushey said to the New York Times was, “Quite honestly, they were smarter than us.” Is it me, or does anyone else think it’s pretty funny that a guy with the name of “Bushey” was at the helm of a school system getting screwed? Is it me, or is anyone else wondering why Bushey didn’t just eliminate the middle man and make more money by directly charging students $.75 every other day to go to school? Yes, Bushey (smirk, snort), they were smarter than you. Even if you negate the fact that our school principals are being told to push soda, essentially becoming salespeople to easily-influenced children not yet old enough to decide what’s best for themselves, you must surely realize that our educators are like lambs led to slaughter dealing with a bunch of hungry wolves. So even if you think it’s a good idea for people charged with teaching our kids how to critically

think to contradict themselves by also manipulating those kids to buy products, we have to understand that school execs are too ignorant of the game to negotiate without getting economically raped. I thank Seminole County for proving my point. First, Lake Mary High School screwed themselves by using Dodge’s trademarked logo without permission. Really, NO ONE thought that ram logo looked familiar when it was proposed and later approved? Then, instead of correcting the problem, they dug themselves in a deeper hole by striking a deal to put “Proud Partner of Chrysler” next to “Lake Mary High School” in order to avoid a lawsuit and retain use of the logo. The reason a bunch of ad guys are sitting in some boardroom right now, clanking their glasses, smoking their cigars, and talking about how they just accomplished the advertising coup of the year thanks to Lake Mary High (insert evil laughs here) is that they just bullied you all into getting you to advertise for them for FREE. A branding deal of a building, major event or organization warrants hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not millions) AND free vehicles. Advertisers see our children as moldable, easily influenced into becoming “loyal” consumers, or rather, “programmed” consumers. Educators are supposed to see them as minds waiting to be filled with knowledge and inspired to solve problems and create new ideas. Like oil and water, Chris Brown and Rihanna, Weight Watchers and Mo’ Nique, these two objectives just don’t mix and I’m so over these sleazy ad people and their mind games. Really, is anything sacred anymore, or is everything for sale, even our children? Forget teachers, Pink Floyd should have been singing about greedy corporations and their ad henchmen. So, tell Coca-Cola and the rest of the businesses, “We don’t need no exploitation...” Hey, Advertisers! Leave our kids alone! []

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Dear Caroline, It is 2010. There are more women graduating from college than men. Women are independent and making their own way in life without the help of men. Then why is there still such stigma around women who like to have sex without being in a relationship? As a modern society, shouldn’t we be past all that kind of nonsense about women who just want casual sex or thinks that waiting “3 dates” to get busy is just ridiculous? Sometimes a girl just wants to get laid! --Sexually Frustrated Dear Sexually Frustrated, I am old enough to remember those cigarette ads with the beautiful woman wearing a business suit leaping in the air holding a briefcase in one manicured hand and a smoke in the other with the tagline “You’ve come a long way, Baby!”. Yeah we have come a long way…kind of. Even today men earn more money for the exact same work as women. Women work full time and STILL do most of the work taking care of house, pets and children. Not to get all Gloria Steinem on you, but in a nutshell we women still get the crappy end of the stick in life in many ways. Sex is the Achilles heel of the modern woman: we can work our asses off, get our graduate degrees, and be respected in most areas of life –yet in the next breath we can be cast into the role of “slut” with all of the old-school “burn her at the stake” scorn that comes with it. What is sad is that other women are often the worst perpetrators in assigning those labels to women they don’t like. Hey ladies: next time another woman pisses you off, stop yourself before calling her a “whore” or “town pump” or whatever. If she really deserves it then choose another insult that isn’t tied to sexuality. It doesn’t help that some men still have the 1950’s idea in their thick skulls that if a woman sleeps with them, that means she wants a relationship! Guys: get over yourselves. Please understand that sometimes we ladies JUST WANT A TOSS and then want to see you out the door so we can cuddle in bed with our cats and read our online fashion blogs— alone. got a question only caroline would know how to answer? email or facebook us.

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HORORSCOPE

APRIL

ARIES 2010 (Mar. 21- Apr. 20) The Sun’s passage through your sign will give you a boost of energy this month, Aries, turning you into a magnet for the attention of lovely, interesting others who are just as fiery as yourself. Speaking of fire, your own planet, Mars, has set up shop in your house of lovers, a very tender yet passionate place - even more so with this red-hot guy on duty. If you’re attached, keep in mind that Mercury’s retrograde (from the 17th through May 11th) will bring back good memories, as opposed those that weren’t so pleasant. Try to remember them all.

With red-hot Mars still storming through your house of personality and appearance, you’ll be extremely fiery and passionate - even more so than usual, that is. That will go double around the 3rd, 5th, and 25th, when you’ll be in the mood to take on just about anyone for just about any reason. If jealousy becomes an issue, don’t let it take over. It’s long been called one of the “wasted emotions,” along with worry and resentment. Just be sure not to spend your money frivolously around the 7th or 26th, when Saturn and startling Uranus could bring up unexpected bills.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) What a decision, Sagittarius! Your lover or your work? Both will call, and both will want every moment of your time. Several planets in thorough, industrious Taurus will demand that you work, but once Venus, the Queen of Sighs, sets off for Gemini and your house of one-toone relationships on the 25th, you’ll be tempted to dismiss anything that even remotely resembles work to indulge your sweetheart. The choice you’ll make will be tough, but since there are 24 hours in a day, if you allow 8 hours for sleep, 8 for work, and 8 for play, you’ll do just fine.

TAURUS (Apr. 21- August 21) The Sun, Mercury, and Venus will all pass through your sign and your house of personality and appearance this month, Taurus. This solid crew will bring out all the sensuality, sturdiness, and diligence that’s already in your nature. You may consider starting up a new business - one of your own - and that’s a great idea. Just don’t sign anything you’ll be bound to after the 17th , when Mercury turns retrograde in your sign. To be safe, don’t make any promises after the 15th. You should wait until May 10th or so to finalize arrangements.

VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Saturn’s trip through your house of personality will begin its final passage this month, Virgo, from April 7th to July 21st. Saturn is in charge of responsibility and duty, so if there’s anything you’ve been putting off, regardless of the category, you’ll need to take care of it now or forever hold your peace. If you hold your peace, however, you’ll have to live with the results, and you won’t be satisfied with them. Instead, use Mercury’s retrograde period - which lasts three weeks and will start on the 17th - to take care of unfinished business.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Ever heard of “power-naps,” Capricorn? If not, ask a Fire Sign friend - an uncontested authority on the subject. The idea is to grab a few good, uninterrupted moments of shut-eye whenever you can on a busy day. You’ll have plenty of those this month, thanks to three planets in Taurus, the hardest-working sign in the Star Business. They’ll be passing through your house of love affairs, however, so you won’t have to worry about “busy” equaling “working too hard.” In fact, you won’t think about work until Venus enters Gemini on the 25th, and then, somehow work will become fun!

LIBRA Sept. 24 -Oct. 23 More secrets, Libra? Yep. As a rule, you don’t like them, but secrets of the romantic type - well, that’s different. They suddenly turn into amorous intrigue, which in turn becomes sexy and oh so interesting. After the 17th, when thoughtful, communicative Mercury turns retrograde, you may need to delve into the past to figure out what’s really been going on between you and a certain someone. Fortunately, they’ll be just as fascinated as you, and if you’re both single, you may actually become an item again. Careful, though. Be sure you have new solutions to old problems.)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Red-hot Mars has been on duty in your house of relationships for some time now, Aquarius, turning every encounter into an exciting one. You’ve run the gamut from passion to anger, and at times, you’ve even knowingly gone overboard - but there’s no time for regrets. Anything you’ve done or said absolutely had to emerge. That’s part of Mars’ job when he influences us - to help us erupt emotionally, and get it all out. If someone was hurt in the process, chatty Mercury’s retrograde on the 17th will give you three weeks to find a way to make it all right.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Prepare yourself, Scorpio, for an extremely romantic month. The Sun, Mercury, and Venus will pass through your house of one-on-one relationships during April, and on the 17th, thoughtful Mercury will turn retrograde, bringing back old memories - pleasant memories - of someone you used to care for. They’re probably still thinking of you, too, but you won’t know if you don’t contact them - that is, unless they beat you to it, and they just might. In fact, between now and the 10th of next month, you’ll probably hear from a lot of long-lost friends. What results depends on you.

PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You’ll have a lot to say this month, Pisces, and several planets in sturdy, no-nonsense Taurus will help you to get it all out, no matter who happens to be in the vicinity or what their opinion might be about what you have on your mind. Once the 17th arrives, however, and Mercury turns retrograde in your house of communications, you’ll likely find that most of your conversations, if not all, will be centered on the past. It’s good to clear the air and let things go, but don’t get stuck on what’s gone. Say your peace, then let it go.

GEMINI (August 22-June 21) Your planet, Mercury the Communicator, will turn retrograde in your house of secrets on the 17th, Gemini - and since you do love to mingle and make plans, this may put a crimp in your social schedule. It’s not that you won’t be able to do what you want, only that you’ll have to have Plan B ready in case Plan A doesn’t work out. Think of this three-week period as Murphy’s Law in action - if anything can go wrong, it will. Prepare, be ready, laugh at how circumstances work out, and you’ll be able to do what you need. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Money issues may drive you crazy this month, Cancer. Red-hot Mars is in your house of finances, and he’s the most passionate, impulsive guy in the Universe, always ready to change horses in the middle of any stream. If he decides to switch things around now, it may be doubly surprising for you in the department of career, since the Sun in Aries - Mars’ sign - will also be pushing through your house of professional matters. Together, you have the possibility of a whole new change of job. Are you ready? It may be a simple raise, bonus or promotion, but also a whole new line of work. How exciting!

LEO (July 23-Aug 22)

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the barometer Florida Film Festival!

All the artist events going on around town! From Gallery on First to Baldwin Park, mark your calendars! Join in the festivities from street parties to “Taste of Color!” www.galleryonfirst.com/

Welcome back! “Not Myself Tonight” is mediocre at best, but the album is sure to be filled with ready to go jams with production by Sia, Santigold and Linda Perry.

Jared Leto covers “Bad Romance” nice try, but not good enough.

Urban Think! in Thornton Park closed down. Boo.

Lady Gaga Telephone video. What do we love more, Gaga, Beyonce, the dance numbers, the story line or the product placement.?

Lourdes Leon - fashion designer, dancer, actress. Bring it on!

Foursquare. Are you in or out with this location friendly social network? Is this just another network to be a part of and do I really need to know you’re at Regions Bank? Safety first people!

Totally tragic. Ugh.

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