Should you get the Flu shot this season?

Every pharmacy in town is plastered with ads for them. Your mom sends you incessant emails reminding you to get one. But, what’s the real truth behind the flu shot? Can it make you sick? Does it even work? And, if you’re healthy, does it really pay to get one? Ahead, we investigate some common myths.

The Flu Shot Will Make You Sick Myth! The flu shot is created using dead viruses. They’re introduced into your body so that your immune system “learns” their unique properties and will remember them if you really are infected later in the season. So, why does this myth have so much staying power? Well, according to the CDC, older versions of the flu vaccine (and other vaccines) did contain live, weakened viruses, so people could contract a mild case of the flu. But, not anymore.

The nasal spray version of the vaccination does contain live viruses, but they’ve been altered so they can’t survive in warmer environments. They’re able to survive in your nose, but they can’t live in your relatively warmer lungs. So, they can’t make you sick.

The Young And The Very Healthy Don’t Need To Get Vaccinated
While it’s true that young, healthy people will typically get over the flu just fine — although “feeling fine” will come on the heels of “feeling like you were hit by a truck” — getting the flu shot can be about more than just your own, isolated health. If you have family members or friends who are at risk of complications — older adults, young children, people undergoing chemotherapy and with compromised immune systems — then getting your flu shot protects them just as much as it protects you.

You Can Still Get The Flu Even After Getting Vaccinated
This one’s true, but there are lots of reasons it can happen. One, you could get a really bad cold — a distinct and less brutal virus — and only think you’ve got the flu. Two, your body takes two weeks to develop immunity, so if you’re exposed just before or just after being vaccinated, then sorry, you might get the flu any way.

It’s also possible that you could be exposed to an influenza virus that is very different from the strains contained in the vaccine. The scientists who design the vaccine try really hard to predict which strains will be most prevalent in any season, but they’re not psychics, so it doesn’t always work out that way.

If You Wait To Get Your Shot, Your Immunity Will Last Longer
Nope, you should get vaccinated ASAP. While flu season typically peaks in January and February, it’s unpredictable, so you should get vaccinated as soon as you can. Waiting until December doesn’t do anything except open you up to infection now.

Wild Turkey Forgiven Bourbon

Wild Turkey Forgiven Bourbon

Accidents can be costly, especially in the bourbon business. So when Wild Turkey realized they had mistakenly blended small batch bourbon with high proof whiskey, people were worried. But then the Associate Master Distiller tasted the accidental blend and declared it worthy of bottling, and a mishap turned into Wild Turkey Forgiven ($50). Forgiven clocks in at 91 proof and makes no apologies, accident or not. It has a spicy, bold taste that finishes unlike most drinks in its category. All is Forgiven, so track down a bottle because this one time foul up isn’t likely to be duplicated.

How Much More Of A Wake-Up Do We Need? 70 Dead In Garment Tragedy – reposted from Refinery29

We reposting this story from Refinery29 because it affects us in such a deep way.

Forgive our French, but if this isn’t a sign that big-box retailers need to wake the flip up, we don’t know what is. (Maybe if our clothing came alive at night and tried to eat us, Ghostbusters-style. Perhaps that might incite the industry to action.) An eight-story building that housed several garment makers collapsed in Bangladesh Wednesday morning. According to Bangladeshi officials and media outlets, over 70 people were killed and upwards of 600 were injured, and many are still trapped. As NPR reports, some of the companies within the building were responsible for creating material for The Children’s Place and Dress Barn, and plenty of others.

What is particularly egregious about this newest tragedy isn’t just the brands involved (c’mon, we should know better), but the fact that, as the Times reports, “workers told Bangladeshi news outlets that supervisors had ordered them to attend work on Wednesday, even though cracks were discovered in the building on Tuesday.” Which means that workers spied the infrastructure giving way and warned superiors, and they were still forced to head into work underneath a shoddy building. It isn’t just sad; it’s shameful.

How many more of these stories do we need to hear to rethink the chain of global distribution in fashion? The problem is two-sides: Bangladesh has 80% of its workforce in the garment industry but also some of the lowest wages in the world — in fact, many companies have left China, which used to be the manufacturing capital, because of increased wages. These issues seems so global, so taxing on human life and wellness, and so deeply ingrained in societal and business structures, they may appear insurmountable…which is why it’s important for us to keep applying pressure for regulations, transparency, and accountability. (Gawker)


Woohoo – iPhone 5S

The iPhone is rumored to be getting a makeover that will make it both cheaper and colorful. The iPhone 5S, slated to launch sometime this summer would be made with fiberglass and plastic and have “slightly simplified internals,” which would drive down the cost and make it easy to dye. Just think of all the case-on-phone color combos possible.

Articles around the Web

We all read fashion blogs, celebrity gossips, and of course the news.  So we’ve decided to start our weekly edition of favorite articles around the web, put it all in one place so you can peruse in your free time.  We’re doing it so you don’t have to.

  • Closet of the Day goes to Mariah Carey – what is there not to love about 1,000 pair of shoes in your closet & racks of clothes that will make some shops on Madison avenue be shameful.
  • We’ve come a long way since the 80s but there is absolutely nothing wrong with casual sex.  Now there’s an app on Facebook that can help you track who’s “DTF“.  Let us know if you’ve checked this one out and let us know how it goes.
  • We love snack jewelry.  They’re gorgeous, sexy, ominous all in one package.  We usually find our jewelry in local shops, vintage markets, and randomly online.  But if you have $1.3mm laying around, Bulgari has this beautiful serpent’s necklace made of diamonds and emeralds.  It is after all the year of the snake.

That’s all we got for this week.  What are some of your favorite fashion gossip?

Why women still can’t have it all

I read an article in the Atlantic Magazine today, the article titled – “Why Women still can’t have it all”?

This article really touched my heart in many ways because I am that woman.  A woman who wants it all but still have time to have a family, a life and yes, still stay young, thin and beautiful.

I’ve been struggling with work/life balance quite a bit lately.  I wake up early enough to have breakfast with my kids, but there are nights – don’t get home early enough to see them off to bed.  Essentially, my nanny raise my children.  But at the same point, I’m not yet ready to give up a career that I’ve built in the last 10 years.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes in the story.

“Which means I’d been part, albeit unwittingly, of making millions of women feel that they are to blame if they cannot manage to rise up the ladder as fast as men and also have a family and an active home life (and be thin and beautiful to boot). ”


Google Offers Sponsors Free Wi-Fi In NYC Subway

For all the NY-ers reading our blog, what do you guys think about this?

New York City tapped Boingo in May to roll out Wi-Fi service across its subway system over the next five years. Today, the company announced it is partnering with Google Offers to sponsor free Wi-Fi at more than 200 hotspots in Manhattan, including six subway stations through Sept. 7.

When someone accesses one of the Boingo hotspots on their smartphone or other device, they’ll see a branded welcome page that lets them subscribe to Google Offers for nearby deals. Among the stations with free Wi-Fi are the A/C/E station at 8th Avenue and 14th Street, the L station at 8th Avenue and West 14th St., and the F, M station at Sixth Avenue and 14th St. Signs at the locations will publicize the availability of Wi-Fi.

“We’re excited to bring free Wi-Fi to subway stations and Boingo hotzones in Manhattan. People can surf the Internet, or discover great local deals from Google Offers while they’re waiting at the subway platform or enjoying summer in the Big Apple,” stated Cliff Hopkins, director of marketing for Google Offers.

Google Offers is just the first of what is likely to be a series of exclusive sponsorships sold by Boingo as it expands its network throughout the subway system.

Including six stations going live today, Boingo plans to launch Wi-Fi in 36 stations by year’s end, and all 270 stations by 2017. Boingo hasn’t provided details yet on pricing for subway access, but its existing mobile plan runs $7.95 a month in the U.S.

It operates 500,000 hotspots worldwide.



Nestle Crunch and Girl Scounts Thin Mints

I know we always stress about eating healthy and eating well, but when you hear chocolate and more chocolate from Girl Scouts Thin Mints, our heads turned a bit.  It’s ok to indulge every once in awhile right?

Did anyone else see these today?  Nestle crunch is the first chocolate company to partner with the Girls Scouts Cookie.

Upon reading about this, we are hearing that this taste like Dark chocolate cookie wafers and mint chocolate crème, topped with airy crisps and a rich, dark chocolatey coating!”

Where will a Junk Food Ban on Kid’s TV Advertising lead us?

We read this article and had to comment/slightly repost.  Weigh in on your comments below on your thoughts. I particularly agree with the comment that healthier kids begin at home.  If you’re not giving your kids well-balanced healthy meals, and healthier options for snacks, then as parents, we’re the first to blame.  So next time you decide to give your kids snacks, consider strawberries with some greek yogurt rather then chips or cookies.

TV ad buyers will need to hire a nutritionist.

This will be especially true if Disney’s ban on junk food advertising to kids spills over to other networks like Nickelodeon, its main competitor.

To be fair, many kids’ networks have already spent years trying to scale back informally on those high-caloric advertisers. In theory, no one needs to be told.

Nickelodeon, the big Viacom kids’ cable network, is already having difficulties with mysteriously steep ratings drops of 15% or more. Now, some believe it will be pressured to follow Disney in pushing some all-important food advertisers out of the picture.

Disney is laying out specific details for marketers.  For example, food products that want to advertise need to contain a maximum of 130 calories per ounce (but this rises to 200 calories for some higher-fiber breakfast cereals), and juice drinks should contain a lot more fruit juice and a lot less sugar.

While Disney seems to be making a bold stand, look at these meager numbers from Kantar Media: Just $7.2 million a year is spent by junk food advertisers on two Disney networks – Disney XD, the young boys-oriented channel, and ABC’s kids’ programming on Saturday mornings.

The bigger Disney Channel doesn’t really take advertising, though it does have “sponsorships.” Disney XD is a smaller network, but a lot of its advertising comes from direct response. So most of the junk-food cuts will come at the hands of the programming that runs Saturday mornings on ABC. Still, Disney believes whatever it loses can be made up with new healthier-minded kids’ advertisers.

Question is: What’s next? Are certain kids’ clothing, toys and other products taboo? Does kids’ apparel breathe properly, and is it environmentally friendly? Do toys advertised on TV hinder creativity?

You want to protect kids really well? Ban all advertising to them until they are 18 years old. But don’t worry marketers. There are always other ways to influence the purchasing of kids and their parents, such as mobile and other digital areas.

Of course there is an even easier way to get healthier kids. Parents should be crazy-strict for as long as possible about what type of food they bring into their homes. (Teenagers will find ways, but it’s harder for younger kids).

Does this sound tough for overworked parents and annoying kids? Yep.

And it’s not just that kind of consumption. Advertising exposure — on refrigerator shelves — starts in the home.

25 Things I’ve Learned in my 20’s

  1. You can’t date a jerk and expect to turn them into a good person. Jerks are fully committed to being unpleasant. Those brief moments of tenderness they give you are designed to trip you up and give you false hope. It’s best to stay away altogether.
  2. The rumors are true: your metabolism does slow down as you get older! That means if you’re still eating whatever you want, there’s a good chance you’ll start to gain an awkward amount of weight. It won’t be too drastic but your clothes will start to hang differently on your body and you’ll feel an overall feeling of unattractiveness. Start to be conscious of what you eat and strive to live a healthier lifestyle if you want to get your teen body back. (Let’s be real though, that might not ever come back.)
  3. You’re going to lose touch with a lot of your friends. With some people, it will be expected but with others it will feel like a punch to the stomach. No friendship is truly safe in your twenties. You’re undergoing so many personal and professional changes that there’s bound to be some casualties along the way. Don’t worry though. You’ll end up with the ones that matter. If someone’s no longer in your life, it’s for a reason.
  4. You’ll be jealous of everyone who’s more successful than you. That’s okay. Just transfer that jealousy into something productive, like working really hard so you can one day eclipse them and make them feel jealous of YOU.
  5. You’ll question every decision you make and never feel completely certain that you made the right choice. It’s pointless to wonder though. You’re here now so you might as well make it be the right decision.
  6. You’re going to give your heart to a few people who don’t deserve it. Then, one day you’ll come to your senses and ask them to give it back.
  7. You’ll see your parents get older. You’ll come home during Christmas break and see new lines developing on their faces. One day it’ll just hit you that your parents are old and going to die. There’s nothing you can do about it, besides treat them with kindness and visit as much as your budget permits.
  8. You’ll have a boss who makes you feel like you’re nothing. It doesn’t have to be in a Devil Wears Prada way. The cruelty can be much more subtle. Don’t let them get to you though. They have no idea who the hell you really are and you’re probably going to have their job someday so…
  9. Doing drugs is fun until it’s not, until it starts affecting your life in negative ways and leaves you feeling guilty and wrecked. If that happens, you should stop doing them.
  10. You’re going to puke in public. It’s fine. No one cares. Just puke.
  11. You’ll know how to make twenty dollars last an entire week because you spent almost all of your paycheck on groceries at Whole Foods and drunk cab rides. This lesson in frugality will serve you well.
  12. You’re going to betray your convictions. You’re going to feel shame. You’re going to continue to put yourself in situations that aren’t good for you. And then, slowly but surely, it will become less frequent. It might not ever go away completely but it won’t be as bad. In the meantime, stop shame spiraling about it. It gets you nowhere.
  13. Loving yourself is hard. Hating yourself is harder.
  14. You’re going to hook up with someone who you would never touch in the daylight sober. Just don’t freak out too much about it. Consider it to be your good deed for the day.
  15. You’re going to have people in your life who are toxic. They may say that they love you, they may say that they have your back, but they don’t. Get rid of them.
  16. You’ll have moments with someone that are so intense, it’ll feel like you’ve been electrocuted back to life. You’ll hold on to these moments for a long time. They’ll give you hope when you’re going through the motions.
  17. You’ll always care about your first love. That doesn’t make you crazy, it just makes you human. When relationships end, it’s not so cut and dry. You carry everyone you’ve ever loved into every relationship thereafter.
  18. You’ll enter your twenties as a fashion disaster and (hopefully) leave them looking fantastic. If you don’t know how to put yourself together by then, I really don’t know what to tell you.
  19. You’ll realize that the Internet can be a cruel son of a bitch but, you know,
  20. So much of what you think matters doesn’t actually matter at all. It’s kind of rude. Like, thanks for making me believe in things that are ultimately so inconsequential, you jerk.
  21.  You’ll treat someone terribly. Whether it to be a lover or your friend, there’ll be someone whose feelings you take for granted. We focus too much on whether or not someone is hurting us. The reality is that we might actually be the one who’s hurting someone.
  22. Doing “grown-up things” doesn’t make you a grown up. Shopping for housewares, buying a plant, embracing domesticity — these things don’t create maturity. If you’re still a baby who hasn’t figured things out, you’ll remain a baby, no matter how many times you pay your rent on time.
  23. Don’t force yourself into loving anyone. If it’s not working in the beginning, it’s probably not going to work ever.
  24. You are so lucky to have everything that you have. Stop crying about an unreturned text message and get some perspective.
  25. Don’t go too long without having sex. Ever. TC mark