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Bright Eyes

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Knowing how to work with a difficult eye shape can often be a bit challenging. I have selected four of the most common eye shapes my clients tend to have issues with. When it comes to applying eye shadow, a “one style fits all” approach is not ideal. The most important trick to playing up your eyes is using the right colors and techniques for these difficult shapes, whether your eyes are close-set, wide-set, or deep-set. Every tip below has a number chart to help you along the way. A highlighting shade will be a color that is usually light and shimmery to brighten up the eye and highlight the brow bone. A midtone shade is a color that is slightly darker than the highlighting shade and can be blues, greens, plums, or any other medium shade you desire. Your contouring shade will be a dark color—such as black—for a smokey eye, or deep plums, greens, grays, and blues. Color options are endless and the basic application principles always remain the same. With these easy to follow eye charts, you will master the technique for your eyes just like the pros! BY JAMIE O’NEILL
 
 
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Hidden Eyelid
The hidden eyelid is the most requested ‘how-to’ I am asked by my clients! A hidden eyelid is one where your natural crease is hidden by excess skin and it creates the appearance of a hood over the eyelid. This can occur with age or genetics. With a hidden eye lid, you should not use the lightest shades on the lid because it draws attention to the part of the eye that makes it more apparent. Remember, light brings things forward and dark pushes them back.  In the case of the hidden eyelid, using thick black eyeliner and lashes will really make the eyes pop. You may also choose to use a dark eye shadow and build upwards to blend it out—kind of like a smokey eye.
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Wide-Set Eyes
Just as the name implies, wide-set eyes can be described as eyes that have a space greater than the width of one eye between them. The overall goal with the wide-set eye is to visually ‘push’ the appearance of the eyes closer together. The basic color pattern will be darker colors on the inside of the eye, and lighter colors on the outside, a complete opposite of the close set eye application. You can sweep your contouring shade under the eye close to the lash line as you would apply eyeliner. To open up your eyes while still using dark colors, line your waterline with white eye liner.
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Deep-Set Eyes
If you have deep-set eyes you know that they can create unique makeup challenges. You will want to focus on using shades that brighten and open the eye instead of accentuating the natural crease that you already have. You will want to apply your highlighting shade on the lower lid. Next, you will want to sweep a mid-tone shade up and into the brow bone. This shade should not have too much color but should not be as light as the highlighting color. A light pink or light beige tone will be perfect. You will then use your contouring shade just on the outer crease and then gently sweep it under the lash line.  It is important to avoid using heavy eyeliner on the top lid, since the darkness will just create shadows. If you must wear eyeliner on the top, then keep it thin and as close to the lash line as possible.
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Close-Set Eyes
If your eyes are small, you will want to avoid using darker colors all over the lower lid. Remember that using lighter shades towards the middle and inner corners will make your eyes appear more open. If you apply darker shadows, keep the focus to the outer crease. Using dark all over will cause your eyes to look smaller and closed off.  The color application is laid out in the eye chart below. Remember that blending the shades together is necessary to achieve a seamless look.
Photographs courtesy of Mirabella

My Personal HELL (I Mean Remodel!)

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Okay—just so everyone knows, I practice what I preach and I put my money where my mouth is.
I was feeling bored as I looked around my house and had decided my super “designery” black floors—the ones that were of the “now” five years ago when I purchased and remodeled my house—where feeling ‘blah’! I wanted to warm up my house and give it a new, softer look. Out went the black, in came the soft gray whitewash and a sense of serenity… but the voyage to the serene floors was filled with angst, hair pulling, and straining my vocal cords!
My house is about 4,200 square feet, and that’s a lot of flooring! Here started my dilemma… how can I purchase floors that look like a million that cost me only a minor stroke? I went on the hunt like a savvy designer tigress prowling for the right ‘killer deal.’ Oh, and here’s another important detail I failed to mention… I had 30 days to redesign my kitchen with all new custom cabinets, counters, and appliances, put in all new floors throughout the entire house, and even paint. I had decided to go rent a house for the month by the beach and this was the only window of time I had to complete this work. I have learned this from experience that unless one is actively planning to achieve a total mental breakdown: do NOT do construction while living in your house when you have children!
So off to the races we went; I had one week to pick my floors and have them delivered to my house. This included the four days you need to let wood sit in your home to acclimate to the home’s climate! I have to say, there are some very impressive laminates on the market today that one can scoop at $3 a square foot. I was on the fence as to whether or not to do laminate, but in the end, I went with engineered wood. Engineered wood is more expensive but has a longer life and more of an authentic feel. I could not do unfinished floors that required sanding and staining because of my time restraints.

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Alright, one hurdle down: I had chosen what kind of flooring I wanted. I knew I wanted a soft gray with wide planks—a very popular color these days. I went all over my city, downtown, to the valley, to West Hollywood, and even went to places that, if it weren’t for my handy GPS in my car, I would still be driving around aimlessly trying to return to civilization.
Designing requires a lot of tedious exploration. You have to go find the right floors, they have to be at an acceptable cost, and since paint and floors always look different in your home than in the show room, you need to take the samples to your home so you can see how they work with your paint colors, lighting, etc. You have to bring samples home and live with them for a day to really get a feel of them.  This is a tedious process! I did it myself and on store number six I found my floors! They were a beautiful soft gray with hints of old world charm. I walked up to the counter confidently, shaking my tail feather with excitement that I had found my holy grail of flooring. I place the order and… NOPE! It was back-ordered for the next two months.
“Grey is so popular these days, we can’t keep it in stock!”  said the salesman.
Just as I was about to high-five myself and pat myself on my back, the salesman pulled the carpet right out from underneath me! I was not happy.
This is where I had to practice my breathing techniques from yoga (yes, I am that much of an LA cliché).  This continued, and all of a sudden, I was like Goldilocks… one floor was too expensive, one floor was too cheap-looking, one floor was back-ordered, and then when I thought it was hopeless… I found the one that was just right!
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AFTER


Here’s where all the pressure was coming from: it was Friday at this point and the workers were coming on Monday to install my floors… my floors that I hadn’t even ordered yet.  But they were perfect: these floors were $5 a square foot and looked like $20 a square foot and they would be delivered Monday. I placed my order, exhausted by the whole ordeal, ready to clap on the counter from all the pressure. I handed over my credit card and left feeling very proud of myself. I returned home to eat some food—something I had neglected doing all day. I was relaxing in my home when my phone rang at 5 p.m.
“Hi, Morgan, I have some bad news. We made a mistake on the floors. They will not be ready Monday. They are back-ordered for three weeks,” said the salesman. “Hello? …Morgan?”
The words that were in my head were not fit for the public! BACK to square one! I drove back to a store I had been in previously, where I had found some beauties that were slightly over my budget (these were desperate times!). I begged and pleaded for a deal and then reluctantly handed over my credit card. You know how when you hand it to the cashier there is that pause before you actually let go of the card, a minute tug of war? That happened.
In the end, everything worked out the way it is supposed to. I was very pleased with the end result and even though I had to fork over more cash than I was comfortable with, when I look at the before and after photos, I’m confident in my choice and have a sense of pride.
The kitchen was a whole other can of worms—but that you’ll have to wait on that story!  BY MORGAN BROWN

I Wanna Buy A House!

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I happened to be channel-surfing and landed on HGTV to get my “how-to fix.”  The show Selling LA had already started. I felt compelled to stay tuned because of what the featured real estate agent and owner of Steven Aaron Realtor Group, Steven Aaron, was saying. OK, I admit it wasn’t that at first. It was his vintage Cadillac that caught my eye, but, hey, whatever it takes for people to tune in, right?
The show covers properties in Los Angeles, but the information and principles that Steven brings forth apply to real estate across the country in any financial demographic. From selling to buying, decorating to renovating: he’s got it covered.
Viewers are taken through each episode on an adventure of sorts, each focusing on the sale process of his client’s home. Steven’s spiel of do’s and don’ts, along with a sales strategy and some psychology behind the buyers’ experiences, not only made sense, but also didn’t come across as typical sales hype.
I wanted to know more, sooo… I decided to grab an interview with this native Angeleno and expert in Southern California real estate for Cliché! I was also very curious to see if his on-screen persona of a straight-forward, focused, and warm personality matched in person. (OK it was on the phone, but the same “test” applied.) He not only passed my scrutiny, but displayed an easygoing sense of humor I didn’t get a chance to see on the show. BY MARINA ANDERSON
 
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Steven Aaron:  I don’t know that I can say there’s a specific formula to that. I think a lot of it depends on what’s going on in each city. When you’re talking about major cities, metropolis type of cities, then you’re dealing with a different animal than small towns because there’s so much demand for what’s going on to live in the big cities. Like right now, there’s a lot of building going on. I think that’s a really positive sign because that means investors are willing to spend money.
You’re talking about major companies and contractors who develop properties?
Yes.  What I think that’s really great about it is they see that there’s a need, there’s a demand, that there’s a shortage of housing in these big cities.
Would you say there’s an element of timing with real estate?
Everything in real estate is timing. Right now, we’re in an appreciating market. We have been the last 12-18 months. So what’s happened is investors, people who flip [homes], builders, developers, over the last 18 months, are grabbing properties because they see that that margin is there because properties are appreciating. To me, it’s an indication that the market has improved.
What price point properties are selling the fastest? 
They’re going to be “fixers.” They are blowing out! Eighteen offers, twenty-two offers…! These are fixers that the investors want to tear down and build. On top of that, the price points I think that are the absolute hottest are what I call “entry level” or lower price point levels in Los Angeles. (It was noted that “entry level” home prices vary per area. West side prices differ from the valley, etc. for “entry level.”) If the house is done, staged and beautiful, it will sell immediately.
Wow. So the real estate market in general is on the rebound?
Absolutely.
What is staging a house?
Staging a property is where we bring in furniture, art, rugs, and accessories. It is marketing, it is set design. It creates the magic. The objective is for the buyer to have an emotional response to the home, to connect with it. Then it detracts from some of the negatives. It also has to be priced right.
What’s a good strategy or advice when placing a bid on a house you know already has offers? What components in an offer make it most appealing to the seller (i.e. more money down, all cash but offer less money)?
You must have the cleanest offer possible. This means that the seller is going to pick an offer that is the least likely to fall out of escrow and will close. Least number contingencies possible. Do your inspection up front. This will demonstrate to the seller you are serious! Get a formal approval with your lender so you do not have a loan contingency, if possible.
Do you ever do something like feng shui a home or if it isn’t selling, sage or other metaphysical “ceremonies”?   Other tips/things to do if a house isn’t selling? 
If a home is not selling, it is a price/value issue. You must listen to the market and make a price adjustment. I would also see if there is anything that can be done to improve the way the home shows, and minimize any negatives.
I noticed that for the broker viewings you serve food and… were those margaritas I saw on the show?  How important is it to do this? Not the margaritas (haha), but serving a party-like atmosphere?
It depends on the property. By serving food, people stay longer and get to experience the space as if they are a guest. Usually agents are in and out as they have many properties to view. This slows them down.
DANG! That’s clever! Tell me about your experience filming Selling LA.
Selling LA has been a great experience. I am very passionate about my work so it has been exciting to add television as one on the avenues of branding my business and show what we do for our clients.
 
For more info and videos on Steven and Selling LA: stevenaaronrealtor.com
For more info on Marina, visit: www.MarinaAnderson.net

Glam Gala: The Brent Shapiro Foundation

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Marina Anderson and Elliot Mintz


What could be better than a balmy night in Beverly Hills, a slight breeze through the palm trees under a cascade of stars, food catered by Wolfgang Puck, a fashion show, great conversation, A-list celebrities, top echelon socialites and media, glitz, and glamour…? The benefit for the Brent Shapiro Foundation for drug and alcohol awareness, founded by famed attorney Robert Shapiro and his dedicated wife, Linelle, had all that, and more!
Over 1,200 people attended the star-studded summer spectacular gala event held September 7 in Beverly Hills. Each year, the event focuses on sobriety, strides of recovering addicts, and celebrating life to its fullest. This year’s event raised $500,000!

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Shuttles took patrons from parking to the 40,000 sq. ft. palatial estate, owned by Mei Sze Chan and Jeff Greene, where guests schmoozed the night away and dined on the scrumptious cuisine.  Red velvet cake, assorted cookies, and chocolate-dipped strawberries were to scream for as everyone “ooooh’d” and “ahhhh’d” over a jaw-dropping fashion show by G Haute Couture.
The evening was highlighted by Master of Ceremonies, television personality Pat O’Brien’s participation, actor Robert Davi’s charming us all with Sinatra favorites, and a live auction, which included once-in-a-lifetime events as well as prized art (Douglas Kirkland, Bradford Stewart), jewelry (Swiss Jewelry House of Avakian), dream vacations (Diamond Resorts International) and even a pure-bred Cocker Spaniel puppy!

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Ted Danson was honored for Angels at Risk, and perhaps the most touching and inspiring moment of the evening was not only the Shapiro’s own personal story of the tragic loss of their son Brent to drug and alcohol use, but that of Harry Hamlin, who recounted his own family history of tragedy and personal battles. Hamlin (accompanied by his vibrant celebrity wife Lisa Rinna), was honored by the foundation for his accomplishments in overcoming his obstacles. Two college-bound, sober students from the Phoenix House were also honored with fully-funded scholarships to continue their education.
The foundation’s vision is to bring awareness, compassion and support to those who suffer from the fear, grief, and helplessness caused by the disease of drug and alcohol abuse in order to help turn their lives around.  In Boyle Heights, the Shapiro Foundation recently launched “Brent’s Club,” which offers educational incentives to kids who “do the right thing” by remaining in school and staying clean. BY MARINA ANDERSON
Visit brentshapiro.org for more information and news on future events!

Fashion Inspirations On Instagram

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Instagram is one of the most used mobile applications in the world. It has been a great material for exposure and micro-blogging in all varieties, especially in the fashion industry. Top brands and prominent fashion personalities have created their own Instagram accounts to update their customers with their newest collections, events, and personal tastes. Through this, it became easy for the people to find style muses, which helps the aspiring fashionistas cultivate in the same expanse. Here’s a list of the style influencers that you should start following:

1.     STYLESCRAPBOOK

Andy Torres is a Mexican freelance stylist blogging from Amsterdam. www.stylescrapbook.com is a personal blog about Andy’s style, places she visits, how she translate the trends and merely her outfits.


Photo from @stylescrapbook on Instagram.
 

2.     LUSTTORLIFE

Olivia Lopez is a college student and fashion blogger. She is the owner of her vintage shop www.shopthecaravan.com. Her website www.lusttforlife.com is full of her stylish looks and wanderlust adventures.


Photo from @lusttforlife on Instagram.

3.     SONGDANI

Dani Song is a graduate of Vidal Sassoon and lover of life! She has been styling and cutting the hair of several clients based in Los Angeles. She is the sister Aimee Song, one of the top bloggers who loves to travel for fashion. Her inspirations are Giuseppe Zanotti, Rihanna, and Balmain.


Photo from @songdani on Instagram.

4.     SONGOFSTYLE

Aimee Song is a California blogger and interior designer who began blogging in 2008 while studying Interior Architecture in San Francisco. She is one of the Internet “IT Girls” with over a million Instagram followers.


Photo from @songofstyle on Instagram.

5.     HAPATIME

Jessica is a 27 year old half Japanese, half Caucasian artist and fashion lover. She lives in the Northern (South) Bay Area of California. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Advertising and a minor in Studio Art in 2010.Her blog is www.hapatime.com.


Photo from @hapatime on Instagram.

6.     CHIARAFERRAGNI

Chiara Ferragni was born in Cremona 25 years ago and currently a law student at Bocconi university. She started blogging in 2009, www.theblondesalad.com is a personal style and travel diary. Her Instagram has over a million followers.


Photo from @chiaraferragni on Instagram.

 7.     WILLAMAZING

Willabelle Ong  is an Australian based full time student and writer behind the fashion blog, Pale Division (www.paledivision.com). Willabelle is also an ambassador for Australia’s Shop Til You Drop magazine, and a contributing writer for Singapore’s Designaré titles.


Photo from @willamazing on Instagram.

8.     THENATIVEFOX

Jennifer Grace is a fashion blogger of www.thenativefox.blogspot.com. She showcases a classy style and has really versatile outfits.


Photo from @thenativefox on Instagram.

9.     KRYZZZIE

Kryz Uy is a fashion blogger of www.kryzuy.com who resides in Cebu City, Philippines. She is also a  Creative Director of WAGW (What A Girl Wants), a chain of retail boutiques in the Philippines. She loves to travel to meet new people and experience different culture.


Photo from @kryzzzie on Instagram.

10.  GARYPEPPERGIRL

Nicole Warne is a fashion blogger, model, stylist, consultant and creative director. She is a multi-talented girl who has worked with a lot of top fashion brands in the world. She started blogging for garypeppergirl.com in October 2009.


Photo from @garypeppergirl on Instagram.

About Time Movie Giveaway!

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ABT-1SheetCliché Magazine has teamed up with Universal Pictures for an ABOUT TIME movie giveaway you don’t want to miss!
One (1) winner will receive:
$50 Visa gift card to experience About Time with someone special at the movies!
Prizing courtesy of Universal Pictures
ABOUT TIME
Universal Pictures
In select theaters November 1
HOW TO ENTER:
1) Leave a comment on this entry with your e-mail address! OR
2) Retweet the official entry tweet on Twitter! @clichemag
*Doing both will double your chances of winning!
This giveaway will end on Sunday, October 27 at 11:59 PST. The winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted on Monday, October 29.
This giveaway is open to US residents only. Good luck to everyone who enters, and check out the official movie trailer here!
 
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About the Film
For more than three decades, filmmaker Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral) has crafted his signature voice in the world of movies and television, giving audiences unforgettable characters who have alternately allowed us to laugh at our ever-so-human foibles and to share a tear at the extraordinary journeys that accompany our ordinary lives.
Now, with About Time, Curtis gives us his most personal film to date.
At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time…
The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life—so he decides to make his world a better place… by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again—and again—but finally, after a lot of cunning time traveling, he wins her heart.
Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches and to save his best friend from professional disaster. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous, too.
About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.
Genre: Comedy
Release:   November 1, 2013
Rating: R
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie
Written and Directed by: Richard Curtis                        
Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nicky Kentish Barnes
Executive Producers: Richard Curtis, Liza Chasin, Amelia Granger

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: BOOM SASON

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Boom Sason is a fashion designer from the Philippines who studied various courses before she launched her first collection. She studied fashion design at Instituto Marangoni and acquired a double diploma for women’s wear and beach wear at Milan’s Instituto di Moda Burgo. She correspondingly received certificates for Fashion Design & Marketing and Public Relations & Fashion Label at Central Saint Martins in London.Want more? She also studied design courses at First Media Design School in Singapore and Stockholm University in Sweden. No wonder why her collections turn out to be a knockout, showing European impact and a true exquisiteness of a women’s body.

As an emerging Filipino designer, Sason captured the eyes and curiosity of the people who view her creations with an upright point. According to her bio on Instagram @boomsason, “A current edge and sexy runs through all my collections that reflects my core understanding of what it means to be a woman. That will never change”.

Here are some of her designs that delimit her belief.


                                    Visit her website to see more of her designs www.boomsason.com.

Photos courtesy of www.boomsason.com

Five Books To Read This Fall

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There is no better time of year to curl up with a hot cup of coffee and your favorite book than Fall and sometimes, getting suggestions for a good book can be tough.  Here are some must-reads that will have to get your hands on for the chilly seasons ahead.

 

 10047589Girls in White Dresses – Jennifer Close

A coming of age book for any girl in her twenties, Entertainment Weekly called Girls in White Dresses “Remarkably relatable. . . . Close’s debut is an addictive, thoughtful, slice of life.”  Isabella, Mary and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married, even their friends they never dreamed of walking down the alter.  Bridal shower after bridal shower, they play meaningless games, drink champagne and squeal over less than exciting gifts at each event.   Through all of this, the reader gets a look into each of these girls lives, situations that are all too relatable to many twenty something’s today: Isabella is stuck at a job she hates, Lauren is waitressing at a midtown bar, watching her life pass before her eyes and Mary is dating a nice guy with an awful mother.  Jennifer Close does a marvelous job of giving us an inside look of the joys and woes of early adulthood by pulling us into a circle of friends that you can’t help but relate to.




Doctor_SleepDoctor Sleep – Stephen King 

Just in time for Halloween, Stephen King returns to bring us the sequel to one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining.  The book follows the story of middle-aged Dan Torrance (the young boy from The Shining) and a very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.  The True Knot tribe seem harmless – mostly older folk and married to their RVs.  However as Dan Torrance knows and twelve year old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasimortals, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.  The novel is an epic war between good and evil and when Dan sees Abra’s spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, it reignites his own turmoil and summons him to battle for Abra’s soul and survival.  This book is a must read for Stephen King fans everywhere.





whitney_whenyouwerehere_hcWish You Were Here – Daisy Whitney

This book will have you crying at page one.  After Danny’s mother loses her five year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation, he uproots his life to Tokyo, where his mother was going for treatment, when he gets a letter from his mother’s property manager.  Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother’s memory and make sense of her final months, which seem to be filled with more joy than Danny was ever aware of.  He begins to understand how it may not have been the ancient magic or mystical treatments that his mother was receiving, but maybe the secret of how to live life was in how she died.  Wish You Were Here combines the two most powerful forces known to man – death and love along with humor, raw emotion and a strong voice.





15745753Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

Funny, hopeful and a complete tear jerker, Eleanor and Park is set over the course of one school year in 1986 when two star-crossed misfits meet..  The two have an awkward first encounter but initially bond over their love of comics and 1980’s alternative music.  Eleanor comes from an abusive home life, where she seeks refuge in Park’s companionship as a friend and love interest.  Through Eleanor and Park’s alternating voices, readers get a glimpse and will be reminded of the romantic yet hilarious aspects of first love.  It will be extremely difficult for the reader to not get nostalgic about his or her own first love and how hard it pulled them under.







The_Fault_in_Our_Stars The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

As one of my favorite authors, John Green goes above and beyond with The Fault In Our Stars.  The novel is written in the perspective of 16-year-old Hazel Lancaster who suffers from terminal lung cancer.   When she meets gorgeous and charming Augustus Waters at a Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s life is unexpectedly turned upside down for the better.  It is hard not to fall in love with both characters as Green makes them feel like they are both real people, not fictional characters.  Readers get an inside look at what its like to live with cancer, but the author celebrates life and love consistently throughout the book.  It is filled with heart-swelling emotion, raw honesty, and even an irreverent sense of humor.





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Make Your Own Face Masks

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Want to do something fun while also making your skin look fabulous? Here are some super awesome (and messy) recipes for homemade face masks! Each recipe makes enough face mask for one person, so add to the recipe if you want to try this out with friends!
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Avocado Face Mask
-1/2 avocado
Options (choose one):
-1 tsp. honey
-1/2 banana and 1 egg yolk
-2 tbsp. oatmeal
Mash the avocado and mix with the ingredient of your choice. Leave the mask on for ten minutes, then rinse off.
Oatmeal Face Mask
-1/4 cup plain oatmeal
-1/4 cup water
-2 tsp. honey
Variations (choose one, if you’d like):
-2 tsp. applesauce
-2 tbsp. plain yogurt
-1 tbsp. lemon juice
Grind the oats in a blender (not totally necessary, but a good way to avoid big clumps of oatmeal). Add water, as needed, until mixture is thick and gooey. Then, add the honey and the other ingredient from the list above. Leave the mask on for ten minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Egg White Face Mask
-1 egg white
Optional:
-1 tsp. lemon juice
-1 tsp. olive oil
Separate the egg white from the yolk. Mix the egg white with lemon juice or olive oil, if you’d like. Apply mixture to face and leave on for fifteen minutes, or until the mask is dry. Rinse or peel the mask off.
These face masks are fabulous and relaxing! Use them on a cozy night in or at a sleepover with friends, and you’re bound to have a blast!
Feature image courtesy of Livin’ Spoonful on Flickr

Fall Nail Polish Trends

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Fall is here, and that means it’s time to put the bright, summery nail polish colors away and focus on what’s hot for fall. As always, fall is a great time to wear dark-colored nail polish, like dark purples and greens, and even black. A timeless favorite fall trends are darker oranges, reds, and, if you’re feeling daring enough, browns.
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This fall, patterned nails are super popular. Try out some different patterns, like tribal, polka dots, and stripes. Be bold. You can get really creative with this, but if you don’t have the patience to paint every nail with an intricate design, just do a design on your ring finger.
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Sparkles are another great way to stand out this fall. There are two ways to do this: you can either buy full glitter polish and paint your nails entirely with that, or you can use sparkle polish to put on top of a solid color. A great idea is to use a fall-colored polish, like a dark red or orange, and make it stand out by using a brighter colored sparkle polish on top.
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If you’re feeling a bit more daring this fall, you can try out some metallic colors. These are really popular right now. Golds and coppers look really nice, and the bonus is that they match almost everything. These fall nail polish looks are all subtle, simple, and stunning, so don’t be afraid to give them a shot!
Photos courtesy of Rie (NailsandNorms) on Flickr

Beautiful Lines: An Interview with Songwriter Anna Scouten

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YouTube has become famous as a gold mine for hilarious cat videos, make-up tutorials, and auto tuned news casts. But every so often, it provides a platform for talented artists who deserve their time in the spotlight.  Anna Scouten, Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter, is one of these gems that has been allowed to sparkle.  Though she started as a cover-artist strumming her guitar in front of a webcam, in the past four years she has received hundreds of thousands of hits on her videos.  Anna recently released her first EP, recorded a music video for her song “Monsters”, and featured in the music video for the song “What Have I Done?” with artist Joshua Hyslop.  At only 20 years old, Anna has managed to carve her name into the grains of the music industry and she is far from finished. BY DANIELLE BRADLEY

 

Cliche: How did you get into making videos for YouTube? What encouraged or inspired you?

Anna Scouten: A parent at my music school first suggested the idea to me and I just decided to try it out. I never ever ever thought it would lead to such great things.

How do you think YouTube propelled your musical career?

It’s brought me into contact with some really great opportunities. The song I did with Joshua Hyslop was such a great experience that probably wouldn’t have happened without YouTube. And through that experience I’ve met my manager and producer, Tyler Johnson, who has been such a force in my music career. Also being able to have people listening from all over the world is so cool!

How long have you been playing the guitar and singing? Do you play any other instruments?

I started taking guitar lessons from my neighbour when I was 11 or 12 and with that I started singing. I’m part of a very musical family so music has always been a huge part of my life and we always had instruments lying around the house – it was inevitable that I’d pick one up and start dabbling around. I also play the banjo and piano a bit, basically most string instruments I can tinker around on but I am definitely no expert!

On YouTube, you cover a variety of lesser-known musicians such as Bright Eyes, Bon Iver, and Feist.  How have these and other musicians influenced and inspired your music?

Those particular artists have inspired me a lot, especially when I was first beginning to play music. Feist is such a wonderful songwriter and musician; it’s hard to not get inspired by her music! Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes has always been a lyrical influence for me; he has a crazy way of putting huge concepts and ideas into beautiful lines that I’ve always found cool. Bon Iver makes the most heartbreaking thing sound lovely, but more than that I like that the members don’t just stick to the heartbreak lullabies, but they have their own cool projects going. It makes me realize you don’t always have to be one thing.

After performing covers for quite a while, what are your intentions in recording this self-written EP?  In other words, what do you hope to accomplish as a musician/songwriter?

The idea with the EP was to basically just see what happens! I want to pursue music and see where that takes me so this seemed like the place to start. In the long run, I hope it leads to a life with a lot of music and a career in doing what I love.

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The greatest thing ever! We didn’t really have a plan (I hate planning things), so we just had some musicians and friends come in and see what they could contribute and it ended up coming together pretty nicely! I’m pretty uncomfortable performing to be honest, so it took some time to get used to playing in front of people so often. Once I got over that, the rest was breezy!

Why did you decide to keep the cover of Feist’s “Intuition” on your EP?

I just love that song so much. I think it’s so powerful in a subtle way (cheesy line but true!). The lyrics don’t read in a linear way so it’s easy to not understand it fully until you really listen and I think that’s so cool.

How does it feel to have a completed EP of your own songs out for purchase?

It feels really wonderful. It’s a little scary too, having things that are so personal just floating about out there, but it does feel like a huge accomplishment!

Often times, an EP will lead to a full-length album…is that a possibility in your future?

Definitely! I can’t wait to get back to recording. I hope many full-lengths are in my future!

What has it been like juggling life as a student while recording and producing an EP?

It’s been a bit of a challenge. Firstly with time, I don’t have as much time as I’d like to have to spend on writing or playing shows. Also when I’m in school-mode, my head is just in a different mind space I guess. I get used to thinking in an academic way that I find it harder to think creatively so I’m really excited for graduating and being able to put all my energy into music!

Although you mostly play local shows in Canada, are you planning to do any US touring in the future?

I hope so! I would love to do that. I only have one year left in school and then I would love to do some touring either in Europe or the US. Or both!

What advice would you give to beginning artists such as yourself?

I would say to stick to your guns! It’s easy to get swayed by fancy people telling you where to go and what to do when you’re just a little guy.  You think they know more, but it’s so important to follow your gut and do what you want!

 

Check out Anna’s video for “Monsters” from her new EP!

Photo courtesy of Ed Gumuchian

Album Cover courtesy of Julia Bendtsen

Video courtesy of Phil Creamer

Hydrate Your Fall

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With a health craze sweeping the nation, It’s important to stay informed about what is and isn’t good for your body. Now, if you know anything about your body, you know it can’t survive without water. Since this isn’t a secret and plastic water bottles are convenient, America has spent billions of dollars getting rid of waste from the sudden rise of plastic water bottles. Luckily, Cliché has had the amazing opportunity to find a product that not only reduces the amount of waste we accumulate but also saves us money! I’m talking about Sigg bottles.
Sigg is a company that has produced water bottles for over 100 years. Their aim is to produce “ecologically sound, reusable and ultimately, easily recycled” bottles that not only are safe for the environment, but also chic!  Recently, they’ve revamped their bottle with a new liner to make it more human and environmentally friendly. This new liner makes the bottle neutral to any liquid it contains, in addition to no metallic taste from the bottle itself. This means there won’t be a residual taste from the protein shake you had this morning in your water at the gym tonight.
Although all of this is amazing, my favorite thing about Sigg bottles are the chic designs that make carrying them around a reward and not a chore! With brand designs like Hello Kitty and Tony Hawk, as well as subtle designs, everything from chic to solid colors, there is a bottle for everyone. They even offer wide mouth bottles so it’s easy to add ice cubes. I chose the white bottle with gold feathers and the white snow leopard bottle, and I can’t even begin to talk about how many compliments I’ve received. I’ve dropped my bottle, left it in my car overnight, and carried it around continuously all day, and it still looks good as new. There are a lot of other bottles out there, but Sigg has exceeded all my expectations and has definitely released a great product.
Sigg bottles retail for around $18.99 – $28.99 .
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Photo courtesy of SIGG Switzerland.