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Who is the Contemporary, Professional Stylista?

The U Blush Woman is vibrant, multi-faceted, and dynamic! She is best summed as the Contemporary, Professional, Stylista. Otherwise noted, CPS! But who is this woman we speak of? In the the modern world, women are busy and wear multiple hats. We have to juggle our professional life, getting higher education, and pursuing our careers. But that’s not all. We are woman, meaning we are human and we value our womanhood. We break up to make up, travel and eat, and enjoy being entertained. We value our health and wellness, enjoy fashion and looking good.

The CPS represents the balance between one’s professional life and personal interests. At U Blush we recognize the need to have a  platform and community for a well rounded reader. Should the contemporary woman feel fragmented? Should she go to one site for fashion, another for love, and another to be in the know about popular culture and entertainment? No!  The contemporary woman is not broken up into little pieces rather all of her multiple parts come together to make up who she is and that is execatly how her news and information should be – all in one place! The CPS is a full woman, and all her wants, needs, and interests are right at her finger tips at U Blush Magazine.

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Appreciating the Full Woman 

So when we say the Contemporary, Professional, Woman we pay homage the the multi-dimensional woman of today’s world who can rock heels to a board meeting which she heads, strut to happy hour with her her girls, only to come home to her man who takes them off. Or she may dance the night away with a new beau she meets at the hottest lounge, and come home to tell her girls all about it. Either way she is comfortable in her own skin, diverse in her interests and abilities, and valuable to her self and all those around her. She demands respect not so much through her words but through the self respect and humilty that she carries with her daily.

The contemporary professional woman knows how to weather the storms of life. She understand that life has its ups and downs and she has had her fair share of roller coaster rides. She maintains her dignity and respect by keeping faith and continuing to live as the best version of herself. Committed to growth and development she explores the world through travel, dining, and cultural experiences as well as reading and sharing intellectual and regular home girl conversations with old and new friends. The CPS is as strong as she is “weak”, able to put on her big girl shoes to rise to any challenge when the time calls but sheds tears and leans on a friends when its needed.

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The Contemporary Professional Woman is best described as

Bold in her appreciation of Love and the cycles of relationships from embracing her singledom, to enjoying the dating life, entering into relationships, and trusting the time for breakups. Her relationships romantically, with family and friends, and with herself are equally important.

Luxurious in her appreciation of Lifestyle through travel, exploration, fine dinning, and unique experiences. She may be born in the USA but this travelista has a passport and travels the world internationally! Even when she doesn’t she dreams of getting off American shores, researches distant lands, and plans to eventually make her international debut, just when the time is right!

Unique in her appreciation for entertainment. She knows how to relax, enjoy art, maybe even tap into her own creative sides. From watching the latest films, television shows, and listening to the latest music to an appreciation for independent art, this woman can escape the reality of life and appreciate arts imitation of it.

Sophisticated in her appreciation for maintaining her health and wellness. Recognizing that self care is important she seeks to live well through taking care of her mind, body, and soul  – nutritious eating, exercise, and inspirational writing can maintain her need for wellness.

Haute in her appreciation for fashion and make up. Yes this woman likes to look good and see’s her wardrobe and face as a means of sharing her beauty with the world. Her sense of style is a picture of what’s inside, it reveals inner parts of her because who she is shines bright in what she presents to the world.

Cheers to the U Blush Woman in You!

The Happenings: 12/01/2013-12/08/2013

Los Angeles

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What: Christmas Market – Holiday Bazar-Experience German culture!

Description: In Huntington Beach Old World Village there will be a festive celebration of German culture. A large selection of fun activities will take place revolving around arts and crafts. This is a free event and great for the family. Many German style dishes will be served. For the adults, German red wine can be enjoyed with these dishes. Santa Claus will be greeting the family and children will get to partake in face painting.

When: Sunday, December 8, 2013 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Where: Old World Village, 7561 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Cost: Free

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What: Divine Design 2013– Update your wardrobe and save a life!

Description: Interested buyers will be able to choose from designer clothing and items for the house. All of the money earned will be payed to Project Angel Food. Project Angel Food is an agency that is non-profit, and provides healthy food options for all (men, women, children) who are suffering from HIV/Aids, cancer, and other life threatening diseases. Such designer names as Kenneth Cole, Guess, Marc Jacobs, will be found at this event.

When: Thursday, December 5, 2013 6:00 pm-Sunday, December 8, 2013 8:00 pm

Where: 2nd Floor, 8767 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. CA 90211

Cost: $25.00 (per day) – $150.00 (ticket purchase)

San Francisco

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What: California Academy of Sciences Free Day- Education is key!

Description: Experience the four story rainforest exhibit where there are birds and butterflies. Nature is very beautiful, so why not take the time to appreciate it and learn from it. Not to mention, the experience is open to everyone on this day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity, you never know, your children may just be inspired and discover their career path!

When: Sunday, December 8, 2013 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco, CA 94118

Cost: Free!

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What: Increase Your Social Skills for the Holidays! [Workshop]—Develop a new you!

Description:  In a day and age where technology is dominating our everyday lives, this workshop could prove to be beneficial to many. Family is everything for many during the holidays, and reconnecting or getting to know our families is usually very comforting. Developing and working on ourselves makes us feel good, and family will notice the change during the holidays. There are so many of us who feel isolated and want to be more open and less fearful of holding a conversation or socializing. This is the workshop for those who want to work on themselves. Topics to be discussed: the law of attraction, how to manifest our own reality, how to be happy being you. You never know, trying new things could just change your life!

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Where: WeWork Golden Gate, 25 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Cost: Free!

Houston

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What: Tequila Wednesdays-Be social and have fun!

Description: Who would pass up on $5 tequila shots? Not just one type of tequila either, try a variety! Many of us will want to have some fun after slaving away at our jobs, or maybe to celebrate our accomplishments and be grateful for our hard work? You never know. This could be a new get together area for friends and family! Girl’s Night Out!!

When: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 8:00 pm

Where: Emmit’s Place, 4852 Benning Dr., Houston, TX 77035

Cost: $5 per shot + have fun

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Description: Celebrate with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership on a thirty minute boat ride. The boat can hold up to twenty one people, so act fast and get yourself and your family on the boat! Meet at Allen’s Landing.

When: Friday, December 6, 2013 5:00 pm – Saturday, December 21, 2013 7:30 pm

Where: Allen’s Landing, 1001 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77002

Cost: $5.00 – $7.00

New York City

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What: 14th Annual Winters Eve at Lincoln Square

Description: Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and sponsor Time Warner are having a festive celebration that is part of NYC history! There will be free jazz performances, dance exclusives, circus events, and all around fun! Not to mention diverse food options.

When: Monday, December 2, 2013 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Lincoln Square Winters Eve, 1841 Broadway Ste 1112, New York, NY 10023

Cost: Free, aside from food expenses

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What: Columbus Circle Holiday Market 2013-Shopping Galore!

Description: Event will take place at Columbus Circle Holiday Market, located in Central Park. This market has lots of food choices, gifts, clothes, and jewelry.  Bring your family and friends! There will be a lot of vintage items, and the food choices range from Hispanic dishes to Turkish food.

When: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 10:00 am – Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:00 pm

Where: Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Cost: Free!

Atlanta

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What: Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker- Experience a timeless masterpiece!

Description: Atlanta Ballet is presenting…The Nutcracker! Families alike have loved this musical and work of art for many years, so why not come to experience Atlanta’s rendition? Music and dance are a great way to ground the soul and to bond with family and friends. Get lost in this winter wonderland play.

When: Friday, December 6, 2013 7:30 pm – Sunday, December 29, 2013 7:30 pm

Where: The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30303

Cost: Price ranges from $20.00 – $120.00

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What: Sweet Dreams Couture Charity Fashion Show-Fashion is now! Fashion is you!

Description: The “Sweet Dreams Couture.” What is this exactly? This is a fashion event that exposes us, the audience, to the newest fashion designs and styles that are coming up this season. Be an insider to where the fashion industry is heading. Even students will get to express their talent and eye for fashion. Runway performances will take place and live music. Let’s encourage our youth, they are the gateway to the future!

When: Saturday, December 7, 2013 6:00 pm

Where: Colony Square Mall, 1197 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30361

Cost: Free! Bring an open mind!

The Best Man Holiday

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As some of us may recall, The Best Man, released in 1999, explored “life after college” – one of the most confusing and difficult times periods for any individual. We ask the questions: Who am I? Who do I want to be? Where am I going? And most commonly, What am I going to do with my life!? Thankfully as time passes we are presented with an answer and often times an unexpected one. Who would have thought a star athlete would marry his college sweetheart after discovering his best-friend stole one of the most beautiful gift she could have given him- Lance (Morris Chestnut) and Mia (Monica Calhoun). The reality that a once pushover high school teacher would fall in love with a stripper- Julian (Harold Perrineau) and Candace (Regina Hall). We never would have imagined that two rebels, who are completely disgusted by each other would end up under the same satin sheet- Quentin (Terrence Howard) and Shelby (Melissa De Sousa). Most surprisingly, we never thought a pair that seemed to yield such passion and tenderness would end up being “just friends” – Harper (Taye Diggs) and Jordan (Nia Long)- let alone that he would  marry “sweet sweet” Robyn (Sanana Lathan). But what happens when 15 years go by and dreams go unattained, pains simmers, secrets go unrevealed, and the reality of the world or should we say adulthood sets in – life happens.

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Brotherhood is a central theme of this film. Gathered around a pool table in what appears to be Lance’s “man cave,”  the fellas reminiscence on the good ol’ days and discuss life as they know it – love, sex, values and habits – things don’t seem so bad – and when things get a little sticky Quentin’s jokes certainly help to lighten the mood. An uncomfortable undertone settles as, Harper and Lance have not spoken in years, but stuck together for the Christmas holiday, at Mia’s request, the boys or should we say Lance attempts to play nice. After a delightfully sexy talent show (be on the look out lovelies), the two begin to bound. However, Harper, with his lovable, supportive and unfortunately sneaky personality, has a hidden agenda that just might send things south.

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There is something so beautiful in watching such a talented cast of actresses embody characteristics of the women we all hope to be. Robyn, so mother but snarky, Jordan, driven and intelligent, Shelby, as hot as a firecracker, Mia, so strong and wise, and Candace youthful and hilarious – this complication of characters allows each member of the audience to relate and connect on a personal level. And what if not to connect are movies for. Naturally you can expect that house full of women dealing with their own woes, cat fights are a guarantee – look out for “Shelby vs. Candace” Round 2!

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Still going strong, Mia and Lance have four beautiful children, a mansion in the hills – as it seems they have everything that they could ever hope for. On the surface, they are living the dream, the good life, but Mia slow in pace and Lances hardened heart gives the impression that something is off.

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The Best Man Holiday pays tribute to all mankind by reminding us how beautiful and precious life truly is. With moments that fill your heart with joy, your eyes with tears and your soul with uncontrollable laughter, this film displays the veracity of friendship, love and family.

The Happenings: 11/17/2013-11/24/2013

Los Angeles

 

What: We Run The City: USC vs. UCLA—Running for a cause!

Description: Run or Walk in this 5k athletic event. All proceeds go to the Special Olympics athletes of Southern California.  Anyone is able to participate, so grab a friend and get ready! The run will be held near the USC Campus. This is a great way to build friendships, get in great shape, feel good about yourself, and connect with your inner athlete.

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Exposition Park, 701 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Cost: $35 registration fee + medal + t-shirt

What: Disney’s THE LION KING: Relive the memory!

Description: A new Broadway rendition of the classic tale of a young lion cub named Simba, and his personal journey to become king of the Pride Land. Directed by Julie Taymor, who conducted such masterpieces as William Shakespeare’s: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the audience will be enraptured by the imagery and the plot of, The Lion King. The heartfelt song by artist Elton John, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” will be a memory to never forget as the allure of the plot unfolds. Families of all ages will love this musical.

When: Wednesday, 11/20/2013, 8:00 pm (Duration of showing: 2 Hours and 40 Minutes (including intermission) [November 20, 2013 -January 12, 2014(ongoing)

Where: Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Cost: Ticket purchase

San Francisco

What: Patchwork Show: Oakland Fall 2013—Discover your inner artist

Description: A display of various artistic displays that range from a handful of talented artists. Artisan food, which is food that is produced non-industrially and more home grown will be available, among varying workshops and arts and crafts activities. The Patchwork Show has marked its seventh anniversary. Items sold by the artists will include jewelry, ceramics, art for the home, and even art for children. This event is very beneficial to families as well as a great cultural experience.

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Jack London Square, 2 Broadway,  Oakland, CA 94607

Cost: Free!

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What: Japanese Kabuki Theatre on Film: Tribute to Shikan-Art in movement

Description: Japanese Kabuki Theatre is the performance of a classical Japanese dance combined with a dramatic story. This event/educational experience will dive deep into the style associated with Nakamura Shikan VII, who is considered to be a legend of Kabuki. The Kabuki theatre has been at the heart of Japanese culture in terms of art and expression, and even dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1867). Don’t speak Japanese? No worries! There will be an English translation, so don’t be discouraged.

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 2:00 pm

Where: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115

Cost: Free!

Houston

 

What: Free Pet Photos with Santa at Houston Humane Society-

Description: Pet owners! Bring your pet to the Houston Humane Society to have his/her picture taken with…Santa Paws! Children are welcome to be in the photos as well. Make this holiday season a festive one! The photo is free, but a donation of a pet food or toy is needed. All pictures are emailed to the pet owners.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Houston Humane Society,  14700 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77053

Cost: Free!

What: Yelp’s Grape Escape Wine Club! November What: A Thanksgiving Wine Up-A night to relax

Description: Thanksgiving Wine’s galore!

The wine distributor is the Plate and Bottle, and this company sells diverse wines. Stop by for wine tasting.

Admission & RSVP: Attendance is no cost and free, but hurry because space is limited. Every guest needs to RSVP first before attending.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Plate and Bottle,  5411 Morningside Dr., Houston, TX 77005

Cost: Free!

New York City

 

What: Yelp Passport UYE: Yoga Class at Mimi For Me Yoga Studio-Ground yourself and connect with your Chakras!

Description: Join your fellow yogis and ground yourself in this yoga event. Meditation and Yoga are a great method for naturally detoxifying the body of such stress hormones such as Cortisol, which is created from the body’s fight or flight response. The amount of people in the class will be a max of 10, so there is enough room to breathe and the atmosphere is calm. Anyone attending can rent a yoga mat for $1.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Mimi for Me Yoga, Mind & Body Wellness Studio, 76-11 37th Ave. 2nd Floor,   Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Cost: $10.00

What: “COMMON GROUNDS – Coffee Inspired Art from Around the World” Curated by Andrea Arroyo—Universal Thought!

Description: Bringing universal consciousness to the world! The main area of focus for this event is on the economic, political, environmental and social impact of the coffee trade. That cup of coffee your drinking originates from somewhere! Best to know just how its made. There will be a collection of masterpieces by artists from Mayan villages of Guatemala.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 10:00 am – Monday, December 2, 2013 5:00 pm

Where: The Grady Alexis Gallery, 2710 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Cost: Free!

Atlanta

What: Dr. Seuss Holiday Show Extravaganza- A merry Seusmass!

Description: This will be an event to discover the art work of the Dr. Seuss Collection, an untimely favorite of children alike. There will be Dr. Seuss books to buy, and some never before seen works by Dr. Seuss. Not to mention, there will be some yummy Dr. Seuss treats! Bring the family!

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Jackson Ann Galleries, 932 Canton St., Roswell, GA 30077

Cost: Free!

What: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Description: “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket…” Remember those words from the hit Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis? That’s right! Come out and celebrate these acclaimed artists. Both originated from Seattle, Washington. Now they are here to visit Atlanta!

When: Friday, November 22, 2013 7:30 pm

Where: The Arena At Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097

Cost: $29.50 – $49.50

8 Signs He Just Wants To…Fudge

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Let’s face it lovelies, sometimes the dating game isn’t always so pleasant. Finding a man that interests you can be difficult, especially when you have to sift through all the mess. How do you know when a man really is interested in getting to know you, for you, someone that is interested in more than your body. Some men are straight forward and they tell you like it is. Whether  you like it or not you know where he stands and you can choose to act accordinaly. But what about men who aren’t so straight forward, how do you know their intentions? We can’t read minds, but here are 8 signs that he may not be interested in you for the long run, and to keep it frank, he just may want your, let’s call it…fudge. 😉

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1. Late night calls: There’s not much you can really do after 11pm is there, especially on a work night?! If we continually calls you after hours, he may only be interested in doing things of the night. Yes lovelies, it may really just be a booty call.

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2. Text only: Yes, we are in the new millennium and texting is a normal means of communication. It serves a function -maintains communication without  much effort and can be a quick way to get an answer you want. But getting to know someone through texts only, can be quite difficult. Sometimes, picking up the phone is actually a sign that he wants to get to know you on a deeper level.

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3. Dating – In: A good home cooked meal can be quite tasty, and spending time watching television with your beau can be pretty relaxing and romantic. However, when you’re just getting to know a person, and the only place you see him is inside your home, that may tell you something. Perhaps you both are homebodies and that serves you well. But, it may also mean that he only wants to see you in private and to do private things. Just food for thought.

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4. “Let’s kick it”: My pet peeve! What does that mean? Kick a ball? Sure, soccer, tether, I like to play! But really, when a guy uses this phrase to me it reads that he doesn’t take you seriously. Basically I interpret that as “can I come over” or “you can come over” which brings us back to dating-in. Really what can come from that?

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5. Texts ain’t about nothing: As you can see, texting is a trend in this post. Texts that “ain’t about nothing” go a little something like this, “hey” “What’s up” “Nothing” “Chillin” “Cool” “okay” “good.” Basically, one line sentences. What’s the point? Try expanding your vocabulary and really tell me what you want.

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6. Goes M.I.A.: How many of you have had men that cycle in and out of your life? One minute he’s hitting you with the “let’s kick it,” or a one-liner, “what’s up” and then you don’t hear from him for two months. But good old faithful always comes back, the thing is, his game often does not change. I guess that only makes you insane for expecting something different, right

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7. Does not talk about the future: A men that sees you in his future will talk about it, pretty simple. And we’re not talking about those guys that sale you false dreams. We all know boys like that who say they will give you the world and don’t have a pot to piss in, leave them be. A man who wants you for the short run will use language as such. It doesn’t mean you can’t talk to him or that his feelings might not change, but just beware.

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8. Invites you to party, only: We already got an insider perspective on the ways men categorize women, fun and smart, pretty simplistic but it gets the job done. Well one way you know a man has put you into the “I want to just have fun with this girl” category, is if he only invites you to “fun” things. Now I know this may sound weird but hear me out. A man that really likes you and takes you seriously will probably want to share many parts of his life with you, fun things of course, but also serious and sensitive parts. If a guy only invites you to party, date-in, and nothing else, it probably means you’re in the fun space. Bottle popping might be fun, but what happens when the drink fizzles out?

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So Lovelies, here are some tall tell signs that a guy may really only be interested in the physical. It may not be the case all the time, but if this sounds familiar you may want to give it some thought. Now that you know, the ball is in your court. You may like fudge so it may be okay. Yes, sometimes, girls just want to have fun. The choice is up to you!

 

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