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June 18, 2012


Right now, the temperature is just right. It never gets above 80 degrees, there’s little to no humidity and every once in awhile a warm breeze permeates the air deliciously cooling the skin. But living here in NYC, I know that this perfect summer weather won’t last all the way through until the fall. You see, there are many, many advantages to living in this here big apple but one downside is the humid weather that hits the city around the end of July and into August. It can only be described as a heat wave – a prolonged period of time where the temperature soars into the 90s and up leaving everyone hot, sticky and wilted. Now, I don’t mind the heat, if it wasn’t usually accompanied by humidity....


June 11, 2012


Trust me, as a writer, picking a name for your characters is something that we take seriously. Sometimes, the name comes easily, almost as if the character named themselves. Other times, it can be an agonizing decision – going back and forth. What sounds better? Is this character a Zadie or an Ann? Paul or Paula? Think about it, would Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz have been better as a Susan? It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? Scarlett O’Hara as a Clementine doesn’t have the same magic. Some character names are forever ingrained in our consciousness. Now, what do you think when you hear the name Summer? There have been a few Summers in our pop culture. Would a Summer by any other name still be as likable, or unlikable,...


June 8, 2012


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June 6, 2012


If you plan to practically live at the beach, then your beach bag needs to be pretty much fully stocked 24-7. Besides the pre-requisite towel, music/reading material, there are a few essentials that I always need to have on hand. Here’s a quick round-up of what’s living in my beach bag. 1. You better believe that a few spritzs of Evian Mineral Spray on an incredibly hot day feels like heaven to your skin. 2. We would all like to think that we look like a mermaid rising out of the water but let’s keep it real, tangles are inevitable, so a wide tooth comb is necessary to avoid breakage. 3. I’ve learnt the hard way how harsh the salty ocean can be to hair. A leave-in conditioner applied every...