Flash Back Friday: Spice Girls

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends, make it last forever, friendship never ends…I was about 7 or 8 years old the first time I heard these lyrics on the radio. Wannabe is, hands down, one of my favorite song and still is. Friendship is the understatement for this song. It really makes you feel like you’re a Spice Girl. I knew this song before I even knew who the Spice Girls were. I adore the beat to the song and every time I hear it, it puts me in a good mood. I remember buying their CD and listening to it EVERYDAY! I would blast Wannabe multiple times throughout the day. I had that song on repeat, and I am surprised the back button did not break. My friends and I had every word to Wannabe memorized from the laugh in the beginning to the Zig a Zag Ahhh. We even made up dance moves to the song and would sometimes dress up to perform them. We would perform them for ourselves, families and friends. We performed in our living rooms, bedrooms and on the front lawn with our hairbrush microphones in hand.

There is one performance I remember the best . It was on at a father / daughter camping trip, the daughters had to perform a skit on Saturday night and we were going to perform Wannabe (of course)! We practiced Friday night, Saturday morning and afternoon, and then performed it that night. It was so much fun. Each girl was a Spice Girl. I was Sporty or Posh depending on my mood, but I can rocked the pout or track pants when I need to. Wannabe’s lyrics are about the value of friendship and that is what spoke to me as well as the Zig a Zag Ahhhh line.  Now that I am older I understand the lyrics more and the message of the song is about friendship and closeness between friends. If you want to be with someone, you have to get along with his or her friends too. Nothing can break that bond between true friends, i.e., “Friendship never ends…” I still love listening to Wannabe and I still sing and dance along to it. Every time I listen to it now I remember those times as kid and all the fun times this song brought and still does. I listened to this song while I was exercising and getting ready to go out. It gave me this rush and burst of energy and I usually sing along too. Even when I played it at home, I couldn’t sit still while this song plays. Though, it is arguable that this song is sexual. While reading the lyrics, I mean it is kind of obvious… the chorus is “If you wannabe my lover you’ve got to give.” Another part in the lyrics I found sexual was “We got Em in the place who likes it in your face, you got G like MC who likes it on E, Easy V doesn’t come for free, she’s a real lady.” G likes it on E? Well I’m pretty sure that is about drugs. I mean they are called the SPICE girls, not the sweet girls.

 What was your First Favorite Song?

A POP of Color

Peter Max is a multi-dimensional artist who became famous in the 1960s and early 70s for his pop artist (psychedelic) style and posters that converge to the mass media. Max gave the Art Nouveau style of the early 1900s a psychedelic makeover with a bright, acidic palette of hot pinks, yellows and greens. His bold colors and uplifting images have inspired others.

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It doesn’t get more American than neo – psychedelic artist Lisa Frank. She could be the cousin to psychedelic artist Peter Max, except her art was made for young girls during the 1980′s and 1990′s. Lisa’s artwork consists of neon rainbows, tigers, unicorns, pandas, dolphins and surfing penguins. Lisa Frank creates a cute and freaky world with images that populated school desks nationwide as spiral notebooks, stickers, pencils and erasers. I’m convinced that Peter Max is a close relative of Lisa Frank

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia really know how to “Shake It Off.”

Nurses, Patients, parents, a NFL Player and even a pooch help celebrate and spread awareness for Child Life Month with a little help from Taylor Swift and her hit song “Shake It Off.”

The video shows countless smiling faces moving to the beat, showing off their moves, and shaking off their worries. The video was created by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, fabulous Child Life team,  made up of Child Life Specialists, Child Activity Coordinators, Music and Art Therapists, teachers and dedicated volunteers (who I once called my second family).

Look closely and you will see NFL Player, and Camden, New Jersey native Devon Still and his daughter Leah even make an appearance around the 1:20 mark, as Leah received her cancer treatments at CHOP.

 

 

The hospital released an adorable video of its young patients, staffers and one notable athlete lip-syncing and dancing to the hit Taylor Swift song. Their touching tribute has already garnered more than 237,903 views since it was posted on YouTube on Thursday.

The Child Life team is part of the The Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy department. The department uses education, preparation, and supportive activities to help lessen stress, and assist children and their families cope and adjust with their experience at the hospital. Child life specialists work to make the experience more fun for children, but also really help with the hard stuff. They giving children new ways to express themselves when it’s hard for them to find the words to talk about how they’re feeling, like art, music and more. Almost all of the supplies and tools used by child life specialists are provided by generous donors, or philanthropic support.

To help give smiles to children at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, visit giftofchildhood.org.

 

 

Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist

When you think of Irish music what do you think of? Let me guess: bagpipes? fiddles? flutes? jugs? A bunch of drunk men sing at a pub and a boy name Danny?

Well, it’s time to change your thinking.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (and my own proud Irish heritage), I have complied a playlist of musicians who are Irish or play Irish Music. This playlist is ranges from Irish Pop music (B*Witched) to Irish Punk (Dropkick Murphy) to even Irish Country (Margo) To Irish Alternative (Hozier) and so much more. There are a few names and songs on the list that might be familiar to you but most of them will likely be new to you.

So grab yourself a green beer and ENJOY!!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!

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Feathers and Frills

Ginger Rogers had some serious style. Ginger Rogers liked to take part in the design of the clothing that she wore. One of the clothing pieces that she designed was an ostrich feather gown that she wore in a movie with Fred Astaire. Ginger Rogers wore the most incredible satin bodice/ostrich feather dress in Top Hat.  Look how the dress moves as Ginger dances cross the floor it is incredible and the fullness of the feather skirt made it appear like she was floating on a cloud.  Ginger Rogers’s style is still dancing around and you can channel the great Ginger Rogers in these truly inspired feather skirts.   The feather skirts that Glamour magazine displayed are glamorous wardrobe piece; interesting textures and materials make for great statement skirts. There are so many ways you can wear them. You can make it into an outfit fit for a cocktail party or dress it down for a fun casual date. So many options from a vintage rock and roll tee shirt and heels to a sequined top. Frilly feathers dress down or up and will make you want to dance backwards in high heels. tumblr_njyilhn8T11u1wl2go1_400 The simple elegance dress and skirt Taylor Swift​​ & Karlie Kloss​ are wearing in the March Vogue issue have a Ginger Rogers-ness to them. I can just picture this two fabulous outfit floating/dancing stunningly a ballroom or in a modern day remake of Top Hat. tumblr_njyilhn8T11u1wl2go2_540   Now all you will need is Fred Astaire.

10 Ways to Wear Green on St. Patrick’s Day without looking like a Leprechaun! 

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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and whether going out for green beer or avoiding being pinched at the office, finding a way to incorporate green into your wardrobe is a must but you also don’t want to look like you’re seeking out of a pot of gold.  Unless you going for the leprechaun look I would avoid wearing green from head to toe.

The key to incorporating green into your outfit for the day is not going overboard. Remember you don’t have to sacrifice your sense of style to celebrate the day.  Here are a few ways to look great while wearing green!

1. Necklaces: Don a lucky green necklace to make the ultimate statement on St. Patrick’s Day. Neutrals like white, grey, and black make the prefect backdrop for a stunning green statement necklace to be the center of attention!

2. Scarves:  A perfect spring accessory, especially when they are lightweight. A gorgeous scarf in a vivacious shade of green is just what you need to add a little “Luck of the Irish” to your look.

3. Handbags: A girl can never have too many bags, especially a stylish green one. 

4. Nail Polish: When I was younger, I remember it was tradition to always paint my nails green around St. Patrick’s Day. Changing your polish to green is the easiest (and my favorite) way to feel festive. 

5. Colored Jeans: Colored jeans are a great way to make a statement. Slip into your favorite pair of green skinnies and you’ll be more than covered on St. Patrick’s Day (no pinches for you)!

6. Stylish Top: Incorporate a green hue into your wardrobe in an unexpected way. Like a plaid shirt or bold blazer, it will look fabulous styled with a pair of denim jeans or a gorgeous skirt.

7. Hat:  Replace the U-G-L-Y beer cap with a more stylish Panama hat that will have others around you green with envy. Plus, you can wear it beyond the festivities, so the head-turning won’t stop.

8. IPhone Case:  If your are like me your phone is always with you and out so why not green it up a bit?

9. Shoes:  Let your shoes make a statement. If you have a pair of green shoes laying around, AWESOME!! If not, how about white shoes? They can be easily DIY.

10. Army Jacket:  We all know, St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t fall during the warmest of months (for most of us). Never fear; a stylish army jacket will come to the rescue.

Piece By Piece By Kelly Clarkson

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I just received Kelly Clarkson’s new album Piece by Piece. I have been a fan of Kelly Clarkson since her American Idol days. ( Fell like I just aged myself a little 🙂 ) I think Piece by Piece is one of Kelly’s best albums!!  It is has so many different sounds and styles, sounds people don’t expect from her, sounds that her other albums haven’t had. I feel like this is what she has been the album she has trying to make forever when it comes to style and sound.  Kelly’s other albums all have been amazing and they all have been pretty diverse, this one goes in so many directions. I am OBSESSED with it. You NEED to check it out NOW. Trust me and before you know it you will be sign along with it.

Uptown Funk Goes Country

Mark Ronson’s groove-heavy single “Uptown Funk” is an undeniable smash, and now it’s influencing even country artists.

Don't believe me, just watch. 

Thomas Rhett-Uptown Funk:

Billy Currington- Uptown Funk:

The Band Perry -Uptown Funk:

Drake White- Uptown Funk:

http://www.country925.com/media/play/drake-white-off-the-cuff-25843751/

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Cam – Uptown Funk:

Which one is you favorite??