Summer Breeze – Fashion Show – Calhoun Beach Club

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Relax and enjoy a stylish evening… As we prepare to welcome summer, Fashion Group International of Minneapolis St. Paul is planning a stylish evening show casing the best swimwear & summer wear offered by local boutiques, with stylish accessories by local designers. These top trends will be modeled on the rooftop poolside at the Calhoun Beach Club.

We hope you’ll join us…

Buy Tickets
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-breeze-rooftop-fashion-show-tickets-11493837377

Special Thanks…
Calhoun Beach Club
MC – Ali Kaplan & Grant Whitaker
Stylist – Richard Moody
Hair & Makeup – Susan Swanson
Music – Vaughn Lovely
Photography – Chris McDuffie
Aviv Vodka
Eyemusement
Realia by Jen
Nani Nalu
J. W. Hulme Company
The Bow Tie Shoppe
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Bumbershute
Motto
Atmosfere
Tommy Bahama
MINQ
Urban Eatery
Honest-1 Auto Care

Presented by Fashion Group International of Minneapolis / St. Paul and co-sponsored by The Calhoun Beach Club & Aviv Vodka

Dandies Project Press

The Dandies Project is creating positive buzz.  Check out some of the media coverage below.

“The Dandies Project” is a hardback, full-color photo book of Twin Cities men of color who, according to the project’s visionary exemplify class, style and sophistication. Complete with the gentlemen’s bios, the book tells a story with pictures and words.”

The Dandies Project: New coffee table book highlights fashion-forward men of color
By Harry Colbert, Jr., Insight News

Added Moody, “If we can get young men to understand it’s about application. You don’t need to have a lot of money to have style, but you have to have a style to present yourself with to get in the door.”

Fine and dandy: New photo project spotlights stylish men of color
By Jahna Peloquin, The Journal

Don’t forget to like the Dandies Project on Facebook

Visit the Dandies Project Website.

 

Nicole Henry at the Dakota Jazz Club

“I had the sense of being in the presence of a pop-soul superwoman whose every gesture and inflection conveyed confidence and mastery…. time and again she invested familiar songs with an extra fillip of conviction and made you reconsider the words.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“…the vocal love-child of Whitney Houston and Sarah Vaughan.” – Jordan Levin, Miami Herald

Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the most acclaimed entertainers in jazz. Her powerfully expressive voice and her soulful, sophisticated and uplifting energy has earned her three top 10 albums. Adding to her vocal talents, Nicole’s beauty and on-stage rapport combines confidence, sincerity and a touch of sass, confirming her as an all-around beguiling performer to audiences in over 15 countries.

Nicole Henry, vocals
Terry Burns, bass
Joe Elliott, guitar
Sean Turner, piano
David Chiverton, drums

Her 2004 debut CD release, The Nearness of You, won considerable attention from audiences and critics in the U.S. and in Japan, where they named Nicole Best New Jazz Artist of 2004. The following year, Nicole’s Teach Me Tonight reached #1 in Japan and was named HMV Japan’s Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2005. Finally, 2008′s The Very Thought of You substantially expanded her American audience, reaching #7 on Billboard’s jazz chart.

Growing up in a musical family in Bucks County, PA, Nicole immersed herself in the arts early on, singing in school and church, and studying cello and ballet. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Communications and Theatre, Nicole launched a successful acting career, appearing in commercial roles as well as a series of voiceover assignments. But she directed her strongest passion toward the development of her full-time singing career which was quickly rewarded in her present hometown, when the Miami New Times named Nicole “Best Solo Musician 2002.” She continues to be a winner on every stage she graces.

Get your tickets at http://dakotacooks.com/event/nicole-henry/

BIKE 4 WILLIE

Come out to Bike 4 Willie, a benefit fundraiser for Willie Shuford.

Willie has been diagnosed with a rare cancer known as multiple myeloma and is in need of medical assistance. Willie has been a successful flight attendant for 30+ years. The treatments for this rare blood cancer is very costly, this is your chance to reach deep into your pockets and help this wonderful man.

Bike 4 Willie is a fundraiser event that will bring many together to tune up your bike, go for a ride, and enjoy a buffet.

1:00-2:45pm
Meet up your fellow riders for a free bike clinic outside of Tin Fish Restaurant at 3000 E Calhoun Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
2:45-5:00pm
Take a casual ride around Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet.
5:00-8:00pm
Silent Auction and Buffet Dinner at Uptown Tavern and Rooftop at 1400 Lagoon St, Minneapolis, MN 55408.

$50 to participate in the whole day
$20 to attend the silent auction and buffet dinner only

All donations can be made payable to Humbleslice LLC

If you are interested in volunteering at Bike 4 Willie, have questions about the event or want to share words of support to Willie Shuford, please email info@iammoody.com

22 Habits of Happy People

By Dr. Mercola
Many people spend their lives waiting to be happy. You may think, “if only I had more money,” or “could lose weight,” or you fill in the blank, then I would be happy.

Well here’s a secret: you can be happy right now. It’s not always easy, but you can choose to be happy, and in the vast majority of circumstances there’s no one who can stop you except for yourself.

The truth is, happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks or even a perfect relationship. Happiness comes from within. This is why, if you truly want to be happy, you need to work on yourself, first.

22 Positive Habits of Happy People

What’s the secret to being happy? You can learn how to do it, just as you can learn any other skill. Those who are happy tend to follow a certain set of habits that create peace in their lives; if you learn to apply these habits in your own life, there’s a good chance you’ll be happy too.

The featured article compiled 22 such behaviors that you can use to enhance your life and your happiness:

1. Let go of grudges
Forgiving and forgetting is necessary for your own happiness, as holding a grudge means you’re also holding onto resentment, anger, hurt and other negative emotions that are standing in the way of your own happiness. Letting go of a grudge frees you from negativity and allows more space for positive emotions to fill in.
2. Treat everyone with kindness
Kindness is not only contagious, it’s also proven to make you happier. When you’re kind to others, your brain produces feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin and you’re able to build strong relationships with others, fostering positive feelings all around.
3. Regard your problems as challenges
Change your internal dialogue so that anytime you have a “problem” you view it as a challenge or a new opportunity to change your life for the better. Eliminate the word “problem” from your mind entirely.
4. Express gratitude for what you have
People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater optimism and even better physical health.
5. Dream big
Go ahead and dream big, as you’ll be more likely to accomplish your goals. Rather than limiting yourself, when you dream big you’re opening your mind to a more optimistic, positive state where you have the power to achieve virtually anything you desire.
6. Don’t sweat the small stuff
If the issue you’re mad about will be irrelevant a year, a month, a week or even a day from now, why sweat it? Happy people know how to let life’s daily irritations roll off their back.
7. Speak well of others
It may be tempting to gather around the office water cooler to get and give the daily gossip, but talking negatively about others is like taking a bath in negative emotions; your body soaks them up. Instead, make it a point to only say positive, nice words about other people, and you’ll help foster more positive thinking in your own life as well.
8. Avoid making excuses
It’s easy to blame others for your life’s failures, but doing so means you’re unlikely to rise past them. Happy people take responsibility for their mistakes and missteps, then use the failure as an opportunity to change for the better.
9. Live in the present
Allow yourself to be immersed in whatever it is you’re doing right now, and take time to really be in the present moment. Avoid replaying past negative events in your head or worrying about the future; just savor what’s going on in your life now.
10. Wake up at the same time every morning
Getting up at the same time every day (preferably an early time) is deceptively simple. Doing so will help regulate your circadian rhythm so you’ll have an easier time waking and likely feel more energized. Plus, the habit of rising early every day is one shared by many successful people, as it enhances your productivity and focus.
11. Don’t compare yourself to others
Your life is unique, so don’t measure your own worth by comparing yourself to those around you. Even regarding yourself as better than your peers is detrimental to your happiness, as you’re fostering judgmental feelings and an unhealthy sense of superiority. Measure your own success based on your progress alone, not that of others.
12. Surround yourself with positive people
The saying “misery loves company” is entirely true. That’s why you need to choose friends who are optimistic and happy themselves, as you will be surrounded with positive energy.
13. Realize that you don’t need others’ approval
It’s important to follow your own dreams and desires without letting naysayers stand in your way. It’s fine to seek others’ opinions, but happy people stay true to their own hearts and don’t get bogged down with the need for outside approval.
14. Take time to listen
Listening helps you soak in the wisdom of others and allows you to quiet your own mind at the same time. Intense listening can help you feel content while helping you gain different perspectives.
15. Nurture social relationships
Positive social relationships are a key to happiness, so be sure you make time to visit with friends, family and your significant other.
16. Meditate
Meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and supports inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in your brain that make you happier.
17. Eat well
What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels in both the short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and brain to be in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave you sluggish and prone to chronic disease.
18. Exercise
Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier.
19. Live minimally
Clutter has a way of sucking the energy right out of you and replacing it with feelings of chaos. Clutter is an often-unrecognized source of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction and even guilt, so give your home and office a clutter makeover, purging it of the excess papers, files, knick knacks and other “stuff” that not only takes up space in your physical environment, but also in your mind.
20. Be honest
Every time you lie, your stress levels are likely to increase and your self-esteem will crumble just a little bit more. Plus, if others find out you’re a liar it will damage your personal and professional relationships. Telling the truth, on the other hand, boosts your mental health and allows others to build trust in you.
21. Establish personal control
Avoid letting other people dictate the way you live. Instead, establish personal control in your life that allows you to fulfill your own goals and dreams, as well as a great sense of personal self-worth.
22. Accept what cannot be changed
Everything in your life is not going to be perfect, and that’s perfectly all right. Happy people learn to accept injustices and setbacks in their life that they cannot change, and instead put their energy on changing what they can control for the better.
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A Healthy Lifestyle Naturally Enhances Happiness

You may have noticed that some of the habits of happy people are one in the same with those that are essential for leading a healthy lifestyle – exercising and eating right, for example. Once you adopt a happiness mindset, and even before you do, embracing healthy habits will help keep your mood elevated naturally even in the midst of stress. Happy people tend to behealthy people, and vice versa, so in addition to healthy food and exercise, the following lifestyle strategies can also help to support emotional wellness:

  • Proper sleep: Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve difficult problems.
  • Animal-based omega-3 fats: Low concentrations of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA are known to increase your risk for mood swings and mood disorders. Those suffering from depression have been found to have lower levels of omega-3 in their blood, compared to non-depressed individuals. Krill oil is my preferred source of omega-3 fats.
  • Regular sun exposure: This is essential for vitamin D production, low levels of which are linked to depression. But even beyond vitamin D, regular safe sun exposure is known to enhance mood and energy through the release of endorphins.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): If difficult life circumstances and the negative emotions they create are making happiness hard to come by, try EFT, which is a form of do-it-yourself psychological acupressure. This simple technique can help clear your body and mind of negative emotions so you can implement positive goals and habits more easily in your life.

Original sources include (http://successify.net/2012/10/31/22-things-happy-people-do-differently/)

Mint Green for this Spring Styles!

Mint green is hot this Spring 2013. If your in the midwest, Winter is hanging on for everything it’s worth. But despite the snow and cold, the cool tones of mint green are making styles and trending super hot. Mint green is a relaxing color that brings out the Spring vibrancy that we all need.

1a0b72bee8284c99b750ec4d2b502ca7One of the best ways to sport mint green is to pair it with a bold color such as pink or orange. The coolness of the mint paired with a warmer color are just a perfect match. Earth tones as well can be a good match including nudes, beige and light browns.

Because mint green is such a cool and refreshing hue, it can be used in a variety of ways but we recommend it most as tops and dresses. When worn as a dress, flashing it up with a patterned top such as a floral print can really make the mint pop.

Getting married this Spring and Summer? Don’t overlook mint green for your bridesmaid dresses. So often we see bridesmaid dresses that are dark and unflattering. Whereas a mint green is a more inviting and flattering color. A great write up on mint green for weddings, visit Best Bridal Prices.

Wearing accessories are what make the style complete. And choosing a mint green as your color of choice, can add enough pop to finish the look off. This mint scarf can be found at Walmart for less than $10. Additionally you can just sport mint green as a nail color too, this Mint Candy Apple from Essie Nail is an inexpensive and refreshing.

Lastly but certainly not leastly, makeup! Whether it’s Liquid Light Lasting Eye Color from Mally or an entire makeup pallete like the Lorac Mint Edition Pallete from Sephora, mint green is a very versatile color that can be used effectively in a wide variety of applications. Be sure to visit Pinterest too and find your own mint green inspiration. But our favorite spot to get your mint green fix, is at ellelauri. Have a look see at a few of the items ellelauri offers!
Avery Dress Ginny Dress Jade Blouse Mint Isabel Tunic

Kid Icon Talent Search

The Kid Icon Talent Search is a talent competition showcasing varied acts from kids ages 4-13, selected through auditions that will draw statewide competitors. Chosen acts compete for the winning title of their category and a grand price of $250.00 to help performers further their ambitions. The event will feature performances from established guest performers and appearances from a panel of local influential judges.

Live auditions were held Apr 6th and 13th, 2013 and the big show will be:

May 4th, 2013 from 1-4pm
Sabathani Community Center Auditorium
310 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55409

To get more information, purchase your tickets to this lively event and get maps and directions to Sabathani, visit Kid Icon Talent Search 2013.

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Eating Healthy to Prepare for Fashion

April is a month of change. Spring signals not only a season change, but a shift to lighter and more revealing clothing. Capitalizing on the maximum range of spring fashions is easier when a person has a more physically fit physique.

Granted, it is difficult to have fashion and physique at the forefront of one’s mind when winter has chosen to go out like a lion. Armed with scarf and shovel, rather than running shoes, the attainment of looking good through exercise is not an easy thing to come by with the weather so formidable.

For the portion of the population stuck inside without a gym membership, focusing on diet is an initial way in which one may prepare for the fashions of spring. However, it is important to create a realistic and healthy eating plan in the pursuit of trimming up in time for warmer
weather. In an age where even the fashion industry has recognized the dangers of cutting calories to lose weight, focusing on eating healthy, rather than less, is of the utmost importance.

As women prepare for the inevitable dressing room stressors of spring, let this serve as a reminder for them to enact healthy tactics in their plan to trim up in the name of fashion. Eating well, rather than less, naturally leads to weight loss, and is a far healthier alternative to wacky diet regimens.

A recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has shown that individuals whose diets are rich in Mediterranean foods, versus merely a low-fat diet, are 30% less likely to experience a fatal cardiac event such as a heart attack. A Mediterranean diet is described as being
one that focuses on vegetables, fish, fruit, legumes, and olive oil. With flip-flops and sundresses not far on the horizon, this is definitely food for thought.Concept of a healthy body. Thin belly, fruit

HAMMS Event

HAMMS Event is a Minnesota Market for men, women and their pooches – one day only.
[and there's a twist... one vendor will win up to $5000 from ticket sales!]

Join us for One Day Only!

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

10:00am – 7:00pm

Laura Horn in Dhanurasana (Bow pose), Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota.HAMMS Event is a one-day, dog-friendly market for men and women. A Minnesota Market with a twist!
Shop 25,000 square feet of products for both men and women.  Meet the Minnesota Makers themselves, nibble on food from both vendors and food trucks, sip vino and samples of local brew.

HAMMS stands for: Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed. And, it just so happens to take place at the former Hamm’s brewery shipping docks.

dudeHAMMS was born out of the “shop local” and “shop small business” philosophy, and the need for small businesses to stick together to help one another succeed. Funding is difficult for micro businesses, so we have put a spin on the “crowd funding” concept.

The HAMMS Event Founders have taken the “crowd funding” craze one step further and are pledging up to $5000 of ticket sales/donations of HAMMS Event to one lucky vendor. What does “up to $5000″ mean? It means that if we sell $2000 in tickets, one vendor will receive that amount of money, but we want at least $5000 in ticket sales because that will really help one small business take it to the next level.


Apply to be a vendor or come support them by shopping the HAMMS Event.

You can make a difference in the small business commmunity.image_1

Into the Woods at Eat Street Players

One of Sondheim’s most popular shows. This production features a stellar cast. Don’t miss this great show!

April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30; April 14 at 1:00.

Tickets available at www.eatstreetplayers.org and LIKE on facebook and RSVP on the facebook event page

The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Rapunzel”, and “Cinderella”, as well as several others. The musical is tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, and their interaction with a Witch and her curse on them.

Nykeigh Larson – Little Red Riding
Johna Miller – Rapunzel
Amanda Carlson – Baker’s Wife
Carl Schoenborn – Baker
Sarah Frazier – Witch
Lauren Wills – Cinderella
Alana LaBissoniere – Cinderella’s Mother Plus
Steve Schmalz – Cinderella’s Father
Brandon Caviness – Jack
Annette Cummings – Jack’s Mother
Josh Kowitz – Cinderella’s Prince
Michael Burton – Rapunzel’s Prince
Doug Freeman – Narrator/Mysterious Man
Alex Schmuck – Wolf
Helen Globus – Stepmother
Mimi Holland – Florinda
Carolyn Strauss – Lucinda
Grant Globus – Steward
Kira Church – Steward/Snow White
Sylvia Torkelson – The Hen who Laid The Golden Egg