Realistic Overdose


Realistic Overdose


Realistic Overdose


Realistic Overdose


Realistic Overdose


Friday, July 3, 2015

Spice things, add a little flavor. Taste each Other.

The older you become, the more you start realizing everything you took for granted.  If there's one thing I didn't appreciate when I was 16,  it was flavored chapstick. Think about it, how much better would your first kiss have been if your lips/the females lips tasted like your favorite candy, or something just as eatable.

  I am here to be  a living witness to let you know, flavored chapstick is a game changer. So much so that I am extremely surprised that there are no advertisements for it anymore. 

Needing to add a little spice an variety to your life, try this out....

Whenever you have a sexual encounter with someone you always remember a few things, who "came" first and what they tasted like. From a females perspective you never want to give a guy too much of you the first time around, but just enough. Make them wanting and craving more.

The easy way to do this....the first time you kiss your special him or her have on some of your favorite flavored lip balm. Not only will it make the kiss or whatever you are engaging a little more fun, but now they will remember you because you left your a taste in their mouth; literally. 
There are tons of flavors ranging from blueberry to vanilla. 

This is just the first step though, want to leave a bigger lasting impression? 

The favored lip balm is an extra,  it won't get the job done alone. The flavored lip balm must also be accompanied by the perfect kissing technique. 

If there's one thing worse than a guy who can't dress its a girl that cant kiss! Absolutely horrifying.

Lets say your not into the whole lip balm theory, If you're really a freak try bringing your sweet tooth to the bedroom!

Eat each other (;

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Music Choice of The Week: Ava Hovanka "HOW"

As many of you know the music industry  has always been dominated  by male artist, regardless of the genre and unfortunately that same  hierarchy has trickled its way down into the indie artist category. Having  attended various shows/showcases/music performances etc.. I am always disappointed by the lack of female artists in attendance or on the line up.

 For some reason female artists, well GOOD female artists seem to be very rare to come across. 

Until Now.

Below is  the intro to a song entitled " How" by Ava Hovanka..... 

Upon listening, I got sucked in immediately and wanted more


On our search to bring you an amazing event July 25, 2015 #NicheandCulture we have had the pleasure of stumbling on  various female artists that seem to be creating their own lane  on the music scene. This is especially true with, Ava Hovanka. 

With a name like that you shouldn't expect anything less than a unique  sound, and that is exactly what you get. We would not classify  Ava as the typical singer, simply because her sound is not something you would usually hear blasting form your radio. 

Her voice has a great raspy undertone that tugs at your heart strings.  This is music you can just sit back and vibe to when you are going through one of life's roller coaster, or  while you are driving on a nice day with the windows down.

Unlike most artist, Ave does not have an abundance of music out, but from the delivery of her music and various content we can safely assume because she is more concerned with quality rather than quantity.  

Check out her video for one of the first songs we heard from her in 2014 " My Life"

VANDALIZED EP Available Now on BandCamp and iTunes.

Make sure to check her out as well as the various artists that will be performing at our event #NicheandCulture 7.25.2015 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Too Much Sun In The Fun Can Kill

Every year summer comes around and we all can't wait for the abundance of cookouts; swimming, amusement parks, getaways to sunny, exotic places, late night weeks etc. but some of us forget a very important necessity for enjoyment: PROTECTION FROM THE SUN!

Protecting yourself from the sun is very important, not only for cosmetic reasons but for health reasons as well. Protecting yourself from the harsh sun ways is extremely important  if you want to lessen the  chances of developing skin cancer, which is unfortunately caused by too much exposure to the sun. 
A historically perpetuated myth that has thankfully begun to be dismissed and debunked is that darker skinned, melanated people have/had all the protection from the sun they needed. Therefore for too long, people of color have ignored warnings they probably assumed were directed at their fairer skinned counterparts advising them to lather on sun protectants, limit sun exposure and protect themselves from the sun. We now know though that melanin in of itself is not enough to ward off developing skin cancer. 

Safe sun practices are advised for everyone who wants to enjoy the sun's warm rays. 

In learning how to protect yourself from the sun it is vital to understand the difference between the different types of rays the sun emits. 
The two types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation found in sunlight are UVA and UVB. UV radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer. UVA rays have not yet been proven to be linked to skin cancer, but they have been found to induce premature aging, wrinkles, permanent skin damage, and other skin issues. UVB rays cause sunburn and cause skin cell mutations that result in cancer and melanoma. 

All is not lost though because as scary as these types of radiation actually are, you can most definitely protect yourself! Before we talk about the obvious; wearing clothing to protect yourself from the sun because it is hot, we'll discuss the skin protectants you can apply allowing you to wear your favorite outfits and still preserve your skin. 

No matter what time of the year, you need to protect your skin from the sun if you will be exposed for 20 minutes or more or have sensitive skin. 

To do this you can choose between either a sunscreen or a sunblock. 

Sunscreens are usually colorless, thin creams that reduce the amount of UV radiation that can penetrate the skin. Sunscreens usually protects against UVB rays, but more recently more brands have been offering broad spectrum options that protect against both UVB and UVA rays. 

Unlike sunscreen that absorbs and filters UV radiation, sunblock actually blocks UV radiation at the skin surface and bounces it off. They contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which block the rays and protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Sunblocks are thicker in consistency and more visible. Due to the chemicals in either sunscreen or sunblock it's always advised to do a spot test on your skin as with most things you apply to your skin to make sure it's not an irritant. 

Once you've decided on whether you need sunscreen or more heavy duty protection and opted for sunblock, doctors recommend a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15+. 
This number indicates the products ability to absorb and protect against the sun's rays. An SPF of 15 means that you can be in the sun 15 times longer than you would without sunscreen. 

Now for protection against the sun with clothing, believe it or not there are specially designed sun-protective clothes that protect against both UVA and UVB rays. It can also be as simple as just wearing dark clothing made out of linen that have long sleeves or pants for your arms and legs. 
A stylish floppy sun hat can also protect your face, ears, and neck and sunglasses with UV protection to shield your eyes. 

Sun protection is important all year round and no one wants to fear the sun, but the reality is that unfortunately too much sun is just another danger to your health, but it doesn't have to be. Whether your fairer or darker skinned, don't forget your sunscreen. Cancer doesn't discriminate!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Guilty Pleasure.... 2015 Rap Bonnie & Clyde?: Men in Hip Hop are now making it ok to be in Love?

Meek Mill Ft. Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown - All Eyes On You (Official Audio)

We do not normally post music from well known artist, but this song caught us. The slow rhythm with aggressive verses from both Meek and Nicki allow for the perfect contradiction. The song not only sounds good, it is catchy which we all know definitely helps turn it into a fan favorite quickly. 

We have already payed it over 10 times. 

It's great seeing people in the entertainment industry openly display their love for each other. Especially a man, Meek Mill. Men in the industry do not normally openly show how much they care about the women in their lives, especially when she is in a better financial position than him. This is great to see. The both seem to me in awe with one other. 

The entertainment industry, specifically music seems to be full of beautiful men and women who can never find true love. Either because they are so mistrusting of outsiders, or their schedules just do not allow them to. Whatever the case may be, its interesting to see this pair not be afraid express their feelings on social media, in public, and on songs. 

Not sure how long it will last, but while it is here it we are here for all of it. 

More on this topic later..... stay tuned.

Turn Unwanted Clothes Into PROFIT!

We all have the one section of our closet that rarely gets any attention at all and is often known as junk. Some of us even make ourselves believe that one day we may actually wear an item or two, so we become hoarders refusing to get rid of anything. 

Stop hoarding unwanted clothes. 
The great part about the world we live in is, very few things are completely "worthless". Even the most worthless thing to you, can mean the world to someone who was in dire need of it. Most things can be recycled and  put to other and better use. 
So when it comes to that pile of clothes you now you are not going to use or wear again, why not make money selling clothes you don't want? 

Why not create a monetary gain, from something you no longer use.

4 Great Ways to successfully turn a profit from your unused clothes:

1. Have a yard sale! It literally cost you nothing to bring all your junk into your front yard and sale items at a price you think is reasonable. 

2. Put ads up on craigslist and ebay. Millions of people get on these sites daily looking for stuff to buy. Whats better than seeing people bid and pay money for things you no longer want.

3. Go to thrift stores to see what you can flip. Depending on what thrift store you go too, it's possible to make at least 20-100 dollars depending on the quality and quantity.  Also try stores like buffalo exchange, where you can trade in the clothes you don't want for clothes you do. Either method you win something!

4. Give the clothes to Good Will. 
Now, this may not physically put money in your pockets BUT, you do gain a little happiness. There are homeless and unfortunate people everywhere who can not afford to provide clothes for themselves. Why not give the things you no longer wear away to people who actually need them. Put a smile on someone's face.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Leave your Mark, Leave your Scent. Leave them missing you.

Who doesn't like to smell good?! We all do, or should ha!

 I like to smell especially pleasant when I'm with special someone or a person I may just be interested in. If you are like most people you want to leave your bf/gf/person of interest smelling like you so they  have a constant reminder of what they are missing when you are not around.

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your particular scent.
 The first thing you need to do is identify what kind of scent(s) you like for your everyday wear and what types you like to bask in at night. Next, figure out  where to apply these scents. 
Scents are as complex and intricate as complex chemistry can get. 
The molecules in different scents interact with your body chemistry in different ways and you might be surprised to know that scents also interact with the atmosphere differently.

I personally like to opt for an everyday scent that is subtle and pleasant like vanilla, shea butter, cocoa butter or a baby powder scent. Of course these scents can vary in strength, but they're fresh, clean, and not overdoing it if you're just going to the gym, or class, lunch, or work. 
Everyone has different tastes, but try these out if your current every day scent feels out of place or is overdoing it because it's too floral or fruity. 
I find it's best to apply my scents right after I've gotten out of the shower in the bathroom with the steam still present, so that my scent can mix with the steam as it floats down onto my skin. I could be imagining it, but I feel like my skin absorbs the scent better right after a shower or a bath when my pores are open and receptive. 
I also like to apply my scent right after I put on my skin moisturizer/body oil/vaseline/lotion or cream with the same skin absorption process. Mixing the scent with your moisturizer, allows it to settle on your skin easier.

Next knowing where to apply your scent is key for maximizing the potential of it's effects. 

Back of ears/Front & Back of Neck
If you watch movies or watch women typically apply their scents they'll either spray or dab a bit on their wrists and rub it behind their ears, but behind the ears is not necessarily ideal. Behind the ears is regarded as an erogenous zone, because of neck kisses and ear lobe nibbling, but unless the scent is naturally edible, your lover can experience a tart or bitter taste from this scent placement. A better alternative is to to dab or spray the scent on the back or front of your neck which is a natural heat zone, so as your partner leans in or even if someone leans in for a friendly hug, they'll experience the pleasant scent without being overwhelmed or the bitter taste. 

Another great alternative is to apply the scent to your hair or spray the scent onto your brush and swipe it through your hair. Your hair will diffuse the scent with it's movement and the oils in your hair will mix with the scent making it last longer. 

Wrists/forearms/inside of elbows
The wrists are a stereotypical area to apply scents & although it seems intuitive, you might want to aim a little higher and apply your scent to your inner forearm. Your wrists often rub against the end of your sleeve, the mousepad, your wrist jewelry, and your watch and all of these interactions affect the smell and strength of your scent.

The inner forearm has the last changes in pH and  is a larger palette because it's a wider area. With even the slightest movements, your scent will waft around you and others as you move. The hair on your forearm also aids in retaining the scent keeping it longer and projecting it off of your body.

The inside of the elbows is an area similar to the knees with the amount of sweat production, although maybe not as much sweat. Your scent will be strong wafting from this area because heat and sweat mixing with the scent will enhance it's strength for better or worse. This is also an area that experiences a lot of movement as it's a joint, so as you move and flex which will produce the heat and sweat, the scent will have more opportunity to be diffused into the air around you. 

Back of knees
The back of the knees is an area that I trade off with based on the season. In spring and summer, I avoid applying my scents there because you naturally sweat behind your knees. In warmer climates you produce more sweat & the acidity of your sweat mixed with the scent can sour the scent skewing what it should smell like and the sweat can make the scent more powerful & even more offensive to you and people around you. In winter and autumn the potential for sweating decreases & the dry temperatures can actually mask the scent, so I take advantage of this natural scent wafting from my knees and apply in cooler temperatures. A great alternative for the knees like the arms is to apply the scent to your calf because it's a wide area that is less affected by sweat production and with every step, the scent will waft up and around you. 

These next few areas are all erogenous zones that are especially perfect for the more romantic moments in your life! 

The stomach is a naturally warm area of the body that aids in diffusing a scent especially during more intimate moments with your partner so apply the scent directly to your tummy or in your belly button. 

Between thighs
The thighs like your stomach naturally produce a lot of heat and applying the scent to your inner thighs will warm up the scent enhancing it's strength and the natural movement of your legs as you move will diffuse ideally when you're wearing a skirt or dress or perhaps if you're getting a little bit more physical. 

Between & underneath the breasts (or the male equivalent) 
This is another hot zone that takes advantage of the heat and sweat produced by the skin. The chemistry is the same as the other areas of your body in the sense that the heat of between and under your breasts warms the scent causing it to project off of your body and the sweat produced can enhance the scent for better or for worse of course. My only caution is that, sweat is salty and it has it's own scent so with all these areas, the sweat has it's own scent caused by the acidity and salt produced in it, so keep this in mind with your scent application. 

I've always been advised not to apply scents directly to my clothing, but I've always found that clothes are the best at retaining the scent so it's safe to say I ignored that tip. I would walk into my parents room at any time of the day and my father loves to wear cologne and his shirts would be hanging up on the closet door and no matter if the shirt had been there for a day or a week, the scent was still pleasant. This confirmed to me that cloth is a great way to trap a scent, so don't worry about damaging your clothes and a simple patch test, spraying a small area of the clothing, can help relieve your fears. I like to spray or apply my scent to the inside of the arms of my clothing, where the arms of my shirt meet my body. As you swing your arms, you'll diffuse the scent into the air around you, releasing the scent over and over again with every movement. Another great spot is to spray or dab the collar of your blouses and shirts that mimics the effect of scent diffusion you achieve when you apply it to your neck as people lean in close. 

The only thing with spraying your clothes is, if you consistently change scents applying them directly to your clothes may not be the best thing to do.

This last tip involves applying the scent to a tissue and keeping it in your purse so that the aroma scents your purse and travels with you or even putting this perfumed tissue in your pockets. 

Hopefully this was as useful to you as it was to me as I learned all of this information over the years in achieving my best "smell good" routine. 

Like I said before, who DOESN'T like to smell good!?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Music Monday: The New Retro - Song About Singing

 If you have ever been to a concert/showcase where the artist tried his best to  put on show simply with his voice and DJ you  know that this can either go really well or really wrong. 

DJ sets are tricky depending on the artist and/or crowd and if you are like us, you appreciate live music, when it's done well. 

Over the course of starting this website, we have had the pleasure of attending many shows, with and without live bands. Last year at our first annual day party we had the opportunity to have New Retro as the house band, and not only did they do an amazing job, they left us wanting more. 

It's been almost a full year since they have released any completely new music, and we are more than excited to be able to share it with our readers. 

This song just makes you feel good. 
From the use of instruments to the vocals this is the perfect summer song!
Our generation has forgotten what FUN music sounds like, what FEEL GOOD music sounds like. 
Not everything we hear needs to be over-saturated with vulgar language or a heavy beat, sometimes we just want to vibe out to something that makes you feel AMAZING!  

That's what "Song About Singing" does to us.....

Check it out For yourself!

Check out info on their upcoming Album here: