Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Play Safe Thong

Perfect for New Years Eve or just anytime, anywhere really - the Play Safe Thong (with a discreet personal pocket) is an incredibly sexy, urban fashion accessory for young women who want intimacy to be secure and spontaneous.

Featured in Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Zink, PlayGirl, among other leading publications and media outlets - The Play Safe Thong is an intimate apparel which empowers and supports sexually active women to practice safe sex. By combining sexy fashion with social responsibility, their mission is to influence, educate and transform the perceptions of our young, hip and most vulnerable individuals.

The Play Safe Thong is an adjustable thong panty that carries and conceals one free brand-name latex condom. It looks great and keeps you safe from HIV/AIDS as well as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

It's a must-have fashion accessory for smart women who know intimacy must be safe, sexy, and spontaneous. Plus, no one else has to know that you are carrying protection... it's comfortable and discreet!

When you're having fun, Play Safe!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Writers Wanted: Men's Online Magazine

The Rugged - Men Live It; Women Love It, a new men's online lifestyle magazine like no other featuring articles on fitness, finance, relationships, sports, fashion/style, tech toys and everything else men love, launches January 2010!

Their target audience is men ages 18-34;
they plan to eventually start competing with larger sites such as Ask Men, Made Man, Spike, FHM, and others in the men's lifestyle niche.

The Rugged is currently looking for writers as well as potential partners/editors in the near future.

  • Excellent English writing skills (grammar, spelling, sentence structure)
  • Be able to format an article for the best possible readability. Know when (and when not) to use bullets, sub-headers, etc.
  • Be capable of extensively researching a subject and portraying authority
  • Engaging writing style (this might include witty, humorous, personal, ability to connect with readers)
  • Be able to produce content that generates buzz and is worthy of being linked to.
  • One article per week when necessary
  • Respond to comments
  • Respond to a monthly "Question & Answer" (regarding your expertise) sent in from readers


Keep in mind that this is a men’s magazine, not Wikipedia.
Every article should be engaging and entertaining!
A perfect example of what The Rugged is looking for is the publication Men's Health. With that said, they're looking for writers to take on a variety of topics including:

1.) Health & Fitness

2.) Money & Power

3.) Relationships & Sex - looking for articles that are a bit more sophisticated than what you might find in say, FHM. This can be a bit tricky, but if you've ever read Men's Health and FHM you can see the difference in the target audience. FHM targets teenage boys. Men's Health targets men starting careers. The Rugged's target audience is more on par with Men's Health.
{I've read Men's Health Magazine, as they have great articles and wonderful advertising - FHM is 90% filth in my view, although I did enjoy their post on Women's 1960s Vintage Fashion!}

4.) Sports – looking for broad topics here. A bad example would be a complete run down of a baseball game. A good example might be something about the Brett Favre controversy or a hyped up UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fight. Anything that interests the mainstream and not necessarily specific sports gurus.

5.) Fashion / Style – clothes, hygiene, etc.

6.) Technology – concept cars, smart phones, gadgets, toys, video games, the web, etc. Looking for broad articles covering the juicy stuff, not technical pieces.

7.) Controversial Rants – The Rugged plans to have a section that is purely controversial. The writer's job will be to generate debates among readers - in an educated, witty, humorous, open-minded manner. The Rugged stresses “open-minds” as well as intends on having political debates. If you find it hard to agree with views from more than one news station, then you’re probably not what they're looking for in this particular section.

The Rugged is looking for writers who are interested in developing a long-term relationship. They want great writers and want their writers to stick around. They feel that their pay structure reflects that - base pay, bonus pay, and revenue-sharing. [Pay is negotiable - depending on skills, article quality, and the ability to generate buzz + readership.]
  • Base Pay: $3 per 100 words. The Rugged plans to gradually increase this figure, upwards of $10 per 100 words as the magazine grows. Articles will typically stay at around 400-600 words. Although there will also be the occasional 200 word news articles and even 1,000 word pillar articles.
  • Bonus: If your articles are hitting the front page of social media sites, it won’t go unnoticed. You’ll be awarded bonus pay for such achievements - upwards of $100 depending on the success of the article.
  • Revenue-Sharing: The Rugged wants their success to be your success. Therefore, writers will share a percentage of monthly revenue.
  • Additional Opportunities: As the magazine grows, one of The Rugged's first priorities will be to increase the pay and opportunities for their writers. As mentioned, they'll also be looking for senior editors and even community managers in the future.

How to apply:
Email - partner@therugged.com

+ Include the following:

- Name, age, sex, location, and an image of you
- Let The Rugged know which topics you’d like to write about
- 3 sample articles that you’ve written. If your sample articles haven’t been used or published yet, you may be paid for these [if hired]
- Reason(s) you would be perfect for the job - maybe you're passionate about a specific topic, maybe you already have experience with online writing, maybe you know how to use WordPress, or maybe you're good at marketing...
Whatever you think The Rugged should know about you!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Forever 21 Presents "Très Paris"

Forever 21's Twist Collection presents (the limited edition) Très Paris, a très chic line for your inner fun-&-flirty Parisian mademoiselle.

The collection arrives online and in stores today!
A look book featuring 28 different looks can be found on Forever 21's official website.

Here's a few of the looks:

And (below) a few of my favorite pieces from the collection.

Forever 21 - Très Paris

There's a lot of feminine, elegant, sophisticated French flair pieces with graphics, bows, florals, and lovely details (i.e. rosettes, lace, sequins, rhinestones) as well as pieces inspired by the 1950s beatnik culture.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lawndale Art Center Exhibition Opening

Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit alternative space for the exhibition of contemporary works in all media, unique in its focus on Houston area artists. Housed in an Art Deco building in Midtown, Lawndale has 4 galleries and annually hosts 20 exhibitions, informal talks and special events.

Opening reception tonight, December 2, 2009 from 6–8pm in Room #317 for: Hypnopomp | Britt Ragsdale, University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Studio Residency. Exhibition is on view from December 2–19, 2009.

Lawndale Art Center and the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts present Hypnopomp, a installation by Mitchell Center alumna Britt Ragsdale. Through sculptural objects and audio components, Britt Ragsdale explores the combination of hypnopomp and sleep paralysis. Hypnopomp is the scientific term referring to the cognitive state leading out of sleep. It is considered much more emotional and credulous in comparison to the experience of dreaming in hypnagogia, or the cognitive state of entering sleep.

Commonly combined with sleep paralysis, when the brain suddenly awakens from sleep while the muscles are still paralyzed by REM atonia, hynopompic hallucinations merge with normal vision to create an experience that many people have equated to supernatural encounters.

Along with Britt Ragsdale's art work there will be a performance at 7pm in the O'Quinn Gallery by Chin Xaou Ti Won, a Houston-based synth-pop / contemporary classical duo, comprised of Marcus Cone and St-Michel. The music draws heavily from 80's New Wave, Anime-Pop / Video Game Music and 20th Century Minimalism - all belted out on a stack of synths, electronics and walls of percussion. Often dubbed by critics as "film music", Chin Xaou Ti Won's music is built strongly around melodies, ranging from the simplistic, yet catchy, to the lush and contemplative.
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