Paula Patrice Vibram FiveFingers Shoes with dog thumb
Was it deception or delusion?

Our brains lie to us. Our brains practically demand we eat an entire pint of ice cream at midnight or drink another glass of wine at 1am. We rationalize it’s okay because in that moment we are emotionally alive!

Free-spirited, caution-to-the-wind, live-for-today emotions remind us of our younger years when a small misstep was met with a quick recovery and our brains encourage us to relive those moments as we get older. 
70 million American consumers bought the “barefoot running” vision, but they forgot about evolution.
I purchased Vibram 5Fingers because their marketing message of feeling earth beneath my feet brought back memories of running in the grass barefoot, through a sprinkler or on the rainy pavement of my family’s driveway. The premise of Vibram’s marketing makes sense in our brains; running barefoot is the human body’s intended engineering.

However, our physical reality is that we do wear shoes and our bodies have adapted to them. Our gait compensates for heel height, foot pronation for impact, arch shape for fit. Most of us don’t live in a barefoot world anymore.
‘Naked running’ is like taking the rubber off your car’s tires.
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Take THAT overpriced iCloud. After spending $500 for an iPhone customers should be provided free backup storage sufficient for the device’s memory. After all, isn’t device failure the reason I backup in the first place?

Today, again I am within 300MB of my iCloud 20GB limit for my new iPhone 5S 64GB. Apple is hoping my desperation leads me to push the “upgrade iCloud” button and spend an additional $100 to keep my data safe.

We buy an overpriced iPhone and pay exorbitant fees to backup our data for when Apple’s hardware fails. We’re suckers!

Not this time! Here’s what you do…

Sign up for a free Dropbox cloud account online. Then, get this free Dropbox App, install it on your iPhone and voíla – automatic backups of your media to Dropbox, accessible from anywhere, 100% secure. Refer a few friends and you get extra Dropbox space for free.

Why choose Dropbox? It’s free and the company still has integrity. They aren’t greedy like Apple and they aren’t spying like Google (you did know they read your gmail, right?).

Get the Dropbox iPhone App here.

Sign up for your free Dropbox cloud space here.

And now you’re saving money

Movie Don Jon

PLOT SUMMARY: A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

PP REVIEW:  We peek into the world of Jersey middle class 20-somethings, the suburban club scene and the pressure to keep up a “cool guy” image with hard biceps and a “perfect dime” girlfriend. I loved the human side of this story, the secret porn addiction that was handled hilariously, keeping this movie classy instead of creepy. 

Scarlett Johansson plays a perfect Jersey girl. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is hot and disarmingly sweet (esp for a porn addict). Julianne Moore and Tony Danza play interesting characters. 

4 stars for brilliant performances, hilarious moments and an engaging dramedy. Minus one star for the abrupt ending. What’s up with that?

RATING: 3.8 Stars (3.8 / 5)

Buy Don Jon on iTunes here.

Google Map Settings - Tip

I don’t know when or how it happened, but I found myself in a new, interactive version of Google Maps… and I wasn’t happy. Since I figured out how to revert back to the classic version, I thought I’d share.

Still bitter about losing my Google Maps iPhone App I have no patience for browser-based map “engagement.” A map should be a map.

I don’t know why Google thinks I want to “visually explore” using their map. In fact, I want to get from A to B, and know if there’s a Starbucks in between. 

If your browser auto-upgraded, pull up http://maps.google.com and click on the HELP [?] icon in the lower right corner. Choose “Return to classic Google Maps” from the popup. 

Call me a Purist, a Simpleton, an Old Fogey, but I’m finding simple and practical are features of the past.

Let’s hope that, like a classic Armani suit, developers realize that there’s a market for “less features, more function.”

 

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It isn’t the first time I’ve seen this “selling strategy”. What happened to advertising for the average woman? 

Many argue that the average American woman is a size 12 and using that average woman in clothing catalogs isn’t sensible for an advertiser. Ok, I get it. Advertisers don’t want too much reality.

I’m all for aiming ads at the ideal average woman’s size, call her a “Perfect 6” or a “Curvaceous 8”.

Where designers have lost their marbles is not in Magazine Editorials or Look Books, where we all know images are retouched and models pose under unrealistic circumstances. In a catalog, where images are supposed to speak to the consumer, I’m calling WTF on this trend of retailers using 5’9″ models wearing a size zero (actual screenshot above). Not only can we not envision how that dress will look on anything wider than a hanger, but it makes me wonder: Are your clothes so poorly cut that you can’t hang them on an average body and still have them look decent?

At some point in this vanity game retailers and designers need to face the fact that only two things can come of an unrealistic sales display of garments:

1- We aren’t buying clothing that only looks good on stick figures, so your sales drop.

2- If we take a leap of faith and buy, there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing a high rate of returns. Your sales still drop.

So tell ya what… How about we start using models with body types that are, at the least, appealing to female shoppers in these online catalogs.

Because I’m a lot of things, but I’m nobody’s Size 0.

It’s a little late to try convincing you I don’t like this app after 14,168 check ins. Clearly it plays on my user loyalty. :-D So why quit?

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Foursquare’s developers have made a series of moves that made me lose interest. Me, Miss 14k. If I’ve lost interest, I’m sure the 2ks quit long ago.

So what were the dealbreakers?

1- The “game” of Foursquare became a secondary feature. The original appeal for me was competition – against my friends for points, to grab mayorships, badges, and even against myself. I enjoyed trying to remember where my past check ins were and check in consistently (like the game Concentration) in order to gain the Mayorship, if even on a drive-by. 

2- They changed the UI to become unusable. Then changed it again, and again, and again. A checkin was two clicks, then one click, then two forward and one back… I can’t adopt a product if it’s fluid.

3- There’s one big “search” field, and I have no idea what it searches. It’s useless. I’ve tried it a few times to find the nearest Starbucks, seafood restaurant, parking lot, Foursquare friends… I can be in front of a restaurant and it isn’t suggested to me when I search “restaurants.” 

4- This “social media” stream is anything but social. There is very little interactivity or engagement with friends. There’s a “heart this” & “leave comment” button. Whoopeedoo.

Where is the value for me, Foursquare developers? I’m your early adopter, your power user. Who is this core user that you are trying to engage by changing the UI as often as you change your undies? 

I believe there is plenty of room left for more social media streams in the cyber world. I’d love to see something new, where I can engage in a new way with a new network. But Foursquare won’t be it; no, it’ll merely be a button that you hit when you want to add a location to your Instagram check ins.

Foursquare is an afterthought because they made themselves one. #EpicFail

It’s as if Raybans have a 5-on/10-off fashion lifecycle… a half decade hot, then a decade not. Late 80’s yes, but in the late 90’s they felt outdated. 

Guess they’re back in fashion, cuz a model friend was wearing this pair that conveniently folded down to fit in her tiny pocket. I borrowed, I posed, and I must have a pair!

From an angle, this frame shape looks good on everyone.

Model Tip: turning your head at a slight angle to the camera is more forgiving than shooting straight-on.

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 INSURE YOUR PET NOW. YOU’RE JUST A CLICK AWAY  

Milo & I were playing ball on this beautiful Fall Sunday when we heard the terrible sound of a car crash as it drove up the street that splits the school park from the playground. A dog owner began frantically running towards the street yelling for her dog. On instinct, her golden labrador struggled to roll to its feet and get out of the road, getting one good limp in before collapsing on the grassy curb. He’d been hit.

As I write this I cry. That poor, beautiful animal. Humans were to blame.

He hadn’t done anything wrong. He was excited to be out on a sunny day with his sibling; they were two golden labs, maybe three or four years old. They didn’t know the park bordered a street that was preceded by a blind curve. They couldn’t leash themselves. A dog’s instinct is to Keep Reading »

 Warby Parker Glasses

In the past it’s been easier to get a mail order bride than mail order glasses. That’s changed with eyeglass designer Warby Parker’s Home Try-On program.

My friend Jeff messaged me today asking for advice on what glasses shape would be best for his face, and I told him “ask the people who are only too happy to insult you – your friends.” Friends give the best input on what looks good, but that means you need the glasses in-hand. 

Warby Parker crafts modern-but-not-too-trendy eyewear (just saying you have Warby Parkers will make you appear hip) priced around $100 per prescription pair. They also have non-prescript and sunglasses.

And for every pair sold they give a pair to someone in need. It’s a charity 2-fer and that’s the best part of all!

HOME TRY-ONS:  5 Pairs, 5 Days, 100% Free  >>
They’ll send you up to 5 pairs of glasses to try on at home for 5 days free, and include a pre-paid return shipping label to send them back with no obligation to buy. Easy peasy!

Paula Patrice's silver jewelry

I try to be aware of my environmental impact, but none of the sonic machines or non-hazardous-chemical silver cleaners get the tarnish off my jewelry grrr! My mom looked everywhere for the Connoisseurs brand we used when I was a kid, but it was nowhere to be found.

Not so fast – turns out the company just changed its packaging! So here is the still-hard-to-find, illegal-in-California, cancer-causing, super-smelly-but-works-amazing Connoisseurs Silver Cleaner.  It’s magic! 

Wear gloves, don’t breathe, and only dip for 10 seconds max!

PS: if anyone has found an effective alternative, tell me!

This baby romper is so clever, I totally Fancy’d it.

Not sure where Fancy is headed… but I’m discovering fun stuff!

ebates coupon

I know it sounds too good to be true, but it’s real.

My Mom turned me on to eBates and I’ve gotten $300+ cash back so far. Yay, free money! Thanks Mom

All you do is click through the eBates website to the store you’re purchasing from. Your computer automatically registers the click-thru and that’s it! Buy your stuff the same as you normally do, and eBates sends you a cash rebate between 2%-10% of your purchase.

If you forget, like I do, and add everything to your shopping cart, no worries – just close the store’s site, go to ebates, search for the store, click the link… then check out from the same site you were just on.

Voilá! Free money for you, too!

Use this link and you’ll get $10 just for signing up… and there’s no catch. Nada.
No spam, no marketing, just checks in the mail. Kaching $

the paper bag princess
This book is a celebration of feisty females everywhere! Canadian author Robert Munsch has created  a smart, empowered Princess whose Prince Charming is snatched away by a dragon as they’re about to marry. With her clothes burned by his fiery breath, she dons a fashionable paper bag and races off to save her prince- who promptly criticizes her appearance. Pfffft Setting an example for fearless females, our heroine outsmarts the dragon, dumps the self-involved prince and lives happily ever after in all her Fierceness.  A great lesson geared towards children ages 4-8 years, and a great self-confidence refresher for women ages 14-48!!! Get The Paper Bag Princess here, and read the positive reviews for 1000 more reasons why you need to buy it.
William Edwards Allergy Book Series
Stacie Berg is an award-winning journalist and allergy mom. With her son Jonathan, an engaging book series was created to empower kids with food allergies. It’s through mediums like books and films that allergies will become no big thing and we will change the self-esteem of this generation of kids… and as a result stop future bullying. William Edwards targets kids 8 – 12 years old. By this age, kids usually have already been diagnosed and have a pretty good understanding of what the diagnosis means in terms of food restrictions. However, it is at about this age that exclusion as a result of dietary restrictions becomes more pronounced and when kids begin to feel the impact of being different from their peers. Stacie gets a PP Positivity Star!!!  Keep Reading »
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