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The Key is at YOUR Fingertips

Launched at CES and on Shark Tank, security and convenience come together in this padlock with technology that is perfect for college life.

The beginning

Robbie Cabral was in a tough spot. It was the Holidays, he’d just been laid off, and on that very day, his daughter was born. He was depressed and overweight, so he started going to the gym to improve his self-esteem and his waistline. While he was there, he got an idea that would change his life and improve the lives of many. He noticed people leaving keys in their padlocks, struggling to open them, leaving them unlocked.

Why did locking up your things at the gym have to be difficult? Wouldn’t it be great if you could open a padlock with your fingerprint or a key?

Robbie started working to develop his idea: designing, prototyping, testing and revising. After three years of hard work, he was granted a patent. Now what?

He exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and won the coveted Innovation Award. He’d proven his concept in a big way and needed to figure out how to raise investment money and get his product into the marketplace.

Shark tank

That’s where Shark Tank came in. Robbie made it onto the show. His story won every Shark’s heart and his idea, patent and CES award made his proposition irresistible to them all. Robbie especially clicked with “Mr. Wonderful”, and that partnership really got things moving. Kevin O’Leary knew what Robbie needed: a company to partner with who had distribution, a customer base, manufacturing capability and R&D. In comes Hampton Products.

Hampton Products

Kim Kelley, President and CEO of Hampton Products, fit every criteria Kevin O’Leary and Robbie were searching for. In no time, the agreement was signed, as was a check for $100K as an advance to Robbie on future sales. Robbie and Hampton Products have since scaled the first Benjilock® By Hampton padlock and introduced it into the marketplace at ACE Hardware and Home Depot. Benjilock® By Hampton is the perfect solution for locking up your valuables, so you can enjoy college life.

Travel

Traveling abroad? The Benjilock® By Hampton TSA luggage padlock opens for you with the touch of your fingerprint, but has a special cylinder that also allows the TSA access, too. Now, you can travel freely and safely without worrying about things getting stolen from your luggage or the TSA cutting open your lock. The TSA Benjilocks can be programmed with up to five fingerprints—and programming is easy with detailed instructions included in the packaging. They even have an optional dial combination on the lock as a backup.

Around campus

Benjilock® By Hampton is great for locking up electronics, backpacks, protecting your things at the gym and—coming soon—even locking up your bike! Just think of the convenience! Program your fingerprint and then all you have to do is touch your lock to open it. No one else will have access unless you program their fingerprint into the lock. The 43mm Benjilocks can be programmed with up to 10 fingerprints.

Benjilock® By Hampton has a padlock that fits your lifestyle.

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Boost Your Brain With Nootropics

Looking for a safe alternative to Adderall without the nasty side effects? You might have heard the word nootropics before, but what exactly are they and where can I get them?

What are nootropics?

Nootropics are synthetic compounds that improve the cognitive abilities of healthy individuals. In their basic state, they’re powders, but we sell them in capsule form.

Nootropics are not medicines: medicines bring you back to health when you’re sick, whilst nootropics help you improve when you’re healthy.

Given the unique effect profile of each nootropic compound, and given the variation in people’s brain chemistry, individuals can use different nootropics for different purposes and outcomes.

What are the best nootropics for studying?

Motivation and concentration can often be fleeting and fickle, and whilst nootropics can never replace a disciplined workflow, they can give you a substantial boost towards getting your critical tasks done, and getting them done well.

For long periods of concentrated cognitive effort, such as study, revision, essays, and other time-consuming and mentally demanding tasks, longer lasting nootropics such as Adrafinil, Piracetam and Phenylpiracetam are ideal.

For short periods of intensive cognitive load under high pressure, such as exams or public speaking, nootropics can also provide a controlled peak of sustained mental performance.

Short-duration, high power nootropics such as Aniracetam and Noopept can provide exactly the edge you need. These zone-out distractions and fuel your cognitive processes, enhancing and ensuring mental performance for the most critical of tasks.

Who are we?

We believe that nootropics are a powerful tool for the future of productivity and wellbeing. We see cognitive enhancement as part of a tentative next step in the ongoing process of human improvement. It’s our goal to create a healthy culture of nootropics usage, in which cognitive health is not taboo but recognised as an essential aspect of human capability. For the first time in history, we’re able to improve our intellectual abilities at the chemical level, and we’re proud to facilitate that change.

We run Nootropics.com with three concepts front and centre: safety, reliability and quality.

Safety: Everything that leaves our warehouse has been thoroughly tested to ensure it is of the highest quality. We maintain a network of suppliers to ensure that we deliver only the best.

Reliability: We work hard to make sure our customers know they’re ordering from a reliable source, and will be getting exactly what they’re looking for time and time again. We ensure any relevant scientific citations are included on each of our product pages.

Quality: When you shop with us, we want your whole experience to be great. We pride ourselves in providing exceptional products and first-rate customer service.

Nootropics.com supplies only the highest quality, safest, and most effective nootropics. Whether you’re looking for an edge through cognitive enhancement or a wealth of information on the subject, look no further than https://nootropics.com/

Applying for a Student Loan: Where Should You Begin?

As the cost to attend college keeps rising, so does the need for students to find ways to cover that cost. Savings, grants, and scholarships are often not enough to pay for college, leaving a student loan as one of the primary options to finance the education you want. As you consider student loans, It’s important to know that not all student loans are the same. Before you decide to jump in with student loans, you should consider all of your funding options including grants, scholarships and others.

Private student loans

Private loans, like the name implies, are provided by lenders like banks and credit unions, as opposed to federal student loans, which are funded by the federal government. While there are a lot of benefits to getting a federal student loan, there is a maximum limit of how much you can borrow. You should start by utilizing federal student loans if you can, but with the rising cost of college, federal loans may not be enough. Private student loans can help fill this gap.

Give me some credit

Federal loans don’t require a credit check, which means when you apply for one, you’ll get the same rate as every other student. When applying for a private student loan, your unique financial circumstances and credit history are taken into consideration, which can affect your approval odds and the interest rate offered if you are approved.  While having to pass a credit check may seem like a disadvantage, private loans commonly give you the option of having a cosigner. With the right cosigner, it could make a big difference in the rates you’re able to receive and may make it easier for you to acquire a private loan with a good rate. After you graduate, you may have the option to refinance your loans using your improved and established credit, which could offer you the benefit of a lower rate.

Shop around!

Where should you begin? Student lending platforms like LendKey can help you find a private student loan to cover your cost of college.

What’s the difference?

The rates and terms you may be able to get can vary drastically from one lender to another. Taking the time to shop around now could save you thousands of dollars in the future.

Federal students loans always have fixed interest rates, meaning your interest rate will be the same for as long as you have the loan.  With private student loans, you often have the option of choosing between fixed and variable rates.

There’s more to consider than just the interest rates. Will there be reliable customer service?  Will the lender also be the one to service the loan? LendKey services the loans that are originated on its platform, and LendKey’s US-based loan specialists are consistently praised for their friendliness, reliability, and how quickly they are able to respond to questions.

The loan with benefits

If a private student loan fits your needs, LendKey connects community banks and credit unions to students like you. Because LendKey partners with community banks and credit unions, these institutions prosper when their customers prosper, so they want you to succeed. Lendkey also streamlines the lending experience, making it easy to keep up with your loan. You can complete the entire process online, including reviewing your loan, applying, and making payments.

LendKey can also simplify repaying your existing student loans with student loan refinancing once you have graduated. If you have multiple loans already in place, you can combine them into one brand new loan, making it more convenient to keep up with. The greatest benefit  —  one loan means one interest rate, which could save you thousands in interest over the life of the loan.

When you work with LendKey and one of their partner lenders, you have a strong team behind you, helping make your dreams come true.

LendKey was founded in 2009 immediately following the Great Recession. Through partnerships with banks and credit unions, LendKey has helped more than 92,000 borrowers and disbursed more than $2.9 billion in loans.

For more information visit http://www.lendkey.com. 

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Are You Scared About Drowning in Debt?

Receiving a college degree is a highly rewarding accomplishment that requires an extensive amount of dedication. And often, a college education awards you with a higher salary than others who lack it. Perhaps, it’s true that you do indeed have to spend money to make money, but with annual tuition expected to increase by an average of 2.4 percent at private colleges and 3.2 percent at public universities, according to StudentDebtRelief.us—the amount of money to be spent requires taking out a lot in loans. The amount of student loan debt varies between public and private universities, leaving undergraduate students from private universities owing, on average, around $7,000 more than their public school graduate counterparts.

With the total national student debt sitting at about $1.5 trillion, some of the 45 million borrowers who collectively owe that amount could be paying off their loans for the next few decades and maybe even longer. Around 2.8 million people who are age 60 and older were still paying off the 66.7 billion dollars of their generation’s debt in 2017.

Types of loans

There are different types of student loans out there for students. Before attending a university, students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the document that allows universities to tell their applicants what type of aid they qualify for.

This aid can come in many forms. A direct subsidized loan is often the best option because the U.S. Department of Education will pay the interest while the borrower is still a student and potentially for some time after they graduate. Unsubsidized loans put the responsibility of paying interest on students, who oftentimes aren’t able to pay while they are still in school, allowing their debt to steadily increase while they complete their education.

Another option is a federal student loan, which offers fixed interest rates and favorable repayment terms such as allowing borrowers to pay less when they first start to work. Some also offer extended repayment plans, which include loan forgiveness after the borrower has made, depending on the plan, 20-25 years of payments.

Private loans, with variable and high interest rates that rarely offer repayment plans, are typically only used in the event that the borrower has exhausted their federal loan options and is still in need.

What’s the right choice to avoid less debt?

One of the growing questions surrounding this daunting idea of loan debt is: “What happens if the career I invested money into being educated for doesn’t pay well or worse, isn’t there at all?” Often, it’s less of a question of whether or not to take out loans and more of just figuring out how much is necessary. While the skills obtained from related coursework could be valuable for various other jobs, actual careers available in some fields, such as the postal service, agriculture and journalism are quickly diminishing.

For bachelor students, considering the expected salary of their future career is arguably the biggest factor in their decision of how much to take out in loans. It’s not unlikely for graduates to switch career paths or pursue other, more profitable areas of interest, strictly due to the fear of not being able to make enough money to pay those lenders back.

Graduate student loans

Graduate students have intimidating student loan debt as well. Lindsey Denton, a graduate student at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, began pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing in January 2019. “My program is a total of 43 hours which comes out to $33,000 for [only] tuition. I am taking out loans to pay for the whole thing [plus] extra to help me pay for living and eating,” Denton said. “Right now, I live rent free, but if not, I would be taking out [about] an extra $15,000 just to pay for rent, not eating or gas or books.”

She has no scholarships. According to 2014 statistics from msnedu.org, “The average salary of experienced MSN-educated nurses in Tennessee can be as high as $168,000.”

That number is more than twice the average salary of Registered Nurses is Eastern Tennessee, which the website has listed as $51,240. In 2015, studies showed that over the last 15 years, the average student loan balance for post baccalaureate certificate completers at public institutions had been 57 percent higher.

For doctorate students, the balance was 64 percent higher for those at public institutions and 107 percent higher for those at nonprofit private institutions.

Other options to lessen your debt

The reality of student loan debt has led many students, both undergraduate and graduate, to seek out more grants and renewable scholarships, neither of which have to be paid back and are always readily available through websites, universities directly and many local businesses. For students who have already accrued student loan debt, some schools, like the University of Central Arkansas, offer free access to use the resources provided by Solutions at ECMC. Their website describes Solutions as “a service of the non-profit organization ECMC and is dedicated to helping students manage educational loans.”

This article was originally published in the spring 2019 edition of College News.

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Writing the Perfect Resume

Writing the perfect resume is one of the toughest parts of job-hunting, and also one of the most important. If the gruelling odds of success are making your job prospects seem as sad as your blank resume, don’t worry. Even if you have little or no work experience, knowing how to draw on relevant skills and a clearly set out resume will help you to sell yourself effectively. Here’s how to impress a recruiter in six seconds flat.

Resume Format

If your recent nightmares consist of being stared at by a blank page, there are plenty of resume templates available online that can help you get started. Remember to list your experience in reverse-chronological order and choose a format that plays to your strengths. If you have less work experience, you may want to feature your education first. If you’ve been exploring the industry during college, you could highlight a separate section about your relevant or professional experience.

Unfortunately, the design of your resume is important, too—hiring managers may have to read thousands of applications and they won’t appreciate the extra work if your information isn’t clearly set out on the page.

Design rules:

  • Aim for one page, but if you have information that is highly relevant, add a page instead of compromising on a clear layout.
  • Choose an easy-to-read font and keep this consistent.
  • On average, hiring managers spend just six seconds considering a resume before deciding whether to dismiss it.
  • Use a variation of font sizes (make headers and your name larger).
  • When choosing a font size, many resumes follow a 24, 12, 10 format—the name is 24pt, the body headers are 12pt, and the bullet points are 10pt.
  • Create white space by breaking up text with paragraphs or lines.
  • Never set margins below .5—if you lack experience, stick to one inch margins.
  • Focus on readability

Profile summary

Including a brief profile summary or statement at the top of your resume can be a great way to attract attention and show the employer, at a glance, why you’re qualified for the job.

E.g. “Self-motivated and adaptable business graduate with proven experience in business, marketing, sales and communication.”

Education

With entry-level applications, graduates benefit from emphasizing the education section on their resume. Include the names of institutions, their location, the date of graduation and your degree. Only include your GPA if it is above average. You may also wish to mention your thesis or the most relevant courses that you took.

Work experience

Yes, getting professional work experience whilst you study greatly helps to differentiate your application from your competitors’. If this isn’t you though, don’t panic—you may have more experience than you think. Part-time jobs, volunteer work, summer internships and college clubs will all work to embellish your resume. Include the company’s name, location, your title and the dates of employment (month and year). Use around three to five bullet points per experience to cover your main duties and achievements.

Additional sections

While education and experience are necessary to a resume, adding additional sections can help to strengthen it. Examples include: skills, interests, certificates, publications and languages.

Perhaps most important here is a skills section that features soft and hard skills. Soft skills include attention to detail, teamwork, critical thinking, etc. Hard skills include technical expertise, foreign languages and SEO knowledge. Don’t try and save time here—each resume should be tailored to the individual job ad. Don’t list all of your hobbies, unless they’re relevant—you’ll need things to discuss in the interview.

Tips to make your resume stand out!

Statistics are your best friends—exactly how many followers did you attract to social media pages? Even if a company doesn’t ask for a cover letter, you should almost always include one. Submit a separate document that highlights your strongest skills and qualifications or include it in the body of an email with your resume attached

Step-by-step resume checklist

  1. Decide on a resume template and make it readable.
  2. Make your contact information easy to find and use a professional email address.
  3. Write a brief profile summary that responds to what the company are looking for.
  4. Write your resume content—most relevant and most recent experience first.
  5. Check your skills clearly match those in the job ad.
  6. Check you use tailored keywords, quantification and action verbs

This article was originally published in the Spring 2019 of College News.

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College Scholarships: Get the Funding Facts

Studying alone to achieve the perfect GPA for your dream college is daunting enough as it is and then comes the other question of covering your tuition fees. College News have teamed up with the COO and Co-Founder of OneClass, Kevin Wu, to spill the tea on the different types of scholarships, the best student resources, interview tips and most importantly the secondary perks of scholarships.

What steps can students make to help reduce the costs of attending college?

Don’t limit your search to scholarships, bursaries and grants provided by your school. There are countless available that you can find on the web and the only cost to you is your time. Make sure to perform well academically so that you’re presented with greater scholarship opportunities as you move along college.

While in school, search for side-hustles that don’t require regimented time commitments. That is, jobs that grant you a flexible schedule. Jobs like driving around for Uber, Lyft, becoming a note-taker. You don’t want to place yourself in a position where a job takes precedence over your studies.

What different categories of scholarships are available to students?

There are enough categories of scholarships to run the gamut of possible student segment in college. Of course you can always find scholarships in the primary categories: needs-based, merit-based, school-based etc., but you can also find scholarships for athletes to scholarships for those pursuing studies in a field related to the grocery industry. There is no shortage of scholarships available.

Are there any scholarships that cover the entire cost of tuition fees?

There are scholarships that cover the full tuition of a student for a year; some even cover the tuition for all four years in college. The Cameron Impact Scholarship is one of them. Keep in mind, however, these are the most sought after scholarships, so competition will be high. They’re also commonly rewarded to the most academically driven students that are able to tie academics with extra-curricular activities while maintaining top-of-class credentials.

What are the perks of an athletic scholarship?

College athletes awarded with athletic scholarships commonly enjoy partial to full tuition coverage. The benefits don’t stop there: meal stipends, room and board coverage, student fees exemptions, physiotherapy coverage and college admissions are lenient for student-athletes in some cases. According to NCAA, more than 150,000 student-athletes receive $2.4 billion in athletic scholarships each year from NCAA member colleges and universities alone.

If you’re not a fan of being on the field, how can an esports scholarship benefit your years at college?

If forfeiting late-night gaming for academic success wasn’t ever in a student’s game plan entering college, it could be a good idea to make the most of your choices by applying for an esports scholarship and lean on some that partially cover your tuition. The average esports scholarship averages $4,800 in tuition awards according to the National Association of Collegiate Esports. As esports continue to grow, scholarship funding will only increase and more scholarship options will become available.

How can students assess the long-term financial impact of different colleges?

Students should seek out a college budget template and fit in expected expenses and extrapolate those figures across all four years to get a clear understanding of how much money that will come out of their pocket by the time they’re done for every school. This will also give them a good idea on how much they will be expected to pay back in student loans. Tuition plus expenses will vary depending on the school and the location of the school, so check with your school’s website to get exact figures.

Is there a limit on how many scholarships you can apply for?

No. There are only two things that can stop an applicant from applying for scholarships: a lack of trying or a desire to do something else. Stay motivated and keep applying because billions of dollars in scholarships are unclaimed every year.

What are your recommendations for keeping track of applied to scholarships?

Keeping track of the scholarships you applied for doesn’t have to be fancy. All you need is a calendar marked with upcoming dates of every deadlines, interviews and announcements after every application. It would be wise to reserve time on your schedule for interview preparations as well.

What are the best resources for finding scholarships that are applicable to you?

The best method of finding suitable scholarships for you are to search for scholarship directories. We put together some of the most well-scholarship directories here.

Do you have any tops tips on preparing for scholarship interviews?

Be mindful of what qualities the scholarship committee is looking for in their scholarship recipient. From there you should wrap the narrative of your biography and accomplishments to be coherently aligned with those qualities. Your presentation should be personal. Don’t be afraid to allow your idiosyncratic qualities shine because scholarship committees like students who naturally embody the highest standards in the qualities they look for.

OneClass incorporates an  extensive library of exam study guides, lecture notes and video tutorials created by top students, thus allowing you to quickly find what you need, when you need it. There’s a reason why 90% of all students who use OneClass get better grades.

Make your student life easier with OneClass. Follow @OneClass on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest student offers and most effective study tups. 

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Urban Transportation Issues and Electric Mobility

Mobility alternatives to cars are fast growing, as cities and people realize there are problems associated with traveling in the city that need to be solved. These problems include dense slow traffic, road safety issues and pollution.

The dense traffic in cities could be much improved by using smaller vehicles like electric bikes, mopeds, and scooters, as they have greater throughput—the number of vehicles that can move through a space over a given amount of time—than cars.

People often travel short distances in cities, including travel of one-to-two miles, which is a bit too far to walk but too short to warrant driving a car. In crowded areas, where there are many pedestrians crossing the street, etc., cars can cause road safety issues. Not to mention, transportation is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

With these issues in mind, many cities are pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing the number of gas-powered cars on the road would greatly help this goal.

The Benefits of Small Electric Vehicles For Mobility

Small electric vehicles can be great alternatives to gas-emitting cars in the city. In addition to having greater throughput than cars, they can often provide faster short-distance rides than cars during peak traffic times in cities. Since they are electric, they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also provide other soft benefits, such as providing a fun riding experience, exercise, and helping people feel more connected to their city.

Small electric vehicles, like electric bikes, can help a greater amount of people exercise. Riders can replace idle sitting in a car with riding a bike, and riders who may normally not feel fit enough to ride a bike their entire commute, or don’t want to sweat on the way to work, can take comfort in having the electric assist option.

Small vehicles can also help people feel more connected to their cities, as the riders can explore spots they’d normally miss while in a car, enjoy the feeling of being outdoors while riding, and be less isolated as they can see and interact with other people on the streets.

Coolpeds USA—Urban Electric Mobility Solutions

Coolpeds USA, a Shark Tank & CNBC featured company, has been dedicated to creating innovative and affordable electric mobility products for more than six years. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the Coolpeds team consists of passionate engineers and designers from UCLA, the Art Center, and Stanford University. Their goal is to improve people’s lives in the city and bring smiles to people’s faces while they’re on the go.

Coolpeds offer a variety of practical, affordable, and stylish electric mobility products—the Coolpeds iBike8, the Coolpeds E-Fixie, the Coolpeds eBloom Electric Scooter, and the innovative Coolpeds Briefcase Electric Scooter.

The Coolpeds iBike8 is foldable for easier carrying and storage, has a sturdy carbon steel frame, and has a powerful 250 watt hub motor that provides speeds up to 20 mph and a range of up to 20 miles per charge with pedal assist (range depends on weight, wind resistance, riding style, and flatness of road surface).

The Coolpeds E-Fixie combines the light-weight (39 pounds) and minimal style of a fixed gear bike with the power of electric assist, which provides speeds up to 20 mph and a range of up to 20 miles (with pedal assist).

The Coolpeds eBloom Electric Scooter provides a good alternative to a car in the city, as it has a longer range than most scooters and bikes while still being small enough to zip through traffic and require less parking space. It has a range of up to 60 miles and speeds up to 20-40 mph (depending on local regulations).

The patented Coolpeds Briefcase electric scooter is the world’s lightest electric scooter, weighing in at around 16 lbs. It can fold into a compact briefcase, which has multiple compartments, including a laptop compartment and a convenient USB charging port. It can also be used for travel as a carry-on in most airlines. It has a top speed of up to 10 mph and a range of up to 8 miles.

 

Coolpeds USA, a Shark Tank & CNBC featured company, has been dedicated to creating innovative and affordable green mobility products for more than 6 years.  The Coolpeds team consists of passionate engineers and designers from UCLA, the Art Center, and Stanford University. Our goal is to improve your city life and bring a smile to your face whenever you are on the go. 

To find out more visit https://www.coolpeds.us

33 Years of Gaga: Our Round Up of Lady Gaga’s Record Breaking Singles

As Lady Gaga turns 33 today, here’s our list of top record breaking singles sizzling with Gaga drama, unrivalled fun and overflowing symbolism.

“Poker Face” – The Fame

Released in 2008, “Poker Face,” the second single of her album, The Fame features a strong melody with two unforgettable, defining hooks, “Mum mum mum mah” and in the chorus, “Can’t read my poker face.”

The robotic resonance, as fitting with the synth pop or techno pop genre matches the hit’s heading, “Pokerface” referring to an expressionless face. In an exclusive London gig, hosted by Belvedere vodka, Gaga explained to fans how the song came into play, “You know his song is actually about when I was making love to this guy that I was dating a long time ago…I was thinking about chicks every time we had sex.”

“Bad Romance” – The Fame Monster

Following Poker Face’s glory, Gaga managed to create another chart topping success with “Bad Romance.” Written and produced with the help of Nadir Khayat, the song lyrics combined with the music video’s sinister imagery offers a dark humoured portrayal of Gaga’s complex relationship history with men at that time.

The single itself became the most downloaded song in UK Chart history, while the music video for “Bad Romance” shot up to the most viewed video on YouTube in 2010.

“Born This Way” – Born This Way

As Gaga received international acclaim with her album, The Fame, she also courted attention for her unique sense of style. At the 2010 MTV Music Awards, she wore a now iconic meat dress made up of raw steak; in spite of the controversy from animal rights groups, the outfit was hailed by the Time as 2010’s top fashion statement, which led to Gaga being labelled the top fashion buzzword by the Global Language Monitor.

Inspired by the synth pop genre that paved the success of “Pokerface,” Gaga fuses disco, techno beats and metal into “Born This Way.” Her lyrics such as “You’re black, white, beige, chola descent,” “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen” and “God makes no mistakes’ merge the different identity markers of sexuality, race and religion.”

Gaga’s chorus hook, “Cause I was born this way” goes onto to eradicate the difference, through highlighting how we are all ultimately “born this way.”

“Applause” – Art Pop

Aired in 2013, “Applause” pays tribute to the on-going support from her fans, especially during her Born This Way Ball Tour, where she experienced immense pain from a hip injury. Their applause encouraged her to continue onwards with the tour, until her performance’s movements caused the injury to worsen and sustain a tear to the right hip.

Applause’s electro pop form of tech-pop and upbeat dance music was an international victory for Gaga, reaching the top 10 across music charts in South Korea, Turkey, Israel, Japan, Scotland and New Zealand.

In typical Gaga fashion, the music video is saturated with imagery. Una Mullally for Irish Times comments on the allusion to Botticelli’s Birth Of Venus and the hands across her breasts costume being reminiscent of Bowie’s 1973 green hands and cobweb costume designed by Korniloff, that was barred from American Television.

Although, what’s Gaga without the rich symbolism, dark humor, satire and glorious drama. Happy Birthday, Lady Gaga!

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Sustainable Gems for Graduation Day

If a scene from the film Black Diamond comes to mind when you think about gems, you’ll be glad to know that this is not an image you need to associate with the pearl industry.

Most gemstones are non-renewable – the supply of gems like diamonds is finite and won’t be replaced in our lifetime, while many mining sites cause a lot of ecological damage.

But, the pearl industry is different.

Pearls: Nature’s Gems

Pearls are the only gems that are produced by living creatures; they are organic, created inside living mollusks. They’re also renewable – one mollusk can produce multiple pearls at a time and the mollusks themselves can also reproduce. It only takes a few years for pearls to form, in stark contrast with diamonds, which take between 1-3 billion years to be created.

Oysters are remarkably sensitive organisms, which makes it extremely important that the water and surrounding areas are clean and healthy, otherwise the pearls won’t grow. A pearl farmer who cares about the long-term health of his farming operation must use environmentally-responsible farming practices to produce high-quality pearls now, and for decades to come, unlike with other gemstones where the future of the environment is hardly a concern.

Formerly, pearls could only be found growing wild in nature, and they were extremely rare – only royalty and the extremely wealthy could afford them. But today, most pearls you can buy are cultured or produced on pearl farms of which about 95% are produced in China, which is also where our flagship product, Edison pearls are cultivated.

What Are Edison Pearls?

Edison Pearls are the brainchild of Zhan Weijian, president of Grace Pearls located in Zhuji, a town in the Zhejiang Province in east-central China. The first cultivated pearls were farmed successfully in 1916, admittedly of low quality, and over time the quality has improved tremendously and could even be compared to the quality of natural pearls. But Edison Pearls took the industry to a whole new level when they were introduced to the market in 2010.

What makes Edison pearls so unique is that these pearls are smooth with intense luster, they’re almost perfectly round, they come in sizes of up to ¾ of an inch and there are a wide range of different colors available such as: purple, pink, bronze, dark gold, and champagne.

When asked why he chose the name, Zhan Weijian said that “Thomas Edison, for all his intelligence, could not invent pearls or diamonds.”

The superior quality of Edison pearls put them in a class of their own. And what makes them even more remarkable is the fact that they are surprisingly affordable. Women throughout the world are now able to afford pearls of superior quality in any shape, size, and color they prefer.

Our Trade-In System: Recycle Your Old Jewelry

At Timeless Pearl, we’re committed to helping women look beautiful and feel confident with a wide range of charming jewelry designs that reflect her inner beauty and personal style.

We’re also committed to the environment and our impact in the community. We only partner with suppliers who follow sound sustainability practices in their pearl farming operations.

But we’re now taking our commitment even further. We’re introducing a new trade-in system where you can exchange your old pearl jewelry for something new and depending on the quality of the used jewelry, you can get up to 80% back on your purchase price.

It’s simple. You just complete the trade-in application form on our website to receive a return label, you’ll then post the old jewelry to us, and once we’ve inspected the jewelry, you’ll receive a cash back coupon via email which you can then use when making your next purchase.

Take a Stand on Graduation Day

We invite you to take a stand for women and the environment on your graduation day – and beyond. With over 400 different styles, you’re bound to find something to your liking.

Visit timelesspearl.com to make a statement on graduation day.

 

At Timeless Peal, we sincerely hope to make you 100% satisfied with your pearl jewerly purchase. Our mission is to make handcrafted luxury timeless pearl jewelry affordable to everyone, and at the same time promote environmental sustainability and our love of pearls.

Unleash Your Inner Genie Goddess This Year

College is stressful for anyone, and for women thinking about having your period, while studying for exams and rushing to your classes can be more emotionally stressful. Let alone, all the added emotions of being away from home, and living with a complete stranger can add up.

A Genie’s Dream is making it that much easier to get items shipped right to your dorm room. You don’t need to wait for Christmas to get gifts that make you feel like a Goddess.

Every girl needs a reminder of how amazing it is to be a woman. Most of us don’t associate our monthly cycles with creativity, and celebration.

A Genie’s Dream was created on the idea that woman are the most powerful when vulnerable, and the company wanted to showcase products that can help channel creative forces by curating brands that are good for your health and wealth. Also, by adding a little extra magic and TLC into our daily lives and routine.

A Genie’s Dream showcases products that are good for your mind, body and spirit. Empowering self love and self care.

Cycle of 3

A Genie’s Dream is all about empowering women and the individual. Behind each tube, there is a Cycle of 3: support for small businesses, repurpose tubes, and stories of individuals. They focus on having products that are handcrafted by women entrepreneurs, advocate a healthy environment by repurposing our sturdy tubes in many creative (and fabulous) ways, and we highlight the stories of the people behind the creation of A Genie’s Dream.

We aspire to create a movement to inspire women to unleash the creative spark within themselves to unleash their inner genie. It is a never-ending cycle of giving and sharing.

How Does the Subscription Work?

This monthly “tube” of gifts will be delivered right to your door and includes all things therapeutic to make that “time of the month” a pleasant one. The tube is delivered every 30 days, but it’s flexible to fit your schedule. It can be paused, changed or canceled; no questions asked.

A Genie’s Dream has two enchanted cylinders to choose from. The LADY Tube “themed” Subscription features everything sparkly, and imaginative and made with love such as:  organic tampons, organic pads, unicorn make-up brushes and jewelry, Each month has a fun imaginative theme to unleash the inner child within us all.

The Goddess Subscription is all Organic, Cruelty Free! Each month you will receive organic tampons, organic soaps, handcrafted candles local teas, essential oils, organic chocolates, biodegradable candies, and sustainable tubes; we also include healing crystals to help you embrace your inner spiritual goddess. Each month showcases a different goddess to unleash the warrior within.

Why Does this Box/Tube Stand Out?

This company promotes brands and products from savvy female entrepreneurs that care about the planet. For example: in The Goddess box/tube you can find Lollipops, made from flowers with a seed bearing- biodegradable stick, so you can plant your own flower or you can find handcrafted candles only made on Full Moons that channel the cycle of the moon to bring luck and love to you. You will also find fun Bath bombs and Shower Steamers that are made with biodegradable glitter by @purringbuddah. Each bath bomb is organic, vegan, and cruelty free.

Products, that are good for your health and wealth? Yes, please. We are loving A Genie’s Dream. Not only do they care about the products you put in your body, but they also care about the environment.

It truly is the gift that keeps on giving. It really is a never-ending cycle of women encouraging women to unleash their potential. Instead of letting our natural, bodily cycle bum you out every month, you can use it as an opportunity to celebrate you and all your creative ambitions.

A note from A Genie’s Dream founder, Allison Gondoli: “A Genie’s Dream has changed the way we view our natural bodies. Instead of shaming ourselves that we are on our period, we are celebrating it! I had a vision of creating a product that inspires women to unlock their imagination when they are feeling vulnerable. I also wanted to shed light on the products we use monthly that are good for our mind, body, and spirit. A Genie’s Dream is not only a brand, it’s a community of women helping women, who create a lifestyle and a conscious way of living.”

Use the discount code CollegeNews to get 30% off your first time order!

A Genie’s Dream was founded upon the idea that women deserve to feel comforted and good about themselves, even during a sad and vulnerable state.  Our mission is to unveil your inner genie goddess. No matter what time of the month it is, your gift is our command. Our monthly subscription will ease your pains and worries while putting a smile on your face. Relax and take a revitalizing ride on this magnificent journey.

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