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Copy-cats, Rip-Offs and Changes: The Evolution of Iconic Logo Design

Did you know that in its early years the Pepsi logo looked like a Coca-cola copycat and that the million-dollar logo change they did in 2008 was also criticized to be an Obama’s campaign logo rip off?  And did you know:

  • Google’s first logo was made in a free graphics program GIMP
  • Nike logo was designed by a student for only $35
  • The original twitter logo was bought on iStockPhoto for $15
  • Apple’s current logo was inspired by their original ‘78 monochrome logo

On the other hand, iconic logo designs are timeless. Brands such as Coca-Cola or GE keep their logos almost unchanged for more than 100 years. Below is a cool infographic designed and contributed by Alex Hillsberg of Finances Online on the evolution of hte logo. You can also read a more in depth version of this story on the site by clicking here.

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Bowling Is Back in Costa Mesa and You’re Invited!

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In 5 short days, a new Costa Mesa hot spot will be upon us!  The well-known Tavern + Bowl of San Diego is opening their first ever Orange County location and it’s sure to be a hit!

The Grand Opening takes place on February 27,2014 from 5 pm – 2 am.  Whether you are looking for a cold micro-brew, some savory snacks, or an awesome game of bowling, this tavern is going to be your new hot spot and neighborhood staple.  We hope you’re ready to let the good times to roll!

This family-friendly concept originated in Downtown San Diego in 2007 and took the city by surprise with its unpretentious, come-as-you-are atmosphere, exceptional food and beverages, outstanding customer service, and unparalleled versatility.

Some of the items you’ll notice as you enter the venue include ample, sleek seating, 26 huge LCD TVs, a large bar featuring 40 beers on draft, a brand new kitchen pumping out tantalizing treats, and 10 state-of-the-art bowling lanes where you can test your skills.

Start with the designated Kingpin’s choice appetizer, Grilled Oysters Kilpatrick glazed with honey bourbon garlic butter and topped with savory bacon breadcrumbs; or go for the melt-in-your-mouth Filet Mignon Steak Tacos, with chimichurri-marinated grilled steak, avocado relish, and cotija cheese over corn tortillas.  If Baby Back Ribs are your thing, you can’t go wrong there either! You’ll get a full rack, grilled and glazed with Tavern+Bowl’s signature beerbeque sauce and served on a bed of fries.

Concerned about dietary restrictions? Costa Mesa 55 Tavern+Bowl’s menu includes items that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and even paleolithic!

Costa Mesa 55 Tavern+Bowl is located where the 55 Freeway meets Newport Boulevard in The Triangle. 1875 Newport Blvd Costa Mesa CA 92627

See you there!

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Top 10 Super Bowl Ads of All Time and Who Will Win Today’s Game Predictions

Oh yes we did.  What better way to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII than showcasing some of the best and funniest ads for game day ever.  Everyone of course has a different list but these were pretty funny.  Enjoy.

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Also check out analyst Super Bowl predictions for who will win today’s game. Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos? How will things play out? Who will assume a starring role? NFL.com analysts weigh in with their predictions for Super Bowl XLVIII.  

Click the image below and read at NFL.com

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A Visual History of the Super Bowl

superbowlSuper Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NY Giants and NY Jets, and is the first ever played in the northeast. To date, 77% of all Super Bowl games have been played in the states of Florida, Louisiana, and California.

Valuepenguin.com  sent over to Gia On The Move a super cool interactive infographic created by designer Jonathan Wu, detailing projections, winners, match-ups, performance and who were the MVPs.

You will want to get down with this one.  So click the image to be taken to the live .page. It’s a trip.

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Harry Styles Green Bay LUV: Junk Food x NFL

It’s why we love him…Harry Styles just manages to always wear his heart on his sleeve…and on the front of his T-Shirt.

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Here he is photographed wearing Junk Food x NFL!  The One Direction singer celebrated his favorite NFL team’s division championship last Sunday by sporting his Green Bay Packers tee (Price Available Upon Request,www.junkfoodclothing.com).

And just in case you missed anything, here’s the listing of all of Green Bay’s Games below. Going head to head in one of the toughest games of the season, the Green Bay Packers take on the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, January 5th!

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Football Season: I Love Sundays!

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It’s football season and you’re finally hanging out with the guys for a Sunday Night game. What should you wear to score points with the fanatic crowd?  Yes, you’re a girl. But there’s no way you’ll be interrupting a perfect touchdown by prancing around in your girliest gear. Your getting a feeling that hulking it up on the couch with the boys could be an option, but probably not your best. And the thought of body slamming at the local bar over wings and beer,  in an oversized team jersey isn’t quite your style either.

If you’re longing for a bit of middle ground, maybe it’s time to break out some comfy chic instead. Think sporty pieces like Peace Love World’s I Love Sunday V-Neck Tee, topped with classic duck boots, trendy puffer jackets and some relaxed jeans.

The I Love Sundays Pima V-Neck Tee is super soft made with premium cotton. Once you slip it on, you’ll discover its fan-favorite unisex fit and adore the details like “I love Sundays” printed across the front. And while Sunday only comes once a week, you’ll love this T all year round even after the season ends.

NFL ShieldGet the remaining season schedules on NFL.com

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September Tennis Obsession

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Tipped trim halter neck dress from eShakti.com ($79.95).

Tennis Envy?

For the US Open obsessed, NYC is all a-buzz about the 2013 Tennis Tournament.

From tennis-inspired cocktails, to tennis-ball cake pops, there is an even more delicious way to channel your inner Maria Sharapova or Serena Williams (AND have an excuse to wear white after Labor Day!).

Tennis –inspired apparel is the perfect faux-uniform for early September weather; light and breezy, functional and fashionable without skipping out on style! You will definitely have the “all court advantage” here especially with classic staples and affordable prices.

Why we love these two items: You won’t have to be limited to just caps, T-shirts and Sweats — Ace the dress up, dress down factor.

Mini Skirts

Emerson Thorpe Madison Flair Skirt in Black from SINGER22.com $190.0

A Whole New Shaq Attack — Wake Up America!

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America Kicks Off Back To School with Shaq & his Mom!

 
by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move ~
Retired NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal and his mom Lucille sounded the morning alarm — literally — as part of one of the Largest Wake Up Calls on Thursday, August 1st in New York City. It was a signal to the start of a unique event where hundreds of teenagers competed in a creative obstacle course designed to dramatize the daily activities of all kids getting ready for their school day. But… they were challenged by difficulties, distractions and disturbances that made their attempt to get to school and receive that final diploma a huge undertaking.

Shaq and his mom know firsthand that by providing kids with a safe, constructive environment and dynamic after school programming, Boys & Girls Clubscan make a difference, especially for those most in need. As a kid growing up, the former basketball star often headed to the Boys and Girls Club to hangout with friends and talk with mentors about his future.

Shaquille O'NealShaq has said it was at the Boys and Girls Club where he learned to be a leader and not a follower.

The event is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) national Tools for Back-to-School campaign, encouraging parents, families, and communities alike to support academic preparedness for our youth, especially those most in need, by providing access to necessary tools and resources, including Boys & Girls Clubs. As part of this event, JCPenney served as BGCA’S partner in raising awareness about the importance of academic preparedness and the BGCA’S after-school programs which help support kids ensuring they have the right tools to be successful this school year.

Run For The Roses and The Pie: Derby Party Ideas for the Big Race Day

Run for the rosesThe annual Run for the Roses makes a festive occasion for gathering friends and indulging in good food.

Whether a horse race fan or not, throwing a Kentucky Derby party can liven up the sometimes lackluster month of May. With a nearly 140 year history, the Derby (also known as the Run for the Roses, because of the rose covered blanket the winning horse earns) offers a vibrant theme for party organizers.

Interested in planning your own Kentucky Derby Party? Incorporate these ideas: 

• Plan your party for Saturday, May 4th – the race will begin around 6:30 p.m. (ET), so have your guests arrive early for a late afternoon celebration.

• Fashionable attire is a must at the Derby. Linen suits and oversize hats are common. Encourage your guests to bring their own, or pick up a selection from a thrift store. Kentucky Derby Attire

• Serve Mint Juleps. Add an extra twist to the traditional Derby drink by adding a dash of Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Pure Orange Extract to each beverage.

• Set up a photo booth, with extra hats, fake mustaches, or jockey attire.

• Burgoo, a thick and spicy stew, is the traditional meal. Make yours with a splash of Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Pure Coffee Extract, to deepen the flavor. burgoo

• Have guests pick a horse. Have a prize on hand for the person who selects the winning stead – a red rose bouquet would make a theme-appropriate prize.

• Treat guests to a slice of rich pecan pie for dessert, flavored with Nielsen- Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste (recipe below).

A from-scratch pecan pie will be the hit of the party. This carefully developed recipe makes sure every bite, including the rich crust, is flavorful with just a touch of crunch. Serve it warm, with a small scoop of high quality vanilla ice cream.

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Sweet Flaky Pastry Dough

2 cups plus 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
4 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, chopped into pieces
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons cold water
2 tablespoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Paste or Extract

1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.

2. Make a well in the center and add the rest of the ingredients. Again using your fingertips, mix together to make a smooth dough.

3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead two or three times. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes before using.

4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface or piece of plastic wrap to 2 inches larger than you pan.

5. Grease a 9 inch diameter shallow pie plate or tart pan, then lift the dough over a rolling pin and lightly drape it over the pan. Peel away the plastic wrap, if using.

6. Gently lift the edges of the dough upward and ease the dough into position. Press the dough firmly but gently into place with your fingertips, making sure that there are no gaps between the dough and the pan.

7. Turn any excess dough outward over the run of the tart pan, then run the rolling pin over the top of the pan so that any excess dough is cut off. Smooth any rough edges with the side of a blunt knife. Prick the bottom of the pastry shell with a fork. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. (This will help to stop it from shrinking during baking.)

8. Place a large piece of nonstick parchment paper over the bottom and sides of the pastry shell. Fill the bottom with pie weights. (These are available from cookware department of large department stores and specialty cookware shops—or use dried uncooked beans.)

9. Bake in a preheated oven, at 350°F, for 10-15 minutes, or until the shell is just set, then remove the paper and weights and cook empty for another 10 minutes, or until the bottom is dry and crisp and the top edges of the tart are golden. Leave the piecrust in the pan and continue with the recipe.

Pecan Pie Filling
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 2⁄3 cups chopped pecans
1 cup pecan halves
2 1/2 oz semisweet dark chocolate, chopped
3 eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
2⁄3 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons bourbon whiskey (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.

1. Place the chopped pecans and pecan halves on separate baking sheets and roast them in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until golden and fragrant.

2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl set it over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the surface of the water does not touch the bowl.

3. In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and bourbon, if using, then beat in the melted chocolate and butter.

4. Place the chopped pecans in the lined pie plate, cover with the maple and chocolate mixture, and arrange the pecan halves on top.

5. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes, or until golden and set. Serve warm, with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Serves 8

Tip: When roasting nuts in the oven, keep an eye on them at all times and don’t leave them unattended, because they can burn quickly.

This enticing recipe is provided by Chef Eric Lanlard from his cookbook Tart It Up! Sweet & Savor Tarts & Pies.

And They’re Off! Keeping Official Time at the Kentucky Derby with Longines

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Longines, the Swiss watch brand known for its luxury timepieces, is the Official Watch and Timekeeper of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and will award  watches to the winning horses’ owner, trainer and jockey on both race days as well as have a strong presence throughout other Derby-affiliated events.

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Celebrity chef John Besh teams up with Longines and Bon Appetit at the Taste of Derby kicking off the Kentucky Derby weekend, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Longines/AP Images)

To kick off the brand’s participation in the multi-day event, Longines had a strong presence at last night’s Taste of Derby event. At this event, Longines teamed up with renowned chef John Besh and Bon Appétit to create the perfect guide to throwing an Elegant Kentucky Derby Party, filled with recipes, time-savers and décor tips. At this premier charity event, chefs from the nation’s most delectable cities including Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Louisville, competed in an elegant entrée competition which Longines timed. In keeping with the Derby’s charitable tradition, partial proceeds from this premier event benefitted Dare to Care, a charity dedicated to reducing hunger throughout Kentucky.

John Besh has set the benchmark for fine dining in New Orleans – a town whose identity is bound to food. Each of his nine acclaimed restaurants (August, Besh Steak, Lüke, Lüke San Antonio, La Provence, American Sector, Soda Shop, Domenica and Borgne) celebrates the tradition of the region.

 Jennifer Judkins, Longines U.S. Brand President, poses with the Kentucky Derby trophy and Longines timepieces at the Taste of Derby, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.  Longines, the Swiss watch manufacturer known for its luxury timepieces, is the Official Watch and Timekeeper of the 139th annual Kentucky Derby. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Longines/AP Images)

 

West Hollywood Gets Healthy For St. Vincent Meals on Wheels on April 21st

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CYCLE FOR A CAUSE on April 21st at SoulCycle West Hollywood to get healthy and raise awareness for St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.

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Hosted by Celebrity Chef, Michael Fiorelli of Terranea Resort, PV and Junk Food Clothing, this charity ride will kick off the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels Walk-bike-Chef Michael Fiorellia-thon on April 28th, which will be celebrating its 18th year.

In the last two years alone, the event has raised enough money to prepare and deliver over 25,000 meals throughout Los Angeles to our homebound hungry neighbors.  That’s a lot of love!soulcyclelogo

Tickets for the SoulCycle event are available through Eventbrite.com ($50). One hundred percent of the sales will go to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, helping to feed homebound seniors.

imagesAll Charity Riders will receive a Junk Food tee, a Cart for a Cause Cook Book, a St. Vincent Meals on Wheels angel pin and more for taking time to raise awareness for this important cause!

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Tickets for the Event go to Eventbrite or click the RIDE TO FEED image:

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More information on St. Vincent Meals on Wheels walk-bike-athon visit:

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http://www.stvincentmow.org/2013/01/18th-annual-beach-walkbike-a-thon/

The St. Vincent Senior Citizen Nutrition Program serves anyone in need, regardless of age, illness, disability, race, or religion.

Running For The Beer

Go out and Have a Brew!

LA Marathon and St. Patrick’s Day collide!   Best of Luck Runners!

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There is a pot of Gold at the end of the Finish Line!

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