Fan Art Fridays: Shia LaBeouf at #ALLMYMOVIES

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’ll already know that Shia LaBeouf watched all his movies in reverse chronological order from November 10th to November 12th at the Angelika Film Center as part of his latest performance art project called #ALLMYMOVIES. Admission was free, so you can imagine how many people were waiting to enter that theater. The whole thing was live streamed, so we had a front row seat of Shia’s face the entire three days.

A fan in what looks like the concession area or lobby of the theater sketched an awesome drawing of Shia watching his movies. The sketch has a slightly courtroom cartoon look to it, which is ironic because in a way the audience and Shia himself were like judges evaluating his filmography during #ALLMYMOVIES.

As I mentioned last week, every Fan Art Fridays during NaNoWriMo will also have a fan fiction presented at the end, so here’s this week’s!

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Enjoy, and view the original sketch on Twitter.

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Hilary Duff on Set of ‘Younger’ and Yerdle Review

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Today’s Wardobe Wednesdays is sponsored by Yerdle through PINCHme.*

Hilary Duff was definitely looking holiday glam while on the set of Younger in New York City last week.

I can’t be the only one thinking she looks like a fun disco ball with this sheer sequined top and leather pants. The red heels give this look just the right amount of color without going overboard. If Mr. and Mrs. Claus had a female assistant that was not an elf, this should be their uniform.

All of the original items (marked with *) are still in stock for those of you eyeing these pieces for an upcoming laid back holiday party. I’ve also listed some alternatives below.

Top:

1. Nordstrom, $330.00*

2. John Lewis, £68.00 (approx. $103.15 USD)

Pants:

3. Shopbop, $1,098.00 *

4. Macy’s, $21.99

Heels:

5. Saks Fifth Avenue, $895.00 *

6. Urbanog, $42.70


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A few weeks ago I was introduced to Yerdle by PINCHme. Yerdle is like an online thrift store where you can give and receive items for free. All you have to pay is shipping if your item requires it.

Users get Yerdle dollars when they give stuff away, kind of like credits for a good deed. Just snap a pic of an item you don’t want and post it to get started.

I myself simply wanted to try getting a product through Yerdle, so when I saw this set of necklaces and rings for $5 I couldn’t resist.

The package came quickly, and the jewelry was just as pictured.  yerdle set

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Disregard my chipped nail polish…

One of the necklaces has a cool bird on it, the other is a geometric triangular pattern, and one ring is plain silver while the other looks like an animal print. What’s particularly interesting about the animal print ring is the fact that they’re three rings stuck together,

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I’m quite pleased, and would totally get another product on Yerdle. People give away loads of stuff like shoes, headphones, and decorative items for your home. I might also upload some things to give away soon.

If you’d like to try Yerdle yourself, use my link to sign up and receive some extra Yerdle dollars! https://yerdle.com/i/dana-gibbs

 

Gallery Mondays: ‘Pax Rwanda’ Exhibit @ Port Authority Bus Terminal

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I was traveling last week for a work trip and I came across this vibrant Pax Rwanda exhibit at the Port Authority Bus Terminal’s 9th Avenue entrance in NYC.

The exhibit features several pieces of art that will be on display at the terminal for the month of November. The pieces are embroidered art created by women that survived the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda.

What stands out to me the most about this particular piece is the feeling you get when you see it. Despite the fact that the women who created the art lived through the genocide, which was something sad and grief-worthy, this pair of ladies dancing happily somehow came out of it.

Isn’t that something?

It kind of reminds me of the Bible verse Psalm 118:24, which reads, “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Learn more about the exhibit here.

NaNoWriMo 2015: ‘Runaway Girl’ Part 2

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Enjoy the second part of Runaway Girl! (Read part 1 here)

It was only five o’clock in the morning when I tiptoed down the stairs and out the back door of the house. I took one last look at the family photo on the living room table and then I left. I was going to miss this house, but not my mom and dad or Samir. They could surely live without me.

At six thirty in the morning I boarded the plane to Italy. When I arrived in Italy, it was already one in the afternoon. I had an hour before my next flight to New York so I took a bathroom break and then read a few pages of my Koran. At two I got on the plane to New York. I could already feel the freedom in my veins as the plane landed seven hours later.

I had a friend in New York named Priya whom I had called before leaving Bangladesh. She had done the same thing I was doing three years ago. She now had one child and an amazing husband whom she married of her own free will. I hope I’ll be as lucky as she. She lives in Belmont, Long Island and offered to pick me up from LaGuardia Airport that evening. I called her from a payphone using the only U.S. quarter I had ever seen in my life. I took it from my dad’s collection. He collected coins from all over the world. Thankfully he had a U.S. quarter.

I put the quarter in the payphone and picked up the receiver only to find that there was no dial tone. I looked at the payphone trying to figure out what I had done wrong. On the top left hand side of the payphone I saw that it said ‘50¢’. That meant two quarters. I only had one. I sighed and began to walk away from the payphone when a blue eyed, dark brown haired guy in a business suit came up to me and handed me a quarter.

“You don’t have to thank me. I saw you from over there”, he said while pointing across the room. “You looked like you needed another quarter. You’re welcome,” he said smiling at me.

“Thank you,” I said. He left me standing at the payphone still in awe. He walked over to a man holding a sign that said ‘Broomfield’. I guess that was his driver.

I snapped out of it and called Priya. She told me she was already on her way, so I waited outside. I watched as other people pushed carts with suitcases to their taxis and riding away off to freedom. I couldn’t wait until Priya arrived. Finally she did, and I rode off into the freedom-filled sunset myself.

Priya’s husband, Greg, is very nice to me. Her daughter Vonetta is two years old, and she told me that she likes my Saris. Priya and I agreed that I should babysit Vonetta until I find a job in New York. Greg offered to pay me but I told him it wasn’t necessary. I already owed him for allowing me to remain in his home until I could stand on my own.

Fan Art Fridays: Grace Helbig and Chester See (Grester)

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In honor of #NaNoWriMo, every Fan Art Fridays post for November will have a fan fiction story to go along with it. Coincidentally, the cover of the fan fiction is almost the same as this week’s fan art!

YouTube fans cannot stop gushing over Grester. I figured that I would find some pretty good fan fiction about their relationship online, so I decided to go with this piece of fan art I found on Deviant Art.

The artwork was created by Super-Gia, and it’s a cartoon/anime version of a picture from a photo shoot Grace Helbig and Chester See did together. Chester’s cartoon looks so much like him! Grace sort of looks like a housewife that loves to drink wine, but I don’t hate it!

Head over to Whattpad to read this awesome fan fiction by croyden called The Secret Love which is about Grester hiding their relationship from their friends. At this rate, these two will get married and not tell us anything.

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Enjoy! See the original fan art here.

October Favorites: ZOLA, Lyft Zombies & Drake’s “Hotline Bling” Dancing

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There’s literally less than 8 weeks left of 2015. What. Even.

October brought a month filled with amazing videos and new music! This list of monthly faves would have been a lot longer if I had the time.

Here are my favorite things in pop culture for the month of October:

Favorite News Articles

1. The #ZOLA story. Is someone buying the film rights to this?

2. Lyft zombies. Can you imagine walking down the street and a zombie just randomly gets out of a car?!

3. Air France workers rip the shirts off their backs in protest. Dramatic much?

4. This adorbs little pug wanted to ride the Vespa. They just wouldn’t let him on, yo.

5. Mila Kunis would cover up a crime for her daughter. Mommy bond is strong.

6. Passengers on a delayed train sing Drake songs. Nothing brings NYC closer than a subway car.

Favorite Music

1. “New York City” by The Chainsmokers. New York City will be good to you if you steer clear of the players.

2. “All Over You” by LEISURE. I’ve probably played this song a gazillion times since it came out.

3. “Me & the Rhythm” by Selena Gomez. Instant favorite off her new album.

4. “Science Fiction” by Christine and the Queens. So happy she released her album in the U.S.!

5. “Dancing on Glass” by St. Lucia. This song has me so pumped for a new album from these guys.

6. “Fiesta (Remix)” by Bomba Esteréo ft. Will Smith. Wondering what the hell he’s doing on this track? Here’s your answer. 

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Tanya Burr’s Glamour cover. She looks so different!

2. Meghan Camarena looks super cute in these shades! Work it gurl 😉

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3. Sarah Barthel’s yorkie got mad skills! When is he going on tour?

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4. Olivia becomes one with the sofa. She just wants to blend in.

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5. Kimbra in NYC. How did I not know she was here?!

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6. Hilary Duff’s canine PDA. Call the paparazzi.

Favorite TV Episodes

1. Castle, “The Nose.” I’d hate to be that keen a smeller.

2. The Mindy Project, “Stay at Home MILF.” Those stay at home mommy outfits were super cute.

3. How to Get Away with Murder, “Meet Bonnie.” Why did no one take the briefcase full of money and go celebrate?

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Drake’s “Hotline Bling” dancing. How could they let him go out there without real choreography?

2. Extra gum commercial. Brb, bawling.

3. The 1975’s “Love Me” music video. My head hurts.

4. Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” dance video. These girls are phenomenal!

Happy November!

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Emmy Rossum in Beverly Hills

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It must have been a bit chilly when Emmy Rossum stepped out in Beverly Hills on October 29th with this stellar plaid ensemble.

The cream color scheme looks superb on her. I love the business woman vibe she’s giving off with the plaid coat and skirt set along with the cream heels with a black trim. Add a black or gray turtle neck and your favorite black designer bag and you’re off to work in style!

The coat and skirt set are sold out (not surprising) so I listed some alternatives below. The bag and heels are still in stock (marked with an *) but if they do sell out there’s an alternative for each below as well:

Coat:

1. Style We, $195.99

2. Rotita, $35.99

Shoes:

3. Saks Off Fifth, $39.99

4. Matches Fashion, $361.00 *

Skirt:

5. H&M, $34.99

6. Romwe, $12.67

Bag:

7. Ralph Lauren, $1,750.00

8. Stylebop, $3,531.00 *

‘My All-American:’ Show Support for Your Football MVP!

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*This post is sponsored by Gofobo, the advanced movie screening app that lets you see movies like My All-American before their official theater release date.

Last Wednesday I went to an advanced screening of My All-American starring Finn Wittrock as Freddie Steinmark. The film also stars Aaron Eckhart as Coach “Roy” Royal and Sarah Bolger as Freddie’s girlfriend Linda.

The film is based on the true story of college football star Freddie Steinmark, which is being told by Coach Roy forty years later as a reporter asks him who the best “all-American” football player was. She’s confused when Coach Roy says Steinmark, as he wasn’t “all-American” but she listens to what he has to say.

One thing I really admired about this film was the romance. Freddie and Linda were inseparable. She went to all his games and was super supportive of her MVP, even when life took its toll on their relationship. No matter what happened, she was always in the stands watching.

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Sarah Bolger as Linda in My All-American.

So whether it’s your boyfriend’s team, your father’s favorite team, or just a football player you’re totally obsessed with, wear their jersey this season to support them!

Here are three ways to wear a Longhorns football jersey. These styles can be applied to any team jersey with a little color switching and coordinating.

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Leather Jacket: ASOS, $135.00

Jeans: Macy’s, $34.99

Wedge Booties: Maurices, $34.00

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Denim Shorts: H&M, $15.00

Cowgirl Boots: JustFab, $49.99

Hat: Shop.com, $17.60

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Leggings: Charlotte Russe, $8.99

Sneakers: TOMS, $69.00

Bracelet: Nordstrom, $48.00

Go see the movie in theaters November 13th!

Gallery Mondays: Arlés del Rio’s “Fly Away” @ Robert Miller Gallery

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A few weeks ago I was killing time by perusing some of Chelsea’s art galleries and found this awesome work of art by Cuban artist Arlés del Rio.

The gallery I had stumbled into was the Robert Miller Gallery where the Nuevos Colores exhibit was on display. This piece was towards the back of the gallery. It stood out to me, for obvious reasons.

The piece is called “Fly Away” and if you were in Times Square during the summer of 2014 you might have seen a similar work by Del Rio by the name of “Nearness.” The cut out artwork makes it look like something has burst through the gate and off to somewhere new.

I got kind of sentimental thinking about how the piece stands for our ability to break free from the things that hurt us, even if breaking free means hurting a bit more before it’s finally over.

Head to the Robert Miller Gallery to check out the exhibit before it closes on November 14th!

NaNoWriMo 2015: ‘Runaway Girl’ Part 1

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I’ve decide to participate in NaNoWriMo this year! The story I’ll be sharing here on my blog is one that I wrote as a Year 1 at Bard High School Early College Queens. The prompt was “family injustice” so I wrote about a Bengali girl whose parents were forcing her to marry someone she has no interest in. The original title was The Girl That Ran Away but I edited the story’s title to Runaway Girl. I think that flows better.

The story has four parts that will be released once a week until the end of November. Enjoy!

Part 1

I don’t want to marry Samir, the man my parents chose for me. He’s a forty year old man with a beer belly and has a
lazy eye. Every time I look at him and try to have a conversation with him he looks away and mutters to himself. I can’t marry someone who won’t even hold my gaze during a conversation, much less give me their undivided attention.

It’s a Bengali tradition to marry the man your parents choose for you. My sister Miriam did it, being the good girl that she is, against her will. She’s now a miserable mother of three who has to go to sleep every night next to a man she doesn’t love, and has no intention of ever loving. But not me. No. My name is Sharmina Ahmed, I am nineteen years old and I ran away to somewhere far, far away from Bangladesh. To the land of the free.

I packed my bags with my most treasured possessions, those being my Koran, my favorite saris, my school photo album, and my jewelry box. I ordered two tickets online: one from here to Italy and another from Italy to the United States. I divided the trip since I had bought them on a credit card so as to disguise it. I didn’t even tell Miriam I was leaving. I just left.


The Whisper Box is a proud supporter of Ada Calhoun’s new book St. Mark’s is Dead. For all you non-fiction lovers looking for some new reads, definitely check this one out!

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