Ready4Air (Social) | ‘Say Cheese’: Today, Photos Are For Showing Off

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July 22, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

By Alexis Trass Walker

Oh, the times they are a changin’. Gone are the days when people took photos for sentimental reasons. These days, one in three Americans admit that photos are for showing off, according to a survey conducted for specialty online photo printer Kanvess.com.

Have you given up on organizing your photos into scrapbooks and photo albums? As it turns out, social media is now the traditional photo album’s flashier, more exciting younger sibling. Whereas photo albums are seen by a small number of people, pictures shared online are viewed by potentially thousands of people. No wonder, then, that 57 percent of survey respondents say it’s important that people see pictures of them and what’s going on in their life online.

Thirty-five percent say they post pictures simply because they are proud of what they are doing and where they’ve been and they like to brag.

Like many people, I have thousands of pictures, some of which I’ve shared on social media. Pictures of my kids, date nights, post-race festivities, and a few selfies are scattered throughout my Facebook timeline. There aren’t too many pictures, but just enough that my mother felt left out when her friends said they saw pictures of her grandchildren that she hadn’t seen. Not wanting to miss out, she joined Facebook, which was probably a smart move since 44 percent of people say they share their photos via Facebook.

Some people still frame their pictures–16 percent–and, as old-fashioned as it seems to me now, 14 percent share their photos through email.

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“People are clearly taking photos for different reasons in this day and age. Whether it’s a picture of your favorite pet or the exotic meal you just ate, people are looking for ways to hold on to the memories as well as give others a sense of the depth of their interesting lives,” said Doug Lauver, chief photo officer for Kanvess.

Can you believe that 93 percent of us take pictures an average of 10 photos per week? Actually, the number is not that surprising considering that we all walk around with cameras in our pockets. (Don’t even get me started on the many impressive editing apps.) Picture-taking has become a much-loved pastime. We love to show off our families (75 percent), pets (56 percent), friends (55 percent), and celebrations (38 percent). Thirty-one percent take up to five selfies a week.

As evidence of our hectic lives (or, in my case, as evidence of laziness), 55 percent of survey respondents said their old photos are not organized, while 39 percent admit they rarely organize them. Organized or not, we all understand that photos bring back memories and make all sorts of emotions bubble up to the surface, which is why 87 percent of people look at photos at family gatherings. A few years ago, my three sisters and I had a chance to get together over Thanksgiving. I pulled out pictures that I knew they had never seen or had completely forgotten about, and we had a good time reminiscing about people and events from our childhood and young adulthood.

While photos are a good way to brag or show off the interesting parts of our lives, they still have the power to make us feel something, and that makes every picture worthwhile.

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Top 10 Favorite Photo Subjects to Brag About

1. Family
2. Pets
3. Friends
4. Celebrations/Nights Out
5. Travel
6. Selfies
7. Holiday destinations
8. Food
9. Art
10. New Clothing

Why do you take photographs? What are your favorite photo subjects?

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Culinary Cues) | Americans’ Taste For Food Is Changing

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July 17, 2015 | Posted in Culinary Cues | By

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A bowl of octopus ramen
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By Alexis Trass Walker

Americans’ taste for food is changing.

Most of us–a whopping 88 percent–say that our palettes are more adventurous. Seventy-four percent of us say that we are willing to try a food for the first time.

Like many Americans, I grew up with a meat-and-potatoes diet that included standard produce like green beans and corn and apples and bananas. My family of six didn’t go out to eat very often, so there were few opportunities to venture outside of that diet. I was, let’s just euphemistically say, culinarily close minded.

Then I moved to Los Angeles in my mid-20s. All of a sudden, I was thrown into a world where people were buying pluots as a matter of course and regularly eating Thai food (which I adamantly refused to try when a coworker made that as a lunch suggestion). However, I saw that I’d have to get on board with trying new foods if I wanted to socialize with my friends.

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I’m not the only one who has chosen to make my palette more daring. According to a survey of 1,000 Americans for CPK.com, 74 percent say they are more willing to try a food for the first time than ever before. Fifty-nine percent of Americans describe their attitude towards food today as “open minded,” while 36 percent call it “experimental” and 32 percent consider themselves “adventurous.”

I would use all of the above-mentioned words to describe my food attitude. By the time I moved away from California, I was regularly eating foods I wouldn’t have dreamed of touching when I was younger. In fact, 34 percent of survey respondents admit they were not willing to try new foods when they were younger, but 77 percent say they are prepared to try new, exotic, or unusual foods and combinations today. Ethiopian and Oaxacan cuisine, as well as Korean barbecue, are just a few of my California favorites.

“Over time, as we become exposed to different cultures and people in our lives who have their own unique tastes, we find that people become more willing to open up their mind and their palette to new things,” said Brian Sullivan, head chef for California Pizza Kitchen. “We really are a global culture.”

Broccoli, lobster, and spinach top the list of ingredients that people are willing to try at least once, followed by mango and herbs such as cilantro, sage, thyme, dill, and tarragon. Other items that get a first chance include snap peas, eggplant, sweet potatoes, and kiwi.

Leafy vegetables, exotic fruits, and ancient grains that are hard to pronounce (quinoa, anyone?) used to be non-standard fare for many Americans growing up. So who encourages people to try new things? Among the greatest influences, 45 percent say a partner or spouse turned them on to different foods. Forty percent think friends helped them, and 21 percent owe it to other family members. Still, 44 percent say they just want to try new things.

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Is there anything unusual on your list of foods to try at least once? Sixteen percent of respondents said fried grasshoppers. Fifteen percent picked Rocky Mountain oysters, also known as deep-fried bull, pig, or sheep testicles. As far as an unusual food, I have tried chicken hearts. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t enjoy it, either. I’m glad I gave it a shot, though, because it showed me how much more open minded I had become.

Americans have become a more demanding bunch. We dine out an average of three times a month, and we’re not interested in standard fare. Fifty-two percent of survey respondents said they expect an interesting combination of foods, and 40 percent expect a food “adventure”–or at least the option to try new things. Just last week, my sister invited me out to dinner, and neither of us were interested in the usual. She suggested a Vietnamese restaurant and I readily agreed. I’ve had many types of Asian food, but never Vietnamese. I will be going back for more.

California Pizza Kitchens across the country offer a Menu Adventure Guarantee, encouraging patrons to try something new or they will replace it with their regular favorite. Their California-style cuisine comes in many globally-inspired, bold flavor combinations.

“With every mouthful, we want people to be open try new flavors and interesting combinations. They’ll definitely be surprised by what works together,” said Brian Sullivan. “Everyone’s food experience should be a wonderful global adventure.”

Since I have nothing to lose, I guess I’ll have to make my way to the nearest California Pizza Kitchen and try a new specialty pizza. My mouth is watering already!

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Here’s a list of the top 20 foods people tried as an adult that they never tried growing up:

1. Lobster
2. Avocado
3. Hot peppers (jalapeno, ghost chili pepper, habanero, etc.)
4. Asparagus/Mango
5. Kiwi
6. Broccoli
7. Eggplant
8. Strong cheeses (gorgonzola/blue cheese, taleggio, Camembert, etc.)
9. Exotic spices (curry, turmeric, saffron, etc.)
10. Herbs (cilantro, sage, thyme, dill weed, tarragon, etc.)
11. Spinach
12. Kale
13. Artichoke
14. Brussels Sprouts
15. Couscous
16. Condiments from other countries/cultures (chimichurri, sriracha, hoisin, etc.)
17. Romaine lettuce
18. Summer squash (zucchini, patty pan, crookneck, etc.)
19. Collard greens
20. Cabbage

What about you? What food adventures have you been on lately?

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Lifestyle) | Are You Living Out Of Unpacked Boxes?

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July 1, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

By Alexis Trass Walker

Dante’s Inferno talks about the nine circles of hell, but I’m convinced there is a tenth–one that is known as moving. My family and I are moving from northwest Indiana to northeast Florida–a journey of nearly 1,000 miles. Did I mention that we will be driving with four young children? My husband and I are in for so much fun. And by “fun” I mean hell.

Packing and moving is almost always an exhausting experience, but so much more so because stuff accumulates after many years in one place. I’ve spent 11 years in my current home and acquired five wonderful people along the way. We were drowning in the detritus of lives well lived. While we have purged most of our possessions, we still need to pack and transport many things. It’s tiring.

I’m not the only person who finds moving exhausting. I came across a survey conducted for long-distance moving specialists upack.com (coincidentally, we are using Upack) that says that one in four people report that they have enough unpacked boxes from their last move to fill a half a room or more. People are so tired from the actual move that once all their belongings get to their destination, they don’t unpack them right away. Or the next day. Or the day after that….

In fact, according to a new report, one in six Americans says that it took them at least five months to unpack their boxes, and one in 10 says they left unpacked boxes collecting dust for two years. TWO YEARS! I think if you can live without something for that long, it’s probably something that needs to go anyway. Four percent admit to literally living out of boxes for five years or more.

Of course, we all have good intentions. Sixty-nine percent say they plan to unpack immediately but, you know, life happens. I think I will fall in the category of people who say it takes up to two months to unpack that last box–that’s 40 percent of us.

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More than half of Americans say they pack more than 21 boxes when they move. That sounds about right for me, but that’s if I count only the cardboard moving boxes. I still have plastic storage bins and underbed storage boxes. Don’t even get me started on the various bags. An overwhelming majority of us–95 percent–are usually responsible for our own unpacking, with assistance from spouses, partners, and other family members.

Why don’t people unpack their boxes, already?

According to one respondent, “The reason why I usually don’t unpack all my boxes is because I have moved three times in the last seven years, and it just gets tedious. Plus, I have nowhere to put most of these items.”

“I moved into a new apartment and my boyfriend was coming to see it for the first time. I unpacked what made it look like everything was in place, but filled up the closets with the unpacked boxes. All was good until he decided to see what the closets looked like. Oops,” said another respondent.

The problems with unpacked boxes are numerous: forgetting about items, leaving seasonal clothing and items in their boxes, and thinking that items are missing or stolen.

“Unpacking can be a daunting task. It includes that last bit of extra work after an already hectic move,” said AJ Jones, director of moving solutions for Upack. “But when you let your boxes sit for too long, you start to lose track of precious items. Over time, you start thinking that they’re lost forever, when they are actually right where you left them. Early planning and prepping makes the task much easier and helps chip away at the perceived chore of unpacking.”

So, tell us: Are you living out of unpacked boxes?

Top 10 Items Lingering in Unpacked Boxes

1. Pictures/frames
2. Clothing/old clothing
3. Seasonal items
4. Files
5. Kitchen items
6. Shoes
7. Dining room items
8. Living room items
9. Children’s items/toys
10. Small furniture

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Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Holiday Edition: Summer Fun And Happy July 4th

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June 29, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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By Alexis Trass Walker

As we head into Independence Day this weekend (I hope you’re one of the fortunate ones who has a long, relaxing weekend coming up!), we are taking things a little easy around DMMA. As always, you can expect great content that’s entertaining and useful.

This week, we’ll be taking a look back at some of our posts on music and summer activities and recipes. So as you relax and spend downtime with friends and family, be sure to check in with Ready4Air as we rerun our most popular offerings.

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Dante’s Inferno talks about the nine circles of hell, but I’m convinced there is a tenth–one that is known as moving. My family and I are moving from northwest Indiana to northeast Florida–a journey of nearly 1,000 miles. Did I mention that we will be driving with four young children? My husband and I are in for so much fun. And by “fun” I mean hell.

Packing and moving is almost always an exhausting experience, but so much more so because stuff accumulates after many years in one place. I’m not the only person who finds moving exhausting. I came across a survey conducted for long-distance moving specialists upack.com (coincidentally, we are using Upack) that says that one in four people report that they have enough unpacked boxes from their last move to fill a half a room or more. People are so tired from the actual move that once all their belongings get to their destination, they don’t unpack them right away. Or the next day. And the day after that….

I’m determined not to be that person!

This week on Ready4Air (Lifestyle), we’ll find out who is living out of unpacked boxes and the reasons why.

Thanks for stopping by, stay tuned, and have a Happy July 4th holiday weekend!

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Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Lifestyle) | Manicures Making News And Celebrities Who Are Nailing It

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May 19, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

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Crosses, roses, and robots adorn Katy Perry’s fingernails in 2012.
Photo via Us magazine

By Alexis Trass Walker

With nail salons making the news in the last few weeks, the Ready4Air team isn’t surprised to read just how much women love their manicures.

One thousand US adults were surveyed for nail fashion expert Bundle Monster–an online do-it-yourself destination where customers can explore a broad range of trendy nail art, stamping image plates, polishes, charms, tools, and techniques–and the results show that one in six has tried to imitate the nail colors and designs they spot on celebrity nails. Manicures are considered a luxury, but 94 percent consider this luxury a necessity, and 54 percent say that nail care is just as important as hair care.

Katy Perry is known for her unique style onstage and on the red carpet. One aspect of her unusual look is her fingernails. Perry express herself with her nails, and she has been known to wear metal talons, to show her support for Barack Obama, and to show off her love for the MTV show Daria. She is no stranger to unconventional shapes, designs, and colors.

Little wonder, then, that Perry tops a list of celebrities with the most stylish fingernails. She is followed by Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga.

Manicures three times a month? That’s about right for 55 percent of respondents, and 35 percent go for pedicures once a month. The looks that are in today are short, rounded nails (42 percent) and short, squared off nails (38 percent). Long, pointed talons are a dated shape according to 54 percent of respondents.

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Carol Wu, vice president of marketing for Bundle Monster, said: “We find that many women see their nails as an extension of themselves and it gives them an identity. They want to experiment with different designs, colors, and effects. Nail art is a fashion statement within itself, and now more than ever, it’s just as important as the fashions a person is wearing.”

Mani-pedis are important enough to 11% of respondents that they admit to taking time off from work to get them done. Sixty-seven percent have spent upwards of $400 a year on just their nails.

And people are not visiting nail salons for standard polishes anymore. French manicures, trendy pastels, and bright, funky colors are in and artificial nails are out.

Speaking of visiting nail salons, Debbie Mitchell–the founder of Ready4Air–visited hers over the weekend, and she heard customers asking their manicurists about their work conditions and family lives. The customers’ curiosity was piqued by New York Times staff reporter Sarah Maslin Nir’s recent investigative series that exposed the brutal conditions that many nail salon workers are subject to. Debbie says that customers are usually quiet or talking on their phones.

Also, Mitchell has written about how nail care is an important part of grooming for television appearances. She says your hands are always showing, so they should look good. And Wu says that manicures are often connected to confidence and self-esteem. “Polished, well-kept nails give women the external appearance of being well managed and it can contribute to feeling that way internally,” she said. Manicured nails are more important that being tanned (46 percent), wearing great accessories (25 percent) and wearing makeup (20 percent).

No doubt about it, manicures make women feel feminine, refreshed, and confident.

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Top Celebrities Who Nailed It:

1. Katy Perry
2. Rihanna
3. Jennifer Lopez
4. Beyonce
5. Lady Gaga
6. The Kardashians
7. Gwen Stefani
8. Nicki Minaj
9. Angelina Jolie
10. Heidi Klum

Top 10 Most Popular Nail Trends

1. Glitters/powder
2. Stickers
3. Flowers
4. Holiday Themes
5. Hearts
6. Strips
7. Studs
8. Stamps
9. Abstracts
10. Geometrics

What other celebrities do you think have the most stylish fingernails? Which nail trends are part of your mani-pedi lineup?

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Lifestyle) | Look Who Made The List Of Top 10 All-Time Stylish Male Celebs

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May 6, 2015 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

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By Alexis Trass Walker

Are you surprised that actor George Clooney has been named the most stylish man of all time? I certainly am not. In fact, when I heard about this poll of 1,000 Americans–conducted by Bombfell, a men’s online personal styling service–I knew that Clooney would be at the top of the list. After all, this is a man who was twice named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive (1997 and 2006) and who is sometimes described as the most handsome man in the world.

I told my husband, Darius, about this top 10 list and asked him who he thought was number one. He immediately said George Clooney. When I asked why he came to mind right away, Darius said, “There’s something about the guy. He looks good in everything he wears. His tailoring is perfect.”

Runner-up in the poll was James Bond icon Sir Sean Connery. Classic leading man Cary Grant and rock and roll legend Elvis Presley landed in third and fourth place. And Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra rounded out the top five in the poll.

So what is it about a man that makes him exude style? In the case of Clooney, his good looks definitely add to his appeal, but I think there’s more to it than that. His salt-and-pepper hair, the mischievous twinkle in his eye, and his natural self-assurance all work in concert to send the message that he doesn’t lack for style.

According to Bombfell’s research, 65 percent of respondents said that the way a man carries himself lends to his stylish appeal. Sixty-three percent think style is about knowing how to dress for the right occasion. Other key qualities are dressing appropriately for one’s age, wearing clothing that expresses individuality, good grooming, and well-trimmed facial hair.

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Sandro Roco, Bombfell’s manager of business development and marketing, said often it’s not about the clothing itself, but how men feel in what they are wearing that helps them exude style. “When we see these male celebrities looking well put together on the red carpet, it’s not necessarily just a reflection of their style,” said Roco. “These men are conveying to fans that they are confident in their own skin and in who they are.”

For the respondents, dark hair tops the list of the most attractive physical features. Other favorites include a mustache, gray or mixed gray hair, cheek dimples, and a beard. Other respondents said the eyes and the smile have it.

Nineteen percent have tried to copy the same clothing they see worn on their favorite male celebs. They’ve copied T-shirts, shirts, and pants or jeans. But 40 percent said the clothing was too expensive.

Bombfell‘s clothing service for men utilizes personal stylists who hand select designer men’s clothing items based on fit, style, and personalized data from social media.

“People always seem to connect to these leading men who look timeless and strikingly handsome, and we think similarly about clothing,” said Roco. “The key is to maintain a high quality wardrobe with classic ‘go-to’ items that transcend age and time. It’s an effortless way to stay up on fashion and look good, no matter how old you are or how little time you have to do it.”

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Top 10 All-Time Stylish Male Celebs

1. George Clooney
2. Sean Connery
3. Cary Grant
4. Elvis Presley
5. Frank Sinatra
6. Will Smith
7. Brad Pitt
8. Johnny Depp
9. Pierce Brosnan/Michael Jackson
10. LL Cool J

Stylish Male Celebs’ Most Attractive Physical Features

1. Dark Hair
2. Mustache
3. Gray/Mixed Gray Hair
4. Cheek Dimples
5. Beard
6. Long Hair
7. Goatee
8. High Cheekbones
9. Chin Dimple
10. Light Hair

So what do you think? Who would you add to the list of most stylish male celebrities? What are the features you find most attractive in men?

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Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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May 4, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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By the end of last week, these six police officers were under arrest and are facing prosecution for the homicide of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Gray’s arrest and death while being transported in a police vehicle to the Baltimore Booking Center was the catalyst for a riot that left parts of Baltimore under fire and up in smoke. Agitated Baltimore residents–including high school teenagers–originally protested peacefully but took their protest to the next level resulting in arrests, violent attacks, and arson after a local CVS pharmacy was burned down.

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Freddie Gray died as a result of injuries to his neck and spine. It was later revealed that his vertebrae was fractured when his head slammed into the back of the van. Gray’s death falls into a growing trend of police brutality against African-American men. According to reports, the officers have been suspended with pay and are out on bail. On Sunday, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tweeted that the daily 10:00 p.m. curfew that was imposed after violence erupted during protests had been lifted.

Stay tuned as the story continues.

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As for the media’s coverage, several people have asked me about this video of Fox reporter Geraldo Rivera appearing speechless and cornered while being confronted by one of the residents of West Baltimore as he was preparing to go live on camera. My response: What did you expect him to do? Geraldo was working on the job. For him to talk back, fight back, or anything else would be an irresponsible move on his part. As a journalist, lawyer, and veteran newsman, Geraldo should know better than to be baited into a situation, especially one where the cameras are rolling. The young man’s points about the coverage needed to be said and heard, but at that moment he wasn’t going to get answers from the media.

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For the first week of May, the 2TVChicks are back.

In this week’s Ready4Air (TV), our producer mom’s deal with being on the job when there is an emergency at home. “I called back and heard the words every mother dreads. ‘We were in a car accident!'” My stomach dropped. My breath was swept away, and I swear the room started to swirl.”

Image courtesy Blogging While Brown

Image courtesy Blogging While Brown

We are gearing up for our first webinar courtesy of Blogging While Brown. If you tune in to us from 12:00 p.m-1:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 6,  you’ll get a few tips on the following:

Getting On A Producer’s Radar

Getting Camera-Ready For Your Interview

How To Prepare and Master Your 3-4 Minute Interview

Blogging While Brown is the premier blogging conference that brings Black social media experts, speakers, and independent content creators together. Dedicated to education, collaboration, and innovation among bloggers of color the conference allows them to use their influence in social media and technology.

If you’re around this Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. EST, get online to get tips on on how to ace your television interview. Click on this link to register for the FREE WEBINAR and get more information about the upcoming Blogging While Brown conference, taking place in Austin, Texas, on June 19 and 20.

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

And finally, DMMA team member Alexis Trass Walker takes a look at the results of a recent study of 1,000 Americans when it comes to men and style. Can you guess which personality tops the list of stylish male celebrities? Also, Alexis will talk about the respondents’ key qualities that indicate a man has a great sense of style. The way a man carries himself seems to lend to his stylish appeal. It’s not about the clothing itself, but it’s how men feel in what they’re wearing that helps them exude style.

“People always seem to connect to these leading men who look timeless and strikingly handsome, and we think similarly about clothing. The key is to maintain a high quality wardrobe with classic ‘go-to’ items that transcend age and time. It’s an effortless way to stay up on fashion and look good, no matter how old you are or how little time you have to do it.”

This week on Ready4Air (Lifestyle) Alexis will reveal the stylish men who make up the Top 10 All-Time Stylish Male Celebs.

Stay tuned….

Related Post: TV Tips For Being Fashionable On-Air

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Coming up: Ready4Air (TV) Was Ben Affleck wrong to ask PBS to keep his family secret?

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Culinary Cues) | A Fun Foodie Holiday: Something On A Stick Day

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March 27, 2015 | Posted in Culinary Cues | By

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Lamb kidney on skewers by Alpha is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

By Alexis Trass Walker

National food days are no big deal, right? There’s a celebration practically every day of the year. You might have celebrated a few like National Ice Cream Day (July 19) or Hamburger Day (May 28). I’m partial to National Pizza Day (February 9, best celebrated with a Chicago-style pizza) and I could never forget National Chocolate Day (October 28). But there are some food holidays that are unusual and very specific.

Watermelon fruit bar

Watermelon Mint Fruit Bar
Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell

Take National Something On a Stick Day, for example. The holiday, which is tomorrow–March 28, celebrates all food that comes on a stick like popsicles, lollipops, corndogs, and frozen bananas. And, why not? There’s something very satisfying about food with a stick driven through it. It’s reminiscent of summer. There’s a reason why you’ll find food on a stick at cocktail and birthday parties: simplicity. Food on a stick is cute and there’s no fuss. Presentation and clean up are a breeze, and who doesn’t love a little cake pop?

It’s very simple to celebrate the day. All you do is get a stick, put some food on it, and enjoy your creation. If that’s too much work, then let somebody else do the food on a stick for you. When you shop for groceries tomorrow, stop and grab a food sample on a toothpick. Or visit a restaurant that serves food that is traditionally presented on a skewer, like meat or vegetable kebabs. Then you’ll officially be celebrating Something On a Stick Day!

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Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Coming up: Ready4Air (Film) Only five nominees for Oscars’ Best Picture? Is that the best idea?

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | Marathon Television Viewing: Do You Binge-Watch TV?

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February 24, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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By Alexis Trass Walker

When one of my all-time favorite television shows, The Cosby Show, began airing in 1984, I was 9 years old. It was the one show that my entire family of six would sit down and watch together. Thursday nights were so important that if either I or one of my sisters had the misfortune of being on punishment and not allowed to watch TV, an exception was made for The Cosby Show. If you missed the show, you missed out on the ever-important recap in the cafeteria the next day. Sure, people had VCRs and you could tape a show and watch it later. However, the best option was to watch the show when it aired because binge-watching (on VHS tapes–can you imagine?) was a long way from being a thing.

The times have certainly changed more than a generation later. There are myriad reasons why we can’t or don’t want to watch TV shows when they air. We have jobs where we work outside of the standard 9-to-5 hours. We have family obligations, the kids’ soccer practice, meetings to attend. With the advent of video on demand and online services, we simply don’t have to chain ourselves to the couch at an exact time every day.

Credit: 72point

Infographic credit: 72point.com

Do you watch TV shows when they air or do you like to let them pile up and binge watch? If you count yourself in the latter group–and I do–then you have plenty of company: According to research conducted by tvmuse.com–the largest independent guide to online TV offerings–80 percent of respondents said they now regularly binge-watch their favorite shows. Thirty-eight percent have watched four to six consecutive episodes, and 24 percent have watched more than seven episodes of the same show at a time.

Some of the shows that are compelling enough to binge-watch include The Walking Dead, The Sopranos, Two and a Half Men, and Law and Order. Men tend to watch The Walking Dead while women are likely to binge on Law and Order.

All this binge-watching is not without problems. People report falling asleep with the lights and TV on, missing appointments or family events, and burning or ruining food as a result of binge-watching. Take a look at this clip from the second season of the IFC show Portlandia. It hilariously illustrates how people get utterly caught up in binge-watching. Do you see yourself here?

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“People’s viewing habits are clearly changing,” said Adrian Constantin, CEO of TV Muse. “In the past, viewers would search for shows, pay for them and watch them on demand when they wanted. Now we see our users waiting for episodes to add up and then binge-watching all of them.”

Couples are most likely to binge-watch together AMC’s The Walking Dead; HBO’s hit crime drama The Sopranos, which aired from 1999 to 2007; the NBC sitcom Friends, which aired from 1994 to 2004; and the CBS show Two and a Half Men, which aired its series finale last Thursday. Seventy-five percent of respondents say that their favorite shows are different from their spouse or partner’s, which has led to arguments for 15 percent of them.

Top 10 Series Couples Are Most Likely to Binge-Watch

1. The Walking Dead

2. The Sopranos

3. Friends/Two and a Half Men

4. Seinfeld

5. Law and Order

6. CSI

7. Sons of Anarchy

8. Lost

9. Mike and Molly/Orange is the New Black/American Horror Story

10. Family Guy

Top 10 Series Men Are Most Likely to Binge-Watch

1. The Walking Dead

2. Two and a Half Men/Sopranos

3. Seinfeld

4. Breaking Bad

5. Sons of Anarchy/Lost

6. House of Cards/Friends

7. Law and Order

8. CSI

9. The Wire

10. Family Guy

Top 10 Series Women Are Most Likely to Binge-Watch

1. Law and Order

2. The Walking Dead

3. CSI

4. Friends

5. Orange is the New Black/American Horror Story

6. Grey’s Anatomy

7. Two and a Half Men

8. Breaking Bad

9. Scandal

10. Sons of Anarchy/True Blood/Mike & Molly

I like to binge-watch for several reasons. As the mother of four children, I don’t have the time I used to have years ago. So it’s necessary sometimes to watch all the shows I’ve missed on demand late at night or when I wash and style my daughters’ hair on the weekends (that’s an hours-long job). I’m currently bingeing on House of Cards so I’ll be ready for the third season when it’s released on Netflix this Friday.

My husband also binge-watches TV, and while he leans toward shows like The Sopranos and The Wire, I go for shows like Scandal and Orange Is the New Black. We don’t really watch the same shows, and because of our conflicting schedules, we don’t usually watch TV together. So we certainly haven’t had arguments about what to watch. However, we both enjoy The Good Wife and we’re both behind on the current season. Perhaps we should make a date to binge-watch it. I haven’t heard any news about Comcast Xfinity Watchathon Week for 2015, but we could sure use that week to catch up.

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Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | And The Oscar Goes To | Do You Binge-Watch TV? | Meet CBS “The Talk” Senior Producer Lauren Danza

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February 23, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

 

Common and John Legend, 2015 Oscar Winners for Original Song "Glory" from the movie "Selma"

Common and John Legend, 2015 Oscar winners for Original Song “Glory” from the movie Selma

The awards season is finally over and bravo to all the winners. This weekend, the highest honors for cinematic achievement in the film industry were awarded at the 87th Academy Awards–one of the most controversial Oscar races in a long time. In sharp contrast to last year’s awards season, where the film 12 Years A Slave was nominated in several categories and won the award for Best Picture, Hollywood had an Oscar race with no diversity amongst its nominees in major categories. Host Neil Patrick Harris went right for it with his opening line where he stated the night was, “honoring the best  and whitest I mean brightest in Hollywood.” BOOM!

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This year, Selma–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s story of the Bloody Sunday march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama–was shut out of the Best Actor and Best Director categories receiving no nominations, but the film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Song for “Glory.” Common and John Legend won for the song. The night had a few surprise Oscar winners (Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup & Hairstyling) for one of my favorite films of the year, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and a few expected ones, such as 60-year-old J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor in Whiplash and Julianne Moore for Best Actress in Still Alice. While Michael Keaton did not win for Birdman, the film was also was a big winner, and Boyhood–the critics’ favorite–won only one statue for Patricia Arquette in the Best Supporting Actress category.

This year’s Oscar race was tight all the way to the finish line. Congratulations to all who crossed it to bring home the gold!

Ready4Air (Film) | Critic Jackson Murphy With His 2015 Lights-Camera-Jackson Movie Awards

 

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This week on Ready4Air (TV), we ask you: How do you watch television? I must admit that I do not DVR shows but will watch a marathon showing of a program or watch it on demand in one sitting. Turns out, I am not alone. A new research survey conducted by tvmuse.com–the largest independent guide to online TV offerings–reveals interesting news on people who regularly binge watch television shows. So what popular shows are they watching? DMMA team member Alexis Trass Walker is guest posting and answers that question and tells us more about the survey and the TV viewing audience.

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Lauren Danza, Senior Producer  CBS "The Talk" Photo Credit: Lauren Danza

Lauren Danza, senior producer for The Talk on CBS
Photo Credit: Lauren Danza

For our series “My Life In Television,” Ready4Air shares Lauren Danza’s story. Lauren is the senior producer for the hot CBS show The Talk. I worked with Lauren during those long days and nights at CBS The Early Show. While her days are still long, Lauren made a beautiful transition to producing entertainment when she joined former CBS anchor Julie Chen on the daily chat show based in Los Angeles. The show, which premiered in October 2010, features hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and Aisha Tyler. It is a ratings hit, giving ABC’s veteran chat show, The View, a run for its money! We asked Lauren who taught her the most in her career and she tells us, “Julie Chen, who I’ve worked with for 10 years now at both The Early Show and The Talk, has taught me the importance of delivering information clearly, concisely, and accurately–whether you’re writing copy that will be read on-camera, pitching an idea to your boss, or briefing the hosts or guests.”

Read more about Lauren’s life in television and her transition from news to entertainment.

Stay tuned…

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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