Make UpThe Crew

If you follow us on Instagram (which you should, Tara at tstriano and me at mdmsacasa) or Twitter or on this blog, you know we’ve been working on a book for the past few months. In recent weeks, we wrapped up photography for the book, reviewed proofs, made edits to content, etc. etc. etc. Crossing the last T was definitely the most exhilarating moment of work on this project, but the most fun was our author portrait photo shoot.

Tara and I are always behind the camera (I try to sneak in here and there, but usually my head gets lopped off) and this was a once-in-a-blue-moon occurrence, and we loved it. I don’t know about Tara, but I’m now more than a little reluctant to be the behind-the-scenes chick.

Speaking of which, we look amazing in our author portrait, thanks to photographer Geraldine Pierson and makeup artist Lea…

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Photo Walks, More awesome with LG L7 II


Product: LG L7 II

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Ever wanted to go out and do some photo-walking? Well, there are a lot of photo opportunities, yet sometimes we usually just have a phone within reach, not a camera. The LG l7 II is both very convenient and high performing when it comes to photography. With its 8MP camera, you could never go wrong with the product. The pictures above were taken on a rainy afternoon and at dusk. You could add such photos to your portfolio and even edit them using the phone’s editing options.

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LG Electronics ships record 10.3 million smartphones


First-quarter earnings were down from a year ago but were still healthy thanks to a surge in smartphone shipments.


LG Electronics achieved a record number of smartphone shipments for the first quarter of 2013.

The mobile phone maker shipped 10.3 million smartphones for the quarter ended March, its highest level since jumping onto the smartphone bandwagon. Revenues in LG’s mobile business reached 3.21 trillion won ($2.96 billion), a rise of 28.5 percent from the year-ago quarter.

The company attributed the gain in smartphone shipments to healthy sales of its Optimus G and Optimus G Pro phones as well as 3G smartphones such as the Optimus L Series and Nexus 4. LG expects further gains in shipments and sales for the current quarter as it launches its Optimus L Series II, 5.5-inch Full HD Optimus G Pro, and Optimus F Series phones.

LG didn’t fare as well in the…

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Literary Wives Series: The Starter Wife, in Paris

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

Three is a crowd.  This becomes abundantly clear in Paula McLain’s popular novel The Paris Wife (2011).  The fictional narrative is from Hadley Richardson Hemingway’s perspective.  She is the first (and as we learn in the end) favorite wife of American modernist author Ernest Hemingway.

Please also visit the blogs of and read the reviews of the other bloggers participating in the Literary Wives series today.

Ariel Price of One Little Library

Audra Friend of Unabridged Chick

Angela Cybulski of Persephone Writes

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These types of novels, the first-person narrative of somebody famous, are hard for me.  It was hard with American Wife, and it was hard with this novel.  I think it is a stretch for me to believe it, when I have the cognitive dissonance of knowing that it is fiction but also realizing that it is based on a real person and purports to be their innermost…

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The White House is tumbling further into social media

White House gets into Social Networking Sites!


Earlier today, the White House officially joined Tumblr. A short initial post and a hand-drawn infographic explained what the 100 million or so active members of the social blogging platform what to expect when they visit

We’ll post things like the best quotes from President Obama, or video of young scientists visiting the White House for the science fair, or photos of adorable moments with Bo. We’ve got some wonky charts, too. Because to us, those are actually kind of exciting. But this is also about you. President Obama is committed to making this the most open and accessible administration in history, and our Tumblr is no exception. We want to see what you have to share: Questions you have for the White House, stories of what a policy like immigration reform means to you, or ways we can improve our Tumbling. We’re new here, and we’re…

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Yahoo buys Tumblr. Keep calm and reblog on?

Yahoo shouts yahooooo! for acquiring Tumblr


Yahoo buys Tumblr. Keep calm and reblog on?

Yahoo’s board has approved a $1.1 billion all-cash deal to buy Tumblr, a New York City-based technology company.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tweeted that this is the first acquisition announced by an animated GIF and promised “not to screw it up,” keeping the team in place and offering support and integration, not re-invention. Yahoo famously acquired delicious, Flickr and Upworthy, amongst other hot online properties, only to let them moulder. Many users still haven’t forgiven Yahoo for its 2009 decision to close Geocities, an popular online community from the 1990s, without archiving it.

Tumblr CEO David Karp tumbled the news and sought to allay user concerns: “We’re not turning purple,” he wrote. “Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve –…

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Flipping through the pages

ImageI’ve had my fair share in the newspaper media industry as a junior news writer for some publications, and the first thing that my mentor told me is: you have to put all the important details of the news in the first paragraph, because mainly, people don’t have time to read through the article. Glances, skims and scans- in a world where everybody gets going and out-going, the challenge of attaining information about the latest events,  without disturbing our busy systems has always been an issue for many of us. People, I believe,  used to savor benches in some parks bringing their copy of the newspapers, but not anymore, this time, catching up means turning on that tablet or smartphone, reading up the news, only when there are waiting times- like while in the taxi, you’re in line, or whatever.  

I’ve stumbled upon this app called, Flipboard as I was randomly browsing through the television. A young boy behind the enterprise, I thought, hit the jackpot. Such a great idea, could actually come from little packages, you thought had no or little potential. Using tablets, smartphones and the like, you could just flip through the latest news on different fields from arts to sciences and everything in between.  You don’t have to google it, it’s like having your own bank of information, which you could access anytime, anywhere, at your own discretion.

PC Mag says that what flipboard does is to actually “transform blog posts, social networking feeds, images, video, and articles into an impressive layout that replicates the print reading experience.”  You would want to read the newspapers, the magazines, books, but seriously, one can’t keep everything inside his/her bag. With Flipboard, with a flip, you get the information you want, and the latest news you need to know and other interesting posts.

The great thing about the app is- it’s free! Are they reliable? Yes, Flipboard’s roster of partners include: ABC News, All Things Digital, Bon Appetit, Lonely Planet, SB Nation, SF Chronicle/Gate, Uncrate or The Washington Post Magazine and others.

Thank you for making my life easier, Flipboard.

The Scoop on TV: LG 3D Smart TV

The Scoop on TV: LG 3D Smart TV

by Cyberscoopers

I personally have encountered different types of television brands that had promised convenience just with a push of the remote button. However, it does not necessarily apply to every household. One may always wonder why all the buttons of a remote control are not totally utilized. I remember once having seen such- a remote control with the words: record, rewind, pause, play and the like. While these may refer usually to the DVD set installed, some brands have promised that you could actually capture frames and have them set of later viewing, but most of the time, they had failed to deliver the promise.

People have sought for the real thing and friends, I bring you the real deal – the LG 3D Smart TV.


With the new LG 3D Smart TV, you have convenience right at your fingertips. Is Time machine now possible in our age? Yes.

The LG 3D Smart TV has the new Time Machine II feature.  it’s newly updated and you could watch your shows because the TV has internal recoding with a built-in memory card with its Live Playback feature. It also has a Watch & Record feature- meaning you can record a TV show WHILE you watch another channel. Who knows, one channel you may be tuning into now also means you miss out on all the other hundred channels, so why don’t you just scan those other channels while you click on Record, just to make sure you’re not missing out on anything.  Think about how much impact this would contribute for couples arguing over lifestyle channels versus sports channels or kids defending their own favorite cartoon shows coming from different channels and more.

The LG 3D Smart TV also has scheduled recording, set the time, and let it record while you’re away.  What’s amazing is that, the Time Machine Feature also works EVEN IF it’s turned off, as long as it is plugged. Talk about a TV having its own genius mind, making things easier for you – as a student who goes to school, or for Mom as she cooks in the kitchen and Dad who is in the office away from home.  Catching up with your favorite shows has never been this easy.  Now one does not have to rely on hearsays about the latest news because you could watch it any time you want. Now, you don’t have to suffer with high priced video-on-demand subscription,  nor the crappy downloading speed most households have. Let the LG 3D Smart TV work for you so you could literally sit back, relax and enjoy.

Needless to say, we all have something to watch on TV, we all have favorites regarding series, movies, teleseryes and so on, but because of the demands of today, one may not catch those shows directly on TV. People then resort to watching them online, even paying just to watch them. But wouldn’t it be better to watch it on big screen?  Well, this may not refer to the cinemas, but guess what, LG’s 3D Smart TV comes in big screen sizes, bringing the movie, even the 3d movie experience, straight to your homes.


The comfort of watching shows online honestly has a different feel as compared to one watching it on TV, feeling cozy on the couch. Studies say there’s a declining trend for televisions, however, Cyberscoopers  says that there’s a very pretty good reason why we should go through the time machine and go back to our love for our couches in the living room, watching TV with family and friends  and not just our office desks where our laptops lie, doing all the work alone.