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Ridiculously Cute Halloween Costumes: Pet Obsessed!

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Twenty five awesome Halloween pet costumes. Check them out! ~ V.B.   (Click on the image or title above to view original post.)
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Comic-Con's very first "geek couture" fashion show is incredible

Comic-Con's very first "geek couture" fashion show is incredible | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

Fangirl apparel company Her Universe has teamed up with teenage outpost Hot Topic and Nerdist Industries to present Comic-Con’s first ever fashion show “Geek Couture.” The Her Universe Fashion Show will feature 36 different looks created by 36 designers. What’s special about this is that the two winning designers (one of which is chosen by a panel of judges, the other by the audience), will co-design an exclusive collection with Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein for Hot Topic!

Her Universe also provided a variety of suggestions (provided below) for potential looks. There seems to be an emphasis on actual wearable fashion instead of cosplay, which is what you’d normally find at a con, which is refreshing especially since “Geek Fashion” usually tends to fall into either cosplay or … t-shirts. Not only is presenting more wardrobe options extremely savvy, so is the push towards actively courting female fans.

Fan favorite Loki makes an appearance in a smart overcoat, with gold and green embroidery. His signature horns make an appearance as a fun little hat that wouldn’t seem out on Princess Beatrice‘s head. Is it just me or are Loki’s shoes giving major “Maleficent” vibes? Meanwhile Doctor Who’s Tardis is transformed into a lovely cobalt blue coat dress.

Hold the phone, this Grecian Captain Kirk dress is so so wearable and doesn’t hit you over the head with classic Star Trek references. Serious Trekkers will appreciate the nod to “Who Mourns for Adonais?“. In the other corner, this Bumblebee from the Transformers outfit seems like it wouldn’t be out of place in Misty’s (of Pokemon) closet either.

After seeing the sketches, we thought we knew what we were getting into, but let’s just say that we were completely blown away by the looks that made their way down the San Diego runway. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite looks below.

You know, I’ve never thought I would use the word beautiful to describe Wolverine, but I just did, and here we are.

This Mystique look channels Kevin Wada’s redesigns of the X-Men costumes in the best possible way.

Another look. Mystique as the Barbie that I’ve always wanted. Eat your heart out, Jennifer Lawrence.

There’s an Iron Throne gown. Iron Throne, gown. That’s all.

To no one’s surprise a Loki outfit did make the runway. The horns as feathers, are a cheeky little touch.

A super 70s Luna Lovegood look.

A “Little Mermaid” dress that isn’t a mermaid dress. Nice clamshell, Ariel.

This robotic Cylon-gown is also giving me a little KITT from “Knight Rider”.

Delorean-inspired separates that wouldn’t seem out of place in “Drive”. Am I right? Did I mention that this outfit takes 1.21 gigawatts to start up?

Regina! Full disclosure, I watch terrible television, and this dress would not be out of place on “Once Upon A Time” or on Lana Parrilla’s frame.

Not surprising the winners were the looks from “Back to the Future” and “Once Upon a Time”.

For those of us playing at home not at San Diego Comic-Con you can follow the following hashtags: #HTConWatch, #sdccgeekcouture. More importantly, check out MTV’s Comic-Con coverage right here.

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Chili lime fish tacos with mango salsa

Chili lime fish tacos with mango salsa | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

Ingredients:

 

Fish:

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)

1 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Chili Powder

1 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Paprika

1 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Oregano

½ teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Ground Cumin

½ teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt

½ teaspoon. Stonemill Essentials Ground Black Pepper

6 Sea Queen Tilapia Fillets, thawed

1 teaspoon lime zest

¼ cup lime juice (about 2 limes)

¼ cup Carlini Pure Olive Oil, divided

 
Salsa:

2 cups diced mango (about 2 mangos)

¼ cup diced red onion

2 teaspoons chopped jalapeño

¼ cup chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon Carlini Pure Olive Oil

Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt, to taste

Stonemill Essentials Ground Black Pepper, to taste

6 Benita Fajita Tortillas, heated

½ cup crumbled Benita Fresco Cheese


Directions:                    

    For the fish: In a small bowl, combine the spices, reserve. Place the fish fillets in a large baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine the lime zest, lime juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons of the spice mixture. Whisk to combine.
    Pour over the fish fillets. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    For the salsa: Combine the salsa ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate.
    Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the fish from the marinade. Brush one side with the reserved spice mixture.
    Add the remaining olive oil to the hot pan. Add the fish, seasoned side down. Brush the tops of the fillets with the spice mixture. Cook the fish for 4 minutes, until browned on one side. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until cooked through.
    Remove fish and divide evenly among the tortillas. Serve with the salsa and fresco cheese.

 

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The ultimate guide to Twitter

The ultimate guide to Twitter | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

The Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Writers by Frances Caballo details everything a self-published writer needs to know to get started and successfully use Twitter.

Vilma Bonilla's insight:

New users do not have an easy time setting up, learning and grasping the concept of this very useful application. This is a good step by step guide with pictures. However, I would suggest having another experienced Twitter user help you shorten the learning curve.

 

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Millennials matter

Millennials matter | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

Ranging in age from 14 to 34, the millennial generation is a study in contrasts. In spite of their technological savvy, liberal politics and college diplomas, the group is often accused of being self-absorbed, easily distracted and even deluded. But the evidence might be premature.

While a rough economy’s to blame for their chronic unemployment, millennials are “making their mark on higher education” to halt the problem. Concerned about the government’s ability to “combat injustices,” the group has become more civically engaged than their elders. And if you’re wondering whether or not they’re narcissists, at least they’re plenty self-aware.

As the world’s largest generation, millennials will continue to leave an impression. To see who they are—and what they’ve already achieved—explore these standout magazines on Flipboard.

Millennial Generation by Francisco Kemeny: Even though the highly individualistic millennial shirks most trends, there are certain similarities within the group. See if you can spot some here.

Higher Education by Arthur R. Smith: An exceedingly well-educated bunch, Generation Y is making strides to change the future of education. In this mag, see what the future holds for higher learning.

Tech Savvy by Noneofyour Businesssir: Practically raised online, millennials were born early adopters. Today they’re responsible for some of technology’s greatest innovations. Like what? Read on.

Economy Watch by Jerry Bucknoff: After the recession began in 2008, millennials were thrust into an uncertain job market. While things have gotten marginally better, joblessness continues to plague young Americans. Is there hope? For a brighter perspective, look here.   

Ranging in age from 14 to 34, the millennial generation is a study in contrasts. In spite of their technological savvy, liberal politics and college diplomas, the group is often accused of being self-absorbed, easily distracted and even deluded. But the evidence might be premature.

While a rough economy’s to blame for their chronic unemployment, millennials are “making their mark on higher education” to halt the problem. Concerned about the government’s ability to “combat injustices,” the group has become more civically engaged than their elders. And if you’re wondering whether or not they’re narcissists, at least they’re plenty self-aware.

As the world’s largest generation, millennials will continue to leave an impression. To see who they are—and what they’ve already achieved—explore these standout magazines on Flipboard.

Millennial Generation by Francisco Kemeny: Even though the highly individualistic millennial shirks most trends, there are certain similarities within the group. See if you can spot some here.

Higher Education by Arthur R. Smith: An exceedingly well-educated bunch, Generation Y is making strides to change the future of education. In this mag, see what the future holds for higher learning.

Tech Savvy by Noneofyour Businesssir: Practically raised online, millennials were born early adopters. Today they’re responsible for some of technology’s greatest innovations. Like what? Read on.

Economy Watch by Jerry Bucknoff: After the recession began in 2008, millennials were thrust into an uncertain job market. While things have gotten marginally better, joblessness continues to plague young Americans. Is there hope? For a brighter perspective, look here.

Social Media Updates by Juan Hernandez: For twenty and thirty-somethings, social media profiles can be more indicative of reality than, well, reality. But establishing a code of conduct has been a tricky, troublesome feat. In this magazine, watch as social media matures.

Youth Tech And Science by Brian Bailey: Marijuana legalization, the world’s most expensive potato salad and Instagram filters—these are just some of the concerns floating inside the average millennial’s mind. And when you take a closer look, they’re far from trivial, as this magazine demonstrates.

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Get smarter and happier

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Yes, It’s This Simple

How Many People Watched Orange Is the New Black? No One Knows

Many of the fixes for our problems aren’t complex — something that’s clear in the things I recommend people do every day.

What’s a scientifically validated way to get smarter, happier, healthier and calmer?

Stop reading this right now and go for a walk.

It’s that simple.

Here’s why.

Exercise Powers the Body — and the Mind

They used to say you don’t grow new brain cells. They were wrong.

Via Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain:

    "As an illustration of just how new this territory is, I’ll go back to the story of neurogenesis, the once-heretical theory that the brain grows new nerve cells throughout life. “Ten years ago people weren’t even convinced that it happened,” says neurologist Scott Small. It was at his Columbia University lab, in 2007, where they witnessed telltale signs o