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Black Friday is coming up!

With Black Friday just a few days away, online (and offline) shoppers are getting ready to snag some of the great deals that will be going on at all the major retailers.

For those that don’t know, Black Friday is the name given to the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States, also known as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

Many people like to get their Christmas shopping done early, and sites like Amazon.com make it easy, inexpensive and convenient to do so. On Amazon you can buy anything from books to technology to beauty products. If you can think of it, chances are you can and will find it on Amazon.com. Amazon even goes as far as giving suggestions to what they think your gift recipient might like.

Also, here is an interesting Black Friday statistics infographic that was sent to me:

womenspersonalfinance net black friday infographic v2 Womens Black Friday Infographic

Source: WomensPersonalFinance.net

Prominent Makeup: Only for Shoots and Special Occasions!

In our society, there is a lot of emphasis on women having to wear makeup every day. I even heard of some spending hours doing makeup before leaving the house to run some errands (they must have a lot of time on their hands)!!

On regular days, I don’t wear make-up at all, not even concealer. Being a student and having limited time to spend in front of the mirror is one reason for not wearing make-up. The other reason is that I don’t want to have clogged up pores.

Today, the worldwide spending on cosmetics is estimated at $19 billion a year. Makeup is a subset of the general category of “cosmetics” which refers to products that are primarily used to alter a user’s appearance. Daily use of make-up could get expensive.

My goal with this post is to let women know that they do not need to wear face-altering makeup every day to be considered “beautiful”.

In my opinion, I think that the use of prominent makeup should be limited to special occasions (or if you’re a model, photoshoots). I definitely limit make-up only to photoshoots.

First, using too much makeup is not very good for the skin because it does not allow the skin to breathe (of course, this depends on the make-up). Some make-up even clogs the pores too, which can cause breakouts.

Second, many guys don’t like it when women wear too much make-up (I actually surveyed some guys about this one), because the less make-up a woman wears, the less she appears to be “hiding” and thus is more confident in herself. Many women use make-up as a security blanket, or feel like they are not pretty enough if they don’t wear make-up. The truth is, YOU are beautiful.

Third, sometimes it is best to be yourself and be natural. I think that it is very important for a woman to have confidence in herself without having to cover her face in 2 lbs of concealer and face-altering eye shadows. Then again, that is only my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I like make up, just not all the time.

What do you think about make-up? Is it something that you wear to special occasions, or can you not leave the house without it?

Happy New Year! 2012!

Hey guys & gals!

I want to take this time to wish you all a Happy New Year!

*May 2012 bring you everything that you wish for.

*May this upcoming year be a year that is filled with joy, laughter, friendships.

*Let this be the year that makes you go out there and achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

*Let this be the year that you go out and try something new.

*Let health, wealth, and happiness be in your life.

*Remember, everything is within your reach and it is up to you to go get it. Why not make 2012 be the year that you go and just do it?

I have financial, academic, fitness, and modeling goals for 2012 that I would like to accomplish. I wrote them down 🙂
Wishing you all the best!
Love always,
Aviva

Merry Christmas to you all!

Hey guys & gals!

I just wanted to make a quick post and wish you all a Merry Christmas. 🙂

I did a Christmas themed photoshoot a few days ago. The shoot took about a half hour, and I did the editing. Photos are by IMS Photographic.

We didn’t take very many photos, but I am EXTREMELY happy that we have a relatively high ratio of good photos even though we didn’t shoot for very long.

I hope that you like these photos.

Happy Holidays!

Aviva

Amazing Cyber Monday Deals 2011

Hey guys & gals!

I just wanted to let you know that there are some AMAZING opportunities to get your Christmas shopping done early and SAVE MONEY at the same time.

Cyber Monday is a great time for your to get the most value for your money while at the same time ensuring that your friends, family, girlfriends, and other significant people in your life are happy with their gifts 🙂

I’ve decided to make it even easier for you (by giving you coupon codes when possible), especially if the person that you are buying for is a female.

So, what kinds of gifts do most women like? Fragrances, Fashionable & Stylish Clothes, Romance Novels, Chick Flicks, Jewelry, and other pretty things. Well, if that’s what they want, you can most certainly get that on Amazon.

Here are some online stores that you may want to check out when you are shopping for a gift for your loved one (also included are links to discount pages, as well as coupons when possible):

1. WORLD JEWELS DEALS!
Save 7% on fine jewelry purchases this Holiday Season at WorldJewels.com. Code: “holiday7” SHOP NOW!
Need to purchase jewelry on a budget? WorldJewels.com has a shop by price range section! Shop by Your Price Range at WorldJewels.com! Under $200 to over $3000! The largest selection, variety and custom options! Free Shipping & Engraving! Shop Now

2. CYBER MONDAY SALE at ALLUREZ JEWELRY.
Cyber Monday Sale at Allurez! Take 10% OFF!. Enter Take10 at checkout.

Above: (My favorite!!)This unique open heart shaped pendant necklace features 6 prong set diamonds that surround a dangling drill set diamond, beautifully crafted in 14k yellow gold. The brilliant cut-round diamond stones featured in this contemporary piece are all of G-H color and SI clarity. Symbolize your love with this unique and modern pendant for women. Enjoy a FREE matching 14kt yellow gold cable chain with your purchase.

3. Cyber Monday Deals at Beyond the Rack! Designer clothing brands without the designer prices. Click on the banner below to shop. Cyber Monday Sale at Beyond the Rack! Join today and receive a $15 shopping credit and Free Shipping on purchases of $100+. Invitation Code: CYBERM15. 11/28 ONLY, 12:00AM – 11:59PM EST
Cyber Monday Madness at Beyond the Rack! - Exclusive Deals on Designer Brands. Free Shipping on Orders of $100 or more. Invitation Code: CYBERM. Nov 28th, 12:00AM- 11:59PM EST - 468x60

4. Charm & Chain Holiday Savings! Click on the banner below to shop. Get 20% off at Charm & Chain. 🙂
Charm & Chain

Above: (My favorite!) Rare and exquisite, fabulous vintage finds have been hand-plucked from estate sales, boutiques, showrooms, and flea markets from around the globe. True style is eternal—and there is perhaps nothing more exhilarating than being able to answer that ego-stroking question, “Where did you get that!?” with the nonchalant reply, “Ohhh, this?…it’s vintage.” Diamante Rhinestones 14 Inches Long * Vintage and reworked vintage jewelry may have minor imperfections though

5. Cyber Monday Sales at Diamonds International!
Free Gift, Free Shipping AND $50 Off on purchases of $249 or more at Diamonds International on Cyber Monday 11/28/11. Use coupon CYBERM



Above: (My favorite!!)Gabriel & Co. – Diamond Bangle in 14k White Gold (3.00 ctw).Triple the twinkle! Adorn your wrist with three rows of dazzling diamonds (3.00 ctw) carefully set on this stunning 14k white gold diamond bangle measuring 7 inches.

6. Ed Hardy also has some great sales going on. Go check it out 🙂

Above: Love these Hey Jude foiled leggings! 🙂

7. You can count on LEONISA to give you up to 70% off their items on Cyber Monday. In fact, here is the link: Cyber Monday Sale – Up to 70% Off Sale Items from Leonisa.com! (Valid 11/28/11 Only) (that’s right, just for you)

And…if you miss the Cyber Monday sale, there are still opportunities for you to save. Here’s the link: Save up to 50% off on all Sale items at Leonisa.com!

8. REEDS Jewelers Deals
Shop at REEDS.com and receive $25 off a purchase of $150 or more! Enter LSREEDS5 at checkout.

Above:(My Favorite!)Rose de France Amethyst and Created Sapphire Pendant. This sterling silver pendant features a 11mm cushion cut rose de France amethyst in the center surrounded by thirty-two 1.25mm round created white sapphires. Pendant is 20mm long and 14mm wide. 18 inch sterling silver chain with spring ring clasp is included.

9. PlayboyStore.com where you can get lingerie, magazines, collectibles, accessories, and more!
Click either of the links below to shop:
Take $15 Off On $65, $30 Off On $100 & $50 Off On $150 at Playboy! Offer Ends 12/1.


Take 25% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER + Free Ground Shipping On Orders Over $60! Offer Valid 11.28 Only.

So I only listed deals from 9 online stores that you can visit on Cyber Monday.
Well, actually 10 if you count Amazon.

I will be posting other coupon codes, so if you follow this blog, then you will definitely get to see them.

Happy Holidays!

Aviva

"Skyscaper" by Demi Lovato

I really like this song “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato. It’s part of her 2011 album ‘Unbroken‘. I think that some of the “not so great” things that Demi Lovato has been through when she was younger have played a major part in the lyrics of the song.

I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do.

Aviva

Johnson Street Festival (August 27) 2011 in Victoria, BC (Part 1)

This past Saturday, I went to the Johnson Street Festival in Victoria. The Johnson Street Festival is a great event because it brings hundreds of people together for one common cause, which is to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition to contributing to such a wonderful cause, the event helps promote local business and ensures that everyone has a blast.

I really feel that it unites people in Victoria as they explore all the wonders of Johnson Street.

I arrived there at about 12:00pm and I stayed there until 5:00pm. I feel that the 5 hours I spent shooting both stills and video were definitely well spent. The sun was shining, and the temperature was just perfect for spending a nice day downtown.

I did not dress up for the event because what I cared about the most was being able to take photos and videos. Certain clothing can restrict movement as well as make you sweat, so I wanted to avoid both of the aforementioned as much as possible. Therefore, I just wore short shorts and a tank top, no make-up, and tied my hair back. I felt very comfortable that way and was able to focus on the photos as opposed to worrying about whether or not the make up will run, how my hair looks, or if I sweat.
Here is what I brought with me that day: money for donating to the cause, a notebook to make notes about what to write in this post, Nikon D200 with a 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens, JVC Everio Video Camera , a water bottle, and a change of clothing.

The lighting situation was pretty tough because one side of the street was in the shade while the other was sunny. The light kept changing on me as soon as I thought I got the exposure, shutter speed, and f-stop correctly for the conditions. I also experimented with exposure compensation and ISO. I feel that it was a great learning experience for me, and I did my best. I believe that if I study photography and keep going to events like this, as well as experiment with lighting without fear of messing up the shoot-I will be good. When it comes to learning, one of the best ways to learn is to always try to challenge your own abilities.

I hope you enjoy the photos, and if you were at the event and I got you, then you are welcome to download the photos if you like them and use them for your Facebook, etc. I do ask that you credit AH Life and Style for the photos. 🙂

Above: Skateboarder getting ready to go down the ramp and charm us with his moves.

Above: Just outside of Devlish Damzels Boutique.
Above: Learn to hula with the Devlish Damzels ladies 🙂
Above: Makes me wonder what they are looking at. Well, I will leave that up to your imagination.

Above: Outside of American Apparel. I didn’t realize it was on Johnson Street…(man, I’m out of the loop)

Above: The $5 mystery. You could have won Rifflandia tickets, yoga passes, and other cool prizes.

Above: Super cool crowd of interesting people.

Above: Stylish young lady outside of her boutique.

Above: Absolutely gorgeous!

Above: At first, I thought it was a real person…then I got closer, and realized it was a mannequin. Just outside of SOHO Boutique.

Above: The owner of SOHO Boutique and the mannequin.

Above: Beautiful DJ just outside of Devlish Damzels Boutique

Above: Just outside of LeBlanc Boutique.

Above: The window of Paradise Boutique.

Above: Alex for Rifflandia Festival.

Above: Beautiful Yoga ladies 🙂

Above: Suasion Boutique Window
Above : There were so many people at the event. I tried to get images of people without appearing like a weirdo with a camera, so I was pointing the lens into the crowd as opposed to at certain people.
Above: This was actually the first photo I took that day and it was of a skateboarder in motion.  
If you really liked these photos, come back again, as there will be more!! Videos too!!
What’s coming up: more boutique shots, street shots, firemen and police officers in the dunk tank and much more!!
I didn’t post all the photos here because I didn’t want to make you scroll any further than you already did. 🙂
Aviva


Lady Gaga: Born This Way Video

There is something about Lady Gaga that makes me want to watch her videos over and over.
Maybe it is her fashion sense, or maybe her music is just fun to listen to.

What I like about her though is her extra-ordinary sense of style. She is not afraid to stand out and wear something so “out there” that people can’t help but watch.

So, I hope that you enjoy her video “Born This Way” as much as I do.

The album is also called Born This Wayin case if you want to look it up.

What’s in Store for Me and AH Life & Style?

Hey ladies and gentlemen,

It’s about time that I posted a behind-the scenes kind of post which will talk about some things that have gone on outside of this blog. I haven’t been updating it as often, but that does not mean that I have forgotten about you. You are the best, and you definitely keep me writing & taking photos! I appreciate all the great emails that you send me from time to time.

My goal is to provide you all with information that you can benefit from if you are somehow involved in the fitness, fashion, beauty, and modeling industry, as well as share photos and other little fill-in tidbits.

With that being said, I LOVE this. However, for me to be able to continue to go on with AH Life & Style, I must take part in information gathering, training, and create experiences for myself that can make this a better place for my readers. Sure, I can take the easy way out and just rehash the same content that other bloggers are publishing, but I don’t like to do that.

I want to bring something new and fresh to my ever-evolving online publication. 🙂

So, here is what is going on:

**I was super-busy with my second to last semester in business school (the joy of being a 4th year student). Only 4 more months of actual school and 1 year worth of work experience, and I will have my Bachelor of Commerce degree.

**Recently, I signed up for personal training certification courses. Well, why not, right? I mean I am already a fitness enthusiast and former high school athlete, so why not become a credible one. That way, you guys and gals will have more up-to-date, more accurate, and more in-depth information about fitness, nutrition, and weight loss.

**I am trying to get rid of clutter. I have some stuff that I have not needed/worn/used for the past 3 years or longer, and I feel that it is time to let go if I were to move forward. If you have not used something for 3 years, are you really ever going to use it again? So, I think that I will sell some stuff, donate the stuff that doesn’t sell to charity, and throw out the stuff that can’t be disposed of in the previously mentioned ways.

**I am working on lining up interviews with some amazing people in the fashion/modeling industry, but dealing with 3rd parties when you are trying to contact them can be tough. However, I will not give up, because like I said, I want to provide YOU with information and YOU are the reason for my motivation, even when it gets tough.

**I am in the process of selecting some New York fashion & fitness bloggers that I would like to hire to write some of the content for AH Life & Style. I was looking for amazing people to work with, got an overwhelming amount of replies from interested and qualified writers. I am still going through the process, and although I initially wanted to hire 2, I might have to hire more.

**Other things are coming up, but I am not allowed to disclose them just yet. 🙂 Soon enough though.

**I have been taking pictures, but I have not had a chance to post them, but I will.

**An interview with an amazing Victoria personal trainer is currently in “Drafts”. So stay tuned for that one.

**I am seeking partnerships with reputable publications/websites who would be interested in publishing/reprinting some of my upcoming articles.

**I have secured a partnership with a highly reputable online community, whose name I am not yet disclosing, because I want that to be a surprise!

**AND…Last but not least!! Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY sponsored by amazing clothing designer Laura Ashton!!!!!!

So, what have you been up to in July and what is in store for you in August?

Just a thought: “To blog I gotta live, but not necessarily the other way around”

Rest in Peace, Amy Winehouse (27)

Yesterday morning, I was very saddened to find out that English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse joined the 27 club.

Winehouse’s 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the “Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. (Wikipedia)

I used to listen to many of her songs, and I still do. I have always believed that she had a great voice and that her music is meaningful. Amy Winehouse was very talented, and her voice was powerful.

In the last few years of her life, Amy suffered a lot of health problems, both physical and mental. Whenever I read about her troubles, I was always hoping that she would recover.

So, in her memory, I want to share with you three of my favorite songs by her.

Above: Music video by Amy Winehouse performing “Tears Dry On Their Own”

Above: Music video by Amy Winehouse performing “You Know I’m No Good”.
This song makes me nostalgic because I used to listen to it very often when I was 15.

Above: Music video by Amy Winehouse performing “Rehab”

Amy, you will be greatly missed by your fans.