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Black Friday- Are you ready?

by on November 26th, 2014

bLACK FRIDAYIt’s that time again when you celebrate Thanksgiving, stuff your face with Turkey and on Black Friday go shopping. Black Friday seem to be the only time where it’s appropriate to act like the Tasmanian Devil pushing anyone out of your path to get that special gift. In my teens I worked retail and I literally saw two grown ladies fighting over the last tree skirt.

Back in the day I don’t recall any store being open besides gas stations. Each year it’s becoming a trend to shop on Thanksgiving Day. For those brave enough to go to the mall or major retailers below are links of companies that are offering Pre-Black Friday (Thanksgiving Day) and Black Friday sales including hours of operation:

  1. Pre-Black Friday retailers: http://www.theblackfriday.com/early-black-friday-sales.php
  2. Best Black Friday deals: http://www.theblackfriday.com/best-black-friday-deals.shtml
  3. Black Friday coupons: http://www.theblackfriday.com/black-friday-coupons.shtml
  4. Stores Opening on Thanksgiving Day & Store Hours: http://www.theblackfriday.com/stores-opening-on-thanksgiving.php
  5. Store hours on Black Friday: http://www.theblackfriday.com/black-friday-store-hours.shtml

I also had a few emails of tech products on sale on Black Friday:

  1. Samsung Deals: http://www.samsung.com/us/shop/black-friday/tvs?marsLinkCategory=tv:other&MKM_RID=0150176247&MKM_MID=5370767&CID=eml-brd-brd-1114-776
  2. Misfit Shine Promotion:Shine
  • NOVEMBER 28th – DECEMBER 1st
  • 50% off Flash online, Target, Walmart, Best Buy
  • $79.99 Shine (MSRP $99.99) – online, Target, Walmart, Best Buy
  1. Sprint Deals: Black Friday offers include:
  • $200 device savings on Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy S 5 Sport;
  • Pricing plans offering the best value in wireless for families who want shared data;
  • Accessory deals including up to $300 savings on Harman Kardon Onyx Studio
  1. Android app for izone
  • Will be available soon in the Google Play Store.
  • Additionally, from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, Android users will be able to pick up any izon camera at buy one get one free
  • Speaker, Smart Light & Sleep/Wake-up Device
  • Black Friday Price of Only $99 ($50 Off) for Diamond + from November 18 – December 31, 2014


Good Luck Cutegeek fans! May the force be with you when you battle through the crowds of Black Friday. Don’t forget next Monday is Cyber Monday!

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Just Say YES – Youth Equipped to Succeed

by on November 21st, 2014

YESThough I think Beyonce is overplayed “Pretty Hurts” really strikes a chord for me. If any of you were in modeling or pageants as kid you can relate to this song. I got into modeling at a young age; I will never forget when I got an agent. I was in HS running track and cross country but was told I had to quit because my leg muscles were too big (I was 5’8” and 120LBS). In the same meeting I was told I need a nose job and a boob job (thank god I didn’t do either).

I worked out besides cross country and track after school for another hour- totaling about 3 hours of cardio a day at 15 years old when I should be going to the movies with my friends. I lived off of toast (with no butter) and fruit. When I had to do runway sadly it was an industry standard for girls who aren’t naturally thin to throw up before the show. At 15 I was changing in front of men that were over 18 years old for photo shoots. When I hear any parent say they want their kids to be a model I cringe. I was fortunate that social media was not around back in my day because I continue to see how it effects teens currently.

As a writer for cutegeek I feel we are responsible for communicating to our audience that all girls and women are beautiful inside and out.  I found Just Say YES site that stands for Youth Equipped to Succeed. Just Say Yes is a nonprofit organization helping to equip teens to succeed by educating them through student assembly speakers and classroom curriculum. Their goal is empowering students to say YES to their dreams and goals and no to destructive choices.

My jaw dropped by this quote on their site:  “Teen girls are more afraid of gaining weight than they are of cancer, nuclear war, or losing a parent.”

As I continued to explore the Just Say Yes site I found the below statistics:

The Facts about Self Image

  • 40% of all 9 and 10-year-old girls have already been on a diet – Duke University
  • 70% of 6-12-year-olds want to be thinner – National Eating Disorders Association
  • In one study, 3 out of 4 women stated that they were overweight although only 1 out of 4 actually were – Rader Programs
  • While only one out of ten high school girls are overweight, nine out of ten high school juniors and seniors diet – Rader Programs
  • A study found that adolescent girls were more fearful of gaining weight than getting cancer, nuclear war or losing their parents – Rader Programs
  • Teen pregnancy statistics show that girls who engage in unprotected sex often have lower self esteem – Family First Aid

The Facts about Media Influence on body image

The Facts about teens and Eating Disorders

If you are a teen (or heck you are in your 30’s like me) going through self or body image issues especially due to social media I encourage you to check out this site.  As women we need to stick together, empower each other and continue to deliver this message:

“Say YES to self-acceptance and no to negative body image.”

For more information how you or your school can get involved with Just Say Yes here is their site.

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Cutegeek is CES & Showstoppers Bound!

by on November 18th, 2014

CESI am very excited to announce I just received my confirmation for my press badge for CES 2015 and Showstoppers! Is seems like yesterday I was at CES 2014; it was the first year I was solo and what an experience from meeting 50 cent to standing next the piano while John Legend serenated us. Looking back at my CES and Showstoppers experience my all-time favorite event was Showstoppers which showcased hands-on demos for press only (and they have an open bar and great food). At Showstoppers I had more face time with companies and had the opportunity to test out products (unlike CES where we are packed like sardines in the convention center and wait in line to see one product for a minute).

I learned a few things from CES 2014, CES Unveiled and Showstoppers to make this year more effective. First, no matter how cute your heals are walking a day in the Las Vegas Convention Center is murder on your feet! Second, when setting up media meetings schedule them in the same area of the convention center and give myself an hour between each meeting. Last, eat and take advantage of the free meals press gets. I would say to also rest and sleep while there but I won’t…BECAUSE IT’S VEGAS BABY!

CES this year has over 3,000 exhibiting companies and as much as I want to see everything unless I clone myself (one Nina in this world is enough) it’s just not going to happen. Just like last year I am reaching out to my cutegeek fans to tell me what you want me to check out at CES and Showstoppers.

Here is THE list of all the exhibitors thus far: http://ces15.mapyourshow.com/6_0/alphalist.cfm?CFID=58268244&CFTOKEN=4bfbd6d4fb437775-A98DAA96-E449-0AF9-56F525364324EF00

Cutegeek fans please use the below to submit your CES recommendation! Tell me what you think and for those fans also attending contact me as well. Watch out CES and Showstoppers here comes this cutegeek!

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Review: Misfit Shine

by on November 11th, 2014

ShineOver the summer Misfit sent me the new Coca Cola inspired Shine activity and sleep monitor in red with a white sports band and Classic Tee with the Flash Pocket located on the sleeve…unfortunately they shipped it to my old address in San Francisco instead of my place in Austin. Fortunately I went back home to SF in August for a quick visit and picked up the new Shine to test out.

The Shine measures steps, calories burned, distance and sleep quality and duration by using the Misfit app which is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows phones and tablets. For those who have never seen the Shine it’s an Anodized Aircraft-grade Aluminum disc (about the size of a quarter) that attaches to you via magnetic clasp, watch band (comes in leather, plastic and mesh), Misfit Classic Tee, Misfit socks or necklace. The shine does comes with the clasp and sport band however you can upgrade to other accessories when you purchase it online.10667819_10152452576444125_1838238182_o

Unboxing the Shine is a bit of a geek experience; it comes in a nice box that has a magnet to keep the Shine stationary. After I placed the battery into the Shine I immediately synced it to my iPhone. Since I have one Shine already I was concerned that my iPhone would be confused by the two different Shines. To my amazement the Misfit app allows you to have more than 1 Shine (which is important since they come in different colors and for this fashionista I want my Shine to match my outfit).

After syncing I went into settings to personalize my Shine and set my goals. Immediately I realized the previous Shine I had did not have some of the same features. One new feature is the sleep monitor; I’m nocturnal so I was curious to see what it would read when I woke up the next AM. The sleep photo (2)monitor calculates the amount of “restful” sleep depending on your personal settings. I admit I was a sceptic at first till I woke up the next AM with my sleep results- it was dead on.

Another cool feature with the app is taking pictures of each meal you have so you can track what you have eaten in a day. The Shine also has the Lose it!, Runkeeper, Walgreens, and IFTTT (Misfit Channel) apps.

Though the market is flooded with new fitness devices I have been of a fan of the Shine since I received my first one at SXSW when I met the Misfit team. I love that it doesn’t look like a fitness band and more like a fashion piece. It has always been a conversation starter once someone sees it light up (though it gets annoying when people come tapping on it just to see the Shine lights- one time is ok several times from the same person warrants laser beams shooting out of my eyes).

The Shine activity and sleep monitor is available online at the Misfit site or at Target for $99.00.

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Happy Single’s Day China

by on November 11th, 2014

c3c8f767a023b7727e4eabda440319aeThank you for making today the biggest shopping day of the year – I’m not sure how it compares to Black Friday or Cyber Monday in the states but I’m happy it exists.

Today can be considered the anti-Valentine’s Day of China or a reminder to the world to celebrate thy own self.

I prefer the latter.

I was intrigued to learn more about ‘Single’s Day’ or ‘Bachelor’s Day’ and learned it was started in the 90’s at universities in Nanjing – leave it to the students to discover cool stuff for the world.

Today is celebrated by partying, hanging out with friends, karaoke or trying your fortune.

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Self-Defense Products for the Cutegeek

by on October 20th, 2014

A couple weeIzonks ago I was walking home at night; after telling a bum I have no money I began to be followed home. As I realized the situation I began to do my “cops with dogs” run home and quickly bolted the door. Though I moved to Austin vs. DT San Francisco I need to be aware of my surroundings; crime happens everywhere.

After that scare I went on an iPhone app and amazon.com shopping spree of self-defense items and found a few items every lady should have. I also looked into video surveillance and realized I had it right in my back pocket…the izone 2.0 I was sent to review for the examiner!Send help

The izone WiFi camera features noise + motion alerts, mobile app controlled, free izon video playbacks, and secure real time video. It has a magnetic stand but also mountable so I now have the marvelous idea to mount it over my door to heighten security but one problem remains…the power cord (this is still out for debate)! I do absolutely love being able to view the real time video on my phone before knowing who is on the other side of the door.

There are two iPhone apps that I find mandatory for any lady for self-defense; My Panic Alarm and SEND HELP. With My Panic Alarm the user taps the alarm button and the iPhone will sound the alarm and also flashes colors on the iPhone screen to grab the attention of others. When using the SEND HELP app a user has one large button on their iPhone that send emergency SMS and emails during an emergency. Guard Dog

I bought a lip stick stun gun while I lived in San Francisco since I lived in an interesting neighborhood but in the move it got lost. In my amazon shopping spree frenzy I found the Guard Dog Security Electra Concealed Lipstick Stun Gun with 100-Lumen Flashlight in pink! The 100-Lumen flashlight is used to detour the attacker before utilizing the stun gun and also visible from yards away. There is no visible stun probes and the crackling sound of the Electra stun gun is very apparent to scare the attacker further. This product is available here for $24.17; I get my new one tomorrow!!

Though one would think a stun gun is enough to protect yourself there is always the chance of it being taken away from you by the attacker or you drop it. I recommend in your second hand carrying the one of the below items:Pepper

The Sabre Red compact police strength pepper spray is in a pink case (in honor of breast cancer awareness month) with the quick release key ring. The Sabre Red Pepper Spray has the max protection at 25 bursts or 10 x one second bursts. When buying this product you are also supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation; as of this year they have donated over 1 million in the fight. The Sabre Red Pepper Spray is currently available for $9.99 on amazon. Kitty guard

The Pink Metal Cat Personal Protection Self Defense Keychain Keyring is a ladies take on brass knuckles but for our personal protection (not to fight). This is perfect to have if you have a long walk in a parking lot or in general at night. There are plastic ones on the market but this metal one is legit. It’s on sale right now on amazon for $2.99.

If you don’t have an iPhone and want a personal siren/ alarm the SABRE Personal Alarm in Pink (in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation) is a 110 dB dual siren alarm which can be heard up to 300 feet – 100 meters. It’s the size of a memory stick and also a key chain for easy access to the alarm. The Sabre personal alarm in pink is available here and priced at $9.50 (don’t forget buying this product supports breast cancer).alarm

I know some of this may be over the top and I wouldn’t recommend going as over the top as I did but you never know when you may need one of these. Self-awareness is so important when you are alone especially at night and even in the safest neighborhoods. I use to wear my earbuds and listen to music at the loudest possible volume but now I keep the volume low so I can hear my surro undings. To all my cutegeeks I hope this makes you aware and also helps you find your own personal self-defense device or app.

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Can You Picture the New Face of Innovation?

by on October 5th, 2014

Latinas Think BigOver 300 can, and they came together or joined a national conversation via social media to talk about it last week.

On Friday, October 3rd, Google hosted an event at their headquarters called the Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit – a day jam packed with workshops and panels all tailored around the current and future state of Latinas in STEM. It was a bold move for Google, but also a very strategic one considering their recent backlash regarding their lack of diversity. This comes less than one month after announcing a 200k donation to Black Girls Code – in hopes of increasing their diverse pipeline of underrepresented girls. The biggest announcement, or news to me, came from Google with their new domain – .soy – which means “I am” in Spanish. Not sure how long that had been out for – but its a first for me.
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Event: Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit at Google

by on October 2nd, 2014

Latinas Think Big 2Tune in tomorrow to watch an extraordinary event – the first in history – that examines the role of Latinas in STEM.  While registration is closed for the event, you can tune in live and still watch.

Here is the description of the event – taken from their website:

“The Latinas Think Big™ Innovation Summit, hosted at Google’s campus in Silicon Valley, sparks a national dialogue on the current state and future of Latinas in STEM careers, with an emphasis on technology and innovation.  This full-day event convenes a group of talented Latina innovators — along with a carefully vetted group of innovative  leaders, tech entrepreneurs and influencers — to connect, learn and elevate the conversation on  Latina innovation.  The Summit will educate, empower and engage its audience with plenary and breakout-sessions, keynote speakers, and high-caliber networking opportunities.

This exciting event culminates with the Latinas Think Big™ showcase and a Cocktail Evening Reception with live music.
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Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport

by on October 2nd, 2014

photo 2 photo 1I received the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport and immediately I fell in love with this product. I’m an iPhone girl and always recommended others to get an iPhone because of its ease of use…till I had my first Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport experience.

When I unboxed the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport I was excited to see they sent me the Ruby color of the phone. As soon as I turned it on I was impressed. I love my iPhone 5s but the 5.1” full HD display on the Galaxy and the keyboard swipe are awesome.photo 5

I immediately began downloading Apps and customizing it with my Google, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. Next I explored all the sports Apps especially S Health. While utilizing the S Health app the one feature I used almost daily is the heart rate monitor. It’s a pretty cool feature but if your finger isn’t in the right place you don’t get a read of your heart rate. Galaxy S5’s pedometer and S Health also keeps track of your condition, walking distance, calories, speed, and duration.

Another App that I was impressed was already loaded was the POLARIS Office 5 suite, which on an iPhone you have to pay $12.99 for. Recently I have been doing heavy slide work and use excel spreadsheets daily; I wish my iPhone had POLARIS Office 5. This app is also very handy for those like me that work remote or travel a lot.

The Galaxy S5 Sport has an IP67 certification which makes it resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust. It also reminds you if the charging port cover is open on the phone-vital for it to be resistant. I’m accident prone so this feature to me was the best! I’ve spilt an adult beverage on my iPhone and it hasn’t been the same since.

The Main/ Rear camera boasts a 16MP resolution while the front facing camera is 2.0MP (1920 x 1080, Wide-angle lens) and features HDR (Rich tone), Fast Auto Focus, and Selective Focus capabilities. I played around with the different camera features and made a video of my dog Chloe playing with her food. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bMxNnvvWTI&list=UUuPlFtg94QIA-fFVWXLP-kA photo 3

There were two overly active alerts in my opinion: airplane mode and volume levels when plugging in headphones- I know I listen to music a tad loud but the alerts were just a tad unnecessary.

Similar to past Galaxy smart phones I’ve read about, the battery life is not like the iPhone. I can go two days without charging my iPhone but with the Galaxy if I don’t charge it nightly it’s dead. It does have the Ultra Power Saving Mode to save and extend your battery life, however I was confused on when it changes your screen to black and white and shuts down all apps and features. This may also be because I’m a Galaxy virgin.

All in all my Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport experience was great. After using an iPhone for 3 years I would consider migrating to a Galaxy S5 Sport. It was fun learning a new OS, learning about Apps and features that my little iPhone lacks. I am really sad I have to send it back but such is life!

The Galaxy S5 Sport is available through Sprint for $199.99 with a 2-yr service agreement. If you are over your iPhone I suggest trying out the Galaxy S5 Sport- you won’t be let down!

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Press Release: Coca-Cola Red Shine Star Spangled Set

by on June 30th, 2014

Coca ColaSparkle this holiday with the Shine Star Spangled Set. Get a Coca-Cola Red Shine, available for the first time today on their site. It comes with a black sportband and clasp, the NEW White Sport Band, and a Navy Misfit Classic Tee—all for $119.99. Declare your independence in style with the new Coca-Cola Red Shine Star Spangled Set.

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