In a Heartbeat is a 4 minute Pixar-like movie made by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, two Ringling College of Art and Design students, as their computer animation thesis. It has now taken on a larger front than just a school project; the film creators managed to successfully crowdfund almost five times their original estimated costs to produce the film through Kickstarter, with over five million YouTube hits thus far.
The short film is about a young boy struggling to come to terms with his feelings for a handsome peer, a topic that has not yet been explored by animated film. The film features an adorable bouncing heart that brings the two boys together despite their fears of what society will think of them.
This short-film can open anyone’s eyes who has ever had a crush, that feeling of your heart chasing someone and your head fighting your bouncing hearts’ blissful eagerness. In under four minutes, the animated film captures the experience of countless LGBTQ youth, and shows them that there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Now it’s your turn to see why the internet is falling in love with In a Heartbeat — and begging for a sequel.
I admit to not really knowing anything about the celebrity Bella Thorne. I’ve heard her (almost too cool to be real) name thrown around and would recognize a photo, but beyond that, no clue what she acts in and/or sings.
What I do know, however, is how freaking badass it is that she regularly takes and posts makeup-free selfies on Instagram and Snapchat, showing off (not hiding from) her blemished, aka human, skin.
Bella is putting her naked face on display and completely OWNING it. She’s not only letting herself be vulnerable and unedited in the photos for her 15 million followers, she’s referencing her complexion in the captions and comments/engagements, too, with things like “Acne on fleek.”
As someone who has dealt with skin issues on and off for years (I’m currently attempting to knock my breakouts out with a HOPEFULLY short-lived antibiotic, per my dermatologist’s reco), I can’t even explain how much I admire Bella for going bare. The latest roundup of her ‘this is me’ photos aren’t the only example of her keeping it realer than real when it comes to her acne. Bella spilled all of the unconcealed deets last year in a Refinery29 piece where she opened up about her experience with Accutane and chemical peels.
Side note: if you’re feeling insecure or bummed about the largest organ on your body (skin, duh), I highly recommend taking a peek at Refinery’s ‘Acne Diaries’ – so relatable it hurts, in such a good way.
Bella is such a breath of fresh, inspiring air with all of these unfiltered and unabashed skin reveals… kinda seems like no coincidence that her name (short for Annabella) means ‘beauty.’
I’m not a hiker or a camper but I am a fan of drinking wine and staying in cool places while I do, so this Les Refuges Périurbains in Bordeaux, France is the type of outdoor adventuring I can get behind. The project encourages visitors to explore the wine region’s natural beauty via a scenic trail dotted with quirky and free accommodations.
The shelters are primitive, so bring your own camping gear. There’s no water, electricity or heating but they can accommodate up to nine people and you can’t beat the price. Each comes with a table, picnic chairs, cleaning kit, fire extinguisher and a smoke detector.
Numerous architects have contributed their unique designs to the project, with more added each year. Le Haut-Perché (pictured below) was created by architecture firm Studio Weave, sits in a small clearing within Jalles park and mimics the thin silhouette of water towers.
The designs each tell a story about or were otherwise crafted for its location. For example, Prisme (pictured below) sits on the shores of a lake and features massive stained glass windows on two sides, allowing in plenty of natural light and reflections off the water to dance across the space.
If backpacking through Bordeaux is on your bucket list, schedule your trip early. Reservations for shelters along the trail are only open one day a month and travelers are restricted to one night at a time in any given accommodation.
So what’s there to see in Bordeaux besides vineyards? CASTLES for one, other ancient buildings, lush greenery, sparkling rivers and incredible stargazing. The trail itself is BYOW but you won’t have any trouble finding world-class blends nearby.
Think about the Jetsons and their flying cars and Star Trek with the transporters (“beam me up, Scotty” anyone?). That futuristic technology feels lightyears away, but thanks to innovators like Elon Musk, the future is now.
Back in 2013, Musk released draft plans for the Hyperloop, a high-speed transportation system that could change travel time from hours to mere minutes. The plans were not patented, so was room in the market for companies to come in and try to develop the technology for this idea. One such company, Hyperloop One, is now on Phase 2 of this development.
Yep, it looks like Hyperloop One is well on its way to creating the “first new mode of transportation in over a century,” which is the company’s ultimate goal. The latest test-run had the pod travel almost the full length of the test track, a vacuum tube where the pod is moved along by magnetic levitation, at a top speed of 200 mph. With the goal speed being 750 mph, Hyperloop One still has a ways to go, but considering we’re in the midst of a transportation advancement that could one day be as commonplace as trains or planes, it’s certainly interesting to watch the technology develop into reality. Check out the video below for all the details!
If you’re a millennial like me or have a daughter who falls in this age category, you remember Limited Too. In the 90s and early 2000s, it was THE place to shop for the trendiest clothing as a pre-teen. As someone who was in private school during that time, if you didn’t wear Limited Too on “free dress” days, you couldn’t “sit with us.”
Well, in early August, Limited Too brought the experience back with mobile pop-ups in New York’s Herald Square, Union Square and Flatiron District just in time for back-to-school. All those millennials with daughters were able to get their fix of buying items ranging from clothes and accessories to school supplies and cellphone cases (side note – how old do kids get cell phones these days?!) all retailing for under $100.
Even though I couldn’t participate in these pop-ups (1. Not living in NYC; and 2. I won’t be having a daughter for awhile), as a publicist I appreciate the marketing team pulling on millennial parents’ heart strings because that’s the group who brought their kids to the pop-up and used the #LTD2BestInClass. It’s all about the nostalgia factor!
Let’s be real for a minute, we’ve all skimmed through SI’s yearly swimsuit issue and thought “damn, wouldn’t it have been nice to be #blessed with her genes.” Truth of the matter is that most women don’t see themselves when they look at Chrissy Teigen’s sky high legs and Brooklyn Decker’s perfect stomach. I know I certainly don’t. And, while it took long enough, SI has caught on that they need to start relating to real, everyday women to achieve continued success.
At this year’s recent Miami Swim Week, SI debuted is body inclusive line causing attendees to “burst into tears.” I’m not much of a crier, so that seems a bit dramatic, but I really do appreciate when a brand, such as SI, recognizes the need for change and does something about it. To prove just how versatile the line is SI even held an inaugural #SISwimSearch open casting call, which resulted in 15 ladies walking in the runway show. My favorites are below, and if you’re looking to get your hands on some of these styles they will be available in early 2018 at a price point of $40-$160 per suit.
All you die-hard La Croix fans might want to consider moving to Polar Seltzer…again.
With the dog days of summer approaching, MA-own Polar Seltzer recently rolled out its “Impossibly Good” line. After a big success last summer with its Unicorn Kisses seltzer, Polar upped the ante this year, adding three new flavors: Dragon Whispers, Mermaid Songs, and Yeti Mischief.
While everyone’s taste buds are the different, the general consensus on these three flavors is that they veer toward the fruity side. Boston magazine stated that “Yeti Mischief tastes like Hawaiian Punch,” while Dragon Whispers was more indistinguishably “tropical, with hints of strawberry and pineapple.” Mermaid Songs came in last, being a bad cross between Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish (sounds good to me, though).
Whatever they taste like, the dreamy cans and mesmerizing names make this another marketing win for Massachusetts’ own. Polar 2, La Croix, 0.
Rarely these days is the news amusing. It’s actually, generally, quite terrifying. So, especially now, sometimes we just need some fluff, as in those fluffy news stories that have no real significance or impact on our lives, but just serve to make us laugh. Well, I’m here to do just that. Recently, a calf was born that has a remarkably close resemblance to everyone’s favorite (well, maybe not everyone’s…) rocker.
Introducing Genie – a newborn calf that is Gene Simmons’ doppelganger. Genie was born July 28th in Kerrville, Texas and has very similar facial markings to what Simmons paints on his face for Kiss performances.
The way to a healthier life is clean eating and a routine fitness schedule. This statement has been engraved in society’s mind for so long, there seems to be no alternative. One who eats their vegetables and works out is sure to be healthy and happy, right? Well, what if I told you can have your cake and eat it, too?
An article came out last week in Food & Wine, letting the world into the secret of how Her Majesty thrives under the motto “treat yo’ self.” It is reported that Queen Elizabeth has about four cocktails and one piece of chocolate cake a day. She starts off with a gin and Dubonnet just before lunch, where she will typically drink a dry gin martini during the course, and then finish her meal with a glass of wine and a piece of chocolate. The Queen later ends her day with an elegant glass of champs before bed.
I know what you’re thinking, she’s a genius! IDK about that, but if this routine is the key to living past 90 – not to mention ruling a country for more than six decades – sign.me.up!
For us folk up here in Boston, Tom Brady is taken very, very seriously. Not only is he the G.O.A.T. on the field, but he’s an extreme specimen of health (maybe a little too extreme, if you ask me because, I mean..coffee) and pretty much a visual god. So it’s no surprise that New Englanders get a little ticked when precious Tommy’s looks aren’t accurately represented.
We all remember what happened when that infamous court room sketch made the rounds on the internet during the Deflategate trial. Complete outrage.
After the dust from this image settled, the entire universe collectively agreed to never disrespect Tom Brady’s image ever again. That is until a new wax museum opened in Boston (OF ALL PLACES ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!?) and unveiled their Tom Brady wax statue. Now the world is losing their mind again, wondering “why oh why have you forsaken Tom?”
Apparently the museum has officially asked Tom to “help them” fix this monstrosity by coming in to be officially measured, since this attempt was based off of a photo. On the bright side, at least the museum will be able to repurpose the old figure as David Boreanaz, the OG vampire heartthrob.