Fashion & Coding Come Together at CS+X Dress Code Event At Google Venice

Fashion & Coding Come Together at CS+X Dress Code Event At Google Venice

For it’s third installment, the CS+X event series presented the Google Dress Code event at Google’s Venice offices on a recent Thursday evening.

In collaboration with The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), Miss Bella Graham Consulting, and Eileen Brown Kahn Consulting, Google presented a special event for high school students from the greater Los Angeles area that allowed them to explore how computer science can take many forms into our everyday lives, specially in fashion technology!

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Google

Photo Credit: SoCal Mag / Ely Anne Vedar

Photo Credit: SoCal Mag / Ely Anne Vedar

Students were than treated to Freeform’s The Fosters’ Cierra Ramirez introducing opening remarks by Google’s Head of CS in Media Multicultural Strategy, Daraiha Greene followed by a Keynote Speech by Founder and CEO of PlayWerks and WhizGirls Academy, Lecturer at USC Viterbi and Gamer Shirin Salemnia.

The evening’s first panel, “CS+Fashion Industry Panel” treated students in attendance to life steering career advice from industry leaders (Pictured below left to right): 3D Designer, Entrepreneur, Digital Sculptor and Co-Founder, Pixsweet – Janne Kyttanen; Jacquard by Google’s Experience Design Lead, Nina Walia; Dalia MacPhee, Celebrity Fashion Designer and Tech Innovator; 22 year old Nina Vir, Founder and CEO of Daily Dress Me; and Digital Media Strategist and Fashion Influencer, Ishmael Mayhew; Moderated by Bria Sullivan, a Software Engineer at Google.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Google

The “Tech Style Influencers Panel” rounded off the evening with insights from (Pictured below left to right): Moderated by Jon Youshaei, a Product Marketing Manger at Google; Fashion Designer and Editor-in-Chief of Fashionlyfe.com and the BritxBrat2Fashion YouTube Channel Brittany Dke; Digital Media Strategist (Coding)/Fashion Branding Mentor, Jon Phenom; YouTuber and Owner of LA Sunnies, Ale La Chula; YouTube star, Cloe Couture; and Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Influencer, Darren Moulden.

Visit g.co/csedu to learn more about Google’s mission to increase CS opportunities for all – regardless of gender, ethnicity, geography, or socio-economic level – and aim to inspire young people everywhere not just to use technology, but to create it.

Ely Anne Vedar

Fashion & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills. ely@elyagency.com

Safe Screen

Safe Screen

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Two lab results by the same doctor on the same day, reveal two completely different results.

           “Breast cancer should be the #1 issue for any woman.

             They should all be saying “enough of this bullshit”.”

By Niki Smart * Photographed by Jared Rubin

This is a personal story for me because I’ve suffered with dense, fibrocystic breasts since forever. I was 15 when I had my first scare due to severe lumps, resulting in a breast aspiration. My lumps have gone on and on, and I know that caffeine exacerbates lumps, ergo I’ve always been careful with my caffeine intake.
Be that as it may, I’ve had several more cysts aspirated; I’ve had lumps surgically removed; I’ve had 2 biopsies, and it’s just no fun whatsoever. Each time a new mass appears, I worry that I have cancer, and dread the procedure that I’m about to face. Since I’m quite small-framed and don’t have much breast tissue, mammograms are fairly painful (I believe they’re painful even if you have ample breast tissue). I’ve grown to loathe mammograms, not only because they’re painful but because they’re 100% guaranteed to be inconclusive for my breast type, which means an ultrasound will soon follow. That too, is usually inconclusive, and then the surgeon will start digging about in my breast – which is scary, painful and expensive on top of everything else.
To add to my confusion/frustration, I once received two different results (they arrived on the same day).from a mammogram done at Kaiser Permanente
One letter said – you are in the clear, no follow up needed.
The other said – you urgently need a biopsy.
Both letters were signed on the same day, by the same doctor. Not very reassuring is it?
Another thing of note was that every lump that required attention was always in my right breast. You’d think that would have been a clue for any doctor right? Apparently not.
Finally, after years of scares and strange lumps, the biggest mass of all showed up on my mammogram results.
“That’s a 50% chance of being cancer,” the department head nurse at Kaiser Permanente told me when I refused to have a “core” biopsy.
I was sick and tired of people cutting and digging into my breast and I just couldn’t bear to have another biopsy. Plus, I’ve heard that if you do have cancer, a biopsy can sometimes actually spread the cancer cells. Whether or not that’s true, I can’t say, but it certainly puts me off. So I went on a mission to find out what alternative non-invasive tests were out there to determine breast health.
I went for Thermography – an infrared heat reading that can pinpoint cancer. I went for Suretouch – similar to an ultrasound experience but it detects differences in hardness under the layers of soft tissue, and professes to be able to catch cancer 5 years ahead of a mammogram.
Both the Thermography and the Suretouch are painless and radiation free, but they couldn’t completely put my mind at ease. They both registered a large mass in my right breast, and both results said it didn’t seem likely to be cancer, but they couldn’t 100% guarantee this.
A friend told me about Dr. Kelly and his SonoCiné ultrasound – she didn’t just tell me about him, she sang his praises, so I made an appointment with Dr. Kelly.

Okay – so what is this technique? The SonoCiné is an automated whole breast ultrasound – a simple procedure similar to a regular ultrasound, but more thorough.
First of all, you have to wear a mesh vest – a proprietary camisole developed for the SonoCiné that fits like a sports bra. This helps to hold your breasts in place (which is especially helpful for women with larger breasts), and prevents the technologist from going over the same area twice. Next, you have a hydrogel nipple pad placed over your areola to flatten it, which prevents any shadows from causing a false reading. (Dr. Kelly has a patent on this nipple pad).
You lie on your back as your technician scans your upper areas with a hand held roller device capturing rows sequentially from below the collarbone to the lower margin of the breast. Then the SonoCiné machine relays the images to film.

Dr. Kelly stresses that it’s important to train the technologist to make enough images – 3mm apart at the most, so when watching the film, one can spot cancer small enough to stop it becoming a problem.
Once I was done being scanned, Dr. Kelly watched my film with me at his side. He pointed out everything he was
seeing, and assured me that my large mass was definitely NOT cancer. Well, I just wanted to kiss him for that alone, but then he asked me a question that no other health professional in 30+ years has ever asked me.
“What do you do on the right side of your body that is different form the left? Do you carry your handbag on your right shoulder?”
I had to think for a moment – then it came to me.
“I play guitar and the body of the guitar hits me exactly on my right breast.”
“That’s it” Dr. Kelly smiled. “The vibration from your guitar has altered the tissue in your right breast.”
He further explained that violin players can get this same tissue distortion in their necks from the vibration of their violins. Well, now I wanted to kiss and hug and squeeze Dr. Kelly, not only because he is adorable and the sweetest man, but because he had solved a life-long issue for me. Thank you a million times, Dr. Kelly.

INTERVIEW WITH DR. KELLY

I was so impressed with Dr. Kelly that I had to go back and interview the good doctor – because this man deserves attention – as do your breasts.

How long have you been in the “breast” business?
I’ve been a radiologist since 1975, and solely a breast radiologist since 1982. I realized that I could improve on the current ultrasound technology and by 1998 I’d come up with SonoCiné. Two years later (in 2000) I had a test run on 500 women. On one woman, the SonoCiné detected a cancer in each breast – her right and left – neither mammogram, nor ultrasound had picked up these cancers. This is when I knew I was definitely right – up until then my ideas had been theoretic.

Why is the SonoCiné better for dense breasts?
A mammogram stacks images and cancer is like a bear in the forest – fatty, or dense breasts have many leaves – meaning, mammograms aren’t great for dense breasts. Plus a mammogram has the extra risk of radiation and SonoCiné avoids the radiation. The SonoCiné can catch cancer at 10mm or less. 40-50% of cancers are felt before they are seen on a mammogram. By this time their size is 17mm-25mm.

Can you tell me more about your text and drive theory?
The human brain can’t successfully text and drive at the same time. You may think you can, but your brain physically can’t focus completely on both tasks at the same time – they require the same part of the brain to do. Same thing with a regular ultrasound. The technician is reading the monitor at the same time as focusing on sliding the roller across your chest. If you separate the two actions, there is less room for error and if you improve the gathering of information by having the images closer together – then the readings will be easier. With the SonoCiné reading, you give the film your entire attention in a distraction-free environment. This method of review has been shown to increase the detection of cancers as small as 5mm – 10mm in size.

What about MRIs as a way to screen for cancer of the breast?
People may think an MRI is the way to be sure – but MRI injects heavy metal into your system. In a tight spot, an MRI is okay, but you can’t use it once a year as a screening procedure. That would be reckless as the gadolinium stays with you and ends up in brain and your bones.

How many SonoCiné machines are there?
There are now 50 SonoCiné machines worldwide.

How many women do you see in a month on average?
About 100.

Do you think there are a lot of unnecessary biopsies/removals?
Ultrasound is more definitive – but understanding is variable in this country.
In UK, Europe and Canada – they are better at understanding the images.

What do you recommend for women at this point?
Do both – in the interim.

Do you think we keep doing mammograms because it’s cheaper for the medical field? Insurance companies? Is it expensive to replace the machinery?
Oh yes. This is a game changer. Disruptive technology means someone loses.

Talking of money, where do you get your funding?
The Bank of Kelly. I’ve put everything into this. I’ve even mortgaged my house, which didn’t make my wife too happy, I can tell you. But I know that about 3000 women die every month from breast cancer in America alone. The rate is higher in China, with 1 woman per minute. There are approximately 190,000 new cases of breast cancer annually. And about 40,610 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2017 from breast cancer. Breast cancer should be the #1 issue for any woman. They should all be saying “enough of this bullshit”.

Here at SoCal magazine, we couldn’t agree more.

For more information on Dr. Kelly’s SoneCine click here

 

Other Screenings without Radiation
SureTouch: The SureTouch Breast Exam is painless, radiation free and delivers immediate results. Breasts are examined quickly and comfortably without compression. The patented, hand-held, SureTouch sensor glides easily over the entire breast and underarm area and detects differences in hardness under the layers of soft tissue. Its 192 sensing elements capture and document the shape, location, size and hardness of breast lesions.  Any breast lesions are displayed on the SureTouch console screen in multi-dimensional full-color images. Because images are digitally stored for future reference, results can be tracked and compared for changes over time. http://suretouch.us

Thermography:
Digital Infrared Imaging detects the heat produced by increased blood vessel circulation and metabolic changes associated with a tumor’s genesis and growth. A thermography session can detect thermal signs that may suggest a pre-cancerous state of the breast, or signs of cancer at an extremely early stage. However, Digital Infrared Imaging does not have the ability to detect 100% of all cancers. Consequently, Digital Infrared Imaging’s role is in addition (to mammography and physical examination, not in lieu of. www.breastthermography.com

 

Umami Burger x Jaden Smith Artist Series Launch

Umami Burger x Jaden Smith Artist Series Launch

JADEN SMITH, JADA PINKETT SMITH, ERIC DANE, JORDYN WOODS, AND MORE CELEBRATE JADEN’S UMAMI BURGER X IMPOSSIBLE LAUNCH

Los Angeles, CA, October 11th – After swarming outside of Umami Burger at The Grove for hours, fans were relieved to finally see Jaden Smith arrive, where he was extremely friendly and chatted with everyone as he passed by — thanking them for their attendance to his special event. Jaden hosted his Umami Burger Artist Series launch party at The Grove to celebrate his Impossible Trio collaboration with Impossible Foods. Jaden’s Impossible Trio – a brand new, environmentally conscious dining experience – will be available in participating Umami Burgers nationwide starting October 12th, with $1 from every sale benefitting American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts. SBE, Umami Burger’s majority shareholder, hosted the launch party in partnership with Impossible Foods, JUST water, and New Balance to celebrate the collaboration with Jaden.

Guests were served the Trio, along with other Umami favorites including Sam’s Crispy Chicken, Cheesy Tots, and mini chocolate milkshakes. Guests at the party sipped on a variety of signature cocktails including: Rande’s Spicy Margarita, Maple Bacon Old Fashioned, Velvet Mule, and Casamigos Frozen Margarita while mingling and enjoying tunes from the DJ’s set.

Not only did Jada Pinkett Smith arrive to support her son and celebrate his success, but so did a number of Jaden’s closest friends, fans who follow him on Twitter, and notable influencers from YouTube and the social media world — totaling nearly 300 guests. Jaden was spotted laughing, chatting, and snapping photos with guests in between bites of the delicious burgers. Jaden and Jada were spotted celebrating with Daniel Del Olmo, CEO of Umami Burger, Gregg Frazer, COO of Umami Burger, and David Lee, COO of Impossible Foods — all super excited about the launch. Jaden was truly the spotlight of the night, continuously surrounded by friends, fans, and family!

Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Umami Burger x Jaden Smith Artist Series

Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Umami Burger x Jaden Smith Artist Series

Online Community, Unicorn Moms Launches New App Along With UniCon

Online Community, Unicorn Moms Launches New App Along With UniCon

This past weekend, SoCal moms were treated to the first ever Unicon by founder, Maria Hunt. The event took place at the SLS Hotel on September 23rd and invited members of Unicorn Moms, an online community of more than 70,000 women, along with celebrity moms and media.  The event featured the announcement of the Unicorn Moms mobile app live today!

The Unicorn Moms app allows moms to embrace their individuality and connect with like-minded Moms in their area through increased geo-location capabilities.

“There are a lot of online support groups, communities, and even apps on the market that target moms but most of those apps focus around your child with tips ranging from finding the best babysitter to setting up playdates for your kids. Unicorn Moms is different because we focus on the mom as an individual and on her identity outside of motherhood. Moms love our Facebook community and website because they find it to be a safe place where they are free to express themselves and talk about their hopes, triumphs, and struggles without fear of judgment. With the mobile app, we’ve made it easier for moms to connect while on the go and set up grownup playdates with other like-minded women in their area,” said Maria Hunt, Founder of Unicorn Moms.

 

Both the Unicorn Moms site and app cover topics that Moms want to talk about, ranging from their favorite deals, cocktails, and recipes, to airing their dirty laundry or seeking advice on their career goals or marital challenges.

Unicorn Moms has one of the biggest national mom followings on Facebook. Unicorn Moms from all over the nation including Florida, New York, Texas, and San Francisco to attend the UniCon experience, with 300+ attendees in total.

We had the chance to sit down with Maria and ask her about founding both her company and the convention, as well as her experience with motherhood.  Check out our Q&A below.


  1. Q) Why did you decide to focus on the “bad/imperfect moms” or moms that don’t always follow the set rules with your community? Do you think taking that approach is what attracts people to your group because you transparent that parenting isn’t easy?

I think we are all bad moms to a certain extent. It’s exhausting and hard most of the time to be a mom these days. We are doing a lot more than our mothers did with us, it’s more pressure, time and energy. So it’s easy to be a “bad/imperfect” mom with all we have to do. Lunchables, TV & video game time, Youtube, ice cream for breakfast (yeah, I did it), etc. And despite what we see in social media, more and more moms can relate with this and not feel that they are failing because they are not the only ones. This is why I feel my group attracts so many moms, they can be themselves, get the support and the laughs.

  1. Q) What do you love most about motherhood? What has been the biggest challenge?

Well, I love it being a mom. I love to see my sons develop their own personalities and to see them grow, even if at times it makes me sad. I can’t wait for the day I can have a drink with them, instead of because of them.  The biggest challenge was trying not to lose myself in this whole mom thing. It’s difficult when you have to do so much for your family and still make time for yourself. It’s harder when our kids are younger, but like I always tell the group, your kids will leave you one day and then what? Make time, make friendships, and surround yourself with people that support you- your ideas and goals throughout this mom journey.

  1. Q) How was the first Unicon received. What did you learn and what are your plans for the future of the con? 

UniCon was so well received; the turnout was amazing! The moms had this event to look forward to for months, and I am glad I didn’t disappoint. I learned that it’s very stressful to put on and event like this, but hearing how this group has helped so many moms in all aspects of their life made it all worth it. I plan to take UniCon across the country in the future and give these moms an experience they all deserve.

Unicorn Mom Founder, Maria Hunter.

Ely Anne Vedar

Fashion & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills.

Adrienne D. Williams Presents MS.RPRSNTD – A Photo Exhibition Seeking That Spotlights The Misrepresentation of Women of Color in Media And The Skate World

Adrienne D. Williams Presents MS.RPRSNTD – A Photo Exhibition Seeking That Spotlights The Misrepresentation of Women of Color in Media And The Skate World

A passion project by Photographer Adrienne D. Williams, MS.RPRSNTD, is a four-day photo exhibition that seeks to bring attention to the overwhelming misrepresentation of women of color in media, and the underrepresentation of skater girls of color.

Williams states – “Growing up as a young black woman in the white suburbs of Metro Detroit, I always wanted to skate, but didn’t know how to articulate why I felt out of place or unwelcome at the time. I took a step back, and instead participated in the culture by working in skate shops and photographing skaters. The purpose of MS.RPRSNTD, is to inspire young women to overcome that fear, ignore that little voice of doubt and do WHATEVER it is they want to do. Whether that’s ride a skate- board, build a plane, be a Supreme Court Justice or a stay at home mom. This is why I’ve created images of beautiful and empowered women of color and I’m showcasing fearless girls who are out there skating every day.”

The exhibit – featuring skateboard decks adorned with portraits of women from Black, Hispanic, Asian and Middle Eastern decent, alongside phototographs of some of LA’s most promising skater girls – will take place at Space 15 Twenty, Urban Outfitter’s LA concept store, September 7th – 10th, 2017.

Daily activities include a Kick Push Workshop with Jazzmen Chavez, Adrianne Sloboh & Ruby York; A panel on September 9th hosted by Abby Allen and panelists being Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Ashlee Marie Preston, Candace Reels, Maricel Sison & Shawanna Davis and various open gallery hours.

A portion of proceeds from art and apparel sales will benefit Inner-City Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging young people in the creative process in order to shape a society of creative, confi- dent and collaborative individuals.

All events will take place at Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

For more information and event tickets visit www.msrprsntd.com.

Ely Anne Vedar

Fashion & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills.

Very Engaging Couples Guidebook Gamify’s Your Relationship (by LA Locals)

Very Engaging Couples Guidebook Gamify’s Your Relationship (by LA Locals)

Anyone who lives in SoCal knows that relationships can be tough. That’s where Very Engaging, the quirky couples guidebook to “gamify” your relationship comes in! Sure, there are all the normal stressors of dating when living in Los Angeles, but the City of Angels has a few extra bonus factors making it even tougher. As you know, LA traffic is real and it can make proximity to your partner an actual factor in choosing your significant other! It’s also a city of 4 million people making it easy to casually swipe left and right with seemingly endless options.
Once you do find someone who has the potential to to be “the one,” there are still all the normal hurdles of dating. Very Engaging helps couples face these deep and not-so-deep questions- from having kids to who gets which side of the bed- with humor, sensitivity, and good old fashion games. Even better, it’s the brainchild of two locals- Charly Ligety and Les Starck.
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“The idea for this book first came to fruition when Les and I were co-workers. At the time, Les was recently married, and I had just gotten engaged. Between our conversations about getting to know our partners, as well as hearing from other friends and co-workers about their pre-marital counseling experiences, we all found common ground in the fact that initiating these big conversations with our partners could be daunting, intimidating, and downright awkward at times. We wanted to create a fun, approachable way for couples to stimulate meaningful and fruitful conversations,” said Charly Ligety, Co-Author of Very Engaging.
“The $50 billion wedding industry is largely focused on that one day, and often geared toward females. We wanted to provide something that also spoke to men and harnessed the same fun energy as the wedding day, while helping couples really navigate the nuances and challenges of marriage beyond saying ‘I do.’ We also noticed there was a lack of meaningful engagement gifts on the market. You get items like candles and picture frames, but nothing that is actually going to help you become a better partner,” said Les Starck, Co-Author of Very Engaging.
Charly and Les spent the last year + researching and writing Very Engaging. They interviewed several marriage and family therapists and dozens of couples in all stages of relationships in developing the conversation activities. Every page has been tested and reiterated hundreds of times by real local couples to ensure each conversation activity successfully creates a playful and romantic experience.
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To help self publish- Charly and Les launched a Kicksarter campaign which ends at midnight August 27th, 2017. This is a unique opportunity to support local authors and be part of the Very Engaging movement. You can be one of the first backers of this innovative take on an age-old problem. In fact, 12 lucky backers will have the opportunity to have their name written into one of the book’s conversation activities.  That’s right, your name in print for all to see!
You can learn more about the exciting ways to support this project and order your copy today by visiting Very Engaging on Kickstarter.com.
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