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How Coffee Helps You To Gain Weight Rather Than Lose Weight

Coffee=America's favorite drink. However, most people, like myself believe that Coffee helps you to lose weight. On the contrary, it helps you to retain water weight. Starbucks is one of my favorite breeding grounds! One cup of coffee is equal to 6 full glasses of water in terms of loss of hydration. Rather than drink coffee, it is much more advisable to drink warm water with lemon and Raw Indian White Honey or Warm Herbal Tea with Organic Raw Indian Honey. This beverage has benefits that are twofold=weight loss and beauty drink as it flushes out the system! :)

Doing a Seasonal Cleanse for a week at a time is also very advisable! I buy my "cleansing kit" at a reputable health food store.

Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day
Make at least 3 of those glasses contain lemon, lime and/or sour orange juice. Also, adding slices of cucumber add to the detox effect of the beverage.

Sugar Honey, Honey

Marisa Sung

Chinese Proverb Of The Day

Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose,but, follow no one absolutely.

Follow Me

Marisa Sung

Marisa Sung's Rules Of Etiquette For The Modern World Number 43

Please do not yell at me and then consistently interrupt me when I am attempting to engage in a conversation with you! :( Is it just me or have you noticed that a lot of people speak as though they were using a megaphone. This is appropriate if you are addressing a crowd at a stadium but when you are standing so close to me that you can touch me, this volume of speaking is not appropriate! Also, not only do these individuals yell at you but they consistently interrupt while you are speaking. Very bad manners. You will notice that many American Teenagers and members of the Millenial Generation converse this way. I used to count how many times the girls on the Metro would yell "like" and "you know" to each other as that was the main language used in the conversation "Like, you know??"

I know that I am half deaf but I have Bionic Ears now! I didn't appreciate it before and I don't appreciate it now so stop yelling!! :(


Marisa Sung

Marisa Sung's Delicious Orange Blueberry Granola Pancakes

1 cup whole grain or soy flour
1 tbsp. of Raw Indian White Honey
1/4 tsp. each of salt and baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp. melted smartbutter spread or margarine
1 tsp. orange zest
1 tsp. smartbutter or margarine
1/2 cup granola
1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
Sugar Free Maple Syrup

1. Whisk together flour and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Combine buttermilk and next 3 ingredients; stir into flour mixture, just until blended.
3. Heat medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Dot pan with margarine; swirl to coat.
4. Spoon 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto skillet; sprinkle with about 1 tbsp. granola and blueberries. Cook pancakes until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked; turn and cook other side. Remove from pan and keep warm until ready to serve. Repeat process with remaining batter, granola and blueberries. Serve with sugar free maple syrup or without.

Blueberry Hill

Marisa Sung

Marisa Sung's Vitamin Packed Vegetarian Entree

Tomato-Arugula Pizza With Cilantro Pesto

1 1/2 cups packed cilantro leaves
1/2 cup firmly packed cotija or low fat feta cheese crumbles
1/3 cup of sunflower seeds, roasted and salted
1 1/2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
1 (12 inch) prepared whole wheat pizza crust
6 oz. Oaxaca cheese, shredded
1 cup arugula
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes; halved
1/2 cup of fresh corn kernels
Red Wine vinegar
Extra-virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Combine Cilantro and next 4 ingredients in a food processor bowl; pulse until blended
With machine running, gradually add 3/4 cup olive oil, processing until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reserve 1/3 cup cilantro to mixture; cover and chill remaining mixture up to 1 week.
2. Place pizza crust on baking sheet; brush with 2 tsp. olive oil. Spread reserved pesto over crust, leaving a 1/2 inch border; sprinkle with Oaxaca Cheese.
3. Bake pizza at 475 degrees for 6 to 7 mins. or just until the crust is golden and cheese is melted. Top with arugula, cherry tomatoes and corn. Drizzle with red wine vinegar and remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve immediately!

Mystic Pizza

Marisa Sung

Break The Rules With Bad-Girl Sex Tricks

Bad girls are legendary — a guy who's been with one practically passes out from bliss when he talks about his experience. You might be thinking, "Who, me? Be a bad girl?" But any woman who wants to can wake up her hibernating vixen...and have a damn good time doing it!

See, bed-devil status is about a fearless attitude, not how much sexual experience you have or whether you wear leather. "Guys dig when women are unbridled and uninhibited, push their own boundaries, break the rules, and ask for what they want," says Barbara Keesling, PhD, author of The Good Girl's Guide to Bad Girl Sex. So we boiled down the naughty qualities that make some women stand out, then came up with seven audacious ideas for putting them into play. These tips and tricks will forever crank up the heat in your sex life.

DARE: Be the Boss in Bed Tonight
A wickedly sexy woman knows how to deliciously exploit the power she has over a man. Tell your guy to lie down on the bed, then use handcuffs, scarves, or a necktie to tether his
hands together so he can't touch you. (If you're not game to use real restraints, you can simply hold his hands over his head.)

Next, "you want to torture him playfully with your teasing," says sex expert Candida Royalle, author of How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do. "Slowly kiss your way down his torso, and just as you get to his pelvis, move back up to his ears and neck."

As you tantalize him and he strains to touch you, ask him to tell you why he wants you so bad, explaining that you won't let him free until he convinces you. Once he's pleaded his case, release his hands, roll onto your back, and allow him to take over. After building up the erotic anticipation, it'll be like setting a windup toy loose on your body...and hearing him describe how hot you are will turbocharge your experience too.

DARE: Slip into a Naughty Costume
To infuse your sex sessions with more attitude, sometimes all it takes is looking the part of a true temptress. "One of the ways a woman can really show off her sexuality is by playing up different sides of her erotic personality," explains Jamye Waxman, author of Getting Off.

If you're feeling like a flirty, girlie tease, put on a white cotton undie set or pale pink lingerie and pull your hair into a ponytail, or don a schoolgirl-like plaid miniskirt with an oxford shirt tied above your navel. To become an X-rated seductress, wear something red or black in sheer fabric or lace, then add crimson lipstick and nails. "Outfits not only help you get in the moment, they also give him a visual turn-on and inspiration," adds Waxman.

Just standing there in your flimsy finest may be enough, but a few teasing lines will definitely get the ball rolling. When playing the innocent card, say it's your first time, and ask him what you should do. As a seductress, whisper all the different ways and places you want to touch him.

DARE: Learn to Talk Dirty
Moans and sighs (Oh! Oh!) are easy. It's the dirty dialogue that really puts a triple-X stamp on your sex sessions. "Talking dirty heightens the whole experience, keeps you both present, and turns you on even more," says Royalle. "Plus, men actually like being told what to do in bed because it helps them get it right."

First tell him how freakin' good he feels. (Tongue-tied? Try no-fail lines like "You feel so/You make me [adjective]"; "I love it when you [verb] my [body part].") Then you're set to show him the way to send you soaring, with something like, "Oooh, almost there. I need your [noun] on my [body part], just like this."

DARE: Watch Yourselves Having Sex
Body confidence and carnal curiosity are key traits of a sex goddess, and both are on full display when you make a sex tape. "Seeing yourselves midact gives you a voyeuristic thrill, almost as though you're peeping into your own bedroom. It feels taboo," explains Royalle. "You also get to see how your partner is responding and how you look when you're getting off." If you're worried about becoming the next Kim Kardashian, skip the tape and just hook the video camera directly up to a television in your bedroom — without recording — and watch yourselves while you're going at it.

Since missionary doesn't exactly make for good TV, get into racier positions where you're facing the camera. Go for doggie-style so you can both see the action or girl-on-top so you can watch exactly how you move. And definitely get shots exchanging oral sex so you can see the orgasmic effect you have on each other.

DARE: Summon His Buried Bad Boy
Bad girls are known to capture a few prisoners in the sack, but a bold bedroom chick also enjoys enacting her own fantasies, shame-free. And one of women's top fantasies is to be taken. "It's a turn-on to feel like he wants you so bad, he just can't help himself," explains Keesling. "Plus, when he's being aggressive, you have to fully give up the reins, which can help you be even more in the here and now."

Instruct your guy to hide behind the door and "surprise" you by taking charge when you get home one night. He can either have his way with you right in the foyer or pull you into the bedroom. Or let him know that you're in the mood but want him to conquer you, caveman-style, even if it means playfully wrestling you to the bed as you try to slip out of his grasp.

DARE: Give Him a Jolt
Breaking out of your touch-here-then-lick-there routine adds a lusty layer to the erotic experience. And fearless sexual playmates know that unexpectedly intense sexual maneuvers are even more exciting. "A forceful touch snaps your guy into the moment and heightens every sensation that follows," says Royalle. "The spontaneity also keeps him anticipating each touch, magnifying his excitement." Plus, the implied roughness invites him to tap in to his primal, wild sexual self.

Grip his butt hard while in missionary, scratch his chest and the sides of his torso while in girl-on-top, or yank his head toward you to give him a passionate, damn-straight kind of kiss. If those moves elicit an excited response, firmly spank his butt, lightly bite his shoulder, or tug his hair in the act, you devilish thing.



Marisa Sung

The Fall Of The House Of Forbes

Assistant managing editor Leigh Gallagher takes a look at Stewart Pinkerton’s The Fall of the House of Forbes, a new tell-all about the financial media company (and Fortune competitor), where Gallagher worked as a reporter.

Everyone has that place where he or she spent the formative early years of his or her career — the analyst trainee program at a consulting firm, the junior associate program at a big law firm. For me it was the years I spent as a reporter for Forbes magazine. From 1998 to 2004 I cut my teeth in the magazine’s fact-checking program, where the pool of 25 or so of us, all in our 20s, were the first and last eyes on the stories we checked — and held responsible for any mistake in-between. It was a stress that regularly kept us at the magazine until 2 a.m. and then drove us to the bar around the corner afterward. (Then bolt upright in bed in a cold sweat a few hours later, panicking we’d let some epic error slip through.) It was stressful, it was exhausting, and oh was it fun. I wrote my first business stories there, I learned how to read a balance sheet there, I found important mentors there, and some of my closest friends are people I met there. The place, in other words, still means a lot to me.

Which is why even though I now work for a direct competitor — I’m an assistant managing editor at Fortune — it has been painful to see some of the company’s troubles in recent years. But at the same time, my ties to Forbes are also what made Fall of the House of Forbes: The Inside Story of the Collapse of a Media Empire such a rollicking read. Stewart Pinkerton, the magazine’s former managing editor — one of the top editorial bosses during my tenure there — has woven together a lively narrative that paints a less grim picture than the title heralds. But what it lacks in news-breaking revelations it more than makes up for with a tale rich in memorable anecdotes and colorful characters.

The book opens with the death of Malcolm Forbes, but it’s in the story of Bertie Charles (“B.C.”) Forbes, Malcolm’s father and the founder of Forbes the company, where the narrative comes alive. Bertie, we learn, developed an early flair for journalism in his homeland of Scotland before coming to New York in 1903. In one brief anecdote — how Bertie caused a furor after joining the Journal of Commerce and Commercial Bulletin by publishing the real prices of raw silk instead of the importers’ inflated prices — you see for the first time both the entrepreneurial origin of Forbes Inc. and the beginnings of a commitment to don’t-write-what-others-want journalism that would serve the company well through much of its heyday.

Pinkerton, who left in 2009 under, well, not-so-happy circumstances, also delivers one of the best characters in all of journalism in Jim Michaels, the ferociously talented editor who ran the magazine from 1961 to 1999. While I was there, Michaels was a much-feared overlord who was seen and heard mainly through his scathing all-caps comments on stories, viewable for all to see in the company’s editing system. (Among them: “I DON’T CARE WHAT THE ANALYST THINKS. WHAT DO YOU THINK??;” “I ASSUME YOU UNDERSTAND THIS BECAUSE YOUR INITIALS ARE ON IT. I DON’T. FIX IT. JWM;” and “THIS ISN’T REPORTING. THIS IS STENOGRAPHY. WHY IS THIS PERSON STILL ON STAFF???”). As Pinkerton recounts, Michaels would rewrite stories at the eleventh hour or kill them entirely; he kicked writers who quit out of the building; tortured his lieutenants; and ran such stressful story pitch meetings that writers were known to throw up before them.

But he was also a brilliant editor — it was said he could edit the Bible down to six words — who left his imprint on some of journalism’s biggest names. “My column today consists of techniques I learned from Michaels,” Fortune columnist and seven-time Loeb Award winner Allan Sloan told me recently. “I cannot tell you the influence he had on my career.” (Read Allan Sloan’s 2007 tribute to Michaels here.) Pinkerton delves deeply into Michaels’ biographical and family history, which will be new material even to most Forbes veterans.

The book ticks through the various eras of modern-day Forbes, from the birth of the Forbes 400, the magazine’s annual ranking of the richest people in America, through battles over who would succeed Michaels. (When Bill Baldwin ushered in a gentler management style, Pinkerton writes, the “collective Zoloft … bill for the edit staff almost certainly plummeted to a postwar low.”) These sections are dotted with anecdotes of the Forbes culture I knew well: late nights and idiosyncratic personalities, boozy lunches at Gotham Bar and Grill (which Pinkerton admits to keeping in business), screaming matches between Dennis Kneale, the new managing editor who’d blown in from the Wall Street Journal, and a then-retired Michaels; early fumbles with “digital convergence,” including the ill-fated CueCat experiment where subscribers were mailed a plastic barcode scanner to access advertiser content online.

Much of the book then delves into the company’s more recent troubles. Pinkerton goes into great detail about alleged gaffes within foreign licensing divisions, a series of missteps with Forbes Woman, the company’s lifestyle publication for women in business launched in 2007, and repeated clashes over efforts to merge the company’s magazine and website operations. And then there is the decision in 2006 to sell a 40% stake in the company to Elevation Partners, which Pinkerton describes as “the family’s first step in its own exit strategy.”

Pinkerton is sometimes bitter, in a few cases unnecessarily so: He reserves particular ire for new top editorial boss Lewis D’Vorkin, describing his new blogging model for Forbes.com as “now many voices, fuzzing the traditional focus, or at the least, drowning it out in a sea of online upchuck.” (Whatever one thinks of the new Forbes approach, that’s a bit much.)

Throughout the book Pinkerton paints a picture of the Forbes family as generous, if flawed and, more recently, out of touch. He cites the brothers’ kind and quirky touches, like Steve Forbes calling every staffer on his or her birthday, the annual Veteran’s Day picnic at the family’s New Jersey estate, and how the brothers went out of their way to support employees in need. (My own experience with Steve Forbes’s soft spot: once after returning to the office from a lively debate about tort reform on the Forbes on Fox show, Forbes made a rare appearance on the reporters’ fourth floor to find me to apologize for denigrating trial lawyers. Why? He’d remembered my father was one. “I think I may have used the word ‘rapacious,’” he said sheepishly. My father loves this story.)

The book jumps around a bit. There are magazine industry terms that could have used a more thorough flushing out. And it doesn’t give much in the way of numbers to show how badly the Forbes business is truly suffering; Fortune’s story did more to show that. There are also fewer salacious details than the press release would suggest; not one of the “dishy” stories called out in the publisher’s marketing materials would rank on my list of the book’s top 10 (though plenty others would). But the strength of the Fall of the House of Forbes isn’t spicy, headline-making revelations; it’s the thoroughly enjoyable tale rich in color from a place that had it to spare.


Bonfire of the Vanities

Marisa Sung

8 Things You Didn't Know About Alexander Wang

Did you know that Alexander Wang grew up in California, launched a fashion label in New York City, and now spends much of his time in Paris, where he's the designer for Balenciaga and has just created his first perfume, B.Balenciaga? Of course you did! But here are some noteworthy facts about the favorite designer of cool girls everywhere that just might have escaped your attention.

1. The first fragrance he wore was CK One. “I wanted to be in that photo shoot with Kate Moss and Stella Tennant. It evoked a casual ease everyone wished they had.”

2. He designed B. the way he designs clothes. “When you create clothes, each person interprets them in her own way. When you create a scent, it blends with each person’s skin, oils, and pheromones.”

3. He put edamame in B. “I wanted something with sensuality, so we took lily of the valley and worked in cashmere and woods. And an edamame note. It’s a green scent that really struck a chord.”

4. He’s thrown wild Fashion Week parties in gas stations and shopping malls. “The right ingredients for a party are people, music, and location. If you have the right people, you can have a great party anywhere.”

5. French pharmacies are his skin-care mecca. “I love them. They feel like apothecaries. I buy Bioderma toner. I’m a product junkie.”

6. He mostly eats Japanese food in Paris. “I try a Japanese restaurant every day of the week. I go to Hanawa all the time.”

7. Those are macarons in his carry-on. “Now that Ladurée is in New York City, I bring my team Pierre Hermé.”

8. He’d smoke your Fitbit record. “I walk from my hotel to the Rue Saint-Honoré and end up in the Marais. Paris is about discovering, not about places I go back to.”

Alexander Wang is up there with the Hall of Fame Designers in my book! I just love his line!


Tres Tres Chic

Marisa Sung

Chinese Proverb Of The Day

“Kissing is like drinking salted water: you drink and your thirst increases.”

Kiss On My List

Marisa Sung

BiPolar Disease=A Very REAL Disease Even Despite The Fact That It Is Invisible

BiPolar Disease is categorized in two forms, BiPolar I and BiPolar II. As in the case of most illnesses BiPolar I is the more serious counterpart. I would like to shed light on this serious illness because in today's world too many people are being diagnosed as "BiPolar" when they are not. If a person is moody or acts out in an erratic way we label them as "BiPolar." The truth of the matter is that too many people are falsely labeled as such.

I just found out that a woman who was actually more of an acquaintance of mine, jumped off the Balcony of her apartment building in New York City. She was BiPolar. Due to her job and the Manhattan Environment she engaged in "drinking" on a very regular basis. The one thing about any mental illness is that you need to take the medicine that is prescribed for your illness. She would skip her meds and go out for drinks several nights a week. That led to even more drinking and possibly even other substances. She had everything to live for and was quite young.

I am telling this story because she is the third victim of this serious mental illness. She was a friend/acquaintance, however; a guy who I dated in the past ended up stabbing a young woman to death in Nantucket as a result of the alcohol abuse and his BiPolar I Illness. The fact of the matter is that most men usually get violent and take it out on others while women turn that violence inward and commit suicide.

BiPolar Disease is a serious illness. If not treated properly, it can result in the major destruction and ending of people's lives. Finally, Robin Williams was BiPolar. Many artists like Robin do not want to take their meds because the high's of the condition are stifled with the medication. Medication provides balance and as such lessens the extremities of the high's and low's.

Drinking alcohol is not advisable when taking medication. There are several non-alcoholic beverages on the market now that serve as "Cocktails." Take advantage of that and also save yourself the calories!

Silver Linings Playbook

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