ASL Emojis are A-OK!

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Emojis were first introduced to the faces and fingertips of smart phone users back in 2010. They started out as a number of symbols, such as “smiley face” expressions, by the Unicode Consortium and were added to the iOS5 keyboard by Apple in 2011. Now, the number and capacity of Emoji symbols has grown immensely. Even hair colors and skin tones have been diversified, as of this year. Emojis have become a staple in today’s culture of communication, as they have added something more to everyday written language. However, everything can always be improved. Signily wants to make sure that the deaf community is also represented in the Emoji space, and has an outlet to better communicate the way they desire.

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Signers can now communicate with their own language nuances, with the help of the mobile keyboard app, Signily. The app provides hand-sign GIFs to more easily communicate through American Sign Language (ASL). Just as the current Emojis add more expression or excitement to our texts, the deaf community can say (or rather sign) something that can normally not be directly translated into written communication. “For a long time, the signing community has craved for something like this,” lead of Signily, Suzanne Seckler, said of the app. She goes on to say that the signing community has often used videos to express and communicate through sign language, but there are certain limitations and lack of convenience in this. Signily was created by ASLive, a nonprofit organization working to integrate ASL into visual media and expanding the ASL education materials. It is currently available on iOS, and will be on available on Android soon!

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As someone who is new to sign language, but is learning more and more about it from my SLP (Speech Language Pathologist) sisters, it always catches my eye now. It’s something truly beautiful when we can create and use new technologies that are not only “cool,” but are helpful! Can’t wait to see even more developments on this!

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ASL Emojis are A-OK!

Walking Works Of Art

Alright, alright…so it’s no secret that I love shoes! (Have you checked out my other blog, A Zillion Zapatos?) Which is why I also love when someone else can do so much with a pair of pumps!

Even though this has been around, I’ve come to the conclusion that not nearly enough people have seen it! A chilean-born artist, named Sebastian Errazuriz, created an exhibit of artistic pieces called 12 shoes for 12 loversI have to say, the descriptions and stories behind the pieces make them extra awesome, but on their own, they are still breath-taking. There is so much imagination, and to be honest, I want to own some of these babies!

From the title, 12 shoes for 12 lovers, you definitely get an idea of where his inspiration came from. Individually, they tell a story, but together you are able to grasp a piece of Sebastian’s romantic history (or at least some stories that came to life in his shoemaking efforts).

Either way, with names like “Honey” and “The Boss,” the fantastic footwear and sassy stilettos are not only fitting to their designs, but they leave us wanting more from the soles of these muses. Check out all 12 shoes here!

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Walking Works Of Art

How Bloggers are Shifting the Fashion Industry to Focus More on Minorities

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I’ve definitely met my fair share of people that think blogging isn’t a big deal, but I am hear to tell you, that it is not only surprisingly profitable (if you are doing it right), but it can also make a difference in aspects of community and culture. As a blogger, fashion addict, and Latina – these influential people catch my eye! It’s an amazing thing that is happening and I’m excited about where things are headed – especially in the fashion world. To check out the whole article on Dieste’s Provoke Daily, and see the source article from Fashionist, check it out here!

How Bloggers are Shifting the Fashion Industry to Focus More on Minorities

Poppin’ Products in This Week’s Provoke!

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It’s probably no secret now that I loveeee when technology and fashion meet in a big way. Well, lucky for you, I have you caught up on some of the latest and greatest in designer wearable tech products in Dieste’s Provoke Weekly! If you are wanting to move to the beat, track those moves, or never miss a beat, you’ll be swooning over these gadgets in no time. Check out the whole article now!

Crystal clear activity tracking with Swarovski Shine Collection jewelry.
Crystal clear activity tracking with Swarovski Shine Collection jewelry.
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The clutch that’s clutch by Stellé Audio
Poppin’ Products in This Week’s Provoke!

Digital Closets, Fashion Illustrations & Tinder for Shopping – Oh My!!

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I think it’s pretty clear I like Fashion, and much like other millenials and younger generations, I am naturally enthralled with technology. In this article, I wrote for Dieste’s Provoke Weekly publication, you can find out some of the ways you too can be fashionably tech-savvy in a big way! I give you the run down on apps like LiketoKnow.it, Mallzee, Stylebook, and Chic Sketch. Check it out now!

For every 90's girl that was ever envious of Cher Horowitz's closet, now you can with Sylebook!
For every 90’s girl that was ever envious of Cher Horowitz’s closet, now you can with Sylebook!
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From “Chic Sketch Fashion App Will Turn Your Photos Into Custom Fashion Illustrations” by Huffington Post
Digital Closets, Fashion Illustrations & Tinder for Shopping – Oh My!!

Grocery Couture

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Flour by Prada

Couture brands hit super market shelves this May! Well, as a new art exhibit displaying basic grocery items with luxury branding. Israeli designer, Peddy Mergui, has been changing the way art-goers and fashion enthusiasts alike, have previously viewed their local grocery store aisles. He has reinvented everyday produce and given it a recognizable and prestigious look. Many labels and designers, such as Apple and Prada have been featured in an artistic way on milk cartons and bags of flour, to show the challenge designers are faced with when having to show their true vision, while also promoting economic interest.  Check out these and the rest of his exhibit, Wheat is Wheat is Wheat.

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Fruit by Nike
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Yogurt by Tiffany & Co.
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Eggs by Versace
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Milk by Apple
Grocery Couture