Friday, June 29, 2012

Everyone is Beautiful: Profile of Beauty is Sizeless



BY: Lauren Miller


I first became aware of this organization when Kail Lowry from MTV's Teen Mom tweeted about it a few weeks ago. My curiosity got the best of me and once I found out what the organization was all about I was hooked.  I love organizations that are all about giving people confidence in themselves & learning to love themselves for who they are. So whenever I find people who are trying to spread these ideas I love to support them.


Here's my interview with Katie who is the founder of this up and coming organization. After you've read the interview make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter



Q- Tell me a little bit about yourself. 

A- I am 23-years-old, a wife, a photographer, and originally from Man, West Virginia. I often sign my name as K80 (it's a great conversation starter). Recent graduate of WVU Tech with my third degree, avid believer in living a lifetime packed with education, and I am still learning to flip an egg properly! 


Q- Why did you decide to start Beauty is Sizeless? Why is this cause so important to you?

A- I decided to start Beauty is Sizeless to help others facing difficult times in their lives. All to often I have heard of suicides, self mutilations, and poor health due to poor self esteem, abuse, and bullying in regards to body issues. 

"Beauty is Sizeless" is important to me because my adoptive father verbally abused me as a child and made it known I was "fat," amongst other things. At the time I was actually small. Up until the start of this year I battled depression and thoughts of suicide because of my troubled past. Now I am living life to the fullest, and I want to share my story and help as many people possible. No matter how bad it is at the time, NO one is worthless, and everyone is beautiful!


Q- What makes Beauty is sizeless different from other "Beauty" centered organizations/causes?

A- We're different because I can relate to the individuals I have come in contact with.  We all have a story to share, and I want to hear theirs! I'm just trying to do my part in making the world a more hopeful place.

Q- Where do you see your organization in 5 years? What would you like to accomplish with your organization?

A- In 5 years I would like to see "Beauty is Sizeless" as an International Non-Profit Organization and become a well known center of inspiration and education.  I hope to accomplish shifting the stereotype of "beauty," lowering suicides, bullying, domestic abuse, self mutilation, depression, and the like with this campaign. Changing the media's perception on beauty would be an amazing bonus!


Q- Do you have any upcoming plans for Beauty is Sizeless that you'd like to share details on? 

A- We are currently working on getting a website up and running. We are also working out details on how everyone can get involved, share their story, and help others.


Q- What do you think makes someone beautiful? Define Beauty.

A- Make up, hairstyles, clothes, and weight, are not what makes a person beautiful. A person's character and how they handle their journey through life is what makes them beautiful.

True beauty is when you look into someone's eyes and see nothing but a beautiful soul; a moment like that changes a person.

Q- How can people help out with your organization and/or your cause?

A- As we are still in the beginning stages, we are asking that everyone that can sends in their stories to submit@sizeless.org. They just might be featured on the upcoming website!


Q- Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers about Beauty is Sizeless.

A- No matter the struggles you may currently be facing never ever give up! You are all beautiful. If you ever feel like you have no one that loves or supports you, remember this: Your presence in this world matters!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Getting Better With Time

BY: Lauren Miller

Last night (June 23rd) was my 3rd time seeing the lovely Demi Lovato in concert. She played at the Hershey Park Star Pavilion (which, by the way is a cute little outdoor venue). This was her 5th time (if I counted right) playing in Hershey.

For those who don't know, Demi got her start on the Disney Channel playing along side the Jonas Brothers in Camp Rock. She soon became a household name among the teen set coming out with albums, a tv show, Disney Channel original movies, and touring. That all came crashing down about a year and a half ago when she was sent to rehab to deal with issues of bulimea, anorexia, and cutting. For some young stars this can be the end of the road for their career and a one way ticket back to normal life. But Demi came back swinging with a new album, two tours, and a judging spot on The X Factor.

Ok, enough with the background story. Back to the current tour.

I never expect anything less than brilliance from Demi's performances. I really truely believe that she is one of the best female voices of our generation, not to mention she's an amazing song writer and she plays guitar and piano like a champ. But something that last night had that her previous performances I had seen didn't have was simplicity. The previous two tours I saw her on (the Camp Rock tour with the Jonas Brothers, and her Special Night with Demi tour) were very visually awesome- meaning there was a good deal of effort put into sets and outfits and choreography and anything else involved in the visual performance aspects of a concert. Last night there were no costume changes, no true choreographed dance moves, and a simple set. It was just Demi (and her band) on stage performing her songs. It honestly was one of the most intimate feeling shows and I feel like that by seeing her perform in this very simple way that I got to see her most true self and in turn became more connected to her as a peformer.

I also really enjoyed how candid she was with the inbetween chats. She flubbed the one time & forgot what she was going to say. Then she fell during a song and joked about it being her new move and that everyone should try it. I think these little imperfections made her show perfect. I really did get the vibe that she was trying to connect with her fans. I think she realizes that her struggles and the way that she has been so open and honest in sharing her struggles she is helping a whole generation of kids who are dealing with the same things she is. I think that is what makes her a powerful pop star, celebrity, and human.

If you get a chance definitely check out Demi on tour this summer. Check out her Facebook www.facebook.com/demilovato for tour dates and info.

I know that normally I have like 50,000 pictures to share from my concert experiences, but I don't know if it was the goosebumps from her performance or if I was just having a terrible photography night, but like 95% of my pictures came out as absolute crap so I'm just going to share a few of them. Hopefully next time I can get some better pictures of Demi.





Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Paradise Fears Single

BY: Liza Boodhansingh

Paradise Fears released their new single "Home" along with a music video for the song today. The song should be available on iTunes later today.



You can see Paradise Fears on tour this summer with Forever The Sickest Kids. Make sure to check them out if you have the opportunity!

July 11 - Juanita's, Little Rock, AR
July 12 - Outland Ballroom, Springfield, MO
July 13 - Mojoes, Joliet, IL
July 14 - Wooly's, Des Moines, IA
July 15 - Firebird, Saint Louis, MO
July 18 - The Vanguard, Tulsa, OK
July 19 - The Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK
July 21 - Rock City Hall, Frisco, TX
July 22 - Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
August 8 - Rocketown, Nashville, TN
August 9 - A & R Music Bar, Columbus, OH
August 10 - Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH
August 11 - The Loft, Lansing, MI
August 12 - The Mod Club Theatre, Toronto, ON
August 14 - Chameleon, Lancaster, PA
August 15 - Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
August 16 - Crocodile Rock Cafe, Allentown, PA
August 17 - Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
August 18 - Heirloom Arts Theatre, Danbury, CT
August 19 - Wildwood convention Center, Wildwood, NJ

Thursday, June 14, 2012

New Song Teaser By Paradise Fears

BY: Lauren Miller Check out this new song teaser by Tune Into L favorites Paradise Fears. The song is titled "Home" and it comes out on June 26th!
 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sanctuary Mini Tour Weekend

BY: Liza Boodhansingh

Last weekend, I followed Paradise Fears' Sanctuary Mini Tour for three days. On Friday, June 1, Paradise Fears played a sold out show, the first show of the tour to sell out, in Philadelphia, PA at The Barbary. Philadelphia was the second night of the tour as well as the second sold out show. On June 2, the band played in Baltimore, MD at St. Johns Hamilton. On June 3, Paradise Fears played their third sold out show of the tour at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City.

I normally would not go to see a band more than once on a tour, but after seeing Paradise Fears open for bands such as All Time Low and The Cab I knew seeing their headlining tour multiple times would be well worth the traveling. The show improved each night. I had been so used to seeing the band opening for other bands that I did not realize the full intensity of their fan base. The great thing about this headlining tour is that all of the fans are there mainly to see them. Hearing the crowd screaming the "Sanctuary" speech at the top of their lungs and following it up with an even louder "hallelujah amen" is enough to give you chills. I thought the crowd was deafening in Philadelphia, but New York City took it up another level. My ears rang for days after that show. I have never heard a crowd sing a song back so loud.

Day 1 - Philadelphia, PA
Josh Morgan
New County
Sandlot Heroes
Phone Calls From Home
Paradise Fears


Day 2 - Baltimore, MD
Clear For Takeoff
Sandlot Heroes
Phone Calls From Home
Storm The Beaches
Paradise Fears


Day 3 - New York City
Stealing Jade
Neighborhood Kids
Call Me Anything
Phone Calls From Home
Paradise Fears


If you have the opportunity, then I strongly suggest you check out one of their shows. There are only a few dates left.

June 10 - Firebird - St Louis, MO
June 16 - The Lodge - Robbinsdale, MN
June 17 - Eagles Club - Vermillion, SD

New The After Party Single


BY: Lauren Miller

Tune Into L favorites The After Party released a new single "Waste The Day" this week. Over here at Tune Into L we are huge fans of these super hot boys from Kansas and couldn't wait to hear the new single. If you haven't checked it out yet downloaded, put it on your ipod, head out to the pool, put this song on repeat and waste the day. Trust me.

The After Party's new ep Kansas is set to be released July 10th.

If you're in any of these places make sure to check out TAP live and share your story with us if you go!


Jun16            SixFlags        Saint Louis, MO                 
Jun20           TheConservatory    Oklahoma  City, OK           
Jun23            Six FlagsOver Texas          Arlington, TX                     
Jun29            Six FlagsNew England      Springfield, MA                  
Jun30           Jersey Stock2012    Paramus, NJ
Jul 13 – Elmhurst, IL – Fitz’s Spare Key (“Kansas” EP ReleaseParty)
Jul 14– Minneapolis,MN – The Beat(“Kansas”EP Release Party)

Benefit Concert with The Cab

BY: Liza Boodhansingh

On May 30, Aaron Carter hosted a benefit concert for the Hunterdon Central High School Art Department.

Line-up:
Spots
Nalani and Sarina
Ryan Cabrera
Aaron Carter
The Cab