Ruby’s Massage and Beauty Spa: Your One-stop Beauty Boutique

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Sicklerville, NJ: Hidden in Tuscan Village is a boutique spa offering Massages, Facials, Expert Waxing, Eye Lash Extensions, and Make-Up Artistry. You can come in like a damsel in distress and come out like a beauty queen. Grace Yuan is the Owner and Operator of Ruby’s Massage and Beauty Spa. “We offer Shiatsu, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Relaxed Body Massages that many of my clients say surpasses any of the previous spas they have attended.”

I took the time to schedule an appointment and try it out for myself. After kayaking 5 miles down a windy river, I had a little tension on my left shoulder. I could have went to a chiropractor, but in my past experiences I would find them too rough. I got a deep tissue massage and it loosened up the tension on my left shoulder. I was amazed. I am a spa enthusiast and have been to several top-notch spas from NYC to Miami and so far they are my favorite.

Ruby’s Massage and Beauty Spa uses her Holistic Medicine knowledge to understand many of the reasons for stress and tension. The homeopathic scent of the spa was an instant de-stressor.  I was amazed she was able to identify exactly where my shoulder was hurting me and proceed to release the pinching pain. I got a nice hot towel that covered my back and I could feel a deep sense of relaxation on my trapezius. It did not go away immediately, but it felt like it released pressure and about 15 minutes later it practically went away.

“Your body knows when something out of the ordinary is happening and this is the way it reacts. The best way to find relief is help blood flow where the tension is occurring. Massages help circulation. It should be apart of an athletes routine to avoid injury.”

I came back to Ruby’s to feature their spa because of their amazing healing powers only to find that they have an internationally renown make- up artist on call to do bridal make-up and some amazing makeovers.

Below is some of her work:

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She has even done make-up for commercial ads:

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You can enjoy this luxury yourself by visiting:

http://www.rubyspa.beautifulmakings.com

http://www.facebook.com/ruby

or

Book your appointment by calling (609) 481-8856

Location:

Ruby’s Massage and Beauty Spa:

Tuscan Village Shopping Center

3101 Rt. 42 Sicklerville, NJ 08081

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Epoch Failure’s “Champion” Is Your New Game Day Theme Song

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Billy Joe Marrero and Nick Young from Epoch Failure is the sound of Fox Sports Network. Their new song “Champion” is your game day theme song. I met up with Billy (who was my colleague from Creative Arts High School’s concert choir) and Nick Young. The two trailblazers knew they had a unique sound and wanted to make their dreams come true. With persistence, sweat and tears their dreams are coming to fruition.

Jocelyn: Epoch Failure’s “Champion” is Your New Game Day Theme Song How did this all happen? I followed you guys since the beginning. I watched Billy graduate and begin making beats on his Mac Book. I told him, “Dude, keep up the creativity! I can see this being the right direction for you.”

Nick: “We applied through Reverb Nation – John A. Sepetys found us out of 5,000 submissions for an opportunity with Reverb Nation. They were looking for tracks to license. He heard 5 seconds of “Where I’m Sposed To Be” and he knew it was a hit. We received 18 e-mails about his blog post. Then I hit up Bill and we didn’t know who he was so I did some research. Then I found out they were legit and they flew us out to Detroit. They told us their goals and we agreed. We have not missed a mark or deviated from the plan.”

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Jocelyn: You guys are a mix of the North Jersey and South Jersey  –   Hip-hop and pop. Tell us what inspired your sound?

Nick & Billy: “We both came from very low beginnings and very hard working parents. Like the theme of “Champion” you need to go after what you want and once you got it find something to further it.”

When we got together our peers did not accept us, the hip-hop community in Trenton and Camden thought our sound wasn’t good. It was not hard enough. We are doing what hasn’t been done before. We are dudes (meaning we have a little suburban flair). We don’t care. We are going to do what we want and what we feel. Defy convention, stay out of the norm. Spread your wings and create. Accept yourself whatever you are.

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Jocelyn: What inspired Champion? It’s deep. I feel the passion and the motivation lyrically and in the sound.

Nick & Billy: John A. Sepetys from our North Star team, David Brisbois and folks give us different ideas for an assortment of placements etc. This particular one was a sports placement. We were inspired by our performance at Mill Hill Basement in Trenton. The energy and our tireless efforts to make it inspired Epoch Failure to write Champion. I (Billy) created the beats and the sound and came up with the notion, “No matter what you got to fight with what you got” and the lyrics continued to pour from Nick Young’s sick hip-hop skills.

Jocelyn:  All beats are by Billy Joe and he holds 100% creative rights, kudos to you! It’s rare to see that. Normally you see multiple collaborations with producers etc. It’s awesome to see Nick’s lyrical genius at play. I used to sing with you (Billy) classically. I remember working on arias with you. It’s insane that was already 10 years ago! What did it take for you to transition from opera / classical to pop?

Billy: As a classical singer I was a baritone. I did not have money to take vocal lessons after CAHS (Now Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy). I taught myself to sing pop. Thank you, Justin Timberlake! I transitioned using the “Future Sex Love Songs” album. His range really helped me develop mine.

Jocelyn: I saw your Fox Sports Detroit placement and thought it was awesome. What’s next?

Nick and Billy: “Where I’m Sposed To Be” and “A New Day” are the two songs placed in Bad Girls Club. In the movie “Barely Lethal”, our song  “Where I’m Sposed To Be” has been placed.

Jocelyn: What is it like to transition from a local to a national platform?

Nick: This transition is what we have been waiting for. When Bill and I started working together we were really turnt up celebrating that we just finished recording “Where I’m Supposed To Be” and standing in the kitchen. I turned to Billy and said “I like what we got. It sounds different from anything else we’ve done, and we are going to ride this until the wheels fall off.” And we hugged each other and rejoiced.

Billy: It’s scary and exciting all our lives we wanted to be those guys that made it and became the example of dreams come true, and in some ways we are. Although we feel the weight of that idea is kind of like Peter Parker/ Spider-Man with great power comes great responsibility, we want to represent that beacon of hope properly and inventively. But we also feel if anybody has worked for a shot at the big stage it’s us, when doors closed we kicked ‘em in, when people straight said “You guys suck” we laughed and drank a brew. So transition away world!!!!! Lol

Upcoming Epoch Failure Performances:

8th Toshi’s Living Room –Flat Iron NYC 7:00-11:00pm

16th Championship Bar and Grill Trenton 6:00 pm

Rain Dove: The Model / The Gender Capitalist

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Rain isn’t just a fashion statement. Rain has a degree in genetic engineering and civil law. She recently spoke at The World Information Architecture Day about the architecture of gender design and will be featured in NPR’s Moth Talk at the end of May.

A few days ago she attended the Ebola & Beyond Red Carpet event at the UN and made a statement, “If you can afford to buy the clothes I am wearing, you can afford to make a difference.” It was a bold message conveyed to her clientele and made noise across the airwaves.

Rain Dove’s androgynous features make her one of the most talked about models of New York’s Fashion World. Rain is trekking the male and female runways and turning heads.

“No one needs to know my gender unless we are “mating”. Your network is your net worth and you don’t want to be one-dimensional, because the platform you’re going to be seen on (online media) is just a swipe.”

Rain’s mission is to eradicate the gender lines and do what Rain wants. The persona is not limited by what she can do or he can do. Many women find themselves limited by gender stereotypes and concede to settle with the destiny created by society. The same goes for men. One should be able to pick and choose what they want to do without society frowning upon it.

“One thing that is really important to me is if people ‘have to’ know what I am that they ask about my sex not my gender. Gender is a socially constructed thing. Once you use words like him or her, you immediately divide society in half and you take away half of the potential that person is capable of. I don’t bring about the fact we should be divided it’s that we should be united. For me it’s more about being more than a model, but a movement towards a more united future.”

Some of Rain Dove’s Work:

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“Dyke Central” Coming out April 10th 2015 – Mynah Films

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“The whole point of fashion and why it’s cool is because it promotes being unique and being confident. The most unique thing is to be yourself, and the only person you need to be confident in is yourself. Wear what you want.”

Unisex: Dorian & Clive – Vogue Shoot, Nigel Barker

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Male: Calvin Klein, Duckie Brown, Eckhaus Latta, Malan Breton, Punk Couture, Rochambeau, Publish

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Behind the scenes at Chanel Shoot, Photo Credit: Matt Licari


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Female: Berenik, Chanel, Chromat,José Duran, Sergio Alain Barrios, Victor De Souza, Victoria Secret, Vivienne Hu, just to name a few.

-Named the Top 7 Male Models to look out for in the US – The Dapifer

-Winner of the Shewired’s Most Eligible Lesbian (Beat out Ellen Paige)

Q. What are some of your favorite Unisex, Female and Male collections?

A. One of my favorite emerging men’s brands is Ace Rivington, favorite unisex line is Sir New York favorite emerging women’s brand is Berenik.

Zoolander 2 on The Valentino Runway

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Zoolander 2 was rumor to be released just in time for New York Fashion Week. Paramount just confirmed on Twitter it will be released on February 12th 2016. Paris has been graced by the presence of Hollywood’s Fashion Icons. Zoolander has an active cult following. It was first released in 2001. Throughout the years fans have been adamantly asking for Zoolander 2. Fifteen years later it is making it back on the big screen!

Derek Zoolander and Hansel just strutted their stuff for the Valentino Fall Collection on the Runway at the 2015 Paris Fashion Week.

Has Hansel met Gretel?

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Yes, This is happening, Mugatu is back! Is Orange really the new Black?

Magnum, Blue Steel, Le Tigre and more looks will come to a theater near you.