I was always considered the night owl in my family. Ever since college, my sleeping patterns consisted of multiple nights burning the midnight oil (in addition to a couple of all nighters). Simply put, my body was pretty programmed to function better at night because it was the time of the day where I was least distracted and I could be very productive. However, a couple of months ago, I decided that I needed to improve my quality (and quantity) of sleep by adopting a normal sleeping schedule (aka, sleeping earlier and waking up earlier). It’s definitely helped with my mood and skin (well, I think it appears better).
However, I’m sure you all know there’s health benefits to getting more hours of sleep daily, but apparently, according to this NYT article, six or seven hours of sleep is still not enough. The article states that poor sleep does quite a number to your mood, productivity, and physical health (including your metabolism and weight control — this could add up to 10 pounds in a year!), among some factors.
However, one of the more alarming things that I came across in the article for women? A higher risk for breast cancer:
The risk of cancer may also be elevated in people who fail to get enough sleep. A Japanese study of nearly 24,000 women ages 40 to 79 found that those who slept less than six hours a night were more likely to develop breast cancer than women who slept longer. The increased risk may result from diminished secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin. Among participants in the Nurses Health Study, Eva S. Schernhammer of Harvard Medical School found a link between low melatonin levels and an increased risk of breast cancer.
Hear that ladies? Keep the hours of sleep you collect daily in check – and your boobies will love you!
Even if you’re not in town to catch the New York Asian Film Festival coming up on June 28th (they’ve got a cool Jackie Chan Retrospective during the fest!), you’ll still be able to experience a part of the festival from your home computer with the Korean Short Film Madness. NYAFF and Dramafever have partnered together to release a collection of short films from Korea’s Mise-en-Scène Film Festival (it’s all shown exclusively on DramaFever!).
The short films and talented new directors are:
“The Visitor” by Kim Bo-young
“Poison Frog” by Koh Jung-wook
“Cheong” by Kim Jung-in
“Anesthesia” by Kim Souk-young
“You Promised Me” by Pil Gam-sung
“Green Slime” by Kwon Oh-kwang
“The Professional Demonstrators” by Hwang Hyun-jin
“Who Killed Gong Jung-wha?” by Han Ji-hye
“Pandora” by Heo Myeong-haeng
To check out the films, please visit: http://www.dramafever.com/collections/korean-short-film-madness
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ABOUT NYAFF & SUBWAY CINEMA
The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) is North America’s leading Festival of popular Asian cinema, which the New York Times has called “…one of the city’s most valuable events…” Launched in 2002 by Subway Cinema, the Festival selects only the best, strangest, and most entertaining movies to screen for New York audiences, ranging from mainstream blockbusters and art-house eccentricities to genre and cult classics. It was the first North American film festival to champion the works of Johnnie To, Bong Joon-Ho, Park Chan-Wook, Takashi Miike, and other auteurs of contemporary Asian cinema. The Festival has been produced in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center since 2010.
What I love about summer is heading out to a lot of outdoor music festivals – and being able to dress up in some quirky fashion – whether it’s rocking the latest trendy accessory off the runway, or wearing a vintage piece from my closet. I recently came across these cute little accessories for my shoes: Shwings! They’re definitely not for the conservative, but they do make quite the statement on your feet if you’re wearing plain sneakers (I’ve been wearing them with my sneaker wedges!).
Check them out here. Click below for some of our favorites.
While there are a good number of unusual sexual fetishes out there – this by far, is probably one of the more unusual I’ve discovered: eyeball licking.
Yes, you’re reading that right: eyeball licking.
The sexual fetish came to light when a middle school teacher had written a post on the Japanese site Naver Maotome about an unusual trend amongst her students: eye patches. The teacher also had a described an incident between two students in the gymnasium:
After class one day, I went into the equipment store in the gymnasium to tidy up. The door had been left open, and when I looked inside, a male pupil and a female pupil had their faces close together and were kind of fumbling around. Could it be bullying? I wondered, but when I had a good look, the boy was licking the girl’s eye! Surprised, a shouted “What are you doing? Stop it at once!” and the two of them were so shocked they jumped apart. The girl burst into tears, and the boy just went bright red and was shaken up. At any rate, to try to calm them down I took them to the janitor’s room and listened to their story.
Apparently, upon further questioning between homeroom teachers and their students at the middle school, eyeball-licking was described as “going to second base” after french kissing. The unusual factor probably plays into increasing sexual tension, as well as the eyeball possibly being an erogenous zone. However, it’s not sanitary, so the students also developed a case of pink eye – hence the eye patches.
What do you think readers?
Marc Jacobs, who’s renowned for his own line, as well as his work with fashion house Louis Vuitton, will soon be coming out with a beauty line in collaboration with beauty retailer Sephora. The 122-piece collection will be Sephora’s first global launch and will include concealers, color correctors, and lacquers, among some other products. You can get your hands on the goods this summer on August 9th!
Click on more for more pictures of the line!
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Margaret Cho is returning to entertainment with a headlining show — this time on YouTube. She will launch her webseries “In Transition” on July 3rd on her YouTube channel, which is being represented by Youtube multichannel network Maker Studios.
“In Transition” will star Cho as a part of a trio of women who have been recently released from prison. Cho is also executive producing the series alongside Rico Martinez, who worked with her on her last series, “The Cho Show,”, as well as fellow co-star Selene Luna. The show’s first season will comprise of 13 episodes, followed by a live “hangout” with her and the audience on YouTube.
Check the trailer below!
Liu Wen as the lady in red for Vogue China.