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You’ve got your bride. You’ve both decided on what you’ll be wearing. You have your accessories, shoes, venue, etc. But, wait! What about your hair and makeup?

It’s usually one of the last things decided on by brides, but it’s so very important! You don’t want to walk down the aisle looking like hot messes, do you? I didn’t think so. Plus, you’ll be sporting the “hot mess” look after you seal the deal anyway. Don’t get prude with me now girls; everyone loves good bedhead now and then, don’t we?

*evil grin*

There are a few factors to consider when deciding on hair and makeup. Do you want to try a new makeup or hair trend? Or do you want that “fresh and dewy” look? Or, maybe, you just want to take what you’re doing now up a notch. I can’t tell you ladies what to do, but what I can suggest is this: This is your day. Do what YOU BOTH want and do what makes you feel and look your best. Remember, once you start drinking and dancing, you know it’ll all become a sweaty disaster anyhow. Just take it as a precursor to the “day-after-look.”

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:00

“K&A” Web Series to Launch in October

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Created by Thompson Films, “K&A” is set in the city of Boston, and this comedy centers around Karly (straight) and Alex (lesbian) best friends since college, whose dysfunctional, co-dependent, drinking, and drug taking relationship impedes them from ever finding someone special in their lives besides each other.

The pilot episode opens with their families having an intervention so they can both see how they are inhibiting one another from growing up. Neither one of them agree and think they have a perfectly normal relationship.

K & A Web Series

Karly and Alex Shooting of the five-episode season began in July. The full season will be released in October 2013.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:00

Jeanine Baisi

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Do you like what you’re hearing? Well, you can catch Jeanine Baisi’s wicked beats every Wednesday at 8 p.m. (EST) on

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:00

Aqua Affair 2013

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Aqua Foundation for Women hosts its 2013 annual Aqua Affair celebrating grant and scholarship recipients 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Sunset Lounge at Mondrian South Beach.

For information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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By: Huffington Post Gay Voices

Bad news for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travelers hoping to visit Russia, as foreign tourists will now be subjected to the same "gay propaganda" fines and sentences as residents.

Travel site Skift reports that the new law, signed into law by Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 30, contains a provision that allows the government to arrest and detain gay (or "pro-gay") foreigners for up to 14 days before they would then be expelled from Russia.

As far as what is considered "pro-gay," the laws specifics are somewhat vague, but Canadian site Travel and Escape suggests "gay-affirmative" speech, displaying a rainbow flag and same-sex partners holding hands are among the prohibited actions.

The move comes at a particularly critical time as the nation is currently gearing up to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Boris O. Dittrich, Advocacy Director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, blasted the law in a letter to the International Olympics Committee's (IOC) Director General Christophe De Kepper, noting, "Human Rights Watch’s long-standing position is that there cannot be a successful Olympics where there is discrimination or human rights abuses ... Foreigners -- possibly including athletes -- who violate the law, including possibly by speaking about their sexual orientation in public, run the risk of being fined, arrested for up to 15 days, and deported from Russia."

Dittrich then recommended "that the IOC establish a standing mechanism to establish human rights benchmarks among Olympic host countries and monitor human rights in the preparations for and during the Olympic Games."

Last month, the IOC vowed to support LGBT athletes during the upcoming Olympics despite Russia's ruling. IOC officials released a statement to Gay Star News, which noted: "The IOC would like to reiterate our long commitment to non-discrimination against those taking part in the Olympic Games, the IOC is an open organization and athletes of all orientations will be welcome at the Games."

A number of celebrities, including Madonna and Lady Gaga, have sparked controversy by speaking out on behalf of Russia's beleaguered LGBT community over the past year. Earlier this month, a photograph of Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton holding a rainbow flag in front of Moscow's Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral went viral on Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:59

Parisa Soleimani

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Parisa SoleimaniIf there is such a thing as a good vice, Parisa Soleimani has one. It’s to bring a brand new nightlife experience to Miami with her production company, VICE3VENTS.

Originally from Tehran, Iran, Parisa eventually transplanted to Orlando, FL, but it wasn’t until she moved to Miami for college that she found her passion, which was throwing the biggest and baddest parties at the hottest clubs on South Beach.

She has a successful track record in business and an even more impressive resume that includes being owner of Quantum Entertainment, general manager of Roosters Global Grill, and owner of p.s. Promotions, Inc., among quite a few other businesses.

Who knew a lesbian was responsible for so much straight fun?

Her new venture, however, is mainly geared toward women who love women and their gay boys and straight friends. It’s an inclusive approach that is both ambitious and exciting.

When asked about her vision for these parties she said, “We are setting out to create once-a-month themed parties that fulfill all of your fantasies.”

Now, I have a lot of fantasies. Especially when it comes to my ideal night out. But, the certainty in her voice convinced me that this dream could really come true.

“It’s a type of party that has never been seen. We will have performances, dancers, mixologists, prizes, and amazing DJ’s - and all of it will be centered on a theme. Using our venue as a blank canvas we will create anything from an enchanted forest to recreating the Cotton Club. It is all about the production.”

Not only can I envision myself in this party paradise, but I absolutely love the fact that I can enjoy it with my BOUND girls and still bring Danny and his boyfriend, as well as my newly wed ally friends, Jess and Andrew.

“We welcome everyone,” she said. “We want a drama-free crowd that wants to dress their best and have the time of their lives.”

And, when I asked Parisa about the price tag for the time of my life, she eased my fears with this, “Our cover will average $10 and we will have specials for arriving early. And, we will also have V.I.P. bottle service, but don’t expect the typical South Beach price tag of $400, it will be significantly less.”

Now you’re talking Parisa. Now you’re talking.

Perhaps a better name for VICE3VENTS would have been Eutopia.

VICE3VENTS will launch its first party in late September/early October. Announcements will be made through their site, Facebook /VICE3VENTS and Instagram @VICE3VENTS.

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 20:23

DJ Theresa ‘Flirt’ed with us

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DJ Theresa @ Flirt July 6, 2013I swooned. I did. I couldn’t help it. I’m far from a groupie, but there I was shaking my ass on the dance floor, hoping DJ Theresa would look down from her booth during iCandee’s weekly Flirt party at Eros Lounge.

This was only the second time I had seen DJ Theresa perform, because it’s hard to keep track of her whereabouts (not that I’m stalking her). Her tour dates have her flying back and forth from New York to Barcelona to D.C. to Montreal, so kudos to Lynn Bove for booking the dimpled beauty to headline her Flirt party. Needless to say, the producer/DJ blew the roof off of Eros, playing a 2-hour set of House and remixes of our favorites.

Just a few hours later, she was off to play at La Marcha Events’ Beach Party celebrating Save DADE’s 20th anniversary. If you missed either party, catch her insane beats on Sound Cloud:

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(Courtesy of Planned Parenthood)

Think you may have a UTI? FIND A HEALTH CENTER

Many women — 1 out of 5 — will experience a urinary tract infection at least once in their lives. And many women who have had a UTI will develop recurring urinary tract infections. Here are some of the most common questions we hear people ask about UTIs. We hope you find the answers helpful, whether you think you may have a UTI, have been diagnosed with a UTI, or are just curious about it.

What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?

While not everyone with a urinary tract infection (UTI) will notice symptoms, common symptoms include:

  • burning pain during urination
  • an urge to urinate when your bladder is nearly empty
  • feeling like you need to urinate all the time, especially at night
  • difficulty controlling when you urinate
  • lower abdominal pain or back pain
  • blood and/or pus in your urine
  • fever

What Causes UTIs?

It is pretty easy to get a urinary tract infection (UTI). Anything that brings bacteria in contact with the vulva and/or urethra can cause a UTI. This can happen when tiny bits of feces enter the urethra during sex play or even when toilet water back splashes. Unprotected anal intercourse is a very high-risk behavior for urinary tract infections.

If you are not sure how you got your UTI, don't worry. Because bacteria can so easily find its way into the urethra, it's very common for women to have UTIs without knowing the cause of the infection.

Is There a Treatment for UTIs?

Yes. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is easy to treat. Treatments for urinary tract infections include

  • antibiotics — These drugs get rid of the infection.
  • over-the-counter pain relievers such as Uristat — These drugs may relieve painful symptoms but will not cure the UTI.

Make sure you take all of the antibiotics that were prescribed — even if you don't feel any more symptoms.

Can I Prevent UTIs?

If you've ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you know that once is more than enough. The good news is you may be able to prevent UTIs. Try these simple tips to prevent getting a urinary tract infection:

  • Drink when you are thirsty.
  • Urinate as soon as you feel the urge. Don't hold it.
  • Keep your vulva clean and dry.
  • Drink unsweetened cranberry juice or take cranberry supplements. Cranberries contain an acid that helps prevent bacteria from growing.
  • Urinate immediately before and after sex play.
  • Avoid positions during sex that seem to trigger UTIs.
  • Use latex or female condoms during vaginal intercourse.

If you are susceptible to frequent UTIs, you may want to talk to your health care provider to see if there are any other reasons for the infections. Your provider may be able to provide antibiotics to help prevent a recurring infection.

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 19:59

Did we kiss in St. Pete?

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St. Pete Pride 2013BOUND was among the 125,000 people that partied on Central Avenue for the annual St. Pete Pride Parade and Festival. We drove up from Miami for four hours to be part of the largest pride event in the state. At our booth, we branded Pride Party-goers with temporary tattoos and chatted them up about our magazine. It was wonderful to make so many new friends.

Among our many props, we also had a kissing booth - courtesy of the handy-work of our very own Kissing Booth Captain. And, when the deluge threatened to shut down the party under our tent, we took our kissing booth from end-to-end and captured the sweetest smooches of all of Florida. Visit our event pix page to see our booth in action.

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 19:11

Wedding Bound

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The ruling that struck down DOMA was a huge step toward equality. One day this will all be a mere memory, which will be told to our children and our children’s children. One where we tell the story of how once upon a time people’s thoughts were blurred with ignorant views on how marriage, in their skewed minds, was to be only between a man and a woman.

That got me thinking…screw all that ignorant bullshit, I want to plan a wedding! So, I began to research the best and most user friendly websites specifically for LBT weddings and rounded them up for you (you’re welcome, I just saved you loads o’time).

I also created my very own - “If I Were Planning YOUR Wedding” mood board. That’s right, I named it “If I Were Planning YOUR Wedding”…I don’t want anyone getting crazy ideas thinking I’m planning my wedding or anything or daydreaming about it or having my own Pinterest board for it or anything…

Click here to visit BOUND’s Pinterest page.

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