NFL Draft Today!!

My NFL themed nails placed on my Money leggings. Image Credit: Kasia Campbell

My NFL themed nails placed on my Money leggings. Image Credit: Kasia Campbell

The NFL Draft is today but I won’t be able to watch because I have to study for finals. Today 256 guys will be selected and there lives will change, hopefully for the better. Where will Johnny Manziel go? Will Michael Sam get picked up? Who will be selected 1st overall? Oh how I love football! It’s just so exciting! In honor of the NFL Draft, below is some nail art I did last semester to kick of the football season. Sorry guys, I haven’t been able to do much with my nails. Law school has been crazy busy. But my last final is on Tuesday, so hopefully I will be able to post more articles and pictures of my leggings and nails :).

Love, Peace, and Leggings :)

Jordan Slam Dunks on Jewel-Osco in Court

Michael Jordan. Image Credit: Sports Illustrated

Michael Jordan. Image Credit: Sports Illustrated

Lawyers representing companies, beware of how your clients congratulate celebrities and athletes on their accomplishments through advertising. In my Gretchen Wieners’ voice, “You may think your client is not infringing on a celebrity’s publicity rights but they are” (or at least they could be). The repercussions can be dire, like, oh I don’t know a five million dollar suit!

Entertainers get a little more ammo against those companies and advertisers who try to use their names to promote their brands without well, actually using their names. This comes off the heels of a suit filed by the great basketball legend, “THE #23,” Michael Jordan.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found Jewel-Osco, a Midwest grocery chain, liable for infringing on Jordan’s name and likeness, when it placed an ad in Sports Illustrated, a sports magazine, saluting “number 23″ on his induction to the Hall of Fame. The court rejected Jewel’s First Amendment defense that the district court seemed to buy. The Seventh Circuit said that Jewel’s ad was not protectable “non-commercial speech” because, even though the grocery chain was not selling a specific product, the ad was indeed an advertisement and it served an economic purpose for Jewel. Jewel accepted Sports Illustrated’s offer of free advertising space and the ad featured the store’s logo and marketing slogan, (“fellow Chicagoan” who was “just around the corner for so many years”). Further, the grocery chain designated considerable floor space to sell the magazine issue in exchange for a full-page ad. This signals that Jewel’s speech was used to promote and enhance the Jewel Osco’s supermarket brand, not to only congratulate Michael Jordan on his accomplishments.

Jewel-Osco MJ Ad. Image Credit: Wall Street Journal

Jewel-Osco MJ Ad. Image Credit: Wall Street Journal

I think it is safe to say the number 23 is synonymous with Michael Jordan and this is why Jewel Osco used it to advertise in a sports magazine. Additionally, Jordan has a parallel case against Dominick’s, Jewel’s competitor. The only difference is that Dominick’s ad was actually used to sell something, steak of all things!

Dominick's MJ Ad. Image Credit: Lexis Nexis

Dominick’s MJ Ad. Image Credit: Lexis Nexis

Seeing these ads, it is pretty clear what each company is trying to do. They are practically screaming, “Hey Michael Jordan fans we love him too! Shop at our stores!”

Either this case tells companies and their lawyers on how to be more creative when trying to use an entertainer’s celeb-status to promote its brand or it is telling companies and their lawyers, “Don’t even try it.” You decide, depending on which side you are on of course. We are lawyers, so we can flip it either way.

P.S. Can I just say that the district judge calling MJ “greedy” for his $5 million suit is a bit over the top. Jordan makes $80 million a year. He does not need the money by any means. This is not a greedy move, this is a warning to those trying to get make money off of his name.

Love, Peace, and Leggings :)

St. Patrick’s Day Nails!

Hey Everyone,

Here is my rendition of St. Patrick’s nail art. I will add the polishes I used soon (when I have some free time) because I used alot of different ones and I actually need to read for class :/. So check back later if you are little curious as to how I did each nail and what polishes I used.

Hope you like! Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Love, Peace, and Leggings :)

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White and Gold Nails

Hey Everyone,

I was feeling a little “golden-eyed” today, so I decided to go with a white and gold design this week. Nail Polish I used: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, Xtreme Wear, White On and Golden-I. To get the acual triangular design, I used two pieces of tape on either side because I am not that good yet. This design is super easy that gives your nails that “WOW” factor without doing too much work. This is my “go-to” design when I don’t have much time to work on my nails. Hope you all enjoy experimenting with your nails.

Have a golden week!

Love, Peace, and Leggings :)

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Reminiscing on Paris

Today, instead of reading for school (eek!), I was watching E!’s Ladies Who Lunch Marathon, which played a Sex & the City marathon. Specifically, the episodes of Carrie dating Aleksander Petrovsky, moving to Paris, and then later leaving Paris with Mr. Big were playing. Not only was this love triangle fun to watch but the fashion was even better to see. I love the clothes Carrie wears in Paris. Her dresses, shoes, coats, and accessories were just on point. It was just classy and elegant. I loved how she strutted around Paris like it was nothing in these amazing dresses.

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And Paris is so beautiful. Watching these episodes reminds me of my brief time in Paris. I studied abroad in London this past summer and during my birthday weekend, some friends and I traveled to Paris. It was my first time in Paris and I had always wanted to visit the magical city. I immediately fell in love with the city. We went to Le Louvre, Notre Dame, La Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), and experienced the night life on Le Champs-Elysees. I didn’t strut around Paris in fabulous clothes like Carrie. Though, I did have a plan to but there was no way I could walk around as much as we did in heels, dresses, and the like. Since it was summer time, it was pretty hot, so I went for the more casual shorts and sandals look. However, I did get to meet my very own Aleksander Petrovsky! Four days was not enough. And I must go back. Until next time, Paris!

Love, Peace, and Leggings :)

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My “Dumb Starbucks” Experience

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I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to check out Dumb Starbucks before it got closed down and I did! Sorry it took me a while to do this post. School was busy last week!

A couple friends and I went to Dumb Starbucks a week ago right after our Constitutional Law class. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we got there but when we got there, at about 11:30am ish, there was a line out the door, around the corner, and down the street. News reporters, bloggers, v-loggers, hipsters, Starbucks lovers, coffee lovers, and probably some people who don’t drink coffee but were curious (uh hem, one of my friends) were all there trying to see what the deal was with Dumb Starbucks. One of my friends was even interviewed by USA Today!

So, we got in line and waited and waited and waited. It was so hot outside, which was annoying because as you can see I am in a green sweater, black leggings, and black combat boots. The hours kept passing one by one. But we kept ourselves busy. We took a number of selfies and pictures of us in front of Dumb Starbucks. And since we are law students we obviously discussed the trademark issues and how Starbucks would handle this situation. I thought Starbucks would shut it down because of the whole cease and desist letter to a little pub. A friend thought Starbucks would leave it alone. We discussed conspiracy theories such as maybe Starbucks was behind the whole thing as a publicity stunt- we jokingly pointed out a “suspicious-looking” man on the phone with Starbucks management haha. As we got closer, we could see that the setup outside totally looked like the real Starbucks, with the large green umbrellas. Of course we took some pics in front of the Dumb Starbucks umbrella. When we went inside, the set up wasn’t an exact replica of Starbucks but it was similar (i.e. same tile floor, brown and tan walls). A Dumb Starbucks logo was painted on one of the walls so you know everyone, including us, took a bunch of pics in front of it. There was a table with thermo cups and such displayed as if they were for sale but they weren’t really for sale.

When we finally got to the counter, the bakery was practically empty except for a few pastries (apparently bought from a grocery store) and the “dumb” beverages offered were only coffee and lattes (products bought from the grocery store), despite having a replica of the Starbucks menu but adding “dumb” in front of every drink name. The “dumb” baristas were nice, asking folks what they wanted, gave drinks in Dumb Starbucks cups (yes they had the logo on them), and even wrote each customer’s name on the cups. I felt a little bad for them because I am not sure they knew what they were signing up for. There were only two of them and they were constantly on the move. The pastries and coffee were free but there was a large tip jar on the counter.

When I got my iced coffee, yuck! It was nasty! I dumped that coffee out but kept the cup. I didn’t order a pastry because who knows how long that food was sitting out. I actually walked out a little disappointed. I think I actually hoped that the coffee would be good and that this place was real. Come to find out, this WAS all a publicity stunt but it was to promote a Comedy Central show, bleh! This is what I get for being gullible. But overall, it was an experience and I would probably do it again. I am such a big Starbucks lover, I had to see what this Dumb Starbucks place was.

Later that day (after we left) we found out that there was a press conference and the owner, Nathan Fielder, revealed himself planning to announce an expansion in Brooklyn but the Los Angeles County Health Department shut the store down because it was giving out food without a permit. Thank God we got there when we did to experience Dumb Starbucks. I knew it would get shut down somehow, though I didn’t expect it to go down like that.

Were any of you there? If so, let me hear about it.

Love, Peace, and Leggings :)

A Little Nail Art for Valentine’s Day

So finally, I post a nail art piece! Since school started, I haven’t been able to do much with my nails. For some reason this semester is a lot busier than past ones. And they said law school gets easier…Anyway, with Valentine’s Day coming up, well I guess it’s today, I thought I would post a little somethin’ somethin’.

All of my products are Sally Hansen. I absolutely love the brand. I used heart stencils for the hearts, courtesy of my lovely grandmother. I used a dotting pen for the dots of course. If you don’t have a dotting pen, you can use a bobby pin.

Colors I used:
Sally Hansen Insta Dry Pink Blink – as my base color
Sally Hansen Insta Dry In a Splash – teal hearts
Sally Hansen Insta Dry Rapid Red – red hearts
Sally Hansen Insta Dry Blue Away – blue hearts
Sally Hansen Insta Dry Man-go Team! – tiny orange hearts
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow – yellow hearts
Kiss Nail Art Paint – dark pink dots and hearts (ok this one is not Sally Hansen, I know)

Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s!

Love, Peace, and Leggings :)