International Women’s Day 2014 Song Playlist

Today we celebrate all women worldwide and the theme for this year focuses on inspiring change and on ‘advancement for all women everywhere in every way’.

As we celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women, Abstract Square will like to dedicate a few songs to all the strong and brave women worldwide.

***Flawless РBeyonce (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

Run The World – Beyonce

Strength Of A Woman – Shaggy

This Woman’s Work – Maxwell

I’m Every Woman – Chaka Kan

Girl On Fire (Inferno Version) – Alicia Keys (ft. Nicki Minaj)

Superwoman – Alicia Keys

Women. Celebrate YOU.

PS. If you have any songs you’d like to add to this playlist, you can always leave in comments ūüôā¬†

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Abstract Review – The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Image belongs to goodreads.com

Image taken from goodreads.com

Reading is ¬†huge part of what we enjoy here at Abstract Square and recently we got our hands on John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars.

Before we get into the review, here’s some facts on the novel. Published in 2012 by Dutton Books, The Fault In Our Star¬†has been named the¬†#1¬†New York Times¬†bestseller, the¬†#1¬†Wall Street Journal¬†bestseller, the¬†#9¬†The Bookseller¬†(UK) bestseller,¬†#1¬†Indiebound¬†bestseller and¬†New York Times¬†Book Review Editor‚Äôs Choice.

Some Reviews 

A blend of melancholy, sweet, philosophical, and funny. Green shows us true love‚Ķand it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach.‚ÄĚ –New York Times¬†Book Review

‚ÄúA pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy‚Ķit will linger long and hard in the minds of teens and former teens.‚ÄĚ –USA Today

‚ÄúJohn Green deftly mixes the profound and the quotidian in this tough, touching valentine to the human spirit.‚ÄĚ –Washington Post

GoodReads’ summary on the book found on their website¬†states:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

We came upon this book from a BuzzFeed list of books that turned that will hit theatres this year (yes, there will be a movie for this in June 2014). We were a little hesitant at first because of 1) the genre (teenage contemporary) and 2) the subject matter – cancer and the inevitable death which most times follow a cancer diagnosis … BUT THEN … there was that curiosity about wanting to find out what happens and so we decided to give it a try!

The story is centred around the live of a 16-year-old Hazel and her journey battling the C-monster. We are transported through her frustrations and disappointments, her happy moments, her sad days and the ones filled with romance (with Augustus Waters) that we all long for (sometimes you even forget that you are reading about teenagers and not adults).

The book is filled with so much humour and at the same time there are moments when you can’t help but shed a few tears. Mind you, this book is not one that constantly keeps you on the edge of your chair – there were more mellow moments. What might have kept us reading was the goal to find out how it would end (which most people had probably figured out/guessed). One particular part of the book that we enjoyed was the Amsterdam journey where Hazel and Augustus travelled to the Netherlands to meet the author of their favourite book,¬†An Imperial Affliction,¬†to find out how it ended (sounds very familiar if we might add). In this particular section, Hazel’s life takes a turn for the worst and yet it was probably the most memorable experience ¬†(in a good way)¬†in her entire life.

We must say we were a bit disappointed with the abrupt ending, which we assume John Green did to get a reaction out of us, but then we can’t say too much for the sake of those who haven’t read it as yet. We must agree with USA Today, even after reading, it still lingers in your mind and not many authors are capable of doing that. Maybe it’s the subject matter or maybe it’s the way it was written but he (Green) ¬†has managed to use this book to give us all a new perspective on what many cancer patients (especially younger ones) have to go through.

All in all, this was a good read and we highly recommend it! Be sure to stop by and tell us what you think of the book!

Abstract Rating – 4.25/5 stars

Side note : If you’re interested in the other books that will become films this year, check out this BuzzFeed article.

XO

-Abstract Square

#PinTuesdays – Charging Port

PinTuesdays

Who say’s lifestyle can’t be found in every single aspect of life?!

Our DIY pin comes to us from the technology world and we know many will find this particular project a good one!

We all have the loose cords issue – laptop cord, phone charger cord, the cord for the tablet and all the other cord relatives out there getting in the way!

Well we found a way to efficiently charge up all your devices and make it look great at the same time!

Photo via Carina Alves Silva on Pinterest

Photo via Carina Alves Silva on Pinterest

Such a great idea! The best part is that you can get creative with the box designs and more importantly it is very very simple!

Now there were questions of it being a fire hazard. One suggestion from a kind pinner is that “If you got a tin or metal box instead and drilled holes it wouldn’t be a hazard anymore” BRILLIANCE!

XO

-Abstract Square

Shaggy & Friends A Success

A few posts ago, we made mention of a charity event that was to take place in Jamaica to raise funds for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Kingston.

Rumor has it that the event was ASTOUNDING and turns out those rumors were true. Abstract Square had a chance to be in attendance and let us tell you, it was indeed a well put together event … THE BEST PART WAS – It was all done for the kids.

Great energy … Great food …. Great performances … all towards ONE goal!

Photo Courtesy of JamaicaUAV

Photo Courtesy of JamaicaUAV

The show started promptly at 10: 00 pm on January 4th and the musical line-up had the crowd raving until 3 in the morning. As previously announced many top Jamaican performers were booked including event host Shaggy, Tessanne Chin (The Voice Season 5 winner), NeYo,¬†Matthew Schuler (Top 6 Finalist from The Voice Season 5), Tarrus Riley, Konshens, Wayne Marshall,¬† Assassin, Chronixx, Sean Paul and there were even surprise performances. Mr Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley stopped by as well as Jah Cure.

It really was a night to remember and even as the show lights went off, the event coordinators found ways that everyone could still donate to the cause (See image below)

I dare you to care and give back to the children; even the smallest amount will help. I implore you – this is a worthy cause and one that needs everyone’s full support.

For highlights from the show and more, be sure to check out the Shaggy and Friends Facebook page.

XO

-Abstract Square

All New : #PinTuesdays – Rubber Band Candles

Today is Tuesday everyone, which means it’s no longer MONDAY! Cheers to that!

PinTuesdays

We’ve been on Pinterest lately and have been inspired by all the DIY projects we saw and so we’ve decided to have a weekly feature called #PinTuesdays. On #PinTuesdays, we will be sharing one of our favourite DIY projects from Pinterest.

Today’s feature comes to us via Amanda Formaro on Pinterest, who is a well known craft expert. The actual pin came from Melissa Creates (trulychicinspirations.com) and it is simply an amazing little project that you can do with friends or even family.

RUBBER BAND CANDLES

                          Step 1

                          Step 2Step 3

FINISHED PRODUCT!!!

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Isn’t it a lovely way to make use of simple materials found around the house and the best part is you can get really creative with the spray paint colours to coordinate with whatever colour scheme you have in mind. Why not give it a try and be sure to send us pics of the results!

XO

-Abstract Square

*All photographs belong to trulychicinspirations.com

Living Life In Abstract

Hello Abstract Lovers,

As we sit here pondering what to write for our first blog post it dawned on us that an introduction is necessary for moving forward.

Lifestyle to us is ENTIRELY personal. One person’s lifestyle can be DIFFERENT from another person’s definition of lifestyle in more ways than one. ¬†How we dress differs. How we speak differs. What we like to eat differs. What music we listen differs. And the list goes on.

This blog aims to highlight these worldwide differences in lifestyle but in an unusual & ABSTRACT manner (through the various articles and posts). ¬†A person’s lifestyle shapes who they are and it affects how they relate to others and it affects the outcome of that individual’s life.

Self-expression depends entirely on a person’s lifestyle choice and that same lifestyle choice depends on how one chooses to express them self.¬†Through our words and imagery, we hope to share with you the many facets of the human being and the creativity and greatness that lies within each and every one of us!

We hope you enjoy what is to come and feel free to share your thoughts and perspective.

Look out for more to come as we share with you – LIFESTYLE WITH A DIFFERENCE