Month: November 2016

An Interview With Designer and Reality Star Kari Ann Peniche

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Kari Ann Peniche is the owner of Revamp Décor. Ms. Peniche is a former Miss United States Teen and reality television star; here is a link to her website:

 

http://www.revampdecor.com/

 

Q: What made you interested in design?

 

A: I moved around quite a bit growing up and after University, and with each new place, I felt I had to personalize and create a statement before I could call it home.  I wouldn’t settle for living in a generic space, even if I hadn’t planned on living there long.  It has always been important that my home represented who I am. Friends started asking me to help with their places, and I soon realized that there are many people that don’t have the patience or desire to do what I love doing.  After I got married, my husband, who’s a residential developer asked me to be involved with his projects, which led me into the full time world of design and decor.   Designing peoples homes has allowed me to apply my creative energy and artistic sense into interior spaces as designer which has had a profound impact on me, as well as my clients and their surroundings.

 

Q: Why should someone looking for a designer hire you?

 

 

A: My expertise lies in understanding the unique vision of each client with the belief that anything is possible.  It is my passion to create original interiors, as well as finding creative solutions for budget-conscious clients.  I have put the leg work into sourcing materials and furnishings by creating and sustaining relationships with fabric designers, manufacturers and builders, which in the end will save a client valuable time, money and headache. For all my clients, I diligently strive to create their dream home by capturing their personalities, goals and aspirations, while at the same time adding value to their space.

 

Q: Your site says you offer mood boards. What are mood boards?

 

A: A mood board is a group of pictures taken from magazines, books or websites, fabrics, textures, color swatches pretty much anything that can help express the mood, feeling or overall look you are wanting to achieve.  It’s something I really like working with because it can help a client visually see my direction.  It also helps me me get an idea of what clients are drawn to and if any changes need to be made in the overall feel of the design.  I always use a mood board before jumping into the expense of the project no matter how big or small the project is.

 

Q: What kind of training do you have in design?

 

A: As anyone will tell you, the most valuable training comes from actually doing the work. For the past 10 years I have worked with a group of exceptionally talented manufacturers and principal designers. The knowledge I’ve gained from hands on experiences has been and continues to be invaluable. The theoretical lessons and guidelines learned in becoming certified in “Design Psychology”, and “Home staging” has given me a foundation on which every job begins.  It continually amazes me to watch how my clients wellbeing and quality of life changes once we begin the process of designing their homes.  Design Psychology is about understanding the impact these environments have.

 

Q: You were a Miss Teen USA. What do you think would surprise most people about the beauty pageants process?

 

A: I have found that most people are surprised when I say that I believe pageants offer a great opportunity for personal growth.  Preparing for a pageant is doing everything you can to become the best possible you.  How often do we get the opportunity to focus on ourself and give the attention needed to become our best both inside and out, physically, mentally and spiritually?  Not very often.   People often think pageants are about competing against other girls but the truth is you’re competing against yourself.  At the end of a pageant every delegate leaves a little more poised, confident, has better speaking and interview skills all of which require really getting to know who you are, what you believe in, what your goals are, what you stand for and what you want others to know about you.  I think having the experience of pageantry translates in a positive way to other areas of life and career.

 

Q:  You lost your crown when you posed for Playboy. Do you regret your decision to pose for the magazine or did it help your career?

 

A: I do believe Playboy was a positive stepping stone in my entertainment career but that was over a decade ago and my career goals today are so different than what they were when I posed for the magazine.    I was 20 years old.  My experience working with Playboy was all positive and it was also a fun time in my life.

 

Q: You have appeared on a couple of Dr. Drew’s rehab shows. How were you selected to be on these shows in the first place?

 

A: My manager David Weintraub pitched this new VH1 show called “Sex Rehab with Dr Drew” which was a spin of the successful “Celebrity Rehab” series. David, having been a producer and casting director for “Celebrity Rehab” knew what the show was looking for, and stressed how being on the show would be good for my career and that the network was looking for a new starlet. I wasn’t sure I agreed with him and I didn’t consider myself a sex addict, but to be honest I was interested in being on television. It had been five years since I was in Playboy and the opportunity to be on the screen was tempting. To make a long story short the following day I was the first member cast for “Sex Rehab with Dr Drew”.  Producers liked me and I was asked to be a part of Celebrity Rehab and then Sober House.

 

 

 

Q: Do you think you were portrayed fairly on the show?

 

A: No, I was not portrayed fairly for who I am in real life.  I was cast for a part.  Reality TV is not real!  I portrayed a character that the producers were looking for.

 

Q: After being evicted from Dr. Drew’s Sober House for violent behavior, you asked the other residents if you could return and they said no. Do you now understand why they did that?

 

A: I needed to leave the show to take care of some personal things that had come up and I was told to ask the other members if I could come back, it was pretty much staged to look that way.

 

Q: If you could design a house for any reality star who would it be and what would the house look like?

 

A: I’d love to design a house for Donald Trump and not just any house but the White House.  Now, if I could just do anything I wanted to the house, then I would go with a mix of its classic American history and Trumps gold bling style he does to most of his properties.  It would be an old world modern vintage that sparkles.  An understated elegance with a little flash.  However, since I’d be working for Donald Trump it would be a collaboration of ideas. I’d be focused on what he and his family’s visions were and I’d be there to bring vision to life.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

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An Interview With Writer Jaie Vee

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Jaie Vee is the author of Getting her to YES; here is a link to the website:
https://www.createspace.com/6653395

 

Q: What is, Getting Her to Yes about?

 

A: THIS BOOK IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEN.  This book is exclusively for MATURE men, showing average men how to get ladies or the wife to give SEX. It details a lady’s mind-set, so men are clear why such cheap and simple tactics are effective. It includes erotic sex stories that can excite dominant male, and submissive female emotions. One can preview the first seven pages at eden3000.com/yes.html and see Reader’s Favorite 5-star review at the link attached there.

 

Q: What made you decide to write it?

 

A: I started tinkering with writing about sex many years ago, because I was always helping men I knew “get sex”. Just a few basic “tips” changed their entire sex lives from no sex to lots of sex. Men know so much about a lot, but nearly nothing about female’s motivation for sex, or how to get sex.

 

But I couldn’t write a complete “understanding” till I was in a relationship with a gorgeous talented, self-driven amazing man. He was so wonderful to me each time I came back to him, then fairly quickly removed all MY gifts, leaving just the sex. I’d hint about this and that, but like many females, I couldn’t flat out tell him stuff. I left the last time feeling “used”, though I know he believed he was really trying. Then is when I realized, no matter how smart a man is, men really have no clue what ladies get out of the sex dance. And no woman will ever tell them.

 

As a strong woman, it took me “a lot of guts” to write that females choose the submissive position in sex, and why we ladies biologically have to. I reveal all the secrets we ladies will never tell our man. I had to, because, though those secrets are of short-term benefit to ladies, in the long run, ladies lose because men have not any clue what makes us want sex.

 

Q: What qualifies you as an expert in this area?

 

A: Having never desired children, and never needed a man’s money, company, or help, I got to observe the relationships of others with some emotional distance. And emotional distance is what a lady would need to state some of this stuff.  I got all the attention a lady could want when I worked as a dancer (in states where the men could not touch). Also, as an engineer and inventor, I tend to know stuff others want to learn, so I always get plenty of “feeling needed” attention.

 

My mom just read the first 24 pages and said she’s,  “finding it hard to stop reading.  So far, a very interesting book and I do agree with you.  Good job, I think you have sorted things out pretty well.” I never expected Mom to read it, but that was a great compliment.

 

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it effect your ability to write?

 

A: I run a small business, mostly involving the sales of my top-rated Silent Sleep  Snore Stopper(R) nasal inserts. When on Amazon, the Slim/Avg. size was the 593rd best selling product on all of Amazon. I sell less than that volume now on my eden3000.com website, but I also get friendlier customers, like half of which write me thank you emails.

 

When selling on Amazon, large-nosed men would buy the most popular Slim/Avg. size, then write “doesn’t work” one star reviews. I’d have to convince them to return the insert for the correct LARGER size, then I’d wait the painful weeks for them to change the review. Sometimes they would not return it because it cost so little money, it was not worth their time, so they’d leave the bad review. The issue was more due to the way Amazon set things up, to let the customer stab the seller with a bad review, versus having the customer contact the seller first. Such size issues are important for products like mine.

 

I’ve also spent the last few years renovating two houses, entirely replumbing, rewiring, adding gas, fixing foundations, rebuilding rotted floors, changing walls, etc all myself, using mostly free or used supplies. That gave me lots of time to think and write the most concise and clear book I could, as well as work on other non-physical projects.

 

I take on new odd projects every year. Last year I did a property conversion to business for someone else, which required knowing all the building codes, drafting, and “how to build stuff”. That was great fun.

 

Q:  If your tips don’t work is there a money back guarantee?

 

A: Well, I don’t know how Amazon runs the book end of things, but I have a Twitter account listed in the book, for men to ask me questions, and I will do my best to reply. But, frankly, men know so little about how to get a woman to want sex. Often, only one tip of the hundreds I state will fix a man’s sex life. Simply reading the “why” will help men the most. I write the book in a conversational style with lots of examples from my own life, and those of others I know, so to give some dimension to the tips.

 

Q: Who are some of your writing influences?

 

A: I read mostly just technical and biological stuff, no novels. I learn best by experimenting and tactile work, and searching out those who are willing to give negative feedback.  Like, I found a guy who does reviews, who suggested putting “yes” in the title. What a great tip! I put requests up on Craigslist to read a draft of my book, and got lucky that an editor type guy volunteered to comment on the first 40 pages. Without his advice, my book would not have been something most men would actually listen to. He suggested the conversational style and adding my own stories. Great advice!

 

Q: What makes your book different than other sex tip books?

 

A: That’s easy! Most sex books focus on the PHYSICAL aspects of sex. The physical aspect of sex is what the MAN enjoys. It is the emotional and fantasy part that excites the female. It is a complete reverse thinking than what is out there in books. Some books might say doing chores can help get a lady in the mood. That’s way too boring and abstract for a man to “understand” the “why”.

 

Q:  What are some common mistakes that men make when trying to seduce women?

 

A: I go through most of them in the book, but saying they are “very passionate”, touting their manly sports as a main focus of their free time, and thinking just “being friendly” or “giving her stuff” will move ladies towards sex.

 

Q:  What is the weirdest thing a man has ever said to you when hitting on you? 

 

A: No man has ever said anything “weird” to me. The sickest thing a man ever did was, after my sister divorced my brother-in-law, he actually tried to kiss me at Thanksgiving. Gross.

 

Understand, I most often dress in paint-covered, multi-layered sweats, mostly wear two hats and never wear make-up (but for photos), so men cannot quite define what “I look like naked” to “hit” on me. I also don’t even glance at men as if I am “looking”, cause I’m not “looking”. (“Glancing” is the only thing men are good at spotting). Men instead talk to me as the source of information that I am, especially on construction, code issues, patent writing, etc.

 

I find “being hit on” to feel like someone wants to take a bite out of me, and that is NOT a good feeling. Because I have confidence in my physical appearance, I do not need or desire others to boost my ego by flaunting myself. (That body shot I took of myself this September, when I got in the mood to “make a book”.) The few men that dare hit on me? I give them tips on how to get sex from someone else.

 

 

Q: What have you done to promote your book? 

 

A: YES just got published Nov. 2, 2016, a few days ago. I got a Reader’s Favorite 5 star review, saying my book will “revolutionize the way most men view sex”. I am trying to get a review in a chosen male-oriented magazine. I’ve investigated the politics with the magazine, its owners, and other stuff like how reviews are distributed, publisher’s issues…  I am looking for the loose mortar no one else is targeting in the brick wall that is in front of “getting noticed”.

 

It may come down to want versus NEED. I have two 5-star rated children’s books. No one needs another children’s book. But men really need my YES book. It’s like my Snore Stopper inserts, where I did zero advertising to get to ranking 593 on all of Amazon. Once the word gets out about my YES book, I hope every man on earth reads it.

 

Women might never see anything interesting in my book, because they know this stuff. The problem is, men don’t know ANY of this stuff. Ladies, if you accidentally buy my YES book, PLEASE, give it to your dad or uncle! There is ZERO romance in the book. There is nothing of any value at all for the ladies in my book.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

 

 

An Interview With Photographer Sinji

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Sinji is a photographer; here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.thewhole9.com/sinji#/0|0/

 

 

Q: What made you want to be a photographer?

 

A: When I was young, my Brother had a 35mm with a bunch of Filters and many gadgets, I was Amazed. Nature is Amazing. I loved Photography ever

Since.

 

Q:  What kind of training do you have?

 

A: I Studied Photoshop, StudioMX in College

 

Q: What makes your photography unique?

 

A: I have a special technique, I expose Spirit Entities hiding in the Photo’s, I do not add anything I merely enhance the pixels

Q:  What gave you the idea to Photoshop nature photography in the first place?

A: When I was learning Photoshop, one day I started ” pushing buttons” to experiment with what they do.

Q: You work as a personal chef. How does your day job influence your photography? I use color combinations

A: from plates of Food I made, when I need to modify the color.

Q:  What is the most photogenic kind of food?

 

A: Desserts with candied fruit, candied vegetables, candied nuts and boiled sugar fruit sauces are Beautiful and very photogenic.

 

Q: What has been your most challenging photographic project?

 

A:  My work is always challenging. It’s like a box of Chocolates, I never know what my work is gonna look like when I’m done. Only a few are acceptable.

 

Q: What do you like about living in Alaska?

 

A:  I like snow, when I was living in San Mateo, it never snowed

 

Q: Who are some of your favorite photographers?

 

A: I appreciate everything High Culture.

 

Q: Who would you Photoshop into the White House?

 

A: President Obama has a great face, I don’t get good results from People or anything Man made.
For my Art, I do not photograph People , only Natural and not Man made things or People. I tried Photographing people and City Scape, but when I modify the Photo, I did not get desirable results.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.