MEET NEO U: VIXEN WORKOUT NYC’S NEW HOME

 

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We are SOOO excited to announce that the Vixen Army NYC has a new home! A home complete with a beautiful state-of-the-art dance room, full-service cafe and locker rooms with spa-quality amenities.  A home where the #Vixenarmy can Chest Pop, Fist Pump, and Booty Drop all week long and experience the Vixen Workout the way it was always meant to be experienced.  

Beginning Monday, March 12, 2018 a new era will begin as we move our Manhattan operations into NEO U.


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Starting Monday, March 12th, we will reunite on the dance floor as we kick off our Vixen Workout classes at NEO U which will be held Monday through Thursday at 7pm.  

SIGNING UP: To sign-up for classes you can do so through our website http://www.vixenworkout.com or through or Vixen Workout app! The choice is yours. 

VIXEN WORKOUT RATES:

$28 | Drop-in 

$135 |  5 Class Package ($29 per class)

$260 | 10 Class Package ($28 per class)

$180 | Unlimited Monthly Class Pass (expires 30 days from purchase)


Please take a moment to swoon over your new digs….


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Please see our full FAQ

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If you want more information or have additional questions please email NYC@vixenworkout.com or call us at Vixen Workout HQ 786-334-6802

 

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Breast Cancer Under 40: What You Need to Know

Every October our news feeds and communities come together to bring awareness to Breast Cancer. As someone who is a big advocate for everything that affects women, I’ve participated in my fair share of Breast Cancer related charities & events; but to be completely honest, I never had anyone in my family or anyone I knew personally affected by Breast Cancer so there was a slight disconnect with the cause.  

A friend of mine from High School gave me a call that started with “There’s something I need to tell you”.  When you’re in your mid-thirties, the answers to that statement are usually a) you’re pregnant b) you’re getting married c) you’re getting divorced.  Never would I have EVER guessed that the words, “I have been diagnosed with breast cancer” would be said at 35.  Weeks later I found out that another girlfriend of mine, also in her mid-thirties and a mother of 3, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I immediately felt connected to this cause

In my mind, Breast Cancer wasn’t something I’d have to worry about until I was way into my Forties and even less if I had no family history of it.  Boy, was I wrong.

I contacted my friends at UM Health and asked if we can have one of their experts come to the Vixen Workout Studio and speak to our members about Breast Cancer.  Specifically, Breast Cancer awareness for those of us under 40.  

The lovely Dr. Carmen Calfa, a Breast Oncologist from the Sylvester Cancer Center, spent an afternoon with us answering some of our questions and educating us on what we need to know about Breast Cancer under 40.

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  • Her Breast Cancer patients ages range from 18 being the youngest ranging all the way to 80.
  • The fight against Breast Cancer has had a lot of progress in the last 20yrs. The Mortality rate has decreased significantly— an improvement of 40%.
  • Only 20-30% of cancers diagnosed have family history. 
  • If you don’t have any family history, being checked by 40 is still the recommended age.
  • About 12% of women in the general population will develop breast cancer sometime during their lives.  By contrast, 55-65% of women who inherit the BRCA gene will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime.  
  • Although the mortality rates have decreased, the drop in age where the diagnosis is happening has increased. It’s a population that usually don’t screen and don’t do mammograms because they think they’re too young.
  • 250,000 of the women living in the US today were diagnosed with breast cancer and are under the age of 40. 80% of those women found the cancer through self examination.
  • 20% of cancers can be missed by imaging.

Are there any factors causing this drop in age? Whats different?

Dr Calfa explains, Everything is different.  The food we eat, for example, in comparison to what our grandmothers used to eat.  We eat food filled with preservatives.

The amount of social drinking has increased tremendously and drinking has been associated to Breast Cancer.  We don’t really talk about it, but 1 drink a day is too much.  You need to cut your drinking to 3-5 drinks a week. 

Women are now much more focused on their careers and are pushing having children later in life and choosing not to breastfeed, some of us stay on birth control for 20+ years, all of these things contribute to increasing your risk of getting Breast Cancer.  

It’s CLEAR that you don’t need to have someone in your family diagnosed with Breast Cancer to be at risk for Breast Cancer.  What if you DO have family history, what steps do women with family history need to take to be proactive about their health?

It is so important to pay attention to your family history and to know what kinds of cancer is in your family history.  I see so many people not pay attention to the dad’s side, for example, Prostate Cancer is linked to the same gene that causes Breast Cancer and so is Lynch Syndrome.  It is important to know your family history, Mom & Dad’s side, 3 generations up.  

If you have 1st or 2nd degree family members who were diagnosed (Mothers/Fathers/Siblings/Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles) that were less than 50 when they were diagnosed, you need to get checked 10 years down. For example, if a family member was diagnosed at 45 you need to start getting checked at 35.

When getting a mammogram, go to a Radiology Certified place like the Sylvester Cancer Center.  3D Mammography is now available and it increased the detection of Breast Cancer by 40%.  Here are some awesome tips on how to self-screen and stay breast aware. 

Special Thanks to our friends at UM Health for making this happen and Dr. Calfa for educating us!

xoxo

Janet Jones

Fitness Trackers: Are they Worth the Splurge?

fitness trackers-We all have that one friend that will break out into what seems like an Irish step dance if their Fitness Tracker alerted them of being behind on their steps. Or the friend who will out-dance, out-treadmill, out-anything you do in order to get more calories burned on their tracker. So what’s the deal? It seems like everyone has one, and some come with a hefty price tag… but are they worth it?

Fitness tracking bands have become the must-have accessory for fitness fanatics and non-fitness fanatics alike. Nowadays Fitness Trackers not only count your steps, monitor your heart and measure your quality of sleep, but they also remind you to move when you’ve been inactive. They also come in sleek fashionable designs so you can wear them beyond the gym and into a night out, perhaps in case you want to count how many steps were completed dancing to “Despacito” with your girlfriends.

Sounds amazing, but our expert friends at the University of Miami Health System share that science indicates these results may not be as accurate as you think. 

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Researchers tested several of the most popular models, with participants taking part in 13 different activities, including running and playing basketball. They said the results showed the bands were at best ‘reasonably accurate,’ but that most were more than 10 percent out when estimating calories burned.

So do Fitness Trackers help you lose weight? The answer is, it depends. Check out UHealth’s blog post to read what the experts have to say about the benefits of tracking – according research. If you are already fit, fitness trackers are a great way to measure your heart rate and keep track of your workouts. Will it make you lose weight? Well, thats up to you. Your diet and exercise program is what will help you lose weight, but if having a tracker on your wrist will get you motivated then yes they’re worth it!

Stay Hungry, Live Fierce.

Janet Jones

HOW TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE PLAYLIST

As someone whose been making mix-tapes since the 5th grade, I have my playlist making techniques down to a science.   At the Vixen Workout, the playlist makes or breaks the class.  You need to know how to bring the energy up, what songs to place where, when to bring it back down and everything in between.  Making a great playlist is pretty much an art form in and of itself.  In this post, I’m going to share some tips on how to make your own killer playlist.

THE BIOLOGY OF MUSIC AND EXERCISE

According to recent studies from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there’s real science behind creating effective workout playlists. The right songs can function as an important tool in improving your athletic performance – by motivating you and tricking your brain into feeling less tired. 

An Optimum Tempo Between 120 to 140 BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Personal preferences aside, this is a good workout song’s optimum tempo range because it roughly corresponds to the average person’s heart rate during a routine workout. A runner, however, may need songs with a higher tempo of 147 to 160 BPM. Most dance songs and many rock songs are already in the 120-140 BPM range.  Studies also found that music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency.  To find out the BPM’s of songs you want to add to your playlist, checkout this site.

HOW DO I FIND THE BPM’S TO A SONG?

To find out the BPM’s of songs I want to use, I use a site called Song BPM.   Once you’ve calculated the BPM of a song, you can generally store it in the ID3 tag of the music file. For example, getting info on a song in iTunes will let you enter the BPM. Using iTunes as an example, you can then sort your music by BPM and choose the songs you want that fall into the 120-140 BPM range.”

IS THERE A BLUEPRINT FOR CREATING A PLAYLIST?

Remember that if you are working out, you need to begin with a warm-up.  The first 3 songs of your playlist are your “warm-up” songs. They should gradually increase in tempo and speed to get muscles warmed up. 

Good options to begin your playlist are:

1: “Party Ain’t Over”/ Pitbull feat. Usher

2: “Champions”/ Kanye West feat. (everyone)

3. “Jungle Bae”/ Major Lazer

For the middle of your playlist, put songs that make you feel a certain way.  For example: if you’re going through a break up or a tough time, having songs with lyrics that are relatable to what your going through helps your mind not think about the fact that you have 30 minutes left.  To be clear, I don’t mean ballads for the middle of your playlist.  I mean adding songs that make you feel like a bad-ass in the middle and then the then slowly decrease in tempo so as to assist in a proper cool-down period. the slower paced ones at the end for a cool down.

Need some help finding music? Make sure to follow some of my playlists on Spotify.

Stay Hungry, Live Fierce.

Janet Jones

Take a Tour of The Vixen Workout Studio in Miami, FL

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Inside View and More!

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by our brand new dance fitness studio, you absolutely should! Why? Well, the entire facility is designed to make you feel like you’re on tour and, after just one visit, you’ll probably start feeling like you’re ready to headline at the next MTV VMA’s (Video Music Awards). Follow us through an inside view of the experience:

The first thing you want to do when you step into Vixen Workout Studio is getting your “Backstage Pass” or “Ticket” at the “Box Office” (a.k.a. Front Desk)…

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After your credentials are all set, proceed “Backstage” to get ready for the “Show” (a.k.a Class)…

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Once you’re ready to perform, head to the “Stage” entrance (a.k.a Dance Room entrance) for “Call Time”…

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“On Stage”, remember to warm up, stretch, take a few deep breaths, and do whatever you gotta do to get in the zone… Ready for Showtime?

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Important! Don’t forget to stay after class for the group pic. It is especially useful to tease your followers on social media 😉

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If you find yourself in need of help after class but the “Crew” (a.k.a. Staff) is unavailable due to an overflow of “Talent” (a.k.a. Instructors & Clients) or VIPs (a.k.a. Members), then you can find the HQ Team inside the “Production Office” and they will gladly provide assistance…

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We hope you have an amazing experience at the Vixen Workout Studio in Wynwood!

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Studio Address: 547 NW 28th Street, Miami, FL 33127

Parking: Metered For Now (we are actively working to improve this)

Contact Info: 786-334-6802  |   info@vixenworkout.com

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STAY HUNGRY. LIVE FIERCE.  |  #VIXENARMY

 

This article was written by Sonja Edel


Meet Janet Jones, Founder of the Vixen Workout.

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5 Ways To Escape A Bad Date

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Meet @TheJanelleMarie, an actress, dancer, host, and  Certified Vixen Workout instructor in Los Angeles.  She is also the first-ever Latina Host on Monster Jam.  Being single in Los Angeles you find your fair share of Mr. Wrongs and dates that couldn’t end fast enough. Janelle has been nice enough to create this video to help the rest of us escape Mr. Wrong.  By the time you’re done watching her hilarious YouTube video you’ll be fully equipped with the best exit strategies for any bad date scenario. 

Follow Janelle on Youtube and Instagram

Client Spotlight: The Jesse Diaz Love Story

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Jessie Diaz aka @curveswithmoves

Jessie Diaz has had an amazing couple of years.  As a member of the #vixenarmy, you could catch her front row in our Manhattan classes slaying every single move. She then took the leap and became a Certified Vixen Workout Instructor, taking her love of dance and using it to inspire others.  She’s an huge advocate for body positivity and letting others know that healthy comes in all shapes and sizes.  If life wasn’t grand already, she then makes the most beautiful baby with the love of her life, gets married, then lands a national Lane Bryant campaign and lives happily ever after.  Thank you Jessie for sharing your story with us and giving the rest of us hope.  (Patiently waiting for price charming in our DM’s like…)

Describe each moment:

When did you meet? We met about 3 years ago because he messaged me on Instagram after recognizing me from an old blog post featuring curvy women.

How did you meet? We flirting on Instagram for a bit and decided to meet for coffee.

What was your first impression of him? He was tall! He is a whole foot taller than me, maybe more. We actually didn’t get it off in person. It was weird. The date felt forced. We left feeling ok about it but decided to continue talking over the phone and texting and had a much better 2nd date at a Mexican bar!

How did he win your heart? 
He was always a gentlemen. And passionate about God and his career goals.

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Where was your first date? Well I’ll go with my second bc our coffee date was awkward. But he took me to this hole in the wall Mexican joint that to this day has the best guacamole I’ve ever tasted! They had a karaoke machine and so he proceeded to turn it on and serenade me. He has an amazing voice.

Where was your first kiss? After our second date before going home.

When did you realize you were in love? Around the holidays, about 3 months in. Something about the holidays that make you fall in love.

Who first said, “I love you”? I don’t remember! Haha I think him?

Most romantic moment since you’ve met. 
One of my favorite dates was going to have spiked coffee and watch live jazz, then to the IFC theater to watch the Oscar-nominated foreign short film nominees. It was a cultural and romantic experience!


Most awkward or embarrassing moment since you’ve met. 
Omg, I totally fell down a flight of stairs 4 months into dating and he had to pick me up and bring me to his place to have him and his mother bandage me up. That was my second time meeting his mom!

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3 things you have in common
Our love for 80s synth pop bands like Wham and Culture Club.
Our love for travel
Our love for Christ

3 things you don’t have in common
Certain political views
Olives, yuck
He doesn’t like ratchet music so that’s my escape when I’m alone in the car!

Top 3 wedding moments 
Our first dance because it was amazing and choreographed and we spent a couple days working on it.
Me and my dad’s first dance because I get my dancing skills from him and we just laughed the whole time.
Our midnight countdown into confetti blast since our wedding was this past NYE.

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I got 99 problems but ??? Love ain’t one!

How hard was it to write vows? No because we didn’t! Haha we went traditional and were happy with that.

Describe your personal evolution as a woman throughout your relationship. Well I became a mom first before a wife so becoming a mom changes you. You become selfless and nurturing and …a little more stressed. But my maturity level has changed and the fact that my husband is such an amazing father and partner in crime helps me become a better parent and wife

As a woman, what do you think is the key to finding love? Patience! I’ve dated some lame guys, even damaging to my aura. Guys that didn’t suit me but I feared to be lonely. I think it’s ok to be alone and wait to a good guy. Dating casually is fine but don’t commit yourself to someone if you don’t feel right about something.

Top 3 tricks or advice to keep love alive in a relationship regardless of time, ups or downs. Don’t go to bed angry, it’ll be hard to sleep and you don’t wanna wake up upset!
Pray! If you believe in God, I cannot tell you how much that has been essential in our relationship. Keeping God at the center of it all.
Mix things up for date night. Don’t become the couch couple. Try to do something fun once a month. Last month we went to Art Battle NYC and had a blast!

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Cheers to that!

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2 Simple Beauty Looks For Valentine’s Day

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Debbie De La Fe is not only a Vixen Master Trainer, but she is also an amazing Makeup Artist who has blessed us all with a Youtube Channel filled with tutorials on how to look like her… well, at least we can learn how to apply our makeup like Debbie.  Below you can find a great tutorial on a soft Valentine’s look in addition to her fave products.

Follow Debbie on Instagram             

SOFT VALENTINE’S DAY MAKEUP TUTORIAL 

DEBBIE’S PICKS

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Bobbi Brown Long Wear Liquid Liner in “Golden Bronze Sparkle” – perfect to add a little bronzy twist to your basic black winged liner!
 
Becca Cosmetics “Champagne Pop” – highlight for the perfect glow with a healthy pink undertone.
 
Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Collection – you can create the perfect peach V-Day look or go for something more bronzed and sultry with this versatile palette!
 
Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Blush in “Apri-Cot In The Middle” – to give your cheeks that perfect peachy glow.

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Celina Beach is our newest addition to the Vixen Workout Instructor family and will be bringing her talents to our Wynwood Studio in Miami.  Besides being an Uhmazinggg dancer, homegirl can beat that face!  Celina has worked as a professional MUA for years, and most recently as a Senior Makeup Artist for Glam Squad in Miami.
Follow Celina on Instagram

 SIMPLE AND SEXY VALENTINES LOOK

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For a sexy date night look or for every day, I always opt for something that does the job well but doesn’t require too many products. My go-to products: 

Mac Face and Body Foundation Sheer coverage, water resistant… no one will know you’re wearing anything on your skin! This is my HOLY GRAIL of foundations! It’s the most inconspicuous foundation EVER and I SWEAR by it.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye illumination Concealer – conceals dark under eyes and gives a little radiance.. a little bit goes a long way so it definitely does its job without too much product waste. 

-Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bawse (true red) or Babe Alert (nude rose) – totally 100% smooch proof!! 

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara – beats Dior and Too Faced and Benefits butt!! Legit volume and length! 

Keratase VIP Volume in Powder or Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray – when you marry a dry shampoo and hair spray together you get this voluminous medium hold to make your effortless waves last. Gives a little oomph to your hair as you transition into the evening.

 

 

2017 will mark a new era…

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(Everyone should know what that feels like)

June 2012, I vividly remember the feeling of my heart dropping t0 the pit of my stomach as the HR representative left my office.  She broke the news that the company was closing down and everyone had to leave…NOW.  You see, I was already let go from a corporate finance job due to downsizing and this was the first job I was able to land after months of searching (Being a former back-up dancer and choreographer isn’t a skill set thats valued in Corporate America).  At the time I was living at my moms house with my 2yr old and I was unemployed, again.  I just couldn’t catch a break.

I woke up one day after allowing myself to sulk in self-pity for a few days and decided that I was going to open a Dance Studio. I’ve taught dance since I was 18yrs old.   I’m really good at it and most importantly I love it.  I broke up with dance around 2008 after convincing myself that in order to be an “adult” I couldn’t continue pursuing silly childhood dreams.  So for me, this was like calling up the ex-love of your life to say: “Leaving you was the biggest mistake of my life… will you take me back?”

(Below are images of mine from Sept 2012-Dec 2012/ Poems, images, memories that inspired Vixen)

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I found a quaint affordable space and my family put all of our pennies together and I opened Street Jamz Studios in September 2012.   A month later I started a class called “Video Vixen”.  The class was a way for me to relive my glory days as a performer and for my friends to experience my life’s addiction for the first time.  It’s been quite the journey ever since.

The last 4yrs have been filled with so many amazing memories and lessons.  I’ve met so many amazing women and have shared in their pain and triumphs.  I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I’ve had my share of hurdles…  I wouldn’t change a damn thing.  I am so grateful for all of it.  It’s groomed me to become wise and prepared me for whats to come. That’s the thing about life, you can’t have the good without the bad.  The bad, however, is what prepares you for the good.  Without the bad, GREAT can fall on your lap and you won’t even know what to do with it.

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That being said, 2017 marks a new era for Vixen.   We will be moving into our own home and I couldn’t be more excited.  The purpose of Vixen has always been to give women the opportunity to experience themselves as the grandest, most powerful, confident version of themselves.  To have a safe place where they can feel alive and free.  Up to now, we’ve had limited control over the experience of our clients and I’m so excited to finally be able to offer the true Vixen Experience from the moment you step foot in the door.

The Vixen Workout Studio will be opening it’s doors January 2017.  I want the studio to resemble what it feels like to be backstage in a concert venue or a marquee theater.  The dance studio will be called “the stage” and they’ll be large vanity mirrors and make-up stations resembling an old Hollywood dressing room.  I’ve added a sneak-peak of what the studio will look like below.  I’ll keep you guys updated on the process and hope to see all of you in the new space.  Love & Light, JJ

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#vixenarmy makeup area
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JJ’s thinkbox
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Sinks

 

Member Spotlight: Sonya Cronkite

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Age: 39
Occupation: Domestic Goddess
Kids: 7 age ranges 20-4
I have been with the VA since May 2013.
Outside of vixen my life is hectic😊. I am a student at UM. I have wifely duties, and all of my children are involved in extracurricular activities. In the fall we travel a lot to every football game in Florida and other states because my oldest son plays football at UF. I also attend football/basketball games with one of my daughters in high school we cheers. We have a daughter who has music lessons. Two daughters dance and play volleyball. And I have to make sure homework is right.
Vixen has tremendously helped me with my weight loss goals. Since starting in May 2013, I have lost almost 40 pounds.
What I love most about the workout is how I feel when I am “performing.” I am so many things to do many people and I love to take that one hour to just be me. I also love the woman that I have met and helping to support them on their various life journeys.
When I started vixen I was recovering from surgery that I had due to cervical cancer. I also had a newborn. My spirit felt broken. I had lost myself. Through Janet’s inspiration and all of the instructors that I have met, I slowly but surely improved my confidence as started to value myself more. I realized that I can do whatever I seek to achieve. It also changed my outlook on life in general. You never know what anyone is going through but the time taken for yourself to do the workout, and the way you feel when you leave can spill over into everyday personal life.
 If I were a Popstar my name would be Alana Allure
Fave Routine: Wow…that’s really hard. I really like the new “Work” routine. “I’m the Issh” & “Burn”
Fave Cheat Meal: Pizza and carvel ice cream cones (with sprinkles)
Fave Lipstick: MAC Media
Fave Popstar: Janet Jackson