The reality of real ingredients: Make the switch to organic skin care

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Photo by Sophia Marchese

PUBLISHED BY THE SIGNAL, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Sophia Marchese, Associate Arts & Living Editor and Staff Writer
October 3, 2017

Imagine washing your face at night with your regular skin care product. A little quarter sized dab in the palm of your hand and a splash of water as you rub the product into your cheeks.

Now imagine walking to the cabinet where you keep your household cleaning products, grabbing your kitchen counter degreaser and spraying yourself directly in the face—washing away the day’s grime as you scrub your cheeks with industrial chemicals.

The ugly truth is that there’s a very inadequate difference between these two situations. A lot of your routine products are tainted with the same chemicals you use to clean your floors and wash your windows… READ MORE

Music Midtown 2017 Superlatives

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PUBLISHED BY THE SIGNAL, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Sophia Marchese, Associate Arts & Living Editor and Staff Writer
September 23, 2017

Music lovers of all kinds took to Piedmont Park on Sept. 16-17 for a carefree weekend of good tunes and great times at Music Midtown 2017. The annual music festival brought fans a range of artists like Weezer, Tove Lo, Oh Wonder, and Bruno Mars.

The sun was blazing, the King of Pops were dripping and the music was relentlessly groovy. Oh, and let us not dismiss all of that customary festival fashion. All ingredients for an unforgettable Atlanta music festival experience… READ MORE

Atlanta gets lit on the BeltLine

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Photo by Sophia Marchese

PUBLISHED BY THE SIGNAL, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Sophia Marchese, Associate Arts & Living Editor and Staff Writer
September 13, 2017

Atlanta’s BeltLine illuminated with color and ingenuity on Sept. 9, as thousands of people marched in the Lantern Parade with their homemade creations.

Hosted by The Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade has been celebrated annually on the Saturday following Labor Day since its inception in 2010… READ MORE

 

Dragon Con 2017: The truth about Atlanta’s Labor Day tradition

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Photo by Sophia Marchese

PUBLISHED BY THE SIGNAL, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Sophia Marchese, Associate Arts & Living Editor & Staff Writer
September 6, 2017

Over 80,000 earthlings spent their Labor Day weekend in Downtown Atlanta for Dragon Con 2017 on Sept.1-4.

The city streets transformed into a whirlwind of cosplay and creativity, as this internationally recognized, multi-genre convention has been a tradition for more than 30 years.

At Dragon Con, gamers meet face-to-face, fantasy worlds blend with pop culture, and science lovers hang with sci-fi fanatics. People from all over the world gather in our city to dress up and geek out, creating lifelong memories of fun and fandom… READ MORE

Atlanta street art: A guided tour of our city’s newest murals

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Photo by Sophia Marchese

PUBLISHED BY THE SIGNAL, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Sophia Marchese, Associate Arts & Living Editor & Staff Writer
August 29, 2017

Seventeen new murals are waiting to be discovered, as both local and out-of-town muralists visited Atlanta for the OuterSpace Project (OSP) mid-June.

Founded in 2015, OSP is the brainchild of Atlanta street artist Greg Mike. His partnership with Terminal West has led to a rapidly growing, eye-catching event series that unites public art and design with music, action sports and Atlanta’s diverse creative culture… READ MORE

Second Helpings Atlanta drives out the city’s hunger

Bernadette DeRodes takes 90 minutes out of each month to help Atlanta’s less fortunate. She hops in her SUV, picks up pounds of unconsumed food, and literally drives it into the hands of the city’s hungry.

DeRodes is one of over 350 volunteers that help Second Helpings Atlanta with its mission to reduce hunger and food waste throughout the five county metro area.

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Bernadette DeRodes unloads her trunk full of fresh sandwiches at My Sister’s House.

“It’s amazing. Sometimes when I go to pick up food, my car is completely overflowing,” says DeRodes. “And it’s so sad to think that otherwise, all of that food would have gone to waste.”

As a dedicated nonprofit, Second Helpings Atlanta delivers nutritious food from donors around the city to its Partner Agencies assisting Atlanta’s hungry and underserved communities. With help from its passionate volunteers, the organization has rescued over 6 million pounds of surplus food from being thrown away. Continue reading “Second Helpings Atlanta drives out the city’s hunger”