Jack Bauer is back! Well not quite, but Keifer Sutherland’s new show Touch is pretty awesome. FOX’s new show focuses on Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) and his son Jake (David Mazouz), an 11 year-old boy who has never spoken a word. Jake immerses himself in patterns, saying [in the show intro] that “things most people see as chaos actually follow a set of laws or behaviors,” and believing in the “Red Threat of Fate,” an ancient Chinese myth that “the gods have tied a red thread around every one of our ankles and attached it to all the peoples lives who we’re destined to touch.”

The pilot episode focused on the numbers 318, building an intricate web (plot-wise), involving a number of people around the world—in New York, Baghdad, Dublin, Tokyo, and England. Each of these people ended up affecting one another’s lives greatly even though they were all complete strangers. To avoid spoiling the show for those who haven’t watched yet, I’ll give some brief highlights of the episode: a cell phone lost at Heathrow Airport makes its way around the world to all of the above-mentioned cities, Jack Bauer–err– Martin, gets into a scuffle, a boy in Baghdad gets caught almost stealing and is punished with having a bomb strapped to his chest, Jake climbs the same phone tower and just chills out at the top multiple times.. even in the rain, a man who played the same lotto numbers for 10 years finally hits the jackpot, and Jake places several cell phones in a dominos-type setup and they all ring.. at the same time.. from the same number. Intrigued?

The show definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I really liked how the show was mapped out, flashing back and forth between characters and stories, and seeing how they all came together in the end. It almost seems as if part of the show concept was taken from Mitch Albom’s book The Five People You Meet in Heaven, as everyone connects in some way–except most of the people on the show never actually meet in person. I’m also wondering if there’s going to be a Heroes-like twist, with the supernatural aspects of the show. Will Jake meet others with the ability to see things the way he does, or people will another type of gift that could come into play?
Although I believe in patterns, I find it highly coincidental—perhaps too coincidental, that the numbers 318 popped up as many times as they did for the show to be realistic. I think it’ll be interesting to see how Kiefer Sutherland’s character will be in this show. Is he going to attempt to save the day for every pattern his son predicts and go into a full-time Jack Bauer type character solving mysteries and saving the day? Will Jake ever talk? What role will the social worker play in the show? Unfortunately last night’s episode was just a tease—a quick one-hour episode to introduce the show to viewers and leave them wanting more. The series will premiere on Monday, March 19th and 9 p.m. on FOX. If you missed the first episode, be sure to visit FOX’s official site for the show to get caught up!

Last week I posted a list of some of my favorite celebrity makeup looks. This week I’m posting some of my favorite celebrity hairstyles. From curly to straight, from braid to updos, here is my list of favorite looks! Let’s all try out some of these styles together!

Jennifer Aniston

When you think of Jen Aniston, we all immediately think of one thing: hair. Whether it was “The Rachel” back in the 90s or the pin straight golden blonde locks now, we always know she will have the best color, cut and style in Hollywood. Her stylist is nothing short of a master! Her hair is normally straight with a bounce of wave, and to get this look I suggest drying your hair straight with a large round brush to add the body!
Mila Kunis

Mila’s long, curly locks she rocked at the 2011 SAG Awards were absolutely beautiful! This is one my favorite looks, and one I try to accomplish on a daily basis. Her chocolate brown hair and light hues of blonde highlights make this look perfect! Using a one to one and a half inch curling iron, wrap strands of hair around the barrel and turn it upside down. Hold for about 15 seconds and release. Do this in layers and sections, spraying hairspray to keep the curls intact. We all can only hope to nail this look as well as she does!
Kristen Stewart

The “bed head” messy hair look is one of my absolute favorites. It’s cool and young and perfect for on-the-go! It helps to have somewhat of wavy to curly hair, but to get this look you basically do the same as Mila’s, only not making the curls so tight. Make sure to run your fingers through your hair after curling to help with the messy, loose look. Also, teasing the roots helps to perfect this!
Reese Witherspoon

Talk about a perfect pony-tail! Every time I see her, I think she looks like a perfect Barbie doll with her platinum blonde hair and girl-next-door smile. When she showed up to the 2011 Academy Awards, I melted over her high pony-tail. She pulled it off like only Reese could. I’m assuming she had an extra hair piece on top to add the thickness to her hair. This look is absolutely gorgeous and was styled perfectly on her!
Kate Hudson

I love Kate’s braid in the front of her hairline. This style simple and fast but can be a tricky one to accomplish. It helps to have an extra hand to help with this until your fingers get acquainted with the placements. You start at one side of the head and French braid the strand (size depending on your desired length and width) until you hit right behind the ear. After, secure your braid with a couple bobby pins and you have a fun look, perfect for a summer day! She made it complete by adding loose waves to the rest of her hair!
Selena Gomez

Selena’s classic curls are stunning on everyone of every age. The big barrel curls are tightly in place and her hair is pinned to one side to add a dramatic effect. I love the side look and makes her look so elegant!
Jessica Simpson

This curly updo is my favorite for a black tie affair. First you curl all your hair like you normally would, in sections and layers. You then twist your hair into a loose bun in the back (the style of bun is dependent upon each individual) and gently pulling pieces out all around the head and going over with the iron to enforce tight curls. In Jessica’s look she took her side bangs and straightened them, but depending on your hair texture, you can also curl those in front. Perfect!

In this day and age, companies have to compete against each other to get the customer. More so, companies are competing for loyalty, ensuring that their customers are happy and satisfied so they’ll return  (and keep spending money). On the other side, as consumers, we’re constantly looking for ways to be rewarded for our loyalty to specific brands/stores.. by saving money or getting cool perks for spending with companies. Here are my favorite Reward Programs (all free), that you should sign up for if you haven’t yet!

Starbucks Rewards program offers great incentives to its loyal customers. Upon registering [your gift card], you’ll receive a free drink coupon in the mail for your birthday. Each time you use the card, which you can reload at any time, you receive a star. Once you reach 5 stars (equivalent to 5 transactions), you’re at the Green Level. Rewards here include: a free drink coupon for your birthday, 2 hours of free-wifi, free refills on brewed coffee, free flavored syrup, free soymilk, a free tall beverage with every pound of coffee purchased, and free trial offers.

After 30 stars/transactions, you reach the Gold Level. This is the highest level of Starbucks’ loyalty program, which gives customers the following benefits: everything included in the Green Level, PLUS a free drink coupon every 15 stars, tailored offers and coupons, and the big bonus– a personalized Gold Card and welcome packet. If you’re an iPhone or Android owner, make sure to download the Starbucks app, which allows you to track your star status, pay with your card’s generated barcode, locate the closest Starbucks and more.

Word to the wise- make sure you register each gift card under your account for Starbucks Rewards and add funds to the card to continue paying. Starbucks tracks your stars by each transaction with the cards registered to you.

Starbucks Gold Card & Welcome Packet

Upromise is a great rewards program to take part in if you’re looking to save some money up for college– whether it be for yourself, a friend, or family member, you can earn 1-25% back on purchases made through the Upromise program. Set up an account and add your debit/credit card numbers (yes, it’s safe). Once your account is set up, make your online purchases at participating retailers through the Upromise site and start saving! Track your savings (and money back) through the site. Once you’re ready to take action with the money earned, decide whether you want to invest the money in a tax-deferred 529 plan, want to pay off some of your existing student loans, or request a check for college or other expenses.

If you’re a current college student, Amazon Prime is an essential membership to have. Simply register using your college e-mail account (.edu), and you’re signed up for a year of FREE two-day shipping on most Amazon products– including same-day release delivery, and unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime instant videos.

Best Buy’s Reward Zone program is great for entertainment-related shoppers. Benefits of their program include: Receiving 1 point for every $1 spent, a $5 reward certificate to spend at Best Buy for every 250 points earned, and exclusive access to special Best Buy events. If you’re a high-spender, and make $2500 in purchases at Best Buy, your rewards account gets upgraded to Premier Silver Status. At this level, you not only receive the benefits of the basic Reward Zone membership, but you also receive: complimentary Geek Squad Home Theater consultation, access to a special helpline, personal shopper service, 25% increase in points (1.25 points for every $1 spent), free standard shipping, exclusive offers/discounts, and a 45-day extended return policy.