August 31, 2009

Pick o' the Day: Grecian Gown for Soon-to-be Fall

I can't stop dreaming of fall and colorful leaves, sweaters, stockings, scarves and boots. I'm going into denial from being so far away from cold weather for so long. I can't wait to start layering my clothes everyday and dragging down my winter clothes from the attic. In the meantime, I am making list after list of fall items I am missing from my wardrobe that I deem I "must" get.

Today's pick o' the day is an inspirational find for my thoughts of fall and the rest of the year. So amazingly feminine!


SugarSkullVintage: Beautiful Deep Coffee Grecian Maxi Gown ($58)

Social Media Revolution: My Ups and Downs

This afternoon I received this email from my hubby, which of course enticed me to speak my mind (see very bottom of post):


Welcome to the Social Media Revolution

Click Here To Blow Your Mind

  1. By 2010 Gen Y will outnumber Baby Boomers….96% of them have joined a social network…what will that mean to your target demographic?
  2. Years to Reach 50 millions Users: Radio (38 Years), TV (13 Years), Internet (4 Years), iPod (3 Years)…Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months…iPhone applications hit 1 billion in 9 months.
  3. Generation Y and Z consider e-mail passé…In 2009 Boston College stopped distributing e-mail addresses to incoming freshmen
  4. 25% of search results for the World’s Top 20 largest brands are links to user-generated content
  5. 34% of bloggers post opinions about products & brands
  6. People care more about how their social graph ranks products and services than how Google ranks them - 78% of consumers trust peer recommendations
  7. 24 of the 25 largest newspapers are experiencing record declines in circulation because we no longer search for the news, the news finds us.
  8. In the near future we will no longer search for products and services they will find us via social media
  9. More than 1.5 million pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared on Facebook…daily.
  10. Successful companies in social media act more like Dale Carnegie and less like David Ogilvy Listening first, selling second

The above statistics and “Social Media Revolution” video tell the story, social media isn’t a fad - it’s a fundamental shift in the way we communicate. Please feel free to share with any non-believers!


Yes. This blows my mind, but it also makes a complete circle in my mind. Technology has been a huge advancement in being able to market and advertise products/services. Upside: Companies have direct access to their specific demographics (no more wasted $ and time advertising to people who don't fall into your customer demos). Downside: As a consumer my privacy feels invaded knowing that I will get plastered with offers from companies based on products I've purchased or services I've used (I fear the day when I will start receiving those cheesy "old-people" catalogs that include butt-donuts, oversized magnifying glasses and shoes that resemble puffy slippers- just because I got online to see where I can purchase adult diapers cheaper than my local grocery store) :)

August 17, 2009

Illustration Inspiration: Klas Fahlén


Yes, I do love Klas Fahlén. I have seen fabulous blog postings on his work before (here and here and here)...


But while flipping through a copy of Real Simple (online article here), I spotted a few of his illustrations...



And was reminded of how much his work inspires me.







Love it.


See Klas Fahlén's portfolio and MANY more illustrations here.

August 15, 2009

Apologies.

So, you might have noticed that I have been neglecting my duties to post lately and I confess that I have had my mind on other things. I just started a new job last monday so I'm putting in my 9 to 5 training to get comfortable at my work environment. Sadly, I will not be able to post as frequently as I have in the past, but I promise to you that I will keep posting. My apologies.

August 13, 2009

Birthday Binder: what amazing gifting skills you have!

I have seen similar ideas for keeping track of birthdays and other special occasions. The crew at Martha Stewart has turned this idea into a binder to hold birthday cards with reminder sheets for the birth dates so they are sent out on time.


I wonder if I could add idea for birthday presents? I always think of fun gifts to give people when that special day is many months away, but when the date is looming near I can't remember my brilliant gift ideas. Perhaps a binder like this could be a reminder spot for me.

August 5, 2009

Drooling over Industrial: Eames Knoll Ebay Finds

I spotted these spectacular finds during an ebay browse this morning.

I am drooling over this Knoll coffee table.

And I'm dreaming of owning this AWESOME vintage military desk.

The desk actually folds up into a rectangular shape and could be used as a coffee table!

See more photos of the desk here and here.

August 4, 2009

My Daily Day: Keeping the Fruits Happy

Hubby is sick today. We think he got it from a co-worker. I'm trying to keep him eating healthy foods, fruits and veggies. I made oatmeal this morning with apple juice (an Oprah mention) and added some frozen blueberries and toasted almonds.

image: Muffet's photostream

I'm also working at spicing up fruits that can seem mundane and boring. I sliced up a honeydew melon for an afternoon snack and remembered a dressing we used to make for honeydew when I worked at the dude ranch. We made a honey poppyseed dressing so I recreated my own from memory. The poppyseed really dresses up the presentation of the fruit, while the honey keeps the fruit sweet tasting. Give it a try. Tell me if you like it.

August 1, 2009

Crewcuts catalog: Beautiful Friendships

Oh, Jcrew. You are just fabulous!

Isn't this Crewcut catalog cover beautiful?