Monday, September 22, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
|Maxi Off The Shoulder Dress|
Fringe- It’s easy to take the fringe trend overboard. Keep it understated and carry a fringe purse!
Ruffles – Be a little feminine and wear some ruffles.
Gingham – My favorite Spring/Summer 2015 trend. Easy to wear and versatile.
Off-the-shoulder – I’m thankful for this trend! I love my shoulders and can’t wait to show them off.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I applaud the person and team who came up with this marketing campaign for ALS. And with that said, let me ask the question "Who knows what ALS is?" I looked it up and informed myself about the disorder and laughed a little because it seemed ironic that people are putting their brain and nerves through this shock for this particular cause.
Then I think about, "Where did this campaign originate?" I can barely drive traffic to my newest client's website but this #ALSICEBUCKETCHALLENGE has raised about $50 million. That's $50,000,000. Nice! I hope that it makes a great difference and has a positive effect on all those affected by ALS.
In result, I found this article that did some research on where the Ice Bucket Challenge (link in above paragraph) came from and how it may have become so contagious. It spread like wildfire. I'm sure the celebrity participation contributed a great deal. It's only a matter of time you are nominated as well.
I was nominated over the weekend. I will not be drenching myself with a bucket full of ice water anytime soon. Why? It's not because I want to be a party pooper. It's not that I don't believe these ALS organizations don't deserve money. What I do believe is my money is mine and I donate both my time and money often. Why do I HAVE to contribute to this particular cause just because everyone else is? I've volunteered many times and donated to American Heart Association, Relay for Life with American Cancer Society (was on the committee twice), and of course pet related charities (ASPCA, Humane Society, PetSmart Charities). Every now and then I have donated to the March of Dimes and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer walk. This doesn't mean I can't give to other organizations or have finished giving my share. What I believe is that people shouldn't try to make me feel guilty for joining in on the fun. It's truly my lost, I'm sure. Instead this blog post, in my opinion, is my contribution. :)
Thank You to all the people who have donated money or participated in the ALS awareness! I think there were great strides made in these last few weeks and it's very inspiring. It's always great to see our community come together.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
There have been two companies that haven't paid me for services I provided. And its not that I need the money so bad. It's principal.
10:22 Group was the worst out of anyone who has screwed me in my entrepreneurial career. The owner was all about telling me and showing me how connected he was. He knew all and could be all. At one point, I wasn't sure if he was courting me. All I was interested in was the project I was helping him on. Not the lunch at the Princeton Club or template website (hate those). I just wanted to finish his project and then move onto social media management for his company.
What ended up happening was no surprise. He didn't respond to emails, never knew what was going on but decided to have his web developer call me looking for website writing. Yes, tried releasing his dog on me and I kindly said that the owner needed to call me himself. Over time, there was no communication but I did my part. I called about the outstanding balance which was under hundred bucks. And in the end, life lessons were learned. I don't do anything for anyone without a deposit.
AlleyNYC, I was an Event Producer for. I organized and stressed to make the event happen. It went rather well and the attendees found it informative. Unfortunately afterward I was slightly dropped from communication. I kept trying to contact the Director and he may have said they were really busy once or twice, then nothing. Here and there I still try emailing him to see if I will at least get a reason to why it's almost been a year and no payment from them has come through. And once again its a payment under a hundred dollars.
Even though I didn't have a formal agreement with the boutique graphic design haus I interned with about payment, they verbally agreed that I would be full-time in their company in 2012. I never saw a dime from them the whole time, even though after 6mos I was supposed to receive a stipends. Never saw anything. And I busted my butt for that company. On top of that, they ignore me when I message them on Facebook or LinkedIn. Like I did something to them! I'm very bitter about this. Especially when recently I cane across a post on their Facebook saying "we take care of our interns." What a joke.
I say all this to say, make sure you get paid for your hard work. The Freelancers Union has great tools to help you make contractor agreements and more. There's always Small Claims Court if you want to. Low cost or subsidized attorneys that are passionate about these sort of issues. You deserve to get paid for your labor and don't let anyone else make you feel otherwise.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Chris Rock had a whole documentary about what "Good Hair" is. It's hilarious and a must see documentary, especially if you don't know much about the topic. It makes you think about how you care for your hair. About every strand that sheds and falls out. Every time it gets lighter or darker. Dries out or is too oily.
Many women have started this journey of going all natural. Correction, many black, African American, Afro-American... women with coarse textured hair, have started journeys of the all natural look. I am not a contributor to this "movement". I do in fact understand why it is happening. These women realized that they hated or unappreciated the beauty of their hair and in result changed it with straighteners, weaves, extensions, relaxers and so on. So to stop conforming, they went all natural. They chopped, nurtured and styled. Now they are their true selves, but I wonder who were they before?
I love my hair, but I don't like all the work I have to put into it. Although I shed like crazy and hair is constantly everywhere, I still love my locks. If I have a daughter, I will probably have her decide at a teen age what she will like to do with her hair. Every woman should be entitled to feel like they can do what they please with their own hair. Do you agree?
Monday, July 28, 2014
This J.Crew tee paired perfectly with this cotton skirt. This is an outfit that I just threw together one morning when I was running very late. I love the way it turned out! The finishing touch was a red lip. Red lipstick instantly adds chicness to any outfit.
Top: J. Crew
Skirt: Forever 21, Similar Here
Sandals: HauteLook, Similar Here
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Lipstick: On Fire Red by Maybelline
Photos by Jessi