While I work from home, I am unlike the stereotypical freelancer in that I do actually get dressed every day. Well, most days. I try to give myself a break on Sundays by insisting on staying in comfortable pajamas all day long. This morning I discovered http://www.oipolloi.com/, and I absolutely love what they have to offer. They remind me a lot of Urban Outfitters, which is a US-based store that has a lot of fashionable, “hipster” style clothing. I may be 29 (as of today – Happy Birthday to me!), but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to be stylish! I love fun apparel choices and bright colors, and Oi Polloi has plenty of that. Here are my favs:
Line Yellow Cardigan: perfect for spring or even a chilly summer evening, this bright yellow cardigan is sure to catch eyes. Check out how bright it is! It features six buttons and shallow ribbed cuffs and hem, so it’ll be a perfect fit with jeans, shorts, or a skirt.
North South Olive Tote: the perfect to-go companion as a large purse (a must-have for most moms, myself included) or a camera bag, or even a laptop bag, the North South Tote is showerproof, features a padded 15″ laptop compartment, and has many zip compartments on the inside and outside of the bag.
Father’s Day is just a week away, but for many, there is still shopping to be done. I don’t wait until the last minute to purchase Father’s Day gifts because I’m a procrastinator. The issue is more that I don’t always know what to get for the fathers in my life. Whether you’re selecting a Father’s Day gift for your husband, your own father, your uncle, a grandfather, or another father figure who means a lot to you, try not to stress overly much. There are a lot of great gifts out there, and fortunately there are a few “one size fits all” gifts as well – universal gifts that will be a great choice for any dad.
This year, I have my eye on nixon watches uk – www.arkiveclothing.co.uk. Nixon is a reputable brand of watches, long known for its high quality, durability, and attention to detail. In the UK, you’ll be able to find the best selection of Nixon watches. But if you’re not in the UK, you’ll simply need to shop online, rather than in department stores, to find your preferred watch.
Here are some great choices:
Nixon Quad Watch: unibody construction, color-popped crown, webbed band
Nixon Chronicle Watch: stainless steel design, full-grain leather band
With so many different styles to choose from, it’s guaranteed that there will be a Nixon watch for every man. Happy shopping!
Signet rings are a long-standing tradition that, while not seen as often these days, is nevertheless a tradition that is still strong for many. Traditionally, a signet ring is used to signify a personal identity or cause — such as a family name, a family’s coat of arms, a military troop; or as seen more often these days, a team name or logo, or a school logo. Signet rings are traditionally worn on the left pinkie finger, thus the smaller band size.
When selecting Rebus Signet Rings, you’ll find that there are many options available. The oval is the most common shape for signet rings, but you may find other shapes, too. In terms of the type of metal used, gold and variations of gold (white gold, rose gold) are most common, and also the most durable.
After you have chosen your desired metal for your signet ring, and its shape, consider the number of karats. 14K is a great look, but 18K will provide plenty of shine and glam for a very long time.
Lastly, you’ll need to make sure that your signet ring is customized to your specifications. Add text for engraving, or an image, but not both. Many jewelers both online and offline allow you to submit an image that will then be engraved onto the signet ring — this is an excellent choice for logos and intricate designs.
Once you have your signet ring, be sure to wear it with pride!
If you’re looking to naturally (that is, without resorting to purchasing) increase the number of fans your Facebook page has, here are three great — and easy to implement — ideas:
- Post exclusive Facebook-only offers. Make it clear on your website, and even on your Facebook page, that fans will be exposed to offers that won’t be posted elsewhere, so that the opportunity to like you on Facebook, and perhaps even subscribe to your updates, is more likely to be acted upon.
- Hold contests and giveaways. Once again, keeping a special giveaway just on Facebook — but making sure to mention it on your website — is an excellent way to increase your following.
- Engage your fans. Don’t let fans just be the number that’s shown on your Facebook fan page. Post regular updates, and try to be interesting by posting witty one-liners, or cute anecdotes. Or, when in doubt, pictures of kittens and puppies, as those never fail to entertain.
I’m up to my eyeballs in both social media optimization and search engine optimization, and one question that I frequently come across is, “How does social media affect search engine optimization?” The truth is, while social media’s influence has been noted and remarked upon for some time, it’s only in more recent times (the last year or so) that its effect on SEO is really being observed, tracked, and calculated.
But here are some things that we definitely know about the correlation between SEO and SMO:
- If you’re logged into a Google account, Google will display personalized results for – meaning results that come not just from what you’re searching for, but from what you and your friends and other contacts are posting (pages, Google+ posts, pictures, etc.).
- Viral trends — Gangnam Style, for example — definitely show up in the SERPs.Viral shares do eventually make their way into search engine results.
- Local searches can now be influenced by Foursquare, Yelp, and even Facebook check-ins.
ABC Telecom specializes in the setup and configuration of business phone systems and related products in the South Florida area. If you run a business, in addition to having basic phone service as well as internet service, you’ll also need to have a phone system for your business, for both internal and external phone needs. ABC Telecom is the perfect company to help you meet these needs, as they’ve been in business for over 30 years and have installed thousands of systems for both regional and national customers.
With Fort Lauderdale NEC Phone Systems installed by ABC Telecom, you’ll get professional installation and support services, warranties on all products, and plenty of features, including peer-to-peer IP telephone connectivity, advanced networking and digital switch options, and plenty of advanced applications as well as phone basics such as 2-port auto attendants and caller ID.
For more information, check out ABC Telecom at abctelecom.com.
I recently helped a friend photograph a wedding (not her wedding; it was her friend’s wedding), and one thing I was struck by was the absolute perfect coordination. From colors to patterns to styles to accents, every last detail had been professionally tweaked to match every other detail. Since I had a JOP (Justice Of the Peace) wedding (which I don’t regret, FYI – big weddings are honestly not my thing), my experience with weddings stops at “how to apply for a marriage certificate”.
Since the wedding was a spring wedding, flowers were a huge part of it. bridal bouquets, bouquets for the bridesmaids, petals, and collections of what were most likely wholesale flowers could be found everywhere – and they all seemed to be a perfect match.
So out of curiosity, I looked into styles for weddings, and specifically how to choose flowers for weddings, and here’s what I found:
Consider not just your wedding ceremony setting, but your reception setting. Gardens, for example, won’t need a lot of additional flowers; whereas a loft-style barn will need lots of floral additions.
Use your wedding color concept. Make sure you have all attire options figured out before selecting flowers. Use just 3-4 colors from your wedding palette in order to establish a clean, consistent look.
Create a vision. Browse wedding magazines, and even use wedding photos from friends and family to help you figure out the types of flowers and arrangements you’d like to see at your own wedding.
Don’t hesitate to leave your comfort zone in terms of the type of flowers you use. Some types of flowers bloom differently than others, which can result in a more appealing design and color representation.
Hire a local florist and ask about wholesale flowers. Wholesale pricing is a great money-saving opportunity if you need a lot of flowers.
Interesting, no? For views of some truly pretty flowers, click here.
If one thing is for certain, when it comes to being online for both work and fun, there’s always something new to be learned. While it’s a little after 11 o’clock at night, I discovered something new today: co2 (dry ice) blasting. First and foremost, dry ice is carbon dioxide in its solid form, and its primarily used as a cooling agent. I have personally encountered dry ice when a company shipped refrigerated food to me – it was packed in dry ice to prevent it from spoiling. Dry ice is also used in certain special effects presentations, and did you know that it’s found on Mars?
With that brief educational spiel out of the way, let’s move on to the dry ice blaster, and what it does. Dry ice blasting is a special procedure in which a blast or jet stream of dry ice is used in place of sand, plastic beads, or soda blasting. Surfaces can be cleaned and prepared with the use of dry ice blasting.
Why might a company choose to use dry ice blasting? Well, first and foremost, dry ice will not be abrasive or otherwise damaging on surfaces, so it can be used on more delicate surfaces. Mini-explosions are created on the surfaces blasted with dry ice, which remove debris and other items, without grinding against the surface itself. Also, dry ice blasting is a non-conducive and non-flammable method of cleaning and debriding, so it can potentially be used around otherwise explosive and flammable materials. And since dry ice is simply carbon dioxide in its solid food, it may safely be used in the food industry.
If dry ice blasting is needed in your industry, check out IceTechWorld.com. They carry a wide selection of dry ice blasting machines as well as accessories. Choose from many different sizes and styles. You can read more on their website.
So I read an interesting article today, When Promoted Hashtags Are Campaign Killers. The article talks about how a company’s choice to use and promote the use of a custom hashtag to associate with can be a bad idea. McDonald’s has apparently done this twice, first with the hashtag #McDStories, and then with the hashtag #UnwrapWhatsFresh. I never thought of any downsides to hashtags, other than perhaps choosing a hashtag that might not readily reveal who you are — such as something random like “#SparkleBecauseYouCan” when your company doesn’t sell anything remotely glittery or related to glitter.
I think custom hashtags work best when the company name is in the hashtag somewhere. If I came up with and wanted to promote a hashtag for Blogging Girl, I’d definitely have “BloggingGirl” in there somewhere!
I can’t tell you how many people there are that look for super-easy ways to get up and running with a website. Generally there are three separate components involved with establishing yourself online:
- First, choose a domain name, then register it with a registrar such as GoDaddy, eNom, or Name Cheap
- Second, find a host that you’d like to host the contents of your domain name with, and set up hosting
- Third, build your website
For me personally choosing a domain name is the hardest aspect of this process, but for many finding a host and then getting a personalized and professional layout put together for the website is the hardest part of all. If you’re not familiar with HTML, CSS, PHP, and other coding and programming languages, or you simply don’t have the time required to work on making a layout, and/or you don’t want to deal with the above outlined steps separately, check out Web.com and their ecommerce website builder.
Web.com’s ecommerce website builder is a great tool because it enables anyone to get their site off the ground and up and running in no time flat. First, choose your free domain name. Then, customize the various aspects of your site — including title, keywords, and other search engine optimization customizations. Finally, choose a great looking professional layout for your site, tweak it as little or as much as you want, and publish – you’re all set!
For more information, visit http://www.web.com/websitedesign/diywebdesign.aspx.