If you love fashion as much as I do, the hunt for the latest trends and celebrity style is 24/7.
This week, Ann Taylor announced their newest collection, created in collaboration with celebrity Kate Hudson. This collection collaboration, called the “Capsule Collection” is the first ever for Ann Taylor and Kate.
What can you expect? Kate Hudson’s style turned into to a chic everyday wearable collection. The line will feature white summer pieces as well as rose gold accessories inspired by her red-carpet style.
The collection hits the market in-store and online May 22, 2013. It is definitely something you do not want to miss, I know I will be checking it out!
A frequent pinner on Pinterest, I love anything I can find that focuses on a mason jar. And now that I’m about to close on my first home (eek!), I’m constantly on the lookout for DIY projects to keep costs down. I found this great tutorial on how to make a mason jar pendant light and think it could be a great chandelier for above our kitchen table.
Although the website is in Dutch, the photos are easy to follow. (But you can hit up Google Translate if you need some extra help!)
This week, Arizona business owners Samy and Amy Bouzaglo “lose their cool” on Facebook (to put it mildly), in response to being rejected by Gordon Ramsay‘s show, Kitchen Nightmares. A massive flame war ensues. It’s Anthony Bourdain meets Martha Stewart meets Westboro Baptist Church. You want to look away, but you just can’t.
It begins with:
And it doesn’t stop there:
At this point, it makes one wonder. Is this for real? Is this a brilliant publicity stunt or are they genuinely this nasty? The saga continues:
As it turns out, their Facebook page was supposedly hacked and the posts appear to have been fictitious. Still, this fiasco brings up some important lessons for those who manage an online presence. Whether your atittude towards social media is good, bad, or indifferent, it’s good to practice basic rules of online etiquette.
Here are just a few tips that might have served the situation well:
This is the internet. You can never erase your tracks. Let that guide how you want your audience and customers to perceive you before you hit “Post” or “Send”.
DO NOT TYPE IN ALL CAPS OR USE MULTIPLE PUNCTUATION MARKS!! WHY??? BECAUSE YOU WILL LOOK LIKE A 3RD GRADER TALKING ABOUT LAST NIGHTS JUSTIN BEIBER CONCERT!! ALSO U SHUD SPELLCHECK SO U DONT LUK LIKE AN MOREON?? LOLOLOLOLOL
Do not respond to trolls and spam posts. It’s a waste of time and reduces communications to figurative poop-throwing. Appoint someone to moderate your comment threads and reply to messages in a professional and timely manner.
Just like they say about dinner parties, avoid topics like sex, politics and religion. Just… keep it to yourself. Be personable, but professional. Also, cursing. Best used like salt and pepper. When used sparingly, it can enhance flavor, but too much makes you sound like an idiot.
Finally, this is not exclusively an internet etiquette rule but it’s a good one, nonetheless. This one comes from Thumper’s mom. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. It’s no secret that people generally respond better to positive reinforcement than to negative reinforcement.
It’s fair to point out that the internet community was no role model here. Whether or not this these posts were really published by Samy and Amy, people threatened and pushed into a corner are bound to lash out. People went out of their way to encourage the hysteria when they could have ignored it. The internet is not always a nice place.
So business owners (and anyone else online, really), the next time you encounter aggressive or contrary dialogue on your social media page, remember Samy and Amy Bouzaglo. Stay cool and post wisely!
Don’t you love it when an ad actually does what it says the product will do? Well, Orphea4D Protection, a powerful insecticide product, gets that. The citizens of Milan must have been grateful when the insecticide product’s billboard literally trapped 230,000 flies. I’ll take one of those billboards…everywhere.
“Food porn” has become quite popular on Instagram lately, everyone wanting to show off a new recipe or a picture of their entree at the hottest new restaurant. And while it seems rather harmless, if you’re an identify thief you should probably avoid posting images that give away your recent locations.
According to Mashable, an undercover witness for the IRS obtained a flash drive with 50 identities on January 7th at Morton’s Steakhouse. After finding data that linked to “Troy Maye,” an IRS agent decided to do some internet research and came across an Instagram account for one Troy Maye. At the time, the account was not private and there just happened to be a photo of his steak and macaroni and cheese with a caption that read “Morton’s” dated January 7th.
Because of this picture, the witness was able to identify the suspect and police were able to make an arrest.
This past Friday Troy Maye and Tiwanna Tenise Thomason plead guilty to both aggravated identity theft and possession of unauthorized access devices and could now face up to 12 years in prison and pay significant fines.
American Idol has seen the gamut of judges come and go in all of its 12 seasons on TV. Many viewers loved the original three (Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell) and I must admit, after 8 seasons together it was sad to see the line-up change. Some might say it hasn’t been quite the same since. New famous faces stepped up like Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Currently, the line-up of judges in Season 12 includes Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj & Keith Urban. Recently though, rumors have emerged that the entire judging panel may get the boot, including Randy Jackson, who has been there for all 12 seasons! So what is the reason behind this? Well, Idol’s ratings are down by 22% this season, so producers are looking for some fresh faces to help bring the ratings back up. Names like Harry Connick Jr., Selena Gomez, Pink & P. Diddy have come up. In my opinion, Justin Bieber as a judge would probably send Idol’s ratings through the roof. Just a hunch though! Who does everyone else think would make a good American Idol judge? Guess we will just have to tune into Season 13 to see who they pick!
Kate Spade is celebrating their 20th anniversary along with a “year of things we love”! This month focuses on the “off we go” sweepstakes, a partnership with Starwood Preferred Guest. One lucky winner gets a dream vacation of a lifetime and of course some swag from Kate Spade so you can travel in style! Anything with a vacation and fashion sounds amazing to me!
Check it out and maybe your summer can be filled with travel and adventure!
Stripped screw? Pesky price sticker that won’t scratch off?
Lowe’s shows us how to solve some of these issues with a dozen new Vine videos focused on home improvement. Vine, the mobile app that allows users to create and post short video clips, was introduced earlier this year but has some marketers perplexed with how to make useful content for consumers.
Welcome to the first installment of U30′s Food & Drink section. Please enjoy the smooth linguistic stylings of Stephen, Mary and myself, as we take you through what’s new in the world of delectable culinary yum-yums.
To start – the nation’s largest craft beer, Sam Adams Boston Lager, is now available in cans. Take it hiking! Take it to the beach! Drink it in the shower! (Seriously, drink it in the shower. You’ll thank me later).
Anyway, the Sam Can is just the latest in a big push towards canning craft beers – dispelling the erroneous belief that cans somehow alter the flavor. Check out what Forbes has to say about the movement, here.
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