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Holidays : Classic Movie List for the Holidays , Whats is your Favorite ?

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Most of us spend a good deal of time watching television or Netflix (Our Favorite) over the holiday season. If you are looking for your Holiday fix , here is a  great list to use.


Here is our pick for quality viewing time for the visitors in your home this week and next. There are also different movies we watch for different reasons.
1-     It's a Wonderful Life - On the Top of any list. We watch it every year, and it just keeps getting better.
2-      Miracle on  34th Street - The original is a heartwarming story. You cannot help but smile and think of the kinder days in your childhood.
3-      Deck the Halls-  It tells the story of just how competitive we have become with Christmas decorations
4-      The Santa Clause We all know what it’s like to have to agree to something and we feel unworthy.
5-      The Christmas Shoes It will make you pay attention to the people in front and around you. You may be able to make someone’s wish come true
6-      This Christmas It will remind you that being with family is truly the best gift of the year.
7-      The Preacher’s Wife-  It tells the story of healing and love’s enduring heart.
8-      The Nativity. It reminds you  of what Christmas is Truly about
9-      The Polar Express. It may be animated but it tells a story of Hope.
10-    A Christmas Story. Surely we all have seen it but you need to watch it again just for the laugh out loud quality of the child and the frozen flag pole.
11-    Home Alone - The first one, not the sequels! A really good family film for the holidays, except there's no family! Funny gags, hilarious antics and truly feel-good moments as well. (one of our favorites)
12-     A Charlie Brown Christmas  - We know it's a made-for-TV movie, but to ignore it would be stupid. Generations of kids have grown up on it.
13-    Elf  - Will Ferrell drives this great-for-the-entire-family Christmas comedy. Of course, the uncredited appearance of Peter Billingsley is a special holiday treat.
14 -   Bad Santa  - Come on, admit it! You know it made you laugh. 
15- Babes in Toyland - A 1934 classic 
16- Last Holiday - One of my favorite movies that I can watch all year round :)
 17 - Best Man Holiday, just love that movie 
Just ADDED 
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey - Amazing musical that the whole family can enjoy.
Also, check out Netflix and the hallmark channel, they have never let us down :) 

What is your favorite holiday movie?


Happy Viewing!

Hey Entrepreneurs: 11 Affirmations Successful People Repeat Every Single Day

Tuesday, December 10, 2019


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Accomplishments are based on actions, not on thoughts--yet the thought is always father to the deed. Achievement starts with an idea, a perspective, a point of view, or even just an attitude. (Ideas, perspectives, and points of view like these, for starters.)
Here are some of the things extraordinarily successful people say every day--and how those statements spur them to take actions that lead to even greater success:
1. "I can't do everything today, but I can take one small step."
You have plans. You have goals. You have ideas. Who cares? You have nothing until you actually do something.

Every day, we let hesitation and uncertainty stop us from acting on our ideas. Pick one plan, one goal, or one idea. And get started. Take one small step. 
The first step is by far the hardest. Successive steps are always easier.
2. "I will do what no one else is willing to do."
Often the easiest way to be different is to do the things other people refuse to do.
So pick one thing other people won't do. It can be simple. It can be small. It doesn't matter. Whatever it is, do it. You'll instantly be a little different from the rest of the pack.
Then keep going. Every day, think of one thing to do that no one else is willing to do.
After a week, you'll be uncommon. After a month, you'll be special. After a year, you'll be incredible, and you definitely won't be like anyone else. (And, in the process, you will develop remarkable determination and willpower.)
3. "I will face a fear."
The most paralyzing fear is fear of the unknown (at least, it is for me).
Yet nothing ever turns out to be as hard or as scary as we think. Plus, it's incredibly exciting to overcome a fear. You get that "I can't believe I just did that!" rush, a thrill you may not have experienced for a long time.
Every day, do one thing a little scary, whether physically or emotionally. Trust that you will figure out how to overcome any problems that arise.
Because you will.
4. "I will appreciate someone unappreciated."
Some jobs require more effort than skill. Delivering packages, bagging groceries, checking out customers -- the tasks themselves are relatively easy. The difference is in the effort.
So do more than say a reflexive "thanks" to someone who does a thankless job. Smile. Make eye contact. Exchange a kind word.
All around you are people who work hard with little or no recognition. Vow to be the person who recognizes at least one of them every day.
Not only will you give respect, but you'll also earn the best kind of respect -- the respect that comes from making a difference, however fleeting, in another person's life.
5. "I will listen 10 times more than I speak."
I used to talk a lot. I thought I was insightful and clever and witty and, well, I thought I was a real hoot. Occasionally, very occasionally, I might even have been one of those things.
Most of the time I was not.
Genuinely confident people don't feel the need to talk. While I hate when it happens, I still sometimes realize I'm not talking because the other person is interested in what I have to say but because I'm interested in what I have to say. (Ick.)
Never speak just to please yourself. When you do, you please no one.
6. "I will not care what other people think."
Most of the time, we should worry about what other people think--but not if it stands in the way of living the lives we really want to live.
If you really want to start a business -- which you can do in just a few hours, mind you -- but you're worried that people might say you're crazy, do it anyway. Pick one thing you haven't tried because you're concerned about what other people would think or say and just go do it.
It's your life. Live it your way.
7. "I will answer the question that wasn't asked."
Sometimes people are hesitant. Sometimes they're insecure. Sometimes they're shy. Whatever the reason, sometimes people will ask a different question than the one they really want you to answer.
One employee might ask whether you think he should take a few college courses. What he really wants to know is whether you see him as able to grow in your organization; he hopes you'll say you do and he hopes you'll share the reasons why.
Your husband might ask if you thought the woman at the party was flirting with him. What he really wants to know is if you still think he's flirt-worthy and attractive; he hopes you'll say you do, and he'll love when you share the reasons why.
Behind many questions is an unasked question.
Pay attention so you can answer that question too -- because that is the answer the other person doesn't just want but needs.
8. "I will be OK with less than perfect."
Yes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Yes, perfection is the only acceptable outcome. Unfortunately, no product or service is ever perfect, and no project or initiative is perfectly planned. In fact, the quest for perfection can often be your worst enemy.
Work hard, do great work, do your best, and let it go. Your customers and colleagues will tell you what needs to be improved, and that means you'll get to make improvements that actually matter to people.
You can't accomplish anything until you let go. Do your best, let go, and then trust that you'll work hard to overcome any shortcomings.
9. "I will try to do better."
We've all screwed up. We all have things we could have done better. Words. Actions. Omissions. Failing to step up, step in, or be supportive.
Successful people don't expect to be perfect, but they do think they can always be better.
So think back on yesterday. Think about what went well. Then think about what didn't go as well as it could have and take ownership. Take responsibility.
And promise yourself that today you will do a lot better.
10. "The one thing I can always do is outwork them."
Like Jimmy Spithill, skipper of America's Cup-winning Oracle Team USA, said, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."
You may not be as experienced, as well funded, as well connected, as talented, but you can always out think, out hustle, and outwork everyone else. The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland--everyone talks about the extra mile, but few people go there.
Even when everything else seems stacked against you, effort and persistence can still be your competitive advantages--and they may be the only advantages you truly need.
11. "I will stop and smell my roses."
You have big plans and big goals. And you're never satisfied because satisfaction breeds complacency.
Unfortunately, most of the time that means you're unhappy because you think more about what you have not achieved, have not done, and do not have. (Of course, the key is to instead do things that make you happy more often.)
Take a moment and think about what you do have, both professionally and especially personally.
At this moment, you have more than you once could ever dream possible.
Sure, always strive for more, but always take a moment to realize that all the things you have, especially your relationships, are more important than anything you hope to have.
Unlike a want, what you have isn't a hope, a wish, or a dream. What you already have is real.
And it's awesome. And it's yours.
Appreciate it.

Holidays : A list of Dope Activities For the Holidays !

Thursday, December 5, 2019


We Just  love the holidays.
They are a special reminder of the two greatest joys in life: our relationship with God and our relationships with others.
When it comes to making the most of the holidays, it’s important to take the time to connect with the people God has placed in our lives. Sometimes that means getting together and building our relationships with one another.  Other times, it means reaching out with the love of God to the world around us.
As you take the time to love and be loved this holiday season, here are a list of my favorite holiday activities that will add cheer, joy, and charity to your life and the lives of those around you!  So choose a date, send an invite, and make something happen!
1.  Have an Ugly Sweater Christmas  Zoom Party 
2.  Host a Cookie Exchange
3.  Get a group of friends together for Caroling.  Make it special by visiting those in need at a senior home, a children’s hospital, or a local shelter. Dont forget your mask ! 
4.  A good ol’ snowball fight.  You’re never too old for this!
5.  Have a holiday photo booth! With fun props, signs, and outfits.
6.  Baking and decorating Christmas cookies!
7.  Wrapping up gifts to deliver to those in need.
8.  Getting together to fill Operation Christmas Child boxes to send to children in third world countries.
9.  A Christmas movie night marathon (It’s a Wonderful Life better make that list!)
10.  A contest for decorating the best Gingerbread man/house.
11.  Hosting a White Elephant Gift Exchange
12.  Christmas candy/Chocolate fondue night!
13.  Baking cookies to deliver to the Homeless Shelter
14.  Volunteering at a Soup Kitchen to serve a meal
15.  A Christmas Music Worship Night
16.  Check out the Big Tree at Rockefeller Center
17.  Hosting a clothing or Coat  drive
18.  A holiday-themed dinner party
19.  Having Friends and family  over for hot chocolate and cookies!
20.  A DIY Christmas Ornament Making Party
21.  A Holiday-themed Scavenger Hunt around Town
22.  Volunteering with the Salvation Army or Toys for Tots
23.  Getting involved with Angel Tree Ministries buying gifts for children of prisoners.
24.  Driving Around and Looking at Lights
25.  A Chat by the Fireplace with good friends and yummy hot drinks.
26. Have fun at Christmas Photo pop up and take some dope flicks!
No matter how you choose to celebrate this Christmas season, be sure you take the time to love and be loved. 
What are some of your favorite holiday activities?



Hey Entrepreneurs: 6 Steps to Get Your Business Ready for the Holiday Sales Season

Thursday, November 21, 2019


Image result for holiday shoppingIt might seem as if summer is scarcely over. But if you own a retail or e-commerce business, you know that now is the time to start preparing for the fall and winter holiday shopping season. According to a survey conducted by CreditCards.com, as of Labor Day weekend, 70% of Americans had already started their holiday shopping. Clearly, now is not a moment too soon to start preparing your business for an influx of holiday shoppers.


Here are six steps to get your business ready for the holiday sales season.


1. Make Sure Your Website Is Ready for Business
Now is the time to make any changes that are needed to bring your website up to par with your competitors. The specifics will differ depending on whether you own an e-commerce website or simply use your website as a marketing tool.
If you run an e-commerce site:
·         Update your security software if needed and display security credentials on all pages of your website.
·         Test your checkout process to make sure it is simple to follow and works properly.
·         Clearly state shipping costs and deadlines (for guaranteed holiday delivery) at the top of your homepage.
·         Make sure your search function works well.
·         Place customer service contact information where it’s easy to find.
·         Finally, do some load testing, which is making sure your site will stay up even if it experiences heavy traffic.
If you use your website as a marketing tool:
·         Make sure your site has all the information people need to find your retail store. That includes hours of operation, store phone number and a map or directions along with your street address.
·         Make sure your website is mobile-friendly. Shoppers frequently use their smartphones during shopping trips to find nearby stores, and if your site doesn’t load quickly on a phone, they won’t visit you. Your website provider should be able to offer options for making your site mobile-friendly on a budget. Consider adding a “click-to-call button” on your website to make it easy for customers to call your store with just one tap on their phones.
·         Update your local search information. Your store should be listed on local search directories, such as Local.com. Many customers will find your store through a Google search, so make sure that your business’ listing is up-to-date. Not only does this ensure accuracy for people that are looking for you, but it also shows your business to customers that perform searches for nearby businesses.
2. Make Sure Your Customer Service Is Stellar
Make any necessary seasonal hires early enough so you have time to train them in your policies and procedures. Run all of your employees through a pre-holiday training to get them ready to roll. Whether you own a brick-and-mortar store or a website, convenience and service are key to making holiday sales. Remember to educate them about any return policies, especially if they are holiday season-specific.
3. Plan Your Décor and Merchandising
For a retail store, plan how you will make your location stand out from competitors with festive decor. Appeal to all the senses with music, lighting, decorations and even delicious smells like pine or cinnamon. For an e-commerce website, plan how the site will be organized. For example, it’s helpful to develop lists of suggested products for different types of recipients, such as Gifts for Mom, Gifts for Grandparents or Gifts for Teachers.
4. Plan Your Promotions
Marketing is key to holiday sales success, so layout a detailed marketing plan for the period from now through January 1. This should include your strategy for deals and discounts, how you will reach out to customers and prospects (e.g. email, direct mail, social media, traditional advertising, etc.), your marketing budget, how you will reward loyal customers and what marketing you will do each day.
In a survey last year, nearly one-fourth of holiday shoppers reported using promotional offers they received by email, making email the most successful holiday promotional tool. Make sure your email marketing lists are current and complete.
5. Polish Your Social Reputation
Many shoppers use social media and online reviews when choosing where they want to shop online or off. Take some time now to review your social media presence, including any online ratings and reviews of your company, and make sure your reputation is in good shape. Develop a plan for monitoring social mentions of your business during the holidays so you can respond quickly to any negative comments or reviews.
6. Get Ready for the Post-Holiday Rush
That’s right: The days between Christmas and New Year’s can be almost as profitable as the holiday shopping season. Create a strategy for handling returns in a streamlined fashion, which should include a strategy for encouraging customers making returns to buy something else from you. If you don’t already do so, consider selling gift cards for your site or store as holiday gifts. This can really ramp up your post-holiday sales.
Following these steps can set your business up for a very happy new year. Once you’ve set up shop, focus your attention on keeping your shelves stocked and your suppliers happy.



Personal Development: 7 Traits of the Most Resilient People

Friday, May 18, 2018


Here is an awesome article by Jim Rohn we had to share . 
Resilience is the ability to return to the original form after being bent, stretched or compressed. It’s the ability to readily recover from illness, depression or adversity. How would you ever handle it if you lost everything you had today? What would your next step be? How long would you be depressed and upset and angry? What would it take for you to pull yourself up and start all over again? How resilient are you? Could you handle it? Could you learn from all of your disappointments and start all over again? What would it take?

First, it would take a lot of self-discipline. It would take a lot of positive self-talk to muster up the energy to begin again. It would take a lot of concentration to block out the noise and the clutter of all the negative voices trying to get through, as well as the negative voices of others around you. It would take a lot of discipline to balance the fear and anxiety with the knowing that, if you did it once, you can do it all over again.
Whether your losses had anything to do with you or not, your future success has everything to do with you. It would take a lot of self-reliance to avoid blame. What’s happened has happened. You would need to get on with your life and begin again. If you lost everything tomorrow and were gathering the courage to try again, it would take a lot of self-appreciation. You need to know in your heart and mind that you have the skills, the talent and the strength to do it one more time.
Cultivating a resilient character turns failure into success. A resilient person won’t give up. A resilient person will, in spite of all obstacles and setbacks, keep doing it until.
In The Resilient Self, authors Steven and Sybil Wolin list seven key characteristics that compose resilience:

1. Resilience requires insight.

You need to develop the ability to ask yourself tough questions and answer honestly. If you had something to do with your loss, be honest and responsible for it.

2. Resilience is independent.

As a resilient person, you can count on yourself to bounce back into life.

3. Although resilience is independent, it’s also tied to others.

The more people you are responsible for, the greater your motivation to begin again—the stronger the reason, the stronger the action.

4. Resilience calls for initiative. 

You need to develop the ability to take charge of the situation, to take charge of the problem. You need to stand up and do whatever is necessary to get back on course.

5.  Resilience has an element of creativity. 

With resilience, you are able to look at a situation and creatively determine the best way out. You are enterprising in your approach toward starting over.

6.  A resilient person has humor. 

You may cry until you start laughing, but a sense of humor is so important when turning your life around. You’ve got to take your goals seriously, and you’ve got to take yourself seriously. But at times, you’ve also got to be able to laugh at yourself and your situation.

7.  A resilient person has a strong sense of morality. 

Whatever you do to get back on your feet, make sure it’s moral. Make sure that your upcoming success is at the service, and not at the expense of, others. Success, if it is yours to keep, must be at the service of others.
The more obstacles you face and overcome, the more times you falter and get back on track, the more difficulties you struggle with and conquer, the more resiliency you will naturally develop. If you are resilient, there is nothing that can hold you back.


NYFW 2018 - JXY n' Cuso Runway Show 2.10.18

Friday, February 16, 2018

JXY N' CUSO - NEW YORK FASHION WEEK RUNWAY PRESENTATION




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The JYY N CUSO runway show was held on February 10th at Pier 59 Studios.
Emerging designer duo Jaxon Yang and Creative Director Nina Cuso presented their inaugural entry into the New York Fashion Week calendar with a runway show for their eponymous label, JXY n' Cuso.
 
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Fashion influencers, socialites, and street-style scenesters including luxury shoe designer Kendall Reynolds, Briana Shaneè Wilson, Vienna Skye, and actresses Malgosia Garnys and Demetria McKinney flocked to Pier 59 Studios for an exciting avant-garde and alternative showing that included high Jolie slit gowns, cape blazers, commanding leather and accented dresses, and the label's signature embellished Kangaroo tops and rope dresses, accessorized with handmade Italian shoes from luxury brand Angela Mitchell and jewelry from Currency NY.
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Inspiration
Inspired by nightmares and a dimension that is unidentified. The unknown itself is a quality most of us fail to find beauty in. Every look is a different god in their very own universe. When an individual walks into a room, their Aura is beyond comprehension. They instantly capture and hold the atmosphere. Their presence is so powerful that without speaking, they dominate every aspect of that room.
The colors used within this collection are carefully selected that are well known vessels and representatives of power, Crimson red for blood, Navy Blue for the Ocean, Porcelain White for light, and Pitch black for darkness.
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Photos - Dan Lecca 




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