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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 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.
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.
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 




NYFW 2018 - FLYING SOLO AT PIER 59 2.9.18



FLYING SOLO – NEW YORK FASHION WEEK RUNWAY PRESENTATION


  

The Flying Solo runway show was held on February 9th at Pier 59 Studios. This was the third show at New York Fashion Week showcasing the current Spring 2018 collections of the fashion and accessories designers who make up the community of Flying Solo; an organization that has redefined New York City retail. This season, the brand partnered with noted stylist and Creative Director Farren Jean Andrea to art direct, choreograph, and bring his creative vision to over 270 looks from the 70 designers from over 24 countries that make up Flying Solo. In attendance was noted star-power from around the world including Kehlani, Ricky Garcia and Emery Kelly of the band Forever in Your Mind, and Brazilian influencer, Flavia Gorayeb.

DJ duo, designers, and Flying Solo members Coco and Breezy also collaborated with Farren Jean Andrea to create a dynamic soundtrack for the runway show, setting a vintage party vibe that harkened back to iconic runways of the 80s. Model Alina Baikova opened the show in a full look from designer CHAE New York, with hair, makeup, and nails sponsored by ECRU and Snailz.


Furthering their dynamic list of partnerships, Flying Solo’s NYFW show was supported by ECRU hair and make up, Snailz nails, and HYPNO, providing photo booths both backstage and for the shows’ after party. Guests also enjoyed gift bags provided by Envy Apples, Ren Clean Skincare, and Patchology.  
























Learn more at: www.flyingsolo.nyc
Follow: @flyingsolonyc

It was such a pleasure to cover such an amazing show. :)




RUNWAY IMAGES:
By The World Is A Girl's Runway & Getty

Healthy Living: Meatless Mondays :)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Super Bowl Sunday is known as one of the biggest food days of the year, right up there with Thanksgiving and other major holidays. Across the country, viewers of the big game consumed higher-than-usual amounts of chicken wings, pizza, tortilla chips and dips, and other junk food. But Meatless Monday is here to help you get back on a healthy track if you overindulged last night!
Now that you’ve eaten a year’s worth of wings, skip the meat on Monday. There are so many delicious plant-based choices nowadays that you won’t even feel like you’re giving something up. Meatless Monday is a big believer in expanding your dietary horizons, so here are a few healthy recipes to try that will start your week off in the right direction.

Here are 10 Meatless Monday recipes you should try:


1. Roasted Garlic and Kale Spaghetti Squash with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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2. Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

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3. Vegan Jambalaya

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4. Vegan Shepherds Pie

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5. Pineapple Fried Rice

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6. Vegan Tuscan Rigatoni

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7. One Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole

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8. Creamy Broccoli Apple Salad Recipe

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9. Ricotta and Spinach Calzones

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10. Three Cheese Baked Penne

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What are your favorite Meatless Monday recipes right now? Share them in the comments below!
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