Month: March 2014

Schlub

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So, I have completely fallen off the wagon in terms of keeping my gym/workout resolution.  And, of course, I’ve been using every excuse in the book to rationalize my not going to the gym lately (AVIVA events, consulting, period/time of the month, etc.).  I just don’t get that “runner’s high” or any other high associated with working out.  If working out felt as good as shopping, eating, and/or sex, hell, I’d do it all the time!  But, unfortunately, it doesn’t for me.  I hate it so much (but know that I have to do it for my health) that I think I’m going to start working out in the morning (versus mid-day or evening).  Get it the hell out of the way first thing.  And, as a matter of fact, I did go for a swim about an hour ago (first time in two months, I think–it’s been a while…  *SIGH*).  So, there–I’ve redeemed myself  :).  And the feeling of having accomplished something this morning makes my breakfast (apple sausages, home fries with onions, and sunny side up eggs) taste all the better.

In other news, I’m organizing another event for April 20–mimosas and trunk show for a jewelry store that recently hired me as a consultant (this is not related to AVIVA but if anyone would like more info on it, feel to drop me a line).  Anyone have any tips on making mimosas?  Being allergic to alcohol, I have no idea.  Although I ‘m sure I can find something on Google and/or a “kit” at one of these food/cooking stores (World Market, Sur la Table, etc.).   That and another (AVIVA) event for the week of Mother’s Day.

Remember the days when we would all get tons of Bed Bath & Beyond coupons?  Now, I have to scramble around trying to find just one.  And, in case you haven’t noticed, each coupon is only for one item–what the hell?

 

Spring Cleaning

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Spring Cleaning for Charity.  Ladies and gents, it doesn’t get any better than this–for every five items you donate from your closet, you receive a $40 Nordstrom gift card plus a tax receipt.  Copy, paste, and forward:  https://www.fashionproject.com/i/d3d4b0b6

For details on this and other updates, please feel free to follow me on my Facebook page!

Fight Like a Girl

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Lots to catch up on…  I know I’ve been MIA lately because of my organizing the Men’s Scotch Tasting event for tomorrow at the Saks Men’s Store.  As of this minute, we still don’t have anyone who will speak about the scotches/malts (!!!).  You would think that that portion of the event would have been accounted for in the beginning of the event planning process.  But it wasn’t due to miscommunication.  *SIGH*  Lesson learned.  This is AVIVA‘s second event (as many of you recall, the first was the Women’s Trend Event at Nordstrom).  In addition, I’ve also been hired as a consultant to help boost a jewelry store’s online presence and marketing campaigns (which will be lots of fun).  So, that, in a nutshell, has been what’s going on with me since the last post.

Change of topic.  A friend of mine called me last night and complained about her boyfriend.  You can read more about that on my dating advice column/blog.  Bottom line:  you can tell a lot about someone by his/her fighting/disagreement style.  It’s not if and/or when you fight, it’s how you fight that matters.  When I was dating my husband, one of the things that helped me fall in love with him was his fighting style.  He is the most generous man I have ever known.  You know the saying, “It’s more important to be happy than right?”  Well, he gets it.  And, as a woman, you can’t help but love someone who is generous to a fault.

In other news, I am trying to get followers not just on my fashion blog but also on my Facebook page.  Unlike many people I know, I try to use my page as a platform for causes that I think others should be aware of and/or take action on.  Of course, like many others, I also enjoy posting fun stuff (like cartoons, jokes, photos, etc.).  But I see my Facebook page primarily as a way to “get the word out” on certain issues and/or interesting insights.  So, if you are inclined to do so (and enjoy receiving updates on quirky news stories, human trafficking, Alzheimer’s [as well as other causes], and/or food news), please feel free to click on “Follow” on my Facebook page.

Afternoon Tea

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So I’m a regular customer of Teavana (which is a chain tea shop located in many malls across the country).  I like its tea.  It’s basic loose leaf tea but very overpriced (perhaps due to the fact that the stores pay mall rents).  During my visit to the store today (and every other time), I noticed that the salespeople intentionally over scoop when selling loose teas (funny how they don’t do that when you order by the cup as their hot teas were so light that I stopped buying them).  The question is where the hell are Teavana’s competitors?  It would be nice to have other local options to purchase bulk loose leaf tea.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked in sales my entire career so I “get” the whole sales and marketing thing.  Trying to close a deal is one thing but blatantly ignoring your customer (scooping 5 oz. when the customer requests 3 oz.) and being overly pushy (describing the “benefits” of a more expensive tea when the customer requested a less expensive kind) is another.  Teavana needs to invest in more sales training for its employees (who need to learn the concept of the soft sell and the using education/information as a marketing tool).  Because of my experience at Teavana (again, this has nothing to do with the teas themselves) and various reviews on the treatment of customers and employees, I am making it a mission to find good alternatives and will keep you all posted.

The Baker’s Daughter

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There once lived a girl whose father was a baker.  She had her pick of the most delicious cakes in the world.  She ate and ate and ate.

Then one day, there was word in town about thieves stealing cakes.  So, the girl ate and ate and ate until she floated up in the sky.  She then took her father’s hand and gathered all of his cakes.  Together, they flew away to the neighboring towns and warned the other bakers.

After visiting nine towns, the girl and her father flew home.  Just in time for dinner and dessert.  There, they found waiting for them all of the bakers from the other towns with their best cakes in celebration of their safety and the return of the girl and her father.  The girl ate and ate and ate as she had her pick of the most delicious cakes in the world.

Donate Leftover Food

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We have been donating our leftover food and pantry extras to the homeless for awhile now and I just found out that, in addition to making an immediate difference in someone’s life, it’s also good for the environment.  Who knew?  Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not much of a “green” person but, hey, if it’s easy to do and makes you feel good about doing it AND you’re helping people, why not?