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Blog Recommendation: Swagger 360

by Jamie Sanford on March 16, 2011

Today’s site recommendation is a fabulous style blog that I’ve been following for a while, Swagger 360. Brought to us by Karl Edwin Guerre, the focus is largely on men’s style, with women (generally) featured in posts focusing on details such as shoes or accessories. The “Sick Shoe Game” posts are probably my favorite, but I enjoy everything I’ve seen on the blog. I’ve been meaning to feature the blog on my site for a while, but was especially wanting to do so today, since watching this fantastic short film covering Guerre and Swagger 360 in Paris during fashion week. It provides a fantastic view of Guerre’s thought process and follows him while he shoots.

Watch the film here.

 

 

Swagger 360 interview with Karl Edwin Guerre during fashion week in Paris from olivierlalin on Vimeo.

 

Go subscribe to Swagger 360 now.

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Gifts for Ancestry Research Buffs

by Jamie Sanford on January 6, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve received an email with a gift challenge, but I received this one from YZ yesterday.

I have a manager that will be leaving. I just need an idea of a gift that she can use. She has been doing a lot of reach on her family tree (ancestry).

Any thoughts for that special gift?

Ms. Z didn’t provide me with any sort of budget for the gift, so I’ll try to cover a variety of price points.

If the person you are shopping for has a lot of documentation related to their family history, archival-quality scrapbooks or albums might be a great choice for them.  These acid-free products will provide a great storage space for the album and will allow for continued viewings of those items.  This is the Big Book archival album and is available for $66.59 from Light Impressions.

Light Impressions also has a large array of albums and scrapbooks in other price points, including additional insert pages and other accessories.

If your gift recipient has a sense of humor about their genealogy interest, there is an array of items available from Zazzle.com. T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, mugs, aprons, posters, binders, tote bags, mouse pads – there are many things to choose from.


Prices on these items on Zazzle range from $0.95 to $39.95.


I like the idea of giving someone a magazine subscriptions, since it’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long.  Family Tree Magazine costs $27 for 1 year, and Family Chronicle Magazine is $27.95 for a year’s subscription.

I’ve already showed my love for Ancestry.com in a previous post, which you can read here. The site also offers family tree creation software,  which is available from Amazon.com for $47.91.  There’s also a more basic version available for $32.63, also from Amazon.com.

The other website I found with a paid membership to join was Genealogy.com.  I don’t have experience with this site and so cannot vouch for it, but from their website it doesn’t look like they have any international records.  A gold membership for 1 year costs $199.99.

I hope this helps to give some ideas on what to give as a gift to someone who is interested in researching their family’s history.  Ancestry research has recently become very exciting for me and I think I might need to pick up some of these items for myself!

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Ancestry.com Gift Membership

by Jamie Sanford on December 21, 2010

A few weeks ago, someone gave me some old family photos that sparked my curiosity.  I started doing some research on my own and found some information about the photos.  I then joined Ancestry.com and started a basic family tree, filling in what I remembered.

I broke down and bought a paid membership to the site, and in just a few days I have worked my way back to my 9th great-grandfather, who came to the United States in 1630.  I have since found out that while the graves of he and his wife are unmarked, that they are both listed on a monument dedicated to the town’s followers!

Given the great information I’ve received in just a short time, I have to suggest a gift membership to Ancestry.com for anyone on your list who is interested in history, particularly family history.


The site makes fantastic family trees – I have so many relatives that I never knew about!


There are options for US-only and Worldwide memberships.  I have started with US-only but feel like I’ll be upgrading soon so that I can access records from England and track my family there as well.

US-only gift memberships are $89 for 6 months and $159 for 1 year.  Worldwide memberships are $169 for 6 months and $299 for 1 year.

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Etsy Gift Finder for Your Holiday Shopping

by Jamie Sanford on December 14, 2010

Someone pointed this out on Twitter the other day and I have to share it here.  The Etsy gift finder is completely brilliant, but does require use of good judgment.


So you visit the site, and you choose a Facebook friend and it provides gift suggestions based on the information they’ve given in their Facebook profiles.  My test subject is one of our favorite guest bloggers here at The Daily Wishlist, Kelly Kreth.


Kelly’s profile is really robust, so this page continues long after my screenshot here, but you get the idea.

I asked Kelly to comment on the results that came up for her:

“While I think the FaceBook/Etsy Gift Finder is a genius idea, it is better in concept than execution. After Jamie did mine and I found it way off base, I tried it on some other friends and it equally missed its mark.

Considering there are tons of profanities, dark and perverse status updates and pictures of the darker side of life on my FB page, the fact that the gift finder found dachshund pillows and tunic shirts that only a grandma in the Midwest would wear is disconcerting. I’m glad my computer is not allowed to purchase presents for me. Also, while I would never get a Kindle or any kind of e-reader, if I did, I certainly wouldn’t cover it in dachshund-themed coating.”

So clearly, the gift finder can give you some guidance, but you still need to have some sort of mental filter in place.  I used it for my friend Alex too and found some things I would definitely buy for her.

Side note: I really love Etsy, and even moreso, I love the idea of supporting individuals when buying things whenever possible.  I bought a vintage item from a seller recently and it was a quick and easy experience.  I’ve also purchased electronic/digital items this year, including the design of the updated logo and header for this very blog – from Etsy seller Winchester Lambourne, who I would highly recommend.

Anyway, get going on over to the Etsy Gift Finder if you’re still shopping, let Facebook and Etsy help you find a gift idea for anyone left on your shopping list.  It won’t solve all of your gifting issues, but may help you get on the right track.

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Sunday Link Party!

by Jamie Sanford on November 30, 2010

Photo of the week – Thanksgiving dinner! My husband did a great job of cooking for 2.

Pie, Gravy, Stuffing, Wine, Turkey, Sweet Poratoes, Biscuits, Cranberry Sauce.
This week, a remastered edition of Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine was released.  In addition to the excellent sound upgrade, more video has been released from around the time of release.

The Secret Sex Life of Truffles Revealed! (The Telegraph)

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie? I might have to try this, and I don’t bake that much at all. (She Wears Many Hats)

How To Clean Your House in 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days (Apartment Therapy)

Another photo, my husband took this shot of one of my favorite tree ornaments after we put up our Christmas tree:

Ornament IV
I’m devastated that Facebook purchased Drop.io and so I’m happy that Lifehacker has a great article on what to use to store your files now.

That’s all for now, I’m already late with this so I’ll keep it short.

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