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Sights and Sounds #6

by Jamie Sanford on March 21, 2011

Sights and Sounds Number 6!  If you have any links or images to share, please let me know on the Facebook page!

Red Carpet Fashion Awards has a fabulous post covering all of Rihanna’s looks in the new issue of Vogue. I think she looks really stunning.

Blond Ambition 2Kobi Levi makes shoes inspired by animal, sex (literally) and pop stars. This Madonna shoe is accurate and fierce! (via MTV Buzzworthy Blog)

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I like Britney’s new song, “Til The World Ends” and here’s a hot remix.

Beyonce and some SHOESI wish I remembered where I picked up this photo but come on, look at those Louboutins on Beyonce!  I can’t find them on the Christian Louboutin website, but I imagine that they are these Daffodile pumps but in blue – and those look like suede.

That’s all for today – will work on posting a bit more regularly this week!

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2010 Recap – Technology, Food & Drink

by Jamie Sanford on January 1, 2011

Technology
Obsession with Twitter and Facebook continued and deepened. Enjoyed other things like Manage Flitter, FourSquare and MailChimp.

Twitter Profile 12-31-10

Twitter Profile 12-31-10

Food & Drink
Arizona Diet Green Tea, Noodles, White Russians, Mom’s Eggplant Parm, Stove Top Stuffing, Thanksgiving x 2. Meal of the year goes to dinner at Bern’s in Tampa, in September. Had 2 disappointing meals to celebrate milestones at restaurants that were great in the past but now sort of suck.

White Russian

Terrible Blackberry photo of my New Year's Eve White Russian.

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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 22, 2010

It’s Thanksgiving week! I’m excited, this is one of my favorite holidays.

Photo of the week, another from my recent trip to a historic cemetery:

Autumn in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Autumn in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Great post from “You Might As Well…”

Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere!

Christina Hendricks

I love this woman. She's fabulous.

Tamsen McMahon is calling bullshit on social media. (Brass Tack Thinking)

These are some of the greatest photos! Grandma’s Superhero Therapy indeed. (My Modern Met)

Watch the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows try to speak with American accents. (If you can’t see the video, use this link.)

Twitter is getting analytical. (Mashable)

DIY Dollar-Store Apothecary Jars. (Someday Crafts)

A little red goes a long way. (Apartment Therapy)

Finishing up for the week, some new music from Adele, who I really enjoy.

Have a great week!

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Happiness is a Word Cloud of Praise

by Jamie Sanford on November 19, 2010

Word Cloud of Jamie

Christopher S. Penn sent along this idea in his recent email newsletter.

Here’s a personal branding tip to help you clarify who you are and what you do. Collect all of your recommendations from LinkedIn, all the complimentary tweets about you on Twitter, and any other place you’re likely to have nice words about you. Stuff them all into Wordle and see very clearly the words other people use to describe you. This is very powerful, especially if you’re at a loss for words to describe yourself on resumes, web sites, etc.

So, I used my LinkedIn recommendations to create the cloud you see here.  I’m really pleased with it.

What would your word cloud look like? Will you be happy with the words that show up?

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