Saturday, November 25, 2006

Shopping Season


Hi Everyone,

Just in case you're still suffering from the Thanksgiving itis, here's a chance for you to have some retail therapy and help children at the same time. Here are the links for two of the designers who will be at the event, both of whom are part of Ladies Who Launch:

  • Beadiful - featuring dazzling jewelry (she'll even do custom orders for your special gifts!)

  • G Schneider Designs - stop here for the most intricate tops made of the softest cotton you've ever experienced!


I hope you can make it!

Sunday, November 5, 2006

November 2006

I can’t believe we only have less than 8 weeks left in the year! I’m sure everyone is bustling about getting ready for the holidays. To help with the preparations, I’ve prepared a special edition of The Wise Guide. Please forward to your friends and let me know if you have any tips to add!

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  • Staying Clean in a Dirty City
  • Helping Others During the Holidays
  • Inspiration for Your Cube
  • Get Your Kicks Outta Telemarketers
  • Q&A
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Staying Clean in a Dirty City

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YES! I know I’m Type A, but these city mitts just took it to a whole new level. They are antimicrobial gloves that protect you against such threats as subway poles and door handles. When I first heard of them I imagined they were like something you’d wear in a hospital, but they’re actually kinda stylish. Besides, who wants to be sick at Thanksgiving dinner?

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Helping Others During the Holidays

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It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all the organizations that need help during the holidays. Thankfully, Boston Cares puts the opportunities all in one place. You can do a onetime serve or stay with one organization as long as you’d like. Check it out!

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Inspiration for Your Cube
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Each year when I have my Christmas flight booked, I start to get antsy and have an extremely hard time focusing on work. Anything, I can do to spruce up my cube helps to make it easier to sit at. See Jane Work has the best desk accessories I’ve ever seen! There’s nothing like a paisley printed folder to make your TPS reports more appealing.

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Get Your Kicks Outta Telemarketers

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Who wants to have their precious holiday time ruined by pesky telemarketers? NPR suggested a fun way to get one up on them. Next time they call, log on to Sorry Gotta Go and play one of their pre-recorded sounds such as a baby crying or cows mooing. All you have to say is “Sorry, gotta go!” then click and you’re through. (This also works for ex-boyfriends who won’t stop calling.)

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Q&A
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Q: What happens to unclaimed baggage?

A: I’ve lost my luggage on my way to a one month stint in Jamaica only to have it resurface 2 months later. I count myself lucky. The luggage that is never connected with their owners goes here. You can find deeply discounted iPods, digital cameras and designer watches. It’s a great stop for bargain holiday shopping or even a little something for yourself!

Saturday, October 7, 2006

October 7, 2006 - Oprah Moment



Last night I attended the O You! kick off dinner hosted by Oprah Magazine. All of Oprah's contributors were there: Nate Berkus, Gail King, Dr. Robin Smith, Stacy London (from What Not to Wear - oh how Boston needed her help!)and Julie Morganstern. It was at Mistral (my first time there) and it was fabulous! Nate was the only one who actually walked around and introduced himself to everyone, but when Gail walked in the room I was the first one to meet eye contact with her and smile.

I'm not very star struck and I understand that celebs need their space so I didn't try to bum rush any of them however there was one woman who was a bit overly obsessed with Nate. I guess she didn't find out he was gay until after professing her major crush on him her girlfriend kindly pulled her aside to explain that he swings the other way. We all get our bubbles burst eventually I guess.

Anyway, it wasn't the type of event that was appropriate for picture taking so I have no evidence to share - sorry.

I do have a juicy story however:

So I attended the actual O You! event and for those of you who know me well, you understand that I try to plan my life out as much as possible which is why I already know that Reggie Wells, Oprah's makeup artist, is doing my makeup when I get married (I pray beore I'm 30!). Anyway, I had signed up for his session and Stacy London's and I knew I had to be on point so I wore a belted denim dress with just the right amount of stretch, brown suede boots and matching bag with my signature silver jewelry.

Well, I managed to get a seat in the front row hoping that Reggie would pick me to do my makeup. Reggie went racing through the aisles selecting about 8 random women who he said have "IT" to stand up and he proceeded to explain why: "Look at the way her lipstick matches her necklace and turtleneck! . . . This one done up her hair just right for the day! . . .This hot mama just has it!" After his analyses he went back to the front of the stage and was about to make his next point when he stopped and looked at me! He said, "How did I miss you?! YOU! STAND UP!" and he had me turn around to the audience. "She's just lucky! Look at that skin!" Well, I guess I can say my Reggie connection. My mom later told me I should have told him after that "You don't know this yet, but you're doing my makeup on my wedding day," but he was with handlers so I didn't have the chance.

Don't worry, at least a seed was planted and I'll get to him yet. . .

(Sorry for the rough pics but it's my only evidence of the day - I dropped my camera rushing out the door this a.m. and it's affected the quality. Gotta get a new camera now.)

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

August 2006

  • What's That Song???
  • Dream Trip
  • Summer Rush
  • 3 o'clock Hunger Pangs
  • Q&A

Greetings! Thanks to those of you who provided feedback a couple weeks back for my first newsletter! Please continue to let me know what you find helpful and forward it to your friends.

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What's That Song???

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Ever hear a song on the radio and want to know who it is so you can download it later? This site let’s you input your local radio stations so you can see the playlists from the past 24hrs. You may even discover new songs in the process!

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Dream Trip

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I’m reading Tales of a Female Nomad and while it’s not a new book, it is definitely re-inspiring me to take a RTW (round the world) trip. National Geographic Traveler published a collector’s RTW issue a couple years back and I’ve held onto it just in case. It’s actually less expensive than you may think. This one year itinerary estimates around $20k which isn't too bad. The most expensive part is the transportation, but lodging is a breeze through Servas.

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Summer Rush

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So the countdown to the end of summer is upon us. I was actually born on the first day of fall (9/22 for those of you who want to send gifts!) so I feel the impending doom. For those of us on a budget, myself included, here’s a short list of fun things to do around Boston/New York:

* FREE outdoor movies on the Esplanade and Boston Harbor Hotel

* Check out the Anglo Mania fashion exhibit at the Met

* The Taming of the Shrew is free on Boston Common through 8/13

* Hit up a Lunch Club event in New York. There’s chapters all over, but the NYC events are way cooler with such outings as board game night, Sunday picnics and kayaking.

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3 o'clock Hunger Pangs

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I don’t know about you, but around 3p.m. Monday through Friday I get hunger pangs – BAD! Usually, I want a sugary carb like a donut or cookie, but lately I’ve been trying to fight the urges. Here’s some tips that have been working for me:

* Eat every 3 hours - just like a baby! This stabilizes your blood sugar so you're not famished by the end of the day.

* Keep high protein and high fiber snacks close by. Cheese sticks, almonds and Kashi products are my favorite. It’s amazing how an ounce of almonds can revive you!

* Stay hydrated. Sometimes when you’re hungry, you’re actually thirsty. For example, a few days ago I had a bad craving for a late afternoon cookie. There was an entire platter of them in the office but I fought the urge and grabbed my water bottle instead. The craving went away!

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Q&A

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Q: What should I do when someone next to me is shouting their cell phone conversation?

A: Well you have a few options:

* Put your index finger up to your lips and say, “Shhh”

* Frown disapprovingly at the person as if they have two heads then ask, “Do you mind?”

* Use the recording function of your phone to record their conversation then play it back to them on speaker phone when their conversation is over (courtesy of Engadget)

I personally like the final option, but I have to work up the guts to do it. I don’t want to get sucker-punched on my commute into work.

July 2006

  • Free Movies?!
  • Lengthy Links
  • Lodge a Complaint (or a Compliment!)
  • Create Something, Anything!
  • Q&A of the Month

Greetings! After so many of you wondering where I get my random information from I've decided to condense it in an easy to use newsletter. This is my first go around so please feel free to make suggestions. I hope you find it useful and do share with friends!

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Free Movies?!

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Some of you have asked yourselves, "How does Q score those free movie passes?" Here's how. There isn't a current offering, but keep checking back, I promise you it's good (they just took down the Miami Vice preview).

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Lengthy Links

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Do you ever want to send a link to a friend, but it’s way too long? Visit Tiny URL. It shortens your link and most importantly it’s free!

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Lodge a Complaint (or a Compliment!)

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My writing to companies has become somewhat of a joke to those of you who know me best, but it gets results! Next time you see something you like or dislike rather it be a matter of public transit, an advertising campaign or an item you want your grocery store to carry simply speak up! Here's a few companies I've written to and have received responses from:

* McDonald's

* CVS

* MBTA

* Kozy Shack (funny I know but they even sent me coupons!)

* Comcast

Give it a try and please report back your results!

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Create Something, Anything!

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You know that custom pink tiara you've always wanted? (OK, maybe that's just me!) Anyway, whatever it is you want, try Etsy. It's kinda like Ebay but for artists. If you have an idea in mind you can find someone to custom create it for you or become an artist yourself.

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Q&A of the Month

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Q: Do I really have to drink 8 glasses of water?

A: No. Basically, if you're thirsty then drink! (How do I know this?)

P.S. Snopes is also a great site to dispel urban legends and chain e-mails; whenever I get a hoax I reply back with the appropriate Snopes link.

Welcome to the Wise Guide


*Note added 10/31/11: I imported this post from my first blog "The Wise Guide" into Harlem Love Birds, which I didn't start until 2009. All posts prior to 2009 are from The Wise Guide.*

This blog began out of a 2 issue newsletter that I sent to a few friends, but I've decided that it would live better on a blog. I've posted the first 2 issues here and will create a new postings in the coming days.

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