Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Gilded Life

 A Gilded Life is a mother-daughter co-op at its finest - composed of  Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso. Don't be fooled though, Gilded Life has taken European opulence and successfully marketed it to the average American household. I was introduced to their design expertise at work when they graciously sought out FIDM students and graduates for employment.

The dynamic duo makes costuming, jeweling, bedazzling, embellishing, assembling, and every other form of "creative" you can think of, a DOABLE do-it-yourself project. They've rocketed their following into the hundreds without a marketing team or third-party vender. Instead they stuck to every day, modern forms of communication like Facebook and blogging. The voice of the blog (which is of course theirs) is witty and charming. In fact, their blog doubles as their website - perfect for their market. Their hard work is admirable and their passion is truly lovely. I've never been foo-shi-shi myself, but their eye for detail is impeccable!

All White Everything: As the holidays quickly approach, Gilded is hosting various classes to class-up the decor. This is what they call a "lace and ruffle tree." DUH. So it's not typical, but gosh is it eye-catching!

Class Meets Practicality: So frilly trees aren't your thing? Gilded took this $10 Target lamp and turned it into a standout piece for any living room or bedroom. Change the colors, fabrics and accents to match your home. As a broke twenty-something I LOVE the idea of taking a plain canvas of something used, or even recently bought, and creating something unique.

Momma and daughter have created a "gilded" society. Join their realm by attending weekend retreats, classes, events and even their exclusive and in-demand, Stash Society! Whether we like it or not the holidays ARE coming up, if this isn't your thing I'm sure you have a friend, family member or co worker that would die for a rosette, jewel-encrusted headband.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A round of applause to Mr. Johnny 'Apple'seed - Steve Jobs

Raise your glasses to the genius who gave a new meaning to the letter "i"

Today we lost the Albert Einstein of our day, Steve Jobs, founder and foward-thinker of Apple.

As I sit here typing away on my 13" MacBook Pro, while simultaneously texting on my iPhone 4G and listening to my latest iTunes playlist, it is difficult to even remember a functional day without an Apple product in my hand.

Half of my generation was born after Apple released the infamous "1984 Apple Macintosh Computer" commercial. A sort-of parody surrounding similar themes from the George Orwell novel, 1984 (a must read, that is based on the principles of totalitarianism, and the idea of a lingering "Big Brother" government). Apple's literature reference back in the 80's makes me love the brand even more. It is absolutely witty.

Steve Jobs and Apple have come a lonngggg way since 1984. And more importantly so has the technological world. While Orwell was slightly off on both the year and tech advancements, he wasn't so far off in his prediction about technology having a major impact on the government and our lifestyle. I don't think that Apple was trying to make a political statement (if anything just a literary joke), but I do believe that the company and legendary CEO had a vision that would eventually take us into another technological dimension. Apple and Jobs have always been one step ahead.  

Jobs set an extremely competitive pace for every company. Apple competitors are still playing catch up. From 1984, to the iPod, to the day iTunes brought back the Beatles, to the release of the iPad, we haven't been bored. And I truly believe that Apple will continue setting the example and paving the way.

I can't doubt that his passing came at an extraordinary time -  just in time for the launch date of the iPhone 4S. A spike in sales? Perhaps. All I can say is, he did it again.

Although his net worth is beyond words and numbers, I believe he led a passionate life. Thank you Steve, for your remarkable vision and for enabling everyone to have a piece of it at their fingertips.

If you'd like to share thoughts about his legacy email remembersteve@apple.com
Remembering Steve

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Get your Rosie on!

Well I couldn't resist... I have to admit the title was a hook, line and sinker. To all of my Oprahs, Ellens, Audrey Hepburns, Katie Courics, Rosie the Riveters, mothers, sisters, daughters:

CNN Opinion: Why men are in trouble

"Now, society has rightly celebrated the ascension of one sex. We said, 'You go girl,' and they went. We celebrate the ascension of women but what will we do about what appears to be the very real decline of the other sex?"