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Celebrating the Emmy Awards- Celebrity Connected Style

Did you know that one way a start-up can really garner a spotlight position is by signing on to be part of the Celebrity Connected award show gifting suites?  Here is where talent (actors, social media influencers, top athletes, etc.) converge with brands and media to help promote top-notch products and services. Plus, it is a TON of fun to attend!

Last week, I had the privilege to be a VIP guest at the Celebrity Connected gifting suite to celebrate the upcoming Emmy Awards.  The location was one of my favorites in all of downtown Los Angeles- the Millennium Biltmore. The grand ballroom was all “abuzz” with dozens of vendors hailing from all over the world.

While all were amazing, several were standouts, and I would like to highlight them here. Also, I will sprinkle my vendor spotlights with a few anecdotes from the red carpet and the ballroom  – you may see some familiar faces!


 

First up:  Unicorn Cupcake Boutique

Meet Tracy Lombardi from Unicorn Cupcake Boutique.  She is one smart entrepreneur! Her Unicorn Cupcake Boutique was amazing ! This brand truly is adorable!  Cupcakes and a unicorn theme! Plus,  the SWAG (gifts) were very clever, including unicorn soap and a sassy t-shirt that read “ Less Bitter, More Glitter!”

Also note, that they donated several SWAG bags to be used for a pre-Emmy event.  As I came home  from Celebrity Connected with a dozen bags I opened my email to a special request.  I received a note from a Mom who has a child attending the Parkland HS in Florida (Stoneman – Douglas), asking for any donations for an upcoming event.  Knowing that these children have experienced the unspeakable, I saved most of the goodies from the Unicorn Cupcake folks and will ship it to this family. So, Tracy and Unicorn Cupcake gals, I hope you don’t mind, but your donations are helping young women in Florida feel less bitter with more glitter!

Connect:
Tracy Lombardi
Unicorn Cupcake Boutique
Big Cupcake Truck
Instagram and Facebook: unicorncupcakeboutique

SPORTAMIX:  Bringing Coaches and Athletes together 

 

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When I first arrived at Celebrity Connected, owner Gene Sheynis invited me to spend time at the SPORTAMIX booth in order to learn more about this “matchmaking” for athletes to professional sports, colleges, etc. and to meet sports agent, Leigh Steinberg.   Luckily, I  love sports, especially football and soccer,  so interviewing Mr. Steinberg later in the day proved to be a pleasure, despite no real preparation.  What I learned is that this UCLA/ BERKLEY graduate does not predict Penn State to be in the Rose Bowl, but he does have a winner with SPORTAMIX! 

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Toasting to the success of SPORTAMIX with Celebrity Connected Founder and CEO, Gene Sheynis

 

Here is the description of SPORTAMIX straight from their website: 

Sportamix is a sports networking platform that enables direct communication between athletes, coaches, recruiters and fans.

Any athlete from anywhere in the world, despite nationality, age, geographical location, or social status, can be discovered and connected.

Follow on Instagram: @SportamixLive

 


Scenes from the Celebrity Connected Red Carpet and Ballroom:

There are only a handful of “celebrities” that would reduce me to becoming a “fan girl”.  Two of those celebrities happened to show up at this Celebrity Connected event. Sadly, George Clooney did not show.

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Steven Webber is a character actor known for his roles in WINGS, NASHVILLE and countless other shows and movies.  I love his evilness in NCIS and truly it was an honor to meet him.  He was funny, gracious and after 20 minutes I stopped being a “fan” as he declared us “new friends”.  Steven, if you read this blog – know that  I appreciated our conversation, the laughs and hope you get to say “alive” in upcoming roles! (wink, wink).

 

Judd Hirsch! Oy Vey! Ordinary People is one of my very favorite movies.  Taxi was a favorite TV show and Superior Donuts, was light entertainment – but he made it work!  It was a pleasure to be in his presence.  A true master at the craft of acting and a “helluva” nice guy, too!

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 PIECE JEWLERY

I like bling.  And, bling with style made with clever design gets my attention every time. That is why I really enjoyed meeting Dana from Piece Jewelry.  Her passion “overfloweth”.

In their own words:

The Story Behind PIECE:

Many years ago I fell in love with another local jeweler’s website and designs, and seeing her pursue this dream gave me courage to go after my own. I always wanted to create and sell items from my own hands. My love for jewelry started when I was very young, and I have always been a one PIECE kind of jewelry girl. Finding that one PIECE that’s your favorite, and then picking your whole outfit to match that one awesome pair of earrings or that one amazing necklace. Hence the name of our business “PIECE” and our tag line “Find Your Favorite”. I hope everyone finds a PIECE that is their favorite, just like I have for so many years!

PieceJewelry.com        Instragram/ PieceJewelry 

 

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COFFEE LOVERS:  LIGHTHOUSE ROASTERS

 

The “family” at Lighthouse Roasters are so kind, generous and knowledgeable about one of my very favorite topics in the whole world- COFFEE!!!  Their brews were excellent and they gifted many social influencers during Celebrity Connected and other events that weekend a generous boxed set of TWO of their signature coffees and a drip coffee maker!

Instagram: LighthouseRoasters

Label me a FAN FOR LIFE!! 

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Lighthouse Roasters from SEATTLE had AMAZING coffee! A blend of four different coffees – delicious!


Yes, Virginia it is a SOLAR POWERED HAT with a FAN by KOOL BREEZE!

Have you ever sat outside to watch your child play soccer/ football/ softball/ baseball ,etc. IN THE HOT, HOT SUN?  You end up sweating from the top of your head to your toes! Well, the creators of the KOOL BREEZE hat came up with a solution that uses a mini-solar panel to operate a small fan in the core of the hat.  It works! The minute you step outside you hear the BZZZZZZ of the fan.  Bring on the summertime concerts! (The photos below looks like I am dreaming of all the applications this hat / product design could have! Shark Tank??)

Instagram: KoolBreezeSolarHats

 

 


 

 

Now there were many more brands, but due to space, I will give them shoutouts and upload photos on my Instagram account.  

Enjoy the photos taken by the amazing JOY DAUNIS of JOYDAUNISPHOTOS.com

 

In this featured image from Left (top) to Right (bottom) are: Unicorn Cupcake Boutique and social media influencers (and pals) Tommy Geraci and Amanda Greene/ Actress Nikki Soohoo with Tommy and myself/ Steven Webber (centered)/ Tommy and I with singer Kirsten Collins and host and fitness expert- Shaka. Smith/ Camryn holding Sheree make-up.

 

Creating social media images with your own quotes and photographs.

 

I love quotes. I love photography. Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich- they are “perfect” when paired together. I am confident that I am not the only one who thinks that the combination of a witty or motivational statement superimposed on a whimsical or lovely photo can make you smile or feel inspired. In fact, social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, have dedicated days that lend themselves to just these type of posts with images –  #MondayMotivation #TuesdayTravel #WednesdayWisdom #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) and more.

Never one to miss an opportunity to showcase my favorite photography, I have embraced creating images with my own or others’ quotes as passionately as I have ingested many a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Related:  Check out this link that “highlights” my “famous quotes”. 

In the social media world there are people who are content creators (people who use their skills to create engaging posts.). There also are people who are known as social media influencers. This second group are folks who have an audience that reacts – usually  positively (and often profitably) – to the endorsement or reviews posted by the influencer.  Some may say I am both. But, if I have to pick one- I would love to be known as a content creator.  I think developing fun and meaningful messaging on social media posts for my own or another’s brand leaves far more a lasting impression than endorsing product after product after product. My favorite is when you can meld the two together- such as working for a brand that wants you to promote a social good / philanthropic agenda.  Or if the brand has an interesting story to tell – that is heart- wrenching, inspirational, or teaches a life lesson. Plus, posting on your own social media platforms images or video that you have created, is for a person like me, an enormous amount of fun!

Photos taken in unique places are often my favorite backgrounds for posts with quotes.

 

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 Photo from Waimea, Hawaii. December 2016. Photo by Louise Sattler

 

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Waikiki Beach, Hawaii 2016  Photo: Louise Sattler

 

I also like to create posts that promote education and travel together

 

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Skagway, Alaska (near the Canadian border) June 2018. Photo by Louise Sattler

 

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 Nara, Japan February 2018. Photo by Louise Sattler

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Kyoto Train Museum in Japan (February 2018)   Photo by L. Sattler

 

Sometimes you can forgo a quote because the objects in the photo are message enough

 

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Photo by Louise Sattler Paso Robles, California 2018

 

Or nature provides you the perfect composition and no words are needed

 

 

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California Sunset – 2016   Photo by Louise Sattler

 

 

 

Don’t forget that people make great social media photo posts, too!

Lastly, a photo for a social media post can include people! Some of my favorite photos are not the ones that are posed, but the candids of friends taking a photo of themselves as they live – “in the moment”.  Below is  Marlee Matlin and her interpreter, Jack  with Camryn Manheim (center) at the Nyle DiMarco Foundation party in Los Angeles in 2016. Just look at their joy!

 

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Marlee, Camryn and Jack … Photo by L. Sattler

Last thoughts…

Social media allows you an avenue for creativity to flow from your brain to the world wide web! I would be remiss if I didn’t conclude this post with a few cautionary tales…

  1. Be sure you have permission to post photos of people.  Especially those who are not adults, but minors.  It is just common courtesy to skip posting a photo with people who happen to be in the background without their permission. At the very least, blur their faces. Portrait mode on a camera can help focus on the subject matter or people you wish to capture and not ancillary folks!
  2. Limit the selfies!  Enough said.
  3. Every moment doesn’t need to be photographed. Nor does it need to be to shared on social media. Especially each and every milestone of your life or that of your child’s.
  4. Put your name on photos that you care about or have them watermarked.  I had the misfortune of having my photos “hijacked” by another social media poster. UGH
  5. Give credit to photos that you use from others. So, if you have a photographer helping you at an event and use their photos- credit them! If you use stock photos- acknowledge that, as well.
  6. You don’t need a fancy camera – although that helps. I use either my OLD Nikon 60 or my iPhone.  Once in a while I will grab my Samsung phone/ NOTE because the camera is so amazing!
  7. Simply enjoy the creative process. I may not be a “top photographer”, but I enjoy photography and am hoping others enjoy my efforts.

 

A few more to close out this post…

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Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California 2015 . L Sattler.

 

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Scenes from San Pedro, CA – all photos by L. Sattler

 

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3.pngThis post dedicated to my dear friends, Sue and Bob, who over dinner last week complimented my travel photography .  Thanks for the encouragement, laughter and sharing the baklava!

Travel Photography

While I am not the best photographer, I am passionate about photography and travel. These photos are unfiltered / unedited.  I love connecting with others who find the adventure of travel and / or photography to be their vocation or hobby. So let me know if you are a travel blogger and/or a photography blogger by commenting below. Don’t forget to leave the link to your blog for us to peruse!

And most of all…  Enjoy.

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Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

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The Northern Lights should be on everyone’s “bucket list”. Simply extraordinary.  This photo from Alyeska, Alaska

 

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Anchorage Alaska, Late December 2016

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The road to Napa is without much greenery during the Summer

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Chicago Ferris  Wheel on the Pier. Taken from within the glass enclosure

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Southwest Airlines – taking me on another adventure!

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CABO, Mexico, of course!

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CABO – Ship coming in to port.

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Sausalito in the Summer

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The Inland Empire of Southern California at Sunrise

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Wellville New York’s David A. Howe Library

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New York City skyline in August

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Morris Arboretum, Pennsylvania

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Flying again!

And a few photos from my own “backyard”

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Summer in San Pedro, CA

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Cabrillo Beach, Southern California

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November sky in Southern California

 

Would I be posting on social media if I only still had my Kodak 110 camera?

 

Remember the Kodak’s 110 Camera? It was my treasure.  It was so skinny and it could fit in to my Levi jeans without any problem! Ah… those were the days. When all you had was 24 chances for taking photos and carefully chose the time and place. Would you save them for your upcoming trip or use them all on your child’s birthday party?

“Back in the days” we weren’t photographing every single movement of a child, every car at the auto show or every play at a sporting event. Instead we were involved in real conversations and enjoying life without the need to view it through a lens. There were some occasions when once in a while a person might snap a photo without you knowing. (Case in point, the photo of me below taken in the 1970’s). But, overall a photograph was usually formal and well thought out, after all you were restricted by the number of photos on your camera film. For me – that was 24. Plain and simple.

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”  ~Irving Penn

 

Confession 1. I was guilty of using more than my share of Kodak film with 24 exposures. But times have changed. Currently I am THAT PERSON who is busy snapping away with my iPhone and digital camera. Why not!? I no longer have limited chances of “getting it right”. I can hone my photography skills until my battery dies!

 

But, why am I taking photo after photo after photo?

 

Maybe it is because I am worried I won’t remember conversations or special moments in later years? And it is true that I have “self-designated” myself as the “chronicler” of family moments? Obviously, I have an addiction to photography and all technology associated with it? Or perhaps the real reason is simply I like the story that a photo is able to tell. A photo can speak volumes. A photo can convey in a way that words may fail.

For example, without one single typed or spoken word I bet you can imagine a story behind the photo I posted below. So much to view and possibilities.

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”

~Robert Frank

 

Confession 2. When you work within the social media milieu you snap a lot of photos. Why? Well for starters, images can be focus of a social post. And, interesting images that are taken at cool venues make for high engaging posts If you are working for a brand then you know that high engagement equals happy clients.

Being a social correspondent on a red carpet can be fun, but in all honesty, there are a lot of challenges with getting the right photo at the right time during these high intensity events. There are exceptions, however. Such as this photo of pop artist/ singer Emii. Taken at the iPain Foundation gala, she posed with ease and the backdrop of the logo balloons was perfect! The venue was rustic and not fancy, but, she posed beautifully and without a blink. This photo was the result. Needless to say it garnered a “few likes” on social media.

In closing, I am glad we have moved beyond the Brownie camera, Kodak 110’s and even the standard camera of not that long ago that used “real film”. I am pretty sure that social media would look a lot differently if it wasn’t for the ability for a photographer or a aficionado of photography to have more than “24 chances”. Dare I even think if social media would not have even been as huge an entity if it weren’t for the digital camera?

What do you think?

 

Original article Linkedin on my account. Edited for WordPress

Featured Photo taken by me on an iPhone 6 plus of the kids from This Is Us taken at the Celebrity Connected Gifting Suite, 2017.

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Photo Credit: Sattler

Next stop: Kauai (Part 2 of How we made a loser year end like a winner with trips to Hawaii and Alaska)

In my recent blog  and part one of this series, I blogged about how hubby and I longed to search for a great ending to a year that sucked.  We ventured first to Oahu where we discovered some great local spots and learned much about Hawaiian history. The continuation continued with our second stop – Kauai.

Kauai is OLD Hawaii. Charming. Rustic. Enchanting. 

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A long time ago I read James Mitchner’s HAWAII.  It was the only book of his that I read cover to cover and didn’t give up half way through.  What kept my interest was the long descriptions of the lush and mysterious Hawaiian islands that rest thousands of miles away from the mainland of North America. I now have  visited three of the island and it has become apparent that each of the Hawaiian islands have their own personalities.

Oahu is the cosmopolitan island with nightlife and amenities that make you feel that you could be in Newport Beach, California.  Maui is the up-scale island. Quieter than Oahu but certainly full of vibrancy and beauty. And then there is beloved Kauai, considered by many to be the heart of Hawaii.  It is where the clock has been turned backkwards or has just stopped at a time that was simpler.  Wild chickens are everywhere and don’t be surprised to see feeding goats climbing in state parks. There is “the ice-cream place” (Lapperts) and each vista is prettier than the one before. Outdoor living is a must with paddle boarders and surfers enjoying the sea from sun up to sun down.  You relax because it is a place where the lights go out by nine on most establishments. Kauai has the “old” Hawaiian feel that  I longed to discover from the days of reading Mitchner. It feels like home the first day.

Kauai is for gentle hiking (And, some not so easy.) We trekked along many trails and saw everything from those chickens to wild boar.  As a person who loves to photograph everything, I couldn’t get enough of Hawaii’s waterfalls, rock formations from volcanoes that no longer are active, caves and beaches.  The sunsets are extraordinary and the people are some of the kindest I have met.

Christmas day found us at the Marriott Resort Beach Club in Lihue. Imagine my surprise to see Santa come to shore in a canoe to bring cheer to awaiting children and to wake-up  Christmas morning to stockings hung on each hotel door. Way to go, Marriott! (For the record, they also had a menorah for Chanukah.)

I could write a long blog about Kauai and all of its’ splendor or simply upload a slideshow to share.  Remember – I love photography, so slideshow it is!

Aloha and next stop on our journey to end 2016 positively – ALASKA! (Third series of this blog will be coming very soon.)

 

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If you are enticed to travel to Hawaii, may I suggest Linda Kahn-Ferrell from the TravelStore in Malaga Cove, CA.  She can help you by phone or email to get the perfect vacation experience. Connect with here here. 

 

How we made a loser year end like a winner with trips to Hawaii and Alaska (Part one of three)

 

Did you ever have a year that you just couldn’t wait to be DONE?  For me, that was 2016. Despite starting positively, 2016 soon became a record holder. First, our family and close circle of friends experienced the deaths of multiple loved ones.  That alone should be reason to kick the proverbial “ass” of 2016 out the door. But, wait there is more as this was a year in which our world saw chaos beyond measure.  Acts of terrorism, political campaigns that were so toxic it made many want to change citizenship and a “Mother Nature” that seemed to be angry with our world were more than most could handle!

That is when hubby and I said enough was enough! We needed to change the course of negativity that was entrapping us and end the year with some redeeming glimmer of positivity.  There seemed to be very little debate as how to make a loser year end like a winner.  We would simply need to pack our suitcases and GO!

So, we did.

First stop- Oahu

We have been to Hawaii and the island of Oahu before. On this trip I made sure we visited places that weren’t on our prior itineraries and go back to those that we really wanted to give a closer look. Our travels found us at the renowned courthouse and palace followed by Pearl Harbor – just in time for their 75th anniversary celebration. But first, time to eat!

Oahu is very cosmopolitan with much Asian culinary influence and an endless supply of amazing food.  I reveled in the various smells that abounded throughout downtown Waikiki. The fact that you could enjoy a leisurely or formal meal while watching the sunset just makes this place all the more special. Plus, the number of the people trying to snap a photo of the sunset, nearly all in unison, is hysterical.

Note: Don’t miss walking through the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and dining in their beachside restaurant.

Watching the sunset from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Watching the sunset from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Surfing is to Hawaii as Skiing is to Colorado

The last times we were in Hawaii we were able to see some awesome surfing. THISimg_8858 time we timed it to be present for the Billabong Surfing tournament.  Sadly, the weather didn’t cooperate, but we did have the opportunity to see some fun surfing pre-event activities.

Don’t miss… One of my favorite places to visit on Oahu is this small artistian area as you drive towards the North/ West coast of the island. There you will find some of the most delicious coffee and candles at the Wailua Sugar Mill. And be sure to check out the candle sculpture.

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Historical Honolulu

The courthouse and Palace also were not to be missed.  If you go to the Honolulu Courthouse be sure to give yourself at least an hour or more. The history of Hawaii is fascinating and worth the time to visit these locations. The display that spotlights events during WWII is very thought provoking. (An excellent educational opportunity  here.)

And, of course don’t leave Oahu without spending at least a few hours at Pearl Harbor. It is a humbling experience and one that makes you realize the enormity of the acts of bravery from our military.

 

When a Jew loves Christmas

Santa and Mrs. Claus resting before Christmas

Santa and Mrs. Claus resting before Christmas

I love Christmas.  We didn’t celebrate Christmas in my home growing up and our family doesn’t even now. But, I do love how Christmas looks and sounds. The music, the decorations and a giant Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Honolulu Community Center.  Yes indeed, this Jew loves Christmas in Hawaii!

On a more poignant note, there were a series of Christmas trees in the display set up by local organizations from throughout the islands.  One that caught my heart was dedicated to organ donors and their recipients.  After taking considerable time to read many of the cards hanging from the tree (see below), I realized that I had nothing to complain about.  Yes, I had a tough year – but so did many other people.  Hawaii made me realize that #SocialGood and compassion triumph most everything else, thus helping heal the wounds of 2016, after all.

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 Next stop (and blog)… Kauai, the land of Old Hawaii (Part 2 of series)

  Last stop (and blog)… Hello Alaska! Seeing the Northern Lights (Part 3 of series, coming soon)

 

 

 

Photographs of Sunsets

I will start this very short blog post by saying I am not a professional photographer. I just love photography and sunsets is one of my favorite “subjects”.  While I would like to say that the photos below were taken after much thought and with great care, they were not. In fact, they were all snapped via an smartphone camera and are unfiltered.  Most are from my hometown area in Southern California – on the Palos Verdes peninsula. A few are from other beach areas and  Hawaii.

Enjoy and feel free to post your blog url if you are a lover of photography, too!  Thanks!

 

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Palos Verdes, the Portuguese Bend

Need last minute UNIQUE shopping ideas? I got you covered

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 Tired of mall parking lots or endless waiting in line? Feeling overwhelmed by online shopping – especially Amazon?  Need help this holiday season for ideas that are not the “same old, same old”?  Then you have stumbled upon the right blog to direct you to some great gift options.

There was a time when women had limited career choices and often found income by selling beauty products or home goods, such as Tupperware or Mary Kay Cosmetics.  Now with the calendar turning to 2016 women are continuing to sell these products, but there is a distinct change. Instead of the reward being a bit of “pocket money” these women are making some serious income.  And, the selection of products is outstanding and millennials will enjoy them as much as baby boomers!

I introduced you to Anita Garcia in the Part One of  my blog about the women entrepreneurs from Beach Cities Breakfast Club (BCBC). What I didn’t relate was that she has been selling Tupperware for more than four decades. YEP! That is 40 years of selling these timeless home products! Tupperware maintains their tried and true product line, yet introduces fresh ideas on a regular basis. Tupperware of 2015 is not your mother’s (or grandmother’s) company.  Want to revisit the land of Tupperware? Connect with Anita by clicking here!

Mary Kay Cosmetics also has a reputation of empowering their representatives to be self- reliant entrepreneurs and smart business women. Lori McConnaha is the BCBC rep for Mary Kay Cosmetics and well on her way to receiving the infamous pink cadillac.  Now I must admit that I was not a consumer of Mary Kay until I met Lori.  But, now I have an insane addiction to  their mascara and eye cream! In fact, Lori and her Mary Kay cosmetics are the what the 411 Voices social media correspondents use to look camera ready on the red carpet!  Lori is so popular that we have to reserve her months in advance for special occasions and you can, too! She creates the cutest gift certificate packages when you give a make-over to a special someone!  Connect with Lori for special events hair and make-up 

 

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Lori McConnaha, Mary Kay rep and stylist for 411 Voices –  on the red carpet for the FRIEND MOVEMENT with Jennifer Ettinger and              Louise Sattler

 

Often our 411 Voices has a need for a photographer. We only make one call – to Joy Daunis from Joyous Photos in El Segundo.  Another longtime member of BCBC,  Joy has an eye for snapping a photo that depicts in a single shot the essence of an event. Recently, she photographed for our group the Asian Film Festival the Global Change Gala event.  I loved how she captured the “action” during this Red Cross Benefit.  Joy also loves to photograph reunions and family group photos – which is a gift I gave my hubby last year.   Also, know that Joy can offer lessons on how to work that camera you got as a holiday gift.  Here is Joy’s contact info: http://www.JoyousPhotos.com

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Photo of Kimberly Cheng, host of the Global Change Gala for the Red Cross during the Asian World Film Festival. Photographed by Joy Daunis

 

Your special someone likes bling?

 Lyn D Jewelry, owned by Lynette Vandaveer,  offers one of a kind pieces of wearable art at very reasonable prices!  I love Lynnette Vandaveers’ vision of creating beautiful creations.  Her heart and soul pours in to each piece.  Lynette has an active website that showcases her jewelry.

 

When it comes to fashion I must admit that I have another addiction to confess.  I love CABI clothing.  First because of the uniqueness of the designs and secondly because the clothing has a lasting quality.  Although 26-3034-AS-front.jpegCABI can be touted as a bit “pricey” the reality is that these clothes will outlast nearly anything else in your closet and still be “trendy”.   Plus, where else can you buy clothing and get the help of a great fashion advisor such as Kathy Gonzalez!  This dynamo knows how to pair the right clothes to the right person. CABI is a gift idea for the hard to buy woman in your life… Order that coveted gift certificate from Kathy buy clicking here.  By the way I LOVE the zigzag jacket that just arrived at my door this week!

And… to wear UNDER those fabulous CABI clothes are Ruby Ribbons foundations who are sold by BCBC member Tracy Farman.  They have special camisoles that take the place of cumbersome bras.  Also, their lace undies and other clothing pieces are so stylish.  Again… I may need a 12- step program to help save me from my Ruby Ribbon addiction!

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A GIFT FOR YOUR HOME

 

gallery2 copyLinda Straley is a decorating genius! I had her in my home to help “erase the beige” and before I knew it we were living in shades of teal and purple!  What a difference it made  and she can help you, too!  In fact –  give a gift certificate to yourself and maybe to someone who you know would love to facelift their living area but doesn’t usually treat themselves. AND…Linda also sells amazing sculptures and functional pieces of art. Her chandeliers rock!

Visit Linda Straley Designs for contact info and samples of Linda’s great work!

Now if you live in the Beach Cities consider giving loved ones gift certificates to these great places.

The FACE PLACE and MORE offers personalized facials and hair removal.  Owned and operated by seasoned professional, Linda Hirsch, this is THE place to go for pampering! Linda’s facial (with a neck massage) is fabulous for forgetting holiday stress!  Her prices are very reasonable and well worth every penny!

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Located in El Segundo, CA

After your fabulous facial – walk to HAIRLINES where you can continue your pampering with hair styling by the incomparable Geri Dahl.  Not only do you get great service here but, you are treated to the luxury of hanging out in a funky designed salon that pumps out the best of Motown!  (Sing – a – longs are optional!).  While at the salon treat yourself to her FABULOUS hair products. (The conditioner is divine!)   Geri makes info videos, too!

 

GIVE THE GIFT OF CARING

Last but not least is a very special gift option from  FirstLight HomeCare.  Chanel Garcia of BCBC has often said that Firstlight offers services beyond what other agencies provide.  Here are some examples:

  • New Mom assistance. Firstlight will bring a care giver to the home to help mom out. Even take care of the simple errands or watching older children.
  • Post-operative care.  Just  back from a stay at the hospital and need an extra hand to help around the house, do errands or drive you to appointments?
  • Respite care. This is HUGE. Imagine giving parents who care for adult children with Autism a day of respite. Even a few hours. This would be huge in helping to rejuvenate those who have much responsibility.
  • Helping seniors.  Give your elderly relatives the gift of assistance with everyday living needs or special care.
  • Special events.  Need an extra helper to care for an elderly relative during a wedding.  Firstlight can help.

If you have questions or would like to learn how to access a gift certificate contact Chanel Garcia.

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Senior care, respite care and new mom assistance – a gift certificate from Firstlight Homecare can make a huge difference this holiday season!

That leaves me.

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Happy Holidays!

 

A Face. A Social Story. Helping children with Autism to express feelings

I have worked many years within the Autism community.  It is often my observation (and that of many others) – that people on the spectrum sometimes misread or fail to notice social and emotional cues in others.   This can lead to difficult, awkward and at times, comical situations. Many therapists, psychologists, educators and parents work diligently to try and bring social awareness and correct communication techniques  (including semantics) to those who have challenges in these areas.

Over the years I have snapped thousands of photos for programs and products via SIGNING FAMILIES.  Today I am making many of  the photos with only “faces” available in the form of a slideshow.   Feel free to download and share this slideshow. To stop the slideshow or pause it- simply press the middle two lines on the photo.

It is my hope that these photos will help promote conversation, social stories or simply with identifying feelings and emotions in others.

Consider these pictures a starting point. Notice there are no captions below any of the pictures. I will leave it up to the viewers to decide where the conversation should lead and decide which emotion the photo is portraying.  Perhaps whole stories can be generated with a single photo.  Let the child lead, if you can.

To learn more about my programs for children and adults with Autism, please connect via SIGNING FAMILIES or my website.

Feel free to add your ideas on how to promote communication below.

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