Saturday, January 28, 2012

Winning Every Day

"If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does - day in and day out."

~ Chuck Noll

Friday, January 27, 2012

Doing It Right

This is a REPOST - I was so disappointed by H&M I had to share.

Here is the link to the original post.

H&M is Awesome

From: Tori LaConsay
Subject: Copyright infringement by H&M

The East Atlanta Village is one of the most loving, tight-knit neighborhoods I’ve ever known. The residents are like family. On December 14, 2008, I painted a love letter to my neighborhood. The sign was located on the main thoroughfare on Flat Shoals Avenue. On one side of the sign, I painted, “You Look Nice Today” followed by a little heart. This was on the side of the sign that I thought people would see on their way to work. On the other side of the sign (the side I thought people would see the most on their return back to the neighborhood) I painted, “I’m So Happy You’re Here” with another little heart. It was a small gesture that I genuinely hoped would make my neighbors feel good.

A few days ago, friends started sending me links to the H&M UK website. Apparently, H&M were so impressed by my work, that they were using it on pillowcases and doormats, with no credit or compensation.

An email to H&M received the following response:
“We employ an independent team of over 100 designers. We can assure you that this design has not been influenced by your work and that no copyright has been infringed.”

Here’s a copy of a complaint a friend sent via H&M’s customer service portal. Please note their reply.

Some friends have been posting on H&M’s Facebook page, which is being scrubbed clean of any mention of this incident as quickly as possible.
Except for this statement:

I think it is pretty obvious what H&M have done. I hoped you wouldn’t mind sharing this with your readers.
Thank you,
Tori LaConsay

- H&M on Facebook
- H&M on Twitter
- H&M Customer Service


- Thanks to Maya on Facebook for the INSPIRATION

UPDATE: From H&M’s Facebook page

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wellness - Nabacu

The opportunity to explore Eastern medicine presented itself today.
Myself and Noah had appointments for acupressure massages from Nabacu

Unsure of what to expect as we entered the standard looking office building, I was plesantly surprised when we walked through the suite doors.  The peaceful music and smiling faces that greated us immediately put me at ease.  After settling our paperwork, we sat to enjoy a bit of water and tea before our sessions.

Dr. Wang came and sat with us to discuss her background and what she could help us with (based on our answers on the new patient forms).  It was very nice of her to take the time to discuss our services and benefits as well as some of the other services that are offered.  Her approach was very frank and to the point, yet warm.

Jenny used a firm hand starting at the neck and working her way down.  Utilizing her whole arms, the pressure was a lot at times, but nothing that hurt.  I think my favorite part of the acupressure was when she pressed the points on my arm from my elbow to my hands.

Afterwards my back though sore was flexible and I am looking into contacting my insurance company to see if they can help pay for me to come back!

If you are interested in seeing it Eastern medicine is right for you here are some specials for the month of February!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Beverly Hills

I will admit it.

I am one of the millions of viewers who watch The Real Housewives Series.  This week was the wedding episode and it was super pretty in pink.

Here are a few of my favorite things from the wedding:

The cake was classic and gorgeous covered in fresh flowers.  The tent really did have a cozy feel (the best that money can buy!)  The tables were a bit over the top for my taste, but I loved the varied of pink florals.

I am not traditionally a pink girl, but there was something about how it all came together that was elegant and fun.

Now it is time for more OC drama!

Event Insider Notes: Pink/Fuchsia is the most flattering lighting at an event.  It really give the guest the best glow for pictures! Also large sparklers are super fun, but a logistical nightmare, they take forever to light and it is hard to get them all going at once. (But nothing is impossible!)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Fit New Year

Mondays are a great day to get started!
You can take your first steps into the Grand Reopening Event at Northwest Sports & Health.
Enjoy an evening of music, food, and prizes.

Monday January 23rd,
4 PM - 9 PM 
4001 Brandywine Street
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-244-6090

• Light Food, Drinks, Beer & Wine
• DJ
• Raffle Prizes!
• Special Membership Offers
• 5-Hour Energy & Robeks Booths
• Serenity Day Spas
• Redskins Cheerleaders Autograph Signing

And if that wasn't enough to get you moving maybe this will!
Meet Antwaan Randle El, Former Washington Redskins Wide Receiver, Former Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver, Super Bowl XL Champion, and the only wide receiver in history to throw a touchdown pass in a Super Bow!

Also make sure to chat with Ben King (who will be dressed in a suit and a smile holding an iPad 2) about the club, fitness and/or the Redskins.  As a certified trainer and head of his own brand, Core Spiral Wellness, Ben is a great resource.  His approach to whole body fitness includes Taoist breathing, yoga, military strength-training, as well as aerobics, weight lifting, and floor-mat exercise.

You can reach out to Ben about fitness or anything!
Elite Trainer NW Sport&Health

The Wellness Workout

The Core Spiral Wellness process

Sunday Peaches

It is important to support businesses that you enjoy.  You never know when it might reward you!

The Silver Diner has an awesome offer up on Facebook so hurry!
Click on the tab on the left that says 'free cobbler!'
First 500 fans!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hot Stuff

I LOVE that things I loved as a child are coming back! 
I love even more when I can buy these things for myself.

INCASE brings back something old with something now. 

 Featuring the Thermo Snap Case ($34.95)
 A little heat or cool and you can customize your case, for a bit anyways.

This bring back memories because once upon a time I was a sticker collector.  I had puffies, heaties, fuzzies, and shinies.  For those who misses out, heaties were foam stickers with heat touch response.

Unfortunately I don't still have this awesome collection with me.  So I did the next best thing.

Thank you The Sticker Monster for sharing your childhood book.  I totally had these stickers!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mail Call - USPS

It is your last chance to get loaded up on the Forever stamps!

Erika Firm from Delphine posted this wonderful cheat sheet on her blog.

Delphine is an award-winning invitation, stationery and design company.
You can follow their wonderful work on their company page, blog and pins!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ooo for Rue!

Sometimes there is no registry.  Sometimes all of the 'good stuff' has already been purchased.  Sometimes you just need a classic gift.

Well today you are in luck.  Rue La La has started . Check out the goodies ranging from accessories to gifts.  Here are a few of my favs!

Plus a bonus: 9.95 shipping paid once, good for 30 days of shopping!

Not a member?  Click to sign up here!

All images taken from

Bloomies & Bubbly

Start your registry tonight!

Bloomingdale's in Chevy Chase invites you to scan, sip and sample tonight with them.  Windows Catering Company will provide the savory hors d'oeuvres and Cakes in Style will be there to satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy learning great tips for your wedding and your registry and take home a fabulous gift bag!*

If you open a registry at Bloomingdale's during the event, you will be entered to win a luxurious 3-night stay at the Hotel Le Bristol, Paris. **

To say 'I do!' please call 240-774-3861
January 19th 2012
6pm - 8pm

*One per customer
**No purchase necessary. See store for details

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

An Entertainment Exchange

Exclusive Industry VIP Special Event Invitation

Are you:

A Bride or Groom in search of the perfect entertainment for your wedding?

A proud parent of children preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

Looking for great entertainment for your next corporate event or gala celebration?

An Event Planner trying to keep up with the latest in trend-setting entertainment?

A member of a prestigious association in the special event industry (ISES, NACE, SESMA, etc.)?

If you answered YES to any of the above then ENTERTAINMENT EXCHANGE would like to cordially invite you plus 1 guest to the premier Grand Opening of our brand new state of the art Showcase Theater.

Featuring live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, spirits, photo booth and more!
Performances by Jukeboxx, Nightsong, and DJ Neekola.

Join us for an industry exclusive event where you will be able to network with your peers and check out the latest and greatest in entertainment for 2012!

To get on the VIP list and become eligible for the free iPad 2 giveaway, please do the following 2 things:
1. LIKE us on this Facebook Fanpage.
2. Register for your VIP tickets at:


This event is promoted and planned by IMPACT Marketing & Events
(*Note: Unfortunately as a result of space limitations, this event is not open to entertainment agencies, entertainment companies or entertainers. We have scheduled a separate event for you! If you’d like to be included please send us an email with your contact information and we’ll send you an exclusive invitation.)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Good

"Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false."
~ Richard Cecil

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Friday the 13th brought nostalgic fun on Elm St. in Bethesda.  Friends in the know invited us to join them to experience White Ford Bronco @ The Barking Dog (4723 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD).

Finishing the night with a little Hanson, MMMBop, really started the weekend off right.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Unveiled Invitation

Begin your year with the best wedding showcase in DC!
Washingtonian's Bride & Groom Unveiled showcases many friends and colleagues next weekend at the always gorgeous Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

January 22nd 2012
1330 Maryland Ave, Southwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20024

Get your tickets here.
    And if you are feeling savvy enter 'BLOGGER10' to get 10% off.

See you at the bridal show!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Make sure your dvr is set to record the new episode of Storage Wars on A&E tonight 10pm EST.

Barry is by far the best character, but Justin and Brandi are a good laugh as well.  Darrell is a wild card and Dave is... leaving?

According to TMZ, Hester might not be returning next season unless A&E raises their 'unjust' offer.

Will he be missed?

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Pantry Prepared

Starting off this new year, I am excited to use this recent opening in my schedule to take a hard look at my environment around me.  First stop: kitchen.

Martha knows what your pantry needs!

Pg 84 Martha Stewart Living January 2001

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Wild Times

It was Tebow Time again!
Broncos pulled out the stops and stopped the Steelers.

See you in New England!

Saturday, January 7, 2012


"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."

~ Abraham Lincoln

Friday, January 6, 2012

Follow Friday: Passion

If I had a million dollars I would ___________________________________

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fall Together

"Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."
- Marilyn Monroe

Monday, January 2, 2012

Still Celebrating

Birthdays come around every year.  I can still remember birthdays of kids I went to school with whom I haven't spoken too in years!  Yet, I usually end up taking the easy way out by just posting on facebook instead of sending out an actual card.

Since 2012 is a year of new, I have decided to use a bit of my work ethic to get my life in top shelf shape.  Because it is Martha Monday I have a good source on where to get started.

In her never ending wonder, Martha gives us the birthday card book.  Using clasp envelopes with full page  monthly calendar on the front you can fill in the birthdays or other occasions you need to remember, and drop cards suitable for each recipient in the appropriate envelope throughout the year. So simple and yet so chic. Feeling inspired I decided to see what other eye catching organizars I could find.

And then I felt it was time to give it a go myself.  We always had a box with cards growing up for all occasions but never really sorted.

What do you think?


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