Category Archives: Social Media Tips

Getting Your Creative Juice Flowing

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Fashionistas,

Whether you’re an up-and-coming artist looking for that much-needed break in the scene or an established artist looking for new material, there comes a time when you face a blank wall or, more likely, a blank computer screen. What do you do if you’re coming up with nothing and you have a looming deadline staring you in the face?

Go off the grid. Of course it’s possible. Shut everything down: your smart phone, iPad, laptop, TV, and radio. Whatever device that links you to the Internet and other means of escapism. Get out of your workstation and spend the afternoon in the park with only a journal and a pen for company. In a world where information can is at our very fingertips, we forget that these things shouldn’t be our lifelines. Drink the silence in and look past the deadlines. Anyway, “going wireless” seems like a breath of fresh air, especially with the kind of news we’ve been having lately.

Look for inspiration elsewhere. If you’re anything like me who does research online but keeps coming up empty-handed, that may be the time to search elsewhere. Explore other forms of the arts. Discover new music and look at inspiring photos. Something is bound to inspire you and spark within you a new idea.

Being a perfectionist will also likely to stifle your output. If you set excessively high expectations of yourself then you are setting yourself up for failure. If you think that what you are coming up with is less-than-perfect, then most likely you will not develop it into fruition. Set reasonable expectations from yourself.

Don’t tie your self-image and self-worth to your creative output. Your value as a human is defined by other things such as how you treat other people, how you treat yourself and your family, by how much love you have for country and for others, and your kindness. It’s not going to be the end of the world if you fail at your creative endeavors  Try not to let it affect your self-esteem but rather, use it as an opportunity to get better.

XOXO,

Nikki ♥

Awesome Apps for Women

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Fashionistas,

The recent launch of the iOS 7 system a days ago made such a huge splash in the digital world. And why wouldn’t it? Almost everybody carry a smartphone in their pockets these days because of the additional function of softwares and applications which they can download in a heartbeat. After having browsed through hundreds of applications, I have come up with a list of applications that certainly comes in handy for those women who have active lifestyles. Take a look and take your pick at the lot of them:

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal has the largest food database of over 2 million, so you can keep track of the calories you have consumed, including fast food!

The Period Tracker is another app to get if you’re the type of person who forgets when her period is due. Don’t you just hate it when it’s that time of the month and you are caught off-guard by it and in a situation where a tampon or an Advil is not readily accessible? With this app, you’ll never catch yourself flat-footed again!

The iYoga+ is perfect for beginner yoga practitioners. It contains 58 positions equipped with an instructional how-to guide available in text and in audio. The only downside to this is there are only 8 lessons, good for 30 minutes each. So when you have exhausted all of the lessons, you can look for a paid app for a more advanced yoga lesson.

Evernote is a handy little application that allows you to take notes, make lists, stores images, audio files and web clips all in one place. This app also synchronizes what you’ve put together into all your other devices such as your desktop, laptop, and tablet.

Bad Date Rescue is an app created by dating site eHarmony. If your friends have set you up with someone that you will most definitely not go for, then this is the app to use. This app allows you to get out of a bad date. By one click, you can schedule an incoming “fake” emergency call to your iPhone. The call would actually appear like a real one and there is an actual voice at the end of the line. You get to choose from 3 fake scenarios: a call from your mom with the news that your sister is about to deliver a baby; a call from your concerned neighbour that there is a leaking pipe in your apartment; and a call from your boss demanding you to head straight to the office now! This is a nifty app to have, if I may say so!

Why don’t you try one of these apps soon?

Enjoy!

XOXO,

Nikki ♥

The Tweet That Was Heard Around The World

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Fashionistas,

Scandalous!

Around the 2nd Friday of the Month of December, IAC (owner of websites such as College Humor, About.com, Match.com, okcupid, and vimeo) PR executive Justine Sacco had about 300 Twitter followers and was relatively obscure in the online community. But after a racially-themed tweet, she went on board on a commercial flight without wifi access and after 12 hours of silence as Twitter raged, she became a press relations nightmare and was fired from her company.

So how did it all happen, and  can we learn anything from the whole debacle? It all started with a careless tweet before boarding the aforementioned flight. “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white,” is shocking, particularly coming from a senior PR professional at a well known media company. It makes light of the AIDS scourge in Africa, PLUS it brings in the issue of race as well. And there was nothing at all amusing about it, if that’s what Justine made it out to be.

Soon after the said tweet, social sites such as BuzzFeed took notice and thus began the twitter rage. At first, many thought her account was hacked. Others thought it was an attempt at humor, a lame one at that. The tweet was RT’d thousands of times, and Sacco’s Twitter account ballooned to over 6000 followers. IAC had posted an apology for the “outrageous” and “offensive” tweet and implied she would be dismissed as soon as she could be reached. Sacco’s name was then removed from the company’s profile.

As Twitter waited for a response, it became obvious Sacco was on a flight without internet access. In the meantime, the Twitter community went into overdrive. The domain justinesacco dot com … was acquired and redirected to an African aid donations site. All were glued to Sacco’s account, waiting for the moment when she would realize her mistake, and the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet became a worldwide trend. At some point, the offending tweet was deleted, as well as her Twitter account. Sacco has become a perfect example of the power of social media and to some, she has become a poster child for thoughtless, self-indulgent, oversharing millennials.

As they say, always be careful what you Tweet!

XOXO,

Nikki ❤

Social Media Security

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Fashionistas!

In the age of social media, the most underrated virtue is restraint. Although most of us understand the concept of oversharing in Facebook, there may still be some things you are unconsciously sharing, and you might not even be aware you’re doing it. Here are some of the things I am talking about:

  • Social plugins. Facebook has integrated with some of the frequently visited websites and when you liked or commented on an article (even if you did it outside of Facebook), it will be shown on the newsfeed and posted to your wall. I personally think there’s nothing wrong with this function; however, it becomes an issue when the article you liked or commented on is highly sensitive, politically incorrect, or is simply NSFW.
  • Instagram likes. Yes, we are all addicted to photos of dogs, breakfast food, and selfies. However, you really don’t want to show off your stalking tendencies on Facebook and publicly show the endless photos you have liked of your crush. The same goes for guys as well. Do you really want us to know the half-nude photos of girls you have been liking on Instagram? This can be easily remedied. Just go to your Instagram settings, click the “Share Settings” tab and turn off the setting that shares liked photos to your Facebook timeline.
  • If you also noticed, sometimes when you read an article from Yahoo or from another news site, this activity will also be automatically posted on your wall. The solution is to simply log out of your Facebook account if you are browsing other sites. Another important thing: as much as possible, do not like apps that asks permission from you to allow access to your personal information.
  • Delete birthday information on Facebook as this can be used to gain access to your social insurance number and also to prevent identity theft.
  • If you’re excited about upcoming vacation or travel plans, do not post it on Facebook as this makes you vulnerable to home invasions.

It never hurts to be safe and price your privacy!

XOXO,

Nikki ♥

Freelancing? You Can Do It!

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Fashionistas!

Do you still remember the time when you were fresh out of college, and you were so full of enthusiasm, determination, and confidence that you will conquer the world? But somehow life simply got in the way of things and you were not able to do the things you just knew you were meant to do? In my case, my life-long dream was to become a travel writer, photographer or pattern-maker. Freelancing provides me the freedom from being cooped up in a building. Other people have their own reasons to go through the path of freelancing, like wanting to devote more time to family. If you are considering going through the same path, consider these things first:

Take the risk now. Create the dream job.  It is never too late to pursue your passion, so if your heart’s not in it, then get out of the corporate trappings and just go for it.

Build a nest egg before making the jump. Before I left the corporate world, I made sure I have a comfortable lump sum of savings to get me through the birthing pains of just starting out, and most especially during the lean months when I had no clients at all. Invest in a good desktop or laptop and also a fast internet connection since these will be your main tools in the freelancing world.

Find your passion, know your niche. Most beginning freelancers’ mistakes are to take on all kinds of jobs they could get their hands into, regardless of what kind of job it is. They brand themselves as an all-around, well-rounded jack-of-all-trades, but master-of-none. I have made this mistake while starting out, and found myself stuck with a client for awhile, unable to take on the projects I was really interested in. Since I wanted to be a travel writer, I concentrated in getting writing jobs to hone my writing skills. In my case, Twitter is also a powerful social media to use, and I followed famous travel bloggers and writers and got a lot of advice and tips from there. So don’t sell yourself out, and know your worth. Do not compromise and you will be rewarded for it.

All the best! Love Megan.

XOXO,

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Nikki ♥

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Cassanova Fashionistas,

Remember in the old days when people used Craigslist’s missed connections to reconnect with the one that got away? Nowadays, it is easier to find love and reconnect with people you’ve met IRL through the use of social media. However, there are a couple of commandments in the use of social media to promote love and romance. Here are a couple of things:

  • Do not flood our Facebook timelines with sap nor flaunt your relationship through social media. Are you one of those people who relentlessly post couple photos and date photos or those sickeningly sweet love quotes? We get it, you already are in a relationship. But we certainly don’t need a blow-by-blow account of the ups and downs of the relationship.
  • Do not merge your Facebook accounts into one single account. I have seen a few couples who have done this. What, you are both so jelled together now that you can no longer have separate identities?
  • Do not use social media to check up on your significant other: where he went, and the people he was with. Resist the urge to stalk his ex, even if it is tempting. Don’t stalk. Just don’t. Nothing good ever comes out of it. For that matter, even if the two of you have a good thing going, that still doesn’t give you the right to ask for his password. Respect his privacy and give him his personal space.
  • It’s still in the early days, the two of you just started dating and you still don’t know where this is heading, for crying out loud, do not put the guy on the spot by posting photos of your dates together.
  • Some people become ‘single’ when in a quarrel and then become ‘in a relationship’ the instant they kiss and make up. Every single time they have a fight. Do not publicize a fight over social media. Instead, keep it all to yourselves.

Common courtesy is always the start of good love!

XOXO,

Nikki ♥

#OOTD OD!

 

 

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Fanatic Fashionistas,

Are you a social media fanatic? Is your every life’s milestone documented on your TWITTER, FACEBOOK, and INSTAGRAM account? Well, this topic is just for you!

Have you seen this sign embedded before words: “#”? Yep. The HASHTAG. According to the urban dictionary, the hashtag is a means for people to search for any topic you’re probably talking about. Take for example on Twitter, you wished to talk about the weather. You can go ahead and type: “So loving the #weather for today.” If someone surfs around Twitter and searched for the word “weather,” your Tweet would appear. Amazing right?

In light of the Hashtag, have you seen #OOTD on Instagram? OOTD is an acronym for Outfit Of The Day. Believe me, it’s already people’s habit! They would take a photo of themselves and type “#OOTD” and it’s fantabulous! I just love seeing people’s get up every day! It tells so much of who they are, what they are doing with their life, their beliefs, and their whole personality!

It’s wonderful! Definitely a rave! All you have to do is scroll through Instagram and voila! It’s like a fashion show!

So what are you wearing today? Let’s see you’re OOTDs!