Aug 22

adidas Stan Smith Now Customizable

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adidas Stan Smith Now Customizable
The best selling adidas shoe of all time, the adidas Stan Smith defines the word ‘icon’. But even after over 40 years of market domination, it has been missing something. You. 

Introducing the adidas mi Stan Smith, a legend now available for customization.



Available in styles for men and women, in both leather and suede, you select your favorite color for the shoe base, accents, heel patch print, tongue logo, even sign your name or emblaze your motto on the sockliner. Each adidas mi Stan Smith pair comes with two sets of laces (you choose the colors) to really make your style pop. The foundation is still Stan Smith, but the style is all your own. 

Ready to sign your name on this legend? Pick up your pair of adidas mi Stan Smith today at adidas.com


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Aug 19

Wedding Gift Ideas: Meet Lyve #LyveHome (+ Giveaway!)

Today’s post is sponsored by LyveHome, by my love for this device is all my own!

I fell in love with a gadget, and I think it should be in your home. Well, not only that, but it would make a fantastic gift for a newlywed or photographer. Meet Lyve. Lyve is the complete solution for collecting, protecting, and rediscovering your personal photos and videos. Keep on capturing your favorite moments knowing your photos and videos are automatically protected on your LyveHome device from wherever you are.

#LyveHome

Lyve allows you to have one view of your collection, even photos and videos posted on Facebook, or those kept in cloud storage services like Dropbox or GDrive, regardless of the space you have available on your mobile device. Imagine having hundreds of thousands of memories viewable on any size Android or iOS device. Your collection can be brought together, regardless of where it was originally saved.

Use the USB port or SD card slot to import all of your old memories stored on old phones, external hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, GoPro, smart cameras and more. You can easily find the memory you’re looking for, sorted within the Lyve app by date. Life doesn’t stop just because your memory card is full. With Lyve, you’ve got plenty of space for all those times you want to remember, at home or on the go! This is an amazing product for someone like myself who takes photos all the time! From my iPhone, my digital camera, my SLR, the GoPro, and more, this is the only way I can see ever getting organized with our photos.

LyveHome

Planning a wedding or know someone that is? Give the gift of rediscovery – helping newlyweds reminisce about the journey to the altar. Keep all your memories from the engagement party to the honeymoon synced seamlessly on LyveHome!

Or, perhaps you’re a new parent. It is so awesome to have all of your little one’s memories together in one place. I barely had time to send out birth announcements, so trying to take photos and getting them on the computer was quite the task. It is so nice to be able to use this and have all my favorite moments together.

LyveHome has 2 TB storage (AMAZING!), and has an sd card slot, USB 2.0, HDMI with v1.4 HDCP, Audio Out, and 1 Gigabit Ethernet.

Files Supported

  • JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg, .jpe)
  • TIFF (.tif, .tiff)
  • GIF (.gif)
  • PNG (.png)
  • BMP (.bmp)
  • MPEG-4 (.mov, .m4v, .mp4)
  • AVI (.avi)
  • 3GPP (.3gp)
  • MPEG-2 (.mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .mod)
  • Matroska (.mkv)

Compatible With

  • Mac OS X 10.9 or later
  • iOS
  • iOS 7 or later
  • Android Android 4.1 or later
  • Windows Windows 7 with SP1 or later

LyveHome

It is so exciting to watch our memories and to see new ones. What is most fun is being able to see my husband’s shots from on the go on our LyveHome!

Giveaway!

Want to try LyveHome for yourself? Visit Lyve and watch the video. Leave a comment and let me know what you are most excited about with LyveHome! 

Extra Entries

2. Tweet me! “I hope I win the @LyveMinds gadget from @SunnySoirees! Enter to win http://bit.ly/lyvehomephotos”
3. Like Sunny Soirees on Facebook!

Can’t wait to win? Order today and get free shipping with code LyveUnleashed.

 Giveaway ends 8/28! US only please. 


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Aug 19

Real Friendships are Forever: Gift Ideas For Friends

Real friends are not easy to come by. This can happen for many reasons. Friends may move away, and daily time constraints can make it hard to genuinely connect with others. To top it off, it’s rare to find someone who is willing to be open and honest. Friendship requires maintenance. Giving gifts to friends is a nice way to let them know they’re appreciated, and it helps to create special memories that strengthen the friendship. 

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Gift Ideas for Friends

1. Surprising a person is a wonderful way to express gratitude for a friendship, and sending flowers to a friend is an excellent way to surprise them. Floral arrangements brighten up any room, and they lift a friend’s spirits. Floral arrangements present a way for people to receive surprises at work without it interrupting the workday. For example, flower delivery in Melbourne from Fresh Flowers and other companies deliver floral arrangements quickly and efficiently. 

2. A friendship is a special bond between two people. Friendship necklaces were all the rage during the eighties and nineties. They’re making a comeback as well. For people who have been friends since those decades or appreciate nostalgia, friendship necklaces are the perfect gift. A friendship necklace can be hung from the rearview mirror if the receiver doesn’t prefer to wear it. 

3. Friendships are built on sharing with one another. Surprise lunch dates are wonderful ways to create lasting memories with a friend. Whisking a person away for an hour can instantly improve a person’s day. Eating out provides a phenomenal way for people to sit down and talk without distractions. This is especially true for friends who have children. 

4. Volunteering to watch a friend’s children while they go out with their spouse is a nice treat as well. While sharing special moments with a friend is important, it’s also important to put their needs in the forefront at times. Every friendship should be balanced although. Allowing a friend to have one on one time with their spouse helps a friend to be happy and healthy. 

In addition to gifts, friendships requires that people put aside time to spend with their friends. Like any other relationship, friendships need to be nurtured to grow. As life goes on, people quickly realize that material possessions come and go, but they realize that real friends are forever. 


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Aug 19

New Local Salons Directory and Search Engine Manager

Localsalons.com is a new, South Florida service which helps customers find hair and nail salons, dayspas, beauty and massage parlors, and similar health locations in and around their areas. It can also help them locate venues in other places, such as when they are vacationing or visiting friends or relatives away from home. But it is not just to help customers; while they find salon deals on LocalSalons.com, while owners find customers.

New Local Salons Directory and Search Engine Manager
As a spa and/or salon owner, you simply join the site for as little as $20.00 per month and submit the information regarding your business and location. Localsalons.com then manages your online listings in various directories and search engines, including Google. Using their knowledge of search engine optimization (often referred to as “SEO”) and similar tactics, they are able to get your listing to the top of the search results, making your business immediately visible to millions of potential customers who need appointments at health and beauty outlets. 

Unlike many other companies that are national, Localsalons.com is local to the South Florida area. Not only do they understand what local customers are looking for but they are able to offer instant coupons (one of their partners includes Groupon, well known and used by a large number of people on a regular basis, but instant coupons have proven even more effective than using Groupon alone) and unlimited leads. A simple $10 off printable coupon may bring your salon more customers than you can handle but you need to be sure you can afford the reduced price before offering it. Luckily, you can make and implement such decisions quickly with LocalSalons’ system. Also, you do not have to worry as much about booking accuracy, as LocalSalons’ partner, MINDBODY, helps ensure accuracy. Not only is this a great way to find new customers but also improve the number of bookings and accuracy. 

In addition to all of this, you receive traffic reporting, social media integration, search engine marketing, and more – all of which you can manage using the control panel or, for a nominal monthly fee on top of your membership, delegate to LocalSalons instead. If you still have questions as to what your monthly membership buys you, what LocalSalons.com offers, who their partners are, or anything else, be sure to head over to the website and click on the Frequently Asked Questions page (www.localsalons.com/faq) to learn more.


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Aug 18

Enter to Win the Reebok Maleficent Giveaway Pack

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Enter to Win the Reebok Maleficent Giveaway Pack 
Something wicked could be coming back to school! Five lucky winners will receive the Reebok Maleficent Giveaway Pack: the limited edition Maleficent Top Down Sneaker, a Disney Maleficent Backpack & Beanie, and a $100 Reebok.com gift card! Bring a little of the dark side to the first day of school! Contest ends 8/20, so get your entry in today!

While you’re back-to-school shopping, don’t forget to check out all of the Disney-themed Reebok shoes to find this year’s new favorite pair for your little ones!


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Jul 15

Wedding Dress Shopping

Shopping for a wedding dress can be very overwhelming! When you head the bridal salons to pick out your wedding dress, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Wedding Dress Ideas

1. Have Some Ideas Before You Go Shopping

If you have a general idea of the style or designer you like the most, things will go much smoother. Whether you’re poking through dress racks on your own or enlisting a salesperson to help you, it always helps to have a place to start. Any opinions you can offer will be helpful, even if it’s as simple as “I don’t like wedding dress lace designs” or “I want my dress to have sleeves.”

2. Stick To Your Budget

Know what you can truly spend on a dress, and stick to it. Above all, don’t try on dresses outside of your price range. If you find something you love and try it on, but can’t afford it, it’ll just cause heartache. Trust that you can find something within any price range that makes you look gorgeous.

3. Focus On Flattering, Not Trendy

It’s tempting to go for the latest designs worn in celebrity weddings, but there is a dress style to flatter any body type. When you find a dress that fits your body perfectly, you’ll look as beautiful as a celebrity bride even if you’re wearing a different style of dress.

4. Give Yourself Plenty of Time

You’ve got to give yourself time for alterations, so make sure you don’t get stuck with a last-minute purchase. Most people recommend that you start looking for a dress about eight months out, but if you’re planning on ordering a custom dress, give yourself even more time.

5. Don’t Bring Too Many People Along

Your best bet is to choose just one or two people, ideally people whose taste matches yours. The more people you have tossing in their opinions, the harder it can be to decide what you really want. In the end, the dress should be all about you, not the people around you.

When you find the right dress, you’ll know it as soon as you put it on. With these tips, you can avoid the stress and confusion of dress shopping and can make the whole experience a wonderful memory.


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Jul 15

Weddings in Africa

Wedding Ideas

Are you an African citizen hoping to reclaim your roots for the most important day of your life? Or maybe you’re looking for a fun, unique theme for your ceremony or reception. Here are just five tips for an African wedding that will transport you and your spouse straight to sunny days in the savannah. 

1: Pick Your Spirit Animal. You don’t want leopard prints mingling with tiger pelts at the same ceremony. Try to pick just two or three animal designs to decorate your wedding, especially if they’re compatible in some way. For example, in certain tribes in Congo, both monkeys and crocodiles are seen as wise and valuable species.

2: Serve The Right FoodFrom the acarajé of Nigeria to the kelewele of Ghana, Africa has no shortage of colorful and exotic dishes that will look breathtaking on your plate. You should also do your research into traditional wedding dishes of the region, including sweet banga soup or spicy jollof rice.

3: Embrace A Floral DesignAfrican flowers can make the entire wedding smell like home. Look for pink impalas to brighten every table or yellow irises to soak up the rays of the sun. Don’t forget the African flowers, either; they live up to their name by providing bold, energetic colors that are sure to pop against your white dresses and table clothes.

4: Go WoodsyWhile technology has touched many places on the African continent, its heart still belongs to nature. You can tap into this spirit by using wooden elements in your wedding theme. You might use straw or wooden chairs, for example, or line your building with wooden masks representative of your tribe’s beliefs. You can also hold the entire ceremony outdoors to better connect with the earth.

5: Hire Cultural ExpertsIf it’s been awhile since you’ve been back home, you may need a few reminders about how things are done. The good news is that there are companies like Bloomsbury Films who have shot dozens of African weddings and know exactly how they should look. Sign up for Bloomsbury African wedding filming for a ceremony that’s both beautiful and true to your culture!

If you’re dreaming of an African theme for your big day, these are just five ways to turn your wedding into a celebration of your homeland’s cultures and traditions. The ceremony of your dreams is just a Kwere relic away!


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Jun 29

Light Up Your Wedding: 5 Wedding Lighting Ideas

Looking to add a little light to your big day? There are many ways to add colorful or classy displays of light for your wedding without spending too much extra cash. Consider one of these lighting options when researching your venue. Make sure to ask what they allow (for example, my venue absolutely said no candles) and then get to work!

Wedding Lighting

paper lanterns decoration

1. Chinese Paper Lanterns. These are easy and inexpensive. They also come in a variety of colors to match your theme and overall decor.

Wedding Candles

2. Luminaries. You can make these a variety of ways including paper bags and LED candles. These are also inexpensive and offer tons of options. These can be a DIY or purchased.

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Jun 28

Instagram and Interior Design with Lori Andrews

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As you know, I’m a big Blurb fan. And I love to hear the stories behind the amazing people that make their books with Blurb. Recently I came across this video profile of interior designer and Instagram star Lori Andrews. She draws her inspiration from colors, patterns, and Wonder Woman (yes, the comic book hero!). In fact (spoiler alert) she even has a Wonder Woman costume of her own.

Check out her video below and if you’re as inspired as I am, you can make your own Instagram Photo Book book with your Instagram photos on Blurb.


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Jun 25

Fourth of July Party Ideas

Fourth of July party ideas

Yikes! I can’t believe the Fourth of July holiday is next week already!! Where did June go exactly?

Today I thought I would share some Fourth of July party ideas to get everyone into the patriotic spirit. It’s the best day for barbecuing, fruity cocktails and plenty of red, white and blue decor.

Fourth of July Party Ideas

Pinwheel Picks

Hanging Pinwheels

Napkins

Votives

Beverage Tub

Firecracker Bundle

Mason Jar Tumblers

I picked my patriotic party decor from the Americana collection at Pier One.  There’s everything you need to host your bash, including some very cute paper fireworks. The red, white and blue votives are a particular favorite. I would definitely scatter these around the party area or maybe group a bunch together for a cute centerpiece. And since sipping cocktails, or any drink for that matter, is always more fun out of mason jars, these non-breakable tumblers are party perfection.

Hope these Fourth of July party ideas give you some good old patriotic inspiration!


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