Archive for November, 2010
Two months ago, we announced together with our friends at Windows Live that bloggers on the Windows Live Spaces service were being offered the opportunity to move their existing blogs over here to WordPress.com to join the best blogging community on the planet.
Since then, we’ve seen an explosion in the number of sites joining WordPress.com every day. With the addition of Windows Live Spaces sites moving to WordPress.com, Windows Live users who are new to blogging coming here, and word-of-mouth from our current and very passionate users, the number of people joining WordPress.com has doubled to over 900,000 per month (up from around 400,000 per month before the migration). We’re thrilled to see this explosion and to be introducing so many people to publishing with WordPress. With the recent releases of many new features and several new themes, and more of each on the way, it’s a great time to be on WordPress.com.
Throughout the transition, we Happiness Engineers have had the privilege of helping many new users adjust to a new platform and learn to take advantage of the amazing features and capabilities unique to WordPress.com. If you’ve moved from Windows Live Spaces and feel that you’re still having trouble getting up to speed, or are about to join us on WordPress.com, we’d like to take a moment to talk about a few of the speed bumps you might run into as part of that transfer process.
A sample WordPress photo gallery.
The number one question we receive after a move to WordPress.com is “where are my photos?” Because uploaded photos are part of a different service—Windows Live SkyDrive—they aren’t always brought over with your blog posts to WordPress.com.
If you had inserted some of those images into your blog posts, we’ll bring those over for you automatically as part of the upgrade process. However, if you were using the Photos module to display your albums, you won’t find your images when you get to your new site. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that you can move your images over to WordPress.com galleries very easily. In fact, a user who moved here from Windows Live Spaces has written an excellent step-by-step tutorial and posted it on her site to help other Windows Live Spaces users make the move with their photos.
Drafts, Modules, and Lists
After your move to WordPress.com, you’ll notice that some parts of your Windows Live Spaces site won’t have moved with you. The upgrade to WordPress.com automatically moves your published posts and your comments to your new site.
Draft posts are just one such item, so you’ll need to make sure that you either copy them into a separate document or publish them prior to starting the migration process. Any posts left in draft will no longer be accessible once you’ve completed the migration process.
Information you had in modules won’t make the move to WordPress.com, either. Not to worry, though! You just need to make a note of the information you wish to transfer prior to migrating. Here at WordPress.com things are a bit different. Instead of modules, we use widgets to place content into your site’s sidebar. We have many available widgets which can display text, an image, your Gravatar, a tag cloud, or any one of a number of additions to help your readers find content and learn about you.
There’s one notable exception: if you’re looking for your Lists from Windows Live Spaces, we’ve worked out with the Windows Live Spaces team to find a way to retrieve that content once you’ve migrated. It won’t be moved to your new site, but you can get the info and then copy it into a new widget whenever you like. You can learn how to do this in our frequently asked questions about the move.
Where to Get Help
Change isn’t always easy. Although we think WordPress.com is the best publishing service in the world, if you’ve just come from using another platform for the last few years, it can be difficult to learn new tricks and wrap your brain around new concepts. Thankfully, we have lots of great support resources here to help you get rocking and back up to speed creating great content.
If you’re brand-new, you should of course start with the excellent Learn WordPress.com, which will introduce you to the basics.
For more specific questions, move on to our Support documentation. Click around and learn more details on how to use WordPress.com, or search for your question and find an answer in one of the hundreds of pages in our knowledgebase.
Do you have a more specific question? Or would you rather talk about it with your fellow WordPress.com users and get to know others? The WordPress.com Forums are a great place to ask. Our Happiness Engineers patrol the forums, and there are a lot of very knowledgeable volunteers around who will be happy to answer your question or point you in the right place.
There are support forums available in multiple languages, also filled with great volunteers and users from the WordPress.com community. We have support forums available in Arabic, Dutch, Farsi, Finnish,French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian),Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.
If you have a question about your user account on WordPress.com, or have a problem that can’t be solved using the documentation or asking a volunteer, you can of course contact our resident team of Happiness Engineers for assistance. We’re online and answering your questions twenty-four hours a day, and nothing makes us happier than helping you to make the most of your WordPress.com experience. Don’t forget: we’re here to help.
I asked my sister to recommend some Arabic singers to me, and she said I should try and find some Nancy Ajram. So here it is! I like the clothing and makeup as well.
[Today's title comes from one of the few words I can say in Arabic, which is "Ihank you." In Egyptian pronunciation it sounds like "SHOOK-a-ran." )]
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with more holiday sales than one can possibly handle! The ToryBurch.com holiday sale is happening now! Spend $300 and get 30% off! Plus, receive a Limited Edition Tote on orders of $150 or more and free gift wrap! If you spend $350 or more, you will also get free shipping! Check out the Tory Burch gift guide and take advantage of this awesome sale!
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Leopard is back! It’s actually been back for months (or maybe longer?), so if you haven’t bought anything leopard yet, what are you waiting for?! I have my eye on a few leopard items – a cardigan, Tory Burch flats, and the Badgley Mischka Platinum Label Claudette Cheetah-Print Calfhair Crossbody Bag. This crossbody bag is perfect both day and night, and just the right size for all the essentials. My favorite details are the chain link shoulder strap and the three buckles. It’s on sale now at Bloomingdale’s! Price: $245.00 $171.50.
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One of my goals in ILVOELV is to make your browsing experience easy and enjoyable. That’s why I have redesigned ILVOELV.com to make it great for desktop viewing. But if you’re browsing using a mobile device, it might be quite frustrating to navigate the site due to the device’s limited screen real estate. Starting today, this won’t be an issue anymore. I am proud to introduce the mobile version of ILVOELV.
ILVOELV for Mobile is streamlined and is designed to be viewed from popular touch-based mobile devices like iPhone™, iPod touch™, Android™, Palm™ Pre/Pixi, and BlackBerry Storm™.
How to get it? Well, there’s really nothing to do on your part. Just open the your device’s browser and type in http://www.ilvoelv.com. ILVOELV is then loaded and automatically optimized for viewing in your mobile device.
For iPhone users, would it be great to have ILVOELV right on your iPhone’s home page? That’s why I’ve come up with this great solution… the ILVOELV Web App. If you feel like visiting ILVOELV, just tap the ILVOELV icon and the ILVOELV App will launch. It’s really easy! It’s great for those who are on the go and needs to have their daily dose of LV news.
You can get the ILVOELV Web App right on your device. Just follow this video instruction:
I hope you’d enjoy browsing ILVOELV on your mobile device with these new features!
Images via Bengt Enrique / ILVOELV
Here is ILVOELV’s top 10 luxury picks from Yoogi’s Closet that would surely make great gifts for your loved ones this holiday season! Yoogi’s Closet is an online shopping destination which offers authentic pre-owned luxury bags and accessories, with brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chanel, Balenciaga and more!
And because it’s Black Friday, Yoogi’s Closet is offering 10% off from every piece from their store! Just use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY on checkout! Happy shopping!
Yoogi’s Closet Price: $275
Can’t get your hands on the rare Monogram Graffiti bags? You can have a piece of Graffiti with this rare limited edition Louis Vuitton Graffiti Bag Charm from the Stephen Sprouse Tribute Collection released back in 2009. Contrasting materials and colors make this piece stand out from the crowd. The charm can be clipped on most metallic links on handbags or can used as a key holder. It’s a fabulous way to jazz up your bag!
Yoogi’s Closet Price: $895
Condition: Like New
The sparkly Monogram Eclipse Mini Pochette Accessoires would make a great accessory for any evening look. It’s in gorgeous condition inside and out. The exterior is clean and shows no visible signs of wear. There are light surface scratches to the goldtone hardware. The interior lining is clean and in excellent condition.
Yoogi’s Closet Price: $1,695
Condition: Gently Used
The thing I love the most about this bag is its color. The vibrant red is very festive. It would surely add a pop of color to any outfit!
Yoogi’s Closet Price: $2,250
Condition: Gently Used
Fall/Winter 2007′s Monogram Mirage was a bestseller. Not only because of it’s stunning look but also for it’s timeless appeal. This coveted bag is a must-have for all Louis Vuitton collectors everywhere!
Yoogi’s Closet Price: $3,150
Condition: Like New
Yoogi’s Closet Price: $3,850
As part Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2008 Collection (my all-time favorite) comes the Monogram Watercolor Speedy Frame. This gorgeous bag is the result of the collaboration between Marc Jacobs and artist Richard Prince. The combination of the smudged Monogram pattern and the Karung leather handles makes this bag a standout piece.
Yoogi’s Closet Price: $3,350
Condition: Like New
This rare and highly sought after piece was a result of the artistic collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Japanese artise Takashi Murakami back in Spring/Summer 2005. The Sac Fermoir is crafted from iconic monogram canvas adorned with bright cheerful cherries and features luxurious red lizard handles, frame top with over-sized golden brass kisslock closure. If you missed out on this back in 2005, now’s your chance to have it!
Yoogi’s Closet Price: $1,995
Condition: Like New
The Monogram Velours Alligator Irvine was released in extremely limited quantities and is sought after by celebrities and Louis Vuitton collectors (especially in the ultra-rare red color!). This stunning piece features a feminine shape covered in Monogram Velours and trimmed with the luxurious Alligator leather. It also has antique finished studs and S-lock closure.
Yoogi’s Closet Price: $3,095
Condition: Gently Used
This is my personal favorite from the whole lot. I love the the SC Bag’s classic silhouette based from Louis Vuitton iconic Speedy bag. The color is understated yet very elegant. I would be more than happy to have this bag as a Christmas present!
Yoogi’s Closet Price: $2,895.00
Condition: Gently Used
This is it, my no. 1 pick!
It’s the Holidays, so splurge on the Monogram Mousseline Demi Lune. This extremely rare piece from the Fall/Winter 2005 collection is crafted from chiffon fabric that is beaded and embroidered with the Monogram pattern which It is then topped with black Mink fur and python leather trims and handles! Stunning beyond words!
Images via Yoogi’s Closet
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Luscious colors of sorbets, bonbons and blush. A colorama of pale, almost milky acids, the pastels of the Memphis movement or the Art Deco buildings of Miami. Modern nostalgia of the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies. The sweet mood of a doe-eyed Chic Lolita. As if a young, ultra-fresh Bardot had conquered Hollywood, as if La Madrague was in Palm Springs. This is the spirit of extreme femininity and sophistication found in the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2011 collection.
As beautiful in a sundress as she is in a shorts suit and a sky-blue striped little boy shirt or high-waisted trousers, or a circle skirt with organza petticoat, or a Fifties strawberry milkshake cocktail dress, the Chic Lolita is graceful to a T. She puts on a film-star air without taking herself seriously. Her ponytail, worn downtown or on the beach, is bedecked with a silk bow. Her jewelry echoes the grand tradition of Fifties style Hollywood bijoux, with a sly wink and a side-step in time to when bracelets and necklaces matched. Turquoise and coral embroidery, handmade flowers in raffia and leather, just like the bows seen at every turn. Her beach-bag style handbag in vanilla straw gets a touch of glamour with alligator skin. Her metal, mother-of-pearl and lacquer minaudière in sweet, succulent shades is made entirely by hand, just like the petite perforations in her fingerless leather mitts. Whether sheʼs in floral canvas ballet slippers or high-heeled sandals, this devastatingly charming Chic Lolita adores the impertinence and savoir-faire of the craftsmen behind them, and she steeps it all in sensational freshness.
Check out the grouped into three inspirations: the 60′s Style Colorama, Modern Nostalgia, Lolita on the Road, and Hollywood Glamour!
60′s Style Colorama
Lolita on the Road
50′s Hollywood Glamour
Images via Louis Vuitton
French Vogue’s annual calendar is out: the Le Calendrier 2011! The cover shot by Mikael Jansson stars Daria Werbowy haloed in golden light arising lasciviously on satin sheets draped with a beige dress and wearing a neck piece from Louis Vuitton’s Haute Joaillerie Collection.
Le Calendier 2011 is comes alongside French Vogue’s December 2010/January 2011 Issue with Tom Ford as guest editor. It will be available in newsstands by November 30th 2010.
Image via Vogue Paris
Monogram Ikat Stole in Noir
If you’re a fan of the Leopard Stole, then you might like this too! Introducing the Monogram Ikat Stole, a luxurious lightweight blend of cashmere and silk. It’s very similar to the Leopard Stole but instead of having Stephen Sprouse’s Leopard pattern, Ikat Stole features the Monogram pattern which looks like it has undergone the Ikat, a method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibres. The result: a gorgeous scarf!
Monogram Ikat Stole comes in three lovely colors: Noir (Pink pattern over Black), Rose (Yellow pattern over Pink), and Moutarde (Ivory pattern over Mustard). They’re available exclusively at Louis Vuitton stores for US$715.
Images via Louis Vuitton