Archive for March, 2012

New Theme: On Demand

Another beautiful theme worthy of the red carpet has been added to our ever-expanding cast of premium upgrades.

Designed by Jason Schuller of Press75, On Demand was created to bring videos front and center. Adding them into posts is a snap, and you’re free to use virtually any embeddable video format from any video service. On Demand also works brilliantly with WordPress.com shortcodes.

On Demand: Home Page

On Demand: Home Page

Also included in On Demand is a custom Featured Posts widget that allows you to pull in any number of posts from a specified category, as well as several nice Theme Options to help you show off your site content exactly as you’d like it.

There are lots of other goodies offered by On Demand. A custom background color, custom website logo, social media links, four widget areas, and full width page template all come rolled into this video-friendly theme.

On Demand is a premium upgrade for your blog; read more about its features on the Theme Showcase or dive right into previewing it on your blog from Appearance → Themes.


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REAL TALK

This is FIRE! I absolutely love this music video. I wonder who choreographed it, someone did a great job combining Harlem-esque vogueing and club banger moves. Dawn slayed it. As the girls say, “I live!”



{Music: Bombs by Dawn Richard}

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ASHES, ASHES, WE ALL FALL DOWN

Lola Re and the Whatnot

{Image from Fotopedia}

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Keep Your Upgrades in Order

As more and more of you take advantage of our fabulous Upgrades, we’ve been conscious of the increasing need to offer a great way to manage your purchases. What if you could track all of your upgrades, manage them, renew them and *gasp* even cancel them, all in one place?

Well, starting today you’ll see a new page in the Store section of your dashboard: My Upgrades.

On that page you’ll find the list of the upgrades purchased for the site you are managing, followed by a lists of the upgrades you have on your other sites, if any.

Domain registration, mapping, Custom Design, Space upgrade, VideoPress or Premium theme, you will find them all here, along with links allowing you to renew, enable auto renew, update credit card data, or cancel ( and get a refund within the appropriate timeframe ).

As you can see, the status of each upgrade and its expiration date are clearly displayed there, with some handy color-coding:

  • One-time purchases (Premium theme in the screenshot above) or upgrades currently set to auto-renew (Domain) are displayed in green
  • Upgrades which need to be renewed manually are displayed in orange ( 10GB Space, Custom Design )
  • When these upgrades which need to be renewed manually get close to their expiration date, they are displayed in red ( VideoPress )

You’ll also find some handy dandy links to more information about each upgrade, just in case you forget why you bought it! When appropriate, we give you links to the settings page, too.

We’ve got plenty of exciting updates planned, including the ability to visualize, save, and print your own billing reports and purchase receipts – so keep an eye on the page for more!

Never forget a renewal anymore, visit the My Upgrades section of the dashboard.


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Summer Hat Trends for 2012

You might still be recovering from Mardi Gras and, depending on where you live, there’s a chance that a layer of snow is still blanketing your front yard. But make no mistake about it: summer fashion is just around the corner.

Every year, fashion trends shrug off the subdued tones of winter by embracing vivid colors as soon as warm weather arrives. Women can be seen at the beach wearing clashing, brightly colored bathing suits. Men, meanwhile, turn to polos and men dress shirts that favor colors such as lime green, yellow, and pink. We certainly can expect more of the same in 2012. But what new trends can we expect in 2012? Specifically, as far as women’s hats are concerned, what will be the hottest thing to sport when strolling outside, lying on the beach, or walking the dog? Let’s take a look at some of the summer hats we can expect to see everywhere this year:

Women’s Fedoras
Thanks to the popularity of television shows such as Mad Men, the fedora is firmly back in style as a men’s fashion accessory. This summer, expect that trend to take a step further by becoming increasingly popular as women’s casual wear. The feminine version of the fedora differs from the male variety in that it often sports lively colors and a rounded bottom rim.

Large Sun Hats
Billowing, oversized sun hats will make a resurgence this coming summer as women’s beachwear takes a turn to the vintage. Coupled with a one-piece bathing suit expected to make a splash in 2012), a large sun hat can make you look like a graceful throwback to earlier beach-going times. It can also admirably protect you from the sun, of course.

Visor
The visor, once “sporty” and cool, grew lame and severely outdated over the past decade. That may change this summer, as many believe that the visor will represent one of the hottest hat trends around. Beware, however, that current visor wearers are more likely to seek out a chic look than a sporty one.

These are three of the main hat trends we can expect to see in the summer of 2012. Although warm weather may still seem like a long ways off, there’s no better time than the present to start planning your summer fashion – and, of course, your summer fashion accessories as well.

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Transparence Collection

“We decided we wanted to do something very pretty, and very gently, and very loving, and just fill it with pretty colors and beautiful light, luminous textures, things that were translucent and transparent. We wanted to define the body and to create shapes, but have air and lightness and softness,” said Marc Jacobs backstage after his Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show for Louis Vuitton.

The season’s Leather Goods translate this light, airy spirit in soft shapes and sorbet shades. The show opened with variations on the Lockit in sheer nylon voile, offering a glimpse of a smaller Monogram canvas purse inside. For Spring/Summer 2012, three shapes – a dainty Lockit Clutch, the classic Lockit and the stretched Lockit East-West – are embroidered inside and out with the Monogram pattern and trimmed with white leather, creating a pure white-on-white look that is one of the key directions of the season.

Monogram Transparence Lockit Clutch

Size: 10.6″ x 6.6″ x 3.5″
Price: US$1880

Capturing the essence of delicate feminine glamour, the Lockit Clutch in the elegant Monogram Transparence features supple white calfskin leather trimmings and clochette, shiny silver brass metallic hardware, D-ring for keys or accessories and an interior zipped pocket.

1 transparent Clutch JMC Louis Vuitton Monogram Transparence Collection

Monogram Transparence Lockit

Size: 15.3″ x 13.7″ x 6.2″
Price: US$3450

Adorned with delicately embroidered Monogram pattern, the Monogram Transparence Lockit embodies fresh and feminine charm. Shiny silver brass meatallic pieces and radiant white calfskin leather trimmings enhance its iconic shape.

Transparent Lockit Louis Vuitton Monogram Transparence Collection

Monogram Transparence Lockit East-West

Size: 15.7″ x 12.2″ x 6.2″
Price: US$3600

Stretched from east to west, the Lockit East-West in exhilarating Monogram Transparence is as captivating as ever. Intricate embroidery, sumptuous white calfskin leather trimmings and dazzling silver brass hardware completes this delightfully feminine bag.

Transparent Lockit East West Louis Vuitton Monogram Transparence Collection

Images via Louis Vuitton



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New Themes: Standard and Chalk

Today I’m happy to announce two great new additions to our collection of premium themes.

First, we have Standard, a sleek, exacting theme designed by 8BIT for professional blogging with an emphasis on contextual display of your content.

Standard

Your content, in each of its various forms, deserves to be presented with unique distinction. Thanks to Standard’s support of post formats, it can. Image, video, quote, status, and link posts all receive a beautiful visual treatment.

If your visitors are browsing on a mobile device or tablet, Standard has got you covered. Its responsive layout adapts gracefully to smaller screens. View it in action on the demo site, or head on over to the Theme Showcase to read more about Standard and its features.

Next, we have Chalk, an innovative theme designed with a strong focus on online educators by The Theme Foundry.

Chalk

Posts containing to-do lists, chats, links, podcasts, photos, and video are beautifully styled. Chalk comes equipped with a responsive layout allowing your blog to look great on screens both large and small. A custom options screen is also provided enabling you to change colors, add social media links and much more. Want to discover more about Chalk? Head on over to the Theme Showcase and read all about it or take it for a test-spin in the demo site.


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Celebrate Your Milestones

Once in a while, it’s important to stop, catch your breath, and look at your accomplishments before you move on to the next thing — to put a stake in the ground that says, “I made it this far!”

Today, we’re rolling out a couple of notifications to help you celebrate your blog activity milestones. From now on, whenever you hit a milestone for how many followers your blog has (5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and beyond), you’ll get a badge:

We also created badges to celebrate when you receive lots of likes from visitors:

In addition to celebrating your achievements, we wanted to notify you when you’ve had a particularly good day for receiving likes or new followers. From now on, we’ll let you know of your best days for such activity:

Keep in mind that we’ve only started counting your best days this March.

We all blog for different reasons. Some might chronicle their travel adventures, others might detail their culinary undertakings. If you find a post or a blog you enjoyed, like it or follow the blog — your action might send them a badge and make them smile. It’s easy to find great new blogs to follow using the Reader.


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Sponsored Giveaway: Create a Collection on Beso for the Chance to Win It!

My life revolves around researching the latest trends, designers, and what’s new in stores.  Beso is my go to site for shopping because I can browse through thousands of e-commerce sites, from major retailers to small boutiques, with one simple search.  I love the option of saving my favorites and creating different collections to share with others.  Below is a preview of my “Spring Arm Candy” collection which includes my must-have spring handbags with bold prints, bright colors and lots of texture.

Beso is sponsoring a giveaway on HandbagReport.com!  Create a shopping wish list collection on Beso for the chance to win it – valued at $150!

Here’s how to enter:

– Visit Beso and create an account.

– Build your shopping collection.

– Comment below and share your link!

TIP:  To create a collection, search around the site and click the “+” symbol next to each product and select “Add to New Collection”.  Continue to shop, shop, shop!  Check out mine for inspiration!

* Open to US residents, 18 and older. Contest ends Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.  One entry per person.

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Louis Vuitton Black Monogram Denim NEO CABBY MM Bag

 

I’m starting the week with a new LV bag on my radar!  Jill’s Consignment has a Louis Vuitton Black Monogram Denim NEO CABBY MM Bag that makes the perfect everyday bag for spring, or any other time of year.  I just realized that I may have a thing for denim LV.  You don’t see them everyday which really makes me want one of my own.  Features include black pleated monogram denim with aged brass hardware; black embossed leather handles and removable shoulder strap; zip-top; and adjustable side buckles.  There are four large Louis Vuitton engraved studs at the base, microfiber lining with open pocket and cell-phone pocket.  This bag is in pristine condition with dust cover and original receipt.  Price: $1,100.00.

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