July 22, 2015

Adult Coloring Group: “Color and Cuss”

Filed under: Culture,Current Events — Emily Reeves @ 9:13 pm

I jumped on the adult coloring book fad after reading articles from NPR, The New York Times and The New Yorker. I was embarrassed at first, but having now spent more time that I would like to admit coloring in my adult coloring books, I can not say enough positive things about it. When coloring, I find myself using the creative part of my brain, relaxing and generally feeling happy. For someone who feels like every moment in life must be spent being productive toward an end goal, finding happiness in coloring is truly amazing.

This past week, I was on a family vacation at the Buffalo River. Three of the six families brought adult coloring books and pens and pencils with them for use during the trip. And none had talked prior to know that coloring might be an activity that week. I was one of them.  Over the course of the week, seven adult women colored while sitting together and visiting.

My group of girlfriends, collectively known as The Boss Ladies, now all have coloring books and crayons courtesy of our friend Stephanie. Steph thought we could all use a little relaxation and mindless activity. Now, we find ourselves coloring together while drinking our wine and visiting.

My mom used to be part of a group of women who would get together to cross-stitch occasionally. They called their group “Stitch and Bitch.” They rarely stitched and always bitched, and I loved that my mom had found friends and a shared activity. Our recently found camaraderie through coloring has me thinking we should name our meetings “Color and Cuss.” You heard it here first.

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June 25, 2015

Fly Me North For The Summer

Filed under: Current Events,Personal — Emily Reeves @ 4:22 pm

I think summertime is beautiful from inside my air conditioned house or car and behind my tinted windows or sunglasses. That is the only time I enjoy summer. The bright sun gives me a headache and I sweat profusely if exposed to temperatures above 75-degrees for longer than 15 seconds. I avoid sun exposure to my skin as if it were delivering the plague. I wish I were exaggerating.

The South is my home. I was born in Louisiana, raised in Louisiana, went to college in Arkansas and now live and work in Arkansas. I am no stranger to hot and humid summers. But that doesn’t make me any more tolerant of the heat.

When I get hot and start sweating, my mood degrades rapidly. I don’t want anything or anyone near me. I fret about my appearance as sweat runs down my face, back, stomach and legs. My shoes get tight. I literally can think of nothing else but how hot and uncomfortable I am.

To be perfectly clear: I hate summertime.

I would be completely happy spending my entire summer inside my house, working from my computer and accepting deliveries for all necessities, a la Sandra Bullock in The Net.

Why do so many people not understand my misery in the heat? No one really likes to be hot, but it seems everyone I know LOVES the summer for outdoor activities, water activities and long sunshiny days. I want overcast skies and cool, breezy temperatures.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not all “emo:”

“Emo has been associated with a stereotype that includes being particularly emotional, sensitive, shy, introverted, or angst-ridden.” – Wikipedia

I am a generally happy person. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, and the summer typically provides more opportunity for these gatherings. As a result, I work hard to tolerate and be tolerable when the days are torturously hot. That means no makeup, lightweight and quick-drying clothes, and a lot of alcohol.

That's me on the golf course last summer, covered from head to toe in sun protective clothing. Note I am smiling. But for the record, I was not comfortable.

That’s me on the golf course last summer, covered from head to toe in sun protective clothing. Note I am smiling. But for the record, I was not comfortable.

I even went to Haiti in the summer of 2013. I have never been so hot in my entire life. Again, note that I am smiling despite the fact that my hair is dripping wet with sweat.

I even went to Haiti in the summer of 2013. I have never been so hot in my entire life. Again, note that I am smiling despite the fact that my hair is dripping wet with sweat.

So, there is proof that I am not a complete wretch when I am hot. But I can assure you, I am much happier in cooler temperatures. Forgive today’s rant, but 100-degrees outside today I can think of nothing but how miserably hot it is outside my air conditioned home right now.

March 29, 2015

This Little Lady Went to Market

Filed under: Beauty,Culture,Current Events,Personal,Shopping,Travel — Emily Reeves @ 10:30 pm

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Floors and floors of shopping. Miles and miles of walking.

For years I have heard people talk about going “to market” to see the latest trends for the upcoming season and buy for their stores. It always seemed so exclusive and exciting. So I jumped at the chance to go this weekend with my friend Amy Hester who owns Red Beauty Lounge, a salon that sells gifts. A road trip to Dallas for shopping and some girl time sounded perfect.

In the center of the #dallasmarket. – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Market is overwhelming, to say the least. Especially for two market virgins like Amy and me. Spread across three buildings, the tallest of which had 15 floors made it hard to figure out where to start. But first there was the parking dilemma: we didn’t even know where we were supposed to go in, so we were having trouble figuring out where to park. As the navigator with Google at my fingertips, I discovered $8 valet parking. Best decision of the day.

I had envisioned a trade show-like set up. And while there were temporary stores that were similar to trade booths, most of the vendors were set up in shared showrooms, behind glass windows and doors like permanent stores. We were on the hunt for jewelry and cosmetics. While the map directed us to the seventh floor for jewelry, it wasn’t the artisan jewelry we were seeking. We found what we were really looking for in the temporary booths and buried within gift stores on other floors.

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Not what we wanted.

Found what we were looking for and Amy makes some orders!

Found what we were looking for and Amy makes some orders!

Over the course of the six hours that we made our way through the buildings and stores, we walked a mile and a half. Amy and I worked out a system where I scouted while she made orders, then led her to the next vendor that I thought she would like. It was a good system. One catch: I had a “courtesy” badge, so not all the vendors took me seriously since I wasn’t the one with the buying power. I wanted to go all Pretty Woman on them and say, “You work on commission, right? Big mistake. Huge.” But I resisted.

Notice the "courtesy" title.

Notice the “courtesy” title. And Dean shouldn’t have an “s.”

Of course, I could be found sitting a lot while Amy shopped. I am still having some pretty bad back pain.

Feet up. In my current favorite sneakers and my new favorite camera bag/purse.

Feet up. In my current favorite sneakers and my new favorite camera bag/purse.

At the end of the day, we felt as if we had been successful. Though we learned a lot that Amy can apply to her next market trip. And we decided that the Dallas Market Center app could use some significant improvements to provide a better shopping experience.

We were exhausted by the time we got back to our hotel and had a little slumber party complete with wine, pizza delivery to the room and pay-per-view movies. It was perfect.

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February 6, 2014

Video: Social Media Highlights From the Super Bowl

Filed under: Current Events,Social Media,Video — Emily Reeves @ 1:33 pm

On Monday morning, I visited with Chris Kane of KATV about the social media trends from the Super Bowl. View the video here.

KATV – Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

September 17, 2013

Video: KATV Interview on Digital Trends

Filed under: Current Events,Digital Strategy,Technology,Video — Emily Reeves @ 7:59 am

This morning I sat down with Chris Kane at KATV to talk about some of the latest digital trends: crowdfunding and short-form video. Watch the discussion here:
KATV – Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

April 22, 2013

Live, In-Depth and Personal Coverage During Tragedy

Filed under: Culture,Current Events,Social Media — Emily Reeves @ 9:16 am

This last week was intense. Bombings, explosions, poisonous letters, gun fights and police chases. All in a period of five days. None of this was happening physically close to me, but I felt that it was. Our technology and rapidly evolving digital communications world has brought us closer together as a country. We feel each others’ joy, pain, fear, celebration, heartbreak and intensities as if we were all together in one place. This last week made believers out of skeptics for the communication power of channels like Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook.

The Boston Marathon bombings were truly the first live-tweeted tragedy. The news first broke on Twitter. The police used Twitter to call for help in collecting photos and videos of the scenes (by Wednesday they had collected three terabytes of information). Participants used it to report their status to friends and family members. The rest of us used it to share our love and support and offer outreach and help to those in Boston.

I was traveling on Monday and without cell service for much of the day. As soon as I was back within range, one of the first things I did was open Twitter, not expecting news of a tragedy that had happened many hours earlier. Twitter was how I learned of the bombings and how I kept up with the news the rest of the evening until I was able to get to a television for live news coverage. But even then, Twitter was just ahead of the TV with breaking news.

We’ve followed tragedy and disaster “live” before. But this time it was more personal with regular people reporting as if they were the media, sharing their specific experiences. From NPR:

“But this time, in our full-on, post-Sept. 11 surveillance society and freshly Twitterized media, we were able to experience each event in excruciating, exquisite detail.

“Through the saturation of social media, we were also able to experience it equally, whether reporting from the streets of Boston or the scorched explosion site in Texas, from newsrooms in New York or Los Angeles or Berlin, or from our own living rooms and college dorm rooms.

“This week, these awful events have cemented the reality that the media is now everyone, anyone with a computer or a smartphone, a Twitter account or a Facebook page.”

On the day of the bombing there were 500,000 tweets mentioning Boston with mentions of the world “Boston” skyrocketing on Twitter by a factor of 200 as the explosions were reported.

The consumer technology and communications tools available to us all and kept by our sides 24-hours a day are beyond valuable in connecting us as a country and as human beings. This past week felt like a personal attack, though I personally knew no one involved in any of this week’s tragedies. I felt the heartbreak for Boston, I felt the pride in its police force and I felt the relief when the suspect was captured. While some may criticize and avoid technological innovation and digital communications for disconnecting us personally, I believe that it brings us closer together.

March 12, 2013

#SXSW 2013: This Is What It Felt Like

Filed under: Current Events,SXSW — Emily Reeves @ 11:11 pm

Five days of walking, waiting in line, listening to brilliance, and sharing it all with colleagues. It has been a great, though exhausting week. I am inspired and tired. Here is a short video of footage I shot while moving around the last five days.

 

SXSW 2013 GoPro Recap from Emily Reeves on Vimeo.

March 11, 2013

About This Blog: A Bit of Explanation for Content Shifts

Filed under: Current Events,Girl Gets Geeky,Personal,Style — Emily Reeves @ 10:46 am

This is a blog about things I notice and things I like (mostly) related to my work. That covers the spectrum of digital communications, technology, books, and personal style. I keep the conversation here (mostly) in the realm of business-related topics. And, yes, I think style falls into that category because it is about presentation and your personal brand, which is extremely important in our digital age. I am extremely girly, love technology and work in business where presentation is important, being high-maintenance is burdensome and being tech-savvy is valued. I consider this blog my way of bringing all those things together in some workable way and giving my opinion on the products, service and devices I find useful, stylish and not to heavy to carry around in my big bags.

I started this bog in January of 2008. It is hard to believe I have been writing and sharing here for five years. It has evolved over the years as I find my voice, explore new interests and figure out what content makes sense to discuss at any given time.

In July of 2012, the agency where I work started a blog, Waiting for the Elevator, that I contribute to, along with many others from the agency. As a result, much of my digital communications content ends up over on that site. You can find all my contributions here. The overflow of that content gets shared here on Ms. Adverthinker.

I just thought a bit of an explanation was needed as the content here may seem to jump all over the place lately. But, there is a master plan in place. And yes, I still think the name is perfect for the content I am sharing. And pink is my signature color.