December 4, 2013

Getting Dressed: A Little Polish

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 7:33 pm

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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Office work, a press conference and an office tour.
JCrew blazer (similar), blouse, jeans and shoes (similar); Brave Design necklace.

 

December 3, 2013

Getting Dressed: Stretch

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 7:31 pm

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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{Thanksgiving}
Road to Shreveport for Thanksgiving; stretchy, comfortable clothes.
Splendid tunic; Lululemon leggings and hat (similar); UGG boots; JCrew coat.

December 1, 2013

Presentation Ready: The “Magic” Cord Bag

Filed under: Business,Girl Gets Geeky — Emily Reeves @ 6:47 pm

Over my years in the agency business, I have learned the hard way how embarrassing it is when you don’t have the proper cables and equipment to give your presentation. As a result, I have built up a collection of equipment that stays in my computer bag at all times so that I am always presentation ready. People know that I have this perfect back of cables and connectors, therefore they frequently ask to borrow it. While I am always happy to help a colleague out, this is my personal stash. Too many things get lost of misplaced when 50+ people have access to it. To help my fellow agency presenters, here is what is in my “magic” cord bag. Maybe it is time you started building your own.

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Power brick extension cord, Thunderbolt to HDMI connector, Thunderbolt to VGA connector, retractable audio cord, retractable HDMI cord, Retractable VGA cord, USB flash drive, extra batteries, USB remote, old iPad to VGA connector, old iPad to HDMI connector, new iPad to VGA connector, new iPad to HDMI connector. (Click photo to enlarge.)

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All those cords, connectors and equipment fit in this cute Kate Spade bag.

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A portable speaker that projects enough sound to make your videos sound good even if you forgot the big ones or the room in which you are presenting doesn’t have audio.

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My computer, my “magic” cord bag, the speaker, my meeting bag (notebook, pens, business cards, etc.), and the power brick for my computer all fit in this fabulous Sseko tote bag.

November 30, 2013

Getting Dressed: Look At Me

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 6:40 pm

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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{a lot going on}
A cold day outside, a warm day behind my desk.
DVF dress; Stuart Weitzman boots; Coach coat; Brave Design necklace.

November 29, 2013

Getting Dressed: Hot Pink

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 6:35 pm

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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{twinkle toes}
A dreary day outside, but just another day in the office.
JCrew sweater and coat; Madewell necklace; Kate Spade scarf and shoes.

November 28, 2013

101 Things I Love

Filed under: Personal — Emily Reeves @ 11:00 am

When I was a teenager, my mom gave me a book titled 14,000 Things To Be Happy About. Since that time, I have always kept a list of things that make me happy.

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The original book my mom gave me in 1991, 22 years ago.

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She put an inscription in every book and on every gift that she gave me. And always dated it.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are 101 things I am thankful for (in no particular order):

  1. My dogs, Betty and Blanche
  2. Ice cream
  3. Red wine
  4. Mom
  5. Dad
  6. Rob
  7. Wanda and George
  8. The kitchen table in my childhood home
  9. Books and reading
  10. Movies
  11. My iPhone
  12. The Big Chill soundtrack
  13. The color pink
  14. Laughter
  15. Packing a suitcase
  16. Unpacking a suitcase
  17. Comfortable hotel rooms
  18. Home
  19. My front porch
  20. My back deck
  21. Feeling confident when I walk out of my back door
  22. High heels
  23. Flip flops
  24. Pretty toes and feet
  25. Music
  26. Patagonia
  27. Keeping lists
  28. A shiny, new piece of technology
  29. My passport
  30. Eyeglasses
  31. Sunglasses
  32. Big hats, well, hats in general
  33. Jeans
  34. Tshirts
  35. Light blocking curtains
  36. Driving fast
  37. Big, bear hugs
  38. Taking self-portraits
  39. Waking up early
  40. Going to bed late
  41. Running five miles
  42. Cotton pajamas
  43. TOMS shoes, because they make me feel good when wearing them
  44. Family photos
  45. MOR marshmallow-scented body products
  46. Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle lipstick
  47. Nars Orgasm blush
  48. JCrew
  49. Madewell
  50. Anthropologie
  51. Purses and bags
  52. Shoes
  53. My emerald earrings
  54. Mom’s diamond earrings
  55. The Graduate movie
  56. Watching my dogs sleep
  57. Starbucks green tea latte with soy, hot or over ice with no sweetner
  58. Full lips
  59. Rain, when sitting on my front porch
  60. Rain boots
  61. A lamp-lit room
  62. My flat iron
  63. My dining room table
  64. My chaise lounge chair
  65. Opening my front door to find new packages delivered that day
  66. Learning/education/classes/lessons
  67. Louisiana
  68. Arkansas
  69. Takeoff
  70. Landing
  71. The Apple start-up bong
  72. Library bookshelves
  73. Blank notebooks notebooks
  74. Sharpie pens
  75. Reusable water bottles
  76. Fountain pens
  77. Really big purses
  78. Dinner with friends
  79. Audrey Hepburn
  80. Fingerless gloves
  81. Diptyique candles
  82. InStyle magazine
  83. Classic vanilla cupcakes with white icing
  84. Gummy bears
  85. Reese’s peanut butter cups
  86. Red Bull
  87. My iPad
  88. New Balance “big N” grey sneakers
  89. Yoga
  90. Lululemon
  91. The Boss Ladies
  92. The Global Orphan project
  93. Entrepreneurial spirit and energy
  94. Carry the Load
  95. Writing
  96. Brown Sugar Cinnamon PopTarts
  97. Audio books for long car rides
  98. A fire in my fireplace
  99. Being a godmother to a beautiful little girl
  100. Eye masks for sleeping
  101. Framily

 

November 27, 2013

Getting Dressed: Pink + Black

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 6:33 pm

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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{all pinked up}
A day in the office.
JCrew sweater, scarf, bling necklace and coat; Joe’s Jeans; Rag & Bone boots; pink necklace from local artist¬†Rae Ann Creations.

November 22, 2013

Getting Dressed: Green on Gray

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 8:39 pm

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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{green over gray}
A cold and rainy Friday, finally back in the office.
Madewell sweater; JCrew coat, necklace and heels; Current Elliott jeans; Louis Vuitton bag.

November 18, 2013

Getting Dressed: Over The Knee Boots

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 3:16 pm

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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{these boots}
I am currently obsessed with over-the-knee boots.
Sweater purchased from Haus Werk through Btiques app; Lululemon leggings; Coach boots: Penfield coat; Louis Vuitton bag.

November 14, 2013

Getting Dressed: Cold Blues

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 6:39 am

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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{brights}
A client presentation, then behind my desk all day.
JCrew dress, necklace, coat and scarf; Vince Camuto heels (similar).

November 12, 2013

Getting Dressed: The Boots

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 7:22 pm

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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{boots + hat}
A cold day working at the office.
Aqua dress (similar); Kate Spade hat; Stuart Weitzman boots; Coach jacket; Louis Vuitton bag.

Getting Dressed: A Girly Take On Menswear

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 7:11 pm

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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{the hat}
A day at the office.
JCrew dress and hat; Coach boots; Kate Spade bracelets.

November 9, 2013

Book Review: Smarter Than You Think

Filed under: Book Review — Emily Reeves @ 5:13 pm

This book is the antithesis to The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brainsby Nicolas Carr. In The Shallows (link to my review of the book), Carr tells us how the internet is ruining our brains. In Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the BetterClive Thompson tells us how it is making us smarter and more powerful. Thompson covers the tools we use to aid and memorialize our memories, how more people are writing and writing for an audience, collaborative problem solving, inspiring creativity, making education accessible, knowing your friends better and social and civic activeness. In short, technology makes a broader world available to us and it can make us and the world a better place when put to good use.

My favorite highlights from the book:

“Our brains are remarkably bad at remembering details. They’re great at getting the gist of something, but they consistently muff the specifics.”

“The explosion of online writing has a second aspect that is even more important than the first, though: it’s almost always done for an audience…Audiences clarify the mind even more.”

“When you can resolve multiples and connect people with similar obsessions, the opposite happens. People who are talking and writing and working on the same thing often find one another, trade ideas and collaborate.”

“…knowledge has always been created via conversation, argument, and consensus.”

“We are social creatures, so we think socially.”

“It is no accident that the ‘maker’ movement, a worldwide collection of nerds trying to learn and teach everyday mechanical and electronic know-how, has arisen in the age of easy video documentation. If you want to know how to build something, seeing it happen is crucial.”

“…memory for facts is quite specific to our obsessions…”

“…we forget things in a predictable pattern: More than half our facts are gone in an hour, about two thirds are gone within a day, and within a month we’re down to about 20 percent.”

“To be really smart, though, an online group needs to obey one final rule–and a rather counterintuitive one. The members can’t have too much contact with one another. To work best, the members of a collective group ought to be able to think and work independently.”

“By following…friends’ updates, … [you can begin] to sense the rhythms of their lives.”

“Each little update–each individual bit of social information–is, on its own, pretty insignificant, even mundane. But taken together over time, the snippets coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated portrait of your friends’ inner lives, like dots forming into a pointillist painting.”

“But ambient awareness is all about slowly amassing an enormous, detailed contest. Follow someone’s ambient signals for a day and it seems like trivia. In a week it seems like a short story. In six months, a novel.”

“To make social change begin to snowball, we need to make our thoughts visible. When members of society think public and keep in ambient contact with one another, it creates a new environment–where we’re increasingly aware of what changes might be possible.

This was a fascinating read, but a heavy read. I definitely recommend this to those interested in digital trends and future predictions.

Getting Dressed: Fundraising Season

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 11:35 am

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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{pink pop}
An evening at the Festival After Dark fundraiser for CARTI.
JCrew sweater, jeans and coat; Kate Spade bracelets; Jimmy Choo shoes; Coach clutch.

Getting Dressed: Grey Patterns

Filed under: Style — Emily Reeves @ 11:28 am

Because presentation is vital and how you say it can be just as important as what you say.

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{mixed greys}
Friday office attire.
JCrew sweater, jeans and coat; Kate Spade heels; Mark & Graham tote.