Archive | January 2016

DIY Blooming Jewels for Your Wrist

download (52)Flowers are an actual living proof that treasures exist on earth. They break out from the soil to share to the world the beauty of nature. Besides being widely used as a Valentine’s Day gift, you can also use them as an instrument for a lovely bracelet. Blossoms reflect the colors of the soul and wearing one around your wrist would truly be an honor.

Unlike fake flowers, real blooms speak a universal language. They add fragrance and sophistication in everything. Your bare wrist will surely be nothing short of elegant with the presence of these alluring blossoms. Nowadays, you won’t have trouble getting them since they are very much available through online flowers. You don’t need to personally visit a shop, with just one click, your fresh bouquet will immediately be sent right to your doorstep.

In order to give you the opportunity to have your own charming bracelet, we compiled here the different processes you have to take. Don’t worry. You just have to endure 5 easy steps.


  • Fresh and long-lasting flowers
  • Metal wire (thick and thin)
  • Shears and wire cutters
  • Oasis Floral Adhesive (Glue guns damage plants)
  • Ribbon
  • Floral Tape
  • Pliers


Measure and cut your thick metal wire slightly longer than your desired length. Bend in the ends using pliers to dismiss its sharpness. Then, use a floral tape to wrap around your wire.


Gather the flowers and other materials that you want to be a part of your design. Start cutting flowers and leave half an inch of the stem.


After you finished cutting the excess parts, use your thin metal wire to thread the throat of your blossom/s. Form a hook at its end so that you can easily thread your posies through the center of your thick metal wire.


Once you have done threading, wrap the stem and wire together using a florist tape. You may now start attaching your flowers and other embellishments to your thick metal wire by twisting. I suggest you place first the focal point of your design at the center for easy adjustment.


Put Oasis Floral Adhesive to those decors that seem to be loose or wobbly. Once you have placed all the flowers and other decorations, cover and secure your blossoms by wrapping a ribbon around the bracelet (thick metal wire).

Voila! You have successfully created your very own flower bracelet! Inspire others by sharing what you have learned. Wear your masterpiece with pride.

Cool Device Trackers: Motorola Keylink, SCOUT and More

download (51)Keeping a track of your valuables is not that difficult anymore thanks to device trackers. With so many to choose from, it might be difficult for you to go for the right one. Here are some of the best examples to start with. The most popular among them being Motorola Keylink and Pebble Core.

Pebble Core GPS Fitness Tracker

Introducing the Pebble Core GPS Fitness Tracker, the first non-smartwatch from the company. Understanding the fitness tracking needs for our society, the Pebble Core is equipped with a precise GPS navigation so you can track your runs with ease while syncing with your smartphone. But, it doesn’t require your smartphone to be on you. Instead, the Pebble Core also has a built-in 3G modem that allows you to stream music directly to the device via Spotify. Listen privately using the 3.5mm headphone jack or use the Bluetooth connectivity to go wireless. The Pebble Core has a magnetic clip to easily attach to your gear and the 3G modem also allows you to send emergency SOS notifications and use the two buttons to sync and activate apps such as ordering an Uber.

Pod 2 GPS & WiFi Pet Tracker

Keep an eye on Fido wherever he goes with the Pod 2 GPS & WiFi Pet Tracker. Easily fitting onto the collar of your dog (or any pet!), this compact and lightweight device provides you with real-time GPS tracking for your furry friend. Working with the app, the Pod 2 can give you an exact location on demand or you can choose to monitor your pet’s activity in real time while recording their adventures. The Pod 2 Tracker works using both WiFi and cell network technology and can even be set to alert you if your dog escapes. The app also allows for tracking your pet’s fitness with resting, walking, and running time. The battery of the Pod 2 is easily recharged with the included dock and provides an incredible 8 hours of tracking on a single charge.

MYNT: Smart Button & Tracker, multi-functional and world’s thinnest

MYNT is a smart button that can control smartphones and laptops by default. It may be used as a music remote or presentation clicker. It can control other apps and functions. The customization kit allows anyone to add more functions and controlling other smart devices. MYNT is also a great tracker. It has 150 feet signal range, accurate position tracking, and smooth user interface. MYNT also happens to be as thin as a sheet of bubble gum. It has a replaceable battery dock, so the durable MYNT will last for a very long time.

Motorola Keylink

Never lose your phone or keys again. Motorola Keylink pairs with any Android or iOS smartphone using the Motorola Connect app. Make your phone ring anywhere up to 100 feet away. Or use the app to see where your keys are on a map. Keeps your Motorola or Droid smartphone unlocked when your keys are nearby-no need to enter a password. Keylink can get a little wet. Full year of battery life using a replaceable standard coin cell batter.

Natural Fibers Guide: Cotton and Linen

images (29)Knowledge about fabrics and their properties is not very popular. Of course, we all know that natural fabrics are good and synthetic are bad; and that is mostly accurate. However, it is good to possess more detailed information about what to expect of the blouse or dress you would like to buy. That way, we will not be disappointed when it actually is not great to wear every day, because you sweat in it, it wrinkles or does not keep shape very well. Our shopping choices will be considered, rational and even economical because we would also look at the price and see if it is adequate. A $100 polyester dress is not usually worth it.

What is the basic division of fabrics? There are natural and chemical fibers. Natural fibers include vegetable (cotton, linen, ramie, bamboo, etc.) and animal fibers (silk, wool, cashmere, etc.). Chemical fibers divide into synthetic (polyester, polyamide, elastane and more) and artificial (viscose, lyocell, modal, etc.). In this article I will briefly characterize natural fibers: cotton and linen. Other natural fibers, such as coconut, bamboo or ramie do not occur often in clothes, and it they do, they are only additions to the main fabric, such as 80% cotton and 20% ramie.

It is safe to say that we all know how cotton plant looks like. The pros and cons of this fabric may be a little tricky. Let me point out the advantages of cotton. It is anti-static, because it can absorb large amounts of water. It is resistant to chlorine, pressing, ironing and boiling, which are why you can wash and iron it in the highest temperatures (mostly white cotton, though). Cotton is durable and resistant to stretching. Moreover, you will not sweat in it, so it is brilliant for summer.

There are not that many disadvantages of cotton. It does not keep shape of the clothes very well, it gets dirty quickly and it is flammable. It can also shrink over time, although not much. Contrary to some beliefs, it does wrinkle because it is not very elastic.

Linen is also a natural fiber and a very popular one. It is excellent for summer months, because it has cooling properties. It is hygienic and hypoallergenic. Compared to cotton, it is more durable and does not get dirty quickly. It is also anti-static. You can wash and iron white linen in the highest temperatures.

The biggest disadvantage of linen is that it wrinkles a lot. That is why blends with cotton or other fabrics can be beneficial because it will not wrinkle that much and other properties will be improved as well. If your linen blouse wrinkles always in the same place, be careful because the threads can eventually break. Linen also does not retain shape of the clothes well.

The information above is a little shortcut to fabric knowledge. I did not mention ethical and ecological aspects of cotton and linen production because this is not my area of expertise. However, in my website articles I include brief notes about it. If this subject is also important to you, there is plenty of information in the Internet.


This entry was posted on January 17, 2016.

From Your Customer to Theirs – A Shopper’s Love Affair With Retailers

download (50)Dear Retailer, You was my darling once. I loved coming to you again and again and shop from your store. I enjoyed the company you provided in terms of your expert advisors, friendly associates, and knowledgeable staff. You have always made my day and I have always ended up paying you back by spending more money than I planned in your stores.

It was a love affair that no one else but Only You are responsible for breaking.

It all starts when the word digital shopping comes into our lives. It was beautiful and convenient and I saw how it made my life easier. I started trolling to digital stores, as they allowed me to visit anytime I like and I could access them from anywhere in the world. The change was happening into the shopping world, and I’m sure you saw that coming too…

You were too slow to change into adopting new trends and was asleep at the wheel, while the digital world around you grew up fast. You allowed new players to emerge and the result is this 8,000lb. gorilla Amazon is now staring in your face, scaring the sh-t out of you. You can’t do anything to stop’m, except to hate’m. But you didn’t learn anything from the lessons and you are still too slow to change in adopting new technology, and that’s a shame. Instead, you are taking the easy routes to stay in business by closing stores, laying off the very best people who were the only competitive advantage you had in competing with digital store giants. To me, that’s a miserable route to doomsland or call it prolonging the agony.

You started to become a copycat, thinking of being lean and replacing your store sales with digital sales was your only strategy, so you built your digital storefronts. But you didn’t know what it takes to run the digital showrooms. It was all new to you. You had the money and resources to build the beautiful websites but didn’t know how to provide an amazing digital shopping experience. You struggled and failed. In a way its pretty much same as I like to master Snapchat, but don’t have a clue. For you it was too little too late. You are always late! Now you are on a miserable death row.

All of this happened, because in the process of transforming yourself into the digital era, you pushed me away from you. You took away the very reason I had to visit your stores and shop, you forgot that it was your awesome customer service team that was pulling me towards you. You provided me with an instant gratification when people didn’t coin that term and associated that with Millennials. You went too far in discouraging me from entering into your stores, you deliberately created hurdles by having no one available on the floor to service me, support me, you took away all of my friendly staff that was trained to make me happy and satisfied. The results were ugly long lines and giant deaf stores where no one cares. You succeeded in pushing me away to shop online, so you can save few extra dollars by reducing the staff that was there to provide customer’s happiness. You left me alone. I was lost and disappointed. I got rediscovered by the giants of the digital world, likes of Amazons. They fed me a constant digital shopping Koolaid, a taste of a new user experience and I was morphed into thinking that I don’t need you anymore.

But we all forget, that the basics of shopping are all about personalized experience and happiness. People do business with friendly people, that’s why 90% of shopping is still done in the physical stores. Since you have disbanded me and took away the friendly staff that was there to provide me with a great service and smile, I was left with no choice but to go elsewhere.

Amazon and other digital giants know this basic principle and they don’t want to repeat the same mistakes you have made. They know they can only grow so much from their digital store’s sales. They are now coming into your turf and opening physical stores and delivery hubs. They are after that 90% of people who still shops at physical stores and most likely will continue shopping for years to come. They want to engage with the buyers to provide them with the opportunity to see before buy, touch n feel the items, and get new personalized experiences. You can bet, they will be leveraging their cross-channel advantage in providing them with the best of both digital and physical retail shopping experience, that was your forte once and you were very good at making me happy and satisfied.

Alas, only if you could have known better and adopted the change. Kept your advantage and cool you had once, you could have been the leader in both digital and physical retail world. You had all the possibilities and resource. The only thing needed being to deliver the same in-store shopping experience you provided to your shoppers onto the digital fronts. You knew it better than anyone, how to please the customer. You should have engaged and serviced me wherever and whenever I wanted. The technology was always there. You could have given me the consistent in-store shopping experience in your digital stores on my mobile devices. I would have loved you more and could never be lost.

You pushed me away, to be founded by others, and now you are struggling to bring me back to you. I will forgive you once and come back to you. I still need you. You have the competitive advantage of having physical stores near me, available products on shelves, and whatever left of those few good people that can advise and help me with questions. But you have to promise me that from now on you will take good care of me. You will provide me with consistent and personalized service, whenever I need, across all platforms. You will give modern tools to your associates so they can deliver the best shopping experience that makes me happy, because now I am spoiled. This time, you have to earn me back, by becoming modern and leading from the technology front.

This entry was posted on January 2, 2016 and tagged .