Category — Tech
Remember when you were little and you got your very first camera (or polaroid … #90sbaby) and all you ever took pictures of were your feet. Yeah, that’s me. In grown-up form. Panasonic asked me to try out their latest in fabulous camera technology, the Panasonic Lumix G5, and what did I decide to take pictures of with my first night out behind the lens? My shoes. My Fall shoe purchases, to be exact.
I love this little camera. It’s got a great lens to capture every light, all of the angles, and my pretty pretty shoes. Plus, there are so many creative filters and features of the camera, including a snazzy viewer arm, high quality photo and video capabilities (plus the ability to record videos while shooting photographs simultaneously), and a feature that allows for several pictures consecutively shot at different exposure levels. I can’t wait to get outside with this sweet little camera and I think I know just the farmer’s market to visit to take my show on the road!
November 21, 2012 8 Comments
I’ve always strived to make things that are somewhat icky or bulky-looking appear more girl-ified. And I know I’m not alone here. I mean, who didn’t go crazy with glitter glue pens for the better part of their childhood?
The hubby actually bought me this super snazzy (and supposedly user friendly … err, I think I know how to turn it on) camera many moons ago, and I rarely use it. Part of it is that I am always running around like a crazy woman and I generally just forget it (and later kick myself for it), but also, and I know this sounds awful, it’s big, black, bulky, and kind of ugly. There are some guys and gals who just look so cool rocking cameras around their neck, but they also look so cool in glasses, skinny jeans, and suspenders. I blame hipsters for making me feel self-conscious in skinny jeans! Boy have I run off on a tangent …
Right – the ugly camera. It’s ugly. And I make my husband carry it. When I actually remember to bring it.
But not anymore! Because apparently there are chic Rebecca Minkoff camera cases. I never leave the house without a cute handbag to go with my look, so maybe, just maybe, if my camera were hidden in an RM bag, I’d remember to take it along!
September 26, 2012 15 Comments
I was the girl who bedazzled everything. And I’m not ashamed to say it, because frankly, my bedazzling made me the fashion obsess-or I am today (much to my husband’s chagrin.) I bedazzled because I never wanted a dull notebook, pair of cut-off shorts, plain-old Jansport backpack … I wanted the blinged out version. I also drew all over my notebooks and cut apart my clothes to add lace and ribbons. Was I tacky? Yes. Have I learned. Yes. Mostly. Somewhat. But now it’s called fashion.
My technology deserves nothing less. My laptop is in a bright pink case, my cell phone gets a funky new cover every other week, and so on.
Designers now scramble to design the latest and greatest bag to carry your latest and greatest phone, laptop, camera, and tablet. A new phone is released (not even released … wait-listed) and all of my favorite design darlings are aflutter to create the cutest carrying case. But not all tech gear is created equal. I’ve had countless tech cases split apart, fall apart, or simply fail to do their job — which is rough when we’re as hard as we are on our technology. (Utterly guilty of stepping out of the car with my cell phone still on my lap … a.k.a., phone-on-pavement.)
But HP + Intel + Project Runway are holding a contest, where designers create laptop bags that are stylish, sleek, and functional and we vote for our favorites. The winner will be chosen by Jill of Inhabitat.com, the writers at Core 77, as well as Mondo from Project Runway Season 8 and will receive $10,000! Visit the contest site for more details: www.hp.com/
This post is sponsored by the sleek, stylish, lightweight HP Spectre XT Ultrabook™, inspired by Intel. Vote for your favorite bag design!
Original Image via Stockholm Streetstyle
September 20, 2012 2 Comments
This week I’m launching a new blog series: a look inside the organized (or not always so organized!) lives of our favorite creative types – bloggers, designers, event planners, artists, chefs, social media gurus, and beyond. Because I do the juggle, half a lawyer, half a blogger each and every day, I know what it means to balance a lot of spinning plates. And of course, I’m utterly Type-A, so I secretly love the organization part of it all. After getting to know a handful of great creative types my last few years of blogging, I’m always amazed at how they balance their unbelievably inspired lives. Though I have tried online organizational software, I always wind up coming back to the tried and true – a color-coded planner, matching pens, and far too many post-its. So here it is: a peek at some of my favorites and their impressive balance, how they get and stay inspired, and how they stay on top of it all!
Lauren’s can’t live without items: iPhone, Proenza Schouler PS1, kale chips, polka dot file folders, lipstick pen, Celine sunglasses, black ballpoint pen, mint green tea, mini Moleskin notebooks, J. Crew leopard “magic” wallet
1.) Take us through a busy day in the life of a stylist/blogger/business owner.
7:00am- Wake up. Check emails. Write a to-do list for the day
8:00am- Pilates at Circuit Pilates in Hollywood
9:30am- Get dressed in my favorite room of the house – my closet/dressing room
10:00am- Morning meeting with my assistants
10:30am- Answer emails
11:00am- Create mood boards then shop all day for my clients
5:30pm- Finish shopping/ bring clothes back to styling studio
6:00pm- Eat (at this point I’m starving) while my assistants set up the studio
7:00pm- Pre-style looks for client fittings
9:00pm- Work on projects for School of Style
10:00pm- Blog for LaurenMessiah.com
11:00pm- Answer more emails
12:00am- Pretend to go to bed when really I’m on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
2.) What’s your go-to day-to-day planner of choice? Are you a pen-to-paper kind of girl or is it all technology for you?
I am a mixture of an old-school paper kind of girl and a technology junkie. To be completely honest I do both but in a crazy OCD kind of way. I like the pizazz of technology but I feel most comfortable with pen and paper.
Each and every day I create a to-do list because I love the satisfaction of scratching things off of my list.
I also rely heavily on my iPhone. That is where I keep all of my styling contacts, check my emails, see what’s on my calendar, and geek out on all my social media apps.
3.) What is one tech accessory can you not live without?
My iPhone. Sadly it’s like an extension of my hand. Although sometimes I wish we could go back to the good old days where people couldn’t reach you 24/7. Remember answering machines and pseudo text messages on pagers? Yeah, those were the days.
July 19, 2012 15 Comments