Posts Written On November 2012

Jeremy Scott for Smartcar

The LA Auto show is now officially under way – kicking off the festivities last night was an incredible event hosted by smart USA featuring celebrity designer Jeremy Scott. The world premiere of a customized showcar titled smart forjeremy took place at Jim Henson studios where a vehicle with Jeremy’s signature wings was revealed to the public. And for those interested in a car like this for themselves, this car is an electric vehicle that will be available to consumers in 2013.

Adding to the event experience was a performance by M.I.A. Who lit up the stage next to the car. Some fans in the audience included Perez Hilton, Liberty Ross, Cameron Silver and ASAP Rocky.

I love the smartcar since I first saw it in Germany on my 11th Grade trip. the forglossy smart will look white with a fun fur pink interior with the license plate UNQRBT. 🙂 Unique Rabbit. Yup!


@FootCardigan Subscription for Sock Lovers

Tis the season to be jolly, and what could be jollier than a new pair of fabulously bizarre socks in your mailbox every single month? Whether you’re shopping for your own feet or those of your friends and family, Foot Cardigan offers a monthly makeover from knee to toe. And even though the true meaning of the holidays is peace on earth and good will towards all, everyone knows the best part is actually the surprise of opening an amazing gift. But Jolly Ole St Nick only comes around once a year. With Foot Cardigan you can get your jollies every single month, all year long.

It’s a wacky gift but one that will bring a smile every month!

“There is something magical about receiving random gifts in the mail, especially gifts that are as fun as crazy socks,” says Bryan DeLuca, Co-founder of Foot Cardigan. “We want to bring back the art of random gift giving that makes people feel special.”
The website that just launched this year, is the brainchild of five fearless founders;  Bryan DeLuca, Tom Browning, Kelly Largent, Matt Fry and Matt McClard. The website concept combines creativity with gifting, fusing the idea of funky socks into a monthly subscription.
Sock subscriptions start at just $9 per month and are available for both men and women. Gift subscriptions are available in 3-month increments as well.   Subscriptions are currently available in the United States. For more information and to subscribe, please visit
About Foot Cardigan
Foot Cardigan was founded in 2012 by Bryan DeLuca, Tom Browning, Kelly Largent, Matt Fry and Matt McClard. The unique concept of a quirky socks subscription was conceived during a trip to Europe when DeLuca forgot to pack enough socks. The funky socks he purchased abroad were a big hit stateside, but nowhere to be found in local retail stores. The team put their heads together and Foot Cardigan, a monthly surprise sock subscription was born. Foot Cardigan now delights socks lovers around the nation monthly. To learn more about Foot Cardigan, to subscribe, or to gift, please visit

Travel with Your @DogVacay

Pet owners are undoubtedly obsessive about their furry friends. In fact, 81% of dog owners consider Fido a member of the family.  And yet, according to the APPA’s 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey, 75% of dog owners don’t take their pet with them when they travel.

Anyone with a dog will tell you the dread that comes with putting their dog away in a kennel cage for a week. Or the hassle of trying to find a pet-friendly hotel.

With the holidays coming, travel is set to see it’s standard bump of 54% for Thanksgiving and 23% during Christmas/New Years, and the obsessive 62% of us who own pets will be faced with the tough decision of what to do with our non-human family members.

A survey from TripAdvisor revealed that over 6 million dog owners just give up and don’t travel because of their pet, and 21% of those who do travel with their pet admit to having smuggled their pet into a hotel room.

This is the first year there’s a solution, and it’s thanks to the popularity of social networks like Facebook that have made it so easy for people with like-minds to find each other.

DogVacay is the new online community of qualified home dog boarding professionals that gives travelers deluxe accommodations for Fido if he needs to be left behind, or gives travelers a nearby home to leave their dogs if their hotel isn’t pet-friendly.

It’s like AirBNB for your dog! Check it out on


Blogging Ain’t Easy

With my 6th blog anniversary coming up, I have come to terms with how difficult blogging has really become. There are a few reasons why I have becoming a little bit jaded when it comes to blogging and I will try to explain my thoughts here.

1. A blog is a jealous mistress

My blog has been my confidant, my Friday night date, my tell all and my little digital soap box for a long time. But it is insatiable and hungry for more. More photos, more events, for products. The better content I give my blog, the more it wants to up the ante of the previous post. It is exhausting. Gone is the vigor I once had when I would return from an event at 11pm and upload photos til 1am to make sure that the event recap was up before the party attendees were the next morning.  A blog is such a one sided relationship, when I am giving it my all, my opinions and it hardly tells me anything in return. I use to think of my blog was a tree, the more sun and water it gets the more it grows but I was wrong. The blog is more like a ping pong ball. Unless you keep the momentum going as quickly as possible and very precisely – it will just roll off the scene and sit in a dust pile. I guess the more I decided to live and experience things offline, the more my blog suffered online. There is a direct correlation between when I started dating my boyfriend and when my blog traffic took a nosedive and I have the analytics to prove it. But alas, reality lives offline and cannot be photoshopped (and that is a good thing)

2. “I”dentity Theft

A blog is so personal and I got to a point where I stopped fascinating myself. I became disinterested in “I” and drew more attention to “our”. Our new apartment, our plans, our life, our perspective. The less I was interested in just me, the less I could muster up in my online realm.

3. So Many Bloggers

Everyone is a blogger and that is a good thing. But companies make me feel like a duck and they are playing shoot the duck. I didn’t even go to BlogHer or any social media conferences this year because the thought of this collective blog ‘industry’ makes me reach for Gravol. Bloggers are at a weird place right now. A few of the bloggers who know the right people are doing cool things, creating collabos with Target, travelling the world and quoted in Vogue and sitting front row while we all wonder, when is it my turn?

4. Jobs in Social Media

Anything you put your time and effort to becomes a skill. If you spent 10,000 hrs in your lifetime blogging, you are deemed as a social media expert. The first wave of companies that tried to enroll or should I say enlist bloggers were ‘brand ambassador’ opportunities and cash prizes and what not. What happened to that? Social media, like the people that fuel it – are live and unpredictable. And since corporations and brands are built mostly on pretense, that is a big no-no. Then there were high paying jobs called Social Media Expert or Community Managers that were paying 6 figures if you know how to Facebook and Twitter and say SEO here and there. I scoff at this, most of these opportunities turn you into a monkey (sans the cymbals).

5. Eons from Now

Unfair connections and nepotism will forever be the biggest challenge for immigrants like me. Even though I grew up in Canada, when to school there and in the States – the network that goes several generations deep will not affect me in this lifetime or career. I could however become that pioneering great grandmother one day years from now…


With the advent of Pinterest and Instagram, where you can double tap your way through life – What is the point? These brain snacks will never leave me satisfied and these teeny tiny info tidbits are not enough. I am use to reading books and discussing them – with a group of intelligent real ladies with no Amaro filters on them. I love watching full feature 2 hour movies and pondering over them. I consumed less but felt more nourished. I had less LIKES but I liked things more.

So the next time you meet someone and they say they are a full time blogger, before you scoff at them – know that blogging ain’t easy and it’s about to get a whole lot harder in 2013. It is certainly a path of uncertainty so thread wisely.


Download this Game: Dental Surgery

I often browse the App store to see what is new and trending. I just found this game on the Top 30 list and had to download it. I have never liked going to the dentist and find most dental things gross. Who knew that scaling plaque or brushing someone’s teeth, adding fluoride to specific spots can actually be fun!

First you have to look at the patient chart and see what they prefer, Novocaine or laughing gas – add the correct amounts and do all the dental procedures before the pain killers wear off. If you don’t file a tooth properly, it will crack and you will have to seal it. If that doesn’t work our you have to hammer in a fake tooth.

Pretty fun and kind of addictive :]

What games are you playing on your iPod, iPhone and iPad?

Download Dental Surgery – Maura Thompson here


Agraria Candles

Home fragrance is just as important as the perfume or cologne you wear. Your home should have a scent that allows you to relax, feel comfortable and it should look beautiful too. You may have seen Agraria products at Bergdorf’s or Saks and for good reason. This Petite Crystal Cane candle is the perfect holiday gift for anyone.

I recently tried the Lime & Orange Blossoms Crystal Cane Candle. It has an exhilarating fragrance filled with Lime & Orange Blossoms, and surrounded by the beauty of Night-Blooming Sampaguita, Honeysuckle, and Jasmine. Amber Woods, Smoky Patchouli and Oak Moss add depth to a velvety smooth background.

The crystal cane candle is beautifully presented with a silver plated lid with the Agraria crest. After they burn completely, you can reuse them for simple tea lights. They will sparkle down the middle of your table or lining the walkway to your front door. These beautifully luminous, fragrant, and clean-burning candles are a special blend of vegetable-based premium soft waxes.

Features Lead-free wick and includes silver plate lid stamped with Agraria crest
Approximate burning time: 25 hours

For only $35, you can get this elegant addition to your home!

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