I know a lot of you run small businesses so I wanted to share the article that I just wrote all about media kits with you. It covers what media kits are, why they’re especially helpful for small businesses and the top 10 things to consider including in yours. Check it all out here and let me know if you have any questions!
Monthly Archives: December 2013
â€¢Â A provocative piece addressing the so-called the death of blogging.
â€¢Â The pro designer’s guide to working from home.
â€¢Â Here’s how to charge more for your services without leaving your clients in the dust!
â€¢Â This is one of the best free icon sets I’ve seen.
â€¢Â When does the constant reassurance of “I deserve it” go astray?
â€¢Â 50 DIY gift ideas.
â€¢Â The 3 major flavors of writer’s block and how to get over them!
â€¢Â Teenage girls, as imagined by an 8 year old in 1991.
â€¢Â Do your parents keep guilting you about visiting for Christmas?
â€¢Â 100 Photoshop tutorials to level up your skills.
â€¢Â The Verge gathered up the the 50 most influential people of the moment.
â€¢Â The golden era of spam comments has ended!
â€¢Â I loved reading Kate’s post on love, marriage and second chances.
â€¢Â If you need a cheat sheet for character codes on your keyboard, this website is for you.
â€¢Â Who goes to work to have fun?
When you’re traveling for weeks at a time with a just a small suitcase and carry-on in tow, space becomes sacred. Each little thing you buy could be the point of no return when it comes to zipping your suitcase closed. One of my vices when I travel are local magazines but as you know, they get heavy and bulky!
One afternoon, Gala’s parents took us to a cute little coffee shop in Wellington and I spotted Denizen. It was amazingly good — the styling, the fonts and the layouts were all pitch perfect. One flip through and I was asking Gala’s mom where the nearest newsagent was! It was one of only two magazines I hauled back.
Launched in 2010, Denizen is an Auckland-based publication that focuses on the art of living well. It’s not just about a singular subject but more about a lifestyle filled with great food, beautiful spaces and a killer wardrobe. Learn more and subscribe here.
Designers have been using Dribbble for a few years now to share snippets of their works in progress. Even though I’ve been a big fan of the platform for quite some time, I only joined very recently because like many of you, I didn’t think I could possibly take on another social media platform — managing another account on top of everything else stressed me out. But every time I clicked through and checked out the amazing work others were sharing, I felt the pull of wanting to be a part of the community and finally joined in the fun.
For creatives, one of the highlights of Dribbble is that it provides an environment to get constructive feedback on your in-progress projects — it reminds me of the absolute best parts of design school. Engaging in an immediate critique with your design peers is so valuable.
There are a few other benefits of Dribbble as well:
â€¢Â They have a job board that employers have to pay to post on so the offerings are really high quality.
â€¢Â It’s a great place to make connections. I’ve already engaged with so many designers I never knew existed before I joined. The community is a friendly, welcoming bunch.
â€¢Â If you upgrade to a pro account, you can have an icon next to your name that shows you’re available for hire.
â€¢Â Businesses looking for a reputable designer can search and see who’s active and shares a style that meshes with theirs.
â€¢Â A lot of work that gets shared on Dribbble inevitably makes its way to Pinterest and opens up a much larger audience for the designer.
Are any of you on Dribbble? Let us know in the comments so we can check out your work!
Once I’d set foot in the QT Gold Coast, that was it. I’d found my perfectly designed mecca. I had my run of the lemonade stand and cherry red espresso machine, not to mention a shower tiled in black and white stripes all to myself. I was satisfied and content to spend the rest of my trip tucked away in my version of paradise. But the next morning, the Tourism Queensland ladies let me know that we were heading to Port Douglas, a vacation hotspot which just happened to be home to another QT.
I honestly didn’t expect much. I’d already seen the bestâ€¦or so I thought. Then, I made three separate trips in as many days even though I wasn’t actually staying at the hotel. Take just one scroll through and you’ll understand why I couldn’t stay away!
Best summed up by the QT as an “interactive marketplace,” it’s basically an all you can eat buffet for the jet set. As you stroll through, there’s literally something for everyone and it’s all freshly made that day in the open kitchen.
Salads, seafood, meats, cheeses and a dessert bar are all waiting. I wanted to try a little of everything.
Gala and I both ordered grilled fish and asparagus and it was the best dinner I’ve ever had, hands-down — it was literally made right in front of me and served on the spot.
But, that was just the warm up! For dessert, we ordered a batch of churros and chocolate sauce. When you’re at Bazaar, you have to go all the way. Every time. Seriously, don’t eat the entire day before you show up because I guarantee you’ll want to eat three dinners (I did).
A big appeal of Bazaar are the chefs. Yes, they’re world class but they’re also incredibly charming. They’re more than willing to have their photo snapped and even better, will put on a bit of show on request. This one had a little too much fun shooting up some serious flames for our photographer, Janneke.
One night of fine dining at QT wasn’t enough — I begged to go back again…and Kat and Gala knew better than to argue with me! So back we went for Halloween (!!!) and the restaurant was decked out in pumpkins hand-carved by our hilarious chefs. As we perused the dessert section, nothing really hit the spot so I asked the chef what he could whip up for us. 10 minutes later, a platter of sizzling hot apple crisps arrived on our table. My idea of heaven.
Whether you’re ordering dinner or dessert, if you want something that’s not displayed, they’ll make it! I think they actually enjoy the challenge.
Once we waddled out of Bazaar, we explored the rest of the grounds. The bar next door immediately drew me in with its lemon yellow accents.
It was dead quiet in the late afternoon. This would have been the perfect place to take a meeting.
I wish we’d had more time to lounge on the back patioâ€¦.but we had to rush off to a sunset sailboat tour (I know, it was tough week).
Gala loved the QT nearly as much as I did.
I thought this bird in the gift shop was real at firstâ€¦haha.
No cheesy run-of-the-mill art here!
Best hotel sign ever.
That pool! I know where I’m staying the next time I’m in Port Douglas.
There’s nothing better than relaxing in style while enjoying a delicious meal. What I loved most about the QT is that it completely lacked stuffiness. Picture taking was not only allowed but encouraged. The staff engaged in friendly banter. The uniforms and decor were rad. Every detail was picture perfect. They have a good thing going and I can only hope that the chain eventually expands to the U.S.