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Stylishly Appointed in 2010

You thought this posting was going to be about the fashion trends for 2010, jeggings perhaps?  We’ll get to those later on this year . . . With the beginning of the new year comes the opportunity to start fresh.  Staying on top of appointments, lunch and dinner dates, not to mention vacation time should be relatively easy with all of the computerized calendars out there now – OutLook, iGoogle, My Yahoo! and all of the others I’m not familiar with – right?  Well, if you’re like me with a laptop, a Blackberry and now an iTouch you have no excuse for missing an appointment or showing up late for an important meeting.

I’m happy to report that 2009 was a great year for me, but it was definitely a hectic one.  Historically, I’m a paperwhore and typically I’ve managed my life from my home datebook in tandem with my portable one (yes, I’m a little anal) but like I said 2009 was a bit hectic and I began to rely on whichever electronic device was most handy.  The beginning of my end.  It was great to type an appointment in, it wasn’t so great to have my device ring at me shortly before the appointment I’d completely forgotten about because I failed to mentally note it. Instead of going in one ear and out the other, it got typed in and then mentally deleted. After a few of these mis-haps it dawned on me that while we’re in the midst of the information age, and I gladly tote around all of these cool gadgets with their bells and whistles, I’m a paper person at heart.  I need to open my planner each morning and see what my day looks like in my own handwriting.  So, to kick-off the new year, I have refills for my desk datebook and my portable one.  I know, I want to be environmentally responsible, but I also want to be on time!  Come join me on the wild side.

Tell me – are you paper or electronic?

[images clockwise from top Filofax, Louis Vuitton, Apple, Kate Spade]

TechStylish

It’s all about being tech savvy, right?  I Twitter, I’m on Facebook (kind of, I check it 1x a quarter) and hey, you’re reading my blog … I am able to do all of these things thanks to my wonderful media guru Nicole.  But, I must confess – I am a little technologically challenged.  Ok, well probably a lot.  But, when I put my mind to it, I can figure out what’s vitally important to me.  Not that my business isnt vitally important, but I know Nicole has me covered there.  I’m talking about my gadgets – Blackberry, iTouch, iPod, Kindle … My friend Portia made sure I learned how to IM on my Blackberry (yes, something I was loathe to do initially but now I love it and have even figured out how to use the face symbols!).  I try to get everyone I know on Blackberry Messenger (you folks with open invitations know who you are).

I was spoiled from working at a law firm and got quite used to having a FAB secretary who answered my phone and screened my calls for me – I didn’t realize how much time she saved me.  No one could ever replace Michele, but PhoneTag does a great job of fielding my calls for me. I don’t have to listen to voicemails anymore (even Nicole had to ask me about this one) because they come into my email inbox as transcribed messages.

Now to me, the Kindle is the greatest thing since sliced bread.  I read voraciously and I travel a lot.  Schlepping books on flights is no longer necessary in my world. I have a cool purple pebble leather case by M-Edge for my Kindle that always garners a “wow, you’re case is so nice, I didn’t know they had any color other than black.”  I’ve figured out how to buy books, download samples, archive my collection and search for my place in a book.  Next on the horizon for me is adding periodicals to the mix.

So, what does all of this have to do with style?  Loads.  I hope you’ve chosen a ringtone that makes you smile and makes other people say, “ok, that’s hilarious – perfect for you.”  If you haven’t, and you own a Blackberry, check out Crackberry for free ringtones and alert sounds.  If not beholden to all things blackberry,  just Google “free [NAME OF SONG] ringtone” – tons of sites will pop up.  Choose wisely and be sure that you are getting a FREE ringtone and not signing your life away.

Does the skin or cover you’ve chosen for your PDA reflect you?  What about your iPod cover? Whether you are blinged out like Kimora or have chosen to adorn your device with something a little more simple, what you chose speaks volumes about your personal style.  And yes, if you’ve chosen not to choose something that speaks volumes too.  Maybe go for the headphones with a little sparkle or a phone or headphone charm (you didnt even know those existed, right?).  Or what about a memory stick that others salivate over?

Go ahead, take a step on the wild side.  Get that new Black Eyed Peas ringtone and make sure you are “so 3008″ and not “so 2000 and late!”

Hey DJ Keep Playing That Song …

iTunes has revolutionized the way we think about, listen to and interact with music.  If you don’t have an mp3 player, iPod or otherwise, stop reading go out and buy whatever will work best for you – it will change your life. I promise you.  You will become the best DJ you’ve ever known.  But, beware play a playlist for a friend and they may never look at you the same again. Style is about more than the clothes in your closet, it’s about the music you listen to, the restaurants you dine in, the neighborhood you choose to live in, and so on … the list is endless.

Back to the music you listen to – some believe  that “you are what’s on your playlist”.  For the uninitiated, a playlist is a group of songs a person can tailor to his own tastes or moods picked from her larger library music.  Recently the San Fransisco Chronicle reported that experts have weighed in on the subject and have found that our digital music libraries are a reflection of our personalities.  Experts or no, you can tell a lot about someone by the playlists on their iPods.  Music libraries, and playlists in specific, give you a window into someone’s innermost thoughts almost like a diary.  You best believe that the recruiting partner at your law firm who loves Jay-Z and works out to “Show Me What You Got” every morning, has a club outfit (she may only get there 1x a year, but she goes).  Don’t be surprised if the mod girl who works at your favorite coffee shop loves the sauve stylings of crooner Michael Buble (pronounced Bu – blay).  Or that your work BFF secretly wishes WHAM! would re-unite.

The first time an acquaintance grabbed my iPod to scroll through my playlists I was absolutely mortified because my music library is definitely reflective of my style which is multi-facted (and like the partner who works out to Jay-Z, not necessarily all parts of it are for public consumption).  But, I love music and my confidence in my musical tastes (similar to my confidence in my sense of style) far outweighed my fear of comments from the peanut gallery.  Lesson learned?  Unless you are DJ, don’t hand your iPod over to just anyone.