Follow Friday

Another work week is coming to a close and I am THIS MUCH CLOSER to landing the job of my dreams.  This week I've got a great mix of tweeps to follow who have made my week rad.

@ElFury: I met her over a month ago during one of the many chats I participate in (I want to say it was #brandchat but ...) and she has jazzed up my timeline ever since.  Not only is she funny and awesome, but she is a dog mom just like me!  Also, if you're trying to get into the Social Media field, she is a great person to talk to and get to know; she does it (well) professionally.  Plus she lives in Texas.

@denbac: He's been around the interwebs for a hot minute; I've been laughing at his commentary on ONTD for many moons now.  Beyond that, he's helpful and has great music taste.  His tweets keep me updated on life in the DC area, and his tweets keep me laughing.  His perspective on life is infectious.  Check out what his new addiction is.

@robcairns: He is one of the newest tweeps to be added to my nest.  I met him this week during #SMmanners chat and he had some really great input and ideas.  I look forward to getting to know him better and picking his brain.  He's very friendly and approachable.  I have a sneaking suspicion that he is a computer wiz, too.

@zwbrownre: He is a successful realtor in the Arizona area who has a wide variety of interests.  Yes, he can find you your dream home, and yes, he can sell your house ... but there's more to him than that!  He's funny, he's into sports, and he's actively involved in Social Media.  He is also an Army Veteran, and proud to be so!  Ask him for a new album to listen to: he's great with music, too!

@citynightlife: She's from North Carolina and if her default doesn't make you want to follow her ... I don't know what will!  She's funny, she's sweet, and she always offers her support and encouragement.  She's into celebrity gossip just like me, and has been a known to comment on ONTD.  What I like most about her updates is that I feel like I'm talking to one of my girlfriends -- she makes me laugh, she makes me think, and she's awesome!

@saint0z: He is the only other person I've met on Twitter (so far) who loves Audiosurfing as much as me!  He always wants to know what I'm surfing and I bet if I ask him I'll have some rad song suggestions for the future.  Beyond that, he keeps it real and adds a nice balance to my timeline.  He is into manly things -- check out his default!

@stevo707: Need your look updated?  Might want to ask him for some tips: he's a barber!  He is also very sweet and considerate.  He is an awesome uncle.  What I really dig about him, though, is his desire to connect with everyone on his timeline.  He is always following up and reaching out.  Who wouldn't want such a rad dude as part of their twitterverse?

@msbutterfinger: All I can really say is that she and I have very similar tastes in television and movies.  Don't let her profile info fool you: there is so much more to her then being a Twitard :).  Ask her about this season of Big Brother; better yet, ask her what's happening in Illinois!  She's a mom, a sister, and an all-around rad chick.

@lespesenerfs: Meet my favorite Franco-Afro-American!  I could not be  happier that she found me on Twitter as she has become one of my favorite tweeters!  She is funny, first of all ... and she is interested in all kinds of things.  She is a great cook, too.  If you want to know what it's like to live in France, I would suggest following her.  She may even help you brush up on those high school French skills :)

@bertisagirl: She hails from Georgia, so expect some southern charm when you add her to your timeline.   She is passionate about tennis and is also a writer.  She is also a Gator fan.  Her updates are on a variety of topics; I like that.  I am so thankful to have a real person to follow who tweets about what she's doing and where she's going, instead of link after link after link.  Get to know her, she's great.

BONUS: @iamspokenheart: His twitter handle pretty much spells it out for you: he's got a huge heart!  He spends his time on Twitter lifting other people up and bringing smiles to their faces.  He has checked in with me during my job hunt and kept encouraging me to push forward.  He's also a poet and loves music.  Ask him for a recommendation.

Have a great weekend.  

Previous Follow Friday posts can be found in the sidebar.

Audiosurfing

I am always late to the party.  Always.  I never jump on the bandwagon with everyone else.  I ignore said wagon and then return to it later and let my curiosity take over.

I've done this with many, many things including but not limited to: Lady Gaga, which I finally downloaded two weeks ago; Zombieland, which I finally watched last month; and Audiosurfing, which I have been doing non-stop for the past two days.

I feel like I did when I first started watching LOST -- obsessed.  I wake up and surf.  I try to surf at work.  I stay up uber late and wonder when it became 3:30 AM and whether or not I can complete one more surf before I collapse.  Jane Austin said it best, "You have bewitched me, body, and soul.  And I love, I love, I love you."

I have a crush, and guys, I think it's true love.

For those of you unfamiliar with Audiosurfing, let me break it down like this:

Picture you favorite song. 
Imagine riding it like a roller coaster that perfectly matches the beat and tempo.
Now imagine graphics that also move in rhythm to the beat.

I swear, it's like entering into a new stratosphere.

School buses are back on the roads and folders are being purchased by the dozen.  It's safe to say that Summer slipped through my fingers.  I spent it working and job hunting.  I did not bask in the hot sun; I did not go swimming; I did not attend a single bbq.  I don't even think I ate a hot dog.

Just when I thought the season was lost, I remembered how much fun I had a few years ago Audiosurfing with my old roommate.  A few Google searches, and few mouse clicks, and Pandora's box was opened.

I put on my headphones, I plugged in 'Dog Days Are Over' by Florence + The Machine, and I saw my favorite song.  Yes, saw.

Summer is not lost.

The colors emanating from my screen feel like sun rays and if I prop a fan next to my desk, it's almost like cruising in a convertible.  Life is a highway and I do want to ride it all night long (John Cochrane style).

Audiosurf action shots taken by yours truly.

Perspective II

 



Sometimes, we all need a reminder.

Makeup Tricks From a Former Beauty Advisor

One of the many jobs I've held was working for a cosmetic company.  I was always flabbergasted at the price women in particular were willing to pay for lipstick, eyeshadow, blush, and foundation.  Meeting my sales goal was not as important to me as ensuring my customer got the best deal; why pay through the nose when there is no need?

Here's a few things I shared with my clients.  Maybe you knew this already, maybe you didn't.

1. The only cosmetic to really spend money on is your foundation.

Going to a department store to have your color matched perfectly will cost you -- but it's worth it.  Drugstore brands cannot offer the same coverage or color matching that most department store shades can.

You should also 'get your color' done twice a year: your skin gets darker in the summer and lighter in the winter.

2. Your natural shade of foundation may be lighter than you want.  Don't panic -- there is bronzer!

Bronzer is my favorite cosmetic in the entire world.  A little bit makes me sun-kissed.  A little more transforms me into a Brazilian goddess.

Many people are concerned their face is too pale when using their natural shade of foundation and often buy darker shades.  It looks better if you stick with what your momma gave ya and throw bronzer on before leaving the house.  Trust.

3. There is almost no difference between drugstore brand lipstick, eye shadow, blush, mascara, and eyeliner.

Why spend more money for basically the same thing?


Other tips
  • Use cold cream to remove makeup before you go to sleep.  It's around $5.00 a jar.
  • Another alternative: CRISCO.  Yes, this sounds gross, but many women swear by it.  My grandma had perfect skin and you bet her secret was Crisco.
  • Witch hazel is an excellent toner.
  • There is no way to erase wrinkles naturally; the creams you buy from stores will only reduce the look of wrinkles over time.
  • Caster oil (unscented) is the perfect before-bed eye cream.
  • Contact lens solution doubles as eye makeup remover!
  • Spritz your face with non-aersol hairspray to keep your face in place all day/night long.
 
Baby powder is a jack of all trades.
  • Brand new heels?  Make the breaking-in process a thousand times less painful by putting baby powder in the shoe; you will stretch it out and not feel a thing! 
  • Don't have time to wash your tresses?  Throw some baby powder on your roots to soak up any excess oil.  No one will ever know!
  • Combing baby powder through your hair before going out will keep your hair from becoming stringy; be careful -- only a sprinkle will do the trick!
  • Use baby powder to prevent chafing.  Great for runners.
  •  Make eyelashes appear fuller and longer by dusting baby powder on your lashes before applying mascara.
  • Get rid of shaving friction when using an electric shaver by using baby powder before shaving.

    Follow Friday

    Getting back into the swing of things after Journalism Camp proved more difficult that previously predicted.  I only made it to one chat this week (#brandchat) and barely made it to that one!  I played ketchup the entire week and now here it is, Saturday morning, and I haven't made a Follow Friday post!  SHAME ON ME!

    Here are my picks for this week's Follow Friday.  Introduce yourself and let the fun begin.

    @dwmdm: He's Canadian, he's smart, and he designed my new header!  Who wouldn't want to follow someone who selflessly gives their time to someone they've never met face to face?  He is always pretty funny.  Check out what he said about Sno-Cones.

    @rachelmccarver: I met her as a freshman at Ball State University and we are still in touch; if they doesn't speak volumes I don't know what will!  You want more?  Okay: she's a wife, a dog-owner, a high school teacher, and she loves celebrity gossip.  She also is the one who started me watching Big Brother (and I showed her the light LOST).  You should ask her where 'Da bomb like tick tick' came from. #SheIsRad

    @martinssecrets: He's an author and father of 6; he's always got something going on!  He's friendly, he replies back, and he'll teach you a thing or two about the publishing industry (and about life as well).  He is also into art, music, the real estate business, and marketing.

    @hillarytribbett: Also a graduate from Ball State University, she works for the non-profit organization Live United.  She uses Social Media as part of her job and is a great example to follow on how to do it right.  Not only that, but she is the next big thing in country music!  She is a performer/artist/songstress/goddess.  I like the sound of that.

    @tic_not_tock: He's a used-car salesman.  He lives in southern, Indiana.  He loves to read.  He is also a gamer.  I myself am not a gamer but I can appreciate his excitement/enthusiasm about it.  He's very nice and replies, which is awesome.  Did I mention that he's also a blogger?

    @squigglejay: I hadn't talked much her with before this week, and boy am I glad I did!  She has a huge heart and her dog is adorable!  Her tweets are interesting to follow and I love that she shares photos.  I also have a sneaking suspicion that she loves celebrity gossip, just like me.

    @themichellebell: She's a commenter at ONTD and she is hilarious.  She also lives in Boston, one of my favorite cities in the USA.  She posts updates, pics, and replies often.  I also dig her glasses!  Her music taste is pretty rad, too.  Check out the funny picture she posted of a fake flower.

    @dcguru: He's a beach body coach!  If you don't know what Beach Body has to offer, definitely send this guy a tweet.  Besides being buff, he is incredibly inspiring and positive.  Who doesn't need a little sunshine on their timeline?  He followed me because he liked my smile; I followed him for the same reason.

    @blackoutmonster: I've been meaning to add him to my Follow Friday Favorites for over a month ... He is handsome, he is funny, he loves Britney Spears.  He also hails from Abu Dhabi/Dubai.  It's awesome talking to someone from across the globe in real time.  He keeps his twitter light ie funny and he posts lots of photos.

    @10thousandroses:  She also tweets from Boston and she loves music.  Her background may give you an idea of her favorite artist ... just saying.  She's funny and she's a pop culture diva.  She updates about all kinds of things, from music, to tv shows, to weather patterns.  Check out her tweet about Shark Week; it made me laugh.


    BONUS: @mattdantodd: He's a dad and a pastor.  He's funny, witty, and encouraging.  He cares about what's happening locally as well as globally.  He is also considerate and inspiring.


    Have a safe and awesome weekend!  Previous Follow Friday posts can be found in the sidebar.

    Revamp ... not the Twilight kind



    I've spent my day revamping the blog.  I've added content, cut dead weight, and added new links and features.  Make sure you check out the new pages at the top as well as the new links on the sidebar.

    I'd like to thank Duncan (@dwmdm) for designing the top banner for me!  You are truly a hero and your generosity will not soon be forgotten.

    I've made it easy to connect with me on various Social Media sites (notice the icons in the sidebar) as well as subscribe to my RSS feed and e-mail me.  The Currently On Repeat page contains music suggestions and the Days Gone By has samples (with links to the complete work) of some old ancient posts.  Learn a bit more about me in Who is Ledia? and feel free to submit your own questions for me to answer!

    Follow Friday posts will now be listed in the sidebar.  Make sure to check out the other sites I recommend as well; most are fellow bloggers I adore!  If you'd like your site to be added to the list, by all means ... have your people call my people.

    So... what do you think?  Love it?  Hate it?  Any suggestions are very much appreciated!

    It's da bomb, like tick tick

    I have returned from a week of shower shoes and Atrium food.

    Being an RA was definitely different than I expected.  When I lived in the dorms as a freshman I spent most of my time outside of the residence halls; I worked, I played, I avoided hall checks.  Living in LaFallApart was a challenge and being on the 8th floor of a non-air conditioned dorm permanently raised my body temperature a few degrees.

    This time around I spent 8 glorious days at Woodworth and experienced the luxurious side of the dorm life.  I now had a window air conditioning unit and was the one performing room checks.  Flying first class up in the sky...
     
    Being around high schoolers for a week made me realize two things.
    1. High schoolers are ruled by their emotions.
    2. Being part of The Group is a top priority.

    I am still ruled by my emotions to a certain extent, but these kids experienced the highs and lows of each day 100 percent.  When they were excited, they were EXCITED.  When they were sad, you could feel their melancholy reverberating off the walls.  I haven't been around teenagers, with the exception of my sister, for a long time and I forgot how strong the desire to fit in can be.

    Case in point -- during our dance on Wednesday night, one of the students requested Sandstorm.  Yes, you read that correctly: SANDSTORM.  Talk about a throwback!  Anyway, three kids started banging on the floor in a very Jersey Shore manner and before you knew it, close to 50 kids were pounding the beat out on the gym floor.  They were so in-tune to what everyone else was doing that they all jumped up to fist pump within seconds of each other.  Amazing.


    All recreational activities were considered lame until a handful of students started to participate.  I found in interesting that, generally speaking, the outsiders of the camp were the first to join in group activities and get the ball rolling.  They danced, they butchered sang karaoke, they made fools of themselves, and most importantly, they didn't care!  Because these campers had the courage to stand out others joined in.  Ironically, their willingness to participate is what singled them out in the first place ... repeat cycle. 

    After watching the hierarchy of high school play out for an entire week, I was amazed at the things I'd witnessed.  The popular kids from different schools and different states found each other and formed a clique; the nerds, the jocks, and the outcasts all followed suit.  Yes, they interacted to a certain extent, but as a whole everyone knew their place and mingled within their peer group.  And I thought classism no longer existed!

    As an adult, it was particularly heartbreaking to watch certain students try to mingle outside of their clique and be rejected.  They often felt ostracized and, because they are highly emotional, their sadness was plastered across their face.

    One of my favorite campers watched the dance from a distance because his peer group was not participating; he wanted to dance but was worried his moves would be made into a joke.  I didn't have the heart to tell him that everyone on the dance floor made an idiot of themselves (see fist pumping).  He later confided in me that he was also upset because the girl he liked at camp decided to date (for a whole week) someone else, someone 'cooler' than he was.  He had spent the entire week trying to show his adoration for this vixen.  For one reason or another, he was not chosen.

    I am so glad high school is over.

    Me as a high school senior