Things I Love Thursday (Sort Of)

Instead of doing the traditional TILT this week, I figured I’d point you in the direction of the one place on the web where I’ve started automatically (and instantaneously, thanks to their awesome bookmarklet) sharing all the fun pics and pieces I come across during my daily travels on the world wide interwebs. It’s also home to any random pics I take with my iPhone while actually out and about in the real world (yes, sometimes I do leave my desk). It’s full of fun images that catch my eye, and it’s become my own little specially styled sanctuary on the web, full of pretty things that inspire and engage me. In other words, it’s where I put all sorts of  things I love all week long, not just the ones I’m loving on any given Thursday.

So, without further ado, please to enjoy…(drumroll please)…my Tumblr.

 

Fashion Week On Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook & More: The Savvy Stylista’s Guide To Getting A Front Row Seat From Your Computer Screen

This post originally appeared on The Girls in Tech blog

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – fashion week. And, from fashion blogs to the New York Times , everyone’s talking about all the sensational styles currently making their way down the runways of Lincoln Center. Of course, not everyone has a front row seat for all that fabulous fashion.

Fortunately, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you don’t need a ticket to check out the latest trends on the runway. All you have to do is turn on your computer. Which is way easier than navigating the steps of Lincoln Center in your stilettos anyway.

Speaking of navigating, I’ve rounded up the best sites for finding fashion coverage on the web in this handy guide – How To: Find Fashion Show Videos & Fashion Show Pics Online. It’s full of the best places to find fashion show videos, behind the scenes coverage of fashion week, runway show reviews and more.

And the best part? These resources will last well beyond the trends they’re covering, so you can keep checking back for fresh fashion coverage during the rest of this season and beyond. Because the best fashion statement is the one that’s always in style. Well, that and pretty much anything by Chanel.


Fashion’s Night Out

We all know what it feels like – that awful sinking feeling that you’re underdressed, out of your element and in way over your head. You could be the most competent, confident career woman in the world, but when that feeling comes bubbling up from the pit of your stomach and the back of your head, you can’t help but crumble a little bit.

It seems antithetical, but to me, that’s the best illustration of the power of fashion. That feeling that can bring you to your proverbial knees. Because, of course, it goes the other way too. Few things can make you feel more powerful and in control than feeling like you’ve got the perfect, pulled together outfit going on.

And that’s why I so admire the work that Dress For Success does in outfitting low income women with the work wardrobes – and career skills – they need to succeed. And, it’s why I’m so proud that we will be helping to raise money for them as part of our Girls in Tech Fashion’s Night Out event at Saks Fifth Ave. on September 10.

I know I’ve written about this event here before, but I cannot stress enough how much good Dress For Success can do with the money we raise. So, if you’re going to buy any new clothes, shoes, beauty or accessories for fall, why not buy them with a 15% discount, knowing that five percent of the profits from your purchase are going directly to Dress For Success?

Plus, just for showing up at our big Fashion’s Night Out event on Friday, you’ll also get a swag bag with $300 worth of goodies from places like Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Blow LA, Sports Club LA, Physique 57, Showstoppers, Frosted Cupcakery, LA Magazine, and Bellacureous. Not to mention free wine and bites from Malibu Wines, makeovers and style seminars from Saks’ experts and much more.

A good cause, a goodie bag full of glam goods, good style advice and great food…not a bad way to spend a night. Or the $30 it costs for a ticket.

Get yours today here. I’ll see you there! (As soon as I can pick out the perfect outfit, of course).

Is Beauty Only Skin Deep? GlamourGals Uses A Social Network To Prove Otherwise

See this post in its original format on Girls In Tech

As women in a mostly male-dominated field, it’s easy to have a tenuous relationship with the idea of ‘beauty.’ After all, we want people to focus on the skills and savvy we bring to the table, and not necessarily on the brand of purse we put down on top of it. If you’re a female who deals regularly with developers, this balancing act can be even more precarious. How do you justify spending time on hair and makeup when most of the men you’re working with would rather worry about HTML than hygiene?

But, it’s hard to ignore the effect your appearance has on your confidence. And, any successful woman – or man for that matter – will tell you that confidence is a key component of that success. So, many of us still take the time to do our hair. To put on a little makeup. To pick out that perfect outfit. It doesn’t make us any less skilled or savvy, it just makes us feel a little better as we go about our daily business. What we don’t realize is how lucky we are to be able to do that for ourselves. And, that’s where GlamourGals comes in.

GlamourGals is an organization that arranges makeovers and beauty treatments for women in nursing homes. By hooking young women up with their elderly counterparts, the organization provides both parties with opportunities to foster meaningful relationships, and also helps those elderly women to get that same little beauty boost we all know and love. It also has an amazing social media component, in its use of a proprietary networking site for all of its chapters, which helps the organization keep infrastructure costs low and connectivity high. Started in 2000, GlamourGals is now having its tenth birthday party in LA, giving glamorous gals across the LA area the chance to celebrate and support this very worthy cause.

The party is at Bimi Restaurant, on February 25. There will be complementary cocktails, raffle prizes, food and gift bags, and the whole thing kicks off at 6pm. Hosts include Lauren Berger and Laurel Kaufman of our very own GIT LA chapter, and Girls in Tech members get $10 off ticket prices through the first week of February. So, break out your best beauty products and start primping – this is one event worth getting all dolled up for.

What: GlamourGals 10th Birthday Party

Where: Bimi Restaurant, 11917 Wilshire Blvd

When: Feb 25, 2010 (6-9pm)

Register Here

Save Money: Saving Secrets For The Geek Chic Chick

Nail Salon Money Save ManicureIt ain’t easy being fabulous — or at least being the kind of girl who aspires to be. And let’s face it, any girl raised on a steady diet of Sex and the City is going to want a spot at the fabulous feast. After years of thinking independent, successful woman was a phrase synonymous with manolos and manicures, it’s hard to crave anything but caviar wishes and champagne dreams.

Of course, if you happen to be a 20-something today, you know that champagne and caviar are more fantasy than reality. Let’s face it, fabulous these days is more recessionista than fashionista — especially if you’ve got a pricey gadget habit to feed along with that shoe addiction.

But, that doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in the finer things in life too…you just have to master the art of one thing Carrie and the gals were always fabulous at: bargaining. And I don’t just mean haggling your way to a pricy pair of shoes by tapping into the salesman’s foot fetish. No, in this case bargaining means way more than that. It means finding a way to make your money count, stretch your dollar and all those other catchphrases that sell self help books.

It’s an art that requires more effort than just plopping down the nearest American Express card, but also provides way more satisfaction with every purchase. Instead of feeling guilty for spending on something self indulgent, you get to feel smart for spending your money…well…smartly.

It also just so happens to be an art that’s in my blood — thanks Jewish grandmothers!! So, I’m starting a new feature here on my lovely little blog where I share the tips and tricks of the geek chic chick trade. I’ve spent years trying to figure out how to get what I want without hearing my grandmother’s voice in my head, guilting me for spending too much on something “silly.” So, I figure, why not share the wealth?

And, if you appreciate my tips, feel free to send over some caviar. I’ll also take gratitude gifts in champagne form.

Tip: You Only Need One

Us geek chic chicks, we sure do like to type. From our phones to our full size ergonomic keyboards, we spend most of our time typing. Which, not surprisingly, is not conducive to keeping our nails looking their absolute best. I don’t know about anyone else, but I go through manicures more often than I update my facebook status, which is an awful lot of costly nailcare over the course of a year.

Of course, if I don’t get my nails done, I run them ragged biting and picking at them. It ends up being a big ol’ catch 22. Or at least it was — until the night my manicurist let me in on a little secret. Apparently, if you only get one coat of polish, the whole paint job lasts twice as long. I guess the single coat sticks to your nails better, so it’s less likely to chip. Or something. Anyway, the point is, I tried it and it totally works. Now, instead of having to go back for a new nailcare fix every week, I’m up to a mani every month or so.

I’m not gonna lie and say my biting habit doesn’t often land me in the chair more often than that, but during those rare times when I can go a few weeks without biting, I swear my manicures will last up to a whole month. Which saves about $60 a month if you go to my salon (Happy Nails at Santa Monica and La Brea). It’s a grooming godsend, and a total geek chic chick money saving tip.

Keep on keeping on…

I’m very excited that I remembered to update my blog today. 2 days down, who knows how many more are to go. In the spirit of moving forward, here’s an incredible video that Tyler sent me. The implications are awesome, but what’s even more awesome is the idea that this entire thing could one day get integrated into your nailpolish. Fashion and futuristic technology together at last. Bestill my big, nerdy heart.