WORK SMARTER ◊ SCHEDULING YOUR WORK FOR HAPPIER LIFES

29.6.14

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Estos últimos días han sido de organización en todos los aspectos, desde el lugar de las cosas y el manejo del tiempo. Soy de las que creo que el tener las cosas organizadas llevan a vidas más felices. Por los últimos meses me he esforzado por buscar la forma de tener el balance perfecto de las cosas, el manejar mis actividades de trabajo para tener más tiempo para disfrutar. Antes solía estar en aprietos en que postear para redes sociales, de que hablar en el blog, y no cumplir las fechas de salida de temporadas entre muchas cosas más que me creaban ansiedad. Pero decidí además de crear un planificador para cada red social, y el orden de actividades unas carpetas con etiquetas a cada proyecto y poder vaciar ahí las ideas próximas para dejar solo las que tienen prioridad en las hojas planificadoras. Así además de saber lo que tengo que hacer y planificarlo, puedo tener contenido e ideas para las redes sociales y no quedarme nunca sin tener que hacer, pero a la vez dejar tiempo para las cosas importantes de la vida y disfrutar lo que hago.

Antes solía solo usar la lista por hacer como esta que compartí aquí, pero siempre terminaba o siendo cambiada o se añadían más y más actividades creando un caos y un desbalance en mi vida. Cuando se tiene una marca o cualquier empresa nada podrá ser disfrutado sin contar con organización. Espero esta nueva plantilla pueda ayudarme a encontrar ese balance buscado, y espero les sirva a ustedes como a mi. Se las comparto a través de este link. Yo imprimo y pongo titulo y fecha en la parte de arriba a cada proyecto ( blog, fanpage & twitter, actividades) y del lado izquierdo los días de la semana a trabajar del mes, así como los días de la semana en cada espacio de domingo a sábado.
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This last days had been of organization in all aspects, from things in place and managing time. Im a believer in having things organize will lead to happier lifes. For a couple of months I've been struggling to find the perfect balance of things, for managing working activities to have more time to enjoy. Before i normally was struggling on what to post in social media, what to talk about on the blog, and not accomplish dates dues for seasons among other things that created anxiety. So i decided besides making a planner for each social media, and activities, some folders with labels for each project so i could place future ideas in there and leave only priorities in the planner sheets. So besides i now can know what i have to do and plan it, i can have content and ideas for social media and not get stuck in what is next and to do, and at the same time leave time for important things in life and enjoy what i do.

In the past i would rather use a to do list like this one i share before here, but i always ended changing it or adding more and more activities creating chaos and unbalancing my life. When you have a brand or any company nothing will be enjoyed if you don't count with organization. I hope this new sheet can help me to find that balance I'm looking for, and hope it will help you too. Im sharing it in this link. I printed some and put titles and dates on the top to all projects (blog, social media, activities) and on the left side i will write dates of the week to work, also the dates of the week in every blank space from sunday to saturday.

OY! & YURIKA STUDIO TEAM UP ◊ HAPPINESS GIVEAWAY

27.6.14

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Hola el día de hoy les tengo una sorpresa, Yurika Studio y OY! hicimos un teamup para regalar felicidad. Y como estamos tan contentas vamos a regalar un collar SMILE de Yurika Studio y un print positivo (internacional) OY! Lo único que tienen que hacer es darle like a la página de Yurika Studio en su fanpage, ver sus productos y mencionar cual es tu favorito aqui en este post del blog. Para más posibilidades de ganar puedes ir a la cuenta de OYLIFE en instagram y postear y usar el hashtag #yurikaoyteamup Daremos el ganador el 18 de julio. Suerte!
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Hi, today i have a surprise for you all, Yurika Studio & OY! made a teamup to giveaway happiness. And because we are so happy we will give away a necklace by Yurika Studio call SMILE and an OY! positive print. All you have to do is go over and follow Yurika´s Fanpage, look at the gallery of products and mention your favorite piece below this post as a comment. For more chances to win you could go over to OYLIFE account on instagram and repost the image and use the hashtag #yurikaoyteamup We will anounce winner on july 18. Good luck!

YOUNG FRANKK ◊ JEWELRY

25.6.14

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Hoy les quiero compartir de esas veces que encuentras fascinante la estetica de otra persona, su proyecto, sus fotos y fue a través de instagram que conoci a Christine Young una chica de Virginia que hace esta joyeria tan minimal y preciosa. Su marca Young Frankk es inspiradora. Les pasa que se enamoran de otros proyectos? Buen mediados de semana!
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Today i want to share about those moments you find some else fascinating aesthetic, her proyect, even her pictures and it was through instagram i met Christine Young a girl from Virginia that makes this minimal and lovely jewelry. Her brand Young Frankk is inspiring. Does this happens to you, that you fall in love from other ones proyects? A nice midweek!! 

RANDOM ◊ MENU FIRE HURRICANE BY NORM

22.6.14

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Les tengo más avances, del carrete de mi cámara voy guardando en carpetas fotos esperando ser comprartidas. Esta vez quiero mostrarles además de estas lindas plantas en el hogar que alegran los días y hacen todo más bonito, esta última adquisición, una vela super segura de Menu. El fire hurricane diseñado por Norm es mi pieza favorita, me encanta su forma y color del vidrio. La muevo por toda la casa y es tán segura. Piezas como estás hacen mi hogar un lugar perfecto para un amante del diseño.
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I have more previews, from my camera roll that i keep in folders waiting to be share. This time i want to show besides this pretty green plants at home that make happier days and makes everything more nicer, this last adquisition, a candle thats so safe from Menu. Fire hurricane is designed by Norm and its my favourite piece, love its shape and glass color. I move it around all home and its secure. Objects like this make my home a perfect place for a design lover.

VAGABOND ◊ SHOEMAKERS

20.6.14

Hoy en este modo viernes sólo quiero compartir mi fascinación por esta marca sueca de zapatos maravillosos Vagabond. Disfruten!!
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Today in friday mode i just want to share my admiration for this marvelous sweden shoe brand Vagabond. Enjoy!!

BRANDING ◊ BIG JUG ORGANIC MAPLE SYRUP

18.6.14

Comeria esta miel sólo por su empaque, que puedo hacer, amo el buen branding. Excelente mitad de semana!!
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I will just eat this syrup for its good packaging, what can i do? i love a good branding. Nice midweek to all!!

SIMON & ME ◊ FATHERS DAY GIFTS

15.6.14

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Hoy en este día del padre, una simple selección para papá de objetos de la marca Simone & Me.
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Today in fathers day, a simple selection for dad with objects from brand Simone & Me.

TIME OFF ◊ THOUGHTS

14.6.14


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A veces el escaparse a un lugar solo a descansar te refresca. Esta vez visite a mi familia y he regresado con muchas cosas en la cabeza. Con nuevas ideas o con algunas no tan nuevas pero con el fin de cumplirlas. Cuando se tiene tanto trabajo uno necesita poner un TIEMPO FUERA para no saturarse y perder el rumbo. Observar otras perspectivas y mirar el regreso con más ánimos. Muchos pensarán que es maravilloso tener un proyecto propio, y no lo desmentiré pero a veces nos forzamos tanto que no sabemos hacia donde ir, o sabemos pero no avanzamos. Espero este regreso sea para enfocarme y dar lo mejor que puedo dar. Espero les guste todo lo que creo para ustedes. Pueden aprovechar el 25% de descuento de la línea geométrica en mi tienda etsy, pronto la nueva línea positiva para vidas mejores. Y leer los consejos que tuvimos por invitadas en el blog para emprendedores.
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Sometimes a small getaway just for relaxing can refresh you. This time i visit my family and came back with a lot of things in my head. With new ideas or some not that new but with the pourpose to achive them. When you have a lot of work its needed to put TIME OFF to not get saturated and lost direction. Observe other perspective and see return with more spirit. Some will think that its wounderful to have a personal project, and i will not refute but sometimes we force ourselfs so much that we cant see the direction or we see it but wont progress too much. I hope this come back is for focus and give the best, and that you like all i create for you all. You could also take a look to the special discount from geometry collection at my etsy shop with a 25% off, soon the new positive line for better lifes. And you could also read the advice that we had from entrepreneur guest post.

THE STANDARD – KAUPMANNAHÖFN

13.6.14

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Hay momentos donde solo gozo hechar un vistazo y observar lugares tan bellos como lo es este, el hotel The Standard en Copenhagen, todo los elementos y el buen diseño me dejan boquiabierta. Disfruten la belleza de lugares de otros lados del mundo!
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There are moments where i just enjoy taking a peek and observing beautiful places like this one, the Standard Hotel at Copenhagen, all elements and good design at this place leave me open-mouthed. Get the most out of beauty from other places in the world!

*Pics: http://sarasjofn.com

SMART OBJECTS ◊ AURA MIRROR BY Bjorn Van Den Berg

11.6.14

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Un objeto de diseño que ha captado mi atención, un espejo semiesferico. El espejo Aura diseñador por Bjorn Van Den Berg desarrolado de una metafora de un objeto resplandeciente. El objeto brilla por estar elaborado en metales y lo convierte en un reflejado completo más que solo una superficie. Me encantaría incorporarl esta pieza tan delicada a mi espacio. Les gusta?
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An object that capture my attention, a hemispherical shaped mirror. The mirror designed by Bjorn Van Den Berg was developed out of a metaphor of a glowing object. The object shines because its made out of metals and converts it in a whole reflecting piece more than just a surface. I would love to incorporate this delicate piece at my space. Do you like it?

OY! HOME OVER AT NORDIC DAYS

9.6.14

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Con tanta cosa en mi cabeza no les habia contado que la linda Flor del blog Nordic Days presento nuestro hogar e hizo un tablero inspirado en nuestros detalles. Pueden ver lo que conto sobre nosotros en el post sobre casas inspiradoras.
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With so much in my head i wasnt able to share that sweet Flor from Nordic Days blog feature our home and made a board inspire in details at home. You could see what she wrote about us in inspiring homes post.

THE VEDA HOUSE ◊ OY! GUEST POST

8.6.14





Mientras Cassie del blog The Veda House estuvo de luna de miel fui invitada a su lindo blog en la sección de STUDIO HOURS, presento detalles de nuestro hogar. Pueden ver el post aquí.
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While Cassie from The Veda House blog was away at her honey moon i was a guest at her lovely blog in her STUDIO HOURS section, she feature details from our home. You could see the post here.

COMMUNITY IMPORTANCE ◊ GUEST POST

6.6.14

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Ahora le toca a Tara Victoria diseñadora y fotografa donde en su lindo blog encuentras inspiración y desafios creativos, nos hablará de la importancia de las comunidades en el medio del blogging y de los negocios. Se las dejo.
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Nows turn is for Tara Victoria designer & photographer whos pretty blog goes from inspiration and creative challenges, she will talk about the importance of communities in blogging and business. So i leave her to you.

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about the importance of community reaching out to fellow bloggers and creatives to let them know they're not alone, though many of us sometimes feel that this creative path we are on has to be ours and ours alone. The responses were beyond what I had imagined and truly amazing. I was blown away. You see, so many of us bear our creative struggles all on our own, but a defining moment in any creative's journey is when you accept you're not alone and that your struggles are our struggles. Taking a leap to start a small business or a blog is huge all in it's own, but thinking that you're in it completely by yourself can make those risks seem unobtainable.
 
A huge lesson that college taught me was that there are so many things about business, design, creative blocks, process, (you name it) we all have yet to learn and yet some of our unlearnt lessons, might be things other's have already been taught and vice versa. By collaborating and communicating with those around us we can teach and help one another. Being part of a community is a give and take relationship that everyone can contribute to. That's why it pains me so to see folks thinking they can't reach out. Accepting other's help can be one of the biggest growth factors personally and professionally. If you have an issue with your business or a question about your blog, seek your answer within the community and I guarantee you will get it.
 
Not only can community help with unanswered questions, but it is a great way to promote and grow your business or blog. Social media gives us the ability to do so in seconds and when people like what they see or read, they share it. In return we can do the same for others. This is part of the give and take. I've also seen this community come together during times of personal struggles. Loss of a loved one, a breakup, unemployment, or just needing someone to mull things over with. I've seen the support system it can be and I have been blown away by it time and time again. By putting yourself out there you're allowing the possibility of strong friendships that are not only willing to help you professionally but as a person as well.
 
The possibilities in community are endless and the importance, powerful. I think this quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe puts it best "The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone who things and feels with us, and who though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden."

5 TIPS TO START A SUCCESSFUL WEB SHOP ◊ GUEST POST

4.6.14

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El día de hoy la invitada dueña de Sketch-Inc Becky, la cual crea diseños super divertidos y pintados a mano además de originales afiches que vende en su shop en línea nos da unos consejos de como empezar una tienda en línea exitosa. Sin más...
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Todays guest post owner at Sketch-Inc Becky, which creates super fun designs hand painted and also unique prints that sales on her web shop gives us some tips on how to start a successful online shop. Without much ado...


Whether you are creating and selling your own products or a retailer selling multiple brands these 5 beginners tips are universally true.
With so many people now selling online the need to standout is ever more important. Before taking the leap into the world of online selling here are a few tips to get you started. NB: You may want to grab a coffee first! My attempts to keep this short were an epic fail! 

1. WE ARE UNIQUE
How are you different?

Celebrate how unique your shop is. Try researching the products you plan to sell.
Are they unique? What makes them different from similar brands? Are they Organic? Handmade? Made locally? Are you the exclusive retailer of a brand in your country? Why have you created your shop and what are you offering?...
Example 1: ‘ SHOP NAME ’ sources only the best Nordic inspired design from the world’s most inspiring creatives straight to your doorstep.’
Example 2: ‘SHOP NAME’ is home to ‘YOUR NAME’ imaginative handmade world . Where illustration jumps from the page and reimagined as lovingly designed soft toys for kids and grown-ups alike’                                            Identify your brand!
The easiest way to be remembered or found on a marketplace site is through photography and styling. Bright beautifully styled or simply shot photos will always standout in a google image search or even Etsy. If you are creating your own stand alone web shop simply sketch up some ideas on how you would like your shop to appear (Logo, fonts, imagery, category names, graphics) and ask yourself if it reflects the style of your brand and what you are trying to say.
One of my favorite web shops stocks products you can find at many other online stores. Their layout and overall design is very simple but every product is photographed in their own particular style and they never use the brand’s stock images. Their product descriptions are informed and tell you why they love them. As a result the mixture of brands feels like one person has selected them and gives you examples of how they can look together in your home.

2. KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER
Who will your customers be…

What does he/she do for a living? Their annual wage? Where do they shop? What are their interests? Do they have children? Are they students? What is their expendable income every month? Which social networks would they use?….etc?
This is true of any salesman. Once you have your ideal customer in mind and the type and price of products they are likely to purchase you can research how those products are displayed online and learn from your competitors, improve on what is already available or introduce something completely new to a hungry audience.

3. START SMALL
Creating your first online shop is a risk, and although mistakes can be a valuable learning curve it’s much easier to minimize them where you can.
By starting with a small range of products you can reduce the risk and focus on perfecting those products for sale. Discovering what works well takes time and will take at least a year before you know your sales trends.

4. PRICE IT RIGHT
If you are a MAKER don’t underestimate your workmanship!. If a product is unique to you and can not be found elsewhere you hold the cards on pricing you are only restricted by how much your customer is prepared to spend.
If you are a RETAILER know your competition online.
We’ve all done it! I’ve found a fantastic product in one shop and then googled it to find the lowest price elsewhere.
There are two ways to combat the window shopper.
1. Exclude the brand’s name in your listing. This will hinder shoppers searching for a cheaper offer.
2. Offer a better deal / service / free gift wrapping etc.
But wait!...there is one more pricing strategy in your arsenal!!!!
SHIPPING COSTS!
Many customers will search online for the cheapest price only to find that the shipping costs are higher than the savings they were hoping for.
I would never suggest under pricing your shipping costs but they should be as accurate as possible and not additional revenue to the order.
Business accounts with shipping companies can offer fantastic discounts both at home and worldwide.

5. SOCIALISE
The cheapest form of advertising is…word of mouth!
This is where social networking becomes the life blood of any small business and particularly the web shop. If someone is prepared to shop online they are far more likely to actively use social networks.
Social networking is the perfect tool to celebrate your unique shoppers experience.
Instagram is perhaps the best example of this where happy customers can tag you with an image of their well-received product and advertise their purchase to their friends (the modern day word of mouth). Your photo feed can show the creative process in action, stylized products, snaps of home life with your products and even promote your brand image in your photography style.
Social networks offer customers the chance to ask questions and interact with the people behind the brand they love and thus create a loyal following.
I hope these tips have been helpful and have inspired those entrepreneurs amongst you. Selling online is hugely satisfying and the flexible hours aren’t bad either. I now find it hard to imagine working anywhere else.

Thank you so much Carol for inviting me.
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Bec

WHILE IM AWAY ◊ ENTREPRENEUR GUEST POST

2.6.14

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En estos días mientras estoy de visita con mis padres invite para su inspiración a unas chicas emprendedoras que admiro y que estarán hablando sobre su experiencia, esperando podamos ayudarlos e inspirarlos a los que empiezan o tienen un proyecto propio. Estarán aportando información valiosa a mi serie de topicos de consejos de negocios. Tomen una taza de café y que las disfruten!
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In this couple of days while im away visiting my parents i invited for your inspiration some entrepreneur girls that i admire and will be chating about their expertise, hoping we can help and inspire those who are starting or have a project of their own. They will be adding valuable info to my topics on business advice. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy them!

Pic source: tumblr iff some ones know the photographer let me know.

MOOSHEMA & IRMA IBRIC TABLECLOTH

1.6.14

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Hoy sólo quiero contarles mi experiencia con este bello mantel de la marca Mooshema de Belgrado por Irma Ibric, una diseñadora de Bosnia que tiene un ojo para lo minimal. La marca realiza una gran variedad de productos de PVC y con una gran selección de diseños para todos los gustos. Yo decidí acomodarlo en mi comedor doblado, pero pueden colocarlo de manera circular en cualquier tipo de mesa. Tiene un corte unico en las orillas que completa el diseño circular. El material es perfecto por que lo puedes limpiar facilmente con un trapo húmedo con solamente agua. Aparte de que añade un toque extra a una simple habitación, así decidas usarlo en un comedor o hasta de picnic, que tal!
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Today i just want to let you know my experience with this beautiful tablecloth from Mooshema brand from Belgrade by Irma Ibric, a designer from Bosnia that has an eye for minimal. The brand makes a variety of products from PVC material and with a big selection of designs for all taste. I decided to display it at my dining table folded, but you can place it circular on any kind of table. It has an unique cutting edge that completes the circular design. The material is perfect so you can easily clean it with a damp cloth with simple water. And besides that it adds an extra touch to a simple room, such you decide to use it on a dinning table or even a picnic, how about that!
 

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