Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My Iphone Saves the Day

Yes I have an Iphone and it has saved the day for my business on more than one occasion. Three years ago I purchased a mac computer after becoming extremely disgusted with my PC always failing at the worst possible times. So after much investigation I bit the bullet and purchased an apple laptop. Although, I love the performance and outstanding customer service I receive from this product, I must admit the downside was that my laptop was not compatible with multimedia media phones like the Blackberry that function off of the windows program. So, sometime in late July I broke down and finally purchased an Iphone.

I must admit when I first purchased this phone I was not as enthusiastic about it then as I am now. It was nice to have a product that would make my bag a few ponds pounds lighter by eliminating the need for me to carry around my ipod, camera and phone. My bag normally weighs about 13 pounds. I know its insane, but what is a beauty entrepreneur to do? Once I familiarized myself with the functions of the phone and apple made some much needed updates to enhance it functionality, it has quickly become one of those products I “must have” when I am away from my business and laptop.

Here are 5 ways the Iphone has saved the day for me and my business

1. One day while standing in line, for twenty minutes, at the Post Office I was able to draft an article for one of my blog posts.
2. On many occasions I was able to instantaneously respond to critical emails.
3. While on the go I can always take pictures for the blog or newsletter that are just as clear as my digital camera.
4. Oneday while out meeting with prospective retailers I received a call from my accountant informing me there was a document I needed to sign ASAP. I was able to map directions directly to his office from where I was.
5. When I am away from the business I can always be reached for urgent issues and respond to critical emails in real time.

As with any product there is always room for improvement. So I feel the iphone should be upgraded to record video. Do you or anyone you know have an Iphone? Do you love it or hate it ? Let me know.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

La Reina de Salsa........Celia Cruz

If you are a regular reader of this blog you may have noticed I recently added a new section called Classic Beauty Icons. This is my tribute to women I believe have set standards in beauty with their display of elegance and sophistication, however, thier contributions are often overlooked. I was inspired to write about one of my all time favorites, Celia Cruz, commonly referred to as La Riena de Salsa (The Queen of Salsa). Today as I was shuffling through my ipod looking for a song to energize me, my fingers landed on the right song La Vida es un Carnaval. Translated it means Life is a Carnival. The mere beat of the song alone makes me think I should be on the show Dancing with the Stars. Of course I would never subject myself to such embarrassment because I am actually the worst salsa dancer.

One of the things I love the most about Celia Cruz is that her music transcends all generations and like most good music you don’t have to understand the language to appreciate and feel the soul of the music.

I found this great tribute to her on youtube. I hope you enjoy it!!

Although this outstanding woman has passed on, her legacy lives on forever in her colorful body of music and lifetime of achievements.

Celia Cruz 1925 - 2003