the importance of networking.

Since I’ve been an entrepreneur, I understand the importance of networking, and with social media so popular, there is no way around it. It is very important to network with others in the industry that you work in to become familiar with the who’s who in the industry, share ideas and experiences. The value that event professionals gain by networking is meeting other professionals who may be potential clients and/or recommend you to their client or future clients.

TWO important things to remember:

1. Attend all networking events with a specific purpose in mind.

Personally for me, I don’t think it is necessary to attend every industry related event or party because I’m pretty familiar with who I need to be familiar with in Los Angeles and not all events are in my niche.

2. Surround yourself with people who can help you.

It makes sense to surround yourself with those who have something you lack and need, and networking events are certainly ideal places to find such people.

If I’m at an event and there are 100 people or just 10 people and I leave only meeting or connecting with one person there, that is okay (with ME). I only surround myself with individuals who I believe I can help and vice versa and I usually am able to pin point that at any event I attend.

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The bottom line is this: In order for your business to grow and to build your brand you must form relationships with others in the industry. Networking is just one way and that is why it is important to network and market yourself and business. Honestly, if YOU don’t put yourself or company out there, no one else will. And let’s not forget the importance of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram), these are equally as important to market your brand and company. write about the importance of following up, which is equally just as important.  Six TIPS on how to follow up with potential client(s) and/or other professionals in your industry are:

1. Since Social Networking has pretty much taken over, there is pretty much no excuse why you do not follow up.  Look that person or company up, start following them on Twitter and Instagram, “Like” their Facebook page, find them on LinkedIn and most importantly once you have done all this, engage in conversation and keep in touch.

2. Prepare a handwritten note or card. Personally, I immediately send an email to potential clients and/or professional counterparts thanking them, etc. It’s a personal touch and people love that.

3. If you are short on time, opt for a less personal but equally effective thank you by sending a text message to the prospective client’s cell phone thanking them for their time.

4. Schedule a follow up meeting.

5. ALWAYS say thank you.

6. Ask for referrals. If they are happy with your services they will give you names of others that will benefit from your services. This is networking!!!

As a networking professional, you clearly understand the importance of follow up in a timely and respectful manner. Facilitating business and building your network is key and that is your focus when meeting other business professionals.

The party is officially over and you have gotten some great contacts and possibly leads that can turn into referrals or viable business contacts.  Now the question is what are you going to do with them?

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BEAUTY: Dark Lip Trend

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One of the hottest trends of the season is sporting the dark lip trend. If you’re thinking about making a statement with your lips with a fresh swipe of dark lipstick, I thought I’d share some key points you need to know and do to make sure your lips are perfect. 

Get the Look

While burgundy lips may seem a bit bold and scary, they’re super easy to pull off.

  • START OUT SHEER // If you’re not into that deep of a lip, try a more sheer formula such as a balm or lip tint. Dior Addict Extreme in Black Tie is perfect, it’s lightweight, hydrating, and semi glossy. You can also opt for berry or wine shades which will look less severe.
  • COMPLIMENT YOUR SKINTONE // Fair skinned girls might want to opt for lighter shade such as a deep berry or plum. You’ll have less risk of looking goth and it’ll look a lot more wearable. This isn’t to say you can’t pull off a dark shade! Emma Stone, Kate Bosworth and Michelle Williams have all done it and I love a dark lip on pale skin. Medium and dark skin tones can get away with much deeper shades.
  •  KEEP THE REST OF YOUR MAKEUP SOFT // It’s usually best to pair burgundy lips with a clean eye so that you don’t risk looking overly made up or dramatic. Sweep a shimmery champagne eyeshadow across your lids and look for a similar shade of blush to keep the look semi monochromatic.
  • MASCARA IS YOUR BEST FRIEND // With burgundy lipstick, mascara is your best friend. If your eye makeup if soft, several coats of mascara helps to accentuate your eyes without looking over dramatic.
  • PREP YOUR LIPS // Dark lipstick accentuates dry lips so make sure to exfoliate and moisturize before applying your lipstick!

From sweet blackberry hues, to raspberry, burgundies and everything in between, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and play around with dark oxblood shades. 

with love,

K.

RECIPE: 10 Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Even though some of us are going through a heat wave, fall is definitely in the air. We’re all itching to get out our fall wardrobes, put away the patio furniture and test out some new recipes with the season’s new crop.

10 pumpkin recipes

Fall is not my favorite season, but definitely has some things to love. I love the crisper air, the stunning fall colors, wearing brown leather boots and then there’s the holidays, Halloween followed by Thanksgiving. I’m already thinking about a) my halloween costume and b) what new recipe am I going to bring to Thanksgiving. Something they both have in common? Pumpkins! Here’s a roundup of 10 delicious sweet and savoury recipes that will let you take advantage of the pumpkins you bring home from your afternoon at the pumpkin farm.

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1. Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

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2. Pumpkin Turkey Chile

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3. Pumpkin Donuts

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4. Pumpkin Latte

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5. Pumpkin Pancakes

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6. Pumpkin Soup

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7. Pumpkin Salad

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8. Pumpkin Quesadillas

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9. Pumpkin Ravioli

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10. Pumpkin Cocktail

RECIPES : 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

That should keep you busy. Happy cooking!

with love,

K.

HOW TO: iphone photography & favorite apps

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It has been said that the best camera is the one you have with you, and with all the running around these days, and always so many lovely things to capture while traipsing about, often the only camera on hand is my iphone, which have come to rely on more and more for so many things, but especially the camera; and since joining instagram some time ago, have been having the loveliest time sharing little glimpses here and there, of everyday life and so, thought it might be fun to share a few favorite apps along the way . . .

{FAVORITE APPS}

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. . . normally only use two or three apps other than instagram, but sometimes I prefers to play around with a broader range, and so, a few of my favorites:

  1. accu camera : to steady shots
  2. over : for adding texts over images
  3. ps express : for cropping & rotating images
  4. snapspeed : a powerful app for selective photo edits & filters
  5. instagram : for filters & sharing
  6. pro hdr : for combining two of the same images to extend the dynamic range
  7. picfx : for filters & bokeh effects
  8. afterlight : for a large collection of amazing filters and effects
  9. pic frame : to split images into separate frames & create colleges
  10. toy slr : for creating focus & blur

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smores at Gyu-Kaku // apps used : instagram with rise filter

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little black dress // apps used : instagram for filter & picframe for mirror effect

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outfit of the day // apps used : picframe for triple effect & over for text

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ice cream cones // apps used : snapseed for filter & beautiful mess for text

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nude Steve Madden heels // apps used : picfx for heart effect & afterlight for filter

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iced latte from Urth Cafe // apps used: instagram for filter & picfx for heart effect

iOS new & updated features

  1. press the up volume button to take a photo
  2. access the camera from the lock screen by sliding up for control center and touching the camera icon
  3. when taking a picture, touch on the screen where you want the exposure and focus to be measured from
  4. turn on the grid from the options tab, which can help with composition and to keep your image straight
  5. use two fingers to pinch the screen to access the zoom feature
  6. when taking a photo, touch the three circles on the bottom right to display a range of filters

{images: all iphone photography by coveted allure on instagram}

COCKTAIL HOUR: stocking a home bar

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If there’s one thing every good party needs, it’s a well-stocked bar. Having the right liquors, mixers and fresh ingredients can make the difference between a great cocktail party and a total bust, so it’s best to have the essentials handy before you even think about inviting guests over for drinks.

stock the necessities.

The first thing you need to consider is the liquor. Stock your favorites, but have some premium quality liquors on hand, including vodka, dark and light rum, bourbon, tequila, gin and orange liqueur. With these staples, you’ll be able to field almost any cocktail request.

And, when it comes time to purchase your liquors, remember that quality always trumps quantity.

wine and beer.

On average, you should have a white wine and a red wine, with champagne only for special occasions. Stick with a crisp chardonnay, and a Cabernet or Pinot Noir.

Keep two different types of beer in your bar. For parties, stocking a light and a regular beer is your best bet. Pick popular or common beers, such as Budweiser, Coors, Miller, Heineken, etc.

the mixers.

Before any party, you’ll want to stock up on basic mixers and any garnishes required for the cocktails you are planning to make. To keep things simple, you may want to offer your guests a few limited specialty cocktails as well as an assortment of basic drinks. Basic essentials include:

  • Club soda
  • Juice (orange, cranberry and pineapple)
  • Soft drinks (cola, lemon-lime and ginger ale)
  • Tonic water

To expand your repertoire of available cocktails, add:

  • More juices (tomato, grapefruit and lime)
  • Sour mix
  • Bitters
  • Grenadine
  • Simple syrup
  • Vermouth
  • Tabasco Sauce

Finally, consider including some spices and garnishes for any specific cocktails you want to make. These can include:

  • Fruit wedges (lemon, lime, orange)
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Olives
  • Whipped cream
  • Nutmeg
  • Coarse salt and super-fine sugar (for coating glass rims)

the barware.

Having a well stocked bar with alcohol and mixers really means nothing if you aren’t equipped with the right gear. The equipment needed to mix a cocktail is simple to master, and you don’t need a lot of it. These are the tools that are going to help you impress your guests:

  • Corkscrew
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Bottle opener
  • Jigger
  • Citus zester
  • Muddler
  • Bar spoon
  • Napkins
  • Straws
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Ice bucket and ice

Mr. Boston’s official bartenders guide it the ultimate recipe book. Keep this on hand so you’re never caught feeling like a rookie.

the glassware.

Since the shape and volume of the glass can affect the taste of a beverage, every type of drink deserves its own glass. Keep in mind you only need the basics:

  • Old Fashioned
  • Highball
  • Coupe
  • Martini
  • Wine

Stocking these tools, liquors and mixers for your bar will guarantee that you can cover almost any drink someone requests, as well as your own favorites. Set up your bar area in a corner of your kitchen or in a large cupboard so you can access it easily.

Cheers!

with love,

K.

LIFE: fire starter.

I found myself captivated by your flame, doing your dance in the wind driving me insane. My rose by any other name and when the time came for me to sin you were a wildfire, too large for me to tame, but you knew I’d try and I knew you’d pretend. But as we all know, all good things must come to an end and eventually we’d extinguish the same way we weren’t supposed to begin. Smoldering slowly, fighting our way through the smoke and mirrors in the hopes that somehow the rubble would help us see everything clearer. But as I found out, this wouldn’t be the case because whether we realize it or not every move we make is kerosene laced. We’re all so flammable by nature, who knew, yet we go around lighting matches and igniting shit as if we’re all fireproof.

with love,
K.

LIFE: new beginning.

I like change. I like being scared, it makes me feel alive. I need some kind of emotion to overtake my senses. I like parties where you only know a few people so you can meet more. I like dressing up. I like genuine smiles that make you smile in return. I like shameless flirting with random strangers you’ll never seen again. I like big hugs that give you butterflies. I like feeling beautiful in every sense of the world, inside and out. I am a 20 something year old here to share my frivolous escapade with the world, whether it be fashion, beauty, or stories of my own life and love. I have an obsession with the glamourous life, beautiful people, and all things pretty. Welcome to my blog. Enjoy the journey!

with love,

K.