Microsoft Luncheon

 

I took a lunch break from the Blogher ’12 conference because I was invited to attend a luncheon at Microsoft.

 

Microsoft was doing makeovers during the Blogher ’12 conference with famed fashion stylist Jeannie Mai. I was thrilled to be a part of the #WindowStyle luncheon held at the Microsoft offices in New York. It’s not that often you get to visit a place like the Microsoft offices.

 

First off the spread was amazing. Being that I married an Italian I was in heaven with all the antipasto. I even chose “The Godfather” sandwich to eat. Other lunchers questioned the food. “What’s that?” they would say. So I helped them brave the world of antipasto with prosciutto, mozzarella, roasted peppers and more. It really was delish!

We ate, chatted and then Jeannie came out. You may have watched online as it was done as a Spreecast with a few people there in person. Jeannie offered great fashion tips to people online and that were at our luncheon. The best tip I walked away with was to put pads on the bottom of your shoes (yes the bottom) as it will keep your feet more comfy. We are more comfy walking on carpet right? So the theory makes sense. She also talked a lot about confidence. How women need to embrace their imperfections. Confidence is beauty!

 

Everything Happens For A Reason

“In writing this post, I’m entering the Microsoft Windows Style Makeover sweepstakes for a chance to win a head to toe makeover!”

 

 

I’m heading to Blogher ’12 in NY and would love nothing more than a makeover. Lord knows I need one.

 

Here’s why:

I’m in need of a wardrobe makeover. It’s been way to long since I’ve revamped my closet. I’m in desperate need of a new suit, black pants, comfy heels (is that possible?) and so much more.

 

In February 2010 I was laid off from my job (hubby laid off a few months before I) and sent a tweet out on Twitter asking who else was unemployed in NJ. This led to me forming NJ Unemployed. An organization that provides monthly programs for the community as well as online networking opportunities and legislative advocacy. From branding myself online I started my own social media & PR company in June 2010. I am an active member of my community sitting on various committees’ with the Mercer Chamber of Commerce, the International Governing Board of Delta Phi Epsilon and Board of Directors for Rider University Alumni Association. I’m a busy girl and don’t have much time to shop. Not to mention trying to save for a house so trying not to spend much.

 

When I got laid off my husband and I moved in with his parents as a way to save money until we secured employment. Unfortunately, my mother in law fell ill shortly thereafter and in October 2011 passed away from a blood disorder (myleofibrosis). Everything happens for a reason. I’m a firm believer in that. The best thing that happened to me was getting laid off from my job as I was able to start my own business and form NJ Unemployed. I’m happy that my husband and I moved in with our in-laws and I was able to help care for his mother in her final days.

 

Getting laid off was the best thing that has happened to me. Now that I’m a business owner I need to look the part. It’s been a long couple of years.

 

You’ve got to make lemonade out of those lemons that life hands you. Everything happens for a reason.

 

 

 

Let’s Talk About Tech Baby – Sony VAIO Product Review

Sony VAIO!!!!! Welcome to my life! Where have I been without you?

 

I was in desperate need of a technology makeover and seriously need a new computer. Enter @TheOnlineMom (Monica from The Online Mom) and the #TheOnlineMom Twitter party. I was so excited to win Monica’s giveaway that I literally freaked out, ran away from my computer and she thought she had lost me. Not true! I was freaking out to my hubby and father in law. Have you seen the Sony VAIO? I mean really! It’s beautiful.

 

Monica & I

Being that it was the week of Christmas and Monica and I aren’t too far away from each other we both drove about an hour and a half to meet up IRL (In Real Life) so I could get my brand new Sony VAIO. We met up on the Turnpike (INSERT JOKE HERE – What exit?) in Teaneck, NJ. It’s so much fun to meet one of your tweep’s in person. Which is why I love Blogher so much, but that’s another story.

 

My hubby loaded the Sony VAIO into the car, not without taking a few photos of course and then we headed on what surely was longer than an hour and a half home where we would hook up my brand new PC.

He took it out of the box and OMG it’s gorgeous! I mean gorgeous! I’ve never thought of a PC as being beautiful but my goodness. All we had to do was put the stand on my desk (you can also mount it to the wall), put the PC on top and plugged it in. Easiest setup ever!

 

I pressed on and the color! The color and screen is brilliant! Speaking of screen, did I mention that the Sony VAIO is a touch screen? Oh yeah! It’s a touch screen but it also comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse so whichever you prefer that’s what you can do.  And at 24” this screen is insane.

 

My hubby immediately downloaded Google Chrome since there is so much RAM on the Sony VAIO and now I could finally test it out. Surfing the web is super-duper fast. I’ve never been able to surf the web so quickly in my life. My smartphone is pretty fast but other technology not so much. Being in the social media industry, the ability for me to surf the web fast and feverishly is very important.


I also installed Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 so I would be able to use Excel and Word. Super easy to install as well.

 

Ok so I was super excited to play around with Windows Live and Moviemaker. In no time at all I became a filmmaker. No really I’m a filmmaker now. Take a look at my Gingerbread House Extravaganza video I wrote, produced, edited, etc. all by myself in literally a matter of minutes. Look out Spielberg! After I made my video it was very easy to upload it to YouTube using Windows Live. (Feel free to take a look at this previous post HERE.)

 

 

I also love that I can just drag & drop photos/files from my email into my desktop. It is so user friendly.

 

I had been holding out on listening to music, until today. I finally downloaded the Adele cd. This was the perfect opportunity to test out the sound of my VAIO. I did a double take because I thought Adele was in my office.  The Dolby surround sound makes it sound like I’m right there live at an Adele concert.

 

I’m telling you this computer has absolutely everything!

 

For information on the Sony VAIO visit http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666383962.

 

Don’t forget to follow @TheOnlineMom for great tech tips and giveaways.