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I’m moving my BLOG!!!

Just a quick not to everyone that has been reading and following my BLOG! Thank you for your support!

I will be moving to: http://baseballbeauties.mlblogs.com/ this way, we can get some recognition in the MLB community!

Amy and I will both be contributing to the BLOG content, she will be writing about the sport itself and I will continue to update you with the site progress.

Stay tuned!

Networking & Happy Holidays!

OK, so I haven’t written for over a week!

The Holiday Season puts the best of us behind schedule….

Last week was an eventful one! On Monday, I attended a Web 2.0 Christmas party with my friend Alexi.

web 2.0 treeShe works for Ask.com and gets all the invites to all these web events, which is GREAT for me and Baseball Beauties! This was my first time entering a Web 2.0 world… And it was as foreign to me as it was exciting, there were so many people there and they were speaking in foreign tongues! However I met some nice people who explained things to me and made things more clear. One of the things that I got our of the night was that I had to TWEET and do so IMMEDIATELY! (Because Tweeting is the new hype right now everyone who has anything to say at all is doing it!) As I mentioned before, I created a Twitter account: http://twitter.com/baseballbeauty a few weeks ago, and wasn’t sure what I should be doing with it. That hasn’t changed, I’m still not sure what to do! LOL But I am trying to keep up with my Tweets and hope that if I do at least 5 Tweets a day someone will notice… We’ll see… Nothing that’s worth doing is easy. I also ran into a pair who I met at the Webgrrls X-mas networking party, I guess that the more Networking events you attend the more of the same people you’re going to run into! This is great because this is how you create your network and find your connectors! I’m going to meet Cheryl, who I met a the Webgrrls event for coffee on Wednesday and she is going to help me organize the Baseball Beauties top page!

On Tuesday night Nick and I stopped by another Web 2.0 party, this one was hosted by none other then Microsoft itself! Microsoft BizSpark was the name of the team that was hosting this event http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/

The event took place in the Carnelian Room in San Francisco and was VERY crowded and LOTS of FUN! They were serving free alcohol and appetizers. I met a couple of interesting people there and once again ran into some regulars πŸ™‚

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It is too bad that BizSpark only support start-ups that are involeved in software development. Baseball Beauties is definetly not a software developing kind of a company! But I am sure that there are other groups which support Web 2.0 start-ups which Baseball Beauties can be a part off.

Networking is what it’s all about when it comes to any business, it is the best way to meet people who can help you! It takes about 6-7 degrees of separation to get to any person. For example, if you’re looking to meet Obama, chances are that you will know someone, who will know someone who will be able to set up a meeting (of coarse there will be a few more degrees of separation than just 2, but you get the picture)

If you’re wondering what to wear to a networking party, I found this great sample outfit for us ladies!

networking-outfit-1It’s very stylish, but simple and elegant at the same time. You don’t want to look over dressed or under dressed. Dark denim jeans, heels, sweater and a bold necklace are OK too! A little more casual and/or dressy than a job interview. You never know who you’re going to run into, so be prepared and make sure that you stock up on those business cards!

On to the other topic. On Thursday I had my first meeting with Deographics and we went over all 40 + wire-frames that they created so far. There will be lots more to come! At least another 20… It was really helpful to talk to Nate and see what their vision was and input my ideas into the frames as well. I had some minor changes and we notices a few things missing, but overall everything looked great!

They added a really neat feature to the member’s pages (I can’t recall it’s name). When you need to update your info, you will not actually need to leave your home page. The “changes” screen will pop up and the home page turns Grey. All you have to do is change your info, click OK and it will desepear bringing you back to your home page. (Maybe this isn’t anything new, but I haven’t seen anything like it and it looked pretty cool :)) They’re going to start designing the top page this week! YAY!Β  Im looking forward to seeing it and posting it on here for you to see!

Only 2 days left before Christmas!

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Happy Holidays and I will put something up between Christmas and New Years, and wait there is my Birthday too! SO MUCH going on!!!

Somewhere Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Gobble! Gobble!

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Alright… I was just consuming my Thanksgiving leftovers, and I actually think that they get better the next day and even better the day after (as long as they smell OK, they’re OK to eat! At least that’s the way I look at left overs, the only exception to that rule is fish and milk products)

This is the 1st day in the last 4 that I got back to work and am vigorously trying to catch up on everything that I missed. So far, I didn’t really miss anything that important since it was Thanksgiving and all (people were stuffing their faces and the ones who weren’t pigging out were sleeping off their hangovers and were stuck in food comas for the last few days…)

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The Holidays are GREAT!

BTW, (that’s not my actual plate, I found it in Google Images… My family has WAY nicer plates than that!) I thought that the picture speaks louder than words, it’s giving me a stomach ache!

I had a nice Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

Thanksgiving is not just 1 day, it’s more like 6 days, almost a whole week. It starts of on Wed (many people take that day off) and go out at night. MY bf and I met up with some friends at Noonans (a local BAR/RESTAURANT) and had a decent time, the place closed at 12pm! WTF!!! All the other bars had lines going out their door.. (what can you expect for Marin, it’s a family place…) I had one too many Vodka Tonics… Likely I didn’t get sick, which is not too surprising, I hardly ever get sick and have NEVER EVER had a hangover! I know…. It’s nice πŸ™‚ I don’t know what it is, but I just don’t get them. LUCKY ME! Maybe I just haven’t gotten wasted enough to get one (however there have been a few pretty crazy nights in my life) Im not a big drinker in general, 1-3 is PLENTY for me.

Furthermore, the next day of Thanksgiving is Thursday. This is the day that you spend time with your friends and family. My bf and I went to my parents house. It was probably the best Thanksgiving dinner that my mom has ever made! My family moved to the US from Russia in 1995 and we have become accustomed to all of the American traditions over the years. But this year her Turkey was delicious (thanks to my bf’s Nick’s recepe) My parents are also BIG on sweets and tea (this was my favorite part of the dinner and STUFFING!)

Then we go into BLACK FRIDAY…

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Believe it or not, this was my 1st year ever participating in this craze, technically I only shopped for 30 minutes and stood in line for 20 min (not too bad) One of my favorite stores, BEBE was having a $29 (On average priced $79 each) for ALL their TOPS sale from 8-11am, so I figured that Ill go and see if I like anything. Sure enough, I walked out of there with 6 tops and 2 pairs of earrings… What can I say, it was fun! πŸ™‚ The thrill of it all! I think that’s why people go to all these HUGE SALES, for the THRILL and NOTHING BUT THE THRILL!

Then we have the Thanksgiving weekend, when people go out and get their X-mas trees and do some more shopping and sleeping and eating.

Finally there is the after Thanksgiving CYBER MONDAY (this is a dangerious one for me) I love on-line shopping! People sit in their cubicles and SHOP till they drop! No worries, my personal X-mas gift list is FULL and Im not going to shop for myself for a while… Im dead serious!!! STAY AWAY FROM ME CYBER MONDAY!!!

On Tusday people go back to their normal lives, till Christmas!

As far as Baseball Beauties is concerned, I made a little bit of progress. I made some good contacts and also bought some tickets for Amy and I to attend a Networking group on Wednesday in San Francisco. It’s called, Webgirrls International (a network for women who started on-line businesses) perfect for us. Ill update you how that went on Thursday.

Deographics (our web guys) have been lagging on their response time, but I am going to let it go this time. It was Thanksgiving after all! Ill see how they do when the Holiday season is done and over with.

And the “Mashable” newsletter which I read everyday, made me realize that I need to start Tweeting! So I will get on that this week.

For a closing note…

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My Lily and Bebe (Doggies) wouldn’t just wait and examine the Turkey leg like that. They would snatch it and run as fast as they could!!!

Another Monday Inspiration!

I know that I said that I will be writing more often, so here is a Monday morning toast to a good start of the week! Cheers πŸ™‚

I am sitting at my desk with Lily on my lap (Lily is 1 of the 2 chihuahuas that I own) Bebe is sleeping in her pouch of a bed. Lily always needs to be on my lap! She’s is so needy… LOL

See my little friends bellow…. (Lily is the one is the front and Bebe is the one in the back)

Lily and Bebe

Lily and Bebe

This weekend I decided to take some time off and finished up all of my Christmas shopping, cards, wrapping and whatever else goes with this nonsense… Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas, but the preparation that goes with the whole Holiday season is really stressful and time consuming! But seeing the faces of your friends and family when they’re opening the gifts that you got them is priceless πŸ™‚ Make sure you give gifts this year, even though our economy is down, we still deserve to indulge a little… At least that’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it πŸ™‚

From now on when talking about Baseball Beauties, I am going to refer to it as: BaseballBeauties (this way it is easier to recognize the name and the brand in general)

This being a short week, I am going to attempt to finish my Business Market Plan and also start a few other small projects.

1. I decided that in order to have users subscribe to our YouTube Channel we need to have weekly video uploads! So, Amy and I are going to record a weekly BaseballBeauties variety show, it’s never going to be longer than 2 minutes and it will be entertaining πŸ™‚ (at least we will try and make it entertaining!) so you can tune in every week… We’re going to have a really cool intro, which my cartoon artist is going to design for us. A Baseball Beauty is going to walk into a pitch black room and turn on our neon sign (this is an actual sign and it’s hanging in my office and will be seen in our variety show as well)

BaseballBeauties Neon Sign (Logo)

BaseballBeauties Neon Sign (Logo)

It looks much cooler in real life! And in the closing, the cartoon Baseball Beauty will turn the sign off. And it will remain off until our next show. I’m hoping that people will get hooked πŸ™‚

2. I’m going to schedule another photo shoot for our BaseballBeauties gallery. I met a really nice girl with a really cool name, Michean (I’ve never met anyone with that name before) in the ER in Las Vegas last weekend. I know, strange circumstances, but none the less, she totally looks pin-up and likes baseball! This is what we need! Another awesome fact is that she is from the Bay Area and has family here, so next time she’s in town we’re doing a shoot! (I’m just glad that I don’t have to be in it, it’s a lot harder than it looks!)

3. My graphic designer is going to edit some really awesome pictures of me. They’re going to be seasonal! And will be just as cool as the one which Im using now πŸ™‚

Me!

Me!

I think that at the end of next year I will have enough to make a calendar!

I have been keeping up with the Mashable newsletters and reading some interesting articles. There is so mu out there on the I-phone, I think I might just have to get one in a few months, right now I have the AT&T Tilt, which is pretty cool, but the new I-phone sees like its better for the web (which is what I really use my phone for… lol)

OK, I am going to wrap up for now, but will be back tomorrow πŸ™‚

Now Bebe is in my lap too!

Beatles LOVE & Good Bye Vegas!

While waiting to my flight back to SF, I thought I’d throw in a post! Last night my bf and I went to see the Beatles “LOVE” the show playing at the Mirage Hotel. beatles_loveIt was such a great show! I had to mention it here… Being a BIG Beatles fan I thought that they did a great job linking the “LOVE” album together. The show lasted about 1 hr 40min, we were in the second row, but I would recommend sitting up high for this show. There is so much movement going on, and it’s better to see it sitting above the stage. The costumes were fantastic and the acrobatics phenomenal! The show was interactive with the audience and frankly was the strangest show that I have even been to, but also one of the most entertaining shows as well. If you are a Beatles fan and are planning on visiting Vegas GO see this show! I want to see it again πŸ™‚

Overall Im looking forward to coming home, I miss my little doggies! And am very excited to be picking them up from the dog sitters right when I get in. Vegas is defiantly not the same, this is when you know that the country is suffering when Vegas is DEAD! As I said its at about 50% its usual capacity, they’re letting people in to clubs for FREE and there are no lines at MIDNIGHT, that’s not a good sign….

I will be reviewing the wire-frames for BaseballBeauties.com and writing about them in my next post. And Im SO GRATEFUL that my bf’s poison ivy is getting better (that’s a whole new story of its own!) stay tuned!

Las Vegas & One Fifth Ave

I know that its a strange title but I just finished reading “One Fifth Ave” by Candace Bushnell and I had to mention it!

One Fifith Ave

One Fifith Ave

This was Candace’s 1st book that I happen to read. I know that she is the one who started the “Sex & The City” movement and is also responsible for the new TV hit series “Lipstick Jungle” (which I LOVE), but this book was quiet different. It has so many diferent characters (Annalisa and Lola are some of my favorite) and stories all going on at once, but at the end they all come together into a wonderful ending! I also thought that it was very explicit and graphic (which is not a bad thing πŸ˜‰ Im pretty sure that they will make this into a movie in the next few years, and I highly recomend reading it if you have a chance, it’s really entertaining!

Before I move on to Vegas I want to mention that I just received some sample wireframes for the Baseball Beauties website, and I was OVERWHELMED when I opened them (only 4 pages so far). It is really hard to figure out what is going to work well and what isn’t….. You usually have to play around and use a website for sometime to see if all the navigation buttons are where they should be and are easy to use. SO, with that said I will have to see what other people think about the wireframes, one person can’t possibly figure it out. From my first impression I thought that they looked pretty decent, a mix between Facebook and MySpace, but much more simple… This is the only update that I have so far for the website. Amy has been making progress and finding some whole sellers that we can use to buy our merchandise from, and will be attending their expo in March in none other than VEGAS! It will be my 9th time here… Wo Hoooo!!!

Las Vegas! The city of lights… Well, I haven’t really seen many lights. With our economy being the way it is right now, the town is pretty dead, its at half of it’s usual capacity and the numbers are going down 😦 Not the fun Vegas I remember from 2 years ago. But things will turn around sooner or later. The great thing about it is, the prices are falling and you can score some killer deals on hotel rooms and other accommodations. As far as my stay goes, it could be better, my poor bf is covered head to toe with POISON IVY! It is so bad that we are sleeping in different beds like an old married couple who don’t even sleep in the same bed anymore, I never thought that it would come to this so fast in our relationship… LOL But I don’t want to get Poison Ivy so I rather deal with it this way, then be miserable as well… This time around, this trip has been anything but sexy, sigh…… It could always be worse! On the bright side, tomorrow night we’re going to see “Love” the Beatles show at the Mirage πŸ™‚

Monday mornings….

I’d have to say that Monday mornings are my least favorite times of the week.

Its ridiculously hard to start the week and I struggle to get through my work day!

I took me about 2 hours to get to this BLOG! Anyhow, along with hating Mondays, this week I’m looking forward to leaving town for most of the week. My bf and I are going to Vegas on Wed and I’m coming back on Sunday. I love Vegas πŸ™‚ But I guess that most 24 year old do…. I visited a countless amount of times and if you take enough time off in between your trips it never gets old! I’m looking forward to picking out outfits to take (mostly dresses and high heels!)

I will have an update on my packing situation tomorrow. I like to be ready ahead of time, so I don’t have to stress out at the last minute.

But before I leave I want to get some things accomplished for my website! After nearly 3 months of countless interviews and repetitive meetings, we finally hired a Web Company to take on Baseball Beauties. They are located in SF, which is really close (in case I have to go in for meetings) and have a solid portfolio. http://www.Deographics.com

Now that they are in the design stages of our project, I am working on a Marketing/Sales package. The fun part πŸ™‚ at least for me! Today I will start my Personal Career Plan, where I will be analyzing all sorts of factors to see how I can successfully structure my Marketing plan.

I also recieved a final veriosn of our “Services” cartoon advertisement and it looks awesome! I will post in once I can figure out how to convert it into a wrking file.

Tonight I have a meeting with Amy, she is also on our team and is helping me out with our merchandising. I am going to take the Ferry into the city and we are going to find a cozy place to talk.. (it gets pretty chilly in SF in November) Brrrrr…..

Don’t kid yourself, there are so many different peices that have to come together to start something. And this doesn’t jsut apply to a website this applies to any business or project that you take on. But if you take things 1 step at a time you will see your flower grow and eventually bloom!

My New Blog!

So, today I decided to start a Blog! YAY!

I am going to try and update it on the daily basis!

More coming soon πŸ™‚

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