Showing posts with label Digital. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Digital. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Refinery29 is a JUGs go-to!


Many of you are familiar with Refinery29, but for those that aren't you must, must, must add this essential blog to your Feedly! In addition to great fashion roundups and celebrity gossip, R29 also covers everything a 20-something needs to know. From career advice, health & diet, to horoscopes and fun quizzes - this blog has it all. Remember, in high school, how excited you were when your issue of Seventeen came in the mail? This is essentially a grown-up, sophisticated, daily, web version of that!

Some of my fav recent posts include:



Happy reading!

- Cameron

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Instacart Delivers Easy Recipe Ingredients


Last week, we told you about the awesome new app, Instacart. It is similar to Stop & Shop's Peapod program, except that Instacart has no minimum order amount and delivery is cheaper. Plus, Instacart lets you choose which market your foot comes from - Whole Foods or Shaws. The interface is user-friendly, and the shoppers are super nice. Since I live on a fifth floor walk-up, cheap grocery delivery is nothing short of a miracle! 
Needless to say, I am obsessed with Instacart. It makes ordering take-out much less appealing because you can get healthy groceries to your door at an affordable price. So what healthy & affordable meal did I whip up with my first batch of Instacart groceries? Spinach Artichoke Egg Salad. This is probably the easiest recipe of all time ladies, so you're welcome


Ingredients:

  • 4 Organic, Cage-Free Eggs
  • Whole Foods Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Organic Mayonnaise
  • Organic Mustard
  • Organic Parmesan Cheese
  • Organic Paprika
Directions:
  1. Put all four eggs into a small pot of water. Make sure the water covers the eggs and put on high heat. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 1 minute. 
  2. Remove from heat and rinse boiled eggs in cold water.
  3. Remove shells and cut eggs into small pieces. Place in medium mixing bowl.
  4. Mix in 1/2 of the container of spinach artichoke dip. Stir.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon mayo and 1 teaspoon mustard. Stir well.
  6. Garnish with Parmesan and paprika to taste. 
  7. Refrigerate for 1+ hours.
  8. Enjoy! Serving suggestion: the salad is great in a pita! 
Wanna try out this recipe for yourself (or any other recipe for that matter)? Enjoy $10 off your first order of groceries with Instacart by using the code JUGS10 at checkout!

 Voila!

And, bonus, Instacart doesn't have to be just for food either - They can get ya anything that Shaws or Whole Foods carry in their stores - like these cute succulents!



- Cameron

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Overdrive App for Book Lending

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Remember that place called the library?  Yeah, between the holidays and hectic after-work schedule, it had been a while for me, too.  Well, so long as you have a library card, you can borrow books and have them sent right to your iPad/kindle!  A friend of mine walked me through this, and I'm so glad that I no longer have to buy book club books!  Steps are as follows:

1.  Using your library card number, create a pin either at your local branch or online
2.  Install the Overdrive app on your device
3.  Search for the book on the library website


4. Choose "ebook" version, and select "send to kindle" when the amazon prompt appears.



You now have the book on your device for a two week lending period.  Now, off to start (and finish) Beautiful Ruins before next Thursday!  Have you tried the Overdrive app?  Or do you still prefer the classic physical paperback version from the library?

- Meredith

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Daily Read: Global Post


Sadly, watching Showtime's Homeland doesn't count as paying attention to international news. So in addition to listening to WBUR every morning, I also check the headlines of Global Post every day. Global Post is a modern news source that is tailored to people of the digital generation. Global Post is the "only internet journalism site devoted exclusively to international news." Instead of being organized like a traditional newspaper, Global Post is setup as a blog which makes it easier for our generation to read. They even encourage bloggers to re-post their articles and use their images in order to promote learning to a wider audience. Their posts are also image heavy, which, as a visual person, I love.




Reading international news is inspiring, and Global Post makes such a task much less overwhelming. Now you'll have something to say when your co-workers or book clubbers bring up current events! In the words of Sweet Lemon magazine, "the sexiest trait you can have is a fruitful mind."

- Cameron

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Who's That Gal: Allie Runnion, Graphic Designer & Illustrator


Last week, Meredith, Suzanne, and I caught up with a hometown friend of mine, Allie Runnion. I've always admired Allie's artistic talent and keen eye for vintage treasures - but we were curious, how does a 26-year old artist balance life as a young professional? We meet Allie along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, grabbed some free spaghetti from the Prince Pasta truck and chatted all things art, design, and thrift!

What exactly do you do as a graphic designer?
I design a wide variety of materials such as logos, posters, book covers, magazines and brochures, as well as websites.

I especially love designing logos. I love the challenge of finding a very simple solution to a complex problem. You know it's successful when the idea and visuals click into place, and it just works. The firm I work for currently does a lot of design for larger financial companies such as Fidelity. Although sometimes these projects can be very restrictive, I find that such constrictions often push me to think more creatively yielding better results.

Where do you turn for inspiration?
I love Pinterest! I'm constantly collecting visual inspiration on my boards. I've found the key is curating a good set of feeds to follow. Instead of following too many friends (via facebook), I follow other designers and bloggers who post visually interesting things. A few of my favorites are Diana Moss of www.missmoss.co.za, and Mallory McInnis of www.lookatthesegems.com. I also keep boards of photographic reference for my drawings and for specific projects, as well as color and stylistic references. I'm drawn to anything with a ‘50s and '60s vintage vibe.



Aside from digital, what is your favorite medium?
Painting. Unfortunately, painting takes a lot of time, so I haven’t been able to do as much as I'd like since college. In school I developed a way of working in acrylics, where I would use sandpaper to rough up the surface in between layers. More recently I’ve been working on a series of charcoal drawings. I'm lucky to have a studio space in my apartment in Cambridgeport, so I’m able to dedicate a bit of time every day to work on my drawings.

How have you evolved as an artist since graduating from RISD in 2009?
Slowly. I have worked hard to gain more experience in graphic design and build a solid design portfolio, so while I have grown as a designer, my illustration skills have taken the back burner. I had so much more time in college to focus on my painting and drawing. I’d love to be able to get back to that level of production, but right now it is difficult to balance with a 9 to 5 job.

What are your personal goals as an artist?
My goal is to get to the point that I'm consistently making good work that plays to my strengths. I feel like there is so much left to explore before I really know what those strengths are. I'd love to eventually be a pattern designer or a children's book illustrator—or both!


We follow you on instagram and love seeing your latest vintage finds!  And, as it turns out, we are about to head to Brimfield. What tips can you give us for finding the coolest flea market treasures?
I’m going too! I like to go on Sundays because I seem to find the best deals. Since many of the dealers are beginning to pack up shop, they'd rather give you a good price than take it back home. Many of the booths even have 50% off sales. Of course, you get last pick, but it depends on how serious and specific you are about what you are looking for. Avoid the tents that look too “done up”. Chances are that if a tent looks like the inside of an Anthropologie store, the prices are pretty high (although they can be a great source of visual inspiration!). Another way to avoid overpaying for anything is to set limits for yourself before you even get out of the car.

What is your favorite vintage find so far?
Over the years I’ve compiled a collection of bakelite flatware piece by piece. I love the mixed colors and how each piece is unique.



Any favorite vintage-hunting spots in the city or surrounding area?
Haha, honestly, the Salvation Army on Route 1 in Saugus has great stuff. It's far enough away from the city that it doesn’t get too picked over. I also grew up going to the Todd Farm Flea Market in Rowley on Sundays, and I try to make it up there a few times each season. (Go early! The dealers start setting up as early as 5 AM!)

What is your favorite museum/gallery in Boston?
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. They have a great collection of Sargents!

How has Boston inspired your work?
I don't know that it has directly inspired my work, but it's a definite part of me since I grew up in the Boston area. I love the character of different neighborhoods in Boston—Cambridge/Somerville, the North End, JP, the South End. It is such a great walking city, and there are always new areas to explore.

We know from your webpage that you love dogs, do you have a favorite breed?
Labs or lab mixes, but I pretty much love all dogs! I was able to foster a couple of rescue pups a few summers back and it was the greatest experience. The only downside to my great apartment is that I can't have pets!



- Cameron

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

JUGs to Attend The Boston Bloggers Summer Soiree

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As we mentioned yesterday, we are super pumped to attend our second Boston Bloggers event tonight. We had so much fun with the blogger gals back in April, and we can't wait to hear what they've been up to all summer! If you're new to the blogging community (or Boston), check out the Boston Bloggers website to learn more about the group. 

A few things to remember for the soiree:

> Bring lots of business cards

> Breath mints

> Face powder (gals, its supposed to be HOT today!)

> Make sure phone is fully charged to maximize live instagram/tweet capacity

> Review Verily Mag's tips on Networking Etiquette

Will we see you at the event? 

- Cameron

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

BostonFest


This Thursday we will be attending BostInno's BostonFest, a celebration for all those that a) love Boston and b) work hard, play hard. What's not to love about all that? Yes, maybe all networking events aim to have that agenda as well, but if you haven't been to a BostInno event yet, just know that they throw some of the best. 
Take this Thursday to try something other than Tia's. Head down to the Seaport and enter your company into the Coolest Company Competition or network your way into one of the top ranked.

Not looking for a new gig? Hang with Cam, Meredith and I as we plan to dominate the giant Jenga game and ladder ball stations in between hitting up the food trucks and drink stations!

This Thursday is going to be a good one so come hang with us at BostonFest!  Get your tickets fast, there's only a few left!

- Suzanne

This post is a sponsored post. Thank you to BostInno for making events like this happen.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Recap: Young Women in Digital Marketing & Mingling

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Earlier this week the three of us JUGs co-authors, and another network-savvy friend of ours went to the Young Women in Digital Marketing & Mingling Event in the Back Bay. It felt good to be out in the Back Bay neighborhood supporting businesses that lost revenue during last week’s tragedy. We gathered at Sonise on Newbury St. and sipped on cocktails and snacked on candy (candy bar courtesy of Eventbrite!).  After some casual networking, the hostesses introduced themselves:

Melanie Cohn, Digital Account Manager - GY&K Antler, @socialmel, I Love Love

Nicole Troelstrup, Online marketing & PR, @sidneycolie, The Content Cookbook

Next, three guest speakers spoke to the group about successful marketing campaigns - and how to publicize an event with a very small budget. In particular, the JUGs were intrigued by the guerilla marketing tactics - I mean chalk spray paint graffiti sounds awesome! All three speakers spoke of the power of twitter as a free advertising tool. They each used twitter to gain support for different types of successful initiatives in the Boston area. It was inspiring to hear stories of local social media campaigns that really worked.
The night's speakers included:


Sara Steele-Rogers: Boston Community + Marketing Manager, Eventbrite. @BriteBoston

Becky Brackett: Marketing Associate, Boston Center For Adult Education. @becky_brackett

Elizabeth Dobrska: Marketing & Creative Coordinator, Animal Rescue League of Boston. @dobrska

It was great to meet other Boston based bloggers and young women interested in the field of online marketing. We made some great connections and are looking forward to the next Young Women in Digital meetup!




Sunday, April 21, 2013

True Confession: You Bought it, Where?!

my last day with Jamal, circa 2005
Ever since I started working at the age of 13, I knew that my savings would be going toward my first car.  Between the many hours at jobs A, B and C worked up until age 16, I had reached my goal.  After scouring many resources (local dealerships, newspaper, Craigslist, etc.), I was set on a search tool that I believed (and was endorsed by my parents) would lead me to my first vehicle: eBay.  After many weeks of research, I found it.  A Jeep Cherokee, sold by someone in Kingston, MA, luckily allowing the buyer to test drive before the sale was final.  My dad and I headed to the south shore to further investigate.  It was love at fist sight.

"Jamal the Jeep" and I had some great times together.  eBay proved to be a resource many may overlook!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Guys You Will Meet on Tinder



Sure, the dating app Tinder is a lot of fun. In fact, that is mostly all it is (haven't heard of anyone meeting their husband or wife on Tinder just yet, have you?!) More than anything, Tinder shows that guys simply don't know what gals want. A guy that posts a semi-nude photo of himself? Nope. Someone that lies about their age? Def not. A guy missing is high school hay days? No thanks. And does standing next to a hot celeb make you hot? Sorry....no.

-Cameron

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Just Hukk It




A few months ago, my friend Zoe told me about Hukkster. Have you guys heard about this? Its amaze!  I don't like paying full price. Like many of  gals, I find shopping to be a sport. How can I get the best deal on my "must-have" item? There is now a web site that helps monitor my "wish list" and alerts me when an item goes on sale. Hukkster, allows you to "hukk" items that you would like to buy, but not until they are on sale. Simply sign up, install the "hukk it" button in your browser, visit your favorite web site and "hukk it!"


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- Cameron

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Digital Get Down

No, not speaking of the *NSync hit...

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As winter (hopefully) dwindles to an end, this time of year gets me thinking of spring cleaning!  An excellent place to start is a very crowded area in your daily life, your digital world.  Between the flood of social media, email and sharing/sending large files, it can seem like you're losing precious time looking for something instead of being productive.  It is time that you start to declutter your personal devices before rooms in your home, really starting from the inside and working your way out.  Here are some suggestions and sources to help you start:

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1. Find the online storage source that works for you.
   a. Cloud-drives: those places in cyberpace that store everything for you and allows you to access from anywhere in the world (e.g., Google Drive, Dropbox).  You can also upload items here and grant permission to certain users.  JUGs co-authors are a HUGE fan and we use it on the reg!

2. Create a new organization system
   a. Do you really need to save every paper you wrote in college?  NO.  Delete these files since they just crowd the space on your hard/cloud drive or back up to an external hard drive if you can't part with your senior thesis that owned your life as an undergrad.
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3.  Organize your email and curb those subscriptions!
   a. Unroll.me is an amazing tool that automatically senses and filters emails for you to declutter your inbox.  Online subscriptions (huge problem of mine!) as well as those detected to be from sources aside from your mail contacts quickly disappear from your inbox and archive for you to weed out later.  You can review subscriptions in summary and decide which you do not need to waste valueable time with anymore.  I've used this for over a month now, and it is amazing how less annoying email has been for me!

4. Simply social media using hootsuite, a platform that manages main social media networks (e.g., twitter, facebook, linked in, etc.) in one simple dashboard.  No more going back-and-forth to various apps, using more battery life on your laptop/phone/iPad!

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JUGs challenge:  Try to integrate at least one of the above sources into your digital life.  We'd love to hear how you have simplified!  Any other resources not mentioned that you'd recommend to other gals?

- Meredith

p.s. Stay posted for another spring cleaning post in the coming weeks!