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Did You Know Your Blog is an Asset? Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN…too!

30 Apr

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Have you ever thought about whatever happens to a personal e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or other online accounts?

Hmmm, I did too not give it much thought about it – until the other day when trying to change all my passwords (I do it every 60 days); it occurred to me.

Thinking, my  blog legacy must go on! <smiling!>  So I did some research and found out some information about this digital world we live in!

Did you know that “digital wills” and “digital estates” are emerging as hot topics as we become more vested in the online world.  Digital will?

Well actually it’s not necessary to draw up a separate digital will.   Simply adding your digital assets (with user names and passwords) to a standard will should be enough.  All your digital information is an asset!  Either way, going without a plan for these assets is a bad idea.  Especially if you have a blog and it’s brings in income, you are journalist with your own blog – or – you just want to protect the information, etc!

Below are examples of what some of the more popular e-mail and social networking sites do with your accounts:

Google (includes YouTube, Google+, Blogger and other Google properties): Through the account settings, users can set a timeout period of three to 12 months for their account and instruct Google to notify and/or share data with friends and family or delete all information if the account becomes inactive. Google will try to contact the user via a secondary e-mail address and/or text message before shutting the account. If no answer is received, Google will follow through with the customer’s wishes.  

Hotmail: Microsoft has a “next of kin” process which allows for the release of Hotmail’s content, including e-mails, attachments, address book and Messenger contacts. The account contents are sent via a data DVD. They won’t provide access to the account or transfer it to another name.

Facebook: Relatives can request that Facebook memorialize the deceased person’s page. Only those “friended” by the person while he or she was alive may leave memorial posts on the page. The account is otherwise locked down. You can also shut down the page altogether by providing Facebook with a death certificate. For Facebook’s Instagram service, a next of kin would need to send an email request to the company to get the ball rolling.

LinkedIn: Next of kin can either close the account or memorialize it.

Twitter: Accounts that have been inactive for two years are shut down. Next of kin can contact Twitter to deactivate the account sooner. It will not provide log-in information.

Yahoo!: This includes photo-sharing site Flickr. Once a death certificate is provided to the company, the deceased’s account will be completely shut down and all content will be permanently deleted.

iTunes and Kindle e-books: The content in your Apple iTunes library and the e-books in your Amazon Kindle account are nontransferable since you pay for a license to use the content. In addition to providing loved ones with your login details, you can try converting some of the content to Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free formats while you’re still alive.

Website URLs and personal blogs: URLs that are registered to you are true assets and are transferable, as is your blog.

You can also set up an Administrator, other than yourself for some of your accounts – just in case you are unable to access them.  Also, check the account Manager sections, to see if there are any specific settings you can include.  Google has just recently added a feature!

It is always good to take a moment to think about a “what if?”.   I hope this information is helpful!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia 🙂

Jonathan Adler for bareMinerals with InStyle Magazine

25 Feb

Letia MitchellLet’s say you take a bright, talented and creative designer named Jonathan Adler; famous for his pottery, beautiful furniture and textiles.

Then you take Leslie Blodgett, the Creator of bareMinerals and Executive Chairman, Bare Escentuals® who works very hard to change a woman’s perspective about their skin by providing makeup which promotes just that!  Talk about INSPIRATION!

Next you have InStyle Magazine  – one of my favorite magazines which not only keeps up with the Hollywood celebrities, but also brings you the latest on shopping, fashion and makeup!

You put ALL of THEM together and you get Jonathan Adler designing for bareMinerals with InStyle Magazine hosting an event in NYC Herald Square; in which I was invited to!

beauty-bare-mineralsThe event introduced Jonathan Adler collaboration on a limited edition custom box to hold BareMinerals’s deluxe original foundation with a matching buki brush!   Beautiful!

What is also so good about this, you actually have a designer piece in your home, by thee Jonathan Adler!

The night consisted of makeovers, prizes, photos, makeup artists and InStyle Magazine’s

Tai Beauchamp, InStyle Ambassador

Tai Beauchamp, InStyle Ambassador

Ambassador Tai Beauchamp giving her tips on style and makeup too!  The music was rocking by their Lady DJ!  It was a wonderful evening.   I met such wonderful people!

Anna Prestia who is the Store Manger at BareEscentuals Boutique at Herald Square (across the street from Macys) was so nice, as well as her staff.   They all were very accommodating and smiles galore; about 10x over!

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The Lovely bareMinerals Staff!

My makeup artist Leticia was too awesome! When getting your makeup done – you should try to do this!  Leticia only did one side of my face – so I could actually see the difference.

One look in the mirror, I was sold!  Then she did the other side!  Now woman of darker skin tones as myself, yes you can use this product – it’s amazing! The items I brought were:

  • bareMinerals Ready SPF 15 Touch Up Veil – Tinted
  • bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0  – The Wild Thing and The Next Big Thing
  • bareMinerals READY Blush – The Whisper   
  • bareMinerals marvelouse MOXIE – Hot Shot

Then it was on to making fun videos with a goflipyourself book as a keepsake!  I keep thinking anyone who thinks that a there is no way to be/become beautiful or just feel good about yourself; haven’t been to a bareMinerals Boutique!

So here is my video about the limited edition keepsake box and the event, I’ve also purchased the limited edition box  for one of my subscribers to win!  Links, videos and post will help provide the answers!!!

The subscribers with the correct answers will be placed in the pool for a March 1, 2013 draw for one (1) winner to receive all of the items listed*:

  • 1 Jonathan Adler for bareMinerals®  Handy Buki Brush and collectible acrylic box. More than twice the size of our ORIGINAL Foundation – Medium/Beige ($122 value)
  • 1 InStyle Magazine March 2013 Issue – Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis Spring Fashion
  • 1 InStyle Hardcover Book, The New Secrets of Style by the editors of InStyle (a whole chapter on shoes!!!!!!)
  • 1 Limited Edition shopping bag

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1. What year did Jonathan Alder beg his parents to buy him a wheel and kin?

2. What country is Jonathan’s second store located?

3. InStyle magazine is registered under what company?

4. bareMinerals’s makeup has this action word after it’s description?

5. In the video, what color is the flower in Leticia’s hair?

6. What is the pottery item that Letia  loves by Jonathan Alder?

7. The three ladies on the InStyle magazine on featured in what upcoming movie?

8. The chairman of Bare Escentuals®, Leslie Blodgett believes what can change the world?

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia 🙂

Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®, BareEscentuals Beauty Inc, Twitter connect#JALUSVSBM

Items purchased by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design.

Giveaway Rules

Giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 united states or the District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years of age and at least of the age of majority in their state of residence at the time of entry, except employees or immediate families of Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC (including those living in the same household).

Contest begins at 6:00 AM EST on 02/25/2013 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on 02/28/2013. Contestant must be at least one of the following: a friend of Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design’s Official Facebook page, a subscriber to Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design’s WordPress Blog site, a follower of Letianum1 under Twitter.com or a YouTube channel subscriber in order to take part in giveaway*.

The contestant is allowed to either become a subscriber (valid e-mail) or become a friend/follower of either sites mentioned above; before submitting their answers as a comment entry(ies) on the giveaway. Fellow WordPress bloggers, also have a chance to enter, also following contest rules.  All contest entries should be/can be placed as a comment on Blog post named Jonathan Adler for bareMinerals with InStyle Magazine, which will be automatically sent to the blog site ‘s Administrator for review.

The contestant is only allowed only 1 (one) comment entry in this giveaway; it only takes one comment entry for a chance to win. Void outside the 50 United States/D.C. and where prohibited by law. Randompicker.com will be utilized to select the winner. Winner:  Winner will be announced via either venue, Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design’s WordPress blog site or YouTube.

All information requested to mail prizes to winner, will be kept private and confidential. All prizes were purchased and sponsored by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle and Design LLC; not the companies selected for giveaway items. By entering this giveaway, the contestant is in agreement with the terms provided. Winner will be announced during the week of March 4, 2013. * will be verified.

Wedding Dances – FlashMob Proposals

18 Nov

Last year, I started showing the different ways people culturally celebrate a wedding.  So, I decided to begin another series again about the many wedding dance routines and went to YouTube ® to review videos.

To my amazement, I find myself so taken back on the detail, choreographing at its BEST !  See how much fun it all can be!

Please take a moment to check two of my favorites below!  Hey!  You might get some ideas and see just how the planning ends up with a union of happiness!  I am going to pick one a week!

If you have seen it before, well see it again!  🙂

Enjoy!  You might need tissues!



Letia 🙂

All videos taken from YouTube®

“Marry You” by Bruno Mars, lyrics.

Mary J. Blige Up Close & Personal at the Times Center, NYC

29 Nov

I know you all must saying, what it this music week, for my latest posts have been written about Adele, Katy Perry and Sting!  I not only talk about designs, textiles and decorating you know!  I love to bring you on the my adventures, let’s say I’m sharing!  Having fun!  Well it fits perfectly with the upcoming Grammy awards nominations, wouldn’t you say?

This leads me to talk about Ms. Mary J. Blige!!!!!!!!!!!

The last two weeks have been all about her!  Last week for the first time, Mary J. Blige allowed her depthifying concert to be televised on YouTube and to be streamlined by on-line viewers!  Quite remarkable, I felt like I was right there at the concert.  My surround sound on and thanks to my Wii Fi  connection was able to review on my big screen TV!   The concert featured her most top-selling album “My Life” which made a remarkable connection to her fans and set the threads to transcend to the Mary J. Blige we see today!  If you have n’t gotten a chance to see the concert, it is still available:  http://www.youtube.com/maryjbligevevo

It was absolutely awesome concert and the best part is, when it concluded – all I had to do was go upstairs to sleep, no parking lot and no traffic!   The only thing I missed, was the fan hype, the loud talking and the singing!  😦

In 2009, through Essence Magazine I also had the opportunity to propose a question to Mary; for then she was  staring in Tyler Perry’s movie, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”.   Spreading her wings to evolve and try new things, she was quite superb in the movie.

There are times when a fan would like to connect with celebrities and get a chance to be up close & personal.  Leading to another opportunity in NYC, Mary J. Blige agreed to be part of the Times Center series for a  close interview about her life, triumphs and day-to-day happenings.

The interview was held last night at the The Times Center; on NYC’s busy W 41st Street.  The city was still buzzing, for the  Macy’ s Thanksgiving Parade excitement was lingering in the air, where Mary J. Blige also took part in.  Here are some highlights of the interview:

The 378 seat auditorium was very intimate, in cased in glass with a beautiful garden in the back drop.  On the stage,  two ordinary chairs, a table and two bottles of water (which one was later switched to Fiji Water, Mary’s preference).

Jon Pareles was introduced by, he would be conducting the interview.  Jon is an American journalist who is the chief popular music critic in the arts section of the New York Times.  He played jazz flute and piano, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in music. In the 1970s he was an associate editor of Crawdaddy! and in the 1980s an associate editor at Rolling Stone and the music editor at The Village Voice.  He started contributing to the Times in 1982. Today he now reviews popular music in the arts section of the New York Times.

Then Mary J. Blige is introduced with this introduction, it was so quiet, the announcement resonated:

“Consistent #1 albums and singles, six (6) Grammy awards, seven (7) multi-platinum records and 15-years of love from the public, critics and fellow artists. Since her 1992 debut – the modern classic What’s the 411 all the way to 2005’s stunning The Breakthrough Mary J. Blige has helped to redefine R&B, and more importantly, been an artist that uses her gift to lift spirits, touch lives and bring her heart, soul and truth to those who are willing to listen.  The Times Center is proud to bring you, Mary J. Blige.”

Out walks, Mary J. Blige petite frame, a beautiful woman, dressed casual and quite comfortable in a leather jacket, white T-shirt and jeans; paired with these gorgeous suede 4 inch heel thigh boots embossed with gold beads.

The 1 and 1/2 interview first touched upon deep conversation about her childhood, drug abuse, domestic violence and pain which she endured, Mary was very candid and expressed that:

“You don’t want to go near the fire, but you know you have to go through it  – to get to the other side – there’s no way around it.  Once I did that, it was my life breakthrough to forgive and heal.  This is why the My Life  CD was so very accepting, relatable and the first time in a long time hard discussions were being talked about openly through my songs”  

The interview then turned lighter, marriage how it changed her life , her music, her writing  and the many musical collaborations.  Mary also is involved in the producing of her music, collectively collaborating to get the right arrangements. It very important to convey the right message.   She has worked with so many artists and talked about the various covers she has performed: Bono,  Sting, Elton John, Led Zepplin, Aretha Franklin – just to name a few!

This is the part of the interview, I got just a little annoyed.  Mary Blige had mentioned Boccelli, where she performed a duet; a Holiday song called “What Child Is This”.  Jon, the interviewer said who?  Mary said “Andrea Boccelli, world known opera singer!”

In my mind, I said you don’t know who Andrea Boccelli is (he just did a major concert in NYC’s Central Park a few months ago),I wonder what Mary was thinking, she was very nice about it!   An interviewer is not going to know every song she has ever written or sang, but do  just a little more homework about the major accomplishments.

Performing “What Child Is This” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” songs with Boccelli was just that!  BIG!!!!  Very BIG!! So welcomed, the  “Bridge Over Troubled Water” song provided enormous support for the Haiti Earthquake relief.  Talking a bit more, then Jon Pareles redeemed himself, saying your duet with Tony Bennett was awesome!  (thank goodness!)

Next the discussion, on what’s going lately with Mary:

  • She so enjoyed participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade!  Her kids loved it!
  • She will be starring in the movie “Rock of Ages”, which was different for her; however really enjoyed doing Heavy Rock tunes.  The movie is scheduled to be released in June 2012.
  • In August, Mary recently launched her latest perfume, My Life Blossom presented by Carol’s Daughter®; titled to show how happiness has profoundly transformed in her life (www.hsn.com)
  • Mary has studied Nina Simone, where she will be portraying her in a movie.  She’s happy about the role, but wants to take her time, has an acting coach to make sure she does it right!
  • Heavily involved in her organization with Steven Stoute, FFAWN  – Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, Inc., increasing the scholarship program recipients.
  • Proud she achieved getting her GED; an accomplishment you can see in her eyes sheer happiness.
  • Lastly, thinking about a clothing and shoe line – which has been on the back burner, interested in quality under her brand!

The interview ended with Jon asking about the details of her CD recently released, My Life II: The Journey Continues, Act 1 .  Mary indicated there were originally 50 songs for the CD and it was a hard choice to select the 17 songs that made it.  So the title was changed to add “Act 1” to allow for a follow-up CD for the remaining songs!

Her favorite? “A Woman” with Beyonce!  Mary says, she could not believe that Beyonce allowed her to have it on her CD, for it did not make on Beyonce’s latest CD.

The audience did partake in asking Mary questions, very good questions and many loving comments on how her music inspired and transformed manu lives through music!   Mary left the stage, leaving inspiration to all and thanked everyone for this special opportunity. “This was wonderful!”

To review the entire edited interview, click here MJB

Letia 🙂

Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design and Interscope Records.  To learn more about the TimeCenter series, go to http://thetimescenter.com/calendar.phpnW

Adele, Wishing You a Speedy Recovery!!!!! Royal Albert Hall Live!

28 Nov

Grammy nominations in two categories for 2011 Best Song and Album of the Year!!!   Congratulations Adele!!!!!

Adele is recovering from throat surgery and in support, radio stations have played all her songs.   As a fan and an admirer, I also want to wish her the best for a speedy recovery!


Here’s an excerpt from her latest blog entry:

“Sorry I haven’t written for a while. Thank you for all your positive thoughts and get well wishes. I’m doing really well, on the mend, super happy, relaxed and very positive with it all. The operation was a success and I’m just chilling out now until I get the all clear from my doctors. Thank you to everyone who voted for the awards I’ve won recently as well. Hugely appreciated. I best get back to practicing my mime show now. Take care, miss you all – Always adele xx

Also her DVD for her performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall will be on sale, starting tomorrow 11/29  http://www.adele.tv/rah/  Here’s a sneak peek!  Enjoy, a beautiful voice being supported by a full orchestra!  Simply divine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Get well soon Adele!

Please Note!  Vevo is showing a 30 minute live broadcast today: http://www.vevo.com/adele?utm_source=VEVO_HP&utm_medium=carousel&utm_campaign=Adele_live_pre

Letia 🙂

Photos by YouTube via Vevo.

What a J LO Inspiration…Jennifer Lopez

9 Oct

Jennifer Lopez….the multi-tasker! This is a business woman who knows, while I’ve got the opportunity, let me make the best of it!  I can do this, I can be a…

  • Actress
  • American Idol judge
  • Singer/Dancer
  • Mother of two beautiful children
  • Loreal Paris global brand ambassador
  • Gillete Venus campaign model/spokesperson
  • Fiat 500 campaign model
  • Fashion Designer
  • Perfume
  • Charity fundraiser
  • …….plus more!

In September, her new collection was released to Kohl’s Department stores and the feedback has been wonderful; displayed by the sales!  Her style, whether on a Hollywood red carpet or sitting on a American Idol panel as a judge – everyone is interested!

Kohl’s Department store describes Jennifer Lopez’s her collection as contemporary and sexy!  Their slogan of “Expect great things when you shop at Kohls“, is backed up by her line.  Placing her collection here was an excellent choice!   Simply Vera,Vera Wang is there, Dana Buchman, Elle and Daisy Fuentes to name a few other designers are at Kohl’s too!

More and more designers are making their designs affordable; letting the consumer know that they are accessible!  Which is wonderful; who would not want to know that they are wearing a designer inspired piece of clothing – by the designer themselves!   So it’s a great marketing venture and it makes the woman feel great! Feel like a truly fashionista!!!

I reviewed the collection and my favorite is this crazy print wrap dress!  And as a secret, it has shapewear built in!   It was originally priced at $65.00, now on sale for $45.00!!!  Great for the budget!!!!

Feather faux wrap dress

Matter of fact, I purchased the item and can’t wait to wear it at an upcoming event that I will be attending!  I have these Donald J Pliner  stretchy distressed suede boots I brought and they should pair up nicely!

Stretchy Distressed Boots


Now if you like her style there is a complete line, from clothing to home items!  As the new year arises, new items will be introduced to the collection.  If interested, go to the store first….then check at the Kohl’s website for Jennifer Lopez; just to see if there is any item that maybe not necessarily in the store, but warehoused stock and on sale!
  • As we watch Jennifer Lopez in the months ahead, her brand will continue to grow!  This 40+ year old woman is making sure she continues to do what she loves and to date; besides all the ups and downs… she DOING IT!
  • As a decorator, I will be looking out for the home collection to expand!  I would love to see more bedroom ensembles and bath accessories.  I love her Kohl’s ad, it definitely shows are sense of humor!!  Sees one of them and some behind the scenes footage below!
  • Before you ask, or you may not ask….I love her song “Papi” from her latest CD!  and….Psst!  So you know Kohl’s has 99 cents shipping too!!! So cool!!! 🙂
Photos courtesy of Kohls Dept Store,  videos by Kohls Offical via YouTube and NM – Neiman Marcus
Letia 🙂

The MakeUp Show NY 2011

16 May

Where can makeup artists go to get the latest information and great deals?  Where??

The Makeup Show is here in NYC!

For two days The Makeup Show NY provides a way for the attendees to learn about the newest lines and product launches.  There are contests, giveaways, gift bags, On MakeUp magazine issues and discounts for all sorts of cosmetic tools.

Although I am not a makeup artist, it does not mean that I would never need one!  They are the hardest working and we count on them to make US our best!

I spent some time with Sam Fine; where he gave pointers on his craft and how he perfected it!

I suggest you pick up his latest DVD; it is the best tool for artists and those who want to put on their makeup, the RIGHT way!

Sam also provided priceless information on how to create your clientele and getting those recommendations.

His tips can be used for anyone, for any genre <smiling, he is such a wonderful person>.

  • Network, be open to meet people
  • Have business cards
  • Create your website
  • Utilize the internet; seek agencies
  • have an up-to-date portofolio

More about Sam?;  please see my post – Fashion Week, the Artist and Sam Fine.

Next on my list was Reggie Wells “The Professor” was so busy, I gave him a quick kiss and kept it moving!  Reggie is also a gem, best also in the field.

My daughter and I went around checking out the different booths; my second goal was to find my eyelashes!  I succeeded, I-ENVY by Kiss! I’m set for the rest of the year!!!!

The MakeUp Show’s next stop is Chicago!  www.themakeupshow.com for more information!

Letia 🙂

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