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your life & style guide for july special advertising feature
hollywood stylist rachel zoe’s closet runneth over.
upgrade your wardrobe...for free! by Melissa Yue
You stand in your skivvies at your open closet, frowning slightly as your old clothes gaze frostily back at you, almost mocking you and your low purchasing power. You know you desperately need a new outfit, but you don’t have the time or money to deal with it – especially when you’re already running late in the morning. If you live with a parent or sibling who has great taste in clothes and wears the same size, you’ll have no qualms about raiding their closets. But most of us will end up resorting to select-
ing a tried-and-true outfit that “works” – even if it’s your second time wearing it in a week. To spice up your closet and avoid regularly hijacking your sibling’s clothing, host an eco-friendly clothes swap party. Here’s how it works: 1) Rummage through your closet and sort out any items that either don’t fit or haven’t been worn in six or more months. When you have at least 10 or more gently-used items, give them a good wash and move to step two. 2) Send an invite to your friends and ask them to invite their friends as well. The more people, the better selection of
The first ever
person with the highest station number starts at the lowest number. For example, if 15 people are participating, the person at station 15 will begin at station one. 6) Allow each person to spend one minute per station, selecting one item only. 7) Donate any leftover clothing to a local charity. By the end of the party, you’ll have 10 or more new items to accessorize and spruce up your look. Best of all, you’ll be helping your friends to not only look good, but feel good too as they help local and international charities. Article courtesy Newscanada.com.
Summer Sidewalk Sale
CITY LIFE photo contest!
We’re looking for three dynamite shutterbugs to explore the Lower Mainland, and we’ve got prizes! Here’s the scoop: Simply take a photo in any of the three categories listed, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with CITY LIFE in the subject line.
Category 1 KIDS ‘N FAMILIES
Category 2 ENTERTAINMENT
Category 3 OUTDOOR / SPORTY
Win a $100 gift card for a local photography store.
Win 2 passes ($100 value) to Arts Club Theatre.
Win a $100 gift card for Paciﬁc Centre stores.
Criteria: Photos must be taken this summer at any locale (featured in a listing OR ad) from our CITY LIFE section, publishing Friday July 23. Only one entry per category, per person, please. Include daytime phone number. Min. 300 kb, max 2 MB ﬁles, jpeg or Tiff. DEADLINE TO ENTER: FRI. AUGUST 20. Winners will be contacted by phone, and their photos published in a future edition of the Courier.
clothing. 3) Set a minimum number of clothes for each person to bring and ask them to wash and iron their clothes for the day of the party. 4) Charge an admission fee and donate proceeds to a charity that helps children and families globally. Challenge your guests to think of children and families in other countries. 5) The day of the party, assign a station area to each participant and have them arrange their clothes in a neat display. Once everyone is set up, start shopping. Tell participants to start at the next numeric station from their own. The
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Eyebrows $150 • Lip Liner $150 • Eye Liner $250
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Work, as we know it, is changing with the times. The majority of people in their prime are not necessarily slogging it out at the same job for 40 years. More and more businesses are hiring people on temporary contract as consultants, or filling maternity leave spots. One day you’re in, the next you’re out. Added to the mix are lay-offs due to economic reasons, job turnovers due to employer needs, and other reasons why you may find yourself ‘starting over.’ Rather than hitting up new employers for work, many are choosing to gather their capital together, or secure a small business loan, and start up their own small business. The challenge is fulfilling, the empowerment is great, the freedom is refreshing… but unless you’ve got wealthy parents or a rich backer, you need to be smart, and systematic, in getting the business off the ground properly. Whether it’s a corner flower stand, a chic boutique, a life coach consultancy or a recycling operation, knowledge is king before hanging out your shingle. Small Business BC, the province’s premiere resource centre, offers a variety of products and services to assist you at every stage of your business. Small Business BC offers one-on-one advisory sessions, business publications, workshops and seminars and affordable packages tailored to meet your business needs. Its core activities are supported by funds from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the
Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development. Some of the beneficial services include: • Corporate Registry services • Advisory services • Small Business bookstore • Free downloadable resources and tools • Room rentals • Market Research profiles (to come) The centre has many networking events where you can meet like-minded people. It also offers ongoing seminars. Check it out!
Growing Your Consulting Business Seminar Date: Tuesday, July 20 - 9:00am to 12:00pm. Cost: $59.00 In this seminar you will to learn how to take the next steps in growing your consulting business, learn how to leverage your client base, invest in your clients work and how to get your clients to help build your network for you. This workshop visits costing the value of your time, creating products and services that complement the work you already do and extending your services beyond the face to face consulting work you already do. Small Business BC is located at “The Station” (Waterfront Skytrain / Seabus) at #82 – 601 West Cordova St.; Tel: 604-775-5525; email: askus@ smallbusinessbc.ca; web: www.smallbusinessbc.ca for info. or to register.
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online toolkit for small business by Kemp Edmonds, contributing writer
Free tools are vital to the success of any small business. The current growth in free applications and software continues to benefit all businesses. Choosing a few of these tools is a real challenge. These applications assist small business owners with common issues such as web publishing, storage, document creation and editing, communications, marketing and scheduling. Wordpress.com and Blogger. com are the top two online blogging tools which can also be used to create and manage fully functioning websites
rather easily. If you are looking for an external solution your costs will increase exponentially. Use Google to find walk-throughs for these free straightforward website solutions. For advanced users try Wordpress.org. Docs.google.com is a free, web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation and form application offered by Google. Google Docs allows free storage of up to 1GB of data. Google Docs is also a collaborative tool for editing in real time. Documents can be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users at the same time. Hootsuite.com allows a user to measure, monitor and post
to social media like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn all from one easy to use dashboard. There is a learning curve when using this incredible free dashboard so watch the short tutorial videos. Social media can be utilized to enhance customer engagement and communications, both internally and externally. MailChimp.com allows the user to send out 3,000 electronic mail outs per month or free for up to 500 subscribers. For a small business an email list is essential, but keeping those people engaged and upto-date with your business is even more important. Doodle.com is an easy-touse scheduling software. It’s
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Celebrate the summer by getting out with friends and family. We’ll include a list of up to 100 things to do in the Lower Mainland.
Fri. July 23
great for scheduling meetings. It’s hard to explain how easy it makes things until you try it, so just go to the website and test out Doodle. It is important to consider free tools when managing your business. See you next time!
Kemp Edmonds is a social media educator at BCIT School of Business. He can be reached via email at: email@example.com or on twitter @kempedmonds.