Archive for January, 2011

January 28, 2011

Blog of the Week – Finance Source From a Professional

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a great finance tutorial website: http://www.barrybisson.ca/

This website is created by my former Finance professor Barry Bisson. Out of many business courses that I took in the past, what initially sounded like a boring course, Finance by Barry turned out to be one of the most exciting ones. Finance is very practical course.  Here you really start understanding the value of business or product measured by money in the past, present and future tense.  Barry’s teaching style is very practical – each concept was presented in frames of a business case which made it even more practical.

Barry is kind enough to create this amazing source and post all sort of materials on his website: entire tutorials, finance spreadsheets and information on theoretical concepts of finance. Barry is too kind, given that each of us paid close to $30K for the program, and to be “financially correct” about $3,000 per course – you get it all for free.

Another great thing about Barry, he is a President of an amazing organization Shad Valley International. Shad Valley is a non-profit organization that runs a prestigious summer program for 10-12 grade school students focused on entrepreneurship and business. If I would describe this program in one phrase, I would say it’s essentially a short version of an MBA for high school students. Program is organized with a support from local businesses and is known to carry out a very exciting curriculum bringing high profile CEOs and business owners as speakers on a daily basis. Children, or I should say, young people, get to learn the basics of business first hand from successful entrepreneurs, accomplished scientists and university professors. Enrollment is highly competitive with tough academic and personal requirements. Candidates have to submit an application over 9 months in advance that includes proof of academic achievements and essays describing motivation, followed by interview.

So if you qualify by age, you should apply to Shad. If you pass the age, no worries, you can catch up reading his website http://www.barrybisson.ca/

January 26, 2011

Bvlgari History, Style and More…

Bulgari is one of the oldest Italian jewellery houses dating back to 1884. Company was founded by Sotirio Voulgaris (later renamed to Bulgari) who is Greek immigrant to Italy. Word “Bvlgari” is a phonetic version of Voulgaris’s name. According to some sources, it also believed that this name belongs to ancient Bulgarian family of jewellers that operated in Greece between 15th and 18th centuries. Letter “v” in the company name is a brand move to reinforce the roots of Greek culture in the company goodwill.

Sottirio Bvlgari

Sotirio moved to Rome in 1880 with only 18 cents in the pocket at young age with a terrific skill to work precious metals. After working several related jobs, Sotirio opened his own shop in 1984. He laid into the foundation of the Bvlgari style trademark elements of ancient Romans and Greeks and opened a couple of stores across Italy. His sons Constantino (1889–1973) and Giorgio (1890–1966) were actively involved in the business and worked in the company their entire lives. Today representative of the fourth generation Francesco Trapani is manager of the company.

One of the most remarkable stories from Bvgari family is that Costantino Bulgari and his wife, Laura Bulgari, hid three Jewish women in their own Roman home during the World War 2. Jewish women are believed to have knocked at the door during the Roman ghetto raid in 1943. This not only shows Bulgari family integrity and dedication to their customers and co-workers many of who were Jewish, but also their humanity and courage in tough times of Mussolini power.

It took four generations of hard and creative work to bring Bvlgari to 230 retail locations worldwide. Today Bvlgari produces the expanded product line of handbags, watches, fragrances, hotels and of course luxury Bvlgari sunglasses. With a large number of advocates of the brand today, there were early adopters such as Elizabeth Taylor, whose friends joked that only word she knows in Italian is “Bulgari”. Two years ago at the 125 anniversary exhibit the whole section was dedicated to Elizabeth Taylor belongings. Among them 20 million dollar engagement ring presented to her by Richard Burton.

Bvlgari style is easily recognizable by ancient elements of Roman, Greek, Italian Renaissance and later introduced Parisian and Art Deco arts. It remains true to its roots producing jewellery and accessory items of compact rounded forms that are generously decorated with gems and various colors and combinations.

As far as Bvlgari glasses and Bvlgari sunglasses go, these remain an amazing buy. In fact, glasses are among the cheapest significant accessories you can ever have due the nature of distribution business. Price does not set apart these gems from the rest of collection. They are always of the highest quality, decorated with rhinestones or signature circular logos and among other brands, is the closest eyewear to jewellery. If you have a diamond necklace, platinum earrings, fancy rings and watches and not yet Bvlgari sunglasses, your jewellery collection is not complete. Please enjoy the gallery and visit our eyewear store for more styles.

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January 23, 2011

WordPress vs. Blogger – Our Experience

After WordPress blocked our blog for a few days, we frantically tried to contact the team to find out the reasons. WordPress unblocked the blog and we still don’t know what has happened. In the meanwhile we were forced to reconsider the blog platform since we love blogging and were really a bit perplexed by the incident. Blogger was the next logical platform to try. Hence our first hand comparison.

Please note, to compare apples to apples, we only describe WordPress.com – hosted solution to properly compare it to Blogger.com. WordPress also has WordPress.org package that can be installed onto your own server or hosting account. WordPress.org is free and has more widget, feature and design capabilities than WordPress.com.

Business profile Non-for profit organization.
35 employees
Originally developed by Pyra Labs, currently owned by Google
Technology PHP, HTML, JavaScript XML, HTML, JavaScript
Fees Free hosting on WordPress.com.
Free templates with minor customizations
$$ Fee for using own domain
$$ Fee for complete HTML customization access
Free hosting on blogger.com.
Free templates with customizations
Free for complete HTML customization access
$$ Fee for using own domain
Free storage 3 GM free. More on prices here 1 GB free. More on prices here
Ease of setup Easy but not straightforward and time consuming.
Requires time to learn WordPress.com platform and navigation.
Easy and very straightforward.
Navigation is intuitive and fool proof.
Appearance Main color scheme is limited to template you choose.
All templates let you customize header, but not all background and layout.
Fully customizable on both color, background, layout level.
Since you have access to HTML template, you can change appearance completely.
Features Called Widgets.
Are not all available for all templates.
Choose from about 30 widgets.
Satisfies need of 90% of users.
Widgets are put onto designated areas on sidebar and footer.
Called Gadgets.
Are available for all templates. Choose from hundreds, but only about 30 you’d ever need if you are average user.
Gadgets are put onto designated areas on top bar, sidebar and footer.
Layout Depends on template.
Not all templates have footer, limiting space for widgets.
Some templates have customization capability for two or three column layout.
Flexible allowing many options for customization of overall layout and addition of gadget blocks
Posting Articles easy to create, tag, edit and proofread. Articles easy to create, tag, edit and proofread.
Photo uploading Easy to upload, access and insert into post.
Multiple photo upload possible. Easy way to change size, insert caption, link etc.
Only one photo at a time.
Multiple upload limited requiring share from Picassa Album.
Needs HTML knowledge to change size, insert caption, link etc.
Commenting Akismet technology filters spam.
Configuration options to format commenting rules, how comments are published and displayed.
Google technology filters spam.
Configuration options to format commenting rules, how comments are published and displayed.
Stats Information about views, traffic sources broken down by article and time frame. Information about views, traffic sources and locations broken down by article and time frame.
Permissions Role based permissions. 4 roles. 2 permissions and 2 roles.

Other remarks and conclusion:

WordPress.com

–       WordPress.com sites look more like real websites because there is no WordPress header on the top of the pages, unlike in Blogger. You will only see the top bar when you logged in to WordPress.

–       To big surprise WordPress has support staff that would answer your e-mails within 24 hours. Given that it is non-profit organization, we were quite impressed with the level of support.

–       I think WordPress photo capabilities are much more suitable for bloggers that are looking to make their posts very picture and media rich. With it’s Gallery capabilities you will be saving a lot of time down the road with each post. Plus three times more storage can’t be understated.

Blogger

–       If you never tried any blogging software, you will no doubt have less hassle setting up Blogger. It’s more intuitive and user friendly making your blogging learning curve much shorter.

–       Ultra-flexible appearance customization is more suitable for bloggers that have particular style in mind. Let’s say you are a company and it’s important for you to keep the standard fonts, colors etc. , then blogger is for you. If you are all into WordPress, you still can buy custom CSS and HTML from WordPress for $15 a year, but you will need HTML knowledge to use that feature.

January 20, 2011

Blogs of The Week

Ok, we continue to mention other blogs that we found interesting this week. Before going into details, we discovered a fun place to keep all blog in one place Bloglovin. Here you can track all new posts by your favorite bloggers, tag them, follow them etc. Main advantage is that you can quickly glimpse through new articles of your favorite blogs – all in one place, very easy and convenient. If you’d like to keep track of our blog that way, we are here: Eyeinform Bloglovin

Ok, here is a list. Of course, those of you that are kind enough to notice your blog here, we hope you return the favor and mention us on your blog. We will be even nicer in return and give you $10 coupon.

A Style File is a nice blog run by Allyson. Very clean, minimalistic blog about little things that make women happy: bags, shoes, cosmetics, nail care and so forth. Allyson is professional publicist, so her blog is a good place to learn how pros do it.

The Pop Buzz is a blog about pop culture, music, art, film, cultural events and everything that makes a culture. Neat idea to put music on the home page, at equally neat that you can pause the music right away.

Hey World Xo is a fashion oriented blog. Also found on Bloglovin Yey! Cute posts about new streams, fashion events, opinions etc. Hey World, did you know we are also in Toronto?

If you want us to write about your blog, give us a shout.

January 20, 2011

Sunglasses by Color

Have you ever wondered what other color glasses you like come in? Many retailers won’t tell you the truth because they want to sell what they got in stock. Did you ever walked in the store and started scanning for the color of your interest thinking “I know only brown looks good on me”. Things become even more complicated when color you like is very unpopular such as red, orange or green.

We sorted all frames by the color, so you can now search sunglasses not only by shape and material size, but also by color. To make your life even easier, we let you sort by brand further. Say, you want black Guccis or black Diors, you can do this with one click of a button at Eyeinform store.

Here are our top picks by color:

Black Sunglasses

Bvlgari BV8035 Bvlgari BV8056B Dior BAGATELLE
DIOR 61/1 GUCCI 2875 GUCCI 3157
John Galliano JG0001 John Galliano JG0002 Roberto Cavalli RC516S

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Brown Sunglasses

Bvlgari BV5018 Bvlgari BV8056B GUCCI 1827
John Galliano JG0006 Roberto Cavalli RC370S Roberto Cavalli RC573S

See all brown sunglasses

Tortoise Sunglasses

Versace VE4177H Versace VE4171 GUCCI 3030
GUCCI 3131 Prada PR 03MS Prada PR 08LS

See all tortoise sunglasses
Red Sunglasses

DIOR SYMBOL 2 GUCCI 3034 GUCCI 3097
John Galliano JG0007 Roberto Cavalli RC468S

See all red sunglasses

Yellow Sunglasses

Oakley RADAR XL STRAIGHT BLADES Oakley JULIET Prada PR 08MS

See all yellow sunglasses

Blue Sunglasses

Bvlgari BV8070B Prada PR 03MS Prada PR 18MS
Tom Ford TF0035 Tom Ford TF0154

See all blue sunglasses

Green Sunglasses

Tom Ford FT0114 Oakley JAWBONE OAKLEY COVER STORY

See all green sunglasses

January 14, 2011

Lady Gaga – Sunglasses Match

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Lady Gaga is a phenomenon, an inspiration, a surprise and just WOW for many. Today a few even attempt to criticize her surreal dresses – there is simply no words to find to describe her countless looks. It is funny that nowadays you can see judgmental articles about how Kate Middleton dresses or Caroline Wozniacki, but you don’t find mass media being overly prejudicial to Lady Gaga. She is in her own universe.

We found that there is one part of her attire that looks “normal”, more or less – her sunglasses. In fact if there is anything more or less matchable, that would be her glasses. Of course, many of these were designed by her and custom made to fit overall costume idea. But shape and color wise there is still a lot of styles out there that could remind you of hers. So, you can go ahead, buy these and then say “these are Lady Gaga inspired sunglasses”.

Shields

Versace VE2109B, $204.00 Bvlgari BV 651B, $267.00 DIOR INDINIGHT 2, $300.00
Oakley Miss Conduct, $185.00 GUCCI 2875, $228.00 Tiffany TF3010B, $240.00

Square Shaped

John Galliano JG0006, $225.00 Tiffany TF4041, $160.00 Roberto Cavalli RC518S, $180.00

Cat Eye Shaped

Dior BAGATELLE, $240.00 John Galliano JG0007, $235.00

Round and Perfect Round

GUCCI 3138, $185.00 Prada PR 06MSA, $191.00 Bvlgari BV8070B, $195.00
Dior BONVOYAGE, $210.00 GUCCI 2846, $210.00 Tom Ford TF0167, $210.00
Tiffany TF4022B, $212.00 Roberto Cavalli RC508S, $225.00 Roberto Cavalli RC525S, $225.00

Grotesque

John Galliano JG0005, $235.00 John Galliano JG0010, $340.00 Oakley Livestrong Radar Path, $185.00
January 11, 2011

Dior Sunglasses – For Sophisticated Eyes

Dior sunglasses have always been carrying image of chic. It was fundamental to Christian Dior style to use lots of jewelery in his ready-to-wear collections, even during the tough times of post war recovery. Dior sunglasses collection to date remains true to this idea. Christian Dior was also master of shapes and silhouettes, and similarly Dior sunglasses collection has a variety of beautiful shapes that are timeless and in the same time decorative and elegant.

Here are some frames from our online eyewear store:

Model# DIOR OPPOSITE 2

Our Price: CAD $210

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Model# DIOR OPPOSITE 1

Our Price: CAD $210

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Model# MYLADYDIOR 4

Our Price: CAD $210

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Model# MYLADYDIOR 1

Our Price: CAD $215

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Model# MYLADYDIOR 3

Our Price: CAD $230

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Model# DIOR MINI 2

Our Price: CAD $230

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Model# DIOR MADRAGUE

Our Price: CAD $205

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Model# DIOR INDINIGHT 2

Our Price: CAD $300

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Model# DIORISSIMA 2

Our Price: CAD $205

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Model# DIOR 61/1

Our Price: CAD $210

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Model# DIOR 61/2

Our Price: CAD $215

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Model# Dior DAIQUIDIOR

Our Price: CAD $390

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Model# DIOR DESIGN 2

Our Price: CAD $255

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Model# DIOR DESIGN 1

Our Price: CAD $250

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Model# DIOR COTTAGE 3

Our Price: CAD $200

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Model# DIOR COPACABANA

Our Price: CAD $265

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Model# Dior COCOTTE

Our Price: CAD $190

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Model# Dior CLASSIC 3

Our Price: CAD $200

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Model# Dior CLASSIC 1

Our Price: CAD $200

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Model# Dior BAGATELLE

Our Price: CAD $240

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January 10, 2011

Arizona Shooting – a Terrorist Attack, a Mission or Stupidity

6 lives lost, one child, 2 young people and a number of dedicated citizens: Judge Roll; Green; Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79. A little 9 year old girl was ironically born on 9/11 2001. Gabrielle Giffords – the main face of the event of yesterday night shooting is in the hospital with the whole country praying for her recovery.

The magnitude of this tragedy is indescribable. Official mass media is massaging the facts and casualty of the killing while actively trying to hide the Sarah Pailin stupid act that is clearly tied to this tragedy. Internet with thousands of bloggers and international press however have flood the Internet with the story that opened my eyes and continues to open eyes of our nation.

This “Sarah Palin Hit List” blog article has been to date shared 819 times and retweeted over 3600 times.  It talks about the fact that back in September Sarah Palin has posted the US map on her Facebook. Map had 20 targets (drawn as physical shooting targets) of locations of avid Democrat figures who voted against the health care bill, one of which was Arizona. The map was accompanied by list of names, one of whom was Gabrielle Giffords. Since then Sarah was quoted with violent expressions using words as “Reload”, “Don’t Retreat”.

This story draws a clear picture in any logical mind – some psycho took a gun and went on to execute Sarah’s mission. It may not be her fault, but agree, we are not in Pakistan. No government official should be calling for violence. People with power to draw attention of millions of people in the country should take responsibility of the consequence. On the contrary, where was FBI and CIA? How a government official can be allowed to sturb violence and disturb peace?

Internet is flooded with this story. Yahoo has deleted a number of discussions on this topic in the morning. Later they posted a factual article covering the tragedy. To date there is over 43,000 comments. Very few of them touch on this story – only making me think that comments are monitored right now. We will await the progression of this and for now, pray for families of 6 lives that are gone and 15 more who are fighting for their lives in the hospital.

January 9, 2011

Gucci Ladies Sunglasses – Must Haves

Gucci has hit a popularity record in 2010 with their Gucci ladies sunglasses. After many years in business, Gucci decided to play it safe in a recession and avoid bold experimenting with shapes, sizes and colors. Not that they went conservative, they simply applied more thinking into fitting last year to make each pair of sunglasses sit well and look 100%. Of course, each pair conveys Gucci style and brand – premium and chic.

Here are some frames from our online eyewear store:

Model# GUCCI 3108 

Our Price: CAD $170

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Model# GUCCI 3059 

Our Price: CAD $185

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Model# GUCCI 3138 

Our Price: CAD $185

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Model# GUCCI 3125 

Our Price: CAD $212

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Model# GUCCI 3097 

Our Price: CAD $200

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Model# GUCCI 3034 

Our Price: CAD $200

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Model# GUCCI 2875 

Our Price: CAD $228

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Model# GUCCI 2861 

Our Price: CAD $212

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Model# GUCCI 3030 

Our Price: CAD $210

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Model# GUCCI 3111 

Our Price: CAD $212

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Model# GUCCI 3099 

Our Price: CAD $200

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Model# GUCCI 3079 

Our Price: CAD $210

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Model# GUCCI 3139 

Our Price: CAD $230

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Model# GUCCI 3155 

Our Price: CAD $230

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Model# GUCCI 2983 

Our Price: CAD $205

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Model# GUCCI gg3126 

Our Price: CAD $210

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Model# GUCCI 3140 

Our Price: CAD $230

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Model# GUCCI 3157 

Our Price: CAD $185

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Model# GUCCI 3110 

Our Price: CAD $185

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Model# GUCCI 3102 

Our Price: CAD $185

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January 6, 2011

Fashion Blogs – Get Engaged It’s Fun

You can’t blog about yourself all the time, can you? At some point you just run out of ideas. That is why we will be writing about other blogs and bloggers out there. Reasons are obvious :

–       they share same passions as we do – fashion and beauty

–       they express their unbiased opinion for everyone to analyse and make conclusions

–       they are entertaining 🙂

The Fashion Mishap http://thefashionmishap.blogspot.com/ run by Sammy. Dear, we wish your dreams come true and you become both a doctor and a model soon.

I Feel Like I Dreamt IT http://ifeellikeidreamtit.blogspot.com/ is well established blog run by Lara who works for Look Magazine. You can tell she is marketing professional. She is active, expresses her thoughts well and must be typing faster than puma runs. In just under 6 months this lady produced 128 articles. Amazing!

From Do’s To Shoes Styling Blog http://fromdostoshoes.blogspot.com/ run by image maker Jana Stern. Most articles are covering useful topics on how to dress, buy stuff and feel confident. Where are you located Jana?

We wish you all fun blogging in 2011!

And remember, every blogger who writes about us will get a $10 coupon in our online eyewear store. We ship worldwide, so don’t worry, we’ve got your eyes covered 🙂