Take the Daze Out of the Holidays – Ms. Henley’s Guide To A Stress Free Holiday (Part 2)

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In yesterday’s post, we gave you the first installment of Ms. Henley’s Guide to a Stress Free Holiday Season. We continue today with #’s 5-7 of the Top-10 List.

7.         Blink:                                                                         

Save yourself a ton of time by getting your lashes done for the holidays. These semi-permanent additions to your look will have you feeling fresh and bright-eyed without spending lots of time in front of the mirror. Most lashes last 2-3 weeks. Don’t forget to book your blow out appointments to save yourself a bad hair day. We all know a good blow out will last a few days – super time saver!

6.         Decorate:                                                                   

Holiday decorating does not have to be stressful. Keep it simple and stress-free by using what you already have around the house and repurposing from one holiday to the next. We have a ton of ideas if you need any help! Simple things like colored rubber bands can change the look of a basic glass vase or Washi tape around a frame can create a more festive feel to a basic frame or chalk board.

5.         Give:   

Be a good guest and remember to bring a hostess gift to any parties you are invited to throughout the year, especially during the holidays. With a little pre-planning you can have easy gifts on hand. Think about gifts that are useful not just decorative. We like useable items! On a recent trip to Target we found an adorable cookies for Santa tray; which we paired with the ingredients for making and decorating sugar cookies. Wrapped up in a festive bow and you have an easy, yet functional, hostess gift that will be appreciated.

 

“Think back to when you were a child – do you remember the gifts you opened or do you remember the moments spent with family, friends and enjoying the merriment? Keeping the holidays simple is a choice! Let this be the year that you delegate the “stuff” and focus on being “present” in every moment. “

~Nicole Matthews, Lifestyle Architect
The Henley Company

Part 1: Take the Daze Out of the Holidays – Ms. Henley’s Guide to a Stress Free Holiday Season

We recently had the pleasure of doing several in-home concierge parties, focused on helping clients to take the daze out of the holidays. It gave us an opportunity to present our Ms. Henley’s Guide to a Stress Free Holiday Season. Over the next few days, we will share with you a few of our top-10 list tips so you too can have a stress free holiday season! shopping_clipart

10.       Plan:                                                                           

The average woman spends 60-80 hours preparing for the holidays. This includes shopping, cooking, wrapping and attending events. Be strategic about navigating the holidays and make a plan early in the season. Plan time to bake, shop, write holiday cards, etc. so that you don’t feel crunched for time as the holidays get closer. Decide what can be delegated to your holiday elf!

9.         Commit:                                                                   

Remember what the reason is for the season! As a family, come up with 3 words that you want to signify your experience during the holidays. (i.e. Family, Joy & Peace). Post these words in a visible location so it continually stays top of mind. Before saying yes to any invitation, activity or commitment, make sure saying “yes” falls in line with your family values. Turn this into a new family tradition.

8.         Travel:                                                                    

If holiday travel is on your agenda; try these two tips:

  • Don’t let parking at the crowded airport cause you stress; instead call ahead and reserve your spot.
  • Sign up for Groupon, LivingSocial, etc. in the city where you are traveling. Offers great suggestions on fun and unique activities at a discounted price.

Check back tomorrow for tips #5 – #7 on the Top-10 List!

A woman should not measure her value by what gets crossed off her to-do list; but rather by the level of happiness in her heart, and the kind of wife, mother, sister and friend she becomes. Juggling lots of balls should be left to the circus acts – be a woman who values time over “to-do,” and commit to a lifestyle that focuses on unique experiences, family memory-making and sophisticated simplicity.  

Nicole Matthews, Lifestyle Architect
The Henley Co.

An Evening of Divine Art Intervention

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to count the unbelievably talented, Concetta Antico, as one of our clients. As an artist, Concetta has been known for her use of intense color and values. For years, most just thought her use of color was her “style” but come to find out, there is actually a scientific reason. Concetta was recently diagnosed with Tetrachromacy. Tetrachromacy is the condition of possessing four independent channels for conveying color information, or possessing four different types of cone cells in the eye.

Human beings with tetrachromacy are called tetrachromats, hence why Concetta is considered to be a Tetrachromat Artist. Most people have three cones on their eye, a color blind person would have two. To have four is incredibly rare, in fact only 2-3% of the world female population is thought to be tetrachromatic. Concetta is currently in a study with Dr. Jay Nietz, University of Washington, the leading scientific researcher worldwide on color vision.

“Prof. Jay Neitz has tested Concetta, and identified her as  possessing the remarkable collection of genes that provide the building blocks for tetrachromacy — the same configuration thought to impart a “richer” or “heightened” sense of color experience. Since learning she possesses these genes, Concetta has been consulting experts and actively pursuing scientific demonstrations of the precise ways her color perception differs from that of a normal color vision observer.  She has successfully identified and recently begun working with several local scientists who are experts in the area of color perception. This collaboration has kept her busy volunteering for a series of color perception investigations that will determine exactly how her color perception varies from that of other healthy normal color percievers.  The rigorous scientific demonstration of Concetta’s perceptual capabilities will demonstrate unequivocally, using the most objective methods known to science, how and in what ways Concetta’s color perception differentiates her from all other painters who possess the normal form of full color vision trichromacy. The fruits of these collaborative labors should be ripe for the pick in the near future.”  – Dr. Kimberly Jameson, University of California, Irvine.

 

Coupled with the latest offering will be the release of important imperative scientific results which will unequivocally show her unique super color vision by the close of 2014.  Do not miss the opportunity to marvel and purchase one of her latest magnificent tetrachromatic oil paintings.  The value and demand of which is steadily increasing since her amazing discovery less than a year ago…

Join us on Saturday, November 16th for Concetta’s most recent show, Divine Intervention. For more information, visit http://www.anticofineart.com/events

 

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They Like Us! They Really, Really Like Us!

Last week we earned a HUGE honor….the kind folks at The San Diego Ad Club named us the Industry Affiliate of the Year at their Brand Diego Excellence Awards. Lucky us!!!

We have been recognized for our ongoing commitment to the San Diego business community and in support of the advertising and marketing industry in our region. For more information about the awards, visit the Brand Diego website: http://www.sandiegoadclub.com/brand-diegos.  Congrats to all of the other nominees – what an awesome group of San Diego professionals!

Thank you SAN DIEGO AD CLUB! You have made more than just our day, week or month! You have reminded us how much we LOVE what we do every day! Our beautiful award has found a happy home at the Henley Headquarters!

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26 Days in Brazil….

IMG_2644I just had the great fortune of working in Brazil for nearly 4 weeks on a project for the FIFA Confederation Cup, which allowed me to travel to Fortaleza (northeast corner of Brazil) and to Rio. This was my first trip to Brazil and it was a privilege to work and play in one of the world’s emerging markets. Brazil is everything you would expect…beautiful beaches, perfect sunsets, warm and friendly people and a colorful spirit from music to artwork. My team and I were welcomed with open arms by the people we worked with and those we had the pleasure of hosting. As a lifelong soccer fan, finding both Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach covered with soccer nets was a joy. Sport is a national past time in Brazil and when in doubt, the natives can be found on the beach, wearing as little as possible, playing either footie or beach volleyball.

I was not prepared for the significant discrepancies of wealth that haunts the country. You need not travel very far before baring witness to million dollars homes shadowed by the favelas that crawl up the hills. One of the most significant parts of my trip was a tour of the favelas in Rio. I wanted to truly understand the social significance of the favelas and these infamous neighborhoods that pepper every direction you turn. On average, those living in favelas earn no more than $200 per month and everything that can be used to build a house is secured; from banners to garage doors being used as walls. Social services are incredibly limited in favelas; which was a major spark of the recent protests. The government has chosen to build stadiums instead of providing basic social needs to residents. Yet, when you walk through the favelas, there is still very much a Brazilian spirit present. These neighborhoods may house the poorest of the poor financially, but they resonate with the richness and vibrancy that makes Brazil a very unique place.

Like every visitor to Rio, I enjoyed a visit to both Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer. The view of Rio from both locations is breathtaking. Standing at the foot of the Christ with my arms spread wide (because that’s of course how you have to have your picture taken!) offered one of those unique moments when you realize that you are seeing one of the great man-made wonders in the world – not through the vessel of a book or tv, but instead with your own eyes. In a word, awesome!

Brazil being the soccer-loving country it is, the atmosphere in the stadiums for the matches was electric. One highlight had to be at the final match of the Confederation Cup, which was the game between Brazil and Spain. When the Brazilian national anthem began being played, the entire stadium – all 70,000 yellow shirt wearing fans – began to sing. The patriotism and enthusiasm for both country and sport was electric.

I look forward to returning next summer for World Cup so I best start learning more Portuguese!

Obrigada Brasil!

The Cost of (Not) Having Corporate Concierge: Latest trends in concierge benefits improve Millennial retention and job satisfaction

Here’s a great article about the benefits of implementing a corporate concierge program to improve Millennial retention and job satisfaction. We agree completely!

Let us know your thoughts!

Ready to implement a corporate concierge program? Give us a call for a complimentary consultation.

 

The Cost of (Not) Having Corporate Concierge: Latest trends in concierge benefits improve Millennial retention and job satisfaction.

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This Life Is What You Make It…

We are always inspired by a good quote. What inspires you?

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

 

~Marilyn Monroe