An Open Letter to California

An Open Letter to California

Dear California,

I don’t know if I’ve ever told you this, but you rock. Not in an earthquake kind of way, but in a good way.

After all, I’m so grateful you didn’t cave to peer pressure and send to Southern California that ridiculously, bitter cold weather that the rest of the country has succumbed to lately. What is it they call it? Oh yeah, Polar Vortex, which I assume is supposed to scare the bejezus out of you, like calling LA freeway closures, “Carmageddon.” Even Florida got in on the arctic act and that’s a state that tends to go rogue in every election. Continue reading

Stylin’ with Twitter!

Or, how a Gal from Queens found a way to make Twitter work for her to get the purse of her dreams!

It’s unanimous. The vote is in.  I’m a Twitterholic, plain and simple.  There’s no denying it any longer.

Friends, you all know how just months ago, I was Twitter-wary.  I signed up for an account, as a way to build awareness for my blog, and was certain that if I didn’t keep up with the fast-paced, breakneck speed of tweeting, I’d choke and fall into a pile of scrap metal. I was a disaster waiting to happen.  An Edsel amidst a highway of Ferrari’s.

Well, not true anymore.  I get it now.  Turns out, you don’t have to go fast and get your panties all in a tizzy.  You don’t even have to defy the laws of gravity. You just need to know what you want out of tweeting and how to make it work for you.  Twitter is social media at its finest! Thanks to tweeting, I’ve got the world on a string and I’m sitting on a rainbow.  I’m no longer Twitter-dee and Twitter-dum.  Instead, I’m Twitter-happy and Twitter-savvy!

Need proof? Consider this. As of today, I’m included on 14 Twitter lists, which means I’m respectable enough to be on lists created by other tweeters. Lists that help them stay organized and follow tweets by category—whether by city, interests, or profession. Such lists as “Klck-asswriters,” “Brilliant-bloggers” and “Positive-kismet.” Which makes me grin from ear to ear!

Tweeting is a great way to connect with people you like, including celebs (Steve Martin is so funny to follow!).  It can be a fount of information—it’s how I learned that Christine Aguilera botched up the national anthem during the Super Bowl, and that Osama Bin Laden had finally bought the farm. It’s a super way to establish ties with others who share your interests, including brands and retailers you like.  And it’s one of the best ways I know of getting the purse of your dreams! WAIT a minute. Purse? You betcha!

Which brings me to my favorite social media story.  Once upon a time, there was a gal from, ahem, Queens—we’ll call her @monicastangled—who loved to shop at Nordstrom’s. She was one of their most loyal customers! So much so, that on her birthday, her good friend, Trish (aka, @tbrsd), took her to lunch at the Nordstrom’s Café, where they enjoyed Nordies’ famous, yummy Roma Tomato Basil Soup. Afterward, they met Patrice, an amazing Nordstrom stylist, who helped pick out beautiful, stylish clothes for the birthday gal. Soon, they developed a very nice rapport, thus helping @monicastangled become très chic, indeed.

Then, last week, the Nordies Anniversary sale began. Lo and behold, @monicastangled saw a stunning, ultra smart Kate Spade New York purse on the Nordstrom website. It was a must have!

Too bad for @monicastangled, the purse was not available, not on the website, not at her local Nordstrom or anywhere else.  Crestfallen, @monicastangled wondered how she would manage without the purse–and then it hit her!

As luck would have it, @monicastangled is a Twitter enthusiast and, among her followers is Northwest/Northern California regional manager, @NordstromDoug.  He had noticed just how much she likes Nordies and started following her (though not in a stalker way by any means).  So @monicastangled decided to tweet her dilemma:

“@NordstromDoug Patrice, my Nordies stylist, is looking for #KateSpade purse 361292 black. Can you help?”

And thus kicked off what has gone down in the history books as,  “The Great Kate Spade Purse Caper of 2011!”


@NordstromDoug enlisted help by retweeting to @NordySanda–who is a tweeter extraordinaire based at Nordstrom’s flagship store in Seattle–and who right away started tweeting about the situation, heretofore known as, Operation Purse Rescue. Here’s what she wrote:

“@nordstromdoug @Monicastangled I can double check when I’m back @NordstromSea tomorrow. That was a popular item!”

Determined to find the purse, @NordySanda left no stone unturned and no store un-searched. After a few back and forth calls with Patrice, who was also working briskly to hunt down the purse, a miracle occurred. Somewhere in the nation, someone returned the purse to their local Nordstrom and, before you can say, “I’m a Fashionista,” the edict had been sent out to:

HOLD that handbag for the Gal from Queens!

And so @monicastangled and her purse were united at last, and all was well with the world—thanks to the know-how of the hard-working team at Nordstrom’s and, of course, a very special thanks to Twitter, which brought them all together.  And, in a final tweet, @NordySanda wrote,

“@monicastangled So glad we were able to find your @katespadeny Joelle handbag! Enjoy! It was a team effort:)”

And they all lived happily ever after. Which, if you ask me, is as good as it gets.