some things going on around here

well, hello.  (above image via pinterest).

i’m stopping in to check in with, well, myself i guess! and you if you’re here, i’m glad. welcome to ‘my happy place‘.

“La Soirée” (detail) by Vittorio Reggianini (1858-1938)

i keep forgetting about it. this is where i stop to take a break and do whatever i want, which is really nice. breaks up the day actually.

and i’m starting to notice the happy stuff instead of the dread. who was holding that gun to my head, anyway? oh right, me.

so for the past couple days i’ve laid low after going full force all last week. maybe pacing myself is a good concept to adapt into reality.

as you may know  i have lots of broad strokes on many different projects from trips, to the app, book ideas, the site, the line! but all are so broad that it’s overwhelming and that is where i burn out quick.(aka i’ve discussed ad nauseum) but today has been productive so i’m gonna take note and kick back. and so to wit…what are some things that have been happening over here?

well, the latest collaborations have been with the giants of amazon but also  with the more delicate etsy. (who’s also a giant but a gentler one).

and so what about all this? well i’m using this blog to log and share this info with the hope it will be useful to someone else too. since i’m figuring it out myself, i’m probably reinventing the wheel…so if you have any tips for me i’d appreciate it! but basically, you’re an affiliate. you choose your favorite etsy items to add to your site, and get a percentage of the sale. if you love browsing etsy, it’s a dream.. and it’s that easy. ok it’s not that easy but it’s doable once you get past the etsy red tape. here’s my first live one: theparisapartment.com/handles

et voilà, that’s it! anyway i’m getting really hungry and the sun is gonna set soon. hope your day is winding down. have a great night!

April 18, 2017. Tags: , , . etsy, Life, Pinterest. Leave a comment.

well read

wow, two days in a row, that’s got to be a record. hey guys, thanks for coming by yesterday. it was so nice to read your comments and hear from you. every day brings something new, doesn’t it?

i’m stopping by to jot down some notes and keep what’s happening fresh and in the forefront.

today i’m be focusing on a part of my site that anyone can implement on their site and each will be completely unique.

it’s the joy of using ‘amazon affiliates’, specifically today, the ‘astore.

have you heard of it?

you can choose products from amazon to curate your favorite products and recommendations.

when someone goes to amazon from your site you get a referral which is really nice. (especially for someone like me who is making wishlists on there anyway!)

i got kind of caught up in it last night, focusing mainly on books and that was just the tip of the iceberg since it’s the ultimate rabbit hole.

here’s the one i’m putting together: astore.amazon.com/theparisapart-20. (it just went live)

as i was going through all the fascinating and swoon worthy books i realized they’re not in the right categories so i’ll go back now and organize them.

anyway it’s one way that i’m focusing on using affiliates on the site. as we grow and design this new site i want to share with you some of the ways i’ll be monetizing and modernizing it.

my other goal and passion is to collaborate with like minded people, someone, like, say… kathie from australia who was here yesterday and said she’d like to work together!

her gorgeous website and products are here: frenchcargo.com.au

i want one of everything she has, how about you? kathie, let’s talk! Ok, that’s it for me today, off to organize those books. have a great night!

oh PS just figured since this post was about books, why not do a giveaway with my own book?

we’ll draw two random commenters in the next post. ok, a tout alors!

April 14, 2017. Books, Friends, Life. 7 comments.

It’s been a long time coming

allo mes amis! it’s been way too long since i’ve pulled up this dashboard. but here we are and that’s what counts, right, showing up? the blog has always been sort of an escape, a refuge from the rest of the net and a place to hear my own thoughts and even create sometimes, even using others’ images to make stories and get inspiration. it’s truly a log,  kind of a diary that’s always there, patiently waiting until creativity or motivation struck. soooo, while i’m motivated, just want to say hi and check in. it’s been about a year of transition and as of today i’ll be setting goals (aka dreams with deadlines). so without further ado here are some of what i’ve been working on and i’d love to hear your thoughts!

website, phase 1: this has been a major project over the past year that was developing slowly in my few spare minutes a day. now i’ll be kicking it into high gear. it is by no means ‘ready’ and certainly is not stocked but that’s phase 2 which i’ll tell you all about in the next post. the main thing was just going live and you can check it out at theparisapartment.com. i’d love any feedback from typos to glitches, navigation or just overall ease of use. i’ll look at yours too if you want a fresh eye. this new phase is all about collaboration which brings me to the next topic.

products: i’ve been sourcing paris and the flea markets of the world for as long as i can remember. when i started the paris apartment, it was a store and filled with all sorts of pretty, feminine boudoir accessories. i still love all those things but without the store just don’t have a lot on hand other than my own personal stash of powder puffs and poufs. in fact, i’d say i’m becoming a bit of a minimalist so that’s a tricky juxtaposition. so what’s the solution? more online reciprocity. during the course of re-doing the site, i saw that the domain was created 19 years ago. there’s been lots of technological advancement and trends that have come and gone. i want something different. and in this new era, i’d like the site to have vision and purpose. again, more on this soon as it’s developing into a sort of template, but i’ll be sharing as i learn as it deals with affiliates, influencers and alliances, and lots of things we can do together if you’re working on your business too.

minimalism: finally, all roads seem to lead here. i’ve come to appreciate the importance of loving the few, cherished things that live with me.  honing every aspect of my life from the utility closets, to under the sink, in cabinets, what’s on display, the collections of books, plants and even silverware is something that’s ongoing. it’s not about losing anything, it’s about curating and enjoying the things that are useful, beautiful and inspirational.

well that at least catches us up a little. now that i’m here it seems like there’s so much more to cover but we’ll leave some for later. for now, i hope all is well with you and if you’re here let me know! xxoo

all images found here: pinterest.com/parisapartment

 

April 13, 2017. Life, Projects. 8 comments.

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