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.

keys to the fleas 2.0


bonjour or, actually at this point, it’s bon soir… all i truly know is that after this i’m gonna watch a foreign film cause i’m feeling the need to hear some french. so, how’s your weekend going? i’m wrapping up a day of working on yet another facet that i’ve let slip through the cracks (for 7 years)! that’s what i get for putting lots of broad strokes out there. they all need attention!

so i’ve been attending. in fact, the website is up (just a page but i’m minimizing). it’s the flea market app, keys to the fleas, paris. you may remember that? it’s hard to believe how much time has flown since the launch in 2010. the technology we used is so ‘primitive’ now, it actually looks vintage. well it was supposed to in a way.

and as much as i want to have it all modern and techy, i still don’t want it to become completely sleek…but chic. there’s always a happy medium and i’m gonna find it. and in the meantime, i have another giveaway for you! we have 2 app promo codes, so if you’re interested in downloading the original, now’s the time to get it.

truth is i’ll miss it when the new one comes out. anyhow, let me know if you’d like a code.

finally, i wanted to share something i came across today while looking at the analytics that was kind of a fun insight. it’s a website called appannie.com and you can see what various apps are trending and where which is beyond fascinating. i wish these links were live, like they are on the site. it’s such an anthropological and sociological insight into our humanity. funny that #1 in the US is one i’ve never heard of, hooked. have you?

well that’s it, midnight, and that does it for me tonight. have a great night!

April 16, 2017. APP. 3 comments.

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.

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