Prom Party Lights Contest!

Our "light guys," Intelligent Lighting Design is doing a fun contest for us at prom!  

They are illuminating our dance floor at prom and are giving away Starbucks gift cards to the people who Instagram, Tweet, or Facebook the best photos of the lighting on Saturday.

So, get creative! We'll of course remind you of the contest on Saturday, but take a look at some examples on Instagram now.  

The official hashtag for the contest that must be used to be considered is:  

#TxSCLights

Here are some neat examples of lighting photos I pulled off of Instagram. Get creative, ladies!  

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Cast Your Votes Now!

The superlative awards at Texas Style Council is basically the most prestigious type of award in every industry in existence. Okay, that's not true, but it's incredibly fun to vote for people, right?!

Right now you get to vote for "Best Blogger" and "Best Pals" and it takes literally seconds to vote.  

At the conference, you get to continue the voting fun by giving more people a chance to win...including yourself! Yes, you get to nominate yourself when you vote. :-) 

Need help figuring out who to vote for? We have you covered. For a list of attendees, just visit this page and browse around.  

To cast your EARLY votes, go here and vote now! Again, there is more voting at the conference, since we have awards like "Best Dancer" and "Best Treasure Hunter."  But right now, for the early voting...we need your votes.   Who do you think should win "Best Pals" or "Most Stylish Blogger?"

Get those votes in now!

Meet Sara Funduk, of CourseCraft!

Sara Funduk, the Co-Founder of CourseCraft shares her inspiration and CourseCraft's creation. We are so happy that CourseCraft is sponsoring Texas Style Council this year! It only made sense that we had the best e-course platform out there for Summer School, but we truly believe they have a LOT to offer any blogger or business owner out there.  Essentially, we all are teachers in some aspect, and we can offer our knowledge in a forum that everyone can learn on. CourseCraft is perfect for that. Enjoy Sara's interview with Jeneba below!

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How did you come up with CourseCraft?

I've always been a big fan of e-learning! I've participated in more e-courses than I can count, everything from abstract painting to creative writing. I love that I can learn almost anything on my own time and at my own pace, whether that means working through an entire course in an afternoon or finding a little time each night before bed. Interacting directly with the instructor and sharing my experiences with fellow participants is also something that really motivates to me. When I started looking into creating an e-course of my own I realized that it wasn't quite as simple as I thought. Most courses that I took were run through a password protected blog. The complexity and cost of setting up a shopping cart, figuring out where to store and how to play videos, making it secure and designing the look of the site quickly become overwhelming. There were other e-course sites out there, but they seemed to be targeted at people who wanted to take an e-course, not make one. There was always a huge application process and unreasonably high fees. I created CourseCraft, along with my husband, because I think anyone should be able to make an e-course. With CourseCraft there's no application process, no upfront costs, and no coding required -- We want it to be fun and easy to create an e-course!

What inspires you?

It inspires me to see artists and entrepreneurs sharing their hard-earned knowledge with others. It inspires me to see someone who was rejected from one of the big e-course sites because there was "no market" for their course making their own cash with CourseCraft. I love being a part of this thriving online community of creative women (and men) who are carving a career path for themselves using their blogs.

What is your favorite thing about Austin?

I've actually never been to Austin! Maybe I should plan a visit during one of our frigid Canadian winters here. :)

Do you have any favorite bloggers/lady business owners? If so, who?

Omg yes, too many to name them all! Here are few of the people I love:

Stephanie from Fairground Media http://www.fairgroundmedia.com/

Erin from Art Social http://www.artsocialonline.com/

Amanda from Wit and Whistle http://witandwhistle.com/

 

Interview with Elizabeth & Heather, from Macy's!

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Elizabeth Senk, Media Relations and Cause Marketing Manager & Heather Hannan, Media Manager of Macy’s, tells us a bit about working at the well-known department store and their favorite things about Austin.  It’s exciting to have the iconic chain represented at the Texas Style Council conference!

 

What does a typical workday look like for you?
The beauty of retail is there IS no typical workday. Whether its preparing for a One Day Sale, creating trend forecasts or hosting fashion shows and celebrity appearances, Macy's is constantly changing the shopping landscape in our stores to create a unique and exciting environment for our customers to shop.

Are there any TxSC classes you're looking forward to?
We are looking forward to all the classes TxSC has to offer this year.  As a first-time participant and sponsor, Macy's team is enthusiastic and ready to learn from this amazing gathering of bloggers.

In 3 words, describe the company
Iconic, Innovative and Fashionable

What is your favorite thing about Austin?
The Queso of course!

Do you have any favorite bloggers? If so, who are they?
Each blogger provides a unique perspective, so to report a "favorite" isn't quite possible. Ask us again after the conference; we may have a different response as this list of those bloggers attending looks nothing less than fabulous.

Staff Sponsor Picks, Part 3!

Jess's Favorites

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I (Jess) love our sponsors so so so much! It was nearly impossible for me to be short with my "favorites" list, and I wanted to keep it diverse. I even chose a baby item from Fashion Loves People, but I don't care!!! I don't have children, but those pillows ARE SO CUTE and would look awesome on my large, vintage vanity table chair. Anyway, check out my favorites - hope you see something you like!

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Ikat Clutch from Purse & Clutch, Organic Eagle cushion/doll from Fashion Loves People, Comet Shorts from Crowned Bird, Circus by Same Edelman heels from Macy's, and SABIC Square Statement Necklace from Son of a Sailor.

Check out all of our sponsors here - there are so many great services and products they have to offer! All were chosen to meet your needs and desires. :)