It’s the new year, and many of us have made resolutions. “This year I will be more organized.” “This year I will be more efficient with my resources.” “This year I will be healthier.” This article addresses health during the workday. It gives eight excellent tips on how to make it through the day and come out the other end healthier and happier. These are all tips that you know–I guarantee it–but sometimes it’s good to be reminded of the fundamentals. Here’s to a happy and healthier new year to us all.
WARNING: Very sappy, but very heartfelt post ahead.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it at least hundreds of times: we, here at Visage, are privileged to know and work with the best people out there. It’s true. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars for you. Yes, YOU — clients, friends, vendors and Visage team members. As we close out this year and embark on a new one, I can’t help but be grateful for these relationships and excited for the year ahead. With that, I introduce our newest desktop wallpaper. It was inspired by you and I dedicate it to you. I hope you’ll take its message to heart and put it on your desktop as a daily reminder of your amazing-ness. Thank you, from me and the entire Visage team, for a wonderful 2011 and wishing you a new year that totally shines!
Visage Creative is kicking off December with some great deals as we Countdown to the Holidays! These are special offers designed to help you find just the right something for your clients, staff, family, or even just to spoil yourself a little. With the holidays right around the corner, these offers will end soon so place your order today.
To kick things off, warm up this winter with a hint of chili and the loving comfort of chocolate with these Chris In The Kitchen Decadent Chocolate Chili Bites. These bites come eight to a container decorated with a festive personalized label designed by Visage Creative and topped with a bow. This holiday pack of 8-ish ounces of rich, gooey chocolate love is available exclusively through Visage Creative through December 12th.
Chris’s Chocolate Chili Bites are decadent homemade morsels of pure indulgence.
These deliciously-moist brownie bites are made with rich dark chocolate and a sneaky hint of Ancho and Cayenne chili – just to spice things up a teeny-tiny bit. Says Jerri K. of Mesa, AZ, “These chili bites are the best! The company my husband works for ordered eight dozen to give as employee appreciation gifts, and they were a big hit. They’re now a ‘must have’ for my holiday treat list.”
Made with eggs, sugar, dark chocolate, butter, flour, Cayenne and Ancho chili powder.
- $9 per pack+ $6 shipping (USPS Priority Mail) and handling
- Free delivery for orders of two or more holiday packs to the same delivery location within the Phoenix area.
- Orders must be placed by 7p (MST), December 12th.
- Local deliveries and shipments (via USPS Priority Mail) will be made on December 15th.
- Contact us at 480.471.6393 for special ordering and/or shipping requests.
1 Holiday Pack of Chili Bites with USPS Priority Mail Shipping • $15.00
2 Holiday Packs of Chili Bites with Free Local Delivery • $18.00
NOTE: Want more than one or two packs? Quantities may be adjusted upon checkout.
It’s been a busy holiday season already for those of us here at Visage Creative, and I imagine it has been for all of you as well. There are projects to get done, events to plan, parties to attend, presents to buy, family and friends to send greetings to. The holidays can really give you a headache if you let them, not to mention put a damper on any creative juices that may have been stirring before you looked at the calendar one day in October and realized how few shopping days there were left. This year, though, our creative team has constructed a beautiful new desktop for our daily viewing pleasure to remind us of the most wonderful part of the holiday season–the child-like joy. It is that joy that turns us into little kids this time of year, on the edge of our seats to see how Crazy Uncle B. will like the funky pair of socks we got him, or if the card we wrote our mom will make her cry as much as we did when we wrote it. This time of year, during Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, or whatever special holiday you look forward to, may those visions of sugar plums that kept you awake at night as a little one, desperate for the day to be here, inspire you again. May your creative juices flow with the delight of a holiday season unmatched in its sweet, yummy, dreamy goodness!
It’s been a crazy-busy year for Visage – in a wonderful way. But, so crazy-busy that I’m just finally getting a chance to formally introduce our newest Visage team member. Please meet Christine Smith. Christine joined us in August to help facilitate processes for our growing company. As with all small businesses, we worker bees tend to wear many hats and, therefore, conventional titles seem, well, insufficient. If we were to give Christine a suitable title, it would look something like this: Creative Contributor, Client Services Rep, Marketing Assistant, and Office Manager — Extraordinaire!
Christine has a BA from Seattle Pacific University in Literature and Creative Non-Fiction Writing, is a former Editor-in-Chief of Lingua Arts Journal, former PR and Business Manager of Second Essence Arts Journal, and worked for two years in the non-profit sector in Seattle after college. She moved to Phoenix in 2009 where she resides with her husband Ian, their brand new baby girl Charlotte, and their felines Townes and Nori.
Christine’s experience, talents, enthusiasm and can-do, let’s-get-’er-done attitude make her a perfect fit for our company. “I’m excited and proud to be a part of Visage Creative and its beloved network of clients and friends,” Christine says. I say, “We’re excited and proud to have you on our team, Christine! Welcome aboard!”
Give back during the season of giving and also get your family photo Christmas cards at the same time!
This holiday season Visage is taking a big part in an exciting new event, Depeche Noël: The Ultimate Photo Christmas Card Extravaganza to benefit Safe Harbor House of Phoenix. On November 5th and 6th, the beautiful Harper’s Nursery location in Scottsdale will be resplendent in holiday cheer as Phoenix photographers volunteer their time to capture your family memories.
Cost for your photo session and 25 cards and envelopes is only $45. Visage is doing all of the design work for this good cause and Lori will be one of the photographers volunteering her time. This year, start the season of giving off right with something you can enjoy and really feel good about.
Come out and support Lori, give back a little, and get a steal of a deal!
Well, March definitely blew right past me…so fast that it’s already mid-April and I’m just now getting you some new eye-candy for your desktop. The theme for this wallpaper is “creativity.” In our world here, at Visage Creative, a creative block is a definite hindrance, to say the least. I admit, I have those moments when I wonder if I’m all tapped out. But, really, is that truly possible? I don’t think so. Creativity is a constant part of all of us, I believe. Sometimes it seems to be eluding us, but it’s there. I tend to become unstuck, creatively, just as soon as I relax my mind. A walk, a shower, a nap – it’s during those activities (funny to call a “nap” an “activity”) that the creativity really starts flowing through me. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of believing in and honoring that part of yourself. And, then, as Bernice Fitz-Gibbon put it, it’s “… merely turning up what is already there.” Here’s to adjusting that dial!
Here, at Visage, the saying goes: we’re “passionate about image” – of course, particularly as it applies to visual marketing. Helping our clients to make a great first impression and to present a professional image with visual marketing materials that not only look fabulous but also provide a clear, consistent, and deliberate message is what we do. Because, after all, presenting the right business image is a major key to success. It’s vital to not only communicating with new prospects, but also to maintaining customer relationships.
Well, the same is true – and perhaps even more so – when it comes to our personal image. For so many of us, we are our front-line marketing department; we are our own “spokes-model”; we are the literal “face” of our business. If we, ourselves, are not “presentable”, well, even the most fantastic business card or brochure may fall flat.
Enter Jackie Wheeler aka JackieStyle.
Jackie is a friend and long-time business associate of mine who is also passionate about image. And, she shares that passion as a personal image consultant. Considering that, as far as your business goes, you yourself are a marketing piece, Jackie specializes in visual marketing, just as we do. But, with Jackie, we’re talking visually marketing you – yourself – your person. And, she’s an expert at helping you do that with the right clothing, make-up, accessories, etc. that suit your style and your life.
I recently had the opportunity to work with Jackie on my own wardrobe as I was looking for fresh ideas for my own personal presentation “palette” (so to speak). I put Jackie to the test. And, while I certainly wasn’t surprised, I was absolutely thrilled with her results!
At Visage, we’re always preaching about keeping your website and social media and printed materials fresh and relevant. Well, just as in business visual marketing, your personal visual marketing can sometimes get “stuck in a rut.” And, Jackie is a genius at helping you get unstuck and re-look, re-think and re-deploy your wardrobe in ways that you may have never considered before.
So give some thought to the personal, visual “face” of your business. Does your wardrobe and presentation really reflect who you are, what your business is about, how you want to be perceived? Is that image confident? Successful? Professional? Or are you cultivating (and re-cultivating) the same old, same old… because that’s what you’re used to?
If you live and/or work in the Phoenix metro area, I encourage you to give Jackie a shout. She’s professional, perceptive, has the style know-how and intuition – and she’s fun! Whether you just want to work on your existing wardrobe, or have a special event coming up or planning a business trip, Jackie is the go-to gal. Give her a shot!
You can contact Jackie at 602-980-4545 and you can find her on Facebook by clicking here.
… some new art for your computer desktop… for March. March! Can you believe it’s already March?! I continue to be amazed at how fast time flies. It seems I’m constantly remarking with genuine surprise, “I can’t believe it’s already 3 o’clock!” or, “I can’t believe it’s already Thursday!“, or “I can’t believe it’s already March!” But, it’s true. I can’t believe it’s already March. January and February have been a whirlwind for us here at Visage. We’ve been going non-stop, working on some great projects with our great clients. And, we’ve been lovin’ every very fast minute of it. I hope you’ve also got things in the works that you’re excited about and that March blows lots of good things your way.
It’s February – a month that tends to conjure up images of hearts, cupids, candy and roses. And, it’s definitely matters of the heart that inspired our design for this month’s desktop wallpaper. But, we’re not talking purely romance here. We’re talking about life, in general. We’re talking about following your heart and putting all of your heart into whatever (or whomever) your passion may be. Embrace life, love it up, and – as Confucius says, “Wherever you go, go with all of your heart.”