Beyonce Drinks Wine, Probably Isn’t Pregnant

Either Beyonce is not pregnant… or she’s going out of her way to show herself as an irresponsible mother.

With rumors continuing to churn that Bey and Jay-Z are expecting another baby, the singer took to her official website today and didn’t write a word.

But she did post a very sweet photo of herself drinking wine while hanging with her man, an indication that she’s NOT knocked up – and/or is not a believer in that whole medical science thing.

We choose to believe the former.

In other Beyonce news from the week, this is what happens when you slap her butt. Consider yourselves warned, future concert attendees.

Making Masterpieces with Instagram + #PhotoADay Tips

# PhotoADay

I started noticing #febphotoaday hashtags on IG and Twitter last month, and was intrigued, but I didn’t jump in, because I couldn’t be saddled with one. More. Commitment. But over the course of the month, I found myself drawn to the photos others were posting. I decided to click over to Fat Mum Slim to check it out and discovered—HEY—she’s an Aussie!

Six Degrees
Had a six degrees of separation moment when I realized that that Chantelle (of Fat Mum Slim, who is in Sydney), knows Carly (of Smaggle), whom I met at IFB Con through Wendy Brandes (of Wendy Brandes Jewelry) last September. And of course there’s myfavorite person in the blogosphere, Aussie blogger, Lee Oliveira, also in Sydney, and my Hubby, whom I imported from Sydney. OK, I’m definitely digressing. But you get my point. I’m an Aussie magnet. So I felt obligated to be supportive based on the mere fact that the children I’ll never have would be half-Australian, so that practically makes us family. That’s how Southerners (and Greeks) work. Hmph.

Back to # PhotoADay
Interestingly, I found myself cognizant of the challenge on February 29th, so I looked at the assignments and decided I wasn’t just going to participate in the #MarchPhotoADay challenge, I was going to take it seriously!

And you know what? It’s been fun challenging myself not to just participate, but to create beautiful photos of everyday things. What’s also interesting about the challenge is that some of the assignments aren’t as easy as you might think. Attempting to capture non-tangible things—like emotions—takes some thought.

After a year on Instagram, and a month doing a # PhotoADay challenge, I wanted to share some tips for making your Instagram shots into masterpieces, and how to get the most out of photo challenges on Instagram.

Some of my favorite March photo a day shots:

Make Every Shot an Insta Masterpiece

  1. Use filters or # nofilter. That’s the fun part! Add a little blur, pick a filter ( and you can transform the whole mood of a photo. Of course, if your photo is totally gorge all on its own, let people know it is un-retouched by using #nofilter. My faves are Nashville and Lo-fi.
  2. Ditch the frame if you want consistently-sized shots. This is especially helpful if you want to add them to your blog or create a collage. (In the shots below, that’s the square icon, top left of the screen.)
  3. Play with light. Lighting is a huge aspect of what makes a photo beautiful. Sometimes tilting your phone a certain way overexposes the subject or catches a little sparkle or sunbeam. It can mean the difference between pretty and ethereal.
  4. Take photos with your phone’s camera, then import to Instagram. Can’t tell you how important this is if you’re trying to capture a shot while you or the subject are moving, or the light is changing. Just snap, snap, snap, then decide which photo makes the cut. This also gives you the chance to do some pre-IG editing if needed. When you use the camera in IG, the dimensions are perfect, yes. But if the photo isn’t good, you have to abandon it to take a new one, and that new one may or may not be the money shot. Take it from someone who’s lost a lot of great shots doing that.

Don’t inundate your IG feed with sexy photos and gratuitous cleavage shots (ladies). It’s pretty obvs when someone’s come-hither shot was only because they’re feeling too sexy for their shirt that day, versus a shot intended to show their hair, makeup, or accessories. There are a couple IGers I’ve seen with shot after shot of I’m too sexy… Please. Just. Don’t. You might be sexy, but if that’s all you got, I’m already bored

Tips for Participating in #PhotoADay Challenges

  1. You don’t have to participate every day. The challenge should never feel like a chore—it’s meant to be fun! Better to skip a day when the assigned subject doesn’t appeal to you. No one enjoys humdrum shots. It’s no biggie if you miss a day.
  2. Change your perspective. I mean this literally and figuratively. If you really want some interesting shots, change your view, the level/angle of your camera. And think outside the box. If the assignment is “trash,” you could be very literal and snap your trash can. Or you can shoot gossip magazines as “trash,” like this shot by@hairromance. Unexpected. Brilliant.
  3. Share what’s unique to you, show your personality.Every day’s assignment is an opportunity to share a little of you. For the “key” assignment this month, I saw lots of shots of key rings. I chose to shoot my car key in my hand because it highlights my love of the BMW brand, and all things nail polish. Still a key. But again, perspective.
  4. Remember your hashtags. Without a hashtag like#MarchPhotoADay, no one knows you are participating, and other participants can’t see your photo in the list when they tap the hashtag in Instagram. Hashtags are important across the board. Not only do they become searchable in IG, but Twitter too. So if you’re sharing your shots on Twitter, your reach is exponential. Not bad for growing your connections in several social spaces. If you do a lot of mani shots (like me), you might add #nails or#gelish to your shot. Maybe you’re into architecture or travel…you might add a hashtag for the city, country, or place you’re sharing. If it’s your pet, some use #petstagram or breed-specific tags like #Frenchie:)
  5. Share! And ♥ like! Sync your IG account with Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr and get even more exposure for your photo of the day. And the most important part is the ♥ like. It’s as easy a double-tap on your phone screen. When you see another shot you like, let that person know. IG is another social medium, after all. Connect with others and they will connect with you.

Last week on Pro: disrupting the mobile OS landscape and photo management apps

SUMMARY:For a deeper dive into the topics and technologies covered on GigaOM, check out the latest in-depth analyses on GigaOM Pro, our subscription-based research service. This week: the mobile OS market, photo management apps, and more.

With WWDC around the corner, rumors about iOS 7 are flying: the software is allegedly getting a visual refresh and a few other design tweaks. Over on GigaOM Pro, our analysts are looking at the mobile OS market at large: major disruptions seem to be in store over the next 6-12 months that could knock iOS and Android off their respective pedestals. Other popular research content this week includes a look at the photo management app market, and an analyst’s take on the concept of “emergent business.”

Note: GigaOM Pro is a subscription-based research service offering in-depth, timely analysis of developing trends and technologies. Visit pro.gigaom.com to learn more about it.

Connected Consumer: Survey: How apps can solve photo management
Hans Hartman

While apps like Instagram and Twitter often steal the spotlight when it comes to photosharing, photo management – which includes sharing as well as syncing, aggregating, and storing images across multiple device – is also a growing market. Analyst Hans Hartman presents the results of a user survey on photo management apps and devices, and applies the data to an evaluation of 18 solution providers, from Cooliris to Woven. Hartman’s report analyzes the feature sets, monetization models and unmet needs that exist across this market, and posits that there is still room for improvement and innovation. “What we need,” Hartman concludes, “are smart, big data–like, location- and service- independent solutions for organizing photos.”

Mobile: Where new opportunity lies in the mobile operating system space
Colin Gibbs

According to analyst Colin Gibbs, the mobile OS landscape has remained relatively stagnant, despite the fact that the mobile market at large has seen fierce battles between handset manufacturers, network operators and designers. The Android operating system and iOS have dominated the market since they were introduced six years ago, and currently claim nearly 88% of smartphone sales worldwide.  But the landscape is about to undergo significant disruption: over the next 6-12 months, a new batch of mobile operating systems are coming to market, each with more sophisticated and dynamic features than either Android or iOS. Gibbs analyzes each of these new competitors, looking at the potential features and platforms that they’ll bring to both emerging and developed markets, and concludes with key takeaways for both consumers and the enterprise.

Social: Beyond social: the rise of the emergent business
Stowe Boyd

In his latest thought piece, analyst Stowe Boyd considers the concept of emergence as it applies to the modern business world. Businesses (and their employees) must embrace the rapid adoption of new technologies and business practices as well as the increased speed of responding to global or economic changes. Boyd defines this as the “next generation” of business – a truly emergent organization that is prepared to deal with a volatile and complex marketplace and environment – and goes on to forecast how emergent businesses will approach and change the workplace on both macro and micro levels.

 

News:GENIE IN A BOTTLE. CELEBRITY FRAGRANCES THAT PERK UP THE ECONOMY

Perfumes truly have the gift of making everyone happy. Of course, the one wearing it, the – ever more often – celebrity whose allure of fame it is making even more dizzying and the cosmetics company writing its growth strategy with a few big names and generous numbers dotted between the lines.

Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among the new wave of artists successfully sublimated in a perfume bottle, and this fall Rihanna and Jay Z are to bring onto the market new essences of the kind that, literally, set the fragrance world on fire.

But let’s focus on a few among the names already cast in golden lettering on the side of a crystal bottle, as well as on the qualities of the scents they’ve created in their very own image.

Taylor Swift is lively and young and has been able to shape a musical style all her own up to her as yet tender years of age – from pop country to the Taylor Swift sound. So, Wonderstruckspeaks to her fans, probably, about the moment of serendipity when she starts a new song or about falling in love. Taylor wanted it to be a sparkling yet blushing essence, in one word – enchanted. Wonderstruck mixes tones of freesia, green tea, apple blossom and berries.

Justin Bieber is amazingly young in his very own right, and his personality also seeps into every drop of his perfume, Girlfriend. Only that he isn’t even remotely as demure or mysterious, but rather head on flirty and inviting. Mandarin, strawberry, jasmine, apricot nectar and musk come off just as extrovert as the not always subtle teenage heartthrob.

Jennifer Aniston is the ideal Californian woman. And her namesake perfume, Jennifer Aniston, certifies all of our idealized assumptions about the American actress’ personality – sensual, fresh and optimistic. Citric, rose water, violet and sandalwood caught in a bottle together with the feel of a sunny day at the beach and the dreamlike quality of a warm summer night.

Kat von D, just as in real life, comes through as the sweetest mix between Sinner and Saint. And just as her unique talent has anyone jumping to the occasion of having their own skin turned into a work of art, so it is that we find ourselves drawn to her two alter egos. Saint is sweet with vanilla, caramel and flowery tones, while Sinner is intoxicating with orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli and musk.

Lady Gaga, the master magic woman – why do witch and wizard have so contradictory reputations? – and celebrity monster herself couldn’t but have us adoring and craving forFame. The lustful drops are laden with scents of belladonna, incense, honey drops and tiger orchid and shine in the purest of blacks. Once sprayed, they turn invisible in a mysterious extravaganza that only Lady Gaga could have envisioned.

Find the V.I.P. – very important perfume – fragrances at Sephora.

 

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