After 5 Years, We’re Taking Our Relationship Next Level…

It’s with great pride I announce my official Ambassadorship with Telus! 

Over the past five years I’ve worked with Telus on a number of things (see here) and they’ve helped me out with service, covered roaming, and been there every single time I’ve lost/destroyed my phone.  This week they announced #TeamTelus, 15 hand selected bloggers from across the country.

“The Team TELUS line up stars 15 awesome, interesting, smart, creative, down-to-earth, caring and stylish personalities from across the country. To recognize Team TELUS for their support, we are providing them with mobile (and in B.C. and Alberta, Optik TV) service, devices, VIP access to events and reader giveaways.”

Read more about TeamTelus here and get to know the rest of the group!

Tonight we’re all celebrating our awesomeness at TELUS HQ in Toronto. Earlier today a couple of my Telus peeps showed up with a HUGE box of goodies to welcome me to the team.

My welcome box was picked specially for me and includes a few things they knew I’d love including a new Ted Baker iPhone case (my brands are colliding!), Kate Spade portable charger (fashion + tech together), selfie stick (obvious one there!), a gold Shine fitness/sleep tracker (wearables!), a Bluetooth speaker, chocolates, and a Shoppers gift card. 

I’m really happy to make it official after working together since 2010. My first EVER mobile phone was with Telus back in the 90’s when they were Clearnet. I’m excited to see what fun adventures and things I’ll be covering with the team this year. Check out the rest of TEAM TELUS here.

TIME TO CELEBRATE!

CASIE

 

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Today is #BestFriendsDay! Tell Your BFF You <3 Them!

Whether you’ve been reading here for years or you’re new to the space, you’ll know my blog a positive place on the Internet. If you’re ever having a bad day, you can always pop over in and see bright colours, and something to put a smile on your face. Usually me, shining back at you from across the Internet. 🙋💛

#BestFriendsDay is June 8th, Tell Your BFF You <3 Them!

I was recently contacted from 3M to help spread the word about Best Friends Day, June 8th. As a long time lover of Post-It Notes (yes, they’re all over my home office, work desk, books, purse) and firm believer in spreading love, I was IN. It’s the perfect time to tell your BFF how much they mean to you.

Late last year 3M joined forces with students across North America for Positive Post-It Day, encouraging people to grab a note, write something nice, and share it around campus. This movement on October 9th sparked a whole bunch of events where people were sharing positivity on Post-Its to friends and strangers.

Today is Best Friends Day and I’m encouraging YOU to share a note with a BFF you care about. It could be a BFF, sister, brother, GF, BF, mum, dad, or anyone you wanna remind of their awesomeness. I didn’t have a lot of BFFs growing up but over the last few years I’ve developed a few relationships with BFFs who are now like sisters to me. A couple of my positive Post-It BFF Day notes below!

#BestFriendsDay is June 8th, Tell Your BFF You <3 Them!

Spread the love for Best Friends Day by writing a note to someone on a Post-It. If they’re close by, sick it somewhere they’ll find it, or snap a photo and tag them and @PostitCanada on Twitter or Instagram it with the hashtag #BestFriendsDay. Looking forward to seeing your messages! There’s already heaps of tweets today. 😎✌🎈

Here’s to a GREAT week.

<3 CASIE

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Hot Pop Factory’s New Laser Cutting Studio

Received a neat gift in the mail, a personalized pack of laser cut coasters from my friends at Hot Pop Factory.  You may recognize their name from previous posts about their 3D printing. jewellery, and courses (see posts here). I love their work!

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

How neat are these! The glasses image is from a pair of sunnies I own that say ‘Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye’. Co-founder Biying Miao emailed to say she was sending me a little something to do with their new laser cut studio in Toronto but I didn’t know it would be so awesome!

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

The team has opened the new laser cutting studio and mad ie super fast, professional, and to make your idea reality. Simply visit this link for info and email them with your design for a quote.

How Get Something Laser Cut

1. Design or download a black and white image

2. Send your design to Hot Pop Factory’s Toronto laser cutting studio or local maker space.

3. Decide where you’d like to put that design, it could be on a wooden or leather coaster or even a mason jar or vintage leather belt (Image 03 Attached)

 

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

4. Your artwork can then be turned into a custom product by a laser cutting machine

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

5. Pick up or get your finished product in the mail when complete. Ta da!

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

I reckon these would make a great gift for parents, friends, wedding, or to commemorate a special moment in your life. Big thanks to the Hot Pop Factory for thinking of me and sending such a lovely gift!

<3 CASIE

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

 

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A Blog Post About Blogging for Bloggers – WP 4.2, Mobile

I don’t usually blog about blogging but this blog post is about blogging because I have some blog updates to share on my blog.
Bloggiest sentence ever! Blaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhggggggg. (Me typing right now.)

Ok, the new WordPress came out yesterday and this update has some neat things to help you as a blogger, communicate and share, globally. You can watch this quick video or read more about it after scrolling my list of favs from their post. If you blog you should watch it because it will make you a better (WordPress) blogger.

  • Even more embeds: Paste links from Tumblr.com and Kickstarter and watch them magically appear right in the editor. With every release, your publishing and editing experience get closer together.
  • Host of new characters: Native Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters, musical and mathematical symbols, and hieroglyphs.
  • Streamlined plugin updates: Goodbye boring loading screen, hello smooth and simple plugin updates.
  • OMG! Emoji are now available in WordPress! Get creative and decorate your content with 💙, 🐸, 🐒, or🍕!!

IS YOUR BLOG OPTIMIZED FOR MOBILE?

UPDATE IT TODAY. LIKE NOW. Google announced that the Mobile Friendly Update began rolling out YESTERDAY.  This update is going to be the largest Google update ever and if you don’t get on it, you’ll notice a drop in traffic. And it might be huge. Don’t know if your sits is optimized for mobile, check this link to find out google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly.

There’s a good blog post on searchengineland.com from yesterday that states:

Postscript: SEO Clarity’s Ryan Heuser sent me some early data at 1:45pm EDT saying as of this morning they are now seeing “1.7% difference in ranking domains between desktop and mobile versus the previous few days.” He said the big winners thus far are sites like Wikipedia that are mobile friendly, you can see their jump in visibility in the mobile results in the chart below.

I recently switched back to using the WPTouch  plugin and my mobile is experience is waaaaaay cuter. Have you checked? Are you on your phone right now? It’s a free plugin and the WPTouch Pro (paid) version has some fancier features. These screenshots don’t do it justice.

Is your blog optimized for mobile?

It’s insane how much blogging has changed over the years. It did NOT used to be this easy to create, publish, and share. YAY Internet! Ever have a blog question, Tweet me or call me! Here’s me on the news last night w/ the gang, Justin Bieber, PSY, Chris Crocker. Oh, y’know, just a regular day. 

In light of the YouTube 10 Year anniversary yesterday, I’m really inspired to make more vids. Here’s one inspired by something that happened today.  My BF thinks I am so weird but he loves it. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND GUYS!

<3 CASIE

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Name Change, Storia, the visual storytelling app

There’s a new look for the app Storia, formally known as Selfish.  Over the past few months I’ve been in a small group of beta testers helping to improve the app before they launch in the app store. Aside from the name change, they’ve added faster image uploads, more collaboration options and they’re about to release better offline support, and font editing.

For me, the name change is a big thing. Y’all know love sharing and so sharing an app called selfish felt a little backwards. Storia is for collaborating on stories with others and sharing things around a topic. A few things I’ve been documenting in the app are travel adventures, behind the scenes of recent shoots, snippits from the blog, and spring style. My blog and travel stories are authored only by me but a bunch of my others, like spring style have collaborators.

A new look for @storiaapp via @casiestewart A new look for @storiaapp via @casiestewart

Currently the app is only available on iPhone in Canada and Russia. It’ll be on Android soon. It’s been cool working with an app while in beta and then seeing it launch. Our small group has given heaps of feedback and seeing those changes come to life is pretty neat. You can check it out by using the web version at storia.me. Would be cool to collaborate on a story with you. If you wanna join my blog story, you’re welcome! Could use some more peeps in the fashion for sure. 🙂

TTYL <3 CASIE

    
  

 

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Muse, The Brain Sensing Headband

I first tried Muse a few months ago when the weare1188 office got one. It was right at the start of film fest and my calmness level was nonexistent. By the end of TIFF, my Muse session showed a very high level of calm. This, I’m sure you can understand. “Muse is the mental equivalent of a treadmill, which helps you exercise your brain with focused attention training.”

As an easily distracted person who’s always on the go, focussed attention training is something I could work on. I have been working on it the last month with a new headset fro Future Shop as part of the Tech Crew I’ve joined. Over the next few months I’ll be sharing my experiences with new gadgets and also giving some away for you to try.

 

First up, Muse, the brain sensing headband.  “It improves your attention by training you to become aware of your distractions quicker and react faster to regain focus on what you’re doing.” You can read more about Muse and brain training at choosemuse.com.

Scroll down to see some of my session data and WIN your very own Muse.

How Muse Works

Once you download the app, you connect headphones, and place the headband on your forehead. The 5 sensors light up in different colours to let you know it’s connected.

In order to calibrate the device you need to make sure the sensors are working. This is a screenshot of mine fully connected.

After a brain training session you’e given some data about how active/calm your brain was.

As you can see in this session, I was pretty calm. Until the end!

Please enter below win a Muse headset from Future Shop. Contest is open to anyone in Canada except Quebec (Sorry MTL friends!). You’re able to enter each day. Invite your friends! Contest closes in one week! Best of luck!

 

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Recorded this 6 years ago at the AGO in the Frank Gehry stairwell. I was standing in front of a fan. It was raining out. The wind whipping at my windows reminded me of this today.

Not sure what my fascination with the wind is but here’s another windy forecast. This was a pretty exciting day, #PIBTO, we had over 400 people buy the person in line behind them a coffee. Great memories. Anyone remember?

I have 75+ videos on my Vimeo channel. I think it’s about time to get making videos again. It’s been YEARS since.

<3 CASIE

 

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I wrote this years ago and just found it and that’s why I love having a blog.

I don’t think I’ll ever stop blogging. It’s been 10 years. I’ve written so many things. I can hardly believe so much has happened in that time. I think bloggers have to love their blogs. You spend so much time there, blogging. It’s a collection of stories and photos. Happiness, reminders, lessons, friendships. Trips around the world and my old hometown.

I’m going to blog forever.  It’s the best thing I thing I’ve ever done.

<3 CASIE

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Distracted Driving is a Modern Problem

Last week I mentioned the OneTap app in a post along with the importance of NOT texting while driving. If you have an Android phone, download this app right now. Think of the olden days when people drove around without distraction of a mobile phone, then think about now…so many distractions.

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OneTap is an app that keeps drivers focussed on the road. I know updates can be distracting (my phone is buzzing all day!) but there’s no text, email, tweet, or status update worth risking your life. When you look away from the road it’s like driving blind and an accident can happen in a split second.

Key features of OneTap App

• Prevent distractions from calls, texts and alerts
• Activate manually, or let it detect when you’re driving and turn on automatically
• Easily review collected alerts when you arrive at your destination
• Track your driving habits and be safer behind the wheel
• Keep on eye on your family’s distracted driving
• Send and receive urgent calls and messages—OneTap will notify you when you should pull over to receive an important message

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Download OneTap here and I’ll keep you posted as soon as it’s available for iPhone!

DRIVE SAFE and keep your eyes on the road!

<3 CASIE

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End Distracted Driving with #JustOneTap

I’m not gonna to lie, I’ve texted while driving. Even worse, been stuck in traffic and taken photos. I’m sorry, it’s not ok and we are all guilty of it. I’ve made a point to put my phone out of reach or on the passenger seat. Distracted driving is one of the main causes of accidents.

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Distracted driving is a HUGE PROBLEM and a Canadian-owned, Calgary-based startup has an app for that. AppColony has developed OneTap, a brand-new, free app for Android phones ( IOS version coming soon!) designed to help end distracted driving in Canada. They surveyed Canadians and found some statistics we can’t ignore.

OneTap automatically senses when a user is driving and blocks out unnecessary distractions, while allowing you to stay connected.

FEATURES • Prevent distractions from calls, texts and alerts • Activate manually, or let it detect when you’re driving and turn on automatically • Easily review collected alerts when you arrive at your destination • Track your driving habits and be safer behind the wheel • Keep on eye on your family’s distracted driving • Send and receive urgent calls and messages—OneTap will notify you when you should pull over to receive an important message

For more information on the app visit getonetap.com, watch the video below, and download from the Google Play store here. I’ll keep you posted for when the iOS version is released.

Recently, Toronto Police used a hearse to drive home the  issue of distracted driving.  In the last four years, Toronto officers have laid more than 82,000 charges for offences related to distracted driving (source). THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF GUYS, PUT DOWN YOUR PHONES.

Be safe on the roads out there and please, please don’t text and drive! There’s no message, or social update more important than your life.

<3 CASIE

 

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#TBT Thailand: Panoramic Views of Somewhere Warmer Than Here

Came across these photos on my phone and forgot I even took them. I love how panoramic photos capture a time and place. Fond memories. These were all taken on my trip to Thailand just over a year ago with Contiki Canada. They took 17 of Canada’s top content creators on the trip of a lifetime. We had so much fun. these photos were taken in Bangkok, Chaing Mai, Koh Tao, and Koh Samui. Go back in time and relive my trip in posts tagged Thailand.

I would absolutely love to be somewhere warm right now but have too much going on to drop it all and get away. So, instead I’ve cranked the heat and dehumidifier and am sharing  travel photos. Enjoy!

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With love,

CASIE

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OK, so yesterday we got cable and I’m pretty excited that I can PVR Young and The Restless. (Yes I still watch it. If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know I have conversations about the show with a particular group every now and then! I’m home sick, watching yesterday’s show right now actually.)

Getting cable seemed SO exciting but it turned out to be disappointing. The 200 channels we were given were 200 of the crappiest most basic channels! Yes, HD is nice but we already had a few good channels with a $30 HD antenna. We could watch Jeopardy, news, and the other shows I like including NCIS, CSI, Y&R.

However, the most important things here is, ALL THE SHOWS I LOVE ARE ON THE INTERNET. Internet TV is where it’s at! 

The only reason we took the package deal was that it made Internet cheaper and faster. Clearly the most important thing to us. Can’t wait to binge House of Cards on the 27th. Last night my bf said “Lets watch something on Netflix, and pretend we never had cable. It was better that way.”

The cable guy also switched the HDMI cable for the Apple TV so we had to reconnect it. THANKS!  Oh, and they also gave us a landline (look it up) with a new (gasp) 647 number. We don’t even own a phone to plugin to it. Who needs a landline? It was 10+ years when I had one and I lived with my Mum back them.

So, I profess and claim, once again, my love for the internet. I’ll never leave you. I’ve been secretly working on something that involves the convergence of internet and TV and I can’t wait to share it with the word. In due time my friends…

With love, FROM THE INTERNET, 

<3 CASIE

 

 

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Give Your Facebook Page a Checkup!

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Do you know about the Likealyzer? It’s a free service from Meltwater (social analytics) that pulls in data from your Facebook page. I’ve not been using my Facebook page much the last year but it’s a GREAT resource.

This tool with help you know more about what posts your followers like and how to grow your audience .Just thought I’d share this tidbit with you!

Make sure you LIKE my Facebook page while you’re Facebooking. Find me Facebook.com/casiestewart.blog.

<3 CASIE

 

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Storia App: Keep, Share, Collaborate on Stories

* updated post 04/2015

For the last few weeks I’ve been on a team of Beta Testers for the new Seflish Storia app. With Storia you can build stories, collaborate with others, or keep them private. Something that makes this different from other social apps is you can make your stories public or private and still share them with people you choose. It’s a more provate and curated feed than something like Facebook.

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Last week I had a chat with Anastasia Ashman from Storia about some cool ways people are using the app including house hunting, sharing family photos, and couples things you want to keep between the two of you.

On the weekend I was part of a collaborative, real time story about Superbowl Sunday between Selfish users. It was cool to see what everyone was up to.  See the full story here.

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Below are a few of my public stories. I’ve been documenting my ukulele progress and different nail designs. I’m on a LOT of social networks but the content is kinda all over the place. With Selfish I’m updating stories based on topics and documenting as time goes on. My ‘Lights, Camera, ACTION!’ board is documenting behind the scenes of a few shoots I’ve had recently.

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I would love to know your thoughts on Selfish Storia and collaborate on stories with you. You can download it from the app store and it will soon be on the Google Play store for Android. You can also sign up and use the web version at storia.me. It was originally developed as a web app so there’s a bunch of features and editing options to check out!

<3 CASIE

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