Monday, August 21, 2017

Crating, Shipping, and Logistics in Las Vegas ( Oh My )

Hello all welcome to another installation and we are going to cover something pretty amazing here. Let's just imagine that you have come to Las Vegas and you hit the jackpot and want to buy something like an authentic roulette table, or won an auction for a retired chandelier from the Wynn. How do you propose you pack, crate, and ship this item to it's destination ?

This happens all of the time, you go on vacation and find something unique and local and just have no way to get it back home. That is where our friends at Las Vegas Crating and Logistics come in. There really is no other for specialty shipping in Las Vegas. They have been building the most custom crates to ship and freight Take a look and see for yourself.


That is over two thousand pounds of original stone art right there. And it needed to get moved. One small tumble and this one of a kind museum art is smashed into a million pieces. And it is not something you exactly just want to hand over to the next residence is it ? Aside from creating a custom crate and securing everything, the next step in logistics presents itself as such.


Custom ramps are built to get these expensive items across such disastrous obstacles such as ponds, rivers, and streams. This is why we hire companies with such experience that Chris and Brandy Long have. They have been doing these amazing things for over twenty years shipping and crating all across the country.

I could not imagine being at an auction at missing out on an item simply because I had no way to move it so found this service and wanted to share it with you all just in case you decide to take home
                                                       ten hand carved Buddha statues.

It is a unique world that I got to find out a bit more about with custom art shipping, crating, and packing. Most things just do not have a box big enough. That is where the Long's come in and create it. You can not exactly show up at the post office or UPS with a giant piece of at you found at an estate sale, slap a sticker on it and be on your merry way. Each and every item is expertly placed, secured, and packed in about one tenth of the time it would take you or I to even formulate any type of plan that probably would end up not working out anyways.

Coconut Oil Skin Care



Today we are going to feature some great beauty tips here involving coconut oil and you. DIY dermatology is a fun and inexpensive way to treat yourself at the comfort of your own home. Sure there are some great places to get the best dermatology in Las Vegas for all types of skin ailments but let us focus on something you just might even have in your cupboard.

Has your skin at any point felt so dry here in Las Vegas it feels like you have a dirt veil on? Well I have and it is not precisely my most loved inclination. In addition it additionally includes wrinkles, so to damnation with that. I have enough issues being a 34 year old lady and dry wrinkled skin won't be one of them. Moreover burning through $100 on skin cream is not my concept of a decent time either. or, then again an alternative I would select particularly with all the slippery terrible fixings that some healthy skin lines carry into their creams. So what can a lady or fellow do to battle the dry leave warm draining the dampness appropriate out of your face? Well her are some all regular, over the counter of your neighborhood supermarket things to cause reestablish some hydration to that excellent face.

In the event that you want to clean up we have some uplifting news for you! Include a tablespoon of coconut or olive oil to your shower for some supernatural occurrence skin hydration. You can likewise rub somewhat more on after you escape the tub. This is one of my go to's for hydration other than coconut oil which is presumably my top choice, would be this custom made scour.

Olive Oil Honey

Coarse Salt or Sea Salt

Discretionary a crush of lemon

Combine these fixings and scour onto your face. Ensure your face is sans cosmetics before you do this. At that point simply wash and tenderly pat dry. Your face will feel like an infant's base. Flax seed oil is likewise a great one to utilize. Liquor free aloe vera or even better straight from the plant enables your skin to retain the hydration from the oil better and secure it. Retinol is anther confront cream staple in my case of healthy skin apparatuses. Purchase an immaculate retinol cream and utilize it in blend with alternate tips. Your skin will full up and feel so hydrated. You can likewise utilize the retinol cream for your bum as it is awesome for cellulite too, yet we will dive more into that subject some other time.

Advantages of Aloe Vera:

It contains cancer prevention agent vitamins A, C and E — in addition to vitamin B12, folic corrosive and choline.

Which helps battle maturing

Mitigates Rashes and Skin Irritations

Lessen Acne and Infection

It can Lighten Blemishes

You can likewise utilize it on your hair and scalp to help hair development and dandruff

Coconut Oil Facts

It has antimicrobial properties and saturating abilities,which makes it incredible for cleaning your face and skin.

Coconut oil offers insurance from sunburn

It forestalls untimely maturing

It's hypoallergenic

You can get it at the market!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Indie Mag



The Indie Mag is a non-profit magazine dedicated to all things independently done and made. We have launched our second issue featuring Nikki Misery of  New Years Day.
Mr. Misery went into the world renowned Musicians Institute graduating fully with a degree. Years of working his butt off and working the entire time, paying rent in Hollywood, wish was no simple task. All the while still having time for all of the people around him that were important.  He was just finishing up his schooling at The Musicians Instsitute and his playing was just in another league. More exciting was a new interest in his music world by the name of Ashley Costello, whom he just met at a local goth club and ended up trying out for this band called New Years Day.



 Our artist feature was Darcee Lynn a female artist from Las Vegas, NV. Having served time in the Navy as the ships Culinary Specialist, this sultry and sweet gal had a pretty amazing story to tell. The love afar with a passion for food and art crosses paths in a wonderful way in her art. The sensual play of food and body parts comes together in a retro-modern twist that just blows you away. The use of a 1950's color palate mixed with modern content creates some fantastic art that will take this gal to the top.

The next feature we had for February was the photographer Leslie Tucker. When we asked Nikki Misery about doing an article on him, he sent us some photos to use as well. We fell in love with the one that is now our cover picture, which was taken by Mrs. Tucker. I reached out to her to get her permission to use the photo. As I was trolling through her social media, photo after photo was blowing my mind. It was love at first picture. this gal had major talent and I wanted to feature her not just the one photo she took.
        Last but not least, Jackie Michel a Las Vegas female skater. An interesting story of how we happened upon this rock star of four wheels. My partner who works late nights, would frequent the grocery store after his shifts and became friends with the graveyard workers of the store. One happened to be Jackie Michels mother. This woman, Lorie, was nothing shy of mother of the decade. She battled cancer, worked nights to support her kids dreams and was an amazing soul and person all around. Always talking of how wonderful her child are and what they did, it was only suiting we do a write up on Jackie's major talents and skills.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Rock and Roll Fashion Fusion: The Purple Hair Don't Care. Since I have an aversi...

Rock and Roll Fashion Fusion: The Purple Hair Don't Care. Since I have an aversi...: The Purple Hair Don't Care. Since I have an aversion to sitting still, salon chairs are like my kryptonite. I am a mom, business owner...
The Purple Hair Don't Care. Since I have an aversion to sitting still, salon chairs are like my kryptonite. I am a mom, business owner and a creative energizer bunny that just can not stop. So how does one with my schedule get the purple hair dream? Well, it took 3 days of staying indoors and a whole lot of bleach as well as some great gals from sally beauty to help. The first step was to off course bleach the dark brown box hair dye from my hair. Which was no small task to say the least. Brassy hair is hard to pull off, and let/s just say it was not doing me any favors. This process involved a lot of trips to Sally's and a lot of beanies to hide my hair.
First: tip buy a lot of bleach all at once and a lot of argon conditioner, it saves the humiliating trips to the store while undergoing the process.
Things you need:

1. Hair dye tint brush

2. Hair dye bowl

3. Gloves

4. Patience 

5. Argon deep conditioner 

6. Absolute Perfect Booster by Ion it is like Omniplex, but way cheaper and accessible, it saves her hair from bleach damage.  Add to your lighter or hair color.

7. Hair Dye I used Argon. I mixed two colors the pale lilac and the purple. I did not want to bleach my hair to much and risk damage so I added the darker purple so my hair would take. 




8. Bleach powder 

9. 40 Developer and a 30 or 20 on hand as well 


 After each bleaching process, which was mixing the bleach powder packet to the 40 developer and waiting around 40 minutes, rinse wash and add your deep conditioner a lot and leave it in for as long as possible. Around 30-40 minutes or longer. Then rinse and air dry your hair add a tiny amount of coconut oil. I did this 4 times. Do not blow dry or use any heat on your hair. Once you have reached as close as you dare to platinum blonde then you can use the dye. The argon oil hair dye does not require any developer. 
I mixed one whole tub of the pale lavender and half of the dark purple which now knowing all that I know I would have used less of the darker purple. For the next couple of weeks try not to use any heat on your hair and do a pot of deep conditioning treatments as well as leaving some coconut oil in your hair before washing. Every time you bath you will leave purple water behind. I still have purple coming out every time I wash my hair. Just so you know. For your root outgrowth in between your next bleaching because yes you have to bleach your roots unless you are natural platinum blonde before you dye it again or it will not take, glitter it up have fun you do after all have purple hair and don't care.      


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Leather Bow Ties

The bow tie a fashion staple and many times in the past perceived as an intellectual man's choice of wears, whether true or not that was how this fashion staple came across. The main type of wears of the bow tie were typical professors, doctors, finance men and so on. Some speculate it may have been due to the complicated nature and skill it took to successfully tie a respectable bow tie. Although they do come in three standard types a clip on, pre-tied, and self-tied.

Fast forward to current day and current standers, this accessory has had an uprising in some untraditional ways from wood to leather and a ton other that I am probably not currently aware of at this point. We see them more and more at cocktail parties, nights out on the town and so on. From male to female it has become a go to and a very sexy one at that. I must admit in my younger days I thought it quit nerdy on guys, but then becoming a rather large nerd myself my perception of the afore-mentioned took a 360 turn. Now a huge lover and actual wearer of the Leather Bow Tie I have eaten a ton of crow.
  Now being of what some may possible call alternative style, the adornment of spikes and skulls on the bow tie are a must and want. It may be because of all the punk rock music, 90s movies and a great need for faux leather anything in my wardrobe one may never know.
Whether you choose a leather bow tie or wooden one you are sure to look awesome. It is very simple to make yourself as well check out this video on how to make a leather bow tie.
We hope to see you in one and will buy you a nice beer or cocktail whatever your choice of poison is. Cheers fellow bow tie wearers.
Love The Odd Portrait   
   

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Black Friday Weekend Update

Greetings again, been awhile, so how was your Black Friday Weekend madness? A lot happened here in Las Vegas, aside from the crazy lines, which form up earlier and earlier each and every year, we had an actual murder in our sister city Reno. Too bad to hear about all the chaos which is why I did online only this year, and was very happy with the results.

We did a 20% off store-wide sale on our site over at The Odd Portrait including such little gems as these Mermaid Skeleton Earrings and more. But it is not easy running a business this time of year, and let me share with you a little bit about what it takes to make all of this happen.

What I did learn from last year is to start earlier with the promotions and design. Not only do you have to get your web store setup to handle a discount and the traffic, but accompanying graphics and logos have to be made as well. Load up Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and a few others and either have at it or outsource your idea's depending on the time you have. You can not just use last years , and if you are not comfortable designing your own, it can take tons of time and hours of YouTube videos to learn how to get it just right.

The toughest aspect of it all is getting that message out there to as many people as possible. You can not just throw up a sale and expect everyone on the internet to know about it, so you have to go out and promote it. Much like passing out flyers in the good old days, you have to lay out the groundwork and hit the ground running. Hitting up every social media platform is only the beginning, and an entire day can go by before you realize only a handful of people might actually be seeing your post before it is lost in a sea of kittens, meme's, and political incorrectness.

It is very difficult to pay for ad's that you are not sure of if they work. It makes sense to spend $100 on marketing and ad's if that returns you a profit, but you have to target so many demographics, and keywords, that unless you have data built up over time, it does get discouraging if that money does not convert into sales.

Is my website slow? Are my products easy to order? Do customers even like this stuff? So many doubts can arise, and lead you astray in your mission, but as a business owner I can assure you this, stick to your vision and dream, and just keep improving upon it. Just because something does not work it does not mean to do a 180 and change your plan completely. This just leads to more failures, as it is in all of the little adjustments which make the change. Go with what you believe in and tweak it slightly until you get it right. And keep building up those followers and be loyal to your fan base.

Good luck and enjoy your holiday shopping

Love,
The Odd Portrait