Archive for the ‘success’ Category

Here’s a little trick I discovered recently that has made a big difference in my work: Photograph your project at various stages to get an “objective” point of view. That’s not very clear, so let me explain a bit. One day I was embellishing a camisole, decided it was done, and took some shots so I could put it online. When I looked at the images, I realized that it seemed incomplete, so I added a few things, reshot it, and decided it was really finished this time. And it worked! The cami sold and now I photograph quite a few pieces as they’re being put together.

Here’s another example — this sweet little camisole needed some help, so I added pale green lace and some pretty yarn around the neckline. Cute! Then I photographed it:

cami before

cami before

In real life, it looked quite nice, but in the photograph, it just sort of sits there. I realized that since visitors can’t see the real thing (duh!), all they have is the image to go by. And so far, this camisole doesn’t have enough going for it to get anyone to hit the “Buy” button.

After dithering over what to do next, I decided to get rid of the attached ties (you can barely see them hanging on either side) and add a pretty ribbon instead. Here’s how it looks now:

cami afterBig difference, yes? I plan on getting rid of the bow in front and using a fabric flower instead. Then it will be really and truly done. And I’m photographing everything as I work on it, to get a better idea of how pieces look to visitors.

Weight Loss 101

Posted: March 4, 2009 in calories, diet, success, weight loss

Back to basics — that’s the message from the latest study on weight loss and it’s creating a buzz among health experts. Why? The research, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, is truly impressive, consisting of “the longest, largest and most rigorous test of several popular diet strategies.”

The bottom line: after years of fad diets, new research shows that successful dieters are the ones who simply go back to the old notion of cutting calories.

The best summary I’ve read so far is this one in the Irish Times. Here’s a small sample:

“There isn’t any one way. That is the nice thing about none of these diets in particular winning,” says Christopher Gardner, a nutrition researcher at Stanford University’s Prevention Research Center. “We don’t have any right to push low fat or low carb or high protein. If one of these approaches is more satiating, where you will not be hungry and have cravings, that is the one that will work for you.”

As you might imagine, I’ll have a lot more to say about calorie cutting in the very near future. In the meantime, the photo above is worth at least 1,000 words — and if it keeps you away from fast food, it just might save you 4,000 calories!