Monthly Archives: June 2013

Vlogging, What type of camera to use!

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What is a Vlog and what is a Vlogger Fair?

I was wondering the same thing a short time ago. To those of us of a more mature age who are just catching up to the trends, it is a video blog.

Who is vlogging you ask? Well, at this fair the popular personalities are under 40, single or families and they are a hit with the young female generation.

I was amazed and intrigued by the following of these You Tube successes. The majority of attendees at the vlogger fair, a two day event with vendors and you tube personalities, were  young, female and very familiar with all the names of the vloggers who were going to be speaking. Many of the You Tube people have vlogs about themselves and their families, kind of like a reality show but without all the drama. They talk about  family, their daily lives and  interesting things happening around them. Some vlogs have a theme, like make-up tutorials, fashion or crafting, but those types of video blogs were not represented at the fair.

I think the vlogs by Chris Pirillo, Shay Carl, Joey Graceffa, Its Judys life, and many others create a sense of community for many of their followers and invite people to be a part of their lives.  I felt they are a much better set of folks to follow than many of the movie, TV, and music celebrities many follow. It was a safe, fun, creative environment for young people to be attending.

If you like wine, listen in as I talk about my new favorite wine store with the biggest selection around.

Happy trails, Karen Rae

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friendsfavz at Vlogger Fair

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Vlogger Fair happening June 8-9 in Seattle Wa. If you have a video blog, want to learn or just meet some of the Vloggers from You Tube head on down to Vlogger fair today. Lots of vendors to help you get started. Here is a short snippet of Shay Carl and his interview at the vlogger fair.

New Thing Tuesday

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Lately, I, Karen, have become more spontaneous which is unusual for me. I am usually a planner and have a hard time doing things at the last moment. However, this week I texted my sister-in-laws at the last minute to join me at happy hour at a local winery. We ended up going to an outdoor winery, J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio, next door to the original winery we were planning on going to. The patio area had a nice feel to it and a circular fire pit with tables scattered about. We chose some comfy overstuffed chairs to sit in and sip our newly discovered wines.  I chose a Syrah, Cheryl a Pinot, and Stephanie a Cabernet. The waitress described my wine as a peppery taste but I did not notice that as in some Syrahs. This wine had a warm smooth feel. Slightly peppery but not too much. I thought it was lovely and enjoyed a second glass as much as the first. I believe this is the wine I was enjoying:

2011 Antagonist 100% Syrah

Luckily, the temperature warmed as we sat and chatted and we enjoyed a blue skyed evening in Woodinville, Wa. We were also able to order food from the kitchen of a neighboring winery, Alexandria Nicole. Cheryl and I shared a french dip piled high with roast beef and the best crispy shoesstring french fries ever.

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I am not sure if it because I am getting to a new phase in life but I do cherish the time with the people who are most important to me. My kids are at an age where I am not involved in their lives as much and all of a sudden I have a lot more free time. So, I am able to call people at the last minute now and get together. Is there someone you have not seen for awhile? Reach out and give them a call or text and see if they can go out for coffee or lunch. Even if they are not free they will feel great that you contacted them and made them feel special. If you are able to get together, check out a new spot and let us know the new place you went to and experienced. We are all looking for new place to venture to.

One of the things I enjoyed during my wine tasting was one of the gals that worked at the winery. She was so bubbly and would pop by and ask how we were liking our wine and chat a little. Stephanie complemented her on her very ornate gold necklace and she told us all about where she found it and how it was light weight and easy to wear. Then she said, you know we share all the fun about a purchase and where we got it because we want our friends to beautiful too.

We Share things with our friends because we want them to be beautiful too. 

That describes friendsfavz!

Come share with us so we can all be beautiful and enjoy the best that life has to offer!  -Karen Rae