Christian Ross

Gift Giving Made Easy – Black is the new Black

Men, we should dress like men. Here’s a little guide to looking your best in gray/black and making your significant others’ knees buckle in the process. Feel free to show up your boss and/or wear it out for a nice evening. Also, some of these are completely out of everyone’s price range, I realize that. Use it as a guide.

2010 Men’s Style Guide

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2010 Men's Style Guide in Black

1. Nigel Cabourn Naval Duffel Coat: $1150
2. Brooklyn Tailors White Formal Shirt: $138
3. Brooklyn Tailors No. BKT50 in Mid Grey: $695
4. Ben Sherman High-shine Lace-up Pointed Brogue: $110
5. Ralph Lauren Black Label Narrow Jacquard Squares Tie: $75
6. J. Crew Drakes London® Cashmere Scarf: $$425
7. Ben Sherman Boxed Leather Cut-to-Fit Belt: $32

Gift-giving Made Easy 2010

Hopefully I can pencil in enough hours to knock out a few of my own gift ideas before the month ends. I’ve even enlisted a bit of help as well for a post or two so we’ll see how that turns out. I had a good time coordinating gifts by color and designing matching posts last year, but this year simple lists/montages will probably have to suffice due to time constraints.

I couldn’t come up with a decent title for this one but it falls somewhere along the lines of:

Home griller / Bobby Flay wannabe

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Wannabe Home Foodie

1. Salt Plate: $40
2. One Line Spice Rack: $190
3. Two Dudes, One Pan: Maximum Flavor from a Minimalist Kitchen: $25
4. OXO Grilling Tools: $50
5. Handcrafted Terra Cotta Pizza Oven: $1900
6. Apron Cooking Guide: $20
7. Char-Broil Oil Less Turkey Fryer: $99
8. The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual: $25

Christmas Music – Day 3

Looking for those special tracks to spend a nice evening with your significant other in front of the tree? Welcome to the Jazz/classic portion of our album; including one of my most all-time favorite Christmas tracks by trumpet player Troy Andrews. All instrumental and probably best played last in the evening if you know what’s good for you.

1. Troy Andrews – O Holy Night


2. Ella Fitzgerald – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


3.The Drifters – White Christmas


4. Frank Sinatra – The Christmas Song


5. Michael Buble – I’ll Be Home For Christmas


6. Ray Charles – Santa Claus is Coming To Town



Download individual tracks above or get all 6 at once here: CreepySanta2010 Jazz

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2010 Christmas Giveaway

The short: I’m running 3 Giveaways for the next two weeks. One for clients, one for everyone and one for you to give something away as well. Here’s the official announcement.

The long: I’ve detailed it all a bit more below. If you’re not a client, here’s where you can get the details on how to participate:

Giveaway #1 – Open To Clients (Amazon Kindle)

This year I wanted to do something extra than just the typical thank you email/cards for my clients. I decided to go the route of a little giveaway that would automatically include all of my clients over the last five years of doing business. It’s a bummer that I’m not in a position yet to give all of my clients a shiny new toy at the end of the year but I hope the gesture is well-received and that it plays a small part in a renewed desire to continue this working relationship in 2011.

Giveaway #2 – Open To All (Apple TV)

But I decided that I didn’t want to stop there. I wanted a second opportunity for those who I haven’t partnered with yet to think about the possibility in the near future. Or at least give them enough ammo and desire to spread the word about what I do.

My second giveaway is familiar in the sense that’s it has been done before many times in the form of “retweet this to win.” But while I do want you tweeting about me and my services to win, I would much rather have it be in your own words rather than just a simple RT.

My intentions are transparent, I hope to gain exposure for what I do with the goal of increasing my visibility/hire-ability for 2011.

  • If you don’t know me, you’re welcome to participate. If you’re on Twitter, follow me and spread the news about the giveaway. You really have no idea about my work or what I do but as you follow along down the road I would hope that it becomes clear and my skills are useful to you or someone you know.
  • If you do know me and a little about what I do, tell your friends. Twitter, Facebook, your blog, email, telephone, I’m good with any of it.
  • If you need a little reminder, here’s some of my specialties: web design/development, content writing & strategy, marketing for small businesses and I’ll even dabble in a little social media and SEO if needed.

To enter, spread the word and get in touch with me here or on Twitter to let me know that you participated. I’ll take your word for it.

Giveaway #3 – Giving It Away

Finally, I didn’t want this entire thing to be only about a contest for shiny new presents and a boosting of my ego. There are many options and ways to give back to those in need; one that makes is amazingly simple and is a cause that has really grabbed me this year is charity:water. While their concept isn’t new, this was the easiest route I could find to create a joint venture between you and I.

If you’re reading this, you’re more than likely a truly blessed person. I hope that you can see the importance of being a blessing to others.

I’ve created a small campaign with charity:water and I’d love if you decided to help out. Donating doesn’t up your chances in either of the categories above but I guarantee it will warm your heart for much longer than a new toy will.

2010 eight90 Charity Water Campaign

If you’ve made it this far, Merry Christmas and thanks for playing.

Christmas Music – Day 2

Let’s build out our CreepySanta2010 album a little further, today’s tracks come courtesy of my foot as it taps. Let loose and dance a little. Or crank it up and watch your little ones do a little jig of their own.

Note: There’s a high possibility that I drop a 5th track through the Twitter today. You should follow along or at least swing by to pick it up. Also, don’t forget Day 1.

1. Brighten (ft. The Maine) – Merry Christmas Baby


2. Sufjan Stevens – Put the Lights on the Tree


3. Bing Crosby (Beef Wellington remix) – Happy Holidays


4. Gatsby’s American Dream – Christmas Time is Here



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