Friday, November 30, 2012

Check out my Holiday Buying Guide #Video #VLOG and interview with @RobertVerdi for my @ProcterGamble #PGHoliday Buying Guide!

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Founder and Butterfly-in-Chief of Ascending Butterfly Tracy Iglesias shoots holiday buying gift guide VLOG at Robert Verdi's Luxe Lab in New York City!

Within a few days of each other I spent a week shooting my first ever VLOGs for Ascending Butterfly. I'm much more comfortable sharing my world from behind my camera and from my computer then I am with being in front of the camera or on video, but when I was offered the opportunity to film a Video VLOG for P&G with Lifestyle Expert, Celebrity Stylist and Television Personality, Robert Verdi I jumped at the chance!

Despite four years of keeping myself relatively hidden I knew after the health scare I experienced last year and the horrible way I started 2012 that it was time for me to jump in front of the camera, take risks and really meet life head on! How can you inspire others to come outside their comfort zones and be a good life coach if you don't rise up to challenges that make you uncomfortable in your own life?

The first time I was ever on television I was 5 years old and had won a national competition and the grand prize was an appearance on the television show Romper Room. I hadn't been in front of a camera since. To say I was super nervous, is probably the under-statement of the century! (I think I was a lot more calm when I was five!)

All my nerves were immediately calmed upon entering Robert Verdi's Luxe Laboratory! I was met by the 'Glam Squad' which started with Nails, and I can tell you I gave the manicurist quite a job as my nails were in really sad shape! I picked out a perfect Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in (180 Lasting Love), which was a very close match my signature red lip that I custom blend. This high gloss nail polish does not require a top coat and lasted one week chip free on my nails. No easy feat, because I put my hands and nails through a lot of typing, being in water and I kept expecting that the tips of my nails would chip fast, and was super surprised that they didn't! I also loved that they dried super fast! Later on that same day I got my thumb caught in a zipper of my handbag and it did not smudge, chip, smear or budge, color me impressed!

Then it was on to makeup, I was super happy when the makeup artist chose not to change my lip color, she liked my custom red so much she left it alone! That's quite a compliment!

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Luxe lab stylist uses Aussie Hair Care Products to style Ascending Butterfly for Video Shoot!

From nails it was straight to hair where Aussie Hair Care products were used on my hair and my hair was expertly flat ironed to glossy fabulousness!

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Left: Ascending Butterfly Founder and Butterfly-in-Chief Tracy alongside Right: Robert Verdi - of course as soon as the flash went off I closed my eyes!

Then I got a chance to meet Robert Verdi and it was on to the first of two video shoots! I love that Robert is exactly the same way you see on Television, he is super warm, friendly and totally approachable. He instantly put me at ease!

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Ascending Butterfly and Robert Verdi all smiles during the P&G #PGHoliday Gift Buying Guide Video VLOG Shoot!

See, I really can keep my eyes open! In the first of the two videos shot, Robert interviews me and asks me about my tips for holiday shopping, here is the video:

Just in case it doesn't play nicely for you or you'd prefer to view it directly on YouTube you can just click HERE, but don't forget to come back and watch the second video!

Not bad considering I had literally run to the lab after covering an event with Jordin Sparks (if you missed our recap coverage of that event, press HERE).

After the Questions and Answers video with Robert, it was time for the main video, the Holiday Buying Guide VLOG! Here is the video:

The products I selected include:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  -  Lulu Lemon 'Daily Om Duffel' (perfect for gym, travel or daily commuters like me!)
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  -  Cambridge 'The Metallics' Satchel in Metallic Rose Gold (perfect for New Years Eve!)
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  -  Olay Pro X Advanced Cleansing Skincare System
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - P&G Little Luxuries Gift Set (available at your local drugstore, you know, like the one I am a blogger brand ambassador for maybe? :)
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - UGG Womens Great Jones Earmuff W/Speaker Technology (Perfect for those cold winters to keep jack frost from nipping at your ears while still listening to music on the go. This matches my new Jacket and Gloves!)
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - I also picked Diane Von Furstenberg Headphones in the 'Stone Leopard Red' Print, paired with gloves that allow for smartphone use and I love how cleverly the fingers of the gloves are stuffed with Covergirl Outlast Lipsticks in each finger, what teenage girl wouldn' t love that bundle?
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - I also loved the quirky yellow rubbery iPod Portable Speaker! (Needless to say that the #TwitterPartyDJ is always on the lookout for great music accessories!)
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - And don't forget your Tide to go Instant Stain Remover sticks, I have one in my handbag at all times and keep one in my desk at work and at home, they really do work! I've had all kinds of things spilled on me during events and these have kept favorite outfits from being ruined!

Get Social With it:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - Follow @ProcterGamble on Twitter and use the hashtag #PGHoliday
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - Follow @RobertVerdi on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - Like on P&G Beauty on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - Like Robert Verdi on Facebook

Here is the pro shot of myself and Robert Verdi after both videos were shot:

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That's A Wrap!
My Take:

I greatly enjoyed my day filming the #PGHoliday Gift Buying Guide, and I will never forget meeting Robert Verdi! Robert helped make my first time back on camera after so many years fun, Thank You Robert! Finding the right gift and staying within budget isn't always easy but with the P&G Little Luxuries Gift Sets you can knock out some of those 'hard to shop fors' with something that is thoughtful and within budget,  for Holidays 2012 P&G has got you covered!

Happy Holidays Butterflies!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post, no monetary compensation has been received for shooting this video VLOG. All opinions are 100% my own.


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    1. @shewentthere - Thank you! :)
      I couldn't have done it without Robert and the 'Glam Squad', they had it down to a science, it was professionally done and well edited! :)

      ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  2. Great blog! Dropping by from Katherine's Korner Thursday Favorite Things blog hop! Have a fantabulous day!

    1. @Prowess and Pearls - Thanks! I'm going to hop on over to your blog right now! :)

      ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  3. I tried following you through Google Friend Connect, but it won't let me. In the meantime, I'll follow via Twitter and Pinterset.

    1. @Prowess and Pearls - That's strange we've had a ton of new google sign ups coming in for the $100 Wilsons Leather Gift Card Giveaway, but thanks for the follow via Twitter and Pinterest! In fact you are going to be very happy you are already following on twitter, we have a twitter party coming soon!

      ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  4. Pity the ratings have been disabled on your videos; I would have given them two thumbs up! You're a natural- I subscribed.


    1. @Bohemian Babushka - I'm new to uploading on YouTube, sounds like I pressed something I shouldn't have, I'll definitely check on those settings. Thanks for subscribing!

      ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  5. You did a great job on the video,good tips for gifting ty. Nice to hear that robert verdi so nice in person.

    1. @Big Happy Buddha - Thank You! Robert is awesome! I am so glad that P&G shared their great holiday gift ideas with us!

      ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  6. wow, well done!!! Congrats on this wonderful achievement thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo P.S> I think Robert Verdi is terrific too

    1. @Katherines Corner - Thank You! I had a great time on the shoot and Robert was super awesome to work with! :)

      Thanks for the hop! :)

      ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  7. Wonderfully done, I think that my favorite out of the ideas was the tide stain remover in handbag! Cause frankly it's never occurred to me but I have definitely had stains happen while out in public! I think purchasing some and putting one in my purse is on my "to do" list now :o)

    1. @Samantha F. - I like using the Handbag as the gift packaging or instead of a stocking, and stuff little thoughtful things inside of it, like a Tide to Go, small tubes of lip gloss, pocketbook size tissues, a compact hand mirror and other fun things depending on who I'm giving it to!

      But yes, my tide stick is really always in my bag! When the tide reps were at blogger I had to run over to their booth and show them that I really do carry mine daily! They laughed so hard because they went to hand me one and I was so excited because the one I was carrying needed to be replaced! :)

      Happy Holidays!

      ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ