Erica Swallow
There aren’t many objects that hold meaning in my life, but this ring is one of them. After a hard breakup nearly two years ago, I found myself in Palo Alto visiting one of my dream schools. I had decided to pursue an MBA, and the trip was one of the first times I had traveled alone in a while. Each day that passed, I was quite aware of my loneliness, so much so that I could barely stand to be by myself. One typically lonely day, though, I wandered into an antique store and found this ring. It sparkled and stood out among the oddities, somehow sparking in me a hope for the future. I’ve worn it ever since to remind myself that I am a strong woman who can get through anything. Wearing it reminds me of that moment in Palo Alto when I knew anything and everything is possible.

There aren’t many objects that hold meaning in my life, but this ring is one of them. After a hard breakup nearly two years ago, I found myself in Palo Alto visiting one of my dream schools. I had decided to pursue an MBA, and the trip was one of the first times I had traveled alone in a while. Each day that passed, I was quite aware of my loneliness, so much so that I could barely stand to be by myself. One typically lonely day, though, I wandered into an antique store and found this ring. It sparkled and stood out among the oddities, somehow sparking in me a hope for the future. I’ve worn it ever since to remind myself that I am a strong woman who can get through anything. Wearing it reminds me of that moment in Palo Alto when I knew anything and everything is possible.

A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point. That’s basic spelling that every woman ought to know.
Mistinguett, once the highest paid female entertainer in the world, was a French singer and actress (1875-1956).

I seem to go through annual cycles of Internet obsessions.

In 2008, it was social communication platforms, like Twitter. In 2009, it was services that make microblogging easier, like…

I wrote an article about smartphone addiction last month, covering research released by UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom.

The folks over at e2save were inspired to create an infographic…

Thursday, September 8 marked the third annual Fashion’s Night Out. The brain child of U.S. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Fashion’s…

I’ve written a few times about infographic resumes on Mashable, and each time, I feel like a hypocrite, because I don’t have an infographic resume. Well, folks, not anymore!

Freelance designer Snow White Powers helped me design my new infographic resume. Check it out!

Mashable war room at #MashCon with @adamo at the head of the uber table. cc @mashableHQ

Mashable war room at #MashCon with @adamo at the head of the uber table. cc @mashableHQ

Good morning, sunshine! The view from my & @laureni’s room at #mashcon at the Disney Contemporary in Orlando.

Good morning, sunshine! The view from my & @laureni’s room at #mashcon at the Disney Contemporary in Orlando.

Can’t go wrong with a jumping photo.
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Associate editors Lauren Indvik and Erica Swallow returned from an impromptu trip to Moscow, Russia on Tuesday. After finding a $400 round trip deal on Travelzoo, they recruited Rowan Wernham, founder of mobile photosharing service Snapr, to be their travel mate. The trio planned and documented the trip on the fly using a mix of paper guides, a shoddy Lonely Planet iPhone app, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, Snapr, Tumblr and Facebook, among other social tools.
If you weren’t already jealous enough, you can see more photos from their journey on Erica’s Flickr page. Thanks to Rowan for the photo above, taken with CrossProcess.
What’s the best travel deal you’ve found online?

Can’t go wrong with a jumping photo.

mashable:

Associate editors Lauren Indvik and Erica Swallow returned from an impromptu trip to Moscow, Russia on Tuesday. After finding a $400 round trip deal on Travelzoo, they recruited Rowan Wernham, founder of mobile photosharing service Snapr, to be their travel mate. The trio planned and documented the trip on the fly using a mix of paper guides, a shoddy Lonely Planet iPhone app, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, Snapr, Tumblr and Facebook, among other social tools.

If you weren’t already jealous enough, you can see more photos from their journey on Erica’s Flickr page. Thanks to Rowan for the photo above, taken with CrossProcess.

What’s the best travel deal you’ve found online?

The most fashionable hat I’ve ever worn.
laureni:

Erica (Taken with Instagram at Moscow)

The most fashionable hat I’ve ever worn.

laureni:

Erica (Taken with Instagram at Moscow)