Archive for March, 2009

ilikeucoz takes it to the streets…

March 19, 2009

Yesterday a bunch of scary people were spotted around Covent Garden all geared up and ready to shoot.

Surprisingly the reaction of the crowd was only partially fear or fright, in fact most of them were smiling and laughing while being shot.

Let us show you the faces of these daring people… as Diane and I asked them: “why do you like the person you are with?”

Courtesy of tikichris

ilikeucoz vox pop: smiling people - Courtesy of tikichris

After a few initial hiccups the ilikeucoz crew got into the game and shot as many people as possible while having lots of fun. Apparently the victims felt the same way and thanks to the fantastic weather (this is not a joke!) the whole shooting/vox pop experience has been a blast.

Click here to view the full slideshow. Or take a sneak peak down here…

Courtesy of tikichris

ilikeucoz vox pop: enamoured couple - Courtesy of tikichris

Courtesy of tikichris

ilikeucoz vox pop: girl friends - Courtesy of tikichris

Courtesy of tikichris

ilikeucoz vox pop: Laurel the "shooter" - Courtesy of tikichris

Courtesy of tikichris

ilikeucoz vox pop: sweet Spanish mom and son - Courtesy of tikichris

Courtesy of tikichris

ilikeucoz vox pop: shameless promotion 🙂 - Courtesy of tikichris

A very special thank you goes to Laurel Parker ( for shooting our video and to Chris Osburn (tikichris) for our great still photography. A massive thanks also goes to Tobias Tobbel of Anthillmedia who kindly edited the video (stay tuned to watch it…). These amazing guys helped us because they like our idea and wanted to help us spreading the love. Guess what, we like them coz they did it! 🙂


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Can you take a compliment?

March 16, 2009

I’ve been reading up on giving and receiving compliments and have been learning some interesting things. Ok – so it’s understandable that giving AND receiving compliments are both closely connected with one’s self esteem.  I get that.  But what I didn’t realise is that for many people, especially women, accepting compliments is very difficult. One article in which garnered 80 comments from women who all said they had trouble accepting compliments, suggested that people don’t like getting compliments because of two reasons: insecurity (they don’t believe it’s true) and insincerity (they don’t believe the compliment is genuine).

Clearly compliments – giving and receiving them – is totally intertwined with how we view ourselves. According to an article in, how we receive a compliment can tell us a lot about our self worth.  In fact we actually gain more benefits by graciously receiving a compliment rather than rejecting or refusing it. Apparently the most successful people receive compliments more gracefully than others, which stands to reason – if your successful, you know you must be good at what you do.

Experts advise that when you receive a compliment, the best response is ‘Thank you’, rather than rejecting a compliment or questioning it.  For some people it takes years to be able to say these two simple words, because of self doubt and disbelief. But there’s no getting around it, when we receive a compliment it feels good. And feeling good promotes good health and strengthens self esteem. What could be better? It seem so simple really.

So the next time you get a compliment – in person or via, take note of how it feels. And just say  ‘thank you’.  If you like it, why not return the favour and make someone else’s day?

Author:  Diane Perlman (twitter | ilikeucoz)

Our compliments to… compliments!

March 6, 2009

We knew we were onto something interesting here at illikeucoz – the importance of compliments (especially for women) was in fact recently highlighted by The Sun in an article about a study released by Dove UK in early February ’09, just about the time that ilikeucoz launched.

Dove says that some 15% of women NEVER receive a compliment and a further 19% rarely ever do – from friends, family, strangers… or even their partners. A bit shocking really!

Dove’s study goes on to say that while most of the few comments women DO receive are positive and complimentary, there is a darker side to the story, related to passing judgement on women’s appearance. In fact 6% of women only hear negative comments rather than positive ones from their mums (oh dear…). And since 92% of women admit they take comments they receive to heart, the impact such negative comments can have on women’s self-esteem is significant. Apparently, women have a deep seated need for affirmation, and the things that other people say has a huge impact on how women think and feel about themselves.

The Sun article goes on to quote a confidence coach – Dawn Breslin, who says, “Compliments are little gift packages of love and appreciation that help us build our self esteem and self confidence.”

What do you think girls… is this all true? If so – what is everyone waiting for? Get complimenting on… and in general! And with mum’s day coming up later this month in the UK… why not show our mum’s how it’s done?

To read the full article on Dove’s findings, click here.


Author: Diane Perlman (twitter | ilikeucoz)