Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Stella & Dot Review and Giveaway!!

Check out Petite Little Girl today to read Sydney's review of the Charlotte Charm Necklace and for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to my e-boutique!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Press Loves Stella & Dot!

The Sunset Bangle featured in August 2011 issue of Ladies Home Journal, in their Rock Star article and The Leona Pendant Necklace, Amelia Drop Earrings, Serpent Bangle, and Pyramid Stud Double Wrap featured in their "Now & Later" article.

The Leona Pendant Necklace, Pegasus Necklace and The Graceful Nomad Necklace featured in August 2011 issue of Lucky Magazine.

The Fringe Hoop Earrings featured in August 2011 issue of People Style Watch in their Top 10 Best Hoop Earrings article.

Stella & Dot featured in July 15, 2011 issue of WWD.

Friday, July 22, 2011

How Did I Get "Stella on the Brain"?

If you knew me before I signed up as a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, you would have noticed (maybe) that I never really wore jewelry.  I always wore my wedding and engagement rings, my watch, usually diamond studs or some other kind of stud earring, and this great necklace that my mom and dad got me for my 25th birthday.  As long as it could be worn while I was sleeping, showering, running, etc., it was good to go. 

I've always loved accessories - handbags, shoes, at one time - socks.  I love, love, love clothing - jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, cute dresses.  I also love fashion magazines.  (Here is where Stella & Dot comes in, sorry if it has been dragging a bit LOL.) night I am reading a magazine and I see this super cool bracelet - the Petra, and as I always do when I find something interesting in a magazine, I rip the page out and finish reading.  The page with the Petra had a website, so I jumped on my computer and there I was at the Stella & Dot site.  Approximately 45 minutes later, after going through all of the jewelry, reading about the company itself, and the opportunity it offered, I proudly told my husband, "Babe, I am now a Stella & Dot stylist!"  Mind you, it is about 10:00 pm, we are laying in bed and he's watching golf. 

I had been to in-home parties before, even had some at my house in the past.  The last one was this horrendous "toy" party and I vowed not to do one of those wasn't the product that was horrendous, but the person that came over was so unprepared, didn't know her product, and was rude.  (Perfect way to know how not to do an in-home party.)  

OK, so at this point I am a stylist.  I am waiting for my Starter Kit and my sample jewelry to arrive.  I have NO idea what I am doing, but thankfully S&D offers a "university" filled with training videos (cool ones though...not cheesy...motivating, not cheerleader-y).  I started watching the 3 - 5 minute videos and was loving what I was seeing.  I started to truly believe at this point that this was something I can easily do. 

The starter kit comes.  The samples I chose arrive as well.  I am sitting at my breakfast room table and in awe. 

I booked my first show - this would be my "launch" party.  I signed up for their boot camp training (hoping it wasn't going to be a rah-rah session). The boot camp was FABULOUS.  It was so informative, REAL, and priceless.  I was able to meet other ladies on my team, ask questions about the company, the product line, anything.  The ladies around were genuinely NICE. They were from all different backgrounds and locations throughout Florida.  I began to realize that some of them were just like me - married, kids, working full time, and now a stylist.  I learned how they managed their time, how to handle objections, how to be true to my guests and just tell them from the heart why I chose to do this.  I learned more and more about the new trends in fashion and how each collection of jewelry was created and where the inspiration for it came from. 

Fast forward 5 months to the present - I love what I do.  I know it isn't for everyone.  I know not everyone loves and wears jewelry (I was one of those people, remember?).  I know not everyone wants to have a party and invite people over for their own chosen reasons.  I try to show them the fun of it, the non-pressured excitement, the "excuse" to get together with great friends, drink some wine, have some snacks, catch up on what's going on it everyones' lives, and try on some seriously cool jewelry.  I greet everyone that comes to the party...I genuinely want to know about them - I love people, I love talking (ask my husband - he can totally vouch for that!!), I love networking in general.  I give my "group hello" or as I like to call it my "schpeal" about Stella & Dot and why I am standing in front of them.  I then try to style them...honestly telling them what I feel looks great, would be a great addition to their jewelry wardrobe, what might not work...everything. 

I work full time in what I like to call my version of "corporate America".  I come home and have a blast with my husband and kids.  I now have a wardrobe that is based on the jewelry...I pick out my outfit based on what bracelet or necklace I feel like wearing that day.  I love it!  I work on my Facebook fan page when I can, I update this blog, and I look for innovative ways to spread the word about my new business.  I am still working a bit on the time management'll take time, but I see everything falling into place and I couldn't be happier!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stella & Dot's Fall 2011 Collection

The Fall 2011 Collection has arrived and it is AWESOME  Check out the video below...

Stella & Dot is Now in the UK!

Know anyone in the UK?  Stella & Dot has ventured over the pond and is looking for some super stylish women ready to rock the UK with Stella & Dot!  Comment below if you know of anyone you think would fit the bill!! Thanks :)

Stella & Dot Opportunity Event!!!

I'd love for you to be my guest at the next Opportunity Event on August 1st! 

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Myth of Balance

Below is a great article that I recommend reading...what do you think?

The Myth of Balance

WWD Loves Stella & Dot too!

Check out the WWD article on Stella & Dot's new clutch line as well as our expansion into the UK and Germany!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

August 2011 People Style Watch Loves Stella & Dot too!!

The August issue of Ladies' Home Journal is filled with Stella & Dot style! The editors featured 5 different pieces in this month’s issue: Leona Pendant Necklace, Amelia Drop Earrings, Serpent Bangle, Pyramid Stud Double Wrap and Sunset Bangle. Thank you LHJ!  Check out these FAB pieces at