Thursday, November 14, 2013

She Who Hustles


For awhile now I've had my eye on branching out into the styling side of things. I love makeup/beauty and all things stylish and nothing brings me greater joy than helping a woman to discover her inner bad ass / haute mama through fashion or makeup. But I was hesitant to pursue it because hey, what the hell do I know right? And then I realized, well, maybe I do know a little something. I mean, hello, I write this here blog, worked for one of the top e-commerce sites and I seem to do okay in the shopping department. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had stepped up my basics by adding a fabulous necklace and how one of my sartorial goals was to bring jewelry back into my wardrobe. I've realized that's sort of what I've been missing the last few years to really pull a look together. Sure I would tell myself that 'less is more' but in reality, when you're rocking a wife beater and cut-offs sometimes all you need is some dope jewels to go from raggedy to fly.  Enter Stella + Dot.





Somehow I got on their mailing list whilst pregnant and even received a whole start up booklet and information packet but as a new mom for the second time the last thing I was thinking about was starting a new business venture. And then this past spring an online blogging buddy brought it back to my attention but I was still skeptical as was the hubs. The initial investment seemed like a lot (not really) as I was just getting ready to be officially unemployed and we were kind of afraid of how all that would work. Combined with a nursing baby and a few other extenuating circumstances things just weren't "right".
Then, still yet another blogging bud mentioned she was a stylist and I asked her a few questions and was still unsure. I just didn't know if I could do it although it did seem right up my alley. I kept telling myself 'I have too much on my plate right now' , How will that work with the baby? and a million other excuses to keep from trying something new.  And then there was past experience. See in another lifetime I was a PartyLite Candle chick. I loved the candles and tried being a rep and failed miserably.
Mainly because it was expensive to start ( I basically started out in the red) and I was unsure of myself and the products. Who was I to try and sway someone to buy a $30 candle? Marketing myself was very hard for me at that point in my life as I was still learning who I was. I thought it would be a great gig to make extra money super fast and easy. But the timing was off and I was no where near as successful as I thought I would be.
Life lesson learned.




Flash forward to a few months ago and my discovery of Melinda on Insta. Here was a woman who represented everything I thought. She got it. She's a mommy and a creative soul with wicked style. And I dug that. I would always comment on her jewels and she always said the same thing " Stella & Dot. Get into it" but again, I was letting my fear of failure take hold so I would just brush it off. 
I knew I needed to bring I some extra money, the weddings have been fewer and we have things we'd like to do for our family that require cash flow and I knew I couldn't go back to a 9-5. I had completed eclipsed that notion but I didn't know what to do. I was kind of stuck. Or so it seemed.
Then something happened, I can't quite pinpoint what it was but there was a change in the air and the voice inside stopped asking why and began to ask "why not?" 
So I invited Melinda to come do a party at my home for breast cancer awareness in honor of my mother and saw how easy it really was.
The jewelry is AWESOMENESS and all kinds of legit. I literally loved everything I tried on and was trying to convince Melinda to leave some of the pieces behind. 
I'm tired of spending money on cheap jewels that don't last. Particularly when I have a child who has a penchant for shiny things. The same way I want to invest in my clothes I have to invest in my accessories. Quality over quantity and all that. So I took a leap of faith and signed up. As soon as I did I could hear the negative self talk begin but I prayed on it and talked to my advice counsel and suddenly the voices inside became quiet. I could do this. 
For real. I began to see how I could style each piece in my own unique way and in ways that made sense to other women like me. 
Of course when I meantime it to a few friends I'm sure there were re some eye rolls and a few " people are broke. They want things they need and not stuff they want" type of comments. And I can understand, but I was determined to give it a go. What's the worst that can happen? I end up with some great jewelry? Not a total loss. 
I received my samples last week and it was like Christmas. Between Sweet Pea and I , I don't know who was more excited about the packaging! Right away I posted to Insta and got a booking! I literally jumped up and down in my kitchen and then two more bookings immediately followed and I knew that I was on the right track.



Phoenix necklace, Renegade cluster bracelet + Gilded Arrow bracelet
On The Mark - arrow necklace
This falls right in line with my vision for my future and for the Carpools To Cocktails brand. My whole mission is to inspire other women to try new things, get out of their personal style ruts and show how easy it is to go from Carpool to Cocktails with a few simple updates. It's like this was meant to happen and that Melinda happened to be some kind of catalyst was just serendipitous. She is a kindred for real and we don't have to become BFFs or talk everday, knowing that she supports me and understands my hustle and struggle makes me feel good. She is beyond legit and exactly what and who I needed in my life right now.








So head on over and check out my site. Feel free to poke around and place an order if you'd like. Need suggestions for styling or just gift ideas. I'm your girl.
If you want to host a Trunk Show either at your home or online I can make that happen.  Or if you want to know more about the opportunity to become a stylist I can help with that too. 
I'm all about empowering women on all levels and being a Stella & Dot stylist makes me ever so happy. 
And who doesn't like getting packages in the mail?


all my goodies! go here for product details

So GO! Check it out and let me know what you think!
http://www.stelladot.com/sites/amberdorsey




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