Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Style Society, Limited Edition Pieces & Holiday Collection!

Isn't it great to have something that almost no one else has? Like your house, your spouse, your rare, pure-bred dog, a piece of history or a family heirloom? On my cousin's recent visit to the Bay Area from Hawaii with her husband and 2-month-old son, Sol, she, my sister, my cousin, Mike, and I received pieces of jewelry from our grandparents. Along with them, our grandmother told us when she received them. They were either given to her from our fathers, her sons, as gifts or from my grandfather on his trips when he was in the military.

I received a gold bracelet from Laos and a matching ring that is missing a ruby-like stone. No problem, I'll get the stone replaced. But how cool it is to have a piece of something that my grandmother has kept for decades? I hope to pass it down to my children someday. Whether it was purchased out of a vending machine or a street vendor, it will increase in value over the years.

Coming October 1st, Stella & Dot will be kicking off so many great things! If I thought September was great, October is going to freakishly amazing.

DESIGN STUDIO
Blythe Harris and the design team will be bringing us Limited Edition pieces on a monthly basis for you and I to purchase. Remember that rare collector's item I was talking about? Now there are more chances to get one of your very own Stella & Dot Limited Edition pieces like these:


Yes, that's vintage CoCo Chanel.



This is the French Deco. There are only 200 of these necklaces! Your box will receive a numbered certificate if you are lucky enough to have one of these!



Also comes in a sapphire-like blue.


Also not pictured here is a Black La Coco Clutch and a Snakeskin Lafayette!

STYLE SOCIETY
This is our loyalty program. By being part of the Style Society, you have access to purchase items from the Design Studio. Also, you can be entered into exclusive monthly giveaways. There are four easy ways to be a part of this Style Society:
1) Host a trunk show with sales of at least $500 within the last 6 months.
2) Be a Top Shopper and spend $300 with Stella & Dot within the last 6 months.
3) Be a Popular Guest and make a purchase at 2 different trunk shows, in person or online, within the last 6 months.
4) Be a Stylist! - I am! Are you? Join my team!

HOLIDAY COLLECTION
More new pieces!!! Be sure to check my site at www.stelladot.com/Bernadette on October 1st.

TRUNK SHOW TREASURE
September's Trunk Show Treasure was a the Double Wrap Pyramid Bracelet at $20 off when you spend $50 or more. Now, when you spend $50 or more at a Trunk Show, online or in person, you can get the Renegade Layering Necklace, Renegade Cluster Ring or Renegade Hoop Earrings at 25% OFF! Discount will be taken off automatically.


BE A STYLIST!
I would love for you to join my team as a Stylist. Stella & Dot is extending the September offers to October. That means:
- For $199, get $450 in free jewelry! (Regularly $350)
- Plus a Black Leather Wristlet! ($74)
Have a Launch Party Trunk Show in October and get all the above, PLUS:
- The jewelry rewards
- 25% commission on its sales
- A free signature leather pouch that you cannot buy as a customer or as a Stylist!
- Earn possibly additional $500-$3000 in free jewelry in your first 100 days!

Sorry, September, I think I just might love October more!

Happy October and Happy Fall!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

1000 Check-Ins



I received the above badge from FourSquare on my recent breakfast outing with Julia in Livermore. I had 1000 check-ins. And 21 badges. According to Yelp, I have 1085 check-ins, have been the Queen of Carson City, Nevada and got up to #12 in the Seattle area on my last trip to Seattle, one year ago. I love Yelp and all the coupons/deals I get just for checking in. I rarely check-in on Facebook unless it's something cool (to each their own), or I just want to be annoying and tag everyone I'm with. The last time I tagged someone was DB and I was talking smack on our recent trip to Umigo Racing in Livermore. For the record, I did not 'smoke' him.

I typically check-in just before I leave a place, not the very moment that I arrive. You really shouldn't make it known of your exact whereabouts, especially if you're alone. Recently, a friend's husband was with our group for dinner while his wife was in Southern California on business. He jokingly thanked God that she wasn't there so she wouldn't tag him at the dinner. "We might as well put a big sign on our front yard saying WE'RE NOT HOME! COME ON IN AND STEAL OUR STUFF!" I don't think folks should add their homes as a check-in spot. I don't add anyone I don't know on FourSquare. On Yelp, I don't really care.

Call it nerdy, a waste of time, but I think it's just fun to see where I've been, who I know that is close by, how many other users are there, what fun badges these companies come up with, etc. For the companies, it's great to know who is visiting their stores, restaurants, etc. They should really reward their customers more with this. Yelp is pretty good at this.

It also got competitive between DB and I for a moment, especially for our check-in to our local favorite sushi restaurant. And when Roo was still working with me, we'd battle out Mayorship of our place of work. It would be funny when DB and I would check-in somewhere and a list of people's profile photos would pop up of who else was there and sometimes we'd see someone eating alone and say "That's Jill S.!" And of course we'd never go up to them, wink, and say, "Hey, I saw you on FourSquare." Unless of course, I'm a few drinks in and just having a good time. I sometimes enjoy making people feel a bit uncomfortable.

There's a check-in app that only one of my friends use called Miso. You check-in with what you're watching. I think I'm going to remove it. I don't use it anymore. I check-in enough.

Which check-in apps do you use?

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Learning

"POV's The Learning tells a surprising tale of immigration, globalization and America's shifting position in the 21st century. When the United States took possession of the Philippines in 1898, American teachers set up the islands' public school system. English was established as the language of instruction and remains so to this day. Today in the Philippines, there is a large pool of trained, motivated, English-speaking teachers, especially in high school math, science and special education. In their country, these teachers receive poverty-level salaries, making them prized recruitment targets for many U.S. school districts, especially those in cash-strapped inner cities. While a salary in one of these urban districts may be low by American standards, it can be as much as 25 times a teacher's salary in the Philippines." - The Learning. I heard about it on a segment on KCBS 740 AM radio this morning.

As I began my commute, I had the radio off and was thinking about a conversation I had with my future Mother-In-Law on Friday about our future, our commutes, and our careers. She mentioned that she wished her children had gotten their real estate license. DB basically did everything regarding the purchase of our home and did really well with the help of his mother. And I was offered a chance to get my real estate license when I was 20 or 21-years-old by a regular of mine and his wife at The Bridges Golf Course. I did say yes, obtained the DVDs and watched one of them, but I regretfully did not follow through with it. I should actually look this man up, apologize and probably discuss this again.

After our conversation, I thought that it may be another thing I can dabble in. (Oh, God. Another one?) I do work in a law firm that specializes in real estate and construction defects so resources come aplenty, I have a future Mother-In-Law that is so incredibly helpful, and I am always wanting to learn and be a well-rounded person. Moving forward with this idea is still up in the air and DB' initial reaction to all this was "it's too much work." I agree that it is a lot of work. But not sure if I agree it's 'too' much work. You have to know so much about the area, how it is developing, its history and each house has its own history, financing, rates, laws,... I want to and try to keep up to date as much as I can with what's happening in my new town, my neighborhood, support local businesses and current events. Thinking about this, it led me to turn on the radio to learn more about what's going on outside of my own little world and be in the know.

These Filipino teachers from 'The Learning' are recruited to come to the United States and teach inner city kids. They leave their families in their home country, make 25 times more and are able to make a difference in many people's lives, here in the US and improve the lives of their families. Some people argue that immigrants come to the US, take citizens jobs and send their earnings back to their home country and it's not re-used in the US economy. I don't support this just because I am also Filipino. I am in favor of this because -

...they know the language. Some immigrants that come to the US do not know the language and have no intention of learning the language. Yet, we have translators, translated forms, etc. to assist them in living in the country. I think the immigrants that want to remain in this country must know the language in order to become citizens.

...they are educating people. When we were in the market for a new home, good schools were important to me. California is cutting education budgets. It is now hard for students to get into a State College. Students that are enrolled, it takes longer to graduate because there are fewer classes that are available. It is even hard to get a job at McDonalds according to news articles. I know folks that are home schooling their children because they're not satisfied with the school systems. I know folks that pay $10,000 - $18,000 in tuition per school year in grade school, middle school and high school and homework is assigned with misspellings and grammatical errors. Correspondences via email to the parents are sloppy. I will raise hell if I see any of that from my children's teachers. Take the majority of Filipino households in the United States and you will find that their children are raised knowing they need to get good grades, go to college, and do everything they need to do to get there. And all while needing to be respectful. Some American kids could really use the Filipino fist that I know of and teach them more than just their ABCs. I am OK with them sending their pay to an impoverishment of a country in exchange for brightening the future of our country's youth. I commend all teachers who remain being teachers today and those that are studying to become a teacher. We really need more people like you.

...specifically, they are educating inner city kids. Take poverty-stricken educators from a third-world country and throw them into an inner city school system, perhaps not only were these educators cheaper to pay, they're more willing and have not yet given up on this class of students. I am all for organizations that want to grow a tree in Brooklyn.

I want to keep learning. There ARE kids out there that want to as well. Kids want to be astronauts, pilots, artists, basketball players, and bless their hearts, they want to be teachers. It is nice to know that a mother from across the country is encouraging me to do more and mothers turned teachers keep those dreams and aspirations alive of our inner city youth as they're oceans apart from their own blood.

I am looking forward to watching this film.



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Friday, September 16, 2011

Fashion's Night Out - Sept. 8, 2011

Stella & Dot was a big hit in NYC to kick off Fashion Week. Blythe Harris was there to talk about our new Fall line, including our handbags, and had our limited edition pieces displayed. See the below video and models working it on the runway.


Not every item available is needed to be displayed. Simple.

Model wearing the Lido Necklace, not yet available

Model wearing the Noir Pendant, not yet available


What do you think of the new pieces?

And what we've been waiting for, here is Stella & Dot in VOGUE Magazine. Please pick up the October 2011 issue. If you stop by my table at any announced events or host a trunk show with me, the Panther Pendant will definitely be there for you and your guests to try on.


And for those of you who love watching Keeping Up with The Kardashians, here is Kourtney Kardashion wearing the Festival 'Til Dawn bib that is being discontinued. It is now available for $99, originally $198. Get it today!


Shop at www.stelladot.com/Bernadette

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kaenyama in Fremont - Stella & Dot & 50% Off Bar Drinks - 10/1/11



50% Off All Bar Drinks???
An exclusive discount on celebrity-adored Stella & Dot jewelry and handbags???

YES!! Only at Kaenyama this Saturday, October 1st.

Come see and try on the newest pieces of the Stella & Dot's Fall jewelry collection, including their entire line of leather handbags that are of the same luxurious quality and made in the same factories as Marc Jacobs, Coach, and Kate Spade but cost 20% less. The handbags are featured in September's InStyle magazine, while the jewelry has been in InStyle numerous times, plus in Redbook, Lucky, Ladies Home Journal, Fitness, O Magazine, and our Panther Pendant will be in Vogue's October 2011 issue.
Get great gifts for yourself, birthdays, promotions, or even the holidays! It's never too early.


Spend $50* and get $10 off
*Before tax & shipping

Not into jewelry? All bar drinks are 50% off! What a deal! Their Kaenyama Martini is amazing, they have a great wine selection and Sapporo is on draft.

Get together with friends for dinner and sit at the Teppanyaki Grill, or at a table and order the Pink Lady, Spring Flower or Lobster Roll. They're delicious! Let me make a reservation for you and your entire party gets something special!!! Contact me directly for details.

See you Saturday night!!!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Looking for my 100th LIKE



Offer stands until I get my 100th 'LIKE'. As a consumer myself, I rarely sign up for e-newsletters and only follow companies on Facebook that I really like, am a repeat customer for, and if they're a company that does not flood my timeline with more than 2-3 postings in one day. Please rest assured that I will not post more than 2-3 times a day, mostly it's just one per day. For those on my e-newsletter list, I only send out a blast 1-2 times a month.

Who and What do WE win? I am looking for my 100th Like. Since I am 24 shy and still want the 76 people that like my page already to have a chance at winning, my 100th Like and their friends can win! When you "Share" or "Invite Friends" to Like my page, they might be the 100th one to do so. If they are, I will ask the WINNER to provide me the names of 10 of their friends that also Like my page and they will win as well! You and your friends could win gift certificates ranging from $10-$50 to use on Stella & Dot products! Must contact me directly to redeem.

Good Luck!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 - Ten Years Later


Photo taken from http://www.skyscraper.org/TALLEST_TOWERS/t_wtc.htm


It has been 10 years since the terrorist attack by the Osama Bin Laden-led group, Al Qaeda, where airplanes were overtaken and crashed into both of the 110-story skyscrapers called The Twin Towers in New York City, into the Pentagon and into a field. Lives of so many innocent people were lost.

Where were you when it happened?

I selfishly was commuting to San Francisco from Pacheco, CA to my 26-story office building downtown. I was going to school full time, working part time both days on the weekend, working a full time job, commuting and commuting to San Francisco State University. My routine was home, work, school, home, or home, school, work, school, home so I didn't listen to the news on the radio nor turn on the television as I got ready to leave the house. I thought it was weird that there wasn't any traffic at the Caldecott Tunnel. When I arrived at the other end, there was rush-hour-like traffic heading east. Strange. I remember it to be a beautiful day because I loved that bend right after the tunnel but before the Highway 13 off ramp because you can see the city, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the water. It's a beautiful sight.

I parked downtown off of 1st Street, under the off ramp and started to walk to my building that was at 1st and Mission. I happily saw a classmate I haven't seen in a semester or two, smiled and said "HEY!!! Where are you going?" "Home." He told me all that was going on on the East Coast. I had no idea. I went to work to see if they were sending everyone home.

On the 18th floor, people were in the common area, watching the television in awe. I didn't know anyone in New York, besides folks at our headquarters on Madison Avenue. What do I do? Should we be in this very building right now? Are they evacuating the city? No work was going to be done that day and eventually everyone left the office. No one cared about deadlines, status reports, or what the competitors were doing. We had a terrorist attack on US soil. Unacceptable.

The footage, to this day, makes it so hard to breathe. Large airplanes that people of all ages board everyday were purposely flown into the Twin Towers. People in the buildings plunged to their deaths from hundreds of feet above ground. Fire Fighters, Police Officers, volunteers and people just going about their day-to-day business like I was, perished and were buried under pounds of iron, steel and glass after each tower collapsed and filled the city with smoke and ash.

Today, the people of the United States remember those that fell victim to such a horrible act or terrorism, we remember those who have fought and continue to serve our communities and serve our country and we SHOULD be thankful today and everyday for our freedom.

I have never been to New York City before June of 2009. I did see the towers from the Newark, New Jersey airport in 2003 (?) while on a layover to Florida. Thank goodness the friend I went with found a way to that building. I have always wanted to live in New York. A friend from college and I were supposed to live there after college for at least one year but that never happened. On a great trip to the East Coast to meet my fiance's parents for the first time, DB also took me to New York City.

We took the metro from Hoboken (which I LOVE!), New Jersey and got off at the World Trade Center station. Before off boarding, I realized I was sitting in seats and in the same route people took everyday to make a living for themselves and their families. It made me sad. They saw this everyday.


Leaving the station, I stood there for a second, not caring in what New Yorkers way I was in and looked straight up. It could've still been there. We walked the perimeter and I did so almost entirely in silence, thinking of the many lives that were lost.

Ground Zero


Bevo and I walked to Veteran's Park in our home town for a 9/11 memorial ceremony at 11 AM. The Mayor announced today to be name Patriot Day in the City of Brentwood and that a bigger memorial event will take place next year. The flag was lowered to half staff while Taps played. I was happy to be there to support our community and take moments of silence for the victims of September 11, 2001.



United We Stand

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Getting Older - What Now?

I think I need to free write. Please excuse the whirlwind that is my thought process.


I thought my age didn't really play a factor with how I'm feeling recently but what a coincidence that my 31st birthday is weeks away. Nope, no plans. I might take off from doing a promo event that evening but who knows. Maybe I'd rather be there than be at home on the couch. People say that their 30s are the best. I still have years to measure it against my 20s. My teens definitely are not in the runnings with attending three different high schools, having a long distance relationship, having an early curfew and basically held up for ransom. Not fun, let me just tell you.

My 20s were all about me. (Some would say it's always about me.) Yeah, they're right. When everyone is off doing their thing, you're stuck with just yourself, aren't you? In my 20s, I became a firm believer that you are the only thing that can make yourself happy. You have to allow yourself to be. If you're miserable, there's only you to blame. If you're out of money, it was your decisions that put yourself in that situation by not preparing for the unexpected or attempting to avoid it. I worked myself into a hole, I worked my ass off (and still do), had good relationships that I learned from, had many jobs, made great friends, unforgettable memories, had my heart broken for the first and only time, and moved on from so many things. I survived my 20s.

In my 30s, I feel I'm just not in my 20s anymore. I can't, I shouldn't be doing and feeling the way I do about certain things. I don't feel the pressure of society or my family to get married. I feel like it's more my body and the as close to ideal family life I can make up for myself. It's really funny that of the six grandchildren on my dad's side, I thought I was going to be first one to get married and have children. It looks like it's going by age, with my sis first, then my cousin in Hawaii. (I'll meet my nephew, Sol, this month.) I don't feel that it's a disappointment that I haven't reached the expected point in my life that other people saw for me. I guess I was always hesitant as a product of a really nasty divorce. Things don't last. People change their minds. People fall out of love. But I do know people personally that I can say without a doubt that they'll be together forever. I just don't want my child(ren) to also be a product of divorce. It is too painful. I can cry on cue because I can just think about that time of my life, how it still hurts, and it automatically makes me sad. Late night discussions after hours at the bar with my supervisor about this in the good ol' days and seeing me actually do it amazed him. I don't like thinking about it and I do not wish to pass on my 'talent' to my offspring. - A pessimistic Wedding Planner and Coordinator. - Perhaps it's not something I should blog about but everyone has a history, this is mine.

Continuing, into my 30s, I am finding that life is no friggin' fairy tale. You could be living in this circle of fairies and glitter because YOU are the only person that can make yourself seem happy, and then discover that in all your so-called joy of being obliviousness, it's all, ok, partially, a sham. Perhaps it's just me being stubborn but no one will change unless that person wants to. And you can't help someone unless they help themselves. This really ends up needing to accept who you are, (change what you want to change) and accept the kind of person everyone else is. Anyone that doesn't make it to your future is there for a reason.

I am also realizing that keeping yourself happy, accepting the things you cannot change, is exhausting. Sometimes you want someone to fill in your job of making you happy. Someone that will want to make you smile. It's not a job to them. The little things, really. I don't think it's too much to ask. For some people it's easy. For others, they have no idea what the hell I'm talking about. I love being overwhelmed with the little things. But perhaps it's my fault that I've put off the strong, independent persona for so long that I'm so-called happy with what I can get. Perhaps my 30s is also telling me to take a chill pill on this way of thinking.

I was recently told that all I do is find someone to blame when things go wrong. Do I really? I am not afraid of admitting fault or apologizing for accidentally causing someone pain. I can be a real bitch when I've been hurt and arms went-a-swingin'. But if it's valued and appreciated, I could be the best girlfriend, wife (whatever), in the world. Who knows if I'd ever get a compliment like that, or a chance to be at my full potential with these roles. As I Mother, I don't doubt it.

Where did all this come from? I spent yesterday fuming, saying my peace which basically got ignored, tried to brush it off, spent some time with someone that has my unconditional love (Baby Nate) and as usual, buried myself in work to hide the pain. Then the bad day trickled into today with being in traffic for almost 2 hours, the wrath that is the daily dollar, and realizing nothing's going to change after talk after talk, scream after scream and abrupt clicks of the phone. I hate crying at work. I hated going to school as a kid with my eyes all puffy from crying the night before because my dad dropped my sis and I from a weekend with him. I absolutely hate being asked if I am OK when I'm at work. Thankfully it didn't happen today. But my clerks knew I was having a bad day. As one of them was leaving, she said goodbye, I turned to her sadly and not sure how strong of the puppy eyes I gave her, but she pushed out her bottom lip, pushed her eyebrows together and waved. Then one of the newest clerks left me and I was alone supporting the office for the remaining 2.5 hours of the work day. Later, I received a text from him saying,
"BTW, you're a good supervisor."
It's amazing. Some people have a compassionate heart. Some, you have to listen real hard to hear their heartbeat, that is, if they even let you get that close. I saw the silver lining to a horrible day. If you ever come across this, thank you. You have no idea how much I needed that. Sometimes, this is all I need. Someone to understand what I need without saying a word.

He reminded me of a former clerk I had. Besides his resignation letter, he left me a personal letter I couldn't finish reading while at the office. Three brief paragraphs of how I, as a person, made an impact on his life and time at the company. Like anything else, I'm valued and appreciated at different levels by different people. For all that I do for some people, they're way of showing their appreciation is a slap in the face. I wonder how long I will let it last.

This all also reminded me of an earlier posting, Triggered Memories to "Makita Studio: A Love Letter" & ARC

Bottom line, I'm not sure where I am going to go from here. I just needed to write.


Waited all my life for this day to come
I feel like letting go, life goes on
Wasting no more time
So much to be done
Everything works out
So they say
Over my shoulder, it's tough getting older
Yeah, yeah.......

(Chorus)
Seems like nothing is black and white anymore
Shades of grey and I feel a weight over my shoulder
It's tough getting older
I always thought that I knew where I'd want to go
Now I'm here and I find that I'm still getting colder
It's kinda tough getting older

Here before my eyes, many roads ahead
Time for me to choose one way now
If I take a chance
What lies down the road
Feeling so confused, turned round
On and on, on and on
yeah yeah.....

Seems like nothing is black and white anymore
Shades of grey and I feel a weight over my shoulder
It's tough getting older
I always thought that I knew where I'd want to go
Now I'm here and I find that I'm still getting colder
It's kinda tough getting older

Waited all my life for this day to come
I feel like letting go, life goes on
Over my shoulder (on and on)
It's tough getting older (on and on, on)
Yeah, yeah.....

Seems like nothing is black and white anymore
Shades of grey and I feel a weight over my shoulder
It's tough getting older
I always thought that I knew where I'd want to go
Now I'm here and I find that I'm still getting colder
It's kinda tough getting older

Seems like nothing is black and white anymore
Shades of grey and I feel a weight over my shoulder
It's tough getting older


***UPDATE Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 8:45 AM***
And then, Jessica Herrin, our fearless and resilient Stella & Dot leader says to not whine. My favorite quotes from her 2010 Conference For Women speech in Boston, Massachusetts:

"What I have chosen to learn from life is that I'd rather be a naive optimist than a realist that is too tired to try."

"Outlast your problems."

"She thought about what she could do and did have."
In regards to her widowed grandmother supporting 1 and 3-year-old boys as an immigrant.



I'm done whining, Jessica.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September is Special

Not only is it special to me because it's my birthday month and we get a paid day off, but Stella & Dot have just announced some amazing deals for customers, hostesses and potential new Stylists that want to go into business for themselves! Check it out!

#1 - Items already on sale and discontinuing receive an additional 20% off! For instance, the popular gold Belle Fleur Ring has permanently discontinued but the earrings are now $21. Originally $39. Additional discounts end September 5, 2011.

#2 - Spend $125 and get the Pyramid Double Wrap leather bracelet in Cognac or Green for FREE! That is a $59 value! Just add it to your cart and it will be deducted automatically.


#3 - Hostesses who throw a trunk show with me in the month of September and have sales totaling at least $500 with 4 unique orders will receive a Signature Pouch from our handbag line! Plus, as usual, they'll earn their free product credits good towards jewelry and handbags. Get your girls together, crack open a bottle of wine and shop!

#4 - Any trunk show guest that places an order $50 or more at the trunk show or via a Hostess' web link, will get the Pyramid Double Wrap leather bracelet in Cognac or Green for $39, not $59. The discount will automatically be deducted.


#5 - If you are contemplating becoming a Stylist and working with me, with your $199 investment, that is considered a business expense, you will receive great marketing materials to get you started, $350 in jewelry of your choosing to wear and use for your display and NOW get a Gray Snake Skin Wristlet (A $74 value).

Take advantage of these offers! If you need to get started on your holiday shopping list, now's the time. I have met a woman this past weekend that is basically done. That's pretty impressive. Are you in the same boat?

I have no idea what I am doing for my birthday. Probably nothing special. My fiance and friends threw me a surprise 30th birthday last year. I think I'm done with birthday parties... Let's see how long that lasts.