Thursday, October 27, 2011

Giving You Thanks

November is upon us. Leaves will cover the ground, turkeys and honey hams will be ordered, and you'll see family you haven't seen all year this Thanksgiving. It's a time to give thanks for the freedoms we have, the friends we've made and the family members that provide you that unconditional love. I personally have plenty to be thankful for and a lot to celebrate from the year 2011. I acquired a new home, loved ones, family and friends are well, my little Boston continues to brighten my day, my nephew Sol & Nathanael, and niece Emma arrived into this world safely, my fiance was able to get another job in this horrible job market, I still have my current job, BUT I have taken up being a Stella & Dot Stylist this past May and have been doing very well!

As any person should show appreciation for people that have positively effected their lives, as any company should show appreciation to their valued customers, I wanted to put this event together for the people that have supported me through my latest adventure: Stella & Dot. As I have mentioned on my personal Facebook page, I have received recognition from my Director for being one with Top Sales for the past four consecutive months. Not bad, right? Especially from working on Wellness International where I absolutely loved the products but made no money or received kudos month after month. I owe that to a great company and an inspiration named Jessica Herrin, our CEO and Founder. Not to mention, to friends and family that have supported me by letting me post things on their Facebook news feed, for not 'hiding' my posts (Right?!?! =P), for letting me ask them if they want to host a trunk show with me, for asking them to LIKE my Facebook page, to inviting them to promotional events over and over again. To those who have purchased some gorgeous jewelry, or referred a friend, or am one of my wonderful hostesses, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

I also thank those customers and hostesses that I have met because of Stella & Dot. They took a flyer, a Look Book, a moment to hear about what S&D is all about, and invited me into their home to share the experience and the shiny things that girls love with THEIR friends. I appreciate the trust, the warm welcome, the hugs I always receive after a show and the new friendships I have developed. To you, I thank you as well.

The vendors that will be at the event on November 5th also understand the importance of giving thanks to their customers. I asked each vendor to provide an exclusive offer that our guests can't just get everyday. I wanted the offer to be special. I also wanted to do a drawing for all those that make it to the event. We all have busy lives and it's difficult to make it out to certain events. I wanted to reward those that do and increase their chances of winning something if they can RSVP by this Sunday, October 30th.

I am offering:
Stella & Dot
$10 off your order + free shipping on orders over $100.
PRIZE: Plume Brooch ($17)


$10 off your order isn't much but when you can get a pair of earring for $24, that's not bad. Half of our line is under $50. Also, I normally only provide this offer when someone orders $50 or more on goods. Spend $100 more and I'll take care of shipping.

The Plume Brooch is about to be discontinued. What I love about offering discontinued pieces is that eventually, no one else will be able to get it anymore. When someone compliments you on your Plume Brooch, touch your thumb to the end of your nose, stick your other four fingers up in the air and wiggle them, because it'll be sold out. They'll want what they can't have, but you do!

My goal for this event is to open up my home, see friends, family, customers and hostesses of mine before the craziness of the holidays, meet the same sort of folks according to these great vendors, provide relaxation with a glass of wine and a complimentary massage. And just like my bartending days, I just love putting smiles on people's faces.

I do hope you can make it. Please at least try. I look forward to hearing from and/or seeing you.

Hugs and love,
Bernadette




Other offers & raffle prizes include:

Certified Massage Therapists Lori Yap & Sarah Dahlheim
Will provide 10-15 massages on day of event
PRIZE: Two (2) 90-minutes massages ($110 ea.)

Mary Kay, Christina Vela, Independent Beauty Consultant
Purchase of $40 or more & get a free gift plus a free skin Analysis valued at $100. Shipping & gift wrap is always complementary.
PRIZE: Lotus and Bamboo Spa collection ($50)

Gold Canyon
Buy a warmer, get a scent for free
PRIZE: 8 oz. candle in your choice of scent

Sweetpea & Lovebug
Buy 3, get 1 free
PRIZE: Tooth Fairy Pillow ($9)

Thirty-One Gifts
For every $31 spent, get the Littles Carry-All Caddy for $1
PRIZE: Littles Carry-All Caddy

doTerra Essential Oils
PRIZE: TBD

It's a GOOD Morning, America! And with 50% Off!

Stella & Dot has been receiving an amazing amount of press, especially by Good Morning America! Again, we were featured with Laura Spencer and for only 24 hours, the Double Wrap Pyramid Bracelet is 50% off! Normal retail sells for $59, it will now be $29. Limit one per customer.



I would invite you to see this bracelet live at Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant tonight in Brentwood, CA for Ladies Night, but I do not have the bracelet in stock. I DO have the entire Renegade collection in my display and when you spend $50, you can get one of the three pieces in the collection at 25% off.

Did you see that Britney Spears tweeted about our Tribute Bracelet earlier this month? That is pretty cool. This bracelet has been quite popular. It is currently on backorder but if you purchase it now, it will ship to you when our warehouse receives more to fulfill orders. In the month of October, 20% of proceeds of this bracelet goes to The Breast Cancer Research Fund. Only a few days left! This is my everyday bracelet. I love it. And I love supporting a cause that is very dear to my heart.

That's right, there's only a few more days left to take advantage of our new Stylist offer. Usually, when you sign up as a new Stylist you get a business in a box PLUS $350 in free products to wear, to show off, to start your display. Through October 31st, they can get $450 in free product instead! Get a 25% discount as long as you are a Stylist to use for your business display, gifts for the holidays *wink* *wink* and receive so many compliments just by wearing the jewelry! Trust me!

If you are considering joining my team, I would love to help you achieve your goals. Please join me at Faz Restaurant in Danville, California on Tuesday, November 8th from 6PM-8PM. Come meet other busy women and mothers that want to Style Their Life, learn about the opportunity and see the newest collection! Please let me know if you are interested. I would love to save you a seat !

Thursday, October 20, 2011

November 18th

I have to say, I'm pretty excited about this.

I fought the whole Twilight craze until late 2009 when my friend, Brittany J., couldn't stop talking about it when she was staying with us for a little while. I just thought, oh, it's for kids, it's the new Harry Potter. I read the first Harry Potter book and I wasn't a fan. But I watched Twilight with her. Our trips to Blockbuster are always epic and we're always crying from laughing so hard. I can't wait to see her this Saturday.

I remember watching the scene of when Bella walks into the classroom for the first time, steps in front of a fan causing her hair to blow, and Edward goes into shock. I'm like "WTF". I could hear it like it was yesterday, Brit laughing, and saying, "Oh, you have to read the books! It's SO good! You'll understand."

She let me borrow the first couple of books and as I read further into Twilight, I decided to buy the whole set in hard cover through Amazon.com and have it rushed to me. I have never been a big fan of reading and with so much that I do, it really puts me to sleep. But I finished the entire series in two and a half weeks. That may be slow for some people but for me, that's a record. That's four books. I was so into it that DB gave me a hard time when I would rather read on the couch next to him instead of watch television.

I am definitely Team Edward. He is the idea of the perfect man. I have a mouse pad at home that says:
What do you mean Edward isn't real?

Eclipse was definitely my favorite but Breaking Dawn was super intense. If I had the time to read it again before November 18th, I would. Perhaps I'll re-read the series again this December and make it a tradition.

The adaptation of the books to the movies is really spot on and I think it has to do with Stephanie Meyer being involved in the filming. I think it's what I love about the movies because they're so true to the book. I want to feel the same excitement I felt while reading the book when I watch the film. And they are successful in doing so. I love Dan Brown's books. The DaVinci Code was a page turner for me but sooo disappointed in the film. Angels & Demons the movie was also lacking. I don't even know if they're working on a movie for The Lost Symbol.

I can't wait for November 18th.

What's your favorite book of the series?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

6 Months to Go!

If it wasn't for my newsletter from TheKnot.com, (which was originally TheWeddingChannel.com, which Jessica Herrin co-founded, now the CEO and Founder of Stella & Dot,) I wouldn't have known it was 6 months to the day that I will become a Mrs., a Wife, a DB. It's a pretty amazing feeling and it makes it so much more real. I just kept thinking that our wedding date is so far away. I guess I better light a fire under own butt, huh?

Invitations are in its final stages and will be purchased today or tomorrow to be printed. They are simple and elegant and was chosen from TheKnot.com. I was going to go with The Aerialist Press as they do amazing work, they're so friendly and they're in the same building as my office in Emeryville. I looked at the proof I had again before deciding to not go with them and it caused a frown to develop. No, not just a frown, a full on pout! What I would have held in my hand would have been so beautiful. I planned on framing it. Actually, I still plan on framing what we are getting but they're not letterpress, in the exact PMS color of the Texas Longhorns (Hook 'Em!) and not on super thick card stock. I know that how I would feel about receiving them as a Bride is not what my 40 or so guests would think when they receive them. They will not frame it and it may not even make it to their refrigerator door. So instead of paying $400+ for 25 invitations with letter press matching envelopes (God, that'd be gorgeous), I couldn't justify spending $16 per invitation. That money could go for another round of drinks for my lovely guests. So I am opting for a less expensive option at 25% the cost.

My dress has been selected and a deposit has been made.
My photographer has been selected and deposit has been made.
My DJ has been selected and I need to go over song selections.
My hair stylist has been selected but I need to know how I'm doing my hair. ???
My florist has been selected but I have not sent her a deposit check. It's coming!!
Venue, layout and food have been selected.

I still need:
- An officiant
- A cake
- Veil
- Shoes
- MUA
- Buy ring(s)
- Seating chart after we received RSVPs
- Groom's suit & shoes
- Go shopping with the girls for dresses
- Ring bearer outfit & pillow
- Flower girl dress, basket & petals
- Wedding favors
- Buy the gent's ties and hankies
- Select wine
- Order MY wine =)
- Work on the honeymoon
- Marriage license (January)

There's not too much left! People ask if I'm feeling the stress of the wedding. Nope. Though I am bummed that there are a couple of people I want to be there for our wedding but will not be able to make it. Save the Dates were sent out in August but some folks knew about the date for well over a year.

Since our wedding guest list is short, I will not be having a bridal shower. A low key Bachelorette party would be planned and I don't think it'd be any crazier than this Saturday's night out at The Rack. The girls know what I want.

I guess I better click 'ORDER' and get my invites printed. Event planning continues...


At the Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, 2008

I Need My Personal Space


Image from http://observatory.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=8597


This is quite a pet peeve of mine. I understand that as a 5'1" woman in a crowded BART train that I cannot reach the overheard bars and I will most likely find myself having to breathe through my mouth while standing under someone's armpit because they're not SURE. But why do I have to scoot my chair back to obtain some personal space? And why am I stepping back TWICE during a casual conversation?

I would go into more detail for a juicier post but I don't want to be Fired for Blogging. It happens.



What pet peeves top your list?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday, Bevo!

My puppy love, Bevo, turns 3-years-old today. He had a day at Happy Hound to play with other small dogs and he'll get two new toys and a new box of cookies! I just love my little guy. Bostons are awesome!

Upcoming Events!!

Tonight, your Stella & Dot Independent Stylist will be at Little Miss Everything in Brentwood, California at 220 Oak Street from 6-8 PM. Come by and check out some vendors to get gift giving ideas for the upcoming holiday season and possibly WIN $50 in cash! Last month, Jill Cone of Sweetpea & Lovebug won! It was so easy and we decided to team up on another upcoming event. Please stop by!

Next Friday, October 21st, I will be in the Sacramento area of Natomas at the below event.


Next Saturday, October 22nd, I will be inside The Catwalk Brentwood during The Home-Town Halloween event from 5:00 PM - 8:00PM.

Get the kids dressed-up for an early Trick-O-Treating event downtown. Come inside The Catwalk Brentwood for some candy and a special coupon just for MOM!

Then, Saturday, November 5th, I am hosting my very first Customer Appreciation & Holiday Shopping event at my house exclusively for my former Stella & Dot hostesses, customers and family & friends. (And the same groups of the selected vendors.) I wanted to put together a group of vendors with exclusive offers, raffle prizes, wine, appetizers and two Certified Massage Therapists to show appreciation to the important people that have supported me in my first 6 months with Stella & Dot. Invitations will be mailed shortly. If you would like to be included, please LIKE me on Facebook at:
facebook.com/StellaDotBernadette


A sneak peek of raffle prizes include:

Certified Massage Therapists Lori Yap & Sarah Dahlheim
Two (2) 90-minutes massages ($110 ea.)

Stella & Dot
Plume Brooch ($17)

Mary Kay, Christina Vela, Independent Beauty Consultant
Lotus and Bamboo Spa collection ($50)

Gold Canyon
8 oz. candle in your choice of scent

Sweetpea & Lovebug
Raffle Prize: Tooth Fairy Pillow ($9)


When you're ready to book your own trunk show, earn free jewelry rewards and earn additional pieces at half off, please don't hesitate to call or email me! Have a great weekend, Everyone!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Stylish Holiday Shopping!!!


Thinking about what to get your stylish girlfriends or family members? Click on the video above, there are some great Stella & Dot pieces available for the holidays.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and LIKE my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StellaDotBernadette), you will are invited to a special holiday shopping event with Stella & Dot and other great vendors on Saturday, November 5th between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM in Brentwood. So please, Save the Date!