Monday, January 30, 2012

My Biggest Blog Month Yet!

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My blog has been up since May of 2009 and I am proud to say that this month, January 2012, has reached the highest month in hits. Thank you to all that visit often and have posts or alerts sent directly to your email. I appreciate those that have visited by accident, randomly or just came to check out a photo. The current most popular post is about Love Games 2 & Bad Girls Club Season 6. Should I write more regarding the entertainment industry?

As a thank you, if you leave a comment on this post on or by January 31, 2012, I will provide you FREE standard shipping on the below Mister Valentine promo that expires 12 AM, February 7th, 2012.

Thanks again and keep coming back now, ya hear!

Advertising opportunities are available.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentine's Day Gifts & WIN!

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Gentlemen! Do not leave your lady's Valentine's Day gift to the last minute. Shop Stella & Dot's new 2012 Spring Line and SALE items for that special someone in your life.

For your girlfriend, fiance or spouse, consider a personalized charm necklace with your initial, a heart, and her initial on one of our many bases. For instance, it will read "M <3 B". For Mom, a sweet, delicate necklace designed by Maya Brenner or the holiday favorite, our gold plated Chantilly Lace Cuff. The matching earrings are only $49. For the little girl in your life, check out the Allie Ribbon and Pearl necklace and bracelet that is discontinuing and is on SALE!

Do you think your lady would rather have something from Tiffany's or a fine leather purse? Our Signature Link Collection (see video below) is simple, classic, classified as fine jewelry and affordable. Our leather handbags are manufactured in the same factories as Coach, Kate Spade & Prada. The Lafayette Crossbody handbag is now 40% off! Say it with me: 'affordable.' Stella & Dot is adored by celebrities such as Debra Messing, Tyra Banks, Britney Spears, Kelly Ripa, the one and only Oprah, Kim Kardashian and her sister, Kourtney Kardashian. Our products have appeared in InStyle, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue and countless times on Good Morning America and even Gossip Girl. Your lady will be impressed with your taste in fashion and what's hot.

What girl doesn't love to receive jewelry?


WIN! WIN! WIN!

Shop and place your order by 12 AM on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at www.stelladot.com/Bernadette and enter "Mister" "Valentine" as your hostess and you'll be entered to win* the jewelry rewards and additional pieces at 50% off! Hostesses typically earn $250 in free jewelry/product rewards plus 4 pieces at half off.

Invite your friends to shop as well. The higher the sales for this trunk show, the higher the rewards that you could win! If the trunk show does not earn 4 unique orders with a total in sales of $300 or more, the winning prize will at least be a pair of our popular Soiree Stud Earrings (valued at $24).

Below are videos of other recommended gifts! Happy Shopping!





LADIES and lovers of jewelry - create a wish list at my site, forward it to your loved one, and make sure he enters "Mister" "Valentine" as his hostess to win you more jewels!

*One entry per person. Multiple orders by one person will only receive a total of one entry. Free jewelry and half off items are subject to taxes and shipping costs. Winner is responsible for these costs. Winner will be selected at 9 AM on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. This timetable ensures the winner enough time to redeem their winnings that day and have items arrive in time for Valentine's Day, February 14, 2012. Delivery is usually 5-7 days.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Medical Bills & Life Insurance: A Whole New Perspective



My family is going through some medical issues at the moment. It's been quite a year already.

My sweet, wonderful grandfather (aka Lolo, Filipino term for grandfather) already has leukemia. He has gone through chemo and was in the hospital late last year with pneumonia because his doctor failed to keep him up-to-date on his vaccination. I received a voicemail from my grandmother on Thursday saying that my grandfather was in the hospital since Monday. They didn't want to worry the family so we weren't notified sooner. Come to find out that he has cancer and a surgery to remove the mass is a possibility based on the capabilities of his 86-year-old heart and how he'd like to move forward. Eventually he chose to move forward with the surgery and later doctor's confirmed that's it's the only choice he had.

I went to visit him as soon as I could. I was happy to see that my sister, father and uncle were already there, alongside my grandmother. It's definitely a crazy feeling to first lay your eyes on someone you love confined in a hospital without their own clothes, sharing a room with a stranger and in a strange place. When I walked into the room, his back was to me as he was sitting in a chair. My father and uncle were standing close to him. My father was explaining what his options were in half English, half Tagalog. I have always appreciated the slow, consoling way that my father would explain sensitive topics. I could hear the concern in Lolo's soft voice and my eyes couldn't help but water. But I had to make sure that they didn't fall. I didn't want Lolo to turn around and see me upset. Lolo has such an a great sense of humor that I couldn't let him see me upset or concerned, so I put on a huge smile when he finally turned around and happily said my childhood nickname.

Later, that same day, Lolo was sitting there quietly as we talked amongst ourselves. Brent, my nephew, came up and Lolo asks "Where's Brent?! I want to see Brent." He puts his hands to his face and sobs a little. My sister figures out a way to fulfill our Lolo's wish and they arrive two hours later. Ah, the love of a grandfather for his first great-grandchild.

Two and a half weeks later, days of fasting and the surgery has been done, pain is gone, I am happy to say that he is now home. I am happy to hear it was a successful surgery and although he had to spend his 87th birthday in the hospital, I hope we have quite a few birthdays to celerbate with him.

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Then my uncle is in the hospital with an unknown diagnosis (to me, anyway) and then a lung collapsed Tuesday evening. His wife, my aunt, was in the same hospital and had surgery yesterday. Together, they have four children and four grandchildren. May they both and their families get through this with shining colors.

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I personally had to go to the emergency room days after my birthday luncheon in September. I went to my PCP's office and by the time I got there, the pain in my stomach was so incredible that where my eyes watered and I had to concentrate on breathing just to get through periods of sharp pain. At my pain level, I was told they can't do anything for me and I should go to the emergency room. Thank goodness it was just a block away and I could drive myself. I was assigned a room probably 30 minutes after checking in and was there for a total for 4-5 hours. Many tests and procedures were done and three different kind of medication. The pain ceased and I was released.

Two and a half months later, I receive the damage for my shy-of-a-workday stay in the ER.

$10,000!

Pardon my French, but Holy Sh*t! Yes, thank goodness I have a job and medical insurance. The remaining due is still $1,500. I believe that equated to the price tag of my car! With the expenses of the upcoming wedding and honeymoon. I really wish I didn't have to pay this. I can't even imagine what the costs are for each of my family's hospital stays equate to or how they're going to pay for it! A coworker's brother was in the hospital for five (5) days and it cost $700,000. If I am responsible for 15% of the total cost, their bill for this $700K service must be $105,000. (Depending on insurance coverage, of course.) It's an absurd amount of money! But really, how much money would you pay to save the life of someone you love?

What are you doing to protect yourself?
What are you doing to maintain your health?
How would you pay these medical bills?
If you pass, how will your family pay for your medical bills? Outstanding loans? Funeral services?


These are important questions and I am personally at the point of my life that I need to quit procrastinating and seriously find a solution to these questions, all the while maintain being relatively healthy. (Join me at MyFitnessPal.com to keep me in check! Username: bappletree)

Last year, we thought about getting Life Insurance. When we were about to sign the paperwork, DB was laid off so we put a hold on it to minimize our monthly expenses. Now, we are looking at it again as the wedding date approaches and a friend of mine, Julia Perry, has recently become a New York Life Agent. (Please tell her I sent you!) You really need to be prepared for the unexpected and should you pass, the loss felt by your family is stressful and painful as it is. Ensuring/minimizing your financial burden on your family would be appreciated, I'm sure.

It is not too late to make a New Year's resolution. I'd suggest:
1) Do something active every day. A walk around the block on your lunch break. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Hit the gym. Yoga. Crunches in front of the television. Jog with your dog. EAT BETTER!
2) Give Julia Perry a call. New York Life has great options that fit your budget. Some coverage is better than none at all.

Trying to do either of these things is better than not making an effort at all. Give it a whirl! I am. Will you?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

LADIES NIGHT in Danville Tonight!

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Please come by The Wild Vine Hideaway in Danville tonight from 5:30PM - 8:00PM.
Bianca

Browse thru some of the new 2012 Spring Collection, pick up a discontinued sample for you or a friend, enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers and of course some WINE. And also, please meet my friend and New York Life Agent, Julia Perry, while you're there.

Style your life and protect your life over a glass of wine. Sounds like a plan to me!

Don't forget that January hostesses have an opportunity to earn an additional $50 in free product. And our sign-up special to get a $100 more in free product (Total of $450) when you sign up as a Stylist ends January 31st.

Get additional info HERE or contact me to schedule a meeting or phone call!

Friday, January 6, 2012

All I Ask of You is...

to see Phantom of the Opera's Emmy Rossum wearing Stella & Dot's Limited Edition French Deco necklace on this clip from her appearance on The Rosie Show.

Why Emmy Rossum Wanted to Be on Shameless

Actress Emmy Rossum shares why she fell in love with the character Fiona when she first read the script for Showtime's hit series Shameless. Plus, Emmy and Rosie talk about the fiery-hot chemistry Emmy and her co-star Justin Chatwin share onscreen.



The necklace is no longer available but stay tuned for our newest Limited Editions to be released on January 16th. Be sure to log in quickly and hit that ORDER button because our Limited Edition pieces go fast! LIKE me on Facebook at facebook.com/StellaDotBernadette to be reminded!

Boston Terriers, Doritos & Paranormal Activity

DB was watching Paranormal Activity when I came home from the gym this past weekend and even though I am super freaked out by the supernatural for reasons I don't care to discuss, I couldn't NOT be drawn to it. And of course it freaked me out from what I did see.



I saw this on Twitter and laughed out loud! Loved it!

Originally posted HERE and was in the running for the Crash the Super Bowl. YAY for Bostons!

Did you like it?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Event Coordinator - #6 in 10 Most Stressful Jobs in America in 2012

Article: PR is now the seventh-most stressful job in America


I find this article surprising, only in that, my role as an Event Coordinator ranks #6 as the most stressful job in America. It can definitely be stressful with last minute changes, the unexpected happening after so many attempts to avoid the unexpected, and situations arsing you think you don't have any control over. BUT, as the Event Planner you have to take control of the situation to make sure the plan you worked down to the minute, with 20+ staff members reporting directly to you, and vendors needing a quick solution to make, occurs AS PLANNED.. or to appear something like it. You have to know when to draw the line, when and how to say NO and make the executive decision to keep things moving and adjust the timeline as needed.

I definitely have had to deliver the bad news to my groom that something was just not going to happen on the wedding day, with guests waiting at the door to be let into the venue space. Through the months of planning, it is my job to help them understand and believe that I have done and will do everything in my power to complete every task, given the changed timeline, resources, staff, weather, every curve ball possibly thrown. I have to be quick on my feet and sharp with retorts, solutions and explanations.

Thinking about the biggest event I did in San Francisco in October of 2009, I have to say I am pretty proud of myself. I had two big events back-to-back, put my own manual labor hours in and got three hours of sleep in between the two events. I didn't even think to use the ladies room in a 16-hour period. When I am in Busy Bee mode, I'm in the zone.

If you've read my intro to this page, this type of work really just comes naturally. I am accepting events starting late April. Please contact me to set up an appointment to meet and discuss your needs.

I look forward to hearing from you and would appreciate any referrals.

Did/Are you planning on having a coordinator for your wedding?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It looks BUSY already!

I'm a bit late but I hope your first 5 days of the new year has been treating you very well. I had to return to my day job on Tuesday, January 3rd and surprisingly I was happy to do so. I enjoyed my week-long break to take care of the front yard, spend time with family, friends, and my dog. But now it's back to the grind.

I have a lot going on in 2012.

Next month, I have 4 Los Lonely Boys shows to go to.

Be sure to look for us, the La Onda Street Team, for some cool swag if you're going to any of the concerts in California.

I am getting married on April 19, 2012. I have less than 2 months before my fitting for my wedding dress. I am watching what I eat. DB drinks soda instead of beer now so it's caused me to drink a lot of soda. But I am back to drinking a lot more water. One-quarter of some Cran-Peach Juice and three-quarters water. It's not quite Propel but it works. I am on a good schedule at my gym and have left DailyBurn because they will start charging for their site after a trial. Even though I've been with them for years. I moved to MyFitnessPal.com (bappletree), thanks to Ashleeee22 on Twitter. The girls and I are going to search for Bridesmaid dresses and shoes this Saturday and my sis and I are hitting the gym prior to. Awesome!

Our wedding is going to be quite small with a BIG honeymoon in Europe in October. Then followed by a baby. Yes, this Planner has things planned. I am still looking for an Officiant but I hope to find one I like at the Wedding Faire this Sunday at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I will be attending this event with former client/bride of mine turned friend, Kristin V. The last time we went to a wedding fair together was also in Santa Clara BUT I didn't leave with a selected hair stylist or florist. Instead, I turned into a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist.



Stella & Dot
will be launching their new 2012 Spring Collection this weekend on January 8th and I cannot wait to place my sample order. I also cannot wait to hear my first hostess of the year and her guests say "oohhh" and "ahhhh" Come to this event at The Wild Vine Hideaway in Danville, CA on Wednesday, January 18th. Some of the new collection pieces will be available for you to touch, feel and try on! Please stop by!


Stella & Dot also has a great special now for new Stylists that sign up by January 31st. Usually, Stylists sign up for $199 and get $350 in free product, PLUS 50% off additional samples. Until the 31st, any Stylist that signs up gets $450 in free product instead. I wish I was able to get that when I signed up. I remember how small my display was...

It is now overflowing. I even need to buy an additional table. For anyone that is interested in starting their own business in fashion, I am having such a great time with it. I am available to meet with you to answer as many questions as I can.
My goal for 2012 with Stella & Dot is reach Star Stylist.
But I can't do it without you!

In addition to a day job, a personal life, concerts, commuting 100 miles a day, working as a Stella & Dot Stylist, a Mobile Notary Public, I will eventually ramp up my Event Planning & Coordinating business as well. I have been quite busy that all my Event Planning time has been going towards my own wedding. Come May 2012, I will be working on the Lagade Family Reunion and possibly other events as well. Quite possibly a destination wedding in New York City for 2013. Keep your fingers crossed for me and please LIKE my page at Facebook.

So, 2012 has in-store for me a wedding, my family reunion, increase Event Planning business, honeymoon, baby, reach Star Stylist goal and I am going to have Christmas at my house this year. Christmas for 2011 could've been better given that it was our first Christmas in our new home.

Just a fun thing to mention, I was listed as a Top Yelper! in this week's newsletter for the East Bay.

What's in-store for you for 2012?