Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"People are looking for a job --- or a second or third job"

Isn't that a scary quote? As a kid, you get asked what you want to be when you grow up. Not, what three jobs do you want to do when you grow up just to keep your house? How many people do you know that are looking for a job right now? How many people do you know that have a job but are looking for a second, or even third job? I may sound greedy but I hold 6 job titles and one of them consist of jobs for 4 other people: Office Manager, Executive Assistant, Human Resources Manager and Operations Manager. If you wonder why my blog is called "One Busy Bee", well, there you go!

Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's restaurant critic and posts Hot Italian will open a second location in Emeryville. I came across the article thanks to a friend and Emeryville-resident's blog post, Urban Outfitters, Hot Italian Pizzeria coming to E’ville. Hot Italian pizzeria is coming to The Public Market in Emeryville, California this Spring and has attracted 300 applicants to their Sacramento location, as Mr. Robertson states.

I could only imagine how many people applied for the Emeryville location. I first looked at these postings because our law office is always looking for new, great local food for lunch. I have already printed out the menu and cannot wait to try it. Will there be a grand opening? Those are always fun events to attend and market.

Besides looking forward to a new restaurant in town, I was amazed at how many applicants they had. I know folks without a job. These folks have a mortgage, children to support and a housewife that may need to back into the work force and bring some sort of income in. Then there are women that found a wealthy man and are taking full advantage of relying on their income to be that housewife they've always wanted to be. Not me! And no normal person is safe. I'm talking to the wealthy men with leeches for wives. Google's Chairman, Eric Schmidt's divorce will cause him to part with $1.5 BILLION in personal fortune! Be wary!

How are you staying afloat in these tough economic times? Hopefully not surfing Are you trying to find as much work as possible and saving the additional income?

For those turning every minute into an opportunity, I commend you. For those that are sitting around, sulking, I can't waste my pity on you. A few of these 6 job titles I previously mentioned are a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, an Event Planner and Coordinator, Certified Bartender, Notary Public and Dog Walker. I have many ways to make additional income and I could add more to the list, but I need to make time to market what I can do already. These titles enable me to work as little or as much as I want, flexibility, I have the ability to say 'NO' which is quite empowering and because hours are not mandatory, I can have fun with it.

Are you a good networker?
Do your friends go to you for referrals?
A young lady came to The Catwalk is Yours event this past weekend and she is an aspiring Event Planner. She was with her friend and I was more than happy to speak with her about how to get started, what I did to get started and that I'm happy to see that she was doing exactly what I do every so often: go to bridal shows, gather information, meet fellow wedding vendors and network. She's off to a great start and I hope she does call me to chit chat about it. There is plenty of business to go around, I think. If Event Planning isn't your thing, but jewelry is, I would of course be available to anyone interested in joining my Stella & Dot team. I could always add other certified bartenders and servers to my list of possible staff members for private events. And as a Notary Public, if someone calls me but I am unavailable, I am more than happy to refer them to another reliable Notary Public. Refer me, I would love to return the favor.

Good luck out there, Folks! If you have a job, do your best to keep it. It's horrible out there! The grass isn't always greener on the other side.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hoopla 2012!

I am soooo there! A special training sales conference just for Stella & Dot Stylists. I can't wait to be there this July with my team and in the audience for the fashion show unveiling the new 2012 Fall Line. Not only is it cool to be part of that fun experience, we get some great training sessions by Team Leaders and Directors from all over the country, Canada and the UK.

I had to miss last year's event because my fiance just lost his job and with not knowing where we were going to be, I had to cancel my ticket. But I followed the #SDHOOPLA conversations on Twitter and I very much wished I could have been there. The fashion show online with pauses due to an internet connection is just not the same. This year, I will be going and cannot wait to do with my team members and take over San Francisco in STYLE!

How do you get there? Join my team as a Stylist for $199 and get $350 in free jewelry plus a business in a box where you start earning commission immediately. Sign up by this Wednesday, February 29, 2012 and you'll get the Nahla Pendant worth $69 as part of your sign up package. Early registration for Hoopla is $199 for 3 days of fun and training to help grow your business.

Please contact me if you're interested or if you'd like to start off as a hostess and book a trunk show. I look forward to hearing from you and possibly carpooling to HOOPLA!

Now.. what to wear???

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Making Strides 2012 Towards Team-in-Training 2014

FIGHT Breast Cancer!

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you would know that Breast Cancer is something that has personally affected my family and friends. My Auntie Gi is currently in remission. My cousin, Natalie N., was taken from us in 2010 and a friend's mother, Maureen W., passed last year. I wanted to get a head start on fundraising for Team Lagade for the June 16th event in Walnut Creek. Your tax-deductible donation would be greatly appreciated. Your funds will go towards the cost of mammograms for early detection, prevention programs, treatment and support services and to create awareness on how to minimize your chances of diagnosis. Besides eating the so-called magic fruit that fends off carcinogens, I suggest doing all you can to make a life style change and live healthy.

I have a personal fundraising goal of:

Currently raised:

With every Tribute Bracelet ($36) and Vitality Necklace ($59) I sell thru my Stella & Dot website or your trunk show, now through June 16th, I will donate my entire commission on these pieces to my fundraising goal for this year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

# Tribute Bracelet Sold
$9 commission x 5 = $45

# Vitality Necklaces Sold
$14.75 commission x 0 = $0

Why $3,900??? I can honestly admit that I have never reached my $1,000 fundraising goal for any of my AIDS Walks or other Making Strides walks that I have participated in the last 10 consecutive years. If I reach this goal, I will commit to participating in the 2014 Team in Training event in honor of my grandfather, Victor Manzano, who has leukemia and now Stage 3 cancer. I am not a runner and fundraising an amount 4 TIMES of a goal I have never been able to raise would be quite an accomplishment - and it would be a definite sign that if I can do it once, I can do it again. My grandfather is a fighter and a lover of life and his family. I have chosen 2014 as the year that I would do Team in Training because it would be post-baby.

Your support and encouragement is greatly appreciated. Please sponsor me!

Related posts:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Fundraiser - July 30, 2011
We Miss You, Cousin Natalie
Rest in Peace - Maureen Withrow

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Catwalk is Yours!


Every Bride will have her day when all eyes are on her. So much preparation has been done to have everything on this one day absolutely perfect. For one day, The Catwalk Boutique in Downtown Brentwood (306 Oak Street) invites the Bride-To-Be and her bridal party to meet local, professional wedding vendors, take advantage of their special offers and possibly win some wonderful raffle prizes.

Please stop by on Saturday, February 25th from 10 am to 3 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!


Myself, an Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot
Add some style to your wedding, bridal brunch or bachelorette party with celebrity-adored jewelry. Dress and gift your hardworking bridesmaids with some gorgeous to delicate pieces they can wear again, and day-to-night.
OFFER: Book a trunk show to earn free jewelry and additional pieces at half off and I will bring the champagne and cupcakes.
PRIZE: Soiree Studs (Valued at $24)

Tammy Larsen of Almost There Travel
Get some great ideas and make unforgettable memories on your destination wedding or exotic honeymoon!
OFFER: A complimentary( 50.00 value) Honeymoon Registry once they book their honeymoon with us and a complimentary gift once they arrive at their destination.
PRIZE: A beach bag filled with travel goodies(luggage tags, luggage handles, photo frame, wine and more!)

Christina Vela, an Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay
Schedule a girls day of pampering to experience the extensive make-up and skincare line to get that natural and clean glow for your wedding day. Planning your wedding could be stressful and can effect your skin. However keeping your skin in check with wonderful products will keep breakouts at bay. Speak more with Christina on what she recommends.
OFFER: With any purchase of $50 of more, get a FREE gift. Anyone that books a glamour or facial class with me that day gets a $100 shopping spree if they have 5 or more guests at their class.
PRIZE: Love Lash Mascara and our award-wining make-up remover valued at $25

Sonia Bennett-Nava of Body by Vi
Are you part of OPERATION: WEDDING DRESS? All brides want to make some kind of change before their wedding day. Weight loss is usually #1. However if you need more energy to balance the wedding details, work, family, etc., Body by Vi has a product for that as well, all while being all natural and good for you. Try their tasty and healthy shakes and energy drinks at our event and meet Sonia. She's amazing.
OFFER: 5-Day Taster Pack with any order of transformation kits
PRIZE: 2 5-day starter packs

Paul Martell of Martell Music Entertainment
While you're too busy posing for photos, greeting your guests, and have absolutely no time to savor the slow-cooked meal you carefully picked out during your tasting, Martell Music Entertainment will be sure to keep your guests entertained, up-beat and having a good time. Stop by to chat with Paul about your wedding reception vision. He can do more than just play music.
PRIZE: A bottle of champagne
OFFER: 1-hour of music FREE when a bride books a 5-hour wedding package
Also, Paul will have a separate drawing for a FREE hour of music ($200 VALUE) and the winner will be notified by phone/email.

Justina Downs of Intertwine Hair Designs
A published and very talented hair stylist. She her work on the runways, in fashion mags and of course going down church aisles. Justina can take a traditional hairstyle and add a creative twist that will make you feel unique and camera-ready. Schedule a trial session with her and a reliable colleague of hers, a make-up artist.
OFFER: Discount for booking a trial with her and a make-up artist.
PRIZE: Hair Styling Pack

Not So Still Life Photography is a wedding, portrait and boudoir photographer based out of Santa Clara.
Capture the moments of your special day.
OFFER: A linen book of the enagement session for brides booked, or a linen book of poses with boudior sessions booked within 30 days of the event.
PRIZE: Two (2) gift certificates for the Bride's choice of an Outdoor Bridal Session OR a Tasteful Boudior Session. Both valued at $250!

The Catwalk Boutique - Our host and venue for the event is a consignment shop with designer gowns, jackets, tops, shoes and purses at unbelievable prices. If you eBay, save yourself the shipping and stop by to see the wonderful selection. Why pay full price?

We hope to see you there! I am also an Event Planner and Coordinator, and Certified Bartender. I am taking new events in May 2012. Please click on Event Services at the top of this blog for more information.

I hope to add additional raffle prizes! Come by for your chance to win*!

* Entrants do not need to be present to win. A completed entry form and valid contact information is required.