Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Giants Sweep the Tigers

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series!

I was bowling with my league during Game 4 that was taking place in Detroit. We finished our third game and some stayed to watch history being made. 'Gramps', I believe the owner or family member of the owner of the bowling alley came out with the broom in celebration.

In regards to a celebration, I can't say I'm proud of some Giants fans that took to the streets and vandalized, mugged and trashed the home of the Champions. Similar acts happened in 2010 and it's quite an embarrassment to the city. Where's the pride? What do you think the punishment should be for such unnecessary and destructive acts?

The parade happens tomorrow in Dan Francisco. I will not be in attendance but I'm sure great photos will be posted.

Again, congratulations to the Bay area and the San Francisco Giants!

Friday, October 26, 2012

December Holiday Shopping Events

The holidays are upon us! Shop for your holiday gifts at one of these events and definitely come say hello at my booth! Check back here often for additional details and other events. I have great Stella & Dot samples available for sale at a great discount, or items for order.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 10 am - 3 pm.
4449 Shannondale Dr., Antioch, California
I will be there with Stella & Dot. Along with Pampered chef, Thirty-One Gifts, Stampin Up, Mary Kay, Kacies Knitted Creations, and Wine Sisters. Stay tuned for more info.

Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 12 pm - 6 pm.
11 Cindy Place, Brentwood California
Celena Miller is ArtC is having an open house showcasing her artwork by assignment. View samples and order a customized painting of your favorite liquor bottles for your home bar or restaurant, a great wedding present or for a family member of your mixed horoscope signs, or handmade hair pieces for a wedding or other special occasion. There will also be a special door prize.
I will be there Stella & Dot.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 9 am - 3pm.
Freedom High School Holiday Boutique, 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley, California
Come by and shop. Visit each vendor and enter to win a raffle prize from each! Collect more raffle prize entries - for every item you purchase, you'll get an extra raffle ticket from me.
My raffle prize: TBD

Vendors you'll see:
Stella & Dot
Beach Body
Ellens Granola
Glass Creek Studio
Juice Plus
Delta Blue Baubles Bling
Tammy's Purses
CJ Designs
Creative Memories
Cookie Lee
AC Doll Clothes
31 Gift
Mary Kay
You me Oakley
Holiday Gift Baskets
Pampered Chef
Art By Prudence
Darlene Smith Jews
Crafty Chirsty
Borrego Shirt's
Perfectly Posh
Fab Delights
Party Lite
Ritz Purses
Yvonalicious Photography
Princess House
H20 at Home
KK Cupcakes
Soap N Stuff
Glitter bling& Every
Organo Coffee
Quick Draw
Debbie Music Box
Nonna Cakes & Bakes
Colornote Yarn
Terry Hooper
Just Sew Sew
Pixie Dust
3 French Hens
Walsh Designs
The Blind Stitch

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

World Series!

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants making it to the World Series against the Detroit Tigers! The excitement starts tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24th at 5 PM in San Francisco.

Update: 10/28/12
Series is 3-0 Giants. GOOO Giants!
Loved the three homers by Panda in Game 1.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Let Them Eat CUPCakes!

It was a SWEET weekend. On my way up to Cotati, California to see a friend to knock stuff off our “Explore Our Own Backyard Bucket List”, I stopped in Oakland, California and explored College Avenue a little more. I have had Katrina Rozelle Dessert & Pastries on my list of vendors for years now. I have yet to have them on my selected vendor list for an event. Perhaps someday soon. I believe I first came across them at one of the many Bridal Fairs where I network, do research and experience or taste vendors’ services first-hand. My cousin who is a corporate Event Planner has also recommended Katrina Rozelle. But it wasn’t until this weekend when I made myself walk an extra block with a bum foot just to get a taste. It’s a small shop with two display cases. I was able to try their Vanilla Almond Cake and their Pumpkin Cake. And for someone who’s not a big fan of pumpkin, that Pumpkin Cake was amazing. I searched through their cases and wanted to bring my friend in Cotati a taste of Oakland. I couldn’t pass up picking up two Chocolust Cookies with the girl describing it as a brownie and a cookie blended together. Sold. I arrived at my friend’s house and handed her the goodies. “You like chocolate, right?” She gave me this look, like what woman doesn’t LIKE chocolate? She enjoyed them.

Later that day, my sweet tooth was in need again. Here’s my write up on Sift Cupcakes on Yelp.

“I have seen Sift on Cupcake Wars, I follow them on Twitter and receive e-newsletters from them. But I haven’t had a chance to experience their deliciousness til this past weekend when a friend and I were sitting at the end of Oktoberfest and I inquired about the local flavor’s best dessert. She asked if I liked cupcakes. YES! Have you heard of Sift? YES! I’m not a beer drinker and I ate all of my snausage so we headed over there. And it was such a short drive away from downtown. I was super excited. It was busy and I’m glad there’s not a line out the door.

The place was well lit, had many of their items on display for your drooling pleasure and friendly gals behind the counter to assist you. They had 24 flavors listed, macaroons, cookies, and a milk shake where you could take two cupcakes, throw them in a blender, add milk and ice and drink your cupcake. They also had coffee, milk, juice and water available.

I had to try the Stud Muffin (brown sugar, caramel and bacon), the Cookies & Cream (Oreo fan here!). I bought my roommate the Stud Muffin as she has the house smelling of bacon often and the Ooh La La of red velvet.

Roomie's Response to the Stud Muffin: OMG. Just at the bacon cupcake. It was AMAZING! Too good."

My friend got her favorite, the Pink Champagne made with raspberries and you can absolutely taste the champagne in the frosting. Just thinking about this all makes my mouth water. The Stud Muffin takes the cake for sure. It was almost like taking a shot of maple syrup. At first, was it too sweet? Hmmm. No, going in for another bite, and another and another til you’re bummed that you should’ve gotten another one for yourself. And then you get a little surprise of bacon! Then you’re completely hooked. The Cookies & Cream was pretty standard but still oh so delicious. Even at $3 a pop! Definitely get yourself a small carton of milk. You’re going to need it. And, it does a body good.

Sift is totally worth the drive up to the North Bay. But I just noticed that there’s one in San Francisco. Closer, but worth the drive to have a good friend’s company as well.

They cater! Good to know for this Event Planner.”

Stud Muffin & Cookies & Cream, Stud Muffin & Ooh La La

I have had Kara's Cupcakes ($3/wedding cupcake, $2/per mini, $40 per 6" cake.) I heard a lot about Sprinkles but have never had any. And I have seen a bright pink food truck called Sweet Treat Stop at the Toys 'R Us in Emeryville, California and follow them on Twitter, but I have not had their cupcakes. I was in gym-mode/Mission: Wedding Dress at the time so I had to resist. There is so much to explore and indulge in!

What are your thoughts on these businesses?
How far have you gone for sweets?
Happy tastings!

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Customer & Former Hostess Appreciation Event - Oct. 27, 2012

The time of year is approaching of when to show appreciation for what you have. I am appreciative of many things in my life such as my family, loved ones and friends. Specifically in regards to my Stella & Dot business,I appreciate my customers and former hostesses. My business would not succeed without them. Like last year's event, I want to do something special for them. Invitations to the October 27th event will be sent out this week.
Not a customer or former hostess of mine but want to attend the event? Do #10 or #11 below.

On top of the event, I will be conducting a raffle for many prizes that is open to the general public - More prizes to be announced. (Vendors - Contact me to be part of this giveaway.) See below on how to earn entries.


The Calliah Necklace - Valued at $158.00

Rain Services - Two (2) gift certificates, each for 1 Free Hour of Professional Organizing for home/office/business in Contra Costa, Alameda or SF Counties. Gift certificates expire February 28, 2013. - Total Value - $130.00 ($65.00 each)

A $50.00 Mary Kay Gift Card with Abby Davis, Independent Beauty Consultant Mary Kay Skin Care & Cosmetics - mobile/text (925) 324-8707
SPECIAL OFFER: Receive 20% off your entire order placed by October 27, 2012 at midnight (PST) when you mention 'Stella & Dot'

Diva on a Dollar Gift Card - Valued at $25.00
3850 Balfour Road #N, Brentwood, CA 94513
Diva on a Dollar consignment shop just took Silver in the Consignment Store category for Best of Brentwood! Congratulations!

1) Show up at the event! – Get 5 entries
2) Bring a friend that hasn’t RSVP’d. – Get 2 entries per friend.
3) RSVP to the event by via email (bappletree@gmail.com) or phone (925.895.7136) – Get 2 entries
4) LIKE my Facebook page at facebook.com/StellaDotBernadette – Get 3 entries If you already LIKE my Facebook page, post a comment on my wall to earn 2 entries each time.
5) SHARE my Facebook posts – Get 3 entries per SHARE
6) Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/bappletree and Tweet “Follow my Stella & Dot Stylist @bappletree” – Get 2 entries
7) ReTweet my Stella & Dot related Twitter posts – Get 2 entries each time
8) Follow my Blog at http://bernadettemanzano.blogspot.com - Get 3 entries
9) Comment on my Stella & Dot related Blog posts – Get 1 entry
10) Book and host a Trunk Show with me by November 1st – Get 11 entries!
11) Book a Trunk Show by October 27th to be held between November 21st – December 31st – Get 5 entries. Get an outside order by October 27th – Get 2 entries per order.
12) Place an online order of $75 or more by October 27, 2012 – Get 2 entries

Good luck and a humongous 'Thank You' to all of my supporters.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Become a Stella & Dot Stylist!

Jessica Herrin, CEO & Founder of Stella & Dot as seen in Inc. Magazine

I just tuned into a Prospective Stylist Conference Call lead by the one and only, Jessica Herrin. Even as a Stylist of a year and a half, I am constantly finding out new information and feeling re-energized when I tune in. That is one of the great things about being a Stella & Dot Stylist: the constant availability of training and being lead by a leader that is present, approachable and motivating. I would like to be better at that for my team of 8 other Stylists.

I joined in a bit late for the call, but Jessica went into the available specials, available training, and answered questions from current and potential Stylists all across the country.

Besides the new, gorgeous Holiday Collection that was unveiled on October 1st, a few new pieces including jewelry, a scarf and wristlets that will benefit the Noreen Fraser Foundation with 100% of proceeds benefitting women cancers, not just breast cancer. We also have the Stella & Dot Foundation Bracelets and Charms that benefit non-profits such as Accion, Girls, Inc., and BuildOn. In November 2012, qualifying Stella & Dot Stylist will be selected to go to the Bronx in New York to makeover a school. All thanks to the sales of the Foundation Bracelets. Yes, it is a trip to win, but we also don’t mind getting dirty or hard work. Not only will you be Styling Your Life as a Stylist, you’ll also be part of a company that has good intentions and gives back.

Jessica answered the question of what makes a successful Stylist. She states that you do not have to be incredibly fashionable, knowing the latest runway looks or have a subscription to every fashion magazine out there, you just need to be friendly, love and be enthusiastic about what you do and basically share information. Seventy percent of Stylists have other jobs. I personally have 6 other job titles. Stylists are mothers, single mothers, doctors, nurses, teachers, to name a few professions. You do not need to have a sales or marketing background. Stella & Dot offers many flexible ways to learn and grow your business. There are DVDs, training guides, online videos, training conference calls with playback features if you cannot participate during the live session, in person meetings, boot camp sessions, our annual sales conference called HOOPLA, Facebook groups to learn and bounce ideas off of other Stylists, and local Directors and Sponsors that are available to meet with you one-on-one or chat over the phone. Does your current employer help you grow?

Jessica answered the question of whether or not Stella &Dot will be expanding past jewelry and accessories. When I first started in May of 2011, Stella & Dot was only in the United States and Canada. Today, they are in the United Kingdom and Germany, WITH sights set on growing! Also, when I first started, Stella & Dot solely provided jewelry. They launched into handbags, iPad and iPhone cases, candles, and now scarves and wallets. Yes, Jessica says the line would like to expand past jewelry and accessories but it will be carefully and thoughtfully be selected and launched at the right time. Stella & Dot is still pretty small and it has so much potential for growth. Only .5% of women in North America have been styled by a Stella & Dot.

I can go on and on as to why I love being a Stella & Dot Stylist but in a nutshell, it has given another avenue for me to remain independent, to be able to help other women to also be independent and put smiles on their faces, to be just a touch more stylish, and I just love the compliments I get. I am more than happy to chat or meet with you about this great opportunity. Please feel free to email me with any questions or to set up a meeting.

$450 in FREE Jewelry
Through October 31st, 2012, sign up at stelladot.com/Bernadette and get $100 more in free jewelry plus an unlimited amount at 50% off to start your business and samples that you can wear and share. Now is the perfect time to sign up because retailers make 40% of their sales in the fourth quarter. EVERYONE is shopping for the holidays and your friends and family should know they can shop with you! AND our gorgeous Holiday line was just released so you will have a pick at the latest and greatest pieces.

Good luck and I look forward to hearing from you! Please follow this blog, or “LIKE” my Facebook page at facebook.com/StellaDotBernadette