gaining momentum

Stella & Dot has been gaining so much momentum lately!

We were on the Steve Harvey show earlier this month....
Here's the segment courtesy of Stella & Dot corporate's Facebook page



Tonight we will be on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. (Lisa Rinna is hosting a trunk show in tonight's episode).

That's fellow stylist, Ali styling Lisa in their meeting last week



If Lisa Rinna can host a trunk show, so can you! Easy peasy!
Pictured left to right:


Brandi Glanville wearing the Aria Pendant while meeting with her lawyer last week.

And this Friday, the 30th our CEO will be on Undercover Boss!


When the CEO, Jessica Herrin was on the Steve Harvey show, so many people visited our website. So many still do not know about the company, the opportunity, or what we do. I wouldn't be surprised if we experience some technical site issues on Friday with the influx of visitors!

I'm so excited to see this company experience more growth in 2015! Who's with me!?!

tuck it, tuck it real good

I have been an avid supporter of barre workouts for years. I have done both Physique 57 and Ballet Physique workouts at my home, using my beloved ballet barre that my husband got for me. Normally, I would have no problem sticking with these lovely workouts - but I need the accountability.

At this point in my life, now being mom of 2, I need that extra push for myself. I found myself not prioritizing my workout time. So when Living Social posted a deal for 10 classes at a local barre studio, I was all over that like white on rice. (Ahem, brown on rice....to be healthier.)

Enter my new found love for Pure Barre.



I just attended my 8th class. I started just under 1 month ago, and I have lost 1 inch off of my waist, hips, & chest. Incentive to continue? I think so! (Once I tailor my nutrition, I foresee more changes coming!)

The teachers at the studio I attend are awesome. Sometimes the music does get a little loud and it's hard to decipher the cuing....so when that happens I pretty much resort to "tucking" or "lifting"....haha! When in doubt, tuck!

Here is some random information regarding attending a class near you....

No you do not have to have had ballet training to take a class!
Yes, you use the ballet barre, but there are no plies or arabesques. Just a lot of lifting, tucking, & BURNING! Burning = muscle building....so that is GOOD!

Go with the lighter weights!
Don't fool yourself....just because they say they weigh 2 pounds, they will feel like 50 pounds by about half way through the arms section. GO LIGHT! If it's your first class, skip the extra weight altogether! (Your teacher may even recommend this.) Barre workouts are all about fatiguing the muscles, and then stretching them immediately. 

You HAVE to wear sticky socks.
You may think they are optional, but they aren't. The studio mandates it. You will be glad for that regulation, both for hygiene & stability. I found this cute company that makes the cutest sticky socks....TOESOX go check 'em out!

You will not look like a dancer after 1 class, 5 classes, 10 classes, etc.
If you're trying to transform in to the beautiful ballerina, well you're setting yourself up for a huge letdown. Not that you won't change your physique, but most dancers train for 8 hours a day - - it's their full time job. Instead focus on shaving off a few inches off of your waistline. Pay attention to how your clothes start fitting....how your need for Spanx may not be a "need" anymore. And tailor your eating habits to compliment your new found workout regimen.

You are not going to nail the form on day 1.
Like anything else, the form with barre workouts takes lots of practice. This may not apply to everyone, but for the majority it will. I have seen some avid "barre-ers" where I go....lean & long ladies, who are still being corrected on form during class. Face it, when your thighs are twitching & you're supposed to be lifting 'up an inch & down an inch' - - remembering to keep your shoulders down and pelvis tucked is not at the forefront of your mind. Oh yes, your legs will twitch.

The burning sensation is normal.
Unlike most of life's situations, this burning sensation is welcome & an indication that you're burning off calories!

Don't wear shorts.....
Ain't nobody wanna see that.

As with any workout program, results vary from individual to individual. Optimal results are seen with combining a healthy & nutritious diet. By diet I mean eating habits.....a lifestyle change.

a Christmas with sweetworks + giveaway!!!


Living in hot & humid Tampa, Florida makes Christmas time not feel so "Christmas-y". Not that I would want to be dealing with blizzards & snow.....but cooler weather would be nice! And by cool weather I mean like 60 degrees....enough for a cute coat & some boots. Yes, a coat is required by us warm blooded Floridians if the temps drop below 70. So if the weather doesn't cooperate, it's the responsibility of decor & music to bring about the "Christmas-y" feeling we all love.

I was extra happy the day that a Christmas packed candy box from Sweetworks showed up on my doorstep! More help in bringing out that Christmas feeling!

This year we introduced "Elvis the elf" to BittyBeau - - so one of the days, Elvis went to great lengths to elicit a 'Santa's Sweets Shop' for the family.

Here's the candy I received....



Here's what I did Elvis did....




Some of the details....














And for the adults....a hot chocolate bar on my brand new COFFEE BAR!!! :) (a little excited about this new addition....)







Sweetworks is offering a giveaway to you fabulous readers!

Candy Packages to 25 Winners Valued at $50 include:
8oz Christmas Mix Gumballs Peg Bag (2)
4oz Peanutbutter Filled Santas (2)
4oz Foiled Solid Milk Ornaments (2)
1.7oz Christmas Cane w/ Sixlets (2)
Dark Mint Filled Break-A-Part  (1)
Mint Ovation Sticks (1)
Christmas Sixlets Theater Box (1)
4oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Laydown (1)
1.75oz Christmas Mix Pearls (1)
1.75oz Snowflake Mix Pearls (1)
1.5oz Shimmer Silver Stars (1)
1.5oz Shimmer Gold Stars (1)
3.5oz Foiled Semi-Solid Rocking Horse (1)
4.5oz Snowflake Mix Sixlets Jar (1)
4.5oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Jar (1)


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25 blogs +25 $50 Giveaways = $1250 in Candy Prizes & 25 Winners! 



fall fashionista event - - stella & dot style!

It's that time again! The FALL FASHIONISTA GIVEAWAY EVENT starts TODAY!!! 

I am so excited to offer this amazing Stella & Dot prize pack to one lucky winner. But first....for you newbies wondering, what is the fashionista giveaway???

 The Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com and Katy from ModlyChic http://www.modlychic.com/
All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 100+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize!

You can see all the blog giveaway information at the bottom of this post, but here is some information for the grand prize that ALL are eligible to win.....
  • The  FALL Fashionista Events Grand Prize is $500 PayPal (worldwide where allowed by law).  For every giveaway in the Fall Fashionista Event that you enter, you gain one entry toward the Fall Fashionista Grand Prize. 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $500 PayPal cash. 1 first prize winner will receive $300 gift certificate to Midnight Velvet Clothing. 



Okay - so now for the FUN stuff. The winner of this giveaway has the option of the GOLD or SILVER prize pack. 
Here's what you'll get in either of the Stella & Dot prize pack!!

GOLD Prize Pack:
Our beloved Bello Bangle....



Our NEW Deja Vu Double Sided Studs in gold....




SILVER Prize Pack:

Our best selling Rhea Bangles....




Our new Deja Vu Double Sided Studs in silver...




Both prize packs come with a virtual style event for you & your fashion loving girlfriends, held over Facebook along with a $25 gift certificate to use at your virtual fashion event....




Ready to enter? Which will you choose?



LEGAL Stuff: 18 years of age or older to enter. US Only! Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 48 hours to respond once contacted. Still Blonde after all these YEARS , Modly Chic, Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway or the Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby.In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway received a sample for this review. Compensation was not provided. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook. Happy Entering!

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sweetworks candy display and giveaway!!!!

SweetWorks candy company sent me a box of Halloween / Fall treats to sample eat decorate with, and I wanted to share with you! I mean seriously, I'm 38 weeks pregnant....is this not every pregnant girl's dream? Come home to a BOX of candy on your doorstep. I think so. Gestational diabetes, what???

Here's a little about SweetWorks that is taken from their website....



I recruited the help of my mom - - who happens to have an unspoken love affair with Sixlets, that I knew nothing of. Seriously....had to watch her like a hawk. 

I knew I wanted to do a candy bar of some sort, especially with the variety of candy that they sent! Speaking of, be sure to scroll through this entire post because they are giving away candy to TEN lucky winners!!!


Here was the final product of our candy bar! It starts at my front door, and then continues on to the dining room table. I LOVE using not traditional centerpieces on my dining room table. And I especially love that the candy is fall AND Halloween themed. 



I change out the decor by my entry way for each holiday / season. So I thought it would be precious to do a candy bar since it's Halloween.




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I also change out the centerpieces on my dining room table, so I carried the theme over to there as well!









Aren't the jack-o-lantern gumballs, so cute!?!? I left some of the orange ones out, just randomly laying around the candy jars. 



The candy used was:



So now it's YOUR turn to win some candy stash!!! 



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fall trends: trend #1

Looking to spice things up with your wardrobe for fall!? I'll be sharing 3 trends to try, courtesy of Stella & Dot!





First up, Modern Femme - this may be my favorite!


This trend is all about the blush, rose, and neutral hues. I'm a HUGE fan of rose gold, so this is right up my alley. Here are a few pieces to integrate this trend into your wardrobe....


Yes, that is a little outside pocket for your phone. The fabric is mink nubuck blend, with the exception of the metallic area, which is saffiano. 




I LOVED this piece from the moment I saw it at our fashion show. The stones are handset in shades of pink & blush. It is such a stunner, and looks amazing paired with the Peach Somervell






The metallic geo chevron print is totally adorable, and this little pouch fits great inside the Bond Street Tote!
Use it as a clutch or a catch all. 

Here's the interior:







If you don't have rose gold in your wardrobe, this is a great starter piece!!!





Whenever my clients are looking for a "go to" piece, that layers nicely, can be paired with a tshirt & jeans, or dressed up, I constantly refer them to this piece. It's just a solid piece to have!



Finally....

Actually, all the Nancy Studs are a staple item to have!  


Two more trends to come, this week!
Stay tuned!

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