a little q&a

I have been getting more emails lately about being a Stella & Dot stylist, so I thought I'd take it to the blog. (I'm also hosting an informative yet super casual event via Facebook next week. If you're interested, send me an email so I can get you the details!)

I am 34 weeks pregnant, mom to an adorable toddler, and wife to one amazing guy. I also work full time as a purchasing manager (3 days from home, 2 from the office)....so why on earth would I want to add to my already full plate???

Easy. The style is irresistible, and if "mama ain't happy...." ;) I have been with Stella & Dot for 2 years now. It was a huge thing for me to join a direct selling company....the stigma that comes with direct sales is not one I really wanted to have to deal with. A few bad apples, in my opinion, had ruined the entire bunch - - in this instance, one direct sales company being a "scheme", to me meant that all direct sales were a "scheme".

For anyone considering any position with a direct sales company, keep this in mind: pyramid schemes are illegal. Just because a company is "direct sales" does not mean it's a pyramid. I had to get that through my head when I was researching Stella & Dot.

Some of the top questions I have been asked regarding Stella & Dot:
1. What is the initial investment? I normally reply with, "what's your interest level?" We offer 3 different starter kit options: $199, $499, & $699. All of them provide you with a business in a box: everything you need to get your business off the ground. If this is more of a hobby option for you, then stick with the $199 kit. If you are looking to perhaps make a career change, then go for the $699 kit.
2. Do you actually make money with this? Um, YES. From the first day you sign on, you make 25% commissions on all of your sales. There is a potential of making 30% and even 35% commissions. Everything is laid out for you, and really user friendly. If you decide to "build a team" by sponsoring others that love the brand, then you'll build on your earnings and make even more. The potential to earn a living is definitely there - - - but like with working out, you get what you put into it!
3. How many hours do I have to work? You don't have to do anything you don't want to do. This is your business. You would set your hours, and you would be the only one keeping YOU accountable. You could do a trunk show a month (average about $250 commissions), or you could do 4 trunk shows a month (average about $1000 commissions). I like to suggest to those asking me, evaluate your goals & needs. That will determine how much you "have to work". To be honest, this doesn't feel like work to me. I thoroughly enjoy working this business! Isn't that the best job? To work somewhere that you look forward to "working"???



With all that said, there are sporadic sign up specials that our corporate office offers throughout the year. One was literally just launched yesterday: an extra $100 in product credit to all new stylists. If you are even the least bit intrigued by this company, shoot me an email and let's discuss your hesitations / questions / concerns.



sale-ing with Stella & Dot

There is a BIG summer time sale going on over at my e-boutique.

Here are some of my top picks, that I don't think you should over look at these great prices!!

The Mercury NecklaceTwo metal chains stitched together by hand to create this unique hematite statement piece. Colored threads and rose gold metal nuggets make a truly avant garde look.
normally $168, on sale for $75.60

 



The Getaway in Red IkatHave style, will travel. This weekender makes packing a cinch. Expands in a zip for spontaneous shopping!
normally $138, on sale for $77.63

 



Mallorca ChandeliersWhite stones set in vintage gold with freely swinging drops. Laid back, casual, polished.
normally $49, on sale for $31.24




Luxembourg Scarf in Cerulean TigerWrap up in luxurious printed scarves this season. Keeping you cozy for a day of running errands and the most perfect comfortable wrap as you go into the night. It can be worn SO MANY WAYS: vest, skirt, sarong, and of course the billion ways you can tie it as a scarf
normally $59, on sale for $22.13




Eden RingThis darling cubic zirconia pave pyramid sits on top of a hand-sculpted shank. Available in sizes 5 to 9.
normally $29, on sale for $13.05

 



Etoile PendantSee how you sparkle in this sterling silver disc pendant dangling from a sterling silver chain. Cubic Zirconia stones play with the light. Toss on a pair of matching Etoile Drops—dazzling. Also makes a brilliant gift.
normally $59, on sale for $35.40
 


Those are just some of my top picks from our SALE! But you definitely need to check out everything on sale, and do it fast! Prices go back up on 9/2! Check it all out HERE.

where i've been, where i'm going

Holy smokes! I had no idea it had been over TWO months since my last post. Life in our household has been crazy to say the least!
In June & July we went on several trips:
Las Vegas

I can not believe that I have a 2 year old that has now been to Vegas THREE times. Insane.

Orlando (for my annual Stella & Dot convention!)
more on this to come, but I promoted within the company & got this cute bracelet!



San Francisco

bumped into Derek Hough & he insisted on taking a selfie


the Nordstrom Rack in Fremont (outside of SF) is always such a treasure hunt! 
Scored some great stuff, like Sperry's for BittyBeau for only $9.97!!
#HOLLA

Once we got back to reality it was time to honor this pretty lady & her growing bump, with a baby shower!

Our due dates are 10 days apart!


Of course I had to do a diaper cake - attempted the stroller this time

So that brings us to the present....I'm still chugging along with this baby bump. 34 weeks!!! And I have still been doing my Stella & Dot trunk shows. Had 2 this past week, and my last one will be September 12th before I take a break to prep for baby #2's arrival. Just another perk to this business....I can flex in & out to suit my life. I plan on doing more virtual shows over my leave, and then I'll resume in home shows at the end of October. I can't stay away too long ;) it's too much fun!

I did go ahead & sign up for this beast....

Just the 10K though! Once baby #2 is here, I'll resume my workout & training posts :)

So that was a super brief catch up on the past 2 months. Lots in store for the remainder of the year!!!
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