Category: My Style

Why I Love Being a Stella & Dot Stylist (and you just might, too!)

Stella & Dot image with laptopI have been a Stylist with Stella & Dot for over two years; here’s why I love what I do. Not only do I get to sample beautiful and trendy jewelry and accessories each season, as a Stylist, another fun part of my job is showing off my accessories at trunk shows, as well!  Imagine having a job that involves gathering friends together to socialize and play with accessories!!  Am I in the happiness business, or what?

If you are unfamiliar with Stella & Dot, we are a boutique-style accessory company selling jewelry and accessories, including bags and totes, scarves, tunics, sarongs and the list of fabulous offerings seems to grow with each new season, much to my delight!  This Spring we added beautiful sunglasses to the mix!

Stella & Dot was founded by our Chief Executive Officer, Jessica Herrin, and our Chief Creative Officer Blythe Harris.  Together, they have created a company that empowers women here in the US, Canada, the UK and France to become business owners on our own terms, giving us the flexibility to work when we want to; whether that means part-time, as a side gig or on a full-time basis.  What else do I like about being a stylist?  The list is too long to fit here in this blog post, but here are the main reasons:

    • I typically earn free samples, or I can purchase them for a pretty nominal fee.
    • I enjoyed the camaraderie with the other stylists on my team both locally and throughout the country and the friendships I have made with my customers. 
    • We are also a brand that is as sought out by celebrities and the media as it is by women like you and me.
    • Our fabulous versatile pieces (close to 2/3 of the collection can be worn multiple ways) makes styling oneself as easy as it is fun.

Our products are lead and nickel safe and, believe it or not; half the line is under $50!  Hostesses earn credit for free and half-off on accessories of their choice in appreciation for hosting and guests also can take advantage of “trunk show exclusives” at half the original price when they attend a trunk show/styling session.

Also, we’re very much a social selling company meaning that you can go to my site and purchase items directly, just like you would on any other retailer’s website, without having a styling session. Or you have the option of having a virtual styling session by inviting your friends to a styling event that is done interactively online via Facebook in real time.

I’ve loved being my own boss. Networking events keep me on my toes and continually challenge me to get myself out and meeting new people and new potential customers.  I’ve met some wonderful women through this journey and continue to do so.

We often talk about a tribe of women to support one another.  I have definitely felt that with Stella & Dot.

Had you told me three years ago that I would become a Stylist with a direct sales company, I would have laughed at the notion.  However, Stella & Dot is not your stereotypical direct sales company a la Tupperware, from the 1950’s, though.  Jessica Herrin, has a strong tech background and her vision for Stella & Dot was of social selling via our websites and social media and of course our personal and group styling sessions.

If you are looking for something to enrich your life, to perk up an outfit or two, or to feel more connected to your community, I highly recommend taking this journey.  To learn more about Stella & Dot, you can visit my website here.  If you have questions about our accessories, hosting a trunk show (we also refer to them as styling sessions) or learning more about what I do as a Stylist, feel free to reach out to me at contactus@findingmyselfat50.com.

Beverly Feldman Shoes Love

My Beverly Feldman Shoes

On my birthday, last month, my family and I decided to go to one of our favorite areas to celebrate — Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.  After a lovely brunch at a French restaurant called Bastille we went to the Old Town Boutique District, which I’d read about, but had never been to before.  My daughter was pretty excited to check out this fun shopping area too;  my husband, I can safely say, was not, but he was such a love to indulge me on “my day.”

One of the stores I’d read about in the Boutique District and wanted very much to take a peek in was Periwinkle, a sweet boutique that is filled with beautiful designer clothing, shoes and accessories.  As luck would have it,  a little chalk board at the door just happened to advertise that they were having a sale and I personally lucked out when this pair of Beverly Feldman T-Strap Sara Bis Pumps was not only a sale item, but happened to fit!

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What to Wear with Yellow Accessories

I was inspired by my new Citrine yellow Stella & Dot Norah earrings  and black and white polka dot sweater to put together an outfit which I wore the other day.  I loved it so much, I decided to create the collection below on the right, which has very similar elements in it.  I’m loving the 2014 Stella & Dot Collection of jewelry, handbags and accessories.  This is the first season change that I’ve been through since I started my Stella & Dot business.  From what I keep reading and hearing from other Stylists, the accessories and the jewelry get better and better with each season and I can see that, as well.     I also wanted to illustrate that these accessories can be worn now — adding just the right amount of warmth and sunshine to my winter outfit on the right and in the Spring and Summer as illustrated on the left.

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Polkadot Pants, a Sparkly Statement Necklace and Shiny Ballet Flats

Similar Outfit to the One I Wore
 
Burgundy Blouse (similar)
Black Capri Polkadot Pants
(the image above does not do them justice — click on the image to see the print up close)
 Ivory Statement Necklace
Bow Belt (similar)
Silver Ballet Flats (similar)
 

Polka-dot pants, a sparkly statement necklace and shiny ballet flats were the basis of the outfit I wore to the fantastic femworking blogging and small business conference that I attended in October.  I had a blast networking, talking about my goals for findingmyselfat50.com, telling the women about the women’s business networking group, of which I am a Group Leader, my ecommerce site, TheNarrowShoe.com, my first foray into e-commerce and what I thought was blogging at the time, and a labor of love, and the my leap into a new entrepreneurial venture as a Stylist for Stella & Dot.  Suddenly, I’m a very, very busy woman!

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3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is Finally Here!

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is Finally Here!

It’s finally here! The 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection is now available. What will you be purchasing????

Decisions, decisions!   Click above or click the underlined link:  Shop 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target + Spend $50, Get Free Shipping – Valid 9/15-11/16to go straight to the collection.  Happy Shopping and be sure to let us know what you chose and if you’re happy with it!

Black & White Outfits for Day or Night!

 

I love black and white for day or night in the late Spring and early Summer.  When I wear a black and white outfit I instantly feel chic.  Here are my picks for a terrific black and white outfit for day or night!

Day to Night
 Image Courtesy of Chicismo

 As soon as I laid eyes on this image from Chicismo, I knew I had to blog about it.  I just loved the artistry of it; The stripes in the model’s top seem to correspond to the arched bridge behind her.  I love the way the pleated Skater Skirt flares out and creates a balance for the top.  The clutch is the perfect accessory — the rounded rectangular shape not only mimics the curve of the short (more…)

I’m Practically CATatonic Over Kitty Flats!

I’m practically CATatonic over these Kitty Flats!

 Satin Kitty Flats in Black & Gold
Satin Kitty Flats

 

Do you remember when these Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats were all over the fashion pages? I love, love, love them and much like kitties themselves, they seem to be all over the place in all types and varieties once again, this season!

Capri at Nordstrom for $565/Pink Silk at Farfetch.com for $685/Glittery for $695 & Sleeping at net-a-porter.com for $595.

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What I Wore: Tank Tops & Skinny Jeans

What I wore last week on vacation was tank tops and skinny ankle length jeans!

Okay, this is not the best picture of me for two reasons, a) my head is missing and b) it’s grainy.  This is my first attempt at blogging a picture of myself and well,  1) I’m shy and 2) for whatever reason my daughter’s iPhone wasn’t behaving– maybe it had to do with poor lighting at the time?  Oh, well!

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Anyway, before leaving for vacation, my daughter and I were running errands and on the way home, I made a quick decision to run into Nordstrom Rack. (more…)

What I Wore to Dinner – Donna Morgan Shift Dress

 

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Back in May, I had a special dinner to attend.  It wasn’t dressy, but it wasn’t casual either, so it was a challenge to find a dress that would  work for the occasion.  I decided to wear this Donna Morgan Shift Dress, which I’d bought earlier in the Spring.  The one pictured here is available at Amazon.com.  I really liked the style of this dress when I tried it on and fortunately for this 50- (more…)