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51 Women

51 Women
For the past three years, my blog has been a space to talk mostly about my life and my random thoughts.  Which was great for the newly married season I was in at the time. When I needed a place to share my feelings, this page was there, and it got me to once again fall in love with writing.

But a shift in priorities has come.  Just a little over a year ago I signed up to be a Chloe + Isabel Merchandiser.  What started as whim, with the intention of being a small addition to my blog, has become one of my greatest passions.  I love the jewelry and the confidence it’s given me to be an entrepreneur, but more than that, I love the opportunity it has given me to be a leader.

Last fall, I was promoted to a Merchandise Manager with Chloe + Isabel and given a team of women to lead on their Chloe + Isabel journey.  I was excited to grow with the company and help pass on the knowledge I learned about how to be a Merchandiser.  What happened was beyond what I could have possibly imagined.  This group I was given (all 51 Women) have absolutely changed me and my outlook on life.

Each and every one of them came to Chloe + Isabel for different reasons.  Maybe it was to earn a little bit of extra money or get jewelry for free.  Maybe it was a chance to own their own business.  Maybe it was a creative outlet they didn’t have in their regular job.  Whatever it was, these women, they are all different.  They all have stories, different backgrounds, various challenges, obstacles in their paths, and struggles they have overcome.

It’s incredible what some of these women have been through personally or professionally.  Health struggles, job losses, relationship changes.  Still, they are inspired to build a business, take care of their families, and make other women feel beautiful.  And the fact that I get to have a small part in encouraging them to keep pushing, is an incredible honor that I don’t take lightly.

You see, I constantly think about how often we as women are told we cannot do something.  We are not smart enough, rich enough, thin enough, powerful enough, to do what we set our mind to.  Words are constantly coming at us from various sources that are meant to break us down and to feel that we are not good enough for those crazy dreams that are put on our heart.  I have made it my biggest goal with these women to be the absolute opposite of those messages that they hear too often.  I want to be their biggest cheerleader.  I am the one screaming in their corner that they can do ANYTHING they set their minds to because they are MORE than good enough.

And it’s time to extend that mission to this blog.  I’ve reached 51 women and hopefully made some of them feel like they can do anything they set their mind to.  But there are many more women who need to hear the words “you know that dream you have that you think is nuts? Chase it and I’ll be here chanting your name.”

So I am setting out to have this place become that source of encouragement.  I want to help women feel beautiful and valuable.

I hope you’ll join me.

My Nightly Routine

My Nightly RoutineI’m always amazed by how quickly my husband can jump into bed when he’s ready to go to sleep. My nightly routine is such a process. I have to take out my contacts, remove my make-up, wash my face, take my pills, brush my teeth, and then I can finally climb into bed. Some nights when I’m exhausted and I fall asleep on the couch watching TV, the whole nightly routine just becomes too much and usually my face ends up suffering.

I had gotten really lazy for a while about making sure my makeup was removed and my face was washed before going to bed. This laziness added to the usual stress acne I get when life gets really hectic, was wreaking havoc on my face. When I was fortunate enough to be able to try Frangipani Body Products, I made a commitment to take the time every night to make sure my face was clean before hopping into bed.
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Frangipani skin care products are created without harmful chemicals, synthetics or additives and are made with mostly floral and other natural ingredients. I loved that I could trust that what I was putting on my face wasn’t going to be harsh or cause damage to my skin. Tracy from Frangipani was so helpful in telling me which product would be best for mebased on my skin type and suggested that because I get stress breakouts and I’m a little on the oily side, that I try the Stress/Environment Triple Set with Grapefruit Body Oil for Oily Skin.

My Nightly Routine

My triple set came in the cutest packaging and smelled like something good enough to eat (don’t worry, I only put it on my face) and even from the very first night I used it, I noticed a difference in my skin. After being very regular about removing my makeup and using the products for several weeks, my ache really cleared up and I noticed that I didn’t break out as much after stressful situations. The grapefruit body oil that my set came with made my legs so smooth that even my husband commented on how soft they were. I learned a very valuable lesson that taking the 5 extra minutes at the end of night to take care of my face with the right kind of products is so important!

What is your nightly routine?

You Cannot Give What You Do Not Have

You Cannot Give What You Do Not HaveThis past weekend I attended a Mary Kay party with my bestie and one of the consultants said something that really stuck with me.  She said that she wanted to work on her self-esteem because one day when she has children she knows, “You cannot give what you do not have.”

That got me thinking.  I don’t have plans to have children any time soon, but one day, if I do, where will they learn their self confidence?  A daughter most likely would look at me and how I talk about my body and internalize those feelings.  I know I did as a child.  My mother was constantly talking about her weight and how she needed to eat less or lose pounds.  Looking back she was probably smaller than I am now at the time, and she looked perfect.  But that’s where I learned what size was “good” and what size was “bad.”

If I cannot find my inner self-confidence, there is no way I will able to pass self-confidence along to my children.  They will have so many voices telling them they aren’t good enough, aren’t skinny enough, aren’t rich enough from television, magazines, and movies, and even kids at school.  My voice will have to be one that says they are more than enough.  But how can I say that if I don’t think that about myself?

Even more than that, how can I offer unconditional love to my husband and future children if I don’t offer it to myself?  I am unforgiving of my mistakes.  I am harsh on my faults.  I am negative about my short comings.  I don’t want to treat them that way.  But I can’t love them if I can’t love myself.

It may sound cliche, but it’s the truth.  So now loving myself and being self-confident is more than just a wish for myself.  It’s something that must be worked on it order to fully love the people that have been placed in my life.  And when the goal isn’t just all about me, it becomes something that is so much more important.

Do you have self-confidence?  How do you share that with others?

 

Spring Fling Sale – Mystery Hostess Party

Spring Fling Sale - Mystery Hostess Party

Ever since I started selling Chloe + Isabel jewelry, I’ve been trying to find fun ways for my friends and family to earn free jewelry.  When Chloe + Isabel announced a huge sale starting today and running through Monday, I knew I had to do something fun to celebrate so I decided to host a mystery hostess party.

What’s a mystery hostess party?

Well…instead of one person hosting the party and earning all the jewelry credit, I am hosting the party online and YOU can win the hostess credit.  Take advantage of the Spring Fling Sale and for every order you make you will earn an entry to win the final hostess credits.  Take a look at what you could win.

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Here are the awesome items that are on sale

Necklaces

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BraceletsSpring Fling Free Bling - Mystery Hostess Party

Earrings, Rings, and Headbands Spring Fling Free Bling - Mystery Hostess Party

 

Any order will qualify you for the prize, not just an order including sale items.  By why not save while you shop?!  Shop here to win that free bling!

I’ve also created a Facebook group for the party where I’ll be posting about the jewelry and giving away more prizes.  Click here to join the group.

What is the first item you’d like to order during this big sale?!

I Was Selected To Be A Chloe + Isabel Merchandiser

Chloe + Isabel

A little while ago I was looking at jewelry online and fell in love with Chloe + Isabel.  I found out that you could apply to sell it, and after facing what is my worst fear, (a phone interview) I was selected to be a Chloe + Isabel Merchandiser.  I’m excited about what this opportunity will add to my blog and the ability to provide all my lovely readers with gorgeous jewelry that makes them feel beautiful.

So Who Are Chloe + Isabel?

Chloe and Isabel represent the idea of two best friends with different personalities and styles but a joined love of style and self-expression. “Chloe” is the fashionista who loves unique trends while “Isabel” has more of a timeless, classic style.  Whether you are a Chloe, an Isabel, or a little bit of both, you will love this jewelry.

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Things I Love About Chloe + Isabel

  • Each piece is hand-designed in NYC, branded with signature c+i closures,and packaged in keepsake pouches
  • All of the jewelry is hypoallergenic, nickel-free, and lead safe
  • There’s a lifetime replacement and 30-day money back guarantee on every piece
  • From timeless to fashion-driven, pieces start at just $24

More importantly, the jewelry is absolutely gorgeous.  I received my starter kit on Tuesday and my Mom and I Skyped as I opened it (It’s so nice to be able to share with your momma even across the country) and I was so impressed by each and every piece I received.  I knew it was going to be nice, and the pictures had looked beautiful, but in person the jewelry is simply stunning.

Chloe + Isabel

I would be so honored if you would check out my boutique. Throughout the month of March, Chloe + Isabel is giving anyone that spends over $200, $50 worth of free jewelry.  Thank you for your continued support in all my endeavors!

Are you a Chloe or an Isabel?