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It’s been a whirlwind this week after I travelled to San Francisco for Stella & Dot Director’s Retreat and then on to Vancouver Island to attend a SD Spring Rally. Then this past Tuesday night we held our SD Spring Rally in Langley also. Stella, Stella, Stella! I have literally interacted with 100’s of women in the last two weeks: singles, mother’s, 20-something’s, 30-somethings, professionals and more! All types of women are represented in our Stella & Dot posse – but we all have one main thing in common….can you guess what that is? Because it isn’t jewelry…..
Let me explain.
Selling Stella & Dot is a job. Just like any other job. The difference is that you can choose what you want that job to be. If you want it to be part-time, you can work part-time and earn a part-time income. If you want it to be just something extra that you do so that you get out of the house once/twice a month, you can do that, and earn a little income (and get jewelry at a discount) accordingly. But you can choose to work 35-45 hours a week, marketing, coaching and selling and earn a full-time income similar to any corporate job. That choice is yours. But what I have found with this job different from other jobs, is that everyone here is 1) a woman! (actually there is one man) and 2) thrives on connection and camaraderie. Now I’m not in everyone’s head of course, so this is somewhat of a general statement. But I can say from my dozens of interactions, that most of these women want each other to succeed! Everyone is comfortable sharing their best selves, abilities and supports one another. When I get remiss about having make some effort to book trunk shows (I love doing them but don’t like booking them), I remember how much I like the my customers and then the support I get from my colleagues. There is always someone to lift you up, remind you of your strengths and be a listening ear. And that keeps my spirits high and keeps pushing me forward.
A quote from Madeline Albright – it’s so true!
For our meeting in Langley this past week, I hired a Fashion Stylist to come to the event to talk about style and fashion tips. This is a young woman, no older than mid-20’s, who has had a very interesting life travelling, modelling and working as a stylist. When I met her a few weeks ago, I immediately felt her positive aura – and she was reeeeeeallly stylish! Like, intimidatingly stylish! She had only seen the new Stella & Dot line less than a week before, but she did her research and really dove into the history of the jewelry and what the intent was behind each collection. What struck me most about Brea was not just her fashion sense and super-cute style, but her sense of confidence. It must have been scary to come into our group of 60 or more women and speak on fashion, which is a very subjective topic. When I used to do colour and design presentations, I felt very intimidated presenting to the architectural community, even though I knew a lot about the subject. But Brea took it all in stride. She was witty and humorous and never faltered. The best part though was the energy of the women in the room. You could feel a sense of encouragement from all of the women attending, rather than judgement. We all wanted her to succeed, and she did! This is an important part of the SD community and really keeps me committed to the organization.
Fashion Stylist Brea Schneider
Fashion Stylist Brea Schneider
Some of the tips and favourite pieces as per Brea, Fashion Stylist:
Linden Necklace – the tonal hues of green in this necklace are almost translucent. They have a quality that is almost a blue-green and takes on either colour when paired with one or the other. It looks especially great with an opposite hue on the colour wheel such as coral of fuschia. The stones are set in a brass casting and works great casually or over a little black dress or something you would wear for an evening out.
Mallorca Pendant – this necklace exudes casual elegance. I especially love the length and then the little bit of sparkly with the cz stones. Brea described this as a must-have that can be worn casually or with a maxi dress and cute cape-y type vest-shawl-type thing (how do you like my descriptions?! That is my interpretation of her words, not hers!).
Makena Pendant – this is a vintage inspired filigree pendant with a sweeping fringe. Very Boho inspired and reminds me of something my mom had in the ’70’s (although hers was not this nice!). It falls sort of mid-length which is unusual but works well with any neckline that mimics this shape. So for example a spaghetti straps jumpsuit with a deep V neck would look terrific.
These are scarves of my mother’s from the 1960’s which I still have. They remind me of the Gypset and Bohemian collections!
Fleurette Necklace – this is a beautiful statement necklace with so much detail. Glass, acrylic and epoxy stones in a green, pink and brown appear neutral because of their translucency. Wearing these over a grey top neutralizes the colour and adds just the right amount of sparkle. This is super feminine with a little bit of edge because of the boldness and shape!
I always remember my old manager at Benjamin Moore telling me that entrepreneurs are generally a bunch of weirdos. They are people that want to own their own business because they don’t like working for other people! And that can be true of Stella & Dot Stylists as well. But I like my posse of weirdos – these are the most supportive weirdos I know!
Footnote: Breanne Schneider BIO
Fashion stylist, Personal stylist, Creative Director and Model Breanna Schneider’s passion is to inspire intentionality and to always celebrate life. Her desire to make all things relevant started amongst the cutting edge and fast paced fashion industry of Sydney, Australia where she fell in love with personal expression and the limitlessness of creativity. Originally image consulting on the side, she realized that she could utilize her personal style and apply it to the more hands on side of the industry; Styling! She’s since moved to her home-town of Vancouver to establish her business locally. In addition to creative directing photo and video shoots, she’s collaborated with photographers, designers, producers, models, artists and vocalists. She’s worked on top 40 music videos, corporate and editorial photo shoots and her favorite – personal styling clients. Having experience internationally allows her to have a rounded understanding of a client’s perspective, and enjoys the relational side of the business. She says, “Getting behind someone’s vision is a beautiful, powerful opportunity. And it’s way too much fun when it comes to life!” She believes that we should always embrace the chance to communicate who we are. Aside from styling she enjoys travelling, snowboarding, singing, making home-made bubble tea and running with her pup Malcolm. Her favorite style tip? “Accessories. Never forget your accessories!”