Friday, November 6, 2020

Shop Small Part 2: Clothes, Jewelry, & Accessories

 I love supporting small businesses, especially those owned by those I know. 

This year, I am separating them into four categories to share with you all more easily. 

Part 1: Health and Wellness
Part 2: Clothing, Jewelry, and Accessories
Part 3: Kids and Family 
Part 4: Homemade and Edible 

I will share their business and link it to their website, a few tidbits and insight into them, and some top picks for holiday gifts. 

Welcome to Part 2: Clothing, Jewelry, and Accessories

Naomi Rosenstein

Overview of you:
Ten years ago, I wanted a necklace I saw on television and decided to sign up to sell Stella & Dot because I wanted the necklace. In ten years, I've grown a personal business as well as a successful team. I am a former teacher and reading consultant and now stay home with my 4 year old son. I love being able to share my love of fashion and style with women looking to feel better about themselves. 

Overview of your business: 
Stella & Dot is a boutique style accessories company offering jewelry, bags, clothing, and skincare. I love what I do and enjoy being able to do it from home working part time around my family's life. 

Top 3 holiday picks:
Halo stud set (a set of versatile studs) 
Getaway bag (my go to bag for an overnight or weekend trip, the gym, and everything in between)
Personalized charm necklace or bracelet 

Leslie Rumanoff DeStefano, Co-Owner/ Vice President of Sales at Rumanoff's Fine Jewelry 

Description of your business:  
We are a 4th generation family run and operated full service jewelry store.  I am partners with my brother Doug, father Mike and Uncle Steve and we absolutely love what we do.  We pride ourselves on serving our community on the basis of trust, integrity and value and are honored to help our customers find the perfect gift for any and every occasion. We try our hardest to make jewelry buying fun and truly want you leaving feeling like part of our family. Side note: We have a bar in our that says a lot right there haha.  We do it all from watch batteries, custom design, engraving, pandora charms to engagement and wedding bands in all price ranges and styles.  We try to have something for everyone!

How did you get involved in your business?
Ever since I was little, I would beg to visit my dad, uncle and grandfather at work and absolutely loved playing dress up and seeing all of the beautiful jewelry.  As soon as I was able, I started working part time from 2001 through high school and during my summers while in college.  The summer heading into my senior year, I truly embraced the business, went on a few business trips, and fell even more in love with everything the jewelry industry had to offer.  I loved meeting new people and having the opportunity to help with such symbolic and meaningful gifts all while getting to work side by side with my family.  I knew this is where I belonged and what I was destined to do.  After graduating from Roger Williams University in 2009, I joined the business full time to help continue my family's legacy. Here we are 11 years later, and I can't imagine doing anything else.

Top 3 picks for gifts: 
Fingerprint jewelry starting at $150. There is an app to scan your child’s fingerprint!
Tacori initials starting at $190 with diamonds
Tiffany Jazelle Hand made in the cape bracelets. They start at $28


An overview of YOU and why you do what you do:
I am a self taught, part time, fiber artist. Project manager by day and designer at all the other hours of the day. Sewcialite began as a hobby/creative outlet that organically became a side hustle/small business. 

An overview of YOUR business and why you picked it:
I stumbled upon fiber art 3 years ago accidentally. I made myself a rope basket for my home and I loved it so much I just kept experimenting and I haven’t looked back. 
I create bags, and baskets out of ordinary clothesline rope. I weave the rope with fabrics, bead it and paint it. Most  recently I began beading earrings. 

Cinderella’s Attic

I get the awesome pleasure of looking through people’s clothing and jewelry treasures to curate a thoughtful inventory for my community of lovely customers. It’s been an honor to pick and choose for the past 15 years. Everyday is different and it never gets old! I’m such a lucky person to love what I do. 

Top 3 holiday: 
Gift certificates (duhhh!)
A thoughtful cozy pic! Does your sister love cozy cashmeres? An aunt who collects hats? Loved and lived in jeans for your cool teen?

Jessica Wetmore
Or on instagram @thebraceletladyct

My Why: I am the mom of two very energetic little girls who keep me very busy. Being a mom has been the most challenging and rewarding role I've ever had. That being said, I love a good hobby to wind down with at the end of the day and to keep me connected to my pre-kid self.

I grew up watching my mom, a jack of all trades, sew, paint, bake and do a variety of different hands on hobbies. In middle school, I made my first quilt. I found my love for pottery in high school and by the time I bought my first cricut in my mid 20s, I was in the throes of my papercrafting obsession.  Crafting has always been an amazing outlet for my creative energies and I love to learn new things that challenge and inspire me. Most of all, I love to make things that other love and that bring a smile to their face!

My Business: Quarantine has been tough!! I was on the hunt for something to keep my 6 year old and I busy during all of our down time and I came across a little beading kit. Turns out my 6 year old didn't have the patience for it, but I loved it! Ive always been told to do what you love, so here we are! I made my first stack for my friend to celebrate her second pregnancy. On a whim I shared it on instagram to see if anyone else was interested in one and the idea just took off. People began reaching out for custom orders and it brings me so much joy to bring a vision to life for someone. I guess I can't really say that I picked this business, but that it picked me! 

Name: Devon Zukowski
Devon Zukowski on FB (I totally work off my public Facebook page)

I'm a stay at home, homeschooling mom of three and love the flexibility of a direct sales job. The community of women are so encouraging and have become fast friends that encourage and want me to win! (And I want the same for them!)

Toribelle cosmetics is the fastest growing direct sales company out there and we have the original magnetic liner and lash system!
I picked them because of the proven training they give- I have never seen such explosive growth with a company before. Our product is hot and people want these lashes. Plus, they are easy and stay on all day! 

My top three pics for the holidays are:
1. A Lash and Liner bundle with our Shake It Off remover and plastic applicator.
2. Our BRAND NEW magnetic clutch with two blendable and buildable wet to dry foundation shades.
3. Stark Naked eyeshadow palette

Emmie Zakoscielny

Shopping Link:

EZ Nails with Emmie VIP Group on Facebook

I am Emmie Zakoscielny and I am an independent Color Street Stylist.  I am in my 20th year of public school music teaching. I teach 500 kids a week between two K-2 elementary schools in Enfield, CT.  I am married to an amazing man (Dave) and have an incredible IVF miracle boy (Elliott) who is 2.5!  My family is really important to me and I want to spend as much time with them as possible. I was never one to paint my own nails and I really just made a mess when I tried. Occasionally, I would go to the salon but it was expensive and time consuming. A year ago some teachers in my school started wearing Color Street and it turned into something fun we could all talk about! I was thrilled to be able to do my own salon-quality manicures and pedicures for a fraction of the price and time. I was buying nails so often that I decided to start selling Color Street in June of 2020.  I figured why not get a discount on a product I was already buying.

So, what makes Color Street life changing?  They are US made dry nail strips with various designs and colors so there is something for everyone! The strips are made of real nail polish but are dry when you put them on so there’s no dry time and no smudging. You also don’t need any special tools and they can be removed with nail polish remover. The best part is they typically last 7-10 days! You can use one color on all of your nails, you can mix packages to create a mixed mani or you can layer strips that are clear with designs/glitter over your favorite solid or glitter.  Nail sets range from $11-$14.  All sets on the website are Buy 3 Get 1 Free except for the French manicures which are Buy 1 Get 1 Free! When doing a B3G1 free there is no limit so you could buy 6 and get 2 more free or buy 9 and get 3 free.  Don’t forget to add your free set(s) to your cart.  These would make great gifts for your friends, family, colleagues, child’s teachers and daycare providers.  If you think you have friends who would also love this product I can set up an online party for you to earn nail sets for free!  If you are already obsessed with Color Street I would love for you to join my Color Street team and you can start earning some extra cash for the holiday season!

If you’re looking to purchase holiday gifts I would recommend some of our most popular sets: Glittersweet, Tokyo Lights or New York Minute. Glittersweet is a clear nail with gorgeous tiny bits of holographic glitter and is part of our Holiday 2020 collection! You can wear it alone or over your favorite solid color. Tokyo Lights is the little black dress of Color Street. It is a pink gold glitter with fuchsia and holographic sparkles. This set tends to match everything and is picked often for fancy events like weddings.  New York Minute is another favorite of mine.  It is a darker purple that looks more solid but in the sunlight it has a slight sparkle to it. It is another gorgeous color to add to anyone’s collection!  Check out my link on the Color Street website to see what is in stock. They have been restocking out of stock sets every day (Monday-Friday). I also have a lot of on hand inventory so if there is something you are looking for that is not in stock I may have it available to purchase. Join my Facebook VIP group for deals and giveaways too! Your purchase will help my family pay bills during this tough time and I can’t thank you enough for your support!  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out!

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