Get on social media and it seems everyone is selling something these days. Everyone. Go on your Facebook account right now and I bet at least ten of your “friends” are trying to convince you that you need something they have to sell you; jewelry, skin care products, lipstick, bags for everything with your monogram, makeup, essential oils, a healthy lifestyle along with a $100 per month powder, etc., etc. I have a love/hate relationship with all of this because, A- I, admittedly, have fallen for many of these things and, B- I AM one of these people. It can be so annoying and I annoy myself with it. Trust me. But I keep going and I would like to tell you why.
It was 2008 when I went to my first Stella & Dot party. I had never heard of it before but a girl from my office was having a party and I was a new mom who needed a night out. Decision made. What I wasn’t prepared for was how much I loved it! Like, seriously wanted it all!! However, I couldn’t afford it all, so I purchased a pair of amazing earrings and gave some serious thought to hosting my own party to score all the other goodies I wanted.
Before I could plan my own trunk show we made a decision to move back to my hometown . After we were settled, I still really wanted to have a party. I went to the Stella & Dot website and clicked to find a stylist. It didn’t take long to receive an email from a stylist in Columbia (closest one at the time). Together we locked in a date and time. I was so excited and then terrified. Who was I going to invite? Granted, I was living in the town I grew up in, but I had not lived there in a really long time. My social circle wasn’t very big. Thankfully the hosting packet had a “who do you know?” page in it. I started making a list and once I started thinking of friends, family, co-workers, and church friends, my list was bigger than I thought it would be. Also, to my surprise, people actually showed up!
After that, I was hooked. I wanted to wear and share this jewelry with others. I signed up to be a stylist and have loved it ever since. I did bow out completely for a short time but had to come back. I missed it! I have gone full force and taken time off. One of the things I like is there is no amount you have to sell each month. You can work as little or as much as you want to, whatever fits your life. There is a small (quarterly, I think) fee to keep your website up, but that’s all. I’ve also met some really awesome people through this experience. Every Stella & Dot stylist I’ve met is amazing. I’ve even walked up to strangers in public places and asked “Are you a S&D stylist?” because you just learn to spot “your people” in a crowd (it helps when you see them wearing the goods). I really love these accessories and this company. The company started in 2003 by Jessica Herrin. She wanted a way to stay home with her newborn and have a career so she started making jewelry in her living room. Fast forward to 2007 and she is joined by Blythe Harris, who becomes the creative director. They rename the company after their grandmothers and Stella & Dot was officially born. It has grown so much since then, adding in scarves, bags, high end diamond necklaces and most recently tops, dresses and hats. All the jewelry is hand crafted and lead and nickel free. It’s made from semi-precious stones, crystal, glass, sterling silver, brass, bronze, gold vermeil and hand painted enamel. It’s more beautiful in person than on the website or in the look book.
I’ve never really asked anyone to join me on this journey but if you are interested in a no pressure, fun “job” that you can work as a full time gig or just as a part time hobby, I would love to talk to you. Along with helping style other gorgeous ladies, you also get the following perks.
So, if you’re still with me, I apologize for being one of those annoying people on social media. I try to not go overboard but sometimes it’s difficult. Please know that I am not a sales person. I’m just a chick that truly does love this company and I want others to feel confident and amazing in what they wear every day!
Stylist, Stella & Dot