Why I joined Jamberry.. This is not a fairy tale success story

Let’s be honest, I was skeptical at first. It’s a nail wrap.. What’s so great about that? No dry time. Gluten free. Latex free. Formaldehyde free. Can put them on in less than 15 minutes…. With no chipping… Ok you’ve got my attention.

My then old friend and now team leader urged me to try samples, then sent them to me for free. So I did. I watched the video, read the instructions, used my blow dryer, and sweated profusely trying to get them on the first time.

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They weren’t hard to get on, but I’m a perfectionist and couldn’t figure out how to push out the wrinkles (a rubber pusher or orange stick is your best friend… Seriously). Samples aren’t made for ALL fingers, but I was determined to try anyway.

They were beautiful. I still applied them wrong (not enough stretching) so they bubbled and annoyed me. I was able to get back to work designing dresses immediately (no dry time) and they lasted a week before I got hasty and peeled them off. They were fine.. But again I’m a perfectionist. During that time I received so many compliments on my nails, plus many people asking how they could get them. I was more than happy to send people to my team leader, though it never occurred to me that I should to it myself.

I waited several months before she contacted me again to take the plunge. I was still hesitant to become a Jamberry consultant because I was designing dresses, managing interns, dancing competitive Hula, struggling with a dog and boy friend and just feeling over whelmed in life.

What it ultimately came down to was…. I loved the product. I knew I could get better at applying them. I needed to work for myself, from home because that is where I truly thrive. I also needed the money. I was making money designing dresses, but most of that was either going back into my business or paying bills. Jamberry seemed like a perfect solution.

I joined this time last year because this is the only time they offer a joining incentive. This year its a $50 cash rebate with $75 in product credit (sooooo useful!) .

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The kit is $99 which can pay for itself quite quickly if you are diligent.. I was not.

Ive learned that it takes more than just the kit and posting on social media to be successful. You’ve got to be hungry. You’ve got to talk to people and you can’t have excuses for why things don’t go the way you planned. You’ve got to set goals, follow through on promises, get to know people rather than just selling them and find a way to promote your product in a way that YOU feel comfortable with.

It has taken me a year to learn this. A FLIPPING YEAR PEOPLE!

After I got my kit I was weighed down by Hula competition, deadlines with my fashion business, life, dog, boyfriend, bills.. Etc. I didn’t make time like I should have and that is why for my first year I didn’t do well with Jamberry. I sold here and there, made a total of maybe $100 which made me feel better about my kit at least…. But didn’t help me in the way I needed it to.

Now a year later, here I am, starting over and putting more into this business this time around. However, this time my kit is still in HOUSTON!! So, here I am in California, no kit, working my little fingers off to try and rock my Jam business, and ya know what… It’s not easy.

I am going to be a single mom come November and I start full time school in a few weeks. Now more than ever I need a business to create a stable environment for me and this baby. We deserve to not suffer through this life.

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It’s a real thing. It’s a real struggle. Now I don’t have the option of pushing it to the side or giving up.

This time around, with no kit, no income, no supplies.. What is a girl to do?

Contacting my team manager, she sent me a few wraps to get me through. I have cut them up to make samples, just focusing on accent nails rather than a complete sample. I’m trying to be more proactive on social media by keeping business and personal separate to a degree… Obviously people like buying from actual people.. So there is a certain amount of personality that goes into the whole process. I’m also focusing on follow through. Speaking very highly of the company and trying to honestly reach out to others in every way I can.

Why do I tell you all of this? Because my story isn’t a fairy tale. I’m a real person. I’ve had real struggles and I’m working to not give up on my dreams. It’s totally doable, and making money in this business isn’t hard…. If you try, and your are an active participant in your business. You can change your life around and be free of the financial struggles weighing you down. You’ve just got to believe in your goals. Know that you can achieve anything.

I’ve seen what this business can do for people, and I want to be my own success story. I want my own team to leader of beautiful souls who are ready to change their lives, and I want to change the  lives of others for the better while manifesting my own happiness for myself and this unborn baby.

It’s tough, but I’m excited to be on this journey.

How can you help? Host a party, buy nail wraps or just tell your friends. I love talking nails, and if you haven’t seen the Nail Art Studio you must check it out.

Feeling inspired? Have a similar story and want to work for yourself? Join my team, I’m so ready to lead you!! Let’s make our dreams come true together.

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Old Wives Tales of Pregnant Gender Guessing..pt 1

There are so many gender tests out there that are suppose to give you the correct sex of your baby. Seeing as I find out tomorrow anyway, I see no reason to not try out the wives tales and see which ones end up being correct.

20 weeks preggo… About to be 21 in 2 days soo we are just chuggin right along.

Obviously…. We never know til we see it our little peanut on that big screen.. So cheers to trying out tests and cheers to single moms!

As gross as it is to pee into a cup, then film it and upload it to social media… I’ve seen worse today so I don’t feel so bad.

Test 1 – Baking Soda and Pee – if it does nothing, girl.. If it fizzes up, boy. So far 1 point boy. Also I clearly need to drink more regular water and less oj/milk/coconut water.

Baking Soda and Pee – Team Boy.

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Next!

Booze. Beards. Bowties.

Typically my dapper gentleman is either drinking cider with me, or whiskey by himself. He’s new to getting dressed up, but he asked me why I never make him bowties…. Well silly, you never asked me to.

Naturally that started a monster within myself.

I’ve got a million other projects to do before I leave for a month, but how could I resist?! I don’t get to play dress up with him enough… So I made 14 bowties..

Here are just a few.

Yes, they are one of a kind, made from repurposed materials, landfill friendly, locally made, ship worldwide and of course..

For Dapper Risk Takers Only.

Enjoy.

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Breathe.

In a recent conversation with my sister, she told me something her mother use to tell her.

Let’s say you want a new car. Something more sporty, or more functional..bigger..smaller.. However, there are papers, old bottles, trash, stale food, and mail with stains all over the seats of your current vehicle. You haven’t washed it in weeks. You’ve been praying, thinking happy thoughts a wishing for a new car, but nothing is happening.

Why?

Because, God can’t bring something new and shiny into your life until you can prove that you can take care of the old stuff first. How can he bring you a new car when you can’t take care of the old one?

This is my life.

I’m a left-handed, uber creative, 20 something, Gemini….. If that wasn’t enough to be stacked against me, I also run my own business where I have no help.

I’m crazy stressed due to a lot of things, and I have wished, prayed and tried to remain positive, thinking that things would turn around. They aren’t. Why? My soul is sad, my heart hurts and emotionally I’m unstable.

I know that God can’t give me the life I deserve until I can control the life I have in front of me.

So, I’m taking a step way back. I have projects I need to finish and then I am regrouping to make my life better on my own terms.

I have several opportunities in the upcoming months that will be amazing… Its just a matter of getting there.

I will actively be trying to remove the angry/sad/mad/worried posts from Facebook and I will not continue to post in that manner. I know it hinders me from moving forward and also makes me seem more unstable.

I realize that many people feel like I lack direction, and that I seem all over the place.

The truth is, I am.

However, I am the happiest when I am doing several different things at once. It may seem confusing, but I have a plan. I am passionate about all things and I truly love life and people.

One day you will see all that.

Please also remember that I am 27, and trying to find my place in this world. Please think back to when you were at this age.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you so not mistake my upcoming silence for lack of interest or care as that is not the case. Often times I care too much.

Please do not mistake my silence for lack of caring or interest as that is not the case.

Have a good night. Thanks for reading this.

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Men’s Colorful Tee by Invisible Hero – $25

So, I have this super awesome designer friend who makes men’s and women’s cloning. She’s kick ass, innovative and taking on a cultural shift into eco-conscious wearable art pieces.

Don’t believe me? Check out one of her men’s shirts below… And stick around to click through the rest of her store.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/154657979/brushstrokes-fitted-mens-t-sale

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Houston Shoot Week 2014 – A Black and White Affair

Alright.. so if I hadn’t already spammed everyone with what little photos I have from the past collection and runway show.. I’m about to do it again. Here is hopefully my last attempt at selling my stuff.

So.. Houston Shoot Week 2014 was held July 26th at the House of Dereon and was put together by Touche Studios.

There were many battles leading up to the day of the show (moving apartments, hula competition, no funds for fabric, runway coaches that do not like me and event coordinators that have ulterior motives) but all in all the show was success. I was the first designer to present, so my segment went quickly and I felt that my collection looked professional, sexy, cute, naughty girl next door and all of that jazz. For the time constraint I was under, I was very proud.

This event challenged me not only mentally but physically as well. I had to make the choice to either keep me word, while running up against a deadline, not paying my bills and using what little money I had to buy fabric in hopes of getting a bit further in this fashion world, and to hopefully also sell some of the pieces.. OR..breaking my word, letting people down… but at least I’d have groceries. Obviously you know which side I chose, and I am proud to say that I was able to show 13 pieces, when 2 days before I had nothing to show for the event. If I were to be put in that same circumstance again.. I would have chosen groceries… because still nothing has sold.

Here is what I don’t get… and please enlighten me if you know something that I do not.

You go to Victoria’s Secret and spend $98 on ONE bra.. made over sea’s.. and poor quality. This is not a one in a million bra.. this is a… half of the women you meet in your life has bought this .. bra. People aren’t being pair fairly and the quality is cheap…. yet we still do it.

I on the other hand.. live in your city. I only buy materials that are sourced from small businesses in YOUR CITY. I hand make everything myself, and more often than not I do all custom work. I spend countless hours making sure everything not only fits properly (the most important) but that it also will not come apart.. BUT.. let’s say it does… IM IN YOUR CITY.. you can just call me to fix it. You get a chance to see me face to face, to deal with YOUR WON FASHION DESIGNER directly… that’s a luxury most people will never have.

Did I mention that all of my pieces are ONE OF A KIND… that’s right ladies.. I never make the same thing twice. So, while I ship things all over the world.. if you are wearing one of my creations… YOU ARE ONE IN 6 BILLION.. you are special.. and you are the only one with that exact piece… need I remind you that you get to deal with me directly.

SO…. then why is $200 too much for a 4 piece outfit that can be worn multiple ways?

I don’t get it.. I truly don’t.

But this is why we have a million Forever 21’s that produce disposable clothing.

Do you know why they call it that? Because it’s not made to last more than one season.. unless of course you take amazing care of it…. which is rare for a lot of people. It also clutters our landfills, promotes big business polluting our environment with harmful dyes, AND takes that creative person you have in your life… that one that creates things you’ve never seen… that no one has.. and it forces them to quit their craft.

Why can’t we live within out communities more, support thy neighbor and to stop looking like everyone else..

 

You were born to stand out… so do it already. 

 

… and with that… I conclude my ranting issues with photos from the last collection. I hope you enjoy them. Please share with your friends.

 

Also….. I am fully aware that I started out stating one thing.. and finishing in a completely different area.. yea.. I do that… AND.. this is not just clothing related.. it pertains to all things local.. GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS.. and be kind to each other. We all have to share this same earth.

 

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Lil Partner in Crime

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Its sad for me to think about how my dog and I are essentially the same being, in two forms.

She: loves sitting in the window box, in the sun, has a sensitive stomach, is moody, has itch skin, always has to have the last word when it comes to an argument, loves a good nap, wants to cuddle with Matt.

I: am exactly the same in every way.

Lately she and I have been sitting in a negative energy funk and sleeping most days.

Is it weird that we are the same? Or does that always happen?

She and I need to get out, we’ve been cooped up for way too long.

I think we need a trip to the coast…

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DIY or Die

I want to see some upcycled, recycled and deconstructed projects that don’t look like craft projects.

I am tired of pom pom’s, elastic, weird sequins and just things that look “homemade”. Ill fitting, weird shapes…etc.

Its one thing to make things at home and another to have your things look homemade.

Who can show me the way? I want to see some amazing and inspiring before and afters!

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What is it about ME?

There is a chance that by reading the above title you are thinking this is going to be a whine session about my life.

You….. are partly correct and partly COMPLETELY WRONG.. but first you were correct.

I just have one question…. which may come as a series of questions in a moment.

Why do I annoy myself so much? I literally feel like I am driving myself insane, which means I must drive others insane as well.

I lose motivation in the blink of an eye. I never know what I want (too many choices). Once I do pick out what I want I have no patience to wait for it to happen. I’m a dreamer. I’ve got big ideas and I want them all to happen right now. When I am forced to follow the dreams of someone else, I fall into a pit of self loathing and I just splash around in it until another deadline hits and I need to pull myself out. I want to do what I want, in a way that makes myself and others happy. I do not want to conform.

Is it because I am a girl? Is it because I am a Gemini, or Left Handed… or a Cali girl suck in a beachless town? Is it because I am creative?.. I hear creative minds are the worst to deal with. Maybe it’s a little of all those things????

Or perhaps…. what’s even worse.. It’s just me.

LET ME BE HAPPY UNIVERSE!!

I work my ass off and I try to please everyone… haven’t I earned up enough karma points to give me what I want?

Top 10 List:

  1. Sell the Mini
  2. Buy a new car (cheap, 4 dr, reliable)
  3. Finish paying bills.. between IRS and medical I need 5k
  4. FIX MY FUCKING SKIN…… I mean the older I get the worse my skin gets. I’ve finally gotten myself into a place where my weight doesn’t bother me.. my skin though.. WTF
  5. Expand my business, find an investor, open up a boutique/event space. I have a great idea for how to increase local business, community outreach and to make money for everyone. EcoLocalFriendly BEETCHS!
  6. Travel, find amazing fabrics and inspiration. Meet people.. make friends everywhere.
  7. Spend more time exploring new things with Matt and Isis
  8. Become a better hula dancer. Be more dedicated, thoughtful and dance with passion
  9. Find myself and then get lost in creativity again.
  10.  Read more, spend less time hunched over a sewing desk

After all that marriage, house, kids… blah.. all of that later.

Truly I want a successful business. I’m tired of struggling. I understand that your 20’s this is exactly what you are suppose to be doing.. but my my. they don’t tell you how exhausting it is.

I lied… this is all about me whining about my life.. but you’ve made it this far. so thanks.

rant over.

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Mark Gungor – Tale of Two Brains (first part) + S…” on YouTube

This man is right on point.

Mark Gungor – Tale of Two Brains (first part) + S…: http://youtu.be/sVogrnAO28E