Look At These Summer Swimsuit Finds

Summer Swimwear All Handmade

 

                                     
Now that summer is officially here, we can finally break out the swimwear. Here are colorful and cute swimwear finds from Etsy. That’s right all handmade swimsuits. Check them out!

Jewelry Subscription Box Launched

 

 

 

Say hello to the newest addition to The Pink Locket family, the Handmade Jewelry Subscription Box.  As you can tell from the video, there were many stages to get to this point, but it was very exciting pulling it together.

Check out how it works on my new subscription site .  Just picture getting handmade jewelry delivered to your mailbox each month in a beautifully wrapped box.  I’m sure you’re going to love this new service and love the jewelry even more.  Also check out my FAQs page to answer any questions you may have.

Indie Designer Jewelry Subscription Box Launching Soon

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Tomorrow we’ll be kicking off our biggest venture of the year!  Starting tomorrow The Pink Locket will offer monthly handmade jewelry subscription boxes.  Just picture beautiful, exclusive and quality handmade jewelry delivered to your doorstop each month.  You are definitely in for a great treat and we’re so excited and hope you are as well.  For more information about this wonderful program, just check out our Subscription Box page.  Be sure to join our list to be the first to learn and get access to our secret promo launch prices.

Mismatched Styles Worth Experimenting

I always wondered who came up with the rule that everything should match.  Now I think certain things should, but I also love seeing wonderfully curated objects that pull together for a nicely mismatched look.  I decided to share with you some of my favorite mismatched items from across the web.  Here are some creative ways to pull off non matching looks.

 

Home Decor

A colorfully curated living room, that contrasts a black and white wall from Apartment Therapy.

 

Beautifully displayed kitchen dishes and cups that will make any meal photo worthy by House To Home .

 

Apparel

This a a great idea for bridesmaids dresses, shows individuality, but still cohesive at the same time by Magnolia Rouge .

 

I don’t think this look even needs a caption…just look at it! By Style Me Grasie.

Jewelry

The colors, materials and textures used to create these earrings says it all, by Nikki Couppee Jewelry .

 

Mismatched metal geometric shapes are always a good staple for your jewelry box. Check out these mix metal earrings by MaggieJs.

 

Caribbean Blogs, Brands & Businesses Unite

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We’re closing out Caribbean Heritage Month with a party!  This is going to be a fun and exciting twitter chat.  So if you have a twitter handle, be sure to follow us and join in on our conversation Tuesday, June 30th.  I’m so excited to chat with these wonderful ladies and hopefully you can join us.

Follow us:

https://twitter.com/styleandvibes

https://twitter.com/thepinklocket

https://twitter.com/CarryOnFriends

https://twitter.com/VeePeeJay1

https://twitter.com/cgirlswhoblog

 

Need a New Summer Look? Check Out These Summer Accessories

Summer Accessories - Must Haves
Now that summer has officially started, it’s time to break out or go shopping for some new accessories to complement the nice weather. Here are my favorite picks from the web on Summer Must Have Accessories.

 

What I’ve Learned From Being a Part-Time Entrepreneur

Jewelry Process Blog Entry

 

Can I be honest for one moment?  A lot times (and I mean a lot), people don’t realize the behind the scenes, nitty gritty details and inner workings of what’s presented to them.  I wish I could say it’s only when it comes to creative businesses, but I’m beginning to realize that this happens in all types businesses.  However, I do find that when one uses that as a teaching opportunity to show what really goes into creating something, whether it be a product or service, one gives their audience a better look at what they are presented with.  There’s more built into the price of a product or service than just what you see firsthand.  For example, I hear this all the time “why am I going to buy this from this person, when I can go to Walmart and get something similar it for less” (sound familiar?).  Hey, as a customer you have that option–completely, but you cannot compare a local entrepreneur to a big box retailer such as Walmart.  There are pros and cons to this example like many others.

Today’s post is dedicated to my fellow entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial spirits out there.  Here are a few tips and tidbits on how to stand behind the value of your product or service and Plan, Execute and Shoot.  Now, by all means I’m no expert at this, I’m still learning myself, but I think it’s important to evaluate the hard work you put into your craft and make sure that its relayed to your potential and current customers.

1.  Plan, Execute, Shoot

We all need a system in place.  A lot times our system may change slightly to make things more productive, but I’ve found the only way to remain productive is to actually have a process in place.  Be open to change (it’s a good thing).  Be a planner, plan things out ahead of time, maybe even bounce ideas off of someone you trust will give you objective feedback.  For example, when I first started my Etsy store, I would only post up new items during before big holidays.  I always felt “rushed” and the photography of my products felt rushed (check out the pictures below).  I would always ask other jewelry designers what the secret was to taking good pictures and you know the answer all of them told me….Practice!  I realized I had to plan out practice sessions each week and try out different things with my camera if I wanted to nail this photography thing, and that’s what I did.

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2.  Know Your Value

Ask anyone who knows me personally,  I absolutely “cringe” when I hear the word discount.  I cringe when I hear customers ask sellers and I definitely cringe when I’m asked.  It’s okay to tell customers that you aren’t offering any specials right now.  I use to run sales all the time and then when I analyzed my results I found that I had less sales when I ran a sale than when my items were originally priced. Now I only run sales maybe twice a year and that’s it. You spend so much time and energy into creating your product or service and your price should reflect what you’re worth.

3. Ask For Help

This has been a big one for me over the past few years and that’s because I’ve ran my business on a shoestring budget.T  he truth is there are many ways to ask for help, maybe barter goods and services with someone else.  Also, take advantage of sites like Elance, Outsource, Freelancer, Guru, People Per Hour and there are tons more. For example, if you can hire someone to create a new logo for you that can free up time for you to work on strategies for your business.  The point is you have to value the way your time is spent and what it is spent on.  There are only 24 hours in a day, we can’t do it all alone.

4.  Get a Daily Affirmation Ritual Going

Whether it’s a daily meditation session, reading some positive material or prayer or maybe all three.  Whatever it is do not get your day started until you start it off on a positive note.  Take mini breaks throughout the day too, to remind yourself of these positive tidbits as well.  As individuals, we can take several beatings throughout the day, so take time to remind yourself just how awesome you really are.

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