January 2015 archive

Friday!

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It’s Friday! Like everyone else I love when Friday arrives.  The weekend is family time, and I usually ready to put the computer at least for a couple hours (yes we all work on the weekends most of the time).

As my sis and I are getting back into blogging at Tiff and Jen again, I thought I would do a recap of some things I think you should check out or I find interesting.

  • Did you hear about Kate Spade Saturday and Piperlime? And I already miss C Wonder.
  • My fabulous friend/stylist/model/blogger/former Miss Teen USA did an interview of me and asked me about work life balance.  Check out the post here.
  • Do you read Baby Sideburns?  As a parent it cracks me up and love the writing.
  • Are you in Chicago? Do you want to raise money for Bright Pink which supports early detection of breast cancer?  Come to this event with me! Use code JENNIFER4TP at checkout for the lowest price.
  • My favorite show Parenthood has its finale yesterday.  If you have never watched this show, you must.  If you do, what did you think?  I’ve never had a show draw tears out of me EVERYTIME! It sums up family, having kids, and relationships all in one in every episode.
  • We are in the middle of winter, have you gotten your coat fix?  This is the best sale with leather, fur, and faux fur all at a great price.  Shop here.

See you back here on Monday!

Outerwear and Fabulous Features on Lisa and Johanna

outerwear-sliderMy sis and I are proud to announce the launch of outerwear (under $100) on our site!  We finalized the products on our last trip and we are so excited that people are responding to our designs.  Each coat has details that we love (buffalo plaid, bow, floral trim) and the fit of them is perfect to wear with denim or dresses.

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I recently went to a blogger event and grabbed some of my favorite friends to join me in shooting these coats.  Lisa (in the buffalo plaid) blogs at Stilletos and Diaper Bags and owns two e-commerce businesses!  Johanna blogs at 101 Things I Love and recently launched her own business.  Read below for their takes on blogging, being an entrepreneur and balancing life with kids.

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LISA

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1) GIVE ME A BRIEF SUMMARY OF YOUR BUSINESS:

My partner, Kaitlyn of Sisters Marie and myself created two websites; Because I Shop Too Much (http://www.bistm.com) & Because They Grow Too Fast (http://www.btgtf.com). Both are marketplaces where you can buy, sell, and swap your clothing, shoes, and accessories.

2) WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN BUSINESS

I have been blogging for five years now on Stilettos and Diaper Bags, and about four years ago readers started asking if they could buy my clothes. From there I began to sell them right off my blog. That got Kaitlyn & myself thinking. What if you are not a blogger and you want to sell your clothing with other like minded individuals who love fashion?

We created both sites from scratch, designing every page (which took well over a year), making it unlike anything else out there. Both sites are a place where you can ask the seller questions; how would you style this item? Is the fit standard or does it run small? We have found we have even made new friends along the way. I know I have a group of girls who I swap with and shop their closets on a regular basis. I may have created the site, but I think I use it the most too! I seriously check it daily to get first dibs on the newly uploaded items.

The elephant in the room, Poshmark. Simply put, they beat us to it! We were in production when their app came out. We are different though, they take 20% on the backend, we only take 6%. They are an app, we are on your computer. We have an adult and a children’s site, they do not. They also offer filters which can be misleading. I say go with the small business girls! 😉

3) WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART ABOUT OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

The balance. I co-own my company, I am a stay-at-home mother to two amazing kids, and I contribute to two blogs. I have to use a daily planner and schedule my “working” hours and really try to stick to that. The first year I did not and I found myself answering emails on the weekends and at night. It’s just better to find your balance and stick with it.

4) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE AND HOW HAS IT CHANGED SINCE HAVING KIDS?

My style has changed so much over the years. I was a giant hippie in college and then I went kind of glam after. My go-to has always been a maxi-dress or jumpsuit.

After my first child was born, I wore yoga pants, a lot! That’s actually why I started my blog, to get me in the habit of getting dressed even if I didn’t need to be dressed. I found that if I put effort into my appearance, I felt better about myself. Plus I’m showing my kids it’s ok to do things for yourself. Mom’s need time for themselves too! I’d describe my style as boho but also chic. I’m always in heels and I love me a great wool hat. As a parent it’s go, go, go, so I try to keep it simple and then jazz it up with great jewelry, shoes, bags, and/or hats.

5) BLOGGING – WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO CONTINUE DESPITE HOW BUSY YOU ARE?

Simply put, I love it. I love photography. I love styling outfits in advance so my mornings seem effortless. I love having a reason, even on the days that I’m home all day, to get dressed.

6) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LIFE QUOTE?

I have a few, but my all time fav: “I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – audrey hepburn

JOHANNA
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1) GIVE ME A BRIEF SUMMARY OF YOUR BUSINESS:

My company, Oak St. Social, is a boutique social media firm. We specialize in developing original content and strategy for lifestyle brands who are well aware they need social media but don’t know how to use it correctly. We help brands activate and gain new followers which in turn leads to a stronger bottom line.

2) WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN BUSINESS

I’ve been in the start-up scene for over a decade which has been exciting and challenging. Throughout my career, I accrued so much freelance work that one day I had an epiphany – social media was my passion AND obsession! Why not make money doing it? You gotta do what you love to do and this was it. Now I choose who I want to collaborate with and on what terms. It’s liberating!

3) WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART ABOUT OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

Work/life balance, hands down. As a wife and mother of two, it’s a struggle to disconnect from my phone…especially because so much of what I do revolves around it. It’s still a work in progress. I make myself very available to my clients. I’m slowly setting boundaries…key word being “slowly”

4) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE AND HOW HAS IT CHANGED SINCE HAVING KIDS?

Ha, well…one thing is for sure – my denim has to have serious spandex in them. I’m constantly chasing or digging out toys from under the couch. I think my style has more so evolved due to my age vs. having children. I still wear dresses and skirts on the regular. Maybe more now. I enjoy dressing up…always have!

5) BLOGGING – WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO CONTINUE DESPITE HOW BUSY YOU ARE?

It’s a talk I have quite often with myself but there are two factors that drive me…networking. I’ve met amazing friends and potential clients through this hobby. I’ve found a circle of support and like-minded mompreneurs and that’s amazing! The second…I love to write. It’s my creative outlet. And this blog has served as a virtual scrapbook for my family.

6) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LIFE QUOTE?

“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.”

Driven, passionate, and successful, these two women are amazing!  Thanks for being a part of my life, such huge supporters of t+j Designs, and taking the time to share your stories.  Find Lisa @stilettosanddiapersbags and Johanna @101thingsilove on instagram.

xoxo,
Jen

Tickled Pink 10 Year Anniversary

Tickled Pink is celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of their annual fundraising event! Join Chicago’s professional trend-setters and hip movers and shakers to celebrate a wonderful cause and enjoy Chef Stations from Chicago’s 50 Top Restaurants, live music, open bar, raffle prizes and more! There’s only one more week to get your Tickled Pink 10 Year Anniversary tickets at the special discounted $95 ticket price. Tickets will go up to $125 on Feb. 1st – so purchase yours here for the best event of the year!

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