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10 Things to Treat Yourself to This Month

Disclaimer: If you don’t like people who don’t like fall, proceed with caution. However, even if you love me a little less after you read this, you’re absolutely bound to fall in love with a few of these ideas for what to treat yourself to this month. After all, Gem, you deserve it! Getting rejected How many things do we shy away from because we’re afraid to be told “no” or an answer other than the one we want to hear? A lot. If there’s anything the past few weeks have taught me, it’s that rejection isn’t so bad and when you stop letting that fear rule you (and maybe even start conquering it), pretty cool things can happen. Head to VLOG 2 to see what happened when I made it my goal to get rejected! ūüėČ A pair of bright, vibrant shoes What better way to transition from summer

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Just like the Rio Olympics, Go for Gold

Believe it or not, our olympian friends in Rio are just like us with huge obstacles to overcome and self-motivation that could move mountains. They work long hours like you do. They cry, want to give up, and feel burnt out sometimes. They even deal with tough competitors that have no mercy or empathy to whether you succeed or fail. It is truly an inspiration to watch the athletes compete and earn the medals they bring home to their countries, families, friends and most importantly themselves. But my gosh, the stories behind the dreamers and do-ers are what really make you want to go for gold in your everyday life. Even though none of us (just making an assumption here, but if we have any past, present, or attempting olympians among our¬†readership, please do step forward – we’d love to interview ya!) are in the market for gold, silver or

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11 Ridiculous Things for Summer You Didn’t Know You Needed

Urban Outfitters is the top dog of all things fun, unique and interesting. Any one of these toys could make your next get together the party of the century. In general, all¬†these products will¬†make life more fun. Come on Gem, after all your hard work chasing your dreams, you could totally use a good pool party to kick back and relax. Here is a round-up of ridiculous things for summer you didn’t know you needed: 1).¬†Mahina Mermaid MerFun Mermaid¬†Flipper¬†($100) – No shoes? No problem. Who needs them when you can wear a mermaid tail instead. As if you needed anymore of a reason to buy this pair of fin flippers, they’re eco-friendly and made from recycled rubber. 2.) Shell Pool Float¬†($48) – You know we’re all about mermaid vibes around here (hence the Mermaid Tales Pinterest board) because when the going gets tough, sometimes you just want to quit adulting

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Kate Spade Gets It, We Need a Vacation

If you’re feeling stressed, I recommend a significant dose of vitamin sea and a break away from your daily routine (even if it’s just to snatch up one of these novelty bags or statement dresses). According to Kate Spade‘s Summer 2016 theme, vacation is a state of mind (and who am I to argue with that?!). With¬†dreams of paradise, the Breath of Fresh Air handbag collection, along with the brand’s other effortlessly glamorous pieces for summer, embodies the quintessential beach escape we have all been longing for. Whether you have tropical travel plans coming up on the horizon or plan to sit on your deck visualizing the bliss of the beach with a¬†mat-tai¬†in hand, it’s time to get into the #vacationstateofmind. From¬†chic sea creatures and exotic refreshments, to breezy palm¬†tree prints, these pieces are sure to whisk you away in style with a breath of fresh air! breath of fresh

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These Will Put An End to The Leggings as Pants Controversy

If social media is any indication, there’s a definite debate going on around the difference between leggings and pants. For quite some time, I my very self argued that leggings were¬†not pants. Then, I discovered yoga leggings – dreamy, thick, non see-through marvels that look excellent with boots and an oversized sweater (and many other outfit options), which doesn’t even need to cover you butt if your pants do it sufficiently. (Please never leave me athleisure trend…) Anyway, we need to stop contesting and start praising this unearthly creation. As ModCloth explains, “Somewhere between tights and skinny jeans exists this miracle of style and stretch, and yet no one can seem to agree quite the right way to wear these all-purpose bottoms.” As a current, and frequent practitioner of the leggings as pants trend, I stand against the stigma that leggings are a sloppy, easy-way-out option to putting effort into

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10 Empowering Office Accessories to Keep You Inspired

The only way to stay your most ambitious, brightly shining self is to surround yourself with inspiration. Why not start with your workspace? 1.)¬†‘Party Dots’ File Folders (Set of 6)¬†($14.00) // 2.)¬†Dream On Dreamer¬†Notebook¬†($6.95) // 3.)¬†Petal Lane ‘Adventure Begin’ Magnet Board¬†($90.00) // 4.)¬†‘Shine Bright’ Mug¬†($16.00) // 5.)¬†Office Tackle Box¬†($36.00) // 6.)¬†Emily + Meritt Gem Bookends¬†($69.00) // 7.)¬†Pink and Gold Printed Pencil Set ($3.00) // 8.)¬†Start Something New Scented Candle¬†($40.00) // 9.)¬†Things to Do Tumbler¬†($22.00) // 10.)¬†‘Stay True Love More’ Glass Trinket Tray¬†($14.00)

An Easy Way to Send a Sweet Gift

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a dreamer, a do-er, a trailblazing creative ready to bring something new to the world. In all your moving and shaking, chances are, gift giving is just another line on your to-do list. (excuse my crazy hair, of course it decided to rain when Kate Stutz and I shot these – but I was determined to share the sweetness of Sugarwish with you ASAP and didn’t want to reschedule!) You’re not alone… Not too long ago,¬†two¬†busy moms in Denver were thinking the same thing.¬†In our techy society obsessed with convenience, we’ve lost the art of selecting a unique, personalized gift to give to our loved ones. Gifting is supposed to be about¬†celebrating and acknowledging special moments and milestones in life, not mindlessly handing cash (and gift cards) back in forth.¬†Thank goodness there’s now a sweet, clever solution with Sugarwish! All you (the giver)

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How To Turn Window Shoppers Into Buyers!

Retail can be a tricky thing, especially when it comes to turning window shoppers into buyers. As many of you may or may not know, I recently opened up the first Bijouxx Jewels retail location and I am about to tell you first hand the way to keep customers interested so you have the best chance of them making a purchase! I also have some great tips for E-commerce window shoppers as well! 1. Engage with the potential customer as they’re browsing¬†around! At this point, the customer is ‚Äúwindow shopping.‚ÄĚ They are looking at products and have not spoken to any sales associate yet. A quick, ‚Äú Hi, how are you?‚ÄĚ or ‚Äú Just so you know, today is our opening sale‚ÄĚ should get them talking. 2. Tell the customer about the brand. (I am going to assume you are not Macy‚Äôs or Nordstrom and you are an emerging brand.)

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