Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekend Plans + Friday Finds

Office under the stairs
Happy Weekend Peeps!! This is a quick snapshot of my 'office under the stairs' that I mentioned in my last post and a few people asked to see more of it. I spend most of my days here strategizing and cranking out orders for SIX EIGHTY EIGHT - and while yes it's in the cold basement, I love it because I know one day I'm going to have one heck of a story. It's no surprise that I will probably be right here all weekend and I have a lot of things to do -  I'm trying to cram as much busy and administrative work into this next week before B-School starts on March 9th. I also have A LOT more pouches to make because of you and my customers, I sold out of almost all of them!!! So busy busy weekend for me. How about you? What's on your agenda?
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2. The scary power of negative words - good read over at Goop.

3. This Brass Himmeli Hanger DIY project looks amazing. I wish I had the time to make it as it would make for the perfect reading light or plant hanger!

4. How cute are these plastic bags? Definitely an idea for the brick and mortar!

5. I don't watch much TV anymore, but late a night once I "close up shop" I've been obsessed with watch documentaries on Netflix (what's everyone saying on Instagram? - my neck, my back, my Netflix and my snacks - hahaha!). My favorites so far are:

- Burt's Bees: all I can say is wow and now I want a Burt's Bees poster in my house

- Desert Runners: if you haven't guessed it, it's about marathon runners that complete 4 marathons across 4 of the world's toughest deserts - crazy and amazing

- The Summit: footage with of the events that transpired on August 1, 2008, which claimed the lives of eleven mountaineers trying to summit the K2 mountain - the world's most dangerous mountain

- Living On One Dollar: journey of four friends as they set out to live on just $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala who battle hunger, parasites, and extreme financial stress). 
If you're going to be snowed in this weekend, or don't have any plans - I highly suggest you watch any or all of these movies - you won't be disappointed.

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New SIX EIGHTY EIGHT Necklace Packaging

Over the last few weeks I've been doing a lot of brainstorming and working pretty hard on how I could update the packaging for my necklaces over at the shop. The old packaging was fine - but for those of you that know me pretty well, you know I'm not a fan of the word fine. Fine, to me, means just ok, so-so, whatever, it'll do. When I put my name on something, it has to be more than fine, it has to be amazing. And finally, I'm love with the new packaging and feel it's pretty amazing: 
Packaging 1
The packaging consists of a handcrafted (by me) draw-string blush pink fabric pouch that you can store your SIX EIGHTY EIGHT jewelry in. I have hand-stamped 688 on a brass charm and attached it to the front of the pouch. Each pouch will be packaged (as only I love to do) and shipped in a small box vs. a flat envelope. 

As you know, and as it explains in the card above, I have been on a journey of living my life with intention and have decided to choose joy and love over fear, and I want to spread that message. I thought the perfect way to start spreading that message is through each purchase. Sometimes, just one sentence can change your mind and open your soul, so with each purchase I have included a message that I hope will inspire. 

Every necklace purchase will receive a pouch (that's right - YOU get a pouch, and YOU get a pouch) - which means I have a lot more cutting, hole-punching, threading, and metal stamping to do and I LOVE IT!

One other thing that I wanted to add is that I have changed suppliers. I noticed that a few of the pieces were starting to fade and tarnish faster than the normal wear and tear should be. The supplies are more costly, but I would rather pay more than risk the quality of my pieces. With that, you will notice a slight increase in cost to each necklace. Nothing offensive, just necessary to help cover expenses. If by chance you feel any of your SIX EIGHTY EIGHT pieces have faded/tarnished quicker than you expected and would like a replacement, don't hesitate to contact me. 

***Today only I am offering a 20% discount code off of your total SIX EIGHTY EIGHT purchase. Simply click here and use the code: HAPPYHUMPDAY***

Next week NEW items will be added to the shop - so stay tuned for more updates. I'm super excited - lots of fun things going on at SIX EIGHTY EIGHT. The bags under my eyes are proof (and I don't mean hand or shopping bags). 
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(You think you know - but you have no idea - this is the reality of a blogger)
Behind the scenes
Can anyone tell me why it takes 4 ******* hours to take one picture? I can hear you now "it doesn't take a normal person 4 hours, it takes YOU (Jessica) 4 hours because you're a perfectionist". Well 1. shut up, and 2. you're right, and 3. I'm working on it. Not to justify my craziness, but because I am really proud of the new packaging I just wanted everything to be right.....ok, perfect. I spent so much time yesterday afternoon taking pictures in the natural light - and later in the evening as I was going through all of them, I didn't like any of them. So in a haste (because I just had to have it ready to post this morning) I set up my makeshift photography studio in the basement (say hello to my little office under the stairs - this is where all the magic happens - one day when I make it big, I too will get to say I started my business in the basement) and I laid on the cold floor next to the furnace to get the perfect shot. I said I was working on it - and I am. I recently read that people who are perfectionists are ultimately afraid that the world is going to see them for who they really are and that they won’t measure up. DOH! So true. So painful and so true. As perfectionists, we’re afraid of so many things. Starting new projects, making the wrong life decision, choosing a partner - and each of them share this common denominator: fear of failing. It makes us indecisive and reliant on others to guide. I'm really trying (specifically through meditation) to cultivate the habit of refusing to let fear dictate my every move. It's a process.....not an easy one....but if it will keep me off the cold basement floors late at night (ha!) - I'm going to put forth the effort.

Have an amazing day loves and shop, shop, shop!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekend Plans + Friday Finds

Hello Friday
Yay - the weekend is here! I am really going to try not to work through the entire weekend, but with so much to do its really really hard. Don't get me wrong - I love building this business from the ground up - but I have to remember one of the main reasons I left Corporate America - balance. While my #1 focus is my business, I have to remember to take time to relax - watch a movie - read a book that doesn't have to do with business - get dressed (ha! don't judge, I love my sweats), and work out more. So this weekend I'm going to do a little shopping, spend some time at Barnes and Noble, hit the punching bags, and watch the Oscars - all without working. At least I'm going to try.  So what's on your agenda???

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1. Wine shops can be overwhelming. So many bottles, so many pretty labels—but what do they actually taste like? Click here for some good tricks to picking out wine. 

2. Bacon and eggs breakfast pies - now these just look delightful! This sausage, kale, and spaghetti squash dish also looks amazing!

3. If you missed it on Instagram - I enrolled in B-School and I'm sooooo excited!!! It was quite an investment, but I just know its going to take my business to another level. BIG things to come.

4. If you're watching the Oscars on Sunday - print out this ballot and see how well you do! I haven't watched the majority of the movies that are on the ballot this year, but I'm still going to watch. Neil Patrick Harris never lets us down!

5. A great read on following your heart - if I didn't know any better I would have thought I wrote it!

6. No link but I can't wait to show you the new packaging for SIX EIGHTY EIGHT. I bet you're going to want to buy a necklace just so you can get the packaging. Everything will roll out next week - so stay tuned!

If you received one of the Valentine giveaways - don't forget I would love your input on the scrubs today. Your opinion really matters as it will help perfect the product before it hits the masses. THANK YOU for the feedback I've received this far!

Enjoy your weekend peeps!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I Visualize a Brick and Mortar - What Do You See?

Yesterday I created a new vision board over on Pinterest as its my way to put it out to the Universe that my ultimate dream is to have a brick and mortar shop full of amazing handmade items, paper products, books, a place for grabbing a coffee, and a space for classes (and if I could have a small space in the back for a pottery wheel and kiln - icing on the cake). Steve Maraboli says “If you have a goal, write it down. If you do not write it down, you do not have a goal - you have a wish.” So good right? So I've taken the first step by writing down my goal/dream using this simple Crazy Sexy Dream Planner, (a printable PDF which allows you to write down your goals, create a vision for what you want, turn that into a list of measurable goals, set benchmarks and celebrate your successes along the way), and since I'm such a visual person, I've decided to create a virtual vision board of what my dream (my brick and mortar) looks like. I'll be adding A LOT more pictures, but here's a sneak peak:
Welcome Sign
I can't wait to flip that sign over everyday!
store
coffee bar
class
Can't you see it? You'd want to come shop, grab a coffee, take a class - right? I've put it out there - let's see what happens. I can't wait!

If there is a goal or dream that you've always wanted to achieve - fill out the planner I mentioned above. It's a free 1-page PDF and it allows you to take that first step - write it down!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Spreading Love Around The Country

Well we made it! Another Valentine's day has come and gone and we survived! I had an amazing weekend filled with pizza and so many chocolate covered strawberries that I'm surprised they didn't start coming out of my ears. I would have to say that my favorite part of the day was seeing all of the pictures come in from the Valentine's giveaway. I so loved seeing them and super happy that they (minus 2 - the two that I sent to my sisters in New York - gotta love NYC USPS) made it to you safely and on time. So without further ado, here are some of the pictures that came in on Saturday. If you enter #sixeightyeight into Instagram and Facebook you can view all of the pictures:
Valentine Giveaway Pics
And my personal favorite picture is from my good friend Tracy - her daughter Ellie just won the America's Next Top Six Eighty Eight Model position. Isn't she the cutest?!!
Ellie
THANK YOU again for participating in this year's Valentine giveaway. With all of the positive feedback - I may be doing this more often...like monthly....as in a monthly subscription box.....ponder on that and stay tuned for further details!