I've been a Stella & Dot stylist for a year now. I joined because at the time, I really (and I mean really) needed an outlet from my job, and I wanted to try my hand at something completely different and outside of my comfort zone. I was encouraged by a fellow stylist, and after some serious convincing on her part, I decided to give it a shot. What's the worst that could happen right? If anything, I could at least get a discount on some gorgeous jewels of my own. And we all know that I love my jewelry.
So when I received my starter kit, I didn't even open the box for a few weeks, maybe even a month. The package was so damn heavy and for whatever reason, it scared me. If you can't tell, I'm not a natural salesperson. I don't like it when other people push me to buy, so I don't ever want to feel like I'm pressuring others to buy from me. The thing is, I believe in these products. I own countless pieces in my collection now, more than any other line from brands I admire. And I appreciate the quality, craftsmanship, and thought that our New York and San Francisco designers put into each piece. I often go out to the mall and spot replicas of our bracelets and necklaces. I feel partly flattered, and partly annoyed but I guess that rant is for a different day!
My favorites - Sparkle studs (only $19), Celestial ring, Maylee ring (sold two at my show), and the Luxe coil bracelet (out of stock at the moment)
The showstopper - Jolie sparkle chain necklace
This past year, I feel like I've barely dipped my toe in the S&D pond. I've promoted it a little here and there, especially on Instagram. I've let most of my friends and family know that I'm selling, and I have had some luck online. But the real bread and butter of this company comes from doing trunk shows, and I was terrified of them. Wait, you mean I have to stand up in front of people and talk? And sell? Uh, no thanks! But the more I got into it, the more I finally did my research. I decided that if I want to be successful at anything in life, I have to be okay with being uncomfortable. So I asked one of my best girls if I could have my first show at her house last Saturday, and I must say...it was so much fun!
It was a small group of us, which I was thankful for! That way I could practice and not feel like a ton of eyes were being placed on me. The theme was really simple: holiday of course, and with black, white, and gold being the main colors and a beautiful pop of red from a poinsettia plant. We had light appetizers and some wine, and then got into it and played with the jewelry I brought. The thing about selling is that if you actually are selling something you genuinely love and buy yourself, it's much easier to sell to others and that passion really comes across. At least, I hope that's what the ladies would say!
Overall it was a great first show and I plan on doing two more next month! I'm honestly proud of myself because all of last week, I was nervous and certain I would fail - whatever that means! I did it, and my confidence has raised a few degrees because of it.
For those of you that ever want to order through me, I would love to help you! We have so many amazing pieces in our collection for the holidays, and because shipping is so fast, there's still time. Stelladot.com/noelleengel 💋😉