Fall might not officially arrive until the third week of September, but Labor Day marks an unofficial transition between seasons. No matter what the weather may look like where you live, don’t let summer slip through your fingers without one last summer celebration. After all, you’ll appreciate renewed energy and focus as the change of seasons offers extra motivation to reach your goals for the year!
1. Tackle a project that involves more time than a hour or two
Dionne will be spending time with her mother and inspiration, the original Iva Jewell, in Southern California. She's been told she is going to help clean out the garage and expects to find all kinds of fabulous vintage treasures. In other words — Mom is putting Dionne to work!
2. Get outside and enjoy the weather
Everyone can enjoy a little fresh air during the long weekend. It’s up to you how you use it! For some people, a hike with friends might sound perfect, but you might prefer to meet your friends for cocktails at your favorite outdoor café.
3. Spend time with the people who matter to you
Obviously it’s not possible to fly all of your favorite people to your place for the weekend, but don’t wait until the last minute to reach out to the people you want to see. Invite friends over for a celebration that makes you smile, whether that’s cocktails on the patio — who doesn’t love a refreshing Gimlet? — or a potluck picnic.
photo credit: Taste of Home
4. Unplug — even if it’s only for a few hours
More and more, working women feel the need to be connected to their jobs at all times. Small business owners like Dionne feel that pressure to the extreme, especially if they’re working as solo entrepreneurs. This weekend, commit to unplugging for a bit. Even if you can’t turn off your phone or laptop for the weekend, set aside a block of time to disconnect — and stick with it. At first it might feel strange not to feel the vibration of notifications in your bag, but soon you’ll realize how relaxing it can be to focus on the people and setting around you, instead of worrying about what’s happening on the other end of a text message.
5. Have a bag ready for anything that comes your way
Keeping a bag packed with your personal essentials makes it easier to leave the house for some spontaneous fun. You might want a tablet loaded with your favorite books, a notebook for sketching, or a small makeup bag to take your look from relaxed to glam at a moment’s notice. The Kingston Tote holds all that — and more! — making it the perfect bag for the woman who’s ready for everything.
What do you have planned for Labor Day weekend?
Dionne put a lot of thought into choosing a platform to launch Iva Jewell. After all, a company inspired by a fabulous woman needed a strong, inspirational beginning. With that in mind, iFundWomen became a clear favorite for the Iva Jewell product launch.
How to support female entrepreneurs
Women supporting women gives all small business owners a stronger foothold in the entrepreneurial marketplace. iFundWomen believes in more than just financial backing through crowd funding. They support coaching, mentoring, and a supportive community for entrepreneurs. Whether you donate to a campaign, shop from a female small business owner, or amplify someone's presence on social media, your support matters!
Keep an eye out for these female-owned businesses
Female designers continue to inspire and impress Dionne with their unique perspectives and dedication to quality products. Following and frequently shopping with female-owned businesses online and in her local community gives Dionne the chance to support brands she believes in.
The Taylor Jay Collection
Taylor Jay is the Designer and Owner of The Taylor Jay Collection. Her clothing line retails at her Oakland boutique and online. Taylor Jay believes modesty and femininity can be both sexy and approachable, and her designs meld comfort in fashion in beautiful pieces you'll want to add to your wardrobe this fall. Follow Taylor Jay on Instagram for inspiration, shopping opportunities, and news about her latest collection
At LaliSimone, owner Judith knows vintage fashion can be made new again with the right pieces. Dionne appreciates Judith's incredible taste and style and the pieces she offers at LaliSimone. The impeccably curated vintage pieces are selected to fit into ultra-modern wardrobes, and this is Dionne's go-to store when she's vintage shopping. Keep in mind that vintage means pieces have limited availability, so browse often and don't miss an opportunity to purchase a piece you love. The LaliSimone Instagram feed showcases available items and offers inspiration for how to incorporate vintage clothing and accessories into your closet.
Graphic tees let you express yourself in bold, non-fussy ways, and Dionne likes the funny, statement making t-shirts from Nareasha Willis. Designing fashion-forward pieces since 2014, Nareasha keeps her finger on the pulse of global fashion by spending time in Los Angeles, New York, and London. In addition to her graphic t-shirts and sweatshirts, she's currently working hard on producing a faux fur line. In addition to her own designs, Nareasha dedicates herself to increasing diverse representation in fashion through the #BlackVogue movement. Learn about why she started the campaign and how you can personally participate.
Support Iva Jewell during the launch campaign
You can still support the Iva Jewell launch campaign. Dionne has almost reached her goal, but there are still opportunities for campaign rewards. Shop now before your favorite fabric is no longer available!
Dionne recently returned from Texworld a premier fabric conference. The conference offered networking opportunities — always a plus! — and the chance to get a jump on fabric trends. Surrounded by industry insiders, Dionne recognized how beautifully Iva Jewell fits into upcoming textile trends.
Highlights from Texworld
Dionne loved seeing Color Trends by Pantone. Rich colors stole the show during the presentation color trends for Fall 2018 and Winter 2019.
Color dominates fall and winter palettes
Two reds — Red Pear and Valliant Poppy — allow designers to vary the use of the powerful color from dramatic to bright. Nebulus Blue and Ceylon Yellow round out the focus on variations of the primary colors, while Ultra Violet allows for a gorgeous pop of purple. Neutrals are warm olives and almonds, and Russet Orange adds contrast — something Dionne values in the patterns she chooses.
Feast your eyes on Pantone’s Color Trends and then shop Iva Jewell to get your accessories wardrobe totally on trend this fall.
Why Pantone color trends matter
Pantone, the industry leader in pinpointing and amplifying color trends, influences creators in all aspects of design. From clothing to home accessories, paint options and graphic design, color trends ripple throughout our lives. In addition to setting trends, Pantone leads the world in color matching and standardization, so if you’re using a paint color in a certain shade, it will look the same, whether you’re in San Francisco or London.
Iva Jewell appreciates the power of color
Color trends don’t just appear. Pantone experts work tirelessly to make sure their choices reflect a global mood to become a snapshot of what people want to see surrounding them. Seeing some of Iva Jewell’s color palettes reflected in Pantone’s color trends reminded Dionne of why color will always take center stage in her designs. Dionne appreciated the bold, saturated colors she saw at Texworld — an affirmation that women want to be seen, boldly and beautifully.
Techie by day; Designer by night. Iva Jewell by Dionne