When you're busy—and who isn't, lately?—the holiday season sneaks up on you. Time moves quickly, and your tasks multiply instead of shrink. All of it tends to feel a little overwhelming when you see perfect holiday decor wherever you look and people are already talking about being done with their holiday shopping. (Don't we all have that co-worker who finished back in August, when the rest of us were soaking up the summer sun?) This week offers the perfect opportunity to slow down and give thanks—right before hitting the accelerator for the remainder of the holiday season.
Finding gratitude in small moments
If you're having trouble finding things to feel sincerely thankful for this season, take a five minute break. Everyone's down time looks a little different. Maybe you need a brisk walk at lunchtime or to turn up your favorite music during your commute to or from work.
No matter where you find it, take those five minutes to find one or two things that truly make you feel blessed this year. It might be something as small as the way the sunlight looks on the sidewalk or something as large as a friend who consistently shows up when you need her. Either way, once you start finding those moments of thankfulness, you open up yourself to see more. Before you know it, you'll start to realize gratitude is all around you!
Giving thanks for the people and things you love
Here at Iva Jewell, we're feeling thankful for a whole collection of people and things. I'm so grateful for the support I've received from family, friends, and coworkers since starting this business. Many days I wonder "what the hell have I done?" and I'll get a text from a friend encouraging me to keep going. I'm grateful for the coaches and experts I can look to for help and guidance, like my social media team at Take Flight Social Media Consulting, Karen Chan from iFundWoman, and Matthew Paul Robinson, who has provided me with fashion education and invaluable tutoring in the fashion industry.
One more moment of gratitude
As we get ready to spend time with our friends and family this week, we also want to say thank you to YOU for supporting Iva Jewell through words of encouragement, your purchases, and your follows and likes on social media. Building a business is truly a community-wide effort, and we know we have a stellar one here. We shared a goal on Instagram the other day—a storefront!— and every time we make a connection with a new customer or fan, we know you're helping us get one step closer to reaching and exceeding our goals.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving! We're hoping you feel like you're getting closer to your own goals as we look forward to 2019!
Accessories add interest to every outfit. From your bag to your jewelry, accessories let you find your style and have a little bit of control over the image you’re presenting to the public. At Iva Jewell, we know the perfect accessories become wardrobe staples, and we hope our pieces find their way into your weekly--if not daily--accessory rotation.
The trouble with—beautiful!—copper jewelry
The gorgeous sheen of copper adds shine to your look, and Iva Jewell's copper cuff functions as a sleek, modern piece of jewelry you can wear daily if you choose. Finding jewelry you can wear with everything from business wear to casual looks doesn't always come easy, so when you find a piece you love, you can't help but slide it on as often as possible. However, daily wear can take its toll on copper. While the green patina might look lovely in vintage home decor pieces, we want to keep our jewelry sparkling!
The importance of cleaning your copper accessories
One of the best parts about running a small business comes from the personal relationship entrepreneurs form with their customers. Hearing how real people experience Iva Jewell products gives Dionne a better idea of what's working and what's not. Some of the questions Dionne receives frequently surround the cleaning of the copper cuff. She did a little bit of experimenting to find the best method for cleaning the copper cuff, because its classic simplicity means it's truly a piece that can stay in your wardrobe for years to come.
The best method for cleaning your copper jewelry
After some trial and error, Dionne found the best method for cleaning the copper cuff involved lemon juice and salt. (Bonus! You may already have those ingredients in your home.)
One quick warning: If you use this method with other copper pieces, keep lemon juice away from any gemstones. The acidic juice can damage gems.
Do you have a piece of jewelry you wear daily?
Seasonal changes beg for a little bit of flair in your home. But when you're working hard at work—and your favorite side hustle—it's tough to carve out time for a major decorating overhaul. Making a few small changes allows you to welcome and celebrate fall without taking your eye off your other goals.
Change your throw blankets and pillows
Changing your throw pillows or the blankets you keep on your couch creates immediate change in your living areas. Fall moods lend themselves to warm ivories, rich marigolds, burnt oranges, and deep reds. At Iva Jewell, we know color lets you express your style, and pillows always feel like a little bit of whimsy and eye candy on the couch—like our Foldover Clutch feels under your arm.
Add fall scents to the air
Scent changes moods. Just think about times you've walked into a friend's house to smell dinner cooking or stop into a neighborhood bakery and smell fresh bread and cookies. Whether you add scents to your home through essential oils, wax burners, or your favorite brand of candles, changing out the scent for fall makes a huge difference in how your home feels. Cozy fall scents range from cinnamon and nutmeg infused scents to ones reminiscent of warm flannel and cloves.
Adding potted succulents around your home makes easy work of any indoor plant life you want to cultivate. Not only do the muted greens complement the rich colors of fall, succulents thrive with minimal care. We know it's not easy to get through your to-do list every day, and succulents don't mind if you miss a watering session or two. If you choose small plants, you can move them around on a whim, gathering them for a quick centerpiece or nesting them next to bookends or on a side table.
Steer clear of holiday-specific decorations
Now, if you obsess over Halloween or adore Thanksgiving, this tip doesn't apply to you! However, if you're looking to decorate once a season and forget about it until winter approaches, keep your fall decor centered around colors and scents that don't focus on a particular holiday. This way, you won't fall into the trap of realizing you haven't changed out your ghost and goblin door wreath well into December!
Do you change your home decor with the seasons?
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?
Techie by day; Designer by night. Iva Jewell by Dionne