Stella & Dot Trunk Show… and a GIVEAWAY!

October 26, 2010

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A little over a month ago we received an email from Jo-Anne, a stylist who works for Stella & Dot, asking if we’d be interested in hosting a jewelry trunk show for a group of ladies. Now if you know anything about us, especially about me, you know that we love jewelry and accessories. And just in case you forgot, these are the drawers I designed in my dresser specifically for my jewelry:

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Obsessed. And I’m always looking to add to the collection. πŸ˜‰

So naturally, when Jo-anne contacted us and explained the history of the company and that Stella & Dot was huge out on the west coast and expanding to New England, we were intrigued. Two women started the company. One was the founder of WeddingChannel.com (which was later bought by theknot.com) and the other was a creative director for J.Crew and Banana Republic. These women clearly have good taste and we knew we were in good hands.

This past Sunday a lovely group of friends, family, and some Boston bloggers got together in the community room at Sues’ apartment building for a brunch and jewelry viewing party. Because who doesn’t love sipping a mimosa while trying on countless amounts of sparkly thangs? πŸ˜‰ Not a friend of mine, I can tell you that much!

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We decided to have a nice spread of food (surprise, surprise!). But between Project Food Blog and working in Chicago last week, Sues and I were definitely crunched for time so Sues’ mom kindly offered to make quiche for the party. Which were absolutely fantastic! She made a ham, tomato, onion, asparagus, and Gruyere quiche and a spinach, mushroom, onion, and Monterrey Jack quiche. Dreams of these will be had.

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I made my famous Jordan Marsh Blueberry muffins. I say “my” because I like to pretend I came up with the recipe πŸ˜‰

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And we loved the cucumber chive cups we made for round 6 of Project Food Blog that we decided to make more for our party.

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A pretty fruit salad always works at any brunch related gathering!

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And now for the main attraction… the jewels!

Jo-anne was truly a great stylist. From the very beginning of the planning process she answered all of our emails promptly, sent out our invitations, and just handled everything so professionally. The thing I liked best about the Stella & Dot party was that they’re not pushy. Jo-anne set her display up, answered questions as needed, and was very hands-on, but she in no way broke up the flow of the party. We’re always a little weary of organized product parties because your guests can often feel pressured to purchase large amounts of merchandise but Jo-anne took the backseat and allowed the jewelry to speak for itself!

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Our guests were all encouraged to pick up the jewelry and try it on, too. Pretty sure I kept this necklace on the entire afternoon πŸ˜‰ We each had lots of favorites!

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In the middle of the party, Jo-anne gave a very brief speech about the history of the company and explained that once the girls placed their orders that day they would receive their jewelry in only 3-4 business days! Such a quick turnaround! As our blogger friend, Michelle, listened carefully πŸ˜‰

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It was really such a great afternoon filled with the wonderful ladies in our lives!

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Some favorite Boston bloggers: Kristen, Susan, Becca, and Julie (whose baby-to-be will get free babysitting from me!)

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And another favorite Boston blogger, the adorable Colleen with her sister Megan. I like hanging out with them because we’re all so tall πŸ™‚

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My grandmother was visiting for the weekend… Hooray! Here she is with my sister and my sister’s friend Kristen.

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Kate, myself, Melis, and Sues! Andover girls πŸ™‚

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Sues with Kyle, who sold her greeting cards at the party, too!

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My sister with her friend Kristian!

Thank you so much to Jo-anne for reaching out to us and offering to throw this party for us. And thank you to all of our guests who spent your Sunday afternoon eating and sifting through pretty jewelry with us. I mean, we like to make life easy for you πŸ˜‰

GIVEAWAY

You didn’t really think we’d show you all of this beautiful jewelry without offering you something, did you?! Well, since Jo-anne is soooo nice, she’s offering to extend our trunk show and do a giveaway just for We are not Martha readers. For every $50 you spend on Stella & Dot from now until Sunday, October 31, 2010 you’ll be entered to win the Petra bracelet (a $98 value) which everyone at our party raved about and is, not surprisingly, one of the top sellers! For example, if you spend $50, that’s one entry. Spend $100, that’s 2 entries and so on. This is the perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping (read: guilt-free!) especially since all of the Stella & Dot jewelry ships directly within 3-4 business days and is beautifully packaged in their signature colors. And once you do your holiday shopping you’ll have the chance to win the stunning Petra bracelet for yourself πŸ˜‰

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If you’d like to shop online to place your order and be entered into the giveaway, you must click here, and under “find your hostess” type “we are” for the first name and our trunk show page will show up for you to start shopping… Simple as that! Jo-anne is keeping track of all of your entries and we’ll randomly select a winner early next week. And again, for your entry to count for the giveaway you must purchase through our extended trunk show.

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Also, if you’re local and are interested in booking your own Stella & Dot party you can contact Jo-anne, just tell her We are not Martha sent you!

[Chels]

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29 Responses to "Stella & Dot Trunk Show… and a GIVEAWAY!"

  1. Shannon says:

    looks like a great time! i was bummed I couldn’t make it… silly puppy :/ did you guys have a favorite piece??

  2. Susan says:

    Susie’s mom made the most amazing quiche! I had so much fun.

  3. Looks like a great time. I was bummed I couldn’t make it. What did you guys end up ordering?

  4. notyet100 says:

    wow,,..such a nice giveway,..

  5. Um, I look PISSED as I’m listening…I swear I wasn’t! I’m looking forward to my Stella & Dot purchase arriving today! Thanks again for inviting me ladies!

  6. Simply Life says:

    Looks like a great event!

  7. What an awesome event! I love finding such cool, small companies with such unique items! πŸ™‚

  8. Erica says:

    Great party! The quiche looks super tasty. And I always get excited when there is a giant bowl of fruit salad at a party. The jewelery looks pretty too. I’m so bad about accessorizing- I need to work on this. I wonder if they have plans to expand down south too?

  9. emily says:

    your jewelry drawer is so cute! love how you have the necklaces stored in little dishes. looks like a super cute show with some beautiful pieces!

  10. Colleen says:

    Was such a lovely afternoon! Thanks again! Can’t wait to go home after work to find my Stella & Dot package waiting for me. πŸ™‚

  11. Jo-Ann says:

    It was absolutely my pleasure bringing our boutique to you and your friends! I had a great time and it was so wonderful to meet all of you.

    XO,
    Jo-Ann

  12. Looks like such a fun afternoon! I love brunch and jewelry as well. Your drawer organization is inspiring me to make-over my dresser soon!!

  13. Victoria says:

    You guys are adorable! This looks like such a fun party, and I LOVE all your cute labels for the food, what a great idea so you don’t have to keep telling people what everything is!

  14. Megan says:

    This looks like a fabulous party! I’m so sorry I missed it. I had my boyfriend’s 40th on Friday night and a concert on Saturday night, so I assumed (correctly) that I’d be dead to the world on Sunday. I barely left the house all day. The quiche looks so delicious, as does the rest of the spread and those mimosas.

  15. Monique says:

    okay, clearly i live in the wrong city. I need to party withyou divas. seriously.
    how far away are you from me? lol (only half joking…)

  16. rebeccaj says:

    Okay, totally going to buy some stuff this weekend so I can rock it in Vegas and win that damn bracelet! Haha. Such a great time, so good to see you girls! (also, we’re fighting over babysitting duties.)

  17. Julie Q says:

    I’m entering the contest to go through all of Chelsee’s jewerly and borrow about 15 different pieces!!! thanks again for inviting me! I still have those two bracelets in the back of my mind.. i might cave and buy

  18. Kelly says:

    Adorable. Looks like so much fun. I will admit I’ve always been intimidated by shopping parties because I worried I’d be pressured to buy something, but your party looks fantastically fun and low key.

  19. so cute, ladies! those quiche look delish! i think i’ll be caaaaasually dropping hints about xmas presents to the BF, and send him this link πŸ˜‰

  20. lindsay says:

    I want to make your cucumber cups! I am guessing you make a little well, or a shallow bowl in them and put chives and cream cheese? Looks so good!!!

  21. Kelly says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to do a little early Christmas shopping this weekend πŸ™‚

  22. betsy says:

    looks like a great event!!

  23. Joanne says:

    Whoa what a great opportunity! Good food, good friends, pretty jewelry. It’s basically a girls’ paradise.

  24. Sharlene says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful time! I wish I had money to buy more jewelry. It’s such an easy way to completely change an outfit!

  25. Bridget says:

    That bracelet is freaking incredible, I;ve been eyeing it online for a while! Again, I’m so sorry I couldn’t go…I’m finally starting to feel better thankfully. I was so sad I missed it, that jewelry looks gorgeous…esp that necklace you’re wearing (I hope you got it!). The food looks wonderful as well, you two put on a fabulous party as expected πŸ™‚

  26. Sorry I missed it. I had a tupperware party that day which was so LAME. I’d definitely rather come and try on shiny things while sipping on a mimosa πŸ˜‰

  27. Katie says:

    it was such a fun party, girls! can’t wait to get my jewels!

  28. Kerstin says:

    What a yummy spread and super cute jewelry – so sad I couldn’t make it.

  29. Donna says:

    Have you heard about Bamboopink by Jude Frances? A fabulous new jewelry line that will be sold through direct sales. I saw your blog about Stella & Dot and thought you might be interested. I can send you press releases, recorded conference calls, etc. The company is offering FREE signups through March 15 and I’m sure some of your readers would love this chic, affordable jewelry line.

    My signup page is http://www.bamboopink.net/dallas. Please email me if you are interested.

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