Accessorize your Spring wardrobe with Stella & Dot + a Giveaway!

Stella & Dot has been on our radar for years, so when Stella & Dot Independent Stylist Lisa Julnes contacted us to showcase some of her favourite pieces, we couldn't not say yes!

{About Stella & Dot}

In case you haven't already heard, Stella & Dot is a San Francisco based company that creates entrepreneurial opportunities for women through social selling techniques. Their boutique-style jewelry and accessories line is available exclusively through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists, as well as online. Stella & Dot’s one of a kind collections are designed by well-known New York designers that have a passion for the industry and an eye for style. Their pieces have been featured in Gossip Girl, In Style and Lucky Magazine, and are worn by today's hottest celebrities.  Stella & Dot have been praised by The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times for their innovative social shopping concept which brings together the best of ecommerce, social media, personal service and passionate earning to create the ultimate flexible home based business for today's modern woman.
Photo courtesy of Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, Lisa Julnes

{Interview with Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, Lisa Julnes}

We had a chance to interview Lisa about her Stella & Dot business and what inspired her to become an entrepreneur.  Here are some of her thoughts:

Q:  What inspired you to become a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist?

A:  I had known about the line for quite some time and loved it!  Of course, I had quite a long wish list, so I decided to host a trunk show through a friend of mine who was a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist.  After the party was over, I asked her how much she made in commission.  Her response was “probably $250”!  Needless to say, after hearing that, coupled with the fact that she had trays and trays of jewelry that she had earned for free, I decided immediately that Stella & Dot was something I wanted to pursue!

After having my daughter a year previous to hosting my first trunk show, I knew that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, and this job has truly enabled me to continue to be at home with my daughter while still contributing to the family finances in a big way.  In addition, I have earned thousands of dollars in free jewelry, which means I don’t ever feel the need to purchase any jewelry for myself.  The cherry on top is that my job consists of meeting fabulous women, brightening their lives with new Stella & Dot bling and helping my hostesses spend their hundreds of dollars earned in free jewels.  How great is that?!
Photo courtesy of Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, Lisa Julnes

Q:  Name three of your staple wardrobe pieces and describe why Stella & Dot would be a great addition to those particular pieces.

A:  Being a mom who's always on the run, my go-to outfit has to be skinny jeans paired with a t-shirt or sweater and ankle boots. One of the things I love about Stella & Dot is that each piece can be dressed up or down, which means that even on my most casual days, I still have a Stella & Dot piece that works with my outfit! I have found that since I became a Stella & Dot Stylist, it’s incredibly easy to have a fairly neutral wardrobe and just add a few great accessories to compliment your look.

Q:  We can't get enough of Stella & Dot's Spring/Summer 2014 line - it's so soft and delicate with a pop of colour! What are your top three picks from the new Spring 2014 line?

A:  It’s very difficult for me to choose because I love it all! If I absolutely have to narrow it down to my top three pieces, these are my choices:
Photo courtesy of Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, Lisa Julnes
  1. Sutton Necklace:  Layering is made simple and stunning with this amazing necklace! The Sutton is a versatile necklace that can be worn five different ways and will transform any outfit, and Stella & Dot carries three different versions of this necklace!  We have a white stone Sutton featuring strands of ivory colored beads and white semi-precious stones with gold beads.  We also have another stone Sutton featuring strands of green, periwinkle and semi-precious blue stones, with vintage gold plating.  Lastly, we have our mixed metal Sutton made of a silver and gold mix, together with a custom triangle sparkle strand.
  2. Citrine Clutch:  Inspired by our laser-cut Avalon jewelry, the perforated design of this clutch makes a gorgeous sidekick for make-up essentials, cards, cash and your phone.  It features double zip pockets and an inside mirror, and comes in two colours:  Citrine and Geranium.  I own the Citrine and use it every single day!
  3. Daphne Pearl Necklace:  According to Jackie O, pearls are always appropriate and I would have to agree. I wear this necklace at least twice a week with anything from a t-shirt to a silky dress. Two layers of multi-sized glass pearls with vintage gold chains puts a fresh spin on the classic pearl necklace.
Photos courtesy of Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, Lisa Julnes

Q:  Picture this: you're wearing a LBD for a night out on the town.  Tell us which Stella & Dot pieces you would use to accessorize it!

A:  I would choose the gold Pegasus necklace, which is our most popular statement piece. It’s a gorgeous bib of feathers with gold plating hand sewn to silk organza cascade.  I would also add our Bardot spiral bangle in gold and Cleopatra studs to complete the look.

Image courtesy of Stella & Dot

{Autism Awareness Boutique}

This April, all net proceeds from Stella & Dot’s Autism Awareness Collection will support the HollyRod Foundation, a charitable services program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with autism.  Last year, Stella & Dot helped raise over $120,000 towards this amazing cause and they’re back this year with an exclusive selection of items that we’re sure you’ll love!  Purchasing your favourite baubles and supporting a good cause?  We think this is a win-win!

{Win It!}
{two ways to enter!}

{Win via SwankMama}
We love the tips that Lisa has provided for us and look forward to using her recommendations and expertise towards future Stella & Dot shopping sprees.  Luckily for one of our Canadian readers, Lisa is kindly giving away a $50 gift certificate towards Stella & Dot goodies!  This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only until Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below.

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{Win via Lisa Julnes' Stella & Dot page}
After you've entered SwankMama's giveaway, head over to Lisa's Stella & Dot page and browse the latest trends in jewelry and accessories, including new arrivals and best sellers!  Every purchase of $50 or more made directly through Lisa will be entered into a draw to win your entire purchase {up to a $50 value}.  This giveaway is also open to Canadian residents only until Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Disclosure: The views expressed in this post are my own and do not represent the opinions or views of Stella & Dot.  We received a form of compensation from Stella & Dot Independent Stylist, Lisa Julnes, in order to conduct this post.    The winner of the SwankMama giveaway {$50 Stella & Dot gift certificate} will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond, otherwise, a new winner will be chosen at random.  The winner of the $50 "win your purchase" giveaway will be determined by Lisa Julnes.  Note that SwankMama does not accept responsibility for sponsors that do not fulfill their giveaway duties.

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