Mar 21, 2018

Jeans for Genes Day - World Down Syndrome Day

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day (today, 3/21), my sweet friend Eryn, who is on the programming team for Gigi's Playhouse Houston, asked me to be a part of a cleverly named campaign supporting those who may have a bit different DNA and for those who love denim. The goal is to have as many people wearing jeans for genes on 3/21, which represents the third copy of the 21st chromosome!

Gigi’s Playhouse, which provides free therapeutic and educational programs for children with Down Syndrome, is working hard to open up a location in Houston. They are very close to opening and need help to spread the word about Gigi's services and meet their final fundraising goals! 

Gigi’s is asking the community to get involved today by wearing “Jeans for Genes” to increase awareness about Down Syndrome through social media and/or help raise money to support a Houston location of Gigi’s with a small donation. 

As a gal who loves jeans (and lucky that I can wear them while I rock my Stella & Dot business!) and supporting a diverse community, I had to say "yes" to help spread the word!

Speaking of denim, take a look at this beautiful photoshoot in honor of Jeans for Genes. The fabulous model, Leslie, was adorned in denim from the generous Tootsies (a Houston boutique) and photographed by the talented Traci Ling Photography. (Special guest appearance in these photos with their adorable second model, Theo, who wanted to join in the fun!)


I also styled my favorite spring denim in a couple different looks - and encourage you to share your "jeans for genes" or donate to support!

I styled my Mavi jeans (distressed/frayed angle hem - these are so comfortable!) from Stitch Fix, along with my Elegantees "Whitney" tee, and the Stella & Dot Natia necklace

I again styled my Mavi jeans (distressed/frayed angle hem - these are so comfortable!) from Stitch Fix, along with my navy Elegantees "Whitney" tee and my Stella & Dot accessories - including the gold large Hammered Hoops, Covet diamond "W" Initial Pendant with the Luna Pendant and saddle leather Sunday bag!

My friend and fellow Stella & Dot Stylist, Nicole Hensch, is also wearing her favorite jeans and jewels! You can follow her on Instagram at @nhensch10!

Nicole is rocking a great pair of bootcut jeans, along with her Stella & Dot Audrey Statement Earrings, multiple bracelets to create an arm party, and the Taj embroidered clutch!

If you would like to help raise awareness, please use the hashtags #JeansForGenesDay and #GigisPlayhouseHouston so that they can collect and share your photos on Gigi's Playhouse's social media and Facebook page to help spread the word or make $10 a donation in support of Gigi's Playhouse Houston!

Mar 18, 2018

Stella & Dot Spring Stack on the Style - Arm Party Promo

Hot deal alert! Stella & Dot's popular and time-limited "Stack on the Style" arm party promotion is back through Wednesday, 3/28!

Our popular “Instant Arm Party” promo is your chance to stack up your wrists for less! Through March 28th, when you purchase 2 pieces of arm (wrist) candy, you can get the 3rd one 50% off!

Looking to make a bigger statement? This offer STACKS up! You can buy 6 bracelets, and get 2 of them at 50% off!

This promotion applies to all bracelets and the convertible necklaces listed below:

  • Poppy Necklace
  • Setta Medallion Necklace
  • Reina Necklace – Multi and Neutral
  • Versatile Fringe Necklace
  • Eliza Fringe Necklace
  • Embroidered Blaire Necklace

Build your #armparty and stack up to save at:

Feb 22, 2018

Elegantees - Whitney Tee (Spring 2018)

A few years ago, I had the privilege of partnering with Elegantees founder, Katie Martinez, on various projects to promote Elegantees with my Stella & Dot business... we've combined efforts for a fashion show in NYC, collaborated on photo shoots with the jewelry and the tees, and we designed our first "Whitney" tee!

Elegantees - Whitney Tee - Ver. 1.0 (2014)

Elegantees is the stylish and comfy marriage of elegant and tees. Each design feels like a go-to cotton tee, but each is dressed up a little more. Each piece is designed with purpose to provide meaningful employment for women rescued from sex trafficking. Made in Nepal, one of the least developed countries in the world, which ranks high for trafficking, the seams of each one creates a bright future for the overcomer who made it.

Katie Martinez and I at the Whole Foods HQ!

Recently, I had the pleasure and privilege of joining Katie as she pitched the company to Whole Foods HQ in Austin, TX. As we reflected on this experience and the time we had known each other, we both agreed it was time to launch a NEW "Whitney" (2.0) tee!

I co-designed the "Whitney" tee with Katie not only because I loved the flutter sleeves and the cut of the tops, but also I love businesses that support the growth and development of women! With these bold colors representing bold women, I also wanted to promote a company with an incredible cause.

I am so delighted to introduce this piece to the Elegantees Spring 2018 Collection, which I also asked two ambassadors Amy Riojas and Jennifer Tegnerud to style and share as these women embodied the spirit of Elegantees.

 Jennifer Tegnerud (follow her on Instagram here!) of BeYou Styling in Deep Rose

Amy Riojas (follow her on Instagram here!) in Grape. See her Insta-video in the tee here.

Amy also paired her grape Whitney tee with the Stella & Dot Horizon Chandeliers (which are no longer available, but the Aiyana Fringe Chandeliers are a nice alternative!), Rebel Pendant Necklace and the Taj Clutch!

Me wearing the navy with my Stella & Dot jewelry, of course! ;)

The "Whitney" tee is available in sizes XS-XL in colors: navy, grape and deep rose.


If you would like to own your own Elegantee, please use this link to shop - and you'll get a 15% discount on all items, including but not limited to the Whitney tee (or use the code "WHITNEY15" at checkout!)!

Shop here:

Thank you for all of your love, support and sharing the style!


Feb 21, 2018

Celebrating the 1-Year Anniversary of Polka Dot Powerhouse - Austin

As we quickly approach the Polka Dot Powerhouse - 1 Year Anniversary Party to celebrate our first year as a chapter in Austin (and currently the only chapter in Texas), I was inspired by a Facebook post from fellow Managing Director Elaine Turso, who shared many sentiments about this incredible group of women! I'm paraphrasing much of a post she shared last month, but she said it so nicely, I didn't want to change it up too much! ;)
Do you know what question I hear the most when I see many of my Facebook friends in real life? "What is this Polka Dot Powerhouse thing you're doing?"

Here's the best way I can describe it: I have the privilege of meeting up with unique, smart and driven women (mostly business owners of some sort) several times a month in-person and online (or over the phone).

I have the opportunity to connect with them one-on-one because that is where the real magic happens. Getting to know women and their families, along with their background and their business/profession is so amazing. Then I try to collaborate with them or connect them with other women (and men) in the community or in my personal network who could help them grow or utilize their business/service. As the Managing Director, I just provide the space and facilitate the meetups each month!

Are we a networking group? Kind of but not really. We are a CONNECTION company.

"Networking" can sometimes be a scary word for people - and, based on their experiences, can sometimes come with a negative connotation. This group of women has shown me the importance of connection before business.

People aren't interested in what you do until you are interested in them as a person. Polka Dot Powerhouse has shown me what it means to connect with other women without anything in return.  As a result, we all receive! We all want to help or support each other, refer and do business with those we trust and have built relationships and friendships with, and ultimately, find a tribe that empowers us.

These women, not only in Austin but also all over the country, have helped me become a better friend, businesswoman, connector, and human because of the relationships we've formed. We are a sisterhood. A tribe. We celebrate together. We support each other through the good times and the bad. We hang out and have fun together. We help each other learn, grow, be accountable and do our best.

Do you need more support in your life?

We are looking to grow this organization of warm, welcoming, positive, no-drama women throughout Austin and the nation. We are looking for other women to help facilitate a meeting place in other cities in Texas (and across the country). Who do you know? Maybe this is you?

What other questions do you have? I'm an open book! Please feel free to ask me in the comments below.

And friends, Dots, guests, anyone interested in meeting these fabulous women, please RSVP to come and celebrate with us on March 7!

Hope to connect with you soon!

Feb 8, 2018

Stella & Dot + Dress For Success Partnership

Stella & Dot is partnering with Dress for Success through February 14!  πŸ’• πŸ‘©πŸΏ‍πŸ’ΌπŸ‘©πŸ»‍πŸ’ΌπŸ‘©πŸΌ‍πŸ’ΌπŸ‘©πŸΎ‍πŸ’Ό πŸ’•

When I first applied for jobs out of graduate school, I remember that I was nervous about what to wear. I hesitated to wear the expensive watch I'd received as a graduation gift because I did not want a hiring manager to get the wrong impression of me. However, I'll never forget my sweet friend buying me the cutest pair of Cole Haan slingback shoes that I wore to every single interview because they made me feel confident!

As our fearless leader Jessica Herrin said, "Appearance influences your confidence and how others perceive you - which matter on a job interview. But not all women have the clothes and accessories they need for that interview or the job they land. That’s not right."

I am so proud that along with Stella & Dot, we are working with Dress for Success this month to gift a woman in need. Women supporting women, that is what we are all about at Stella & Dot. Please join me in supporting this incredible effort!

For every purchase over $100 between now and Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, February 14), not only are our customers getting a gift of love - pink luxe studs free with their purchase ($24 value) - on their behalf, Stella & Dot will be gifting an item to Dress for Success, too! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Update 2/8/18: We sold through our pink luxe studs inventory (great news for the Dress for Success partnership) and we’re switching to the Tilley Studs starting at midnight PT on 2/9/18!

Update 2/11/18: Oops, we did it again! In just days, we blew through our inventory of Tilley Studs - as our customers are making a greater impact than ever!

To help continue sharing the love and this offer to benefit Dress for Success, we'll be updating the offer with our stunning Sparkle Studs in Gold (while supplies last!) by 10am PT, Monday, February 12 (or sooner!).

I love that Dress for Success is a global organization, and donations will be made based on the order the country was placed in. So yes, Canadian ladies, your purchases go to your Canadian sisters in need! (Canadian customers, please shop my website here:

Nov 16, 2017

Stella & Dot - Engravable's Personalization Promotion!

From Thursday, November 16th – Monday, November 20th, you can enjoy 25% off all of Stella & Dot's engravables, charms and bases when you shop my website at!

It's the perfect time to pick up that personalized gift or treat yourself to that sentimental or inspirational daily reminder to wear around your neck, finger or wrist!

Customize and create your idea on my Stella & Dot website today through Monday, November 20 and save 25% on your engravables purchase!

What will yours say? Please reach out if you need any assistance with your creations.