How Stella & Dot changed my life

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Hello loves! I wanted to take some time to write about something that has been a life changing opportunity for me! Many of you know that I am a Stella & Dot Stylist, but I also bet many of you wonder what the heck that even means. I get a lot of messages and the FAQs typically are: 1. What is the initial investment to become a Stylist, 2. What does a Stylist do?, 3. How much can I actually earn?, 4. Are there quotas?  If these are all questions you have had as well, then keep on reading girl 🙂


A little back story


I am the mama to 2 adorable little girls Brynley(5) and Brecklyn(2). I am also married and both my husband and myself work very full time. I co-own 4 women’s clothing boutiques with my parents, a kids boutique and I also now blog! The reason I share all of this with you is because … I’M BUSY! So lets just take that out of the equation because when people tell me they are “too busy” I want to throw my hands up and say “Hellloooooo” look at my life! Do you call this not busy, ha! What I hope you see while you’ve been following me is that you really CAN have it all, it just depends how bad you want it and how much you are willing to work for it!

Owning your own boutique is extremely rewarding, but something was missing for me back in January 2015. Brecklyn was 4 months old, I was just getting my “pre-baby” body back, boutique business was good but also very challenging, and my marriage was just “okay”. I’m honestly sharing all of this because I was in a slump! I was a new mom of two and just feeling BLAH! I was approached by a friend of mine to host an online Stella & Dot trunk show with our Apricot Lane customers. It was January, boutique business was slower, and I was already wearing the jewelry and posting it with my outfits, so I figured why not host a party and earn FREE jewelry!?  I had SO much fun hosting this party! After the party closed, she shared with me how much she made in commission off of my party, and after I saw how much I earned in free jewelry I decided to join. PAUSE: I strictly joined for the DISCOUNT! Yes the commission was enticing but it wasn’t about earning more to me, it was about the jewelry and the fun I had posting about it.

So I signed up, and became a Stylist


I knew I had nothing to lose because I paid $199 and got $450 in jewelry (promo at the time). If I could sell $1k in 30 days, I earned my $199 back! What did I have to lose? The worst thing that would happen is that I would score a major deal on jewelry! I didn’t sign a contract, I didn’t enter into a marriage, I wasn’t going to get penalized if I didn’t like it and quit — and heck I spent more at Target typically on random items! The worst that would happen is that I would have more of this super adorable jewelry in my closet. Okay, easy enough, I’ve got this! I immediately ordered my jewelry, started contacting friends and family that I had joined and just did my thing. HOLY COW! The commission starting flowing in. I was seriously shocked! The more I sold, the more I got addicted. There was a light that immediately switched back on that had been missing. Jena was back!

Why this opportunity changed my life


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Now, I know what you are thinking – you see all of these direct marketing companies and everyone is talking about how much the “company” changed their life! Ladies, it’s the truth! For me, I needed another outlet to light my fire. I instantly felt excited again, I was making money doing something fun that I loved that didn’t even feel like work to me! The extra money lightened the load at home and slowly my marriage rekindled because I was a HAPPY person once again! My husband enjoyed me as his wife (happy wife happy life, right!?) I truly believe that if you are HAPPY, you will be a better wife/mother/friend/etc. Stella & Dot gave me back my joy. I have met the greatest of friends all because I took the leap of faith and paid $199 for a discount on fantastic jewelry! These friends are there for me daily: they motivate me to be better, they love me for me, they listen to me rant, they pick me up when I fall down, and best of all, they are SO fun to be around!

Your WHY should make you cry


Once I started this business everyone immediately asked me “What’s your why”? I was a little confused because I didn’t have a “why”. At the time I had a “what”. I wanted a Louis Vuitton and I didn’t have the extra money to buy one. Looking back it makes me laugh but that was my motivator at first. It wasn’t the reason that was going to keep me fighting for my dreams. It didn’t move me to tears, it didn’t pick me up when I was feeling down. I did get the purse though, thanks Stella 🙂

Once I realized that it was deeper than a purse, it truly changed me. I realized I needed Stella! I needed the friends, the unity I felt from the amazing community of women, the motivation I felt from the CEO (she is one legit #bossbabe), the LIGHT THAT IT LIT back in my life! Yes, the money is great and I can chat with you about that one on one if you are interested, but what I am really trying to drive home is that it can change your life for a lot of reasons unrelated to money. Maybe you need a creative outlet because you stay home with your kids? Maybe you wear scrubs all day and you want to get a discount on jewelry so you can dress cute on the weekends? Maybe you aren’t a girly girl and you are looking for a way to feel more girly? Maybe you are in a situation where you want to be thrown outside of your comfort zone (sometimes the one thing missing for people is a good ol’ challenge)! THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS beyond money that we women need from a company like Stella & Dot! For me, it gave me a part of myself back that I was missing. I was excited about something again!! I was looking every challenge in the face with a go-getter attitude! I wanted to earn trips and reach goals! I was competitive, and I saw a hustle in myself that was finally back!

So to answer the most FAQ’s

How much is it to become a Stella & Dot Stylist?

For $199 you can start this life changing business. You will get $350 in jewelry that YOU get to select! It is essentially a business in a box that will show up at your doorstep! You also aren’t alone – there is a community of women there to help you get started!

What does a Stylist do?

A Stylist shares the jewelry to any and everyone in her path! This could mean booking trunk shows where you pack up your pretty jewelry for a ladies night out at a friends house, or this could mean sharing the style strictly online through social media! There are so many ways of doing it, but WE are the face of Stella & Dot!

How much can I actually earn doing this?

Would you believe me if I told you that we’ve had women leave their full time careers as teachers and lawyers and actually make MORE in one year with Stella than they ever did with their full time jobs?! Some women make $200 a month, and some women make $10-20k a month – the sky is the limit!

Are there quotas?

Nope! Again, this business is whatever you want it to be! Sure, there are special perks that active selling Stylists get that non-active selling Stylists do not get, but regarding “quotas” that is a big fat NO. You are your own boss girl!

Those pictures above signify some of my greatest Stella & Dot moments! I’ve been blessed with some pretty amazing achievements in my short 2 years as a Stylist, and I am so grateful that this opportunity was brought in to my life! I’d love to share the S&D joy with you!! Please let me know if you have any questions! I’d love to have you join us!




Cactus + Ruffles

Cactus + Ruffles

Hope you are having a wonderful Thursday! Can we talk for a moment about how Target is slayin’ the fashion game right now!? My ENTIRE look (other than denim and purse) is from Target. This is not a sponsored post, this is just a girl who freaking loves Target. Ashley bought this adorable ruffled denim jacket for me for my b-day! It has the cutest details, and I love how the fit is more boyfriend (I’m wearing a medium for reference)! The cactus tank I snagged a few weeks ago and I’m so happy I did (also a medium in that)! Adorable as a stand alone top and looks great layered with a jacket over it too! Shop my look at the bottom of this post! Have a great day 🙂



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Shop the post:

Denim Jacket

Cactus Tank




Necklace (Celestial Choker)

Sunnies (being restocked online today at 10am CST)

Sale Alert! Ruffle sweatshirt must have!

Sale Alert! Ruffle sweatshirt must have!

Ladies wanted to take a moment to tell you that one of my favorite sweatshirts is ON SALE! This in my opinion is a must have – available in 2 colors: heather grey & lavender (they are calling it purple puff). It is 40% off making it $41! You will love the statement sleeves, and I promise everywhere I’ve worn this I’ve gotten compliments! Runs true to size, I am wearing a size small! Happy shopping!







Shop the post:

Ruffle Sweatshirt here

Blush denim (which is on sale for $39 and SUPER comfy) here

Shop my sneakers here

Shop the necklace (called the Celestial Choker) here

Comfy & Cute: My new fave slouchy sweatshirt

Comfy & Cute: My new fave slouchy sweatshirt

Happy hump day dolls! I just purchased this sweatshirt that I’ve been eying for quite some time now, and O.M.G I so badly wish I would have purchased this sooner! It’s honestly the perfect sweatshirt for Spring/Sumer, because you can pop your sun-kissed shoulder out, and it looks adorbs with cut offs! I’m headed back for another color, no joke (there are 6 color options)! I did the small, and it fits great! The arms are definitely more “giving” but that is the look!



Get my laptop cover here

Get my necklace combo here (search Celestial Choker & Luna Pendant)



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Shop my post:

Slouchy sweatshirt here here or here

Hi-rise cut offs – fit true to size – snag them here

Purse is here

Shoes – color is “make up” and they run true to size, I took a 9 – get them here 

Necklaces are from here (celestial choker & luna pendant) 

Sunnies are Apricot Lane and being restocked this week!

**All photos by Ashley Drissi**



Camo tank on repeat!

Camo tank on repeat!

Happy Tuesday ladies!

I am a sucker for camo! I’ve been wearing this tank on repeat and for $12 I almost should have purchased two! I am wearing a small, and it runs true to size but selling quickly so make sure to snag one up! I love camo paired with black denim, and then I love to pop black denim with a camel shoe! DON’T BE AFRAID to mix camel accessories with your black denim! These shoes have been a go to shoe of mine this summer! They seem to pair with everything and they are super comfy! Hope you all have a wonderful day!





Shop these items:

Camo tank (I’m wearing a size small)

Black denim or these

Shoes (I’m wearing cognac; run true to size)



Choker (called the Celestial Choker once you reach the website)

The perfect statement blouse

The perfect statement blouse

Hey there! So sorry I have been MIA for awhile! To be honest, this blogging life started RIGHT as our online boutique got super crazy busy. I just didn’t find the time for cute outfit pictures, or writing/linking/blogging in general!

I just had to take a moment to share this amazing bell sleeve top with you! Some have messaged me concerned about this website and the sizing. I won’t lie, it does run smaller but I am perfectly happy with the M/L. I feel like it is super roomy in my body area, and just right in the arms! If you haven’t noticed stripes, ruffles and statement sleeves are HUGE right now, so you can’t go wrong with this top for Spring! Also, bust out your white denim! Gone are the days of having to wait until summer!






And can we talk about this clutch for a minute?! Stella & Dot is releasing the “Taj Clutch” on 3/30 and I am certain that it will sell out within hours! The vibrant colors, tassled detailing and unique texture simply make it one of a kind. If you would like to get on my pre-order list make sure to email me and I will snag this for you the morning it launches!



Lastly, your spring wardrobe is begging for you to wear TASSEL EARRINGS! Such a hot trend right now, and Stella & Dot is nailing it. I’m wearing the Gita Tassel earrings which you can purchase here. 



Here is a peek at our new Rosalind Chandeliers which are available to purchase on 3/30!


Outfit Information:

Get the top here

Denim here

All jewelry here

Sunnies here

Shoes here

Hope you have a great Friday, and a wonderful weekend!




Teach me how to selfie, teach me teach me how to selfie

Teach me how to selfie, teach me teach me how to selfie


Hi my name is Jena, and I am the girl on Instagram with the silky smooth skin and the pearly bright white teeth. You probably remember seeing me in my perfect photos, where you never see a zit or a wrinkle because lets face it, I’m perfect. If you believe everything you just read, you are one gullible chick! THAT IS SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH! I have zits, wrinkles, brown spots, and everything else that is going wrong being in my 30’s. All of those other chicks with the smooth skin on Instagram, yeah they are normal too I promise. BUT, thankfully times have changed and there’s an app for that! It used to be that you snapped a picture and just posted the darn thing and you were done. Welcome to 2017, where you need 3-4 apps on average to strike that perfect pose. Now, when I say perfect I’m not saying you must look perfect in your pictures. What I mean is that there is an actual true “art” to Instagram, where photos that are filtered are seen as more appealing than those that are not (you can thank Pinterest for all of the extra work we all have now). If you are in the business of wanting to gain more followers, then you need to listen up and start filtering those photos! I have been asked probably more times than I can count how I take the “perfect selfie”. It’s honestly a process and in my opinion still not perfect! I am not afraid or ashamed to post a natural photo, again, this is about an art that helps you gain more followers! So lets dive right in, shall we?


Lighting & Background

This is the #1 most important tool to taking a quality selfie. In my bathroom, I open the blinds and climb up on my bathtub and stand against the wall that is closest to the window. The sun is rising on that side of my house so this is where I get the very best light. The photo above was taken around 9am. NOTE: the best time of day to take a selfie is early morning between 8am-10am. There is just something so soft and amazing about the light that peeks through your windows at this time! Another great time of day to selfie is later afternoon. MID afternoon is not the best time of day. I know this isn’t ideal, and trust me I selfie all day long (its my job, duh) so always make sure that you are near natural outdoor light for the BEST blank canvas to get started with. Stay out of the sun! Sun is not your friend when you are taking a selfie!! It can really hone in on all of your flaws, and no one wants that, right?! You also want to make sure that you have a clean, uncluttered background. You aren’t doing yourself any justice if you are standing against/near a cluttered background (the eye will wander to your background, and not the picture of your “object” you are showing off). This is why I stand near my window up against a neutral white wall. I also selfie outside on my front porch where it is shaded and letting in the perfect amount of soft natural light. The background there is brick (which isn’t my ideal as it is always best to go for lighter colored backgrounds) but the brick wall is clean, and clean is your friend!


Picture Placement

I am a very symmetrical person so this concept was hard for me to grasp at first, but remember we are making art here. Don’t automatically place yourself or whatever image you are snapping in the middle. There is a “rule” if you will, called the rule of thirdsYou can google this concept and literally find every single photographer or blogger discussing the importance. I will save you all of the copying & pasting & crediting about this rule, and let you google it here  


(example of a selfie of mine that is more off centered following the rule of thirds)

Apps: the secret sauce


Now that you’ve taken your picture near natural light, followed the photo placement, it’s time to make them look pretty! Here comes the fun part! These are the top apps that you need to download to your phone! It’s best for organizational purposes to put all your photography apps in to a folder. Most of these are free apps! Here are my current faves:

  1. Picframe – used to collage pics, or frame them so you have a white border
  2. Facetune – here is where the magic flawless skin comes in; you can also brighten your jewels and pop your lip color etc.
  3. VSCO Cam – awesome magic to filtering your pics, #1 app used by bloggers you probably follow on IG -Tutorials found here 15970253_10102595630657455_1978407825_n.jpg
  4. BeautyPlus – this has a magical option called “beautify” that will perform magic right before your very eye. You can watch a video here and notice in the video how she is in natural light, applying the “rule of thirds”.
  5. YouCam Makeup – love this app for 2 reasons: eye lashes & teeth whitening #money
  6. PhotoMirror – when you see me twice in the pic, I’ve used this app15826626_10102592182203185_4100302466038591913_n.jpg
  7. Afterlight – pretty much the same thing as VSCO just another option
  8. PicTapGo – this is my “final” app I use before posting to IG. I typically use Facetune, followed by VSCO, then PicTapGo. Here I will add some crispness, crop, adjust contrast more and then *KEY* this is how you can get a white border around the pics. If you select “float” it will float your picture like this: 15970605_10102595638486765_1146473778_n.jpg

(Also note in this pic I used YouCamMakeup and whitened my teeth and darkened my mascara! DON’T FORGET to whiten your friends teeth too – show them some love would ya! Also, yours will stand out if you don’t even the playing field for everyone in the pic)

Here are some more before & after pics to show you the true “art”b and a.jpgfacetune.jpg

Okay ladies, hope this helps you up your selfie game! If you have any questions leave me a comment here and I will get back to you!