Buy now, save later: The Stella and Dot promo Dot Dollars is back

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It’s a new month, which means it’s time for a new set of Stella and Dot promotions. While the monthly promos are always good, this month the deal is exceptional. Dot Dollars are back when you shop through my Stella and Dot stylist site or through a trunk show! Throughout the month, you’ll receive a $25 credit for use in July for every $50 you spend in June. This credit is delivered to your inbox around July 8th via a Stella and Dot promo code. It’s a great way to update your summer jewelry collection or to do some gift shopping.

If you’re interested in hosting or attending a trunk show, the June Trunk Show Exclusives are fantastic, too. I’m not living in the U.S. right now, but a book or social media show (think Facebook or Instagram) is easy. Just contact me for details.

stella and dot june trunk show exclusivesLastly, there are two new products launching this month. I’ve been a huge fan of the Elodie necklace in gold and I’m even more excited about its arrival in silver, blue and chartreuse. The super popular Cleopatra pyramid studs in gold are also launching in silver. If you are interested in either, let me know. I hope to have samples to show off soon.

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On constant rotation: the Stella and Dot Sahara Necklace

stella and dot sahara necklace

I’ll be honest: comfort has trumped fashion more often than not since we began living out of suitcases. No, I’m not running around in flip-flops (ha, isn’t it a Freudian slip that I just typed “flip-slops” first?!) and yoga pants, but I’m not bedecking myself in heels and statement necklaces either. My Splendid harem pants, Sam Edelman Gigi sandals, a J. Crew zip-back tee, and my J. Crew Toothpick jeans are my go-tos practically every day.

Last Friday, I just felt a little blah wearing the jeans and tee, so I slapped on my Stella and Dot Sahara pendant necklace on my way out the door. I caught my reflection in the hotel closet mirror and was pretty stoked by how the addition of the simple necklace pulled everything together. Much like a mathematical formula, I’ve been adding the necklace the rest of the time with most of my other ensembles to add a little zest. Yes, Harper does grab at it a bit, but the length makes it possible to swing backwards when I’m out playing with the girls on the playground. And, really, she hasn’t done any damage to it, which attests to its quality.

I plan to snap a photo soon of it on, but for now, take a look at it on the Stella and Dot model. Truthfully, I was iffy when I bought it; now I’m totally sold. For $49, it’s an affordable, fairly classic addition for a jewelry wardrobe.

Do you have the Stella and Dot Sahara? What have you been wearing it with?

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Stella and Dot Rory is Here

rory1After our short Central Texas ice storm yesterday, I assumed UPS would be running late, if at all. Not so. My order showed up on time. There were oodles of cool jewelry pieces in there, and I’ll certainly show them off soon, but the Stella and Dot Rory necklace was my most anticipated piece. I was happy to see that it is truly more of a medium-size statement necklace style. It’s a spring/summer piece, after all. I can’t stand huge necklaces when the temperature reaches into the 100s down here. This is doable for now and later.

As a general rule, I’m never a huge fan of goldtoned jewelry. That being said, the Rory’s metal is almost an antique finish. It isn’t bright, gleaming, polished gold. As you will see below, I went totally against my usual style today and wore a chambray shirt. Between the three colors of stones, it plays really well with denim. I’ll be more excited to try pairing it with something more “me” (ie: a black sweater, a Breton striped top, or a modern, lacy ivory or white top). Oh, and I would be remiss to forget mentioning it’s price: $59. It’s not pocket change, but it isn’t staggering either. It’s a spring and summer must-have in my book.

What do you think? Love it, like it, or not really your style?

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Stella and Dot Rory Necklace and Sardinia Bracelet

Stella & Dot Rory Necklace

Stella & Dot Rory Necklace

I did the unthinkable (at least for me) last month: I became an independent stylist for Stella and Dot. I don’t generally order home business-based items, I haven’t had a party since that total failure of a Pampered Chef party I had back in 1998, and I certainly didn’t think I would ever join one. Stella and Dot, however, kind of changed my mind. I’m not pushing products on my friends and families, so I guess you could say it’s more for me right now. That 50% off stylist discount was a big attraction…won’t lie about that one. I have a personal site up and going, and you’re welcome to visit it here: www.stelladot.com/courtneystrimel

The new early spring line of jewelry went live for stylists to sample this morning. It’s good if Mediterranean blue is your cup of tea (and it is mine). The Rory necklace (above) is so vibrant and Deco-inspired. I’m imagining myself wearing it heavily once we get to Italy. (Yes, at this point the whole idea of moving to Italy is full of romantic visions of walking down gorgeous streets in Vicenza. The culture shock should shake it out of me in a few months.) The Sardinia bracelet in blue (below) is also on my must-have list. I already own it in coral and have worn it ceaselessly since it arrived. I believe these items, as well as a few others, go live for the rest of the world mid-March. If you’re interested in a heads up when you can order them, visit my site or leave a comment. I don’t mind to let you know when they’re up.

Stella & Dot Sardinia in Blue

Stella & Dot Sardinia in Blue

Pack Your Bags: Stella & Dot’s New Line of Bags is TDF

stella and dotI go through phases. First it was make-up, next it was handbags, it’s always been shoes, and now I’m a little obsessed with jewelry. Although I’ve been aware of Stella & Dot for a couple of years, I really never paid attention until (1) I started my jewelry phase and (2) a cousin became a Stella & Dot stylist. I was holding out pretty well on not making my first SD purchase until the bags launched a week or two ago. Another favorite of mine, ikat emblazons so many of the styles. It was all over. I caved and ordered the ‘How Does She Do It‘ tote. It came today, along with another little bauble: the Gilded Arrow Bangle in silver.

Uh, oh. I really, really like both pieces…as in I want more “like” both pieces. I plan to use the bag as an overnight bag when the baby is born, but it’s a manageable size for carrying just as a handbag/purse too. The fact that it snaps down to collapse in size also makes it pretty terrific for every day. I don’t think the handles are real leather, which is kind of a bummer, but it kept the price reasonable. I guess that also means it should clean easily. And although it really doesn’t matter much in the scheme of things, the interior is really pretty.

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opened bag outside

The Gilded Arrow Bangle was a total impulse buy but it’s pretty amazing too. I’ve tried a few other arrow cuffs and bangles that have actually scratched me. If it scratches me, you know it’s going to maim a child who brushes up against it. This bangle has nice sharp-looking edges but feels very rounded.

arrow bracelet

Overall, thumbs up for both pieces. I probably will go back and order the Travel Case later. If the bags are as durable as they seem, it will be nice to have some coordinating companion pieces for the future.

Verdict: Buy!