Friday, May 29, 2015

Project El Crucero Fundraising


Part of the reason I decided to sign up with Stella & Dot as a stylist (besides loving the merchandise) is so I could do more good things for the people and organizations I care about.

My friend Andrea introduced me to Project El Crucero just recently and mentioned that they are in desperate need of funds to maintain their mission.

After a short-term visit to El Crucero, Nicaragua, three friends from Colorado were so impacted by the needs of the community that they created a plan for medical/dental clinics and a feeding program for the long term. Their mission of spreading love and empowering and serving the people of the village are making an impact of their own! 

The Project El Crucero leadership team operates the Susie Syke clinic using 100% of the donations made possible by business and individual donations and sponsorships. The average monthly operating costs are about $2500.  

Earlier this year the clinic roof suffered damage which depleted the available funds and that's where I want to help!

I've set up a Stella & Dot Fundraising Trunk Show and will personally be donating 100% of my commission to Project El Crucero. That means that 25% of each and every dollar you spend in this show will go straight to the mission.

If you've had your eye on any great items, please consider purchasing through this link and know that you're doing good with your shopping dollars!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paris Street Market 2015

It should be no surprise by now, but just in case you're new to our blog, here is more information about the Paris Street Market. We hope you plan to join us on June 6th for this fun, unique way to shop for home decor, furniture, clothing, jewelry and more! We'll also be there in September too!

The information below was originally posted last year as we prepped for the show, but it is worth repeating for market newbies and those of you just wondering what the heck we're doing.

What exactly is the Paris Street Market?
The street market is an outdoor gathering of vendors with goods to sell. But there's more to it than that...

What will I find?
This is the best part! The market offers unique goods that you won't find at just any retailer, big box store or in a catalog. The creators of the market had a vision from the beginning...They wanted to sell vintage and antique items. Items that had been "found" and will make your home different than the rest. Over the years, there are now more handmade items and a few wholesale vendors that offer cute clothes, jewelry and art.

Here are a few of the pieces we're planning to bring...


When and where is the market?
The market takes place the first Saturday of each month, May through October. It runs from 8:00 am to 3:00, rain or shine. (We're really hoping for a nice day when we participate in two weeks). The market in Littleton is at Aspen Grove Shopping Center just off Santa Fe. Trust us, you can't miss it...its set up right in the middle of the parking lot.

What should I know before I go?
The market is often crowded. So many people bring dogs, so watch out for leashes! There will be people milling in and out of booths, so bring your patience and courtesy. Most vendors will take checks, but cash is always appreciated. With new technology, some vendors can take cards as well. We are planning to offer this service in our booth. There are some food vendors available in case you need a snack or drink.

Finally, a tip from these two veteran street market shoppers. Come with an open mind. If you're on the hunt for a lime green 24 x 48 desk, you might not find it. But if you come knowing that you'd like to find an interesting piece that can be used as a desk (or whatever), then you may just leave with something better than you'd ever imagined. more tip. If you see something you love, buy it. So many times we've walked away from something great thinking "I'll make the rounds and come back if there's nothing better." And guess what...when we make our way back, someone else has taken our piece!  (that coffee table still haunts Karli's memory)

If you have any questions about what you'll find, what to bring, or how to get there just let us know.

We hope to see you there and if you're a blog reader, be sure to mention how you found us. We'll have something special for you!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Karli's Latest Accessory

Today I got the most useful, life-changing accessory to add to my favorite jewelry, scarves and makeup.

What is this awe-inspiring piece?!

A hearing aid.

Yep. This girl just got a brand new, tiny little hearing aid and I'm THRILLED!!

Let me rewind things for you a little bit. (You'll understand why I'm so excited!)

On March 6th I woke up with a clogged right ear, some dizziness and I just felt "off." I went on with my day and the weekend, just getting worse...thinking I had an ear infection from allergies. I set up an appointment with my general physician on Monday morning and she said she just thought it was allergies too. No ear infection, just congestion.

Not happy with that answer, I started searching for other remedies. I tried acupuncture. I went to the chiropractor. I tried essential oils. I would think there was relief, but hours later I was back to square one. Nothing helped me hear and the dizziness got worse. I remember walking down the hall one day at work and I couldn't walk straight---I had to hold on to the wall to get to my office.

I decided it was time to visit an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist about two weeks later. Come to find out I had Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss from an unknown cause. Then started lots of tests including an MRI to rule out any sort of tumor. They also tried lots of different medications to attempt to bring my hearing back. Nothing worked.

At my last appointment the doctor told me there was nothing more she could do and I would just have to deal with the hearing loss and that hearing aids wouldn't help. That was a sad day.

Even more upsetting was the day at work when I realized I was missing things that colleagues were saying while they were sitting right next to me. And hearing in social situations or places with background noise...forget it. I shed lots of tears those days.  

Not one to accept "no" for an answer, I finally got an appointment with one of Denver's premiere hearing specialists today. And I'm happy to say that I was able to get assistance from a hearing aid.

I listened to the radio for the first time in about 60 days. It was marvelous!

Be your best advocate. Trust your gut. Be well!