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i announced on IG that because of the accomplishment of hitting 500 likes on FB, 1200 followers on IG, and 35,000 views on this blog, I am giving customers 25% off orders this week!
// AND //
give you a chance to win a FREE bag!
all you have to do is comment and tag a friend on my IG post (click the matching image in the right side bar) or FB post. you have until 11:59pm tonight to enter the contest.
and secret to those of you who follow my blog... i'm extending the 25% sale until tomorrow so you can wait to find out if you've won! i'll post the winner on IG and FB tomorrow at 10am and then you'll have all day to shop to claim your 25% discount!
this is the perfect opportunity to get some early christmas shopping done
i can't believe it's been about a year since i've really pushed my brand out in the industry. anne b is now in 3 boutiques, featured on 3 daily deals sites including in France selling over 200 bags, and published in 2 magazines! holy cow... i can't believe it.
and just this weekend marked new feets for anne b. i had a booth set up at the UVU City Sounds event last friday night and a booth at the I'm Beautiful Salon's PINK fashion show on Saturday night. BIG SUCCESS!
i met some great new customers who support my cause for the women and children in Uganda. i even traded a leather key chain for 2 waffles from waffle love. love! and i met another girl who is a like-minded entrepreneur who is gonna be an awesome business women!
so in case you didn't catch these instagram photos (see links on the right) they show you the highlights of the weekend.
// i found this beautiful bookcase off of KSL. painted it. and spruced it up with my merch. #boothupgrade //
// here are just 2 of the african textiles i brought back with me from uganda. so beautiful! these were hits sellers this weekend. //
// this is the stage that jack build. and this is the stage that myself and models, holding anne b bags, strutted down for the I'm Beautiful Salon PINK fashion show. this is the 4th year of the fashion show and they host it in support of cancer. this year was special because the fashion designer recently passed away from cancer. i had the privilege of wearing one of the dresses that she designed. //
// and these are the hot models that gave perfect justice to my bags. and they compliment the Ann Taylor outfits superbly! i couldn't have been more proud and awestruck. //
I'm Beautiful Salon Boutique will be holding my african clutches starting this week! the owner, cori, loved them in an instant and insisted that they be placed in the store. boutique number 3.
driving home from Lagoon a couple weeks ago, i was listening to 97.1 and they were asking for the 9th caller in order to win tickets to meet tegan and sara that friday! they were coming in town to perform with FUN. at the saltair. so i used my phone and debbie's phone calling each of their 3 numbers. after 10 minutes of getting a busy signal, i got through! it rang for a good 30 seconds and then went straight to a busy signal. EFFF. then, i tried one last time and - I WON!! everyone in the car was freaking out with me! i had won 4 tickets!
so what did i do? i took the opportunity to make tegan and sara each a bag! and they loved them. look how happy they are with their new bags :) they performed a great 4 song line-up. hilarious girls. thank you 97.1!
it had been quite a while since i've given y'all an update about my goings-on in uganda. in the last month and 1 week i have done so much! i have learned a tad of lugesu, luganda, and a swahili, riden bodas through many beautiful hills and valleys, peed in many squatters, and eaten a lot of beans.
besides all that fun stuff, i've taught math, career guidance, time management, handmade sanitary pads, learned how to use a foot pedal sewing machine, taught village women my clutch design, mentored organization management through a business plan, and bonded with several students at a secondary school. life is good. can't complain.
outside of uganda and outside of my adventures, i have many friends and aquintances doing many great things as well. here is a list of those steller things --
// mitch stevens book - hey, follow your dreams //
he finished his first book! huge accomplishment! check out my first post about this GIANT of imagination and inspiration here. you can then see a preview of his book here and order your own copy here. dooo it!
// rise and shine vocational school - hand woven baskets for sale //
one of the partners i am working with is the mayenze widows and orphans association. it was started in 2008 by agatha obua, and i get the chance to work with her now in organizing the institute and making sure that all the ducks are in line as far as curriculum, registration costs, production costs, branding, and instructional management. and to raise money for the institute by providing the women and children a global platform for their craft and talent, i am selling their baskets on my site here. these baskets are handmade by the widows and are made out of old branches and palm leaves. you'll see one that is made out of resused plastic bags and the thread of rice bags.
for every basket you purchase, you'll supply up to 5 children with a school uniform.
the sooner orders are placed, the sooner the children will benefit from your contributions, and the sooner your basket will arrive to you. the earliest is the third week of july.
// fah-shun - most adorable pinterest board //
i want to repin everything on this pinterest board. i love the simplicity of life here in uganda, but being out of the country, away from fashion, and wearing v-neck tshirts and skirts everyday and then seeing steller fashion boards that you'll find here make me want to shop so bad.
// agatha obua - director of rise and shine vocational institute //
i have to give a shout out to this women who is inspiring to all those she knows and now to me as i've had the privileged of getting to know her these few short weeks. when we visited the mayenze primary school today to pitch to them about the benefits of the vocational school we are developing she said, "extra money in my house is useless. i do now care about money. if there are widows crying, orphans crying, money is useless." again, i feel honored to know such a strong, capable, committed, faithful, and determined women when everything doesn't seem to be in her favor. especially coming for a culture that is stubborn and becomes easily complacent. more power to her. follow this project, and other project updates on my blog here.
// just gotta say that i've bought some rad fabric here and can't wait to get started on my african line!
// i'm going to take part in a traditional ugandan wedding and wear traditional african garb. look forward to pictures this weekend.
in celebration of steller mother's and amazing women this weekend,
my adorable friend shelby and i have partnered to give you a chance to win
an anne b bag
a gift card to william sonoma
for that special lady or even for yourself!
i first have to give a shout out to shelby and thank her for her gift at spotting and embracing new brands, and supporting local artists and fellow bloggers. she gave me one of my first blog features on her blog almost 2 years ago and it's been uphill since then!
do yourself a favor and check out her and her husband's beautiful blog!
>>> and don't forget to enter the contest at this link <<<