Feb 26, 2009

Santana House's - Youth Intervention Program's "Prom Project"

Once again, MiShel Designs is proud to contribute to the Santana House's Youth Intervention Program's "Prom Project" by donating several pieces of jewelry for the girls to wear to Prom.

The idea came from the young girls on the Santana House Youth Council. They wanted to make it possible for some high school seniors in the neighborhood surrounding the Santana Center, who might otherwise not be able to, to attend their Prom by providing them with dresses, jewelry and make up and hair styling. They work in conjunction with the Los Angeles Violence Intervention Program. You contact the Carlos Santana House Center, located at 1721 Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031, at 323-226-2095 for information on how to donate.

We've gotten rave reviews from the girls and are told they love our jewelry. And, from my conversation last night with this year's coordinator, things are moving along splendidly, but they'd love to accept any donations or services you can provide. So, even if it's out of your area (it's not in our backyard, either, but we still wanted to help!) please contact them if you have any ways in which to contribute. These girls deserve a great prom night!

We'll be posting more information here on our blog and also pix of our designs we'll be donating this year. Plus, be sure to sign up for our newsletter on our MiShel Designs website as we'll have more info in our March edition!
Until next time,
Peace, Love and Pearls!
P. S. - These are a few of the items we donated last year!

Feb 25, 2009

Our Oscar "Best Dressed" Picks!

Here's our picks for "Best Dressed" at the Oscars!

Marisa Tormei - Wow!

Natalie Portman - Beautiful!

Kate Winslet - Stunning!

Jennifer Aniston - Very Classy!

Anne Hathaway - The Epitome of Old Hollywood Glam!

The not so good - well, we're not going to go too deep here because even though their acting is incredible and their charitable causes noble, some peoples tattooed bodies stood out more than their little black dresses and others, well, their choice of dresses looked more like 'black and gold wall paper in a hotel', wedding cake toppings, big-bowed bridesmaid "mistake" dresses and drab curtains than Oscar worthy gowns,....so we'll just stop right there.
And, although we were happy to see some people with great jewelry choices - Penelope Cruz, Amy Adams, and all of our above mentioned 'Best Dressed" of course, we'd LOVE to see more pearls than diamonds any day!!

Who impressed you the most on Oscar night? Do tell! Who should fire their stylist,...or maybe get one!!??

Until next time,
Peace, Love and Pearls,

Feb 14, 2009

Great Reviews!

Just wanted to share some great reviews we got from Anne Rush's Blog, The Savvy Designer!

Check it out here!

Until next time,
Peace, Love and Pearls!

We're Back From the Gem and Mineral Show

We're back from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show with all our 'treasures' - lots of pretty pearls, gemstones and more! (pictures in another entry - I promise)

We're going to be posting some links and photos of a few of the great people/vendors we met while at the gem show, too - so stay tuned for that as well. We would like you to have the opportunity to visit their websites or local shops if you're in their area - so we'll get some of these up with in the week.

Also, come March, we're going to be doing some jewelry fashion reviews, telling you about some really cool designers (both established ones and up-and-coming ones!), and gathering information to share with you regarding spring and summer's latest trends and what to watch for through out the year, so check back often!

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Pearls!


Feb 4, 2009

The Good, The Positive and the Abundant!

Okay, so one of my models and I are out walking some of the shows at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and one thing we hear over and over is "The Economy". From vendors selling, to shop owners, to designers and manufacturers, to all the buyers and shoppers - everyone's got those words coming off their lips. Yes, we all know about "The Economy",...don't we?!

However, here's where we're going to stay focused on the good, the positive and the abundant (that's a switch from the latest on the news, isn't it?!). To quote Mike Dooley, " Thoughts become things. Choose the good ones!"

In this "economy" (the word that should only be whispered!) one thing you can focus on to bring about positive change to your business is "What can I do that will help this situation and bring about the results I want".

Here's some things to think about whether your business is jewelry design, manufacturing, retail sales, etc. so you can have the good, the posititve and the all abundance you deserve. I mean, we're ALL looking for a very prosperous 2009 and beyond, right?!

Remain focused on your goals. Remaining focused will point you in the right direction, helping you maintain and grow your business through this "economy" so you can see those goals become reality.

This is a fantastic time to build relationships. Be sure to ask yourself, "How can I help my vendors?" Just one of the many ways you can help is to communicate what you see in the 'field'. Let them know what your clients are looking for; what trends you see from your clients (not just what the fashion mags/companies tell you - they've already heard those, too!) and then ask your vendors how, other than spending more money on their products, YOU can help THEM. Their answers might surprise you.

The answers we received were VERY different than what we expected - and we'll share some of these answers in another entry at a later time....remember, I promised to not ramble too much!

Try "New Thinking" (instead of 'stinkin' thinkin') and look into the social networking that everyone is telling you about and doing themselves (i.e. - blog spot, myspace, facebook, linkedin, virb, etc. - the list IS virtually endless!)

Cross Reference - think on how you can link your connections up with each other or how maybe someone they know, or have a relationship with, could be beneficial to you or those in your business circle.

Our "ecomony" (I whispered, honest!) will thrive again and, like everything else, we should work now to be prepared so when it does happen we aren't left with words like "Should have", Wanted to, but", etc. coming off our lips. (ooohhh, those will sting!)

So,...build relationships, network (which is truly just relationship building, not "how can I use you to make another sale"), ask questions of "How can I help you?", advise on how others can help you or your business should they get the opportunity, and try new thinking and ways of doing things to grow your business . And then there's the oldie but goodie "Attitude is everything!

Yes, it really is!!