Courage … in fancy high heeled shoes!

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We’re looking forward to co-hosting tonight’s #BEaLEADER Twitterchat as @PrPinkPonies/@PrettyPinkPro and our networks from Meetup.com, Etsy, USC et al…

As you may know, Pretty Pink Ponies has a successful and accomplished team of over 100 small local merchants with online shops.

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Titles & all of that ” ” … (introspection)

I’m often cut off mid-sentence and asked, “But..what do you wanna do?”.

Fair enough question.

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I suppose operating from the gut can make sense to one’s self but not necessarily to others.

It isn’t as if I responsibly mapped out my professional trajectory like I was taught to do…Instead, I followed my heart (whatever that means) and learned important lessons along the way. But, that doesn’t help clarify things, does it?

Unfortunately, passion can lack the efficient jargon demanded by those who wish to make a quick assessment of another’s perceived added value.

How silly was I to add “passion” to the bulletpoints on my resume? The entire Dalek population would explode attempting to grasp this concept.

Passion is tough to quantify. Just ask any successful entrepreneur.

That said, using a wordcloud tool has failed to capture the essence of the value I can add to any organization – instinct, experience, heart, loyalty, intuition, perserverance, empathy, connection, et al…These terms are not trending on LinkedIn — Google alerts would’ve informed me, and I just checked.

So, since my unorthodox list of accomplishments are invisible to search engines (and, incomprehensible to Daleks), I decided to explicity define “success” for myself as a courtesy to my new friends and acquaintances.

Here is what my point B looks like:

*You’re having your A.M. coffee while reading about the biggest networking event of the year on a page in the WSJ.

(Blurb for one of many well-known international events)

The text reads:

Notable Speakers include:

Abby Joseph Cohen one of the most respected figures in investing circles and is the chief US investment strategist for Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue

Carrie Fisher, Actress best known as Princess Leia

Meg Gomez, Makes handmade stationery & sells them on Etsy

Sarah Blakely, CEO & Founder, Spanx

Genevieve Bos, Founding Publisher, Pink Magazine

Sheila Kahanek, former Accountant, Enron.

*end scene

I hope that helped clarify some things for you.

Have a great weekend!!!

Best,

Meg

*end scene

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(SPOILER: To be continued…)

12 Business Lessons from a One-Woman-Show (guest post)

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The biggest thing that I have learned so far in the hand made business is to not take it personal. This is very hard for me, and for a lot of artists and crafters that I know, because what we do is personal. This is from an article that I read a couple of months ago, and I keep it handy to refresh myself when it is needed. Like a good swift kick in the pants. (christinekane.com/how-to-not-take-things-personally-a-practical-guide) Here are some tips that I love passing on since it is so relevant to us and what we do:

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Great question. (via @RonaldSkelton) #Responsible #Consumerism

Look at the last thing you bought, what problem did it solve, what benefit did you buy?

— Ronald Skelton (@ronaldskelton) May 6, 2012

How much thought do we put into where we spend our time, energy and money? Do you consider how the product in your shopping basket got to your hand? How was it manufactured? Whose idea was it to create this? What was intended when the decision to produce the product was made?

Let us know — do you think it matters???

We encourage you to pause and think about what message you’re helping create each time you make a purchase or decision. What you buy makes a bigger statement than you think — it supports ideas, practices and institutions. Be smart. Choose wisely.

Thanks for stopping by.

All the best,

3P

 

Cool, Determined and Entrepreneurial: Etsy Community Strategist, Morgan Evans is awesome!

The Pink Ponies Etsy team is honored to have been invited to tonight’s Etsy dinner by Morgan Evans, Community Strategist for Etsy , the global online marketplace for handmade goods and antiques.

“Cool, Determined and Under 30” (via Inc. magazine)

Tonight we met inspiring local entrepreneurs who create and sell handmade goods via their online store on Etsy. These Los Angeles creatives utilize technology and the platform provided by Etsy to lead teams of like-minded sellers.

We don’t necessarily think about the handmade goods seller when the word “entrepreneur” is used, however, these small business owners aren’t sitting around bedazzling for nothing — they make it rain!

Stay tuned for more feedback and some background on the L.A. – based Etsy Entrepreneurs in an upcoming post!

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(Inc. mag article link)

Funny…

 

HOME OFFICE vs. CORPORATE OFFICE – What’s your style???

CORPORATE OFFICE:

My office at home is different from my office at the workplace.
In the workplace, my goal was to maintain an efficient space with all the things I use on a regular basis close at hand.
I took care to create an efficient system that made it easy for me to reach for files, writing tools and other items I used several times/day.

I took care to make sure the items on my desk absolutely needed:  Cordless keypad, mouse, notebook, phone and lamp.  I also had one ceramic bud vase for the occasional flower I’d bring to the office with me to remind me of my balcony garden.

I also kept one of several piggy [mouse] banks on my desk for loose change.  A “savings account” for daily treats to the vending machine.

The space was efficient and allowed for quick storage, shredding completed tasks, quick-access to relevant information and sufficient lighting.

I kept a nice, firm flannel pillow on an ergonomic chair to support my lower back…

Overall, my work-space was devoid of my outside-of-work personality – which is quite different from my office at home.

OFFICE AT HOME:

Although I tote around my macbook and work anywhere and in every coffeeshop in the city, my office at home is mainly for thoughtful hand-written notes and a space to read…

(vases for sale on etsy)

golds, ambers, warm colors…
a beautiful and comfortable chair is essential.  

antique pencils, modern lighting, notebook, mirror (of course)…

…piggy bank, make up brush, pens, postage, clock…

box of stationery, golden ginko-leaf letter opener, Graphic Image notebook…

sentimental items of significance

…cuban cigar box filled with drawing supplies (charcoal pencils, erasers, leather notebook)…

…colored pens for highlighting…

Rebecca Minkoff leather kindle case…

moleskin-like dodocase (for kindle)…

I’m curious about your workspace…What do you keep on your desk at the office?  What does it say about you?  Is it similar to your office space at work?

– Meg  (“meg dot email”)

Handmade Greeting: 2011 Christmas Card (ta! da!)

I finished sending the first batch of holiday cards to friends and family last week. I’ll be sending the second batch tomorrow. This is an exciting time for me. I love wrapping gifts, making cards and most importantly, the holiday and new year cards I purchased at discounted prices throughout the year redeem their value and reward me for my early holiday preparation.

It may seem silly to buy holiday cards in March and April despite their discount, and many naysayers who see me shop probably think to themselves that I’ll only lose the cards before Christmas. But I know better. I feel great about not spending a dime on holiday cards especially because some of the finer paper cost a fortune!


That said, I have to admit I did spend under ten bucks on blank envelopes and blank cards to design a Christmas card for my etsy.com shop. 


Since most cards during the holidays (appropriately) look frosty and frigid, I decided to use warm tones this holiday. 
Are you sending Christmas cards this year?
If holiday cards aren’t in the budget this year, one great option is to spend time designing and personalizing e-Cards. PaperlessPost.com has tons of stylish options for free!

Have a warm and safe holiday season, everyone!
Pretty Pink Ponies
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About: Sepia Smiles, etsy.com friend – (images) Re-Post

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One of the best things about blogging is meeting people with similar interests.  Roseanna, owner of Sepia Smiles, is one of those people whose interests and styles we find inspiring.  We’re lucky to have met her through our blogging adventures.

Roseanna’s aesthetic is simple, clean, restrained femininity.  Her pastel color schemes and collection of vintage household items is an elegant interpretation of Anthropologie’s “country chic”.

The Sepia Smiles “look” is apparent in Roseanna’s interior designs, home decor, hand-made stationery and even her website layout


As you know, we, too, love making stationery, lots of white-space in our design layout, vintage items, and many other things Sepia Smiles finds ‘pretty’…

We look forward to offering Sepia Smiles products on the Pretty Pink Ponies site soon.
Nice job, Roseanna!!!
(**all photos courtesy of Sepia Smiles)

Sepia Smiles (images)

One of the best things about blogging is meeting people with similar interests.  Roseanna, owner of Sepia Smiles, is one of those people whose interests and styles we find inspiring.  We’re lucky to have met her through our blogging adventures.

Roseanna’s aesthetic is simple, clean, restrained femininity.  Her pastel color schemes and collection of vintage household items is an elegant interpretation of Anthropologie’s “country chic”.

The Sepia Smiles “look” is apparent in Roseanna’s interior designs, home decor, hand-made stationery and even her website layout


As you know, we, too, love making stationery, lots of white-space in our design layout, vintage items, and many other things Sepia Smiles finds ‘pretty’…

We look forward to offering Sepia Smiles products on the Pretty Pink Ponies site soon.
Nice job, Roseanna!!!
(**all photos courtesy of Sepia Smiles)

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We wholeheartedly believe that hand-written notes on elegant stationery is a necessary extravagance…

ponies postage

Older postage stamps that haven’t been cancelled (used) can be combined in value to send mail.  For instance, using vintage postage with regular postage is a great way to add character to your mailings.

Combining postage by theme, color or recipient’s personality and hobbies is a thoughtful gesture which will surely be appreciated.

Choice of notecard design can make a difference, too.  For instance, these watercolor fashion sketches by Christian LaCroix (below) are something you can use to write to your “fashion-forward” friends.

Christian LaCroix Stationery
Below is a profound statement on a simple space written using a vintage typewriter (for the non-fluffy types).

Ponies on Etsy.com

Crane’s classic customized stationery is understated which makes it perfect correspondence for new acquaintances and those whose personality you’re not yet sure of.  It’s a bit more formal and has less personality, however, covers a lot of different situations and a ‘must-have’ in your stationery repertoire.

Crane’s – personalized for Pretty Pink Ponies LLC

Colorful postcards are fun for writing to children and friends who are kids-at-heart (below).  They’re fun to send as well as to receive as a surprise.

While we love the efficiency technology provides, when connecting with others, everyone appreciates the thoughtful gesture of taking time to put thoughts on paper.  The pen-to-paper medium somehow conveys your message in a “human-way” more accurately than other mediums.

Hand-written notes aren’t always boring.  There are a variety of notecards in the market that suit various needs and personality types.  In the spirit of differentiating yourself, send a thoughtful greeting by mail.

Email and texts have no soul.
3P staff

(Other ways to be memorable)

P.S.
Who is our favorite fine stationery store?  Flax, of course!

junk in my trunk (images)

I have junk in my trunk.

I have junk in my living room, in storage, in boxes, in my closet, in other people’s homes, …(I’ll stop here as this list could take me a while to write).

A lot of the “junk” are neatly packed inside boxes as a result of having to move out of my apartment unexpectedly and without a plan.  I never wanted to go through the ordeal of packing and moving out/moving in ever again after that experience. And, for almost a year, I left a lot of my belongings packed away inside neatly-labled boxes stacked  on one another like a Tetris game.

This past weekend, my new roommate and I curiously unpacked one of the boxes labeled “decor”.  Since I hadn’t seen the items inside the box in a while, I decided they’re obviously of no significance. Afterall, I’ve been living my life without needing to access these “insignificant” things immediately.

We opened the box…

vintage clock

I’ve been living a “gypsy lifestyle” since I moved out of my Hancock Park apartment last Fall.

This means, I tow around most items I need or think I need at all times in a shopping cart (just kidding).  I have my library and closet and vanity in tow scattered about in the backseat of my car, in my monogramed Longchamp bag, in vintage LV bags, in Paper Source shopping bags, in beautifully-printed Stephanie Johnson toiletry bags, and other seemingly useful containers that are no match for the gypsy lifesyle.

Kate Spade pouches and The Container Store can only do so much!

That said, I naturally feel stressed out when I think about all the other “stuff” I possess that I don’t keep with me on a daily basis.  The experience of packing and unpacking then packing and unpacking then repeating those steps every couple of years stresses me out.  Thinking about sitting in the hot sun trying to convince pedestrians to buy my brand new Frye boots for ten dollars ($10!) at a yard sale (then, failing and sending them to Goodwill instead) stresses me out.
There was a point where I would’ve paid others to haul my things away.  Nevermind, the experiences associated with each special flea-market find, or the huge discount I got from the Barney’s Sale at the Santa Monica Hangar ten years ago, or the flattering dress with all the sentimental value associated with it.
I wanted everything gone.


So, seeing a huge white box marked “decor” with a thick Sharpie marker just seemed like a huge ordeal I could do without.  “Extraneous”, I decided.  And, I’m so over being over-the-top.

My next thought: sell these flea-market antiques on etsy (etsy.com/shop/pinkponiesshop).

glazed green vase



“I’m gonna live a simple and Spartan life!  
I’m gonna be organized and efficient!  
I’m gonna do without the unnecessary!”
…screamed my brain-washed conscience.




1 of 2 glazed turquoise bud vases

But, as I sat there with my big ambition carefully unpacking each delicate item after delicate item, I started to remember why I kept these items instead of my Frye boots and all the other expensive things I threw away when I moved out…

…I fell in love with each piece and each piece made it a pleasure to come home…




…each piece made my home more…


…poetic.


minature antique bicycle, lacquered stationery box, little clock.

These items aren’t “extraneous” at all.  They’re special and that’s exactly why I’ve kept them instead of the five purses I sold for $5 bucks a piece.  There’s something fantastic about being in your own space surrounded by a collection of items that make you smile.


Somehow, these small reminders of who you are – outside of your crafted self-image and social “armor” or facade – helps the loooooong day melt away.  Sure, I could get a massage or do yoga, but having a room’s ambience to one’s exact specifications can do wonders for the soul.

It reminds you of who you are when no one’s there to judge you.
I filled each of these vases with flowers I grew on my balcony garden/personal yoga studio…
antique container, 2 blue bud vases, ceramic postage stamp box.

Each item was hand-picked and carefully considered.  Sometimes visiting the store more than twice before making the purchase.  These weren’t impulse buys…

I remember scheduling the Mortise & Tenon sale and looking forward to the great treasures I knew I ‘d find.  (Read:  I purposely and thoughtfully made time to look for these items). 
red container with feet + gold gingo leaf letter-opener

Actually, finding each piece at different times, then putting them together in the same space one by one, and somehow making them all connect and contribute to creating just the right “mood”, was an adventure in itself.  

Ever walk into a room or space and surprisingly find your mood elevated?  It was literally that feeling every single time I entered my bedroom or sat to read a book in our living room.
But, alas, our lives evolve and nothing stays the same.  So, now that my current state doesn’t allow much space for “frivolous” items of emotional luxury, should I get rid of these things???

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A-line dresses/skirts…
Q:  how does one create this classically feminine silhouette?  

A:  glad i asked…wear another skirt underneath, of course (psst…it’s called ‘crinoline’ or ‘petticoat’)!

the buy one get one free sale @ Betsey Johnson this weekend is the best time to buy quality petticoats to wear underneath A-Line dresses and skirts.






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