Freshly Launched :: Style Outside the Box

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Launched :: Laura Adamson

LaunchHER says :: We love that Laura’s site brings handmade and indie designers together for a shopping experience that rivals our favorite boutique.  Laura’s eye for style means that you are getting an incredible selection when you shop with Style Outside the Box!

Just for LaunchHER readers :: Become a selling member for 20% off membership fees! *Please note you must apply to become a member and discount will be applicable is you are selected. Expires January 31st, 2012

In HER words :: Hi there, my name is Laura Adamson and I am a young 24-year-old Penn State graduate and the Founder of Style Outside the Box.

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Style Outside the Box is the first international juried shopping site solely for Independent Designers whom make and create one-of -a kind quality products. My company works with passionate independent designers from all around the world and our team currently continues to scour the world for our designers and their hidden talents.

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My elite style council full of fashion-savvy young women judges every single product on a scale of quality and originality before inviting the designers to sell with us.  At the end of
the day I can proudly guarantee to all of my shoppers they will always be browsing and shopping amongst quality and many times one off special creations at Style Outside The Box. On top of our array of beautiful products we offer a 24/7 customer service team to our shoppers whenever they need us!

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We officially launched the site in June 2011 and we continue to grow the company to new heights every day. Style Outside the Box has been featured in dozens of international fashion blogs, online fashion magazines and recently the August Edition of Entrepreneur Magazine!

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Style Outside the Box offers great gifts for her, for him, for the home as well as unique gifts for anyone on your list. As we get closer to the Holiday Season our team will be creating amazing gift guides full of an array of specially selected gifts for under $50 exclusively for our shoppers.

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Freshly Launched :: HBDesigns

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Launched :: Heather B. Centurioni

LaunchHER says :: Heather has an unparalleled enthusiasm for using fabric to make amazing wedding invitations & stationery.  We love her unique concept!

Just for LaunchHER readers :: Receive 15% off your HBDesigns purchase – email {expires 12/21/11}

In HER words :: As a little girl, I was always making cards, planning parties for my dolls and busy with crafts. HBDesigns was born from my love of fashion, textiles, writing and inviting. Everything I create at HBDesigns is made with loving hands and is one-of-kind.  I take great pride in working one-on-one with my customers.

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I am a busy daughter, sister, wife and mother…my family calls me the “Mother Hen”.  I advise my Olympian brother with his career, volunteer, host fabulous dinner parties and I always find time to laugh.  I collect shoes and china.  I love to cook and still am a sucker for a crafty craft.

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My designs fall into two categories: fabrinery (fabric + stationery) and fabritations (fabric + invitations).  We create note cards, gift tags, enclosure cards, wine tags, party invites, wedding invitations, holiday cards, bar/bat mitzvah invitations…if you can dream it, we can create it.

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In an age of social media and instant gratification, I believe that a handwritten note is more relevant than ever.  If you are going to take time to write and invite, I think you should present your friends with something unique, fun and fashionable!

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photograpHER :: drabek photography

angela drabek photographer dallas fort worthphotograpHER :: Angela Drabek, drabek photography

on location :: McKinney, TX – Serving anywhere in the DFW & Collin County area.

launchHER says :: Angela captures the bright eyes and faces of littles ones and their families, so many sweet photos!

HER snapshot :: Hello! My name is Angela Drabek and I specialize in on location custom Family and Child Photography. I started my business over a year go and love that it has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people. My clients inspire me everyday to do my best for them so that I can be their family photographer for life!

just for launchHER readers :: All new clients that mention they heard of me from LaunchHer will receive a $25 print and product credit toward their first session! Expires 12/31/11

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Freshly Launched :: Sugarsticks Parties on Etsy

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Launched :: Ivona Foster

LaunchHER says :: Sugarsticks Parties has such unique party printables that use vibrant colors with a hearty attitude.  Ivona just seems like so much fun, we love to keep up with her blog too!

Just for LaunchHER readers :: Receive 20% off your purchase at Sugarsticks Parties with code ‘LAUNCH20’

In HER words :: Growing up, I found the most joy in making handmade stationery for friends and family to enjoy. After becoming an adult and entering the working world, I felt like that creative drive was being lost as my 9 to 5 job didn’t allow much creativity. With the arrival of my kiddos I rediscovered the excitement of planning birthday celebrations to the point where I think I started looking forward to their birthdays more than my children! That realization is what started Sugarsticks Parties, the perfect marriage of my marketing background and creative drive.

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Sugarsticks Parties was born a year ago as a primarily party décor business but I have since expanded into stationery products as well. All of our products are handmade; a product of love from design to assembly. 

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My mission is to provide parents with new twists on traditional party themes and whimsical stationery products that will make it easy to organize and teach their kids some valuable lessons in the process. Communicating with customers and creating custom designs, knowing that they will be unique and created just for their little one, is what brings a smile to my face.

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My philosophy is that every part of life can be made lovelier and Sugarsticks Parties helps you do that with colorful book plates, whimsical notes from mom, personalized bookmarks and a whole array of other products. I am a firm believer in making our kids feel special every day of their life and, for that, Sugarsticks Parties products are perfect.

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Sharing Inspiration for Crafty Entrepreneurs at The Creative Connection Event & Conference

“You have to be part of this to understand it.”  

Jo Packham, The Creative Connection Co-Founder

It was a thrill to be surrounded by so many creative, talented, successful, compassionate, and joy-full women at The Creative Connection Event.  It was important for TCCE co-founder, Jo Packham, to provide an atmosphere where you feel “normal” and people “get it.”  That is so true.  There were creatives there from all backgrounds, and the event held a special gift for each one. 

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We loved hearing Holly Becker, of the decor8 blog & Decorate book, as she spoke of the importance of a positive community.  We not only love her blog and her style, but also her down-to-earth candor.  Holly speaks like a blog post {which we adored}, she talks in a way that she creates a personalized connection, like a great blogger does, and at one point she even skipped ahead in her presentation to show us a picture of her hubby, almost as if it were a hyperlink you would have clicked on while reading one of her posts. 

Holly wasn’t an instant success story; she worked very hard and went through many highs and lows to get where she is today.  She believes in positivity and self-confidence saying “regret is worse than fear.”  In a way, she still seems very much in awe of her fame.  Speaking of her recent book launch party at Liberty in London, she had the sort of smile {huge smile} on her face that expressed true pride and joy.  The same smile she had when talking of her love story.  One last thought from Holly…” You deserve to make your dreams come true.”

launchher and holly becker decor8 blog and decorate authorTracy Corcoran & Kara Jensen Zitnick of LaunchHER with Holly Becker of decor8 blog and Author of Decorate.

Cristina Ferrare shared how she started in the modeling industry at a very young age, and now has her own show on OWN {Oprah Winfrey Network, for those of you living under a rock}.  Passionate about cooking and entertaining, Cristina has always been extremely comfortable on live television and her new show, A Big Bowl of Love, combines both her passions and her strengths.  She encouraged conference attendees to “be aggressive in pursuit of your dreams” while stressing the importance of beginning your business with a strategy.  Cristina may be new to social media, but she is embracing it with gusto and suggested the same for all of us.  One last thought from Cristina…”Don’t be afraid to acknowledge your own gift. Find it. Recognize it. Nurture it. Turn it into your best advantage.”

Finding inspiration outside of a website, blog, facebook, twitter, and email was so refreshing.  Meeting CONNECTING, in person, is still the best way to develop new relationships. 

We’ll take you on a tour of The Creative Connection Market coming later this week!

Freshly Launched :: Revive Bath and Body

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Launched :: Caitlin Abshier 

LaunchHER says :: An ingredient list is not just important when you are buying food, but skincare products as well.  Caitlin has beautiful skin care products that are also good for your skin.

Just for LaunchHER readers :: All orders over $35 receive FREE shipping! no coupon necessary

In HER words :: The moment I opened that soap making kit on Christmas morning, I knew this was going to be more than just a new hobby.  Earlier, my mom had asked me that infamous question, “What would you like for Christmas this year?”  Well, I have been interested in homemade soaps my whole life.  Of course! I wanted a soap making kit.

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Once I successfully made my first batch of soap, I was hooked.  I went online to research everything about cold process soap making.  Then I bought my own supplies to make my own recipe.  After a few trial runs, I finally achieved the perfect bar of soap – one that is gentle, moisturizing, and has a good lather.

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One day my mom said, “I bet you could sell this stuff.”  I jumped at the idea and researched everything I could about getting into the soap making business.  I successfully sold soap at my first market after about a year of making soap for just friends and family.  All I have wanted to do since is make and sell more soap.

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In the fall of 2010, I started my freshman year of college at Kennesaw State University.  My plan is to graduate with a degree in Business Management with a specialization in entrepreneurship. Every bar that is purchased is either being put back into the company, or helping me get through college.  I hope to develop my company through the entrepreneurship program at KSU and take my business to the next level.

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Freshly Launched :: Mirrix Looms

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Launched :: Claudia & Elena

LaunchHER says :: Having spent some time doing some very amateur weaving, even I can understand the value of a high quality loom.  Mirrix Looms is the combined passion for Claudia & Elena, a mother-daughter team.

Just for LaunchHER readers :: Code “launcher” gives you 10% off the retail price of any products sold in the Mirrix Store. Expires December 31st 2011.

In HER words :: Mirrix Tapestry and Bead Looms was started in 1996 and rose from the need for a loom company that offers products that are both high-quality and portable for anyone on the go. Mirrix Looms are perfect for everyone with an artsy side, from crafty mothers of young children shuttling back and forth from soccer games to gymnastic meets (in fact, that’s how we started, in need of a loom for soccer side-lines) to grandmothers looking for a use for all that extra knitting yarn or artists wanting to express themselves on the kind of canvas only a loom can provide.

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Mirrix Looms are versitle and beautiful and range in size from 5 inches  to 38 inches across.  They can be used for bead weaving, tapestry, wire weaving, mixed media and more. Mirrix Looms are and always will be proudly  manufactured in the United States.

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The Mirrix executive circle is a mother-daughter team bringing the joy of weaving to those who want to feel as good about the product they purchased as they do using it. We love our looms and we love the joy those looms bring to everyone who uses them.

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Why buy a Mirrix? “Because the loom you weave on should be a work of art.” 

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Freshly Launched :: Fair Ivy

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Launched :: Lucy Fairweather

LaunchHER says :: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…women-owned, handmade, mail, surprises! Yes, we are in love with Fair Ivy!  Don’t miss their blog, The Surpriseaholic.  Hello, my name is Tracy and I am a Surpriseaholic – I really am!

Just for LaunchHER readers :: Save 10% off your Fair Ivy order with code LAUNCHHER10 {expires 9/7/2011}

In HER words :: Hi, my name is Lucy Fairweather and I created and run fair ivy surprise package subscriptions.

fair ivy specializes in the joy of the surprise—we send cute mystery packages to our customers once a month.  We find the most unique, fun, luxurious and kooky items, hand wrap them in a gorgeous or fun way, and nestle them together into an exciting package that is delivered to your doorstep every single month!  
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Additionally, many of the items we send are handmade, created by local crafters and small business owners (over 90% of whom are women!).    As a small business owner myself, it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to help other small businesses and individual handmakers suceed!  
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We not only bring business to these crafters through our large order, but promote their individual shops through our site, facebook page, and with the info cards that come in each surprise box!
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You never know what you are going to receive, but you always know it is going to be wonderful, crafty and unique.  There are packages for everyone—girls, women, men and even cats and dogs!  
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September BFF’s {beyond.fabulous.finds.}

September BFF’s


Tracy Corcoran LaunchHERSeptember by Tracy :: Who is ready to curl up with a throw blanket and a bowl of chili?  I certainly am not, but I guess I will begrudgingly accept FALL.  One thing I do like about fall in Minnesota {besides the beautiful changing leaves} is the warm afternoons.  Sunny fall afternoons are just so…so…comfy.  One thing I absolutely DO NOT like about fall is all of the pumpkin flavored “stuff”.  Lattes, cookies, breads, pies – not for me, thanks.  It’s my husband’s favorite season, so therefore I have grown to LOVE it too.  Enjoy my September BFF’s! 

Home :: Perfect to dress up your master bedroom, or for the family room sofa! Set of 2 $56 by Willa Skye Home on Etsy

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Beauty :: A good hair day has never been so easy! Wishing there was a Minneapolis location.  drybar {various locations} $35

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Fashion :: These shoes are SO fall to me, perfect for the “in between” weather as he seasons change. Plus, the Keep company is pretty rad. THE BENTEN by Keep $70

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Back to School :: Who says uniforms can’t be accessorized! Set of 3 for $10 by Polka Dot Skies on Etsy

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Kara Jensen Zitnick LaunchHERSeptember by Kara  :: As a lover of all-things Summer, my fondness for Fall is growing. The anticipation that a new school year brings, mixed in with a healthy dose of crisp, clean air, works its magic on the foliage overnight. Morning greets you with an ever-changing landscape whose palette changes slowly from lush, vibrant green, to an eventual bright and bold warm-hued painting. Time to stow the swimsuits and flip flops for another year, cover-up suntanned skin with cozy sweaters and boots, and head out in search of the best apple orchard around. Hello, September.

Home :: I love paper. I love great design.  A monthly printables collection, complete with calendars, notecards, mailing labels, lists, art prints and other coordinating goodies, delivered to my inbox? Sign me up. JDC Monthly by Jones Design Company $8

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Beauty :: This product has been a go-to for me for a few years. A shot of caffeine for the dark circles, lines and puffiness? Make mine a double. 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream $19

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Fashion :: Sumptuous custom hand-dyed cashmere-blend yarn, hand-woven into the most elegant & versatile cowl. I’m swooning over the Amethyst shade to update all of my Fall and Winter neutrals. Hazel & Haverly $189.50

marit cowl by hazel and haverly

Back to School :: I can’t send my boys off to school next Tuesday without some sort of sappy note from me lovingly tucked in their lunch bags.{ An eye-roll from the 3rd grader not included.} Anders Ruff School Day Printables $9

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Fine Print :: We received no product or monetary compensation for the products featured in September BFF’s.