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Who and What I am into this Week: What to Wear on Vacation


I am not QUITE there yet…next Saturday, so one more week and we head to Florida. Right now I am doing  the last minute hunting and gathering. I have this dress in my shopping cart and need to pick a color! Help! As you see I can easily of coordinate all three. Truthfully, this is one of Read more…


It’s happened! atly joins as a sponsor!


( Insert Pharrell Williams HAPPY song here) COULD I just be any more excited?!!  I am jumping up and down on the inside…ok, on the outside too. Much to the embarrassment of my teenager. We have a new sponsor and YOU ALL MADE IT HAPPEN! You have been showing up faithfully to Smart Creative Women Read more…


Who and What I am into this Week: NYC Roundup


 Papaya My trip to NYC was a bit of a whirlwind, but all in a good way! I got a late start as I had to see my stepson graduate from High School on Sunday (so proud and happy) and then I hit the National Stationery Show and then skimmed through Surtex. I DID not Read more…


Who and What I am into this Week: Vertical Stripes


Stripes are everywhere! Remember when I did my “Things That Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon” trend report? Ahhh, that was fun! Well, of course stripes are involved and on the Pinterest Board I made to go with it. This week I am into vertical stripes instead of horizontal ones. Do you know how many people Read more…

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Who and What I into this Week: A trip to Paris!


I have been wanting to go to Paris for some time now. Somehow I convinced BJ Lantz to ditch her Fall travel plans and to go to Paris with me for my birthday! Ok, my birthday is in Sept and we are going in October but still! How exciting is it to have something like Read more…


What is your visual story?


Does it reflect you? Does it say what you need it to say to sell your goods or services? Most importantly, does make an emotional connection with your audience? Those are a lot questions for a solopreneur to answer! We live a in a VERY visual world and at this point your visuals either ARE Read more…


Happy Holidays!


As I take the rest of the week off to spend time to tuck  in with my family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for watching and supporting Smart Creative Women. It has been such a blessing to deliver fun, inspiration and interviews to you! I can hardly wait to grow along Read more…

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What to wear to ALT Summit


I think you can file this post under…”What to wear to any winter trade show or conference.” Alt Summit just happens to be a conference where  600 women who work for themselves finally get to leave home and dress up! So the tips below are coming from a former flight attendant and 2 time Altitude Summit attendee. 1. Read more…


Monday Motivation


I am always torn on whether to take a break for holidays like Veteran’s Day (Happy Veteran’s day, Dad!) and Columbus Day. The boys are all going rock climbing today and I am going to either go with them or make sure they have yummy food when they get home! But I couldn’t dismiss this holiday Read more…

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What manufacturers, retailers (and even designers) need to understand


I am a big believer in following shopping trends. If there is any TREND you need to keep up with, it is HOW people are purchasing goods. I am also a person that likes to figure out the psychology of a shopper. I think I was surprised myself by typing that.  Hey, what can I say? I am Read more…


Who and What I am into this Week: What being a Mompreneur can mean


I ran across this article by Richard Branson where he talked about how he fell in love with entrepreneurship. He wrote: “My introduction to the working world came from my mother, who was always using her limitless imagination to come up with new business ideas. She managed the whole process herself, from developing the ideas, Read more…


Who and What I am into the Week: Mini Controversies


Well, if I were honest about what I am into this week…I spent an inordinate amount of time reading “threads” of controversial topics online. Martha Stewart and her “off sounding” sound bytes involving bloggers. Lisa Condon’s art being copied and then the photographers work she used to create her art being copied. Really? Who has Read more…


Coming Alive

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“Don’t ask what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that. Because the world needs more people who have come alive.”-Howard Thurman    Sometimes coming alive requires vulnerability.  Sometimes coming alive requires letting go of other peoples’ expectations.  Sometimes coming alive requires you to be still. Sometimes coming alive Read more…


Amy Flurry wants you to succeed


My talk with AMY went over BIG! that’s why I am re-aring it AND why I asked her to take part inside the Smart Creative Style course! She has no nonsense advice for you! Artist, editor and author Amy Flurry has got some things to share with you!! You don’t want to miss this episode. Read more…


A Smart Creative Makeover


The Before (I kept the dogs) You have heard me talk about finding “My Style” and how it translated in my personal work space, now I am giving you the first set of visuals.  Above are the before shots. How about that red plaid couch?! Initially my office had yellow walls, a color I had Read more…


Children’s book artist Sarah McIntyre out for some fun!


Children’s book artist and cartoonist Sarah McIntyre is just a bundle of fun. She is an original spirit for sure. She is a prolific illustrator and writer  (and cartoonist) she also seems to be quite passionate about enjoying herself. What a breath of fresh air she is. She has a terrific active blog and web presence.   Read more…


Who and What I am into this Week: Making a style statement with Fall shoes


It feels like Fall lately in New England, so we might as well talk Fall shoes! Oh yes! Let’s do! Oxfords don’t look fabulous on girls with chubby ankles but if my cankles where smaller, I would wear these. If you are feeling fun and feminine, these ruffled boots would be fun. I like a bootie because Read more…

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Tom Henell on Experience Marketing


He’s baaaaaack! Mr. Marketing, and my husband, Tom Henell. In every relationship you learn so much from your partner, who knew when I married him (10 years ago this week!) that I would learn so much about marketing as well! Is that what they call a ” twofer?” Tom is going to educate, inspire and challenge Read more…


They Draw and Cook and draw some more with Salli Swindell


So so fun today! I have Salli Swindell from The Draw and Cook and They Draw and Travel. Artists, listen up!! You will get insight into the life of a busy  artist running SSS Studios plus  you may want to  take advantage of a really fun opportunity. Everything about what Nate (her brother and partner in Read more…


Why you don’t want to be an overnight success


Today is a guest post by Khali Whatley. She is popping in with a little insight today for your creative business. Let’s give Khali some LOVE. Her house recently flooded in Australia! Ack! Yet, she still managed to get a post over to me… that’s dedication! The media loves entrepreneurs that are ‘overnight successes’ – and Read more…

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