Lemonade stand…

When you were a child you probably had the unique and sure to be profitable idea to start a lemonade stand. And like many other children, you went through the process like a young Mark Zukerberg, planning every detail to make it work.

Gathering your supplies for your new-found entrepreneurial project, your seven year-old self just knew you were going to make a killing off this venture. While you mixed your big pitcher of Country Time Lemonade you started to think of everyone that was going to mosey up to your kid-friendly bar and partake in a sweet and tangy cocktail. Making a mental checklist of all of your closest friends in the neighborhood that would support your new establishment, you hope that they pass along the news of the new watering hole on the block.  And then when you finally have your parent’s card table set up with your full pitcher and needed supplies, you start to tally up your future profits and more importantly how you were going to spend your earnings.  

Well what if that all happened but instead of taking your cash-stuffed Velcro wallet to the store to buy a new Strawberry Shortcake Doll or Star Wars Light Saber, you instead donated it to a worthy cause.

Really, a child would do that?!?!

Well that’s exactly what a little girl I know does every year for a very worthwhile foundation. Sweet little Jessica Kuca holds a lemonade stand at her home in O’Fallon, IL in hopes of raising money for Pediatric Cancer and Breast Cancer. Along with her lemonade stand, Jessica has a raffle so that even more money can be donated. And with the help of her mom, Mary Jo Guinn, Jessica has raised over $5,500 and counting.  

Can I just say…Wow!

So Bada Bling Boutique is asking if you too would please support this great little girl’s project in hope of getting just a little bit closer to that day that our world is cancer-free.

THANK YOU!!!

Until next time chicas…

Bling It On!!!

-J

http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/85700

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jessicas-Lemonade-Stand-to-benefit-Breast-and-Pediatric-Cancers/127487740625847

      

            Jessica                 2012 Honoree Elizabeth A.    Jessica and her Mom, Mary Jo

The Three F’s…

Many people ask Tammy and me how we met. Some people assume we have been friends for years; plotting and planning this idea to open a boutique since we were young. And I would understand that notion since we do almost everything together. Work, play, drink, dance; you name the activity and if Tammy is doing it, I’m there right by her side or not far behind. We laugh like old friends and have enough memories already to fill up a lifetime. But with that being said, we have only known each other for about two years. Two very fun and adventurous years!

So you’re probably thinking …

“What was the thing that brought you two chicas so close, in such a short period of time?”

Well the answer is football. Yep that’s right, Blue and Gold Panther Pride is the whole reason our friendship and eventually Bada Bling came about. You see, when a child becomes a football player it not only is the focus of their life but it succumbs the life of their family as well! Daily practices, college camps, out-of-state tournaments and I haven’t even mentioned the two-hour games! Football is not only a sport but a way of life.

Unfortunately, I knew nothing about all of this madness because unlike most children Jordan only decided to get into football his 8th grade year.

Wow, was I in for a shocker!

Luckily, two kind souls took me under their football mom wings and taught me the ways of this sport’s insanity like Yoda teaching the Jedi secrets to a young Padawan. Game rules, practice etiquette, and sports injuries were all covered in my daily sessions of Football 101 by Professor Melissa and Professor Tammy. And as reassuring as they both were, I walked out of every practice with more questions than my own son had for his coach. However, eventually I become more comfortable with the game, as well as the risk of injury to my boy. Both Melissa and Tammy held my hand and after the end of the first league I embraced my new title as Football Mom!

Ultimately, Saturday mornings lead into after-game-meals, Sunday screenings of the game highlights at Melissa’s house, and eventually true friendships. I was blessed with a genuine extended family- my football family! Along the way, I also met another football mom, Jessica. She was always smiling and when she had a beer in her hand her smile turned into a giggle! Together we had so much fun in the bleachers and off!

Over time, Tammy and I became even closer and eventually she asked me if I wanted to become partners with her in her jewelry business.  It was great but when I got laid off from my full-time job we started to discuss opening up a store-front business. Knowing that we needed help we asked our fellow football moms if they would like to assist us in our venture. Melissa would be a great “elf”, making projects to sell in the boutique and Jess would be an amazing sales associate! All was in the works until Melissa and the Capp Family got orders to D.C. –sad face- Unfortunately our elf was not going to be our workshop. However after a couple of short months, Tammy and I opened Bada Bling with Jess at our side, as well as a cute young thing named Ashley.

Therefore Bada Bling would like to pay homage to the great sports program that brought us together by starting Winning Wednesdays. Through the OTHS Football Season, BBB will donate 10% of all sales each Wednesday. It’s just our way of saying thank you to the great sport’s program that in essence made Bada Bling Boutique!

So here’s to Football, Friends, and Fun…

Until next time chicas…

Bling It On!!!

-J

Red with joy…

Colors can have a different effect on you based on your current mood. Green with envy, feeling blue; many emotions can be described with a specific shade but there is one color in particular that moves me differently….Red. Now some people think of angry rages when the crimson color is described. Fury, irritation, frustration; all of these feelings tend to be associated with red, but why?

You see when I think of red I think of the glorious signs that put a joy in my heart, a pep in my step, and a smile on my face! That’s right chicas, clearance signs!!! I mean there is nothing better than to go into a store and see a big, glossy, red sale sign shining down on you like the sun on a hot summer’s day. Your eyes widen, you take in a deep breath, and for a quick second you look around to see if maybe you’re the only one that sees it. Then slowly you saunter on to the back of the store, like a lioness, planning your attack.

Should you start from the front of the rack…No it’s probably picked over. Maybe the middle of the rack…Possibly?  Or you could just take a risk and start from the back. Decisions, decisions! Then when you actually start to pick out your goodies you are loading up your arms like a weightlifter in training. And you then bring you treasures to the front to hear the ping ping of the register, feeling just a little sorry for the store, as if you robbed them clean.  Finally you leave out the door with a smile on your face, knowing that you shopped so wisely you want to pat yourself on the back! Oh the joy of shopping!!!

So chicas to bring back this blissful feeling once again, Bada Bling is holding its first annual Hot Summer Sale Event. That’s right; we are taking 30% off select summer dresses just for you! So put on your comfy shoes, unload your car trunk and head on down to BBB. We will even have fresh lemonade to quench your thirst during the hunt!

Until next time chicas…

Bling It On!!!

-J

 

Swag On…

Did you ever have an idea so farfetched that when it came to fruition it was almost surreal? Well as you assume, opening up Bada Bling Boutique was a very similar feeling. And if you read some of my previous blogs you would know how in shock I still am at the whole thing. But even with that being said, seeing someone in a shirt that you created is pretty much on the top of the awesome scale!

It happened just the other day. Jordan and I had to go to get his physical done and when we went into the waiting room J smacked me on the shoulder and said…

“Mom, Mom, look! That guy has our shirt on!!!!”

And what do you know…There it was… In all its glory…. Ohh Town Swag!

You see it all started when we were in the process of choosing the lines of clothing and accessories we were going to carry in the shop. I mean I knew I wanted something that only BBB would carry and although we were going to have a lot of merchandise that was not sold in any major store in the St. Louis Area, I wanted something more. So instead of trying to search for that special “something” I decided to just take on the challenge myself.

I knew I wanted to create a product that had a few different components.

  1. Something that had a local basis
  2. Something most people would use
  3. Appealed to both guys and girls
  4. Could be used at all age levels
  5. Could be developed into other products
  6. And most importantly…COOL! (LOL)

Therefore I went to the coolest guy I knew (my son Jordan -Yes I know I’m a little bias) and after a few different ideas we came up with Ohh Town Swag.

I mean it just made sense…

  1. It was about O’Fallon
  2. Everyone could use a t-shirt…Right?!?!?
  3. We have a line for dudes and dudettes
  4. Everyone could wear something from the line
  5. We could have different items such as silicon wristbands, vinyl decals, etc.
  6. And …well …I think it’s pretty nifty!

So to pay homage to this new line and to make it right in time for the new school year, this Friday Bada Bling Boutique is taking 25% off all Ohh Town Swag merchandise! So come on in and be the first to wear O’Fallon’s exclusive apparel line!

Swag On Player, Swag On!

Until next time chicas…

Bling It On!!!

-J

This Is a Whole New Ballgame…

So opening up the local paper and seeing your ad is one thing but finding out one of your events is featured in the lifestyle section of St. Louis Magazine’s blog is a whole new ballgame! Today Bada Bling Boutique was lucky enough to be noticed and recognized by StL Mag’s  fashion blogger, Jennifer Wells.

It all started when Ms. Wells came into BBB during the first week we were open and eyed our little boutique from top to bottom. She could have not been more complementary when talking about our choice in merchandise, the shop’s layout, and even our marketing.  Honestly she was so gracious that I didn’t know if she was just trying to be nice about our small town shop! But much to our surprise Wells came in yesterday and said pushed to have our humble little children’s book signing event as an article in “The Good, The Bad and The Lovely” blog.

Can I just say… “WOW!”

I mean we have not even been open a month and a major city’s magazine has noticed us. To say I’m speechless is actually saying too much!

So I will leave you with this…

Thank you… from the bottom of my heart -Thank You!

Until next time chicas…

Bling It On!!!

-J

Start The Presses!!!

Well we made it official…we have our first piece of marketing material! The O’Fallon Progress, our local paper, posted our ad today and boy did that feel weird! I mean to open up the local press and see your advertisement is just a little surreal. Knowing that just less than six months ago we had the boutique as a fleeting thought… no long drawn out plan… no structured marketing schedule… just a thought that maybe, just maybe,  we could actually do this?!?! Who could have even seen that by mid-summer we would already have a month under our belt and an ad in the paper?!?!

So with that being said, all I can say is “Wow, what a ride this has been!” We hope you continue to follow us in this adventure we call Bada Bling!

Until next time chicas…

-J

New Item of the Day!!!

The next best thing to the drink…. Margarita Bloom!

Have you craved a new skincare beauty line that is luxurious, handmade and with amazingly yummy scents?!? Well look no more because BBB features the one and only Margarita Bloom Skincare Bath and Beauty line! We love this product because it not only specializes in lovely scents like mango, coconut, lavender, and vanilla but it has a retro, Parisian, pin-up theme that is great for a unique gift idea. The packaging, with its old school feel, is so 50’s-Hollywood and the product names, like “Big Kahuna” and “Mango Lassie”, put a smile on your face before you even take in your first whiff.

So to kick off your first try of the lovely Margarita Bloom, Bada Bling Boutique is featuring it as it’s item of the day. This Sunday, we are taking 40% off (That’s right…40%…you read that correctly) the entire product line!!!! So come in and make your first, of many purchases, of Margarita Bloom so you too can smell as fabulous as Audrey Hepburn sipping a cocktail on the sandy beaches of Paris!

Until next time chicas…

Bling It On!!

-J

Twilight Thursdays… Shopping, Eating and Drinking Together at Last!!

So if you haven’t figured out from our posts, our inventory, and our overall demeanor, the Bada Bling beauties like to eat, drink and be merry. Therefore, when Tammy and I had this idea of opening up a boutique, we were unanimous in the agreement to incorporate all of the things we love in one great fun-filled night… Hence, Twilight Thursdays!

The idea is that after a long week on the grind and your mind focused on the fun of the upcoming weekend, why not come in and relax with some nosh while you create the cutest little number for a night on the town! I mean who wouldn’t love this idea… right!?!

So here we are …Thursday again. I’ll be waiting at the door with your drink in hand. See ya tonight!

Until next time…

Bling It On!

-J