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Good Times & New Scents!

Hello Friends!

I hope this summer has been treating you well! I’m excited to announce that Paige’s Perfections has collaborated with curator Dayna Rivera HernΓ‘ndez to bring you a night of art, music, and wonderfully scented candles πŸ™‚ The details are as follows:

The Underground Bunker
Date: August 10th 2012 (Tomorrow Folks! Rain or Shine!)
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Rock Bottom. 177 Stockholm Street in Brooklyn. (L Train to Dekalb, M Train to Knickerbocker Av)
Cover: $5.00. (First 25 people will receive 2 complimentary drinks)
Raffle: $2.00 (optional). Prizes includes candles from Paige’s Perfections, jewelry from The Bell & Stone, dinner for 2 at Figaro Bistro and comedy plus drinks at Stand Up NY!

The venue will be featuring selected works from artists: Adrian Tone, Angelica Vanessa, Anuar Rosaldo, Daniel Bainbridge, Dato Mio, Jason Hoffman, Jerardo Calixto, Phil Huang Ginzi, Selina Josephs and Weston Ulfig. Following the wonderful array of artwork will be performances by:

Peggy Robles (Poet, Writer and Teacher)
SoSoon (Musical Artist)
A.Lyric (Musical Artist/Poet)
Naa Akua (MC)
DJ Amor E Roma
DJs Tuchislav Grillenko & Drewseph Rivera

Handmade hor d’oeuvres will also be available πŸ™‚ For more details about the event, visit The Underground Bunker’s Facebook Page.

In other news, Paige’s Perfections is introducing (drum roll please)…TWO BRAND NEW SCENTS! Ladies and Gents behold: Banana Nut Bread and Creamy Vanilla!

Delicious aromas of Banana, Vanilla and Walnuts will trick you (and your guests) into believing warm Banana Nut Bread was just pulled out of the oven! Just in time for Autumn, this scent is a perfect house warmer (And nose pleaser!)

This luscious scent of pure vanilla and creamy undertones combine to create the richest Vanilla scent there is.

These fantastical new scents are now available for purchase via my online Etsy store. Not a fan? Be sure to “Like” Paige’s Perfections on Facebook for discounts, promos and new products!

Enjoy, and I hope to see you at tomorrow’s event!!

XOXO

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Tips on Selling Your Wares During The Summer

Hello Friends! Selling your wares during the summer months can be rough. Reaaalllll rough. Starting out my new business, I am spending tons of time outside. Here are some tips I have learned so far πŸ™‚

1.) Prepare the night before. Although this sounds like it’s common sense, you will be surprised how easy it is to not be as prepared as you thought the day of your fair/show case. What I like to do is create a check list so that everything goes as smoothly as possible. I make sure that my products are appropriately packed for traveling and double check my check list on the day of the event just in case I overlooked something the night before. Organization is key to any successful business.

2.) Get a good night’s sleep! Not even good, get a GREAT one. Try to get at least 7 hours. I honestly prefer 8 but some of us aren’t so lucky. Be sure to turn off all lights, televisions, radios and anything else that will keep your subconscious active. The more sleep = the more cheerier and proactive you will be. No one likes to purchase wares from a grumpy salesperson!

3.) SPF! SPF! And more SPF! Trust me, sunburns (as many of you know) are NOT FUN! A couple of weeks ago while at Coney Island selling my crafts, I didn’t think to put on sunscreen because of the cloudy weather. BIG mistake. Even with an umbrella and clouds in the sky, sunscreen is still important to put because you can still get burned. So to avoid this:

Make sure to use plenty of protection! I actually had the pleasure of speaking with Makeup Artist Samantha Lennon on how important SPF is. “The first thing to know about SPF (Sun Protection Factor) following a number is that the number is a basic indicator of how long you can stay in the sun before getting burned” Lennon says. “UVB rays from the sun cause sunburn and UVA rays from the sun are the silent killers because you don’t feel it but they are the primary cause of skin cancer, wrinkles, and a weakened immune system. Even on a cloudy or hazy day, all the sun’s rays are present and damaging to your skin. As a general rule, it is best to apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure. You must apply sunscreen liberally (meaning not a little layer) and most people do not. Not applying SPF has to many consequences so don’t take the chance!” So what are some great products to use? Lennon explains, “Most people think SPF can be too oily, break them out, burn or all of the above. Products are formulated better than ever, and you want to look for ones that are fragrance free, oil free, and/or mattifying. A few of my favorites are from La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid 50, as well as Estee Lauder Time Zone Line & Wrinkle Reducing Lotion SPF 15, and Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25. There are a few options that should fit everyone’s budget. And don’t forget to apply liberally on your chest and on the back of your hands.” Besides getting sunburned, Skin Cancer can result with no protection. Be smart and use some!

4.) Drink Lots and Lots of Water! Feeling like you just swallowed a bag of sand isn’t fun, neither is dehydration altogether. Drinking juice or soda won’t cut it either, WATER is key. Some symptoms of Dehydration include dry mouth, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, and weakness; all aspects that you can definitely do without when selling your wares to potential customers. Be sure to also know exactly where a bathroom is in the event that you have to use it. Also, set up an effective system to protect/manage your wares when you have to leave your table.

5.) Bring the appropriate accessories! Is there a chance of showers? Is it going to be hotter than the Sahara Desert? Researching the temperature the day before will allow you to bring (or not bring) certain things that can deem necessary to your selling experience. Because I sell candles, I have to make sure that the temperature on my table is cooler if it is 100 degrees outside. I bring my handy 8 ft. umbrella along with coolers, ice packs and a portable fan. Although the umbrella mainly serves to block out the boiling sun, it is also great to have if it begins to drizzle. Either way, make sure to have accessories for all sorts of weather conditions!

6.) Decorate! This is one of my favorite things to do when selling to the public. Decorating your table not only makes it more appealing for potential customers but adds more depth to the products you are selling. Being one of many basic marketing strategies, decorating your selling space reflects your lovely style to customers and even leads to more potential purchases! If you are not decorating savvy, there are plenty of websites out there that offer inspiration. Don’t be afraid to look!

7.) Have a safe money system! Envelopes really won’t cut it. They can get wet, get lost and take long to go through if you’re piling up cash. I prefer a cash box. They are light, transport easily and lock!

8.) Last but not least, STAY POSITIVE. Sometimes you may go a few hours without making a sale but keep your head up! You never know if someone may stroll by and purchase half of your stock! Therefore it is important to keep a smile on your face along with a positive mind set. We all win some and loose some but it is important to keep your cool πŸ™‚

Although there are plenty more tips to discuss, these few helpful tips should add to the success and happiness to your sale. Good luck! πŸ™‚

3 New Summer Fun Scents!

Hello Friends!

I hope that your holiday weekend was fantastic and the upcoming weekend is just as wonderful πŸ™‚

A lot of things has been occurring at Paige’s Perfections and I’m writing to tell you all about it! For those of you who may or may not know, I have recently been a part of City College’s Lavender Fever Week (To raise proceeds for the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans), The Point’s, “Female Flava” workshop, and The Artisan Market in Brooklyn. As the summer is approaching, many different vending opportunities are arriving and with that, new fragrances as well! Ladies and Gents: Behold Paige’s Perfections’ 3 New Fragrances:

Love Spell. “I Put a Spell on You, and Now You’re Mine” A sultry combination of Cherry Blossoms and Citrus, infused with Orange and Grapefruit Essential Oils. Perfect to attract your Perfect match πŸ˜‰

Sweet Earl Grey. This is my favorite new scent so far! This lovely blend of Black Tea leaves, Bergamot Orange rinds, Currants and Raspberry leaves create a sweeter version of the Classic Earl Grey tea we all know and love. Perfect for a lovely summer day.

Tropical Breeze. Enjoy the Summer sun with the exotic flavors of Pineapple, Banana, and Coconut combining to transport you to a tropical island to enjoy a calm, clear ocean breeze. Fruity but not overpowering, this wonderful scent is a must have for warm weather!

These wonderful scents are currently available on line via my Etsy Store πŸ™‚ In other news, Paige’s Perfections will be featured at The Point’s, Fish Parade on June 16th. More detailed information will be coming soon!

Remember to stay tuned for craft tips, tricks and promos. Until next time!

Female Flava @ The Point

The Point = Point Blank Amazing.

I have to admit, I am in love with The Point; a nonprofit Community Development Corporation dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx [Edited Excerpt].

Being originally from the Bronx, it is wonderful to see people, especially youth, come together to make it a better place. A common stereotype of the Bronx is that it is ghetto and full of uneducated hoodlums. Although the Bronx does indeed have many ghettos, it is also beautiful, charming and has the potential for further greatness (I say “further” because I believe it is already great). The Bronx is like a Rose breaking out of concrete. A “diamond in the rough” so to speak. I can honestly talk forever about the Bronx and how wonderful The Point and other programs are that reach out to youth to teach about history, the arts, etc, however I will spare you a detailed read for another time.

I was at The Point on Saturday, May 14th, to celebrate Female Flava; an event dedicated to Women’s Empowerment. Fifteen percent of my proceeds were donated to The Point to support future programs like the one that I was apart of. The energy was ecstatic and everyone that I met (men, women and children) were amazing. It was such a warm feeling throughout the facility that if one was able to see its aura, it would be bursting with golden colors of unity. The Point is truly a blessing to the Bronx.

All Natural Soy Candles & Bath Fizzies by Paige’s Perfections

Beautiful, Handmade Jewelery by Mattie Jalonack of The Bell & Stone

Stay Tuned Friends! I plan on revisiting The Point soon! Interested in donating? Click HERE to find out how!

The Point is located at 940 Garrison Avenue Bronx, NY 10474 (718) 542-4139

Lavender Fever Week/National Coalition For Homeless Veterans

Hello Friends! Recently I have attended a fundraiser hosted by City College. The fundraiser was apart of an annual fair called Lavender Fever Week. During this week period, students and passerby’s enjoyed carnival rides and games, a talent show and banquet — All to raise funds for the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans. Being apart of this fair, ESPECIALLY being my first of this sort was liberating and fun. I was happy to be apart of such an AWESOME cause and meet new friends πŸ™‚ Twenty percent of all of my All Natural Soy Candles and Bath Fizzies went to the NCHV fundraiser as well. I definitely hope to be apart of fundraisers like this in the future πŸ™‚

Paige of Paige’s Perfections πŸ™‚

The Price List was specially designed for college students who attended Lavender Fever Week. Twenty Percent of Proceeds went to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans πŸ™‚

Please stay tuned for more craft fairs and info! πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting!