Check it out on TabithaDumas.com.
I am still in the process of putting all of my products and services under one umbrella but in the meantime, I am NOT taking on any new writing or consulting clients, which leaves me more time for YOU, my FanTABulous Women community!
I would LOVE to spend time with you talking about color, image and style! We can even go shopping together! OR, I can come help you in your closet!
YES, I can provide most of my services virtually, too! Contact me for more information.
My rates start at just $50 for an hour together when you come to my home office or we meet up in the east Phoenix valley. I can even do an “‘All About Me Day’ Head to Toe Makeover” package deal starting at just $499! Treat yourself or someone you love.
I look forward to meeting with you! And remember, I offer group events and workshops, too, starting at just $10 per person. Contact me for more info!
Spring is springing!
Are you sooooo over winter and ready for a refresh??
I’m offering a Total Spring Refresh for just $25 when you come to my home office/studio/craft room in south Chandler in the month of March!
Come with your skin care, makeup and color questions!
What does the Total Spring Refresh include?
- color analysis (including determination of your Dominant Color Category, best neutrals and best ‘pop’ colors plus much more)
- complete pampering facial including microdermabrasion treatment
- Satin Hands treatment
- MakeUpdate (we clean out your makeup bag, you get to try out a new look and I recommend makeup colors for you–Mary Kay or your favorite brand, it’s your choice)
- determination of your best SPRING colors
- light refreshments
- a FREE gift!
Plus receive an additional $10 gift certificate if you choose to purchase any Mary Kay products used during your appointment.
Plan to spend about an hour with me and YES, children are welcome! We have a playroom and a grassy back yard–no pool and no pets! Paypal, cash and checks are accepted.
You’ll feel like a new woman! Contact me to schedule your appointment today!
And…if you can’t make it to my house, I can come to you and two or more of your friends for just $10 per person! Contact me for details!
You work hard, I know you do.
At the end of the day, you deserve to relax and unwind.
I am the type who has an entire ritual that involves taking off my jewelry and clothes, performing my daily skin care routine and in the winter, the addition of extra lotion, fuzzy socks and lip balm.
Oh, and I put my pajamas on. If I’m lucky and I have the next day off, I can leave them on all night and until at least lunchtime the next day.
Every woman needs a cute pair of pajamas. You should feel good in them and they should make you smile. You should be able to heave a contended sigh when you put them on every night. Plus, you never know when you’ll be invited to a pajama party!
These are mine. Pink, turquoise, flannel and owly. Soooo soft.
Yes, cute pajamas fall under the “self care” category. Any time you do something that is just for you, it’s self care. Although, admittedly, the people around you will probably appreciate your cute pajamas, too.
Dare I say…show me your pajamas and I can see how well you take care of yourself?
OK, ‘fess up–are you wearing cute pajamas tonight?
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are both quickly approaching.
If you’re like me, you can’t go out and buy new outfits for all of the upcoming occasions and photo ops BUT you want to look and feel amazing.
So, here are five ways to add some holiday WOW to our outfits. Shop your closet first, or treat yourself to something new–a lot of these items are deeply discounted this time of year!
1. Embellish your neck.
Any outfit or coat looks letter with a little pizzazz close to your face. You can wear your most basic pants and top but when you add a festive, sparkly or colorful scarf, it’s a WOW.
A festive red and green plaid, polka dots or a scarf in your pop color are good places to start. Not sure what your pop colors are? Discover your Dominant Color Category to find out!
2. Add some bling.
Pile on the bracelets, wear your chandelier earrings and add an extra ring or two–the bigger the better. Drag out your costume or vintage jewelry and even add a pin to your coat lapel while you’re at it.
Carry a sequined or glittery clutch or purse, too.
And wear your sequined or glittery shoes! It’s hard to overdo it when it’s the holidays.
3. Wear bright lipstick.
Whether red, plum or bright pink, wear a color that will make you feel fabulous. Almost everyone looks good in true red (with no orange undertones). A blue-based red even makes your teeth look whiter!
Exfoliate your lips with a warm washcloth or a gentle sugar scrub so dead skin doesn’t sabotage your look.
Remember: when you go with strong lips, keep your eyes and cheeks toned down.
4. Accessorize your ‘do.
Headbands, flower clips and feathers are “in” right now, so sweep your hair up or to the side and add a little flourish. You can even apply colored gel (pink! purple!) or tinsel! Fun!
5. Show off your legs.
Wear patterned tights, your highest heels or apply body lotion with glitter in it. You’ll feel flirty and feminine and might even walk a little taller.
Bonus! 6. Wear anything with feminine details, like ruffles or lace. It’s so pretty–and festive. It’s especially fun to mix in fancy with plain, like jeans with a lace top or black velvet pants with a simple tunic.
A few other tips:
- Plan your outfits ahead of time and hang them in your closet to avoid digging for stockings or an errant earring at the last minute.
- Take care of your skin, particularly when the weather is cold or windy. Drink plenty of water and hydrate, especially over night. Remember to take care of your feet, knees and elbows, too.
Need help taming winter skin? Contact me for a facial with a microdermabrasion treatment included! Your skin will thank you!
- Check out my “Holiday Wow!” Pinterest board for pictures and more ideas!
What can you add to your outfits for some holiday WOW?
I am celebrating my two-year anniversary with Mary Kay AND my one-year anniversary with “Let Me Rephrase That” this month and VERY excited about what’s to come in 2014!
Changes are in store!
I am now thrilled to be working with three amazing and inspiring female business owners:
:: editor and ghost writer for Linda Stanfield of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing (based in the Phoenix east valley)
:: Content Strategist for Jasmine Holmes of 910 West (a marketing firm based in Gilbert, AZ)
:: Project Manager for Shari Braendel of Fashion Meets Faith (based in Charlotte, NC and pictured with me and my mom, below).
Supporting these women behind the scenes (and occasionally in front of, too!) is truly a dream come true and fulfills the mission I had when I began this journey two years ago!
You’ll be hearing more about it in the months to come and you’ll see me streamlining my offerings and services so that I can focus more on them and their needs. It’s going to be exciting!, and YOU will benefit, too!
This may seem a bit premature for some of you (back to school?!? In July?!?) but my oldest son is on a modified year-round school schedule (two weeks off after each grading period and seven weeks off in summer) and starts 2nd grade on July 22nd.
My baby is starting second grade!! Eeeeeek!!
Back-to-school time is HERE for us and I realized that I—work-at-home mom and home manager—need to get myself ready!
For me, summer has been a mixed bag. Yes, we got to take a road trip to my home state of Florida at the start of summer and, yes, my older son has kept the younger one occupied during the day so I could log some billable hours, but…we’ve been doing the “stay up late and wake up late” routine but when the boys are up late, I can’t get “real work” done (I need total peace and quiet to write) and my mornings when they’re sleeping in are not very productive. I’ve been lax on housework and meal planning (don’t ask me how many pizza boxes were in the recycle bin this week) and I’m low on energy because of the wacky sleep schedule. Plus, I’ve had to postpone my usual meetings because it’s hard to get child care for both boys.
I’m ready to get back into the school routine.
This year will be unique because on August 5, my younger son will begin preschool so I will have nine hours a week to be foot loose and kid-free. I’ll keep the fancy.
So I need to be ready.
Here are a few tools I assembled to help ME prepare! The idea is to keep things running smoothly and to set yourself up for a wonderful school year. For yourself AND the kids!
Cookbooks and meal planning tools.
Pull out your favorite cookbooks, grab a shopping list and map out your meals for the week (I do pizza, taco soup and pasta almost every week). Mine have to be quick, easy, and kid-friendly (and when I say kid, I mean picky-eater-kid).
New office supplies.
Why should the kids be the only ones who get fresh folders, markers and composition books?? Get some cute folders for filing all of the papers that will soon be coming in from school and treat yourself to some pretty pens and highlighters. Have a day planner handy, too, for writing down PTA meeting times and coffee dates. Remember to schedule in “me time,” too!
I advise my Mary Kay customers to have an everyday makeup look accessible to grab even if they only have five minutes to spend on their face in the morning. All you need is one or two neutral eye colors, a soft blush, mascara and gloss. I highly recommend the Mary Kay 3-in-1 cleanser, too, because it cleanses, exfoliates and freshens in one step. My other favorite multi-tasking product is the Mary Kay Moisture Renewing Gel Mask. It feels almost like aloe and you can use it as a quick mask or wear it overnight if your skin is dry, inflamed or stressed.
Designate a “mom zone” or “home management zone.”
This is the place to keep paperwork, calendars, to-do lists and things like greeting cards, wrapping supplies and bills all in one spot that is yours alone.
As you can see above, I am spoiled—I have a studio/office/craft room (nearly) all to myself but you can use a small desk, a corner of your laundry room or even a closet. For example…
Below is is my “drop and grab zone” between the front door and the garage where I can drop my keys or grab library books on the way in or out, plus a spot for reminders and papers.
Take a moment to tweak your inspiration board, too, so that the things that inspire you or make you smile are where you can see them regularly.
If you work from home, you may want to reorganize your desk or set up new filing systems–whatever it takes to be efficient and productive.
If you’re a home school mom, now is the time to get your desk and teaching area(s) ready.
There are some fun ideas for work-at-home and home school moms on my Back To School Pinterest board.
And you can’t go back to school without books!
I have found a good many of these at Goodwill.
Two of my favorites: “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach and “Organized Simplicity” by Tsh Oxenreider.
For those with a business: “Love is the Killer Ap” by Tim Sanders, “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and “The Power of Uniqueness” by Arthur F. Miller, Jr.
And for personal development: “By Happy Without Being Perfect” by Alice D. Domar, Ph.D, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families” by Stephen R. Covey and “Take Time For Your Life” by Cheryl Richardson.
You may also need a new tote bag to carry your books in or maybe a pretty new purse for fall. You get a backpack for the kids, why not treat yourself??
Have some fun before the race to Winter Break begins and set yourself up for a wonderful new school year.
Remember to visit my Back To School Pinterest board board for more ideas, inspiring images and links!
I have loved the direct sales industry since attending Tupperware and Mary Kay home parties with my mom back in the 1980s.
I loved eating the snacks, seeing the products, hearing the consultant’s presentation, playing the games and helping my mom fill out her order form.
I have always been involved in at least one direct sales company for about ten years now and have hosted countless home parties for my friends and family.
I’m something of a direct sales addict.
In fact, just this month, I became a Senior Consultant with Mary Kay when I added my very first active team member!
In advising her, I got to thinking about what I’ve learned over the years and I thought I’d share it here in case it can help someone who’s just getting started, or maybe give you a new idea if you’re an old pro.
Tab’s Ten Tips for New Direct Sales Consultants
1. Determine your target customer.
Who is she? What is her age group? What phase of life is she in? What are her hobbies and interests? Where does she hang out? What does she value? What are her spending habits?
While you can’t sell to your target customer exclusively, knowing who she is will help you narrow your focus and became an expert at finding her and servicing her needs.
2. Use your catalogs.
Keep one catalog for yourself to make notes on product information and questions people ask.
Give out catalogs freely. Treat them like business cards! You can even provide people with sticky notes so they can mark the items they want to buy. Tell them “If there are more than five, you should host a party!”
Ask a few friends and family members to mark their favorite items to give you an idea of what will be popular so you can educate yourself on those first.
Ask a friend who is also in direct sales if she would give out your catalogs when she delivers orders to her customers–and do the same for her. That’s great cross-promotion!
3. Have a launch party.
Make yourself the hostess so you can reap the hostess rewards to build your collection of samples or inventory.
Invite people personally, whether over the phone or in person. Emails, Facebook event requests and e-vites don’t mean as much as hearing your voice does.
Offer incentives to them when they bring a friend.
Keep the food and drinks simple so the focus stays on the products you’re selling. And eat first so they don’t think about the food during the entire presentation!
Have door prizes and multiple ways to earn entries. People love winning prizes, even if they just cost you $1.
4. Always tell your story about WHY you chose the company you are with and what your goals are.
People will connect to your story and want to help you accomplish your goals. It could also help you attract a new team member!
5. Showcase YOUR favorite products.
People will love what you love! Plus you’ll know all about them and can answer questions people have about them.
6. Remember that YOU are your best advertisement!
Wear your company logo shirts and your name tag.
Use or wear your products as much as possible or carry a bag with clear pockets so you can insert pictures of your products. Be prepared to give your “elevator pitch” when people inquire! (P.S. If you need help with your “elevator pitch,” contact me for a consultation!)
Give your products as gifts.
Hand out samples as much as possible.
7. Find “power partners” with compatible businesses (or people who work with or for your target customer).
These are people who will refer new customers to you and vice versa. This is how you build your customer base beyond your warm market.
8. Embrace the power of social media…but establish boundaries.
Social media is important for communicating with people, offering promotions and keeping your business “top of mind” for your customers…but don’t let it take over your life. Set time limits and eliminate lengthy back-and-forth exchanges with a phone call.
9. Keep it FUN!
Don’t get so caught up in SELLING that for lose your sense of fun in the process. Remember, people are drawn to YOU first, THEN to your products.
10. Lastly, be tenacious and keep at it.
Direct sales consultants are notorious for giving up within the first year, just about the time that business would have really picked up if they had just stuck to it. It takes time for people to be sold on what you do and for you to build your business.
Outlast the competition! Remember why you got started in the first place and never lose your passion.
There is plenty of business for you out there–you just have to go get it!
Do you have questions about direct sales success? Fire away and I will do my best to answer!
Having worked at a Hallmark store for three years, I distinctly remember the last-minute rush EVERY year in the days leading up to Mother’s Day.
Thankfully, my mom already went through my Mary Kay inventory and chose HER gift–now I just have to wrap it!
Do YOU need some last-minute ideas?
Here are things you can get at almost any corner store and put together for a thoughtful gift.
Toss a ribbon around it or plunk it into a gift bag and you’re good to go! KEYWORD: “pretty!”
An artist’s sketchbook and some colored pencils or watercolors
A blank journal and a pretty pen
A pretty mug and a selection of tea or coffee (or coffee syrups)
A pretty frame
Gourmet cookies or snacks
Flavored vodka. There are so many options now!
A pretty scarf or wrap in her favorite color
Hand lotion and a calming candle for bedtime
Flowers in a pretty pot
Or I can help you out!
I do offer gift certificates and can even send you some verbiage for enclosing in Mom’s card!
Here are some of my offerings that your mom would LOVE!
:: Color analysis and beauty makeover (including going through her current products as well as recommending new ones)
:: An hour (or more) of my personal shopping services along with a gift card to her favorite store
:: Assistance with setting up an at-home spa experience
:: A closet overhaul and wardrobe assessment
:: A whole new skin care regimen or a new makeup look (plus the Ten Minute Face Tutorial for applying makeup in a flash)
Prices start at just $25 and YES, almost all of my services are available in-person and virtually!
Contact me for more information! (602) 349-1129 or letmerephrasethat(at)gmail.com
I do also have a few impressive Mary Kay items left if you happen to be local. I could even wrap and ship them for you!
The Mary Kay Mint Blossom pedicure set is just $25 and includes the cute bag, foot bath fizzy balls, a pumice, a cute nail file and the AMAZING Mint Blossom Icy Foot Gel. It smells terrific!
I also have the classic Satin Hands pampering set for $36. Perfect for keeping Mom’s hands soft and smooth!
I have eye shadow, blush, lipstick and lip gloss, too (from $6.50 to $16)–just tell me about your mom’s coloring and I can recommend the right shades!
I hope this helps and I wish YOU and your family a very Happy Mother’s Day!
My lovely friend Michelle was my first color and beauty makeover
We categorized her Dominant Color Category as a Soft. These are women with light to medium brown hair (sometimes mousy or dishwater blonde), light to medium skin tone and medium intensity eye color (hazel, brown, blue or green).
See how miserable you can be without color??
Softs are neutral, neither warm nor cool. Softs should wear soft ivory (rather than ivory or white) and NO black near the face. Michelle was not thrilled with that news as most of her wardrobe staples are black. I recommended adding a pretty necklace or scarf when she wears a black top to bring color to her face.
This was the favorite color that I draped her in: turquoise. Not only does it look lovely ON her, but she is drawn to the color–that’s the winning combination!
The other thing we did was a neutral everyday makeup look: primer, foundation (Beige 3), a little blush (Shy) and lipstick (Shell), all Mary Kay.
Here she is!
Thank you, Michelle, for coming over to play! You are beautiful!
Do you want your OWN color analysis and Eight Minute Face tutorial? Contact me!
LOCALS! I am also hosting an open house on Friday March 8th for Mary Kay’s Global Makeover Day. FREE appointments for color analysis and beauty makeovers are available from 2:00 to 8:00pm! Contact me for your appointment!