Do You Spend $12,000 Each Year To Look Good?

Do You Spend $12,000 Each Year To Look Good?The other day I came across an article that said men and women spend around $15,000 in their lifetime to look good.

At first that amount of money seemed like a lot, but when I really thought about it, $15,000 really did not seem like enough at all.

When you include, beauty products, hair cuts, spa treatments, clothing and so on, the number is probably much higher than $15,000 in your whole entire life.

In fact, I came across another article that said the number is actually around $12,000 per YEAR (according to Siren Magazine). $12,000 a year sounds like way too much to me though. [Read more…]

Become a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist: Income Series

Hey everyone. If you are new to my website, I am all about making extra money to improve your financial situation. Before I left my day job, I was making around $5,000 to $10,000 each month on the side with my online business. Now, this online business is my full-time business and I LOVE it :)

Today I bring you the next edition of my “Extra Income” series. If you would like to be featured, please send me an e-mail. Other hustles in this series can be found here.

Sign up as a Stella & Dot Stylist for $199 and get $450 in free accessories!

I am a wife, mom of a 3-year-old girl, and public health dentist.

I recently decided to join my friends as a Stylist with Stella & Dot, the jewelry and accessory company.

I was looking for a creative outlet and a fun, flexible way to earn extra income.

As an independent Stylist with Stella & Dot I share and sell irresistible jewelry and accessories online and at in home trunk shows or pop up shops.  Currently there are 12,000 active stylists for this Inc. 500 fastest growing company with a $25 billion global market opportunity.

The products are often featured in style magazines and are described as modern-vintage boutique style, chic yet affordable. I absolutely love their products, that was a lot of my motivation to get involved! They carry irresistible products from statement necklaces, earrings, bracelets, scarves, bags, and tech accessories.


How did you get started with your side hustle as a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist?

Over the last year I developed a business plan for an academic indoor play center. Those plans are on hold for the moment, but that process brought to life an entrepreneurial spirit.

So when my best friend in Indiana was telling me about the opportunity to become a stylist last November, I was eager to find out more.  She had connected with some old friends from high school who were having success with the company, so I decided to join them.


Stella & Dot2What got you interested to become a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist?

By day I am a public health dentist. I had been looking for a creative outlet and I have always loved fashion and jewelry.

I love meeting new people and expanding my network, so this was the perfect opportunity. I was also looking for a way to earn extra income to save towards starting the above mentioned indoor play space.


Tell me more about what it is you do as a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist.

As a stylist I find individuals or businesses such as salons, spas, or restaurants to host trunk shows or pop up shops.

I bring jewelry and accessory samples and set up a display. Guests are encouraged to try on the pieces and I give style tips. I am also a vendor at various events such as wedding shows, holiday events, and consignment sales. I am always looking for new hostesses or prospective stylists to join my team.

The heart of the business is having trunk shows, pop up shops at people’s homes or other venues where the host invites friends, family, co-workers, etc. over for a fun girls night or brunch get together.

We also sell the products online through our eboutiques and anyone who has an in home trunk show also has a personal online link to their show, so people who can’t attend the show can still shop! Who ever hosts the show (has the show in their home) earns style rewards which are free and half price products. The rewards are equal to about 25% of the sales from the show.


What has surprised you most about this?

That if you choose something you are passionate about, it won’t feel like work. This truly is so much fun that it honestly doesn’t feel like work!

Being part of a social selling company has been wonderful as my first venture in the business world. There is an abundance of amazing training and support to help us stylists launch successful businesses.


StellaWhat is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

With direct-sales I have learned that you really have to put yourself out there. You have to network and make as many connections as possible. I have learned to not be afraid to ask and to not be afraid of people saying no. The no’s just mean you are that much closer to a yes!


What are the startup costs?

This is the best part about Stella & Dot! It takes $199 to get started. You receive a start-up kit with business supplies and $350 in free product of your choosing. You receive 50% off for your first 30 days to increase your sample collection.


What’s the most positive thing about your side job?

Working as an independent stylist has had so many rewards.  The culture is one of support and it is very inspiring to be part of a network where everyone is working to make each other better.

There has also been a vast improvement to my jewelry and accessory wardrobe! In addition, hostesses receive style rewards which equal free and half price products. One of the best parts is giving away free stuff!


What are your business goals for the upcoming year?

My business goals for the year are to be consistent with my sales and trunk shows, by having about 4-6 shows or events per month. I also want to grow my team by sponsoring new stylists and sharing the opportunity with others!

Thank you Michelle for hosting a show and for the opportunity to present this guest post. If anyone has any questions about the products, hosting a show, or joining the company please check out my website ( or send me an email (

In honor of Valentine’s Day I am offering 14% off. Good through 2/16/14. Contact me directly to apply offer.



Extra Income- Stella & Dot Independent Stylist + GIVEAWAYMichelle’s Online Trunk Show/Giveaway

This is Michelle speaking now. Alyssa also asked if I wanted to review a product, and I just couldn’t say no. I’ve been eying tons of different jewelry pieces on the website (before she even contacted me) for quite some time.

I knew I wanted to use something that they sell for the wedding, and I’m so glad I was able to partner with her.

I received the Somervell necklace with matching earrings (and they came in cute boxes!), and I know for a fact that I want to wear both pieces for my wedding. It will look perfect with my dress and add a little spunk to it. I also plan on buying my bridesmaids a few things for their bridal party gifts.

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Maintaining a Minimalist Wardrobe


I have many reasons for having a minimalist wardrobe. I move around a lot, I haven’t lived in the same place for more than eight months in awhile, so not having a lot of clothes to pack up and unpack is beneficial.

I also live in a 400 sq. ft. house, which, needless to say, has no walk in closets. Finally, I’m trying to pay off $20,000 in debt, so buying fewer clothes means more money (read further about how to make extra income) to send towards my debt.

That said, I love to shop. I really didn’t spend too much cash on my wardrobe in University (what with have no money and all) and now that I’m out and earning a steady paycheque, the urge to upgrade, replace, and spend spend spend has been strong.

My preferred poison is online shopping, where I can agonize over the perfect pair of jeans, hunt for free shipping, and make wish lists galore, all from the comfort of my couch.

In order to keep that shopping urge under control, I try and keep my wardrobe minimalist. Here’s how I do it:


The “No Duplicate” Rule

This rule really is the minimalist in me. I hate have multiple items that perform the same function. That’s why I don’t have an eReader (I already have a laptop and a big smart phone) and the same principle applies to my wardrobe.

I don’t need two red scarves, I don’t need more than one winter hat. If I must own multiples of one item (like jeans) I make sure each pair has a unique feature, and I still strive to own as few as possible.


The “Novel Purpose” Rule

If I’m thinking about buying something online, it must serve a purpose. It has to fill some kind of void that my current wardrobe just can’t fill. If I want to buy a fall jacket, it has to be because my wardrobe is sincerely lacking a fall jacket.

If I can get by with lighter jackets and my heavy winter coat, I don’t buy it.


The “Versatility” Rule

I never buy anything that can only be worn for one specific occasion. That’s why I don’t own a party dress, or anything else that I would only wear only a few times a year. If I want to buy something, I must be able to get a lot of use out of it, otherwise, it’s not worth my hard earned cash.


The “Quality” Rule

When I was in university, I bought cheap clothes. I couldn’t help it, I had no money and clothing ranked lower on the list than “feed myself” but I still had to maintain some level of professionalism in my business school presentations.

I remember getting really sad when I’d finally plunk down the cash to buy a new top, only to have the stitching completely unravel after the first wash because the piece was so cheaply made. These days I make sure to spend a bit more money on quality clothing that I won’t have to replace anytime soon.


The “Seriously Jordann?” Rule

Before hitting “checkout” during my online shopping endeavours, I try to think to myself “Seriously Jordann? Do you need that?”

Even if whatever I’m buying meets all of the other criteria, but I can’t honestly say that I need it, I generally don’t buy it.

Of course, all of these rules are guidelines that I occasionally completely ignore because something is flashy or is on serious markdown, like the top I ordered yesterday that I’m completely excited to get because it was 60% off and had free shipping. But generally speaking, these guidelines help me maintain a small, functional, minimalist wardrobe that’s easy to move, easy to maintain, and easy on my credit card.

Do you have a lot of clothes? I  want to know!