Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The latest in January 2010...

Since our last blog post, we are no longer at our location in the Post Oak Mall in College Station, TX. We had a fabulous 4 months there, from September 1 to December 31, and we will be back for the 2010 Holiday time!

Now that we are not working long and late hours at the mall EVERYday, it is our plan to keep our blog and website up to date. Within the past week, the website has been uploaded with all our current inventory. We truly appreciate the girls at Ranch House Designs, they are incredibly talented and are so quick to to the updates we send in!

At the end of December, besides being swamped with our Holiday sales, we hosted the 1st annual Southern Jewlz photoshoot. The location was downtown Calvert. Our photographer was Ms. Anna Spencer from The Grace Photography, be sure to check her out online at Our models included: Ashleigh Sowell from Anderson, TX (my brother's girlfriend, dear family friend and also an SJ employee), Kaycie Carter from Conroe, TX (my good friend Jessica Carter's youngest sister who I think is adorable), Emily Huskinson from Flower Mound, TX (very dear friend that I met through my time with the TAMU Saddle & Sirloin Club), Devin Felger from New Braunsfels, TX (who is serving as the 2009 Miss Rodeo Texas, and is also a close friend that came about also through S&S), Katy Knox from Hempstead, TX (friend I met through showing Brangus cattle), Kirbie Day from Waxahachie, TX (she is currently the 2009 National Polled Hereford Queen that I met upon her career at Texas A&M), Macy Eaves from Stevenville, TX (past Texas FFA State Officer that I fell in love with on my trip to the Houston Hide Party), and Miss Laci Delesandri from Madisonville, TX (who I actually know through her brother, David, but she is the cutest, funnest chick around). Larry from Larry's Place in downtown Calvert hosted all of us girls, tons of jewelry, clothes, shoes, accessories to master all the photos. Dustin Burke (one of my dear friends from my livestock judging team) also helped us coordinate girls, outfits and picture backdrops. Needless to say, if you are wanting to check these photos out, they are all posted in albums on our Facebook Business Fan Page. Be sure and check them out, as well as all of Anna's work. I can't wait until our next shoot and am looking forward to incorporating these photos into the website, booth set up, and other advertising campaigns.

We also set up a booth at the 2010 Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo at the Heart of Texas Coliseum in Waco, TX during January 7-9. This was our first outting since the summer! We enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones along the way. Once again, to see pictures from this event, check out the Texas Circuit Finals album within our business fan page on facebook!

Then January 15-19, we made a trip up to Denver, CO. We have been this time of year for the past few year to Denver for the National Western Stock Show, but this time we went up for the international market. Roadtripping along including myself (Randa), my boyfriend (Tanner), and fellow friend and jewelry business owne (Ruth Ann Coomer of Two Bling Queens). We had many laughs, created new stories and memories, saw many of our midwestern and out-of-state customers when we would socialize at the Double Tree Hotel at night. Also, Tanner's oldest sister and her brother-in-law were in attendance as they own a tack company, Custom Tack, out of Thorndale, TX. As for the market itself, we about went crazy! But, on the positive note, we met many new contacts within the industry and have lots of new goodies on the way.

Now, Tanner and I are on the way to Fort Worth for the Southwestern Exposition Stock Show for the 2nd weekend in a row. We went last week for the Junior Heifer Show, headed to work on some shorthorns for the Open Show this weekend, and will be back next week for the Steer Show! Whew, we just live on the road. But, the good thing is I always travel with JEWLZ, so I am always prepared to please the customer. Anyways, I'm beginning to get a little car sick from Tanner's horrible driving (haha, jk), and all this typing along the way. I hope all of you enjoyed catching up on the latest and greatest SJ news........