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My New Signature Fragrance: Flirt

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I’m still coming down from the incredible high of announcing our new Pure Romance products at our National Training in Las Vegas!!! There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing the Consultants share in my excitement about a new Pure Romance product, especially one like Flirt, that I put my heart and soul into creating.

Many asked me what inspired me to create this fragrance so I wanted to share the inspiration in my blog. It all started while we were in New York receiving an award for Truly Sexy. The next morning, I was having breakfast at Audrey-Hepburn_A-Life-in-Full-Circle_HD_768x432-16x9The Palace when I noticed a small room off to the right of the bar area that seemed to be calling my name. When I wandered into this room, I was surrounded by larger-than-life photographs of “old Hollywood” Movie Stars. The pictures stretched from floor to ceiling, such a glamorous sight! But no photo caught my attention more than that of Audrey Hepburn. I stood in front of her beautiful portrait in complete admiration. There’s something so flirty and mischievous, yet so sweet and innocent about the look in Audrey’s eyes. This is what I asked our designer to capture when creating the bottle for Flirt, and the energy behind the scent itself.

I am so proud of this fragrance and its packaging. Many we’ve worked with in the perfume industry have told us that they’ve never seen anything like it, which makes me smile. When it comes to our products, I’ve always tried to stay ahead of the trends.  I’m also proud that we’ve been able to create a perfume that is elegant, yet affordable. Flirt is being bottled by one of the world’s top perfume houses.

When we walk into a fine department store and pick up something like Flirt, we are going to have to part with $200 or more! Here is a beautiful scent that is a fraction of the price, but you know you will feel so pretty wearing it. Not all of us have the money to splurge on expensive fragrances, but every woman deserves luxury in her life, and Flirt gives every woman the chance to experience it. I wanted to create a fragrance collection that is exclusively ours and one that makes our Consultants proud. I can’t wait to hear what you think once you try it. Please share your feedback in my comments section!

*Audrey Hepburn Photo Credit: Biography.com

2015 Late Summer National Training

While on a recent Pure Romance business trip to New York City, I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art (better known as The Met), and was completely blown away by an exhibit called China Through the Looking Glass. There was a stunning Haute Couture Evening Gown created by a Chinese designer named Guo Pei that took my breath away. It was made of gold and silver silk, metal and sequins with beautiful embroidering. I stood in front of that dress for I don’t know how long, simply awestruck. I’ve always believed that constant exposure to creative people and new experiences like this are so important to our growth. No matter what my age, I’m always trying new things, traveling to new places, making new friends and connections – both in my personal and professional life. When it comes to our Pure Romance Consultants, our conferences, like the late summer National Training coming up next week in Las Vegas, are no different! They are an invaluable way to make sure you are continuing to be inspired and grow as a businessperson.

To those Consultants reading this blog, you will have the chance to hear from amazing speakers like Bryan Tracy (a top selling author of over 45 books and creator of the internationally acclaimed program on the Psychology of Achievement), Mary Christenson (recognized by Direct Selling Live as one of the Ten Most Influential Women in Direct Selling Worldwide), Darren Hardy (SUCCESS magazine’s publisher and Editorial founder) and David Bach (financial expert and prolific media contributor, as well as national best-selling author who wrote Smart Women Finish Rich) – just to name a few!

This is the first time Pure Romance will be back in Las Vegas in over three years! This city is always bustling, and filled with a special energy and excitement that is unmatched. Las Vegas restaurants, bars, hotels and casinos have recently started injecting oxygen into their venues to help patrons stay awake and keep going in such a dry desert climate, but something tells me all of you will be so excited, you won’t need much help in that department!

You will get to make and build life-long friendships with other Consultants like you, and learn new sales techniques and inspirational ways to grow your businesses. It’s also the perfect time to get motivated and motivate your team. Many who own their own businesses run the risk of becoming stagnant; continuing to attend these types of conferences ensures you will grow and break out of your every day Pure Romance routine.

This year we also have an amazing app that you can download on your smartphones called “Pure Romance Consultant Events” – all you need is your Consultant log-in to gain access to Consultant news, updates, and even a gallery of “Selfies” taken during the event.

For those of you who can’t make it to Las Vegas, be sure to attend your local team meetings so you can at least benefit from some of the late summer National Training takeaways from your sister Consultants who were able to take advantage of it. And remember: always, always, always stay a student!

Click below to watch just how much fun our Consultants had at the 2015 National Training earlier this year!

Booking Summer Pure Romance Parties

Have you ever noticed how stores like Target will have next season’s merchandise on display months before that season has arrived? For instance, we sometimes will get frustrated because we are looking for Halloween décor and they are pushing Christmas items! They might not get you to purchase something for the upcoming holiday that day, but they did succeed in getting you to start thinking about it and saving money so you can come back and buy something soon. According to the National Retail Association, 40% of holiday shoppers say they begin shopping before Halloween. Retailers understand this and they are planning ahead, and rightly so. When you own and operate your own Pure Romance business, it’s no different.

When I was a Consultant, I would start putting away $20 from each party beginning in January; this was my holiday shopping fund. I was holding about 10 parties a month so I was averaging $200 a month, totaling a few thousand by the time I started shopping for gifts. If I didn’t plan ahead, I knew there wouldn’t be any money set aside to make it a special Christmas for my children.

The same principle applies when it comes to any season. Summer doesn’t mean “summer break” when you’re a business owner (or a parent for that matter!). Some might be tempted to rest on their laurels, but if you’re smart and dedicated to being successful, you’ll put a long-term plan in place to keep your customers engaged.

As parents, our obligations often sky rocket during the summer. There are family vacations, the kids are home from school, we have to schedule baby sitters – I get it. I was in your shoes as a Consultant once, too. This is a busy time for your Hostesses, as well. However, there are many great ways to make keep her interest and make your business also sky rocket. Below are some great tips to do just that!

  • Think like Target or Saks Fifth Avenue do! Plan, plan, and then plan some more!
  • Help the Hostess make her party a fun event that people want to attend! Suggest a theme party (Pinterest boards from Amanda) such as a Luau Party, Spa Party, Naughty Nautical (Bachelorette) Party, or even a 50 Shades of Grey party – over a million copies of the latest installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey series (Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian sold) have flown off the shelf since the week it was released! If it’s toward the end of the summer, host a Mommy’s Back to School Bash!

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  • Up the Hostess Credits: tell the Hostess if she encourages her guests to bring an additional guest and hits a specific goal of buying customers, she will get an extra discount, or small gift.
  • If you are sending the party invites, add an incentive to guests who bring a guest with them to the party.
  • Further entice guests with a $100 raffle giveaway (that you have already earned in free product).
  • Build and train your team: when you start bringing on other Consultants as part of your Downline, it helps you to be a leader and helps teach them how to run a successful business.
  • Look for inspiration; you can’t imagine how creative you will become once you open your mind to new ideas and ways to market and grow your business. For example, when you log into the COO, check out The Community tab in the top right-hand corner. This is an amazing online resource where Consultants can make suggestions, ask questions and get additional ideas. There are currently videos on there of our top Consultants including tips on Summer Sales.
  • Keep things NEW! People love anything novel. You become stagnant if you do the same thing every day – what makes the “Pure Romance Special” specialif it’s the same thing every time? We are offering new products four times a year so there’s constantly opportunity to market your business! There’s absolutely no excuse!

The Pure Romance corporate office and top Consultants are also proud to lead by example. Our Board has already planned ahead for product line transitions through 2016. We are so impassioned with thinking ahead on how we can make Pure Romance better, and this is a good attitude to take on at every level of the business!

Are You Beautiful or Average?

Be honest: How do you think of yourself? Do you think you’re beautiful? Average? Do you care what others think? Take a minute to watch the video below and think about some of these questions. Really think about it.

For me, I would have chosen the “Beautiful” doorway. There are many ways to define beautiful. The media often convinces us that unless we are runway models waltzing off the cover of Vogue magazine, we are not beautiful. Beauty is how you feel inside. It’s a big, optimistic smile. Twinkling, life-loving eyes. Wrinkles, yes, even wrinkles that have been earned over a life of excitement, experience and wisdom.

It really struck me when I saw a mother and her daughter talk about the different doorways they would have passed through. The mother knew how beautiful her daughter was, and wanted to pull her through the “Beautiful” door. This made me think about my daughter and my beautiful grandchildren – all who share a special light and beauty with the world. It would absolutely break my heart to think that any of them would question how beautiful they are – now or ever! Pop-culture, the media, and many other influencers can push their idea of beauty on us, but as long as we continue to teach our children and remind those we love just how wonderful they are, it’s my hope that they will ignore what others might think and embrace the uniqueness that each and every person brings to our planet.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. I’d love to hear how this video impacted you!

Love Has No Labels

There’s an old saying – you can choose your friends, but not your family (luckily for me, I’ve gotten pretty lucky in the family department!). I bring this up because when it comes to falling in love, it’s a lot like family – you don’t “pick” who you fall in love with – it has so much more to do with that powerful feeling that comes over you and a connection to another spirit that is often independent of gender, race or creed.

I’ve attended many LGBTQ events over the years, and it has opened my mind even further to the challenges many of these individuals face in our society. Once I listened to a gay couple talk about why gay marriage was especially important to them and about the adversity they faced when they wanted to adopt a child. In their particular case, the only children many adoption agencies would allow them to adopt were babies who were born from drug-addicted mothers. They brought one of these frail babies home with the commitment and intention to love this baby through everything. We parents know how hard it is to raise even a healthy newborn baby – sleepless nights and endless worry are always part of the package. Yet, here, they said that if something happened to one of the fathers and he was the legally-bound adopted father, the other would have absolutely no rights to the child.

Along those same lines, say a lesbian couple experiences a terrible accident and one is admitted into the hospital – the woman who has loved and dedicated her life to her partner is not allowed to enter the hospital because she’s not considered family. How can this be?

I believe when you have been so committed to someone, have loved him or her, and worked together through life’s day-to-day challenges – you have the right to be married – regardless of your gender. Love is love.

As PRIDE month comes to a close and Cincinnati PRIDE parade approaches this Saturday, I want to join other organizations like Procter & Gamble and Macy’s who have come forward to support this cause. Like the amazing video above, love truly has no labels.