Dominique Cohen for Miss Me!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miss Me. All opinions are 100% mine.

Dominique Cohen for Miss Me!

Dominique Cohen for Miss Me!

Dominique Cohen for Miss Me!

Dominique Cohen for Miss Me!

Dominique Cohen for Miss Me!

Dominique Cohen for Miss Me!

Dominique Cohen for Miss Me

Dominique Cohen for Miss Me!

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you already know that I love Miss Me. I have been fortunate to work with them for over a year now and every time I get the opportunity to collaborate with them I squeal. I can always rely on Miss Me to provide the most adorable styles and designs. When they reached out about this campaign I was thrilled. They were nice enough to send me these gorgeous black jeans and this beautiful gold necklace from the Dominique Cohen for Miss Me collection. I was hesitant at first about styling these jeans. They have a lot more sparkle than I am used to. That being said I am so glad I accepted the challenge. These jeans are the perfect accessory for a Christmas party or a New Years Eve party. I decided to style them for a Christmas party. I always struggle during the holidays. I never know if I should wear a dress or pants. This year, i’m definitely wearing pants, these pants in fact.

I love the gold detailing on the jeans. It matched this gold necklace perfectly. I had also been wanting to use this gold and black clutch I bought a few years ago and it was the perfect finishing touch. I wanted a bold accent so I added a bright red top to make it more Christmas or holiday party appropriate. I constantly love challenging my ideals about my wardrobe. I like to continuously shock myself with what I put together and love the finished product. I am so excited to wear these jeans out to a party. They are going to be the center of attention and I’m okay with that.

Hope you all have a great day and be sure to check out the Dominique Cohen for Miss Me collection!

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Add Some Flair to Your Fantastic Finds!

I don’t do bows. Let me clarify. I don’t do store-bought plastic bows. A couple years ago I decided I was done with them and I was going to only use ribbon. I set out to teach myself how to make bows. Bows made of ribbon add a beautiful touch to a gift. It shows extra care was taken to make the gift that much more special.

On today’s post, I’m going to show you 4 different bows that you can make yourself to give your gift a bit of elegance and flair and make it stand out among the rest! Take note that each bow uses the exact same steps of the previous bow and just builds off of it.

Important Note: For the following bows to work best, you MUST use wire-edged ribbon.

Bow #1: The Knot
Okay, this one isn’t technically a bow, be we’ll just forget about that.
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When cutting ribbon for each bow, I generally leave about 6-8 inches of overlap to allow for tying or just general error. For this particular bow (knot), tie the ribbon ends together twice to ensure that it stays. Then, cut the ends of the ribbon off so that it doesn’t hang off the package. Fee free to play around with decorative cuts to the ends.
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Bow #2: The Basic Bow
This bow is as simple as it sounds…..like, tie your shoe simple.  If you don’t know how to tie your shoe, well that’s call for an entirely different post (in the meantime, please consult Google).

Cut your ribbon and tie off into a knot (just like the previous bow).

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Act like you’re tying your shoe and make a bow.

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Feel free to play around with decorative cuts for the ends.

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Bow #3: The Quick and Elegant
This bow is very quick but it looks professionally done. Measure your ribbon, cut and tie off into a knot.

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Next, take some additional ribbon off the spool. Layer it back and forth in your hand until you have 2 loops and an end on each side. Total length side to side is about 6 inches, but you can do more or less depending on the size of bow you want.

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Lay the ribbon flat on top of your ribbon knot on the package. Tie the ends from the package ribbon around the ribbon bunch to secure it to the package.
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Separate the two loops and the end sideways to spread them out.

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Cut the long pieces of ribbon off so that they are the same length as the other ends.

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Manipulate the wire in the loops to round them out so they are not laying flat against the package.

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Finished product!

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Bow #4: The Fancy Shmancy
This bow is perfect for anyone you want to “wow” or any gift that you want to really stand out. To begin, measure your ribbon, cut and tie off into a knot.
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For this particular package, I wanted to wrap the base ribbon around all sides of the package rather than just a straight across tie like the previous packages. For this type of ribbon wrap, I run the ribbon under the top ribbon section and then tie off. I find that this gives the knot a nice, even, gathered look.
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Just like the previous bow, take additional ribbon off the spool. Layer it back and forth in your hand until you have it as large as your prefer. My general rule of thumb is 10 loops on each side (this bow takes a lot of ribbon).
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Lay the ribbon bunch flat on top of your ribbon knot on the package. Tie the ends from the package ribbon around the ribbon bunch to secure it to the package.
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After securing, cut the remaining ribbon strand down close to the knot.
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Start to separate and round out all loops, pulling all directions to create a symmetrical bow.

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Finished product!

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Good luck with all your wrapping and happy ribboning!

Until next week…

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Why I Don’t Believe in Commissioned Sales at Department Stores.

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This past weekend I decided to knock out some Christmas shopping with my family. I always try to get most of my gifts bought in the first part of December so I can relax and enjoy the rest of the Christmas season. I try to go to a bigger city than the one I live in for shopping. I like to have a bigger selection and have a better variety of stores. I always have a pleasant experience… Well almost always. This past weekend was one for the record books, and not in a good way.

I decided to head to one of my favorite cities where I love to shop and head to one of my favorite department stores. I have never had an experience quite like the one I had this weekend. Now i’m sure you read the title of this and probably think i’m some person that doesn’t believe employees should be paid for their work. I’m not that person at all. I’ve worked in retail, I get all the challenges that can come up. I believe people in retail stores should be paid way more than they are currently, just not on commission for sales.

While shopping last weekend I was looking at a few items with my mother. I was trying to get Christmas ideas for my mom and was really enjoying just getting to spend time with her. I wanted to show her a purse that I found and immediately I was bombarded by a sales woman who asked if I needed help. I smiled and said no thank you. That answer was not good enough for this employee. This employee then asked me again two more times before I could even walk to another area. I told her no two more times and walked away. I decided I would walk to the other side of the department and look at different purses. My mom and I were a little irritated by this point. If I tell you more than once that I don’t need help, get the hint. Well that STILL was not good enough for this woman. She approached me and my mother again. She had followed my mother and I all the way across the department just to hover over us. She then had her hand on one of the handbags I was holding and tried to grab it from me. She said, “Oh let me go put this behind the counter for you so it will be ready for you to purchase.” By this point I was furious. Mind you she had asked us 4 times in the matter of 15 minutes now and tried to grab a purse I wasn’t even planning on purchasing out of my hand? I’m not even exaggerating. My mom handed her the purses we were looking at and told her that she has now lost our business.

I explained to the woman that is it rude to follow someone around and ask 4 times if they can help us when we have CLEARLY said we did not need help. The woman turned away. My mom and I were ready to walk away when the woman came back for a 5th time!!!! I couldn’t believe it. Honestly? She had the nerve to tell us she was trying to make sure we were taken care of. Well i’m no idiot and I knew that this department store offers a commission for sales people. Clearly this woman was more interested in her commission than her customer service. I have never had such horrible customer service in a store in my life. In addition this is a well known, fairly high end, department store. I found a manager on my way out and explained to him how rude and inconsiderate his employee was. I explained to him that I previously worked in retail and understand that he personally is not accountable for the actions of his employee however he should know that he just lost a pretty good size purchase because of his obsessive employee. He apologized and I knew he was being sincere, but still.

Now here is my philosophy: I am a firm believer that sales people in retail should get paid more. The things they have to deal with is ridiculous and they definitely deserve a bigger paycheck. However that being said, I don’t think commissions are the way to go. Commissions allow them to forget that there is someone on the other side of that transaction, the buyer. This allows them to lose all sense of customer service. Instead of simply offering good service they crowd you like a vulture to make sure if you do purchase something, it is from them. I was so disappointed in that experience at the department store. The manager did apologize profusely and he did make things right however it was a situation that could have been avoided. Had his employee been more concerned about just offering great customer service it would have been a much different scene. Hence why I think department stores should just pay their employees a little more and cut out the commissions. Feel free to disagree but i’m pretty sure every one of us have had an experience like this at some store.

 Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the Christmas season. Be nice and considerate to others. It’s Christmas and lets all try to remember that!

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