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Lindsay White: GANGSTA BOSS

Lindsay is the hard-working hottie behind Lot801, a children’s clothing brand that breaks gender stereotypes one outfit at a time. Everything is organic and made in the U.S. start to finish. Mia’s Lot801 leggings are her favorite (and mine). For real. They’re soft, you can tell they’re really good quality the second you touch them, and we love the print. Plus Lindsay is a badass. So I asked Lindsay: “what makes you boss?”

Lindsay White: Gangsta Boss at Lot801

Lindsay: ” What makes me boss? I’m not afraid to make decisions, even the hard ones. I get sh*t done and I’m brutally honest with any and everyone I work with. And most importantly, I always reach my goals by never giving up.”

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Slowing Down and Summer Vibes (free download)

headerHey babes! As some of you may know, I closed The Bannerie for the summer. I had been going back and forth on this for months: should I close it all down? Should I just sell a few banners? Should I just sell the flamingos and tattoos? When should I close?

Closing the Bannerie, even for a short while, terrifies me. There’s the fact that I’m not selling anything so, you know, money. But also, I’m not selling anything. So what purpose am I serving to my customers this summer?

In this moment, I’m struggling with how much to share because I love being an open book but I don’t want all my business all over the internet, I mean I do want my BUSINESS all over the internet…. you get what I’m saying, right? The crux of it is that we’re moving this summer and I have a unique opportunity to spend a lot of quality time with the kids for a few weeks before they go to camp and while we move, so I’m taking it.

When the kids go back to camp, I’ll open The Bannerie to orders for the flamingo candles and tattoos (because they’re both so perfect for summer and easier to ship out than banners), but until then I’m slowing down, spending time with my family, and working on behind the scenes stuff for the future.

In the meantime, I’ll be keeping up with the blog, taking lots of trips with the kids and tracking my steps with my Jawbone UP MOVE (reaching my daily goal happens soooo much sooner when I’m running around with the kids all day! I’m going to have to up it!)

Here’s a new desktop wallpaper by Kailah Ogawa to help get in the summer mood. Kailah made it in two colors because summer is no time to skimp on color! And it looks gorgeous in both colors. And I begged her last minute to add it in pink and she’s amazing (check out her insta):

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Summer Vibes Desktop Wallpaper (Aqua)

Summer Vibes iPad Wallpaper (Aqua)

Summer Vibes iPhone 5 Wallpaper (Aqua)

Summer Vibes iPhone 6 Wallpaper (Aqua)

Summer Vibes iPhone 6 plus Wallpaper (Aqua)

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Summer Vibes Desktop Wallpaper (Pink)

Summer Vibes iPad Wallpaper (Pink)

Summer Vibes iPhone 5 Wallpaper (Pink)

Summer Vibes iPhone 6 Wallpaper (Pink)

Summer Vibes iPhone 6 plus Wallpaper (Pink)

Enjoy your summer! What are your plans? Any trips? Fab ideas for what to do with your five and two year old? I’m asking for a friend.

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How to Authentically Connect with Your Customers

Hey lovers! I’m over on Best Friends for Frosting with my thoughts on something that’s always been incredibly important to me even before I had a name for it: how to authentically connect with your customers.

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Check it out here.

Any thoughts on connecting with your customers? Or as a customer how you feel about connecting to stores?

xo,

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Working from My Happy Place Like a Boss

I run The Bannerie, from top to bottom, all by myself. Since I use a lot of tools that would be a pain to carry around and rent is insane in NY, I work from home. As in, my office is literally in our bedroom. And because I am home for so many hours and don’t leave to work, I find it especially important to make it a happy place to work from.

Working From Your Happy Place

Working From Your Happy PlaceThat’s my main happy place, riiiight there: my shelves of supplies and photo props and what I mainly see all day long. My work is generally limited to this room, but I try not to be tied to a desk because then it definitely wouldn’t be my happy place. The point of being my own boss is so I don’t have to do that! The HP Stream tablet with Intel Inside® helps with that!

Working From Your Happy PlaceOne of my fave things about working from home, me and my bed are besties. And the HP tablet means I can work from bed comfortably.

It’s incredibly important that while I’m working (wherever that is) I’m always connected to the internet to respond to customers, upload new photos, and post to social media and that I have tons of cloud storage for all my photos and documents that I can access whenever I need to.

The HP Stream 8 has free 4G data right out of the box so WiFi is taken care of, 1TB of cloud storage free for a year (!) AND Office 365, also free for one year! The last thing I want to think about when I get something to help with accessibility and efficiency, is setting things up and the HP Stream 8 takes care of all of that for you.

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What’s your happy place to work from?

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* This post was sponsored by Hp & Intel. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. This is legit awesome #WorkFromHappyPlace *

New in the Shop: Pink Flamingo Candles!

Pink flamingo candles are now available at The Bannerie!Pink Flamingo Candles at The Bannerie! Pink Flamingo Candles at The Bannerie! #flamingolove Pink Flamingo Candles at The Bannerie! #flamingoparty Pink Flamingo Candles at The Bannerie! #flamingoparty Pink Flamingo Candles at The Bannerie! #flamingoparty Pink Flamingo Candles at The Bannerie! #flamingoparty

They’re bright, they’re pink, and they’re gorgeous! Perfect on a birthday cake, cupcake, pancake, or giant soft cookie, the stainless steel legs keep these ‘mingos in place. Summer is coming, babes! There are limited quantities available, but show these flamingos some love and I’ll see what I can do about restocking ;)

BUY PINK FLAMINGO CANDLES AT THE BANNERIE!
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Pink Flamingo Candles at The Bannerie! #flamingoparty

Romantic Confetti Photoshoot

A gorgeous, dreamy, romantic confetti photoshoot featuring the original Confetti Girl, Jessica Huizenga of The Confetti Bar.

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Photography: Victoria Gloria Photography (@victoriagloria)
Confetti: The Confetti Bar (@theconfettibar)
Hair & Makeup: Melanie (@melaniedc83) & Stephanie (@sloulakis) of LLMUA (@llmua)
Styling: Oh My Gemini (@ohmygemini)
Vintage Nightgowns: Vintanthromodern Vintage (@vintanthromodern)
Dresses: The Dressing Room (@thedressingroomct)
Lingerie: Lady Olga’s Lingerie
Flowers: Wallingford Flower Shop
Video (coming soon!): Mojalvo (@mojalvo)
“Confetti Girl” Banner: The Bannerie (@thebannerie)
Are you a confetti girl? You should be.
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How to Be a Boss in Business

There are soooo many things I wish I knew when I started The Bannerie a year ago. I’ve narrowed it down to the ten most important lessons from the past year and what I would tell anyone looking to start their own business.

These are the do’s and don’t’s of How to be a Boss in Business:

DON'T SAY NO TO YOURSELF_THE BANNERIE1- Don’t say no to yourself.

My brother said this to me early on and it really stuck. Often we stop ourselves from doing things or trying things out of fear that someone else will say no. Let them say no! Don’t say no to yourself before someone else can. That’s just silly. Start paying attention to what stops you, is it you? Are you grinning right now because that’s totally you? I get it, let’s move forward and say yes please like Amy Poehler because look where she is.

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2. Find your voice.

If you can find your authentic voice, all the branding will be so much easier. Set guidelines for yourself and stick to it. For instance, I know that I always want to stay cheeky, empowering, and to a degree, girly. I do it with my packaging, I do it with my Instagram copy, I do it in my daily life. It’s easy for me because it’s how I am.

Here is what I’m going to suggest to you: think about your favorite people. The ones that you are the most comfortable with in the whole world. No one’s listening in your thoughts so no pressure, it can be anyone. Who are you when you are with those people? When you relax and aren’t trying to be anybody, what are you like? That’s you.

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3. Say no.

It can be hard, it can be so so hard to say no. Saying yes can mean money and making customers happy but you have to learn to set boundaries for yourself or you will burn out and probably burn bridges along the way because you’ll be so cranky from never saying no. Repeat after me: You will never be what everyone wants you to be. I’m a people pleaser by nature (middle child and all) so I totally get the impulse but it isn’t a good way to live your life and it’s definitely not a good way to run your business.

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4. Say yes.

I know I just said say no, but say yes! You won’t know how to do things. Things will be scary. You will make mistakes. People won’t always be supportive. But say yes and create opportunities for yourself. Don’t wait for someone to come to you, go to them and give them the chance to give YOU a chance. Say yes to new things and you will learn that are capable of so much more than you ever thought. Ask my husband or sister what would make me melt in a pile of shame in the beginning of this year and they’ll tell you: photos! Hours and hours and hours and so much work and sweat and tears and yeah, the occasional drop of blood and now do I still have so much self-doubt? YES! But, that is one of the TOP things I get complimented on all the time! So… give it time, try things, and say yes.

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5. Keep on keeping on.

Push through. It’s gonna be alright. You got this. (See above for how many times I mentioned hours and multiply that by a bajillion)

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6. Give up.

If something isn’t working, try another way to do it. Don’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results (I think that’s the definition of insanity…)

LEARN EVERYTHING-THE BANNERIE7. Learn everything.

The more you know how to do, the less you are limited! Learn photography, learn styling, learn branding, learn copywriting. You don’t have to be an expert on everything and outsourcing what you aren’t good at is a great strategy, but try to have a basic understanding so even if you are turning it over to someone else, you know if they are doing a good job or not. Plus before you hand something over yo have to understand the basic process.

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8. Don’t over research.

Don’t get so stuck in the planning stage that you never move forward. That’s called fear, my friends. Put something out into the world before it’s perfect and then refine it. That’s right, it doesn’t have to be perfect! Did you just faint?

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9. Surround yourself with good people.

Seriously. Do yourself a huge favor and make a community for yourself of good people. People who hear your dreams and cheer you on even if they don’t get them. You don’t have time for people who bring you down.

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10. Let go of the negativity.

Some people won’t get what you do, they’ll call it “cute” and say things like “since you’re free…”. Some people will copy you, some customers will be rude. That’s okay. The sooner you can learn to let that roll off your back, the better. I will, this one time refer to the Godfather, just kidding, I’ll refer to You’ve Got Mail referring to the Godfather, “it’s not personal, it’s business”

You Got This_THE BANNERIEListen, my darlings, it’s hard. I know because I am all of one year into my own business. But in that one year I have learned enough that I am fielding a lot of e-mails and messages about how to run a business. So what does that tell you? I’ll let you know just in case your head is still reeling from the “it doesn’t have to be perfect” bit, it tells you that you can do it. It tells you that it is achievable and that you are capable and that what looks like mountains now will be molehills in a few months.

GIRLBOSS Magnet Board from Lindie & CoI’m gonna help you set that office of yours up with a big beautiful custom GIRLBOSS magnet board from Lindie & Co. It’s huge and sturdy enough to hold your dreams (and appointments or vision board or whatever you want to use it for, I’m not gonna tell you how to run your business!) And did I mention it was one of Oprah’s favorite things?

Enter by leaving a comment below telling me about your dream business, whether you own one already or want to in the future. You can also ask a business question and I’ll do my best to answer! (There were some pretty great ones on the APW interview!)
Extra entries on Instagram! The giveaway will be open for one week and is for U.S. residents only.

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