Meet Helen King of Wine-O-Helen. Last month at our girls night out at Bar Louie in Stone Oak Helen won the Housewives Approved Business. All the guests voted and she came out on top. And it’s easy to understand why. Helen offers a great product delivered right to you door. No pressure, just fun wines and good times.
Here is a little more about Helen and how she is Leading Lady in the WineShop at Home industry.
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
I became a Wine Consultant with WineShop at Home last year after being a wine tasting host and customer for the last year. I have been in direct sales/multi-level marketing for several years with other companies and I was looking to add something new to my brand that had a product and company I was passionate about. I love sharing a unique and fun experience with others. That is what keeps me motivated to keep going. I also love using my business to support charities/causes through donations and fundraisers. It makes me feel good to do my small part of helping others.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Being able to donate $200 last year to the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and the Movember Foundation.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
To help 3 people get started in this business opportunity, earn my companies 2019 incentive trip and donate to even more causes.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I love to plan events so I think being some type of event planner/coordinator would be fun.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Scheduling out my tasks/week as much as possible. I remember better when I write things down and feel accomplished when I can cross things off my to do list so I keep a calendar/planner in my purse at all times. Sticking to the schedule is key.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
! love going down to the Pearl Brewery there are lots of great restaurants and bars. I also like Fiesta in April and I'm a big movie buff so I am at the movies theaters often (preferably a Santikos).
What is your goal for retirement?
I’m not sure if I will ever "fully retire", I always have to keep busy. I do want to be able to travel more and spend time with my love ones.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Go for it! Find your passion and skill set then utilize that to start a business. Set your own goals, don't be afraid to start small if you have to and work your way up.
Helen’s favorite quote: “Being in business is a marathon not a sprint and "Don't compare your Chapter 1 to someone else's Chapter 20."
When I first laid eyes on this artist she captured me. She had taken to the runway stage for a quick photo by her husband. Not many probably noticed but I did. And then when I realized she was a designer at the fashion show it made a little more sense.
Giovanna DizZurita and I bumped into each other again at an International Fashion panel this spring. Everyone there was intrigued by this artist’s new twist on fashion. She creates art on canvas and has now started to screen print the images onto material for items to be made- Custom clothes and home decor. From dresses to t-shirts to pillows and backpacks she is spreading her art all around.
Gio is a gem to be around. She is charming and vibrant about her work. Her husband is sweet and supports his wife in all her efforts. Gio has a mixed media style all her own.
This past Saturday Grio’s Gallery highlighted some new artwork and some new duds. Complete with a catwalk, dj and ordering station this event showcased Gio’s originality and creativeness.
If you are ever down at the Alley on Bitters be sure to stop in her gallery. And next time she has a runway, don’t miss it.
You can’t go into any public place these days without hearing or speaking about the weather. It’s hot. I have only lived here three summers and this one takes the cake. I really fear my steering wheel is going to malfunction because of the melting factor inside the car.
All that aside our July Girls Night Out was cool, relaxed and a ton of fun. All the guests were spoiled by the dessert spotlight business Cakes with a Kiss and multiple business giveaways. So between mini-cupcakes and the drinks from an all day happy hour at Bar Louie it was a grand night as usual. And it was all in doors as well.
Starting a new trend this month is the Housewives Approved Business Spotlight. All the guests voted for their favortie business and this business wins an exclusive blog post along with a small token of my appreciation. Wine-O-Helen was the winner so you catch her story on how she got started in the wine biz on the blog in August.
If you missed the girls night out at Bar Louie in Stone Oak or if you would like to know what business were spotlighted here is our Local Ladies Roundup for July.
Online boutiques are all the rage these days. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram. Women are loving the ease of shopping for looks that they see others wearing through multiple social media platforms and blogs.
Plus, from a business standpoint, this has allowed entrepreneurs to get started in the fashion retail industry with little overhead and minimal startup costs. Alll you need is a “Shopify” (or marketplace) website, some inventory and a drive for social media and your boutique can be off and running. (I know some wholesale companies will even do the shipping for you. No inventory needed.)
And that is just how I came across our Fashion Friday boutique, on Instagram. I often peruse the fashion hashtags on Instagram ( #satxfashion, #sanantoniofashion #fashionblogger, etc) and this spring I came across My SAS Couture. With a clean logo and sweet dresses, this boutique spoke to my own personal style and what I thought you readers would love as well. So I reached out to meet the owner, Sirena.
Sirena is running her online boutique, of womens and girls clothing, out of her home office here in San Antonio. Her dream of owning a brick and mortar store is slowly becoming a reality as she builds a name for herself locally. My SAS Couture has been featured in two local fashion shows, EveryBody Beautiful and An Evening on South Beach Fashion Show, along with gaining exposure through her instagram account, @mysascouture.
San Antonio has some programs that help popup boutiques acquire a brick and mortar store after gaining a certain level of following and interest. Sirena is hopeful that this program, along with a possible kickstarter campaign, will help her get the storefront she has always dreamed of.
I loved visiting this little in home store with her cute summer dresses and off the shoulder tops. She has everything from leggings to jumpers, plus little girls clothing and dresses. She is even adding some plus sizes looks due to the demand and growing interest of that body type. Sirena has done a great job of keeping everything organized and new items coming in regularly.
My SAS Couture plans on having some pop up shops right in her own home and neighborhood this fall season. She will be featuring a Sip and Shop for her followers to try stuff on and enjoy an afternoon. Until then you can find all her stock on her website at www.mysascouture.com or follow her on Instagram @mysascouture.
If you love any of these looks click on the picture and you will be taken to the My Sas Couture shopping page. Let's show this local entrepreneur some love!
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One of my favorite place to hang out, eat, shop, catch a movie, etc. here in San Antonio is the Alamo Quarry Market (aka The Quarry). So it only makes logical sense that we should have a Girls Night Out there. If you missed it, last week we were at Canyon Cafe on the North side of the shopping complex.
Canyon Cafe is popular for their "out of the box" specialty dinners such as Bison Meatloaf and Corn Crusted Calamari. I vier more towards seafood, so I enjoyed the Calamari. The ladies got to enjoy margaritas all evening along while doing a little shopping, networking and supporting the Center for Health Care Services. You can learn more about them here and PLEASE continue to donate to their cause that helps families here in San Antonio.
Here is our June’s Local Ladies Roundup. It's a place where you can find the vendors that were with us at the girls night out in case you couldn’t make it or if you need a quick reminder of where to find them.
And many thanks to our lovely photographers.
One of my mottoes is Shop Local. Thats a big part of why I host the girls night out events once a month. To empower local women and give them an outlet to support other local women in business and friendship.
Because as we all know, when you buy from a local business an actual person does a happy dance. Plus this creates a stronger community of customers and friends who are supporting each other and not competing.
The same happens when you support a local designer on Kickstarter who has a great story about designing sustainable clothing and empowering women.
Meet Dina. A charming, quiet darling of a woman who has been in the fashion industry for 10 years. Previously she owned a boutique in Austin, Cypress Vanguard, with a handful of other designers back in 2011-2012 after she studied costume design at The University of Texas-Austin and then Fashion Design at The Academy of Art University for costume design.
Tragically, at the same time, Dina’s sister was diagnosed with cancer. So she left Austin to be with her family. Sadly her sister passed away. It was then, Dina started researching more about cancer and found that fashion was one of the top industries that harmed the environment which in turn causes more occurrences of cancer.
Driven by this tragic event, Dina wanted to start a line of clothing that was not only more sustainable, known as slow fashion, but also better for the people who would wear it and the environment. SixChell was born.
She launched a Kickstarter campaign and is hoping to reach her goal this week. If everyone just gives $10 she is sure to reach her goal and start rolling out her designs this fall.
Dina currently has three samples all made of vegan leather, Bamboo organic cotton, and Tencel Twill. You can learn more about supporting this local designer here in the video and donate to support her on Kickstarter here.
.Who said you can’t fly?
Because now days you can. I tried it.
Ifly here in San Antonio collaborated with me to come out and experience a flight with them and some of my other blogger friends. It was by far the most exhilarating experience I have had since I climbed a fourteener in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
First off, I was set up for some training video's and to learn safety standards to be sure I didn’t wreck myself or any of the fly equipment.
But let me paint this picture for you.
This is what they say to me in the video.
Stay flat, head up, relax….uh, what?!!
I can’t walk and chew gum. I thought for sure that I was not going to be able to fly. Or that I was going to slam my face into the clear plastic walls. Because doing all three of those things is surely going to end in disaster.
But it didn’t. It was way easier then I thought. Thomas was our official “fly guide.” He was gentle to let me in on this whirling wind tunnel. How he stayed grounded I have no idea because I was all “limbs up.”
Laying flat and keeping my head up while in “flying arm and leg position” felt pretty natural for the way the wind blew by. Plus with all Thomas’ direction, he made sure that I was at my optimum position for flight. And I was....see my photo below.
This experience is amazing. Flying through the air, circling and weightless. On the second flight I got a little in my head and had a hard time relaxing but I was still able to hold on to the position long enough for Thomas to send me whirling up the tube with him guiding.
It was breathtaking.
Literally breathtaking. I had to catch my breath once I left the tube. It pretty much feels like sticking your head out the window at 65 mph. It’s not hard to breath but it definitely helped to stay relaxed and to breath through my nose. (which you can see by this video that I didn’t do.)
All the ifly staff was great too. I got to chat with them about about their field trips that teach the STEM logistics of the wind tunnel. Plus they have a great little party room for birthdays or corporate parties. What a great way to celebrate with a gift of flight.
You can find all this info here on their website. They have many opportunities for flight. You can even fly if you are already certified as a skydiver.
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I straddled the seat. I griped the handles. The attendant came over and pushed down the lap bar. And I lept forward to a garage, reporting for duty, on the next SeaWorld animal rescue team. A dolphin needed rescued!
3, 2, 1…………..Launch!
Headed up and over the first “wave,” this Wave Breaker Rescue Coaster is unlike other coasters I have experienced. Feeling totally exposed, with no harness or enclosed car, makes the feeling of being on a jet ski more surreal. I loved how close to the water I felt, but never actually touching the water or getting wet..
I got whipped around on quick bank turns, fast whoop-de-do’s and serpentine boosts throughout the three minute ride. I loved the way the coaster kept a consistent, fast pace, like I was in a hurry (like my life), while delivering a smoother ride than other coasters I have experienced. Truly a dynamic ride for me and my kids to enjoy. (*Note: must be 48” to ride)
Just like its namesake, Wave Breaker Rescue Coaster was designed to give the rider the same experience a SeaWorld Rescue Team member might have as they rescue various animals out in the ocean. This information was totally new to me. I was unaware how involved SeaWorld is in rescuing animals in the wild. And depending on the animal's issues, they may even get released again.
Sea World delivers a fresh new experience with this type of launch rescue coaster. Spanning 2,600 feet of coaster and reaching speeds of over 40mph, this rescue coaster is nestled between the Great White and Steel Eel coasters, close to the arcade and penguin exhibits. It is the perfect addition to the small coaster family here at SeaWorld San Antonio.
What an honor it was to be partnered with Sea World to help them launch the new ride, Wave Breaker and to enjoy the VIP party Grand Opening. As a blogger here in San Antonio it has been a privilege to experience Sea World at its fullest this year with various special attractions such as, Choo Choo Soul at the Just For Kids weekends this Spring and the Seven Seas Food and Wine tasting a few months ago.
I will be looking forward to the fall for Spook-tacular shows and surprises to come my way. And until then we will keep riding the Wave Breaker and checking out the baby orca.
If you have hung out with me for any length of time you will discover that I definitely have my own style going on. Wearing “fashion” has never been my strong point. Mostly because I am the mother of five plus I always love things that fit my mood. I could be wearing a skirt or jeans or heels or running shoes. For me it all depends on how my day is filled.
But I have always loved being a part of watching designers flourish in their creative zones on runways, and behind sewing machines. Back in the day, when I had cable television and a DVR, (I am guessing some people still have these right?) I would record all the Project Runway shows along with America’s Next Top Model.
Spending hours catching up on all the episodes and relishing in the new ways the designers saw clothes and how those models displayed them. I think it was the little girl in me who always hoped to find this avenue of life. Although life took a different route my love for the industry is still burning strong.
So as this blog continues to develop and grow my voice I knew fashion needed to be involved. It just makes sense for who I am and a passion I have always had.
Over the course of this Fashion Friday Summer Series I will be highlighting some boutiques both online and brick and mortar that are standing out in the fashion world-either online or on the local runways here in San Antonio.
And just this last Saturday Coco of Coco Productions had her fifth Stylish Saturday runway show of local designers. And I was quite impressed with the mix of local, fast fashion that was displayed in this 70’s themed style.
These models had their work cut out for them between the 10 different designers and a changing room with no air conditioning. But I say... it just made the women “glisten” in their bare back jumpers and high waisted trousers.
Models is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work. And these girls did nothing less then impress the onlookers in the industrial style CoLAB that was the back drop for the show.
Chris Cantoya and John Frazee captured the amazing designs, styles and designers from many angles. This quick recap will take you through the evenings highlights.
In case you fall in love with something here many of these designers can already be found in stores like Diva J’s Closet and A.Marie and Flawless Fashionista plus online on etsy. Plus they would love to make something special order just for you, just look them up on Instagram or Facebook.
The next show fashion extravaganza will be in October. If you’re a designer, model or artist in the industry contact me and I will get you all the info you need.
Summer is vastly upon us here in San Antonio (even though this week has been ful of strange storms and rain). We kicked it off with a great night out at Lion & Rose at the Rim last Thursday. Thank you to everyone who came out to meet-up or to indulge in the $1.50 margaritas. It was a pleasure to have Carrie and Natasha there from The One Beauty Bar giving us mini makeovers and doing a raffle. And to learn more about Revolution Thrift from the Executive Director, Rachell.
As a thank you and for a quick link, here are the list of vendors that helped make our time even more special.
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