The road to business ownership is different for everyone. Christina Thompson didn’t set out in life to own a styling and accessory business, but life brought her here today! She is a local mom of three (girls ages 7 and 5, and an almost 2 year old boy – it’s a bit crazy!) who loves shopping. Christina is originally from Houston, Texas, and has called Tampa home for the last 11 years. After attending Ole Miss (Hotty Toddy!), she worked in development for a non-profit for many years. She then was the Chief Recruitment Officer for Northwestern Mutual for 6 years before transitioning to being a stay at home mom to be more present with her family in 2013. Her story reads like many of ours!
Christina has always loved fashion, styling friends, and high quality items. She fell in love with the India Hicks brand this past year, and it has been the perfect fit to transition into this world, and she has so many big plans! She has built an incredible team from Tampa to Texas who are as skilled as she is in styling and supporting their clients! Her girls in Tampa are Amy Silver and Kim Carswell. They are one of a kind and can also help you find the perfect item!
When asked what she loves about India Hicks, Christina says, “It is very exclusive. I don't like to have the ‘it’ bag or same outfits as everyone else. An India Hicks girl appreciates craftsmanship and details. Our clients are women who stand apart in a crowd and recognize the beauty in our line. They enjoy discovering unusual things, not shopping where everyone else does. I find joy in finding that special piece for all of our special India Hicks girls!”
What is the India Hicks Line?
The India Hicks collections of bags, beauty and accessories are crafted with the highest attention to detail, in partnership with some of the best workshops and factories in the world. What sets each item apart is that each one carries its own story. The Ambassadors share these stories at events called Get Togethers, where they do just that, with friends old and new, building a strong, solid business, without having to ever go to an office again.
Their exclusive collections of well-crafted gifts, beauty, bags and accessories are designed by India and made with world-class design partners. The collections are inspired by India's British heritage, island life, and madcap daydreams, and every piece has a story, so they're perfect for sharing. They release new products every couple of months, so there will always be something new to keep their customers interested.
They call these collections "attainable luxury." Our prices range from $16-$480, and over half of the collection falls under $100. The Ambassadors are proud to be able to offer these price points on beautifully crafted products. It helps that sales are done from the home - once a customer sees and feels the quality in person, they understand the value of what they're getting.
How to Shop
Christina is very active with local events. You can find her hosting pop-up shops around Tampa, at markets, and in homes, and she loves to meet new people. To experience your own personal shopping service, contact Christina directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also shop the India Hicks Collection at www.indiahicks.com/rep/christinathompson.
Christina will also be at our Holiday Kickoff Networking Social at Bulla Gastrobar on Nov. 29! Stop by her table to view a selection of her India Hicks collection!
The holiday season is upon us, and we've compiled a list of amazing local businesses to help you fulfill your shopping list this year. You will find boutiques, salons, spas, children's products, handmade designs, and more!
The holidays are quickly approaching, and personalized gifts are a great way to make an ordinary gift, extraordinary! Lou specializes in creating custom hand-lettered designs on wood, canvas, chalkboards, print, and other media for your home, business, or special event. Let her help make your vision come to life.
SWEET & SOUTHERN LIFESTYLE
Customized gifts with a southern twist! From tumblers to coozies to cute accessories, Southern Style by Lo Etsy Shop is the perfect place for you. Contact Lauren at email@example.com with any inquiries.
TOOTH IN THE BOOTH ®
The Tooth in the Booth ® is an educational toy that provides great value with 3 separate elements that work in concert to help parents teach healthy dental habits. The boxset features a hardcover storybook to introduce Tiny the Tooth and tell his amazing story. At the end of the story you will find a Tooth Chart so that the child can personalize it and log when he or she has lost a baby tooth. Also included is the Tiny the Tooth plush doll designed to suction cup to the bathroom mirror to monitor healthy dental habits and report back to the tooth fairy. The last component is the plush Tooth Booth which is where you place the lost baby tooth in along with the Tiny doll at night, making it easier for the Tooth Fairy to exchange for a surprise. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3: 1 - Read, 2 - Remember, 3 - Reward.
Tooth in the Booth ® is a fun daily dental routine the whole family will enjoy and is TOOTH FAIRY APPROVED!
CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
INDIA HICKS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - CHRISTINA THOMPSON
Christina is your exclusive India Hicks Ambassador. Her India Hicks collection of well-crafted gifts, beauty and accessories, along with her personal touch creates a more meaningful shopping experience for you. Each India Hicks piece is designed by India Hicks herself, and is inspired by India’s British heritage and Bahama island life. Be sure to ask Christina about how she can personally shop for those on your list or help you find the perfect gift for you!
Two ways to shop:
Personal Shopping Service contact Christina directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shop India Hicks Collection at www.indiahicks.com/rep/christinathompson
Based in St. Petersburg, Thread Appeal is an online women’s clothing boutique offering the latest trends with a mix of everyone’s favorite classic styles. Thread Appeal offers personalized trunk shows for you and your girlfriends to shop in the comfort of your own home, where a personal stylist will help you curate that special look for a specific occasion, event or just everyday life. In addition to online shopping and personalized trunk shows, you can shop in person with Thread Appeal each month at your favorite local market; stay up to date on where to shop with their Upcoming Events page online!
FIRST & OXFORD
First & Oxford is an online luxury swimwear boutique located in St. Petersburg, Florida. We provide chic, high-quality products found in the world's most exotic places.
Our holiday special is Buy 2, get 1 free! One promotion code per order. Promo code: XMAS2017.
CHANGING FACES HAIR BOUTIQUE
Changing Faces was created with the professional woman in mind who wears a lot of hats and does not have time to spend hours in a salon. We dedicate our service to be timely, creative, and professional. Giving you the look to be successful. We are CHANGING lives one head at a time.
SALON NORRELL AVEDA
Located in The Fresh Market Plaza at the corner of Fletcher and Dale Mabry, in the heart of Carrollwood, Salon Norrell is a quaint salon in the heart of Carrollwood, combining passion and craft to master both classic and modern techniques. From the Concierge who greets you with a cup of Aveda comforting tea or glass of wine, to the Stylist to whom you entrust your tresses, they are a team committed to excellence.
Level SalonSpa is an Aveda Lifestyle salon and day spa located in the heart of Tampa’s Hyde Park Village. The manner in which we serve our guests is a life philosophy that extends far beyond the walls of our salon. It’s based on the belief that a person can positively influence the world around them by the simple act of making someone else’s day.
BELLA MIA MEDICAL AESTHETICS AND LASER INSTITUTE
Bella Mia Medical Aesthetics and Laser Institute of Tampa provides medical aesthetics and medical services to the Tampa Bay area and surrounding cities. What makes them unique is that all of their treatments are executed or directly supervised by our physicians, ensuring the best care in a safe environment.
-Botox, Dermal Fillers and Injectables
- Laser Skin Treatments (wrinkles, pore reduction, sun damage, scars, etc.)
- Laser Hair Removal
- Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy
- Medical Weight Loss
- Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
- Medical Grade VI Peels
- Skin Care
AMAZING LASH STUDIO - CARROLLWOOD
Amazing Lash Studio in Carrollwood provides premium and affordable eyelash extensions. Our studio is located in the Lowe’s Shopping Center next to European Wax Center. There’s no greater freedom for a busy woman than waking up, getting dressed, and walking out the door to start her day. And that’s the luxuriously simple lifestyle you can grow accustomed to after a lash stylist from the Amazing Lash Studio has applied your lightweight and comfortable semi-permanent eyelash extensions. With proper care and maintenance, our high-quality semi-permanent lash extensions will give you a bolder, fuller lash line that can last two to four weeks. We offer four amazing styles that can be customized to achieve your desired look! Create your perfect full set of lashes for only $79.99!
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This week's Fashion Friday features the St. Pete-based online swimsuit shop, First & Oxford. With our tropical climate in the Tampa area, I am excited to showcase the amazing swimsuits available in this shop. I feel it is always a struggle to find quality, well-priced suits, and it is so helpful to have options with our proximity to the beach and year-round sunny weather.
I had the opportunity to speak with the owner, Samantha, and her passion for her shop shines through! She assisted me with choosing a suit of my own, and I can really speak to its quality. The material feels different that the store-brands I am used to, and the cut and print are so unique! Samantha shared some background about herself and the boutique that I know will have you excited to check out her amazing selection of swimwear!
Meet Samantha and First & Oxford
I was born in Michigan, but grew up here in sunny Florida. (I guess you can call me a Floridian!) Like many that live out here, cold weather and I do not get along. I enjoy sunny winters and watching the beautiful Florida sunsets. My background is in marketing and ecommerce, and I have worked with several businesses to help create and expand their online exposure.
First & Oxford was born from the passions of two globetrotters who appreciate and love good quality products and the finer things in life (at an affordable cost, of course). After researching and taking into account what several women look for in a swimsuit, we have found the perfect balance in the products we offer here at First & Oxford. We encourage all women to browse our store and take a dive into tranquility. They won't regret it!
Why Did You Launch First & Oxford?
First & Oxford was launched through passion and with the help of some poorly made swimsuits. In the past, I have personally had issues with swimsuits being too expensive, uncomfortable, and simply not lasting. We knew that I wasn't the only female out there going through these issues, so we've decided to take matters into our own hands and come up with a solution!
What Sets You Apart From Other Boutiques?
Our swimsuits are made with high quality fabrics and materials such as Lycra and OEKO TEX certified fabric. This makes our swimsuits both durable and helps you move more freely. As a bonus, our swimsuits also provide UV protection and SPF 50+. In addition, most of our swimsuits are sourced from exotic places, such as Bali and Brazil - places that are naturally surrounded by beautiful beaches and experience a lot of sun. In terms of pricing, we strive to offer great quality swimwear that is affordable - truly the best of both worlds, right?
Where Do You Look for Inspiration?
We found a lot of inspiration through traveling to exotic places around the world with friends. We've come across lots of different textile patterns and styles, so when stocking products for the shop, I look for their uniqueness. On a more local level, I think of the women here in Florida and what they would look for in a swimsuit. Taking these factors into account, we stock a mix of minimal coverage to fuller coverage products. We truly pride ourselves on quality swimwear made from the world's most exotic places.
How to Find First & Oxford
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For Little Ones to Love
The hoodies are highly functional. The sleeveless jumper we have is a great balance of cool for summer and still great for being in the air conditioning in a museum or mall.
While baby boy is probably too young to have a preference on his appearance, his big brothers LOVE the spikes on the hoodie. They can’t agree on whether he looks like a dino or alligator, but they love the design!
For Adults to Love
The Purl Lamb Hoodie Company produces clothing that is organic and ethically made by Fair trade artisans with organic dyes and processes. They are thick, durable, and true to size. My guy is about 20 pounds and close to a year old, and he fits perfectly in the 6 - 12 months size. I love the variety of unique designs! Check out the donuts or French fries!
I happily dressed my little guy in the jumper, and I think these styles would be a wonderful gift to someone with children for any occasion.
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While all thoughts are my own, I received a complimentary Purl Lamb jumper for my review.
I am thrilled to bring you the first in our Summer Fashion Series! I had the pleasure of shopping and learning all about Thread Appeal, a local online and mobile boutique.
Thread Appeal was a lifelong dream for Melissa, while growing up in Pinellas County. After numerous years working as a buyer for local corporations in her current hometown of St. Petersburg, Melissa took the leap in 2016 to combine her purchasing knowledge with her love and passion for fashion, to open her own boutique; and has been loving the experience ever since!
I met Melissa at one of her pop-up market locations at the Pierce Street Market in Clearwater. She set up a beautiful space at the market and included about a fourth of her inventory. My absolute favorite thing she does at her pop ups is she set up two changing areas, just like you would find in a brick and mortar store. Buying online can sometimes be tricky, so it was so convenient to have the opportunity to try on different pieces, and Melissa also offered helpful feedback and fashion tips. Her number one tip: garment tape! She told me garment tape is a huge trade secret, and will soon be available at Thread Appeal too. One more Fun Fact: You can also receive styling help for yourself or a gift for a friend when purchasing online too!).
I asked Melissa about her fashion preferences, and she says that while she stays away from shopping at chain stores anymore, her favorite store is Banana Republic. It is easy to see that preference when looking at her inventory. Thread Appeal has a stylish variety of romantic, functional pieces that would be great for a day at work or an evening out. I wore one of my new shirts and jewelry to our Girls Night Out this week! Melissa continues to keep her inventory updated with an amazing selection of New Arrivals that stay on-trend.
You can view and shop the inventory in the online boutique and on Facebook. There is always FREE shipping! You can also contact Melissa to set up a trunk show in your home. Trunk Shows can be scheduled evenings or weekends for you and up to 10 of your closest friends. With a $50 deposit, they’ll bring up to 15 different styles either of your choice or selected for you, along with all of their current accessories. The $50 deposit will be applied to your order during the show as the hostess and you’ll also receive 15% off the remaining balance of your order!
Be sure to check upcoming Events to find where Thread Appeal will pop-up next!
Connect with Thread Appeal
While all thoughts are my own, this post was written as part of a partnership with Thread Appeal.
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!