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Designing the life i've always dreamed



You guys, i've had a secret and i've been so, so excited to share. I just had to wait until everything was set, agreements were a green light and i could tell you all.

I have had a positive life coach for years. She has always, always told me to design a life that i love - that we all have the ability to see it and achieve it. It took me quite a bit to get there, but i'm here, living my dream life and living it so simply. 

So here goes...

When I started this business 11 years ago, I never expected it to grow like it has. From custom wedding and event invitations to a party goods line to launching my first product line at the National Stationery Show in 2014. What started out as a small business I ran out of my house turned into a brick and mortar storefront with warehouse space. Along with that growth came bigger business operations, meeting sales goals, photoshoots, catalog design, managing freelance designers, and maintaining an enlarged social media presence. The 2015 National Stationery Show really shifted The Pink Orange from couture stationery to products; it was a shift that I never anticipated, and growth happened quickly.

For some in the stationery business, this might not have been a big deal, but for me it was huge. As a mostly one-gal show, I felt stretched thin. Knowing that I had buyers, rep groups, and customers to keep happy, running this business became extremely stressful and my passion for design took a back burner as administrative tasks began to pile on. I needed a much bigger warehouse space, a small army to help package products and orders, and I seriously longed to design again.

I never started a business to be rich. I never started a business to be the next big thing. I started my business because I had passion. And while I grew this business out of passion and fire, The Pink Orange isn’t the only part of my life that I am passionate about. When I began missing important moments with my husband, son, friends, and family, I began to feel like the ends didn’t justify the means.

I live a very faith filled life and look to God and daily prayers to guide me. Eighteen months ago, my prayers were answered when I had a meeting with Paper House Productions based in Saugerties, New York. It was just a simple meeting with a passionate paper person and a passionate paper team. I saw their inner workings, met their team, and talked about products and design.

After months of discussion, I’m so happy to be able to say that The Pink Orange will be licensed through Paper House. Together we are going to build a truly amazing line of products that will include a home office line, stationery, and party goods. God had his hands all over this meeting and the details of what is to come. Through this partnership, I’m able to do what I love all the time – design, design, design.

To say i'm rich in blessings would be an understatment.

So what exactly does this mean for The Pink Orange?

  • I will be selling off the existing inventory I own, and I will no longer be shipping from CT once it’s all gone. However, thepinkorange.com will remain up and running as an outlet to purchase all the new products.
  • Keep your eyes open for an awesome sale to help clear existing inventory!
  • I will be designing all the pretty things for Paper House with their team overseeing production and logistics.
  • The Pink Orange will launch its new line in January 2018, at market still under The Pink Orange name.
  • I will still be take on a very limited number of custom commissioned projects each year for weddings, events, logos, or other printed material. However, my focus will be on my Paper House productions.

Let me say, I wouldn’t trade this ride for anything. I am beyond grateful for all that I have been blessed with, for all that is in the works and your ongoing support. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for embracing this next step with me. I can’t wait to share new designs, new products, and refreshed old-favorites with you.

XO
Rebecca

(photos by: Shaina Lee Photography)

 

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Inspiring Women in Business

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Good morning and Happy Friday!

Something that i have been wanting to do for quite a bit is to start sharing women in business who inspire me. Women who share. Women who lift each other up. Women who are successful in and on their own terms and women who believe in #communityovercompetition. Over the 11 years i've been in business i've run into some pretty poisonous business women, but on the flip side i've met some ah-mazing women whom i adore being around. Lora is one of those people. Lora owns Scout Curated Wears. A simply gorgeous jewelry line that gives back 10% of net profits each year to help and support other women. Most recently, Lora donated to Dress for Success

 

Please meet Lora, owner of Scout Curated Wears. Be sure to show her some love and check out her line at the end of the post. 

 

Hi! I'm Lora- mom of 2 crazy boys, travel enthusiast & founder of Scout Curated Wears. I launched Scout in 2015 shortly after turning 40. I’ve worked in the fashion industry since college and always loved how exciting, fast paced & dynamic it is. Turning 40 was a whoa moment in a good way. I took a long hard look at my life and decided I wanted to be more present for my family. I traveled so much for my job that half the time when I was home my kids called me by our daycare providers name! Every time that happened my heart broke a little bit. I resigned from my job to take a break which was a huge leap into the unknown for this OCD over-planner. The time I spent at home helped me recharge and gather the courage to start something of my own. Scout is what come out of that.

Where do you find your inspiration for your work? 
I’ve always loved fashion. I love that what you wear can change you mood & what you project. I’m inspired by so many things, travel, color, nature, beauty…. Ultimately I do what I do because I enjoy creating beautiful things that are enjoyed by others. I love hearing stories about how a certain item was given as a gift or bought as a pick me up for a friend. In 2017 we launched a women’s initiative to give back 10% to causes that support woman. It’s given new purpose to Scout. It’s been inspiring to get involved with organizations like Dress for Success that work to empower women.

What is your favorite piece from your line?
That’s a tough one because I love to layer everything together! If I had to pick, my current fav is our new Lava stone bracelet/necklace wrap. Lava is the stone of strength and wearing it reminds me that I’m strong even when I’m feeling unsure.

Who would be your dream customer that buys your jewelry?
I would love to see Tory Burch wearing Scout. She has great style and I admire her mission with the Tory Burch Foundation to empower women entrepreneurs. I’d love to partner with Anthropologie. I think their customers would love Scout.

What is your personal style like? Does your work typically reflect that?
I’m a style chameleon! So much so that people often don’t recognize me. I’m bohemian at heart but love to play with fashion. Everything from preppy to edgy. Different pieces and color combinations in my line reflect that.

 What is your favorite Instagram account to follow?
So many! I’m inspired daily by all the amazing content people put out there. I really like refinery29 it’s a great mix of fashion, culture & art, designsponge for style inspiration, olivesandgrace is an inspiring kick butt women owned business in Boston and humansofny to remind us that we are all in this together

What tradition or routine is important to you?
Every morning I carve out about 20 minutes for my self to practice yoga. Sometimes I feel like it saves my life. It’s such a gift to be able to do that with 2 kids and a business and it really keep me going.

We know you are so busy! How do you balance all of your work responsibilities along with your home and personal life?
I’ll get back to you when I figure that out! My husband Grayson is the glue that holds it all together. My life and family would not work without him. He’s amazing and always up for anything. Whether that’s manning the home front while I do my thing or pitching in at Scout on top of his career. Any entrepreneur needs a good support network whether it’s friends, mentors, or a partner. He’s mine.

What’s your favorite app (or other tool!) for helping you do life?
It’s so basic but I could not live without google calendar and the bells and alerts I set to remind me of where I need to be and who I’m meeting with. Love that I can add things to our family calendar and my husband can see them too.

 

(photography by Jessica Haley)

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday friends. I hope the week has been good to you!

This weekend, we are having great sale. All notepads and notebooks are 25% off - today through Sunday, April 9th. So go ahead and stock up! Use code Notes25 at checkout. Shop the collection here.

 

Here some fun reads and finds for your weekend. I hope it's a good one for you and yours.

[ 1 ] Living so close to NYC and the fact that warmer weather is finally here (Yay!) my husband and i are always on the lookout for great new spots to eat outside. Here is a quick read by Domino on some secret spots with outdoor gardens. 

[ 2 ] One of my favorite bloggers posted some delicious looking acai bowls. I'm excited to try these recipes.

[ 3 ] I just ordered this adorable shirt for Easter and i'm obsessed with it. It does run big though, so be sure to order down. 

[ 4 ] Speaking of Easter, i'm getting myself organized to play the Easter bunny. Having worked at PBK for years, i've always been a fan of their gifts for baskets. Helps to balance out the chocolate. :) 

[ 5 ] I am in full planning mode for Parker's 6th (OMG!) birthday. He requested a dinosaur theme and these just arrived and they are so, so cute. 

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Winter Favorites

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Winter in the northeast can feel like an eternity - for real. Long, cold days filled with bitter wind and snow. (Somehow though, we have been lucky - knock on wood) that just outside NYC we haven't gotten much). However, mid-winter is a good time to add some fun newbies to my wardrobe and freshen things up since spring is still a few months away. Plus also, there are some amazing sales you can score. 
Also, since we are just about done with the first month of the year, i've found that i am just about done filling my journal of prayers and gratefulness. I've been eyeballing this pretty floral one from Thimblepress for quite some time and i really love supporting my designer friends. So i'm going to order one for me. 
Here's to a [little] snow and fun fashion for the remainder of the winter.

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November favorites

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Something to wear, something to gift your Thanksgiving hostess and something yummy to smell. Here are some favorites!
 
 1. watercolor plate   2. candle   3. stir stick   4. coaster    
5. scarf  6. sweater  7. earrings
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