We were inspired by Viola Davis…

We were inspired by Actress and Hunger Is Ambassador, Viola Davis. Her experiences and commitment to helping end childhood hunger struck a personal cord and further affirmed our commitment to help end hunger in America overall.
We’ve been doing this for some time now. And this year, we made a commitment to do it more regularly. We committed to donating a bag of food every month to help end hunger in America. And, we’re starting local.

Recent data from Feeding America stated that 42 million Americans lived in food insecure households as of 2015. Families need help putting food on their tables. They need help to survive. So, each month this year, we’re committed to donating a bag of food every first Tuesday, our #CharityTuesday, to help feed families.

In February, our donation bag may go to one family or six separate families. Regardless, they will help put food on tables. “Our goal is not to touch everyone, our goal is to touch someone. To change someone. Just one person. If you get good at that, do five, then do 100…” (Seth Godin, Best-Selling Author)

img_8102We’re striving to make a difference to end hunger in America, one family at a time.

We found a local food pantry on Food Bank NYC’s website at www.foodbanknyc.org.

Show us how you’ll be making change by tagging us at @naturallysusans #CharityTuesday.

Thank You!

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There’s something amazing about our scarf…

pink-green-cowl-scarfThere’s something amazing about our pink and green cowl scarf…it has a story. 

It was Saturday, October 29th, when we met Joede of Black Pearl Creations. We were neighbors at an event. As she was purchasing some of our skin care products, she shared a story with us. A story about her tenacity. A story about her greater appreciation for life. Because eight years ago, she received a grave diagnosis. She was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 breast cancer and her situation was dire. 

But now, eight years since that diagnosis, she continues to defy the odds. We recall some of our words to her that day and we repeat it for her and for everyone…”You go girl!” Your passion to continue to live, laugh, and love every moment of life is an inspiration.

We chose this scarf with purpose…it intertwined the colors green that reflects our logo and pink, a symbolic color for breast cancer awareness. Thank you for creating such beautiful work. It was our pleasure to meet you and we look forward to keeping in touch.

 

Happy New Year!

It’s the beginning of a new year! A time to reflect. And, a time to embrace the learnings from our past. Last year was an impressive one. It was a year filled with happiness. Unexpected sadnesses. And, extreme surprises. It tested our resolve. Our fortitude. And, it made us stronger. Thank you for journeying with us in 2016! And, please join us as we forge ahead in 2017…

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We’re popping up at Pottery Barn in Chelsea!

 Our Pampering Station will be at Pottery Barn in Chelsea on Saturday, so come by and shop Fall home decor and our luxurious skin care treats! See you soon!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hours: 11:00am – 7:30pm

Pottery Barn @ Chelsea

100-104 Seventh Avenue (btw 17th & 18th Sts)

New York, NY 10011

We’re thrilled to be an official sponsor of Blog HER 2016!

We’re thrilled to be an official sponsor of the upcoming Blog HER 2016 event in Los Angeles, California on August 4-6, 2016!
There are some great speakers lined up, including Kim Kardashian West, Mayim Bialik, Sheryl Crow, Sarah M. Gellar, and many more! Be sure to peek inside your goody bag for some Naturally Susan’s Avocado Moisturizers. They’re perfect for keeping skin hydrated and nourished throughout the conference and your travels!
We’d love to see you with our swag, so snap a photo and tag us! Have a wonderful time!

About Blog HER:

Presented by SheKnows Media, the 2016 BlogHer conferences are the world’s largest celebration of women content creators across social media, video, photos, and the web.

The BlogHer conferences began in 2005 to answer the question “Where are the women bloggers?”

Over the past 11 years, our events have empowered women in social media to meet, inspire, and celebrate each other, find opportunities to work with brands, and come home with new ideas, skills, and connections.

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It’s a special day …

…when I get to meet one of my favorite bestselling authors! Seth Godin…you made my day! Thank you for your inspiration and for being a great thought-leader! And, it’s wonderful to hear about By The Way Bakery ‘s successes!

 

Seth Godin with Naturally Susan's 04.17.2016

Join us on our journey today…

We were asked to join the TODAY Show this morning for their special segment on small businesses. A collaboration between the TODAY Show and American Express OPEN, the segment recognized small businesses and promoted Small Business Saturday on November 28th.

We had an amazing experience and are so grateful for this opportunity! And, thanks to everyone who continue to support small businesses!

Check out the clip… Al Roker shops on the plaza to support Small Business Saturday
http://www.today.com/video/al-roker-shops-on-the-plaza-to-support-small-business-saturday-573275203890

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TODAY Show Small Business Saturday

TODAY Show Small Business Saturday

 

In the NS Parlour Spotlight: Yvonne Wong-Fein of Double Happiness Creations

Mother’s Day is around the corner! In this spotlight feature, get to know Yvonne, mother of two adorable boys and Owner/Creative Director of Double Happiness Creations.

Photo Credit: Simply Sweet Snapshots

Photo courtesy of Simply Sweet Snapshots

Full Name: Yvonne Wong-Fein

State of Residence: New York

Occupation: Creative Director/Graphic Designer of Double Happiness Creations

 

NS: Briefly describe your role at Double Happiness Creations.

Yvonne: I am the Owner/Creative Director of Double Happiness Creations.

NS: How long have you been in this role?

Yvonne: It’s been 16 years now!

NS: Describe Double Happiness Creations products and offerings?

Yvonne: We design couture wedding stationery and birth announcements for our clients.

NS: What inspired you to pursue this entrepreneurial path?

Yvonne: I was always drawn to the wedding industry at a very young age. It wasn’t until I was asked to design a wedding program for my sister and for a bunch of her friends (all getting married around the same time) that the entrepreneur-bug bit me. But I was smart about it, it took me about 5 years working with clients via word-of-mouth before I was brave enough to quit my full-time day job.

NS: Is there any advice that you can offer to those interested in a similar path in this industry?

Yvonne: Customer service!! Have great customer service. If a bride emails you, write her back within 24 hours. She will appreciate it and often times, the extra effort will land you a new client. In this day and age, everyone wants instant gratification, so taking two days to respond will feel like two weeks.

NS: What are your objectives this year with Double Happiness Creations?

Yvonne: In 2015, I plan to keep on doing what I’ve been doing. Each year brings new and exciting projects and I look forward to what comes my way.

NS: What’s your secret to success?

Yvonne: My to-do list. I write everything down that I need to accomplish for the day and cross it off my list as I go. It keeps me organized and gets my work done. It sounds so simple, but it has always worked for me.

NS: What does beauty mean to you?

Yvonne: Beauty is happiness. If one isn’t happy on the inside, what difference does it make what you look like on the outside?

NS: What’s your favorite beauty routine?

Yvonne: Being that I am a mom of two boys running around like a headless chicken most of the time, I don’t have a specific beauty routine anymore. But I learned from my grandmother to never leave the house without lipstick on.

NS: Do you have a beauty tip that you would like to share?

Yvonne: Coconut oil is just awesome. I keep a container in my bathroom for dry skin.

NS: How can we stay connected with you?

Yvonne:

Website: www.doublehappinesscreations.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DOUBLEHAPPINESSCREATIONS

Twitter: @dhcreations

Instagram: @doublehappiness399

Blog: www.doublehappinesscreations.com/seeing-double-blog/

 

Special thanks to Yvonne for sharing with us!

In the NS Parlour Spotlight: Dana Williams of Sotheby’s Realty and The Funding Network

Our “In the Spotlight” series is back! We’ve met many friends and colleagues along our journey so far and it’s an amazing experience as we continue to grow together. Over the next several months, we’re featuring some of our NS Fans and fellow entrepreneurs who continue to pursue their passions and inspire others to live their dreams.

In this feature, get to know Dana and how she works with others in her role at Sotheby’s and at The Funding Network.

Full Name: Dana Williams

State of Residence: (and of mind) New York

Occupation: Sotheby’s real estate agent & director of The Funding Network (TFN) NY’s lively crowd funding for small non-profits.

NS: Briefly describe your role at Sotheby’s and The Funding Network (TFN).

Dana: Thank you for this opportunity Susan. I assist people with buying and selling in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I supplement my real estate income by directing TFN New York’s operations.

NS: How long have you worked in the real estate industry? And, with TFN?

Dana: I’ve been in real estate since 1998 and with TFN since July 2013.

NS: What led you to pursue a career in the real estate industry?

Dana: I had a business providing personal assistance. It included home management. After overseeing a client’s townhouse rental transaction involving a celebrity, the real estate firm who represented this particular celebrity offered me a position to start and direct a department screening and offering home services to their clients. I helped build the national corporate model and became well versed on staging homes for sale and vetting home services. It evolved into becoming an agent.

NS: Is there any advice that you can offer to those looking to pursue a career in real estate?

Dana: Consider yourself an entrepreneur and prepare as if you were starting a business. It requires solid relationships and navigating multiple nuances that take time to learn (every transaction is different). Have a year’s worth of income in the bank. The financial rewards (commission only income) take time as does the other big payoff — the satisfaction of helping a client(s) find their “home”.

NS: What is TFN? 

Dana: The Funding Network began 12 years ago in London and hosts live crowd funding events. The idea is to make positively affecting a life — accessible, fun and greater as a group. TFN vets and, with a committee of TFN volunteers, selects three grass root organizations implementing solutions to complex problems. Each organization has six minutes to present and six minutes to answer audience questions (think Shark Tank). Audience members can raise their hands and give $100 or more. Events last exactly two hours, corporate partners can host events (to save TFN costs) and wine/food is served. At our recent and fourth NYC event, Macquarie Bank hosted and matched their employees’ pledging. TFN events take place around the world in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, the U.K., Turkey, Romania, and is growing!

NS: What inspired you to work with TFN?

Dana: I liked their no frills, no centerpiece approach. Their model to democratize philanthropy, support small, social impact innovators and their sense of fun, spoke to me. I also love the inclusiveness and diversity of our NYC events that bring people of all ages and backgrounds together — one of the many reasons why I love New York City.

NS: What are your objectives this year with TFN? 

Dana: To find at least two more corporate partners to host two more events this year.

NS: What’s your secret to success? 

Dana: Flattered that you would ask, but I consider myself a work in progress. Laughing and remembering that life is short helps.

NS: What does beauty mean to you? 

Dana: Not letting all that noise out there distract you from being yourself.

NS: What’s your favorite beauty routine? 

Dana: In the morning, washing my face with cold water and lathering on the lotion. It feels sooo refreshing.

NS: Do you have a beauty tip that you would like to share? 

Dana: Sleep, lots of sleep!

NS: How can we stay connected with you?

Dana:
Website: www.sothebyshomes.com/nyc/agents/Dana.Williams or www.tfn-usa.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tfnusa
Twitter: @TFN_USA
Instagram: Geez…working on it.
My newsletters: sign up by emailing me dana.williams@sothebyshomes.com

Special thanks to Dana for sharing with us!

American Express OPEN Forum: CEO BootCamp ~ November 3, 2014

Our Interview with MSNBC

Our Interview with MSNBC

On Monday, November 3rd, an estimated 500 attendees convened at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel for the American Express OPEN Forum: CEO BootCamp.

With featured speakers that included Diane Von Furstenberg, Founder & Co-Chairman of DVF Studio, industry leaders shared their expertise on topics such as marketing, business financing, and branding.

The day’s activities were designed to support the growth of women-owned businesses and focused on three fundamental pillars:

  • Confidence
  • Competence
  • Connections

We had the pleasure of being a part of the Small Business Saturday Showcase, where we displayed our products and interacted with attendees to discuss and further their business objectives.

We had a wonderful time and we look forward to future events!

 

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