What thrills you?

As we head into our third “Holiday Season,” I am taking a moment to look around and see all that we have accomplished since our inception in March 2010. What does it take to jump into a new career and lifestyle with this entrepreneurial endeavor? The thrill of design and creation was enough to feed me for months. The suspense at each of our events, waiting to see if the skirts would sell, kept us all on our toes. Behind the scenes, mistakes were made, things got jumbled, deadlines came and deadlines went my life was forever changing and I was just along for the ride!

As a small company, growing during some of the worst economic times our country has ever dealt, I wanted to create something that would leave a good and positive mark. With a failed marriage and no children, it was important for me to do something that could possibly be “my legacy” something that I could leave behind. Standing 5’9” with a medium frame, I have always been athletic and waivered between size 12 and 14. (Believe it or not, a size 12/14 qualifies me to be a plus size model.) My weight fluctuates between 160 and 178, except for the year of the divorce where I plummeted down to a 150 lbs. One of the goals I set for myself through out my life was to keep myself in good enough shape to be able to run 3 miles. Clothes were difficult to find, as I bordered the top of end of “normal” and small end of “plus.” Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would someday be designing clothes for all active women.

Sweet Spot™ Skirts has been a lot of fun. We never sat down and planned the road it would travel or become what it has become. It grew from the efforts of many women just coming together and playing with fabrics, designs and demonstrating true care and love for the world around us. Our celebrated milestones have been:

1. Sweet Spot™ Skirts LLC was formed March 2010.

2. Full-time Marketing Director hired September 2011.

3. Sweet Spot™ Skirts flagship store “Sweet Spot™ Sports” was opened March 2012.

Lots of hard work has surrounded the fun. We do have a comprehensive business plan, marketing plan and yet each month something happens that takes the company in a direction we never thought about. That is refreshing.

What to do heading into this next quarter? Continue the hard work, accept the loving and gracious helping hand of friends and family, make mistakes and then make up for them (J) mostly we need to be thankful for our wonderful skirt wearers and hang on tight to see where they take us!

Enjoy the last quarter of 2012. Do something that you have wanted to do all year! Make it happen! Let us know what thrills you!

Hugs to you all, Stephanie

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LIFE IS SHORT

 

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You hear this saying day in and day out. You see this phrase printed on everything and used in a variety of ways to make “a point.” As I embark on my 48th birthday this month, I have been thinking about what this really means. I have watched with a heavy heart, as my friends have been drug through nasty divorces, death of loved ones, job losses and a variety of challenges and struggles. Each day at Sweet Spot™ Skirts we try and appreciate the days as they occur. Building a company from the ground up in one of the biggest recessions since the great depression is not an easy task….but as the saying goes “life is short” and this is our passion.

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We love watching life from the edge that we exist. Looking out at the world from “that” cliff, we can spot so many women who love our skirts, so many retailers excited about our new product, and our Sweet Shenna quilts bringing a bit of comfort from those suffering from cancer.  The list goes on and on…  Read about our Sweet Shenna Quilts

It is only when we reach that edge, that we can fully see what great things have come from our passion and hard work. 

Live without expectations, without fear

and with a great amount of PASSION!

This is the Sweet Spot™ way!     Enjoy your day

Cheers to Birthday Month!

Stephanie

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I forgot my bathing suit….and then this happened!

Arriving for a two day stay in McCall Idaho was such a treat… the RV Resort that I choose was amazing http://www.g7rvresorts.com/mccall-rv-resort/index.aspx.

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With a amenities and clubhouse like this…. I couldn’t help but get into the pool, Jacuzzi, and steam room.  However, I forgot my bathing suit!   Most women know the pain that you go through to find a swim suit that has coverage and style, I can remember weeks of shopping it was horrible.  After four hours of work and a sense of brave energy, I headed into the town of McCall Idaho…with Payette Lake filling the center of town I was hopeful!

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First stop was Home Town Sports, http://home-town-sports.com/ they were in between seasons…. shutting down the ski and winter clothes.  While I walked around this cute store, I noticed they carried everything I owned…..I found four pair of my shoes, my new UA tank top, it was wonderful.  I felt like it was a store of my favorite things. 

I spotted a wonderful jacket with 3/4 length sleeves… it goes with my Sunday pants.  ****sidenote*****  Since going full time Sweet Spot Skirts, I have ceased to wear anything but skirts.  You know Coco Chanel refused to wear anything except her own line!  LOL I guess imitation is the biggest form of flattery!  On Sunday I wear a wonderful pair of comfy pants from Athleta and I don’t wear a skirt.  Now I have a wonderful pink Sunday jacket made by Soybu.http://www.soybu.com/jackets-pullovers/tina-hoody!

I also found a swimsuit that fits like it was made for me!  During this shopping spree I said to the salesperson, “your store is perfect for me… I own half of the items in here and I have found two much more I could buy.”  Tricia (the salesperson) said, “and your skirt is so cute!” ( I had on the 2010 version called “the MIX” see below)   I said, “about that….I didn’t plan on selling you skirts when I came in… really just needed a bathing suit….but since you asked…then the story began!

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Long story short…. Home Town Sports will now be carrying Sweet Spot Skirts this June!  Hey Sweet Spot Family go show them some love on their facebook page! 

like this page!! https://www.facebook.com/Home.Town.Sports

Sometimes in this business, things just happen for a reason!

Looking forward to lunch with a Boise Sweet Spot Skirt wearer!  Stay tuned for more adventure.

Sweet Shenna Quilts continue to provide comfort!

Thanks to Cousin Jean, we have produced another “Sweet Shenna” Quilt.  These quilts have very special meaning to me!  I lost my mother at age 12 to breast cancer.  She was only 36.  With all the scraps from our skirts, we create wonderful quilts that are given to charities and special friends of Sweet Spot Skirts.  Here is the link to that blog:  http://sweetspotskirts.blogspot.com/2011/12/sweet-spot-scrappy-quilts.html

We save the pink scraps for our “Sweet Shenna” lap quilts and pillows.  My mother’s name was Sharon and my father nick-named her “Shenna.”  Our first Sweet Shenna quilt went to a wonderful woman, Ursula Medanich, who had just gone through a double mastectomy (and might I add she has completely recovered and is cancer free!!!).  Sweet Shenna #2 was donated to Doernbechers Children’s Hospital fund raiser.  Sweet Shenna #3 was lovingly given to Sharon who is currently battling the ugly disease of cancer.  Our hope is that during her battle and healing, she finds hope and comfort with our gift!

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Sweet Shenna #4 is here and we are looking for a recipient!  If you know of someone battling this horrible disease, please send the story with info and address to info@sweetspotskirts.com

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Thank you for your continued support and purchases!  The more we sell the more scraps we have and the more lives we can comfort. 

Proskins Active and Slim are Now Available

My favorite tights are now available at Sweet Spot Sports105 W 6th street Downtown Vancouver 98660.  Here is the rest of the story….

This past weekend we participated in the Seattle Bike Expo….what a great and busy event.  We met so many amazing women and heard their stories of motivation and training.  WE LOVE SEATTLE!  Needless to say we were on our feet from 8:00 to 7:00, a whopping 11 hours on concrete.  Day two was a bit shorter with about 8 hours of concrete standing!   Each Day I wore Proskins Slim compression tights, and my legs felt great.  Usually, I will feel a bit bloated and or swollen around ankles, knees and tummy.  Seriously, my legs felt very good, as if I had done a light leg workout….leaving me with that toned and strong feeling of tiredness.  This morning, after three days of 10 hours or more on my feet, my whole body has that “after workout” happy glow.  No pain no swelling and no limping!

Let me re-inform you about my beloved favorite Proskin Tights:

Caffeine, Retinol, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera all mixed into a soft and comfortable tight.  Reduces cellulite, improves circulation and contains silver an anti-bacterial treatment for extended use

These tights are not cheap, they come from the UK and are worth every penny.  The perfect compliment to your Sweet Spot Skirt!!!!

Release Your Inner Warrior

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We have new bracelets available for all those trying to release their Inner Warrior!  However, in order to wear one you must take the Sweet Spot™ Skirt Warrior Creed:

I ____________________________ (insert your name), vow to “Release my Inner Warrior” and pursue my dreams….DIG deep daily into my inner strength and, DECIDE to let the powerful warrior waiting inside…escape and DETERMINE to live a life full of confidence and success!

Sweet Spot™ Skirts wishes you all the success to fulfill your wildest dreams.  Thank you for helping us live our dream!

“twenty-twelve” is going to be great!

Valentines Day 2012

Sweet Spot Skirts has a new “brick and mortar” spot in Downtown Vancouver!  You can create a Sweet Spot Skirt with any of our fabrics!  Bring your running group, biking group or just your best girlfriends and get a perfect little athletic skirt!  We are so fortunate to have found a perfect building that will house our retail operation, our seaming center and a place to kick back and relax.  It will be what is called a “destination retail” store.  If you bike to the store you get fun prizes and special treatment!  We will also have bike rental and bike storage, beginning in mid-Spring.  Our store will be named Sweet Spot Sports.

We will be blogging more and adding pictures soon!  If you want to see what is up plan to stop by on one of these days!

February 14, 2012:  Valentines Day Pre-Opening 10 a.m to 7 p.m.  We will have treats and fun things…. you can also send your significant other to get you a flirty and practical skirt!  Simply come treat yourself to a new skirt for Valentines Day! 

March 1, 2012:  Soft Opening…. working out the kinks and having a blast!  Store Hours will be Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 6

March 15, 2012:  Grand Opening Fashion Show!  It will be amazing with free giveaways and girlish fun!  Mark your calendar.  6 to 8 p.m.

March 18, 2012:  St. Paddy’s Day run… with our “lucky” skirt.  You will be able to order your lucky skirt on line or in the store. 

Thank you for all your support and help in growing the company!  We love our skirt wearers!

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Sincerely,

Stephanie Carroll, Sweet Spot Skirt Owner

Proskins Tights…. Silver and Caffeine

I wore these tights for about 6 weeks straight, while on our Southern California Sweet Spot Skirt selling trip.  We met Proskins, a small women owned US company that came over from Europe.  The idea that these tights were anti-bacterial by having  silver in them makes was amazing!  Samara(Sweet Spot Marketing Director) and I  figured that if we were in the Airstream Trailer traveling across California we could go a few days between washes and save time and money.  As a self prescribed germaphobe, this idea was hard for me to believe at first, yet it was true.  Days past and we were able to wear these tights several days in a row.  I found them to be comfortable and held their shape day in and day out.  When you wash them do not dry them.  They dry in about an hour just hanging! 

The second reason I love the tights is the “slimming” effects.  I was 178 lbs on day one of the trip.  My workouts and food intake were indicative of a traveling lifestyle.  We were on the move, but in an effort to stay within our budgetary guidelines, we ate at many a happy hour, which at times lead to fattening appetizers and nice glasses of red wine!  A few runs here and there but no regular workout pattern.  When I returned home from our Sweet Spot Skirt selling tour six weeks later, I was only 170 lbs.  I felt like the look and photos of my leg (s) were much less “dimply” and  smoother. 

I am doing a 30 day Proskins Challenge.  I purchased 5 pairs from the Slim line tights and will wear them for the next 30 days.  I wear the small shorts, under sweats and of course a Sweet Spot Skirt with the longer two pairs.  Will blog my findings, for all of you to see.  It took me two years to find a tight that was different and complimented my skirts….. we love our ProSkins!!!!! 

At first glance you may think they are just some ordinary tight… but these tights have amazing features:

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These tights have caffeine in them!  In an independent study done in France has proven women who wore slim micro-encapsulated garments for 28 days report the following

a.  76% slimming effect

b.  Up to 2 cm reduction on thighs perimeter

c  63% of users state reductionon the orange peel aspect

d.  67% feel their jeans less tight

e.  72% users feel lightness sensation

A Sweet Spot Skirt named “jungle love”

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Today I was inspired by Jen on the Edge one of my favorite bloggers/writers and an avid loyal supporter of Sweet Spot Skirts!  She posted a 10 mile run.  This inspired me… so I took “jungle love”  along with my trusty companion… “Bella” on a 4.5 mile run.  I don’t think you will ever see me posting 10 miles… 🙂

What you will notice is my new favorite shoes:  Not normally a Nike fan… but these are Gore-Tex and amazingly comfy….  bought them (on sale) at Road Runner Sports along with a really nice sports bra (thanks PAT)!  The tights about 19 years old:  from 1993 when I used to run with Miss Tisa.  The old brand is IN SPORT,  not sure if they are still around but boy have they lasted.  The jacket is a six year old waterproof Marmot, and it really is totally waterproof.  Obnoxious Salmon color but totally rocks.  It was on sale for half off and then half off… so I splurged.  Strangely enough I didn’t run in my famous Sweet Spot Skirt Beanie…. I wore the 6 year old butterfly hat…an oldie but goodie!  The outfit in itself is old, trusty and a bit worn out! 

However, when you add the Sweet Spot Skirt “jungle love” with its leopard print, wild salmon hues and bright red flowers.  You get fantastic…. women were looking from their cars as if to say… “I want a skirt like that!”  Men…. well they were just being men with a smile and a nod.  

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Check out the selection of new 2012 Styles!

“Releasing my Inner Warrior with a 4.5 mile run,

Stephanie

“Sweet Sammie”- first skirt of the year!

Today is a great day…. we will be offering the “Sweet Sammie” a skirt designed with thought and reason for the Tinkerbell Run this January!

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We received this request via email!   “We would like two matching Minnie Mouse style skirts with the fun tulle attachment for the back. Red and white polka dot is usually what Minnie has on her dress. We are running in her memory as she lost her sweet little life at just 12 years old to cancer.”   I was thrilled to do this as a gesture of support.  Let me introduce you to Sammie!

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and now in fond memory of this young lady….

the “Sweet Sammie”  which ironically is the name she was acquired!

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We will add the tulle with a snap on snap off feature and this skirt will be ready to run!!!!  Will be on the website this week… get your order in… we will ship them by the 15th of January.  Can be ordered with tulle for $79 (free shipping) or without tulle for $69 (free shipping)…..

In memory of Sammie!