Sunday, January 30, 2011

Love In The Time of Cholera

Or January.

I seem to have a knack for Ending Things this time of year. I guess the winter is a good time for breaking up, being all cold and yucky. It's perfect for crying and snuggling on the couch with the dog, taking baths and sleeping in, or meeting friends for drinks and comfort food. Of course, it's harder when those surprise beautiful days pop up, like today, as they always do in Atlanta - when you're just leaving someone do they make you feel better, or worse?

These are just some of the thoughts running through my head right now, as the last few days have brought the latest Relationship Change in my personal story. We needed to make changes to how things were and we proved we couldn't do it together, so I did it for us. I move into my new place in a few days, and am trying to be excited about that and focus on the good things ahead. The sunshine outside this weekend does help with the sadness, and all the love and support from my amazing friends and family keep me strong and focused. So does working a lot - and sleeping pills at night, I'm not gonna lie!

I remember posting months ago about how lucky and happy we were, and I hope to find that again. I hope to hold onto the good we had. I hope to find my muse again and be inspired to write well and frequently again, soon.

Stay tuned . . .

As Always,
Carrie Neal

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Last Chance to Shop for Christmas!!

If you still need a last minute gift, never fear!! You can still get that pretty piece (or two!) and have it in time for Christmas. Shop Here! by December 22nd and you can still get your special presents in time for the holiday. We have lots of pretties on sale, including special girls pieces and shipping is just $5.95.

We also have a preview of the new 2011 Spring line out so be sure to check out my e-boutique and the video we have on my Facebook page for the exciting new pieces - there's a special $75 bonus for anyone who hosts a party between now and January 31! For more information please email me at and let's chat!

Happy shopping!

As Always,
Carrie Neal

Monday, November 29, 2010

Are you done shopping yet??

Of course not!! Those of you who actually READ this little blog will get 10% off and free shipping when you shop Stella & Dot - today only, November 30th - so shop away and message me when you are ready to check out! Email me at

Check out my Facebook page and the special album with pictures of all the sale items for extra savings, or go to my e-boutique to see all of the pretties: Shop Here!

A few pictures . . .
The GORGEOUS Maltese cuff, now $49

The Cortez Cuff - over half off, at $59 - so beautiful!!

Signature charms on sale for $10-18 in silver and gold

There are so many pieces for every taste and budget! Take a peek at my e-boutique, or call or email me for more info. Happy Shopping!

As Always,
Carrie Neal

Cyber Monday Sale with Stella & Dot!!

Here’s a gorgeous Cyber Monday offer! Today only, spend $99 with Stella & Dot and receive a complimentary ring of your choice (take your pick from 1 of 6 gorgeous styles!) See graphic below for details. Get this offer at my personal website AND now that your shopping engines are revved, check out our big sale! Markdowns have been taken on this season’s favorites – now up to 50% off! Quantities are limited. Shop the “Sale” category on my site for these great deals.

Shop here CN's Stella & Dot E-Boutique!! and you can also see the details on this fabulous offer below:

                                 "Super Cyber Monday Sale!!"

You'll also find lots of other special pieces on sale, including our Little Girls items like this adorable bracelet:

                            Lola Stretch Bracelet, now just $7!!

Come shop with us and get your holiday pretties and shopping done today! Check out the "Sales" section for all of the deals. Message me with any questions at

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

As Always,
Carrie Neal

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Red Wine, Mistakes, Mythology

Yeah, I'm quoting Jack Johnson. Sometimes, he just gets it right. And he can also be quite the philosopher. So as another year draws to a close, and it's that time to reflect and muse over those things done right and wrong in the past 11-ish months, I am sitting up late thinking of, well, what can best be summed up by the title to one of his songs . . .

This post can probably most aptly be written as a series of questions - for myself but perhaps for others, as well - so I will pose them in the third person:

Where are you? In your life, personally and professionally? Do you like that "place"? If not, what are you doing about it? What do you hope to do differently (in any way or area), in 2011? And does it freak you out that we're about to be in 2011?? (For the record, it does me! This could be because I am a child of the 70s and 80s, a teen of the 90s - heading into my year of turning 35 which I think is awesome but it just sounds . . . strange) What mistakes (red wine-induced, or otherwise) are you grateful for, or do you regret? How do you feel wiser thanks to 2010? Was it a good year, or are you dying for it to be over - or somewhere in the muddling in-between, or did it vacillate wildly from one extreme to the other?

Looking back at this time last year . . . how do you feel? Do you have an overarching sentiment about where you are now compared to then, or something you'd tell your then-self about what this year would bring, or what you hope your future-self will be feeling this time next year?

Please indulge and forgive all the pre Auld Lang Syne-esque musings . . . I get a bit more introspective than is even usual for me this time of year, and have a bunch to reflect on now in particular. My hope for you is that you have a happy holiday season, and that 2011 brings much joy and peace, prosperity and fun to you and yours.

As Always,
Carrie Neal

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Shop Black Friday with Stella & Dot!!

Black Friday is upon us!! And you can get your holiday shopping started - or finished!! - with fabulous finds from Stella & Dot. Visit My Virtual Black Friday Weekend Special Page to learn about the extra savings you can get this Friday (starting at 7am) through Sunday (till midnight!).

Special offer: Get 10% off shopping online - call or email me to place your order - or when you make an appointment and we get together so you can see all the newest pieces I have, in person - IF you book a trunk show! I will come to you when and where it's convenient and you can have your own private jewelry party and pick out the perfect things to make the special people on your list happy!! If you are just into shopping, I'm doing a special no-shipping offer for this weekend show only. Call or email me to ask about it.

Happy Shopping and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

As Always,
Carrie Neal

Monday, November 15, 2010

If the Shoe(box) Fits . . . Be a Good Samaritan!

It's the Giving Season, y'all! That's right, I'm up on my soapbox, er, shoebox and I've got a message I think very worth sharing. Samaritan's Purse is a very cool charity that takes the message from the Gospel of Luke - the story of the Good Samaritan, you know the one: Jesus tells his followers to help those in need, whomever and wherever they are. You can learn all about them and about this special holiday effort here:
Samaritan's Purse: Pack a Shoebox!!

If you are interested, you can do what some friends of mine and I are doing - and what one very ambitious cousin of mine, my namesake Ella Neal, who along with her church is doing, a slew of shoe boxes - and pack up a box or two for a boy or girl who'll be thrilled to get it this season. Pick an age category (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14) and follow the printable instructions on the website as to what to pack and how to get it off to the right hands. Search by zip code to find a drop-off location during this "giving week" (November 15-22) or look for the address you can mail your box(es) to, and how to include the small donation ($7) to cover costs for Samaritan's Purse and participating churches and missions. It's not just because I love shoes, or because this is an economically feasible way for me to give this year, but something about this neat charity and their message really spoke to me. I think my 10-14 year old girl will be happy with what "Carrie Neal Land" came up with for her!!

It's a small thing, I know, but it was fun to do and feel part of something good and big. Speaking of, I found a great card that showed a "manger scene" of doggies with a very Big-like baby Jesus that was too cute to pass up - and included it as a note with my card, as the project guidelines suggest you do with your box. Maybe my girl will be inclined to write back and I'll have a pen pal, who knows? Whatever happens, and if you decide to participate, too . . . I hope you have a happy holiday season as it gets underway, goes along, and moves into the New Year. Best to you and yours!

As Always,
Carrie Neal