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

Saturday, November 6, 2010

It's a Fa La La La La Fabulous Ladies Night in Buckhead!!

Ladies, are you ready?! Next Wednesday, November 10th, it's going to be a fabulous night for the ladies at the East Andrews complex, with tons of awesome vendors for your shopping pleasure, food and drinks and so much fun. Sponsored by East Andrews, Souper Jenny and Van Gogh Blue Vodka, it's going to be the perfect thing to bring your best girls to and get your holiday shopping started (or finished, maybe?!). Yours truly will be there with a Stella & Dot table, of course . . . and I'll have a special give-away item to one lucky winner! You definitely want to be there to see if you are the one who gets one of the newest S&D Fall/Winter pieces!! Whoever will it be?

"Stella & Dot Holiday Style 2010"

For all details, visit my Facebook page or the main event Facebook page, Go To Fa La La La La Fabulous on Facebook. Fa La La La La Fabulous will be held Wednesday, November 10th from 6 to 10 pm, at the E. Andrews Complex, 56 E. Andrews Dr. (yes, it WILL be indoors, under the tented atrium!)

Can't wait to see you there - it will be fabulous!

"Fa La La La La Fabulous Ladies Night Out"

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"Have Fun Storming The Castle!"

This is an editorial from my first site,, (most beloved and now retired) and given all that's afoot these days in Carrie Neal Land I thought it quite appropriate to repost . . . happy reading!!

“Have Fun Storming the Castle!” (or, Why You’ve Gotta Have Friends)

Who wouldn’t want to be Princess Buttercup? She of the flowing blonde locks, groomed horse at-the-ready, and devoted (not to mention, handsome) farm boy at her every beck and call. Sure, there were a few stumbling blocks on her road to happily-ever-after, but we can learn quite a few valuable lessons from “The Princess Bride.”
Here’s what Buttercup and her cast of characters can teach us about life, love and loyalty:

Pay your dues: “Westley had no money for marriage, so he packed his few belongings and left the farm to seek his fortune across the seas."
Leadership styles matter – and no one likes ultimatums or management-by-intimidation:

Vizzini: “Have I gone mad, or did the word ‘think’ just escape your lips? You were not hired for your brains, you hippopotamic landmass! Do you want to go back to where you were, unemployed – in Greenland?!”

Listen for people to tell you who they are, and believe them when they do:

Fezzik: “You be careful. People in masks cannot be trusted.”

Keep a sense of humor, and of hope: “There’s a big difference in mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive.”

Learn to assess your strengths and weaknesses accurately – and no matter how good you think you are, keep a sense of humility:

Vizzini: “I can’t compete with your strength, and you’re no match for my brains.”
Westley: “You’re that smart?”
Vizzini: “Let me put it to you this way. Ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons!”
Westley: “In that case, I challenge you to a battle of wits.”

Fight fair:

Inigo Montoya: “I promise I won’t kill you until you reach the top…Any way you’ll believe me?”
Westley: “Nothing comes to mind.”
Inigo Montoya: “I swear on the sword of my father, Domingo Montoya: you will reach the top alive.”
Westley: “Throw me the rope.”

Multitasking is a valuable skill, in your personal and professional life:

Prince Humperdinck: “You know how much I love to watch you work, but I’ve got my country’s 500th Anniversary to arrange, my wedding to plan, my wife to murder and Guilder to blame for it. I’m swamped!”

Recognize and respect worthy competitors, and use them to improve your own game:

Inigo Montoya: “I am going to duel him left-handed.”
Vizzini: “You know what a hurry we’re in!”
Inigo Montoya: “It is the only way I can be satisfied. If I use my right, tsk! Over too quickly.”

Decide which excuses are legitimate, and which you’ll accept, from yourself and from others:

Vizzini: “You were supposed to be this colossus! You were this great legendary thing…and yet he gains!”
Fezzik: “I’m carrying three people, and he’s only got himself.”
Vizzini: “I do not accept excuses. I have to find myself a new giant.”

Keep the faith – and there’s no greater test of it than love:

Westley: “Hear this now: I will always come for you.”
Buttercup: “But how can you be sure?”
Westley: “This is true love. Do you think this happens every day?”

Pick the leaders you follow and friends you keep carefully:

Fezzik: “I came upon a stable and saw four white horses. And I thought,
there are four of us – if we ever find the lady. Hello, Lady!”

Know the rules of engagement for any contest into which you enter: “You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is ‘never enter a land war in Asia.’ But only slightly less well-known is this: ‘never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line’!”

Take the risk:

Miracle Max: “Bye-bye, boys! Have fun storming the castle!”
Valerie (his wife): “Do you think it’ll work?”
Max: “It would take a miracle.”

I think the Princess would be quite pleased with what we’ve learned from her story.

P.S. Have patience and remember this: “Rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles!”

P.P.S. Watch out for ROUS’s – Rodents of Unusual Size, big or small, can lurk in the most surprising places.

© CarrieNealLand Press, 2006