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Women that Inspire Me: Larissa Loden

Women That Inspire Me, Women in Business, One of a kind furniture, Creative Inspiration, Bohemian Home Decor IdeasPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

For my fourth installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, I am featuring Minneapolis jewelry maker, Larissa Loden.

I first discovered Larissa’s jewelry at Art-A-Whirl several years ago. As a long-time rock collector (Yes! Nerd alert!), I love gemstone jewelry. And well, Larissa’s jewelry is particularly striking. I was drawn to it immediately.

According to her website, “Larissa Loden designs for women who aren’t afraid to express themselves. They are strong and fearless, interested in history and love to dress up.”

If that doesn't sound like the kind of woman that most of us want to be, I don't know what does. So yeah, sign me up. :)

The jewelry maker “is inspired by stories behind the pieces and those wearing them, and feeds off seeing her jewelry complete a look.” So Larissa not only gets inspired by the materials she works with, but also by the women who wear her jewelry.  Again, women like you and me.

The first piece I purchased from her was this Lune necklace. Black is my favorite color, and I also am a big fan of agates. After I bought it, I was wearing the necklace almost daily. It is a fantastic piece.

The  Lune Necklace  is pictured here along with one of my geodes. :)

The Lune Necklace is pictured here along with one of my geodes. :)

Not only is her jewelry unique, but her offerings are also accessibly priced. Her pieces are mostly in the $30-$50 range.

According to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Larissa states, “I’ve toyed with the idea of a luxury line. I just don’t want to price myself out of what my customers have learned to love.”

As someone who also tries to keep her prices affordable, I certainly appreciate Larissa’s commitment to her art and her customers.

Like many of us, Larissa started out making jewelry as a side hustle. She worked as an art teacher by day and designed jewelry at night. She now creates jewelry full time out of her Northeast Minneapolis studio.

Larissa also sells her jewelry at markets all across on the country, as well as offering her wares “at more than 300 stores, including the House of Blues hotel gift shops, The Getty in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.”

Inspired by Larissa's fantastic creations, I painted this See the World Through Rose Quartz and Turquoise Oak Dresser. The dresser features genuine rose quartz and brass knobs from Anthropologie. I am just in love with this joyful color palette. This vintage oak dresser is available for delivery to Minneapolis and St. Paul Shoppers.

Get this one-of-a-kind upcycled oak dresser for $225!

3 Things I Want More of This Year

Creative Class, Minnesota Maker, Minnesota Makers, Make More ArtPamela DeweyComment

Happy New Year Friends!

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to make a fresh start.

But I’m not one to make resolutions because resolutions seem like things that tend to not get accomplished.

So you aren’t going to see any lists about cutting out carbs or cheese here. Neither of those things are going to happen. Nor do I want them to happen. Because pasta. And Camembert.  

And honestly, I would rather have more things in my life, not less. So this year, I am making goals about things I want more of.  (I know, I know, it’s basically the same thing, but I just think goals sound more productive than resolutions.) So here are my 2018 goals to bring more good things into my life (and into the shop).

1.      Make more art.

When I say art, I mean art in all meanings of the word. I mean paint more, write more and just in general, create more things. I certainly am not limiting this to just making things for the shop. I want to push myself to make all kinds of art in 2018. Because the more I am creating, the happier I am. And who doesn’t want more happiness in their life?

This year I want to make more art. All kinds of art.

This year I want to make more art. All kinds of art.

2.      Express gratitude more often.

My mother definitely raised me to say thank you and show appreciation. And I certainly say thank you, but I don’t always say thank you about the really important things. Like when your friends make the four hour drive from Iowa to Minnesota hang out with you, even though your friend only has one weekend a month off. Or when a friend texts you and says, we haven’t hung out in a bit, we should hang out soon.

As a single person who lives alone (and don’t get me wrong I enjoy spending time by myself), I sometimes get a little isolated. That is why it is so wonderful when friends or family reach out. It shows they are thinking about me, and they miss me. It makes my heart warm just thinking about it.

So this year, I am going to be way less shy about expressing my gratitude for these moments.

And certainly for everyone who has supported my little vintage store, I am incredibly grateful for you. So thank you, thank you. I appreciate your support.

3.      Forgive myself more.

This is something I have written about before. I am pretty hard on myself. Having goals and aspirations are certainly important. I mean, I am making this list.

But if I don’t get everything done on my to do list today, that’s okay too. There is always tomorrow. And the next day. Not every moment of every day needs to be filled with productivity. You need to stop and be still and recharge sometimes. And I need to not beat myself up for taking time like this. That time is important too.

I’ve gotten into podcasts over the last few years, and one podcast I listen to is Death, Sex, & Money. During an episode, host Anna Sale interviewed actress Ellen Burstyn. Burstyn talked about being an overachiever. But she also talked about how she has started doing Should Days to create balance in her life. Should Days are days when Burstyn doesn’t do anything she should do, but only does things she wants to do. It’s a pretty spectacular concept, and I think one a lot of us could use in our lives.

So here’s to a new year filled with more art-making, more gratitude and heckuva lot more Should Days.

Cheers, friends. 

3 Strengths that Help Women Crush the Business World

Women in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

“For years, as I said earlier, I sort of fought the idea that women are ‘different’ than men…Hey, we’re all just people, and each one of us unique…I always resisted the notion that either gender-men or women-might possess inherent qualities that made it inherently ‘different’ or ‘better’ at business than the other. But as recovering research analyst, I always try to let the research speak to me, and when I started to drill down on these issues, what I found surprised me. The research shows that women do bring ‘different’ traits to the office that are good for business.” –Sallie Krawcheck Own It: The Power of Women at Work

I am with Sally here. I have also fought the idea women are inherently different than men.

I think it's safe to say many of differences between men and women are caused by how the differently our society treats men and women. (Like how we are paid differently, how our bodies are viewed differently, etc., etc.).

But if we accept that men and women are inherently different, we can reject the idea that women need to act like men to succeed in business.

In her book Own It: The Power of Women at Work, Krawcheck shares her experiences as the former CEO of Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, as well as the current CEO of Ellevest. She explores how women can use their traditionally female traits to their advantage.

More specifically, she lists 6 strengths that position women for more business success than their male counterparts.

For this post, I focused on 3 strengths that resonated particularly with me.

1.        Women are better at relationships.

Krawcheck writes, “There is research to back up the claim that women are more empathetic, better connectors, and natural relationship-builders- all skills that matter enormously for success in business.”

Before I launched my business, I took a strengths assessment to determine my top 5 strengths. I thought learning my strengths would help me leverage these skills to build my business.

The assessment revealed my number one strength is empathy.

I use my empathy whenever I am thinking about how to improve my customers’ shopping experience. It is the reason I keep my prices low, as well as why the shop offers free shipping and free delivery.

2.        Women love to learn.

Krawcheck writes, “Increasingly, I’ve recognized that we women love to learn and that we do better at jobs which we’re acquiring new skills. We’re 57 percent of college graduates and 62 percent of master’s degree grads. And we don’t just love to learn; we’re also good at it: a recent analysis found girls making higher grades than boys overall.”

Like I said, before I launched my business, I completed an assessment to learn my top strengths, a move I thought would teach me more about myself.

But before that, I was working toward my master’s degree in Strategic Communication. I developed the idea for the Vintage Modern shop as a Capstone project for the program.

3.        Women are more risk aware. 

Krawcheck writes,“So what can women’s risk awareness offer to businesses? For one a lot more transparency. For another, a lot better decision-making. Our risk awareness not only means we make fewer mistakes, it also means we have a greater ability to dial back from the mistakes we do make. As leaders and managers, it means recognizing the difference between confidence and competence. It means us actively working to know our blind spots.”

The business and marketing plan I wrote for the Vintage Modern shop was incredibly thorough. My professor jokingly referred to it as “the Moby Dick of Capstone projects.”

I wanted to make sure I understood how much it cost to start a business. I also wanted to understand the market I would be entering, my competition and my target customer.

Evaluating all these things helped me figure out if my business could be successful.

Happily, I learned that the market wasn’t oversaturated, and my Moby Dick of a paper led to opening the Vintage Modern shop.

As previously mentioned, in her book, Own It: The Power of Women at Work, Krawcheck gives an additional 3 strengths women can use to their advantage in the business world. She also includes a lot of other useful information about succeeding as a businesswoman.

If that interests you, I would recommend grabbing a copy from your local library or bookstore


Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck

Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck