Last updateWed, 29 Mar 2017 1pm

Mia Katrin

Breathe - Life in balance

Do you work to live or live to work? As a small business owner your work can become your life. Especially in this economic environment you may find you’re working around the clock just to keep ahead. It’s easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day that your business becomes your life. But even for the sake of success, maintaining balance is key. Have a life. Keep things in perspective. Breathe.

Mad Men Magic

Style, intrigue, debauchery, panache. The hit TV series “Mad Men” has sparked nostalgia for a litany of tantalizing viewing pleasures. Flawed but fascinating characters - Don Draper, Betty, Joan - captivate because they navigate their intertwined lives with such finesse. Polished perfection in dress, speech and etiquette masks dysfunctional lives of deceit and jealousy, self-doubt and arrogance. Draper, the advertising firm’s golden boy, harbors a core deception regarding his own personal identity. But while concealing his dark secret, he loves his children and seeks to give them the ideal family life he was denied as a child. Neither purely good nor evil, the central characters wrestle relationships and careers in a glamorous 1960s lifestyle of cocktails, Park Avenue apartments, galas and jet-set vacations.

Selling the Sizzle

“You don’t sell the steak, you sell the sizzle.” Fashion is the sizzle. Fashion creates excitement and drama. It lures and entices. It creates the desire.

SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show sizzles on the runway

It was all glitz and glamour at the SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show. The live fashion show Jewelry on the Catwalk opened the show with eight spectacular models previewing many of the top designers from the show. Eager attendees were tantalized with an overview of the many treasures awaiting them just before entering the exhibition area. The fabulous models brought the latest, best selling collections to life. With necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings styled in ensembles, buyers envisioned how the collections could be presented from a fashion perspective.

Do you know your customers?

They’re the life-blood of your business. Fulfilling their wishes, inspiring repeat sales, expanding your client base - the more you do this, the more successful you’ll be. But how well do you know your customers?

The Statement Necklace

Liz Taylor’s fabulous La Peregrina pearl necklace sold in December for a record $11 million at Christie’s, reaching the highest price ever for pearl jewelry at auction and far surpassing its $2-3 million estimated price. The Cartier pearl, diamond and ruby necklace given to the actress by her husband Richard Burton features a huge tear-drop natural pearl discovered in the 16th century in the Gulf of Panama. The pearl La Peregrina, meaning “the wanderer,” has a long resplendent history. Owned by kings and queens including King Philip II of Spain, it is immortalized in 17th century Velazquez royal portraits. It’s a statement necklace par excellence.

Yes You Can!

Positive thinking. It’s a powerful force. How can you tap into it to increase your success?

Nothing breeds success like success. It’s a virtuous circle. You know the feeling. You’re having a great day. You’re on top of the world. Nothing can burst your bubble. Everything’s humming in your store. Everything’s easy. You’re enjoying life. You’re having fun! A customer walks into that bubble. What do you think the effect is going to be? Everything she sees is bathed in that pleasing atmosphere.