FEBRUARY FOCUS: ORGANIZE YOUR BUSINESS (Business facelift)

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With February being a month focused on ORGANIZATION, I felt inspired to write this post which sort of stems around that organization for your business.

Remember when you first started your business? It feels like forever, I’m sure. Or maybe it doesn’t. Maybe you just started, and are getting your footing in this new environment, like a toddler taking his first steps. There is so much planning involved, crafting your mission, your vision, designing your brand, setting up social accounts, and that’s just the beginning. But once you finish those things, time passes, do you ever really think about those things again? I feel like as we begin to work IN our business, we don’t ever reflect back ON those beginning business tasks. Our mission can change, as well as our vision and our brand and voice, and that is totally fine! I am writing this now, to encourage you all to take a look at your own, and reflect on them to make sure they still align with what you do, and your what your goals are. As you know, my word of 2019 is REFOCUS, and I’ve been doing just that.

I noticed a change within myself, and my own vision for my business and goals, and I started reflecting on those items, and suddenly, this beautiful mission statement just flowed from my mouth. I was like “WHOA” I need to update my mission to THIS! It made me wonder how many others really have changed their since they started their businesses! Feel free to tell me if I am just behind in the game.

Let’s walk through this together to give your business a quick facelift:

  1. YOUR MISSION This is really the meat of your business. It’s what makes you YOU. It’s the reason you started this whole journey to begin with. It is all about what you offer, but more importantly, why you offer it, and what your goal is for those you offer it to. Take a look at it. Do some research on pretty buzzwords to include. For example, my new mission statement includes the word DELIGHT. It has become a new favorite of mine. It also sounds really pretty. But more importantly, it aligns with what I want my clients to feel when they work with me. I want to delight them.
  2. YOUR VISION Some people get these confused, of think of them as being one in the same, but there is a difference. Your vision for your business aligns a lot with your goals. It’s about where you see your business in it’s most successful state. Your vision is what you see when you look into the future of your business. It’s the bigger picture, and the overall goal.
  3. YOUR BRAND After listening to a AWESOME episode of Jenna Kutcher’s podcast, GOAL DIGGER, if you aren’t already subscribed, STOP and go do it NOW. Thank me later. But in this episode (I believe it’s episode 59), she spoke a lot about how you should focus on having a BRAND rather than a BUSINESS. It got me thinking a lot, and I started focusing more on my brand and what I represent as a brand. Think about 3 words you want clients to feel when they come to your website or work with you. Evaluate all platforms to ensure those are being visually represented. Have an outsider visit your website and see what they think. What words would they use to describe it? If you are really not sure, my friend Katie has an awesome brand quiz to give you an idea of what type of brand you are!

I know I have given you a lot to think about here. But it’s important that we show up, and put the effort into these things! I have some epic episodes coming soon to my podcast as well, I’d love to be pals, GET ON THE LIST HERE!

See ya there!

 

XO COCO & KIMMIE

 

 

CULTIVATE PURPOSE: EPISODE #3 with KATELYN of ELWYNN & CASS

 

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And just like that we are jumping into episode 3, and I am super excited about this one as I get to chat with my biz bestie, and touch on some really powerful topics!

Meet Katelyn, founder of beauty planning brand, Elwynn & Cass  who, besides being a bad ass business owner, brings you “Personalized and Curated Hair And Makeup For Your Event or Wedding Without Stress or Guesswork And Feeling Like The Ultimate Version Of Yourself”.

In this episode, we got to chat all about starting a business, dealing with difficult clients, handling days when we want to throw in the towel on our businesses, and our shared love of FOOD AND BRUNCH! Don’t forget to leave a review of what you think!

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What Does Our Business Mission Mean?

Yall are going to get real tired of hearing me say this word, but it IS my word of the year, so as you know I’ve been really REFOCUSING myself in my business and life. This

I have recently been working on re-evaluating myself, business, mission, why. I have been fine tuning the EBC mission, to be more meaningful, allowing it to speak to our current and future clients. What is a mission? A mission/purpose is the reason for something to be in existence, or why something is created. One’s intention or objective.

When you start a business, and grow through the years, your mission, and purpose can change. You learn and understand your business more and more. I have found this to be true, which has led us to dig into the EBC mission.

Our mission is to delight, and inspire brides, and to assist in the process of designing, and planning the wedding of their dreams.

What does this mean, really? We desire to delight our clients. We want to charm them with inspiration, and provide a sense of joy and happiness throughout the entire process of planning their special day. We desire to assist in all aspects of the design and logistic details of planning an event. But let’s unpack that deeper. While going through the reasons I decided to do this, I realized that my love for story telling and being inspired by their stories, and being a sucker for a good love story, made want to help couples tell their story. I wanted to create a memory, not just a wedding day, starting with the moment they say I do. That is our mission. By executing this mission successfully, you should be delighted, inspired, happy, and truly satisfied with YOUR special day. Our belief is that a wedding starts with a “YES” and lasts the rest of your life.

Mission Complete. So, I’d like to know what is YOUR mission. As a creative business owner, as a bride, as a person planning any event. What is your MISSION? Share it with me. Happy FriYAY babes.

 

XO COCO & KIMMIE

 

 

 

MEET: THE WHITE BOX

Photo courtesy of The White Box

So, you guys know I am always on the lookout for products that will help make your planning process more fun, and as easy as possible.

 Well, I have a new favorite resource that I need to share with you all. Meet, The White Box. Michelle and Carrie, the founders, are in love with all things design, and have become your personal wedding planning fairy godmothers. 

They have created the perfect planning assistant that is sent to you in a pretty little white box, wrapped in a bow. I came across their company through Instagram, and I immediately fell in love with the whole concept. I knew I had to work with these lovely ladies, and introduce them to all of you. 

Photo courtesy of The White Box

Where does the inspiration come from?

As industry experts, they know what is involved in planning your most important day, and they know it isn’t an easy fete. But it can be, with the right tools and assistance! They have taken their interior design skills and experience, and have combined it with customized design packages, bringing to you THE WHITE BOX

What can you expect from your box?

“The box arrives within 3 weeks including an inspiration board, design samples (invitations samples, linen swatches + bridesmaid dress fabrics), menu plans, tactical checklists, a signature drink recipe, and more!”

Their goal to create a planning toolkit perfectly suited to your clear wedding design style, and vision, will excited and ready to plan you dream day!

I’m so excited to be working aside these lovely  ladies, as they are so thrilled to work alongside and contract out to planners like me, to streamline the process to planning your wedding!

Go check them out, or shoot me a message for more details!! 


Xo Coco

BEAUTINI BY B LO: “A girl squad’s best friend.”

Photo credit: @CorbinChase

Happy FRIYAY BABES! I wanted to kick off this beautiful weekend, with a special feature post! I love meeting new people. In this industry, there’s so many opportunities to do so. It’s one of my favorite things about this community.

I’ve been especially fortunate enough in the past few years to meet some pretty amazing people. Among these, would be my new found friend, and this beautiful boss babe, Brittany Lo. 

Photo Credit: @CorbinChase

If you adore beauty, relish being pampered, and have been searching for an excuse to have a girl’s day, or if you have a wedding or special event coming up, then read on! If you haven’t heard of Beautini, then you are seriously missing out. Brittany has gone above and beyond to provide a flawless process of making you and your “girl squad” look your very best, while treating you like she and her team are part of your squad! Best part: they come to you, providing hair and makeup services to a group, or just you, while using only the finest products. AND they supply the bubbly! Where do I sign up?!

I have to admit, the older I’ve gotten, the more concerned I’ve become about my own skin care regimen, and two tips I’ve learned make all the difference in your skin are:

1. What you eat, and 2. HYDRATION! 

Here’s a bit about B Lo and where Beautini started… 

“Prior to starting Beautini, Brittany had a career in marketing working for brands including L’OREAL USA, Redken 5th Ave, and Sony Music Entertainment. With her B.S. degree from Babson College, Brittany fused her business and beauty expertise to develop the unique concept of making makeovers fun. 

When Brittany is not with her Beautini stylists, she can be found teaching brand marketing workshops, speaking at different universities, and at Sephora discovering the latest beauty products.”

A few of her fabulous achievements include awards such as The Knot Best of Weddings Vendor, Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award, and the 2016 Weddi Award for “Most Effective Branding”.

Photo Credit: @CorbinChase

 

Though she is home based in my favorite city, Manhattan, she makes it so easy by traveling to you! Honestly, it doesn’t get much better!

Go check out her site for more information on her services, and book that special girls day for you and your lovely girl squad! Be sure to tell her EBC sent you! 😉 Have a happy weekend. See ya Monday!


3 Steps to Begin Your Wedding Planning Process

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Happy New Year and Congrats to all of you who got a special sparkly gift for Christmas!! Happy engagement!

I’m so excited for you, and the journey towards planning your perfect day is going to be so much fun! You’re probably thinking, “This chick is crazy, my head is spinning.” That may be true, (LOL), but before you get overwhelmed, take a breath, and read this post. I got you girl!

I will go through my entire “First Steps Planning Process” for you, and will help you get on track from the very beginning. It really doesn’t have to be all that complicated, if you don’t want it to be. And why would you want it to be? Whether you choose to hire a wedding planner or not, you can set yourself up to have a flawless, stress-free wedding planning process that will leave you being able to enjoy your day to the fullest! Grab some coffee, and a notebook, and let’s begin!

First things first, in order to be organized from the beginning, you need to start by setting a foundation to determine a few things, such as what style wedding you’d like to have, what season you’d like the wedding to take place, and what your budget is going to look like for your wedding. I understand these three things may still seem very vague and confusing, so I am going to break it down even more for you.

  1. Determine your wedding style. These days there are so many aspects of style, outside of tradition, that allow you to have a gorgeous wedding at a gorgeous location, without breaking the bank. It’s a matter of knowing what you want and having the right people to help you find that, (which is where I come in)! I want you to sit down and take some paper, maybe some cut outs from a magazine, and dream up your perfect wedding day. Get detailed!  Think about colors, textures, setting, season, decorations, flowers, and anything else that sticks out in your mind.
  2. Set a wedding date. An important factor in terms of style that should be determined pretty early on, is your wedding date. This is important because if you have a very specific venue picked out, you should keep in mind that wedding venues book up really quickly.  
  3. Figure out your wedding budget. Then I want you to kind of review it all, and determine a number to set as your budget. This is SUPER important because if you’re dreaming of getting married at the Plaza in NYC, but your budget isn’t quite able to accommodate that, then you will need to see that on paper and find ways to do a lower cost venue that can be transformed into something like the Plaza! It’s possible!

And there ya go, you now have a foundation that will set up the entire planning process, and make things highly less stressful. So how’d he propose ?! I really want to hear all about your holiday proposals! I hope this helped give you a starting point. And if you are ready to get started with being an EBC bride, let’s chat!!

XO C

NEW YEAR: DONT SET GOALS YOU WONT HIT

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Let’s face it. We’ve all done it. Setting goals, we know we have no intention of keeping. “NEW YEAR NEW ME” Am I right?

This year, I’ve taken a new approach, and for once, in life & my business, I feel like I am going into the new year, already successful. I have scheduled content for all of January, with a goal to finish February and March this week. I have planned my schedule out for the first 3 months. And I plan to take off the last couple weeks of 2018, knowing everything is scheduled through the end of the year as well. The feeling? Incomparable. Knowing I am going into the new year with this goal complete, already makes me feel like I am ahead of the game!

Too often, we start on January 1, doing those things that we know won’t last. Then when they do end of veering off the path, we feel like failures. We beat ourselves up. For what reason? Please don’t do that to yourself this year. I keep throwing around the word REFOCUS. My word of the year for 2019, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I challenge you to strive for those goals BEFORE the new year, get ahead on those goals, so when the new year comes, you are already on top of them!

I am going to do a full plan with me video for 2019, as videos are something I want to incorporate more of in 2019…. I hope you enjoy it and I cant wait to help you all in the new year.

I created this survey to help better understand what YOU need. I’d really love to hear your feedback, if you can spare a sec? It’ll take less than 2mins I promise!

 

Until next year… LOVE ALWAYS COCO & KIMMIE

How To: Create a Seamless Wedding Timeline

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Before you get overwhelmed with one of the most daunting tasks of planning your big day, I want you to take a minute to breathe, take a sip of that Moscato, (or Zin if that’s your thing), and let’s dive in! I promise you it won’t be as bad as you thought.
You’ve made it to the final couple months. Weeks away from the big day, and your vendors start asking for a timeline. If you have a wedding planner, then sit back with that glass of wine mentioned above, and rest assured that your planner is already on top of it.

If you don’t have a planner, then you better start prepping this ASAP, and don’t worry, I am here to help. There’s a lot more to a wedding day timeline than most people realize. It’s not just telling the photographer when to arrive, and telling the DJ when your first dance and speeches will be. There’s a lot of detail that goes into planning this. After all, think of your wedding day as being managed with a huge team of others needing to also be managed all around the details that YOU give. Let’s start from the beginning. I promise, this will be painless.

STEP 1:
When we create our timelines, we start with the basic times for all the major details: pre-wedding (hair, makeup, arrival, etc.), ceremony, family/bridal party photographs, cocktail hour, reception, cake cutting, and any other major segments of the day/night. So take a notebook and write down a general idea for all of these items. If you aren’t sure, you’ll want to contact those vendors to ask.

STEP 2:
Now that the biggest part of the timeline is done, it only gets easier. Next, we pull in all aspects of each piece, and break them down into more specific times. For example, Hair and makeup will need to be broken down for each girl getting this done, and this timeline needs to be STRICT. I recommend working closely with your stylist AND making sure every girl in your bridal party is on the same page. YES, you should be that girl and give them all a copy of their schedule. We don’t need Becky getting too caught up in the mimosa bar and being late to her getting glammed up appointment. Don’t be that girl, Becky! (DISCLAIMER: Please don’t be offended if your name is Becky, this is simply an example and I just happen to like the name LOL.) You will also need to break down any important part of the lineup time for bridal party, including a copy for the boys. We all know how guys get when they are with their buds, so make sure the guys know where, and more importantly WHEN to meet for lineup. Do the same thing for the reception, introductions, dances, speeches, cake cutting. These will need to be managed between you, the caterer lead, and the DJ/MC/Band Leader. Again, if you have a planner, this will be managed by him/her. If you don’t, ITS NOT TOO LATE. Wedding Day Management packages are the best investment for yourself. You deserve to not stress about these details, girl.

STEP 3:
Now, you need to add the important elements for the vendors involved. My team will consider all vendors involved for each detail, (don’t forget their set up times and break down). We also like to create one copy of the timeline that breaks down TO DO’s for each section. We will also usually have separate timelines specific to vendors and more detailed for my team. Generally the vendors only need to know the basic for what involves them.

Start with anything that needs to be completed BEFORE ceremony. Arrive to venue for set up of any décor, furniture, rentals, anything that either you are responsible for, or a pre-arranged party is responsible for. Include any TO DO’s that go with that.

IE: A sample of a PRE WEDDING Timeline List:

10 AM – Arrive to venue
TO DO – Check that all rentals and important items are on site, do a walk through

11 AM – Florals dropped off
TO DO – Set up ceremony aisle floral arrangements

11:30 AM – DJ to arrive for set up and sound check

12 PM – Sound check complete, ceremony to be set up completely, Caterer arrives
TO DO – Set up for reception

I think you get where I am going with this. Obviously there will probably be way more on that TO DO list, but you get the picture. You will want to complete the same thing for CEREMONY, COCKTAIL HOUR, RECEPTION, END OF NIGHT/BREAKDOWN.

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XO COCO & KIMMIE

LIFE UPDATE: REFOCUS GOALS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

REFOCUS GOALS & ANNOUNCEMENT

HAPPY DECEMBER!

I know, it’s been one HOT minute since I’ve popped on here to share some things. Let’s be honest, the bloggy has fallen a bit off track and I’ve been also spending quite a chunk of my time focused on my theme for the rest of 2018. That theme being, REFOCUS

You know when you have your GPS open, or iPhone maps, and you are setting a destination. When you scroll away from that destination, and it takes you off track of that path, there’s an arrow you can tab that “re-centers” you back on track. That’s what I’ve been trying to do for my business, and life in general, for the last few weeks, and it is my focus for 2019. Taking inventory, in a sense. Trying to regain focus, of where I’m going, what I want, what I don’t want, and what my purpose for my business is overall, and the goals that I have for it.

You may be saying, “Dang girl, that sounds like a complicated task.” It is, hence my falling off track with this blog, and spending lots of time face down in my notebook, and worksheets.

But I’m back and here to tell you, I am SUPER excited for 2019, more than any other year past. WHY? Well, I’m really close to this whole “REFOCUS” process being completed. Feeling comfortable again, and feeling closer than ever to what I am doing, and why I am doing it. Which means, REALLY stinkin’ exciting things to come for YOU! If you’re a fellow creative, you know the feeling of getting sidetracked in your business. We tend to get caught up in what others are doing, like shiny object syndrome. We think that we should do those things too, even if they serve no purpose to our true ideal clients.

Now, if you follow me on the ‘Gram, or you are in my email girl gang, then you already know about a few of the things to come. But if you don’t know, now ya know…. Oh wait, sorry. Insert awkward song reference. 

So moving on from the life update to the announcement, that brings me to CULTIVATE PURPOSE PODCAST! Yes, that’s right, PODCAST! Launching in 2019, I’m bringing you a whole new fun platform where I can serve you with valuable content. Basically you can take me anywhere with you. This is intended for you, fellow girl boss, maybe stuck in a 9-5 thinking that’s all life will ever be, but dying for something more. Or maybe you have started that side hustle, but feel like it’ll never be what you desire it to be. I have SO many amazing interviews, with influencers, brands, and pretty awesome gals to help you gain that clarity, direction, and purpose that you desire deep down in your core.

JANUARY 2019! BE THERE! You can subscribe early by clicking HERE. I can’t wait to share this content with you all.

That being said, I am truly thankful for this community and what has grown into an amazing group of followers. I couldn’t have gotten to this point without all of you, and I cannot say Thank You enough! I wish you all the happiest holiday season!

 

XO Coco & Kimmie

 

 

What does it REALLY cost to be a Bridesmaid?

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So, you have the honor of being in one of your dear friend’s wedding, huh? How exciting and what a special honor it is to be asked!

Now reality is setting in, and talk about dresses, hair, makeup, gifts, shoes, jewelry, oh my! And the wedding is not exactly close to home, so now you’re talking of travel expenses! Don’t forget it is proper etiquette to help throw the bridal shower and bachelorette parties. As you can see, the expenses of this honorable role definitely add up rather quickly. You may feel like saying ‘Thanks, but no thanks.” And that’s alright too. But before you do that, I would love to share ways to cut some of those costs, but it starts with being honest with the bride right up front.

Dress

This is definitely a big portion of the cost to being a bridesmaid. Dresses are not generally cheap, depending on where you go. Factoring in alterations, shoes, accessories, you will notice it definitely becomes more costly. A way around this is to suggest to the bride, (in a friendly manner), that maybe the girls can wear different style dresses that still accent the wedding style, and fit the color scheme, while allowing you to pick out a dress that works for your budget. This also helps because not all body styles are the same, and what works for one, may not work for another.

Party, Party

You may be thinking, why do they need so many parties. Isn’t the wedding enough. Consider throwing a combined bridal shower/bach party. This may not work for all situations, but it’s a possible way to keep costs down. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the other girls to go in on the costs for these parties and gifts. I am sure the bride will be thankful for whatever you girls come up with.

Hair/Makeup

Another portion of looking perfect for those wedding photos, while not breaking the bank, is hair and makeup. Don’t be afraid to turn down the bride’s hair and makeup stylist recommendation. Maybe you are really awesome at doing your own, or know someone who is. It’s alright to offer different options, just consider that maybe the bride still wants you there while she is getting ready, to be included in the “getting ready” photos. Those pre-wedding moments are very special to brides, so just be sure to consider her feelings on this.

Don’t forget the wedding gift!

In terms of gifts, some brides set a rule that the bridal party doesn’t need to buy the couple gifts. Don’t be afraid to ask questions on what is expected of you. The bride may assume you already know that she isn’t expecting a gift, while you are assuming she is expecting one. ASK!

I hope these tips help, and if you have other suggestions on ways to cut the costs, comment them below! When it comes down to it, if you just can’t afford it, be up front, and don’t be afraid to tell your bride friend!

XO C