What is your current favorite jewelry trend?
RICKI: Layering of course! I layer everything from necklaces, to rings, to bracelets. I wear rings stacked on just about every finger, at least three bracelets, and my Necklet with maybe a 4th or 5th necklace on top. No such thing as too much when it’s done right. I’m also a huge fan of mixing metals.
STACIE: More is more! Obviously besides layering necklaces, I’m really into the ear party - ear cuffs, ear climbers, chain earrings, and wearing a stud on one side with a cool statement earring on the other.
What is the most surprising thing you've learned since starting Necklet?
RICKI: That’s a hard question to answer because honestly everything has been a surprise! Starting with an idea on a napkin and watching it come to fruition is still mind blowing. The most surprising thing I’ve learned has been through connecting with our customers - hearing from them that I’ve truly made a difference in some of their lives. I didn’t realize how close I would feel to our customers and that we’d create lasting relationships with a lot of them. We are even more inspired and motivated than when we started!
STACIE: The amount of moving parts to get a brand off the ground is astounding, especially an online brand! I’ve learned that you can’t do it all yourself, and that it’s necessary to delegate in order to not only cover more ground but to be more efficient where you add the most value.
Advice for future boss ladies?
RICKI: Don’t give up before you even start because you think it will be hard. It will be hard, but I promise you the end result is worth it. If starting a business and being your own boss was easy, everyone would do it. Have a vision, ask questions, research, educate yourself, and then take the leap of faith! Stay positive and try to look at every situation that arises, good or bad, as a learning experience. An inch of movement is better than a mile of intentions!
STACIE: Be prepared to have your feelings hurt but don’t let it slow you down, use it to drive you forward! When you are an owner your brand is your baby and its easy to take the negative criticism and feedback personally. It’s not personal - everyone has an opinion but not everyone has a clue. And not everyone is you - taking a chance on yourself and going for it!
What's next for Necklet?
RICKI: We are focusing our immediate attention on Necklet being the next breakthrough product in the fashion world! I truly believe we are on our way to becoming just that. I can say Necklet has many new products in the pipeline, some of which will be revealed very soon!
STACIE: We have SO MANY ideas! We definitely want to expand Necklet into more avenues and products, other things are already in the works. For a little while longer though we want to enjoy riding the wave we are on and just make the Necklet layering clasp a staple in every fashionable woman’s wardrobe!
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