Father’s Day Gift Guide

father's day gift guide

More often than not, we find it hard to buy presents for dads and with Father’s day quickly approaching we’ve already brainstormed gift ideas they’ll love; like the perfect summer shoe from Soludos or a Bose portable bluetooth speaker. He’ll love however Father’s day is celebrated but here’s the gift guide to help:

1. Creed Original Vetiver

2. Ships Anchors Bi-Fold Wallet by Smathers & Branson

3. Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker

4. Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set

5. Canvas Derby lace up from Soludos

6. New Addition: BBC Tavern will be grilling up burgers & bloody’s for brunch on the patio on Father’s Day. Shop Angersteins for the best selection of grills in Delaware. Receive up to $100 off any Traeger Grill & receive a free bag of pellets.

 

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Boss Lady: Dabney Lee Woglom

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. Today we chat with Dabney Lee Woglom, the founder of Dabney Lee, the lifestyle brand offering personalized stationery and gifts. Dabney discusses starting her own business, the organic nature of social media marketing and more!

dabney lee

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your career.
I’m the founder behind the lifestyle brand Dabney Lee, a design studio and retail store located in Brooklyn, Shelter Island and online. I have an affinity for paper, pattern, color and all things whimsical. I believe I have the best job on the block, as I was able to turn my passion for lucite, bright colors, paper, fashion and interior design into a line of personalized stationery, gifts, home décor and so much more (like pets, wrapping paper and tech cases). Prior to founding Dabney Lee in 2004, I had aspirations to become a teacher. I’m a wife, mama to a loveable clan of triplets and native Californian turned New Yorker. I dress almost exclusively in vivid hues, think there’s nothing better than a fresh palette of watercolors, am known for mixing a mean Bloody Mary and my happy place is on the beach in Shelter Island.

2. What prompted you to start Dabney Lee? Did you start selling online before opening your first store in Brooklyn?
I have always loved all things paper and anything personalized, but growing up with the name Dabney, I couldn’t exactly walk into a shop and buy something with my name on it; everything had to be custom ordered. Because of this, personalized trinkets instantly became treasures. When I set out to start my line of stationery I didn’t initially anticipate offering anything personalized. But when I began to receive requests from customers for these personalization options, it was a true delight. I saw them feeling the same way I did (and still do!) when I saw my name on beautiful papers. In the beginning, I sold at craft fairs. In 2005 I decided that I would try my hand at the National Stationery Show in an effort to bring Dabney Lee to the retail market. In that show alone, I sold my line into over 50 stores and every year since then, we’ve continued to grow. A few milestones include the launch of our website, opening our first retail store in Brooklyn in 2012, adding a home line which includes lucite trays and drink coasters, partnering with Target on several licensing deals, and opening our second location, in Shelter Island, in 2014.

3. You opened your second store last year. As a wife, mother of triplets, creative woman and a business owner, do you have any tips on work/life balance?
Work/life balance is never easy. When I’m at work, I always feel that I should be spending more time with my family and if I’m at home, I feel that I should be working on the business. It’s a delicate balancing act and sometimes I fail, but you just roll with it and know that at the end of the day, you’re doing the best you can. I made a conscious decision to keep my business close to my home so that my kiddos can pop into the shop for a quick squeeze before they head to the park or to hang out for a snack and to color with me in the studio. It’s in these moments that I feel like I’ve got it all figured out. I know that my work/life balance will never be perfect, but my hope is that by giving my kids an example of a strong woman who loves her family and her work, and who is happy, will help them in their future endeavors.

4. What is your most successful form of marketing? Is it different for the eCommerce site vs. your retail locations?
Social media has been very successful tool for both my store and online shop; there is nothing else like it! The organic nature of being able to ignite conversations while simultaneously drawing back the curtain to see who’s behind a business really draws fans in. It also serves as a highly personalized way to interact with customers. We love seeing how they are reacting to products and appreciate hearing what they want to see more of in the future.

5. What inspires you and fuels your creativity?
I have a soft spot for anything that adds a touch of whimsy to life…warm sunshine, pretty pink sunsets, rosé, ice cream colors, French music, J.Crew catalogs, Pinterest, my watercolors, new art supplies, glitter stickers, confetti, vintage artwork, children’s books and of course, my kiddos’ laughter.

6. Who is a Boss Lady that you admire and why?
I really admire Ina Garten; to me she is the epitome of a Boss Lady. She fearlessly runs her empire while balancing home life, and lets be real, she has the most fabulous kitchen. I want to be her.

7. What advice do you have for those looking to go from employee to entrepreneur?
Get organized, make a plan and don’t look back!

Just for fun…

behind the boss: dabny lee

Art by Toshitaka Aoyagi | Wölffer Dry Rosé Cider | Hermes Watch | Barefoot in ParisDorchester Hotel

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Boss Lady: Jordan Jones

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. Today we chat with Jordan Jones the founder of Packed Party, which offers packages for you to send or receive in a variety of themes. Jordan discusses how it all got started and the importance of loving your work.  

Jordan Jones

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your career.
My full name is Jordan Jones, I currently live in San Francisco, CA, and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism and strategic media in 2012!  My internships were always in events and marketing, so after college it was really easy for me to make the decision to accept a job at a marketing agency in Dallas, Texas called The Marketing Arm. I learned a ton there, but felt a weird sort of calling to move to California and told my parents I knew there was more waiting for me on the West Coast so off I went! Little did I know the plans in store for me.

I worked first in Silicon Valley at a start-up running events and worked on Packed Party on the side and eventually decided Packed Party would be my full-time focus after we continued to grow rapidly in our first year. I’ve always been a creative and extremely detail oriented person, so Packed Party combined everything I loved. My friends all laugh when they talk about Packed Party because they say it’s genuinely “me in product form”..and it’s pretty much true. The brand is the way I talk and am silly with my friends, my general outlook on life, and the gifts I’d want to give and receive. It’s all about the fun when it comes to Packed Party! If you’re not waking up each day doing something you love and you’re unable to sort of start the party for yourself get out of it..ASAP! You have to do whatever makes you most happy.

2. What prompted you to start Packed Party?
I had just moved to San Francisco not knowing many people and commuting back and forth from the valley to my home in San Francisco each day for work proved to be a bit of a mess for making friends and meeting new people. I called my Mom one evening upset and she told me I was having a “Pity Party” and to go to bed. I took her advice, went straight to bed and awoke from a dream about being able to send myself a themed Pity Party package to have a “party for one”. This sparked the idea for the entire concept and I drew out a business plan there in the middle of the night…I’m a very perisistent person, so once I decided I was going to start Packed Party that night I was all in.

3. Describe a typical day.
It’s difficult to lay out a “typical day” for me because no day is the same right now in the world of Packed Party. I think that’s what I love so much about it though. I’m able to wear so many hats and I love what I am doing, so it’s never felt like work. I usually wake up between 6:30-7:30 and get on my phone immediately to answer emails and my day takes off from there. Some days I’ll look up and it’s 3:00 pm and I haven’t looked up from my computer yet…but I can’t complain! It’s all really fun for me. This is my dream that’s come to life so I’m genuinely grateful I’m so busy.

4. What is your most successful form of marketing?
I think our Leader Of The Packed Program, our version of a brand ambassador program, has been an amazing extension of Packed Party. Having confident and kind young women across the country representing us coast to coast has proved to be an amazing marketing tool. These women are so passionate about our brand and everything we celebrate so their enthusiasm lends itself to others on campus that might not yet know about us.

5. What inspires you and fuels your creativity?
I go on a ton of walks! It seems a bit weird I guess, but I’ve always done it! I try to go for a walk at least once a day around my neighborhood in San Francisco and try to get inspired and sort of decompress without my phone. There are so many beautiful things around Cow Hollow where I live in the city it’s easy to pick up inspiration from colors on houses, flowers, or people. I also spend a lot of time reading blogs and talking to other entrepreneurs..I think being around likeminded ambitious people fuels anyone.

6. What advice would you have for those looking to go from employee to entrepreneur?
Always go with your gut. I was told my idea was a bit far fetched by a few people when I first started and did it anyway full speed and it landed me an incredible opportunity to redefine what it means to start a party and be a “party girl”. Keep your head down and go with your first instinct.

Just for fun…

behind the boss: jordan jones

1. Rose Water Spray | 2. Top Shop High Waisted Swimsuit | 3. Wrecking Ball Coffee Almond Milk Lattes | 4. Pom-Pom Party Necklace | 5. Ranunculus Flowers

1. If you could invite any 5 people to a party, who would you choose?
I’ve been asked this question a few times recently and it’s difficult to say! I’m a large proponent of staying in ironically enough owning a company with the word “party” in it..hence our “it only takes one to have a Packed Party” slogan. Honestly, I’d probably invite four of my closest girlfriends and Jennifer Lawrence. I kind of pretend we’re already friends and call her J. Law..no big deal. I’m sure if you asked me a week from today I’d have a different answer depending on my mood…maybe if I was in the mood for a serious laugh Kristen Wiig

 2. If price was no object, what items would be in your ultimate party package?
A puppy, killer champagne, endless amounts of confetti, sour candy, my favorite nail polish colors (and remover because I paint and pick), perhaps an old school convertible bug in navy blue if we’re saying price is no object? That way I could take my party on the road somewhere in style!

More on Jordan Jones:

website | facebook | twitter | instagram | pinterest

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