The Great Black Snakeskin hipS-sister Giveaway

Sisters…..if you have been following my Facebook posts you will notice that 75% of the time I am wearing my Black Snakeskin Vegas Reversible. I LOVE THIS THING!! Whether I am working out at the gym, on a hike, out to dinner, shopping, working away…. this hipS-sister adds spunk and sassiness to ANY outfit, anywhere. Most times I will add a zipper pull for even more style. Check out these pictures which show you just a sampling of some of the looks that you can pull off with this ONE HOT HIPSSISTER.

Check out our Facebook page later on today for “The Great Black Snakeskin Giveaway”. I want to share the snakeskin love with a few lucky winners today.

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April is Autism Awareness month

April is Autism Awareness Month

Let’s take a brief look at Autism:
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life: it is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. Autism and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many as 1 in 500 individuals. It is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and includes persons from all racial, ethnic, social, family income, lifestyle, and formal education level sectors.

Autism impacts the typical development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Children and adults with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. They find it hard to communicate with others and relate to the outside world. In some cases, aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior may be present. Persons with autism may exhibit repeated body movements (hand flapping, rocking), unusual responses to people or attachments to objects and resistance to changes in routines. Individuals may also experience sensitivities in sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.

There is so much to learn about Autism. Read more here:
http://autismcanada.org/aboutautism/characteristics.html

Treatments:
http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/treatment

Research:
http://www.autismspeaks.org/science

This month, hipS-sister will donate $1.00 for all online sales of our Columbian blue/white reversible left coast to Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

If you cannot purchase a hipS-sister today, perhaps you can provide a personal donation to the Organization. The link is below:

http://liub.autismspeaks.org/charityAffiliate/startOrder.do?charityId=42051&utm_source=liub.autismspeaks.org&utm_medium=frontpage-button&utm_content=Make%20a%20Donation&utm_campaign=LIUB%20Frontpage

Thank you for helping us create a better tomorrow.

hipS-sister Inc.

Why I created “The Sisterhood Marketplace”.

A little history….

Back in 2011 the idea of “hipS-sister” was born. It took months of creating samples, patterns, getting trademarks etc. In February, 2012 I had my very first living breathing sample. It was a left coast. This process took approximately 4-5 months. Took a picture, posted it on Facebook and boom, I knew I had a “winner”. That is where the real work began…

A deal which was an exclusive infomercial set to air in 95 countries, I was presented with, back in June 2012 (I hadn’t even sold one hipS-sister yet) had me contemplating my direction for most of the summer 2012. I continued to do events for MTV Movie Awards and Fashion Shows (which let me to HSN) during that time. I ended upturning the deal down, and decided that building my brand was much more important. That is where the real REAL work began.

I had zero business experience, really. I created a website, attended events, started producing, selling and getting the “brand” out there. Many lessons I learned in this time frame. Mostly about the importance of “building a brand”. And what THAT means. I was on my own, selling, organizing, planning, stressing, crying, “what the heck am I doing”. Distributing, laughing, smiling, SRESSED. People bought the product and started asking me if they could sell it because women wanted what they were wearing. Where can I buy one of those? And from there my Brand AmbaS-sister program was created!!

In December 2012, a little desperate and guided by some invisible force I texted my (now COO) Kathleen (who I really only knew from Facebook and mutual friends 20 years ago) and wrote “HELP”. She called me right back.

We met in January and decided it was time to “build a company” around the product. And we joined forces. I could get into the specifics, and I will at some point, but that was the SINGLE BEST DECISION that I have made to date in this entire process. That is where the real real REAL work began………

AND this is where the Sisterhood Marketplace steps in. This is the exact point in which I needed help. Well, because I have been there, I have decided that it is important to offer this to people who are in similar situations as I was, back in December 2012, when I said “HELP”! I knew that needed it.

What I needed was support, direction, a team, a vision, a plan and people who I could trust. Well, I have all of that now. And this is why “The Sisterhood Marketplace” was created. And this is where the real real real REAL work begins. Xox.

Founder
Sonia Kanner

February is Heart Month

Our Awareness campaign focus for February 2014

At hipS-sister we are always looking at ways to enhance the lives of the women in our sisterhood and continue to educate ourselves in order to lead healthier, happier lives.

In an effort to move forward in this direction, we are going to focus, every month, on a different awareness campaign. It is our hope that through word of mouth and social media, you can help us spread the word.

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February is American Heart Month.

Heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

The term “heart disease” refers to:

The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the United States $312.6 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. These conditions also are leading causes of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities.

The situation is alarming, but there is good news—heart disease is preventable and controllable. We can start by taking small steps every day to bring our loved ones and ourselves closer to heart health. CDC is providing a tip a day throughout February, but you can take these small steps all year long.

One step at a time.

As you begin or continue your journey to better heart health, keep these things in mind:

  • Don’t become overwhelmed. Every step brings you closer to a healthier heart.
  • Don’t go it alone. The journey is more fun when you have company. Ask friends and family to join you.
  • Don’t get discouraged. You may not be able to take all of the steps at one time. Get a good night’s sleep and do what you can tomorrow.
  • Reward yourself. Find fun things to do to decrease your stress. Round up some colleagues for a lunchtime walk, join a singing group, or have a healthy dinner with your family or friends.

Be aware of the symptoms:

The five major symptoms of a heart attack are

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9–1–1 immediately.

Have a plan for prevention!

Some health conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. You can help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any medical conditions you may have.

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Monitor your blood pressure.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Have your cholesterol checked.
  • Manage your diabetes.
  • Take your medicine.

For more info on any of the points above, just send us an email. info@hipssister.com.

Our goal at hipS-sister this month!

This month at hipS-sister we want to spread the word about heart disease prevention. We want to help all our sisters and brothers take a few small steps towards a healthier, longer and better life.

You are invited to read 28 days to a healthier heart here. It’s at a great resource for tips and easy steps to follow for a healthier heart. Share this information with your friends and family.

You can also follow the “million hearts” initiative on Facebook. It’s wonderful initiative though which the hope is to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017.

Not only do we want to educate our customers, followers, friends and family, we also want to give back. For every sale of a red hipS-sister with heart bling, we will donate $1.00 to the American Heart Association GO Red initiative. Click here to start shopping and supporting our efforts.

More about Go Red here.

As always, thank you for being by our side!

Your hipS-sisters S, S, T, K, J

Sister of the Month – January

Can you believe it’s already January? A new year starts today. What an incredible journey in 2013. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your support, efforts, hard work and beautiful friendships you’ve shared with us.

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It’s time for the passing of the torch. We are happy to announce that our sister of the month for January is Ivy Nava.

Sonia met Ivy at the very first hipS-sister event she did. She was immediately impressed with Ivy’s warmth, friendliness, and sales etiquette. Ivy has been showcasing hipS-sister at the little Italy farmers market practically every Saturday since then. She has truly been instrumental in getting the product onto the women of San Diego. Ivy, we are thrilled that you are bringing in the new year with us. We hope that 2014 brings you (and all of our Sisters and Misters) much joy, love, health and most importantly, happiness. We look forward to many more wonderful experiences with you by our side. We love your entrepreneurial spirit and gusto for life. Thank you.

Congratulations on being sister of the month Ivy.

Your sister
S, S, J, K

 

Pay it Forward and our philosophy

First off, Happy New Year to you all!!!

We wanted to start the year off on a positive note. So we did :)

We have a promotion on our webstore from Jan 1st – Jan 15th. With all purchases of a black left coast hipS-sister, we will include a Pay it forward bracelet.

What is Pay it Forward?

It’s a movement that has no boundaries. It’s not affected by age, gender, race, religion, industry, affiliation, or sexual preference. It’s simple and yet so powerful. You are encouraged to wear a bracelet as a constant reminder to perform random acts of kindness throughout your day. You are also encouraged to part with your bracelet when you see fit, in order to impart onto someone else the Pay it Forward philosophy.

At hipS-sister, we believe anyone and everyone can wear the bracelet and perform acts of kindness in a more conscious and focused manner. There really is nothing holding anyone back from being a part of this movement. It can be as simple as helping someone carry their groceries to their car, keeping a door open, smiling when you make eye contact with individuals around you, or slipping some change into an expired parking meter. That said, we believe that as human beings, we should live out our lives in this manner all the time, with or without the bracelet on. (Truth be told though, having it on your wrist is a constant reminder, and with the busy lives we all live, a constant reminder isn’t a bad thing).

Pay it Forward is the hope that one individual act of kindness will multiply. So many people we’ve met have expressed a need or want to be part of “something” greater than themselves, something by which they can directly affect lives and create a better future for everyone. Pay it Forward is such a “thing” and the bracelet is a symbol, a little reminder, that we can be the change we want to see in the world, one small act of kindness at a time.

We aren’t going to stop spreading the Pay it Forward philosophy once the January promotion is over. Throughout the year, we will be randomly selecting orders received and slip in a Pay it Forward bracelet in its front zippered pocket. Be sure to check when you get your orders and PAY it FORWARD sisters :)

If we’ve peaked your interest and you’d like to learn more about the Pay it Forward movement and philosophy, we encourage you to visit their webpage at www.pifexperience.org for more details.

Sister of the Month – December

It’s Monday, December 2nd and the “Sister of the Month” torch continues to make its rounds.

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For December, we are proud to announce that Marci Lotter is our Sister of the month.

Marci has been with us for a few months now and has quickly proven to be a dedicated, professional and motivated addition to our team. She has been booking event after event after event, sometimes doing 2 different events on the same day! Like this isn’t enough, she also volunteers her time at soup kitchens and other community events in her area. She embodies the hipS-sister “Pay it Forward” philosophy in a way that is inspiring to all of us. I’ve had the chance to speak with Marci on several occasions and have enjoyed getting to know her on a more personal level. Her outlook on life is positive and has helped me look for the silver lining where I may have not been looking otherwise. Thanks Marci!

Marci, keep up the hard work. Trust that nothing you do goes unnoticed. We truly appreciate all you do and the level of effort that you put into it.

Congratulations on being Sister of the Month.

Your sisters,

S, S, K, J

 

October – Sister of the Month

We’ve been busy busy the past few months and weren’t diligent in acknowledging how hard and dedicated our Brand AmbaS-sisters have been.

Each and every one of you have been working with purpose and determination the past few months. We feel blessed to have you all onboard, we thank you and look forward to growing with you.

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For October, we are proud to announce that Stephanie Ceesay is the Sister of the month.

Stephanie has taken her role as an AmbaS-sister seriously but all the while having fun and engaging her followers. Slow and steady wins the race! Stephanie found a pace that works for her and has managed to consequently increase her team to nearly 10 beautiful women. She is always willing to offer a helping hand to her fellow sisters. This is a trait that we truly love about her as it embodies what it means to be an AmbaS-sister. She is positive and looks to uplift the spirits of those around her. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious!

Stephanie, we hope to have you in the sisterhood for years to come. You help us keep going every day and put a smile on our faces. Don’t change. You are wonderful!!

Congratulations on being Sister of the Month.

Your sisters,

S, S, K, J

Did I really just jinx that?………..

Football season has officially started and I could not be happier. One area of (let’s just say) contention is that my father is convinced that if I watch a USC game on tv I will jinx the game and cause USC to lose. This has been a sore subject for the past 5 years. SO, with one eye open I turned the game on last night (sorry SC fans). Sure enough, USC lost. Now, I am sure when I call my dad today he won’t be too upset with me (yah, right), because it’s only football (yah, right!) Which brings me to my blog subject today and that is the power of our intentions.
I have done my share of reading in my life. It started in my early 20′s when I worked two jobs and went to college. I had very little money and actually chose spending money on books over going out and buying drinks. I figured that I would get much more out of the books long-term, and boy was I right. Common themes in the books I read back then were positive thinking, going after what you want, figuring out what it is you want, being real (authentic), and how to connect with others. Many books had spiritual components to them, many didn’t. Which brings me to the beginning of this blog. Sure it is silly to think that I, somehow effected a football game (actually it’s more than silly, it’s absurd) BUT it goes to show the power in our thoughts. So, having a choice every day to look at a glass half empty or half full, why not choose full? Easier said then done, I know. And life can hit us with a lot of “stuff” all at once. But, I believe it is through the hard times, not necessarily the easy, that we find out what we are truly made of.
In closing a quote from William Jennings Bryan, ” Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.” With that said, I say choose love, choose to see the good, choose to take responsibility for our circumstances, choose to live each day as if life is a gift and this moment is all we really have. Choose to be authentic, and choose people in your life that are not only with you, but are also for you. Choose to stretch and choose to grow. And finally choose to smile, because there is ALWAYS something to smile about.  One final thought, I will not be watching any more SC games on tv this season( just in case my father is right) LOL. :) “We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or baseball game, we have taken part in it.” John F. Kennedy. Here’s to a great football season, win or lose. And here’s to a season of success in our own lives. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize-winning medical missionary and philosopher. Choose happiness and everything else will fall into place.

Safety first……………….

So, I park my car last night in a parking garage in Del Mar. (For those of you who don’t know, Del Mar is a pretty nice part of San Diego). There is a police officer there filing a report. A woman had her purse stolen from the front seat of her car. The police says to me, “whatever you do, do not ever leave your purse in your car.” “Well,” I say,”I am the last person who would because I never carry a purse.” He looks at me perplexed, what woman never carries a purse he must be thinking. I take the opportunity to show him my hipS-sister and I say, “it’s because of this band of fabric, which has changed my life.” :) Aside from the convenience that the hipS-sister provides, don’t forget about it’s value regarding keeping your personal essentials SAFE. Especially, when traveling or doing anything in which you are vulnerable to theft. For this reason, this is a great gift item for your daughters and your mothers, as well. When my daughter (who is 14) uses her hipS-sister, I have to say, it gives me peace of mind to know that someone isn’t seeing that purse around her arm knowing that it would be too easy to steal. My grandmother (who is 85) uses hers now when she shops for the same reason, safety and security. Have a beautiful day sisters, living life hands (and care) free. xoxo, Sonia