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Tuesday 06.20.17

Girl Boss | Dallas Edition

Hi there! I'm Margaret, NEAT's resident Dallas Home Organizer :)

One of my favorite things about being a NEAT Girl is having the opportunity to work and collaborate with all our Girl Bosses across the country! Even though we don’t see each other everyday we are constantly chatting, sharing advice, support, and a lot of laughs along the way.

Living in Dallas, I also have made incredible friends with other female entrepreneurs located in my hometown! A few of the Dallas ladies I love connecting with are Lizzy Chesnut from CITY Boots, as well as Ali Barshop & Meg Jones from To & From Gifts. I am so inspired by how they have followed their passions and built their companies, that I couldn't help but share a few of their tips and advice for becoming a Girl Boss!

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Thank you all so much for taking the time to chat with me! First off, can you tell us a little about your companies and where to find you?

CITY Boots :: CITY Boots is a Dallas based lifestyle brand that specializes in high-end, handmade boots in bold colors and original silk scarves. We are online at www.cityboots.com and by appointment at our showroom in Dallas. Also, we love posting and interacting on Instagram! It is such a good way to connect with the customer directly. Our handle is @citybootsofficial.

To & From Gifts :: To & From is a custom gift design service, specializing in corporate and wedding gifting programs. We thoughtfully design and create personalized gift boxes for moments that matter. We work with businesses and event planners, because although they could do it on their own, we understand that their time is best spent catering to their clients. Our goal is to create unique and compelling ways to thank a loyal customer, congratulate a friend or welcome out-of-town guests. You can find us on Instagram, @toandfromgifts or online at www.toandfromgifts.com

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Fantastic-- I am such a fan of both of your Instagrams!

One of the things we love at Neat Method is hearing from one another the stories that prompted others to take the leap into starting their own business. It is so inspiring! How did you make the decision to launch a company?

CITY Boots :: CITY Boots was inspired because I could never find timeless, understated, high quality cowboy boots for a reasonable price. 

I was a huge collector of cowboy boots from an early age. I even named my dog "boots" at the age of four! So, when I graduated college and started a corporate job, I started to get boot envy. All the men at work were wearing cowboy boots with their suits, but as much as I love a good sundress and cowboy boots...a pencil skirt just doesn't have the same effect. I told myself, "one day I will have a job that I can wear cowboy boots to," which meant I would either work in the cowboy boot industry or own my own company. Now, much sooner than expected, I do both! 

To & From Gifts :: The decision to launch To & From Gifts did not happen overnight, but once we started narrowing down our ideas and understanding our strengths (yes, tying the perfect bow is a strength), we started to run with it. We were both recently engaged and searching for a unique and meaningful way to ask our bridesmaids (including each other!) to be part of our weddings. We’re not re-inventing the wheel, but we definitely saw an opportunity within the market and decided to take it!

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Doing something on your own can be intimidating, and a little scary! Do you have any advice for women considering starting their own business?

CITY Boots :: A month after starting CITY Boots full-time I had the pleasure of meeting Stuart Weitzman at this store on 5th Ave. in New York City. It was very serendipitous as my mom and I were just shopping in the store. He came in to pick something up, and we struck up a conversation. My mom (in typical mom fashion) told him I was starting a footwear company, and he was extremely excited for me. 

He told me about his experience and gave me the advice: "If you build it, they will come." I think about this daily when I worry if people are going to like and more importantly BUY my stuff, and it (usually) holds true. So, even when things get hairy...I keep builiding, and I think there is someting to be said for that.

To & From Gifts :: Doing something on your own is definitely intimidating! We’re lucky to have each other. Our advice is to find a strong partner- someone that will motivate you, challenge you, hold you accountable and even spell check your emails and presentations.

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Starting your own business is a huge learning opportunity. Is there anything that really surprised you, or was one of your biggest learnings? 

CITY Boots :: The biggest lesson I've learned is you get out what you put in. I've heard that my whole life, but I don't think I fully understood it until owning my own business. It can be really rewarding!!

To & From Gifts :: For us, designing and developing a website was something we were familiar with, but actually creating a small business was a whole other story. It was definitely a learning curve, but something we’re now proud to be able to say that we’ve done. And looking back, it’s not as hard as you would think. Our biggest piece of advice is don’t be afraid to ask for advice! 

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Obviously, the NEAT Team loves a great organizational tip— what do you do to keep yourself organized while juggling running a company?

CITY Boots :: I am old school. Handwritten lists. There is something about writing it by hand that makes it real. 

To & From Gifts :: We are definitely list makers! Every day starts with a to-do list. We use tools like Evernote to access notes and lists that we create on our computers and phones while we're on the go. A lot of To & From lives within Google Drive. With a shared inbox, it's important to have a good system for organizing our communication with clients and vendors. 

Lists are definitley an organizational must for the on-the-go entrepreneur! Thank you all so much for sharing your stories and advice! We have loved hearing about your journeys, and cannot wait to see where you take CITY Boots and To & From Gifts!

xx

the NEAT girls 

Monday 11.07.16

5 Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas We Will be Copying This Year

If you are anything like a NEAT girl, you have already starting purchasing holiday gifts and are thinking ahead to how they will be wrapped this year. It will come as no surprise that we think the prettiest gifts are typically wrapped very simply. This year, we have found some serious inspiration online that we had to share with you! Here are the top 5 people we will be copying this year for our holiday gift wrap. 

#1 Feast your eyes on this beauty from Boxwood Avenue. We love their use of a fresh tree branch, simple black and white string and of course...the LABEL.

#2 When we found this image and blog post by Lauren Kelp we agreed it was time to "ditch the tra-dish"!

#3 If, of course, traditional is more your thing, we have never seen brown paper packages tied up with string more beautifully than here at One Beautiful Home. The addition of the names written in gold is SO PERFECT!

#4 We have offically done some light stalking of Gather & Feast and we are not afraid to admit it! These simple gift tags are EVERYTHING and did we mention the have FREE ones to download on their site? You're welcome. :)

Finally, even if you are just handing out some goodies to neighbors this year, we think you should be contacting A Fabulous Fete to create some tags for you. We were drooling over every. little. thing. in her etsy shop!

Officially inspired? Happy gifting!

xx

the NEAT girls

Wednesday 07.27.16

Top 5 Interior Hashtags

No one loves using Instagram for inspiration more than a NEAT girl. Here is a list of our 5 favorite hashtags to use when searching for home #inspiration ....

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#DESIGN - (link to image source) The minimalism of this photo is certainly very inspiring.

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#HOMEDECOR - (link to image source) Clean countertops always make our heart sing.

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#INSPIRATION - (link to image source) As an entrepreneur sometimes you need a good quote to remind you to keep pursuing your dreams!

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#LUXURY - (link to image source) We love looking at all of the clean lines in this image.

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#INTERIORDESIGN - (link to image source) This is one NEAT playroom.

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Oh and our personal favorites … #THENEATLIFE and #BENEAT! We love nothing more than using these to help inspire our followers or anyone interested in organization.

xx
the NEAT girls

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Thursday 06.09.16

Two Simple Ways to Achieve Your Dream Closet

We're sure it will come as no surprise that we go above and beyond for our clients to ensure they are living a life of luxury. By having a beautifully organized home, not only will you feel more at ease and efficient, but you will also feel more inspired to love your things. You don't have to have the most amazing walk in closet to achieve the feeling we are referring to. You just have to have two companies by your side for this said inspiration! 

One :: Your favorite organized NEAT girls of course and ...

Two :: One of our nearest and dearest partners, Luxury Garage Sale. If you don't already know this amazing company, well now is your chance.

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We recently had the honor of hosting a fabulous event with these lovely ladies and we can't tell you enough about why we all should be shopping there. The event was co-hosted by our Chicago team and one of LGS's most recent Pop-up shops in a suburb called, Hinsdale! The NEAT girls spent a day completely re-merchandising the store to make it feel as if you were walking into your very own closet. Their unique and individual pieces allowed for the guests to envision what their closet had the potential of looking like as well. From the organizing, to the actual merchandise, everyone was oooohhhing and aaaahhhhing!

 

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Everything that Luxury Garage Sale has in their store is just that....LUXURY! However, they sell their items for a much more reasonable price then what you could buy them for otherwise. Hence, why you don't have to sacrifice luxury to have all the fancy clothes and accessories that your little heart desires. It should be noted that many of the items they sell are consignment items, but being the perfectionist that we are...we have to tell you that you would never know that many of these clothes have ever been worn. 

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If your one that already has the luxury wardrobe, but needs to make space for more amazingness...then they would be more than happy to help to consign your items as well. So, next time you feel you aren't able to have that luxury closet you've been dreaming of...take a moment to check out our work for inspiration or consign/shop all things LGS. We promise you, you will soon have a closet fit for a queen. 

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 04.28.16

Admiring April :: NuttZo

We are sad to say that April is nearly over which means so is our Admiring April series. However, we will continue to give love to all of the brands out there that inspire us no matter what month it is!!

The good news is that we have saved one of the best for last! Meeting Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi, the amazing Founder of NuttZo!

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NM :: So it's no secret we admire you and the brand you have created with NuttZo. Can you give our readers a brief overview of the history and what makes your products so amazing?

Danielle :: The inception of NuttZo began in April 2002 when I met our first son, Gregory (then 3-1⁄2 years old), who was extremely vitamin deficient. Greg was very picky eater who did not like any textures or lots of chewing. He had grown up with a vey narrow food selection of mostly porridges and watery soups. Matthew was adopted in 2005 at 1-1/2 years old. He was vitamin deficient as well but not a ‘picky eater’ like Greg.

Health and nutrition are passions of mine, so I got an idea for a vegan source of protein. I blended peanuts (legumes) with 6 different nuts and seeds to make a yummy vitamin/mineral-rich complete protein. I added flax for its healthy Omega 3 ALAs. Voila, NuttZo was born!

Simultaneously with the launch of NuttZo, my husband and I founded our nonprofit, Project Left Behind (PLB). NuttZo is a proud supporter of PLB, which has projects helping children in Nepal, India and Peru. Each jar of NuttZo purchased helps orphaned and neglected children!

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NM :: We love that your product was inspired by your boys and that it all started in your kitchen! While we are sure making a nut butter can get a little messy sometimes, what is one tip or product you love to keep your kitchen organized?

Danielle :: With 2 hungry teenage boys in the house, our food closet can get very disorganized quickly… so one trick that Katie from NEAT Method helped me implement was designated and marked bins for snacks, pasta, and smoothies. This was ingenious and worked so well that now the whole family can keep the food closet organized!

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NM :: We clearly stalk your Instagram and everything you post looks so delicious! Can you share your latest greatest recipe that uses Nuttzo?

Danielle :: I eat between 2-6 NuttZo Cups per day… no kidding. I grew up in the ‘80s being told fats were bad (which was WAY WRONG) and now I can’t get enough healthy fats. One of my all time favorite recipes is ....

1 jar of NuttZo Original Peanut 7 Nut & Seed butter
½ cup melted coconut oil
¼ cup melted ghee or grass-fed butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
4 scoops high-grade collagen
2T honey

Mix all ingredients together over low heat. Put mini paper cups in mini muffin tins. Fill each muffin tin ¾ full. Refrigerate or freeze until solid. Store in glass container in the refrigerator. Devour for breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner or bedtime snack.

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NM :: Yum, we can't wait to make thoseIs there any other NEAT news or tips that you would like to share with our readers?

Danielle :: I can’t say enough about using NEAT Method to organize my home and office. It has helped me stay focused and less stressed. Being organized and feeling clutter-free just keeps my day-to-day operations running smoothly. Organization does not come easy to me, so Katie has helped me put in steps to make my household run like a top. I know where to find items quickly and I know where to store them, which saves me time and anxiety.

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Aww we love that you got to work with Katie and are enjoying living the NEAT life. Thanks for sharing your success story with us!

If you want more from Nuttzo (which you should) you can buy it here, and follow be sure to follow them here

xx
the NEAT girls

Wednesday 04.20.16

Admiring April :: Natalie Borton

If you haven't been following along, we have spent the whole month of April admiring other female entrepreneurs who are near and dear to our hearts!

Today's admiree, Natalie Borton, says this about herself, "My deepest desire is to help women live healthy, confident lives of true beauty and worth. A self-proclaimed minimalist, I am constantly striving to simplify and optimize my life." In just two sentences you can see why we love her, but lets learn more about what makes her so NEAT ... 

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NM :: We absolutely admire the fun things you are up to. Can you give our readers a brief overview of how you got your start and what excites you the most about bringing the latest lifestyle, motherhood, styling and wellness tips to your admirers?

Natalie :: Well, I started blogging right after I graduated from college in 2008. The blog I had back then was nothing like the one I have today, but rather more of a reflective diary of sorts, the way a lot of blogs were back then! It wasn’t until several years later that I decided I wanted to be more serious and intentional about blogging and created something new, which has evolved into the blog you see today. I love blogging because I love to tell people about things I’ve learned or discovered. I’ve probably always been like that, but it’s a quality that especially started to come out in my early 20s. I also really delight in the way the Internet and social media can connect people from all over the world—that piece has become even more significant to me since becoming a mother, too.

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NM :: We love that you are a self-proclaimed minimalist. Can you give us a few NEAT tips that you find help you achieve minimalism in your life?

Natalie :: Yes, minimalism all the way!! A few tips…

1. Get rid of something every day— This sounds crazy but you’d be surprised how much stuff you have lying around the house that you don’t want or need! We keep a donation bin in our garage so we can easily keep track of things we want to donate. My new motto is, When in doubt, throw it out!

2. Baskets, baskets, baskets—With a toddler in the house, we have a lot of toys that can easily make the house feel cluttered and crazy. Since the toys aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, we rely on pretty baskets and bins to toss everything into at the end of the day. It makes the whole house feel so tidy with minimal effort.

3. Streamline your getting ready process—I’ve created a super quick, minimal makeup routine that I can do in 2 minutes, and also over time curated a wardrobe that consists of around 50 pieces (not including shoes, accessories, pajamas & fitness gear) that all sort of mix and match. That makes getting ready very easy and quick, so I can focus on other things like my little guy or a work project.

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NM :: We love those tips and getting rid of something every day definitely does NOT sound crazy to us!

On another note, you also have some really exciting news to share about some beautiful items that have recently found their place on your shop page. Do tell!!!

Natalie :: I started a jewelry line in October of last year and it has just been so much fun. It was actually my husband’s idea and we are co-owners of the company. Brian handles operations, strategy and all things numbers. I handle design, marketing and jewelry-making. Though of course it’s nice to have the added income, the most satisfying thing about it is knowing that someone wants to wear a piece that I made. Every time we get an order I feel so loved, encouraged and supported! You can shop the line at natalieborton.com.

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NM :: You really are talented in so many ways! Since jewelry is clearly something you have an eye for, can you share your thoughts on organizing your treasured jewels?

Natalie :: I think jewelry should be displayed, not hidden in a drawer! I love to hang mine on the wall near my full-length mirror to make it easy to pick a final touch before I head out the door. I also think creating a space in your closet could be a good idea if you have room.

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NM :: Is there any other NEAT news or tips that you would like to share with our readers?

Natalie :: I suppose one tip I have for any fellow mamas, or entrepreneurs out there, is that you can’t do it all so learn to delegate the things you don’t love to do or that don’t matter too much. For example, I really hate cleaning (which is so, so different than tidying!). So once a month I have this sweet lady named Esther come over and clean my house while I take Jack to the park and enjoy a morning out. It seemed indulgent at first, but it’s truly been the best thing! Figure out what those things are in your life and don’t be afraid to find someone to help you out.

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We love that advice. Natalie, thanks so much for chatting with us today. This has been so great!

Don't forget to follow Natalie's blog, FB and Instagram for more NEAT tips. You also must also check out her Mompreneur series featuring our very own Katie Koentje!

xx
the NEAT girls

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