You Know What They Say About Imitation

I hope you know by now that I am a loyal supporter of local business. I have built more than one, I frequent many and I support them all. I believe small businesses make our towns and cities stronger in many, many ways.  So imagine my surprise when another local business starting incorporating my product line into their business as if it were their own.

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I can see the truth in that. I didn’t think much of it when they started offering lip balms and whipped shea body butter in brown containers with kraft labels. I didn’t think it was cool but whatever.  They crossed the line, though, when they introduced a flower shaped lavender bath fizz with lavender flowers on top. A few days later I was talking to another small business owner when they told me, this same shop is purchasing a duplicate item that they offer from one their former assistants.

Out of respect for the business, I emailed them and asked them to consider creating their own versions of products that have become synonymous with my shop and other local businesses.  I have yet to hear a reply.  Additionally, over Christmas they took to Twitter and bashed another local business because they didn’t hand make their products, somehow implying that if it isn’t made here it isn’t local enough.  I replied to their post by saying that all business supports our community and local businesses should be working together.  Competition can be healthy when done with respect and ethical practices. I am not sure how I said this in 140 characters but I did and as expected I never heard back from that one either.

I am happy to be someone’s inspiration but please take that inspiration and create your own niche. That is the entrepreneurial way. That is why I am supporting Eilise and Fizzy Bella Boutique (like her on Facebook if you haven’t already). Eilise came to me with her ideas of where she wants to take HER shop. Fizz is her inspiration but she will taking her shop on its own journey.  I respect her for that. I encouraged her to use the flower shape for the fizzes, so don’t be alarmed when you see them in her shop. She does this with my blessing.  Notice the difference? She asked. Simple concept I know.

So, yes, I guess imitation is the sincerest form a flattery.  When used as inspiration that is. But using another person’s ideas instead of your own creativity, not so much.  I have purposefully not named the offending shop in this post so as to not draw attention to them. Just be aware when shopping downtown that if you buy a flower shaped fizz in any other shop than Fizzy Bella (or authorized local shops like Rainbow’s End – I am not sure of Eilise’s plan for wholesaling), you are supporting a local business that does not support other local businesses.

Please comment to show your support. Maybe we can help this business find their own way.  To comment, simply click here or on the title of the post and the comment section will be at the bottom of the page.  Thank you!

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Dressing With Confidence

I have had the pleasure of communicating with Jackie Clark over the last few weeks. Jackie does outreach for Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, a leading web resource for mesothelioma cancer.  Everyone knows someone that has been touched by cancer. And having cancer doesn’t mean you have to feel any less of woman (or man). Jackie, was kind enough to agree to guest post on the subject.  Thank you, Jackie!

Your confidence is something that can take a severe beating when you have been dealing with mesothelioma doctors. It seems that there is always something that is standing in your way, and you might feel as though you are never going to get to where you want to be. While there may be nothing that you can do about your health, remember that you can take care of your own frame of mind. People find that a positive attitude can help them move forward, and for you, this is where fashion comes in.

Fashion is something that has always given women self-confidence and power over themselves. The things you wear are things that you have chosen. They are not reliant on tests or a lot of information from other people. The things that you wear may be, in a very real sense, flags, the things that you fly to let other people know who you are. Are you a sensual siren or are you the girl next door? Do you love vintage styles or does everything have to be sleekly modern? The clothes that you wear reflect your personality, so think about what that means.

What have you been wearing lately? If your gaze goes over to the old sweatpants that you have had for years, it may be time to shake things up. When you pick out your clothing carefully, you are making decisions that impact only you. You will find that there are many choices that you can make, ranging from a stylish pair of jeans to a lovely wrap dress that closes around in an creates an elegant look. This is the perfect time to look into clothing that lets other people know who you really are.

Think about the patterns that you love. Perhaps you prefer plain solids that are in vibrant colors, or perhaps you adore tiny prints on solid backgrounds. On the other hand, maybe you love patterns that are larger than life in bright and bold colors! There are so many different patterns out there that finding the ones that suit you may take a fair amount of time. Consider the patterns that draw your eye and consider why that may be. For some people, abstract patterns are key. For others, flowers may be more preferable, or they may even favor skulls and funky fruits!

When you are experimenting with fashion, remember that fit is something that you need to consider. If a garment doesn’t fit, it will never look quite right on you. Even if you adore everything else about the garment, put it back if it is too big or too small. If the fit issues are relatively minor, you may simply wish to have the garment tailored, something that can make an incredible difference to the things you wear.

If you are ready to get out of your head and to revel in the potential that you have, it is time to get dressed! Choose garments that are uniquely you and see the difference it makes.

Check out the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog for more information on creativity and wellness.

What not to expect from natural beauty products.

If you are contemplating the switch to natural skin care and other personal care products, it is important that you begin with proper expectations.  It is not fair to compare natural skin care with their synthetic-laden counterparts. It is like comparing apples to oranges. As you get started on your quest for quality, natural products, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Natural beauty products will not last forever. 

When you buy natural products make sure you use them. These are not the products that should reside under your counter and used as a back up. Natural products often use few, if any, preservatives. As a result their shelf life is much shorter than non-natural products that contain the preservatives you are trying to avoid. You invested in them, use them.

Natural beauty products will not feel the same.


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Coconut oil: Beauty’s natural wonder

Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years as a treatment of skin ailments due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant and antibacterial properties.  Beyond the skin, coconut oil has many other useful heath and beauty benefits.  No need to worry about its high saturated fat content though, studies have shown the overall health benefits of a regular dose coconut oil in your diet and beauty routine.

Read more to find out how Coconut Oil can help with Weight Loss, Digestion, Moisturizing Skin and Hair and Healing.

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LUCK 13

Happy Friday the 13th! To help get your lucky on, we are offering $13 off any purchase of $65.00 or more. Offer good online or in the shop.  Just enter LUCKY13 at checkout.

Enjoy your day and may it be filled with luck!

Natural Allergy Relief

Spring is here and with it comes the dreaded allergy season. If you would prefer to stay away from over the counter options, here are some natural options that can help provide some relief: Neti Pot, Local Raw Honey, Stinging Nettle and Eucalyptus Essential Oil.

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The best beauty product ever

Sleep. Yes, that’s right – sleep.  Everyone loves sleep and everyone seems to want more sleep, Somehow, though, sleep always gets pushed aside to finish laundry, something on a to do list or just to relax after a long day.  Sleep not only improves mood, increases mental cognition and promotes a healthy body, it can be instrumental and probably the most important ingredient in any skin care regime.

When you don’t get enough sleep, you will wear it on your skin. Lack of sleep can darken circles under the eyes, increase fine lines and wrinkles and lead to a dull complexion that is dehydrated and tired looking.

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Pin and Win!

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do.  Well just pin and you can win!

Win $100 Fizz Bath Shop Gift Card and $100 Visa Gift Card simply by pinning your favorite Bath and Body Products.

Here is how it works:

  1. Create a Bath and Body Pinterest Board under the Hair and Beauty Category.  Pin a minimum (more is fine) 10 of your favorite products onto the board with a short description as to why you like them.  Four of those products must be from Fizz Bath Shop. Include the hashtag #fizzbathshop on the products from Fizz Bath Shop.
  2. Once your board is created, head over to Facebook and post a link to your board on our Facebook Page (you must like our page in order to post your link).
  3. Get your friends and family to like, follow and repin your board.  Any facebook likes, shares and comments will also count.
  4. The board with the most likes, follows, repins on Pinterest and Facebook combined will win. Nine runner ups will receive a $10.00 Fizz Bath Shop Gift Card.
Some rules:
  • Contest will run from April 1 – April 30, 2012.  Winners will be announced on May 15, 2012.
  • Only one entry per person. In the case of multiple entries the first board entered will be the one considered for the prize.
  • A minimum of 30 entries are required for prizes to be awarded.  If 30 entries are not received the top entry will receive a $50.00 Fizz Bath Shop Gift Card and the following top 9 entries will receive $5.00 Fizz Bath Shop Gift Card.
  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age.
  • If you need a Pinterest Invitation email “info@fizzbathshop.com”.
Have fun and let the pinning begin!

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