Good Things Utah September 16 2015
I'm just getting around to posting this, but better late than never, right? A couple months ago I stopped by the studio of Good Things Utah to do a segment on custom fit toe rings. The cast was extremely nice, and I had such a great time with them! I hope to come back and do it again in the future. Check out our segment in the video below. Our selection of sized toe rings can be found here, and if you're interested in hosting a toe ring party contact us today!
Link to the Good Things Utah story
Growing up at the shop: A tribute to dad June 30 2015
When I tell people that my dad owns a jewelry manufacturing business, I usually get one of two reactions: “That’s really cool!” or “He makes a living doing that? Like he does it full time?” Growing up working in a family-owned business was a unique opportunity. It allowed me and my siblings to learn value work and business skills that have greatly benefitted all of us. But more importantly, it let us learn and grow from our boss, who also happened to be our dad.
From a young age, we were all recruited to work in our dad’s business that we affectionately refer to as “The Shop.” My siblings and I would put the earrings on cards, take rings and earrings through the production process (cutting, bending the wire, soldering, pounding, and shining the jewelry), and do a myriad of other things to contribute to the creation and distribution of jewelry throughout the United States. Now that we are all adults trying to make it in “the real world” (whatever that means), we all affirm that we are so grateful for this opportunity. In the moment it was a different story. We were not nearly so enthusiastic.
Having your dad as your boss can create an interesting dynamic, especially if you know my dad. He had several employees that were not related to him and of normal working age (i.e. not an 8 year old boy or girl), but that didn’t mean he expected less of us. Quite the opposite: he expected more. We all like to recount times when we “got in trouble” for doing a poor job, not being to work on time, or not doing what was asked of us. What we didn’t realize, is that we were learning lessons and forming habits the majority of corporate America struggles with. As we learned, we were praised for our successes, and recognized the importance of doing something right, and doing it right the first time (one of my dad’s famous one liners).
We would complain that none of our friends had to work in the summer, wish that we could be somewhere else, but some of my best childhood memories are working with dad and siblings. The work ethic I gained, the self-confidence it gave me, and most importantly the relationships I formed with my siblings and my parents are invaluable to me. Working consistently at a young age shaped my life in so many positive ways, I can’t begin to list them all.
There’s a famous quote that goes something to the effect of, “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he live, and let me watch him do it.” I could not think of a better way to describe my dad; living a good life and setting the example of what it means to be hard working and dedicated. I love you dad! Happy Father’s Day!
When I Don't "Love" to Work Out... June 10 2015
I would consider myself a person who likes to exercise. My Twitter bio even supports this claim: “Cliché of things I enjoy: Running, Xtend Barre…” I tell everyone, “It’s so great, such a great stress reliever.”
However, there are too many days when I don’t love it, I actually kind of hate it. My feet feel like dead weight and I am sure my heart is going to burst out of my chest. I know I have run at least 3 miles but watch tells me I have only run .75 miles. I go to my barre class wearing a baggy tank top with my hair in a mess of a bun, and everyone else around me is pristinely dressed in LuLu Lemon attire. I don’t think some of them even sweat (not sure how that’s possible).
Whenever I get in this mindset, I have to remind myself why I work out. It doesn’t matter if some days I am averaging a 10+ minute mile, or if every minute of my run is a battle between my mind and my body. I have to remind myself that exercising isn’t about what I wear, or about what the rest of the people around me look like or do. It’s about my improvement, and the fact that I did something to try and be healthier that day.
I love this new commercial by Nike because I think it’s such an honest representation of the way most women feel about exercise. I have to constantly remind myself that it’s all about my progress, and I am definitely “better for it” every day I make the choice to be active.
Hello! May 12 2015
Hi! My name is Sara and I am the owner of Swasey Fashion. I have four siblings; one of which is teaming up with me on this blog-- my amazing sister, Emily! I am married to my best friend and the love of my life, Devin. I enjoy cooking, crafting, traveling, eating good food and being a small business owner.
Hi I'm Emily. I am Sara's younger sister (and spent the majority of my childhood trying to be just like her). I work in marketing and communications and love the branding and marketing process. The cliche list of things I enjoy in my spare time is varied and random: running, reading, writing, cooking, watching sports, hiking, camping, and of course watching my favorite TV series on Hulu/Netflix.
Together we enjoy shopping, talking jewelry and spending time with our family. Thanks for following along!