Let's Talk Business

Let's Talk Business

"she is going to be eating A LOT of Ramen Noodles if she doesn’t figure out how to...."
Roxanne Scarborough
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Fall Looks I’m Feeling.

Fall Looks I’m Feeling.

" I don’t care if I’m basic AF, butter soft leggings are the absolute bomb and I wanna be buried in them."
Roxanne Scarborough
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We Made the News...

We Made the News...

Let's be real, I didn't really know what I was doing.... and I really didn't want everyone to know.......
Roxanne Scarborough
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Haters make us Famous.

Haters make us Famous.

“MATURITY IS WHEN YOU HAVE THE POWER TO DESTROY SOMEONE WHO DID YOU WRONG BUT YOU JUST BREATHE, WALK AWAY, AND LET KARMA DEAL WITH THEM”.
Roxanne Scarborough
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Don't ever let someone else tell you that you can't say "Howdy"

Don't ever let someone else tell you that you can't say "Howdy"

That conversation still haunts me as I think back to the next several months when I would catch myself saying .....
Roxanne Scarborough
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Sweet Bee Boutique and Desserts

Sweet Bee Boutique and Desserts

A lot of people as how I came up with the name Sweet Bee? Well I could not for the life of me come up with the right name to describe this cross-over shop.
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How to add photos from your camera roll to your Instagram Story

How to add photos from your camera roll to your Instagram Story

Yall... This took me a little bit to figure out, so I wanted to share this information with you. I feel like I'm pretty tech-savvy but Snapchat and Instagram keep adding new updates and I feel so old trying to figure them all out sometimes.

Have you ever wanted to add a picture or video from your camera roll instead of having to take a new pic? Please read below then.

First off if you are unfamiliar with Stories, its  feature that allows you to post photos and videos that will not appear in your feed, but will be visible by your followers in a slideshow format, for up to 24 hours. This is a great way to share more on Instagram without polluting your feed with dozens of photos and videos you wouldn’t otherwise publish.

So how do you upload a picture or video that you have already taken?  

 

Uploading photos and videos from your library to your Instagram story

As it turns out, the feature was hiding in plain sight.

1) In the Instagram app, tap on the Camera icon in the upper left corner to add a new story. This will take you into camera mode.

create new instagram story

2) This is where you can choose to record a video, or snap a photo. But what we want to do is bring up our photo library. To do this, simply pull up on the screen, and an image picker will be revealed at the bottom.

add photo to stories on instagram

3) From there, simply choose the photo or video you want to upload. You may of course annotate it before uploading it.

pick photo to add to story

There are some limitations to this. First and foremost, only pictures or videos captured within the last 24 hours will be available and eligible to be shared on your story. Anything shot over 24 hours ago will not even show in the image picker.

The second limitation is that if you upload a video that is longer than 10 seconds, it will automatically be cropped to fit the the 10-second format. In that case, I’d suggest editing the video first to crop it as you want it, then upload it to your story.

Boom! Now you have it!!! 

Credit: I went to the internets for this gem of info and found this link and examples below the most useful: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/08/05/how-to-add-photos-videos-to-instagram-story/ 

Roxanne Scarborough
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Redneck in the Big Apple

Redneck in the Big Apple

Sometimes I have good ideas and sometimes, I do not.

I like to get out of dodge if given the chance. But I loathe cold weather and feeling super crowded. So why did I decide to book a trip to New York, around the WINTER HOLIDAY season? I am still trying to figure out the answer.

I learned a lot about New York culture though and have a new respect for how New York has really shaped America and fashion. After less than a week of walking the streets, it was easy to see how there is a great love for the arts there, which you do not see much of in Southeast Texas.

Obviously, I felt inspired by the fashion and architecture of the city that I felt the need to bring it back home with me. I was able to meet with a couple new wholesalers and pick up a brand new line of Jewelry, that I consequently called “City Girl”.

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What do you do when you don’t plan ahead?

I travel on a whim much like I live my day to day life.  Maybe it’s the fear of commitment to plans or that I just find sleeping in on a vacation as the best part. So yeah…. basically we planned to just wing New York City.

We started by walking down to Times Square. I had booked a hotel (Hotel Chandelier) close by so we could be pretty close to everything that people say are “must-see’s”. Time Square was exactly what I expected; Chaos. Matter of fact, most of the trip was chaos!

We waited in long lines, in the freezing cold, and when we took a tour bus to the Museum of the City of New York, we apparently missed the pickup time to get back. Yah, I hate to admit but we ended up using Uber a lot more than planned.

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Me and my hubby had to experience the Roxy Diner, I mean my name was on the door. I’m no food critic but…. the local Waffle House has better food than the $18 omelet I ate... and a lot cheaper.

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We planned a morning at the Museum of Modern Art which turned out to be a slightly pornographic maze of photographs from the 1980’s, a cool exhibit about refugees around the world, and a 1976 Jaguar XJ6 which I suppose is considered art? My husband says it was the only cool part, that was actual art, and something about James Bond?

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We checked out Central Park very briefly and decided we were tired of being cold. Pretty much the same story for the Statue of Liberty too. I genuinely want to know...How do people handle the cold and rain like that? I am officially spoiled on SETX’s mild weather conditions (Minus the tornado's, hurricanes, and flooding).

So even by not planning ahead, we managed to fit all of that in! We also rode on the famous New York Subway, saw an off Broadway play (Humans), hung out with some friends at a speak easy bar, and most importantly, we got lots of shopping done!

Oh, Oh.. and I got to do something I’ve always wanted to do! I went to a “Blo” bar where they wash and style your hair for you!  In another life I imagine I was good with hair. In this one, I am not. I seriously wish I could wake up everyone morning and pay someone else to always fix my hair for me.  

I guess the last real highlight of the trip was that I ate the most delicious grilled cornbread ever at this place called Mexicue. I am still daydreaming about this cornbread yall. Maybe it’s the redneck in me.

The lowest point of the trip though was that it ended with me getting food poisoning from some shoddy Italian restaurant. I guess I should’ve at least checked Yelp first before listening to the Uber driver for a restaurant recommendation. There was only 2 other people in the restaurant so I should've known better.

chicken alfredo pasta, italian food, gluten free, sick, food poisoning

Luckily, we avoided the craziness of New Years Eve Day in New York City and headed back home just in time. Sadly, we didn’t get to be pushed around all day by a mob of New Yorkers waiting to see Mariah Carey perfectly wrap up 2016 for all that it really was! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I guess there is always next year.
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Confessions of a Jewelry Opportunist?

Confessions of a Jewelry Opportunist?

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Before I started QTcutie Boutique, I would spend lots of my hard-earned money (from hustling and selling lots of cell phones) on buying lots of jewelry, clothes, and anything else that had a shiny package. I worked too dang hard, and put up with all levels of frustrating people ranging from those guys who really did have “bubba-teeth” and you can’t understand a lick of what they are saying, to the most demanding “manager style haircut” ladies who were never ever wrong. Basically, I got paid to suck it up, not take anything personal, and develop meaningful enough relationships within five minutes of meeting someone, where I could influence them to buy something and leave a happy camper.

BOY I HAVE SOME STORIES! I will save those for another time though.

So, I spent my days dreading work and wondering if I really went to four years of college, busted my A for a business degree, took every course possible on Marketing, only to end up working retail forever?

YOU ARE NOT A TREE. YOU DO NOT HAVE ROOTS.

I was interviewing for a promotion to business sales, *Fancy* when I was asked the question “Where do you see yourself in five years?” I did the usual interview bull spit response on “hopefully finding success in the position I just knew I would be perfect for and then working my way up that corporate ladder”. Sadly, I almost believed the words coming out of my mouth. I mean.. I had already put in 9 years of this grind… why not stay and ride the wave until it swallowed me up and spit me out? BECAUSE I WAS NOT HAPPY. (Yeah, I got the job)

I took my question first to the Googles. “What do I want to be when I grow up?” I thought I was in bad shape, at 27 asking this question until I read and read some more about how many people really hate their job and that’s just life and we all just accept it. So.. on then to the Facebooks, where an old high school friend wrote “follow your passion.” If only it were just that easy (sarcastic voice as I literally mimicked that response and had to restrain from responding with 18 eye-roll emoji’s).

I mean, what the heck was I ever passionate about? I mean I like stuff… and buying stuff.. and selling stuff. But I never really was obsessed with one thing so much I could take it to the bank and say “Yo, I need a business loan so I can like play guitar, scroll through pinterest, read on reddit all day, and travel to all the places.” So… I really had to think about what makes me HAPPY.

HAVING CONFIDENCE WHEN YOU FEEL ALONE.

This was a weird time in my life. I decided I had put up with more than enough and I was done settling. I made some swift decisions and really got to see some people for who they really are. I was taking Nikes advice and “just doing it” and #boom I MADE CHANGE HAPPEN. I left some people behind in this quest but I think if I would not have moved on, I would still be making all of my life decisions based on fear instead of logic.

I could do this, even if it meant doing it alone and a little scared.

In high school I was voted Best Dressed and that must say something about who I am as a person and what I might be good at? Yas? RIGHT? I don’t know what people were thinking honestly. My outfits ranged from emo punk rocker wearing Chuck Taylors, studded belts, and Weezer shirts – to wearing Business professional blazers like I was running for class president that day. Whatever, I was me then.. why was I so scared to be ME now?

I looked at my favorite shopping websites Jane, Etsy, Sassy Steals, and GroopDealz and thought “This is it…. I could so do this”. I could make or buy stuff and sell it on these online boutique platforms.  At this point, I have had some personal and business failures already, and I have learned some of those business lessons the hard way because well.. I’m a little hardheaded. I know now that I definitely do not want to make chocolates all day, or paint furniture in my cold garage, or sell tutus.

Instead I started QTcutie where I could sell my favorite finds in jewelry and other cool fashion, makeup, and trendy new items. The jewelry takes precedence because I just like it most. I wear a range of jewelry because I go from simple, and dainty every-day wear items, to bold and glam statement pieces within the day sometimes. I want to share my finds with everyone, but at a reasonable and affordable price.

I MAY HAVE CONCENTRATION ISSUES.

I also do marketing for my day job because it helps make me feel important, and like I make a difference. Somehow, I lucked out and scored a job that uses my previous sales and marketing experience, and I get to travel to new places.Plus I have to be doing something or I get stir crazy.

I am at a place in my life where I am actually pretty darn happy working a full -time job and running QTcutie. I get some amazing help from my husband, and even my kiddo likes to help me out in the shop! Now I have taken my obsession with jewelry to the 10th degree but at least I can share that obsession with you!

Please stay tuned for more blog posts and travels with QTcutie! Ciao!

-Roxy 

 

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