Monday, November 30, 2015

24 Hours To Go // Double Donation Day COUNTDOWN!

Get excited!! There are only 24 hours left until Double Donation Day! Bravelets HQ is gearing up for the big event and trying our best to make it amazing this year. Everything is stocked, and donations are just itching to go to a great cause! 


If you have any questions about Double Donation day visit our info page or email [email protected] I hope you have the best Double Donation Day ever. And stay tuned, for excitig updates on our Double Donation Day efforts!

Be brave,
Kat

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving is here!

From Bravelets, and me, to you! I hope your holiday is filled with family, friends and food!


Give thanks and give back this weekend with us! Our Black Friday sale starts today...
Head on over to our website for some great deals!

Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY15
Be brave,
Kat

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thankful For Pie + Recipe!

Today, here at Bravelets HQ, we have our Thanksgiving Office Potluck. And boy, am I excited!!! Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, filled with the best food and amazing people. One of those amazing people this Thanksgiving is our Graphic Designer, Mallory. She has gone above and beyond to make this little pies for the office. I am OBSESSED. Just look at them! They make me want to eat dessert first!

She was gracious to slip me the recipes, which I will now share with you. Pie-making comes naturally to some and to others, well, we will try our best. Apparently, it's a simple recipe...

Pumpkin Pie
1 can pumpkin pie filling 1 can 12 oz evaporated milk 2 eggs 3/4 c sugar 1 tbsp cinnamon 1/2 tbsp ground ginger 1/2 tbsp ground clove 1 box of pre-made crust Topping – whip cream
1. Preheat oven to 425 2. Slice and arrange pie crust in muffin tin - just like apple pie 3. In a small bowl mix together sugar and spices 4. In a large bowl whisk eggs 5. Add pumpkin pie filling to egg mixture, mix thoroughly 6. Stir in the sugar mixture 7. Slowly stir in the evaporated milk 8. Once its all mixed together, pour a bit into a smaller pouring container and fill up muffin tin 9. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes 10. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 40-50 minutes 11. Let cool for 2 hours, top with whip cream and serve immediately or refrigerate

Cherry Pie
1 can cherry pie filling 1 box premade pie crust 1 egg + water sugar
1. Preheat oven to 400 2. Slice and arrange pie crusts in muffin tin as in previous recipes 3. Spoon cherry pie filling into muffin tin, filling to the top 4. Slice left over pie crust into long strips to create a lattice pie crust 5. Arrange lattice over top of the muffin tin, trim around 6. Make an egg wash by mixing egg and 1 tbsp of water in a small bowl 7. Spread egg wash on top of each lattice crust 8. Sprinkle with sugar 9. Bake at 400 for 18-22 minutes

Apple Pie
FILLING
8 cups of tart apples (6-8) cut into small bite-sized pieces
3/4 cup of flour
1 1/2 cups pf sugar
2 tbsp of cinnamon
4 tbsp of chilled butter, cut into equal portions
2 boxes of pre-made pie crusts 

CRUMB TOPPING
4 tbsp of butter (slightly softened)
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of flour


1. Preheat oven to 400 2. Unroll pie crust and using a glass, cut the mini pie crust (each pie roll cut about 7 for me) 3. Spray muffin tin with Pam 4. Set mini pie crust into the muffin tin, making sure pressed against sides evenly 5. Peel apples and dice into small bite sized pieces, put in large bowl 6. Toss with apples the sugar, flour, & cinnamon, make sure all apples are covered 7. Spoon apple filling into muffin tin and fill to the top - don't worry it will cook down 8. Top with a slice of butter 9. Make the Crumb topping by mixing all the ingredients in a separate bowl 10. Top the filling & butter with the crumb topping, make sure the filling is covered 11. Bake at 400 for 18-22 min







These were a hit out our team lunch, and I know you will love them too!

Be brave,
Kat

Friday, November 20, 2015

GIVEAWAY for Double Donation Day!


How does a giveaway sound as we gear up for Double Donation Day? Good, right?! You've come to the right place. The big day is right around the corner and we want to spread the word. 

You can help us out by entering the giveaway to win a BE BRAVE MUG and a $20 DONATION in your name to the CAUSE OF YOUR CHOICE!





































To enter:

  1. Make sure to FOLLOW @Bravelets on Twitter!
  2. GIVE the contest tweet a ♥ 
  3. RETWEET the contest tweet
  4. FOR 10 EXTRA ENTRIES, print out our printable (bit.ly/GiveDDDAY) and tweet out a photo of it with #Give20
Tag @Bravelets so that we can find your fun posts! 
This giveaway ends Sunday at 5PM CT. The winner will be announced shortly after and DMed. Best of luck and Happy Double Donation Day!

Be brave,
Kat

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Save the date for DOUBLE DONATION DAY!

This Giving Tuesday is Double Donation Day at Bravelets. For every item purchased, $20 will be donated to the associated cause! 


We are so excited about Double Donation and want to spread the message far and wide! Giving Tuesday always follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a way to give back during all of the holiday chaos. This year at Bravelets, we are celebrating Giving Tuesday with Double Donation Day on December 1st, 2015! For each Bravelets purchase made within those 24 hours, $20 will be donated to the associated cause.

For more info on Double Donation Day click here or feel free to email me! [email protected]

Getting involved is simple! Just support your cause and tell all your friends about Double Donation Day. We've got a Facebook event you can "attend" and a printable that you can write your cause on, take a picture of, and post on social media! All sounds fun, right?



Things are getting pretty hectic and fun around Bravelets HQ as we gear up for Double Donations Day! But we always try to take a breather and remember why we do what we do. For causes. For charity, awareness and giving back. For bravery. 


To download the printable, visit the Facebook Event Page and look for our download post!

Be brave,
Kat

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Cheer + Digital Downloads!



The holiday season is just around the corner! And I know we still have Thanksgiving to enjoy (I didn't forget about you, Thanksgivingheads, there is a recipe post coming out soon!) but isn't the holiday season just beautiful??

So, I thought I would help y'all get into the spirit of things with a free, festive digital download for your phone and desktop!


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Directions: 

Download phone wallpaper here!  

Download the desktop wallpaper here!

Click the above link + right click the image to choose to "save image as...".
For iPhones, email or text it to your phone + save it to your camera roll, then set it as your phone background!
For Desktops, simply change your desktop background to your new festive download!

Be brave, 
Kat

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Where Bravelets Come From // China Trip + Guest Blogger!

Our jewelry suppliers are located in Guangzhou, China—about a two-hour train ride outside of Hong Kong—and once a year, CEO Stephanie Hansen travels to China and visits the supply houses there. Stephanie just got back and brought fun photos with her! This is your chance to see a little more of a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a Bravelet. I'm gonna let Stephanie get into it...


Guangzhou, China


Our main contact is Michelle, our Production Manager in China.  She manages relationships with all of our current and new suppliers.  Michelle is in charge of placing orders, quality assurance, facilitating shipments to the US, etc.  She and I are in close communication almost every day through email and Skype.  She has been instrumental to Bravelets’ fast growth – by ensuring that we are able to ramp up our manufacturing to meet demand for all you lovely customers!


Michelle, Production Manager
       On the trip, I met with our manufacturers, performed some Quality Assurance on items currently in production, discussed product improvements with Michelle and attended a jewelry show in Hong Kong.  I also travelled for two nights with Michelle and her entire family (Michelle being the only one who speaks English).  We all visited two towns I had never been to before (Guilin and Yangshuo).  Traveling around China with someone else’s family, not speaking with language, and experiencing the culture first hand was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. 


A ton of Bravelets!

The most inspiring part of it all is the work that has gone into Bravelets in the past three years, and not just here in the U.S. 

I started working with Michelle shortly after Bravelets launched. Our very first batch of Bravelets came from a different supplier, but the 2nd order through today have all been managed by Michelle.  I travel to China once a year to meet with our suppliers (March 2013, Sept 2014, Sept 2015). On my first visit to China, Michelle expressed that I had inspired her to be an entrepreneur, and that her dream was to own her own company in Guangzhou.  Over the years, I have provided advice and guidance to her, and we have worked together to grow our businesses.  I love win-win situations, and this is definitely one of those that has been mutually beneficial to both of us.  

Not only has Michelle been able to start her own company, be her own boss, and provide jobs for over 10 people in China, but she has also been able to support her family and create a better life for them.  One of the most gratifying moments for me in my entire life/career, was when I visited Michelle in 2014, and she showed me the new house that her family was living in, which was WAY nicer than the house she had shown me in 2013.  In just over a year, with the money that Michelle has made working with Bravelets, she was able to go from living in a very small one-bedroom apartment with her mom and dad, to a four-story house where they now live with many of the luxuries that we all take for granted.





Be brave,
Stephanie

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November Awareness Months!



This month we have partnered with some charities for November Awareness and we are trying to spread awareness about education and fundraising! If you are interested in supporting any of these cause, visit a Brave Page on our website and give back!

Be brave,
Kat

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Meet Our Newest Addition!

It's an exciting time for Bravelets! We are adding a lot of new members and new traditions to the office team. Keeping up with how fast we are growing is difficult, but made less so by all the people doing A+ work at Bravelets HQ. 

Joshua Womack, Jr. PHP Developer

So, are you ready to meet the newest member of our team? I sat down with him for a little Getting To Know You, Getting To Know All About You session. And while we didn't end up singing the King and I together, it was a fun and informative meeting. 

Favorite Bravelets style? Original Stitched Leather!

Cause close to your heart? Breast Cancer...it runs in my family, so it is something that has been in my life. I would love to spread more awareness about it.

Personal mantra? It's easy to get caught up in big picture things. I find that focusing on the small tasks and accomplishing them, one by one, is an efficient way to stay calm about the larger problems at hand.

If you could be any superhero...? Iron Man. Definitely Iron Man, minus all his major flaws like alcoholism.

Favorite color? Orange.

Best way to spend a Saturday? Traveling!

On that note, where is your favorite place to travel? Chicago.

Tea or Coffee? Coffee all the way. (Side note: Josh has brought all sorts of fancy gizmos and gadgets to the office that apparently make coffee. He delivered a cup to my desk this morning, and it was delicious! It pays to have a coffee nerd/office barista around.)

Who inspires you? I know it's cliché, but my mom always inspires me.

Josh is a great fit around the Bravelets office! He is excited to be here and we are excited to have him. Bravelets has  some exciting things in it's future and good help is hard to find, as they say. But, I think we've found it with people like him on the team. Welcome to Bravelets, Josh!

Be brave, 
Kat



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Bravelet's Favorites! // Employee Picks + Favorite Styles



You are slowly, but surely, meeting the Bravelets Team! Soooo, want to know what some of their favorite styles of Bravelets are??? Here is a comprehensive list of all the office faves!


Mallory loves the "Be Brave" Earrings,
Stephanie is always wearing her Original Leather Bracelet,
Kat doesn't leave the house without her Signature Bar Bracelet,
Lizzy likes the Original Rope Bracelet,
Wes thinks the Charms are sentimental and sweet,
Maggie can pair her Signature Bar Necklace with any outfit,
Ben is a fan of the Braided Leather Bracelet,
Dusty's favorite gift to give is the Maya Bracelet,
and Josue thinks the Stitched Leather Bracelet is super cool!


You can see all the jewelry in the photo above and shop for them on our website! The holidays are coming up, and Bravelets make great gifts!

Be brave,
Kat
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