OCTOBER DAY!

October Day: Established 10.01.14 by Tess Weaver + Jenna DeYong-Grimm <3

October Day: Established 10.01.14 by Tess Weaver + Jenna DeYong-Grimm <3

WHO: You, Sue, and everyone you know!

WHAT: A cousin to May Day - October Day is the act of placing an anonymous pumpkin at someone’s doorstep or workplace desk on October 1st!

WHERE: Anywhere legal, U.S.A.

WHY: Because it’s cute and adorable, DUH! PUMPKINS!!!

WHEN: All day on October 1st

HOW? Purchase / gather some Pumpkins from a farm, load them up in your automobile or wagon, deliver to loved ones, senior centers, animal shelters, etc.!

Being cute + basic at Whole Foods! &lt;3

Being cute + basic at Whole Foods! <3

HAPPY OCTOBER DAY!!!

Nordstrom Anchorage is CLOSED: We want your Cosmetics + Personal Care Products Business

Tessie + Austen at Nordstrom ANchorage the last weekend of business! * Tears *

Tessie + Austen at Nordstrom ANchorage the last weekend of business! *Tears*

Listen, we are all legit in mourning over Nordstrom’s decision to shut down their Anchorage location. I’ve always called Nordstrom as a whole “The Mothership” (thank you, Janet Burts!) and the Anchorage location “My Second Home.”

My mother, Cath, worked at Nordstrom pretty much my entire childhood with I, myself, starting to work there the day after my sixteenth birthday aka as soon as I possibly could! I continued to work at Nordstrom throughout high school, got my “dream job” of working at MAC when I was eighteen, had a corporate internship with them post-college, worked my way to management in Cosmetics, and ending my career with Nords styling the store with Visual Merchandising. I loved working with Nordstrom and understand the great loss of not having the retail location in our town.

I hear the cries of “where are we going to shop now?” I have suggestions for each department I will be dropping in the near future but this post is strictly dedicated to Cosmetics + Personal Care Products. I’m not even shameless about this —- I’m promoting myself and the business I run alongside an incredible group of colleagues with
BEAUTYCOUNTER!

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Teaching a beautycounter makeup master class

Teaching a beautycounter makeup master class

WHO: Tessie + Squad of Consultants with Beautycounter! * scroll below for name-drops + web links! *

Tessie wearing  Flawless in Five  Tint Skin in linen - Touchup concealer pen in light - GUava Blush - Dahlia Lip gloss - brow gel in light - lengthening mascara + Classic eyeshadow palette  www.beautycounter.com/tessweaver  $150-  PHOTO: Sean Carpenter

Tessie wearing Flawless in Five Tint Skin in linen - Touchup concealer pen in light - GUava Blush - Dahlia Lip gloss - brow gel in light - lengthening mascara + Classic eyeshadow palette www.beautycounter.com/tessweaver $150-

PHOTO: Sean Carpenter

WHAT (is Beautycounter?): Beautycounter is a cosmetics and personal care brand out of Santa Monica, CA founded in 2013. Beautycounter’s MISSION is getting safer products into the hands of everyone! BC has banned over 1,500 potentially harmful ingredients (found on their never list of items not used in any of their products!

Beautycounter is a certified B Corp* meaning they “consider people, planet, and profits equally. We use the power of business to help to solve social and environmental problems by voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance.”*

Beautycounter Consultants also are advocates for #BetterBeauty laws in the United States - constantly working with Beautycounter and their Better Beauty Coalition. I personally got to go to Washington, D.C. in 2018 with Beautycounter with 99 other Consultant Advocates where we lead over 100 legislative meetings advocating for the Personal Care Products Safety Act. The trip was one of the most exhilarating and empowering events of my life, securing my passion and gratitude for working with Beautycounter!

Left to right top to bottom: nancy sellers, sarah van abel, alicia reando, stephanie wright, amanda loy, brenda lester  shop their sites here

Left to right top to bottom: nancy sellers, sarah van abel, alicia reando, stephanie wright, amanda loy, brenda lester shop their sites here

WHO (is apart Beautycounter?): Beautycounter was founded by Gregg Renfrew (@greggrenfrew) who leads an incredible team at HQ including Chief Artistic Officer, Christy Coleman (@christy_coleman) one of my personal hero’s and friends! Beautycounter is made up of over 20K Consultants around the US and Canada!

Yours Truly, Tessie, gets to lead an incredible squad of Beautycounter Consultants who inspire me daily with their incredible hearts, kindness, and BEAUTY that radiates throughout our community and world! Some of the squad is pictured above: Nancy Sellers, Sarah Van Abel, Alicia Reando, Stephanie Wright, Amanda Loy, and Brenda Lester! * shop with them all here *

Not pictured from our squad but making an impact daily include: Leanne Pizzi, Jenny Swanson, Julie Grills, Christin Curry-Pokryfki, Brandy Whitted, and Linda Eisenmayer!

My friend, Debbie Rounds, and some of her squad members: Erica Anderson + Holly day! Different beautycounter teams who come together for events because everyone wins with beautycounter!

My friend, Debbie Rounds, and some of her squad members: Erica Anderson + Holly day! Different beautycounter teams who come together for events because everyone wins with beautycounter!

To answer your question: YES, I would be honored to have you join our squad ASAP via: www.beautycounter.com/join

Beautycounter countertime regimen

Beautycounter countertime regimen

beautycounter pop up hosted by client

beautycounter pop up hosted by client

WHERE (can I buy Beautycounter?):
Beautycounter products can be purchased 24/7 via a Consultant’s website i.e. for me: www.beautycounter.com/tessweaver

Myself along with any of the Consultants on our squad can host a One-on-One Consultation with you or bring the party to you and YOUR crew via a Pop-Up! Pop-Ups are super simple but fun and fabulous events with no pressure sales. Our mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone by sharing the story of Beautycounter and introducing the products to interested consumers.

Beautycounter also has two current brick and mortar locations in NYC, NY and Denver, CO with seasonal pop-ups previously in Nantucket, MA and LA, CA (with more to open in the future!) At the brick and mortar locations you are able to shop under myself or any Consultant simply by letting the shop associates know you are a Client (or Band of Beauty Member) with Tess Weaver! Y A S - see?! Everyone wins with Beautycounter!

image and design by: sean carpenter

image and design by: sean carpenter

WHEN (are my next Beautycounter events?): Whenever you book a One-on-One Consult or Pop-Up with me and my squad, boo!! <3

I do have a handful of events in the next 6 weeks before I head out on tour (but, I am always available to answer any BC questions, refer you to a Consultant on my team, give a virtual makeup lesson, or talk to you about the Beautycounter Business Opportunity, even on the road!)

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+++ October 10th from 5-8pm and October 11th 3-7pm Debbie Rounds and I will be hosting a BEAUTYCOUNTER HOLIDAY COLLECTION Pop-Up Shop at Attraction Hair Salon 4050 Lake Otis Pkwy, Ste 206 Anchorage, Alaska 99508!!
SAVE THE DATES!!

#ONSETWITHTESSIE my set bag on location with dsw for their holiday ‘19

#ONSETWITHTESSIE my set bag on location with dsw for their holiday ‘19

makeup by tessie #onsetwithtessie on the effervescent @Madspaige for dsw holiday ‘19

makeup by tessie #onsetwithtessie on the effervescent @Madspaige for dsw holiday ‘19

tessie with a full face of #betterbeauty before a super fun beautycounter bunko party!!

tessie with a full face of #betterbeauty before a super fun beautycounter bunko party!!

THANK YOU for letting me talk all things BEAUTYCOUNTER in hopes of an attractive introduction to a Nordstrom alternative for all your cosmetics and personal care products needs! Please consider shopping with me and my squad next time you need to replace a product (don’t forget we have a men’s line, kids line, baby line, as well as ocean/coral safe sunscreen!) Everyone wins with Beautycounter, and I am so grateful to share the passion I have for my business and advocacy efforts with BC!

Tessie's Little Black Book: WILCO LIFE

** UPDATE: Wilco Life has evolved into @WILCOSUPPLY + www.wilcosupplyco.com **

www.wilcolife.co

www.wilcolife.co

Who: 
WILCO LIFE

What:
WILCO LIFE is an online boutique, showroom and pop-up shop based in Anchorage, Alaska. WILCO LIFE offers minimalist styles that service members can wear in uniform, featuring trends they love wearing in civilian clothes, too.
WILCO LIFE also showcases off-duty styles by companies owned by fellow veterans and military spouses. 

www.wilcolife.co

www.wilcolife.co

ORBIT Leather Phone Charging Wallet $110 - www.wilcolife.co

ORBIT Leather Phone Charging Wallet $110 - www.wilcolife.co

Harvest Label Rolltop Backpack $80 - www.wilcolife.co

Harvest Label Rolltop Backpack $80 - www.wilcolife.co

Where:  
Online at: www.wilcolife.co
On Instagram at: @WILCOLIFE
At The Boardroom AK Showroom: 601 W 5th Ave 2nd Level *between the elevators* in downtown Anchorage

Why:
Founder, Amy Slinker, saw a need for WILCO LIFE while serving in the Army National Guard.  As a servicewoman who was on an endless pursuit finding bags and accessories that will comply – or WILCO - with military regulations. She started compiling findings and posted via blog throughout the years, as many friends would tell her they could not find plain black bags to carry in uniform either.

With the establishment of WILCO LIFE, women and men who serve finally have the convenience of finding bags and accessories all in one place.

WILCO LIFE Founder, Amy Slinker, with daughter, Annabelle - www.wilcolife.co

WILCO LIFE Founder, Amy Slinker, with daughter, Annabelle - www.wilcolife.co

WILCO LIFE:  a boutique for military service members, spouses and anyone who loves minimalist style.

PACSAFE bag - www.wilcolife.co

PACSAFE bag - www.wilcolife.co

b.u. jewelry 'awesome mom' mini dog tag necklace $41 - www.wilcolife.co

b.u. jewelry 'awesome mom' mini dog tag necklace $41 - www.wilcolife.co

When: 
Check out offerings + shop anytime online at www.wilcolife.co or via Instagram @WILCOLIFE

Subscribe to WILCO LIFE for weekly showroom hours and info on pop-ups and events here. 

WILCO LIFE will also be hosting a Back to School Pop-Up on base at the JBER Mall August 13 - 19th *next to Starbucks*

www.wilcolife.co

www.wilcolife.co

Tessie with Mighty Purse XL Cross Body Bag - www.wilcolife.co

Tessie with Mighty Purse XL Cross Body Bag - www.wilcolife.co

TESStimony:
Although I am not from a military background, I was so smitten when I came across WILCO LIFE.  As a proud and constant supporter of our economy (aka an avid shopper) and major traveler, the Mighty Purse I purchased has saved me time and time again with its internal phone charger - plus it's super chic, minimal, and timeless style goes with everything. 
The inventory Amy has curated is incredibly appealing and displayed in a super streamlined way with a cool aesthetic.  
I love that I am not only supporting an amazing female Entrepreneur who does so much in our community as an individual but also has a great heart for her fellow servicemen, women, and their families, featuring multiple brands that are veteran owned and operated, obtain b corp status, and give back to vets and our world with their mission statements and resources. 
I highly encourage supporting WILCO LIFE next time you are in the market for a handbag, travel bag, gift for yourself or those you treasure.
I love WILCO LIFE so much I was honored to be approached by Amy personally to be an Ambassador for the brand, helping out with some consulting, marketing, event planning, product selection, as well as brand awareness! 
I absolutely believe you will find what you are looking for (including vegan leather options) and feel good about your purchase from WILCO LIFE! 

Mighty Purse - www.wilcolife.co

Mighty Purse - www.wilcolife.co

NLS Jewelry - www.wilcolife.co

NLS Jewelry - www.wilcolife.co

Keep up with all things WILCO LIFE via their
website: www.wilcolife.co +
facebook: 
www.facebook.com/wilcolife/  +
instagram: 
www.instagram.com/wilcolife/

 

Dream Job Profile: lululemon Store Manager, Annie Tasker

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image via: @itsacurlylife

image via: @itsacurlylife

Name:
Annie Tasker - my full name is Annelise, which no one except my parents and Kim, one of my favorite bartenders at F Street Station, call me.

Location: 
Anchorage, AK

image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

Occupation:
Store Manager at lululemon Anchorage 5th Ave Mall

What are some of your key responsibilities as Lululemon Store Manager:
I’m responsible for growing our business in Alaska, making key relationships within the community, and supporting our local ambassadors in their endeavors. My biggest responsibility is supporting my team in their goals, personal and career-related.

image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

What drew you to become apart of the Lululemon community and when did you get started?:
I was hired to work in the lululemon showroom by local superstar and badass mom, Julia Von Imhof.  We had been friends for a few years and ran into each other after a yoga class. We grabbed a coffee, caught up and discussed what I had been up to (business classes at UAA to complement my bachelor's degree and leadership concentration) Julia wasted no time and coffee quickly turned into a job interview to work in the showroom! It was amazing timing, I had been waitressing for a few years and needed something that was aligned with my personal values and somewhere I could grow into a leadership position. I started as a part-time Educator and moved into a Key Leader position when we opened the first lululemon store in Alaska in 2015. I was promoted to Assistant Store Manager in March 2016 and then Store Manager in this past January.

Has fitness always been apart of your life?
My family is very athletic, so the majority of my childhood fitness was sports. My dad played professional football and my mom is a lifelong runner. I grew up watching my mom prioritize her health through fitness, so that’s always been a priority for me as well. I definitely love to mix it up, I’ll go on a yoga kick for a few months, I love Vanessa’s class at Orange Theory! Since living in Alaska the past 8 years, trail running has become a huge part of my summers. My current obsession is Anchorage Cycle. I LOVE the vibe there, and how every instructor really brings the entire class together. Fav instructors: David Westlake, Courtney, Jen Evanson and Penny!
 

image via: @itsacurlylife at Anchorage Cycle

image via: @itsacurlylife at Anchorage Cycle

image via: @itsacurlylife

image via: @itsacurlylife

Describe a typical day in the work life of Annie:
Most days, I’m usually one of the first people at the store. I almost always start my day looking over our numbers, reading my leadership team’s notes and just getting an overall picture of where we’re at for the week, month, and quarter. I was never a number’s person before this job but now I rely heavily on using my tools to assess how my biz is doing! I often have a conference call or meeting in my morning. Being in a remote market makes conference calls interesting, we utilize Zoom meetings at lululemon which has really helped me get to know my leaders, and peers in a more personal way than just over the phone. After meetings, I spend quite a bit of time writing my team’s schedule. I don’t take scheduling lightly, I try to make sure my employees work a schedule that supports their life outside of work. This really allows them to show up powerfully, increases my team’s engagement and just overall allows them to be happy with their work/life balance. I always schedule myself at least a few hours every day, working on the floor at the store and checking in with my people. I absolutely love my team and this is usually the highlight of my working day.

How do you stay inspired/choose the flow of your store?
I get most of my inspiration from the people around me, especially at work. Right now, my team at the store is a pretty diverse group of women. I rely heavily on my work family to keep me present, objective, and to keep me living in possibility. I work with quite a few women who are younger than me, and it’s been an amazing experience watching their drive and ambition create the lives and careers they dream of. Watching the mom’s on my team balance their schedules, support their families and make sure they take time for themselves…is a daily source of inspiration. Whenever I get bogged down with my to-do list, and get stressed about finding time to exercise, walk my dog, spend time with my boyfriend, grocery shop, cook, manage our store’s hours and budget, schedule performance evaluations, and a million other tasks, I look to the mothers in my life who manage to do all those things while taking care of 2 kids and a spouse. What I’ve learned from them is that perfection is not the goal. If I worked an 80 hour work week, there would still be tasks to accomplish so I prioritize what is urgent and important and make sure to leave time to invest in my people. That’s where I see the biggest return on investment.

image via: @itsacurlylife

image via: @itsacurlylife

What is essential in your workspace? Ie: mood, music, tea- how do you get into your workflow routine?
I won't lie, coffee is essential. Like…essssssential. I either make my coffee at home (almond milk creamer is crucial) or pick it up from Starbs on my way to the store. I always take time to get clear before starting any task or meeting. Actually, this is something my entire team does before every single shift. Taking a moment to acknowledge what is happening in your life that is keeping you from being present is a game-changer in our ability to perform at work.

One fun thing that is new to my workspace is a Japanese Maneki Neko cat. My Asst. Store Manager brought it back from Tokyo and it now lives above our office computer. Maneki Neko cats are supposed to bring good fortune to businesses, it’s a quirky little addition but I’ll never turn down a little help towards success!

How have your surroundings helped develop you as a leader?  
I feel very fortunate to have grown and worked in a progressive corporation that is mostly lead by women. Our culture is really empowering, we’ve created an environment where speaking up and being an entrepreneur is not only encouraged, it’s required. Previous to working at lululemon, I had never been in a work environment where giving (and receiving) feedback was such an integral part of the everyday. I’ve learned over the last 3 years that by sharing with a teammate when you see a way they could improve, isn’t being mean or cruel, it’s giving them the opportunity to improve and ultimately perform to their potential. It took me a long time to learn that as long as the constructive criticism comes from a place of love, you’re being a stand for greatness. One of my managers once told me “Annie, if you don’t share that feedback, you are holding your peer back and not allowing the chance to get better and to have the knowledge of where they can improve.”

We train our entire team, from the moment they get hired, to share what they’re noticing, to communicate in a powerful way and to stand for greatness. I take a lot of pride in our store in AK, I really think we do a great job at being genuine, inclusive, and brightening our guests day.

image via: @itsacurlylife

image via: @itsacurlylife

What do you look forward to most when leading a team?
I love being witness to people who are in the work of bettering themselves as human beings. Watching my team go through our vision and goals workshop and get clarity around their personal core values, set goals to get them to where they want to be and ultimately become more empathic people is my favorite part of being a leader at lululemon.

image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @xotessiestyle at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @xotessiestyle at lululemon Anchorage

lululemon is so community and lifestyle driven - what are some events + partnerships you have coming up that you are looking forward to:
Well, first of, we’re really excited about hosting Tess and Beautycounter in-store for the 2nd time this summer. I’ve been testing out a few of Beautycounter’s products over the last week, and I’m super impressed. I’ve always said, when I find a chemical free, more natural product that works BETTER than what I’ve been using, I’ll make the switch. I’m REALLY in love with the tinted moisturizer and their face mask!

We’re also highlighting local athletes every week on our facebook page, lululemon Anchorage. This has been a fun new way to bring attention to some member of our community who is up to some really cool things.

I have to share a bit about our store’s ambassadors, they really are the embodiment of what we stand for at lululemon.

  • Megan Piersma is the owner of Deha Yoga, in south Anchorage. Megan is probably one of the coolest human beings on the planet, she is my favorite yoga instructor and I leave her studio feeling my best.  Megan has created a warm, welcoming environment at Deha.

  • David Westlake is a yoga instructor and Motivator at Anchorage Cycle. He recently started Turiya Alaska, which is a non-profit that brings yoga to the downtown Anchorage Jail. He recently took my team through a meditation workshop, designed to help my employees battle the holiday stress. He really met my team where they were at and gave us some simple useful techniques to help us chill out.

  • Ryder Spadafore is the owner of Anchorage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He’s just an overall bad-ass. His honestly and genuine attitude inspires the loyalty of his students. My team has been frequenting this gym and hitting up the kickboxing classes at ABJJ….these are not your mom's kickboxing classes. You feel super empowered and strong (also sweaty and tired!) after these classes. Stay tuned for a ABJJ and lululemon Women’s Self Defense Workshop in the near future!

  • David Norris is our ski racing ambassador. He’s currently somewhere in Europe on the ski racing circuit. He’s from Fairbanks and has the most humble, down to earth personality. He frequents the mountains and trails outside of Anchorage and loves working with young, aspiring skiers.

What is some advice you would give to someone starting out that you wish someone gave to you?
Your instincts are usually correct, so trust them. Have facts that support you and, humbly, stand your ground. Being the loudest isn’t the best way to win people over.

image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

What are your favorite lululemon essential items you think everyone should check out?
Where to start????

Bottoms:

-Wunder Under High Rise Tights in Luxtreme – AMAZING for cycle, everyday wear and doesn’t attract dog hair.

-Fast and Free 7/8 Tight – These are a must for anyone who works out no matter what you’re doing. #nakedsensation for the win!

-On The Fly Pants – my travel pants! These have an athletic, jogger look that makes me feel comfortable but polished on the plane.

Tops:

-Energy Bra – perfect for high-intensity workouts but still has the strappy cute look I want!

-Free to Be Zen Bra – my every day/yoga bra, I haven’t worn a real bra in years. Seriously.

-All Tied Up Tank in Pima Cotton – my go-to summer top, perfect for jeans, yoga pants, shorts

In my opinion, lululemon crushes jackets and bags. I’m loving all of this seasons backpacks and our bomber jackets in springy colors like porcelain pink and teal shadow.

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

How can people sign up for fit session at your location?
Email me! atasker@lululemon.com. My entire team thrives off getting our guests in their best fit, so I can connect you to an expert educator who with HOOK IT UP!

image via: @itsacurlylife

image via: @itsacurlylife

What is your mantra?!
Hmmm I’m not sure I have a mantra but 2 quotes I’m bringing to 2018 are:

People won’t remember what you said/did, they remember how you made them feel.

“I am expanding in love, success, and abundance and encouraging others to do the same.”
-Elena Brower (super cool NYC yogi, check out her IG)

Keep up with the oh so inspiring and lovely, Annie via her instagram @itsacurlylifeKeep up with our Anchorage lululemon store, their events (including TessieStyle + Beautycounter Pop-ups) via their facebook page and website!  Call #907.677.1346 or stop by their Anchorage 5th Ave Mall location at 320 W 5th Ave on the 2nd floor next to Starbucks to find your perfect fit or schedule a fit session!