BowPosh for Smiles Project UPDATE!!!

On September 26th, 2015 I invited some friends to join me in my first BowPosh for Smiles event in Fort Myers, FL at the Golisano Childrens Hospital located in the Lee Memorial Health System: HealthPark Medical Center.

Just a few of the BowPosh items by Laura C Cole that were included for the girls.

Just a few of the BowPosh items by Laura C Cole that were included for the girls.

It was a very rewarding visit as I had a good friend from our school days drive across the state to be present! Thank you so much, Sylvia Collazo for your travels, and for your wonderful contributions from Thirty One as a Thirty One Consultant, as well as your personal touches! You are truly an amazing person with a heart of gold.

Fabulous lunch totes that went to the dad- in camo!!

Fabulous lunch totes that went to the dad- in camo!!

Danielle Steele, I pray you and your entire family are feeling better, and just know that you are welcome to join me at any time on future projects! Your Younique mascara was a fabulous touch for these mommies, and I know they were tickled pink to receive such a gift!

The beautiful Danielle Steels, and her wonderful mascara.

The beautiful Danielle Steels, and her wonderful mascara.

This first event was quite a small one, but that was nothing to be down about. This was something that we could rejoice about because less kids in the hospital means that more kids met requirements that allowed them to stay home with their families in the comfort of their own homes rather than a hospital room!! The battle with cancer is up and down for these kids and there are no promises with numbers or with anything.

Sylvia and I found out (once we arrived to the oncology floor) that one of our old friends from high school had been admitted that same week with her daughter who has ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). They had already been in the hospital for almost a week due to low counts for platelets, ANC (immune system) numbers, and fevers. McKynsie is only four years old, but is such a strong little girl. McKynsie was sleeping during our visit, but we follow McKynsie Faiths journey and pray for her and her family constantly. We did have the privilege to speak with her mother, Jennifer who is one of the most inspiring people I have the honor to know. Her gracefulness during these times is astounding, and she says that it is McKynsie strength that keeps her going as well. Such warriors in this battle, and they are not alone. Please, follow McKynsies journey HERE. These kids and families could use all of the love, prayers, and support they can get!!!

Read more about "ALL" HERE.

Here are some photos that Jennifer was kind enough to share with us after McKysie woke! The smile on her face is exactly what this project is all about. Little surprises can make all the difference, and how awesome that she got to wake up to something so sweet!! The siblings, and parents were not left out either!!!

Her adorable card that read "This ain't no monkey business, but you'll be swinging on healthier branches soon!" ~Sylvia Collazo inside! So true.

Her adorable card that read "This ain't no monkey business, but you'll be swinging on healthier branches soon!" ~Sylvia Collazo inside! So true.

My 11 yo daughter Alexis also donated some scrap booking supplies and stickers from her little shop! Jennifer said that McKynsie LOVES stickers so this made Alexis sooo happy to hear. Alexis felt wonderful and asked if this is what that feeling is supposed to feel like as she shivered. YES!!

My 11 yo daughter Alexis also donated some scrap booking supplies and stickers from her little shop! Jennifer said that McKynsie LOVES stickers so this made Alexis sooo happy to hear. Alexis felt wonderful and asked if this is what that feeling is supposed to feel like as she shivered. YES!!

Some of the headbands from BowPosh. Adorable.

Some of the headbands from BowPosh. Adorable.

Their favorite piece. I think its mine too! She is stunning.

Their favorite piece. I think its mine too! She is stunning.

A gorgeous black and white shot!

A gorgeous black and white shot!

Thank you so much, Jennifer for allowing us to share these awesome photos and a bit about your amazing family. Prayers with you always!

We did leave gifts for another family that was in the unit but due to HIPAA laws and other hospital restrictions, we were unable to visit personally with the 7 year old little girl and the family. We do hope they enjoyed their gifts though, and hope they brought smiles!!!! Prayers to them all!!

If you would like to get involved, click the link below to donate so that this project can go on and grow! Our goal is to grow so that we can visit many more hospitals and kids, and one day do even more for these families. Thank you so much for your support!!

YES! I want to help create smiles with BowPosh!

Feel free to email us with any questions you may have about the project, the journey, donations (either monetary or non-monetary), etc. We would love to hear from you!

 

Sincerely,

Laura C Cole

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The 100 Day Project

We are joining in on the fun for #The100DayProject! We are super excited to challenge our creative minds to remain consistent with one headband a day. We hope you will stick around to see what each day will bring!

Here is our day one of the challenge with 1/100 #headbands.

Day 1. 1/100. 7.20.15

Day 1. 1/100. 7.20.15

Marisal- Grey "denim looking", burlap ruffle headband. This headband will be available for purchase on our website, but there will be a limited quantity. To reserve or pre-order your headband, please contact us at info@lauraccole.com. Thank you so much!

Marisal- Grey "denim looking", burlap ruffle headband.

This headband will be available for purchase on our website, but there will be a limited quantity. To reserve or pre-order your headband, please contact us at info@lauraccole.com. Thank you so much!

We hope you will take on this challenge with something you love to keep yourself accountable with a short term goal (even though 100 days sounds like a long time). It will strengthen your creative mind helping to reduce risks of Alzheimer's disease. It may sound simple, but keeping your mind active consistently is the best thing you can do for your overall health, both mentally and physically.

Thank you for all of your wonderful support!

Sincerely, Laura C Cole

Day 2. 2/100. 7.21.15

Day 2. 2/100. 7.21.15

Willie- Pearl white and plum button tie back headband. This headband is named after Laura's mother who had very large collections of buttons. Some were from previous generations and Laura loved sifting through them, pulling out her favorites. This headband will be available for purchase on our website, but there will be a limited quantity. To reserve or pre-order your headband, please contact us at info@lauraccole.com. Thank you so much!

Willie- Pearl white and plum button tie back headband. This headband is named after Laura's mother who had very large collections of buttons. Some were from previous generations and Laura loved sifting through them, pulling out her favorites.

This headband will be available for purchase on our website, but there will be a limited quantity. To reserve or pre-order your headband, please contact us at info@lauraccole.com. Thank you so much!

This button piece is a little different since we don't normally work with regular, hole style buttons. While it is another simple piece, it is dainty, and sweet making it a lovely statement piece.

Day 3 ideas are already churning so stay tuned!

Day 3. 3/100. 7.22.15

Day 3. 3/100. 7.22.15

Day three is here!! This is super cute and burlap is huge right now. You can never go wrong with a loose bow that actually keeps its shape! Great for kids and adults.

It seems like these days are just flying by! Day 100 will be here in no time!

Day 4. 4/100. 7.23.15

Day 4. 4/100. 7.23.15

The lighting was odd this evening so I will update a photo of my day 4 when it is brighter out! My daughter really likes this one and she actually helped by choosing the center flower accent that really compliments the pale yellow and aqua. Great job, Alexis!

Woohoo! Let us know what you think or if you have decided to take on The 100 Day Project with something you love. See you soon.

Day 5. 5/100. 7.24.15

Day 5. 5/100. 7.24.15

These photos are probably worse than day 4 because it has been incredibly stormy here lately! I will update with better photos as soon as I can get some sunshine :). Either way, this piece is still awesome and I am super happy about it! This piece will be available for sale and there will be only 2 available at this time.

For ordering questions, please email info@lauraccole.com. Thank you!

For ordering questions, please email info@lauraccole.com. Thank you!

Day 6. 6/100. 7.25.15

Day 6. 6/100. 7.25.15

Day 6 is shabby chic! We love this double burlap bow with a top ruffle layer along with a dusty blue center. Simple and sweet.

A burlap double bow with a ruffle bow is so shabby chic! There is a slight dusty blue accent which breaks up some of the brown to give it a little pop. Cute!

A burlap double bow with a ruffle bow is so shabby chic! There is a slight dusty blue accent which breaks up some of the brown to give it a little pop. Cute!

Day 7. 7/100. 7.26.15

Day 7. 7/100. 7.26.15

Headband Donations

Hi everyone!

Here you will be able to purchase a headband as a donation. The headband you purchase, will be your donation and then given to one of the girls at the children's hospital. This is for those who prefer to give an item rather than cash in their name (a thank you note and receipt will be sent to you from Laura C Cole & Co. so please be sure to include your email).

If you have any questions about any of the items or our mission, please, do not hesitate to contact us. Email: info@lauraccole.com. You can also read a bit about our mission HERE.

NOTE: If you are donating through this blog, please choose the headband that meets your giving amount. If you do give through the "other" option, the donation amount that is different from the listed amount will be GLADLY accepted, but a headband may be delayed. Thank you for any contribution!

This skinny elastic headband with fall colors is perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Halloween months!

This skinny elastic headband with fall colors is perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Halloween months!

Yes! I would like to purchase and donate THIS headband!
"Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition." -color-wheel-pro.com These girls have it all.

"Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition." -color-wheel-pro.com These girls have it all.

Yes! I would like to purchase and donate THIS headband!
A beautiful bouquet of flowers to be kept forever. Adorned with pearls and rhinestones, this will definitely add more twinkle in those eyes.

A beautiful bouquet of flowers to be kept forever. Adorned with pearls and rhinestones, this will definitely add more twinkle in those eyes.

Yes! I want to purchase and donate THIS headband!
A sophisticated headband in lace to make any girl feel even more beautiful. Great for church services (out or in the home) or just because it is dripping with sweetness.

A sophisticated headband in lace to make any girl feel even more beautiful. Great for church services (out or in the home) or just because it is dripping with sweetness.

Yes! I want to purchase and donate THIS headband!

Thank you again for all of your wonderful thoughts, prayers, and contributions toward our cause. We appreciate it greatly! Stay tuned for more items that you can purchase and donate to help bring more smiles.

Questions can be sent to info@lauraccole.com. We will respond within 24 hours.

Sincerely,

Laura C Cole & Co. and Team

BowPosh for Smiles

BowPosh for Smiles. An organization committed to helping child cancer patients and their parents smile even more.

Baby Royalty

Baby Royalty

We are always adding new items, but if for any reason you are looking for something specific and we do not have it yet, we love working on custom orders for our customers!

Here are a couple of rhinestone beauties that were sent off to a wonderful photographer in Utah for some baby sessions. We are super excited to see how these turn out.

Feel free to contact us for your custom items. We look forward to hearing from you!

Mini crown tie back for newborn and large crown tie back for girls to adult. Each sold separately.

Mini crown tie back for newborn and large crown tie back for girls to adult. Each sold separately.


Communicate with us on Facebook on the official Laura C Cole page and/ or on BowPosh which is our kids department!

Communicate with us on Facebook on the official Laura C Cole page and/ or on BowPosh which is our kids department!

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BowPosh on Alzheimers

BowPosh For a Cause

Walk To End Alz

Walk to end Alz is a fabulous organization set up to help find a cure for the incurable (for now) disease, Alzheimer's. This is such a heartbreaking disease and we actually know more people with it than we realize.

 

What is Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's is defined as "a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks." Click here to read more about this debilitating disease." -Alz.org

Image: Express.co.uk.

Image: Express.co.uk.

The BowPosh family has joined Alz.org and Walk To End Alz to make these walks and fundraisers fun! We are super excited to be a part of this as we have family members as well suffering from this heartbreaking disease. We want to help in any way we can and this is a great start. Our Fort Myers walk is on 10.25.14 and the Naples walk is on 11.15.14.

Laura and her mother. Laura's beautiful mother has Alzheimer's.

Laura and her mother. Laura's beautiful mother has Alzheimer's.

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Mini top hat and shoe bows by BowPosh. Photo by MissyK Photography.

Mini top hat and shoe bows by BowPosh. Photo by MissyK Photography.

BowPosh will have purple items available for these walks and are shipping the items nationwide!

Purple items will include:

  • Tutus for both children and adults, female and male
  • Shoe bows
  • Hair bows
  • Headbands
  • Bow ties

*Photos of these BowPosh items will be available around the end of August.

*Pre-orders are being taken for these items and prices/donations are listed below. Grab yours before the rush in late September/ early October hits!

 

The AMOUNT* in parenthesis ( ) is the amount donated from each items regular price amount.

Thank you to Desiree Albright for allowing us to join her team, Keeping Memories Alive. We look forward to helping in any way we can.

Thank you to Desiree Albright for allowing us to join her team, Keeping Memories Alive. We look forward to helping in any way we can.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 9:00am – 12:00pm

DIY Wine Bottle Candle Holders

DIY Wine Bottle Candle Holders

Here is a great DIY tutorial on how to make your own wine bottle candle holders from your awesome collection.

These would be great for your home or a special event such as a wedding. How romantic for the wine connoisseur.

Click HERE for easy instructions and get started!

Click HERE for easy instructions and get started!

Photo courtesy of Wedding Bee

Photo courtesy of Wedding Bee

Fire needs oxygen to exist so the flame from the candle does need a nice bit of air flow. The top openings may not be enough so having a space between the bottle and whatever they are sitting on will keep them lit throughout your event. Try decorative, metal trivets. They are beautiful and will not take away from the elegance. Leave the labels on to show your taste or remove them for a sleek look.

By placing the trivets underneath the bottle the flame can breath so your light will not dwindle. If there is not enough oxygen flow (the two candle images on the right of the photo), the flame will die. (Image: ekShiksha)

By placing the trivets underneath the bottle the flame can breath so your light will not dwindle. If there is not enough oxygen flow (the two candle images on the right of the photo), the flame will die. (Image: ekShiksha)

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Here are a few lovely trivets we found that will serve as a coaster so that air can flow easily through your wine bottle candle holder!

You can find this metal trivet HERE.

You can find this metal trivet HERE.

You can find this metal trivet HERE.

You can find this metal trivet HERE.

Trivets will be useful later so no need to worry about wasting decorative funds!!

Feel free to share any other tips you may have for decorative wine bottle uses!

 

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Bows Are Not Just For Hair

BOWS ARE NOT JUST FOR HAIR

Were moving this post from our old blog to here, YAY!!

This is the most adorable way to jazz up boring drapery in the kids room or any room.

Photo: Snapguide

Photo: Snapguide

Photo: houzz.com

Photo: houzz.com

This is perfect for tab top drapery or grommet drapery as the fabric strips can be tied easily around each tab or through two grommets to tie a bow.

The first photo shows how a strip of fabric can simply be tied around each tab into a bow. If your drapery panels are solid, use a bright, girly print and if the drapery has a print, find a lovely coordinating color or print and done! Super fun and something the little princess can help with as well. The best part, they can be switched out whenever another print or color is found or if the decor changes.

Streamers can also be tied the same way. Long strands of beads, rhinestones, and lace; the possibilities are endless.

Do the same for grommet drapery (the drapery with the large metal holes that slide onto the rod).

The second photo shows an example of what can be done to regular panels that are not tab top or grommet style. Take the new strip of fabric, fold in half and stitch to the back of the top of the panel. Use these strips to hang the drapery to the rod but tie the strips into a bow!

 

These lovely DIY tips will help save you a lot of money but yet give a nice, fresh look to those solid or dated drapery panels :).

 

If you need a tutorial on how to do these, leave a comment and we will be happy to upload a guide for you!

Also, if you do this, feel free to email us a photo of your before and after shots at info@lauraccole.com and we will do a blog post to show how they can transform a room.

Have fun and happy styling.

 

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My Inspiration

MY INSPIRATION

Where do people usually find inspiration for their work? From magazines, TV, nature, architecture, and many other ways, right? Me, I look at my kids because they have young, creative juices flowing and even when they are being silly playing, there are special moments that give me that little twinkle in my eye. Usually, it is one glance and I just know what to do next.

Without their help (even though they don't know most of the time when they have helped), I find myself pacing around, racking my brain for ideas that refuse to come. I will pull out just about every supply that was neatly stored and mess with them just to end up where I started.

You can't force creativity, it needs to come naturally and when it does that piece will be amazing; something to be incredibly proud of, regardless of the simplicity or complexity. When it feels forced it is time to take a break, relax and revisit with a vision.

This is my daughter, Alexis (10). After the 4th of July parade that she was in, she used the bead necklaces she had collected to make different items such as necklaces, bracelets, belts and head pieces by cutting them into pieces and then reassembling them.

The other day she came in wearing this head piece (that was originally a cool belt that she had made). I looked at her and it hit me. I had been doing the mental search for the new bridal line that is due to be released in just a few months and now at least one out of the twelve has been designed. I also realize that I am a bit late getting started if it is due in a few months but we also recently did a revamp so I am considering it okay this one time ;).

Alexis inspiration

Alexis walked in and when I looked up, I kid you not, the entire design was completed in my head that second. I had the biggest smile on my face because she looked so beautiful and it fills my heart knowing that she loves doing what I do.

The best feeling in the world is knowing that your child is trying to be like you when you haven't pushed for it or secretly guided them. She is talented and since she has chosen this path for now, I will support her 100% and do whatever I can to help her grow with it.

Our kids see everything we do and watch even if we think they don't. They look up to us and many want to be just like us. Give them reasons to be proud and be proud in return! I love my kids with all of my heart and am incredibly blessed to have their love and support with school and my career as well.

 

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