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The Company You Keep Podcast EP #10: Sweet & Spark: Curated Vintage Jewelry

You guys, I’m about to have a BABY! I’m due tomorrow, or actually today since I’m putting this post up first thing in the morning. SOOO since I’m about to be a mama, I’ve decided to take a little break from the podcast for the next few months and enjoy my time with our son.

Season one was SO MUCH FUN to make, and even though I had no idea what I was doing, and was extremely uncomfortable interviewing people at first, I think stepping way out of your comfort zone and trying something new is really important. I still listen to shows and think, why did I say that? Or I didn’t even know you could use the word ‘like’ that many times in a sentence!? And I’m sure people think I’m not the best interviewer in the world, but you know what? I don’t really care. I tried something I’ve never done before, and I learned so much. And to me, that’s what I was looking for. Learning something new and meeting new friends along the way, that was the most important thing to me.

I’m thrilled to wrap up this season with one of the most brilliant and ambitious young ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing. Jillian Bremer is just bursting with enthusiasm for her brand, and is an open book of knowledge, which she graciously shares with all of us. She started her vintage jewelry company, Sweet & Spark, three years ago and has worked hard to grow her brand authentically and organically over the years.

Jillian shares that her top priority in business is happiness. If you’re not happy, then what’s the point? She explains how important it is to trust your instinct, something she relies on daily. She talks about trial-and-error, and how making small mistakes and failures during the trial-and-error process is essential.

Please take a listen to the show, and if you liked Season 1 feel free to leave me a review on iTunes! I really love reading all of your comments and reviews, so keep ’em coming! Thank you soooooo much for the support so far. I’ve already got some great interviews lined up for the Spring! ~Julia xox

The Company You Keep Podcast // Sweet & Spark

The Company You Keep Podcast // Sweet & Spark

The Company You Keep Podcast // Sweet & Spark

The Company You Keep Podcast // Sweet & Spark

The Company You Keep Podcast // Sweet & Spark

The Company You Keep Podcast // Sweet & Spark

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The Company You Keep Podcast EP #9: Em The Gem Photography

Em Scott is arguably one of the most talented photographers in the Bay Area. Listen to her tell us how she got started, basically with an idea of being a wedding photographer and little experience or knowledge of using her camera equipment. Talk about starting from square one! With dedication and a strong desire to connect with people on a very personal level, Em devoted her time to learning her craft, and built up her business along the way.

Em explains her photography process in detail, and how she decided to take on fewer weddings each year so her work could really shine. She also gives us some great advice about using tools like The Strength Finder test to figure out what you are really good at, and how to succeed using your personal strengths.

In addition to running Em The Gem Photography, Em is a co-editor behind The Refined Woman, a wonderful blog telling the stories and sharing the style of inspiring women around the country. Em is also a beautiful stylist, and mommy to little Charlie. The woman really seems like she can do it all!

I love this interview so  much, I hope you get as much out of it as I did! Enjoy! ~Julia xox

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The Company You Keep Podcast // Em The GemPhoto by Jessica Burke

The Company You Keep Podcast // Em The Gem

The Company You Keep Podcast // Em The Gem

The Company You Keep Podcast // Em The Gem

The Company You Keep Podcast // Em The Gem

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Introducing Truck & Barter – WIN A GIFT CARD TO THE SHOP!

For those of you who follow my Instagram accounts (here & here) you already know the big news. And no, baby Hohne isn’t here yet. That big news will have to wait just a few more weeks (8 to be exact!). What I’m brimming with excitement about is TRUCK & BARTER, our brand new general store! We opened up Truck & Barter general store online last week, meaning you- YES YOU- can visit anytime you want!

Today, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite items, including some things that I personally made! But I encourage you to click here —> Truck & Barter  to see our full collection.

We worked very hard to bring you a mix of independent makers and distinctive brands, who craft extremely high quality goods.

Want to win a $50 gift card to the shop? Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. Comment below and share with us your favorite products!
  2. Follow Truck & Barter on Instagram (here)!
  3. Find the gift card image on the T&B Instagram and tag two friends in the comment section.

That’s it! Good luck! Deadline to enter the drawing is midnight PST on Monday, October 12th. Winner will be chosen at random.

Truck & Barter - Superior Quality Goods Truck & Barter - Superior Quality Goods I personally made all of the vintage pillows you see in the shop!

Truck & Barter - Superior Quality Goods

Truck & Barter - Superior Quality Goods

These berry bowls are made from durable American stoneware by a husband and wife team in Woodstock, Vermont! Check out the full collection here.

Truck & Barter - Superior Quality Goods

Aron over at Facture Goods hand carved these spoons and utensils. Shop the full collection here!

 Truck & Barter - Superior Quality Goods

http://www.truckandbarter.co/search?type=product&q=rustico

Going on a trip? Or just need to get your thoughts out on paper? We have an amazing collection of high quality journals in a variety of sizes! Shop the full collection here.

Truck & Barter - Superior Quality Goods

Truck & Barter - Superior Quality Goods

Yes, we even have a ton of stuff for the outdoor adventurer! This LED flashlight and compass holds the most common items required to triage personal minor medical issues.

Be sure to visit our shop to see all of the wonderful makers and products!

The Company You Keep Podcast EP #8: Defne Crowe of MADE PR

The Company You Keep Podcast // MADE PR

This is a really fun show you guys!! I think everyone who either has a product or is running their own company will get some valuable advice from this episode. Defne Crowe did something very risky when she turned 30, she decided to leave her stable job in PR, and branched out on her own. At the time, one client came with her (this is all so Jerry Maguire and I love it!) and from word-of-mouth marketing she has been able to land her dream client – Blue Bottle Coffee- and has grown her firm to represent some of the biggest brands in their respective industries! MADE PR specializes in handcrafted communications for handmade goods, which is very exciting for the maker’s movement. Some of her clients include, Three Twins Ice Cream, Self Edge Denim, Timbuk2 and Goorin Bros. Hat Company.

We chat about what it’s like to move to San Francisco, and how finding your groove can take a little while. We discuss how to land your dream client and create PR campaigns specifically tailored to different industries, and best practices to get your product in front of the right people.

Defne is one of those go-getters, and her enthusiasm for her craft is contagious! Take a listen, and if you like the show, please tell a friend! And remember to subscribe on iTunes and leave us a review. Thanks so much guys! ~Julia xox

The Company You Keep // Made PR

The Company You Keep // Made PR

The Company You Keep // Made PR

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The Company You Keep Podcast EP #7: Christina Weber of Studio Patro

Not very many of the creative entrepreneurs I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing can say they have spent their entire career in various fields, almost exclusively as a freelance artist or entrepreneur. Sometimes that flair to be self-employed is just IN you. This is exactly the case for Christina Weber.

Christina spent many years doing graphic design and owned her own firm in Denver, CO. She went on to do freelance catalog styling and design for Williams Sonoma before launching her current company, Studio Patro almost six years ago. Studio Patro is a luxury kitchen linen company with bright and modern tea towels and lovely linen aprons. I brought many of her beautiful linens into Truck & Barter (our general store) because I loved everything so much!

Christina has a rich story to tell, and gracefully shares what motivates her, what her daily design process is like in her studio in San Francisco, and how important it is to not only get onto blogs, but into gift guides, magazines and trade shows to really get your brand in front of your customers.

I hope you enjoy the show! If so please share with a friend! Thanks so much!!!! ~Julia xox

The Company You Keep Podcast // Studio Patro

The Company You Keep Podcast // Studio Patro

The Company You Keep Podcast // Studio Patro

The Company You Keep Podcast // Studio Patro

The Company You Keep Podcast // Studio Patro

The Company You Keep Podcast // Studio Patro

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