09-22-2017
Holly Hunt

 

Order a custom "Florida Strong" Shirt and 50% of proceeds are donated to

Irma relief efforts!

 

By now we have all seen the devastation that Irma caused in Florida, especially in the Florida Keys.  This is near and dear to my heart having lived in Miami for 5 years and frequently visiting the Keys during that time.

In an effort to give back and bring awareness, I have created the Florida Strong t-shirt!  With a not so subtle #FUIRMA on the back for those who are a little more passionate in their feelings :)

For every shirt purchased, I will donate 50% of proceeds to Hurricane Irma relief efforts.  So for just $30, you can spread awareness in this beautiful, sparky t-shirt and $15 will be donated directly to charity!

To take it one step further, I am looking for local causes to donate to.  The national organizations are great too, but I would love to donate directly to the small groups who have formed and are in desperate need of resources to assist in clean-up and rebuilding.  Shoot me an e-mail if you have a charitable cause that will directly impact the needs of South Florida and the Florida Keys.

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09-12-2017
Holly Hunt

Nominate a deserving mom for a FREE #momlife shirt! 

Mom's have a tough job and usually do not get recognition for raising our next generation.  At Hollywood's Couture, we want to recognize a special mom with a FREE sparkly #momlife shirt!

In order to nominate a mom, go to our Facebook page and in 100 words or less, tell us why the mom you are nominating deserves to feel pretty and fabulous in a sparkly #momlife shirt.  Tag the mom if she is on Facebook.  The post with the most likes wins a FREE #momlife shirt in any color size she chooses!  Get your friends and family to "like" your post for more votes!

 Everyone who nominates a mom will receive a DM code for 20% off a #momlife shirt.  So there is nothing to lose! :)

 Nominations will be accepted through Monday, September 18, and the winner will be announced Tuesday, September 19 via social media.  Nominate TODAY! 

 

 

08-24-2017
Holly Hunt

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HOLLY HUNT BLINGS AND BEDAZZLES APPAREL FOR ANY OCCASSION

Holly Hunt is from Elberton, GA a small town in Northeast Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a dual degree; an ABJ in Public Relations and BSED in Sports Studies. After college, she spent time living in Atlanta and Miami, and recently moved back to Atlanta where she now resides with her Labrador Retriever, Cammy, and her fiancé, Paul.

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What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?

I am a die-hard sports fan who loves bling and sparkle just as much as my sports teams. After searching for “blinged out” jerseys and shirts, I would end up buying plain jerseys and decorating them myself. My entrepreneurial spirit eventually took over and Hollywood’s Couture was born.

My mission is to help other women sparkle and shine in fun, sassy, custom apparel. Whether it is at a sporting event, a bachelorette party, running a 5K, or just hanging out with friends, let Hollywood’s Couture help you sparkle and shine!

We are a fully customizable shop that specializes in weddings, bachelorette parties, birthdays, reunions, etc.  For any event or special occasion, contact Hollywood’s Couture to make sure you show up in style!

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Tell us about your business.

Hollywood’s Couture is a custom apparel e-commerce boutique. I use spangle and rhinestones to embellish shirts, tote bags, make-up bags, koozies, hats, and more! Some of my most popular markets are workout tank tops, bachelorette/wedding apparel, baby onesies, and tote and toiletry bags.

I do all of my own designs, so I can convert just about JPEG or PNG file into a sparkly design. I have made a lot of apparel with business and organization logos.

 Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?

Sign up on my website www.hollywoodscouture.com to receive our promotional emails and receive 10% off your purchase! We regularly run promotions and discounts and announce them through our emails!

Female entrepreneur lady boss blogger Holly Hunt ecommerce bling and bedazzle

Where is your business based?

Atlanta, Georgia.

What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?

I created a survey in survey monkey and sent it to around 50 women to find out their buying habits and interests to see if there was a need for this in the marketplace. Next, I decided on a name for the business and bought the domain, set up the social media accounts, and registered my LLC. To get the operations started, I researched the machines I would need to purchase for my business and drove to Tampa, FL to see the machines in person and place an order. After that, I started ordering inventory and promoting my new brand!

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What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?

Word of mouth and social media have been the best bang for my buck. I still currently struggle to drive traffic to my website so I need to do more SEO. I was a vendor at some fashion shopping events, and that was good for building awareness. Plus I wear my brand! I get stopped in airports and restaurants all the time and people compliment my shirts. I keep a lot of business cards on hand.

What have been your biggest challenges so far?

Deciding where to spend marketing/advertising dollars to drive traffic to my website.

Female entrepreneur lady boss blogger Holly Hunt ecommerce bling and bedazzle

How did you overcome these challenges?

It is a work in progress. However, I no longer beat myself up for taking a chance on something that doesn’t work. You won’t know until you try. What works for one business may not work for another one. Growing a business is all about taking calculated risks.

How do you keep motivated through difficult times?

Reading motivational books and quotes. I am often discouraged when I am not profitable or I am burnt out from working and not seeing results. I must stop and remind myself why I started this business and that it is a work in progress.

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

The customization and 100% satisfaction guarantee. If anyone has quality issues with their purchase in the first 6 months of purchase, I repair or replace it free of charge. I always aim to please! If someone has a unique request, I try and meet it. I have done a variety of custom orders including a horse saddle pad, wine bags and koozies, shirts for women’s clubs, golf tournaments… The possibilities are endless!

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What is the best advice you have received recently?

Failure is a good thing because it means you are trying. One of my favorite quotes is by Thomas Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”1

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?

Stay consistent and persistent. You will have good days and bad days, but you mustn’t let the bad days overshadow the good ones. Keep moving forward. Evolve and grow. Find a good support system of fellow entrepreneurs who you can bounce ideas off of and share resources.1

Female entrepreneur lady boss blogger Holly Hunt ecommerce bling and bedazzle

What is your favorite business tool or resource?

I hired a business coach for 4 sessions to talk through my strategy and define my path for the next year. It helped me organize my thoughts and hold myself accountable to a plan. For a tool, I really like Planoly. It lets me plan for Instagram posts in advance so that I get a notification when it is time to post. It has helped me be more consistent in my messaging and grow my follower base.

What is a good article or book you have read recently?

For motivation, I love anything by Grant Cardone. He gives it to you straight. For marketing tips, I really enjoyed “What Great Brands Do” by Denise Yohn.

entrepreneurial journey next steps

What are you currently learning about for your business or looking for help with?

SEO.

What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?

  • I am looking to increase the traffic to my website. I am going to do this through SEO.
  • I am looking to book a minimum of 2 bachelorette party/brides a month. I am going to do this through email campaigns and partnering with other business vendors in the bridal market.
  • I am going to collaborate with one new company a month. I will look for businesses like mine who are targeting a similar audience and reach out to discuss how we can work together to cross-promote.

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What social media outlets do you use? List them below.

Instagram @hollywoodscouture
Twitter @hwoodscouture
Facebook www.facebook.com/hollywoodscouture
Website www.hollywoodscouture.com
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Hashtags #gethollywoodscouture

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01-02-2017
Hollywood

New Year, New You!

 

With new calendar years, come resolutions to make improvements in one’s life.  For some it is getting in shape and losing weight.  Others want to eat healthier or cut our sugar/carbs/alcohol.  Many would like to get out of debt/save more money. 

Whatever you resolve to change this year, just know that Rome was not built in a day.  It takes time to develop new habits and get rid of old ones.  Accountability partners can help, and so can breaking down your larger goal into small goals and rewarding yourself along the way.

We want to help you get there.  We are going to offer you savings to incentivize you to reach your goal!  Here’s how:

·         Share your resolution with us and get 15% off your order!  Post it on our Facebook page and we will message you the discount code.  No strings attached!  Publicly stating your goal makes it more “real” and is the first step in holding yourself accountable. 

·         Tag your friends in your post or in the comments, and we will give them 10% off just because you tagged them!  How cool is that?? 

·         If you achieve your resolution/goal, we will congratulate you with a discount code of 25% off your order!!  That’s a huge savings!  You deserve to treat yourself for achieving your goal, and we are going to help you by saving you money!  Just comment on your original Facebook post when you have achieved your goal and let us know what you did to get there. We will send you the discount code for 25% off savings.  We will also feature you on our website to congratulate you – with your permission of course. J

Cheers to achieving our goals and making 2017 the best year yet!

 Keep sparkling,

 Hollywood