Get Rid of the Ick; Step 2

A few weeks ago, I started a series I fondly call “Get Rid of the Ick“. Ok, the name is not that original and I am not convinced you want to know what the Ick is; but for all those people out there that are attracted to gross things like a train wreck, you paused to find out and you are welcome. Keep reading and pay attention, you might be interested to know.

Step 1, Be Genuine was posted well over a month ago *gasp* and for those of you who have been waiting patiently for the rest of the steps; you can now breathe. LOL

Seriously tho, I must of fallen down a rabbit hole, been stuck under a mountain or held captive, right? or I would of finished off my series sooner. I laugh, but the truth is that life happens and so does shit and the only excuse I have for not updating my blog peeps is well…. I just didn’t. This falls in line with Step 1, Be Genuine. No bull shit here and since that is out of way, we are moving on.

Step 2: Where do you meet people?

Like seriously, where do you make new friends? We are strictly talking about on social media in this step. This is where we think direct sales is icky anyway. You know exactly what I am talking about, social media has turned into the highway of ads for direct sales and it feels like that is all you see in your newsfeed. Give me a shout out if you feel me, tell me it’s not just me?! *I’m waiting*

I talk about at least 3 types of groups and pages you should join in order to make new friends. What 3 groups are you going to search for, join or follow and be an active non-icky participant in? Reminder: refer back to Step 1 when you are making new friends in your new groups!

It’s only fair that I point out why I started this series in the first place. I started this blog out with “Holy shit balls Batman!”, check it out here #stoptheembarrassment and for the love of everything direct sales, Get Rid of the Ick!

Peace, Love and Cheers!


“Nailfie” Highlight

Much like a selfie, where you take a picture of your beautiful smiling face, a nailfie is a show of your hands and more specifically, your nails.

Showing off your nails takes a little bit of know how and practice. I had a good time with my customer group that I fondly call The Squad by creating a fun challenge with a small prize and some tips to get the job done!

First, there was a tutorial; There are a multitude of tips for a nailfie, these were my top tips.

and with any challenge, there were super easy rules:
1. You can enter two times ONLY 
2. You will be judged on your application, your lighting, care of your skin around your cuticles and how you are holding your hand #bantheclaw
3. Props are optional but I’m almost certain creative props will be fun!! 
4. You MUST post and tag me in this group (The Squad) and use the hashtag #nailitnailfie (nail it nailfie) 
5. Everyone in the group will vote on their favs!! 
6. The top 4 voted on in The Squad will get voted on in my team page.
7. The winner will not only win the prize but will be featured on My Graffiti Rules, my blog (also named My Graffiti Rules) and Pinterest.
8. CURRENT nailfie’s only
9. If there is something you don’t understand, please ask – I want everyone to have a fair chance. Questions are welcome!
10. You must be wearing Color Street dry nail polish.
11. Last but not least —- HAVE FUN!!

Our winner of the nailfie challenge was Megan! and she is wearing Color Street’s dry nail polish solid; Port-ugal. Her nailfie was not only on point with her application but her lighting and her choice of props is what put her over the edge! Congratulations to Megan! She won a small but super cool prize I was offering and her nails are featured right here, on my business page and on Pinterest!

Color Street nailfie: Port-Ugal

If you want to see more nailfies come on over to Facebook and join in the fun! There is nothing serious about a nailfie and it’s the one place where there is never an emergency! I don’t recall who said it first so I can’t quote her but in our world “There is no such thing as a nail emergency”. Bring the fun, hold the drama!

Peace, Love and Cheers


Stylist Spotlight

This week I was invited to be in our teams “Stylist Spotlight“!

I was honored to be asked! Here are the questions and answers I was asked to share for the spotlight. I am thrilled to share!

Q: Why did I decide on Color Street?
A: I had a very pesky friend who kept asking me about it. Hahaha!
No seriously, I saw the potential in not only the product but the company. Everyone who polishes their nails wants it to be pretty and easy and when I couldn’t stop thinking about how revolutionary this product is and that it was start up company (and still is), I hopped on board with my pesky friend. *mwah (my “pesky” friend was the lady interviewing me; this makes me giggle!)

Q: What was the first style you tried on?
A: Tokyo Lights baby!
I was only going to put an accent nail on until I saw how easy it was and before I knew it I was all fingers and all toes full of glitter!

Q: How has Color Street made a Difference in your life?
Outside of the people I get to meet and work with in Color Street, I have been most financially successful in the direct sales industry while with Color Street. Our business is not always easy but its simple, so when you toss an easy and simple product into the mix, bam! Success!

Q: What’s your life’s motto?
Be kind. Lead with your heart and show bravery in everything you do.

Be Kind. Be a Leader. Be Brave.

Q: What is your number one tip for success in Color Street?
1. BE GENUINE. Build your relationships and network based off of being genuine and you will have followers, customers and be able to grow a team who is genuine as well.
2. BE CONSISTENT. Even when you think no one is watching, they are. When you feel like giving up, don’t. Keep going. Consistency is KEY.
3. BE UNIQUE. Do you! When you try to build your business like someone else, it just goes all wrong. Use others as inspiration and build a strong foundation and brand that is all you.
4. BE COACHABLE. Learn from the best. Seek them out and soak it in. Implement what you are being taught. You can be forever a student in the field so take what you are being coached to do and implement it while being genuine, consistent and unique.

If you want some more information about Color Street: the product, application, the business opportunity, where to find it and me!:

Peace, Love and Cheers


Get Rid of the Ick

The “ick” is killing direct sales. The spam, the unauthentic networking and the death of creating a friendship over anything else. When did we stop making friends and turn into an automatic infomercial? When did we stop caring about other people and start caring only about our pocketbook, our sales and our growing team?

In an effort to get rid of the ick, educate and change the way people think and respond to direct sales, I started a series on my business page fondly called Get Rid of the Ick (ok, maybe not brilliant but I giggle every time I write it or read it and laughing daily is not a bad thing at all! as a matter of fact, start doing it more and find out how much better life can be)

To clarify, we are getting rid of the ick that is ever so present on social media; on our friends personal walls (new and old), in messenger and the constant newsfeed fillers of the best product ever and how it will change your life. (and let’s be real, some products might really be incredible, actually most are, but that doesn’t mean they are for everyone.)

The first step to getting rid of the ick is neither mind blowing or earth shattering.

Step one: Be Genuine. *gasp*

adjective gen·​u·​ine | \ ˈjen-yə-wən  , -(ˌ) win, nonstandard -ˌwīn  \

Definition of genuine

1a: actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or charactergenuine vintage wines

b: actually produced by or proceeding from the alleged source or author – the signature is genuine

c: sincerely and honestly felt or experienced a deep and genuine love

d: ACTUALTRUE genuine improvement

2: free from hypocrisy or pretenseSINCERE His apology seemed genuine.

I am not sure it was a necessity to offer the definition but just in case you were wondering what it means to be genuine, you are welcome. (insert sarcasm) I tease but this is the truth. In our fast world of social media, people forget what genuine means.

I like to use this example of how to be genuine in this way: Let’s say you are meeting someone in person. Let’s say you are at Target. What do you say when you first see them? Do you start with “Hi, I am Mara, so nice to meet and connect with you. Will you buy my “insert product”?”

You are looking at this person right in the face, hand out to greet them with a shake and offering a new friendship and conversation starter like this, right? Um…. I believe the answer is: No, you aren’t. You wouldn’t dream of starting any conversation like that in person, with a stranger that you meet in line at Target; then why are so many hiding behind their phone or computer and starting a friendship that way on social media? I am certain there are several articles and maybe even books written on the psychology of working behind the computer, hidden and the boldness of sending a cold call message.

I am 100% positive that those who are doing this (and it might be you) are not getting many sales this way, if any at all.

Do me a solid and try a different approach. Start with being genuine. Offer a smile, a hello and an interest in your friend. Start with getting to know the person on the other side of the screen and ask yourself this: “What would I say to this person if they were in line at Target?” and maybe even “What compliment would you offer?” What could you say to make this person’s day better? Pretend you are looking them dead in the face and talk to them. Be kind, show interest and always always be GENUINE. I can assure you whatever you say starting with that approach alone would be much different than that canned copy and pasted crapola you were thinking about sending.

Step one: Getting Rid of the Ick
How do you make friends?

Next week: Where do you find new friends? It’s way easier than you think especially if you are remembering Step one. *wink

Peace, Love and Cheers!