Music Monday: Take It Easy

Did anyone else not want to get up this morning? Yeah, me either. Monday's really are the hardest. Scratch that. I struggle every morning. 

I always say I'm going to have a weekend where I just take it easy and recover from the long work week. That never happens. This weekend it will. Just me, myself and some Clorox wipes and laundry detergent, because my apartment is a disaster and really needs to be cleaned. I did finish season 1 one of Veronica Mars on Amazon Instant...because really what's a productive weekend without streaming video?

For your playlist today I have some softer beats that will help take you through the day. I'm kinda loving that New Found Glory is still in existence. I was such a fan in my teen years. 

Music Monday

Even though Monday's suck, I did purchase my plane ticket to visit a friend in Chicago for my birthday in December. I'm aware I will probably freeze, however I doubt Denver will be much better at that point. 

The Patron Tequila Express

I'm always jealous of my blogging friends when they get to go to really neat events. When I lived at the lake there was no opportunity for that. I mean, there's not many big name brands making their way through Osage Beach, Missouri, and if there are, they sure aren't calling me up. 

So, when I got an email from a PR firm in New York inviting me to a Patron event to promote their new Roca Patron tequila's, I was pretty excited. I can only assume they found me via my blog. I am by no means a Denver socialite or restaurant owner, so those guesses are out.

I'll get it out of the way by saying that I wasn't asked to write about the event, I was just invited. However, I wanted to share my experience with you since it's not one many of you will ever get to experience anything like it.

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The Patron Tequila Express was built in 1927 as a private business car. At the time there were around 2,000. Now, it's only one of 175. Can you image if big business titans all traveled around like this now, rather than in their fancy jets? Today, the rail car is owned by John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Patron Tequila and Paul Mitchell. Talk about two totally different brands! I'd say the man is doing pretty well for himself because he's listed as 81 on the Forbes 400 list. 

I hate going to things like this alone, so I asked a friend who lives downtown to go with me. I think both of us were a little blown away by how different this event was. It's one thing to have an event in a space. Patron surpassed that and showered us with marvelous drinks from inside the Patron Tequila Express. The first word  that comes to mind about the interior of the train is majestic. Insides, it houses three staterooms, a master suite, a dining room, kitchen, and an observation room. 

The observation room was gorgeous and resembled an exotic Asian temple. I could not get over the detail of the woodwork, and the beautiful fabrics that covered the room. I've taken a train from Jeff City to Chicago before, but I'd have to say that a trip in this train car would probably be a lot more enjoyable than what I experienced on the Amtrak. 

Outside on the platform, we enjoyed some amazing treats from TAG which I now need to make an effort to go to. They served these amazing lettuce wraps that I may or may not have had several of. Walk around with food and you can guarantee I won't say no to it. I also tried my first fig not inside a Fig Newton and spent last night at three grocery stores looking for them to recreate that appetizer. Alas, I am still figless.

Denver, with all of it's very odd drinking rules, would not allow us to drink outside, so we had to sip on our cocktails from inside the train. I wish I could tell you the cocktails they served. I can however tell you that they each featured one of the new Roca line of Patrons. One was entirely too strong for my taste. I prefer my drink to be mixed with a mixer, and not tequila with three more alcohols. Our server referred to it as the "booziest of the drinks". I would have to agree.

Overall, it was a neat event and I'm glad I was able to go. I even had a softball game that night, but unfortunately the tequila did not make us play any better. You can learn more about Roca Patron here

A Peek Into A Little Peace of Joy

I've been reading #GirlBoss, (then again who hasn't) and it's so inspiring to read about a woman who started from rock bottom and built their business from nothing. It inspires me, because I love hearing stories about women and their accomplishments, because so often I feel like instead of celebrating someone's new venture, we criticize it and tell them it won't work. #GirlBosses need to unite.

So, I'm experimenting with the idea of celebrating a new women and her business each month. Is that something y'all would be interested in? I'd love to collaborate with a few bloggers as well, so shoot me an email if that's something you'd be interested in too. 

I've known Courtney since high school and we grew up in the same area in North Texas. She's got one of the sweetest hearts and personalities you'll ever meet and she's a smart business women who I can't wait to see where her journey takes her in the next year!

What is your background in terms of education and career?

I graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors in Science in Education (Kinesiology). Woo Pig Sooie! However, I decided that I did not want to go the health route, even though I loved the classes. I knew I would not be able to find a job that I would love with a Kinesiology degree, so I decided it would be best to get a Masters in something. I decided that a MBA would be a great start because it covers all areas of the business world. As for my background in business, I have volunteered and completed internships with many nonprofit organizations, from Alzheimer's Arkansas to Alzheimer's Association to Komen. I would love to work for a known nonprofit one day so I figured the MBA would help in that area.

What inspired you to start A Little Peace of Joy?

Honestly, I have always dreamed about opening up a boutique or shop of my own one day (I think most woman do!). Last year when I was starting my MBA, I saw a video on Facebook of one of my friends making a scarf. I instantly thought, I could do that! Even though it took me an hour to make my first handmade scarf, I was so pleased with myself. I have never really had a creative bone in my body, unlike my mother and sister, so it was very exciting for me! My parents were actually the ones who persuaded me to make them for other people and maybe sell a few here or there! That is how A Little Peace of Joy was created!

How would you describe your business in 3 adjectives?

Affordable, Trendy, and Customer Friendly

What made you decide to add boutique quality clothing?

I knew that I needed to come up with something else besides handmade infinity scarves so I wanted to find something that I could pair with them. Of course....Clothes!!! I also want to make sure the clothing is affordable plus stays affordable. I, myself, love an affordable price or a good deal so I would hate to not offer that for others! My mission is to make sure I never sell an article of clothing priced above $50! I hope this can stay true!

What is the most difficult thing about running your business?

So far, the beginning is the most difficult. I am only a couple months into the business and I have to keep reminding myself that businesses do not just boom overnight. It takes years sometimes decades. My hubby told me the other day that he read it takes 3 years for small businesses to just start earning a profit. Crazy huh! 

How would you describe your personal style?

Comfy and affordable! I am definitely not one of those girls who are setting trends for their friends around them to start. I love when I can put an outfit on and know that I did not spend a fortune on it! My husband actually laughs at me when I go shopping because he knows when an item is too expensive for me. Example: I will walk up to the item that I think it totally cute and even say out load that it is totally for me, look at the expensive price tag, and then walk away without saying anything or expressing facial emotions. 

What trends do you think are going to be popular for fall? 

PLAID and KIMONOS! 

Where would you like to see A Little Peace of Joy in a year? 

My honest answer is that I hope it is still up and going! You never know where life takes you and what God has in store for you! This has been a dream of mine and I am so excited to say that I have finally accomplished it! However, if it doesn't work, at least I can continue in life with no regrets!

What advice can you offer women who are looking to start their own business?

Since I only have had a few months of experience in this business world, I would say the best advice I can give is to be patient! Small businesses take awhile to grow! You won't sell all your products at once or get the amount of sales you hoped for at first. It takes time but just remind yourself why you opened the business in the first place and that should keep you going...plus wine! 


Courtney's shop is currently selling through Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to follow both accounts for new additions! Courtney will be doing a fun giveaway once her page reaches 400 likes. She's super close, so help a girl out and maybe you'll find something you just can't live without in your closet!

I also happen to know that the cardigan pictured above will be posted on her page shortly. It's a hot item for the fall so if you want one, head over and claim it before they're all gone!