Andrea Caprio-Furio Takes On The Covid19 Mask Crisis Head On

Andrea Caprio designed sportswear for many years. Paying close attention to what people are looking for in the day-to-day wardrobe, and how different clothes and a good fit makes them feel and look good she also realized that many people need help. Not just in creating their individual style but by simply not having the time to shop. After multiple requests from family and friends, coworkers and frustrated women in dressing rooms, she decided to launch her personal style company.

When she became a part of ETTWomen, we were thrilled to receive her strutting leopard print and rocking red lips. What’s been most rewarding is seeing how relying on her talents, she jumped into action sewing much needed protective gear for our community and most importantly, our front line workers.

Andrea Caprio shares her story in her own words:

It’s day 20+ of making masks day and night. I have completely dug my heals into this project. All in!

My husband is a CRNA at a local hospital and all his pals and coworkers started asking for cloth masks to wear over their n95’s.

I found myself sitting in front of the news night after night getting way too anxious. I quickly realized I had a skill that could really help.

Being a designer in the garment center for almost 20 years was about to come in handy. I went in my basement and set up shop. I got my juki machine fired up and started creating masks and sending them in to work with my husband.

I tried making a few kinds. I only had one type of elastic so I quickly figured out those weren’t going to work. I decided on making my own pattern for a simple tie back face mask that could be adjusted to every head. 100% cotton, washable and super durable.

I began to choose specific prints to match specific personalities (I’m a stylist, I can’t help it). Everyday my husband would come home and tell me who liked what and who chose which -I was getting requests for prints from cherries to globes to florals and everything in between.

Soon, I was finding myself waking up and going right to my machine with lists of requests. As the corona news worsened, I was relying on working on masks feverishly to get through the day without having a meltdown.

The masks were being received by first responders all over the hospital. Men and women were requesting them and I could barely get them out fast enough.

Everyone was so appreciative. My husband’s feedback kept me sewing. He would tell me things like, ‘The nurses loved the colors and prints, it was their little bit of happiness today.’ or ‘The masks brought smiling faces.’

The word started to spread, and before Andre knew it, she was sewing masks for fire fighters, nurses all the way in Massachusetts, mail carriers, pilots, builders, painters, and more. She goes on:

I had posted a few pics of my masks on Facebook and my old boss from my designing days posted a comment saying ‘That’s so you.’ Seems simple but he was right, it is so me. It’s the most me I’ve ever been.

Everything seemed to just fit she continues to explain. Andrea felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and pride sitting behind her machine sewing masks. There was a moment where she realized she had been utilizing everything she had learned, doing something she truly enjoyed, and having the pleasure of helping others. One of those mind blowing moments. Her perfect storm.

She started making masks for family and friends and shipping out piles of boxes every other day.

I was so afraid I would forget someone. Once the boxes arrived I started getting heart felt notes, messages and thank you’s. People started flooding my email and text with selfies wearing my masks. It was so beautiful. All those happy faces in this crappy uncertain time kept me going. It fueled my desire to keep making masks and shipping them out.

People were so gracious and appreciative. I started getting goodies in the mail and donations for fabric and supplies. The scarier the news became the more I wanted to sew.

Shortly after, Andrea started getting requests for headbands from the nurses. They were showing her pics of there bruised faces and ears from there n95 masks. They needed to relive tension from the ears while working . Someone sent me a headband with buttons and asked if she could make them.

How could I not? My sister and bestie sprung into action, located headbands and dropped them off for me to sew on the buttons. Batches of these went out in between masks.

I can’t even begin to tell you how appreciative everyone is and was. It’s amazing how in crisis most people really step up to help. This has all been very revealing to me: who steps up and who doesn’t.

She ends by sharing that there are more people who ask for 2 and pay for 10 masks. These are the people who rally, these are the people who make her want to help. These are the people who are risking their lives for us, these are the people she loves.

 

To get your mask or learn more, go to StyledByAndrea.com/Contact!

10 Productivity Tips to Help You Get $#!t Done!

When you are forced to work from home, how do you prioritize? How do you decide which task to tackle first?

Truth: A key differentiator between people who succeed in their business and those who do not is personal productivity.

Leaders and entrepreneurs who are consistently making things happen know how to achieve what they want in less time than others.

There’s a lot to be learned from the tactics of successful, and incredibly busy, individuals on how to better organize our own days. Here are 10 things you can start doing today:

  1. Pick 1 task to focus on. One thing many successful entrepreneurs have in common is the ability to focus on what matters most. Pick one thing and do that one thing.

  2. Block out distractions. Period. Martina Navratilova says, “I concentrate on concentrating.” If you don’t have the willpower to be self-accountable, try Rescue Time. It is an application that runs in the background of your computer and measures how you spend your time so you can make better decisions.

  3. Set a strict time limit on meetings. In general, people don’t need as much time as they ask for. Meetings can be time vampires. So, be cut-throat when it comes to managing your time so you can focus on high value tasks.

  4. Set up productivity rituals. Many of  you know I swear by waking up earlier than most consider normal. You also know that because of this, there are tasks that are done by 6am. Therefore, setting up rituals that automate behaviors, make us more productive – without depleting our energy reservoir. 4am may not be your cup of tea, but force yourself to prioritize so that you know that you will finish at least that one critical task during the period of the day when you have the most energy and the fewest distractions.

  5. Get up earlier. Research shows that mornings can make or break your day. Use the mantra “mind over mattress” to motivate yourself to get out of bed to pursue your goals.

  6. Outsource personal chores. Highly productive people are selective about how they expend their energy. They don’t waste time or energy on tasks that others can do. Do a cost/benefit analysis of how you spend your time and see if it’s worth offloading some repetitive tasks so you can focus on what will bring value to your company.

  7. Increase your effectiveness through technology. There’s a plethora of programs to make a small-business owner more effective in increasing productivity. A few popular tools—some of which are free—include Dropbox to store files online; Any Meeting to host a webinar and Hootsuite or Buffer to schedule your social media postings.

  8. Don’t say yes to every request. Most of us have a deep need to be liked. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite productivity.

  9. Stop multi-tasking. Research confirms that all the distractions invading our lives are rewiring the way our brains work. Be one of the rare-air few who develops the mental and physical discipline to have a mono-maniacal focus on one thing for many hours. It’s all about practice.

  10. Learn from others. Understand that for you to move to your next level of success, you must be in constant student mode. Whether you’re learning from others, attending school, reading books, attending seminars or taking a course, you have to gain access to the information you don’t know so you can get to where you want to be.

Your productivity is your life made visible. Protect your time, your energy, your business, your life.

Join us as we share some productivity tips for you to keep top of mind, during these trying times!

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Meet Mo Roberson, Master of Ceremony and Workout Leader at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Mo Roberson has a passion for helping people feel better, inside and out. For almost 6 years as a Smart Fitness Certified and Annette Lange Pre/Post Natal Certified personal trainer, he has had the privilege of helping those in his community care for their minds, bodies, and spirits. Roberson has recently began to pursue a modeling career and has aspirations to venture into acting.

He’ll be leading our WAKE UP morning exercise session on Saturday morning and introducing our speakers at #ThePowerOfConnections2019! We can’t wait until you connect with his infectious energy 🏃‍♀️

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Meet Audrey Puente at #ThePowerOfConnections2019!

Audrey Puente is Meteorologist/Feature Reporter for WNYW/ Fox 5.  Previously, she was Chief Weather Anchor for WWOR-TV/My9 providing forecasts for the station’s “My9 News at Ten.”

Puente joined My9 from WCBS-TV where she provided weather forecasts for “CBS 2 News This Morning” and “CBS 2 News at Noon.” She also provided fill-in reports for the CBS national morning program “The Early Show.” Previously, she served as a meteorologist for WNBC-TV and delivered weekend reports for “Today in New York.” Prior to this, Puente was the weekend meteorologist for WAPT-TV in Jackson, MS., where she appeared on the station’s 5 PM and 10 PM newscasts. Earlier, she served as the weekend weather anchor for WXVT-TV in Greenville, MS and the weekday weather anchor at WJCL-TV in Savannah, GA. Puente began her career as a production assistant for WNYW-TV in New York.

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Meet Jillian Coburn, Power Panelist at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Jillian Coburn is an entrepreneur, inventor, outdoorswoman, and mother of three who is passionately committed to supporting and elevating women who have nowhere to turn and living under the shadows of domestic violence. A survivor herself, Jillian energetically assists women living with abuse by empowering and teaching them how to get out, heal and build a life they’ve always imagined.

Jillian is co-owner of NOLA Prestige Electric, a women/minority based contracting company. She is also an up and coming inventor soon to release a product invented for families with kids and who have animals.

A successful businesswoman, Jillian founded the apparel line, Reel Housewives of the Deep South, in 2014, producing one-of-a-kind American-made designs for Southern women who love the outdoors and choose “catfishing over catfighting!”

Jillian spends her time on the lake or at home creating new books. She is readily involved with PTA and is the president of Fundraising. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family. Jillian lives and works in Lago Vista, Texas with her husband and three children.

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Meet Bailey Frumen, Workshop Leader at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Bailey Frumen, MSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist, author, speaker, and coach mentoring ambitious leaders and entrepreneurs by providing the roadmap that takes them from frustration & overwhelm into action & purpose.

She has been named ‘one of the top 20 life coaches to watch’ by popexpert.com. Bailey is the author of Own Your Power: Your Guide to Feeling Powerful, Fearless, and Free. Her work has been published in Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, Aspire Magazine, Natural Awakenings, Popexpert, and numerous guest blogs. She is also a featured author in the best-selling anthology, Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening To Gratitude & Grace through Inspired Living Publishing.

Through her Own Your Power Mastery, live events, speaking engagements, and transformational coaching, Bailey helps leaders and entrepreneurs to find clarity and connection to purpose, so that they can take the action. With 10+ years of experience, Bailey guides driven women and men cut through the fog of feeling stuck and overwhelmed by feeling confident to master their mindset and live the life they’ve always wanted. For more from Bailey, check out BaileyFrumen.com or say hello on Facebook and Instagram!

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Meet Vallori Thomas at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Vallori Thomas, WOW’s Founder and Principal Coach, is an ICF certified coach known for delivering potent results. She has expertise in professional development, leadership and corporate training, team dynamics, communication, as well as executive and one-on-one coaching. A practitioner of Context Mastery, Vallori is adept at vision building and breakthrough learning. She is an enthusiastic and indefatigable keynote speaker and facilitator who has conducted adult and youth leadership development programs in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C, Seattle and Atlanta.

Recently, Vallori began expanding her reach to other countries, traveling first to South Africa and later to Peru, Thailand and Brazil to bring a message of empowerment, and to raise money and awareness for indigent social programs there. She focuses largely on women, entrepreneurs, corporate development and youth.

With a background in entertainment that focused on service delivery, Vallori went on to become an executive in the fashion industry. She says that the coaching she received from her mentor, Robin Lynn, Founder of Momentum Education, is what empowered her to undertake a career in a new industry and be successful at it. That’s also when Vallori discovered her own talent for coaching, and began developing the skills and expertise that led to the creation of WOW Coaching and Consulting.

In 2003, Vallori founded her own nonprofit organization that provides personal effectiveness and performance training to women seeking to re-enter the workforce following an institutional hiatus. She has been profiled in local newspapers; “The Huff Post”, “Amsterdam News”, a recurring guest on the Dr Oz Show, the access cable programs “Never II Late” and “Something to Offer,” as well as “News 12”in New York. She just completed writing a book of inspirations “POSSIBILITOLOGY It’s A Great Day To Be Amazing!” A Real-Life Guide to Purpose & Possibility”.

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Meet Courtenay Hall, Media Panelist at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Courtenay Hall is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of BELLA New York and BELLA Los Angeles Magazines.

Courtenay is a 1993 graduate of NJ’s Summit High School, the town in which she was born and raised, as well as a 1997 graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. After graduation, she landed her first position at Grey Advertising in Manhattan, and after a year on the agency side, decided to enter the world of publishing. Her first position at a major New York publishing house was with Hachette Filipacchi where she worked in advertising sales at luxury shelter magazines Metropolitan Home and Elle Décor. From there, she moved to Meredith Corporation, where she broke company sales records at the Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications. After a successful venture at Meredith, she eventually accepted a position at Gruner + Jahr and was part of the New York team that launched Rosie O’Donnell’s national lifestyle magazine ROSIE.

Courtenay, always a dedicated magazine reader, began to see that there was something missing in the tri-state area market (NY, NJ, and CT). While there were lifestyle publications in print, she wanted to see one that spoke to all women (not just a specific demographic) about how to look and feel their best, emphasizing “Beauty Defined by You.” This approach set BELLA apart, as Courtenay’s vision was not to tell women what should be beautiful to them, but to include all aspects of beauty within the magazine and let the readers decide for themselves. In January 2011, BELLA New York premiered as the tri-state area’s premiere women’s luxury lifestyle publication, offering a sophisticated combination of fashion, beauty, health, philanthropy, arts and culture, cuisine, celebrity, and entertainment news.

Since founding the magazine, Courtenay has had the opportunity to work alongside notable authors from around the world, A-list celebrities, public figures, and many others. One of her most celebrated memories is the famous July/August 2013 cover story featuring Christie Brinkley and then 15-year old daughter, Sailor. It was the first time the duo ever posed for a cover story together and it made headlines across the globe, including features on Vogue.com, “The View,” and “E! News.” In addition to Christie Brinkley, there have been countless celebrities who have graced the cover of BELLA, including Taraji P. Henson, Rob Lowe, Lisa Vanderpump, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Olivia Munn, Donald Trump and Maria Shriver.

In 2015, Courtenay also became a TV Correspondent, where she contributed weekly segments for the nationally syndicated entertainment show, Celebrity Page and most recently BELLATV Live. Each week, you can find her or the BELLA team discussing the latest in fashion, entertainment, and celebrity news or interviewing celebrities on various high profile red carpets in New York and Los Angeles.

The New York Post’s Keith Kelly included BELLA New York in his January 2016 ‘Media Ink’ column, saying “While BELLA Media is not quite a rags-to-riches story just yet; it is at least a successful start-up in a generally unforgiving publishing world.”

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Meet Crystal Glass Warner, Fashion Show Designer at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Crystal Glass Warner is the CEO/Founder of Lor’ Dour Design LLC., who creates custom women’s apparel, dancewear, and Crystal Glass Cosmetics.

“WOMEN WITH PURPOSE”, their Spring/Summer Collection 2018 which mixes modern American classic esthetics with knit/jersey fabrics in beautiful prints and colors. Warner has re-invented the way women wear fashion by creating fashion that’s movable, breathable, comfortable and adaptable. During the 2016 season Crystal showcased her designs at Harlem Fashion Week, at the Saint Barbara Annual Fashion Show in Toms River, NJ and graced the stage on Spotlight NJ with Della Crews on News 12. By working as a professional makeup artist/wardrobe stylist in NY Fashion Week and Film, Warner worked up-close and personal with models, actors and celebrities. Twelve years ago when asked by a model if she had a makeup line Warner started the development of her brand for all women’s skin tones – Crystal Glass Cosmetics. Customers grew at an alarming rate by giving tips of the trade. Fashion is Warner’s first love. As a young teen she made her first dress for her dolls at age 8. Her goal as an entrepreneur in the fashion & beauty industry is to bring her 30 years of experience to help women create a wardrobe for the workplace and beyond.

Warner’s give back program consists of helping women restart their lives by giving fashion and beauty makeovers by using the best make up and looking for the best anti aging cream reviews. Success is doing the work and having a passion for what you love. Crystal is currently preparing for the Grand Indie Wise Film Festival in Miami in August 2017. Crystal launches her 2nd book publication “Dancers That Cook”; on quick healthy cooking and completing her feature film this summer.

 

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