Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Field Trip to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle!

Today I had the opportunity to visit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle facility in Raleigh.   I went to meet Cindy Sink, Director of Communications, to pick up some flyers for our Holiday Open House goodie bags (their program Backpack Buddies is the beneficiary of the Open House - read more here), and when I got there she asked if I wanted a tour of the facility.  Of course!  Yes I've seen their slogan - We Feed. We teach. We grow. - but I had no idea all the programs they run over there!
Here I am in the area where volunteers fill the backpacks for the  Backpack Buddy Program
Did you know that every morning they have volunteers drive around to different grocery stores to pick up food?  The volunteers then deliver the food back to the facility on Blair Drive where it is sorted.  Meals are then made in the onsite commercial kitchen by people who are going through Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's Culinary Job training - an 11 week program that prepares men and women with severe life challenges for careers in food service.  I also found out that they have a teaching farm off Tryon Road in Cary where volunteers can farm with them. I loved the concept of helping people help themselves.    I had no idea - the volunteering opportunities seemed endless!  If you are looking for a great place to spend some time helping others please check out their website

This "field trip" today made me even more excited about choosing the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle as the receipient of our Holiday Open House charity event! You can tell the passion that this organization has and I'm so glad Swagger is going to be a part of it!  We would love for you to come out to our event on November 1st and Shop for a Cause!  Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  Lots of great specials, goodie bags for the first 100 ticket purchasers, and more! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Grateful Bags now available at Swagger

We are so excited to be able to offer this fabulous new product at Swagger!  Grateful Bags are smart, stylish and customized just for you.  Grateful bags use interchangeable acrylic monograms to personalize your fashion.  Easily switch your acrylic monograms between your different styles of grateful bags to always have a fresh look.

We are featuring 6 styles so you are sure to find something for everyone on your gift giving list! Don't forget one for yourself:)  Each acrylic monogram is available in the colors and script or block below.

Colors available for the acrylic monograms available on every purse
Script or Block available for monogram style

The Hadley Bag comes in black/charcoal and is the perfect combination of elegance and playfulness.  It includes two hidden magnetic closures, one outside zipper and one inside zipper, also two open compartments. You choose your monogram color and style to complete your look.

Hadley $104

The Zoey cossbody is practical and stylish. It comes in 6 colors! Black, Cherry Red, Dark Red, Burgandy, Orange and Yellow.  It includes one outside zipper and one inside zipper, also two open pockets. You choose your monogram color from our 7 choices and style of script or block letteting to complete your look.

The Claire Wristlet is perfect for the woman on the go.  It has a zip top closure and comes with an additional 12"strap. Available in Black or Red then choose from the 7 acrylic colors available for the monogram.

Hadley Clutch shown as Black with Tortise Acrylic Monogram $104
Hadley Clutch shown as Red with Antique Gold Acrylic Monogram $104

The Abbey Shoulder bag is structured and roomy for all of your everyday needs.  Black/Creme color with your choice of the 7 monogram acrylic colors available. I love this bag!

Abbey Bag shown with Tortise Acrylic Monogram $118
Abbey Bag shown with Antique Gold Acrylic Monogram $118

The Maggie Tote has lots of pockets for stylish organization. Available in Black/Camel as well as Turquise/Orange. As always, 7 acrylic monogram colors to choose from to complete your personalized purse.

Maggie Tote shown in Black/Camel also available in Turquise/Orange $126


The Peyton Hobo is a very popluar bag for your everyday style and function. Dipped ziptop conveniently curves below your arm for comfort. Available in a textured camel color.

Peyton available with 7 monogram colors $112
We are currently taking orders. Turn around time is 2-3 weeks. Come in and check out our selections today!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Organica Firepot Fuel Solution

Firepots used to be one of the best selling items at Swagger - before the "firepots blowing up on people" scandal.  I was very sad to see Firepots go away as I LOVED using mine and so did a lot of my friends and our customers.  Well - I am happy to announce that a new company has come out with a completely organic fuel - it is so safe you can DRINK IT!  HA!  That sounds pretty safe to me! 

The new fuel is named Organica.  Organica is safe for indoor and outdoor use. Certified by the US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) as 100% Bio-based, Organica has the lowest emissions of any type of fuel. Organica is classified as Non-flammable, can be extinguished with water and burns with hues of blue, orange and yellow.

Organica has two components - the "wick" or media roll and the fuel.  Basically the fuel doesn't work without the "wick" - kind of like how a candles works.  If you pour more fuel on the already lit firepot it will just put the flame out. 

Here is a video:

So break out your firepot - it is now safe to use again!!  We are selling the media roll, fuel, and new firepots.  Come by Swagger to check it out!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Join us tomorrow, Saturday October, 6th, for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at North Hills in Raleigh.  We will be at the Survivors tent giving Survivors Pink Ribbon Glitter Tattoos!  How fun is that?!  We are so excited to do this for these courageous women! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fingerprint Event in November!

Friday, Nov. 2 & Saturday, Nov. 3 - Fingerprint Event!

Just what are these "precious metals"?
While a photograph might bend or lose clarity as time takes its toll, a Precious Metal Print can maintain its unique impression for centuries. Crafted individually, in Knoxville Tennessee from fine silver, a Precious Metal Print requires only a single fingerprint to immortalize a friend or loved one. These heirloom quality treasures make wonderful gifts that can be worn in many forms.
A few tips to get set for the Fingerprint Event:

  • A young child's fingerprints may not be developed until they are 18 months old... but a toe makes a great alternate print!
  • Fingerprints vary and some may not make a strong impression.

Ever since we first shared this new line with everyone on Facebook, you all have been calling, emailing, and leaving comments to ask us when these would be available! 

We are so excited to announce that on Friday, November 2, from 10:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturday, November 3, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., we will be holding a very special Fingerprint Event in the store, with great savings and many appointment slots available to book now!
Pricing & Specials
Cufflinks are $130 a pair and pendants are $75. We will be offering discounts for multiple items during this event!
2 item - 5% off
3 items - 10% off
4+ items - 15% off
If you sign up before October 15, you will be entered into a drawing for a free pendant! (Winner will be announced Nov. 1.) Sign up now at!

Swagger is now carrying Initial Reaction Monogrammed Necklaces!

You know I love a monogram!  And Initial Reaction has some of the best monogrammed pendants, rings and earrings I have ever seen!  I am so excited they are finally available at Swagger!

Each monogrammed piece is hand cut in an elegant script or block style. The pendant or nameplate is made out of sterling silver, gold vermeil or rose gold vermeil and is hung from a 16” or 18” chain.  Starting at $90 - come in today to check them out!
The split chain looks really great on!
I NEED one of these rings - they are so beautiful!

I love how "scripty" the mongram is!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Holiday Open House 2012 benefiting BackPack Buddies!

We are so excited to announce the beneficiary for our 2012 Holiday Open House - BackPack Buddies! 

The BackPack Buddies Program provides children from food-insecure homes with weekend meals during the school year.  The children receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of every week. The children are selected by school principals, guidance counselors, and various after school programs.

Fast Facts about BackPack Buddies
  • Over 111,000 children in our service area receive free or reduced price meals at school.
  • 1 in 4 children are hungry in the Triangle
  • Nearly 1,500 children are enrolled in BackPack Buddies at 49 sites in 7 counties
  • $350 provides a child a BackPack filled with nutritious food each weekend for the entire school year

Tickets for our Holiday Open House are now on sale!  $10 in advance/ $15 at the door.

This is going to be an extra special night because it will be Swagger's 10th Anniversary!  Everyone who purchases a ticket will receive a 10th Anniversary Swagger T-shirt and we will have more specials than ever before!  Purchase your tickets today!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Glitter Tattoos for Breast Cancer!

Swagger is now doing Glitter Tattoos in our store!!  Tattoos are only $5! They look so cool AND they stay on for 3 - 7 days!  We have tons of tattoos to choose from including Dragons, Hello Kitty, Spiderman, Unicorns - just to name a few.  Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month - we are givng 50% of our sales of Glitter Tattoos to the Lotus Survival Foundation.  Come in and get a Pink Ribbon one today!

Come in for a Pink Ribbon Tattoo!

A little more about the Lotus Survival Foundation:

Lotus Survival Foundation (“LSF”) was founded in April 12 of 2010, and received its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status on May 11, 2010.  LSF was created from Claudia Aguirre’s passion and desire to pay it forward after her battle with breast cancer.  Claudia’s personal experiences have guided her in the process of creating a support program that empowers individuals before, during and in the wake of breast cancer.  For these reasons, the mission of LSF is to promote awareness in recognizing signs and symptoms, to provide education, and to ensure accessibility to available resources for members of vulnerable communities.  LSF’s innovative mentorship program provides emotional support and tools to integrate a holistic approach to healing the mind, body and soul.  LSF’s Vision is to ensure that all minorities and underserved communities have equal access across the continuum of care. 

LSF approach to ensure our mission is programs that focus on:

Education. LSF produces live and web-based programs and group discussions for individuals facing cancer, whether personal or as a caregiver. These programs offer up-to-date and reliable information, peer support, and practical coping skills as well as local resources available to these individuals.

Publications. LSF provides free easy-to-read and easy-to-understand information about awareness, knowing your own body, managing side effects and coping with cancer.

Counseling & Support Groups. LSF provides an in person, via the web or via telephone setting where people in similar situations can connect and share thoughts and experiences. We also offer an innovative mind, body and soul program that is led by professionals that provide direct services at all levels of the continuum of care, these include oncologist, surgeons, patient navigators, social workers, nurses and primary care providers. It is also worth mentioning that all of these providers are also cancer survivors.

Financial Counseling. LSF provides guidance to individuals, and their loved-ones, who are struggling with breast cancer to help manage their financial concerns and provides current referrals to organizations and facilities that conduct assessments, determine their immediate needs and provide assistance accordingly.

LSF envisions that all interested individuals are enabled to attend conferences, workshops, retreats and that our web-based educational materials are also accessible to all.