Hello, friends!

Are any of you podcast listeners?  I listened to both seasons of Serial when they first came out but otherwise hadn’t dipped my toes in the water much further until recently.  I’m not an audiobook person; I just can’t concentrate on them and I prefer reading to listening.  But lately I’ve found some really great podcasts that keep my attention and fill drive time–win win.

First on the list are my every day podcasts: Up First by NPR and The Daily by the NY Times.  They are both designed to give you a daily dose of important news without becoming overwhelming.  If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret that I have been in mourning since January 20th.  RIP America.  💔  I have to balance my need to know what’s happening in our country and the world with the need for self care: it’s been really easy for me to sink into depression as I watch the United States go backwards.  Working from home doesn’t help this, nor does Facebook.  But we can’t bury our heads in the sand.  Enter these two podcasts: Up First is 12 minutes and The Daily is around 20, give or take.  Both are excellent in terms of content, hosts, and guests.  I can’t recommend them enough.

My other favorite podcasts are all produced by Crooked Media.  Pod Save America is described as “a no bullshit conversation about politics” and that’s exactly what it is.  I credit these amazing folks with keeping me sane on a weekly basis.  If you’re a fan of this administration’s reign of terror, you won’t like it.  (But also, I question your sanity.  Sorry not sorry.)  I appreciate their insight, the stories they highlight, their guests, and–most of all–their commitment to calling out the ridiculous nonsense that’s going on in Washington.  I’m slowly getting into their other podcasts too (Pod Save the People and Lovett or Leave It are cued up next).

I also absolutely loved S-Town: it was described by the hilarious and smart people at Crime Writers On as a podcast/novel hybrid.  It’s beautifully done and such an interesting story.  But if you are anything like me, you will need Kleenex.  I also recommend that you avoid listening to it in public.  I earned some strange looks with tears streaming down my face at CVS.  Crime Writers On is great too, and I get a huge kick out of …These Are Their Stories.  Missing Richard Simmons was fascinating too.

Have you jumped on the podcast band wagon?  What are you listening to?  I’d love to hear about it.

Hope you are having a wonderful week, dear readers.



Why Rodan + Fields

Hello, friends!

I’ve had a few people ask me recently why I decided to partner with Rodan + Fields, so I thought I’d do a quick post about what sets this company apart from others in the direct sales space.

1.    4th Largest Among Top U.S. Premium Skincare Brands

Based on 2013 market share statistics published by Euromonitor International, Rodan + Fields is the 4th largest {and fastest growing} premium skincare brand in the U.S., following Clinique, Estée Lauder, and Lancôme.  While there are other direct sales companies offering skincare products, they simply can’t compete with Rodan + Fields in terms of market share and growth.

Rodan + Fields’s prices are similar to their premium competitors, although we offer 10% {plus} discounts off the listed retail prices.  And the success and growth of this company, formed in 2002, is remarkable considering its top three competitors have been around since 1968, 1946, and 1935, respectively.

2.     We Only Sell Skincare 

Rodan + Fields is a skincare company formed by two practicing dermatologists.  In the words of Dr. Katie Rodan: “Before Rodan + Fields was a company, it was two doctors.  First and foremost, we are physicians committed to healing our patients’ skin.  We stand behind our products, but most importantly, we stand behind you.”

Aside from Vitamin D supplements, which go hand in hand with our Skin Cancer Foundation recommended body and face sunscreens, we do not offer any other products.   And, as discussed below, we believe your skincare should be as unique as your skin.  This again sets us apart from other direct sales companies who may offer one skincare line in addition to a host of other products.

3.     Guaranteed + Clinically Proven Results

Rodan + Fields’s product philosophy is simple: “To see real changes in your skin, you must use real ingredients.”  Our core products come in four {customizable} regimens to address everyday skin issues.  This regimen-based approach to treating common skin concerns blends over-the-counter and active cosmetic ingredients in the right combination with optimized, elegant formulations to deliver clinically proven results, without a visit to the dermatologist’s office.

Each regimen undergoes third party clinical tests to ensure safety and efficacy.  And the doctors are so confident in their products that each one—including the business kits sold to new consultant—comes with a 60 day money back guarantee.  Here are my personal results after only 60 days.  My skin has only gotten better, and the extra income I’ve earned working minimal hours has been invaluable during my transition from full-time attorney to entrepreneur.

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I hope this was helpful!  If you are curious about either the products or how to share a part of this thriving business, please contact me.  All seriousness aside, I have been having so much fun!  And that, my friends, is priceless.  😉

As always, thanks for stopping by!


P.S. – Please note that this post is not meant to knock other direct sales or network marketing companies in any way.  I have friends selling supplements, body wraps, nail polish, makeup, essential oils, cleaning products, etc.  And they’ve done some amazing things: one of my friends just received a free cruise to Jamaica for hitting her sales goal!  {Jealous!!}  I happily support any woman {or man} who has the courage to break from the corporate world and go their own way.  As Madeleine Albright so eloquently stated: “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

Fresh From the WSJ: Dear J.Crew, What Happened to Us?

Hello friends!

I’m finally able to share some exciting news with you: I was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about one of my favorite topics, J.Crew!  You might remember reading this post about the declining quality I’ve seen in some J.Crew pieces over the years.  Well, I was not alone: Elizabeth Holmes’s well-written article includes numerous other women who’ve experienced the same disappointment with J.Crew {and the comments are piling up}.  You can read the article online here, and it includes one of Nathan’s beautiful pictures from this blog post!  The article will also be the Personal Style section of the printed version tomorrow!!

J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress J.Crew Martina suede wedges cobalt blue Factory stretch classic button-down shirt 1

Elizabeth did a wonderful job with the article, and although it discusses frustrations with the brand, I believe the takeaway is positive: we love our J.Crew!  It’s been my favorite brand since college, and I continue to add pieces to my wish list.  I hope that the article helps J.Crew get back on track, and I look forward to the day when my “no shopping” ban is over and I can add some new pieces to my wardrobe (like this adorable dress!).

I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially if you’ve experienced some of the same issues discussed in the article.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Transformation Tuesday: There Is No Try

Hello friends!

I have some great posts in the works, but I’ve had a {delightfully} busy week and I’ve accepted that it’s not going to happen today — something’s gotta give!  So here are some quick thoughts about changing your mindset, inspired by the best day of the year (National Star Wars day, of course).

Do or do not, there is no try

Like most kids born in the 70s {even ones like me who snuck in during the last few weeks of 1979}, I love Star Wars.  I’ve been obsessed since childhood.  I can’t even count the number of times that I’ve seen the original three movies {let’s not talk about Episodes I-III, mmmmkay?}. The Empire Strikes Back has always favorite, in no small part because I loooove Yoda.  Time for the full geek confession: I had a Yoda poster in my room in high school and a mini Yoda in my pocket at all times.  {Luckily for me, I met + married this guy; in place of a star atop our xmas tree, we have Chewy.  Yes I’m serious.}

But it wasn’t until yesterday when I posted this picture on Instagram that I truly appreciated the magnitude {and the simplicity} of Yoda’s wisdom: “Try not.  Do… or do not. There is no try.”  I recently read The Power of Habit for a book club {highly recommend!!!}, and it talks about belief as the key to changing behavior.  You have to believe that change is possible, and if you truly believe, you will be successful. Whether that belief is rooted in religion, spirituality, the Force, or even just believing in yourself, it’s paramount.  After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect other people to believe in you?

yoda wisdom

Entrepreneurship is challenging, especially taking the leap into a brand new field {or, in my case, two}.  But when the buck stops with you, there’s no time for second guessing, wondering whether you will be successful, or worrying about what people think.  You can’t afford to give it a try – you’ve got to do it.  Jump into that freezing deep water with both feet and trust that you will be able to swim to the surface.  Is it easy?  F*ck no.  It’s hard as hell.  But if you do, if you keep at it, it will pay off.

Now excuse me while I go order a new Yoda poster for my grown up apartment.


WCW: 10 Most Success Women Entrepreneurs of the Decade

Hello friends!

I love the idea of “WCW” {aka Woman Crush Wednesday}, but likely not in the way that many who use the hashtag on social media do.  In my mind, it’s akin to supporting and highlighting women in your life that provide inspiration, encouragement, etc.  {And while I do think some of my WCWs are absolute knockouts, my crushes have more to do with what these women have on the inside. ;-)}

With the amazing Today show feature this week, choosing my WCW was a no brainer: Drs. Katie Rodan + Kathy Fields.

Drs. Katie Rodan + Kathy Fields

I’ve written about my decision to become an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields, and how the skincare has changed my life for the better {here}.  What I didn’t tell you is that I was incredibly skeptical about the direct sales business.  It was never something I had considered, and I’m not going to lie — I remained a bit skeptical even after deciding to partner with Rodan + Fields.  Then l started using the skincare, and I got it.  The most important part of any business that’s driven by networking is believing in your products, and even after just a few days of use, I could.not.believe the way my skin looked and felt. That’s what I mean by “I got it”: I understood why the doctors chose to take their products out of high-end department stores and move into the direct sales space, because I couldn’t help but tell my friends + family about the changes to my skin!!

But after this week, I’m questioning the wisdom of my initial skepticism, because Investopedia just announced the “10 Most Success Women Entrepreneurs of the Decade.”  There are some very well known, and quite impressive, women on this list, including Oprah Winfrey, Tory Burch, Beyonce, Ariana Huffington, and my new business partners, Dr. Katie Rodan + Dr. Kathy Fields!!  {It also includes some women you may not have heard of, including the founder of an Indian biopharma company that reached $1 billion on its first trading day, and the only female founder of a semiconductor company.}  What an inspiring list!!

It’s really exciting to be a part of this growing business, and I know the day will come when Rodan + Fields is as much of a household name as Proactiv.  Until then, the only way you’ll hear about R+F is through consultants like me, and I am having sooooooo much fun being the bearer of this news!!  🙂

Many people have a preconceived notion of what direct sales looks like {myself included}.  Did you just picture a pink cadillac or a gloved woman in a full skirt knocking at the door with a suitcase full of night cream?  {Avon calling!}  I did too.  But that’s not me, and that’s not Rodan + Fields.

If you’re looking for a skin care solution with clinically proven results, or you want to learn more about partnering with these incredible women, I would love to help.  Please send me an email: {jenn.m.french at gmail dot com}.  You can also visit my website, although I would love to help you find the best products for your skin with a personal consultation.  😉

Thanks so much for reading; I truly appreciate it!


Marching Along

Hello friends,

Friday, we meet again.  I’m still pondering the direction of this blog, but this was a busy week that didn’t allow as much time for blogging as I had hoped.  So far the best part about being a Girl Boss is the time I’ve had (and taken) to reconnect with friends and family.  I had such a great conversation with one of my DG sisters this morning, and it set the tone for a wonderful day.  It’s also very encouraging to see how many of my friends and colleagues are taking life by the cojones and forging their own paths, despite their successes in the 9 to 5 world.  😉

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Thank you for stopping by.



Hi y’all!

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know why I’ve been more MIA than I wanted to this past month–I got a (fabulous) new job and husband and I have moved to Orange County!!  Things happened really fast (as they tend to do in these situations).  We moved into our new place on Friday and finally got WiFi today!  (WOOHOO!!!)  We adore our new apartment, but wow… full on culture shock after living in the liberal bubble that is SF.  We traded neighborhood restaurants like this and this for Chili’s & Chick-fil-A (nothankyou!!).  But we also traded a ridiculously expensive, small, one-bedroom apartment with the loudest neighbors ever for a reasonably priced two-bedroom, two-bath with an office (and a washer & dryer!!!).  Plus the new job is a long overdue career move that I am really excited about.  And the warmer water and endless coast makes for a happy husband.

So life is pretty good, even though we are living without furniture, clothes, and SHOES until Wednesday, and missing our view of the Golden Gate, great restaurants, and composting.  I know, I know, #firstworldproblems.  🙂  Stay tuned for new post locations and beach sunsets!

Thanks for sticking with me, friends!

Blondie, Esq.