Welcome to the first edition of our new #HenkaaBossBabe Spotlight series where we’ll be speaking with one of our amazingly awesome Stylepreneurs and talking about their journey to becoming a #HenkaaBossBabe! This week we’ll be spotlighting on Jackie Djie, a Stylepreneur based out in sunny Melbourne, Florida. Not only is Jackie a boss babe, she’s managed to do so while raising her two children and serving in the US Air Force. If that’s not inspiring to you, then I don’t know what is!
Let’s get right to it! I had the chance to speak with Jackie the other week and she was such a peach to work with. I’m excited to welcome her this week.
Q: Hi Jackie! We want to get to know you, share a fun tidbit about yourself!
After finishing college, I joined the Air Force to travel and serve my country. My husband and I also lived in Okinawa, Japan for 2 years before moving back to the US where we finally settled in Florida with our two amazing children!
Q: Tell us about your look today! What inspired you?
I was wearing my Night Black Ivy Dress the other day when I was studying at the library. I like to be comfy when I’m doing my readings and the Ivy is always my go-to piece for the occasion. When it gets cold, I just pair it with a pretty sweater and it looks super cute!
Oh, and I’m so in love with my Henkaa Multi-Way Bag which holds everything I need while staying organized. It’s my new favorite!
It’s been pretty hot out these past couple of weeks so I’ve been lounging around in just a yoga bra and my Tropical Floral Hana Overlay. If I leave the house, I’ll just put on some black shapewear underneath, some jewelry and some sandals. Super simple!
Q: Why do you love working as a Henkaa Independent Stylepreneur?
This is actually a difficult question! I can’t narrow it down to just ONE reason when it comes to why I love working at Henkaa. To be honest, it was like love at first sight! The resources they provide to the consumer for styling inspiration are really practical and just make the experience even better. The tutorials and accompanying videos on the Henkaa YouTube channel made it a done deal. I saw the value, the vision, and how Jo was trying to start a fashion revolution, and I wanted to be a part of that.
I personally love that I’m able to bring such an amazing idea right to a costumer’s home and personalize their shopping experience. It makes for an amazing ladies night with some snacks and vino. At my next StyleShoppe, I’ll be introducing a game that I’ll reveal to the rest of the Henkaa family soon!
I have also gotten to know some of the gals that work at the Home Office and absolutely love them! My fellow Stylepreneurs that are literally scattered across the United States are also so supportive! We encourage one another, help each other out, and we genuinely want to see each other succeed. I’ve never been part of an organization that was so willing and happy to help a comrade as much as I’ve seen at Henkaa.
Q: How did Henkaa change your closet?
The past couple of years I’ve sequestered my wardrobe to maternity clothes and proudly wearing a USAF uniform. Now that I’m back to civilian life and not pregnant, it was time that I brought back some good quality clothing. Enter: Henkaa.
I’m still working up to my clothing staples that all ladies should have and that’s what I love about having Henkaa in my closet. I don’t have to spend as much money to get every single look I need. One dress and I can go from office pencil skirt to date night without having to spend time sifting through a closet-full of items I probably wouldn’t have worn but a few times. If I decide to go for baby #3, Henkaa will be right there with me!
The best part? The Sakura Mini Convertible Dress is the first piece of clothing that a mom and daughter can share without it being weird! *hehe*
Q: Not only are you an amazing Henkaa Stylepreneur, you’ve also done a few tradeshows to spread the word about Henkaa! Can you tell us a bit about why you enjoy attending them?
It builds confidence: I was always shy growing up and didn’t really like getting out and talking to people. I’ve come out of my shell a lot since finishing college but I still somewhat struggle with my shyness. I really have to force myself to get out and be around people and as a work from home mom, I get more than enough solitude if I don’t get out with my children.
By doing the tradeshows on my own, it forces me to get out there and talk to people. And what better way to do it than by talking about Henkaa! I’ve learned so much from Jo when she came to the Orlando bridal show and from the training material that Home Office provides and it really boosts my confidence in product knowledge and ways to best answer questions.
Meet people: I’m still pretty new to Florida so getting out there to meet new people and socialize keeps me balanced from the home life I have with my children. The first tradeshow I did was in August 2015 and when I had no idea what I was doing, but I’ve come a long way since then!
“Me” time: I’ve only been a stay at home/work from home mom for 2 years and I still have the itch to go out and be around people kid-free. Doing tradeshows allows me to get out to max-out on my social-o-meter while my husband gets to have quality time with the kiddos!
Share Henkaa: When I discovered Henkaa on Pinterest and dug into the company, I realized that no one knew about it, let alone convertible clothing. I immediately saw the value in Henkaa and Jo’s vision. I signed up right away. I didn’t even own a dress yet! I want to tell everyone about our convertible dresses! We have a great product and a tradeshow is the best opportunity to meet a large group of people in a short amount of time.
Q: How have tradeshows helped your business?
Booking more appointments: At my August tradeshow in Melbourne Beach I was able to book a good amount of StyleShoppes. Even though two of those bookings backed out, I still maintained contact with the brides in case they changed their minds in the future.
I later got invited to participate in another bridal show the following weekend in Merritt Island. I planned to focus on booking StyleShoppes during this show and I was able to book a few appointments and have two more pending!
Hands on training: We’re constantly learning if we allow ourselves to do so. I’m always learning new ways to talk with potential clients and strengthening my communications skills. If I don’t communicate well enough to the guests at the event, I don’t reach any of the goals I have set. I’ve learned that by not communicating exclusive offers with tradeshow attendees, I not only miss out on potential sales, but I also miss out on developing new relationships with people. There’s a snowball effect when the message isn’t properly delivered to the clients. Getting that hands-on training is how we learn to execute it perfectly!
Q: Thanks for joining us Jackie! To wrap things up, we want to know what your favorite Henkaa dress and color is?
I wear the Ivy when I want to be comfortable while I travel (and it never fails if I forget my pj’s: instant nightgown!). I literally wear my Sakura dresses everywhere: the beach, the office, to church, birthday parties, and everything in between. Of course, I always have a few Maxi length Sakuras handy in case I have a formal event to go to.
The Hana Chiffon Overlay is probably my most worn item. It’s warm down here in Florida, so I often find myself wearing it with just a tank on top, but I can also layer it over the Ivy or my Sakura! It’s a staple item for me on my weekend trips with the fam!
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Thanks for joining us on our first edition of #HenkaaBossBabe Spotlight! We’ll be back next time with a spotlight on another one of our amazing #HenkaaBossBabes.
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