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V229: CECI INSPIRATIONS – INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATION

INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATION

As a creative professional, I’m always looking for new inspiration and ways to empower others. I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to meld both passions together in last month’s whirlwind world speaking tour.

Up first was Jamaica, a beautiful country with warm, welcoming people. Before it was my turn to share my advice and story to attendees of The Association of Bridal Consultants conference, I took a moment to recharge my batteries by the sea. The ocean always refreshes and centers me, and after an exciting and busy 2014, it was just what I needed! Taking this energy to the stage, I stressed the importance of “Work smarter, not harder,” and how crucial it is for entrepreneurs to value themselves and their time. I’m sharing some of my tips from the conference below.

My next stop took me around the globe to speak at the Wedding Business Summit in Moscow. Having never been before, I had no idea what to expect! But, I completely fell in love with the city’s stunning architecture and design details, which were everywhere you looked (even the subways were gorgeous!). As nervous as I was to present to a group of more than 500 people who didn’t speak English fluently, I remembered that no matter where you live or where you come from, every business owner ultimately wants the same thing: success and happiness. Keeping that in mind allowed me to connect with the most gracious audience and inspired them to be better.

So come along with me and take a peek into my travel diary as I jetted across two continents to spread inspiration, advice, and motivation worldwide.

Ceci

P.S. Want to know where you can see me next? Head over to my appearances calendar to find out more, and if you’re interested in a branding consultation please click here.

Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York - INSPIRATION IS EVERYWHERE - Ceci Johnson packs her bags for a worldwide adventure filled with sandy beaches and sub-zero climates

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V229: GET THE LOOK – INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATION

CeciStyle Magazine v229: Get The Look - International Inspiration - Whether you're headed to destinations tropical or sub-zero, here's the stylish gear you'll want - Custom Book Cover Designs by Ceci New York - book cover, calypso, calypso st. barths, ceci new york, christian louboutin, cold climate, emilio pucci, fashion, judith lieber, kzk jewelry, luxury, marysol, michael kors, shopping, surell, the henley company, tory burch, travel style, tropical

  1. BOOK SMARTS:Get the life pep talk you’ve been waiting for in Permission: Stop Competing & Start Creating the Life You Want to Live by Nicole R. Matthews, founder of The Henley Company – its cover was designed by Ceci New York ($28.04, amazon.com).

  2. HOLD EVERYTHING:Throw all your beach gear into this roomy Mar y Sol Caracas Basket Tote and you’re ready to go ($125, shopmarysol.com).

  3. BOLD PRINT:Turn your walk to the pool into a chic outing with Emilio Pucci’s Printed Tie-Waist Caftan Coverup ($2,390, neimanmarcus.com).

  4. DOUBLE DOWN:Looking for the perfect travel accessory? Try KZK Jewelry’s charm necklaces (Ceci did on her recent trips!), which you can mix, match and fully customize (kzkjewelry.com).

  5. HOLE UP:Take your island wardrobe up a notch with these sweet Floral Perforated Wedge Sandals from Tory Burch ($325, toryburch.com).

  6. DOLL FACE:Show your playful side carrying this Judith Leiber Couture Russian Doll Crystal Minaudiere ($4,995, neimanmarcus.com).

  7. A CUT ABOVE:Have a thing for rich embellishment? You’ll die for these Christian Louboutin Mandolina Laser-Cut Mesh Red Sole Booties ($1,495, neimanmarcus.com)

  8. PLAY BY EAR:Channel a Russian princess wearing Surell’s Rabbit Fur Velvet Band Earmuffs ($50, bloomingdales.com).

  9. SHORT STORY:Stay warm and chic in Temperley London’s Portillo Jacquard Dress ($1,090, temperleylondon.com).

  10. STONE AGE:Evoke the ornamental beauty of a Russian treasure with these Labradorite Stone Earrings ($195, calypsostbarth.com).

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V229: CECI CREATIVE TIPS – CECI JOHNSON’S BUSINESS SAVVY TIPS

Ceci Creative Tips

CECI JOHNSON’S TOP TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS

Ceci Johnson shares her key points from recent speaking engagement presentations. Click to find out when you can see her next to learn even more!

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V229: CECI DIARIES – CECI JOHNSON’S INSPIRATIONAL TRAVEL DIARIES FROM JAMAICA TO RUSSIA

CECI JOHNSON’S TRAVEL DIARIES

Worldwide Whirlwind - Ceci Johnson gets inspired by the Jamaican sea as well as Russian art and architecture while traveling across the globe for the Association of Bridal Consultants and Wedding Business Summit 2014
Worldwide Whirlwind - Ceci Johnson gets inspired by the Jamaican sea as well as Russian art and architecture while traveling across the globe for the Association of Bridal Consultants and Wedding Business Summit 2014
Worldwide Whirlwind - Ceci Johnson gets inspired by the Jamaican sea as well as Russian art and architecture while traveling across the globe for the Association of Bridal Consultants and Wedding Business Summit 2014
Worldwide Whirlwind - Ceci Johnson gets inspired by the Jamaican sea as well as Russian art and architecture while traveling across the globe for the Association of Bridal Consultants and Wedding Business Summit 2014

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V229: DON’T MISS – CECI NEW YORK IS FEATURED IN STYLE & WEDDING

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CECI NEW YORK IS FEATURED IN RUSSIA’S STYLE & WEDDING MAGAZINE

It’s always a thrill to be featured in a magazine, but especially one that’s from the other side of the globe. This week I’m happy to share my interview with Russia’s Style & Wedding magazine, with the English translation below.

How prepared must your clients be before coming to you?
We do not expect them to know which design they want. That’s our job. However, it helps a lot if they provide us with some general ideas, inspirational photos or themes (such as flowers, modern fashions, color palettes) – anything that can help us customize the design to best suit the bride’s tastes. We also require the logistical information such as the event date, the venue, the number of guests, etc.

In our time, many people choose to go with e-vites. How relevant do you think paper invitations will remain in the future?
Weddings are super important – the best day of your life! With all the emails we receive every day, do you really want your wedding invite to fall into the countless other correspondences that will sit in your inbox forever? Plus, it is always nice to have a physical invitation to have as a keepsake.

How do you work/interact with clients, and what can they expect?
The first meeting is a consultation. We ask a bunch of questions and collect all the relevant information. It’s like our version of a first date! Then, we examine all the data and begin putting together a unique design that carefully considers and caters to the bride’s style and preferences. It really is incredible when we can put together a design that captures the bride’s personality and style in ways that she could not have imagined herself. This comes easily to me and brings me great satisfaction.

What would you recommend to a bride who finds it difficult to make a decision? Someone who would feel overwhelmed to sift through all the options?
Start by working with a talented designer with a proven track record. This is the first step to enjoying the process and not going crazy over the invitations. Always keep your style in mind for your wedding. Choose things that elicit an emotional response – this is always a good sign. Your invites are the first impression of your wedding.

Russian Reach - Style & Wedding, Russia's bridal magazine, interviews Ceci Johnson, founder and creative director of Ceci New York

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V229: NEXT WEEK’S ISSUE – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Merry Christmas! - Wishing you happy holidays, from our family to yours

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