Hope Wissel

How To Pick Your Holiday Look

image2-1.pngSuper Soft Blanket

If you are a homebody who enjoys sitting by the crackling fire and watching a sappy holiday movies (I’m a year round Hallmark movie gal – what about you?). Keep things cozy with our Super Soft Blanket – it’s perfect for snuggling up on the couch and drinking hot cocoa on a cold day! You can add embroidered personalization to make the blanket even more special!

image3.pngAll About the Benjamins® wallet with Wristlet Strap

You’re a go-getter who needs all your cards, cash and phone at-the-ready for your holiday night out! You don’t want to worry about searching for your wallet in a big purse – the All About the Benjamins® is perfect for you! This classic style will keep your cards and cash organized and can serve as a chic clutch by adding a Wristlet Strap.  I love the fact my phone will fit in it as well as my car key when we are headed out for an evening on the town.

image4.pngRubie Mini with Wristlet Strap

If you are like me, you are always looking for things to serve multiple purposes – the Rubie Mini is perfect for you! This small, stylish bag is a great clutch on its own or can be thrown in a larger bag to keep small items organized. Add a Wristlet Strap to keep things handy during a night out. With many prints and colors to choose from, this bag will elevate any holiday look by adding a pop of color and give you the functionality you’re looking for!

image5.pngInspired Crossbody Ltd.

This bag is chic and functional, just like you! The Inspired Crossbody Ltd. combines all the great features of a wallet and a purse in a fun and stylish package! It’s perfect for keeping everything you need right at your fingertips and can pull double duty as a wallet with the crossbody strap removed.  I use it as a wallet and keep the crossbody strap in the car console.  This way when I am out shopping, I grab the strap and am ready to fight those holiday Black Friday crowds.

image6.pngForever Foldover Clutch

Take the glam to the max with the Forever Foldover Clutch! In either sequins or patent faux leather, this bag will take any look to the next level and is perfect for a night on the town or formal holiday party. You can add a Crossbody Strap or Wristlet Strap to go hands free or keep it chic by carrying it as a clutch. Keep your cards in place with the four credit card slots inside, and store all the essentials in the large open compartment in the middle.

Which one is your favorite?

Have a blessed day!

Hope Wissel

How To Accessorize Your Little Black Dress

Thank you Thirty One for today’s blog post.  I will admit…. I don’t have a little black dress BUT I do have my favorite pair of black pants and black top (that counts, right?)

Whether it is a black dress or not, everyone has go-to items in their wardrobe.  The things which  never let you down – you feel great when you put them on AND you can dress them up or down with a pair of go-with-anything heels to the perfect dark wash denim to the LBD – otherwise known as the little black dress!  Your staple piece can easily go from a casual day of errands to a night on the town. With so many silhouettes and styles, there’s a little black dress for everything life throws your way.

But when you have a dress to go with everything, how do you even begin to accessorize it? No matter the occasion, Thirty One has you covered with our favorite ways to dress up (and down!) the classic LBD.

Effortless Everyday

Whether you’re running errands around town, walking in the park or going to class, a T-shirt dress is the perfect way to stay comfortable and cute when you’re on the go. Throw on a denim jacket and the Avenue Scarf in Lovely Leopard or Deco Diamond to complete this simple yet chic look. Add a Retro Metro Hobo Crossbody in Twill Stripe for a subtle mix of patterns that stands out with ease

Need some fresh scarf styling tips? Learn 10 easy ways to tie a scarf!

Office chic

When you can’t bring yourself to put on another pantsuit, turn your little black dress into a sophisticated ensemble perfect for the office! Choose a sheathe or shift silhouette, then throw on a blazer or structured jacket for a put-together look. Add flats in a pop of color or fun print like leopard, and stack on a few Cherish Bracelets for some shine. And don’t forget your work bag! Choose a Cindy Tote in one of three neutral prints and you’re ready to rock the work week.

Girls’ night out  

Everybody needs a girls’ night every now and then, and with the right little black dress you’ll feel ready to paint the town!  Try a dress with a fitted silhouette, then go black-on-black with a black moto jacket and black booties for the perfect mix of feminine and fierce. Keep the accessories simple with a Rubie Mini or All About the Benjamins and Wristlet Strap for a hands-free bag you’ll feel comfortable carrying all night!

Wedding season

Have a wedding or other special occasion approaching? Don’t rule out black just yet! When it comes to wearing black at a celebration, it’s all about the details. We recommend a classy fit-and-flair silhouette, but go for whatever you feel most comfortable in. Add coordinating jewelry like our Gallery Necklace and Luxe Loop Dangles in Silver or Gold-Tone, and go for a sleek pair of heels for the perfect finishing touch.

Date night

Even the iconic little black dress needs a makeover from time to time, so why not try a little black jumpsuit on your next date night? The one-piece trend has been in full swing for several seasons now, and there’s no question why! A jumpsuit or romper is a head-to-toe outfit, so you won’t have to stress over pairing tops and bottoms. For a fun and funky look, choose a pair of chunky statement heels, a simple belt and a Fringed & Fabulous necklace. Add a bag from our Studio Thirty-One collection for a personalized piece that expresses your unique style!

So whether you are headed out on the town or to work, show us how you rock your little black dress with the #thirtyonepartywithHope hashtag.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Unclutter Your Life

How to Dress Up Your Jeans

I am a total jeans girl.  I’m not sure when it started…. It could be because of the “jiggle thighs” so dresses and weight weight fabrics and I don’t agree.  Maybe it is because I no longer enjoy shopping and trying on clothes (GASP!)
After a summer of dressing in capris and yoga pants with LONG tops, I am ready for the arrival of fall and the crisp air. Okay, so the colder weather I am not a fan of BUT I do love my jeans and boots.   With the comfort of jeans comes the age old question: How can you dress up your jeans and feel fashionable when you head out for work, a day with your girlfriends or a night on the town?  Yup, I struggle with this all of the time.  The answer is in the accessories which is what changes your basic denim to a fashion statement!
I love some of these ideas from the staff and designers at Thirty One.

Get your jeans party-ready with smart evening accessories

When choosing jeans for evening, it’s important to start with the right silhouette. Luckily, two denim cuts leading the way for fall are flattering on all body types – especially in a dark, saturated wash.

Your tried-and-true skinny jeans are as hot as ever and look great balanced with flowy, feminine tops. Layer on a long necklace, drop earrings and stacked bracelets for some nighttime sparkle.

In addition to skinny jeans, you’ll also see more trouser-like silhouettes this season. This cut gives you some creative leeway with opportunities to rock key details like contrast stitching, polished hardware and chic pleats. As a general rule, trouser-style jeans look best paired with a more fitted top tucked in.

Finish off your party look by dressing up your jeans with the perfect pair of shoes: Pumps add evening elegance and take both skinny and trouser jeans up a notch.

Dress your jeans for a professional setting

If you are wearing jeans to the office,, you want a pulled together professional look.  Work-appropriate jeans are usually the  darker wash the better – or try one of the dressy, deep-hued colored washes big this fall.  No, frayed or distressed jeans, or jeans with embellishments like studs.  A closed-toe pump is a solid choice for work, as is a pointy-toe flat if you’re on your feet a lot. Then add a tucked-in button-up shirt in a crisp white or a soft pastel or stripe. Roll up the sleeves a bit to show off a bracelet or add a blazer for a quick easy way to complete the look.

Be strategic with pops of color and NEVER more than one eye-grabbing pattern per outfit. A foolproof accessory is a lightweight, rectangular Avenue Scarf or one of the many accessories offered in Thirty One’s  Bright & Bold collection.

Since we often carry a laptop between the office and home, the new Colorblock Tote is a great option. Its structure and smaller scale make it office-worthy while still providing the roominess you need.


Ladies who lunch (or brunch!)

For a day of brunching and shopping with your gal pals, start with a pair of high-waisted skinnies and patterned flats. Add a dressy tunic or feminine peasant top in one of the deliciously rich hues that the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report for Fall/Winter 2018 says will be big this year, like Red Pear, Martini Olive, Ultra Violet or Quetzal Green.

For holding all your finds while browsing those markets and boutiques, we love a statement bag like our slouchy but structured Around Town Tote. These bags come in an equally scrumptious palette of solids and patterns to pull your whole look together, and you can add your personal stamp with a monogram or Icon-It.

Dress up for date night

Date night with your special someone? Try a sophisticated pair of trouser jeans in a dark wash. Fall fashion shows in the spring were also showing tuxedo stripes on jeans, which is another fun way to dress up your denim look for evening.

Dressing up your jeans with a peep-toe bootie/sandal hybrid with a chunky heel is perfect for transitioning between seasons, and you can switch to a full bootie later. You’ll want a fitted top so you can layer on a leather-look moto jacket, and then bling out the whole ensemble with a statement necklace, earrings and a bracelet or two. Think small for your bag; choose something like a wristlet or clutch for your phone and lipstick and such. Remember: For evening, it’s all about the fun details.

Need some ideas? Try our best-selling All About the Benjamins wallet with a matching Wristlet Strap, then dress up your whole outfit with an on-trend Fringed and Fabulous Necklace and a pair of shiny Luxe Loop Dangles earrings.

Whether you’re heading to work, a day out with friends or a night on the town, have fun dressing up your jeans for a casual yet ultra-chic look. And be sure to check out all the amazing handbags and accessoriesThirty-One Gifts has designed to help you bring out your own personal style!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

The $99 Gift

pink-gift-wrapped-presentOver 5 years ago, I was given a gift.  A gift that changed my life.  A gift that keeps giving to me every day.  Do you know what that gift was?

A pink box filled with purses, totes and accessories. I know you are wondering “how could a box of purses change my life?  Believe me when I tell you that I learned, that this is so much more than just a purse! I came into Thirty One looking for friendship, looking for some extra money and of course, for the discount.  What I gained is more than I ever bargained for… I gained a group of sisters who are there to encourage me when I am down, celebrate me what I WIN and pick me up when I fall.

If you have ever thought about becoming a Thirty-One consultant, now’s the time!

What you will get for $99?
In 7 days, you will receive a BIG HOT PINK BOX! In the box will be over $400 worth of products and business supplies (catalogs, order forms, fliers, etc…enough supplies for your first 4 parties).

Some of Thirty One’s most popular products are included in the kit. With the products and supplies included in the box, you will have everything you need to get started!  What product are you most excited about?


FIND A THIRTY-ONE CONSULTANTSo what is a launch party?  It is a chance for you to share your NEW passion with friends and family.  At your launch party, you’re going to be the hostess AND the consultant!

What Next?

Host your launch party and get PAID. You’re basically going to pay yourself back for the kit you purchased! An average launch show is $600.


You get to earn FOUR of these kits for FREE!!  Start Swell is an incentive for new consultants, giving you a chance to earn even more FREE products and business supplies in your first 4 months. This is extremely attainable for everyone! Thirty-One wants to REWARD you by having a strong start! Hold just ONE average party (or sell $600) during each 30 day period, you will get YOUR choice of these beautiful kits!!

Let’s Recap what happens in the FIRST 30 days:

1. A $150 in COMMISSION…which is MORE than the price of the kit. You already made some EXTRA money!
2. You’re earning ALL the hostess benefits… which for a $600 show is $100 in FREE product!
3. AND…you’re earning your first start swell kit for FREE!!


#1:  Get your FREE Away We Go Roller:


Incentive #2:

Dream rewards! Earn up to $1300 in GIFT CARDS right before Christmas.


Yes, you can get ALL of this for just $99!!!!  Amazing right?  I know you have a million questions, right?

Well, in addition to all of this AWESOME stuff you get from the company, you get ME and my entire upline AND downline.  So you get support from to help you on your journey.cropped-13076648_10156925054840220_9132886350173293267_n.jpg

Worried that you won’t be able to do it?  To remain active with Thirty-One, consultants only need to submit $200 in sales every rolling three months. A qualifying party for Thirty-One is only $200! Easy Peasy!!! No hidden fees. We get paid by direct deposit on the 10th and 25th of each month.

So, what are you waiting for?  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel



Do you use hashtags on your social media posts?  I have to be honest, I don’t! Okay so maybe occasionally I would remember but not all of the time.  I especially never thought to use them in ALL of my social media posts.

My best friend, Steph Loder, kicked off her business by helping me this week.  She has years of experience in the newspaper industry and she is now putting that digital training to use by starting her own business coordinating social media for small businesses.  I’m her first customer.  Okay, so what does all of this have to do with hashtags, right?

Steph has been blowing my Twitter account up. I have lots of new followers, likes and retweets.  Sounds like I know what I am doing, right?  WRONG!  I was clueless when it came to Twitter but I am learning.  She asked me what I wanted my “unique” hashtag to be; you know the way that people would search for me on all social media sites.  Can you say clueless?  I said, my name.  WRONG!

See finding the right keywords to use – and those that are active enough to attract new people to you can be a challenge.  The key is to use 2-5 hashtags when appropriate, so that  people who are interested in various topics might find your post and interact with you and your business!  The key is to drive people to your website to increase business.

Using a hashtag gives your post exposure when people are searching words or hashtags. An example is if someone reads a post about makeup on a popular Instagram account that has the hashtag #makeup or #cosmetics, they can click on those hashtag words and find other posts (like yours!) where the user also included those hashtags.

Hashtags are a great way to get more exposure.  Some social media users use the search boxes when looking for information about certain topics and hashtags come up in the search results as they are considered popular, or trending, topics. So here are some ideas for those in direct sales:

Direct Sales in General




Business Opportunity




Women/Moms in Business

#wahm (work at home mom)


#sahm (stay at home mom)



General Business/Home Business






Of course, you want to include your company hashtag (#thirtyone) or your team name (#raysofhope).  For my Thirty One business, I can also use #purses #totes #organization #gifts #jewelry #home or #accessories.  I found a fun tool called Hashtagify to discover hashtags about a specific topics.  When you type in a general keyword, you’ll get other related hashtags.  Remember, the objective is to attract interested leads, not others who are marketing their own businesses – or worse, spammers.

So, now as for a “unique” hashtag for my business, I was thinking #Hopes31Bags.  What do you think?  What other hashtags have you found to be helpful for you business?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!