it is always a good day when i can shed the spotlight on a hard-working, gorgeous, and kind female entrepreneur. several months ago, i received a lovely email from today’s guest – Connie Craig Carroll. we immediately struck a bond, and i just knew i had to introduce this powerhouse to all of my lovely readers. some of you might be familiar with this blue-eyed beauty. yes, Connie is a former HSN Host who recently turned her passion for jewelry into her very own company – Connie Craig Carroll Jewelry, available at opens in a new windowHSN. i am always in awe of hard-working women of any age who decide to pursue their dreams! it’s never too early or too late for a new adventure. and Connie Craig Carroll is living proof.
here’s Connie in her own words:
Welcome! Being from the South, hospitality is important to Connie. She’s very grateful that you’re taking a moment to get to know her virtually.
opens in a new windowConniecraigcarroll.com is a charming lifestyle destination with modern southern ease. Each piece that Connie curates is awe-inspiring yet attainable. She knows that as a mom and a businesswoman getting the most stylish look with the least amount of effort is essential.
As a natural storyteller, Connie used her platform on national television to help major brands convey their stories to 100 million households daily on HSN for more than 22 years. She wants to help you express your story through personal style. She loves sharing all the details of why she chooses the pieces in the collection she has curated for you.
Connie is often described as charismatic and spunky, but approachable and genuine. You will love stopping by to spend time here because she enjoys discovering things that make you feel happy, pretty, and ultimately stylish without ever spending too much. The classic accessory to accomplish this goal is jewelry. It is one of her passions. She studied with the American gemological Institute and earned her a AJP, Accredited Jewelry Professional Certification. Connie not only believes in the “look” a piece can create, but she is a stickler for quality.
When Connie is not sharing her latest discoveries with you, she is spending time with family and friends and exploring new destinations. She’s also active in philanthropic organizations in her community. Connie is thrilled you could stop by and can’t wait to have you back soon.
Connie, are you over or under the age of 40?
I am over 40 and flattered to be asked:)
Everyone has to start somewhere. What was your first job?
My first job was working for the sports network at the University of Tennessee. I had the chance to do feature stories on the athletes. It was so much fun to craft stories about players and give the fans a chance to know more about them than just their game stats. My favorite story was about the nicknames the players called each other. The story ended with replay of a game and I had it called using their nicknames. It was a big hit.
What do you think of first impressions?
It has been my experience that first impressions are usually right on point. I knew instantly when meeting certain people that are my closest friends, that we had a connection that would last a lifetime. I also think you know instantly in many cases if a house is the one you have been dreaming of, a piece of jewelry or even a car. I think we have great intuition; unfortunately, most of us do not exercise listening to it. We instead try to analyze and overthink everything when usually our first impression would lead us in the right direction if we would allow it to.
What was your experience at HSN as a host? Tell me about those 3am wake-up calls?
Being a host at HSN, there was never a dull moment. It was truly a job that kept me on my toes as every day there were new products, and because the show is live, you never know what might happen. Lots of things occur during the live show that the viewer at home never sees. Lights explode on set and catch fire; a bird once got into the studio and was flying around; when I was preggers, I had to use the bathroom nonstop so we would take a little 30-second break, and they would push me at lightspeed in a wheelchair to the restroom. The hours were wild. When you tell people that you meet that you are working at midnight, they look at you rather curiously because there aren’t too many jobs that start at that time of night. I also literally never knew what day it was because I never had set days off. My favorite thing about working at HSN was the viewers at home. They were like family as many would email and also communicate via Facebook lives. I considered it an honor to be a guest in their homes every day and share stories, laughter, and a love of shopping together. Spending 22 years together almost every day, we formed a special friendship. I also considered my fellow hosts and crew my family as many of us worked together from a very young age; it was like we grew up together.
Tell us about the backstory of Connie Craig Carroll jewelry?
Connie Craig-Carroll jewelry was born out of my passion for art and beauty. I was voted most artistic in fifth grade:)
I have always loved beautiful things, and after working in jewelry and studying gemstones, it became a dream of mine to do my own line. I think the history and the folklore of the stones are so intriguing. I love the artisanship and heritage of crafting jewelry. Most of all, I love the way it makes you feel when you find jewelry that speaks to you. It makes you feel pretty. It makes you happy! Could there be a better job in the world than bringing people happiness and making them feel pretty, I don’t think so. It makes my heart full to hear from someone who has received a piece of my jewelry, and they tell me how special it makes them feel.
What advice would you give your 20something self if you could?
I would tell my 20 something-year-old self that you don’t have to have everything figured out exactly. Your life may not follow the exact roadmap that you crafted for it, but everything will work out just like it is supposed to. You will end up exactly where you are meant to be, so enjoy the journey, take the trip, buy the handbag, have lots of fun!
Do you have a motto?
My motto is… Always believe something good is about to happen.
Ocean, lake, or pool?
I would definitely choose the ocean. There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of the waves, the ocean breeze, the smell of the salty air, and the feeling of sunshine on your face. My only problem is I get so relaxed, it’s hard for me to stay awake at the beach. LOL.
What three words describe your current life?
Three words to describe my life right now are Grateful, Excited, and Busy.
don’t forget; you can find Connie Craig Carroll Jewelry at opens in a new windowHSN. here’s a glimpse at some of her pieces. aren’t they gorgeous?!
thanks so much, Connie, for taking time from your busy schedule to stop by! don’t forget to follow Connie on opens in a new windowInstagram, opens in a new windowFacebook, or her website opens in a new windowConnie Craig Carroll Style.