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Campus Safety: That’s what we do at blingsting

School’s back in session, and that means so many more opportunities to nail being safe and cute at the same time.  Of course ,campus safety is a huge issue facing many colleges around the country … it’s always in the news and from what we found out at University of Texas recently, it’s always on a girl’s mind. And some campuses are safer than others, but you can never be too careful. Lawstreetmedia.com adds that the top offenses on campuses are forcible sexual offenses, robbery, and aggravated assaults, and even sometimes murder.   They also ranked the most dangerous campuses in the country.

CAMPUS SAFETY: CHECK OUT COLLEGES WITH THE HIGHEST CRIME RATES (2015)

  1.  University of Illinois at Chicago
  2. University of California at Berkeley
  3. Illinois State University
  4. Harvard University
  5. University of Hawaii at Manoa
  6. Pennsylvania State University
  7. University of Virginia
  8. Northern Arizona University
  9. University of Southern California
  10. University of Michigan

That being said, blingsting is on it.  We are starting small and heading out to schools around our home state of Texas to spread the word:  safety doesn’t have to be ugly!  Campus safety can actually be semi-fun and by being engaged and excited about your pepper spray, you take the first step in becoming more aware of your decisions.  Many of the girls we spoke to at UT said they always have safety on their mind when walking on campus at night, coming home from the gym or the library.  They also told us that partying (while totally fun) is a dangerous part of life in college.  We agree.  We remember.

We had a blast at Texas and will continue to visit other campuses to show girls that campus safety is always priority numero uno.  Fortunately, the girls absolutely loved the blingsting – and we had lots and lots of interest, which is never a bad thing.  Here’s a little bit of what we heard, when we asked them what campus safety means to them.

 

 

 

And some more shots!  Adorable!

Texas student holding blingsting pepper spray promoting campus safety Texas students taking selfie with blingsting pepper spray promoting campus safety campus safety event by blingsting at university of texas Texas girl student holding blingsting pepper spray promoting campus safety

 

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(Please) don’t go running without your blingsting pepper spray

You should have a personal security team at all times and lets be real, blingsting pepper spray should be a part of that team.  Not only should you have added safety when you are running errands, walking to your car, out on the town, or on campus going to class but you should also take precautions when exercising.  And we should all be exercising.  As our spirit animal Elle Woods says, ‘Exercise gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy.”

pepper spray for joggers

To all the cute little joggers or any one trying to get a little cardio and sunshine in their life, this one is for you. Below are some safety tips for jogging (or walking, whatev). There are so many different preventative measures to take when running outside so this list is a condensed version of the hundreds of tips out there. Check it out.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. It is easy to zone out while running and listening to music but always be alert and aware of who/what is around you.
  • Run a route you already know and are familiar with. If you are trying a new route, plan ahead and make sure to learn the new route during the daytime when people are around. You do not want to learn a route when the sun is setting, keep it moving when it’s bright out.
  • Alternate your routes. Running the same route, at the same time, creates a pattern and can make the runner an easy target for attackers. Switch things up and keep ‘em guessing, from the route you run to the time you run it.
  • Avoid deserted areas and bad neighborhoods. Also, know a few “safe” locations you can run to if you ever come across any trouble. This can be anywhere from a public location to a well known neighbor or friend.
  • Do not run alone. It makes runners a less likely target when there are two of you. Running partners are also able to assist in getting help if there is an emergency. Keep in mind; your running partner can also be your furry friend. Large dogs pose as potential threats to attackers.
  • Turn it down. We all enjoy a concert in our head so we can drown out our heavy breathing and focus on the music instead of our sore legs but your safety should come first. While turning down your music helps, taking out one ear bud completely is even better. This allows one of your ears to focus on the sounds of oncoming traffic, bikers, other fellow runners, and potential threats. It is important to be able to see and hear what is in front of you but also what is behind you.
  • Tell someone. Let a friend or family member know you are going out for a run, the route you are taking, and about how long you anticipate being gone. That’s easy.
  • Bring your phone. Not that you were going to let it leave your side, but if you were, bring it anyway. You’ll be able to call someone if you’re in a bind or drop someone your pin (location) if you need help. There are also all sorts of running apps out there for joggers so that their emergency information is available as well as their whereabouts.
  • Run against traffic. You will be able to see the traffic in front of you more clearly and they will be able to see you better. Also, be careful when running near cars, you have to pay attention because sometimes they are not.
  • Be bold and be bright. If you decide to run at night or early morning, make sure to wear bright colored clothing as well as reflective clothing or shoes. This will help drivers be aware of your presence. Hand held lights or headlamps are also key. Not only will this help the drivers to see you in front of them but it will help you to see where you are going as well.
  • Carry your blingsting. Not only will you be better able to protect your self but also you will feel confident that you have an additional safety measure on you.

Be safe and super-cute!

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Keychain pepper spray is so much better as a purse charm

Purse charms are everything. I love the tassels, the fur poms, and of course, all of the cute things we make at blingsting that clip to the outside of your bag. One of the things I thought could really use some updating on the traditional keychain pepper spray is the fact that a keychain only gets you so far.  One way we thought we’d make pepper spray keychains better was to make them more accessible, aka purse charms.  Like most girls, my keys are buried at the bottom of my big a*s bag, and finding them takes a full on effort to dig through everything else I am carrying with me.  Plus, if I go running and want to take my pepper spray, I am definitely not sitting there and trying to get it on and off of my keychain each and every time. So there are lots of reasons why changing around the keychain pepper spray makes sense.  And it’s obvious to me that the men who started selling pepper spray way back when never thought about these very critical things.  Once again, pepper spray does no good if you don’t have it in your hand.

Mine is always clipped to the hardware of my bag, and so there is no digging, no frustration, no forgetting exactly where my blingsting is at all times. Plus, it looks super-cute and out in the open for the world to see so I get TONS of compliments.  It also serves as a really good reminder to any suspicious character who might be checking me out to just not go there.

pepper spray keychain purse charm

My bag and messy desk

Our customers totally understand this, as they love putting their cute purse / pepper spray situations on social media!

 

keychain pepper spray purse charm

Awwww

 

Tassel keychain pepper spray

tassels + blingsting = perfection

And the good news is, if you really want it on your keychain, then you can still put it on your keychain.

andi blingsting pepper spray girl signature graphic

It all started with a boring pepper spray.

Behind every product, there is a story. In case you are wondering why we started blingsting, you have come to the right place. It’s really very simple. My family and I couldn’t figure out why the companies making pepper spray weren’t making it even remotely appealing to girls.   I mean, you want us to carry one, and be safe, right?

Well, they say the best ideas are the simplest and it doesn’t really get any simpler than this. Here’s how the company came to be, from the comfort of our living room in Central Illinois:

Step 1: Dad comes home with 2 pepper sprays in the ugly black cases for my mom and I. You know the ones in the faux black leather case?  Yeah … no.

Step 2: Mom says “If this were cute and sparkly, don’t you think more girls would be excited about carrying it? We should make a cute pepper spray. I bet it would sell.”

Step 3: Dad says “We can call it blingsting“!

Step 4: BINGO. So we went to work (aka hand bedazzling prototypes until we wanted to throw up), then we made 5000 units to test the concept, and the rest is history.

Man wearing blingsting pepper spray tank top

It all started with one very over-protective (but amazing) Dad

For me, making a girly pepper spray was about way more than the actual product itself. It was about getting girls excited and engaged in their personal safety. It had to be small, inexpensive, packaged very well, accessible, and of course, as effective as any other pepper spray you can find on the market (and it is).  It’s just WAY cuter.

Comparison graphic of boring pepper spray and blingsting pepper spray

Now we are selling blingsting pepper spray and our other personal safety stuff (glitter personal alarms!  emergency escape hammers!) in thousands of retailers big and small across the country and also internationally, with so many more ‘practical products made cute’ to come.

Oh, and 6 years later, we have an actual office in Dallas with a real-life sign! I’m very proud of this sign, as I applied it to the door myself, without messing it up.

blingsting pepper spray office in Dallas, Texas

THIS WAS HUGE

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They tell me I have to start blogging.

Hello!

I’m Andi. I’m an owner of blingsting. Welcome to my blog. I am quite possibly the last person to start blogging, because I’M VERY BUSY making cute stuff!

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It’s true.  And how cute are these agendas by bando.com?

Plus, I hate the actual word ‘blog’. It’s ugly and weird. Anyway, they tell me I have to do this, so here we go. But first, let’s recap all of the other things I would rather do than blog:

1- Drink skinny margaritas and do yoga in Tulum

2 – Play tennis in really cute tennis dresses

3 – Locate a husband (email me if you know someone)

4 – Get a pedicure

5-  Watch election coverage

Ok, so now that we have that out of the way, I guess I will start blogging. Please check back often as I will (potentially) semi-amaze you with my insight into the personal safety space, BTS of running a small business (there are good days and there are rough days), and other random things I run across that seem cool and that I actually have photos of. One thing I do know is that if I can start and run a business with only one idea for a ‘better’ pepper spray, and very little else, anyone can.

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Golden Girl

And, also ask me questions, give me your opinion on what we are doing that you love or don’t love … send me pics, emails, tag me on INSTA, FB me, whatever you feel like.   I love seeing our girls embrace their blingsting and I will feature our adorable customers, do fun giveaways, and reveal our new super-cute products along the way.

This is me. In a random hat from the Cracker Barrel (so good!) and with my cutest guy, Baxter.

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We are really into selfies

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