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Fashion Business Uncovered.

As I had mentioned in my last blog, I was invited to speak at 2 different events. The second one I am about to share is pretty amazing as it helps students in the fashion business industry grow their passion into an actual profitable business. The speakers invited ranged from different sides of the industry. CEOs of big companies such as Birks and Aldo, designers from Lamarque, Sheertex and more. So, for me to have been invited to speak alongside these wonderful people, was a humbling experience. It doesn’t matter if you do big or small things in your life, as long as you do them with great love is what matters. In 2020, I am more confident and surer of where my business is headed and I am certain of my capabilities and with the help of wonderful people, I shall make things happen. I am currently rebranding, and I have finally found the logo to stick with for the next while. Super excited!
Fashion Business Uncovered is a student-run conference that aims to demystify the intersection between fashion and business, helping young professionals find their place in the industry. This is what I loved about them; it’s run by students for students. When I graduated from fashion school, I had an idea of what life would be like as a designer, but reality gives you a different end game. Out of internship and into my first designing position, I felt weird and unsure of what it was like to have my own business. Creativity was out of the question and so was having an opinion. I am not like that, the reason why I went into the field is to be exactly who I am. So, after years of working for others, I took the baggage I gathered and winged it to make what I have today.
On my panel, I met two other amazing artists, a suits designer and a fashion design teacher at LaSalle College. What I like about the whole experience is that we were simply unafraid to be raw with our feelings, successes, and failures. We each shared the good, the bad and the ugly of the fashion world. I came out of this conference much more focused. I was not afraid to help those who had questions for me and most importantly, be a mentor to those who need it most.

Both those events gave me the courage and power to keep fighting for my dreams. To have people find me as an inspiration is a boost, to say the least. Even though it wasn’t the first time that someone came up to me to tell me that, this time it was different because I finally started believing in my abilities. Not to sound cocky or over-confident, but I am sure you guys know the feeling…faking it was my forte and now I am finally proud of my achievements (even though they seem little). In my 33 years of life, I have done a lot, met so many amazing people, went to many amazing places. There is so much more for me to do and learn. I am wide open for whatever comes and thankful for all the opportunities I get along the way.

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Inspiration Vintage

La La Land!

I finally took the time to watch La La Land this weekend. Thought I’d finally see what all the hype was about back when it came out and I must admit that I feel back into classical and jazz music all over again and all I want to do now is learn how to play the piano. The story line isn’t so innovative but my love for Emma Stone is past the crush stage and has evolved to deep deep love! She is such a breeze and her character is exciting and inspiring and overall moving. Ryan Gosling is also quite adorable and his passion for jazz is very infectious and it makes you see and enjoy music in such a different way. You actually take the time to listen to each note and you get to enjoy it profoundly. I am having such a moment right now listen to the soundtrack on repeat, especially the epilogue. I think I may have broken the reply button. Every time I listen to the soundtrack, I just feel like prancing around and dancing my away to work rather than just walking.

It’s not a life changing movie, quite honestly, but it has somewhat made me feel like I need to take piano classes and dance classes and just be happy overall. I like the fact that they both finally pursued their dreams and even though the ending was nothing short than a typical Hollywood happy one, I still enjoyed it. What I loved mostly about this movie is how hard Gosling pushed Stone to pursue her dream even though the response might be negative. He helped her get out of the rut she was stuck in and pushed her to follow her dreams. That’s kind of man I like, the one that pushes his woman to go hard and to hustle rather than pulling her down. Very inspiring indeed.

I know I am a little late to catch the bandwagon but I wasn’t interested to go to the cinema to watch it but when I found it on Netflix, I finally took the time. Overall, this movie gives feelings of nostalgia and melancholy but in a good way. If that makes sense. I think if you didn’t take the time to see, you should, it very touching and endearing and will definitely make you fall in love with music in the best way possible.

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Design Inspiration

Etsy: Home of the Ingenious…

So as you all know by now, I am an Esty shop owner for about a year now. After being on the catwalk for 3 years, I realized I was part of the fast fashion industry and I didn’t want to contribute to more pollution to our planet. Long story short, being an Etsy shop owner made me discover loads of other shops that I absolutely fell in love with. Talented shop owner beyond anything I have seen…literally! And what I love about Etsy is that it’s a platform for handmade experts to expose their work and shine. Some of these shop owners use recycled materials and come up with the most genius products ever. This is a great way for recycling and up-cycling…a great way to be green, efficient and helpful to the environment. I sell on Etsy but I also like to shop because I know I will find some unique items that cannot be replicated anywhere else.

I came across 3 stores that I just couldn’t get over and I wanted to share them with you.

 

Sara Amrhein
Florence, Italy

Sara is an American artist that moved to Italy to pursue her career in jewelry making. What I absolutely fell in love with from her store is obviously her work…but more importantly the way she describes the items, the way she presents her work and the way she introduces herself and her work. I can clearly feel her passion and that is something I connected with even though I never met her in person. Her work is beautiful and I suggest you take a moment to check it out. If you are on the hunt for a new statement piece, I suggest you invest in one of her pieces. She works with polymer clay and the results are quite astonishing.

‘‘I love the way I am able to mix colors like tubes of paint and form it into any shape or design imaginable. It’s my way of creating miniature sculptures or works of art that can be worn and become part of our everyday lives.’’

 

Divamp
Barcelona, Spain

Boyd is a true artist, in every sense of the word. He’s super talented and I am super impressed with his ability to work with different materials and turn them from nothing to magnificent futuristic costumes. He’s just…ahh!! Perfection! Boyd doesn’t have to write or say anything, his passion shows through his work. If I could rock one of his pieces one day, I so would! Take a look at his shop, you will not be disappointed.

 ‘‘This Divamp shop is what I really like to make and where I truly can put all my efforts love, devotion and creativeness into, this is what I enjoy most’’

 

NoonOnTheMoon
Stratford, Canada

Felicite is a self taught artist and a dreamer. Those are the types of people I love to hang with. Having a dream and just going for it; success becomes much for delicious and your will becomes stronger. Felicite creates beautiful head pieces and jewels for weddings and special occasions. I came across her store while looking for a floral belt for a party I have this summer. She was willing to help me turn a head piece into a belt and I was super thankful for her cooperation. Although I did not purchase anything at the end, because I ended up changing my outfit, I will not hesitate to wear one of her special pieces to my own wedding. From what I can read up on her store, I feel her humbleness and kindness through her words. I urge you to go take a look at her store and if you have a special event coming up, don’t be afraid to invest in her pieces because they’re super adorbs!

‘‘Three years have now gone by since I started Noon on the Moon. Back then I had little more than a dream, but I used it to guide me. I had no education in art, or fashion, or photography, so I taught myself. I struggled with frustration and disappointment, (and still do), but it has been worth it. My bridal accessories have been worn by thousands of brides from over 35 countries. I sometimes have a hard time believing it!’’