From Small to Successful Handmade Business

So a lot of you that follow my blog own a business where you actually hand make your products to sell to your customers.  Sometimes we all get into that slump where we need someone or something to inspire us.  A few weeks ago my friend and I decided to take a road trip to Richmond, VA and while there we found this store that was so inspiring. I decided to vlog the trip because I wanted you all to be inspired as well. The vlog that I filmed shows that we all are starting small now, but with hard work and determination we can eventually grow our business, hire employees, and open a store front. Wouldn’t that be a dream?!  It may be hard to believe it now, but the world is at our feet.  It sounds cliché, but we can have anything we want if we believe we can. How so?  If I believe I can own my own business, I will do my research, network, connect with small business owners, and do any and everything I can to get myself there.  You cannot go anywhere with just a thought. Have a plan. Take some action.  We can do it!  Let’s get inspired.

What inspires you?  Where do you go for inspiration?  Comment below and share your thoughts with all of us. We’d love to hear from you.

Little Black Dress

Ok. Ok.  You guys should already know that I love black and I wear it just about everyday.  I’m slowly trying to sneak it into my blog without it looking boring.  When wearing black, something about your outfit or accessories should standout.  Not necessarily like a pop of color, but just something. In a previous post, I wore a simple t-shirt dress and paired it with simple leopard sneakers.  Well, I loved that dress so much, that I decided that I was going to recreate that dress but add something to it, so I added a flutted hem.
BLU5All I did to make this dress was, create a pattern using my t-shirt dress that I own. It was quite easy.  The dress took me a total of 3-4 hours to make.  It was quick and I definitely plan on making another one.  The fabric that I used was a one way knit fabric.  I didn’t want too much stretch, but I wanted it to have some stretch and some movement to it.  Also, the fabric that I chose, made the hem of the skirt move more freely and take it’s shape that I love so much.
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Dress: DIY// Necklace: Charlotte Russe// Bag: Kate Spade// Heels: JustFab

Be prepared to see another dress like this because this is a must have in my closet. Do you love simple wearable dresses as much as I do?
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Fall Jewel Tones

This weekend, my BFF and I went to the Virginia Fashion week’s main event.  We had a ton of fun. We even vlogged about the event which I will be posting on my YouTube channel soon.  Last year we went to VA Fashion week and purchased our outfits. This year we decided to go all out and sew our outfits.
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So, this is my BFF, Asia. She just started sewing about 2 months ago.  I went with her to purchase her first sewing machine and we brought it home and I taught her the basics of sewing. If you need those sewing tips/lessons, check out my YouTube channel
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.  You can tell that she has been practicing because her DIY High-Waist Pallazzo pants came out great.  The pattern that she chose was Burda’s 7195.  She did change the waistband and made it wider for a more “High-waist” effect.
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get the lookCrop Top: Charlotte Russe
Pants: DIY
Necklace: Aldo
Shoes: Ebay
Purse: Thrift Store
Button Earrings: DIY HERE
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Romper: DIY
Opaque Tights: Target
Jewelry: Charlotte Russe
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Clutch: My Clozet
Belt: H&M
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vafw1vafw4If you ever get the chance to go to a fashion show, GO! Go with your girlfriends.  You’ll have an amazing time and it’s so interesting to see the designer’s outlook on what they feel fashion should look like.
I will be posting highlights of the Virginia show in the next post. Until then, thanks for stopping by!  Share this post to inspire those that are beginners at sewing.
XOXOXO

RunAway Photoshoot

RunAway Photoshoot

So my litte brother and I absolutely LOVE photography.  We are beginners, but as time goes on I think we’re getting better.  I am always behind the camera taking pictures of others, but this time, I asked my little brother … Continue reading

Lifestyle: Williamsburg, VA Farmer’s Market

So this past weekend, my family and I went and visited the Farmer’s Market here in Williamsburg, VA.  This Farmer’s Market is #1 in the state of Virginia and #3 in the nation.  And let me tell you,it was absolutely beautiful.  I had amazing time.  I did’nt buy much, but next I will surely bring enough cash to do so.  I loved the fact that everything was handmade, homegrown, and how fresh everything was.  If you haven’t yet, visit your local Farmer’s Market and support your local farmer’s and small businesses.  Enjoy my pics!

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