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Growth in Life and Wardrobe

19 Aug

This weekend was a milestone in my life. My husband turned 30 and we celebrated 10 years since we met in person for the first time. These 2 important events have got me to thinking about how we evolve our personalities as we grow. This evolution usually relates to the public through your wardrobe. I often discuss the fact that you dress on the outside the way you feel on the inside, but the opposite is also true. To make yourself feel a certain way, you can dress your way to that feeling. Clothing yourself is a very psychological process that can show you to yourself, just as much as it reveals your personality to others.

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My husband asked me to make him a vest for his birthday. He said “I feel like a lion lately.” So he wanted a lion on the back of his vest and a cross on the front. 2 days later, his prestigious lion vest was done. He put it on and instantly his posture and attitude changed. He said he felt like it represented the moment for him. He felt like the vest showed wisdom and strength, which in turn added to the internal feeling that he had about himself.

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How to Balance Finances as an Entrepreneur. Bboy Spot’s Mex breaks it down.

5 Feb

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For a recent project in my Finance class in my Master’s program at Full Sail University, I interviewed David “Mexone” Alvarado, henceforth referred to as Mex. He is the founder of The Bboy Spot, B&B Printing and Biggest & Baddest clothing in Orlando, FL. His three businesses are run seamlessly as a unit, piggy backing off of each other creating a culture and community of hip hop.

I chose to interview Mex after visiting The Bboy Spot January 19th for a live broadcast of the local radio show, OUR Show 91.5 (www.itsourshow.net). I was extremely impressed with the venue, the culture and sense of unity that I found there. I was also taken by the fact that someone else was doing something very close to what my husband and I have wanted to do with our businesses, as far as the collaboration of fashion and music. It was very refreshing to find a place that has kept the values and traditions of hip hop, even with the major mainstream turn the industry has taken within the last five years or so. Continue reading for a fresh perspective on entrepreneurial finance.

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Weekly Recap: Small Business Saturday, Photo Shoot

1 Dec

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend! I also hope that you took advantage of Small Business Saturday, not just the ever-popular Black Friday. I held a sale on my website over the weekend, offering 50% off of everything in the shop (www.etsy.com/shop/arelisinclair). I was so happy to sell some of my more recent items to some dear clients of mine. It really motivates me to keep creating and staying on my toes when it comes to designing. 

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I mentioned last week that I had just done a shoot with Alex G. Perez, an Orlando photographer. I have received a few photos back, so take a peak! The clothes on her are from the Areli Sinclair line (www.etsy.com/shop/arelisinclair), and the clothes on him are his, styled by me.  Models: Beatriz Silva and Tony Foradini Campos.

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So after a busy weekend of promoting and selling, I had a lot of shipping to do this week, which felt really nice. Sending my babies out to meet their new homes is always a bittersweet feeling. But it makes me feel like I’m fulfilling a purpose- not only in my life, but in my clients as well.

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This week has been so long, yet so short. The days feel like they are running together. But it’s a good thing. Up at 7am for class, up ‘til 2am posting, promoting and trying to get a handle on my business and finish homework. Even with all that I still feel like there are not enough hours in the day. One thing that the class I’m in right now has been great about is helping me narrow my focus. Getting the brand together feels so great 🙂 

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A few other cool things going on:: my husband and I are working on a new track called Echoes… will post it when its done. Also, I got a surprise today when I found out my grade from my last class is an A+!!!! And I also got to finally meet photographer Melissa Drewry (https://www.facebook.com/Melissa.L.Drewry) today! She is going to Paris tomorrow and asked if she could borrow a few garments to shoot while she is there. How cool is that! Just wish I could be there to be a part of it! So excited to see the outcome! : )

Busy weekend ahead of me! I have a big project about my business model due on Monday. I will also be working on a custom New Year’s Eve dress for a special order. Speaking of- have you thought about what you’re wearing for NYE?! To be honest, I haven’t, but should lol. Can you believe its almost 2013!

Here are a few outfits from the week:

Have a great weekend loves!

~A. Roze

Branding, Orlando aLive, Photo Shoot, Sewing & Painting! Weekly Update!

22 Nov

Ok so I didn’t have time to update last week, so this is for the last two weeks…and few days! : ) Let’s see where to begin…

So is there anyone who does not feel like time is absolutely flying? Monday was the start of a new term at school for me. The last term was so much fun! It was all about team building and communication. This term is about business branding, which I’m really excited about since I am in the middle of a total brand reformation. I’m really narrowing down my focus of the brand. I have always done my pieces with inspiration from vintage but with a modern, futuristic twist. But I never really promoted the brand as neo-vintage or retro-futurism… which it totally is. I think I just get very caught up in the design part of things and let the business side sort of just meander along behind the clothes. That’s why I’m so grateful to be at Full Sail University right now. I feel like I have to relearn things that I already know, and things that my husband has been telling me for years, and just be more organized about how I put things into practice. So I renamed my etsy shop Neo Vintage Clothing to make it easier for people to find me. www.etsy.com/shop/neovintageclothing

I also went with a few friends to the Orlando aLive event downtown at The Social, presented by Culture Climax last Monday. It was pretty dope since they had all my favorite things; fashion, art and hip hop. There was a great band there, Will Work For Good Music (www.willworkforgoodmusic.com). And the host Prote-J (Twitter:@Prote-J) was awesome. And of course, my favorite Orlando female rapper MyVerse (https://www.facebook.com/MYVERSE). There was also a young man there who performed- singing while playing his acoustic guitar. I cannot for the life of me remember his name, but I want to shout him out so bad… so if anyone knows who I’m talking about, leave it in a comment for me!!

Me and friends from school- Colette and Ruby at Orlando aLive!

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To Plus Size or Not to Plus Size???

1 Jun

So far throughout my fashion design career, I’ve had a few requests for designs for plus sized or full figured women, but not very many. But as of late, I’ve heard it 3 times in the past week. Could this be a sign???

When I set out to do fashion, it was never in my mind to make clothing for plus sizes. I think that’s because the way I first started was by draping the clothing right on my own size 6 body type. And then of course in college they taught us to make our samples in size 6 which is industry standard.

Even if I did start making plus sizes, I suppose it wouldn’t have to be entire collections, but maybe single pieces or ‘mini’ collections at first. The hesitation comes in because in case you don’t know, fabric and sewing supplies are VERY expensive. Not to mention the time it takes to produce garments. I just don’t want to start another venture that won’t produce any profit to be quite frank.

So what I want to know iiisss, what do you think? Let’s have your opinion on the subject, because let’s face it- I need some help with this one as it’s a little out of my element.

Don’t just vote on the poll, leave a comment and let me know WHY!!! This is a major decision for me, so some guidance from your point of view is surely appreciated!

Thanks loves! ❤

~A. Rozier

UPDATE: I have decided to continue making standard sizes to keep my brand focused. Of course, I would still make a custom piece for anyone, any size, but I think for my collections it is best to continue making standard sizes. This of course could change in the long term as the brand grows. 12-1-12

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