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5 Ways to Customize Your Product. Wow Your Clients!

21 Aug

5 ways to customize your product

Presentation means everything, no matter what business you’re in! Below I’ve outlined some of my key ingredients in a successful presentation of a custom gown to a private client.

1. Find out what your customer really wants.

No matter the product, you may run into clients that know (or think they know) exactly what they want. Intentional or otherwise, it may feel like they just want to use your skill, and not your creative expertise. In the end however, you are the one that will be held accountable for how the product turns out. Keeping this in mind, the best way to start is by having a sit down consultation with the client. Have a list of questions ready. Come up with the questions beforehand that hone in on the direction of their vision. Gain insight on how they want to feel about this product and/or how they want it to make them feel. Be honest about what you can and cannot do. Be honest about pricing. If the requests increase, let them know right away the costs that will be incurred.

Having clients that basically give you free reign over a design idea is always a pleasure! Ronisha came to me in need of a reception dress that would flatter her figure, while also showing her sophistication as a newlywed.

2. Give them your input as an expert and come up with a vision that meets the clients requirements and has your personal touch.

I came up with the sketch below. Ivory stretch satin with Swarovski crystals adorning her from the neckline, all the way down the front of the dress in flattering V shapes. The satin hugging her curves, while ivory chiffon peaks out at her shoulders and neckline. Ivory chiffon drapes down the back in a double layer, while a single fan pleated layer subtly shows off her legs in the front.

Lucky for me, Ronisha loved this sketch and gave me the ok to go ahead and get started. Sometimes, it may take some revising, or even coming up with a new concept entirely. Just make sure they are happy before going past this step.

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The Spring Pastel Trend! Plus- How to wear a Men’s hat!

22 Mar

hat 1One of my favorite Spring 2014 trends is the pastel colors! You can mix and match them with bolder colors and have a ton of fun with it! Cobalt blue is another hot color for Spring, holding on from last season- which I LOVE! I cannot get enough of cobalt blue!! Especially paired with gold, I just love it! So rich and vibrant!  Continue reading

How to Make Skinny Jeans from Flared, Wide Leg or Boot Cut Jeans! DIY

8 Mar

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Am I the only one who has TONS wide leg, flare and boot cut jeans piled in the closet because they are too nice to get rid of, but never wear them because all I want to put on is skinnies?! I have been slowly turning all my wider leg jeans into skinny jeans. They feel brand new and I feel refreshed, so I felt compelled to share how I do it. Perfect easy DIY project! Enjoy!

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How to dye your hair pink! The pink hair that changed my life!

5 Mar

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In the last year of college when I was almost done with my master’s degree, I decided I wanted pink/purple hair. So I did it! I felt great! Like the spark of life on the inside was shown on the outside. Being a fashion designer/stylist, crazy cuts and colors are something that I see all the time, even if just within the industry. So I felt like I found something that was sort of a happy medium between the professional world and the creative world. I mean, red is a natural color.. and pink is only a few shades off from that right? Well, apparently not to everyone!

The video is detailing how I got the color, read on for how it changed my life!

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Who created the BodyCon Dress? An Interesting History of the Body Conscious Style

4 Mar

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The Body con dress. It has become a go to look for a night out. But where did it originate? Who created the look of the body con? This question sent me on a study that went beyond my expectations. For the short version, watch the video. For all the juicy details of the origins of this “body conscious” silhouette, read on!

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What is Vintage? What is Retro? Style Why’s Answers!

27 Jan

What is considered truly vintage is highly debated. As a general rule, an item is considered vintage when it is older than 20 years. That’s right, currently anything from 1994 or before is considered vintage.

So what is retro? Retro by definition is involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past; retrospective. But in fashion, we use it to define pieces from the 1950’s, 1960’s or 1970’s. This may also include items made to look like they are from that time period, but are actually modern.

I adore vintage clothing. Having a piece of history that you not only get to own, but wear and make part of the representation of your own personality is a wonderful feeling. The old saying “they don’t make ’em like they used to” applies very much to the fashion industry. Take a look at the construction of a gown from the 1940’s or a jacket from the 1960’s. Most pieces will look and feel surprisingly different in more ways than one.

Check out my video below, going a little more in depth on the topic, and be sure to subscribe to my channel! I will be posting videos VERY soon detailing vintage pieces from my own closet that I will be selling in my eBay store. Check out my current inventory here. Also, ask away with your style Q’s, I would love to help with your Style Why’s!!

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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