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My Office Space

Do you have an office space in your home? I find that other bloggers and vloggers or people that work from home normally do. Or if they don’t they probably have a designated spot where they can focus on their tasks. At the current moment I don’t have my own place, so it was imperative that I find a space that I could focus on my blogging, vlogging and editorial work. At first that place was in someone else’s bedroom with the door shut, which worked for a little while and still works if I truly need it. Although I knew that if only for the sake of not throwing my back out and not reactivating some neck and shoulders issues I had, I needed to create an office space. I started to research desks and chairs, via Pinterest of course. I knew what kind of style I was going for thanks to the limited space in the apartment and my personal aesthetic. I have always been in love with the industrial, clean, luxurious and antique design aesthetics.  I watch so much HGTV that I also had a certain vision on what I might be looking for. I’m also a bargain hunter! I make sure to find a deal, coupon, discount, sale or special code before I make big purchases. Purchasing my office space items were no exception, I wanted deals! So with that in mind I began my hunt. My hunt and my overall obsession with Target lead me to the store one day. Reliable Target came through when I saw my desk in the store. The only problem was I wasn’t too happy with the price. As I left the store I knew I would check the website to see if there was a price difference. Unfortunatly there was not, but armed with the name of the desk and the manufacturer I went on a google hunt for that exact desk.

Lo and behold when I simply googled the name of the desk the website Blinq popped up with a picture of the desk! Now I know this desk was meant for me because there were only a few left in stock and it was cheaper! Much less than what it cost at Target. I made sure there weren’t any huge issues with the desk since it was considered a resell from Target for having imperfections. Satisfied with its description I put it in my cart, with only a few left I had to act fast. Although I wasn’t to keen on paying taxes plus shipping and handling so off I went to find a coupon code. The final price for my desk was $95.19, the original price on the website was $109.99. My desk is made of faux wood and metal, so I don’t have to tell you how difficult it was for two women to get it up three flights of stairs. We got inventive on how to get it up and thank god we’re pretty strong because it was HEAVY! The set up was pretty easy and I put it together myself, the desk is perfect except for a few scew holes that were not placed in the correct postion. Revealing why it was placed on the Blinq website in the first place. Which didn’t bother me at all, as it didn’t affect the stability of the desk or how it looks. And best of all it has a charging station within the desk that allows my wires to have a home and charge my computer as I work. It has four charging slots including two prong outlets, two usb outlets and two well sized drawers. It was a great purchase!

Name and Manufacture of by desk: Loring Writing Desk in Vintage Oak by Project 62

 

 

 

 

Next on my search list was a chair. I knew I wanted something that would be comfortable and that had a vintage feel. I also originally wanted a chair with arms, but couldn’t find a well priced option. Lastly I knew that I wanted the chair to be in a veveteen fabric and have a curved back, hugging the body. So my hunt continued on every website I could think of, with no luck I turned to looking at what Home Goods and TJMaxx had to offer. This hunt took me a little longer as I would find potential chairs but didn’t fall in love with any of them. Until one weekend on a random trip to TJMaxx I found it! The deep blue color is what I fell for first, although I wasn’t completely in love. So I walked a away to stroll the store, if you go to TJMaxx you know if you like something you should grab it! But I needed to think about it. As we came back around the chair was still there and a man was sitting in it! So I thought if its gone by the third time I walked around, it wasn’t for me. By the third time I came back around, it was still there! I tested it again, I loved the curved form, the velveteen fabric and the royal blue color. Price? Originally $200 but I paid $99.99. It fit perfectly in the back seat of the car and is lightweight, with polished gold legs and wheels. On another trip to Home Goods I found a fluffy pillow in the a blue/green color that went perfectly with the chair! Exactly what I wanted to add more comfort and texture to my little office space. The pillow not only supports my back but my nerves when I need to squeeze it as I try to figure something out for the millionth time!

 

 

Finally my decorative pieces and desk accessories were the next items I added to my office space. I found a modern yet vintage feeling lamp at Home Goods just as I was ready to leave the store. On a different trip to Home Goods I found some encouraging word art that I look up to when I’m tired and need a push to get my work done. For now they also serve as my backdrop for my Youtube videos. I use old magazines to add inspiration and color to my space and have also found a spot for my camera, which also has a charging home thanks to my desk. Stationary is also a staple on my desk as I’m always writing something down. I love traditional stationary as opposed to taking motes on my phone or computer. Having it written down for me to always see helps me remember what I have to do. I’m also just partial to the feel of writing something down. Ever since I started my blog each year I get a new planner and I keep the old ones, to look back on. The stationary not only helps keep me organized, but gives me a place to write down my goals, achievements and lessons learned along the way.

 

 

 

Here are the points I kept in mind when hunting for my office space.

  • Space: My space is limited so I needed a narrow desk. I also needed a chair that didn’t take up much space. Consider your space options by measuring your potential office space before your search.
  • Price: Since I bargain hunt I knew I would look for deals.  If you’re looking for furniture make sure to search in store and online. Compare and write down prices. Make sure to look for the best deals on sites like Blinq.
  • Aesthetic: Whether you go for a mix of aesthetics like I did or stick to one, pick colors, materials, fabrics and products that will bring you comfort and inspiration.
  • Reliability: Make sure your desk is well made, as you will be using it daily. Choose a material that won’t warp, break or chip such as wood, metal, steel or even slate and marble!

I plan to get a rug in the future, perhaps to add more texture to the space. I love all my purchases, as I know that when ever I get my own place they will fit well and go with my aesthetic. Do you have an office space? How was the process on finding or creating your office space? I will have a separate post on where you can find similar looking office furniture.

T.S.

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Ancestary DNA

I had one thing on my wish list for Christmas. That was to receive the AncestryDNA Kit! And thanks to my amazing mother and the fact that the kit was on sale for $79 (and still is) that was one of the gifts I received. Now if you’ve never seen the commercial or heard of Ancestry, it is a genealogy website where you can build and explore your family tree. The Ancestry DNA Kit is a separate service provided by Ancestry that gives you the resources to discover your true ethnicity down to each percentage.

 

The Process

You don’t need an Ancestry DNA kit done to start the Ancestry family tree. So if you are interested in starting a tree, I suggest trying the free trial first. It cost $99 for the full family tree service. I’ve started my own but haven’t completed it yet. Although it is on my list of to-do’s one day. To order the kit you must do so via the website. Once you have received your kit the next step is to create an ancestry DNA profile. This will be the same profile you use if you wish to do the geological hunt. With only a few general questions to answer your profile is set up in no time. The kit includes a beaker tube with a cap that holds a blue solution that helps protect your DNA until its tested.

According to Ancestry they test 23 pairs of chromosome, specifically the autosomal chromosomes that carry your genetic DNA. Once you receive the kit make sure you haven’t eaten, drank or smoked anything for up to 30 minutes before doing the test. Next all you have to do is spit into the tube up to the wiggly line, pour in the solution and shake for 5 seconds. When you send your Ancestry kit back, be prepared to wait 6-8 weeks for the results. Ancestry also gives you the option to make your results public, making it easier to match to potential family members or help in scientific research.

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What I Was Expecting

Over the years I have listened to family members tell stories of loved ones I had never met and their possible origin. I have always heard of Puerto Rico and parts of Europe mentioned, specifically Spain and Italy. My own research and knowing the Ancestry DNA results of my great-aunt also gave me clues into where I come from. I expected certain results that I received and was surprised by others!

 

My Results

As I mentioned previously mentioned Ancestry DNA takes 6-8 to complete. With the lack of patience I have its safe to say I was more than ready to see my results. Your results are uploaded to your online profile which you create when you first receive the kit. Not only does the kit tell you which countries you are from, but the regions within those countries. The kit gives you results for your strongest DNA findings and your weakest DNA findings. Here are mine!

 

Strongest DNA Findings:

Great Britain:22%- England, Scotland, Wales

Native American:19%- North America, Central America (AKA Taino Indian- the native people of Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands)

Iberian Peninsula :19%- Spain and Portugal (AKA, Spain)

Southern Europe:10%- Italy and Greece (AKA Italy)

North Africa:7%- Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria, Libya

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Weakest DNA Strength findings

Senegal-5%- Senegal, the Gambia

Ivory Coast/ Ghana- 5%

Middle East 5% – Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, UAE, Lebanon, Israel

European Jewish 3%-  Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Israel

Ireland/Scotland/Wales- 1%

Ancestry

Countries I Am Not From:

Scandinavia

Caucasus

Benin/Togo

 

 

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My Reaction

Overall I would take the test again, and I suggest everyone take it. I wasn’t surprised to learn about Spain, Italy and Native American, although I would have thought my Italian roots would have been stronger. And although there is a saying that we are all African, I was surprised to see the different African countries listed! The fact that England, Scotland and Whales even made it on my chart was very surprising as well. As my mother said when she saw my results “I’m a mutt”, the result of different people traveling to and from different countries including Puerto Rico. And its safe to say that I will always answer I’m Puerto Rican when someone asks “What are you?” or “Where are you from?”.  Although to know how exactly I became Puerto Rican is fascinating. And when they say “Hey you look like you’re from this country” I may just answer well this percentage is from Italy, Spain, etc!

Have you ever taken a DNA Kit test before? What were your results? Were you as surprised as I was to see the different countries in your results?

T.S.

 

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Becoming Bonnie Book Review

Becoming Bonnie

Here is a tidbit about myself, one of my favorite era’s is the 1920’s. In fact one of my all time favorite authors is F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve read most of his books, and love them each time. Although I’ve always loved to read, during high school I think I would have apprenticed  having to read The Great Gatsby as opposed to Romeo and Juliet. I’m not a big Shakespeare fan! So when I started college I began to scope out F. Scott Fitzgerald books and short stories to read. His stories have a way of transporting you to the past with descriptions and vocabulary that induces a realness. Many times while reading his books I would stop and think, “how did he know how to describe it in that manner?”

So with my love of the 1920’s era and the master author that was F.Scott Fitzgerald its safe to say that anytime I see a book following the theme I will read it. It was no different when I saw the book Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh. As you might have guessed through the title it is a fictional story about Bonnie of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo. With touches of facts thrown into the book, the story follows Bonnelyn as an innocent teen. Although due to a difficult financial situation, disappointing husband and growing into a woman, she slowly becomes the Bonnie we’ve all heard of.

Facts That Were Part of the Book:

  • Bonnie’s dad died when she was young
  • Bonnie had two siblings, Buster and Billie
  • Bonnie got married at 16
  • Her husband was not a good one
  • Both Bonnie and Clyde grew up very poor
  • Clyde’s siblings in the book, were real and so were the some of the crimes he committed
  • Bonnie really did snuggle a gun to Clyde while he was in jail
  • Bonnie’s best friend in the book, was a real life fellow member of the Barrow Gang…and more.

 

What I loved about the book:

It was quite interesting to see Bonnie and Clyde depicted from Bonnies point of view. Many times when this pair is depicted it is from the point of view of Clyde or both. You get to know Bonnie on her own, and learn what motivates her. Bonnie is depicted a smart, strong girl and women. The type of Bonnie you would want to be part of such an infamous duo. Without being too sappy, you could understand the deep love Bonnie and Clyde had for each other. And finally, like the U.S. economy at the time Bonnie’s life hits a crash and she learns how to deal with it.

I hope I didn’t give to much away about the book! I really enjoyed the book, and hope you read it! What type of books do you love?

T.S.

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Another Year Older

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Friday 2/2 was my birthday. I’m excited about what this new year of life will bring me. I had a simple day, as I’m not much for huge parties. I’d rather a one and a lifetime experience than a one night party. Although this time around I kept it very simple with some traditions. It is a family tradition since I was a child to make our way to Ihop for breakfast. If you don’t have an Ihop, you should know its one of the best places for pancakes! The next stop for me was the Windows store to buy myself  a new 2-in-1 Surface. My previous Surface tablet had lasted me around 9 years and was on its last leg. Now I had no problem picking out which computer I wanted as I did my homework and the Windows employees were very helpful. With all that being said I was in the Windows store way too long, because of Dell!

You see I had planned to pay a certain amount towards my new computer and finance the rest. This was not what happened as Dell refused to let me leave the store with my purchase. I don’t know why Windows has Dell as their financing company, but I can tell you it was not a pleasant experience trying to prove I was myself. They only use public records like an email. Which they kept on telling me was incorrect, which it wasn’t. My social security number or license number was not enough! In the end I was glad to have a back up solution and left the store with my computer setup and ready to use.

I had other plans to celebrate, but by the time we left Windows all we wanted to do was to eat! P.F. Changs was near by and since I had never been I was excited to see what it had to offer. I highly recommend you stop by and try the following:

Ahi Poke Bowl ( if you eat sushi, you’ll love this)

Handfolded Crab Wonton (creamy crab mix )

Crispy Honey Shrimp (Sweeter than regular coconut shrimp, but just as scrumptious)

Hokkien Street Noodles (Thin noodle dish with a bit of spice)

Banana Spring Roll (Caramel and banana goodness!)

Coconut Mojito (YUM)

All of it was delicious and the experience was great. P. F. Changs for the win!

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Now that I shared my day with you, I figure I’d share some facts about myself.

  • I’m a night owl (follow my Instastories for that)
  • I always wear rings
  • I hardly wear earrings as my ear lobes are extremely sensitive
  • I was raised by a single mom, there is no one stronger than a single mom
  • If I were not in fashion, I’d be in the art world
  • I have a size 5 foot, size 3 in kids
  • I drink a lot of  water! I try 1-3 bottles a day, I feel unbalanced without it
  • I’m very sensitive to smells. I love woodsy scents over floral ones
  • I love the physical act of writing something down. Planners, notebooks, stationary are my choice over digital reminders
  • I also love the physical feel of a book, as opposed to a digital version
  • I do a lot of my work while listening to music. I listen to almost everything from classical, country, rap and beyond. If the song has a great beat, melody or message I’ll listen. I’m in a Latin Trap moment right now, so that is dominating my Spotify account. If you have no idea what that is, Google Bad Bunny.
  • I hate rodents and anything that resembles them! (Insert your “than how can you do NYC” joke here)
  • I’ve had IBS, since I was in high school. It’s a intestinal condition that can be very painful. Although I learned to manage to control it early on by watching everything I eat.
  • House goals will always be a brownstone with an industrial interior. City girl at heart.

Took an OOTD pic, here are some behind the scene gems!

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When is your birthday? How do you celebrate, are there any traditions? Do you have any birthday goals? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

 

 

 

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A New Years Celebration at Hershey

On a scope of 1-10 on parties I’m a 1.  I’m not nor have I ever been a huge fan of parties. I blame it on my introverted nature and my overall comfortable ability to enjoy being at home. Yes even on major occasions like New Years Eve I’ve stayed home. Although sometimes I’ve regretted not putting an effort into finding something to do. So with really no plans for this past New Years Eve I was excited when a cousin of mine suggested we go to Hershey Pennsylvania! The town that’s known for Hershey Park has much more to do than its famous amusement park, including on New Years Eve. Here’s what we did while there.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction

Now if you have ever wondered how Hershey makes chocolate be sure to make your way to Hershey’s Chocolate World. The free Hershey Making Tour consist of an amusement like ride that teaches you how the chocolate is made. From cocoa bean to fully made Hershey kiss, you’ll learn so much more than you actually think goes into making Hershey’s chocolate. Be sure to grab your free Hershey kiss at the end of the ride. On New Years Eve there is a live DJ and dance floor for kids where they can dance with Hershey characters. Other options include the Chocolate Tasting Experience, 4D Chocolate Mystery, Create Your Own Candy Bar, Trolley Tour and bakery. The giant candy store can’t be missed either!

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The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue

If you are a history lover like I am than you must make your way to The Hershey Story. Inside is not only a museum, but a chocolate tasting experience, chocolate making experience for kids and a café. We did the chocolate tasting and museum portions which took a few hours. If you wish to experience the chocolate tasting I suggest buying your museum ticket on Groupon on which includes the tasting. Make sure to get there early as the museum is only open until 5pm and the tasting closes before that. During the tasting you are given a map and six sipping chocolates. Each is made with different chocolates from around the world, the map helps you figure out which chocolate you are tasting.

 

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The museum is a self guided tour where you learn about Milton Hershey’s life and how he created a world-famous brand and well-known town. You’ll be inspired to go after your dreams when you learn how Milton as young man with almost nothing started the Hershey Company. An innovator and equal opportunist ahead of his time Milton introduced not only chocolate but encouraged a creative and fair workplace. So much so that the machine which wrapped Herheys Kisses was invented by employees and brothers Walter, Howard and Raymond Philippe.

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His generosity continued even when former employee Harry Reese became a competitor. The two men became friends and when Reese was struggling to distribute his products Milton made an alliance with the Reese company, allowing them to use the Hershey’s distribution method. Eventually the H.B. Reese Candy Company was bought by the Hershey Chocolate Corporation. Hershey was continuously generous throughout his life, giving away his fortune to charity.

 

Other things to do:

Hershey Sweet Lights

Stay in your car as you drive through a festive light show.

The Kiss Drop

Watch the Giant Hershey Kiss make its way to the top as you count down to midnight in downtown Hershey. A live band plays music and vendors are out to help keep warm with hot chocolate.  Stay until the very end for a spectacular firework show.

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Hershey Park

The amusement park is open during New Years Eve if rides are more up your alley.

 

Have you ever been to Hershey during the holidays?  What did you do for New Year’s Eve?

T.S.

 

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Bye 2017-On to 2018

new year

With a new year here I think we all look back at the past year to remember the bad and the good that’s occurred. Now I’ve heard a lot of people say that 2017 wasn’t a great year, but it was a great year for me on a personal level. I wanted to write a quick thank you post to the people who’ve made it so and to sum of the year.

 

Things I’ve learned this year:

You can do more than you think you can!

No matter who says you can’t. No matter who gives you negative vibes and no matter what you think about yourself, you can do it! When you learn to set those issues aside and push pass them your goals and blessings will come to pass. Eye on the prize, even when you don’t know what the heck that prize is!

 

People enter and exit your life for a reason.

Don’t fight that process. Let what needs to happen, happen. Learn from each situation and relationship. Each one will make you a smarter and stonger person.

New year

 

Confidence is a muscle that needs exercise.

This is a part of life that I think everyone struggles with. As any other person who starts a business or ventures into new projects can tell you, confidence right off the bat can be nearly impossible. Although with anything in life with a little education and practice your stability and confidence will grow. So start that project or business because you may be completely lost now but you won’t be forever.

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Your position in life now will most likely change within this year.

Good or bad there will be changes throughout the year that will change your life. I am naturally a pessimist, something I’m trying to change. Although when you are going through rough patches in life it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The important thing to keep in mind is that your situation will change throughout the year. It’s up to you what those changes will be and how they will affect you.

 

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I have so many new goals for the year that I have already started to work on. What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

 

Lastly I’d like to thank people who I work with and who I’ve worked with in the past. The ability to grow through collaborations and relationships is a process I’ve greatly appreciated.

T.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Shoes!

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I’m pretty sure I’ve spoken about this before but I have a very small foot. Size five in fact! Yes that’s right FIVE! And a size three in children shoes! Yes I know you’re giggling now, but think of the price difference. Not laughing now right? When I find a pair of shoes that are my size I usually always buy them on the spot, no matter the price. Most stores don’t carry my size or carry a very limited quantity, so I am 99% sure I won’t see them again anytime soon. Yesterday during an evening trip to the mall I was looking for an inexpensive pair of flats. Ask anyone that spends a lot of time in NYC, flats are your best friend! A new pair are a bit overdue, so I was in search of a new pair. I didn’t find what I was looking for because my go to for my small foot (Payless) didn’t have anything! Don’t think Payless has fashionable options? Think again! Its not the Payless of yesteryear, and thanks to their Christian Siriano collaboration more fashionable than ever! Again small feet don’t give you a chance to discriminate anyway! Plus if you are a true fashion lover you can style a $10 anything and make it look like $1000 bucks. After an unsuccessful trip to Payless I checked out Call It Spring. I hit the shoe jackpot and bought 2 pairs of shoes!

New Booties!

I really needed a pair of bottles without a heel! The booties I currently have (fashion week pics) are super cute but killers on my feet at the end of the day! So I was so glad when I found a block heel moto inspired pair at Call It Spring. I was also shocked that they had shoes in my size, as in the past this has not always been the case.The Nunalla booties was exactly what I was looking for. Its definitely comfortable due to the block heel that gives my short stature a lift without a steep angle. I practically like the metal accent detail on the heel that elevates the all black look. It also has a mix of textures that is subtle. They are basically the perfect pair of boots made for walking! The Nunalla was originally $74.99 but I paid $22.50 thanks to the current sale!

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New flats!

To my surprise Call it Spring was also where I found a pair of flats. I couldn’t find a super causal pair, but came across a semi-casual pair of flats. At first I thought they were too formal but thanks to my shopping partner in crime (mother) saw the possibilities. The small heel is covered in sequins giving it a festive feel for a semi-casual event. The satin like fabric is perfect for after work events. While a bow pulls the timeless style shoe together. These are a pair that I won’t being wearing every single day but they are definitely going to be useful. I’m still looking for a new pair that can take on the everyday work of the NYC streets. The Desarro was originally $39.99 but thanks to the current sale they were $29.98. Classic and sparkly!

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I’m always in a happy place when I buy new shoes, no matter the price! Do you have a hard time finding shoes like I do? If you do, wear do you find your shoes?!

T.S.

 

 

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Why Start Monday

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Why do we work so hard? Why do we pursue our dreams and goals? What gives us the drive to get up each morning and push forward? Perhaps is a family we need to support or the contract you signed. Well for me  its the knowing that if I never start and hustle I will immensely disappoint myself. Yes I say myself, because I am much tougher on myself than anyone could be. For me the idea of leaving something to be done later keeps me up at night. That is why I don’t leave things for Monday!

As many of you know already I work in the fashion industry and I still find myself having to explain what that is really like. Just reading comments on social media in regards to the industry I feel I work in a fishbowl with people looking in. Many people still have many negative connotations towards people that work in this industry. Whether it is that we don’t work, are shallow or aren’t making significant impacts on important parts of society. When in fact many creative industry people are extremely hard workers that have lives full of late nights.  Do you know why? Because thin skinned people who expect to enjoy the perks of the industry without the work get chewed up and spit out. They get hit with reality real quick and they quit, I’ve seen it.

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So with the fact that I work in such a difficult industry, why the heck would I start a blog/business! I’ll tell you why. When I started the blog I was having such a hard time finding work. I started to feel like I was failing and I was losing my mind without something to do everyday. The idea of talking about an industry that I have a degree in became a no brainer to me.  So I decided to do my homework and start the blog, because why start Monday?

Starting it has been one of the best decisions ever. Although it has added more to my workload and long nights it has enriched my life in many ways. The community of bloggers, some that I have developed friendships with, has always been supportive. The readers and followers who enjoy my content with their positive feedback have also been a testament on why I didn’t wait for Monday. The relationships with  brands, companies and network of people I’ve created relationships have become priceless.

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A company that understands the urgency of starting your journey to your goals is Why Start Monday. Creator Aimee Virtucio realized that we are a society that believes Monday is the day to start tackling our goals. It is an easier decision to leave something for Monday than start immediately. She experienced this with her workout regimen when she made the decision to get healthy. She would leave her diet and workout for Monday, which allowed her time to come up with excuses and not accomplish her goals. This mentality started to affect other aspects of her life. Realizing this she started “Why Start Monday” a brand that constantly reminds you to tackle you goals and dreams.

So go ahead start that business, class, workout regime and tackle that tough industry! Just be realistic on how much hard work you are going to need to put into it. Don’t let the million nos and slammed doors stop you from pursuing your goals. In the end you don’t want to be one of those people that say “I should’ve”  instead of “I did”. Why Start Monday!

Is there something you started that you’re happy you didn’t leave for Monday? Or is there something you have been pushing off for Monday? Learn more about Why Start Monday here, which by the way gives 10% of each purchase to the Make a Wish foundation. Motivational and charitable!

P.S. Use the code sale10 for 10% off of your purchase!

T.S.

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Tradeshow Findings: Vintage at Intermezzo

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The newest part of these tradeshows is vintage which showcases an array of local vintage dealers who curate collections of both name brands and unknown pieces. During my walk through Vintage At Intermezzo aisles I saw a great smattering of original, timeless pieces. I found original Chanel toe capped sling backs and Gucci interlocking purses all with a respective price tag to match. Those pieces may be worth those exact prices, but I’d need to work a very long time to be able to acquire them.

So I was so happy to come across the Empyrean Vintage booth. A mix of affordable no name no labels and famous name brand pieces with personalities of their own. Every vintage piece has a story, and that is exactly how owner Natalie Como feels. I got stuck in her booth not only drooling over all the amazing finds but chatting with this infectious personality as well.

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Vintage has always been a part of Natalie’s life as her mother also owned a vintage shop in NYC called Siam Limited. During this time her mother would reconstruct the items and give them new life. For example she would repurpose ordinary denim into unique finds with fun pink rhinestones. Like heirlooms Natalie inherited the love of vintage as well as an array of unique pieces from her mom. Although her dad was as Natalie put it a “snazzy dresser” so there was no shortage of style inspiration for her.

When she did a stint in the corporate world her ability to express herself through her clothing is what entertained her in a droll environment. As Natalie sources the world of vintage for herself and her customers she does so with instinctual emotion. She respects the history and the story that comes with each piece. Although she doesn’t get too attached to items unless they were passed down to her from her mom or symbolize a pivotal time in her life, like her prom dress. Natalie feels vintage is meant to be passed along, each person giving each piece a new story.

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As to what her favorite era of clothing is, everything but now! For Natalie there was more personality in the way people of the past dressed. You can see her love of the era’s foregone in the colorful bold print dresses and high waisted bell bottoms she wears. As to why her pieces or so affordable in comparison to other vintage dealers? Refreshingly hiking up the price is not her focus. Her knowledge of what the piece is worth combined with her belief that vintage pieces have stories to be passed on are what influence her pricing decisions most.

So what is next for Natalie and Empyrean Vintage? Eventually Natalie would love to open her own store and continue to showcase her pieces in other vintage boutiques. Joining a supportive environment of vintage dealers under one roof known as a Vintage Collective is also on her to-do list. Currently she has upcoming dates for pop up in Vintage on First a vintage collective located in Hoboken, NJ. Empyrean Vintage has also gained notoriety around the globe as Natalie recently styled her pieces for the Dubai based brand “Mesh”.

After hearing Natalie’s story and falling in love with the pieces I saw in her booth I could not leave without snatching a piece for my own collection. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen me style vintage pieces passed on to me with modern apparel. And so was my plan for the no label Asian inspired, high split long length top. Here are a few of the ways I styled the piece.

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You can find out more about Empyrean vintage here! ( The link is correct, Natalie is in rebranding mode). Do you own vintage pieces? Let me know in the comments and on social media and check out my post on the other brands I loved at the tradeshow here!

T.S.

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Tradeshow Findings

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If you’ve read my previous post working a trade show, you will know that recently I was able to attend the women’s tradeshows at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. During the show I came across great brands both new and seasoned. These brands were gracious enough to show me their great items and answer some questions. I visited Accessories the Show,  Accessories Circuit,  Fame, Moda and Intermezzo. Although the following brands showcased at Canvas and Accessories The Show.

Canvas

This pop up part of the tradeshow features apparel, accessories, and home items. It also showcases brands that sell beauty and gift items. This year twelve brands showcased their latest creations. While there I was intrigued by the most delicate and gorgeous headbands and hair accessories from the brand Mrs. President & Co. created by Angela Velayos. Angela is a super humble lady and has the most infectious laugh and smile. Her constant giggle as we chatted made me want to stay in her booth the entire show! Her story of creating Mrs. President & Co. is the ultimate encouragement story for entrepreneurs like myself. A simple thought as she put her child to sleep launched a business that continues to grow.

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As a little girl Angela loved hair accessories and her favorite time of day was when her mom would put her hair up in a ponytail before going to school. This love of a great hair accessory inspired her one night as she put her son to bed. The name Mrs. President popped into her head and she ran with it. The memorable name and her intuition on what made a great head piece helped her create the brand. The memorable brand name and quality products that she created caught on quickly in the retail sphere. Within her launch year of 2011 Mrs. President & Co. was being sold in Bergdorf Goodman.

An array of clips, pins, barrettes, headbands and pony holders are part of Mrs. President & Co.’s current collection. Although these are no ordinary hair adornments, these beauties are 24 karat gold, silver, tortoise and mother of pearl infused. With the 24 karat pieces being hand crafted in her birth country of Brazil. Simplicity and overall beauty is what inspires Angela as she comes up with new designs. It can be seen throughout the current collection which consist of minimalistic and elegant designs. Angela not only thinks of how your hair will look when you put on one of her pieces but how it will blend with your outfit and jewelry.

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Mrs. President & Co. has been featured in InStyle,  Cosmopolitan,  Allure and Glamour in their print magazine. While Vogue, ElleHarpers Bazaar and more have spotlighted the brand on their websites. The brand also has a great partnership with e-retailer Shopbop  that consist of multiple collaborations. A global commodity Mrs. President & Co. can be found in shops around the world including New York, Tokyo, Hamburg and Paris. But this bubbly entrepreneur has not yet reached her creatural peak as this coming winter of 2017 Mrs. President & Co. will be collaborating with mega-stylist Rachel Zoe on the namesakes website.

So what is next for Mrs. President & Co. ? At the suggestion of her original inspiration, her kids, jewelry might be on the horizon. Which I have no doubt will be just as big of a success as her hair accessories. Can I put my name on the list first? Sign me up!

Accessories the Show

Accessories the Show showcases the latest in fashion trends for women. It also highlights the newest creations in women’s accessories. While there I  came upon the fun brand Strung, owner Jenny talked to me a bit about the brand.

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Strung is  a brand started by band members Jenny Mann and Tim Barbour in 2014. They were inspired when they realized how easily guitar strings can be wrapped into a bracelet. After selling a few at a concert in New Jersey they noticed that people could not get enough of their new creations. The bracelets were bigger hits than any band t-shirt they tried to sell. Each bracelet has a music related name and can be adorned with charms that are named after different songs. Great for men and women with a love of music these bracelets also can come in pairs perfect for gifting. Strung also sells an array of necklaces and beaded bracelets all with music or rock and roll details. After much demand from male fans the brand will be releasing an official men’s collection in September with a color theme of black, red and white. You can find Strung on their website, in boutiques and  in gift shops. I look forwards to seeing what is next for this music loving brand. Perhaps different genres?

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I enjoyed learning about these great brands and items. Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments and on social media. And check out the blog post covering Vintage at Intermezzo where I cover a great vintage dealer that showcased in the tradeshow.

T.S.