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Inspiring woman of the month! One of our own!

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Inspiring woman of the month! One of our own!

WOMAN OF THE MONTH!

This week I am starting a new project, I want to SHOWCASE an Inspiring creative woman of the month from our amazing Facebook group. Why? because you are ALL so amazingly talented and this needs to be recognised. It will give you a chance to talk about your business, it will also help everyone understand how a real business works. If you would like to have your business showcased on our blog and Social media please let me know in the comments below! OR JOIN OUR INSPIRING CREATIVE WOMEN FACEBOOK PAGE and message me. 

This week our amazing woman of the month is
Designer SHEENA BULSARA
 

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ABOUT HER
She is an innovative designer with experience in roles as a senior jewelry designer. She has worked for a variety of well-known luxury and high street brands. For the last 13 years, she has been spent immersed in a world of precious stones, costume jewelry, trims, beads, vintage jewelry and antique artifacts sourced from around the world.
She has also honed her jewelry making skills and production knowledge, not only by creating collections for various brands across the High Street but by building her own brand SB where she makes one of a kind jewelry by using and restoring old antique components with Swarovski Crystals. 
She embraces the challenge of taking on new projects and conceptualizing and creating innovative jewelry.

Q&A

What motivated & inspired you to start your business? 
SHEENA: I have worked in jewelry design for 15 years designing for all the UK High Street retailers and concessions in Galerie Lafayette Paris. 
There has always been this inner fire within me to try to break the norm within the design, break and redefine the boundaries of how objects should be used or worn.  Tired of designing throw away fashion items, I really wanted to create unique diverse collections which inspired people, evoked a sense of amazement, excitement and shows craftsmanship and skill. 
 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS
Would you describe your career as a passion? 
SHEENA: Passion is all I am  I’Mextremely passionate about Art, Design and what I do. I love creating and making new pieces it’s a feeling I can't really describe in words it's just an inner sense this is who I am. I knew I wanted to be a designer from the age of 10. 

What part of being a designer do you prefer? The Creative, Sales, social or marketing side? 
SHEENA: I love the design part the post but also the social side as I love meeting new people, talking and discussing MTM orders and also making people feel happy with what they have bought. 
 

WHAT ideas did you take action on/steps YOU TOOK TO GET YOUR BUSINESS UP AND RUNNING? 
SHEENA: It was helpful for me to be able to do this as I had been working within the industry for 15 years and also had the experience of traveling and working in many European and far countries. It was this experience I have been able to gain a sense of what is required to have a jewelry business.  

What is required for marketing, merchandise, aesthetically? What sells and what level of finish and quality you need to maintain in the business? What has been the most effective way of building your tribe for your business and getting new customers? 
SHEENA: The most effective for me has been social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram but I also know a lot of stylists and buyers in the industry. This has helped to strengthen my tribe for business. Also, word of mouth a great book sums a lot of this up really well, book title purple cow by Seth Godwin. 

Who do you follow to get inspiration? 
SHEENA: Inspiration for me isn't from one source it's everything around me. I visit and go out to lots of fashion events, museums, private views, exhibitions and it's always inspirational.

What have been your biggest challenges so far?
SHEENA: I know that commercial pieces always sell better but I'm so tired of commercial jewelry that in actual fact I could potentially be earning lots more money but have made a choice to be bespoke from beginning to end. so the challenge has been financial. 

How did you overcome these challenges? 
SHEENA: I have overcome this problem by having additional services like loaning jewelry out for stylists to use for fashion events, runway shows or magazines. I also advise and repair jewelry for clients. the key thing in any business to be open, versatile in your approach, love what you do. 

What do you love the best about running your own design business? 
SHEENA: I love being in control of my design and in charge of what I want to place in my collection. I sometimes feel in fashion jewelry it's always about the next season but still feel that you can follow trends but still re use certain styles in the next collection by re inventing some styles. 
 
What advice would you give to other creative entrepreneurs? 
SHEENA: I would say to stay focused, be yourself, try to enjoy the process, be clear what direction you want your business to take, what you want from the business, and what you want to achieve and what time frames you want to get this done by. but to still smile.and try not to be overwhelmed with the business side. 

How do you keep motivated when you are having a bad day? 
SHEENA: I dance I'm an artist in many different ways, I feel it helps me to loosen and open my mind to creativity. 

What are your main inspirations? 
SHEENA: My main inspirations would be music, colour, art, painting.
 
What platforms do you use to sell you products on? 
SHEENA: A lot of social media and my contacts I have with stylists and people I now within the industry, also blogger events.
 
What ones are the most successful for you? 
SHEENA: Social media and bloggers events.

What is your objective in your business? what do you want to achieve? 
SHEENA: To innovate, create new designs that open the eye to the way we see and wear jewelry.

 What advice would you give someone who is starting out? 
 SHEENA: Just keep trying and believe.

Do you have any tips on tools that you use ie apps, websites, online things to help your business? 
SHEENA: I look at lots of different blogs as you can find endless information from them.

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I hope you find this useful if you would like to be featured next time please let us know in the comments below and if you haven't already joined our Facebook community (click here), full of inspiring creative women.

Katherine x
 

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14 Great Creative Blogs to give you Inspiration

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14 Great Creative Blogs to give you Inspiration

 

I have been researching blogs for my millinery business and I wanted to share some of the best with you. I have included some recommended sites for learning, plus some fashion and lifestyle blogs to give you inspiration.

Lastly I added a link to a blog detailing trends for this year’s wedding season, you might not work in weddings but the trend boards in this blog are great for any designer.

 

Enjoy x

 

Learning

Tuts+: Learn creative skills and shape your future. That’s the message from the people behind Tuts+, which has over five million users and shares lessons about code, illustration, photography, web design, and more.

Skillfeed: With over 67,000 video tutorials and more than 8,000 hours of learning, They even offer a free trial.

Udemy: A place to learn real world skills online.

Lynda.com: One of the best known online tutorial websites,  Lynda.com covers a huge range of topics, including web, design, development, animation, video, audio, photography, business and even education.

 

Lifestyle

Kinfolk: With jaw-dropping and mouth watering photography, Kinfolk is a popular choice for many creatives worldwide. Its website features content that’s available to subscribers.

Poppy Loves: A fresh and very appealing London lifestyle blog that covers the city’s events, cafes, restaurants, fashion, music, art and design.

Everyday Carry: Peek inside the pockets and lives of interesting creative people. Very simple idea but so fascinating.

The Selby: Take a peek at interesting creative people in their own studios, homes or workplaces. With funky little interviews and great photography, this is a must-read for creatives everywhere.

 

Fashion lifestyle

The Fashion Guitar

Dutch-born, NYC-dwelling, statement dress-wearing fashion blogger, Charlotte G.

Why: Charlotte mixes up her ultra-feminine style with classic staples, with a quirky twist.

 

Pernille Teisbaeck

Lithesome, Danish, street style regular Pernille Teisbaek

Born in Copenhagen, Pernille Teisbæk is the epitome of sleek, Scandi, style perfection.

Stella's Wardrobe 

History graduate Stella Kattermann

Kattermann is instantly recognisable for her bleached do and serious fringe. Her blog is suitably personal, hot in East London.

 

Coco's Tea Party

Gregory’s blog is all about feel-good fashion and interesting

 Coco’s Tea Party is a lifestyle blog dedicated to providing attainable style inspiration for fashion-savvy young professionals.

 

Advanced Style

Cohen’s dazzling street style snaps of stylish seniors is a treat. He grew up worshipping both his glam grannies and parlayed his respect for the older lady

Finally, I will leave you with a Summer wedding trends blog, to finish with a bit of inspiration

http://www.magnetstreet.com/wedding-color-trends

Have a Great week and see you next time x

Thank you to Google images for images 

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Book Love: Eat, Pray, Love

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Book Love: Eat, Pray, Love

The recent change of seasons has ignited a need for enlightenment and inspiration. After a long holiday weekend filled with adventure, I find myself back to a normal routine still longing to be entertained and motivated. With the sun consistently on the horizon setting the optimal mood to visit my favorite little pond in London, cracking open one of the best-sellers has offered me all of the inspiration and magic I was hoping for.

The sincere ode to femininity and self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love, is a personal-memoir written by the enlightened Elizabeth Gilbert. Driven by a distressing unhappiness, Gilbert searches for serenity and decadence through the exploration of Italy, India, and Indonesia. The three I’s reveal a captivating spirit that was kept dormant by pressure and discontent. The tales of eating in Italy, connecting to religion in India, and discovering love in Indonesia offers an emotional roller-coaster filled with laughter and tears. Eat, Pray, Love sparkles with an array of pure happiness. Courageous, sidesplitting and moving; getting to know Gilbert through her travels is overwhelmingly inspirational.

 

If you, like me, are an enthused entrepreneur searching for a new perspective on life Eat, Pray, Love is the perfect odyssey to dive into. After a productive day of work or during some free time, treat yourself to a gelato and park yourself in the sun with this memoir at your fingertips. I assure you will not be disappointed. 

 

Here are some of our favorite quotes and what they mean to us!

 

“Then I looked around this place, at the chaos it has endured – the way it has been adapted, burned, pillaged and found a way back to build itself up again. And I was reassured, maybe my life hasn’t been so chaotic, it’s just the world that is, and the real trap is getting attached to any of it.”

  • Don’t let yourself to get caught up in the many negative distractions of life, you will miss all of the positive opportunities right in front of you. Doing what you love and finding happiness in everyday life should be your main goal. Striving to achieve creative entrepreneurship can lead to many obstacles; the key is to move past them without allowing them to break you down.

 

“People universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck or something that will descend on you like fine weather. That is not how happiness happens. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it; strive for it; insist upon it.”

  • Nothing comes easily and without work! You have to put in effort to achieve exactly what you want; do everything in your power to achieve your dreams and goals. When all is said and done, know that you have exceeded all possibilities to accomplish success.

 

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate, if you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”

  • Allow yourself to learn from your mistakes and past with a strong and positive mind. With a resilient awareness, all things are possible to achieve and overcome. Building your own business is difficult; give yourself an advantage and make the road to success as smooth as you can!

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Goal Setting: Tips & Tricks

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Goal Setting: Tips & Tricks

If you read our blog, then you already are an inspiring creative women interested in business and entrepreneurial activities and have heard our frequent suggestion to set goals. Goal setting isn’t always the easiest thing and I understand that it often times can be increasingly overwhelming. Having a concrete plan and list can prove to be a key tool to guide you to a dream career.

Reaching your end goal does not happen over time; it can be a long and at times frustrating process. In order to remain on track with a positive outlook, setting smaller goals will provide hope and a sure pathway to success.

We know that goal setting is hard… here are some tips & tricks to help!

 

 

be SMART

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This acronym is a perfect guide for goal setting! Make sure that every goal you set meets these criteria in order for it to be the most beneficial. Each goal should be specific in what it is designed to accomplish while also maintain a format of measurement to note when it has been accomplished. Make your goal attainable – setting unrealistic goals only sets yourself up to be thrown off track with disappointment. Also, ensuring that your smaller milestone goals are relevant to and will benefit your end goal is imperative to goal setting. All of these goals must also be set to a specific time limit in order to ensure a set track of attainability for your end goal.

Write It Out

Writing and developing a concrete plan is a key way to maintain FOCUS. It is the perfect visual to see which goals you have ahead of you and how close you are on your journey to obtaining your ultimate goal. This plan is your personal guide to reaching your goals and obtaining your reams – MAKE IT PRETTY. Decorate your plan to your personality so that instead of viewing your goals as a chore, you see them as an exciting journey that will lead you to excellence.

 

Research

Having a full and developed understanding as to what it will take to achieve your ultimate goal is essential. This may require a bit of research and a determination to learn everything you possibly can about what your end-goal entails and what it takes to get you there.

Have A Support System

Having a set support system can be your secret motivation weapon! Tell a mentor or group of people you trust what you are setting out to do. These people can be extremely helpful with providing advice and aiding with networking. Also, an outside parties honest feedback can be extremely helpful in ensuring that you are on track to meet your goals!

Be Committed

Obtaining goals and staying on track with your plan is a difficult task! Falling down is part of the journey, keep your head up and remain positive. Staying committed and true to yourself can be difficult through challenging tasks but once you achieve your goals it will feel INCREDIBLE! Stick to it and stay committed – you will surprise yourself with what you can do. 

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Motivation & How we can get MORE of it

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Motivation & How we can get MORE of it

Motivation & How we can get more of it.

Do you feel that you are the only person lacking in this? everyone on Facebook seems to have it all together but you don't?

Well you are wrong, everyone always puts the perfect representation of themselves on social media but it doesn't mean that they have it together, we all lack motivation on occasions and we all have to push through it.

Life does tend to get in the way sometimes and we lose motivation, this has certainly happened to me recently, and I am sure it's happened to you.

When you get busy and life seems out of your control it can be hard to pick yourself up and carry on.

I have certainly been guilty of this recently and I must apologies for it, I started the ICW with a load of excitement and then burnt myself out. My millinery business went into overdrive during the summer months, we  moved house, I went through IVF and a very important family member suddenly passed away. This all happened over two months so I know how things can suddenly creep up on you, even if you think you have everything covered.

If you ever feel burnt out or overworked, please take some time out.

"Time out you say! How can I take any time out, I have so much to do" Well we always have something to do but if you don't look after yourself you will find it hard to get your motivation back.

A couple of tips that might help you in case this happens again are to-

·         Batch your work ahead of time, have things in the wings so you can take a holiday and still have blog posts saved for publication.

·         Another tip would be to make time in your calendar every season to take a short break, even if you don't think you need it you will be grateful for it later.

                

MOTIVATION that's what you need and I have 9 amazing tips to help with this.

 

I know that you love what you do, and I know that you want to be a big success,  the only way to achieve that is to keep going, especially when you feel like giving up.

1. Do something every day that scares you

For instance, if you are scared to phone clients, buyers or prospects, make sure you pick up that phone and call 5 in a day. At least one, if not all will give you some positive feedback and you might even get some work from it, wouldn'tthat be a boost!!

It has always worked for me so I don't know why I used to get myself into such a state about doing it, you always feel better in the end.

  •          Get your work out.
  •          Put some loud amazing music on!
  • ·         Get to it!
  • ·         Take those small steps to success!

You can do it, Woo Woo................................ Sorry, I got carried away :-)

2. Write out your goals, and visualise them down to the smallest detail.

Try to imagine what life would be like when you have accomplished them, imagine where you will be, what you will be wearing, how you will feel, the wind in your hair.

I sometimes imagine what it would be like to finally buy my dream home and what my life would be like, I imagine each room and what they would look like. I also dream about meeting clients in this house and holding fashion shows in the gallery, (this house is huge by the way).

Anyway, that's me, what would be your dream?

 

3. Ask yourself why you want to achieve these goals.

What will you get out of them once you succeed?

Write this out with a pen, studies have shown that this actually helps your brain to remember and focus on the goals. In our busy lives, we can easily forget why we are doing something and loose track.

I would suggest writing some goals out neatly, each one in a different colour and number them, pin these to a board above your computer or desk.

 

4. Set smaller rewards for yourself.

Break your larger goals into small actionable steps and give yourself a small reward when you hit these goals.

 

5. You cannot do this alone.

 

I would not expect you to do all this by yourself, no one can, I have certainly had help in the past and I love to help others, I couldn't have done it without them.

Think about who could help you with different tasks, who do you know among your family or friends who could help with little jobs?

Do you have any business acquaintances that could help or do you have an idea of anyone you could contact?

If you do then contact them but do not ask for help straight away, offer your own services first, maybe you could collaborate, or they might know someone who could help if they can't.

 

6. At some point, you might flag.

If you feel like you are running out of energy, give  yourself a small break and do something that you enjoy to reward yourself but don't take too much time out unless it's a scheduled holiday.

Write down all the things you are grateful for in your life

All the great things that have happened in the past few week, it doesn't matter how small they might be. Be thankful and grateful for what you have, there is always someone in more need than you.

Strive to achieve and make things better for yourself, in a few months you can look back and see even more success.

Surround yourself with positive people.

Talk to others who understand what it is that you are trying to do.

Get motivated and find inspiration by following some enthusiastic mentors online, mine are Amy Porterfield, and Carrie Green as they are always so energetic.

Never Give UP!!!

7. Push yourself

 

Don't always do work that you are comfortable with, because eventually, you will start to lose your motivation.  Actually pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone can be inspiring. So push yourself and step into that new challenge.

8. When beginning a creative task

Give yourself an activity that is suited to your current skills, don't make it too easy or too hard.

You must be in a positive mood and if not try to make yourself into one before you start. Positive attitude, positive thinking! 

If you are feeling stressed I would suggest going for a walk to clear your head or concentrate on some drawing to distract and calm the mind. If you cannot draw then try using a colouring book as this is a meditation for the mind.

Avoid waiting until you're in a hurry to start a project because you won't have enough time to finish it. I often do this to myself, I think I have enough time then other things get in the way, the client is on her way and the hat is not finished yet and this creates stress. In fact, I think I probably do this to myself sometimes to make it more exciting. A bad habit!

9. Procrastination, Say NO to it!

I think this is easier said than done, Psychologists believe we delay starting a task to avoid the feeling of anxiety or worry associated with the challenge. The solution is to work out why you are feeling negative and how great you will feel once the project is completed.

Take it step by step, you don't have to complete the project all in one go, just start and this will give you motivation. Nothing has to be perfect but if you don't start how are you ever going to make it better?

Don't be so hard on yourself.

Ok that's a few points to be going on with, you dont have to take everything on board just pick a few and try to stay calm and stress free, enjoy your work and look forward to your new goals.

 

Good luck.

PS please ask any questions or leave a comment below, you can also join our Facebook group and download your free success pack.

 

I look forward to getting to know you.

Best wishes

Katherine x

 

PPS thank you to Google for the great quote as well as Lily Donoldson British Vogue

 

 

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