Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Interchangeable?

I was so excited yesterday to come home and find that my package from Sealed with a Kiss Designs (SWAK) had arrived. I've been doing some research on products I'd like to carry in my boutique and the Monif C. convertible dress is a top runner. I just didn't want to spend $215 to find out if I loved the dress or not. I happened upon SWAK's website and their interchangeable dress and decided that $69 was a much better price to pay to sample the style.

So, last night I opened the package and jumped into the dress. I'm not a "read the directions" kind of gal so needless to say 20 minutes later I was sweaty, angry and looking pretty ridiculous in my version of the dress. Patches of my back were uncovered and the straps were all wrong.

I decided to watch a couple of instructional videos on YouTube and then I was back at it. I had a little more success but this morning I took the easy way out. I wore it as a skirt! Here are a couple of  pictures - I know they're kind of fuzzy but you get the gist.



I'm going to keep at it. I'll post more pics once I get the hang of a few more styles. I think I'm going to love this dress!

Monday, July 16, 2012

i am OTHER

I'm a fan of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. It's a web series that I can laugh with and identify with because I can be so awkward sometimes. This year the show is being produced by Pharrell's collective "i am OTHER". I visited the i am OTHER site to see what it was all about and as I read Pharrell's manifesto, I knew this was something I could get down with.

Here's a snippet:
"I serve and represent the OTHERS because I am one myself.
OTHERS defy expectations and stereotypes. We are curious, ambitious, energetic and have every intention of squeezing the most out of life. Above all, we are individuals.
 OTHERS don’t fit into categories. We are not jocks. Or skaters. Or musicians. Or students. Or technologists. Or audiophiles. We want to be all of the above and then some...." (read more)
In the past I've tried to squeeze myself into a corporate mold or an artist mold but the truth is I don't quite fit in any mold. I have diverse interests, diverse desires and diverse goals. I'm not simply a black woman, a fat woman, a Delta, a MBA, a Regional Director, an entrepreneur or a poet. I am all of these things and more.

i am OTHER. And it feels really good to just accept that and let myself be me.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The First Step is the Hardest

I just called my lawyer to set up a meeting to formalize my business. Eek! This is getting real. I've had the dream of opening an upscale clothing boutique that caters to full figured women for a while. I wrote a business plan, did tons of research, opened a few wholesale accounts, but never took action. Why is that first step so elusive? I spent so much time planning and researching that I forgot to move forward - but no more! I'm getting my LLC formed, getting my legal ducks in a row, and soon and very soon you will be invited to attend the Grand Opening of my boutique!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Kid is Back

I'm back to blogging after an extended break. My father's death had more of an impact on me than I was willing to admit. Though I was back at work and a few other activities, depression had become a close friend. And depression - will do a number on you. A big part of blogging is sharing yourself with others, being open, transparent. When you're depressed, being open is the last thing you want to do. Hiding sounds much more appealing. So, after much crying, praying, reading, soul searching, and counseling, I'm back - and ready to write. I hope you all are still reading!