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Get a thick skin, fast.If only entrepreneurship were the incredible wonderland of constant bank deposits, enthusiastic applause and warm ‘atta-girls’ you always imagined it would be. Once you actually enter the turbulent waters of the small business arena, you will quickly realize that a thick skin is required. It's a feature that has certainly served sharks well.
Just keep swimming.
In business, you’re either growing or slowing. Shark Week makes it clear that, while not all sharks have to keep swimming to keep breathing, some do— much like entrepreneurs.
Do your most important work in the morning.
Sharks do their most important work — hunting — in the early morning and early evening, both timeframes being ideal for their ultimate success. I’m part of a growing crowd of entrepreneurs who are boldly proclaiming the magic of those early morning hours. It’s when we can do our most important work — without interruption and distraction. Those magical hours are when we can move our own agenda forward, take new ground and lay the groundwork for the success we desire — before the rest of the world wakes up.
Get to know your targets.If Shark Week teaches us nothing else, it’s that sharks have finely honed predatory skills. Each different species of shark has its own hunting techniques and habits, suited perfectly for its prey of choice. Because they know their prey as well as they know their surroundings, they’re the undisputed rulers of the sea. While I don’t ever recommend looking at your market as “prey,” one of the best things a small business owner will ever do is get to know her target market more intimately than anyone else.
When I first laid eyes on this artist she captured me. She had taken to the runway stage for a quick photo by her husband. Not many probably noticed but I did. And then when I realized she was a designer at the fashion show it made a little more sense.
Giovanna DizZurita and I bumped into each other again at an International Fashion panel this spring. Everyone there was intrigued by this artist’s new twist on fashion. She creates art on canvas and has now started to screen print the images onto material for items to be made- Custom clothes and home decor. From dresses to t-shirts to pillows and backpacks she is spreading her art all around.
Gio is a gem to be around. She is charming and vibrant about her work. Her husband is sweet and supports his wife in all her efforts. Gio has a mixed media style all her own.
This past Saturday Grio’s Gallery highlighted some new artwork and some new duds. Complete with a catwalk, dj and ordering station this event showcased Gio’s originality and creativeness.
If you are ever down at the Alley on Bitters be sure to stop in her gallery. And next time she has a runway, don’t miss it.
Online boutiques are all the rage these days. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram. Women are loving the ease of shopping for looks that they see others wearing through multiple social media platforms and blogs.
Plus, from a business standpoint, this has allowed entrepreneurs to get started in the fashion retail industry with little overhead and minimal startup costs. Alll you need is a “Shopify” (or marketplace) website, some inventory and a drive for social media and your boutique can be off and running. (I know some wholesale companies will even do the shipping for you. No inventory needed.)
And that is just how I came across our Fashion Friday boutique, on Instagram. I often peruse the fashion hashtags on Instagram ( #satxfashion, #sanantoniofashion #fashionblogger, etc) and this spring I came across My SAS Couture. With a clean logo and sweet dresses, this boutique spoke to my own personal style and what I thought you readers would love as well. So I reached out to meet the owner, Sirena.
Sirena is running her online boutique, of womens and girls clothing, out of her home office here in San Antonio. Her dream of owning a brick and mortar store is slowly becoming a reality as she builds a name for herself locally. My SAS Couture has been featured in two local fashion shows, EveryBody Beautiful and An Evening on South Beach Fashion Show, along with gaining exposure through her instagram account, @mysascouture.
San Antonio has some programs that help popup boutiques acquire a brick and mortar store after gaining a certain level of following and interest. Sirena is hopeful that this program, along with a possible kickstarter campaign, will help her get the storefront she has always dreamed of.
I loved visiting this little in home store with her cute summer dresses and off the shoulder tops. She has everything from leggings to jumpers, plus little girls clothing and dresses. She is even adding some plus sizes looks due to the demand and growing interest of that body type. Sirena has done a great job of keeping everything organized and new items coming in regularly.
My SAS Couture plans on having some pop up shops right in her own home and neighborhood this fall season. She will be featuring a Sip and Shop for her followers to try stuff on and enjoy an afternoon. Until then you can find all her stock on her website at www.mysascouture.com or follow her on Instagram @mysascouture.
If you love any of these looks click on the picture and you will be taken to the My Sas Couture shopping page. Let's show this local entrepreneur some love!
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One of my favorite place to hang out, eat, shop, catch a movie, etc. here in San Antonio is the Alamo Quarry Market (aka The Quarry). So it only makes logical sense that we should have a Girls Night Out there. If you missed it, last week we were at Canyon Cafe on the North side of the shopping complex.
Canyon Cafe is popular for their "out of the box" specialty dinners such as Bison Meatloaf and Corn Crusted Calamari. I vier more towards seafood, so I enjoyed the Calamari. The ladies got to enjoy margaritas all evening along while doing a little shopping, networking and supporting the Center for Health Care Services. You can learn more about them here and PLEASE continue to donate to their cause that helps families here in San Antonio.
Here is our June’s Local Ladies Roundup. It's a place where you can find the vendors that were with us at the girls night out in case you couldn’t make it or if you need a quick reminder of where to find them.
And many thanks to our lovely photographers.
.Who said you can’t fly?
Because now days you can. I tried it.
Ifly here in San Antonio collaborated with me to come out and experience a flight with them and some of my other blogger friends. It was by far the most exhilarating experience I have had since I climbed a fourteener in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
First off, I was set up for some training video's and to learn safety standards to be sure I didn’t wreck myself or any of the fly equipment.
But let me paint this picture for you.
This is what they say to me in the video.
Stay flat, head up, relax….uh, what?!!
I can’t walk and chew gum. I thought for sure that I was not going to be able to fly. Or that I was going to slam my face into the clear plastic walls. Because doing all three of those things is surely going to end in disaster.
But it didn’t. It was way easier then I thought. Thomas was our official “fly guide.” He was gentle to let me in on this whirling wind tunnel. How he stayed grounded I have no idea because I was all “limbs up.”
Laying flat and keeping my head up while in “flying arm and leg position” felt pretty natural for the way the wind blew by. Plus with all Thomas’ direction, he made sure that I was at my optimum position for flight. And I was....see my photo below.
This experience is amazing. Flying through the air, circling and weightless. On the second flight I got a little in my head and had a hard time relaxing but I was still able to hold on to the position long enough for Thomas to send me whirling up the tube with him guiding.
It was breathtaking.
Literally breathtaking. I had to catch my breath once I left the tube. It pretty much feels like sticking your head out the window at 65 mph. It’s not hard to breath but it definitely helped to stay relaxed and to breath through my nose. (which you can see by this video that I didn’t do.)
All the ifly staff was great too. I got to chat with them about about their field trips that teach the STEM logistics of the wind tunnel. Plus they have a great little party room for birthdays or corporate parties. What a great way to celebrate with a gift of flight.
You can find all this info here on their website. They have many opportunities for flight. You can even fly if you are already certified as a skydiver.
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Have you ever wanted to fly? Share with me what you think you would love best.
I was compensated for my post but the opinions experessed here are all my own.
I straddled the seat. I griped the handles. The attendant came over and pushed down the lap bar. And I lept forward to a garage, reporting for duty, on the next SeaWorld animal rescue team. A dolphin needed rescued!
3, 2, 1…………..Launch!
Headed up and over the first “wave,” this Wave Breaker Rescue Coaster is unlike other coasters I have experienced. Feeling totally exposed, with no harness or enclosed car, makes the feeling of being on a jet ski more surreal. I loved how close to the water I felt, but never actually touching the water or getting wet..
I got whipped around on quick bank turns, fast whoop-de-do’s and serpentine boosts throughout the three minute ride. I loved the way the coaster kept a consistent, fast pace, like I was in a hurry (like my life), while delivering a smoother ride than other coasters I have experienced. Truly a dynamic ride for me and my kids to enjoy. (*Note: must be 48” to ride)
Just like its namesake, Wave Breaker Rescue Coaster was designed to give the rider the same experience a SeaWorld Rescue Team member might have as they rescue various animals out in the ocean. This information was totally new to me. I was unaware how involved SeaWorld is in rescuing animals in the wild. And depending on the animal's issues, they may even get released again.
Sea World delivers a fresh new experience with this type of launch rescue coaster. Spanning 2,600 feet of coaster and reaching speeds of over 40mph, this rescue coaster is nestled between the Great White and Steel Eel coasters, close to the arcade and penguin exhibits. It is the perfect addition to the small coaster family here at SeaWorld San Antonio.
What an honor it was to be partnered with Sea World to help them launch the new ride, Wave Breaker and to enjoy the VIP party Grand Opening. As a blogger here in San Antonio it has been a privilege to experience Sea World at its fullest this year with various special attractions such as, Choo Choo Soul at the Just For Kids weekends this Spring and the Seven Seas Food and Wine tasting a few months ago.
I will be looking forward to the fall for Spook-tacular shows and surprises to come my way. And until then we will keep riding the Wave Breaker and checking out the baby orca.
If you have hung out with me for any length of time you will discover that I definitely have my own style going on. Wearing “fashion” has never been my strong point. Mostly because I am the mother of five plus I always love things that fit my mood. I could be wearing a skirt or jeans or heels or running shoes. For me it all depends on how my day is filled.
But I have always loved being a part of watching designers flourish in their creative zones on runways, and behind sewing machines. Back in the day, when I had cable television and a DVR, (I am guessing some people still have these right?) I would record all the Project Runway shows along with America’s Next Top Model.
Spending hours catching up on all the episodes and relishing in the new ways the designers saw clothes and how those models displayed them. I think it was the little girl in me who always hoped to find this avenue of life. Although life took a different route my love for the industry is still burning strong.
So as this blog continues to develop and grow my voice I knew fashion needed to be involved. It just makes sense for who I am and a passion I have always had.
Over the course of this Fashion Friday Summer Series I will be highlighting some boutiques both online and brick and mortar that are standing out in the fashion world-either online or on the local runways here in San Antonio.
And just this last Saturday Coco of Coco Productions had her fifth Stylish Saturday runway show of local designers. And I was quite impressed with the mix of local, fast fashion that was displayed in this 70’s themed style.
These models had their work cut out for them between the 10 different designers and a changing room with no air conditioning. But I say... it just made the women “glisten” in their bare back jumpers and high waisted trousers.
Models is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work. And these girls did nothing less then impress the onlookers in the industrial style CoLAB that was the back drop for the show.
Chris Cantoya and John Frazee captured the amazing designs, styles and designers from many angles. This quick recap will take you through the evenings highlights.
In case you fall in love with something here many of these designers can already be found in stores like Diva J’s Closet and A.Marie and Flawless Fashionista plus online on etsy. Plus they would love to make something special order just for you, just look them up on Instagram or Facebook.
The next show fashion extravaganza will be in October. If you’re a designer, model or artist in the industry contact me and I will get you all the info you need.
As in tune with the season, I have been going through dresser drawers, storage bins and closets as I clean up the house this late spring. My kids are often horders of random broken toys, rocks and crafts. By spending time going through their stuff to clean up I am able to determine what they still need or want and what can be given away and what can be thrown away.
I do this for my own closet and drawers as well. I have a motto I always try to stick to
“If you haven’t used it, worn it or even seen it in a year then you don’t need it.”
This helps me keep with my simple lifestyle and cycle out old things that need new homes.
As I was trying to find a place to donate, I remember a friend is starting Revolution Thrift soon. This is the perfect time to donate to her and help her accumulate items for her store.
Rachel Kelley started Revolution Thrift with the idea that she could give 100% of proceeds to other charities in the community. She remembers thinking “people want to help others but don’t always have the funds, but they always have stuff.” So Revolution Thrifit was born from the idea of charities helping charities. A kind of circle of giving where stuff is donated, people purchase stuff they need and the profits go to the needy charities in the community.
I my self it is a brilliant idea-a great way to think outside the box. So many people want to start new charities or programs to help others but if you look around there are great organizations already established, they just need help with funding.
Rachel is seeing a need in the community and filling that need with her gifts and expertise.
Revolution Thrift will run completely on volunteers to start out. Possibly adding some paid management positions later in conjunction with Rachel acting as the Executive Director. The store will act as a community hub for thrift shoppers who are community orientated and it will surely draw donors from all over the city. She is set to open this fall 2017 on the North side of town.
In support of Revolution Thrift this month they are San Antonio Housewives Girls Night Out @ Lion & Rose (at the Rim) featured charity. Please bring gently used clothing, books, home goods on May 25th at 5:30pm. Rachel will be there to chat more about her vision of Revolution Thrift store and collect info from people who are wanting to help.
If you would like to know more information about Revolution Thrift contact them here.
Happy Spring Housewives readers!
I hope you were able to make it out to my Girls Night Out this month at Silo Elevated in Alamo Heights. If so, then you know that everyone had a great time eating calamari and drinking their martini’s. Erica R. was the winner of the $20 Silo gift card and make sure to check out the live video of all the vendors here.
After a week of school being out for Spring Break, many of the guests were excited to have a girls night out. Others were just excited to enjoy an evening after work with friends.
My favorite part about the GNOs are meeting my readers and the peeps that follow me on social media. Having that face-2-face time is so valuable and reminds me that we all need more community. I was able to connect to my Leading Lady Melissa and Nisi helped me out with Swag bags from Mental Health who is launching a new app to the public here.
Childsafe came out and brought there Cardboard Kids campaign in order to bring awareness of child abuse. If you picked some "kids" be sure to set them out on April 6th in support of these efforts.
Everyone was loving shopping with LuLaRoe, Lipsense and getting some henna tattoos from Kittie. If you weren't able to get a business card or if you missed the event all together and you want a recap here is the vendor line up we had.
A special thanks to our photographers Tyeshia Barnes and Ronald Gordon. Ronald was even gracious enough put together a video of our enjoyable evening.
Did you know child abuse is a HUGE problem. Not only here in San Antonio but everywhere in the nation.
Here are five facts about child abuse that may surprise you.
Their mission is to "restore hope and healing through expert treatment to children and their families who have been traumatized by abuse. "
As awareness has grown about the prevalence of child abuse, the need for services has also increased. Last year ChildSafe served over 3,400 individuals. ChildSafe experienced a 33% increase in the number of individuals served through counseling; a 37% increase in counseling sessions performed; a 6% increase in the number of new children served; a 9% increase in forensic interviews conducted over the previous year; and a 14% increase in the number of individuals trained.
In the first six months of this fiscal year, ChildSafe has already experienced a 17% increase in forensic interviews; a 47% increase in the number of counseling sessions; and, 23% increase in number of clients receiving counseling services.
These facts are staggering to say the least. But that's the exact reason why I wanted to partner with them this month for our Girls Night Out event. Come out to our Free event to make a Cardboard Kid and learn other ways you can help with advocacy for the children effected by child abuse in our community.
We will have a table set up to make your own Cardboard Kids. So on April 6th you can put it out anywhere you know children will be. That could be in front of your house or the library, the grocery store or a park. Kids are everywhere in San Antonio and kids seeing these cardboard cutouts could spur them to find their voice to share what is going on in their home. Or it could encourage you to share your own experience of child abuse.
Secrets are only strong when they remain secret.
Join us on March 21st for our FREE Girls Night Out of shopping, mingling and learning more about Childsafe San Antonio and their #cardboardkids.
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