Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hats off to major girl boss Lauren Conrad


Once the girl next door in Laguna Beach 10 years ago, Lauren Conrad is now (dare we say it) solely responsible for the ombre hair craze, our instagram mogul and our mega girl boss inspiration! Not only does she run her own website LaurenConrad.com and her beauty website The Beauty Department, LC also has her name to a line for US brand Khols, LC by Lauren Conrad, entailing clothing, shoes and home interiors. Not content with these businesses, Lauren then went on to start her own more luxury fashion line, Paper Crown and ethical emporium The Little Market.

Not really sure how she has time to run all of these businesses, become a wife and now a mumma too.

Hats off to you LC, you are quite a major girl boss and our now our business inspiration too!



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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Insider Interview: Sophie Cameron Davies



In this Insider Interview, we chat to luxury womenswear designer Sophie Cameron Davies who specialises in creating beautiful tailored silk shirts and dresses.

1. What’s your usual working day like?
Running my own fashion business means every working day is different. I have many different hats from finance, sales and marketing through to design and overseeing manufacturing. I enjoy the variety that running your own brand entails. 


2. What was your dream job when you were younger?
Since a very young age I have always been creative, and after my very first textile lesson I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer. Everything I did from the age of 11 was focussed on developing that passion. My studio walls display a collection of posters that I have collected over the years from every fashion exhibition I went to.

3.    What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?
Make a career out of your passion. I think it is incredible important that you enjoy your work. The majority of our adult life is spent at work and so if you don’t enjoy your job or your industry then it has a significant effect on your happiness.  There will always be up and downs in any career but the positives will always out way the negatives if you are following a passion.   

4. What's your number one style tip?
Less is more. I think it is important to invest in a few high quality garments that are versatile and can be worn for many occasions. I have a few go-to timeless pieces that have a beautiful fit and can be worn endlessly. I feel this age of fast fashion means products are bought and dispersed of too quickly. For me the SCD Bow Blouse is a style staple I can dress it up or down, for work, weekend of evening cocktails.  

5. If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?
This has been an ambition since I can remember so it is hard to imagine doing anything else. I think I would still choose to do something in a creative industry as that is naturally what I am always drawn too. Whether its photography, drawing or simply cooking at home I love experimenting and creating something new.

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?
The fashion industry is incredible tough and competitive. Whether you want to design for another company or start your own label it is important to have your own identity as a designer. Distinguish what is your aesthetic, whether its intricate and feminine, monochrome and minimal or just conceptual. Then ensure you start by gaining initial experience at relevant brands and continue to develop this individuality.

7. What's the best thing about your job?
I love seeing the new collections come to life at the seasonal photoshoot, creating beautiful campaign images.  The design inspiration, marketing concepts and brand ethos visually unify in each and every image. This is shown throughout the composition; from the garments, to the location and the model, through to the mood lighting. Working with a team of such talented creatives at the photoshoot is such an inspiring day. The images always encompass the brands philosophy; creating garments empowering women to feel feminine, elegant and alluring in their everyday life.

8. What's the toughest part of your job?
The toughest part of my job is the fact I am not just under one job title, I cover them all and have to become a businesswoman. For me it’s not just about designing a beautiful collection but learning to juggle the responsibilities of different specialisms.  As the fashion industry works so far in advance I am normally working on 2 or 3 seasons at once and then within that designing, marketing and manufacturing at the same time.

9. Most proud career moment to date?
After always dreaming of having my own brand it is the most rewarding thing to see my pieces desired and worn by women. Recently the Hollywood actress Christina Wren was photographed wearing the SCD Lace Back Top to an event in LA, that was a very proud moment.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I would like the brand to be established as a leading luxury ready to wear label known internationally for beautifully fitting shirts and garments. My focus is on growing a successful label that continues to provide a consistent fit, quality and design for elegant women year after year.


You can find Sophie on Instagram, Twitter or on Facebook and read more Insider Interviews here and look out for the next.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

5 daily mantras to remember


A mantra is a phrase that has powerful meaning and significance and reminding yourself of these in any period of time, regardless of what you’re doing can bring a little positivity into your daily life.

I surround myself with positive energy
Your personality and character will much depend on your surroundings. People you interact with every day, and situations that you go through will affect your life and shape you in some way. Therefore, repeat & remember this mantra every day and maybe you’ll stop surrounding yourself with people who transfer the negative energy to others including yourself.

I am ENOUGH
You are beautiful enough, smart enough, enough to be loved and so much more. Therefore, the next time you might be thinking you’re not worthy enough, just remember this mantra. You’re always doing your best and completely dedicated to everything you do, therefore you’re enough. However, if you wish to grow more and explore different aspects of your life, feel free to do so. Being enough doesn’t mean you should stop with self-development, it just means that you are already enough, but that you can grow.

I will look for and see beauty around me
Beauty is everywhere, so it’s important for people to recognize it. People, nature, art and architecture are filled with aesthetic beauty. Additionally, strength, behaviour and frailty also carries beauty in itself. It’s important to learn the difference between looking at beauty and seeing the beauty. Once you start saying this mantra, it will be much easier for you to recognize the beauty in every single thing.

I find love everywhere I go
Saying mantras to attract love into your life is one of the dating tips many people accept. They don’t say“Think positive, and positive things will happen” for nothing. Therefore, when you think about giving up on love, just remember the power of positive thinking.

I love myself
People who don’t love themselves can’t love others either. What’s more, if you don’t love yourself you can’t expect other to love you either, and love is the driving force for everyone. Once you let love lead you and be present in your mind, you will be able to attract positive energy, and love from others. This mantra is perfect for building confidence, self-love, overall healing, and finding strength and compassion through times of adversity. You are your best friend, and you can do anything if you love yourself.

This was a guest post by Roxana Oliver edited by The Pink Tank.

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also an editor at Higstylife Magazine.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Insider Interview: Lisa Maree


In our next Insider Interview we chat to Lisa Maree about building her eponymous designer label.

1. What’s your usual working day like?
From the moment I wake up, I'm checking emails and social media, I race to the gym, walk my dog and am on my way to the office, or to the airport by 8am. Meetings throughout a usual day, home in the evening and generally checking emails until I get to bed. Because I am currently living in Australia, with offices in Los Angeles and a global company, my day never stops!

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?

I wanted to be a Veterinarian when I was very young! I still love all animals immensely.

3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

Never give up, no matter how many times you fall down.

4. What's your number one style tip?

Accessorise! I believe less is more and a simple outfit can really wow with the right shoes/bag/accessories.

5. If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?

I would definitely be a business owner, I'm not the type of woman that would be satisfied working for someone else.

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?

Get experience, volunteer to get your foot in the door as an intern or anything that leads you to be in an office environment where you hope to end up. I know most business' would prefer to hire someone who they know and who has on the job experience, rather than an outsider.

7. What's the best thing about your job?


Working for myself, and being the one I have to answer to. This makes me more responsible for my actions and decisions.

8. What's the toughest part of your job?

Never stopping, I honestly do not stop working, I live and breathe it. Sometimes when I am lying in bed I actually have to get up, send an email or jot something down so I take care of it or I can't relax.

9. Most proud career moment to date?

Debuting our collection in the USA in 2009 and Net-a-Porter picking the collection up on first debut! Incredible and so exciting to be recognised by an Industry leader.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Creating fabulous works of wearable art that women feel absolutely amazing in!

You can find Lisa Maree on Instagram, Twitter or on Facebook and read more Insider Interviews here and look out for the next.



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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Insider Interview: Holly Simpson founder of Teddy Maximus




In our next Insider Interview we chat to Holly Simpson founder of luxury dog accessories brand, Teddy Maximus, and her empire that is fast becoming the leading luxury brand for pampered pooches.

1. What’s your usual day like for Teddy Maximus?
There’s never a normal one!  Teddy (my long haired miniature dachshund) usually wakes me up and then I’ll check on emails and deal with any urgent actions.
We are all about fun, luxury British style so I ensure everything we do reflects this.
I’m most creative at the weekends when my mind relaxes and I do a lot of my planning and thinking then. All of our products are made in the UK and most of our materials are carefully sourced here too. So I could be calling the foundry for more brass supplies (for our dog collars/leads) or visiting the leather works for more carrier straps for our dog carriers. Social media, inventory planning, accounting, trade shows and marketing all have to be fitted in too!
I always finish the day with a cuddle from Teddy – people say he has the softest fur :-)

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?
I went through a few stages – when I was a child I wanted to be a shop owner. I used to spend my holidays making things for it and planning out the layout and I guess this is where my business/entrepreneurial side comes from! At school I made jewellery and sold it at craft fairs and got a taste for making my own money.
Then as I got older I wanted to be a journalist or a pilot – I didn’t do either!

3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?
•    Put yourself forward – because no one else will
•    Find a mentor and work with people who inspire you
•    Never give up – nothing happens without a lot of hard work

4. What's your number one style tip/mantra?
In 1930, Vogue proclaimed, "The next best thing to having the world at your feet is to have a dog at your heels” – I fully agree with this!

5. If you weren't doing what you do now, what do you think you would be doing?
It’s hard to imagine something else as I love what I do! I really enjoy meeting people, creating business opportunities, travelling, eating and building new relationships, so something which somehow combines all of these!

6. If someone was looking to set up a business, how would you propose the best way to start?
For someone looking to set up their own business, start with doing a lot of research, but learn to go with your gut. Get to know who you’ll be selling to and don’t expect things to happen overnight. Be patient but persistent.

Find people who believe in your vision and want to support you – it might take time but it’s so important that you have the right people on your journey with you.

Don’t underestimate the amount of capital required for a start up – plan and then build in a buffer! Starting something on a small budget forces you to think creatively and carefully.

7. What's the best thing about having a business?
It has to be seeing lots of happy pooches, hearing great feedback from people who love Teddy Maximus and what we stand for. It literally makes my week when someone takes the time to send a tweet, post an instagram or facebook  picture or write an email to tell me how much they are enjoying their Teddy Maximus purchase. 

8. What's the toughest part of having a business?
When you work with a passion it never feels tough, but the main challenge is never knowing when to stop. Having friends and family who understand how much hard work is required in getting a business off the ground is really important. I’m fortunate to have a very supportive network around me.

9. Most proud Teddy Maximus moment to date?
Seeing the brand in Vogue was pretty awesome.  Being listed on top sites such as Pets Pyjamas, Ocado’s pet site fetch.com and Not On The High Street has been another.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Successful in business surrounded by lots of dachshunds. Plus being able to look back on an intense period of hard work feeling really proud of my achievements thinking it was so worth it!

You can find Teddy Maximus on Instagram or on Facebook @TeddyMaximusUK and read more insider interviews here and look out for the next.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

GOING FOR GOLD

If Olympic fever has got you going for gold in the gym here's a sports shopping list for you to get started:



 


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