Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Get It Done : Pomodoro Technique

 One of the questions I get asked EVERY SINGLE DAY is..." How do you get it all that done in one day. "How do you find time? And...I reply Hell I don't know. Time is just as valuable as money well ask a busy working mom and she'll probably say more valuable than money. It's the only thing we can never get back. There have been numerous work days, I look down at my phone 5 p.m. has come like a blink of an eye and I ask "WTH DID I GET DONE TODAY"

I had to get it together and learn to manage my day to day and simply master the art of "Get Shit Done". We all know sharing is caring. Therefore, I am obliged to share my method. Here is my "Get Shit Done" strategy!

It's a melodic blend of a To Do List & The Pomodoro Technique. Developed by Italian entrepreneur, Franceso Cirillo, named Pomodoro ( means tomato in Italian) after the tomato shaped timer he used to track his work as a student.

It's simple... When you have large tasks to accomplish like sewing nine bridesmaids dresses break the task down into short timed intervals spaced out by short breaks. The technique helps train your brain to focus for short periods and also improves your attention span and concentration.

The Pomodoro Technique is perfect because working in short sprints helps to make sure you are productive and keeps you motivated and not overwhelmed. 

So.... Here's how you do it.Before you start the Pomodoro Technique, take a few minutes and write down your tasks for the day. Divide them into smaller tasks that can be scratched off in 25 minutes or less.

1. Choose ONE task to work on. 
2. Set the timer to 25 minutes. You don't have to have the tomato timer, a regular little kitchen timer works too. 
3. Work on the task until the timer rings then put a X on your sheet.
4. Take a break ( 5 minutes is cool!) Go drink some water, check FB/IG (may need to set a timer for that) or scratch off a non related task off  your list.
5. Every "4 Pomodoros" you can take a longer break say 15-30 minutes.'ve earned it.

Work this way throughout your workday and see how much you "Get Shit Done". 

 If you try it..Let me know. Do you have any other time management or productivity tips to share? I'd love to hear them. Comment below. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

In the Studio Series with DVF and Jason Wu

Taking a peek inside a fashion designer's studio is like going down a magical rabbit hole into the most enchanted place there is. I have become infatuated with the process of creating and how "designers work". One of my goals is create the perfect oasis of working and living my dreams. It would be a dream come true to design the perfect design studio to bring all of the ideas to life.
New York Times and Vanessa Friedman are laying out the blueprint and have made my dreams come true with a series of interviews, In the Studio, in which they tour designer's studios, work processes, decor and more.


I mean why start small let's go big...Diane Von Furstenburg is the epitome of creating a signature life. She has beautifully created a seamless balance of working and living. With the most gorgeous four story headquarters in the Meatpacking District of New York, her design studio is any designer's dream. I'll let your heart skip a beat by watching the video. 

Did the introduction music make you feel the same way? Excited. Captivated. Conjured some magical spellbounding feelings lol. Jason Wu's design studio was one of my favorites. I was definitely inspired and have adapted a few of his design techniques. I also wrote notes in my little sketch book for design ideas and layouts for my future design studio.

 If you love the videos of Diane Von Furstenburg and Jason Wu please take the time to watch Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta and Alber Elbaz...  THE ENTIRE SERIES CAN BE VIEWED HERE

Monday, September 22, 2014

Marmi at Saddle Creek Opening

Last week, I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the private grand opening celebration of Memphis's newest and fabulous shoe boutique Marmi benefiting St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Some of the most stylish and pristine women and bloggers like myself were invited out to get an exclusive glimpse at the boutique. The celebration was an evening of everything a girl, wine, beautiful people, philanthropy and shopping. 

 Guests were served with wine and  while shopping for the season's trends in shoes and handbags. Marmi, known worldwide, combines fashion and style with unparalleled selection and service in its upscale boutique.

The staff were all so stylish and knowledgeable. I fell in love with Mrs. Liz the store manager who I kept saying reminded me of Betsey Johnson lol. 

 Celebrity stylist, George Brescia was in attendance to discuss his book, Change your Clothes Change Your Life. Now.. he was  the most handsome man like ever and gave me kudos on my look for the evening.

 What is amazing is the boutique offers a very diverse range in it's selection of products. Carrying sizes 4 to 13 slim to wide and definitely does not compromise on style and comfort. There were so many "I love moments" while shopping, I just couldn't get enough.
 As my life gets busier and busier, I look for shoe options that are stylish and complimentary to my wardrobe. The days of wearing 4 inch heels all day long between designing, meetings and chauffering Amira around are gone.

Marmi selection of animal print flats, rich velour embellished loafers, and metallic boots will pair perfect with falls chunky sweaters and knit leggings. I mean how perfect would these shoes and bags look with a pleated maxi and layers. Let's not forget the quality of the shoes. 

They make it so easy for you as well in the merchandising. Pairing matching textures and colors with each shoe and bag to help you develop your wardrobe. 

dress | K'Presha 
shoes + accessories | Style Junkie

Marmi is by far one of the newest boutiques in Memphis you must stop in to get ready for fall and seasons after. Oh and you have the privilege of shopping online as well. 

How cool?! The owners were in attendance (which by the way were so nice and personable) and gave me the history of Marmi. I was captivated by the sheer fact the boutique is family owned and it definitely shows in their enthusiasm and devotion to the brand.

Connect with Marmi 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DIY Inspiration : Embellished Denim

It's so funny how history repeats itself especially in fashion and design. I remember my first DIY project as a teenager was embellishing denim. Look where I am a million years later, getting inspired by the surge of embellished denim. Christopher Kane and H&M were the trendsetters in the craze. 
What is so cool is that the creative possibilities are endless. You can use rhinestones, pearls, buttons, studs, sequin beads, pom poms whatever inspires you. 

Fashion: Mary Katrantzou Spring Summer 2015

 Let be honest..I haven't been this excited over a collection in a very long time. But, Mary Katrantzou had me at HELLO..Hello to creativity..Hello to imagination..Hello to fashion. Katrantzou latest Spring/Summer 2015 Ready to Wear Collection was a magical step back 200 million years ago under the ocean and a reference to the evolution of sea life.

 The details and engineered prints and technical rendering of fabrics were captivating. The enchantment of mixing prints and textures in the looks are amazing. 

I am in total awe of how inspired I am by this collection. Pulling ideas to implement into my wardrobe and I can confidently say I'm in love with fashion again. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Olivia Pope & Scandal Wardrobe Challenge

It's pretty clear I live in such an analog world!! I have YET to watch AN episode of Scandal...I know I know...don't throw your shoe at me. Nope I haven't! However, after reading the New York Times article on The Limited's 42 piece Collection inspired by Scandal & Pretty Girls Sewing Challenge..I peeked from the rock. 

Expectedly, I decided to participate in PGS sew along challenge. The challenge is to design and make an Olivia Pope inspired look from one the episodes of your choice. Seeing that I have absolute no clue what Olivia Pope wears I had to do some research. Thankfully, the ladies over at PGS, Pinterest, and the web have this completely covered. 


I am pretty confident I will come up with a design or two. I love the looks because they are both timeless and classy. Hey..It wouldn't be to bad to participate because I then get a head start on some gorgeous staple pieces for fall. Trench coats in gorgeous pastels as well as cocoon coats that I have been dying to make all year. 


Inaugural Ball After Party Look 

Outerwear | Trench or Cocoon Coat

Date Night with Jake 
Tweed Powersuit

So I need your help!!! I would love your feedback and what you would like to see me make from the looks above or hey just throw out some ideas.

What Olivia Pope inspired look would you like to challenge me to make ?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

What I'm Loving : Garance Dore

I have a crush on Garance Dore' and I'm not ashamed to say it..hell I'll tell the world. Garance Dore is a creative genius. So let's talk about how I fell in love and continue to fall in love with her and her work.

As you all know, I am new to the illustrator world. In the short amount of time, I have been studying the craft, I have researched talented illustrators frantically. I came across Garance Dore' s  work through Lucky Magazine and Instagram and man my heart has skipped beats since.
 Garance  began her career as an illustrator and now as photographer, illustrator and writer has become a fashion phenomenon working with major brands and design houses. Her work for me is the perfect and harmonious blend of fashion and lifestyle.

I was so amped to discover her stationery during a shopping trip last weekend at a local boutique here in Memphis 20twelve.  I stood there I know literally trying to figure out WHAT I wanted...stationery, phone case, note pad, calendar, man decisions we have to make. 

I took these babies home. I am a now a proud owner of Garance Dore stationery and also using her work as inspiration for my own projects and ideas. If you get one of these babies in the mail, please feel privileged lol. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Style in the City : Ava Loren Design & Langford Market September in Style Series

S is for September and we shall kick off this month of style with Ava Loren Design and it's September in Style Series. The entire month of September Kamesha Richard Hervey, chief creative officer of Ava Loren Design,  will hold free DIY workshops in store at Langford Market.

The series of creative workshops will teach you the secrets of setting the tone and table for a sensational  and stylish season. Last week, I got dressed and headed out to support my creative partner and friend at the first workshop that was all about PAPER. 

We all tapped into our crafty and creative spirits and designed the most adorable dinner party invitations. Kamesha did an amazing job teaching us the techniques of INVITATION 101 without it going completely over our (my) heads. The chicest recipe cards were laid at each work space for us to follow along and work at our own pace. Using lightbox techinques, we prepared the text and also used watercolor to paint unique color ways and palettes to give each invitation its own individuality.

I was so excited to finally use water color and apply my knowledge of mixing primary colors to make secondary colors and complimentary and contrasting palettes. It was so fun!! Can you feel how excited I was?! 

To close out the evening,  we made personalized handcrafted envelopes and charming trinket boxes to send to our dinner party guests.  The envelope portion was so cool. I felt like I was doing orgami haha.

Voila!! My dinner party invitation is ready to go out all pretty and proper. Sidebar : I did not do the best job at the lightbox technique. However, the ladies at the workshop were so encouraging.  They reminded me that art is subjective and there are no mistakes in art lol. It's such a great thing..Kamesha made cards and instructions for us to take home and recreate the invitations over and over. 



Here is a special invitation to you all as well... On Kamesha's behalf I would love to invite you to this upcoming week's September in Style Series : Fabric. Kamesha is so gracious to have a special guest Andrea Fenise lol to help you create a special project leading up to the dinner party. 

We can't wait to see you and please pretty please feel free to register for the FREE workshop  HERE

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