So I finally ventured out to Pasadena to visit the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Held on the second Sunday of every month, this flea market is supposedly the biggest in LA. Well, many blisters later, I now agree. This is an awesome place for inspiration. That and of course Persian rugs, eclectic pillows, crystal glasses, and old furniture that needs some serious updated fabric. If you aren't a visual person, this place may seem so overwhelming and probably even like a giant junk yard. But be patient, and you will most likely see a diamond in the ruff. I went with my client for some finishing touches for her room. We went home with a giant Longhorn skull with polished horns for only $100.
So it's been about 9 months since my last post. And I think this is an appropriate time to follow up with some tips that i've gathered along the way for how to grow yourself as a business. In my particular field, my business is also my lifestyle and you will probably see that exemplified in the tips below.
So if you need a boost in your career or you need to expand your network, keep these in mind!
1. Always make time for Dirty Chai's. Or coffee. Or wine. I cannot emphasize this enough. Make the time to reach out to someone else you know in your field and invite them to get a drink or lunch together to catch up. I recently did this with a coworker from my previous job and it turned into a two hour dirty chai meetup at Leo and Lily. It was productive and uplifting to sit around and brainstorm on what our potential is and how to make shit happen. And sometimes we just needed to be reminded these things.
2. Always have your resume updated and ready to hand out. Now this one is hard for me because I believe in loyalty to a company. I think putting in multiple years is significantly better than having a resume with 20 different jobs you only were at for 6 months. However! You cannot hurt yourself more than by settling. We all have bills to pay, children to feed (or just to feed ourselves) and expectations of where we will be at in 5 years. And if someone else is offering something better, especially when you have the education for it, you sometimes have to take a leap of faith to make yourself grow in your career.
3. Have people proofread your emails. Yes we are in the day and age of texting but a good, clean, formal email is ALWAYS appreciated.
4. Hand out good ol' traditional business cards. Do you know how many times I give people my business cards and they just comment on how thick the card is, or that the letters are shiny or just how they like the design? Every time. Business cards are more impressionable than many may think.
5. Always look presentable. Actually, always look DAMN GOOD. Your represent you so....impress people! And I know not every day can be your best or you just want to wear sweats to go get ice cream, but then be the person who gets their nails done every few weeks. Keep your brows maintained. Brush your hair. A rule I go by is if i'm going to work I always dress like i'm going to an interview. And if my hair is back in a bun, then I spend extra time on my makeup. And if i have minimal makeup than ill add an extra braid or curls to my hair. Anything to make people think that I want to be here and that I got ready to be here.
With that said, add me on LinkedIn! If I can answer any questions, please comment below and I will respond right away.
I am ridiculously thrilled about the fact that I have finally graduated ArtCenter. I say finally because so many times I considered not finishing. This seems to be common in design school because its less about the diploma and more about the portfolio in job searching. But I couldn’t help that I wanted that piece of paper and therefore the bragging rights that I completed one of the hardest design school programs in the world and survived. Might I add, I graduated while pregnant, working full time, in heels, and hardly anyone at school knew I was busy growing a baby while making my portfolio until 2 weeks before graduation. This gave me a huge sense of accomplishment and I knew that i was ready for the “real world” now.
I remember different announcements and speakers discussing the impending “Monday After Graduation” dilemma. The fearful question of “What now?”. The realization that there were no more homework assignments to sweat over. No more two hours commutes to school. But to be honest, the Monday was easy! I went berry picking with my favorite little people and family in town. I watched these kids ride ponies and feed baby goats and laugh so carefree. (And yes I totally partook in feeding the little baby goats!) They loved life and nothing could ruin their excitement. This is what I wanted to carry with me. I don’t want to go into this next transitional time with fear or concern about what is next but pure happy giggle fits about the opportunity right here and now!
So after a day of farm play and pool time on ridiculously huge floaties with Perrier in hand, it becomes Tuesday. It is time to send out resumes to everyone who sounds remotely interesting and begin the journey of seeing how I can use my talent and drive and giggle fits to keep creating and growing our world. And when tomorrow comes, it will be Wednesday. And then Thursday. And life goes on. And I will look at this week as the most important week of my career life. And now....time to find work that can compete with my usual schedule of homework assignments and crazy commuting.
Yes, I said rotten. As in my bathroom was previously molded, developing termite damage, and teeny tiny! While I couldn't necessarily change the size of it, I was able to open the space up. We ripped out the shower. Well, actually we ripped it all up! When the original contractor said that if I wanted no ledge around the shower bottom, he would have to cut up my chosen tile, then I decided to do something a little out of the ordinary.....drum roll please....CONCRETE. You would probably assume as I did that this means you can just tear up the existing floor and expose the original concrete but no no no! You have to have it repoured and sloped to create an automatic draining for all the water.
But aside from that we did subway tile, piping for the shower rod, marble trim, the perfect grey for the walls, and a stunning shower rain system. I'm currently working on making my own shower curtains because of course we need everything custom. My favorite touches are my Jonathan Adler sconces, wood inlays around the door, and as a result of a damaged door jam during demolition, a barn door painted in Behr Marquee Gray Wood paint.
This page will be a little different than the others. Here is where you can get to know me, personally. I think personality and lifestyle bleeds into work ethic, performance, and projects. If it didn't then it wouldn't be my passion now would it? So please, ask me questions. If you don't, I fear I might bore you with my ranting and cat pictures.
And if you don't know where to start, feel free to peruse my Instagram below.