WHERE IT ALL STARTED

As I’m leaving work this evening, FB notified me that 3 years ago I wrote this article 
Honestly till this day it is one of my top hit articles on the blog and it is the mother of this beauty I’m launching in December. As one mentioned “Necessity is the mother of all inventions”
And a month from now I’ll be launching drum roll please… my online store . Launching my boutique site has been a lonnnnnng time coming!!! As far as my college days, helping others dress up for interviews, borrowing my clothes, and even being a personal shopper. As my college friend mentioned ” I remember you being in my room talking about the things you wanted to get done and the places you wanted to be invited to and to see you doing it is truly inspiring!”
But there are lots of lessons I’ve learned along the way, check them out!
BE YOUR OWN CHEERLEADER
Nathalie! Nathalie with an “H” is her biggest cheerleader, hype WOMAN! Believer! I actually like refereeing myself or . If there’s something I would teach my future kids it is to believe in themselves and don’t be a follower.
IT TAKE TIMES
I originally completed the business license and paper work in fall 2015! Yep your read it right, however the research, the doubts, the name change,finding the right business partner slowed me down as I was putting way too much thought into it.
LAZINESS
Uhmmm there would be days when you feel like talking about it is like doing work.
DISTRACTIONS
Boy will they come, in many forms! Your salary bump, the boys, health, and doubts.
PASSION
But passion will keep the fire burning. It will keep you up at night,it will connect youth people, the universe will work on your favor. literally.If there’s one thing I’ve noticed, is that once you start the universe will help you along the way. From the website, designer, logo, photographer as strange as it seems it was like the pieces to the puzzle were coming together on their own. I haven’t told much but each time I feel closer or achieve a goal I feel like my time is running out. I know so fucking weird. Hence, why I can’t relate to no goal oriented individuals. Like why not use your brain!
But I promise to keep you updated until launch date and please pursue whatever goal that is fueling your soul. No ideas are stupid just believe.  : ) – Happiest have been in a while.

On The Rise: Sara Crawford

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Sara Crawford is the Jill of all trades. As a wife, entrepreneur, blogger, fashion designer and stylist, she is focused on helping others to stylishly put their best foot forward. She is the curator behind the popular lifestyle blog Blondie Jones, a platform she uses to share her creative fashion views with the world. Let’s find out more about Sara journey.

1.Tell me a little bit about yourself (i.e.: education, career, personal interests, etc)

I am a designer and stylist for my brand Anara Original. I am the editor for Blondie Jones Life & Style Blog and author of The Playbook to Essential Style. I have an AS & BA degree in Fashion Design and Marketing, which  I completed in 3 years. I love all things fashion, however I also love to write, I love music, I love visual merchandising – I create a career and life that I love filled with all the things I love. In my spare time I love watching Big Bang Theory, Cooking & entertaining, Planning Parties, Singing, and Traveling.

2.How did you fall into the fashion industry?

I was always around well-dressed people; I believe this made it easier to love fashion. From the time I was about 11 or 12 I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer. My fondest memory as a child was going to Donna Karan Outlet with my family and I  immediately fell in love with her designs. It was at that moment I knew I was going to be in the fashion industry and that I had expensive taste.

3.You are a serial entrepreneur; how do you stay on top of things while managing your personal life?

I am still learning how to balance and separate the two. However, I have a to-do  list handy, and I have a schedule of what tasks should happen on their scheduled day. This strategy keeps me pretty focused. Prioritizing is definitely key to getting my duties completed.

4.Tell me about your book?

The Playbook to Essential Style is all about the essential garments and accessories you should have in your closet. The book offers strategies on how to build your wardrobe from the ground up. I discuss play by-play tips and directions on how to define your look, exploring your style, and executing pairing and versatility option effortlessly.

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Four Summer Items You Need In Your Closet.

Bright colors and bold patterns can make it quite fun to dress for the summer, until Monday morning comes knocking. As a young professional, keeping it cool and appropriate during the summer can be a hassle. To help you ease your Monday blues but also keep you HR approved, I created a summer work wish list for you below.

Check it out!

1.Wrap Dress

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A wrap dress is the perfect article of clothing: it’s classy, comfortable and always appropriate. The Gretchen Wrap Dress is a versatile wardrobe piece as it transitions from desk to drinks very easily.

2. Shoes

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Ladies, comfort is never overrated. When it comes to comfortable heels, wedges are my go to especially during the summer. The Geox Sandals  is foot-friendly and gives you the ideal support you need for the office.

3.Accessories

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What’s summer without accessories? Add a little pop color to your outfit by adding this cool Halcyon necklace.

4. Eyewear

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 4.48.10 PMReflectors are in to stay and we are loving them. Grab these sunglasses by Genuine People and rock the street on your way to work

Let me know how you’re keeping cool in the office!