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Girl Boss

What is Success?

Success was always defined as following a certain path; graduate from high school, go to college, get a degree, get a job, climb the corporate ladder, make more money, etc. the list goes on and on.  It’s engrained in everything we do and see, televisions shows depict upper middle class families making over 6 figures, advertisements and social media tell you what you should look like, how you should dress, what you should eat, which curling iron or makeup product to buy, etc.   Not to mention your family/parent’s definition of success for you.  It’s kind of crazy how we often unquestioningly allow all of these things to influence us and help shape our ideas of success. What does success truly look like to you?  What happens if your ideas around the topic of success changes?  Is what you are doing putting you on a path to move closer toward your definition of success?

Entrepreneurship

After a decade of working in the corporate world, I’ve taken a leap into entrepreneurship.  EEK!  It’s super exciting but also very scary.  If you had asked me a year ago what my career was going to look like, I probably would’ve said something in the professional corporate world…basically continuing on the path that I had been on during most of my adult working life.  Change and the unknown are scary things for a lot of people and entrepreneurship does not have that same type of stability as traditional corporate jobs but hey, the greater the risk, the greater the reward right??  Eek.  Again, scary but also super exciting!

If you are contemplating entrepreneurship, one of the biggest obstacles in your mind is probably the financial aspect of it.  If so, I’d recommend you go through the exercise of figuring out your current daily net, then determine what your daily net would be if you lived below your means (yes, cut out all the extra stuff you don’t actually need), this will give you an idea of how much money you will need to generate on a daily basis so that your daily net is net positive or at least net zero.  Pursuing new endeavors doesn’t necessarily mean that the new endeavor will be your only source of income; you can pursue those new endeavors and still utilize your existing background and experience or even take on completely unrelated jobs with low entrance barriers as a means to generate income.

Think outside the box, try something different, get creative; who knows what you will be capable of?  It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  When you find something that you are passionate about and know what you want to do or what you need to do, you will do whatever it takes to make it work.  Hustle harder, I’m rooting for you!

Girl Boss

I’ve always had a passion for fashion and a love for handbags so I’ll be Girl Bossin’ (or at least trying to) in those realms.  I have a lot of ideas and I am super excited about working to turn those ideas into reality so I can share them with you.  It’s still in the early stages and I have a lot of work to do so more information to come!  Also, I’m excited to tap into my creative side and will be working on making enhancements to Cat Eyes and Candy.

Shop My Look

Round Sunnies

Black Hat

Tees

Plain White Tee

Graphic Tee – “Girl Gang”

Sassy Graphic Tee

Black Shorts

Top Handle Handbag

With Strap

Without Strap

Chain Bracelet

gold tone

silver tone

Black Grommet Sandals

 

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Spring and Summer 2016 Bag Trend Alert: 3D Floral Accents

My favorite seasons for fashion has got to be spring and summer. I love colorful and/or fun & funky things and those are generally best suited for spring and summer. 3D Floral accents on bags are so on trend this season; all the major designers have it incorporated into their collections. I seriously cannot wait to cop a bag with 3D floral accents. Below are some bags with 3D Floral Accents for any budget.

Splurge

Fendi – Peekaboo Mini Allover Flowers Satchel Bag

Valentino – Mini Lock Floral-Appliqué Leather Shoulder BagValentino - Mini Lock Floral-Appliqué Leather Shoulder Bag
How cute are the allover floral appliques on this bag?!? The daintiness from the floral appliqués is offset by the bag’s Rock stud details which are very Valentino.

Dolce & Gabbana – Dolce Box Crystal Flower Satchel BagD&G Dolce Box Crystal Flower Satchel BagDolce & Gabbana also got in on the 3D floral accent trend with their crystal flower satchel. I’ve also been seeing box satchels make a comeback so keep an eye out.

Affordable

ZAC Zac Posen – Eartha Soft Top Handle SatchelZac Posen Floral Eartha Top HandleI love the Eartha bags as they are very reminiscent of a lot of popular luxury bags and can be considered an affordable dupe for the Celine Trapeze, Fendi 3 Jours, and Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag. Zac Posen did not disappoint when he introduced the laser-cut leather floral appliqués to his iconic bag. I seriously cannot get enough of this bag and the price-point makes this bag even more appealing. The Zac Posen Eartha bag comes in 2 sizes, the original which is a mid-sized handbag and a mini and lucky for us, both sizes are available with the floral appliqués! The mini with floral appliqués retails for just under $300 and the regular version retails for under $300.Read More Here

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Rebecca Minkoff – Love CrossbodyRebecca Minkoff Floral Love CrossbodyRebecca Minkoff bags are known for their stylish and often bold designs. If you get a Minkoff bag, you know you are getting a statement piece that is moderately priced and of high quality. This bag also comes in 2 sizes, the regular size which retails for under ~$350 and the mini which retails for under $250. Both sizes come with detachable shoulder strap so this bag can be worn as a clutch, shoulder bag, or crossbody. Hooray for versatility!

Which 3D floral accented bag is your favorite?

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Affordable dupe for Celine Trapeze, Fendi 3 Jours, and Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag

Zac Posen EarthaZac Posen Olive Eartha, side

I’ve been yearning for a structured top-handle bag as most of my bags are either crossbody bags or slouchier top-handles. I hate having to switch out bags so it’s crucial that the bag go with everything and can easily transition from day to night or casual to dressy. The only bags that came to mind that fit the bill were expensive high-end brands such as Celine, Fendi, Givenchy, or Luis Vuitton. Being a handbag enthusiast on a budget, I wanted to find affordable versions of the expensive high-end brands but were still stylish and of quality so I took to Nordstroms online to scour their top-handle selection and that’s when I came across the Zac Posen Eartha bag. This bag looks amazing and very reminiscent of many of the popular luxury designer bags such as the Celine Trapeze Bag, or the Fendi 3 Jours Mini Leather Satchel Bag, or Salvatore Ferragamo’s Sofia Medium Colorblock Leather Satchel.
The Zac Posen Eartha bag just screams class with it’s smooth leather and classic structured shape. The rolled leather top-handle and gold-toned hardware makes this piece feminine and dainty. The bag features a flap top with flip-lock clasp which helps keeps the contents of your bag secure.

The Zac Posen Eartha bag comes in 2 sizes, the original which is a mid-sized handbag and a mini which is very reminiscent of Phillip Lim’s Mini Pashli bag. Both sizes come with detachable shoulder strap which makes the bag versatile. You can wear it as a top-handle, shoulder bag, or crossbody which can serve to easily transition the bag from look to look. It can be worn as a crossbody for a more casual look or as a top-handle or shoulder bag if you are going for more polished or professional look.

Zac Posen Olive Eartha, on model

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The Celine Trapeze retails for over ~$2,700, the Fendi 3 Jours retails for over ~$2,600, and the Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag retails for ~$2,500; prices vary by style and color combination. Brand new Zac Posen Eartha bags retail for under $500 and I’ve seen the bag available on discounted stores such as Nordstrom Rack or Off Fifth for under $350.

Celine TrapezeCeline Trapeze Bag, Multicolor Calfskin

Salvatore Ferragamo SofiaSalvatore Ferragamo Sofia

Fendi 3 Jours aka Trois JoursFendi 3 Jours

If you’ve ever wanted the Celine Trapeze, Fendi 3 Jours, or Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag then you should seriously consider the Zac Posen Eartha bag as it is very reminiscent of the Celine Trapeze, Fendi 3 Jours, and Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag for a fraction of the price.

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