Monday Moment’s Inside: Brunettes on Broad

Blogging is a newer career in the fashion industry, yet it is quickly rising to the top. Most designers want bloggers at the fashion shows to recap and spread the word about what’s new and hot.  On B and B, Jordanna shares with her fan base different must have products. In return, brands love her!  She is sharing her story with us today!

Name and Blog Name:  Jordanna Arbogast, Brunettes on Broad

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Tell us a little bit about your background: 

I studied Fashion Merchandising at West Virginia University and took styling and trend forecasting courses abroad in Paris, France.  Right out of college, I interned in a small showroom in NYC called A Supreme Agent.  It was a wonderful experience that allowed me to see a more behind the scenes look into the fashion industry (tradeshows, showroom appointments with buyers, traveling to clients with hundreds of shoe samples in rolling luggage through the NYC subway, etc).  It was not glamorous by any means, but it was thrilling and every day felt like a new adventure.   I knew then that I was born to work in the fashion industry.

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How did you start your blog and why? 

I started working for a bank to have a normal M-F, 9-5 schedule after becoming burnt out with the retail industry hours.  I missed doing something fashion related so my boyfriend actually gave me the idea to start a shopping blog.

What is your blog about? 

Brunettes on Broad is a shopping/lifestyle blog where readers can come to find the hottest styles and trends on the market.  Whether it’s fashion, beauty products, home décor or an amazing recipe, B on B has you covered.

What are the best and worst things about being a blogger? 

The worst would be finding the time and energy in the evenings and weekends after my 9-5 job to keep up with everything.  It can be very time consuming doing it all on your own, which is why I LOVE having guest bloggers and other contributors help me out!  The best for me is getting to do something that I truly love and know I am good at.  Networking with other great bloggers is fun too, and freebies are a pretty fantastic blogger perk!

What are the things you like most about your career? 

Since starting my blog, I have come across some pretty awesome bloggers.  I love networking and meeting new people in the blogging industry.  It’s exciting to see my blog grow and gain support more and more each day.

What are some of your top sources of inspiration? 

I have always been drawn to anything French or Parisian.  It’s in my blood, I can’t help it.  Antiques and vintage finds excite me!  I get that from my mom.  My favorite designers/brands/stores are Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Prada, C. Wonder, Target…it’s an eclectic list, but I love mixing designer apparel with budget-friendly pieces!

What is a typical day like? 

I try to get up early and work on a post or two before I go to work.  My lunch break normally consists of checking emails on my phone and keeping up with my twitter, facebook, pinterest, and instagram accounts.  After getting home in the evening, working out and having dinner, I usually answer emails, work on more posts and look for anything on the web that’s “blog worthy”.

What are some of your greatest accomplishments? 

Starting my own blog is something I am very proud of!  It has been a lot of hard work and a learning experience to say the least.

What would be your advice to someone wanting to start a blog? 

Make sure you have the time because it takes a lot of dedication to maintain a blog.  Use social media as much as possible to get yourself maximum exposure.  You have to really put yourself out there and be consistent with your posts if you want loyal followers.

What’s your philosophy of life? 

There’s always something to smile about.  If something in your life is making you unhappy, do something to change it.

Check out B and B at: brunettesonbroad.com

 

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Thursday Thoughts: Become a Designer

So your dream is to become a fashion designer. The first step is to determine what type of designer you want to be. Let’s learn what the 3 types are:

A high-end designer

A trendsetter in the industry showcasing a collection for each season on the runways.

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A mass market designer

A designer employed by a chain store or also known as a mass market company. This designer will work with factories overseas to mass produce garments for the stores. A mass market designer usually designs on the computer using a program called Illustrator. This is best for communicating the sketch overseas.  The downside to being a mass market designer is having to design within the requirements of the brand, unless you own the company.

One of a kind designer

A designer that likes to create one of a kind pieces, most designers hand make these pieces themselves or have a patternmaker to help with this process. A one of a kind designer has a small business but that doesn’t always mean less profit. Mass market is lower margin and higher quantity, one of a kind designs are higher margin and less quantity.

Things to keep in mind:

Do you want to be your own boss or work for a fashion brand?

What type of price points do you want to work in? Everyday wear or high end?

What style do you want to design?

Can you sketch on the computer or only by hand?

Designing is a fun creative process, but can also be very stressful if you do not understand the right steps to take.

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Wednesday Wardrobe: Winter White

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Who said you can’t wear white after labor day? Well this year you can! Winter White is the season’s color for outerwear. These are my top picks!
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Burberry jacket
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GUESS pink moto jacket
$200 – welikefashion.com

Forever New pink tuxedo jacket
$94 – forevernew.com.au

Minimum blazer
$110 – zalando.co.uk

Vero moda jacket
$54 – veromoda.com

Tuesday Treasures: Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin System

I have to tell you about this skin care system from Clinique. The Acne Solutions Clear Skin System was recommended to me by a woman that I met at a dinner party who had the most beautifully smooth skin. Like her, I had struggled with trying to keep my acne problems at bay but had not had much success with products like Proactive or similar skin care brands.
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Within 2 days, I could visibly notice a change. My skin was smoother and clearer. My skin didn’t feel weighed down by a bunch of products… it was moisturized but not at all oily (oil is the main cause for my acne). Because the system controls oil, it can also dry your skin out a bit, so I recommend the Moisture Surge as well to round out your new skin regimen. It leaves my skin supple and happy in any temperature or climate.
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You might also be interested in going a step further and trying the Acne Solutions liquid makeup and power as well. Great coverage without looking “cakey” and also continues the same oil control as the Clear Skin System.
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Article By: Meredith Lancaster from Artfully Yours…

Monday Moment’s Inside: Style by Naz

Today we are taking a insider look into the life of Nazy Meknat and her business, Style by Naz. If you have ever wondered what life is like for a wardrobe stylist, well now is your chance to learn!

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Tell us a little bit about your background:

I am a FIDM graduate and have been in fashion business for the past 10 years.  7 years ago I started my own wardrobe styling business, Style by Naz and have been working with clients everywhere from Orange County to Los Angeles.

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How did you start your company and why?

At that time when I started my business, there was a need for stylists that are accessible to everyday people who are not celebrities but need to learn the art of dressing for their body.  That’s when I decide to start my business in Orange County where there was no business offering wardrobe styling services. After my business grew and was more established I expanded my services to los Angeles.

What is your company about?

Teaching individuals how to dress for their body, shape, life style. How to maximize their existing wardrobe by mixing and matching to create new outfits.  I teach my clients how to shop the store and how to put looks together that flatters their body, makes them look modern and relevant, yet stay true to who they are.

What are the best and worst things about being a business owner?

The best thing is the freedom to create and shape your business however you want.  The worst thing is that it is all on you, you can’t check out at 5:00 PM and disconnect from work. You are responsible for everything at all times.

What are the things you like most about your career?

The happiness and the gratitude I get from my clients after the work is done. The messages I get a week later stating how much more confident they are and all the compliments they get. That is the sweetest part of what I do.

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What are some of your top sources of inspiration?

Streets. It’s amazing how much you learn by watching people go by and pay attention to their style. Especially in Los Angeles, there are so many creative people; everywhere you look you see inspiration.

What is a typical day like?

A typical day starts by checking and answering e-mails. If it is a consultation day, I drive to my clients place where we sit down and go through the consultation part which usually takes abut an hour or two. Next is the closet audit.

For the shopping trip, which usually is a separate day, we meet at the store and I start pulling for an hour and then we hit the fitting room. We are usually in there for a good 2 hours.

Working on photo-shoots is different. For that I usually have to get prepared a day before, pull everything and get organized, go to the set the day of the shoot and style, style, style and return everything the next day.

What are some of your greatest accomplishments?

I was recently featured in Locale Magazine as one of the top Fashion influencers in Orange County and named one of the top Personal stylists in OC and LA in an article by CBS, Los Angeles. It is nice to be recognized after being in this business for as long as I have been.

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What would be your advice to someone wanting to start a business?

Do an intern or be an assistant for some one who is in running a business already to learn. That is not something you can learn in school.

What’s your philosophy of life?

Do what you are passionate about. You spend most of you life working, don’t waste it doing something that doesn’t make you happy.

To see more information, check out the website: http://stylebynaz.com/

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Friday Fun Love: Is He The One?

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I know we have all asked this a time or two…Is he the one? How do you know? Will you just know? I get asked this ALL the time in our relationship groups, and by single friends. Is it cliche to say “You will know when you know”? I believe some truth in that saying, but mostly I do not believe we should be led by our feelings. Our feelings and emotions can sometimes get us in trouble, if we are not careful. In any other situation (other than relationships) people would agree that you can’t always act based on how you feel. When you first meet someone, you have to think logically more than emotionally. When we are led by our emotions, we develop blinders, causing an inability to see the other person for who they really are. Haven’t you heard friends say, “This is not the person that I met in the beginning?” One of two things have happened: 1) either they were putting on a good front and now their true colors are coming out, or  2) you were so in love and did not see all the red flags from the beginning. We tend to let things slide when we are in love. So how can we really know if they are the one? Here are the steps that I took with Joe, my husband, before we got engaged.

1)     I made sure to be friends with him for a year before we dated. That way I got to see who he REALLY was. Neither one of us was out to impress the other.

2)     Did his values line up with mine?

3)     Did he have the same spiritual beliefs as me? A lot of people dismiss this but you must think “what will life be like when you have kids”? What belief will they be raised upon.

4)     Not only does he spiritually believe the same as me but are we equally yoked? Meaning, are we at the same level with our beliefs. If one person believes their beliefs are stronger than the other, then the stronger person will eventually be pulled down to their level.

5)     Do we have the same interest? I have many friends tell me after they’ve gotten married, “I feel pressured to live the same lifestyle as my spouse.” If one person likes to stay home all the time and the other person likes to go out, eventually this will cause problems in the relationship.

I know most people say that opposites attract. Yes, men and women are naturally opposite and some opposing characteristics are a healthy balance. However, I believe that the more we have in common, the more this will bring us together as friends and not only lovers. Anyone can have a great relationship; the difference between those that do and those that don’t, is how hard you are willing to work at it. I had someone tell me one time that marriage shouldn’t be any different than going to college. In college, we study for years to learn how to become a professional at our career. Marriage shouldn’t be any different. We should take time to learn how to do marriage. Dating shouldn’t be any different either. Be intentional about your dating relationship. Think ahead and envision what your life will be like. After doing this, you will know for sure if he is the one!

 

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