Discovering The Creative Entrepreneur in You

Discovering The Creative Entrepreneur in You

I was sitting down with a friend one day having coffee & talking about everything we like to do. We talked about creative entrepreneurship and how much we wanted to learn more about it. Since I was a little girl I was always involved in different things. In school, I was involved in chorus, drama, honor clubs & volunteer programs. This woman had no life in high school, forget boys and typical high school drama. Going to college, moving away from home and experiencing another culture taught me how I loved doing different things. Can you please choose one thing? that is what my brain would say, and I fought it for so long. So if you have been through something similar let me just tell you, you are not crazy. You are not alone.
I’m going to share with you how I discovered that I was a creative entrepreneur, and how I took the plunge to start this journey.

So what is a creative entrepreneur?

According to Google, the creative entrepreneur is about setting up yourself or a practice of setting your business, in a creative industry. The focus of the creative entrepreneur differs from that of the typical business entrepreneur, or the social entrepreneur in that she/he is concerned first. Essentially, creative entrepreneurs are investors in talent – their own or other people’s.
In other words, creating a business using your creative skills.

What Steps To Take

The steps you take into realizing you are a creative entrepreneur is key. When I first realized I had the soul of an entrepreneur I was scared. I read many stories, articles, did my research and did not want to face it. My family & close friends have always supported me, but it was scary to accept the fact that I was passionate about many things. So I started doing research and reading blogs. Doing a self-quiz helps too, asking yourself what are you passionate about?. Do you like to draw, write, make things?
If your list gets long, don’t panic. There are certain things from that list that you can venture in and make money from.

Organizing Your Time

Organizing your time is very important. I had many many but many jobs in my lifetime. Different industries that if I made a list you would never believe it. It was good and bad because it taught me different skills, and what I really liked in the job force. As an entrepreneur, you can work on different things, but you have to have discipline. I remember I was working my regular 9-6 then going to the gym, setting time for design projects, reaching out to companies to find more work, and working on my personal projects like this blog. During the weekends working NBA games for the Orlando Magic, and also scheduling time for more projects. Once you get a hold of how to organize your time, and what works for you it should be fine.

Taking the Leap

Taking the leap into a creative entrepreneurship journey is not easy. You need passion, and to let go of your fears & doubts. When I started to see that I could create illustrations for other people & brands, I had to take courage and be positive. It is a day to day process, you have to believe in your work or otherwise, people won’t. If you are passionate about anything, and you want to do it, it will take time and patience. So if you want to blog, create an Etsy shop or make music, do it!! no matter what take the leap.

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Types of Creative Entrepreneurs:
Freelancer
Educator
Coach
Artist
Maker
Entertainer
Curator

There are so many other things that you can do on the side. Just be creative, ask yourself what do you like to do. I am still in the process of monetizing a lot of my creative outlets. It’s very hard to find the time to do it, but because I enjoy it & love it I find the time no matter what. Sometimes I do work just to share it, or for friends and I don’t make any money but I love it. Is not always about the money, it’s the impact of your work. I hope you guys found this post helpful, and please let me know down below on the comment box if you are a creative entrepreneur, and share some tips about your journey! I would love to hear it.

P.S: Here are some great websites with a lot of resources:
http://creativeentrepreneurs.co/
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/293326
http://thiscreativelab.com/blog/
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/290948
http://curioustribe.com/creative-entrepreneurs/

with love,

 

The Fanny Pack Trend is Here To Stay

The Fanny Pack Trend is Here To Stay

Today talking about the fanny pack trend and how is here to stay. But before I start let me say hello, my dear friends! Oh, how I missed writing and sharing with you guys. I know I always say that it has been a while, but it has been a couple of weeks since my last post which was saying goodbye to my 20’s. In my new season, I have experienced so much change, having t balance it all has been rough. Besides trying to do it all, you know I keep an eye on trends & whatever is going on in the fashion world. It is very important for me to share about it because I am passionate about style. I want to share with you guys helpful information, so the first time I saw the fanny pack trend was around December of last year somewhere. I want to say it was at a show or a post, but to best honest, I was never into fanny packs. The first fanny pack I ever owned was when I was little and it was just used to go to Disney and carry my autograph book.

The Fanny Pack Trend is everywhere

Now everywhere I look there is someone rocking a fanny pack!! Either wearing it the original way or across the body. Not only women are wearing fanny packs but men as well which is great to see. Right now New York Men’s Fashion Week is happening and all I see on my feed since I follow the hashtags is guys rocking their stylish outfits with a fanny pack.

About two weeks ago I went to a fashion event, and found a waterproofed fanny pack! this was a win for me, I wanted a fanny pack to add to my wardrobe, a versatile piece.

You might be thinking “that is not my style, or I can’t ever wear that” but don’t be discouraged. Style is about taking risk, trying new things, mixing new pieces with old ones and being yourself.

The Fanny Pack is here to stay, is not going anywhere yet so if you want to try it, do it!  There are so many places selling fanny packs right now, so find one that you can afford of course and the one that speaks to you.

Here how I style mine! Let me know what you guys think of this fanny pack trend, do you like it or is it something you are scared to try??

Have a great week friends!

with love,

Shop My Look

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. All opinions are a 100% my own. It does include a few affiliate links.

Keeping Track of Time with my Mockberg Watch

Hello Friends!

Hope you guys are having a great month of June. June is a very special month for me because it’s my birthday!! in two weeks I shall be celebrating another new year of life, and it’s scary. But exciting at the same time. Earlier this year I was able to attend a great event in Miami hosted by iDeal of Sweden. The event was so nice, full of great decorations, the restaurant were it was hosted was beautiful and they gave us a goodie bag full of great products. In the bag there was a watch from Mockberg. The brand is all about simplicity, sophistication and quality, they are from Sweden and all of their products are created with the versatility to go from a regular work day to a night out event.

I have worn watches here and there but never made it an everyday accessory. I love how simple and classic my new Elise watch makes my outfit look, I chose a silver color because I love silver and also because it goes with a lot of pieces from my closet. It’s a bold & simple piece at the same time, made of steel and woven mesh.

 

If you are looking for a perfect gift, or a great accessory for your wardrobe I highly suggest you guys check out Mockberg. Great products made out of great quality and so stylish. You can also my code “kreadivmisfit” for 15% off your purchase until September 9. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and have a great week.

with love,

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Mockberg. All opinions are 100% my own.

Trend Alert: Polka Dots

 

Fashion Bloggers Bren & Pip Parkins

Illustrated by yours truly

 

Hello Friends! I feel like I always start my post saying “it’s been a while” but guys it has been a while. I am so sorry I have taken so long to write a blog post, life has been a little hectic and with a lot of transitions. Today I want to talk about how Polka dots are hot right now!! I haven’t seen this trend in a while, polka dots give me a vintage, chic, classy type of vibe. I was looking through my Instagram feed today, and saw so many girls that I follow wearing polka dots outfits. A combination of different pieces, and accessories, certain people are afraid of wearing polka dots, but is doable. You can mix and match pieces, like stripes, bold colors, and lots of denim, Also keep in mind that with any pattern you gotta consider size and proportion. I found some images of all these beautiful ladies wearing different styles of polka dots, and they all have different bodies.

Keep an eye of how they style them too. If you have a polka dot piece that you haven’t worn in a while or you aren’t to sure on how to wear it, this will give you some sort of idea, and inspiration for your polka dot outfit.

Polka dots from the Mulberry runway to the streets!
 

 

I have created a listed of items that you can shop now as well

 

with love,

Indoor Cycling with CycleBar Winter Park!

Hi Friends!! Greetings from the beautiful Miami, FL. I just arrived today and the weather out here is so lovely. Usually is very hot in FL, but the weather has been amazing. I am getting ready for a huge event called “Hispanicize” which I will be sharing more on an upcoming post, but for today I will be sharing about my latest work out obsession…..INDOOR CYCLING!!!

If you haven’t been able or do not know what indoor cycling is, you need to check it out. I will go ahead and share what is about because is important to know and what you will be getting yourself into, which is fun and a great work out. Indoor cycling is a form of exercise with classes focusing on strength, intervals and high intensity using a bicycle. They also use some weights, and the instructors guide you throughout the process.

It was my first time attending an indoor cycling class, and I was a bit scared. But honestly one of the instructors “Valentina” who was a total badass in the class, told us that we were going to make it and survive. The event that I attended was at CycleBar located in Winter Park, FL. It was hosted by BFM Social Influencers who creates events to help business, and influencers collaborate and grow out their brands. They are based out of California, and they put this event together so well.

I personally felt like I was a rockstar. From the moment we all walked in, we were greeted by the owner Lauren, and a couple of the instructors. We were given a cute tank top, and we had assigned lockers with our names on it so we could place our personal items inside. 

I thought I was going to die in this class, but since I dance and work out it wasn’t that bad. It was challenging specially when we started using weights, but the music, the energy in the room, the way the instructors were pushing us to be the best was amazing. As women we struggle a lot with our weight, we take our bodies for granted a lot, and being in a room full of women and pushing each other was inspiring. Honestly I needed this class because I get bored of going to the gym, and I don’t like routine.

After the awesome indoor cycling experience, CycleBar had some goodie bags mimosas and snacks. They really took care of us influencers, and gave us a great experience overall.

On site there were some brands that provided their products in our goodie bags.

Kendra Scott

Just Blow it Orlando

Clean Juice

Tele_ties

Bulla Gastro Bar

The Glass Knife Winter Park

Lululemon

What a great event and experience. Thank you to  BFM Social & CycleBar, if you are in the Orlando, Fl area or planning to visit I highly recommend that you visit CycleBar . Also if you want to change your work out routine, take an indoor cycling course. It will help you so much, and it’s so much fun. I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Have a great week friends!!

 

with love,

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by BFM Social, all opinions are 100% my own.

Sharing My Creative Process

Happy April everyone! I know I am a bit late but I have taken some time to catch up with life. March was a very busy month for me. I had some great opportunities, last minute trips, and major disappointments. But through it all I made it, and it made me stronger, wiser and aware of what I really want in life. This month is flying by so before It gets any crazier, my goal is to continue to blog beneficial content for you. As you guys know I am a creative. The reason why I started this blog was to share my creativity with you guys. Creativity is not only about drawing, painting, or making something. For me it’s about creating something out of nothing, example writing this post I am using creativity. If you think about it everything around us has required creativity, we all use it all the time and sometimes we don’t even notice. 

As an entrepreneur I have learned that with every job, or gig I do there is a process. So today I am sharing with you my creative process when creating a fashion illustration. YES! Fashion illustration has really given me an outlet to express on how I feel about fashion, what I look in an image or source before creating a piece, and also it’s very important what tools I use. I hope you enjoy it so here it is!

 

Deciding the style is important for me. If is a piece I want to create to share on IG or my portfolio, I like to take my time and think of what kind of illustration I want to make. It can be women’s wear, or mens, streetwear or from the runway. After deciding what kind of style I am creating, I look on Pinterest, or google for images that I can illustrate or gain inspiration to create one.

 I use a sketchbook and write any ideas based on my inspiration, or start sketching. I like to use colorful pens to write any notes or anything specific to help me in the process.

Headphones are blasting and I start sketching right away. I use a combination of different pencils, and pens to outline my work at the end.

Sometimes I like to use different mediums. Mediums are different materials that are used to create a work of art. Previously I have used oil paints, acrylics, and watercolors.

Mixing different mediums gives your work and process a different touch.

Copic Markers  have been my favorite recently. They are non-toxic, alcohol-based ink colors that are refillable, and have to sides. I really like them because they make my illustrations look more professional, and the color looks great on paper.

There are so many markers out there that you can use. When I was in college I used Prismacolor, which have two sides as well, and they are great too. Sometimes the color doesn’t blend to well, but if is something that I just want to draw really quick, I like to use these.
Before using markers, I used color pencils. Rendering certain pieces bring details alive.

After picking out what tools I’m going to use, I like to draw my sketch and use different references in case I am struggling on drawing certain parts.

Sometimes hands and feet are challenging for me. I go back to images I have sketched in the past, and it’s helpful so everything looks balance and not off.

After sketching my look, balancing proportions, coloring, rendering and taking care of any details, BAM! my sketch comes alive. This is from an original runway look from Fendi. To clean up lines, or any minor details I like to scan it and use photoshop, I also use apps like VSCO for any edits when sharing my work on my Instagram.

There you have it, my creative process on creating fashion illustrations. This process takes me about 2-3 hours, of course when I am not on a tight deadline or doing a live sketching event. I like to take my time and really enjoy the process, nothing should be forced when creating. I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know what’s your creative process, and how does it help you! I honestly love and enjoy reading your feedback. Have a great rest of the week and create create no matter what!!.

 

with love,

SHOP MY FAVES!

 

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. All opinions are a 100% my own. It does include a few affiliate links.

Nail Care with Little Ondine

Hello Friends!

(This post is sponsored by Little Ondine)

A few weeks ago I went to get my nails done. I wanted to get a manicure, and just keep it simple. Before that visit I had gotten a manicure and the nail technician had recommended gel, she said it would last longer and of course it was a bit of more money. I always like to invest in quality and I went ahead and did gel. To be honest with you guys I didn’t know what gel was, it was honestly my first time getting gel on a manicure. To continue with my story and get to the point haha on my last visit the lady started to place each finger on aluminum paper. I am very sensitive to that paper, and I was honestly hating the whole process. So I asked what was she doing on my nails, why did she have to do that, and she went to explain the process of gel and how it hinders your nails. I was in awe to hear that yeah it is helpful that your gel nail polish will last longer, but it takes two layers of your natural nails, and makes them weak. Let’s not forget the UV (ultraviolet) light used to dry nails can increase the risk of skin cancer.

I also found out that you get charged extra for having the gel removed from your nails, if you don’t get them done again. I got the gel removed, got a simple nail polish and went home to do my research. Google will give you so many answers and information in regards to what is true and what is false, so you really have to find the true sources. I was in shock to find out so many things in regards to getting your nails done, of course it is nice but be aware of what you are putting on your nails, and where you are getting them done. It all starts in the facility where you get your nails done, is the place clean? organize? when they start working on your nails do they have gloves on? do they have new un-use tools? what kind of nail polish are they using? yes I know is a lot, but there are so many stories of people getting their nails done, and later on having issues like infections, or allergic reactions from the chemicals that are used. For more information check out this article: http://iuhealth.org/news-hub/detail/3-potential-health-dangers-of-using-gel-nail-polish-during-your-manicure/#.Wq2ZMZPwZPc.

Now if you do your own nails at home, you also have to be aware of how long have you had your nail polish and when to toss it. I found this great article on fitness magazine in regards to when it is time to throw away your nail polish. There are multiple chemicals on nail polish that none of us are aware of, and if you keep it for too long they go bad and can damage your nails and skin. If you have time check this article out, it will help you out. https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/germs/when-to-throw-out-everyday-household-products/

If you have nail polish that has been opened and about two years older, you gotta toss it out. You can see sometimes see how the nail polish translates on a nail and if it looks weird don’t keep it. Usually nail polish has a year of expiration date. If you go to the dollar store or any places where you can get nail polish for cheap, just be aware of the quality of the product, and just know that there are so many chemicals that can later on hinder your health. Try to invest in nail polish that is of good lasting quality and that won’t harm your nails. For me my hands are my work, I didn’t really think about it until I did this research and realized that this is my health, I should really care on what I put on and use.  After hours of reading up and learning, I found out that there are companies creating organic nail products. YAY!!!! and found Little Ondine.

A company that creates all natural water-based formula which doesn’t sacrifice your health. It’s eco-friendly, easy to peel off very easy and doesn’t leave your nails weak or anything. The first time I took off the nail polish, it didn’t hurt and it was very easy.  Just toss it in the trash and you are done. It is odor free, not funky smells which is hard to  believe, quick drying and very bold and pretty colors. They use natural ingredients free of toxins. 

Little Ondine provided all the colors for this post! they sent me the pinky mermaid, morning glory, blue danube (which I am wearing on these photos), admiration, red red wine, and secret which is a glossy top coat.

I recently traveled and the nail polish is easy to carry, also to put on specially if you are in a rush. It doesn’t take forever to dry which is helpful for us women on the go.

Each nail polish comes in a clear package with instructions inside about the brand and how to apply the product. I highly recommend to read it, and when applying do at least 2-3 layers specially for bright colors, that way you can see them more.

How pretty are the colors right?! I am so happy I got to collaborate with this brand. It’s so beneficial to use products that are eco friendly, toxic free and organic. I like to invest in products that will provide quality of course, but that won’t harm my health. I have been using these nail polishes for about three weeks since I received them, and they are so great. Even my mother has used some colors, and she loved them. I am very happy and I highly recommend them. I am also sharing with you guys a 15% off on any regular priced colors using my code: KATHY15  1 use per user. I hope you guys found this post helpful and remember to keep an eye on what you are putting on your body, have a great weekend friends!!

 

 

with love,

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Little Ondine, all opinions are a 100% my own.

NYFW Fall 2018 Favorite Looks

Happy March friends! 

Where did February go? I feel like I didn’t even see last month, it just went away with the wind. I am grateful to say that the season that I’m in has taught me a lot, and I keep learning new things and growing everyday as a creative. When seasons change it’s hard but we learn so much about ourselves and how we can react to it. Since last year I had all this plans, and I was saving money for NYFW (New York fashion week). I had written a couple of pitches to email to new designers, showrooms and I was planning my NYFW experience. I was invited to three shows, but unfortunately my life experienced some changes and I couldn’t go. Sometimes as much as you want something, you have to be smart and think realistically. I decided not to go because I knew I had other things to take care of and I really wanted to continue to work on my brand.

A lot of people were asking me if I was attending and I just had to give a simple answer. I had to ask myself why do I really want to go to NYFW? Since the expansion and popularity of social media, we have more access to what’s going on in the world. I remember when I used to read about NYFW and dreamed of attending. There were no websites showcasing collections, not live streaming or any other platforms where you were informed. People were either informed by reading newspapers & magazines about shows or by private invitation. Now a days I feel like NYFW is more accessible to people, and is not so private as it used to be. So what do you do if you cannot physically attend the shows and parties? I will share with you today how to stay up to date, and keep up with all of your favorite designers from the comfort of your home, office, studio which ever you choose, and also sharing illustrations of my  favorite looks from the runway. I want to give a shout out to my friend Jordan Little who is a dancer & fashion enthusiastic, he advised me to share about NYFW and how to attend without actually being there.

IMPORTANT WEBSITES

http://nyfw.com/ For the schedules, live and recap videos- You can also download the app and watch the shows from your phone.

https://www.vogue.com/tag/event/new-york-fashion-week

https://cfda.com/fashion-calendar/official-nyfw-schedule

http://wwd.com/

https://fashionista.com/

 

HASHTAGS

Now you can follow hashtags so you wont miss a thing! You can also look up any designer under a hashtag and find any content on their work.

#NYFW

#nyfashionweek

#nyf

#nyfwstreetstyle

 

YOUTUBE

https://www.youtube.com/user/songofstyleblog

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWrFKvV9FwgUxTURL6fiZw/featured

https://www.youtube.com/user/FatalefashionIII/featured

Here are my illustrations that I created with my favorite looks from Phillip Lim, Zimmermann, John Elliot, Creatures of Comfort, Ulla Johnson and Oscar de la Renta.

There were so many great  collections but these were my favorite. Each designer had such a unique touch and story behind it. Designers along with their team work so hard to create and showcase their work, for me watching the shows it’s inspiring. It’s more than the clothes, it’s seeing how designers create different looks, cuts, the fabrics and connect their stories with their brands. I encourage you to check out some shows if you haven’t yet, and if you are interested in attending fashion week or working it as a volunteer check out http://nyfw.com/ for information. Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t been able to attend, you can keep up in so many ways, specially social media. I will definitely be attending in September and will create another post on how to attend shows, and get your foot in the door. If you watched any shows or attended what were your favorite looks? Thank you so much for taking the time and reading my post, have a great week friends!

with love,

 

 

 

How to style red sneakers

The other day when I was walking into a store, someone commented on my sneakers. The lady said “I love your sneakers, but I would never be able to wear them. They are so red” I thanked her, and said “you can wear anything, you shouldn’t be afraid”. How many times do we hold ourselves back from wearing certain pieces because they are too bright, or because of others opinions?.

I have been wanting a pair of new sneakers and I found a cute and comfortable pair at Aldo. They were on sale online, and I also received 15% off for subscribing to their newsletter. Tip: if you would like to save some money on any online purchases, subscribe to the brands website and most of them will email you a discount code. The pair I found are the Otting red women’s sneakers, they are slip on sneakers with an elastic strap, closed round toe and a flat heel. Mixed of fabric and rubber, very comfortable and chic. They also have a statement text on top that says “Grrl Pwr”. I have been wearing them with a variety of outfits, and today I will be sharing tips on how to style 3 different outfits with them. If you have any red or other bright sneakers this tips can also be applied.

“The Casual”

This casual look is very simple and comfortable. I paired a plain simple t-shirt, with a black blazer, and boyfriend jeans. I have worn this outfit to lunch, a movie or just a day that I want to look nice but not too dressed up.

   Photography by: Nicolas Bolanos

“The Cool Chic”

It is important to have a black dress in your wardrobe. Take the risk and pair it with a light denim jacket, and add your sneakers. I also added simple accessories like a black benie, hoop earrings and a small gold bracelet.

Photography by: Nicolas Bolanos

 

“The on the Move”

My favorite leather jacket, with black leather spandex tights, and a simple black t=shirt. As I have mentioned in my previous post I love love black, it goes so well with everything. You can totally rock this outfit from day to night.

  Photography by: Nicolas Bolanos

Here is a more detailed look on the sneakers. You can find them at Aldo online or you can shop my post below.

Photography by: Nicolas Bolanos

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Don’t be afraid to take a statement piece and incorporate it into your everyday style. Take a risk and buy those bright sneakers, You can style them with different pieces from your closet, remember fashion is a risk like everything else in life. Have a great week and stay tune for my upcoming NYFW recap.

with love,
P.S: This post is not sponsored. All opinions are a 100% my own.

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