Thursday, June 26, 2014

CottonBin Swap Clothes Online

Cottonbin allows you to swap clothes online with others
CottonBin is a new online destination that allows you to swap your gently worn or new clothes for someone else's. Perfect for those impulse purchases we've wore once before sticking in the back of our closet for eternity. CottonBin gives you a unique alternative if you don't feel like selling or donating. As an avid giver to Goodwill, I decided to change it up and give CottonBin a go. 
Cottonbin allows you to swap clothes online with others via Cute LA
The CottonBin sign up process was easy, just don't forget to order your first swap kit. This kit (pictured below) comes with a shipping bag, prepaid label to ship back to CottonBin for free, and a shipment inventory card to list your items. They have a "what we accept" page to see if your items fit the bill for being swapped. If by any chance your items don't meet the criteria they'll be donated, which is fine, since that's what I would have done anyway.
Cottonbin swap kit via cute La
I created this quick video to showcase how easy the process is once you have your swap kit!
Just sent out my package, so I'll update this post with the next steps of the process in a few weeks. I'm excited to get my CottonBin points to start swapping. Stay tuned!

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What do you think of CottonBin? What do you do with clothes you don't want?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kate Spade New York 2015 Agenda

Lifeguard Press Kate Spade New York 2015 Agenda Review via Cute LA
I enjoy having organized chaos. As an entrepreneur, I have to stay connected to my ever changing schedule. Though I'm technology driven, with google calendar and evernote, I love writing my schedule by hand. 

Lifeguard Press gifted me this large Kate Spade New York 2015 Agenda because they know my obsession when it comes to planners. Plus, it's never to early to find the perfect one for 2015. I'm picky, my planner must always include: monthly layout, space to write in, the weekly sections and durability. My agendas go everywhere, including meetings, on set, traveling etc. so it has to withstand being tossed around. 

I can't wait to break this 17-month Kate Spade planner in for 2015. My favorite features, other than my must haves, are the pockets in the front and quotes that start each month.
Nasty Gal skirt and cropped top paired with Kate Spade New York 2015 Planner
Lifeguard Press Kate Spade New York 2015 Agenda Review
Lifeguard Press Kate Spade New York 2015 Agenda Review
Lifeguard Press Kate Spade New York 2015 Agenda Review
Lifeguard Press carries a variety of agendas, accessories and stationary. Make sure to include them as your destination when looking for a 2015 agenda or planner. As bloggers and entrepreneurs it's a must have for your busy life.

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How do you organize your schedules? Do you still use agendas and planners? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Alisha Nicole

Cute LA Entrepreneur Spotlight Alisha Nicole
Alisha Nicole is living the dream as a jewelry designer with her own online boutique, Shop Alisha Nicole. When she's not creating beautiful necklaces, rings and bracelets she's a business consultant and lifestyle blogger. A busy bee, she decided early on that the world of cubicles wasn't for her and took the leap to pursue her passions. Happy to say, she never looked back.

For all you jewelry makers out there, Alisha gives insight on jumping into the business. Including what inspired her and she wishes she had known before starting.

Cute LA Entrepreneur Spotlight Interview Questions
My inspiration for Alisha Nicole is a mix between my love for creating and not being able to find the types of accessories that I was looking for. I wanted things that I could wear daily, whether it being dressed up or paired with a tee shirt and jeans. And I knew I couldn't be the only girl who wanted this. So I decided to give jewelry designing a try and it has been such an amazing experience. Everything from music to different cultures to the bohemian style inspires my work.

Cute LA Entrepreneur Spotlight Interview Questions
Each Alisha Nicole piece is definitely unique in its own way, all the way down to the smallest details. Everything I create is very versatile as well. Many pieces I've see today just look like you HAD to be dressed up while wearing it. I wanted to create timeless pieces that can be dressed up or down. My entire line is really created with the "everyday" girl in mind.

Cute LA Entrepreneur Spotlight Alisha Nicole jewelry designer

Cute LA Entrepreneur Spotlight Interview Questions
After not being able to find anything I was interested in, I started playing around with different materials to see what I could come up with. Some of my earlier pieces were terrible but I kept practicing. I would create bracelets and give them away for free to my friends and family. It wasn't until people outside of them began requesting that I create bracelets for them to purchase that I decided to take my hobby to the next level.

Cute LA Entrepreneur Spotlight Alisha Nicole Quote Jewelry Designer

Cute LA Entrepreneur Spotlight Interview Questions
I wish I would have known more about business in general before I started. I had my design process down packed but it definitely takes so much more than an amazing product to run a business. I would suggest to anyone going into this industry to soak up every little bit of knowledge that they can and to never stop learning. If there is something you are not sure about, make it your responsibility to learn it.

Cute LA Entrepreneur Spotlight Interview Questions
I enjoy being an entrepreneur because I get to wake up every single morning and do something that I love. It seriously never feels like work because I love what I do so much. And it gives me the freedom to enjoy life that I wanted so bad in my previous jobs.

Follow Alisha Nicole: Shop // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Are any of you aspiring jewelry makers? What are your passions? Share in the comments!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nasty Gal French Love Dress

Nasty Gal French Love Dress  via Cute LA
The Outfit
This outfit spotlight is dedicated to my new Nasty Gal French Love Dress paired with Unif Pyre Heels. The dress is body conscious, hugging the curves with a deep neckline that gives the right amount of sex appeal. Happy to report it's thick material eases any worries of seeing what's underneath. I was drawn to the Unif Pyre heels because they're an unconventional spin on wedges. It takes a moment, but they are comfortable once you break them in, if you're used to wearing heels.
Unif Black Pyre Heels review via Cute LA
Nasty Gal French Love Dress review via Cute LA
Nasty Gal French Love Dress review via Cute LA

Random Thoughts
Lately, I'm learning entrepreneurship is about time management. The more successful you become, the MORE you have to create a balance between work and play. As a producer, my schedule is all over the place and often doesn't include weekends. That's why, I recently joined a softball team called "Sons of Pitches." It's a lot of fun and forces me to work my schedule around games. Highly recommend joining an adult sports league if you want to socialize and make more friends.

What are some fun activities you do to take a break from your work schedule? Love to hear in the comments!
Tiffy Diamond Nasty Gal black and white dress

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tautmun Making Style Simple

Cute LA Collaboration with Tautmun online fashion boutique

Tautmun offers a sophisticated blend of street wear and professional style. This online fashion boutique is an indie business based out of California. With the mission of keeping fashion simple, Tautmun offers minimalist styles with soft silhouettes and accessories to match. They carry a wide range of items  lace bralettes, cropped tops, retro sunglasses, stackable rings and blouses.

Tautmun online fashion boutique free shipping with no minimum

I recently had the opportunity to model for Tautmun and was pleased with the quality of their clothes. For the photo shoot I wore their Regent Dress, Luxembourg Blazer and rings. This outfit was paired with the handbag I designed for Wink and Winn. This look is a perfect combination for spring, and for someone like me who needs to add more pastels to their life. 

Tautmun regent dress and blazer with Wink and Winn Bag modeled by Tiffy Diamond via Cute LA

Tautmun regent dress in melon modeled by Tiffy Diamond via Cute LA

Tautmun is an indie boutique knows how to do business well, they offer free shipping with no minimum which makes it easy for updating the essentials in basic colors and classic cuts. Tautmun is there to help you achieve effortless style without sacrificing quality. Now I just need go one of my great brunch places in Los Angeles so I can wear this Tautmun while drinking bottomless mimosas. 

What do you think about Tautmun? Would you rock this style? Love to hear in the comments!

Learn More About Tautmun: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
P.S. Tautmun is currently having a SALE! Pair that with their free standard shipping and score yourself some goodies. I already have my eye on a pair of their shades.