Monday, July 28, 2014

Lady in Red + NAPA Auto Parts Commercial

Tiffy Diamond Forever 21 body suit and floral skirt via Cute LA
My color of the year is definitely red, I just love the power in wearing it. I'm stepping out of the box and embracing more color. This outfit is from Forever 21 and the shoes are my new favorites from Steve Madden.
Tiffy Diamond Forever 21 body suit and floral skirt via Cute LA

Random Thoughts
Live Art Love's NAPA Auto Parts Television Commercial
A commercial I produced recently was aired during the NASCAR Daytona International. This is a very big deal, and equals the Superbowl to NASCAR fans. It feels great when my commercials air on television or on the web. However, to have air time bought for such a huge event is a major accomplishment for my production company Live.Art.Love. The below screen cap is from our NAPA Auto Parts commercial in case you've caught it on television lately!
Live Art Love's NAPA Auto Parts Television Commercial
How is everyone's summer going? Do anything fun? Let me know in the comments!

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?
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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