I have to say that the year is ending faster than I can even imagine; however, things are still changing very quickly. Today's post is different than most of my Sunday posts as I usually talk about home decor and ways to relax before you go back to the grind Mon morning. Who knew that this week would be full of so many emotions and in many ways, closure on various ideas and yet it became a door opener to so many things.
I have way too many friends to thank for getting me through the week in providing their encouragement and assistance as I begin a new venture that's not entirely new but one that will take a lot of effort. In the picture above are 2 of my very good friends that although we just met this summer (time flies FAST), we have come together and have become family! If you follow me (@cocoabebe) on Twitter, you hear me talk about Emily and Niki. As I began a new strategy they were the first ones to put in their much needed advice and definitely began to assist me in ways they couldn't have imagined. In fact, it was Niki who referred to us as the women in Lipstuck Jungle. Although this show was canceled, I loved how the women worked in different fields but they were there for each other in ups and downs and always had encouragement - which is essential in whatever you do! This image is from the first episode when Victory's line didn't do as well as she expected and between friendship, cupcakes and a little bubbly she was able to pick herself up and move on.
On that note, I unveil something new to Kitten Lounge as well as something that is beneficial to those that are in the process or have always wanted to start a business and specifically within the fashion industry! As you know, I have an accessory line, Kitten Couture which I began in 2004. This incorporated my love for natural stones and shells and the ability for people to wear it as they wished. I love the line and you can see me in the pieces when I'm out and about (of course it is still available for purchase as they are handmade)! I have wanted to go in a new direction for awhile and feel that a new line must be created and it will launch July 2010!
After the past months of working on a new line of a completely different name, I have decided that this new jewelry line will be more than just a new line but it will be a way to see how it is to get a product from an idea to the final product. In addition, once the product is launched, you will continue to see many of the behind the scenes efforts that it takes in order for the line to be successful. Many people wonder where to start and I would love for you guys to come along with me. To start, I will have weekly vids and as the weeks go by, you'll see the line build, my efforts and other items that are surrounded with this idea! I'm really excited to launch a line as well as to inform others on the do's, don'ts, highs and lows of getting out there and just doing it.
Obviously, the jewelry box symbolizes a collection that I will be excited to share with you and my trusty Flip, will record my videos which you will have access to. Of course I know that my friends (I wish I had enough room to put you guys in this post as there are more than just the two above) will be there to listen to my ideas, provide feedback and maybe give me a cupcake and a glass of bubbly when I need it. My motto for 2010 is Transparency and making things a lot more accessible and I hope that in creating this line and working through this new venture that I can do that and provide it to you guys as well!