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How My Dream Job as a Fashion Designer Turned Into My Worst Nightmare

You wanted to work in fashion for as long as you can remember. And maybe you even landed your dream job as a fashion designer. But after a while, you realize this fantasy life isn’t so dreamy after all. I understand. I went through the same thing you are for years. My story is long. Yesterday, we started […]

The Painful Beginnings of My Own Fashion Brand (that I’ve never talked about)

You’ve been thinking forever, “I want to have my own fashion brand.” It’s your childhood dream and you feel like, “I could really do this!” But there’s a lot of stuff no one ever talks about – like logistics and money and profits (or lack thereof). I’ve shared snippets of my fashion journey before. But I’ve […]

SFD036: How to Make it in the Fashion Industry (and in Manhattan) with Caroline Vazzana

Your dream has been to make it in the fashion industry since you were a little girl (or boy). I get it! It was my dream too. But this industry is tough. Man is it brutal! You get rejected. You hear no a lot. And the competition is fierce. But your fashion dream can come […]

SFD028: Thanksgiving Thanks! A Special Holiday Message Just for You

It’s Thanksgiving week in the US, so we’re taking a holiday on the podcast. But I did create a short holiday message just for you to say thanks for all your support and give you a heads up on a few things we’re planning for 2018. Listen now here: And if you want to give your feedback […]

SFD027: Curled up in a Ball Crying: How Community Can Save You

Making it as an indie fashion designer is emotionally, mentally and financially brutal. And trying to do it alone is even harder. Which is why I love this episode with Nathalie Kraynina, an indie ready-to-wear fashion designer turned custom bridal designer who has built her brand by working with other designers. Sharing resources like factories […]

SFD026: How Millennials Are Giving the Fashion Industry a Better Name

Liz Segran covers fashion at Fast Company, a world leading progressive business magazine. She’s interviewed hundreds of industry professionals, and in this week’s episode, I turned the tables and interviewed her. In our chat, Liz shares her interesting perspective of how the fashion industry is changing at the hand of millennials and what that means […]

SFD024: Part 2: Fighting Fear in Fashion

Last week, in episode 23 (part 1), I introduced you to Solomon Eversole, who has the most calm and collected approach to creativity I’ve ever witnessed. He also has the same approach to fear. There’s no panic or frantic “hair sticking straight up” frenzy moments. At least, that’s not what you see from the outside. […]

SFD023: Part 1: How to Stay Creative (when there’s never any time)

Solomon Eversole has the most calm and collected approach to creativity I’ve ever witnessed. With 15 years experience working in the corporate world and on his own collections, he’s figured out the best ways to help himself and his team express their artistic side in an industry that thrives on tight deadlines and late nights. […]

SFD022: Why We All Must Ask: Who Made My Clothes?

Carry Somers is founder of Fashion Revolution – a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. If you’ve seen the “Who Made My Clothes” sign that millions of consumers, brands and producers have shared on social media, then you know what Fashion Revolution is doing. Simply put, they’re asking […]

That Time I Made 2500 Pairs of See Through Leggings…

Like a big nerd, I’m going to tell you a quote my yoga teacher shared this week that really resonated with me. I know, I know, the most cliche statement ever. But this one really hit home – so I wanted to share with you. “Discipline is the choice between what you want now, and what you […]

Why I wouldn’t trade a freelance lifestyle for the world

Watching people you love get old is hard, and my in-laws are no exception. They’ve had some really unfair health challenges, and while they’re doing ok, we have no idea how much longer they’ll be with us. As I write this, I’m sitting at their dining table with a view of Marc flying his drone […]

​This is how you accomplish your fashion career goals

We’re all capable of envisioning the finish line. But when we think about getting there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and just give up. Unless you break it down into tiny doable steps. Let me show you how to change your mindset to make even the biggest tasks seem achievable.

I feel scared most of the time

You know that heavy feeling you get in your chest, when your heart beats fast and your head physically gets hot? It’s called being outside your comfort zone. And it’s the best place you can hangout. The concept is simple:   Follow me on Instagram The magic happens outside your comfort zone. Yes, it’s scary […]

Interview with Successful Fashion Designer Rochelle Behrens

Last year I interviewed successful fashion entrepreneur Rochelle Behrens. When the two of us sat down to talk…things got real. Rochelle is one of the most genuine and candid people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and knowing. Before the interview started, I humbly asked her to share it all, to teach and tell […]

Here’s my one word for 2017…what’s yours?

There’s a reason I’m writing this post a few days after New Year’s. I bet you’ve been overwhelmed with emails and articles about resolutions, goals, and all the other things you “should” be doing at the beginning of 2017…and you’ve barely had a chance to pay attention any of them. If you’re anything like me, you were busy […]

Building Good Habits Now Will Pay Off Later

I’m not going on a diatribe about making habits. Or tell you it takes 21 days to make a good one or break a bad one. But you should know that starting with a foundation of good habits in Illustrator will pay off ten fold in the long run. And the Illustrator video tutorial I just released […]

It’s normal to feel nervous, but Illustrator shouldn’t make you panic

I know what anxiety and panic feel like. These are normal emotions that we all experience. And there are times when they’re justified. But there are times when you don’t have to feel this way. And I don’t know about you, but I’ll take any chance I can to avoid these emotions. Because let’s be honest…anxiety and panic aren’t fun. When […]

How to Be a Fashion Designer without Going to School

Fashion school’s not for everyone. I didn’t go, and you don’t have to either. Tuition is expensive. Four years is a long time. Or maybe you feel like it’s just too late to go back to school. I’ll show you the exact steps you can follow (and what skills you don’t need to learn) to make it as a fashion designer without going to school.

3 AI tutorials to help you stop *bleeping* screaming at your computer right now

Illustrator makes you frustrated that you’re missing something. As soon as you feel the tiniest bit “comfortable” with the program, some other issue pops up. Here are 3 of my favorite tuts to help you gain more confidence and get ahead.

I’m struggling to find balance and feeling distracted

I’ve been meaning to write for a while, but keep getting distracted. By a yard full of weeds. Walls full of nail holes. Broken windows and fence gates. Distracted by grilling under the summer sky with a beer in hand (yum!). Picking new paint colors for our home office (fun!). Finding a reliable handyman to fix […]


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