Today, is my husband and my one year wedding anniversary! Thirteen years ago, I met my husband in college. I was a freshmen in wood sculpture 101, and he was my teacher's assistant :) Long story short: we became good friends. Three years later, we started dating. And ten years later, we got married!
The word, "soul mate" always sounded cheesy to me. But if I had to describe how much I love my husband, I would say, "with all my heart and soul."
Last week, I came across an article, "Are You as Busy as You think?" in The Wall Street Journal. According to the article, we actually do less work than what we think we are. When we claim we are working 60 hours a week, we are actually doing less than that.
How is that? Well, according to the article, most people get distracted easily while working on a to do. For example, as they work they may take a few minutes to surf the web, talk to a colleague or friend, take a longer than expected lunch, etc, etc ... which all combined together can add a few hours to their work day. This article made me start to think about what exactly do I do with my time whenever I say, "I'm too busy."
Being a new mommy and business woman, my schedule tends to be full. However, when I analyze what I do every minute when I work, I do find myself doing "other" things than just solely working. When I sometimes go to my local cafe to get work done, I find myself taking a few minutes to people watch, get a cup of coffee, or chat on the phone with my husband, sister or mom. And yes, I am guilty of checking my facebook page and twitter a few times a day. All of that "extra" stuff actually adds up and I end up getting less work done than expected. So when I think I am working 10 hours days, I am actually only working 8 or less.
To better understand what you are doing with your time, the article suggests keeping a time log. By keeping a time log, you can record what activities you are doing and exactly how long each takes. Keeping track of time can help to improve managing your time wisely. Pretty simple, right?
So why is this article so important to me? Well, we all know that we live in a very driven & competitive society, where how much you make and how hard you work determines how successful you are. That pressure to succeed makes us work so hard. We want to be labeled as "hardworking" because it shows how responsible and committed we are.
Prior to having my son, I sacrificed many hours working hard trying to achieve "success." The more hours I spent at my desk answering emails, packaging orders, or sketching up new designs meant that I was closer to achieving my ultimate goal: to be a successful business woman. It didn't matter if a few accumulated hours of web surfing, catching up on blogs, or tweeting were added to my total work hours. I was working for "me."
However, after having my son, that "me" became "us." And I realized that my priorities have changed making time very precious to me. I cherish the time I spend with my son. Many parents would agree, kids grow up fast! In just a matter of a few weeks, my son can now giggle, roll over, interact with me, and has already started eating! I want to spend so much time with my son so that I don't miss out on seeing him reach his milestones. But as I work very hard to support my family and provide my son with all the opportunities in the world, I end up sacrificing the time I spend with him and my family. A double edged sword. At many times, I feel an enormous amount of guilt when I am not with him and working instead. Unfortunately, that's life! We as parents have to work to support ourselves financially and there's nothing around that fact.
I appreciated reading this article because it shed some light on how I use my time when I work, and how I can improve the way I manage my time so that I can be more efficient. Being more efficient will help me balance my roles as "mommy" and "entrepreneur" so that I can achieve my newly revised ultimate goal: to be a successful business woman AND a super mommy. Though the advice given by this article may sound like common sense to many people, these words of wisdom are much appreciated by me!
This past weekend, our building - 52 O Street Studios - hosted it's annual Open Studios. The turn out was absolutely amazing! This was the first time my husband, Kelly Towles and I opened up our work space (which happened to be our live space as well) for all to see. The amount of people that came by to see our space and shop through De*Nada's collection and Kelly's work was awesome! We loved seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones!
We send out our sincere thank you's to all of you who came by this past weekend - and of course, a big thank to all the artists at 52 O Street for making this Open Studios such a success!
When we first started De*Nada years ago, we only had one site representing our brand online. Now with the rise and popularity of social media, we have quite a few sites that highlight different aspects of our brand. Curious as to where else you can find us online? Check out below!
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Just last year, we moved our workspace to O Street Studios - One of the very few existing artists work/live loft buildings left in Washington, DC. My husband and super talented artist, Kelly Towles and I worked very hard to transform the space to make it our home, where we are able to live comfortable and work productively. We're crazy about our loft space, and we would love for you all to come by and visit!
This weekend - April 14th and 15th from 11am-5pm - our building is hosting it's annual Open Studios. Come by and visit us! You will have the opportunity to explore our work space and 30 other talented artists' studios, get a sneak peak into De*Nada's new line before it goes live later this year, and shop our past collections at sale prices up to 75% off!
It's Sue here, De*Nada's intern! Sorry for being slightly m.i.a. I just got back from London and Paris visiting friends, and I'm very excited to share with all of you some interesting street styles and trends I found during my vacation!
Before I left for my vacation, Virginia (aka De*Nada) asked me to keep an eye out for trends and street styles. Since trend spotting is an interest of mine, I gladly accepted her request. Below, are a few "discreet" snap shots I took of some great European fashionistas during my trip!
While in Paris, I noticed that the Parisians love their scarves and of course everyone (even the men) was wearing one in the somewhat chili weather. I saw scarves in all types of styles, materials, and colors. I especially spotted a lot of knit scarves! Most of them were chunky knits just like the ones in the photos above.
The fashion in London is very different from the sleek and chic Parisian look. London styles seemed to be not too far fetched from American styles and trends. I saw a lot of colored hair, pleated skirts, printed trousers, and leather/denim jackets - the printed trousers and leggings had to be my favorite!
In Paris, trench coast were worn by women and men of all ages. I love this look, and how it looks so classic and chic!
Getting around on the Tube in London and Metro in Paris, I noticed that listening to music was more than just something to pass the time while traveling. Big headphones (particularly Beats by Dr. Dre) were the trendy must-have accessory to sport.
In all, I had such a great time in London and Paris and enjoyed all the fashion I saw. London is great, but my favorite city between the two is Paris! I can't wait for a chance to go back again!
Congratulations again to Katie Kondek for winning De*Nada's latest giveaway - a gift set worth $200! Thank you for participating!
In the efforts to continue showing our appreciation to our loyal fans, we decided to host a weekly giveaway throughout April and May. Fans will have a chance to win free De*Nada gifts on our Facebook Page weekly!
Every Tuesday at 12pm EST, we’ll be posting a photo, which lays out several of our favorite products. All you have to do is "tag" yourself on the product you love the most. Nothing else is required.
One winner will be picked at random and announced the following day, Wednesday at 12pm EST – so be sure to visit De*Nada’s Facebook Page every Tuesday to participate!
For me personally, I tend to find inspiration from the things surrounding me and things that I see and hear everyday. Ever since the birth of my son, Atticus (who is 4.5 months now), almost 100% of my time and energy has been directed towards him. Because I spend so much time with him, he actually inspired me to start working on a kids line! There's still a lot to be done and figured out. But one thing I do know is that all of the ideas for the kids designs come from answering these important questions: What would I want to see on my son? What does he need? What would work for him in regards to fit and style?
Since the kids line is still in the works, I can't reveal too much. But the general idea for the new line would essentially be a mini version of De*Nada ... with a hint of cuteness of course! I am very excited to design my first kids collection and I can't wait to see the outcome!
Until then, here are a few children's fashion that I find absolutely adorable and inspiring!