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27 Aug, 2015

Fear of the Unknown and Taking Chances

Denise Faddis  is a long time friend and supporter of  Consign Couture . Always finding ways to add creativity to the world around her, Denise is never afraid of a new adventure. 

Denise Faddis is a long time friend and supporter of Consign Couture. Always finding ways to add creativity to the world around her, Denise is never afraid of a new adventure. 

Fear is a factor we know all too well. Most of us face rational and irrational fears on a regular basis and even use these fears as a form of identification. According to the Self Help Collective, the most common fears are the fear of public speaking and the fear of flying and heights.

But what is about these things that make us fear them? If you fear heights or flying, perhaps the actual fear is crashing or free-falling. If you fear public speaking, maybe you fear being in the spotlight or worry about embarrassing yourself. No matter what the underlying worry is, the thing to remember is that most fears are caused by other worries and we can’t let these control the chances we choose to take in our lives.

As the summer is coming to end and I approach my senior year of college, I have had to confront some of my biggest fears: graduating, entering the professional world, and becoming completely independent. All of these are fairly common among 20-somethings; but why? I got to thinking and realized the root of my worries is that I have absolutely no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life. And, as I’m sure we’ve all felt that way, it’s a terrifying feeling.

But I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Denise Faddis; Creative Recruiter and Account Manager at Mathys+Potestio. I was extremely nervous prior to our meeting (a highly regarded professional was taking time out of her day to review a student-with-no-clue’s portfolio). Needless to say, I was expecting pretty harsh feedback. When I arrived, we began discussing my hopes and goals for the future and, at first, I felt embarrassed to admit that I do not have a single clue regarding my [realistic] dream job or where I want to end up in 5 years. But Denise’s advice completely changed how I viewed my situation.

The feedback I received was this:

Even if you have no idea what you are doing, or want to do, you will be okay. Show that you are an individual that is willing to learn and is open to all types of new experiences. Stay positive and open- minded and one day you will discover your perfect fit.

This was exactly what I needed to hear. It doesn’t matter if you are lost and confused so long as you work hard, continue setting goals, and keep a positive attitude. Dwelling on the fear of the unknown only hinders your own performance and keeps you from taking the chances in life that could lead to your happiest moments and greatest successes. 

During my 10 weeks interning with Consign Couture, I have learned so much; not only about the industry I am passionate about, but about myself as well. While I may not be entirely sure where I want to end up in the future, I am ready to take chances, dive into the unknown, and discover what I am capable of achieving.  - Riley Nelson, Senior at Oregon State University

During my 10 weeks interning with Consign Couture, I have learned so much; not only about the industry I am passionate about, but about myself as well. While I may not be entirely sure where I want to end up in the future, I am ready to take chances, dive into the unknown, and discover what I am capable of achieving.

- Riley Nelson, Senior at Oregon State University

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27 Aug, 2015

Back to Basics: Bold and Budget-Friendly

Recently we had the opportunity to collaborate with Candace Molatore, a Portland blogger with a passion for fashion photography. The concept of this shoot was how to look put together for work quickly and on a budget. See below what we've come up with! 

Blouse - Loft | Size M | $14.99, Necklace - Hanawear | $42, Ring - Saressa Designs Druzzy | $35

Wedges - Sam Edelman | Size 7.5 | $49 

Blouse - Loft | Size M | $14.99, Necklace - Saressa Designs Druzzy | $52

Skirt - Vince Camuto | Size 10 | $22.99, Ring - Saressa Designs Druzzy | $35

Heels - Target | Size 7.5 | $14.99

To finish off the day, we headed next door to the Beer Porches for drinks and a bite to eat with Erin and her boys. Erin Chaney has been a friend of Consign Couture since before we opened supporting every move we make. We love her signature pink hair and how she's always up for letting us take pics of her. Erin resides in Portland with her two boys and works at Adidas as a manager in the pattern-making department. 

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11 Aug, 2015

Social Media Tips For Moms Who Own A Businesses

It was fun to ask Cara to do this post because she's one of the few people I have met via social media and then in person. Running a consignment store I try to connect with any and all stylists, bloggers and personal shoppers. At the time I met Cara part of her job was a wardrobe stylist and I loved how she communicated online. She has the quality in social media that I connect with - authentic, genuine, interesting but she doesn't overshare and you can see the boundaries she sets in her personal and professional life. I like to surround myself with people who i can learn from - and from the moment I met Cara 3ish years ago in our short moments online or in person she is one of those people. 2 qualities she possesses that I adore are: she does one thing at a time and well and she is a very clear communicator. I love the professional journey she is on now and I asked her as a social media guru and mom to give us some tips to share with busy moms! Or just moms as I know you are all so busy. -Tamara

Cara's Social Media Tips 

One of the best things about being in the Website and Social Media Industry is the ability to work from anywhere. For many moms, this can be a viable career and small business, while giving you the ability to have your babies home with you full or part time during the work day.

While my Little is too active and toddler-like for me to run my business with her asking me questions every 2 minutes at this point, I was lucky enough (and hard-working enough) to have her home with me full time until she was around 21 months old. 

I did not work part-time though - I averaged around 45-50 hours per week, on top of being her full-time care giver. Fortunately for me, she was a great sleeper and I was able to get everything done during her naps and after she went to bed - usually working until 11 pm every night.

At the time I was the social media manager for a well-known band and was in charge of 17 social media accounts (usually 5-6 accounts daily), with a social fan base of over 11-12 million. That's right - MILLION. That meant every time I would post, thousand of eyeballs would see it within minutes. I had to be exacting and purposeful - not easy when you're a new mom. I once tweeted for the band and misspelled the name of the tour. That was when I realized I could not feed my baby, change a diaper, and tweet at the same time.

All this hustle required me to figure out really, really quickly some effective time management and shortcuts for social media. Here's a list of the best tools and tips I used.

    1) Schedule your posts. You will not be able or available to post during opportune times. My favorite tools are Tweetdeck and Buffer.
    2) Re-read and re-read. "Mom brain" is very real. Proof read everything word for word at least twice. You will make mistakes - fix it and learn from it.
    3) Use the Facebook "save for later" option. This is a running content factory for me.
    4) Know exactly what you need to do each day for your accounts. The checklist and structure will keep you on track.
    5) Schedule time to unplug and just be with your kiddo(s). You need it and they need it. Social Media is not as important and that's okay.
    
I'd by lying if I said I never let my Little watch more videos than I'd prefer because I had to get a Facebook album up or an new contest launched. I did the best I could knowing that my time at home was invaluable and I was helping to support my family. I'd also be lying if I said that at the end of those 21 months of being the full-time caregiver and working until 11 pm every night, 7 days a week, I wasn't exhausted and done. As my Little got older, she needed more and more of my attention and that model wasn't sustainable.

But…I am here to tell you, if you are lucky enough to have these options, even if you only work part-time, you CAN do it and these tools and tips make it easier.

If you're a work from home mom and you need some social media advice, I'd be more than happy to help you figure it out! Give me a shout and we'll put our heads together.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

06 Aug, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

After getting our hands on Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a trendy guide to organizing your home, we were inspired to declutter our own homes. We could not believe how easy it was to follow Kondo's methods (called KonMari) Whether your bedroom could use a little sprucing up here and there or the kitchen is in complete disarray, this book is a must-read for everyone. 

 

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