A Seat At The Table

A Seat At The Table

I have to say, all of my initiative finally paid off with this one. Since graduating from The Art Institute of Seattle, I’ve had my eye on getting into the inner circle of the Seattle chapter of Fashion Group International (mainly to help the group to develop a larger presence in the city through graphic […]

New Design Rates

New Design Rates

When it comes to Stylishly Made, the thing I seem to have issues with the most is my rate. When I started the business last summer, I settled on charging an hourly rate of $60/hour for all of the work requested by my clients. For those wondering how I landed on $60/hour, I determined the […]

Full Time vs. Freelance

Full Time vs. Freelance

For the last few years, I’ve struggled with the concept of full time employment versus working as a freelancer. In my experience, I feel most comfortable knowing I have a steady paycheck coming in to sustain my lifestyle and save for my future. But on the other hand, I definitely enjoy the perks of working […]

Life Lessons from 2016

Last year was a huge smack in the face for me. I know it just ended yesterday, but man, I’ve never felt more emotionally unstable before. Luckily, all that craziness wasn’t for nothing. I managed to take away some interesting life lessons from both my successes and setbacks. 1. Stop Doubting. I earned my degree […]

How to Survive Job Interviews

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been known to take the initiative, especially with things that I’m passionate about (which is why I developed Stylishly Made). But realistically, I’m aware that taking the leap as a freelancer doesn’t guarantee success, which is why I also work “full time” as a contracted Marketing Assistant at […]

Selective Networking

Selective Networking

Image courtesy of Karen Okonkwo It’s a common misconception that attending every single fashion event in your area is key to making your mark in the industry. Trust me, from my experience, that can be not only mentally and physically draining, but also financially so. While it is important to stay connected, it’s wise to […]

Her Big Day Quarterly Industry Mixer - June 2016

Her Big Day Quarterly Industry Mixer – June 2016

I first met one of the founders of Her Big Day, Karen Okonkwo, at Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection last year and we instantly hit it off when she invited me to Her Big Day: A Cultural Wedding Affair that took place earlier this year. I’ve also been following Karen on social media and […]

Open For Business

June was quite a busy month for me. Even though I wasn’t technically open for business, I did make sure to reach out to all of my contacts about my new business venture and make a few fashion-related event appearances, including the FGI Seattle Designer Showcase, Style Remix at Canopy Blue and the Her Big […]

A New Beginning

After being in a “fashion hibernation” for the last four months to refocus and determine how I wanted to brand myself in the industry, I’m ready to get back in the game… but on my terms. Working for organizations such as Seattle Fashion Week and MODE Fashion Magazine and even attempting to start my own […]