Launching the "Jade"

I am so excited to finally launch our Jade minaudieres! I have been wanting to make a minaudiere (which is a small evening bag made with a frame and shell) for a long time. I spent about a year looking to source high quality frames to pair with the gorgeous skins we use in our bags. I finally found a manufacturer in Italy and got to work! Our first minaudieres launched in 10 different skins, including stingray, croc and lizard.

We hope you love them as much as we loved making them!


Looking Back

I sound like a total cliche, but I really can't believe it's 2016 already! We had a busy and wonderful holiday season, and unfortunately completely neglected the blog!

Before we look forward to 2016, I wanted to go ahead and share one of my favorite moments from 2015 - my article in Indulge Magazine highlighting my business and my work in the community. I am so proud to be a volunteer leader with City Year (a national non-profit which aims to keep kids in school and on track to graduate) , serving as national vice-chair of the Red Jacket Society, Miami chair of the Red Jacket society, as well as on the Miami board (what a mouthful!). It has been an honor to help grow an organization that does such important work in our public schools. You can read the whole article here or take a look below.




The Big Move

Among the many struggles entrepreneurs face, especially ones working alone or in a small group, is when to bite the bullet and invest in an office space. In my case, I waited about 3 years before I got a small office in South Miami. As someone who had been used to working from home, getting an office was a great move. On a basic level, it gave me a reason to leave the house every day (let's be honest - sweatpants don't look great in public). But it was also an ideal place to meet with clients and have a separation between my work and home.

A few months ago, Melanie Fernandez and Alexa Pineiro, of House of Lilac and Blanc Events, respectively, were shopping around for a space. I referred them to my building and they became tenants on my floor. It was wonderful having friends and fellow creatives close by - we would bounce ideas off of each other and get feedback when we needed it. When I saw them outgrowing their space I decided I would take the plunge and ask them to take the relationship to the next level, so I did. "Would you guys want to move in together?"

On a practical level, sharing an office is great. You can upgrade to a bigger space, have someone get your mail when you are gone and split basic costs like phone and internet service. However, there are other reasons that far surpass the practical ones. There is someone to who can give you feedback, help motivate you, and give you ideas you may have not thought of before. On a social level, it is nice to come to an office every day and have someone to chat with about the latest episode of "True Detective" or "Game of Thrones."

The idea of shared workspaces has been gaining a lot of traction lately. The Miami Herald ran an article last week highlighting the dozens of new shared workspace concepts that have been cropping up all over town, fueled by the large amounts of entrepreneurs in the workforce.  The article cites a by the U.S. Government Accountability office which found "that the sector of workers who don’t have traditional full-time jobs increased to 40.4 percent of the workforce in 2010, up from 35.3 percent in 2006, and the researchers believe the share of independent workers is even larger today."

During our first week in the new office, Melanie suggested we have a weekly "motivation meeting." Over lunch, the three of us shared some recent successes, but also talked about areas where we were feeling unsure and needed some help. By the end of the meeting, we each had a list of things we wanted to accomplish by the next meeting. One of my goals (fueled by Melanie's own experiences) was to blog once a week. Since our meeting last Thursday I have blogged once, and I will have someone to answer to if I start to slack off!