Tips from Stina The Renegade Seamstress

"Every Woman Wants a Dress No One Else Has"

Slow fashion is the process and upcycling the tool Stina Andersen uses in designing ARTeries by Stina custom dresses because" Every Woman Wants a Dress No One Else Has"

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Focus Pocus and Goal Sewing!

Alright Amigas! Time to start setting intentions for 2016, you know creating unrealistic expectations for your superhumanself that will drop off the radar in a few weeks. Then again-  perhaps you want to focus on a few possible resolutions - that you will be able to maintain and love working to achieve!

Throughout the past year  due to the business of life and the combined stress of working a 3/4 time job, sewing my clothing line, launching ARTeries Mobile Boutique, and being a single parent, while remaining social and healthy; I lost track of some of my  goals! That's not to say I didn't achieve a lot of my goals- because I rocked 2015 and did a H-E-double hockeysticks of an amazing job. (Back patting sound effects.)

In fact 2015 was sew successful because I  learned a new tactic for setting myself up for success from my business consultant Tonya Snider of tenBiz.She assured me that SMART goals were going to get me where I wanted to go!

She was sew right! I happen to love acronyms and alliteration as different words may work better for some people when making goals. My favorites are in bold!

S - Specific, or significant, stretching, stimulating, simple, self owned, strategic, sensible...

M. - Measurable, or meaningful, motivating, manageable, maintainable...

A. – Achievable, or attainable, action-oriented, appropriate, agreed, assignable, ambitious, accepted, audacious...

R. - Relevant, or rewarding, results-oriented, resourced, recorded, reviewable, robust...

T. – Time based or time-bound, time- lined, track-able...

Those guiding words have helped me narrow my focus and create SMART goals that shape my pursuit of change and success in both my professional and personal life.
Lists are a great way to start planning. From there you can create an outline or a "How to" for yourself. Like a road map you can consult to make sure your on the right track along the way. There are samples of SMART Goals and free downloadable forms if you need that structure Get it Girl! 

Sew, try to carve some downtime for yourself this holidaze to do some SMART planning for the year ahead. Maybe if this concept is new just start with a short term goal that can be met fairly easily with a two or three steps before launching into I want to change my life mode!

 

 For example:

Strategy: I am going to run a New Years Resolution 5k on January first.

Measurable: I run the race at 10am and am having a celebratory brunch at noon.

Action Steps: I found a couple of friends to support this goal and run with me. I registered for the event, step three  put on my running shoes...

Rewarding: I am going to  feel like a superstar for the start of 2016.

Time-based: The date is set, I just have to show up and participate.

 

This is one girlboss who wants success and happiness in 2016! Stay SMART benchmark those goals!

Sew it up,

Stina

 

 


How to Host a Successful Clothing Swap

 

I highly recommend you create a fun, playful atmosphere where women can feel free to play and explore new looks! Clothes swaps can empower women to unleash their creativity and explore new color schemes.

The joy of clothes swapping is beyond measure! To take a bag of unwanted garments to a party and swap them  out for new desirable clothes is like getting a makeover without the cost.

 

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Building a new Boutique!

"Our hope for the new Boutique is that it builds upon the collaborative magic that is created by our collective of designers, and meets with a more successful market through Jenna's renovations and rebranding as the place to shoppe for local Asheville fashion."- Stina Andersen

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