Introducing the 2016 #prettyrad Day(Dream) Planner!

Best 2016 Day Planner: The #prettyrad Day(Dream) Planner

I’ve been keeping a little secret for you all. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve posted a few teasers on Instagram and I am SO ready to reveal the new #prettyrad Day(Dream) Planner in collaboration with my girl, Natasha, the creative genius behind Violet Tinder. Read More… Introducing the 2016 #prettyrad Day(Dream) Planner!

Need it Now! Small Business Series: GlamHerBands

Need it Now! Small Business Series: GlamHerBands - All Things Pretty Blog

Here at All Things Pretty, we love sparkly things! This week, we’re super excited to feature GlamHerBands as part of our Need it Now! Small Business Series! GlamHerBands specializes in beautiful, custom made belts and headbands. I got the opportunity to chat with Stephanie, the founder of GlamHerBands and got to pick her brain a little bit and learn how she got started. We are also partnering up to give away a shop credit on Instagram. Be sure to be following All Things Pretty and GlamHerBands for details. Now let’s hear how this amazing small business got started!

How was GlamHerBands started?

In the summer of 2014 I was expecting my second little girl. We were guests at a wedding and I needed a dress to wear. Nothing in my maternity wardrobe made me feel pretty. I found that my bump got lost in the layers of fabric so I tried accenting it with a belt. Problem was, the belt was too tight but the end of the night and could only stretch so far! I needed to create something stretchy and adjustable that would add something special to my wardrobe. I bought some fold over elastic and sparkly rhinestone chain trims and made myself half a dozen belts. I wore them with everything! Plain t-shirts, dresses, cardigans, the list goes on. My friends and coworkers fell in love with them and started asking if I would make some for them. I experimented with different chains and colours, then in July (a month later!) opened my Etsy store.

What does a day in the life of GlamHerBands look like?

I manage GlamHerBands during the day with my BFF, my iPhone. Because I sell on Etsy, I use the app for everything! I answer questions, revise listings and update my social media while my girls are sleeping. Once they are tucked in at night, I plug in my glue gun and work tirelessly to get my orders completed. I love being creative, so after making my orders I usually experiment with new designs and colours. The next morning while the little ones are sleeping, I package everything up then off we go to the mailbox. It’s a wonderful excuse to get out of the house!

What is your favorite part of being an entrepreneur?

I love how I am pushing myself all of the time to be better and do more, yet it never feels like work. Each time I reach one milestone, I start thinking about the next. I’ve never felt this way about any other type of work. This is all mine, and I love it so much. My biggest competitor is myself!

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What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced being a small business owner so far?

The work-life balance. It’s difficult to not want to do things during the day when naps don’t go as planned. I find I’m exhausted by the evening and probably should go to sleep, but my creative time alone is so scarce that I find myself staying up until all hours of the night! I know that as our girls grow up and I streamline my process this balance will become easier.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to those interested in starting their own creative business?

Be yourself. It’s so hard not to look at others and compare ourselves. I did this to myself a lot in the beginning and was disappointed at how slow I thought things were moving. Some businesses blossom overnight while others take years to grow. Stay true to yourself and be unique and good things will come in time.

What goals do you have for your business for 2015. What can we look forward to in 2015?

This year I would like to get GlamHerBands into a few more boutiques. I would have never dreamed last year that this would be a goal of mine in 2015, but once I sent out my first retail order I knew I wanted to do more! There is something so satisfying knowing that people everywhere are seeing my product!

I would also like to start experimenting with some new appliqués. I love trying new things so will definitely be adding more fun things to my shop.

My biggest goal for this year is to show everyone that my GlamHerBand belts are an accessory that every girl needs in their closet! They are perfect for fit and flare dresses, tulle skirts, peplum tops, oversized blouses, the list goes on! They are so versatile, they can even be tied as a headband! Rhinestone belts aren’t just for brides and bridesmaids. They are something fun that can be worn everyday and take something plain to glam in an instant!

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Need it Now! Small Business Series: Flower Flower on the Wall

Need it Now! Small Business Feature: Flower Flower on the Wall

I love flowers. Like love, love them. But, I am not the best at taking care of them. I was not gifted with a “green thumb” and between a husband, two kids and two cats the flowers I bring home from the market are lucky to make it 5 days.  One day, while I was doing some good ‘ol “Instasurfing”, I came across Flower Flower on the Wall. They are a shop specializing in beautiful handmade floral arrangements that are framed and easy to hang on the wall. You don’t even have to take care of them and they’ll look pretty forever! I got the opportunity to chat with Mendy, from FFOTW, to find out the inspiration behind their business. I’m so glad to be featuring this wonderful company in today’s Need it Now! Small Business Series.

How was The FFOTW started?

The FFOTW was the fruit for our love of flowers, design and storytelling. Each artwork has a little story we want to share and we put our attention in every detail of every petal and leaf in the artwork. We are crazy that way :)

Need it Now! Small Business Feature: Flower Flower on the Wall

My gorgeous arrangement. I love that I can adore these peonies year round!

What does a day in the life of FFOTW look like?

We have a great team behind FFOTW consisting of a fashion stylist, graphic designer and an art director. We try to focus on what we’re best at hence we can create beautiful work and enjoy the journey creating them. Every day is different, but a typical day usually starts with having a nutritious breakfast, checking emails, Instagram posts and comments and checking off the to-do list. We then start working on more creative designs for clients, personal projects and Instagram posts.

What is your favourite part of being an entrepreneur?

For us, it would be fulfilment that we wouldn’t get anywhere else. We can pursue our obsession for perfection, meeting amazing people, satisfaction in work, creating new things and having the pleasure to know that someone appreciates what we do here at FFOTW day in day out.

Need it Now! Small Business Feature: Flower Flower on the Wall

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced being a small business owner so far?

We are very new to the business, and it could be hard to cover multiple roles from designing, shipping, sales, business development, etc. At the end of the day, everything is paid off after receiving thank you notes from happy clients!

Need it Now! Small Business Feature: Flower Flower on the Wall

What goals do you have for your business for 2015. What can we look forward to in 2015?

We’re planning to open our online shop soon!

Need it Now! Small Business Feature: Flower Flower on the Wall

Follow along with the flower fun!

Free April 2015 Desktop Calendar

Free desktop downloads are back and I think that you are going to LOVE April’s calendar. It features photography by your’s truly with macarons from Dana’s bakery. I mean come on- who doesn’t love macarons? Dana’s bakery makes AMAZING flavors. The Birthday Cake is outta this world! Please feel free to download and enjoy this for yourself!

Before you download this free desktop background, I do kindly ask you to read my usage policy:

 - I do ask that if you use this, please return the love by sharing on Instagram (tag me @atprettyblog) and/or Pinterest for others to see and enjoy!

- This is for personal use only. Please no duplicating, copying or selling my original artwork.

 - If sharing my design with others, please link back to this original post.

 - Please do not publish link or file onto your blog.

 - To download, simply click on the link underneath the photo, right click on the photo that opens and save to your camera roll. From there, use your phone settings to make it your background.

 - ENJOY!

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