Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rodeo Drive

I had to go to Rodeo Drive to check out some fashion brands and their accessories.  To name a few Tom Ford, Gucci, Prada, Miu Miu, etc.

Flash back 15 years I used to work on Rodeo Drive at the Guess Store.   The usual Rodeo Drive shoppers were East Coast and Midwest tourists, wealthy Middle Eastern people, rich housewives and kids on summer break and the odd celebrity or two.

Today I stepped into the Guess store just for old times sake.  A Southern Woman that looked just like the New Jersey tanning mom was screaming at the sales clerks.  Her skin was orange and her boobs and lips were giant.   Her flaming red hair matched her temper.   It was too funny.  People think because they are shopping on Rodeo Drive they can be total assholes.  #OMG  Anyway I got a good photo.  I will write more later.


Rocco in Rodeo

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's Really Short

What is?  Life. It's really short.  Do what you want to do.  TRAVEL. Start your dream job. Try something.

Tauromina, Italy Photo by Tara Sauvage

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

They Were So Beautiful.

As adults we often look back at photos of our parents or grandparents and think they are wearing really weird outfits or crazy hairstyles.  Today my dad sent me a photo of his parents.   My Grandma Sauvage is still living.  She was born in 1911 and is 103 plus year old.   She has always been a very happy person.  I did not meet her until she was older (obviously), but she has always had a lot of energy and radiated health and happiness for many years…

I wanted to share this photo of my grandparents because they were so beautiful.   I don't know if it was the era where everyone was normal weight and radiated health or it was just because they were happy and healthy people.   I was not there, but this photo just radiates vitality, joy and people in their prime.  

My grandmother influenced my fashionista side.  When I was about 10 or 11 I started spending one week per summer with her at her house near Seattle.  She would always make a point of taking me shopping at Bellevue Square which was the cool mall of the day and still is in Bellevue, Washington.   She would always buy me one cool outfit for back to school.  She was not affluent but would spend enough to get me a nice outfit.  It was always a special treat.   I learned to appreciate Nordstrom for their high quality shoes and learned a little bit about quality over quantity.  Back in those days, we did not have Forever 21, it was Macy's or Nordstrom.   My Grandmother taught me about quality and how to look at the stitching and the seams.

I don't know what has happened to the average Americans over the decades that have past but we are not as beautiful as they were 75 years ago.   I have been really blessed to have had the privilege of getting to know the older generation on a personal level.  When I was 25 I lived with my grandparents for a few months while I was starting my career in Seattle.   I actually lost weight because I was eating fresh fish and vegetables every day for dinner.   My Grandfather (Lester) actually enjoyed me staying with them because he would BBQ a different type of fish or meat every night.  Retired people love younger people, its an investment for both of them to spend time together.   Encourage it.  Your future will thank you.  Mine did.  They were so beautiful.  #family #vintage #love

Evelyn and Lester Sauvage 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Failure. #KeepGoing

As a fashion designer that works with a lot of different brands I have met a lot of people in the industry.   Most of them are afraid to try something new for fear of failure or fear of losing your job.   I have lost jobs and brands so I have gotten over that fear.  There is always another job or chance down the road.  Always. 

You are not a failure if you tried and it did not work out.  I think you are a failure if you let fear hold you back and you never try anything.   There is people that watch your life, they watch you take the risks, they watch you cry, fail, succeed, get up and try again.  I always get up and try again, or try something else.

Some people are so afraid of failure that they don't even try.  I am not one of those people.  I have tried and failed at a couple of fashion start up brands.   The first one was really hard for me to take.
However it took me less than one year and I was already planning my next brand.   I did have to take a year off though, just to recover from the utter feeling of devastation after closing my first handbag brand I had worked so hard at for 5 years!

I like the challenge of building things.  Having passion for your work is also one of the driving forces behind entrepreneurs.   Right now I have a few projects on the back burning on the proverbial stove as I wait for certain things to fall into place.  I don't have unlimited funding so I have to work for everything I get.   Everything just takes a little longer because of that but it gives the project time to get refined.   My own personal motto is:  #keepgoiong #nevergiveup

Contemplating the future.  #keepgoing

Monday, June 15, 2015

Fashion Fast Lane

FAST Lane.

For the past two years I have been living in a quiet, affluent beach side community near San Diego. Most of my design clients hail from New York City, Los Angeles or  overseas.  All my work was done from my home office/studio with two pugs.   It was life in the fashion slow lane. Not much interaction with people except on Skype or when I went to LA for meetings or maybe the odd Vegas trade show.

Fast forward to today, I am commuting from La Jolla on weekends to work in Downtown Los Angeles aka. DTLA during the week.  I am actually coach surfing, staying with friends and family all over Los Angeles.  My commutes are crazy, LA traffic is super crazy.   I have put miles and miles on my car but I love my job!   I am getting to know new parts of Los Angeles that I have never explored before like Korea Town, Silverlake, etc.

I am lucky that I am relatively healthy because I am commuting to LA, wearing 4 inch heels all day and I am fine.  I would not be doing this unless I loved creating things.   I won't go into detail about the company or the job but lets just say I am the only person in the handbag department and I am the Creative Director.  Its a new division for the ocmpany and I am starting it from scratch.   Its still new so we will see what it looks like 4 or 5 months from now.

I like working in the fashion industry because the people are eccentric, interesting and have passion.
Passion fuels my work.   I could not do this if it wasn't for passion.   I am lucky to find work that I enjoy and can do in my sleep.   Not many people I meet like their jobs as much as I do.

I have tried a lot of different jobs.   When I was a teenager I worked on the farm, was a maid for a hotel, worked as a dental assistant, was a cocktail server and in my 20's I worked as an Executive Assistant, then an Executive Recruiter and for a while as a travel writer in Thailand.  I worked retail at the Guess flagship store in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive.  I made little money and sometimes I made good money.  

What is your passion? Sometimes you just have to keep trying different things until you find out what you like.   At all those jobs I had as a young person there was always something I liked.  I liked cleaning peoples teeth, I liked interacting with clients when I was working in retail, I enjoyed helping people as a recruiter.  I know that if a certain job does not work out I have enough skills and passion to keep going.   When I am 80 I will probably have a little boutique on the corner.   I can't imagine staying home and playing bingo once a week.  Or maybe I will play bingo and have a shop on the corner and my own line of leather bags.  Wait.  I already had a line of leather bags.  Maybe another new line then.

#work #passion

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