I set goals every morning with a cup of coffee. I work off of a planner, pay attention to the hair industry media on IG and FB. We cook at home 95% of the time. Not only to keep costs down but also to touch base, talk and eat together as a family.
Im A single mom of two beautiful girls with a great creative sense. I’ve been in fashion for 20yrs as a sales Manger and buyer of boutiques.
What made me become a stylist is because I have a great eye for fashion.
As single Parent I’m grateful that fashion has not became a problem because me and daughters enjoy fashion so it came easy .
In fashion it’s always some challenges I always say just stay true to yourself and your vision , your style is not for everyone create your own way.
Advice for give to anyone believe in you only you can stop you what’s meant for you will be for you don’t get discouraged that means you go harder make your own way. My favorite words create,promote , repeat.
Born In Brooklyn..departed around 1990 to steadily reside in Murray Hill from 1990 until about 2007. Not really use to the new environment at 1st, I stayed in Bk on a regular basis because all of my family and friends were still there. Learning to adapt in a more diverse environment than what I was use to is what actually helped me tap into many hidden pockets of interest and talents that i didn’t know that I had. Still in tune with my Brooklyn roots but being able to experience new things with an open mind in Murray Hill gave me the best of both worlds.
Music:Im from Gowanus projects and I lived with a number of different family members under the same roof and also had cousins within the same projects that I was around all the time. All of them, all older than me treating me like a little sister and bringing me to tag along everywhere. I got to experience hip hop through them on so many levels. They’d get dressed to go out..leather bombers..doorknockers etc and all that I and I just sat there wishing it was me. I, the youngin was left with video music box, which I lived for and Word Up and Right On mags…I just loved everything about the culture and so badly wanted to be it in every way shape form and fashion. I wanted to be those people on the screen. I wanted to be my cousins rapping and dressing exactly like the people in the videos. So I would emulate a lot as a very small child which grew into realizing that I was great writer and could put words together. That then blossomed into me writing lyrics in 4th grade. The rest is history.FashionI’ve always loved playing dolls especially Barbies, specifically for the fashion. Even as an adult I still fucks with Barbie and I literally just got gifted with like 6 dolls for my Bday and Christmas this year, off of the strength of my known love for barbie. I use to make clothes out of paper and scotch tape..old stockings etc. I was always artistic so I always drew illustrations mostly fashion based. Many of my toys were things that promoted art/fashion. One of my most memorable gifts as a child were the fashion plates that you put the paper on top of and use a pencil to scratch the image on the paper lol..I loved those. So fashion was always in me.I was deprived on many occasions which made it hard for me to keep up with all of the latest trends. My cousins and grandmother helped a lot with trying to keep me in the loop. I started working at the age of 12 and when that happened I was able to buy little things for myself with my little checks. The inadequacies led to me trying to make more out of what I had so I would create things ie: getting the dope kicks but not having the outfit fueled me to create something to match even if it was just a hat.Another major key is that I have been plus sized my whole life and finding trendy items back then was almost impossible. I was a young adult and it was all this old lady shit so I had to make my own stuff and its still like that in this current day. Even though we have way more choices, I still have to created to stand out. That became a staple for me..Stand out! People knew me and identified me off of my consistent uniqueness. I am still praised and acknowledged for that and I wear that proudly. I have a goal to break into the fashion industry to change the game for plus sized fashion. Even though it has evolved tremendously ..it hasn’t evolved on the level that I have in my head. So I have work to do.My passion for creating drew people to me and when people allowed me to bring my visions to life via designing and styling them, it was like having real life barbies to play with lol.
I work a lot, so to balance more than one job and home I use my time wisely. When I get any free moment at any of my jobs, I am creating..whether I am brainstorming,writings songs,drawing,crocheting or whatever. I utilize all of my time to create so that I have time to keep home in order with the little bit of down time after my long days and nights.
One of my biggest challenges that effect the 2 things that I truly love (music and fashion) is my weight. The two things that I love both focus on image ..heavily and I know that my weight is the reason that a lot of opportunities haven’t been presented and that a lot of doors haven’t been opened. Its an obstacle that hasn’t been fully conquered but I stay above water by staying true to myself and maintaining a true sense of self confidence. A lot of people have a false sense of self confidence. Not I. I am humble and talented and that keeps me level headed enough to continue working on the perfection and growth of all of my crafts and God given talents. True recipe for success, regardless of any circumstance.Just start! Even if it is on an amateur level..Start and enlighten yourself as you continue to grow. Be yourself and stick to your ideas. Do not water down or alter your vision for anyone. Learn what works and what doesn’t work through trail and error and not off of people’s opinions or doubts in your vision. Be a good listener and be observant all while keeping an open mind which is a great way to learn. Surround you self with positive go getters and be a team player. So much advice to give but these are some major keys!Everything in life is like a blank canvas. We all have different stories and should use all of these blank canvases to tell a different story… every time. Art is life and we should express ourselves through it however,,whenever.IG: Soh_PhocusedTwitter: SohphocusedYoutube: SohphocusedSoundcloud: Sohphocused
My name is Victoria C Robinson, I am 44yrs old and I am the owner of Maries-Kids Mobile Paint & Sip and Sticks4UrsStix.
I grew up as the only child, and I believe that this may very well be where my creativity started.
When you are the only child in the home, your parents try their best to be entertaining but that only goes so far. So, you get creative, inventive and your imagination expands.
Like many of us, I had a gang of cousins, but while they were out learning normal “kid-stuff”, like riding a bike or skating, I was in the house, drawing, coloring, doing puzzles, watching old movies, black and whites shows like I Love Lucy and looking through magazines. However back then, I don’t think my parents quite knew what to do with that. So you mostly heard things like, look at what she can do, my baby can draw, or she put this together herself, but nothing like, she can be a designer, a party planner or an artist, that was just too whimsical.
So I went through life just learning, you go to school and you get a good job, the end. Not much more to it.
I’m not sure I knew that I wanted to start a business when it happened. It’s just somewhere down the road, I found myself surrounded by positive people. Successful people, people who opened my eyes to more things, without even knowing they did and I realized, everyone around me was moving and I was still stuck in the same spot I had been in, thinking I was good but I was actually suffocating. I realized there was more than just getting that decent job, more than just having a family. There was more to life than the just that everyday routine, there was room to do much more and I wanted in!!
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but as I traveled through different states, and towns I started noticing things and one of those things for me were homes, big and small, it’s all about the front doors, the size the color, the wood, most of us are visual creatures and we do judge books by their covers (initially) and I realized they were missing something, and at this time, I was also coming into the fact that I like to craft, to DIY, so I decided on WREATHS! I jumped out the window, researched, learned, purchased a bunch of materials andbegan to create and there is when I realized that this could be the start of something for me, but it didn’t go far, I didn’t quite know how to promote myself, and a lot of people in my own area weren’t willing to spend the money on such an item. I even tried social media and giving décor advice and fun crafts but it just wasn’t working, so I put it down, and gave up. I felt that maybe I was too old to just now decide to start venturing out.
But then February of 2017 came, and my Mom was turning 65 and I just didn’t have it financially to throw her a big party, I mean she knows half her town! Lol
I was so upset, because I wanted it to be this big classy event, where I could design a huge balloon backdrop or maybe floral. I wanted to decorate with linens and centerpieces but it just wasn’t in the budget.
I had remembered, she had been mentioning doing paint and sip before, so I thought of taking her and her closest friends to one but the price without even feeding them just sound crazy!! And then it happened, LIGHT BULB!! There it was, my opportunity to shine. I decided to decorate my dining room table in her favorite color, I purchased everything I needed, I created a painting I thought even a child could do and threw her a Surprise Paint and Sip in my very own home! My husband is a chef, so once the painting was over, the guest hung out in the living room while we set up for dinner. I did a picture booth and candy station! It wasn’t the biggest but it was so much fun to do, it came out so nice and by the end of the night her friends were saying they wanted to do one at their home. And just like that, the fireworks started in my head! And my business was born, a mobile paint and sip, where I bring the entire party to you, down to the tables and chairs. It wasn’t so much the painting I wanted to do, but I wanted to decorate, I wanted to make the centerpieces, create tablescapes and just create a whole atmosphere that you forget that you’re just in your living room, or backyard. I like people to know they don’t need a million dollar budget to create joy. I like to see the reactions to what I had actually put together. I really get overwhelmed with a sense of fulfillment when I see the positive reactions to something I did. I must admit, it has not YET led to any weddings, or huge contracts..lol. I’ve done a few parties outside the paint and sips, like baby showers, birthday parties BUTGUESS WHAT?? I didn’t give up this time, I won’t give up!! I just keep making the paint and sips more GRAND! Lol.. that means centerpieces, 3d art, backdrops and more. I really enjoy it. I think I like it because I don’t set up and sit back, I actually get to interact with the guest and see just how much they like everything and of course it helps with the next booking.
My second business Sticks4UrSTix came that same year. I have always been in love with the idea of cigars since I was young. All the “Old Hollywood” stars smoked cigars and women would use long cigarette holders. I love all those old classics, and as I got older, it was the smell, and how the average Joe could be become so charismatic, when smoking one, it’s like magic. lol. it was just so freaking cool and classy!!! But I picked up puffing when trying to break the pack a day cigarette habit I had in the late 90s. This was something I didn’t need every day but loved it when I took time out for it. Women thought it was so disgusting, but I didn’t care, it had become a great love of mine.
Fast forward to today, there are so many female cigar smokers (SOTL-Sisters of the leaf) now; it’s like the new wave. So, I happen to see online in one of the many cigar groups I’m in, there was a guy holding what we call a cigarstick or cigarnubber as oppose to their usual toothpick. It’s what cigar smokers use to smoke until the very end without burning the tips of your fingers or nails and I thought let me try to “out do” the one I saw, and from there I just kept going with cigar accessories and now Cigar shirts!! Onto just random fun shirts! I have found yet another way to express myself where I get to mix my work with pleasure and again watch how I make people feel special when they use my item or wear my apparel.
The biggest challenges for me is to keep believing in myself and to keep pushing, even when things don’t seem to be moving for me. The Social Media way of life is a lot of freaking work!! Self-promoting, tremendous amt of time and freaking work!! Especially when you work a regular 9-5. Who knew??
I get frustrated and discouraged. I have all these ideas running through my mind that I want to share, so I research and I practice and go through trial and errors before I put out anything, but with that you take big losses, little losses, financial losses and it gets hard but luckily I have a great support team and they keep me going. They believe in me, I work out of my dining room, my son calls it my shop. “Is the shop open today Mom?” believe it or not those are motivational words.
Who would I like to work with? Who else, but the one and only Martha Stewart! So cliché right? Lol..
But what I love about Martha is that she is not known for ONE THING. I mean she has products from bedsheets, to kitchen products, to party décor, to a cooking show with Snoop of all people, lol. She just does it all. She doesn’t just stay in one lane which is how I feel. When you love to create, you’re just all over the place and why not, why stay in one lane when there are so many! And of course, let’s not forget she is a Jerseygirl . 😊
My advice to new entrepreneurs would be, if it doesn’t work out the first time, try again and again and again. Don’t be afraid to open every single door, even if it’s a 20 story building with 12 doors on each floor, because there is no one room holding your entire future, each door helps create your future. The journey is real and it’s a struggle and sometimes the elevator won’t work, sometimes the fire alarm starts ringing, and you have to run back down the 10 flights you just walked up and it’s a false alarm and your like, I can’t do this again!! Just breathe, take your time, and know that if you did it once you can do it again, nothing great comes from being rushed. Everything you love in life takes time; even God set the timer to 9months to create new life. Enjoy the time, embrace the journey, the heartache, keep believing, keep pushing keep climbing and don’t just be inspired, be an inspiration.
My name is Keresse Dorcely. I grew up in Baltimore, MD. I earned a Bachelor of Music from Virginia State University and then a Master’s of Music from William Paterson University. I worked in music publishing for a while and then decided to teach high school chorus. I left the classroom in 2016. I’m married with an 11 year old daughter and an 18 year old bonus son.
What made you want to start your business? Fashion / styling / designingI have always loved fashion but I never thought of actually designing clothing. Then in 2014 on June 20th (SIX/20) our son (Forte) was stillborn at 29 weeks. We got to hold him and my pastor baptized him with my mom’s tears. Then, just like that, he was gone. It was a tough time. I was really depressed but I had to hold it together for my daughter who graduated from Kindergarten the morning of the 20th before I went to the hospital. To make myself feel better, I went on a crazy shopping spree. I bought a Chanel bag (my one and only lol), a bunch of Louboutins, and so many other things online. But, I kept having a dream about buying a sewing machine. I didn’t pay it much attention since I didn’t know how to sew, but the dreams just kept coming. I told my husband and he said, “you’ve bought everything else! Go ahead and buy it!” When it arrived, it sat in my living room for a month until one of my friends taught me how to thread it. That night I made a pair of leggings and then a jacket for my daughter. I immediately felt centered. Forte gave me the gift of design. I just began to sew. The rest is history!If married or have kids (how do you balance family and work)I’m still trying to figure that out lol! I am in a constant whirl- trying to be the best designer, businesswoman, husband, daughter, mom and friend. Sometimes I can carry it all. Sometimes it all crashes and I have to just deal with one thing at a time.What were some challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?I am late to the fashion party so I am constantly trying to learn and catch up with my counterparts. I am always reading something listening to a podcast to try and get as much knowledge as possible. I’ve taken sewing lessons and patterning classes to make sure that I am giving my customers the best.Who would you love to work with? Who have you worked with?There are so many people that I would love to work with from designers, to stylists, to visual artists. I think out of everyone the person that I would love to work with the most is June Ambrose. The way that woman styles a look!!! Sheesh. I would have also loved to work with Stephen Burrows and Jay Jaxon in their day. Their approach to American Sportswear in the 70s definitely has shaped my aesthetic. Maybe Mr. Burrows wouldn’t mind making one more collection with me.What advice would you give someone who would like to get into the business?This life is hard. The glamorous moments are few and far between. Fashion has to be your passion. You have to work hard and run your own race. Its so easy to get distracted looking at what other people are doing.