Morning Gloryville

fruitymgv morninggloryHey, feeling stuck in rut? The grind got you down? Case of the Mondays?
Well, I’ve got just the thing for you!!! It’s a little counterintuitive, but totally gonna give you a boost: a morning rave!!

Yup, morning gloryville are morning raves happening around the world in most major cities. They start early and are sober, healthy, dancing shindigs. They usually include yoga, free massages, juice bars, yummy treats, beautiful people and other fun surprises.

I went for the first time, here in Montreal and I had a blast. At first, I woke up and I was like “What am I doing? This is crazy and I want to sleep in.” But I went and really got into it and had a blast.

Positives:

-Dancing your way into the day created a really positive boost and made me feel happy and alive. Nothing says, “bring it on!” like dancing your way into the day.

-It shook up my routine. I felt like I had a little vacay in my own city and my day felt different and special.

-It was clean and bright! No booze, haze, slimy guys, half lit rooms etc. Just good clean fun. There is something really revealing about flipping your party on it’s head and having clean daytime sober brightly lit fun :).

-Really fun crowd and inspiring people.

-Kids are welcome! If you are a parent you know that getting out and partying is tough, so in this case, just can just bring’em if you need too :).

Well, I could go on, and wax poetic, but really, for me it was just what I needed after really tough winter here in MTL. I will be sure to do it again and highly recommend it to you. Are you game?

Have you been to a morning gloryville party? What was your experience like?

Quartier Mode Boutique: Promoting Local Fashion

1967 is now being sold at Quartier Mode! Yay, very excited!

Quartier Mode (transl.: fashion neighborhood) is an online shop that carries exclusively Montreal and Canadian made fashion. http://www.quartiermode.com/

“The mission is to support and promote local fashion designers and local production, from discovering new up and coming talents to the well established local designers. I have lots of locally made Montreal designers and more from across Canada! I take pride in having new items each month and carrying often times limited edition and one of a kind pieces as well. When you shop here you are sure to discover a new designer!”

Stores like Quartier Mode are a boon for small designers and really help promote the local economy. And for those of you who are not from Canada, boutiques like Quartier Mode are a great show case of Montreal Designers. The best part about shopping local is that you are really buying close to the source, from an actual HUMAN! OMG. Labour of love.

http://www.quartiermode.com/

http://www.facebook.com/quartiermode

Pinterest & mood boards

Hey, if you’re a designer and haven’t discovered pinterest, try it!

Before I figured out how to use pinterest I would save inspiration pictures on one of my two laptops + on my ipad & my phone, all in different places. Uhhh what a pain. Add that to magazine cuttings and it made for very unproductive, time consuming and disorganised inspiration, let alone a cohesive mood board.

Anyways, as you’ve heard me rant on before, social media is intimidating and there’s a lot to learn and understand. But let me tell you, that if you’re a designer of any stripe or just a very visual person, you definitely want to get in on the pinterest action. It basically lets you visually organize pictures easily on different boards.

It takes like 10 minutes of messing around with to get the gist of it and then, boom, instant visual organization.

Have fun pinteresting!

Eeeek social media!

Wow. Social media. It seems like there’s a new social platform everyday and it can be really overwhelming and intimidating. I’m still not sure I totally understand what twitter is, but I know I’m on it and I post stuff.

Anyways I’m happy to report that all my names are synched on all platforms so far, the name is Intheyear1967 on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest and here. If you have tips, please share on!

It’s weird because I know social platforms are supposed to be great just not sure yet how they all work yet. But in essence the more you post and interact in an authentic way the more your material will resonate with the public.

I have found social media to be good because it has allowed me  to connect with a broader public. For ex. a friend of a friend on facebook likes my work, she commisioned a necklace and wants to tell 3 of her friends about my brand (this sequence can go exponentially) equating to a larger audience, more brand awareness and sales. Boom, social media.

Back in the day, you know before the internet and all, people would “work a room”, network and go to cocktails to meet and greet. That still works btw. Because word of mouth is king.

And be authentic, it’s not about the “rat-race” because most people can smell a rat. Be in it, to BE, not to win.

xox Kashi

http://www.facebook.com/intheyear1967

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kstar-Feathers/368036396584609 (my side biz)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/intheyear1967

https://twitter.com/intheyear1967

http://pinterest.com/intheyear1967/

1967 Blog post #1

Hey, welcome!

I am creating this blog for the purpose of letting readers into the underbelly of my independent accessory design biz in the year 1967.

See what the design biz is about, how things are for independent designers trying to take off. Of course, I will also share inspiration, creative process and updates with you too.

I am also doing this because audience is really key with new brands and according to an article my friend May gave me, blogs are an important way to create that audience.

Also, I wanted to give a human face and feel to this company so buyers can connect with what I am all about. I also want to create a dialogue, hear comments, ask you questions, give you answers etc.

So stay tuned guys & thanks for visiting!

Kashi