October FAB Woman of the Month

FAB readers, meet our October FAB woman of the month, Lorina Daiana!  She is the founder of lifestyle blog Grace Belle, making her a total #girlboss! Along with Grace Belle, she also owns Blogger Studios, where you can learn about launching your own blog, and @PixieDarlings, an Instagram account dedicated to sharing the magic of Disney. She definitely knows a thing or two about content creation and the importance of social media presence for a brand – if you haven’t checked out her Instagram (@LorinaDaiana) yet, you’ll definitely see what I mean!  So without further ado, we present Lorina!

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Tell us a little bit about Grace Belle and what inspired you to start it?

Grace Belle is a community & lifestyle brand that revolves around 4 personas; the Creative, the Adventurer, the Sweetheart and the Fashionista. It’s unique in that instead of categories we have personas to create content for. Originally Grace Belle was going to be a clothing store and I was going to Cal Poly Pomona for Apparel Merchandise & Management to learn how to open it. (See photos below). While in school I learned the importance of marketing and building an audience before you launch a store which is when I launched gracebelle.com. While planning the launch I decided to create the 4 personas and represent 4 styles. Although fashion and merchandising was something I loved, my biggest passion was community and bringing people together. I use to daydream about hosting workshops afterhours in the shop and how I could cultivate a community of ladies through it. Then after a few months of running the website we started to quickly grow an online community, we even hosted a few in person events. I quickly realized that I didn’t necessarily need a clothing store to cultivate a community and that’s when Grace Belle switched from a store to a community brand. 
Long story short, my love for community and branding is what led me to start Grace Belle. 

Why do you think diversity is important in the fashion industry, or any industry?

There is so much diversity in the world because every person is unique and has a list of interests and styles they love. Knowing that, it means a business (whether in the fashion industry or tech or any industry) can narrow down a demographic and target audience to sell to. Having the diversity in the industries allows brands to collaborate instead of competing. Since everyone takes on little notch of the industry, there’s space for all to succeed and even more so when supporting one another. 

Who is your inspiration and what do they inspire in you?

  • Jenna Kutcher – She created an amazing brand / business and is teaching others how to do it as well through her podcasts “Goal Digger” 
  • Dale Partridge – He’s an incredible entrepreneur and is all about educating others to become successful in order for them to have the freedom of time to spend it with loved ones
  • Andy Nguyen – Restaurant guru who started multiple viral restaurants such as Afters Ice Cream. He is a huge inspiration for me because even though he is incredibly successful, he is also very humble. There are successful people that will not give you the time of day unless you are at some elite level but Andy is one of those people who is kind to all. That is so inspiring to me. 
  • Dennis Stamatoiu – Dennis is one of those guys that works incredibly hard, is very driven and learns everything on his own. If he wants to do something, he’ll learn how to do it. He inspires me to reach for high goals annnd to always learn new techniques and programs.  

Is there anything you wish to inspire in others?

To chase their dreams. Too many people get stuck in a Mon-Fri job that they hate and it’s usually because they let fear stop them from chasing their dreams. I always ask people “if you didn’t let fear hold you back, what would you achieve”? Go for it, you can do it! Work hard now and you’ll create the life you want, remember you only have one life and I’m guessing you don’t want 60% of it to be doing something you don’t love. 

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What do you feel is the most important aspect when expressing yourself through social media?

To express yourself on social media well you have to be known for something and you can do that by building a brand. To build an effective one you have to create a niche for yourself, what is it you want to be known for? On my personal Instagram @LorinaDaiana, I talk about 4 topics; faith, fashion, travel and entrepreneurship. I stated this in my bio and continue to share posts within those 4 categories. Besides those 4 topics I stand out by creating a specific look / brand. If you look at my profile it’s bright, girly, and you’ll probably see lots of pink hues across it. 

What advice do you have for younger girls who are looking to pursue their dreams?

Be resourceful. Learn as much as you can, take courses, listen to podcasts, watch free videos and take notes through it all. Once you kind of have a grasp of the industry you want to go in, then make a plan. I highly recommend the Startup Camp Workshop Series (http://startupcamp.com/?ref=5) for when you are ready to launch a business. I’ve taken many business courses in school and in workshops and this has been the best investment out of them all. 
For more about Lorina Daiana and Grace Belle, you can check out the website: https://gracebelle.com/ and Instagram: @gracebelle.
the FAB team,
Sara
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5 FAB Looks from the 2017 Emmys

Happy Wednesday to all our fellow FAB fashionistas out there! Today, we are bringing you our top 5 favorite looks from Sunday’s Emmys. We must admit, it was pretty hard to narrow it down to just 5 because we saw so many ladies (and gentlemen) dressed to the nines! Ladies like Shailene Woodley, Viola Davis, and Nicole Kidman killed it with the darker, autumn toned shades while ladies like Millie Bobby Brown, Sofia Vergara, and Samira Wiley showed us that you can indeed look FAB wearing white after Labor Day. So without further ado, we present to you our top 5 favorite looks!

Shailene Woodley

First up on our list we have Shailene Woodley, from HBO’s Big Little Lies. Shailene awed us all in her floor length moss green velvet dress by Ralph Lauren. So simple, yet so elegant with minimal accessories. Hey, Shai, if you don’t plan on wearing the dress again we wouldn’t mind “borrowing” it for a night out! 😉

Angela Sarafyan

Angela Sarafyan, from HBO’s Westworld, wore one of those dresses that literally nobody else could pull off, except herself, and she did indeed look drop dead gorgeous in it! Her off the shoulder yellow Elizabeth Kennedy dress complemented her skin tone so well and really made her eyes pop. Not to take away from the color of the dress, Angela opted for a more natural make-up style and very minimal accessories.

Yara Shahidi

Next up on our list we have Yara Shahidi from ABC’s Black-ish. Her beige and sea-foam green embroidered Prada gown truly made her look like a walking goddess. She paired the ensemble with a metallic gold belt around the waist that really brought the whole look together.

Gina Rodriguez

Our next FAB fashionista is Gina Rodriguez from The CW’s Jane the Virgin. Gina showed up all smiles in a floor length red sequined dress with a deep v neckline by Naeem Khan. She totally rocked the red carpet in this gown and we could all tell that she felt like a total #BOSS from the way she was smiling from ear to ear the whole time.

Claire Foy

And last, but certainly not list, we have Claire Foy from Netflix’s The Crown. Unlike our previous fashionistas we mentioned, Claire decided to opt for an off the shoulder Oscar De La Renta black jumpsuit for the occasion. She rocked the look looking as chic and classy as ever. Pairing the look with some simple silver accessories, black heels, and bright red lips, she definitely showed up looking like royalty!

And that’s a wrap to this year’s Emmys Red Carpet looks! Did we mention your favorite look? If not, let us know who looked the most FAB in the comments down below!

the FAB team,

Sara

Our September FAB Woman of the Month

Welcome back for another FAB woman of the month feature! This month, we would like you to meet Christina, one of the founders of apparel company Citizen & Darling, who’s mission is to help put an end to human trafficking.  With her business partner, Karina, these two ladies have shown the apparel world that they are true goal-getters and girl-bosses!

Tell us a little bit about Citizen & Darling and what inspired you to start it?

Citizen & Darling is an ethical apparel brand that focuses on bringing awareness to Human trafficking, specifically in Los Angeles. My friend Karina (now business partner) was really devastated when she learned about human trafficking a few years back and its connection to the fashion industry. She had gone to school at FIDM and I had a background in psychology as well as working with the needy through various mission trips, and once she shared her understanding of human trafficking we wanted to collaborate our strengths for change. We wanted to provide a message of hope, value, and purpose- ultimately inspired from our faith, as a means of restoring the identity that is commonly skewed in those coming out of human trafficking, but also as a prevention tool for those vulnerable and susceptible as well.  

Who is your inspiration and what do they inspire in you?

Our inspiration mainly comes from our Christian faith. As Christians we feel like it is our responsibility to put an end to injustices we see happening, and this specific one hits far too close to home. Human trafficking is also something that violates our most basic rights, and has a mindset that takes away the human element. Because we feel people are created in Gods image, that is the ultimate offense and we have been determined to help put an end to it. 
We were also inspired by the documentary- The True Cost. It is a great documentary that exposes how the fashion industry is contributing to slave labor all around the world, but also gives a powerful insight on how to make a change. 
We have also been inspired by the brand- Krochet Kids. Krochet Kids because they proved that the fashion industry can change people’s lives for good- that perseverance can really change the world.
A21’s founder Christine Cane because her testimony has shown the beauty of transformation that is possible. She is someone who has rescued thousands of human trafficking survivors around the world through her organization A21 Campaign, and used her own transformation and redemption story as a way to help those coming out of slavery restore their lives. 
We are also inspired by some fellow brands of ours- UNCVRD Jewelry, and The Tote Project, who are ran by women here in Los Angeles that have a passion for the fight of human trafficking and creating sustainable products that not only give back, but fight against fast fashion.  

Why do you think diversity is important in the fashion industry or any industry?

I think diversity is very important in all industries. Different strengths and talents need to shine, and for the fashion industry specifically, diversity is what prevents it from being boring and flat, and bringing new beauty. Everyone has a story to tell, and fashion is a great way to show that because our clothes can represent us as individuals.  We believe that diversity is an expression of Gods creation and that should be celebrated. 

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What do you feel is the most important aspect when expressing yourself through social media?

The biggest point we want to get across through our social media is that God loves you just the way you are. You are accepted, and there is so much freedom in that. Freedom to enjoy life, but also to recognize and refuse to accept that that same narrative is taken away for so many people around the world. We also like to celebrate our beautiful Los Angeles, because we love the people and the culture here, and we want to change LA into an anti-trafficking city who really loves people. And lastly, that sustainable fashion can look just as beautiful and trendy as fast fashion. 

Is there anything you wish to inspire in others?

We want to be a brand that people associate with hope and value, and make it accessible for anyone and everyone to pass that message of hope. That you are wonderfully made, that you are beloved, that you are seen as darling in Gods eyes, that you are a citizen of His Kingdom. Ultimately, even human trafficking cannot take those things away from you. We hope that Citizen&Darling helps strengthen the movement of slow fashion, and investing in our clothes the same way we invest in each other. That everyone has the ability to end human trafficking in small ways. Most people would never want to contribute to human trafficking if they were given a choice, but unfortunately that is what happens when we support brands that use slave labor. So if anything, we want to inspire others to start choosing your purchases to reflect your values.

What advice do you have for younger girls who are looking to pursue their dreams?

My advice would be not to be so hard on yourself while trying to get off the ground. There were so many times I never thought Citizen & Darling would happen, and then someone told me that in order for everyone else to believe in your brand, you have to first. If you are truly passionate about something, it doesn’t have to be perfect in order to work. You learn as you go, and there really is a lot of amazing possibilities out there. I would also say – don’t compare yourself to others. With social media especially it’s so easy to look at someone else and think they have it more together than you, but honestly- in my experience most people also feel that way, and each person has something unique and special to bring to the table. Never stop trying. 

For more about Citizen and Darling, you can check out their website: https://citizenanddarling.com/ & their Instagram: @citizenanddarling.

the FAB team

 

FAB Woman of the Month – August 2017

Jennifer Bower of Huntington Beach, CA is this month’s FAB woman of the month! We are so excited to introduce her to all of our FAB readers! This hardworking woman is not only a full time mom, caring wife, and fun girlfriend, she is also the Deputy Fire Marshal of the Orange County Fire Authority.  In the midst of all her responsibilities, she was able to fit us into her schedule to share with us not only how she got to where she is today but also what it takes to get there. Her amazing work ethic and drive to always do more has propelled her through the ranks to be in the position where she is today, making her in our eyes truly FABULOUS!

Who do you admire most and why?

From a career standpoint, I would have to say my great aunt who my father admired as well. She was a gay nurse during the war who in her spare time volunteered for planned parenthood. She didn’t let a thing like being gay, which at that time was a dangerous thing to be, stop her from doing what she felt was right and lending a hand where she could. She had her mind set on getting the job done regardless of the obstacles.

What is your official job title and what are some of your responsibilities?

I am the Deputy Fire Marshal in the Orange County Fire Authority. On my end, I control all of the permitting for special events in parks [such as fairs], annual inspections, and complaints. I have 35 people reporting to me under my department.

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Throughout your career, what steps did you take that ultimately lead you to the position you are in now?

I always had drive. I was never satisfied with where I sat, and when I looked at other people [in their careers] I always thought “I could do that.” So whether it was in my career or stuff that I did, I always wanted to try and do things, not necessarily to be an expert, but to try something new and not get bored. So the advantage of the position I am in is it’s  always a different challenge, it is not the same thing, it’s not mundane.

Why do you think diversity is important to showcase within a male dominated industry?

Well, it’s not a matter of women and men are the same, That’s a matter of capabilities and recognizing people’s capabilities, and putting them in the best place for their skill set regardless of whether their male or female. From a gender standpoint, to me it doesn’t matter.  From an ethnic background, or from an ethnic standpoint, the more the merrier. The more diverse that you are, the more differences of opinions, the more perspectives you have, the better you can be as a team. Everybody brings their own expertise.

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What advice do you give anyone looking to join the fire department?

Don’t be shy. Come and talk, come and ride along. Come and see the different areas. What people don’t realize about fire service specifically, is that it’s a city in and of itself. We have a finance division, we have a fleet services division, we have a training division, we have a bunch of different divisions. So you can bring whatever expertise you thought you were gonna go into, like if you thought you were gonna be a CPA in a firm, you can come and be a CPA for the fire service instead.

What does it mean to you to live a FABULOUS life?

To live a fabulous life to me means living to your fullest potential. What I mean by that is not being satisfied with your own bare minimum. It’s taking whatever skill set you have and using your own foresight to plan out a bigger goal for yourself, and then going out and accomplishing those goals. You do what you do because you love what you do, and because you know your doing the best that you can do. That is a life lived fabulously.

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our July FAB Woman of the Month!

Victoria Moran of Los Angeles, CA is this month’s FAB Woman of the Month and we were SUPER excited that this busy wife, mother, loyal girlfriend, and psychotherapist was able to squeeze us into her schedule to share pieces of her journey, inspirations, lessons learned, and a few laughs. She has been recognized nationally in her field and is currently completing a pre-doctoral internship at Stanford University as one of the final requirements of her clinical psychology doctoral program at Pepperdine University in an effort to pursue her “calling” in transmute trauma while juggling family, friends, and fun, making her truly FABULOUS. Click here to read the full interview in it’s entirety…

Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most?

Harriet Tubman, hands down is my biggest influence. She did not have any extraordinary characteristics like extreme wealth or resources like perfect health. What set her apart was her dogged persistence, as well as her extraordinary courage. Harriet Tubman did not rest once she attained her own freedom, rather she kept on facing danger – she kept on returning to the South to free more slaves. More of her sisters and brothers (both metaphorically and literally).

Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?

My circumstances of having faced my mortality at 39 years old, recently married (for 2 years), and with a 1-year old child largely determined my present trajectory. I had a lot of time on my hands as I underwent multiple surgeries for my breast cancer diagnosis, as well as for my disposition of having the breast cancer gene (BRCA1). I used that time while I was going through 16 chemotherapy treatments to study for the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). It was a welcomed distraction from being so sick that I had to crawl at times because I could not walk. Also, while undergoing chemotherapy and recovering from multiple surgeries the question loomed “WHAT NOW?” I had literally been given a second chance at life… As a sophomore in college at Howard University, I was the recipient of fabulous psychotherapy when my mother (also a BRCA1 breast cancer survivor) was diagnosed with cancer. Years later my circumstances inspired my own Harriet Tubman moment, “going back into the danger” by deciding to do what was done for me (transmute trauma), both in 1989 when my mother was diagnosed, and in 2009 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Being a doctoral student and psychotherapist at Stanford University is very much a “full circle” moment for me.

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As a woman pursuing a career in psychology, what has surprised you the most? 

I need to address the intersection of being an African-American woman before I can fully answer that question.  I would have thought that there would be more African-American female Clinical Psychologists (at present). We need more women of color (not just African Americans). The multi-cultural realities due to globalization necessitate a diversity of voices at the table. I see clients from Valenzuela, Russia, Yemen, Tunisia, Mongolia, Japan, Australia, France, England, India, China, Iran, Argentina, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Egypt, Mexico, and of course the United States. We need practitioners with increasing cultural sensitivities to be present at the table to transmute the trauma of students that may have lived and are continuing to live a “global existence.”

How has your personal journey impacted you as a business woman?

I was my mother’s primary caretaker during and in the aftermath of her being diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2000 – 2001. I was known for my “sense of calm” when I was working in Corporate America as a Regional Software Manager. The yelling (which sometime included profanity; more often than not) and the pressures to attain certain financial benchmarks paled in what ego strength it took to be by my mother’s bedside as she faced her mortality. Nothing has ever been as difficult – including undergoing 7 major surgeries/ 16 chemotherapy treatments in my personal journey towards health. Being my mother’s primary caretaker tempered me in ways that I could not imagine. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer (in 2009), I can still remember hugging my physician Dr. Dhir (that was wearing a camel colored cashmere sweater); and telling her that I was grateful for this “gift in embryo.” When she looked at me quizzically – I said “problems are gifts in embryo.” When I am faced with problems, I still express gratitude and ask “what is the opportunity in disguise” that this problem is bringing me. So many people in the public sphere solely delineate problems. If you are an individual that can go pass simply delineating the problem; and also concurrently outline a solution – you will be valued. I try not to voice my discontent until I can speak in a voice that is solution/remedy oriented.  In that way, you will become a voice that is sought after verses a voice that is shunned.

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Are you finding that women’s mental health issues are changing/have changed over the years due to more and more women becoming business owners, executives, heads of households, political leaders, etc.?

I think that generations (of women) living completely different lives than their mothers/grandmothers is a story as old as time. I was in first grade when the miniseries “Roots” played on television to U.S. audiences that sat mesmerized nightly.  My parents, brother, and myself cried when they held the baby up to the stars.  That very action let you know that the next generation was the “hope and the dream” of the slave(s); even though our ancestors may not know the exact trajectory of our journey(s).  When I am at the library and I see the sun rise the next morning (having stayed up all night studying), I rest knowing that my maternal grandmother is in heaven rejoicing in me hurdling myself towards opportunities that were not laid before her. We would think it is child abuse (in the U.S.) to take a child out of school at 13 years old to clean homes (my maternal grandmother’s personal narrative).  Hopefully (in the same vein), we will recognize the institutional racism and or sexism only to have a handful of women in corporate settings, educational settings, political settings, etc.  My hope is that my 8-year old daughter will not continue my trajectory of having to be one of the “only” women of color in her respective setting(s).  If she is however, I will inoculate her to what it is like to be one of the “only” in a setting like Valerie Jarrett (whom my daughter just heard speak 5/2017 at Spelman College’s graduation), Michelle Obama, Mae Jemison, and so many others.

Our (my daughter and my) theme for 2017 is BNP: “Bold not Perfect” and “Brave not Perfect.”  So many women want to wait until the things are “perfect” – until they are “not afraid.”  I continually encourage my clients/ daughter/ myself to “do it anyway!”  I cite the books: Confidence Code, Getting to 50/50, Daring Greatly, Aint I a Woman, Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies: Voices of Fire, Acts of Courage; as references in my encouragement.

I also find that many of my female clients (across various settings) tend to blame themselves which is different from being “self-reflective.” The men on a whole blame their “contextual circumstances.”  Part of my work with my female clients, by in large, is to help them “contextualize” their circumstances…affirm the personal as well as the professional circumstances that have allowed for their success, as well as to accept the inherent awe that they are thriving where the air is rare even if doing so means to always have to be ready (conceptually ready) to reach for an oxygen mask.

What are 3 guiding principals that have helped you along the way?

  1. I always try to do my best. I convey this by how hard I am willing to work, as well as by explicitly stating that “I am trying my best.”  Often, I find women expect others to see that they are working their hardest/creatively focused without explicitly stating so.  Men, on the other hand, often explicitly state the work that they are doing.  I have learned over time, to both try my hardest and to explicitly state my efforts.
  2. I try to have a 1:1 relationship between what I say and what I do. In short, I try to be authentic.  In a world filled with people content with being an echo, you will stand out BOTH if you have the courage to be yourself, as well as the strength to have a LINEAR relationship between your intentions and your actions.
  3. Be a team player and don’t be afraid to take credit for what you do.  This also involves THANKING people continuously for their input.  Often I find people equate weakness with sharing the limelight.  It is quite the opposite – it shows that you are grounded in who you are and knowledgeable in what you represent when you can literally and metaphorically share the limelight.  It is a sign of a weak and or novice leader when the dialogue revolves exclusively around “ME and I.”

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How do you balance the demands of your professional life (work/career) and your personal life (family and self-care)?

To be a wife and mother AND be present in any capacity while taking full-time classes and maintaining a full-time therapy/assessment practice does not always result in “balance.”  I make a conscience effort to counter my tremendously busy seasons at work with days where I completely unplug, work from bed in my pajamas, and spend deliberate time with my family like weekly date nights with my husband and stay-cations.  This may be heresy to admit in public, but I think that balance is over-rated. I believe that living in alignment is a better sought after goal.  I am not living a balanced life if I pull an all-nighter once a week for the duration of my doctoral program (which I did weekly while I was taking FT classes 2011 – 2015).  However, I am living an exuberant life that is in ALIGNMENT with my goals.  When my father retired he was one of 250 people in the U.S. that owned a multi-vendor automobile dealership.  To do so, I grew up in an opulently beautiful home that often my Dad was “absent” from.  He exuberantly lived his life because it was in alignment with his goals.  I asked him once if he was going to “take off” on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.  My Dad laughed and exclaimed that being a black man that is the owner of his own auto dealership is exactly what MLK, Jr. would have wanted.

What do you hope to inspire in others?

To live a life without limitations! BNP: Bold not perfect, and Brave not perfect. “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway!”  Also if you want to do something “cutting edge” you may not have any role models.  Do it anyway!!!

People thought I was crazy to start an ambitious doctoral journey (still bald from my cancer treatments when I took the GRE and not yet done with my required surgeries for being a BRCA1 breast cancer survivor.  I did it anyway.  There are some that thought I was crazy for marrying in 2007, after my first relationship ended in such a disastrous way in 2000.  I got married anyway.  Some thought a 75-100% travel schedule as a Regional Software Sales manager was crazy; especially traveling to territories that were predominantly white male enclaves.  I did it anyway and posted record sales results.

In short, utilize your fear to energize you!  Don’t run from your fear.  Each and every time I ran away due to fear; not towards something in spite of my fear I regretted it. Do it anyway.  Just like Harriet Tubman went on to lead slaves to freedom, again and again and again as an ordinary citizen.  Each of us in our ordinariness is still equipped to do extraordinary things!

What does living a FABULOUS life mean to you?

Living a FABULOUS life means that I am living a life that has choices.  That enables me to rest, to savor, and to serve others: while exponentially growing.  Living a FABULOUS life means that I ENERGIZE with my attentions, and I TRANSFORM with my intentions, Living a FABULOUS life means that I look at problems as “opportunities/ gifts in embryo form.”  Living a FABULOUS life means that I am willing to live BOLDLY not perfectly.  And that I am willing to live BRAVELY not perfectly.  Living a FABULOUS life means that I am willing to have my life serve as a template for success in which others can follow.

Run Towards The Fear – Vickie Moran

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FAB Woman Spotlight

Meet Alex Morehouse, our FAB Woman of the month… She’s an undergraduate student, and has already started her own business. Alex is a perfect example of a true girl boss. She’s reaching for her dreams by working to help others accomplish their goals, and we think this makes her exceptionally FAB. We sat down for an interview with Alex and got to learn a little more about her business, what inspires her, and what she wishes to inspire in others.

Tell us a little about The Gypsy Shack and what inspired you to start it.

I started The Gypsy Shack with my best friend, Iris, and TGS was originally a blog for sharing our adventures (mainly food and fashion related) through photos and short stories, but has in the last 6 months grown into a collaboration hub for creatives and businesses seeking help with content, promotion or growing into omni-channel sales. TGS will also be hosting workshops, classes, meet-ups, and family vacations – amongst many other fun things coming up this year! Our talent agency will be up and running in two months and I can’t wait to see what else 2017 has in store for us!

Who is your inspiration and what do they inspire in you?

My team – my company wouldn’t be where it is without them. The whole purpose of the grind and the hustle is so that my friends and colleagues can make a living off of doing what they love! Each team member has been cooperative, collaborative, and so supportive of me and my vision – they inspire me everyday to keep pushing and growing! 

Why do you think diversity is important in the fashion industry or any industry?

I think it’s a direct correlate of our society and community! There is so much diversity and uniqueness all around us, we should be showcasing that and using it to our advantage!

What do you feel is the most important aspect when expressing yourself through social media? What would be something for people to take and draw from your many adventures?

I always try to be very real, especially in my Instagram stories I like to give a BTS view. Running a company is not glamorous, it’s exhausting, there’s legal forms and contracts and licenses and meetings and interviews – and I try to be very transparent about that! I want people to know that we’re all real people behind the screens and monitors!

Is there anything you wish to inspire in others?

I wish to inspire others to create fearlessly. Sometimes we get too caught up in our own head, or often times in others. We worry about how many likes an image will get, or if we’ll lose followers for posting a picture with grandma instead of that hot bikini pic… we need to get back to the root of art and photography and create unapologetically!

What advice do you have for younger girls who are looking to pursue their dreams?

Work hard, don’t give up. If opportunities don’t present themselves to you, make your own opportunities – create jobs for yourself! Get creative!

the FAB Team