When I first started telling my friends that I would be starting a business designing and manufacturing fashion for teenage girls, their first response would often be, "Oh, that's great! Do you have a background in sewing or fashion?"
My answer was always, "Err....no....".
Growing up, I had always wanted to be an architect. I'd diligently spend my weekends drawing up my bedroom to scale, cutting out outlines of my bedroom furniture (again, to scale, of course) and then playing around with different arrangements. I loved going to display homes and checking out all the different houses and I also loved the time my parents did a home renovation with dad as the owner builder. I spent my year 10 work experience in an architect's office, and loved every minute of it, from font practice through to drawing out plans.
Fast forward a few years on, and I hear stories about how being an architect is not it's all cut out to be, that it's not a female's world, and that you need to do physics at uni. So shy little me, quietly put that dream aside.
With my dreams of being an architect shattered, I didn't really know where else to go, so like a good Asian daughter, I signed up to study business. I enjoyed parts of it (marketing) and hated others (business law). By the end of one year, I really felt that it just wasn't the path for me, though in hindsight, had I been brave enough to ask more questions and find the guidance I needed, I should have pursued marketing and I think I would have loved it.
So what next?
I headed into primary school teaching, which was the perfect outlet for my creativity. I loved teaching the kids and seeing the sparkle in their eye when a concept they were grappling with finally clicks. I also loved decorating the classroom, whether it was giant Greek columns for the Olympics, a 3D bird's eye view streetscape to study position in maths or making a giant octopus from stockings, scrap fabric and newspaper in our 'Under the Sea' theme.
Having kids myself, changed the direction of my path once again. I used the opportunity of being at home with them to dabble in a few different side hustles from my short-lived scrapbooking days to owning an online party store and an event styling business. Every day, I would wake up with ideas of new businesses I could start.
So why fashion for teenage girls?
Firstly, I felt there was an obvious need. My girls just couldn't find age appropriate clothes to wear after they hit the age of about 10. Everything was either too babyish, too frilly or flowery, or just way too grown up and down right inappropriate. After having been able to dress them in beautiful clothes when they were little girls, it was frustrating to have nothing but leggings and t-shirts for them day in and day out. Don't get me wrong, I have no issues with leggings and t-shirts but this is what they were wearing all the time, no matter where we were going or what the occasion. Simply put, there was just no other choice.
And so began this journey into the world of teenage fashion and manufacturing.
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When you’re a teen, you’re always searching for ways to look your best. The rumour mill is full of recipes, products, and potential cures that could either work miracles for your complexion - or prove to be complete myths.
To save you the pain and disappointment of bad advice, we’ve set out to bust myths, and confirm the cures - so you can save face without fuss.
Becoming a teenager isn’t easy. A whole lot of changes come through at once; affecting how the body works, how we look and how we feel. It turns life upside down – sometimes in both good and bad ways.
The most telling sign of this ‘coming of age’ and internal turbulence shows itself in our skin. Back in the ‘good, old days’ of of being a pre-teen, we were usually lucky enough to get away without a blemish. But puberty brings about signature spots as time passes, and it’s only natural to see these hormonal changes pop up every now and then; it’s all apart of making the beautiful transition from girlhood to womanhood! And it’s actually very exciting.
With the right skincare routine for teens in hand, all of those spots and dots – from acne to blemishes and beyond – can be easily managed. Let’s walk through the why, the what, and the how, shall we?
"Do I have to have salad?"
The question I am asked nearly every dinner time.
I'm not sure why they bother because the answer is always a resounding "YES!" but I guess they can always live in hope.Salad. It's the one thing that can cause a major battle at the dinner table in most households with toddlers and teens (and maybe even husbands)! So when I came across a business that made salad look sexy and so delicious, and then discovered that they also families with kids, I knew I had to ask them how salad consumption at their mealtimes rated.