How to find your brand

As an actress, more than half of the job has to do with business and not talent. Lately I’ve been learning how to manage my business and market my brand. When I started thinking more and more about this, I decided that I would start incorporating my new practices into FitFabDelish. I have a day job and I manage that business just fine. I have built relationships and I work with some of the same customers over and over again while gaining new customers. There is no difference between that business and my independent businesses.

I created fitfabdelish for three reasons, all of which are in the name.

  • Fitness & Health
  • Fashion & Cool Products
  • Food & Drink

These three things are all things that I care about and have ALWAYS cared about! However, the true core of these three things is taking care of yourself in order to be a happier, healthier you. That’s my essence, not the three categories that I focus on. To create your blog and create your brand, you have to find something that you are passionate about and that you have fun talking about all of the time. Find something that’s FUN for you and you’ll find your niche. Fashion is huge right now, but if you enjoy reading books and going to cool local bookshops and coffee shops on the weekend instead of window shopping and retail, then fashion isn’t for you. It will get old and become hard to come up with content. The other part is all about figuring out your WHY. WHY do you want to teach people about these bookstores or introduce them to the new novels your reading. WHY do you want others to know about this unique lifestyle that you lead?

What is your essence? 


What makes you YOU? Why are you unique? Essence isn’t your experiences, it’s more about your expression or how you handle your experiences.

Have you ever asked a stranger what their first impression is of you? People still judge books by their cover, which means they are judging you that way too. We judge each other by what we’re wearing, whether we’re smiling or not, whether we pull out a fancy wallet from our bag at the grocery store, or whether we have a funky paper change purse to hold all of our valuables. People judge us by how we respond when someone asks, “How are you?” People also judge us  when we walk in front of another’s moving car in the parking lot. Do you wave to say thank you, or in apology? Do you walk with conviction and authority or move in embarrassed haste? There are so many questions.

Have you ever ran into someone that tells you what color your aura is? I’ve had three different people tell me that I have a blue aura and I really don’t know what that means, but I know they tell me that because they noticed something about me right away. That was them noticing my essence right off that bat.

Finding your brand has everything to do with finding your true essence. Find your passion and make it work for you. We all have something unique about ourselves. You may not even have a clue as to what it is. Ask ten people what they find special about you and I’ll bet you’ll get a similar answer most of the time. Take those special things and use them. It’s much easier to work with what we already have at hand, than trying to reinvent ourselves with what we think othwers will deem cool.

You are your brand. Embrace it and the rest will come! 

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Miami Days

This week I have a conference with one of my favorite vendors, Tweezerman (which I’ll be doing a separate blog on later). I decided to come down to Miami beforehand because my best friend lives down here and we needed some girl time. Miami has so much to offer, and while living here wouldn’t be for me, I love visiting! I wanted to show you guys a couple of my favorite moments while down here. If you’re ever in the area, you might want to check out one of these options!

FIT

I got in Friday afternoon, so was really excited for a long, fun in the sun weekend. A few years ago I went on a NYE trip with my bestie Karissa and I got my PADI Open Water Diving certification. I’ve been wanting to dive so bad ever since but I don’t have any close friends where I live that are certified so haven’t made it a priority. Since I was visiting and she hadn’t been diving in Miami yet, she asked if I would be interested and I said YES! It turned out to be pretty overcast all weekend, but that wasn’t going to stop us. Her friend Angela had just gotten certified too and has been on several dives since doing so, and she joined us.

We went to Tarpoon Lagoon dive shop and they set us all up. It was $125 and that included all of our gear (wetsuit, two tanks, bcd, weights, mask, fins, etc). We also paid a little extra so an instructor could take us, which I was glad for since I hadn’t been in a while. I was actually a little nervous, but knew that once I put everything on and got in the water the first time that everything would come back to me and be just perfect.

We went on two dives. The first was Neptune Memorial Reef which was 45 feet deep. It is an artificial reef that resembles Atlantis. It’s also one of the largest manmade reefs ever created, which made it unique and made me want to sing Little Mermaid songs. There were small plaques with sentiments written on them and some were quite quirky.

The second site we dove was Billy’s Barge, which is a 50 foot dive. It was a pretty close drive from the Neptune dive site. It was better than the first dive in my opinion because the site was a little larger (or so it seemed), plus we were able to go through part of the barge which was kind of cool. The coolest thing I saw here was a black and white stingray and I wish I had a picture to show you! This site was quite colorful with all of the beautiful sea life.

For anyone interested in diving here, I have one suggestion. If you are on vacation try to go during the week. During the weekend there are more divers and snorkelers going out and it can get crowded. I found myself kicking others in the face often. Otherwise, just try to keep your distance and don’t follow too closely. It may aggravate the person in front of you!

FAB

On Sundays, we do brunch and we’ll get to the heart of that in the Delish segment. Brunch doesn’t just consist of eating and the large possibility of drinking. It also consists of window shopping and maybe actual shopping if stores are open on Sunday. After our brunch and between hip hang out spots, we walked by this little shop in Southbeach on Alton Rd. called Sparkle and Shine Darling and boyyy (I mean gurrrl) was it cute! They not only had great gifts, but there was a great representation of lines from Just Got 2 Have It (the showroom that I rep for) which I was really excited to see. This store had everything from sleeping masks, graphic tees, and stationary items to baby gifts, puppy presents, and Father’s Day finds! I wanted everything!

Clockwise from top left corner: Pinch Me Emergency Kits, TokyoMilk Dark New body souffles, Lucky Feather Necklaces, Fred& Friends cake topper candelabra, & Bling Sting Pepper Sprays & Ahh!-larms.

DELISH


If you’ve been to Miami, you know there are tons of great places to eat and new hot spots opening up all of the time. Luckily for me, my friends know where the best places are to dine, drink, and dish on the hot topics from their daily lives. We decided to have a girls day out and pick one of these hot spots for a bottomless brunch. My girlfriends (some old and some new) and I got dolled up and had a rooftop rendezvous at Juvia Miami on Lincoln Rd. This restaurant is drop dead gorgeous with a breathtaking view of Miami. I can see how the day and night time views must both be spectacular. The below photo doesn’t even give it justice!

We had the option of sitting inside or outside and since I was the guest for the weekend I got to choose, and I definitely chose outside. It wasn’t too hot and there was a nice breeze which added to the experience. The aesthetics of the restaurant were plush and inviting, providing luxury and elegance at an affordable price. The service was wonderful as well and matched the setting. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable and the manager made our experience even better by being flexible with our needs.

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They come out with a new menu weekly featuring new fare from what I understand, and they do keep some of the guest favorites available. There is a prix fixed menu from which we all chose, but there was also an option to order bento boxes and other main entrees. We also each chose from their bottomless brunch option and drinking ensued. From the bottomless brunch we were able to order a Mimosa, Prosecco, Bloody Mary, White Pear Sangria, or a Bellini. I think there was one more option that I’m forgetting. Below are images from the 3 course meal I chose as well as images from other dishes that were served.

If you want to give this delish dining spot a try, I definitely suggest going for lunch because the prices are great. For the prix-fixed 3 course meal, the charge was $24.00 and for the bottomless brunch beverages the price was only $23.00. In Miami, especially at a hot spot like this, it is difficult to find such deal. I am giving Juvia a big thumbs up and will definitely cheers to that!

 

Overall, my trip to Miami was fantastic. Next time I’ll hope for sunnier weather and take advantage of the beach. Until then, Ciao Miami!

#BopsLove

  
If you haven’t heard about Bops, it’s okay. You’re just late to the party! Bops is a unique line that kind of has that boho chic feel, but can be placed into anyone’s jewelry box or closet at the same time. As you can see from the above picture, they not only have accessories and tees, they have great little gifts too including these awesome Kraft journals with inspirational quotes and art on the outside. Bops is known for their interchangeable jewelry items including beaded bracelet foundations, brackets with cute reminders to get you through the day, watch faces, tassels adornments, and more. However, the past two seasons they have added several new things into their product mix which makes me even more in love. The quality of their items is awesome too (especially for the price).

I won’t go over all of the products because you can visit their website and see for yourselves. I do want to go over a couple of products that are made by women in their sewing programs in India and most recently Guatemala. Bops started these sewing programs to teach women how to sew and provide them with leadership skills so they can become entrepreneurs and in turn provide for their families without having to rely on anyone else. In many of the impoverished communities, women don’t have the skills or opportunities to work for others, let alone themselves. 

The women that have graduated from the India sewing program have been making reversible cross body sling bags that have beautiful prints. They are roomy, comfortable, and cute. This year they started making little jewelry pouches and coin purses that have a similar look. The coin purses have eight side pockets on the inside to hold your smaller pieces, and the center will carry your chunkier pieces. These are great for traveling and for gift giving!

So far 250 women have graduated from the India Sewing Program. How about those apples! 

India Sling Bags

Dropping Knowledge:  In Guatemala women create their own yarn and use natural dyes for color. All of the bops products from these indigenous artists are made from Huipils (wipil) which is the most common traditional garment worn by women in central Mexico and Central America.  It’s a tunic made of rectangular pieces of fabric that are stitched or tied together. 

This collection includes cross body bags, coin purses, travel bags, wallets, and headbands.  

Guatemala Handmade Crossbody Bag

 
Bops also has products sourced from Nepal, China, and the United States. They are a for profit group that supports several non-profits. This way they are able to continuously fund the projects they are creating to build sustainable lives for women around the world. They always strive to LIVE CREATIVELY & GIVE FREELY. We should all follow their lead

If you want to see my quick little vlog about Bops and get a glance at a few more items click here.

I hope you have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend. Be grateful for it!

Super Freaks With Style

By now you’ve probably become aware of a growing brand called Freaker USA. They came out with a bang and are continuing on the path of growth, innovation, and creative genius. The guys behind the brand are the brand. Even though the products they create are fun, unique, colorful, and new, this brand really has nothing at all to do with the products. It’s all about the guys that created it and made it what it is today. It’s their lifestyle, independence, humor, and love of people that makes this brand.  They want to bring in as many people as they can so everyone can enjoy the party. When you enter, they give you a party favor which is a Freaker! This one size fits all accessory keeps your drink cool and makes you look cool, plus it’s a good conversation starter. Everyone wants one so you’ll make new friends because of it.

Freaker USA began in 2011

Oh wait…you want to hear the full story? You want to meet everyone? Well, the best way to do that is to check out the documentary, Capital C.

Enjoy my Freaker friends!

Gracewear Collection

Now that we have covered a few great beauty brands I want to switch topics to a Jewelry line that is not only beautiful, but has a beautiful message.


Gracewear is a Christian lifestyle brand that uses a unique symbol, the Shield of Faith (pictured above), to cover women in God’s protection daily. Whether you are a believer or not, the message that it sends and represents is one that is very meaningful.

We all have something worth praying for and Gracewear gives us a great reminder that no matter what, God is always with us and on our side. Gracewear Collection is based on Ephesians 6: 10-18- and is created to offer HOPE and LIGHT- through the Power of the Shield.


This season Gracewear has really come out with some beautiful pieces. One of my favorites is pictured above. This is an elegant necklace that will dress up a T and blue jeans or go well with your nicest evening attire.

The brand covers a broad demographic in that they’ve designed jewelry at different price points for girls and women and also have some great gifts for men. This fall they have not only added great new pieces to the jewelry collection, but are also introducing handbags and soft, one size fits most tunics. The handbags come in navy, maroon, and grey seen below. These purses are quite roomy and great for any gal on the go. They are big enough to hold an iPad!
  

 
Look out for your nearest Gracewear retailer or just visit the Gracewear boutique in Cashiers, NC! To find out more about the line and the story behind it click here.