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13 Jul

How These Entrepreneurs Turned Their Passion Into A Profession

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Many of us dream about hailing farewell to the 9-5 grind to pursue a business idea or a passion, but for many of taking that leap of faith or finding the time within our busy schedules puts a halt to those aspirations. But not for theseentrepreneurs who have proved that it can be done. With a cutting-edge idea, hard work, and determination it really can become a reality for anyone. We found out exactly how these successful entrepreneurs turned their idea into thriving businesses.

Jasmine Lindsay, Jasmine and Will

PHOTO: Jasmine and Will
PHOTO: Jasmine and Will
What was your previous job and profession before starting your sleepwear brand, Jasmine and Will? I worked in finance for 10 years, with the last five of those in...
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11 Jul

How Sophie Hulme Built A Successful Handbag Line With An ‘Anti-Fashion Approach’

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"I don't come from a fashion background," explains best-selling handbag designer Sophie Hulme over the phone from her office in London. She entered art college to study creative arts, but once she dabbled in fashion design, she was hooked. "I probably thought it was far too terrifying and I wasn't nearly cool enough until I tried it," she laughs. She then narrowed her focus to handbag design. After all, Hulme held a fascination with packaging ("things you keep things in"), evidenced by her collections of jewelry boxes and decorative pencil cases. "It's very personal about what you keep in [a bag]," she explains. And "it's an incredibly functional item. So that's a really nice challenge as a designer because you've got parameters in which...
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5 Jul

These Are The Films To Watch At Every Stage Of Your Career

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The rich medium of film has much to teach us all. If you're looking for some career-minded savvy, we've queued up the most influential job movies we've ever seen for your consideration. Flush of quotable dialogue, rogue moves, and harrowing hero's journeys, these relatable and instructional masterpieces are a consistent source of inspiration. Just press play.

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PHOTO: Universal Pictures
PHOTO: Universal Pictures
As a valedictorian entering the workforce at the bottom of the totem pole Generation X poster girl Winona Ryder's Lelaina Pierce in Reality Bites cycles though the full spectrum of entry level woes. From getting by on a pittance of a salary and maneuvering a prima donna boss to selling out and falling for the affable slacker, the '90s classic will...
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4 Jul

This Jewellery Label Founder Shares her Top Tips for Budding Entrepreneurs

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Sharona Harris is the entrepreneurial success story we all dream to be. The once PR and marketing manager launched her jewellery label, F + H, back in 2014 after feeling uninspired in her day job and has created a company and brand that couldn’t be more passionate about. Since launching just two years ago, the sought-after classic-meets-tough collection has become a staple for It-girls around the country and has been seen on the likes of Margot Robbie, Jessica Gomes, and Lara Worthington. The self-made talent has shared with us her tips for launching your own business and carving a niche in a saturated market.

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Owning your own business is hard, you’re never really able to switch...
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30 Jun

How One Woman Turned Her Blog Into A Cult-Favorite Shopping Site

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We’ll let you in on a little secret: Whether we’re looking for cool clothes, next-level styling inspo, or intel on the up-and-coming designers who are about to blow up, Lisa Says Gah is our go-to. The e-shop with the most covetable aesthetic (you may already follow it on Instagram) is not just a retailer, but a resource for editors and consumers alike. That’s why today we’ve tapped owner and founder Lisa Williams to fill us in on everything from how she finds the brands to how LSG’s unique product shots came about to what she thinks every girl will be wearing this summer. And if the new arrivals section is any indicator (it’s almost always sold out), we think she...
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28 Jun

9 Successful Women Share the Career Mistake That’s Holding You Back

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Few things are more frustrating than feeling like you've reached a plateau in your career. Perhaps you're waiting for a promotion and can't understand why there's a hold-up. Maybe you've been in the same role for years and can't see a clear path ahead. It can be hard to pinpoint the reason why you're not hitting your goals, so to gain some clarity, we called on nine inspiring entrepreneurs who took part in our Career Code series. Smart, savvy, and skilled, these women are industry leaders who have seen their share of talented employees and ones who have fallen behind from rookie errors.

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PHOTO: Taylor Jewell for Jean Stories
If you're struggling to move into your dream role, Sally Singer, creative digital...
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26 Jun

What It Takes To Become A Successful Jewellery Designer

PHOTO: Amber Sceats

Jewellery is the easiest way to give an old outfit a fresh spin—the simplest piece can transform your entire look. Jewellery is powerful, and ever-changing, and one label that’s always reinventing itself is Amber Sceats. For a relatively new brand (it launched in 2012), Amber Sceats has quickly become a go-to for on-trend pieces and a celebrity favourite. We recently sat down with the label’s founder and designer, to find out what it takes to become a successful jewellery designer in an industry that’s notoriously tough to crack.

PHOTO: Amber Sceats
PHOTO: Amber Sceats
Who What Wear: What was your inspiration or starting point for this collection? Amber Sceats: I really wanted to strip back a few layers from my past collections. I felt like I needed...
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24 Jun

How Les Petits Joueurs Is Growing Beyond Lego Bags And Street Styele Hype

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The fall 2015 collection was a turning point for Maria Sole Cecchi's handbag brand, which is opening its first stand-alone store in September.   When I met with Maria Sole Cecchi at the Crosby Street Hotel in early June, she was bursting with nervous energy. The Florence, Italy-based designer was in New York for a quick visit, jam-packed with press and buyer appointments, to preview her resort collection. As soon as we sat down, Cecchi announced that she and her brother and business partner Andrea Cecchi had secured a location for Les Petits Joueurs' first stand-alone shop: In September, it opens in Florence, Italy on Via de’ Tornabuoni, the city's luxury shopping street. "We felt this energy and we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity, even...
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21 Jun

The Biggest Career Regrets Of 6 Wildly Successful Women

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While we prefer to live by the "everything happens for a reason" philosophy, for many of us, there's that lingering missed opportunity from our past where we failed to act or wish things turned out differently. Granted, mistakes are a part of life that often contribute to our later successes, but even when we've triumphed, kicking that niggling feeling of regret to the curb can be tough, no matter how happy or accomplished you are now. Remorse is okay, as long as you harness it for good not bad. Hindsight is 20/20, but instead of dwelling on the negatives and a barrage of what-ifs, think of them as vital life lessons and use them to activate exciting new opportunities in your personal...
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19 Jun

10 Unusual Animal Businesses

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In making a list of potential animal business ventures, most people think of traditional options such as pet sitting, dog walking, grooming, boarding, or training.  While these can be great options for those looking to enter the industry, there are many more possibilities to consider (including some truly oddball ideas).  Here are ten of the most unusual animal business ideas for entrepreneurs seeking something different:   1.  Pet Colorist In recent years, particularly in large metropolitan areas, it has become trendy to dye pet fur into unusual colors and patterns.  Many different colors and patterns have popped up in the pet population including pastels, stripes, and spots.  This can be an interesting sideline for a pet groomer that will create a buzz in...
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