Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Holiday Pre-Order Discount is Happening Now!! :)

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

In honor of Black Friday and the official launch of our Holiday Collection, we are offering free shipping through December 15th when you use the code CHEER @ checkout. Pre-Order your limited edition handbag now through December 7th. All orders will ship 2 weeks after date of purchase. Happy Shopping!!!

#shopsmall

xx,

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for so many things today, but as I sit and ponder them, I’m recognizing that they are all the same things that I am thankful for every day . . . . . health, God’s grace, friends, family, growth, love, experiences, faith, hope, the ability to be able to do what I love for a living, the blessing of meeting new people who have brought more beauty into my life. The things I am most thankful for don’t come with a price tag. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a few things that came with price tags that I am truly thankful for as well, but when I strip it all down, other than the roof over my head, food to eat, car to drive and clothes to wear, the things that mean the most to me consist of people and experiences, creativity and growth. I’m so thankful for all of them.

I hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving and are able to be surrounded by people you love and good food.

xx,

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Werkspace Wednesday | New Samples in!!!

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Presidio fringe tote . . .

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Renaissance cross body clutch . . .

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Haight fringe cross body . . .

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Shooter tote . . .

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St. Francis clutch . . .

Happy Wednesday guys! Lots going on around the werkspace these days. Since I last posted, I’ve turned 43, (yay me!) spent 4 fabulous days in one of my fav cities and wait for it . . .  I got the new samples in for my holiday line!!!! They will be available in the shop for pre-order shortly. I am so excited to finally have them here in the studio. The babies have finally been birthed, and mama is excited and happy! There’s so much to be thankful for!!

Things have been sooooo busy lately, I have barely had time to blog. I know that is not something a good blogger should admit to, but it’s the truth! And to top it all off, I still can’t believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving!! Do you guys have plans for Thanksgiving? I’ve been consuming more gluten than a bread factory lately, and it’s definitely not a track I want to stay on, so I’m working on reeling it in . . . And what better day to start back than Thanksgiving right? Lol. I know I’m not making it easy on myself, but, such is life. Where there is a will, there is a way.

I want to wish you all a happy + safe Thanksgiving. I pray you are blessed to be surrounded with loved ones and good food. Check back on Friday for the launch of the new holiday line in the boutique! We’ll be offering Free Shipping on all domestic orders!

Blessings + hugs!

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10,000 Hours . . . .

10,000 hours 10,000_hours_thelookbookphilosophy.com I’m gearing up to teach a class on vision boards next month. Preparing for the class has lead me to search out some of my old vision boards to use as a reference for the class. Luckily, I have Rob to help with the search and recovery task which is taking place in our black hole of a garage. Last nite when I got home, he had pulled out these boards thinking that they might be what I was looking for (hmmm, looks like someone needs to take my class ☺). These are not vision boards. They are actually what is known as style boards. I had not seen these boards in years. At the start of a new season or project, I create as many sketches as I can relating to the theme or vision for the line. Once I have roughly sketched them out, I select the ones I like best or that resonate the most with me in connection to the theme, and place them on boards and assign style numbers. Then I work to narrow the styles down again until I have the aloted amount of styles I (or the company I am working for)  wants to move forward with. The boards in the first image are from when I first began designing my leather handbag line in 2004 and the boards in the 2nd image are from a freelance project I worked on around that same time. There were about 8 or 9 boards that he found just like these. As I was looking at them it struck me how long I have been working to to build my business.

I personally, have not read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers. Are you familiar with it? I remember my sister telling me about it a few years back. She spoke about some of Gladwell’s ideas of what contributes to a person’s success and one of the things that popped out at me was his 10,000 hour rule. According to Gladwell, (among other things) the key to success in any field, is due in large part, to practicing that specific task for an amount of time equal to or around 10,000 hours. Looking back at these boards, and reminiscing over all of the time, research and energy that I have put into designing and creating products over the years reminded me to think about things a little differently. Sometimes we have a tendency to focus on what we have not accomplished, or what isn’t working, and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, it can be harmful to us IF we are not in tune with, and thankful for, what we actually HAVE accomplished, and what IS working at the moment. I know for myself, the little perfectionist in me tends to dwell on those things that I feel are not working or going as planned. I focus on them because I want to fix them and make them better, but in doing so, I can see that I sometimes have a tendency to overlook the small achievements that have come along the way. All of those lessons, projects, ideas, experience, energy and time work together to create the success that takes place during the journey to “success.”

There really is no such thing as an overnight success. If being an overnight success was an actual possibility, I can tell you that I would not be a very good one. Had certain successes happened for me overnight, I would not have nearly enough viable tools within myself to deal with all of the things that come with whatever that success would look like. It sounds cliche, but I truly understand the meaning of this quote from professional tennis player, Arthur Ashe:: “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome.”

Whatever you are going after, keep going. You’re almost there! (and if you’re not, keep moving forward, at least you are getting closer!). ☺

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