Sunday, August 31, 2008


This week, I'm obsessing over getting some "ME TIME."  My life has been so crazy the past few weeks preparing for the shows.  While I was in Vegas, I was living off a few hours of sleep every night & Redbull. Now that the Project Las Vegas show is over, I'm in desperate need of some ME time. Usually after every major trade show I try to run away for a few days to relax and recharge myself.  It's so important to take care of your body! 

I am such a California girl at heart.  I LOVE laying out and getting some sun!  Whenever I try to get away, I always pick places that are not major tourist spots. I'm around people all the time living in NYC, so when I need some ME time, I'm all about staying at secluded places.

Awww, so nice to be on an empty beach!
As much as I LOVE the sun, it's important to always take care of your skin! Always wear a hat and lots of sunscreen!
I'm going to miss eating YUMMMMY!
Sitting on my balcony relaxing and playing catch up on some reading. 
LOVE my view....
This is what I've been waking up to every morning. View from the living beautiful! I still work whereever I go, but I LOVE my job so it never really feels like work. 

I use my getaway as a time to reflect on my life and be at peace. Life can get so hectic at times that many people tend to forget to take the time out to take a deep breath and just chill. I make it a priority to escape once in a while from the craziness and make some ME TIME! 

Business Tip of the Week:Whether it's a few days away on a mini getaway or an afternoon of pampering....try to make time for yourself! It's important to take care of your mind, body, & soul!

Almost time to head back to NYC. Sighhh.....
At least I know I will be back recharged, revived, and ready to hit the ground running!  The next 3 weeks are going to be CRAZY! This is my busy time!  I can't wait for you guys to see all the things I have in store the next few weeks =).

Till then.....I need to run and squeeze in a few more hours of ME TIME before it's time to head back to NYC!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Project Las Vegas 2008: DAY#2 PM


It's tradition that after the show ends each day we go SHOPPING! It's a big stress reliever from a long work day =). I LOVE that there is a BARNEYS at my hotel.  Guess what we find there?  Jae Basilio on the racks...yaaaaay! Doing big things, Miss Janet.  I'm so proud of you!!! 

I can't believe just 1 1/2yrs ago we were in Hong Kong sourcing factories for you....sniff...sniff...sniff.  Wow, look where you're at now. My little girl is all grown up! Here's to moving ONWARD & UPWARD! Keep channeling the positive energy =)!
oooh, we can't go into Barneys without stopping by the shoe department.  Awww, the Givenchys I've been eyeing.  So so sexy! Hmm, what am I treating myself to after the show?
Ok, the real reason why I LOVE staying at the Palazzo is GRAND LUX CAFE! People always assume I'm the type of girl who loves only fancy meals or eating at trendy restaurants.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE those places too, but there's nothing like good cheap food! I HEART their MISO SALMON and CREAM of MUSHROOM SOUP.  I seriously had it EVERYDAY while I was there. The detoxing went out the window a long time ago =). LOL!

We met up with the Twnz @ Grand Lux Cafe!
ME!, Janet, Randy, & Jeanette
Joey & Phil grubbing on yummy cheesecake!
Joey & Phil
After picking up Grand Lux to go, we went back to the room to get some zzzzzzzz's. Gotta get some beauty sleep before it's time to go boogie down.  It's our last night in Vegas...I know it's going to be a long night.

Here we are at Creative Recreation & Hudson Jeans Party @Tryst! Me & my West Coast sales crew. We work hard, and party hard together!
Awwww, I met Michael from  He's one of my West Coast accounts.  I LOVE meeting my customers & buyers at these shows.  You are uber cool, mister!  It was so much fun hanging out with you!  Sorry I wasn't able to make it to the after party.  Cinderella was falling apart. Next time for sure!!!

We had such a blast!  We were dancing soooo much and having such a great time! DJ VICE rocked it!  Look at us....ALL SMILES!  It's so important to surround yourself around positive supportive people.  I LOVE my girls, they're the best! 
"When one of us wins, we ALL WIN!"

Janet, ME!, Michelle, Jennifer, & Amanda

Thanks, ladies- for such a FABULOUS and interesting night. I have to say, it's been the most memorable Project Vegas Trade Show trip for me to date.  Thanks for all the laughters, and everyone channeling good positive energy!  I LOVE you guys!  

Remember ladies....THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!!! =)

Can't wait till the next Project Las Vegas!

Project Las Vegas 2008: DAY#2 AM

Project Las Vegas Day #2


I always try to attend different shows to check out what's going on outside of the Women's Contemporary market.  I dropped by the new SLATE Trade Show to say hello to some friends and to also see what's going on in mens streetwear and skate clothing.

Stopped by 10.Deep to say hello, and guess who's picture is on the wall? Awww, ISI!
It's always a party in the men's section.  I could never exhibit in this environment.  It's too hard to concentrate and work!Check out these bags...ha!  You know I'm a sucker for quirky things =)!Another group of people filming their own reality show.  Guess everyone wants to be a superstar these days. Hmmm....I LOVE checking out the fashion at the shows.  It's cool seeing how creative people get. Check out this guy's t-shirt. 

After a few hours of walking around, I started to get hungry.  Time to get some grub! This is what I usually eat during the shows.  There's not much of a selection at the shows and healthy eating is a joke because it's usually no where to be found. I was craving nachos & junk food.  I know, it's so bad! My secret to making it through the day is REDBULL!

Next stop, The Sourcing Show.  

Thank goodness it's right behind the Slate Show.  That's the one thing I don't like to do is run around between the different halls in the Convention Center. It gets too tiring trekking from one hall to another.  As you can see, the venues are HUGE! 
I always stop by the Sourcing Show to source new trim vendors and also see what's going on. You never know who's exhibiting and who you could meet there. Years ago I met my silk fabric vendor at this show, and till this day I still work with them!
Checking out trims....

Yaaaay!  I found a new button & trim manufacturer!  These ladies are from Hangzhou, an hour from the silk fabric factory I work with in China. How crazy is that? I'm definitely visiting their factory on my next trip. They had a HUGE selection and low minimums!  Awww, I'm soooo excited and can't wait to work with them! This made my trip so worth it! 

Ok, we need to sit down and rest our feet a bit. We've been walking around for hours.  I'm starting to get tired. Here we are chillin with Humpty Dumpty! Moosh rockin YUMI KIM Fall 08 Andy Dress! I LOVE seeing my girls wearing my stuff! 
Time to get back to the Project Show. I had such a productive Day #2.  I have to say, it's been a great Vegas show for me so far.  I've been working hard and also having a blast with my girls! I'm getting the best of both worlds right now! 

Project Las Vegas 2008: DAY#1 PM


Me, Randy & Jeanette!
NYC in tha house!  Who's house is it Jeanette???? Run's HOUSE! You're too funny! I LOVE you guys!  We've come a long way together, lady! THANK YOU for believing in me from day one!
I HEART my West Coast sales team!  
You guys are too too cute and fun to hang with!
Yaaaay!  Ginny came out too! For a second I thought you were all talk, missy!

We're also celebrating my girl Michelle's BIG move to NYC! Whoohoo, I'll have a new wing woman in 2wks =)! She's been my childhood friend since we were 12, practically my sister. We're 2 peas in a pod =)! Watch out NYC, Moosh is coming to town!
My girl Abbie drove to Vegas last minute to kick it with us.  She showed up late to dinner because she was  busy watching the Michelle Obama speech and busy trying to finish writing her blog.  Uh, BIG NERD!  That's why I love you!  Always educating me on Tech and Politics! Here's Abs showing us how to do NERD finger glasses. You look adorable rockin YUMI KIM!
Yup, we're NERDS like you too...just in a different way...LOL! Finger glasses! Jen, Moosh, & ME!
Janet is HUNGRY! She's going through Kellogs Special K withdraws! 

I shared some BIG NEWS with my team tonight, and they made me cry. I LOVE you guys! Thanks soooo much for your endless support!  I really would not be here if I didn't have a kick ass DREAM TEAM!  You guys totally rock! BIG BIG KISSES! 

Now that we're full, it's time to go get our boogie on and burn some calories! Next stop, TRIPLE 5 SOUL & VAPORS MAGAZINE party @ JET! Thanks for the invite, Cesar!
Guess who we ran into on our way out? Hmmm......
Time to go home, I still have another work day tomorrow! Gotta be responsible =)!

Thanks ladies, for reminding me the importance of WORK HARD, and PLAY HARDER! What an interesting night...WOW! Remember to look up at the SKY & keep CHANNELING positive thoughts! It really works...wink wink wink! Love you guys! 


Project Las Vegas 2008: DAY#1 AM


Janet brought over my favorite pastry in the whole wide world! 
All about dressing comfortable today!

I LOOOOOVE staying at the Palazzo! 
Time to head down and work!

I'm rocking the BANGS today! I know...I's so different! 
The best part about attending the shows is that I get to see my buyers!
Project Las Vegas atmosphere.....
Me and my team!


Oh my goodness, it's Justin! Sighhhh......

My geisha sisters came out to show support! We've been friends forever! Jen is rockin a YUMI KIM Fall 2008 dress!  You look fab Jen!
We HEART guys w/tattoos! I'll be the first to admit, I'm a sucker for them. Oh no!
Us checking out other vendors.....
Hmmmm, is this a sign?

Yaaaay! Buyers from FREE SHOP Japan.  I LOVE these girls!  LOVE your shop! See you guys in NYC soon! Thank you so much for your endless support ladies! I'm definitely going to Japan soon!  
Oh my, I think Janet found her long lost brothers from another mother.  They're all about BLING BLINGING too!


Yup, we are the biggest dorks!  As they say...
"Birds of a feather flock together!"

Wow, such a busy 1st day.  Now onto the evening!