January 30, 2012

Fly Girl of The Moment - Jajuana

Hey Dolls!!

The Fly Girl of The Moment Feature is back and who better to set it off than my sister

First let me begin by wishing my Fabulous Sister a Very Happy and Wonderfully Blessed 33rd Birthday.  Now on to her style…My Sister’s Style is what I like to call “Classic Girly Girl with a Twist”.  Out of all of us, she has ALWAYS been a Girly Girl, she never went through a Tomboy Phase like me and my Oldest Sister.  

As A Training and Development Expert, she is constantly called upon to speak and present and her wardrobe greatly reflects her career:  Professionally Polished with Dynamic Flare.  One funny thing about my Sister that I’d like to add is that as FLY as she is, she is NOT a shopaholic and she is not a fan of taking pictures.  I constantly give her a hard time about that, LOL!

Want more insight on Jajuana's Style...enjoy her Interview below:

Describe your personal Style.  I think my style is F-YRE!  HA!  No, really, it’s a combination of sophistication, flare, and fun.  I love anything with a bow, string and bling!  I’m definitely a "Girly Girl" and tend to dress up often but I’m unpredictable so you’ll never know what I’ll wear.
How often do you change up your style?  Often, I love to change it up a bit.  I can be The Office Professional one minute and The Chic Diva the next. 
What are your favorite brands and places to shop?  I can shop from anywhere if they have cute items.  I do frequent some stores though – Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Arden B., Forever 21, Zara, Macy’s, Aldo and H&M.  I just got hooked to Asos so it should make this list as well.
Who is your fashion icon?  I don’t particularly have a fashion icon I look to, so many starlets get it right so I look at all their styles and learn from them.  However, my favorite designer is Carolina Herrera.  I love her designs, her story and her sophistication.  
What is your favorite fashion accessory?  Jackets, Coats and my Jesus Pieces.  I think coats and jackets damn near complete your look, so I wear them often.  And my Jesus Pieces are classic.  I have tons of them in various colors and they represent my love for my God.  I always get compliments on them because they aren’t your traditional crosses.
What trend/style do you love?  Color Blocking!  I think its genius to put contrasting colors together and make them work.  Can’t wait to share a look like this on my blog soon.
What trend/style do you hate?  I recently saw an article that the Pilgrim Look is on the rise.  I don’t dislike it but, it’s not for me.  Maybe some of it in pieces is okay.
What are wardrobe staples that everyone should have in their closet?  Every girl should have a black dress, tons of jewelry to choose from and a few nice bags to rock.  Actually, my all time favorite staple is lingerie.  I love sexy undergarments; I don’t have lingerie that isn’t sexy. 

What is one fashionable item you couldn't live without?  My Louis Vuitton pieces.  I have a sick addiction to Louis Vuitton and if I could afford to buy a new piece monthly I would. 
If you could raid someone's closet, who's would it be?  Rhianna’s!  Have you seen this chick’s versatility?  It’s sick, I love her style to pieces.
Besides the U.S., where else would you love to go shopping?  Europe

I LOVE and ADMIRE my sister so much.  I’m sure you Dolls will enjoy her AMAZING Style as well.  Show Jajuana some love and if you haven’t already check out her blog FYRE!  

Jajuana is DEFINITELY a What's More Important Than Fashion "Fly Girl".  As ALWAYS Dolls...

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What’s More Important Than Fashion is a Fashion Blog that LOVES to share the spotlight with Fellow Fly Girls out there.  The Fly Girl of The Moment Feature will showcase the signature styles of fellow fashionistas rockin’ fashion their way. 

January 26, 2012

Spotted in GREEN

Hey Dolls!!!

How is the week going for you?  For me its moving extremely slowwwwww.  But Nonetheless, just one more day before my work week is over.  Anyhoo, enough about that let's get on to the details of the outfit.  I put this look together on the fly with no thought to it.  Sometimes those are the BEST ones, right?  

As you guys know, I am so happy about my Steve Madden Leopard Print Flats, so here they are...AGAIN.  I can't get enough of them.  I hope I don't make you all tired of them, LOL! 

After looking at my outfit for a while, it reminded me a little bit of a look that I saw a few years ago on Scott Disick.  For those of you who don't know who he is, That is Kourtney Kardashian's boyfriend.  Take a look at Scott and Kourtney below:  

I admire Scott's style for one because his clothes are impeccably tailored and fit him very well, but he is not my typical "Go To" for Fashion Inspiration.  But oh well, it happened.  

Check out my Scott Disick Swagg, LOL!!

What I'm Wearing – Earrings:  Hawaii Stadium Flea Market/Blazer:  Thrifted/ Necklace:  Burlington Coat Factory/Bracelets:  Forever21/Jade Bangle:  Hawaii Stadium Flea Market/Shirt:  Arden B./Belt:  Target/Jeans:  Levi's/Shoes:  Steve Madden

Well, that's it for today Dolls, enjoy the rest of your week.  And as ALWAYS...
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January 23, 2012

Business Owner Spotlight - Mi Amor Hair Studios Inc. - Mia Anderson

Hey Dolls!!

As you know, What's More Important That Fashion promised to bring you variety within this Blog.  We don't only Focus on Fashion and Finance, but we like to highlight fabulousness in other areas as well.  This post encompasses so many facets.  We have everything from Hair to Entrepreneurship as well as Fashion and Finance!

Meet my MANE Girl Mia.  Mia is a very talented Hairstylist and savvy Business Woman.  Mia came highly recommended by my previous stylist Paige when she moved away.  For us Beauty Shop Girls, you know every girl hates to lose their hair stylist, and I’m no different.  But the experience with Mia has been great, she has been helping me keep my mane in tact for almost a year now.    
Tell me and my readers a little bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Mia Anderson, originally from Chicago and currently living in Tampa.  I am 38 years old and I’m the younger of two siblings.  In 2000, I relocated to Tampa with my previous employer HSBC, where I headed up the Cash Department and later became an Acquisitions Manger.  In February 2007, I resigned to start my own business. 

Briefly, describe your business.
I am the owner of Mi Amor Hair Studios Inc.  We are Private Salon Studios that allow Cosmetology Professionals to own and operate as their own business without the expensive overhead.  The Private Studios come fully furnished and are leased on a yearly basis.  Stylists are able to set their own hours, decorate to their liking, and offer their clients that One-on-One experience.

Why did you choose to start your own business?
I choose to start my own business because it had ALWAYS been a dream/vision since the early age of 6.  Which is when I first became interested in hair.  I realized that I didn’t enjoy working for someone else and letting someone dictate my destiny. I woke up one morning, got dressed, looked in the mirror and said to myself “I CANT DO THIS”.  The thought of going to that job another day just had me sick to my stomach.  I noticed that I wasn’t able to be myself, live out the purpose that God had designed for me.  I stepped out on faith, called my employer and resigned at that time.

When did you start your business?
Well, I went to school in 2003 and finished in 2005.  In 2006 I immediately began to work Part-Time in a salon while still working in Full-Time Corporate America.  I became the owner of my own business in November 2010.

How did you get started?  What all did it take?
Prior to resigning, I planned out my resignation by making sure I had my health insurance, life insurance and 401K plans in order.  Meaning, they would be set up as self-employed once I resigned. 

When I began working in a salon, I worked commission. Meaning, all of my products were supplied and my earnings were split 50/50 between myself & the owner.  I worked commission for 4 months then moved to booth rental.  Once on booth rental, I had to supply all my products and became a Business Owner.  I set normal working hours just like you would have at any other job.  I was at the salon from 9am – 5pm, whether I had clients or not.

How did/do you develop your clientele?
In order to build clientele, I had cards and flyers made.  I made sure I attended every networking event that Tampa had to offer.  I used referral programs and set a goal to hand out at least 5 business cards a day.   

Do you have a target audience?
I targeted Young and Mature Professional Women that take pride in their appearances and have the need to look good at all times. 
Describe your brand.  How did you create it and what does it mean to you?
My salon name, Mi Amor Hair Studios was created when I was in Cosmetology School.  We were given a project to come up with a name and design our dream salon.  Mi Amor Hair Studios is dear to me.  It includes my name Mia, Amor meaning love then hair.  To sum it up it’s the love Mia has for hair.     

What separates you from all the other salons out there?
My salon is very unique and stands out from your normal salon.  One reason being there aren’t many salons set up as Private Studios and two, the ability for the clients to book their appointments online. Mi Amor Hair Studio also stands out from other salons because of our turnaround time.  We believe that a client shouldn’t have to been in the salon all day to look beautiful.  We strive in servicing our clients for no longer than 3hrs.  This is achieved by having an assistant, not overbooking, and allowing each client their personal time.

What is your specialty?
We specialize in healthy hair care and precision cutting.

What are some benefits of owning your own business and running it?
There are many benefits to owning your own business.  You are able to establish your business the way you would like it to be run.  You’re able to set your own hours, you control your own destiny, you can establish your own work/life balance and you can choose the people you work with among other benefits. 

Tell us, what are some of the problem/risks with running your business?
Just like there are benefits, there is some risk involved in owning your own business as well.  Every business should have a business plan, most small business fail due to not having this valuable document.  You can’t see the company's potential and its worth without a strategic plan.  Owning your own business also requires more of your time.  Therefore, you risk your family and anything else that’s dear to you because majority of your time is spent in your business.  Financial risk is also another factor that can make or break a small business.  You have to make sure you have enough capital to start your business as well as enough left over to keep it afloat.

If someone wanted to own a business like yours what are some recommendations you’d like to provide them with?
If you’re looking to own your own salon I would recommend you do your homework.  Research how to Own & Operate a salon, have a business plan, search for your location and see what competitors are doing in your area.  Be sure to acquire a good accountant and attorney.  These two people will play a vital role in your business.  Establish a working relationship with one of the bankers at your bank.  They can help you financially.  Last, but not least, make sure you can maintain your salon financially even if you don’t have employees working for you. 

How many people are on your staff?
Currently, there’s only Me and My Assistant working in my salon and I have one person to acquire a studio in late February.  I will then have 2 more studios to rent out. 

What are your future plans for Expansion and Growth?
My five year plan is to open Mi Amor Hair Studios II either here in Florida or Chicago.

This is has been a wonderful interview Mia!  So, where can people find you?
Salon Address:  We're located at 1133 Professional Park Dr. Brandon, FL 33511. 
Facebook Page:  Mi Amor Hair Studios Inc.
Twitter:  @MzMiaStylist_7

Lastly, how do you incorporate Fashion and Finance into your Lifestyle? 
Fashion & Finance play an important role in the beauty business.  I incorporate Fashion by dressing the part, advising clients on the latest styles, giving clients advise on how to dress for various events and changing their style through transforming their hair. 
Finance is an important factor as well because in this business you have to manage your funds closely.  The fact that we receive cash, it’s easy to spend, spend, spend and lose track of your earnings.  I try to be mindful of my prices and make sure they are comfortable for my clients. I often run specials and promotions to give back to my clients. 

Check out these pictures below of Mia's Fab Salon

Salon Front

Front Lobby
Shampoo Station

Mia's Suite

Furnished Salon Suites Available
The salon is gorgeous, right?  I think so.  Well, alright Dolls, isn’t Mia great?  For me, it’s ALWAYS a pleasure to learn about successful Business Ownership and the path taken to get there.  Mia has provided us with some valuable gems by sharing her road to success.  I hope that you all learned as much as I did from Mia and if any of you are planning your exit strategy from Corporate America and become a Business Owner, this should give you MOTIVATION.  I Love that Mia takes care of business and stays FLY!!!  Keep up the fabulous work Mia!!!  Dolls, be sure and show Mia some Love. 

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January 20, 2012

Tribal BLUES and TAGGED!

Hey Dolls!!

Remember this Blazer I got while Thrifting back in September?  Well, I finally pulled this bad boy out and wore it today.  This was an item that my friend grabbed and then said she’d never wear it and said it looked like my style and this it is.  That it is.  I gotta say I love it.  This blazer is very versatile and can go from Casual to Professional.  I’m already thinking about how I want to wear it next time. 

I have also been TAGGED by my girl Trice over at High Heels and Good Meals.  I think these games are fun.  It gives us bloggers a chance to know a little bit more about the person behind the pictures.  So here goes...

The Rules
1. Post these rules.
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Go to their blog and tell them that you've tagged them.
6. No stuff in the tagging section about 'you are tagged if you are reading this' You have to tag 11 peeps.

11 Random Things About G
1. I love the smell of “NEW” Newspaper.
2. I HATE when people SMACK while eating their food.
3. I’m currently addicted to the show Criminal Minds
4. I think its annoying and rude when people ask you questions or make statements like:  Girl, can you walk in them shoes?  Do those shoes hurt your feet?  Are your earrings heavy?  I could never wear that.  How do you wear heels everyday?  You MUST spend ALL your money on clothes.
5. I LOVE NBA Basketball but I can't get into College Ball and March Madness.  (I've tried and it does NOTHING for me!)
6. I LOVE learning about Black History.
7. Home Alone is my FAVORITE Christmas Movie of all time.
8. I would like to attend Fashion Week (and/or surrounding events) this year.
9. I want people to know that if your only retirement vehicle is a 401k, YOU’RE in TROUBLE!!!!!!!!!!!
10. I wish I knew how to do my hair and make-up like the professionals.
11. I hope to redesign my closet for better shoe storage this year.

Trice's Questions Answered
1.  What is one goal you'd like to accomplish this year?  Can I do two? I’d like to take a photography class and get back to my fitness routine. 
2.  What is your guilty pleasure?  Reality TV Shows on The Style Network and Bravo.
3.  If you could go anywhere in the world for the weekend, all expenses paid, where would it be?  A tropical island – Anguilla or Bora Bora with an exclusive luxury suite and activities. 
4.  If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 2 things, what would they be?  A male companion and Sunscreen!
5.  Give or Receive? Both, I love buying gifts that the receiver will appreciate.  I also like the same in return.
6.  What's the last song you listened to? Swagger Like Us – T.I., Kanye, Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, and M.I.A.
7.  What is your favorite pair of shoes and why? Are you serious, one FAVORITE?  LOL!!!! Well My current favorite are my Steve Madden Leopard Print Madee Flats. 
8.  Who is your celebrity crush? Drake, Idris Elba and Laman Rucker
9.  Do you plan on making dinner or eating out tonight?  Making Dinner
10.  Did you speak to the Lord today?  Yes, today and EVERYDAY! 
11.  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  In 5 years I see myself as an Independent Business Owner Free of Corporate America!

G's Questions for You!
1.  What is the most money you have ever spent on a Fashionable item?
2.  Do you currently use and/or stick to a budget?
3.  If you could have a singer’s voice, who’s would you choose?
4.  Have you ever calculated your net worth?
5.  What goal do you have for your Blog this year?
6.  Do you know how much money you will need for retirement?
7.  How much money do you spend on lunch per day?
8.  What is the first thing you do everyday?
9.  What kind of cell phone do you have?
11. When Friday night hits, what do you usually do?
12. What character on TV, in Movies or on Reality Shows do you MOST identify with and why?

What I’m Wearing – Earrings:  Forever21/Blazer:  Thrifted/Shirt:  Target/Jesus Piece:  Flea Market/Belt:  Thrifted/Jeans:  TJ Maxx/Shoes:  Mixx via MJM/Ring:  H&M/Bracelet:  JoAnn’s/Bag:  Louis Vuitton

This Tagging Game has been going on so long it was HARD finding some Bloggers who haven't been Tagged.  I'm tagging the Following:

Letecia Benita of Less Is More
Corie of It's My Taste
Stella of J'Adore Fashion
Shalilac of She Ain't No Diva
Bobbie & Meesh of 4-Lexi
Sing of Sing'ature Style
Bessie of Bravoe Runway
Jajuana of FYRE
Leslie of Pretty Haute

Well Dolls, I hope you enjoyed learning some fun facts about me.  Be sure to check out Trice and all of the Lovely Bloggers I tagged for their results.

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