Business, Fashion

SCALLOPS & PASSIONS

When I started this blog, I wanted to share way more than just cute clothes – I wanted to share my experiences with life, love, travel and more. This year I made it my goal to blog more consistently but also to provide insight into something that is so important to me – my work. I actually find it so enjoyable that it’s hard to call it work, but rather my passion. After graduating from UCLA (I won’t tell you when but you probably have an idea with my years of work experience), I was an accountant for 7 years, been doing photography for almost 8 years (wow) and decided in 2014 to start something I really had no idea about. In 2014, I started an online women’s boutique called Morning Lavender to fulfill what I thought was a need for affordable feminine clothing (see the full story of why I started Morning Lavender here). I definitely shop a lot online but running a business online is completely different and I was met with the challenge of learning how to start a new business in a competitive market while balancing being a new wife and full time photographer. It has definitely been a huge learning experience – both professionally and personally. I still struggle with managing stress and finding that balance between work and life. I am fortunate to have an incredibly supportive (and talented) husband who has done everything from shooting our lookbooks to building furniture and setting up for our crazy pop-up shops. I am also very blessed to have built a motivated and hardworking team who is just as excited about seeing Morning Lavender grow as much as I am. It’s hard being the boss but my desire to help my team grow not only within the company, but also in their careers pushes me to be a better leader and mentor. The life of an entrepreneur is not for everyone but when you find something you are truly passionate about, I say go for it! I have tried many different career paths and pushed myself harder every time. I really believe you can achieve anything with hard work, an open mind and a true passion for what you are doing. Anyway, I hope I haven’t bored you too much with this long post today and inspired you even just a little bit! I hope to write more blog posts with career tips this year so stay tuned! Thanks for reading today!

Here’s my go-to shift dress that I think is so simple, yet so stylish and versatile. It’s perfect for the office and is so lightweight and comfortable.
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I am so excited to share that Morning Lavender was featured in both Redbook and Real Simple Magazine this month! It’s amazing to see that others love our pieces just as much as we do!

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The picture above also includes my favorite day planner from Kate Spade and stylish gold insulated water bottle from S’well which I actually use to keep my iced coffee cold all day long :).

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DETAILS
Photography – Christine Ta
Scallop Shift DressMorning Lavender
Gold Bow NecklaceMorning Lavender
Shoes – Old BCBGeneration find similar HERE.
Planner – Kate Spade
Water Bottle – S’well

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5 Comments

  • Reply Lisa January 18, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    These pictures were so perfect!Love your look and all your photos!
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  • Reply Prudence January 19, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Congrats in your achievement for Morning Lavender and thanks for sharing your experience! Love your bow necklace too, such a pretty piece!

    Prudence
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  • Reply Anh January 19, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for sharing your story! I love the shop and the pieces you choose. Glad to support a fellow Bruin and looking forward to your career transition advice posts. =)

  • Reply Stella Asteria January 27, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I really like this effortless chic look and chic ensemble! Your hair and make up is perfection!
    Your post is very inspiring as well. I am still trying to balance my personal-business-blog life too, but I strongly believe that when you work hard and love what you do, you can achieve everything! 🙂
    Keep up the great work!
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

  • Reply Polly February 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I love how pretty and feminine this looks! That skirt can go with so many different tops. How beautiful!

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