Monthly Archives: November 2012

5 Superfoods That Battle the Cold and Flu

Stocking up on nutrient-dense superfoods can help you fight the cold and flu.



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3 Free Tools for Creating Your Own Infographics

You don’t have to be a design expert or spend a lot of money to create eye-catching infographics.



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New Google Resource Aims to Help Military Veterans Become Entrepreneurs

Google+ will now feature a hub of information, including live college-level courses on business for military veterans and their families.



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Could Teaming With Other Small Businesses Be the Key to Success?

Advice for growing your business in a down economy.



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Zig Ziglar: A Life Lived at the Top

A look back on the life one of the world’s most famous salesmen — a man who inspired millions with his straight-talking, positive words of wisdom.



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The Best Way to Win Repeat Customers

In this special ‘Ask Entrepreneur’ feature, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk explains why you should focus on farming instead of hunting when it comes to getting that new customer to buy again.



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Holiday Fashion Must Haves

It’s that time of year again, so I made a list of the five must-haves for the holiday season.
1. Sequin Jacket – Sparkle is always in around the holidays, but this year I think it works best as a layering piece.


Click to shop Sequin jacket

Madewell at ShopStyle

2. Velvet Skirt – I’m obsessed with velvet, even if it comes in the form of a dress or skirt. It adds a unique texture to your ensemble.


Click to shop American Apparel Stretch Velvet Skirt

American Apparel at ShopStyle

3. Lace Dress – Every girl needs a party dress, and lace is another great texture to play with this season. Not only is this red lace dress festive, but it’s trés chic.


Click to shop Free People Floral Mesh Lace Dress

Free People at ShopStyle

4. Tights – I always, always add tights to my outfits. However, I’m tired of solid black and it’s the holidays. Still go with black but try adding a pattern. I love these Kate Spade polka dot tights!


Click to shop kate spade new york Gigantic Swiss Dot Tights

Kate Spade at ShopStyle

5. Accessories – Bangles, shoes, and hats. Have a party to go to? Paint the town with sparkles, velvet or lace, and top it off with these wonderful accessories.


Click to shop Cara Accessories 13-Piece Bangle Set, Burgundy

Cara Accessories at ShopStyle


Click to shop Jimmy Choo Crown Glittered Peep-Toe Platform Pump

Jimmy Choo at ShopStyle


Click to shop Rag & Bone Floppy brim fedora

Rag and Bone at ShopStyle

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Anna Nicole Smith’s Daughter the New Face of ‘Guess Kids’

The phrase “like mother, like daughter” could not be more spot on when describing Anna Nicole Smith’s beautiful six-year-old, Dannielynn Birkhead. Just like mom, Dannielynn has found her way in front of the camera and started a modeling career as the new adorable face for Guess Kids.

The little beauty’s first campaign will debut this January along with Babyface’s daughter, Peyton Edmonds. The photos that have been released so far, show the tiny model on the beaches of Malibu sporting a white denim vest, striped shirt, fedora and mini skirt.
Guess Dannielynn Birkhead
Dannielynn Birkhead’s father, Larry Birkhead, revealed to reporters the driving force behind the young girls sudden appearance in the spotlight. He says it’s a tribute to her mother. Birkhead’s hope is to shine a positive light on the successes of Miss Anna Nicole Smith’s career; more specifically, her time as a model for Guess Jeans. Creative Director for Guess, Paul Marciano, shared that the young star has the same “playful spirit” as her mother had in front of the lens. The fashion mogul’s positive portrayal of the little diva coveys that Dannielynn’s future in the industry looks very promising.
Anna Nicole Smith pictures
As most of us know, model and actress Anna Nicole Smith passed away in 2007 due to a drug overdose at the young age of 39. Many have blamed the starlet’s death on her quick and prosperous rise to fame. With this horrible tragedy plaguing the family’s past, questions are being asked about whether or not Dannielynn is too young for celebrity society and the attention that comes with a life in the limelight.
So what do you think fashionista? Should the mini model be kept out of the spotlight or continue to embrace the opportunities given to her?
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Interview with local designer Stephanie Ohnmacht

Since I have been at First Class Fashionista I’ve never had the chance to do this, and I am so excited I get to share this experience with all the Fashionistas. I was given the opportunity to interview a Denver designer. I’m talking, a REAL designer.
Stephanie O Designs
Colorado native Stephanie Ohnmacht shared her story and experience with me, everything from growing up to what she’s doing today. “I lived on a farm.” Yes, this is how the interview started. Born and raised in Colorado, Stephanie found a particular interest in sewing between the ages of 5 to 7 years old. “I would sew outfits for me, outfits for my dog…” Sewing just seems to be a part of who she is. Now, there is one thing I have to let our readers know, not every designer has an affinity for sewing; meaning, some designers don’t like to sew and there are some that may not even know how. A prime example is myself. As most of you know, I’m attending the Art Institute and studying fashion design. I LOVE to design, but I HATE sewing. I know how to sew, I just hate doing it. Stephanie says she loves to sew and has sewn her whole life. “At age 13, I could sew a wool three piece suit.” I have to impress upon the readers of this article how INSANE that is. Three piece suits take a tremendous amount of time, skill and energy.
As a young adult, Stephanie made the decision to study and complete a business degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She later found herself auditioning for a mall runway show in Denver. Placing in the top 12 out of around 15 applicants, Stephanie Ohnmacht came in as runner up, and started her own line in 2007 called Smooch. The launch kept her busy. She did custom work and runway shows for five years. But as those of us in the fashion industry know, custom work can get old. For some designers, it becomes more of a chore than something that is truly enjoyed. So Stephanie O. moved away from custom work into the ready-to-wear scene.
Unlike many designers, Stephanie Ohnmacht finds her comfort zone within very tailored and structured garments. “I used to make my clothes look like they came off the rack.” Stephanie’s attention to detail is a calling card that not many local designers have in their arsenal. When asked to describe her look in one or two words she said, “Sophisticated Sassy” and then proceeded to add three more single words, “classic, tailored, feminine.” This was one of my favorite qualities about her, she couldn’t describe her work in one or two words. A good designer who loves their work, could write a whole textbook describing their look. Stephanie says that what sets her apart from other local designers is her top notch craftsmanship. “I line everything.” READERS: THIS TAKES FOREVER. After sewing in several linings myself, I can’t explain to you guys in words how upscale it is that she CHOOSES to line all of her products.
Everything but Ohnmacht’s pattern grading is done right here in Colorado. This is something that us as potential buyers have to take into account. Stephanie Ohnmacht is the quintessential definition of a LOCAL designer. Stephanie O. is supporting Denver’s economy and that, to me, is one of the most important qualities of a designer. I don’t want to go to a cute local boutique and buy something from a so called “local designer” and have the tag say Made in China. Even though Stephanie loves being a part of the Denver fashion scene, both her short term and long term goals revolve around expanding her business into multiple boutiques.
When asked what advice she has to offer anyone looking to break into this industry, she simply said networking.  
Rounding off our interview, Stephanie O. ended with Denver is a great community, sharing that at least once a month she meets up with other designers to trade industry connections and brainstorm about how to best support the Denver fashion scene. Stephanie Ohnmacht’s designs are currently available at few boutiques in Colorado, including B’jewel in Aspen. Visit her website at www.stephanieodesigns.com.
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What to Do When Customers Get Mean on Social Media

How dealing with angry customers can be an opportunity to show the world how your company cares about customer service.



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