Mock Production Costs on My Design

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So after some assignments on The Parsons x Teen Vogue non credit certificate program. I finally completed a wearable design. It is a cute off the shoulder lightweight seagreen stripe top. I calculated the production costs on a small scale and if I was to do it on a more larger scale. Here are my calculations.

Off Shoulder Stripe Blouse #1
One yard lightweight cotton (online at Mood) $6.39
Elastic 3 yards (need 1) $0.23
1 hours @ $10.00 $10.00
Total production cost $16.62
20% profit $3.32
Total cost plus profit $19.94
Estimated retail price $35.00
Off Shoulder Stripe Blouse #2
One yard lightweight cotton (online wholesale) $3.79
Elastic 3 yards (need 1) $0.19
.50 hours @ $10.00 $5.00
Total production cost $8.98
20% profit $1.79
Total cost plus profit $10.76
Estimated retail price $35.00

Return

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After 3 years of abandoning this blogging thing. I’ll try it again. The simple act of writing can be helpful and after being diagnosed with RA around the time I started this-only on select days can I use my hands to type. It forces me to write with direct simplicity because each word I write is becoming more rare.

I started a Teen Vogue Parsons non-credit certificate program and one of the assignments requires me to write somewhere online… so here it goes:

Assignment: On your own social media (blog etc.) create a post in which you 1) describe an interesting job listing that you’ve found, 2) name one new skill that you would need to develop to be successful at this job, and 3) describe a brief plan for how you are going to acquire that skill. As you continue through this program, make this skill development work a priority — we are going to ask you to look at your progress later on!

  1. Fashion Studies Ethnographer
  2. Background in Fashion History, sociology and culture – passion to explore this world, emphasis on Ethnic Studies.
  3. Since this is just an assignment rather than if I am going to pursue this- I think I would go back to grad school- I would like to put out research and art with an emphasis on fashion as a means to expression/culture/identity with an exploration of indigenous culture to current fashion in a juxtaposition to the exploitation of developing countries’ people to the exact clothing that becoming popular to support the oppressive system of oppression. How I could do this as a career? Maybe if I go into academia and writing but I have physical limitations… so this is more of a brainstorm. I hope I am getting somewhere.

Fresh Basil, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

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Fresh basil kale and sweet potato soup

So in my last post, I caught a cold and when this happens I begin to research foods to help treat my ailments. I feel that eating the right food is just as important, if not more important for us when we are ill (and when we are healthy!). Our bodies need certain vitamins, minerals and energy that supplements and processed foods cannot wholly provide us. I practice going to farmer’s markets regularly so I love using fresh whole foods in my cooking. I encourage you to as well! Support local businesses and farmers. Supermarkets and food chain big markets really do not have the freshest foods and the social interaction is not as personal as meeting the person who is from the place where our food is from. I am lucky to live in a city in California where these farmer’s markets are accessible to me, there is a mountain of fresh foods I have available here, but not in all places in California does this occur (Ie:innercity areas, more low income areas, etc)

On to my recipe! I found a recipe to build off of and added more! Enjoy.

Inspired by: Kale and sweet potato soup

Fresh basil, kale, and sweet potato soup

Makes about 10 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint chicken or vegetable broth
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (electrolyte)
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (beta carotene and potassium for immunity)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (anti-bacterial)
  • 1/2 an onion minced (anti bacterial)
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne (for heating up the body)
  • 1 package of bella mushrooms, about two handfuls chopped (protein)
  • 1 large bunch kale, washed and chopped into 1-inch pieces (green power!)
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves (for taste and phytochemicals)
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • fresh lemon wedges (optional) (vitamin c!)

Preparation:

  1. In a 4 quart saucepan, over high heat, bring the broth, water, salt, garlic, onion, cayenne, and sweet potatoes to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are fork tender. Using a potato masher or a whisk, mash about 1/2 of the cubed sweet potatoes into the broth to thicken. The more you mash the thicker the texture.
  2. Add the kale and mushrooms and push down into the hot soup. Once the kale all wilts, add the basil, and then simmer on low for 15-20 minutes, or until the kale is tender and tasty. Undercooked kale can have a slightly bitter flavor that mellows with cooking.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, and serve hot with a squeeze of fresh lemon. The lemon is optional, but really brings out the flavor of the kale and sweet potato. Season more or less depending upon your preferences.

My cold told me to slow down…

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Early last week, it started with a leg cramp, then a stomach ache caused by a nut allergy, onto a sore throat, to bronchitis and now a lost voice. The universe used my body to tell me to SLOW DOWN. I started a new job, continued to teach yoga classes around the Bay, continued to make art work, do wardrobe fittings, preparations for a fashion show, meetings, emails, appointments and still cook meals and pack my lunches and somehow manage working out 3x a week, plus have some sort of social life. Looking at all this makes me feel like I was doing WAY too much. I need to space things out and reevaluate myself. I was not taking time to schedule LESS and take in “Me time Days.” What I mean by that is once a week, have a day where I do NOTHING. Living in our busy culture of work work work with no self-care can be a struggle. I am so used to being busy and taking in leisure time to just breathe and focus on myself is something I still struggle with. SO… my body and the universe has told me to slow down… and in that my body has responded with these symptoms. I have taken this week to just rest and calm my mind. It has been difficult but a blessing for my own self care.

Our bodies are miraculously intelligent

Our bodies tell us to slow down with colds, pain, discomfort, headaches, stomach aches, etc. When our minds take charge, and we GO GO GO, it becomes easy to neglect our bodies. And in that our bodies respond and we become sick. The physiological issues we experience are connected to our psychological issues. The pain we experience emotionally can be stuck in our bodies. For example, a car accident causes you to have whiplash and every time you ride in a car, and there is a sudden jolting stop, your neck begins to ache. Your body remembers the trauma that has occurred and the pain resurfaces when any stress triggers that memory your body experienced. You may feel that you are over this incident mentally, but your body remembers it and so the somatic experience still exists, requiring further exploration on your part.

How does this connect to this cold telling me to slow down?

Well I have a past of taking on too much and then just getting sick over and over again. In the last 9 months though, I have not gotten sick. I have chronic asthma and I am super careful around taking care of my body because the risk factors for my health. I practice yoga on a regular basis and eat fresh healthy food. But it is not just eating healthy and exercise, but much more than that. I do my best to notice the nuances my body has around stress and work, how I react in emotional situations, the capacity I have to offer love and service to others, and how disease is connected to my emotional state. Becoming a yoga instructor has required me to really focus on my own well-being because if I am not well, I cannot be a catalyst to share the healing benefits of yoga. I have been more stressed due to this new job, and I began to just feel overwhelmed with the stress of it all, and my body responded.

So what did I do?

I took time to breathe, I made efforts to see a doctor as soon as I could so I know how to treat my cold, I caught up on netflix, continued a restorative personal yoga practice, read blogs, continued to do what easy work I could (emails, fb, IG promo, etc), read, slept a lot, and created some artwork. I got to do what I wanted to do when I was too busy. I reevaluated my experience with being sick, I struggle with reframing how I see sickness, I see it as something “I did wrong or could have prevented,” but instead I am slowly accepting that the universe told me to slow down and take it easy. I still cannot speak (I lost my voice), but the silence has taught me so much, to focus internally and center myself. And it got me to write one of my very first entries on this blog. 😀

Thank you for listening!

I also have some posts coming up with some yoga poses I am using to heal myself during bronchitis and my laryngitis. And a wonderful fresh basil, kale and sweet potato soup recipe.

My intentions for this blog.

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I am so excited to begin my blog to share my work, ideas, thoughts, and feelings to the world. I am hopeful to grow with this blog and be dedicated to it. I have intentions of cultivating an outlet of self-expression by allowing myself to be vulnerable in this medium. May I grow and share what I am experiencing in my life as an artist, stylist, yogi and human being.