Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Interview with Fashion Designer Lauren DeCarli

Hi There..... Are you ready for another Fashion Designer Interview? A view behind the scenes of the Fashion Industry?

I hope you love them as much as I do. I really want to know, because if you like these interviews, I am going to find some more Fashion Designers. Unless they find me, that would be even better. 😄

I think they deserve to be in the spotlight. Don't you agree? 😊

That gives me a new idea. Maybe I should include jewelry designers too. After all, they are also a part of the fashion industry. I have to be careful not to get too many ideas because all those ideas have to translate into blog posts afterward. 😕

Always remember, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.". That's what Jack from The Shining said. If you know the movie, you understand that it's not a good thing to do too much work. Thus, I would suggest to sit back, relax, and read my blog post. 😏

I have to admit that these kinds of posts are easier for me. All I have to do is talk some nonsense, copy and paste the Fashion Designer's answers and do some editing. 😁

After all, as Roald Dahl said, "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men." So if there are any of these wisest men reading this blog post, I am sure they will relish my nonsense. Otherwise, too bad. 😂

The designer I am featuring today is Lauren DeCarli. She is the 30-year-old Founder and Chief Creative Office of Paneros Clothing.

What kind of work do you do, or what are you studying to be?

I founded Paneros Clothing, an ethical and sustainable clothing brand that focuses on using smarter fibers & fabrics, responsible manufacturing, quality over quantity, limiting pollution, and limiting waste. 

As a founder of a small brand, I wear a lot of hats, but the bulk of my work is designing our ready-to-wear women’s collection and working on our locally made limited edition upcycled products, content creation, social media marketing, and fulfillment.

Is fashion important to you? Why? 

Fashion is very important to me because it allows you to transform yourself, it’s something anyone and everyone can take part in, it’s creative, and it allows you to express yourself and evolve continually. It’s self-expression, which I believe is so important.

What are your successes and how did you achieve them?

Within the last 12 years, I have worked my way up to Senior Designer of a major fashion company and launched my own sustainable clothing brand. I achieved my successes by working really hard, not giving up, taking risks, and learning from others. 

Working in the industry, making mistakes, making connections, having successes, and learning what I wanted to do, and knowing what I didn’t want really helped me to launch my company. 

While designing at my previous company, I never let my status get in the way of learning. There was never a job I felt I was too good for. This helped me learn a lot about the entire process and all the minor details and processes that go into a business. 

Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy clothing?

When I was younger, it definitely did. I think I and many people see a brand name as a status symbol. Now, I think of the brand name on a broader scale. 

For example, designer brands are usually of higher quality, nicer fabrics, better garment construction, etc. so now I really look to them for their quality aspect as opposed to a status symbol. 

I look at brand names differently than I used to in terms of what does that brand stand for. I look at their values, their practices before I decide if I am going to purchase from them or not. 

Describe your personal style of clothing?

I have a very eclectic personal style. It all depends on my mood or where I’m going. I really appreciate many styles and like that I don’t have to restrict myself to wear just one style of clothing. 

It’s fun to mix things up and to bring out different feelings. Some days I feel very feminine and I’ll wear a dress with lots of ruffles and other days I feel more tomboyish. 

How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look? 

I really just shopped what I liked. If I wasn’t into a certain style, I didn’t buy it. I also know what looks good on my body, so I’m not afraid of not following a trend if it doesn’t work for me. I don’t have a signature look; I like to try out fresh looks every day. 

Do you have an influence on other people’s clothing style?

I think I have an influence on other’s style on a small scale. My friends and family will often ask for my opinion on their outfits, or what to purchase for a specific occasion. 

What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?

I think the voluminous, oversized sleeves are a trend that you can’t go wrong with. It’s something that can stay in style forever and can be dressed up or down. I’m also a sucker for a great blazer, whether it be oversized or more fitted. I don’t think you can go wrong with adding a blazer to your look and am loving the suiting trend. 

What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?

I think the fast fashion trend is one of the worst trends since it’s so bad for the environment. They make the products cheaply with poor quality and poor fit. In most cases, the people making those clothes are not being compensated fairly or working in excellent conditions either. Regarding a specific trend, I think the whale tail should go away for good. 

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?

I would say to find out which silhouettes and fits compliment your body and don't worry about being trendy or not. Find quality, timeless, but not basic styles, that look great on your body, and make you feel great and you’ll keep them forever. Fashion is all about how you feel, so don’t get caught up in being the trendiest if they don’t work for you. Stay true to yourself. 

Who is your style icon and why?

Right now I would say Harry Styles because he’s not afraid to break out of the traditional masculine mold. He is having fun wearing different styles and looks and wears what he enjoys. He’s not worried about what others are going to think and he is dressing for himself, not for anyone else. 

Is there something else you would like to share with us?

When you are shopping, I suggest researching the brand to make sure their values align with yours. Are they actually practicing what they preach? Are they just greenwashing consumers? 

I just love those garments. They are so very feminine and romantic, if you ask me. 

I have to admit that I didn't know what this whale-tail fashion trend was, so I looked it up. It's not an actual garment, but it's when the woman's thong is emerging from that garment. I couldn't agree more with Lauren that they should ban that trend forever.

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day Renata (Seadbeady) 

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Sunday, 10 January 2021

What is a Hashtag? The Best Instagram Hashtag Generator Tool

Hi There.....Do you use an Instagram Hashtag generator? Ah yes, what is a hashtag?

Don't worry, they aren't drugs, and I will not tell you how to cultivate Hash. 😁

I wouldn't even know where to start, to cultivate anything. If there is something I learned in the past years, it's that I don't have a green thumb. Keeping plants alive is something that is really hard for me. 😏

I remember a time though when they didn't die by my hand. About a bit over 10 years ago, I had a cat called Ziggy. He was the sweetest and most tolerant cat I ever had. 😍

Then again, he had a terrible habit of loving my plants a bit too much. So much even he ate them and often just pulled them out of the soil. No matter what size or kind, he just had to destroy them. Even a cactus was not safe. 😂 

To the point of this blog post again. Did you know that they call the # sign on your keyboard a hash mark? Social Media turned this sign into a symbol used with a tag in order to get found better on searches. For example, the hashtag #jewelry allows people to find all the posts made or tagged with this hashtag in it. 😊

Some of you that have been following for a long time may know I already talked about this topic, but I had so many questions on where to find great hashtags, that I decided, just like in fashion, to give this post a fresh look. 😉

So about one and a half years ago, I had the chance to try out Flick, an Instagram hashtag generator tool. It helps you grow your account, business, or influence by reaching new audiences on Instagram. 

So what can this tool do for you?

Find quality hashtags in a matter of minutes.

Drive more impressions, profile views, and follows from untapped audiences.

Includes banned/flagged hashtag checker

40 suggestions for every search

Filter using key hashtag metrics

Works in 20+ languages

The tool splits up the keywords into Low competition, Medium competition, and High competition. I mostly use the ones with Low competition because it is very hard to get found or rank for the higher ones. Since the High competition hashtags are so popular, they are being used by millions of people, so when you use them nobody will notice your post. That's not what you want. 😜

Organize, manage, and copy hashtags with ease.

Create a centralized location for your favorite hashtags and access them from any phone, tablet, or computer.

Dedicated mobile app for Collections

Build and experiment with different lists

No more wrestling with your notes app

You can start collecting the keywords you will use more often. You can sort them any way you like to see what works best for you. Don't use the same hashtags repeatedly, though. It's a good idea to use a variety of hashtags on your posts and stories so your posts can reach different communities and new potential followers. 😃

Uncover which hashtags are performing best.

See where you post ranks on the hashtag feed and receive detailed insights into your hashtag performance.

Build a hashtag strategy on auto-pilot

See the hashtags you've ranked on

Data-driven insights on your hashtag usage

This is such a significant feature of this tool, and I really love it. You can analyze your Instagram posts and see engagement rate, how many hashtags you ranked for, reach, impressions, likes, comments, and saves. This way you can find out if you are on the right path or need to mix it all up again and rethink your strategy. 😕

Never be limited by your location again.

Find new hashtags, or access, edit and copy the hashtags you've already stored in your Collections, from your phone.

Find hashtags on the go

Access hashtags from Collections

iOS & Android App

Another great feature, if you ask me. You can download the app on your phone and access it no matter where you go. 😍

And don't worry that you might find it all too complicated cause they have guided video courses, a comprehensive collection of articles on how to use the platform, interactive tutorials, and a help center. 😊

And you can try it out for free. What more could you want. 😚

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady) 

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