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Journey from Interior Design to Fashion Design

A lot of young people dream of becoming a fashion designer and being among those at the top who get to show their design collection every season at the most prestigious fashion weeks. But fashion design is more than just being creative with textiles and coming up with designs for clothes. It is a highly competitive industry that requires more than just your creative talent. So, do you have what it takes to be a fashion designer?

Creativity and a Strong Sense of Style

Creativity and good taste will go a long way in fashion. To stand out in the fashion industry, you need to be innovative and original in your designs, drawing out inspiration from all forms of artistic discipline. At the same time, you need to be tasteful in combining eclectic ideas into your work. Creating a strong style that is unique to you but also appealing to your market will make you more memorable and successful. However, there is more to fashion design than simply being creative and stylish.

Artistic Abilities and Technical Skills

 A good fashion designer should be able to illustrate their vision into sketches, which shall then be used in the actual construction of the design. How good you are in expressing and communicating your design ideas (mostly on paper) is crucial to the final garment. You should also possess strong artistic abilities and a deep sense of understanding texture, color, and fabrics. Knowing what works with what is valuable. Having skills in sewing techniques is also a plus. The execution of a design is just as important as its conceptualization. All these can be learned through getting into a fashion designing program at school or even through self-study.

A small detail can make or break a design. It is the fashion designer’s responsibility to pay close attention even to the minutest detail. Shall it be in this shade of color or that shade? Shall there be four buttons or only three? Shall we leave it plain or with ruffles? These kinds of questions are what a fashion designer should be asking his/herself.


Fashion design is not something done in isolation. Instead, it is a collaborative work among highly skilled people. It is very much a team process where each person contributes to the overall success of the design. A garment passes through a lot of hands from its conception to construction down to the runway. A good fashion designer can work well with other people and is able to effectively communicate his/her vision to the other team members.

Grace Under Pressure

A career in fashion design is one for the tough. You will be constantly exposed to stressful situations such as harsh criticisms, meeting deadlines while still coming up with the most creative designs, cutthroat competition, and perhaps occasional disagreements with your team. The pressure in this industry can be too much but you got to keep your head held high and thrive despite all the difficulties.  I used to work in Portland, Oregon as an interior designer, and I can’t help but notice the similarities between interior design and fashion design. The knowledge and experience I’ve acquired transfers to this career nicely because instead of revamping a person’s kitchen, I redo their clothes and styling. It simply requires the same work ethic and a slightly different perspective.


Fashion is an interesting discipline because it combines art and commerce. One shall not exist without the other in fashion. And so, the business side of things is just as important to focus on as a fashion designer. Being business savvy will help you sustain your fashion brand and make it profitable. Marketing is also essential in having an edge against your competition.

Knowledge of the history of fashion is not necessarily a requirement but more of an advantage for you. Previous styles and fashion movements may serve as an inspiration when coming up with your designs. Also, you get to appreciate fashion even more and what it means to society as it continues to be ever-evolving.

Updated with the Current Fashion Trends

Fashion trends come and go and if you do not keep yourself updated with what is going on in your industry, you will be left behind and worse, you may design something that is already three seasons late. What you should be aiming at is setting the trend, not getting behind it.

Top Ways I Manage to Keep My Life Organized

I will like to firstly admit that I tend to be a control freak and am in the process of navigating the concept of “how to let things be.” Though I might talk a lot of patience and the importance of acceptance in this blog post, I would like to admit that I like doing things and activities as per the given schedules and plan. After all, who doesn’t, right?

When I do not feel my life under control, I start feeling overwhelmed & completely stressed out. With my personal experience, I have to know the fact that most of the things in life can be kept under control with a few useful techniques and routine.

In this post, I am sharing some of the ways in which I manage to keep my life well-organized. Here are some:

  • Google Calendar: Google Calendar has been my reliable partner for keeping my routine tasks well organized and managed effectively. I simply tend to list down all my important tasks on an hourly basis in the application, and it keeps me reminded of the same from time to time. As much of my work tends to be digital, it makes ultimate sense to me that I make use of the digital tools that help in planning my life conveniently.


  • Cleaning Schedule: I like keeping things around my well-organized and clean. As such, I follow a thorough cleaning routine –starting with my room. I start off with organizing my closet from time to time. Moreover, I always aim at cleaning and organizing other rooms of the house including the kitchen, bedroom, living area, and others as well.


  • Meal Planning: Now that I have started cooking for myself, I find that at most days I become stressed as I have to cook right back after work. To top it all, I am not utterly good at trying out new meals every time. Therefore, I have come across an application known as MealBoard that helps me in importing useful recipes that immensely easy to make and delicious to eat. In this application, you can also come across some of the grocery items based on your choice of food items.


Giving way into effective everyday planning and meal planning, I have managed to keep my life well-organized –well, most of the times!

The Secret to a Happy Life

One of the biggest questions that we, as a human being, can ask ourselves is “what makes us happy?” What is the secret to happiness in life? Is it money? Is it a successful career? Is it family? The list goes on!

To know about the secret of achieving happiness in life, it is all about thinking about life from a broader perspective. Though life might appear chaotic & clumsy at times, life has its own intent & purpose for each individual on this planet. Everything that is in existence has a motive in life and is moving towards achieving the same. In actual terms, it is the intention that drives all the possible movements in the universe. This can be observed in the planets, stars, all living organisms, plants, and the multiple choices that millions of human beings all over make almost every second. The given intention emerges from the deepest levels from the urge or expectation to “exist”. Everyone & everything in this world is simply trying to demonstrate or express the validation of one’s existence.

The “secret” to happiness is actually about achieving a level of awareness, understanding, and the general state of positive mindfulness that aims at acknowledging the fact that everything is perfect for the given moment including your existence. It is all about trusting life & its various circumstances at every turn of life on your continuous path of creative desires & expectations in life. It is more about embracing your path of life, your previous choices, and the belief in yourself to make stronger choices in the present & the future.

When you wish to truly unravel the secret to happiness, here are some points to consider:

  • Life is What You Make of It: No matter what the circumstance in your life might be, you must always have the understanding that life is what you make of it. The experiences in your life will always be the reflection of how you decide to respond & interpret situations in life. Positive is for positive & negative is for negative. The overall quality of your personal energy & how you perceive it happens to be creating all the given conditions in your life.


  • Your Reactions Reveal the Truth: Your inner truth at the deepest levels is what leads to your personal choices & experiences in life. What you usually believe to be true is something that will drive you to create. Life will mostly confront you with several challenges of varying complexities. The choices that you make in such situations are something that will drive the vehicle of your life.


You should have an understanding that the universe is here to support you at all times. It is both inside & outside what brings you to different experiences of life and by how you aim at responding to them. However, the universe can support you only as much as you support yourself.

What Really Makes Us Successful?

Success is a relative term in the modern age with several meanings. For some, success is all about earning a substantial amount of money. While for some success is about living one’s passion in life. I personally feel self-contentment is a success. After all, we as humans, as striving forward with a single motive –to satisfy our needs & requirements.

A famous quote by Benjamin P. Hardy about success goes as “Success can truly occur only internally, because success is based on emotions. At the most standard level, success serves to be your relationship with yourself. Most individuals out there are living a lie. They tend to ignore & distract themselves purposefully from what they deep-down want out of themselves.” You can never actually achieve success. It is only to be felt from deep inside. This is the reason is extremely crucial to develop the right skills to be able to assess accurately what is needed for you to be successful in life.

Make Sure That Your External Goals Sync with Internal Goals & Wishes

You are truly successful only when you are happy & content from the inside. As such, it becomes vital to ensure that your success goals for the external environment are the same as your internal thoughts. A leading happiness expert reveals that one of the biggest reasons for the unhappiness amongst people is their inability to forecast what specific type of things will be making them truly happy. Experts recommend that one must simply research about this aspect in advance such that one is better able to predict if what one is chasing will actually bring happiness or not.

Therefore, it is important to try & build a relationship with the inner self before projecting it out to the public. When you are happy on the inside, nothing can stop you from achieving success in whatever you do. Maybe, you might not be feeling successful because you must be chasing the wrong things in life on the basis of what others might have told you. Take a moment out for yourself to ponder over what specific types of actions will help you in attaining your internal goals.

Try Having Fun with Your Life

Whatever the situation might be, you must be able to have fun in any given situation. Though this might seem a difficult situation when you are stressed in life, it is an important trait to be able to feel successful about yourself. One of the biggest regrets of conventionally successful people towards the end of their lives is that they have worked too hard all their life and did not spend enough fun time with their close ones enjoying life to the fullest. When you incorporate a consistent emphasis on having simple, old fun, utter happiness could be your key to unmatched success in life.

Being successful is not the end goal in life. Being happy and loved by your close ones are much more major life goals that most successful individuals seek in life. Be happy. Be successful!


Michael Jackson lived between 1958 and 2009. He was born to a family of nine children in Gary, Indiana. Besides being the best seller singer in America, he was also an influential, songwriter, dancer and a music producer. His excellent work earned him the title”King of pop.” The prominent pop singer started off his music career at the age of five (5) when he joined his family’s Motown group –Jackson 5. He became the lead singer of the group. He later went on to a solo career and achieved as he released number one hits from the albums Thriller, Bad and Off the wall. He won different awards, and even amazingly his music still won an award in 2010 after his death. Alongside music, Michael Joseph Jackson demonstrated great achievements by investing in other fields; his Neverland Ranch. He just wowed the music industry during his time on earth.

Michael Joseph Jacksons Top Albums.

Off The Wall Released On August 10, 1979.

That was the fifth album of the American pop singer. It was released by epic records and CBS records internationally. The collection consisted of captivating pop and funk genres. Among featured singles were “Get on the flour,” “Workin’ day and night,” “Rock with you,” “Off the wall,” and “Don’t stop ‘till you get enough.”  The later hit song topped the Grammy awards – winning single.

Thriller – 1982.

Jacksons’ sixth album. This album wowed the music industry with seven single in the top ten hits. As if that’s not enough it’s the most selling in the history. It maintained the top on the chart list for 560 days and held number spot for 259 days. Thriller earned 12 nominations from Grammy awards and achieved eight victories, both records. What a time of triumph it was for him, it showcased the diversity in his work in the music industry. He garnered Grammy (best rhythm and blues song ) for his outstanding songwriting talent, ‘ Billie Jean ‘got him honoured for the singles, the album title song won him the best male pop vocal performer while “Beat it” earned him the best male rock vocal performer award. To wrap up the awards was the one for the prize of the album of the year which he shared with co-producer Quincy Jones.

Bad -1987.

Jackson released Bad in August 1987 as his seventh album. Like the previous albums, it gained popularity around the world. It attained the top of the charts with a record 5 number one hit. In it were singles like The Way You Make Me Feel, the title track and man in the mirror to mention a few. He also spent more than a year on the road playing concerts to promote this album.

Michael’s Neverland Ranch

By the late 1980s, he had constructed his fantasy retreat- a California range called Neverland ranch. He reared exotic pets such as Bubbles and also installed amusement park-type rides. He could sometimes open the farm for children’s events.

Michael Jackson’s achievements in music, business and record breakings make him famous to date. Even after his passing on. He was announced the top in publications list of top-earning dead celebrities for the fifth straight year by Forbes on October 2017. He is still the king of pop.