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    How To Be Put Together

    Do you often wish that you were one of those women who always showed up looking put together and feeling it as well? It really only takes a few small daily changes and knowing some great tricks to be that woman. Episode #47 of Friday Live with Sierra goes into detail about this but to see the 10 ways to look pulled together and the 10 ways to feel pulled together in a quick list, keep reading. On a personal note, the above photo is me, before the interview that resulted in my having my own live tv show. It took only about 20 minutes to get ready, but I…

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    Helping Houston and Coastal Texas after Hurricane Harvey

    Yesterday Adam and I were incredibly gung ho to drive to Houston to help. After we made our initial plans, I started researching specifically where supplies were needed to be dropped off. I spent all day pouring through articles and websites and this is what I found out: 1. The number one thing that is being put out there is for people to NOT drive towards Houston. For obvious safety reasons as although today the rain is finally letting up, there are still rising flood waters. So many roads are damaged that even if they have opened, too much traffic will make them worse. They are also trying to get…

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    And so it begins

    I think was a little over a year ago when a voice in my started yelling that I ned to be writing. Books specifically. That voice had been whispering for the past few years, telling me that it was ridiculous how little I write on the blog as I enjoy it so much. Then the year before I turned forty, the voice grow louder. This prompted a weird behavior to announce to people at random times about how much I wanted to write a book. I had no other information to offer them other than this desire though. In fact, oddly, or perhaps no so oddly, at this time I…

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    Behind The Scenes – Designing A Collection

    As we’re getting closer to the launch of the SS17 Collection, I thought I’d share a bit about what goes into designing each of these quarterly releases at Manic Trout. In the months leading up to a new collection, I begin by gathering images and notes, often scribbled on scraps of paper, and pinning them to a big canvas covered board in the studio. Usually there are notes for a few collections scattered around the board, including design ideas that have been great, just were had at the wrong time of year or that haven’t yet fit into a collection story. I print out any predicted trends and colors and…

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    The Search for Evening Activities

    When Adam and I first met, the immediate reaction I had was to his energy. As someone who has so much energy that I selected a business name with “Manic” in it, that’s a big deal. What we soon realized though was that our energies were very different, but that’s ok, we’re still more in sync with each other than we’ve been with people before, so we work with that. But sometimes it’s a bit trickier. My energy is slow burning and long. Think marathon running. As much as you’d assume with the manic in the business name and all, that I have a crazed spiking energy, I don’t at all, but I also…

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    Don’t Break The Chain

    I don’t always know what I plan on writing when I sit down to write. This makes me not want to write, but it’s not enough of a reason not to. This is also most likely how I end up letting weeks go by without ever even logging in to this blog. Although to be honest sometimes I don’t have enough time to actually sit down and write and sometimes I’m not physically in the studio to sit down to write. But most of the time it’s simply the lame excuse that I don’t know what to write. I even keep lists of topics and drafts of post ideas that come to me when I don’t have time…

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    3 Podcasts About Productivity

    I’ve been spending a great deal of time the last few weeks thinking about productivity. Specifically on using my time the best way that I can to accomplish my goals, both business and personal without burn out. I’m not sure if it is because I am so immersed in this topic that it feels like I see, hear and read about this topic everywhere or that so many others are just as obsessed with productivity so that it IS everywhere. I suspect it’s a combination of the two and am glad that the information keeps popping up and that I’m paying attention. The most interesting part of this is that…

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    Planner People

    With many things in life, there are two types of people. In this case I’m talking about planner people vs non planner people. In what I’m about to write about, you can even break it down further to paper planner people vs digital planner people. I am a paper planner person, I am also, as of a few years ago, a printable paper planner person. This means that I felt that there was no planner out there that had the exact components I wanted in a planner, so I now print bits and pieces from a few different designs and make my own awesome planner. If you meet a fellow paper planner person, you quickly…

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    Do you make resolutions?

    I’m not much of a resolution maker these days, but I do I do enjoy using the new year to analyze and regroup a bit. Part of it is that as a business owner, I do this with finances and the various things I track. I have become in the habit of spending the week between Christmas and New Years Day finishing up that year and setting up all of my systems for the year ahead. There are the obvious: closing/starting out planners, calendars, spreadsheets and files and the not so obvious: reviewing my vision, and where I am with short and long term goals. Usually there is an area where I immediately notice,…

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    Behind the scenes: the process of releasing a new collection

    Ever wondered what goes into a new collection after it’s designed but before it’s released? The FW16 Collection will be arriving in just a couple of short weeks. The arrival marks when you are able to purchase the jewelry from ManicTrout.com. The reality is that the jewelry in this collection was designed months ago, the samples have been made and there has already been a preview party at West Elm here in Austin! Today I wanted to share with you some of the in progress shots of what happens before a collection makes its official online debut. I typically begin designing a collection about a year to nine months before…