I'm starting to realize what I really want my brand to look like. They say that your brand is its own entity but I've realized the things that actually sell and get most attention from boutique owners or the public are pieces that I make for myself, confidently wear and love. Its simple but I'm realizing that the more I making my brand for me and authentically reflecting it as a part of ME, the more everyone else loves it as it is. I'm starting to realize that creating things that I never loved from the very beginning set myself up for little success. its amazing how middle of the night Pintresting & going over past facebook photos bring back memories of favorite nights & emotions of high confidence! How can I create pieces without knowing first hand how they make a woman feel? Its funny, men of all people ask me, "can i see your photos of you wearing your gorgeous pieces?" sadly, i usually scoff and say, "ha! i have models for that!" or "I'm too short to wear my gowns." Always putting myself down. Always not good enough to wear my own work. What kind of bullshit is that??? I just realized why I am not as popular as I think I should be.... I don't even think I'm fit enough, pretty enough for my own... and I'm a size 2, fashionable & know how to wear my hair and makeup... HOW MUCH MORE THE REST OF MY FELLOW LADIES??? I just realized i need to start with making things to feel SEXY, BEAUTIFUL & A PIECE OF ART starting with myself. THEN, i know how my pieces can really make others feel. Amazing what a random conversation with someone JUST hit me now. I hate to say this but I think I'm re-thinking my fall collection. Love you all. Love all of you who inspire me, root for me and have followed my work since day one. I think you will see some new and different things very soon xoxoxo
Last night my mom (my production manager) & my friend Erika De La Cruz (project & event partner) and I went to Karina Smirnoff's party in LA where she had a beautiful show with her staff and students. Its been so long since I've been to a studio showcase and I must say I've missed it SO much. I miss dancing, I miss competing, I miss performing... most of all I really miss the process of getting glammed up and wearing gorgeous sparkling costumes and getting into character!
Yesterday Karina wore my red sequin, long fringe latin dress. Seeing her dance in person in my costume is such a dream and an honor.
Her new studio is opening mid September at the brand new Westfield Mall in Topanga (Los Angeles). I am so proud to announce I will be opening my first NApostol Dancesport Store in her new studio where I will be selling extravagant dance costumes and fashionable practice wear.
I'd like to shout out a HUGE thank you to Karina Smirnoff for the awesome opportunity and exposure. She's such a pleasure to work with and such a positive high energy that gives me so much motivation for the NApostol Brand!
Looking forward to the future of NApostol Dancesport!
Hello, I'm Nessa. The couture artist of NApostol. Welcome to my world of fashion design, travel, philanthropy & the attempt at balancing a personal life. Being a business owner is tough, but its what I am most proud of. It is not always fabulous and glam, but I am inviting you hoping to inspire fellow entrepreneurs and open up in sometimes very real and vulnerable posts. Thank you for reading. Enjoy!