Martwayne | Power Through Fashion: July 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

FEC 5 Pictures!!! :-D


WHAT a hectic weekend I had!  No scratch that!  I meant WHAT an eventful 2 weeks I've had!  Busy busy busy all through but I managed to scale through it all, with as always enough testimonies and drama.  I tell you, even "The Young and the Restless" have got nothing on me!  I really should start my own reality show.  Trust me, you will NEVER be bored!


BUT the highlight of my weekend was FEC 5!!! :-D  Sadly the awful traffic messed things up a bit!  Got an sms from someone who had to turn back, another arrived at the end of the program and who knows how many cases of those who just got frustrated with the traffic.  But all in all, those who came enjoyed it... and more importantly benefitted from not 1 but 2 guest facilitators.

  • The Head of Fidelity Bank's smeAssist Unit, Mr Osaigbovo Omorogbe, who actually left his surprise birthday to join us for 2 hours because he had already given us his word.  Wow!  Such commitment! and
  • Mr Ayodeji Adewunmi, President & Co-Founder of Jobberman.com
It was an eye-opener for those who attended and I have no doubt many will go back home and reflect on how exactly they can work better at making the money they need to generate to start their businesses without looking for external advice.  Or more importantly, how to work on their business models in such a way that investors will be on the hunt to invest in their businesses.

But more importantly, the participants left knowing how to start their businesses and generate funds from within their businesses rather than source for funds elsewhere.  And where they get stuck, they can always benefit from Fidelity Bank's free SME Advisory services!  And of course, hearing Jobberman.com's success story proved that it can be done and also getting his free advice on specific issues each participant had also ended the day on a FAB note! :-)

Enjoy the pictures!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Have You Registered for FEC 5?! It's on Saturday the 28th of July!!!



Hello everyone!!!  Hope you had a great weekend?!  I know I definitely did!  Launched 2 successful courses on Saturday - Levels 1a and 1b.  Phew!  My 1b class got more than they bargained for "methinks" with the assignments I piled them with!  Haha!  Now let's see how they can develop the theme I gave them and see the stunning work they come up with.   No doubt you will see pictures on my blog.  After Session 1 of Level 1b, they realized Level 1a was a piece of cake.  Now we're slowly getting into the nitty gritty of the Foundation Course... ha-ha-ha! :-D

A-ny-wayz...

Image of Mannequin from: http://www.buystoreshelving.co,/abstract_mannequin/AFM6_BL/index.htm


... This is just a quick reminder of the Fashion Entrepreneurship Course coming up on Saturday!  Please please please register early so I can prepare your materials and please feel free to claim your early bird and other discounts if you are eligible.  I have provided the details below again just in case some people missed out on my previous post...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Face of ModelsVillage Competition...

Hope you've had a good week everyone!  I know I've had an extremely busy one preparing for Levels 1a and 1b of the Foundation Course, both of which are starting on Saturday!  And of course, let's not forget FEC 5 next week.  Pretty hectic!  For those who have sent me mails asking me to do one thing or the other for them, my sincere apologies.  I'm am ticking off my to-do list... slowly but surely.  Starting with this one... The Face of Models Village!


Completely stunning flyer right?!  I thought so too.  But was even more impressed when I visited the site.  Targeted at models, a vital part of the fashion industry, the site, and indeed the competition, has been established to help "discover and promote models".

Here are the details as provided by the organizer, Ali d-hybrid as he calls himself on BB. ;-)  

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Foundation Course in Fashion Design - New Stream begins 21 July 2012! Register now!


Hello everyone!!!  Hope you had a fab weekend!  I know I did!  Extremely busy but I slept all day yesterday... for the first time in ages!  And you know what?!  It felt great!



So I haven't said anything yet about the Foundation Course starting on Saturday the 21st!  Why?!  Because I was waiting to edit this particular flyer to reflect the Foundation Course but seeing it is taking like forever to get the Corel version so I can edit the text, I have to make do with this one in the interim.  I'll update it when I get the edited one sorted.  As we all know, we cannot delay our work simply because time waits for no man.  

Just a fraction of Stream 4 participants...

So yes!  We completed Stream 4 of the Foundation Course in Fashion Design on Saturday!!!  Here's a picture of some of the students who completed the Course.  Phew!  WHAT a long day!  But it was great and more people are ready to move on to Level 1b which is also starting this Saturday!  :-D  
 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Appalling State of Customer Services in this Environment!

I'm sorry but this is ranting and raving time!  I did warn you that it may happen sooner or later but it really is annoying!

http://www.blake.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Poor-service.jpg

Someone please explain to me why exactly I am paying for a service and when I complain about the service, I get attitude from the vendor like "errr.... how dare you complain about the service I just rendered to you"!  I mean like seriously?!  The typical vendor around here acts like they are doing you a favor when really the truth is you have paid for it!  Sometimes they forget that without customers, they would not be in business!

What exactly brought this on?!  I'll tell you just now! >-(

Thursday, July 5, 2012

"How to GET the Funds You Need to Start Your Own Clothing Line" - The Theme for FEC 5!

Yes yes!  It feels like forever now since we had the last FEC!  It didn't hold in June, thankfully so because that rain would have really made things difficult, but it's holding this July!!! I've kind of missed the running around that goes with organizing the Course. :-D

Image of Mannequin from: http://www.buystoreshelving.com/abstract_mannequin/AFM6_BL/index.htm  

So yes this is that we're talking about this month!  @ FEC 4, we figured out how to go about producing our clothes.  Clearly we now need the funds to actually get the garments on ground and THAT is what exactly we're discussing @ FEC 5.  

Yeah yeah... I know what you're thinking.  Yet another boring seminar on raising funds.  I feel you too.  But guess what?!  This is anything BUT that!  Anyone who has attended our FECs will tell you our courses are different.  I always believe talk is cheap if you don't assist people or point them in the right direction.  But has it ever crossed your mind that whilst people are searching desperately for funds, others have people approaching them to invest in their businesses.  I know a friend who is constantly getting offers from investors and I'm thinking to myself and asking him "how is it possible?"  Clearly it is because he is doing something right.

The Book of Proverbs...


Yes!  My first project in July!  I may not have updated my blog (and I wish I could do this through my phone...), I have been reading it and jotting down the notable verses.


Now like I said in my previous post, I am not a preacher or a pastor so I am not overly decoding the Book or anything.  That is a personal decision you have to make.  I am merely discussing verses I read that made a lot of sense to me and helped me in dealing with people and at work.  

For example, Proverbs 6: 10-11 states: 

10 "A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep -
11 "So shall your poverty come upon you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man."

Clearly this needs no major decoding.  So sometimes when I feel lazy to work or procrastinate and I remember these verses, I jump up and get busy!  And of course, you know what happens when you jump up and get busy?  You deliver on your work and that translates into money (or a promotion if you so choose).  And remember that "Spare the rod and spoil the child?"  That is also from Proverbs.  It was amazing to realize that many words of advice I heard from older ones were taken from this.

Perhaps there's some deeper meaning to the Book.  Errrr... let me rephrase that...  I'm sure there is a deeper meaning.  I stumbled upon some sites during my research which had some pretty hectic interpretations and for a second I thought "hmmnnn... should I really be doing this?!"  It seemed my angle was pretty shallow in comparison to what I had read.  But you know what?!  Since it's something I always wanted to do, I decided to go ahead!  After all, many older ones speak in proverbs.  Only lately did I realize some of them came from this Book.  They always sounded different in Yoruba.   

So open your mind, sit down, relax and journey with me throughout the month of July as I share with you words of wisdom from the Book of Proverbs with or without my interpretation from the New King James Version.  When my friend and I did this a few months ago, we each had to choose one notable verse and when we both hit the same one, we gave each other a pat on the back.  Almost like the game jinx. Now that I think about it, we should even have exchanged presents.  Like minds eh?!

So anywayz, let the words begin!  Enjoy them!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Welcome to the Month of July.... & the Launch of New Projects @ Martwayne...

Hello Everyone,


Welcome to the month of July, the only month that apparently was named after a person and also a completely fabulous month because my mum and sister were born in it. :-D  It also marks the beginning of the 2nd half of 2012!  Phew!  Isn't it amazing how fast the days go by!  



First congratulations to us all for all our achievements to date, no matter how little.  We worked hard, made mistakes, learnt from them and revised our methods to prepare us for this 2nd half.  I think we all deserve a huge pat (not slap) on the back! ;-)

Of course I must remember those of us who loved lost ones in the first half of the year.  It must be tough for you but my prayer for you is that God gives you the strength and His Grace to keep pushing on.  I'm sure that's what your loved ones would have wanted for you as well. So please take heart and brace yourself for the 2nd half of the year.  Please remember to "let go and let God..."

Great!  So the first half of the year has been a very eventful and successful one for us at Martwayne.  We made plans and achieved them... and learnt a whole lot!  And we are continuing full throttle this 2nd half, starting with the following projects in order of their launch dates...