Martwayne | Power Through Fashion: 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year in advance everyone!!!!!

Yes and we are counting down to 2016!! :-D :-D :-D

2015 was a great year!  It was our Year of growth and I tell you God has been GREAT!  Oh I will definitely give you a review of our 2015 later.  

But for now, here I am thankful you are here reading this.  I will see you all in 2016 by God's grace!

Happy New Year in advance!!! :-D

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Hello everyone!!!!! Christmas Greetings from chilly San Francisco!!! :-D :-D :-D  Yes yes... I have had such a great holiday and here I am sharing clips and videos from my trip.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Martwayne Training Centre is 4 today!

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Yes I know right?!  Not many people get the opportunity to celebrate 2 birthdays in a year!  But we are one of the lucky few!   :-D  

Exactly 4 years ago to this day, we launched our very first Course!!!!!!  Yup!  Our very first class happened on the 12th of November, 2011 and I must say it has been roller coaster ride!  And who do I have to thank?!  You wonderful people who have spread the word about us!  It was not by our might but all by God's favour and all we can say is thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Register for the Design & Illustration with Computer Aided Design (CAD) Course; Start Date: 2 November, 2015.

Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!  I am TOTALLY EXCITED about this Course like you have no idea!  This is our BRAND SPANKING NEW COURSE which we have this year! is what I am at the moment!  And I tell you, I am really chuffed we are able to offer this Course now so those who want to kick off 2015 with stunning portfolios for fashion school registrations, competitions and move on to the next level!  YES!  I have been dreaming of how to develop and deliver this Course and now it is here!

And the best part is... we will teach EVERYTHING from scratch... and we have various options available whether you are a beginner or are already a fab illustrator and only want to learn the CAD aspect to enhance your skills!  OH... and another great thing!  We round up before Christmas :-D

Register for the Jacket-Making & Trousers Course - Start Date: 2 November 2015.

Yes! First, thank you all for your great response to our ad yesterday!  It was extremely encouraging and I have been on this strange cloud since yesterday! :-D

SO!  As I stated in my previous post, now is the time to set the pace for 2016 by offering new products to your customers in the New Year.  It is time to add a new product offering to set you apart from the rest!  And what better way to do this than registering for our Short Course in Jacket-Making & Trousers - which by the way... ends before Christmas! :-D

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What Happened @ Fashion Talk on "Starting a Ready to Wear Line" on Saturday the 17th of October, 2015... :-D

Yes we had A BLAST at Fashion Talk on Saturday!!!  Wow-wee!!!  Honestly I could not have asked for a better turn out and event.  The speakers were on point!  We started on time!  And we finished just as planned!  In fact it was SUCH a good day people refused to take a lunch break!  And I would say from the testimonials it was worth it!

So why did we decide to organise "Fashion Talk"?

Friday, October 9, 2015

Martwayne's Fashion Events & Fashion Courses in October 2015!

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Hello Good People!!!!!!!!  It's the last quarter of the year!!!  

And what better way to start off this last quarter with an absolutely FAB-looking picture of myself!!! Haha!!!  Forgive me but I have been tripping over myself since I saw this picture! :-D :-D :-D.  Not sure I can recall when last I looked so good.  Errrr...actually I can.  My wedding day! :-D  But that was the work of a make up artist and a hair stylist.  This I did all by myself!  Not bad right?!  Yes!  I think the photographer actually did an amazing job as well!  And for this I say a public "THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for your patience Anthony!!!!"  The picture looks FAB!

SO anywayz.... enough of my ooh-ing and aah-ing...

YES It is the last quarter of the year and I know many of us are yet to tick off all the to-do list on our 2015 Resolutions.  Now is not the time to start winding down.  NOW is the time to start gearing up for 2016!   3 WHOLE MONTHS is more than enough time to still deliver on our 2015 Resolutions! :-D 

And of course, we, at Martwayne, are here with great programs, events and courses to help you through this last quarter of the year, in preparation for 2016! :-D

And our first event in October is....  (Drumroll please....) our FREE (yes I did say freePEP TALK on: 

"How to Start Your Own Ready-To-Wear Clothing Line!"  :-D

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Money Matters: How Much Do You Pay Your Tailor?!

Hello everyone!!!  Please I need your help!

Lately, we have embarked on a project trying to match designers with the tailors they desperately need to move their businesses forward.  However, the general question I get from designers are: 

"How much should I pay?!  

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Pictures & Clips from "Give Her A Push" - An Empowerment Programme for Fashion Designers organised by AFDEC

With Misiano @ GHAP

Hello everyone!!!!  I cannot believe we are in the -EMBER months already!  And you know what it means when we hit the -ember months... It means 2015 is almost over!  Time to compare our resolutions with the present day.  Thankfully we still have 4 months to make amends so there is still hope!

But anywayz, I noticed my past few posts have only been about work so I decided to take a break from talking about work to chatting about play! :-D  

Top on the list, of course, is the "Give Her a Push" (GHAP) Programme organised by the African Fashion Development & Empowerment Centre (AFDEC) which happened on the 27th of August.  

And what was GHAP about?!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

September Start Dates for our Bodices & Beginners Courses: 15th & 19th September, 2015

I'm sure you remember YincaEsther from a previous post modelling her shirt...

Hello everyone!!!  August is almost over and we have had an EXTREMELY busy month at Martwayne.  We successfully launched the Bodices Course and wow... I can safely say it was over-subscribed! But who's complaining right?!  Haha!  We also launched another stream of the Beginners Course and that also went extremely well.  

Of course since the end of one era marks the start of another, our Beginners are ready to move on to the Bodices Course which gives room for a new set of Beginners and of course also gives room for the experienced sewers who want to join the Bodices Course.  Those who have completed the Bodices 1 Course are moving on to Bodices 2. :-D

The Weekday Option of the Bodices, Shirts & Dressmaking Course will begin on the 15th of September, 2015.  Although there is no official start date for the Weekend Option, those interested can contact us and we will make a plan for you.

The Beginners Course (originally meant to start on the 12th of September) will now start on the 19th of September, 2015 for both the Weekday and Weekend Options. 

Here are more details on both Courses and as always, some pictures!!!!  I'll start off with the Bodices Course since it starts before the Beginners Course.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BN Article 4: Do I Really Need to go to Fashion School to Succeed in the Industry?

Hello Everyone!!!  I'm sure you have had a good week so far.  Amazing how the days are just flying past!  

I realised I had not yet posted BN Article 4 here so here it is.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Spotlight Feature: YincaEsther the ARTIST Amongst Us and Her AMAZING PORTRAITS! :-D

By YincaEsther... Where Fashion Meets Arts...

Hello everyone!!!  I'm thinking it may be a bit late to wish you Happy New Month (haha) BUT I am sure you had a great start to the month!  We sure did!  It was hectic over here and I am glad to say that our Bodices Course went extremely well!  Which of course birthed this post! And of course you know how we LOVE to promote one of our own... :-D

Monday, July 27, 2015

BN Article 3: 5 Myths About Starting a Fashion Business

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Good morning good people!!!!!  I am sure you had a GREAT weekend!  I did...even attended a wedding yesterday despite being a bit under the weather.  Y'all know how we Lagos people like to par-ty!!! Will share some pictures at the end of the post :-D

Anywayz, I am starting this week on a good note!  Realised I had not posted my last BN Article up here so I decided to do this first thing this morning before my day gets all hectic on me!  But seeing I like to kill 2 birds with one stone, we have some great Courses coming up soon:

-  The Pattern-Making & Grading with Computer-Aided Design;
-  Design & Fashion Illustration with Computer-Aided Design;
-  Basic Fashion Course for Juniors (ages 9-16); and
-  Short Course in Childrenswear.

Details about these courses will come up soon.

Great!  And now for the article...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How Do I Start My Fashion Business?

Hello good people!!!!!  I'm sure you all had a GREAT holiday!  I know I did!  I am already looking forward to the next one... (who knows when the next one is coming up?!)  Anywayz!  I had a pretty restful one - totally thankful!  And it's back to the hustle and bustle again!  

Haha.... I thought this was hilarious!  I just could not resist!
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Ok!  So here is my BN post!  I have actually had this question thrown at me so many times, I knew writing about it was only a matter of time.  Seeing I managed not to lift a finger over the holiday, here is the article which was actually posted on Bella Naija on Thursday.  I made minimal changes to it since I realised it was edited and some portions of my thought process (re: punctuations and brackets) were lost in the editing AND I also added more pictures... 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Update to the Design & Illustration + the Fashion Illustration Course - now starting in August

Some participants' work during the last Stream of the Design & Illustration / Fashion Illustration Course

Hello Everyone!!!!!!!  We have had an EXTREMELY busy week at Martwayne!!!!!  We successfully launched our Bodices & Dressmaking Course and our Beginners Course and all I can say is WOW!  Thankful!  Thankful!!  Thankful to all who registered!  We actually exceeded the number of seats we have in the Bodices Course and the seats on our Beginners Course is also almost full.  I am ecstatic and of course as I am always quick to say - it was not by our power or might but it was all simply by God's grace! :-D

You can still join us for the Beginners class if you want to learn how to sew from scratch!  You have not missed much!  Details are available here:


And now about the 3rd & 4th Courses happening this month - the Design & Illustration & the Fashion Sketching Courses.  We have made a few changes to both Courses:

1.  New Start Dates for Weekday Option:

Design & Illustration:  4 August  ;  Fashion Illustration:  11th August

Classes will now hold on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

2.  Weekend Option Now Available:

This is perfect for you if you are a busy professional and will take place on Saturdays only.  Start Dates are:  

Design & Illustration: 22nd of August.  Fashion Illustration:  5th of September. 

All other details remain the same and pictures of the previous classes are available at this link:

Of course do contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Enjoy the looooooooong weekend ahead!  I know I'm looking forward to it!


Monday, July 6, 2015

My FIRST Radio Interview!!! :-D :-D :-D

Haha!  Need I say more?! :-D  Join Funmi Bucknor and I today at 6.30pm where we'll be discussing "Dressing for Success" and how to use fashion as a tool for personal and business success!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Why Haven't You Pursued Your Dream of Becoming a Fashion Designer? Bella Naija Article 1

Haha!  I told you I was on a role this July! :-D  I had been putting this off FOR AGES!  Yes I know... I really am bad at procrastinating!  But lately the nudging got so bad that I just decided one night to just go for it!  And I did! :-D

And I already have comments :-D... which are always the best part of writing an article! Just check them out! :-D

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

FAB End to Stream 2 of the Jacket-Making & Trousers Course!

And seeing this is a new month and I am all gingered up to meet my half-year resolutions, I thought I'd give you 2 posts in a day!  Haha... FIRST by cleaning up my backlogs of posts! 

And this was one I had been meaning to post since I completed the class especially since I THOROUGHLY enjoyed running the class.  Yes I know I say that for pretty much all my courses but this one was just a barrel of laughs!  And everyone got on soooooooo well and just enjoyed working together, it made my work so much easier!  :-D

Enjoy the pictures!

Learn How to Develop a Fashion Collection & How to Draw from Scratch! Register for our Design & Illustration (starts 4th August) / Fashion Sketching Courses (starts 11th August). Weekend Option Also Available.

And so we have just hit the 2nd half of 2015!!!  How many people have done their personal half year appraisal and ticked off their list of 2015 resolutions?!  I, for one, have not done so - for obvious reasons.  I know I have achieved some of what I set out to do early on in the year even though I am farer from achieving it all.

BUT all the same, I still have 6 months to go and so do you!  And it's never to late to turn your love for fashion into a viable business!  And our third Course for July is our Design & Illustration & our Fashion Sketching Courses! PLUS I have some pictures to show you from the last class.  :-D

Friday, June 26, 2015

Check Out the Brilliant Work by Corps Members at the NYSC SAED Competition! Can You Guess Which Zone Came 1st?!

Oh I had a GREAT day today!!! I spent half of my day with some "pree-tty" talented Corps Members!  Yup!  I was invited to be a judge... (errr... let me take that again...).... I was invited to be the CHIEF JUDGE [yes thank you :-D] at this edition of the NYSC SAED Lagos Competition.  Actually to be honest, I have been a judge since the maiden edition but I must say, this particular one, which is like the 5th one, was the toughest one to judge!

Okay... before I even go very far, let me tell you quickly what SAED is about for those who have no clue what I'm on about...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Learn How to Sew From Scratch in our Next Fashion Course Course for Beginners! Start Date: 11 July, 2015!

Hello good people!!!!!!  I am sure you all had a GREAT Father's Day weekend!  I, for one, enjoyed the cool rainy weather and I am starting off this week on a pleasant note!

And here I am about to talk about the next Fashion Course coming up in July! Our Short Fashion Course for Beginners! 

The Beginners Course the first in the series of Courses we offer at Martwayne for complete starters who have no prior knowledge of sewing.  It is also one of my favourite courses because it gives us the perfect opportunity to start designers off on a solid foundation.  Generally people have a certain mindset about fashion, the industry and how it works but with this Course, we are able to clear these mindsets and expose people to even more ways of making money in the Industry... and a whole lot more... AND our students have never been disappointed!

So what does the Course teach?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!!!

Right:  Dear Daddy & I

Haha!  I just could not resist! :-D  But YES, in the Spirit of the Season, I have decided to wish all dads and "dads-to-be" a "Happy Father's Day"!  

I spent a better part of today reading all sorts of tributes from friends and Facebook contacts to their dads.  Wish many of them (including me) said as much to their dads often enough on a normal day and not just on the 3rd Sunday in June.  

BUT one particular Facebook post from a friend, Sola Kuti, to his dad was just so awesome I just had to post it here!  I tell you, there are a lot of lessons to be learnt from his post.  I wish I could highlight my favourite parts in the post but then again I'll probably end up highlighting the whole post!  But there is ONE particular part trumps the rest as my favourite part.  You read it yourself and see if you can guess which one it is...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Perfect Your Sewing Skills! Register for Martwayne's Bodices, Shirts & Dress-Making Course - Begins 8 July 2015

Yes yes!  And this is the VERY FIRST of our July 2015 Courses and the VERY FIRST time we are running this Course.  Yes!  This is the launch of this particular course and I think it will be great!  Why?  Because I have received quite a few enquiries from people who want to learn how to make shirts and dresses and from others who want to improve on and perfect their sewing skills.  So we decided to merge these 2 frequent requests we get into one great intensive course! :-D

Great!  So what is this Course about?!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hello June!!!!!!!

Hello good people!!!!!!  I can-NOT believe we are almost halfway through 2015!  An I also cannot believe it's been ages since I last uploaded a post [insert-covering-my-face-emoticon-in-here :-( ]  Forgive!  Forgive!! FORGIVE!!!  All as a result of procrastination - and yes I must admit - laziness! :-(

BUT!!!!  Here I am again!  Pleased to be here!!!  Grinning that my month started off on a great note!  Did someone ask why?!  Don't worry I'll tell you now! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Register for our Upcoming Fashion Courses: Short Course in Fashion Illustration & Short Course in Jacket-Making & Trousers

Greetings from the fabulous city of Las Vegas!!! :-D :-D :-D  Yes I have been having a BALL since I got here.  I am sure you all had an excellent Easter holiday!  I know I had a FAB one...... and I will tell you all about that in a separate post!

BUT before then... work beckons! 

Register for our Short Course in Jacket-Making & Trousers - Start Date 2 May, 2015 (Weekend Option) & 6 May 2015 (Weekday Option)

Yes this is the 2nd Course we are running in May :-D :-D :-D.  I thoroughly enjoyed running this Course last December and I am looking forward to it again!  Yes I am turning over a new leaf now... thanks to those who alerted me to it - AND giving you enough advance notice of the Course to enable you prepare. 

Register for our Short Course in Fashion Illustration - Start Date 2 May, 2015 (Weekend Option) & 6 May 2015 (Weekday Option)

Yes!  This is just one of our Fashion Courses starting in May.  It was carved out from our recently launched Short Course in Design & Illustration based on requests we have received from people who only want to learn how to sketch.  And yes, when people ask, we do listen and try to figure out how to accommodate their requests.

And here we are launching a fresh course - our Short Course in Fashion Illustration! :-D

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The "Prince of Peace" - The Real Significance of Easter...

"Prince of Peace", The Image of Jesus as painted by Akiane Kramarik;
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Ever since I saw this image of Jesus in the movie, Heaven Is For Real, I have been extremely drawn to it.  I remember my sister telling me about a documentary she watched where the producers were trying to recreate his image based on some assertions and that conversation came back to me when I saw this picture.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's a New Day... It's a New Dawn... And it's a New Month!!!!!

How apt this picture is right?  And yes... Season's Greetings are in order since Easter's all around the corner.

This is just a quick one to cage the date.  I will be back to complete the post! :-D

Saturday, March 28, 2015

#NigeriaDecides !!! Election Day Through My Eyes... & the Results From My Polling Unit...

YES!  I had a lot of FUN today!  I was on an Official National Assignment and I over-delivered!!!!!  I cast my vote!!!! :-D :-D :-D  

Yes it might seem a bit strange that I am this excited but honestly, I took this voting thing very personal! :-D

The past few weeks have been pretty intense... the battle has been tough and many people have lost friends, colleagues and even their public images due to hateful comments and speeches "on top these elections"...  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Testimonial Time!!!!!!!!! :-D Check Out What Participants Had to Say About FEC 8, Our First Blackberry Course!

YES YES!!!!!  Preparing for a Course is pretty stressful!  But when the Course is the first you have ever run, goodness, the nerves "no get Part 2" as they say.

But when you get testimonials like these, you realise it was worth all the stress!  I am still reeling from it all!

Honestly, I did wonder if I would be able to utilise all 3 hours I had set aside for the Course.  But alas!  We were only about halfway at 7pm!  The whole Course lasted 5 HOURS!!!!!!!  Even I was shocked!  

People joined from Ilorin, Portharcourt, Ibadan, Abuja and various parts of Lagos.  Amazing right!    And it was very interactive!  It actually felt like a face to face course.  

I won't say too much but will let the conversations speak for themselves...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Celebrating My AMAZING Sister & In Fact All Ladies... Continue to EXCEL!

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So we had a GREAT Course yesterday!!!  Don't worry, I'll tell you all about it in a separate post!

BUT before then...

I just have to celebrate this AMAZING lady who has achieved so much in SUCH a short time!  Well.... short is pretty relative but vis-a-vis her age, she has achieved A WHOLE LOT!

Friday, March 20, 2015

FEC 8 Reminder!!! Sunday, 22 March on Your Blackberry Phone! Dealing with HORROR Customers in Your Fashion Business!

I am sure you all had a great week!

Just a quick reminder on our FEC 8 happening on Sunday!  I cannot wait to run the Course.  I am pretty excited about it!

If you have registered, watch out for the Group invite and please accept it.

If you have not, trust me, you don't want to miss it.  Details are available here:

See you on Sunday at 4pm sharp - right from the comfort of your homes!


Oh PS:  Don't forget the Design Course happening next week.  I will send also send a reminder!  Please tell everyone!

Muchos gracias!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Wishing ALL LADIES a Happy Mothers Day!

This picture says it all!  And that is why my wishes go to not just mothers but every single lady out there who is a mother or potential mother, regardless of age.

You also need to be celebrated because you do contribute and play a role in people's lives- the same way a mother would.

Have an EXCELLENT Mother's Day!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Want to Learn How to Be Creative & How to Draw?! Then Register for our Short Course in Design & Illustration; Start Dates: 25 March, 2015 (Weekday Option) & 4 April, 2015 (Weekend Option).

AND this is the 2nd brand spanking new Course we are launching this March.  It feels great to develop and launch new courses based on need! :-D

And how did we come about this Course?  I'll tell you just now.

"Dealing with HORROR Customers in Your Fashion Business" - Register for Volume 8 of our Fashion Entrepreneurship Course; Holds 22 March, 2015 on Your Blackberry Phone / App!

Yes we have all faced this many times.  

- Customers who either take us for granted or seem to revel in causing us so much pain;  
- Customers who can't make their minds up;
- Customers who change their orders at the last minute;
- Customers who claim what was initially agreed on was never agreed on;
- Customers who refuse to pay their balances;
- Customers who, despite you giving your all, seem to believe they are doing you a favour;
- Customers who verbally insult you YET collect the clothes they are insulting you about and never pay for it;
- Customers who agree to pick up an outfit next week - yet call you up the next day asking for the clothes to be ready in 2 days..... 

Anyone being there?  Yes I thought so!  And I can go on and on...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2 Great Fashion Courses this March @ Martwayne

Hello March!!!  And with a new month, comes new ideas and 2 great fashion courses at Martwayne!  :-D  

The first one, coming up on the 15th, sees the launch of our VERY FIRST virtual course!!! :-D Yaye!!!!!  And I have 2 designers to thank for this - Teeshogs who urged me on to run the Course (since last year (insert-covering-my-face-emoticon-in-here) based on her personal experience and Tosed who gave me the idea to run it virtually - on Blackberry!!!  :-D

Here is a brief overview of both Courses...  

How I Spent My Birthday Week :-D

Oh I had SUCH a fab birthday week last week!  Yes I did say I would give you all the gist about how the day went.... but I realised the whole week was a lot of fun so just decided to tell you about the whole week!

So here goes :-D

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's My Birthday!!!!!!!!! :-D :-D :-D

Okay... just thought I should let you know!  I will be back to give you gist of how my day went! :-D

Cheers People, enjoy today with me and don't forget to say a prayer for me!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Money Matters: How to Pay Yourself a Salary as a Small Business Owner & NOT Feel Guilty About It!

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I thought this picture was hilarious when I saw it.  But the reality for many of us business owners is not that funny.  Many of us are struggling to keep the business afloat that the last thing on our minds is getting paid at the end of the month!  

I personally dread month-ends - and I am sure every business owner does to.  In fact this is the only time I wish I was still working for obvious reasons.  That is when your bank account that you have struggled to build up during the month takes the hardest hit!  Can be pretty destabilizing.  And the worst thing is, it has to happen every month! ;-(  

And like there is nothing even more worse than the worst thing, YOU - the person who does most of the work does not get paid!  :-( :-( :-(

And even more worse than what is worse than the worst thing - you get accused by so-called business-people of dipping into the business funds to try and maintain your basic needs.  Yes can be quite frustrating right?!

NOW!  Don't get me wrong...

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Feature Article on :-D

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Yaye!!!!!!!  :-D :-D :-D

And it all happened because I responded to a post on a Facebook group I belong to.  Really happy I responded to Aunty Bisi who called me out on the BR Group to tell my story... which I did!  

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Launching our Short Fashion Course for Beginners: Start Date - 28th February, 2015

Phew!  So I just finished working on the flyer not too long ago and it was quite a mission.  I usually find it difficult to talk about a course without a flyer so now I am good to go... thankfully! :-D

Great!  So you read about our post about our new Fashion Courses at Martwayne.  If you did not, you can read it here by clicking on the link:

I have edited the post to include the fees and the duration so you are all aware of what each course entails ahead of time.  So now we are launching the very first Course, our new Basic Fashion Course for Beginners.  Yaye! And I am about to give you all the details! :-D

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Celebrating Our Very Own "Diva", Chivia Xclusive, and her Knitted Swimwear Line

So I planned to talk about the launch and start date of our new Short Fashion Course for Beginners but decided to postpone that and, instead, celebrate and encourage one of my students, who unknown to me, has been very busy...