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Creating Fashion Forward from Your Family's Past

Creating Fashion Forward from Your Family's Past A Custom Design Session with Ashley Brooke Designs We love to hear your stories. We love to take your family's past and create fashion forward pieces you’ll want to wear everyday. That’s what Dora Mae is all about! Just as I began to breathe new life into the heirlooms my grandmother, Dora Mae, passed down to me, we invite you into the rhythm of restoring life into your own family heirlooms. Ashley Brooke brought her grandmother’s cuff and earrings that were beautiful! But the cuff was too heavy and the earrings were clip on. So we took it apart and created a necklace and more updated earrings that Ashley and her mom will...

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New Series: One Necklace. Three Ways!

One Necklace. Three Ways! Our favorite question: What do I wear this with?Our favorite answer: The options are limitless! Here Ansley chose what you might consider a unique statement necklace with lots of colors that would be difficult to “match” with an outfit. But here she shows this Boho Glam rainbow necklace can be worn with a beach hat by the ocean, with a romper out to lunch, OR with a formal gown to a summer evening wedding.  Let us help you style your Dora Mae pieces with several of your favorite looks! We just wanna make sure all the NEW LIFE we gave it gets to come along as you live yours!   

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The Dark Night of the Creative Soul (#10)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years As a Creative EntrepreneurN U M B E R  T E N: The Dark Night of the Creative Soul When your business hinges upon a mysterious, intangible, inspired and uncontrollable force known as creativity, a dark night void of that radiant magical energy is bound to descend upon you. “Are you afraid you’ll run out of ideas?” I get that question quite a bit. Well the answer is yes. YES, because I’ve lived through a few dark nights that can best be described as a lifeless void of hopeless nothingness…aka “feeling dead inside.” To the best of my knowledge, all creatives go through this. Zero desire. Zero inspiration. TONS of fear the magic won’t...

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Break Up with Over Commitment (#9)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years As a Creative EntrepreneurN U M B E R  N I N E: Break Up with Over Commitment 10 things I’ve learned? Honestly? Don’t say that you’re gonna write 10 things before you’ve actually written 10 THINGS!  Just cause you think you’re REAL CUTE and 10 “years” in biz matches up with 10 “lessons” doesn’t mean you should do the thang. It’s called OVER COMMITMENT. And we all do it all the time cause we CRAY! It’s about IDEAS FLOWING all the freaking time without the time to actually live out all the ideas. Cause writing 10 REAL things is a LOT of things. 10 fake or basic things would have been easier. But...

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Nobody Has A Map (#8)

  10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur  N U M B E R  E I G HT:  Nobody has a map.   Who has seen Dear Evan Hansen? I saw it this past weekend on Broadway and was ugly-snot-cry-moan-hiccup-sobbing. A big sign greets you when you walk in the theater: “Does Anybody Have A Map?” Just reading that ONE sign touched a nerve and brought tears before I even reached my seat. “Gummy Bears. I’m gonna need Gummy Bears for this.” In small business, map-less living is a way of life. There are constantly decisions to make with more unknowns than knowns. Guiding principles? Yes. Wisdom from the older and wiser? Absolutely. But an X...

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Small Business is about the STORY (#7)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur NUMBER SEVEN: Small Business is about the STORY Small business is about the STORY. The real one. Embellishments that make it prettier than it is are harmful. But perhaps more important these days: don’t make things sound worse than they are to be more “relatable.” Authenticity as a marketing ploy ceases to be authentic. Don’t cover up the dirt OR the sparkles. Warning, if you share the REAL story, haters gonna hate.   Dirt: Well that’s painful. Sparkle: But we move on. (This picture is to the haters. Hehe. :) To share your REAL story, it’s helpful to actually know it. Sounds obvious but most people don’t. It takes TIME to...

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Elephants are Pink. Elephants are Blue. (#6)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur NUMBER SIX: Elephants are Pink. Elephants are Blue. Elephants are pink Elephants are blue A brain like mine Belongs in a zoo Creatives,  Do yourself a favor and have a creative outlet that you don't do for money OR approval. Something that is only yours and that feeds your soul.  Mine is POETRY and sometimes adding notes to the words to make songs. I posted a Mother's Day poem the other day, and it's so freeing that it didn't have to be GOOD poetry. It could just be MY poetry - expressing my heart, mind, body and soul.  I wanted the poem to reflect both the mom who raised me...

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LIVING YOUR DREAM and other crazy Insta-age-isms (#5)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur NUMBER FIVE:  LIVING YOUR DREAM and other crazy Insta-age-isms. Even when you “Do what you love,” you STILL HAVE TO WORK. That stuff about doing what you love and “never working another day in your life” is a crock of $#%*!  We are in a crazy insta-age where “living your dream” and the girl boss lifestyle is so crazy glamorized.    First let me acknowledge my part in this. I get comments several times a week about how glamorous my life looks. Usually I can share a story from the past 24 hours that dispels that myth. But social media is tricky.  I do get a LOT of joy from my...

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Self Image and Being the Face of My Brand (#4)

10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 years as a Creative Entrepreneur NUMBER FOUR:  Self image and being the face of my brand. Lord help us all. Damn it y’all. I’m a grown ass woman. (Two cuss words already - can y’all tell this is a tough one for me?) I have tween-agers who I am teaching to accept themselves. And yet I - wife, mom, biz owner, and accidental face of my brand - have yet to fully accept myself! There are moments of course when I may come closer to healthy perspective...but sheesh I thought being a grown-ass boss lady would feel different!  Due to my love of crossfit I got down to a unusually low (for me) body fat...

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