Savviness is a natural byproduct of true self knowledge and wisdom that comes from personal growth, and that is why, it can not be taught.
The bottom line for the savvy way of life, is that there is no bottom line, other than being true to one’s self.
If you can give yourself something every day, give your self a kind thought, one of love and gratitude. Make a rule every morning, you must give yourself one self loving thought, and with out any trace of retribution or judgment, no matter what your mind will try to distract you with. Even if you can not see it in your heart or believe it with all you are just yet, give it time, because you will. The intention of honoring yourself in that small way can be the leak that breaks down the dam. Promise yourself and truly give yourself that once a day positive reinforcement, or at least start to ponder what makes you feel good. Practice it from this point forward, write it down even, stick it on your mirror everyday so you can see a gradual covering of your own reflection. Let it remind you that your “outside reflection” only holds the power that you believe it has. Just like a magic spell, if you stop agreeing to the mental curses and spells you have placed on yourself, you may be surprised at how powerful you suddenly start to feel, almost unstoppable. You will find that your true power does not come from the outside agreements, but from the inner recognition you allow yourself to have. Love soothes, it brings peace inside and allows yours heart and soul to expand. As you learn to dismiss or even de-falsify what you may have been telling yourself for years it will become easier to let the shards of glass flake away to the true image underneath it all. Let loving words and thoughts guide and cradle your life when you start to doubt your potential. Remember this is not a race against anybody else, it only is about that lack of love that you allow yourself to have from moment to moment. Be brave, and know that you are eternally deserving and worthy of a love so pure, that it can sooth away any pain. You are infinite energy naturally made from unconditional love, and in order to grow you must, at least once a day, allow yourself to have that seed planted in your mind, so that you can start to enjoy the life you deserve to have.
Be gentle with yourself, you are always deserving of it, you are a child of the universe.
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The most powerful people in history were not always the most influential, but the most influential people in history were the most powerful, because of the power they had discovered within themselves.
Alice Yim’s definition of savvy? Stylish and intelligent. See what else she has to say about her life as a fashion designer in New York.
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The Alice Yim Girl.
"She carries her fashion foundation from season to season with a minimalist, classic, feminine and edgy approach to style. She never requires being the center of attention, but gracefully makes her presence known."
If this sounds familiar to you, then you might call yourself an Alice Yim Girl.
If Alice Yim is not somewhere in the world working on her own collection, she is probably dancing, enjoying a good meal or volunteering as an editor at a local multi-cultural magazine.
When Alice started volunteering at Elite magazine, she found there was a need for an Asian friendly fashion column that would help the Asian communities in New York and abroad to stay current in America’s latest fashion trends. Helping the staff with the fashion columns soon became her way to provide community service.
"Community service is important; it helps you to appreciate the things that you have.”
It’s hard to miss the adventurous spirit of Alice Yim. At the end of the interview, Alice shared one of her favorite spots for dessert in the city. All fashion topics had been left at the door replaced by her growing excitement for ChikaLicious, a dessert bar otherwise known as “Kisses Cupcakes.” She is not only a fan of the dessert, but of the hard work she has seen the owners pour into their intimate settings and products over the years. The respects seems mutual as the owner spots her and helps her to grab the last seats at the bar. The small yet intimate environment boasts a three course menu of homemade delicatessens. It was an attest to Alice’s style; classy and intimate with a high level of taste. Her desire to engage in the world around her, to be involved on every level would explain why her fashion continues to grow along side of her own curiosity. Alice Yim New York collections have recently landed in Asia where it is being sold throughXINLELU.COM, a multi-channel retailer of Indie based labels in Shanghai.
How long have you lived in NYC?
I was born in Shanghai, grew up in Hong Kong and moved to America to study at the age of 17. Upon graduating from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, I relocated to New York in 2012 to pursue a career in fashion, and then began freelancing for Michael Kors. I have been living here ever since.
Did you always dream of becoming a designer?
I couldn’t stop drawing when I was little—my wall was my canvas. Once, when I was around 5 years old, I saw a runway show and told my mother I wanted to be a fashion designer when I grew up.
What is the main theme behind your clothing line?
Alice Yim New York’s style is simple, well made, elegant, versatile and easily transitioned from day to night.
What have been your biggest obstacles so far?
The fashion industry is very challenging, specifically the fast disposable fashions and the economy over the last few years in the USA.
What has helped you the most so far in your success?
My parents, who provided me with my education, my business partner and my employees.
Did you finish school/college?
I went to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and graduated with a BA in Fashion Design, specializing in Knitwear.
Did you feel it was useful?
My training at the Academy of Art definitely helped me build a strong foundation and gain an understanding of design, including the technical aspect. On top of that, my instructors were all European designers who had worked in the industry for a long time. This gave me an in-depth and diverse perspective on the industry.
What have been some of your most motivating moments as a designer?
Seeing people wearing and truly appreciating my designs, and my first runway show.
What has been one of your most helpful learning experiences?
All my previous jobs have helped prepare me for the fashion industry in their own ways. At Michael Kors, working under the knitwear head designer was a great experience, and working as the senior technical designer at my last job really expanded and grounded my knowledge of knits.
What is your target audience as a designer?
Our customer is a put together, confident woman in her late 20s to 30s, who enjoys putting thought into her wardrobe and appearance. Quality is very important to her. She follows fashion, even though she innately understands it. “Less is more” is her style mantra - always keeping her hair perfectly in place while still maintaining a natural look, never wearing makeup that is too overdone, and never over accessorizing.
If you had one other job if you were not a designer what would it be and why?
Or is that not an option?
I would be an antique dealer because I love art, and it would allow me to travel a lot.
Any favorites books lately?
Revolving the Law Wheel
Do you read on a daily basis?
Yes, every night.
According to Business Insider, there is a common pattern that successful people are always early to rise. Is this true for you? What time are you usually out of bed?
I am a night owl and tend to work late so I don’t wake up until 8:30 - 9am.
What gets your creativity flowing?
Art, traveling, flea markets & vintage stores
Where is your line being sold currently?
USA, Europe, China and online
Do you have any favorite quotes?
Work hard, play hard.
I heard you had a back problem but healed it using meditation. Do you have any suggestions or thoughts on your healing process?
Mine was genetic, I was born with one additional vertebrae, it happens to one out of few hundred people. I had to go to physical therapy when I was a teen to try to correct my posture and after I started meditating. It just went away completely.
Do you meditate often?
I meditate a few times a week.
What is one thing you could not live with out on a daily basis?
Earl grey tea latte with honey.
For more information or to contact Alice directly, you can visit her site at
More information on Chikalicious can be found at www.ChikaLicious.com
Up next: Creative director/ owner of Alice Yim New York, shares her personal world as a fashion designer in New York City. Check out her site http://www.aliceyim.com as we prepare to dish out the latest news on her and her fashion.
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No better reminder is there to celebrate your life than with Pride Week. What really makes this week of pride so great is how much fun everyone is having. Welcome to authenticity with the volume turned all the way up.
There is no shortage of life and a humor so charming that it could be anecdotal to those that may have lost their own courage, a reminder to keep going even when the going gets tough.
From the people you see in these photos to the thousands more that gathered for New York’s 2014 pride parade, we would all have to agree that there is something magical and powerful about this event.The streets are teaming with life, happiness is flowing on tap and a fresh sense of freedom is buzzing through air. People come in all over the world to see this celebration of life, and to take part in what today has become known as World Pride.
With celebrations from San Francisco to Toronto, Barcelona, Sidney, Holland and Vienna just to name a few, it has become internationally as well as nationally celebrated like by New York’s Governor Cuomo that worked hard to bring life to this historical event.
Honor was especially high when New York City police and firefighters joined in on the parade by driving their trucks and marching in uniforms.
"It’s about being able to be together as you are, and as you want to be."
Some just march in it no matter the cause, support is what they do.
For some like Doug Kampsen, this has become the ultimate theme party where after ten years he and friends still gather together to watch the action dressed up from his stoop.
This year he said everyone was required to wear a tutu in honor of a color of the rainbow.
For other new comers like Kim Winkler and her girlfriend they were almost speechless by the amount of openness all around them in the city. They had driven in from Dutchess County just to see it all first hand, and their favorited part? Watching it all go by undisturbed, enjoying the excitement side by side, hand in hand.
The week celebration is always closed with the traditional 5 hour colorful march across Manhattan.
Scott Frost shared that; “It is always such a rewarding experience to share this day with the group.” ”We were marching as part of the Gender and Family project, part of the Ackerman Institute.” Hashtags like #acceptancematters and #candleyouth ; you are not alone were just a few of the cool phrases from this years Parade.
Thanks to community of New York, it is because of you every year, every day more doors are opened to those who have not yet had that soft place to land. Hundreds of thousands from around the world gather to celebrate for over a week what is a basic necessity for all who live on this planet; love.
We are not here to to exist solely under our titles but to reconnect to humanity. This march is important for everybody, because ultimately this is also a march for love.
Check out http://www.nycpride.org