Rise and Grind Lovelies! It’s a Saturday morning, but I’m early at the studio filling orders and prepping for the major overhaul that’s happening to the studio and site in coming weeks. Yeah, it sucks being at work on a Saturday, but I’m looking at that endgame and besides I got my Ruffian Red on so I’m feeling feisty! #fashionbiz #fashiondesign #riseandgrind #earlybird #mac #macmakeseverythingbetter #candystrike #cs #smallbizlife

Sometimes while trying to document the madness, you take a photo. Then when you get home and hours later are looking at your day, you find a gift that you didn’t know NYC had given you.

In the past few months I have learned more about being a business woman than I have all year. The conclusion is that I am a work in progress lol. I have a few women that inspire me for different reasons and I’m going to share them each week In hopes they inspire my fellow #smallbiz sisters and #creativeentrepreneurs . This week I dedicate to that badass In black @kellycutrone . She’s got all kinds of wisdom. #creativelife #smallbusinessbabe #fashiondesign #businessbitch #smallbizlife

A history lesson.

The term entrepreneur (äntrəprəˈno͝or) is a loanword from French, and is commonly used to describe an individual who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so. 

The term was first defined by the Irish-French economist Richard Cantillon as the person who pays a certain price for a product to resell it at an uncertain price, thereby making decisions about obtaining and using the resources while consequently admitting the risk of enterprise.

The term first appeared in the French Dictionary “Dictionnaire Universel de Commerce” of Jacques des Bruslons published in 1723.

Hops...so much more than beer

Make Hop Tea

Since the popularity of brewing, we have lost touch with the many uses of hops. Hop tea has dated back to the ancient times. The hop oils can help people in many ways. Like the sleep pillows, hop tea aids in insomnia, can promote appetite, cleanses your blood, can relieve arthritis pain, relieve gas and cramps by soothing muscle spasms and some say it can aid smokers with their cravings and nerves. I’ve also read, it can help women develop more milk while breast feeding and possibly cancer.

Here is a basic recipe I found online:

Basic Hop Infusion or Tea

Place 1 ounce dried hops per 1 quart jar Fill with boiling water

Strong Infusion ~ Cover jar. Steep for at least 4 hours but not more than overnight. Strain infusion and store in refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Serve hot or cold.

Hop Tea ~ Steep for 10-20 minutes. Strain and drink. This method is milder flavored as well as less effective. Serve hot or cold

Note: Many people will add other herbs such as, chamomile, peppermint, lemon grass, ginger or other herbs, which can aide in many ways as well.

Chamomile - Has antibacterial, antiseptic and disinfectant properties. Probably why most people drink it when they are sick.

Peppermint - Aides in digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems and is also an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic herb

Lemon Grass - Improves circulation, digestion and promotes oxygen intake

Ginger - Aides respiratory and digestive systems