Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Momentary Lapse of Whimsy

Whispering Whimsy: designing duo Johnson + Kniss are the fashion engine of Van Der Neer
Sacramento has been experiencing a sort of fashion renaissance as of late, and one of the many highlights I've had this year was the opportunity to meet and interview some incredible talent that hails from my hometown. Two such bright lights I've recently met are the design team behind local  fashion label, Van Der Neer.  A couple in real life, this pair of cuties are the indisputable indie fashion darlings of Midtown. Modest and sweet,  they produce memorable collections of edgy arty fashion. 

My interview of Van Der Neer has been published over at CBS Local and you can read it by clicking HERE.

Of late, I've been experiencing a bit of feast AND famine. I'm needing to focus on my livelihood, namely paid freelance work, and selling my line of Citizen ROSEBUD/ curated vintage. As usual, I seem to take on too many projects (I mean well!) and end up bailing on a handful of them. For those who've had to deal with this: my apologies. 

True be told, I'm now struggling to earn a living, and a lot of what I've been doing has been gratis, free of charge, and put bluntly, it's not helping me one drop here in Rosebud-land. I've been freelancing for a year now, and it's crunch time. For survival sake, I've got to focus on earning my keep. I hope you understand, but I'm not going to be able to read/comment on my blog roll for a while, please don't take it personally. 

If you'd like to show your support, please do so! If you blog, consider sponsoring mine and I'll add your widget to my page. Email me for a special blog-friend rate. You can contact me: Bella (at) thecitizenrosebud dot com. If you are in Sacramento, drop by Fringe and shop my rack. Feel free to check my SHOPTHECITIZEN blog for upcoming sales and shows. And I am working on getting my ETSY shop back up and running. If you haven't done so, add me to you ETSY circle. And remember this code: FREESHIP to get free shipping when you place your online order. 

Thank you all for reading, and your support. -Bella Q


mispapelicos said...

Earning a living is the base, and that you must attend to first.
Much love my dear Bella.
I will check all your shops.

Collette Osuna said...

Life needs to come first sweets....and the bills never stop coming, thats for sure.
I wish you the best of luck. You areone strong lady....I knwo you will be fine:)

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Selena said...

do what you gotta go to make that dollar mama! you've got the good stuff and that sht ain't free.


A BRIT GREEK said...

I hear you lady, it's difficult out here too. I'm trying to work double hard just because the situ suck in Greece.

Sending you extra wishes and luck in new bits of work! See on Tweet-land.

Penny Dreadful Vintage said...

Bella, I know just how you feel. I am having trouble earning enough to make ends meet, and I don't even know if keeping up with the blog is worthwhile sometimes. Commenting has dropped right off! Big hug, I hope things pick up for you xx

lasophia said...

Best of luck Bella! Go make your paper! We ain't mad at you. I'll be sure to check out your Fringe collection this weekend. ooh lala.

The Closet Shopper said...

I wish I lived closer so that I could shop your rack. I'm sorry you are going through this but I'm sure you will burst out of this on the top! Cuz you are amazing.


Unknown said...

I must check them out!
My Zen-master, you can do anything!
I too wish i could come and shop your racks!

Kitty said...

Times are tough in retailing gotta do what you gotta do. We'll be here when you get back.xx.

sylvia @ 40PlusStyle said...

Yes I'm too far away too. Pity as there is no vintage here. Hope you find some good jobs soon!

Heather Fonseca said...

I'm glad to hear you're staying focused! As women I think it's very hard for us to say "no". Often, I find a polite "no" is taken quite well, and no one is offended (except maybe my Grandma, but she's just like that.) So go make some money! Don't worry about the comments. We'll all still be here.