Lately, "ruffled" describes a lot of things for me.....my style, my emotions and my business to name a few. But let's start with the good stuff.
When it comes to style, ruffles just make me happy. They are the epitome of everything pretty, girly and fun aren't they? They add femininity, drama and movement to what would often be an otherwise basic piece. Take this Chicwish top for instance.....I mean does it get any prettier? And talk about drama! These ruffles combined with the one-shoulder cut make this top an absolute standout. I've linked this exact top here, but get it while you can cause it's currently on sale and going fast (with good reason!)! And because the top speaks for itself, I wanted to pair it with something simple but bold, like these black jeans and cobalt suede pumps. And don't be surprised if you catch me out and about in this look cause it's quickly become one of my faves!
And because ruffles are high on my list of spring/summer must-haves, I've also designed a few ruffled pieces you're sure to see me in sometime soon. Truth be told, I just feel pretty in them and what girl doesn't want to throw on a piece that automatically makes her feel all feminine and lovely?
Of course, ruffled doesn't always refer to fashion. The dictionary also defines "ruffled" as: "To disturb the smoothness or regularity of; ripple" and "to become irregular or rough." And if I'm honest, that's how I've been feeling lately (kinda emotional and a little indecisive and uncertain) and it somewhat describes my business right now too. Yes, things are changing around here a bit, so in the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to share them with you.
If you've been following my social media or reading my blog for a while now, you probably know I started in the Denver fashion community with my own clothing line, peach & pepper apparel. What you may not know is that I started off designing leg warmers, then scarves, then kimonos and gradually progressed into designing a number of small collections that include everything from tops to pants to dresses to leggings. And I've loved it! I have been so fortunate to have made so many wonderful connections and had so many people help me in the creation and progression of this line over the past four years and I am so grateful. Plus, It's such an incredible creative outlet and I can't even describe the amazing feeling you get when you see someone wearing your designs or a retailer want to put them in their store or a magazine publishing pics of your pieces. It's incredibly affirming.
BUT (and there's always a "but" right?) running a small business is hard.... and I will admit that I'm not great at it. I often care too much what other people think and get easily discouraged and sidetracked by what I consider rejection. I have struggled with pricing and often want so much to make everything affordable to everyone and have such a desire to always keep creating new and different designs that I don't always make the best financial choices for the business. For me, thinking ahead and planning often takes a backseat to a new idea that I just have to try. And honestly, that's not a good way to run a business. Plus anyone who has ever run a small business knows how time-consuming (not to mention mentally-consuming) it can be, and for me that means it's taken time away from other priorities that really need my attention, like my family. I have so much respect and admiration for all those small business owners I know who are able to manage all the necessities and challenges of running their businesses and do it all so well (I hope you all know who you are and that I am so inspired and impressed by you!).
So all this to say, that I've decided to take a little hiatus from designing and selling any new peach & pepper collections at least for a little bit to regroup and decide what it is I really want to do and how (or if) I want to move forward with the line. In the meantime, I'll likely still design pieces for myself (the creating and wearing is my fave part after all!) and should have the ability to take custom orders, but chances are you won't see p&p on the shelves of your favorite boutique for the time being. And that does make me sad....especially because the boutiques that have carried my designs are all so wonderful and have been amazingly supportive (thank you to all of you....you know who you are and I hope you know how grateful I am!). And if I'm honest, p&p has become a big part of my identity and it's hard to let that go, if even for just a while.
BUT (yes there's another "but" and this time its a good one)....the good news is that I really do love blogging. This has also become a great creative outlet for me and allows me a lot of freedom in both my personal style and my writing. I love putting outfits together and styling pieces different ways to create completely different vibes. And I truly believe like Rachel Zoe said, "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." It's your own personal artistic expression that you get to wear around with you at all times. And that's really cool. So I hope you'll continue to follow along with me as I take a step back and just have a hobby that's a lot of fun.
I guess the bottom line is that when I'm feeling ruffled, when my smooth sailing is disrupted and the ripples mean I have to change course, I'm trying to be positive and hopeful, to go with the flow and wait to see what's on the horizon. Not to mention the fact that I can just throw on some of the great kind of ruffles and feel just a little better.
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