This week, Azazie had the absolute pleasure of hosting Bianca Venessa in Azazie’s headquarters, San Jose, California, for a day full of fun in the sun. No, we’re not talking about a sweet beach day, we’re talking about Azazie’s very first Casting Call photoshoot! The day was full of dress changes and posing in different locations, but we were able to steal Bianca away from the hustle and bustle for a few moments between shoots to get to know this girl boss better.
As a Californian, Bianca is no stranger to sunshine and fun times. She lives with her boyfriend and their new rescue pup in San Diego where she spends her time working in the front office of the local hospital or making art in her Pinterest-worthy art studio. She does all kinds of art, from designing the pattern on her backpack to painting her friends and followers with bright and vibrant colors. Creating things is truly part of her being.
But perhaps what’s most amazing, is that Bianca is a girl boss in more ways than one: she started her own business, Pink Easel. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Pink Easel offers open-ended workshops where people can come and create art with watercolors and acrylics. At these workshops, everyone is an artist as Bianca breaks down the projects into little steps that are easy to follow.“Pink Easel is my baby child that I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to have an art studio where people can just come create and learn different techniques and take classes that aren’t really the norm as in typical watercolors and acrylics. We have this class called Camp Crappy Crafts where we get together and it’s BYOB (Bring your own paint) and all the adults get together and make silly crafts that you do at camp when you’re a child”.
As we listened to Bianca talk about her company, it was easy to see how passionate she is about her company, and how much she loves doing what she does. “There’s no competition. There’s no feeling like you’re not as good of an artist as the person next to you. It’s just about coming together to network and just be around people who enjoy the same things as you do".
“I told myself this was the year I was going to start doing things I really wanted to do, and I’m not going to be fearful of it”.
Many of those around us are often fearful of the obstacles we face in pursuing our dreams, and we were floored by how courageous she was in the building of Pink Easel. We asked Bianca what life lessons she’s learned from following her dreams, and what advice she can give to those who are struggling to do so. “Just start little by little. It’s doing one thing every day to get to your ultimate goal. For me, for a long time, it was just drawing one thing a day. Before you knew it, I was working on bigger and bigger projects”. And now she’s teaching others to let their creative juices flow in her own business!
After the photo shoot, we asked Bianca to sit with us and take some time to decompress after a long day of posing in front of the camera. We asked her what her favorite part of the photo shoot was, and what Azazie means to her. "My favorite part had to be seeing how everything came together. I’ve never been part of a photo shoot so it’s cool to see how there are so many moving parts. Hair and makeup, the photographer, and of course all of the Azazie staff who made everything run smoothly".
"To me, Azazie took on the meaning of inclusivity in wedding and formal wear. I’m able to pick out style of dress and know it’s in my size".
Saying goodbye to Bianca was bittersweet because we had so much fun dressing her up and joking around with her, but we knew she needed to get back to her bae, pup, and company back in San Diego. But we made lots of good memories together and got so many awesome pictures of Bianca looking so fierce in Azazie dresses. Until next time, Bianca! Much love from Azazie! ❤️
Hello everyone, and happy summer! It’s Azazie’s second year sponsoring student scholarships, and we’ve finally narrowed down all the submissions to one essay that many at Azazie personally connected with. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s submissions to this year's prompt: "What is a problem within the industry you're currently majoring in, and how will you solve this issue?". Here’s the winning submission for the 2018 Azazie scholarship! Drum roll, please!
“During my freshman year, I enrolled in a personal finance class that taught me budgeting, stock trading, and investing. I was amazed that both of my parents, immigrants from Cuba, had gone their whole lives without the financial knowledge that I had learned that semester. I wanted to learn more about loans, interest rates, and credit scores, so I jumped at the chance to enroll in AP Microeconomics. However, I was shocked to find out that many of the practical skills I would need as an adult are not even in the curriculum. How could such vital information somehow not be a graduation requirement?
As a Latina, I have personally experienced the financial challenges facing many in our community. A population that plays a crucial role in our nation's economy often has little to no access to the programs that would help them achieve their own financial independence. Men and women of color, especially in the Latino community, often have a difficult time balancing budgets, making investments, and understanding taxes. Teenagers are thrown into the world without understanding the importance of their FICO scores. Some of my classmates could not even understand the breakdown of the financial aid package for the school they had committed to. I was determined to ensure that I had the tools necessary to tackle anything that stood in my way of furthering my education.
Many of the problems within economics, and the business world in general, is that we are not educating people on the tools that can help them with their financial struggles. We need to take the knowledge that we have been able to receive through education, and help those who are less fortunate understand the basics of the financial world. I want to not only educate myself but to educate others on the various aspects of financial literacy in order to help close those gaps in minority communities and further their financial independence.
I applied for and was granted an internship at the Downey Federal Credit Union where I was able to receive thorough training on the various financial products available to consumers and money management techniques. I have been able to use this knowledge to help organize numerous presentations for local middle school parents on college savings accounts for their children and interactive budgeting seminars for my high school classmates. With the presentations and the events I had constructed and organized, I found confidence in my abilities and the knowledge I had gained. This confidence has fueled me to continue working on different projects to help others find confidence and understand the basic concepts of financial literacy.
The internship and personal finance class have both enhanced my financial confidence and knowledge, better preparing me to plan a financial future that will positively affect those around me. These opportunities have also lead me to furthering my education at the University of California - Los Angeles. I will be studying economics, and with my degree, I will be working to become the CEO or CFO of a credit union or a financial advisor while assisting students in financial literacy through seminars and interactive games. I will continue to ensure that others are not limited by this educational barrier of financial literacy in the academic system by organizing events for the city residents and for any person who is willing to learn more about financial literacy.”
Interested about applying for our Azazie Scholarship? Click here for more information, and stay tuned for the 2019 Azazie Scholarship prompt!
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We’ve launched a new color that will be perfect for weddings and special occasions all year round. Vintage Mauve is an elegant shade that has the dusty feeling Dusk with the romantic sensibility of Dusty Rose. This gorgeous color is a great option for brides who want to create a more modern ombre bridal party. Check out some of our favorite dresses and accessories in this amazing new hue!
We've got 3 fabulous new dresses just for you! With these designs, you'll find looks that are romantic and demure, modern and elegant and classic with a touch of sexy. Your gorgeous bridesmaids will be able to float down the aisle in these ultra-flattering chiffon gowns that also feature unique details like lace accents and cut outs. Check out these amazing designs right here:
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