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Mompreneur: Designer Elizabeth Arthur Talks Kimimi Swimwear

June 3rd, 2015 - By Rich
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Ladies, summer time and beach vacations are approaching and you know what that means for many moms – swimwear shopping. For some, oh the joys of putting on that sexy one piece that showcases our curves – and for others, swimwear shopping can be a nightmare – simply because it is often hard to find sizes that compliment full-bodied curves. Here enters entrepreneur Elizabeth Arthur, the founder of Kimimi Swimwear, which is a fabulous line of beachwear attire that compliments every woman, in all of her diverse and butterfly splendor. I had the opportunity to chat with the mompreneur about her inspiration, her line, and most importantly the balancing act of being a mother and a business woman.

Designer Elizabeth Arthur Talks Kimimi Swimwear

Mommynoire: Elizabeth, you are buzzing in the fashion-world with your butterfly inspired swimwear line Kimimi Swimwear – can you give Mommynoire readers insight into your journey?

Elizabeth Arthur: I am from the Caribbean and I am always at the sea. When I used to shop for swimwear, I could never find the perfect fit.  There was always something wrong to me. So I decided that I wanted to make swimsuits that a woman of any body type could wear. And that’s why I related it to butterflies. I never saw a butterfly that was the same color. I applied that to women. We are not all the same, but we are beautiful in our own way. That is what inspired me.

Mommynoire: How long did it take you to get your swimwear off the ground? When did it become real to you that this is what you wanted to do?

Elizabeth Arthur: It was three years ago. Other than me being a business woman, I had a 9-to-5. I always wanted to have my own business. I always wanted to have my own thing for myself. I wanted to share my own ideas.

Mommynoire: What resources did you get to help launch it?

Elizabeth Arthur: In the beginning, I thought I could do it all on my own. Then I met a friend and he gave me ideas and advice about what I needed to do to get out there. After speaking to him and learning what my brother went through running a business, it helped me to create my brand.

Mommynoire: When you decided to do the line, were you sketching earlier? How did you choose fabrics?

Elizabeth Arthur: When I started – I did the typical go into New York City Fashion District. I was just finding fabrics on my own. I wanted to find the best stretch fabric for certain body types, because the plus size woman would not be able to wear certain fabrics. Actually, I would go to the fabric store and pick different swatches and take them home.  One step at a time I decided that I would find this manufacturer and I would see what he could do with my sketches. Once I found the right manufacturer, he just took my sketches and made it come alive.

Mommynoire: Once you got your swimwear line off the ground, what strategies did you use to put it out in the marketplace? Did you do fashion shows or did you reach out to your peers in the industry?

Elizabeth Arthur: Three years ago when I started, I did not know too much about launching my swimwear, so I decided to have a little fashion show, which didn’t go too well. It was the beginning and it was a learning process. With that experience, my friends recommended a publicist. They encouraged me to speak about what my goals were. Once I got in contact with the publicist that I wanted to work with, which is Syreta Oglesby, she helped me with another launch in the city. She helped me with social media – and things were good.

Mommynoire: Looking back, what are some challenges that you faced? And what advice would you give to our moms who are trying to pursue their dreams?

Elizabeth Arthur: One of the challenges that I had was getting my stuff out there. Truly, you want people to know about your products, because you love what you do. That was a major challenge of mine. I did all of my business out of pocket. I didn’t look for an investor. It is so challenging when you have to do everything out of pocket.

Mommynoire: What are some of the benefits that you are now enjoying now that you have launched?

Elizabeth Arthur: Some of the pros are – I feel independent. I am doing things that I know that I can take to the next level. It motivates me to do more.

Mommynoire: Where do you see yourself a year from now?

Elizabeth Arthur: A year from now I would love to see myself in small boutiques. I know you can’t start too large – you have to start small. I want to travel more now to the beach and see what opportunities are there.

Mommynoire: You are a parent. How is it balancing both of these worlds.

Elizabeth Arthur: It’s very tough, mostly due to the finances. You have a dream and you want to succeed, but you have to take care of your home and everything else. But once you set your mind to it – you can do anything.

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15 Quotes to Keep Every Creative Mompreneur Inspired

May 21st, 2015 - By Rich
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One of the biggest challenges of being an extremely creative person is mastering the art of staying motivated and inspired. It’s so important to remember to try and maintain a winning attitude despite some of the everyday life challenges you may be facing. The following quotes that we included are sure to renew your faith and speak directly to your inner strength. When things get tough, outside of seeking clarity, peace and wisdom from God, speak as many positive affirmations to yourself as you can.

“I can do this” “I am doing my best” “I will fight for my dreams” “I am strong”

Click continue to check out some popular motivating quotes we found around the web.

15 Quotes to Keep Every Creative Mompreneur Inspired

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10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Britni Danielle

May 19th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Britni Danielle

Do The Math: Meet Mega Successful Kid Entrepreneurs

May 19th, 2015 - By Najwa Moses
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These kid entrepreneurs and their ideas are simply genius! Many of them found success with their various ventures before even hitting their teens and many have gone on to not only grow their business but to create not-for-profit foundations. One young man even sold his company for millions to Yahoo!

Sources: HuffPo, Biz Kids, Business News Daily

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10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Ellen Ector

May 15th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

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10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Tamika D. Mallory

May 14th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Tamika D. Mallory

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Lucinda Cross

May 13th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Lucinda Cross

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Kim Osorio

May 12th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Kim Osorio

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Agatha Achindu

May 11th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

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Current City: Marietta, Georgia

Number of Kids: 3

Mommynoire: How did you get to where you are now in your life and career?

Agatha Achindu: As a child I grew up on fresh organic foods taken from our own gardens or purchased raw and fresh from the local markets. When I got married and gave birth to my son, I knew he would only eat fresh and nutritious food just like us when we were kids. However after months of searching and evaluating current baby food choices, I found only baby foods loaded with: fillers, additives, hormones, sugar and salt. These are all the things that babies should not have. I decided there was no other alternative than to make my son’s baby food daily in our own kitchen using fresh, organic and trusted ingredients.

Mommynoire: What were some of the challenges and triumphs that you encountered?

Agatha Achindu: I think my biggest challenge is the many roles I have to juggle. For there are days that I don’t have time to separate the role of Chief Yummy Officer (CYO), wife, mother, friend and sister, especially when I get pulled in all directions at the same time – talk about constantly being and feeling guilty. I have since learnt to be the best I can be by scheduling everything including date nights on my calendar. I know that I can’t be everything to everybody, so prioritization is a key factor. I make time for work and time for family. We have won all types of awards, but my biggest accomplishment is simply changing the myth about baby food.

Mommynoire: What’s the best advice you’ve been given through the years?

Agatha Achindu: The best advice came from my mother – be authentic in all you do – trust in God and treat others like you want to be treated.

Mommynoire: What advice do you like to give to women that are looking to craft a career they love?

Agatha Achindu: If you think of starting your own business, do the one thing that you are really passionate about. You should also be willing to do it for free since the first couple of years usually are a lot of work with very little pay. Start small, but think big, because your business will eventually get bigger and you need to be prepared for that growth. Define roles from the very onset, from simple things like dates with hubby, time with kids, work time, time with friends etc – this is imperative as it will help to alleviate any sense of guilt you might have trying to balance work with your own life. Your success depends on your ability to be able to balance your work with your personal/family life. Assess your company’s core activity, and then look at whatever is taking time away from that core. These might simply be drains on your limited resources and not bringing in revenue. Proceed to then eliminate such pain points.

 

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Neffi Walker

May 8th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Neffi Walker