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“To the ones who still believe in dreams,
Chase them until you’re out of breath.
Then, Keep Running.”
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9.4.15. || They always say if your dreams doesn’t scare you, then they’re not big enough. Well, I guess my dreams are humongous because right now, I’m kind of terrified.
After 16 years+ years working in the corporate world and the last 8 at an amazing law firm, I’ve decided to take the leap of faith to chase after what I truly love…making clothes and being my own boss. It feels great to write those words, but it’s also terrifying and exhilarating and scary and exciting and surreal and unbelievable and, in so many ways, indescribable.
For the past 3+ years, I have been working nonstop. A full time career from 9-6pm followed by a full time passion from 7-3am. Having to live off caffeine, I barely slept, and when I did, I would crashed for days. My patience was short-er and my mind was on overdrive; trying to make sure I do my (day) job well, which was my priority, and then going home at night to run a small yet busy business. I’m pretty good with juggling multiple things while maintaining a calm attitude, but at some point even superwoman needs time out to rest and recharge. Even though I was living comfortably with a nice salary in a well respected position at a wonderful company and for a great boss, over time, I realized I was not pursuing my passion, nor was I growing as an individual or contributing beyond myself in a meaningful way…for myself.
What is truly important in life anyway? Work and pay bills until we die, or discover what makes us feel alive and go after it?
I think as long as our passion can provide us with a comfortable living, waking up each morning to fall in love with what we do is pretty darn worth the risk. It’s scary as hell, but life begins when we step outside our comfort zone, or so they say…It’s now or never right? I just hope I don’t end up on the couch eating cheetos all day! :)
Thank you for reading and thank you so much for your support over the years!! xx, KTR
While growing up, I have always poked my nose in some kind of hobby/business venture… From my grape juice & fresh fruit stand (because all the kids were doing lemonade and I wanted grape!), to friendship bracelets, to shoe laces that matches your top (lol, don’t ask), to handmade lingerie (Glamgerie™ )… and then KTRcollection happened. I was tired of seeing over-priced skirts & dresses and not seeing enough prints or colors that I love. So I started making them at home and posted them on my style blog KTRstyle in 2012. I guess you can say with all of my previous hobbies, I started making swimsuit also out of my own agony for not being able to find certain looks that I love.
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…Even though I’m not much of a swimmer, I love the beach and maybe that’s why swimsuits has always been an obsession of mine. I particularly love styles that are a reminiscent of the 1940s & 50s, so when I started working on KTRSWIM early last year, I wanted to create something that has a vintage feel to it. I love the modesty of the one piece and the versatility of the high waist bottoms, but I also wanted something that’s fresh, playful, edgy, and a little sassy yet classy. I’m a firm believer that a one piece and high waist swimsuit is just as sexy as any string bikinis. It’s leaving a little mystery that’s kind of sexy to me. Plus, since I’m usually stuffing my face after laying out, what better way is there to cinch the hell out of my stomach than a lycra swimsuit?! :)
I hope you love this line as much as I do! You can choose from size S, M, L but for a more accurate fit, there’s an option for you to enter your exact bust, waist and hips measurements. I totally recommend making sure you get measured before placing your order because each piece will be hand made, one by one to fit each customer’s size and color request. Therefore, all pieces will take 2-4 weeks to complete depending on current volume of orders. Also, Prints tend to sell out quickly and may not be relisted, but I’ll be adding more prints in the coming weeks with updates via my Instagram. If you have any suggestions/feedback, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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Kept it simple last weekend for a jazz concert in this black & white bodycon Bar iii textured skirt and top. Finally, a white skirt that is textured and not see-thru! It’s also on sale at Macy’s. Anyhow, on an unrelated “fashion” topic…you know how I’m obsessed with quotes? Well, I came across this beautifully written quote. The bittersweet insight made me kind of sad, yet appreciative for the reminder…and so I want to share it with you.
I hope that wherever you are, whatever you are doing, and whomever you are sharing your time with, you’re embracing each moment and cherishing it as if it’s your last…because tomorrow is never promised. Love – K
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“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can
bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…
Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.”
SHOP WHITE PENCIL SKIRTS
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…Sometimes, you feel as though you are riding the bicycle backwards. You feel like you are backtracking and heading in the wrong direction, but really what’s happening is contraction and release. The universe is preparing you for something much greater and like a sling shot, it’s going to shoot you forward—you just have to move backwards for a little bit. And so, when times are tough on your heart + head, believe & trust that whatever darkness and disappointments you are going through, you will survive….
Just like the principles of contraction and release of riding the bike backwards, the journey is never a detour; it’s just a way to build up your momentum and strength for the road that lies ahead…
Trials and tribulations—not getting what we want when we want it, saying goodbye on terms we can’t control. Each of these is the universes way of humoring us, of helping us grow and allowing us to re-frame the past for our present and our future….So brace yourself when the road gets bumpy, strap on that helmet, and prepare to pedal backwards for something greater is sure to come.
Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow.
And don’t ever forget: when one door closes, another will always open…everything happens for a reason, you are in control of your own happiness and you deserve all that you want in this world! Sometimes you’ll get it through your own mastery and hard work, other times you’ll get it when you least expect it.
* I read the above somewhere a really long time ago and loved it so much. It’s so beautifully written that I felt inspired to share with you, along with a few additions of my own thoughts incorporate in this post! Have a great day!
SHOP WHITE DRESSES