Pink Flamingo & Stresses of the Business

Pink Feather outfit

I came back mid week from a whirlwind trip to Hong Kong and China feeling excited but a bit stressed.  We’ve got some fantastic designs to come but we are embarking on new items that cost a bit more.  I’m nervous on how our customers/readers will like them as well as the cost of it all.  

Crystal Frosting tandjdesigns necklace

Feather skirt Louboutin Glitter Pumps

pin feather skirt
Zara Coat
Asos Feather Skirt
Christian Louboutin Glitter Pumps (similar, on sale sim)
t+j Designs Crystal Frosting Necklace
t+j Designs Heartbeat Ring  |  Pave Double Band Ring

The thing about running my own business is that I stress out a lot.  I struggle with anxiety already so the added struggle of figuring out our monthly sales, how to cover costs each month and for future designs is something I think about everyday.  Don’t get me wrong there are a ton of rewards from my business.  Seeing new things work, customers loving our designs, meeting a slew of wonderful people, experiencing the growth of my company, adding team members to t+j Designs however since I just got back from a big trip to finalize fall/holiday the other part of the business has been weighing heavier.  Whenever we do a design and buy trip I worry about the investment we made; it is a natural cycle of the business.  But I know that my sister and I put the pressure on ourselves to make whatever we do successful.  I’m very lucky she is my partner, we think and work the same.

Late night working, blogging/taking photos, trying to organize new collections and launches, attending events to continue networking, working on, coming up with new designs, figuring out marketing each week to keep up with competitors, and trying to be a great mommy and wife . . . I felt overwhelmed last week.  So this week – I’m trying to take it slow,  July 4th is my 5 year wedding anniversary and my hubby and I plan on taking a day to ourselves.  I cannot wait!

As always thank you, for reading and being supportive.  The last category we launched tees and prints has been a success, we are just restocking tees as we sold out.  The stress is worth it when I see that our customers love them.  Having this blog has given me a great outlet to show the things I love (clearly clothes, shoes, and jewelry) but it is also great for me to write a little (which is not my strong suit).  Things look all rosy and fashionable, but underneath it all is still me and my struggles with anxiety.  



  1. Sinead
    June 30, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    As a fellow business owner, I must say that I appreciate this post perhaps more than any other you've written. Thank you for being so open and for sharing. It's easy to look at the finished product, the beautiful family, the gorgeous clothes, or the new home and think that everything in your life must be rainbows and unicorns. But I think most of us who own our own businesses know that there is the public face of our brand and then there is — everything else. I wish you continued success and I can't wait to see what your new collection looks like. If the quality is there (and that's never an issue as far as your jewelry is concerned) the customers will follow. Price is not always the deciding factor.

    • Jen @ redsolesandredwine
      July 2, 2014 / 3:05 am

      Thank you Sinead! So lovely to get your comment and support and wishing you the same sucesss!

  2. ChocolateFashionCoffee
    July 1, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    cute outfit! love your jacket! ChocolateFashionCoffee ChocolateFashionCoffee Facebook Page ChocolateFashionCoffee INSTAGRAM!!!

  3. Miu
    July 15, 2014 / 11:38 am

    Handling the finances of a business is what I admire entrepreneurs for. I'd love to have a business and being my own boss, but the financial part is something I'm really worried about.

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