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Can you truly live a stylish and happy lifestyle without the monetary means to do so? Unless you “come from money” or hit the lottery or sugar daddy (which, is like hitting the lottery…I guess) then you need a job. Actually, I’m one of those people who firmly believe that you need a career, there’s a difference. I’m in this weird, gray area where I actually have a “career”, but I’m not happy, which is making it feel like a job. Boo.

“Work + Happy = Career

Work + Contentment = Job”

– Samida

For years after college, while freelancing as a graphic artist, I was looking for steady employment. I sent out countless resumes and went on more than a few interviews before someone took a chance on me and hired me to be a website manager for their online retail store. I was truly happy, although, I thought I was just content. I had a decent job, my own apartment and easily handled all of my bills with money to spare. You know, nothing too major.

However, After 3+ years at that job and advanced from just a part-time website manager to a full-time Website manager/ in-house graphic designer, I was burnt out and felt unappreciated. Therefore, I was on the hunt for a new career. I knew I wanted more; responsibility, experience, and knowledge. I already got at all I could at my comfortable eCommerce gig. So, it felt like it was the right time to carry my talents elsewhere.

After months of looking, I scored a “fabulous” job that would have me working in content development, social media marketing, eCommerce, and more. Pan to 3 years later ( My first day was May 16th, 2011) and my main job is content development, which sounds “fancy” to some, but mostly involves copy and pasting medical content into software systems and writing about medical products. Boo.

So, for the past few months I’ve been searching and begging any and all higher powers to guide me on the path to my next career destination and get me of this Office Space environment. I will admit, that I’ve been all over the place in what I want or think I want, but nothing really concrete. However, I do seem to be walking the line of creativity and entrepreneurial. I’ve had plenty of ideas, but haven’t bit the bullet and pulled the trigger to really hunt for a new career path.

Hopefully, with the help of this series I will get the inspiration and motivation to hone in exactly on where I need to be heading in my career. Join the ride,please!!

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Q&A with…Tasha of Imperfect Concepts Boutique

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Imperfect Concepts is an online high end resale boutique that features a nice selection of vintage pieces from lines such as YSL, Gucci, Prada, and many more.

Recently, I had the lovely opportunity to ask the owner, Tasha, some questions that range from the good and bad to running Imperfect Concepts to tips on what to look for when you are searching for vintage pieces.

1. How would describe your online store, Imperfect Concepts? As a dream come true… Laughs. But really I would describe my store as a place where women can find luxury and amazing vintage items at fantastic prices. Imperfect Concepts is the best-kept secret for online resale shopping for fashionable women.

2. When and why did you start Imperfect Concepts? Imperfect Concepts was started a little over a year ago (7/11/2009). As a kid I always wanted my own store. I wanted a storefront, but that was not attainable in 2007, when I graduated from Southern University. So, I took a road that has been traveled, but altered the road and used stumbling blocks as stepping-stones instead. The process of starting the store was far from easy but the gratification of saying I am 25 and run a successful business makes it all worth it!

3.  Where do you find the items you sale on your site? When, I first launched the site it was clothes from my very own closet. I had numerous items that had never been worn or with the tags still on them. Then as the store grew I started adding the thrift and vintage store items I was finding. So now, the store is a mixture of both.

4. When you are looking for items to buy, what do you look for in order for you to buy it? I look for items that I feel my customers would love! A perk of running a small business is getting to know your customers. I communicate with several customers daily via social media or on personal levels. When we talk I am always asking, “What do you want to see in my store; what do you think the latest trends are?”

5.  What is your favorite and hardest thing about running Imperfect Concepts? My all time favorites are the packing/shipping process and communicating with my customers. One thing I picked up when working at small boutiques and shopping at them is that you should treat every customer special. They are the reason you will thrive. So, I try to make the shopping/shipping/receiving process amazing every time for each customer. As a result, 85% of my costumers are return customers, and they refer their friends, meaning I gave them a memorable shopping experience!

6.    To date, what was your favorite items that you found and why? I found this amazing Dallas Milo leopard print dress. I was in love with that dress!  Every woman should own a leopard print piece in her wardrobe. That dress was the epitome of fantastic!  When I saw it, I thought immediately of Kate Moss, she always looks chic in leopard.

7.    For people new to resale shopping, what are some rules/guidelines they should look for? First, be patient. Resale shopping is not like retail shopping. It is very rare to find more than one of the same exact piece or to have your size in a particular item. Second, search hard and wide. You might only be looking for a LBD, but if you search the accessory section, you will find an amazing Judith Leiber clutch for your wedding day or perfect gift for your best friend. Finally, have fun! Shopping should always be fun not a torture.

8. What are your favorite labels to find when resale shopping? Vintage Dior, YSL or other high end luxury labels. It is always a high to find great luxury items at a fraction of the price at my local thrift or vintage store!

9. Have you ever found an item that you intended to sell, but couldn’t let go? If so, what? I found an amazing vintage silk Escada stripe bow shirt. Its three sizes too big, but that’s what I love about it! I have yet to wear it, but I know that piece will be a staple in my wardrobe this fall.

10.  Currently, what is your favorite item that you have for sell right now? The Yves Saint Laurent pieces. YSL is always classic and chic. It is a brand I would say every women and man needs in their closet. I love the black jacket and the Fall 2007 croc wooden pump!

11.  What is your hope for the future of Imperfect Concepts? How big do you want it to grow? The hope I have for Imperfect Concepts is to maintain the goal, of providing great articles of clothing to women at affordable prices. Also, to exceed all the expectations others set on us. I use to say I wanted to be as big as the Decades Two or the Fruitions, but I want my store to be as big as God wants it to be!  At the end of the day, I just want to be great at what I do. Grow each day and learn something new in the process, is my hope for Imperfect Concepts.

If you are into fab finds without breaking the bank, then you should definitely check out Imperfect Concept! Also you can stay up to date on special discounts and sales by following at and  become a Facebook fan!

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