Working For Yourself & Wearing Pastels

winter pastels 1What do working for yourself and wearing pastels have to do with one another? Nothing, except that both concepts are things I never thought I’d be able to do as if its second nature. I am very good at accepting a monthly salary regardless of how much work I have actually done and I am exceptional at wearing black.  So… yeah, working for myself and wearing pastels have nothing do with one another, but everything to do with doing something different.

August is always the month I find myself thinking the most about what I have done and what I still need to do. It’s when I am at my most pensive about myself and what I need to achieve. This might be because it’s Women’s month and how all the inspiring stories about inspiring women, for lack of a better word… Inspire me to do better.

As a business owner, the day to day of running a business is hard. I hardly sleep, work on weekends and I definitely do not spend enough time on business development. Sometimes the journey can feel very lonely, but surrounding myself with other female entrepreneurs has really helped me contextualize my journey. But most importantly it has helped have the ability to pat myself on the back for the work I have done.

Two years ago, my friend, offered to pay me for insights and strategy work I had been doing for free. The comfort of a 9 – 5 will have you do that. So, I took her up on it and founded Thirteen Options Media. In just over a year we have two great clients: Nike Sportswear and G-Star RAW and do project based work for other brands or events. Sitting in bed now, sick with flu, but working, I can only attribute this tiny bit of success to the culmination of my experience in all the different fields I have worked in from PR, to being a producer, to styling, to being a manager of 30 plus people.

Looking back at it all, I think it is important that I put in the hours. Every time someone who is fresh out of university asks me about working for themselves, I always strongly suggest working in a formal corporate environment first. It is important to understand how the game works so that you are able to be a player in it.

About This Look

This winter has been pretty colourful for me… Well, as colourful as I will allow it to get given that it is winter. From my statement coats in red and pink to the fact that I actually wore pink from head to toe, grey and black didn’t seem to feature much in my wardrobe this winter. As the weather gets warmer, it also helps to own some transitional weather friendly knits like this sleeveless grey knit from Witchery, and layering staples like this mesh top from Nicci Boutiques. You can honestly, given the way in which global warming has made predicting the weather unpredictable wear these two items all year round.

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Clothing Credits: Grey sleeveless knit from Witchery at Woolworths  | White mesh top from Nicci Boutique | Pink Pleated Pants with frayed hem from Rich Mnisi | Sunglass from Miu Miu at Sunglass Hut | Nina Roche Heels from Spitz 

Hair by Candi & Co Salon

Photography by Jeffrey Rikhotso

  • Princess Baseflow Mthembu
    Posted at 08:01h, 04 September Reply

    I can relate just started out as free lance stylist

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