Entrepeneur

Married to a Latina – How She Inspires My Fashion Accessory Business

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Originally published in the May 2015 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Maria V. Luna

When Vaughn Johnson, owner of Flawnt Accessories, looks for inspiration, he finds it just a holler away. The company features bold statement pieces for the woman who is unafraid and daring. Who encourages Johnson’s striking selections? His Latina wife.

Tell us about your relationship.

We’ve been together for many, many years. If you ask her how long, when I’m in the room, she’ll look my way and say, “Boo, tell them how long,” because she doesn’t actually know how long it’s been. My relationship is built on, in my opinion, what keeps good relationships thriving, which is COMMUNICATION. We talk about everything no matter how difficult, how harsh, uneasy or funny. We’re not afraid to be us. They say opposites attract and that’s true. We’re not completely opposite but we are opposite in a lot of ways. We balance each other out and talk each other off the ledge. We don’t get tired of each other. We continue to enjoy each other and actually look forward to being together after all these years. We can be in two separate rooms in the house, but as long as we’re both in the house we’re good—just a holler away (she loves to holler).

What are some cultural differences between your family and your wife’s family?

Besides the obvious Black American and Latin American. Soul food and Latin food. Not much at all. They both believe family comes first. They both came from urban backgrounds. They both struggled coming up—no silver spoons or privileged upbringings.

What kind of lady is your wife?

She retained a lot of her Latin roots, or should I say culture, where she likes to take care of her family, believes in keeping a clean home (I say it’s O.C.D.),very giving and welcoming. There’s not a selfish bone in her body. And we can’t forget the heat. The fiery side. She will black out on you at the drop of a dime. She’s a great wife and a wonderful friend.

How did your Latina wife inspire your fashion accessory business?

She allowed me to use her as my canvas for creativity. She believes in my visions and 99% of the time she gets it. When I share with her things that I like and my thoughts on what would work with a particular accessory, she actually likes what I put together and says, “I would wear that.” I love her adventurous side with fashion. She’s not afraid to step out the box. She doesn’t conform to the norm or trends. She likes what she likes regardless of what anyone thinks, including me.

Johnson says through trial and error he’s learned so much about becoming an entrepreneur. Here, he shares 5 tips for anyone starting their own fashion accessory business.

  1. Start small. Use a template to create your website as opposed to a custom website just to get started. There are plenty of resources available now to create an online presence. To get your products out, you don’t have to spend alot of money.
  2. Don’t follow trends. You can include trendy things in your business, but don’t make that the core of your business because they come and go fast. Don’t be afraid to be different. Lead the new wave; don’t follow it with your products.
  3. Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to promote your business.
  4. Pay attention to what’s going on around you; what’s being worn by your target customer, color, size, length, etc.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Why did you buy this particular item? How much did you pay for it? Do you prefer to buy your accessories online or at a store?

I’m Livin’ La Vida Loca for Ricky!

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Ricky Martin
been considered to be one of the Latin music industry’s hottest commodities. The obligations of Martin as a father to twins, Matteo and Valentino, his busy work schedule, I don’t see when he has the time to become available for himself.

When he is free he loves to be at peace. In a tranquil atmosphere and partaking in exclusive beauty treatment. Enduring a deep pampering with a facial mask, and a purification moisturizer on his lips and hands are just a few of his masculine routines Ricky embarks in to please not only himself but his fans.

What can we say about Ricky. His debonair facial expressions and piercing eyes are just the beginning of what we begin to fantasize about seeing him on stage. Can you relive in your mind his sexiness at the World Cup? Can you feel the sweat? I don’t care if its sweat, its Ricky’s! Every choreographed step whether ‘PG’ or ‘R’ made me want to be on stage so he can sing to me ‘She Bangs‘ after the world cup that is.

From his stardom in Menudo, Ricky has always had this aura that made him stand out from the rest of the talented artists in the group. Whether it was his vocals or the way he would caress his hair when it would go into his eyes, his touch became magnetic. His successful career as an entertainer, ambassador, entrepreneur, actor and also being a devoted father is truly commendable and his look is scrumptious to his fans.

Although it remains to be seen whether all his desired wishes came true for Ricky; to have the body of a Greek God and face of an angel, I can testify that his spectacular silhouette is something I think even his shadow will envy.

Latin Pop Artist, ‘Thalia’ Is The Queen of Hearts

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Latin Pop Artist, Actress and Entrepreneur, Thalía recently released her single ‘Por Lo Que Reste De Vida’, which is part of her latest production album ‘Amore Mío.’

From the moment I was introduced to the song, I completely fell in love with it and knew immediately that I wanted to sing it and give it life,” says Thalia.

To much surprise Thalia presented her fans with the video ‘Por Lo Que Reste De Vida’ with scenes shot in the beautiful Big Apple right outside her former residence. Leading creative producer Carlos Perez along with his team to capture amazing footage with full imagery of these amazing lyrics composed by Ricky Montaner. ‘Por Lo Que Reste De Vida’ depicted by Thalia truly tells an emotional story of unconditional love, a pure romance through these passionate lyrics.

Shooting this video while working with Carlos Perez and his team was a wonderful experience. The chemistry on stage was amazing and I have genuine respect and admiration for Carlos as a person and an producer,” added Thalia.

This video illustrates a story of eternal love. The timeline of memories of two people growing up together, having genuine love each other and sharing a special friendship.

Thalia put great effort, heart and soul into her new project. Behind closed doors with renowned Mexican producer Armando Avila, she shared her most personal experiences recording an album that only her dearest fans would relate too.

” …the kind that transcend time and borders,” she added.