Rosette Ale in my definition is UN-APOLOGETICALLY HERSELF. At first I thought she was weird but it occurred to me that she uniquely different and that’s what makes her stand out. I finally concluded that weird is a term giving to people by others who can’t stand your uniqueness and fail to admit it.
Anyway, Rosette is a fashion blogger but there more to her than just that. She will be enlightening us on more about who she is and what she does.
Pam: Hello Rosette, I am sure you are doing awesome today. I defined you as UN-APOLOGETICALLY YOU. What do you have to say about that?
Rosette Ale: Wow, thank you! That’s such a powerful way to describe someone, love that… I love the saying that goes “be yourself, everyone else is taken” (Oscar Wilde). This is what I, try to live by. I can’t morph into another person so I HAVE to be me. Also, being a Christian, I remind myself daily that God created me unique and with special gifts so it’s essential that I fully embrace that. Nevertheless, I sometimes struggle to express myself and dress the way I really want to, because of the society that we live in. It has the ability to heavily influence every aspect of our lives but I’ve learnt to not absorb too much of the media and steer my focus away from trend.
Pam: I will be honest with you, most days, I don’t have it all together. Yes I struggle to remind myself of who I am in Christ but I have to keep reminding myself even though it’s hard. Like our last interview session she mentioned “the need to know her identity and for her that’s in Christ and Christ alone” – See more at: http://pamsotu.com/chat-pam-elizabeth-davies/
Anyway, in few words can you tell us bit more about yourself and what you do?
Rosette: So I’m currently in my 3rd and final year at UoN studying Mathematics and Management Studies (can’t wait to graduate!). In my spare time I do quite a lot of different things, from weekly street dance lessons to being the Creative Director for Hearts Alight, a youth run organisation with the aim of bringing more young people to Christ. I also blog over on www.thriftqueenlola.com and recently launched www.revivalldn.com, a fashion and personal styling company.
Pam: Quite interesting. I am aware you are a fashion blogger, looking at your blog, I noticed your style is different. What brought about the interest in fashion?
Rosette: I’ve always loved being creative and expressing myself through different forms of art. I think I fell in love with fashion, in particular, during primary school after moving to London from Ghana. That was the first time I actually learned how to cross-stitch and make things using fabric. I created a small fabric book (used to store needles) and I still use it to this day! Looking back, I am so proud of myself. I remember really enjoying those classes. I use fashion as a way to express my personality as it just comes naturally to me.
I’m the not confident person but I probably dress like I own the street, haa! I’d say I’m quite a playful, fun and eccentric character so that might be the reason for my “different-ness”. Also, I don’t like looking like everyone else. I’m not basic or ordinary and I believe I wasn’t put on this Earth to blend in. Studying art did have some kind of influence on my style as I’m in love with all types of colors, prints, patterns and textures.
Pam: What message do you aim at passing across with your blog?
Rosette: I want people to visit my blog and feel inspired, whether that is in terms of fashion/style or through the messages in the text. I use www.thriftqueenlola.com as a platform to share tips on looking good for less and also to promote self-sufficiency, self-development and self-love (more recently). I also embed motivational and encouraging messages within my style posts because there’s a lot more to life than material things. As long as someone leaves the site feeling empowered or enriched then I’m happy.
Pam: That’s interesting cause I feel same as long as I am offering value, I am good. Other than your blog, what else are you involved in, entrepreneurial wise?
Rosette: I recently launched a fashion reconstruction and styling company, Revival London, as I mentioned earlier very briefly. The brand is all about ‘giving old clothes a new lease of life’. I aim to create new garments, outfits and accessories using old and unwanted ones. My vision with Revival is to redesign people’s wardrobes worldwide and revolutionize the fashion styling industry.
Pam: Based on your personal experiences, what’s being a startup like?
Rosette: It’s HARD WORK! The work never ends to be very honest with you. You don’t just do your 9-5 and go home and that’s it. Your company will become fully embedded in your life. You’ll be dreaming up ideas, creating strategies and identifying opportunities every second of the day!
Pam: Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!! That’s my life at the moment.
What would your advice be to those who are starting up something similar to what you are doing?
Rosette Ale: First of all, I’d say get your vision written down in one sentence. Make sure you are really clear about what you want to achieve through your business.
Secondly, talk to people about your business idea before you fully dive into it. The more you explain it, the clearer it becomes in your mind. As people will offer their feedback and ideas which may help you develop your idea.
Thirdly, test your idea. I started Revival a few years ago as an online vintage store and I didn’t really know what I was doing. The market was saturated, I didn’t do much research and I barely sold anything. I was trying to sell things people weren’t interested in buying.
If you’re setting up a fashion brand, create a few pieces and sell them at a stall or event and see how it goes. This will help you gauge the interest (or disinterest) in your products. Lastly, read lots of relevant books and keep reading even after launching, you can never learn too much. Attend entrepreneurial events as well so you can network with people in the relevant field of your start-up. Your network is your net-worth!
I remember mentioning exactly the same thing in my last post http://pamsotu.com/lively-stones-make-happen/
Pam: As a young woman, how do you intend to influence other young woman positively?
Rosette: I think by sharing my journey, challenge and on-going story I’d be able to influence other young women. Also, show them that it is possible to be young, female AND successful.
Pam: Anything else you will like to say?
Rosette Ale: Well…I believe I’m still learning and I’m far from perfect. However, I believe hearing about other people’s experiences can sometimes help you make better decisions and avoid costly mistakes. I recently did a blog post about a workshop/event I attended last month which was run by Future Girl Corp. It was all about being/becoming a future female CEO. That’s a great example of how I am utilizing my blog as a platform to help other young women out there. Also, I’d like to influence and inspire young women through Revival London and any other ventures I get involved with, from those who are clients to fellow colleagues and employees. Women are the future of business, we’re taking over!
Pam: Lastly, what will you like our audience to remember and take away with them from this interview?
Rosette Ale: “If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too…” – Victoria Moran (from the book Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty). Keep glowing and growing.
I don’t know about you ohhh but I have learnt so so much so give it a read.
To be honest, Rosette Ale is a true definition of “don’t judge a book by its cover”.
Until next Friday, I still remain your host.