Pattern Occurring - Should I work In-House or Freelance?

2015 was a rather unexpected change for me. I had a successful freelance business working with clients like Anthropologie, Mod Cloth and Lands' End.  However I got 3 calls from different people on the same day telling me i should apply for this particular temporary job in Seattle.  I was so not interested especially when the woman that interviewed me 2 days later was dressed as a witch.  I didn't put two and two together that it was halloween that weekend.  I just thought "Oh hello, yet another bonkers Brit trying to be arty." When i was offered the position i thought "what have i got to loose?" If i hate it i can leave. Oh and yes i did hate the first few weeks, change is hard. Fast forward a month and i was hoping that the team would keep me on a permeant basis and the witch and her team were treating me like a valued team member. Gosh that felt splendid, i had truly missed prattling on all day while i designed.  

So you may be in a similar situation, asking yourself should i go it alone or jump into employment? Here were my reasons to return to employment. I hope this helps you in your decision.  

1. Community - Being part of a team

2. A Desire To Learn - As a freelancer you need to go in, preform your task and hand over the deliverables.  From my experience clients are busy and have very little time or desire to invest in your personal growth.

3. Follow Your Work To Production - When working independently as a contract freelancer it is very rare that you get to see or hear where your designs end up.  In house you get to see strike-offs, samples and fashion show.  You can get direct feedback from the buyers, all of which is educating and exciting.

4. Be Given A Review And Goals To Work Towards - Sounds funny, as most people might dread review time.  I myself hadn't had one since 2008 so it was odd at first, but I feel reviews are essential to growth. This process gave me tangible goals i needed to achieve over the following 12 months. Onward and upward!

5. PTO: Payed Time Off! - What is that? I hadn't had that in 8 years. Guilt free vacation. 

6. Benefits - This is not something you civilized folks in the UK don't need to worry about as much, but here the struggle is real, healthcare insurance is required to survive. 

7. Simplicity and rhythm - From my experience freelance can be feast of famine.  You can be traveling all over to work with various clients. Now I love knowing where my desk is and what the expectations are. Life can get very complicated. Not to mention direct deposits every fortnight. That is music to my ears.

8. Christmas and birthday parties -  Need i say more? 


Pattern Occurring POV - Pantone Color Of The Year, Marketing Gimmick?

Pantone is a part of my every day life.  I start each day with a china pantone mug of tea made to the perfect shade of Pantone 16-1331. I am admittedly colour obsessed and trained at the Pantone Color Institute a few years ago. I am a fan and could not do my job with out the aid of my trusty Pantone swatch books. I also start to get impatient when the year comes to a close because i want to know who will be THE NEXT PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR......

If you haven't had your head up your bum, you wouldn't have failed to notice that 2016 had two colors for the first time. Serenity and Rose Quarts. I am a fan and had been seeing these colors frequently since the Gucci 2014 A/W collection.

For me these colors were not new to fashion but were new to high street fashion and especially as make up colors. I had my bets placed else where until i heard that pantone was releasing a new book of additional 210 colors.  Then i knew Aha! Pantone wants to sell this new book, hence this would be where the color of the year would come from.  Call me cynical, i just know that innovation is what drives commerce or rather commerce is driving the need to be "different/innovative". Hence i doubt that core colors will ever be the pantone color of the year.  Every line is going to have a classic blue, camel, black or grey. You can always buy such items but "for this year only you can purchase a fetching shade of blue lippy!" Even if the color of the year is just a marketing gimmick to make each year feel different, i still love the game of anticipation and prediction.

Pattern Occurring Trends - Pre Fall 2015

What does this time of year have to offer? No not rain and cheep chocolates...More Fashion! I tell you there are some amazing patterns out there to feast your eyes on.  Here are some breath taking ones from Pre Fall that will really warm the cockles of one's heart.  Now i'm ready for the Autumn/Winter Collections. Starting the count down.

Alice & Olivia, Bottega Vaneta, Markus Lupfer, Matthew Williamson, Temperley, Valentino, Paul+Joe and Miu Miu  

Busy as a Bee!

Since November i have been as busy as a bee and it feels good.  Even so, i have missed the community that blogging brings, so i thought i'd jot down a few lines and share some of my Pattern Occurring loves from ASOS. You know i love my dresses. The sad thing is there are no funds in my clothing budget for February. Blast you Dave Ramsey you don't understand the cost of working in the fashion industry!!!! If only i could purchase some of these...