Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Just Do It

       Just Do It is not only a great Nike slogan, but is just a great motivator to just do what you want.  I'm on the diet roller coaster again after a year of just being busy and trying to uproot my life and my husband's life to NYC.  I've made many strides in making my move to New York permanent that I really haven't kept up with what I need to do for myself.  I've gained a lot more than a new residence in the last 2 years, but the weight I gained is also offset by a new confidence I've gained as well.

      I'm just going to do all the things I need to do so I can complete me (in Jerry Maguire it was "you complete me").  As selfish as that may seem to some, I don't want to live my life not knowing who I am and feeling insecure about the way I am.  I'm going to toot my own horn, if I may and say that I moved to Manhattan without my husband to try to work hard to make my fashion dreams a reality.  I certainly don't want to waste the sacrifices I've made and of course the sacrifices my husband has made and not do the things I've always wanted to do.

      So as of today, I'm going to "just do it" for my health, my fashion career, and for myself.  By this time next year I will be the me I've always wanted to be as far as weight, health, business and truly being happy with me.  So, as of June 3rd expect a improved Jenny (I'm a Virgo so things need a deadline to be attainable, tee hee).  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Reflecting on 2014

As we all come to celebrate another holiday season, I can't help but think about my loved ones who have lost someone this year.  I don't know if as we get older we get to know more people and we hear of more people passing, but regardless when that kind of news hits you it makes you realize what you have.  It's been an interesting year and despite some terrible news, I've realized what the future may bring.

My only wish is that I was able to comfort some of my friends who have lost, if only for a short time.  I know I certainly cried a lot this year, but sometimes a good cry is needed.  I always have thought of rain as lucky and the way my tears have poured out, maybe letting all the tears fall like rain is good for my soul.  I certainly know that my eyes are clear to what I have to do afterwards and certainly realizing that life is definitely too short to not do what you want helps motivate me to do more.

New York has come to teach me a lot about myself and certainly the time away from my husband has provided me clarity on our wonderful relationship.  Over the last year and half we have been apart a total of 10 months and in April it will be close to 14 months apart, but it only shows me how strong our relationship even from afar.

I didn't think I would be in a long distance relationship with anyone, let alone my husband of 11 years.  But being together for close to 14 years the time we have spent apart is nothing when we still have our whole lives ahead of each other.  Cheers to another holiday bringing families together and cheers to the New Year that I know will bring lots of good changes for all of us!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Making Changes

In the next few months as I prepare for my 3rd New York Fashion Week season, I will be making lots of changes for the New Year.  One thing for sure is that I am ready and willing to work my tush off to make my fashion dreams happen.  I know that I've accomplished quite a few things and that sometimes I can be hard on myself, but I always think that since I work for myself that the only person who can light a fire under my butt is me.

So for the New Year, I plan to be more conscious of my health and try to get on a regular sleep routine, work smarter and harder, but most of all see that all the tiny steps I'm taking add up to the bigger goal.  Tomorrow is a new day and I think I will act now to get a head start on 2015.  Cheers!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Commemorating Today

Today marks the third month I've lived in New York for this year and collectively I've lived in New York for 7 months counting last year's time.  It's amazing how magical New York is for me, I feel in my element here.  I may work my tush off here, but I'm not getting any younger and now is definitely the time to make things happen.  I don't how I've been so blessed with such a supportive circle of friends, co-workers and of course family, but just know that without those people in your life to push you any dream seems hopeless.

I'm learning a lot here.  I'm learning that hard work goes a long way, but learning about time management.  Not every opportunity in New York is an opportunity if you can't trust the people behind that project.  An opportunity is a real opportunity if you can work with the people.  Luckily, I've surrounded myself with a great circle of helpful friends that help me work through this busy time.

So, as I commemorate this New York anniversary, I just wanted to say thank you to my New York team.  My official Executive Director, Laura Inman has been my right hand woman throughout the planning for my fashion week events and has been the main person that has kept me sane these last few months.  Hard to believe I've only known her for less than 2 months, but sometimes when you find a gem you hold on to it.

My second shout out is for my New York team is Byron Cordero, the man who is helping in guiding me through the world of fashion media and helping me keep up with all the things I have to do to keep my designs in the limelight.  He has also helped me cast models for the shows I am producing and helping mentor the models in our network.  Byron is part of my New York fashion family and I know with his wisdom, he can help skyrocket the Jennyvi brand into the global market.

My third shout out, although he doesn't live in New York is my husband.  Who has been supportive of my journey to New York.  I don't think many husbands would be ok with the fact that their wives are living across the country, but my husband Brian has always been unique in that way.  Over our 13 year relationship he has stood by me and my dreams, much like me, never giving up hope that I would make it in fashion and owning my own business. I may not be where I need to be, but at least I still have the drive and the hope to keep attempting to fulfill every dream I have.  If one day, I look at my life and have achieved every single one them, then I can dream up more.

My last and final shout out is to all of you who have seen me grow as a designer and as a person.  It's amazing that I seem to attract good people in my life and many that are just wanting to help me in any way they can.  Honestly, just the thought of someone reaching out to lend a helping hand is inspiring enough to keep me going.  Thank you to all of you who have helped me.  I am trying to do the best I can to make it and I know I will!

XOXO Jennyvi

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Remembering a Friend on the Runway

On September 4th, 2014 I will have my 2nd New York Fashion Week show and with this show I wanted to celebrate the life of Kurtland Ma.  Kurt was a high school friend of mine that had passed away this year and he is greatly missed.  To me Kurt will always remain the first boy who bravely wore my creations around my high school.  He would roam the halls in my black cape and wore it with pride, which perhaps is the most gratifying thing anyone can do for any designer.

Looking back Kurtland Ma was one of first to wear my designs and give me the confidence I needed to continue on my craft as an adult.  Now, I'm living in New York fulfilling one of my many many dreams.  It's amazing that one life could affect so many people and Kurt had a gift that he gave to each one of his friends and family.  Not only was he a gift when he was your friend, but he gave us daily gifts just by encouraging us and helping us all whenever we needed it.

It's been months since Kurt's passing and many of the lives he had touched greatly feel the loss of an amazing person.  It saddens me that he is no longer here to celebrate with the ones he truly cared for, but I know that he is with us all.  For my show on Thursday, September 4th, 2014, I am paying tribute to Kurtland Ma by having the models wear these orange bracelets during the finale walk.  These bracelets was given out to each person  that attended his memorial both in Arizona and New York.  I was honored to be able to attend both and know more of the people that knew Kurt.  I hope to know more of you who knew him, so I invite all you to my show at the Hotel Pennsylvania during New York Fashion Week.

RSVP by emailing  Seats are limited, but if you state your relationship with Kurtland Ma, we will make sure you are able to attend.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Announcing the Jennyvi NYFW Show at the Hotel Pennsylvania

The Jennyvi "Save the Date" postcards are in and our team is excited!  September 4th, 2014 is only our second New York Fashion Week show and this time our collection is bigger, better and brighter.  We are proud to announce that we are introducing bridal and evening gowns with brighter colors for the Spring / Summer Collection 2015.

Those who attend the September 4th, 2014 show will be the first to preview the latest Jennyvi collection and pre-order the gowns shown on the runway.  The line is scheduled to hit select retailers in March of 2015.  Attend the show and receive special pricing and exclusive show offers.

Visit or email to RSVP.

(Last year's NYFW show that debuted at the Manex Showroom in Chelsea, New York.)

Friday, July 4, 2014

My first bad New York day

Yesterday, I had my first bad day in New York.  As optimistic as I am, it was really hard to stay positive.  I guess I now completely understand that saying "when you miss someone so bad, it hurts."  I certainly was hurting yesterday and I am hurting still over the uncertainty of flying out today during Hurricane Arthur.  I realize how one person can make a world of difference in my disposition and not being with my husband made it feel like my world was disappearing.

Last night, I had my heart set on seeing my husband and not being able to see him made my heart feel heavy.  As soon as I found out my flight was canceled I started crying.  The good thing is that I cry silently, but as I stood in line with at least 80 other people, I felt so alone.  I often heard my roommates say that New York can be a lonely place despite having millions of people living here and yesterday the loneliness definitely hit.

After waiting in line for over 2 hours, I get to the counter and the next available flight is for the following evening.  Nothing was flying out of New York until the morning and those flights had already been booked.  My only regret is that I didn't try to rebook my flight online and the customer service line of my airline had a wait of over an hour.  If things happen for a reason and I suppose it's better safe than sorry.

I walked out of the airport to again wait in another long line to get on the bus.  As I got on, I noticed that it started to sprinkle and once the bus was moving I noticed that it was pouring.  In a crowded bus, I couldn't help but quietly say "gawd."  When I hopped off the bus, I noticed that the bus stop I got off on didn't transfer to the bus I needed to get on.  So in the rain, I had to walk 3 blocks with all my luggage.

The funny thing was as I passed a group of people with umbrellas, a man told me "See girl, if you were with me, I'd take care of you."  Really?  Getting hit on in the pouring rain is a new one for me and maybe I would have been flattered if I wasn't soaking wet.  I got to the bus stop I needed and thank goodness I had a roof to stand under.  The bus ride wasn't bad, except that there was a flash flood happening and the bus driver had to keep hitting the breaks hard.

When I got to my apartment, my 2 roommates had a beer and a bag of chips waiting for me.  I instantly felt slightly bit better, but after I ate I just needed to be alone with my thoughts to process the day.  This was the first canceled flight I've had and it would have meant the world to me to be able to have seen my husband.  I guess today is a new day and hopefully I get to see him soon.

If you could send some positive thoughts into the universe to help make my reunion with my husband and my family in Ohio happen, it would be much appreciated.  The way I'm feeling, I will need all the help I can get.  I'm trying to stay calm and positive about being stuck here in New York, but all I can do is just be here.
This was a picture of me when I got to my apartment.  As you can see I was soaking wet from head to toe.  My cloth shoes were drenched, my hair was dripping and I looked as sad as this picture.