Shameless Plug: Koda Designs by Nicole Smith
You have to check out my beautiful friend Nicole Smith's line, Koda Designs! Based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Nicole's been slaying the design game, especially in the accessories department. Her velvet choker's are my fave, but don't sleep on her men's collection either. Her bowties are sure to make a great gift for the guy in your life. Make sure to check out the line and support her growing business!
"I got into fashion design in late October after getting married. I always had an eye for fashion and style but never considered becoming a designer until two years ago when I became a Christian. After getting saved I found it difficult to find clothes that were appropriate to wear but still fashionable. That's when I started designing my own skirts and things to wear to church. At first I didn't take it seriously, it was just a hobby, but then I lost my job and I told myself that I didn’t want to work for anyone else. I wanted to be my own boss. My husband supported me 100% and from then on I sat in front of a sewing machine every day and taught myself how to sew. I started making anything that came to my mind: bow ties, purses, baby clothes, etc. A few months ago I started Koda Designs on Etsy and became a full-time entrepreneurial boss!" - Nicole Smith