Who Am I?
My name is Deraj Pugh. I am 19 years old, and was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. As a psychology major, Business Administration minor, I attended Howard University in Washington, DC for my freshman year beginning in the fall of 2011 until part of my sophomore year in October 2012. Unfortunately, due to my mother’s death in July of 2012 and obligations I had to attend to, I returned back to my hometown, and decided to take a break from college with the intent to return this upcoming fall. However, I decided this past May that things would work better for me if I continued my education in Philly. I am returning to college in the spring of 2014. Schools on my list include Temple University, Drexel University, and, UPenn; I will be pursuing my bachelors in either Linguistics or Business.
What is Royal Jewelz? What is Kitsy Lane?
Royal Jewelz is my customized, online jewelry boutique that features jewelry which I pick from a selection of over 400 items. Kitsy Lane (KL) is, in essence, the middle man between myself and my customers. KL provides the site platform, jewelry from on-trend and up-and-coming designers, pays the commissions, and handles all orders and shipping. The following quote further explains KL’s mission and the process of owning a boutique through them. “Kitsy Lane empowers Boutique Owners to run their own online jewelry and accessories boutique on their own time – and make money while they’re at it. [They] get to customize their own online storefront, choose the pieces they want to sell, give personal shopping advice, and promote fabulous finds across their social networks… And anyone can do it. There’s no starter kit to buy, no website to build, no inventory to manage, and no trunk shows to host. And we’re thrilled to offer it completely free.”
Why I started my boutique:
In addition to my mom teaching and raising me to be an independent young woman, I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and run my own business/company. I can’t imagine living the rest of my life day in and day out being told what to do and having to report to a manager/supervisor. No offense to anyone who does; that is just not the life I plan to live. I’d rather measure my success based on my terms and live up to my own expectations.
My advice to young women:
To keep it short and simple, as one of my favorite YouTube stars, ShamelessMaya would say, “Be Shameless!” and “DO YOU, BOO!” As long as it is positive and productive, apply these sayings to your life however they resonate within YOUR heart and mind. We all have setbacks and obstacles in life that may force us to seek help from others, but never make depending on another person for everything a part of who you are! At the same time, empowering and supporting each other more is something we all need to work on.
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Online Boutique: www.royaljewelz.kitsylane.com