If you are in the market for handcrafted jewelry pieces at affordable prices locally-based DollCirca1930 is the website to visit. DollCirca1930 also has something for the men via its “brother” company Johnee Lightning.
According to the website “Johnee Lightning is for the guy who likes to think out of the box - truly making a statement with artwork around his neck or wrist.”
Lauren Olivia is the lovely lady behind the brands. Not only is she the brands CEO, she is the designer of all of the unique jewelry DollCira1930 (and Johnee Lightning) offers.
Below Lauren took time off from her creations to share her natural hair journey and the inspiration behind DollCirca1930.
Lauren’s hair journey …
I decided in 2009 to go natural. This decision was made after a bad experience with a hair stylist. I was due for a “touch-up” and after the relaxer didn’t take to my hair, another application was applied.
I was horrified and mortified after the second application - the fear of my hair falling out. Luckily that did not happen and I vowed to myself that I would not put a relaxer in my hair again.
For the first two years of my journey, I really didn’t embrace being “natural”. I would flat iron and curl my hair quite often; wanting to still have that “relaxed “look.
It wasn’t until the summer of 2011 where I really embraced being natural. That summer I embraced my curly fro.
I still wear my straight at times, but I am now more cautious about how much heat is applied to my hair.
I am excited about the natural hair journey that I am taking. I love trying out different products and finding out what works best for my hair.
As this journey continues I plan on attending conferences, lectures, and seminars on natural hair care and also learning new hair styles and how to really rock my fro.
This is a journey that I have yet to regret. I love being a naturalista.
Lauren’s advice to those contemplating wearing their hair in its natural …
For those who are contemplating wearing their hair natural I would tell them to be patient and also understand that not everyone’s hair type is the same.
Every natural style may not work for your hair. Embrace the trial and error. The journey will be more than worth it in the end.
The inspiration behind DollCirca1930 …
I started this line in loving memory of my beloved maternal grandmother. She always admired my sense of style and creativity.
Doll was her nickname known by many and 1930 was the year that she was born.
DollCirca1930 is a mixed media jewelry line with a creative edge - something out of the norm. Each bracelet, earrings and necklaces are wearable art.
Lauren’s advice for those interested in starting their own business …
For those interested in starting their own business, I would tell them to do their research first; making sure that their product or service stands apart from existing businesses.
The second thing I would tell them is to never give up. Don’t allow others’ noise and opinions to defer you from your dream.
What the future holds for DollCirca1930 …
I believe in praying BOLD and dreaming BIG. I foresee a DollCirca1930 Takeover!
I want my line to be worn by many, a key essential in one’s wardrobe. I also plan on making a mark on the fashion scene, attending and vending at numerous events, as well as having a client list full of stylists. Also a year from now I want to have DollCirca1930 in boutiques.