When caught between trying to keep up with the ever changing fashion trends and striving to uphold a meaningful lifestyle, what are you supposed to do?
Sharon is a wife, mother of five children, and the founder of Fashion-Isha.com, a blog devoted to helping religious women find the balance between maintaining the standards of being a Jewish woman while still being able to express one’s self through fashion and many other creative outlets such as home and room decor.
Sharon is such an influential person in the modest fashion industry!
She uses her immense knowledge and love of fashion to raise awareness for many great causes. One of the most recent was the Couture for a Cause event, a non-profit Jewish organization that aims to aide all types of Jewish charities. The latest event was held to assist a woman who was diagnosed with ALS and a woman whose home was destroyed by hurricane Sandy. But that’s not all, the event also aimed to help people with kidney disease. Sharon was even a kidney donor herself!
The benefiting cause is blatantly close to her heart which shows what a true person she really is.
Sharon’s blog is also loaded with fashion tips for those modest women who would like to be updated with the latest fashion trends. The versatility doesn’t stop there – Fashion-Isha.com is not only fashion related. Sharon laces her blog with inspirational posts that help boost the positive energy in her readers, and even tips to spice up areas around a modest woman’s home. On top of all this wonderful content, there are also posts about beauty and skin care! Who doesn’t love a good makeup tip?
Sharon is also an acclaimed modest fashion designer! I don’t know about you, but I prefer to take fashion advice from somebody who knows firsthand. As a religious woman and mother, who also manage a successful career in modest fashion world, a woman that has long list of accomplishments in her resume, Sharon really knows what she’s talking about.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Sharon, and was inspired by her knowledge and advices:
Sharon, please tell us the secret of how to find a balance between your responsibilities at home and your career?
There’s no question about it that home life comes first. At the end of the day family is the most challenging and most important “career” a woman can have. This is why I do a lot of charity work, so I can not only set a good example for my family but also be more flexible in my work hours. I only make work commitments that will not compromise my family life.
How long was it before you started to see “the fruits of your labor”?
Well, I have accomplished many different things in my life so there are many answers to this question. When I designed a line of clothing, the process of designing and manufacturing to actually selling pieces in local boutiques took about 8 months. So that was really rewarding. As far as my blog, I started it two and half years ago and it is a work in progress. But I would say it takes about a year and a half to two years of hard work and passion to get your blog noticed and to start receiving exciting opportunities through it. And when it comes to seeing results in your kids? Well that can take between 17-20 years or more
What type of advice would you give to a religious woman who wants to start a business/ career?
Well as a religious woman, family usually does take priority so do keep that in mind. You don’t want to over stress yourself by taking on too much. Make sure you have a good support network in your family and make sure you absolutely love what you are doing. With passion, persistence, and lots of energy, you can have it all (or at least some of ‘all’).
Have you ever made a mistake / or do you regret anything career-wise?
Sometimes I feel like I take on too many charity projects and don’t do enough to actually make money. I always struggle with the idea that if I’m not always bringing in a steady income, does that mean I’m not successful? But my husband always tells me I’m one of the most successful and accomplished people he knows so I guess that’s my answer!
How do you keep yourself up to date with all the latest trends in modest fashion? And besides – who starts them?
I watch all the runway shows and automatically save any looks that are appropriate for the modest dresser. I’m also an avid magazine reader, so keeping up with what’s in fashion is easy for me. The modest fashion found in Jewish boutiques are usually modified and watered down versions of some of the popular runway trends. I feel like as orthodox Jews, no matter how much we try to keep up with the trends we will always have our own unique “uniform” or style of dressing. Instead of fighting it, I say just wear it proudly while adding in fun touches that are reminiscent of what’s on trend.
In your closet we will mostly find….?
Lots of pencil skirts, tee shirts in every color, shoes!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
If I can maintain the balance of a positive family life while keeping busy with meaningful work I’ll be happy. Besides for that I’d like to write a book about living a most beautiful life and possibly be featured on national television to help inspire women all over the world! A girl can dream!
What an inspiration! Sharon proves you can really have it all!
Sharon provides an outrageous amount of outlets for women who are looking to remain stylish and aware of the latest trends while upholding her modesty. Her influence on fashion in the religious sector is never ending. We’ll all be seeing a lot of great things from her in the future.
If you want to keep yourself updated with the latest fashion trends, and boost yourself with positive energy, make sure to pay a visit to Sharon’s blog: http://Fashion-Isha.com
I would love for you, ambitious women, to also share what you do in order to accomplish your goals and how do you pursue your dreams….