Introduce yourself and brand to our readers:
Hey to the Glambitious world. My name is Violesia Tull and if there was a few words to describe myself, for you to better know who I am. I would use the words fighter, go getter, and beautiful. I've always felt growing up that my business sense would compensate for the lack of beauty and confidence that I had in myself. The truth is, everything I thought I lacked was in me all the while. It was my thoughts that held my eyes captive.
I started the journey with entrepreneurship between 14 or 15 years of age. I landed my 1st corporate clients to name a few. Clients such as Baltimore Pimlico Race Tracks, Baltimore Urban League, Northwestern High School. My relationship with my clients. Was for me to make badge buttons with their company logo's and or sayings. I really enjoyed every moment of the process. From setting up meeting, designing the buttons and hand making them. I'm now a Certified Style Tour Guide founder of Fashionably Chic Tour. Where I have the pleasure of taking women on these amazing shopping excursion. Merging history with fashion which makes that a unique and resourceful shopping experience.
What inspired you to build this type of brand?
I've always enjoy the whole boutique life. Considering I've always wanted to be a boutique owner. But at the time I allowed fear to hold me back. I had to get this and that right first.( FYI if you're waiting on getting things in place before you decide to do your purpose. Life is going to always remain out of place. So that you'll never fulfill your mission and that which is "out of place" will continue to be your excuse for not moving forward!) I thought what a great experience it would be to take women on a luxury motorcoach to all these chic boutiques. As well as giving women a shopping experience that will allow them to walk away feeling great while looking fabulous!
And plus it's not much overhead!lol
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit?
I most certainly would say research, build your list, be big on relationships and networking. Because this isn't a task you can't do on your own. Learn about the beauty of your city and it's attractions. I can't begin to tell how long I lived in Baltimore. Heck I was raised here and had not really had an authentic connection. Until I started exploring, seeing Baltimore in the eyes of a tourist and meeting new people. That I've grown in my appreciate for what my city has to offer!
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it:
There's many challenges that I've faced and will continue to. If I can focus on that one. I would say getting people to catch the idea even if they never seen it done before. I would hear people say to me. This boutique tour idea is such a great concept. But there lack of support on what I was seeking to accomplish showed how much they really believed in the concept. Even from the standpoint of boutiques. It's great when I say I'm bringing my guest to shop. But when I share with them the expectations from them. The whole concept goes south!lol I've overcome those challenges by just simply moving forward,with the mindset that Fashionably Chic Tour isn't for everyone or for every boutique. But there is , however;
a few women who would enjoy making their shopping an amazing experience while shopping local and a boutique who would appreciate me bringing her.
What is next for your brand/business in 2016?
Getting prepared for 2017. Which will be an amazing year. As this year is coming to a close. We're having a tour Dec 9th through Dec. 31st 2016 Dash...Into Style We've compiled an amazing collection of our favorite boutiques and luscious eateries in and around the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Dash...Into Style tours are designed to give you a taste of unique shopping experiences mounted with the excitement of tag slashing and fun.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media?
Most certainly connect with me via Periscope, Facebook ,and Instagram at Fashionablychictour and on Twitter as FashNablychictour and our website Fashionablychictour.com If I may I would like to offer your readers that's in the DMV area a discount $10 off. for our Dash...Into Style Tour Dec. 9th. Meaning there registration fee would be $25.00 to the 1st 15 women.