I can’t tell you how proud I am of Gabby. I’ve known her since she was, what, six or seven? It’s been so long, I really can’t remember anymore. I’m so amazed at how beautiful she’s turned out and when I learned that she now runs a business of her own that she fondly named “Sunshine & Citrus“, I immediately wanted to feature her here.
If you know Gabby, you know what a young fashionista she is, in the truest sense. After following a lot of online fashion shops, it dawned on her that she, too, can put up her own, after all, she’s got her own unique style to boot.
“It seemed like a good way to get some extra cash, while doing something I really enjoy,” she says.
What is Sunshine & Citrus about?
Sunshine & Citrus started out as an online shop for trendy bikinis on Instagram in May 2013.
Later on, Gabby realised that it only makes sense to include bags in the Sunshine & Citrus collection because she knows someone who manufactures bags that she can trust — her mom!
Sunshine & Citrus now carries a wide array of designs that cater to all types of personalities of women of all ages. They’re affordable, classy and most importantly, functional. Gabby chooses the styles and designs most of them, herself.
Business is business, even with mom!
Although there are perks on working with her mom, such as the convenience of being able to meet and talk about the designs when they need to, when it comes to business, Gabby receives the same treatment as her mom’s other clients– being charged the same costs and fees.
The explanation? They may be mother-daughter, but the costs of labor and materials do not change according to your affiliation. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
I asked Gabby what she learned out of being a young entrepreneur, and she says that aside from learning a lot about the business process, she’s also come into terms with the reality that it can be tiring, at times.
Being an Interior Design student at the DLSU-College of St. Benilde, Gabby has to find time to attend to buyers and inquiries, update her online shop, and to personally participate in bazaars, while keeping up with her studies and her social life.
But as far as her entrepreneurial sense goes, she says, “I learned to become more avant garde, to explore different styles and see how they work!**
ARE YOU READY FOR A GIVEAWAY???????
Not just one bag, but 4 bags! Sunshine & Citrus is giving away 4 bags to four of my FEMALE readers! Wouldn’t it be nice to receive an early Christmas gift?