I kind of forgot when was the first time I met Diana Rikasari. The first thing I could remember from her was how I really adored her graphic design and photography works on deviantART. Sooner or later I stumbled upon her blog, Hot Chocolate and Mint, and eventually became friends since.
Diana is one of the people that I really look up to. I really admire how hard-working she is, how she always put her spiritual activities on top of her priorities, and how she deals with people. For me, Diana is such a sincere, kind person. She also embraces her uniqueness.
Long story short, she later quit her job and started becoming a full-time entrepreneur through a fashion (shoe) business called UP. Sometimes Diana send me a pair of shoes as pleasant surprises, and believe it or not, UP is the brand that has made me started wearing shoes other than flats, loafers, or sneakers. I am not tall, and I felt like wearing wedges like what UP has elevates my confidence level. I started being more confident when I have to speak in public or attend important occasions. I gained enough courage to start purchasing high heels and wedges, or at least shoes with kitten heels…
It was the moment that I realized that little things, including fashion items, really could affect our confidence and attitude. I believe shoes would play an important role in women’s lives in reaching their dreams. Just like sports shoes for football athletes, for example.
And yes, that was the story behind, DREAMS, the shoes I designed for UP!
If UP shoes have helped me gained my confidence, I believe DREAMS might do the same thing to you. Not to gain your confidence (as I’m sure you have loads of it), but to accompany you in reaching your dreams. May it be to a job interview, or a concert, I hope this pair of shoes could be there, standing by under your feet. ;)
You can read a more thorough story behind DREAMS on UP’s website.
For every pair of DREAMS sold, a share of the profit goes to the Level Up Scholarship program that is currently financing 151 less privileged children to go to school. You will also get a free story booklet written by me. Moreover, you can join the #1smallstep quiz to win 10 DreamCatcher books from me (you can only find the how-to and regulations if you have purchased the shoes though). All shoes are made-to-order, so buy early. :D
Thanks, girls! :)