mypussykatt

Girlboss in the making.

Lately, I have been receiving a handful of questions with regards to Klothes by Katt. Before you think of me as arrogant or selfish, please allow me to enlighten you how much work I have put in or how insanely busy I have been. I have been doing my homework for Klothes by Katt for close to 2 years now (surprise!!!), even when I was pregnant and puking my guts out for almost 4 months. I have been studying Singapore’s market and often ask myself if I should do this. Or how different is Klothes by Katt with other local brands out there.

I found the few things that make Klothes by Katt different, and I know that I will make Klothes by Katt an amazing local brand here in Singapore. I have spend money on researching the kind of clothing I want for my line. I found a few manufacturers (because you definitely need back ups in case shit happens, which you will find out later why) and have met them (yes, I travel secretly without having to tell the world). I have spend LOTS of money getting samples done which is NOT cheap because it means I need to buy fabrics ala carte and not wholesale. I have spend LOTS of money getting them shipped to Singapore and shipping back to get the pieces right. Most importantly, I have spend A LOT of time that money can’t buy away from my husband and daughter.

And it is just very easy for some people to just email/PM and ask contacts for my manufacturers or where/how to get things done. Best part, when they involve religion and say things like “Muslim sisters”. Okay, chill. I get that what is yours will never be in a million years be mine. But there is also the part about working hard for what is yours. It will not and will never fall on your lap just like that. If success and money came that easy, trust me, I would be at home and watch my daughter grow up. My twin who has been in the industry for awhile said to me, “People will tell you that what they are doing is very different from what you are doing, therefore I should not be worried of competition. But we are humans. When we see the success of someone, it is only natural that we want the same. So what makes you think they won’t do the same as you in the future?”

It is funny, but let me share with you. I am not ashamed to say that I had bought pieces from the local brands here with the intent to see what is so popular about them and to justify the prices. And each time, my close friends/family come by my house, it will be my favourite story to tell. I will put two of these local brands skirts side by side with mine, and I ask them to compare.Mine may be the most of expensive among the three skirts, but my quality justifies for it. And it is very funny that I have an order from a person related to a local brand. Am I threatened? No. You can duplicate my designs at a cheaper price but know that you do not have my brains or manufacturers.

Some local brands here are resellers. I shall not name them but do you know the stuff you buy from them can be bought from City Plaza? Or the fact the self-manufactured comes from China? Cheap labour = poor working conditions and low salary for workers there, and sorry but I do not agree on such things. I do not haggle on the prices because I know my manufacturers have workers to pay who have family to feed. I certainly do not travel to Bangkok to buy the pieces there and sell it here more than 4 times the cost. You find Klothes by Katt expensive? Please note that you are buying a quality and exclusive piece.

People think setting up a clothing line is easy and cheap. If I share with you how much I have already invested in my clothing line, do you think you still want to do it?

Remember I said that it is always good to have more than one manufacturers? Well my first manufacturer messed up my flare skirts, and I was wondering how the hell do I rectify at least 45 skirts that I have to sell? Lucky me, my other manufacturer what’sapp me and asked me to send it over to her. And for my second kollection, she said “I told you I will not backstab you and sell your pieces to people. I have a few extras. Do you want them or can I give it away to my family?” This kind of manufacturers is love.

So to respect me is to not ask me anything related to Klothes by Katt. That is just plain rude because Topshop never asked Zara and Gongcha never asked Koi. If you think this is too much, then this business is not for you because it is pretty much 24/7.

On a happier note,

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So who loves jacquard straight cut skirts in maxi and midi?

 

To win my last giveaway for the first kollection, you have to

  1. Like my blog post on FB.
  2. Comment “Second kollection will be out 12th June!
  3. Tag 7 friends in your comment.

Winners will be chosen tomorrow at 12pm and will be send out via registered mail.

You win Ana in your desired size + 2 kotton shawl + 1 satin shawl. And yes, you can choose what colours you want.

Please remember to do steps 1-3 to qualify. Good luck darlings!

Happy 6 months to us.

I have succeeded two things in this 6 month mark; Motherhood and Breastfeeding.

Motherhood has been crazy, especially going back to work and the upcoming of Klothes by Katt that is launching sometime this month. But I am very blessed that both my parents are staying with me and are currently Kattaleya’s main caregivers during the day. I am also very blessed to have such an understanding husband who agrees to let my parents move in because I honestly cannot imagine living without my parents in the same house so I pretty much want my parents to stay with me. It has been crazy juggling and tearing myself apart but I keep reminding myself why I am doing this. But motherhood is still better than pregnancy, which unlike most women, I hated mine. The backlash of that will be “You have no idea how many women are dying to be in your shoes to get pregnant and have their own kids.” I just don’t enjoy the whole process of growing a tiny human being. I am lucky to be given a chance to grow one, but I just don’t fancy it. That is my opinion. I don’t like the morning sickness all day, err day that gave me prenatal depression. I don’t like the acid reflux before each meal. I don’t like the feeling I get when I don’t eat on time. I don’t like feeling useless. I am blessed to experience it but that does not mean I have to like it. Will I go through it all over again? Yes. But that doesn’t mean I love it.

Breastfeeding is crazy. Women go into the labour ward, mentally prepared that they will get to breastfeed their babies. But so many things can happen and will happen, which only makes them unable to do so. They fall into depression. It is legit. Trust me when I say most of us would love to breastfeed but circumstances just don’t allow it. With increasing knowledge of how amazing liquid gold is, who doesn’t want to give that? Who really wants to spend a ridiculous amount of money on formula? No one. But I am blessed to be surrounded with an amazing support system that got me this far. I mean look at this baby here:

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This is a product of my liquid gold. I have no idea where my tiny baby went to, but this is my liquid gold doing its job. So naturally people will ask me “What do you feed her?” and then asked the next question “WHAT DO YOU EAT?” Haha, I think it is only natural for people to be curious. And just for the record, I eat anything and everything. I have accomplished my goal of 6 months because she can officially eat soft food without having the judgement that I did before she turned 6 months (yup, cereal with my breastmilk), and some of the nutrients come from the food. But I am going to hold on until 1 year and wean her off. Why? Simple, I miss my time with my husband. Our dates are planned around my pumping schedule, and I would have robbed almost 2 years of my marriage life if I continue (including pregnancy) over a year. We got pregnant a month after marriage so we didn’t really get to enjoy, ifyouknowwhatimean hahaha. Plus, after turning one year old, Kattaleya can take milk off the shelves and no, not formula.

At 6 months, Kattaleya can turn from her back to her tummy and back to her back. She can turn 360 degrees, meaning she can be facing north then east then south then west then back to north. She can lift her body up. She is already starting to reverse (preparing to sit up by herself). Sitting down quite stable. She knows how to “jump” when you carry her (thank you jumperoo). She knows how to use her vocal cords and she definitely knows how to fake cry. It has been an amazing 6 months, watching her reach her milestones and I cannot wait for many more months and years to come.

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This was taken during her 3rd month immunisation. Doctor says she didn’t even make it on the chart (she is OVER!). Hehehe. The last we weighed her when she 4.5 months when she went to the PD. She was 8.5kg (!!!). And during her 4th month injection, she didn’t even cry. Must be the thighs that are well cushioned! Hehe.

6 months 2 days ago I was in the labour ward. I told myself no epidural, I can do it. But now I tell my gfs to take the damn epidural and enjoy the whole labour. I don’t care if people say “The older generation can do it, so can you.” They didn’t have that option, mind you. And even if they had, it was damn bloody expensive. Being a mother is more than pushing one out of your vagina or cutting yourself open. It is how you instill good morals and values, and giving your children a quality life so that they will grow up to be amazing human beings that will change the world. It is your parenting that defines what kind of mother you, not your choice of birth. You like the pain/contractions, but I prefer not to hate my baby for it so really, there is nothing to be proud of. You did it without epidural? Congratulations but I really don’t care. What is important is what is next.

And I never thought I would hear it this soon, but people are asking “So when the second one?”

My answer blogged soon.

Young Mamas Singapore FIRST Playdate.

When I first started out Young Mamas Singapore (or formerly known as Young Mamas and Mamas-to-be, which was a handful to say), it was a platform to meet other Mamas of my age. Then when the group started growing, I got a group of admins and people started asking about playdates. So why not make one official one?

Truth to be told, I LOVE planning. I plan my schedule on a weekly basis, my wedding, my countless of holidays but not something as large scale as an event to a bunch of strangers whom I met online. But I was pretty determined to do one anyway. Hiccups only mean that I have plenty of things I can work on for the next one right?

I was pretty lucky to have a team of admins turned gfs who helped me in executing every little detail of the event. Right up to the morning of the event day, I was still busy errands. I could say, I was under prepared. So many last minute confirmations and so many changes to ensure the event will run with the littlest of hiccups.

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When booking chalet at Aloha Loyang, the idea was a place for people and babies to roam, nursing room, diaper room and SWIM. But the shitty part that I had no idea was that we could only check in at 3pm. So event had to push back to 3.30pm which gave us 30 minutes to set up. Here’s another hiccup; Checking in had only two counters and it took about 7 minutes for one person to check in a guest. Crazy! So instead of 30 minutes to set up, we have 10 minutes and our guests were early!!!

So we didn’t have a proper booth for registration (and please don’t get me started on the door gifts that was packed last minute), henna artist and didn’t set-up our little activity corners. Sad.

During the event, we were still running errands. Buying the BBQ things and drinks (!!!), so it was seriously crazy how under prepared I was for the event. I really underestimated a lot of things. But I am glad that we had more than enough food and even extras!

The moment I stepped inside the chalet for the first time and everyone was asking me where to set up and what to do, I was literally screaming in my head “What are you doing Renny?” Haha, maybe never in my million years I would do something like this. Like creating a community and reaching out to them so we can be connected and not feel like we are alone in this. And I think people who worked with me knows that it wasn’t easy to work under me. I wanted everything my way which was something I need to stop.

But just a little preview of how the event went (since the pictures were up in our closed group):

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Babywearing talk by Izzah Lina who is a (crazy) enthusiast: 

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(Adik who was busier than all the admins put together!)

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Our henna artist for the event:

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We had a fellow mompreneur, Rafidah, who was selling her stuffs. And because we are all for #WomenSupportWomen, we didn’t charge for booths.

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My orang kuat who helped me since day 1 when I started Young Mamas Singapore up til the event day itself.

Rushda, Nad, Syaz and Nazz.

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Rushda, Nad and Syaz have since left the admin team. I need to remind myself (and the Mamas) that these ladies sacrificed their personal time and not paid a single cent to help me manage the page and plan the event. But, yes there is always a but, I have 3 other amazing Mamas on board with me.

And I really have to thank these Mamas who came alllllll the way to Paris for our first ever official playdates. Although there were so many hiccups, I hope that it only means that I have lots of improvement for the next one in 4 months time.

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Thank you, you young amazing Mamas!

This will constantly push me to host a greater and better playdates in the future!

And I definitely need to thank our sponsors for this playdate:

Professional photographer: Mish Photo Box
Cookiepods: GRATO
Nutella blossoms: Eyzah Meow
Vouchers: Babywearing Fun Fitness , Pinktini , 10 10 Mother & Child Singapore
Henna: @ kelieshhhhh (IG)
Pouch: @ roseeduan (IG)
Essential oils: KattFiSPotions

Young Mamas Singapore is always welcoming Mamas, Mamas-to-be and even women who are trying to be Mamas. Our committee is all about sharing, discussing and asking. So you will be surprised when a topic about how to conceive comes around, about coping with miscarriage or where is the best makan place in the North comes up. You can join us (if you are NOT sharing your profile with your other half/fiance/husband) here!

I did this with no budget and made NO money out of it. I even fork out my own money for this first playdate just because I really want to do something for young mothers out there. Did I regret? Maybe in the planning and executing part. Will I do it again? YES, A MILLION TIMES YES.

Our next event is in the midst of planning with over TEN sponsors (yes, more than 10 since our group grew over 1,100 Mamas) for door gifts, lucky draw and being part of the event. The event happenings include Zumba while babywearing, all you need to know about Breastfeeding and babywearing. We may include post natal yoga as well as cloth diapering. The second event will be closer to my heart because we will be raising funds for a cause too.

Eh, I super excited already. But all these will be revealed when May comes.

And I welcome my new orang kuat on board:

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Izzah, Ashikin and Rosma.

Okay let’s do this.

The story behind Klothes by Katt.

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“Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work for the rest of your life.”

 

Klothes by Katt is something that I have been dreaming for a long time. I have always imagined going to fashion school and doing my own clothing line, but I never got around doing it. God knows how long I have been reading up on fashion school and couldn’t decide if I should go Lasalle or NAFA (yes, even at this age I want to go back to school). Reading up reviews of the part-time students and setting aside money for it. Then I fell in love. Then I got married. Then I got pregnant. Then I got a babygirl, Kattaleya. I have been blessed in so many ways, but at the back of my mind, I still wanted to do it.

Backtrack a few years back, I tried doing this selling clothes online and I failed. I failed miserably because they were wholesale clothes and I was just a “reseller”. I think I only sold one dress? ONE dress. Let me cringe at the thought of my failure and cry at the money I never got back! I was very naive. Thinking it was just buying wholesale and reselling, and tadahhh money! Needless to say, the idea of starting my own blogshop was tucked at a corner of my mind until recently.

I did more homework of what I wanted. I am entering into a business that has A LOT of competitors who already have their brands soaring high and who already have their strong base of customers. So why bother right? Let me tell you what makes me want to do it. It is because I am coming in, not as a competitor but as a person who loves clothes and wants to start her own clothing line. I am in competition with no one but myself. What I have in mind is very different from what others do. I challenge my manufacturers out of their comfort zone like I do mine.

Klothes by Katt is amazingly special. I manufacture my very own pieces. It means I come up with the designs that I want, choose my fabrics, get manufacturers to do samples and send it over, I wear my samples out, I make changes and I get them manufactured. So if you ever own a piece of Klothes by Katt, know that this is what your piece of clothing goes through before it comes to you. I have sacrificed a lot of my time that is meant for sleep to communicate with my manufacturers who are super understanding that I do my best work after Kattaleya sleeps. The pieces produced have limited number of pieces and there is absolutely no such thing as backorders. So really, you will be that bunch few who will have those pieces. And shopping online has made me realised that we just want sizes because my short friends have to alter and my tall friends have to buy bigger sizes to get the length they need. Then my friends with curves don’t have any they can buy.

The first collection is on it’s way to be ready. It has 8 kinds of skirts; flare and mermaid. Cotton and satin shawls just because my hijbster sister says so. I am super stoked. I know that I could not have done without Baobei who has helped me with Kattaleya when I needed some time to be on my phone/ipad to reply what’sapp and emails and also being my backbones. My parents because amazingly enough, they are giving me opinions about pricing and which manufacturer to do what. Abang who has his line is sharing with me EVERYTHING. Kakak who has been my person when it comes to opinions about ANYTHING. My cousins and girlfriends who I have been asking opinions about fabrics because trust me, I have send over 20 fabrics and asking them which will they choose.

Starting Klothes by Katt was easier than the first failed attempt when I was in poly. I now know what I want, which direction I want my clothing line to go and I have the support of my family and friends who are basically my backbone. It is said that when you want to start something, the support of the people around me is very important. I have not launched my line yet, actually the clothes also haven’t arrive yet, but everyone is already ordering and reserving pieces. And they are not even sympathy kind of support but the kind of support that they believe in my work. I am really blessed!

Klothes by Katt is the start of my empire. It will be the place where I build something amazing out of absolutely nothing. It will be the place where I will wake up every day and excited of what’s to come. It will all be for Kattaleya. Because working from home mom, will allow me watch her grow and be part of every milestone.

Oh, did I mention that Klothes by Katt will have monthly launches and pop-up store at my house where you can swing by, hang out with me and my babygirl, Kattaleya, and try out the clothes before deciding to buy?

May HE ease my affairs, and thank you for the amazing support on both Facebook (http://facebook.com/klothesbykatt) and Instagram (@klothesbykatt), even though nothing has launched yet. I hope you all enjoy the journey prior to the launch as much as I do. This is my passion, and I am so proud to have a clothing label I can call mine. No one else’s work that I am reselling under my label. Every single piece is self-manufactured. Every piece is Klothes by Katt’s. The hard work is all mine.

I need to thank myself for taking the leap of faith. Yes, because I believe a 26 year old me knows what I am doing pumping all my savings into this. Remember this,

Percaya pada satu hari nanti -RR

 

This is it uolls. This is my satu hari.

There is no more turning back, no backsies, no more “what ifs”. I will see you on 3rd of May for the launch, In Shaa Allah.

I shall end the entry with this:

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What it means turning… 26.

Let’s hold hands and say it together.

“Finaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllly.”

 

Yes, finally my very first post of 2016. I told myself last year that I would blog at least once a week when the new year starts. Look who is being super ambitious and semangat? This procrastination seriously got to go. I feel so out of touch with my own blog. But when needed to, I will do my bite-size blogging on my IG (@mypussykatt) or Facebook (Renny Rahman).

Lately, I have been having so much drive in me but I find that most times I am all over the place. I swear that I am very blessed to have my support system to keep me grounded. They keep reminding me to chase after my dreamS (yes, plural) yet one thing at a time as I am only one human being so there is so much I can split myself.

There’s this thing that I will do just before I turn a year older. I will dig deep inside of me and do a little appraisal. Then see what I can do better when I turn a year older. I have been blessed to turn 26 3 weeks back, and I have set my mind to just concentrate on people who matter the most, and the best part is I don’t have to name them because they know it themselves. Oh the amount of love I have for each and every one of them.

 

So there are two things running concurrently (which also explains my lack of absence here):

KlothesbyKatt

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This has been my dream for awhile. I have finally set aside some time to run this. Running meaning sourcing out manufacturers, being in touch with them, getting them to do samples, etc. The two unexpected support comes from Baba and Mama. They are the “safe” ones where ‘do a proper job with a stable income and good benefits’ so running a business is not an option because there is a risk. It is always a risk because money is uncertain but to have them have my back? Amazing. Plus they always remind me that He is the one determines our rezeki, so if it is meant to be, it will always be. I can never imagine what I would do without them.

Of course, there is a story about why KlothesbyKatt and how it is going to be different from the rest all wrapped up in one of the upcoming blog entries. I hope it will inspire anyone who is standing on the ledge, thinking if you should take the leap or not, because I was there.

PS: The first 133 followers on IG will be getting something special for the first kollection. And like I said, you are not obliged to purchase anything if it doesn’t suit your taste.

KlothesbyKatt ‘s FB page is just for updates.

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Still not too sure which platform I will be using to sell my products. I would love a web but we will take baby steps with this little project. But know my story and why I started it, before… well the products come rolling in. Soon, soon. In Shaa Allah.

 

Young Mamas and Mamas-to-be

I started this group for a platform for young mamas like me to connect with one another, to share/rant/socialise/ask because I strongly feel many love to criticise our decisions like as if we young mothers lack of motherly instincts. I don’t know uh but I feel that as long as the baby comes out from our vagina, we get the last say. Okay, will save this for another post (yup, I told you that there are just too many things I want to blog).

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What I am most proud about starting this FB Group is that after almost two months of starting this, we have more than 600 members in it. I have a group of admins to help run this group too. And I love it because I definitely have more Mama friends that I can connect on almost all levels. It is different to talk to your own friends who are not mothers yet than with someone who has gone through it. My gfs are the best listeners though but they can only empathise.

And it only gets better because we have our first official playdate this coming March. Stay tuned for that because we have a bunch of sponsors for this event. Did I mention best giler?

 

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Turning 26 means I have become a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife and a mother.

I have started on my goals and I can’t wait everything else being 26 has stored for me. I can’t wait for the upcoming tripS with the people who matter the most. I can’t wait to start travelling the world again, but this time with my tiny family. I can’t wait to … Well, apart from KlothesbyKatt, I have a little project (or projectS heheh) I am running with my gf.

I will see you guys next week. Motherhood has robbed me for awhile but I am getting the hang of it so let’s kick this procrastination shit. I have never been happier.

And lastly to all dreamers out there remember this,

Percaya pada satu hari nanti –Renny Rahman

 

PS: Expect more changes to be made in this blog.