Small Business

Bigger Is Not Better. Its time we get back to human interaction again.

My truth for my company Ootra. Smaller is more potent. We have more impact.

Where are you able to find a company that spends the time to train your daughter?

A company that cares to teach business principles and accountability.

Where the girls  actually put their phones down, learn to talk, engage and listen.

The #HowTo Style themselves appropriately for the day and comprehend the importance of dressing. Taking action for growing into the next level of action. High school to college expectations!

They learn the difference between craving to be liked by peers to being independent strong thinkers and creators. Entrepreneurs. Indidividuals who will make a difference and share their knowledge.

They know anything can be done through the power of thought and The action of Doing!

Ootra was developed to train young minds and create an environment that no other companies do today!

We are surrounded by Nationals, Big Boxes and Internet ordering. The environment is one in which our towns avoid human interaction. They dictate Bigger is Better! Lower prices rule. 

Rents escalate. And The Big Box Bland Style dominates.

We know the truth. Small business is a dying breed. Our towns are squeezing us out. We hang in there through sheer will and fierce belief through the good we bring to each person.

We do not choose the easy route. But we choose the path of most resistance yet the MOST powerful one of all.

Teaching. Loving. Caring. and Compassion.

At the end of each day whether we sold nothing or we had a good day.

Our team walks away knowing as we look over our shoulder smiling at our dimmed lights at Ootra.

WE made a difference in each other. Filled with gratitude.

WE remain true and filled with Belief that we will survive.

We know that our growth happens one person at a time slowly but with a depth that most will never experience.

We operate with old fashion traits. We listen. We do not push. We wrap your things beautifully and we deliver. We care. We want you to smile and feel better about your day.

I am filled with such gratitude for every day we are open and the souls we impact.

If you desire a true styling of your day come on in. Make an appointment or walk in. We are here ready to RE Teach your ability to grab from your closet!

Debbie Jagel

1-312-852-7500

ootragirl@gmail.com

4th Generation Entrepreneur

Always swimming Upstream

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Why Instagram?

Ii say you MUST have your eyes closed!

This summer: Fact:

Discovered on Instagram

Hired to cover an evening barn party.

Through that party i met so many beautiful people from the area.

The next day.

I followed up.

I posted. I shared the pics with the host of the party.

I watched FB and friended everyone who was there. Linked in. etc.

I have become friends with most.

Since, that night, i've been invited to 5 more gatherings. Run into many at farmer markets and have created a wonderful circle of friends.

My feed did this for me.

This last week i was approached by a company that features pop up spaces online. We are now collaborating on a few business ideas.

My feed did this for me.

Why instagram?

That's why.

You never know.

Questions to ask yourself?

What message is my feed saying?

What do i want to accomplish?

What is my end goal?

Are my images worthy?

Assess daily.

Quit worrying about likes, followers

Post high quality

Post cohesive message

Be consistent

Engage with high integrity.

Track your results

Forget official analytics. In fact ignore!

Have your own built in metrics

Most of all ENJOY!

Believe me if you force it

everyone will know

If you're desperate everyone will sense

If you're too manufactured you lose it!

Above all. Be YOU!

Let your personality and passion out!

Let us see you through your captures!

Let us peek into your life!

Relax and over click. I average approx 75 images a day. The more you click the better your eye becomes. The better at filters you become!

Results:

A clear concise feed with beautiful imagery to pull from.

I never plan my feed.

My beat of my life is not planned and perfect EVER!

I get busy

or i don't feel like an image.

My feed is my true moment to moment feel.

Nothing planned contrived or calculated.

It's in the moment. How I choose to Live.

Now go click away and have fun.

I have grown my feed over 35k in 10 months you can to.  Inquire at ootragirl@gmail.com

 -Debbie Jagel

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Ease Into The Next Season

Somehow, I  find autumn the easier of seasons to transition to, don't you? Perhaps the layering of a sweater, a vest, a jacket or just a sweatshirt gives us comfort. I find a cozy hug in adding a layer on top of my tank top or tshirt. I feel safe. We can hide again beneath our gorgeous textures!

There's a release of continual body checking in the mirror . The sumptuous layers add a loving touch to our day.

Though, layers are an art and need to be carefully chosen. You don't want to add bulk but you want to add intrigue and warmth. 

Textures, colors, materials all add a beautiful intrigue and dimension  to your look. Though, there is a need to pay close attention to each piece as you add it to your look.

The maxi dress is one of our favorite styles for any season. I chose this style, because we each have a maxi dress or skirt in our closet. We grab for an evening out, or a cafe lunch. But lets begin to think to choose it for our every day.

This style can take you to an exotic island, the farmers market with sandals. Llater to a cafe for a quick coffee and people watching. And then glammed up for  an elegant evening under the stars.

A maxi dress offers so many options any day, anytime of year. I VOTE the maxi as one of the most stretched designs in your closet !

Run to your closet and analyze each of yours and see how far can you stretch them? 

Always #DressForTheDay

See you soon

xoxo

Ootragirl

All i need is a chunky textural sweater. A great boot and i'm ready for autumn. 

All i need is a chunky textural sweater. A great boot and i'm ready for autumn. 

The exaggerated floral can be toned down with a sweater, a boot and add a fabulous hat! Holiday shopping chic! 

The exaggerated floral can be toned down with a sweater, a boot and add a fabulous hat! Holiday shopping chic! 

I've taken a floral sundress added a leather jacket, a scarf and a hat,with boot. Any dress can transcend season, it's up to you to SEE! 

I've taken a floral sundress added a leather jacket, a scarf and a hat,with boot. Any dress can transcend season, it's up to you to SEE! 

Realize

 

Choosing to follow your dream, to create a brand.

No one else will "Get You"

Very few will appreciate your vision for your adventure.

In fact many will criticize you. Many will be negative.

And that probably is one of the hardest things about being an entrepreneur.

You have chosen the hardest path, yet the most exhilarating, raw, intense journey. You will feel every moment and definitely feel so isolated, so alone and very misunderstood many  times.

You will become a fighter, defending every action step taken. Every expense examined and many visionary desires for your brand unfulfilled.

You will question yourself daily. You will wonder what, why, and omg how did i get myself into this?

Yet, you will have so much joy in the choosing of controlling everything about developing this vision from within.

You will have more energy than you have ever felt! You will work more hours than actually exist in a week, BUT for you and your vision!

Every step you take that strengthens the brand becomes such an achievement.

One day you will wonder how did you do it?

But for now you're grinning ear to ear! Giddy knowing you are creating your dream and following your vision! Your self fulfillment and pride immense.

Despite all the negativity that surrounds you in this world PLEASE create a shield.

Ignore. Let it bounce. Their comments have nothing to do with you. It is their dissatisfaction with their life. It is their chain they have placed upon themselves.

Every negative comment is truly a compliment if you realize this.

Fact: Most are not brave enough.

So Let out a big YAAAY!! for yourself your bravery and your FIRST steps towards building your brand!

"There are no failures only a learning curves that strengthen your brand"

It all is in What do you do when you hit that rock? Calmly go around.

"There are no mistakes only discoveries."

"Step by step. Discovery after discovery.

Sheer willpower, fabulous exhaustion and an unstoppable vision.

Life As An Entrepreneur."

 

~Debbie Jagel

4th generation entrepreneur

Always seeing what's not there

You CAN Do This! 

You CAN Do This! 

Strength through Passion

The School Of The Art Institute

Driven by Passion and Fierce Intention!

My words i use multiple times a day when coaching future entrepreneurs!

Our future Designers, Artists led by the best of the best professors and gifted incredible treasures of studios, 3D printers.

The highest level technology available. No stone left unturned. No student unprovoked.

Think about this:

When a child tells their parents they want to attend Art School it is not always met with positivity.

This IS the defining moment of truth for our students.

Our students:

PUSH beyond

Argue their point of view

Demonstrate their drive

Using their creative VOICE

I AM worthy!

By the time they sit in one of our coveted chairs in studio,

They already comprehend what adversity they face in the world of fashion design.

Our Fashion council raises awareness of our students and raises the money to create scholarships necessary for our students to continue through the program!

When i sit in studio listening and seeing our students passion, just seeing the fierce fight within them and their talents i honestly have tears! I know what they are feeling what they will be facing. The cost of materials, the lessons to be learned , the amazing feeling of success and the depth of visible failure and what it takes to climb out.

Let's HELP create a more COLORFUL World together!

This IS my most important PASSION

Helping Students Develop Their Gifts!

Allow them to choose THEIR direction and develop their entrepreneurial design capabilities. 

We CAN make a difference!

Want to Donate. Message me.

Fashion Council Scholarship Fund

xoxo

Debbie

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Drawing Board Beginnings

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