The roar of the club music and having the latest and greatest fashion trends was my focus before I was a mom. I do miss walking around in my tight dresses and meeting strangers in Christian Louboutin. But then something changed, something real, something meaningful, and probably the only thing in my life I thank God for every day. It’s not water, it’s not food; it’s my two beautiful, sweet, healthy daughters, Joella and Jazlyn.
I am an overachiever by many standards and on many platforms and that includes MOMLIFE. I produced a Travel Adventure Show called Get Out on HD.net with Jessica Hall in the Hot Sexy Time of our early twenties. We have remained beyond close friends and supported each other to no ends on the surprising journey of life.
I designed something we all need as moms. I designed a Joella Bag & Joella Jogo Yoga Pants. First of all I want to tell you, I am a Believer. I am a servant of God. And that has led me to the beauty of changing diapers and giving my children, along with everyone else, my best. Joella means “God’s will be willing” in Hebrew.
The Joella Manhattan Bag will take you from Manhattan Beach, California to Manhattan, New York and you will thrive. My intention was to create something that would help you move through life with ease. I am not a woman who forgets her phone and I don’t lose my keys, because I don’t have the time to waste. I am a single mother, and I run several multi-million dollar companies.
The Joella Manhattan bag is two-tone embossed vegan leather and it’s designed to hold your water bottle. I can’t tell you the countless times water has spilled on important documents in my purse. The complete interior of The Joella Manhattan Bag is designed with our Joella Jogo Yoga Pant material. Everything stays organized in this bag. There are two water bottle slots, but they don’t stay open when empty. I sometimes use one of the water bottle slots to hold my sunglasses, as carrying my sunglass box is annoying. You have take it out and place it your bag. It’s heavy and it takes up quite a bit of space. Using one of the water bottle slots to hold my sunglasses fixes this.
This bag is also designed to eliminate your wallet. I try to Apple Pay most things now that we are in 2017. It’s annoying to have to dig through my bag, and sometimes it’s scary. I have such attention focused on my children. The fear of taking my eyes off of them while I am shopping resonates in my mind constantly. I have my purse memorized. I can feel where everything is and where everything belongs. You will rarely find me flustered or digging through my bag like moms do in the movies.
I also designed the Joella Jogo Yoga Pants. I can go from the gym, to the office, and then on a nice dinner date wearing these pants. They are classy yoga pants with a phone pocket. The phone pocket makes so much sense when you are hiking and you don’t want to increase your chances of the carpel tunnel you had during pregnancy coming back. You can slide your iPhone Plus right in the perfect part of your pant leg. I’ve had other pants with side pockets, but my phone fell out and broke. I am a graduate student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the feeling of anger and disappointment over my broken phone caused me to take action and design these pants for myself. I got several comments on them, and I’ve sold hundreds through my website Joella.co. Recently I just got the attention of a major online retailer YogaOutlet.com. My products will be on their site at the end of this month. I am beyond excited to help women succeed every day and focus on what’s most important.
Crystal Hoang — Guest Writer