Santa Clara mom's denim creations turning heads of celebs

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She was once a teen mom who was struggling financially, but all it took was one good idea and her life is finally starting to turn around. (Lisa Amin Gulezian )

She was once a teen mom who was struggling financially, but all it took was one good idea and her life is finally turning around.

Most days you'll find Barbara Rocha and her daughter hard at work at their kitchen table creating the latest styles for budding fashionistas.

"If I was a little girl, I would definitely want my mom to dress me like this," Rocha's daughter Monica Lopez said.

Nine months ago, Rocha launched Gifted Lil Ones, a clothing company specializing in distressed denim for kids.

A San Jose mother of three launched a denim line for children that has turned around her financial situation.



She posted a few pictures on Instagram and suddenly, reality star Kim Biermann took notice and placed an order.

"Now everyone from Phaedra Parks, LaLa Anthony, Lisa Ling, the list goes on and on," Rocha said.

"Some of the main R&B singers, I see their kids wearing them. I can't believe my mom actually gets to make clothes and design them," Lopez said.

Rocha has no formal education in fashion or business. She doesn't even have a website, but she does have the entrepreneurial skills her father taught her before he died of cancer last year.

Her only online presence is on Instagram where she has 17,000 followers who are helping her make a profit.

"Anybody who feels they are creative, have a creativity but don't know where to take it, I would encourage starting on Instagram," Rocha said.

The mother of three hopes to inspire other stay-at-home moms to become entrepreneurs as well.

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