Georgette Hubbard – Luxury Lash Lady

Hey Guys! Give a Warm Welcome to my new favorite Lash Artist, Georgette Hubbard. She is the owner of Lash Brow And Beyond in Bixby Knolls Long Beach, CA also known as ‘Uptown Long Beach’. Where she performs Luxury eyelash extension services in a private Bohemian studio. Shifting careers 5 years ago, Georgette is more than familiar with the hustle it takes to work for yourself and become an entrepreneurial badass woman. 

  

What’s your inspiration and how did you get started? 

I’ve always been beauty obsessed and love the instant gratification that lash and brow services provide. Many beauty and self-care services show results after several expensive treatments. Eyelash extensions are amazing because they are instantly transformative. 

 

Who is your target audience? 

Professional ladies, busy moms, students, women who want to treat themselves, look and feel great and cut down on their daily beauty routine.

 

Three words that describe your personality:

Introverted, witty, genuine 

 

What’s the smartest business decision you’ve ever made?

Going back to school to get my esthetics license after working for years in a totally different industry. 

 

The 411 on Lashes 

 

Why do you think lashes are so popular right now? 

Lash Extensions are gaining popularity because they really transform a person’s every day look. Seeing a lash artist a couple times a month actually saves time getting ready in the morning. The majority of my clients all say they wear way less makeup when they have lash extensions and look better. Lashes allow you to wake up looking ready to go.

 

What’s the best way to care for your lashes? 

The best way to keep lash extensions lasting a long time are to keep them clean, keep your hands off, and regularly see a lash professional. Clients who get the best retention tend to be those who do not wear makeup on the lash line and gently and frequently clean the lashes. Clients who wear a lot of makeup and play with their lashes throughout the day compromise the bond of the extension and cause them to fall faster. 

 

What are some lash trends you think will be or are popular this year?

Lashes are so custom to the individual so trends vary. Some customers are wanting to go fuller and larger than life while some are going for a very natural look. I love lash extensions because since they are custom the possibilities are endless.

 

Do you have any tips for clients that want to get lashes for the first time? 

I recommend anyone considering lash extensions to find a qualified professional. In California, a person who performs lash extensions services has to be a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist. In addition to being licensed by the state they have to work in a salon or spa that has an establishment license. These are the first things I would suggest all consumers seeking a safe sanitary lash service check. Next look at examples of the artist work, reviews and ask for referrals. There are a lot of amazing artist out there but make sure to do your due diligence to find one.  

Your favorite quote:

“When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him, you will see yourself. As you treat him, you will treat yourself. As you think of him, you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself.”

 

— A Course In Miracles.

What advice do you have for women who want to pursue their passion but aren’t sure how to get started? 

I’m big into research so I would definitely advise starting small. Grab a book on the subject and take an inexpensive class. Really explore all aspects of an industry/ passion before deciding what angle to approach. 

 

Who is your role model/mentor? 

I’m inspired by my clients. Every day women do everyday things that are actually amazing. I have a client who got lashes for prom and in a couple months she’s enlisting in the army. I have clients who are killing it in the mom department, raising amazing sweet smart kids. I have clients that are working full time and earning professional degrees. Every day women are my heroes! 

 

What’s next for you? 

I’m really excited to launch some exclusive products this year for women who wear lash extensions and lash extension service providers. I’ve always been about luxury services at accessible prices and this product line is a reflection of that. 

 

Book an appointment with Georgette: www.lashbrowandbeyond.com

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Keep up with Georgette on instagram: @georgettelbc 

Tags: #LashBrowAndBeyond #DiscoveredInBixby

 

Interview by: Elyse Ares

 

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Megan Fazio: Vegas PR Queen

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Meet Megan Fazio

Megan Fazio is the CEO & Founder of Neon Public Relations, LLC, a full-service PR and marketing firm based in Las Vegas representing B2C, hospitality, entertainment, adventure and non-profit clients. As an entrepreneur and public relations business professional with several years of experience leading the charge of a diverse portfolio of travel & tourism-related,  multi-agency, high risk, and non-profit accounts, Megan focuses on helping businesses penetrate targeted markets and attain high visibility in these markets by garnering positive buzz and media attention, but more importantly, she measures her success according to the impact she has on driving her clients’ businesses forward. Megan continues to lead and manage innovative communications strategies for hospitality, business, tech, events and incident crisis management. A trusted PR advisor at the highest levels, she’s led hundreds of successful media campaigns, develops strategic messaging, builds relationships, and protects brands and reputations.

What motto(s) do you live by?:

100% The Golden Rule: Treat others how you want to be treated.

Describe yourself in three words: 

Audacious, Charismatic and Passionate

How have you used your exposure with your blog and business to influence the lives of others?

Absolutely, and by accident. I don’t think anyone expects to get to a place with their accomplishments where people look up to them, but when I started seeing interest in others wanting to be motivated to do the same I started sharing more from my personal life. It can be something as simple as how to look put together to feel your best to take on the world for a day, or even ways I’ve overcome adversity in starting my career and running a company day to day. Everyone puts their pants on the same way every morning – so to say that there is no super power involved, but there are certainly a few hacks I’ve figured out that anyone can emulate.

5 Tips for being a bad ass entrepreneur woman:

  1. Find your path and fearlessly stick to it.
  2. Don’t focus on being a woman. That’s already our superpower. Focus on being a person that leads, regardless of gender.
  3. Let your success do the talking. It’s not always necessary to share accomplishments that haven’t come to fruition yet.
  4. Don’t let a cookie cutter 9 am – 5 pm schedule someone else made up for a ‘work day’ stop you from working when you’re inspired, and stopping work when you need a break. I find I’m most creative right before bed, and I burn that midnight oil and pick up where I left off when I’m back in the office.
  5. Be elegant, but steadfast; and be concerned for the greater good always.

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What’s the smartest networking/business decision you’ve ever made? 

Starting my own company (at the age of 24) was the best decision I ever made.

Advice you would give to your younger self? 

Outperform. If I could offer 1 piece of advice to my younger self, I’d tell myself to outperform. To outperform myself the day before; to outperform my superiors, peers and my parents. Not by way of evoking a cut-throat competition, but to use the examples of hard workers around me and not only match their leadership and initiative, but outperform it. By the age of 20, I was a Junior in college with 3 PR internships under my belt, and looking back now that I have had my own firm for 6 years, I wish I saw more 20-year old interns trying to show me up, and keep me on my toes, and wish that I had gone further above and beyond what was asked of me at that age. I often stopped myself when all the boxes were checked off my task list (especially if there was no money involved—we all have had to pay our dues with those unpaid internships) but it’s important to be hungriest at a young age, to set the bar high for the increased responsibilities that come with adulthood.

Who is your role model? 

My future self.

What’s next for you? 

A brand new, shiny office build out as a congratulations to my team for sticking through days when we were working out of a 300 sq ft mouse hole.

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Advice you would give to other young entrepreneur women that want to pursue their dreams? 

Don’t let anybody tell you that you ‘can’t’. And if they do, use that as a driving force to prove them wrong – but hustle in silence and let your success speak for you. Being young and having better ideas or knowing what works better than people older than you is intimidating. But don’t let the grind shine, let your results shine. It’s the age old ‘Don’t talk the talk – walk the walk’. You’ll earn respect instead of shouting about how much you deserve it on the path to it.

What’s your favorite place that you’ve traveled to and why? 

Guatemala. Great company, road trips, and La Fortuna at Lake Atitlan – everyone should go there at least once in their lives.

Check out Megan online at www.neonpublicrelations.com

Read her blog www.meganfazio.com

Keep up with Megan on Instagram @neonpublications & @meganfazio

Interview by: Elyse Ares

Photographs by: Erica Ita and Julian Murray

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Kailyn Lowry – Balancing The Beautiful Chaos

Meet Kailyn Lowry

She was introduced to the world as a Teen Mom on MTV’s hit show, Teen Mom 2 in 2010. Quickly becoming a household favorite, I watched as she turned into an adult and raised her three hilarious and handsome sons. Navigating through life in the public eye, Kailyn is now an entrepreneur with multiple business ventures. These days she keeps busy with her boys, filming Teen Mom 2, her podcast Coffee Convos, writing books and her new line of CBD oil-infused hair products. And in the midst of her busy life, gave me the chance to interview her so we could get to know Kail behind the scenes, up close and personal and cutting out all the bullshit. This is one bad ass bitch, let me tell you!

What motto do you live by?

I don’t know if it’s a motto but my favorite quote is “She believed she could, so she did”, it’s the background on my phone.

Describe yourself in three words:

Mom, Driven and Business-minded (does that count as one or two words?)

Who is your role model?

I don’t know that I have a specific role model. I look up to and admire anyone with a story. I love hearing about people who truly self-motivate and make somethings out of nothings.

What’s the hardest part about sharing your life on tv?
People’s opinions. Tv makes things seem so easy or obvious – but the way tv works is that when there is only 5 minutes to tell someone’s story in an episode they have to edit & tell it in a way that makes sense to the viewers. So someone’s opinion may [not] be as relevant as they think. It’s not necessarily as it appears.

How have you used your exposure on Teen Mom to influence the lives of others?

I try really hard to encourage people to stay in school/go back to school or find a career path that they love. I love being a mom, I think I’m here to be a mother. However, I also think we should keep our own glasses full too, by doing things outside of motherhood. Women are capable of more than motherhood and marriage, if we want that.

What are your 5 tips to becoming a bad ass entrepreneur woman?

  1. Don’t stop. If you have an idea, go for it. Sounds cliché but I promise it makes sense. I get a lot of “I don’t know where to start” messages. And trust that I never know where to start either. But all the time we spend on our phones looking at other people’s social medias could be used for googling “how to…” info.
  2. WRITE SHIT DOWN. 9/10 times if I have an idea or goal I’m more likely to get it done if I wrote it down somewhere.
  3. Bounce ideas off other people but don’t let them make decisions for you. – 2/4 of my books, I went with covers that my friends liked more than I did and I regret it. I also took my ex’s opinion too much into consideration and never went through with a business idea.
  4. Surround yourself with likeminded people. “You are the company you keep” never really hit home for me until I found myself on Teen Mom, dropped out of college, and my friends weren’t really doing anything. I moved out of town and I realized I wanted to be around people who were motivated, whether in business, coaching or doing things they love… involved.
  5. Stop pitying yourself. When Teen mom started I would blame my circumstances and say it wasn’t fair that my friends all went away to college and I’m here knocked up because my mom and I were dealt shitty cards. Well, the harsh truth was I knew better, whether my parents were around or not. I could work my ass off and figure out a way to have a better life or I could sit here and be miserable about whatever I’m not doing.

What’s the smartest networking/business decision you’ve ever made?

Travel. You never know who you will meet or what you will see that could inspire you, be a good business connection, etc.

Advice you would give to your younger self?

Honestly, I would tell my younger self to suck it the F*** up and work harder. I really took responsibility of myself prior to getting pregnant. I would never encourage teen pregnancy or condone it, however it gave me the kick in the ass I needed to figure my life out.

Advice you would give to other young entrepreneur women that are on the road to success?

You can spend your time wishing, wondering and asking the what ifs. Do your research, save your money and just do it. Again, I realize this sounds cliché but reach out, look for answers. I would lose my mind and also not feel completely fulfilled in my life if I didn’t keep my mind busy. I’m always thinking about what’s next.

So what is next for you?

I recently started a haircare line infused with CBD oil. My launch party is this weekend, which I’m super excited and also nervous about. I would love to write a book about this…whether it’s a flop or a success, there is a lot to be said and learn from trying to start a business. Either way it goes, maybe my experience of trying will help someone else in their journey.

Interview by: Elyse Ares 

Photographs taken by: @leahadkins_photo

Keep up with Kailyn on Instagram @kaillowry

Listen to her podcast @coffconvospodcast

Purchase her new haircare line @potheadhaircare

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Camly Nguyen: Food, Fitness and Fashion

 

Who:

Camly Nguyen is a Lifestyle Instagram that features Los Angeles based food, fitness, fun and fashion companies. 

Follow Her:

Instagram, Yelp 

Social media tags: #camlyinla Social Media consulting, brand campaigns for restaurants, clothing, and fitness!

 Email: camlynnguyen@gmail.com

What was your inspiration and how did you get started?

I’ve always had a passion for creative expression and understood the power of social media. As a college student I ran campaigns for start-ups, nonprofits, and student organizations while being a full-time student and working part-time. I always knew that social media was the next wave of influence. The funny thing is @Camly.n was always my personal account, and I wasn’t planning on it becoming a business or brand.  But, life is funny sometimes.

I freelanced as a photographer, graphic designer, and social media manager during college so I had lots of opportunities to create content and execute campaigns. I learned to value consistency in style, quality, and content. After graduation I worked in the finance sector and am currently a data analyst. Numbers were never intimidating to me, but most people look at my resume and are just so thrown off. But, because of my comfortability with numbers it has made me extremely strategic in my social media.  

From there it really was just “destiny” or “stars aligning” (whatever you want to call it). Larger influencers in Los Angeles began to stumble upon my account. I found myself building friendships with sincere and wonderful influencers who saw value in my content and my voice. My personal account has become a space for me to influence others, whether that’s working with brands, finding the next big restaurants in LA or promoting women-empowering events. It’s my personal playground to show my followers a glimpse into my life.

 

Who is your target audience?

This has changed a lot over time. I think at the moment it’s really everyone in Los Angeles. It’s not like food is exclusive to the “trendy young millennial”, in fact it’s what connects everyone. It’s not like fashion is limited to “20 something women”. My sense of style and the brands I work with transcend those spaces and are so inclusive. I do have a natural affinity for trying to reach young women; having mentored middle schoolers I can’t help but want to empower the next generation of women.

What makes you unique from others who have the same goals?

I consider myself a “Jane of all trades”; having freelanced in graphic design and photography to managing social media.  I’ve touched all parts, and not many people get that opportunity to do it all. In addition I have a unique voice.  As an Asian American women I can only count on 1 hand the number of women who have transcended to entertainment space, even more so how many women lead businesses.  That’s clearly changing, but every single woman leading this charge is a trailblazer and unique. The struggle is what binds us, and reminds us we are not alone. Also having refugee parents has truly shaped my view as well as my drive.  I want every Vietnamese little girl to know you can succeed.

Three words that describe what you do:

  1. Resilient
  2. Quirky
  3. Joyful

What has been your experience with failure and success?

Some of my ideas have crashed and burned!  It’s tough because you put your heart and your soul into a project and sometimes it comes out like a pile of rubble. The one thing I’ve learned though, is that failure is necessary. How are you supposed to know what works if you don’t know what doesn’t? There’s never a project that goes perfect, and there is always room to grow and be better.

“LOVE like a boss, because COMPASSION is power.”

I think what most people forget is that love makes the world go round just as much as hate, and when we can be compassionate and see the world through other’s eyes we only get better and doing and creating!

 

Advice you would give to your younger self:

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re not enough. I think so often at a young age, kids are bullied and as adults we allow those moments to hinder our abilities. I would also tell myself “Love who you are! YOU ARE WONDERFULLY MADE, and no one ever has a right to tell you that you’re not”.

Your favorite quote:

Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.”  – Mother Teresa

Who is your role model/mentor?

Mother Teresa! A women who loved like no other, and who’s legend transcends generations as well cultures. She’s has taught me to love deeply, and has shaped who I am.

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Handmade by Kate (She’s The Shit)

 

Who:

Kate Shaver, Founder of Handmade by Kate. A custom hand stitched modern embroidery ‘hoop art’ and other goods.

Location: 

Salem, Ontario, Canada

Follow Her: @handmadebykate  #handmadebykate #HBK #modernembroidery

What’s the story behind HBK What was your inspiration and how did you get started?

I was looking for a unique hobby. I came across hand embroidery and have been in love ever since. I’ve never considered myself an artist but always wished I could be, so being able to create art with my own hands makes me happy.

What makes HBK unique?

I believe HBK is unique because of my ironic chemistry of pretty floral designs with a hint of sarcasm and profanity! With such a huge community of other artisans it can be difficult to be unique. Standing out is all part of the struggles and fun of creating any type of art.

Who is your target audience?

Anyone with a sense of humour and appreciates a unique yet classic piece of art.

Three words that describe your mission:

  1. Create smiles/laughter
  2. Feel good about my own creations
  3. Make that moneeey

What’s the smartest business decision you’ve ever made?

Creating an Instagram page, hands down.(@handmadebykate_) Obviously so many people have one, but it’s really helped my business and I’ve been able to chat with some really wonderful humans. Plus, I’ve learned a lot of other embroidery techniques from other artists’ how-to videos.

What has been your experience with failure and success?

I believe failure is a huge part of doing anything in life. Without failure, you’ll never know what it truly feels like to succeed. Failing sucks but once you succeed you realize why you started.

WORK HARD like a boss, because SELF LOVE is power.

Advice you would give to your younger self:

Learn to draw more. Don’t worry about being perfect. And always enjoy what you have.

Your favorite quote:

“Everything happens for a reason even though you may not see it at the time.”

What advice do you have for young women who want to follow their passion but aren’t sure how to get there?

Just do it. Seriously. Stay true to what you love, and never stop pushing for happiness. Whatever that may be.

Who is your role model?

Anyone who inspires me to be myself and not be ashamed of who or what I am!

What’s next for you?

Keep on growing, creating, designing and stitching.

Buy some badass embroidery pieces HERE

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Chelsea Hobson: The Powerhouse Photographer, Artist & Stylist

Who:

CHELSEA HOBSON (Professional Photographer, Maskcara Beauty Artist and Agnes & Dora Stylist)

Follower Her: Instagram 

What’s the story behind the Chelsea Hobson brand? What was your inspiration and how did you get started in your different areas of business?

I have always loved clothing and makeup and up until this year, I spent tons of money elsewhere until I realized I could make my very own business out of doing what I love. I have been a photographer for 8 years now, so I love using that to my advantage to stand out in the social media crowd!

Three words that describe what you do:

  1. Style
  2. Beauty
  3. Photography

 

What’s the smartest business decision you’ve ever made?

The smartest business decision I’ve ever made would be leaving my corporate job and taking a risk on myself so many years ago. You never know how high you can fly until you learn to let go, and I did just that!

What has been your experience with failure and success?

Before Agnes & Dora I was with another company whose name I won’t mention. But I’d have to chalk my two years up with them as a very high risk learning curve. I won’t say failure, that business fed my family and then some. But I learned a lot about myself and the company and how NOT to run my business. As far as success, I’ve learned that when you let go and be YOU, your people will follow you. Your people will come out of the wood work and cheer you on. The quality customers and tribe that you’re searching for, will come when you let go of what you think you should be doing and just do you.

Advice you would give to your younger self:

Don’t accept no for an answer, but also learn to let things go when you feel they aren’t right.

You are worthy of wanting something more – Rachel Hollis

What advice do you have for young women who want to follow their passion but aren’t sure how to get there?

Keep going. Do your research. Do the work. Don’t give up.

Who is your role model/mentor?

I really adore Jenna Kutcher!

What’s next for you?

Lots more trendy outfits and makeup selfies, hopefully! 😉

WORK like a boss, because YOUR DETERMINATION is power.

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What Would She Do? Podcast

Who:

Danielle Virgin  (Founder and Host, What Would She Do?)

Follow What Would She Do? Podcast: Instagram, Podcast

What’s the story behind What Would She Do? What was your inspiration and why did you want to start a podcast?  

In late 2017, the company I was working for was acquired and I found myself without a job. I was grateful to have the time and space to find the next right thing but to be honest, I was lost. I spent time thinking about where I started working years ago, what I thought I was going to do, where I was today, all the bosses and coworkers along the way and how it was sort of a miracle that I had the success I had or the even the opportunities I’d had. I was a college dropout, with little to no training who, with some really hard work, had survived at some of the most well-known companies and organizations. I was grateful that I had this amazing set of experiences but more so, that I had built up this incredible network throughout my journey.

I thought about the countless conversations I’d had with these amazing women throughout the years about things like, how to approach a difficult conversation with a boss, how to manage someone who isn’t taking feedback and how to recover from a massive failure. What struck me was when we encounter those moments and we find ourselves reaching out to someone for help. The moment usually starts with the question, “What would she do?”.  In that moment I realized how lucky I am to have people that I can rely on and I trust.  But it got me thinking, “What do women do who DON’T have this type of network?”

So, I decided to create this podcast.  “What Would She Do?” was created to offer a support system for all women in the workplace that need to have those tough conversations. Women from all different backgrounds and in various stages of their careers share their stories on topics like, whether we as women can have it all, tools that helped them be a better leader, and even how to come back from maternity leave, and how to handle crying in the workplace.

My goal for “What Would She Do?” is to connect all women through humor, insight and maybe even some tears along the way. But most importantly, that women hear authentic and real advice about other women pushing through tough situations in the workplace and making decisions that we all may face in our careers.

 

What has been your experience with failure and success?

First of all, I love failure! Don’t get me wrong, failing SUCKS but I think we all learn from our failures. Failure teaches us the steps we should not take, which pushes us to succeed so we don’t fail again. I do fear failure, but I also know that failing in life from time to time is inevitable, especially if I am doing something new. So now I don’t fear failure as much as I used to because I also know that success is on the other side of failure. You can’t have one without the other. Queen Oprah says it best:  “Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

Advice you would give to your younger self:

Be yourself.  If people don’t like it, it’s not that you aren’t the right fit for them, it’s that THEY aren’t the right fit for YOU. So, don’t try to be something that you aren’t…they aren’t worth that time and effort.

Favorite quotes:

  • You don’t grow when you are comfortable.
  • Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. Ann Landers.
  • If something doesn’t challenge you it sure as hell won’t change you!
  • If you doubt your power, you give power to your doubts.  Diane von Furstenburg
  • If you are a woman, never doubt that you belong at the table. Never doubt that you bring something to it. And never forget to save a seat for someone else. Maria Shriver 

What advice do you have for young women who want to follow their passion but aren’t sure how to get there?  

Surround yourself with people that you can share your ideas with, that support you and that may have a passion like yours. Be around people that offer you a different perspective and talk through your ideas with them. This will allow you to identify blind spots that then give you the confidence to start something big.

What advice do you have specifically for women that want to start a podcast?  

Be authentic, be real, be yourself and be OK with making mistakes.  (And EVERYONE always hates to hear their own voice…eventually you will learn to love the sound of yours)

Who are your role models?  

  • Gert Boyle, Chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear: She took over the business after her husband died in 1970. At that time she didn’t have business experience and still turned Columbia Sportswear into a billion dollar empire.
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics: She changed the world and was such a champion for a population a people that is so often neglected and overlooked. She never took “No” for answer, from anyone, ever. She was charm and fire at the same time.

What’s next for you?

My next adventure is setting up my podcast in a panel format, so people can answer questions from listeners. I’m excited to see how that works out and offer the opportunity to engage with both my speakers and listeners.

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The Boss of Club Boss Babes

 

Chrissy Lazar is the founder of Club Boss Babes! Club Boss Babes is a community and platform for ambitious, inspiring and used to uplift women. They are an online platform and host events in Miami, Los Angeles and Cleveland. Their mission is to empower women by providing them with the tools, resources and network needed for personal and business growth.

Chrissy, Where did you get the idea to start Club Boss Babes?

Club Boss Babes started out of the need for change, growth and support. After six years of working as a digital marketing professional in corporate America, I found myself overworked, underpaid and just pretty unhappy in life. So I made the decision to stop “wanting” change and start “being” the change I wanted.

I took my years of digital marketing experience and passion for fashion and applied it to my first business, an online clothing store. I started practicing self-care routines; meditation and manifestation and decided to focus my energy inwards in hopes of bettering myself. Lastly, I started surrounding myself with like-minded women, that I felt were extremely business driven and goal oriented.

That was the first part of the transformational period, which led me to the idea of Club Boss Babes. The second part occurred when I would have  coffee shop meet ups with my girlfriends. We would call them “Boss Babe Meetups” and routinely pencil each other in our busy schedules to meet, work and talk about our upcoming business projects, gain new insights and get help. From there, we felt there was a need for this type of empowering, motivating and helpful community in Miami, FL and so we built exactly that, which started as Mia Boss Babes and is now Club Boss Babes.

 

Three words that describe the mission of Club Boss Babes:

  1. Empowering
  2. Inspiring
  3. Uplifting

 

 

What’s the smartest business decision you’ve ever made?

When I made the decision to invest in my mental, spiritual, physical and emotional health. Because if you aren’t right within, than you just can’t win.

What has been your experience with failure and success?

You can’t have one without the other. Failure is typically the driving force behind success.

Who is your role model/mentor?

My Grandmother, she always believes in me, NO MATTER WHAT. Adrienne Bono, from her boss-like work ethic, to her personal, business advice and even to being the best mother I have ever seen. She’s made me realize there are no limits in life, other than the limits we set upon ourselves. And the amazing women I’ve met through the Club Boss Babes community. They have been HUGE in my personal and professional growth. I am forever grateful for each and every individual mentioned above.

Advice you would give to your younger self:

Always stay true to who you are, no matter what, because you are so special just the way you are.

Your favorite quote:

“Spread love, not hate.”

What advice do you have for young women who want to follow their passion but aren’t sure how to get there?

1. You don’t need to have all the answers figured out in order to get started.

2. You already have everything inside of you to create the life you want.

3. Believe in yourself. Believe in yourself. Believe in yourself… No matter what anyone tells you.

 

What’s next for you?

Well, I recently co-launched a digital marketing agency called Luna Wolf Digital. This project is still in its beginning stages, but I feel really good about it. The reason being, our focus is to help the “do good, be good, feel good” businesses have their voices be heard and their stories be told. To us, it’s more important to shine a light on the mission driven brands rather than the money driven brands, for the better good of this world.

 

“Self-care like a boss, because Self-love is power.” – Chrissy Lazar

 

Get on the waitlist to become an official member of Club Boss Babes at clubbossbabes.com

 

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The Soulful Artist of Salt Stitches

Emily Wright is a soulful and fluid being that creates visually inspiring and abstract embroidery pieces. Based in Manchester, UK, Salt Stitches was created for others to be inspired by the sea and nature’s natural textures. Her peaceful demeanor and calm spirit seems to go hand and hand with each of her pieces of work. The circular shape and vibrant colors paired with the flows of each piece seem to pull you into another reality. A reality that is all Emily’s. I recently had the privilege to interview her and learn all about Salt Stitches. Her story is beyond amazing and inspiring!

 

 

What’s the story behind Salt Stitches? 

To be brutally honest, Salt Stitches was born out of a really low point in my life. I was struggling with some pretty severe mental health issues that peaked in October 2017 when I eventually had to quit my job. Stitching became a form of self-care (although I’m completely at a loss as to how the idea for the first hoop actually developed!). I started purely for myself, with no intention of selling any of my work, until I started gaining attention on social media and taking orders. My inspiration came from spending a lot of time by the sea in North Wales UK whilst I was ill, and photographing the incredible textures that were to form the basis of my work. I was gifted a few different colours of thread from a supportive friend, and the rest is history as they say!

 

What makes Salt Stitches unique?

My composition that stems from existing natural textures is quite niche, and unlike any embroidery work I have come across. My background is in photography so I approach emboridery from a different angle than most artists that are popular at the moment. I also use machine thread rather than thicker embroidery floss which gives my work an added level of detail. It’s more time consuming, but ultimately worth it.

 

Three words to describe Salt Stitches:

  1. Passion – I create my work as a form of self care, and stand by my promise that if I ever win the lottery, I’ll continue to stitch and give all of my pieces away for free!
  2. Community – I wholeheartedly believe in the community over competition ethos – we’re all in this together, and there’s room for everyone at the table!
  3. Inspiration – I believe that every single person is creative in their own way, even when they don’t realize it, and I hope that my story can inspire others to try something new – I had never stitched a single thing until February 2018!

 

What’s the smartest business decision you’ve made?

I’m not sure any of my business decisions have been too smart! It’s all a learning curve, but quitting my career in fashion has made me a much happier and healthier person. Do what you love as much as possible, it will change your life!

 

What has been your experience with failure and success?

I’ve probably had an 80/20 ratio of failure to success, but the successes definitely made it all worth it. I’ve learned that even when you think you’ve failed, it’s never ever as bad as it seems. There will always be people there to support you and offer advice, even if sometimes you have to go out and look for them. If you don’t have a tribe yet I’ll always be happy to offer anyone advice – I’ve learned to be a good problem solver.

Advice you would give to your younger self:

Don’t waste precious time on people that aren’t worthy of it. If you’re not getting anything positive out of a relationship, then wave goodbye! Sometimes this includes family, so stick to your guns!

Favorite quote:

“If the ocean can calm itself, so can you. We are both salt water mixed with air” – Nayyirah Waheed

What’s next for you?

I have absolutely no idea and that feels absolutely incredible. When I think about what has changed in the last 12 months, this time next year I could be a completely different person and that feels really liberating!

Check out more of Emily’s work and be the first to know when she sells her DIY Embroidery Kits: 

Instagram: @salt_stitches and @girlleastlikelyto for pictures of my random daily life.

Facebook: Facebook.com/saltstitches

Shop: Etsy.com/shop/saltstitches

 

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The Hot New Organic Feminine Product

There are many great companies that offer amazing products for women and I wanted to highlight one of my new favorites, L. 

L. is a company that offers 100% organic tampons, pads and condoms. Their tampons (specifically) are chlorine, rayon and fragrance FREE! To be honest I didn’t even know those ingredients were in the tampons I have been using! SCARY! I believe their sleek branding, customer knowledge and great cause makes this up and coming company so unique.

“We believe that periods should only end sentences. Not education and opportunity. For every tampon you purchase, L. provides a pad to a girl in need in a developing country.” -L.

In many countries, girls miss school because of lack of access to sanitary pads. L. matches each sale of a tampon, pad or liner with a donation of an organic cotton pad to a girl in a developing country. Today, L. works with over 3,000 female entrepreneurs and has donated millions of products. To learn more about how L. donates pad making machines to empower female entrepreneurs, visit our movement.

 

 

 

In addition to serving their great cause, L’s instagram account is an eye catcher filled with nipple and vagina drawings, women-empowering quotes and representations of women of all color.

Last year they were picked up as a retailer at Target and they’ve been blowing up ever since. I normally stick to the bigger feminine companies when buying tampons but their packaging caught my eye and I couldn’t resist to pick up the sleek and see-through container with vibrant tampons inside.

While I feel the Luna cup is too far of a swing for me, I do support safer feminine products so I paid $1 more (than the bigger tampon companies) and gave L. Organic Cotton Tampons a try.

The applicator for their tampons are not as sturdy and easy to use as the bigger brands but other than that I just felt safer. Like I mentioned, I had no idea that tampons contained chlorine and rayon so I noticed myself not worried about what was in my body.

Overall, I would recommend that every women try this product for themselves. It serves a great cause and is safer than the average tampons we are used to buying.

 

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