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17 Tips On Starting Your Own Business From 9 Women Who Did It.

Today’s post was inspired by some real questions I had a few years ago when I started my blog and still continue to ask today as I start a new freelancing career. How do you start your own business? And what does it take to become successful? The funny thing is, I never asked anyone for advice on how to start my own business. I googled, I tried things, and did my research, but I never actually talked to anyone about how to start one. So I finally did. I asked nine talented female entrepreneurs in the decor, kids and fashion space, about THE best things they did when starting their own businesses. And what I learned was absolutely golden and not to mention diverse. All of them are truly inspiring and I’m so fortunate to have crossed paths with them, whether in person or on Instagram. If you’re thinking about making that leap, get ready because you’re about to get proven, solid advice on how to successfully start and grow your business from nine different women who did it. Decor …

First Outfit Post: Spring Florals, Denim and Red Block Heels

I’ve been blogging here for the past 3 years and I haven’t put up very many outfit/style post. To be honest, I’d much rather be behind the camera than in front of it. But sometimes we have to push past our comfort zones and show up. So I decided to give this a try. I’m not a big print person, but Spring is here and I was inspired by all the pretty flowers in bloom. I picked this really minimal location because I just love the colors. It’s the James Turrell Sky Space at the De Young Museum, San Francisco. It’s a must see! Floral Blouse: The Kooples (Now On Sale at Bloomingdales) Jeans: Denim Studio Paris (Now on sale!) or  Alternative Socks: Urban Outfitters $2 or Alternative Shoes: Style Nada or Alternative I heard Everlane is coming out with a pair of cute red heels! Leather Jacket: Serge Pariente  (Now On Sale) or Alternative Sunglasses: Ray Bans   I gave the shirt a lot of thought. Did it seem spring enough? It’s black! The good thing is, …

How To Dine Like A San Franciscan At Home With Grocery Outlet

When it comes to eating out, my husband and I usually try a variety of restaurants around San Francisco or San Mateo. But of course we can’t go out to eat all the time since we have a 4 year old who only likes pizza! So we improvise. What I like to do is get inspiration from the place’s we’ve eaten and try to make my own simpler version of it for us to enjoy at home. I teamed up with Grocery Outlet Bargain Market to bring you this post inspired by our recent restaurant adventures! I made two San Francisco restaurant inspired dishes with fresh organic ingredients from our local Grocery Outlet. Why Grocery Outlet Bargain Market? Grocery Outlet actually has amazing deals on wine and food, but it is not just the price that matters- it’s what you do with it! So that is why I wanted to show how you can live like a San Franciscan and dine at your hearts content, whether it’s by yourself, a date night or with kids! …

Pauline Canteneur On How The Young French Live In San Francisco

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is the people I meet. Last year, through Clementine, the young fashion designer turned toy store owner I had met through Pascaline, my French network grew from zero to making up most of my current friends. Perhaps we shared a similar narrative of coming to the United States to seek education, work and life. Or maybe our shared love for art, culture and exploration. No, it must have been our sense of humor or quirkiness! Whatever the reason and although our cultures and histories were worlds apart, I found it easy and quick to form a friendship. So much so I wanted to write about two of the girls who left a lasting impression on me the first time we ever met. Pauline and Charlotte. I met Pauline and Charlotte on a freezing fall evening at the opening of the Minnesota Street Project. Pauline, a poised young 20 something native of the North Eastern part of France, who instantly impressed me with her ability to ride a bike wearing …

New Year! New Look!

After my long hiatus away from this baby, I’m back and giving it a much needed update. It’s time it got the care and attention it deserved. But first a quick recap! Why I stopped blogging If you read my last post dated in May, I entered a new transition to focus on my ‘new career’. So I decided to devote myself to meeting the needs of new clients and new projects over a couple of months. It paid off. I gave it every minute I could, learned a lot and felt the sweet satisfaction of getting rewarded for my work. Towards the end of the year, I made it my new years resolution to focus on what really matters to me and pivoting on my goals. One of which was to come back to Eat Sleep Play Blog and create the type of content that inspires me. What to expect Honestly, I haven’t planned it all out yet. I’ve always been part organic and I love the surprise element that it brings. It’s also been a …

Behind the scenes – Pascaline Paris Lookbook shooting

My first shoot with Pascaline Paris’ collection was definitely a growing experience. Changing in the car for instance is definitely not easy. I learned that San Francisco weather is definitely not the most forgiving when it comes to staying warm. It was super windy out in the Presidio where we shot. I definitely wish I had a coat but these photos in the wind still turned out pretty cool. I’ve never modeled before so it was funny to see how many awkward poses, expressions (mostly sad looking) and angles came out of the hundreds of photos taken. Like these… And at the end of the day (Sorry Pascaline), here I am back in the clothes which I don’t need to worry about getting dirty. I mean, as much as I love the outfits I was wearing, how can I expect to wear dresses or white pants when I’m with my toddler boy most of the day??? 🙂 It was a lot of fun! And although this might not be a regular thing, I was really glad I …

“Bien dans sa peau” A lookbook with Pascaline Paris

I read somewhere that women in France don’t categorize themselves – ‘I am a grandmother therefore I should dress like a grandmother’ kind of mentality. French women seem to be women first – then they are girlfriends, wives, mothers or grandmothers afterwards. They are confident and effortless. It’s more than what they wear or how they look, its more of a blissful state of being- of not feeling self-conscious. They know who they are and they listen to their inner voice; as a result they can embrace their own unique beauty. They have an expression for this: “Bien dans sa peau”, which means “to feel comfortable in your own skin”. It must be nice to feel that way about one’s self all the time. In Asia and America it seems as though we’re always so body conscious and body shaming. Like there’s a perfect standard of how we should look and what we should be doing at any given life stage. To me that’s just stifling and we miss out on so much because we’re too …

A Mother’s Day Series: Creators and Curators

Mother’s Day is a big day for us. But not because we like tooting our own horns. I think its often more the other way round! We often focus too much on ways we weren’t ‘good enough’, and not enough on how far we’ve come, considering we knew absolutely NOTHING about how to give birth and care for a new living being! But honestly, it’s also day we are reminded of how lucky we are to be moms and to be grateful for the mothers we’ve had in our lives. And this year to celebrate mother’s day, I decided to do a month long series of not just one, but multiple women who embody the spirit of creativity and curation in addition to being moms themselves!  Over the last few months I’ve been learning about all these different women who started their own businesses and I’ve found at least two things in common about them. Those two things are the agency to create something and the ability to curate in such a way that is clearly their own point of view. But wait, if …

Bitte Summer 2016 Collection Launch Party

Summer is almost here. Can you believe it? Which means planning family vacations is just around the corner. Or if you’re like me, you’re just trying to get through the week and leave the planning to the husband! Last week I attended my first press event at Chantal Guillion on Howard St. hosted by mom and entrepreneur Maia, co-founder of Bitte. She had a full sample of the summer collection set up beautifully inside. There was a photo-booth, a macaron decorating activity, cute gift bags, and plenty of macarons and champaign – definitely enough to make us bloggers and moms very happy! It was a great chance to meet new people, dream up reasons why I should shop at Bitte and practice taking photos. I finally had a chance to upload some photos from the event: The summer collection is now available on www.bitteshop.com. I’m starting to shop at Bitte for birthday gifts and baby showers too now. The site is really easy to navigate and convenient. The only minor thing is the wait for shipping. …

She created her own online store selling sustainable children’s apparel and toys. AND she’s a new mom. Meet Maia.

Women create businesses. Women create jobs. Women have a huge impact on the economy. Women become mothers. These are some facts that have been circulating through my brain these days. Why? Because it’s time to give women some credit where its due! And today’s featured woman is no exception. She’s a full time mama and entrepreneur: Meet Maia McDonald Smith, Co-Founder of Bitte. An online store which curates modern, classic and sustainable children apparel and toys, sourced from US/Europe. I was able to get an in person interview with Maia and her Co-Founder who happens to be her own mom – Sara McDonald.  We checked in at San Francisco’s lovely Chantel Guillon, where my eye and taste buds first gravitated towards the colorful display of macarons that lay before me. Thursday morning just got sweeter #macarons and #tea by @chantalguillon on #Howard st #sf #sanfrancisco #dessert #food #desserts #yum #yummy #amazing #instagood #instafood #delish #foods #delicious #tasty #eat #eating #foodpics #sweettooth #foodie #french #womenled #parisian A photo posted by www.eatsleepplayblog.com (@eatsleepplayblog) on Mar 24, 2016 at …