All posts filed under: Women-Led Brands

Ash No, Founder of SF Rugs: Turning A Little Bit Of Nothing Into Awesome Sauce

It’s Monday and I’m already feeling drained and overwhelmed for the week ahead. But it’s important to put my mind and heart at ease, knowing that running your own business takes time and many many attempts to get it right. Nothing great was built over night. And these are just some lessons I’ve learned from Ash No, Founder of SF Rugs. She’s an incredible woman with great tenacity, inventiveness and resourcefulness. All the makings of a good entrepreneur. She got her start in entrepreneurship by selling candy and cd’s in high school. Since then she has started 5-10 companies. It is my pleasure to share my interview with her. A side note: I’m thrilled and honored to know that she and I share the same love for HBO’s “Silicon Valley”. When did you start your first company and what was it? My first “business” was in high school. I sold candy and CDs in high school and had two part time jobs. I didn’t care at all for high school. It was never a priority …

Taryn Kutches: Co-Founder Of Parker Design Reinventing The Woman’s Backpack

A couple of nights ago, guest editor Taryn Kutches did us all a favor and shared her 10 must haves for pumping while on the go. We hope it streamlined some planning for those of you in the beautiful trenches of nursing. Tonight, I wanted to share her story with you. I’ve featured a few female entrepreneurs who left a career to pursue another, but this one is still doing both and raising a daughter. Taryn is from Norton Shores, MI, a small beach town on the west side of the state, where she lives with her husband Pete, a four-legged son Tahoe, and their daughter Parker. During the week she does the 40 hour grind as a sales engineer in the automotive industry. When she’s not at her day job, she’s sleeping, keeping up with her daughter and working hard on her passion project: Parker Design, of which she is co-founder of. What is Parker Design? A fashion brand hoping to re-think women’s fashion and positively changing the world at the same time. They’re beginning with …

10 Must Have’s for Pumping while Traveling

Trying something new today! Tonight on the blog is guest editor, Taryn Kutches, co-founder of Parker Design, sharing her tips on pumping while traveling. A must read if you’re a new mom returning to work from maternity, travel for work or just want to get away for the weekend. I know a lot of you just entering that stage of returning to work, so I thought this might be helpful. I for one felt the struggle the first year of nursing with my son, so it turned out pumping became a regular part of my life, as it is for many of you. These tips will be life-savers, trust me! So here’s Taryn!: Are you nervous about keeping up nursing while you are away from your little one for a few days? Don’t worry, I’ve been there too. I was determined to nurse my little girl for a year. After weeks of struggles in the beginning, we finally got the hang of it and we ended up making it to our goal, but boy did I ever under estimate …

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 …

Galentine’s Day Is…

A thing. Things sure have changed and I like it. A few years ago, Valentines Day was a day to be celebrated by couples (lovers for the most part), but this year I was introduced to Galentine’s Day, a holiday that Amy Poehler’s Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope created that occurs every year on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. As Leslie herself explains on the show: “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year.Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” I loved that. And I think this sudden new wave of feminism; the women’s march and women’s issues in politics, brought a timeliness to Galentine’s Day and to celebrating gal pals and girl power. I swear it was a bigger deal than actual Valentine’s day to the dismay of my poor husband. Say good bye to traditional notions of V-Day, and welcome the …

From Upcycling Thrifted Tee’s Into Newborn Hats, To Widely Adored Baby and Kid Brand – Meet Amy Richardson-Golia, Creator Of June & January

For those of us who understand what the term ‘nesting’ means, I’m about to share the story of one woman who took it to the next level. When you were pregnant, do you remember what you did? You may have been working up until your due date like a lot of women I know, you might have been making space in your home (or moving into a new home!), getting all the baby supplies you’ll be needing, or just trying to find a comfortable position to sleep in every night. I was certainly getting a little restless and anxious about it but I had no ambition other than to just get through it. This eventual founder of a well-known baby and kids brand, did something unique with her pregnancy time – she started sewing new-born hats out of hip thrifted T-shirts for her not-yet-born son and friends. In the winter 2010 during her first pregnancy, designer Amy Richardson-Golia started a side project from her kitchen table in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, which quickly grew into the now widely …

The Instagramer You Need To Follow…For Your Kids – Meet Loren Casas, Founder of Little Soul

I’m excited to share my next mom/entrepreneur on the series #Creator&Curator, who I think naturally embodies the spirit of creator! I ‘met’ Loren on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her feed. You could say it was love at first sight 😉 So I ‘followed’ her and when I had the idea for this series, I knew I had to reach out to her for an interview. She was busy but she agreed! But first, let me explain why I fell in love with Loren’s feed and why she is the Instagrammer to follow. If you go there (@thomasalm3ida), you’ll not only see really adorable photos of her son Thomas, you’ll find all the different creative projects they do together, almost on a daily basis. And when I mean creative, I cannot even begin to explain to you how creative I think this young mom is! What I love most about her is that every project is something both parent and child can appreciate. She shows us how you can help foster creativity and learning in your child without paying an arm …

Closer To Home – Lindsay Thomasson, Founder of Ella Lou

Happy Mother’s Day! Now that our hearts are all full from the celebrations, I’m kicking off the Mother’s Day Creators & Curators Series with a mom/entrepreneur who turned her love of travel and passion for social justice into a business which she now runs from home with her two little ones. What a way to bring far off destinations closer together! Meet Lindsay Thomasson, founder and curator of Ella Lou. I first “met” Lindsay through a mutual connection and subsequently had our first meeting/interview over the phone. Her youngest one, Olivier (14 months) had just gone down for a nap before I called.  Ahh those precious nap times! Before O started day care, I always prayed for a successful nap in order to have time to do some work or chores. In her case, it when she chose to time this interview. As I learned more about her and her business, I was most struck with how confidently she made a huge career change in favor of her family as well as her advise on balancing entrepreneurship with being a mom. Prior to Ella Lou, Lindsay was an …

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 …

From Fashion Designer To Toy Shop Owner – The Story Of Clementine

Warning: This post contains seriously cute photos that will cause you to smile spontaneously.  It was the end of January; the beginning of a much needed rainy season here in the Bay Area. San Francisco’s infamous fog was slowly creeping in, and not before long, the rain started to drizzle on my windshield as I drove up the 280. I was looking forward to meet my next interviewee. I’ve been having a French moment lately. First, was my encounter with Pascaline of Pascaline Paris, and now I was on my way to meet another Parisian woman with a heart for adventure and entrepreneurship. Our appointment was arranged at Cafe du Soleil, which coincidentally turned out to be a French cafe. When I arrived, I felt like I had stepped right into a hybrid of Parisian life and San Francisco Hipster culture – with plenty of hipsters on their Macs sipping lattes. A few minutes later I met Clementine Marot – Co-Founder of Bonjour Petit. Bonjour Petit – Bringing whimsical european inspired toys to the Bay Area I’m always on the hunt for inspiring new shops and faces, especially in the …