All posts tagged: inspiration

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 …

Things You Can Do When You’re Feeling Uninspired

Switching gears and starting a new blog post topic relating to creativity. These are my current thoughts and whether you disagree or not, i’d love to hear your thoughts as well. One thing that recently dawned on me is that I tend to have ideas and tend to do things when I’m inspired. It hits me in the middle of the night or sometimes during the day. Some of my best decisions or work come from being inspired by an idea, something or someone (And I make the time to put it into action.) Sometimes its from new music that I’ve recently heard or by something that visually pops up on my social media feed. But if its not readily available, it needs to be sought out. So that’s where I found myself recently. I needed to seek out inspiration. Whats interesting is that inspiration doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Nor do you have to go far to find it. It might just be about doing something different. Something that might be …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Why Millennials Love Everlane (And Why I’m One Of Them)

Let me just say this. If you’re looking for a “no-frills” approach to clothing, look no further than Everlane. For those who aren’t familiar, Everlane is a San Francisco based online-only clothing brand that adopts a minimalistic design aesthetic for their clothing. They do basics: T-shirts, cashmere sweaters, leather backpacks, silk everything and crisp poplin shirts. Nothing you haven’t seen before, but you get quality items you can wear daily and still look stylishly cool for an affordable price.  As a customer, it finally feels like I’ve found my home and can see myself sticking around for a while. Here’s why. Initially I was looking for alternatives to fast fashion retailers (which comes with unethical fashion practices), and designer brands that carried too high of a price tag for what they’re selling. I was on the hunt for brands that believed in doing fashion ethically in addition to what they could offer their customers aesthetically. Everlane was one of those brands that stood out to me. First their story. Everlane is a refreshing gem in the already barren San Francisco fashion …

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 …

Hong Kong Giveaway!

Just a little fun, souvenir giveaway that I picked up from my travels! If you haven’t read my blog post about it, check it out here! Starts now! Ends Monday March 14th! What I enjoyed reminiscing in Hong Kong was the blend of East (Chinese) and West (British). Having afternoon tea or “yum cha” for example is a much enjoyed pass time by locals. So I decided to share some local tea biscuits/snacks and Chinese Tea with you for this quick little giveaway! I hope you enjoy it! Eat Sleep Play Blog Hong Kong Giveaway