Happy 2017 bossbabes! It’s been a hot minute since I updated my blog ….but life happens when you are super busy running and building an empire with 2 business babies (You! Lingerie & Preggo Leggings), adding 2 new ones (more to come on this), mommy’ing 2 real life littles and being wifey to my biggest chairleader. So what can I say? 🙂 But I plan to do better this year by posting new content twice a month. So stay locked and make sure you subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss a beat.
Last month, I was interviewed by Sabina Hitchen for the first ever “Behind The Seams” series feature on Fashion Riot, a fab online fashion magazine. Definitely a great way to kick off 2017 as I shared some good nuggets about my startups, the journey, what inspires me, challenges I faced, work life balance and how I keep it all together.
This interview was originally posted on The Fashion Riot. Sabina is one of my favs, a PR manager, the coolest media expert, owner of Sabina Knows and Press for Success. You should look her up, she’s pretty dope!
Enjoy the read!
An Introduction to the Behind the Seams Interview Series…
The fashion industry is no doubt glamorous – from the catwalks to the apparel that graces the glossy pages of magazines to the well-dressed bodies of Hollywood’s finest – but in my opinion, the stories about what must happen in order to get to those moments is much more interesting, and we’re going to tell it! Often, just as beautiful and inspiring as the apparel they create, are the stories of the businesses and entrepreneurs behind then, and in this interview series, we’ll share them with you. You’ll get to know designers, hear what inspires them, empowers them, and even scares and challenges them. It’s my hope that the insight into their passion, perseverance and dedication they share in these interviews ignites the same feelings in you.
Let’s face it: Social media doesn’t tell the whole story. Sure, it’s glamorous, but when we talk about the real story – as designers in this series will – you’ll learn more about what’s happening behind-the-scenes and seams with some of the fashion industries best and brightest.
So last month, I had the pleasure of chatting with Lisa Nicole Bell – badass babe, Serial Entrepreneur, Producer & Creator of Behind The Brilliance, an amazing weekly podcast that brings you some seriously bomb interviews with major movers and shakers and the world’s most inspiring treps and innovators. Let me tell you, if you are a woman, entrepreneur (or even a wantrepreneur) & millennial, her podcast is one you should definitely subscribe to. She is my type of bossbabe as she keeps it real, tells it like it is, she asks the hard questions you want answers to (business + personal + everything in between) and not to mention, she’ll have you rolling and busting out loud laughing too.
And as per usual, I dropped major gems during my interview with Lisa. We chatted about a range of topics including my lifestyle design, time management, finding bliss, starting a business with next to nothing, leaving a six figure income job at Kraft, my fav books and why Burlington Coat Factory is not the go to destination for luxury lingerie. Ahhhhhh…Just press play and listen below, don’t forget to let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Following a badass second season with viewer ratings going up by 115%, the hit TV series “The Profit” returned to CNBC for a third season. If you are like me and a sucker for business related TV shows like Shark Tank or Kitchen Nightmares, then you might have seen this program. And if not, it’s certainly worth taking a weekend to catch up on the series. This reality-based series follows multi-billionaire Marcus Lemonis as he offers struggling but promising small businesses his expertise and capital investment in exchange for ownership stake in their company.
Marcus Lemonis is the chair and CEO of Camping World/Good Sam Enterprises, a national retail chain that controls 25% of the recreational vehicles market in the US. His company generates up to $3 billion per year in sales and provides employment to more than 6000 people. With such accomplishments, it comes as no surprise for a key business figure like Lemonis to be the one dispensing real world business advice. He loves to call things exactly as they are. I absolutely love his “I’m 100% in charge, PERIOD” badass approach whenever he makes an investment in a struggling company.
Lemonis’ passion for business has been a major factor in helping him become a successful and influential entrepreneur. And his role as an angel investor on CNBC’s “The Profit” gives us a glimpse of the man in action. And real talk, he’s the truth. The cameras capture everything from actual negotiations to deals made with business owners and outcomes.
Instead of just being “the really rich dude with the checkbook,” Lemonis takes a more hands-on approach in rescuing failing or struggling businesses. He gives advice, works with co-founders on running operations for a week, enforces changes, puts up factories, revamps retail stores, and does more than what we can safely assume most angel investors would.
When working with other businesses, Lemonis puts a three-part evaluation process to work. He breaks down the backbone of any business into three critical elements coined as the 3P’s. Let’s take a closer look at these components and how you can leverage them to give your own business a competitive edge so you can kick major ass. (Haha, I just realized this is my third use of the word ‘ass’ and we are just getting started, LOL).