Like most people in my generation, I’m completely addicted to my iPhone. It goes where I go! Although I cringe when I see my bill every month, I love the convenience of being able to practically bring my laptop everywhere I go. My apps make my world go round, my calendar keeps me on schedule and group chat is always killing my battery – I love it! No matter what mobile device you have, it’s become an accessory and brands are taking notice. I love that my phone can be apart of my outfit, being as colorful and feminine as I am. I especially love a high end phone case for whatever reason. I mean….I have a Coach keychain, for what reason I don’t know. There’s something about carrying around a bit of luxury with you everyday that makes your day a little brighter! From DVF to Lanvin, high end retailers are creating fabulous cases to compliment every personality. Here are a few that I’m currently stalking:
I’m so excited to introduce a new feature highlighting MOMtrepreneur’s on the move. Part of my purpose in creating this blog was to show that life does not end after motherhood – you can still be fly & ambitious! First up in this series is a woman who I’ve admired from a distance for years. I was an avid reader of her beauty blog and became elated when I learned that she was creating her own line of 5 Free Nail Lacquer called MISCHO BEAUTY! Read on to find out how this wife, mother and business woman does it all!
For those who may not be familiar with you, can you give us a brief introduction? Can you tell us about your company Mischo Beauty?
I’m a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, manicurist and makeup artist with professional training and experience from Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa. I also have a degree in Chemistry from Spelman College. I launched MischoBeauty.com (the beauty blog) in May 2007 to provide an honest, fact- based perspective on all things beauty. MischoBeauty.com’s mission was to educate readers on everything from esthetics to hair, skin and nail health, and provide current news and reviews on the latest products, industry events, beauty goods and services.
From behind-the-scenes coverage of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to the most innovative and effective salon and spa treatments, I’ve been on the pulse of all that is new and tried-and-true on the beauty scene.
My experience as a chemist and cosmetologist led me to transition the beauty blog into a beauty brand, which launched its first line of products – Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquers – on November 1, 2013!
Did motherhood inspire you to become an entrepreneur, or have you always seen yourself becoming a business woman?
I’ve always envisioned myself as a business woman, but motherhood definitely influenced the launch of my brand’s first product – the 5 FREE nail lacquer collection!
Has motherhood had an affect on the particular business that you decided to start?
I can’t say that it has. It’s always been my dream to combine my love of science and passion for beauty and launch a collection of beauty products.
What’s your typical day like as a MOMtrepreneur ?
I have so many moving parts going on in my life right now, that no day is the same for me. I am a wife and mother to a 2 year old, and I also have a 9-5 job. Before everyone rises, I am already up answering emails and checking my to-do list for the day. After that, I make breakfast for my family and shortly thereafter my son is off to daycare and I am at work. Because most of my manufacturers are on the west coast, I usually break at lunch to make calls to ensure deadlines are being met. After I leave my 9-5, I head to the gym or yoga and then home to prepare dinner and relax with my family. Once my son is bathed and we’ve finished our storytime, and my family is settled in for the night, I begin work on the brand again. And because my brand is a start-up, I work at least one weekend day on the brand, as well.
As women, it’s sometimes hard for us to balance work, family and still have “me time”! How you do juggle it all?
It’s a lot of work, but I’m doing everything I love and that is what really keeps me going. It doesn’t feel like work. I stay positive and manage my time very wisely. I have a wonderful network of support and that helps a lot.
What’s your favorite “me time” activity?
Going to the spa!
In your experience, what is the most rewarding aspect of being your own boss?
Living my dream! Seeing my dreams come true!!!
Do you have any advice for (aspiring) MOMtrepreneurs out there?
My advice for aspiring MOMpreneurs is to first make a commitment! Then take action and stay focused, and hang on tight for the roller coaster ride to come. It’s important to keep pushing through during the good and tough times.
Where can we find you & Mischo Beauty around the web?
Ladies and gents! I need your help! For as far back as I can remember, it has been my goal to be an entrepreneur. As a mom, the desire to be my own boss has become even more important to me. I’m launching an eco glam, bath & cosmetics line called JOLIE BLOOM – named after my daughter. I’m very passionate about beauty and have done it all from being an esthetician to a makeup artist. I also use my blog here as a platform to share my love of natural beauty products, but I seek more. I want to contribute to the movement of one day making non-toxic beauty the standard and not the alternative.
While having a fantastic product is great, its means nothing if no one knows about it. Here’s where I need your help. I’m trying to win a scholarship to Marie Forleo’s B-School, which is an 8 week online program to learn how to market your online business. I know this program will provide with the tools that I need to get my message and products out to millions of people.
Here’s how you can help:
- Watch my video
- LIKE my video on youtube
- Leave a comment on youtube with feedback
- Spread my video to as many people as possible and encourage them to do the same
While there is no shortage of trendy boutiques in Miami, most of them have price tags that are way over our budgets. Monc Boutique is a little gem that offers great style where you can get an entire outfit for under $100. Started by three sisters, the ladies give us a peek into their fashionable lives as business women.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND CREATING MONC BOUTIQUE?
It all started with three girls who traveled the world and experienced first hand the changes in fashion trends. After moving to Miami and looking for a unique fashion store, we realized that when something isn’t available it must be created. This is when Monc Boutique was born.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
Monc is Maya, Oliver (maya’s son), Nayla, Carolle. The three sitters first initials.
WHATS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE BEHIND THE SCENES OF MONC BOUTIQUE?
We keep busy with merchandising the store, ordering new styles and finding exciting events to be part of.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST ASPECTS ABOUT RUNNING A FAMILY BUSINESS? WHAT ARE SOME CHALLENGES?
The best thing for us is that we know each other so well that it is very easy to communicate our vision, which is also the hardest thing because we know each other so well.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST FASHIONABLE MEMORY AS SISTERS?
Attending a Donna Karen Show in New York was the most fashionable moment we’ve had as sisters, it was fabulous!
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST FASHION TRENDS THAT WE SHOULD CHECK OUT THIS VALENTINES DAY?
A lot of sexy dressed, red, pink and black are always trendy for Valentine’s day. Anything that shows off any girls figure is sure to make her man go crazy.
WHAT MAKES MONC BOUTIQUE STAND OUT FROM OTHER SHOPS?
The fact that we have trends from all over the states and the world. We try to bring fashions that we’ve seen everywhere we travel to give choices to our consumers, also that nothing is over $100 at Monc.
Check out my top picks from Monc Boutique under the cut:
In the land of social media, people often find it intimidating to repeat outfits. That’s not the case for me however! I don’t know about anybody else but my budget doesn’t allow me to wear something once and never rock it again. And if I feel like sharing a photo online and I’ve already posted the outfit, I don’t really care. Fashion is a way for us to express ourselves and get creative. Remixing an outfit by switching up your hair and makeup can make it look completely different. I also love to give my outfits new life by wearing different accessories.
In this case, I chose to make one of my previous outfits work appropriate. By wearing a different necklace, adding stockings and a classic pair of black pumps, I was corporate ready. As a former Catholic High School girl in Long Island, I HATED wearing stockings to school everyday. Now I love to pair black ones with black pumps to give the illusion that my legs are longer than they are! While we’re on the subject, I made a new friend at work who is also 4’11 like me! Us short people need to stick together ya know!
Blazer: Burlington Coat Factory | Dress: Target | Pumps: Steve Madden | Bag: Phillip Lim For Target
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The transition from stay at home mom to working full time as gone smoother than I thought it would. The mornings are absolutely crazy (and early) but I make it to work early enough to calm my nerves before walking in.
As the week comes to a close, I’m just very grateful for the Blessings that I’ve received. Keeping a positive attitude and setting goals always puts me in a happy place. Like most 20 something’s, I’ve gone through periods of second guessing myself and being unsure of the future. While I still don’t have a crystal ball to ball to see my future, I knowthat great things are headed my way. I’ve taken responsibility for where I am today and putting in the work to get where I want to be. On a more superficial note, my Beetle Juice dress was a hit at work yesterday as well as my red lip! I’ve been in corporate environments before where they encourage you to tone it down with the makeup. I’ve been keeping it safe all week, but once I found out that it wasn’t a problem I dug in my purse for my favorite color. I’m so much more efficient with a bold lip! lol
Cardigan: Old Navy | Necklace: Wet Seal | Dress: H&M | Shoes: Bakers
Here’s what I wore to work on Wednesday! I’m more than of a blazer than a cardigan type of gal, but they come in handy on a warmer day when you still need to cover up.
I’ve had a few people in the office give me compliments on my necklaces throughout the week! If there’s an item I feel like I can’t leave work without, it would be a statement necklace. What’s Your Signature Piece?
…so I did it! I went back to work! I tried this a few months ago but I ultimately ended up back at home where my heart truly wanted to be. I rushed it…I wasn’t ready. This time however, the exact opportunity that I wanted fell into my lap! If there is one thing that I’ve learned over the years, its to never burn bridges because life is not about what you know, but at times who you know. So far, I’m the class clown of the new bunch and having a great time meeting new people. Grey is slowly adjusting to daycare, and I’ve handled it much better than I thought I would. I haven’t cried as yet. However, I do call throughout the day to check up on him lol.
The fun part for you guys is that I have a dress up for work everyday, which means more content on the blog! Fun! My goal is to adhere to the business attire requirements while adding a splash of my personality. The highlight of todays outfit was this fun print skirt, but I won’t be wearing it into the office for a second time. It keeps riding up and I’m sure that mini skirts aren’t part of the dress code. I’ll save it for date nights with my husband on the weekends. Another new thing that came into my life this week – my new sew in!!! It’s my first in almost 3 years….yea I know! I’m going to be posting a video review tomorrow so be sure to check back in for that! New job, new hair, life is good!
Earlier this month, my little guy celebrated his 1st birthday in style with family and friends. I was super emotional on the days prior as I feel so fortunate that God has trusted me to be his mommy. My husband and I still have moments when we look at each other and just can’t believe that he’s here and healthy. It’s been quite the journey to get here, but we made it! Enough of the mushy stuff though, let’s get on to the party!
I’d originally planned for the party to be in the same park where we hung out with friends a little while back. The weather seemed to be unpredictable for the weekend however, so I moved the location at the last minute. Of course it then turned out to be a perfect day and I regretted it. Despite planning everything in advance, things went crazy that day. We started extremely late and I felt horrible as guests arrived and we were still setting up. Everyone even started pitching in to help. This wasn’t the way that I planned it, but everyone was so understanding and helpful. Then it turned out that we had nowhere to cook the food so my mom ended up having to go back home to use the oven. I was so frustrated. Parties are my thing and I just couldn’t understand why everything was going so haywire after such careful planning. Eventually I just had to check myself and relax. This was a day to celebrate the birth of my child and he didn’t care about anything that I was stressing over. As far as he was concerned, he had space to walk around and all his favorite people were hanging out him.
The dessert table though…that was perfect! Except the fact that my husband left the Publix box on the table, but I didn’t notice since I was so busy running around lol.
I’d originally planned on baking everything myself but opted for store bought cupcakes to save time. I taped toothpicks to the back of the cutouts to use them as cupcake toppers. I love to decorate parties, so on the pleased with the table. I didn’t get a chance to put together the centerpiece that I’d originally planned on making, so I ended up putting gummy worms into mason jars and putting them on each table. I sure the kids loved that more than what I was going to make anyway
After a while, I just had to get out of my own head, loosen up and have fun. I did the best I could to relax and have fun with my baby.
I got to catch up with friends that I hadn’t seen in a while the bigger kids played musical chairs, ran around outside and threw rocks in the lake.
Hours later, we finally gathered around to sing happy birthday and Grey got his first taste of cake – he wasn’t a fan! He did enjoy playing in his own smash cake though!
What started off rocky day ended well – Grey had a blast! He danced, he ate, he played, he got tons of presents – he loved it. I’m so grateful to everyone who came, those that helped blow up balloons and for all the clothes & educational toys! Thank you! As for me, this was one of my many lessons once again teaching me that things can’t always be perfect so I need to relax ((sigh)). I’m working on it!
Thank you again to those who came out to my little mans special day!