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Her must-haves: Playful romper, tea-to-go mug
"I'm always running around to meetings and taking the train (I'm a big advocate of cutting costs — little things really do add up). So, pieces like this romper, that I don't have to worry are hanging weird or falling off, make my life so much easier. Yellow's my favorite color, too. I love how bright and happy it is. Pairing a short one-piece like this with a heavier jacket makes it feel seasonally appropriate and more professional, so it's not like, Is that lady on her way to the beach?"
Shoes, jacket, jewelry, and romper courtesy of T.J.Maxx. For a similar style, try:
"Every day, there are things I do that make me think about the process of beauty. For example, I make collages and inspiration boards using photos of my family from the turn of the century and keep them in my notebooks. To see my great-great-grandmothers, who were just out of slavery and had almost nothing, be so beautifully dressed for those photographs inspires me to tap into something deeper in my interpretation of beauty. I write all of my inspirations down, so then, when someone asks me about something, I can remember exactly what I thought about it and why, rather than having to rely on my memory."
Pouch and notebooks courtesy of T.J.Maxx.
Setting An Agenda
"Spending a decade in the entertainment industry, I've been in the company of so many people who were just relentless in their dreams: Sean John Combs, Russell Simmons, André Balazs. I learned from them the importance of being an agenda-setter. Our agenda is our story; it's how we get people excited about following us down the path of our dreams. For me, that meant thinking about beauty from the consumer's perspective."
Tote bag courtesy of T.J.Maxx.
The Balancing Act
"One of the things that's essential to my morning is drinking something warm; I vacillate between coffee and tea, but right now I'm really into peach tea. And, since I'm always in a rush, I usually take it to go. It helps keep me calm (and hydrated!), so I can do the things that matter. It's not about perfect balance, it's about connecting each day. I can never balance [everything]; I'm always teetering one way or another — but I know I have what's important."
To-go mug courtesy of T.J.Maxx.
Shining At Work
Her must-haves: Chic storage, retro blazer
"When I started out with DooBop, I didn't have office space. That's one of the cardinal rules of startups: Stay as lean as you can for as long as you can. Another is to find a trade publication — for me, it's WWD — that tells you who the players are and gives you ideas. Then, you have to make a business plan. If you make a great business plan, you'll attract a good partner, which is crucial. A good partner does things you can't do, balances you out. I need someone who is super type-A and organized, so I can focus on the customer, the content, the visual, and the voice. That's where I shine."
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