A Boss Holiday Travel Playlist

Pack those bags, the world's waiting...

Pack those bags, the world's waiting...

Hey, Boss Babes! It's Champagne Friday yet again - for one I can't believe we're almost through October! Halloween is next week & after that, we are heading straight into Thanksgiving month. Anyone have their Halloween costumes all figured out? I always struggle with deciding on what I want to dress up as. Leave me some suggestions in the comments - I need all the help I could get! 

I just got back from a small weekend vacay visiting some family in Trinidad (this is where I'm originally from) & let me tell you it was much needed. Some good quality family and friends time is just what I needed to get me feeling refreshed & motivated again. Speaking of traveling... If you're like most people, the holiday travels begin as early as October. There's nothing worse than traveling and not having a bomb playlist to get you through those awful airport lines am I right? Today I'm sharing the perfect playlist that will definitely help you get through those long travel days & nights, whether you're flying or road tripping, we've got you covered. 

Have a great weekend, babes. I can't wait to check back in next week. Be on the lookout for a spooky cocktail recipe coming your way next Thursday. Stay boss always.

-Sarah 

 

Meet Danielle Ferrari!

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

Hey, Boss Babes! Meet Danielle Ferrari of Valhalla Resale. I met Danielle at our launch party in June at Hazel + Dot. She’s kind, a fabulous listener, & she’s created something awesome. We’ve all had those “I have nothing to wear moments”, and Danielle has worked hard to create a ‘collective closet’ where we can feel comfortable in our own skin while we shop for unique clothing that we can borrow or purchase. Something many of us might not be aware of is that the fashion industry is the second largest cause of pollution in the world. When Danielle learned this, it led her down a path towards sustainability in all areas of her life. This passion has culminated in Ferrari having a tankless water heater, solar panels, and to drive a Prius, to name a few. But it’s also leading to a growing business based on sustainable fashion with the ability to do what she loves. I’m so excited to introduce you to Danielle. Enjoy her words. 

P.S. If you’re free tonight (10/18) from 6 to 8 p.m., we’re having a Halloween Pop Up at Valhalla. More details here

-G

Tell us about yourself and what you do! 

The day I arrived in Tampa 10 years ago, I absolutely fell in love with Seminole Heights. The historic homes and friendly neighbors; I instantly knew this was “home” so I decided to settle down and purchase a house here. At the time, I had no clue I’d eventually become a part of the small business community.

Today, I am the owner of Valhalla, a unique clothing boutique that helps women fulfill the ultimate fantasy of having everything to wear. Valhalla offers a clothing membership where members can rent everyday clothing - members gain full and unlimited access to our collective closet while maintaining three items out at a time. We also sell and purchase used clothing and accessories.

How did your business begin? 

I used to work in civil construction as an office manager. I loved wrangling huge projects into success. After ten years with no hope of promotion, I decided to leave and forge my own path instead of relying on others to see my potential. I knew I wanted to start a business, but wasn’t exactly sure what kind of business. I didn’t have any “big ideas”, so I thought I would do something I had a passion for-- clothing. As I was doing research for a business plan, I came across an eye-opening statistic from a study conducted by Threadflip: most women only wear their clothing in the first month of the purchase and then usage per item drops drastically, almost to zero.

I was floored, even though I knew I did the same thing. I imagined the world’s closets bursting at the seams, going unused, wasted. I knew there was a better way. Valhalla was born from my concern for sustainability and the desire to shop. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to own a boutique and the thought of providing women a place to shop guilt-free was really exciting to me.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

What’s 1 challenge you’ve faced and 1 success you’ve had since you’ve created your business?

Women often fall in love with the store as soon as they walk in and dive into our selection. I hear things like “I am going to get into SO much trouble in here!” from new customers because they’re excited about the store and are thinking about everything they could bring home. Traditionally, that would mean purchasing clothing, but at Valhalla, you can’t get into trouble (well, if you have a membership anyway). So, I’d say, helping women change their mindset when it comes to how they consume clothing has been my biggest challenge. I’m helping turn lifelong shopping behaviors on their head. It’s hard for people to believe in things that sound too good to be true and “you don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot” certainly falls into that category.

As far as success, my proudest achievement in my life so far has been to open Valhalla and do something no one has ever done before. It was incredibly thrilling seeing the idea through to execution. When I initially had the idea, I knew that this was something that I just had to do but I had no idea how I could actually see it through from idea to a functioning clothing store since I had never done anything like it before. And with no other businesses to model the store after, I had to do all the work to figure it out myself. It took quite a bit of time, research, and brainstorming but I eventually got the logistics worked out and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

When are you at your happiest?

I’m at my absolute happiest after a long day of work, the kind that lets me happily drift to sleep, looking forward to the next day.

What do you tell yourself when things get difficult?

This is something that I struggle with, but my best approach is to look at things logically and look for solutions that I can implement rather than dwelling on the problem directly. Dwelling on problems rather than solutions will make you lose your hair, believe me, I know from experience.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

What are you grateful for?

I’m most grateful for Valhalla’s members, they are truly amazing, inspiring, and encouraging women. I’m happy to see them every time they come in and luckily, I see our members often. We’re have member appreciation parties and I’m always really excited to have them all meet each other.

What’s 1 personal goal and 1 business goal you plan to accomplish this year?

When you own a business, especially a new business, all your personal goals are business goals. I’d like to continue to grow Valhalla’s members. I love seeing the joy that access to our limitless closet brings to our members and knowing how much better it is for the environment than traditional consumption. I know that I’m helping work towards a healthier environment the more members we take on.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

Where can you be found on a Tuesday afternoon?

I’m at Valhalla Tuesday afternoons, probably doing laundry or processing new inventory. We get new inventory and returns every single day so the laundry never ends. Luckily, I find doing laundry relaxing; I can let my mind wonder.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

How about on a Friday evening?

I have Friday nights off so I’m usually meeting friends for dinner at The Front Porch or Piccola Italia Bistro (if you haven’t been yet, you HAVE to go) or I might be spending time with my sister and her family a few blocks from the store.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

A Sunday morning? 

I start Sunday mornings with a 10 minute, head-clearing walk to Valhalla. Usually, the very first thing I do when I get to work is pick out new outfits for our members so they can start the work week off on the right foot. I’ve been very surprised by how satisfying I find shopping for others.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

Photo by The Dashing Ginger.

Finish these sentences: 

I love: what I do. I’m grateful every day that I made the decision to start this business. It’s been incredibly liberating being in control of my own success. I’m often found on my one day off at work, not necessarily to catch up on work that I’m behind on but more because it’s my favorite place. Everyone should be so lucky to work at their absolute favorite place.

I’m always looking for: a challenge. I’ve always been a person that succeeds most when met with a difficult task, so I’m always looking for new ways to challenge myself. 

My inspiration is: sustainability. It’s what inspired the idea for my business model and it’s what drives my business decisions, even down to the types of cleaning products we use in the store.

I’ll never: compromise my principles. Sustainability is at the core of my business and it always will be. Valhalla may evolve overtime, but sustainability will always be at its heart.

4 Steps Towards Savvier Social Media

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Improve your digital presence & engagement in 3....2....1.

Hey lovelies! Happy Top Knot Tuesday!

I hope you're feeling revived & motivated after reading yesterday’s Mugs Monday post. We’ve been hitting it hard with the small biz tips lately, including sharing all the social media tools & tricks we've gathered in our own experience as well as from other savvy Boss Babes. Together, we can slay all day. I know you've got a to-do list a mile long, so I've put together a round up of our latest social media posts that can help your social media strategy be more efficient AND make your content savvier by lunchtime. ;)

Whether you’re trying to increase engagement or are just plain confused about those recent Facebook changes (like I totally was) we’ve got you covered. Let's get to werk.

Grab your caffeine & let the catching up begin: 

6 Stories on Why Social Connections Matter

How to Rock The New Facebook Features
 
How to Rock Pinterest for Your Business

Improve Your Social Media Presence In 3 Easy Steps
 

Let us know in the comments below which tips have been the most useful for you! Thanks for hangin' with us. Stay tuned for more social media posts, and a tour of the equipment we use to create our Boss Babe features & our recipe videos! Stay Boss. 

-Sarah

 

Be Your Own Light Source

"You have to let fear go. No matter how things are stacked against you, you just have to every time." -Venus Williams

"You have to let fear go. No matter how things are stacked against you, you just have to every time." -Venus Williams

Happy Mugs Monday, Babes! Another Monday, another opportunity to smash some goals. Let’s have a quick Monday pep talk before you go off into the world and tackle that to-do list. In a sea of opportunities, and choices, and the constant influx of “new”, it can be easy to lose yourself below the surface. When that happens, you can feel yourself physically sinking with doubt. It turns your energy from ‘possible’ to ‘no way, I just can’t’ and you don’t need that kind of negativity in your happenin’ life. When you have multiple roads ahead of you remember to reflect on your personal mission in life and if a road doesn’t serve that purpose, then don’t go down it. If an opportunity requires you to give up pieces of who you are, then it’s not the right opportunity. Stand tall. Be true. And remember to forge the path that makes sense for you. Be your own light source. 

So, there’s only one thing left to do. ;) Get out there & light.it.up. 

Thanks for sticking with us & we hope you’ll share what your goals are for this week in the comments below so we can celebrate with you when you make ‘em happen. Cheers to a fabulous week. Stay boss. xx

-G

Channel Love, Kindness, & Music

"Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender you are, it has the power to unite us." -Lady Gaga

"Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender you are, it has the power to unite us." -Lady Gaga

Hi ladies!

I hope you’re doing well, in spite of all the chaos that has been happening in our country this week. It's times like these that can leave us confused and wondering what the point of it all really is. We can recenter ourselves with the reminder that what’s important in life are our friends & loved ones. This is the time when we all need to power through together. Use your frustration as motivation to get.shit.done. Use your love & kindness to inspire those around you. 

We created a bomb Friday playlist that will be sure to leave you feeling ready to channel some positive energy into the universe. Music is one of the most powerful tools we have access to; it can alter your mood within seconds, help you recall precious memories, & comfort you when you need it most. Let's use music today to get us back in a positive place mentally & emotionally.

Share your go-to jam for when you need a pick-me-up in the comments. Have a wonderful weekend & stay boss!

-Sarah 

Meet Jenny Miller & Katelyn Grady!

Katelyn Grady of The Body Electric Yoga Company.

Katelyn Grady of The Body Electric Yoga Company.

Jenny Miller of The Body Electric Yoga Company. 

Jenny Miller of The Body Electric Yoga Company. 

Hey, Boss Babes! We're so pumped to introduce you to Jenny Miller & Katelyn Grady of The Body Electric Yoga Company in St. Pete. Jenny & Katelyn are partners in life & in business and they have so much wisdom to share about staring a business, maintaining work/life balance, & building community. Jenny is from Columbus, Ohio & Katelyn is from Oreland, Pennsylvania. They had to come a long way to meet one another in Orlando at a Yoga event in 2010. They're both passionate about the mind/body balance that Yoga brings to their lives, and they aspire continue their own personal practice & help bring balance & flexibility to the lives of Yoga-enthusiasts from around the world. Jenny & Katelyn want us to check in with our physical & emotional state as often as we can. Continuing to ask these questions will make us better when we're on & off the mat. I've enjoyed learning about their journey as business owners & know that you will, too. Enjoy their words & stay boss. xx

P.S. Come hang out with us at The Body Electric this Sunday, October 8! We're hosting a Yoga + Rosé Party from 2 to 4 p.m. that includes an hour of relaxing Yoga, a brunch spread, & a pop up wine bar. Tickets are available here

-G

Take a peek into a day in the life of Yoga studio owners, Jenny Miller & Katelyn Grady. 

Tell us about yourself and what you do!

Jenny: I teach yoga, and I help to create a space for personal growth, transformation, and community here in St. Pete. I'm also a mom and wife and sister and all that good stuff.  

Katelyn: Hi! I'm a wife and a mom. Wife, Jenny, and I own a yoga studio together. We both teach. I love and believe in yoga. I love to climb things, paddle various water crafts and play outside in general. 

How did Body Electric Yoga begin? 

Jenny: I was an English major who'd ended up in tech and I was not keeping up in the industry. I knew my days were numbered and I needed a new career. I'd just moved from DC to St Pete to be near my sisters, and I had this job I was no longer good at, and then my girlfriend left me, and I was hella down. I started going to hot yoga classes with Mike Meehan at Yoga Energy Studio.  It was the only healthy thing I did for myself back then.  Mike suggested I take their Yoga Teacher Training, so I did it on a whim. It got me turned around.  I found I liked teaching yoga, but I still wasn't very good at working for other people. I decided I wanted to open my own studio. Luckily I was introduced to Katelyn, because I couldn't have done it without her.

Katelyn: Jenny and I met at a yoga thing in Orlando. Brian Kest to be exact. We dug his class pretty well. She and I had mutual people. We started scheming to open up the place of our dreams and we did it. Along the way, we fell in love. 

What’s 1 challenge you’ve faced and 1 success you’ve had since you’ve created your business?

J: Getting open was a struggle. We were impatient.  It took a long time to raise the money we needed, and a long time to find the right spot.  In retrospect, those couple of years were necessary.  In that time we really built our community and brand and network, became better teachers, and refined our vision. We also saved money. But at the time, it was exasperating. We couldn't get a loan anywhere.

K: The hardest thing was getting open. Mostly getting some money to get open. Since then ... I'd say the hardest thing is not taking ourselves and everything too seriously. But that's with, like, everything, right? 

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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and has it come in handy for you?

J: That there's room enough for everyone and no one is your competition. I learned that from Tim Ganley.

K: I am kind of bullheaded and take all advice with a grain of salt always .... but somewhere along the way, somebody taught me to try and enjoy the ride. That's the best advice. 

When are you at your happiest?

J: Relaxing with my family and friends, or right after I've done something that I'd been afraid to do. 

K: Playing outside. With my son. On a boat. On a rock.... 

What do you tell yourself when things get difficult?

J: It's not as bad as I thought it would be.  I'm kind of a catastrophic-thinker, I'm told.

K: I think I kind of black out. My focus narrows and I just dig in. 

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What are you grateful for?

J: Peace. Water. Art. All of the great people I know. My parents and sibs, and my wife and kid and the wonderful examples they are. Whenever I want to be a better, happier person, I don't have far to look for examples. I'm grateful that I was born when and where I was. 

K: Oh my. Where to start. This life is so good. My family, whether connected by blood or circumstance or choice. Our amazing community. The food that nourishes me. The sun, the sky. Plants that grow through cracks in the pavement... every plant!... So much!

What’s 1 personal goal and 1 business goal you plan to accomplish this year?

J: I'm not goal-oriented. I want to be a more relaxed, less anxious human being. I want to raise up the people around me.

K: I don't really have any super specific goals. I want to delegate some responsibilities so that I can be a better wife and mother. I want to keep making the place beautiful and positively energized. I'd love to do even more fun events. 

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Where can you be found on a Tuesday afternoon?

J: After 4:00, I'm playing with Hank. Before that, either working or playing. I might take a class at the studio, or climb at Vertical Ventures, or ride my bike somewhere.

K: Maybe paddling in the gulf, at the climbing gym, at Lance's foam rolling class or just putzing around the studio. Tuesday afternoons are gloriously all mine. And then in the evening I teach :)

How about on a Friday evening?

J: I like to do nothing on Friday nights because I teach early on Saturday mornings, but it doesn't usually work out that way.  Our social calendar is pretty full, which I love. 

K: Stuff with family. Beach? Dinner and games? Just something together. 

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A Sunday morning? 

J: I've got Hank Sunday mornings. Sometimes we go to the beach and wait for Mommy to paddle in.

K: Paddle practice with the CrossSup team. 

Finish these sentences: 

Jenny:

I love: this planet.

I’m always looking for: what's the opposite of a challenge? That.

My inspiration is: Katelyn. My mom and sisters. Hank.

I’ll never: say no to karaoke.

Katelyn:

I love: This life. 

I’m always looking for: a challenge. 

My inspiration is: right now... being a hero to my son. 

I’ll never: Win the lottery. You gotta play to win. 

 

Coming to Terms with What's Happened in Las Vegas

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Good morning, Babes. We are deeply saddened by the mass shooting that has taken place in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Casino last night while many of us slept. A year ago, we woke up on a Monday morning in June to find out that a horrific mass shooting had happened in Orlando at Pulse nightclub. 

Normally we would be sharing motivation, because in Boss Babe Club world, today is #MugsMonday. But today is not a normal day. 

This cannot be our normal. 

We refuse to keep waking up on Monday mornings & hear that our American brothers & sisters have been killed in a mass shooting is the norm. We'll be back tomorrow with some small business tips. But for today-- hug your loved ones. Stay safe. xx

-G

Meet Kallie & Lindsay Wesley!

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We’re so excited for you to get to know the sisters behind Juxtapose. Kallie & Lindsay Wesley are from Lexington, Kentucky. They’re 3 years apart. Kallie will ask you to guess which sister is older and you will most likely guess wrong. ;) We did. The Wesleys moved to Tampa after finishing college to open their shop and Tampa was the city they chose because they adored Hyde Park Village. The Village is diverse and filled with jewelry, clothing, home goods, & more. This is what they wanted to create— a boutique that was made up of products they could stand behind and that accommodated each facet of their customer’s lives— fashion, home decor, accessories, art, and whatever Kallie & Lindsay come across that they think you’ll fall in love with. We hope you enjoy their story & their words. 

P.S. If you’re local to Tampa, we’re hosting a Pop Up at Juxtapose tonight, 9/27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Meet The Wesley sisters, enjoy some bubbly, & meet local Boss Babes. Details here.

Tell us about yourself and what you do! 

Kallie: I'm Kallie co-owner of Juxtapose. We are a lifestyle boutique that focuses on unique gifts to outfit you and your home! 

Lindsay: Hi, Im Lindsay, Kallie’s sister and business partner.

How did your business begin? 

Kallie: We both have an art background and wanted to put that to use. We had a love for fashion and design, and so Juxtapose came about naturally.

Lindsay: We started Juxtapose 6 years ago in Hyde Park Village. We wanted a shop that encompassed all the things we love: art, fashion, and interiors.

What’s 1 challenge you’ve faced and 1 success you’ve had since you’ve created your business?

K: A challenge has been gaining a presence in a new area and receiving repeat business. A success has been growing our studio side into an interior design service.

L: Time management has been something Kallie and I constantly working on. Between two stores and two personalities, it's important we stay organized and stick to a schedule.

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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and has it come in handy for you?

K: Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods. I think with business, eb and flow occurs and not getting weighed down by day to day, but thinking bigger picture is hard! 

L: When you don't have the answer for something… pray about it!

When are you at your happiest?

K: When I'm with my family.

L: Same.

What do you tell yourself when things get difficult?

K: Shift happens. 

L: This too shall pass.

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What are you grateful for?

K: When I look around myself, I feel so blessed I get to live this life! 

L: I'm grateful to get to do what I love with my sister! How cool is it to share something with a family member?

What’s 1 personal goal and 1 business goal you plan to accomplish this year?

K: My personal goal to work on maintaining friendships and my business goal is to focus on building our creative and studio side. 

L: My personal goal is to work on time management. I'm getting married in April and would like to get through the next couple months and be sane. My business goal is to focus on customer outreach.

Where can you be found on a Tuesday afternoon?

K: Tuesday afternoon you can find me at our Hyde Park Village location or Sundial St. Pete shop location! 

L: Tuesday, we are at the shops. We take turn going back and forth between Tampa and St. Pete.

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How about on a Friday evening?

K: Friday evening you could find me watching a movie and having a glass of wine with my dog and my boyfriend! 

L: Friday evening I love to have dinner out!

A Sunday morning? 

K: On Sunday AM I'm in the yard. This homeownership thing is no joke! 

L: On Sunday AM I love to have brunch!

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Finish these sentences: 

Kallie:

I love: living out my dream every day.

I’m always looking for: inspiration and composition.

My inspiration is: pictures and print.

I’ll never: be a body builder? lol! 

Lindsay:

I love: my family.

I’m always looking for: new pillows for my sofa.

My inspiration is: the area we live in.

I’ll never: not enjoy shopping.