Meet Joy Hmielewski of Joyelan Photography!

Meet Joy Hmielewski of Joyelan Photography!

Hello, hello! I hope you’re having the most stellar day possible. I’m excited to sprinkle some magic into your day with a Boss Babe Feature. Meet Joy Hmielewski of Joyelan Photography! She’s a destination photographer who recently moved to Tampa Bay from Atlanta. She’s always game for an adventure— especially if it means having the sun on her face and visiting a place she’s never been. Joy is a humanitarian who’s passionate about celebrating special moments & about being completely herself.

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Meet Rana Tierney of Roohi Photography!

Meet Rana Tierney of Roohi Photography!

Hello there! Happy Hump Day! I hope your week has been a great one so far. It’s safe to say it’s about to get even greater. ;) Meet Rana Tierney of Roohi Photography. Rana was originally a wedding photographer and has since pivoted towards senior photography for young women who are moving from one life phase to another. This change was a challenging switch for Rana, but has given her the chance to spend the weekends with her two young boys and husband. She’s honest & passionate, and I know you’ll absolutely love her story.

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Meet Crystina Castiglione of The Messy Painter!

Meet Crystina Castiglione of The Messy Painter!

Happy Boss Babe Wednesday! I’m so excited to introduce you to Crystina Castiglione of The Messy Painter. Crystina is a new mom to a baby boy & was born in New England. Her work is inspired by everything coastal and colorful, so it’s perfect that she grew up in Florida & lives in Sunny St. Pete, a city of endless color and ocean vibes. Crystina launched The Messy Painter in 2014 and specializes in custom watercolor designs and calligraphy for wedding stationery and events. Lately she’s been hard at work on architectural commissions, like of The Stovall House, Tin City Shops, the Biltmore Hotel, & Tampa General Hospital. I love that her business name is ‘The Messy Painter’. Painting is messy and so is life. Creativity isn’t a straight line and neither is success.

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Meet Theresa Chu-Bermúdez!

Meet Theresa Chu-Bermúdez!

Hi! How’s it going, lady? Fabulously, I hope. I’ve been jonesin’ to introduce you to Theresa Chu-Bermúdez of Get Out! Custom Travels. She’s a travel planner, lover of all things Lord of the Rings, & has a true passion for her small biz. She recently came back from an epic trip to Ireland with her sister where she made homemade scones on a farm, kissed the Blarney Stone, toured the Guinness Brewery, and so much more. Knowing Theresa is an adventure, so I’m totally sure you’ll have fun hearing about how she started Get Out! & what she’s learned along the way.

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Meet Christal Kotchman-Giardina!

Meet Christal Kotchman-Giardina!

Happy Boss Babe Wednesday, ladies! I’m really looking forward to introducing you to Christal Kotchman-Giardina of CKG & Associates and Toast On The Town. I met Christal in November of 2017 at her Toast On The Town Fall Harvest Dinner. Chef Rosana Rivera & Chef Ricardo Castro of Piquant were her featured Chefs and I was Piquant’s Event Manager for the event. The Fall Harvest Dinner was a 7 course dining experience for 75 attendees, & it was beautifully put together and full of heart. Christal is so thoughtful & down to Earth. I know you’ll be encouraged by her stories, big goals, & her heart.

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Meet Salma Benkabbou!

Meet Salma Benkabbou!

Hello, Boss Babes! I’m so pumped to introduce you to Salma Benkabbou of The Benkabbou Law Firm, PLLC. Salma is a business lawyer based in Tampa, FL. She was born in Fes, Morocco and lived there with her mom, dad, & brother until she was 10. There was so much to adapt to after her family immigrated to the United States & settled in Tampa. Her father was a lawyer, and Salma knew at a young age that this was the path she wanted to follow, too. After graduating from law school at Charlotte School of Law, living in Washington, D.C. for two years, Salma decided to focus on what it was she really wanted from life. The answer was being close to her family in Tampa and working for herself in her own practice.

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Meet Sheila Vaske!

Meet Sheila Vaske!

Good morning, Boss Babes! I have just the thing that’ll make your day boss & bright… that thing is the attitude and kindness of Sheila Vaske, Owner of V’Enza Creations. Sheila is originally from Warwick, Rhode Island but has always wanted to live in Florida. She’s tried the move three times, but the first two times didn’t stick! Finally, 2.5 years ago she relocated to Tampa Bay with her two competitive skater-daughters and she hasn’t looked back. Sheila’s story focuses on patience & staying true to yourself— two things we could all use a lot more of.

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Meet Francessca Randall!

Meet Francessca Randall!

Happy Boss Babe Wednesday! Today we’re introducing you to Francessca Randall, an independent real estate agent based in Tampa, FL. Francessca was a teacher when she decided to change her life and switch industries in 2016. She’s now a top realtor at her brokerage, Lombardo Team and is constantly working to exceed expectations, goals, & kick fear to the curb. I really appreciate her advice for Boss Babes looking to start their own business— Francessca has experienced doubt and fear along her journey as an entrepreneur but she always finds the courage to trust her own instincts and has learned how to balance life as a business owner & a mom to her young son.

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Meet Jaime Martin!

Meet Jaime Martin!

Happy Boss Babe Wednesday! I’m thrilled to introduce you to a Boss Mom of 4 who is also a competitive tennis player and the Owner of a cute & curated boutique called Cultured Threads in Valrico. Jaime’s boutique began in her home and has grown into a retail space, but what’s remained the same is her commitment to her customers. As “the honest girlfriend”, Jaime has used customer feedback to her advantage and broadened the styles of clothing she offers so she can accommodate everything from flowy, bohemian vibes to fitted, chic looks. I hope you enjoy her warm spirit, words of wisdom, & honesty about raising a family, running a business, & trying to stay human.

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Meet Brooke Eversoll!

Meet Brooke Eversoll!

Good morning & happy Boss Babe Wednesday, ladies! I’m so excited to bring you words & stories from Brooke Eversoll of Bee Studios, Inc. Brooke is a Master Kitchen and Bath Designer with the National Kitchen and Bath Association. She lives in a bungalow in St. Pete with her husband and sweet chocolate lab named Lily. She also just recently celebrated 3 years as a small business owner. Her decision to start her own business was something she felt she absolutely had to do & I admire how she listened to that voice so much.

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6 Ways to Find the Silver Lining

6 Ways to Find the Silver Lining

Hello, Boss Babes! How’s your week going? Fabulously, I hope. For today’s Boss Babe Wednesday Feature I decided we could all use some good vibes. I love hearing about what makes Boss Babes tick. Everyone’s answer is different, but we can all take joy in seeing others feel good. Feel free to share what your happy thought is & enjoy hearing from these 6 Boss Babes who have found their silver lining.

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Meet Annie Cox!

Meet Annie Cox!

Good morning, Boss Babes! We have an awesome Boss Babe Feature with Interior Designer, Ann “Annie” Cox of Tampa-based design firm, Ann Cox Design. She has four tiny dogs: three Daschunds and one Daschund mix. Her home in Seminole Heights is like something out of a magazine— which shouldn’t surprise you because she’s a creative designer and is committed to beautiful spaces when she’s on & off the clock. Annie is always laughing & she’s not afraid to completely be herself. I could definitely stand to take a page or two out of Annie’s book of life. She has a lot of honesty to share about what it's truly like running your own business.

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