I was tired of the corporate vibe in general. I was craving freedom, creativity, flexibility and the excitement of entrepreneurship.
It comes from the French phrase, “très chic”. Simple and cool sticks!
I always loved beauty, hair, makeup and art. I would spend countless hours accessorizing, braiding, doing my nails and giving makeovers to my cousins, friends — really anyone who would let me. My mom took me for my first beauty lesson at 15 to the Clinique counter so I could learn how to apply makeup properly without a heavy hand. She always taught me that less is more.
As product experts, we knew we had to bring something to the market that was unique and differentiated. It was important for us not to just be another “me too”. We spent a lot of time and attention custom tooling all of our packaging — we created the first-ever magnetic sealing cap and the first-ever built-in tool system for pencils.
It is our Essential 8 set, which includes a Tinted Face Stick, Concealer Stick, Shadow Crayon, Eye Pencil liner, Brow Liner, Lipstick, Blush Stick & Cheek color and the makeup bag. They’re quick, easy 2-in-1 products that you can apply anywhere.
We share office space and he always brings me lunch, but typically we don’t chat during the day. He is also an entrepreneur so we both speak the same language and understand the ups and downs of owning your own business. We make sure we have at least one date night a week, and we do couples workouts a few times each week as well.
I never had a professional mentor, but I have been heavily influenced by my mom. She is my best friend but also a tremendous example of intelligence, strength, power, professionalism and leadership.
It was challenging and exciting at the same time. Convincing one of the most prestigious retailers to take a chance on you is not an easy task. There are lessons we learn every day, and by no means are we done learning. It’s all about adapting, reacting and thinking ahead to be the best partner you can be.
I am inspired by so many women around me – friends, family and team members. I’m always finding new inspiration, but my current go-to’s are: @kristinmcgee (a fitness & mom inspiration), @sangleefarms (my family’s organic farm), @kayla_itsines (workout queen), @Deepicam (killing the fem-trepreneur game), @zarialynn (my favorite artist), and @cntraveler (travel inspiration).
I’m currently into Living Proof hair products, Naturopathica Sweet Birch Magnesium Bath Flakes, Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel and Vit C15 Wrinkle Repair Serum, Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Oil, and two new Korean skin care products that I recently discovered: SRB Stabilized Rice Bran Enzyme Powder Wash and Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask. My go-to sunscreen is Elta MD and Supergoop! SPF 50 Defense Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary.
It’s all about establishing priorities and finding your balance. Carving out time for your work, yourself and relationship is easier said than done but so important. I am a Libra, so balance is very important to my life.
I’m all about a good BBQ. I love local, seasonal food that’s picked up from the farmers’ market just hours before landing on your plate. Mecox steak, fresh local fish, Sang Lee Farms grilled veggies, a big salad and glass of wine never disappoint!