I am so excited that we have two amazing leading ladies this month, both whom are very passionate about their Arbonne businesses! Please check out their interviews below and reach out to them for any of your skincare, nutritional or lifestyle needs!
Lori Lucero moved to Austin one year ago from the gorgeous Denver area where she is from. She is married to her loving husband Shane, and they have two teenagers in the house, Taylor & Brendan. Her passion is to educate and empower people to live a healthy, abundant, and extraordinary life! Lori will be at our July event to answer any questions you may have about Arbonne & she is ready to help you change your lifestyle for the better!
If you're looking for Karin Petersen, she is either driving carpool, playing tennis, watching dance rehearsal, making dinner for six, doing laundry, creating art at her sewing machine, taking her silly dog for a walk, swimming or playing games with her family. It's a busy world we live in, but she wouldn't have it any other way! Karin has lived in Austin for one year (by way of Boston, NYC, Pittsburgh, South Florida and Connecticut). She and her wonderful husband have four amazing kids who keep them on their toes & very busy!
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today. (how did you get the courage to start your business, what motivated you, how many hours you put in, how you keep a positive outlook, etc)
Lori: Arbonne is a Health and Wellness company providing pure, safe and beneficial products attached to an amazing business opportunity. At the time that Arbonne found me in 2005, I was working for a Fortune 100 company, living paycheck to paycheck and missing out on being home with my children.
I saw this business opportunity as a way to gain control of my life and my family finances, I also knew that I could help so many other people along the way either by using safe products or helping others get out of the corporate rat race like myself. What I loved about Arbonne was that the business model was laid out for me with a ton of support. I knew if I followed the plan and worked the model that was provided, I would be able to achieve my dreams and also help as many people as I could along the way. I was able to replace my corporate income and quit my job in the first 8 months.
I just celebrated 12 years! Our company car, a Mercedes Benz isn't too bad either. I have been able to retire my husband and he has decided to join me on this journey as well. This business can equal all of your hopes and dreams. It is the best decision I ever made!
Karin: Arbonne exemplifies most of the things that are important in my life. I find it important to take care of mind, body, environment and spirit.
I wasn't looking for a career; Arbonne found me. I started using the skincare and immediately saw a positive change. The nutrition changed my body and my life. While I am a stay at home mom to our four kids, I get to enthusiastically show them how to balance work and fun. I am motivated to show my kids how to lead a healthy lifestyle with pure, safe and beneficial ingredients, a love for animals and the environment and how to be forward thinking entrepreneurs.
When I started my Arbonne business, my children were on board to help and support. It's been an amazing journey so far. It is a terrific opportunity to teach people how to take care of their bodies, inside and out.
Describe yourself in three words:
Lori: Friendly, caring, and hardworking
Karin: Loyal, communicative and creative
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Lori: Promoting to the top level of our company in a record amount of time.
Karin: My greatest achievement is raising four wonderfully engaged, independent and thoughtful children.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Lori: To coach and help others to be successful!
Karin: My professional near term goals are to continue to build an amazingly successful team encompassing diversity, success and teamwork. I have the most wonderful mentor who guides the team as a family. I'd like to emulate her passion for a successful team.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Lori: To write a book!
Karin: My love for art is always in the forefront of my heart. I love to sew, and create quilts or painting from fabric and thread. Art is a lifelong hobby that I hope to always grow and learn from.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Lori: Living with intention everyday. This is easier said than done but it's something we all should strive for daily!
Karin: I like to get the majority of my work done while my kids are at school. There are a few nights a week when I have to be out. I'm lucky to have full support from my loving husband and kids, who help out whenever they can.
What websites do you visit every day?
Lori: Facebook is a must!
I like to catch up on Facebook groups and pages, Instagram posts and CNN for current events.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in Austin?
Lori: Boating on Lake Travis, tubing and finding new fun restaurants to try!
Karin: I absolutely love going to The Grille in Rough Hollow. Anything on the lake makes me happy. I love seeing bands in small venues downtown such as Antone's and Nutty Brown Cafe in Dripping Springs. I spend endless hours playing friendly and competitive matches at The World of Tennis, in Lakeway. It's a great place to have fun, stay fit and see friends!
What is your goal for retirement?
Lori: To travel as often as I can!
Karin: The beauty of Arbonne, is that I really never have to retire. I will always have a team to focus on, new products, and forward thinking ideas. I can do as little or as much as I want...that is a positive point of being in charge of my own business!
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Lori: Take the leap! You will never know if you don't.
Karin: Do it! The first step is the hardest. You have to try something new to make a change. In order to succeed, you have to get out of your comfort zone. You will truly grow as a person through mistakes, challenges and success.
Any final comments?
Lori: Live life abundantly!
Karin: I feel so blessed to be part of such a wonderful team and company. I have my eye on the prize and the future looks amazing with Arbonne!
Hi lovely friends! I just wanted to get on here to share the awesome day and experience I had with some out of town friends who were visiting from San Diego this past week. I've been wanting to go tubing down a river for so long and we finally made it happen while they were here! It helped having the coolest and most chill friends ever with me and the fact that it's been one thousand freaking degrees outside for the past several days!
There is a big difference between the swimming holes and pools out here compared to the actual rivers that you can go tubing on and just float the day away. We did some research and decided to go to the San Marcos river since it was the closest to my house although it was still a little bit of a drive, probably about an hour or so each way. The day trip was soooo worth it though! We stopped at Thundercloud Subs before hand to grab some subs to eat at the river, I of course got the chicken salad on wheat which is my absolute favorite! By the time we got to the Lions Club Tube Rental, which is where we started because we needed to rent tubes and we wanted to shuttle pass to take us from the end of the tubing spot back up to the beginning, we were ready to eat! Luckily there were plenty of picnic tables and areas to scarf down our sandwiches and be on our way down the river! Let me tell y'all if you live in Austin and you haven't tubed down a river yet, get your butt's out there and go! It was so fun, so relaxing and it cooled us off so much! It didn't even feel like 98 degrees outside that day because the water stays around 72-74 so it was just perfect! There were so many cute turtles, fun spots to jump off with a rope swing and nice spots to lay out as well. At the end of the float there were these awesome rapids that we went down in our tubes, it was so much fun! Be sure to keep your hats and sunglasses in a safe spot though or you could lose them, it can be a little rough around the rapids!
Below is the info on where I went with my friends but I've also listed a couple other spots for you to check out as well! I hope y'all have as much fun as I did on your tubing adventure!
San Marcos River: San Marcos Tubes: Float lasts about an hour
Comal River: Comal Tubes: Great for families and large groups
Guadalupe River: Shanty Tubes: Longest float can take up to five or six hours!
Hey friends! I hope you all had a wonderful and safe July 4th and got to spend some time with your loved ones! I was in downtown Austin for a few nights and just got home this morning. It's nice to be pampered in a hotel but it just makes me realize that I truly love being at home with my husband and pups, watering the garden, feeding the birds and so on. I am so grateful to all of the men and women who help keep our country safe and allow us the freedom that we all have in this wonderful country of ours. With that said, I apologize for getting this edition of Locals We Love out a few days late, my life has been a bit busy but I'm back in action! If you didn't make it to our June event, you really missed out on some amazing vendors & Swag! We were at the Waterloo Icehouse off of 360 & 2222 and I have to give a shout out to their amazing staff who went above and beyond to make us all very happy, I was really impressed. We also had two super professional and talented photographers, Trevor Bruner Photography & Ayuma Photography! There was a specialty Housewives cooler cocktail just for us which was delightful and mix that in with incredible vendors, amazing swag, good food & nice people make for a wonderful evening! Our awesome spotlight charity this time was Austin Child Guidance Center and they are just a dream to work with, feel free to reach out to them for donations and/or volunteer opportunities! For those of you who missed the event, we missed having you there but below is a recap of all the fantastic businesses we had there who made the event a success, please contact them directly if they can help you in any way! We hope to see you all at our next event at the Iron Cactus Grill + Margarita Bar on July 26th, I have a lot of surprises for this upcoming event! :)
Taylor Pressley w/ Camp Bow Wow Austin-SW
Special thanks to our spotlight organization Austin Child Guidance Center!
Hello and happy summer ladies! For many of you that means summer break for your kiddos as well. They are now home all day long which is wonderful but also probably means that you are way busier than usual and need to balance a lot more during your day! This is why I have put together this sweet little Relaxation Guide sponsored by Hand & Stone for you all, so you don't have to research where the best spa's are in Austin, where to get the most relaxing mani/pedi or where to go when you need a pick me up and want to get rid of some of those tired lines on your face. All of these businesses offer really great services from your basic massages and facials to very detailed specific options that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed so that you can rock summer break the whole way through! Another great thing about these spa's/salon's is they are all adding Swag to our June 21st event Swag bags so if you make it to the event you'll be able to get gift cards, product samples, etc. to these fantastic spots! I hope this guide helps you to make an easy decision to take some time for yourself this summer to get pampered and relax. It's your summer too and you deserve some extra special self care! Please reach out to these spa's directly to book your appointment and mention you found them on the ATX Housewives in the City Relaxation Guide!
Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa
Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa provides professional spa experiences at affordable prices seven days a week.
Guests entering our spas will be enveloped in soothing sounds and aromas while the journey to relaxation and restoration awaits.
In a stress-filled world, our full body Massage will relieve tension, soothe tired muscles and temper migraines. We offer several choices including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and more! Be sure to ask us about our Signature Hot Stone Massage, designed to melt away the stress of deadlines and hectic schedules.
We know radiant, healthy skin reflects how you look and feel. Hand and Stone's facials are performed by certified Estheticians and are individually tailored for Women, Men or Teens. We also offer Exceptional Exfoliation Facials such as Microdermabrasion and Peels which gently and effectively exfoliate the skin with essentially no down time.
We'll help you look and feel your best, affordably! Call today to schedule your appointment! We're open 7 days a week with extended hours and gift cards are available for all occasions.
3 Locations throughout Austin:
4301 W. William Cannon
Bldg. E., Suite 230
Austin, TX 78749
Phone: (512) 892-1888
10740 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 357-8311
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10526 W. Parmer Lane
Austin, TX 78717
Phone: (512) 733-6000
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Plum Natural Nail & Skin Spa
Austin is known for doing things differently, and so is Plum Natural Nail & Skin Spa. Whether you visit Plum to enjoy a short break from your busy life, a day of pampering with friends, for practical reasons (let’s face it, not all of us can still reach our toes!), or simply because you want to look and feel great, you'll enjoy an experience that is distinctly different from the "ordinary".
Nail and Skin Care Services from Plum are delivered with the cleanest, most natural products available - no parabens, phthalates, or formaldehyde here! And you can take a deep breath and relax in our fume-free air (we do not provide acrylic services) and kick-back without fear knowing we follow strict sanitation guidelines.
Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome. Come visit us for a manicure, pedicure, facial, or waxing service soon, and revel in the Plum Experience!
8300 Ranch Road 620 N - Austin, TX 78726
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Escape to our award winning affordable luxury day spa in Austin. This locally owned and operated oasis in the heart of the city will have you relaxing upon entry. Conveniently located on Burnet Road, our warm and welcoming staff will help begin your getaway by escorting you to a personal locker complete with robe and sandals. Our retreat rooms await with refreshing and soothing beverages, aromatic warmed neck wraps, and inspirational reading. Spavia day spa offers customized massage, facials, peels, body treatments, waxing and eyelash extensions. Our professional staff will make you feel at home right away. Our affordable memberships allow you to take advantage of the extraordinary health benefits of monthly massage and skin treatments. Make your reservation ahead of time and let us help you relax, escape, and thrive. First time guests will receive our gift of $20 towards their first treatment.
6701 burnet rd, unit b3
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L'aethetics & Longevity
L-Aesthetics & Longevity is a full service MedicalSpa that not only takes care of the outside, but helps support health on the inside as well. For Dr. Billy Ledbetter MD and Natalie Ledbetter CRNA, you are always the number one priority. They set a goal to create a unique place where you can come for the highest level of care using the newest and best equipment to help you look and feel your very best. At L-Aesthetics & Longevity, beautiful results are achieved with a sensitive touch, patient-focused artistry, and most importantly, the goal of making every man and woman happy and confident. Whether you are concerned about wrinkles, acne, sagging skin, or even problem fat, this is your destination for aesthetic transformation and anti-aging advice.
11813 Bee Cave Road, Suite B - Austin, TX 78738
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Mint and Thyme
A local and woman-owned business, Mint and Thyme first began serving our Austin community in 2014.
We pride ourselves on treatments that are both relaxing and effective, stressing the importance of educating our clients to properly care for their skin and help them achieve their skincare goals through professional treatments and a customized at-home regimen. Mint and Thyme is open Sunday through Saturday, with some evening appointments available during the week to accommodate our client’s busy schedules. In addition to medspa services of clinical facials, chemical peels, microneedling, photofacials, laser hair removal and cosmetic injections, we also offer acupuncture, massage and professional makeup services.
At Mint and Thyme we hold strongly to three core philosophies:
We believe lifelong skincare is a necessity, not a luxury. Therefore, we make it accessible and affordable.
We believe that internal balance creates external beauty.
We believe in taking a personal approach to each individual.
709 W 34th Street, Suite A - Austin, TX 78705
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Hi beautiful people!! I hope everyone had a fantastic long weekend for Memorial day and that you're all getting back and settled into the week! I spent the last week in the Berkshires with family celebrating my Grandparents 50th anniversary and my Dad's 50th birthday, so I've been super busy but was so excited to be with my awesome family in a gorgeous place! Now I'm back in our amazing city writing this post with my wiener pup Murray on my lap, he's doing the editing. ;) So we had our May event at the gorgeous Sonesta Hotel Rooftop in the Hill Country Galleria and it truly was amazing! We had free cocktails from Austin Cocktails, a photo booth from SUM XP and our spotlight organization was Ten Thousand Villages! There were many wonderful vendors who gave away some great items not to mention our sweet Swag bags! Top that off with free mini massages, live music, gorgeous views and a lot of great local women means we had an incredible night! If you missed it then below are all of the vendors we had so you can check them out and we hope you can make our June 21st event which will be at the Waterloo Icehouse in Westlake! Feel free to reach out to any of the below vendors for anything you may need that they can help you with, I love supporting our local businesses! I'd like to give a special shout out to our photographer Keira Hand Photography!
Chasity Dix w/ Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski
Natalie Ledbetter w/ L'Aesthetics & Longevity
Anna Garcia w/ Tocara Fine Jewelry
Julie Darger w/ LuLaRoe
Spotlight Organization: Ten Thousand Villages of Austin
This months leading lady is a new member of our awesome austin community and i am so happy to have her as a vendor at our may event as well as as a leading lady. sophia has very recently moved here from los angeles and she is so excited to share her business "nurture your roots" with everyone in atx! She is a native californian and just fell in love with austin after visiting here many times (as we all did) so now sophia is here permanently and ready to put down some roots (see what i did there)! :) Her interview is below and be sure to contact her for more info about her business and how she can help you and your family!
Photographer: Annie Shak
Tell us about your breakthrough role on "The Mick" and how you brought depth to this role. (how did you get the courage to audition for this role, what motivated you, how many hours do you put in, how do you keep a positive outlook in a stereotypical business, etc)
That’s a lot in one question, I got it though! This audition came to me just like a regular audition, my agent called and sent me the breakdown. Of course the first thing I see is that it’s a maid role but I didn't get discouraged because it’s a role and you can make it your own! You gotta do what you gotta do! Would I want this every time... no, but you can make each role your own which is what I do. When I saw it, the sides were just crazy. Like I got drugged in the second scene and I was like, this is crazy! But I decided I just needed to go for it. Not worry about looking foolish, just go for it! I auditioned and they laughed so hard, I really didn’t think it was me, I just thought the script was so good. Then they brought me back to do a scene with Kaitlin Olson and they were all laughing again, so hard and that's when I booked it! Then I found out later, they had to bring me back in because they were laughing so hard the first time, they couldn't hear the audition tape. They are writing me, it gives me the motivation. The writing is so well done, I can just mime the comedy. It’s effortless and that is thanks to the writers, it’s magic. On set everyone is so nice and we all get along so well and vibe together. We always have so much fun and are all grateful to be there. This is work that I want to do, as an actor, you have to really want to do the work. If you get fame or recognition, that should be a plus down the road, not what you anchor your career on. You will be miserable if that’s what you focus on. I’m happy because I feel blessed and grateful for what I have, I feel that I’ve worked for it and I’ve earned it. I am proud to be a part of this show!
Describe yourself in three words:
Oh mmm, okay. I would say positive, smart ass-y, and loyal!
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement thus far?
I mean, I will kind of say this role. I’ll say it because it accomplished a couple things. First of all it made me a series regular on a show where I have steady work. And not only that, it is a show I’m super proud of because I love the writing! Secondly, it’s a role that everyone wanted to put in a box before they saw it; it surprised people because it’s not the typical nanny/housewife show. It’s my proudest achievement because I get to do all these things and do all of these jokes of how I really am with my friends and family. It’s so unpredictable and that’s what I love about it!
What are your professional goals for the next six months to 1 year, or after this show has finished?
I don’t think I’ve thought it out really. I'm enjoying this show right now and I’m really excited that we have a second season! I’m just open for future acting work. I’d love to do movies or theater, I really love theater! I originally thought I’d go to Broadway but I didn’t really strive for it. I think right now I’m just enjoying and living in the moment where it is and being open while letting things come to me.
How do you maintain a work/life balance with both "The Mick" & having a social/family life?
It’s very easy with the hours that I work, I always get Saturdays and Sundays off. When you're working on TV shows you get weeks in between where you’ll get a whole week off. You also get all of the holidays off. I keep in contact a lot with my friends during the day. There’s also a lot of waiting on set so I connect then as well, multi-tasking! It’s truly something that is very important to me. I appreciate my career but I truly value my friends and family so I make sure to keep in touch with them. Plus I’m always taking them to events with me, lol. I also love getting to share this experience with my friends and family while taking them to these fun events!
What made you decide to audition for this role on "The Mick"?
First of all, it was pilot season and I knew it was a pilot. That means you’re going to go in for the good roles, the series regulars! That’s a big consideration. Two: the moment I read the script I knew I had to do this, there was like no other choice! I had to go on and do a good job and book this. The writing was so amazing, I knew I needed to do it!
What is your favorite memory so far that you’ve had on the show?
I guess my favorite memory is bringing to life the audition scene because that wasn’t originally in the show. The guys (the Turner brothers) when I sat down with them after getting hired, we were talking about that scene and they liked it so much that they rewrote it to fit in the show. I was just so excited that I got to actually play it out and do it with the club and everything. It was the moment that I realized that this character is going to be so different than anything I’ve ever played!
What do you think is the reason for the comedic chemistry between you & Kaitlin Olson?
I don’t know if I know the reason but I think that it’s something that just comes naturally between the two of us. She is so funny and I’ve admired her through the years while watching her on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". I always watched her timing and mannerisms, I just always thought she was so funny! I feel like I click with that sense of humor and can play with it. I don’t know where it comes from, but it feels effortless – it feels like playing instead of work!
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your wonderful city of Los Angeles?
My three favorite things are: 1) I like going anywhere with my 3 older sisters. We love going to Solvang in California. It looks like a little Dutch village and it’s so beautiful! It turns into a little Santa’s workshop during the holidays so we love that. 2) I love going out with my friend Andrea, we just hang out and talk. It’s weird, I don’t do Hollywood things, lol. I’m kind of boring! If I could do anything, I’d get together with my sisters and my best friends and just hang out at my house laughing together. I love just having a party at my house and sitting around talking and telling stories. I also enjoy going to Disneyland with my friends to people watch and talk, we had passes so we’d just go there to hang out together instead of ride the rides! 3) I also love trying new restaurants with friends, it's so fun just going around and trying really yummy food and good unique restaurants which we definitely have plenty of in LA!
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to get into acting? Any tips you can share?
I would say that one of the best pieces of advice I ever got from a friend of mine which I like to share is: the only thing we can do as actors, our job is to do the best audition we can. Then leave it there when you leave the audition. If you get the call back, you’ve already done it, you made the impression! You have to give the best audition you can give and then leave it there. Don't get too nervous and in your head, it'll affect your performance. If you give it your best at the audition and then move on, it’ll save your sanity in the long run and you’ll be a much happier person! You’ll just move on with your career and life. You can’t treat each audition like the end of the world, there’s always another one! Do the best job you can and leave it there!
I heard that you are a part time chocolatier, that is amazing! How did you get into that?
I actually became one out of necessity I say. I had a birthday party for a friend of mine and I didn't know what to get her. So last minute I decided to go to this little chocolate shop near my house and they had chocolates and molds so I made some for her! She didn’t know I made them and asked me where I got them from so I told her I made them. She loved them so much so I started making more as gifts for friends! I was making picture frames, jewelry, makeup all out of chocolate, it was so much fun! I just loved it and it reminded me of going to a pottery place but using chocolate instead. You paint on the chocolate, it’s amazing! I did it more when I was struggling through the holidays because I could give my creations as gifts! I liked it because it was a fun hobby and I liked giving them as gifts and then it turned into a little business. Now I just do it for friends and family so I can give them away as presents. It's a really a fun & relaxing thing to do!
Any final comments you'd like to share or tips?
I just want to thank everyone who is watching the show, thank you so much for supporting us and liking the show! We are very grateful, there’s been so many fans who’ve been outspoken in a good way about the show and it's amazing. It’s so special to me and to us on the show! When we started getting such a positive response it made me feel like they all saw what we saw. Keep watching, we’re coming back!
I am a little late getting this post out but wanted to make sure I did because everyone should know and support this amazing organization that I had the pleasure of spotlighting at our April event! FamilyLink at Legacy Ranch is a local foster and adoption agency that is helping babies and young children find safe and happy homes. I got to meet and work with the lovely founder, Mariah Wilde who is just as sweet as she is beautiful and I feel truly blessed that ATX Housewives was able to partner up with her agency and collect donations and many volunteer sign ups! If you missed the event, forgot your donation or simply just want to learn more about Legacy Ranch, reach out to them and they will be happy to answer your questions! A little bit more about what they are about and how FamilyLink came to be about is below.
After having been a foster parent to many children, adopting two children and having three of her own, Mariah Wilde decided to make a greater impact on children who need families by starting Family Link, a licensed Christian foster care and adoption agency.
Family Link, started about eight years ago, is a nonprofit organization devoted to linking children who need homes with foster and adoptive parents in the Central Texas region. “I was raised to really care about others. It’s possible to open your home to those who need it. As I remember, I was a teenager, probably about 13 or 14, when a pregnant teenager moved in [to her parents’ home], and it was challenging, but it helped build character in me and it helped me say, ‘the world’s not about you,’” Wilde said.
Wilde emphasized that there are always children who need homes, and they are just as desperate to be cared for as the children on the news. Children in America and in particular here in Texas by the thousands need a safe and loving home to go to. Some are short term, while their biological parents complete services and others will need a forever family. These children are in our neighborhoods, our schools, and in our churches. They are hurt, helpless, and without a voice.
Though Family Link has placed hundreds of children in foster and adoptive families, there are always more children waiting for homes. Wilde is often on the road informing people in Central Texas about the urgency of finding homes for children and gets calls at all hours looking for placements. “We’re given a certain amount of time to live. What is the greatest impact we can create in this world?” Wilde asks. “And when you stop thinking about yourself, life can get exciting. I do want people to know they can choose extraordinary lives. As ordinary people choosing to make a difference, that’s how they come to live extraordinary lives.”
Location: 13326 N Highway 183 - Gonzales, TX 78629
Happy Monday and May 1st ladies, how are we already in May?! April just flew by for me as it always does, it's one of my favorite months here in Austin because it's when the weather is the most perfect in my personal opinion and it's my birthday month! I'm writing this month's Locals We Love post from my back patio while listening to all of the birds sing and chase each other, I just love this time of year before the insane heat kicks in. I'm so excited to get this post published so you all can check out the amazing vendors we had at our event last Wednesday evening at Blackfinn Ameripub in The Domain! If you missed our event, that's a bummer because we had free wine tasting and appetizers, a photo booth, an amazing charity (they will have their own post here in a day or so), awesome vendors doing really nice giveaways, etc. Our spotlight charity was Legacy Ranch with Familylink kids, we had free mini massages, and so many sweet ladies who attended! We of course had our amazing Swag bags and vendor giveaways as always and wow were our swag bags filled with some really great items! I wish you could've been there but hope to see you at our May event on the 17th at The Sonesta Hotel Rooftop restaurant called Meridian 98 in the Hill Country Galleria! Check out these local businesses and feel free to reach out to them & let's all support each other! Special thanks to our photographers Cambrella Photography and Estrella Chacon!
Melissa Elizondo & Claudia Trejo w/ Vicki Jones Jennings w/ Wine Lovers VIP
EllieCole Traveling Boutique
Chasity Dix w/ Touchstone Crystal
Natalie Ledbetter w/ L'aesthetics & Longevity
Sathya Tripodi w/ Young Living Essential Oils
Maria Long w/ Cambrella Photography
I recently got to interview the very sweet & business savvy team behind the super cute EllieCole traveling boutique here in Austin, TX. The dynamic duo that is Melissa & Claudia are both mothers to three little girls and love building their boutique together and watching it grow! Both lovely ladies used to be teachers before becoming mother's and ultimately going into business together so that they could stay at home and raise their daughters while also setting a wonderful example of what it is to be strong and successful women. They are proving to women everywhere that we really can have and do it all! Check out their interview below and go show them some love on their social media! Be sure to stop by their website too so you can see all of the super cute apparel and accessories that they offer!
Tell us about your business and how you ladies became the successful business women you are today.
When we purchased the business, we did it because it was an exciting adventure that we thought was a great opportunity. Melissa and I are both previous teachers that became stay at home moms when our girls were born. We love the aspect of empowering women and making them feel confident about themselves. One of our favorite bible verses is, "She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future." We felt that taking this business on is exactly that. We have definitely spent many long days and nights working on getting each season ready, but the success of having women feel confident and loving how they look keeps us motivated to make ourselves better. One of our favorite aspects of running the business is having customers tell us that they get so many compliments when wearing our clothing and how fabulous it makes them feel.
Describe yourselves in three words:
Melissa and I are passionate, caring and supportive in all aspects of our lives. Whether it is being a mom or being a business woman, we try to put our hearts into every detail.
What do you both consider is your greatest professional achievement?
Our greatest professional achievement is making the decision to buy EllieCole and continuing to help it grow and be successful. Both Melissa and I have three girls each, and they are the light of our lives. We love that they see their moms being successful female entrepreneurs. We get to set an example showing it's ok to take a risk on something completely new. The way our little company continues to grow every day is exciting, and we cannot wait for what the future holds!
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
We hope to continue expanding our business and gain new customers. We are constantly trying to make ourselves and the company better. Our goal would be to continue empowering women by making them feel better about themselves. All of this has been a learning experience and we hope to continue growing ourselves personally and professionally to make us better moms and the best fashion mommas out there!
What profession other than your own would you gals like to attempt?
We would love to design our own personal line of tees. It would be so fun to incorporate the designing process to our boutique and sell our own things.
How do you ladies maintain a work/life balance?
What we do is so fun! My husband has joked in the past how my working is really just shopping. Our families are so close that it helps us have "work meetings" and our kids will just playing together. With our business, we are able for the most part to set our own hours, so we can schedule times to work that fit our families' schedules.
What websites do you both visit everyday?
We love to keep up with the trends and what's new in the fashion industry! We are especially interested in incorporating fashion in a mom's life. Here are some of our favorites:
What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Claudia loves south Congress street and eating at one of the many great restaurants, then walking to Big Top Candy Shop. Melissa loves grabbing a margarita and sitting outside on a nice sunny day at Shady Grove. We both agree Zilker Park is a must do for outdoor fun.
What are your goals for retirement?
Claudia's dream is to have her own beach house on the coast somewhere, enjoying the sun and sand with a drink in her hand. Melissa loves to travel, so her dream is to collect stamps in her passport.
Do you ladies have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
You can do anything you put your mind to. It's important to find a support system and rely on them. We have met some great people through the process and everyone is willing to help a fellow small business owner. If you don't know something, ask, ask, ask. The path will sometimes be difficult, but perseverance is key. Never give up!
Any final comments?
A journey that takes you out of your comfort zone can turn into an amazing adventure!
Hi all! My name is Kacey and I am a realtor, a wife and a dog mom of 3 dachshunds in the wonderful city of Austin! I'm also a yoga & food lover, pretty good cook, wanna be crafter, hot tea drinker, movie watcher and most importantly I am the gal behind Austin Housewives in the City! I hope to see you at one of our Girl's Night Out events soon!!