BeauTeaBar is the union of the two things I love most: gorgeous beauty products and deliciously warm tea. Truthfully, the name came before anything else. It just kind of popped into my head one day and I thought it was cute, but I didn’t think much else of it until it kept haunting me! There was this nagging whisper in the back of my mind that would say, “What if you actually tried to make something of that?” “What could you do?” “How big could you make it?” That scared me to death because it’s completely unrelated to anything that I had already worked so hard for (I’m actually an attorney with an undergraduate degree in psychology.) For about two years I just played with the idea. It started with getting a logo, then purchasing a domain, then talking to web developers, doing research on how to start an eCommerce business, taking courses… eventually the day came when I had to make the decision to either go all in or move on, and here I am.
I think the three required traits of starting any business would be: creativity, definiteness of purpose, and obsession (a step beyond persistence). Creativity because the first step to starting any business is finding a need to serve, and then using your creativity to envision how you can provide your unique solution. Definiteness of purpose because starting a business is a terrifying endeavor. Aside from the actual mental and physical work, the hardest part of starting BeauTeaBar was staying connected to why I started in the first place and the purpose I set out to fulfill. Often times things seems like a brilliant idea at the outset, but then you realize that building a business solo requires you to put your whole-self out there and stake your entire livelihood on it. It’s quite a scary proposition. Lastly, I would say that any great thing that was ever created was done so by a completely obsessive person. There is no half way when you start your own business. It will be all you think about, it will consume you, you won’t have time for vacations, you’ll walk around with a notebook to capture all of your random moments of brilliance… and you will love every second of it!
I’m really struggling with this right now. Not too long ago, if you were “green” that pretty much meant you lived off of granola, refused to wear deodorant, and likely use the word “groovy” every other sentence. However, there is a whole new luxe side of “green” that is emerging, and it’s really exciting. Those seeking to eat healthy organic foods, treat their skin with non-toxic products and minimize their impact on the planet can do so in all new levels of luxury, and that is so exciting! I wish people would move away from some of these outdated thoughts and embrace this gorgeous side of healthy and responsible living. It’s fabulous!
How do you ever choose just one? I would say that I cannot live without my May Lindstrom Clean Dirt in the morning and the La Bella Figura Decouverte Eye Serum at night. These two have been complete game changers in my life!
I’ve been a vegetarian pretty much my entire life. I never liked meat growing up and thankfully my mom never forced us to eat anything we didn’t like. Right now I am making the transition into a fully vegan diet (I currently eat vegan about 80% of the time). I don’t think that my diet affects my beauty choices so much, but I know it definitely affects how beautiful I feel and look. There is no question in my mind that half of your beauty routine should come directly from the foods you consume. This last year I have been really observing how I feel and how my skin changes as I make different diet and lifestyle choices. While I certainly won’t say that following a vegan or vegetarian diet is ideal for every person, I know that I feel and look better when I am avoiding animal products. I have a vegan recipe I found on the Whole Foods app that I love to make when I want a healthy meal with big flavor. It’s also the recipe I recommend to a lot my friends that ask me for some meatless recipes: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/broccoli-salad-almond-and-chile-dressing (I serve it over soba noodles)
Here is a view of my office from the seat at my desk. Anytime I get a kind email from a customer, an encouraging letter from someone I adore, or have a fun interview, etc. they all go up on my wall. On days when I feel frustrated or unsure of myself, I read some of these letters above my desk. They keep me on track and moving forward when doubt tries to creep in!