Happy Women Entrepreneurship Day to all my boss babes!! I’ve talked a little about my boutique Bella V here, but I never dug into how it all became about. And what better day to talk about how I became a boutique owner than on women’s entrepreneurship day? Exactly my thoughts… its prefect!
Ever since I was a little girl, owning a boutique was my dream job. Little Mel always had her complete answer when asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” “I want to be a store owner. My store will sell cute shoes that were tall and cute clothes every girl wants to wear”. In that same sentence structure by the way 😉 #dontjudgemyenglish I was the little girl playing dress up in my moms closet. The little girl grown women trusted when it came to “how does my outfit look?” I remember helping my mom and her friends pick the prefect outfit for any occasion. In a weird way the trusted my advice.
In my teenage years, my interest in fashion drifted a bit. Not only was I still interested in owning a boutique, I also wanted to write about fashion. I wanted to help everyone with their fashion issues, questions, and concern. I wanted to help women dress for their body. After getting accept to 3 fashion schools in NYC, I later learned I was pregnant. A little bit of reality kicked in and I started to realize my dream on going to fashion school wasn’t ideal. I was going to become a mother. Someone depended on me. I need a realistic job.
After 8 years of working in healthcare and going to nursing school, I realized this isn’t the path for me. I was miserable. Personally I felt lost. Nursing was a realistic job, a great one at that, but did I want to do this for the rest of my life? I couldn’t even vision myself working in healthcare as I got older. So what do I do then? Fortunate at that time my husbands career was a high peak, giving me the opportunity to really explore what I really wanted to do. This is when Mom with Style was first born!
I started to go with my gut feeling and little by little venture out in this huge fashion world trying to find my spot on it. I started with my blog, which I knew nothing in maintaining or creating. I started reaching out to local boutiques and started relationships with them. And who would of thought, one of the boutiques I reached out, was going to be mine. When I first heard of Bella V, it was a boutique on wheels. I was so intrigued. It wasn’t a norm around here and something I found really exciting. What started out as an email, ended up in a partnership.
I began collaborating with Bella V Boutique by writing some blog post for them, recommending them to people I knew and even got to be part of collaborating with them on a mommy and me fashion show. I had a great work relationship with the owner and when the opportunity to become partners arise, I basically took it and ran. Me… a boutique owner, helping women feel good about themselves with just an outfit, bonding with fellow fashion addicts like myself, and on top of all that creating something thats my own!!!! A dream come true!
Two years later, I’ve learned so much through the years on being an entrepreneur … the good and bad. But I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. I never wanted something as bad as I wanted this. Maybe a little struggle throughout my journey helps me appreciated it everyday a bit more!
You can absolutely make your dreams a reality. You can absolutely have a realistic job in this industry. Is it hard work? Yup! But it’s nothing you can’t handle!!
Are you a fellow boss babe? Was it always your dream job/career? What were your struggles along the way?
Dress: Bella V Boutique || Heels: TJ Maxx (old) – similar – similar – similar || Handbag: Kohls – similar – similar || Earrings: Boohoo || Lips: MAC
Melissa how did I miss that you own your own boutique!? It really is a dream job – and I wish you all the luck in the world with it. Very impressive xx Maria
So inspirational! What a great story! I’m glad your dreams have become a reality! The rockier the road, the more satisfying when it becomes a reality!
Virginia | More to Mrs. E