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The Creative Local: Jessica Lighter

Welcome to The Creative Local Series! Up Next: Jessica Lighter from The Celebration Stylist. I am excited to bring this lady over to Uniquely Women today. I instantly fell in love with her business! I came across her Instagram and loved her vibrant style and personality that shown through. I love watching her create the perfect parties week after week! Today she will be sharing a little bit more about her business and some of her favorite Boca, FL hangouts within this interview!

If you are new to Uniquely Women, I started a blog series column – The Creative Local. This series showcases boss ladies, whether it be bloggers, entrepreneurs, or women making a difference in their neck of the woods. Each will showcase their current city, taking us around to their favorite places along with a little bit of their current business endeavors. Tag #thecreativelocal on Instagram & Twitter to showcase the creative local in YOU to be featured

The Creative Local: Jessica Lighter

Her Favorite Boca, Florida Spots:

I have lived in South Florida within a 45 minute trip radius all of my life. I lived in Boca for 4 years while in College (I went to Florida Atlantic University, GO OWLS!). After college I moved around a bit but always close by and then just moved back to Boca for good maybe 4 months ago. I love living here, it’s known for it’s pretty architecture and it has everything you could ever want to do yet it still maintains a smaller city vibe, at least where I live. We love doing new things and there’s no shortage of places to go or things to do around here. It’s also close to my family and most of my friends.

Rebel House

I love this place. Home of the Fat Kid Fantasy Dessert, my favorite. The menu is unique and delicious. It has a really fun and eccentric vibe. Sort like a funky circus theme, and I love a good theme. They also have an amazing staff there that remembers your name and your order. They give you popcorn when you sit down which is a new flavor every night. Definitely a must visit. I actually had my last birthday party here in their private room.

Mizner Park

Mizner is my go to for a quick and easy shopping trip or fun lunch date. Boca has one of the best malls, like ever, but it can get a little crowded and hectic. Mizner Park can be a great alternative. It’s an outdoor mall with stores like Kendra Scott, Francescas, and Lord and Taylor. I visit at least once a week. It has a little of everything there.

Mizner Park

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Sloans Ice Cream

Sloans!! Ahh I love this place. If you haven’t been, you need to go!! It’s the cutest and most delicious ice cream shop I have EVER seen anywhere. Hot pink walls with murals and multicolor chandeliers. Definiately insta-worthy. They also have cookies, brownies, candy, and cheeky little gifts. It’s a destination for sure.

Sloans Ice Cream

The Beach

I know, what a cliche thing to say in Florida, but truth be told, the beach in Boca is by far the best. Why you say? It’s quiet and (sorry tourists) it’s usually only locals. I don’t know if it’s the lack of hotels in the area or what but unlike all the other beaches around, it’s easy to park your car and your beach towel. And the beach is just part of the Florida lifestyle, no matter how hot it may be.

The Beach Boca

Boca Resort

Swoon. THE hotel in Boca (maybe even South Florida). First of all, it’s pink, second of all, it’s FABULOUS. I got married there and have visited many times since then just to stay for the weekend (yes, 10 minutes away from my own house). It’s on a gorgeous lake and has another property accessible by ferry that is on the beach. It’s a true resort with restaurants, shopping, and activities and only the best of the best. You really don’t have to leave the property while you’re there.

Boca Resort

Next Up: Interview with Jessica

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In a few sentences describe yourself and your business

I am a wife, mom to my 1.5 year old daughter, and party stylist. I have actually been doing parties for over 10 years now (and I’m not as old as that sounds! haha). I started in High School when I worked at a store in the mall called Club Libby Lu and I stayed there through most of college slowly working my way up the pink ladder. It was a makeover party location/store. Fast Forward to after college, got married, opened my own similar concept store called Party in Pink. Fast Forward about 3 more years, found out I was pregnant, closed the doors and swore off parties forever (all of 6 months). After Lilah was born, I started my instagram but didn’t want to be just another mommy fashion blogger. So I started sharing my parties and then wanted to do more and more of them. I was getting more jobs both locally and virtually which opened up a whole new world that was just perfect for me. I can do what I really have always loved to do and get to stay home with my daughter.

I’m very interested in knowing more about what you do as a Celebration Stylist

I am a party stylist which is often confused for a party planner. I’m not really so much a party planner. Party Stylists handle the decor and aesthetics of a party which can also include the flow and activities but I don’t arrange outside vendors and timelines and running the show the same way a planner would. I actually usually leave before the event even starts. I style parties for my local clients that hire me as well as for companies all over which I promote on my instagram and blog. So it’s sort of two fold yet also very similar. I design all of the decor and make a lot of it myself. If I don’t make it, then I at least embellish and personalize it. The cake table is usually the main focus followed by the guest tables and centerpieces then the entrance and photo booths etc.

What type of events do you do?

I do all types of events. I would say I do kids parties more than any other type of event but I’ve done a little of everything. I also do a lot of showers (baby and bridal)

If you could give one tip for a new business owner what would that be?

I feel like I have a million things I would tell a new business owner but I guess the first one would be do what you love. Not only to be happy but I truly wholeheartedly believe that you can be much more successful at something you love to do because the ideas will come more naturally.

Top Bucket List Locations

Hmmm… that’s a tough one! I would say London, France, and Texas haha

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The Creative Local: Caitlin O’Keeffe

Welcome to The Creative Local Series! Up Next: Caitlin O’Keeffe from Pattern Me Pretty. I am excited to bring this lady over to Uniquely Women today. She was one of the very first bloggers I virtually met when starting this blog. Her interior design style is swoon worthy and she has a heart of gold! One day, we’ll find a time to meet up and officially meet! Today she will be sharing a little bit more about her business and some of her favorite Morristown, NJ hangouts within this interview!

Without further adieu – please welcome Caitlin O’Keeffe!

If you are new to Uniquely Women, I started a blog series column – The Creative Local. This series showcases boss ladies, whether it be bloggers, entrepreneurs, or women making a difference in their neck of the woods. Each will showcase their current city, taking us around to their favorite places along with a little bit of their current business endeavors. Tag #thecreativelocal on Instagram & Twitter to showcase the creative local in YOU to be featured.

The Creative Local: Caitlin O’Keeffe

Her Favorite Morristown, New Jersey Spots:

I’ve lived In Morristown, New Jersey my whole life. I was born and raised here and my parents still live in the same house, 26 years later. I love Morristown because it’s where I grew up. I have so many memories here and in my house that I’ll take with me forever. It’s been a great town to grow up in and I’ve been lucky to live only 40 miles outside New York City and about an hour from the beach.

Whole Foods Market

I love going to Whole Foods for a quick and healthy bite to eat! I also never leave without a fresh batch of flowers. My favorite healthy item (s)? The salad and soup bar – always super fresh. My favorite least healthy item? Well that’s easy. The delicious star shaped gummy bears that stare at me every time I walk by them. It takes a lot of self-control to leave that place without them …

Whole Foods Market Morristown New Jersey

The Artist Baker

The food & coffee at the artist baker is all freshly made and delicious. If you’re in the mood for a healthy, authentic meal then you head here. It’s also very charming and nestled in a little alley way right off the center of town.

The Artist Baker New Jersey

My Current Workspace

As a young professional in job transition, I love working at home in what I love to call my ‘office’. The office is a mix between my room and my sisters. I love my sister’s room because it gets the best natural light in the house. There’s something about the light pink colored walls that just screams happy. It’s a perfect place to work because I feel inspired and comfortable. I love my room because it’s actually the opposite of that. It’s neutral and doesn’t get the best light, making it a very calm and serene space. I just re-designed the space last spring and One Kings Lane featured it on their social media channels!

Next Up: Interview with Caitlin

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In a few sentences describe yourself

I would say I’m approachable, understanding and honest. I work really hard and I’m very passionate about the things I love. I would also say I have a goofy side but that only comes out when I’m around silly people …

Why did you decide to write a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?

I started PMP back in 2012, just after I graduated college. I was working at a healthcare pr firm in NYC at the time. I constantly found myself reading blogs during my breaks, or during any opportunity for that matter. After a few brainstorming sessions and researching blogs I really admired, Pattern Me Pretty was born. I’ve always had an interest in fashion and interior design and decided that this new found platform would be a great way to express my creative passions. My favorite part about blogging is the community and constant source of inspiration from other bloggers. I love waking up every morning with a coffee in hand, catching up on my ‘daily reads’. It starts my day off on the best note possible and I’m ready to get after my tasks.

How would you describe your design style?

I would say my design style is a mix of a few different styles. I love the combination of traditional and french country with some modern and bohemian touches. If done right, you really can combine all of those styles!

I enjoy seeing your blog posts on interior design trends and home improvements. What draws you to interiors?

Thank you! Interior design runs in my family. My grandmother was very talented and I remember going to her home when I was a little girl and loving everything. My Mom is also very talented with color and pattern. I’m pretty sure we would re-decorate and arrange my room a couple of times a year growing up.

Where do you find most of your inspiration?

I find my inspiration from a combination of outlets. I love reading interior design magazines, blogs and of course, browsing pinterest. I have several online magazines / interior design blogs bookmarked on my computer that I check on a daily basis.

Top Bucket List Locations?

Thailand
Croatia
Greece

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The Creative Local: Kendra Barnes

Welcome to The Creative Local Series! Up Next: Kendra Barnes from Aisle Always Love. I am excited to bring this lady over to Uniquely Women today. It is such a great feeling when you meet fellow creatives on the web! She has real passion and it definitely shows in her work. Her online shop is adorable and perfect for those bride-to-be’s out there! She will be sharing a little bit more about her business and some of her favorite Washington, DC hangouts within this interview!

If you are new to Uniquely Women, I started a blog series column – The Creative Local. This series showcases boss ladies, whether it be bloggers, entrepreneurs, or women making a difference in their neck of the woods. Each will showcase their current city, taking us around to their favorite places along with a little bit of their current business endeavors. Tag #thecreativelocal on Instagram & Twitter to showcase the creative local in YOU to be featured.

The Creative Local: Kendra Barnes

Her Favorite Washington, DC Spots:

I have lived in Washington, DC for 6 years and I love D.C. because of the close proximity to many historical monuments! D.C. also has the best brunch scene EVER. There are sooo many fun things to do here in D.C. Even in the 6 years I’ve lived here I still haven’t done it all. There is always something new to discover.

Medium Rare

This is, hands down, one of our favorite places to have brunch in the city! I mean…you can’t beat scrumptious steak frites + unlimited screwdrivers and mimosas for $25! When the weather is nice, the outdoor seating paired with the yummy food and drinks is just…perfection.

Medium Rare

The Airlie Center

The Airlie Center is our favorite staycation spot. It’s only 40 minutes from D.C. but it feels like a major getaway each time my husband and I go. The Airlie Center is a beautiful estate grounds that sits on 1,200 acres at the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains. There are free bike rentals, fishing, nature trails, garden tours, wine tastings and most importantly-peace & quiet. We always leave refreshed and renewed!

The Airlie Center

The MLK Memorial

Even though I’m a D.C. resident, I like to play tourist sometimes too! Though the National Mall has tons of amazing monuments, the MLK memorial is the one I visit the most. The view is so amazing and it never gets old strolling through the grounds and reading the inspirational quotes.

The MLK Memorial

Next Up: Interview with Kendra

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In a few sentences describe yourself

I’m an Economist by day and creative entrepreneur by night- a true Gemini. When I am not working or running my business, you can find me perusing Goodwill or local thrift shops, starting another DIY Project, or baking some gluten-free goodies.

Tell us about your products – how you started and where did you draw inspiration from?

I made the Cold Feet label to put on my husbands socks as a surprise gift as he was getting ready and it was such a hit! After the wedding, I decided to post the labels on Etsy to see if anyone would buy them…and before you know it I was getting orders left and right. So much so that I had to start my own sock line!

How did your shop start? Where did that passion come from?

I have always been a creative and I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit but never acted on it. The passion to start a business was always there, but I must admit this business started randomly. After we got married, football season rolled around and since my husband was busy cheering for the home team, and I don’t watch football, I decided to start a hobby. I opened up an Etsy shop and the rest is history! Well, until Etsy shut my shop down with no notice at all..

What was your biggest hurdle to overcome (business wise) in 2015?

My biggest hurdle in 2015 was definitely getting kicked off of Etsy. It was stressful. I felt like my business world as I knew it was coming to an end. In hindsight, getting kicked off of Etsy was the best thing that ever happened to my business. I don’t think I ever would have realized my full potential as a business owner had I not been pushed outside of my comfort zone. I love my new brand, new website and the direction my business is going. Thanks Etsy!

Top Bucket List Locations

The Maldives
Thailand
Australia

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