In my early twenties, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I spent my time partying, slinging drinks at a nightclub, and avoiding a day job. I didn’t know where I’d end up, but I knew something had to be done.
I didn’t get my act together until I was twenty-six, when I landed a life-changing internship. I was the first intern for a brand-new company, working for a woman who I considered to be one of the smartest people in business and technology. I couldn’t wait to learn from her.
But then, a few months into my internship, I was fired from my high-paying bartending gig. It was the first time I’d been let go from a job, and I was terrified. My rent was $2500 a month! What the hell was I going to do? Luckily, I was hired full-time at the tech company. I was their first hire. Instantly, my life changed.
Two years into that job, I had more experience under my belt than I could ever dream of. But I’d reached a crossroads: do I continue working for someone else, or start my own business? To test the waters, I interviewed for two jobs. The first one was at an app development agency in Soho. It went okay, but I tanked the follow-up interview, because I had no Excel experience. The interviewer put me on the spot to test my knowledge – then he called me out, shooing me away like I was an idiot (all while leaning back in his chair like a cocky hipster). The second job interview was for Coach, and it was a lot more promising. They loved me, and so the negotiating process began. I didn’t take the job, though.
Instead, I looked to Adam (my then-boyfriend, now husband), and asked him to start a business with me.
My first real business was an influencer agency called “The Eclective.” This was before Instagram really took off, and everyone could call themselves an influencer. We found downtown cool kids and invited them into a community of like-minded people, all of whom had access to branded events and member perks (like discounts and gifting). Not exactly revolutionary, but I learned a ton about influencer marketing. We worked with several small brands, and a few big ones like Jagermeister and Interview magazine. Fun, but I wanted more.
Adam brought up Taste The Style, a little blog I ran with a girlfriend when I was twenty-two. I’d review some of my favorite downtown restaurants, back when Zagat was the only trusted source. He told that he used to read it all the time, using it as his restaurant discovery platform. Other friends told me the same. I realized that I’d had something good there all along! So, I relaunched the blog, injected some style and travel – and this time, I put my face on it. Running Taste The Style has been a steady (and very eye-opening) journey.
The bad news? Neither business was producing enough money.
Then, I was presented with another enticing idea. The owners of an existing skincare brand approached me and Adam about rebranding one of their products and taking it to market. They’d fund production and run operations. I was intrigued. We jumped on the opportunity – and then temptation stroke again.
My mentor/former boss put me up for a marketing gig at Vogue. (No biggie.) They were interested in meeting with me, and we even negotiated salary before interviewing. I was on the verge of launching my skincare product, TTS was jamming, and I had an opportunity to work at Vogue – all at the same damn time! But then my husband asked me, “Do you want to work for Vogue, or own something that’s featured in Vogue?” My answer was the latter. I didn’t even have to think about it. I cancelled my interview and never looked back. Temptation hasn’t come knocking since – but yes, I’m still waiting on that Vogue feature.
Since then, I’ve grown Taste The Style into a robust media platform empowering the art of living your best life (I should ™ that). I’ve helped my husband and his partners open up a restaurant and four bars. And I can finally say that I have a place to call mine: Chillhouse, an innovative cafe/spa concept with incredible growth potential.
My life is busy and I’m pulled in a thousand directions, but I try to make the time for a little pampering. Especially when it comes to my hair. I’m a hairstyle junkie, constantly trying new looks, dyeing it (everything from blonde to green!), frying it with heat tools – and I combat this damage with Bumble and bumble.’s luxe hair-repair duo, Save the Day serum and While You Sleep overnight masque. Both are life-savers.
There isn’t a day I don’t count my blessings. And in these moments I always reflect upon on the choices that could’ve taken things in a very different direction. It’s been an incredible ride, and I can’t wait to see where my life brings me, next.
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Creator of editorial website Taste The Style, and NYC's new cafe/spa hybrid, Chillhouse, this multi-hyphenate has cultivated a name for herself in the lifestyle realm. With past experience as the Brand Director of fashion-tech consultancy, Third Wave Fashion, and co-founding The Eclective, a [...]