BAB: Kari White of Mayor B!

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Kari White, we can’t even begin to describe how excited we are to have you featured as our Bowed Arrows Babe of the month! Jenna has known Kari for over 10 years and when we first learned about her project, Mayor B, we just couldn’t get enough.
BA: Mayor B. is essentially insanely creative and adorable pictures of your French Bulldog, so what was the inspiration behind it? Did you always have plans of selling the artwork or did it start as fun?

KW: It started as a fun project, I had a camera and started taking photos of my dog Rambo. I gave them out as presents but then people started to take notice and want them for their homes. The demand grew so I made large prints with custom frames and resin and began to sell them here in Los Angeles. Obviously there was a lot of trial and error, but I learned the craft from my circle of artistic friends.

From there I started Mayor B. Not just as a company, but more an interpretation of my dogs personality. He’s a boss, and I felt like when it came to lifestyle products he deserved so much more than anything I could buy. I started making him custom leather and brass collars, modified vintage pieces, and handmade leather harnesses. People started to take notice and I realized that I wasn’t alone in thinking my dog was more than just a pet.

BA: We totally understand that! We are huge dog lovers here at Bowed Arrows. Tell us more about your charming pup!

KW: I got Rambo as a puppy, he’s my Christmas baby. I was always into photography and when Rambo was a puppy I tried dressing him up just to see what would happen. He would sit there with an air of confidence (that can easily be mistaken for arrogance). He was so human like, he looked good and he knew it…ha! Pet photography can be so campy, and I was hoping to make photos that would put you in a good mood without being silly. I know I’m not the only one who sees a picture of their pet and smiles and I wanted to share that with those around me.

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BA: What does a day in the life of Kari White and Mayor B. entail?

KW: I work in an industrial space in downtown owned by my friends at Croft House. They design and build modern furniture here in LA and have been extremely helpful with Mayor B. We have a shared vision of working with skilled craftsmen to make quality goods. Its an inspiring environment because of the industrial aesthetic. There’s something about being near band saws and drill presses that fits so well with Mayor B.

BA: What’s your favorite Mayor B. shot?

KW: My favorite piece is the “Prince of Pop” inspired by Warhol.  For some reason it makes me question my sanity hahahaha!

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BA: What’s next for you and Mayor B?

KW: Everything we have been creating is all for the love of our pets. Now we are working on spreading the message and building a community of like minded friends. We have retail partnerships here in Los Angeles that are fantastic and have been providing us with support and encouragement and plan on expanding east to NYC and Minneapolis in the future. New products like dog bowls, food storage, collars and leashes are around the corner. Overall I love creating Mayor B, it makes me happy and inspired and I love being able to share that with others.

BA: What did you want to be when you grew up?

KW: I always wanted to have my own cooking show like Paula Dean & The Barefoot Contessa…. I used to make my brothers film me making chicken and lasagna and stuff…I called it ”Kooking with Kari”  hahaha!

(We have tried a few of the recipes…delicious!)

BA: What does confidence mean to you and how do you achieve it?

KW: I think confidence obviously comes from owning your strengths, but also being able to recognize your weaknesses and having the guts to try and strengthen them.

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BA: Any tips to supplement a healthy lifestyle for the other busy girls of the world?

KW: I’m really into nutrition and good fats…I think making time to eat healthy is key when you’re busy and stressed out. What you put in your body reflects your mood and your energy, and I think its all about staying consistent and as close to the ground as possible, so staying away from a lot of sugar and processed crap.  I also swear by brain foods like avocados and fish oil!

BA: What’s your favorite way to relax?

KW: Definitely reading…I’m a total sci-fi / fantasy book nerd so its my escape.

BA: And how about pumping yourself up?

KW: I think playing soccer, surfing, and physical activities are when I do most of my thinking. I have a ton of energy so sometimes I need to just go on a hike or kick the ball around with my friends and it really motivates me with work. My biggest inspiration comes when I make time to go antique shopping.

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BA: Something you are totally obsessed with right now?

KW: Metal work. I learned how to weld from one of my friends and completely out of control with it. Its like an extreme version of a glue gun hahaha

BA: I’m sure we have some curious readers, so how can they get Mayor B. artwork and clothing?

KW: Everything is up on my site MayorB.com. I also love special projects with my art, so feel free to email me.

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There you have it, BABes! To learn more about Mayor B. you can check out their website: mayorb.com

Instagram: @mayorb

Facebook: facebook.com/votemayorb

Twitter: @_mayorb


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BABe: Parker of Ruff Ties

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BABes! We are SO excited to introduce you to Parker of Ruff Ties. This company makes the cutest ties for pups and we just can’t resist. Check out her story and go buy some ties!

 

P: Ruff’s Up!

Jen Parker here, AKA Parker.  Creator of Ruff Ties.  I am passionate about exploring the whole planet encountering Puppies, Fashion & Human Interaction. I am Child of God who is ruled by the Sun and driven by the heart of a Lion.  I attend Mariners Church and listen to weekly Books on Tape, whether its Ekhart Tolle, Anthony Robins or Dave Ramsey to name a few.  I believe in living everyday like its your last.  I love to love my family & friends and make them smile and have more fun daily.  People may consider me a galvanizer. I grew up in Southern California at the beach.  From my childhood I remember carpooling to gymnastics every day, lots of outings with friends & family, traveling a bunch and my mom told me I would smile and say hi to everyone we passed.  I was a competitive gymnast for 13 years & throughout my childhood would attend motivational seminars with my Dad encountering lots of different people, places and experiences all over the world. This one time my family and I did a retreat in Club Med Eleuthera and they turned me into a human jump rope!  At age 15 Cirque Du Soleil offered me a position in Montreal,  I had to decide between being a “normal” kid or joining the circus, I decided to stay local transitioning from Gymnastics to Dance & Song Leading in high school.  We had so many fun slumber parties watching early 90’s movies, camping out on the trampoline and prank calling radio stations. Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, Jenny McCarthy & Chris Farley were my idols.  I managed to remain on the President’s Honor Roll throughout High School & College even if I did not understand History I made sure to build relationships with all my teachers :).  Moving to the LBC for college at 17 and living on my own was like being delivered to another country!  I went crazy at the grocery store because my parents had me eat so healthy, like Lucky Charms & Krispy Kreme were my favorite.   Luckily I was on the competition dance team at CSULB! I received my Bachelor of Arts in Family & Consumer Sciences, however I decided I still wanted to learn more! The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising energy pulled me in!  I was in my element with like minded weird creative people.  What an irreplaceable education.  My professors all worked in the industry and still are vastly inspiring.  I studied Apparel Manufacturing Management and that is the reason I was able to start Ruff Ties, to this day I have support from my professors as business questions arise, it is an incredible resource for us.  I forgot to tell you that I danced for the NBA as a Los Angeles Clippers Pro Dancer!  Performing in the middle of the Staples Center is an adrenaline rush.  Through my education I worked side jobs such as coaching gymnastics, Brand Ambassador,  Golf Course Beverage Cart  & Restaurant jobs.  I believe restaurant jobs are good for everyone.  You learn customer service at its finest.  During my senior year of college I had an incredible opportunity to race around the world on CBS’s television show the Amazing Race!  We traveled through places like Africa, parts of Europe & Asia.  This experience changed my life forever. My partner Nate and I(college boyfriend) grew as humans and learned that the mind & body is capable of so much more than we think when put to the limit of not eating, sleeping, solving riddles & obstacles in foreign countries.  I came back renewed and restored with a new life philosophy.  However was not sure what I wanted to do.  I interned with TOMS Shoes in their first year of business! After that I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I got a Substitute teaching credential and spent a year teaching and loving it, however I wanted to utilize my specialty degree so I went to work for amazing companies such as private wholesale manufacturer Independent Trading Co. & Oakley.  Then a fork came in the road right around my quarter life crisis as I call it,  I was offered a job in the Grocery business making double the Salary.  I chased the money and ended up leaving my passion for fashion behind. I  spent three years in a tiresome unhealthy industry learning a lot about Corporate Sales & Corruption.  I became a number and my creative side lay dormant.  However I learned a great deal of  business management, sales & analytics.  I felt in my heart that God was leading me down the career path to become an Entrepreneur and wanted me to get a taste of each field I needed to become a business owner.  In April of 2014 I had the opportunity to go to Haiti with Mariners church for a Faith/Business conference. I took a risk and left my job to pursue Ruff Ties and teaching again.  The last year has been one of the most colorful years of my life as I have experienced heartache, failure, reward, success, being broke however there has been one common theme freedom and happiness by making people smile everyday when they see a tie on a dog. I currently reside in Newport Beach, CA. Teach in the Fountain Valley & Huntington Beach School Districts and Ruff Ties Office is located inside Vestal Watch Group & Locale Magazines headquarters in Costa Mesa.   My life consists of Daily Prayer, Gratitude practices,  Live Music, Puppies, Parties & the Beach or being outdoors in the Sun.  I would not have gotten where I am today without the unconditional support of My Mom, the ambition from my Dad, the faith God gives me daily and my beautiful network of friendships.

BA: And how about a little about your pup(s)?

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P: Meet Rusty! An impish rabble-rouser!
He is an 8 year old Yorkie Poodle & heralds from Newport Beach, CA. A bit self-inflicted in his mannerisms….his favorite activities include male modeling for Ruff Ties, dish tasting a.k.a “Begging”, French Kissing and chasing babes & birds at the beach. Rusty never leaves the house with out his latest Ruff Tie. He is bathed every 2 weeks, wears coconut oil, prefers mahi mahi, his “I Woke Up Like This” Ruff Tie and his leather bed lined with Fur. Rusty is the reason Ruff Ties came to life.

BA: We love the idea, so how did Ruff Ties come to be?

P: Inspired by the lil man Rusty.

Rusty, who may be recognized as the face of the Orange County based pet Fashion Company Ruff Ties was constantly getting confused for a girl. “I felt bad for the lil’ guy, people would always comment ‘She’s so cute’…and I wanted them to know he was a dude!” said Parker.  So I went shopping everywhere and I mean everywhere…Online, LA, NY Japan and could not find TIES FOR DOGS.  So I started creating Neck Ties so Rusty could look like the gentleman he is.  “Without making it 5 steps from the house on the yet so lively Newport Beach Peninsula, I was stopped several times and asked where they could purchase HIS Tie — mission accomplished!”

BA: Describe your vision for Ruff Ties.

P: Ruff Ties marks its territory in the world of Philanthropic Fashion for pets.   Our goal is to sell ties to help Save Animals.  When you purchase a Ruff Tie one of our signature “Adopt Me” Neck ties are donated to an animal in need. The line includes Neck & Bow Ties for Pets.  Ruff Ties partner’s with rescues to enhance their adoption events.  Our Ruff Squad sets up shop to draw people in, volunteers extra hands and style the puppies so they look extra cute and facilitate adoption.   Ruff Ties intention is to draw as much exposure from our network and find these puppies homes!  We LOVE spreading happiness, because people crack up when they see ties on dogs! Ruff Tie’s collection is available for dudes & dudettes of all sizes.

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BA: When did your love for pups start? Any cute stories?

P: I didn’t grow up with close in age siblings so Puppies, Friends & Fashion were my life.  I could always get Dogs to make deep passionate eye contact with me

BA: How do you keep yourself motivated to work hard towards your dreams?

P: Watching Shark Tank, attending seminars and competition!!!!!

BA: What’s a memorable moment from your journey thus far?

P: Definitely the Fashion Show that Fox Sports San Diego, Barking Beast & 4 shelters and Ruff Ties put together in the Gas Lamp District to help raise awareness.  We had Human models walk 20 adoptable dogs down the Runway wearing Ruff Ties & 13 were adopted that night.  Or a tie between Daymond John putting Ruff Ties on his weiner dogs Blake & Spartan.

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BA: Clipper girl to boss lady…How do you like that transition?

P: Seeing as though Clippers has you interview with NBA panel executives before you are chosen……and we were fortunate to attend regular Galas & fundraisers, I felt that this was a huge stepping stone from girl to Boss Lady.  Lots of public speaking & appearances involved with high profile people.

BA: What were your biggest hardships on your journey to where you are now?

 How did you overcome them?

P: Trying to please my amazing parents that were Ruff on me, “Go to college & get a high paying job!”  Working for large Corporations being recognized as a number, Top Seller however always in trouble for something I was wearing, being late or communicating wrong.  “That Quarter Life crisis got me like…!”  People Laughing & making fun of ties on animals, family was very hard on me when I left my “real job” with benefits and a salary!

I over came all of this through God and the Power of Now.

BA: Tell us more about Ruff Ties contribution efforts!

P: Ruff Ties Hosts Fashion Shows & our street team Visits Adoption events.  We are currently partnered with Barking Beast, RUFF Rescue, Love Bugs Rescue, Barks for Life, Paw Prints in the Sand, Barks of Love etc Rather than cutting a percentage we donate “Adopt Me” Neck ties and will physically volunteer to enhance adoption events by placing ties on the dogs and offering help.

BA: What does a day in the life of Jennifer Parker entail?

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P: During the School year, I substitute Teach.  It is a passion of mine to influence younger generations about the power of now, how beautiful life is, how much more there is after school and how important it is to network and get good grades!!!  So I could teach anywhere from 1-5 days a week ending my day around 2:30pm where I get excited about what I am going to eat and read 10 pages. Next I pick up Rusty and head into my cute office in Costa Mesa inside Vestal & Locale Magazines Headquarters. There is a very eclectic hard working vibe in the office, when you walk in the music is jamming and there is young creative energy everywhere.  Then I get on the computer and catch up, I am always catching up because I’m not a fan of being inside on emails.  I like calling and meeting people in person to take care of business.  SO I am usually just in the office to set up the next meeting or event that I have coming up & organize inventory.  Then I go for a dip in the Ocean and either meet up with some friends for Happy Hour or go home and watch movies, I love movies. Especially 90’s movies.

BA: Favorite way to stay active with your dog(s)?

P: Traveling! Beach, Hiking & Buying Fabric

BA: Best tip for boosting self-confidence?

P: Pray. Let it Be.  Live in the Now. Friends & Puppies. Traveling!

BA: What is your favorite way to relax?

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P: The beach or Movies or browsing Pinterest & Tumblr

BA: And how about your favorite way to pump yourself up?

P: Music.  I love Music.  I have loud music playing 90% of the time. Music is Life, that’s why our hearts have beats.

BA: If you could pick one song to describe yourself, what would it be?

P: Way too hard of a question…

The Beatles “Here comes the Sun”

BA: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

P: A “Tie” between Gandhi’s words “If you don’t ask, then you don’t get!” & Ekhart Tolles philosophy to live in the present moment because the past is gone & the future doesn’t exist yet, all we have is NOW!

BA: What does empowering women mean to you?

P: Empowering woman to me means believing in one another and recognizing progression.  This launches us to become the greatest we can be! I am not a big woman’s rights person,  I believe that all beings are created equally with a spirit that enables the divine.  Unfortunately the Ego which is false and man-made is what has tricked humans into believing misperception and false judgments.  Empowering woman in other countries now is very important because they have been suppressed with no opportunity for so long un like America, in fact I am on the Haiti Outreach leadership team at Mariners Church and we developed a business plan to open up a small sewing manufacturer in Carrefour, Haiti.  I am so eager to see what this will do for the woman in Haiti, Ruff Ties will be the first American project they will work on!    I am super stoked on the progression woman have made in this ego driven mans world though!

BA: If you could tell all women everywhere one thing, what would it be?

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P: Live in the Now,.  I live my life by Don Miguel Ruiz’s 4 agreements. 1.  Be Impeccable with your word 2. Don’t take anything personally 3. Don’t Make assumptions 4. Always do your best!

You know those false feelings you receive when someones outfit is cuter, or when you think people are talking about you?  Yah thats all fake.  Its you and God babe and that’s rad!!

BA: What’s next for you and Ruff Ties?

P: Ruff Ties would like to make people smile everyday when they see Ties on Dogs and we will continue to facilitate as many adoptions as we can.  Our Goal is to expand distribution to Unleashed by PetCo, Pet Supply, Pussy & Pooch, Fred Segal & Kitson this year.

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To the babes of Bowed Arrows, thank you for recognizing Ruff Ties and spotlighting me.  It means a lot and I am grateful for this experience and how it will shape your company, the lives of many woman and Ruff Ties!

Peace, Love & RUFF!

 

If you would like to know more about Parker and where you can get these adorable ties, check out her social media below:

Website: WWW.RUFFTIES.COM

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ruffties

Instagram: @RUFFTIES

Twitter: @RUFFTIES

Shop: http://www.ruffties.com/collections/all


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BAB: Caitlin Calhoun of Salt & Cinnamon!

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We love this girl! She is definitely one of the kindest girls we’ve ever met and she can make some meannnnn meals! We definitely enjoyed every second of this interview and cannot wait to collaborate together in the future! Hereeee weee gooo…!

BAGo ahead, introduce yourself and let us know a little more about you!

CaitlinHi there! My name is Caitlin, and I am a cooking enthusiast who loves traveling, my family & friends, art, strawberries, inking, and making people smile & laugh with good food. Oh, and Disney!

BANot only are you starting your own company, called Salt & Cinnamon, but you’re also a beautiful model! Anything else you do? How do you manage to juggle it all and still stay motivated?

CaitlinAw, thank you! I also do translational research. A shot of espresso, lots of  post-its, love and support, and giving myself time to recharge has helped me manage a crazy schedule. Motivation can be difficult at times, but when you believe in what you are doing, you jump back on track. I just try to change my perspective to where it will challenge me while being fun in some way or another. We only have one life, and it is too short not to do things that you love with the people you love.

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BAWe love your blog and the whole idea behind your company. What words best describe what Salt & Cinnamon is all about?

CaitlinThanks! Salt & Cinnamon is about inspiring people to get back in the kitchen and enjoying the flavors of each season. Whether you follow our blog or enjoy the food we make, we love how food brings people together and creates a sincere sense of communion and trust. We occasionally like to throw little seasonal pop-up dinner parties to welcome the new season, meet new friends, and give people a creative dining experience with lasting memories to follow.

BAWe’ve had the pleasure of enjoying some of the food you’ve made for different parties. What is one dish that every dinner party must have?

CaitlinI am very happy to hear you girls enjoyed it!

It changes depending on the party since we are inspired by the seasons, but I feel like a cheese board is always nice to have for your guests. It gives guests mingling time, while making last minute finishing touches to the rest of the food…and it’s cheese! Also, a bruschetta is good because there are so many variations and can easily be tailored to your party.

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BAAny favorite dishes, desserts or appetizers you personally love to whip up?!

CaitlinI personally love experimenting with desserts in general – cookies during the holidays are always a favorite. Risotto has been one of my favorite things to whip up because I love Italian food and this is just the ultimate comfort dish, especially during fall and winter when all you want be is all warm and cuddly.

BAAny tips on how to throw an easy, yet killer, dinner party? We’re all about dinner parties!

CaitlinPlan and Prep, prep, prep as much as you can prior to the party with a menu you can handle! But have fun with it and remember that it’s about getting your favorite people together for a good time! Even if you aren’t finished with everything, I think it is awesome when your friends throw themselves into the kitchen with you, and you finish the food together. When I throw dinner parties/cook, I always think of it as my way of saying ‘thank you for being in my life”, and it motivates me to make it even better.

BAFor us, cooking and baking is so therapeutic and that’s one of the main reasons we love it. Where/how did your passion for food originate?

CaitlinCooking and baking is very therapeutic for me too.  My passion for food originated from my parents. Food brings a sense of togetherness. My mom and I always use to cook and bake together – especially during the holidays. She had a magical knack for making healthy dishes without jeopardizing taste, and every time we went to a party, everybody would hover over her food – it was always the first to go! She would always experiment with food too which was fun. My dad taught me that people eat with their eyes first – so he instilled the importance of presentation with food.

While traveling and exploring different cultures, I loved the sense of genuine communion it brought to people. Friends, even strangers, would generally wait for each other and talk for hours, laughing and having a good time being themselves. I wanted to bring that back to the events and food prepared, as well as create new dining experiences.

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BAWhat has been the biggest challenge when it comes to starting your own business?

CaitlinThe biggest struggle has been the financial sacrifice, especially knowing that there are no guarantees…which makes it even harder, but also just as exciting to make it count.

BAWhat does a day in the life of Caitlin entail?

CailtinOh, goodness – Everyday is a little different for me. I usually work out early every other morning. The core of my day is working at the lab with different projects, and then I typically wind down at night with S&C work, or other personal endeavors. But when I get called for a shoot or have an event on the agenda for Salt & Cinnamon, I adjust my schedule accordingly where I can make sure to have time to accomplish the things I need done. Sometimes I will have really slow days, and sometimes insanely busy days! It’s all about taking a deep breath and being open and flexible to change.

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BAWhat would you say is the best tip for boosting self-confidence?

CailtinKnow that there is only one beautiful YOU. That’s a pretty cool thing if you think about it!

BAWhat’s your favorite way to relax?

CaitlinIt is hard to get me to actually sit down, but drawing has been one of my favorite ways to relax along with just getting outside into nature and exploring new places, catching up with friends,  reading, video games or movies on lazier days…with a cup of tea, of course.

And….gift-wrapping!

BAAnd how about your favorite way to pump yourself up?

CaitlinBeing active in some way, or listening to my favorite tunes as I embarrass myself pretending I can dance.  And apparently…grocery shopping.

BAIf you could pick one word to describe yourself, what would it be and why?

CaitlinEek…I don’t know. “Caitlin” because that’s me. :3

BAWhat are the best piece(s) 😉 of life advice you’ve received?

CailtinThe best advice I can give you is to never follow the recipe.” – Mom

“Show, not tell.” -Dad

“If somebody wants to do something, they are going to find a way, if they don’t want to do it, they are going to find an excuse.” -Andande (aka Swoozie)

Stay humble. Laugh often.

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BAWhat does empowering women mean to you?

CaitlinIt means genuinely supporting and inspiring each other. We’re all in this together.

BAIf you could tell all women everywhere one thing, what would it be?

CaitlinYou are enough. Women AND Men – you are enough.

So, love yourself.

BAWhat’s next for you?

CaitlinI can’t tell you exactly where I am going to be long term, but Salt and Cinnamon is growing, I am growing, and I like where I am heading so far!  But on the short-term list, I’ll be running my first half-marathon for Disney’s Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend- something I thought I could never do. It has been one of the most mentally and physically challenging things I have done – but it is so worth it, especially when people have got your back! It’s my symbolic journey training as a Padawan and emerging a Jedi at the finish line!

Be sure to follow along on this babe’s journey!

Website: Salt & Cinnamon

Facebook: Like Salt & Cinnamon on FB!

Instagram: Follow on Instagram!

Pinterest: Follow along on Pinterest!

 


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The BABes of I’m With The Band

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Ladies, we are so excited to introduce you to the BABes of I’m With The Band Headbands & Turbans! They have been so inspiring and encouraging to us and we hope they find the same with us and the babes of our wonderful community! Without further adieu, meet Kailee & Erin:

BA: Go ahead, introduce yourselves and let us know a little more about you!

IWTB: We are two childhood best friends who came together to create I’m With The Band, a line of headbands and turbans that takes inspiration from rock n’ roll music and original style icons and blends it with our love of health and wellness. We met at the ice-skating rink at age 8. I spotted Erin’s epic ice-skating outfit, told her how much I loved it and we’ve been practically inseparable ever since.

BA: We LOVE your story! Especially that you’re both best friends and have been for awhile. We’re best friends as well and there really is nothing better than doing what you love with your favorite partner in crime! Where did the idea of headbands and turbans arise?

IWTB: We’ve always shared a love for fashion, creating and expression and dreamt of building a lifestyle where we could do these things together on a daily basis as co creators of a brand.

It’s no secret we love the kings and queens of rock n’ roll, most of our bands are named after them. Some of our ultimate favorite life & style icons are Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marc Bolan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Bianca Jagger, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin and we were super inspired by the headwear they used to rock.

We’ve also been known to skip a hair wash or two and our bands are the perfect accessory to channel the vintage style we love and mask our dirty roots at the same time! We’re all about multi tasking when it comes to looking cute :)

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BA: Describe your vision for your brand.

IWTB: We envision creating a lifestyle brand of accessories and apparel for a fun and fearless boho babe that has a serious case of wanderlust. Who’s all about spreading light and positivity that needs the perfect head to toe get up that is aligned with her beautiful life.

BA: What’s a memorable moment from your journey thus far?

IWTB: Seeing our turbans on Beyoncé was definitely a memorable moment.

BA: What were your biggest hardships on your journey to where you are now? How did you overcome them?

IWTB: One of our greatest difficulties has been setting up and streamlining production. In the beginning we tried many different people and shops and we had to be patient to try to find that perfect fit.

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Check out Lauryn of The Skinny Confidential wearing hers!

BA: What does a day in the life of Kailee & Erin entail?

IWTB: Wake up, meditation, check emails, social media, prioritize today’s to-do list, ship orders, fabric shopping, some form of movement (yoga/hiking) and fueling our bodies with something vibrant (aka dinner date together).

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BA: We know you love your yoga! Any advice for beginners looking to get into it?

IWTB: Find a style you love and an instructor who resonates with you and you’re golden!

BA: Best tip for boosting self-confidence?

IWTB: Realizing that you’re you and that’s special, no body else can replicate it and you’re doing the best you can. Sometimes even just being your own best friend and support system and looking within for guidance and confidence works wonders. We put our trust in the universe. It’s also great to have some sweet friends who can be your cheerleaders when you aren’t necessarily feeling you’re best.

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BA: What are your favorite ways to relax?

IWTB: We love listening to music, doing yoga, hiking, being in nature, beach walks, anything by the water, meditation, treating ourselves to dinner (and dessert) at one of our favorite restaurants and playing with puppies to name a few.

BA: How do you keep yourself and each other motivated to work hard towards your dreams? / And how about your favorite way to pump yourselves (and each other) up?

IWTB: We love to envision our dream life, talk about it, picture it, feel what it feels like, talk about the details, the things we’re going to do and the places we’re going to go and remind ourselves that we’re on the path to it. Good music is always necessary for a pump up!

BA: f you could each pick one song to describe yourselves, what would it be?

IWTB: Ahh man, this is such a hard question! Music is everything and there’s so many songs we absolutely love, it’s so hard to just pick one! I guess if we had to…

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Kailee: T & A – Rolling Stones Erin: Too hard to answer!

BA: What about a song to describe each other?

IWTB: Another doozy! Star Man by David Bowie for Erin because it’s mystical and magical like her and Cosmic Dancer by T-Rex for Kailee because she’s cosmic goddess…duh!

BA: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve each received?

IWTB: I was really upset one day a few years back and a woman I was talking to just said this to me. I heard her and didn’t think much of it at the time. I had no idea I would never forget it, repeat it all the time and share it with so many others…

“The kinder you are to yourself, the kinder the world is to you.” 1. What does empowering women mean to you?

We love the thought of strong, empowered women wildly chasing their dreams. It’s so important to us to surround ourselves with women like that, and we always do all we can to support and empower one another. We’re definitely finding the truth in the saying “your vibe attracts your tribe”! Our rad girl club is rapidly growing and we couldn’t be more grateful.

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BA: If you could tell all women everywhere one thing, what would it be?

IWTB: Love yourself!

BA: What’s next for you both and I’m With The Band?

IWTB: We’re working on a line of super cute and functional loungy, vacay wear to add to our selection to complement our headwear. We should have the first piece out any day now! And as always, continuing to build and strive towards our dreams is what’s on our agenda!

Check out I’m With the Band here:

Website: http://im-with-the-band.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imwiththebandheadbandsandturbans Instagram: @im_with_the_band_headbands
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ImWithTheBandHB
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/imwiththebandLA/

Hashtags: #BabesInBands #ImWithTheBand


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BAB: Taryn Rasgon of Vegetaryn

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One thing we have started to notice about our Bowed Arrow Babes is how genuine, personable and sweet they all are. Maybe that is one of the big keys as to why they are so successful! Of course they are also driven and fearless!

Taryn is all of the above and such a big inspiration because she started her company with absolutely no experience and has taught herself along the way. It hasn’t even been a full year and she already has over 13k followers on Instagram!

Now, it’s time to meet her!

BA: Go ahead, introduce yourself and let us know a little more about you!

TMy name is Taryn Rasgon, and I am 25 years old. I grew up in Agoura Hills, CA and started my own company, Vegetaryn, in November of 2014.

BA: Tell us how Vegetaryn came to be.

TWhen I was in college my friends were all about being Entrepreneurs. Their work ethic and drive really rubbed off on me. I figured the best way to learn about business, was to go out and try to start one. Even though I have never taken a course in graphic design, SEO,  or marketing, I have figured out how to build a website, brand, and business – mostly, I can thank Google for the answers :)

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{Shop her shirt HERE!}

BA: What’s a memorable moment from your journey?

TI’ll never forget the first time I got a sale, I honestly did not know if I was going to be able to sell a single shirt. It was the best feeling when I got the first notification that someone purchased a Vegetaryn shirt, I couldn’t believe it, it felt like my hard work became worth it!

BA: What does a day in the life of Taryn entail?

TA day in the life of Taryn entails waking up in the morning and starting the day off with either Tea or a Smoothie. Then I answer emails and check my social media. Usually, each day can vary but I often spend my day in coffee shops, my apartment, or vegan eateries working on updates, blog posts, events, shipping & packaging, and maintaining all things Vegetaryn. All while eating delicious plant-based food throughout the day!

BA: The items you sell are adorable! Where did you get your inspo for the fun, creative sayings?!

TIt’s funny because I have tons of sayings and lots of exciting plans for new designs in the future. I usually think of 3 or 4 of the sayings at once. It’s like I get a burst of inspiration and my brain is on fire (usually I am with a friend or two, when we are being clever). I keep a list of all the sayings I ever come up with. I ask my friends and family which ones they like and then start from there. All Vegetaryn shirts & items are meant to be fun and worn as easy conversation starters. What better way to meet a stranger than over a good laugh?!

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BA: Any tips to supplement a healthy lifestyle for the other busy girls of the world?

TOther girls of the busy world keep up your good, hard, work. We need more of you. And if HEALTH isn’t one of your top priorities, take a step back and realize it is important, take care of it and nourish it.

BA: Best tip for boosting self-confidence?

TTell yourself how beautiful and awesome you are EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

BA: What is your favorite way to pump yourself up?

TNot really sure how to answer this one. I do not know if I have a certain way.

BA: If you could pick one song to describe yourself, what would it be?

TI am the worst with music. I don’t even know the name of the top song that’s always playing on the radio :/

BA: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

TOne of the best pieces of advice I have received is if you want something, create it.

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BA: What does empowering women mean to you?

TWorking with other women, to support, and give strength to each other.

BA: What’s next for you?

TI have an Ebook and some other really exciting surprises coming out for Vegetaryn! Stay tuned!

Be sure to check her out and give her some support, babes! AND!!! She’s offering 20% off to all of our babes! Use the code BOWEDARROWBABE at checkout in her shop to receive the discount! Her Ts and reusable bags are seriously the cutest!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Vegetaryn

Instagram: @vegetaryn

Website: www.vegetaryn.com

Shop!: The Vegetaryn Shop


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Meet Lindsey Muessel of Piece of Cake Weddings & Events!

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We had the pleasure of speaking with Lindsey Muessel from Piece of Cake Weddings & Events and got an inside look at some of her beautiful creations. Not only is she an awesome business owner that does what she loves everyday, but she’s an awesome wife and mother living in one of the coolest cities in the country as well. Get to know Lindsey a little better and welcome her to our Bowed Arrow Babes community!

 

BA: Go ahead, introduce yourself and let us know a little more about you!

LM: Thank you Bowed Arrows for featuring Piece of Cake Weddings & Events. My name is Lindsey Muessel. I live in the beautiful mountains outside of Golden, Colorado with my husband and toddler daughter, Sydney. We also have a black cat named Geti and a black Lab named Yogi. I have lived in Colorado since 2004. I’m originally from North Carolina but also lived in California twice for several years. I love to run, travel, scuba dive, camp, and cook. I went through several ideas of a dream career until I finally found it and that is being a Wedding and Event Planner.

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LM: My work background mainly involves children and planning. Right out of college, I managed an after school program in 8 schools while helping with their fundraiser events. Next, I went into the corporate world and became a corporate event planner. While in that role, I decided that I loved planning and was good at it. I also knew I wanted to start a family and have more flexibility. Thus, I created my own company Piece of Cake Weddings & Events.

BA: Describe your vision for yourself and POCW.

LM: My vision for Piece of Cake Weddings & Events and myself is to primarily plan weddings and ensure that the engaged couples are not stressed during the planning process. I want them to enjoy engagement to the fullest in order to start off their marriage right.

BA: Where did your passion for event planning originate?

LM: I believe I got the event planning bug from my Dad. He is nonstop, always doing something and I am a lot like that. He loves having parties at his house and he is the main lead on a local beer festival in my hometown in NC.

~Party in N.C. anyone???~

BA: Any easy party planning tips you have to share with us?

LM: My biggest piece of party planning advice is to not procrastinate until the last minute. When you have months, or weeks, to plan, get as much done when you can so that the week or month leading up to the event you can enjoy it and not stress. Tackle the part you dread the most… first (if possible).

BA: How about your best money-saving tip while throwing a fabulous party?

LM: DIY is a great way to save money if you have the time. Also, there are websites where married couples want to sell their one-time used decor.

~Fabulous idea!~

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BA: What’s your favorite part about your job?

LM: My favorite part of being a wedding and event planner is the on-site part, where you see everything come together and see the guests having a great time!

BA: How do you keep yourself motivated to work hard towards your dreams?

LM: I stay motivated by having wonderful clients! I have been so blessed with getting to know great couples and their families.

BA: What’s a memorable moment from your journey thus far?

LM: In my first wedding season as a company, I had the privilege of planning one of my very close friend’s wedding. I got to spend more time with her and plan a special day for her. That was so much fun!

BA: What were your biggest hardships on your journey to where you are now? How did you overcome them?

LM: With all new companies, the hardest part is finding clients. I have been blessed to have half of my clients through connections and half through online searches. In 2014, I was nominated 9th in the Denver A-List which was such an honor.

~Wow! Congratulations. That’s a huge accomplishment, especially in a big city!~

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BA: What does a day in the life of Lindsey entail?

LM: As a planner, I do not have your typical 8am-5pm job. I respond to emails and make phone calls throughout the day and evening. I usually have meetings in the evenings and on weekends. This allows me to stay home with my daughter most days. I volunteer with a local nonprofit and assist in the decor for their main fundraiser and work with a corporate client in planning 2 annual conferences in addition to planning weddings.

BA: Best tip for boosting self-confidence?

LM: I think exercise really helps people have happier attitudes and that boosts self-confidence. I have never once been upset at myself for going on a run or bike ride.

BA: What’s your favorite way to relax?

LM: I like to play with my daughter and once my daughter goes to bed I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, catching up on life and enjoying the small things.

BA: And how about your favorite way to pump yourself up?

LM: Going on a run or listening to some great music always pumps me up.

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BA: If you could pick one song to describe yourself, what would it be?

LM: I’m not sure I could pick one song, but I do think the message from “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson is so true and it’s important for women to press forward even when times are tough.

~We engage in some girl-power dance parties all the time! Love Kelly!~

BA: What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

LM: Turn lemons into lemonade.

BA: Something you are totally obsessed with right now?

LM: Currently, I am obsessed with long table centerpieces!

BA: What does empowering women mean to you?

LM: I have always known that girls can do anything they want to and it is so important that we raise our daughters to know that as well. Empowering women means encouraging them to try new things and follow their passions.

BA: If you could tell all women everywhere one thing, what would it be?

LM: Do not give up!

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BA: What’s next for you?!

LM: This summer I have several exciting weddings in various Colorado locations and my best friend is getting married!

Check out Lindsey’s amazing weddings and events (or book her if you’re in Denver!) at: 

http://www.pieceofcakeweddingsllc.com/

or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PieceOfCakeWeddingsLLC

 


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So what exactly is a Bowed Arrow Babe?

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We interrupt our normal programming to address something that we have been getting a lot of questions about…

What’s a Bowed Arrow Babe, or as we affectionally call it, a BAB?

Let’s rewind a little and explain why we started Bowed Arrows. Last year Jenna and Chantelly were talking about how they didn’t feel there was anywhere to go after high school to talk to anyone about normal life issues. There is no guidance counselor or Home Ec teacher to help you or tell you how to do things. Not everybody wants a therapist and not everyone was born with a predisposition to be a regular Martha Stewart.

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Jenna began writing a blog called Twenty Something and Lovelis that was an honest look into life in your twenties and how it’s not always all it’s cracked up to be. College isn’t for everyone. Jobs are hard to find. Love is even harder to find (or at least REAL love). Sometimes friendships end. Sometimes you end up completely changing paths because you have been chasing the wrong dream. Shit happens and it can make life, especially young adult life, hard to navigate.

So after a few years of expressing her deepest fears and discoveries to the world, Jenna decided she wanted a place for women of all ages to come and feel accepted and encouraged. When Chantelly heard the idea, she was immediately on board and Bowed Arrows was born.

About the name…

Life takes you through a lot of loops and turns. Your path is rarely straight. You may aim your arrow one place and have it end up in a completely different place, but that is okay. Life is all about the journey and your arrow does not have to point straight in order to get yourself where you need to be. Trust in life. Trust in God. Trust in yourself.

So, what’s a Bowed Arrow Babe?

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A few of our favorite BABs that helped us launch the blog!

A BAB is a woman who is owning her life. Someone who is comfortable in her own skin, confident, genuine, NICE (HUGE emphasis on nice, caring, compassionate, etc. etc. etc.). BABs lift each other up, encourage one another and want good things to happen to other people. Our babes are not “mean girls” and we are fighting to end girl-on-girl crime. We need to support & love one another and ourselves.

Bowed Arrow Babes want to make a difference. They let their light shine wherever they go. They follow their dreams. They make things happen for themselves. They start a business. They see the world. They make art. They cure cancer. They change the world, one beautiful soul at a time.

Are you a Bowed Arrow Babe? Do you surround yourself with other Bowed Arrow Babes? Tell us more! Leave comments and let us know how you are letting your inner-BAB shine!

We love you, Babes!

Let your best self shine.

xx

J&C


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Turn-Off and Get Irish!

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In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, we have found some amazing Irish-themed recipes on Pinterest for y’all to try out the next time you turn-off!

We both have Irish in our blood, so we just LOVE St. Paddy’s Day and all of the festivities!

What better way to celebrate a holiday all about the Irish heritage than cooking up (or mixing) some traditional Irish cuisine & drink? Okay, not all of this is traditional but it is all delicious!

Breakfast:

Now, you could just pour a bowl of lucky charms and call it a day, but you will probably regret it after the sugar crash an hour later. Our suggestion? Boxty! It’s essentially a potato pancake. Here’s our pick for a delicious recipe:

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And don’t forget the Irish Coffee! (As long as you don’t have to drive anywhere!)

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Snacks:

Um, Avocado Deviled Eggs? We’re sold! Plus, they are festive!

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And you can’t have a traditional Irish celebration without soda bread!

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Lunch & Dinner:  

For those of you who want to stay SUPER traditional…

Corned Beef & Cabbage! Obviously!

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Or how about Shepherd’s Pie? You can change the protein in this dish and really make it what you want!

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For those stuck in the cold weather or craving something a little heartier, Potato Soup or Guinness Stew!

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Last but in no way least…DESSERT!

How cute are these festive cupcakes? A great recipe to make with kids!

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And then you have the Bailey’s & Guinness cupcakes for adults only!

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Just a warning, none of these recipes are all that “health-conscious”, but cut yourself some slack today and indulge!

All of these recipes and more can be found here. Follow us on Pinterest for more of our favorite recipes, tips and inspiration!

Enjoy your celebration (safely), Babes!

And may the luck of the Irish be with you!

 

xx,

J&C


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Bowed Arrow Babe: Emily Biedrzycki

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We are SOO very excited for you all to meet this Bowed Arrow Babe! She is the winner from our contest last month and she truly is deserving of the Bowed Arrow Babe title. She’s been through some things in her life and instead of being down on herself and letting them control her, she was strong and fought through them and is now helping other women! Time to meet this sweetheart!

BA: Introduce yourself and let us know a little more about you!

Emily: I’m Emily, and I’m a personal trainer, wife and mother, and I live in Maine. My husband’s name is Andy, and we have a daughter named Coraline, who just turned 5 months!

BA: How do you juggle being a wifey, mommy, personal trainer and counselor?

Emily: Its not easy, but it’s so rewarding. I owe a lot of my success in managing the balancing act to my husband. He’s a wonderful dad, and has been my cheerleader from day one. He pushes me to reach my full potential. Our families have also been integral to me being as successful as I have in reaching my goals. We are so lucky to live close to our families. I also do what I love, so it’s easy to make time for my projects.

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BA: What were your biggest hardships on your journey to where you are now? How did you overcome them?

Emily: I have had some big struggles in my life; an eating disorder that developed in high school, depression, and family illness. I couldn’t possibly have gotten through any of these situations without my wonderful friends and family to support me. I learned through therapy that surrounding yourself with supportive people is imperative to getting through challenging life situations.

I have had a hard time leaving my comfort zone, even when it’s not doing me any good.  Two years ago I left a job I hated to become a personal trainer. I let go of some long-term friendships that were no longer healthy. I took some time to really figure out my life’s path, and I am so proud to say that I think I have found it! Taking the leap to change my life was very scary, but I knew I was making the right move.

BA: How do you manage working out and staying healthy with such a busy life?

Emily: Before I gave birth my husband and I worked out with each other, and I’m lucky enough to work in a gym with co-workers who do not accept any excuses! Now that I have Coraline, I have to plan a little more, but I think that helps me stay on track. I take advantage of naptime, and I also squeeze in mini-workouts throughout the day. I like to plank while Coraline has tummy time, and I do squats and deadlifts with her as my weight. She thinks it’s funny to watch me workout.

The nutrition piece of staying healthy has been a little more challenging! When I was pregnant, I gave myself the go-ahead to eat whatever I wanted. Now that I’m breastfeeding, I can’t cut calories, so I make every calorie count with healthy fats, and lots of protein. I also don’t deprive myself. My husband and I sometimes share a few cookies at the end of the night while we catch up with each other after Coraline is asleep.

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BA: You mentioned you’ve suffered from an eating disorder in the past – how did you find the courage to get help and make yourself healthy again?

Emily: I struggled with my eating disorder for 7 years before I asked for help. When I finally decided to get help I was at my lowest point. I will never forget the moment I decided to be honest with my family and ask for help. I began having suicidal thoughts while taking anti-depressants and told my husband, who was my boyfriend at the time. He asked me to get help, and my younger sister drove me to the emergency room. Sitting in the hospital, waiting for a crisis counselor to arrive, I looked over at my sister. I asked myself what she must be feeling, looking at her big sister wasting away, talking about killing herself. I realized I wasn’t just hurting myself. I wanted to be someone she could look up to, someone she could come to for advice, or to ask for help. I went through therapy and have been in recovery now for 9 years. I had a wonderful counselor, and the support from my family, my husband, and my friends.

Eating disorder recovery has been important to me ever since. I hope I can inspire anyone suffering to ask for help if they’re ready. It is possible to recover, and to stop suffering.

BA: Any advice to girls struggling with an eating disorder?

Emily: If you’re ready for help, ask for it. There are some amazing organizations that exist solely to help you. The National Eating Disorder Association (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org) and Eating Disorders Anonymous (www.eatingdisordersanonymous.org) are two I recommend. What kept me from getting help sooner was this misconception that I would never be free of the intrusive thoughts that I had. I thought I would always default to being anxious about what I was eating. It wasn’t true, and I wish someone had told me. I live my life like a “normal” person. I don’t think about food the way I used to, and it is liberating.

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BA: What do you like to do for fun? What keeps you happy and motivated?

Emily: I love to play video games! Animal Crossing has been keeping me entertained lately, as well as The Sims 4. My mom thinks it’s funny that I play a game that so closely resembles real life. I also moderate a small personal training forum of about 600 trainers, and am working on a fitness blog called Body After (www.bodyafter.com) that focuses on getting your body back (after baby, after injury, in recovery) and finding ways to fit fitness into our busy lives.

BA: If you could pick one song to describe yourself, what would it be?

Emily: Hmm, this one is tough! I think Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.

BA: We all try to eat healthy but we are big on everything in moderation. Any guilty pleasures you love to indulge in every once in awhile?

Emily: Moderation is my motto, as well! My indulgences are anything chocolate. I’ve been loving these dark chocolate himalayan sea salted almonds lately. Just the right amount of decadent and healthy!

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BA: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Emily: Dreams don’t work unless you do. My mom is always telling me to put my wants and needs out into the universe, and what she means is you can’t just daydream about a better life, or a better you. You have to make that intention clear, and work for it. No one is going to work harder to reach your goals than you are.

BA: Do you have a strong woman in your life that you look up to?

Emily: I don’t know if I can pick only one! My mom has given me the confidence to be myself, and know that I will attract into my life what I put out into the world. She was the driving force behind me becoming a personal trainer, and is an amazing example of remaining strong when you feel weakest. I think my mother-in-law did an amazing job raising her kids; she loves all of her boys, daughters-in-law, and granddaughters like nobody else exists in the whole wide world, and I aspire to that with my daughter. My sisters-in-law are both amazing women who started their own businesses, and successfully manage to balance their roles as business-owners, wives, and mothers.

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BA: Best tip for boosting self-confidence?

Emily: Talk to yourself the way you talk to your friends. When your friends are feeling bad about themselves, you boost them up! You congratulate them on reaching goals. You admire them for all of their wonderful qualities. We should do that for ourselves, too.

BA: How do you pump yourself up?

Emily: I love to dance! I get so amped up blasting music, singing and dancing around. That’s definitely my favorite way to get excited!

BA: And your favorite way to relax?

Emily: Getting together with friends and having dinner or drinks is so relaxing to me. I love just sitting around and chatting about everything that’s going on in our lives, with nothing to do and nowhere to go. I wish I could do it more often!

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BA: What does empowering women mean to you?

Emily: Sometimes it feels like the whole world is out to tear women down. I’ve found that the more time I spend trying to build up the women I meet, the more empowered I feel. It’s important that we all remind each other that we each have special gifts and talents to share with the world, and that’s what we should focus on.

BA: What does being a Bowed Arrow Babe mean to you?

Emily: I love the philosophy behind Bowed Arrows and Bowed Arrow Babes! The idea that you start with yourself is awesome. I totally agree! Being a Bowed Arrow Babe means taking care of the women in your life, including yourself.

BA: How can women in your area contact you for training and/or counseling?

Emily: Anyone can email me at emily@bodyafter.com.


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BAB: Juice Queen, Angela Almaguer!

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Just another #WCW! We are so excited to share the amazing Angela Almaguer with you today! Angela started by making juice in her own kitchen and delivering via bicycle and now she is taking Long Beach’s juice-loving community by storm and just opened up a shop with her business partner! Check out this insanely inspiring woman. We know you’ll love her as much as we do!

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BA: Angela! Thank you so much for sharing your time and wisdom with us. First things first, let’s talk juice.

When did you begin Salud juice and what was the inspiration behind it?

Angela Almaguer: I started Salud Juice around 2.5 years ago after my uncle died of cardiac arrest. Shortly after he passed, my father went through a quadruple bypass heart surgery and that’s when I really started digging deep into health and wellness for my family. I started juicing for my dad and I would say “Salud a tu Salud” or “cheers to your health” every time we drank our juice together. The name for our company was almost too perfect!

BA: Describe your vision for Salud Juice.

Angela Almaguer: I originally just wanted to make sure the people who I love had full access to the vitamins and nutrients they need on a daily basis. Juicing is the easiest way to get my loved ones to consume as much healthy products as they possibly can while still having an enjoyable experience. As an added bonus, if you feel good physically, your mood starts changing with it. I want Salud to encourage a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally.

BA: What does a day in the life of Angela Almaguer entail?

Angela Almaguer: Craziness. The end. JUST KIDDING.

It starts with checking emails, news and Instagram (we get a lot of business through Instagram and it’s a great way to keep up with our customers). I usually go over upcoming orders, meet with my “Main Squeeze” Missi and go over what the day brings. Then it’s usually a lot of juice making, juice tasting and LOTS of dancing. We like to have full dance parties while we make juice! (Just another reason we love her so much! Dance parties…always!)

BA: What’s your favorite go-to juice?

Angela Almaguer: I’m a “straight-to-the-point” kind of girl. I made a juice called “Straight Up” that is pretty much all the essential greens with a splash of lemon and ginger. It gives me all my green intake and I LOVE the heat of ginger. Can’t go wrong!

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BA: What’s next for you and Salud?

Angela Almaguer: Right now we just want to make sure we have an amazing, fresh product that our customers really enjoy. We want to really involve ourselves in the Long Beach community because we love it so much here! Anything after that is a bonus!

BA: I’m sure we have some curious readers, so how can they get Salud Juice?

Angela Almaguer: As of right now, you can pick up at our store on the corner of 4th and Cherry in Long Beach, CA. We are, however, working on doing overnight delivery for our customers who recently moved and can’t kick the Salud addiction! We also do some personal deliveries in surrounding cities.

BA: What’s a memorable moment from your journey?

Angela Almaguer: A memorable moment in our journey would definitely have to be the day we signed a lease on our storefront. I had been waiting for that moment for 2 years and for it to finally come true was a very surreal feeling.

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BA: What were your biggest hardships on your journey to where you are now? How did you overcome them?

Angela Almaguer: We sell raw juice and we started primarily selling wholesale to local coffee shops and restaurants. Business was booming and we were so excited to open more accounts. Unfortunately, we didn’t know that selling raw juice wholesale was ILLEGAL! So we had to immediately pull out of all of our accounts and that was a huge HUGE defeat for us. We went from selling 500-800 bottles a week to only selling 30-40 bottles to friends and loyal customers. It was a horrific blow to the company and to my spirits.

I tried to understand that business is business and sometimes you have to tweak your business plan, dust yourself and just keep going. That’s exactly what I did. It was extremely tough for about 6 months after that, but we persevered and had such overwhelming support from friends and family that we got through it!

Enough business, let’s talk life!

BA: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Angela Almaguer: I always wanted to teach. I turned down a teaching job for this company! I still want to eventually get my PhD and teach at a university level, but I’m really having fun learning how to run a business.

BA: What does confidence mean to you and how do you achieve it?

Angela Almaguer: Confidence is faking it until you make it! You are always going to be scared and you are always going to think you’re not ready, not good enough, not ANYTHING. But just remember that everyone around you is just as scared on the inside. Everyone is faking it!

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BA: Any tips to supplement a healthy lifestyle for the other busy girls of the world?

Angela Almaguer: MEAL PREP! The biggest mistake people make is waiting until they’re starving to think about what to eat and then driving to a drive-thru to get a quick cheeseburger. It is super important to plan out your meals so when hunger strikes, you can easily pick up a chopped salad you made that morning or a green juice you packed.

BA: What’s your favorite way to relax?

Angela Almaguer: I like watching cartoons and cuddling with my kitty (don’t judge me!). Oh and heated yoga is my jam!

BA: And how about pumping yourself up?

Angela Almaguer: It really doesn’t take much to pump me up. But I will say that roller skating makes me feel like I’m walking on sunshine!

BA: If you could describe yourself in a song, what would it be?

Angela Almaguer: Pretty much any Beyonce girl-power song. I would say “Run the World” mostly. (One of our faves too!) 

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BA: Something you are totally obsessed with right now?

Angela Almaguer: That’s a tough one! I guess I’m kind of obsessed with heated yoga right now. It feels so good and completely clears my lungs and sinus cavity!

BA: What does empowering women mean to you?

Angela Almaguer: Empowering women means being genuinely happy and supportive for other successful women. The female gender spends way too much time bashing on each other and that’s what keeps us weak. We are stronger as a unit.

BA: If you could tell all women everywhere one thing, what would it be?

Angela Almaguer: Oh man I have so many quotes I live by! But if I have to choose JUST ONE it would be “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

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