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Inspiring Women in Business

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Good morning and Happy Friday!

Something that i have been wanting to do for quite a bit is to start sharing women in business who inspire me. Women who share. Women who lift each other up. Women who are successful in and on their own terms and women who believe in #communityovercompetition. Over the 11 years i've been in business i've run into some pretty poisonous business women, but on the flip side i've met some ah-mazing women whom i adore being around. Lora is one of those people. Lora owns Scout Curated Wears. A simply gorgeous jewelry line that gives back 10% of net profits each year to help and support other women. Most recently, Lora donated to Dress for Success

 

Please meet Lora, owner of Scout Curated Wears. Be sure to show her some love and check out her line at the end of the post. 

 

Hi! I'm Lora- mom of 2 crazy boys, travel enthusiast & founder of Scout Curated Wears. I launched Scout in 2015 shortly after turning 40. I’ve worked in the fashion industry since college and always loved how exciting, fast paced & dynamic it is. Turning 40 was a whoa moment in a good way. I took a long hard look at my life and decided I wanted to be more present for my family. I traveled so much for my job that half the time when I was home my kids called me by our daycare providers name! Every time that happened my heart broke a little bit. I resigned from my job to take a break which was a huge leap into the unknown for this OCD over-planner. The time I spent at home helped me recharge and gather the courage to start something of my own. Scout is what come out of that.

Where do you find your inspiration for your work? 
I’ve always loved fashion. I love that what you wear can change you mood & what you project. I’m inspired by so many things, travel, color, nature, beauty…. Ultimately I do what I do because I enjoy creating beautiful things that are enjoyed by others. I love hearing stories about how a certain item was given as a gift or bought as a pick me up for a friend. In 2017 we launched a women’s initiative to give back 10% to causes that support woman. It’s given new purpose to Scout. It’s been inspiring to get involved with organizations like Dress for Success that work to empower women.

What is your favorite piece from your line?
That’s a tough one because I love to layer everything together! If I had to pick, my current fav is our new Lava stone bracelet/necklace wrap. Lava is the stone of strength and wearing it reminds me that I’m strong even when I’m feeling unsure.

Who would be your dream customer that buys your jewelry?
I would love to see Tory Burch wearing Scout. She has great style and I admire her mission with the Tory Burch Foundation to empower women entrepreneurs. I’d love to partner with Anthropologie. I think their customers would love Scout.

What is your personal style like? Does your work typically reflect that?
I’m a style chameleon! So much so that people often don’t recognize me. I’m bohemian at heart but love to play with fashion. Everything from preppy to edgy. Different pieces and color combinations in my line reflect that.

 What is your favorite Instagram account to follow?
So many! I’m inspired daily by all the amazing content people put out there. I really like refinery29 it’s a great mix of fashion, culture & art, designsponge for style inspiration, olivesandgrace is an inspiring kick butt women owned business in Boston and humansofny to remind us that we are all in this together

What tradition or routine is important to you?
Every morning I carve out about 20 minutes for my self to practice yoga. Sometimes I feel like it saves my life. It’s such a gift to be able to do that with 2 kids and a business and it really keep me going.

We know you are so busy! How do you balance all of your work responsibilities along with your home and personal life?
I’ll get back to you when I figure that out! My husband Grayson is the glue that holds it all together. My life and family would not work without him. He’s amazing and always up for anything. Whether that’s manning the home front while I do my thing or pitching in at Scout on top of his career. Any entrepreneur needs a good support network whether it’s friends, mentors, or a partner. He’s mine.

What’s your favorite app (or other tool!) for helping you do life?
It’s so basic but I could not live without google calendar and the bells and alerts I set to remind me of where I need to be and who I’m meeting with. Love that I can add things to our family calendar and my husband can see them too.

 

(photography by Jessica Haley)

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday friends. I hope the week has been good to you!

This weekend, we are having great sale. All notepads and notebooks are 25% off - today through Sunday, April 9th. So go ahead and stock up! Use code Notes25 at checkout. Shop the collection here.

 

Here some fun reads and finds for your weekend. I hope it's a good one for you and yours.

[ 1 ] Living so close to NYC and the fact that warmer weather is finally here (Yay!) my husband and i are always on the lookout for great new spots to eat outside. Here is a quick read by Domino on some secret spots with outdoor gardens. 

[ 2 ] One of my favorite bloggers posted some delicious looking acai bowls. I'm excited to try these recipes.

[ 3 ] I just ordered this adorable shirt for Easter and i'm obsessed with it. It does run big though, so be sure to order down. 

[ 4 ] Speaking of Easter, i'm getting myself organized to play the Easter bunny. Having worked at PBK for years, i've always been a fan of their gifts for baskets. Helps to balance out the chocolate. :) 

[ 5 ] I am in full planning mode for Parker's 6th (OMG!) birthday. He requested a dinosaur theme and these just arrived and they are so, so cute. 

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Winter Favorites

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Winter in the northeast can feel like an eternity - for real. Long, cold days filled with bitter wind and snow. (Somehow though, we have been lucky - knock on wood) that just outside NYC we haven't gotten much). However, mid-winter is a good time to add some fun newbies to my wardrobe and freshen things up since spring is still a few months away. Plus also, there are some amazing sales you can score. 
Also, since we are just about done with the first month of the year, i've found that i am just about done filling my journal of prayers and gratefulness. I've been eyeballing this pretty floral one from Thimblepress for quite some time and i really love supporting my designer friends. So i'm going to order one for me. 
Here's to a [little] snow and fun fashion for the remainder of the winter.

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November favorites

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Something to wear, something to gift your Thanksgiving hostess and something yummy to smell. Here are some favorites!
 
 1. watercolor plate   2. candle   3. stir stick   4. coaster    
5. scarf  6. sweater  7. earrings
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Summer favorites

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Now that summer has kicked into high gear & high temperatures,
i wanted to share some of my favorite summer goodies.
Enjoy!

 

 1. beach bag    2. beach towel   3. necklace   4. shorts   
5. coasters   6. pineapple platter 

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