I’m a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, manicurist and makeup artist with professional training and experience from Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa. I also have a degree in Chemistry It has always been a dream of mine to blend my science background with my passion for beauty. When I was pregnant with my son, I was very selective with the products I was using, and actually didn’t polish my nails for the first six months of my pregnancy because of all the harmful toxins found in nail polish. I eventually started using polishes that were 5FREE (free of harmful toxins most commonly found in nail polish), but found that the formulas didn’t go on smoothly or they weren’t durable. After giving birth to my son, I decided it was time to combine my science and beauty backgrounds and I transitioned my beauty blog into a beauty brand, which launched its first line of products – Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquers – on November 1, 2013
1. What does a typical day look like for you?
I have so many moving parts going on in my life right now, that no day is the same for me. I am a wife and mother to a 2 year old, and I also have a 9 to 5 job. Before everyone rises, I am already up answering emails and checking my to-do list for the day. I usually break at lunch to work on my business and make calls to ensure deadlines are being met. I don't begin work on the brand again until my family has settled in for the night. And because my brand is a start-up, I work at least one weekend day, as well.
2. How would you describe your personal style?
Simple, effortless, chic!
3. What are your favorite items in your wardrobe and why?
It's a 3-way tie between my YSL Tribute Two pumps, Valentino Rockstud Leather pumps and my Givenchy Nightingale bag. I love them all because they are statement pieces that compliment just about everything in my wardrobe.
4. Do you have any style or beauty secrets to share?
I love coconut oil! I use it for EVERYTHING – in my hair, on my skin, as a makeup remover, after waxing and the list goes on and on! It’s an amazing moisturizer, does a great job at penetrating the hair’s shaft, and is both antibacterial and antifungal.
5. How do you spend your "me" time?
My guilty pleasure is reality television and I love to spa! When an opportunity to get a facial, massage, manicure and pedicure presents itself - I'm there!
6. What is the most important thing you have learned through running your own business?
You must make a commitment, stay focused, and hang on tight for the roller coaster ride to come. It’s important to keep pushing ahead during the good and tough times.
7. What is your mantra?
"I trust God completely, there is no need to worry."
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Style Profile is a bi monthly style column featuring creative and talented entrepreneurs and business owners. I feature the stylish women behind these successful businesses and brands, their personal style, and share a glimpse into their typical work day.