Boss Ladies: Kaylyn Minix & Michelle Trincia

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. This week we chat with Kaylyn Minix and Michelle Trincia, co-founders of bloom daily planners, a Newark, Delaware based company with chic planners for women of all ages. Kaylyn and Michelle share with us what it means to empower women to live positive and organized lifestyles along with advice for future #bossladies.

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1.Tell us a bit about yourself and the company.
We were both born and raised in Delaware and have been planner lovers and list makers our whole lives. We both attended the University of Delaware where we met, interning at our future company! bloom creates daily planners and a variety of other organizational that inspire and empower women to live a positive, organized lifestyle. Our goal is to help our customers lead a more healthy, fulfilling life and be the best versions of themselves! We are so grateful for the platform that we have created, our amazing team and useful products but most importantly our bloom girls who inspire us every day!

More from Kaylyn: My fiancé and I are new home owners and love working on and decorating our home. We are currently planning our dream wedding in Mexico and Honeymoon in Europe! I love spending time with my loved ones most. Traveling, fashion, shopping, my exercise classes, cheat meals, crossing things off my to do lists and filling up my planner with all of these wonderful activities!

More from Michelle: I am recently married and live with my husband and a giant golden retriever. I love traveling (we just got back from our honeymoon to Paris/Amsterdam/Italy!), new music, new food, new experiences! I am a busy body who is, in addition to bloom, have too many side projects including three Etsy shops and a dogsitting business! I am always on the go and thinking of new things to do/try/create. I love listening to interesting podcasts, reading books by inspiring business owners, and I also try and relax sometimes with family and friends.

2.Where did the name “bloom” come from?
We felt bloom was the perfect metaphor for our brand! Our products are designed to inspire and empower women Dzbloomdz into the best version of themselves. Blooming is a continual process and a lifelong journey. Our logo is a daisy which is a symbol of purity and new beginnings. We believe each year, each day, each moment is an opportunity to start fresh and strive to be better. The name bloom also captures the brightness and colorfulness of our brand and patterns, and it makes for a lot of fun flower metaphors. Wins all around!

3.What does a typical day at the office look like?
Every day is different! There is always something fun and exciting going on! A new deadline, a product upload, a new shipment or event to cover. We are always working on new designs and product ideas, attending trade shows, and making new relationships to help bloom continually ‘branch out’! Our office is very collaborative and open concept, so we’re constantly generating new ideas (designs, products, social media campaigns, etc.) Something really unique about our company is we are able to take an idea from conception to delivery to the public. We’re always brainstorming new product ideas, new designs, and new layouts then working together to bring them into existence. We always say it’s like Christmas when we get our new samples. To then see our customers be helped by these products we created is the most rewarding thing in the world. Our products are truly our babies!

4.What is your best source of inspiration for your designs?
Following the trends that we see in the fashion world, stationery market, Pinterest, travel, really anything that inspires us! We also pull most of our inspiration for new patterns and products from our #bloomgirl community. We take their requests and feedback very seriously and are always tweaking current products and even making new ones to fit their needs! We recently started a cover contest where we literally let our users design their own covers and then let the community vote. The winner gets their design printed, a cash prize, and planners for life! We love incorporating our users into our day to day decisions because we wouldn’t exist without them!

5.What would you consider your best tool for marketing?
Social Media! Twitter has been an amazing tool to create more personal conversations with our bloom girls. We try to connect with girls who love to be organized or need a little inspiration in their lives. It makes our day to brighten someone else’s. We also rely on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest! The best part of our day is interacting with our bloom girls!

6.If you could do a collaboration for a line of planners with anyone, who would it be and why?
Kaylyn: I would have to say Mary Kay! I am actually a Mary Kay rep and see how closely bloom and Mary Kay’s values align. We both focus on inspiring women to be organized, follow their dreams and achieve their goals. I think we could have a great line together to empower women across the world tobe their own girl bosses!

Michelle: I would love to work with TheSkimm or Sophia Amoroso on a custom #GIRLBOSS planner! We love that book and it would be so great to incorporate those concepts into a yearly planner!

7.What is one of the biggest challenges you face as a business owner and how do you overcome that?
Juggling everything in our personal and professional lives is certainly a challenge. It inspires us that bloom creates products to help make a hectic, (but exciting!) life more manageable. Everyone wants to appear that they have it all together but that is not always the case. We have some pretty intense work, travel and social schedules but we ultimately thrive off of this. We know what to expect, we make the most of it, remain grateful for these opportunities and get it done! The environment we have created at bloom has helped us keep a positive and grateful mindset to accomplish this and live a more fulfilling life. This is our goal for women around the world.

8.Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
bloom is growing so quickly. The sky is limit! We are adding more products and employees by the day so we see major growth in all of our current sales channels, new sales channels, new distribution relationships, nationally and internationally, and a much larger team to help us accomplish this!

9.What is some advice that you could give to someone trying to start their own business?
Follow your dreams and never give up! We love the quote “Don’t stop until you’re proud.” Remain focused, proactive, and organized and it will happen.

Set goals, stay accountable, read books, listen to podcasts, always try to expand upon your knowledge. Find a creative outlet to inspire you and help relieve any stress. Keep a healthy professional and personal balance so you don’t get burnt out.

Trust the process. We have had many ups and downs but things always seem to happen for a reason, and for the best!

10. Who is a #BossLady that you look up to and why?
We love Sophia Amoruso and the founders of the The Skimm, Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin. They have all paved their way from the ground up and we can really appreciate their stories. With passion and determination anyone can be a #GirlBoss!

Kaylyn’s Moodboard

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Michelle’s moodboard

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Boss Lady: Samantha Hahn

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. This week we chat with Samantha Hahn, a New York-based illustrator, author and the creative director for an amazing new book box subscription company called quarterlane. Samantha takes us through the daily hustle of playing many roles in this industry and shares with us her passion for success. 

Samantha Hahn
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your career. 
I’m a Brooklyn based creative director, illustrator and author. I work with a range of clients such as: quarterlane, the Paris Review, Vogue Japan, Lela Rose, Marie Claire, Chronicle Books and Apartment Therapy.

2. What is a typical work day like for you?
It really varies. I often have a couple of illustration projects going at once and I’m creative director at quarterlane so I’m often sending off interview questions to authors, planning lifestyle photoshoots or having plotting and planning sessions with founder Elizabeth Lane about our upcoming season.

3.  Can you explain your involvement with quarterlane books and how you got involved? 
I came on shortly before the launch to do some illustrations. I wound up really connecting with Elizabeth the founder, who is the amazing book curator as well. I wound up advising on the site and brand visuals and staying on as creative director along with Courtney Peterson. I spearheaded the launch of an editorial sister site called The Edit where we conduct author interviews, lifestyle features, book reviews and where we simply celebrate our love of reading and reading culture. It’s honestly the most fun project I’ve had in a long time. I really love collaborating with Elizabeth and being part of such a brilliant brand as it rapidly grows. My role has become nebulous. It’s not just simply visuals. If I have an idea I pitch it. We have a really natural, humanistic and organic way of working together which I love.

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4. Out of all of the hats you wear, whether it be illustrating, publishing, writing, etc. what is your favorite role? 
That’s a hard question and it varies from day to day depending on what I’m working on. Sometimes at the start of fashion week I’m so excited to illustrate shows but by the end I want to use a different part of my brain, so working on quarterlane feels like heaven. Then a publisher will reach out with an amazing project to create a set of notecards for The Smithsonian of famous gems and I’m all excited to put my brush to the paper again. I love coming up with concepts for lookbooks and have recently had the pleasure of creative directing some for people whose work I’ve long admired. My main passion is collaborating with people and companies I admire. At the end of the day, that’s what I thrive on.

5.  What social media platform has been your biggest form of success for marketing yourself and quarterlane books? 
For myself I would say Instagram. I don’t have a ton of followers but my quality of followers is good. A lot of editors and art directors and brands I work with follow me there so it’s a nice way to showcase what I’m working on or what’s come to fruition. I run quarterlane’s Pinterest which is still pretty new but is growing all the time.  I love curating images that speak to the visual mood and tone of quarterlane. The Edit is my main focus though. There’s an endlessly fascinating stream of people and books to showcase and it’s just thrilling.

6. When it comes to building a brand, what is an important lesson that you have learned? 
I think having a clear vision of who you are speaking to is essential. It can be a group of people but picture the brand as a lecture that you are sending a flyer out about and see who would file into the auditorium to listen. That’s your audience.

Samantha Hahn

7. Your illustrations are beautiful and full of variety, is there a specific subject that you enjoy drawing the most?
I love painting the female form. I do this mainly through fashion illustration. It’s just an opportunity to celebrate movement, gesture, texture and color.

8. Are you currently working on any of your own books at the moment to publish? 
Gosh no! I did 2 and that’s enough for me at least for the foreseeable future. Doing a book takes tremendous bandwidth and emotional, intellectual and creative energy. As aforementioned I thrive on collaborating and doing a variety of projects and I feel being the sole author of a book just sucks too much out of me and isn’t the platform I’m most excited about. I’m happy to do other people’s book covers though and who knows, maybe someday I will get an idea that I just can’t imagine not publishing. It could happen but not for a couple of years at at least. I’m still recovering from my last book.

9. Who is a Boss Lady that inspires you?
Christene Barberich, global EIC of Refinery 29.

Behind the Boss Lady: Samantha Hahn’s Mood Board
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Jill Martin’s Digital Detox

It is evident that social media is an important part of society. These networks connect people from around the world and allow users to stay up-to-date with the latest trends. However, with over 900 million daily users on social media platforms, it is important to withdraw ourselves from this digital lifestyle and experience a more “in the moment” mentality. Our client, Jill Martin of the Today Show, did just that. Jill completetd her second digital detox challenge to end 2016 on a postive note.

“I started planning my latest technology cleanse in August (I last tried this in 2014), when, after working nonstop, I hit a wall and needed a break. But I knew I needed a different kind of break. Time alone, time to travel, and time for a new adventure.”- Jill Martin

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Boss Lady: Maureen Petrosky

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. This week we chat with Maureen Petrosky, author, television personality, chef, food stylist, and entertaining and lifestyle expert. Maureen shares with us her exciting career, her passion and inspiration for creating, and her advice to women pursuing dreams in entrepreneurship. 

Maureen Petrosky
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1.Tell us a little about yourself and your career. It’s been a whirlwind.
I started off behind the scenes at Food Network and have been working both in production and on-air for twenty years now-which sounds crazy long. But time flies when you love what you do.

2. Describe a typical work day.
There’s no typical work day. One day I may be writing for 8 hours straight in my home office, one day I might be tasting vodkas in Amsterdam and the very next I could be in hair and make up for the TODAY show. I don’t do typical and this work style suits my undiagnosed ADD perfectly.

3. Whether it’s for a TODAY show segment or for an upcoming article, can you explain your process for creating wonderful recipes, lessons, crafts, etc?
I see everything in life as an opportunity to learn, to improve my skills and my lifestyle and in turn see them as teachable moments too. I do a lot of thinking in bed. At night before I fall asleep or in the morning before I get up. It’s the only time the rest of my life is quiet around me. It can be a word in a book, something my kids say, or something I taste that inspires me. I want to make a beautiful life accessible, not daunting.

The Cocktail Club by Maureen Petrosky

4. Can you name two domestic gurus you look up to and why?
My mom and Martha. I grew up in a house with seasonal decor vignettes, beautiful tabletops and a lot of fun. I mean who else’s parents were making green eggs and ham for St. Patrick’s Day or serving pink Farina for breakfast on Valentine’s day? My mom was the original inspiration. It’s in my blood. And then of course Martha. She took it to another level that lets all of us now have parties and make a career out of it. And now with her latest collaboration with Snoop, I have to give her mad props. She keeps pushing herself and that I admire.

5. When it comes to entertaining for either small or large gatherings, do you have one expert advice to share?
Pour a drink first. It makes getting ready more fun, and that’s what it’s all about, having fun. Don’t forget that.

6. How do you mix social media when hosting or entertaining? Do share at all, and is it in real time or do you post later? 
I guess the evil of social media is a part of everything we do. I hate to miss the moment so typically I post later, after the fact. I try to document our moments but it’s more important to me to actually engage in them and be present.

7. What is your most successful form of marketing?
Getting out of the house. Really, as a creator you can spend endless days hulled up in front of your computer. It’s important to meet people face-to-face. All aspects are important, getting by-lines and being on TV are immensely successful outlets, but I get those jobs because I meet people and make connections. You will always be your best PR.

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8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I barely know what’s coming this year. That’s the nature of entrepreneurship. You need to be able to roll with the tide. You throw twenty ideas out there and if one sticks it’s a success. I just hope in 5 years to be happy and healthy and creating beautiful, interesting work.

9. When you’re not working what do you enjoy doing most?
Hanging out with my family, hosting happy hour, and Dragon boating.

10. Do you have any advice for those looking to enter the world of entrepreneurship?
Anyone who wants it badly enough can be their own boss. But you have to recognize if you have the personality for it, brace yourself for irregular paychecks, schedules and being on call 24/7. If you’re game for that here are a few tips: only work with people you like, spend a third of your time reaching out for new work and making new contacts, be responsive to emails and texts immediately, pick up the phone and call people- it’s much more powerful than an email, exercise and take care of yourself- you are your business card, dream big- then aim bigger- if you fall somewhere in the middle you’ll have succeeded.

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