5 Questions: SPPR Moms

In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to take a moment this week to celebrate our amazing SPPR Mamas. Being a working Mom means juggling morning meetings with midnight feedings and our Founder + Owner Dyan Dolfi-Offutt and Administrative Contractor, Jennie Palluzzi do it with grace and style. Today they get real about navigating the transition back from maternity leave and how to take care of yourself as well as your little one.

Dyan Dolfi-Offutt: SPPR Founder + Owner


Dyan & 13-month-old Ryder

How has becoming a Mom affected how you work?

In so many ways but the biggest shifts have been 1) quality vs. the quantity of hours: as a working Mom, I must be very intentional and focused with my hours in the office. I’ve learned the times of day that are the most productive and give myself grace if I need to take a break to reset 2) my newly complicated relationship with inefficiency: I’m more of a stickler for setting a desired outcome and hard stop for meetings now. Over the last 6 months, I’ve put processes in place to be more intentional with my time. and 3) embracing delegation-  my team has stepped up and grown tremendously over the last year. It took me years to get here but delegation is vital to keep things moving.

Lastly, having Ryder put my career into perspective. SPPR was my first baby and at times, I had an unhealthy attachment to my work. I do my best to approach setbacks and change with patience now. It’s so refreshing!

True Life: How hard was it going back to work? Do you have any advice to give other Mom’s transitioning back into their careers?

I’m leaning into the “truth” of the prompt because my guess is more working mother’s experience the extreme stress of going back to work but want to downplay for various reasons. Babies are still very dependent on their mothers at 3 months and most aren’t sleeping through the night. Getting up for night feedings and then functioning during the day was brutal. And it physically hurt leaving him all day at first because we had spent every waking minute together. Also, socially I was out of practice talking or thinking of anything that wasn’t baby so interacting with my team and clients was challenging. I suffered from a tremendous amount of insecurity for months post-maternity leave.

The good news is you slowly start to get your groove back each day. My advice for the transition is to lower your expectations, take it day by day, and give yourself space to work out the complicated emotions that come with adding the pace of work back into your new normal. I promise it gets easier and the rewards of having a work family and home family makes the chaos of it all worth it.

What are your top 3 brands that have carried you throughout motherhood so far?

Burt’s Bee’s – these One-Piece Bodysuits were my go-to for over six months. We had super cute/trendy clothes too but when you’re sleep deprived and getting spit up on regularly, these are a lifesaver. Fawn Design Diaper Bag – I get asked about my diaper bag often from moms and non-moms – it’s stylish and functional. I’ve even gifted the mini option to family members. Get Moore Sleep – I found Maggie on Instagram while researching sleep training. Her tips and guides taught me so much about sleep cycles, wake windows, nap transitions, etc.  Guiding Ryder to be an independent sleeper was hard work, but it paid off big. My husband and I got our evenings back and Ryder was happier because he was on a consistent nap and nighttime schedule.

Myth Buster: What is the weirdest parenting trick you’ve tried and did it work?

Being silly. Ryder loves when I do funny voices while changing this diaper or when he’s having a tantrum. The other day, he was NOT having it when I tried to change his  diaper. I pulled a very bad impression of Luminar from Beauty and the Beast out of thin air. At first he looked at me like I was crazy but then started to laugh. Then I laughed which made him laugh louder. The end game was a clean bottom and fresh diaper. Mom magic!

What’s your favorite memory that you’ve shared with your little one so far?

Everyday there is a new memory you want to savor and take a mental picture of (or 50 pictures and videos a day with your iPhone #guilty). Growing up, music was very important to me and I love sharing my love of music with Ryder. If you watched the Billboard Music Awards and you were a teen of the 90s like me, Paula Abdul’s performance was EVERYTHING. The next day, I played her biggest hit Straight Up for Ryder and embarrassingly tried to mimic her dance routine. Ryder was absolutely memorized. He scooted and grooved alongside me and every time I did a hair flip (mandatory diva dance move!) he hysterically laughed. The kind of laugh that could bring world peace it was so pure and joyous. My goal is to continue to provide and foster an environment for him to play, laugh, learn and be super goofy.

Jennie Palluzzi- Administrative Contractor


Jennie & 19-month-old Evie

How has becoming a Mom affect how you work?

How hasn’t it? Hah! I have always been a go-getter who can’t sit still; I’ve managed a food blog since 2009, so I always had “work” after work. Becoming a mom meant I had to equal parts rally and step back – I had to work on self care (sleeping/eating/exercising enough) but also had to push through the exhaustion for the first year to find a way to coexist with the fact that this little person needs my attention and could at any moment need me fully. You can’t hit the snooze button on a one and a half year old.

My ability to “push through” is balanced with the fact that at 3 am Evie might wake me up. So I try to stop working by 9 pm and give myself an hour to unwind before bed. I try to be in bed by 10:30. I’ve also gotten better at really working when I’m “on the clock” and walking away even when there’s more to be done – because there’s always more to be done. I don’t save lives in my work, so I recognize that I need to take my work seriously, but not let every “fire drill” rule my life.

True Life: How hard was it going back to work? Do you have any advice to give other Mom’s transitioning back into their careers?

When I made a decision at the end of my maternity leave to not go back to my job, I was worried about what was ahead and if I could craft a job that really worked for me. I started slow; at 3 months, I worked part time with a client I had worked with in the past who told me to call her when I was ready to get back at it. Then, I signed my first retainer client at 5 months when another friend-turned-client saw my value. Slowly I built a client list, and after 17 months, I’m at a full-time capacity and Evie has transitioned into full-time daycare.

As for advice, it’s never one-size-fits-all. I thought I wanted to be a stay-at-home parent, as I’d been a nanny/babysitter since I was 11; turns out, it wasn’t for me. Let yourself breathe, let yourself change your mind, and try to put yourself first. If you’re not taking care of you, you can’t take care of anyone else. Talk to other moms you know, your partner if you have one, and other moms in your industry, and try to check in with yourself about your career. Don’t judge yourself by others; what works for one doesn’t always work for another.

What are your top 3 brands that have carried you throughout motherhood so far?

Primary Clothing – their stuff is so cute and non-gendered and I love it all. I definitely love buying clothes for Evie more than I ever enjoyed buying them for myself! Burts Bees Baby – their baby products are great for Evie’s sensitive skin, from their sheets to their diaper rash cream and shampoo/soap combo. Third, all of Evie’s favorite toys are from Melissa & Doug – they are mostly primary colors, gender neutral, and encourage lots of imaginative play. Evie’s current favorite thing is to pretend to clean, so we got her a broom/cleaning kit from M&D – now if she’d just learn to vacuum!

Myth Buster: What is the weirdest parenting trick you’ve tried and did it work?

I don’t even know how this happened, but it works for us: whenever I want to take something from Evie (turn off the TV, a book she’s likely to rip, a breakable coaster she’s gotten her hands on) I just say, “OK it’s time for XYZ to leave! Say bye XYZ!” and it usually works. Yesterday I told her that her learning tower (basically a baby step stool) had to go down for a nap, and she said “Bye tower!” whereas if I just took it from her she’d have a major meltdown. It’s working for now, so I don’t question it!

What’s your favorite memory that you’ve shared with your little one so far?

My current favorite memory (ask me again tomorrow) is this little moment we shared when she had just turned 19 months. She had lost a puzzle piece, and we couldn’t find it. I asked her to go into her room to see if it was in there, and she went and looked for a couple of minutes. Finally, she came back empty handed but with a HUGE smile on her face. She handed me an imaginary puzzle piece and said, “Here go!” I just thought, wow, your brain is learning at such a break-neck speed. What a cool moment. You’ve literally imagined the problem away. Kids are freaking incredible.

5 Questions with SPPR Featuring Karlee Sisler Flores

If you’re in the mood for drool-worthy baked goods and perfect lighting look no further than the Instagram feed of Karlee Sisler Flores or @oliveandartisan. Karlee is a seasoned food blogger and host of cake decorating workshops as well as the winner of Saveur’s 2018 Blog Awards Reader’s Choice for best photography. We’re excited to welcome this inspiring lady and friend of SPPR to the blog to talk foodie inspiration and how to get that perfect shot!


1. What inspired you to start Olive & Artisan and are there any recipes/posts that stand out as favorites?

I was never a blog reader, so I have no clue what actually gave me this idea to buy a website other than being in a career I didn’t like and working hours that prevented me from growing my side hustle of selling custom baked goods from my home. Deciding to start the blog was a way to reconnect with myself and my passions again. And, more importantly, a way to create for myself and not a deadline. I’ve never looked back.

Some of my favorite posts are recipes that I spent serious time obsessing over. When I was developing the Perfect Brioche Dough, it was a blast figuring out all the different methods and techniques. I’m also very proud of my Concha recipe because they have excited so many people to make them and try something new.

2. What does a typical day look like for you?

I wake up around 7:15 AM and check my Instagram. Before I can be productive, I make my bed, take a quick shower, pick up the house, and slowly drink the darkest cup of black coffee before taking a look at my to-do list I made the night before. By 10:00 AM I am in the kitchen testing or shooting a recipe. The light is at its best between 11:00AM and 2:00PM so I try to get the majority of my shooting done in that time frame. I like to set my phone in another room and shut my laptop, so e-mails and Instagram won’t distract me. 2:00 PM is kitchen-clean-up then straight to desk-time so I can write, edit, e-mail, compare myself to other influencers, catch up on IG, support my other blogger friends, talk to my followers on stories, fix website issues, get anxious, schedule calls, plan workshops, keep the books, and brainstorm. I wrap up around up the day around 7:30 PM: sweep up any leftover e-mails, make sure my blog post is scheduled for the next day, stay active on Instagram, and make a to-do list for the next day.

3. Your photography is gorgeous! What are your top two tips for taking better photos?

First of all, THANK YOU. I’m my biggest critic.

  1. If the light isn’t right, don’t push it. Either find another light source or wait for better lighting.
  2. Study study and STUDY composition. Look for it in your favorite photos, paintings, even while watching a movie. It’s everywhere and learning to see it in unique places will help out immensely.

4. Where do you go for foodie inspiration when you’re a in a baking rut?

Right now, I’m obsessed with vintage or nostalgic recipes. I typically suffer from wanting to do too much rather than falling in a rut. Currently I’m thumbing through the very first edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook that my husband found on eBay. I try to not be too influenced by what the food community is making around me, so I can stay grounded and bring a unique perspective that might be missing.

5. What do you look for in brands that you collaborate with?

Generally, the brands I work with tend to fit into one or more these categories:

  1. I regularly use their product and I’m a fan!
  2. They are doing good in the community or for the world at large.
  3. This brand respects my time as well as my audience.
  4. This brand has an upscale and high-quality product.

5 Questions with SPPR Featuring Sam Hampar

This week we’re excited to welcome our newest team member, Samantha Hampar! Sam joins Soda Pop PR with influencer and digital marketing experience and a love for all things food & beverage.  Read on to learn what brought Sam back to LA from Austin, where she would go with unlimited funds, and her perfect food day if distance (and calories!) weren’t an issue.


1. You recently moved back from Texas, what did you miss most about Southern California?

As an LA native, you really do take the weather for granted. I moved to Austin in an October and it didn’t drop below 100 degrees with 80% humidity until November. (This is partly where I get my love of sundresses.) Besides the weather, I missed my family most. When I ended up staying in LA for college (USC, fight on!) I promised myself that I’d move to Austin for 2-3 years at some point in my life to experience a new city and get out of my comfort zone. While it was hard to say goodbye to Austin’s quirky culture, outdoorsiness, breakfast tacos (someone say queso?), and extensive music scene, Dorothy has a point… “there’s no place like home.”

2. Describe your perfect food day from start to finish. (distance is not an issue)

I’d like to include calories as not an issue in addition to distance because I could live off of dessert and tacos alone…

Breakfast: Considering I have a Pinterest board exclusively dedicated to donuts, I’d start my day off at Sidecar with either an old fashioned or butter & salt donut. (If calories don’t count, why not do both?)

Second Breakfast: Breakfast tacos and queso are still on my mind, so I would fly to Austin for Veracruz’s migas tacos with a side of queso & chips.

Lunch: If I’m already in Austin, I might as well go to Elizabeth Street Cafe for Vietnamese food. I’ll have a Fried Egg, Crispy Pork Belly, Avocado & Mint Banh Mi, please.

Afternoon snack: Homemade Biscuits and seasonally made jam at Confituras Little Kitchen. With the best biscuits, jam, and unlimited coffee, I frequented this place way too often.

Dinner: Being that I’m Armenian, I couldn’t get away without saying Carousel in Glendale. I’ve been without great Mediterranean food too long while in Texas.

Dessert: I’ll let my stomach settle on the drive up to Santa Barbara for the original McConnell’s ice cream location.

3. If you had unlimited funds and two-weeks off, where would you go?

Italy and Greece have always been on my bucket list, but I’ve most recently been excited about the idea of road tripping across the US. The Southern Pacific route, following US-80, seems to have a taste of everything in terms of culture and physical landscapes, so I’d likely start here before taking on the great American road trip that hits 48 states. With unlimited funds, I’d stock my car with the greatest snacks, hit up the nicest hotels and glamping sites, and adopt a furry friend to keep me company.

4. What excites you most about public relations?

I love that what constitutes “public relations” is constantly changing. For example, while this is technically my first PR position, I’ve worked in influencer and digital marketing for 5 years, which is now more commonly coming under the umbrella of public relations. Secondly, it requires a lot of creativity to help your clients stand out from the rest, and when successful, it feels great knowing you attributed to a brand’s growth. In addition to being excited about PR, I’m specifically passionate about food and beverage, so being able to integrate the two together is a dream.

5. How do you seek out inspiration when you’re in a rut?

I’m a visual person, so I’m constantly looking to Instagram, Pinterest, and Designspiration for inspiration when in a rut. I also love walking while listening to music– it’s meditative for me. I used to walk 2.5 miles to and from work everyday while in Austin because it helped clear my mind. People think I’m crazy, but one day I walked from Union Station DTLA to Brentwood to enjoy the different cultures and unique neighborhood vibes along the way. It was people watching at its finest.

5 Questions with SPPR Featuring Joshua Zad

This week, we’re excited to welcome our new client Joshua Zad to the blog. Josh is the brilliant founder of Alfred Coffee & Kitchen (@alfred) and Alfred Tea Room (@alfredtea) as well as the mastermind behind the ubiquitous #butfirstcoffee. We’re thrilled to be working with Josh on a new lifestyle beer brand called Calidad which officially launches on November 1st. Read on to learn a little bit about Josh’s inspiration for Calidad, his thoughts on shaking up the beer industry and his favorite spots in LA.


1. With a real estate background and success with Alfred, what inspired you to make beer?

In short, I wanted to affect change in the beverage world on a much broader scale. At Alfred, we have the unique ability to control customers’ experiences 100% — from the music, to the store layout and design, to how customers are greeted at the register; and of course, the quality and appearance of the coffee/tea drinks. But alas, there is a cap on how many people we can both serve and reach in the course of one day. I had been tossing around the idea of getting into alcoholic beverages for a while, and after taking a deeper look into the beer category, I noticed a huge opportunity. The opportunity to take a fresh and exciting approach to beer – specifically when it comes to catering to the non-specialized, novice beer drinkers. Craft beers and hop-heavy IPA’s have had their time, but the majority of beer drinkers shy away from them. So, I created Calidad — a lifestyle beer brand that capitalizes on the surging growth of the Mexican beer category and consumers’ desire to reconnect emotionally with basic, everyday beverages. The beer category has been stagnant for a while, it’s time for a shake up!

2. What is your goal for Calidad?

My goal with Calidad is to take a sizable chunk out of the Mexican import market. And to show people that you can enjoy an easy, drinkable cerveza that tastes just as good (if not better) than the long-standing, incumbent brands you have come to know, while also providing a level of transparency in the process and sourcing of the ingredients in that beer. I think the ultimate success would be eventually diversifying Calidad, which is produced in California, by launching new beer SKUs, other Mexican spirits like tequila and mezcal, and expanding into the broader Mexican foods space – all through a California lens and most importantly, never losing the emphasis on one obsession: Quality.

3. What does it take to be successful in the industry?

In the beer industry, where people have SO many solid options and new breweries are popping up daily, a strong following can make or break your brand. Loyalty is paramount. For this reason, we are dedicated to sampling product in-store and at festivals, connecting with both Calidad lovers and newcomers alike, and building our following one sip and one conversation at a time. We are taking a brand-first approach to this company, which is not so common in the beer industry — to grow a loyal customer base of Calidad lovers from the onset.

4. As an LA native, what’s your favorite restaurant in town and what do you normally order?

Easy. Ding’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich at Honor Bar in Beverly Hills. Second to that would be a chicken parm from either Dan Tana’s or Craig’s. I am a huge fried boneless chicken guy.

5. Where’s your favorite place to grab a holiday cocktail when it finally gets chilly in LA?

Roger Room hands down. My go to holiday-rainy-and-cold-outside drink is the “Japanese Maple” – Suntory whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice, egg white and house made bitters.

5 Questions with SPPR Featuring Caitlin Lee

From a Galentine’s Day DIY Homemade Pop-Tart party to making healthy chicken pot pie with Lauren Conrad, Public Lives Secret Recipes creator Caitlin Lee knows how to have fun with her food. Caitlin’s fantastic blog features interviews and recipes from people in the public eye as well as all of her favorite things in the lifestyle and food space. We’re excited to welcome Caitlin to our corner of the internet this week to talk about comfort food, her first year in LA and where to go for creative inspiration.


1. What inspired you to start Public Lives, Secret Recipes and are there any recipes in particular that stand out as favorites?

I’m not sure there was one thing that inspired me to start PLSR. It was more a combination & natural build-up over time. When I was in college I had to live in my sorority house for 3 years. Don’t get me wrong, it was the absolute best, however, we only had access to a toaster & microwave. After I graduated & moved to Chicago I began baking a ton. It was something I had grown up doing & when I finally had all the tools to do so, I remembered just how much I enjoyed it. I would bring everything I made into work, post it on my personal Instagram, & send some to family. Everyone would ask for the recipes & it just seemed like posting them on a website would be an easier way to go rather than emailing, texting, etc. for people individually.

Once the site was live I was shocked that people aside from those I shared it with were viewing it. The OCD in me immediately kicked in & realized I needed to make this site aesthetically pleasing. In that process I began brainstorming exactly what I wanted to blog about. I knew there were a billion other baking blogs out there so I decided I wanted to do something different. Food to me is so much more than the taste, it brings people together & is the ultimate ice breaker. I realized I wanted to start hearing other people’s stories & get recipes from them.

Four years later that is still the most prominent part of PLSR, however, there are some other aspects such as travel, my own recipes, style & more that have been fun to dive into.

I go through phases of what my favorite recipes on the site are. Right now my top three would have to be Coolhaus’ Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich (their founder & CEO, Natasha, is one of the coolest ladies I know & she shared this recipe exclusively for my site!) for the ultimate indulgence, Lauren Gores’ popsicles recipe for a sweet yet healthy treat, & Lauren Conrads’ healthy chicken pot pie for when I need to balance out the Coolhaus recipe.

2. You moved to LA in the last year, what are a couple of your favorite spots in the city so far?

Oh man, there are SO many! For food: Gjelina, Lodge Bread Co., Great White, Malibu Farm, Pressed Juicery, Sugarfish, Moon Juice, Katsuya, Zinque, the list goes on & on. For something other than eating… hiking in Malibu, biking down Abbot Kinney, & exploring all of the different neighborhoods LA has to offer.

3. As someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, what is your favorite comfort food to make at home? 

A few years back my parents were hounding me for gift ideas of what I wanted for my birthday (they’re clearly the kindest!) & I told them I wanted the two of them to make me a cookbook of all their favorite recipes. I don’t think they were expecting me to ask for a gift that required them to really work but it’s easily the best gift I’ve ever been given. Any of those recipes or my grandma’s bread recipes are my go-to comfort dishes!

4. Where do you go for inspiration when you’re in a creative rut?

For the obvious, Pinterest. The less obvious, Malibu, my family, & my website. I love combining a few old recipes into one hybrid recipe so looking back on what I’ve done in the past serves as a huge form of inspiration for me.

5. What would be your ideal food day if distance was no limit (breakfast, lunch and dinner)?

Holy moly this is one of the best questions I’ve ever been asked. Can I include tons of snacks & desserts too?! Breakfast: Parisian croissants (yes, multiple!) in bed with a view of the Eiffel Tower, Snack: Pinkberry Tart Froyo with Gummy Bears (in a dream world they’d also have chocolate covered gummy bears as an option there!), Lunch: Ravioli from 4Leoni in Florence, Snack: My sister’s homemade cinnamon rolls, Dinner: Peppermint Thai Restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio Dessert: My homemade vegan chocolate chip cookies!



5 Questions with SPPR Featuring Sami Davis

This week we’re excited to welcome SPPR’s new Creative Coordinator, Sami Davis, to the blog. Sami joins the Soda Pop PR team with experience in marketing, graphic design, event planning, and content creation!

Read on to learn more about Sami’s advice on how to find your creativity and why she MUST go to Egypt.


1. You are one creative lady! Where do you look for inspiration?

I honestly feel like inspiration can strike anywhere and everywhere. Pinterest and Instagram are great platforms that I scroll through the most frequently; both are endless visual resources that show me what people have already created so I can dream up something new! Travel is also a big influence on my creativity. I’ve learned the most from experiencing different cultures, habitats and colors of the world from the dusty hues of Zion National Park to the ethereal mountain temples in Chiang Mai.

2. What advice would you give to someone who is “not creative” but wishes they were?

I think it’s absurd when someone says they aren’t creative! I definitely believe everyone has their own form of creativity. If you really don’t believe me and are still “wishing” you were creative, then take some steps in a creative direction you’ve always wanted to learn more about. Pick up a paintbrush, have a DIY day, or take a class to learn how to do something you’ve always lusted after. I taught myself how how to hand letter by watching Skillshare videos, which was great because I was able to take my time learning.

3. What excites you most about public relations?

PR is constantly morphing and changing, most recently to encompass influencer marketing, digital media, and even social media management. Strategies and technology have transformed so much, especially in the past two years, to really redefine what “Public Relations” means! I admire this industry because I’m constantly kept on my toes and pushed out of my comfort zone to meet the changing demands. I’m so excited to have a front seat to the innovative ideas coming out of PR!

4. If you had unlimited funds and two-weeks off, where would you go?

Morocco and Egypt! I’m so captivated by the vivid colors, diversity of cities, and rich culture of Morocco. I would love to explore Jamaa el Fna in Marrakech to shop the spices and pigments. Not to mention, the architecture also looks insane and I’m eager to hang out in the Sahara Desert.

Egypt has been on my bucket list since I was 5 years old. I had a fascination with ancient Egyptian history and wanted to be an archaeologist for the longest time! I’m still dead set on taking a cruise down the Nile River and walking among the Valley of Kings & Queens.

5. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing women in their 20s today?

As someone who is smack dab in the heart of my 20’s, social media and workplace equality are huge challenges we face. Over and over again, I see that there is an adverse effect of social media on girls and women alike. We need to spend less time comparing ourselves to what’s in the media because it’s really damaging at such an imperative growth stage. The more opportunities that women have to really find their own inner strength and balance it with external strength, we can go out and be advocates for ourselves.
As for women in the workplace, I was brought up in a family without any type or mention of discrimination, ever. When I started working and my career took off, the idea of women being held back due to their gender was so foreign to me until I got a taste of it myself. It’s still so bizarre to me and a topic I tend to get really passionate about if anyone of any gender, ethnicity, or size gets discriminated against because of who they are– especially if they are good at what they do! I’m excited to see so many thriving, women-owned businesses make an impact and watch how women as a whole will make strides in 2018.


Follow along with Sami’s adventures @theunexpectedtype

5 Questions with SPPR Featuring Christina Schneider

From Snapchat filters to festival grounds it’s hard to resist a flower crown. The longtime favored accessory of boho-chic brides is now acceptable for weekend wear and we know who to thank for it. Wedding planner and flower queen Christina Schneider of Cake & Punch joins us on the blog this week to talk about how she turned a birthday party arts and crafts project into a serious side hustle.


1. You started out as a wedding planner, where did you get your idea for a flower crown bar and when did you know it would be a success?

I’ve always had an eye and interest for floral design. I had the idea of a flower crown bar for a friend’s birthday party at Malibu Wines. Other guests at Malibu Wines came up to us and asked us if they could buy one.

I called Malibu Wines the following week to see if we could do a Pop Up Flower Crown Shop, and over 2 years later we are still at Malibu Wines and now Rosenthal Winery every weekend making custom flower crowns for purchase. We’ve also expanded to the festival market, making crowns at Coachella, Stagecoach, and KAABOO.

I had no idea it was going to be this popular, but I did recognize the need for affordable flower crowns. If you call up a Florist the pricing for 1 flower crown can be anywhere from $60 – $250. The first flower crown I ever wore was one I made for myself. I felt so radiant wearing it and I wanted to share that experience with everyone at a price everyone can afford.

2. You really hustled to make your business happen. How do you stay motivated?

It’s easier to stay motivated when you are doing what you love! Ever since I was young, I’ve always known I’d have my own business for some reason. I like the idea of working for myself and making my dreams and ideas come to fruition. My goal is to have Cake & Punch grow with me as I continue to discover all my passions in life.

3. What has been your proudest girl boss moment to date?

Wow I love this question! Growing up I’d secretly flip through The Knot magazine fantasizing about my future wedding (yes I was that girl lol), thinking that a wedding planner would be my absolute DREAM job.

Since starting Cake & Punch 2 years ago, one of my weddings got published in The Knot magazine with a 6 page spread AND we recently did an Instagram take over on their 1.3 million follower fan base! The fact that The Knot actually loves my work is what makes me feel truly like a Girl Boss.

4. What advice do you have for entrepreneurs just starting out or testing an idea?

Depending on what your product or idea is, get a booth at a local farmers market, venue, or small local event that fits your brand. The investment should be small, but the feedback from the attendees will be priceless. Start small and ask family and friends for a little help if you can! My business wouldn’t be where it is now without their help and support.

5. What goals do you have for the next year?

I’ve actually developed a unique hair accessory that I will be launching early spring and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.

I also want to use my public speaking/hosting background in some capacity in the wedding industry. Whether its workshops I host, speaking at events, TV, who knows, but I am open to all possibilities that God and the Universe want to flow my way.