Shop Boss(es) Interview with House Account
Michele: Coco Chanel and Jane Birkin had undeniably timeless style. Rachel Zoe can do no wrong. Kelly Ripa has a very approachable, everyday look that I love. I feel like I could rattle off amazing women for days. Instead, when I wake up, I ask myself who I’m going to be that day and that’s usually when I’m able to match my muse to my mood.
Whit: I didn’t inherit the fashion gene, so if we’re talking home, I’m all about India Hicks, Jamie Meares of Furbish, Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, Lauren Leiss, who I met just last week and is so lovely, Jonathan Adler, my happy chic icon, local Atlantic Beach based designer Allison Hillis, who I got my naturalist side from, and my mom, who was a living Pinterest board far before Pinterest was a thing. I’m so lucky that I grew up with an entertaining, cooking, and decorating maven for a mama!
On Words To Live By:
Michele: Happy is beautiful! Put a positive spin on everything! Life is so short and at the moment I’m very in touch with counting my blessings and making every day as great as it can be.
Whit: “Why the [favorite F expletive] not me?” by Mindy Kaling and a quote from Amy Poehler’s book “Yes, Please” about being a “bossy” female…"I love bossy women. Some people hate that word, and I understand how “bossy” can seem like a shitty way to describe a woman with a determined point of view, but for me, a bossy woman is someone to search out and celebrate. A bossy woman is someone who cares and commits and is a natural leader. Although, even though I’m bossy, I like being told what to do by people who are smarter and more interesting than me." Needless to say, I’ve always been rather bossy!
On Business Advice:
Whit: I found this quote by Ricky Gervais about five years into my former corporate career and it’s always stuck. Listen, I’m not the smartest individual, like I will never ever be on Jeopardy, but I’m a damn hard worker and have an innate common sense that got me pretty close to the top of a ladder in the advertising world that I decided I wanted to come down from. I love hearing about other people’s experiences in all facets of life, especially business, but I think you have to trust your gut and know yourself at the end of the day. You know what you’re capable of, so have the confidence to go big, put things into motion, and not give up when shit gets hard.