Woman Entrepreneur Spotlight: Kimberly New York

Woman Entrepreneur Spotlight: Kimberly New York

Read about the day in a life of girlboss and fragrance artist Kimberly Walker.

A little bit about Kimberly New York:

Kimberly New York was founded in Manhattan by writer/makeup artist/sales manager/all around BOSS Kimberly Walker. After spending years watching her clients get lost in old memories triggered by different perfumes (read about this supercool, well-researched phenomenon), Kimberly decided to begin her own company.

Unlike most fragrance companies, Kimberly New York's products are 100% organic and made with sustainable materials. My favorite scent is Dimple (because who doesn't want to smell like a York Peppermint Patty? YUM), but suggest readers take Kimberly NY's fragrance personality test to find the scent that suits them the most! Or, just check out Kimberly's fragrance test video here.

Kimberly's passion for her work was so apparent from the moment I spoke to her. Like any #girlboss, she is always building her brand, and just released a brand new peachy perfume named "Poetry" as an ode to the spoken word art. Whether creating a new scent or ensuring a quality product, Kimberly is hard at work making Kimberly New York an amazing company.

Read my full interview with Kimberly below, and learn more about the day in a life of a woman entrepreneur:

Mint-chocolatey heaven. Yes, actually.

What motivated you to begin Kimberly New York?

"I’ve always loved the way fragrance elicits a memory or feeling. And, I wanted to create distinctive scents that people could form lasting memories around. Also, after being a writer, makeup artist and painter, I wanted to explore a new channel of artistic expression."

What is your favorite/least favorite part about being your own boss?

"My favorite part about being my own boss is that I have full control over my own self-expression. The hardest part is the initial transition from employee to owner. New business owners have to have faith in the validity of their good and/or service."

Who are your role models? What women entrepreneurs or woman-led companies do you draw inspiration from?

"My father is my biggest role model. He’s owned and operated his own auto repair shop for the last 25 years, and has taught me a lot about being self-sufficient. My mom has provided a strong spiritual foundation for me during early childhood, which I still rely on now. As far as female leaders, I draw my biggest inspiration from Michelle Obama and her ability to juggle a plethora of roles and responsibilities with elegant composure."

Tell me a quote or phrase that motivates you to hustle hard every day.

"My mother’s saying in Jamaican patois: 'Time ah goh pass. Make haste and do something, nuh?' Translated, 'The time will pass anyway. What are you going to do with it?'"

Out of all of your fragrances, which one if your personal favorite?

"I’m so proud of the fragrance 'Artsy.' It’s a subtly fruity combination of red candied apple and smooth sandalwood. It’s the fragrance I’ve always wanted and could never find."

What advice do you have to other women looking to start their own business?

"Imagine doing exactly what you’re doing for a living now for the next 25 years. If the thought comforts you, continue being an employee. If it terrifies you, start to align yourself with your life’s purpose, take control of your own life, and map out the steps you’ll need to carry out to take you to your goal. Read books on your craft. Take courses on the subject matter you’re interested in. Pray. Have faith. Go hard!"

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Cover Image Credit: Kimberly Walker

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There's no such thing as too many coffee cups!

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If you find a mug you love, click on the image to find the cup online!

1. For the “not a morning person” person

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I Went To An Antique Store With A "Joanna Gaines" Mindset And Here's What I Found

Is the Magnolia line at Target better than finding true antiques?

In November of 2017, HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines launched Hearth & Hand with Magnolia at Target. Target partnered with Magnolia, a home and lifestyles brand established by the Gaines family.

HGTV fans quickly became obsessed with Chip and Joanna, the witty married couple that take on the worst of homes and transform them into dream homes: Chip taking the contractor role and Joanna dealing with the design and decorating aspect of the revitalization.

Joanna Gaines captivates viewers with her unique ability to turn rustic and antique items into beautiful accent pieces in rooms and homes. One of Joanna's signature steps in her decorating process is finding old statement pieces for walls and decorations in antique stores and bringing them back to life with her personal touch.

Because Joanna is known for her antique style, I found it interesting that the couple made their first partnership with a retail store. I took some time to check out the items they had available, and I was less than impressed.

As someone who finds a ton of inspiration and solidarity by shopping in the antique stores in my hometown, I was surprised by the lack of character in the Target line, Hearth & Hand. The products seemed generic and common "rustic" rather than the unique, distressed, "perfectly-imperfect" nature of her designs on the show.

I decided to do my own investigating to see which is better: shopping the Hearth & Hand line at Target, or mulling through an antique mall to recreate Joanna Gaines' style.

At the antique store, I had no problem at all finding affordable, unique pieces that I have no doubt Joanna Gaines would approve of.

To prove it, here are several pieces I found during my hunt:

This light-blue, distressed, wall-mounting rack is perfect for keys, coats, umbrellas... you name it! The detail on this piece is beautiful and at only $15, Joanna would definitely approve of this for any room in the house.

This chicken wire basket lined with burlap screams "Joanna Gaines," and it's only $10.

This divided box is $12 and would be perfect for storage. Add the Mason jars at $2 a piece to add vessels for flowers, pens, pencils, or anything you can think of.

This "cracked glass" vase is simple and beautiful. Joanna would add some cotton stalks to finish off this $8 steal.

If you're guaranteed to find one thing in any antique store, it's a wooden crate. Joanna loves pieces using old wood, she often revives wood from her homes to create head boards, tables, or other pieces for their clients. This one wasn't marked with a price, but I'd honestly estimate around $10.

Joanna loves a good multi-functional piece. This distressed white storage box is functional and decorative, for only $30. The hand-made wreath behind it is made from book pages, for $10.

This wire basket has that distressed look Joanna is always gravitating towards. She loves hanging things from walls, giving them dimension. This is $10 and would be perfect to house flowers or books.

This wall mirror is $25 and, again, goes off that idea of bringing dimension to walls and making rooms appear larger than they are that Joanna loves to achieve.

This chalkboard to-do list looks like something Joanna personally made. She loves adding character with simple things like this, and she always dresses her kitchens in chalkboard and writes messages on them. At $8, this piece is too good to pass up.

Bookends. Joanna loves decorating with old books and bookends. This set is antique and has that distressed character for only $13.

Needless to say, I was able to find a lot of really awesome items that I think Joanna Gaines would approve of. I looked into the Target line and I really think most of the items lack the distress and character Joanna is able to find in antique stores and that I was able to find here.

There's definitely a down-side to shopping in antique stores. These items aren't necessarily going to be in every antique store you go to. They won't always be at such low prices. However, I think the character and uniqueness you gain from shops like this is worth at least going to look.

Hearth & Hand definitely isn't the most over-priced brand I've ever seen, and it's a good alternative if you can't find the character-filled charm you want for your decor. However, a lot of the pieces available are generic and lacking charm found in Joanna's designs.

Antique shopping is dying, while the desire for that farm-house charm and character seems to be growing. Buying second-hand is a cheaper way to get that distressed character and charm in decor. But, it provides the challenge of not being able to open your laptop and order an item.

Cover Image Credit: Magnolia Market

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