Friday, September 4, 2015

5 Questions for Sarah, #GirlBoss at Lemon Drop Boutique!

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First of all, happy FRI-YAY! I fly to London today - if you want to stay in the know about my upcoming travels, sign up for my newsletter (only once a week, no spam, promise)!

We had an awesome collab on Wednesday, so if you've been hanging around The PDX Belle long enough, you ought to know what's coming next: a quick chat with the amazing gal (Sarah) behind the boutique! I'm loving Lemon Drop because of their affordable prices for adorable jewelry -- it's usually tough to find pieces that are both trendy and within my limited college budget. I highly recommend that you check it out! Sarah was sweet enough to give us some amazing tips and insider information about what it's like being your own #GirlBoss (I'm especially loving her answer to #3)!

1. How did you become interested in owning an online jewelry boutique?

I have always had an interest in online marketing and jewelry. However, I had never really thought about owning my own business. My dad is an entrepreneur and seeing the effort he put into his work I always said I would never want to be an entrepreneur. That quickly changed when I found something I was truly passionate about. The idea for Lemon Drop Boutique popped in my head one day and the outline of what I wanted to create came together very quickly. My main focus in starting Lemon Drop Boutique was to create a store with good quality, affordable jewelry. 

2. Did you have any background in retail, design, or business before opening Lemon Drop Boutique?

Yes, I have a Bachelors degree in Marketing and have been working in retail & ecommerce for the last 3 years. Hopefully one day I will be able to solely focus on Lemon Drop Boutique, but for now I would consider it my hobby. My day job is working for an online retailer managing their paid advertising. 

3. If someone asked you for advice on opening their own online boutique, what would you tell them?

I would give 3 pieces of advice to anyone opening their own boutique:
1. Make sure it is something you love doing: It is probably going to take up more of your free time than you think it will. 
 2. Don't expect to be successful right away: It can take a long time to grow a customer base and a ton of testing different strategies to figure out what works. Be realistic in what you can accomplish and don't get discouraged if you're not seeing instant results. 
 3. Have fun with it: Hopefully if you start an online boutique it is because it is something you truly love. When you start seeing your hard work pay off it makes all the effort you put in worth it!  

4. What does the phrase "Girl Boss" mean to you? 

I love the phrase Girl Boss and think it can be incredibly empowering for women today. To me, it means being confident in yourself, your ideas, and going after what you want - whatever that may be.

5. Which item in your shop is your current fave?

I don't sell anything that I don't personally love, so it is hard for me to choose just one! At the moment, I would have to say my favorite is probably the Show Off Gem Necklace. It is such a pretty blue and has a great sparkle! :) 

Find something you love? Use code BELLE15 for a 15% discount on your purchase at Lemon Drop Boutique! 

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