August 8, 2017

JGB Travels

What is in my cosmetic bag when I travel: 

Some people live to travel.  I on the other hand, am a creature of habit.  I love my morning routine, cooking at home, and sleeping on my own pillow way more than I'd like to admit.  I struggle letting go of control and getting on an airplane and I have never been an amazing packer.  I stress out over leaving my business when I'm away and I feel like I need to be attached to my iPad to catch up on emails hoping I'm not missing anything important for my business. 

Being that I am a creature of habit, I like to have #allofthethings with me on my trips, and I've quickly learned that this is excessive.  I have taught myself to just narrow it down to the basics because really, why the heck do I need my full size shampoo & conditioner for a weekend trip.  Am I REALLY going to run out of the travel size...le no.  

So, I have compiled a little list of my travel must haves. 

This shampoo & conditioner travel set (which also comes with a little pack of hair ties #clutch) 

Sheet masks: Great for your first night post flight & they mean that you don't have haul a big jar mask with you I like to use this moisture mask
I recently started wearing this moisture mask at home & have been really loving it!

This cloud paint that doubles as killer blush and killer lipstick.  I am obsessed with how dewey it makes your skin look.  I use PUFF during the day and HAZE in the evening. I apply them using this brush

Highlighter for a fresh look, I use color QUARTZ

Evian Spray for the flight to lock in some moisture.  These travel ones are so convenient to have!  When I am home & need a refresher, I use this rose spray (it is the best on the market and is only $7!) 

This 'chapstick' that triples as SPF & killer lip combo.  I use shade 'Bloom' & just had to go get more because my mom stole mine in Denver.... 
I also love using Burt's Bees tinted lip (I use Petunia)

A travel brush like this, I also keep this one in my bag at all times because it is so easy to store

Hair Oil to tame the mane...because I have really dry coarse hair.  I use this everyday before I blow-dry and every morning when I wake up (one pump goes a long way) 

August 2, 2017


Today I am starting a new series (name of series tbd) But,  most of my readers follow me because they have been to my boutique, No. 14.  I get emails from aspiring entrepreneurs every single day, which is something that gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling because I love a determined young woman looking to better herself.  Never in a million years would I have thought that people would be asking business advice from me, but the more questions I get asked, the more I realized that there is really a need for open conversation about small business and I couldn’t wait to start something like that on this platform. 

So, let's start from the beginning

(selfies with my mom when we bought the building)

Q: How did you start your business? 
I started No. 14 right out of college.  In February of 2014, my parents decided to purchase a building in a bustling area of Pittsburgh called Lawrenceville.  It was ‘up and coming’ and my parents were interested in investing in the area, knowing that they’d have a tenant for the first floor retail space- US! The building was a run down bar in need of a full gut & rehab job.  

We were able to pick all of the finishings that we wanted customized to our desired aesthetic for our future business.  The renovation took about 6-7 months and on October 14, 2014, we opened our doors.  

In those nine months between February and October:

  • I finished my senior year of college and Graduated from High Point University in North Carolina. (my major was Strategic Communications, but more on that in a future post)
  • We created an LLC
  • We oversaw the renovation of the building and spent a LOT of time in Home Depot 
  • I did weeks of research on brands that would be good fit for us
  • My mom and I went on a buying trip to purchase our inventory
  • We purchased store fixtures, receipt rolls, a point-of-sales system, shopping bags, created a logo, and a zillion other tiny details that we never realized go into the process of shopping!

A little insight on juuuust how much renovating we did....

Q: Did you maintain a job while you were waiting to open your doors? What do you recommend for someone that needs to maintain their 9-5 before they start their business?

I did not ‘have a job’ in that, I was not on somebody else’s payroll.  When I graduated in May, my full time job was very much No. 14.  We had to go to the job site almost everyday to check in on the progress of the interior and I spent weeks researching brands and trying to get everything ‘perfect’ so I wouldn’t have to re-do anything.  I wanted to make the perfect decision the first time, so I wouldn’t have to go back and re-research how to do things later on.  (which FYI, isn't an effective method.  Because, all of those details I was fussing over are not even on our radar anymore). 

At this time, I was living at home with my parents, so I was able to take little to no paycheck which I am so grateful for.  A lot of girls ask me how to open a business while maintaining their 9-5 because they can't afford not to take a paycheck. This is definitely doable.  We live in a very 'instant' world where we are able to click on something and it's on our doorstep in two days #thankyouamazon (no complaining here, I couldn't live without PrimePantry). BUT, some things are worth waiting for. 

Rome wasn't built in a day.  

If you have a 9-5 that you aren't ready to give up, make your future business your side hustle.  Wake up an extra hour early and sit at your desk with your breakfast, sit at your desk after dinner, bring your laptop to the sofa with you and do research during commercials of the bachelorette. Continue to chip away at your dream and eventually you will be ready to take the leap.

I recommend setting weekly goals for yourself because you'll be disappointed with yourself when you can't check off your list. This weekly desk notepad could be a huge game changer for goal setting because it sits open on your desk & you can't ignore your tasks when they're staring you in the face!

I also love to have a few notebooks in my bag, I blow through notebooks so quickly because I love to jot things down.  Ideas, deliveries I am expecting, No. 14's daily numbers etc. I'm a sucker for all things cute and I want the contents of my tote to match. These sweet notebooks are perfect to start your collection and get your ideas flowing.

I am going to try to do posts like this as often as I can! I keep a document in my dropbox full of questions you guys are asking that I will eventually put into this series.  Have questions you'd like me to answer? Nothing is off the table! Drop me a line here!

Can't wait to chat!