Meet Jessica Tomc O’Doski of BinkaGirl

This post was originally posted HERE on June 16, 2015

I “met” Jessica through my sister in law, Kenia. Jessica owns binkagirl clothing, right here in Jupiter, Fl. and Kenia mentioned that she would be perfect for the blog. I agreed! She has the perfect company for ladies in South Florida as well as educating people throughout South Florida about the importance of dog rescues and pet adoption!
Check it out…

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1. Tell us a little about yourself:
Name: Jessica Tomc O’Doski, Title: Owner/Designer, Company: binka, Inc.
Hometown: Jupiter, FL
Children: None
Furbabies: 2 rescues. Zoe is a 12 year old Pit Bill / Border Collie mix and Molly is a 6 year old Australian Cattle Dog mix.

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2. When did you start the binkagirl brand?
Founded in: 2004
Company’s Mission: binka’s mission is to support the rescue efforts of homeless and abused animals and to inspire people to adopt animals from local shelters and rescue groups.
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Company’s Vision:  binka envisions the day where every adoptable pet has a loving and responsible home, free from abuse and neglect and a society that responsibly spays and neuters their pets.
HQ location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL Since 2005  

From the binkagirl site:
“All excess fabric and a portion of binka’s proceeds are donated to various shelters and rescue groups. With your purchase, you are joining binka’s mission to support and save abused and homeless animals worldwide.

Binka’s mission is to support the rescue efforts of homeless and abused animals and to inspire people to adopt animals from local shelters and rescue groups.”

BINKANEWLOGO copy3. Who makes up the binkagirl crew?
Total Staff Number: 1, Me: )
  

4. What is the most rewarding thing about owning your business? 
Being able to educate our society about dog rescue and supporting this cause I feel so passionate about through binka.

228008bd_o_(4)5. What has been the most difficult challenge in your business? 
Finding sales reps who deliver.
 

 6. What made you decide to start your business? 
Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, I think it was just in my blood!

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7. Where can we find binka girl online?
Website: www.binkagirl.com, Facebook: binkagirl, Instagram: binkagirl

Thank you for sharing with us, Jessica! We love hearing about women business owners in our area!  

Jupiter, Florida has many small businesses that make living here great! If you’d like to know more info on how you can move to our area, contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you find the perfect home!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please support our local entrepreneurs. They are a very important part of our beautiful little town. Let me know how you like the interviews and if you have any suggestions on who to interview next, please feel free to nominate them!

Cheers, Nicole

Summer Reading

This post was originally posted HERE on June 12, 2015

So, the family and I are planning  a little escape at the end of this month. One week in Marco Island. I am SO looking forward to some time off with the hubby and the kiddos. My first trip over there was last year and it was the first time in my life I literally relaxed for 7 days. It was amazing! So this year I’m super excited. We do want to relax but we also want to get in some fun summer activities…boating, paddleboard, etc.

I’ve slowly been accumulating little things I want to bring. New suit, new sun hat, new beach umbrella, etc. Not to be left out a book for my summer reading. This year I chose Fat Girl Walking, by Brittany Gibbons. I’ve followed her blog for quite some time and I love her! She’s a feisty redhead I can really relate to and she’s written this book. I’m super excited to start it! I will do a review after vacation and let y’all know what I thought.

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Halter: Old Navy | Bottoms: Old Navy | Sun Hat: Old Navy | Book: Brittany Gibbons
What are you reading this summer? Please share with us in the comments. I’m always looking for new books to read.Until next time, thanks for reading, lovies.
-Nicole

Meet Alexandra Gioia – Maker

This post was originally posted HERE on June 9, 2015

I have had a crush on all things druzy for quite sometime now. Druzy jewelry is some of my favorite baubles that I own. It’s just so pretty! Enter Alexandra, designer extraordinaire! She makes the loveliest pieces and I basically want them all! I contacted her recently to do an interview and was so excited when she agreed! Just be warned, after you read this and see the photos, you’re going to “need” a few of her pieces!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! I’m Alexandra but you can call me Allie, everyone has since Preschool. I was born and raised in Miami but have called Jupiter, FL home for the past 15 years. The laid back lifestyle is much more me and feel so lucky to pass by the Jupiter Lighthouse everyday on my way home!
2. When did you start the Alexandra Gioia brand?
I have been designing jewelry for a year and a half and it has quickly become a passion of mine. Not only do I love designing but I love the marketing side of it too. I have connected with so many talented, like minded people through social media platforms like Instagram.
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3. Who makes up the Alexandra Gioia crew?
I design, create, shoot and market the line but I do have the occasional help from my very supportive husband. I’m constantly asking him to take pictures of my bracelets like this, with that background, with this outfit. He’s a good sport 98% of the time.
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4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
It’s most definitely a challenge. I work full-time so I play jewelry designer by morning, night and weekends. It’s really a dream so I can’t complain.
5. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
Coming across photos of girls wearing my jewelry is insane! I love seeing how others style my pieces. They inspire me to accessorize in ways I hadn’t thought of. Also, hearing stories of why customers are buying a particular piece is really special. It’s made me want to buy more “just because” gifts for others like my customers do.
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6. What do you do on your days off?
My husband and I bought the fixer upper of our neighborhood so it seems our second home is Home Depot as of late. When we’re not renovating I do enjoy relaxing on the beach (with spf 75+) and trying out new local restaurants. Our friends refer to us as the “food snobs”. Pretty sure that’s not a compliment. Ha!
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7. How do you juggle work & family?
My family is so special to me and I’m lucky enough to have them nearby so I always try to make time for them.
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8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
Wonder Woman because of her great taste in accessories. Those gold cuffs are on point!
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10. Is there anything else you would like is to know? Upcoming events, etc.
The pronunciation of my middle name is tricky, Gioia. Like Joy-uh. With no boys in the family to carry on the Gioia name, I decided I would with the launch of my line. It’s really fun hearing the variety of ways people say it.


Stop by and say hello at Floridian Social’s Maker Meet
Wednesday, June 17 | 6-7pm | Social House | Lake Worth
www.socialhouselw.com


Thank you for sharing with us, Alexandra! We love hearing about women business owners in area!

Jupiter,Florida has many small businesses that make living here great! If you’d like to know more info on how you can move to our area, contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you find the perfect home!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends!! Let me know how you like the interviews and if you have any suggestions on who to interview next, please feel free to nominate them!

Cheers, Nicole

What’s So Great About Jupiter, Florida – II

This post originally posted HERE on June 2, 2015

The start of summer is upon us! If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know I’m kind of obsessed with my home town Jupiter, Florida. Living and working in this town is really great! However, sometimes I forget to take time to actually enjoy all the wonderful things and places our little town has to offer. So for the last couple of weeks, I’ve made a point to enjoy a little bit of our local flavor!

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The juices at 3 Natives are so yummy! My favorite is the “Lean & Green”.

 

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We caught The Helmsman at Harbourside Place the other night. It was quite lovely!

 

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I’ve enjoyed several classes lately at Kula Yoga Shala. It’s an awesome studio here in Jupiter!

 

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We celebrated my Dad’s birthday at U-Tiki Beach. Gotta love that view!

 

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Not in Jupiter, but just a short drive away, we enjoyed lunch at Sailfish Marina.

 

Other local favorites that I don’t currently have photos of (gasp!):
Places on my “To Do” list that I haven’t visited yet:
I’m just realizing now that all my places have to do with eating & drinking! Ha! Well, I guess I have my priorities straight! Let me know if you have a favorite place not on my list. I’m always up for trying new spots!
Tequesta and Jupiter both have many small businesses that make living here great! If you’d like to know more info on how you can move to our area, contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you find the perfect home in Jupiter or Tequesta!
Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help!Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Until next time, keep supporting each other.

Cheers,
Nicole

It’s Back To Yoga For Me

This post originally posted HERE on May 27, 2015

So, for those of you that don’t know me that well, let me tell you a little bit about myself.  I’m a South Florida Native, born in Palm Beach Gardens Hospital (a few years back) and moved to Jupiter, Florida when I was 3 months old. I went to all three Jupiter schools and graduated from Jupiter High School. I love Jupiter! Seriously, it’s like the best town ever!

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But I digress. Some other things about me are: I was a single Mom to a pretty amazing kid for 14 years. Almost 5 years ago I met a super cool dude named Avel, and this past January we got married!! It’s been a really fun adventure with LOTS of changes and I still can’t believe this is all really happening. <3

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As happy as I am (and I really am), the last year has been 100 miles an hour and full of change. I got engaged, I left my job of 15 years to focus all my attention on real estate, I got married, I moved in with my husband, my daughter changed schools, and I gained 2 awesome step kids! All of this change has brought out a side of me that’s been rather dormant these last few years. I tend to be a “bit” of a worry wart. And when I say “bit” I mean FULL ON WORRY MONSTER! So big changes usually have a way of stressing me out. Now, I know, most people get kinda weird about big changes. It’s totally normal. What’s not normal is how I seem to deal with the kind of stress. For some reason I don’t realize how stressed out I am until my body literally tells me. Seriously, it’s so strange!

I first had a physical reaction to stress about 8 years ago, when I was having problems catching my breath. I couldn’t fully understand what was happening, so I went to Urgent Care to get it checked out. When I got there, the Doctor informed me I was having a panic attack and hyperventilating. I was like, “Say what!?”. She asked me if I had been under any stress lately, asked me to try and de-stress and told me if it didn’t get better, I may need to see someone or possibly even consider anti anxiety meds!

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Because of that experience I learned to talk myself down, if I felt like I was starting up again. I seemed to be able to calm myself down and get over it before things turned into hyperventilating. So yay for that! Other things that happened to me due to stress, I have a leak in my retina and most recently, I got shingles!

From these experiences it is painfully obvious to me that I need to take better care of myself. The excuse of being too busy to exercise or eat well is just not going to cut it anymore. That’s where yoga comes in.

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Last fall I discovered Kula Yoga Shala, right here in Jupiter. I did the beginning yoga class they offer several times, and really enjoyed it. But then life got crazy and i didn’t go back. Last week I went back! Instead of taking the beginner class, I opted for the Organic Vinyasa. It was SO hard, but really really good! I went back twice, with two different instructors and it totally kicked my butt! I was so sore!! Hahaha! The best part about yoga is that it’s totally personal. You do what feels good to your body, that is amazing! I was in a class with very skilled people, unlike myself, but I was still able to get a vigorous workout. Physically and mentally. I’m going to try and do two to three classes a week, eat better and get more sleep. Life’s too short to not take my health seriously! 

Do you do yoga? Where do you go? What is your favorite type of class? Let me know, maybe I’ll join you for a class or two!

Thanks for reading, lovies. – Nicole

Meet Halle Frey of Flower & Fringe

This post was originally posted HERE on May 26, 2015

I found Halle on one of my many Instagram sessions. These mostly consist of me clicking on everything that looks interesting on Instagram! Halle’s images have beautiful floral arrangements and flower crowns…what’s not to love about that!? So, I reached out to her and she happily agreed to do an interview for the blog! So without further ado, I introduce to you, Halle Frey of Flower & Fringe!photo-48 copy 2

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

My Name is Halle Frey I was born and raised in Erie, PA. Took a big leap of faith and moved to WPB, Fl to attend college at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Did not know a soul here but as soon as I planted my feet I realized I was in the right place. Graduated in 2005 with a degree in Marketing and have been pursuing different dreams since. After many moves to different states and many many different jobs I am now calling West Palm home again.

I have a cute pup named Daisy Mae, which she came with her name. I thought it was appropriate since I love flowers. She’s a sweet rescue dog and looks like a mini golden retriever. No kids yet but a very handsome boyfriend, Matt, who I adore.

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2. When did you start the Flower & Fringe brand and what are the services you offer?

Flower & Fringe has been a dream of mine since I was younger. My Aunt Karen had a flower shop when I was growing up in PA and she taught me everything I know. She’s crazy talented with flowers. It has always been a love of mine, one that I never thought I would really make into a business of my own. I started F&F a year and a half ago. I was just testing the waters for the first year, only doing it part-time. As of April 2015 I have decided to go full force with my business and now have a flower workshop located in Uptown Art’s West Palm Beach location. The focus for F&F is to create a unique floral experience for small intimate events, holiday gatherings and weddings. We also offer floral design workshops and the occasional whimsical bouquet to go. Attention to detail is very important with each bouquet, centerpiece or flower crown keeping to its organic look.

bridesmaid 23. Who makes up the Flower & Fringe crew?

Right now the F&F crew is just me with the occasional help of a willing friend or family member. My parents have been a huge support through this whole process.
halleflorals-354. What do you find most challenging about running your own business? What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?

Well as most business owners know there are good days and bad days, ups and downs. With owning my own business the thing I appreciate the most is being able to be creative and build something from the ground up. It has challenged me and grown me but you never know if you can accomplish something unless you try.

shea 55. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?

My superheros have always been both of my parents. I have seen my own father run his business and go through the highs and lows of it all, always supporting his family and being steadfast through different stages of life. My mom because she just graduated from college with a degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. I don’t know how she did it but she did and it is a great reminder that its never too late.
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You can find F&F on instagram and Facebook. The website is http://www.flowerandfringe.com

altar7. Is there anything else you would like is to know? Upcoming events, etc.

Most of my workshops are posted on Uptown Arts West Palm Beach location Calendar.

 

Thank you for sharing with us, Halle! We love hearing about women business owners in area! I really want to have one of your Private Flower Parties…flower crowns for everyone! Who’s with me??

Palm Beach County has many small businesses that make living here great! If you’d like to know more info on how you can move to our area, contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you find the perfect home!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends!! Let me know how you like the interviews and if you have any suggestions on who to interview next, please feel free to nominate them!

Cheers, Nicole

Meet Lauren & Anna, from Urban Vintage Rentals

This post was originally posted HERE on Tuesday May 12th, 2015.

 

I “met” Lauren & Anna through instagram and Facebook. We have common online connections. I was in awe at their product photos for their business. It looks like they have a LOT of fun! So, I asked and they graciously agreed to do an interview for the blog. Yea! Warning: After reading this post you’re going to want to host a party, just so you can hire Lauren & Anna to stylize it!

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/urbanvintagerentals1. Tell us a little about yourselves.

I’m Anna – I’m actually from Florida! I was born at Palm Beach Gardens hospital (almost!) 30 years ago 😉 I have two human babies – one girl named Harlee Faye, who is one, and a baby boy named Declan, who should arrive any day now! Our furry babies are Gypsy Lou (an adopted pit bull, who is my first baby) and Avery Jade (a spoiled miniature beagle). They make the best of friends and are great with our human babies!

I’m Lauren and I’m also a Florida native! I was born in Miami where I spent most of my childhood. In my teens my parents decided to move to Hobe Sound after falling in love with the sleepy little beach town. I have one fur baby, her name is Lola. She’s a rescued Cattle Dog or Blue Heeler. It took a few years of convincing for my husband to even warm up to the idea of getting a dog.. let alone a high energy herding dog.

After I Do-02212. When did you start the Urban Vintage brand?

We started it almost a year ago when Lauren decided it was time to quit the corporate world. We joined forces (and by forces, I mean, our hoard of random vintage stuff + our love of vintage shopping and styling) to do a couple styled shoots, we started a website, reached out to some amazing vendors and people in the industry, and we’ve been building ever since!

3. Who makes up the Urban Vintage crew?

Besides Lauren and I, our husbands! And our sisters and brothers, and whoever else we’ve managed to con into helping us move furniture for beer 🙂

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/oakhillfarmvenue4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?

Anna: Working too much. I could stay up for hours at night tweaking the website, coming up with new ideas, reaching out to the right clients and vendors – but I have to remember to keep that family/work/life balance. Otherwise, what’s the point of working so much if you can’t enjoy the fruits of your labor?

Lauren: Sometimes my mind can get all over the place.  I think setting a work schedule and making sure you stick to it is essential.

5. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?

Anna: Seeing pictures like this.

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/frezzaweddingLauren: I’m with Anna on this!  We’ve also met some amazing people in the industry. Feels really good to have that kind of support!  I also feel blessed to be doing what I love.
6. What do you do on your days off?

Anna: haha. days off? Boat days are my favorite days off.

Lauren: These days I feel like they have been spent trying to organize our growing inventory! Anna is really awesome at organizing I try to learn from her. Being outside, boating, kayaking, family time, being creative.

7. How do you juggle work & family?

By having an awesome support system – living near family has its benefits!

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/harleefaye8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?

Anna: I’ll leave this one to Lauren. She’s the one who wears superhero clothes. For me, anyone moms who can provide for their family, enjoy their career, and still get to spend quality time with their husband and children are rockstars in my book.

Lauren: I wanted to be Batman as a kid (Michael Keaton Batman).  I would literally play in my back yard and pretend I was I was Batman (oh and I was an only child so my imagination pretty awesome). I’ve been Batman for Halloween a few times.  I’m sort of a movie nerd. I love Michael Keaton Batman. Tim Burton has always been one of my favorite directors too.
After I Do-02159. Where can we find Urban Vintage online? 

Visit them online at: Urban Vintage Rentals, instagram, and Facebook.

View More: http://jessicabordnerphotography.pass.us/oakhillfarmvenueThank you, Anna & Lauren, for sharing with us! We love seeing small business owners doing well in Jupiter, Florida! 
 

Tequesta and Jupiter both have many small businesses that make living here great! If you’d like to know more info on how you can move to our area, contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you find the perfect home in Jupiter or Tequesta!
Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Until next time, keep supporting each other.

Cheers, Nicole