Woman Wednesday: Valerie


Q and A with Valerie from Cherry Hill, New Jersey

“I have learned that the ability to pivot in business is the way to survive.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am passionate about quality of life, finding balance, and working hard to enjoy the things you want! I have never really wanted to do anything else but fashion since I can remember; even as a little girl, I played “boutique“ by setting up “stores“ in my room. My twin bed was the counter, dolls or my mom or little brother were the customers, and I would take my mother’s shoes, clothes, jewelry and set up displays. I played like this for hours! Even if I was at my grandmother’s house. All I ever wanted was my own boutique. After a career in accessory design, import, and wholesale, I decided to move to retail and open my own store. I felt there was a missing component in my area…there were a lot of shopping centers and malls but no true specialty boutiques with personal service and simple things like actually being waited on and someone making suggestions to help you find the perfect outfit that makes you feel amazing. Everything had turned chain store OR to get great customer service the store was very expensive. I set out to have what I considered affordable pricing (mainly under $100) and great personal service that you would expect in a much more expensive store.

At present, I am working on moving my store into (gulp) a shopping center!

I never thought or felt my store was that “type.“ We are stand-alone, a bit private, sort of pride ourselves on “if you know, you know“ specialty boutique that is not cookie cutter. However, surviving Covid-19 in business has led me to realize some things, and learning to pivot is one of them. Right now, the location and ease are huge. I was offered a really great situation to grow and I took it! (Hence looking for a rebranding on the woman’s site.)


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I went to art school albeit I wanted to go to fashion merchandising school. My parents thought that was impractical. My dad later retracted that when he saw my growth for my business.

My mother and both grandmothers were all really beautiful and very trendsetting. Their style impacted me a lot, and I played dress-up and store in all of their closets while other kids played soccer. I used to “style“ my friends or anyone who would let me! [She laughs.]


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: I have learned that the ability to pivot in business is the way to survive. And working hard to enjoy things that are important to you is priceless. Covid made me realize how little control we have. I no longer really say, “I can’t do XYZ because of the business this or that.“ During those first years of building the business, I worked 24/7 and never stopped. I missed out on a lot. I don’t do that anymore.


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: Feminism means to me that I am in control of my decisions emotionally, spiritually, physically, and financially, no matter what.


MORE ABOUT VALERIE: I am a proud mom of four and love the beach! I am from Cherry Hill, NJ, where I reside currently. I was born in Philly, and I lived previously in Los Angeles, CA, and Scottsdale, AZ.

Shop Haute Bungalow is my store!

13 East Main St, Marlton, NJ

Yes, we do have an online store as well!!

Online Shop: www.shophautebungalow.com

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Woman Wednesday: Heather


Q and A with Heather from Prairieville, Louisiana

“If your heart is in it, you will find a way to make it work. I’m cheering you on!”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I’m very passionate about art and design! I grew up doing crafts and having a genuine love for creativity. I fell in love with web design when I was a teenager and started building websites for fun. After art school, I worked as a video game designer until I decided to start my own business in 2008. At that point, I had been creating websites in my spare time for about 10 years. I was more than ready to use my education and passion for web design and turn it into a thriving business! I’ve now worked with over 500 female entrepreneurs by helping them launch beautiful brands and websites. I absolutely love what I do and that I get to work with so many amazing women from all over the world!


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: My mother was always very supportive of my hobbies and crafts, and we often did a lot of them together. To this day, we are still working on projects for my kids or for ourselves. Once I discovered websites (and Myspace), I fell in love with web design and wanted to learn everything that I could. I taught myself how to code, how to run a business (aka wear #allthehats), and how to market myself. Well, I’m still working on that one. [She winks.] I’m a big advocate of online courses.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: My business has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs, and yours probably will be too at some point. I think that this is normal and something that not many business owners talk openly about. Finding your path in business and in life can be hard and discouraging at times, but don’t give up! There are many tearful details that were not mentioned above, because my journey was not a direct path to success and six figures. But if your heart is in it, you will find a way to make it work. I’m cheering you on!


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: To me, feminism means supporting and empowering other women. I’m honored to support my female clients through my services and products, but also by just being someone they can chat with about all things business and life.


MORE ABOUT HEATHER: I’m a mom of three, queso critic, crime junkie addict, and purple lover.

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Woman Wednesday: Ivana



Q and A with Ivana, Croatia, Europe

“Your vision of your business is going to guide you to where you want to go, but your energy of excitement and joy is going to make it a success.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: My name is Ivana Bosnjak and I have been a digital Entrepreneur since 2007. I am going to share a little story with you and what are the two most important elements you need to have to build a successful online business. I love business. I love marketing and sales and have been doing it for so many years. Having said this, while I am great at business, I am a big fan of Law of Attraction, energy, work, and how we attract things. I currently help people with knowledge and expertise build a business they love by attracting their ideal clients to them. My programs can take someone who is unknown to popular, seeked-out experts in as little as 4 weeks.


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: Having said this, I come from very humble beginnings. I migrated to the United States back in 1997 with just $100 dollars in my pocket. Without parents, without any support at 18. Prior to that, at the age of 12, I’ve lived through a very bad war at home, and the US offered a fresh start. Within 3 years, I was already making a name for myself selling Real Estate.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: Over the years, I’ve built multiple businesses while a lot of people focus on numbers and growth. For me, it has always been aligning with my goals, making sure I am making a difference in the world and that is what pushed me to make those successful.


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: For me, feminism = women power. I didn’t know how much we are undervalued as females until I was a part of a very male-dominated industry. I really had my work cut out for me to make myself stand out. Some people tend to tell me, Ivana, you are a powerful woman. I’ve raised two kids on my own since they were three and five while building multiple businesses online. While it was not always easy, I am proud of them and the businesses I’ve created over the years.

MORE FROM IVANA: The journey of an entrepreneur is not easy. I’ve experienced ups and downs in my business. I’ve had product launches that did not go as planned, but I never gave up. It took me a while to master my skills. And now I can share with others exactly what works. My experience has shown me the two elements you need to have to build a successful business. Your vision of your business is going to guide you to where you want to go, but your energy of excitement and joy is going to make it a success.


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Woman Wednesday: Jaycel


Q and A with Jaycel from Papua New Guinea, living in England, UK

“I remember one of my uncles discouraged me to take up law as he believed it was a male’s profession. I did not let that crush my spirit and dream of becoming a lawyer. I proved him wrong.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I love helping people in whatever ways I possibly can and reading and watching inspirational or motivational quotes or videos, gardening, cooking and baking. Family time is important to me. I love spending time with my husband and my three-year-old son, my family, my extended families. I like discovering new adventures and traveling! I am an outdoorsy person, so I just love nature because it makes me feel refreshed and helps me think clearly. I have a career in law, but I was always passionate about venturing into the entrepreneurial world. I guess my profession aligns with my interest of helping people. I wanted something that I could do from the comfort of my own home, which is what I’m currently working on. I mentor and teach people to work online.


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I was the second born of six children. Since my elder brother was adopted, I was seen as the older one and looked out for my other four siblings. Our parents were average hard-working people who sacrificed a lot. They did not have so much money, but they had enough to make sure there was food on the table, enough to buy our necessities, and enough to put us all to school. What they really wanted was for us to get a better education and excel in life. Seeing how much my parents had sacrificed really pushed me to study hard and do well in my primary school days to high school and eventually to university. I was fortunate to be selected to university amongst the top students around the country and completed my bachelor of law degree (LLB). Coming from a society where women were seen as inferior due to cultural and ethnic beliefs, I really wanted be the voice of the voiceless and prove that women can take up any role in the society. I remember one of my uncles discouraged me to take up law as he believed it was a male’s profession. I did not let that crush my spirit and dream of becoming a lawyer. I proved him wrong. My parents, especially my mum, had the greatest impact on my life. She pushed forward in life no matter what obstacle she encountered. She always believed in me even when sometimes I did not believe in myself.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: The most valuable thing I’ve learned is to never trust anyone but yourself. I’ve watched people go from being someone I loved, trusted, and looked up to…to being people I never speak to or even want to talk to ever again. I’ve experienced so much deceit, lies, manipulation, and disgusting behavior from people I thought I knew and cared about; it broke my heart. I had experienced the worst relationship in the past to being conned and deceived by my own friends whom I trusted. That’s why I’ve learned not to ever trust anyone but myself. I’ve faced so many challenges in life. I’ve learned that life can be messy and painful sometimes, but always learn to be focus on what you can learn from these moments and become stronger and smarter. That’s the only way to keep forward. Do not let other people’s negativity or opinions discourage you from what you truly want in life. You can conquer anything! You just have to have that self-confidence to deal with whatever life throws at you. You are responsible for yourself and no one else is. Always be yourself. If you want to be happy, you go to work for it.


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: To me, feminism means standing up for yourself and for the voiceless. It’s about empowering other women about anything really. It’s about women being accepted and recognized in leadership roles and given the same or equal treatment and respect.

MORE FROM JAYCEL: I’ve paused my career for a while to concentrate on my online business. I mentor and teach people especially moms to set up their own online business.


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Woman Wednesday: Fabi

Q and A with Fabi from Caracas, Venezuela, living in Miami, Florida

“I believe that the most impactful thing a business can do is get massive clarity on their brand message.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: The things I am most passionate about are my business and my family. I am a mom of 3 little girls (6, 2, and 4 months), and I love spending time with them and my family. In terms of my business, I am EXTREMELY passionate about what I do. I love my clients and showing up, giving value each and every day.


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I actually had quite a unique childhood. I am from Venezuela, but I spent my childhood travelling all over the world. My dad worked in a multi-national company and they moved us around every 2 years. I lived in Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, the US, and India and traveled extensively through each of the different continents. This DEFINITELY was super impactful for me because it allowed me to learn to adapt to different cultures, which is something I believe I do every day when I work with my clients. I believe I’m adapting to their cultures and personalities as well. It has also given me a truly broad perspective on the world.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: I have tried all the marketing tactics and strategies you could ever imagine. I believe that the most impactful thing a business can do is get massive clarity on their brand message. What this means is understanding who they are, who their audience is, and the outcome they deliver for them. When you know this in your gut, it allows you to show up with magnetism to all that you do. You attract people in a different way because it means you are able to make deep connections with your audience.


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: I have always believed deeply in equality and it’s one thing I have always stood for. I don’t live in a traditional household. I am the primary breadwinner for my family, I have 3 daughters, and my husband works for me. I want my daughters to see that anything is possible for them as well.


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