Meet Rosana Rivera of Xilo Street Mexican!

Hey boss babes! We’re back with a Feature of an amazing woman from the Tampa Bay community. Think of the nicest thing you could say about a person. Whatever it was, it most certainly would describe Chef Rosana Rivera– one half of the contagious smiles & cooking skills behind Xilo Street Mexican and Kōfe at The Hall on Franklin. You’ll love her advice, personal mantra, & a peek into the story of how she came to be where she is today.

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8 Women Share the Moment Their Business Felt Real

Hey, babe! Long time no see. Kidding! We know you were here recently checking out our blog on how to define & own your niche. ;) Starting a business is embarking on a special journey filled with good days, bad days, and great lessons. The specific day I want to talk about includes the moment that you first felt your business was legit, AKA the real flippin’. deal. It’s different for every boss babe. We’ve asked 8 fantastic entrepreneurs to share theirs.

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4 Reasons Why We're Starting a Podcast

The rumor is true: podcasts are the new blogs. However, that doesn’t mean everyone needs one. We all have to decide what we’re going to devote energy & resources to. If a podcast is one of those chosen things for you, that’s awesome. Its it’s not, that’s okay girl. I wanted to share some insight on why I decided a podcast was the right fit for Babe Crafted, some of the questions I had, and some real talk on adding another thing to my plate. Let’s do this! 

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6 Ways to Define and Own Your Niche

Here’s the skinny: 2019 is the year of the niche. Have you heard? Blink twice for ‘yes’. Grab a glass of wine if ‘no’. Ha Kidding (kind of). Put down what you’re working on for a moment and think about your ideal client. Who are you talking to & why? Now is a good time to readjust your messaging so you can make sure you’re resonating.

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5 Copywriting Tips to Give Your Homepage a Mini Makeover

Erika Vidal Holmes is a Copywriter Extraordinaire (that’s a real thing!)– she’s also a momma, business owner, & member of our girl gang. The treat she has for you today is making the idea of a homepage revamp something that’s not just possible without pulling all of your gorgeous hair out, but something you’ll find FUN! Her approach to branding yourself through writing for your website is to focus on being clear, being okay with giving away ‘all the good stuff’, & being yourself. 

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Kindness is the Way to Empowerment

If I only did things that fit within my comfort zone, I would exclusively be watching Bridget Jones' Diary and drinking Peanut Butter Milkshakes on my couch, because that's what comes naturally to me. But I'm open to adding to this shortlist, ha, so I said 'heck yes!' when I was invited to speak at Creative Mornings last Friday about 'Women's Empowerment'. It was a dream scenario and was worth overcoming the anxiety I feel when I need to speak in front of others and now that Iv'e done it, I feel like I've gained 100 courage points!

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5 Relationship Building Tips for Business Owners

I was recently asked by the wonderful Christina of Christina Jones Photography to collaborate on a blog & Instagram Live on the topic of #communityovercompetition. I enjoyed the opportunity so much and the ladies who were engaging with our IG Live were complimentary of the tips, so I figured if they were finding them helpful then creating a blog with those tips so more women can utilize them would be a great next step.

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Meet Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design!

“Let’s be real— leopard print is a neutral.” This is perhaps the best way to sum up Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design and it’s in her own words, babes! She is bold, colorful (her hair is bright red and she doesn’t need an excuse to wear pink suede shoes), & she’s not afraid to take a leap of faith. Lisa was living in Chicago after graduating from design school when life changed and brought her back to Florida in 2011 when she launched her design firm. Six and a half years later and she’s kicking butt & taking names in a way she never knew was possible for herself.

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Meet Jade Timmerman of Jade Timmerman Interiors!

Jade is a coffee-sipping, clean design-loving, person with a sense of calm that follows her wherever she goes. She launched Jade Timmerman Interiors four years ago. The timing we chose to shoot her Member Feature ended up being perfect because she recently moved to a new South Tampa office with lots of natural light. I know you’ll love getting to know Jade as well as hear her out on topics like how she got started, what it’s like being a mom of three & a business owner, and how she developed a niche for herself in the design world.

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Kicking Off 2019 with Bubbly + Vision Boards

Being surrounded by likeminded women who are kicking butt in their business, building families, & taking care of themselves is magical. Nobody’s perfect, but getting ambitious, creative, positive energy together to help one another grow is an amazing way to kick off the New Year. We encouraged members to B.Y.O.V., and as you can see from these photos by Jessica Fredericks Photography, they definitely brought some vision to the table. Cheers to 2019!

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Meet Tona Bell of The Paper Seahorse!

Tona is the woman with the vision behind The Paper Seahorse, an oasis of paper, journals, letter writing, & crafting in South Tampa. She’s supportive, brilliant, & gives the best hugs. Tona opened The Paper Seahorse in October of 2015, a big departure from her previous role as Co-owner of Tricycle Studios, a marketing agency she launched with her husband over 20 years ago. After working every Sunday for 15 years and working from illness to illness, she landed in the hospital with a bad infection. This was the catalyst for a big change she would make, where she would not only prioritize herself and her health, but she’d also take a big leap & reinvent her life. 

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Meet Danielle Ferrari of Valhalla Resale!

We’ve all had those “I have nothing to wear moments”, and Danielle has worked hard to create a ‘collective closet’ where we can feel comfortable in our own skin while we shop for unique clothing that we can borrow or purchase. Something many of us might not be aware of is that the fashion industry is the second largest cause of pollution in the world. When Danielle learned this, it led her down a path towards sustainability in all areas of her life.

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Let's Get This Startup Week Party Going!

Hey, hey boss babes! Part of a new year is taking a look at what you did well in 2018 and what could’ve been better. There’s always room for improvement, but how about we make it fun?! Get ready to be inspired and learn about some Business Foundations, like taxes, trademarks, digital branding, and scalability. We'll be hosting 3 Babe Crafted-inspired events at Tampa Bay Startup Week 2019 full of members whose stories & insight you’ll love.

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Meet Ashlee Hamon of Ashlee Hamon Photography!

Welcome to a new day, Boss Babes! We hope your mug is full & your heart is ready to tackle whatever comes your way. But first, meet Ashlee Hamon of Ashlee Hamon Photography! Ashlee is a bright beam of light and with plenty of confidence & gumption, she started with the entry level gear she had and she shot every wedding and event she could as she built her photography business up over the next 5 years to the thriving, stylish state it’s currently in.

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