I really liked doing this interview: Hello Holiday meets the Big Plate

This is a little bit old but I forgot to share it and it’s still relevant. Last month Todd Long from The Big Plate interviewed me about Hello Holiday. This was one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever done because Todd asked such personal, interesting, well-worded questions that required a little thought on my part rather than just stock answers that I’m used to giving. Great experience interviewing with them, and I’m grateful that they shared it on their blog. Here’s an excerpt:

TBP: What do you find exciting (or challenging) about the shift from designer to buyer?

MH: Honestly it was such a relief to back out of the independent design cage I had boxed myself into. It all happened so fast for me, and I don’t think I went into that endeavor with enough preparation. I started as an accessory designer in 2005 and grew that business to be pretty successful by my own standards–it had a ton of potential. Then I decided to launch a line of bridesmaid and wedding dresses, and I had sales and really loyal and supportive customers, but the overhead involved in producing a fashion line just dragged my business into the ground. I was riding this emotional high of fast growth and took a foolish risk. I learned a lot from that–I consider it a huge milestone in my career, that failure. It was a sick burn.

And then he asked me some stuff about women in business and I got to flex my feminist muscle a bit, which I always jump at the chance to do.

Check it out if you’re inclined to read those kinds of things! I think it’s one of the better interviews I’ve ever done.
xx

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Five things I’ve learned as a full-time Airbnb host

1. Airbnb is actually about entrepreneurship (which can kind of sneak up on you).
When I started hosting, it was truly out of desperation because I needed a way to fund the new company I was building. When I made my first few hundred dollars in a month with seemingly little effort, I realized that by taking hosting more seriously I could avoid what I thought was the inevitability of needing a part-time job (in addition to my 60-hour/week at Hello Holiday plus parenting my daughter). As my personal finances were dwindling, I could never have stomached the idea that starting a second business would be the solution, which is why the possibility of so much hosting success surprised me.

OOTD: Summer Sweater

That thing where it’s 420 degrees outside and 69 degrees inside. Chilly Day Soiree Dress :: Remember Spring Sweater :: Late Night Platforms :: Hollywoodland Tote

when you want to work as remotely as possible: traveling for business

A: Travel is important to me because it helps my morale. It recharges my spirit. Every month or two? I like to get away as often as I can…probably sometimes to the annoyance of my business partner and coworkers. It’s always important to me to find something to work on wherever I go–a reason to make it worth my while from a business perspective–but there are some places I go just to ONLY work.

OOTD: Office Hours

This summer instead of having our 4-year-old Alice go to her school’s summer program, Dave and I decided to get a nanny. Her name is Kylie and she’s been WONDERFUL over the past two months! I really wish we could keep her all year and just have Alice in this hybrid coparenting-learning-field tripping-coming to the office situation, but I’m not sure I’m up for all the coordination it would take. I’m definitely considering it because I’ve never seen Alice so engaged and happy–she plays all day, does art and science camps and activities all over town, and gets lots of time outside, which leads to nice early bedtimes. Smile. I love having her at work after 4 every day and all day on Fridays.

Letter from a reader: Changes and consistency

I am a long time reader of your blog and have seen it through its various incarnations. I wondered if you might find inspiration one day to discuss the changes, i.e., the changes in you. For example (and these are purely from memory, so I may very well be misremembering things or just plain getting things wrong):
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