Saturday, March 15, 2014

Meet Robyn // Giddy Up And Grow

I met Robyn a few months ago when I found myself drooling over the ridiculous amount creative, unique, and playful hair accessories she makes. I don't know how she manages to continuously bust out these creative, whimsical designs but I'm not the only one that's been blown away. Celebs like Jessica Alba have even snagged up some of her goodies! Really its no shocker at all if you saw her stuff in person. Actually, let me show you!!

she loves her little friendship bracelet!

of course the headband is upside down! but this black and white stripes/princess combo is perfection!

this crown headband is so cute and playful...and sparkly :)

its like playing dress up all the time :)

this minty studded bow is basically perfection

"from this slumber she shall wake where true love's kiss the spell shall break"

ok so look carefully and you will see the clear grippy part that we love so much!

What I love about Robyn is the attention she pays to detail when she's crafting these beauties! I'm talking all the way down to the little clear grips inside the clip so that even those fine haired beauties can rock them all day long!! I can't tell you how long I looked for something like this when my daughter was born (with TONS of hair)! Everything she makes is of the highest quality and stems from a child's imagination. And just so you know, Robyn is also the easiest to talk to, determined, hard working, classy, and sweet as pie. She's good at what she does and its so so obvious!

Now without further delay... let's meet the lovely Robyn!!

How did Giddy Up and Grow come about?
Before I had kids, I was a jewelry designer. I made my own designs, sold them online and in retail shops, and had a great little business going. But once I had kids, I found it hard to find the time to sit down and work on my jewelry as it was very time consuming. So I took a break to just focus on my kids, and enjoy the little moments.
When my daughter was born, she had a full head of gorgeous hair. I started making hair accessories for her to wear as young as 4 weeks old. When we would go out in public, I would get asked where I bought her accessories. I decided maybe it was time again to start putting my creative juices to work.
I opened my Etsy shop 4 years ago, and almost immediately my items started to sell. It took a lot of trial and error to find the right business model that worked for me both personally and professionally. But I think I have it down to a science now, but I always leave room for learning and growing my business.

Is there meaning behind the name? If so do share :)
No meaning, I just thought the name was cute and reflected childhood!

What are some things that you've learned from growing your own business?
I have learned that just because something is working right now, in a month or two it might not. Trends are forever changing in the fashion and accessory business, so I need to be ahead of the game. I do a lot of styling work with magazines, and they require items 3-6 months in advance of a particular season. Having a Halloween collection designed and ready for sale in July/August is not unusual for me.

Whats a typical day in the life of Robyn?
I wake up at 5:15am, grab a coffee and get straight to work. I answer emails and work on other business admin until I get my kids up at 7:00 to get ready for school. I then get my oldest to the bus stop by 7:30am, and then get my daughter ready for preschool. My daughter attends preschool for a couple hours 3 times a week, so that is when I do my running around, dropping packages off at the post office etc. Then the rest of the day is spent doing activities with the kids and making orders. Not only do I run a business, but I also have a full-time job as a mom and wife. When my husband gets home from work around 5:00pm, we have dinner and then it's back to work. I work on making orders until 8:00pm when I get my kids ready for bed. After the kids are asleep, I try to spend some time with my husband. It's exhausting, but I enjoy it.

What is something super quirky about you?
I love Harry Potter.... Like all things Harry Potter!!!

Who/what has inspired you the most along your journey?
I have always had a love of design, marketing and becoming an entrepreneur some day. Before I had kids, I worked in advertising for Venture Communications, alongside the owner Arlene Dickinson (female judge on Dragon's Den). Working for a female boss inspired me to go for what I want.

If you could have any super power what would it be?
Time travel. Then I could zip to Mexico for a quick break, and be back before anyone would notice I was gone!

Thanks so much Robyn for giving us a sneak peak into your life :) And OMG time travel for a vaca...YES!! I'm always so excited to see what you come up with next!! Guys go follow her on instagram (@giddyupandgrow) so you know when she restocks her shop and get first dibs!!! Also make sure you're following me (@thelittleslife) because in just a few weeks I'll be releasing a discount code to her shop {}!! Go check it out!! Hope you're all having a fantabulous weekend!

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