Why Mikaela Pabon Is Dressed in Joy
Meet Mikaela Pabon, a busy mother of two who runs a fashion line called Vêtu de Joy. We asked her about her online fashion store and her advice for other "boss women."
1. What's it like being a boss woman and running your own business?
Mikaela: "Over the summer, early in my pregnancy, I almost quit. I just thought I couldn't do it anymore, that I'd lost the love for it. That lasted a day and then I realized that I still had a passion for my business. I really love it. I love that women are excited about what they see in my shop. They can't find these pieces in any of the other online shops."
2. What advice would you give to other women starting out:
Mikaela: "Don't think about too much about it. Just do it. You're not going to move forward if you try to get all of the knowledge first. Stop reading all the books, taking all the free webinars, reading all the articles and just start. Start where you are."
3. What's been your biggest achievement so far?
Mikaela: "I think that other people see the shop and think that it's doing so well but I still feel like I'm still in the beginning stages. Sometimes I need to step back and see myself as other people see me. I don't always see it."
4. How do you manage with two kids and a full-time job?
Mikaela: "My husband is very supportive and he also works in fashion. So whether it's a pop-up shop, and he's my right hand at the event, or he's giving me marketing advice, it's really awesome to have someone who fully supports my dreams."
5. How did you come up with the name of your company?
Mikaela: "Vêtu de – means 'dressed in' – when I started shopping for the store, I gravitated more toward printed pieces and realized prints just make me happy, and I wanted other women to feel the same joy. So for me, dressing in joy means dressing in prints (and Joy is my middle name) I made that the name of my shop."