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Who’s That BOSS: Simone Kristine

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Get ready to move up to that corner office or start your own enterprise. JETmag.com is partnering with the award-winning The BOSS Network to bring you BOSS UP every week. This feature will highlight movers, shakers and rule-breakers across different industries, plus offer you career and entrepreneurial advice.

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After graduating high school, Simone Kristine knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur. But she went the more traditional route and attended college only to return to her first passion of entrepreneurialism and launch her children’s clothing line Princess and Spice.

The BOSS Network: Walk us through your journey to success. How did you get to this point?

Simone Kristine: Becoming the owner and designer of Princess and Spice was a four-year process in the making and not an easy task. I’ve sacrificed financially, and emotionally to pursue my goal of having a successful girls online boutique. I’ve scrimped and saved every penny, gone many countless nights trying to figure it out all without a guide or mentor, while quite honestly being unsure as to how I would be received by the market. I’ve learned everything thus far through self-taught sessions of learning how to computerize and style my designs from planning fashion shows and photo shoots. It’s been a whirlwind since my launch, but I’ve just begun and I look forward to the many challenges–good and bad–that are yet to come.

TBN: What do you do to stay on top of your game professionally?

SK: I listen to my market–the adorable little princesses out there who love to give me feedback about their personal style. I very often will stop a family and ask to speak with them about what they like to wear. What is mom’s ideal style for her daughter and what about dad? How does he like to see his princess dressed? Most importantly, I chime in on the princess herself, and that’s when the conversation never gets boring. I combine all the feedback with my designs, and something great always come out of it.

TBN: How do you balance your personal life with your professional?

SK: Balancing my personal and professional life has become easier ironically enough as I have transitioned to fashion designer. Fashion is full of fun social scenes that have become a huge part of my life. There are so many fashionable events I am able to attend and have the opportunity to network with wonderful people from other fashion designers, stylist, hair and makeup artist–you name it. I’m enjoying integrating my personal and professional life through fashion.

TBN: What advice would you give to a budding entrepreneur or career woman?

SK: The best advice I would give to a budding entrepreneur or career woman is GO FOR IT! Whatever you feel like you want to pursue in life absolutely GO FOR IT so you will not look back and recent yourself later and wonder about the “what if’s.” Life is short, so wasting your time on not pursuing your goals shouldn’t be an option. Don’t be scared to try something and fail. If you didn’t succeed the first time try again, and if the next time doesn’t work, well that’s when you move on to your next talent. Do not focus on comparing yourself to anyone else, and never give up on you.

TBN: What is the mission of Princess and Spice?

SK: When I decided to create Princess and Spice, I wanted to do more than just have beautiful girls wear my gorgeous designs–I wanted to serve a purpose. I feel young girls in so many communities are borrowing an identity other than their own and being taught to idolize everyone but themselves. I’m hoping that will change with continuous Princess and Spice events and outings. During these events, I’m honored to be able to speak with some of my princesses to learn how they feel about themselves and what inner beauty means to them. My goal is to continue to host numerous events to make every young girl feel self-confident, self-love, and to be proud of who she is. To let her know that no matter what negativity you’re told, you’re always a princess.

TBN: What does being a BOSS mean to you?

SK: Being a BOSS means being self-confident and humble. A BOSS is not threatened or envious of another woman’s success instead she acknowledges that she is a fellow BOSS and gives her a compliment. I love walking into a room and seeing other BOSS ladies who aren’t afraid to exchange accolades. A BOSS woman is a woman who works hard, takes risks, never gives up and doesn’t forget those who helped her on her journey to success.

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