Launching and running a business requires a lot of focus, hard work and thinking out of the box. Over the last several years we’ve come across many people, places and things that inspired us — here are some of our favorites!
People We Love- Nina Green- My Beauty Ave
We simply love the beautiful, smart Nina Green! Nina was born in Canada and grew up in the US and Norway. She is the founder of MyBeautyAvenue, an established Norwegian website offering unique global brands now launching in the US. Nina holds a bachelor degree in Finance from Oslo and a Graduate Degree from the prestigious acting school, Sanford Meisner, in Los Angeles. Nina has built a net work of valuable contacts within the beauty and film industry, not to mention Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills – where celebrity colorist Johnny Ramirez and stylist/hairdresser Anh Co Tran share their secrets on what products are a must!
I get inspiration for my work from…
The people and companies that I currently work with and through my expanding network of new and creative connections! I love meeting new people and expanding my business in ways that are new to the market, finding new opportunities and ways to grow. I started with an online business in Norway/Scandinavia and from there expanded into distribution to luxury hotels and spa’s and now retail stores that match MyBeautyAvenue’s look and feel for high end, natural and organic products – we’re all about introducing new and exciting brands and creating a niche market.
My favorite thing about NYC is…
It never sleeps! And neither do I – we’re a good match ☺ And it’s such an exciting city with so many opportunities and great people – I have several amazing partners that I work with from NYC, including basq – MyBeautyAvenue wouldn’t be what it is without them and I’m so grateful that we’ve connected in the way we have. NYC is like a character with multiple personalities – and I love them all! .
Biggest business challenge?
I think the biggest challenge has been accepting that things take time…usually much longer than what you normally would expect. Moreover, not becoming the “bottle neck” in a growing business by getting help from people that are better at certain things within your business than you are. As a perfectionist at heart, it’s not always easy to give up control of certain things but it is a necessity for a successful and expanding business – especially in two different continents with a 9-hour time difference! (Hence the ‘no sleeping’ ☺).
Last time I tried something new?
I think I try something new every day! It comes along with being an entrepreneur – no day is alike and often I just have to go with the flow and figure things out as I go. When I first entered the hotel business I had barely heard the word ‘amenities’ – but when such an opportunity arrives you just suck it up and figure it out. I think I say to myself pretty much daily: “It’s not brain surgery – it can’t be that hard!” I don’t what I would do without Google! That’s my new thing – “Google it!” ☺.
My must-have beauty or fashion item is…
I have sooooo many must-haves! It comes with the territory of working in the beauty business…so, for skin care I’m addicted to Kinara’s Red Carpet Facial and Sanitas Glytoner! For my body I can’t live with out PRTTY Peaushun, African Botanics marula oil, Zents body oil (can you tell I love body oil??) and of course basq’s Ctrus Sugar Skin Perfecting Scrub and Lavender Resilient Body Oil…heaven! For my hair I’m addicted to Yarok products and Oribe Dry Shampoo – life saver! I think I have a personal stock of 20 cans just so I don’t run out! And my current fashion items are (but…ever changing….I mean, there are so many options….how is a girl to choose…??) my Balmain black, leather moto pants, my nude Louboutin’s and my blush pink Valentino bag.
Best advice I’ve received…
Best advice I’ve received…
It’s ok to fail – it’s through failure you’re successes come and they’re great learning experiences…if you take them as such and move on. And most importantly to have a strong board and loyal, likeminded partners that support and grow with you and your business. It’s all teamwork and MyBeautyAvenue would not be where it is today without my amazing partners!.
Worst advice I’ve received…
I can’t really think of any bad advice I’ve been given…As they say in the song “Champion” (Chipmunk/Chris Brown) “Opinions ain’t facts take ’em in an’ let ’em go”. Bad advice for me might be great advice for someone else and vice versa, so I think as I mentioned above, you just figure it out as best you can as you go, take your mistakes (or bad advice) as a lesson learned and move on!
Favorite basq NYC product?
These came under my ‘must-haves’ – basq’s Citrus Sugar Body Scrub and Lavender Resilient Body Oil – but also the Spa Socks are crazy good! The combination of these products will leave your skin silky smooth for days – from head to toe!
My personal mantra is…
It’s better to do and regret than regret never doing! 😉 .
Places We Love: Tribeca NYC
“Tribeca” comes from the Acronym Triangle Below Canal Street. We love the energy, stylish people and amazing restaurants in this neighborhood. Here are five things we love:
1. Tribeca scenery: Lots of former industrial buildings that have been transformed into residential housing and diverse stores. Tons of beautiful boutiques mix with the eccentric, too.
2. Transportation. In TriBeCa, there are Citibikes everywhere–the best way to navigate the complicated downtown one way streets.
5. Fresh Sangria to go anyone? A perfect summertime treat!SEE MORE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES →