Waterlily Wednesday: Meet Abbey

 

It’s such a reward to work in a place surrounded by amazing people and wonderful influences. A few weeks ago, we happily introduced you to Catherine, one of the two awesome owner’s of Waterlily. This week, we would love for you to get to know the other half of the perfect pair, Abbey. 

The first thing I think when I think of Abbey is creativity and art. She has such a creative mind. She is inspired. She is colorful. She is imaginative. She is innovative. The list seriously goes on. It’s so fun watching her revamp the store, she makes it look easy! Abbey recently took a trip to Bali with her husband, Adam, and her creative juices got flowing. She is planning another exciting trip back to Bali, with her focus on Waterlily- be on the look out for some incredible things happening within the stores this summer! 

Abbey cherishes her time spent with her husband and their adorable little sons, Trevor + Finn. They are the ultimate beach family! 

Take a further look into Abbey’s life:

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Q: How did you get into fashion?
A: I have been into fashion since I was a little girl.  When I was little my mom used to put me to bed and after she would turn out the lights I would change into a tulle skirt, leggings and lace gloves (I was heavily influenced by Madonna as a child).  I had a massive collection of rubber jelly shoes, from flats to high heels.  I also went through a more than slightly embarrassing hat phase - think Nickelodeon's Blossom TV show - it was bad.  My mom was always into fashion & beauty and it definitely rubbed off on me.  I have always loved prints and lots of color.  I think I got serious about fashion as a career after taking some business classes and realizing there is a legitimate fashion industry out there that you can make a living working in.  I always assumed that fashion designer was your only option in the fashion industry - but there are so many opportunities on the business side!

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Q: What does the day in the life of a boutique owner look like?
A: Where do I start...  I tend to be a bit disorganized.  A lot of that stems from the fact that as a business owner my job is to do anything and everything the business needs to keep running.  There truly is no 9-5 when you own your own business.  I start checking emails early in the morning before my kids wake up.  I'll be in the shop all day (most of the time I'm stuck in the back trying to wade through all of the order, invoices and bills). Then after I get home and put the kids to bed, I will be up late at night working on orders or our website.
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Q: The best part of my job is...
A: There are so many wonderful things that I love about my job - I couldn't nail it down to just one thing.  I love that I can bring my kids here and teach them about working and business, etc. It sounds corny, but it's rewarding to have someone compliment the shop or find that certain something they have been on the hunt for.  That is why we come to work everyday. I love that we (Catherine and I) built this.  I love that I control my fate and there is no one else responsible for my success or failure but me.
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Q: My go to outfit is...
A: My go to outfit (right now) for everyday is Blank NYC jeans and a super cozy t-shirt from Splendid or Velvet and a cute pair of Free People booties. Although I do have my eye on a cute chambray dress from Bella Dahl we just got in....hmmm. I have to be comfortable. I love easy and casual. 
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Q: Favorite place you've traveled?
A: Put me on a tropical island and I am happy.  But my favorite place so far is Bali.  I am a beach girl.  I love the sun and the ocean - which Bali has in spades, but my favorite thing about the island is the atmosphere.  There is so much culture and creativity there.
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Q: Favorite Book?
A: I love to read, and I like so many different kinds of books.  My husband laughs because I will order everything from a super cheesy novel to a textbook if a subject interests me.  I would say the book that has left me with a lasting impression was "How Children Succeed" by Paul Tough.  It's a really interesting look at how children develop and learn, and how parents and educators can help shape children though building their individual character.
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Q: If you were a song what would you be?
A: If I was a song I would be Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" covered by Swell Season
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Q: What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
A: My favorite thing in the world is to be at the beach with my kids and husband. 
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Q: If you were granted a one way ticket where would you go?
A:  OMG - I would need weeks to research that!  My gut says somewhere in the Caribbean but there are so many places I would still love to travel.  
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Q: Three things you can't live without?
A: My family, some good music and chocolate.
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Q: What is something you would love to learn to do?
A: There are so many thing and so little time!  Screen printing, weaving, how to use illustrator, tile laying (my bathrooms are desperate), but I would say if there was just one thing it would be sewing.  I can hem a curtain but I am kind of winging it.  I made a few bathing suits in high school but I was always afraid to wear them outside of my backyard for fear that they would fall apart at an inopportune moment.  I would love to learn the proper stitches and basic garment construction. 
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Hostess Gifts

You have been invited to a holiday party. Awesome! But wait... You can't show up empty handed... You've been known to burn everything you bake... You can't sew... And you don't want to bring something that will end up collecting dust. What are you going to bring?! Don't worry, Waterlily is going to make the gift of giving a little less stressful and a lot more fun- the way it should be!  

Let's get giving! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add a little something extra to your gift from the local shops in Spring Lake and Manasquan. 
We can't get enough of Jean Louise Homemade Candies in Spring Lake. Their chocolate is to die for and will surely be the hit of the party!
1205 3rd Ave., Spring Lake, NJ
Definitely stop by Sailor Trading Company, you'll be sure to score some really cool trinkets. Its new location is down the beaten path, but worth the stop:
204 E Main St., Manasquan, NJ
http://sailortradingnj.com
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Flannel + Lace across the street from us in Manasquan is also a great place to hit to find really cute PJs to gift! 
121 Main St., Manasquan, NJ
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Happy Season of Giving!
x Courtney

Falling for Fringe

I am a believer that your purse mirrors your personality.  We recently got an awesome shipment of super cute bags by Street Level. These bags will work for all different types of personalities and styles; bohemian beauty, rocker glam or city chic.
Here are just a few of the styles we have in store
 

Bohemian Dream
Fit all of your essentials in the taupe hobo bag. The super soft fringe detail is just an added bonus. 

 

 

Rock + Roll Glam

Paint the town with this little bag on your shoulder. This black crossbody packs a lot of punch. Accented with a gold concho for a midwestern vintage feel. 

City Chic

The laser cut detail on this oversized tote is not the only reason why we love this bag so much! Style meets practicality, reverse for a solid navy blue leather exterior. Big enough to fit everything a city girl would need. 

 Which bag would work best for you? Let us know, we'd love to hear!

Music Inspo: Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle

If you haven't heard the majestic music by Wild Belle, I seriously suggest you get in your car, put on their album Isles, and drive. Wild Belle is made up of two musically blessed siblings, Elliot and Natalie Bergman. They make soulful rock indie music with a reggae twist. It's amazing. On top of it, Natalie totally kills it when it comes to style.

This Chicago native has a serious flare for fashion. Bergman is the type of girl who scores at flea markets and makes it look effortlessly cool. She incorporates some really awesome vintage pieces into her outfits. A magical voice and sweet style... Can I be her?

Photos taken from Natalie Bergman's Instagram: @nataliebergman

Our Favorite Songs By Wild Belle
1. It's Too Late
2. Take Me Away
3. Love Like This
4. Keep You
5. June

  

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 x Courtney

Five Fall Essentials

Crunchy leaves. Bonfires. Warm colors. Suede. Oversized blankets. Autumn is such a magical time of year. As the crisp cold air creeps in, my skin tends to get pretty dry and I am one of those people that are constantly cold. Therefore, it's time to whip out the Five Fall Essentials. 

1. Sweaters, sweaters, sweaters- This is probably a given. But sweaters are the ultimate Autumn go-to. And because of this, we tend to wear them until they are ragged and shabby. So treat yourself to a practical every day sweater when Fall comes around. It's justified- you'll live in it for 5 months straight! My favorite is this Fairisle Free People oversized sweater. Here are a few of my other favs we have in store now. Manon Sweater , Intarsia Drape Cardi , Pablo Sweater

2. Lafco Candle in Ski House- HOLY MOLY, this candle smells insane!! It's like a dreamy Vermont getaway in a log cabin, cozied up next to a fire. If you are into warm scents, I couldn't recommend this one enough. The notes: sandalwood, leather and spruce. Fill your home with this scent here

3. Booties- Whenever I am not feeling my outfit, whether it be a casual dress or jeans and a tee, I throw on my booties and instantly love the look. They add such style and personality to your outfit. You can have fun with a printed pair like these Matisse Nugent leopard booties or rock something like these incredible Howsty Tahira embroidered booties.I am so in love with the Howsty booties because they have such a cool story behind them. The Spanish brand's hallmark is the Kilim fabric. Kilim is a handmade tapestry, so no two booties will be the same. How cool!?

4. Leather Jacket- I personally like mine without all of the bells and whistles. I get so much use out of my leather jackets each season. And they last forever! I LOVE the fit of this jacket by Velvet. 

 

5. Mac Strobe Cream- This moisturizer is magic in a bottle. When cold air strikes, my skin loses the bright glow that I lust after. I put heaps of this on whether I'm wearing makeup that day or not. My skin literally transforms as soon as the cream touches my face. It's packed with vitamins and green tea, to which I owe the instant brightening effect. This product is seriously next level. Get a bottle here!

 

What are your Fall Essentials? We'd love to hear! Let us know in the comments.

x Courtney