We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Natalie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Initially.. run! But I definitely went through a roller coaster of emotions ultimately landing on excitement. Mainly at the thought of owning something that’s an expression of me. The entrepreneurial itch is in my blood so even when working full time or on a merry go round of rejected emails there was always a pull to create my own. TailorMarie started from wanting bold statement accessories you can’t find anywhere else. I think the challenge of ownership scares you a bit because it’s a huge leap of faith but it takes courage to create the life you want.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets TailorMarie apart is that each piece is handmade and something you can’t buy anywhere else. Our accessories are bold and unique but the quality will make them a staple item in your wardrobe. Many of the items are made with the same thread that was passed down from my grandmother who was a self taught seamstress, talk about legacy. It definitely wasn’t easy getting to this point it’s a lot of self reflection, constant editing that goes into running a business. After having a baby and getting married all my time was devoted to my family leaving little to none for myself or being creative. In the midst of the chaotic year that was 2020 I was able to study yoga which did wonders for my business. Through yoga I was able to gain clarity on what I wanted for myself once I was in a better headspace the passion to create was back. What I would like the world to know about my brand is that we’re going to make a statement. Sometimes the message is loud and clear sometimes it’s laid back and chill but either way it’s authentic.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of my favorite spots around the city are thrift stores. You can find so many hidden gems there my favorite is Value Village. When I’m in the mood for scenic views Terry Hershey Park is always the move for relaxing walks. Definitely wouldn’t leave Houston without trying Frank’s pizza downtown it’s hard to eat just one slice. If you’re looking for some deals on clothing and accessories Harwin is the place! I’ve been going since I was young and I love the hunt cause there’s lots of stores on that street you can find anything there.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The support of my family and friends is unmatched they push me to see things in myself even when I’m too busy self sabotaging to see it on my own. Most important they’re honest with me which I’m so grateful for.

Website: shoptailormarie.com
Instagram: @shoptailormarie
Facebook: TailorMarie

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