Welcome to My Next Chapter
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain
I truly believe that when life tells you its time to make a change, as scary as it is, you have to listen. I spent 10 years of my professional career as a buyer for the luxury department stores Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC. I had dreamed of being a buyer ever since I was in high school. I remember my dad telling me, "That's a very hard job Lis, it's all numbers!". It was funny coming from him with his Masters degree in math, but I guess he knew his daughter. Regardless, I continued on. I cried a few times after the retail math portion of my training, but one day the lightbulb went off and I could suddenly calculate a gross margin in my sleep. It was all worth it for the thrill of looking for new brands out there in the market, launching them into the stores and watching them take off. There was also the sheer pleasure of needing to be "up" on the newest trends in fashion and beauty, for the sake of my job.
And then, out of the blue, a new opportunity came along. I had just launched the luxury perfume brand By Kilian at Bergdorf's and was excitedly watching the sales grow. The founder of the brand, Kilian Hennessy, was quickly getting approached by other retailers and asked if I would consider leaving my job to open his US subsidiary and become the CEO for the US division of the brand. At that moment, I saw the train passing and knew in my gut it was time to make a change. So I did. It was a moment in my life when I knew that if I didn't get on the train, I would regret it.
I spent the next 10 years helping to build the Kilian brand and expanding it not only in the US, but all over the world. During that time, my personal life also changed. I got divorced and I fell in love all over again. There were many ups and downs along the way, as there always are in life, but it's all been worth it. Kilian, himself, is now my husband and we share a life between NYC and Paris. The time has come, however, after this incredible professional journey together, to step back out on my own path and start my next chapter.
So, here we are. Combining my passion for discovering new products and our life traveling and living between two exciting cities, I welcome you to my site! My goal is to share the new products and places that I discover along my travels, while enjoying a bit of fashion and style along the way. I hope that some of the things that I find inspiring may also do the same for you, or, at the very least, I help inspire you to find your own passion, whatever that might be!
Please feel free to share your comments or ask me questions. I kindly just request that you stay positive.
With love & excitement,