5 Questions With Katie Blais, Blogger and Boss Momma
This week, in honor of all the amazing mommas out there ROCKIN' IT, we’re featuring Katie Blais, blogger and founder of The Modern Local. As an independent marketing consultant, Katie’s mission is to help local and socially conscious brands elevate their presence and strategies. A New England transplant, Katie moved to Miami in 2011 and was quickly taken by Miami’s entrepreneurial community.
WHO’S YOUR STYLE ICON? WHY?
I feel like it changes based on my mood, but it’s also changed since moving to Miami! Lately, I've been loving Lily Tomlin's style in Frankie and Grace– I want all of her huge statement necklaces and kimonos. I've always loved Rizzo from Grease with her pencil skirts and short hair. Speaking of short hair... Michelle Williams has been my hair style icon forever! I still want to be bold and go platinum blonde one day.
WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO START MODERN LOCAL?
Owning my own business has always been a goal of mine. My first job in high school, I worked at a female-owned bakery and farm stand. I was able to see firsthand how much work but also how rewarding owning your own business can be. When I moved to Miami four years ago, I was doing the nine to five grind and I hated it. Seeing Miami’s startup and entrepreneurial spirit got me really inspired and motivated me to take the plunge and start something of my own. It’s a lot of work but it allows me the flexibility to spend a lot of time with my son, Henry. I don't mind working nights and weekends so I can be available to him during the day.
HOW HAS BECOMING A MOM ENHANCED YOUR WORK AND ITS MISSION? ANY TIPS FOR THE #LADYBOSS BLOGGER OR MOM TO BE?
Having a child really makes you prioritize, because you don't have a lot of time to waste. I have learned to be as organized as possible so I can get as much done in between naps! Having a baby has also made me sort of mellow out in a sense. I can be a bit type A when it comes to work, but I’ve realized it’s only a job at the end of the day– they come and go but family is the most important. I think the best advice I could give is do what you can, give yourself a break and if you’re feeling really stressed out, put the computer away and play with your baby! That baby giggle instantly puts things in perspective.
IF THERE WAS A FIRE IN YOUR HOUSE (AND NO ONE GOT HURT OR ANYTHING CRAZY LIKE THAT) AND YOU COULD ONLY SAVE ONE ITEM FROM YOUR CLOSET, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
If I had to choose (can’t I take everything?!) I think I would save this art-deco style, rose gold bracelet that my grandfather gave my grandmother when they were first dating back in the ‘40s. I wore it the entire time I was pregnant as my good luck charm.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE GARMENT– A GO-TO ITEM THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL AND AMAZING. WHEN DID YOU GET IT? WHY DO YOU LOVE IT SO MUCH?
I have this pair of 1940's, black pumps that I absolutely love. I don't wear heels that often but these always make me feel like a movie star, or at the very least like Joan Holloway in The Office. I got them years ago when I worked at a consignment shop right out of college. I love thinking about their life before me... it’s always fun to wonder who bought them and where they were worn way back when.