National Sibling Day: Q&A with Adriana

In honor of National Sibling Day on April 10, we got a chance to sit down with sister and Everly co-founder Adriana. In this Q&A, she shares about the love and care she and Fabiana have for each other that truly encompasses their sisterhood and friendship. Their unique bond and shared love for world around them are what brought Everly Clothing to life and are the forerunners of what inspires them everyday.

Q: How would you describe your sister?

Adriana: I always tell her this, but just like my mom, Fabe has the biggest heart I know. She is always putting others (especially me) in front of herself and she is overflowing with love. She is also super weird and hilarious. Her stories go off tangent so bad it’s hard to know what the point of the story was to begin with. Where before I would just have a really confused look on my face when her stories get weird- I now just look at her and smile because I know what’s coming.

Q: What are your sister’s greatest strengths?

Adriana: Fabe’s biggest strength is that she is not judgmental. She allows her friends to be open and vulnerable in front of her because she accepts them for who they are. She is also so FUN. My kids love spending time with her because she spoils them rotten and really knows how to play.

Q: Besides your sister, who or what has inspired or motivated you?

Adriana: Fabe and I both love to listen to podcasts and audible books (we have very little time to sit down and read!). At the moment, we are both loving Sophia Amoruso’s weekly podcast called Girlboss Radio. She interviews successful women and we get to listen to where these women started and how they got to where they are. Another person who is constantly motivating us is our mama. My mom is a strong woman who has taught us so much about business, love, and family.

Q: What’s one thing that your sister has taught you?

Adriana: Fabe has taught me that I can seriously do anything I want. When I was pregnant with my daughter, Fabe was the first person who suggested I have a non-medicated natural birth. I was scared and skeptical of my own strength, but she was supportive and believed in me.  We always joked that before we both got married, we had the perfect marriage with each other. This is true. Fabe has taught me to be less selfish and that giving, really, is better than receiving.

Q: How has your relationship evolved over the course of the past 7 years of doing Everly?

Adriana: A lot of people ask us how it is working together as sisters and business partners. My husband always tells me that Fabe and I have a very unique business relationship. We are for the most part always on the same page and we complement each other in a way where things flow when we are together. We support one another and we try to push the other to be their best.  I know you might not believe us, but it’s true! We can’t really do Everly without the other. I think the past 7 years has shown us that having the same values and goals has grown our business and we really want to be an example to others in how we treat each other.

Q: What advice would you give to other girls about starting their own business?

Adriana: I would say that even though it is the scariest thing you might ever do, just try and do your best. Spend every free time you have researching, building, and growing your business. You have to be able to sacrifice some of the luxuries you have to make it happen. Having ideas is great and everyone has them, but executing them and making sacrifices to get there is how you’ll really make it.  Be in the know of what is going on in the industry you are interested in and don’t be afraid to knock on doors or put yourself out there to get what you want. The first step is all it takes. Don’t be afraid. Let that fear drive you to start.

Love,
Everly

Snippets from Korea

Last week, I went on a business trip to South Korea. It was a short trip but a special one because my mom was able to join me and take Adri’s place. Anything beats traveling alone! It was nice to just hang out and talk with my mom without any distractions. Maybe it’s because I’m older now or maybe because I’m married, or both, but I really, really treasure the times I spend with my parents.

Before heading off to Korea, I was a bit worried about the weather. But, much to my surprise, the weather was sooo nice! There was no need for the two thick coats I packed and I was in a t-shirt and jeans the entire time!

While it was a work trip, my mom and I made sure to make some time to go sight-seeing and appreciate the motherland. Here are a few “snippets” from our trip overseas. Hope you enjoy!

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Till next time,
Fabe

Happy Anniversary to J + Me!

Actually, our one year mark was earlier this May (we went to Santorini to celebrate!), but I thought now was a good a time as any to reminisce. May 12, 2012 was magical for me (of course!), but what made our wedding day go by especially smoothly was all the amazing vendors that we worked with. From the venue and videographer down to the cake and flowers, we loved every moment of it, so I wanted to share a little snippet of our wedding here on the blog!

So without further ado…

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We love our vendors: Church / Reception Venue / Wedding Coordinator / Photography Videography Linens & Chairs / Floral Smilebooth Cake / Invitations / Cake Topper

Our Anniversary, Santorini Style

My husband J and I just came back from our one year anniversary trip to the Greek island of Santorini. I knew we were going to have a great time but didn’t know exactly what to expect – and this trip was beyond anything I ever expected.

When we arrived, I was in awe by the beauty and simplicity of Santorini. Every beautiful sunset and simple day to day things are memories I will never forget.

We stayed in two different places and enjoyed two separate areas of the island. In Oia (the most popular and picturesque Santorini destination) we stayed at Mystique Hotel, and in Megalohori (a more traditional village with breathtaking landscapes and endless vineyards) we stayed at Vedema Resort. Even though they were very different hotels, it was so nice to experience both parts of the islands.

A typical day in Santorini for us: We slept in until 10AM, ate breakfast, then rushed back to our hotel room to gather all our daily essentials. By 11, we were out the door and ready to explore the city. My husband and I rented ATVs for the week which was so scary at first, but once I got over my fear, I fell in love with the feeling of being carefree and the wind blowing through my hair. We usually came back to our hotel room by 8:30PM, had dinner and headed out again to catch the beautiful sunset. Every night there was a different shade in the sky. It’s something I can’t put into words, but it really gave me a sense of peace and is something I will always remember about Greece.

It feels good to be home, but I regularly find myself thinking about little moments we had in Santorini. The trip will always be in my heart and I promised myself that I will go back someday.

Happy one year anniversary to us and can’t wait for more memories in the upcoming years.

A few images from our trip:

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Until next time,
Fabe