Welcome to the LMBB Werkstatt feature. In this series, we’ll invite women who run their own businesses to tell us about what they do – and maybe give you a sweet special offer (see below!). We want to hear from momtrepeneurs & business women in our community, so get in touch and tell us what you do!
Hi y’all, I am Carolyn Gillett and I am creator and designer of Poppy’s Garden, a venture I started with my mother, Mimi.
I watched my mother sew when I was younger. She was the source of a lot of our clothes when sewing was a necessity and not a hobby. But sewing never really sank in as something that I wanted to pursue until I had a daughter of my own. After Poppy was born I realized that I actually cared about how comfortable someone else felt in the clothing on their skin. That I didn’t want to spend my hard earned money on clothes that shrivel apart after a few washings. That I wanted my daughter to have something comfortable, beautiful and practical, but still unique, like her.
Poppy’s Garden is a tunic-dress and custom-made tutu line with accessories for ladies, moms and little girls. I make high quality, one-of-a-kind dresses that little girls can get years of wear out of (first as a dress, later as a tunic!). Mommy and daughter sets are also available. Since every single Poppy’s Garden design is handmade with very special fabrics, no two Poppy’s Garden items are alike in all the world! This is only one of the many reasons why Poppy’s Garden dresses and accessories will become your children’s favorite piece of clothing, appearing once and again for family photos and special occasions.
Poppy, my daughter, is my muse but all girls around the world are my inspiration. I am an expat in Munich, a city I have come to know and love. I believe Munich is a city that encompasses beauty because it is a melting pot for all cultures from around the world. One of the best assets of this city are the children (and the mommies and daddies that raise the children) and I want to dress them.
Originally a small town farm girl from Michigan, I set out years ago to climb the corporate ladder and I did. I set out to be a powerhouse safety engineer and a bad ass fire fighter, and I was. And then life happened. Two small miracles later, I have hung up the fire fighting boots and safety hat for a life I couldn’t have studied in any textbook. A life that I couldn’t have possible dreamed about. A life that has landed me in one of the greatest cities in the world. I am a mom and a wife, a bubbly & curious, can’t-stay-still-for-a-moment kind of woman. I landed here in Munich and wanted to, had to!, reinvent myself so I did what came natural to me: I taught myself how to sew. My roots (and boots) will be hung up very soon when my family and I make the voyage from Munich back to the USA. We will be making our new home in Greenville, South Carolina where we will focus on taking Poppy’s Garden Designs to little girls all around the world.
A new venture
In the spirit of loving all things beautiful I have recently become a Rodan and Fields Skin Care Consultant. Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields are the creators of the world’s leading acne skincare system. They have now set their sights on providing skin care regimes to combat the signs of maturing skin, sun spots and fine lines and wrinkles. According to Euromonitor International, Rodan & Fields is one of the top 5 premium skincare companies in the USA and was the fastest-growing in 2014. If you would like more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my weblink to see the incredible skin care products we offer for mature skin renewal, maintenance and protection.
I will finish with saying that I feel truly fulfilled as part of the LMBB community. I wish to spend as much time with all of you lovely and incredibly unique ladies from all over the world as I can before we leave! Be sure to reach out to me if you want to have a coffee in the park, if you want to come over for a personal shopping session at Poppy’s Garden or if you just want to see what all the buzz is about Rodan and Fields. We are launching R+F in Australia in May 2017 and are already in the US and in Canada. Imagine if you were one of the first team members to consult for R+F in America! You’d probably be retiring in Bali… with beautiful skin.
Get in touch
I would like to invite you to check out the Poppy’s Garden website. You can also like and follow Poppy’s Garden on Facebook or find me on Instagram as poppy_pkg. If you wish, you can also contact me directly at email@example.com
Poppy’s Garden is offering LMBB members 10% off any item. In addition, for every 2 tunics dresses sold, Poppy’s Garden will make a dress donation to a girl in need. We currently support The Angel Gown Program, but this is subject to change from time to time. Offers are available for a limited time period. Terms and conditions apply. Contact Carolyn for full details.
Photo credit: Rain Buechner is a multi talented entrepreneur and founder of SLURP – a healthy and flavor-filled specialty Restaurant in China. Rain is also a digital marketer for Vaffy Designs and is owner/operator of her own brand called “Madhands”.