FEMtrepreneur: Kara-Leigh Baker – Founder of French Lemon Bath and Body Products

Sometimes, a brilliant and innovative idea is created out of necessity. When Johannesburg native, Kara-Leigh Baker found herself out of a job with an urgent need to earn an income before her wedding, inspiration struck and her brand French Lemon was born. Whisking up incredibly scented bath and body products that are laced with luxury and organic ingredients, Kara-Leigh caters to those of us who are especially sensitive to the harsh chemicals found in regular retail brands. Working with her mum to produce artisanal cosmetics and personal-care products that smell and look good enough to eat, Kara-Leigh shares what’s it like to be a FEMtrepreneur. Continue reading “FEMtrepreneur: Kara-Leigh Baker – Founder of French Lemon Bath and Body Products”

FEMtrepreneur: Shawna Payne – Business Lifestyle Coach

Business Lifestyle Coach Shawna Payne didn’t let her fear of rejection stop her from achieving her dreams. The 33-year-old from National Harbor, Maryland in the USA, recently resigned from her 13-year stint in the corporate world to become a full-time business coach. She helps other aspiring entrepreneurs across the globe to build their brands and educates them on the essentials of starting and growing their own businesses, hence the name of her company, BOSS Essentials. Shawna takes us through the process of how she decided to take the plunge into FEMtrepreneurship. Continue reading “FEMtrepreneur: Shawna Payne – Business Lifestyle Coach”

FEMtrepreneur: Mary-Ann Wiggill – Live Wedding Painter

Armed with a palette, paintbrushes and a superb eye for detail, Mary-Ann Wiggill creates unforgettable and unique pieces of wedding art which she paints LIVE at the joyous event. What we deem as a massive upcoming wedding trend, Mary-Ann encapsulates the charismatic beauty and veritable charm of a wedding day in a wash of colourful acrylics, sincerely illustrated on canvas. Based in Cape Town, her bespoke portraits add a personalised touch to any nuptial ceremony, and the striking results will be a centrepiece of conversation and reminiscence for as long it’s displayed on your wall. This talented, self-taught artist and FEMtrepreneur shares her insight into the undiscovered world of live wedding paintings. Continue reading “FEMtrepreneur: Mary-Ann Wiggill – Live Wedding Painter”

FEMtrepreneur: Sandy Francis – ‘The Duchess of Mane’ Hair Artist

Meeting Sandy Francis for the first time is like catching up with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years. Dynamic, bubbly, warm and easy-going, Sandy is the kind of hairstylist that you book an hour appointment with, but choose to leave two hours later, after she’s sculpted your locks with an award-winning coif and nurtured your soul with heart-to-heart therapy and endless laughs. Casually discussing her impressive list of achievements and expert training in hair design, Sandy is nonchalant about the fame and popularity it’s brought her, insisting that there is so much more for her to learn. Better known as the ‘Duchess of Mane’, she is every bride’s dream stylist, conjuring exquisite hairstyles that make as much of an impact as the gown itself. Having lived and trained all over the world, Sandy still calls Pretoria home, and it’s here at her salon Scarlet Hair, where she’s been revamping hair (and lives) for the past 14 years. Continue reading “FEMtrepreneur: Sandy Francis – ‘The Duchess of Mane’ Hair Artist”

FEMtrepreneur: Dayna Langlois – Exclusive Stationery Designer

It takes courage to pursue a passion. Sometimes it’s done on a whim, and other times, it’s based on a well-formulated plan. And on occasion, achieving your dreams materialises from pure necessity. Stationery designer Dayna Langlois used her beautiful and intricate handwriting skills to establish a business that not only gave her family financial security but also developed into a niche brand that empowers women all over the world.

The introverted Toronto-based FEMtrepreneur creates feminine and charming pastel pieces of stationery that are all headlined by her signature words of wisdom. She personalises each journal, keychain, coffee cup, planner, pen and pouch with inspiring, handwritten quotes.

Dayna’s aim is to motivate her female-centric market with these endearing office supplies and writing accessories. Her uplifting quotes prompt women to follow their own dreams or helps them just to get through each day. It’s been four years since Dayna Lee Collection made its welcomed debut and its humble creator hasn’t looked back. Read on as Dayna chronicles her meander into entrepreneurship.

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FEMtrepreneur: Zahirah Motala – Baker and Gourmet Cake Artist

Unlike the eggs, chocolate and meringue it’s built from, the confectionery industry is difficult to crack. With so many great amateur and professional bakers sharing their wares, it takes something quite exceptional to stand three tiers above the crowd. Durban-based home-baker Zahirah Motala did just that by turning her distinctive and innovative hand-painted design style into a unique selling point. The mum-of-two and founder of Cakes & Canvas creates exquisite cakes that are meticulously and delicately painted to resemble works of art that could easily be found on the walls of a gallery. Zahirah waves her pastry brush and artistic palette across the local cake industry with imaginative flair, turning a childhood hobby into a thriving business. She shares a decade’s worth of professional expertise and advises fellow bakers on how to start their own burgeoning business.

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FEMtrepreneur: Tanya de Waal – Architect and Interior Design Expert

In what was traditionally a male-dominated field, architect and interior designer, Tanya Letaba de Waal has skilfully forged her own unique path. She’s assiduously built her business, Salt + Light Design, from the ground up and with each innovative brick, she’s laid a solid and well-structured foundation upon which her company has flourished. Based in Sandton, Johannesburg, Salt + Light Design is distinguished through personalised and emphatic design – both locally and overseas. Tanya intuitively and authentically connects a client’s emotions and personality to their dream space, and with more than ten years of experience at the helm of her company, this talented fashioner of interiors and design enlightens us on being a FEMtrepreneur in the interior architecture and design industry. Continue reading “FEMtrepreneur: Tanya de Waal – Architect and Interior Design Expert”

FEMtrepreneur: Megan Hendry – Reflexologist and Fitness-wear Designer

Megan Hendry at ARNASA Movementwear launch

Reflexologist and fitness-wear designer Megan Hendry proves that the gentle nudge of unexpected life experiences happen for a reason, and the possibilities presented by an array of beckoning career paths are far too interesting to be tied down to one job until ‘death do you part’. When her initial career in fashion didn’t pan out as planned, Megs (as she is more fondly known as) took a leap of faith and changed professions but her passion for fashion never wavered, and now eight years later, she has married her two great loves. Continue reading “FEMtrepreneur: Megan Hendry – Reflexologist and Fitness-wear Designer”