A HEUCY Gal & Chocolate Works (Thought That Would Get Your Attention :)

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Lately we’ve been talking to lots of friends who are about ot embark on their “second acts”.  One is leaving a long, successful career in banking.  One left a career in HR to pursue her passion, photography.  And our friend Rachel, shown here, recently launched her own Chocolate Works store on the Upper East Side.  Rachel’s store is at 1410 Lexington Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd…in case you’re craving chocolate, like every other red-blooded human out there 🙂

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We asked Rachel what the title track to her life is right now, and she said, “Firework, by Katy Perry.”  We can see why!  Rachel has two young kids, a husband and just embarked on a major entrepreneurial venture.  Despite all of this on her shoulders, Rachel looked “red hawt” in the HEUCY #HighSchoolReunion at the Chocolate Works opening on Sunday. We asked her why she’s chosen this “second act”…and how she is staying sane and put together amidst the chaos of opening a business and raising a family.

(Side note: we were also very energized by last night’s episode of “The Profit” on CNBC…really good stuff and much lighter fare than “Homeland”.  Watch it if you get a chance!  Especially if you’re thinking of opening a small business and/or need to feel better about yourself.)

Now back to Rachel.  Here is some awesome insight she gave to Team HEUCY — in addition to the hours of business advice she has already provided to us, for free.  Thanks, Rachel!!  You are a #HEUCYGal inspiration!

1. How did you come upon this “second act” in your career? Where were you before, and why did you choose to leave that path and do something different?

AFTER OVER 12 YEARS IN CORPORATE AMERICA (AND 5 YEARS IN GOVERNMENT BEFORE THAT), I DECIDED THAT MORE THAN ANYTHING I WANTED TO BE MY OWN BOSS AND WORK FOR MYSELF. I LOVED WHAT I DID BEFORE BUT I ALWAYS FELT THAT THERE WAS TOO MUCH OUT OF MY CONTROL AND I WANTED TO SET MY OWN DESTINY. MOST RECENTLY, I WAS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AT GILT GROUPE AND BEFORE THAT I WAS AT BARNES & NOBLE.COM; TOYS R US, AND FAO SCHWARZ. I STARTED OUT IN GOVERNMENT WORK.

2. Why did you decide to open a Chocolate Works store? Do you love chocolate, or was it a desire to own something?

I REALLY WANTED TO OWN SOMETHING AND THE OPPORTUNITY CAME TO ME THROUGH A SMALL BUSINESS BROKER. IT IS A FRANCHISE, WHICH I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BUY. BUT IT JUST FELT LIKE THE RIGHT FIT. I HAVE BEEN IN THE KIDS BUSINESS FOR YEARS AND I LOVED THE IDEA OF DOING A CHOCOLATE STORE. EVERYONE IS HAPPY AROUND CHOCOLATE.

3. You have two young kids and a busy life! What do you do to unwind?

MY HUSBAND AND I TRY TO GET A BABYSITTER AND GO OUT TO A MOVIE EVERY WEEKEND. IT’S AN EXPENSIVE MOVIE BUT IT IS WORTH IT.

4. And how do you manage the chaos? Do your wardrobe choices ever reflect what’s going on in your life?

I DON’T, REALLY. BUT I DO JUST TRY TO STAY AS ORGANIZED AS POSSIBLE. I KEEP A VERY DETAILED “TO DO” LIST AND WITHOUT THAT, I WOULD BE LOST. I MAKE MY BED EVERY MORNING BECAUSE I LIKE THE FEELING OF COMING HOME TO SOMETHING NEAT AND CLEAN AFTER A LONG DAY.

5. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? And what advice would you give to someone now, who is about to embark on an entrepreneurial venture?

THE BEST CAREER ADVICE I CAN GIVE IS THAT YOU SHOULD PAY YOUR DUES EARLY ON AND WORK YOUR WAY UP BY BUILDING CORE SKILLS AND NOT WORRYING ABOUT PAY AND TITLE. THAT ALL COMES LATER. JUST WORK HARD AND PROVE YOURSELF. THE REST WILL FALL IN LINE. AND TAKE THE TIME TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO. SOMETIMES THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS TO TRY DIFFERENT THINGS.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  Thanks again, Rachel…and good luck!  This makes me want to have some chocolate.  Fortunately I’m wearing my comfy black #HighSchoolReunion dress today…with a forgiving waistband!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

HEUCY & The MiA Project

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Happy Monday, HEUCY Gals (and Guys)!

Fortunately, I have something happier than “Homeland” to write about today.  The MiA (Made in America) Project is now showcasing two of HEUCY’s most popular (and soon to be back in stock) styles, our #AlterEgo jumpsuit and the #DateNight.  The MiA Project is an incredibly thoughtful and beautiful digital platform (read: website) that profiles American designers and their American-made products…and connects these designers with people who appreciate high-quality merchandise made right here in the USA.

HEUCY is a concept built around the idea of simplicity and sustainability.  This is a large part of the reason why we produce garments right here in New York City.  We depend upon our partners here — our factory, our fabric vendors in L.A., and others — to make it happen, and that’s become increasingly clear as we push to produce more of the styles that are out of stock.  (Due to popular demand…yay!).  So, we are thrilled to be part of a project that celebrates and highlights American-made creations and all of the people behind them.

MiA’s founders, Micha Thomas and Jaime Lawson, are HEUCY Gals of the first order…juggling lots of different projects and staying true to a cause they care about.  Check out the website when you can.

xx,

The HEUCY Team

The HEUCY Gal’s Guide to Being Organized: Five Awesome Apps

Did any of you wake up this morning and realize, Wait — there is a time change in effect…and it’s also November?!  How did that happen??!  As we cruise through the busy days and weeks of Fall, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and disorganized.

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Some of our favorite HEUCY Gals don’t have any trouble staying organized, because it’s just part of their makeup.  Karen John, the visionary behind HEARTWORK (heartwork.com), modern furniture and accessories designed for creative and inspiring workspaces, credits her work for keeping her act together.  And Anna Harrington, who could look cool and put together in a paper bag and is always on top of her game, says it’s just part of her personality.  She must be a Virgo.  And maybe she has some apps under her sleeve.

Fortunately, technology can really help those of us who like to make lists but may not remember where we put them.  Here’s our top five favorite Apps to help you stay organized.  Most are free and these apps — in addition to our HEUCY uniform, natch — can indeed help you manage the chaos!

1. Dashlane — www.dashlane.com — keeps all of your logins and passwords in one place.  This is a great tool for those of us (i.e. moi) who are prompted for passwords several times a day…and who rarely remember them.  Dashlane has a free password manager that allows you to easily import your passwords into a secure vault, so you never have to type a password on any of your devices ever again.  Sold.

2. Key Ring — www.keyringapp.com — stores all of your rewards info (like the Duane Reade/Wallgreen’s card you can never find at checkout) on your phone.  So you don’t have to carry cards around or wonder where they are.  You can just scan your phone in the store.  For real.

3. Evernote — www.evernote.com — is a super user-friendly interface where you can organize all of your notes and paperwork. You can type to-do lists, scan in whole documents, insert pictures and videos into your notes and then automatically sync everything between your smartphone and your computer, so it’s all stored online.  No more pieces of paper lying around.  Woo hoo!

4. Remember the Milk — www.rememberthemilk.com — is an app we love because we are always forgetting to buy milk, or lightbulbs…or, most recently, a bath stopper.  This tool allows you to organize your tasks by day, priority, type (work, home, kids), etc. AND you can send yourself reminders by email and text message.  It makes it very, very difficult to forget important (and not-so-important) to do’s that keep falling by the wayside.

5. Glam Squad — www.glamsquad.com — is an on-demand, at-home beauty service.  We know, we know, this is not a list-making tool…but it can help you look pretty without having to leave home.  And saving time like that is definitely one way to get organized!  HEUCY Gal Kim likes to use Glam Squad and she always looks gorgeous, so we’ll follow her lead on this one.

Happy Sunday!

xx,

The HEUCY Team