What-a-Woman: Nicole Neves

Nicole Neves {Emma Feil Photography}Photo by Emma Feil

Nicole Neves owns her own PR/Events production company — Sequin Productions, which is Los Angeles-based. When she’s not working, she loves hanging at the beach with her family, trying new restaurants with her husband @dad_beets, and watching as much BRAVO TV when the kids go to bed. You can follow her on Instagram at @mysequinlife

How do you know Lauren and Hannah?

I met Lauren and Hannah through my college best friend Jeannie.

Which items from The Little Market are in your home?

I have the candles, baskets, and the adorable stuffed animals for my boys.

Love & Light Soy Blend Candle {Marisa Vitale - The Little Market}Photo by Marisa Vitale

What is your favorite product from The Little Market to gift?

I love gifting the candles to friends and the baby rattles for new mamas.

How do you balance working and being a mom?

It’s hard to find that balance since we are always connected to our phones and other devices, whether for work or social updates. For me, it’s about embracing each moment that I’m in, being present when I’m in work mode, and being equally present when I’m with my family. Other things that help me stay balanced are schedules, date nights with my husband, and learning to say no, whether it’s professionally or personally.

What has motherhood taught you?

It has taught me patience and resilience. Some days you feel you that nothing is going right and the next day you can’t stop smiling over the amazing life I have created with my family.

Nicole Neves 3 {Emma Feil Photography - The Little Market}Photo by Emma Feil

Making a career change requires a lot of courage. What inspired you to make the change?

The trend of becoming a mompreneur has given me the courage to do it myself.  After 11 years as the PR & Events Director at a global clothing line, I decided to leave my stable corporate position to launch my own PR/Event consulting firm in order to spend more time with my family — and I haven’t regretted it for one second.

What do you love the most about what you do?

I love that I get to choose the inspiring clients I work with and the people I surround myself with on a daily basis.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I’m still finding my way and learning every day. Looking back, I feel like I neglected myself for so many years. With my new schedule (and no commute), I’ve made a conscious effort to do more things for myself — exercise, relax get a manicure, lunch with friends. Those everyday things that some people might take for granted were such a challenge with both a corporate job and family.

Do you have a favorite documentary?

Babies — this documentary observes the first two years in the lives of four infants and their families. Ponijao is the youngest of nine children and lives in a village in Namibia. Bayarjargal’s family lives in Mongolia. Hattie is a San Francisco couple’s first child, and Mari is the first child of a couple living in Tokyo. It really showed me as a mother living in L.A. there is no perfect way to raise your child except with LOVE and they don’t need the material things in life. They will enjoy the world around them by observation of their natural surroundings.

What is your favorite place to travel to?

Thailand was one of my favorite countries. The stunning tropical beaches to the lush rain forests filled with the most incredible animals like elephants and tigers. Not to mention the friendliest people and delicious food. Definitely one of my all-time favorite countries. I hope to bring my boys there to experience this beautiful country.

Nicole Neves Photo {Emma Feil Photography}Photo by Emma Feil

Where do you want to travel next?

My husband and I want to travel back to Greece for our ten-year wedding anniversary. This is where we celebrated our honeymoon.

What do you always travel with?

I always travel with a camera to capture the magic of each country. Then I love to blow up the images and add to our travel wall at home.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from my peers. People like Hannah and Lauren who have created a beautiful company that not only brings beautiful products in the retail space, it offers a way to give back to the community that creates the product. These are women who want to make a difference, not just make money. That inspires me. That is how I want to raise my boys, to make a difference.

Who in your life has inspired you?

My parents — they had my at 17 and fought hard to make it work as a teenage couple. Even though I didn’t have a lot of material things growing up, they worked hard and made sure I always knew that I was loved. They gave me a full heart as a little girl. Yes I craved the big houses and fancy cars that my friends had, but a lot of those friends craved the closeness I had with my parents.

What words of wisdom could you provide to others who are looking for a career in marketing and public relations?

Internship, internship … I worked in various internships at several types of places to gain the experience I needed to start my first job in this field.

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Don’t be so hard on yourself.

Nicole Neves Photo {Emma Feil Photography}Photo by Emma Feil

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Don’t burn any bridges. It’s a bit crazy how badly this can bite you if you are not careful with relationships. I always try to stay true to myself and make sure to be kind to all colleagues, bosses, friends, and vendors. You never know when a person will circle back in your life that can support you in a current endeavor.

What does empowering women mean to you?

It means supporting other women whether that is in business, friendships, or personal endeavors. Never judge them; we don’t know their story.

Who are the most important women in your life and why?

Mom, sister, best friends, and fellow mama friends I have met in the mom groups I have joined in L.A. – Fashion Mamas, HeyMama, and my original Baby Group.

Do you have a favorite women-led brand?

The Little Market, of course. 🙂

What matters most to you when you shop?

Quality and price.

Which causes are you most passionate about and why?

Charities that give back to women, moms, and children. I donate to several charities that hit close to home like Baby 2 Baby, Alliance of Moms, and Save the Children.

What is your favorite memory since getting involved in Alliance of Moms?

Last year I donated my time at the Alliance of Moms, Raising Baby event. Raising Baby is Alliance of Moms’ flagship event held twice a year. It’s a fun day of educational parenting workshops for L.A.’s pregnant and parenting foster youth. The day is attended by pregnant and parenting teens and their children. One of the most inspiring things about the day is seeing the youth find support among their peers. In workshops, they are able to share their challenges with one another, as they learn that they are not alone in their fears, concerns, and struggles. This validation and reassurance is something all parents need. As a mom with many resources, I was confused by the everyday needs of my kids. I can only imagine these women who have no resources and come from very troubled homes. It feels nice to try and stop the cycle of babies being born by foster youth.

How can our readers get involved?

Learn more — http://allianceofmoms.org/

What is your favorite Instagram account?

Might sound cliché, but I love Lauren Conrad’s account. It’s beautifully curated.

Do you have a favorite quote?

One of my favorite quotes, “I just wanna go on more adventures. Be around good energy. Connect with people. Learn new things. Grow.”

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