SelfMade Speed Round - Tali Kogan
Today's self-made babe is full of positivity. She is a bright light in any room which is not easy to come by. She's fashion forward and unforgiving but she owns it and that's what I love about Tali. Something tells me her business is just about to explode so take a read below.
And if you missed last week's self-made babe, click here: Bridget
ENTREPRENEUR: TALI KOGAN
COMPANY: TEL AVIV COUTURE
What’s the name of your business? Tel Aviv Couture
Two sentences or less...what is the goal of your business? To combine fashion and Israel, two things I hold near to my heart.
How long have you had your business? Since 2007
What was the hardest part about getting started? Gaining exposure and marketing
What is the biggest triumph you’ve experienced thus far? Giving birth
What’s for breakfast? Boiled eggs and veggies
Kids - yes/no and if yes, how many/ages? Yes, 2! Katya, 6 and Leonix 2
Workout? What do you love to do? Yes! I try to workout as often as possible. Yoga is a favorite.
Favorite snack? Apple and kale chips
Favorite guilty pleasure? Desserts, anything with chocolate and ice cream
Best vacation you’ve ever taken and why? Mexico because of the quality time I was able to spend with my gang
One must have item in your purse? Lipstick
Go-to everyday uniform? Denim and white shirt
Favorite luxury beauty product? Dior Highlighter
Favorite drugstore beauty steal? Neutrogena Face Wipes
Milk or dark chocolate? Dark
What did you want to be when you grew up? Actress
What’s your party trick? Killer party outfit
Name one destination on your bucket list? Japan
Favorite TV program? I don’t watch TV
Beyonce or Jay Z? Beyonce
Wine or cocktail? What kind? Vodka martini with a twist
Your friends’ nickname for you is? My Russian name, Tanya
What’s next for your business? Secret, but will be revealed soon
Pets? What kind/name? No pets
Favorite neighborhood in Chicago? Gold Coast
Podcast listener? Which one? Yes, when I drive. The Style Success Podcast
Biggest pet peeve? Negativity
What’s your sign? Taurus
What’s your favorite quote? Dream big, work hard and make it happen!
Thank you Tali! xx
September really tested my endurance. On a professional level, we experienced a whole lot of change and while we navigated it all with grace, thanks to a rock solid team and tremendous problem solving skills, it left me really exhausted and unmotivated. September took the wind out of my sails and I did not feel like myself for over a month and a half.
It’s been two weeks since I’ve written a blog post. That, to me, is unsettling. It’s also a really good indication that I’ve either been in the weeds at work or have hit a wall, creatively speaking. Well, the answer is a bit of both. I don’t think people realize how challenging it is to be creative at the drop of a hat and to run a side hustle on top of a FT hustle. It. isn’t. easy. In fact, I have found myself a little crabby these past two weeks because I needed that outlet. I needed to pour myself into something that didn’t have any rules. <i.e. my blog!>
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