Girl Boss | Tamar Schechner from Nest Pretty Things

Totally inspired by Sophia Amoruso’s book of the same name, Girl Boss is a series focused on fierce, determined women who go with their gut and create their dream businesses in the process.

Girl Boss | Tamar Schechner  from Nest Pretty Things

Have you ever seen photos of a product and immediately known exactly who the maker was? Not because of flashy logos or a familiar face but because the product is branded so fantastically that there’s no room for doubt.

That’s how I feel about Tamar Schechner’s work. Tamar is the creative genius behind Nest Pretty Things, a gorgeous brand of handmade jewelry and accessories for women (and kids!) that’s romantic and bohemian with a bright, modern twist.

The styling and overall aesthetic of Tamar’s work is unmistakable. I heeded to get into her brain and I’m so excited that she agreed to a Girl Boss interview!

Tell me a little bit about your business. When did you start it? What inspired you to get it going?

I used to work as a Creative Director for a magazine for many years. In 2005, we had enough of the city life and moved to small Vermont village with our three boys. I heard about Etsy and opened a shop in 2006 where I started out selling very random things, but I quickly found my passion in jewelry. I just launched my own new website this month that I am very excited about.

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golden star bobby pins // aqua and green chain bracelet // brass and bead oval hoop chandeliers // leather and aqua bead necklace

How do you balance life and running your business?

My life is much easier now since all my kids are basically out of the house and I moved the studio out of our home and into town this year. I love having the separation.

Girl Boss | Nest Pretty Things studioGirl Boss | Nest Pretty Things studio

What inspires you creatively?

Anything can inspire me but especially art, textiles, colors, even flowers. I love living in the country and I’m very inspired by all the nature around me—but I also need a big city fix and go down to NYC every 6-8 weeks for a few days to see art, walk the streets, go into shops. I often walk around with a little notepad and write down ideas or draw little sketches of new designs in the strangest places. I have times when I am just flooded with ideas and times when it’s very dry, these are usually the times when I work on other things all together.

Do you have any procrastination techniques that you always fall back on? How do you break out of them?

I don’t procrastinate, I get too stressed for that so I try to always keep on top of things and I don’t leave things to the last minute. I have way too much work to allow for that.

Do you have any tips for other ladies who are looking to turn their passion into a business?

I strongly suggest growing a business organically, meaning start small and grow slowly. Give yourself time. It takes a few years to grow a business.

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Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.