Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Sophia Buloz

Sophia, wearing Sienna, in Beautiful Barcelona! Her mantra is to always be kind because you never know what hardships person could be facing. It’s wonderful that you can make a person’s day with just a smile.

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

The bar at the Majestic Hotel in Barcelona. They have great tapas and make a mean Bloody Mary!

SECRET WEAPON? 

My favourite books: knowledge really is power. Music which lifts my spirit more than anything and makes me feel empowered. Everything by La Mer, it’s like they love my skin. Two chains that I wear with my most beloved pendants and last but not least my perfume which is like a magical potion that everyone loves and relates to me.

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Staying positive and motivated despite everything going on in the world with this global pandemic.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

My mother. She’s brave, smart, she has this wonderful sense of style and exquisite taste and she the kindest.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“Your visions will become clear only when you look into your own heart, who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes.” -C.G. Jung


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Marni Rosenthal

Marni, wearing Brooke, lives in LA. She is the mom of two girls and a former professional modern dancer.

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

When not in a pandemic, I love going to Stonehaus winery in Westlake for a glass of wine and some beautiful scenery! It’s a great outdoor place to meet for business or social gatherings.

SECRET WEAPON? 

It’s probably my charcoal mask by my facialist, Rachel Moayer skincare. It keeps my skin hydrated and even. If I get to say my second secret weapon, it’s my online Pure Barre classes and my Peloton!

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Managing a hybrid working environment along with one child on Zoom, one in an in person school plus my work/life balance. I think that’s the number one challenge for pretty much all parents of school aged children right now. This year has truly tested our resilience and the human spirit. It’s just bonkers!

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

This is so tough because I meet women every day who inspire me. Sara Blakeley, the creator of Spanx, comes to mind because her story is that of a hero’s journey. Her achievements came out of intelligence, perseverance, grit and as we say in the homeland, Chutzpah!

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

Anything written by Brene Brown is quote worthy. My favorite is ” If you’re not in the arena getting your a** kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.”


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Lori Traub

Lori, wearing Grace, lives in NYC and is the mother of two adorable children. Family first is a virtue she lives by. The chaos of life with little time to herself is what led her to start Myspa2go. Being a working mom in NYC, balancing life, kids and work wasn’t as easy as she anticipated it to be. She launched an on demand mobile spa company with the idea to have upscale beauty and wellness services provided safely in the convenience, comfort and privacy of home-because a little “me time” never hurts!

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Zero Bond. It’s a new private members club that just opened on our block in NoHO, NYC. It’s super chic with great food and great people:)

SECRET WEAPON? 

Using my kids as an excuse to not be able to make certain deadlines, ha! In all seriousness, my ability to stay calm and positive throughout 2020. I have definitely had my moments but I quickly come around and look at the bright side of things and don’t put too much pressure on myself and my family.

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Business wise, keeping both our customers and staff safe and happy. Having a team working for you and keeping them happy ensure the customer will ultimately have a great experience. Sometimes it’s tricky to work both sides but thats our overall goal that keeps our business thriving., especially during this pandemic where we really need to focus on keeping everyone safe!

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

I would have to say my mother and mother in law. Both are incredible women who raised children during a time when answers weren’t available on the internet. They had to figure things out for themselves on raising us and life in general. They sacrificed a lot more than we do.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

No sense in stressing over things you can’t control…which leads to my quote. ” Man plans, god laughs.”

https://myspa2go.com/in-home-services


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Catherine Dobbs

Catherine, wearing Frida, is a Californian living in London with her husband, two boys and golden retriever, Stuart. You can always find her walking around Chelsea with a beautiful smile and her amazing dog!

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Hyde Park! Our family has enjoyed the park on an almost daily basis since we moved to London. But we have an even greater appreciation for it in 2020/21! I try to get to the park everyday for some fresh air and exercise and love watching the season change and all the people watching is pretty great too!

SECRET WEAPON? 

Strong coffee!! And waking up early before the rest of my family. Having a little time (sometimes just a few minutes) to myself in the morning sets the tone for me to be more present and the day less hectic.

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

2020 was the year of curveballs! The biggest challenge for me is to have a good enough handle on my own “stuff” so that I can be a strong mother for my boys.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

Glennon Doyle. Her daily morning meetings on Instagram got me through lockdown last Spring. Those lead me to read more of her work (before Adele mentioned her!) I love her candor and life perspective. Asking myself “What would Glennon do?” helps me tune into what I want to do.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“What’s meant to be, will be.”


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Irene Antoniades

Irene, wearing Diana, is a wonderful friend, wife and mother living in Cyprus. She is a former attorney who is raising two children to be the best versions of themselves!

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

In London, Pavillion Road in Chelsea and the beachfront in my hometown of Limassol, Cyprus.

SECRET WEAPON? 

Friends who become family.

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

What we are living in now with the global pandemic-not being able to travel and be with our friends and loved ones for so long!

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

All women who are working so hard either to maintain an effective career or by using their own life values to raise their children.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“Everything happens for a reason.”


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Mariangela Monti

Mariangela, wearing Kaja, is a blogger based in Milan. She is a mom of a girl and boy and her mantra is “do more of what makes you happy.”

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

I am thankful for the balance I have reached between my professional and personal life.

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Bistro Almo e Nadia, a lovely bistro near my house where I go for aperitivo and excellent food.

SECRET WEAPON? 

Irony: to face the ugly stuff that happens in everyday life (including my husband’s complaints!) And trainers-my faithful companions to run around town with my kids!

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

To raise confident and decent kids.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

My mother: strong, beautiful, free and yet so loving and caring.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“Do more of what makes you happy.” This helps me bring positive energy in my everyday life.

Follow Moms About Town on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/momsabouttown/


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Ayca Sozen

Ayca, wearing Diana, is an amazing floral designer based in Chelsea. Her shop, Penny, is located in Chelsea Green and when it comes to floral arrangements she has the magic touch. From succulents to creative floral bouquets, she is our go to girl!

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

I am thankful for my family, have always been and especially now in these dire times, I even feel it deeper than before.

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Chelsea Green where there is a lovely pizzeria, organic market, fishmonger, pharmacy and more.

SECRET WEAPON? 

My flowers, I can put a smile on anyone’s face…it’s almost like my superpower. I love to design them, transform venues with them and lose track of time as I work with them.

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

The value of now. Time is the only thing we cannot reverse, we cannot change. Once it’s gone it’s gone forever. So we have to try and make the most of the moment and be grateful for it. I try to teach it to my kids and it’s my current and probably forever biggest challenge.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

Sophia Loren, she has been a muse for me all my life. Her family values, love for her work and her discretion.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“There are two things in life that don’t get smaller as you share…they get larger and bigger and more valuable: knowledge and love! Be wise and generous about them!”-my late grandfather

Shop Penny http://www.pennybb.com


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Cristina Aldrin

Cristina, wearing Sienna, is an ex institutional stock broker who is now focusing on trading stocks for herself as well as creating beautiful content on social media. She has a passion for travel, interior design, foreign policy, architecture and fashion.

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

I am thankful for my health, that I have a roof over my head and enough food…and that I have a wonderful supporting family

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Any park in London…in my case my local Bishops Park.

SECRET WEAPON? 

That’s a difficult one. I would say my drive and ability to speak up as I am a fighter…I never give up!

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

The current Covid 19 situation and all the uncertainty that it brings. However, I try to be positive, take one day at a time and work hard in the capacity that I can focus on what I can control at the moment.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

Oh so many…but two women, who sadly are not with us anymore and whom I will forever admire and believe are such strong women and role models: foreign affairs correspondent Marie Colvin and former US Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. However, any woman who goes after her dreams and has a backbone to speak up deserves to be admired.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Follow Cristina on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cristinaaldrin/


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Janet Gunn

Janet, wearing Kaja, is married and a mother to a fine young man and the coolest dog. She lives in Los Angeles and is the founder of The Grateful Gardenia, a lifestyle blog and she is also a monthly contributor to Who What Wear.

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Zinque, a cozy spot that’s around the corner with a European feel, great food, vino and they love dogs!

SECRET WEAPON? 

Gratitude. The minute I become stressed, fearful or anxious I simply close my eyes and download everything I am grateful for.

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Finding balance between being creative and staying organized on the business side.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

It’s so hard to narrow it down but overall it’s Texie Waterman. She was the choreographer who changed the image of professional football by helping to create the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. I spent a few years as a cheerleader and to this day she is one of the most magnetic, beautiful women I’ve ever met. Her words of wisdom to me were priceless.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”-Marcus Aurelius

Follow Grateful Gardenia on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/janetgunngratefulgardenia/

Subscribe to her blog http://www.gratefulgardenia.com


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Lani Pollak

Lani is a copywriter based in Chicago and loves wearing her Livotte Laurence as it’s an elevated basic and her “go to” top to take her through a busy day!

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

At the moment, my patio. It’s perfect for a cup of tea in the morning or a glass of wine with my husband at night.

SECRET WEAPON? 

A fake-it-till-you-make-it attitude!

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Time management. What is time anymore right now? Balancing work with everything else all while being home with my family has kept me on my toes.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

Michelle Obama

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.”


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