Girlboss Spotlight - Jessica Mock of Southern Sugaring

Happy Sunday everyone! I am SO excited about this Q&A feature post with Jessica Mock of Southern Sugaring. I am beyond lucky that I get to call Jessica my friend. Not only is she beautiful, smart and owner of the sweetest hair removal salon in Savannah - she is also an amazing friend, mother and business owner resource! You may even recognize Jessica from my NYC girls trip. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post for news on an exciting, first-of-its-kind event in Savannah coming up soon! 

Photographer: Izzy Hudgins Photography

Photographer: Izzy Hudgins Photography

1. What inspired you to open your own sugaring business?

When I was a full time makeup artist, I was sugaring one day a week. My day was so full of clients loving the results that I was having to turn away clients, and when my husband and I decided to start trying to have a baby, the world of makeup artistry wasn't really conducive to the life I envisioned with a family. (Which is funny now because there is no possible way any plan I had would create the seamless transition to working motherhood I'd pictured!) I decided this was an opportunity to design a life I was directing, and between that inspiration and the chance to surround myself in pink everything, I set out to build my this crazy business.
 

2. Going from a small room in RMC Boutique to your beautiful space on Chippewa Square must have been stressful- mentally & financially! How did you cope with that? 

Oh my gosh, there isn't a day that I don't have a miniature panic from the mental and financial stresses of this thing called business ownership. I never do one thing at a time, so when we found the location on Chippewa, I was a brand new mama of a 3-week old. You know, what's the challenge just in life with a newborn? Let's expand a business at the same time! But really, I do my best work when I'm overloaded, as I actually think a lot of women do. We are just built to multitask and respond better under pressure. I will say that I have an incredible support system in my husband, and I've joked about putting him on the payroll because he's seriously there all. the. time. 
 

3. What is your favorite part about owning your own salon/boutique?

Getting first pick of the new inventory!!! Just kidding...but maybe not. I really love getting to come to a place I designed from the ground up. It doesn't feel like I'm coming to work. It feels like my second home
 

4. How has having a baby changed how you operate your day-to-day business?
 

I love this one - it makes me laugh because literally as I type this I am lying on the couch trying to make sure this wild child of mine doesn't bump her head on what used to look like a very stylish mirrored coffee table that's now covered in baby kisses and cheerios.  She keeps coming over to help by pressing AAAAAAA over and over, so I'm backspacing pretty regularly.  I can't think of a single way having a baby hasn't changed the way I operate as a business woman (namely, everything I do requires a LOT more time), and I can honestly say I wasn't prepared for it to change quite so much.  But looking at her while she grins at me and dances around with a paper towel in her mouth, I seriously wouldn't change a thing!

 

5. What are some tips you have for staying focused on your goals when you are having stressful days or times of doubt?
 

There are two ways my perpetually optimistic mind processes that - the first is that the tough stuff always passes.  It's kind of amazing, but everything hard passes.  Reminding myself that I always get through it is encouraging.  The second is that if something feels like you're hitting a brick wall every time you try to do something, there's probably a reason for that.  You can always revisit the idea later, but sometimes taking a step back and looking at the big pictures allows you to see a different opportunity.

NOTE - Jessica is hosting an INCREDIBLE swim & lingerie fashion show on June 22nd at the Brice Hotel! Sugar Solstice 2017!!!! More details at end of post!!!!

6. Let's talk about the fashion show - how did you come up with this idea? 
 

Oh my gosh, it's brilliant, right?  But I can't take credit for it - our new publicist, Melanie with Word of Mouth Savannah, and I met for lunch at Soho a couple months ago to brainstorm on our second anniversary celebration, and she knocked me over with this one.  The Victoria's Secret fashion show has always been a not-so-secret obsession of mine, and between our lingerie, swimwear, and sugaring services, I was completely in love with her idea!

 

7. What do you hope to accomplish with the fashion show? 
 

We want to showcase the melting pot that is Savannah, made up of every shape, size, color, and gender. Southern Sugaring is all about feeling sexy naked or nearly naked - and oh my gosh we NEED a show like this to knock the pants off our sweet old fashioned city! ;)

 

8. Do you have any secrets you can share about the show? 

We're going for a Babylonian garden feel, and that means the decor and costumes are going to be out of this world!!! We are super excited to have some guests from Bravo's Southern Charm in attendance. And y'all, the finale...it's going to absolutely blow your mind.
 

9. A portion of the proceeds from the show are going to the Safe Shelter - what made you want to do that? 
 

I'm part of a really inspiring group of women called the Savannah Influencers, and we have chosen SAFE Shelter as our philanthropy for the year. We've got a pretty lofty goal, and I really really hope that this event can make a big dent in it!


SUGAR SOLSTICE 2017 EVENT DETAILS - 

Model: Caroline Molloy     Photographer: Izzy Hudgins Photographer     Hair: Roots Southern Salon      Styling: Audrey Wagner King

Model: Caroline Molloy     Photographer: Izzy Hudgins Photographer     Hair: Roots Southern Salon     

Styling: Audrey Wagner King

Southern Sugaring will be hosting Savannah's first Lingerie & Swimwear Fashion Show - SUGAR SOLSTICE 2017! A portion of ticket and product sales from #sugarsolstice2017 

Jessica is pulling out all the stops to raise money for SAFE SHELTER- Center for Domestic Violence Services. This will be a fabulous LA caliber night of models, flowers, food, and drinks at the swankiest hotel in the city, The Kimpton Brice Hotel! This is a Savannah event YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!

General Admission (Sweet), Sweeter & VIP (Sweetest) tickets are available for sale now - gets yours before they're gone! VIP tickets include front row seating, a swag bag worth over $500, open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Bring your man along for a fun night out - I'm bringing mine! General Admission tickets include access to fashion show, pop-up shops and after party. 

Location: Kimpton Brice Hotel
Time: 7pm - 10pm

DONATIONS TO SAFE SHELTER
10% { of ticket sales }
5% { of sales at the event }

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