We had the good fortune of connecting with Gina Fabré and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gina, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
It took me a little bit of time to find balance within running my business, being a mom and wife, and still staying true to myself without losing myself. Initially I was so about starting my business that I put all my time, energy and focus into Blink and my home life was negatively impacted. And then, I took a step back and focused more on family and my business suffered. I’m finally at a stage where I feel like I’ve got a decent balance between them. I had to actually sit down with my husband and map out what a good balance looked like from his perspective and my perspective to see outside of myself.
I’m fortunate to have the love and support of my family because sometimes it’s hard to keep that balance at times.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I own Blink Beauty Bar specializing in lash extensions styling and rehabilitation. What sets me apart form every other lash studio is my knowledge base, experience and integrity. I care about lash health and not just the aesthetic so you can be confident that your lashes won’t cause damage. I also believe in continuing education and keeping up with the current trends, staying up to date wirh the ongoing changes in the beauty industry. Being in this industry isn’t the easiest. I look younger than what I am and sometimes I get accused of not being experienced enough or knowledgeable enough because of how young I look. I do my best to stay professional and positive in order to put my clientele at ease that I am an expert, and will take care of their desires as needed.
I consider myself an artist and I love doing what I do, the business side was definitely more challenging for me because there is so much that goes into running a business. The budgeting, advertising, stocking etc is the part I drag my feet at. It helped me a lot to set routines and time frames to make sure things get done properly. Otherwise I’d get lost in the lashes
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d love to take them to Whittier Cafe! This is a great location for local coffee beverages, but it’s a spot where activists, poets, musicians and more gather. It’s an amazing place to be. Black owned and operated with the absolute best vibes! Since we are still in the middle of the pandemmy, I don’t think we’d be out socializing too much, but we’d probably stop in to Thai Flavor, the best Thai food in Aurora. It’s a little hole in the wall with staff that’s been the same for over a decade! They’ve essentially watched my kiddos grow up.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my sister Constance Earles. She’s the main person in my life who has always been in my corner, given me the best advice and never let me down. She too is a business owner and being my big sister has always made sure to keep me accountable and continued to believe in me when I didn’t have the belief in myself. She’s seriously the best friend, sibling, advisor lol. She’s helped me continue to push forward and always keep pushing for what I want
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