Hi there friends and happy Friday! This week I figured I would do something a bit different. I love inspirational people and places. Or even yes things, so when I was asked by Natalie of Beyindi for a helping hand I was very happy to do so. But, rather than you all read my own thoughts alone on this wonderful Instagram and blog worthy jewelry with a collage etc, I thought no, this deserves more. A interview with Natalie of Beyindi. Lets Get started!
Who is Beyindi?
Natalie: “Yindi simply means “happy” in Thai language. To be happy in modern life is very difficult for many of us – stress, rush, deadlines, crisis, etc., etc. We forget the purpose of our being right here and right now. We have no time to feel and enjoy, no time to be happy. My project BeYindi reminds me and my customers that every moment of our life is precious, beautiful and one of a kind. It has an idea that our happiness is not a goal to reach and work hard for – that our happiness is very simple and hides in small details. My jewelry collection is just a reminder for its wearer that happiness is right here, always somewhere around. “
What made you start Beyindi?
N: “I started my project when I was travelling in South East Asia. It was an “unexpected journey”, I did not plan it and I was not ready for it. But it happened to me weather I liked it or not. Now I think of myself as of a person “before” and “after” that trip. It changed me a lot and I started to look at things differently. I realize that I want to share my experience, to show people how beautiful and big and different our world is. So I turned to jewelry – my favorite thing. When I send people their rings or pendants I send them a piece of my story, a piece of happiness and a smile.”
What inspires you when you make jewelry?
Natalie: “When you travel it is very easy to be inspired. You see new landscapes, new flowers, new people and they all get reflected in what you do. You see a lot of patterns, colors, textures and sometimes it’s even too much of inspiration and too less time to get everything settled and done.”
Total travel envy here btw!
Which is your favorite piece?
Natalie: “It’s really hard to choose the one and only favorite piece from my collection that I like the most. I do like any piece with silver lace and I love stones – their pure, natural and deep colors.”
What are your tips for styling Beyindi jewelry?
Natalie : “I try to keep my collection as much casual as it is possible so that my customers could wear it every day. I also like to leave a space to create, to mix and match different pieces together and get different looks. So I give only one tip to my customers – be creative, be unique, do not try to copy anybody’s style – make your own.”
What was your most memorable trip?
Natalie: “The most memorable trip was a week spent in mountain part of Peru. It was incredible. So splendid, so mysterious and so beautiful – it made me think I walk on another planet. It was so unreal and unusual for me – the landscapes, the fauna, everything so giant. Amazing feelings.”
what advice do you have for people starting a small business whether it is candle making or fashion related?
Natalie: “My advice to all people who start their own business is to really focus on it and to work hard. Talk about it with your family and friends and people you just met. It is unbelievable how much support and new ideas you get when you just talk about it. Start it slowly, do not rush and try to do everything at once – make a plan and work on it. Step by step you will see how it grows from nothing, how it develops and changes. There will be good days and will be bad days or even weeks and months – do not give up. If you do not believe in your own project – no one will.”
That is marvelous advice!! And I couldn’t agree more!!!!
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