An important part of my journey as an entrepreneur and parent is traveling to meet/find suppliers and discovering ways to refuel and re-ignite my creative spirit. Like anyone, I get caught up in the day-to-day chores of business and motherhood. I needed to step back, reflect on where we are at, where we are going and remember what I love about it. Ahh the value of perspective...
My university friend (and successful entrepreneur) Mike Edwards hit a chord when he was quoted saying, “Get out of the office and meet customers, investors and strategic partners. There is no greater danger to success than four smart people in a lab or in front of a whiteboard.” I am the queen of the brainstorm. That is me...
Tony and I flew to Mexico City to meet with a key supplier and then explored The Baja Coast - Cabo San Lucas and San Jose de los Cabos. Suetables is designed and personalized in Toronto and across North America by our reps, however the sterling silver and gold plated moulds and designs are reproduced in Mexico and Thailand.
This trip reminded me what I love about what we do - the creative process, the amazing and interesting people we meet (reps, suppliers and clients) and the endless possibilities of being master of your own destiny.
We marveled at the rock formations jetting out from white sand and how they glow and change hues under the pink sunrise and sunset. We met with a successful entrepreneur whose well-known cosmetic line is in Bloomingdales, Macy's and Barney's. She told me that San Jose's color palate inspires her makeup line. We drank wine, enjoyed a beach siesta and talked about trends and how entrepreneurs need to continually re-invent themselves.
We rented a car and explored the desert-like coast. We asked a boat to drop us off on Lovers Beach and we walked to land's end -- where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. It seemed like a different planet with a cave and dramatic outcrops of rock formations. We waded into the salty powerful waves and almost got swept into its undertow. Daily, we watched countless whales roll through the ocean and spurt water from their blow holes. We learned that the shape of their water spurts helps determine the type of whale.
We met with Tony's mom who inspired us with her photographs of Mexico (sunrise photo credit goes to her) and with stories of the native artists she has met - including a beautiful woman that weaves beads into amazing jewelry. She lives in a tiny inland village and we will investigate creating new designs with her. We drank Margaritas in the afternoon on the beach and retired early after sunset.
Tony's aunt, who bravely packed up her life and moved everything to San Jose, took us off the tourist trail to where locals live and eat including to a tree-fort like Taco restaurant that we loved. We stood on land where she wants to build a home with ocean and mountain views. We dreamed of returning next year with our four children to explore, surf and play.
The days were book ended by the pink and coral sky at sunrise and sunset above the sea of Cortez. Sometimes you need to step out of your daily reality to see how the ordinary is truly extraordinary.
One of the creative results of this trip is, aptly, a few jewelry pieces with the hue of sunrise and sunset - the glow of the morning and evening sky - rose gold. Pink gold is beautiful, chic and mixing metals feels and looks great right now.https://www.suetables.com/shop/gold
Just as the sun turned the silver sand pink, we dipped sterling silver into rose gold to create this Mother’s Day rose gold heart for you for $48 https://www.suetables.com/shop/sues-favourites/annabel-pink-heart-necklace (reminiscent of the Tiffany bean now sold in rose gold for $765) for you at accessible price points.
We hope you will get as much pleasure mixing pink into your collection as we did from the glow of the sunrises and sunsets that inspired it.