Napa MomLikeThat Nicole Hughes is inspiring, thoughtful and giving. She's also a partner and founder in a cool new business named Olive and Poppy, a wonderful online boutique that captures stylish, wearable memories of the Wine Country. (Now, why didn't I think of this?!?!)
I met Nicole through our children's school and we instantly clicked. I love her style, personality and energy. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about her just as much as I enjoying having her as a friend! Thank you Nicole for taking the time to share your thoughts below.
Have a wonderful weekend!
How would you describe yourself?
Dependable, loyal, open-minded
What do you do besides motherhood?
I own an online retail business called Olive and Poppy with my business partner, Anne Siegel. We launched last year with a mission to modernize wine country keepsakes. I also do some independent consulting on brand development and marketing for winery clients.
What’s the best advice you have ever received?
You get more bees with honey! It always pays to be nice.
What’s your beauty routine?
What’s your signature scent?
I stopped wearing perfume when I started in the wine biz. I do love the smell of anything magnolia though!
What can’t you live without?
My kiddos and husband, of course. I mean, sometimes I can’t live with them either, but you know how that saying goes …
How do you balance your life?
I’ll tell you when it’s balanced! I have been trying to be more disciplined about my time: when I’m working, I’m working, and when I’m with my kids, I’m focused on being with my kids. Things go really wonky when I try to do too many things at once.
Who is your biggest role model?
My mom. She’s endured a lot, and she’s still the most genuinely kind and selfless person I know.
Do you have a family tradition?
I love traditions! We have a few. We always play “high / low” at the dinner table, which involves everyone saying the best and worst part of their day. And at the holidays, we always pick one night to surprise the kids and load them in the car in their PJs with hot chocolate to drive around and look at lights.
What makes a mom like that?
We’re all doing the same thing: trying to be our best selves and mothers and partners. It’s exhausting and gratifying, but knowing we’re in it together makes the journey a lot more fun!
5 quick questions:
Favorite restaurant: Farmstead in St. Helena
Favorite recipe: Chicken and Dumplings
Favorite dessert: Anything with coconut
Favorite drink: Rosé, rosé, rosé
Favorite book: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb