We had the good fortune of connecting with Bobbie Van der Vlugt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bobbie, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I grew up with a very strong work ethic. My father took no holidays and worked three jobs when I was a child. When I was ten he finally opened his own jewelry store in Miami much like the one he had left behind in Cuba. So I kind of inherited those workaholic tendencies and sometimes feel guilty taking time for myself and relaxing. Sometimes all I want to do is relax and do nothing (running away to a tropical island fantasy kicks in here!) because I become overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being a single mom, home ownership, and having a small business to run. Over time I have become much more self-aware and have gotten better at keeping a balance or mom/family life, work, self-care. !), I focused more on taking the time to care for myself a (it took a pandemic!) Working on finding more time for friends and fun in the near future.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been creating jewelry for about 15 years now. I believe it is a woman’s birthright to adorn herself and jewelry has always felt special to me. I think what sets me apart from others is the collection of beads and gemstones i;ve curated during over a decade and a half. My studio looks like a little bead museum! I am very detail oriented and approve every single bead of every single design and truly make each design a little jewel in itself. My business grew very organically really and has all been word of mouth. And I’ve been blessed with very loyal clients that like to collect it and make their collections very personal. One of the biggest lessons Ive learned is that many have tried to imitate and even downright copy my designs but it is just that,. imitation and a copy, and never quite looks like the original. my pieces have a meaning and authenticity, a spirituality to them, and my Muses recognize and feel that in their pieces. I’m very excited to finally have a properly functioning website! And i’m over the moon to be retailing my Musa by Bobbie collection on Matches Fashion.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
my home is actually a favorite place to hang out for me and my friends. They love to visit me in the studio and look at all the crystals and beads. The energy is amazing in there! My garden is pretty magical too. If we’re leaving home I love my neighborhood, Coconut grove. Some favorite spots are Faranellis for outdoor seating and amazing pizza and salads. Bellini’s or Nave for dinner. Bianco for the most glorious ice cream. Matheson Hammock park, David Fairchild gardens, and Vizcaya gardens are all wonderful places to spend some time in nature and beauty. And I can find nice little empty beach spots if i look hard enough. Nothing like a dip in the sea to clear ones energy and recharge the battery.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
my two children, Chloe and Lucian. For sharing me with my other child, Musa. For understanding that mom sometimes has to work late in the evening, weekends, holidays, and odd and unexpected hours and never complaining.