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On a day that’s all about celebrating inspiring women, we thought we’d celebrate some inspiring women of our own!

With global support, IWD has been making positive changes in the world since the early 1900s. This blog post is about saying thank you to all the women who stood up, spoke out and pushed for change, so that today, we can seek out opportunities, expect more and achieve amazing things. While there’s still more to be done to achieve gender parity, this IWD, we’re asking all of our Beautifiers to make the most of the opportunities you’ve been given.

Hannah and Jess are the Beautify buyers committed to bringing you exciting product drops, season after season. Researching the hottest styles, travelling the globe to meet suppliers, and getting products for the very best price is what they do best! They are the perfect example of successful women in business with valuable advice to share with anyone looking to make it in the world of retail buying!

How did you get to where you are in your career?

HANNAH: To get into buying, I started arranging work experience, as well as shadowing a buyer in a small business to make sure it was what I wanted to do. After securing my first buying job, some of the best advice I received was to ‘make yourself valuable to the business’. I always had that in the back of my mind and took on as much responsibility as possible.

The key is also to ask questions, because in most cases that’s the only way you learn. I’ve really enjoyed working with different people along the way and I’ve learned something from everyone (even if it’s what not to do, ha).

It’s these 3 things that helped me get my first promotion after just over a year. From there my progress was gradual and I’m now senior buyer at Beautify, doing something I love every day!

JESS: I’ve always had my heart set on buying, since university; I mean what girl doesn’t love buying? After studying hard to earn my Business Studies degree and excelling in junior roles, I made quick progression. When it was time to play to my strengths, I knew I belonged in the world of interiors and homeware, and started to seek out opportunities to help me build a career I knew I could excel at.

I joined Beautify in its infancy and built the incredible product selection you see today. What started as table top make-up and jewellery storage, has grown to become lighting, furniture, storage, art, textiles and more – with even more great things to come! I’m incredibly proud to be able to say that I’ve been a massive part of the growth and truly love everything it is today… it really is like my baby!

I think one of the best bits of advice I received along the way was to learn from everything – the good and the bad! After all, mistakes are valuable lessons that allow you to make things better in the future.

“MISTAKES ARE VALUABLE LESSONS THAT ALLOW YOU TO MAKE THINGS BETTER IN THE FUTURE.”

How do you decide what to buy?

HANNAH: Understanding what Beautify stands for and what our customers need to Beautify their life is key. Then we need to find it from the right source and make it available to her.

JESS: The best thing about my job is that window shopping is my research. You know the feeling you get when you see the food coming in the restaurant, that’s what I feel like when I receive swatches of material from my suppliers. We must know what other retailers are doing to spot any opportunities for us to bring our customers something they really need in their lives! There are so many factors that go into deciding whether we stock something, but sometimes you just have to take the risk on the things you love!

Who inspires you in your career?

HANNAH: : I love seeing women in senior positions. Although there are lots of women in the industry, there is a tendency for top positions to be occupied by men, (but we’re working on that #balance for better.) I love it when I see women in those positions doing their job well. My parents and my husband have to have a mention too.<3

JESS: Sometimes the best role models are the people closest to you. My mum inspires me every day, with her strength, wisdom and kindness. I’m also a sucker for films, so The Pursuit Of Happiness is a very inspirational film for me. I suppose it’s the message that no matter how tough things are, you have to find hope to make things better. Christopher Gardner (AKA Will Smith): Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you you can't do something. Not even me...

Why is International Women’s Day important to you?

HANNAH: It’s a great day to appreciate and celebrate all the soul sisters you couldn’t have done it without. Almost all the people I’ve worked with are women, which is why I’m a firm believer in women supporting women; there’s plenty of room for everyone to succeed. I’ve had the opportunity to help people climb the ladder in their own career and it’s so rewarding. We need to push one another to be the best we can be.

JESS: : My Grandma sadly passed away on this day 4 years ago, and in true testament to the inspiration she was (and continues to be), she donated her body to science. She was an incredible lady and a perfect example of women doing incredible things for future generations. Ever since then, I’ve tried to follow in her footsteps to make positive changes, which is why I really try and spread the word on IWD and attend any events I can. Although it’s a sad day for me personally, I know my grandma would support a day of celebrating all the super women out there – her included.

Your best friend comes to you for some career advice. What would tell them about getting into the industry?

HANNAH: First, be sure you want to do it. It’s not as glamorous as some people think. It’s really hard work and quite stressful when you have deadlines looming, but of course, it can be a very exciting too.

Your first job will probably be more of a supportive role, so make sure you have good relationships with the people around you – they’ll be the ones you need to help you get where you want to be. (You can thank me later.)

JESS: Listen, always listen! Take in as much support and advice as you can and don’t be afraid of showing your enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is underrated.

On a day that’s all about celebrating inspiring women, we thought we’d celebrate some inspiring women of our own!

With global support, IWD has been making positive changes in the world since the early 1900s. This blog post is about saying thank you to all the women who stood up, spoke out and pushed for change, so that today, we can seek out opportunities, expect more and achieve amazing things. While there’s still more to be done to achieve gender parity, this IWD, we’re asking all of our Beautifiers to make the most of the opportunities you’ve been given.

Hannah and Jess are the Beautify buyers committed to bringing you exciting product drops, season after season. Researching the hottest styles, travelling the globe to meet suppliers, and getting products for the very best price is what they do best! They are the perfect example of successful women in business with valuable advice to share with anyone looking to make it in the world of retail buying!

How did you get to where you are in your career?

HANNAH: To get into buying, I started arranging work experience, as well as shadowing a buyer in a small business to make sure it was what I wanted to do. After securing my first buying job, some of the best advice I received was to ‘make yourself valuable to the business’. I always had that in the back of my mind and took on as much responsibility as possible.

The key is also to ask questions, because in most cases that’s the only way you learn. I’ve really enjoyed working with different people along the way and I’ve learned something from everyone (even if it’s what not to do, ha).

It’s these 3 things that helped me get my first promotion after just over a year. From there my progress was gradual and I’m now senior buyer at Beautify, doing something I love every day!

JESS: I’ve always had my heart set on buying, since university; I mean what girl doesn’t love buying? After studying hard to earn my Business Studies degree and excelling in junior roles, I made quick progression. When it was time to play to my strengths, I knew I belonged in the world of interiors and homeware, and started to seek out opportunities to help me build a career I knew I could excel at.

I joined Beautify in its infancy and built the incredible product selection you see today. What started as table top make-up and jewellery storage, has grown to become lighting, furniture, storage, art, textiles and more – with even more great things to come! I’m incredibly proud to be able to say that I’ve been a massive part of the growth and truly love everything it is today… it really is like my baby!

I think one of the best bits of advice I received along the way was to learn from everything – the good and the bad! After all, mistakes are valuable lessons that allow you to make things better in the future.

“MISTAKES ARE VALUABLE LESSONS THAT ALLOW YOU TO MAKE THINGS BETTER IN THE FUTURE.”

How do you decide what to buy?

HANNAH: Understanding what Beautify stands for and what our customers need to Beautify their life is key. Then we need to find it from the right source and make it available to her.

JESS: The best thing about my job is that window shopping is my research. You know the feeling you get when you see the food coming in the restaurant, that’s what I feel like when I receive swatches of material from my suppliers. We must know what other retailers are doing to spot any opportunities for us to bring our customers something they really need in their lives! There are so many factors that go into deciding whether we stock something, but sometimes you just have to take the risk on the things you love!

Who inspires you in your career?

HANNAH: : I love seeing women in senior positions. Although there are lots of women in the industry, there is a tendency for top positions to be occupied by men, (but we’re working on that #balance for better.) I love it when I see women in those positions doing their job well. My parents and my husband have to have a mention too.<3

JESS: Sometimes the best role models are the people closest to you. My mum inspires me every day, with her strength, wisdom and kindness. I’m also a sucker for films, so The Pursuit Of Happiness is a very inspirational film for me. I suppose it’s the message that no matter how tough things are, you have to find hope to make things better. Christopher Gardner (AKA Will Smith): Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you you can't do something. Not even me...

Why is International Women’s Day important to you?

HANNAH: It’s a great day to appreciate and celebrate all the soul sisters you couldn’t have done it without. Almost all the people I’ve worked with are women, which is why I’m a firm believer in women supporting women; there’s plenty of room for everyone to succeed. I’ve had the opportunity to help people climb the ladder in their own career and it’s so rewarding. We need to push one another to be the best we can be.

JESS: My Grandma sadly passed away on this day 4 years ago, and in true testament to the inspiration she was (and continues to be), she donated her body to science. She was an incredible lady and a perfect example of women doing incredible things for future generations. Ever since then, I’ve tried to follow in her footsteps to make positive changes, which is why I really try and spread the word on IWD and attend any events I can. Although it’s a sad day for me personally, I know my grandma would support a day of celebrating all the super women out there – her included.

Your best friend comes to you for some career advice. What would tell them about getting into the industry?

HANNAH: First, be sure you want to do it. It’s not as glamorous as some people think. It’s really hard work and quite stressful when you have deadlines looming, but of course, it can be a very exciting too.

Your first job will probably be more of a supportive role, so make sure you have good relationships with the people around you – they’ll be the ones you need to help you get where you want to be. (You can thank me later.)

JESS: Listen, always listen! Take in as much support and advice as you can and don’t be afraid of showing your enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is underrated.