With school out, sunshine high and music festivals galore, it’s safe to say that late spring is in full bloom! While my dog and I were going for a walk and soaking up the sun, we ran into this Fashionista, Jessica Romberger, radiating all things spring. With her clean, fresh look complemented by rosy blush accents, this Fashionista embodied spring to a T. It just so happened that Jessica was on her way back from her usual trips to the florist, where she picks up weekly supplies for her own floral design and event planning company she started called Petals and Pearls. Fascinated by the idea of a college student being an owner of their very own small business, I couldn’t resist the chance to ask Jessica a few questions.
Name: Jessica Romberger
Role: Business Owner and Entrepreneur
CollegeFashionista: What sparked an interest in you to start your own business?
Jessica Romberger: I started out making floral arrangements as a fun hobby, a welcome break from the steady flow of schoolwork. Then, I was approached about doing the floral design for a wedding. It never occurred to me that my passion for all things flowers could lead a career. I think people forget it’s possible! Before I knew it, I had several weddings lined up for this year. I love floral design, but I’m excited to become a certified wedding planner this fall too!
CF: What fashion styles do you channel while working at your events?
JR: For events, I love to be classy and comfortable. I love a cute sundress or a loose blouse. I always wear a stack of bracelets with any outfit. You won’t always find me in heels, but when you do they will most likely be wedges. But, winter fashion is my favorite; if I could wear big, loose sweaters, tight jeans and flats to every event all year, I would!
CF: What advice can you give to college Fashionistas/os aspiring to be business owners of their own?
JR: When it comes to starting your own business, make sure it’s something you’re passionate about. Passion is what drives me to keep going even when it gets overwhelming (which it does)! Also, network! You never know who can help you down the road (or who you could help).
Learn More: Hosting an event soon or in need of floral arrangements for a special day? Be sure to visit Petals & Pearls for custom floral designs and event planning services. Lifestyle blog and potential accessory line by Jessica soon to come as well! For further inquiries, feel free to contact Jessica.