I'm so excited to kick off my new series, Girl You Gotta Know! Each month, I hope to introduce you to a new girl who is making waves, being awesome and that I want you to get to know better.
Our first Girl You Gotta Know is Carol Thompson of Calypte Collection. Although born and raised in a concrete jungle, Carol Thompson has always had a deep connection with nature. After moving to the redwood curtain for her degree she became a wildlife biologist and now resides in southern California. By day she is happily immersed in the beautiful colors of nature, from the gorgeous hues of blooming flowers to the iridescent colors of hummingbird feathers. Carol’s designs are inspired by nature’s vibrant mix of colors and raw organic shapes. Today, she is dishing on Calytpe Collection, a healthy lifestyle and how she juggles a full time job with her jewelry design business.
Name: Carol Thompson
Profession: Wildlife Biologist/ Creative Visionary Owner/Designer of Calypte Collection Jewelry.
Q. If you could recommend one thing that anyone could do in the morning to start the day right, what would it be?
A. That would be to eat a green smoothie for breakfast. We often don’t get as much greens, i.e. nutrition, into our diets as we think we do, I have seen personal improvement in my health since I started including green smoothies into my morning routine. Now I feel off when I start my morning without one!!
Q. What healthy snacks might we find on your desk or in your handbag?
A. I typically have a handful of almonds, carrots and sliced apples with me everywhere I go. I don’t like to let my blood sugar get too low, so carrying snacks is the best way to keep things level!
Q. Tell us about your jewelry brand Calypte Collection, What does Calypte mean and how is it significant to your brand?
A. Calypte (Ka-lip-tay) is the scientific name of my favorite bird species, the vibrant, energetic hummingbird. Hummingbirds are filled with life, are incredibly gorgeous with all their colors and at the same time are graceful little birds. To me, they represent the feelings of renewed energy; beauty and calm felt when I’m out in nature.
Q. Tell us about your three core values of your company and why they are important to you.
A. The three core values of Calypte are to:
1. Always look for the beauty in life because it is all around.
2. Remember that you are uniquely beautiful and full of life.
3. Embrace the peace, calm and serenity experienced when out in nature.
These values are important to me because we all need to see ourselves in high regard and remember that we are part of a whole, connected not only to other people but also to the natural world around us. Nature brings so much peace comfort and joy to people and I believe it is important that everyone feels that connection.
Q. Where do you find your jewelry design inspiration and what is your design process?
A. When I'm out doing fieldwork as a wildlife biologist I find a lot of inspiration from what is around me. I look at the vibrant colors from the birds, plants, butterfly’s and more. There are so many beautiful colors in perfect combinations; my designs embrace nature’s creative way of expressing beauty and charm. When you wear Calypte pieces I want to take you that place of vibrant life, energy and peaceful serenity felt when exploring nature.
Q. If you weren’t a wildlife biologist, what would you be?
A. That is a hard one because I have so many interests! I love yoga, photography, health, wellness and nutrition, cooking…I think I love being a biologist and jewelry designer/owner so in a perfect world I would have more time to do all of the things that I enjoy.
Q. What are some new pieces you are working on and what are your plans for the coming future?
A. I’m working on a spring collection right now and you’re going to see a few new wrap bracelet designs, beaded bracelets and a move towards more sterling silver pieces to add to the collection as a whole.
Q. Having a full-time job and your own business must be hard at times, how do you stay positive and motivated?
A. Balancing my time for both is definitely difficult however, I have a quote hanging on my wall that reads “If you cant stop thinking about it, don't stop working towards it.” I love being a biologist and designing with nature as my inspiration and because I find so much satisfaction in both I know I have to keep going and share my passion with everyone. I also believe in supporting women in science and spreading the word is a great way to stay motivated.
Finish the sentence, Be the woman… that you know you can be and stay close to what keeps you feeling alive!
You can follow Carol and her Calypte Collection on Instagram @CalypteCollection and visit her shop at CalypteCollection.com.