We had the good fortune of connecting with Tahirah Goins-Nall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tahirah, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?

I think lately, “grind culture” has become an increasingly relevant topic, especially in the past year. For so many, this merging of work and home life has led to new hobbies and undertakings for many, but the accompanying idea that we have to forego sleep or downtime to achieve success? No, I definitely do not agree with it.

Yes, I think true success is defined personally, but I don’t actually think that you have to work from morning to night to be successful or wealthy. “Grind culture” is this idea that you always have to be on; that you always have to be hustling…and while I do believe that discipline is necessary to achieve your goals, the idea that we have to work a 9-5 and then spend the rest of our waking hours devoted to side hustles has never settled right in my spirit. Sleep is important. Meditation is important. Downtime is important. Our mental health is important. Fun is important. And while all of these things are self-defined, I do believe that the idea that we have to work hard for moments of leisure is counter-productive. I want us to prioritize our goals, yes, but I want us to prioritize ourselves first. I want us to listen to our bodies. I want us to cater to our own individual needs. And sometimes prioritizing oneself means taking a nap, or recognizing that rest produces our best results. Life is short, but it can also be long, and I believe that after the year we’ve just spent craving human interaction, it’s important to remember that no one should feel like they’ve missed out on life because they’ve been nonstop hustling.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

I began ClothesPetals in 2018 as a way of celebrating the creatives of color within beauty and fashion; two industries where people of color have always been contributors to the culture, despite not always receiving their rightful flowers and recognition. The blog has grown into a business, as my own custom styling and personal shopping services have evolved within this space, and I found myself helping others update their own wardrobes or fit their beauty counters with brands that are owned by people of color. In a few weeks, I’m launching the presale to my apparel line. The clothing will support the ClothesPEtals brand, and I’m really excited because it will feature limited-edition collections co-created by local BIPOC artists.

My business journey kind of just began. Before getting my MBA, I had always wanted to be a lawyer because I have always been an advocate for others. However, when I was waitlisted at my dream law program, my path shifted and I think that was a necessary setback to redirect my journey. I graduated with my MBA from Howard University instead of the JD I had initially planned, and I think I realized that even with my business degree there were still learning curves I had to overcome when starting my own. There really are just some things that you’ll just never know until you experience them, and the best way to overcome those challenges is to ask for help—to seek advice from others who have been there and done the things you yourself are trying to achieve. I think so often we think that we can’t be successful if we don’t do things on our own, but ultimately, nothing works that way. There will literally always be things that we have to learn—that’s just life. And I think the sooner we let go of our pride, the less time we spend troubleshooting and the more we can devote to processes and strategies that actually produce our desired outcomes. I am fortunate to have grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, so luckily for me I can troubleshoot in my kitchen. Not to mention, I am surrounded by an incredible group of friends who are also very business-savvy and propel me into necessary growth.

My brand is built upon my love of people. I have always been an advocate for others, but ClothesPetals seeks to connect creatives and their impact and their products and their equal contributions to the culture and to the consumer. My brand has been established to help people tell their stories and expand their reach because that’s always been important to me. Feeling good about oneself and our personal contributions is important to me, and helping others achieve that goal is what I am here to do.

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?

I have a few favorites, but to start? I love a good rooftop. So, when any of my friends visit me, brunch is a must. The West Hollywood Edition is one of my favorite places to eat, because not only is food delicious on The Roof, but it’s literally beautiful. You can sit and eat beside the hotel pool or on the balcony, which has one of the most incredible views of the city.

But one thing I love about LA is that it’s not just a metropolitan hub; it’s as much a part of its natural surroundings as it is a sprawling city. You can find all of the climates within a radius–there’s the beach right there and you don’t have to travel too far for snow. I love the wide-open spaces and fresh air, and another one of my favorite places to take friends are the Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. Like, the most beautiful oasis of roses and flowers and quiet spots for meditation. It’s truly an incredible experience if you feel like driving out to La Cañada.

I’m also big on showing off the cultural spots within the city. There are such incredibly diverse populations in LA, and two of my favorite Black-owned restaurants to eat at are Simply Wholesome and Harold and Belle’s, one of them known for healthy, tasty, meals (with a bookstore and grocer promoting health and wellness), as the other has some of the best Louisiana Creole outside of New Orleans. Both of these places are regular hangouts and are not only great places to sit down and eat but have live bands and a vibrant night vibe. I love it there.

Finally, one of my favorite spots to hang out is 31Ten; a lounge in Santa Monica. It’s got such a diverse crowd and brings in so many different types of people. You’ll literally never know who you’ll run into there, and it’s always fun for a girls’ (or guys’) night out. My friends and I always have a great time there, and it’s even better when you have a table—what better way to sip on cocktails and mingle?

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family. It’s like a community within itself; literally and figuratively. I have a very large, very tight-knit, extended family, and while my mother, father and two sisters receive all the credit; I have been blessed to have grown up surrounded by entrepreneurs; by incredible people who have championed our people and elevated the lives of others through their words and actions; and I have always sought to emulate them. I have always sought to make an impact and I’m just so fortunate to have been able to do so thanks to the love and guidance I have always had surrounding me.

Website: www.clothespetals.com

Instagram: clothespetals

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tahirahnall/

Other: Personal Instagram: @tahirahchristine eMail: tahirahchristine@clothespetals.com

Image Credits
Zachary Stephens (@ziggilo)

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