Design Talk With Lindsey Beaman
North Carolina gal and now local designer Lindsey Beaman lets us in on what she’s loving right now, who inspires her most, and what to binge watch next on Netflix!
You just recently moved to Frederick. Where did you move from? What is your favorite thing to do in Downtown Frederick?
I recently moved here from North Carolina, where I am originally from. I was offered a job in Bethesda and was ready for a change so I decided to make Maryland my new home. I fell in love with Downtown Frederick the first time I came to visit. I was looking for a lively city with a hometown feel and that is exactly what I found here. I love walking downtown, finding a cute restaurant to eat dinner on the patio, going for brunch, and visiting all of the unique, locally owned shops downtown.
Where did the name Adelena Ray come from?
Adelena Ray is a combination of my middle name (Adele), my sister's first name (Elena) and my brother's first name (Ray).
Whose style do you admire?
Emma Watson. Her style is simple, but polished. And she is a lover of neutrals!
Do you have advice for juggling two jobs?
Organization, planning and time management are key and I admit I continuously have to work on this. I am also finishing my Master’s degree at George Washington University so I still don’t have the balance down pat, but I’ve learned a few strategies to keep myself together. I always try to prioritize and plan my week ahead of time, set weekly goals, find encouragement when I am feeling stressed and lastly, take a few hours every week for some “me time.” The last year has been a crazy ride between working full time, going to school part time and starting Adelena Ray, but I wouldn’t change a thing as I have learned more about myself and formed new friendships along the way.
Tell us a little about what inspired you and when did you start teaching yourself?
I like wearing pieces that are unique and aren't sold in every store that you walk into. I started making jewelry for myself because I could not find exactly what I was looking for. People would always ask where I got my necklaces from so I began making custom orders and then slowly started increasing production. I first began selling my collection in a boutique in Fayetteville, NC, close to where I grew up. Once I moved to Maryland I decided to find a boutique that aligned with the style of my collection and that is how I ended up at Silk & Burlap, the first boutique in Maryland to sell this line.
What advice do you have for young women looking to start their own business?
Work hard, don’t give up and learn to accept chaos. It will take many early mornings and many late nights, but it is worth it when pursuing a job of your dreams. While it is important to make your business a top priority, it is also necessary to take time for yourself. I have found that I feel more energetic, I’m able to maintain a positive outlook and I feel a greater sense of motivation when I take time to let my mind and body take a breather.
What do you like to do on your days off?
To be honest, I usually spend my days off making and designing jewelry. I also enjoy going for brunch and mimosas downtown (Café Nola is a favorite), going for an occasional yoga class, and taking my dog, Tee-jay, for a walk on the creek or Baker Park.
Do you have a favorite book/ movie?
I just recently watched Inside Out which is probably my new favorite movie! I don’t think I have finished a book within the last year, but the next two books on my list are Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling.
Margarita or Mojito?
Mountains or Beach?
Soft Taco or Hard Tacos?
Leo or Ryan Gosling?
That's a tough one. I would gladly take either, but I'm going to have to say Ryan.
Silver or Gold?
What is your most used emoji?
The little monkey!