I am a mom of three beautiful girls (Rita, Claudia and Natalie) and have a very loving and supportive husband. After spending many years working on Wall Street, I decided to take a more creative route after Rita was born. I quit corporate America and decided to start creating, which has always been my passion.
After the horror of 9/11 I quit corporate America and decided to start a business selling crafting supplies on Ebay. After a while I felt that I needed to do more in order to grow so I built my own website and opened a brick and mortar store called Creative Design Boutique in New Jersey. I sold all kinds of fun crafting and scrapbooking supplies.
Still wanting to do more, I decided that manufacturing would be my next journey so I started a company called Rita Marie and Company where I designed and manufactured my own line of scrapbooking papers and embellishments. This business was a slow start because I was busy with pregnancy number two, my beautiful daughter Claudia. With family being my first priority this business had to wait.
In 2008, with 2 children in tow, we moved to NC and I continued to run my scrapbooking business online only. In 2010 my third precious daughter Natalie was born and our family was now complete. I decided I needed to step up my game and put my crafting supplies to work. I opened my Etsy shop called Vintage Paris Market.
Here is where my creative juices started flowing. I was able to make paper products, home decor and wedding needs and sell it online. Then the idea came that I should add a bath and body line to this lovely shop that has a Parisian flair. I started with soaps then I expanded to other bath and body products.
I have always loved natural and organic skin care because I have very sensitive skin. As an adult I was lucky enough to get adult acne so after numerous dermatology visits and lots and lots of reading and experimenting I formulated some products (especially my African black soap with plantain ashes) that help remedy the situation. This let me know that I could continue with this and formulate natural products for others to enjoy.
All my products are made in small batches to ensure freshness using local and sustainable ingredients. I am always working on a new and exciting products and formulations to bring to all my valued customers. This is a journey that I want to continue, but I need you to join me for the ride.