We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Cortez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jasmine, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My entire life i have worked for fortune 500 companies. I looked back at my life and realized my hard work had always been rewarded in anything i’ve worked for. I decided to finally take a leap of faith towards the financial freedom i’ve dreamt that i could create on my own. 

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always been complemented on my fashion sense. what a lot of people didn’t know was that they were probably complementing an item I’ve had for over 10 years, a hand me down or some thing I found at a thrift. it wasn’t until I started taking myself and my business seriously that I knew my fashion sense was timeless and women loved what i wore. I think that’s what sets Jade Los Angeles apart. our selection is timeless. items you can bring out for a specific season and keep them forever. I’m so proud that i even started! this past march when my website launched i had no idea if i was ever going to sell anything. Remaining true to myself has shown me how authenticity will always get you noticed. I’m excited for this new year to come,I’ll be working really hard on creating that brand identity. I’m just a fly girl from the San fernando valley with a dream,The beginning of this journey hasn’t been easy but I think the fun part is always finding a way and knowing this is possible if I work for it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
my background consists of food and culture! in fact eating is my second hobby so my best friend better be ready to gain 10 pounds on her trip. One of my favorite things about Phoenix is that it’s a melting pot from people all over the nation. some of the best places to eat are on the Westside in Glendale, we’’ll start our food tour at Westgate they have plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, can’t forget about the awesome food trucks! on a Sunday we can go hiking at squaw Peak and Enjoy the rest of the day day drinking At the Scottsdale strip. definitely do some shopping at the Arizona Mills mall and take her by the Tempe town Lake for some good views of the city.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
yes! not a day goes by without my heart being filled by the love and support of so many! With every challenge and obstacle, i’ve had an amazing women right behind me mentoring me or cheering me on. My parents Sal, norma and sister Krystal have always pushed me to be the person i know i am. They’ve shown me through hard work our dreams are achievable. My friends and family! they’re truly my day 1’s who have supported me on anything and everything i do. i’ve been so blessed to have so much support by everyone i love. The boss women i’ve met on my journey through wall street, Amiee Parker,She is definitely one of them. A true leader rising to the top of social media marketing and isn’t afraid to lead and Lend helping hand to others. Xena,owner of baddiville has been so humble on giving me advice on running an online store and watching her give back to her boutique community has been an inspiration.lastly, my boyfriend Jonathan. he’s made my transition to full-time mom-preneur a dream come true without a doubt. So grateful for all of these people in my life I wouldn’t be here without any of them.

Website: jadelosangeles.com
Instagram: @shop.jadelosangeles
Facebook: @shop.jadelosangeles
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