Frilly Lilly Shawnessy, our newest boutique, is now open in Southwest Calgary! Melissa and Rayelene are the brains, brawn, and beauty behind this operation. You’ll surely see their smiling faces when you visit, but in the meantime get to know them with this Q&A!

1) What made you decide to open your own Frilly Lilly boutique?

Melissa: I was a client at the flagship store in Mission and fell in love with the décor and concept. The waxing techniques Frilly Lilly uses are like no other!

Rayelene: My fabulous business partner Melissa and her husband inspired me to get involved.

2) What excites you most about owning your own business?

M: Being able to make people feel special and create a positive space that our clients will always feel welcome in.

R: It has been a dream to own my own business for such a long time, and now it’s finally happening!

3) What advice would you give your 10-year old self?

M: Stay true to yourself and follow your dreams. You’ll surprise yourself.

R: Don’t compare yourself to others, everyone has their own journey. Also, invest in Apple!

4) What is your favourite thing about Calgary?

M: It is so diverse and adaptable.

R: I love the lilacs in the springtime and being so close to the mountains.

5) If you could have brunch with any woman who would it be and why?

M: Oprah. She is a true inspiration.

R: Brené Brown. She’s an amazing author and speaker and is so insightful and inspiring.

Name the person who has inspired you most in your life?

M: My mother, she is a pillar of strength and is passionate about life!

R: My mother too!

What is your favourite Frilly Lilly product?

M: Argentinian Lemon Shea Butter Crème. So refreshing!

R: Lavender Shea Butter Crème. I think we’ve absolutely perfected the lavender scent.

What is your favourite book?

M: I love books that teach and provide constant growth and motivation.

R: I love a good book, especially one I can’t put down after I start it. The most recent example of that is “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom.