Meet Nicole Pollard Bayme: LA Mama and Founder of LALALUXE
Nicole Pollard Bayme
“Put one foot in front of the other and just keep going every day.”
What do you do and what led you to this career?
I am a creative entrepreneur with a Los Angeles based fashion styling firm called LALALUXE and a wellness and beauty brand called Bikini Cleanse. I started my styling firm in 2005 while I was working as a secretary at a preschool. I loved to shop and travel and began my business offering luxury shopping tours in LA. This soon led me to some of my first styling jobs in the Gulf region and Asia. Fast forward 14 years and my work has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harpers Baazar, and I style some of the most influential people in the world from royal families to Forbes top 10 list. In 2015 I launched Bikini Cleanse, which started as a detox product line and has grown into a full wellness and beauty brand. I worked with scientists and nutritionists to create a program of food supplements for my clients at LALALUXE so they looked and felt amazing for Award Season or a trip to St Barths. My clients loved it so much they persuaded me to take it mainstream and Bikini Cleanse was born. My husband and I run Bikini Cleanse together, and we sell at places like Saks Fifth Avenue, Moda Operandi, and Revolve.
What is the name and age of your little one?
Phoenix Rose, and she is 11 months old.
What has been your biggest career achievement thus far?
My biggest career achievement so far has been going back to work after having a baby. Nothing has been scarier and more rewarding than to become a working mom.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a mother?
Before my daughter was born, I had a son who died at one day old. I think after that experience I take very little for granted. The most rewarding aspect of being a mother of an 11 month old is being her whole world. I love being her nurturance, guidance, fun and who she comes to for safety and security.
And what is the most challenging?
Being a big planner and checklist maker, motherhood threw me for a loop when I realized I could no longer plow through my to-do lists with the same ferocity as before. Now, if I get one thing done on my ever growing to-do list, it's a good day.
What is your best advice for someone new to your industry?
Put one foot in front of the other and just keep going every day. Network. Don't waste your time on social media or TV if it's not business related.
What is your best advice for a new mother?
Take some time to enjoy your new baby. It's okay if you can't get as much done as you used to. Don't be hard on yourself, you made a human.
What's next for you? Do you have an exciting projects coming up?
My husband Ari and I are launching another brand in the family wellness space. Stay tuned!