I feel like Barrett was one of the first Instagram accounts that I truly connected with. No matter what I messaged her, she should always respond with such kindness. I am always inspired by the beautiful she brings to this world. From food to the most beautiful floralr arrangements you can imagine, she has definitely made her mark. She creates recipes that are simple and easy to follow, yet so incredibly delicious. I dream of one day receiving one of her gift baskets just to have an experience of her artistic touch. We have yet to meet in person, but I can't wait for the day when we can sit and have tea and talk about life.
To top it all off she has the most beautiful family (and one on the way). I am so grateful to Barrett for taking the time to do this interview and become part of the Body Bliss Family.
While doing this interview, tears came to my eyes. Barrett's authenticity and truth are so beautiful. I could go on and on, but I will let the interview speak for itself:
What inspired you to create your own business?
I was almost 30 and in the process of closing down the handbag line I had started with my husband, Andre. I was at a crossroads and needed to figure out if I was going to stay in fashion or take a chance on doing something else. I thought about it a lot and kept coming back to food, cooking, and entertaining…I was just uncertain on how to translate that into a career. So, I started working in a restaurant, then for some catering companies, and a few months later Valleybrink Road was born. It has now been 5 years and the business has grown in such a beautiful and organic way. I am so grateful I took a risk to create something of my own.
What drew you to food styling and floral arrangements?
I have always been pretty creative, making my own clothes and jewelry when I was younger. Cooking and flowers started more in my twenties and really stemmed from my love of having people over and entertaining. Everything about creating the entire experience has always brought me such happiness and fulfillment.
Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why?
My mom. Single mom who raised three kids all on her own, despite the fact that everything was stacked against her. Now being a mother myself and experiencing how challenging even raising and providing for one child is, I am just blown away how she did it for three with such grace and always with a smile on her face.
What is your favorite meal?
Does there have to be just one!?! I would probably say breakfast/brunch…I love the fact I can have sweet dishes like pancakes paired with things like crispy potatoes and sautéed kale. It is the best of both worlds.
What is your process in manifesting your dreams and your goals?
I believe in saying yes. And, then figuring it out. I think that has really been a determining factor in the success of Valleybrink Road. Believe me, I didn’t have much figured out in the beginning but I had enough confidence in myself to know I could figure it out. Say yes first, and then problem solve to get it done.
What is your morning ritual?
I think the better question would be, what is my son’s morning ritual? Ha! It starts with Costa telling me its “wake up time” even though it is probably still dark out. He demands a quick piggy back right to the kitchen where we make tea and breakfast together. Mornings are my special mama time with costa so I really try to just focus on him and giving him my full attention. It is always a mad dash to finally get dressed and out the door so I can drop him at school and head to the office.
How do you honor your feminine body?
I think self care is so important…and probably realized this much more once I had a child. If I am taking a little time to care for myself, then I am not only a better mother but also, a better wife and overall human. I try to make time for simple things like a quiet bath soak, and once this next baby arrives, I will get back into my yoga and long walks routine.
Where do you find Bliss in your life?
I think bliss is everywhere we choose to see it. It is so easy to get caught up in the stress and exhaustion of it all….I am really trying to stay in the moment and remind myself that this all will pass sooner than we can imagine, so we better soak up all the goodness right now.
If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be?
Confidence is key. Believe in yourself first and so much will follow that simple action.
Valleybrink Road is a floral design and luxury gifting company based in Los Angeles, CA. The vision of Barrett Prendergast, a florist, gifter, and lifestyle curator, Valleybrink Road is a natural extension of her love of entertaining and her passion for creating the perfect gift.