Typical of many MOBs, Rose has more than one business to run - Rose Jubb Wardrobe Stylist, her styling services and Frou Frou Vintage, her vintage clothing boutique.
You can find Frou Frou Vintage at Curiosities in Beaverton and her styling service is entirely mobile. “I come to people's homes for Closet Consults, I meet people for coffee for Style Consults, and I take people shopping too,” she says.
Rose grew up in the country of Minnesota and has always had a passion for fashion. “I’ve always put a lot of thought and effort into how I dressed, even though it may not have always shown (ahem, middle school, ahem). I can remember fighting with my mom daily about what I’d wear to kindergarten” says Rose.
Rose came to styling through an unexpected path. “I was an art student first, studying graphic design. I worked in graphic design and marketing for eight years before moving to Portland in 2008 and getting laid off during the financial crisis,” she explains.
After being laid off, she decided to go back to school for psychology because it had always interested her and she realized people tended to naturally open up to her. She went to graduate school for her Masters in Social Science, majoring in Counselling and afterwards began working in mental health, but after her son was born she decided to stay home.
As it turns out, she uses her skills in her styling services. “Style is such a very personal expression of who we are that I think it helps to drive deeper into why someone has worn what they’ve been wearing and how can we get them to where they want to be with style. Not to mention all the sociobiological reasons about why we like what we like on ourselves and others, and the psychological hints that you are giving to people through your style. That certainly all ties back to my background in psychology,” she explains.
Although her Frou Frou Vintage business was already established, she was inspired to start her styling career after joining the MOB Alliance. “I had been styling myself and others for years, off the books and unpaid, until Christie Gryphon asked me if I styled people professionally. And it was like lightening hit me. She might not know it, but it was right then and there that I decided to put myself out there and professionally style people,” she explains.
Rose names Stacy London, host of What Not to Wear, as one of her mentors. “She has a truly inspiring story, she's got major style chops, she is a feminist, she dresses for herself, she has helped so many women, she keeps it real, and she recently wrote that aging has allowed her to ‘carry around less "f***s in her trouser pockets’. I love her.”
Like many business owners, Rose struggles with her pricing and charging worth. She says it can be tempting to cut her prices rather than wait for the right customer to come to her.
She advises new business owners focus on commitment. “It takes commitment to stick with something when the passion wanes momentarily or you have a slow time. If it's truly what you should be doing push through that boredom or rough patch. But if it's crickets for a long period know when to reevaluate with someone you trust and cut bait if you need to,” she says.
She loves to work with people who have recently had a change in their life or need change in their life. “Women who have had kids, lost weight, gained weight, changed jobs, want to change jobs, want to sell a product, want to sell their services, recently retired, are traveling more, the list goes on and on!”
Rose says her biggest accomplishment is her family. “I have one little boy, and he and his dad are the loves of my life. I'm very focused on my work and very driven, but I get googley eyes for those two. It's the most challenging and rewarding thing I've ever done (being the main lady in their lives),” she says.
Her other big accomplishment is being brave enough to put her own interests and self-care ahead of other’s expectations. “I'm a born rule follower with a deep artistic streak that has always run contrary to my love of admiration from authority figures. To stop trying to put on a show for them and be myself was and is a big deal to me. (Did I mention I was a psych major?!)”
Rose loves seeing the support the MOB offers. “The great examples set for women by the founder and directors to put community over competition. It's inspiring. It is truly the one group of people who completely understand my daily struggles. Sure, sometimes we are lucky enough to have partners in the trenches with us, but we're doing two different jobs. Coming to this group was like meeting up with all these other Generals who knew exactly how I struggled balancing motherhood, family, and the drive to build a business,” she explains.
When we asked Rose what she loved most about working for herself, she replied “My boss is so well dressed and easy going!”
Rose offers MOB Alliance members 15% off all her services.
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