Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Harrison?
I’m originally from Rwanda and Congo (DRC). We moved to Maryland from the Congo when I was 10 years old. I moved to New York in 2010 and have been living in Harrison for the past 3 years.
How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
I have 3 beautiful little boys. I have a 6 y/o, 3 y/o, and 2 y/o.
What do you love about living in the Sound Shore?
The access to the beach, parks and the different towns and villages.
What’s your favorite restaurant and place to shop in the Sound Shore?
My favorite places to shop are Saks, Neiman Marcus, Free People, Palmer & Purchase.
What are your favorite things to do with your kids?
I love to cook with my kids! My favorite thing to make is crepes. It’s easy to make and they are so yummy!
I also love to explore new places/cities with them.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you need some “me time”?
I don’t get a lot of “me time” so when I do I try to get a massage and really relax.
Tell us about Nogama Jewelry. How did you get started?
Growing up, I loved jewelry, wore high heels everywhere, and was a self-professed girly-girl. But after having my kids, I struggled with redefining my style to align with my new lifestyle and identity. Like most moms, I felt that I had to find myself again. My passion for great jewelry encouraged me to start NOGAMA. I named my boutique after my three boys, Noah, Gabriel, and Malachi. Each piece is hand-selected by Myself for the inspiring woman – whether she’s a working mom, running marathons, or simply making everyone’s day a little brighter – she deserves to feel strong, confident and feminine regardless of her shape, size or cultural background. NOGAMA gives women daily reminders that they are more than the many titles they carry and that they can stand in their own confidence and power.
What has been the biggest challenge in your business?
I think the biggest challenge is juggling it all between being a mom, a wife, a midwife, and my jewelry business.
What’s your favorite part of owning your own business?
I get to do what I love, on my own terms. Plus I get to play with jewelry all day long!!
How do you describe your personal jewelry style?
I would describe my personal jewelry style as timeless sophistication. I love elegant pieces that can be worn day and night, every day of the week.
What is one piece of jewelry you never leave home without?
Besides my wedding rings, I never leave home without my diamond studs.
How do you juggle your business with mommyhood?
I mostly work while my kids are at school because I love being present with them in the evenings. This is especially true when it comes to helping my children with their french homework since my husband does not speak french.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another mom?
Make sure to take care of yourself first, so you can take care of others!
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