Sandy Bodeau is the designer and founder of Sira & Mara Jewelry. Hailing from Spain, Sandy came to the United States 11 years ago knowing virtually no English and with only $800 in her pocket. Thanks to her determination and exceptional work ethic, Bodeau is now fluent in English, holds two degrees, and has held jobs as a radio political analyst, as an interpreter, and in the U.S. Senate. These days, Bodeau is tackling a new challenge: entrepreneurship.
Her company, Sira & Mira Jewelry, was inspired by her passion for making handmade jewelry for herself. Now, her line has taken off, and was even featured on Despierta America, “What’s Trending” on Elvis Duran, The Morning Show, and more. Sira & Mara Jewelry has been worn by television hostesses Alejandra Espinoza, Mary Carmen Lopez, Ana Patricia Gonzalez, as well as news anchors Satcha Pretto and Alicia Gentile.
For her amazing drive, incredible creativity, and energizing passion, Sandy Bodeau is this week’s Inspiring Latina.
Tell us a little about your jewelry line Sira and Mara:
Sira & Mara was born out of the desire to find trendy yet affordable accessories. I remembered those times when I barely had money to pay my rent, yet still wanted to look my best as the fashionista that I have always been. In order to create Sira & Mara Jewelry, I channeled that love for fashion, travel and all things exotic into building my own collection of accessories. Sira & Mara Jewelry is named after my late Aunt and Grandmother. This is my way of keeping their memory alive, honoring their influence in my life, and continuing to carry them with me everywhere I go.
Have you always wanted to make and design jewelry?
Even though I have always been connected to (and loved) fashion through my mother, who is very talented seamstress, Sira & Mara Jewelry was born accidentally. My passion for designing and making handcrafted fashion jewelry for myself sparked the interest of a friend who placed the first unofficial “order” from what later became Sira & Mara Jewelry. Seeing the smile a simple bracelet brought to my friend’s face led me to harness the power of social media (i.e. Facebook, Wordpress, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest) to bring my products to the masses.
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