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Accessory Designer & Brand Founder, Lele Sadoughi, Shares Her Best Career Advice

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To ring in five years of our groundbreaking, makeup-loving SPF setting spray, Defense Refresh (Re)Setting Mist SPF 40, we partnered with some of our favorite brand friends to create five custom Defense Refresh Drops. Next up: Lele Sadoughi.

You’ve likely seen a Lele Sadoughi headband perched on top of your favorite influencer during your Instagram scrolls in the past year or two. The distinctive knotted headband is a trademark of Lele Sadoughi’s brand and proof of her talent to create charming accessories that turn into instant classics. Her eponymous label is full of statement-making jewelry, hair accessories and bags that are bright and full of joy.

So it was a no-brainer to partner with Lele on a limited-edition Supergoop! x Lele Sadoughi Defense Refresh (Re)Setting Mist SPF 40. Here, we chat with Lele about the lessons she learned throughout her career (she started out as J. Crew’s jewelry designer), her advice for fellow working mothers and her daily routine.

What are the biggest career lessons that you’ve learned along the way?

Be true to your DNA. I realize that I love anything feminine, colorful, and geometric. If you are consistent with your style, you can build a brand and a following that supports your creations. 

What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs who are also moms?

There is never a perfect time to start a business or start a family. It is messy, exhilarating, and hard work. Enjoy the small moments and try to make time to drop off the kids in school in the morning. And, make your life as convenient as possible. I live a block from my office and a block from school. 

Why is this collaboration with Supegoop! so special to you?

Supergoop! is bright, fun, and something we all need to look our best. I loved collaborating with them because we can both help people look their best and have a good time doing it.

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What’s your morning routine like right now?

These days, my morning routine is very different than it used to be. I am working in central time, so my calls start at 8am and go through 5pm. I jump out of bed, put on some makeup and brush my hair, and I take a break to help the kids with school. It is non-stop.

Why is Defense Refresh a favorite product of yours and what’s the story behind the design?

I’m so excited about this collaboration! We designed a motif inspired by our iconic floral bestsellers and Supergoop!’s core brand colors. It’s really hot in Dallas, so I love to wear Defense Refresh because it feels so light and airy. Plus, I always need sun protection since I take most of my calls in the backyard. 

What Lele Sadoughi accessories will you be wearing non-stop this summer?

I have been wearing my pearl Chelsea sunglasses, jeweled sunglass chains and my crystal denim headband on repeat. It’s the easiest way to look polished in a pinch.

+Are you excited for the next Defense Refresh drops? Any ideas as to what they might be? Leave your guesses in the comments below!