I met Andra at a lunch with Libby Callaway and Susan Sherrick and had an immediate girl crush.
She is the most observant and funny person, but to me, her tenderness and loyalty are the most profound parts of her. As a retired actress, her ability to pick up on people's mannerisms and reflect them back to me is one of the funniest parts of her. And when you're going through a hard time in your life, there are few people who will be a fiercer lion protecting you than Andra Eggleston. She held space for me during a very difficult time when I would have only expected that sort of treatment from a family member.
We're both moms building our own brands--hers, electra eggleston (which covers my entire house, by the way). We both have sons of the same age who are our doppelgängers.
I could not love her more. She is the yin to my yang. Now I'll let Andra tell you more...
What trait do you most love about yourself?
I have been told that I have a calming and grounding energy that people feel when they are around me, and I enjoy being appreciated for my natural presence!
What trait do you most love in others?
My best friends are all strong women. I love women who stand in their power. I have been told my friends are "intense." HELL YES, I say.
Name one thing of which you are proudest.
I am very proud of creating the debut textile collection that ultimately became electra eggleston. I look back on it sometimes and think, was that me? How did I do that? Could I do that again? We launched 4 years ago, and in that span of time, I broke up with my business partner, had 3 miscarriages and lost my mother. I could have given up in the face of so much loss, but I'm still here, still going, still creating, still driven and, of course, still in disbelief that I did it in the first place.
What is your favorite thing to do when nothing is being asked of you?
If I am at home and suddenly disappear without notice, better check my bathtub. I have been known to sometimes take 3 scalding hot baths a day, depending on my mood and the weather.
What fragrance can you not live without?
Right now it is without a doubt Tom Ford Santal Blush, which is used by both me and my husband (conveniently), so I get plenty of it!
All photos by Heidi Ross.