Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Finding a Mentor

Hey all! Since stepping away from my other work and starting Ellie & June, I’ve been approached so many times from people with great ideas who just want to take that dive and are looking for advice. Originally I planned to write a post on how to create the supportive infrastructure to take that leap of faith. I came up with about 10 items but quickly learned I wanted to speak to each of them in more depth. As a consequence, I decided to break each item up into individual posts 🙂

When I first bulleted my list, I wrote “Find a Mentor” first.  To me the word “mentor” isn’t a phrase I use lightly. Here’s where I want you to pay attention: my mentor is not my exceedingly supportive husband. It is not one of my parents. It isn’t the most knowledgeable person I know. It isn’t my most successful friend. For the purpose of today, I say mentor in a professional context. This is someone who will inspire you to see the world in a different way. This is someone you work closely with, perhaps often. Think The Devil Wears Prada… except ideally in a healthier context.

My experience with my mentor had three characteristics that I’m writing about today: 1) My mentor didn’t appeal to me whatsoever in the realm of “failure or success”; rather his personal attributes exceeded the maturity of mine. 2) I offered to work for this person for free. I figured the rest out. 3) My mentor has no idea he was (and still is) my greatest mentor. For real.

Now let’s break those down. View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Artful Blogging

You guys… I am just so incredibly honored to have been featured in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Artful Blogging. This is such a beautiful magazine; packed with inspiration and the narratives of just wonderful and creative people. As someone who doesn’t come from this background at all, I’m just so honored to be included among such talented individuals. I sincerely want to thank each and every one of you who has stopped by my blog, my shop, or my Instagram account and followed along- truly, your support means so very much to me. Virtual glass tip 🙂

I was asked to write a piece about my Instagram account and how I got my start there. I wrote a little bit about my background, how I take my photos and why I like to/how I get into the frame.

The magazine is available at Barnes & Noble, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels as well. If you happen to pick up a copy, I sincerely hope you enjoy! Be sure to check out their other amazing publications like Where Women Create, which has been one of my favorites for years!

All my love to you all,



Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Wall Street Journal in Brief

If I had a dollar for every time I couldn’t get to my morning paper, my retirement fund would be the least of my concerns. Sometimes I just look at the paper folded on my kitchen counter and remember a time I actually got to it almost every day. Those days are gone.

Alas, I got to the business section this morning and now I’m bringing it to you in summary form because you probably don’t have time for that shiz!! Enjoy and hopefully you’ll learn something random about a company you use every day 🙂 View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Lessons Starting Shop

I had a recent conversation with someone about Ellie & June, and they reminded me of how different things were just one year ago today (read the first 10 things I did when I started my business here). She asked me what lessons I’ve learned so far, and what surprised me the most since the shop launched last July. I thought I’d take our conversation a step further and write a blog post about it!

I started this blog to document and share my experience in entrepreneurship and motherhood (among other things); so today, I’m speaking to three surprising things I’ve learned since starting Ellie & June. I’ve only listed three since I didn’t want to write a novel (although that’s already questionable), but it’s my hope that if nothing else, you’ll gain something for your business, or even yourself. Enjoy! View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Ellie & June Shoot with Ellie

Outfit 1 | Evandale Dress
Outfit 2 | Boho Maxi Skirt and Boho Crop
Toddler Tote | Ryla Bag

This past weekend we had one of the sunniest days we have had in a long time. So after spending the morning cooking breakfast and sipping coffee, I cleared out my living room, set up our newest backdrop, and took some shots of Ellie in her favorite pieces from our shop. These are all on CRAZY SALE until Friday, so be sure to pick them up if you love them!! Here’s some of my favorites from the day 🙂 View Post