BeautyView: Molly Schrader, Owner, Retro

How can I not love a woman who likes champagne as much as I do (maybe even more) and believes the best diet is never to eat anything that comes in a package? Her beauty phislosophy is to always make an effort – and I can attest that she does. She always looks fabulous, a combination of Marilyn Monroe and Amy Winehouse. Meet Molly Schrader, owner of Retro. The best salon ever not just because they carry Alchimie Forever, but because in addition to offering hair and skin services, they also offer champagne.

AP: What city were you born in? MS: Houston, TX.

AP: What city to do you live in? MS: Southern Pines, NC.

AP: What is your middle name? MS: Lee.

AP: What is your astrological sign? MS: Aries.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? MS: I absolutely LOVE Bossa Nova music.

AP: What is your most prized possession? MS: My super hot husband!

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? MS: My maternal grandmother. I never had the chance to meet her but I heard she was fearless, wild, and beautiful.

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. MS: Glam. Rock. Chic.

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? MS: I have cursed wrists. Bracelets and watches look terrible on me.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? MS: Diamonds! A girl needs to shine!

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? MS: Always make an effort. No matter how tired you are. Style your hair, put on some lip gloss, get a manicure.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? MS: In the daytime, Pure Grace by Philosophy. At night, Coco Chanel.

AP: Botox or not? MS: I haven’t yet but my girlfriends who do it LOVE it!

AP: Hair color: natural or not? MS: Not! I love to change my hair color. It’s like being reborn!

AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? MS: If it comes in a package, you probably shouldn’t eat it.

AP: What do you do for exercise? MS: Running and squats. Lots of squats.

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? MS: Coconut milk, champagne, veggies

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? MS: Champagne of course!

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? MS: When at work, focus on work. When your at home, focus on you. It’s important to find the seperation.

AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? MS: Between 6-8,000 miles

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? MS: 1. Always look nice. You never know who you will meet while traveling. 2. Make a playlist. Music sets my mood. It’s essential to get my head right for the next adventure. 3. Bring your own toiletries. Hotel products are not catering to your skin type!

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. MS: All the rage back home by Interpol; Desperate youth by Santigold; and Love is to die by War Paint.

AP: What book are you reading right now? MS: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.

AP: Quote to live by. MS: “Shut up, and put your big girl panties on.”

AP: What is your worst pet peeve? MS: Panty lines!!! The worst!

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? MS: Probably around 9 hrs. My cats send me hate stares if I’m not up to feed them by 8:30.

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? MS: The amazing products and how they can change a person’s life.

AP: Least favorite thing. MS: I want to take home everything.

AP: Who is your mentor? MS: My former boss, Michelle. She’s a woman of beauty, dignity, and strength. I learned a lot from her.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. MS: DO NOT expect to be handed anything. You have to WORK for it. Once you have it, work harder to keep it.