I am finally back from a whirlwind of a week in New York! As many of you know, I ventured to New York this past week for New York Fashion Week. It was my first time going to fashion week and I was so anxious and intimidated. But it was one of the best weeks of my entire life! I got to do so many amazing things I had only ever dreamt of doing. And I met so many amazing women who were all so open and encouraging.
A big part of my week was attending the Style Collective Conference. I recently joined Style Collective about 2 months ago after my friend/coach Cait Patton, from the blog Sophisticaition, referred me to them. P.S. if you haven’t checked out her blog, you need to go check it out. She posts on fashion, beauty and much more. She is so amazing!
I have tried out a log of groups and memberships that have a lot of promises and not much useful content. Style Collective, however, has been a breath of fresh air. It was started by Annie Spano, who is one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. She is truly committed to the members’ success in their journey. If you are a blogger or have a social media business, this is definitely a group you want to check out.
Their website has a ton of articles that have info from starting your blog, to locking down sponsorships. With the help of Style Collective and the info I got from their membership, I was able to collaborate with brands to get transportation and staying in New York for me and my family virtually free! I was also able to get into multiple invite-only events and shows. And set up meetings with brands and lock down contracts! Needless to say, I am beyond happy with my investment in my membership with Style Collective.
They have a Facebook Group where everyone can communicate and post with each other. We were able to meet everyone on the Facebook Group leading up to fashion week to set up photo shoots, meet for coffee and check out each other’s blogs.
They also have a podcast you can listen to where Annie Spano talks with different guests about different blogging topics and give a ton of great insight and tips. I usually listen to these in the car (Kylie is usually like, “Mom, Can we listen to music?”) lol.
At the conference we were totally spoiled! They had amazing swag bags filled with jewelry, makeup, skincare and much more. They also had Be Glammed there to do our hair and makeup or touch us up if we needed.
We got to have some fun taking pics in the photo booth and selfie mirror.
They had food, drinks and snacks throughout the whole day.
And best of all, we got a ton of info from Annie Spano and a whole panel of huge, successful bloggers. And at the end of the day, we all attended the Official New York Fashion Week Gala!
And even when I got home the gifts kept coming. I had a Fab Fit Fun box waiting for me from Style Collective.
It was a little intimidating going to the conference alone, without really knowing anyone. But I quickly found that everyone was so friendly and encouraging. It was such a breath of fresh air to see everyone giving advice and tips instead of treating it as a competition (which I see quite often). This business can be very hard to navigate because many people can be very tight lipped with their tips and info. But I experienced more of an openness and sisterhood with Style Collective and it was very encouraging.
I have had my business on social media for a while now and it has really grown. But I’m still pretty new to the whole blogging thing. Starting my blog has been very overwhelming for me and there have been a few times where I started to think that it just wasn’t for me. But with the help of Style collective, I think I am going to have an easier time getting some guidance. As I understand more about blogging, I am able to see that it is a great thing whether you want to blog full time as a business, just want to to it as a hobby or if you already have a business and want to create extra content for your customers. My mom has had her own business for a while now, and recently started a blog full of posts that have practical and informative information at Now to Wow Life. Customers will really appreciate the free information and tips, and it will keep you engaged with your customers and audience. Which will help keep you and your business in their mind and relevant. I’ve seen dental offices, coaches, graphic designers, and many more start blogs as another way to connect with people.
If you are a blogger or interested in starting a blog, click here to check out Style Collective and join the Sisterhood!
I also thought this would be a great post for National Day of Encouragement! Blogging can be so daunting starting out (I KNOW)! But I am so grateful for everyone who has encouraged me along the way. Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.
Keep Living Beautifully!
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