So, I’m the type of person who keeps a notebook by her bed to keep track of everything she has to do the next day + random thoughts that come into my head right before I go to sleep. I love to pre-plan as much as I can and always have an idea about what I want for the future.
But here’s the thing, life is about more than just dreaming or making a lists. It’s about positive action toward what you want to do in life. This is one very important ideal that was repeated throughout the Simply Stylist fashion and beauty blogger conference last week.
It started with a posh buffet breakfast surrounded by fellow bloggers and soon-to-be bloggers.
I had the pleasure of learning about the novelist behind the chic looks to come on The Posh Petitie, the graduate student and makeup lover who co-runs Bella & Debbie‘s YouTube channel (coming soon!), the vibrant Chicagoan who started Girl With All the Curls – she has great hair tips by the way – the kind soul who writes Shilpa’s Fashion Blog and the beautiful jewelry store held by the same woman who cultivated TheGoldRhapsody.com.
It’s not just enough to have killer style. Each one of these women has a drive that goes well beyond the intense dedication that goes into putting a blog together. They want to get better and act on their dreams.
Now that you’ve learned about more blogs to love, I know you want to hear all about the panels.
Lauren Bushnell (Yes, the one from The Bachelor and A Sparkle in Her Eye) was up first in an interview with Catt Sandler from E! News. She just finished filming a post-Bachelor show with Ben and is very much looking forward to diving back into blogging. According to Bushnell, it was the show that gave her the following and the confidence to create her own site.
They talked about how they got into blogging/illustrating and shared some pretty insightful tidbits.
Did you know Kat started it while she was bored at her PR job? That Holly was an art major doing sketches on bar napkins after graduation? Or that Jacey was a journalist who worked at HARPO, WGN, E! News and NBC?
You really don’t know where life will take you.
One thing that stood out: Lauren Bushnell, Kat Tanita and Jacey Duprie all talked about how they are fairly private people who just wanted to share what came to them organically. Yet, they’ve put themselves out there and it blossomed into something wonderful that they didn’t expect.
On top of blogging and starring in several designer/retail endeavors, Jacey has a jewelry line (coming out this holiday season!) and, if you didn’t know, Kat is sharing her love of travel and food with the world through an app this is now 1yr old. Holly has even created illustrations for Barney’s, Neiman Marcus and Disney campaigns, to name a few.
My favorite line of the night came in the Conference’s final Keynote:
“If you keep going, there’s no such thing as failure.” – Vanessa J. Simmons
Yes, your favorite woman from Run’s House, Daddy’s Girls and much more was there, too. In fact, she’s launching a site called VanessaJSimmons.com focused on female empowerment and fashion.
The reason why I’m telling you all this is because life can get absolutely crazy and you never know which way it will go. But, sometimes, that can be the best part of it. Your dream can literally develop and grow into something more wonderful than you ever imagined.
You just have to give it time, be yourself and work your a** off because no one is just going to hand you things – as they all made very clear.
Prime example: Lilliana Vazquez, another panelist and the woman who started theLVguide.com, had to constantly hound the Today Show before she even got a callback. Now, she has a regular segment with Kathie Lee & Hoda on that same show.
Fashion and style are fun, essential parts of life. But, nothing replaces hard work and even more determination.
I hope this article helped to lift your spirits up during this crazy political climate and overall time. I’m starting to learn that your 20’s aren’t always easy – and far from what you may have expected – but they’re part of a wonderful journey. No need to get discouraged about whatever comes your way. It will all work out in the end as long as you keep trying.
Have a great night, everyone!