Sometimes I think we forget to stop and be grateful for the little things (or at least I know I do). In reflecting on my trip to New York, I'm realizing how incredible it is to be a part of a network of fellow bloggers through a platform like Style Collective. I had the chance to meet Annie Spano at the Style Collective event and am so inspired by her vision to empower women and provide resources that help women succeed in the blogging industry.
In a society where so much hate and judgement exists, it's a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by women who want to see each other succeed - we don't have to have scarcity mentality! There's enough room for all of us to blossom and pursue our passions. Just because your blogging equivalent (we all have those, right? In some form or fashion) is seeing steady growth in blogging and you're not growing as quickly doesn't mean she's using up all the success that's left. You, too, can be successful because you are uniquely YOU. You have something nobody else has to offer - your own thoughts, advice and style (and nobody can take that away from you!)
Style Collective celebrates our individuality. It embraces each member for what they bring to the industry. It's a network of women building each other up, when so frequently we experience situations where women are tearing each other down. And, when it came to NYFW, so many helpful tools were shared to help newbies succeed and have the best possible first experience! (Trust, mine was so great that I'm already planning my trip in February! 😬)
A whole guide was available, detailing what to expect, when to reach out to PR contacts, where to stay, what to pack - hey! I can't complain. As a NYFW rookie, I wouldn't have even known where to begin without these resources!
The Style Collective event on September 8th was a great time! As a member, I got to experience the VIP suite and enjoy all the fun activities taking place inside. If you know me, getting dolled up is like 🙌🏼 (And even better when I'm not the one having to do it!) sipped some Day Owl Rosé, got treated to delicious chocolate by Patchi and the cutest cookies by chocolati bar aaaaand lashes and lips by beGlammed 💁🏻
I've met some incredible friends through Style Collective and have the platform to thank for helping make my first experience at NYFW far better than I could have hoped! If you've been considering applying, I would strongly recommend (I'm not getting paid to say this lol). I honestly don't use the every day resources as much as I should but the tips and connections provided for NYFW were, in and of itself, worth every penny I pay to be a member. And, who doesn't want to be a part of a group with all the same interests that has the sole purpose of providing support that nobody else (other than other bloggers experiencing the exact same circumstances) understands. Blogging can be tough, especially if you work full time, because the market is heavily saturated and it's hard to stay on top of your game when it can't be your main focus. Style Collective is dedicated to helping make your dreams come true and giving you the tips and tricks to do what you love, even if you can only do it part of your time 💗
xo - Courtney