Stylist United Launch Party + Mixer Recap 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH

STYLIST UNITED LAUNCH PARTY + MIXER

SANGRIA PATIO BAR

It’s official. Stylist United has officially launched and we’re ready to work!

We turned Sangria upside on Friday as we celebrated our success and future endeavors with family and friends in all red (of course). We received over 100 RSVP’s and couldn’t thank everyone enough for coming out and supporting us.

We worked really hard to bring you a night full of networking, pictures against the iconic grassy backdrop, gift bags and interviews. Check out this exclusive interview below with our sister in style, Tonae Lee of Style Fanatic! 

(the video is a little hard to hear by the way)

 


If you didn’t get a chance to grab a copy of our press kit, feel free to click the link below for a closer look!

Stylist United Press Kit

We couldn’t thank you all enough for all the support and donations. We really appreciate each and everyone of you and are excited to see what the future holds for us.

Thanks again for coming out and stay tune for what we have coming up next ✨

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The Look

Red Tuxedo Jacket: Missguided

Red Skinny Cigarette Trouser: Missguided

Selina Body Suit in red: Irregular Exposure 

 

We want to work with you! Email us at Stylistunitedbrand@gmail.com

Photographer: @kingbozzvy

 

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Learning to Let Go | How to Survive the Entrepreneurial Journey

“Every day is a fresh start” is what I’ve been drilling in my head since I left my previous full time job in September 2016. Last year around this time, I was living out my personal styling dreams at Trunk Club. A place that I thought I’d still be calling home until God decided to switch gears on me.

Fast forward to this year and just like clock work, I’m back in the same boat. Two weeks ago, I decided my time was up at my former job working as an executive assistant for a local designer. It had to have been the most uncomfortable feeling I’ve ever felt in a long time. I never had to leave a job before. After googling a few tips, I typed up my resignation letter and sealed it in an envelope. The following week, I asked my boss if we could speak in private and I broke the news to her. I had no idea what I was doing or what was next but I knew I had to go. 

Friday, September 8th was my last day and I felt rejuvenated and hella pressed to have some free time to work on me and my business. I’m not fully unemployed though. I actually picked up a part time job as a receptionist at a spa just to make ends meet until I’m financially prepared to work for myself. The same day I left, I headed straight to an interview for another part-time position and GOT THE JOB! And guess what. The pay rate was exactly the same as what I was receiving as an assistant. God knew that having  one part time job just wasn’t enough for me to get where I needed to be.

Working as a full time entrepreneur is my ultimate end goal. I know it won’t be an easy process but there are definitely some things that I plan to do to help get me there.

Want to find out how I plan to survive the crazy entrepreneurial journey? Keep reading.

Never say Never

The world is full of opportunities that are just waiting for us to take advantage of! Sometimes we find them on our own and other times God places them right in front of us. But it’s up to us to decide what choice to make.

Yes, there are opportunities in my life that I wish I would have taken but I am a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. I’m learning to trust my instinct and God. But I have learned that if an opportunity is meant for you than it will work out. And if not, something bigger and better is definitely coming. But until then, I try to say “yes” to almost every opportunity that comes by way that of course is related to what I do and that will get me closer to my end goal.

Be Uncomfortable

As I mentioned above, I was extremely uncomfortable leaving my assistant job behind. I’m swimming in student loans, I’m still living at home and I’m just barely making enough money to get by but I knew my time was up. Even though I couldn’t technically see it, I knew God had another plan for me.

I used to catch an attitude and get all worked up when things weren’t going as I planned (and I still do sometimes) but everything that you hope and pray for isn’t meant for you. You have to step out of your comfort zone sometimes to gain a blessing. Sometimes you have to do the total opposite of what you want to do just to get where you want to be. No it’s not fair but it’s definitely rewarding in the end.

Ask for Help

I’m probably the most stubborn person I know and that’s a fact. But when I’m at a point where I feel like I can’t do or give anything else, I simply ask for help. And I say simply because it’s just that. One of the most simple things to do. Not everybody you ask for help from will be willing to help you and some of them may not even respond but at least you tried. At least you stepped out of your comfort zone and let them know that you admire what they do and need some guidance.

I’m the type of person that thinks I can do everything on my own. But it’s nothing like being guided in the right direction by someone whose already been in the same situation as you. I’m sure the person you’re reaching out to eventually asked for help too.

Invest

Investing in yourself and your business is the most important thing you could ever do as a business owner. Over the past year, I’ve personally learned that everything isn’t an investment and every investment isn’t everything. What does that even mean?

Well, when you want to invest in something you have to make sure that it is the right investment for you. You don’t want to be broke after putting all your money into something that won’t even benefit you in the long run. Do your research. You have to make sure that what you’re planning to invest in is worth the investment. What will you lose? What will you gain? How will it effect your business in the future? These are questions I always ask myself when deciding whether to invest in something.

Plan Ahead

I write EVERYTHING DOWN. And if I don’t, it doesn’t get done.

I’ve always been organized but college really took my OCD (I haven’t been diagnosed yet) and the perfectionist in me to the next level. Every night, I take out my planner/journal and write down everything that I plan to accomplish the following day. A lot of the information is redundant as far as posting on social media or working on my blog. I make sure that these tasks are completed each day so that I get in the habit of being consistent. Consistency is key when it comes to owning a brand and business!

Network

NETWORK. NETWORK. NETWORK. Networking is a blessing and a curse. At least for me. There aren’t many fashion related events that happen in Baltimore, so I tend to travel to D.C or other surrounding ares for most events. The commute from Baltimore to D.C is an hour so the event definitely has to be worth the travel.

But how do you know that it’s worth it?

Well, you have to do your research! Stalk the people that you know will be in attendance. Look at their website. Learn about what they’ve done and who they know. Make sure you know their names so that you can introduce yourself when you run into them at the event. Make sure you have plenty of business cards on hand to pass out to those people who you could potentially collaborate with. And make sure you get their business cards as well. If they don’t have one, follow them on social media. You want to be able to follow up with them after the event so that they remember who you are. It’s all in the follow up!

Even if you don’t get any business cards, make sure you gain some kind f knowlege from the event. It can be something like a marketing tool to use for social media or even an upcoming fashion event that could be taking place in your city. Always be sure to bring a pen and notebook to take notes. Like I mentioned before, I write EVERYTHING DOWN.

These are just a few tips that I live by in order to survive this crazy entrepreneurial journey that I am on. It’s all about trial and error and having a solid strategy. If you map out your goals and plan accordingly, something is destined to come out of it.

Some of the things that help me, may not help the next person so comment below and let me know the advice your live by that keep you level headed during your journey!

Thanks for reading guys 🙂

Stylist: SophisticatedChic Brand

Photographer: Crystal Brooks @crystalaegeanb

 

Stylist United is Launching!

We’re Launching!

Stylist United is a new and upcoming non-profit organization in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Our team of Stylists are ready to introduce themselves to the community and ready to connect with local businesses and organizations to help rebuild our city.

Come celebrate with us at Sangria Lounge this Friday at 8pm. You will be the first to receive our featured Press Kit for bookings!

Please join us for:

• A night of Networking

• Raffle Giveaways (bring business card for entry)

• Receiving our featured Press Kit

This is a cocktail attire event! We thank you for your support and any donations to help build this brand.

For Inquiries, email us at stylistunitedbrand@gmail.com

RSVP HERE

We’re going LIVE with Creatively Mindful

I’m sure by now you’re all ready for another Creatively Mindful event, right? Well, no need to wait any longer because it’s coming.


Make sure you call out of work and cancel all your plans for “We’re Going LIVE”; a Creatively Mindful art show dedicated to live art. Prepare yourself for live body painting, canvas painting, shoe painting and much more.

We got a chance to sit down with the marketing expert to get a different perspective on the recent shows and what new things they have in store for us art lovers.


Clever idea guys! How did you all come up with the concept?

Darius: Well, after the #itstheRocArtshow was over, JLaw, Rodszn and I got together and realized that we couldn’t stop here. WE IN TOO DEEP. We had to hit them with a different dynamic. 

Was the outcome for your previous art show, #itstherocartshow, what you all expected?

Darius: The outcome was amazing. I didn’t expect anything less honestly. The team and I work too hard for anything to be below our expectations. 

What’s next on the agenda for Creatively Mindful?

Darius: Ha, whats next? Creatively Mindful never reveals the next move too early but you can stay updated at @Creatively.mindful on IG. 

If you aren’t there, I’m not sure where else you would be. Join the team as they go LIVE!

 Purchase your tickets HERE

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ArtbyJLaw’s “Paid in Love” shirts are currently on sale. Get yours before they sell out!

The Power of Personal Branding

“Every human being is a brand – the way you socialize, who you know, what you say”.

– Jerry Seinfeld

Your personal brand is how you appear to the world. It is who you are and what you represent. Everything from your social media handles, the pictures you post + share and even how you treat and work with others are all a part of building a successful personal brand. Once people actually know who you are and are capable of identifying you as the person you want to be known for, then you’re on the right path!

But how do you get to that path? Or if you’re on the path, how do you know if you’re going in the right direction? Well, I’m here to break down a few tips on how to successfully build your personal brand as a millennial entrepreneur.

1. Be visible and accessible

I used to think it was cool to see people post photos every other week because they were just way too busy to be on IG every second of everyday like everyone else *in my snobby, rich ppl voice*.

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Yea, no. If you’re running a business nowadays, social media is your best friend. Your audience wants an update every 5 seconds so they can keep tabs on your where abouts. From new arrivals to updates, everyone is always looking for something fresh. Being able to stay visible and available isn’t always easy but there are plenty of ways to keep in touch with your fellow audience when you’re not logged in.

– Convert your page into a business page

This makes it easier for people to contact (email/text/call) you even when you’re not on social media

– Try to post something (picture or video) atleast once a day

I’ve heard that IG stories get more views then an actual post. Try it!

– Turn on your notifications

So when you’re not physically logged in, you’re still connected.

2. Build your online presence

How are you appearing to your audience? Are you posting/sharing articles that relate to who you are and what you do in the best way possible?

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If you hesitated, then your answer is probably no. Here is an easy tip. Start with cleaning up your bio. Make sure that it includes:

– Your name (at least your first name)

– What you do (blogger, publicist, photographer ect.) Try to keep this at a minimum of 2 to 3. You don’t want a whole list of occupations cluttering that small space

– A point of contact (email/phone number/address of business)

– Link to website

If you’re a business/business owner and you don’t have a website with all of your contact information, stop reading this post right now and create one. Even if you’re not a business, but you plan to collaborate with other people in your industry, a website is crucial. Brands should have something to look at in order to put a face to a name other than a simple photo on Facebook or IG.

Having a website gives you way more control over your online presence than social media.

3. Speaking engagements

I haven’t mastered this skill just yet but I can kill an email when the opportunity presents itself.

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Being able to professionally communicate with people in and outside of your industry is important. There are going to be plenty of times when people reach out to you via email wanting to collaborate and it’s always best to know exactly what to say and how to say it.

Public speaking isn’t easy for everybody but it comes naturally to those who practice. I plan to enhance my speaking skills by the end of the year….

4. Be yourself because everyone else is taken

Being yourself has to be one of the easiest things a person can do. But if you don’t know who YOU are, then it can be difficult.

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People are attracted to authenticity. You don’t want to be known as the girl or guy who acts a certain way on social media and then completely different in person. It’s impossible to grow an audience that way.

Simply be yourself. Let your audience know what really happens in your life. Tell them true stories and experiences you’ve been through. Being able to relate to your target market is key.

The Look

Romper: Love Culture 

Purple Mules: Urban Outfitters (old)

The Real MUA’S of D.C

SATURDAY, JULY 22ND

THE REAL MUAS OF DC PRIVATE PREMIER PARTY

ANTHOLOGY

625 H Street NE

Washington, D.C

God works in mysterious ways.

I made it a goal of mine to reach out to at least 5-10 potential clients every week in the month of July. I was on a mission to build my book of clients and this was one of my master plans. As I scrolled through my timeline, I came across Ty Cobb. I’ve actually been following Ty since the first Indi-fashion week event I attended last year in D.C which didn’t really turn out as planned. But I always thought she was a boss!

She was constantly hosting events, ran her own Youtube channel and seemed like she was pretty well known in the D.M.V area. Seeing that I lived in Baltimore and didn’t have much luck with traveling to D.C for networking events, I didn’t think I would be seeing her much.

As I looked through her IG pictures and videos, I knew she’d be the perfect person for me to reach out to. With her busy schedule, I’m sure a personal stylist was much needed. So I went to go click on the “Email” button and it wasn’t there.

HOW SWAY?!

You would think someone that is constantly in the limelight would have their contact information available. The next step would be for me to send her a DM but I refused. It seemed so unprofessional to send someone a message on social media asking for their email address. It clearly wasn’t in her bio for a reason. So, I left it alone.

A week later, I received an email from Harley. I met Harley at a speaking engagement I attended back in March at UB. We exchanged business cards and he’s been inviting me to events ever since. This time, it was an invitation to the premier of the Real MUA’s OF D.C; a reality show based around a glam squad of MUA’s created and produced by nobody other than, you guessed it.

Ty Cobb!

The Look 


Black beaded bustier top: Illicit Rag Vintage $30

Black Ankle pant: Illicit Rag Vintage $14

Metallic Silver sandal: Steve Madden $25

This had to have been a sign. YES! Add my name to the list. I stopped by one of my favorite vintage boutiques, Illicit Rag Vintage and picked up this all black ensemble for less than $50. I also invited my girl Jewel to come along with me. She’s always a good time. It was a black and white tie affair by the way.

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Cupcakes by Blue 9 Bakery

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All the wine was gone by time we arrived – Wine provided by Bursel Black

Harley was the host of the event and he did an amazing job with keeping everything under wraps. Unfortunately, the screening didn’t happen but Ty ended up releasing episode 1 a little earlier than planned. If you missed it, check it out below. It’s hilarious yall!

The Cast:

Ty Cobb

Shanda

Amber

Stefan

Tonja

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Model Night II | Femme Fatale DC

FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD

MODEL NIGHT II

FEMME FATALE DC

1371 H STREET NE

And I made it back to Femme Fatale DC for their Model Night II but this time, I came with one of my fav models who just so happens to kill it every time!

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If you missed their launch party, go relive the night here

Femme Fatale DC opened their doors for their second model night and we connected with some great people. They provided an open studio space, MUA’s, photographers and clothes of course. What more could you ask for?

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Ya’ll, this drink…OMG! @mixinmimi

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I LOVED her look


We pulled our pieces from FordamRowe; the unique, hand-made garments made to satisfy your sporty but glam side.

The Look


FordamRowe BomberJennifer Rose Bomber

FordamRowe Bottoms: Black Festival Pants

Earrings: So Me Design