Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I’m so excited about this post, because I had the best time at the Simply Stylist Event – Chicago, and I wanted to share it all with you. If you’re a Blogger, Vlogger, are in the beauty/fashion industry or simply someone trying to make a living by doing what you love against all odds, I highly recommend checking out events like this one.
I have to admit that at first, I was a little hesitant and anxious about going to an event. I feel silly because I got so nervous over nothing the night before. I barely slept. I have an extreme social anxiety issue, and when you add the language barrier and the fact that I was going by myself… Let’s just say that I almost skipped this one LOL. But, I’m sooooo glad I didn’t. You know when they say “If it scares you it might be a good thing to try”? Well, please do more of that.
The event’s main purpose was to inspire bloggers or anyone in the beauty/fashion industry to pursue their dreams. Their catch phrase is “Do what you love” and they totally brought those words to life that day.
First part: The Brunch
I got late for brunch! CRAP!
Great, so I had to seat on the quiet small table in the corner by myself.
Five minutes later, I met the lovely Tristin (Tristin Stylist) the most charming, extrovert and outspoken girl I’ve ever met. Just what I needed. Seriously, not being ironic here.
She’s just a breath of fresh air, and thanks to her networking skills and un-shy, sparkling personality I got to meet Katrina (Silly Little Pretty One), Ileana (Novel Style), Dannie (Style Foto Cibo), Richelle (Design and DIY) and Narmeen. Later on the afternoon I got to chat with Jess (26 and not counting) and Thida (That Girl Gick) and caught up with Ashley (Aka @Mushroom Stew and founder of Sedbona) and finally got to meet my IG friend Lauren (Lakeshore Lady). I could go on and on, but let’s just say it was a room filled with very talented women to say the least.
The location was beautiful, Sarah from Simply Stylist gave a beautiful heart-felt speech and well… there were the mimosas. The food itself wasn’t the best part for me though (never thought I’d say this). I mean, the food wasn’t what I expected. I think the presentation could have been better.
Nonetheless, the best part was that I got to meet the most amazing group of fellow bloggers and I don’t think it would have been possible without my VIP ticket, it just wouldn’t have been the same.
So, would I go as a VIP again? Definitely. I think food is something that can be easily improved. The networking on this part of the event is worth every dollar, and eating is not exactly the reason why you’d buy a VIP ticket anyway. Plus, they sit you on the first and second rows, for the second part of the event: The panel.
Second Part: Fashion & Beauty Panel
This was by far my favorite part. I was sitting second row with the lovely group of ladies I met on the brunch, so I felt I wasn’t alone & had someone to gossip with from time to time.
The panelists were nothing but: Corri McFadden (Founder of Luxury Consignment E Drop Off), Jacey Duprie (Aka @DamselinDior), Joey Maalouf (Celebrity Make Up Artist, Stylist & Hairstylist and Founder of The Glam App), and the always charming Sazan Hendrix (Fashion Blogger & You Tube Star) and they were interviewed by the lovely Catt Saddler from E! News, and boy… this girl sure knows how to guide an interview.
They had a lot chemistry and were very charming together. They answered every question we had and I truly left the room feeling positive and excited with new ideas for my blog posts, and with the vision of starting to see my blog as something more permanent. Now I’m seeing everything from a new perspective.
Most important thing I learned: I realized that I’m doing all of this, for all the right reasons and if want to make this “blogging thing” (How my dad calls it!) my real and only job, I have to stop doing it on my spare time and start taking it more seriously.
Third Part: Breakout Sessions & Pampering
For the third part we went to another area of the hotel. Everyone was there. I loved to see all the panelists talking to all of us, giving us advice, taking pictures and listening to our questions. I got a chance to talk for a while with Catt, Sazan and Stevie, and of course the hilarious Joey.
I got some great advice from them and just talk about random things in general. Even though they’re so successful they were very humble and down to earth.
There was a lot of food and an open bar, and thanks to these two together I didn’t attend to any of the Breakout Sessions. Next time, I’ll try for sure, but I was having so much fun with my new gals that I completely forgot.
In the End…
Well, I realized how beautiful this community is. How, in some way, we are all in this together, and that in order to make it, we can all do it by helping and supporting one another. There is no necessity to bring anybody down.
I’ve had a rough and life-changing year. I’ve grown a lot by making tons of mistakes along the way, but I’ve learned my lessons. I’ve realized that not everyone will support you along your ride. And as much as it hurts, there will be people you’ll have to remove from your life, because let’s face it; is not fun to have someone bringing you down when you are trying to live your dreams and find yourself to be happy.
As the brilliant Maya Anyelou said on her poem “Our Grandmothers”:
“I go forth alone and stand as ten thousand”
I’m trying to live by these powerful words lately.
Thanks to Simply Stylist for this event and to the amazing group of panelists who all together made me felt that I belonged there and that I’ve found my passion. That day I had my “AHA Moment”, at least I think I did, LOL. We’ll see.
I sincerely hope this gives you inspiration to go and listen to that little voice whispering inside your heart, because it’s really telling you something and only YOU know what it is. Think about it, if you don’t pursue it, isn’t that like betraying yourself?
Follow your dreams, even though no one else understands it. Just surround yourself with the ones who do.
I cannot thank you guys enough for stoping by and reading!
Have a wonderful day and week ahead.
PS: It’s my birthday today! YAY!
Here are some pics of my outfit that day. To be honest I didn’t buy anything this time. My sister, who’s a pinterest genious found some inspiration and we managed to assemble something with stuff I already had.
The skirt is from Anthropology. The sandals French Connection, but you can also wear it with basic strappy ones. The rest was a plain white shirt that I probably use every week from Zara. The blazer is from Forever 21. I’ve had this one for ages! It seems to go with almost anything so I’m not planning to get rid of it any time soon. If you have a denim jacket or shirt it will also do the trick.
Hair: By Amanda from Blohaute (You need to try this ASAP! Not kidding)
I just wanted to show you how by pairing a statement piece with some of the basics you already have, you can make an entire new and original outfit. This is why I always tell you: buy versatile pieces! There’s a lot of room to work with when you have lots of basics.
I’ve linked a few similar items here:
…And here’s a little something extra I’ve decided to try since I’ve been told too much lately I take myself waaaaay to serious. Some times, when I’m shooting a blog post, I don’t know why, but I have so many silly pics! I always erase them and tell myself I look like shit, but instead of doing that I’ll post the silliest one here (if I have one because I’m not posing for these).
It looks like I had something on my teeth! HAHAHAHA
Take care and spread good vibes everyone! The world needs more of that.