Photo credit: Azeez Bakare
This past weekend I attended Simply Stylist Chicago at the Dana Hotel and Spa to learn all the ins and outs of styling, make up, and blogging. Although it was one of the hottest days of the summer, everyone came dressed to impress. My day started with a celebrity panel hosted by Catt Sadler. The panel consist of Corrie McFadan, Jacey Duprie, Joey Maalouf, and Sazan Hendrix. Each one had their own unique story on why and how they started their businesses. I loved Corri McFadden’s, founder of eDrop Off, view on never giving up and not letting other get you down; she was a serious “Girl Boss”. She spoke with confidence and touched on the importance of having a good support system when starting your own business. Next Jacey of @damselindior spoke about her brand that she’s created and to stay focused on what you are doing, instead of getting caught up in other’s accounts and followers. She also emphasized the power of consistency, especially on instagram. Joey Maalouf, celebrity hair and makeup artist was a ball of energy and hilarious. He talked about confidence and going out and doing what you love. He related to all fashion and beauty people there with the advice about researching your industry inside and out. Last to speak on the panel was Sazan of @sazanbarzani. Sazan really values her followers and uses youtube as a way for them to get to know her better and her personality. One piece of advice from her that I loved was BYOB- Be Your Own Boss.
After the panel we had a chance to network, eat, be pampered, and of course take photos for our instagrams. During this time you also had the option to sit in on breakout sessions. I sat in on Marcellas Reynolds Styling 101. It was a quick 30 minute breakout session, but jammed packed with great advice for those looking to be a stylist. He has done everything from modeling, celebrity styling, TV appearances, to styling for catalog companies and had great insight on the industry. Top piece of advice I took from him, research, research, research, know magazine, celebrity, and designer stylists, and know them well.
My outfit breakdown below:
Nail polish: JRJ Polish