The Fearless Award is an award for #BOSSBABES who empower other women to do what they love! Style Collective is a platform for female influencers to connect, grow, and learn how to be successful bloggers and entrepreneurs. The Fearless Award is a way to empower and connect with other bloggers/Instagrammers that you want to get to know, affirm a girl boss you’ve always looked up to, share the love around your network, or encourage a new blogger/Instagrammer on her path! Fearless Award Questions: Who are you?! My name is Annie Spano and I am a lifestyle entrepreneur, this means that…

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Last month, I attended three launch parties in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Boston. Today I’m recapping my two short days in Charlotte; for me, a good trip is all about the hotel, the food, and the hair. Mike and I are loyal Marriott hotel goers with gold status from all of his travel at PwC & now my traveling as well. If you didn’t know, the Marriot brand has SO many hotels under its umbrella, including SPG hotels such as W hotels, The Westin, Sheraton, and more. Mike and I love staying at the Rennaisance in North Hills, Raleigh and when…

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Last weekend I had the incredible honor of attending Amber Lilyestrom’s Soul Fueled Summit with my internet bestie, Courtney. Amber also happens to be this week’s guest on the Becoming Fearless Podcast (side note: thank you, everyone, who has left a review!). Basically, Amber is a female Tony Robbins, and the entire summit was about finding self-love. Self-love is something that I have been struggling with lately, and this isn’t something that I’ve talked about publically yet. I’ve talked about how the work bully enabled me to make a bold move and start a company that brings women together, which is…

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Have you guys heard? I’ve launched a podcast!! And to celebrate, there were 25+ launch parties all over the country that brought SC Sisters together so they could listen and discuss why being authentic to yourself, knowing your values, and what you stand for is so critical to being FEARLESS. I attended three launch parties in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Boston. Today I’m going to be sharing the BTS of the Becoming Fearless SC Launch Party in Boston that I attended. Lindsay of Paris, Meet Boston is a blogger, French teacher, and organized the party location at La Voile in Boston. Gretchen…

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I’ve recently started hearing the phrase “lifestyle entrepreneur” and wondered, wtf is that? So after doing some snooping around the internets, I found out what it means: an entrepreneur who can work from his or her laptop anywhere in the world. Your business consists of digital products or services that do not require a physical location, store, or inventory. So now, when someone asks me what I do, instead of saying entrepreneur, blogger, speaker, consultant, and podcast host (launching May 9th!), I can now say in one simple little phrase: lifestyle entrepreneur. Love it just as much as this bell sleeve…

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Do you ever stop to think about what motivates you in life and your career? Does success mean having fancy cars, elegant homes, designer clothes, and handbags? What happens if you do acquire all of these things, have you actually “made it”? Does chasing paper make us happy in the end? What about the external recognition and status that comes with promotions and financial rewards? This is all great, but you will always want more, and you will never feel satisfied or fulfilled if you chase extrinsic motivations. Pursuing meaningful success means that you balance both extrinsic and intrinsic motivations.…

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I absolutely love home design, it’s something that I’ve thought about doing as a consultant many times before. When we bought our condo in 2013, we totally re-did the inside, transforming it from beat-up and rundown to luxurious and glamorous. I posted about it on Houzz back in 2015 and they ended up picking it up and writing an article about our kitchen transformation, which was really cool. You can read the article here, stalk the sad before photos here, and the fabulous after photos here. Kitchen Before: I can’t even with this photo. I still can’t believe that this was our…

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As an influencer, I am sent samples by companies to try out and review on my blog. I’ve actually scaled this back A LOT since I changed my focus to entrepreneurship and speaking engagements, but I still receive some blogger mail every now and then, which has inspired a new mini-series! So you guys know that I am a HUGE fan of Rachel Zoe, I mean she is such an icon and has built an empire from nothing. She is my kind of woman. I also love that Spring’s Box supports women because every single piece comes from a woman owned business.…

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Hi! How’s the week going so far? I’m back from California and right now it’s a blizzard outside. Going from 60-degree weather to single digits was a real struggle. Also, the time difference combined with day light savings time was another doozy. But, we’re home this week, catching up on work, and then heading back to Raleigh this weekend through Tuesday to pick out all of the details for our new home! I’ve been envisioning all of the tile, flooring, lighting and colors in my head for the last two weeks and I can’t wait to create something beautiful (like…

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What does it take to accomplish a goal? Often, we will wait to do something because we don’t feel like we have enough confidence to do it. We put it off and wait for the right moment. I am guilty of this; I let a work bully tear me down for a year and a half while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I tried so many different things during this time, such as consulting while blogging. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and my confidence was declining with each day…

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Right now, the influencer marketing industry is booming. Brands are getting killer ROI from working with influencers, and while being online is all the rage, I still believe the real magic happens in person. We live in a time where we always know what friends and family are doing just by logging on to social media. But the truth is that being on Facebook isn’t enough for maintaining relationships or creating a happy life (it’s actually proven that scrolling Facebook decreases happiness). So, it’s time to get off your phone and hang out with people IRL! The real, authentic moments…

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How is your week going so far? I just got back from NYFW, where I met more than 50 (yes, 5-0!) SC Sisters. Phone calls, video chats, and text messages are great, but the real magic happens when you finally get to interact face-to-face! A lot of you ladies have been requesting one-on-one phone calls with me. So, after listening to all your questions and taking some different perspectives into consideration, I’ve developed two brand new 30-minute strategy calls. There are thousands of subscribers on my email list, but every #bossbabe deserves as much TLC as possible, so I’m limiting…

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