Okay, so real talk. I had Invisalign invisible braces done four years ago, and I was NOT happy with my final results. The office that I was going to got a new orthodontist during my treatment, and she didn’t know anything about the product I was using. At the end of my treatment, she told me that I didn’t need refining trays and that she could adjust my teeth with a metal retainer instead. I trusted her professional opinion, but at the end of the day, I lost out. I spent $5K to get a smile that I wasn’t happy…

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In all honesty, I hate spending my hard earned money on clothing and I don’t love that consumerism is a huge part of fashion blogging. This is one of the reasons why I haven’t done a fashion post in almost four months. I’d much rather put my hard earned money towards my dream home, travel, or a car that I really love, which is why I’ve been experimenting with renting my clothing. Could this be the end-all be-all solution for the girl who loves fashion, but hates spending money on new clothing every single month just to keep up with…

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I normally reserve podcast talk for the SC show notes, but I am SO, SO excited about today’s guest, Dr. Carole Barnett, who was my leadership professor during the MBA program. Dr. Barnett is one of my mentors, and she helped me realize that I wanted to be an authentic leader for others. She ignited a fire within me to seek and create change. I wasn’t able to shift the culture of the organization that I was working at through informal leadership, so I had to make a bold move and become fearless. I left my corporate job in November…

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Starting your own business and being an entrepreneur is amazing; you get to be in control of your hours, what you do, and who you impact. But if you think you’re going to be an overnight millionaire, think again. When you are the CEO of a startup, you are the last to get paid.   “In Silicon Valley, 75% of founders pay themselves less than $75,000 per year and 66% pay themselves less than $50,000 per year (source).”   The first full year that Style Collective existed, I didn’t pay myself a dime. I put every single penny back into…

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Today, my team and I were putting together a blog post for Style Collective talking about retail/e-commerce trends, content ideas and what to plan for the month of August. While researching trends, I learned that new home purchases are driving a huge portion of economic growth in the U.S., which reminded me that I need to stay on top of my own blog and share what I’m doing behind the scenes with our new home. I already shared my creative process here, so today I am going to share my home interior design inspiration aka my swipe files that I…

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I recently did an interview with my friend Rachel (scroll down to watch it), and she asked me “If millions of people were watching this right now, what would you say?” and my response was: don’t give up. Why do I say this? In the words of my Mom: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Her other favorite thing to say was “Life’s a bitch, and then you die,” but that’s another story for another time. But in all seriousness, life is f**king hard. People die, things don’t go your way, and people can be bullies. But…

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