We must go out and actively seek the life we have dreamt of. That is to say, in order to achieve what we want, we need to be intentional about pursuing our passions. We often must work to create the very situations in which we would like to find ourselves. This includes putting in the effort to find “your people” and making a conscious choice to surround yourself with positive and supportive individuals who help to bring out your best, most authentic self.
I am currently a French teacher by day, and a fashion and lifestyle blogger by evening. I created Paris, Meet Boston as a means of expression, so that I could write about my life philosophy as well as curate and share the things that I love with those who share my love of French style and culture and believe that the best parts of it can be recreated and wonderfully infused into our daily lives in the United States, or wherever you may find yourself in the world. You can read more fully about the inspiration for my blog in my first ever blog post, Inspiration: Paris, Meet Boston.
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Once I had created my blog, I naturally felt inclined to connect with other bloggers who were doing similar things to what I was doing. Through following my interests on Instagram and following other bloggers, I discovered a group called Style Collective, founded by blogger and lifestyle entrepreneur Annie Spano, whom I have since gotten to know as an intelligent woman of vision who is a beautiful person inside and out. She has already inspired me so much as I continue on my fashion and lifestyle blogging, novel-writing, and entrepreneurial journey. You can follow her on Instagram @annie_spano.
Style Collective is a blogging community and one-stop shop for fashion bloggers to grow and connect with women in the industry they love. SC shares resources for bloggers, networking opportunities, and ways to attend NYFW and other fashion weeks with fellow female fashion and lifestyle bloggers. SC will also soon be launching a members-only online platform for brands and influencers to connect and do business together.
One of the best perks of being an SC member is that Style Collective members organize frequent local meet-ups all over the U.S. and the world for social media influencers who want to connect with their local #SCsisters. If you’re a female blogger yourself, I highly encourage you to become a part of Style Collective: Join Style Collective here!
I recently had the pleasure of hosting a Style Collective party for local social media influencers at the gorgeous La Voile restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston to celebrate the launch of the “Becoming Fearless” Style Collective Podcast! The mission of the podcast is to inspire and empower women all over the world through leadership, self-development, and a little bit of hustle. Each week, the podcast brings followers inspirational stories for leading a life of passion, purpose, and authenticity.
Our host restaurant, the beautiful French oasis in Boston known as La Voile, could not have treated our group of social media influencers better. As a big French foodie in Boston myself, La Voile has naturally been a favorite restaurant of mine for a while and was an obvious choice for a venue for our Style Collective luncheon.
The maître d’hôtel and part-owner of the restaurant, Jérôme, graciously offered complimentary Kir Royale apéritifs to our group as we enjoyed gorgeous amuse-bouches (a delightful surprise from the chef!) of foie gras on toast and saumon fumé as well as an assortment of French fromages.
We sipped on our Kirs, mixed and mingled with our fellow #girlboss bloggers, and enjoyed the delicious hors-d’oeuvre. As the event progressed, we listened to the “Becoming Fearless” Podcast, chatted about our goals and fears and what inspires us. While I always considered myself someone who worked well on my own, I have to say that it really means a lot to find other ladies who are doing what I am doing and relate to what I experience as a blogger.
Annie did a special Instagram Live from our Boston SC Podcast Launch Party, and of course all of the influencer girls had their phones at the ready to share our experience. To show my appreciation to the girls, I put together goody bags for each girl with the inspiring memoir by Diane von Furstenberg, The Woman I Wanted to Be, which is a favorite of mine and so inspirational. Girls also received beauty products from Neutrogena and Nivea in the theme of taking care of our authentic selves!
We were even able to celebrate Style Collective Founder Annie Spano’s birthday with a lovely gâteau au chocolat! Her podcast launched on her birthday, May 9th. If you are a #girlboss, listen to the free Style Collective Becoming Fearless Podcast! I promise, you will be inspired.
These beautiful, entrepreneurial, creative, and fun Style Collective women made this event better than I even dreamed! Thank you to Annie Spano for creating Style Collective, merci to La Voile for your class, generosity, and French authenticity in Boston, and thank you to all the Boston #SC girls who came out to celebrate #BecomingFearless.
Are you living authentically? What can you do to find “your people” and make your interests come alive through business networking? Do you love fashion, style, or French cuisine? How do you celebrate this part of your life? Answer in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!
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Much love to you all – I hope you all chase after your dreams and always seek to find “your people!”