Hey guys! As I've mentioned on my last post, I've had the opportunity to meet one of zeeeeee most AMAZING stylist in the industry, B AKERLUND! The event took place at Smashbox studios in W. Hollywood during one of School Of Style's classes. Funny, cause I actually thought she was a model when I saw her at the parking lot, turns out she's our much awaited guest speaker for the evening.
Miss B has a unique charm about her. It's like being in a room with a QUEEN
but the queen makes you laugh, as she tweets "off to SchoolofStyle in full drag".
The queen is REAL, as she didn't sugar coat anything about the industry and was sincerely open and honest about what it takes to get to where she is.
The queen has a silent but powerful confidence. You know, like the kind of confidence that comes from years of passion, hard work, sweat, tears and triumph.
Most of all, the queen INSPIRES. I'm perfectly aware that she's speaking in front of a large group of people but I felt like I was having a one on one conversation with her. All of the things she said and the experiences she's had, the questions she answered, it felt personal to me.
It was as if she was speaking to just ME.
She said that "if you are a creative person, then you HAVE TO CREATE. Otherwise, where will it go?" This was the moment when I stopped in my head and said OMG, I can relate to her! I can feel it in my bones that I love to create, that I NEED to create and here's queen B validating it.
Then she goes on saying, "I'm a collector of all things. I like my stuff to not be available anywhere else, I'm selfish like that. Don't settle for what's available, create it if you can't find it. Oh and be NICE, no one wants to work with an assh*le"
Just like her, I'm always on a hunt for fabulous one of a kind pieces. Other times, I make them and that's actually how my BOW TIES were born. I'm lucky that I've gained so many nice friends in the industry. There's so many amazing human beings in this world actually! I mean of course, once in a while I will encounter an assh*le but I dissociate myself from them quickly. It's weird because some people think that if you're nice that they can step all over you.
Well, that's a BIG FAT NO.
If you're rude, you LOSE. You lose friends, you lose people, you lose jobs, you lose opportunities. How can you step all over them if they're not even there? I think niceness is a sign of strength not weakness. Kind people are secure, happy and wise enough to realize that everyone else deserves to be treated how they want to be treated. B says she believes in Karma, I do too!!!
So with this I quote,Rachel Roy's Ghana clutch
" Kindness is always fashionable"
It was quite an epic night.
Inspiration, motivation, dedication ---> REJUVENATED!
OOhhhhh I'm so GLAD I came!!
The lovely B Akerlund
Me and B =)
My School Of Style friends, such a fabulous crowd! <3
To view more of B's work visit BAKERLUND.COM
For class infos visit THESCHOOLOFSTYLE.COM
Thanks for dropping by!