‘Do What You Love’ : Simply Stylist Chicago 2016

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This past weekend HerStyle Media was in attendance at the annual Simply Stylist Chicago event for the second summer in a row, where entrepreneurs, bloggers, stylists and many others had the opportunity to talk about their careers, along with mix and mingle with eager attendees who love fashion just as much as them.

For those that are wondering what the Simply Stylist annual event is, it is a fashion and beauty conference held in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York created by Sarah Boyd. Her purpose of fostering such an enjoyable event was to give people the opportunity to network, capture plenty of social media worthy events, and of course have some good ‘ol fun.

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 6.45.01 AMThe event started at 10am and ended at 5pm, allowing participants to eat brunch, listen to an  insightful panel discussion including Empire costume designer and stylist Paolo Nieddu (@pmnieddu) and The Glam App creator Cara Santana (@CaraASantana) hosted by E! News correspondent Catt Sandler (@IAmCattSandler); furthermore, serious fashionistas seeking a leg up into the industry were able to break off into educational sessions including fashion PR and accounting segments.

Although the whole event was awe-inspiring, some of my favorite moments included:

H20+ Beauty Pool

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Living ✨

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The Candy Table

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The#GirlBoss Balloons

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The Nail Bar


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The vibe of the event was super high energy and full of ambition, there were lots of colors and personalities, as well as plenty of advice administered.

In the words of Joy Chen, Chairman and CEO of H20+ USA Beauty:

“Life is not about the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away”

Simply Stylist Chicago sure was an event that took mine away. Until next year, stay fashionable ladies!

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My name is Anaja Smith, a Sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus majoring in Broadcast Journalism. At my university, I am apart of NABJ as the Membership Chair position, SeeYouWeekly (a broadcasting organization), and Women of Color which promotes unity and sisterhood for women on campus. I love everything fashion related whether it is clothes, makeup, bags, or simply looking to celebrities for style inspo. With that being said, my dream job is to become a fashion correspondent for E! News headquarters in California where I can interview and talk to people about it for a living! Other goals of mine is to attend Northwestern University in Evanston,IL for my masters degree and also to give back to the less fortunate and underserved communities in Chicago, my home town.

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