I'm having a vulnerable moment. Right now. Right this minute. So I figured... I better start writing, because there's some real honesty flowing right now. On Wednesday morning, bright and early, I'm hopping in the car and driving south to Providence, RI to attend the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit. I'm shitting pickles just thinking about it.
This is a 2 day, $2000 conference, filled with some of the smartest people IN THE WORLD. I'm talking MIT smart. I just checked the attendee list, and I had to stop reading after page 3 because I started to feel like a chump.
Deborah Schimberg, CEO, Glee Gum Gil Pepi, Chief Strategy Officer, Children's Hospital Colorado Jamie Casap, Chief Education Evangelist, Google, Inc. Stasia Savasuk, Personal Stylist/Founder of Stasia's Style School, Thrift Me Pretty Georgina Melone, VP of Imbedded Innovation, Hasbro Brian Goodman, Innovation Manager, City of Boston
Seriously. I could die.
They were giving away a few tickets if you submitted a pitch as to WHY you should be there, and I was selected.
Maybe because the gal that recommended I submit a pitch is friends with the founder... or maybe it was because my pitch was really good.
I don't want to think about which.
If I'm not careful, I could be that girl in the corner, pretending to be doing something really important on her phone, when in reality... I'm just suffering from a serious case of WTF-am-I-doing-here.
The only other conference I've been to as a Personal Stylist is ALT Summit. It's filled with creative types (bloggers, business coaches, other stylists, etc.) who love tulle, red lipstick, unicorns and confetti. Sure, I was nervous the first time I went in June 2014, feeling a little inferior because I had about 12 followers, a 1-day old DIY website, and a closet full of thrifted clothes. But I got over it REAL FAST, made some amazing connections, and had a total blast. In fact, I've been back twice since then.
This is NOT to say that the gals at ALT were not also MIT smart. They were brilliant, innovative, powerhouses of hustle, running BIG companies and making LOTS of money. Maybe it was the red lipstick that connected us. Or maybe it was just humanity.
But what about this time? Will I find my people at BIF? Will I fit in? What if they laugh at me... Personal Stylist. Bah-ha-ha-ha-ha!
See that... THAT'S BAD THINKING!!! I'm setting myself up to sit in the corner. I'm setting an expectation that they WON'T like me, that I'm not smart enough, not innovative enough, and that kind of do-you-think-I'm-cool energy is pitiful and not attractive.
So I'm going to head to my closet right now, and choose something that connects me to my BRAVERY, POWER AND CONFIDENCE, and I'm going to take you with me!
CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO WATCH VIDEO!! (OMG you guys! This is so much fun!!)
It's neat to watch somebody's process isn't it?
Anyway, I've come back to the table (where I'm writing this) in ONE of the outfits I've selected. It ended up being an iteration of what I thought it would be... and it took some work to get there.
You can see what I've selected in one of two ways... Here, you can look at the series of pictures below and SEE what I selected. (It's layering at it's finest, people!) 1 - no accessories and BORING 2 - great if it's really warm 3 - perfect if it's a little bit chilly 4 - love it if I'm freezing cold
OR, you can watch another (shorter) video and see how I decided on the jewelry and denim I selected for this outfit.
(NOTE - the process in real life was much faster, but I wanted you to SEE and HEAR why I chose what I chose.)
CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO WATCH VIDEO.
So there you have it.
In this moment, I'm feeling CONFIDENT about the conference. This may not be my typical venue, but think how fortunate I am, to be surrounded by such brilliant minds!
Hopefully, I'll come back with some amazing tools and maybe, just maybe, I'll become one of those fancy pants "founders" on that list someday.
Tell me... DO YOU HAVE A POWER OUTFIT THAT YOU PULL OUT WHEN YOU'RE FEELING WEEK AT THE KNEES? What's it look like! Tell me all about it in the comments!!
And you know, if you're feeling a little bit not-cool-enough to join Stasia's Style School, which launches on Friday, then you might want to rethink that. You ARE cool enough!! Just like I'm cool enough to be at BIF Summit, among a crowd if brilliant and innovative PhD's. And I'm cool enough because I believe I'm cool enough. I believe I have something to bring to that conversation. So do you, girl. So do you.
With Confidence & Courage, xo Stasia
PS. TELL ME... are the videos helpful? Do you like them? LOVE them? Hate them?
PPS. Wish me luck!