Happy Wednesday! Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to the 1st blogger in my #summerwithnic featured bloggers series. :-) Karen of Your Stylist, Karen is a style blogger and stylist here in the DMV area. I’ve had the pleasure of working and hanging out with Karen on several occasions. She’s a wife, a stylish entrepreneur and above all she’s a woman of faith. I’ve been a fan of her blog and style for a while, so it’s my pleasure to introduce her to you all. Check out her full interview below…enjoy!
ABOUT KAREN + HER STYLE
Where are you from?
I am originally from North Carolina but currently live in my husband’s hometown of Washington, DC.
How do you define your personal style?
My personal style is feminine and bright. My style is an outward reflection of how I generally feel internally!
What are your 5 must have wardrobe items for the summer?
-A kimono for those breezy nights
-A maxi dress that can be dressed up or down
-A statement clutch that goes with everything
-A bathing suit that makes you feel amazing
- A pair of sunglasses that protects your peepers.
Name 5 must have wardrobe staples every woman should own?
- A skin tone camisole (can be worn on it’s own or under something else)
-The perfect pair of black pants
-A thin belt perfect to wear over or under many other staples
- A pair of jeans that makes you look good from all angles (dark denim is universally flattering)
- A plain white tee
How long have you been a blogger?
I began blogging in 2012, one year after I got married. Blogging allowed me to express my creative side and also meet new friends, like Whitney!
What inspired you to start YSK?
Your Stylist, Karen is not only a blog but it is also my business. I recently launched my new website that highlights YSK, the business. I am a personal stylist and personal development coach that serves professional women.
In five years, YSK will have successfully helped hundreds of women, on an individual basis, as well as through YSK LifeStyle workshops. YSK will have created at least three more service areas to help women style themselves from the inside out.
What’s the best and toughest thing about being a blogger?
The best thing about being a blogger is having the ability to reach and connect with so many people from all different walks of life. I’ve had Skype conversations with my blogger pals in other countries and collaborated with like minded women after meeting at conference, like Lucky FABB. The toughest thing about being a blogger has to be the pressure to stay consistent. I have so much I want to share with my readers but do not always have the time to make things “perfect.” My need for perfection can get the best of me and it takes me longer to post than I would like. Stick with me and I always come back with something useful!
What makes you happy & what inspires you?
Serving God by using the talents he gave me to draw more people unto him. It’s not as complicated as it sounds, I promise! I just go about my day being open and honest with those that I come into contact with and HE does the rest.
What are 3 things you do daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
1. I am working on portion size because I have learned that
even when eating healthy, there CAN be too much of a good thing!
2. I experiment with new recipes from “Skinny Taste”
and you can find some of my favorites on my Skinny Pinterest boards.
3. I love going to a nearby park and walking the trails.
Enjoying nature and staying fit allows for the perfect weekend combo.
As a wife, professional, and entrepreneur, how do you find balance in your everyday life?
Trial and error taught me some pretty awesome life lessons. My priority is my role as a wife so I know that my actions have to reflect that declaration. I make sure to put the computer down and actively engage with my spouse at the end of the day.
Any advice for someone who’s trying to find their passion and purpose in life?
Pray and ask for guidance if you are seeking YOUR passion and purpose in life. I emphasize YOUR because it is so easy to try and follow the path of someone else that you deem successful. You have a unique life path and nobody can do it better!
How can we keep up and connect with you?