In my eyes, Olivia Palermo can do no fashion wrong in my eyes. She always manages to mix luxe pieces with something that feels little edgier, creating a look puts a modern twist on the classics. Say what you will about her attitude and character on The City, but her chic meter is off the charts – or is it? Does her behavior outweigh her sense of style?
Her look is absolute perfection (36 votes)
I’m not a fan – too conservative (0 votes)
Other – I’ll tell you in the comments below (2 votes)
A lot can happen in 10 years. A lot has happened to me in the past 10 years. I started Style It in October 2006 as an outlet for all the things I loved that I couldn’t talk about with any of my friends. A decade later, I don’t believe the girl who loved writing about lip balm & Olivia Palermo lives here anymore. At 33, I’m an incredibly different person than I was at 23.
March 1, 2017 marks a decade of living in New York. For the past 10 years, I’ve lived in Brooklyn, in the same neighborhood (Bushwick), in the same zip code, and with the same landlord. While the abusive boyfriend that I started the journey with is long gone, the dog that I adopted 13 years ago in Arkansas remains my most loyal friend.
This space has given me every professional opportunity I’ve ever had. Whether it was through relationships grown from shared interests, networking opportunities, or recognition for my work, this blog has changed my life. If I hadn’t lived in NYC, things might have been very different, but this site is also what gave me the confidence to leave Arkansas. This site fueled my dreams.
And for the most part, I achieved everything I thought I wanted. Whenever I feel this way, I can’t help but think of the lyric from Wicked “happy is what happens when all your dreams come true – well, isn’t it?”. I’ve worked with incredible brands and had unbelievable experiences. I was part of the team that executed the first runway show streamed live from Bryant Park. I was also backstage at the last show in Bryant Park. I was part of a group of women who changed how, why, and when fashion and beauty brands used the internet to reach customers. YouTube beauty gurus wouldn’t be taking trips to Bali if it wasn’t for our hard work, risks, and innovation.
But I have changed. The world has changed. The things that used to be important to me, like the fashion industry and being “cool” enough for a brand to want to fly me across the globe, don’t hold the same meaning for me anymore. I love the people I’ve met and the communities that I’ve been fortunate to be part of. They’ve made me better every day by challenging my beliefs and showing me alternative points of view.
But now it’s time to discover what’s next. The next 10 starts now.
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Thank you so much for visiting Style It. I’m so happy you’re here!
I’m Sarah Conley, and I started Style It in October of 2006 as a way to connect with people who were interested in the same things I was. At the time, it was all things Olivia Palermo, Socialite Rank, and lip balm. The more things change, the more they stay the same. My lip balm drawer overflows, to say the least.
Since then, Style It has evolved into a personal exploration of style. The rise of plus size fashion (finally!), my fanatical love of lipstick, and obsession with technology has given me a lot to write about. Because of amazing readers like you, I’ve had incredible experiences, met amazing people, and shared it all here on the site. Every day brings new opportunities and I can’t see what tomorrow brings. I hope you’ll come along with me on this crazy adventure!
Blogging has changed me in many ways, but the most impactful have been the amazing friendships I’ve made, the talented people I’ve had the opportunity to meet, and the epic moments I’ve had the chance to experience. Tending to this digital space has also allowed me to expand my photography, design, writing, and networking skills, which are more valuable than any of the classes I attended in college. If you’re thinking about starting a blog, what are you waiting for?
My interest in all things digital has allowed me to become a full-time internet professional. I work with fashion & beauty brands as a consultant, helping them to come to life online through social media and branded content. It’s been a joy to work with brands big and small, from global powerhouses to savvy startups. Please visit my LinkedIn for more information about my work experience.
People who work in glass towers shouldn’t throw stones.
During my morning roam around the internet, I came across a post on Derek Blasberg’s blog featuring a recent documentary about the street style craze as it specifically relates to fashion weeks around the globe. Within this documentary, the discussion moves to a conversation about bloggers and our impact on the industry. This video has stuck with me all day like spinach in my teeth – I just can’t get it out of my mind! I always find myself horrified when editors and journalists use the word “blogger”. It seems to be dripping with disdain, like they think of our community like Fendi knockoffs on Canal Street. Are we so loathsome? Should we be treated like criminals who have been exiled from the fashion kingdom? How dare we have an opinion!
Believe me, I’m well aware that a few bad apples can spoil the whole bunch, but I often find myself wondering if any of these editors have spent time getting to know a legitimate member of the blogging community, or are they the type of people who say that they don’t have time for Twitter/Facebook? Is it because they don’t understand the value in multiple voices and opinions, or is it because they are adverse to change?
I’ve never referred to myself as a writer or a journalist. I didn’t go to college to be a reporter and I didn’t spend years of my life memorizing every rule of grammar, but I did study fashion at a respected university. I learned how to sew on factory production machines and drafted my own patterns. I learned about the amazing work of Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo before Gwen Stefani made them relevant in pop culture. I may not have been born into a wealthy family or raised around closets of couture, but that doesn’t make my love for fashion any less valid. I began my blog in October of 2006 because I was tired of talking to my friends in Fayetteville, Arkansas about things they didn’t care about. Olivia Palermo, the latest MAC collections, and Penelope Cruz’s most recent red carpet outfit were not high on their list of priorities. I got my first real job as the community manager for the very first fashion blogging community. I believe in the power of one voice and I haven’t stopped nurturing, protecting, and encouraging this special place we’ve all created.
Just like in the blogging community, not all editors or journalists feel negatively about bloggers and the online space. Some standout stars make the transition from traditional media to digital (just look at Eva Chen) seamlessly. The internet has turned topics into global conversations and brought so much value to many industries, plus created many opportunities in cities around the globe. Just talk to the small designer that doesn’t have to hold her breath waiting on the next Women’s Wear Daily or Style.com review because she’s built her business on great relationships with bloggers who support her endeavors. Or take a closer look at YouTube beauty gurus and you’ll find a multi-million dollar brand with a foundation deeply rooted in girls talking about their favorite makeup brushes in their bedrooms. A closer look at Phillip Lim’s analytics (and those of his retail partners) might paint a very telling picture about the success of his accessory business.
Isn’t it magical that you can access information on any topic at the swipe of your finger? That millions of people are celebrating (and sharing) the many qualities that make them an individual? The way that we consume information has changed, and along with that, the value that we place on that information has changed. The magazines are no longer the loudest voice in the room, and for that I am grateful.
Perhaps the true problem with fashion week is that the format no longer works. I agree – not everyone needs to attend a runway show. In fact, the editors don’t even need to be there if we are being completely honest. There are market appointments, previews, and resees following the shows. The fashion machine is going through some growing pains as we all adapt to a new measure of time and a speed of innovation that is impossible to maintain. Perhaps the next time you ponder the state of the industry, you’ll expand your lens beyond the digital community to evaluate the industry as a whole.
Just like I cannot control who sits at the next table at my favorite restaurant, editors and traditional media cannot control the bloggers and online personalities that are invited to attend an event. Everyone in a room – any room – comes with a point of view and leaves with a unique perspective on their experience. The best part of the internet is that we’re not in competition. I’m not in competition with any magazine, blog, or traditional media source. The real power comes from a person’s choice to consume as much content as they wish and to control how, when, where, and why that consumption happens.
If fingers are to be pointed at anyone, perhaps it is the lack of innovation coming out of those glass towers the editors look down at us from. The pressure to keep up is tremendous and the task of being an innovator is daunting. Perhaps if the industry spent more time looking inward for growth and change instead of pointing fingers, we might find that together our voices can be a part of something truly special.
WHAT: Frédéric Fekkai Fifth Avenue Salon at Henri Bendel will present an interactive red carpet experience open to Fashion’s Night Out revelers. New York Fashionistas will become the celebrity selecting from five award-winning Marchesa moments. The uber-talented Fekkai hair and make-up team will re-create these signature styles while your personal dresser waits to outfit and accessorize you in a glamorous Marchesa dress, House of Lavande jewelry and Christian Louboutin shoes. Finally, The City star and fashionista, Olivia Palermo, will be on the red carpet styling and instructing guests how to pose like a star in front of the cameras before having the paparazzi capture their Hollywood moment. All who participate will walk away with a print and digital professional quality photo, sent to you via email or SMS text messaging for easy distribution on Facebook and Twitter.
WHERE: Frédéric Fekkai Fifth Avenue Salon Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Avenue (at 56th Street) New York, NY 10019
WHEN: Friday, September 10, 2010 6:00PM- 9:00PM
PRICE: $75.00 for the entire experience – a red-carpet keepsake and a chance to win the A-list sweepstakes that will include a Fekkai cut and color, two tickets to the Spring 2011 Marchesa Fashion Show and a Henri Bendel 2010 VIP Client Card that entitles you to 25% off at all Henri Bendel locations (valid through January 2011). Proceeds will go to the NYC AIDS Fund, the official charity of Fashion’s Night Out.