Alma Mater: University of North Texas
Major: Fashion Merchandising
Bright lights, loud music, and resounding cheers followed Kristen Washington – Scott as she walked down the runway.
At least that’s what it looked like in her photos.
I ain’t go but somehow I sat mesmerized as if I did.
The fashion blogger (and my homegirl hay) had just celebrated her blog’s first year on the scene and planned an entire fashion show for it.
I’m sure the crowd’s edges slipped.
Kristen just seems to have that effect on people. From a smize to a poppin fur coat, it’s hard to pass through one of her perfectly styled photos (follow her at @kristylesbyKristen)
Recently celebrating her blog’s – Seven Days In Style – second birthday, there is no denying that it has been a journey.
And even as her passion for styling continues to grow, she isn’t afraid to let you know that everything that glitters ain’t gold.
But with consistency, determination and some more suede shoes, Kristen is showing she has come to play no games with her dreams.
For today’s Coffee Break, I want to brew you up some inspiration on trusting the adulting journey.
Let’s pour it up:
Alright, take me back. How did you get into fashion? Was it at UNT?
My major was business at first but after my first six months I found out they had a fashion merchandising program. I knew nothing about it. So I hadn’t gotten into the program yet but I found out they had competitions with this model agency group. I joined the stylist competition randomly with no experience at all. I then recruited some of my friends to be the models and literally styled them from what was in my closet or other friends’ closets. And I ended up winning first place. So the next year I entered again and really asked God if this was my calling because I had no idea what I wanted to do. I won AGAIN. By then, I had gotten accepted into the program and everything began to align.
What is your vision in the fashion industry? Where do you see your blog and styling?
Ideally, I want my blog to be profitable and create multiple brand ambassador opportunities. I also am planning for my personal styling to take off. I definitely want to be working for myself and in the long run I want my own boutique. That’s the end goal.
When you talk to your friends, what’s a common conversation ya’ll share about graduating college?
I think adulting. We were all just in college (and even my friends who didn’t finish school. We were all just in high school). Now I’m paying bills and going to work, like it’s the same routine. We weren’t expecting the repetition. AND we should have listened to our parents when they always said “oh, you think you want to be grown. wait and see.”
How do you stay positive or focused to the vision that God has given you?
To be honest, it goes up and down for me. One week I can be focused and productive and the next I could be miserable. Dreading my job. Just everything. The key for me is trying to maintain my relationship with God. That’s been the main thing that has kept me motivated. I just continue to remind myself that God has already promised me what’s going to be mine through dreams and even people that have spoken into my life. So I try to remember that this is the path he is taking me down for a reason and it’s just a matter of trusting his timing.
God will humble you. He really made me see how good I have it at my current 9-5 job. And I know he is telling me to chill until the next opportunity comes.
What were some of the biggest shifts you had to make?
Right before my 25th birthday I had so much anxiety. I was going through a rough time and I just didn’t understand. Like “omg I’m turning 25, I’m almost 30. What is my purpose?” I started questioning EVERYTHING. But God gave me a sense of peace.
I did lose multiple friends. Friendships that I thought I would never lose. Also moving on my own for the first time but I ain’t going back to my mama’s house, no ma’am! (Literally her words, sorry Mama)
Brief me. What does a stylist do?
People stay sleep on stylists. It’s a HARD job but we really are helpful. For me, I show you how to bargain shop, organize, teach you how to rotate certain pieces in and out, what’s a staple piece and so on. It’s a lot that goes to the title.
If someone is looking to get their grown man/woman on with their wardrobe, where should they start?
They should begin with a closet raid. I do these for clients. I’ll clean out their closets and tell them what to keep or get rid of. I literally clean out my closet every single season (can we hold some clothes though, Kristen?), but try to keep up with a few pieces that are current. People think it’s expensive but you honestly don’t have to spend that much on your clothes.
Also look to start with some staple pieces. Some of my favorites are a leather jacket, good denim jeans, denim shirts, good black or brown boots/bootie and a classic tennis shoe like Vans. Also, multiple pairs of black pants and also black skirts for the ladies.
Lighting round. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say:
When this song comes on I have to dance: Bad and Boujee
Adulting is: Hard with an o. H O R D (we bust out laughing, obviously haha) and not what you think it is.
One thing college didn’t teach me: How to cope with adulting and get through it. They don’t want you to win out here.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned as a post-grad: Trust God’s timing.
This is a must-have piece in my wardrobe: Ooo a denim jacket, girl.
My favorite Bible verse or quote is:
1 John 4:19
I protect my peace by: Praying and trusting God.
First of all, if you need a stylist for your struggling Instagram photos, Kristen is YA GIRL. But besides her amazing fashion sense, her humbleness and continued faithfulness to God is for sure leading her to the top.
Adulting ain’t easy, but the fight for our dreams is worth it.
Coffee Break is a new feature that goes into the life and struggles of your dopest post-grads. Got an adulting story to tell? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.