The path to Camille Styles’ business seems destined: from working as a fashion PR to event planning for a top catering firm to the tea parties she threw for her (impeccably dressed) dolls as a child, her experience was the perfect grounding for what has become a revered and desirable lifestyle brand. Offering creative design and event production, as well as a gorgeous lifestyle blog to inspire her worldwide readers, Camille Styles is synonymous with creative design and inspiration. Today, Camille shares the secrets of her success…
What is your title/position:
Founder & Creative Director of CamilleStyles.com
What has been the ‘defining moment’ that set you on the path you’re on today? How did you get to where you are now?
There have been SO many little defining moments through the years, and I love looking back and thinking, “ahh, so THAT’S why that happened!” Working in fashion PR introduced me to the world of events, taking the plunge to start my blog as a creative side project, meeting a friend-of-a-friend who became my book agent and set me on this new path as an author. I really don’t have any regrets as I look back on previous experiences because it all really does have a purpose in the end.
Tell me about your vision/goals for your future.
My biggest goal for the immediate future is to make my book the most creative, best work of my career so far. And always, to continue to grow the blog, making it a more innovative and beautiful place for our readers to get inspired on a daily basis.
What has been most effective for you in your achievements so far, in turning your goals/visions into reality? Where do you start?
Surrounding myself with smart people who encourage me, but also share wisdom and tell me the truth. Writing down my long-term goals AND the practical little steps to help me get there. Being unafraid to reach out to much more successful people for help and friendship.
How do you stay motivated and inspired?
Discovering beauty, whether it’s on Pinterest or at an art museum or in the design of a restaurant, never fails to inspire and excite me. Also, taking some time to define my vision for the future of the company and setting new goals always makes me motivated to get to work on Monday morning!
What has been your biggest lesson learned?
As an entrepreneur, confidence in who you are and what you’re doing is your biggest asset. If you truly believe in your heart that you’re offering something of great value, others will see that too and want to be part of it.
What have been (or still are) your biggest fears and challenges, and how do you overcome them?
As a blogger, there’s a constant comparison trap with others. There are always going to be bloggers that are more popular, wittier, more talented and successful than you so I’ve definitely had to make a choice to stop the comparison game and just focus on doing my thing to the very best of my abilities! When I stop looking at what everyone else is doing, I find that I’m freed up to do something new, and most important of all, to stay true to myself.
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What do you believe is the secret of your success?
Focus and passion for what I do every day.
What 3 tips would you offer ambitious women reading this?
(1) Your endeavor has to start from a place of passion. As a founder or business owner, there WILL be days throughout the journey when you want to give up, but if you have a real passion for what you’re doing, you’ll be able to push through those tough times.
(2) My husband once told me that, when quoting a price to a new customer, “if you don’t cringe a little bit, you’re not asking enough.” As women, we’re often afraid to price ourselves or our products at what they’re really worth, so keeping this in mind has really helped me make our company profitable.
(3) Find a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, bloggers, designers, or whatever it is you do. Having a support system of people you can go to for advice, or who just keep you inspired and on your toes, is invaluable for continued growth.
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What book has most inspired you?