Today we’d like to introduce you to Mollie Elizabeth.
Mollie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I worked in the Entertainment industry for years, but never felt fully satisfied with my job. When I had my daughter in 2015, I ended up leaving my full-time job to stay with her at home and vowed to myself that I would not go back to work unless it was truly something I loved enough to pull me away from her. I spent the last couple years in a lot of prayer trying to put my finger on what it is I am “to do.” I discovered I was passionate working with people, and bursting with creativity.
A little over a year ago, I had an opportunity to help a friend find some new clothes. We met up and surveyed her clothes, going over what she liked and didn’t like, and discussing her body issues. I also surveyed the flow of her closet and made some suggestions on ways to switch it up. I put together a mood board, figuring out her style story, colors, and body shape. Next, I went out and shopped for her! I explored some stores she frequented and also new ones with pieces I thought she would like. I found clothes for her that were in her comfort zone, but also brought new options to the table that could still meet her style needs.
I curated this rack of clothes for her and brought everything over to her house for her to shop. My thought process was to recreate the type of environment I had witnessed time and time again in dressing rooms over the years on sets while working in entertainment. My friend was all smiles and kept saying, “This is amazing. I can’t believe this is all for me!” After she tried everything on and found a bunch of stuff she loved (some of which she said she would have never tried on much less even noticed if she had tried to shop herself), she looked at me point blank and said, “MOLLIE! This is what you should do!”
I was in disbelief. I couldn’t believe that I had maybe actually found a way to create a business doing something I not only loved but I got lost in. It was creative (check!). I was able to work with people (check!). It felt like I was a kid again, being able to play dress up, working with colors, textures, and shapes.
That is how my personal styling business ‘Mollie Elizabeth Style’ began and brings me to where I am today. I love working with people to create the best version of themselves so they can go out into the world and kick butt with confidence.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
100% no. HA! Is it ever smooth? My biggest struggles thus far have been finding work-life balance and not letting doubt and fear take over.
In regards to balancing it all, being a stay at home mom and starting a business, it’s just a nonstop hustle. I am always working on putting better boundaries in place. I have learned #1) that I can’t do it all, and #2) to ask for help. Those have been very valuable lessons along the way for me.
Over the past year, I have been asking myself all the questions – Can I do this? Does this matter? Am I helping? What if I fail? Can I actually make this a job? Do people need and want this service?
It’s amazing the power doubt can have over you! It is something I haven’t struggled with much in my past, but it has been very present as I started this journey. I talked with a friend recently who advised me to get out of my own way. Now when I hear these thoughts creeping in, I stop myself and literally say “no” to them. I move them aside, put my head down, and repeat the mantra, “I can do this.”
I am committed to this business and will not let fear or doubt win. My passion for setting my clients up for success motivates me every day especially in tough times.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a personal stylist, I work with my clients to help them overcome the realities and feelings of being overwhelmed and uninspired by their wardrobe. I work with them to edit out pieces that are not working for them. We hone in on their true style, not just trends. I shop for them and curate inspiring looks to incorporate into their wardrobe, trying to bring joy back to the getting ready process.
Let’s shift it from – “I have nothing to wear” to “I have so many choices I love, what WILL I wear?”
I specialize in a ‘Shop the Rack’ service which allows me to bring a curated rack of personalized choices to my clients. I love this personal VIP experience whether it’s a total wardrobe overhaul, a little seasonal refresh, or just finding a client that perfect jean because it’s a true one on one personal shopping experience with a variety of choices catered to my clients needs.
I love to utilize vintage and thrift whenever possible. I dream of being able to dress clients in all secondhand and try to bring in elements of vintage when working with my clients. Thankfully thrifting has become more mainstream and accessible. There are many great choices out there that already exist without having to buy new, it’s just about taking the time to find them, which I will gladly do for you.
Nobody has time to waste staring at a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear. Hire me to help ‘getting dressed’ become the easiest part of your day, not your hardest.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck. I believe everything in life happens for a reason. I can look back on moments throughout my life (even into my childhood) that have brought me to this place of starting my own styling business. I believe God has a path for us all. I try to listen to my gut and have faith as I move forward.
However, I do feel lucky that I am able to pursue this styling business! I wake up every day excited to work with my clients. I am committed to helping them find pieces they truly love and feel confident in their style.
- Website: www.mollieelizabethstyle.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollieelizabethstyle/?hl=en
Photography by: Elizabeth Zuluaga