Category Archives: Inspiring Interviews

Looking for some real-life inspiration? Check out our archive of interviews — REAL chats with REAL questions and answers from amazing, inspiring, and successful female entrepreneurs, bloggers, and industry trendsetters, as well as SC Sisters just like you.

Ep. 35: Lauren McGoodwin talks risk-taking, non-linear careers, and the struggles of entrepreneurship.

This week on the Becoming Fearless podcast, meet Lauren McGoodwin, the Founder and CEO of Career Contessa, a career development platform for women that provides company profiles, downloadable resources, and much more. Lauren’s non-linear career path led her to develop a side hustle, and then to grow that side hustle into a full-time business. Join…

Ep 34: Annie reflects on two years of saying yes to herself, empowering women, and growing Style Collective.

On our first 2018 episode of Becoming Fearless, Annie sits down to talk about the positive changes in her life since she said YES to herself and left her corporate job two years ago. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 2015, Annie said goodbye to a toxic work environment and set out on a journey to reclaim…

Ep 33: Ashley Zeal talks staying motivated, being happy in your own skin, and doing what works for you.

Today on Becoming Fearless, Annie chats with Ashley Zeal, one half of the #bossbabe team behind Two Peas in a Prada. Ashley and her partner, Emily, instantly connected over their shared love of fashion and beauty. Emily introduced Ashley to the world of fashion blogs, and in 2014, they launched Two Peas in a Prada.…

Ep 32: Erika talks having integrity, making an impact, and understanding your why.

Today on the Becoming Fearless podcast, Annie sits down with Erika, the podcast host behind Beauty and the Vlog. Erika comes from a business background, first working in commercial real estate, then starting an apparel line with her sister. But Erika had always been interested in interviewing and podcasting. When she discovered the YouTube beauty…

Ep 31: Lizzie talks staying resilient, evolving with your brand, and creating your own success.

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This week on Becoming Fearless, Annie chats with Lizzie, the fashion and beauty blogger behind Lizzie in Lace. Lizzie always wanted to be a fashion designer. After declining offers from prestigious fashion schools for financial reasons, and attending a school for several months that turned out to be a scam, Lizzie majored in Art and…

5 Things We Learned from Our Virtual Mentorship Panel (+ the replay!)

Style Collective’s very own Annie Spano recently hosted a virtual mentorship panel featuring four fabulous boss babes: Ashley of Two Peas in a Prada, Lizzie of Lizzie in Lace, Dede of Dress Up Buttercup, and Maria of Savvynista. These amazing women have been living the influencer life for years, and they’ve picked up some helpful…

Ep 30: Sarah Perkins talks listening to your passions, establishing a work/life balance, and leading with positivity.

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Today on the Becoming Fearless podcast, Annie sits down with Sarah Perkins, Co-Founder and CEO of DesignerShare. Sarah grew up loving fashion, but started a career as a lifestyle writer and editor after college. She was approached by a family friend looking to start a business in the share economy, and together they founded DesignerShare…

Ep 29: Kelly Roach talks taking baby steps, having integrity, and learning from failure.

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On this episode of Becoming Fearless, meet Kelly Roach, a Business Growth Strategist dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners achieve their financial and growth goals. Kelly started working for a Fortune 500 company right out of school, and fell in love with sales. She was promoted seven times in eight years, and by…

Ep 28: Sarah Kugelman talks shifting perspective, staying connected, and knowing your limits.

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This week on the Becoming Fearless podcast, Annie sits down with Sarah Kugelman, Founder and CEO of Skyn Iceland. Twelve years ago, Sarah started to notice the movement toward health and wellness in the beauty industry. Inspired by her own health journey, Sarah founded Skyn Iceland, a skincare brand focused on the link between skin…

Ep 27: Natasha Gregson Wagner talks empowering women, having faith, and being motivated by the big picture.

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On this episode of the Becoming Fearless podcast, meet Natasha Gregson Wagner, daughter of actress Natalie Wood, who was an American film and television actress. She was known for her screen roles in Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, The Searchers, and West Side Story. Natasha is an actress, a mother, and the #bossbabe…

Interview: How One #SCSister turned $10 into $200 with the SC Affiliate Program & Is Making Her Blogging Dreams Come True!

Style Collective is more than just a blogging community. We are sisters who support one another through thick and thin. SC Sisters inspire each other, lend a helping hand, and remind each other that when the going gets tough, the tough get going! We’re really excited to introduce you to Lauren, a #bossbabe SC Sister.…

Ep 26: Kristen Ley talks trusting your gut, taking time to recharge, and knowing the importance of storytelling.

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This week, meet Kristen Ley, founder, owner, and creative director of Thimblepress. Kristen majored in graphic design in college, then opened a design firm in Charleston, South Carolina. Kristen loved her job, but she longed to do something more out-of-the-box, and wanted to “get her hands messy” (aka, CREATE!). In need of a creative outlet,…

Ep 25: Annie Spano talks about overcoming comparison and learning compassion.

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This week, Annie hi-jacks her own podcast to talk about overcoming comparison and learning compassion – a common conversational thread in many episodes of Becoming Fearless. Join Annie as she talks having empathy and leading with your heart every day. Becoming Fearless Episode 25: Show Notes Annie Spano talks about overcoming comparison and learning compassion.…

Ep 23: Shirley Yang talks building a business, empowering others, and climbing higher mountains.

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  Today on Becoming Fearless, Annie sits down with Shirley Yang, a Style Collective member and the founder of Muses, an app used by small businesses and entrepreneurs to build their audiences. Shirley discovered the benefits of partnering with other influencers when a selfie posted on another person’s Instagram caused her followers to double overnight.…

Ep 22: Liza Witonis talks taking control, having a positive impact, and rewriting the future.

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This week on the Becoming Fearless podcast, meet Liza Witonis, a Personal Wealth Coach from New Hampshire. After undergoing her own financial journey and paying off over $200,000 worth of debt in five years, Liza started her business to help others achieve financial security and feel empowered with their money. Join Annie and Liza as…

Ep 21: Kristin Hardwick talks recognizing your niche, working on your mindset, and remembering why you started.

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Today on Becoming Fearless, Annie chats with Kristin Hardwick, a Branding Photographer and Strategist from New Hampshire. For years, Kristin struggled to find her purpose, and felt like she was the only one who didn’t have her life figured out. She worked at an investment firm, and considered her life “okay.” Then, Kristin took part…

Ep 20: Annie sits down with three SC sisters to talk acknowledging your truth, portraying positivity, and being persistent.

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This week on the Becoming Fearless podcast, Annie sits down with three #SCsisters: Dannie Levine-Moore of Stile Foto Cibo, Alyssa Puckett of A Hint of Hazel, and Erika Taylor of Tayloring Style. These women have taken three different paths to becoming fearless, but are all on their way to being the boss babes they want…

Ep 19: Caroline Matthews talks attracting your niche, honoring yourself, and appreciating the little wins.

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This week on the Becoming Fearless podcast, Annie connects long-distance to Caroline Matthews, an award-winning fashion and bridal designer from London, and the founder of The Luxe Collective. Since she was young, Caroline dreamed of being a fashion designer, and became very successful in the bridal industry. She supplied bridal boutiques all over the world,…

Ep 18: Rachel Walker talks thinking outside the box, making positivity a habit, and embracing our differences.

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Today on Becoming Fearless, Annie reunites with Rachel Walker of The Rachel Review. Rachel is a blogger and YouTuber who only recently left her job doing marketing for a British greenhouse company to pursue her side hustle full-time. Rachel is in the middle of her journey to becoming fearless, and is learning to find and…

Ep 17: Julie Solomon talks converting authenticity to success, starting each day with gratitude, and serving your shine to the world.

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This week on the Becoming Fearless Podcast, Annie chats with Julie Solomon, a PR professional, blogger, and the host of The Influencer Podcast. Julie is a publicist by trade. She went from working in the music industry (with artists like Lenny Kravitz and Maroon 5) to the publishing industry (with big-time publishing house Harper Collins)…