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We have all been in that stage of having an incredible idea, service, or project you'd like to see come into fruition, but you're left with that feeling of "now what!?" I don't remember any college classes being titled, "how to build your business around this niche idea, while also being your own marketing director, accountant, employees and boss!" These books are the perfect mix of educational and inspirational, and will help you to not lose sight of your big dreams along the way. Think of these books as the best business books.. in the business! We hope you love these reads as much as we do! 

1. Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner | This inspirational read by creative entrepreneur, Erin Loechner, shares her journey of finding peace and harmony in having and doing less. She discusses how to stop comparing yourselves to others, how to be grateful for the life you have, and you'll enjoy personal stories and anecdotes along the way. 

2. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp | The Creative Habit teaches how to harness those creative skills, and build an atmosphere that helps you work efficiently and successfully. Your brain is like a muscle that needs practice and repetition to grow, Twyla will be your coach!

3. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert | Are you stuck on the hamster wheel of your creative business because you are too afraid of jumping off and trying something new? Scared to launch a new business because you aren't an "expert" or you don't have enough followers? This book will help you locate your own confidence, get rid of those fears, and teach you to showcase those amazing things about yourself that will help your business grow and thrive. 

3. Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley | Are you currently trying to curate the perfect social feed, while you bake pinterest worthy cupcakes for your kids, plan exciting date nights for your husband, answer all emails in a timely fashion, buy those cute shoes, write that game changing blog post, etc. etc. etc. Are you beyond exhausted and feeling like a failure, because, well, we just can't do "all.of.the.things?" This book is for you. Emily will remind you just how to give yourself a little grace. 

4. Simplified by Emily Ley | Can you tell we love Emily Ley? Not only has she been a huge supporter of The School of Styling, but we also love and trust her products. (I even use her academic planner to help keep my own life organized!) This book is filled with amazing action steps, and tools that will guide you through creating a simplified life! Ridding yourself of the business and clutter to give you more room for joy, family time, peace and growth! 

 

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Greensboro Student Work

 

One of our favorite parts of the week is seeing all of our students convey the skills they've learned throughout the week in their final tabletop design. Each attendee has access to the same decor, and its so exciting to see how they each showcase their personal style!

So sit back, and check out all of the prettiness! 

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School: The School of Styling Greensboro

Venue: Mcalister Leftwich

Linens: Party Makers Greensboro + Wolf and Irving

Decor: The Prettiest Pieces

 

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Well, is there any better to way to kick off our third and final day of The School of Styling than with a mimosa bar?! We don't think so! 

McAlister-Leftwich was all dressed up, and ready for the party! Stunning furniture by The Prettiest Pieces, the gorgeous floral accents by Rebecca Rose Events, and that signage by Happy Tines could not have been more perfect! 

 

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One of the really exciting parts about The School of Styling is that we always have our amazing photographers capture headshots for each of our attendees - thanks Ally + Bobby! So not only will they leave with business knowledge and hands-on skills, but professional photos to really propel their business! Our gals even got hair and makeup by the Teighla Norris team, such fun!

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Once our attendees were glammed up and their head shots complete, we headed back into the classroom for our last day of speakers + sessions! Jeannie Sullivan was back with another incredibly inspiring session. 

 

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Then it was time for another delicious lunch provided by Holly Tate Catering. All of the gorgeous arrangements created by our attendees acted as the perfect centerpieces! Best of all, it was so great hearing of all of the amazing conversations and seeing the friendships that had formed over the last few days! 

 

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Whitney Hawkins, art director of the Simplified team (who also provided our attendees with those amazing Simplified Life books, cute pens, and adorable pineapple pins!) led the afternoon. 

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After being super inspired (and let's be honest.. a little obsessed with) by the gorgeous signage throughout the week, it was our attendees chance to get a hand-on calligraphy lesson by Caitlin of Happy Tines! While calligraphy is definitely challenging, it is so fun getting to see how each student had their own style and creation! 

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The end of the third day is always so bittersweet with out time with an amazing group of ladies is coming to an end. There is nothing we love more than seeing our community grow with all of our amazing attendees, and this group was surely wonderful! 

 

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In our opinion, the very best part of The School of Styling is the final dinner. Some solid friendships have been formed, all of those big ideas are swirling around in everyone's head, and its just such a joyous evening! Its always filled with hugs, maybe a few tears (only happy ones, of course!) and lots of laughs! 

 

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Our mouths are watering over these macarons by Sugar Euphoria! They were SO delicious! 

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Remember back to the Day 1 recap when we asked our attendees to set an intention for the week, and choose a word to focus on? The final dinner place cards were those words and the perfect reminder of all of the hard work these ladies had accomplished over the last few days! 

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We surprised our attendees with gorgeous necklaces by Heir Raleigh for the final dinner. 

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It is no secret that the heart and soul of The School of Styling is made up of the incredible attendees, amazing speakers, and the production team. However, we'd like to extend an extra huge thank you to all of our incredible sponsors that spoil our attendees! The Greensboro gals had some nice goodies! 

Thank you again to our sponsors!

Venue McAlister-Leftwich | Photography Ally and Bobby | Florals Rebecca Rose Events | Signage, Invites, Stationery Happy Tines | Furniture Party Makers Greensboro | Vintage Furniture The Prettiest Pieces | Notebook The Design Bindery | Garment Bag Pretty Plum Sugar | Ring Dish Marbella Dish | Candle Southern Firefly Co | Facial Steam Some Call Me Crunchy | Styling Ribbon + Boards The Romanticist | Ribbons La Pomme Et La Pipe | Linens Nuage Designs | Vintage Stamp Verde Studio | Simplified Life, Pens and Pineapple Pins Emily Ley | Hair + Makeup Teighla Norris | Wine Speak Wines | Macarons Sugar Euphoria | Coffee Truck Wired! | Welcome Box Ribbon Adorn Company | Wax Seals by Wax Seals | Jewelry Heir Raleigh

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