For every Girl Boss in Chicago and actually the midwest for that matter, there is one conference that you want to attend – the Simply Stylist annual conference.
We checked into the Dana Hotel and Spa in Chicago on Saturday, July 16, 2016 for the day long conference.Beauty bloggers and stylists were treated to a day of doing what we love – hearing from the successful business woman and bloggers, drinking cucumber water, getting our hair and makeup (my favorite makeup) done, and oh, of course jumping into a ball pit for charity.
The Chicago event was hosted by my second favorite voice from E!, Catt Sadler.
And the line-up of speakers included everyone from YouTube blogger, Belinda Selene, (one of my favorite videos) to stylist, Lindsay Albanese, to the founder of one of the most iconic blogs, The Everygirl, and even the costume designer and stylist from the hit show, Empire, Paolo Nieddu.
While there were main speakers in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon, the real beauty of the day was that it was a gorgeous day in Chicago and we were on a rooftop.
When I got off the elevator, I wanted to look down. The shoe game was strong. Everyone was dressed in summer prints and florals that even Kentucky Derby style only won because we weren’t wearing hats.
In between sessions about being self-confident, how to balance your life, and tips on public relations, the bloggers and business woman enjoyed champagne gummy bears and sips of cucumber water in between pampering sessions from the latest beauty app.
The Glam App
The Glam App, described by People magazine as being Oscar’s glam on demand, is available in 27 international cities including Chicago. It’s known for bringing a glam squad right to your business or home at an affordable price. The founder, Cara Santana, was there to talk about her success. The Glam App is about a year and a half old, and Santana told Windy City Cosmo that apps are a lot like businesses, it usually takes 2-3 years to break even. The app is currently funded by venture capitalists.
Midwest bloggers had their hair styled, got a touch up on their lids or lips, and had a quick nail touch-up from the Glam App. Honestly, I was most impressed with the stylists and nail technicians. The glam squad had over 5 years of experience and everyone was really excited to be doing what they love (P.S. that is Simply Stylist’s motto).
Across the room, there were balloons spelled out “Girl Boss” for you to pose with your new look. Which, by the way, was sketched by a talented artist. In one hour she would have a sketch of you based on a single photo.
And despite the stilettos or your attire, we all had to jump into the ball pit from H2O + beauty to benefit charities to help women. One of Chicago’s fashionista’s from the Frock Shop was there volunteering, Jennifer Burrell.
Overall, when I met some inspiring Chicago bloggers like Anneke Knot of Knot Couture Blog and Lan Ho of the blog, Scholar in Stilettos. Even midwest bloggers like Katrina of Inspoandco traveled from Wisconsin and stayed in Rosemont for the weekend.
Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.