Recap: Cocktails x Conversations with Kendra Scott

 
 

“You are You, and
That’s Your Superpower”
November 12, 2018

Co-hosted with Kendra Scott, MoxxieMade engaged some of the fashion industry’s top trailblazers for advice on the industry, but themes such as the power of self-talk and the importance of taking risks rose to the top of the conversation. Our panelists included-

  • Amy Young - Director of Retail Marketing for Kendra Scott

  • Caroline Vazzana - Fashion Influencer and Author of “Making It In Manhattan

  • Alyssa Coscarelli - Former Fashion Editor of Refinery29

  • Natalie Cantell - Fashion Director for Who What Wear


Kicking off the discussion, we asked our panelists if there was a turning point that led them to their career today. Caroline Vazzana explained that her turning point was when she “left (my) job at InStyle (magazine), to become my own boss, pursue being a social media influencer, and write my own book. It was really scary and a big risk, and an ultimate act of saying ‘I believe in myself’ and ‘I know I can do this no matter what.’ Best decision I ever made and it changed my entire career.”

Caroline urged our community, “At the end of the day, my advice is just to go for it. I am one of those people that I never want to have any regrets. I didn’t want to have a voice in the back of my head saying 5 years from now, you should have really taken that risk. I had a little angel and devil (in my mind) saying, “Do it.” “But, what about money?! But, I realized, that if I fail, I’ll go back. It’s not the end of the world, and it’s important to remind yourself that it’s not all or nothing.”

Natalie Cantell agreed and added, “You never will get through your career without being mortified… by what you wore, what you said, the fact that you were late, or early, or the audacity of who you talked to. You can’t help that. And it’s always better to have that feeling from something you did do than when you passed up an opportunity.”

Fresh off the experience of her own recent faith-based risk - leaving Refinery29, Alyssa Coscarelli suggested that risk taking is easier when we “adjust our self-talk.” She continues,“We need to talk to ourselves the way we would talk to other people or the way that other people would encourage us. We are hard on ourselves and we don’t believe in ourselves the way we believe in others.”

Caroline added, “You are you, and that’s your superpower.” Stressing the importance of self-mantras, Caroline explained, “It sounds small but it makes a big difference. Lift yourself up so you can lift up others around you.”

All the women talked about the significance of lifting up others around you and how the fashion industry has evolved into a friendlier, more inclusive place. Amy Young explained, “The ‘mean girl’ mentality is no longer tolerated. The fashion industry used to be a ‘bitchy’ industry but it doesn’t feel that way anymore.” The “you can sit with us mentality” has started to take hold in the once elite industry. Amy explained she’s focusing on “treating my coworkers in a way that would make my mom proud.”

Fulfillment is not necessarily finding meaning in your work, but it’s finding meaning in your life and bringing your best self there to lift those around you up.  

 
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Cocktails x Conversations’
Wise Women Speakers

 
 

About our Wise Women Speakers

Amy Young

Kendra Scott’s Director of Retail Marketing. With over 85+ brick and mortar stores and wholesale partnerships with premiere retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Selfridges and over 600 specialty boutiques worldwide, the brand boasts a thriving web business and numerous namesake stores across the country. Beginning her career in the publishing industry, Amy worked for titles within media companies Conde Nast, Rodale and pop-culture notable, NYLON where she strategized and executed custom marketing programs for fashion-focused advertising partners.  After years within the publishing business, she transitioned to an in-house position as Marketing Director for alice + olivia and then within the North American Retail Marketing channel of modern luxury brand, Coach.

Visit her website

Caroline Vazzana

Fashion editor, social influencer and author of “Making it in Manhattan: The Beginners’ Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the World of Fashion.” She began her career in the editorial world working with Marie Claire, and has since spent time at Teen Vogue and InStyle Magazines. During her time there she worked on the fashion editorial print and digital teams, curating photo shoots and interviewing designers such as, Betsey Johnson, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Manolo Blahnik for feature articles. Vazzana now contributes to a variety of online fashion publications such as; StyleCaster, Marie Claire, Ed2010, Teen Vogue, Vamp Online, Real Simple, and Brides where she lends her unique eye and voice to the brands. With MakingManhattan.com she hopes to shed light on the industry to the future fashion generation.

→ Visit her website or follow on social media at @cvazzana

Alyssa Coscarelli

Freelance writer and former Refinery29’s Senior Fashion Market Editor. Constantly keeping the pulse on the market, Alyssa will try any trend at least once, covering fashion brands, styling tips, and overall industry happenings. She also shares her city-inspired outfits, inspirations, and adventures daily with her enthusiastic Instagram following. Well-connected in the fashion industry, Alyssa has worked with notable brands such as ASOS, Nordstrom, Nike, Topshop, Farfetch, and beyond — and also prides herself on discovering the latest indie and emerging brands and next big It-labels.


→ Visit her website or follow on social media @alyssainthecity


Natalie Cantell

Fashion Director at Who What Wear and respected fashion personality. New Zealand-born and New York-base, her personal style has been covered and coveted by every major international fashion publication, and she has appeared in & directed content for dozens of international clients. Natalie teams up with leading brands on a range of creative projects spanning consulting, styling, casting, experiential, fashion writing, curation, buying, guest editing, television presenting and creative direction. Back in Australia, Natalie was a regular contributor to VOGUE Australia's Spy Style and a proud ambassador for Junk Free June for the Cancer Council, and the White Shirt Campaign for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

→ Visit her website or follow on social media at @nataliecantell