How To Be A #GIRLBOSS

How To Be A #GIRLBOSS

Hey there Gorgeous!

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard the term “Girlboss” thrown around quite a bit by now. After all, it’s 2018, and the term is probably most widely known to be coined in 2015 by American entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso, founder of women’s fashion retailer Nasty Gal. Her autobiography, #GIRLBOSS, details how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Pretty impressive, huh?!

So, what does it mean to be a #GIRLBOSS?

We get it: “Girlboss? Why not just use the term boss when referring to a female higher-up?” Well, we do. Doesn’t everybody?! However, GIRLBOSS means so much more than just a term that designates a woman who’s in charge. GIRLBOSS is a movement. Being a GIRLBOSS means taking charge of your life, and it represents the women who are confident enough to pursue their own ambitions amidst the haters and naysayers. After all, women have to virtually fight their way into “boys clubs” across most industries, don’t they? Why not celebrate the women who are continuously proving everyone wrong? That’s what being a #GIRLBOSS is all about: empowering one another to fight for your dreams.

Speaking of badass women, Kollectin had an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G panel with Kollectin's very own Co-Founder & CEO, Nadia Lee, and Style Stars, Jezlan Moyet (Good Morning Lalaland) and Xandrea Garay (Ultimate Event Planning), about how to succeed as a #GIRLBOSS in the digital age. Check it out below - we promise it’s worth every second!

Don’t forget: you are smart, you are beautiful, and you can do anything you put your mind to. And after you hear the powerful words from these inspiring ladies, you can add #GIRLBOSS to that list, too!

Talk soon!

XOXO, 
Your Friends at Kollectin

Happy Birthday Los Angeles | Maya x Melios

Happy Birthday Los Angeles | Maya x Melios

Hey Lovely!

Did you know there's a BIG birthday today? That's right, the city of Los Angeles is turning 237!

We absolutely love Los Angeles, but we know we could be a little biased. After all, Kollectin is headquartered in LA LA Land! 

In honor of the City of Angels, Kollectin and Style Star Maya Hope Haider are releasing the delicate and oh so stylish Los Angeles Necklace designed by Melios.

If you don't know Maya, she's an LA girl with impeccable style, just look at her Instagram @mayahopehaider. Stunning, right? This babe LOVES LA, and we know she's not the only one. Whether you're surfing in Santa Monica, wine tasting in Malibu, shopping on Rodeo, hiking to the Hollywood sign, or hitting up an underground dance party in Silverlake, LA has something for everyone. It's as diverse as those who inhabit it. Whether you're here to land a job, chase a dream, or just to get some sun, Los Angeles is a melting pot of people and possibilities, and that's why we love it.

Speaking of possibilities, Melios is offering this stunning Los Angeles Necklace in both silver and gold. Choosing a color will be as difficult as deciding where to get brunch on a Sunday morning (but if you ask us, Pump in West Hollywood has the most charming ambiance). 

The Los Angeles Necklace not only represents the city itself, but it embodies the spirit of possibility this city has to offer. As we celebrate Los Angeles turning another year younger, let's also celebrate those who are continuously reaching for the stars. Cheers to the individuals who are persevering through life's challenges, to the dreamers and the doers whose aspirations are as big as the city they live in. 

Cheers to Los Angeles, and cheers to YOU babe!

You can shop the Los Angeles Necklace in Maya's Tiny Boutique, only on the Kollectin.

XOXO, 
Your Friends at Kollectin

The RaqC Necklace | Limited Edition Pre-Sale

The RaqC Necklace | Limited Edition Pre-Sale

Hey Gorgeous!

Do you know Kollectin Style Star, Radio & TV Personality, and dog lover, RaqC (pronounced like Foxy but with a R)? If you don't, you definitely want to! Follow her on Instagram @raqcsworld and be inspired by this #GIRLBOSS with a heart of gold. 

RaqC and Kollectin are launching her EXCLUSIVE and LIMITEDEDITION collection called The RaqC Collection. You will only find it at Kollectin, so you my friend, will have VIP access to the "Queen of Spanglish Media" and her new collection coming November 2018

And right now we are having a special pre-sale for The RaqC Necklace that she's wearing (doesn't she look FAB?). There are limited quantities and will sell out FAST. Get it while you can, Lovelies! 

Cheers!

XOXO, 
Your Friends at Kollectin

Designer Spotlight | Rebecca Minkoff

Designer Spotlight | Rebecca Minkoff

We at Kollectin are continuously inspired by fierce female leaders, and Rebecca Minkoff is no exception. Did you know that she moved to New York City to pursue a career in fashion when she was only 18 years old? Talk about inspiring! Her pioneering attitude and versatile style are why we're beyond excited to feature Rebecca Minkoff handbags on Kollectin!

We're especially obsessed with the Julian Backpack. This bag features adjustable straps and multiple pockets for all your work or weekend essentials. It's a bag that's as stylish and dynamic as you are! 

So if you have to go back to school or back to work, at least go back in style. After all, you can't go wrong with Millennial Pink or textured leather ;)

Shop more Rebecca Minkoff on Kollectin!

Maximizing Your Social Influence | with Style Star Mehgan James

Maximizing Your Social Influence | with Style Star Mehgan James

Did you know that posting on social media is an actual career? Because it totes is, just ask Kollectin Style Star Mehgan James. 

You need to, need to, need to see the brilliant and beautiful Mehgan James get real about being a social media star and how you can maximize your following. Did we mention that you need to?

If you are an aspiring Influencer or just want to know how to make your Instagram look good, binge watch Netflix later and check out Mehgan's tips below. She is so amazing and we know you'll love her as much a we do. 

Style Star of the Month | July 2018 | Kaila Yu

Style Star of the Month | July 2018 | Kaila Yu

Here at Kollectin, we are always on the lookout for women who embrace the "Girl Boss" mantra. In particular, we like to recognize women who are followed and admired because they possess notable aspirations and influential lifestyles.   

One of Kollectin’s stand out Style Stars has been, writer and travel blogger, Kaila Yu. Kaila is indeed living her "Best Life" so much that she has been named Style Star of the month for July. Kaila is an accomplished scribe with credits in VICE, Skyscanner, Matador and Extra Crispy, among others. Her pieces are mainly focused on travel and food, but the stylish tastemaker also considers herself a fashionista, brand strategist, and cat lover. She has also co-founded lifestyle brand Nylon Pink and food brand NomList.  

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When it comes to being a Kollectin Style Star, in addition to being an ambassador for the brand, Kaila has her very own digital jewelry boutique that has been curated to reflect her own personal style. 

“I absolutely love the selection of jewelry within Kollectin,” said Kaila. “I am a statement jewelry type of girl, and Kollectin has an endless collection of dangling designs. There’s nothing better than having a new selection of jewelry every month to inspire all my outfit of the day choices!” 

Not one to shy away from the camera, Kaila often posts stunning images on her social media pages that feature many of her favorite Kollectin pieces. She gives credit to her photographer and fellow Style Star, Kiki Wongo and offers the tip, “The most important thing is lighting. A bit overcast is great, too sunny is not great for taking photos.” 

At the end of the day, travel is Kaila’s top passion. “I want to teach everyone that travel is accessible to everyone, and I plan on launching a course, teaching on how I built my travel career,” she said of her future plans and goals.  

Be on the lookout for more from Kaila, check out her Style Star of the Month feature, and to keep up with her style and travel escapades, follow her on Instagram

Kollectin Pop-Up Week Recap!

Kollectin Pop-Up Week Recap!

Here's a snippet of our memorable Pop-Up Week! Stay tuned for new videos and details from this special week of gorgeous jewelry, amazing styles, and empowerment panels from women of influence. We hope to meet everyone back at our next event, and look forward to seeing new faces as well! 

Pop-Up Night Bosco Madness

Pop-Up Night Bosco Madness

What's a Pop-Up party without pops of madness? Here's a preview of the Bosco insanity we've 'kollected' from a night with our jewelry mob!

Hope everyone had a blast! For those of you who missed it, no worries! We look forward to seeing you in the next Kollectin extravaganza!

Thank you for an amazing Fashion Jewelry Pop-Up Night!

Thank you for an amazing Fashion Jewelry Pop-Up Night!

Kollectin hosted its first ever Fashion Jewelry Pop-Up Night at the heart of Melrose last night! Hundred of Los Angeles Style Star Influencers joined us for a night of live entertainment, interactive jewelry experience, and fun!

 
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During Pop-Up Night, exclusive invitees were introduced to new features on the Kollectin app, briefed on the benefits on being a part of our Style Star Influencer community, and got first- hand look at our upcoming VR features, and scored awesome swag bags with jewelry to boot!

 
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We loved jiving to the beats of DJ Kane, listened to the soulful original tunes from Kollectin Style Star Serena Laurel. Plus enjoyed the many offerings of our generous sponsors below!

Sorry we had to close the event RSVP list early due to oversubscribed demand, we'll be sure to source a far larger venue next time to accomodate all the interest! Please be sure to stay tuned to our next series of events monthly!

 
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Kollectin kicks off the summer with an Interactive Pop-Up Shop

Kollectin kicks off the summer with an Interactive Pop-Up Shop

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On June 21st emerging jewelry fashion app Kollectin will be kicking off its Pop-Up week by hosting an exclusive, invite-only party, where select tastemakers and style stars will come out to celebrate the girlfriend marketplace for style inspirations. 

Technology is incredible, right? Well, that depends on who you ask. Historically, fashion and technology have had a complicated relationship. Due to the convenience of the Internet and social media, brick and mortar stores are increasingly closing shop, leaving creatives and designers out in the cold with nowhere to showcase and sell their work. 

This is where Kollectin comes in. Kollectin aims to replace vanishing physical stores with digital jewelry boutiques run by designers and influencers also known as  "Style Stars." Potential shop owners get to handpick the designs they sell in their digital shops and make them available to those in their network. 

At the pop-up party, invited ladies will get the opportunity to acquaint themselves with Kollectin’s innovative platform, get started with opening their shops and have a good time with other ambitious women. 

Each day of the Pop-Up week will feature a theme aimed at educating and empowering Girl Bosses. From Skin and Beauty workshops to an informational panel on ways to build passive income, Kollectin is hoping to motivate women everywhere to aspire to inspire. 

Performing Artists

 Kollectin Style Star - Serena Laurel

Kollectin Style Star - Serena Laurel

 Fortune Entertainment - DJ Kane

Fortune Entertainment - DJ Kane

Featuring Art From

 Artist - Howard Steenwyk

Artist - Howard Steenwyk

 Heath Studio Director - Tung Chiang

Heath Studio Director - Tung Chiang

Kollectin on Good Morning LaLa Land

Kollectin on Good Morning LaLa Land

We were super excited to watch our SheEO, Nadia on Good Morning LaLa Land, America's first daily live-stream morning talk show right here in Los Angeles (M-F 9am PST)! This entertaining show is hosted by amongst others, Kollectin's very own Style Star Jezlan Moyet

On the segment, Nadia answers questions on her vision for Kollectin as a platform for influencers and women of influence, for them to inspire others to support fashion innovation.  

Accessories Council ACE Awards

Accessories Council ACE Awards

Accessories Council hosted its annual designers studded ACE Awards for its members. 

 Ace Awards @ Cipriani New York

Ace Awards @ Cipriani New York

Kollectin's Co-Founder & CEO, Nadia Lee, and Director of Business Affairs, Mary Demircift had the privilege of attending in the celebration of all things fashion accessories for the year!

 Kollectin's Mary Demircift (L) & Nadia Lee (R)

Kollectin's Mary Demircift (L) & Nadia Lee (R)

Some notable awards were industry veterans Sammy & Libby Edelman who took home Hall of Fame Award. Micaela Erlanger took home the Style Influencer Award for her styling vision with celebrities such as Lupitas. And Tracee Ellis Ross, who took home the Style Ambassador Award, made a passionate speech regarding the importance of working together in the era of digital disruptions (which is like, so Kollectin!).

 Sammy & Libby Edelman - Hall of Fame Award 

Sammy & Libby Edelman - Hall of Fame Award 

 Lupita Nyong'o & Micaela Erlanger - Style Influencer Award

Lupita Nyong'o & Micaela Erlanger - Style Influencer Award

 Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

 Tracee Ellis Ross - Style Ambassador Award

Tracee Ellis Ross - Style Ambassador Award

It was an amazing night of wining and dining, while seeing great friends and making new ones! Here's a peak of the event. We can't wait to see everyone again there next year!

Kollectin CEO Nadia Lee  honored as "Women Business Pioneer"

Kollectin CEO Nadia Lee honored as "Women Business Pioneer"

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It was a “#girlboss thing” when the Asian Business Association held its Women Business Pioneers Symposium at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In its mission to represent Asian American business owners and create business opportunities for its members and their diverse communities, the ABA wanted to provide an opportunity for hundreds of ladies to meet “women business pioneers” who have been making strides in their respective industries. Panelists included the likes of Health-Ade Kombucha chief sales officer Vanessa Dew, IDLogic founder/CEO Kelly Nguyen and Forensis Group founder/CEO Mercy Steenwyk.

Also on the panel of esteemed speakers was Kollectin’s co-founder, Nadia Lee. She had quite an inspiring story to share with young, aspiring businesswomen. Nadia had to overcome quite a few obstacles to get where she is today. From inexperience to lack of family support, Nadia used these roadblocks to motivate her and applied what she learned to her "fail" her way to the top. Today, through successful collaborations with vendors and a passion for creating, Nadia’s brands have only grown and expanded. 

Those who came out to hear from Nadia and the other speakers received invaluable lessons from women who are winning in life and business. Admittedly, everyone walked away with a boost in confidence and more direction on their plans.