Nikki. Meghan. Shay. Brandy
Hailing from Houston in ruffles and roses, these beauties are on a mission to positively influence, educate, and encourage women of all colors.
On a recent trip to NYC during Fashion Week, we danced, laughed, and loved with this inspiring foursome at our Bleecker Street shop.
Herein, the ladies share their commitment to change, fashion and the magic of motherhood.
We’re officially obsessed.
On how you all met?
What’s your mission?
When did @influencingincolor start?
Is this your full time gig?
Brandy (@authentically.b) has been an elementary school teacher for nine years and is planning to go full time with Influencing In Color after this year. Shay (@shaymone) is a stylist, Meghan(@imgoodlikemeghan)is a social media coordinator for a beauty brand, and Nikki (@newtexacali) is full time with @InfluencingInColor.
To what do you attribute your success?
First of all, we are REALLY dear friends. Therefore, our success comes from working together! We believe that letting the girl next to you shine doesn’t take away your shine. We work to lift each other up and speak highly of one another. We're four very different women on every level, but this philosophy has solidified our friendship and communication.
On connecting to other women:
It's incredible the wide variety of women we connect to on all aspects of their journies from getting engaged to having babies and following their careers.
With that said, what’s it like to be moms and influencers?
Three of us have kids. Shay has three, Nikki has two and Brandy has one. We've found that often women feel scared about their careers and motherhood! But, we’re here to say that it’s not a stop sign in life. As moms, we must pursue our goals, it’s not all about your kids.
And, Meghan you're about to get married (we love a bride, obviously!)?
Yes! Can’t wait for LoveShackFancy bridal to launch both for me and my girls (who are my bridesmaids)!
Any advice for women that are moms but want to pivot their careers?
Believe in yourself and just do it! It’s inspiring for your kids to see you follow your passions. We’re raising future adults that one day will be going out on their own. Remember to "do you" because your kids are watching and that's a powerful thing as they follow in your footsteps. We are developing future entrepreneurs. They need to see you can be both a nurturing mother AND passionate about your careers; it's not either-or.