Former Job: Medical field
When did you discover your passion for fashion?
I discovered my passion for fashion around the age of 11. I would always watch the runway channel. I loved to see the models walk the runway and check out all the clothing they used to wear.
What career field were you in before stepping out to start your own business?I was in the medical field. As much as I wanted to step out, take a chance & leave my job, I was eventually forced out. I was laid off of my job on Oct 19, 2010. Believe it or not, it was actually 3 days before I launched my business online.
What was your "breaking point" when you knew it was time for you to do your own thing?I just kept feeling the urge to walk off my job. Everyday I would go to work and pray to God for a clear answer about what I should do. Ultimately, the choice was made for me. Two days before I was laid off, I decided I would call it quits at the end of the year. But I guess God had a different plan for me that I didn't see which allowed that to happen sooner than I thought. And from that, I was blessed with my own store front!
What has been the best part of stepping out and running your own business?
The best part is seeing something you have worked so hard for & dreamed of for years finally come to pass. Having the opportunity to do your own thing & knowing that your success lies in your own hands is great. No more putting so much time, sweat & tears into another company where you're not appreciated.
What advice would you give others ready to step out?
I would tell anyone to face your fears and just do it! Be prepared for what can come, the good or bad. Just know you will never know how far you can go if you never try. Remain very faithful and determined throughout your journey & keep positive people in your corner. The road to success is not easy but it is very rewarding at the end.
If you are in the Atlanta area, be sure to check out Crystyles Boutique located at:
2115 Piedmont Rd NE. Suite 3106
Atlanta GA 30324
404-249-9333 or 1-800-558-9975
And be sure to check out her online shop here. This will also be the location where I have my Nneka Saran Atlanta trunk show on April 9! So be sure to stop by and support her new business! Congrats again Crystal!