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Confidence Issue: Megan Hutchison

This week in our confidence issue series we interview Megan, girl boss behind She said yes, The Little White Book & Skin Sonic.

Who is Megan Hutchison? 

I am the editor of She Said Yes, creator of the little white book wedding organiser and diary, and more recently, Skin Sonic, a vibrating facial cleansing tool.

A lot of people also know me as a social influencer, which is really a side-effect of my business, rather than defining who I am. First and foremost I am a wife, sister and friend.

What made you want to be involved in the wedding world, leading you to write your first book?

I felt the process of wedding planning is perceived to be difficult, time-consuming and expensive. I felt I could help brides to actually enjoy their engagement by making it more simple and stress-free.

I want to reduce pressures and expectations on women while helping them plan their dream day,  realise that it doesn’t have to be expensive to be wonderful, and that there’s no such thing as “perfect.”

Did having confidence in yourself play a big role in becoming such a successful author and now blogger?

Yes, absolutely. It’s not about having the confidence that it’s all going to go well, but rather the confidence to take risks. Failure is part of the journey.

I have a very “IDGAF” attitude to most things – I don’t care what people think of me, I have the confidence to be my real, authentic self, which is very freeing.

What does confidence mean to you and how do you approach this in your everyday life?

Confidence means being unapologetically yourself. I am confident in my own skin, without make up, without pretence, whether I’m in my gym gear and jandals, or my favourite dress.

What empowers you as a woman? 

Other women lifting each other up. There is room in this world for us all to be successful. Another woman’s success does not undermine your own.

Recently I have been so incredibly touched by the generosity of women helping me to grow my second business, Skin Sonic, and so empowered to be among so many businesswomen who want us ALL to be successful.

What knocks your confidence down and how do you deal with that? 

Not much. Making mistakes is always frustrating, but every failure is a lesson. Trying on an old favourite dress, only to realise it doesn’t fit, can suck, but it’s also the reality of growing up, and putting my health before my vanity.

What is your top tip on encouraging women to feel empowered?

Believe in yourself and give zero f*cks. I haven’t actually read the book “The life changing magic of not giving a f*ck” but it sounds like a great read for women who don’t yet feel empowered to be themselves.

What advice would you give our customers about self confidence and believing in themselves, embracing themselves for who they really are?

If you are reading this and hiring designer dresses, you are among the most fortunate 1% of women in the world.

Your life is too short to spend wasting wanting to be something better or someone else – you are so lucky to be you, to have the opportunities you have and the country you live in.

Don’t take social media too seriously and follow only those people who make you feel good about yourself.

What piece of clothing makes you feel confident to take on the world? 

A well fitting pair of high waisted jeans.

Do you think your style and the way you dress has evolved as you have become more confident within yourself?

Yes, I dress for myself much more than I did when I was younger – trying to dress in a way I thought looked “cool” even if it wasn’t my style.

What women inspire you? 

Every woman in my life is a strong, confident and inspirational person in some way. My sister is so kind and generous and that is an inspiration.

Every woman I follow online, who is her real, authentic self, is an inspiration.

 

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Confidence Issue: Sunniva Holt

Sometimes life can get a little overwhelming and you get stuck in a cycle of what you should be doing, or where you should be going next. Sunniva is one of our favourite ladies to go to for a little inspiration and kick ass attitude that can always turn your thinking around. Towards your career, your relationships and especially yourself.

 

Who is Sunniva Holt? 

36 year old Transformation & Wealth Alignment Coach, Best Selling Author & Property Developer. I’m based in Auckland but I spend a lot of time traveling for work.

What made you want to be involved in the business world, making your way on your own?

For me there was never any other option. I wanted complete freedom in my life, and that meant both financial freedom and not working for someone else. And now through my coaching work I’m able to help others create that same freedom in their lives, which for me is absolutely living the dream!

What does confidence mean to you and how do you approach this in your everyday life?

Confidence to me means feeling good in my body and loving who I am exactly the way I am

What empowers you as a woman?

Self awareness. The more I get to know myself, the more empowered I become

What knocks your confidence down and how do you deal with that?

To be honest, lack of sleep! I’m like a toddler, when I’m tired the wheels fall off and everything feels like a much bigger deal than it actually is. So for me its important to focus on getting plenty of quality sleep

How has confidence helped you with being such a successful entrepreneur and helping others do the same?

When you know who you are and you’re confident in that, you become unshakeable. So its a key thing in the work that I teach, owning your space and having absolute self belief.

What advice would you give our customers about self confidence and believing in themselves, embracing themselves for who they really are?

Love yourself exactly where you’re at right now no matter where that is.

 

What piece of clothing makes you feel confident to take on the world?

A great dress, that in alignment with who I am and embodies how I want to feel at the time.

Do you think your style and the way you dress has evolved as you have become more confident within yourself?

Absolutely! Style is such a beautiful form of expression and it can be really powerful. It really is an extension of our personalities

 

What women inspire you?

Jacinda Arden – so proud to be a New Zealander right now! Oprah Winfrey and one of my amazing mentors Alexi Panos.

 

What’s your favourite piece out of The Borrowed Collective and why?

The Associates Mini Dress!It shows off my long legs, and is perfect for summer celebrations! 

You can find Sunniva over on her Instagram or website. Pictured below: Sunniva in our Alexandra Dress

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Confidence Issue: Mary Wyszomierska

This week we chat to the gorgeous Mary. Total hustler, girl boss and fashion lover. One of the first TBC girls to get involved since opening our UK store. Mary talks to us about moving countries for your career and University as well as how her love of fashion and admirable work ethic came about.

Who is Mary Wyszomierska? 

A 22 year old Fashion Marketing student. Born in Poland, studying in UK. I am all about fashion and I love avocados.

What made you want to be involved in the fashion world?

I always loved dressing up and I put a lot of thought into my outfits when I was 9 or 10 but I developed my interest at the age of 15 when I set up my own brand based on personalised handmade t-shirts. Firstly, I was just making them for my family and friends but then things started getting more serious and I created a Facebook page and Instagram account for the brand and started selling them. Since that time I’ve completed a couple of internships in fashion, worked for quite a few brands and moved out to study fashion degree in UK.

What does confidence mean to you and how do you approach this in your everyday life?

Living for my passion and doing what I love the best I can. Fashion gives me a lot of confidence on a daily basis, from the way I dress through constantly developing my knowledge and broadening my interest in this area to dreaming about a bright future in the job of my dreams.

What empowers you as a woman? 

My closest friends and family that support me in my decisions.

What knocks your confidence down and how do you deal with that? 

Comparing myself to others often knocks down my confidence but I am usually too busy to spend more than a minute thinking about it, haha.

How has confidence helped you with moving countries and juggling studying as well as working part time in fashion? 

Moving countries for university was a big step for me but my interest and a lot of ambition reassured me in my decisions. I knew I wanted to get an education in fashion and I wouldn’t be able to get it in Poland so there was only one way for me. I am also a strong believer that there’s nothing you can’t do, so I just went for it.

What advice would you give our customers about self confidence and believing in themselves, embracing themselves for who they really are?

Everyone is capable of doing absolutely anything. Find your strongest qualities and work with them. Don’t fear your flaws – everyone has them. Instead, find what you love doing and start doing it and when it makes you happy, you will feel more confident.

What piece of clothing makes you feel confident to take on the world? 

My staple enormous black sunglasses! It is definitely a confidence trigger.

Do you think your style and the way you dress has evolved as you have become more confident within yourself?

I can’t believe I’m saying this but I used to be a bit of a skater girl a couple years back. Nike shoes, baggy jeans, so many bright colours, I would probably never wear it again. As a teenager I was trying to fit in with my peers and today I just wear what suits my style and what I really love. My style is definitely classier and more classic now.

What women inspire you? 

Caring and ambitious women with a passion. I am lucky I know many inspiring women I’ve worked with, am friends with or they’re my family. Other than that a singer Banks is my role model on many levels – I’m just obsessed with her.

What’s your favourite piece out of The Borrowed Collective and why?

The dress that was my first rental – A Heart of Gold. It has gold details which obviously is a yes! for me and the shape I absolutely adore. I love everything about it.

 

You can find Mary on Instagram here x