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Nikki Parkinson

Director Styling You Online

Brisbane Queensland, Australia
Member Since Jul, 2013

"Style doesn't come with a use-by date"

I'm a former journalist who jumped out into the unknown to build her own business and accidentally became a blogger and now fashion designer. Through my blog, Styling You, I get to help women find confidence through their personal style. My community is super connected and highly engaged. Its a judgement-free, supportive space that gives voice and recognition to women over 30 who feel the fashion industry no longer "talks"" to them. This connected community has lead to amazing sponsorship and ambassadorship opportunities. I've now also developed my own range of easy-care, comfortably chic wardrobe basics that are perfect for everyday and for travel.

Innovative, supportive, shoe-lover

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My work life blend

Why are you a Business Chicks member?

To connect with and be inspired by amazing women in business.

What's been the biggest pinch-me moment of your career?

Winning the Telstra Business Awards Queensland - Micro Business of the Year 2015. I was the first blogger to ever do so, bringing credibility to this growing media industry. Unlock Your Style, published 2014, Hachette Australia

How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?

For any setbacks or failures, I give myself a short period of time to grieve and dwell on what's happened. Then I pick myself back up and get on with it.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Pressure makes diamonds

Which women inspire you and why?

Women in business - big and small - who are stepping out of their comfort zones every day to create a life for themselves. It's not an easy path so I'm inspired by those who create their own journey in this business world.

What's been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did it help shape who you are today?

The biggest challenge I faced when starting my business was that I was completely clueless on how to run a business. It helped because if I had had a rigid, old-school business plan, I wouldn't have been nimble enough to create the online/social media business I have today.

What are you really good at? (We know this one's hard, you guys! As women, we tend to talk about what everyone else is good at. But now it's your turn.)

I'm great at supporting and mentoring other women in solo businesses and enterprises. It's hugely rewarding to share with others walking their own business paths.

What makes you happy?

Spending time with my family, travel and a glass of good Champagne.

What's your definition of success, and how will you know when you've got there? (Go on, aim high!)

Success for me is creating and building a business that works (and helps fund!) my lifestyle. It's having a business that is flexible around my family. And it's having a community around my business that is engaged, respectful and supportive.

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