We had the good fortune of connecting with Kindra Moné and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kindra, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I started my blog and podcast StylingSOUL, I was simply trying to find the types of conversations around style and beauty that I wasn’t seeing out in the world. I’m interested in sustainable fashion and clean beauty products—but that doesn’t mean I don’t also love a full nail set and pop culture. I have a passion for self development and an entrepreneurial spirit, but I also want to live a life of rest and pleasure. StylingSOUL is for the person that wants to style their soul just as much as their wardrobe.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
People often feel like you have to choose. Should you be a full-time entrepreneur or a full-time employee. Everyone has to choose what works best for them, and neither is better than the other. My journey has included both.

I got my start in women’s beauty and fashion media with an internship at COSMO. I’m a writer and thought I would have a journalism internship, but it ended up being a styling internship. I worked with editors in the fashion closet and assisted stylists on set. The internship was challenging, but I worked hard and then became a fashion and beauty reporter at HollywoodLife.com. After that, things got rocky as I tried to find my niche. I did everything from PR to styling, but I had to remember that writing was my first love.

During a time of slow work, I started my media brand, StylingSOUL. This opened up so many doors for me. Before I knew it, publications and brands started contracting me for editorial work and copywriting. I began freelance writing for Byrdie, Function of Beauty, IPSY, and eventually La Mer. My freelance role at La Mer led me to my full-time role as the Manager of Digital Content at Estée Lauder.

If anyone can learn something from my story, it would be to create the job you want for yourself! By stepping out on my own, I was able to attract the right role for me.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If you come visit me in Harlem for a long weekend, our first stop Friday evening would be Sugar Monk for cocktails. They have live music, light bites, and the best craft cocktails. For dinner, we’d go to Babbalucci for Italian food, and then head downtown to the Lower East side Las’ Lap for music and dancing. Saturday it’s brunch time! We’d hit Row House for jazz and brunch and then maybe tour one of NYC’s many famous museums.
I’m a church girl, so Sunday we are going to my church Trinity New York and then a classic Harlem brunch at Angel of Harlem.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother has been my biggest champion. When I wanted to move to NYC from South Carolina for an internship with Cosmopolitan Magazine, she became my biggest cheerleader and supported me when the city got rough.

Website: thestylingsoul.com

Instagram: @kindramone

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kindra-mone/

Twitter: itskindramone

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