We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole “Niki Lips” Lippman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole “Niki Lips”, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
For my personal styling business, I try to work on teaching my clients how to dress to make themselves happier while also pushing them to reach their goals and desires. We all get anxious about getting dressed if we feel like there is a risk. So for, many people, they’ve played it safe for years. I’m helping my clients conquer much of their appearance anxieties and helping them find clothing, so the person on the outside matches the person on the inside. This can be huge for someone’s mental health.
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.
Since I was a psychology major to start, I work with that in mind. Whether it’s for a “character” in commercial work, telling a cohesive story for editorials, or simply helping personal clients curate the right closet for them. I find telling a story through clothing is easier once you understand the symbols they embrace.
I learned to tell these stories with clothing at a young age, doing wardrobe throughout middle and high school. and it’s evolved from there. I was always helping my friends pick out outfits for our formals and continued doing that through college, not realizing I could turn it into a career. It wasn’t until I helped a friend style a music video that I realized styling was such an intense passion of mine. So I went back to school, hustled whenever I wasn’t at my full-time job, and had many nights of tears. I can honestly say it hasn’t been easy, but the passion keeps the fire in me to continue. I’m working full-time in addition to doing shoots, styling clients, and costuming productions, but I’m getting closer to becoming a full-time freelancer, which has always been my end goal. There’s even been some ups and downs with “making the jump,” as COVID took a massive hit on my savings. I’ve discovered this purpose in my life has made it much more fulfilling 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?
Honestly, my best friend and I have always talked about a sleepcation. A vacation where we just eat, sleep, and relax. As exciting and fun going out is, we’re doing our best to listen to our bodies and relax. We’d probably just stay at The Fairmont and head to The Tonga Room for food and drinks. If we’re up for a walk, hitting up The Shota for Sushi or one of the restaurants in Belden Alley with drinks at Pagan Idol. (I love a good tiki.)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Natalie Smith, my former teacher/always mentor, at CCSF, and my photographer fiance, Cody Bratt, who has been such a pillar of support for me.
Cody Bratt, Lydia Mikulka, Lillian Campbell