We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Elliott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, what principle do you value most?
My daughter often wears a sweatshirt that has Treat People With Kindness embroidered on it from a Harry Styles concert. Seems so basic but I feel kindness is a lost principle in the hustle and bustle and screen-focused world we live in.
I’ve not looked up the exact definition of kindness so this is for sure my interpretation. I think about looking folks in the eyes – smiling – listening – helping – caring – supporting – sending a card – showing up.
My work as a stylist is quite personal – my clients show a vulnerability in asking for my help. It is not always a direct line of putting clothes on a body. I work to honor the client relationship with kindness. I listen to the needs – I help with the projects – I support the transition – I care – I show up. The very special gift of kindness is how often it is instantly reciprocated. ❤️
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.
I think there are many parts to being a stylist – the creative – the retail network – the client relationships. I think most important to have fluidity in the profession and to always be learning.
I have been working in retail since high school so the industry itself has changed so much. There have been many shifts in what I thought I wanted to do to and what I am doing now. Also interesting how your life unfolds and opportunities come and go.
I have had challenges in my faith – trusting – self worth – relevancy during covid – budgeting – lack of budgeting. I think asking for help is hard but absolutely necessary for growth and to build community.
I want the people in my life to know how much I care about them. How important each interaction and experience is to 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?
White Oak Music Hall
I love all things Nancy’s Hustle and Tiny Champions! Montrose Cheese and Wine! Cookies at Tiny’s.!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I grew up in Oklahoma and would often come visit my grandparents in Houston. My grandmother – Eleanor Tinsley – was in politics and we would often be all over town with her work and events. I think watching how she interacted with people is a huge influence in my life.
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