We had the good fortune of connecting with Chrissia Haughton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chrissia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my business was the lack of knowledge of professional attire in the education environment. I noticed many educators that I encountered were unaware of what professional attire was and therefore showed up representing the company in a not-so-professional way. I want to educate those on what it means to look professional while still being their authentic self. I want to introduce ways how to be stylish while representing the company you work with in positive light.
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 am an educator first. As an educator, I am constantly learning and growing in many different ways. When it comes to being a personal stylist, I’ve studied the way people think about what they look like and what they want to look like. Learning this has allowed me to close the gaps between looking professional and being professional and combining the two for an overall phenomenal individual in the work field.
I’d like to think that allowing educators to keep their quirky ways and adding some stylish flair is what sets me apart from others. As a personal stylist, it can be easy to transform someone into a completely different person, but what’s important is allowing the individual to still feel like themselves at the end of the process.
Joining several styling groups and educating myself on fashion tips has gotten me where I am today. Allowing myself to take on opportunities has pushed me to become more confident in being a personal stylist and sharing my knowledge with other educators to feel and look their very best.
What I’ve learned so far has not been easy. The fashion industry can be trendy and most of the time the looks are not for business professional environments. I had to learn how to incorporate fashion trends and make them appropriate for educators that work in the school building around children.
I want the world to know that I am here. I am here to help educators and those in the profession know that it is okay to look good while teaching the leaders of tomorrow. I want people to know that my brand is a professional brand that can help businesses be represented in a positive light just from the look of the dress code.
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?
Welcome to Atlanta! The city is known for brunch, boutiques, events, and interesting sites.
We will begin our trip by checking you into one of the cute Airbnbs found in popular areas from Midtown, Cumberland, and Downtown. Once you settle in you can choose to relax for the evening or catch a late Baseball game at the new Truist Park where the braves play or just hang out at local bars in the area.
Wake up to brunch at Breakfast at Barney’s, Atlanta Breakfast Club, or Toast on Lenox. These places tend to fill up quickly with no reservation so get there early.
After eating all that delicious food, you’ll want to walk it off. Take a ride down to the beltline where you can visit shops and breweries of your liking.
Take a trip to Ponce City Market and visit The Village Retail, a black-owned business that highlights other black-owned businesses from hair products to children’s books.
Want to do some sightseeing? Shoot the Hooch on a tube or kayak and enjoy nature at its best. Or go walking in Piedmont Park and visit some great cuisine around the area. Not an outdoor person? Check out the Georgia Aquarium or the Fernbank Museum. Got kids? Check out the Center of Puppetry of Arts and watch a puppet show with the little ones or check out the Children’s Museum, great for ages 3-8.
Ready for the night? Check out the numerous lounges, especially the speakeasy! Keep it low-key at the Red Door, or The Love Below.
Depending on the time of year, Atlanta has many events, right now there is the Bridgeton experience and with fall coming around there will be lots of festivals and fall events to follow.
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?
I’d like to give a shoutout to first my parents! They instilled in me to always look my best when stepping out of the house. A constant reminder that I represented them at all times.
I’d like to give a shoutout to my school staff members, all recognizing my stylish looks and motivating me to continue working with other educators by helping them with their style.
I’d like to give another shout-out to the Girls of Excellence, a non-profit organization that provided me with several opportunities to talk to young girls. Encouraging and educating them on what it means to look professional before they even enter the work field.
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