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

Hi Kristin, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Embracing a creative career path and all it entails was inspired by a drive for freedom and the opportunity to have who I am aligned with the work I spend my life doing. As a stylist, my mission statement is to foster authentic expression through the lens of personal style because I know the power that exists in seeing an intentionally curated version of yourself in the mirror, and feeling reflected on the inside by your appearance. The community created by pouring into other people via a craft I love and respect transcends work and allows me to build a full, vibrant life for myself to revel in.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The center of my professional identity is authenticity. It sets me on fire to collaborate with another person in a way the requires vulnerability and trust, to create a vision of who they want to present as to the rest of the world. I feel so privileged to have access to something as intimate as self image and self esteem and I think my understanding of that allows me to forge deeply meaningful relationships with my clients. My lessons and challenges have nearly all been related to learning to value myself and what I have to offer. I’m still evolving that way, and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see what happens when I bet on myself. I want my brand and my work to exude connection, inclusivity, transparency and of course, glamour. ✨

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love this question! Our first stop would definitely be the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Growing up in Ocean Beach the view from The Cliffs is such a foundational experience and is one of the most singularly beautiful places in the world. False Idol and The Aero Club are two of my favorite night life spots in San Diego and obviously fish tacos and Mexican food are a must.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are an infinite amount of people I have to thank for helping me define and achieve success, chief among them being my family and the community I moved home to that welcomed me with open arms. Since I moved home to California a year ago to pursue a career in the beauty industry, my support system has worked tirelessly to connect me with opportunities and uplift me personally and it has been paramount to the person and stylist I am and will become.

Instagram: @kristinxcosmetics

Image Credits
Nichole Peck Lacey Yates

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