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Meet Trailblazer Alexis Kozmor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Kozmor.

Alexis, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In February 2013, I moved to Boston from Georgia on a whim (in winter, what was I thinking?!). Being from the South, life in Boston was quite the adjustment – cost, weather, people, etc. Feeling lost and alone, I started my blog, South End Style, to connect with family and friends back home as I decorated my new (and first) apartment and traveled around New England. As the blog grew, so did I. What was once simply a creative outlet has turned into a wonderfully challenging and satisfying business. SES focuses mainly on my two passions – interior design and travel. The two are so related in that every new city I travel to, I find design inspiration! I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around the world, staying at beautiful hotels and having incredible experiences.

Now, I have been in Boston five years and I’m living my best life with my wonderful husband, Terry and our French Bulldog, Mela. I am so lucky to have a husband who not only supports my dreams but loves to travel just as much as I do! My hope is to continue this journey and grow SES even more, with various trips and projects on the horizon. It’s an exciting time for sure.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
This was definitely a long, slow road for me. I spent most of my 20’s traveling, spending time with friends and focusing on my career. It was a decade of learning and finding myself. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Now that I’m in my early 30’s, I have a confidence that was built off of successes & failures, both personally and professionally. I think you have to fail a few times to grow as a person and learn what’s best for you. Having a strong core value system and being open to new experiences is key. You never know where the road may take you, so stay open minded and be open to adventure.

Just think, if I had never taken the chance to move to Boston, I wouldn’t have started South End Style and I wouldn’t have met my husband, Terry. Call it fate or call it a chance, but life always seems to work itself out. Having a positive attitude and working hard have been the two fundamental keys to my success.

We’d love to hear more about South End Style.
South End Style is truly a multi-faceted business. Half of the time, I am knee deep in interior design, working on projects for friends, clients, or my own home. The other half of the time, I am planning our next trip or writing travel guides for recent places visited. Through it all, I am collaborating with various brands and businesses and figuring out which ones are the best fit for my brand. I always want to remain true to who I am as a person and true to who South End Style is as a brand – you’ll never see me posting outfit photos or partnering with brands that don’t represent my lifestyle. As a Southern bred girl, I understand the importance of relationships and I really value the time and energy that my readers spend on my site so I never want to steer them wrong. I also don’t take myself too seriously – it’s not lost on me that I am incredibly lucky to be able to travel to such wonderful places and work with such amazing people. I don’t ever want to take that for granted.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
Oh, definitely! I am a huge podcast nerd – in fact, I recently wrote a whole post on this subject. I love listening to Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations for some deep, thought to provoke conversations, while I also listen to My Favorite Murder, as the hosts keep me laughing and entertained. For sure two opposite ends of the spectrum.

Most of the blogs that I follow are interior design (Elements of Style, Inspired by Charm), travel (TPG, Hand Luggage Only) or lifestyle (Carrie Bradshaw Lied, Lemon Stripes) – all of these blogs provide inspiration for various aspects of my life and work. They’re all so different, yet I love them equally.

Lastly, I am always reading books and listening to radio shows about finance – I think that being financially independent is one of the most valuable, rewarding positions a woman can put herself in. My grandfather instilled a strong work ethic in me and most importantly, he taught me to always “pay myself first” and be smart with money. These core values have allowed me the freedom to travel, design and create a life that I truly love living!

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@southendstyle, @kozmorfitness

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