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

Hi Pia, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Born to two very fashionable and always so well-dressed parents exposed me to the love of fashion at a very young age. For three short years, I was able to watch my mother as she paired pieces together, accessorized every outfit, and carried me along on her favorite shopping experiences to Neiman Marcus and thrifting. My mom lost her battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma but left one of her many footprints on my life. After she passed as a creative outlet, I embraced and enjoyed playing dress-up with my cousin. I soon realized that our sense of style, fashion, and what we wear often predict our mood and how we feel about ourselves. Fast forward to 2006, and again following in my parents’ footsteps, I have had the pleasure of teaching in DallasISD. This has afforded me not only have the opportunity to educate but also provide mentorship to many young ladies. Through teaching and mentorship, I was eager to birth Dressed in Girly-O by Girly-O Boutique in November of 2019. This inspiration came from the appreciation in knowing that I am a role model for so many through my demonstration of confidence and leadership. In a world influenced by social media and various images of how a lady should dress, I desire to inspire and empower ladies of all ages to not be afraid to be unique. To understand that you can remain covered, classy, and cute. Therefore resulting in the mission of Dressed In Girly-O, which is to provide CONFIDENCE in the form of STYLE.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Becoming an entrepreneur or a #girlboss has always been an idea that I have contemplated pursuing but was hesitant because I was in search of the right time. When is the right time, I asked myself often? I came to the conclusion that the right time was NOW. At that moment, I began to align my prayers, vision, thoughts, conversations, and most importantly, my actions, with words of affirmation that would lead me to step out on faith and establishing my brand. The thought of creating a business that I have the opportunity to nurture, develop, and grow while controlling my own time and helping others has been a tedious yet rewarding experience thus far. Establishing Dressed In Girly-O by Girly-O Boutique has been a journey but the journey has been well worth it. Starting a business will consume much of your time, energy, effort, and money. Just thinking about developing a brand, marketing, promoting, managing family time, planning social time, working a full-time job, remaining consistent, and trying to stay encouraged will have you ready to wave the white flag prematurely even before the fun begins. I must say there are two very important elements that have allowed me to conquer past challenges and face challenges to come. The first element is FAITH. I learned quickly that faith and fear could not dwell together. Fear restrains our thoughts and actions. Faith, however, does just the opposite by expanding our thoughts and actions. The second element is PLANNING. As the old cliche’ suggests, “when you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” therefore, my Happy Planner has been my best friend. I pride myself on finding lifestyle pieces that cater to a wide variety of women, styles, and activities. I look for inspiration within each article of clothing before adding the pieces to our collection. Dressed In Girly-O does not just provide a look but it provides a lifestyle.

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?
Exploring my city is always a fun thing to do. It allows for a little downtime in between searching for the perfect pieces to add to my boutique. So a few of my favorite places to visit include: Breakfast/Brunch: Jonathan’s Oak Cliff, Soiree Coffee Bar, Yardbird Lunch: El Fenix, Terry Black’s BBQ, BurgerIM Westend Dinner: Drake’s Dallas, Nick & Sam’s, Mi Cocina Places to Shop: North Park Mall, Highland Park Village, Grapevine Mills Activities: Dallas Museum of Art, Klyde Warren Park, Cinepolis, Trinity River Audubon, The Free Man Cajun Cafe

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?
Losing my mom at such a young age allowed me to have the opportunity to have others within my family and community step in and provide me with love, guidance, support, and encouragement. One relationship, in particular, is the relationship I had with my maternal grandmother. My “granny,” as I affectionately called her, stepped in to help along with my father, and made sure that I was surrounded by positive, nourishing, and uplifting people. My grandmother raised her three children on her own and turned and loved me as her own just when I needed her the most. My grandmother believed in me from day one. Not only did she let me know, but her actions matched her words. Throughout grade school, high school, and even college, she encouraged me to go after my dreams. She pushed me to become the best authentic version of myself. She helped me to celebrate my successes and talked me through my failures. I would consider her my very own personal cheerleader. This support empowered me and that empowerment turned into inspiration. The influence she had and continues to have on my life has made all of the difference in me growing into the woman I am today.

Website: www.justgirlyo.com

Instagram: dressedingirly_o

Facebook: Girly-O Boutique

Image Credits
Personal photo credit @jwalkphotographydallas on IG.

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