Checking in with Fashionista and Financial Expert Nicole Lapin
By Sabrina Debel | March 9, 2018
It’s been over a year since our last chat with the lovely and forever stylish Nicole Lapin, so we thought it was time to check-in with our favorite author and financial expert for a little update on where she’s at and what’s next.
You now have two best-selling books under your belt, Boss Bitch and Rich Bitch. Why include “bitch” in the title?
Using the word bitch might be provocative to some people, but in the younger generation, it’s used as a term of comradery. It’s sort of taking back the word and owning it as a badge of honor. There’s nothing wrong with being strong and powerful, being loud, and making your voice heard. When men do that, they’re “the man,” but when women do that, they’re “a bitch.” If that means I’m a bitch, then I’m a bitch and I’m owning it along with a lot of other strong, powerful women out there.
Why do what you do? What’s the driving force behind it?
For my younger self that never learned these things in school or through family. For all the women (and men!) out there that feel the same, and are looking for someone that speaks their language and breaks the confusing finance and business lingo down into everyday speak that they can understand and act off of. I want to help people feel empowered to own their brand and get ahead at work, no matter where they are in life.
We saw you listed on Perez Hilton with the likes of Lisa Rinna, Kathy Ireland and Michael Dell about buying twitter followers, basically every celeb from Kardashians on down does anything they can to rock the social game so it doesn’t seem like breaking news to us in 2018, but what happened there?
I have a great social media team. I use special teams for my books and other project launches. Unfortunately, this was a staff level decision and I’ve addressed it so it won’t happen again. But the larger picture here is how reflective this narrative is of lessons we are all learning in this digital era.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Walk with kings (queens) and carry the common touch.
Best advice you’d like to give?
Don’t wait for anyone to hand you a big fancy opportunity. Get out there and do it. YOU are in charge of your fate. Stop smiling and nodding, learn what you need to, and remember that staying hungry is key: staying hungry after you’ve achieved that first milestone, to keep growing and accomplishing more.
You’ve got a wonderful, colorful, classic style with pops of edginess to it. What fashion faux pas did you overcome to get here?
When I first started my career, I tried to wear shoulder pads and tease my hair and be older—and that didn’t work for anybody. But looking back, I didn’t need to do all of that stuff. I knew what I was talking about. I was good at my job. It didn’t matter if I had a teased anchor-bob or long hair or wore a nice dress versus a boxy pantsuit. Now I just like to keep it simple, always have a nude pump (my short girls especially will know the power of a nude pump to lengthen the leg!)
What makes you feel the most confident?
Being happy. But if we’re talking from a strictly fashion/looks perspective: Studies have shown that women are more likely to get ahead in their careers when they feel better from a beauty standpoint. It’s all about the small indulgences. Lipstick will go a long way in the workplace! For me, it’s a blowout; I love going to Drybar. That keeps me satisfied and feels like something special for myself, so I don’t spend the whole day at a spa because I’m so stressed out and feel like I haven’t given myself a little present.
I’m finishing up my next book, which will be out next year.
Thank you to Nicole for taking the time to speak to us again, and standby for more details on her next book – we are so excited!