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Life and Work with Sterling Jones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sterling Jones.

Sterling, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I first started All Silver Things in 2017. I have always been interested in blogging and my love of skincare. Social media has been a big part of my life since I was young. I would say Tumblr was one of my first ways of blogging before Instagram became a huge part of networking today. My love of skincare grew over the years through testing out products in high school and enjoying new ways of self-expression with makeup.

All Silver Things became that journal, where I explore my skincare bits while including some haircare, fashion and lifestyle bits, too. I was born and raised in Atlanta, which is a huge place for cultural exploration from music like Outkast, places like the West End to amazing schools like SCAD and Spelman.

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?
It always has not been a smooth road. Sometimes, I get caught up in the ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ and comparing myself to other bloggers. Social media can get overwhelming sometimes for putting yourself out there for people to see.

My advice would be relaxing and taking social media breaks. Also, take a moment to realize there is a real world out there and FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is real. Go outside, do something and enjoy being in a great space. Take a moment to reflect on what you are doing this for. It’s not all for the ‘likes’ and ‘comments’. That comes with time.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with All Silver Things (Blog) – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am known for my blog and my modeling photos. I am proud to be a blogger that provides honest reviews for college students and African American women. I specialize in skincare, natural hair care and makeup for women/femmes of color.

I would say that sets me apart from others is that I am open to sharing and keeping it real with my followers. I have always been one of those people who are willing to share where they got different products. Plus, being an African American blogger from Atlanta where I am heavily influenced by a huge cultural hub shows in my modeling work and connecting with other creatives of color and minorities.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
For networking, I would say being open to opportunity and trying something new. Sometimes, sending a DM or email works to ask for advice from some of your bloggers. Bloggers really love meeting people and love to share their knowledge. For finding a mentor, I would be also open to multiple mentors as you possibly could. Being open to inspiration from any source. I am still looking for more mentors myself. My current mentor is Vic Styles.

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Image Credit:
Yellow Background Shot by Terri of @Fablouss.t, All Product Shots by Sterling Jones, Close Up Shot with Black Shirt by Eva Verbeeck

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