the lively show: wardrobe remixing & closing a business with Kendi Skeen (Kendi Everyday)


Today I have a fantastic, honest, and funny episode of The Lively Show for you!

I’m talking with Kendi Skeen, the face behind the popular fashion blog, Kendi Everyday, and the owner of a boutique called Bloom in McKinney, Texas.

We are chatting about wardrobes, where to spend your clothing budget, how to remix your wardrobe, and her career and business transitions.

Kendi has gone from a full-time job, to running her blog full-time, to opening a store, and recently to closing that store.

In this episode she shares candidly what she did right, what she did wrong, and what she’s learned from this experience. Plus, she’s sharing what she’s working on next.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to improve their wardrobe, handle career transitions better, or start (and close) a business. 







  • How Kendi’s popular 30 for 30 started and grew.
  • Where to invest your wardrobe budget.
  • (25:00) How Kendi transitioned from her full-time job to running her blog full-time.
  • The action steps Kendi took open her brick and mortar store, Bloom.
  • Why Kendi and her husband, Bryan, lived with her parents for two years.
  • What Kendi wishes someone would have told her when she began Bloom.
  • The pressures Kendi felt as a blogger building a store.
  • Why Kendi closed Bloom earlier this year.
  • How Kendi discovered the next chapter for Bloom and her career.
  • What Kendi would tell someone just starting out on this journey.



James Avery

30 for 30 Remix Guide





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  1. Laurelyn Dexter

    Jess! Absolutely LOVE this episode!! I will soon be leaving my “safe” full time job to pursue my own business of 5 years now (wedding photography), so I couldn’t be more thankful for today’s insight and hearing Kendi’s story! THANK YOU for sharing! 🙂

  2. I had to pause the podcast to share how comforted I was by the support from Kendi’s husband and dad (oh, her dad) and how I appreciated her transparency about her professional journey. Such a great interview.

  3. Lindsay

    Love this interview. So honest, but hopeful.

  4. Megan

    This made me fall in love with Kendi all over again! So wonderful to put a voice to the face. Love how genuine, open, and honest she is about her emotions and journey. Thanks so much!

  5. Preethi Narayan

    I’ve been reading your blog and Kendi’s blog for a few years now. It was nice to finally hear her voice! Life gets tough sometimes and she was honest and open about how she dealt with things. Loved the podcast!

    1. That is so great to hear, Preethi! I’m glad you loved it and connected with Kendi’s story told through her voice as well as her blog. : )

  6. Cynthia B

    You’re good with the words, my friend.

    Nice interview, Jess. And thanks for the GCOGH link shout-out!

  7. Danielle

    I love your podcast so much and it’s honestly one of the highlights to my week. I am so excited you featured Kendi today–she is one of my favorite bloggers. Thanks, Jess!

  8. This is my new favorite episode, Jess! I wouldn’t have my business without Kendi. Really! I started my blog years ago so that I could participate in Kendi’s 30 for 30 Remix. After the challenge, I kept my blog and it slowly morphed into the coaching practice I have today. Kendi inspired me to put myself out there on the internet. Love her! 🙂

    1. That is so great to hear, Sage!! : )

      I didn’t know you began the blog for the challenge, so cool!

  9. Rachel Emma

    This was so helpful and inspiring. Kendi is one of my faves! The podcast for some reason cut off toward the end, but maybe it was a problem with my own computer? Anyway, great podcast!

    1. Oh! I think it might have just been the computer connection. It should go the whole way through.

  10. Wendy

    I’ve been a Kendi fan since I founder her circa 2011 & now I like her even more! Kudos, Kendi for being so real, honest, and down to earth. Wish you all the best!

  11. JillGG

    This was such an a amazing podcast! I had to listen to it over a few days (whenever I didn’t have the kids in the car with me!) but I am so glad it wasn’t shorter! I loved Kendi’s advice about not being afraid to start small or stay small. Our world is so focused on bigger and better and even the blog world is too… there is comfort in knowing that bigger isn’t always better. I am so glad she shared that insight. All around such a great interview!

    1. Yay! I’m glad you liked it and are glad that I kept it at it’s longer length. That’s awesome!! : )

  12. Karolina

    What a great podcast. I really enjoyed it and could relate to Kendi closing down her store completely. I had to do the same but for other reasons. I started all over again a year ago on a slightly different journey and I’m much happier as a result. Wishing her all the best!!!

  13. jane

    Thank you for this uplifting interview, I have had a similar experience in my life, and felt ashamed for not being “successful” the first time around. I really appreciate Kendi’s honesty, I have been hesitant about being so honest. But then, life is not linear.

    1. Jess Lively

      I’m glad you enjoyed the show and Kendi’s honesty, Jane. : )

      I hope you have a great weekend!

  14. maresa

    Kendi is one of the first fashion bloggers I ever followed (and I even remember AcademiChic that she references too!) so I loved putting a voice to her face and hearing honestly about her challenges. It’s refreshing to hear such openness – I think a lot of times we can get caught up in presenting such a happy, perfect version of ourselves online. Thanks for this great interview, Jess!

    1. Jess Lively

      I’m so glad you got a chance to listen to the show with Kendi and hear her tell her story. : ) That’s wonderful to hear!

  15. reynalay

    This is the first podcast of yours that I’ve heard and the first I’ve heard of Kendi. She is so honest and so open with her story. I am just starting out and her words really touched my heart and I just wanted to say thank you to you for having her on here, and her for being so open with your audience. I currently live in San Antonio and will be in Austin in a few weeks. I’d love to know if she did in fact end up opening up a new shop. If so, I’d love to visit it! Thanks!

    1. Thank you for listening to the show! Yes, Kendi has reopened a new, bigger store and is doing well! You can follow her journey at Her shop is in McKinney, TX, not Austin though. So you’ll need to go there to check it out, it’s called West and Lou. : )

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