STYLE PROFILE- Stephanie Olvey of Fortique


Name: Stephanie Olvey

Current Title/Company: Fortique, Founder

Location: Washington DC 

Fortique is an online marketplace of hand-selected creative service providers like stylists, photographers, interior designers, and more.  We take the guesswork out of hiring creative service providers by discovering and curating the best talent in Washington DC.  

1. What does a typical day look like for you?
My day usually starts with a quick breakfast and a few minutes of the Today Show before I settle into my home office (designed by Fortique interior designer Teri Clar!).  I like to get all my emails answered before I head out to my first meeting - usually with an awesome creative at one of DC's finest coffee spots.  I then split my time between updating the website, blogging, managing social media, and scouting new talent.  The best part about being an entrepreneur is you literally get to do it all! 


2. How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is ever evolving.  I love experimenting and changing things up every season.  Growing up in Florida, a melting pot of culture and style, I've grown to appreciate all types of looks.  One day I'll be urban chic and the next day you'll find me in ripped jeans and cowboy boots.  One thing that is always constant, though, is how much I love color!

3. What are your favorite items in your wardrobe and why?
My red patent leather Christian Louboutin heels.  A few years ago, my sister and I went on an impromptu shopping trip only to find Christian Louboutin himself signing shoes at the mall.  We waited in line for 6 hours for my sister to get a signed pair when she surprised me with a pair of my own.  I wear them (ever so cautiously) on special occasions and will treasure them forever!
4. Do you have any style or beauty secrets to share? 
 Don't over think it.  Half of style and beauty is confidence.  If YOU love your look, everyone else will. 

5. How do you spend your "me" time?

With my family!  My sister and mom live in town, so I try to squeeze in as much time as I can with them and my 10-month-old nephew.  We tend to get ourselves into some pretty ridiculous adventures and projects.  Over the holidays, we spent two days building a popsicle stick mansion.  I know, we're nuts!

6. What is the most important thing you have learned through running your own business?
To take everything one day at a time.  Running a business can get overwhelming if you try to look too far ahead.

7. What is your mantra? 
Don't sweat the small stuff.  It can be easy to get caught up in the details and forget to move forward. Just keep swimming!  

Photos by Laura Fruchterman

Twitter: @FortiqueDC

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Style Profile is a bi monthly style column featuring creative and talented entrepreneurs and business owners. I feature the stylish women behind these successful businesses and brands, their personal style, and share a glimpse into their typical work day.