Rocky Barnes on the Power of Collaboration, Connections & Staying True to Yourself

If you weren’t at our Desert Pop Up event in Palm Springs a couple of weeks ago, you missed out on a killer keynote with Rocky Barnes, who just announced a new collection at Express that we’re absolutely fangirling over. Read some of our favorite mic-drop moments from her conversation with Keltie Knight below, and check out her to-die-for collection in the photos—it’ll be online and in select stores on May 3!

“An overnight success is 10 years in the making.”

“I think it’s so important to find the right person or brand to collaborate with. Don’t be afraid to say no and find the right match. It’s like finding a boyfriend.”

“When you’re passionate about something, you do it all the time.”

“I don’t want anyone to think there’s a quick easy shortcut to success—it may look like there is, but it’s all about hard work.”

“Make time for face-to-face interactions, take the time to have coffee, say hello—make a personal connection. You have no idea how far that will go in this industry.”

“The best advice I’ve ever received is to never take anything personally.”

“No one is bigger or better than anyone else. Everyone started in the same place.”

“I truly believe in manifestation and being about to visualize your dreams and goals. I’ve manifested everything in my life.”

“Instead of focusing just on that dream job, focus on the way you want to feel. That’s where you should put your focus.”

“Be true to yourself, make some goals for yourself, and think positive about it.”

We’re dying over those lilac boots! Which piece from Rocky’s collection do you have your eye on? Share in the comments below!

This post is sponsored by Express.