Jenny Mollen and Stacey Bendet Are the Best Friends We'd Want to Hang Out With
When two talented, creative, smart people link up, it's usually a recipe for success. Stacey Bendet and Jenny Mollen are two such people; the badass, funny, and totally unique creators sat down with our very own Lisa Sugar at this year's POPSUGAR Play/Ground and gave us all a lesson on confidence that we'll definitely take with us — I know I will. Bendet is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Alice + Olivia, while Mollen is a comedian, actress, and author. While the two are in different fields, they can both agree that no matter your business, a strong sense of self is paramount.
Both Mollen and Bendet shared that throughout their careers, they've had to push the boundaries to get to where they are. Whether it's posting a raw, relatable Instagram about her kids or not being afraid to go there with her comedy, in Mollen's mind, "I take a lot of risks in what I put out there . . . I've been rewarded for a lot of the risks I've taken, and it's sort of why I have a career." Bendet agreed; with her colorful, '70s-inspired personal style and standout, signature black eyeliner, she's built a brand by proving that "you'll never know if you don't try."
As two 21st-century women who have careers and families, their advice to all women was relatable and honest. Mollen put it best when she said, "It's all a mistake until it's not, so you just have to get comfortable with the f*ck-ups." Whether it's with your fashion choices or your career moves, both Mollen and Bendet agree that you shouldn't be afraid to try, because that's how you'll learn and grow.
If their life advice wasn't inspiring enough, their relationship definitely makes me want to call my girlfriends. After meeting in a Manhattan boutique, the two became fast friends, and Mollen has said that "every friend I have in New York is because of Stacey." Bendet even curates Mollen's closet. Now that's what friends are for.