My mom always told me that I would end up in the fashion industry and growing up I always told her that she was wrong… and look where I am now. I ended up being a Visual Merchandiser and obsessed with clothing and design.
It may be that this year I am turning 25 but I have been reflecting a lot on how I ended up where I am today and now it’s becoming so clear to me why she would go on and on about my style and how I would end up in this field.
I remember in elementary school I would get made fun of so often for what I was wearing, the fact that I wasn’t wealthy enough to shop where they did and wear the labels, and that sent me home crying more than I care to admit. It did however push me to keep rebelling and to find new and different ways to wear clothing. By middle school I was getting even more comfortable in owning my outfits even though the “popular” kids would continue make fun of me. I do remember that anytime we went shopping people would always compliment me on my outfit choice and styling and I would think “these people have got to be joking” and really not believe them (but secretly start to feel the confidence rising). Finally the most telling sign I really had something going on was that in the 7th grade English class a girl wrote about me…. about how I had the confidence to wear what I wanted and that I had great style. At the time I thought it was so creepy but now I realize it was a compliment (wearing skinny jeans pre skinny jean craze)…. and probably has something to do with where I am today.
Since then I have gone to school for photography/journalism, gotten my cosmetology license from Paul Mitchell, worked in a salon, became a Full-time Visual Merchandiser at Apple, and I am now the Visual Manager at West Elm Tampa while in school for Fashion Visual Merchandising at AAU. Common theme through all of this….Style and Design. I have learned that style is not restricted just to the clothing you wear, but with the design of the space, the car you drive, how you wear your hair and make-up and everything in between. I have become the go-to girl for shopping and style advice for all of my friends, family and co-workers and have people stopping me to ask about my outfits and what I do on a regular basis. I want to be able share these things with you, help you shop smart when maybe you can’t afford to keep up with the rest (maybe you can and thats okay too!), get the best advice from a cosmetologist you can ( I am not after your money so it will defiantly be real), share my personal style, design approach, expertise and most of all help you be the most confident you can be in your own skin.