As many of you know the lovely and talented Beth from Hello, Splendor has started a blog crawl so we can all get to know each other better. I've loved everybody's take on My Life Is An Open Book. I loved reading about Emily following her heart and changing her career on on Emily A. Clark, and I cannot wait to hear what Sandy a la Mode has to say on Monday. But now to my story....
I'm a grown up version of the girl you see in the picture above. I'm a fashion stylist, blogger, and all around goof ball.
I'm a gypsy of sorts. Born in DC, moved to Tulsa, OK for 9 years, Albuquerque for High School, Dallas for college and work, NY for a year, and now I'm back in Dallas. I think Dallas is my home for life.
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I adore my husband, family, and friends. I truly believe I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by the best people in the world. I'm a very happy girl.
I've always had a passion for fashion but never knew that you could make a career out of it so I set off to be a print Journalist. My first job out of college was associate editor at D Magazine in Dallas and where I got to see the behind the scenes of photoshoots and get my first taste of styling.
After a few years at the magazine I got an opportunity to get a job doing the start-up of a new Conde Nast business magazine. I jumped at the opportunity and within weeks (and just a week after the birth of my niece, my sister's first born Joy) I moved myself up to NYC arriving without anyplace to live. I was ready to set the publishing world on fire. I wanted my career to be my life. I was dead-set on not having children, wasn't sure if I would get married, and thought that living far away from my family wouldn't be a big deal.
I ended up having my very own Devil Wears Prada experience (my new boss worked at Vogue under Anna Wintour for 12 years, you get the idea). My grandfather, who I was very close to, passed away 6 months after I moved to NY. With all of my family hours away it became very clear to me that I needed the people around me that I loved to be happy. I couldn't just have my career.
I was lucky enough to find a job through my former D Magazine colleague and best friend Bianca back in Dallas. I (again) moved without a place to live and bunked up with my sister and her family until I could get back on my feet. I took a job organizing merchandise for catalogs with hopes of one day becoming a stylist. In three years with some good luck and hard work I've become the senior stylist where I manage a team of amazing, fun, and talented girls. I also managed to meet a great guy, buy a house, and get hitched in Vegas. Life is good.
I love my life now but I know that sometime in the next few years, I will want to have children. Will I be able to still have a wonderful career and be there for my children? I guess we'll just have to wait and see....
Keep on blog crawlin' folks. Check out Sandy a la Mode on Monday. Happy Weekend!