10 Things About Me

Thats me in the middle, dancing to a band called 'Folk Y'all" at a good friend's wedding a few years ago.

Thats me in the middle, dancing to a band called 'Folk Y'all" at a good friend's wedding a few years ago.

1. I worked in the bridal industry for four years. I did it all - sold wedding dresses, handled social media accounts, tried my hand at creating unique headpieces, designed invitations, assisted on styled photoshoots  and represented a brand at NY Bridal Market, twice. I pushed myself, I failed, I succeeded, but most of all I learned SO MUCH about myself. I see clothing as a another language - a representation of our inner-world, so working in an industry helping others share their light was wonderful. I made some of my best friends while working in bridal, to boot. 

I even tried my hand at modeling maids dresses. Photo: Carla Ten Eyck, Styling: Beth Chapman

I even tried my hand at modeling maids dresses. Photo: Carla Ten Eyck, Styling: Beth Chapman

2. I graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2010 (of Project Runway fame). I consider myself artist before anything else. In my second year I joined a new major at the school called Integrated Design which allowed me to explore a range of mediums including but not limited to - fashion design and construction, sustainability, film making, illustration, graphic design and marketing. As mentioned before I love clothing and what it can represent for people so my focus was on clothing. There was an emphasis on thinking outside of the box, mind mapping, questioning societal norms and taking commerce into our own hands. My years at Parsons shaped my views on a lot of things but now feel like such a distant memory, it was not the "typical" college experience at all but that is what I loved most about it. Seeing so many of my classmates making BIG names for themselves is thrilling. Non-humble brag: Parsons was recently named the best art and design school in the country. Was it worth the $80,000 investment? Time will tell. 

For my senior thesis I designed a collection called 'At One Time, From All Directions' under the label name 'Spiral Arms'. Will share more from this soon.

For my senior thesis I designed a collection called 'At One Time, From All Directions' under the label name 'Spiral Arms'. Will share more from this soon.

3. I have never in my life consumed drugs or alcohol (no, not even a sip). Just personal choice. Maybe I'll tell you a bit about this sometime. 

4. I a plant-based vegan. That's right, your typical straight-edge vegan. Unlike #3, I am relatively new to veganism- I will share more on this soon. The dream for this blog is to have a ton of vegan recipes (I never use recipes when I cook so we will see how that goes) and tips for healthy/compassionate living. 

5. I live Los Angeles, but I don't really love it. The heat, packed freeways and unclear agendas just aren't really my vibe. I am from coastal New England and have also lived in New York City (see #2). I don't really love cities that much. BUT with that said, I am so happy we live here - California, at large, is magic and getting out here was only the beginning - I am so inspired to try many other places. Also, moving somewhere with very few family and friends really tests you in some freaky ways, grateful for the struggle. 

We live right outside Venice Beach. 

We live right outside Venice Beach. 

6. I am a Yoga practitioner and teacher. Taking a yoga teacher training was the best thing I have yet to do, hands down, it got my life started. Click here to learn more about my philosophy on yoga. 

Finally stuck a handstand after years of effort. 

Finally stuck a handstand after years of effort. 

7. Not sure why I'm sharing but I haven't thrown up in 15 years. Making me a favorite amongst people with a fear of throw up. Great!

Okay, this is a baby picture as I don't feel like either of us would benefit from my sharing a photo of me at 12 (scary). I totally barfed a few more times in my life after this pic was taken. Thats me in the middle, naked, sipping juice. 

Okay, this is a baby picture as I don't feel like either of us would benefit from my sharing a photo of me at 12 (scary). I totally barfed a few more times in my life after this pic was taken. Thats me in the middle, naked, sipping juice. 

8. I prefer the rain over the sun. Thats right, blame it on my fair skin, intolerance to heat or undeniably sharp canines. Sunshine just stresses me out. Rain lets me relax and feel balanced. I'm not a total bummer and I do enjoy the sunshine occasionally but I think, just not as much as the average bear. Anyone else out there agree?

Here I am in my element in 2009, photo by Lily Ferguson. 

Here I am in my element in 2009, photo by Lily Ferguson. 

9.I'm still obsessed with the TV show LOST and the first three lottery "numbers" happened to be the date of my birthday this past year. FUN FACT: The "numbers" add up to 108, a very metaphorically-dense figure in the a few different ancient belief systems.

10. My favorite band always has been and forever will be Bright Eyes. Conor Oberst is a lyrical and melodic genius and as far as I am concerned a true yogi (not sure if he practices but philosophically he is there, man.)

I've probably seen Conor in concert about 15 times in the last 10 years and never once does it feel like I have been closer than this. Doesn't matter to me, not that kind of fan.

I've probably seen Conor in concert about 15 times in the last 10 years and never once does it feel like I have been closer than this. Doesn't matter to me, not that kind of fan.

ADDITIONAL FACTS: I am left handed. I am a minimalist. I can be bossy. I have a brother and he is awesome. I tend to place myself in people's stories when I wasn't even there. I always see both sides of the story. I swear a lot. I talk too much in meetings. Im 27. I HATE wet napkins.