I started this blog because I am always looking for new ways to connect with others and express myself creatively. In addition to my personal love of fashion, beauty, and body positivity, I have acquired a taste for home design, cooking, exercise, dog raising, and adventures of all kinds. When I started this blog, I thought it would be strictly fashion and basic lifestyle, but within a short time after launching the blog, hopped the pond and moved to Rotterdam in the Netherlands with my husband, Andy! So for now, the blog is a combination of our experience as expats living abroad, our travels, and a mixture of the things that motivated me to start the blog in the first place (like fashion, beauty, and body positivity)! I love documenting these experiences and sharing some of the knowledge I gain throughout the journey with you. Here you’ll find information on all things expat, but you’ll also find me sharing snaps of my favorite fashion trends/finds and best kept beauty secrets.
A little (more) about me; I grew up in and around Austin, TX and up until recently have lived in central Texas my entire life. In June of 2018, my husband and I decided to change our lives forever by moving abroad to the Netherlands. I have a degree in communications but have a personal interest in beauty and fashion which has led me down a variety of career paths over the past 10 years. I have worked for beauty start-up companies, as a retail manager in corporate and private settings, and most recently as an English/Art teacher at the secondary level. I am a full-fledged creative type with an interest in self-growth and self-expression. As you can see, I have many interests and a true appetite for learning. My husband and I share a lust for adventure and have lived a very transient lifestyle since meeting.
My love of fashion started at a young age. When I was a kid I had a giannnntttt dress-up box of little vintage dresses my mom would pick up for me at thrift stores she frequented and no matter what I was doing I was wearing one of those over-the-top dresses and I was loving it. I could be in the sandbox rolling around with the dog and I had on my little bedazzled fringed play-suit. That love of clothing never left me. For me, clothing has always been one of my favorite ways of expressing myself and a huge part of who I am. I love the patterns, I love learning about the different time periods attached to different styles and pieces, I love feeling like i’m transported to another time or can be whoever I want. My personal style is constantly evolving and is a combination of my experiences and my roots. I grew up in the South, but was raised in a progressive type of Southern family in a progressive type of Southern city, Austin, TX. My personal style is a combination of those Southern progressive roots mixed with years of education, bad clothing choices, thrift store bins, experience as a stylist working for corporate companies to privately owned boutiques with high-end merchandise and clients, beauty blogging, and tons and tons of experimenting. My style is mostly bohemian but I like to dabble in preppy, vintage, and trendy as well. Shoot, sometimes I like to mix them all together and see what happens. Honestly, I go through phases and that’s one of the things that I love most about expressing myself in this way. To me, fashion is an art.
I have a unique body type. I’m 6 foot tall, all leg, and my weight has been yoyoing my entire life. Even at my smallest, I was a size 12. I, like many women, have had to work hard to accept my body in a society that until very recently didn’t start to showcase varying body types as something that was beautiful. As a kid who was so interested in fashion and beauty, I always had my head in a magazine and the images I saw didn’t look anything like me. That was a problem. This is a pivotal time in our world for young women as many companies are starting to embrace and showcase women of all shapes and sizes. I think it’s important for us to band together and help spread that awareness so that little girls like me don’t grow up thinking that there’s something wrong with them for being different because we all know that there’s not and there’s no standard for beauty.
I am so excited to share my journey with you all and hope that you will find something, if only one thing, on this blog that you get something out of. From one southern gal to the world, I’m so glad ya’ll are here 🙂