Before I go very far, I want to first say THANK YOU for visiting my new blog!! This has been a long and winding road to launch day and I am thrilled that you have taken the time to join me. For a bit of context, here are some thoughts that came to me recently.
During the past six months, I’ve designed, blogged, dreamed, emailed, hustled, and practically slept in front of this cork board above my desk. What might look like a disorganized clutter of pinnings is actually a very deliberate collage of visuals, quotes, and mementos that I’ve collected over time. It serves as a reminder and motivator toward the things I value and love. You see, as much as I know what my priorities are, sometimes I just need to see it to remember.
We all fall off course, get distracted, or need motivation from time to time. Thanks to such things as faith, friendships, family, the burgeoning genre of self-help blogs and books (some of which, by the way, I am a big fan), there are endless opportunities to get back on track and be inspired. As with other aspects of life, the same goes for style. Every once in a while, it helps to be reminded about what it is that we love and wish to emulate in our own lives. Like, for instance, a vibrant wardrobe or an inviting home.
In the process of creating Our Style Stories, I referenced my cork board frequently. When I needed a boost or felt like my priorities with the project were out of focus, I would simply look up and be inspired. The more I used my board, the more I realized I was actually creating something similar online! A destination for those that value the enhancing qualities of aesthetics and the enriching nature of personal narrative. I know, I know that sounds an awful lot like a fancy mission statement. You’ll have to indulge me this one time. To put it simply, this is a blog about the connection between style and story. Hence, Our Style Stories.
There’s a lot more behind the idea, and you can read about it in my Manifesto.
But more than anything, I really think these stories that I’ll be sharing have something special to offer. Maybe it’s something a simple as a DIY idea or as profound as a newfound role model. Regardless, I hope this blog and the stories of the lovely people in it serve you with a joyful dose of inspiration and motivation on your own style journey. So, welcome! I am really looking forward to sharing with you.
DON’T MISS THE CREDITS!
Ok, for all of you that have survived my uber-long introduction post, these are the credits. And there is some really MAJOR credit to be given!!
- First and very foremost, I have to thank my brother ANDREW who patiently and enthusiastically assisted me in the process of developing this website. I.could.not.have.done.this.without.him. Seriously! He is a web-development super-hero!! Thank you, Andrew.
- My new friend AMANDA generously photographed me for what started as a simple headshot photo shoot. Turns out she’s a fabulous stylist as well as photographer and my head shots quickly turned into a full on fashion/home/street style project! We had a blast in the process and, lucky me, I ended up with some of the most beautiful photographs anyone has ever taken of me. Thank you, Amanda.
- If it hadn’t been for my cousin-in-law (is that a thing?) CHRISTINA, the design process for this site might have completely defeated me! Thankfully, she stepped in and helped me through the process of designing my logo, website, business cards, and email campaigns. There never was a better bouncing board!! Thank you, Christina.
- You know I had to save the best for last. My husband, DAVID! This man has been my rock since the inception of this project. When I had doubts he bolstered my spirits. When I was overwhelmed, he helped me focus. Oh yeah, and he composed, performed, and recored the music, intro, and closer for my forthcoming podcast!! What can I say? He’s very good! Thank you, David.
And thank you my dear readers, friends, mentors for following me here to the beginning of this blog. I have appreciated every one of your likes, comments, tweets, emails, brainstorming sessions, and shares leading up to this. Thank you, thank you. Now, let’s get to it!