Throughout my life, I have been called many things – daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, aunt, friend, employee, pain in the neck……. the list goes on and on. Over the last few year, I have honed my true passions in life and added titles such as blogger, stylist, body image crusader, social media maven, event planner, shoe addict, and internet addict. All of the titles combined (with our powers combined!!) I’ve created my ultimate title – Austin Slave to Fashion.
I’m a native Austinite…… well, to be totally honest, I was born in San Antonio and moved here when I was about 18 months. I figure since I was potty trained it Austin, that is close enough. I did the majority of my growing up in the Lake Travis area which is close enough to be Austin but far enough away to avoid driving on 35. Graduated Lake Travis High School and went to college in Dallas for about 15 minutes before I realized 2 things – Dallas sucks, and I hate school. I came back to Austin and spent many years working in offices trying to find my passion.
Over the last three years, three very different things have shown themselves to me as being my passions:
1- Fashion/Personal Style. I have found that I truly enjoy the quest for personal style and helping others find their own unique style as well. It has led me to start blogging about fashion (especially plus size fashion) and body acceptance. Women (and men!!) are bombarded with images of “perfect” models/actors/celebrities that are Photoshopped and auirbrushed and basically caricatures of humans. I want to help people feel good about how they look, no matter what their size or shape. We all have the right to look and feel beautiful!
2- Social Media. What started as a passing interest in Twitter has turned into a full-time hobby/obsession. I immersed myself in learning all I could about social media and ended up serving two years on the Austin Social Media Club board. I’ve embraced all avenues of social media and done my best to research and stay on top of new trends. Watching the way people engage online fascinates me, and I want to reach as many people as a I can. And I just really like Facebook……..
3- Event Planning. In some ways, this has always been a part of my real passions. At every job, my favorite part was planning birthday gatherings, holiday parties or big company meetings. I worked at one temp job where I got to put together a series of workshop for small business owners, and I loved every minute of the planning and execution. I’ve planned parties, blood drives, happy hours, conferences, meetings, and everything in between. I love the organization detail of it as well as the personal contact with vendors, attendees, and customers.
When I’m not doing one of those three things (which is rare) I’m spending time with my family and friends (read more about them on the Thank You page!), reading – I read a ton of wildly varied books, shopping, volunteering, walking Town Lake (I mosey, I don’t run) or doing whatever strikes my fancy. I’m a woman on the go!