Where do you find inspiration across fashion & lifestyle? Inspiration can hit at any time, but I think movies, music, and exciting women in real life inspire my style.
We’re so excited to know you’re working on writing your first book. Can you share more details and the inspiration behind your process? Thank you! It’s been a process–I started working on the book proposal four years ago–and it’s gone through so many iterations. But it’s taught me a lot about myself as a writer and honing my voice and truly believing that my story is worth telling.
Can you share how you found the courage to self-produce, “Your Favorite Auntie Show” and if there were any challenges how you overcame them? The show really bore out of isolation and a need to connect with community. It was a panny show and it was such a great creative outlet against a backdrop of deep pain and confusion. But it was also a wonderful opportunity to just vent: I learned that there is so much strength in being vulnerable.
What / who influences your personal style? The GOATS: Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Chloe Sevigny.
What makes you feel confident? Dancing naked in the mirror, filing a story, doing something that intimidates the hell out of me.
What was the latest inspiring thing you read, saw, experienced, or heard? I read “My Body” by Emily Ratajkowski and was really blown away. It inspired me to be equally raw and open in my own writing. I also just watched “The Worst Person In The World” and I haven’t been right since. Such a powerful movie on female independence and love.
How did you discover the creativity that drives your passion? Maybe it’s where I am in life, but I think that just telling my story and leaving behind something tangible fuels my passion. I want to tell my story, I want it to help others, and I want to start a cultural conversation that leaves a legacy.
How do you find balance amongst your creative projects? I’m still working on that, to be honest. But I have gotten to a place in my career where I can be super intentional about the projects I take on. I really only take on big writing assignments twice a year at this point, because I know how all-consuming they are. I say “no” to a lot of things because I know it won’t put me in a good headspace or I’ll find myself struggling to pour into other parts of my life.
If you could each give your younger self any advice based on everything you know now, what would it be? Give yourself more credit.
Which A.L.C. piece do you think should be in every woman’s closet? The Emilio pants! I adore them.
What inspires you the most about A.L.C. and our mission? I love how the collection is just filled with those pieces you really need and can never find.
What do you feel the fashion industry is doing particularly well right now? Right now, I think fashion is helping us just get outside of our homes.
Who would be your dream guest to have on your podcast? Or what has been one of your most memorable guests and why? Tracee Ellis Ross! She is the ultimate auntie.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the fashion industry? You have to really want this. Fashion isn’t an industry that you can be wishy-washy about because it’s such a consuming medium. Go for it or just don’t.