Just in time for Throwback Thursday, a memory appeared on my Facebook feed taking me back to the last time I lived in Traverse City.
Back in 2013, my fashion blog “K on the Bay” was in full swing.
At the time I was working with a variety of designers and online boutiques, so I thought, “why not represent local businesses?” Traverse City was rapidly growing, but most people didn’t consider it a fashion destination. With endless shops and brands from all over the country, I wanted to show that you didn’t need to leave the town to find great style.
I contacted every publication in town. Shot down by most, I kept going- and received interest from Grand Traverse Woman Magazine. Thrilled, I walked from boutique to boutique, telling them about my blog and offering to style the pieces that wanted to promote for the fall fashion season.
The article came out in the November / December issue, with the title “Warm Style on the Bay.”
This was several months before I decided to move to New York City to pursue a career in fashion. That said, this little article made me more proud than most things I ever did on the east coast.
What I didn’t realize when I moved is that my impact and connections with other people was so much greater here in Northern Michigan. From NYC to Boston, I was still a number. My interest in the blog dwindled, and I later ended up deleting it.
Nevertheless, my love for style never ended- so I created Mindful in Style to bridge mindfulness and fashion. This time, it wasn’t necessarily about the clothes or the brands; it was created to celebrate individuality and being mindful about whatever style you choose, whether it’s a lifestyle choice or what you put on in the morning.
It’s your style, no one else’s- and that’s being mindful in style.
Today, I am once again working with local boutiques, and I couldn’t be more excited. Sometimes you have to experience different things to realize you were right where you belong all along.
I’m grateful to come full circle- and that my love for merchandising has been rekindled.