I’m glad to bring back Figuring it Out today. Especially this week when you’re reflecting on this past year and thinking about what everything means and what might come next. We all can use a little guidance. Grace Atwood of Stripes & Sequins is a super blogger. Not only does she rock the DIY and jewelry making with effortless style, she is just beyond sweet. (Like to the point where I’m even surprised. It’s so refreshing.) She’s got some serious poise. And grace, of course. Which are only just a few things I think we can learn from her.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Psychologist, Jewelry Designer, Boutique owner, Teacher, Writer, Artist, Fashion Buyer
What do you do now? Is there anything on your list you still want to do?
I do a few things. My day job is director of social media for BaubleBar.com, but I consider my blog Stripes & Sequins to be my second job. I’m always making jewelry… I still dream of someday launching my own jewelry line!
What inspires you?
Person: My mom. My sisters. And Jenna Lyons for what she’s done at J.Crew
Brand: Warby Parker, because everything they do is done so well.
Flavor: Salted Caramel
Color: Emerald Green
Music: I love all music but I do some of my best thinking when classical music is playing.
Artist: It’s not very original, but love the impressionists. Van Gogh, Monet.. I could spend all day wandering the impressionist section of the Met.
When did you realize something you liked was actually one of your passions. What did you decide to do with it?
I never realized that playing on the Internet could turn into a career! I was astonished when I realized that people were making careers out of social media. Three or four years ago, that would have been unheard of.
Tell us about a risk you’ve taken in the process of figuring it out.
A year and a half ago, I left a very stable, relatively high-paying career in the beauty industry to work for BaubleBar.com, which was (at the time) relatively unknown. It definitely raised a few eyebrows but I believed in the brand so much that I knew I was making the right decision.
What are the biggest obstacles that you have overcome to get to where you want to be? And if you aren’t there, what are your fears in getting there?
My biggest obstacle right now is time. There just isn’t enough of it. I have so many goals and things I want to achieve, but it is tricky as I work about 50-60 hours a week at BaubleBar and spend another 20 or so working on this blog. Add in a life, a relationship, and attempts at downtime and there isn’t time for much else. I’m just afraid that I’ll never have the time to do the things I’m really passionate about (like eventually launch my own jewelry line.) I take things day by day… and I know eventually I will get there. I think one of the tricks is to realize that it’s okay to take things slowly… step by step. You don’t have to have it all right at once.
How does blogging help you figure it out?
The blogging world is a majorly inspiring one. I’ve met so many amazing women who have challenged me and pushed me to become a better, more entrepreneurial version of myself. And in blogging, I’ve really been able to push myself creatively, which is so important. Coming up with content for collages, weekly DIY projects, and styling outfits forces me to live a far more creative life than I would be living if I were not blogging! That’s really why I blog… if I didn’t blog, I don’t think I’d be nearly as creative.