I was born into a family that loves fashion. My grandmother was always into high fashion (while still shopping smart) and my mother is into fashion, so I came by it naturally.
I grew up in New Jersey, only 45 minutes away from New York City. My mom always dressed me in what were considered fashionable clothes (for the 90s at least) as a kid and let me pick out my own outfits (as long as they were weather and activity appropriate). I would dig for worms in the dirt in my pink frilly dress with stretch pants underneath.
Throughout high school I took fine art and photography electives and did photography for the yearbook. I was also a design intern at Betsey Johnson when I was 17. I went to Rutgers University and graduated with a B.A. in Spanish and Visual Arts.
I studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador, Rome, Italy and Valencia, Spain and each place has inspired me in different ways. I was inspired by the vibrant colors in Ecuador, the sheer elegance of the Italians and the sleek and the sleek, simple style of the Spanish.
I find my style always changing, but I still remain true to what I like. There are some trends I follow and some that I definitely won’t. I go with my instincts as to what looks good and what I like. That’s something that I think is the difference between a trendsetter and someone dresses well. Trendsetters wear what they like and are confident about it and that’s what I feel like I exude with my style. To quote my fashion idol and inspiration, Anna Wintour, “In the end I do respond to my own instincts. Sometimes they’re successful, and obviously sometimes they’re not. But you have to, I think, remain true to what you believe in.”