Outlets of Self-Expression
I have always felt compelled to tell stories, whether on paper or through film. That can be through clothing, makeup, travel, music and so much more but to me creating something that evokes a feeling or thought is the essential part of it all.
Hi! My name is Suzanne. I'm part Korean and part Polish grew up in Detroit, Michigan before moving to NYC in my 20s.
Before venturing in the world of blogging, I had studied criminal justice that almost led to a career in law enforcement, had a ten-year career as a figure skating coach, and had also debuted my very first novel in early 2015.
I am now an NYC-based writer and digital creative concentrating in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.
TALENT & WORK
How did you get into the fashion industry?
I got into the fashion industry because of my blog. I have always loved styling outfits, whether on myself, friends, or even in drawings which I did as a little girl, the freedom to express how you're feeling through clothes was always a passion of mine. And as I became more and more interested in styling, the more I created on my platform. With that, it led to somewhat a portfolio and then brands and PR agencies began to notice and started reaching out to me, interested in having me style their brand within an outfit or multiple looks.
What is it like to be a fashion stylist/ blogger?
It's not what it's cracked up to be. Trust me: It's not the glam life. There's a lot more that goes behind the scenes than just snapping a photo of a cute outfit. I take time in deciding the location of the shoot, how to style the look, and more when it comes to creating a visual story. It's the freedom to express that really excites me. But half the time, I've got a messy bun, eyeglasses on and in slouchy boyfriend jeans schlepping sample pieces back to the showrooms, have countless meetings in, and editing through the wee hours of the night whether it being post-production for several photoshoots or writing articles that are all on deadlines. There's a lot to do, and a lot of pressure (at times), but I truly love the work.
What do you think is your biggest talent?
I'm first and foremost a writer. Words are my life - my voice is a definite strength but I'm also an extremely visual person.
How do you incorporate your talent for work?
Through the art of expression. I have always felt compelled to tell stories, whether on paper or through film. That can be through clothing, makeup, travel, music and so much more but to me creating something that evokes a feeling or thought is the essential part of it all.
What do you like the most about your career?
I love being able to be my own boss and make my own decisions. This kind of flexibility and independence is something I need. I also love the people I meet along the way, as I have formed many friendships through collaborative work all over the world.
What does your day-to-day look like?
Coffee and emails followed by a morning walk/playtime with my German shepherd, MaQ. If we don't shoot early in the morning, we're shooting sometime throughout the day. Meetings, more emails, more meetings, and appointments. Sometimes events, and lots and lots of editing time each day. I'd say I'm at my desk 3-4 hours a day editing, writing, and catching up on the never-ending pile of emails.
What was your childhood dream?
I wanted to be a nurse!
How do you spend your free time?
Privately and not sharing a lot of it on social media. I definitely spend a lot of my free time with my husband and our German shepherd, MaQ.
I also love to cook, read, and play video games. An occasional hike with the boys here and there is always a pleasure as well.
What do you wish to accomplish in your career?
I eventually would love to have my own creative agency with my husband, traveling the world and working together, writing a few more books, and maybe even having my own dog shelter/sanctuary :)
FASHION & STYLE
How would you describe your style?
Fearless, chic, boyish and juxtapositioned.
What is fashion to you?
Fashion is the art of expressing oneself. Every day you get to dress up how you're feeling, and in a way, it's therapeutic and a great way to connect with others. But I love extremes too, where one can fantasize and still dream about the impossible. Sure in terms of style, a piece may not be practical for everyday wear, but as art, there's always a story behind it and another story to tell with it after.
What is your go-to outfit?
Combat boots, perfectly tailored jeans, a white tee and some black outerwear with gold jewelry.
What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own?
This amazing trench coat from H&M! Has unique slits with premium quality, I love it so so much.
Do you follow fashion trends? What is your favorite fashion trend right now?
Anything neon or beige (would be interesting together)... biker shorts, and hair accessories such as clips, headbands, and barrettes.
Where do you get your fashion inspiration?
Everyday life. People-watching, flipping through a magazine, reading a book, watching a movie. My mother and girlfriends. So much more.
Who is your style icon?
No doubt, Kate Moss.
What is your most recent fashion purchase?
Does a Hermes scarf given to me as a birthday present from the hubby count?
How do you organize your closet?
Not well! My place is pretty small to have any real legitimate closet but I do use a clothing rack and keep pieces I need to style for the week to help keep better track of items.
Where are some of your favorite places to shop?
What is one fashion trend prediction that you foresee for 2019?
Prairie dresses, anything 90s, and the color ivory.
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