When I was 15 and spent a summer studying French, fashion, and global issues at La Sorbonne in Paris, which was probably the official spark of my wanderlust. Paris made me fall in love with more than just traveling, but also with immersing myself in foreign cultures, getting to know the locals and the language, tasting all the foods I could get my hands on, and simply experiencing life outside the U.S. Over the next ten years, I hungered for adventure, finding ways to travel, volunteer, and study overseas while my parents held their breath from Arizona. At 18 I spent a month volunteering at an orphanage in Haiti; at 19 I spent three and a half months on a solo backpacking trip around East Africa; and at 24 I embarked on a three month around-the-globe trip after graduating law school. I’ve traveled all around the world, to over 30 countries, and have a bucket list a mile long. My guess is you do, too.
As the daughter of an artist, I am also a creative at heart, so I’ve tried to find ways to incorporate creativity into my travels. Whether that is through photography, fashion, home décor, cooking, or some other outlet, my style is always eclectic and always globally inspired. I’ll often bring home textiles and beads that I can make into clothing or jewelry, hunt for cultural objets d’art that can carry stories of different worlds into my home, and take about a zillion photos along the way. One of my favorite projects was working with women in Thailand to develop a line of silk clutch purses and support their efforts to combat the Thai sex trade. You can shop those designs on my website!
I’ve always had so many different interests in life, but one thread exists through it all: I want to be known and I want to know the world around me. I want to be real and honest and I want to take the tougher messier road that leads to truly knowing the world around me. The Wayfaress captures all that I love from a real, raw, and global perspective – the travel, the creativity, the story-telling, the relationships – and all the good, bad, and ugly along the way.