by Staci Rutherford
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER.
I saw this quote on a magnet, and it has stuck with me over the years. In life there are many choices we have to make in order to fulfill a certain desire to succeed. We find ourselves caught in a web of trying to follow our dreams while living up to society’s definition of what it means to be successful. Often times, we overlook what we truly love to do or what we are good at. Before I started blogging, I spent a majority of my time studying the pages of fashion magazines to learn about the latest trends season after season. I became a stylist to friends and family because I loved to make people look their very best and to feel confident.
When I graduated from Howard University with a (non-fashion related) degree in legal communications, naturally, there was pressure from my family to attend law school. As I began the application process, it became clear that I had no desire to study law. I decided to ditch law school, follow my heart, and pursue a career in the exciting world of fashion. I moved to Los Angeles to study at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), with the ultimate goal of traveling around the world to identify future trends, and to collaborate with aspiring designers.
After FIDM, I returned to the East Coast to be closer to family, and moved to Philadelphia to work in production for a menswear company, an opportunity I considered a stepping stone. I was unexpectedly laid off while I was five months preggers, which proved to be a blessing in disguise. The very next day, I started my blog, HandbagReport.com, and made it my mission in life to research and write about handbags. (More details on my handbag obsession here) Four years later, I still dedicate my time to blogging, running an online handbag store, and working a 9 to 5, while juggling the demands of motherhood. When you have an outlet that involves what you’re passionate about, it never gets old and there’s always time to do it.
The turning point of my blogging career was receiving an invitation to attend a Tory Burch fashion event during New York Fashion Week, and later being personally invited back to New York to meet the designer herself, THE Tory Burch. (Click here and here for the full details of each experience.) It validated my decision to stick with what I absolutely love doing. Another highlight of blogging is being chosen as an Every Woman Blogger. I am excited to have a place to share my fashion finds and shopping tips with you, and, more importantly, to inspire you to explore, to dream, and to discover.