Today I am switching things up with a special post from guest blogger Jeanine Hays. Jeanine is the beauty and brains behind AphroChic and has been a longtime favorite blogger of mine. Her amazing style and ingenious concept of turning blogging into merchandising makes her a trailblazer in the design and blog world. So read on, enjoy and make sure to become a fan for a special gift!
Hello! My name is Jeanine Hays, and I am the Creative Director & Founder of AphroChic, a textile company and interior design blog dedicated to modern soulful style. I am so excited to be a guest blogger on Jamie’s blog today. I absolutely love Jamie and her style, and I’m honored that she asked me to stop by and introduce her readers to AphroChic.
So, a little about me. In a nutshell, I’m a lawyer-turned-blogger-turned-designer-turned-author. It’s a mouthful, but it’s been a lot of fun. Four years ago I made a decision that has had a dramatic impact on my life, moving me away from my law career and into a field that I’ve always been passionate about but never thought I’d be a part of. The decision was to start a blog. I started the AphroChic blog to address something I saw missing in the world of modern design – modern interiors that embrace cultural style. I created the motto “Modern.Soulful.Style” as a way of explaining exactly what I was looking for, and what I wanted my blog to be about. Through writing about design, I began to develop my own voice, and learned about the many incredible designers that are out there, including Jamie!
Two years after starting the blog, I went on to develop my own designs and founded the AphroChic textile company with my husband. And now (two years after that), I am embarking on another brand new journey, writing my first book, which will be published by Clarkson Potter in Fall 2013.
It’s always great to say that you’ve had a dream come true. It’s even more amazing when it’s a dream that you didn’t even know you had. There are so many things that I’m looking forward to in writing this book. It’s an opportunity to make a statement, and really explain what AphroChic is all about. But I’m also looking forward to the experience of running around the country with my family taking pictures of amazing spaces and writing about them on a whole new level.
What I’ve learned over the past four years is that life is unpredictable, and that you have to be up for anything. There could always be something amazing around the corner, and I’m always ready to embrace whatever is next. When I started writing my blog, I had no idea the places it would take me, the people I would meet or the experiences I would get to have. I was just doing something that I loved, and that I wanted to share with others who I hoped would enjoy it as much. Now, I’m happy to say that nothing’s changed. I‘m still doing what I love, I still love to share it with as many people as possible, and I still have no idea what’s coming next. And that’s fine with me.
Anyway, that‘s a bit about me. Thanks to Jamie and all of you for having me today, and keep an eye out for AphroChic: Modern.Soulful.Style. come Fall 2013.
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