Where are you from?
Lexington, Kentucky. I’ve never lived anywhere else for more than a couple months. I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2016.
Where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica in the summer of 2014. I also studied explored in Mexico in the summer and spring of 2013-2014 in the cities of Monterrey and Guadalajara. I studied anthropology and Mayan culture in the Yucatan peninsula in December 2015.
Where do you shop?
While, I tend to have expensive tastes, I’m always on the lookout for sales, clearance, and consignment! My go-to stores are hands-down Old Navy and Target. When I’m shopping for Lilly Pulitzer, Frye, J Crew, Loft, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, or anything else out of my budget, Clothes Mentor, EBay, and Facebook resale pages are my best friends.
Why Space, Place & Southern Grace?
This blog began as a school project, but soon became my creative outlet. Since 2012, it has covered topics from travel to cooking to fashion, and right now I fall somewhere in the (life)Style category. The name came from my work in Gender and Women ’s Studies that examines how are lives are impacted by geographical positioning and the spaces we inhabit. Southern Grace adds a bit of Kentucky charm to my autoethnographic approach.
Who is your dog?
Winston is my little 11 pound fur ball of a toy poodle. I got him in April 2015 from a breeder in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. He is a pure bred toy poodle who is very playful, doesn’t shed, and pretty dang smart. I chose the name Winston because poodles are relatively pretentious in my experience, and if he talked, I picture him to have the voice of the British grandfather from The Parent Trap.
So, you’re Cooler Girl?
Unfortunately, yes. I have been recognized as “Cooler Girl” one too many times for my blog tutorial on Fraternity Cooler Painting. That post is the singular reason why my blog is even remotely popular today, and has become low key Pinterest famous. Since then, Facebook groups such as The Cooler Connection have taken over, but my post (circa 2013) was one of a kind at its advent. When I worked in a dorm at the University of Kentucky, residents would actually approach me saying they saw me on the internet with my cooler – hence “Cooler Girl.”