I totally heart today’s BTS girl. That’s right, I said it. Grace Atwood, of the blog Stripes and Sequins, can do no wrong! Girl’s got crazy good DIY skills (examples of her projects here and here and here…I know, right?) and her blog is always full of inspiring, thoughtful posts unlike anything else you’ll find in the blogosphere today. I know for a fact it’s because Grace puts a ton of time and effort into her posts. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know her through both Twitter and via email, and she’s come to be a fantastic sounding board for all my crazy questions and ideas, as well as just a super cool girl to talk to. I’m excited to give you a sneak peek into her fabulousness today! Go for it, Grace.
Grace Atwood, 30
Croatia – I’ve wanted to go to Croatia for years now. The beaches, the coastlines, the cliffs… (And I hear that it smells of lavender.) I imagine that it must be one of the most tranquil, beautiful places one could visit.
Thailand – I’ve never been to Asia and am dying to go. I have a terrible fear of heights, but I am (somewhat bizarrely,) dying to ride an elephant.
Australia – It would be the longest flight, but so worthwhile.
Venice – Does it get any more romantic? I visited Rome this Fall with my boyfriend…if we had more time in Italy, I would have loved to visit Venice.
The Dead Sea – Another place that I’m dying to go. I use so many products that are from the dead sea (mud masks, salt scrubs, the works.) It would be amazing to experience it firsthand.
The Paris Wife – I have a major obsession with all things French – and I love that this book takes place in the twenties with all the greats – Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein. After watching Midnight in Paris, this book has been at the top of my reading list.
A Year in Provence – This has also been on my reading list forever. Again, my obsession with all things French continuesâ¦ and moving to Provence would be a dream. Somedayâ¦
Room – I bought this ages ago and I still haven’t read it. I’m hoping to tackle it while I have some downtime over the holidays.
HTML for Dummies â This isnât a fun one, but I have so much more that I want to do for my blog… learning to code is a must.
This is going to make me sound lame – but right now, I live in New York City. Life is fast-paced, and downtime is precious. I’m hoping things will have slowed down in 5 years – I’d like to be married, living in a houseâ¦ with a baby or two… and my own business. Iâll be 35 by then, which is hard to imagine right now.
1 â Baubles, Baubles, Baubles. When Iâm not blogging, Iâm the Director of Social Media for BaubleBar. I handle our blog, Facebook, Twitter, other social channels, and all of our blogger outreach. It is fun, but hectic. I spent so many years slaving away at super-corporate jobs… working for a start-up has been a welcome change… it’s fast-paced and exciting… and most importantly, you can really have a say and can make a difference in how the business is run.
2 – Taking Stripes & Sequins to the next level. Itâs ever evolving, constantly changing. Iâve been focusing on producing the best content I can, with the goal of growing my readership 15-20% each monthâ¦ On top of that, Iâm making a bunch more design changes, learning to code, perfecting my photoshop skills, and hammering out all the legal stuff. I’m such a perfectionist… I’m not sure if I’ll ever be entirely happy with how it looks!
My own business. This is a big “someday…” things are still too hectic with BaubleBar and S&S to even think about adding something else to my plateâ¦ but I know that down the road I would like to find a way to earn living from DIY, blogging, and possibly selling my own jewelry?
Stripes and Sequins are my two greatest obsessions. I started the blog two years ago – it was called “Perfectionist in Rehab,” chronicling my attempts to de-stress. A little over a year ago, I changed it over to Stripes & Sequins… because I noticed that I was either writing about stripes or sparkle (sadly, shopping plays a huge roll in my de-stressing process… I’m working on thatâ¦ DIY is a great alternative!
There are so many people who serve as inspiration to me. My parents are amazing â small business owners who work together and are still happily married 31 years later. My boyfriend constantly inspires me. He is generous, thoughtful, kind, and sees the good in others, no matter what. His positive attitude helps me immensely â I have a tendency to worry/overthink/stress about everything. The entire BaubleBar team inspires me. It is such an incredible, hard working, creative group of people. On the blogging front, Iâd be remiss if I were to list them all, but Lauren & Erica from Honestly WTF never fail to inspire me. Everything they do is flawless, and I love their overall worldview.
Having the courage to leave my super-corporate (but super-secure) job and go to a start-up. Also, running three marathons. Iâve run the Nike Womens (SF), Chicago, and Bostonâ¦ but that all feels so long ago!
At home on our couch. A soft cozy blanket, a big glass of wine… my laptop… that’s where I rest. I also love a nice, hot bath. A little lavender oil and a face maskâ¦ the stress just melts away.
I started my blog about two years ago. As I mentioned, it was all about de-stressing. I felt a little bit trapped and stifled at workâ¦ I needed a creative outlet. I didnât really care about what it looked like, or any of the stats stuff. Then, it started to slowly take off and turned into this wonderful way to connect with others. I started commenting on other blogs and making blogger friends. When I started doing my weekly DIY projects, I was hooked. Today, I keep doing it because it keeps me creativeâ¦ and I love the friendships Iâve made. Itâs gotten to the point where every time I go anywhereâ¦ LA, DC, etcâ¦ Iâm scheduling meet-ups with blogging friends who have turned into real friends.