Design is something I am completely, wholeheartedly, 100% comfortable with. But fashion? Fashion is one area in which I need a bit of guidance. Enter: Jacey. Her blog, Damsel in Dior, has long become my total go-to for wardrobe tips, styling ideas and fashion advice. So it was with great pleasure that I had the chance to pick Jacey’s brain and get to know the fabulous woman behind this incredible blog. Captured by our beloved Bryce Covey , there’s more behind the scenes peeks (including her strong-jawed pups) right here in the gallery! 

SMP: Some words you live by?
Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Do not judge so you will not be judged. Radiate and give love and love comes back to you.

SMP: Any guilty pleasures?
Dr. Pepper & Chicken Fingers with white gravy or ranch dressing, lots & lots of ranch dressing.

SMP: What did you think your dream job was before your dream job found you?
Growing up I wanted to be a veterinarian but quickly learned that it meant you actually have to perform surgery on animals which I didn’t have the stomach for. I still have so much respect for people who can work in this field, and those who volunteer with animals, because I truly believe they are angels.

SMP: What’s your favorite quote that describes your creative process?
My Granny used to say “Only boring people get bored.” Any time I am feeling a lack in creativity I try out a new hobby such as painting, sewing or even flying lessons to help spur a new idea or mood. It works everytime. “We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too”

SMP: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
You can do anything if you really want it bad enough and work your hardest to accomplish it. I mean it, ANYTHING.

SMP: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?
Yes & No. I love my life and wouldn’t change a single thing about it. With that said, it would have been nice to tell my 18 year old self to minor in graphic design, move to Paris for a little while and possible work for Conde Nast {ha!}.

SMP: What is one piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out?
Set a schedule and be consistent with your posts. Whether it means you post once a day or once a week, consistency is key in what you are posting and what time of day you are posting. Your readers will appreciate knowing what they can expect by coming to your blog.

SMP: What is your favorite item in your home?
A box full of old love letters between my Granny and her husband pre and post WWII. Some date to 1939 and there are literally hundreds of notes back and forth during their courtship and marriage. On days I am feeling a little blue I slip into a cozy quilt and enjoy a conversation between my grandparents.

SMP: What’s your best tip for balancing work and personal life?
My mother has always told me that if you really love what you are doing it won’t feel like work. I feel so incredible lucky & blessed to do what I absolutely love to do and to have a husband who supports and understands it. I have created a job for myself that literally is my life, so for me there is always an equal balance because I love both equally. My work is personal and my personal becomes part of the blog so it all falls on the same scale that is Damsel in Dior. Sure there are date nights when I get cut off from thinking about or talking about Damsel in Dior, and there are days when I need to shut the computer down. I decide on a time to do this just like I decide when it is time to laundry: You just know.

SMP: What was the tipping point in your business that made you feel like your blog was going to thrive?
Well this question definitely helps me to believe it {ha!}. I still have yet to reach all of my business goals but from time to time there are a few tipping points that have encouraged me to forge ahead. One in particular was when Levi’s asked me to take part in an AD campaign.  I went from literally growing up on a cotton farm {my Dad is a farmer} that used to sell cotton to Levi’s to being featured in a Levi’s AD… it was a surreal moment where the stars aligned and I felt  “This is exactly what I was meant to do”

SMP: What is the hardest lesson in business you’ve ever learned?
You have to take the bad with the good. Not everyone is going to love you, no matter how hard you try, and that is okay. Look, if everyone liked the same things and dressed the same way then life would be pretty boring.

SMP: Stranded on a desert island question… what’s the one cocktail you would take with you?
Frozen Margarita {with salt}.

SMP: What color do you think will stand the test of trend time?
Black. Forever and always.

SMP: One thing every style savvy homeowner should have?
I cannot suggest kraft paper and bakers twine enough. It’s cheap and super stylish. Plus you can use it for pretty much anything (table cloth, wrapping paper, placemats, cooking, hanging pictures, notes, etc…}

SMP: If you could buy yourself a single gift of any cost, what would it be?
A Carrie Bradshaw style closet & all of its contents . . .still have to get me one of those ;)

Photography: Bryce Covey Photography | Behind the Blog: Damsel in Dior

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