Shopping. It’s for not everyone. For some, (maybe you?) it can be tedious, even torturous, especially when it involves selecting a gift for someone else. Even if you love it, who has the time to sift through the nearly infinite possibilities the Internet now offers us?
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone were out there shopping day in and day out on your behalf? Staying on top of seasonal trends, reading product reviews and style blogs, discovering those little regional boutiques with really unique inventory, sifting through Amazon for its hidden gems. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone pooled together only the best of the best for you to choose from? Wouldn’t it be nice if they organized these items by the style and interests of your loved ones as well as your relationship with the giftee and your intention for the occasion?
Well guess what? Now someone is.
As the Director of Curation here at Lily&Strum, I have one of those jobs I never could have imagined for myself, a surprisingly perfect marriage of passions I didn’t even know were marketable job skills. I really can’t complain.
I’ve been an avid thrifter since I was a teenager. Heading to a thrift shop is like setting out on a hunting expedition. As it is with big game, the majority of time is spent searching, not finding. But trust me, the thrill of a good find is priceless. If you’ve ever found black and white slouch snakeskin cowboy boots for $8, you know what I mean. Now that I’m older, my hunt is more likely to take place within social shopping sites like Keep or Fancy. The same discipline is required, but the gems no longer smell like mildew.
I start thinking about next Christmas on New Year’s Day. I have a running list of gift ideas in my phone because giftspiration can strike anywhere. I think the most thoughtful gifts are the ones you didn’t even know you wanted. I try to outdo myself each year and I live for the surprise and delight on my mom or sister’s face when they open a gift I’m especially proud of.
I spent the first half of my career working in the performing arts and a good part of the second working in catering and events. It’s all about the details when it comes to moment making. Presentation, presentation, presentation.
I’m also an avid camper and hiker. I love to run, bike and swim in the ocean. I garden. I love craft beer, kale and the feel of worn in leather. My personal style is totally eclectic. I find beauty and inspiration everywhere. To get a taste of my taste, follow Lily&Strum on Pinterest.
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