How did you start your career as a digital creator?
I started a blog (formerly known as Kiteen’s Closet) shortly after giving birth to my firstborn, Violet. I remember feeling like I couldn’t remember who I was or what I liked to do before becoming a Mom. Kiteen’s Closet started as a hobby and as a way for me to find joy & passion in something again outside of being a Mother. It became a career when I realized the impact sharing my everyday life and desires for confidence & self-love was having on Mom’s across the globe who were feeling exactly like I was.
“I realized the impact sharing my everyday life and desires for confidence & self-love was having on Mom’s across the globe who were feeling exactly like I was.”
As a lifestyle blogger a lot of people look to you for influence and inspiration, who do you look to for inspiration?
Other lifestyle bloggers, mainly! One of my biggest inspirations for starting my own blog was because I would regularly read fashion posts from people like Jillian Harris, Loverly Grey, and Cara Loren.
How do you balance all the aspects of your life; your self care, fashion, your career, and young kids and family?
I try my best to set aside specific chunks of time in the day for all the tasks/roles I have. It definitely is a balancing act, and one that I have yet to master! However, I have found that making a priority list in the evening for what I need to achieve the next day has helped me tremendously with time management.
How do you want people to feel when they visit your digital channels, like your Instagram or blog?
I want them to feel inspired. I want women (and in particular other Mom’s) to see a photo of me and think to themselves “Hey – I kinda look like her! Maybe I could wear that too.” I want women to feel confident in who they are and confident in the body they are in. I hope to inspire the same type of self-love & acceptance that I have for myself in other women.
“I want women to feel confident in who they are and confident in the body they are in. I hope to inspire the same type of self-love & acceptance that I have for myself in other women.”
You have an extensive background in Agriculture, are there any misconceptions about the industry?
Yes, but gosh – where do I start?! Lol. There are many misconceptions in regards to Agriculture and Farming. It seems people still have an image of a man in overalls, holding a pitchfork with a piece of straw between his teeth when they hear the term “Farmer”. Farmers (and people in the Agriculture Industry as a whole) are businessmen and women. Some of the smartest people I have ever met work in Agriculture! I wish there was more appreciation and knowledge of the technological advances and evolvement within the Agriculture Industry.
How would you describe your personal style?
Feminine, affordable, mom-friendly.
Living in a small town, do you shop more online or locally? What are your top online shopping tips?
I definitely shop more online, but do think it’s important to also shop local when possible! One of the reasons I love online shopping is because it is easier to make conscious purchase decisions online. For example, if I really, really think I want/need something – I will put it in my online shopping cart for a few days while I ponder the pros and cons of purchasing that item. I also always try to wait for a sale when I’m shopping online – most retailers seem to set their sales to go live on the weekends!
What is your favourite Hillberg & Berk jewellery piece?
It’s so hard to pick just one! I have accumulated quite a collection of Hillberg & Berk pieces over the years that I feel are timeless and that I wear regularly. I think Sparkle Balls are so iconic to the Hillberg & Berk brand and will forever be a favourite of mine. I also really love the new “Designed By You” Charm Necklace!
What are some of your favourite ways to style camo, and incorporate this trend into other styles and fashion? Do you have any favourite camo pieces?
My favourite way to incorporate camo is in subtle ways – like my jewelry! The new Camo Sparkle collection is the perfect way to integrate this trend as the neutral, natural-toned print is easy to pair with a variety of looks.
“The new Camo Sparkle collection is the perfect way to integrate this trend as the neutral, natural-toned print is easy to pair with a variety of looks.”
What social causes are you passionate about and why?
I’m passionate about doing my part to end world hunger - especially in children. Being a Mom from a farming family drives my desire to help ensure healthy foods are available to those that currently don’t have access to it.
What makes you feel most empowered and why?
Seeing women like me (stay at home Mom’s, women in their 30’s) live out their dreams and follow their passions!