I was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. As a child, I was always crafting. Making things like a tinfoil and safety pin brooch for my mother, a paper toolbox (with a complete set of paper tools) for my father, a little cloth purse and matching wallet for my oldest sister, and countless other made-from-the-heart gifts. As I grew up, my creativity re-focused itself on fashion and, after graduating high school, I headed out East to study what I had grown to love. I had a wonderful college experience at The New England Institute of Art, where I received a bachelor's degree in Fashion Retail Management. This opened me up to a ton of great opportunities, so I hung around Boston for two more years, learning as much as I could. During that time, I was on the visual merchandising team at Nordstrom and was the visual merchandising manager at Talbots. I even got to style a few fashion shows for Macy's! I learned so much about merchandising, self-management, and displaying products in a way that they basically sold themselves. Working with the corporate teams of such successful companies was invaluable to me, and I'd like to pass along these skills to local boutiques here in my hometown! I want your store to be a relaxed, inviting, and gorgeous environment where people won't be able to help but shop!