Okay, Babes! If you have not been following/shopping Miss With-It you are Miss-ing out! Tees, Pillows and sassy make-up pouches are just the beginning. The merch is awesome but the woman behind it all is absolutely fabulous! We are so excited to introduce you to Kelly, the founder of Miss With-It!
BA: How did you get into fashion?
KR: I have a background in fashion photography. After I returned from shooting fashion photography in Paris, I was eager to continue on a creative path to learn more about design. I think my skills and years of experience in fashion photography really helped sharpen my eye for design. While I was in design school, I continued directing, and shooting my own fashion editorial spreads for fun and for submissions. I also created my own fashion magazine project where I managed the roles as editor, photographer and layout designer. Later on that year, my magazine won the Gold Award for Graphis International New Talent Awards which was exciting! Then, after I graduated from design school I worked at a design studio in London, which is such a major fashion capital. London will always be my favorite fashion city! After working in London I went on to direct and photograph some fashion shoots in Berlin, which had a totally different fashion aesthetic than London. I think every city I’ve been to has inspired my style sense in different ways. I’m back in Los Angeles now, and I find this city to be just as inspiring as the others. LA has so many cool new and old things to discover, it’s really inspired my brand. To me, LA is like wearing an old dress that you’ve worn 100 times, but you just discovered this old dress has cool little pockets that you never knew were there before.
BA: What were you doing before you started your own company?
KR: After I graduated from Design school I ditched everything I owned (including my car), I left my family + friends behind in California in order to live out my dream of living + working in London. I had always wanted to live in London. It’s such a creative, fashion forward, BRILLIANT city, that it has always captivated me in ways nowhere else could. I wanted to feel a part of something bigger. I wanted to be in a place where I could be constantly inspired with every turn of my head. I absolutely LOVED London, and everyday was like living the dream. I was so inspired daily, just like I had always hoped. But, after some time, it didn’t work out in London for me because of complicated UK visa restrictions, so I came back to the States. I felt so lost + ashamed that my dream didn’t work out for the long term. I would constantly beat myself up, and I had many identity crisis freak outs. It was a huge process to rebuild & reinvent myself again. Then one day I realized, this IS my reality so I better learn to like it, or even love it.
BA: When did you get the idea for Miss With-It?
KR: I was sick in bed one day + I wanted to feel somewhat productive, so I just started coming up with funny sayings and designing them on pillows to entertain myself and give myself a little chuckle, haha. I shared them on social media for my friends to see, and everything really just picked up from there. From the positive response I received, I continued designing more, and through this Miss With-it was born. While I was in the midst of my depression, I focused all of my energy on starting up this new business. It brought me so much joy when my audience thought my designs were funny and shared them with their friends. I love making people laugh, and I absolutely love it when my customers tag me in a photo on social media of how they are enjoying their new goodies. Without them even realizing it, the support of my engaged customers all over the globe managed to pull me out of my daily pity parties haha. I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone for their support of Miss With-it.
BA: Have you always been into fashion and home decor or was it a twist of fate?
KR: Yes, very much so. I’m an inspired person. I am the product of my environment(s).
BA: Describe your vision for yourself and Miss With-It.
KR: Well, I’ve always been a multi-passionate, super-creative, with massive amounts of incurable ADD. There are so many things that make my heart sing! Design, photography, fashion, travel, color, beautiful typography, laughing… I’d love to just spend the rest of my life laughing haha. Being a lover of so many beauties, I can’t imagine giving any of them up to stick to just ONE thing, and be great at that ONE thing. You know what I mean? With Miss With-it my intention is to combine all of my loves into one vivacious environment in order to spread a little sass, humor + individuality. Miss With-it is about creating a community of With-it Babes that also have a love for multiple interests, the beautiful things in life, and also witty personalities to boot!
BA: So what’s next for you?
KR: Just recently Miss With-it got a completely new makeover! I had so much fun designing the new line, and I’m really excited to bring in the new pouches! These are great for make-up, change, credit cards, and cute emergency items like bobbi pins and additional flair. They’re cute & handy. What could be better? I like to surprise people and keep popping up with new items and designs. So stay tuned for what’s next!
BA: What’s a memorable moment from your journey to becoming a business owner?
KR: The moment a major idea strikes is the most electric and energizing feeling. I’m a passionate person that thrives on new ideas. I hope to continuously carry these electric moments with me throughout my journey.
BA: What were some of the biggest hardships on your journey to where you are now? How did you overcome them?
KR: Oh, definitely overcoming the blues I felt when I came back to the States. My dreams felt like they had shattered into a million pieces. It was a huge lesson in resilience for me. I learned to just get back up, dust myself off, and reinvent myself again. I learned that all of life is a process and to trust that all the dots will connect some day, but you can’t see the dots looking forward, you can only see the dots connect when looking back. Living abroad definitely happened for a reason; I’m a lot tougher than I ever used to be. I pay no mind to any pettiness. The biggest lesson to take away from any disadvantage in life is that failure is a much more faithful teacher than immediate success. Trust me on that.
BA: Best tips for boosting self-confidence?
1. Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Comparison is the thief of joy.
2. Watch your thoughts carefully. Train your brain to be positive.
3. Surround yourself with loving, supportive people. Strive to enhance + inspire other people’s lives too.
BA: Any advice for young girls?
KR: Absolutely. Your choices matter; even the seemingly small ones. So, live consciously. Create a vision for your life. What you think about you bring about. Dream build. Read books. Find someone that has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Pick your role models wisely; find out what they did and do it.
BA: How do you motivate yourself or pump yourself up when you are feeling a little “bleh”?
KR: I’ve always loved punk rock, it really gets me going! So, when I’m feeling “bleh” or low energy, I’ll throw on some Bad Brains, Cramps, The Saints or Dead Kennedys, and just go nuts. Haha, it’s an instant cool fix.
BA: What’s your favorite way to wind-down and relax?
KR: I’m a pretty relaxed and mellow person generally. But, I like to light my Voluspa candle in French Cade Lavender + drink some wine while watching New Girl (it’s the only show I watch). Oh, the simple things.
BA: If you could pick one song to describe yourself, what would it be?
KR: Nancy Sinatra “These boots are made for walkin’ “. My go-to song for Karaoke!
BA: Something you are totally obsessed with right now?
KR: I just moved to LA, so I’m obsessed with exploring new areas and finding new pockets that I never knew existed. I love taking walks around my neighborhood in West Hollywood, and people watching!
BA: Any health tips for busy women?
KR: Get at least 7 hours of sleep. Limit your sugar intake. Stay away from processed foods + fast food. Drink green tea everyday. Take probiotics for a healthy gut. Start your day with a protein packed smoothie, throw in a spoonful of coconut oil + apple cider vinegar for energy + to boost your metabolism. If you’re stressed, get outside and go for a walk, you’ll feel much better.
BA: What does empowering women mean to you?
KR: Instead of trying to compete with one another, I’d like to see us all succeed. It all starts with having a vision for your own life, and that can have an impact on the world.
BA: Best piece of advice you have ever received?
“Instead of striving for perfection, strive for excellence; it’s way more fun.” – Mama
“Always set your own standards, or someone else will, and they will set them low.” – Papa
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