30 Things About Ivy
Hello friends, Ivy here! I wanted to take the time in one of our opening posts to do a little “get to know me”. We’ll be doing a similar post with each contributing writer of this blog as time goes on. My hope is that it gives you a bit of insight in to where each of us is speaking from in our writing. Maybe we have more in common than you initially thought. Maybe you’ll confirm your suspicions that I’m a total weirdo. Either way, hopefully you’ll discover a little something about yourself as you reflect on these questions along with me. So let’s jump right in. Here are 30 little things about me that hopefully help you, the reader, feel like you know me a little more.
My favorite item of clothing:
Hands down, whatever current (p)leather jacket I have in my closet. I’ve always had an edge to my style, and a leather jacket goes with nearly everything I own whether I’m dressed up or down.
What skill(s) would you like to master?
I would love to nail down my Spanish. And I’m currently working on being half way decent at yoga.
Are you usually early or late?
Late. Fashionably. I’m sorry.
Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
To me, there’re never a wrong time, place, or mood for Ray LaMontage. He’s been my favorite artist since I was a teenager, and I’ve loved following every evolution of his musical career.
What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
I’ve got a thing for gettin’ out of dodge. Some of my favorite weekends I’ve spent with my husband are on a quick 3-day trip exploring a new city. I love to spend a long weekend discovering a new place through it’s food, nightlife, and people.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Move somewhere where nobody knows your name. I was raised in a small midwestern town that oftentimes felt repressive, and moving to Los Angeles alone when I was 21 years old was the hardest and best thing I’ve ever done. It forced me to figure out who I was, free from the expectations of who I had been.
What things in life do you think are worth splurging on?
Incredible meals, a good hotel room, and products that support great causes. Nothing fashion related? Shocking, I know. But the best things I have in life are memories of some unforgettable experiences. The items in my closet that I cherish the most are quality items made by talented artists, because supporting the cause feels AMAZING.
What are you most looking forward to in the next 5 years?
I’m both completely overwhelmed and absolutely thrilled by the thought of where I can take this company and my career in the next 5 years. And more personally, I’m excited to grow my family with my husband.
What trend do you hope comes back?
That’s hard to say, but there are definitely a few that I hope never leave. 70’s vibes and 90’s grunge 4ever.
What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?
That my traits are fixed. I’m glad I figured this out in my early twenties, thanks to my husband. I think for a long time I had this idea in my head of who I was based on what others had told me. Learning that I didn’t have to be the same “me” forever, but rather had the ability to grow and transform based on what I wanted and who I wanted to become has really shaped who I am today. “Embrace your nature, but never let it stop you from reaching your higher potential”.
What book impacted you the most?
Fiction - Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
Non Fiction - The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck, Mark Manson
What risks are worth taking?
As long as it’s calculated, and it propels you toward the life of your dreams… you better jump. Trust me.
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned?
That not everyone’s heart is the same as yours.
What’s one piece of advice you’ve received that changed how you viewed life?
I really can’t remember who told me this, or if it was a realization I came to on my own. Either way, it came at a trying time personally and professionally where I was stuck between two paths. “Life is not a trial run”. It’s how I live my life now, remembering that this is my one and only opportunity to live fully and make an impact.
What is something you resent paying for?
Cheap, overly trendy items. For a long time, when I was still trying to figure out my style, I threw more money than I’d like to admit away on the latest trend. Now that I understand my own personal style more, I watch and wait until I find those trendy items that fit better with my signature style. Now I always feel like me, not some version of the latest fad.
What is the most interesting documentary you’ve watched?
SOM on Netflix. It’s a documentary about the journey to becoming a master sommelier, which is crazier and more intense than I ever imagined! Pro tip: watch with a nice bottle of wine while simultaneously booking a trip to Napa Valley.
What is your favorite show to binge watch?
The Office. I’ve watched all 9 seasons probably five or six times through, and I still bawl like a baby through the three final episodes. Runner Up: Any of Anthony Bourdain’s shows (No Reservations, Parts Unknown, The Layover).
What small change greatly improves a persons overall appearance?
Confidence and good brows.
If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes, whose would they be? Why?
Oprah Winfrey, any day! To be able to bridge the gap between pop culture and real political and social influence would be a dream. Her story is one of the most inspirational of our time.
What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid?
My dream was to takeover Samantha Brown’s travel channel show Great Hotels. I’ve been a Travel Channel addict since like 7th grade… can you tell yet that I *was* a dork?
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self?
That elusive box that you’re looking to fit in to? It doesn’t exist. There’s never going to be one that’s the right size or shape for you, so stop looking. Also, there’s no rules or clear path before you on the way to where you’re going, because you don’t know anyone that’s been there before.
What does success mean to you?
A beautiful relationship with my God, my husband, and myself. A fulfilling career that allows me to make a difference.
What qualities do you value in the people with whom you spend time?
Humor and big heart.
At what job would you be terrible?
Any sort of office job. I did temp work for three days once and nearly didn’t survive. *Drama*. But honestly, my whole adult life has been spent in fast-paced artistic fields and I’m incredibly thankful for that.
If you had to choose only 3 adjectives to describe yourself, which would you choose?
Adventurous, Gracious, Fierce.
What do you give a damn about?
Too many things for my own damn good! It’s sometimes a struggle being multi-passionate and trying to figure out where to concentrate your efforts, but we just can’t do it all. So right now my energy goes to my two great loves: helping women, and helping dogs.
Do you ever find there are things about you that people misunderstand? What are they?
I’m pretty sure that even people who know me underestimate my level of sensitivity. I’m a Pisces sun, Sagittarius moon, and Scorpio ascending… I’m not totally sure what that means. Please send me a message if you can help. TIA.
The best meal you’ve ever had:
There are definitely two best meals, and I don’t think I could choose between them because they were such different experiences. The first was at Chef Thomas Keller’s restaurant Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, CA. And the second was at The Girl and the Goat in Chicago which is the original restaurant from the first female Top Chef winner, Stephanie Izard. But I really like in-n-out too.
The best concert you’ve ever attended:
Ray Lamontage followed by Tom Petty at Outside Lands in 2014. It was f@*$ing unforgettable.
When you’re not working, what are you doing?
Soaking up as much time as I can with my husband and our dog, Fig. We go everywhere together, so you can find us hiking, at a brewery, or on the couch.
What are you drinking?
What am I NOT drinking? Coffee, tea, water, kombucha, good wine, bad wine, good beer only, tequila, gin. What time is it? What day is it? Where are we? We’ll never know.