The seeds were planted…..
I was sheltered from fashion growing up & that word was never a part of my vocabulary. Maybe subconsciously, my awe of fashion began in my teens, as I envied what the other girls were wearing in high school. I loved their outfits & wished I could dress the way they did. Obsessed with a desire to travel & to get out of Oklahoma, I was thrilled to live in several countries. Being exposed to such diverse cultures, I noticed how fashion was such a true reflection of the environment, personality & lifestyle of the region. Where I lived greatly influenced my clothing inspiration & choices. Purchasing my first “In Style” magazine while living in Bermuda, catapulted me to another level of thinking about fashion & what I wore. Plowing through every fashion magazine, introduced this creative, wide-open, “thinking outside of the box” world that I didn’t know existed. I tore pages out of magazines & categorized pictures (shhhh… I still do today!), in hopes of copying the outfits perfectly. Secretly, the world of fashion became something that dominated much of my mind & I wanted so much to be a part of it.
That’s where the idea of modeling came in…..
A tomboy through & through, the decision to model happened well into my 20s. I struggled to find my confidence in such a competitive industry. It was an incredible learning experience where I enjoyed the runway and earned features on billboards, magazines and even a reality TV show. Modeling gave me a tough skin & pushed me to develop my confidence in different ways.
Here we are now…..
Being an athlete & physically active all of my life, I never thought I had a creative bone in my body. But, the thought of fashion never dissipated & was more intense as I entered my late thirties & early 40s. I couldn’t stop thinking about putting outfits together & getting ideas from magazines, clothing boutiques & online. That freedom of creativity was so powerful & the outlet I needed that finally gave me confidence. A little slow out of the gates, but I’m so thrilled to let this side of me flourish!
My Thoughts Moving Forward…..
Every girl wants to be unique & I’m no different. I always want to put my little tomboy twist with every outfit & keep in mind there should be very few rules with styling. When you create too many rules, you lose creativity. Age shouldn’t define what you should or should not be wearing. My goal is to hopefully break … or at least bend, the rules that have been trapping women for so long in terms of fashion. Fashion is an incredible means of expression. Fashion silently defines who you are as a person. I hope my silent voice is heard loud & clear!!!
The name of the blog, uh?
When my husband & I turned 40, we made the joke, “heeeyyyy, we’re on the 4th floor now”! When you go to a large department store, there is women’s fashion on several floors. The play –on words sounded fun & unique to me, so there you have it!
Fashion on the 4th Floor
Quirky Things That Make Me, Me!
- The Basics: 46 / Polish African / Master’s Degree / Wife
- Entertainment Agency Office Administrator by day
- My entire world & love of my life is Greggy, my hubby
- The obvious … I’m long-winded & can talk your ear off!
- Serious exerciser / Athlete
- Volunteering at my local doggie shelter is so fulfilling
- Mad about making hand-made cards
- Love landscaping & working in the garden
- I could devour cheez-its & sip sauvignon blanc everyday … ok, let’s be honest, chug! Hehehe!
- My 2 fold-up bikes are an extension of my life & how I live it. (Turning a corner on a whim, always having a unique view, open to discovering the unexpected, always taking the unknown road, always traveling off the beaten path)
I hope you enjoy my tiny little division of this big blogging world!!!