Stay Sweet is your aspirational Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle guide to a Sweet and Southern way of life (with a hint of French flair!) Wherever the reader might live, they are quickly transported to the elegant and wholesome nature of the South.
Rooted in authenticity, Stay Sweet is the go-to destination for the latest in southern style and clean beauty. As we say in the South, Stay Sweet is like a “cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day!”
MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
I originally founded Stay Sweet in NYC as a creative outlet from my corporate fashion career. But after moving back to my hometown in NC, Stay Sweet evolved into the Southern lifestyle brand it was always meant to be! I strive to share my knowledge and expertise in fashion and clean beauty all combined with my southern roots.
So why the name “Stay Sweet?”
When I lived in NYC for most of my 20s, people could pick up almost immediately that I was not from New York. Whether it was Uber drivers, coworkers, etc., they would always say you’re “too sweet” or “too nice” to be from around here. Now don’t get me wrong, I have met extraordinary people during my time in NYC, but there is something about southern hospitality that you can pick up on right away.
I was surprised to hear this is what people thought of me at first, but after a bit, I started to wear that title proudly! I was proud that I had not subconsciously changed who I was to fit a lifestyle, and at that moment, I vowed to always “Stay Sweet”.
As the quote from Maya Angelou goes, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel!”
With that said, Stay Sweet focuses on a southern way of life through style and clean beauty. When I was in NYC, I started to notice changes in my skin after about a year. I could no longer use makeup I had been using for years without an allergic reaction. After many appointments with the dermatologist, there seemed to be no solution for my chronic dermatitis. I knew it was a wake-up call to reduce the toxins I had been putting on my skin. It took years of trial and error, but I finally was able to get back to a makeup and skincare routine.
By starting this blog, I wanted to help save someone the headache and years of trials that I endured. Although I still have sensitive skin and reactions, it is no where near where it used to be. If I can help just one person through my experiences, I would be deeply humbled.
As far as the fashion piece goes, I have a degree in Fashion Development and my experiences range from working at the NYC corporate offices of Ralph Lauren to Victoria’s Secret. I strive to use this fashion knowledge mixed with my southern roots to give expert advice on how to achieve an effortless Southern lifestyle. I love how the South exudes wholesome quality that you just can’t find anywhere else.
For me, “Stay Sweet” is not only a fun description, but a way of life, and I hope you all enjoy the journey with me!