Name: Tieka (tee-kuh)
Location: Michigan (Technically live in Grand Haven, but I'm in Grand Rapids most of my life.)
Occupation: Art/design graduate from an art college; blogger and freelance designer!
Camera: Nikon D40 DSLR
Why blog?: I started this blog to document my life with the help of photos, memories, things to remember. Once I became so entirely in love with fashion (it was always there, just never prevalent) it kind of overtook my blog. Now I just want this blog to be a combination of who I am, things I adore, fashion I love, memories, family recipes and adventures. I feel like this blog will have many stages. When I started, it was simply "what I did this weekend", now it's a "this is what I'm wearing everyday" and soon I'm sure it'll be "this is what my kids are up to" and when they graduate and I retire it'll be a "this is my retirement journal". You know? I want this blog to just reflect my daily life... and it's my favorite thing to look back on and it'll be so much fun when I'm even older to look back on my youth.
I use a lot of photographs. I am more of a "visual" person and I want my readers to see what I see on a day-to-day basis. I think using photos in this will help them learn more "about me".
I'm married to honestly the best person I've ever met in my entire life. Hands down. I met him when I was seventeen years old. He played in a band called The Potentials and was their drummer. As a teenager, of course, I lurked his every move on xanga and went to their shows just to see him play drums. I remember he'd be leaning against their band van with his tight jeans, black t-shirt, chucks and long hair. I could have died right then and there. If I would have known that he would be my husband, oh boy. I would have fainted. We were friends, but then truly met up again when I was 19 years old. We started dating, fell in love immediately, were engaged 6 months later and married 8 months after that. I was 21, he was 22 on August 12, 2007. I think some people thought we were crazy and we probably were, but it has been the best life decision I've ever made for myself. We have so much fun together, we are so exact on every level, talk about everything, act like children together and someday we'll be truly fun and adventurous parents. I couldn't have picked a better life partner and I love him more than life itself. And I always will. Plus... could he be any more adorable? I think not! I still drive home fast just to see him and get butterflies when he looks at me, even after 2 1/2 years of marriage, 3 1/2 years of being together. It'll never go away.
I grew up on Lake Michigan, I love Lake Michigan. It's a fresh-water ocean. All my life, I had the luxury of the beach, the beauty, the smell of a beach town. The lake effect, the winters, the summers. It's been a beautiful and wonderful experience living here and I want the same for my children someday. People don't give Michigan the credit it truly deserves. I'm currently living in Grand Haven right now. This is also where Brett grew up and this entire town just reminds me of him and our life together, so I adore it here. It's also right on the lake, tourism is way extravagant here, our beaches are insanely amazing, summers here are like living in the movies.
I went to college in Michigan's 2nd largest city, Grand Rapids. I couldn't wait to leave to go to school here. It's only 30 minutes from us, but just living in this town has been some of the best times of my life. It's gorgeous. There is an amazing punk rock scene here and just downright amazing kids. I'm (still) attending Kendall College of Art & Design which is located right smack dab in the middle of the city. Downtown is my "campus", my wrecking grounds. I love this city so entirely much. This place is more my home than any other city in the world; I know every crack in the sidewalks.
Punk rock has made my life. I started going to shows when I was 14 years old. Now I'm 23 and Brett and I still go to shows. Some of my favorite bands 10 years ago are still some of my favorite bands today. Growing up in Muskegon was kind of a drag sometimes, but the scene there growing up was the best. I couldn't have asked for more. I made some amazing friends, all of my greatest teenage memories and met my husband through my love for music and our community. Brett is in a band, Tall Ships, and it started when we were engaged and they had their first show right after we got back from our honeymoon. It has been one of the best experiences of our lives. Going to shows, seeing Brett up there doing what he is most passionate about. He's a drummer, but he's the vocalist of this band.. and he's amazing. We've made so many friends through this, have traveled a little bit around Michigan, have had some insanely great times. I've even filled in for Brett at some points! It's called Tieka Ships ;) Seriously. Amazing memories because of this.
Other FAQ's? Just ask! I know I didn't address much fashion Q's here, but there's not much to say that I don't provide on a day-to-day basis. My style depends on the weather (especially living in a moody weather state!) and I feel like I like to reflect the outdoors. I love feminine clothes, florals, stripes, polka dots, mixing patterns and textures. I buy way too many jackets. I honestly get most of my inspiration from people I see on the street or from girls that I lurk their blogs. Real street style is most inspirational and I think that's why blogging is so huge. Sometimes its hard for the average girl to see a runway show and walk away with something she can wear in the "real world". That is why I adore blogging and the girls who have true style without being rich. My dream style is to just be this rocker chick with feminine features and can pull off grunge amazingly, but most of the time I'm an earthy, florals, feminine, nature girl. I'd love to say someday I'll be good at both.