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The Fabulous Founder: Wendy Davis
 

I grew up in a trendy suburb outside Detroit. At an early age, I relished dress up day, the one day out of the week that I could wear anything and everything in my mom’s timeless closet, a day where I could pile on the rouge and play dress-up in 3 inch red patent leather pumps, a ‘70s mink stole, and mountains of pearls all at the same time. My environment and the women in the city influenced my love for fashion and all things street style. Visit Detroit anytime and you’ll marvel at the vintage American cars, the eclectic small boutiques, the thrift stores, and the boho-chic ladies who make the cold, gritty cityscape of Detroit more colorful.  After receiving my engineering degree in graduate college and a four-year stint traveling internationally for work, secretly scouting out street styles from across the globe, I longed to pair my desires of fashion with tools that could help everyday women unlock their individual style, that’s how Upstyla came to be.

 

The Design Diva: Rachael Ingram

I'm a fun-loving yet hardworking illustrator and graphic designer. I have a BFA in Illustration with a minor in Graphic Design (2008) and a wealth of experience under my belt. I graduated magna cum laude in 2008 and spent 2.5 years thereafter working for a well-known local retail company as Creative Director. My goal is to just have fun with whatever it is I create, be it a crazy colorful brochure, or a clean and crisp business plan. There I was responsible for all things creative and design-based, as well as the maintenance of the retail website. But I decided to leave that all behind to go my own way in 2011. I've been running my own design company and freelancing since then and haven’t looked back! I've done just about every type of design work, but I'm always up for a challenge.

 

The Visual Genius: Leigh Michael

 

A native of New Jersey, I am a recent transplant to the West Coast who now calls the Bay Area home. While studying English and Photography at Bates College in Maine, I cultivated my passion for street style and fashion photography that you will see in my work with Upstyla. I also developed much expertise in endless winter weather and dining hall food, although I don’t know if I would call those passions. What intrigues me the most about fashion is the remarkable way that people use it in different ways to express themselves across the globe. In addition to being a writer and photographer, I am also a thrift store connoisseur and an avid traveler who loves exploring unique cultures and places that are off-the-beaten path.

 

The Vintage Enthusiast: Casey Lindberg-Coghill

Ever since I was a little girl slipping into the navy “church heels” in my mother’ s closet, I have loved fashion. Never one to follow fads, my sense of fashion is based on personal expression, never on brand names or price tags. I gather inspiration for my own bohemian and vintage-inspired looks from watching vintage films, browsing through thrift stores, and paying attention to those whose styles are unique and all their own.

In addition to blogging for Upstyla, I am a Charlotte-based freelance writer and editor who also runs my own personal style blog, Veggies and Glitter. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was a high school English teacher in coastal South Carolina. When I’m not writing, you will probably find me reading, cooking, or exploring new restaurants and music venues with my husband. I hope that my blogs will provide you with inspiration to express yourself through your own original style and to make your own mark in the world.

 

 

The Californian Dreamer: Sierra Greenman

An ocean dreamer at heart and in real life, I am a self-made businesswoman, writer, and social media expert who loves living in sunny California. I thrive on helping businesses from all over the world achieve their goals and fulfill their visions using social media platforms, writing, and smart business practices.

When I’m not sending out tweets and checking out social media sites, you will probably find me reading, writing, taking a new fitness class, or making trips to Utah or Arizona to spend quality time with my family. In the future, I hope to be able to expand the business I created and travel the globe doing what I do best, which is helping small businesses to succeed.

 

The High-End Fashionista: Silvi B.

For over 10 years now, I have lived my passion for fashion. It consumes me. The very fire of style burns in my veins, with every living moment, every breath spent in pondering upon the very essence of design, the elegance of movement, and the tailored cut of luxury. With my gift for languages, my heightened sense of style and fashion paired with my degree in Business, I travel the world in search of the latest trends, the next big thing from the catwalks of Milan, to the streets of Tokyo and the walkways of Antwerp.

I trade and collect rare, important clothing pieces from the edgiest designers and the great houses of couture. I spend time talking to those who make and set the trend for tomorrow. I connect to those who wear fashion, not to be seen, but because they love what it represents. I am Silvi B; Stylist, Fashionista, Consultant, Blogger, Historian, Collector, Reporter, Businesswoman.

I am Silvi B; Stylist. Fashionista. Consultant. Blogger. Historian. Collector. Reporter. Businesswoman.

 

 

The Texas Rose: Kali J.

My name is Kali, and believe it or not, I didn’t develop a true zeal for fashion and accessories until I was in college. Ironically, I now feel like fashion is an integral part of who I am.

A current resident of Texas and a true country girl at heart, I studied Public Relations and Business at Gonzaga University and the University of Idaho. In addition to being a freelance writer, I am also a mom to two beautiful boys who keep me on my toes! When I’m not writing, you can usually find me at the park playing with my little guys or scouting out new restaurants and ways to stay active in my community.