5 Questions for Grace Atwood, Voice Behind Stripes & Sequins

I always love a good DIY site - especially one like Stripes & Sequins where the smart, witty and sparkle-obsessed lifestyle blogger, Grace Atwood, gets crafty with some of our favorite designers to learn how to make "homemade" versions of their high-priced creations.

Grace Atwood, photo by Lydia Hudgens

Grace Atwood, photo by Lydia Hudgens

Launched as a creative outlet in 2010, Grace uses Stripes & Sequins as a platform to showcase do-it-yourself projects and explore the worlds of fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle.

A DIY project by Grace Atwood. Photo by Lydia Hudgens, courtesy of Stripes & Sequins

A DIY project by Grace Atwood. Photo by Lydia Hudgens, courtesy of Stripes & Sequins

As the queen of runway DIY and reigning head of social media for the popular jewelry site, BaubleBar, Grace has a lot on her accessories filled plate, but she was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer Five Questions for us:

1. Most recent discovery...

Vegan milkshakes at blossom in nyc - they're better than the real thing!

2. Happiest when...

By the water.

3. Best advice I ever received...

If you love something, buy it in multiples!

4. Success looks like...


5. Something very few people know about me...

I'm really shy!

Click here to explore Grace Atwood's world of Stripes & Sequins

In Our Studio: Blue, Naturally

Blue may hold a royal status in ancient history and a dominant role in the fashion world but that's nothing compared to its leading role in the world of nature.

With nature as my inspiration, I played around with multifaceted labradorite to design a necklace inspired by the blues of the sky and sea. 

The result is Azure, a necklace that literally drips with the natural elegance of unexpected beauty.


5 Questions for Katie Chang, Brooklyn's Miomia

Katie Chang and I met a couple of years ago while on a press trip in Vancouver, B.C.

In between the daily excursions to Granville Island and the one-too many food-coma inducing 5-course meals, I learned that Katie, a graduate of Georgetown University, was in the midst of successfully climbing the corporate ladder in D.C., when one day she decided that she'd had enough. 

After finishing her grad school thesis on male grooming trends, Katie packed her bags, left her plush D.C. life, and headed to Brooklyn.

A few months later, Katie opened the doors to her passion project - a 425 square foot unisex apothecary called Miomia

Photo Credit: GQ

Photo Credit: GQ

The Miomia of today is a cozy and familiar apothecary shop on Bedford Street that caters to a hip clientele of artists, musicians and young professionals. Staying true to the roots of the town it established itself in, Katie seeks out smaller, independent brands like Ole Henriksen and Malin + Goetz... Katie recently told GQ, "I can't bring a brand into the store that doesn't have a great story."

As someone who turned her "one-day" dream into reality, I am excited to feature Katie as a part of our 5 Questions series. Read below to find out 5 things you may not have known about Brooklyn's favorite apothecarist. 

1. Favorite discovery....

The Boathouse in Lambertville, New Jersey. It's my favorite bar in the world.

2. Go-to vacation spot...

I don't go often enough, but I have a really soft spot for Bucks Country. Maine's pretty rad, too.

3. Happiest when...

Nothing makes me happier than enjoying good food and drink with the people I love.

4. Best advice I ever received...

Like many other first-time business owners, I was spinning when I opened up shop. The best bit of advice I received was to be flexible and open to change. Thanks, Steve Minnig.

5. Something very few people know about me...

I'm camera-shy, and for the most part, don't like my photo being taken.

Check out shopmiomia.com online or read Katie's freelance work at katieshewrote.com and next time you're in Brooklyn, stop by 318 Bedford Ave to see Katie for the latest beauty products!