I’m New York City-born and internationally raised, but I now live in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am passionate about my Catholic faith and the way it inspires me daily, both in my vocation as a wife and mother, and as a writer and creator. The smell of peonies takes me right back to my wedding day. I’ve read a tattered, yard-sale-find copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn every summer since I was 13–my mom must have paid $2 for it, but it’s one of my most prized possessions. I go over my coffee shop budget almost every month, especially when my favorite spot is serving lavender oat milk lattes. I don’t believe in desserts that don’t have chocolate in them. I could watch Audrey Hepburn movies every weekend (and often do). My husband and I met in Austria and share a passion for European travel (his top destination is Ireland; mine is France). I don’t go to a wedding or to the ballet without layering on waterproof mascara. I love Sunday brunch and afternoon tea. I jump at every opportunity to get dressed up, especially since I became a mama and those days are made all the sweeter in their rarity.
Professionally, I have gone from working as a wedding magazine editor, to a wedding industry copywriter, to an in-house copywriter for a fashion brand, to the founder of Maylis, a classic women's shoe collection I launched in 2022. I am passionate about pursuing fulfilling, creative work alongside motherhood and family life—never balancing, always juggling, and striving for grace and gratitude through every season.
I hit “publish” on my first blog post in December 2010 when I was a junior in college, pursuing my degree in magazine journalism. Dreams of writing for a wedding publication, enchantment at the world of blogging I had stumbled upon, and the newfound community that this small platform opened up had me hooked from the very first day. While it has undergone many a transformation since that first post, Something Pretty has been a special corner of the internet to me ever since.
A few of my favorite past blog posts:
I was born in New York City, and my Big Apple beginnings are deeply rooted in my heart. I’d pick a city skyline over the beach or the mountains any day of the week.
My very first magazine feature? A poem I wrote won a contest in American Girl magazine and was published in their June/July 2002 issue.
My something blue on my wedding day was a few blue bonnets from my home state of Texas that my sister (illegally, shh!) picked on the side of the highway and smuggled up to North Carolina in a water bottle. I tucked them into the back of my bouquet.
I did ballet for over a decade, and still can't part with the pile of well-worn pointe shoes I saved.
I cherish few traditions more than weekend brunch, inspired by the hotel brunches I grew up enjoying while living abroad with my family.