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For this edition of “We’re Inspired By”, we head to Georgia to meet up with Falon, a single, working mom, who discovered Gwynnie Bee right around getting a promotion – meaning she needed a new working wardrobe. Read on to hear Falon’s story and see what she’s wearing from GB right now.
Tell our readers a little bit about yourself!
I’m a single mom living in Georgia, I’m very family-oriented and close to my parents. I grew up working in the family business and training and teaching martial arts, but now I work in a more typical Corporate America job in the Financial Field. So, big change from never wearing shoes and working in pajamas, to always dressing and being in heels everyday! I’m a very creative person and I like to design and make costumes for my hobby. My big mommy vacation is to go to DragonCon in Atlanta and cosplay as Ursula the Sea Witch.
What inspired you to become a Gwynnie Bee member?
One of my friend’s mom who’s known me for many, many years (and is like another mother to me) tagged me on Facebook in one of those sponsored posts. She didn’t even know what Gwynnie Bee was – she just saw this beautiful dress and thought I would like it. After I actually read the post and understood what Gwynnie Bee was about, I decided to try the 30-day trial. After the first outfit came through, I was hooked. So, thank you Becky!
What has your Gwynnie Bee experience been like thus far?
All my experiences so far with Gwynnie Bee have been positive even on the extremely rare occasion that something is wrong with the garment. The customer service is always amazing.
How has Gwynnie Bee changed the way you approach fashion? Growing up I was very much a tomboy and didn’t really care much about fashion until I got to be an older teenager. Even then I remember making a lot of my own outfits because my sense of fashion didn’t fit in with what was selling in stores and was popular. As I got older and it became harder to find clothes that fit well and we’re good quality. I kind of got into a rut wearing the same boring things, or hand-me-downs for my mom’s closet. So, Gwynnie Bee didn’t necessarily change the way I approach fashion but gave me my own sense of fashion back. It gave me a way that I can afford to try new things and expand my options.
What pieces have you been most excited to receive? Has any piece surprised you with how much you love it?
Honestly, I get excited over every piece that comes. Probably the biggest surprise is a lot of the pieces that I have bought are extremely girly and have a lot of pink. Most of my friends will tell you I’m not a super girly girl and usually don’t wear pink! So Gwynnie Bee has defied my status quo, and I love it!!
How would you describe your sense of style? What influences your fashion sense?
I think my sense of style is constantly changing and evolving. I think one of the biggest struggles is being a young mother and wanting to still dress young and cool, but age appropriate at the same time. Most stores you go to, the clothing for plus size women is either very matronly and would work well in my mother’s closet. or way too young and high school. My sense of fashion is definitely very bold. My style icons are Mindy Kaling, Kelly Osbourne, and Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds. I have co-workers and customers all the time tell me how I remind them of Penelope especially when I wear my glasses!
Who are the women who inspire you?
Obviously, I’ve mentioned the women that are my fashion icons and they definitely inspire me in many ways, but actually the women that inspire me the most are my friends – the everyday women and moms that are strong, even with the struggles that they go through. I’m inspired by, and love, my friend’s moms, and all my mother figures, especially, my mom. Women that march to the beat of their own drum and who are unapologetically themselves every day. But most of all, my granny, who always loved me and encouraged me to be bold and be myself. She would often tell me that I was beautiful and, if I felt like I look hot in my outfit, damn what anybody else said. She used to say, “I used to be a young hot thing. Show everybody what the women in our family are like!”
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Photography by: Liz Bond Photography