Mandy and I met as members of Meagan Hooper's BSmart Guide, an incredible platform that supports and connects young professional women (join here!), where Mandy is a contributing writer as well as a social media consultant. Mandy has also done creative work and consulting for brands like Seventeen and MTV, and was recently named in the "20 under 20" list, featuring The Prospect's picks for twenty teens changing the world. That's right! Mandy is just now starting her freshman year at High Point University, where she will study strategic communication and graphic design, and continue building and trailblazing her already impressive path as a young professional woman.
When Mandy and I started discussing our collaboration and what prints we wanted to design, two of her favorite quotes and mottos immediately came to her mind: "sassy, optimistic and a little bit darling" and "stay quirky" -- and I loved both! Pair them with my calligraphy, lettering, illustrations of pineapples and a flamingo (because, well, we're obsessed!), and a hint of gold glitter...and voila! Our #TQCxVLH collaboration was born.
I asked Mandy what the quotes mean to her:
After searching for a response to the common question, "How do you describe yourself?", I decided on these three words. They perfectly capture who I am and who I strive to be. Embrace what makes you sassy, optimistic, and a little bit darling. Life is better when you are fully who you are.
^ a close-up look at the digital gold glitter we added to make this one extra special.
What about "stay quirky"?
I was extremely bullied growing up. I was even bullied out of my old high school freshman year. Going through something as traumatic as bullying demolished my confidence. When I realized I allowed the haters to take away the personality traits that I once cherished, I knew I needed to change. From that day forward I have stopped apologizing for being myself and I have started celebrating all of my quirks. My blog has played a big part in uniting me with my inner confidence. The whole mission behind my blog is to inspire others to be confident in what makes them unique. We live in a society that views our individualities as flaws, but I firmly believe what makes us different, or quirky as I would say, is also what makes us special. To me, the phrase "stay quirky" means to stay true to yourself and always follow your heart - no matter how eccentric you may be.
I am truly honored to haved help design these important reminders of encouragement, celebrating individuality. All three prints are perfect to hang in dorm rooms, bedrooms, offices, or homes! They make exceptional gifts as well. Available for a limited time, you can either purchase a downloadable PDF to print yourself, or one that's already been printed on gorgeous luxe paper that can be shipped to your door. Don't forget to snap and share how you style your print by using #TQCxVLH and tagging @mjengelman and @ihartvirginia!
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*all pictures of Mandy are by Bill Payne