You know by now about my passion for Instagram and how I take my social medium of preference seriously. I have found another gem and started a pen-pal friendship.
Dawn Gallagher is a fashion model turned role model, she embodies beauty, fashion, creativity and love for color and beauty.
She uses her voice to give voice to whom doesn't have it by giving back to craftsmen with fair trade practices. And just because we are entering the season of giving, I suggest you visit her site www.dawngallager.com and shop away with a cause.
She is the embodiment of style and substance.
DG - My style is all about comfort. I have a 7 year old and I am running around with her, so my shoes and my clothes need to be commfortable during the day. At night, i like to dress up when I am going to an event. I don;t want to walk around as a designer label head to toe. I like to mix and match expensive with inexpensive and unique. For example, I love to pair a Gucci dress with a beautiful artisan pair of earrings made in another culture. (It's all in my website dawngallagher.com)
Your first fashion moment
DG - When I was 17 and went to Rome to shoot the Italian Bazaar collections and worked with all the best designers. I thought ... wow! This is the epitome of fashion
Your muse, or icon of inspiration
DG - Valentino and Chanel
Do you recall the moment when you set yourself free from preconceived limitations and started being who you wanted to be.
DG - I guess that comes with age. You realize you don't have to dress for other people and you are free to dress for yourself. It doesn't matter what people think. I am not trendy or a trend setter, but rather a non conformist who does not follow trends. I don't care what color is IN right now, I care about what color looks good on me and what I feel good in. I am free to be me.
The piece of advice you wish you had received
DG - I wish when i was younger i had the freedom to experiment and dress however I liked, to use more of my creativity. My 7 year old is so creative and has been since she was three. I let her wear what she wants with no filter and she always looks so chic. I asked her why she loves to dress in lots of colors and mixed patterns, she said: "Mommy, I dress according to how I feel inside" I think that was great advice I wish I had the freedom to explore when I was younger. So now I dress and experiment with colors and patterns I would have never tried before. I guess I am using my creativity like a child.
"There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women" - Madeleine Albright
DG - AGREED
"We don't follow trends, we set them"
DG - I Like people who set trends without even trying, like kate Moss.
"You never leave home without ..."
DG - My red lipstick, it gives me a pop of color and it makes me happy.