So anywho, after Robin and I reconnected online, I learned that she's made this wonderfully creative life for herself. Not to sound like a know-it-all, but I'm not surprised at all. Back in high school, in the suburbs of Atlanta, she was one of the most fashionable ladies around. She took risks that no one else would dare to take, and she always rocked it out. She seemed so comfortable with herself (the opposite of myself at that time), and I always admired her individuality.
Back then, if someone had told me where her life path would take her, I would have nodded and said, "Yes, that sounds about right." Where did her journey take her? Well, lots of really cool places.
Here's a bit of her backstory (taken from her About page):
Last year, I married a South African after a three-year long distance relationship and moved to the UK. We now live in a second floor flat in east London. I write digital fashion + lifestyle content for Refinery29, We Are The Market, The Cheap Chicas Guide to Style, SHK Magazine,Keep.com, and more (here are my writing clips!)
Before that, I was living in New York and worked at Refinery29. Before that, I had my own start-up accessories line which sold at Anthropologie and Hendri Bendel. Before that, I worked at Teen Vogue.
Pretty fabulous, right? So, lets learn a bit more about Robin.
Read below for the inside scoop on all things Robin Reetz and Second Floor Flat...
I've always worked in the fashion editorial world, so writing is nothing new for me. Second Floor Flat started when I moved to London from New York in the summer 2012. While I have both my husband and my incredible friends here, I had left a hectic job and a large social group in New York. I basically started the blog as a creative outlet and to keep me busy in my downtime. It worked!
Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
Is it cheesy to say everywhere? It is, but everywhere! I have a giant Bloglovin' roll and follow tons of great bloggers, and living in another country means there's never a shortage of inspiration.
What's your favorite blog post/article you've ever written, and why (include a link)?
My favorite post was actually written a few weeks ago on a whim - one of those things where you just start typing after having too much coffee. It's about an experience I had auditioning for a commercial.
My goal is for my blog to feel relatable, and I struggle sometimes to get over the self-awareness factor, but I think I succeeded here.
If you could study under anyone for a year, who would it be?
Probably Wes Anderson. I would love to know what his creative process is like, and also how he keeps himself organized. His movies are so incredibly detailed, that I can’t even wrap my head around the process from idea to post-production. Fascinating, I tell ya.
What's your biggest guilty pleasure?
The Bachelor/Bachelorette enterprise, except I'm not a bit guilty about it. Sorry I'm not sorry, but I love that show.
How do you stay balanced? How do you unwind?
I'm terrible at this, especially with the time difference between London and the eastern coast of the U.S., which is where most of the companies I work for are based and where my family lives. I’m often on my laptop much later than I should be. Is it bad to say a glass of wine?
If you were exiled to a desert island and could only bring 3 things, what would they be (have to ask it because I love this question!)?
Lip balm - I can't focus on anything if my lips are chapped, a cardigan because I'm always cold, no matter the climate, and probably my husband. Sounds cheesy, but I'd need somebody to goof off with.
Words of wisdom you live by?
Who dares wins.
Want to learn more about Ms. Reetz? Here's where you can find her:
Thanks for telling me all about it, Robin! So glad we've reconnected now that we're both all grown up (haha...).