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Meet the We Heart It Community Coordinators: Lillian from Philadelphia

June 13, 2016

Hey Hearters!

Continuing the all-star series on our Community Coordinators, we bring you Lillian from Philadelphia – the city of brotherly love, home of the famous cheesesteak, a vibrant art scene, and so much more. We recently sat down with Lillian and learned a whole lot about her hip musical tastes, latest style crush, and fun bucket list to get you motivated for the summer season. Her entertaining and insightful stories will empower you to “follow your dreams and do what makes you happy.”

So..whatever you’re working on, push past your fears and be open to discovering!

Hey there, Lillian! Share with us: How did you come to We Heart It?
I initially stumbled upon We Heart It some time between 2010 and 2011. I officially became a “Hearter” in 2013, and found out about the Community Coordinator role on Instagram in March of 2015. At the time, We Heart It was looking for US-based Community Coordinators in the Miami and Houston areas. Loving We Heart It and being curious, I decided to take a leap of faith and reached out via email to see if We Heart It was looking for anyone in the Philadelphia area. They weren’t hiring in my city then and said they would keep me in mind if the opportunity arises.

A few weeks go by and the We Heart It Community Manager, Chelsea, reaches back out to me for an interview and thought I would be a great fit for the role with my background in public relations and social media. The moral of the story is to never give up, keep your hopes high and do not ever let fear come in the way of striving for your dreams, because they can come true!

What prompts you to create a collection? Are there specific collections you would like the We Heart It community to check out?
I really like organizing and collections are a great tool to do just that. They make it so simple for me to locate an image on my canvas by topic – similar to creating a photo album for any specific event.

I enjoy looking at images in my Look Book collection because it inspires me to put together the perfect outfit for the day. It also allows me to gather all of my style thoughts into one place by hearting what screams out to me while browsing fashion inspirations on We Heart It.

I also love flipping through my Florals & Greenery collection because there is something about flowers that give me an extra pep in my step. Especially, peonies…I looove any variation of them! Florals not only brighten my mood, but also bring character into a space.

Cherry Blossoms

Who on We Heart It has impressed you?
Definitely Rasa Virvičiūtė a.k.a. aimerose from Lithuania, who is currently residing in the French Riviera. She is a full-time style, beauty, and travel blogger. So, it didn’t surprise me that her sense of style and canvas aesthetic is very much clean, chic, timeless and simply flows. She hearts a lot of fashion, cosmetics, and travel related images – that I adore! Her collections are so put together and certainly make a statement. Deserving of a lovely shout-out!

What outside of We Heart It inspires you?
All things beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and pop culture related interests me. I am obsessed with watching beauty/fashion hauls, monthly favorites and daily vlogs on YouTube. These ladies on YouTube really inspire me to step outside of my comfort zone, think outside of the box and get creative; the only limit is yourself.

Since you’re big into fashion, who is your style crush?
I really love Los Angeles-based Fashion and Lifestyle blogger, Julie Sariñana. Her blog and brand goes by Sincerely, Jules. She’s a fashion enthusiast/globetrotter and the imagery she captures is amazing. Julie has a really creative eye and the places she travels to and clothing she wears inspires me. As she says, “Dream, Believe, Achieve. Even though what she captures is fancy and luxurious, I enjoy recreating those styles in a budget-friendly way.

Lillian by the NYC pier

Can you tell us about some of your interests, hobbies or musical tastes?
Reality TV shows are currently my guilty pleasure, I am watching The Bachelorette and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. As for music, I used to only be into pop music, but have since expanded my interests and now listen to a mix of genres. I really like the up and coming artist and songwriter, Bebe Rexah, who has done popular collaborations with well-known songwriters and musicians. She attended the same college as I did and during that time she was offered a music opportunity to work with Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, who created a band called Black Cards. She was a vocalist in the band and is now working on her solo career and making some amazing music. A one of a kind voice, totally worth the listen.

What are your career interests and how have your goals evolved over time?
During high school, I got accepted into an organization called The Academy of Finance, which is a nationally recognized business program for high school students. I felt so accomplished because only 60 juniors were accepted into the program each year. The program preps you for a career in business whether it is accounting, finance, banking or marketing.

I decided to major in accounting during college because my parents thought it would be a stable career for me. I interned for a private business management/accounting firm that specialized in working with famous actors and film producers for 3.5 years. My colleagues treated each other like family and the company perks were amazing, but I just didn’t feel like it was the right career path for me. Being a born and raised New Yorker, people would think the corporate world would be a great fit. But for me? Not so much. There wasn’t much room for creativity.

I have a very bubbly personality and I love getting creative whether it is creating DIY projects and/or editing pictures + videos. So, mid-way through college I had an epiphany and couldn’t imagine continuing my studies in something I wasn’t truly passionate about. I ended up changing my major to corporate communications, which lead me to interning for the fashion & lifestyle public relations department at a communications agency in New York City.

I learned about how much creativity goes into building a campaign and how much fun it could also be. Later on, I got an opportunity to work full-time for a boutique public relations company. The skills I have gained in public relations and social media have been beneficial in a variety of other areas as well. Again, don’t be afraid to follow your dreams and do what makes you happy.

“Love what you do. Do what you love.”

What are you looking forward to this summer season?
1. Seeing what new beauty/fashion trends will arise (I’m sure vibrant lips and crop tops will return to the scene). I’ve been loving the dewy skin look and trying to perfect my highlighting skills.

2. Of course, spending time with family + friends – making priceless memories together.

3. Celebrating my golden birthday.

4. Quite possibly launching a blog and getting re-inspired to create more content for my YouTube channel.

5. Dining al fresco, picnics, and barbecues in the sun.

and last but not least, making final touches to prepare for my wedding day this fall – I couldn’t be more excited to finally be marrying the love of my life!

And that’s a wrap. Want to connect with Lillian? Follow her on We Heart It. She would love to hear from other Hearters across the globe, don’t be shy – send her a postcard!

Meet more of the community team:
Anka | Liza | Outi
Spotlight

Mickey Guyton Shares Thoughts on Inspiration, Staying Optimistic and Reaching Beyond The Stars

October 9, 2015

We sat down with Arlington, Texas native, musician Mickey Guyton to chat inspiration, personal style and shooting for your dreams. “She believed she could so she did,” Mickey is the next big thing to hit the country music scene. She made her first national television appearance on stage at the White House during an all-star concert and spent this past summer touring with Grammy winner & country superstar Brad Paisley. With all of these amazing achievements falling into place, we’re pretty sure Mickey has even greater things up her sleeves – on the way. Not only is she down-to-earth, but her enthusiasm is so infectious. She simply has a beautiful soul. Follow us through Mickey’s We Heart It interview and learn how you can keep your spirits high, too.

Do you have a creative process or routine, or do you write and create most when it’s least expected?
I usually have a routine. Whenever I’m in town I try to schedule writing sessions with some of my favorite writers. I always have my iPad full of song title ideas, my journal and my guitar with me – the essentials!

What advice would you give the younger generation working towards their dreams?
My biggest advice is to never give up. It sounds cliché but it is seriously so true. You never know when that big opportunity is going to come, it may just be around the corner. Also, try not to compare your journey to other people’s, that can really mess with your head and it’s important to keep focused on your goal.

Where do you find inspiration for your music?
From life – everyday in life there’s a song. We’re all the same. We may be different but we all go through a lot of the same stuff. My journal is huge when it comes to my songwriting. It is full of inspirational quotes, and entries about what’s going on in my life. It’s so important to look back, reflect and be able to see what you’ve gone through and how you’ve grown from it. That’s actually what inspired me to write my song “Unbreakable,” just flipping through my journal. Also, listening to other tunes can be so inspiring. I love all types of music and pop music right now is great. I get a bunch of ideas there.

Besides music, what other creative outlets do you enjoy? We noticed you have an excellent sense of personal style!
Aww, thank you! Well, I do love to shop – especially on a budget. It’s a nice challenge to be able to find cool stuff that’s really affordable. Mainly, music is my fun… I try to dance when I’m on stage and I have a blast doing that. Being near my friends and their personalities… They all do different things and are creative in their own ways – they just inspire me so much.

What is your favorite part about performing?
Being able to see people’s responses and feeding off of the energy from the crowd is an amazing feeling. Meeting people after the show, as well. More than anything, it’s knowing that my music (and doing something I love) is able to touch someone else and have a positive impact on their lives, in that moment, even if it’s just one person.

Describe your ideal on-stage outfit.
I love shorts and flowy tops – and HEELS. I literally won’t go on stage without heels on. In the fall, I love a good hat.

How do you stay in touch with family and friends at home when you’re on the road?
My good ole cell phone! I always try to take time to catch up with my friends and family. Ultimately, they are the most important. It can definitely get lonely out on the road! A lot of my family and friends have been able to make it to at least one show. It’s nice traveling to different cities and seeing different friendly and familiar faces out in the crowd.

Who are your musical influences?
Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Whitney Houston, Carrie Underwood – women with big voices, I am immediately drawn to them. They are all just so amazing – incredible singers and also, strong women.

We Heart It is a positive place for inspiration. Any advice for Hearters on how you stay positive?
Whenever something negative comes into my life, I face it head on, deal with it, hurt over it and move on. Everything happens for a reason and everything always works out the way it was meant to. You have to embrace the hurt because it makes you appreciate the good that much more. “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain,” as Dolly says. I also surround myself with positive people – it’s important to have those people who lift you up.

You’re a trailblazer in country music. Any advice for other young women who want to succeed in a male-dominated world?
You just have to focus on those dreams, stay driven. It definitely gets hard, but never give up, always fight and believe in yourself!

 

About a year before Mickey Guyton even existed in this universe, we heard it from Toni Basil herself: “Oh Mickey, you’re so fine. You’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey!” Toni obviously knew, one day, someone remarkable by the name of Mickey would make her mark on the world. Stay up-to-date and connected with Mickey through her We Heart It canvas!

Spotlight

Rachel Platten on Loving Yourself, Taylor Swift and Why She Loves We Heart It

August 27, 2015
Rachel Platten - We Heart It

She’s a fighter! Rachel Platten has the biggest song of the year with “Fight Song.” We can’t get enough of this girl power anthem which we premiered right here on We Heart It. Rachel loves We Heart It and uses her own collections for ideas. The singer’s career has skyrocketed since “Fight Song” and after taking the stage with Taylor Swift and performing at the Teen Choice Awards, she has no plans on slowing down. While on the road—and currently on crutches from jumping off the stage—Rachel spoke to us about how “Fight Song” changed her life and how you can be inspired too! — An interview by Sowmya Krishnamurthy

“Fight Song” is such a powerful song. We loved it from the first time we heard it.  What inspired you to write it?

I was kind of at the end of my rope. I was going through such a hard time, doubting myself. I had this decision to make: Do I keep going [as a singer] or do I quit? “Fight Song” is this decision, this separation that I was gonna keep fighting and believing in myself.

Before you debuted your “Fight Song” lyric video with We Heart It last summer, you hearted several lyric images onto your canvas.  The lyrics have been very powerful on We Heart It. Many images have over 20,000 hearts. Why do you think Hearters gravitate to this song?

I don’t know if I have the answer other than it came from such a real place in me. I just needed that reminder and maybe it’s not just me. Maybe it’s universal. Maybe we all need to be reminded of our own strength and we need to believe in ourselves and not give up. We’re all hurting. We’re all fighting these great battles and we keep a lot of them private. I think “Fight Song” lets people open up and declare, “Actually I am facing the same thing I want to overcome but guess what? I’m going to keep fighting for it and keep going.”

Last year, you told Hearters to “Find something you love, work hard at it, harder than you ever thought you could, but not for anyone else other than you.” What advice do you have for us now on achieving your dreams?

That’s good advice! [Laughs]. Oh my gosh. [Now], the same thing but with even more hope. It works! Hard work pays off. That work–yes it feels lonely and yes it can feel like it’s only you out there–but I truly believe that you will be rewarded for all of the energy and effort you put in, especially if what you’re doing is coming from your heart.

A lot of fans are now learning about your earlier music like “1,000 Ships,” “Nothing Ever Happens” and “Begin Again” and new ones like “Lone Ranger” or “Congratulations.” Besides “Fight Song,” do you have a personal favorite?

“Congratulations.” I just love that song. I wrote it when I was in a really big fight with someone close to me and I’m pretty bad in fights. I’ll either get passive aggressive or I’ll back off and get intimidated. This song is about that feeling of “I can’t give anymore. You win.”

You’re very confident and self-assured now. Were you always like this? If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 15-year- old self?

I wasn’t always so confident. Not even close. I remember being so insecure and so unsure of myself when I was a teenager. I just never felt that I was smart enough or pretty enough or talented enough. I look back on that now, I wish I could hug that person and tell her to ease up on herself. Sometimes I’m still hard on myself now and maybe 40-year-old me will look back and want to hug me like, “Give yourself a break! You’re doing a really good job.”

What’s been the most unexpected thing you’ve learned over the past year?

How much strength I have. I had a trip in London (my first international trip promoting my music) and a 5-day intense stretch. I was worried my voice wouldn’t hold up and my energy level wouldn’t hold up because I was coming off a tour and flew right back onto a show. I remember being afraid of that. The end of the week came and my voice was in perfect shape and my body was feeling great. I was so proud of how much energy I had. I think what’s changed is what I think I’m capable of and how much confidence I have.

We love your “ART STYLE INSPIRATION” Collection on your Canvas.  Where do you find inspiration for your collections?

I made several collections a year ago before all of this was going on. I’ve gotten to watch myself online on We Heart It. It’s interesting to see what I hearted a year ago. I’ve always been into encouraging myself and empowering myself with images. It’s how I kept going in this career. I think I pick things that make my soul feel good whether it’s nature or fashion I’m drawn to that makes me feel like a badass. I have a whole style inspiration page on We Heart It that I use for my photoshoots for my album. A lot of those images are motorcycle boots and distressed t-shirts and leather jackets. Women kind of in this rock and roll but also feminine vibe.”

How would you describe your collections?

A lot of my stuff is feminine and encouraging and edgy.

You’re friends with Taylor Swift and performed “Fight Song” with her for a crowd of over fifty thousand people. That’s pretty amazing. What was that like?

It was incredible. Taylor is an amazing, amazing woman. She’s so kind. She’s generous and giving and inspirational. Getting to play with her was honestly amazing. It was amazing.

What do you Heart most about Taylor Swift?

She’s kept so true to her core beliefs. She wants her fans to feel empowered and it doesn’t matter how big she’s gotten. She gives her fans that message every night.

What’s next for you?

The album’s coming in the fall. We’re putting the finishing touches on it now. I’m really excited for everyone to hear these songs. I’m so proud of them. I have a new single coming out in September.