What is it about your blog that you are most proud of?
Believing in yourself is something that is easier said than done. I am really proud that I jumped into blogging without hesitation, and believed in myself enough to stay true who I am, what I am passionate about, and the driving force behind why I wanted to blog in the first place. I have always loved fashion, and lifestyle. Blogging was my outlet, and I wanted to be a small piece of inspiration to women who are looking for someone to say, "well if she can do it so can I!"
Where do you live and how has your environment shaped your life?
I jokingly say I live out of my suitcase, and my closet is in Memphis ha! My husband and I are building a house in Memphis, and that will be home base. Both our jobs require us to travel a good bit, but Memphis is our city, our home, and where we always want to come back to. The South, specifically Memphis is a huge part of who I am. Growing up there shaped who I am as a person. I have to come to appreciate the little things that make the South so special.
Who/What has inspired you to start blogging?
Honestly, my biggest inspiration at the beginning was my followers. I was getting so many questions about outfits I was wearing, make up I was using, whose football or basketball game we were going to next, all things Disney, and of course my family. These questions were the inspiration and push I needed to go all in and start blogging. My followers are so loyal, and I really wanted to give them a closer glimpse into all the things I love most. Since then I have a zillion people, places, and things I draw inspiration from.
Are clothes a means of defining yourself or a means of expressing something else?
Fashion has always been a big part of my life. My mom and grandmother, who were both interior designers, had a flair for all things amazingly over the top. I can remember at a really young age thinking how cool they both were with their big 80's belts, and their awesome 90's bedazzled jeans. (which are both back in style) I think it's safe to say I come by my slight obsession with fashion honestly. For me fashion is an outlet to express my creativity, and personality.
“Blogging was my outlet, and I wanted to be a small piece of inspiration to women who are looking for someone to say, "well if she can do it so can I!”
What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear about you?
I don't talk about it a lot but I was a little bit of a jock in high school. I know the movie covers me cheering in high school and college at Ole Miss, but it never talked about my other sports. Most notably and probably surprisingly Pole Vaulting. I started pole vaulting when I was 14 and was a State Champion my Jr. year. It was one of the most fun sports I've ever done. I actually considered doing it in college instead of cheering. Nothing like flying 12 feet through the air while holding nothing but a stick haha!
What is your first impression of the GiGi New York brand?
My husband proposed to me 10 years to the exact day of our first date, which happened to be at a family Christmas party a few days before Christmas. On Christmas his mom still does "Santa" for all of us. Typically she does a nice gift for all the girls in the family and that year the gift was a GiGi tote with our initials on it. All 10 of the totes were displayed out on the table. I kept circling the table trying to find my initials CMT, until everyone started giggling because she had put my new initials CTS on my bag, and I didn't recognize it. That was a special time in our lives, and the GiGi tote sort of sealed the deal so to say. It was the first time I remember thinking, OMG I'm about to be Collins Tuohy Smith.
“I was going to my brothers NFL games that year, and suddenly they announced every stadium would be going to a "clear bag policy." This put a major cramp in my game day style.”
What made you pick the style you chose?
Sports, and everything that encompasses them, have always been a huge part of my life. When I think of the top 10 moments in my life, about 7 of them involve something sports related ...state championships, superbowls, holidays on the road outside of locker rooms, cheering etc. When I started blogging one of the topics I kept coming back to was game day attire. I really wanted to find a way to mesh both my passion for fashion, and sports. I was going to my brothers NFL games that year, and suddenly they announced every stadium would be going to a "clear bag policy." This put a major cramp in my game day style. The bags were ugly, poor quality, and not very functional. This lack of stylish clear bags is what drove me to want to create a line of my own. I knew immediately GiGi would be the perfect brand to team up with. They are family oriented, down to earth, hard working, and beyond creative. I knew they would be able to bring my dream to a reality. We set out to bring a fashionable quality "clear bag approved" collection to the hands of every woman craving that stylish piece to accessorize their Game Day look with.