I am so glad y’all are back or just joining us for Living In Grace and Style’s fun series called Graceful Glance! Where I interview extraordinary women on their journey to accomplishing their dreams and hearts desires. As well as showing how they do it with God by their side! We will also talk about their personal fashion style! So with that I could not be more excited than to introduce you to today’s interviewee Whitney Allard owner of Dear Paisley!
I simply met her through Instagram we just seemed to click and hit it off from the beginning especially having similar fashion tastes and loving God didn’t hurt either. So let’s dive into this fun interview with this amazing woman with a heart of GOLD!
H: How long have you had Dear Paisley?
W: We are fairly new, we opened up July 1 of this year!
(Oh wow that is awesome! I completely adore your style sense and lines of clothes you have!)
H: What or who inspired you to start Dear Paisley?
W: I have always had a love of fashion and a love of putting outfits together. When I graduated high school I knew I wanted to own a boutique one day.
H: Did you have to seek any advice from anyone to get started?
W: When I first thought about doing this, I really just took it upon myself to figure out what I wanted to do and how I wanted it done. It may not be the right way, but it’s been the best way for me so far…my motto through it all has been “wingin it” hehe. A family friend has offered me great advice on being your own boss and making your dreams a reality.
(Whitney that is truly amazing and shows your heart! I tend to use the “wingin it” method from time to time too! Sometimes you just have to do all you can and roll! Haha! )
H: Who has been your biggest supporter?
W: Definitely my husband and my family. They have stuck behind me through everything and have cheered me on the entire way. I call my mom daily and ask for her opinion on things and she is always more than willing to help me out.
(I love it there is nothing like the support of those closest to you!)
H: What are some of your favorite products in your store right now?
W: I love all the bohemian jewelry that we have, if I could own one of each…I WOULD! I’m totally lovin our Tye Dye Fringe V-neck and all of our graphic tees (I’m a graphic tee JUNKIE)
(Whitney we might be soul sisters for real! I love a great graphic tee you can style it to any vibe you want!!)
H: What challenges have you faced and how did God help you get through them?
W: My biggest challenge has been getting the word out about our website. I have been praying every single day that God will open doors for me and literally over night I had 2 opportunities that I could not pass up. Hannah being one of them when she contacted me about doing this blog. She truly was an answered prayer and I will forever be grateful!
(Oh that blesses my heart Whitney! I am so glad God brought us together through Instagram! I truly adore your boutique and you as well!)
H: What is a scripture have you stood on while you were starting Dear Paisley?
W: As I was praying one day I remembered a verse “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8. I love this because I want to be a blessing with this business. I want to be able to look to God to provide for me so that I can help be a blessing to someone in need.
(Oh how I love this scripture it reminds me of a term my dad used to say! Blessed to be a blessing! I love it!)
H: Do you have something you would like to share with our readers?
W: I would want to tell anyone with a dream, GO FOR IT!! Nothing is too big or too small for God. He wants us to live out our dreams. Our Pastor recently posted these words on Facebook “No freshly spoken Word of God that comes to you will be impossible. It comes to you with the power to produce results all by itself! -Scott Johnson” I believe that with my whole heart and it gives me such joy to know that God wouldn’t give us dreams just to watch us fail! So start chasin!!!!
I truly believe those are some wise wise words! Readers don’t ever give up keep chasin! Be those Goal Diggers! Thank you so much for sharing with us about Dear Paisley and how God has helped you start to build a business! We could probably go on and on but let’s change gears for a minute and talk about your personal style!!!
H: How would you describe your personal style?
W: I love anything bohemian right now. That look is absolutely adorable and super fun!
H: What is your favorite go to outfit or style?
W: I’m a total sucker for a good graphic tee, a duster, and some distressed jeans with booties.
(Can I just say “AMEN SISTER! Haha!)
H: What’s your fashion weakness?
W: Anything turquoise and I love comfy tshirts, the possibilities are endless with a good tshirt.
(I could not agree with you more!)
H: Who is someone you look up to fashion wise?
W: I love Carrie Underwood, not only is she gorgeous, her outfits always look AMAZING.
H: What is a 1 piece of advice you could offer readers about fashion?
W: Don’t go with the flow, if you like something, rock it because more than likely someone will be copying you VERY soon 😉 All you have to do is be yourself and live the story that no one else can live the story of your own unique life be proud be confident and most of all be happy.
Wise wise words Whitney! I cannot thank you enough for joining us today on Living In Grace and Style! I am truly honored and blessed to have you be a part and share you story and style with us! To check out more and keep up to date with Whitney and Dear Paisley be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram as well as check out her website! Remember to always stay true to who you are and never stop chasing your dreams! The sky is truly the limit and on your journey to those dreams you might as well look stylish and fabulous as well!