Posted on by Megan Wilson

Welcome to the first blog post in our "Meet the Model" series. Sweetest Stitch is smitten with our team of sweeties who help bring our clothes to life. Just like our brand, these ladies call the Richmond, Virginia area home.  In this creative and cultural city, they have blossomed into beautiful women who are funny, driven, and--you guessed it--sweet. 

 

Today, we'll meet Lauri, a Richmond-area native. She is the witty voice and bubbly personality behind Richmond's Yelp community.  Her cat's name is Justin Timberlake, her mom is her style icon, and fittingly for this #rvadine guru, she has some tips on where to eat your sweets in Richmond.

Let's dive in:

Where did you grow up? I was born and raised right here in Glen Allen, Virginia. I went to college at Virginia Tech, then came right back because I love it so much.
 
When did you first fall in love with fashion? I always remember my mom being really fashionable while I was growing up. Her work outfits were so chic and tailored. Ralph Lauren was (and still is) her fashion icon so there was a navy blue and white classic, nautical side to her fashion sense that I loved. My initial love for fashion came from seeing the care that she took in looking fabulous everyday! 
 
What is your favorite clothing item you own? This is such a hard question. It would probably have to be my black and brown Michael Kors riding boots. Other than being such an important versatile staple piece in my wardrobe, they represent the reward of hard work! I had seen someone else wearing those boots and I promised myself that I would be able to have them one day. So, when I got my first pay check from my first big girl job out of college, I set aside enough money to buy these boots. I drove all the way up to Tyson's Corner and paid cash for them. They were my first pair of high quality, real leather boots and every time I wear them, I'm reminded of the importance of setting a goal and going after it!  
 
What is your favorite Sweetest Stitch item on the site? My favorite item on the site is the Your Best Angle Top, and not just because I'm modeling it! It's super soft and comfy and the perfect transitional piece between seasons. I think it would even be great to wear over a bathing suit while on vacation this summer! 

fresh fruit cake from ShyndigzWhat is your favorite sweet treat? A Top Hat cupcake from Pearl's Cupcake Shoppe or Fresh Fruit Cake from Shyndigz!

 

If you could tell anything to your high school self, what would it be? Blend your eyeshadow. 

 

What was the last sweet gesture you did for someone else? I surprised my best friend who is obsessed with The Lion King (and even has a Hakuna Matata tattoo) with tickets to see the broadway show when it comes to Richmond! 
 
What is your favorite beauty secret? The Love Lettuce fresh face mask from Lush. Everything they make is amazing, but after using a Love Lettuce mask, you'll be glowing so much, everyone will have to wear sunglasses to see you! 

 

Be the first to score this fun chambray dress modeled in this post! We hope it will Make The Cut! Then, stay tuned on Wednesday to meet Shasta, a blonde beauty who is also a blushing bride-to-be!