Here's why you should: Not only is Robin Reetz one fashionable chick, she's also inspiring us as the writer behind one of our favorite design/life/fashion blogs, Second Floor Flat. In addition to featuring emerging designers and promoting responsible fashion and lifestyle choices on her own blog, Robin writes and edits for publications like DesignGood and Clementine Daily.
When we caught up with her, she gave us a peek into her life as a writer and shared some wisdom about overcoming the challenges that can make it hard to achieve your goals!
1. What is the best part of your job as a fashion and design blogger?
Community, hands down. I avoided having a blog for years because something about it felt a little surface level to me. When I finally broke down and started my blog a couple of years ago, I was feeling homesick after going through a big move and several changes in my life. I was blown away to discover such a supportive and engaging community online, and it’s something I marvel at every single day. [Read more about Robin's love for the online community in this essay she wrote for Clementine Daily]
2. You’ve been blogging and writing about fashion for a while – how did you get started? Did you know you always wanted to write?
I did! It’s such a cliché but it was one of those things I always knew I wanted to do. Fashion used to be my main interest, and now that’s grown to include design, beauty, home, and the general lifestyle market as well. I studied fashion in college and interned at as many magazines as I possibly could to get the experience I wanted and gain the connections I needed. So far it’s worked out pretty well!
3. What is one thing you would go back and tell your eighteen-year-old self if you could?
Keep going! Looking back I’m proud to think about the chances I took and the things I did professionally when I was in college – despite being an introvert and feeling nervous almost constantly. I would just say keep going, stay confident, and don’t second guess yourself.
4. The biggest challenge you ever faced (either professionally or personally)?
Going off of what I just mentioned, I would say the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced personally and professionally would be my tendency to be a nervous and slightly reserved person – an extroverted introvert, if you will. It’s something that gets easier over time, but even today I get nervous before professional phone calls and meetings. Obviously that’s a big part of everyday professional life, so learning to put myself in situations that make me feel uncomfortable on a regular basis and learning to overcome those situations and cope with them is something I’m proud of.
5. We’ve gotten a few great podcast recommendations from your blog – what is one podcast or podcast episode that inspired you or changed your outlook on design (or life)?
Great question! I’m a big Fresh Air fan and listen to it every single day, so that podcast has inspired me in countless ways. It’s hard to nail down a specific episode, but I also listen to Jessica Murnane’s One Part Podcast and The Lively Show regularly for inspiration in food, life, and career, and I would encourage anyone who’s interested in design, the creative world, or even entrepreneurship to listen to every episode of Grace Bonney’s After The Jump – it’s hugely insightful and inspiring.
6. What advice would you give to young girls who have an interest in writing and want to pursue a career in it?
Write as much as you can. It’s a piece of advice you receive often as a young writer but it’s common because it’s true. The only way you’ll ever find your voice as a writer is to write, and write again, and then write some more. Otherwise, I would say don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. If you see a site you’d like to write for, a job you’d like to have, or a company you’d like to be involved with, get in touch and let them know what you think.
7. And finally, if you could design any change in the world, what would it be?
What a question! I would encourage people to be more empathetic, and to really think about what they’re doing, and why they’re doing it before they make a choice – even when it comes to seemingly basic things like where you shop or what products you buy. Even the smallest of actions can have huge consequences.