A Chicago native, I graduated from Syracuse University in 2008 with degrees in magazine journalism and psychology with big dreams of editing at Vanity Fair or The New Yorker. My inherent wanderlust blossomed after spending a semester in London, so post-graduation, I decidedly packed a U-Haul and my pup and headed south to Washington, D.C. with stars in my eyes and not a single connection to call on. I found my first job the old-fashioned way: a newspaper ad and a solid interview. I spent the next year doing communications and graphics for a small children’s advocacy non-profit organization where I gained valuable insight to cubicle life, made great friends, and quickly realized I missed Chicago.

After much thought, I headed back to the Windy City and moved in with mom (while continuing my NPO work from home). A few months later, unsure of what direction my life would lead, I started a blog, Live Creating Yourself, and began writing about design. And photography. And travel. I found inspiration in the quote, “Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” I began to realize I didn't have to have everything figured out at that moment. It would shape itself so long as I started doing the things I loved.

More than five years later, this blog has allowed me to do just that. In that time, I grew a freelance graphic design and styling business, working with brands from Chicago Magazine to Biscuit Home, while networking with other talented bloggers and members of the design community.

In 2010, I met fellow blogger Danielle Moss and we quickly realized we shared a common goal: to create an online resource for smartdriven women getting by on their own. No business connections; no financial help from family or some other magical moneytree. The content and products we wanted to feature would be affordable and attainable; the career profiles would be detailed, explaining every step the woman took that led her to where she is; and the stories from readers and contributors would be relatable.

The Everygirl launched in February 2012 and was named a Top 100 Website for Women by Forbes just four months after launching. The site now boasts over half a million unique readers a month from around the globe. And we've partnered with brands such as Old Navy, Coach, and Athleta; Target, Bose, and Kendall Jackson; and dozens of smaller, independent brands like Lo & Sons and Lulu & Georgia. Our talented team has grown to 10 part-time editors and a vast network of photographers and writers, without whom, none of this would have been possible.

I currently live with my two cockapoos, Tucker and Fiona, on the west side of Chicago. I love Meg Ryan movies, yellow flowers on my desk, and singing instead of talking.

I am available for freelance styling and decorating projects. Email for rates.

Please email me at alaina.lcy@gmail.com.