Sunday, November 1, 2009

About Me

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by and having an interest in my blog.  I started Finders Keepers in November of 2009 to document my outfits and inspirations.  Through blogging, I've been introduced to some really amazing people in addition to becoming more confident in styling and have become better and finding the little treasures in stores, especially while thrifting.  I believe that style is an art form and says so much about one's personality, therefore, I like to present myself in a way that I think best describes me: smart yet not pretentious, fun yet slightly conservative (in my actions, not political or religious beliefs.. but we will save that for another discussion), bubbly yet genuine and real.


I reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where I've lived all my life.It's a really great city, and so many people take it for granted.  In the future, I'd love to move to northern California or somewhere near Seattle.. wherever I move, there HAS to be an ocean! I'm finishing up my last semester of community college and will be attending Old Dominion University in for the Fall '10 semester. I'm studying Speech-Language Pathology to become a speech therapist for young children who are deaf/ hearing impaired with cochlear implants or hearing aids.  My seven year-old brother, Charlie, is deaf, has cochlear implants on both ears, and has made tremendous progress with his speech and development, which was my inspiration for going into the field. 


My senior year of high school, I met the love of my life, Patrick Videll.  My life has never been more perfect than the past two years that he has been my sweetheart.  Let me tell you... he loves the thrill of the chase! I had to work to snag him.  He didn't do it intentionally, but he sent me major mixed signals! We were friends (and when I say friends, I mean he thought we were friends and I had a major, huge, almost obsessive crush on him) for six months before we started dating.

We are a really laid-back couple.. our favorite thing to do is eat pho at a local restaurant and lounge at the beach in summer (ok, I lounge, he surfs.. he HATES lounging! So active, geez!).  Our idea of a vacation consists of a weekend trip revolving around a concert.  In fact, the only time we ever go out of town is to see shows.  Patrick is an aspiring architect and singer/songwriter, and he has serious talent.. part of the reason why we want to move to Seattle is because of the amazing music scene.
I really hope that I can both give and receive inspiration through Finders Keepers.  Please don't hesitate to ask any questions, or just send me a friendly message to say hello!


  1. You are an amazing beautiful young woman. I was inspired after reading about your brother. You have incredible strength. It made me tear up a bit. I love hearing people's stories. I love the story of you and Patrick aswell. I wish we lived closer to eachother!

  2. I am so happy for you both. I too have my very own Patrick (his name IS patrick) and it is so amazing to hear love success stories in the midst of all the hate and divorce that a lot of people are dealing with. Congratulations!

  3. I met you when you came into our store, Antics, soon to be 'Low' in Charlottesville! Your blog is just like talking to you in person! Anyway, you were so genuinely sweet, interesting, fun to talk to, I had to look you up! I'll be in touch! ~ Jessika

  4. This is really just a quick observation: You need to update your little blurb about yourslf because you've been upgraded from "girlfriend" to "fiance". Love it!