Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss are the women behind The Everygirl, an online resource for advice, stories, and inspiration that rocketed right into our ‘favorite blogs’ list since launching last year.
When The Everygirl wanted to celebrate their first anniversary, we jumped to host the party at west elm Chicago, and for the chance to get to know this awesome duo of self-made bloggers! Read on for party pics and our Q+A.
Congratulations on the anniversary! What piece of advice do you each wish someone had given you one year ago?
Alaina: Take in every exciting moment that’s about to come your way. Yes, you’re busy and there will always be more work to do. But whenever something good happens, take a quiet moment and just relish it. It’s all going to happen very quickly. Then call Danielle and be excited together.
Danielle: Breathe and give yourself a break. You can’t do it all. While late nights are often a part of the job, we barely took any time off for months after we launched which wasn’t healthy for either of us. We both started giving ourselves time to live on the weekends, which made life a lot more enjoyable.
What are you most looking forward to about year two of The Everygirl?
Alaina: I’m most excited about going full-time with the site in year two! Wahoo! – working for myself! I’ve had a full-time job for the entirety of the first year, so it will be nice to pour all of my energy into running the site and exploring new directions and opportunities for the brand.
Danielle: We have big dreams for The Everygirl, but more than anything, we’re looking forward to creating content that inspires our readers.
What is the most prized possession in each of your homes right now?
Alaina: My most prized possession is actually a letterpress print – one of my first art purchases from Heartfish Press. It’s bright yellow (my favorite color) and reads: “Live What You Love.” I always hang it in my work place as a reminder to always do what I love for a living. I bought it right after starting my personal blog Live Creating Yourself almost four years ago and I’ve been doing my best to follow this motto every day since.
Danielle: My bedroom dresser. I was in Andersonville with my mom just days after moving to Chicago, and we saw a beautiful dresser in a shop window. I knew that it wasn’t something I could afford, and she asked if I’d like it as a housewarming gift. It was so thoughtful – a moment I’ll never forget. I will have this piece of furniture forever.
Time travel: where, when, and why?
Danielle: I would go to Minneapolis in the 40s and meet my grandmother and great aunt as young women. I would have loved to know them back then!
Alaina: Steventon, England in 1802 to have tea with – and pick the brain of – 27-year-old Jane Austen.
Images: Stoffer Photography