KV’s Confessions lifestyle blogger shares a little bit of everything
We love a free spirit when we meet one. And that’s why, when Kristen Victoria from KV’s Confessions came on our radar, we were instantly enchanted. KV’s a designer (we’re jealous!) and lifestyle blogger who shares anything and everything that tickles her fancy—embarrassing stories, cute outfits, design work and more. Meet Kristen …
Where I’m based: Salt Lake City, Utah
How long I’ve been blogging: Two and a half years
Blog/business basics: My blog started when I began attending graphic design school as a way for me to share my projects as well as my embarrassing stories, hence the reason I chose Confessions of a Graphic Design Student as my title. Once I got my associate’s degree last summer, it transformed into KV’s Confessions, which has become more of a lifestyle blog. But, to be honest, I pretty much write and post on whatever I feel like that day — my outfits, my designs, my inspirations, my struggles — it’s all there for the taking!
Other blogs I love: Julie Ann Art, The Wonder Forest, Something Charming, Aunie Sauce. I’m constantly reading new blogs, as well, through comments left on my posts. Anyone who is honest in their writing while chasing after their dreams totally inspires me.
Guilty pleasure: Taco Bell … while watching America’s Next Top Model marathons. Heaven!
Last thing I bought: Starbucks grande hazelnut macchiato and their artisan bacon breakfast sandwich — the best way to start a morning!
What inspired your passion for art and design? I’ve always been known as “that girl that can draw good,” so I just assumed that’s the direction I should follow. So I did — all the way to my high school graduation and college. Plans changed though; I dropped out of my university’s fine arts program, got married to my husband and started working in real estate designing flyers for the agents. That’s when I realized I liked to design, too. Publisher was all I knew when I started design school, and I’ve come a looong way! Design is one of those things that has been a personal journey for me, defining my style, mastering my tools and getting better with experience. I’m still a newbie — I can only imagine where my skill level will be at in five years. It’s exciting!
What has been the hardest lesson you have had to learn on your journey to self-employment? Well, I’m not self-employed yet, but I’d like to believe I’m on my way! I think the hardest lesson has been through developing my business skills. As a creative person, I just want to design and make things pretty, but running my own services has forced me to be more organized, thorough and mindful when handling the business side of things. It’s not the fun part, but it’s necessary for self-employed success.
As a designer, where do you come up with your amazing ideas? As the designer, my goal is to combine my taste with the client’s ideas and try to find a perfect balance. Honestly, I like to get inspired by my client’s vision and personality. I give them a questionnaire before beginning on their project, and when I get their answers it’s playtime for m. I start up my Photoshop and Illustrator programs, start testing fonts, colors and shapes, and it all just comes together from there little by little.
What are you wearing this summer? Once I lose a few of these holiday poulds, I’ll probably be more into shorts and tanks, but until then you can find me in comfortable flowy dresses and sandals.
Are you going to try a second Zumba class? Actually, I kind of already have. My husband got me Zumba Fitness for Wii this past Valentine’s Day, and it’s been sitting collecting dust for months now. Since my first Zumba class at the gym I decided to give it a try at home, and it’s been soo fun! And much less embarrassing if I don’t know the moves. I’ve already used it twice this week. I think I’m addicted!