Alicia Edwards: Up-Close
Born in Germany, raised all over. I went to junior high and high school in the DMV area, Springfield, VA, … New York City had the biggest influence … lived there twice.
How long have you been in Atlanta?
Since April 2009
Name of your business … Title … What/who inspired you to get in the business … how did they inspire you?
CurlyDesign is the name of my freelance writing business. I have always been a writer. I kept diaries and wrote stories as a child. My parents are both great story tellers and I learned the power of words through them. My first year in New York, I met Andre Leon Talley (Editor at large at Vogue) on Easter Sunday at church, no less. He complimented me on my “Easter Bonnet” and I was in heaven. I had been reading his column since his Style Fax days. I love his writing style … full of fashion knowledge and very engaging.
What do you love about Atlanta?
New York will always be my first love, but I do like how Atlanta attracts people from all parts of the country.
What has been your greatest accomplishment so far? (work related)
I have worked in several career paths so far: Marketing, Fashion Design, Retail and Style writing. I enjoy conquering new challenges.
Best book you’ve ever read, other than the Bible
This changes every few years, but Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is the best book I have read since 2008.
“Fashion is fleeting, but style is eternal,” Coco Chanel
Do you do any charity work and if so, how do you contribute other than money?
My free time is limited, so I can’t really commit time to a particular organization, but I do make it a point to cover what I call fashion with a purpose events. These events use fashion to raise money and or awareness to charitable causes.
Reading magazines, novels and mysteries
Where did you go to college?
I went to Florida A&M University for undergrad and grad school; both business degrees and I went to Parsons School of Design for Fashion.
What do you do that most people would be surprised to learn?
I LOVE the History Channel.
Favorite Georgia get-away
I love Savannah. It is a beautiful city, which is full of rich history.
Best advice you’ve ever been given
Don’t take things personally.
The one thing everyone must know about doing business in Atlanta
Social Media only goes so far, you need to get out and put in some face time.
What/Who inspires you?
People who beat the odds
Books you’ve written
I’m working on my first book now. It is a collection of essays about my personal style and how you can define yours.
What do you do to relax and unwind?
Occasionally, I unplug. No laptop, no e-mail, no Twitter, no Facebook, no cell phone. Silence can do wonders … in doses.
What is your hope for 2011?
To have a solid first draft of my first book finished.