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Meet Sarah Chiwaya

Sarah is a body positive New Yorker who loves fashion and puppies and hates archaic discriminatory norms. 

 

Name: Sarah Chiwaya

Occupation: Blogger/Consultant, Curvily

Location: New York

Proudest Accomplishment: Creating a company

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5 questions for you...
1. What's the best advice you’ve ever given or received?

To make time for myself!  As a naturally very driven type A personality, I definitely succumbed to the "non-stop hustle" mentality that is so dominant in today's cultural narrative.  This was the case whether I was at a small nonprofit, a big firm, or a rapidly growing startup: I constantly overworked myself and said yes to every new request.  When I became my own boss, it actually got worse until a few very smart people in my life encouraged me to take time away from work, and to make sure I am listening to my own needs, even if that is just unplugging sometimes or getting a few extra hours of sleep on the weekends.

2. How would you describe your personal style? 

I've always had a hard time with this question because it honestly varies so widely, but I think I just thought of my most accurate answer: Expressive.  I am all about wearing whatever allows me to express who I am and want to be on any given day.  Sometimes that is minimal; sometimes it is chic and classic; sometimes it is over the top color and print a la Iris Apfel.  Whatever look or vibe or goal I'm feeling, I want to be able to channel it with my outfit.   

3. What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?

I'm really happy to be married to a man who constantly makes me laugh and laughs along with me, even when things could easily be scowled at instead.  He just sent me a James Baldwin quote about New York - "Whoever is born in New York is ill-equipped to deal with any other city: all other cities seem, at best, a mistake, and, at worst, a fraud. No other city is so spitefully incoherent" and I actually laughed about how very real that is (even as a transplant!)  

4. What’s a productivity tip you swear by?  

Changing my location! As a self-employed blogger, I love being able to stay in and work on the couch with our cute pup next to me on snow days, but if I feel myself getting distracted or lacking inspiration, I gather up my laptop and chargers and head to a coffee shop for a boost of caffeine and a change of pace.  It almost always is the thing I need - in fact, I am typing this at a cute coffee shop right now😊!

5. Think of the woman you most admire and name three qualities she exhibits.  

Loving, free spirited, and driven. 

What's on your desk?
Desk items

Tom Ford glasses, Givenchy lipstick, iPhone charger

What's your power outfit?
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The Bowery Dress - Charcoal

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