My name is Talia and I am a graphic designer, artist, and musician living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and my two cats. Ethel Grace is a diary of my style and home design. I'm also the founder of The Distance, where I make custom lighting and offer vintage finds.
A lot of my thoughts and feelings are informed by the process of grieving the death of my mom—nothing like being confronted by impermanence to make you want to lead a more meaningful life. Her influence on me in life and in death is something I carry with me every day. So you'll read a lot about a conscious closet, but also a lot about grief and anxiety. Fun, right?
I identify as an active minimalist and write a lot about how that plays into my style and home design.
If you are like me, you think a lot about your own consumption habits. There's a spectrum we all fall on, from the fast-fashion shoppers to the zero-waste livers. I'm somewhere between those two ends, trying to make ethical and sustainable choices in my everyday life with an eye towards the future.
This blog is mainly a place to sort through my thoughts and feelings about my wardrobe, to talk about specific articles of clothing, and to reflect on the larger picture of consumption. It's kind of a mix of item reviews, topical essays, and some behind-the-scenes looks at my own closet and home.
I've always enjoyed reading about others' experiences of the world and how that dovetails with the daily ritual of dressing, and I hope that others may get something out of my thoughts as well. So while I want to avoid buzzwords like "minimalism" or the "capsule wardrobe," I feel like these things at least lay the groundwork for some of my philosophies on living.
There's a certain amount of privilege inherent in the ability to make the choices I try to make when it comes to my consumption habits. But at the most basic level, I believe we all can make better choices, from those who are just starting to think about founding good habits, to those who go above and beyond in their quest to leave a smaller footprint. I want to spend more time doing things that make me happy and leave me feeling more at ease in the world, and less time—and money—on feeling anxious and overwhelmed. By really analyzing my choices in my wardrobe and home, I hope to come closer to this goal.