BIG THINGS AHEAD: LAUREN & COLOR COLLECTIVE

July 27, 2011

lauren’s blog, color collective, is the easiest and most rewarding internet addiction i’ve had in the past year. how could you not like a daily stream of pretty pictures with the color palette already picked out for you?!?! i reference it all the time when putting together outfits for work, thinking about flyers for events, buying flowers, even when getting dressed in the morning! it’s so clean and fresh and makes me happy every time i visit. besides running color collective, lauren is also a talented graphic designer and weekly contributor to other fabulous design blogs, design for mankinddesign*sponge! she is a color queen! i was so thrilled to have her do this BTA, she’s a huge supporter of BIG THINGS and i can’t wait to meet her at our lemonade stand this weekend in portland!

CHRISOPHER KANE, RESORT 2012 via PATTERN OBSERVER (left)
RAW COLOR via PITCH DESIGN (right)

Name: Lauren Willhite
Age: 28
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Where are you right now? How’d you get there? Portland, Oregon. My oldest sister has lived in Portland since I was young. I always enjoyed my visits; berry picking, concerts and trips to the coast. I knew eventually I would make it out here.

Where are you going? I have no idea where I’m going. I started Color Collective a little over a year ago and since then new doors keep opening. If I keep working hard, I’ll know when I get there.

YEASHIN KIM via STYLE BUBBLE (left)
photography: MASHA MEL, styling: TESS YOPP for VRAG via MISS MOSS (right)

What will you be doing when you get there? Something that I love. Something creative and inspiring. Colors and fashion will definitely be involved.

Who/what/where was the inspiration that lead you in this direction? I just have these moments where an idea pops into my head, and I decide right then and there that I am going to follow through 100% and put my heart into it— these are where all of my accomplishments come from.

How are you feeling? Are you excited? Nervous? Terrified? Thrilled? Excited! And a little nervous too!

PHOTOS & DESIGNS BY LAUREN WILLHITE

What kind of expectations do you have? The only expectations I have are for myself; which are high! I want to be successful and happy doing what I do.

Are you scared of anything? I’m scared of everything. This is something that I’m working on…

What’s the worst thing that could happen? The best? I try not to think about the worst that could happen (see above question, this is
me working on it). The best thing that could happen is I spend my life working on things that I am passionate about and know that all of my loved ones are healthy and happy. (I also wouldn’t mind having money so I could hire a personal chef and buy lots of clothes. Is that shallow of me to throw in? Ha, oh well it’s true.)

HERNAN PAGANINI (left) and HYEA W. KANG for VOGUE KOREA (right)

J.CREW FALL 2011

What are you taking with you/leaving behind? I’m taking my iPhone, computer, pantone swatches, fabric, rocks and shoes. I’ll leave any negative energy behind.

What did your friends say when you told them?
My friends are super supportive of me! They help me creatively and mentally along the way.

ARE YOU READY? YES!

photo of lauren by laura dart, all other images via color collectivelauren willhite

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One Response to BIG THINGS AHEAD: LAUREN & COLOR COLLECTIVE

  1. Blog de mode on May 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Love it!

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