Who am I? My name is Anne, a shoe-a-holic who’s married to a wonderful man, who allows me to be myself. My family encouraged me to channel my inner self in a more meaningful manner. As a child, I would write stories, poems, essays as an outlet for my mini fantasy world. As a teenager, I fell in love with my parents’ style and how they effortlessly always stood out from everyone in the best possible way, especially my mom. This is the reason why I always wanted to try to walk in her shoes, literally and figuratively. My mom taught me to try to stand out and make a mark for myself. And this philosophy has helped me come a long way in life. My mom is my pillar of strength, while my husband is my soul. I am fortunate to have a loving family who accepts me for who I am and encourages me to become the best that I can be.

The blog Willfully Elegant is a whole lot of me. You’ll see recycled stuff, clothes, home goods, shoes and many more. My love for shoes runs deep and wishfully and willfully, someday I’d have my own line of shoes. I hope you enjoy reading my journal, and please, don’t be shy to share your thoughts as we embark on this journey together.