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October 27, 2016 |
Blair Farris | Peachy the Magazine | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest
In 2013, Blair Farris set out to create and publish a lifestyle magazine honoring her late grandmother’s zest for life and love for all things beautiful. A huge influence on Blair, her grandmother “Peachy” had a big, bold and eclectic style and loved to make a statement with fabulous jewelry and purses, bright colors and creative hats. Peachy’s love for the arts has always inspired Blair, and she instilled in Blair and other family members a passion for living a good and meaningful life.
The product of Blair’s beloved Peachy’s inspiration is Peachy the Magazine, which is celebrating its third birthday this fall. Peachy is a digital publication that takes readers inside gorgeous homes, walking them through verdant gardens, enticing the taste buds with delicious food and drinks, inspiring readers with the latest style trends and showcasing beautiful art and architecture, plus so much more.
Which woman in your life inspires you most and why?
My grandmother Peachy for whom the magazine is named after was such an amazing influence in my life. She loved life, adventure and LOVED big. She was insanely creative with style, flower arranging, art and entertaining. She traveled the world and brought back treasures, but most of all she was a wonderful grandmother and friend. Some of my biggest treasures are the beautiful letters that she would write to me. I still have the poem that she wrote for me for my 21st birthday hanging on my inspiration board. I wish I could share the whole thing with you but it is the most loving, amazing and funny letter I have ever received. I always thought that I was the favorite grandchild, but when she passed away suddenly in 1993 and the family was all together, I realized that my sister and cousins also thought they were the favorite. This was her incredible gift of loving big. I hope to do the same with my children and one day grandchildren.
Why do you think that having a “tribe” of women who are uplifting and inspirational to surround yourself with is so important in today’s world?
A girl tribe is essential! We are all good at different things and this is what makes the world interesting. My mom and sister are insanely creative and are some of my biggest fans. When I need a little lifting up my mom is it. Having friends and colleagues that are creative, talented and smart is so important. Our Peachy team (all gals) has so many talents. Peachy would never get published without all of these amazing women that are passionate in their fields. The thought of reading through 120 pages of a magazine to catch a tiny misspelling or grammatical error makes me want to cry. And having friends that are honest, funny and loving is also equally important. It helps you stay grounded, secure and confident. In today’s world there are so many things that tell you you need to be prettier and you’re not good enough, but we need our girl tribe to keep it real. I don’t know what I would do without the many in my girl tribe.
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Growing up I always knew that my mom was there for me, she was present, and constantly supporting me in whatever it was that I was doing at the time. I knew that I was lucky to have such wonderful parents, but as a teenager it is very easy to lose sight of that fact when you are not allowed to go to THE party or stay out til all hours of the night like your friends. It wasn’t until I was a little older (and wiser!) and had started a family of my own, that I knew how truly blessed I was with the most wonderful role model, my mother. My Mom is by far the most selfless, thoughtful, generous, and hard working woman I know. She was a stay at home mom; one who volunteered at school, church, and in the community. She drove my siblings, friends, and I around on a daily basis to our extracurriculars, had dinner cooked, helped with homework, and did it all with such grace. To those who may not have a family of their own, that may not seem like a huge feat, but fast forward to me at 31, wife, and mother of 4 young children…it is because of my Mom that I believe in myself, even on the toughest of days, that I can make it through, that I can raise my children in this scary world and give myself freely to them without any regret in the world. It is because of her that I wanted to be a mom, that I felt as if I could juggle being a good wife, a mother, a friend, and give 110% of myself in each of those roles. She is my inspiration. If I can be half of the woman she is, I will have succeeded in life.
When I look around me, whether near or far, my “tribe” of women consists of my friends, family, and coworkers. I look to them for support when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I turn to them for advice when I don’t know which way is up, and I look to them to inspire me in their own way. Some members of my “tribe” may be amazing mothers, others may have super successful careers, unreal organizational skills, kick ass marriages, or maybe they live their life like there is no tomorrow. Whatever it may be, I look to those women to inspire and motivate me to be the best woman I can be in this crazy world we live in today.
I’ve always been a major multi-tasker, the type of person that is actually more productive when their plate is filled to the brim. So as a mother of three young children and co-founder of Project Nursery, nothing makes me happier than a full house and a hectic work schedule.
I love living in San Francisco—a vibrant, urban city—because every day I am inspired by the people, fashion and art around me. I’m particularly drawn to color and pattern, and I have a blossoming love affair with geometric and 70’s inspired prints. I’d say my style is modern with a twist of eclectic and a touch of global chic. I’m constantly rearranging furniture, pillows and accessories in my Victorian home because I like things to look fresh and new. Sticking to one design style is challenging for me, but I am lucky enough to work with my dear and focused friend Melisa. I often dream up an idea, and she is the go-to gal to turn ideas into action. The yin to my yang.
Project Nursery is a way for me to share amazing finds for the family home, and this passion has grown into a full-fledged business. It’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur and mother, and I’m loving every minute of it.
As a small token of my thanks to these women for not only inspiring me on a daily basis, but also for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their hearts with us today, I’m going to take advantage of Vanity Fair’s Buy One, Get One, Give One event and will donate all 3 bras to Dress for Success in each of their honor. I’m a firm believer in everything that Dress for Success stands for and so admire the women who come to DFS for a new beginning. I feel that they should be given not only the hard skills to compete in the workplace again, but also things like a good outfit and great fitting base layer to increase their confidence when going out to interviews for the first time. So, thank you ladies for helping to send over 18 new Vanity Fair bras to Dress for Success, and cheers to paying it forward to these #WomenWhoDo who are re-entering the workplace and re-discovering their passions!
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