Name: Esmé, founder of Esmé Weijun Wang
Location: San Francisco, CA
Favorite Karina dress: I don’t own one, but… I’d have to say the Rita, as it has the kind of vintage flair that I so adore.
How did you discover Karina dresses? I discovered you through Twitter.
What are your everyday must-reads? I always have a book going, as well as an audiobook; I try to have a mix of nonfiction and fiction at all times, as I write both and find it essential to have good material to refer to. I also have a carefully curated list of blogs that I read using Feedly — some of those blogs, though this is by no means an extensive list, include Jess Lively, Am I Human, The Wink, and Alexandra Franzen. All blogs mentioned are written by amazing ladies.
What’s your most recent awesome accomplishment? I just launched my first ecourse, Rawness of Remembering: Restorative Journaling Through Difficult Times (Registration closes in October.) It’s a class that I’m incredibly proud of, not least because the aim of the course is not just to create a journal, but actually to help registrants uncover their voices and discover their own bravery and strength. I’m really excited about having people join me in this experience — it’s going to be amazing.
Who are your style inspirations? I was often asked this question when I had a fashion blog, and I never had a particularly interesting answer. At the moment, I find French ingenues interesting. In the past, I’ve been stylistically stimulated by lace-organza-chiffon anything. And especially cream, blush, or white dresses. I have a terrible weakness for those.
Why is it important to love our bodies? Our bodies are the vessel in which we exist. To not love them is to not love our whole selves.
If you could give your 16-year-old self advice, what would you say? You are not broken, and you are worth loving.
Do you have a favorite quote? “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.” – Daniel Burnham