DCFunemployment: Tell the people – Who are you?
Hi! I’m Anchyi Wei of Anchyi Adorned – Fashion adventurer, visual designer, photographer and mom to a toddler (DCF: Who is the cutest little button!!). I see fashion and styling as art, and Anchyi Adorned is an outlet of my artistic creations. I’m also bit of a “pro” at online shopping, and want to share the fruits of my labor. The goal of the blog is to entice your creative juices – whether you’re restyling an existing piece in your closet, or putting together a new look with the latest trends. The looks are unique, bold, and fitting for women with individuality and want to stand out from the crowd. (DCF: Yassss Queen, give us all the inspiration!! I feel like I learn something new with every outfit you put on!)
DCF: What does being funemployed mean to you & what was your path to funemployment?
AW: Being funemployed is about executing your passions and finding something that makes you feel alive, happy, and motivated everyday. It’s very much like dating – you may try a bunch of different options until you find The One that makes you click. Outside of my day job as a Visual and User Experience Designer, I’m always exploring outlets for my passion for fashion, art, and design. Having developed a fashion “personality” in the DC area, being a style influencer have always been something that came natural for me – but it took a long time for me to finally dive in to the fashion blogging world. (DCF: Yes, and we’ve all been waiting!) And once I did – it couldn’t have been a more perfect match!
DCF: Who was your first cheerleader?
AW: My coworkers Leticia and Hai, who started taking pictures of what I wear to work everyday and put it on a tumbler called “Anchyi at Work“. They were my first champions, and soon after, I’ve gained tremendous support from the DC blogging community. Although I’m known for my style, I never considered myself as a blogger – until one specific conversation with Carla Sanchez of Spicy Candy DC. Within one short dialog, I decided it was time to rebrand as a true fashion blog, and that’s how Anchyiadorned.com was born. I couldn’t thank Hai, Leticia and Carla enough for this!
DCF: What experiences in your life prepared you for where you are now?
AW: I am fortunate to have so many experiences that fall perfectly in line with what’s necessary to start Anchyi Adorned: My knowledge of the web design industry, having a husband who used to work in media and publishing, and a strong network of influencers whom I have came to know socially in the past several years. All of these have helped tremendously in building who I am today. (DCF: So wonderful when all of the stars align!).
DCF: Where do you get your inspiration and/or motivation?
AW: I am greatly motivated by the many kick-ass women out there who have hustled and build a brand for themselves like you Morgan (DCF: Awww you motivate me too, I respect your hustle and hard work!). For style inspiration, I get most excited from photos of runway shows, Fashion Week street style, and magazine editorials. My style is not very pedestrian, so I tend to look for over-the-top looks to spike my creative juices (DCF: I don’t think you could be pedestrian if you tried love and that’s what makes you so fabulous!!).
DCF: What does balance mean to you and how do find balance?
AW: Balance is achieving happiness while effectively prioritizing the important things in your life (DCF: Couldn’t have put it better myself!). I admit, this has been a struggle for me and I’m still finding ways to achieve it. With a full time job, raising a family, doing photography and design work on the side, AND managing a blog – everyday it seems like there’s never enough time to do what needs to be done. What has helped me is to rethink my priorities, and understand that it’s okay to not have to do everything.
DCF: What sacrifices did you have to make to get here?
AW: Sleep! There never seems to be enough time for it. And unfortunately for my husband – our “couple time” to catch up in the evening is now replaced with laptops and non-stop screen time. I am working on recuperating on both, and, as mentioned above – finding that balance.
DCF: What struggles have you faced as a women in your industry?
AW: Fortunately the fashion industry is very woman-friendly. For my day job, however, I am surrounded by men and the barrier is definitely there. I’ve learned over the years to speak up more – something difficult for me as my culture taught the opposite growing up. Also I learned to stop overthinking and overanalyzing, and just “do”.
DCF: What is the early advice you didn’t listen to that you wish you had?
AW: I should’ve started the blog earlier! (DCF: All good things to those that wait, and it was worth waiting for!!). Now I look back, life before kids seemed like an eternal vacation and I didn’t even realize it. Finding time to work on the blog now is difficult, however, mentally I am much better equipped to do this now than earlier.
DCF: What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?
AW: Fear of failure is my biggest failure! (DCF: Amen sister, that struggle is so real!). I have pursued many ventures without my full effort because I was afraid it wouldn’t work. In reality, that alone is what made it not work. Every pursuit is a learning experience, though – and what I learned is to just own up to what I am good at, and execute! A million great ideas don’t mean a thing without execution.
DCF: What is your proudest moment?
AW: Being chosen by Washiongtonian as a Style Setter, and DC Modern‘s Women of Style were both great honors (DCF: and well deserved!!). I knew then I had made a little dent in the style scene and was very proud of it. More recently, of course, it would be all the encouragement and compliments I received when Anchyi Adorned went live. I am so grateful of all the support and love from everyone – including you Morgan! (DCF: Totally my pleasure!! Love you and this community and truly enjoy supporting others, especially rock stars like you! That’s why I started this series!!)
DCF: So what are you doing next?!?
AW: I’m continuing to refine the blog into the go-to destination for the fashionably unique, trend and shopping tips, and abundance of creative inspirations. I have yet to throw the bangin’ launch party it deserves – so that’s definitely coming (DCF: Can’t wait!!) ! I’m also looking forward to collaborating with brands and becoming even more involved with the fashion industry, now legitimately as an influencer.
DCF: So how can people follow you??
Anchyiadorned.com – please sign up for email updates and follow on Bloglovin‘ in the footer of the website. I’m @anchyi on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest. On Facebook you can find me here. Thanks!!