Graham is a little more shy than you might imagine. Originally from Pennsylvania, Graham studied fashion marketing and management in Chicago. Eight years prior he started out as a fashion editor of Modern Luxury Magazines and was approached to help develop a video blog highlighting beauty and fashion trends. That eventually lead to the idea and creation of Glossed and Found, an on-line video magazine. G&F quickly gained attention with Graham’s approach of sharing an insider’s peek into the fashion set’s day to day lives. Graham’s wants G&F to give you inspiration and confidence to be yourself and enjoy the ride.
What do you wake up thinking about?
I’m a big dreamer—both literally and figuratively. I try to move as slow as possible right when I wake up so I can remember any of my dreams. Last night, I was with my friend Sandra in some crazy Bavarian forest. I try and treasure those dreamy moments because life moves on and usually doesn’t really care about traipsing through magic forests.
What's your morning ritual?
I fix my bed pretty much the minute I get out of it. There is nothing worse than coming home to an unmade bed. Nothing! Then, I’ll look in the mirror and decide if I will wear a hat or not wear a hat. I don’t give myself much time to primp and preen, although I love the idea of it (especially a well-stocked medicine cabinet). I’ll make an egg and put a lot of Chili Garlic Sauce on it. And subsequently, I’ll spend the next fifteen minutes brushing my teeth because of it. From there: it’s sink or swim time.
How does social media play into your daily life?
It’s there. I use it sparingly. I think I could be a crazy good snap chatter—but I just can’t add another social app to my rotation!
Are we more connected or disconnected than before?
We’re connected in a way that keeps people at a comfortable distance—connected by means of knowing what someone’s doing, where someone is, how someone’s feeling. But what happens after you have that information? You push a button that says “Like.” And that very passive act has become very big business. I don’t think the question is about being connected or disconnected—as social platforms are an incredibly easy way to remain in contact with your contacts—but it’s a matter of engagement and empathy. I ask myself: Although I know a lot about my friends via social media, do I take the time to be present in their life away from a computer or phone screen? Do I call them on their birthdays? Do I ask in person how their recent trip was even though I saw them having a helluva good time on Facebook? Although social media has been integral in connecting communities, it’s up to the individual to log off and do some old fashioned connecting now and again.
What is most important to you in life?
I’m not sure what is the most important—but I do know that the following make me feel alive: The ability to jump up and down and sing at the top of my lungs and tap dance in my kitchen. To board an airplane and to walk out on the other side in an entirely different landscape. Seeing my parent’s pride in their family. My husband walking in the garage door at 5:30PM! Turning up the music really loud and taking a tub. My in-laws treating me like I’m their own son. Photographs and souvenirs. My mom. Unexpected small talk and moments of kindness with strangers. Having a partner who never blinks an eye to make me feel like a million bucks.
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