The one thing that hasn’t changed in three years

The one thing that hasn’t changed in three years

It’s officially the third anniversary of Rescue in Style! Honestly, that came quickly. Three years whet by faster than Rawlings off-leash in an open field (and trust me…that’s quick). I wasn’t sure what I wanted to share for this post about three years. So much has changed since my first blog post, my style, photographer, my writing… a lot has evolved. However, one thing has remained the same, my passion to help animals. 

The Cicada Story…

When I was four years old, I would go outside and play with the cicadas. Yes, those large ones that fly and make a terrible chirping sound. I would flip over ones that were on their backs, pick ones up off the sidewalk and place them out of harm’s way, and care for them as best as I could. While you probably couldn’t pay me to touch one, I still care about them. 

My failed veterinary career

The cicada story cracks me up but it speaks to where I got my start. I wanted to help animals since before I even knew to be grossed out by bugs. I volunteered at Heartland Animal Shelter and worked at a veterinary clinic through high school. During my Freshman year at college, I was pre-vet. When I fainted in two of my lab classes and while observing a surgery, I realized I couldn’t stomach vet school. I was bummed because I thought this meant I wouldn’t be able to help animals, but boy was I wrong.

Rescue in Style was born when I felt like I had no passions in life. I had a good-paying job in finance, a wonderful husband, amazing friends, and lots of free time. During that free time, I would occasionally visit the Anti-Cruelty Society and hang out with adoptable pets. It was during these visits that I found my passion for animals again. 

Psst: Pro-tip, you can go hang out there too, you don’t need to be a potential adopter to play with their pets!

The start of Rescue in Style

When the idea to combine fashion and adoptable pets came to me, I felt it in my core that it’s what I needed to do. I wanted to take pictures of animals, share stories of adoptions, and write about the work of local rescue organizations. I wanted to interview leaders in the field and learn from them and share their ideas with smaller organizations. There were so many things I wanted to do and it was all connected to my desire to help animals. 

Over the years, I’ve certainly made mistakes. I’ve written posts that I no longer stand behind, worn outfits that make me want to hide, and I’ve even been burned by a few people in the industry. But nothing has changed with my love for animals.

Animals ground me. They give so much and ask for so little in return. I can’t fully explain my love for them beyond it is simply a part of me. I can’t imagine not having them in my life and not doing Rescue in Style and helping them just like they help me.


Chee Chee is available for adoption through K9 4 Keeps. She is absolutely amazing and so sweet. She was urgent and timestamped for euthanasia at our city shelter. Chee Chee was one of our longest-term dogs and heartworm positive. Thanks to Erin and K9 4 Keeps, she’s now living the life of luxury in her wonderful foster home. If you’re interested in adopting Chee Chee, you can fill out an application here


A huge thank you to RBC Showroom for hosting us as well as providing pieces for this shoot! This dress is from Frnch and I’m so obsessed. 




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