Katelyn Gardner-Kelley


I am… Katelyn Gardner-Kelley

I do… Styling

Home is… Seattle

Current location… Los Angeles

Current obsessions… Jaime King, crossbodies, Slim Aarons, Adidas and vintage Mercedes

What inspires you? I’m such a visual person that the littlest thing can inspire me in so many ways. If I’m just driving around and just see a great location or watch a movie with amazing art direction. That's the great part about being a stylist, you can do anything.

What are you currently coveting? A beach cruiser, fiddle leaf fig tree and a puppy.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party, dead or alive? Okay, this is about to be intense, I think about this all the time. Joan Didion, Nina Simone, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Eartha Kitt, Lee Radizwill, Audrey Hepburn and Beyonce. There's just so many amazing people I would just love to talk to for hours. Oh, and Bernie Sanders!

If you could be living anywhere in the world, doing anything possible, what would you pick? I would probably be a princess in Monaco. Wouldn't that be a dream?

How did you figure out that you wanted to be a stylist? It took me awhile to piece it all together. All my life I’ve known I wanted to do something creative. When I got a little older, I fell in love with fashion but didn’t know how I could be a part of it. I thought maybe a fashion journalist because I loved to write, but I’m more of a fictional type of writer than journalist. Then I thought maybe a model (ha ha). I would see a great location and envision a shoot that I could model, but never really put the two together. Then one day it just hit me, and I’ve been working towards it ever since.

Where do you want to be in 5 years? I want to be successful, happy, working and traveling. I want to be my own boss and for HotHouse to be successful and allowing me to live out all my dreams.

What moments make you happiest? Small things, like when you can’t stop laughing with your best friends, or you’re all just sitting in comfortable silence. Or when you are just in the presence with the people you love and who love you and are just so in the moment. Cheesy, but those are the best moments that you really do remember.

What are some goals, big or little, you want to accomplish in 2016? Get a better sleeping habit. Learn some yoga, start writing again and travel. And get HotHouse off the ground.

What makes you you? My love for dogs, that fact that I can never stop dropping my phone, my desire to constantly create and my moms.

What’s in your purse right now? My little pink wallet that’s falling apart, sunnies, rose lip salve, lots of receipts and quarters, my YSL compact and papaya enzymes. And lots of mints.

Favorite memory? A few years ago, on my family vacation to Lake Crescent. At midnight, my mom pulled out of bed and we left our cabin, walked down to the dock and laid on our backs and stared at the stars.

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