Laura Lithgow is the founder of The Clique Official. You can find out a little more about her background on our About page but for this post, we wanted to get up close and personal so we sat down and asked her a few questions. We talked about The Clique Official, her inspirations, fears, and much more. Check out the interview below.
Q: How did The Clique Official come about? What is its purpose?
A: I had a previous fashion blog and I really had gotten into blogging at this point. I stopped creating content for that blog because I was still in school and pretty busy, but I also I wasn’t excited with it just being about fashion. I wanted to create a new concept for this new blog and that’s how The Clique Official came about. It’s meant to be like a group, a community of people sharing their life and experiences literally about everything; fashion, beauty, lifestyle, health and wellness, travel, mental health, etc. That’s why it’s called The Clique Official.
Q: What is your day job?
A: Currently, I am technically unemployed. I decided in July that I wanted to pursue The Clique Official and grow it as a business and I recognized that with a full-time job I didn’t have enough time to dedicate to doing everything that needed to be done. Since the last week of July, I have been unemployed and running The Clique Official full-time. I am babysitting for a family on the side to earn some income while I grow The Clique Official.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: The women around me inspire me. I have been so lucky to be surrounded by incredibly strong women who have been through hell and back in their lives and still manage to be kind and selfless and giving. It’s great to see their growth and learn from them as well.
I’m also very inspired by other creatives. I think it’s so beautiful to see people be passionate about creative fields, whether that’s art or film or photography or writing. I love seeing seeing that creative energy flow and how passionate creatives are about what they are currently working on. That makes me even more passionate and excited about what I’m working on and I start thinking about potential future collaborations and how we can work together and create something amazing together.
Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
A: I have two celebrity crushes. The first one is male and it would have to be Omari Hardwick because oh my gosh, have you seen him?! That is a MAN. He has the most insane body, ugh. He plays James “Ghost” St. Patrick on Power. If you don’t you watch Power, you are missing out on one of the greatest shows. That’s my celebrity crush based on physical attraction.
My other celebrity crush has to be the one and only, Rihanna. She’s just super fab. She can literally put on WHATEVER and look fire. She rocks every outfit. She’s a beautiful person inside and out. I absolutely love everything she stands for. She’s a total girl boss. I’m a huge fan of Fenty Beauty. Savage x Fenty and Fenty are just gorgeous. I cannot wait to have the budget. I’m going to drop all my coins on Fenty. To top it all off, she’s an amazing artist and makes great music (still waiting on a new album). She’s someone who’s been successful in multiple industries and that’s a huge inspiration. Riri, sponsor me!
Q: Who would you like to live like for a day?
A: I would have to say Kylie Jenner. Her life just looks lit, like she has it all; the house, vacations, money, success. She was thriving in Italy. I would have loved to have taken part in that vacation.
Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: The Alchemist is my favorite book. It’s funny because I had to read this book in school and it ended up being one of my favorites of all time. I grew up Catholic, but I have never been super religious and reading that book, it connected with me on a spiritual level. I feel like that’s when I felt comfortable with the idea of God and a universal power. It walks us through a teen’s journey to find his purpose in the universe and talks about a higher power. It also touches on how all religions, no matter how different, all believe in this universal power, which they choose to call God. It was really eye-opening and inspired me to figure out my purpose in the universe and my path. I’ve been meaning to reread it for a while because I literally think about his book almost every day.
Q: If you could shop for free at one store, which would you choose?
A: Christian Dior, no question. I know it’s luxury and given how much I love Rihanna, you probably expected me to say Fenty. I have never really been like “oh my gosh, I love and need this” over luxury fashion but I walked into a Chrsitian Dior store and I loved every piece. I feel like their RTW is new and transcendent every season. Everything they had I would wear so if I could get it for free, I would definitely go for it. Plus, long term, it will have a high resale value.
Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: My biggest fear is not being happy because I don’t love what I do and I don’t love my day-to-day. Having a job that I hate is definitely my biggest fear. I just want to do what I love and be challenged professionally. My second biggest fear is being vulnerable with someone and allowing this person in and for them to take advantage of me.
Q: What do you think you’ll be doing in 10 years?
A: I’m 23 so when I am 33, I think I’ll still be, God-willing, the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Clique Official. There’s a few other endeavours relating to The Clique Official that I want to pursue so hopefully, I will be working on those as well. In my personal life, I would hope I’m married by then. I don’t think I would want to have more than 1-2 kids at that point. Probably more like one kid while preparing and thinking about the second.
Q: What is the best advice you have ever received and the best advice you have to give?
A: I genuinely don’t remember the best advice I have ever received. I have received so much great advice from so many people. I can’t remember one specific one that really stuck with me. I feel like every great advice I got was in relation to where I was at in my life at that moment.
The best advice I could give is to be a little selfish and do what is best for you. You have to think about you and what makes you happy. Don’t let meaningless things make you unhappy. I feel like you have the power to make yourself happy and if you are unhappy and do nothing about it, that’s on you. That doesn’t mean it would be an easy path to happiness but you have the power to make yourself happy.
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