Next to my high school senior photo it says “Donna plans to attend Texas A&M and major in liberal arts. Her ultimate goal is to become editor of Vogue magazine. But in the meantime, she will have to contend with her addiction to Diet Coke.” While editor-in-chief of Vogue was a lofty goal, I can’t say I strayed too far from my high school aspirations.
While at A&M, I majored in English, served as the editor-in-chief of the Aggieland, and spent every extra penny shopping for latest fashions.
Post college, I went to work selling printing and publishing. While those paychecks definitely covered my Diet Coke dependency, I just couldn’t get rid of the fashion bug. I worked nights and weekends at Ann Taylor just to supplement my shopping habit. I lived in the same apartment for 5 years, simply for the closet space. I bought my first condo in Dallas with the closest proximity to Neiman Marcus that I could afford. And my favorite books were Shop Girl, Confessions of a Shopaholic and The Devil Wears Prada.
In 2006, I left my 13 year career in the printing industry to stay home with my newborn son. Two years later, I had my “fashionista” daughter. (the apple does not fall far from the tree) My trips to the mall turned into online shopping and home trunk shows. I went from suits and briefcases to jeans and t-shirts. (Thank goodness the stylist in me never allowed me to go the sweatsuit route.)
With both kids out of diapers and attending school, I finally had time to nurture the inner me. Through my trunk show shopping, I discovered a fabulous fashion company, W by Worth. Could it be true? I could work from home selling gorgeous and clothes? When both kids started school I expanded my business into closet clean out, personal styling, and personal shopping with Donna Vaught Design. formally The Closet Hound. I now sell clothes from home part time but now also scour the streets and mall to find the latest looks.
Here is where I share my fashion finds, style know-how, creative gifts and passion for shopping with you.
While I’ll have to settle for blogging instead of Vogue, I am thrilled with how the last twenty years have panned out and what the future holds.