Welcome to Brewing Up Style!
Hi everyone! I’m so glad you stopped by! My name is Katie and I’m the owner and co-creator of Brewing Up Style. I run this blog with my boyfriend, who is the master behind the lens. We are located in central Illinois and love to travel and try new things!
I started this blog as an outlet for creativity. I’ve always loved fashion, beauty, and scrapbooking, so blogging seemed like a natural fit. Growing up, I loved to create “new looks” from dress up clothes in my closet and then pretend that the hallway was a runway. I had hobbies like reading fashion magazines in order to discover new products and trends, which I bought for myself when I could. Back then, I didn’t know about blogging yet, so fashion and beauty were just hobbies that I mostly kept to myself.
As I got older, I became addicted to scrapbooking. I helped my mom make many of our family scrapbooks. For me, there was something so relaxing about creating beautiful layouts with which to display pictures. Even from the beginning, I understood what it meant to tell a story with pictures. I would spend weeks on end in the summers printing pictures, planning layouts, cutting, glueing, and decorating. When it was all complete, my favorite part was sharing what I had created with people.
Fast forward many years: I’m in college, trying to study for an exam but instead browsing Instagram. I’ve always found Instagram fascinating. I love that it is a platform for sharing pictures. My love for blogging started on Instagram, where I discovered amazing bloggers who share their lives with the world, much like I shared my life through scrapbooking when I was young. I didn’t start a blog yet though, because I didn’t have the time quite yet. But, it was always in my mind that I would start a blog “someday.”
Brewing Up Beginnings
Once out of college, I started my career. My chosen path was really stressful at first. Although I thought that I had chosen a career that would let me be creative every day, the reality was much different. My creativity was often staunched by red tape and daily expectations to get a certain amount of work done. I knew, even after a year, I needed another outlet to let my ideas be heard.
Then, one day early in 2017, I was thinking about what direction I wanted my life to take. My job was still stressful and I still had an interest in blogging, so I decided to do some research. After planning, taking a few pictures, and deciding on the name, “Brewing Up Style,” I hit publish. So far, it’s been a dream!
The name Brewing Up Style came from my love of style and craft beer. I fell in love with the craft beer scene after my boyfriend introduced me to it. Craft beer lovers are made up of a diverse group of people that are free to express themselves. Nobody judges. Brewing Up Style is a blog to promote a laid-back lifestyle that is also aspirational- just like the craft beer scene. I want to share my journey to become the best version of myself.
Here’s to taking many adventures together,