behind the genius: katie lipsiner
Photos by Alexis Haggerty
TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU DO!
I'm a freelance writer + digital media marketing coordinator + stylist (I also teach children Hebrew). It ain't easy being a modern day Renaissance woman. I love to write about all things style + music related. My life basically revolves around work, style and an expansive Google doc that consists of my concert schedule (which I coordinate highly with other friends who are just as obsessed with music as me). I just have a craving for all things creative and visually stunning. It's not a want, it's an absolute need. I'll find myself making graphics at 2 AM just because I had to see the way a font looks with a certain color scheme. Like, wanna hang out much?
WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER GOALS / DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE?
I always go through life with the work slogan "Digital/Social Media For Good'' because life is too short to be a sad asshole promoting things that have no true sense of content. I want to continue writing and creating, specifically multi-media storytelling no matter what. I'm absolutely terrified of the thought of selling out and doing work I don't believe in for money that just isn't worth it in this grand game we call life. I want to help people in my own personal way, whatever that may be. A dream job of mine would have to be becoming a VICE correspondent for mini documentary series like an examination of women in music today or the cost of fast fashion on the environment... I have a lot of ideas.
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT LATELY?
I'm excited mostly for that endless Google doc dedicated to concerts + traveling. It's always something to work on, plan around and collaborate on with friends. I'm currently daydreaming of seeing Scott Avett sway when I get to see The Avett Brother's for New Year's Eve in Asheville, NC! Come hang!
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?
I admire a lot of individuals, but always at the top of my list is the great Leandra Medine, an American author, blogger, and humor writer best known for Man Repeller, an independent fashion and lifestyle website. She is my witty Jewish woman inspiration 24/7. I don't want to go into too much detail about her because her greatness can't really be explained in short words. Check her out! Tag me in one of her legendary, witty Instagram posts, please.
WHAT DOES STYLE MEAN TO YOU?
Style is everything to me, honestly. As cheesy and simple as that sounds, I've always found solace and safety in being able to dress for myself. I remember the first day I told my mom in the first grade I wasn't going to need her help getting dressed anymore. It was a monumental moment turning down a pale yellow polo for a rainbow sweater. Oh, the good old days of the start of my personal style obsession. Not even fashion, really, just the pure love of dressing up in whatever I want. Life is too short to not be yourself and run wild.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE GO-TO LOOK LATELY?
I'm always running around Atlanta, whether for work or going out with friends, so I've been in this state of balancing my style against the grit of this amazing city. It's quite a simple formula: band tee + high waisted vintage fit pants + dirty old Vans. I can dress it up with a silver disco bootie if I'm needing to move my outfit into the night.