Updated: Oct 13, 2020
Hey y'all, I'm Mads! I'm so thrilled that you're here! Since you made it all the way to my blog, I just wanted to give you a little run down on who I am, what I do, and what xoxoMads is all about!
So first off, a little bit about me! My name is Madison, but some people like to call me Maddie or Mads, and I'm 27 years old! I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and currently reside here with my two fur babies, Maya and Rosie!
I attended the University of Tennessee (Go VOLS!) and graduated with a degree in Business Analytics and International Business. After college I worked as a Business Analyst for a local youth development nonprofit (sounds boring, but it was anything but that). In addition, I helped run their sports programs and there discovered my love of coaching and helping young people. I've been a soccer coach of young girls teams for 7 years now!
In winter of 2018, I decided to take a leap and make a career change. I've always loved and been good at all things number related, but I realized I also wanted to pursue another passion of mine, fashion. Since I was a little girl I've had a love for fashion. I marveled at how perfectly put together pieces could create a look that would make a woman feel like she could take on the world! So in February of 2018 I started my position as E-Commerce Merchandising Coordinator for Altar'd State at their home office in Maryville, TN.
At Altar'd State I did everything from writing website copy and names, to styling photo shoots, to creating analytical e-commerce reports. I was truly able to unlock and delve deep into my passion for style and fashion. I created lifelong friends and solidified the idea that fashion and styling were more than a passionate hobby of mine. So in summer of 2020, after the ups and down of a global pandemic and really reevaluating myself, my passions, and my dreams - I decided to take another leap!
In June of 2020, I accepted a position as the Store Manager and E-Commerce Director and Creator for a local Knoxville boutique legend - Val's Boutique! At Val's I create, style, learn, and LOVE on guests each and every day. What could be better?!
So here we are. It took me 27 years, but I have finally discovered my passion and am putting into action my dreams. That's where xoxoMads comes in. I want to share those passions and dreams with YOU! The fashion and style conscious girl who is also finding herself! xoxoMads (an ode to the iconic Gossip Girl of course, team Blair Waldorf forever) is a place for the real girl, on a real budget, to discover fashion, styling tips, DIY projects, and home decor specifically curated just for her!
So if you made it this far, thanks - you're awesome! I can't wait to share my passions and dreams with you, and I hope you'll do the same.
See below for some fun facts about me!