Hi, I’m Clarissa
I’m the brand strategist and content creator behind FIVE12 Studio.
When I graduated from college during the 2008 recession, I started FIVE12 Studio as a collection of freelance design gigs. I wanted to use the platform to create diversity in the blogging community, but as a young twenty-something, I was still under the impression that I didn’t have the look or the funds to have a significant voice.
FIVE12 has grown up with me, evolving alongside my career and lifestyle. I’ve worked on a variety of projects you may have seen on television, magazines, online, or on billboards in Dallas. When I started stepping into my voice, I’ve found opportunities to speak about mental health, creativity, diversity, and inclusion. For the past two years, I’ve spoken at Alt Summit, one of the largest conferences for creatives.
But look: it hasn’t been all work since 2008.
I’ve planted a lot of house plants in the last decade. I’m raising a promising young rabbit, Bunny Anthajets. I’ve even earned multiple (self appointed) degrees in pop culture, true crime, and YouTube beauty tutorials.
Over time, I realized that my voice at FIVE12 is not dependent on achieving someone else’s ideal look or funding amount. And, dear reader, neither is yours. So whether we’re talking beauty, lifestyle, or business over here, I’m sharing products and tips that actually fit into my life, support the causes I care about, and make me happy.
(If you’re looking for articles about dropping $85 an ounce for a “must- have” moisturizer, you’re probably in the wrong place.)
I believe we can actually make the world a better place through our brands, our votes, our stories, and our purchasing power. That’s why you’re here, right?
I thought so. Let’s get started. P.S. FIVE12 comes from my birthday month and day, May 12. Now that you know, please send presents.
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DREAM DINNER GUEST(S)
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BREAKFAST OF CHOICE
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Mariah Carey Everything Fades Away
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