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Things You Don’t Know About Me

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One of my readers asked if I’d share an “about me” post a few months ago. Better late than never, right? Whether you’ve been a reader for a month, week, or year, chances are there are at least a few things you don’t know about me. 

Name: Danielle Moss
Age: 34
City: From Los Angeles and moved to Chicago in 2010
School: Graduated from UCSB with a degree in Sociology
Current job: Cofounder of The Everygirl, freelance designer, photographer

Early years
I’m my mom and dad’s only child but am the oldest of 5 half-siblings–two I grew up with (from my mom) and three I don’t know very well at all (from my dad). Speaking of my dad, I haven’t spoken to my dad in about 15+ years.

I come from a very small family and don’t have any cousins, aunts, or uncles, so it’s just my mom, 2 half-sisters, and great aunt. Conor has balanced things out with his 30something 1st cousins.

I played the drums, went to drama camp, was a figure skater, loved legos, and was on a boys’ roller hockey team for about 5 minutes to prove girls can play with the boys. Turns out that when they’re really tiny and underdeveloped they really shouldn’t do that.

I was also on an episode of Wild & Crazy Kids on Nickelodeon that left me smelling like pancakes for a week.

I’ve been to Yosemite ~11 times. That has to be some kind of record for someone who isn’t a rock climber.

Growing up, I was very blond and curly. My current hair color is natural but the texture isn’t–it’s still curly and frizzy so I have it straightened every few months.

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Career, blogging, and photography
I shoot with a Mark iii and Fuji XT1, although most of my instagram photos are shot with my iPhone. I almost always shoot in natural light and VSCO for editing (A6 is my favorite filter). And I always brighten and sharpen my photos .

My first blog, The Daily Ice Blended, launched back in 2007 and was named after my favorite drink at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. I renamed my blog Well That’s Just Fabulous–the last 4 words spoken by Carrie Bradshaw on SATC. Then came Breakfast at Toast after realizing I can’t stand the word fabulous, and now, it’s just my name. I sometimes wish I just stuck with Breakfast at Toast.

My Everygirl cofounder and I met through blogging and officially met in person at my Christmas party back in December ’10, just 4 months after I moved to Chicago. I had a total of 13 people and had to take my desk over to my neighbor’s place to fit everyone in there.

I’ve had some really random jobs.

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Life lately
I wasn’t always type A and was actually a terrible student–I only did well in classes that came easy to me (English and anything creative). I had zero direction after graduating high school and spent a few years at Santa Monica Community College before transferring to Cal State Northridge and finally, to the University of California Santa Barbara.

I thought I was ESTP although up until a few weeks ago, thought actually thought I was ESFP. PS I’m in the same category as Jack Nicholson.

About 9 months before moving to Chicago, I took a trip to TX, TN, IL, and IN with the hopes that I’d find a new city to live in after not flying for over 10 years. I was sold on Nashville before spending a few days in Chicago and changed directions. I knew no one and was self-employed, but the midwest seemed like a great place to live. 6 years later, I’m still here and loving it.

If you’ve seen my home on instagram, you might have noticed that I like things clean and organized. Every night, I do all the dishes, clean the countertops, and put everything away. And I make my bed every single day.

I went into my 30s having dated one guy. My first boyfriend and I started dating a few months before my 20th birthday and  officially ended things 1.5 years after my move to Chicago, just a few months before my 30th birthday. Talked about why I should have ended things years earlier in this post. Conor and I have been together for almost a year-and-a-half and are moving in together in a few weeks.

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In Florence with Conor

I love all animals but am not the biggest fan of chihuahuas. That said, I love my chihuahua mix who just sort of “happened” to me while I was out running errands and walked past an animal adoption drive. His leg was broken and he looked at me.
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And some random fun facts
I drink an excessive amount of coconut, lime, and apricot lacroix and prefer red wine to white. I stopped eating fish when I was 9 because I had a pet fish and it felt wrong, and didn’t try seafood again until my 20s. (ps. I now love scallops and mussels but still don’t like salmon). I’ll always choose thin crust pizza over pasta and gummy candy (and red vines) over chocolate. I strongly dislike hot fudge, mushrooms, olives, and blue cheese.

Have you seen Star Wars or any of the Godfather movies? Because I haven’t. And I can’t watch scary movies or Game of Thrones without covering my eyes.

Next plane ticket: Going to Denmark in November but Portugal and Spain are high on my list
Listening to: Today, lots of Milo Green. Also on repeat: Of Monsters and Men, Bon Iver, Head and the Heart, James Vincent McMorrow, and Conor’s moody French playlist from our birthday party.
Watching: Modern Family and sort of watching GoT (while covering my eyes)

Is there anything else you want to know about me? Ask away in the comments below! I’d love to learn more about you guys, too.

Who you are, where you live, what you do, and how long you’ve been a reader. So if you’re feeling friendly, tell me about yourself in the comments below (and share your instagram handle, too)! No pressure, obviously. But come on.

  • Anna Fuertes

    Thanks for the great article Danielle, I love reading this kind of posts! I discovered The Everygirl a year ago and was curious about who was behind so now I’m also following you and Alaina. I’ve read almost all of your more personal posts and I really love how honest you are and I love you and Conor’s love story 🙂 I am from Barcelona so if you ever decide to travel to Spain (which is a great idea) I’d love to give you ideas 🙂 Thanks!

    • You are very welcome. 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts. And I’m DEFINITELY going to make it there in the next year or two. Would love some tips!

  • sandra avis

    Well this is fun! I live across the lake and up a bit from you in the “pinkie” of MI, better known as the Leelanau Peninsula! The National Park is out my front door- come visit! I am married- almost 30 years, mom of 3 fine grown men (one who lives in Logan Square with his new wife) and have had an interior design business for many years. We have always had a Golden Retriever or two in our life- Barrett Blue is a luscious 1.5 year old and the center of our empty nest. I am in the throws of Stage 4 Breast cancer and treatment is working it’s magic, I feel good and my numbers are back to the normal range! Want to talk about living each day to the fullest? I’m your girl.

    I have been reading your blog and following along on Insta for several years- I’m happy you are in a good place, follow your heart and gut- always.

    If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, it’s mostly landscapes of where we live, random Barrett shots and a peek into our travels-sandralavis.

    • I am so happy to hear your treatment is working! That’s amazing news!!! What’s your instagram handle? I’d love to follow.

      Also, I want a national park outside my front door (and a golden–one of my favorite breeds)! Congrats on almost 30 years of marriage too!

      • sandra avis

        Instagram handle is Sandralavis. Have a good weekend!

  • I loved reading this. Might Conor share his moody french playlist? We are having an intimate 30-person wedding in January, and that playlist sounds fantastic! 🙂

    • He actually shared it with me and I never got it. Let me see what I can do. Ha.

  • Thank you for sharing more of your story + who you are Danielle. My name is Maria and I’m from San Juan, PR. I have been reading your blog for about a year, but I have been reading The Everygirl ever since the beginning. I am currently in my senior year of college for marketing and hope to get a Masters or AA in Interior Design. I identify so much which your story since I too have changed majors, schools, and still have no idea what I’m doing.. 🙂

    @mariferoman on Instagram

    • Thanks, Maria! I really wanted to study interior design!
      PS I don’t think we ever really know what we’re doing 🙂

  • Barbie Rugen

    Great post! Like you, I haven’t spoken to my father in 15+ years either. My best friends thought that this was the reason I wasn’t finding ‘the one’, but it had nothing to do with it. 1.5 years ago, I met James. We moved in together 2 months ago. It happens when it’s suppose to happen. Now … pizza over pasta?! Girl, how about both?! 😉

    • Thanks! I had those same concerns and am going on 1.5 years too! So happy you found someone great.

      And I DO like pasta. I just LOVE pizza 🙂

  • Mia

    Loved this post! I’ve been a fan of The Everygirl for a while now and love hearing more about the geniuses behind it! I’ve also had a ton of random jobs-from florist to event planner to professional giftwrapper! Sometimes the demands of living in NYC mean you learn a lot of supplemental skills to get by. 🙂 Instagram: @miamiagomez

    • I worked at a stationery store and was one of the gift wrappers! I would LOVE to take a flower arranging course and get really good at that.

  • Mallory Marie

    I enjoyed reading this! I discovered The Everygirl four years ago and started following you and Alaina shortly after. I live in Louisiana and I work in public relations. I’m currently watching The Office and This is Us (so good).

    I’m traveling to Los Angeles for the first time with my husband at the end of October. Do you have any recommendations for places to see, eat or good coffee shops? I have a Pinterest page of ideas of course, but I would love your suggestions!

    Instagram: @_malloryv

    • Hi Mallory! So I haven’t lived in LA in 6 years but really love Toast and Joans (both on 3rd street) for brunch and always get a chopped salad at La Scala. I’m mostly going off this article and where my family/friends want to go since I’m a bit out of the loop 🙂 http://theeverygirl.com/where-the-locals-eat-in-los-angeles Have fun in LA!

      PS finished the office earlier this year. It’s SO good, isn’t it?

  • vanachupp

    Loved this Danielle! So good to get to know you better.
    PS: I sent an email a few weeks back. Was it received?

    • Thanks for letting me know! Glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Janine

    Love this post. I found The Everygirl a few years ago, likely through another site, and a binge reading led me to yours and Alaina’s blogs. I’m 34 and living in the West Loop with my boyfriend. I do corporate accounting work for a real estate company in Streeterville. I’ve always found your posts interesting and sometimes inspiring, and have even found myself identifying with a lot of the things you talk about. I’ve also been on a mission to rid the excess stuff from my life and embrace a “fewer, better” lifestyle. My tv obsession is anything Anthony Bourdain – the places he travels and the people he meets and the subjects he covers on the show are fascinating.

    My Instagram handle is Janiners82… It’s a mix of niece/nephew pictures, food pics, and travel pics.

    • Great to “meet” you, Janine! Love Anthony Bourdain (and the West Loop) 🙂

  • Fellow “I don’t think my job has anything to do with being a SOC major” here. I’ve worked at a University coordinating new student programs, event planning, and volunteer management (best job, awful boss) and now work in media and advertising in Southern Ontario. I’m completely addicted to amateur interior design and love abstract art. I, too, hate mushrooms (they’re a fungus and that’s gross), but what I stun all my friends with, is my overwhelming hate for nut butters – all of them. The smell turns my stomach.

    I’ve been following The Everygirl for a few years now and started following your blog a bit more closely after getting hooked when you were re-posting about your move to Chicago. I’m at a moment of a lot of life changes and a big move is a consideration. Instead of making up my mind I decided to plan a trip to visit a friend in Chicago in 2 weeks in hopes it also gives me the inspiration to finalize a plan. You’ve got me completely coveting Cuyana pieces and I’m trying to figure out how I make a new bag fit into my fall budget.

    Listening to: James Bay/Chaos and the Calm. Best album I’ve heard to in a really long time. And Ontario natives, indie-rock band, Arkells.

    IG: allisonbridgman

    • I hope you have a GREAT trip! Think you might end up moving to Chicago? If you have any Qs ask away! Happy to help.

      • Living in Canada, I don’t think a move is in the cards; but may be the push to move to another Canadian city. Really, I just need a break. Thank you for the offer.

  • Kat

    I love this post, Danielle. Thank you for sharing a bit of your story with your readers! I’ve been following The Everygirl since the day you launched, and just like another commenter, started following both you and Alaina shortly thereafter. I used to work as an event planner but right now I work as a Dir. of Operations at a non-profit in Northern Virginia, right outside of DC. I recently started a blog so that I could channel some of my creative energy into another project I enjoy. So far I’ve been loving it! I’m mostly blogging about healthy living, finding better food options, and making the switch to more natural/green beauty products. If you’re interested, I’d love for you to check it out: http://www.crunchykat.com and IG: crunchy.kat

    I love reading our your paleo recipes (I’m the one who asked for a few recipe suggestions a few months back), your home decor ideas, and your style posts. You also just seem so authentic, thanks for being you!

    Unlike Allison below, I LOVE nut butters. Sorry to hear that you don’t, Allison. 🙂 I do however love wine, that may be my biggest vice. Nothing better than a good red wine on a chilly fall evening.

    Thanks again, Danielle!

    • Hi Kat! I’m going to start cooking more once I have my new kitchen (or at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Your blog is right up my alley! Love Califia almond milk (and nut butters).

      With you on the wine, too 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Amber

    Hi Danielle! I have to say this is one of my favorite posts, it’s so great to get to know you better! I should probably introduce myself, I’m Amber and I live in Houston with my yorkie pup! I started reading your blog around the time you moved to Chicago when it was Breakfast at Toast and ever since then it’s one of the first blogs I check each morning. I am always so encouraged by your honesty. About three years ago I moved to a new city without knowing a single person. Reading about your journey inspires me daily. I truly appreciate your willingness to be vulnerable and real. I always enjoy your home decor, creative pursuits, life updates, and any post that includes Buddy!

    One question I have for you is how did you learn photography? I purchased a Nikon DSLR a couple of years ago, but just really took up an interest in learning photography. Do you have any advice for amateur photographers?

  • This was a fun post to read! I also have to cover my eyes watching scary movies or TV shows (I couldn’t watch Lost when it was dark out). Sometimes I’ll even read a summary of the movie online just so I’m more relaxed when I watch it!

    I’m Erica and I live in Scottsdale, AZ with my partner and our 2 kids. I used to be an accountant, but right now I stay at home with our kiddos. I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning of The Everygirl. I actually think I was reading your blog first and that’s how I started reading The Everygirl. I admire your minimalistic approach and love of neutrals.

    Oh and I’m ericakartak on Instagram!

  • It was fun learning more about you! I’ve just re-listened to one of your old podcasts (not the one from Jess Lively, the other one…) so it’s fun reading this just after!

    My name is Clémentine and I live in a small city in Belgium with my boyfriend of 8 years. I’m a (very old) Law student and I have been a reader of your blog since 2011, I think. You already had moved to Chicago and I was so excited to see how you were going to decorate your apartment!
    My main occupation is finishing my degree – very close now but it took forever! Despite the difficulties, I keep working at it. You really are an inspiration to me as I can relate to you not feeling your greatest in your twenties. I’ll be 28 yr old in two weeks and I’m only seeing the light at the end of a very long tunnel aka awful time spent trying to overcome obstacles/doing therapy etc. I hope you didn’t fool me about the 30’s being better 😉
    Clem x

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