It’s that time again! If you are new here, I have begun a series called Aspire to Inspire since January where I feature young, Black and Hispanic Women who travel while running their own businesses.
Dāsha Guyton is a published Wardrobe Stylist and an award-winning Lifestyle Blogger based in Hyde Park, Chicago. I connected with Dasha in a fellow group for bloggers. Her blog & styling company, Windy City Wardrobe help people curate experiences and a wardrobe they love. Dāsha has worked with esteemed brands such as Rainbow Push Coalition, Chevrolet, Dillard’s, Carol’s Daughter and was recently featured by Teen Vogue, DapperQ, and Michigan Ave Mag.
Dāsha has volunteered, fundraised, created and chaired charity events in honor of many notable non-profits and causes such as Dress For Success, The Daisie Foundation’s-Random Acts of Kindness Challenge, HUD Father’s Day Initiative, and Money Matters-Financial Literacy Workshop, to name a few. When not working, she can usually be found making her way through a stack of unread comic books and magazines. Let’s get to know her!
What city do you hail from and what do you like most about your hometown?
I'm originally from Oklahoma City but Chicago is home. That's an easy one; the food is the best thing about Oklahoma. Unfortunately, Oklahoma has some of the best cardiologists in the world to prove it. All that tasty southern cuisine goes to all the wrong places.
Where were your favorite places to travel to in the world and why?
I love each trip for different reasons, but If I had to pick favorites I'd say Toronto, Albuquerque, and Chicago. When the travel bug bites me, I promised myself I'd wake up in another country on my thirtieth birthday. Toronto will always have a special place in my heart because that's where I made that dream come true. I became intrigued with the desert while watching Breaking Bad and reading Dreaming In English so off to Albuquerque I went. The drive into the mountains and desert was life-changing. One winter I found myself vacationing in Chicago and because it felt more like home than my actual hometown ever felt I went back to Oklahoma, put my house on the market and now I call Chicago home.
Why do you think it is important to travel?
Traveling allows you to see how other people live, which helps you see life from another perspective. This ultimately, makes you realize anything is possible and you stop letting yourself be a victim of circumstance.
What do you want your legacy to be?
Even though I was born to teenage minority unmarried parents, I refused to be another negative statistic. I was high school valedictorian, I graduated as a first-generation college student, I'm happily married to the person of my dreams and together we left everyone and everything we ever knew and moved to the city voted best in the world for female entrepreneurs. This is my legacy and I tell anyone who will listen because If I did it against all these odds you can too.
What piece of advice would you share for those who want to travel but aren't sure how to?
Traveling is a lot less overwhelming if you book your trip through sites like Travelocity, Expedia, and Priceline because you can get everything you need in one place. You can also set alerts for price decreases and if a problem arises they can assist you in during the trip.