It all began, as good stories do, years ago when our Founding Editor in Chief Lauren Taylor decided she was going to start a publication ‘one day’. Well one day came and went and Lauren found herself working an uninspiring nine to five, checking the boxes, paying the bills. There was no passion here. No sparks lighting her eyes, no leaping out of bed in the morning. Looking around she felt like everyone else had it together while she was still stumbling through, wondering what it was that would set her soul on fire.
She only knew she wanted to inspire people and she wanted to love doing that. And then one average day, she remembered her idea of starting a publication. And, having never been a crawler, she leapt. Within a month the Publication was born and Lauren was creating and cultivating a brand that would inspire and uplift and encourage. And it was magic.
Women from around the world have leant their hopes, thoughts, words and ideas to these pages. They are alive with dreams, poured onto paper, captivating photographs of stolen moments encased within pages. They have come together, and together they have created a story that is bigger than themselves. True to it’s name, The Letter not only celebrates creatively courageous women, but it gathers letter-writers to share their stories and connect with each other through hand-written notes sent winging across cities and countries and continents.
This is more than a publication. This is a modern-day community built on old-school glory. This is love letters and inspiration and soul-food. When you find something that makes you come alive you fall in love with it. And people fall in love with it too. So pull up a chair and join us as we cheer for the fearlessly brave, encourage the better and the best, celebrate courageous creativity and reminisce over the real, the authentic and the whole-hearted.
written by Emma Whiley
Favorite Morning Beverage? Tall Passion Tea Lemonade Sweetened 5 Classic. My local Starbucks knows me by name. My Go To Outfit: Maxi Dress, jeans with a boyfriend T or pjs. Anything that I can feel comfortable
in to have a dance party. Favorite Pizza Topping? Pepperoni and Bacon make my heart soar! Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Flower Child, Determined, Free- Spirited + Silly.
Favorite Morning Beverage? An ideal day begins with a
cozy cup of chai tea (+ a good book, if time permits). Favorite Publication Issue? As a woman who believes choosing curiosity & courage over fear is essential for living a vibrant life, I'm over-the-moon about the upcoming issue: Courageous. My Go To Outfit: As a comfort connoisseur, my go-to outfit includes well-worn denim + a tee and often a ball cap! Your Tribe Would Describe You As? My oh-so-awesome tribe would describe me as adventurous, creative & encouraging.
Favorite Morning Beverage? Starbucks Iced Mocha. Favorite Publication Issue? The Purpose Issue | Spring 2017. With the launch of The Letter upon us, I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to share my heart with such inspiring creatives. My Go To Outfit: In the cooler months, you’ll usually find me in denim skinnies with a flow-y blouse! Shift dresses in those warmer months are always the best! Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Positive, Encouraging + Including.
Favorite Morning Beverage? Depends on the season. Summer? Iced Chai. Winter? English Breakfast Tea! Favorite Publication Issue? Alive | Fall 2016. It embodies so much of who I am and what I stand for! My Go To Outfit: A swirly sundress in the summer. Old Man Sweaters and hole-y jeans in the winter! Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Strong, Sunshine, Encouraging, and Dependable.
Favorite Morning Beverage? Tea. With half a tea spoon of sugar, made by someone other than me. Favorite Publication Issue? The Purpose Issue – those double spread images are just magic. Your Go-To Outfit: Black high-waisted skinny jeans, gold trainers, white collared boyfriend shirt, grey jumper, statement necklace and a hat. Your Tribe Would Describe You a book worm, afternoon tea champion, authentic, hilariously disastrous, dramatic (in the best way possible).
Favorite Morning Beverage? French Vanilla Coffee with a tad bit of sugar. Favorite Publication Issue? Captivating Issue - motivating and inspiring others is what I live for. My Go To Outfit: My black ankle pants & a loose tee. Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Crafty & Goofy.
Favorite Morning Beverage? Hot cocoa or matcha latte (which I've learned to make at home insert happy dance) Favorite Publication Issue? Alive | Fall 2016. It was the first issue I got to be a part of, and the one that made me fall deeper in love with what we are doing here at The Letter. My Go To Outfit: Casual T-shirt and denim button up with black skinnies and leather ropers. Or my-stay-at-home-mom look: pajamas. Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Committed, slightly forgetful, laughs at her own jokes.
Favorite Morning Beverage? A million cups of coffee - strong with cream, no sugar please! Favorite Publication Issue? Alive | Fall 2016, because I got to be a part of it and see all of the amazing women in action that are behind the magazine. Your Go-To Outfit? I can't pass up a cute midi dress with lots of impromptu spinning capability! Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Thoughtful, caring, and funny.
Favorite Morning Beverage? I’m a coffee drinker through and through. Add cream please! Favorite Publication Issue? After grad school, I no longer had any requirements to write - but I still wanted a reason. Enter The Letter. Interestingly enough, the Purpose issue was the issue released as I joined the team. Your Go-To Outfit: I love a pretty dress and some heels, but jeans, a comfy tee, and sandals are a staple for me, too. Your Tribe Would Describe You As? I eat a lot of sweets.
Favorite Morning Beverage? A spot of English Breakfast (w/ cream and sugar) for me please! Favorite Publication Issue? The Purpose Issue. My Go To Outfit: Floral combat boots, high-waisted skinny jeans with a turtle tank and a string of pearls. Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Laid back, of lively wit and fiercely loyal.
Favorite Morning Beverage? Soy latte with honey and cinnamon. Favorite Publication Issue? The Enough Issue because it’s so important to love who you are and in turn, give that same love to others. Girl power. My Go To Outfit: Oversized denim jacket, flannel, t-shirt, black high wasted jeans and vans. Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Good listener, passionate, scatterbrained at times, and lover of outer space.
Favorite Morning Beverage? Mint Medley Tea. Favorite Publication Issue? The Love issue, because I believe pouring love into others is a part of everyone’s calling and essential to a life well lived! Your Go-To Outfit: Anything that has a vintage flair! Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Quirky and a little random.
Favorite Morning Beverage? Cold option would be coffee frap and hot option is snickerdoodle hot chocolate. Favorite Publication Issue? The Courageous issue is one of my favorites. One thing we have always been about is being fearless and strong and it's something I hope to inspire younger women to feel. My Go To Outfit: Casual penny t, large flannel, ripped jeans, and my slip on Steve Madden shoes! Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Thoughtful, fashionable, and dependable.
Favorite Morning Beverage? Keurig brewed coffee with a splash of Silk Almond Milk Caramel Creamer. Favorite Publication Issue? Women Empowerment | March 2016. This issue included my first ever piece of published work! I was so excited to see my article in the magazine I brought it to school the next day and showed all of my friends and teachers. My Go To Outfit: Jeans with knee-rips, a simple t-shirt, my army green bomber jacket, Adidas Superstars, and a black choker. Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Always giggling, a bit competitive, and inspiring.
Favorite Morning Beverage? An Oscar the Grouch (Matcha Latte + 2 shots Espresso) with Goat Milk Favorite Publication Issue? Definitely Purpose, where I get to explore my own personal journey while also helping others through their own. My Go To Outfit: Ripped black skinny jeans, Sheer black turtleneck, Leather biker jacket, and Killer 4 Inch Heels. Your Tribe. Would Describe You As? A beam of light amidst the darkness.
Favorite Morning Beverage? Peppermint Tea. Favorite Publication Issue? The “Courageous Issue” because it inspires me to face my fears and look outside my comfort zone, which is something I am always working on. My Go To Outfit: A comfy T-shirt, leggings, and Converse sneakers. Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Organized, Creative, and Trustworthy.
Favorite Morning Beverage? French press coffee with almond milk. Favorite Publication Issue? The Wholehearted Issue. My Go To Outfit: Black skinny jeans, a solid tee, chunky cardigan and nike lifestyle tennis shoes. Your Tribe Would Describe You As? Spontaneous, deep, expressive, passionate, and a bit all over the place (but in a good way).