Meeting Desirée Ghazi.

We grabbed a coffee with Desirée, one of our users, in downtown Manhattan to chat about all things creative. She’s a student at one of the Ivy League schools and certainly has a crazy amount of charm.

Desirée, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m in the Masters in Teaching program at Columbia University. So I’m a student by day and adventurous New Yorker by night!

How do you keep yourself inspired?

I really get inspired from Tumblr. It’s helpful because my newsfeed is a combination of blogs I relate to and find interest in. So all I need to do is scroll through my newsfeed and find an outfit I would like try out, or read about paintings I’ve never seen before. I stay inspired by keeping my eyes open. Everything around you has an element of inspiration, you never know what you’re going to encounter, so if you keep an open mind you will learn something new from everything!

What’s your favorite movie?

I love the Austin Powers trilogy. It is really easy to get wrapped up in your daily responsibilities and the pressures that comes with it, so watching a great comedy like Austin Powers gives you a good dose of silliness and laughter! It’s important to take the time to enjoy a good laugh.

Do you have a favorite artist?

My favorite artist is Matisse. He expresses his ideas with the simplest brush stroke. I think thats the hardest thing to do: expressing an idea simply. Even his use of colors are simple because sometimes less is more.

You are clearly very fashionable, Desirée. How important is fashion to you? Do you follow any cool blogs?

Fashion is really important to me because it’s a form of self expression. I don’t have one favorite fashion blog, because I liked to be influenced from all types of styles.

The Condé Nast Traveler blog is one of my favorites, because they post new places to visit, new foods to try, and shows interesting things about cultures from around the world. It expands my list of places to visit and new things to try!

Tell us how do you use Dragdis?

Dragdis is wonderful for a scatterbrain, like me. It allows me to organize stuff without having to do much thinking, which after a long day is amazing. It’s really helpful when I find new places to check out in the city or new things to do. I just drag the link into a folder and presto! It will be there when I need inspirations for somewhere to go or something to do!

What would be your advice for anyone who’s struggling with creativity?

Keep and open mind and open eyes, there is creativity and inspiration everywhere you look, especially when it is something that is easily overlooked. And when in doubt, just say yes. If it ends up bad, you may still grasp something new from it.

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