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Meet Ali and Gipson, Founders of The Naples Diary

Meet Ali and Gipson, Founders of The Naples Diary 

Introduce yourselves! 

Hi, Ali and Gipson here! We’re two best friends that live in sunny Naples, Florida. We love sharing our shopping, traveling and dining adventures with y’all! 

What characteristics (cultural, personality etc) make you unique?

While we are each exploring different parts of our lives (Ali is growing her family and Gipson is recently married), this account brings us together and allows us to share those perspectives on The Naples Diary. Ali is able to share her life as mother while Gipson shares her explorations and travel. Together we unite through our love for fashion, beauty, and food!

Ali and Gipson, Founders of The Naples Diary

Gipson wears the Odette Midi Dress and Ali wears the Margot Mini Dress 

What inspired you to come together and create The Naples Diary? What is your favorite aspect of working together?

We were out celebrating a friend’s birthday and we were chatting about social media over drinks! Before the night was over the idea of the account was born! Coming up with our name took a few more weeks of brainstorming, but we wanted to incorporate Naples and our love for our town. Our favorite aspect of working together is definitely how much fun we have. We love sharing our travels, likes and dislikes, and what great things are happening in Naples! 

Who is your style icon? 

For Ali, that is without a doubt Jackie O. Her sense of style set trends that are still relevant today. She is the epitome of elegance and timelessness. For Gipson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Her style is effortless and chic. She pairs high-quality basics with on-trend pieces and makes everything look so polished. 

Style icon Jackie O

What is your best advice for someone looking to develop their personal style?

Know what you like and don’t deviate from those looks whether they are trendy or not - that is having style! You can be dressed in head-to-toe designer and not have style.  If you like what you're wearing you shine from inside and out. 

What is inspiring you in fashion at the moment? 

For Ali, comfort! When you’re 8 months pregnant it is a tough balance of looking cute and being comfortable. Thankfully her stunning sequin Margot mini dress is both of those things! For Gipson, elevating her looks! Gipson is always looking for a way to take her outfit to the next level and make it pop. Maybe it’s adding jewelry or a little color to a basic look, especially her work wardrobe. 

Why is it important to you to empower women? 

We believe it’s important to empower yourself and other women so we all gain a sense of self worth. So we are all aware that we have the right to make our own choices, we have the right to control our lives, and we have the right to access all opportunities and resources. We love the concept of empowering women to live life to their fullest potential and the idea that we hold the responsibility of our own happiness and future.

What draws you to the Mestiza brand? How does your Mestiza piece make you feel?

The beauty of each piece! Mestiza makes us feel feminine, elegant and special. These dresses are timeless and well-made. The story behind how Mestiza was brought to life is amazing and how they are empowering women through their brand is incredible. In today’s society, it is so important for women to feel empowered and beautiful and Mestiza is doing just that! 

Ali and Gipson, Founders of The Naples Diary
What are your favorite ways to style your Mestiza piece? 

We love to kick it up a notch and wear our heels with our Mestiza dresses! Adding a statement necklace or earrings is one of our favorite things to do to make an outfit pop.      

What is the best piece of advice you’ve learned this past year? 

Don’t be afraid to take chances, you never know what tomorrow brings. You will be surprised what great things happen when you step outside your comfort zone!

A snapshot from IG @thenaplesdiary

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