A little more about me; Elise.

Elise Varchetta.  Mom of Totes and the City | Seattle Wa

It all started when...

There were two significant factors in my life that lead me to blogging... Growing up constantly writing and developing an interest in photography in my early years. 

It wasn't until Totes turned mobile around 15 months old that I felt I had a little time back to myself and started getting the nagging itch to do something more with that time than clean up the house.  I wanted something creative.  I graduated from the University of Utah's Davd Eccles School of Business with a degree in Accounting.  Accounting just came so easy to me after I took my first class in high school.  I knew it would be a great basis for anything I wanted to do in the future, but after a trip to New York City in 2007 to apply for an internship at PriceWaterhouse Coopers, I knew right then and there I didn't want to work in the corporate accounting world.  I was lucky enough to land an amazing job shortly after I moved to Seattle with a small startup company, an ultra modern yoga studio and spa.  Working as the General manager allowed me to feel creative and utilize my business background at the same time, the best of both worlds. But it was always my plan to be a stay at home mom and raise my kids full time.

When I was fourteen years old, I picked up my first real camera.  My dad was into photography and after watching him take photos and develop the film for years, I grabbed my Dad's camera and  my best friend one afternoon and we set out on our first 'photoshoot'.  We put on our sauciest outfit, overdid the hair and makeup and posed like we were in Vogue.  I still have those images ingrained in my memory even though I have long since lost the physical photos.  Over the years since then, I was always the one bringing a nice camera along on school trips, summer camps and birthday parties.  Good quality photos were always very important to me.  I sought out to model and be involved in photography from the front end.  It never went anywhere other than a few fun gigs but during my shoots, I was always chatting with the photographers on what kind of equipment they were using.  I finally purchased my first DSLR almost ten years ago now, but did so with the intention of learning to shoot with it well and master the camera before I had my target subject... my children.  I've still come a long way in my photography since the birth of my son but am really proud of some of those first photos I had taken of him. 

As for writing...

It was only recently, this year even, that I realized how long I've been writing.  When I first started this blog, I did so with the intention of just sharing my photos and an outlet for my photography passion.  I didn't want to include my own text or have my voice heard.  Or very little if at all.  I simply did not consider myself a writer.  But over time I kept wanting to say more, and more... until this year I finally came to the realization that I enjoy writing!  I grew up in the LDS church and was encouraged from a very young age to journal often.  I have several volumes of journals at home in my parent's storage room and still journal regularly to this day. So I've been writing for a really long time! And have come a long way.  I really love to sit down and read back over my old journal entries.  It's a great way to refresh the memories and get a chuckle of the silly things that I obsessed over at the time or feel a bit nostalgic of those early years when I first met my husband.  I've recently been reading back over the time that Totes was the age Apple is now and seeing how different or similar they are. 

Both writing and photography have done more than just be a creative outlet for me.  It's been stress relieving and therapeutic.  I strongly believe everyone should journal and hope my kids do!

I really appreciate you taking this time to read this page and the rest of my blog.  While it has taken me several years to even tell anyone that it exists, as it continues to grow, it has helped me grow as well and I am very happy with it.  I hope you have found some of the posts helpful and enjoyable to read and view!

I love to collaborate with other bloggers and companies that offer products or service that we are interested in and can trust.  Use the form in the CONTACT page or send an email to me directly at elise@totesandthecity.com

I'm also currently working on taking my photography to the next level and have started working commercially.  My personal instagram page: VillaVarchetta is becoming a portfolio of my personal work around the house (and beyond) and I also continue to run the media outlets for our own restaurants:  Cinque Terre Ristorante, Barolo Ristorante and List Restaurant.