bobo Posse Spotlight - Tobi Curtis
I met our next bobo Posse Spotlight feature at the gym. I was a die-hard 6 am class attendee. Not because I was dedicated to fitness, but it was the one hour where I could half-ass all the exercises, and it would be forgiven because I GOT TO THE GYM AT 6AM DAMNIT! Merely "showing up" at that ungodly hour was a win. My favorite part of going to the same class every day was that I got to know a core group of individuals really well and socializing became the main goal for me--Socializing was my cardio, and I was damn good at it. It was during these "socializing hours" that I became friends with Tobi and her husband, Jake.
If you’ve been following along with the bobo Posse Spotlight, you’ll have noticed I have shared some of my favorite brands and bloggers to date. Today’s spotlight goes to one of my best clients who I am also stoked to call my friend.
I lovingly call her my
“Pimp Mama Kris”
because she hustles jobs for me like Kris Jenner pimps out her kids for a paycheck.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tobi on a number of amazing design and lettering projects. She’s one of those people who has such a strong creative vision and can communicate her ideas so effortlessly. As a designer, she is that dream client we all wish we could have every time we book a new job. She has an incredibly high level of taste, and her enthusiasm for each project is contagious. She has ideas for projects that I could only dream of executing. She is the most phenomenal party planner. And if "decorating your kid's room over and over again" were a job- she would be rich. Like filthy, disgustingly rich. In addition to her bright and vivacious eye for decor, she's also let me in on some very personal projects.
The Curtis' are a "waiting family"- a family working with an agency and hoping to be selected to adopt a child. Part of this long and emotionally draining journey involves designing a book that presents your household, values, parenting styles, hopes, dreams, and all the other things people would examine in your life. I feel incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to create this very personal book with her.
Some of the fun projects weve done together!
On top of being a creative visionary, she is also a mom, a wife, and a nurse. For those keeping track, those are three full-time jobs. Despite not being a professional blogger, or a business owner (yet!), she is always thinking about her own personal brand; what her core values are, and how those values impact her every day. That’s how keen she is observing and engaging with the world around her. She has an incredible sense of humor, and despite how put together she is, she doesn’t shy away from “keeping it real” which I wholeheartedly appreciate.
Let's get to know her a bit more shall we? Onto rapid fire!
What’s your favorite bobo item?
If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be the custom design and calligraphy work that Angie has done for me, from the waiting family profile for our adoption to custom cake toppers for birthday parties.
I have three or four bobo make-up bags that I use every day. For make-up, jewelry, travel and that stuff in the bottom of your purse that you don’t even know is there until you need it really badly. I also have my eye on the Indigo Dyed Clutch. It’s on my wish list big time and I’m already dropping hints for my birthday in March!
If you could pack you bags and go ANYWHERE tonight, where are you going and why?
There’s a lot of Europe I still need to see. I’d love to basecamp from a charming flat in London for a couple of months, pretend to be a local, and take trips to all the surrounding countries each week.
Of all the places you have visited, which place was the most magical?
Greece was pretty freaking magical. I loved the street art in Athens, the swimming in Corfu, the views in Santorini and the food EVERYWHERE. Every time I think about planning an international trip, I’m torn between seeing somewhere new and going back to Greece!
What is your spirit animal?
Definitely a sloth. My perfect day would involve about eighteen hours of sleep, Door Dashing brunch and Netflix all afternoon. Three toed sloths move so slowly that algae grows on their fur… I aspire to that kind of relaxation.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I have no idea. My goals in life used to be so much more concrete. I thought I knew what my “brand” was. But now, I feel like I’m always learning something new about who I am and what I’m capable of. I am both creative and analytical. Stubborn and flexible. Lazy and a perfectionist. I’m interested in everything. I guess I hope that I’ll never be too grown up to see myself as a work in progress.
You come on stage to a roaring crowd- what song is playing upon your grand entrance?
My upbeat entrance would definitely be Coin’s Talk Too Much, but if I’m making my premiere as the dramatic 80’s wrestling heel or comic-book-turned-movie supervillain, it has to be Halsey’s Gasoline.
Hugs & High Fives!