We’re Belle and Lexie, aspiring queen and queen respectively. We are the creators of this blog, Fireball Loft. This is a place for us to share our stories and talk about what it’s like to be in your twenties in this divisive but connected world. Our content will shed light on things we find relevant, fun, or even threatening. We hope you join in on the conversations we start here, and enjoy getting to know us.
We met first year of college, when we were randomly assigned to live in the same suite on the eighth floor of the furthest dorm from campus at UNC Chapel Hill. We lived with six other girls, making eight of us total in a very confined space. The two of us became friends in the slow awkward way most college students meet: over meals of cereal and fried potatoes in the dining hall and 30 minute walks to parties where we didn’t know anyone else anyways. Mostly we just bonded over our mutual hate of our other roommates.
Over the next four years we coordinated Halloween costumes, binge watched The Office for the first time and spent every birthday of our college careers together. We became better friends through our admiration of each others’ work ethic and background. The idea for this blog eventually came to us senior year in the loft of our rat infested house. While we were figuring out what internships and jobs to apply to after college, our ambitious personalities pushed us to look into entrepreneurship. After talking about starting an Etsy shop selling custom vinyled beer glasses, we decided to focus on our writing and creativity instead. During rushed meetings inside of our condemned house and newfound basement apartment, we launched this WordPress site and planned out our content.
From the moment we saw our first post, we realized the potential of Fireball Loft and the effort we would need to put in to make it happen. We started renting video equipment from the library, practicing Photoshop and meeting every Monday after class. Slowly our website began to flourish before our eyes, and our future plans became more clear. In October we were two beers in at Lumineers concert, when we pinky promised to move across the country together at the end of the next summer. Making it to California and working on Fireball Loft became tethered in our minds as the symbols of our new lives after college.
We left North Carolina in August, spent a month traveling across the country and another shell shocked at what we had just done. Our content on Fireball Loft stopped, and we floundered in the weight of adulthood. Now, while we continue to look for full time jobs and an apartment in Southern California, we decided to relaunch Fireball Loft. This time, we want content reflecting topics that affect our day to day lives. Our commitment to this blog is to post consistent, thoughtful content multiple times a week. We hope this website continues to mature as we do. As always reach out and let us get to know you, this is a space for conversation and your voice matters just as much as ours.
Hello all! My name is Belle. My most defining characteristic is my ability to find the humor in any situation. I turn to podcasts, books and recipes for inspiration. I spend my free time running around the beach, literally running because I’m training for my next race… If it sounds like I’m in a job interview right now it’s because the last few months of my life have been marked by me describing myself to strangers. Life after college is a tricky beast for the introvert. The good news is, I recently started a full-time job in marketing and I LOVE IT. I spend Monday through Friday working on a brand management team by the beach. After work you can find me cooking or binge watching new TV shows, particularly those in the sci-fi genre. I’m passionate about writing, and I’m usually in the middle of three or four books. I love giving recommendations, though I have been known to go overboard. Some of my favorite authors are Cheryl Strayed, Sandra Cisneros, Lauren Groff and Cristina Garcia. Follow me on instagram or twitter to see a budding artist at work.
Hey everyone, my name is Lexie and I am a 23-year-old southern belle who never really got a hang of being a lady. I recently graduated with a degree in Environmental and Marine science, but I have since taken the artistic route and have become a graphic designer. I love creating. Above that, I love creating silly, stupid things. You can check out my Instagram and Youtube to see what kinds of shenanigans I most enjoy. I’m happiest when listening to a broadway musical, cruisin’ on the highway at night or taking that first bite of popcorn at the movies. I have more piercings than most, and they’re mainly congregated in one ear. I’m obsessed with makeup but my wallet sadly is not. As a San Diegan, you’re most likely to find me watching live music in the Fiesta De Reyes courtyard in Old Town or treating myself to a cinnamon bun at Cinnaholics in Pacific Beach. I love a healthy debate about sharks or Harry Potter, but really I’m just always down to gab. So come on over, leave me a comment and we can all gab and get to know each other.