Who We Are
We are three Phoenix-based friends trying the latest and giving it to you straight. We document our trys, give you our real feels and let you decide if it’s worth it. Look, we’ve all been curious about that product we keep hearing about, wondered which mascara to buy, or needed to know which bed sheets are the best. That’s where we come in. Gotta Try It is a resource and a community for you. At the end of the day, we’re all searching for ways to improve upon ourselves, our home, our family, our lives.
WE ARE YOU.
In 2019, Gotta Try It was born. The idea stemmed from an annual “Favorite Things” lunch that Gretchen attends each year. Coming home with 10 new items recommended and loved from trusted friends was such a gift. After a few years, others caught wind of the lunch and couldn’t wait to hear from her – “What new things did you get? Anything good? Tell me!” After all, the best recommendations come from friends! Today, Gotta Try It has evolved into “A Guide to All Things Good.” This guide is a curated collection of what we have tried and feel is worthy of recommending. You’ll find clothing, beauty and health products, travel, food and experiences, just to name a few.
Nice to Meet You
Everywhere we look, we see new products, fashion trends, recipes, travel destinations, kitchen gadgets, you name it. We all want to “try it”…but is it worth it? That’s where we come in. Think of us as three new friends and supporters of the products, businesses and things we love.
Founder & Creative Visionary
I’m a girly girl living in a world of boys. I grew up with two brothers and now have three sons. I know how to shoot guns, fly fish and don’t wear a ton of make-up. But, I enjoy a regular manicure, shopping and getting dressed up. I’m an optimist and come from a place of “it is what it is.”
As far as fashion goes, I’m all about the high-low...it doesn’t need to be expensive to look good. I would consider myself “on trend” but not necessarily “trendy.” People tell me my style is classic, feminine and sophisticated. I’ll take it!
I live a gluten and dairy free lifestyle due to food sensitivities and hormone imbalance. I strive to follow an 80/20 lifestyle and enjoy indulging when I can. I’m also constantly trying new, clean beauty products because of my super allergenic and reactive skin (sigh…..I swear I’m not high maintenance). I’ve been dreaming up this GTI community for years and I’m excited you’re here!
Creative Director and Branding Manager
I wish there were more hours in the day. I love spending time with family and friends, but work fills up my bucket too. I’m a mom to three (two of which are twins), have a full time job as an interior designer and love to write. Working hard and having a strong work ethic is something I’ve always enjoyed.
I’ve been described as soulful, intuitive, and having my finger on the pulse of what’s hot. I’m happiest when I’m being creative. I love putting together a fun look, whether it’s what I’m wearing or picking out materials for a client.
The GTI girls refer to my style as “Santa Fe chic.” Call it what you want, I do love mixing in turquoise, pattern and other funky accessories that are a nod to where I grew up. Discovering new finds thrills me. Whether it be a new health trend, home décor find, funky pair of earrings, or a workout legging from Amazon for $20. I love sharing the scoop!
Editor in Chief & Communications Director
I prefer to live in the moment although life doesn’t always allow that. I’ve been dubbed “Camp Counselor Laura” because I love to create fun activities for my kids and get messy with them. I love me a theme park, waterslide or rainy day activity! I’m curious by nature and like to have a full understanding of any given situation. Whether it be a major news headline or how to work my new wine opener. I like to ask lots of questions. People tell me I’m an old soul and have a calm energy about me. Yoga and curling up with a book are my favorite ways to unwind.
When it comes to my style, I consider myself a chameleon. I’m a little preppy, a little hippie, and a little tomboy, but always classic. I enjoy keeping up with fashion and creating a “look” depending on the day and my mood. Beauty products and skincare are my jam. You name it, I’ll try it!