About Desi

Hi! I’m Desi. I’m a Northern Girl.



  • Content creator, girl with glasses, asthma, workout junkie. Capricorn/Aquarius cusp – my head is an interesting place to be
  • I love pizza so much I write a separate blog about it
  • Favorites: music, fashion, running, coffee, travel, beer, Michigan, Los Angeles, Les Mills classes, Instagram, wine
  • Dislikes: sitting in traffic, people who don’t like pizza, and when my pink pen runs out of ink
  • I’ve done: 6 5k’s, 5 half-marathons, 1 obstacle race
  • I’ve been: to 32 US states, 6 Canadian provinces, 2 Mexican states, 2 German states


I’m 31, a college graduate, music lover, and girl with glasses. I also like working out, traveling, fashion, large bodies of water, summer, shopping, and office supplies. I’m an only child, and I’ve worked in marketing, graphic design, retail, tech, and administration – almost entirely in the music industry. I have asthma and just a touch of panic disorder. After two years in Virginia and Nashville each, I now live in The Windy City with my BFF!


I’m from the Mitten – and on more than one occasion, I’ve been high-fived when trying to demonstrate where I call home. I absolutely adore Michigan and the midwest, even though I don’t live there right now. In addition to graphic design, I also love scrapbooking and paper crafts, knitting, and photography. I love organizing and listening to the same songs on repeat for hours. (Want to see what I’m digging lately? Follow me on Spotify!) When the world ends, I’ll be watching old episodes of ER or Dog the Bounty Hunter – I love TV, and have some of the guiltiest pleasures.

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I started blogging in 2012 and over the years I’ve gone from a fashion blog to personal finance/frugality blogger to a fitness blog to a lifestyle blog. New to A Northern Girl & me? Check out some popular posts!

Follow me on Instagram, connect with me on Twitter or shoot an e-mail my way at desi@desidoes.com!

If you really can’t get enough of me, here’s where you can find me on Every Social Media Network Ever 😉

Pinterest / Spotify / Goodreads / Tumblr / Last.fm

May 31, 2012


  • Reply Kai

    I’m from Michigan too and I have to explain to people “This is what it looks like, here is where I’m from” when using my hand! I was born in Traverse City! 🙂

    June 18, 2014 at 10:04 am
    • Reply Desi

      Haha, it’s so convenient to always have maps with us. A friend asked me last week where Brooklyn was, this is what I sent him:

      June 18, 2014 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Emma

    I’m really happy to have come across your blog. Think I’ll binge read your career page first, than humour… got to have a sense of humour about the fearful unknown right?

    April 23, 2015 at 5:47 am
    • Reply Desi

      Hey Emma,

      Glad you like what you’ve found! I have some great new career posts coming soon – be sure to subscribe!

      April 28, 2015 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    Michigan blogger over here! I lived and went to school in the Windy City, love Chicago!!! Love your blog!

    February 24, 2017 at 1:52 pm
    • Reply Desi

      Thanks Shannon!

      February 24, 2017 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Marie-Therese

    I found you on Secret Blogger’s Society, and you’ve already swallowed up my morning. I love your personality and your work! I’ll be back.

    June 18, 2017 at 5:14 am
    • Reply Desi

      Thanks so much for the nice words! 🙂

      June 19, 2017 at 10:01 am
  • Reply David

    Just came across this when I read a review you did on dollar shave clubs shower products I don’t use much social media but wanted to let you know you are an awesome person with amazing personality

    March 2, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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