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Hi! I’m Brooke, and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a Midwest transplant from Va. Beach to St. Louis, MO and live here with my husband, Aaron. See things closer was born out of my personal experiment to take a closer look at what an ethical lifestyle looked like for me and the everyday girl whether that be in fashion, friendships or faith.

Even though I celebrate every day like it is World Nutella Day, I’m still a wellness junkie. While I’m not afraid to be in front of the camera, my true love is being behind it capturing life. I am obsessed with anything and everything Wes Anderson. So much so, that the name of this blog is inspired by a quote from Suzy, one of the main characters in “Moonrise Kingdom”. Suzy says that binoculars give her a magic power which allows her to see things closer.

The aim of my blog is dedicated to highlighting my journey to see things closer in regards to wellness, fashion and travel. Rather than following the herd and purchasing and owning way to many items, I am trying to build a smaller and smarter wardrobe composed of items that not only stand the test of time but also do good for others. Recovering from a severe stomach infection has given a passion about what we put in and on our bodies.

My hope is to highlight ethical and slow fashion as viable alternatives to fast fashion and inspire others to do the same.

I firmly believe that we can not only look good but also use our purchasing power to do good!


All photos on this site were taken by Brooke Van Groningen.