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If you’d like to read about my background and things that inspire me, check out my About Me page.

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A Little Bit About Me

My name is Desiree’, but you can call me Desi (Des-zee), one of many nicknames.

I’m a code writing, pixel pushing, content crafting, freelance designer and creativepreneur from Detroit, MI who recently relocated to Houston, TX with my rescue pup Bandit 🐶.

With over 10 years of experience in my field, I’ve been creating all of my life, but I have been perfecting it since 2007. Focusing on brand design and WordPress websites, I have worked with a variety of people in which combined ideas helped produce wonderful creations.

Through my studio, Brand & Press, I focus on helping service-based small businesses and entrepreneurs build strong brands and dynamic online homes that people will love.

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What I’m Doing [Now]

Inspired by Derek Siver’s Now Page. Last Updated December 2018.
I keep this page updated with an overview of what I’ve currently got going on, and what I’m working on at the moment. To receive the occasional update from me, sign up for my newsletter.

It’s “winter” in Houston, and I’m still wearing my Michael Kors long winter coat that I bought for myself as a birthday gift two rigid Michigan winters ago. The weather here is bipolar, typically bouncing between freezing and rainy, and spring warm.

Lately, I’ve been focusing on developing my freelance business, building my blog, and creating mindful habits like daily journaling and planning that will allow me to keep growing.



  • New Recipe: Strawberry and Spinach Grilled Chicken Wrap w/ White Cheddar Cheese and Olive Garden Italian Dressing
  • New Restaurant: Korea House Restaurant Hibachi Grill & Turkey Leg Hut
  • Favorite Place: Fu Belly Asian Cuisine & Bubble Tea Bar
  • Memorable Taste: Braised Beef Short Ribs with Root Vegetables and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Wine Choices: Sweet Side Sweet Red and Warre’s Otima 10 Tawny Porto

Nerding Out On…

  • Bullet Journals, DiscBound Journals, Planners & Notebooks…Oh my!

Creating/Working On…

  • A restricted, branded WordPress website template for the contracted storefronts of an MLM company using the Divi Theme w/ provided White Label hosting and support through Flywheel and a custom Dashboard
  • A company intranet WordPress website using a custom Dashboard template
  • An online workflow for a Design Department’s marketing and website projects using the New Google Sites
  • A client portal website using the New Google Sites
  • Building my freelance business (Hire me for Branding and WordPress Website Design)


  • Spanish with Duolingo (currently at 25% fluency)
  • Brush Lettering
  • About the Alkaline Water Industry
  • To be more mindful



Listening To…

  • This is Chance the Rapper Playlist on Spotify (Listen on Spotify)
  • Currently Listening To… Playlist on Spotify by Big Sean (Listen on Spotify)
  • Your Top Songs 2018 Playlist by Spotify (Listen on Spotify)
  • Tobe Nwigwe Artist Radio on Spotify
  • Jidenna Artist Radio on Spotify
  • Bibi Bourelly Artist Radio on Spotify
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Let’s Connect Online!

If you are interested in what’s new in the service industry, freelancing, building brands, WordPress, or you’d just like to be social, find me online 👩🏾‍💻 @desimslaughter.

Twitter and Instagram are where I tend to spend most of my time online.

There are tips and resources that you will find helpful, quotes to encourage and I would love to hear from you.


This message is for all you creatives, brands, entrepreneurs, foodies, college students and nerds, let’s talk!