Joy Merrifield

Originally from rural Arkansas, Joy Merrifield studied Creative Writing at Florida State before moving to New York to navigate the challenging waters of fashion and design journalism. A novelty-seeker and lifelong learner, she continually finds herself in classes studying new subjects like statistics, sign language, chemistry, anatomy, labor support, and nutrition, collecting a degree in Fashion Design from F.I.T. along the way. She has worked in the style department of Real Simple, traveled the world on a shoestring budget, and co-written a book about the intersection of design and DJ culture. She is an enthusiastic, if amateur, pescatarian cook, fosters kittens and guinea pigs, and has a passion for art, design, music, and technology, and the ways they overlap and inform each other.


  • Joy has been writing for TripSavvy since December 2018
  • She has written for City Magazine, BUST, Overspray, and Planet Mag
  • Joy has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Florida State University and an associate’s degree in Fashion Design from F.I.T.


 Joy previously worked in the stye department of Real Simple but you can also find her bylines at online publications like Planet Mag, City Magazine, BUST, and Overspray. 


Joy has her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and an Associate’s in Fashion Design from F.I.T.

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