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Style Blogger Interview: Run Style Run

Today I’m interviewing Brandi from the popular blog Run Style Run. Brandi has an amazing bohemian style and is an expert thrifter. I follow her on Instagram and love to see all the amazing treasures she finds. I gotta get myself up to Idaho because they look like they have some stellar thrift stores up there. Thanks again, Brandi, for answering my questions and being a part of this segment!

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Me: “How would you describe your style?”

Brandi: “My style is very simple. I love all things comfortable yet fashionable. Fall is definitely my favorite time of the year when it comes to my personal style. I love floppy hats, maxi skirts, beanies, button downs, large chunky sweaters, scarves, and boots (items I find excuses to wear all year round..hehe) If you were to look in my closet you’ll find lots of basics to mix and match. There is nothing better than a simple white tee and jeans… and it’s so easy to jazz it up with a fun scarf and ankle boots. I love adding some gold jewelry including simple layering necklaces and rings.”

-How/why did you start your blog?

I loved looking for style inspiration through blogs and thought it would be fun to motivate myself to help inspire others. I definitely didn’t start it thinking “I want to make money.” In fact I limit my blog to very few sponsors because I don’t want to lose the focus of making it “me.”

-What is the biggest challenge about having a style blog?

I do get overwhelmed when I have a lot of pictures to sort through and edit. It can be time consuming and I don’t want to waste too much time sitting in front of my computer. I don’t usually post every day. I want my blog to continue being a joy for me. I post when I feel inspired. On days when I don’t feel like posting an outfit, I will share my thoughts or daily activities.

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-How has your style changed/evolved since you started your blog?

I like the word evolved because I don’t feel my style has changed too much…But it has definitely evolved. I feel I know what works for me and doesn’t. (Not perfect, some days I wonder about an outfit I chose to share…hehe) Something that has changed immensely is my confidence (not in a bad way). I have discovered what I want my blog to be more about. I don’t worry about how many people follow it or don’t. I feel I know myself better and I’m comfortable in my own skin.

-If you could have any clothing item right now, what would it be?

Skinny jeans, a basic tee, an oversized sweater, ankle boots, and a large carry-all bag. I have come to the conclusion to stop buying those ridiculous items that are cute here and now, but after I wear it once I wonder what I was thinking. For years I have worn a simple basic tee and jeans, so I try to stick to those basics when I shop.

-Who has been your fashion inspiration?

Some of my favorite bloggers are favorites among most bloggers…hehe. I love Natalie from heynataliejean. She’s not a fashion blogger but has that simple yet flawless style. I also love Naomi from Love, Taza. She has her own style and isn’t afraid to mix things up. Sydney from The Day Book always has the best basics as well. They’re three of my favorites although I could go on and on about others!

-What are some of your favorite fashion tips/tricks you would pass on to a little sister or your future daughter?

As I have gotten older, I like to follow trends but at the same time they go quickly. Stick to the basics and what you like. Be yourself, don’t focus too much on what others like. Red lipstick is a must have. Don’t leave the house in your pajamas. Do what makes you feel beautiful.

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-What’s your biggest fashion mistake?

Buying trendy items that aren’t very versatile. I seriously hate myself when I buy something that I wear once. Especially when I spend a little more than I should on it. BUYERS REMORSE is my worst enemy! Another mistake is buying something because it’s cheap. I made a rule that if I don’t love it or if I question it, don’t get it…. even if it’s $2. haha.

-What’s your favorite place to shop?

Thrift stores are number one for me… But if money weren’t an issue I would only shop at Madewell and Anthropologie. I have quite a few items from both stores I have collected over the years and never regret them.

-What article of clothing do you find you wear on repeat?

Madewell pocket tees. I own black, white, gray, and blue and they’re regularly filtered through my outfits.

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-Where do you get your outfit ideas from?

I find a lot of inspiration on instagram and pinterest. Also have you ever looked at Madewell’s blog?? Swoon… Best essential inspirational outfits out there.

-What is the best way to spend $50?

$50 is so easy to spend for me haha. The question is “the best way” though. I would say at a thrift store. A lot of people tell me “I never find anything.” That is the key…. You need to take the TIME to find. I could spend easily 2 hours in a thrift store. I will look through everything. I’ve gotten to the point where I can spot things easier by skimming… or if I have certain items I want…I’ll look more for fabrics. You can get so so much for your money. And what’s even better is that you can find name brand, expensive, and sometimes even brand new items for practically free! You would be shocked some of the items I have thrifted. It’s what always keeps me going back!

 -Who is your celebrity style inspiration?

Lauren Hutton back in the day had amazing style, Sarah Jessica Parker, the Olson Twins, Nicole Richie….. It’s not even necessarily their wardrobe in a whole but I have found some amazing looks they have put together. I also find a lot of inspiration in movies. I am a big movie buff… An example would be Beth in “The Lucky One.” Simple flowy, comfortable tops, neutral colors, boho dresses….I LOVE it!

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-What item is without fail, always in your purse?

My red Hobo wallet.  It fits anything and everything! I always have lipstick as well whether it’s nude or red.

-What do you think are five key pieces every woman should own?

Dark wash skinnies, white tee, gold watch, a jean jacket, and aviators.

Happy Fashion Friday!

 

 

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Let Me Tell You A Poem

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(Earrings: Target  Jacket: Thrifted  Dress: Clothing Exchange  Heels: HandMeDown)

Here’s a fun activity for you.

Tell someone you wrote a poem for them and then say the lyrics of a song to them as if you wrote an incredibly original poem just for them.

For example, here’s a “poem” I wrote for you:

“And the sun is shinin’
This road keeps windin’
Through the prettiest country
From Georgia to Tennessee
And I got the one I love beside me
My troubles behind me
I’m alive and I’m free
Who wouldn’t wanna be me”

Aren’t I such a poet? 😉

(I’d like to thank Keith Urban for those lyrics.)

Do you have a poem for me?

Middle Names

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(Sunglasses: Charming Charlie’s  Top: Plato’s Closet-Lauren Conrad  Dress & Belt: Clothing Exchange  Shoes: Goodwill-Banana Republic)

I love my middle name. In fact, I love it so much (combined with the fact that NO ONE can pronounce my first name) that when I go to restaurants and they ask for my name, I tell them it’s Annie (my middle name is Anne, but I love Annie as a first name…and don’t you think I look like an Annie?). I also love to know people’s middle names. I am a middle-name-knowing-hoarder. I can’t stand when people don’t have middle names. It’s like life has not been fair to them and dealt them the short stick. I say, if your parents did not take the time to bless you with a middle name, then make one up! Or I’ll make it up for you…because we all know how much I love to name things. 😉

Smelling Salts

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(Sunglasses: Charming Charlie’s  Necklaces: Cookie Lee  Jacket: Target  Dress: $5 Store  Shoes: Plato’s Closet-MIA)

The other day I was watching an old favorite “Merrily We Live” (you can watch the whole thing on youtube if you haven’t seen it yet…it’s a great film!). Not to give anything away, but in the end there is a hilarious scene where people keep fainting. They yell to each other to “get the smelling salts”! My husband commented on this and said, “How crazy is it that people fainted so much that they kept smelling salts on hand?!” So true. Why did people faint so much back then? Was it the corsets they wore or was there less oxygen in the air? Are we just hardier humans nowadays? So weird.

Style Blogger Interview: I Believe In Unicorns

When I first stumbled along Ashley’s blog, I Believe In Unicorns, I was awed by how colorful and effervescent it is. And I think that is exactly how Ashley is: happy, vibrant and vivacious. This definitely comes through in her fashion choices that are girly and so fun! Hop on over to her blog and check out her fabulous style! And thank you, Ashley, so much for letting me interview you!

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 Me: How would you describe your style?

Ashley: I have THE HARDEST time describing my style because some days it’s super bohemian and some days it’s more preppy, vintage, so i don’t know! It’s just whatever I’m feeling that day paired with whatever clothes I own and are clean! All i know is that it has to be pretty comfortable and simple because I live in arizona and layers just really are not my friend when it’s almost always 90 degrees or higher!

-How/why did you start your blog?

I actually started it when I was in a creative writing class at Arizona State University–so if you dig back into my archives you’ll find a lot of personal stories. I made it public when we were living in Idaho away from family and we had just gotten married so we had a lot of new stories to share with family and friends–gradually I started more people than just family and friends were reading…so that was kind of fun.

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-What is the biggest challenge about having a style blog?

Trying to come up with something to write about so often. As I said, when I started the blog it was a creative writing outlet so I only wrote on it when I had a story to tell, but now that I want to keep it more updated, it can be a challenge to come up with anything interesting to talk about on a regular basis. Hopefully I don’t bore anyone too much! haha

-If you could have any clothing item right now, what would it be?

I’m on the hunt for the perfect ankle bootie for fall! if anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear. 🙂

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-What are some of your favorite fashion tips/tricks you would pass on to a little sister or your future daughter?

I just want all woman to own their clothing choices. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to try, then do it! If you’re confident and comfortable with yourself, you’re going to look great!

-What’s your favorite place to shop?

I like a lot a places but a few that come to mind are asos.com, j.crew (with my employee discount), forever21, h&m, free people sale section, thrift stores and antique shops.

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-What article of clothing do you find you wear on repeat?

I’m almost always in a leather huarache or sandal and some skinny jeans–they’re just so comfortable and easy!

-What item is without fail, always in your purse?

Altoid Smalls in wintergreen, smith’s mint rose lip balm and pen and notebook. Most importantly the pen and notebook–I can’t stand being somewhere, getting an idea or needing to make a list and not having some place to write it down!

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-What do you think are five key pieces every woman should own?

1. A great fitting pair of dark wash ankle skinnies like these.
2. An a-line high-waisted skirt like this.
3. A vintage floral silk scarf to wrap their hair up in like this (or pick one up at your local thrift store!)
4. A pretty pair of leather sandals like these.
5. A colorful or patterned heel that makes them feel fierce like these.
Happy Fashion Friday!

Highs And Lows

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(Necklace & Watch: Target  Tank: Clothing Exchange  Skirt & Shoes: Thrifted  Purse-Plato’s Closet-Coach)

Every night we talk about our “highs” and “lows” (the best and worst parts of our day). I love how this makes us reflect on our day and a lot of the time we are so amazed with all the blessings we have been given. I love how often my kids say “I don’t have a low, just a lot of highs today” or when their low is “going to bed”. Ha! That’s the mind of a 3-year-old for you. I swear there are some days that I wake up just waiting in anxious anticipation to go back to bed. What’s your nightly routine?

My Little Old Man

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(Earrings: Cookie Lee  Jacket & Shoes: Thrifted  Dress: Target)

My son’s preschool teacher is amazing. She has this fantastic ability to remember conversations she’s had with him and report back to me. Here was an email I received from her last week:

Yesterday Liam asked me if I was a morning person or a night person? I asked, “What about afternoon person?” He said, “I didn’t think about that…Are you an afternoon person?” I said, ” I am a morning person which is the perfect time for you to get here so that I can spend time with you.” He said, ” I am a morning person, too, and I get up very early…sometimes I stay up late, so I guess I’m a night owl too.” I laughed and said, “You know yourself really well, Liam.” He said, “I live in me, so yeah, I know me.”

Oh that kid. Such an old man in a four-year-old body.