I’m interviewing Andrea today from the blog, For The Love Of. I have actually met Andrea in real life and can say she is just as gorgeous in person as she is in all her fabulous pictures. Andrea has a beautiful family and has been eating clean for the past couple of months. Hop on over to her blog to read more about that. Thanks again, Andrea for taking the time to answer my questions!
Me: How would you describe your style?
Andrea: California casual with a flair for feminine touches. I love subtle pops of color and pattern, or really simple silhouettes that flatter the features I like the most.
-How/why did you start your blog?
Initially it began as a family blog when I was working full time and didn’t have the time to “scrapbook”, which was the big thing at the time. Then it became as an outlet for my creativity and to keep my brain working, after I quit my job to stay home full time.
-What advice would you give to other mothers about dressing up every day or being stylish?
It takes just as much time and effort to put on a pair of jeans or a skirt, as it does to put on yoga pants. Dressing shouldn’t be a chore, but something you look forward to everyday. Women’s biggest complaint is that they don’t have anything to wear, or it takes too much time and brain power to put together an outfit. But if you build up a closet of key pieces, with whatever your budget may be, it won’t feel so laborious and you’ll actually enjoy getting dressed again.
-What is the biggest challenge about having a style blog?
Finding the time to take outfit photos. I’ve been documenting my outfits for over 3 years now, so I’ve grown picky about where and how I take my photos. Because of this, timing, lighting, and location don’t often work to my advantage with a husband who works a lot and the schedules of 3 kids. I’d love to publish more style posts, because I have plenty to share, I just can’t seem to get the timing right.
-How has your style changed/evolved since you started your blog?
The blog hasn’t changed my style, rather my age, and growing confidence in my taste level, has. I used to be a lot more influenced by others style. Now, I may get inspired by others, but I know what I like and I feel good about what I choose to wear the majority of the time.
-If you could have any clothing item right now, what would it be?
A great black leather motorcycle jacket for Fall.
-Who has been your fashion inspiration?
Not that it translates into my personal style at all, because her lifestyle is so vastly different than mine, but I love Taylor Tomasi Hill’s style. From her hair to her shoes, she’s got killer style.
-What are some of your favorite fashion tips/tricks you would pass on to a little sister or your future daughter?
Less is more. Don’t overdo it. Don’t wear clothes that are too tight or too short. Wear what you love and don’t fall prey to trends. I think most women, from the time we’re little girls playing dress-up, have an innate sense of what we love, style wise. We either listen to it and follow it, or ignore it and let it go quiet, or push it aside and wear what we think we should wear. Listen to that little voice.
-What’s your biggest fashion mistake?
Buying white fur snow boots.
-What’s your favorite place to shop?
Nordstrom, Madewell, Zara
-What article of clothing do you find you wear on repeat?
Chambray shirt, a couple of great dresses I love.
-Where do you get your outfit ideas from?
Various style blogs, magazines, Pinterest.
-What is the best way to spend $50?
A dress you find on sale, or some new makeup.
-What item is without fail, always in your purse?
Hand lotion – I hate having dry hands.
-What do you think are five key pieces every woman should own?
White button up blouse, a trench coat, great pair of denim, a versatile dress and nude pumps.
Happy Fashion Friday!