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Style Blogger Interview: For The Love Of

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!

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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.

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-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.

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-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.

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-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.

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-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!

Style Blogger Interview: Tales For Karina Marie

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Today I’m interviewing Emily from the blog Tales For Karina Marie. I love Emily’s eclectic style and her carefree way of looking at life. Plus she works for Sperry, so she always has tons of fun giveaways. Hop on over and check out her blog!

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Me: How would you describe your style?

Emily: Colorful. I LOVE color and everything about bright colors being incorporated into outfits to add more flare! I’d say If I could give my style a title, I guess it would be urban Mod. I can be really feminine at times and then I’ll rock the flannel masculine look. I love dressing casual with masculine touches.

-How/why did you start your blog?

My best friend of over 10 years died in a car accident in September of 2011. I decided to start a blog to dedicate to her, and use my love for fashion and styling as the foundation.

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

Keeping up with outfit posts! Sometimes I’ll feel so uninspired. ESPECIALLY in the middle of the summer when I’m all sticky and sweaty and just NOT feelin’ it.

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

My style is COMPLETELY different from when I started my blog. I’ve always been known as the “eclectic friend” who’s kinda crazy and dresses a little bizarre, but it’s definitely gotten more preppy-friendly since I work for one of the preppiest brands in fashion footwear.
-If you could have any clothing item right now, what would it be?
This mustard dress with blue bows from Ruche that I’ve been eyein’.

-Who has been your fashion inspiration?

Audrey Hepburn, Marcus Mumford, Zooey Deschanel

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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?

Quantity does not mean quality. Buying a fafillion things at Forever21 or H&M is not wise in opinion. Those pieces will last 1-4 wears in my opinion and then you have to throw them away. You also can’t resell those pieces as easily.

-What’s your biggest fashion mistake?

I got into a thrifting frenzy a couple years ago, and I started purchasing pieces just because I could, and then I never wore them because they were pieces of junk. SO I rarely thrift now. I save thrifting for vintage pieces only.

-What’s your favorite place to shop?

Modcloth & Anthropologie (they’re a tie)

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

Jeans. I love jeans.

-Where do you get your outfit ideas from?

Myself. Pinterest. Current trends.

-What is the best way to spend $50?

Groceries. I know that’s not fashion-related, but I find myself budgeting out fashion before food. That’s never good. Ha!

-Who is your celebrity style inspiration?

Carey Mulligan, Emma Stone

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

My patchouli homemade scent, my wallet, chapstick

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

A little black dress, a white tee, a nice pair of straight-legged stretchy jeans, a pair of nude flats, and a poncho

 Happy Fashion Friday!

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!