Bloggers We Love is a place where we feature you! Every Sunday we will feature a new blogger’s website, social media handles, a few of your favorite looks, and a short interview. If you would like to be featured, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, short bio, and blog URL. Be sure to include “Bloggers We Love” in the subject line.
* Week of 12-14-14
*Week of 12-7-14
* Week of 11-9-14
When I started blogging in May 2014, I didn’t know what to expect (in all honesty, I’m still learning!). I have people always tell me they love what I am wearing, asking where I shopped and if I could shop for them. So, I started a blog, took some pictures, much to my disdain for taking photos. I’m totally shy, so I hope I can get comfortable in my own skin. When I think Some Velvet Morning, I think about how I wake up in the morning. It’s a distinctive feeling (just like velvet) of happiness, of my beautiful surroundings, the joy my son brings me, the unconditional love I share with my husband Kevin, the friendships I have and the friendships I’m making along the way. All a distinct feeling. That’s what I hope to achieve, when you see my blog, you get a feeling of happiness and some fashion inspiration that stops you and makes you say “Great top!” or “I need those shoes!” So stop by, I would love to hear from you!
*Week of 11-2-14
La Carmina is a prominent fashion and travel blogger, author, and TV host for networks like Discovery, National Geographic and Travel Channel. She and her film team shoot travel episodes about subcultures worldwide, from Korean robot bars to Croatian techno parties.
Name: La Carmina
*Week of 10-26-14
Mirror Fanatic is a blog focused on Fashion, cliche right? Well I’m sorry to disappoint you but this blog focuses on Sky’s personal style, the coolest bags, shoes, outfits, and all the accessories money can buy..oh, and also her opinion which she’ll throw in for free! In the end, Mirror Fanatic is a blog that focuses on all the fabulosity in the mirror.
Name: Sky Conner
Hi Sky, can you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
Okay…a sample of me would be I’m from St. Louis, I live in Chicago for college, and I’m going through a handbag obsession phase. I aspire to be a Fashion Director for a magazine or brand. God is 1st priority with everything I do…I think that touches a little of everything.
Can you tell us about your blog and what inspired you to start it?
I started in purely being intrigued with it. Once I got my feet wet and found my niche I realized it was a platform of self-expression. It’s a way of me showcasing what and who I am through fashion. I am able to connect with people on such a pure and genuine level and I just find that to be absolutely beautiful.
How would you describe your own personal style?
I think I need a new saying but I always say “classic with a twist” I always will do something, “standard” with a hint of, “ah ha!” This is natural for me but I love that it provokes thought and discussion but also allows others to find their own style.
What are the must have items on your FW’14 list?
My must haves this winter are more tennis shoes, particularly a pair of chanel trainers. I also have tons of outerwear on my list as anyone in Chicago knows you will be in need of outerwear pieces. Last on my list is a timeless bag! My eyes have been dead set on the Saint Laurent Sac De Jour bag so hopefully I can cross that off soon.
What do you think will be the big hits fashion wise for next season?
I believe we will see tons of white. I think we will see a lot of short dresses like back in the 60’s.we will see Crop tops and Midi’s, sandals and boyfriend jeans, as well as more ladies wearing skirts with tennis shoes.
Where do you tend to buy your clothes and why?
I buy in segments. For fast fashion I buy H&M, Zara, TopShop, Asos, and even Forever21 from time to time. On a designer level I shop Bluefly, Saks Fifth Avenue, Burberry, and Outnet.com. I do this to give a good mixture on my blog. I focus more on fast fashion because it’s more accessible to my viewers. I want everyone to feel like they can look and feel amazing without spending thousands of dollars.
* Week of 10-19-2014
Johanna strongly believes in the power of caffeine in the AM and pinot noir in the PM. That and a bear hug from her littles can solve most of the world’s problems. She believes in loving what you do – life is too short and rarely takes herself too seriously, thanks to her husband. She is forever on a quest to find the best concealer…a journey which began when her first child was born.
*Week of 10-12-14
Most people will dedicate their lives to building one career. At just 25, Aimee Song has already reached considerable success in two: a sought-after interior designer and the “It Blogger” behind Song of Style. Song of Style has amassed almost 4 million monthly views and garnered collaborations with the likes of Piperlime and 7 For All Mankind. It’s a setup that seems carefully orchestrated–what better backdrop for an outfit shot then an active construction site?–but its beginnings were surprisingly serendipitous. We caught up with Song in L.A. to talk platforms (heels and social media), parents, and the challenges of life as a personal brand.
Name: Aimee Song
You started as an interior designer before making your foray into blogging. How did you make that jump? I was always interested in both interior design and fashion. I was going to school studying Interior Architecture and was working at a design firm when I started my fashion blog [in 2008]. I originally intended to start a decor blog but after my outfit posts got a good response, I quickly switched it to a personal style blog. It represents who I am: fun, easy going, and colorful, a mix and match of styles with underlining Californian roots. At one point I did actually want to be a fashion designer, just so that I could crip-walk after the finale on the catwalk!
What were some of the obstacles early on? When I started booking jobs because of my blog it was hard to manage everything, especially during midterms and finals. I was going to school full-time, working, blogging and traveling for blog-related jobs.
How has your life as an interior designer shaped your life as a fashion blogger, and vice versa?
I think my blog followers feel they can relate to me because I have a job outside of blogging. Having a day job has helped because I can still get by if I don’t make any money through my blog, and I’m not desperate to take every job that comes to me.
But there also must be some tension between your two lives… Sometimes my day job prevents me from certain opportunities that could help my blog grow. I want to take better photos and plan everything out more but I’m always pressed on time.
Blogging is essentially building your personal brand. It’s amazing that fans are following Song of Style for YOU, but that also must be a lot of pressure. It’s hard not to be affected by what other people think of you. I don’t ever feel like I’m performing but I do think about what my blog followers would think or say. I have a comment section that I don’t edit. I still dress and write my blog however I choose to and that’s not going to change.
What’s been your “I’ve made it” moment? When I got my grandmother’s approval. She is one of my biggest inspirations and wasn’t keen on the idea of me ‘modeling’–she still doesn’t understand the concept of blogging so she thinks I’m a model–while I was going to school. She’s very old school. However, when she saw an article of me in a Korean magazine about my life, she was so proud of me and carried it around to show her friends.
The blogging community seems tight-knit but you’re also each other’s competition. Have you experienced that first-hand? Unfortunately, yes. I have experienced bloggers approaching me for the wrong motives but after being burned a few times, I can now tell who genuinely wants to be a friend and who just wants to hang out with me to get ahead. I have a few close blogger friends who I know won’t screw me over and will be genuinely happy for the things I do and vice versa. Whenever I get pitched for a job or go meet with brands, these are the same blogger friends that I will pitch because I really want to see them do well and they would do the same thing for me.
You’re on quite a few platforms (blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram). Which platform has been most important for you? I personally love Instagram. It’s fun to give a peek into my personal life.
*This interview was conducted by Melanie Bender. Find her on Twitter at @melliebe and online at melaniezbender.com.
*Week of 10-5-2014
Blake Von D.
With features on Glamour.com, The Budget Fashionista, Essence.com, Refinery29 and Fashion Bomb Daily, Blake Von D is quickly making a name for herself in the world of fashion. With a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Psychology, Master of Social work from New York University and a few classes short of receiving a degree in law from Tulane University, Blake is the true definition of Brains and Beauty.
Name: Blake Von D.
Thank you so much for sitting down with us Blake. First things first, how old are you and where are you from? I am 26 years old. In regards to where I’m from, I was born in Macon, Georgia. I lived in NYC for 2 years, and I currently live in New Orleans.
I’ve always wanted to visit NOLA, but have never been. What led you to move from New York City to New Orleans? I graduated from Spelman College in 2009 with a Bachelor in Psychology. After taking a year off from school to work, I attended New York University where I received a Master of Social Work. I am currently in law school at Tulane University.
What inspired you to start blogging? I started blogging right around the time I was getting ready to graduate from college. I was so confused about what to do next with my life and more than a little afraid of the unknown. I originally used this space as a place to vent about (and hopefully get some clarity on) the things happening in my life. As my audience grew, I started to notice that people really responded to my budget friendly approach to style and fashion, so I began to revamp the direction of my blog. Over the past four years I’ve continued trying to marry my need to inspire women, improve my writing skills and showcase my love of fashion into one cohesive voice.
As a woman that has had great success in the fashion blogging arena, what advice would you give someone who is looking to start a blog? The hardest part of being a new blogger is just having the courage to start. So my first piece of advice would be…”Just do it!” After you’ve gotten over that hurdle, the rest is just about finding your niche, being consistent, having a nice clean design, good quality photos, and most importantly, staying true to yourself. Building a readership takes time, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient. Don’t compare your blog to other blogs, but also don’t be afraid to learn from the examples set forth by your favorite bloggers.
What are your top 5 fashion tips?
1. Ignore the rules. Do what you want.
2. Fit is key.
3. Shoes can make or break an outfit. They also make you happy.
4. Dress to express how you feel.
5. When in doubt, head to toe black is the answer!
October 1, 2014 K T Reed is One of my favorite ladies on the gram. She has style, grace and a whole lot of sass!
Name: KT Reed
KT Reed What advice would you give someone that is looking to get into the Fashion industry? In my opinion if you are interested in the fashion industry the first step is to educate yourself about fashion. Fashion isn’t just the clothes we wear or what’s “in style” this season, but there’s a lot of history to certain styles that are around today. I think fashion school can be very beneficial and you can at least learn the basics such as who’s who in the fashion world, what are the fashion categories, when designs are sold (seasons), how to design garments, knowledge of textiles, sketching by hand, how to identify trends and the list goes on. However, some fashion schools can become expensive so if you were on a budget, I would start by checking out what classes are offered at a community college or look into workshops and seminars.
What has been your greatest success and hardship for both your blog and KTR Collection?My biggest hardship is balancing my full time at a law firm, my personal life, managing KTR Collection in every aspect of the business and finding a few hours somewhere in between to sleep and being able to function when I am awake…But you know, there’s something about loving what you do that gives you a ton of energy. I’d normally crash on the weekends and come back to life on Monday.
My biggest success is definitely hearing the amazingly sweet and kind feedback from my customers. Sometimes I am so overwhelm and exhausted from the day, but reading emails complementing our project and seeing photos of happy customers in something I created makes all the sleepless nights worth every minute of it!
If you were going on a trip and could only carry 3 items of clothing with you, which items would they be and why? Well, I am an over-packer so this is a very challenging question, but if I really have to narrow it down to three, my top picks would be
1) a comfortable lightweight sweater because I’m always cold,
2) a maxi as it can work for both day or night and
3) swimsuit (duh)
It seems as though more and more designers are making clothing that leaves very little to the imagination, what made you start to design such classic and sophisticated pieces?Everything I create for KTRcollection was due to me wanting to wear something and I couldn’t find what I was looking. Either in a certain print or color, and when I did, it cost an arm and a leg, so I thought, hell I’m going to make this.
What 3 words would you say best describe KT Reed? It’s hard to describe yourself positively without sounding like a complete butthole lol, but someone once described me as eclectic, vivacious and unpredictable. I thought it made me sounded kind of cool (lol) and since then, I just kind of stuck with that.
Past or present, what’s your all-time favorite trend? I’m a fan of retro-inspired designs but I’m also a lover of today’s use of bright colors, patterns and prints, so I would have to say both!