Bloggers We Love

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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 hi@beautifulepiphany.com with your name, short bio, and blog URL. Be sure to include “Bloggers We Love” in the subject line.

* Week of 12-14-14

Name: M
Instagram: @pandamonee
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What do you love most about blogging? I think that the most fantastic thing about blogging is that online you can meet all those fabulous people around the world that share the same passion for fashion:).
What items do you tend to splurge on? I’m totally addicted to shoes, bags, sunglasses and jewelry shopping
 How many times a week do you post? Always one time a week, sometimes 2, but only if I have some extra free time.
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Where do you see your blog in the next 5 years? I hope that in the next 5 years my blog can become more than just my hobby, and allow me to make a living out of my three biggest passions: fashion, art and travels. I hope that thanks to my blog I could visit the world and meet the people that share the same interests, maybe even meet my favourite fashion designers, like Galliano.
Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts? Generally I find inspiration in this twisted head of mine ( yes I have a wild imagination, I’m an astist:P, check it out:www.majamaciejko.pl ), and of course during my travels, nothing can be more inspirational then that, travels broaden your mind, vintage fashion of 50s and 60s is very inspirational as well, ladies back then knew how to look colorful, feminine & stylish.
Is there a person that is a fashion inspiration to you? Not really, I have my own sense of style, I try not to copy anyone else’s.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the fashion industry? Be yourself, don’t compromise!
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*Week of 12-7-14

Hi!  I am Brooke of the blog KBStyled.  I live outside of Nashville, TN with my loving Hubby, our two beautiful children, and our two energetic fur babies.  I’ve always had a love for all things fashion, I collect jewels, baubles, clutches, accessories, etc and you you will always find me experimenting with new beauty products.  Finding a bargain excites me and I love making an outfit look like a million bucks on a budget!
Name: Brooke Webb
Instagram: @kbstyled
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1.  Blogging provides me with an outlet to share my passion with others and it has also introduced me to so many other like-minded people who share the same passions.  My style often reflects a bargain find (or two) and I really enjoying sharing with others where I find such great bargains and how to look great on a budget.
2.  When I splurge it is typically on great jeans, beautiful dresses, and occasionally a purse!
3.  I celebrated my official blog launch on 11/18/14 and I will be posting 3 times a week!  Being new to blogging, there is so much to figure out and maintaing a consistent editorial posting calendar is one of those things!
4.  I have such high aspirations for my blog…as of today, it is my “passion project”, a hobby if you will, but I do hope I will be able to turn blogging into a full-time career within the next 5 years.  Being able to fuel my passions and provide for my family while doing so would be a dream come true!
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5.  Inspiration for my blog posts typical comes from how I am feeling and what style mood I am in.  I consider my style to be very versatile…not one that you can categorize as a particular type.  I dress according to how an item makes me feel and many times I plan an outfit around one article of clothing or one accessory.  Being original is important to me too so I don’t like to mimic what others are doing!  When I am not feeling inspired, often times I will turn to Pinterest for inspiration!
6.  There are definitely several fashion icons that I admire and that provide style inspiration…two that stand out to me are Olivia Palermo and Carrie Underwood.  Olivia wears every style beautifully and isn’t afraid to take fashion risks and Carrie has a classic feminine style that is so timeless.
7.  The best advice I have for to someone looking to get into the fashion industry is to determine your goals and then insert yourself into situations that allow you to meet others and network with those who are in the industry.  Understanding and owning your individual personal style is important too!
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* 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!

Name: Crissy

Blog: www.somevelvetmorningblog.com

Instagram: @somevelvetmorningblog

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What do you love most about blogging? Getting to interact with others has been great! While I have yet to meet other bloggers in person, I make sure to stay active with social media, mainly Instagram. It’s amazing how quickly you can meet people on-line. The blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely supportive.
What items do you tend to splurge on? SHOOOOOOES! They make me so happy! I’ve always been a shoe lover, so I like to splurge on shoes occasionally. I’ve always thought that a shoe can either make or break and outfit.
How many times a week do you post? My goal is to always post 3 times per week. I would love to post more often but as a mom and a full time worker, it’s hard. I use my free time during the evenings to blog and upkeep my online accessory store www.shopsomevelvetmorning.com
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Where do you see your blog in the next 5 years? Oh wow, tough one! I would love to be a successful blogger who turns her passion for fashion into a full time career. I would also love to collaborate with brands in designing a line of accessories. Nothing is impossible if you be yourself and be kind.
Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts? I find my inspirations everywhere. I am always observing others around me and online. I like to think I can embrace current trends while adding my own twist. I love re-styling what I have already in my closet. It’s amazing how I can find inspiration in that!
 Is there a person that is a fashion inspiration to you? I admire Olivia Palermo. Her look always seems effortless built around great staples – trousers, jeans, shirts and sweaters, with a good mix of high fashion. I would love to spend a day with her!
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the fashion industry? Be yourself. Be kind. Be consistent.
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*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

Blog: www.lacarmina.com/blog

Instagram: @lacarmina

 

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Hello La Carmina, can you start by telling us a bit about yourself? I started my La Carmina blog in September 2007, with a focus on Gothic and cute style in Japan. Fashion blogging took off soon after, and I made this my full time job. Over the years, I had the incredible opportunities to write books, do travel journalism, and host TV shows worldwide. My focus has broadened significantly, and I’m now most passionate about travel stories that have to do with alternative beauty and culture. I love to put a spotlight on innovators like eco-conscious designers in Israel, and a handbag studio in Cape Town that employs women from townships.
What items do you tend to splurge on? I invest in high-quality shoes that are a perfect fit and last for years. I recently bought a leopard-print pair that I can walk around in for hours — a must for frequent travelers like myself.
How would you describe your personal style? My outfits tend to have a Gothic or subculture influence, and take inspiration from Japanese street style. However, I mix it up a lot. I might do a hippie look, followed by something colorful and cute, and then wear a 1940s style pin up dress.
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Do you have any fashion rules when putting an outfit together? I’m not a fan of set rules, but the fit, quality and silhouette are always things to keep in mind. I also like to match my outfits to occasions and destinations, such as wearing flowers in my hair and tropical print silk dresses in Hawaii.
Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts? Since I currently travel so much for my work, I blog about the places I go, and the offbeat, unexpected culture that I experience. In 2014, my travel film team and I flew to Jordan, Israel, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, NYC, Cape Town, Cebu, Taiwan, Shanghai, San Francisco… and we have more ground to cover before the end of the year. Wherever I am, I find inspiration in the local designers, architecture, youth culture, nightlife.
 Is there a person that is a fashion inspiration to you? I’m more inspired by past decades: like the Victorian era, Art Nouveau, the 1960s, and all things disco.
Tell us your top 5 fashion must haves for the upcoming season. I’d recommend a rocker-style leather jacket with a hood, a big colorful oversize coat, a high quality faux fur scarf (like you might see on a 1930s starlet), lace up ankle boots, tights with a subtle pattern or 3/4 length opacity to give the illusion of thigh highs.
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*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.

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Name: Sky Conner

URL: www.mirrorfanatic.com

Instagram: skyconner

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.

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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.

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* 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.

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Name: Johanna Grange
Instagram: @101thingsilove
 
What Made you get into blogging? I was going through a rough patch in my life and I truly needed a creative outlet to organize my thoughts and escape. What turned into a hobby is now my happy place and has become a wonderful tool for me to do what I love most – write and make new friends!
How long have you blogged? 5 years
What are your 5 Must have fashion/Beauty items when going on a trip?
1. Leopard flats
2. black skinny jeans
3. red lipstick
4. a classic LBD
5. a structured blazer of some type.
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Where are you from? Chicago
Are you a full time blogger? It feels that way. I own my own social media management company that I launched in the fall. It’s called Oak Street Social. My FT job requires all my attention but I average about 20 hours a week in blogging so it’s a close second. Between the two, I am able to marry my business/sales skills with my social media marketing knowledge. It’s really a win-win for me.
My best advice is to be true to yourself and if you’re going to blog FT – be consistent. Your audience wants to know what to expect from you. It will keep them returning back time and again. It’s ok to post less so long as the quality of your content is fantastic and you incorporate amazing photography into the mix. People want to know who YOU are!
What is your all time favorite blog post? That’s hard after 5 years of blogging, i have written over a thousand posts. I would say the post I wrote about instilling confidence in my daughter, Olivia. While I write about fashion mostly, my daughters have shaped me into the woman I am today. I am forever changed and for the better.
How would you describe your “Fashion Identity” in 3 words? Ever-changing, feminine, colorful.
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*Week of 10-12-14

Aimee Song
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.

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Name: Aimee Song

Blog: www.songofstyle.com

Instagram: @songofstyle

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.

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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.

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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.

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Name: Blake Von D.

Blog: www.blakevond.com

Instagram: @blakevond

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.

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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!

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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!

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Name: KT Reed

URL: www.ktrstyle.com

Instagram: @officialktr

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!

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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!

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