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In The Spotlight: Averie Nicole

Averie’s passion for fashion started at an early age of 12 when she learned to sew, thanks to her wonderful mother. She loves clothing design, playing dress up, taking photos, decor, and travel as they are all well documented on her blog (Averie Nicole). She’s currently studying business and marketing, eventually eyeing a launch of her own line down the road. I recently caught up with her for a quick interview!

Averie Nicole

Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog as a way for me to express my love for fashion as well as a place for me to share all of my personal designs as I aspire to one day launch my own clothing line.

Where do you get motivation from?

My motivation comes from my current positive response rate from all of my followers and readers as well as my future goals. I have always been the type of person to focus on the future, so setting goals for myself keeps my head in the right place and pushes me to reach those goals. I get my fashion inspiration from current trends, but I have always had an eye for style, so I work to create looks that are unique to me and are a reflection of who I am. I view fashion as a way of inner expression.

Averie Nicole

What are some other blogs our readers should follow?

Some of my favorite bloggers are Stephanie Sterjovski (http://www.stephaniesterjovski.com/), Marianna Hewitt (www.lifewithme.com), Teni Panosian (www.missmaven.com), and Negin Mirsalehi (www.neginmirsalehi.com).

How Do You Pick Jewelry For An Outfit?

I usually don’t wear too much jewelry because I like my outfit to speak for itself, so when I am selecting jewelry, I go for the more minimalistic pieces like watches, simple bracelets, or pearl stud earrings. Depending on whether or not my outfit has some edge to it, I’ll throw in a few rings on.

Averie Nicole

Dog Or Cat?

Dog for sure. I had a cat when I was younger and the poor thing scared me.

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In The Spotlight: Aishly From The Fashionably Late

This week my featured blogger is Aishly Tromp from the beautiful country of Aruba. She studied fashion marketing and worked in PR for a number of years in New York City before moving back home in September 2015. Inspired by the culture and fashion of NYC, she decided to start her own blog two years ago called The Fashionably Late to get involved with cool projects in the industry. I recently caught up with her on what she’s up to in the interview below, so check it out!

Aishly From The Fashionably Late

What made you start your website?

Well I started my blog The Fashionably Late, two years ago. I used to live in New York and at that time I really felt inspired by all the fashion, different cultures and street style. I also followed a few fashion bloggers and it really made me want to do that as well. I just love the concept of sharing style and fashion tips with readers around the world.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

I get my fashion inspiration from a lot of resources whether it’s runway shows, Instagram, other bloggers or magazines. It’s a combination of all these things.

Aishly From The Fashionably Late

How would you describe your style?

My style is boho meets feminine. I tend to lean towards a lot of boho pieces that have a 70’s feel but with a feminine aesthetic like an off the shoulder mini dress or suede mini skirt.

How do you choose jewelry for an outfit?

It always depends on what I’m wearing. If I happen to be wearing a print I’ll go for small simpler accessories. If I’m wearing a solid color I’ll go for statement pieces that really make my outfit stand out.

Aishly From The Fashionably Late

What’s your proudest moment so far running your website?

The proudest moment has to be when people recognize me through my blog and tell me how much they like what I’m doing. That to me is the most rewarding thing about running/writing The Fashionably Late.

What advice would you give yourself if you had to start over again?

To not get discouraged about blogging. There are so many bloggers out there writing about the same things that I write about and it can be overwhelming to find your voice if you feel discouraged at times.

Aishly From The Fashionably Late

In your view, what’s the biggest challenge in the fashion blogging space right now?

I think one of the biggest challenges is staying true to what your niche is and what you blog about. It’s hard to skip out on offers that ideally are great, but in reality don’t have anything to do with what you blog about. Sometimes you just have to politely decline.

Dog or cat?

Dog definitely! I’ve always been a dog person and I start talking in this embarrassing high pitched baby voice at the sight of any pup. 😀

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In The Spotlight: Lauren From Blame It On Barney’s

The other day I was browsing my Instagram and noticed a few photos pop up in my feed from an account called @blameitonbarneys. I instantly loved her style and decided to follow her, and eventually reached out to Lauren to do an interview to learn more about her. Check it out here!

  Lauren From Blame It On Barney's

What made you start your website?

I have had some sort of a blog or fashion inspiration website for many years and then finally I got the courage up to start one that featured my personal style. It was a huge step for me because I didn’t always like to have my face out there or share that much about my personal life. However, I constantly found myself motivated by other bloggers who were doing it and I really felt that it was the natural next step for me.

Now looking back I wish I would have started it years ago- but better late than never! My best friend and I have always said we should take photos of our outfits everyday so that when we are older or in a few years when styles change we can look back to see what we were wearing- so this is sort of a more creative way to be able to do that while sharing with others at the same time!

Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

I think that most of my fashion inspiration comes from fellow bloggers, street style looks from fashion weeks around the globe (especially paris fashion week), as well as runway shows. I think it is fun to try to create my own version of something I may have seen on the runways. Also, I have a little vintage love in me so I often am inspired by styles from the 60’s, 70’s as well as many different decades.

Lauren From Blame It On Barney's

How would you describe your style?

I think my style is a mix of classic, trendy & vintage. Ha. That sounds like it is all over the place and maybe it is. I really do like to combine classic elements with vintage pieces and I am usually not too afraid to try out new trends as long as they fit into my personal style.

How do you choose jewelry for an outfit?

Jewelry is one of my favorite parts about an outfit. I love wearing black ripped skinnies, a nice metallic oxford, a black turtleneck and then some awesome rings, earrings, and bracelets. I tend to go for gold just because I love the way it looks against black which I wear a lot of. I just have fun with it when picking out jewelry for my outfits, I don’t like to match too much so I might throw on a green stoned cuff with a black and white striped dress.

What’s your proudest moment so far running your website?

I think my proudest moment is just realizing I am really doing this and sticking to it. As I mentioned above I was always a little hesitant about putting myself out there. And now to be able to be doing it without hesitation is a great feeling.

Lauren From Blame It On Barney's

What advice would you give yourself if you had to start over again?

Always plan a little more than you think you should. Also, connecting with fellow bloggers is key to growing. I have found such great support from other fashion bloggers & stylist. Also, don’t be afraid to be yourself because that is the only thing that makes your page different than anyone else’s!

In your view, what’s the biggest challenge in the fashion blogging space right now?

There are just SO many fashion bloggers, which can be great sometimes but also it can be hard to get noticed! You might have amazing style but not everyone is going to see it so it can be a struggle to get yourself known!

Dog or cat?

Well…I love dogs. I have 2 dogs. But I also love cats. I think I am more of a dog-person but more of a cat at heart if that makes sense!

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In The Spotlight: Stacy From The Bambi Eyes

This week we caught up with Stacy Simon from The Bambi Eyes where she blogs about personal style, travel, dating, food, and everything that is a close part of her life. She was on the way to Barcelona, Spain just before we published this interview, so hope you can connect with her and see the travel photos on her social media!

What made you start your website?

I originally started thebambieyes.com with a childhood friend and at the time we were filled with a lot of inspiration and needed an outlet to express whatever it is we wanted.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

From many different cultures. I love looking through street style photos of people from all over the world and seeing how they put things together to create their own unique style.

How would you describe your style?

Chameleon. I don’t think I have a certain style and I’ve always been this way ever since I experimented with my looks as a teenager. I’ve gone from tomboy, to girly girl, to punk, to scenester, and I’ve also been heavily influenced by both the Japanese and Korea cultures as well. I’m in a new phase in my life but I always have some of those past looks discreetly somewhere in my style.

How do you choose jewelry for an outfit?

It’s probably crazy to say but I’ve never been much of a jewelry type of girl so when I do decide to wear some bling it’s usually simple and dainty. Aside from myself, I often like that my outfit is the main focus and my jewelry be the understatement.

What’s your proudest moment so far running your website?

Having no fear to create the content I want to create and showing my growth throughout the years.

What advice would you give yourself if you had to start over again?

Don’t let negativity persuade you out of something you believed in and never let any creativity go to waste.

In your view, what’s the biggest challenge in the fashion blogging space right now?

Finding the balance of trendy and unique.

Dog or cat?

Cats but it’s allergic to their fur so I grew to love dogs 😛

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In The Spotlight: Kelsey Anderson From Lalua Fashion

Recently I came across a new website in a fashion blogger’s forum I’m part of, and the account of Kelsey Anderson from Lalua Fashion caught my eye. While her site is very young just like mine, I noticed she has been putting in a lot of work for her photos, social media accounts, and blog posts. I love the edginess she has in outfits, and recently had an email interview with her to see what she’s up to.

Kelsey Anderson From Lalau Fashion

What made you start your website?

My obsession towards fashion and art, I’ve always been creative, and sharing my outfits and style through a blog was the best idea.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

I always look on the runway, Pinterest for street style or celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian.

Kelsey Anderson From Lalau Fashion

How would you describe your style?

I’m 70% edgy and 30% pink & girly.

How do you choose jewelry for an outfit?

Depends on the outfit, if it’s a statement necklace I’ll pick something big and chunky or if it’s a delicate outfit I like to over layer tiny necklaces.

Kelsey Anderson From Lalau Fashion

What’s your proudest moment so far running your website?

Producing content I’m proud of as well as connecting with my followers.

What advice would you give yourself if you had to start over again?

To not be shy while shooting a post in public and not to care what people thinks.

Dog or cat?

I’m a cat lover!

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In The Spotlight: Zephyr Basine From College Fashion

Zephyr Basine From College Fashion

What Made You Start College Fashion?

I started College Fashion when I was a sophomore in college, way back in 2007. I loved reading fashion blogs (blogging was just starting to take off then!) but there was nothing aimed at my demographic – college women. I decided if it didn’t exist, I should create it, and College Fashion was born. We’re the original style blog for college women.

What Keeps You Motivated To Work On The Website?

I absolutely love what I do so it’s not difficult to stay motivated! I love helping our readers solve problems and build confidence through fashion. Fashion is such an amazing medium for self expression and creativity, so I adore being immersed in it every day.

Zephyr Basine From College Fashion

Where Do You Get Your Fashion Inspiration?

I get fashion inspiration from everywhere – from movies to song lyrics to home decor! I’m a very visual person so I love browsing Lookbook.nu, Pinterest, and Instagram. I screenshot everything on my phone so I have a constantly growing folder of fashion inspiration to draw from.

How Would You Describe Your Personal Style?

I would describe my style as modern minimalist with a bit of an edge – I love simple pieces with unique details, like a classic trench coat with studded shoulders, or black leather ankle boots with cutouts. I mostly stick to neutral tones and add interest with texture and detail.

Zephyr Basine From College Fashion

Any Other Websites Our Readers Should Follow?

I’m a huge fan of The Budget Babe, Byrdie, The Blonde Salad, and Fashion Toast, among millions of others. I also love home decor blogs like My Domaine and I Heart Organizing.

How do you pick the right jewelry for an outfit?

Lately I’ve been sticking to fewer, well-made pieces. One of my best friends is a jewelry designer (http://www.cylethomas.com) so I’ve been wearing his custom pieces lately – they’re mainly nautical-inspired and I’m from Cape Cod so they remind me of home. I used to only buy cheap jewelry from fast fashion stores but I’ve been focusing on fewer, higher-quality pieces these days. I find that a couple of well-chosen quality pieces beat ten cheap pieces any day in terms of aesthetics. I’ve noticed this in the blogosphere as well, a trend towards fewer pieces of higher quality instead of the Forever 21 arm party.

Dog Or Cat?

Cat! I’m a certifiable crazy cat lady, plus my fiance’ is allergic to dogs anyway.

Zephyr Basine From College Fashion

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In The Spotlight: Carmen Huter

Our featured blogger this week is Carmen Huter, who doubles as a fashion and travel blogger all-in-one. Whether lost in the Chinese highlands, hang gliding off the cliffs in Rio, or enjoying to beach at home in New Zealand, Carmen loves to experience nature and the world at its fullest. To connect with the environment and those around is her greatest joy in life. We recently caught up with her in between some travels to answer a few questions about her blog.

What made you start your website?

I started www.carmenhuter.com to create a platform where I am able to share my point of view, inspire to explore and embrace fashion, and connect with those around me.

What keeps you motivated to work on the website?

My vision as well as my passion for creativity and entrepreneurship.

Carmen Huter - Fashion And Travel Blogger

Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

I live in a town with a relatively small fashion scene, so I get a lot of my inspiration online. I am always looking for new talent on Bloglovin, am of course subscribed to Vogue, and love streaming or attending fashion shows. I find movies to be a great source of inspiration, too. Ultimately, established fashion bloggers form around the world (from Zanita to Aimee Song) are amazing to refer back to as well.

How would you describe your personal style?

It’s no doubt multifaceted. In two words, I’d say sophisticated but eclectic.

Any other websites you would recommend to our readers to follow?

There are too many to choose from. I always come back to www.vogue.com and http://shinebythree.com though.

How do you pick the right jewelry for an outfit?

When using jewellery, I prefer to keep it simple with a beautiful watch, possibly adding some delicate rings or statement earrings.

Dog or cat?

Puppies!

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In The Spotlight: Mlle Coconath

Mlle Coconath joins us this week as our featured blogger. As a designer, art lover, and book addict – her self-titled website is a place to share all facets of her inspiration and style. Every months she has book recommendations for her readers, and we recently caught up with her over email:

 

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5 Tips for Wearing the Right Necklace

Often, we will get questions about how to select the right necklace for the outfit.  That’s why we started the necklace of the week: to illustrate how the same necklace can be worn with many different types of outfits.  A necklace can really compliment or even complete an outfit so it’s a good idea that you pick the right necklace for the right outfit especially if you are going for a statement piece.

In general, many girls pick their outfit first and then try to match back to a necklace.  This makes sense as the outfit is heavily dependent on the weather, the occasion (i.e. work, girls night out, lazy Sunday, etc.), or even your mood.  If you are wearing a simple necklace such as a little pendant, it will go with pretty much everything.  But what happens when you want to wear something a little bolder.  How do you pull this off?  How do you pick the right necklace for your outfit?

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A good necklace works with a button down or open skin. If you love it, you’ll wear it. Don’t settle for likes.

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In The Spotlight: Alessia From Fleur d’Hiver

Fleur d’Hiver is the home of Alessia, 25-year old native of Rome, Italy. She started the blog in October of 2013 to share her passion for art, travel, and fashion. Currently she is a student studying linguistics at the University of Rome. Having lived in the United States, France, and Italy – her passion for clothes and fashion started at a young age, which eventually lead her down the path to creating Fleur d’Hiver.

What made you start Fleur d’Hiver?

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