Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I am 26 years old, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I grew up with a strong sense of my own style and never liked to follow the style “rules.” If my mom said, wear pink and a dress, I wanted to wear jean shorts and a t-shirt and make my own clothes. I was lucky enough to travel a good amount growing up and always brought back inspiration from wherever I went. From there, I lived my life like any Southern California girl – going to the beach and spending time with family and friends. Fashion just felt like the next natural step for me as a career when I grew up. With a marketing and styling background, Style by the People was my creative outlet and personal way to merge my two careers and start a passion project, which I’ve been lucky to turn into a career.
If you could sneak into anyone’s closet whose would you peek at?
Olivia Palermo, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s closet. Oops…that’s three
What style rule do you always follow?
For me, there are no rules which is why style is endless and hard to define. I guess my rule is to be you no matter what trend you’re wearing.
What is your favorite quote?
“Just Do It” — Nike
What inspired your blog?
I had always thought about starting a blog since I was 17 and was told I should because people always loved my personal style and wanted to see what I was wearing growing up, but I was nervous to put myself out there and do it. Years later, I was bored at work and wasn’t feeling inspired and wanted to merge what I loved, which is style, traveling, and lifestyle, with my experience, which was marketing and styling. I decided I had nothing to lose and just put myself out there.
Three things that are always in your purse?
Chapstick (at least one), Clean & Clear Oil Blotters (no one likes a shiny face), and a hairband.
Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
Everywhere. There isn’t one place. Sometimes it’s from being in a store, sometimes it’s on a walk, other times it’s from seeing someone else online.
Best style advice you’ve ever given or received?
Push the limits.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion to me is more about the why. Yes, it is superficial as to what you are putting on your body, but it is a way of expressing yourself and why you chose that design.
In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
Authenticity. It’s easy to let money, politics, and numbers get in the way of staying true to why we all started a blog – which is that we love fashion and getting to share it with each other.