fashion spotlight

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I am a 27-year-old teacher living in Orange County, California. I moved out to Huntington Beach from Virginia Beach about 3 years ago and love sharing my life here in OC with my readers! During the day I am teaching little ones at a gifted private school in my elementary classroom and on weekends I am jogging to the pier from my little beach apartment, munching on donuts and dressing up to find the best place to grab a cocktail.

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If you could sneak into anyone’s closet whose would you peek at?
Definitely Megan Mitchell of Style’d Avenue. She has such an effortless boho chic style and looks amazing whether it is in sweats and sneaks or dressed up for a night out. I secretly wish every time I ‘like’ one of her Instagram photos her outfit will appear in my closet. Still waiting for that to become a reality but until then I will continue to wish I had her entire closet.

What style rule do you always follow?
Never underestimate the power of a perfectly tailored outfit. I am 5’3, have a tiny waist and a larger bottom, it takes some serious hunting to find a pair of jeans to fit perfect or a maxi that doesn’t drag the ground. I have recently fallen in love with getting my clothing tailored to fit me the way the designers instead them to. If your jeans are too long or dress is too baggy you are not getting the most out of your outfits. Once you step into the perfectly fitting pair of jeans you will never look back. Plus, it means you can totally snag that sale item that is only available 2 sizes too big!

What is your favorite quote?
“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.” —Kate Spade. Because, well I mean, do we ever get over playing dress-up?

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What inspired your blog?
I started my blog a few years ago during my first year of teaching. There is no secret that Teachers aren’t exactly known for being fashionistas. We tend to fall into our own category. Business professional is not realistic for our needs and casual work attire is not professional enough. I started my blog as a way to mix the two. I was commonly asked while teaching, by both colleagues and students parents, where I bought my clothes and one day a friend said “You really need your own website where we can all go to see where you purchase your outfits” I am pretty sure it was that exact day I jumped on my computer and that was it! It has been so fun to see how my blog has changed and be able to look back and see my style evolve each year as I navigate my way through my twenties.

Three things that are always in your purse?
Oh this is easy, and they are all the same thing. A nude gloss, a bright lip color (a dark maroon in the fall/winter and a hot pinks in the spring/summer), and a chap stick!

Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
I find my inspiration from the people I have met in this industry. Whether it is the readers, the contacts made, or the blog friends turned real life friends, they really keep me wanting to stay connected in the blogosphere. Some of my closest friends I have here in OC are other bloggers I have met at events. These girls will, without a doubt, be dancing along side me at my wedding one day! And I find it amazing that our style blogs brought us all together.

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Best style advice you’ve ever given or received?
My best style advice was to not listen to style ‘rules’! As I mentioned, I live in California now — I have lived in Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and California 3 different times thanks to my fathers military career. And living in California, in particular, totally allows you to break all fashion rules. Having such ideal weather that does not match the seasons and being surrounded by so many fashion forward people really inspires you. My favorite rule to break? White after labor day.

What’s the one thing in your closet that you couldn’t live without?
A white button-up shirtdress, it is indisputably my most worn item! It can be worn with a cute ball cap and chucks, with a chunky wedge or sleek pump or even half tucked into a pair of jeans. I think I buy another each time I see one!

In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
Without a doubt, authenticity. It is so easy to buy into the “my life is perfect” image many people in this industry portray. I am not a vegan, Chanel toting, green smoothie drinker and that’s totally okay! I post about what I actually wear and things I actually use and do. I love to go on runs and showcase by workout gear but I also totally enjoy a big bowl of ice cream while watching the Real Housewives and I share that will my followers. Sharing who you are behind the perfectly staged outfit photos and documenting those super real funny moments gains many more genuine followers, because lets be real, we can’t all afford the cute Chloe bag. And that’s what makes bloggers more relatable than movie stars, right?

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