fashion spotlight

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
My name is Kathleen and I’m a 22 year-old fashion blogger from Chicago. I’m currently a senior journalism major with a minor in philosophy at Elon University, which is located in North Carolina. Although I’m presently living in the South, I’m a city girl through and through. I love Chicago and I’ve also lived in Los Angeles and New York City for a short period of time. Obviously fashion is a huge passion of mine and in LA and NY I was lucky enough to get internships in the industry. In fact, this past summer I worked for The Daily Front Row, the official magazine of New York Fashion Week, and it was a blast. I got to attend movie premiers, red carpet events, interview movie stars, and even go to a ball – how cool is that? In May I’m moving back to The Big Apple to pursue a career in fashion journalism – wish me luck!unnamed

If you could sneak into anyone’s closet whose would you peek at?
I would absolutely love to take a tour of Blair Eadie’s closet, the blogger behind my favorite blog, Atlantic-Pacific. If I ever even got to meet her I would definitely have a fan-girl moment! I love Blair because her style is pretty much everything I want mine to be. She’s classic yet fresh, colorful, polished, sophisticated, but also exciting. Her clothing choices speak to me and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her repeat an item – she’s just fabulous!

What style rule do you always follow?
I struggle with this question because I honestly don’t think I follow any rules – that’s the glorious thing about fashion! Fashion has no rules or boundaries, my motto is: if you like it, wear it! Life is too short to follow a rulebook and the fashion industry agrees. Following fashion rules is archaic in my mind. I grew up with my mom telling me not to wear navy and black together, no white after Labor Day, match your shoes to your purse, pattern mixing is a no-no, etc. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve completely disregarded every single fashion rule I’ve ever come across. Rules don’t make sense in fashion because style is all about freedom, self-expression, risk-taking, and creativity. Everyone has their own unique way of showing off who they are and that’s beautiful!

What is your favorite quote?
“You can be miserable or you can motivate yourself, the choice is always yours.” I don’t know who said this but it’s become my mantra. I find it incredibly inspiring and encouraging – so much so that I hung it up in my bathroom right next to my mirror. I’m a huge quote person and there are hundreds that I love (I have a never-ending list of quotes on my phone), but this is the one that has stuck with me the most.

What inspired your blog?
I started my beloved fashion blog, Kat’s Fashion Fix, in 2012 as a way to express my creative side and to inspire others. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and I’ve loved putting together outfits since elementary school but I never thought of it as anything more than a hobby until college. After my first year of college I realized that I could turn my love of fashion into a career and I got really excited by that idea. Having a blog is a great way to get involved in the industry on your own. I knew it would make me standout to future employers and once I started blogging I couldn’t get enough. I love the whole community and it’s such a fabulous way for me to explore other people’s styles as well as develop my own.

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Three things that are always in your purse?
I always have at least one (…or five) lipglosses/lipsticks in my purse along with a mini moleskin notebook, which is the journalist in me because you never know when you’ll have to jot something down! The last thing I never leave home without is a snack – I’m not even kidding. I’m obsessed with these organic coconut and dark chocolate granola bars and I always have one in my purse – either that or an applesauce squeeze pack. A girl’s gotta eat and hunger can strike at any moment!

Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
I immerse myself in the fashion industry as much as I can by reading fashion magazines and following hundreds of blogs, which is where I get most of my inspiration. But I also turn to Pinterest and Instagram quite often as well. Instagram has quickly become my favorite way to check out what other people are wearing and I follow tons of fashion bloggers on there. My fellow bloggers are truly my number one inspiration because they’re genuine and they show off real clothes that real people can wear. Fashion magazines are fun but I view them more as art. The clothing and models are beautiful to look at but they just aren’t realistic, especially not for everyday life.

Best style advice you’ve ever given or received?
If you feel fabulous in it, wear it. Don’t follow the trends because everyone else is; wear what you want, when you want. Dare to standout and take risks – that’s when fashion gets fun!

What’s the one thing in your closet that you couldn’t live without?
My black, faux-leather motto jacket. I wear it with everything! Not only does it compliment anything I’m wearing, it literally completes my entire look by adding instant edge and personality. You can’t go wrong with this staple!

In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
Passion and dedication. Some people get involved in blogging for the fame or for the perks, and while that comes with the territory for some lucky bloggers, you have to love what you’re doing enough to stick with it through the tough times. Gaining loyal followers and attracting hundreds of visitors to your site daily is hard, but if you’re blogging for the sheer love of it success will follow because your authenticity will shine through.

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