Category Archives: Interviews

Interview With Nicole of Glitter and Gold

One of my favorite things about blogging is finding new blogs that speak to me. I fell in love with Glitter and Gold after hearing about it through Glitter Guide. The owner, Nicole, is absolutely adorable and I was able to catch up with her and find out a little more about her and her blog!

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What made you want to start your blog Glitter and Gold? I started my blog almost two years ago as a creative outlet. I needed a space to speak my mind and share a little bit of my life, trends, and style. I’m so happy that I made the choice to start Glitter & Gold. It’s something that I truly love doing.

Where do you find inspiration the most? Working in fashion fosters my creativity and allows me to get inspired every single day. That inspiration always moves me to write a blog post or style my home or myself in a different way.

Your blog is a mix of fashion and interior décor. What are you more passionate about? I work in the fashion industry so I’m absolutely more passionate about that. Not only is it what I spend my 9-5 doing, I also choose to spend my free time writing about it… that’s a lot of love!

How would you describe your personal style? Classic with an edge. Blacks, whites, and grays with pops of glitter and gold.

Does your style also reflect how your home is decorated? Absolutely. It’s so important for me that someone walks into my apartment and says “that’s so you”. When I leave my apartment every morning I sometimes chuckle at myself because more often then not my outfit matches it perfectly.

Do you keep any of your wardrobe and/or accessories on display at home? Yes! Next to my vanity I wanted a way to display my jewelry and sunglasses so I actually DIY’d two frames to make a display for them. It’s one of my favorite parts of the bedroom and they were so simple to make. You can see the DIY for the necklace organization here (http://www.glitterandgoldblog.com/diy/)… it’s sure to make you wear your accessories more often!

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What do you do to keep your home feeling feminine but not overly so? I know how hard it can be to keep you and your guy happy when it comes to decorating! It’s very hard! I try my best to add masculine elements into our apartment and to always consult him on big purchases of course. In the corner with my huge metal ampersand (not the most manly of items) I framed two Navy vs. Army tickets from the 40s and when you walk into our apartment the first thing you see is a vintage Marine Corps recruiting poster. Also I feel like keeping the color pallet more neutral always helps. In my case it’s black, gray, and white.

If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life what would it be? That’s a tough one! I think I’d have to say studded loafers, Gap 1969 boyfriend jeans, a plaid shirt, and a cozy sweater. Hopefully this doesn’t happen though because I’d rather not wear that to my wedding!

What are some trends you think are worth investing in this season and others that aren’t worth spending a ton of money on? Anything extremely trendy I would buy at H&M or Target, a good example of that for me is peplum. Same goes for hidden wedges, I absolutely love them but buying a pair from Ash is probably a mistake when Aldo has some fantastic options for a fraction of the price (that’s where I got mine). I would invest in a great berry lipstick like Nars Funny Face, a great pair of waxed or glazed jeans, and anything oxblood colored.

What’s your favorite place to shop for your home? Do you like ordering random things online or do you have a regular spot you go to stock up? I won’t buy furniture online but I will buy home accessories. The majority of my home décor comes from Marshalls, Home Goods, and Target but my favorite place to shop for home décor would have to be West Elm.

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What’s your most prized possession in your closet? There are A LOT of things in my closet but the most important are my Jimmy Choos. My fiancé gave them to me when we first started dating and five years later they are still my absolute favorites!

What advice can you give to someone who doesn’t have a big budget but wants his or her home to be nicely decorated? My advice would be to pull images from home décor sites and identify the big-ticket items vs. the smaller more visual elements. Invest in pieces like your couch, rug, and coffee table, but look to find less expensive versions of those other items that pull the room together.

What’s your perfect holiday ensemble? Sparkle, sparkle and more sparkle. This is the best time of year to celebrate all things glittery (and we know how much I love that) so put on that sequined dress, add some color to your lips and get out there and enjoy the holidays!

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*Photos taken from the Glitter Guide and were shot by Alexandra L. Frumberg 

 

 

 

Q & A: Stefanie Kuncman of Steffy’s Pros & Cons

One of the best parts of being a part of the blogosphere is finding others who not only are similar to you but also inspire you on a daily basis. I have quite a few blogs that I follow regularly but only a few leave a lasting impression, like Stefanie Kuncman’s blog, Steffy’s Pros & Cons. She is a favorite of mine at the moment for always being positive with a quirky attitude and style. We’ve become friendly via twitter and leaving comments for each other on our latest posts. She was nice enough to agree to do an interview with me and her answers were just as amazing as her blog! 

What made you decide to start your blog, Steffy’s Pros & Cons?

I started my blog after I moved back from living in Nicaragua with matt for 7 months. I lived off of reading fashion blogs while I was there because I was fashion deprived, and it would make me feel inspired. When I came back I just couldn’t NOT start a blog of my own, and so steffys pros and cons was born!

You also have a very sweet vintage shop, Tea & Tulips! Did you start off with that or your blog?

I started off with the blog and my best friend sara suggested the shop. I thought it was a good suggestion.

 Do you work full time on your blog & shop or do you have another day job? Do you have a fashion and/or business academic background?

I work part time 2 days a week at a local boutique and I go to school full time for fashion merchandising. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism also that I completed in 2009, and after working in the industry for a year and a half I decided my passion lies with fashion, so I made the decision to go back to school for it.

Where are your favorite spots/ shops to buy at for your shop? What do you try and look for?

I have a few spots I go to in order to shop for the store, and I know by now when each one will have “what I am looking for.” My favorite by far is “flamingo plaza” the best plaza ever here in Miami. Also, urban jungle in Brooklyn is amazing. I always try to look for whatever color I am in the mood for, great patterns like polka dots or bright florals, and of course cute collars! Just things that pop out to me!

It seems that vintage clothing shops are starting to become a movement, what do you think differentiates your store from all the others out there?

I think my shop is just ‘me.’ I think anyone who knows me can look into my shop and think that what I am selling makes sense. I think people who don’t know me can get an idea of who I am from my shop. Everyone is different and unique, so I think my shop is different just because I am different and it is a direct representation of me.

Where do you hope you (and your blog/shop) will be in the next 5 years?

I don’t hope too much or have too many expectations. I do it because I love to do it, and because I meet so many amazing people through it. I probably will never have the guts to rely on my store full-time, even if it blows up and begins doing amazing. I just like to have financial security, and you can never predict anything when it comes to income/sales.

What are some tips you can give for new bloggers and/or shop owners that are first starting out?

Hm, well I am kind of just starting out too so give me tips jk! I would say.. try to sell items that you don’t think anyone can find anywhere else. That is my biggest tip. Sometimes I will see a shirt and fall in love with it, but when I really think about it I feel like someone can get it somewhere else. Customers are paying shipping so they really want to get their hands on something unique!

Interview with Ashley Ording of Fancy Fine

{Ashley and I in the dressing room- photo taken on my phone}


Just over a week ago I went to the fabulous vintage clothing expo (mentioned hereand here) and while there I spotted one of my favorite fashion bloggers (Ashley of Fancy Fine, who also lives in S.F.). I instantly felt butterflies take over my stomach, almost like I was a little kid again. My boyfriend and sister encouraged me to introduce myself but me being the shy girl that I am was hesitant at first. It wasn’t until it was just me and Ashley in the dressing room that I got up the courage to talk to her. It was one of the most surreal experiences I have had and her humble and sweet personality will always stick with me. I took this opportunity to ask Ashley a few questions and I hope her answers are as inspiring to you as they were to me. Enjoy!

1. What made you start your blog, Fancy Fine?

I found myself reading more and more style blogs a few years ago (when they first became popular) and I was so inspired by the interesting and eclectic style that was represented. I was already comfortable with having a personal site because I’d kept an online journal of sorts since I was 13, which then became a photography portfolio. But seeing that it could be this very specific thing, a place to share my vintage obsession, is what finally motivated me to make the blog. I really had to convince myself it wasn’t a silly, pointless endeavor… but I’m so glad I went for it!

2. Your style is unbelievably sweet, fun & vibrant. What tips do you have for vintage shopping and ‘thrifting’?

Thank you! The only “tip” that ever really comes to mind is to buy what you love. I am rarely searching for anything specific when I go to a thrift store, flea market or vintage shop. I just look at everything and buy what speaks to me (corny as that sounds). I keep my mind open and sometimes let myself go for something crazy without a second thought just because it makes me happy to look at it. This way of shopping means that every piece in my wardrobe feels like a favorite… I don’t buy basics just because I think I “need” them. I’d rather spend my money on a beautiful lace dress! I also try not to let other people influence me too much when I’m shopping, which is why I usually go alone. That way I can take my sweet time and not have to seek the approval of anyone else.

3. What are some of your favorite spots and/or vintage shops in S.F.?

There are so many… we’re lucky folks here! The best thrift shops are in the Mission district. Thrift Town, Mission Thrift and Clothes Contact are a few of my favorites. As for vintage, I have excellent luck on Haight Street at Wasteland, Held Over and Static. I also do love getting out of the city from time to time and checking in one on some of my top secret favorite vintage places! But you’d have to get me quite drunk before I gave those up. :)

4. If you could choose a different decade to live in which one would it be and why?

I think it would have been amazing to be a young adult in the 20′s for a million different reasons: jazz music, the clothes, the hilarious dances that were all the rage, the general excitement of things being so new and fresh. But I also think I would have fit into the early 60′s quite well too. I’ve always had a soft spot for early 60′s music and fashion.

5. Who is your personal favorite style icon?

I have a few: Anna Karina, Chloe Sevigny, Eva Fontanelli, and a smattering of fellow bloggers who inspire me daily!

6. What advice can you give to new girls starting fashion blogs?

Be bold and have fun! Also, creating as much original content as possible is very important to me. The blogs that I enjoy the most are the ones that feature the style and surroundings of the person behind them, and not necessarily a lot of content culled from other places. So, invest in a great camera and just document the hell out of everything. I also find it’s helpful to join a site like Chictopia or Lookbook.nu and post photos on there as well because the audience is built-in and they will visit your blog if they like what they see.